COVID UNION

Are we ready for the COVID-19 third wave?

01 Aug, 2021, 12.01 AM IST

Will there be another wave, bringing with it a new set of challenges? Virologists and health experts are not on the same page about the timing and the characteristics of a new wave. The third wave, some argue, could be an aggregate of many ripples spread across the country.

Districts with over 10% Covid positivity need to consider strict curbs: Centre

31 Jul, 2021, 04.57 PM IST

Districts reporting a COVID-19 positivity rate of over 10 per cent in the last few weeks need to consider strict restrictions to prevent or curtail people’s movement and crowding, the Centre told 10 states witnessing an upsurge in infections and positivity.

Covid-19: India reports 41,649 new cases, 593 in last 24 hour

31 Jul, 2021, 12.33 PM IST

India reported 41,649 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. 593 deaths were als…

COVID-19: Active cases register increase for second consecutive day

29 Jul, 2021, 01.20 PM IST

The active cases have increased to 4,03,840 and comprise 1.28 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.38 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Kerala COVID situation: Complete weekend lockdown announced; Centre sends team amid rising cases

29 Jul, 2021, 01.10 PM IST

Kerala to be under complete lockdown over th…

No room for complacency in Covid fight, absolute case numbers still high: MHA to states

28 Jul, 2021, 05.58 PM IST

In his communication to all states and union territories, Ajay Bhalla said that with the decline in the number of active cases, states and UTs are reopening economic and other activities in a gradual manner.

MSME credit demand surges as markets open post Covid: SIDBI – TransUnion CIBIL Report

28 Jul, 2021, 12.30 PM IST

The report shows a significant surge in credit demand post unlocks after the first and second wave of the pandemic. Followed by the initial drop in commercial credit enquires by 76% during the first wave, they recovered backed by ECLGS intervention and have since sustained close to pre-COVID levels.

Centre trashes reports claiming India’s COVID death rate may be about 7-8 times higher

27 Jul, 2021, 10.52 PM IST

In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said the report further “concludes” that India’s COVID death rate may be about 7-8 times higher than the officially reported toll and claims that “most of these additional deaths are likely to have been due to COVID-19”.

Over 2.28 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states, UTs, says government

27 Jul, 2021, 01.58 PM IST

The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalisation of vaccination commenced from June 21.

No job loss in ports, shipping sector, says Union minister

22 Jul, 2021, 05.12 PM IST

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shripad Naik said the ministry has given monetary compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the dependent members or legal heirs of the employees who lost their lives due to acquired COVID infection at work place.

Given robust system of reporting, missing out on Covid deaths unlikely: Govt

22 Jul, 2021, 12.28 PM IST

There have been some recent media reports alleging that India’s toll of excess deaths during the pandemic could be in millions, terming the official COVID-19 death toll “vastly undercounted”, the ministry said in a statement.

Indian economy showing signs of revival, says Union minister Pankaj Chaudhary

19 Jul, 2021, 04.41 PM IST

India’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to grow 0.5 per cent in Q3 and 1.6 per cent in Q4 of 2020-21, leading to an upward revision in annual real GDP growth from (-)8.0 per cent (2nd advance estimates) to (-)7.3 per cent, he said.

European Union likely to decide on approving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids next week

15 Jul, 2021, 08.23 PM IST

Moderna’s vaccine was given the green light for use in anyone 18 and over across the 27-nation European Union in January. It has also been licensed in countries including Britain, Canada and the US, but so far its use has not been extended to children. To date, the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one approved for children under 18 in Europe and North America.

Centre raises Covid norm violations with states, warns them against complacency

15 Jul, 2021, 08.01 PM IST

“Violations of Covid norms have been observed in various parts of the country, especially in hill stations, public transport and markets. Needless to say, such complacency at this juncture has the potential to result in another surge in cases,” he said and reiterated the need for focussed public health measures by the states and UTs.

Immunised but banned: European Union says not all COVID vaccines equal

13 Jul, 2021, 01.48 PM IST

EU regulators said AstraZeneca hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian factory, including details on its production practices and quality control standards.

Ladakh first Union Territory to achieve 100% first dose coverage

11 Jul, 2021, 11.28 AM IST

“We gave priority to hotel workers, most of whom are from outside Ladakh, and taxi/public transport drivers as they are in the front-line of the tourism industry. Labourers and handymen come in from other states during summer, so they were also treated on priority,” a senior district official told TOI.

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