Covid news – live: India needs 1.8 billion doses to vaccinate adult population, unlikely to lift export ban

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<p>A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at a centre in Hyderabad on 15 July 2021</p>

A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at a centre in Hyderabad on 15 July 2021

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In a written reply, the health ministry said that the population of those over the age of 18 in India is 940 million and therefore, 1.8 billion doses are required to inoculate this age group.

India has so far administered 410 million doses.

Experts have pointed out that the country needs to speed up its vaccination drive to be able to meet the aim of inoculating the entire adult population by year end.

Meanwhile, India is unlikely to remove its ban on the export of vaccines anytime soon, Livemint quoted people familiar with the matter as saying. The external affairs ministry has already said that the priority is to use the vaccines manufactured in India for the domestic inoculation drive.

The number of Covid-19 infections are surging in Germany. Health minister Jens Spahn has warned that the number of infections per 100,000 people over seven days in Germany will reach more than 400 in September if the cases keep increasing at its current pace, according to Reuters.

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Indian cricketer who tested Covid positive in UK recovers and joins team

The Indian cricketer who had tested positive for Covid-19 during the team’s England tour has recovered from the virus.

Rishabh Pant has completed 10 days of isolation and has joined the Indian team in a “bio-bubble” in Durham, according to India Today.

India and England begin a five-match Test series starting 4 August.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 07:12

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119,000 children in India lost primary caregiver due to Covid-19, says study

As many as 119,000 children in India and over 1 million globally lost their primary caregiver due to Covid-19 between 1 March, 2020 and 30 April this year, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

The Indian government had last month announced a number of schemes to support children who lost their parents to the virus. This included creating a corpus of Rs 10 lakh (£9,800) for each child when they reach the age of 18.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 06:57

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Australia warns of further surge in cases despite lockdown

Authorities in Australia have warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country would see a spike and take a toll on the economy despite a lockdown in some states to curb the spread of the virus.

Cases have been increasing in Australia, driven by the Delta variant of Covid-19 which was first detected in India.

New South Wales reported 124 new infections on Thursday, a record for this year and the highest in 16 months. Victoria state logged 26 new cases.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 06:15

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Over 4,200 deaths from black fungus reported in India

India’s health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has informed the Parliament that a total of 45,432 cases of mucormycosis, or black fungus, were reported in the country till 15 July. Of these, 4,252 died due to the infection, he said.

At least 84 per cent of the black fungus patients were infected with Covid-19.

Mucormycosis is a rare but serious fungal infection that is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. It mostly affects individuals with low immunity or increased blood sugar level.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 06:04

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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday 22 July, 2021.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 05:10



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