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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Centre's New Rule Says Spreading Rumours on Covid-19 Vaccine Can Get You Booked Under Disaster Management Act, IPC

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Faced with the problem of circulation of rumours about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the Centre has asked the states to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those who are found to be involved in dissemination of wrong and ill-informed news.

News18.com | January 25, 2021, 16:22 IST
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Faced with the problem of circulation of rumours about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the Centre has asked the states to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those who are found to be involved in dissemination of wrong and ill-informed news. In a communication to chief secretaries of all states and UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also strongly emphasised that the National Regulatory Authority in the country has found that the two vaccines -- Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin, developed and manufactured by the Bharat Biotech Limited -- were safe and immunogenic.

The central government, in close collaboration with the state governments and UT administrations, has launched the inoculation drive of COVID-19 vaccination from January 16 across the country with the two vaccines. The Union home secretary said healthcare workers and frontline workers are being inoculated as per the priority decided by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), and subsequently the priority groups 2 and 3 will be vaccinated.
Jan 25, 2021 16:22 (IST)

Check Vaccine Rumours; Take Penal Action Against Those Indulging in Such Acts: MHA Tells States | Urging the states and UTs to put in place an appropriate mechanism to check the spread of such ill-informed rumours, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked the chief secretaries to direct all the authorities concerned under the state government to take appropriate necessary measures to counter the spread of all such kind of "false information" about COVID-19 vaccines as well as promptly disseminate factual messages. "Further, penal action may be taken against the person/s or organisation/s who is/ are found to have indulged in such activities, under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act. 2005 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860," he said.

Jan 25, 2021 16:20 (IST)

The central government, in close collaboration with the state governments and UT administrations, has launched the inoculation drive of COVID-19 vaccination from January 16 across the country with the two vaccines. The Union home secretary said healthcare workers and frontline workers are being inoculated as per the priority decided by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), and subsequently the priority groups 2 and 3 will be vaccinated.

Jan 25, 2021 16:14 (IST)

Centre's New Rule Against Spreading Rumours on Covid-19 Vaccine | The Centre has asked the states to check the spread of misinformation about the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines and advised them to take penal action against those who are found to be involved in dissemination of wrong and ill-informed news. In a communication to chief secretaries of all states and UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also strongly emphasised that the National Regulatory Authority in the country has found that the two vaccines -- Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin, developed and manufactured by the Bharat Biotech Limited -- were safe and immunogenic.

Jan 25, 2021 14:55 (IST)

Ukraine Reopens Schools, Restaurants and Gyms | Ukraine has reopened schools, restaurants and gyms, after completing a three week lockdown, Reuters reports. The number of new cases of coronavirus infection in Ukraine has significantly decreased from up to 9,000 cases a day at the beginning of January to 2,516 new cases on 25 January, the fewest since early September.

Jan 25, 2021 13:19 (IST)

South Korea Aims to Inoculate 70% of Its Population | South Korea, which is due to start its vaccination programme next months, aims to inoculate 70% of its population inoculated by September, according to the Yonap news agency. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency announced a set of core tasks for this year, which includes providing free Covid-19 vaccines to all nationals to form herd immunity by November.

Jan 25, 2021 13:07 (IST)

Zimbabwe’s Covid Deaths Have Passed 1,000 | Zimbabwe’s Covid deaths have passed 1,000 as the country scrambles to contain a spike in infections that has claimed the lives of three government ministers in the last 10 days, Reuters reports. There are fears the more infectious South African variant of the virus came to the country when thousands of Zimbabweans living in the neighbouring countries returned home for the December holiday. Zimbabwe has recorded a total 31,320 coronavirus cases and 1,005 deaths. More than half of these have been reported since the beginning of this year, data released late on Sunday showed.

Jan 25, 2021 12:44 (IST)

WATCH | Israel Leads In Vaccination Drive | Teens To Get Inoculated Amid Fresh Restrictions And Rising Cases

Jan 25, 2021 12:29 (IST)

Sanjay Raut Cautions Protesters Against Covid-19 | The COVID-19 threat is still not over in Mumbai and proper care should be taken accordingly during farmers' protest here or else a new crisis will be there in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday. As the farmers' protest against the Centre's farm laws continues near the Delhi borders, Raut alleged that "some invisible force" does not want peasants to get justice. Talking to reporters here, he also said that  an "atmosphere of instability" prevails in the country. Thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra have reached Mumbai to participate in a rally here on Monday against the Centre's three new farm laws and to express solidarity with the farmers agitating near Delhi.

Jan 25, 2021 12:08 (IST)

Travel Bubble Between Australia, New Zealand Suspended for 72 Hours | Amid concern the single case of community transmission in New Zealand is of the South African variant, Australia’s federal health minister, Greg Hunt, has announced the Australian government will suspend the travel bubble with New Zealand for 72 hours.

