Coronavirus updates | August 26, 2021

A health staff administers COVID vaccine as part of a drive in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

A health staff administers COVID vaccine as part of a drive in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

New Zealand has reported 68 new community cases of the coronavirus, the largest daily increase since April of last year as an outbreak of the delta variant continues to grow.

The government put the nation into a strict lockdown last week as it tries to stamp out the outbreak, which has grown to a total of 277 infections.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here . A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates :

India

Union Home Secretary reviews COVID-19 situation in Kerala, Maharashtra

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Thursday reviewed the measures being taken by the governments in Kerala and Maharashtra for checking the spread of COVID-19.

During the meeting held via video conferencing, Mr. Bhalla said the State governments should continue with their vaccination programmes and in case they required more vaccines, the same would be provided to the extent possible. - Devesh K Pandey

 

New Delhi

Second surge of COVID-19 is not over, says Health Secretary

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said "Second wave of Coronavirus pandemic is not over. 41 districts in India still report more than 10% positivity.

"September and October crucial in pandemic management because of several festivals."

"58.4 per cent of total COVID-19 cases last week were reported from Kerala. Kerala is the only State reporting over 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases, while four States have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cases.

 

"Total Covid vaccination at 60.39 crore."

"India is at a comfortable place in terms of vaccine supply. There is no shortage, In fact we have asked States to improve the vaccination rate," said Mr. Bhushan.

"COVID-19 vaccines are disease modifying and not disease preventing, so it is very important to use mask even after vaccination."

Rajasthan

Over 1 crore people fully vaccinated against Covid in Rajasthan: Health Minister

Over one crore people have been administered both doses of Covid vaccine in Rajasthan, State Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Thursday.

With this, 20 per cent of the target population in the state has been fully vaccinated, he said.

"A total of 4, 12, 67,359 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in the state. Of them, 3, 12, 58,116 have been given the first dose and 1,00,09,243 beneficiaries have received both doses," the minister said.

Sharma said there are 3,177 vaccination sites in the state -- 3,109 government and 68 private sites.

The minister said in view of a possible third wave of coronavirus, the infrastructure of all the hospitals in the state is being strengthened.

He said availability of medical oxygen, along with ICU beds, is being ensured in 332 CHCs

New Delhi

Delhi schools reopening: Parents divided amid concerns around imminent third COVID-19 wave

Amid concerns of a possible third wave of COVID-19 in coming months, parents are divided over the plan to reopen schools in the national capital.

An expert committee set up by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has recommended a phase-wise reopening of schools in the national capital beginning September.

While few believe its high time the schools are reopened as the learning loss is huge, others feel there is no harm in waiting for few more weeks or a month as experts have been warning of a possible third wave. — PTI

Maharashtra

Special vaccination camp for staff of Thane schools from August 27

A two-day special COVID-19 vaccination camp will be held for teaching and non-teaching staff of schools in Maharashtra's Thane district from August 27. District Collector Rajesh Narvekar on August 26 said the camp was being organised in keeping with the Centre's directive to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before the Teachers' Day on September 5.

The camp will be held for teaching and non-teaching staff of government as well as private schools at government vaccination centres, he said.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said more than two crore additional COVID-19 vaccine doses are being made available to States this month and they have been asked to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before the Teachers' Day. — PTI

Madhya Pradesh

Private schools in Madhya Pradesh to stage protests from Sept. 2 to demand resumption of physical classes

At least 45,000 private schools affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education will stage sit-in protests across the State from September 2 to demand reopening of schools for all classes in compliance with COVID-19 safeguards.

The Madhya Pradesh Private School Association wants schools to reopen for all classes with a standard operating procedure in place immediately, president of the association Ajeet Singh told PTI on August 26.

“The association is not going to suspend online classes or physical classes for students of Classes 9 to Class 12 held on different days in a week," Mr. Singh said.

“The State government has not paid dues accumulated under RTE in the last three years," he added.

“We are being asked to pay around ₹20,000 annual school recognition renewal fees. We have already incurred huge losses due to the pandemic and are not in a position to pay school recognition renewal fees," Mr. Singh said. — PTI

India

More than 3.77 crore balance, unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with States: Centre

Over 58.76 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on August 26.

More than 1.03 crore doses are also in the pipeline, the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry said that more than 3.77 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.

The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain, it said. — PTI

New Delhi

Can PM-CARES Fund spare money to help children affected by COVID-19 stay in school, asks Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre whether it can immediately release funds from the PM-Cares Fund for the education of children who have been orphaned or have lost legal guardians or either of their parents during the pandemic.

A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose highlighted that education was a fundamental right of children. Children needed to stay in school. It was especially anxious about the future of children who studied in private schools, where the fee may be on the higher side, and had lost their parents after the COVID-19 virus began disrupting lives since March 2020.

International

Moderna withholds 1.63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in Japan due to contamination

Moderna Inc has withheld supply of about 1.63 million doses in Japan after it was notified of contamination of its COVID-19 vaccine vials with particulate matter, the U.S. vaccine maker said on August 25.

The contamination, the company said, could be due to a manufacturing issue in one of the production lines at its contract manufacturing site in Spain.

