Coronavirus News Highlights: Rajasthan allows re-opening of schools from class 9-12 from Sep 1; Kerala reports 21,445 new cases

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases, Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Online, Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Third Wave India August 12 Highlights: India reports 41,195 new Covid-19 cases, 490 deaths in last 24 hours; After six days, new Covid-19 cases in India cross 40,000; active cases surge to 387,987; WHO to decide on emergency authorisation for Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine next month; Karnataka CM Basavaraj S Bommai asks officials in border districts to be extra cautious amid Covid surge in Kerala

Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Update, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Online, Third wave, R value, schools and colleges reopenThe Covid-19 situation in Kerala still remains a worry. The southern state has been reporting over 50% of India's total new cases for the past few weeks.

Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India August 12 Highlights: Has the Covid-19 third wave already hit India? Health experts are still divided over it, with two different sets of data emerging from the country. While the number of fresh Coronavirus infections is slowly but steadily going down, the R-value (reproduction value) has increased to over 1 in several states/UT. Uttar Pradesh, Himachal are among the eight states with R-value above 1; What is more concerning is that these are new states/UTs which are witnessing rapid spread in virus infection. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, 37 districts have shown rising trends in Covid-19 cases in the past week. With states/UTs relaxing most of the Covid restrictions and allowing more activities, including the reopening of schools and colleges, and the upcoming festive season, India has a tough job ahead: To check Covid spread and prevent the third wave.

After six days, new Covid-19 cases in India crossed 40,000 for the first time. India reported 41,195 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,20,77,706. With the fresh cases, active cases in the country increased to 3,87,987, according to the data from Union Health Ministry data on Thursday. The death toll also climbed to 4,29,669 with 490 fresh fatalities. The active cases now account for 1.21% of the total infections, the health ministry said.

The Covid-19 situation in Kerala still remains a worry. The southern state has been reporting over 50% of India’s total new cases for the past few weeks. As the state struggle to contain the surge, the upcoming festive season poses further challenges.

On the vaccination front, the cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage in India increased to 52,32,53,450 with more than 40 lakh vaccine doses administered on Wednesday. In a positive development, a top WHO official said a decision likely next month on an emergency authorisation for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, a shot that has yet to be authorised by any Western regulatory authorities.

In the meanwhile, vaccine experts in the UK have warned that herd immunity is not a possibility with the Delta variant. The UK has been reporting a high caseload due to the rampage of the Delta variant. US and China, too, have been struggling with the Delta variant.

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    23:22 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tourists are visiting Goa with RT-PCR negative certificates, says Goa Minister Michael Lobo

    Tourists are visiting Goa with RT-PCR negative certificates. We welcome them but they've wear mask. They've to follow COVID-19 protocols. We've to be careful, we've to understand that it's a pandemic. Resorts have reopened but getting very few customers: Goa Minister Michael Lobo (ANI) 

    23:10 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam has reported 935 new cases, 17 deaths today 

    COVID-19 | Assam has reported 935 new cases, 1,310 recoveries and 17 deaths today. Active cases 9,080 and total positive cases 5,77,970 (ANI) 

    22:47 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has exceeded 52.89 crore 

    Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has exceeded 52.89 crore: Union Health Ministry (PTI) 

    22:33 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths in last 24 hours

    Delhi reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, 41 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 14,36,938 Total recoveries 14,11,368 Death toll 25,068

    Active cases 502 (ANI)

    22:20 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 98 new coronavirus cases, no fresh death  in Chhattisgarh

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,03,537 on Thursday with the detection of 98 new cases, while no fresh fatality  due to the infection was reported in the state, a health department official said. No new coronavirus cases were found in six of the 28 districts in the state. The number of recoveries reached 9,88,483 after 33 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 113 others completed their home isolation during the day, he said.

    The number of active cases in the state has declined to 1,509, while the death toll remained unchanged at 13,545, the official said. Raipur district reported two new infections, taking the caseload to 1,57,798, including 3,139 deaths. Janjgir-Champa recorded 15 new cases, Raigarh 11 and Bastar 10, among other districts, he said. 

