NEW DELHI: Travellers from Dubai and the UK were primary sources of Covid-19 importations into India, according to an analytical study done by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi.
According to the research, which has been published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, Covid-19 got induced into Indian states mainly due to international travels. The study has also found that infected cases from Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh played less role in spreading the disease outside their communities.

Here are the top developments:
INDIA

  • World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s assurance that India will use its vaccine production capacity in helping nations fight Covid-19, saying the pandemic can be defeated only by mobilising resources for common good.

  • The ICMR’s second sero-survey shows that Indian population is still far from achieving herd immunity against coronavirus infection, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said while underlining the need for following Covid appropriate behaviour. He also stressed that masks be worn even in places of worship.

  • Union health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that over 5 lakh personal protective equipment per day are being produced by the 110 PPE manufacturers in the country. “Now we have 110 PPE manufacturers in India, producing over 5 lakh per day. States who used to complain about not getting an adequate number of PPEs, now say they do not have a place to keep them when we talk about sending PPEs,” Harsh Vardhan said.

  • The seven-day average of daily Covid-19 cases in India has been steadily falling for nine consecutive days from September 17 to September 26, the first time such a phase of continuous decline has been witnessed since the beginning of the outbreak.

  • Amid rising demand for medical oxygen which is essential in treatment of moderate to severe Covid-19 patients, the pharmaceutical pricing regulator has capped the price of medical oxygen cylinders and liquid medical oxygen (LMO) for six months to ensure availability of medical oxygen at stable rates.

  • Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti has tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bharti had addressed a series of public rallies in Madhya Pradesh last week before she left for Uttarakhand.

  • A total of 92,043 people have recuperated from Covid-19 in a span of 24 hours, taking India’s total recoveries close to 50 lakhs and exceeding the active cases of coronavirus infection by 39,85,225, the Union health ministry said.

STATES

  • Delhi: The Delhi government has so far provided 60,042 oximeters to home quarantined Covid-19 patients in the city to help them check their oxygen levels, according to official figures. The Kejriwal government had in June announced to provide oximeters to the Covid-19 patients in home isolation with no symptoms or mild symptoms of the disease and facing breathing problems due to low oxygen levels.

  • Rajasthan: Rajasthan reported 15 more deaths and 2,084 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,441 while the case tally rose to 1,28,859. A total of 1,07,718 Covid-19 patients have recovered so far in the state.
  • Maharashtra: The Mumbai leg of Oxford University’s global Covid-19 vaccine trial began with three men in the 25-45 age group getting vaccinated on Saturday at the BMC-run KEM Hospital, Parel. The men were kept under observation for a few hours before they left the hospital.

  • J&K: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,141 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day pushing the tally to 72,190, while seven fatalities during the same period took the death toll to 1,132, officials said. It was for the 25th consecutive day that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1000 in 24 hours.
  • Haryana: In the past one week, Haryana has been registering one death in every hour due to Covid-19. The state had recorded 1,092 deaths on September 18, which reached to 1,273 within a week on September 25 — an addition of 181 more cases in seven days. It comes out to be around 26 deaths in 24 hours or one death in every one hour due to the deadly virus.

  • Andhra Pradesh: A total of 76,416 samples were tested for coronavirus and it turned out 6,923 fresh positives cases in Andhra Pradesh, taking the aggregate to 6,75,674 but over six lakh of them have already recovered. The state also saw 7,796 Covid-19 patients getting cured and discharged in 24 hours.
  • UP: The Covid-19 crisis seems to be easing in the Sangam City as 73% of the total cases have been found to be asymptomatic or with very mild symptoms and the recovery rate improving further and crossing the 80% mark.

  • Tripura: At least 302 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura, pushing the tally to 24,728, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 267 with two more people succumbing to the infection.
  • Karnataka: The state government revised the price of Covid testing. The cost of real-time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction test in private laboratories has been capped at Rs 1,600 per test, inclusive of the cost of PPE kit. It was till now Rs 2,500 per test.

  • Andamans: The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 3,774 as 15 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Six new patients have travel history, while nine fresh infections were detected during contact tracing.
  • MP: The body of a 64-year-old businessman from Khandwa was exchanged with that of a Covid victim at a private hospital in Indore on Saturday , exposing them to the risk of infection. The shocking lapse was detected hours later.

  • Mizoram: At least 30 people, including 12 Border Security Force personnel, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the state’s tally to 1,865. Mizoram now has 549 active Covid-19 cases, while 1,316 people have recovered.
  • Telangana: Telangana recorded 1967 new cases and 9 Covid-19 deaths. With the latest numbers the total number of cases reached 1,85,833 and the total number of deaths breached the 1100 figure.

  • Odisha: Odisha’s Covid-19 tally rose to 2,09,374 as 3,922 more people tested positive for the disease, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 797. Odisha now has 38,331 active cases.
  • Ladakh: The Union territory of Ladakh reported 68 new coronavirus cases and one more death, taking the virus tally to 4093 and death toll to 57. With 47 more patients cured of the disease, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 1018 — 615 in Leh district and 403 in Kargil district.

WORLD

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 998,463 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December. At least 32,915,550 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 22,574,500 are now considered recovered.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of Covid-19.

  • More than 1,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day for the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high. The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up in recent weeks, possibly because more businesses have been reopening and students have been returning to schools and college campuses.

  • Singapore reported 15 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, including five imported ones, taking the island nation’s coronavirus case load to 57,700, according to official data. Nineteen Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on Saturday, taking the total number of recovered patients to 57,359 in Singapore.
  • Italy’s coronavirus Patient No. 1, whose case confirmed one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks was underway, is taking part in a 180-kilometer (112-mile) relay race in memory of Covid-19 victims and as a sign of hope after he himself recovered from weeks in intensive care.

  • Hospitals in the Paris and Marseille regions are delaying some scheduled operations to free up space for Covid-19 patients as the French government tries to stem a rising tide of coronavirus infections, the health minister said. As restaurants and bars in Marseille prepared to shut down Sunday night for a week as part of scattered new French virus restrictions, health minister Olivier Veran insisted that the country plans no new lockdowns.
  • An overnight curfew in Australia’s second-biggest city will be lifted from Monday, almost two months after it was imposed across Melbourne to counter a surging coronavirus outbreak. The relaxation comes after 16 new infections and two deaths were reported in Victoria on Sunday.

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