Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India Clocks 46,617 Fresh Cases in 24 Hrs; J&J Says its Single-shot Dose Neutralises Delta Variant

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Private hospital chains Fortis Healthcare and Apollo Hospitals have begun administering Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V at two of their hospitals in Delhi-NCR, officials said. Indraprastha Apollo in Delhi started administering Sputnik V in a staged manner from Wednesday and around 1,000 people have been vaccinated so far.

Despite Gujarat government’s permission, cinema hall owners in Rajkot, Gujarat have decided to keep the halls shut “since no new movie has been released in the recent past, there is no point in reopening cinema halls,” Hasmukh Bhai Soni, owner of Rajshree Cinema told ANI.

Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association has threatened to take the government to court because scores of new junior doctors cannot find placements despite massive staff shortages during the pandemic. SAMA said it was “scandalous” that, during the third wave of infections, 228 medical interns who graduated in March and April were waiting for the government to place them at public hospitals to complete their training.

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