    With 41,946 samples examined during the day, the number of COVID-19 tests in the state went up to 1,18,34,976, the official said.As per official figures, the coronavirus case positivity rate currently stands at 0.19 per cent. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 10,03,537, new cases 98, death toll 13,545, recovered 9,88,483, active cases 1,509, total tests 1,18,34,976. (PTI) 

    22:08 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 46 shops at Delhi's Sarojini Nagar Market ordered to remain closed for two days 

    46 shops/street vendors at Delhi's Sarojini Nagar Market ordered to remain closed for two days due to violation of COVID-19 protocols. (ANI)

    21:55 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra Govt issues resolution on 15% cut in school fees for 2021-22 

    Maharashtra Government issues resolution on 15% cut in school fees for 2021-22, in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

    21:37 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    E-pass for Mumbai suburban trains: Passes launched for citizens vaccinated with both Covid vaccine doses

    The Maharashtra government on Thursday launched an online facility to enable citizens who have completed 14 days after second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to obtain passes to travel in suburban trains in Mumbai from August 15.

    A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said, “A ‘Universal Travel Pass’ system has been developed to make it possible for citizens to obtain an e-pass conveniently and smoothly.” | Read More

    21:26 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 43 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

    Uttar Pradesh reports 43 new COVID-19 cases, 71 discharges and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total recoveries 16,85,581Death toll 22,780

    Active cases 490 (ANI) 

    21:10 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1942 new COVID-19 cases, 33 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1942 new COVID-19 cases, 1892 recoveries and 33 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 25,83,036Total recoveries 25,28,209Death toll 34,428

    Active cases 20,399 (ANI)

    20:55 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 1859 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths in last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh reports 1859 new COVID-19 cases, 1575 recoveries and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 19,88,910Total recoveries 19,56,627Death toll 13,595

    Active cases 18,688 (ANI)

    20:45 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Supplied 75 mn doses of Covaxin, more to be supplied in August, says Suchitra Ella, Jt MD, Bharat Biotech

    Supplied 75 mn doses of Covaxin, more to be supplied in Aug. Our vaccine has 65% efficacy against Delta. Our 2nd site is at Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant. Sample batches are ready, it'll go to CDL Kasauli this month for quality testing: Suchitra Ella, Jt MD, Bharat Biotech (ANI)

    20:35 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees eight new COVID-19 cases; active infections at 131

    Madhya Pradesh on Thursday recorded eight fresh cases of COVID-19 that raised its tally of infections to 7,91,998, an official from the state health department said. The toll remained unchanged at 10,514, as no fresh casualties were reported during the day, the official said.

    The count of recoveries now stands at 7,81,353, leaving the central state with 131 active cases, he said. With the addition of 76,396 swab samples examined during the day, the total number of tests conducted in Madhya Pradesh rose to 1,52,97,847, the official added.

    As per an official release, 3,66,86,401 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far, of which 5,18,437 jabs were given on Thursday. Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,91,998, new cases 8, death toll 10,514, recovered 7,81,353, active cases 131, number of tests so far 1,52,97,847. (PTI)

    20:10 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 6388 new COVID-19 cases, 208 deaths in last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reports 6388 new COVID-19 cases, 8390 recoveries and 208 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 63,75,390Total recoveries 61,75,010Death toll 1,34,572

    Active cases 62,351 (ANI) 

    19:56 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala's Covid tally rises to 36,31,638 with 21,445 new cases 

    Kerala's Covid tally rises to 36,31,638 with 21,445 fresh cases, 160 more fatalities push death toll to 18,280; active cases stand at 1,76,518: State govt (PTI) 

    19:42 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rajasthan Govt allows re-opening of schools from class 9-12 with 50% capacity from September 1 

    Government of Rajasthan allows re-opening of schools from class 9-12 with 50% capacity, from 1st September 2021; teaching & non-teaching staff need to mandatorily have taken at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to this. (ANI) 

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    19:28 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1857 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths in last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 1857 new COVID-19 cases, 1950 discharges and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 29,24,732Total recoveries 28,65,067Death toll 36,911

    Active cases 22,728 (ANI)

    19:12 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra govt launches online e-pass facility to enable fully vaccinated people to travel in suburban trains

    After initiating offline COVID vaccination certificate verification process & railway pass distribution process, Maharashtra govt has now launched online e-pass facility weblink https:/ / epassmsdma.mahait.org. to enable fully vaccinated people to travel in suburban trains: BMC (ANI)

    18:54 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths today

    Uttarakhand reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, 37 recoveries and zero deaths today.

    Total cases 3,42,526Total recoveries 3,28,695Death toll 7369

    Active cases  418 (ANI)

    18:41 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya meets WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, discusses health body’s approval for Covaxin

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday met WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan and held discussions over the global health body’s approval for Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin.

