India reports 34,973 new coronavirus cases, 260 deaths


Guwahati: India reported 34,973 coronavirus cases and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours. Of the total number of new cases, Kerala remained the highest contributor with 26,200 new Covid cases, followed by Maharashtra, where 4,912 cases were registered since yesterday.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra is set to witness muted Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for the second consecutive year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In Mumbai, city police have banned gatherings of more than four people and processions between September 10 and 19. Instead of visiting Ganesh pandals, devotees have been instructed to participate in virtual darshans.

In other news, responding to a question during a press briefing on the threat of children getting infected with schools now reopening, Member-Health of the NITI Aayog VK Paul said “Vaccinating children is not a condition for reopening schools. This criterion is not acceptable anywhere in the world, no scientific body, epidemiological evidence suggests it as a condition…However, vaccination of staff is desirable”.