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Coronavirus updates: Press Association asks Centre to prioritise accredited journalists for COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus LIVE updates: In a statement, the association said that media houses also remained opened during the pandemic and a number of journalists also lost their lives in the line of duty

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Coronavirus updates: Press Association asks Centre to prioritise accredited journalists for COVID-19 vaccine

An elderly woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a private hospital in Guwahati. AP

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54% of Hyderabad has developed antibodies against COVID, says study

According to Indian Express, the latest seroprevalence survey in Hyderabad has revealed that around 54 per cent of the city’s residents have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior exposure to the coronavirus. The survey also revealed that more than 75 per cent of the seropositive population did not know they had contracted coronavirus infection in the past.

The NewsMinute reported that the study, which was jointly conducted by CSIR – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), ICMR – National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and Bharat Biotech, was aimed at estimating the seroprevalence of antibodies against the coronavirus in Hyderabad.

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Mar 04, 2021 - 21:22 (IST)

54% of Hyderabad has developed antibodies against COVID, says study

According to Indian Express, the latest seroprevalence survey in Hyderabad has revealed that around 54 per cent of the city’s residents have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior exposure to the coronavirus. The survey also revealed that more than 75 per cent of the seropositive population did not know they had contracted coronavirus infection in the past.

The NewsMinute reported that the study, which was jointly conducted by CSIR – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), ICMR – National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and Bharat Biotech, was aimed at estimating the seroprevalence of antibodies against the coronavirus in Hyderabad.

Mar 04, 2021 - 20:47 (IST)

Press Association urges Centre to include accredited journalists on priority basis for COVID-19 vaccination

 The Press Association urged the Centre to include accredited journalists on a priority basis for COVID-19 vaccination, considering that the media played a vital role in fighting the pandemic. "A delegation of office-bearers, executive committee members and members of the Press Association met the Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and demanded that the government should include the accredited journalists on a priority basis for COVID-19 vaccination," an official statement issued by the Press Association said.
 
It said the government has rightly highlighted the vital role of the media in fighting the pandemic like other corona warriors. "Like health professionals, security persons and many others, a number of journalists have also lost their lives on the line of duty. Like all other essential services, media houses also remained open during the whole calamity," the press body said.

Mar 04, 2021 - 20:35 (IST)

Maharashtra reports 8,998 new cases

Maharashtra reported 8,998new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 21,88,183, while the toll reached 52,340 as 60 patients succumbed to the infection, a health official said. The number of single-day cases went down as compared to Wednesday, although the per day fatality count increased. The state had reported 9,855 new COVID-19 cases and 42 fatalities on Wednesday.
 
A total of 6,135 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, which took the overall recovery count to 20,49,484. The number of active cases is 85,144 at present.
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Mar 04, 2021 - 20:14 (IST)

No new cases in Manipur in past 24 hours

Manipur did not report any fresh COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, an official told news agency PTI on Thursday. The COVID-19 tally in the state remained at 29,283, he said. The state currently has 32 active COVID-19 cases, while 28,878 have recovered from the disease, the official said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state is 98.61 per cent. The coronavirus toll in the state is 373. Meanwhile, 3,286 people were administered the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, taking the total number of people vaccinated so far to 60,566, the official added. 
 
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Mar 04, 2021 - 20:01 (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir records 79 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 79 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,26,772, while one fresh death was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said.  Out of the fresh cases, 14 were from the Jammu Division and 65 from the Kashmir Division of the Union Territory, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 47 cases, followed by 12 in Jammu district. While 10 districts did not report any fresh cases, eight other districts had cases in single digits. The number of active was 883 in the UT, while 1,23,930 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The toll in the Union Territory due to the pandemic has reached 1,959 as one fresh death was reported from the Kashmir Valley in the past 24 hours, they added. 
 
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Mar 04, 2021 - 19:52 (IST)

Two of family booked for flouting home quarantine

Two members of a family were booked for violating guidelines against the spread of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh''s Shamli district on Thursday, officials said. Chief Medical Officer Dr Sanjay Aggarwal told PTI that 10-year-old Kajal, daughter of Monu, was found to have contracted coronavirus. Along with Kajal, her father Monu and uncle Pradeep were quarantined in their home for 14 days. However, all three family members were not found at home when a health department team reached their place.

During inquiry, it was found that Monu and his daughter Kajal had gone to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir while his brother Pradeep was found working in his shop. On the recommendations of the Shamli CMO, police registered a case against Monu and Pradeep under Sections 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act for violation of the guidelines.

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Mar 04, 2021 - 19:46 (IST)

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday received her first dose of coronavirus vaccine, nearly a month after the country launched the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine.  Prime Minister Hasina, 73, received her first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka and sister Sheikh Rehana was by her side at the time, bdnews reported. Hasina's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed that she was vaccinated on Thursday afternoon, but no detail was given about the vaccine she was given.
 
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Mar 04, 2021 - 19:34 (IST)

Delhi records 261 new cases, one death

Delhi reports one death due to COVID-19, 261 fresh cases and 143 recoveries, taking total cases to 6,40,182, recoveries to 6,27,566 and toll to 10,915. The National Capital now has 1,701 active cases and a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.70 percent.

