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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: TN to Reopen Beaches, Cinema Halls; Maha Administers Record 10.77L Jabs

By: Bharvi Dasson

News18.com

Last Updated: August 21, 2021, 19:39 IST

Experts said that vaccines remain the best bet against any Covid-19 variants even though they may display an ability to evade antibodies

Experts said that vaccines remain the best bet against any Covid-19 variants even though they may display an ability to evade antibodies

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra administered record vaccinations in a single day on Saturday. At least 10.77 lakh doses administered today by 7 pm.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra administered record vaccinations in a single day on Saturday. At least 10.77 lakh doses administered today by 7 pm. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government extended the lockdown till September 6. Under the new orders, the government allows cinema halls to operate at 50 per cent capacity and beaches to reopen for public.

The Delhi government on Saturday removed restrictions on timings for opening of markets in the national capital. “Markets of Delhi were allowed to function till 8 pm due to COVID-19. In wake of decreasing cases, this restriction will be removed starting Monday. Now the markets can open as per their normal time,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In the past 24 hours, Indian recorded 34,357 cases, as per the health ministry’s data. Tamil Nadi chief minister MK Stalin mulls on extending lockdown-like restrictions in the state amid third Covid wave fears.

At least 251,000 excess deaths have been registered under the Civil Registration System (CRS) in Bihar since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak (from March 2020 to May 2021), which is 48.6 times the official number of confirmed coronavirus deaths (5,163) in the state in the same time period, HT reported.
As third-wave fear looms large, the government has kickstarted an exercise to create a national stockpile of critical medicines for Covid-19 to tide over the challenges around affordability and accessibility. To begin with, buffer stocks of 15-odd medicines, including anti-viral Remdesivir, key antibiotics Tocilizumab, and black fungus drug Amphotericin B will be maintained, after supplies are procured through the tendering process.

The latest Covid outbreak in Australia has once again resulted in state border closures, restrictions and cancelled plans. State and territory health authorities are monitoring the cases and the situation is changing every day. Sydneysiders are unable to travel to regional NSW. That remains the case until at least 28 August.

Victoria is undergoing a lockdown amid a sudden surge in the number of cases. Police in Victoria are also trying to contain an anti-lockdown protest they believe is being planned for Melbourne today. Police have just told reporters they have more than 700 extra officers on duty to deal with the planned demonstration.

Meanwhile, in India, drug regulator DCGI on Friday approved Zydus Cadila’s three-dose COVID-19 DNA vaccine for emergency use in adults and children aged 12 years and above- India’s first vaccine for children. It is being perceived as a timely move amid warnings of an upcoming third wave in the country, which some experts have warned could be deadlier towards children.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed it as a “momentous feat” and said the approval to the world’s first DNA-based vaccine against the coronavirus is a testimony to the innovative zeal of India’s scientists. “India is fighting COVID-19 with full vigour. The approval for the world’s first DNA-based ZyCov-D’ vaccine of @ZydusUniverse is a testimony to the innovative zeal of India’s scientists,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

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first published:August 21, 2021, 07:41 IST
last updated:August 21, 2021, 19:39 IST