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“It’s a COVID-19 tsunami”, Gujarat govt tells high court

Nirupam Banerjee, Ahmedabad: The state government on Thursday admitted before the Gujarat High Court that there is a “tsunami of COVID-19” going on and it is conscious of the “worsening situation” in the state. The admission came from advocate general Kamal Trivedi during his opening note in the hearing of the suo motu public interest...

Pfizer seeks nod for its COVID-19 vaccine in India

US-based vaccine major Pfizer’s India unit has approached the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine. Following the development, Pfizer India has become the first pharmaceutical firm in the country to seek EUA for its COVID-19 vaccine. Notably, the company’s parent entity has already secured similar...

COVID-19 vaccine will be ready within a few weeks, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said frontline healthcare workers, the elderly and those suffering from life-threatening symptoms and diseases will be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine. PM Modi said this during an all-party meeting organised to discuss India’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccination and the current situation of the pandemic. The meeting...

RBI keeps repo, reverse repo rates unchanged; predicts real GDP growth at -7.5%

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Friday decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent. The reverse repo rate has been also kept unchanged at 3.35 per cent. The rates have been kept unchanged by the central bank for the third time in a row amid concerns...

540 COVID-19 deaths reported in India in 24 hours

The health ministry on Friday informed that 36,595 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 95.71 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

COVID-19: Centre has no plan to vaccinate every Indian

The Centre has clarified that it has never said that the whole population of India will be immunised with the COVID-19 vaccine. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there was never a talk about inoculating the whole population of the country with the COVID-19 vaccine. “I just want to make this clear that the government...

Pushkar fair affected due to COVID-19 pandemic

The five-day Panchtirth at Pushkar was a lackluster affair and for the first time, Tirthraj Pushkar could not attract devotees in large numbers for the holy event. It is for the first time that the various ghats of Pushkar looked barren with fewer devotees for the Panchtirth that ended Monday. The coronavirus pandemic acted as...

Moderna to apply for emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine in US, Europe

After its COVID-19 vaccine candidate exhibited an efficacy of 94.1 per cent in clinical trials, US-based biotechnology firm Moderna has said that it will apply for emergency use authorisation from the US FDA. It also said it will apply for conditional approval from the European Medicines Agency. A few weeks ago, Moderna had claimed that...

480 COVID-19 deaths, over 37k cases in past 24 hours in India

The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 37,975 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 91.77 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

44,059 COVID-19 cases, 511 deaths reported in India in a day

The health ministry on Monday informed that 44,059 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 91.39 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

COVID-19 case tally nearing 91 lakh in India, deaths cross 1.33 lakh

The health ministry on Sunday informed that 45,209 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 90.95 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

COVID-19 cases cross 90 lakh in India

The health ministry on Friday informed that 45,882 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 90.04 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...