Coronavirus India Highlights: For Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial, DCGI asks Serum Institute to revise protocol

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Coronavirus cases Unlock 3 COVID19 India tracker Lockdown news Vaccine trial Highlights: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today released Unlock 3 guidelines. The government will allow Gyms and Yoga institutes to open from August 5. Meanwhile, Coronavirus cases in India have crossed 15 lakh-mark even as daily COVID19 cases count are touching 50,000. Discussions are on to prepare the Unlock 3.0 strategy to reopen the economy in a gradual manner and check the spread of the highly contagious disease at the same time. State governments have imposed containment zone wise, city wise lockdown to break the chain. In India, there are 5,09,447 active coronavirus cases, 9,88,029 COVID19 patients have been cured or discharged and 34,193 Coronavirus infected patients have died, as per data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Total coronavirus cases in India are 15,31,669.  India has recorded 48,513 Coronavirus cases and 768 COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Pfizer-BionTech has joined Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Chinese firms Sinovac and Sinipharm at the final testing hurdle for the potential Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine. Russia has remained confident about becoming the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus COVID19 vaccine. This has come notwithstanding the concerns raised about potential COVID19 vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

Around the world, 1.67 crore people have been infected by Coronavirus. The US tops the global chart of coronavirus cases tally followed by Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa. More than 6.59 lakh people have died due to COVID19 in the world. Maximum number of Covid19 related deaths have been reported from the US, Brazil, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Italy, Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center stated.

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    23:46 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    DCGI asks Serum Institute to revise protocol for phase 2, 3 trials of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

    A CDSCO expert panel has sought clarifications from Serum Institute of India (SII) over its application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking permission for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine candidate for COVID-19, official sources said on Wednesday. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 which held its meeting on Tuesday deliberated on the application by SII and asked the Pune-based firm to revise its protocol for the phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, besides seeking some additional information. On Wednesday evening, SII submitted a revised protocol for conducting the trials to the DCGI.

    "The company on Tuesday was asked to clearly define phase 2 and phase 3 part of the protocol and resubmit their application for evaluation by the SEC," an official source said. The panel also recommended that the proposed clinical trial sites be distributed across India, the source said. "They also have not given justification for the proposed enrolment of 1,600 subjects during the trial," the source added. (PTI)

    22:47 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Maharashtra lockdown extended till August 31; new guidelines issued

    Government of Maharashtra has issues directions to extend the lockdown, with amendments, to operationalize MISSION BEGIN AGAIN for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening, till 31 August, 2020. As per the new guidelines, in Municipal Corporations of Mumbai Metropolitan Area including Greater Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati andNagpur: Malls and market complexes to be operational from 9 am to 7 pm from 5 Aug, but without theatres, food courts and restaurants.

    22:18 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Madhya Pradesh BJP chief tests positive for coronavirus

    Madhya Pradesh BJP president and Khajuraho Lok Sabha MP VD Sharma has tested positive for coronavirus, a health official said on Wednesday. Besides Sharma, state BJP general secretary (organisation) Suhas Bhagat and another party leader have also tested positive for the coronavirus, he said. "Came to know that Sharma (VD Sharma) is not well and I pray to God for his speedy recovery," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is recuperating from the COVID-19 infection, tweeted. (PTI)

    21:29 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Mumbai: 1118 new cases today

    Mumbai today reported 1,118 COVID-19 cases, 916 recovered/discharged and 60 deaths reported. The total number of cases in the city is now at 1,11,964, including 85,327 recovered/discharged, 20,123 active cases and 6,244 deaths: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

    21:23 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Baahubali director SS Rajamouli, family test COVID-19 positive

    Baahubali director SS Rajamouli and his family members have tested positive for Coronavirus. In a series of tweet Rajamouli said, "My family members and I developed a slight fever few days ago. It subsided by itself but we got tested nevertheless. The result has shown a mild COVID positive today. We have home quarantined as prescribed by the doctors. All of us are feeling better with no symptoms but are following all precautions and instructions...Just waiting to develop antibodies so that we can donate our plasma..."

