Coronavirus News Highlights: India administered over 35.15 lakh Covid vaccine doses on Thursday, taking total coverage to 39.49 crores

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Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths in India on July 15 Highlights, Delta, Delta Plus Highlights: India should have started vaccinating 1 crore people by now. But here we are with a disturbing slow rate of the vaccination and states squabbling with the Centre over vaccine supply. The Centre has made it clear that it is supplying enough vaccines, that there are more stocks unutilised, that the states are not disseminating information properly at the local level.  A high-level meeting took place on Wednesday where the Health Secretary told the states performing poorly to ramp up the vaccination. From Uttar Pradesh to Odisha, from Madhya Pradesh to Kerala, as many as 15 states and UTs were part of the meeting. Also present were the representatives of the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. One of the key development was the issue of delayed payments.

Such issues must be sorted out at the earliest. Because as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, it is in our hands to avoid the third wave and save the future. Vaccination is the only key to this. If we don’t inoculate enough people, we may push India into the third wave of coronavirus infections and unimaginable devastation.

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    23:04 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Persons who've been vaccinated are exempted from requirement of a negative RT-PCR report while entering Maharashtra

    Persons who've been vaccinated with both doses of COVID vaccine & are in possession of final vaccination certificate, are exempted from requirement of a negative RT-PCR report on their entry into the State. Exemption applicable for domestic & int'l passengers: Govt of Maharashtra (ANI)

    22:47 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh reports 333 COVID-19 cases, three deaths

    Chhattisgarh on Thursday reported 333 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, taking the total of infections to 9,99,150 and death toll to 13,489, a health official said. The number of recoveries rose to 9,81,645 after 99 patients were discharged from hospitals while 243 others completed their home isolation during the day. 

    The number of active cases in the state stood at 4,016. Raipur district recorded 16 new cases, taking its caseload to 1,57,488 including 3,136 deaths. Rajnandgaon recorded 35 new cases, Sukma 31 and Dhamtari 25, among other districts. With 40,836 samples tested on Thursday, the total of coronavirus tests in the state went up to 1,08,04,099. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 9,99,150, New cases 333, Death toll 13,489, Recovered 9,81,645, Active cases 4,016, Tests so far 1,08,04,099. (PTI)

    22:37 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 27 deaths in past 24 hours

    Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 2,498 patient discharges, and 27 deaths in the past 24 hours 

    Active cases: 19,120Total discharges: 5,17,041Death toll: 4,937 (ANI)

    22:37 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 27 deaths in past 24 hours

    Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 2,498 patient discharges, and 27 deaths in the past 24 hours 

    Active cases: 19,120Total discharges: 5,17,041Death toll: 4,937 (ANI)

    22:26 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal logs 891 new COVID-19 cases, 12 fresh fatalities

    West Bengal's COVID-19 tally soared to 15,15,599 on Thursday as 891 more people tested positive for the infection, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 17,970, a health bulletin said.  North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 92, followed by Bankura (89) and Darjeeling (87).

    Two fresh fatalities each were recorded in Kolkata, Purba Medinipur, Nadia and Jalpaiguri districts. The remaining deaths were reported in other districts. A total of 14,83,992 people have recovered from the disease to date, including 1,089 on Thursday, it said, addingthe recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state now stands at 97.91 per cent.

    The state now has 13,637 active cases. West Bengal has thus far tested over 1.49 crore samples for COVID-19, including 55,253 on Thursday, the bulletin said, adding that the positivity rate stands at 1.61 per cent. A total of 2.47 crore people have been inoculated todate, including 3.19 lakh on Thursday, it added. (PTI)

    22:16 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 39.49 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far

    The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far has surpassed 39.49 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

    According to a provisional report at 7 pm, more than 35.15 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Thursday. | Read More

    22:06 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 8,010 new cases, 170 deaths

    Maharashtra’s coronavirus caseload rose to 61,89,257 with the addition of 8,010 new infections on Thursday, while the death toll jumped to 1,26,560 after 170 patients succumbed to the respiratory illness, a health department official said here.

