Coronavirus in India July 20 Highlights: Centre, states should work together as team to fight Covid-19, says PM Modi; Kerala extends Covid restrictions by 1 more week

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Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Update, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration OnlineA medical worker prepares to administer an injection of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Moscow. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus Third Wave India Live Update, Coronavirus Statistics India July 20 Highlights: The last 24 hours have been the most promising for India’s recovery from the second wave of the coronavirus. All major numbers of Covid – be it daily caseload or the fatalities due to viral complications have been recorded at a marked decline. Even albeit the slow pace of vaccination saw an uptick on Monday. The latest numbers say that 52.6 lakh doses were administered on July 19, the health ministry data says. This a significantly better than what we have seen in the recent past. Only trouble – this daily jab tally is nowhere near what China has been achieving. A Reuters update says that on July 19, China gave over 1 crore Covid jabs, just double of what India managed.

And here lies the problem. Both India and China are no.1 and no. 2 on the world ranking in terms of population. So, whatever we do, it automatically translates into mega-scale operations. Even though the Wuhan Lab Leak theory and other issues with China’s handling of the Covid’s initial phase are still debatable, what the current numbers show is that the Xi Jinping administration is maintaining the brisk rate of vaccinating every eligible beneficiary.

India on the other hand, has seen the highs and the lows in the national vaccine rollout. After what was seen as a calibrated reboot on June 21st, the daily doses administered in India remain somewhat unimpressive.

This may upend the recovery and gradual return to normalcy. Worst-hit regions such as Maharashtra are already thinking about imposing lockdowns in some areas. While Monday’s encouraging numbers – 30,093 fresh cases and 374 Covid deaths – show the trend of receding second wave, the problem lies in what happens next.

On the global front, the UK saw the ending of the legal lockdown, also dubbed as ‘Freedom Day.’ British PM Boris Johnson has urged people to exercise all Covid protocols, health experts say that the UK is being pushed into yet another pandemic-related disaster due to the lifting of the curbs and rising Delta cases.

Back home, after the major North Indian states called off this year’s Kanwar Yatra after the Supreme Court’s intervention, the focus is now on Kerala and the easing of the lockdown due to Bakrid celebrations. With Supreme Court clearly saying that it wants Kerala to follow the Kanwar Yatra order, it would be interesting to see what the state government does next.

Health experts have been repeatedly warning about the alarming rate of mutation and poor vaccination pace. If people don’t pay heed to these and mass gatherings are organised, India may, unfortunately, see another Covid explosion.

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    22:26 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: 8.68 crore Covid vaccine doses manufactured in India, says govt

    Till July 17, a total of 48.68 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines were manufactured in the country, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on the steps taken by the government to increase production of vaccines, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology is implementing the "Mission COVID Suraksha - the Indian COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission". Under the mission, facility augmentation for production of Covaxin is being supported, whereby Bharat Biotech and three public sector enterprises (PSEs) -- Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Corporation Limited in Mumbai, Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) in Hyderabad and Bharat Immunologicals Biologicals Limited (BIBCOL) in Bulandshahr -- are being supported. (PTI)

    22:21 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: No shortage of Covid vaccines, no delay in placing orders with domestic manufacturers, says govt

    There has been no shortage of Covid vaccines and the government has been providing free supply of vaccines to states and union territories for inoculating prioritised beneficiaries, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Also, there has been no delay in placing orders with domestic vaccine manufacturers, rather advance orders of vaccines are placed with Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for supply of COVID-19 vaccines, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply. READ MORE

    22:18 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Kerala extends Covid-19 restrictions by one more week

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the COVID-19 restrictions already in place would continue for another week as the average test positive rate was still above 10 per cent. The Chief Minister's statement comes hours after the Supreme Court termed as 'wholly uncalled for', the Left government's relaxation of lockdown restrictions in areas with high COVID-19 positivity rate, ahead of Bakrid festival. Meanwhile, the opposition BJP said the top court verdict was a setback for the state government's unscientific COVID defence. 'This is a slap on the face of the Pinarayi Vijayan government,' state BJP chief K Surendran told reporters. (PTI)

    22:16 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Andhra witnesses rise in black fungus deaths

