As clinical trials of different COVID-19 vaccines are in various phases across the globe, an AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) doctor said that if everything goes as planned, people can expect a vaccine as early as the starting of next year. "Phase 2 clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine is underway in India with a good sample size of more than 600 motivated volunteers. Any vaccine will come by mid-next year, if everything goes as planned," Community Medicine Department head added. On the Sero-survey conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. Rai said the survey only shows the direction of infection while testing shows the actual number of infections.
Water level of Jayakwadi Dam was increased following the heavy rainfall in the area. Jayakwadi Dam gates were opened on September 18 to release the excess water. Maharashtra's Beed is receiving heavy rainfall from the last few days.
Migrant labourers, who had left for their native places during coronavirus lockdown, are being brought back by their employers to project sites in cities. "It's been four months, I have returned home due to coronavirus lockdown," said migrant labourer Dharmendra. "Don't want to leave family, but don't have another option, in Maharashtra we can earn better and save for our family," Dharmendra added, who work in a steel company. Subhash is also going back with Dharmendra along with their employer Shyam Kumar, who came all the way from Maharashtra to bring them back to work. "We are facing shortage of labourers, came here to take them with us," said Shyam Kumar.
Following heavy rainfall, red alert has been declared in Kerala's Kannur for September 19 and 20. Traffic movement to hilly areas between 7 pm and 7 am has been restricted due to the risk of landslides.
National Investigative Agency (NIA) arrested nine Al Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal and Kerala. They are accused of being radicalised by a Pakistan-based Al Qaeda module. The men were radicalised on social media, motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places. They were arrested in raids carried out in Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala's Ernakulam. NIA nabbed Leu Yean Ahmed and Abu Sufiyan from West Bengal among others. From Kerala, the agency arrested three including Mosaraf Hossen and Murshid Hasan. Six of them were arrested in West Bengal while three were nabbed in Kerala. NIA informed that the Al Qaeda module was actively indulged in fundraising. A few gang members were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. NIA added that the arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in the country.
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