Covid-19 roundup: 30 vaccine candidates under development in India; over 30 million infections worldwide & more | India News



NEW DELHI: The total number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 52-million mark on Friday. Around the world, countries are contemplating a second lockdown as the number of infections crossed the 30 million mark. On the vaccine front, as many as 30 different vaccine candidates are at various stages of development in the country.
Here is a look at the updates —

  • India’s Covid-19 tally raced past 52 lakh with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 41,12,551 on Friday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 52,14,677, while the death toll climbed to 84,372 with the virus claiming 1,174 lives in 24 hours.

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With spike of 96,424 cases, India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 52-lakh mark

India’s Covid-19 tally raced past 52 lakh with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 41,12,551 on Friday. The total Covid cases mounted to 52,14,677, while the toll climbed to 84,372 with the virus claiming 1,174 lives in a

  • Parliament passes bill to reduce for one-year salaries of MPs by 30 per cent ‘to meet exigencies arising out of Covid-19 pandemic’.
  • Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for neglecting healthcare staff who test positive for Covid-19. “Adverse data-free Modi government! The beating of ‘thali’ and the lighting of a lamp is more important than security and respect. Modi Government, why are corona warriors being insulted?” the Congress leader tweeted (roughly translated from Hindi).
  • 5,601 coaches have been converted into Covid Care Centers by Indian Railways in March, April, May and June to combat the pandemic, according to the ministry of railways.
  • ICMR Sero survey conducted in April-May found 6.4 mn adults above the age of 18 years as infected, according to Dr Sanjay Rai, AIIMS.
  • Nearly 30 Covid vaccine candidates are under development and are in different stages of pre-clinical and clinical development. Out of this, 3 candidates are in an advanced stage of Phase I/II/III trials and 4 are in the advanced pre-clinical development stage, according to the ministry of science and technology.


J&K: The number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir zoomed past the 60,000-mark on Friday as the union territory recorded 1,330 fresh cases, while 15 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 966. It was for the 16th consecutive day that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1000 in a 24-hour period.
HIMACHAL PRADESH: The government has decided to reopen schools from Classes 9 to 12 from Monday. These schools will be opened with 50 per cent teaching and non-teaching staff in attendance for students from Class 9 to Class 12, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers.
UTTARAKHAND: The 2021 Haridwar Kumbh will be held with a restriction on the number of people congregating for the event.
DELHI: Schools to remain closed for all students till October 5, according to Delhi government.
GUJARAT: Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel tests positive. The 92-year-old leader’s family said he is in home isolation in Gandhinagar.
BIHAR: The Election Commission of India has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients. The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.
MEGHALAYA: Schools in Meghalaya which are shut for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic will partially reopen from next week for students to meet teachers to clarify their doubts. The schools will be open for students of class 9 to 12 to meet teachers to clear their doubts but there will be no regular classes and no classroom session.
TRIPURA: The state figures in the bottom of Covid-19 death rate, while six of the eight northeastern states’ recovery rates are less than the national average of 78.86 per cent, Union Health ministry data revealed on Friday.
According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Tripura topped the death ratio among the eight northeastern states in terms of Covid-19 cases with 1.09 per cent, followed by Sikkim (0.97 per cent), Meghalaya (0.71), Manipur (0.60), Assam (0.35), Nagaland (0.28) and Arunachal Pradesh (0.19 per cent).
WEST BENGAL: A Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police has been admitted to hospital after she tested positive for COVID-19. Deputy Commissioner of South East Division of Kolkata Police Debasmita Das was taken to the hospital on Thursday where she is undergoing treatment.
MAHARASHTRA: Two Maharashtra ministers- Nitin Raut and Hasan Mushrif- on Friday said they have tested coronavirus positive. Raut is the energy minister and the working president of the state Congress, while Mushrif is the rural development minister and NCP leader.
ANDHRA PRADESH: Andhra Pradesh has been consistent in clocking a higher number of recoveries than the daily detection rate of new Covid infections. The state reported 8,096 new coronavirus cases on Friday, pushing the tally to 6.09 lakh, while the overall recoveries mounted to 5.19 lakh, after 11,803 more people recovered on the same day.
KARNATAKA: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation on Friday said it will restart its operations to Maharashtra from September 22.

  • Israel imposed a second nationwide lockdown on Friday to tackle one of the world’s highest coronavirus infection rates, despite public protests over the new blow to the economy. The three-week shutdown from 2 pm (1100 GMT) started just hours before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, and will extend through other key religious holidays, including Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
  • Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have topped 30 million worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • A new small-boxed Covid-19 rapid test device, which gives results within 90 minutes, has been found to have a high level of accuracy and produced very few false negatives and no false positives in a UK study. The Lab-in-Cartridge tests can be performed in cartridges smaller than a mobile phone and do not require a laboratory.
  • Chinese hackers have stolen information from Spanish laboratories working on a vaccine for Covid-19, El Pais newspaper reported Friday. The report emerged as drug companies around the world race to produce an effective jab to counter a virus that has now killed more than 940,000 people and infected 30 million.
  • Researchers have created a 90-minute high-speed Covid-19 test which does not require a laboratory and can be performed in cartridges smaller than a mobile phone with high accuracy.


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