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Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India August 5 Highlights: As R-factor hovers around 1 in some states, India registered a marginal increase in the daily caseload on Thursday. The government bulletin says that 42, 982 fresh coronavirus cases were officially registered in the last 24 hours. It was also the second consecutive day when India logged over 500 Covid fatalities. The health bulletin said that 533 Indians lost their lives due to Covid complications. In yet another subtle sign, the number of active cases in India are on a gradual upward path. At present, India has 4,11,076 active Covid cases, the official health bulletin says. The daily vaccination rate plunged to 37,45,862 on August 4. In comparison with August 3 data, there was a drop of 42.8 per cent.

Talking about the next phase of the pandemic in India, the third wave of the coronavirus has made a quiet entry in India via Kerala. The Covid trajectory in the state clearly shows what the epidemiologists are terming as the early phase of the third wave. While the easing of lockdowns etc has helped the Indian economy to revive, the nation must get the clear answer from the haunting of the second wave – how many Indians died during the harrowing months of April and May this year? As an Indian Express report says that the Centre has already given the answer – 1.69 lakh. But the question arises – is this the absolute figure? Well, the answer is no.

The states have been quietly revising the numbers in the process known as reconciling the Covid death data. From Bihar to Maharashtra to Kerala, states have been updating his figure from time to time. However, these figures don’t actually tell us the enormity of the crisis. One fact, which even the Narendra Modi government agrees that ‘deaths can only be estimated and the exact data may never be known.’

One of the key figures that may help is in understanding the difference between the official death count and the under-reported deaths are ‘all cause deaths’. This essentially means that these are as the term mean deaths registered with any reason except for Covid. Any person, who died during the second wave will be part of the ‘all cause deaths’ These are in excess of the registered Covid deaths. Now, the problem is that since the person was not tested for corona, we may never know how many people went unregistered as Covid deaths.

The ‘all cause deaths’, can, however, help us know the excess death and officials can arrive at an estimate. The gap between all cause deaths and the registered Covid deaths is the only way to know the scale of under-reporting. But even this would also take more than a year.

 

Stay with us as we bring the latest Covid updates from India and around the world:

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    23:18 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 86,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in a day in Delhi 

    Over 86,000 Covid vaccine doses were administered in Delhi the previous day, according to the city government's vaccination bulletin issued on Thursday. A total of 86,163 doses were administered on Wednesday, of which 45,948 were the first doses. Delhi had five days of vaccine stock left as of Thursday morning, the bulletin said.

    The cumulative number of doses administered in the city so far has reached 1,03,81,616 -- 75,79.305 were the first doses and 28,02,311 the second doses. The national capital had a balance stock of 8,22,540 coronavirus vaccines, of which 4,61,250 doses were of Covishield and 3,61,290 of Covaxin.

    A total of 1,67,840 Covisihield doses were added to the stock on Wednesday. The national capital's current vaccination capacity stands at 1,75,539 doses daily, the bulletin stated. (PTI) 

    22:53 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala gets 3.61 lakh additional COVID-19 vaccine doses

    Kerala has received 3.61 lakh more doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the state government said here on Thursday. The state on Wednesday received two lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 1,61,440 Covaxin jabs at the regional vaccine stores in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode, Health Minister Veena George said in a release.

    Kerala has now administered 2,13,01,782 Covid vaccine cumulatively in first and second doses (1,50,32,333 first doses and 62,69,449 second doses) even as the state inoculated a total of 1,87,504 people on Thursday, the government said. (PTI) 

    22:32 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UP reports 3 more deaths, 34 new cases

    Uttar Pradesh on Thursday registered three more Covid-related fatalities, taking the death toll in the state 22,770, while the infection tally rose to 17,08,649 with 34 new cases. One death each was reported from Ghazipur, Hardoi and Mahrajganj districts, a health department bulletin said.

    Of the fresh cases, six each were reported from Lucknow and Varanasi, and three from Gorakhpur among other places, the bulletin said.In the last 24 hours, 50 people recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries so far in the state to 16,85,220. 

    The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 659, the bulletin said. More than 2.53 lakh samples have been tested in the state in the last 24 hours, while so far, over 6.67 crore samples have been tested, it added. (PTI) 

    22:01 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai's Kasturba Gandhi hospital installs a genome sequencing machine

    Maharashtra: Kasturba Gandhi hospital in Mumbai installed a genome sequencing machine in their laboratory.

