Coronavirus live updates | Mizoram CM's sister dies of COVID

Coimbatore Corporation health workers administering COVID-19 vacccine at the VOC Park Ground during the third mega vaccination camp held in Coimbatore on September 27   | Photo Credit: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Many States and Union Territories have organised mass vaccination camps across the country to reach target vaccinations, and to pre-empt the emergence of third wave of COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu used 9.85 lakh more doses than it had targeted at the third mega COVID-19 vaccination camp held on September 26, with the number of doses delivered topping 24 lakh. Health Department officials said the State had set a target of 15 lakh doses. By the end of the 12-hour exercise that began at 7 am, 24,85,814 people were inoculated. While 14,90,814 people aged above 18 received the first dose, 9,95,000 people were administered the second dose.

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:


Mizoram CM's sister dies of COVID

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga's elder sister Lalvuani died of COVID-19 at a hospital on Monday. Lalvuani, 88, died while undergoing treatment at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) near Aizawl.

"It is with deep sorrow that I announce the demise of my beloved elder sister Lalvuani (88-years) this morning at 11:30 am," the chief minister tweeted. Lalvuani, the third eldest of seven siblings, was bed-ridden for months due to asthma and age-related complications, family sources said.

She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 22 and shifted to the ZMC. - PTI


Over 84.50 crore Covid vaccine doses provided to States, UTs: Centre

More than 84.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far and nearly 21 lakh doses are in the pipeline, the Union Health Ministry said on September 27.

Over 4.74 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs for inoculation, it said. -PTI


Small study shows antibody growth from AstraZeneca, Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine mix

A small-scale clinical study of the combined use of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light vaccines against COVID-19 has shown strong antibody growth in a majority of the study's participants, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on September 27.

The data was collected from 20 people who took part in a 100-person study in Azerbaijan that began in February. They first received the AstraZeneca shot followed by the one-dose Russian-made Sputnik Light shot 29 days later, RDIF said. -Reuters


Sikkim eases norms for tourists

The Sikkim government has eased norms for tourists visiting the State by doing away with mandatory checking of documents like vaccination certificates and RT-PCR test reports at the border check posts with effect from September 27.

The in-bound tourists will not be required to show the documents like being vaccinated with minimum one dose of COVID vaccine or RT-PCR test report done 72 hours prior to entering the Himalayan state to officials manning the border check posts at Melli and Rangpo, a notification issued by the State government said. -PTI


Global vaccines project to revamp rules after Britain got more than Botswana

In March, as wealthy Britain led the world in vaccination rates and almost half its people had received a shot, the organisation meant to ensure fair global access to COVID-19 vaccines allotted the country over half a million doses from its supplies.

By contrast Botswana, which hadn’t even started its vaccination drive, was assigned 20,000 doses from the same batch of millions of Pfizer mRNA vaccines, according to publicly available documents detailing COVAX’s allocations.

Other poorer nations, with fledgling vaccination drives at best, also received fewer shots than Britain. Rwanda and Togowere each allotted about 1,00,000 doses and Libya nearly 55,000.

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Russia, Vietnam reach agreement on Sputnik V supplies -RIA

The Russian Direct Investment Fund and Vietnamese T&T group have reached an agreement on Sputnik-V vaccine supplies to Hanoi, the RIA news agency reported on September 27, citing Vietnamese ambassador to Moscow Dang Minh Khoi.

The Southeast Asian country has already produced a first test batch of Russia's flagship vaccine against COVID-19. Vietnam previously said it would receive 20 million doses from Russia this year. -Reuters


Thailand to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Thailand will further ease its coronavirus restrictions later this week, the country's COVID-19 task force said on September 27.

From October 1, some more businesses, which include spas and cinemas, will be allowed to reopen in 29 "dark red" provinces listed under maximum control, including the capital Bangkok, the task force said. -Reuters

New Zealand

New Zealand to allow home isolation to travelers

New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels.

Currently New Zealanders have to quarantine in hotels for two weeks when they return home from abroad.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on September 27 a pilot program that will allow New Zealanders to quarantine at home will include 150 business travelers who arrive between October 30 and December 8. The program will involve monitoring and testing. -AP


Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus found in 73.5% of Odisha’s population, says survey

A sero-survey conducted jointly by Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, and State Health and Family Welfare Department has found the community’s SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence at 73.5% in Odisha.

It means close to three-fourth of the population surveyed in 12 districts has developed antibodies against the virus. The seroprevalence among healthcare workers is 93.5%.

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Active COVID-19 cases in country lowest in 191 days

India added 26,041 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,36,78,786, while the active cases declined to 2,99,620, the lowest in 191 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on September 27.

The death toll climbed to 4,47,194 with 276 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The active cases comprise 0.89% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.78%, the ministry said. -PTI

Tamil Nadu

‘Children have similar antibody exposure as adults’

“Children have the same percentage of antibody exposure that adults have. We had shut schools saying children should not be exposed to the virus, but there has been community exposure since they have been doing other activities. Children have been going to malls, they have been playing outside, and are around their family,” said Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO.

“This is why organisations such as UNICEF and WHO have emphasised this and said that due to schools specifically, there is not much chance of infection spreading,” Dr. Soumya said.

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Tamil Nadu

Many students back on campus

In a few days, it will nearly be a month since schools across Tamil Nadu reopened for Classes 9-12. While there were some parents who were hesitant to send their children back to school, many schools in Chennai say more than 90% of the senior students have returned to the campus.

“We have over 95% of our students back on campus, and most of the students who have not returned belong to families that have shifted out of the city because of the loss of livelihood. The school has reached out to these students to ensure that they continue learning through alternate modes or we have helped them find admission to other government schools,” said G. Shanmugavel, Headmaster, Government Higher Secondary School, MGR Nagar.

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Sydney set to unveil freedom roadmap as more COVID-19 curbs eased

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) government plans to unveil its roadmap on September 27 for reopening the State from COVID-19 shutdowns, detailing the differing levels of freedoms to be afforded to citizens based on their vaccination status.

With 60% of people aged 16 and over fully inoculated - above the national average of 52% - officials expect to reach their 80% target around the end of October, based on current vaccination rates. -Reuters


COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War Two –study

The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on September 27 by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years.

Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. -Reuters


Rowdy celebrations erupt in Norway as COVID restrictions end

Police in Norway on September 26 reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Norwegian government abruptly announced September 24 that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped beginning September 25 and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal. -AP


ATK MB goalie Amrinder tests positive for COVID-19, left out of national team for SAFF C'ships

ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Amrinder Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26 and he has been left out of the Indian team for the SAFF Championships starting in Maldives on October 1.

"Yes, he has been tested positive for COVID-19," a source from the ATK Mohun Bagan told PTI on conditions of anonymity. -PTI

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