    Black Fungus fatalities showed a marked increase in Andhra Pradesh in the week ending July 18, as 58 infected people succumbed, taking the total so far to 382. In the previous week, the state reported 24 mucormycosis deaths and 42 in the week before that. The infection cases showed a slight decrease week-on-week, from 206 to 199, as the cumulative went up to 4,075, Health Department data showed. The state now has 863 active Black Fungus cases, a decrease of 189 in a week, as 330 more patients got cured, taking the total recoveries to 2,830. (PTI)

    22:01 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: All vaccinated people in India registered on Co-WIN portal, says govt

    The government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that 3.48 lakh vaccine doses, or 0.09 per cent of the total doses administered, have been given to persons without identity cards and that all beneficiaries are registered on the Co-WIN portal. In a written reply to a question on the proportion of individuals vaccinated in the country without having registered on the Co-WIN portal, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said, "All beneficiaries who have received vaccines in India are registered on Co-WIN portal. Co-WIN portal is single source of truth for vaccination status." "As on 16th July 2021, a total of 3.48 lakh doses (0.09% of the total doses administered) have been administered to persons without identity cards," she said. (PTI)

    21:54 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Britain hits most daily virus deaths in 4 months

    Britain has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the delta variant and lifting of lockdown restrictions. Government figures Tuesday showed 96 new virus-related deaths, the highest since March 24. The UK also recorded 46,558 confirmed cases. The numbers on Tuesday have traditionally been higher because of a weekend reporting lag. The increase in deaths comes a day after the British government ended lockdown restrictions in England, including on social distancing and mask-wearing. Critics warn it will lead to further spread of the coronavirus and potential deaths in the coming weeks. (AP)

    21:42 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Tamil Nadu logs 1,904 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reported 1,904 new COVID-19 cases, including three returnees from Andhra Pradesh, taking the tally to 25.39 lakh, while 30 more deaths took the toll to 33,782. Recoveries continued to outnumber new infections with 2,439 people getting discharged, pushing the cumulative to 24,78,778, leaving 26,717 active cases, a health department bulletin said. As many as 30 districts reported new infections in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 22 districts. (PTI)

    21:37 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Manipur reports 1127 new positive cases, 17 deaths

    COVID19 | Manipur reports 1127 new positive cases, 17 deaths and 736 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 10,067.Total cases: 86,723Death toll: 1409 (ANI)

    21:37 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: West Bengal reports 752 COVID cases, 10 deaths

    West Bengal reports 752 COVID cases, 992 patient discharges, and 10 deaths todayActive cases: 12,509Total discharges: 14,89,069Total deaths: 18,021 (ANI)

    21:34 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Passengers from Sikkim require negative Covid report to visit Darjeeling

    West Bengal: Darjeeling DM issues order that all in-bound passengers from Sikkim will either require a fully vaccinated certificate/RT-PCR negative test report/RAT negative test report to enter the district from July 22 (ANI)

    21:30 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Puri accuses Opposition of politicising Covid crisis

    Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday strongly defended the government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic and accused the Opposition parties of politicising the health crisis. Refuting charges that the government's response to the pandemic was delayed, Puri said India was the first to stop flights from China after the outbreak and had also imposed a complete nationwide lockdown in March last year to check the spread of the coronavirus. Puri, who is the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas as well as Housing and Urban Affairs, was participating in a short duration discussion on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rajya Sabha on the second day of the Monsoon session.  (PTI)

    21:21 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Centre, states should work together as team to fight Covid-19, says PM Modi at all-party meet

    • PM Modi says at all-party meeting that Centre, states should work together as team to combat COVID pandemic, rise above politics: Sources.
    • PM Modi underlines need to remain vigilant, cites resurgence of COVID in various countries: Sources after all-party meeting.
    • All-party meeting on COVID: Sources say some parties sought expediting process for getting international recognition to Covaxin.

