The National Expert Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration met leading domestic vaccine manufactures — Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals and Biological E — in New Delhi on Monday.

“The meeting provided the Group with inputs about the present stage of various candidate vaccines being developed by the indigenous manufacturers. Companies also presented their expectations from the Union government,” noted a statement issued by the Health Ministry.

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Here are the latest updates:

11:30 p.m. | Itanagar

40 new COVID-19 cases in Arunachal Pradesh

Forty more people, including 13 security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the state’s total caseload to 2,741, a senior Health department official said on Tuesday.

Of the 40 new cases, 10 were reported from the Capital Complex region, eight from West Kameng district, six from Changlang, four from Tawang, three from Papumpare, two each from East Kameng and East Siang and one each from West Siang, Upper Siang, Namsai, Anjaw and Tirap districts respectively, the official said.


11:10 p.m. | New Delhi

PM-CARES contribution need not be credited to NDRF: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that funds received into the PM-CARES Fund need not be credited to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan said “PM-CARES is entirely different from NDRF”.

Also read | PM-CARES Fund collected over ₹3,000 crore in 2019-20

On the other hand, the court held that there is “no statutory prohibition on individuals to make voluntary contributions to NDRF” under Section 46(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act of 2005.

— Krishnadas Rajagopal

10:50 p.m.| New Delhi

Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS for post-COVID care

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Tuesday. He was brought to the hospital about 2 a.m.

A statement released by the AIIMS noted that Mr. Shah has been admitted for post COVID care since he has been complaining of fatigue and body ache for the past 2-3 days.


10.30 am

Cases doubled faster in Mumbai last week: BMC

The novel coronavirus cases doubled at a faster rate in Mumbai last week as compared to the previous week and the average growth rate of the viral infection also went up, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

9.30 am  | Tamil nadu

T.N. sees a spurt in applications under revised e-pass system

With the Tamil Nadu government issuing ‘instant e-pass’ to applicants who furnish their Aadhaar or ration card details along with their mobile phone number, there has been a spurt in applications for such permits for inter-district travel.


9.00 am | Tamil  Nadu

With Tasmac shops reopening, experts call for caution

With Tasmac outlets all set to reopen in Chennai on Tuesday, public health experts have a word of caution — crowding should be prevented, and mask wearing and maintenance of physical distancing should be ensured at the shops.

The State government has decided to open liquor outlets in the Greater Chennai Police limits, with the exemption of shops in malls and containment zones. The outlets will function from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and each shop will issue 500 tokens a day.


8.00 am | Puducherry

Police check vehicles during a 24- hour lockdown in Puducherry on August 18, 2020. Photo: T. Singart/The Hindu. Photo: The Hindu
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T. Singaravelou


Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said the first 24-hour lockdown taking effect on Tuesday was a trial measure and after reviewing its efficacy, the administration would decide on whether to spare Sundays or not.

One of the main reasons for the recent increase in cases was the failure of the public to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded gatherings, he said.

7.30 am | Andhra Pradesh

No permission for Ganesh fete at public places: DGP

Director-General of Police (DGP) D. Gautam Sawang on Monday made it clear is no permission for celebrating Ganesh Navaratri Utsavams at public places in the State this year due to the pandemic situation. Stern action would be taken if any organisation, group or individual arrange pandals violating the rules, he said. Vinayaka Chaviti falls on August 22 this year.


7.00 am | Maharashtra

‘51.5% people in Pune have developed antibodies’

A police volunteer dressed up as Yamraj creates awareness of the novel coronavirus in Pune.

A police volunteer dressed up as Yamraj creates awareness of the novel coronavirus in Pune.


The results to the first COVID-19 sero (serological) surveillance study conducted for Pune city have shown that 51.5% of the population surveyed in five ‘high-incidence’ wards within Pune civic body limits had developed antibodies.


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