Delhi on Friday reported 977 fresh COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 1.73 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, the national capital’s case count increased to 18,49,596 and the death toll climbed to 26,047, the latest health bulletin stated. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted a day ago was 56,444, it said. Delhi had on Thursday reported 1,104 cases with a Read More
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Gujarat witnessed 1,883 COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the tally in the state to 12,12,370 and toll to 10,775, a health department official said on Friday. The discharge of 5,005 persons during this period took the recovery count to 11,83,294, leaving the state with 18,310 active cases, of which 105 patients are on ventilator support, he said. Of the new cases, Ahmedabad city led with 618, followed by 282 in Vadodara city, 96 in Vadodara district, 95 in Mehsana district, among other areas, he said.
Telangana on Friday reported 733 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 7,82,336 lakh. The state had recorded 767 new cases on Thursday. The trend of recoveries outnumbering daily infections also continued with 2,850 people recuperating from the infectious disease. The cumulative number of recoveries till date was 7,62,594, a medical bulletin said. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported the highest number of cases with 185, followed by Nalgonda and Medchal Malkajgiri 47 and 44 respectively. The toll increased to 4,106 with one more fatality. The number of active cases was 15,636, the bulletin said.
As many as 2,612 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while three died of the infection in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, raising the tally to 10,21,361 and toll to 10,682, an official from the state health department said on Friday. The positivity rate in the state has dropped to 3.4 per cent from 3.67 per cent recorded on Thursday, he said. At least 5,995 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 9,84,500, leaving the central state with 26,179 active cases, the official said. Bhopal and Indore, the worst-hit cities of Madhya Pradesh, registered 549 and 228 cases respectively in the last 24 hours, he said.
Delhi on Friday reported 977 Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths. The national capital conducted 56,444 tests while the positivity rate fell to 1.73 percent.
World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Friday cautioned against future Coronavirus variants and said the world is not yet at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have seen the virus evolve, mutate … so we know there will be more variants, more variants of concern, so we are not at the end of the pandemic,” Swaminathan was quoted as saying in South Africa by Reuters. The top scientist made the statement during a visit to vaccine manufacturing facilities with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Germany is approaching the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and will next week start easing some restrictions with a view to lifting more measures in spring, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a speech on Friday. “The scientific prognoses show us that the peak of the wave is in sight,” Scholz said in a speech in the Bundesrat upper house. “This allows us at the meeting between the federal government and states next week to take the first reopening steps and consider more steps for spring.”
With the decreasing number of Covid cases, Gautam Budh Nagar in UP has removed restrictions in the district. Restaurants, gyms and cinema halls can now open from tomorrow. However, Covid appropriate behaviour needs to be followed in public places as per the instructions of government.
Hong Kong reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 infections on Friday and China said it would fully support the city with its “dynamic zero” coronavirus strategy, as local authorities struggle to control a deepening outbreak. Hong Kong’s chief secretary John Lee, Health Secretary Sophia Chan and Security Chief Chris Tang will meet Chinese officials in neighbouring Shenzhen on Saturday to discuss support measures, the government said in a statement. The meeting comes as Hong Kong’s pursuit of zero COVID infections has stretched hospital and quarantine facilities nearly to their limit, raising the near-term prospect of changes to admissions and isolation policies.
Sikkim lifts COVID-19 induced restrictions
"Markets, shops & commercial establishments shall function as normal. All educational institutions shall function as per guidelines. No restrictions on social, political, religious & sports related gatherings, "reads the order pic.twitter.com/qNANNuDa7Y
— ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2022
Ladakh reported 131 more corona cases, taking the overall caseload in the Union Territory to 27,279 while the active cases in the union territory has gone down to 670, officials said. As many as 157 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Ladakh. Of these, 93 were discharged in Leh and 64 in Kargil, they said.
The Union Territory of Puducherry reported 149 new COVID-19 cases on Friday raising the overall tally to 1,65,071, a senior official said. The number of cases showed a further dip in the daily cases as against 162 cases reported on Thursday.
India on Friday conveyed to its Quad partners that it is ready to supply COVOVAX and CORBEVAX Covid-19 vaccines under the Quad vaccine partnership, people familiar with the developments told CNNNews18. Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar, who is representing India at the fourth edition of the Quad foreign minister’s summit, earlier ahead of the meeting said that all Quad states are committed to ensuring vaccine equity in a bid to help the world fight the pandemic. READ MORE
T cell responses are still robust against the variant in most individuals with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination, despite low antibody responses, finds a study. This also provides protection against severe disease, said researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). When an individual is infected with the Covid-19 causing virus SARS-CoV-2, the immune system is called into action to produce antibodies and T cells that target viral proteins and clear the infection.
Protester numbers outside New Zealand’s parliament swelled Friday as police scaled back efforts to clear anti-vaccine demonstrators involved in violent clashes a day earlier. A festive mood prevailed at a makeshift tent settlement inhabitants have dubbed “Camp Freedom”, with music and dancing as police looked on from behind barricades. It was a stark contrast to the fiery scenes Thursday, when a phalanx of officers attempted to evict the protesters, arresting 122 people and using pepper spray to quell scuffles.