    This machine can detect new viruses, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has become self-sufficient in providing health services: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar (ANI) 

    21:51 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We're seriously considering recommendation of experts, says Karnataka CM

    We're seriously considering recommendation of experts. I'll have final meeting with them tomorrow on 2 counts - what should be COVID protocol in event of 3rd wave & what should be our stand on opening of schools. Then I'll call all representatives it & take action: Karnataka CM (ANI) 

    21:35 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,997 new COVID cases, 33 deaths today

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,997 new COVID cases, 1,943 recoveries, and 33 deaths today.

    Active cases: 20,138Total recoveries: 25,15,030Death toll: 34,230 (ANI) 

    21:24 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana reports 582 new COVID cases, 03 deaths in last 24 hours

    Telangana reports 582 new COVID cases, 638 recoveries, and 03 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 8,744Total recoveries: 6,35,250Death toll: 3,817 (ANI) 

    21:11 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chinese President Xi promises to provide 2 bn doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday promised to provide two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world this year and offered a $ 100 million donation to COVAX, the WHO-backed vaccine alliance, amidst a surge in coronavirus cases of the Delta variant in the country.

    The number of active cases in China has crossed over 1,800, including 62 new locally-transmitted ones and 527 asymptomatic cases, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in a report, adding that 1,285 patients are undergoing treatment. | Read More

    20:59 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: New COVID-19 cases eclipse recoveries as TN adds 1,997 fresh infections, 33 deaths

    New COVID-19 infections in Tamil Nadu rose to 1,997 on Thursday pushing the caseload to 25,69,398, while 33 people succumbed to the virus, aggregating to 34,230 fatalities, the health department said. Recoveries for the first time in several weeks were lower when compared to new infections, with 1,943 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,15,030, leaving 20,138 active infections.

    Coimbatore topped the new infections among districts with 220 people contracting the contagion, followed by Chennai 196, Erode 161, Chengalpet 130, Thanjavur 119 and Thiruvallur 106. Tenkasi recorded the least with eight new cases. A total of 1,58,797 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 3,82,11,132 till date, a bulletin said.

    As many as 29 districts reported new cases in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 22 districts. Among the 33 fatalities, 28 succumbed to the virus in government while five in private health care facilities. Nine of the deceased were without comorbidity or pre-existing illness which include a 29-year-old man from Salem who tested positive on May 23.

    The patient died on May 24 due to COVID-19 pneumonia. Among those who tested positive today were two returnees from Maharashtra, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    20:45 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Covid-19: India in talks with various countries for mutual recognition of vaccine certifications

    India is in talks with various nations for a mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certifications, the government informed Parliament on Thursday.  In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan also said there is no plan currently to introduce vaccine passports. He said normal international travel remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no multilateral protocol on travel currently for those vaccinated against COVID-19, Muraleedharan said. | Read More

    20:33 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa records 102 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths, 88 recoveries

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 102 and reached 1,71,608 on Thursday, while 88 patients recovered from the infection, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 3,156 as three more patients succumbed to the infection during the day, he said.

    The number of recovered cases in the state increased to 1,67,423 after 88 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said. Goa now has 1,029 active cases, the official said. "With 5,932 new tests, the cumulative number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state has gone up to 10,78,876,"  he added.

    Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,71,608, new cases 102, death toll 3,156, discharged 1,67,423, active cases 1029, samples tested till date 10,78,876. (PTI) 

    20:22 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala posts 22,040 new COVID-19 cases, 117 deaths

    Kerala on Thursday reported 22,040 fresh coronavirus cases and 117 deaths, taking the total infection count to 34.93 lakh and the toll to 17,328.  As many as 20,046 people have been cured of the infection since Wednesday, taking the total recoveries to 32,97,834.  The number of active cases stood at 1,77,924, a state government release said.

    The state tested 1,63,376 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 13.49 per cent. So far, 2.80 crore samples have been tested, it said. Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram with 3645 cases, Thrissur 2406, Ernakulam 2373 andPalakkad 2139.