Jan 25, 2021 11:37 (IST)

Netherlands Anti-curfew Protests Spark Clashes with Police, Looting | Protests against a curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands degenerated into clashes with police and looting in cities across the country Sunday, authorities and reports said. Police used water cannon and dogs in Amsterdam, public television NOS reported, after hundreds gathered to protest the curfew which is set to last until February 10 and is the country’s first since World War II.

Jan 25, 2021 11:29 (IST)

READ | A Year on, Covid-19 Cases Surpass 25 Million-mark in United States Amid Signs of Decline in New Infections

The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Jan 25, 2021 11:15 (IST)

Turkey Receives 6.5 Million Additional Doses of Sinovac Vaccine | Turkey received 6.5 million further doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech on Monday, CNN Turk and other media reported, allowing its nationwide rollout to continue. An initial consignment of 3 million doses previously arrived in Turkey and it has so far vaccinated 1.245 million people, mostly health workers and elderly people, according to health ministry data.

Jan 25, 2021 10:59 (IST)

READ | Covid Report Must to Visit Haridwar During Maha Kumbh, Those With Comorbidities Advised to Stay Away

The union health ministry on Sunday has issued fresh guidelines for the forthcoming Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

Jan 25, 2021 10:47 (IST)

Thailand Reports 187 New Cases | Thailand reported 187 new coronavirus cases and two deaths on Monday, bringing the overall number of cases to 13,687 and fatalities to 75 since it detected its first case a year ago. The tally included 10 imported cases, the country’s Covid taskforce said.

Jan 25, 2021 10:33 (IST)

China Reports Higher Daily Cases | China reported a climb in new Coronavirus cases driven by a spike in infections among previously symptomless patients in northeastern Jilin province, official data showed on Monday. The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland rose to 124 on Jan. 24 from 80 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement, amid the worst wave of new infections China has seen since March 2020.

Jan 25, 2021 10:25 (IST)

Tata in Talks to Launch Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine in India | Tata Group's healthcare venture is said to have started initial discussions with Moderna Inc for a partnership to launch its COVID-19 vaccine in India, the Economic Times reported on Monday. Tata Medical & Diagnostics could team up with India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to carry out clinical trials of Moderna's vaccine candidate in India, citing officials familiar with the matter. 

Jan 25, 2021 10:15 (IST)

Devotees with Negative Covid Certificate, Arogya Setu to be Allowed in Kumbh Mela | Devotees to be allowed at Uttarakhand Kumbh Mela only after producing COVID negative RT-PCR report, issued not later than 72 hrs. They'll have to download Aarogya Setu app and people over 65 years of age, the ailing, pregnant women, children below 10 years of age advised not to come. 

Jan 25, 2021 09:59 (IST)

Today's Data Highlights

- India reports 13.2k new cases, 13.3k recoveries, 131 new deaths, 226 dip in active cases

- New deaths lowest in over 8 months (since May 17)

- India No.15 in the world in new deaths. No.7 in new cases

- Global coronavirus cases likely to cross 10 crore/100 million mark today

- Kerala reports 6k new cases, Maharashtra 2.8k, Karnataka 573

- Maharashtra reports 45 new deaths, Kerala 20

- 14 states/UTs report 0 new deaths 

- 5 states/UTs report 0 new cases. 

- 33.3k vaccinations on Sunday. Total vaccinations: 1.62 million

Jan 25, 2021 09:45 (IST)

Here's state-wise division of cases: 

Jan 25, 2021 09:43 (IST)

India Reports 13,203 New Covid-19 Cases | India reports 13,203 new #COVID19 cases, 13,298 discharges and 131 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. Total cases-1,06,67,736, Active cases: 1,84,182, Total discharges: 1,03,30,084 , Death toll: 1,53,470 and Total vaccinated: 16,15,504. 

Jan 25, 2021 09:40 (IST)

China Reports Higher Daily Cases | China reported a climb in new Coronavirus cases driven by a spike in infections among previously symptomless patients in northeastern Jilin province, official data showed on Monday. Reuters: The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland rose to 124 on Jan. 24 from 80 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement, amid the worst wave of new infections China has seen since March 2020.

Jan 25, 2021 09:01 (IST)

Residents in Locked Down Tonghua, China Complain of Food and Medicine Shortages | Since the Chinese city of Tonghua, with its population of nearly 400,000, was put under lockdown a week ago, citizens have begun to complain of shortages of food and medicine. On Weibo, some said they have only two or three days of food rations. Users wrote: “I’m out of food supplies” or “ unable to have a prenatal examination after seven months of pregnancy” and “unable to be hospitalised for chemotherapy”, The Guardian reports.

Jan 25, 2021 08:55 (IST)

READ | PM Modi Exhorts Youths to Defeat 'Network of Lies and Rumours' on Covid-19 Vaccination with Right Information

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Indian scientists have done their duty by developing the COVID-19 vaccine and "now we have to fulfil ours" by defeating through the right information every…

Jan 25, 2021 08:43 (IST)

Pfizer Covid Vaccine Approved for Australia Rollout | In Australia, the Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality, and efficacy, a statement from the prime minister’s office said on Monday, and the vaccine has been approved for rollout in Australia for people age 16 years and older. The first vaccinations are expected to be in late February and the first 1.4m doses will go to a priority group that includes quarantine and border workers, frontline health workers in high-risk settings, and aged care and disability staff and residents. This will be administered at hospitals, with the government aiming for 80,000 doses a week.