    21:02 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: J&K records 88 new Covid cases, 6 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 88 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 3,20,112 while six new deaths pushed the death toll to 4,371, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 35 were from the Jammu Division and 53 from the Kashmir Division of the union territory, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 16 cases, followed by 11 cases in Jammu district. While five districts had no fresh cases, 12 other districts had new cases in single digits. The number of active cases dropped to 1,634 in the union territory, while 3,14,107 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The death toll in the union territory due to the Covid pandemic rose to 4,371 as six fresh deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. (PTI)

    21:00 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Nashik sees 80 new COVID-19 cases; four more casualties

    The count of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Nashik rose to 4,01,435, after 80 people tested positive for the infection on Tuesday, a health official said. With the addition of four casualties during the day, the toll rose to 8,482, while the count of recoveries reached 3,91,530, as 146 patients were discharged from hospitals, the official said. Of the latest casualties, three were reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) area and one from another part of the district, he said. (PTI)

    20:58 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay writes to PM Modi for higher vaccine supply to West Bengal

    Floor leader of TMC in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay writes to PM Modi, seeking his intervention 'to increase vaccine supply to West Bengal'; Health Ministry has allocated 73 lakh vaccine doses to the state for July, but only 23 lakh doses were received till July 15, he writes (ANI)

    20:57 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: India's cumulative vaccine coverage reaches 41.52 crore

    India administered more than 31.79 lakh COVID vaccine doses, taking cumulative vaccine coverage to over 41.52 crore: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    20:49 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: NEGVAC in talks with offshore manufacturers for import of Covid vaccines, says govt

    The National Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration against COVID-19 is in regular talks with offshore manufacturers, including Moderna, for importing Covid vaccines, but the exact number of doses to be imported and their manner of allocation have not been finalised yet, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said as on July 16, a total of 2.61 lakh doses of the Sputnik V vaccine have been administered in the country. On how the government plans the allocation of the Moderna vaccine and the number of doses to be procured, the minister said, "The NEGVAC (National Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration against COVID-19) is in regular dialogue with offshore COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers including Moderna for import of Covid vaccines. However, the exact number of doses to be imported and their manner of allocation have not been finalised yet." (PTI)

    20:42 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Gujarat reports 29 new COVID-19 cases; active infections at 411

    At least 29 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Gujarat on Tuesday, taking the state's tally of infections to 8,24,546, an official from the state health department said. The toll stood at 10,076 with no fresh casualties, while the count of recoveries rose to 8,14,059 after 61 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said. There are currently 411 active cases in the state, of which five patients are in a critical condition, he said, adding that the recovery rate now stands at 98.73 per cent. According to the official data, Vadodara district reported the highest number of seven new cases, followed by Ahmedabad with six, Surat with four, Dahod and Jamnagar with two each, Banaskantha, Dangs, Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Kutch, Navsari, Sabarkantha and Surendranagar with one each. (PTI)

    20:39 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Delta variant accounts for 83% of US cases

    Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge and accounts for an estimated 83 per cent of US COVID-19 cases. That's a dramatic increase from the week of July 3, when the variant accounted for about 50 per cent of genetically sequenced coronavirus cases. "The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants is to prevent the spread of disease, and vaccination is the most powerful tool we have," said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a US Senate hearing Tuesday. (PTI)

    20:33 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Nagaland reports 94 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more fatalities

    Nagaland reported 94 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the tally to 26,838 on Tuesday, a health bulletin said. The demise of two coronavirus patients in Dimapur district has increased the death toll to 532. Dimapur district registered the highest number of new cases at 43, followed by Kohima (34), and Mokukchung (7), it said. The state now has 1,160 active cases, while 24,393 people have recovered from the disease, including 72 in the last 24 hours, and 753 COVID-19 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI)

    20:30 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Congress skips all party meeting on COVID; TMC, NCP among those present

    A number of opposition parties, including the Trinamool Congress, NCP and Samajwadi Party, attended an all-party meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss the government's handling of the COVID-19 situation while the main opposition party Congress skipped it. Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among those present in the meet for the floor leaders of all parties. Other Union ministers, included Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. NCP's Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party's Ramgopal Yadav and BJD's Pinaki Misra were among the opposition leaders who attended the meeting. Leaders of the BSP and TRS also attended the meeting. While many non-NDA regional parties attended the meeting, the BJP's former ally, Akali Dal, also skipped it. The Left parties also did not attend the meeting. (PTI)

    20:21 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: No vaccination session in Mumbai tomorrow due to shortage of Covid jabs

    Maharashtra: No vaccination session will be held in Mumbai tomorrow, due to the non-availability of COVID vaccines: Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (ANI)

    20:16 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: 56% of Covid vaccine jabs given from May 1-July 15 were in rural vaccination centres, says govt