    Held a meeting with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of @WHO. We had a productive discussion on WHO’s approval of @BharatBiotech’s COVAXIN. @DoctorSoumya also appreciated India’s efforts for the containment of #COVID19, Mandaviya tweeted. | Read More

    18:27 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 3rd booster dose will be effective in countering future variants of Covid, research shows

    With an increase in the number of people vaccinated, scientists and health experts are debating if and when the third booster dose should be administered to keep the Covid-19 spread in check. In a recent development, scientists have found that the third booster dose will not only be an effective way to protect people from the currently circulating lethal variants of the virus but also against the probable future variants, the Indian Express reported. | Read More

    18:13 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Scientists fear UK COVID cases may surge after summer lull

    As Britain enjoyed a summertime lull in COVID-19 cases, the nation's attention turned to the end of pandemic-related restrictions and holidays in the sun.       

    But scientists are warning the public not to be complacent, saying high levels of infection in the community are likely to lead to another spike in cases this fall.     

    The reason for their pessimism is the delta variant of COVID-19, now dominant throughout the UK. Vaccines are less effective against this more transmissible variant, meaning Britain needs to achieve a much higher level of vaccination if it hopes to control the disease. About 60% of the UK population has been fully vaccinated.

    "If you're going to rely on the vaccines, OK, then vaccinate everybody," said Ravi Gupta, a University of Cambridge professor who did some of the pioneering studies on the delta variant. "But they've done a half vaccination job and then they've opened everything up. And this is a recipe for...things not going well in the next few months."

    Despite an early summer surge in COVID-19 infections, the government on July 19 removed most remaining restrictions on social and business interactions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson trumpeted the moment as "Freedom Day", saying Britain's successful vaccination programme meant people were much less likely to get seriously ill or die from COVID-19.     

    But after a drop in confirmed new infections following July 19, cases have plateaued at an average of around 25,000 a day, more than 10 times higher than in early May. The seven-day average for coronavirus-related hospital admissions is about eight times higher than in May and deaths are 15 times higher.     

    All of the figures remain well below their winter peaks, when more than 60,000 people a day were testing positive for the disease.     

    Professor Julian Tang, an expert in respiratory diseases at the University of Leicester, is concerned infection levels in the community may actually be higher than the figures suggest.     

    "Human factors" - such as a drop in testing now that school is out and people who avoid getting tested because they don't want to miss out on their summer vacations - may mean that new infections are being undercounted and will rise rapidly in September, Tang said.     

    He thinks part of the problem is the government's reduced emphasis on social distancing measures since the end of lockdown.     

    "The virus is not going to go away unless you vaccinate everybody, including the children," Tang said.

    "So I think that there's too much optimistic, over-confident messaging and people get the wrong idea that you can go out and do everything -- don't wear your mask, go and have a barbecue, have fun indoors. But then when you want to pull back from that, people don't want to do it because they've had that taste of freedom and they don't trust you anymore," he said. (AP) 

    17:59 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh's Covid tally rises to 19,88,910 with 1,859 new cases

    Andhra Pradesh's Covid tally rises to 19,88,910 with 1,859 fresh cases, 13 more fatalities push death toll to 13,595; recoveries surge to 19,56,627: Health bulletin (PTI) 

    17:43 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 298/16,000 COVID beds occupied, registering only 2% occupancy, says Delhi Health Minister 

    Almost all major hospitals are occupied at 70-80% capacity, nothing new in this... Sometimes the occupancy of (non-COVID) beds is 100%. As far as COVID beds are concerned, 298/16,000 are occupied, registering only 2% occupancy: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain (ANI) 

    17:28 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal HC directs the State Govt to reconsider its decision of holding ‘Maa Chintpurni Sawan Mela’ in Una 

    High Court of Himachal Pradesh directs the State Govt to reconsider its decision of holding ‘Maa Chintpurni Sawan Mela’ in Una district, in view of COVID-19 situation. The Court directs the State Govt to consider the decision, preferably before 13th August 2021. (ANI) 

    17:00 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: PoK polls acted as 'super spreader event', says top official as Pak struggles to contain Covid

    Pakistan's coronavirus response chief on Thursday said the recent assembly elections held in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) acted as a "super spreader event" for the pandemic as the country struggled to contain the fourth wave of COVID-19. Pakistan recorded 102 Covid fatalities in the last 24 hours, the highest since May 20, pushing the nationwide death toll to 24,187, while the tally of confirmed cases touched 1,085,294 with 4,934 new infections recorded overnight, the health ministry said. Minister for Planning Asad Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), blamed the July 25 election in PoK for the spike in the spread of the virus. The NCOC is the principal body governing the policies and implementation of the national COVID-19 effort of Pakistan. Umar in a tweet said he had recommended that the elections in PoK be "postponed for a couple of months and a special vaccination campaign run before the elections". However, "it was not agreed". "Elections (in Pok) have acted as a super spreader event," he said. (PTI)