International

COVID hospitalisations surge in Washington state

Washington state health officials said the number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients is doubling every 18 to 19 days in the state.

Dr Umair Shah, the state secretary of health, said on August 26 that the surge driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus has “stressed, stretched and strained” hospital resources across the state. - PTI

Karnataka

Karnataka reports 1,224 new cases, 22 deaths

Karnataka on August 25 reported 1,224 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,42,250. Bengaluru Urban reported 309 cases and three deaths on Wednesday.

With 22 deaths, the toll rose to 37,206. This is apart from 22 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.

Karnataka

Karnataka plans to vaccinate over 6 lakh people daily

Karnataka, which stands sixth in the country in terms of vaccine doses administered so far, plans to ramp up the drive to achieve its target of covering the entire 4.97 crore adult population by December end.

To meet this target, the State needs to inoculate over five lakh people daily, which translates to supply of at least 1.5 crore doses every month as against the average 60,000 doses received monthly now.

Karnataka plans to vaccinate over 6 lakh people daily

Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19: State registers 16 deaths, 1,601 cases in a day

The State reported 16 new deaths due to COVID and 1,601 new infections in the 24 hours ending Wednesday morning.

The single-day infection was highest in the past 12 days, and the single-day toll was highest in the past 10 days. The number of samples tested in the past day was also the highest in 12 days.

COVID-19: State registers 16 deaths, 1,601 cases in a day

Andhra Pradesh

Impose fine on those violating COVID-19 norms: Jagan

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed the District Collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to impose fine on commercial and other establishments violating the COVID-19 norms and strictly enforce the restrictions in general to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Addressing the District Collectors and SPs during a video-conference on ‘Spandana’ on Wednesday, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said though the number of COVID-19 cases plateaued and the recovery rate vastly improved, the officials should not be complacent in dealing with the disease as a third wave was said to be round the corner.

Impose fine on those violating COVID-19 norms: Jagan

Bihar

Bihar further eases COVID restrictions

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced further easing of COVID-19 restrictions after a review meeting with officials. He, however, cautioned people to take necessary precautions in view of the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic.

With Unlock-6 coming into effect in Bihar on August 26, all shops, establishments, shopping malls, parks, gardens and religious places will function normally. “Permission of the district administration will be needed to organise political, social, entertainment, sports, cultural and religious functions or gatherings. COVID-19 guidelines are to be strictly complied with,” tweeted Mr. Kumar.

Bihar further eases COVID restrictions

Telangana

Private schools struggle to prevail over pandemic

The countdown to school reopening has begun. On September 1, schools across the State are set to throw open their doors to students, teachers and administrative staff, but that’s not the only reason why the date is significant. The day will also show how several private schools in Hyderabad and other urban centres of the State survived the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telangana had 11,688 private schools in 2019-20. Now, the number has shrunk to 10,819, showing a decline of 869 private schools. School managements that have survived the lockdown spread over two academic sessions are keen about the reopening and return to normalcy.

Private schools struggle to prevail over pandemic

Tamil Nadu

Schools, colleges with COVID Care Centres allowed to function: Collector

Schools and colleges with COVID Care Centres or triage centres shall also start functioning from September 1, Collector G.S. Sameeran said here on Wednesday.

In a direction to the Coimbatore Corporation, Chief Education Officer and other officials, he said the managements should, however, disinfect the hostel or classrooms used for treating COVID-19 positive persons and then close those rooms.

Schools, colleges with COVID Care Centres allowed to function: Collector

Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s active tally goes up again as cases surpass recoveries

After a sustained recovery spree for more than a week, Maharashtra’s active cases rose again with the State reporting 5,031 new COVID-19 cases against just 4,380 patients being discharged. The active case tally has climbed to 50,183.

A spike of 212 deaths pushed the State’s cumulative fatalities to 1,36,571. The case fatality rate went up to 2.12%. The total cases have reached 64,37,680 while the cumulative recoveries have risen to 62,47,414 with the recovery rate standing at 97.04%.

Maharashtra’s active tally goes up again as cases surpass recoveries

Delhi

COVID-19 Rapid Response Centre opens at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Delhi

Health Minister Satyendar Jain inaugurated a ‘COVID-19 rapid response centre’ at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital on Wednesday.

The centre will offer immediate treatment to patients upon arrival without waiting for admission.

As the city is preparing for a possible third wave, the Minister said more such centres will be opened to ensure efficient emergency response.

The centre has been divided into two areas: a seven-bed triage area and a 23-bed ICU. All beds have multipara monitors with critical care equipment like ventilators, BIPAP machines, HFNC and crash carts, an official said.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Centre opens at Rajiv Gandhi Hospita l

International

New Zealand has biggest case day in over a year

New Zealand has reported 68 new community cases of the coronavirus, the largest daily increase since April of last year as an outbreak of the delta variant continues to grow.

The government put the nation into a strict lockdown last week as it tries to stamp out the outbreak, which has grown to a total of 277 infections.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on August 26 that she is confident the lockdown is working and new cases will soon begin to drop.

New Zealand has biggest case day in over a year

(With inputs from Agencies)


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