Coronavirus India Highlights (July 28): West Bengal withdraws lockdown on 2nd and 9th August

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Coronavirus India news, COVID 19 vaccine latest update, Lockdown, Unlock 3.0: There will be no lockdown in West Bengal on 2nd and 9th August. Earlier today, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the extension of COVID-19 lockdown in containment zones till August 31, PTI reported. There would be no lockdown in the state on August 1st on the occasion of Bakr Eid, the West Bengal CM added. As the two-day-per-week COVID-19 lockdown is extended in the state till August 31, complete lockdown will be observed on August 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, and 31st. She was quoted by PTI as saying, “The biweekly lockdown will be implemented mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. But since festivals like Eid as also Independence Day are happening on Saturdays, lockdown will be enforced on some other day.”

The West Bengal government has, however, withdrawn lockdown on August 2 and 9.

Total lockdown and stringent curbs have been enforced in several parts of India as the coronavirus cases tally in the country is racing towards the 15-lakh mark. The central government is yet to declare Unlock 3 guidelines and rules. Meanwhile, India has readied five sites for the final phase human trials of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s potential Coronavirus vaccine candidate. This will be conducted by Pune based Serum Institue. Already Phase 1/Phase 2 human trials of India’s indigenous Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine ‘COVAXIN’ is underway. US-based Moderna has begun the world’s biggest Phase 3 human trials for Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine candidate and joined Oxford-AstraZeneca, two Chinese firms Sinovac and Sinopharm. Pfizer-BioNTech SE has also begun the late-stage human trial of its potential coronavirus COVID19 vaccine candidate.

In India, there are 4,96,988 Coronavirus active cases, 9,52,743 COVID19 patients have been cured, discharged and 33,425 people have died due to COVID19. A total of 14,83,156 Coronavirus cases in India. In the last 24 hours, the country has witnessed 47,704 new coronavirus cases and 654 COVID-19 related deaths.

Unlock 2 will end on July 31 and discussions were on how to open more fronts of the economy without compromising the safety of the citizen. In a worrying factor, India will go past the US in terms of the daily cases count by adding 90,000 cases per day, data has suggested. India has ramped up the testing for the coronavirus as the total number rose to 1,73,34,885 revealed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Now, the country has three largest COVID19 testing facilities in Mumbai, Noida, and Kolkata. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh are recording a large number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis. Delhi has managed to flatten the curve and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ruled out another lockdown in the national capital.

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