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Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases, Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Online, Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Third Wave India Highlights: India reports 39,472 new Covid-19 cases, 535 deaths; active cases decline to 4,08,212; Corona not gone yet, says PM Modi at 'Mann Ki Baat'; He urges people to follow Covid protocols during festivals

Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Update, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration OnlineAs many as 43,31,50,864 people have received vaccination against Covid-19 in India as of July 25, according to the data from Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India Highlights: Even though the worst of the second wave of coronavirus is behind us, the number of new cases that India is reporting is looming within the 30,000 to 40,000 range for the past few weeks, with 39,472 new cases having been reported in the last 24 hours as of 8 am on Sunday. This is a cause for concern because it means that the pandemic is still raging despite the vaccination drive gathering pace across the country. Maharashtra, Kerala, and some states from the Northeast region have started again witnessing a surge in Coronavirus infections. It also makes the threat of a third wave very real, and can lead to further mutation of the virus, for which the scientists may not have developed a cure as yet. Moreover, there is no consistency yet in the number of recoveries being more than the number of new cases.

Meanwhile, over 43.31 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far, with over 51.18 lakh doses being administered on Saturday itself. The vaccination drive has been continuing in a rapid manner ever since it was relaunched on June 21, before which vaccine shortages and difficulties in procurement of doses were plaguing many states. However, once again, reports have started emerging of shortage in vaccine supply, as a state health official of West Bengal said that it was receiving a “meagre” supply of doses which could impact the inoculation drive in the state.

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    23:15 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1,001 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

    Karnataka reports 1,001 new COVID-19 cases, 1,465 recoveries and 22 deaths

    Active cases: 23,419Total recoveries: 28,34,741Death toll: 36,374 (ANI)

    23:00 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths today

    Assam reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases, 1,501 recoveries and 22 deaths today.

    Active cases: 13,910Total recoveries: 5,38,098 Death toll: 5,136 (ANI)

    22:48 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till August 2

    The Goa government on Sunday extended the coronavirus-induced curfew in the state till August 2.

    The curfew, which was first imposed on May 9, has since been extended from time to time considering the number of infections in the coastal state.

    "The State Level Curfew Order will be extended upto 7 am, 2nd August 2021," Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted.

    Goa's COVID-19 tally reached 1,70,491 on Sunday after 75 cases were detected during the day, while the death toll rose by six to touch 3,132, an official said. (PTI) 

    22:34 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,808 new COVID-19 infections, 22 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,808 new COVID-19 infections, 22 deaths and 2,447 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 23,364Total cases: 25,48,497Death toll: 33,911 (ANI)

    22:22 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Physical classes for higher education institutions set to resume from July 26 in Karnataka

    Physical classes in higher education institutions are all set to resume from July 26 (Monday) as announced earlier, adhering to Covid-19 norms, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said on Sunday.

    This is applicable to all the years of degree, post graduation, engineering and polytechnic colleges.

    "Students who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to attend the regular classes and staff should also have received vaccination at least once," Narayan said. | Read More

    21:57 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

    Mumbai reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, 539 recoveries and 10 deaths.

    Active cases: 5,610Total recoveries: 7,10,348Death toll: 15,776 (ANI)

    21:37 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra sees 6,843 fresh COVID-19 cases, 123 deaths, 5,212 recoveries

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,843 new coronavirus positive cases and 123 fatalities, raising the overall tally to 62,64,922 and the toll to 1,31,552, the state health department said. With 5,212 patients being discharged after treatment during the day, the count of recoveries in Maharashtra went up to 60,35,029 so far, leaving the state with 94,985 active cases, it said. 

    Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 96.33 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.09 per cent. Mumbai reported 364 new cases and 10 deaths, taking the count of infections to 7,34,118 and the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 15,837. 

    Mumbai division comprising the city and its satellite towns reported 1,184 fresh infections and 38 deaths, which raised the tally to 16,34,633 and the toll to 34,089, as per the department. Nashik division saw 1,100 new cases including 943 in the Ahmednagar district. Pune division reported 2,168 infections including 665 in Satara and 657 in the Pune district. Pune city added 267 new cases and Pimpri Chinchwad 161, it said. 

    Kolhapur division saw 1,963 cases during the day including 691 in the Sangli district. Kolhapur district, which has been recording a spike in cases for the last few months, added 582 infections. Aurangabad division reported 56 cases, Latur division 314, Akola division 40, while Nagpur division recorded 18 fresh cases, the department said in a report. 

