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Coronavirus updates: Health official in Gujarat tests COVID-19 positive after taking 2nd vaccine dose

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Gandhinagar CHO MH Solanki said it takes around 45 days for antibodies to develop after both the doses of the vaccine are administered

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Coronavirus updates: Health official in Gujarat tests COVID-19 positive after taking 2nd vaccine dose

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Mar 06, 2021 - 19:16 (IST)

Gujarat health official infected with COVID-19 after taking 2nd dose of vaccine

A health official in Gujarat has tested positive for coronavirus days after taking the second dose of the vaccine against the infection, PTI reported.

The man, a health officer in Gandhinagar's Dehgam taluka, had taken the first dose on 16 January and the second one on 15 February. He had fever and and his samples were examined, which detected the COVID-19 infection on 20 February, said Gandhinagar's Chief Health Officer Dr MH Solanki.

"He is in home isolation as his symptoms are mild. He has told me that he is fit to join work from Monday," Solanki added.

The CHO said it generally takes around 45 days for antibodies against the infection to develop after both the doses of the vaccine are administered.

Mar 06, 2021 - 19:04 (IST)

Army says Centre approved administration of vaccine in service hospitals

The Indian Army on Saturday said that the Union Health Ministry had approved the vaccination of veterans and dependents of Armed Forces personnel to be conducted in the service hospitals.

"The process is likely to commence next week after completion of registration of Armed Forces medical facilities on Co-Win platform," the statement said.

Mar 06, 2021 - 18:37 (IST)

Narendra Singh Tomar receives first COVID-19 vaccine dose

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar was administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Delhi on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated. Several other union ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishakar, Jitendra Singh and politicians have also received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive.

Mar 06, 2021 - 18:15 (IST)

Some COVID-1 mutations may help it evade immune system's T-killer cells, say scientists

Some mutations in the novel coronavirus may not only enable it to evade antibodies, but also make the virus unrecognisable to the immune system's T-killer cells, says a new study which could aid in the further development of vaccines. While antibodies dock directly onto viruses to neutralise them, the scientists, including those from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, said the T-killer cells recognise viral protein fragments on infected cells and subsequently kill them to stop virus production. 

In the current study, published in the journal Cell Immunology, the researchers sequenced 750 genomes of the novel coronavirus from infected individuals and analysed mutations for their potential to alter T cell epitopes. These are regions on the virus recognised by the body's T cells.

"Our results show that many mutations in SARS-CoV-2 are indeed capable of doing this," said study co-author Andreas Bergthaler.

Mar 06, 2021 - 17:31 (IST)

Ten million doses from India won't impact poor nations' vaccine access, says UK

UK vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of 10 million doses of Covishield en route from India amid some concerns that it would impact supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations.

The minister in charge of overseeing the UK's vaccination programme said the vaccine doses developed by the Serum Institute of India, in collaboration with Oxford/AstraZeneca, were always intended for Britain and that assurances have been sought that the delivery would not impact other supplies.

"We, of course, sought assurances from AstraZeneca and from Serum that our doses will not impact their commitment to the low-income and middle-income countries of the world," Zahawi told the Associated Press in an interview on Friday. 

Mar 06, 2021 - 16:49 (IST)

37% rise in home isolation of COVID-19 cases in Delhi

Delhi has registered a surge in COVID-19 cases as here has been a rise of over 37 percent in the number of people under home isolation and a steady increase in the count of containment zones in the last seven days.

The positivity rate also rose to 0.53 percent on 5 March from 0.36 percent on 27 February, according to official figures, which also showed that the number of containment on 5 March stood at 591 an increase of 46 from 545 on 27 February.

Delhi recorded 312 COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number of daily incidences in nearly one-and-a-half months, while three more fatalities pushed the death toll in the city to 10,918. It was also a significant jump from 261 cases registered on Thursday.

Mar 06, 2021 - 16:19 (IST)

Jalandhar authorities impose night curfew to tackle COVID-19 surge

Punjab's Jalandhar administration imposed a night curfew from Saturday to tackle the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the district. The night curfew will remain in place in the district from 11 pm to 5 am, said Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori.

