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India to fast-track approval for foreign COVID-19 vaccines to meet domestic demand

At a time when vaccine crunch has become a major issue in India’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union government has decided to speed up the process to provide emergency use authorization to vaccines that have been approved by foreign regulators. The health ministry in a statement said that the first 100 beneficiaries of...

Delhi HC rules any vehicle is a “public place”, says masks mandatory even if driving alone

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that any vehicle is a public place where COVID-19 rules apply and even if a person is driving alone in a car, a mask is compulsory. The verdict came in response to petitions challenging the imposition of fines for not wearing a mask while driving alone. The high...

Centre asks states to complete vaccination of all above 45 within 2 weeks in districts witnessing COVID-19 surge

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise rapidly across India, the Union government has directed states to immunise all above 45 years of age within two weeks in districts with a significant surge in infections. The Centre has written to all states and Union Territories asking them to expedite vaccination and ensure 100 per...

COVID-19: Gujarat, 7 other states account for 85% of new cases

Gujarat and seven other states alone account for 84.5 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry. The other states that have reported a significant number of new COVID-19 infections include— Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra has reported...

Can you guess the only coronavirus-free state in India?

At a time when the entire world is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases amid virus mutations, the people of Arunachal Pradesh can stay relaxed. The northeastern state on Sunday became the only state in the country to have zero active cases of COVID-19. Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday became a coronavirus-free state after the three...

Tally of people infected with mutated strain of coronavirus found in UK touches 38

The tally of people infected with the mutated strain of coronavirus first detected in the UK is rising and has now touched 38. The development comes at a time when the daily surge of COVID-19 cases in India is hovering around 20,000 from the over 90,000 cases reported daily at the peak of the pandemic....

States, UTs to conduct dry runs on Jan 2 ahead of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Before the actual rollout of the vaccine anytime soon, the Centre has directed all states and Union Territories to carry out a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination on January 2. The dry run will be conducted to test the planning and implementation of the vaccination process by the authorities. The test run will be conducted...

More people in India found infected with mutated coronavirus strain from UK

The tally of people infected with the new strain of coronavirus first detected in the UK is on the rise in India. Five fresh cases of the new strain of coronavirus have been detected in India. Following the surge, the total tally of people who returned from the UK and were found infected with 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...

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...

India’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 1.3 lakh, cases nearing 90 lakh

The health ministry on Monday informed that 30,548 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 88.45 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

India records single-day surge of 44,879 COVID-19 cases

The health ministry on Friday informed that 44,879 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 87.28 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...