    Nagpur reported just two new cases in the day. No COVID-19 fatality was reported in the city. The entire Nagpur division and Akola division in the Vidarbha region did not report a single death during the day. With  2,02,536 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra rose to 4,68,46,984, the department said.

    Maharashtra's tally of COVID-19 cases is as follows: Positive cases 62,64,922, deaths 1,31,552, recoveries 60,35,029, total tests 4,68,46,984, active cases 94,985. (PTI)

    21:20 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: There shall be no weekend curfew in any district of Jammu and Kashmir 

    There shall be no weekend curfew in any district: Jammu and Kashmir government (ANI) 

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    21:00 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Manipur records 1,207 new COVID-19 infections, 13 deaths today

    Manipur records 1,207 new COVID-19 infections, 13 deaths and 864 recoveries today. Active cases are 10,581

    Total cases: 92,667Death toll: 1,478 (ANI)

    20:53 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana records 494 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths

    Telangana on Sunday recorded 494 new COVID-19 cases and four related fatalities taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 6,41,153 and the total death toll to 3,784 respectively. The number of active cases stood at 9,405, a state government bulletin said.    

    The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of 76 cases followed by Karimnagar (49) and Warangal Urban (43). A total of 91,457 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 2,13,15,919.

    A total of 710 COVID-19 recoveries were reported on Sunday taking the total number of recoveries to 6,27,964. The recovery rate and case fatality rate in the state was 97.94 per cent and 0.59 per cent, compared to the national average of 97.32 per cent and 1.3 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

    20:33 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: MP sees 12 additions to COVID-19 tally, active cases now 148

    Madhya Pradesh on Sunday added 12 COVID-19 cases to its tally, which reached 7,91,750, while the toll remained unchanged at 10,512 as no death was reported during the day, an official said. The recovery count stands at 7,81,090, leaving the leaving the state with 148 active cases, he said.

    With 72,360 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 1,39,99,557, he added. An official release said 2,78,67,459 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 4,628 on Sunday.

    Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 7,91,750, new cases 12, death toll 10,512 (no change), recovered 7,81,090, active cases 148, number of tests so far 1,39,99,557. (PTI) 

    20:14 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 17,466 fresh COVID cases, 66 deaths in Kerala; TPR above 12 pc

    Kerala on Saturday logged 17,466 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 32,71,530, with the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) going back to more than 12 per cent after falling below it for a day. The TPR had crossed 11 per cent on July 19 after remaining below it for several weeks and had continued to rise till 13.63 per cent on July 23. 

    On July 24, it went down to 11.91 per cent and then again rose to 12.3 on Sunday. The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 16,035 with 66 more deaths. As many as 15,247 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 31,14,716, leaving 1,40,276 active cases, a state government release said. Malappuram reported the maximum number of cases (2684), followed by Kozhikode (2379), Thrissur (2190), Ernakulam (1687), Palakkad (1552), Kollam (1263), Thiruvananthapuram (1222) and Alappuzha (914).

    Of the new cases, 64 are health workers, 78 had come from outside the state and 16,662 were infected through contact, with the source of contact not being clear in 662 cases, the release said. In the last 24 hours, 1,42,008 samples were tested and the TPR was found to be 12.3 per cent. So far, 2,62,48,280 samples have been tested, it said.

    There are currently 4,35,768 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 4,09,540 are in home or institutional quarantine and 26,228 in hospitals. There are 626 areas in the state with a TPR of more than 10 per cent, the release said. (PTI)

    20:04 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    28% Indians plan to travel in August-September; risk of third COVID-19 wave set to rise: Report

    With as many as 28 per cent Indians planning to travel in August-September, which is also the time for some of the major festivals in the country, the risk of the third wave of the pandemic is set to rise, according to a survey.

    In a statement, online platform LocalCircles also said its survey on April 12 had outlined the immediate second wave risk suggesting governments to impose travel restrictions.

    To estimate the risk once again in light of a potential third COVID-19 wave and to understand people's travel plans for the coming months, LocalCircles conducted another survey. It also sought to understand the reason for their travel amid the second wave of the pandemic, it said. | Read More

    19:51 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Thai volunteers aid COVID patients in need of care, testing

    As Thailand's medical system struggles beneath a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring care and supplies to often terrified, exhausted patients who've fallen through the cracks.

