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Thane logs 253 new cases, 4 more deaths

Thane has reported 253 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,53,366, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were recorded on Tuesday, he said. Four more people also succumbed to the viral infection, pushing the death toll in the district to 11,326, he said. (PTI)

Third wave of COVID-19 is here, says Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar  

Mumbai Mayor Kishnori Pednekar on Tuesday said the financial capital has been hit by the third wave of COVID-19. The remarks came a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s data revealed that Mumbai reported over 28 percent of the total COVID-19 cases it had recorded in August in the first six days of September, as per the civic data. “Third-wave of COVID-19 is not coming, it is here,” said Pednekar, reported ANI.

New Zealand marks downward trend in new COVID-19 cases  

New Zealand reported a further fall in locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the largely coronavirus-free nation looks to eradicate an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. New Zealand reported 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, down from 21 a day earlier, on the first day of an easing of tough restrictions in all regions outside its largest city Auckland. Daily infections hit a peak of 85 on August 29. All of the latest cases were in Auckland. Officials earlier this week said schools, offices and businesses can reopen outside Auckland from Wednesday after near-zero cases in the rest of the country, but there will be a cap on gatherings and masks will remain mandatory in public venues.

  • Today’s Data Highlights (September 8)– 37.88k new cases, 369 new deaths, 39.11k new recoveries, 1.6k dip in the active cases- Dip in the active cases for the third consecutive day- Deaths below 400 for the 6th consecutive day- New cases below 40k for the 3rd day- 7-day moving average of deaths lowest in 160 days – Kerala reports 25.77k new cases, Maharashtra 3.9k, Tamil Nadu 1.5k- Kerala reports 189 new deaths, Maharashtra 86, Tamil Nadu 19- 11 states/UTs report a rise in the active cases- Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -5% (world average is -8%)- 78.48 lakh new vaccinations. 70.75 crore total. 53.45 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 25.02 lakh second dose- 17.54 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 2.16% (2.05% the previous day)- Test positivity rate below 3% for the 9th day- Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 17.82, Mizoram 14.14%, Sikkim 9.19%.
  • India reports 37,875 new COVID-19 cases, 39,114 recoveries and 369 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.  Total cases: 3,30,96,718Active cases: 3,91,256 Total recoveries: 3,22,64,051Death toll: 4,41,411.

Mumbai crosses 1 crore COVID-19 vaccination mark: BMC data  

Mumbai hit the milestone of administering more than 1 crore vaccine doses against coronavirus on Tuesday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, nearly eight months after the nationwide inoculation drive began on January 16. A total of 1,00,41,579 vaccine doses have been administered so far to beneficiaries across all eligible age groups, the data showed. According to the BMC, 71,61,427 beneficiaries have been given the first dose of the vaccine, while 28,80,152 have received both shots. So far, 91,49,489 beneficiaries have been given Covishield, while the indigenous vaccine Covaxin has been administered to 8,59,343 and Russia-made Sputnik V to 32,747 people, the figures showed. The highest 45,63,716 doses were given to beneficiaries in age group 18 to 44 followed by 28,47,204 in the 45 to 59 age group, according to the data. As many as 18,44,078 beneficiaries aged 60 and above have been covered under the vaccination drive so far.

  • Lockdown may return if COVID norms violated: Odisha CM Naveen PatnaikOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday cautioned people that the government may be forced to reimpose lockdown if COVID-19 guidelines are not followed. Patnaik said this while reviewing the coronavirus situation of the state and its preparedness for tackling the possible third wave of the pandemic. “Keeping in view the public interest, the state has relaxed the lockdown norms. But, that does not mean that we will become carefree. If required in the interest of public health, the government may go for lockdown again, Patnaik said.” Highlighting that the rise in coronavirus infections from the USA to Kerala is a matter of concern, Patnaik said, keeping this in mind, people have to be extra careful. “As the children have not been vaccinated yet, so we have to be careful for them, the chief minister said. Educational institutions would be held accountable if any negligence is observed on their part,” Patnaik said. “We shall be in danger even if minor negligence is done, the chief minister said while directing the administration to set up special teams to undertake regular inspections of educational institutions.”
  • India logged 37,875 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,30,96,718, while the active cases declined to 3,91,256, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 4,41,411 with 369 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases comprise 1.18 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.48 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 1,608 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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