    About 56 per cent of the vaccine doses administered in the country between May 1 and July 15 were in rural COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) while 40 per cent were in urban facilities, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. The remaining four per cent doses were in CVCs that are not specifically classified as urban or rural in the Co-WIN portal, Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said. In response to a question, she said that between May 1 and July 15, around seven per cent of the total inoculations were done in private COVID-19 Vaccination Centres. Segregated report of CVCs located in non-metropolitan cities is not maintained on CoWIN portal, the minister said. (PTI)

    20:09 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Assam doctor infected with two different variants of COVID-19 virus simultaneously

    A woman doctor in Assam may be the countrys first case of a COVID-19 patient infected with two different variants of the virus at the same time, Dr. B Borkakoty, senior scientist at the ICMRs Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) here, said. The doctor, despite being fully vaccinated, got infected with both Alpha and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2, and the RMRC lab detected the double infection in the patient in May. There have been few such instances in the UK, Brazil and Portugal but such a case has not been reported from India so far, Dr Borkakoty said. A month after receiving the second dose, the woman and her husband, both doctors at a COVID Care Centre, tested COVID-19 positive and the latter was infected with the Alpha variant. (PTI)

    20:04 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Dutch court convicts men of torching virus testing centre

    A Dutch court convicted a young man and a teenager of arson Tuesday for torching a coronavirus testing site during violent protests in January that followed the introduction of a nationwide curfew to curb COVID-19 cases. The court sentenced the 21-year-old man to a year in prison, with half the term suspended, and sentenced the 16-year-old boy to 180 days of youth detention, with 131 days suspended. The teen also was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. The court said the pair broke into the compound of the test location in a fishing village near the harbour of Urk on January 23 and the teenager set fire to a garbage container using a burning face mask. The two then piled more material onto the fire along with a flammable disinfectant. The test location was destroyed in the ensuing blaze. (AP)

    20:01 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Goa reports logs new 132 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Goa reports 132 new #COVID19 cases, 2 deaths and 157 recoveries.Active cases: 1,409Total cases: 1,69,971Death toll: 3,113 (ANI)

    19:59 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Maharashtra reports below 7,000 new Covid-19 cases, 147 deaths

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    19:52 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Rajasthan reports 22 new virus cases, total count 9,53,415

    Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 22 coronavirus cases, taking the number of infection cases in the state to 9,53,415, according to an official report. Meanwhile, no fresh fatality was reported in the state, which has so far reported 8,951 deaths. Of the fresh cases, seven were reported from Jaipur and six from Udaipur. A total of 9,44,073 people have recovered from the infection and the number of active cases at present is 391. (PTI)

    19:51 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: 6 new cases take COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 7,516

    The COVID-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,516 as six more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Tuesday. Of the new patients, three have travel history and others were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 129 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. At least three more people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,368. The Union Territory now has 19 active cases. South Andaman is the worst-affected district as it currently has 18 active cases. (PTI)

    19:50 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Uttarakhand logs 50 new cases, zero deaths

    Uttarakhand reports 50 new #COVID cases, 33 recoveries, and zero deaths today.Active cases: 620Death toll: 7,357 (ANI)

    19:49 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Karnataka reports below 1,500 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

    Karnataka reports 1,464 fresh #COVID cases, 2,706 discharges, and 29 deaths in the past 24 hours.Active cases: 26,256Total discharges: 28,24,197Death toll: 36,226 (ani)

    19:48 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: 100-bed Covid hospital inaugurated in Bathinda

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday virtually inaugurated a 100-bed makeshift COVID-19 hospital at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. The chief minister thanked the HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL) team for supporting the state government in developing the facility to tackle future waves of the pandemic. Singh described it as yet another example of Punjabis rising to every challenge. No war since the Independence has led to such loss of lives as the pandemic, he pointed out, adding, "We have fought together but the war is still on and we have to be prepared for the third wave." (PTI)

    19:41 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Madhya Pradesh reports 19 new Covid-19 cases; active infections at 190

    Madhya Pradesh saw 19 fresh cases of coronavirus that took its tally of infections to 7,91,689 on Tuesday, an official from the state health department said. With no new casualties, the toll stood at 10,512, while the count of recoveries reached 7,80,987, the official said, adding that the central state is now left with 190 active cases. At least 72,713 swab samples were tested during the day, taking the number of tests conducted so far in the state to 1,36,28,509, it was stated. (PTI) 