    In the Samai area of Bangkok, Ekapob Laungprasert's team heads out for another weekend on the front lines of a crisis. His volunteer group, Samai Will Survive, has been working around the clock, responding to about a hundred SOS calls daily from desperate COVID-19 patients unable to get the help they need.

    "We realise how hard working and how tired doctors and nurses are," says the 38-year-old businessman. "What we are trying to do today is to help relieve some of the burden. Before, all cases must go to the hospital, so today there are no hospital beds. So we volunteer to help out."

    It's not long before they're in action: Malee, a COVID-19 positive woman whose breathing has suddenly worsened. The group, wearing personal protective equipment, delivers oxygen and much-needed reassurance to Malee and her husband, an army officer who also has the virus.

    "I lost hope even with the army. I called doctors at field hospitals. All they told me to do was to send information, just send information," says Worawit Srisang. "I got the same answers everywhere. At least these guys visit us in person. What the patient needs is a chance to see a doctor, not just send information."

    Thailand's predicament is stark. There are now around 15,000 new confirmed cases per day and rising. In Bangkok alone, 20,000 people are waiting for a hospital bed.

    So homespun heroes like Ekapob and his group -- buying equipment and supplies with public donations -- are an essential safety net, gaining crucial time for both patients and a health care system under severe strain.

    There's another call: an elderly woman with COVID-19 symptoms. But she's not fit to wait in line for hours at an overwhelmed test center, so for the moment she's stuck where she is.

    "Grandma can't get tested, so she lies sick in bed. If we want to send her to the hospital, they will ask for her test result. So we are back in a circle, because we would ask them to do the test," Ekapob says, looking in through the window.

    It's very likely she has COVID-19. All her family members have already tested positive.

    After a check, his team members decide she's not in imminent danger. They hook her up with oxygen, then it's back into the night and on to the next case.

    There's a raging debate in Thailand now over the national vaccination roll-out. Many Thais are angry over the slow pace and a perceived lack of accountability for the fact that only around 5% of the population currently is fully protected.

    The volunteers see the consequences almost every night.

    They're called to 52-year old Nittaya Kongnuch, who like so many is struggling to breathe normally.

    As they try to make her more comfortable, her sister tells an increasingly familiar story. Their mother died last week from the virus, as their urgent calls for help to brimming hospitals went unheeded.

    "My mother showed bad symptoms from the beginning. I called and called to tell them my mom couldn't handle this anymore, but nobody came. The nurses kept saying there were no beds," said Piyawan Kodduang, fighting back tears.

    Most fatalities occur in private. But not all. Last week, a body lay for hours in a Bangkok street, incurring the wrath of an embarrassed prime minister.

    On Saturday night, Ekapob and his team see exactly how that can happen, as they're called to a homeless woman who's showing signs of infection.

    As wary residents watch from a distance, the team moves in to carry out a rapid test.

    Within a few minutes they have the result: positive.

    After making some phone calls, Ekapob finds her a place in a facility where she can be observed while awaiting a bed in a field hospital.

    At least she has a fighting chance. Without the volunteers, it's likely she wouldn't have any.

    Since the pandemic began in Thailand, there have been 497,302 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,059 deaths. (AP) 

    19:31 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rajasthan logs 20 fresh Covid cases, no new death

    Twenty fresh Covid cases were reported in Rajasthan, taking the infection tally to 9,53,542 on Sunday, an official report said. No new fatality occurred due to the disease in the last 24 hours and the death toll stood at 8,952, it said.

    Of the 20 fresh cases, seven were reported from Jaipur, among others. There are 313 active cases in the state, while a total of 9,44,277 patients have recovered from Covid so far. (PTI) 

    19:17 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cinemas in Delhi to have a cautious reopening tomorrow amid fear of COVID-19 3rd wave

    Cinemas in Delhi to have a cautious reopening tomorrow amid fear of COVID-19 3rd wave

    Sanitisation is being done. UV lights installed. Snacks will not be allowed in halls. Seal packed eatables will be available for sale: JJ Verma, Manager, Delite Cinema Hall (ANI) 

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    19:01 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 10,000 Covid vaccines administered in Delhi on Sunday

    A total of 10,134 doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in Delhi on Sunday, taking the cumulative number to over 96 lakh, according to the Cowin portal.