Jan 25, 2021 08:39 (IST)

Hong Kong Lifts Lockdown in Kowloon | The Hong Kong government lifted a lockdown in an area of Kowloon district in the early hours of Monday after testing about 7,000 people for coronavirus to curb an outbreak in the densely populated area, Reuters reports. The government set up 51 temporary testing stations on Saturday and found 13 confirmed cases in the restricted area that is home to many ageing, subdivided flats in which the disease could spread more quickly.

Jan 25, 2021 08:14 (IST)

Israel Closes Air Travel to Prevent Virus Spread | Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants, AFP reports. The measure will begin at midnight from Monday into Tuesday and remain in effect until Sunday, a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Jan 25, 2021 08:03 (IST)

West Bengal's Covid-19 Tally Climbs to 5,68,103 | West Bengal's COVID-19 tally mounted to 5,68,103 on Sunday with 389 fresh cases, while eight more fatalities pushed the death toll to 10,115, the health department said in a bulletin. The state now has 6,323 active cases, and it has reported a total recovery count of 5,51,665, it said. North 24 Parganas registered the highest number of three deaths, followed by Kolkata at two, among other districts.

Jan 25, 2021 07:50 (IST)

World Nears 100 Million Cases | The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 99 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, as the total moves rapidly towards a shocking 100 million people infected with Covid-19 in just over a year. The current total is 99,105,389 infections. At least 2,127,206 people have died. On average, around 650,000 coronavirus cases have been reported daily in the last week.

Jan 25, 2021 07:45 (IST)

Jharkhand Reports 54 new Covid-19 Cases, 109 Recoveries Today. 

Jan 25, 2021 07:30 (IST)

Community Case Confirmed in New Zealand | A community case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand, with genome sequencing identifying it as of the South African variant of the virus. Investigators think the 56-year-old woman contracted the infection from a fellow guest at the Pullman hotel, where she was undergoing government-managed isolation.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Centre's New Rule Says Spreading Rumours on Covid-19 Vaccine Can Get You Booked Under Disaster Management Act, IPC
A medic prepares the dose of COVID-19 vaccine before giving it to a beneficiary. (PTI Photo)

Tata Medical & Diagnostics is said to have started initial discussions with Moderna Inc for a partnership to launch its COVID-19 vaccine in India, the Economic Times reported today. Tata could team up with the India's Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to carry out clinical trials of Moderna's vaccine candidate in India, the report added, citing officials familiar with the matter. The Indian government this month gave emergency-use approval to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech International Ltd and state-run Indian Council of Medical Research, and another licensed from Oxford University and AstraZeneca PLC that is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed 25 million on Sunday, a Reuters tally showed, as states accelerate their vaccine distribution and more infectious strains are found globally. States including North Dakota and West Virginia have injected more than 83% of their allocated doses into residents' arms, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Sunday. Virginia administered the fewest doses, with 42% of the vaccines received. The United States has administered at least 21.8 million doses of COVID vaccines, to about 6% of its population. The two vaccines currently approved also require a second dose. Alaska leads the vaccine administration tally, with about 13% of its population vaccinated, followed by West Virginia, with 11%.

President Joe Biden will announce he is re-imposing a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said Sunday, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response. Biden will also extend the ban to travelers who have recently been to South Africa amid warnings that new, more transmissible coronavirus variants are already establishing themselves in the United States, the official said, confirming US media reports.

Meanwhile, Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus. The measure will begin at midnight from Monday into Tuesday and remain in effect until Sunday, a statement from the prime minister's office said. Exceptions will be made for cargo and firefighting flights, as well as trips for medical treatments, funerals and legal procedures. A panel of health and interior ministry officials will be able to issue exemptions on request "for humanitarian or personal needs", the statement said.

The decision came with the country in its third national coronavirus lockdown, initiated late December and extended on Tuesday until the end of the month due to a surge in Covid-19 deaths. Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced his government's intention to close the airport, as variants of the coronavirus have been detected in rising numbers.

"We're closing the skies hermetically, except for rare exceptions, to prevent the entry of virus mutations, and to ensure that we make swift progress with our vaccination campaign," he said ahead of a cabinet meeting.

Later Sunday, the health ministry announced it had identified cases of a coronavirus variant originating in Los Angeles. "In the health ministry's central virus laboratory, a variant from Los Angeles has been located using a sequencing process," the ministry said in a statement. "The person confirmed to have this variant has infected four other people."

Variants from South Africa and Britain have also been found in Israel. Since the rollout of vaccinations last month, more than 2.5 million of Israel's nine-million-strong population have been vaccinated, according to the health ministry. On Saturday, Israel began vaccinating teens aged 16-18, who need to sit final high school exams.

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