Mar 04, 2021 - 19:27 (IST)

Karnataka records 571 new cases, four fatalities

Karnataka on Thursday registered 571 new coronavirus infections and four deaths while 496 were discharged. The state has so far reported 9,53,136 COVID-19 cases and 12,350 fatalities while the total discharges come up to 9,34,639 according to the bulletin released by the state health department. The state now has 6,128 active cases of which 115 are admitted in the ICU, the department said.

Mar 04, 2021 - 19:13 (IST)

Odisha governor takes first vaccine dose

Coronavirus LATEST updates:  The Press Association urged the Centre to include accredited journalists on a priority basis for COVID-19 vaccination considering that the media played a vital role in fighting the pandemic.

"A delegation of office-bearers, executive committee members and members of the Press Association met the Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and demanded that the government should include the accredited journalists on a priority basis for COVID-19 vaccination," an official statement issued by the Press Association said.

Manipur did not report any fresh COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, an official told news agency PTI on Thursday. The COVID-19 tally in the state remained at 29,283, he said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday received her first dose of coronavirus vaccine, nearly a month after the country launched the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Hasina, 73, received her first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka and sister Sheikh Rehana was by her side at the time, said reports.

Nagaland on Thursday reported five fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 12,210, a health official said.

The state has administered 39,535 doses of vaccines to 33,769 people, State Immunisation Officer Ritu Thurr said. Among healthcare professionals, 5,766 have received the second shots of COVID-19 vaccine, completing the full course of inoculation, said Thurr.

The Election Commission on Thursday started a COVID-19 vaccination drive for its officers and staff working at the Nirvachan Sadan with former chief election commissioner MS Gill taking the first shot.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar will get vaccinated after all officials and staff of the commission are inoculated, an official statement said.

A 60-year-old man died in Kota on Thursday, a day after taking his first anti-Covid vaccination shot at a government primary health centre with authorities saying his post mortem has been conducted to find out the exact cause of his death.

The autopsy was conducted by a medical board on the demand of his family members suspecting complications arising out of vaccination, Deoli-Manji police station's SHO Ramavatar Sharma. He added that following the man's death, a case has been registered under section 174 of CrPC to find out the exact cause of the unnatural death.

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to explain the rationale behind keeping strict control over class of persons who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 currently as under the present system those above the age of 60 years or with comorbidities can receive vaccination.

 Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivaj Singh Chouhan said he took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination at AIIMS-Delhi while Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and his wife, Mala Bhagat, took their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Tirath Ram Shah Hospital.

"We are either donating it ( COVID-19 vaccine) to foreign countries or selling it to foreign countries and are not vaccinating our own people. So there has to be that sense of responsibility and urgency," a bench of the Delhi High Court said.

It  also asked the Centre to explain in an affidavit the rationale behind keeping strict control over class of persons who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 currently.

The Delhi High Court Thursday directed Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to disclose their capacities to manufacture Covaxin, Covishield vaccines.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the two companies — Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech — have more capacity to provide the vaccines but it seems that they are not exploiting it fully. "

Twenty-three states and UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry.

Six states account for 88.76 percent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (42). Kerala follows with 15 daily deaths and Punjab reported 12 deaths in the last 24 hours.

 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman received the first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 . "Fortunate to be in India, where development and dissemination has been prompt and affordable," she said.

A total of 1.66 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in India so far, according to the Union health ministry provisional report.

The daily new cases of COVID-19 in India were recorded above 17,000 after a little over a month taking the total tally to 1,11,56,923 on Thursday.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,26,075, taking the national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.03 percent.

A total of 1,57,435 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 52,280 from Maharashtra followed by 12,504 from Tamil Nadu, 12,346 from Karnataka, 10,914 from Delhi, 10,272 from West Bengal, 8,728 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,170 from Andhra Pradesh.

As many as 1,08,26,075 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the Union health ministry said Thursday. With this, the national recovery rate has increased to 97.2 percent.

Over 25,000 beneficiaries, including 13,794 senior citizens, received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Wednesday, according to data shared by officials.

In the 45-59 years age group, 1,625 beneficiaries received the jabs, a senior official said.

Over 5,100 senior citizens in Delhi had received their first shots of the vaccine on Monday when the second phase of the vaccination drive had begun in the national capital.

"Today, 25,054 people were vaccinated, out of which 13,794 were citizens in the age group of 60 and above," the official said.

On Tuesday, a total of 21,227 beneficiaries, including 10,213 senior citizens and 1,442 people in the age group of 45-59, received the shots.

In the first phase, starting 16 January, over 3.6 lakh beneficiaries comprising healthcare workers and frontline workers, have been vaccinated in Delhi.

Four minor cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported on Wednesday, he said.

The exercise on Wednesday was carried out across 346 sites, as per data shared by officials.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that over 300 centres had been set up at 192 facilities across the city for this phase of the vaccination.

As per official estimates, there are around 43 lakh people in the specified priority category of 60 years or above and those within 45-59 years with comorbidities in Delhi.

People within the age group of 45-59 years with comorbidities are required to produce a comorbidity certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner. A total of 20 comorbidities have been specified for vaccination, the officials said.

People eligible for vaccination also have to carry their photo identity cards, including Aadhaar card, PAN card or voter card.

On Wednesday, second doses were given to 4,196 people, officials said, adding, 3,364 frontline workers and 2,075 healthcare workers were also vaccinated.

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