    The vaccines were administered at only one government centre and 76 private centres as the former remain closed on Sunday. | Read More

    19:00 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 10,000 Covid vaccines administered in Delhi on Sunday

    A total of 10,134 doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in Delhi on Sunday, taking the cumulative number to over 96 lakh, according to the Cowin portal.

    The vaccines were administered at only one government centre and 76 private centres as the former remain closed on Sunday. | Read More

    18:45 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 17,466 new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths today

    Kerala reports 17,466 new COVID-19 cases, 15,247 recoveries, and 66 deaths today. 

    18:30 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths today

    Uttarakhand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases, 24 recoveries and zero deaths today. Active cases are 637.

    Total cases: 3,41,724Death toll: 7,359 (ANI)

    18:30 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths today

    Uttarakhand reports 51 new COVID-19 cases, 24 recoveries and zero deaths today. Active cases are 637.

    Total cases: 3,41,724Death toll: 7,359 (ANI)

    18:13 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delhi reports 66 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

    The national capital reported 66 COVID-19 cases and two deaths due to the infection on Sunday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.09 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

    With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbed to 14,35,910. Of this, over 14.10 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. | Read More

    17:45 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Vietnam reports 7,531 Covid-19 infections on Sunday

    Vietnam's health ministry reported 7,531 coronavirus infections on Sunday, down from Saturday's record daily increase of 7,968.Most of the cases are in Ho Chi Minh City and its neighbouring provinces in southern Vietnam, according to the ministry. (Reuters)

    17:43 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh records 43 fresh Covid cases, one death

    The COVID-19 tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 17,08,155 with 43 fresh cases on Sunday, while the death toll reached 22,750 after one more person succumbed to the disease. The death was reported from Gonda, the UP government said in a statement. Of the 43 fresh cases, eight were reported from Allahabad, six from Lucknow and five from Gautam Buddh Nagar. Sixty-six patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,84,537. The count of active cases in the state stands at 868, the statement said. (PTI)

    17:23 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Andhra logs 2,252 new Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reports 2,252 fresh #COVID cases, 2,440 recoveries, and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours. Active cases: 22,155Total recoveries: 19,19,354Death toll: 13,256 (ANI)

    17:16 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Malaysia reports new daily high of 17,045 COVID-19 cases

    Malaysia has reported a new daily high of 17,045 infections. That pushes the country's total confirmed cases above the 1 million mark.     Daily cases in Malaysia rose above 10,000 on July 13 and have stayed there since despite a national lockdown. The health ministry said Sunday that total infections have now reached 1,013,438. This represented a 77 per cent rise since the lockdown began June 1. The country's richest and most populated state Selangor and neighboring Kuala Lumpur accounted for the majority of infections. Total deaths in the country have also risen to nearly 8,000. Critics have slammed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government over what they say was inconsistent policies and half-baked lockdowns that failed to curb the pandemic. (AP) 

    16:59 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Delhi reports 66 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

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    16:53 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Odisha reports 1,833 fresh COVID-19 cases, 67 more fatalities

    Odisha on Sunday registered 1,833 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 9,67,548, while the death count mounted to 5,512 with 67 more fatalities, a health department official said. The coastal state now has 18,914 active cases and 9,43,069 patients have recovered from the disease, including 1,865 since Saturday, he said. While 1,062 infections were detected from quarantine centres, the remaining 771 were local- contact cases. Khurda district, comprising state capital Bhubaneswar, reported the highest of 490 new cases, followed by Cuttack (243), Puri (139) and Balasore (120). For the first time during the second wave of the pandemic, no single-day infections were reported from Boudh and Nuapada districts, the official said. Of the fresh fatalities, Khurda accounted for 24 deaths, followed by Angul and Keonjhar (10 each), Sundergarh (6), Puri (5), Ganjam and Mayurbhanj (2 each). (PTI)

    16:50 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: UK minister apologises for urging people not to 'cower from' COVID

    British health minister Sajid Javid apologised for and deleted a tweet urging people to take a COVID-19 vaccine and not to "cower" from the virus, saying on Sunday he had made "a poor choice of word". Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock as health minister last month after his predecessor stepped down for breaking COVID rules by kissing an aide in his office, had been criticised for using the word "cower" when tens of thousands in Britain have died from the virus and many are trying to keep safe. Britain, which has one of the highest official COVID death tolls, has shifted its strategy to fight coronavirus from using restrictions to limit its spread to opening up society in the hope vaccines will protect most people from serious illness. Cases are high, but so is uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, and officials argue the shift is needed to help businesses in sectors such as hospitality and the night-time economy. Writing on Twitter, Javid said on Sunday he had "deleted a tweet which used the word 'cower'.""I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise. Like many, I have lost loved ones to this awful virus and would never minimise its impact. (Reuters)

