Coronavirus India Updates, Coronavirus Third Wave In India News Highlights: India recorded 39, 070 fresh coronavirus cases and 492 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. The infection tally is at,19,34,455, while the death count climbed to 4,27,862. The active cases comprised 1.27 per cent of the total infections, while the COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.39 per cent. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.27 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.38 per cent, according to the health ministry.
Meanwhile, the vaccine production in the country has been increased from 2.5 lakh doses per day to around 40 lakh doses per day, said Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State (MoS) for Health recently. US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use approval in India.
Delhi CM has announced on Saturday that all weekly markets will re-open August 9 onwards adhering to proper Covid-19 protocols. The national capital recorded 72 fresh COVID cases and one death due to the disease on Saturday, while the positivity rate rose to 0.10 per cent. Kerala on the other hand still remains to be a cause of concern as it reported 20,367 new COVID-19 cases and 139 deaths. Neighboring Tamil Nadu recorded 1,969 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths, the Health Department said on Saturday.
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Gujarat on Sunday reported 25 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 8,25,045, while the toll remained unchanged at 10,077 and the recovery count increased by 14, an official said. The number of people discharged so far stands at 8.14,761, which is 98.75 per cent of the tally, leaving the state with 207 active cases, of which the condition of six is critical, he said. Surat led with six cases, followed by four in Ahmedabad among other districts, he added.
A release said 3,85,461 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Gujarat on Sunday, taking the total number of doses administered to 3,65,81,478. Neighbouring Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu reported one new COVID-19 case and one recovery, taking the tally to 10,625 and recovery count to 10,613, leaving the Union Territory, which has seen four deaths so far, with an active caseload of eight.
Gujarat’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,25,045, new cases 25, death toll 10,077, discharged 8,14,761, active cases 207, people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI)
A total of 1,19,785 Covid vaccines were administered in the national capital on Saturday, the Delhi government said in its vaccination bulletin on Sunday. According to the bulletin, 60,019 first doses were given to beneficiaries and 59,766 were the second doses.
The Delhi government has so far administered 1,06,79,579 Covid vaccines in the city, which includes 77,44,183 first doses and 29,35,396 second doses. The city has seven days’ worth vaccine stock as on Sunday morning, which include 3,55,820 Covaxin shots and 4,30,350 Covieshield jabs.
The Delhi health department told the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that it will take another year to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries aged above 18 in the national capital at “the present rate of COVID-19 vaccine supply”. At a DDMA meeting held on Friday, officials of the department gave a presentation on the city government’s preparedness for a possible third wave of coronavirus and the status of COVID-19 vaccination.
Officials said around 1.5 crore beneficiaries are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the national capital and three crore doses are required to fully inoculate them. At the present rate of vaccine supply, it will take till July or August 2022 to complete two-dose vaccination of all 18 years plus beneficiaries, the health department officials told DDMA. (PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced that fully vaccinated citizens of Mumbai can travel in local trains from August 15.
Speaking in a live webcast, he said that those who have completed 14 days after their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, can apply on a specially-created app for the railway pass and they can collect the same from their respective local ward offices.
“As of now 19 lakh people in Mumbai are fully vaccinated,” Thackeray said, adding that those who do not have smartphones, can obtain the pass offline.
Currently, common people are not allowed to board Mumbai suburban trains, which are being operated only for the people employed in essential sectors and government services.
The chief minister also said that his government was considering to grant relaxations to shops, malls, restaurants and places of religious worship and a decision would be taken after a meeting of the task force on Monday. (PTI)
Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally increased to 28,628 on Sunday as 77 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 585, a health bulletin said. Dimapur and Kohima districts registered the highest number of new cases at 28, followed by Mokukchung (9), and Tuensang (6), it said.
The state now has 1,380 active cases, while 25,846 people have recovered so far, including 89 in the last 24 hours, and 817 patients have migrated to other states. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state now stands at 90.28 per cent.
Nagaland has thus far tested over 2.76 lakh samples for COVID-19 and vaccinated over 6.30 lakh people. (PTI)
Acting on the latest travel guidelines issued by UAE, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre has set up Rapid PCR test facility at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with about 50 Rapid PCR machines. Per test cost will be Rs 5000, report availability in 45-60 minutes: Genestrings (ANI)
Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 10 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 7,91,960, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,514, the official added.
The number of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh stands at 7,81,298, leaving the state with 148 active cases. With 70,768 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in MP went up to 1,50,11,979, the official added.
A total of 3,48,99,548 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in Madhya Pradesh, including 11,957 on Sunday, an official release said. Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,91,960, new cases 10, death toll 10,514 (no change), recovered 7,81,298, active cases 148, number of tests so far 1,50,11,979. (PTI)
Telangana on Sunday reported 449 coronavirus cases taking the tally to over 6.49 lakh while the toll stood at 3825 with two more casualties. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation accounted for the highest number of cases with 73 followed by Karimnagar-52 district, a state government bulletin said. The number of active cases was 8406.
