Covid roundup: Oxford vaccine’s human trial halted; India’s recovery rate soars to 77.77% & more | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The number of people to have recovered from coronavirus infection in the country has surged to near 34 lakh, registering a recovery rate of 77.88 per cent. Meanwhile, the quest to develop a vaccine for the virus hit a roadblock when one of the participants in the human trials of Oxford’s Covid vaccine developed adverse reaction.
Here is a look at today’s development on coronavirus from India, its states and around the world—
INDIA

  • The number of people recovered from Covid-19 in India has surged to 33,98,844, further improving the recovery rate to 77.77 per cent, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.69 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.

Covid-19 recoveries near 34 lakh

  • Sixty per cent of the total cases are recorded only in five states, according to the ministry of health. Of the total 89,706 new cases, which have been reported in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra has alone contributed more than 20,000 and Andhra Pradesh has reported more than 10,000.

Five high-burden states have 62% of India’s active cases

  • Taking cognisance of the rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Centre said numbers were going up and not stabilising partly because of increased testing and as large sections of the population were still vulnerable, along with laxity in observing norms.
  • Over 11.54 lakh Covid-19 tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours taking India’s cumulative tests to over 5.18 crore so far, while during the same period nearly 75,000 people have recuperated from the disease taking the total number of recoveries to 33,98,844 in the country, the Centre said on Wednesday.

  • The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea seeking the re-opening of religious places of all faiths across the country that have remained closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, issued notices to the Centre and State governments seeking their response on the plea filed by a Gitarth Ganga Trust.

SC agrees to examine a plea seeking reopening of religious places

  • The human trials of one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates, being developed by the University of Oxford, has been put on hold after a UK participant had an adverse reaction to it.

Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine trial paused after participant illness

  • Serum Institute of India said it is continuing with the trials of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate in India. The statement came after AstraZeneca announced that late-stage studies of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Oxford University are on temporary hold as a UK participant had an adverse reaction to it.

India trials of Covid-19 vaccine going on says Serum Institute

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the lockdown was not an attack on coronavirus but on the poor people and proved to be a “death sentence” for the unorganised sector as it “finished” jobs and small businesses.

Lockdown not an attack on coronavirus, but on poor: Rahul
STATES
J&K: Jammu and Kashmir recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,617 new Covid-19 cases, taking the union territory’s infection tally to 47,542. It was for the seventh time in as many days that the number of new Covid-19 infections have crossed 1,000 mark in a 24-hour period, they said.
PUNJAB: Auto and taxi drivers in Punjab have urged the government to provide financial assistance to them amid hardships in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The government has relaxed the guidelines implemented for Covid-19 amid Unlock 4 and functioning of interstate trains has also been permitted.
HIMACHAL PRADESH: Community spread of the novel coronavirus has been witnessed in Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla, a senior health official said. Shimla has 168 active cases. The Covid-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh, with just about 70 lakh population, have reached 7,832 and 59 deaths.
HARYANA:Haryana education minister Kanwar Pal says he has tested positive for Covid-19.
DELHI: A doctor’s prescription for COVID-19 testing would not be required in the national capital from now with the Delhi government issuing an order on Wednesday in this regard.
Prescription not needed for Covid-19 testing: Delhi govt order
UTTAR PRADESH: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to increase contact tracing and enhance the number of beds and manpower at Covid-19 hospitals to control the pandemic, the Chief Minister’s office said.
MADHYA PRADESH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh on September 9. The Government of India had launched the PM SVANidhi scheme on June 1, 2020, to help poor street vendors, impacted by coronavirus, to resume livelihood activities.
JHARKHAND: The Jharkhand Industries Motion Picture Association (JIMPA) has sought permission to resume film shootings, theatres, cultural events, etc while adhering to government guidelines on COVID-19 in the state. The association has also demanded the setting up of a Jharkhand film city.
WEST BENGAL: In a bid to ease travel woes of several thousand National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants, the Metro Railway in Kolkata has decided to operate special services on September 13, an official said on Wednesday. This service will be exclusively for medical entrance examinees and their guardians, Metro Railway spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. Examinees will have to show NEET admit cards at the gates of Metro stations, she said.
Kolkata: Special metro services for NEET candidates
TRIPURA: In view of the worsening Covid-19 situation in Tripura, a two-member Central experts’ team would arrive in the northeastern state on a 10-day visit on Thursday to take stock of the situation and suggest measures to curb the spread of the virus, officials said on Wednesday.
MEGHALAYA: Meghalaya’s Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,197 with 121 more people testing positive for the infection. Two more fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 19.
TELANGANA: CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the assistance provided by the Centre to the state for handling the COVID-19 situation is next to nothing.
He told the Assembly that whatever the Centre had given for the coronavirus battle is “negligible” and claimed that the state is tackling the situation on its own.
KERALA: Kerala reports 3,402 Covid-19 cases, the highest so far
In the highest single-day spike so far in Kerala, 3,402 Covid-19 cases were reported on Wednesday, taking the infection count to 95,916 while the toll climbed to 384 with12 fatalities. The previous one day high was on September 6 when 3,082 fresh cases were detected in the state.
TAMIL NADU: Madras HC orders strict compliance of guidelines in online classes with respect to attendance, tests and exams. Directs schools to explore the possibility of having end-to-end encryption and warns of action for violation of guidelines including time restriction
WORLD

  • Safety of a prospective COVID-19 vaccine comes “first and foremost”, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said on Wednesday, as a trial of a leading candidate from AstraZeneca was paused due to concerns over side effects.

WHO says vaccine safety top priority, as AstraZeneca pauses study

  • Latin America and the Caribbean surpass 300,000 Covid-19 deaths, reports AFP
  • President Xi Jinping hailed China’s success in suppressing the pandemic first discovered on its soil, even as confirmed infections globally raced toward the 30 million mark. In a pomp-filled ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi personally conferred medals on citizens deemed to have played instrumental roles in China’s fight against the virus identified in December in Wuhan. While other nations grapple with outbreaks, China hasn’t reported a domestic infection in 22 days and Xi has increasingly turned his attention to bolstering the battered economy.

As world battles pandemic, Xi hails victory over the virus

  • The Brazilian government said the country’s Covid-19 death toll surpassed 127,000 after registering 504 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 127,464. Additionally, 14,279 new Covid-19 cases were reported, bringing the national count to 4,162,073 cases.
  • Dr Anthony Fauci says he’s sticking with his projection that a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine may be ready in early 2021. He says it’s possible it could be sooner, but “unlikely.” The White House adviser on the coronavirus said the more likely scenario is that we will know by the end of this calendar year and hopefully we’ll be able to start vaccinations in earnest as we begin early 2021.”
  • Germany’s worldwide travel warning for about 160 countries will be replaced by a more differentiated system in October. The new system will introduce individual country-by-country assessments of the coronavirus situation, the German foreign ministry said Wednesday. Such assessments are already in place for most European countries and can change quickly according to the severity or dynamic of the pandemic.
  • Pope Francis has arrived at his weekly general audience wearing a face mask and used hand sanitizer before appealing for the faithful to look out for the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says new limits on social gatherings in England to six people are set to stay in place for the “foreseeable future,” potentially until or even through Christmas.



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