    16:40 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Macron appeals for French unity in virus fight

    French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed for national unity and vaccination to fight the resurgent virus, and lashed out at those fueling anti-vaccination sentiment and protests. About 160,000 people protested around France on Saturday against a special COVID-19 pass for restaurants and mandatory vaccinations for health workers. Many marchers shouted "liberty!" and said the government shouldn't tell them what to do. Macron visited a hospital in French Polynesia on Saturday night Tahiti time. He asked "what is your freedom worth if you say to me I don't want to be vaccinated,' but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?" He said protesters are "free to express themselves in a calm and respectful manner." But Macron said demonstrations won't make the coronavirus go away. (AP) 

    16:35 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Many now have immunity against COVID-19 but don't lower guard, say experts

    While a large number of people now have immunity against coronavirus due to previous infections or vaccination, a guarded approach is needed in terms of implementing restrictive measures to avoid a second wave-like crisis, experts said. Dr Yudhyavir Singh, who has been managing the COVID-19 ICU at AIIMS New Delhi, said it is important to lift a few restrictions to resume economic activities when cases are low. "However, one should not lower their guard... Adopt a guarded approach in terms of following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour and implementing restrictive measures," he said. Dr Singh added that Delhi may have already achieved herd immunity, considering the massive number of cases seen during the second wave. However, Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant (Department of Medicine), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said the second wave of the coronavirus has taught us that cases can increase suddenly. (PTI)

    16:24 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Merkel aide warns of COVID-19 surge in Germany over coming weeks

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff fears the number of new coronavirus cases will soar in the next few weeks and could hit 100,000 a day by the end of September, causing big problems for many businesses, he told Bild am Sonntag weekly. After more than two months of steady decline, cases have been rising in Europe's biggest economy since early July, due mainly to the spread of the more infectious Delta variant. Merkel's chief of staff, Helge Braun, told Bild am Sonntag cases were increasing by 60% per week, even though nearly half the population has been fully vaccinated. "If the Delta variant were to continue to spread at this rate and we don't counter it with a very high vaccination rate or change in behaviour, we would have an incidence of 850 (per 100,000 people) in just nine weeks," he said. "That would equate to 100,000 new infections a day," he said, adding the effect would be huge as so many people would have to quarantine."The impact on work processes in factories would be massive. We are already seeing this in the UK," he said. (Reuters)

    16:12 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Pak bans domestic air travel for unvaccinated people, cases cross 1 mn mark

    Pakistan has banned the domestic air travel for unvaccinated people as the COVID-19 cases crossed the 1 million-mark in the country on Sunday, according to officials. The travel restriction, imposed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), will be applicable from August 1 on unvaccinated people of over 18 years of age. "Restriction is for domestic air travel and people travelling from Pakistan to abroad or from abroad to Pakistan are exempted from restriction. It is also not applicable on link flights if these are within 72 hours of arrival or departure," according to an NCOC document. Partially vaccinated people, foreign nationals, Pakistani nationals having documentary proof of vaccination abroad and patients with clinical conditions will be exempted from the restriction, it said. (PTI)

    16:04 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: South Korea steps up COVID-19 curbs ahead of peak holiday season

    South Korea said on Sunday it will tighten social distancing rules across most of the country this week, warning that its worst-ever COVID-19 wave might spread further in the summer holiday season. The curbs will be increased to Level 3 on a four-level scale, which will mean a 10 p.m. dining curfew and ban on gatherings of more than four people, from Tuesday for two weeks for most areas except for some small counties. "What's most concerning is the virus' recent spread in the non-capital areas," President Moon Jae-in told an intra-agency meeting reviewing efforts in the campaign against the coronavirus. (Reuters)

    15:45 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Singapore reports 117 new local COVID-19 cases

    Singapore's health ministry reported 117 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, slightly lower than the 127 cases reported the previous day. (Reuters)

    15:42 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Japan's PM Suga, Tokyo governor Koike discuss Olympics, COVID-19 -Kyodo

