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January 24, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

Coronavirus Highlights: Pakistan approves emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus News Highlights: More than 14 lakh people in India have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 306th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India's COVID-19 tally stands at more than 1.06 crore, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll in the country due to the outbreak stands at 1.53 lakh. While the total recoveries have increased to 1.03 crore, 1.84 lakh cases
remain 'active'. India's recovery rate is 96.8 percent. Globally, more than 9.76 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 20.97 lakh have died so far. Many countries, including India, have granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and have started vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has also granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin. Over 14 lakh people have been given at least their first dose in India so far.
  • January 24, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

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  • January 24, 2021 / 10:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Israel decides to ban passenger flights to curb COVID-19 spread

    Israel on Sunday decided to ban incoming and outgoing passenger flights from Monday at 22:00GMT until the end of January in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and new coronavirus strains, Israel’s Haaretz news website reported.

  • January 24, 2021 / 09:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | SC to hear plea for extra chance to aspirants who missed UPSC exam due to COVID-19

    The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a plea seeking grant of one more chance to appear in the UPSC's civil services examination to those aspirants who could not appear in their previous attempt last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
    The crucial hearing assumes significance in the wake of the Centre's assertion last Friday that it was not in favour of granting one more opportunity to the civil services aspirants who could not appear in their last attempt in 2020.

    A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar had taken note of the submissions of Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju, appearing on behalf of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on January 22 and had asked the government to file an affidavit to this effect.

  • January 24, 2021 / 08:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | MP's COVID-19 count rises by 252, recoveries by 388; three die

    Madhya Pradesh''s coronavirus tally on Sunday grew to 2,53,657 with the addition of 252 cases, a health official said.
    As three patients succumbed to the infection during the day, the death toll mounted to 3,789, they said.

    A total of 388 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state''s overall recovery count to 2,45,697.

    Bhopal, Gwalior and Khargone recorded one death each, the official said.

  • January 24, 2021 / 08:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Gujarat sees 410 new COVID-19 cases, 704 recoveries, one death

    Gujarat has recorded 410 fresh coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the count of infections to 2,59,097, the state Health department said on Sunday.
    With one more person succumbing to the viral disease, the overall toll in the state mounted to 4,376, the department said in a release.

  • January 24, 2021 / 08:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Tamil Nadu's COVID-19 tally edges up to 8.34 lakh with 569 fresh

    With 569 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, Tamil Nadu's infection tally edged up to 8,34,740 and the toll rose to 12,316, while nearly 2,500 people in the priority list were vaccinated for the disease on Sunday, the state government said. Recoveries continued to eclipse fresh infections with 642 people recovering, the total number of those cured in the state so far to 8,17,520, a health department bulletin said.

  • January 24, 2021 / 05:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | UK university scientists finalise nasal spray that blocks out COVID-19: Report

    A nasal spray which can prevent a coronavirus infection for up to two days is being prepped for mass production by scientists at the University of Birmingham with the hope of having them available over-the-counter in pharmacies in a few months, a UK newspaper report said on Sunday.

    Dr Richard Moakes, the study’s lead researcher, told ‘The Sunday Telegraph’ that he is confident in the spray’s formula to help unlock society from social distancing restrictions and “get schools going again”.

    The nasal spray, which has not yet been named, is made from ingredients that are already approved for medical use, meaning it is safe for use by humans and does not require further approval.

  • January 24, 2021 / 04:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Delhi records 185 new COVID-19 cases, nine fatalities

    Delhi recorded 185 fresh COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Sunday, while the positivity rate rose marginally to stand at 0.30 percent, authorities said.
    The positivity rate on Saturday was at 0.26 percent.

    The national capital''s infection tally is now over 6.33 lakh and the death toll 10,808, the authorities said.

    On Monday, the city had recorded 161 cases, the lowest in nearly nine months, with a positivity rate of 0.32 percent.

  • January 24, 2021 / 04:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Nine active cases of COVID-19 in Australian open quarantine - officials

    One case of COVID-19 among those in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open has been reclassified, local health officials said on Sunday, leaving nine active cases in the group of players and support staff isolating in Melbourne hotels.

    Health officials previously said they were investigating some positive tests for evidence of “viral shedding”, where people who have had the virus continue to shed non-infectious remnants after they have recovered.

  • January 24, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Vaccinated people may still transmit COVID-19, warns England's chief medic

    One of England's leading medical officers today urged the public to continue to follow the strict lockdown rules because any vaccine-related immunity from COVID-19 takes at least three weeks to kick in.

    Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, also warned that there is no clear evidence yet to show that vaccinated people cannot transmit the deadly virus on to others. “Regardless of whether someone has had their vaccination or not, it is vital that everyone follows the national restrictions and public health advice, as protection takes up to three weeks to kick in and we don't yet know the impact of vaccines on transmission,” Van-Tam said. (Input from PTI)

  • January 24, 2021 / 03:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic impact | Several students have perfect scores, which were unheard of. With some help from Google, online examinations have been a breeze for many but not anymore. Mumbai University has tweaked the exam format to include descriptive answers that will be hard to Google.

    Read: Students love online exams but can scores be taken seriously?

  • January 24, 2021 / 03:13 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | 10 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days: Health Ministry

    India took only six days to administer 10 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses, a count which is higher than that of countries like the US and the UK, the Union Health Ministry said today as the number of beneficiaries who have received the anti-coronavirus shots inched close to 16 lakh.

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