While 623 people were cured in the state in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries are at 6,37,175. Over 79,000 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, over 2.28 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population were over 6.13 lakh, the bulletin said.
The case fatality rate in the state was 0.58 per cent, while it was 1.3 per cent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana was 98.11 per cent. It was 97.36 per cent in the country.
The state government, in a separate release said as on August 7 over 1.15 crore people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while nearly 39 lakh got their second jab. (PTI)
Mumbai local train services to start from August 15 for people who have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Passengers can download (local) train passes through the mobile app. Those who do not have smartphones can take photo passes from municipal ward offices in the city as well as suburban railway stations: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (ANI)
Fully vaccinated citizens of Mumbai can travel in local trains from August 15: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in live webcast (PTI)
Maharashtra reports 5,508 new COVID-19 cases, 4,895 recoveries, and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 63,53,328
Total recoveries 61,44,388
Death toll 1,33,996
Active cases 71,510 (ANI)
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 122 fresh cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the infection tally to 3,22,550, while three new fatalities due to the disease raised the death toll to 4,389, officials said. Forty-three of the fresh COVID-19 cases were from the Jammu division and 79 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, the officials said.
They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 29 new cases, followed by Budgam district where 15 such infections were registered. The number of active cases dipped slightly to 1,400 in the UT, while 3,16,761 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. Meanwhile, the officials said the number of mucormycosis (black fungus) cases remained unchanged at 37 in the Union Territory as no fresh infection was reported. (PTI)
COVID-19 | Tamil Nadu reports 1,956 new cases, 28 deaths and 1,807 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases 20,407 and total positive cases 25,75,308 (ANI)
Delhi reports 66 new COVID-19 cases, 95 recoveries, and no death reported in the last 24 hours.
Active cases: 536
Total recoveries: 14,11,159
Death toll: 25,066 (ANI)
Manipur reported 736 new cases, 10 deaths and 921 recoveries in the last 24 hours; active cases at 7,951, recovery rate at 90.79% (ANI)
Uttarakhand Government announces Rs 205 crore stimulus package for healthcare workers in the state for their contribution during the COVID19 pandemic. This will benefit 3,74,000 health workers in the state. (ANI)
Shops in Pune city can remain open till 8 pm from August 9 and restaurants with a 50 per cent capacity till 10 pm, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Sunday.
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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday announced that people can get “Get COVID19 vaccination certificate within seconds on WhatsApp.” Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the office of Mansukh Mandaviya shared a post with the caption, “Revolutionising common man’s life using technology. Now get COVID-19 vaccination certificate through MyGov Corona Helpdesk in 3 easy steps.” | Read More
COVID19 | Kerala reports 18,607 fresh cases, 93 deaths and 20,108 recoveries today; Test positivity rate at 13.87% (ANI)
From Aug 9, students of class 10 to 12 in Delhi can visit schools for work related to admission, practical activities for board exams: DDMA (PTI)
Forty-five PSA oxygen plants of 55.46 metric tonnes capacity have been commissioned in government hospitals in the national capital as part of preparations for a possible third wave of COVID-19, health officials have told the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). According to the officials, around 160 PSA oxygen generation plants with a total capacity of 148.11 metric tonnes are being installed at various government and private hospitals in the city. (PTI)
Nepal reported 2,548 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s COVID-19 tally to 783,355 as of Sunday, according to the health ministry. The Ministry of Health and Population said the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has jumped to 10,093 with 55 fresh deaths reported in the last 24 hours. In this period, 9,033 swab samples were tested under the RT-PCR method, of which 2,137 turned out positive. A total of 3,345 people underwent antigen tests for the virus, of which an additional 411 tested positive, it said. (PTI)
Iran, grappling with its most severe surge of the coronavirus to date, reported more new infections and deaths across the country on Sunday than any other single day since the pandemic began. Health authorities logged over 39,600 new cases and 542 deaths from the virus. The fatality count shatters the previous record set during Iran’s deadliest coronavirus surge that gripped the country last November, signalling the current wave will likely only get worse. The new all-time highs push Iran’s total number of infections over 4.1 million and death toll over 94,000 the highest in the Middle East.