    21:01 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Gujarat ramps up COVID-19 testing

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said authorities have been asked to conduct a minimum of 20,000 tests per day to detect cases of coronavirus infection. Speaking to reporters in Vadodara, the chief minister also urged people to cooperate and refrain from celebrating upcoming festivals to prevent the risk of viral spread. "We have decided to ramp up testing in the state. In the initial days, we used to conduct around 4,000 tests per day to identify infected persons. On Tuesday, the number wentup to 22,000 tests a day," Rupani said. (PTI)

    19:25 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues Unlock 3 guidelines

    Unlock 3 guidelines: Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations still not permitted. Also, schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020.All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones - Metro Rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls & similar places.Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues #Unlock3 guidelines. Restrictions on the movement of individuals during night have been removed. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020.

    19:04 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    1035 cases in Delhi today

    1,035 COVID-19 cases, 1,126 recovered/discharged and 26 deaths reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the national capital is now at 1,33,310, including 1,18,633 recovered/discharged, 10,770 active cases and 3,907 deaths, Delhi Health Department said. It added that 5,074 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 12,318 Rapid antigen tests were conducted in the national capital today.

    18:25 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    COVID-19: Noida records a death after 8 days, recovery rate 85.48 percent

    Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded one fatality linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday after a gap of eight days, pushing the death toll in the district to 41, official data showed. Sixty-five more people have tested positive for the infection, while 97 patients got discharged since Tuesday, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for a 24-hour period. So far, 4,962 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Gautam Buddh Nagar. The number of active cases, however, stands at 679, while 4,242 patients have got discharged after recovery till date, the data showed. Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi, had last recorded one COVID-linked death on July 20. (PTI)

    18:15 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Over 10,000 cases in Andhra Pradesh today

    Andhra Pradesh has reported 10,093 COVID-19 cases, single-day highest so far. Overall tally shoots up to 1,20,390, says state Government.

    17:02 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: COVID19 fatality rate declining due to 'test track treat' strategy

    "COVID-19 fatality rate declining progressively due to coordinated implementation of 'test track treat' strategy by Centre, states and UTs; total recoveries 9.88 lakh," Health Ministry was quoted as saying by PTI.

    16:45 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Taj Mahal closed till August 15 due to COVID19 threat

    Taj Mahal to stay shut till 15 August! Almost a month after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) re-opened more than 200 centrally protected monuments spread across the country, the biggest attraction for tourists, the Taj Mahal is unlikely to get opened anytime soon. Quoting some close sources, the Indian Express reported that the monument is unlikely to be opened before August 15. The sources also added that even after August 15, the monument might take a couple of weeks more to start welcoming the tourists. READ MORE

    16:32 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Uttar Pradesh tests over 21 lakh samples for COVID19

    Uttar Pradesh has tested 21,20,843 samples for Coronavirus. On Tuesday, 87,754 samples were tested. Out of the total, 52,195 samples were tested through rapid antigen method and rests were done following RT-PCR method. Total number of discharged patients in UP is 45,807, as per ANI report.

    16:09 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: India is fighting COVID19, here is how

    The total number of recovered cases fast approaching 1 million. The recovery rate reaches another high of 64.51 amongst coronavirus patients. The recoveries/deaths ratio is 96.6 per cent : 2.23 per cent now, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    15:55 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: COVID19 bumper for Maruti Suzuki India

    The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday reported standalone net loss of Rs 249.4 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, on account of lower sales due to coronavirus-led lockdown. It had posted net profit of Rs 1,435.5 crore in April-June of 2019-20, MSI said in a statement. Its net sales during the period under review declined to Rs 3,677.5 crore, as compared to Rs 18,735.2 crore in the year-ago period. READ MORE

    15:44 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: British government signs mega COVID19 vaccine deal

    The British government has signed a deal with GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine that could start to be rolled out in the first half of next year. Britain’s GSK and France’s Sanofi have the largest vaccine manufacturing capability in the world. The vaccine prospect is based on the existing DNA-based technology used to produce Sanofi’s seasonal flu vaccine. The government said that if the vaccine proves successful, then priority groups, such as health and social care workers, could be given the first doses as early as the first half of next year. READ MORE

    15:26 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Bihar lockdown notice stands withdrawn

    Bihar lockdown notice "withdrawn". "This notice stands withdrawn. A meeting to decide on lockdown extension in Bihar to be held this evening. Error regretted," as per ANI report.