    Of the new cases, 76 are health workers, 67 had come from outside the state and 20,901 were infected through contact with the source of contact being not clear in 996 cases, the release said. There are currently 4,81,157 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 4,51,799 are in home or institutional quarantine and29,358 in hospitals. (PTI) 

    20:12 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal TMC MLA complains about an unauthorised vaccination camp at a local TMC office  

    West Bengal: Bhangar MLA from Indian Secular Front (ISF) Nawsad Siddique writes to the Inspector incharge of Bhangar Police Station on South 24 Parganas district, complaining about an unauthorised vaccination camp at a local TMC office and seeking an immediate inquiry into it. (ANI) 

    20:02 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari slams ruling TMC in West Bengal over vaccinate shortage 

    BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari slams ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal for ‘depriving’ lakhs of people the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 due to state government's partisan policies (PTI) 

    19:52 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Not prosecuting good samaritans for O2 distribution, Delhi drug controller tells High Court

    The Delhi's drug control department Thursday told the Delhi High Court that they have decided not to prosecute the good samaritans who have procured and distributed oxygen without any wrongful intention in the national capital during the second wave of COVID-19.    A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh appreciated the stand taken by the department saying a very fair approach has been taken on the issue. "This is the right approach," it said.

    The high court said no further orders are required to be passed in the matter and disposed of a petition seeking lodging of an FIR on the allegations that politicians are able to procure in huge quantities and distribute COVID-19 medicines even as patients were running from pillar to post to get them. An application was also filed in the pending petition making allegations of procuring and distributing oxygen cylinders during the second wave of the pandemic.

    Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi government, said they have decided not to launch any prosecution against those social organisations, individuals and gurdwaras which had procured and distributed medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients free of cost and without any wrongful intention. (PTI) 

    19:41 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

    Tokyo reported 5,042 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its most since the pandemic began as infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since mid-July, and four other areas of the country have since been added. But the measures, basically shorter opening hours and a ban on alcohol for restaurants and bars, are increasingly ignored by the public, which has become tired of restrictions.     "We need to tackle the situation now that we have a stronger sense of urgency," Prime Minister Yosihide Suga told reporters, referring to Tokyo exceeding 5,000 new daily cases for the first time. "The infections are expanding at a pace we have never experienced before." Suga, who has been criticised for insisting on hosting the Olympics despite the coronavirus's surge, says there is no evidence linking the increase in cases to the July 23-August 8 Games. He urged people to firmly stick to the emergency requests and stay at home despite summer vacations.

    The new cases brought Tokyo's reported total to 236,138. The entire country registered more than 14,000 new cases on Wednesday, for a 970,000 total. Alarmed by the pace of the spread, some experts have called for the state of emergency to be expanded nationwide.

    Instead, Suga on Thursday announced a milder version of the emergency measures in eight prefectures, including Fukushima in the east and Kumamoto in the south. The less-stringent measures allow prefectural heads to target specific towns but do not allow them to order business closures. Suga also pledged to "prevent the further spread of the virus by firmly carrying out vaccinations". Experts say people are not cooperating because many feel less of a sense of urgency about the pandemic while the Olympics are going ahead and the government's repeats of the same requests for people to stay at home.

    Experts on a Tokyo metropolitan government panel cautioned that infections propelled by the more contagious delta variant have become "explosive" and could exceed 10,000 cases a day in two weeks. Measures targeting business owners begin with requests and increase to orders, and violators can be fined, though this rarely happens. Those who comply can receive compensation, but thousands of eateries still stay open after the requested 8 pm closing time. Measures for the general public are only voluntary requests, including staying at home, wearing a mask outside and avoiding nonessential trips.

    Japan has managed to keep its cases and deaths lower than much of the world, but testing is still insufficient and Tokyo's positivity rate stands at 20%, indicating widespread infections. In Tokyo, more than 14,000 patients with mild symptoms are currently isolating at home - more than a tenfold increase from a month ago -- and about 8,400 others are waiting for beds in hospitals or special hotels.     As hospital beds fill, Suga's government introduced a new policy this week in which coronavirus patients with moderate symptoms will isolate at home instead of in hospitals, an attempt to save hospital beds almost exclusively for seriously ill patients. Opposition lawmakers criticised Suga for not increasing hospital capacity sufficiently despite warnings about the delta variant. Coronavirus treatment in Japan is limited to public and university hospitals that have adequate facilities and expertise. (AP) 

    19:25 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID cases, zero deaths today

    Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID cases, 67 recoveries, and zero deaths today.

    Active cases: 533Death toll: 7,366 (ANI)

    19:25 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID cases, zero deaths today

    Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID cases, 67 recoveries, and zero deaths today.

    Active cases: 533Death toll: 7,366 (ANI)

    19:15 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 1,651 recoveries, and 25 deaths today.

    Active cases: 24,414Total recoveries: 28,52,368Death toll: 36,705 (ANI)

    19:15 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 1,651 recoveries, and 25 deaths today.

    Active cases: 24,414Total recoveries: 28,52,368Death toll: 36,705 (ANI)

    19:15 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths today

    Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID-19 cases, 1,651 recoveries, and 25 deaths today.

