A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine(AP)

Highlights: South African variant of Covid-19 found in US

  • India is currently conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19, administering shots of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech International Limited’s Covaxin.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 12:21 AM IST

India's Covid-19 tally of cases crossed 1.07 crore with 11,666 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the national recovery rate climbed to 96.94 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll rose to 153,847 as 123 fresh fatalities were reported, the dashboard further showed.

India is currently conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19, administering shots of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech International Limited’s Covaxin.

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Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 infections in England is starting to fall, possibly reflecting the impact of a new lockdown, but cases are not coming down quickly enough and prevalence remains very high, a large study showed on Thursday.

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  • JAN 28, 2021 10:58 PM IST

    South African variant of Covid-19 found in US

    US state of South Carolina reported two cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 virus. Both individuals had no contact with each other and have no recent history of foreign travel, reported Bloomberg.

  • JAN 28, 2021 10:16 PM IST

    Mumbai records 394 fresh cases of Covid-19, 7 fatalities

  • JAN 28, 2021 09:17 PM IST

    EU suggests administering Covid-19 second jab after a gap of three weeks instead of two

    The European Medicines Agency on Thursday asked EU countries to administer the second jab of Covid-19 vaccine after a gap of three weeks instead of two, in a bid to deal with long supply gaps, reported Reuters.

  • JAN 28, 2021 08:10 PM IST

    Paris to suspend Covid-19 inoculation drive from Feb 2

    Paris has decided to suspend Covid-19 inoculation drive for the first dose of the vaccine following an order by French authorities, owing to the lack of proper vaccine supply, reported Reuters. However, the second dose for those who had been vaccinated before will be administered as decided before.

  • JAN 28, 2021 07:34 PM IST

    Rajasthan records 85 new cases of Covid-19, 2 fatalities

    Rajasthan on Thursday recorded 85 new cases of Covid-19, pushing the current toll of active cases to 2559. 2 fatalities were also reported in the state, the increased death toll now stands at 2559, reported ANI.

  • JAN 28, 2021 06:52 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu records 503 new cases of Covid-19, 6 fatalities

    Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 503 new cases of coronavirus in the state. The current tally stands at 8,36,818. 6 fatalities have also been registered in the state, the death toll as of Thursday stands at 12,339. reported ANI.

  • JAN 28, 2021 06:19 PM IST

    1200 officials and staff of RS secretariat get tested for coronavirus before Parliament starts session

  • JAN 28, 2021 05:30 PM IST

    Odisha records zero Covid-19 fatalities for the second consecutive day

    Odisha maintained its streak of zero Covid-19 fatalities for the second day straight. The state reported 113 new cases of Covid-19, taking the statewide toll to 3,34,780. The death toll has stayed put at 1,906, reported news agency PTI.

  • JAN 28, 2021 04:33 PM IST

    India inoculated 1 million people in 6 days, says union health secretary

    Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan told news agency ANI on Thursday that India achieved the remarkable feat of inoculating 1 million people in just 6 days, taking much less time than countries like US, UK, Germany, Israel, UAE, Italy, and Spain.

  • JAN 28, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    165 individuals in India test positive for the UK variant of Covid-19

  • JAN 28, 2021 02:59 PM IST

    Taiwan seeks Germany's help in obtaining Covid-19 vaccine

    After Germany asked for Taiwan's help in easing shortage of automobile semiconductor chips Taiwan requested Berlin's help in easing vaccine worries, reported Reuters. Taiwan has signed deals to buy 20 million doses of vaccine, including 10 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and is also slated to receive 4.76 million doses from COVAX alliance.

  • JAN 28, 2021 02:17 PM IST

    165 infected with UK variant of Covid-19 in India, says govt

    The number of people who have tested positive for the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country has climbed to 165, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

  • JAN 28, 2021 02:05 PM IST

    UK vaccine rollout must not be interrupted, UK minister says of EU demand

    Britain's supply of vaccines from AstraZeneca must not be interrupted, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said on Thursday, when asked if the government would allow shots to be diverted to the European Union.

  • JAN 28, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    Russia reports 19,138 new Covid-19 cases, 575 deaths

    Russia reported 19,138 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, including 2,897 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 3,793,810 since the pandemic began.

  • JAN 28, 2021 01:33 PM IST

    China warns US against 'politicising' WHO virus probe

    China on Thursday warned the United States against 'politicising' WHO virus probe.

  • JAN 28, 2021 01:25 PM IST

    Pfizer-BioNTech say their Covid-19 vaccine effective against UK, South Africa variants

    Pfizer-BioNTech say their Covid-19 vaccine effective against UK, South Africa variants, reports AFP.