    19:39 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Mexico detects fake remdesivir at hospital, for sale on web

    Authorities in Mexico say they have found fake doses of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir offered for sale on the internet and at a private hospital near the US border. The federal medical safety commission said late Monday that the fake antiviral drug, which it called "a health risk," was found at a hospital in the Gulf coast city of Tampico, in the border state of Tamaulipas. The commission said the doses had been purchased in an "irregular manner" on the internet, but did not say whether the medication had been used there. The drug's manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, confirmed the falsification. The appearance and lot numbers on the packaging did not match the original. The US and Mexico have approved remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. (AP)

    19:37 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Maharashtra crosses 4-crore doses mark

    The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Maharashtra crossed the 4-crore mark on Tuesday, including one crore doses being given to beneficiaries in less than a month's time due to increase in stock, officials said. Maharashtra hit the 3-crore mark on June 26, while the number of doses administered had crossed the 2-crore mark on May 13. The state had administered 1.20 lakh doses till Tuesday afternoon, in the process taking the overall count to over 4 crore, with 3,06,99,399 people getting the first jab and 93,25,362 getting the second one as well, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said. (PTI)

    19:34 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Centre moves SC seeking extension of time for framing guidelines for ex-gratia

    The Centre has moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of time granted by the apex court to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame guidelines for ex-gratia compensation to families of those who died of COVID-19 by another four weeks. The apex court had in its June 30 verdict directed NDMA to recommend within six weeks appropriate guidelines for ex-gratia assistance on account of loss of life to the family members of persons who died due to COVID-19. The Centre in an application said that the exercise which was in active consideration of the NDMA was at an advance stage and requires a little more in-depth examination. "Applicant (Union of India) respectfully submits that exercise to frame appropriate guidelines for payment of ex-gratia payment to the victims of COVID-19 disaster under section 12 (iii) of the DMA (Disaster Management Act) is in active consideration of the NDMA and going on," said the plea, drawn by advocate Rajat Nair. "It is submitted this exercise, though at an active advance stage, requires a little more in-depth examination before the same is finalised and implemented. Any accelerated formulation, in the respectful submission of the applicant, may result into undesirable results," it said. The Centre urged the top court to grant another four weeks to frame the guidelines. (PTI)

    19:33 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Kerala registers 16,848 new cases, 104 deaths

    Kerala reports 16,848 new COVID cases, 12,052 recoveries, and 104 deaths todayActive cases: 1,26,398 Total recoveries: 30,45,310Death toll: 15,512 (ANI)

    19:26 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Ladakh reports 7 COVID-19 cases, 11 recoveries

    The Union Territory of Ladakh recorded seven COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its infection tally to 20,264, while 11 more patients were cured of the disease, pushing the number of recoveries to 19,959, officials said. All seven new cases are in Leh, they said. There was no fresh fatality due to the disease in the UT, and the death toll stands at 206, the officials added. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ladakh now stands at 99 -- 83 in Leh and 16 in Kargil district. (PTI)

    19:22 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Chandigarh allows reopening of higher educational institutes from August

    Chandigarh administration allows reopening of institutes of higher education for next academic session from August, subject to the condition that all staff & students must have received at least one dose of vaccine at least two weeks ago. (ANI)

    19:18 (IST)20 Jul 2021
    Covid19 Coronavirus LIVE tracker: Strategy to prevent resurgence of Covid cases deliberated upon in expert panels, says govt

    The strategy to prevent resurgence of COVID-19 cases through various public health measures has been deliberated upon in different technical committees and the Centre continues to advise states to strictly follow the strategy of "test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour", Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday. Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said this in response to a question on whether the government has undertaken any detailed study with experts on how to minimise the threat and likelihood of a third wave of the pandemic, if not prevention. In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Pawar said the strategy and interventions required to prevent resurgence of COVID-19 cases through instituting various public health measures has been deliberated upon in various technical committees under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Directorate General of Health Services. These technical committees include subject experts from the field of public health, clinicians, scientists, microbiologists, etc. drawn from eminent public health institutions and hospitals as well as the World Health Organization. The Ministry of Health continues to advise states to strictly follow the five-fold strategy of "Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour", Pawar said in the reply. States and union territories have been accordingly advised the same through formal communications, video conferences as well as through deployment of central teams. (PTI)

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