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Thursday, Jun 17, 2021

Highlights: South Africa says 12 million people ‘probably’ had Covid-19

Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that the battle against the Covid-19 is far from over adding that the government is all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the infection.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Sep 17, 2020 00:07 IST
Highlights: South Africa says 12 million people ‘probably’ had Covid-19
A health worker in PPE coveralls marks slides for coronavirus testing.

As per the Union health ministry's dashboard, India on Wednesday logged 90,123 new cases and 1,290 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease. The active cases stand at 995,933 whereas over 3.9 million have recovered so far.

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Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had on Tuesday said that the battle against the Covid-19 is far from over adding that the government is all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the infection.

Meanwhile,The two indigenous vaccine candidates have completed Phase 1 human trials, and their developers have recruited subjects for Phase 2 trials, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general Dr Balram Bhargava said.

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11:58 PM IST

100-year-old woman defeats coronavirus in Assam

A 100-year-old woman Mai Handique has defeated coronavirus in Guwahati.

She lives in Mothers Old Age Home in the Hatigaon area of Guwahati. State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma lauded the "steely resolve" of the women and efforts of doctors who treated her at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) in the city, reports ANI.

11:47 PM IST

Pune records 4,656 new Covid-19 cases, 74 more deaths

Pune district reported 4,656 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its count to 2,35,852 on Wednesday, a health official said. Also, 1,883 patients were discharged from hospitals following their recovery from the disease, the official said, reports PTI.

11:35 PM IST

Indian hospitals desperate for oxygen as coronavirus cases top 5 million

Coronavirus infections in India surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients, reports Reuters.

11:30 PM IST

South Africa says 12 million people ‘probably’ had Covid-19

About 12 million people in South Africa have 'probably' been infected with the coronavirus, but that startlingly high number has not caused a similarly high death rate and might indicate a widespread 'level of immunity,' the country's minister of health says, reports AP.

11:14 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally reaches 10,795

Himachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally reaches 10,795. The total number of cases includes 4,146 active cases, 6,531 recoveries and 89 deaths: State Health Department

10:13 PM IST

Delhi govt declares two new hospitals in city as designated partial Covid hospitals

In view of Covid-19 pandemic, Delhi govt has decided to declare Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital & Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital as designated Covid Hospitals partially, for admitting confirmed/suspected cases of Covid-19 in addition to the already designated Covid Hospitals.

09:40 PM IST

Union minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for Covid-19

Union minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for Covid-19

08:23 PM IST

with 3,237 new Covid-19 cases, West Bengal's case tally reaches 2,12,383

West Bengal reports 3,237 new Covid-19 cases and 61 deaths today, taking total cases to 2,12,383 including 1,84,113 discharges, 24,147 active cases and 4,123 deaths: State Health Department

08:15 PM IST

Maharashtra reports 23,365 new Covid cases

23,365 new Covid-19 cases and 474 deaths reported in Maharashtra today; 17,559 patients discharged. Total cases in the state rise to 11,21,221 including 30,883 deaths and 7,92,832 patients discharged. Active cases at 2,97,125: Public Health Department, Maharashtra

07:00 PM IST

Pandemic "hero" Filipino nurses struggle to leave home

"Priso-nurses" from across the Philippines gathered on video meeting platform Zoom to pray to be allowed to leave.

They prayed to be allowed to take up nursing jobs in countries where the coronavirus is killing thousands in hospitals and care homes. In recent months, these care workers have taken to calling themselves "priso-nurses."

With infections also surging in the Philippines, the government in April banned healthcare workers from leaving the country. They were needed, it said, to fight the pandemic at home.

06:01 PM IST

Govt lifts ban on export of medical supplies

The prohibition on export of PPE coveralls, 2/3 ply masks, face shields, sanitizers (except when exported in containers with dispenser pumps), Hydroxychloroquine API an its formulations, 13 other Pharmaceutical APIs and its formulations and ventilators has the been removed, the commerce and industry ministry said on Wednesday.

05:28 PM IST

United Airlines adds antimicrobial coating on aircraft to protect against Covid-19

US carrier United Airlines on Wednesday said that it would add an antimicrobial coating to the airline's safety and cleaning procedures to protect against the coronavirus disease.

05:04 PM IST

UK to ration Covid-19 testing amid testing failures

The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people around the country were unable to schedule tests, news agency Associated Press reported.

03:27 PM IST

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta tests positive

03:11 PM IST

Russia to supply India's Dr Reddy's Labs with doses of Sputnik-V

Reuters has reported that Russia will supply India's Dr Reddy Labs with 100 million (ten crore) doses if its Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine, once the vaccine gets regulatory approval in India.

First published: Sep 16, 2020 05:39 IST