Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Live News: India’s government will not buy Pfizer and Moderna vaccines amid local production, sources says

A health worker gives the vaccine against COVID-19 during a special vaccination campaign by the city society at a bus stand in Ahmedabad. (AP photo)

Coronavirus Cases In India Today, Coronavirus Statistics India Live Updates: Is India finally out of the Covid gloom and has learned to live with the virus? The numbers show a healthy trend. With the steady decline in both daily infections and active cases, India’s Covid story has taken a new turn. There are reports that the Union Interior Ministry may also lift the ban on international tourists visiting India. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also said India could start exporting the Covid-19 vaccines from next month. Now here’s a catch. In the midst of all of the record-breaking milestone celebrations, we need to understand one important point – full vaccination. India has managed to double-dose the coronavirus vaccine to 22.2 percent of the eligible population, according to government data dated Sept. 20. In terms of total coverage, this means that not even 1/3 of the total population of India is fully vaccinated. Given the increase in breakthrough cases and the prevalence of new variants, this does not bode well. While single-dose coverage has exceeded the 60 percent mark, it may not be enough to allay third wave concerns.

Regarding a recent spike in Covid cases, health experts are closely monitoring the trends emerging from Mumbai. Will there be a recap just like in Kerala? God’s Own Country saw a massive increase in new Covid cases after the Onam celebrations. Will there be a similar increase in Mumbai? The situation will be resolved in the next 10 days. While the BMC made sure people adhere to Covid norms and India’s financial capital experienced much muted celebrations during the ten-day Ganeshotsav, the Visarjan numbers show that it may not be that easy. On the last day of the Ganpati Festival, Mumbai saw Visarjan or the immersion of more than 34,000 Ganesh and Gauri idols. With almost zero face masks and no social distancing, the Mumbai celebrations can give way to new Covid outbreaks.

As India looks to a new stage in the pandemic, here are the latest developments from across the country and around the world.