Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: More than 16 crore vaccinated against COVID-19 so far; India's total caseload above 2 crore

09:35 (IST)

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Delhi HC issues notice to Centre on non-compliance of oxygen supply orders


The Delhi High Court issued a show cause notice to the Centre to explain as to why it should not initiate contempt of court proceedings over the government's failure to supply oxygen to the National Capital despite being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court and high court.

"You can put your head in sand like an ostrich, we will not," a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, according to PTI, rejecting the Centre's submission that Delhi was not entitled to 700 metric tonnes of medical oxygen in light of existing medical infrastructure.

The Bench which was hearing multiple petitions over the shortage of supply of COVID-19 essentials in the National Capital, including medical grade oxygen, also summoned Union minister and joint MHA secretary Piyush Goyal at the court along with Sumita Dabra of the Industries Department to respond to the notice.

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09:12 (IST)

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More than 16 crore vaccinated against COVID-19 

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16 crore with nearly 11.5 lakh doses administered till 8 pm on Tuesday, the health ministry said.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 16,04,18,105, according to a provisional report compiled at 8 pm.

"India also administered more than 13 crore (13,00,03,225) doses as the first dose and more than three crore (3,04,14,880) vaccine doses as the second dose," the ministry said.

09:08 (IST)

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14 Indian crew members of cargo ship in isolation after testing COVID-19 positive in South Africa

Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship that sailed to Durban from India have tested positive for COVID-19, South Africa's Transnet National Port Authority has said.

The 14 were among the entire crew that was tested after the ship arrived in Durban on Sunday. They are now all in isolation as authorities start a track and trace initiative for all those who might have been in contact with them.

"The vessel is currently on quarantine. No one is allowed to leave or enter the vessel, and the company responsible for anyone who worked on board is to track and trace all employees who interacted with the subject vessel," Transnet said on Tuesday.

09:03 (IST)

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COVID-19 situation in Assam 'little alarming': Himanta Biswa Sarma

The COVID-19 situation in Assam is "a little alarming" with nearly 5,000 positive cases and the highest of 41 deaths reported on Tuesday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Sarma said that with about 5,000 COVID-19 cases reported everyday the "situation in Assam is becoming a little alarming". However, "we are prepared and measures are on to scale up ICU and hospital beds".

The state has reported 4,475 new COVID-19 cases during the day taking the tally to 2,67,925 while the toll has increased to 1,430 with the 41 fatalities, including 15 from Kamrup Metro.

08:53 (IST)

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US is helping India 'significantly' in fight against COVID-19 second wave: Biden

The US is helping India "significantly" in its fight against the second wave of COVID-19 by sending it material and machine parts, President Joe Biden has said.

So far, six air shipments funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have departed the US for India. These flights include health supplies, oxygen cylinders, N95 masks and medicines.

"We are helping Brazil. We are helping India significantly. I spoke to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. What he needs most is the material and the parts to be able to have his machines that can make the vaccine work. We're sending him that,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

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08:52 (IST)

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ICMR revises RT-PCR testing guidelines to reduce pressure on labs

The need for RT-PCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories, recommended an ICMR advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic.

The advisory stated that RT-PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT-PCR and that testing is not required for COVID-19 recovered individuals at the time of hospital discharge in accordance with the discharge policy of the Ministry of Health.

The advisory was issued in view of laboratories facing challenges to meet the expected testing target due to extraordinary case load and staff getting infected with COVID-19 .

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Coronavirus in India Latest News LIVE Updates: The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16 crore with nearly 11.5 lakh doses administered till 8 pm on Tuesday, the health ministry said.

West Bengal on Tuesday reported its highest single-day deaths of 107 COVID patients taking the toll to 11,744, the health department said in a bulletin. The tally also went up to 8,98,533 after the state recorded its highest daily spike of 17,639 cases.

In the past 24 hours, 16,547 patients were cured of the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,06,58,094. The number of active cases has risen to 1,20,946, the bulletin added.

Out of the 107 deaths, 53 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental. North 24 Parganas district and Kolkata reported 33 and 31 fresh fatalities respectively. The remaining deaths were registered in several other districts.

The 17,639 fresh positive cases included 3,954 from North 24 Parganas district and 3,914 from Kolkata, the bulletin said.

Since Monday, 57,748 COVID-19 samples were tested in West Bengal for the virus, taking the total number of such tests to 1,06,58,094.

The total number of people inoculated in West Bengal on Tuesday was 1,34,819. The inoculation process for people belonging to the 18-44 years age bracket started at two private hospitals in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the state health department dismissed rumours regarding the shortage of Remdesisir and said that companies "should allocate the drug to clinical establishments
on the basis of CCU bed strength and the rate of occupancy there".

Companies would not be able to sell them to individuals against any doctor's prescription, the department said issuing a similar advisory for the usage of Tocilizumab drug.