    15:18 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Do you support reopening cinemas during COVID19 pandemic?

    Seventy-two per cent of people across the country are not in favour of visiting multiplexes and gyms, while 63 per cent are against the resumption of local train services as they feel these are risky in the current COVID-19 crisis, according to a survey. Conducted by a social media-based platform LocalCircles, the survey showed that 72 per cent of 34,000 people across 255 districts in the country are in favour of not visiting multiplexes in the next 60 days as they feel it will be risky, while only six per cent felt otherwise. READ MORE

    15:14 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Big relief for Central govt staff during COVID19 pandemic

    In a major relief, the Central government has relaxed norms for its staff who were either on leave or on an official tour and could not join office due to the non-availability of public transport during the COVID19 lockdown, as per PTI report.

    14:52 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Details of COVID-19 treatment at Delhi hospitals

    Patients exhibiting major symptoms of COVID-19 but not confirmed to have the infection are being admitted to dedicated facilities here but their treatment is done in a segregated zone until their test results come out, doctors have said. Initially, there were reports that dedicated facilities were allegedly not allowing suspected COVID-19 patients but later the government asked hospitals to attend to them as well. From LNJP, the first Delhi government-run hospital to be declared a dedicated COVID-19 facility, to GTB Hospital in east Delhi, serious suspected patients are immediately wheeled into an ICU. READ MORE

    14:38 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Bihar issues lockdown guidelines

    Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/Subordinate offices and Public Corporation will be allowed with 50 per cent sub-ordinate staff, officers to attend office. Commercial and private offices will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent strength, according to Bihar lockdown guidelines.

    14:32 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Bihar extends lockdown for 16 days

    Bihar government has extended lockdown for a period of 16 days effective from August 1 in wake of coronavirus pandemic situation, as per ANI report.

    14:23 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Uttar Pradesh increase COVID19 testing

    Uttar Pradesh Coronavirus testing rises: The number of Coronavirus tests being conducted in Uttar Pradesh has increased and has reached 20 lakh tests till now. This has put Uttar Pradesh among the top three states that have reached the 20 lakh mark for COVID-19 testing. According to a report by The Indian Express, on Sunday and Monday itself, the state conducted as many as 1 lakh and 91,830 tests, respectively for the novel Coronavirus, taking it at par with Maharashtra in terms of testing. The highest number of COVID-19 tests have been done in Tamil Nadu with 34.14 lakh, the report said. READ MORE

    14:12 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Karnataka to distribute 2 sarees each to COVID19 warrior

    The Karnataka government has decided to distribute two sarees each to women COVID-19 warriors. Karnataka Handloom and Textile Minister Srimanth Patil has said that six lakh sarees will be distributed to women corona warriors, as per IE report

    13:52 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Check new COVID19 drug Favivir

    Hetero Labs, part of Hetero group on Wednesday announced the launch of generic Favipiravir in India under the brand name ‘Favivir.’ According to a press release issued by the city-based drug maker, Hetero has been granted the manufacturing and marketing approval for Favipiravir from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Favivir is the second drug developed by Hetero after Covifor (Remdesivir) used in the treatment of COVID-19. READ MORE

    13:48 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Check details of Moderna covid19 vaccine

    Moderna Inc.’s vaccine candidate against Covid-19 protected against the virus in a trial that inoculated 16 monkeys, an encouraging step on the path to a defense for humans against the pandemic. Two injections of the vaccine protected against heavy exposure to the virus at two different levels of dosage, Moderna said in findings published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The primates didn’t show any sign of creating enhanced disease, a problem that has occasionally been associated with vaccines. READ MORE

    13:37 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Worried over Covid19 vaccine safety?

