India's first intranasal Covid vaccine iNNCOVACC launched
iNNCOVACC is the world's first intranasal Covid-19 vaccine to receive approval for the primary 2-dose schedule, and as a heterologous booster dose. It is developed by Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) in collaboration with Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a PSU under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.
Air Suvidha portal goes live for uploading RT-PCR test report
According to the latest guidelines, passengers arriving from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and Japan have to mandatorily upload a negative RT-PCR report on the Air Suvidha portal. The test has to be conducted 72 hours prior to departure. Earlier this week, the Centre had issued revised Covid guidelines for passengers arriving in international flights from these countries. As per the guidelines, the practice of random testing of 2 per cent of arriving passengers in each international flight will also continue.
Random testing: 53 int'l arrivals found Covid positive
The source told IANS that 5,666 samples of passengers were collected for Covid-19 testing. Of the total samples collected, 53 international travellers tested positive for Covid, said the source. "As directed by the Prime Minister, detailed guidelines for 2 per cent random screening of international passengers on arrival were issued and 2 per cent random sampling was initiated from December 24. As many as 1,716 international flights have been screened and 5,666 samples collected for testing. Total of 53 international travellers tested positive for Covid-19 during 2 per cent random sampling," the source told IANS.
India logs 226 fresh Covid cases
The active caseload currently stood at 3,653 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The weekly and daily positivity rates were 0.15 per cent and 0.12 per cent, respectively. The recovery of 179 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,41,44,029. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.80 per cent.
India logs 268 fresh Covid cases in last 24 hrs
The active caseload stands at 3,552 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The weekly positive rate currently stands at 0.17 per cent, while the daily positive rate stands at 0.11 per cent. The recovery of 182 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,41,43,665. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.80 per cent.
39 international travelers test Covid positive at airports across country
The random testing for Covid infection at airports was started on December 24. In the last three days, a total of 498 international travelers have been screened at different airports. Out of that, 39 have tested positive and all the samples have been sent for genome sequencing, a source said on Wednesday.
India logs 188 fresh Covid cases in last 24 hrs
However, no Covid related death has been reported in the same period in the country. The active caseload of the country stands at 3,468 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country's total positive cases.
India logs 157 new Covid cases in 24 hrs
The active caseload currently stands at 3,421 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The weekly and daily positivity rates stood at 0.18 per cent and 0.32 per cent, respectively. The recovery of 163 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,41,43,342. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.80 per cent.
Covid fear: Masks made mandatory in Karnataka, new guidelines released
Revenue Minister R. Ashoka, talking to reporters after holding a meeting with the officials of the Health and Disaster Management Departments, announced the decision of making wearing of masks compulsory. "However, fines will not be imposed for not wearing masks as of now," he said.
India logs 196 Covid cases in past 24 hrs
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a meeting via video conferencing with the Indian Medical Association later in the day on Covid-19 situation and preparedness.