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike met on Sunday to discuss the Olympic Games being held in the capital and anti-coronavirus measures, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.Koike visited the prime minister's official residence, according to the report. The meeting comes as Tokyo reported 1,763 new COVID cases in the capital on Sunday. Japan has won four gold medals so far, including skateboarding's first gold, and the wins offer organisers hope of boosting enthusiasm for the delayed Olympics among the Japanese public, who are labouring under a state of emergency in the capital amid elevated COVID-19 cases. But the pandemic continues to hang over the Games. Olympic organisers on Sunday reported 10 new COVID-19 cases involving two athletes, six Olympic personnel, one member of the media and one contractor. That raises the total connected to the Games to 132. (Reuters)

    15:36 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Modi lauds Chandigarh vendor giving free 'Chhole Bhature' to those who show vaccination proof

    A Chandigarh street vendor giving out free "Chhole Bhature" to people who take their COVID-19 vaccine shot and furnish proof of it the same day drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly "Mann Ki Baat" radio broadcast on Sunday. "In Chandigarh's Sector 29, Sanjay Rana ji runs a food stall and sells 'Chhole Bhature' on a cycle," the prime minister said. Modi said Rana's daughter Ridhhima and niece Riya had given him the idea to give out free "Chhole Bhature" to those who took their shots. "One day his daughter Ridhhima and niece Riya came to him with an idea. Both asked him to give him free 'Chhole Bhature' to those who take Covid vaccine. He happily agreed to this," the prime minister said. "To be able to savour Sanjay Rana ji's 'Chhole Bhature' free you will have to show that you have taken the vaccine on the same day. He will give you tasty 'Chhole Bhature' as soon as you show him the vaccination message," Modi said. Appreciating the effort, he added, "It is said that to work for the society's good, a sense of service and duty is required. Our brother Sanjay is proving this right." (PTI)

    15:23 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Germany warns unvaccinated may face restrictions

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff says restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if case numbers reach new heights in the coming months. But Helge Braun said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he doesn't expect another coronavirus-related lockdown in Germany. Braun said that unvaccinated people may be barred from entering venues like restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums "because the residual risk is too high." Braun said getting vaccinated is important to protect against severe disease and because "vaccinated people will definitely have more freedoms than unvaccinated people." Braun said that such policies would be legal because "the state has the responsibility to protect the health of its citizens."  (AP)

    15:04 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Health min urges community radio stations to bust myths surrounding Covid vaccination

    The Union health ministry hosted a communication awareness workshop for representatives of community radio stations from 16 states for creating campaigns about covid-appropriate behaviour and busting myths surrounding vaccination particularly among people residing in remote areas of the country. The workshop was conducted by the ministry in partnership with UNICEF, an official statement said. The thematic session highlighted the need to create meaningful awareness campaigns about Covid-appropriate behaviour and bust myths surrounding Covid vaccines and vaccination particularly among communities residing in remote and difficult to reach areas in the country. In his opening remarks, Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal acknowledged the contribution of community radio stations in supporting the world's largest vaccination drive, the statement said. He noted that the radio stations' sustained efforts by airing informative programmes on Covid vaccination for their discerning listeners is reflected in the increased community participation in the ongoing vaccination drive for adults, it added. (PTI)

    15:03 (IST)25 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Updates: Trains running with highest frequency daily as during pre-Covid time, says DMRC

    Notwithstanding the restrictions on number of passengers to be carried, the DMRC is running maximum trains, performing over 5,100 trips with highest frequency daily as was available during pre-Covid time, officials said on Sunday. As the city government announced further lifting of restrictions on Saturday in view of an improved coronavirus situation, the Delhi Metro has said that its services will now run with full seating capacity from July 26, but there will still be no provision for standing travel for commuters. The DMRC has been running trains with 50 per cent seating capacity since June 7 when the services had resumed after a long hiatus. Crowds of passengers have been reported at various stations since then, but the urban transporter has maintained that it's on account of maintaining the Covid norms. The DMRC, in a statement, reiterated that despite being permitted to carry restrictions on numbers of passengers, it is still running maximum trains performing over 5,100 trips with highest frequency daily as was available during pre-Covid times, when over 60 lakh passenger journeys were performed daily, contrary to the general belief that the DMRC at present is running its services with reduced trains due to travel restrictions. (PTI)

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