  • JAN 28, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for Covid origins study

    A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • JAN 28, 2021 12:28 PM IST

    39 new coronavirus cases in Pondy, tally touches 38,973

    Puducherry clocked 39 fresh cases of Covid-19 and one related death on Thursday, taking the aggregate to 38,973.

  • JAN 28, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    Made in India vaccines reach Sri Lanka: S Jaishankar

    A dependable partner, a reliable friend. Made in India vaccines reach Sri Lanka now: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

  • JAN 28, 2021 11:37 AM IST

    Philippines authorises emergency use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

    The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised the emergency use of the vaccine against the coronavirus developed by the AstraZeneca company, media reported on Thursday.

  • JAN 28, 2021 11:34 AM IST

    Regeneron's Covid-19 antibody cocktail effective against coronavirus variants

    The tests conducted on two different variants of the coronavirus show that one of the two monoclonal antibodies in Regeneron's cocktail therapy can neutralize both, despite the mutations, researchers reported.

  • JAN 28, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    India’s recovery rate has reached nearly 97%: Govt

    With a consistent rise in cumulative recoveries, India’s recovery rate has reached nearly 97%. India’s recovery rate is one of the highest globally. 1,03,73,606 people have recovered and 14,301 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Health

  • JAN 28, 2021 11:11 AM IST

    78% of active cases are concentrated in five states: Govt

    78% of the active cases are concentrated in five states —Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal. 77.84% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 7 States/UTs: Ministry of Health

  • JAN 28, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    South Korea reports 497 more Covid-19 cases, 76,926 in total

    South Korea reported 497 more cases of Covid-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 76,926.

  • JAN 28, 2021 10:20 AM IST

    186 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death in Telangana

    Telangana posted 186 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the total positives to nearly 2.94 lakh while one related fatality pushed the toll to 1,594.

  • JAN 28, 2021 09:46 AM IST

    70% of our Covid-19 cases are in Maharashtra and Kerala: Harsh Vardhan

    70% of our Covid-19 cases are in Maharashtra and Kerala. So far, 153 cases of UK variant have been detected in India: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

  • JAN 28, 2021 09:32 AM IST

    India logs 11, 666 fresh Covid-19 cases, 123 deaths; tally at 10,701,193

    India reported 11,666 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, as the tally rose to 10,701,193, the Union health ministry’s dashboard showed on Friday. The death toll rose to 153,847 as 123 fresh fatalities were reported, the dashboard further showed.

  • JAN 28, 2021 09:24 AM IST

    Flight carrying 1st consiignment of Covid-19 vaccine to Colombo has departed

    Flight carrying the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine to Colombo, Sri Lanka from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has departed.

  • JAN 28, 2021 08:55 AM IST

    11,845 healthcare workers receive Covid-19 vaccine in Punjab's Ludhiana

    As many as 11,845 healthcare workers in the Ludhiana district have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine so far, which is the highest number in any other district of Punjab, said Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday.

  • JAN 28, 2021 08:54 AM IST

    Flight carrying first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka delayed

    Flight carrying the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has been delayed.

  • JAN 28, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    New Zealand tightens quarantine as Australia decides on travel bubble

    New Zealand will tighten quarantine rules after two cases of the South African Covid-19 variant were confirmed in Auckland, as it awaits an Australian decision on whether it would reopen quarantine-free travel to arrivals from the Pacific nation.

  • JAN 28, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    AstraZeneca to produce 90 million Covid-19 vaccine shots in Japan: Govt spokesman

    AstraZeneca Plc has told Japan's health ministry it would produce more than 90 million coronavirus vaccine shots in the country, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday.

  • JAN 28, 2021 07:50 AM IST

    English Covid-19 infections starting to fall, but prevalence still high, study finds

    The number of Covid-19 infections in England is starting to fall, possibly reflecting the impact of a new lockdown, but cases are not coming down quickly enough and prevalence remains very high, a large study showed on Thursday.

  • JAN 28, 2021 07:46 AM IST

    Vietnam reports first 2 locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in 55 days

    Vietnam's health ministry on Thursday confirmed its first two locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, just weeks before the country's Lunar New Year holiday period, when big gatherings indoors are expected.

  • JAN 28, 2021 07:21 AM IST

    Mexico reports 17,944 new coronavirus cases, 1,623 deaths

    Mexico's health ministry on Wednesday reported 17,944 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 1,623 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,806,849 cases and 153,639 deaths.

  • JAN 28, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    Consignment of Covishield vaccine to be dispatched from Mumbai to Bahrain and Colombo

    A consignment of Covishield vaccine, by Serum Institute of India, to be dispatched from Mumbai to Bahrain and Colombo, today.

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