    16:54 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Andhra logs 1,859 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh on Thursday added 1,859 new coronavirus cases to its tally that now touched 19,88,910. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, 1,575 patients had recovered from the infection while 13 more succumbed in the state, the latest bulletin said. The total recoveries now increased to 19,56,627 and the death toll to 13,595, the bulletin said. The number of active cases rose by 271 to 18,688. East Godavari reported 402, Chittoor 233, SPS Nellore 225, West Godavari 195, Guntur 182, Kadapa 148, Krishna 144 and Visakhapatnam 123 new cases in 24 hours. (PTI)

    16:52 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Majority of citizens feel confident of India's preparedness for 3rd COVID wave, says Survey

    As many as 58 per cent of citizens surveyed feel confident that India is well prepared to handle the third wave of COVID, LocalCircles said on Thursday. The question how confident do people feel about India's preparedness to handle a possible third COVID wave in August-December 2021, received 8,880 responses in a survey conducted by  LocalCircles, a community social media platform.  As many as 26 per cent of respondents said they are "highly confident". About 32 per cent said they are "somewhat confident" and 25 per cent noted that they "have very little confidence". Nearly 13 per cent said they have "no confidence at all", while 4 per cent did not have an opinion.  "On an aggregate basis, 58 per cent of citizens feel confident that India is well-prepared to handle the 3rd COVID wave in the coming months," LocalCircles said in a statement. (PTI)

    16:35 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Health Minister holds discussion with Soumya Swaminathan over WHO's approval to Covaxin

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today met WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan and held a discussion over WHO's approval of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. (ANI)Image

    16:14 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: MP HC asks govt to give details of patients suffering from black, white fungus, similar diseases in state

    The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the government to provide information about the number of patients in the state, who are suffering from black fungus, white fungus infections or similar diseases. In its order passed on August 10, the high ourt directed Additional Chief Secretary of the state health department to submit the information by September 6, amicus curiae in the case senior advocate Naman Nagrath said. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice V K Shukla said, "We direct Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Medical and Health, Government of Madhya Pradesh to place on record the current and exact position with regard to the number of patients of black and white fungus or any other kind of similar disease in the state." (PTI)

    15:59 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: COVID-19 infection linked to problems in thinking, attention: Study

    People who have recovered from COVID-19 may face problems in cognitive tasks such as thinking and attention, according to a study of over 80,000 individuals. The research, published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, found that those with more severe COVID-19 symptoms scored lower on an online series of tests, with performance on reasoning and problem-solving tasks being most affected. Further analysis of the data indicated that those who received mechanical ventilation to help them breathe while in the hospital had the greatest impairment on cognitive tasks. "Our study adds to an increasing body of research that is looking at different aspects of how COVID-19 might be impacting the brain and brain function," said study first author Adam Hampshire from Imperial College London in the UK. "This research is all converging to indicate that there are some important effects of COVID-19 on the brain that need further investigation," Hampshire said. (PTI)

    15:51 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: West Bengal govt extends Covid restrictions till August 30

    The COVID-related restrictions in West Bengal was extended till August 30 with relaxations in the curbs during the night hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday. The restrictions, first imposed on May 16 amid the second wave of the pandemic and extended at regular intervals, were about to expire on August 15. "The COVID situation in Bengal is quite good but the danger of the third wave is still lurking. This is one of the reasons we have not allowed local trains," Banerjee said, addressing a press conference. "So, we have decided to extend the ongoing COVID restrictions for 15 more days till August 30," she added. The chief minister announced that the night hours during which stringent restrictions are imposed will be reduced. "We have decided a few relaxations -- such as full lockdown during the night will now be from 11 pm to 5 am, instead of 9 pm to 5 am," she said. Banerjee said the state was not getting the required doses of vaccines. "If we get vaccines, we can at least ensure one dose of vaccine for the rural population and then we can allow local trains," she said. (PTI)

    15:49 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: West Bengal govt extends Covid restrictions till August 30

    Covid-related restrictions in West Bengal extended till August 30, night curbs from 11 pm to 5 am: CM Mamata Banerjee.