He said the order will be effective from Saturday till further directions. Jalandhar on Friday had reported the maximum 134 fresh cases in the state. There are a total of 856 active cases in Jalandhar as of now, according to a medical bulletin.

Punjab has been witnessing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases for nearly four weeks. Last month, the Punjab government had authorised deputy commissioners (DCs) to impose night curfew in coronavirus hotspots in their districts if needed. 

Mar 06, 2021 - 15:51 (IST)

As COVID-19 cases rise in Aurangabad, officials to meet Sunday

Amid rise in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, the district authorities have decided to hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss if lockdown should be imposed or not, a senior official said on Saturday.

The district reported 459 coronavirus cases on Friday, which took its overall infection count to 52,103.

Talking to PTI, district collector Sunil Chavan said, "A meeting will be held on Sunday evening, in which the way ahead for lockdown will be decided. Police Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and other officials would be present for it. After a review of cases and overall coronavirus situation in the district, a decision about lockdown will be taken."

- PTI

Mar 06, 2021 - 15:35 (IST)

Centre sends expert teams to Maharashtra and Punjab to assess COVID-19 situation

The Central government has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases being consistently reported by these states, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday.

The teams are being deployed to assist the state health departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

Mar 06, 2021 - 14:47 (IST)

Nearly 15 lakh people vaccinated against COVID-19 on 5 March: Centre

Nearly 15 lakh people were inoculated against coronavirus on 5 March, the highest in a day so far, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to over 1.94 crores, official sources said on Saturday.

The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) had started on 2 February.

Coronavirus LATEST updates: A health official in Gujarat has tested positive for coronavirus days after taking the second dose of the vaccine against the infection, PTI reported.

The man, a health officer in Gandhinagar's Dehgam taluka, had taken the first dose on 16 January and the second one on 15 February. He had fever and and his samples were examined, which detected the COVID-19 infection on 20 February, said Gandhinagar's Chief Health Officer Dr MH Solanki.

"He is in home isolation as his symptoms are mild. He has told me that he is fit to join work from Monday," Solanki added.

The CHO said it generally takes around 45 days for antibodies against the infection to develop after both the doses of the vaccine are administered.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar was administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Delhi on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated. Several other union ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishakar, Jitendra Singh and politicians have also received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive.

Delhi has registered a surge in COVID-19 cases as here has been a rise of over 37 percent in the number of people under home isolation and a steady increase in the count of containment zones in the last seven days.

The positivity rate also rose to 0.53 percent on 5 March from 0.36 percent on 27 February, according to official figures, which also showed that the number of containment on 5 March stood at 591 an increase of 46 from 545 on 27 February.

Delhi recorded 312 COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number of daily incidences in nearly one-and-a-half months, while three more fatalities pushed the death toll in the city to 10,918. It was also a significant jump from 261 cases registered on Thursday.

The teams are being deployed to assist the state health departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

As many as 1.94 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

Among the highest contributors of new COVID-19 cases are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra has reported 10,216 new cases, followed by Kerala with 2,776.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed the state authorities to make it mandatory for the travellers coming from Maharashtra to carry a negative COVID-19 test report.

The number of people who have recuperated from the novel coronavirus surged to 1,08,54,128, taking the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.98 percent.

Among the highest contributors are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra has reported 10,216 new cases, followed by Kerala with 2,776.

Of the total 108 new COVID-19 fatalities registered on Saturday, the most number of deaths were reported in three states. Maharashtra registered the highest at 53, Kerala saw 16 deaths and Punjab reported 11.

The active caseload in the country has now reached to 1,80,304, said the Union health ministry on Saturday, comprising 1.61 percent of the total number of infections.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,11,92,088 with over 18,000 fresh cases being reported in a span of 24 hours in the country after 36 days, while active cases registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day and were recorded at 1,80,304, said the Union health ministry on Saturday.

The toll reached 1,57,656 with 108 more fatalities, while a total of 18,327 new cases were registered in a day, it said.

On 29 January, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours after which the daily rise in fresh cases remained below 18,000.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,54,128 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.98 percent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 per cent.

The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,80,304 which now comprises 1.61 per cent of the total infections.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 22,06,92,677 COVID-19 samples have been tested up to 5 March with 7,51,935 samples being tested on Friday.

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