Owing to the re-opening of schools in Tamil Nadu, Health Secretary J Radhakrishanan revealed that almost 400 students in the state have tested positive for covid-19. Besides, the state health department is regularly monitoring the situation as the infection rate is at its peak. However, the situation in the state was not alarming and most of the cases were isolated and sporadic.
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YV Subba Reddy, the chairperson of TTD made it mandatory that devotees visiting Lord Venkateshwara Temple at Tirumala must carry negative RT-PCR test reports or vaccination certificates along with them. However, the RT-PCR report should not be more than 72 hours old and devotees can book tickets online. TTD has also started issuing SSD tokens for free darshan and only 2,000 pilgrims are allowed to visit every day.
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After donating 30 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Asian nations, Japan pledges to donate 60 million doses on September 23. Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga also confirmed the decision to double the vaccine's donation at a global summit held in the US. Vietnam, Taiwan, and Indonesia are among the beneficiary nation. So far, nearly 55 percent of Japan's population is fully vaccinated, equating to the US vaccine number.
Despite the fact that diseases are already on the rise in many regions, leaders from developing countries informed the United Nations General Assembly that affluent countries' COVID-19 vaccine stockpiling might develop new coronavirus strains. The Philippines has warned of a man-made vaccination shortage in poor nations. Peru said that international unity had failed, while Ghana condemned vaccine sovereignty. The unequal distribution of COVID… read-more
CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote that the USOPC requires staff, athletes, and all the training staff to be fully vaccinated starting from November 1 ahead of the Winter Olympics. According to the stated requirements, athletes will have to show vaccination certificates by December 1. The United States is expected to send over 240 athletes for the winter session.
The Delta variant, among all the other three variants of COVID-19, also the variant of concern has been found in more than 180 countries, and the others constitute only a small percentage. WHO Technical Lead, Maria Van Kerkhove said, "Less than one percent each of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma are currently circulating. It's really predominantly Delta around the world." Besides, several viruses spreading because Delta "has become fitter, she added… read-more
The Covid-19 pandemic has officially been declared the deadliest pandemic in the history of the United States of America. This is because the death count of Covid-19 surpassed the death count of the 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu. According to reports from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Covid-19 has claimed 6,76,076 lives, whereas the Spanish Flu claimed 6,75,000 lives.
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Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, on September 20, announced that the Government has decided to re-initiate the export of COVID vaccines. Reportedly, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked India and called it an "Important Development" that is crucial for ensuring Vaccine equality across the globe. Earlier, owing to the deadly second wave COVID, India in April 2021, had to stop the shipments of vaccines.
Gold Medalist Australian Swimmer Madison Wilson recently tested positive for Covid-19, despite being double-vaccinated. She has been shifted to a hospital facility for treatment and quarantine. Wilson took to Instagram and wrote, “I am taking some time to rest, and I am sure I’ll be ready to bounce back in no time." As a result, she also withdrew her participation from the International Swim League competition in Naples, Italy.
The Deputy Commissioner of Jammu on September 20 announced that the COVID-19 vaccine's first dose will be necessary for every adult in Jammu if they want to enter into any government offices and other public places. However, the decision will come into effect from October 2 onwards. Furthermore, the commissioner allowed the opening of shops and businesses until 10 PM and now 50 people can gather in Benguet hall.