Friday, 24 September, 2021


India now has more than 3.3 crore total reported cases and the world's highest number of recoveries. Worldwide, there are over 23 crore cases, with US recording the highest caseload.

Find the latest updates on the virus, health advisories & more here.


UK quarantine policy for fully-vaccinated Indian travellers ‘discriminatory’, Modi govt says

Indians vaccinated with Covishield have to be in self-isolation for 10 days. Union Health Secretary R Bhushan said India reserves the right to reciprocate in similar manner.

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Mansukh Mandaviya releases guidelines on post-Covid management for healthcare workers

The health minister said that the modules have been prepared to provide guidance to frontline workers to deal with the issue of long-term effects of Covid.

Novavax vaccine shows 89.7% efficacy against Covid, UK clinical trial results show

Phase 3 trials of Novavax vaccine, published in UK, reports no cases of hospitalisation among participants who received both doses.

Barring the two Covid waves, Indians think govt handled pandemic ‘very well’

In India, political reasons caused ineffective implementation; while in China even the pandemic response was politicised and used to suppress genuine dissent.

India registers 31,923 new Covid infections, 282 deaths in last 24 hours

Active cases comprise 0.90% of total infections and the national recovery rate was recorded at 97.77%, the health ministry said.

NDMA recommends Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to kin of Covid victims, Modi govt informs SC

The monetary assistance will be provided only if the cause of death is certified as Covid as per the guidelines issued by the Union health ministry and ICMR, the Centre says.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar contradicts govt on UK vaccine row, says nations doing what’s best for them

MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar says he is not speaking on behalf of Modi govt but notes UK govt decision is simply a case of country doing what's in its best interest.

ZyCov-D price talks still on, but India begins training for use of needle-free applicator

First instalment of ZyCov-D, a three-dose Covid vaccine manufactured by Zydus Cadila, is expected next month. Vaccine doesn't require a needle injection to be administered.

Sri Lanka seeks $100 million loan from IMF to procure 14 million Pfizer vaccines

Sri Lankan minister for pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana told Parliament Tuesday that the government had vaccinated over 50% of the island nation's 21 million population.

Govt defends CoWin certificate as UK nod for Covishield fails to resolve travel row

The Indian Covid vaccination certificate is in line with template developed by the UN and International Civil Aviation Organisation, say govt officials.

India logs 26,964 new Covid infections, 383 fatalities in last 24 hours

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,27,83,741 and the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33%, according to health ministry data

When should kids wear a mask: On school bus, in classroom, outdoors? Here’s what experts say

With schools taking steps to reopen as number of Covid infections remain manageable, the debate over masking children — especially if they should and how young — is growing.

CBSE waives off registration, exam fees for students who lost parents due to Covid

CBSE examination controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said that the schools will have to provide the details of those students who have lost both parents after verifying the genuineness.

UK has issue with India’s CoWin certification, not vaccine. Travel restrictions to remain

Travelling from India to UK is not going to get easier from 4 Oct, despite most Indians receiving Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Jaishankar meets counterpart, asks for resolution.

India’s R value drops to 0.92, but Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru still over 1

R value, which indicates how fast Covid-19 is spreading, registers a drop to 0.92 from last week's 0.98. Maharashtra and Kerala, states with high active caseloads, also register drop.

61% post-vaccine adverse events linked to Covid shots in govt study, none fatal

Report comes 7 weeks after meeting by AEFI committee, and 10 weeks after the last report. In the time since, India administered over 48 crore doses.