    Active cases: 24,414Total recoveries: 28,52,368Death toll: 36,705 (ANI)

    19:04 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    'Highly purified and safe vaccine': Bharat Biotech allays concerns over Covaxin's quality

    Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin manufacturer Bharat Biotech on Thursday issued a statement to allay any doubts that may have risen regarding the quality of the vaccine being administered in the country. In order to "set the record straight" — Bharat Biotech said in its statement that as of now all Covaxin batches released have been manufactured at its facilities at Genome Valley Hyderabad — which has been fully audited and approved by regulatory authorities. It also informed that before being released for administering every batch of Covaxin is subjected to over 200 quality control tests and samples are submitted to Government of India's Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL), and only after clearance are the batches released commercially. | Read More

    18:54 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa records 102 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths, 88 recoveries

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 102 and reached 1,71,608 on Thursday, while 88 patients recovered from the infection, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 3,156 as three more patients succumbed to the infection during the day, he said. The number of recovered cases in the state increased to 1,67,423 after 88 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said. Goa now has 1,029 active cases, the official said. "With 5,932 new tests, the cumulative number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state has gone up to 10,78,876,"  he added. (PTI)

    18:51 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Preparing for worst-case scenario, setting up 37K Covid beds, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the city government was preparing for the worst-case scenario in anticipation of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and working on setting up 37,000 dedicated beds for COVID-19 patients. He said this during a virtual session hosted by Assocham India, where a few doctors and industrial leaders also shared their viewpoints on the chance of the third wave. "Convened a virtual session with @ASSOCHAM4India & discussed Delhi Govt's preparedness to combat 3rd wave of #COVID19. We'll be proactive in our response. We're preparing for the worst-case scenario & are preparing 37k beds dedicated to Covid," Jain tweeted. The Delhi government has also been augmenting facilities in pediatric departments and child hospitals in anticipation of the third wave, which experts have cautioned that would prove more dangerous for children. Despite a fall in daily cases in the last several days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently cautioned that the chances of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic were quite real, and had asserted that his government was preparing on a "war-footing" to combat it. (PTI)

    18:49 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 22,040 new Covid-19 cases, 117 deaths

    Kerala reports 22,040 new #COVID19 cases, 20,046 recoveries, and 117 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases stand at 1,77,924 (ANI)

    18:48 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Manipur logs 757 new cases, 8 deaths

    COVID19 | Manipur reports 757 new cases, 8 deaths, and 1,078 recoveries; Recovery rate at 89.91% (ANI)

    18:47 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 24 new Covid cases, zero deaths

    Uttarakhand reports 24 new #COVID cases, 67 recoveries, and zero deaths today.Active cases: 533Death toll: 7,366 (ANI)

    18:38 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: SII's Poonawalla to meet Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tomorrow

    Adar Poonawalla, CEO-Owner, Serum Institute of India (SII) is expected to meet Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tomorrow in Delhi. (ANI)

    18:21 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covaxin receives GMP certificate from Hungary

    Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin has received Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance certificate from Hungary, the vaccine maker said on Thursday in a tweet. The company in a separate press release said Covaxin production, which started in early Junein Malur and Ankleshwar facilities, will be available for commercialsupplies in September. "Another milestone in our account as COVAXIN receives GMP certificate from Hungary. This marks the 1st EUDRAGDMP compliance certificate received by Bharat Biotech from European regulatories," the tweet said. (PTI)

    18:16 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal to reopen schools, colleges after Durga Puja vacation, says Mamata

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her government is weighing options for reopening schools and colleges on alternate days after the Durga Puja vacation in November. Educational institutions have been closed in the state since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March last year.  "However, nothing has been finalised just yet," Banerjee told reporters following a meeting of the Global Advisory Board (GAB), headed by Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, at the state secretariat. The economist is in West Bengal to discuss Covid strategies. (PTI)

    17:56 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID-19

    The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, "I would not be here by now." An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his vaccination in April, "the severity of the attack is unbearable." He cited his experience to push back against vaccine hesitancy. Meanwhile, the African Union says the first of the 400 million single-shot Johnson & Johnson doses that African countries have collectively procured on their own started arriving this week and all should be distributed by September 2022. The African Union says the 400 million doses "bring Africa halfway towards its continental goal of vaccinating at least 60 per cent of the population." (AP)

    17:44 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 61 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

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    17:34 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra logs 2,145 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths

    The number of active coronavirus cases increased by 118 as Andhra Pradesh reported 2,145 afresh, 2,003 recoveries and 24 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. The active caseload increased to 20,302 after a total of 19,42,371 recoveries and 13,468 deaths. The cumulative positive cases registered in the state rose to 19,76,141, according to the latest bulletin. (PTI)

    17:31 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sri Lankan hospitals prepare for surge in COVID-19 cases, says top health official

    Hospitals in Sri Lanka have started preparations to face the current surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, deputy director general of health Dr Hemantha Herath said on Thursday. Most hospitals in the country have exceeded their capacity even as some patients are forced to sleep on floors, according to social media reports. Herath, responding to reports that hospitals have exceeded their capacities, said that urgent steps are being taken to expand the number of COVID-19 wards and beds. "What has been exceeded is the facilities available in the covid wards," he said. The corridors of some privately-run quarantine centers have also been occupied, according to social media reports. Herath said the situation should improve with the ongoing vaccination process. "People who have fallen sick are mostly who have not had their vaccinations," Herath said. Health officials said Sri Lanka on Wednesday recorded its highest single-day fatalities since the pandemic broke out last year with 82 deaths. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told Parliament on Thursday that over 45,000 children have been infected with the contagion. Among them were 19,688 below 10 years. (PTI)

    17:24 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Flu shot may protect against severe effects of COVID-19, says Study

    The annual influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of stroke, sepsis, blood clots and several other severe effects in patients with COVID-19, according to the largest study of its kind. The researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, US, also found that patients with COVID-19 who had been vaccinated against the flu were significantly less likely to visit the emergency department (ED) and be admitted to the intensive care unit. "Only a small fraction of the world has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to date, and with all the devastation that has occurred due to the pandemic, the global community still needs to find solutions to reduce morbidity and mortality," said senior study author Devinder Singh, professor at the Miller School. "My team has been able to observe an association between the flu vaccine and reduced morbidity in COVID-19 patients," said Singh, who conducted the study with lead authors Susan Taghioff and Benjamin Slavin. (PTI)

    17:10 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delta variant of Coronavirus behind severe infection among young people, say US health experts

    Even as the threat of widespread transmission of Coronavirus has substantially dissipated in the United States, health experts have highlighted that cases of Coronavirus caused by the Delta variant are rendering younger patients sicker and more vulnerable in comparison to the past. Health experts have not only cited instances of young patients in their 20s and 30s getting admitted into intensive care but many eventually succumbing to the disease, the New York Times reported. READ MORE

    16:45 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra govt to introduce policy for vacation rental homes

    Maharashtra is drafting a 'vacation rental home' policy, given the changes in tourist preferences during the pandemic to stay in cozy residences in faraway places rather than hotel rooms, a senior official said. The policy will help regulate the entire trade of vacation homes, which will be approved after visits from government officials and the police, and help curb the menace of unsuspecting tourists getting fleeced, the state's Principal Secretary (Tourism) Valsa Nair Singh, said speaking at an event organised by the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Singh said there is a large demand for such homes in different parts of the state, where people are preferring to go stay in already built but unused residences in faraway places rather than in hotel rooms. There are dedicated platforms that have such properties listed, she said adding that there have been instances of fleecing where bogus apps have taken payments for non-existing properties which are discovered by the tourist only on reaching the spot. "We are in the process of drafting this policy. This will be a comprehensive policy, the place is checked, police has also checked before it is given a permission," Singh said. (PTI)

    16:34 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Families of 17 Corona warriors who died on duty given Rs 1 crore compensation: Delhi govt data

    The Delhi government has given Rs 1 crore each as compensation to 17 Corona warriors, including doctors, teachers and sanitation staff, who died of the infection on duty, according to a response to an RTI query. These 17 corona warriors include five doctors, three teachers, two lab technicians, a civil defence volunteer, pharmacist and security guard. The doctors belonged to Lok Nayak Hospital, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital and Delhi government dispensary, Karkardooma. Besides a doctor worked with the Delhi government's National Health Mission, according to the revenue department. (PTI)

    16:33 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We have not received the promised level of supply for entire nation, says Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee

    The biggest problem is that Centre is not capable of generating supply of vaccines for the country. If there were enough vaccines, these claims wouldn't have arisen. We have not received the promised level of supply for the entire nation: Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee (ANI)Image

    16:05 (IST)05 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mamata Banerjee holds Global Advisory Board meeting over third COVID-19 wave

    Howrah | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee holds Global Advisory Board meeting over third COVID-19 wave. Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee also present at the meeting. (ANI)

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