    Top bureaucrat of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) which is at the helm of leading India’s vaccine development and availability programme has said that the country will soon have a safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19. In an exclusive interview to the Indian Express, Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Dr Renu Swarup said that the government has already started the preparation for the third phase human trials of the Oxford candidate and its aim is to ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccine to all the citizens of the country irrespective of the vaccine candidate or pharma company. READ MORE

    13:31 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Smokers likely to be vulnerable to COVID19

    Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to coronavirus as smoking increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth. Use of tobacco products can increase the severity of respiratory infections and make people susceptible to coronavirus, as per the Union Health Ministry

    13:20 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Himachal Pradesh reports 2,334 COVID19 cases

    Himachal Pradesh's coronavirus case tally rose to 2,334. There are 1,043 active cases, 1,262 recovered cases and 12 deaths, State Health Department said.

    13:18 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Maharashtra Police reports 8958 COVID19 cases

    236 more Maharashtra Police personnel test positive for coronavirus while 1 died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 98. The total number of police personnel infected with Corona at 8958, out of which 6,962 have recovered and 1,898 are active cases, according to details provided by Maharashtra Police.

    13:07 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Ban on tourists lifted in parts of Karnataka

    Ban on tourists has been lifted in parts of Karnataka. Karnataka's Kodagu district administration has lifted a ban on tourists and relaxed the restrictions. The Mysuru district administration lifted the ban on tourists visiting HD Kote and surrounding areas.

    12:58 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad record maximum COVID19 cases

    Telangana has reported 1,610 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the state's total COVID19 tally to 57,142, as per PTI report. Greather Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GMCH) has reported 531 new COVID19 cases. Andhra Pradesh has recorded 7,948 Covid-19 cases in the state.

    12:54 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Tamil Nadu, Chennai report record COVIE19 cases

    While Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day Coronavirus cases count for the sixth consecutive day, Chennai, Virudhunagar, Thiruvallur reported the highest cases among districts. Out of the state's total Coronavirus tally of 6,972, Chennai reported 1107 COVID19 cases. Chennai's total coronavirus tally is 96,438. The state capital was followed by Chengalpattu with 365 cases, Kancheepuram and Kanyakumari with 223 cases, and Thiruvallur with 486, as per the IE report.

    12:46 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Doctors tips during COVID19 pandemic

    Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos describing autopsy findings and X-rays swapped on Twitter and WhatsApp spontaneously filled the gap. READ MORE

    12:38 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Tamil Nadu governor isolates himself after COVID19 scare

    Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit isolates himself for a week based on doctor's advice, as three more people in Raj Bhavan in Chennai test positive for COVID-19, as per PTI report.

    12:28 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: 3,659 COVID19 deaths in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has held a virtual review meeting with district collectors on COVID19 situation. He says, "So far, the state has recorded 3,659 deaths. The fatality rate in the state at 1.6 per cent."

    12:23 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Gangotri Temple to remain closed in Uttarakhand

    "In Uttarakhand, Gangotri Temple will remain closed till August 15 for devotees, due to COVID19 pandemic situation. We have decided to keep Gangotri Dham and adjoining areas completely closed and entry for devotees will be blocked 2kms away," said Gangotri Temple Samiti President Suresh Semwal.

    12:19 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Rajasthan governor cancels Independence Day

    Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra has cancelled Independence Day 'At Home' event, due to coronavirus situation in the state, Raj Bhavan said in a statement.

    12:12 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Lockdown in India news: Banks closed, no flights, trains during West Bengal total lockdown

    All public transport, government and private offices, banks and other commercial establishments, barring those dealing with essential services, remained closed as the biweekly strict restrictions were enforced. Flight operations in and out of the Kolkata international airport were also suspended for the day. Long-distance trains were also rescheduled due to the lockdown. Essential services like medicine shops and health establishments remained open as these were kept out of the purview of the complete shutdown. Petrol pumps are also allowed to remain open on the lockdown days. Police personnel were seen patrolling major traffic intersections of the city, as per a PTI report.

    12:07 (IST)29 Jul 2020
    Coronavirus India Live: Arvind Kejriwal directs officials about COVID19 testing

    "Existing guidelines say that if any patient’s antigen test is negative but has symptoms, RT-PCR test must be done on him. I directed the officers today to ensure strict compliance of these guidelines," said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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