    15:43 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 28 children among 576 new COVID patients in Mizoram

    At least 576 more people, including 128 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the tally in the state to 46,896, a health department official said on Thursday. Two more fatalities due to the infection in the last 24 hours raised the death toll to 173, he said. Of the fresh cases, 323 were reported from Aizawl district, 71 from Kolasib, 57 from Champhai, 38 from Lunglei, 35 from Lawngtlai. The single-day positivity rate was at 9.30 per cent as the new cases were detected from 6,192 sample tests. At least 128 children and eight Border Security Force personnel are among the newly infected people, he said. Nine fresh patients have travel history, while 567 were found to have locally contracted the disease, the official said, adding that 313 have developed symptoms of Covid-19. (PTI)

    15:36 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Karnataka CM directs officials in border districts to be extra cautious

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday asked officials in border districts to to be extra cautious to check  COVID-19 pandemic. Bommai was here in this district headquarters town of Dakshina Kannada district (bordering Kerala) which has seen significant rise in coronavirus cases in recent days. "I have come here to review the COVID-19 situation. Our objective is to completely control COVID-19 in Dakshina Kannada district. There is a need to take extra precautionary measures in the border regions," he told reporters after inaugurating the new intensive care unit at the Wenlock Madison Government Hospital here. The Chief Minister said he has directed officials to allow people coming from neighbouring states only after COVID tests. He also said that he would travel to other border districts.  Recently, he paid a visit to Mysuru followed by the ongoing one to Mangaluru and Udupi on Thursday. (PTI)

    15:30 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sales for top artists decline 25% in 2020 to Rs 81 crore due to Covid

    Top Indian artists' sales dipped by a fourth to Rs 81.28 crore in the pandemic-impacted 2020, a report said on Thursday. London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor topped the Hurun India Art List 2021 with Rs 20.64 crore by selling 65 lots, which helped him top the tables for the third consecutive year. His turnover was down 54 per cent when compared to 2019. The list is a compilation of 50 living artists either born or residing in India and has been compiled with data from Artprice.com, which collects data from auction houses. Anas Rahman Junaid said the present opportunity presents a lucrative opportunity to collect the works of India's most successful artists. "Cash-outs from the flurry of IPOs, startups exits and exponentially expanding Hurun India Rich List indicate that India is witnessing the fastest wealth creation in its history," Junaid said, hoping that the wealth creators will collect more Indian arts. The most expensive work sold in 2020 was a 2004 piece titled 'The Seashore' by Kolkata-based figurative artist Arpita Singh for Rs 5.28 crore, while Kapoor's 2013 work 'Sans Tiltre' followed with a Rs 4.54 crore. (PTI)

    15:01 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 10 more test positive for COVD-19 in Ladakh

    Ladakh recorded 10 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the active cases have risen to 82 in the union territory, officials said. All the 10 persons testing positive for the virus were from Leh district, they said. The total number of cases in the UT has gone up now 20,421, the officials said. Two more patients were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, raising the number of cured persons to 20,132, they said. No death due to COVID-19 was reported in Ladakh in the past 24 hours, the officials said. (PTI)

    14:54 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 3rd booster dose will be effective in countering future variants of Covid, research shows

    With an increase in the number of people vaccinated, scientists and health experts are debating if and when the third booster dose should be administered to keep the Covid-19 spread in check. In a recent development, scientists have found that the third booster dose will not only be an effective way to protect people from the currently circulating lethal variants of the virus but also against the probable future variants, the Indian Express reported. READ FULL STORY

    14:11 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Russia reports record-high 808 COVID-19 deaths

    Russia on Thursday reported a record-high 808 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours and 21,932 new COVID-19 cases, including 2,294 in Moscow. Russia's daily reported cases have gradually dipped from a peak in July that authorities blamed on the infectious Delta variant and a slow vaccination rate. (Reuters)

    14:09 (IST)12 Aug 2021
    Told Union health minister difficult to ascertain oxygen-related deaths without probe: Sisodia

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Thursday said he has written to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya saying that without a proper probe, it is difficult to ascertain if any oxygen-related death happened during the second wave of coronavirus. Sisodia said the Delhi government had formed a committee to probe the deaths and prepare a report so that the affected families can be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each. "But through the LG (Delhi's Lieutenant Governor), the Centre did not allow that committee to be formed. We are sending the file again to the Delhi LG for approval. We will carry out the probe with full responsibility and even punish those who were guilty," he told the media in an online briefing. (PTI)

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