Just a day after Sweden virtually removed all Covid-19 restrictions, authorities announced that the number of hospital in-patients being treated for the disease is on the rise. According to the latest statistics, 2,043 patients required hospitalisation this week – 40 more than a week ago
Arunachal Pradesh reported 76 new COVID-19 cases, 14 less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 63,890 on Friday, a senior Health department official said here. Of the 76 fresh cases, 20 were reported from the Capital Complex Region, 10 from West Kameng, Lower Subansiri (8), Lohit (7), East Siang (5) and three each from East Kameng, Leparada, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai and Tawang district respectively, the official said.
Thane district of Maharashtra reported 261 new coronavirus positive cases, which took its overall tally to 7,06,722, an official said on Friday. These new cases were reported on Thursday, he said.
Australian residents will need to receive booster shots to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, although authorities said foreign travellers will continue to need only two shots to enter the country. Australia’s national cabinet late on Thursday endorsed the revised guidance from the country’s vaccination advisory group to classify “up-to-date” inoculations as including boosters.
– 67,084 new cases, 1,241 new deaths, 1,67,882 new recoveries, 1,02,039 fall in active cases
– New cases 6% lower than the previous day
– New cases lowest in last 36 days. Below 1 lakh for the 4th consecutive day
– 7-day-moving average of new cases (96,392) below 1 lakh for the first time in 32 days
– Active cases lowest in 31 days
– Deaths (including backlog) highest in 8 days
– Kerala reports 23,253 new cases, Maharashtra 7,142, Karnataka 5,339
– Kerala reports 854 new deaths (including 627 reconciled), Maharashtra 92, Karnataka 48
– Total reported deaths in Kerala now over 60k (60,793) of which 45% (27,493) have been added as backlog in the last 111 days
– Sikkim only state to report rise in active cases
– Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -53% (world average is -17%)
– 46.44 lakh new vaccinations. 171,28 crore total. 6.10 lakh of 18+ population received their first dose yesterday, 20.6 lakh second dose. 3.73 lakh of 15-18 year olds received their first dose yesterday, 12.41 lakh second dose. 3.61 lakh received the precaution dose yesterday. 74.35 crore fully vaccinated
– 15.11 lakh new tests. All-India test daily positivity rate: 4.44% (4.54% the previous day)
– Test positivity rate below 5% for the 2nd consecutive day. Lowest in 36 days
– Daily test positivity rate: Kerala 27.38%, Mizoram 24.74%, Goa 8.66%
– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 32.26%, Mizoram 27.24%, Puducherry 13.94%
– 599 districts (82%) of districts reporting fall in weekly test positivity rate. 109 reporting a rise (15%). No change in 26 districts (4%). (Data till February 8)
– Weekly test positivity rate below 5% in 406 districts (55%)
– 95% of urban districts and 85% of semi-urban districts reporting fall in weekly test positivity rate. 80% of rural districts reporting dip
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday the state government has sought information from the central and state Covid-19 task forces on measures to be adopted to make the state mask-free at the earliest. Incidentally, Mumbai’s test positivity rate dropped to 1% after 56 days, and even rising to over 25% on some days, as per Times of India. READ MORE
The number of daily cases in Delhi has been on the decline after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13. The city had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 14, the highest during the ongoing wave of the pandemic. It took just 10 days for daily cases to drop below the 10,000-mark.
India saw a single day rise of 58,077 coronavirus infections, which took the tally of cases to 4,25,36,137, while the active cases have declined to 6,97,802, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday. The daily COVID-19 cases are being recorded at less than one lakh for the last five consecutive days. With the number of daily coronavirus cases falling to 125, the civic body in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city has decided to reopen primary schools from February 14. On Thursday, the city recorded 125 new coronavirus infections, a considerable drop from 298 on February 4.
Nineteen more people died of COVID-19 in Punjab on Thursday while 583 fresh coronavirus cases took the infection tally to 7,54,367, according to a medical bulletin. The deaths were reported from several districts including Barnala, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur. The toll reached 17,554, while the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 5,771. Of the fresh cases, Mohali reported 89, followed by 69 in Ludhiana and 54 in Jalandhar.
Assam on Thursday reported 294 new COVID-19 cases, 21 less than the previous day’s figure, pushing the tally to 7,22,977, according to a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission. Five fresh fatalities raised the death toll to 6,590 while 1,347 COVID patients have died due to other causes.
Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 38,868 on Thursday as 43 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The Himalayan state’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 437 as no fresh fatality was recorded.
West Bengal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 20,08,950 on Thursday as 817 people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Twenty-six fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 20,938. Kolkata reported the highest number of 135 new cases, followed by 133 in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district. North 24 Parganas district registered five fatalities, while four deaths each were reported in Kolkata and Paschim Bardhaman districts. The number of active cases dipped by 590 and stood at 14,805. As many as 1,381 more people were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 19,73,207, while the discharge rate improved to 98.22 per cent.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with the sale of fake Remdesivir doses in Madhya Pradesh. More than ten persons had been arrested by Indore Police last year for allegedly supplying bogus doses of the antiviral drug which was in high demand during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the matter had come to light in May 2021, the ED was gathering details of the properties of the persons involved in the racket including suppliers based in Morbi in Gujarat, said an official here.