Fifty-eight more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, pushing the infection count to 17,08,772 in the state on Sunday, according to an official statement. The death toll remained unchanged at 22,773 with no fresh fatality linked to the disease being reported in the last 24 hours, the the UP government said in the statement. Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, a maximum of 20 were reported from Kushinagar, followed by five from Prayagraj. (PTI)
Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora was hospitalised on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19. “I have tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms. I request all those who have come in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest,” he tweeted. The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president has been admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and his condition is stated to be stable, party sources said. (PTI)
In Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, all the shops to remain open till 8pm for six days a week. All hotels, restaurants allowed to operate with 50% seating capacity till 10pm on all days. All relaxations to be effective from 9th August: Maharashtra Minister Ajit Pawar
Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to increase the quota of COVID-19 vaccine for West Bengal. He also said there is a lurking danger of Covid explosion in the state given its dense population. “I am given to understand that up to August 2, approximately 3,00,65,845 persons have been vaccinated (in the state),” Chowdhury said in the letter. (PTI)
The hazards of not reopening schools after prolonged closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic are “too serious to be ignored”, according to a parliamentary panel. The committee has noted that the closure of schools has not only impacted social fabric of families in a negative manner, it has also increased involvement of children in household chores. “The closure of schools for over a year has had a deep impact on the wellbeing of students, especially their mental health. The hazards of not opening the schools are too serious to be ignored. The confinement of young children within the four walls of the house, being unable to attend school, has altered the relationship between the parent and the children adversely. (PTI)
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto on Sunday hailed what she called the “can-do” attitude of this year’s Olympics, held despite all the problems associated with the coronavirus pandemic. She was speaking just before the closing ceremony was set to take place. While outbreaks of coronavirus have largely been avoided within the Olympic bubble of athletes, Tokyo recorded record numbers of coronavirus cases over the last week. (AP)
Situation in Mumbai is similar to that of West Bengal, where Durga Puja celebrations were restricted. It’s difficult for Ganesh Utsav Mandals to celebrate the festival in accordance with new rules. We raised our concerns with the Governor: BJP MLA Nitesh Rane (ANI)
Noolpuzha in Wayanad district has become the first tribal panchayat in the state to achieve complete vaccination, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday. Vijayan, in a Facebook post, said special vaccination camps were organised in five schools in different parts of the panchayat to provide jabs to the tribals who were brought there in vehicles of the tribal department. (PTI)
Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls usually teems with tourists who come to marvel at the roaring Zambezi River as it tumbles down more than 350 feet (108 meters) to the gorge below, sending up a mist that is visible from miles away. ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – the English translation of what the waterfall is called in the Sotho language – is still mighty, but the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced visitors to a trickle. Ordinarily, Victoria Falls attracts 350,000 tourists a year, but their numbers have dropped to almost none as a result of travel restrictions. Hotel occupancy rates fell into the single digits during 2020 and the first half of 2021, and some hotels were forced to close, according to the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe.
The union territory of Puducherry logged 79fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall tally to 1,21,602, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Sunday. The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 5,490 samples, Director of Health Department G Sriramulu said. (PTI)
Odisha’s COVID-19 death count shot up to 6,435 on Sunday after 69 more patients succumbed to the virus, while 1,243 fresh cases raised the tally to 9,87,070, a health department official said. The coastal state now has 12,129 active cases and 9,68,453 people have so far recovered from the disease, including 1,525 since Saturday, he said. The case fatality rate, however, stands at 0.65 per cent, one of the lowest in the country, the official said. The CFR national average is at present 1.34 per cent. (PTI)
A study by ICMR involving 98 people, 18 of whom had inadvertently received Covishield as first dose and Covaxin as the second in Uttar Pradesh, showed that combining these two COVID-19 vaccines elicited better immunogenicity than two doses of the same vaccine. The study also found that immunisation with combination of Covishield and Covaxin was safe and the adverse effects were also found to be similar when compared to the same dose regimen. (PTI)
It will take another year to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries aged above 18 in the national capital at “the present rate of COVID-19 vaccine supply,” the health department has told the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). At a DDMA meeting held on Friday, officials of the department gave a presentation on the city government’s preparedness for a possible third wave of coronavirus and the status of COVID-19 vaccination. (PTI)
Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 49,916 as 248 more people tested positive for the virus, while three new fatalities pushed the death toll to 240, a senior health department official said here on Sunday. The three new fatalities were reported from Capital Complex Region, Lower Subansiri and Lohit district, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region recorded the highest number of new cases at 68, followed by Lower Subansiri (42), West Kameng and Lohit at 13 cases each, Upper Subansiri, Lower Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang at 11 cases each and Upper Siang (10) . (PTI)
Despite a sluggish start, the European Union’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has caught up to that of the United States, where the slowdown of the country’s once-vaunted campaign has contributed to the virus’s deadly comeback. In mid-February, less than 4 per cent of people living in the 27-nation EU were at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, compared with nearly 12 per cent in the US, according to Our World in Data, an online science publication connected to the University of Oxford. (AP)
Despite a sluggish start, the European Union’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has caught up to that of the United States, where the slowdown of the country’s once-vaunted campaign has contributed to the virus’s deadly comeback. In mid-February, less than 4 per cent of people living in the 27-nation EU were at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, compared with nearly 12 per cent in the US, according to Our World in Data, an online science publication connected to the University of Oxford. Now the EU has surpassed the US by that same measure, with some 60 per cent of the bloc’s residents receiving at least one dose, versus less than 58 per cent of Americans. (PTI)
Seven people tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh, while an equal number of patients were cured, taking the overall infection tally in the Union territory to 20,385 and 65 active cases, officials said on Sunday. The UT has registered 207 Covid-related deaths — 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. As many as 20,113 patients have recovered till date. (PTI)