    The state witnessed a drop in the daily COVID-19 cases, while the fatalities remained the same as compared to Wednesday when it had reported 8,602 new infections and 170 deaths. | Read More

    21:53 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi seeking increase in supply of COVID-19 vaccines for West Bengal

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Narendra Modi seeking increase in supply of COVID-19 vaccines, as she insists that her government wants to inoculate a substantial part of population before possible third wave of virus sets in (PTI)

    21:40 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat sees 38 new COVID-19 cases; 90 recoveries

    The COVID-19 caseload in Gujarat reached 8,24,384 on Thursday, after 38 persons tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, an official from the state health department said.  At least 90 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the count of recoveries to 8,13,673, while the death toll in the state stood at 10,074, with no new casualties, the official said.

    The rate of recovery in Gujarat now stands at 98.7 per cent, he said, adding that the state is now left with 637 active cases, of which eight patients are on ventilator.  The Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu reported one new case in the last 24 hours, an official said.

    A total of 10,564 cases have been detected in the region so far, of which 10,538 patients have recovered and four died of the infection, he said, adding that 22 patients are undergoing treatment. Till now, the state government has administered 2.87 crore doses of coronavirus vaccine to the eligible population, and of these, 3.86 lakh doses were given during the day.

    Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,24,384, new cases 38, deaths 10,074 discharged 8,13,673 active cases 637 and people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI)

    21:29 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria lists out likely causes of possible third wave of COVID-19 

    Waning immunity, emergence of a more transmissible coronavirus variant capable of escaping the immunity shield and lockdown relaxations can be likely causes of possible third wave of COVID-19: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria (PTI) 

    21:13 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana has reported 710 new cases, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

    Telangana has reported 710 new COVID-19 positive cases, 808 recoveries and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total positive cases at 6,34,605 and total death toll at 3,747 (ANI)

    21:03 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gulmarg tourist destination out of bounds for local day-picnickers on weekends

    Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district Thursday imposed a ban on the entry of local day-picnickers in the tourist destination of Gulmarg during weekends to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

    "No local day-picnickers shall be allowed to enter tourist destination Gulmarg on weekend days (Saturday and Sunday)," Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Kumar said in an order issued in his capacity as the chairperson of the District Disaster Management Authority.

    The order said that the curbs were being imposed under The Epidemic Diseases Act 1987 and Section 34 of National Disaster Management Act 2005 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the tourist attraction city.  According to the order, only tourists with confirmed pre-bookings of hotels, guesthouses or huts will be allowed to enter the tourist resort frequented by locals and visitors alike.

    Only vaccinated persons or those with negative COVID-19 test report not older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter, it added. The order also reiterated that anyone found roaming without mask will be fined Rs 1,000. Gulmarg is the third tourist destination after Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Sonamarg in Ganderbal district put off-limits for local tourists during weekends. (PTI)

    20:45 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rishabh Pant, support staff Dayanand Garani test Covid-19 positive, 3 more isolated

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tested positive for COVID-19, while three others were placed in precautionary isolation as the dreaded virus hit the Indian cricket team ahead of next month’s Test series against hosts England.

    Bowling coach Bharath Arun, reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were put in isolation for having come in contact with Garani along with standby opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, whose inclusion had raked up a recent storm. Garani’s COVID report came this morning. | Read More

    20:36 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India administered more than 35.15 lakh COVID vaccine doses today

    India administered more than 35.15 lakh COVID vaccine doses today, taking total vaccine coverage to 39.49 crores: Union Ministry of Health  (ANI)

    20:26 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa adds 126 new COVID-19 cases to tally; 134 recoveries

    Goa on Thursday recorded 126 fresh cases of coronavirus that took its tally of infections to 1,69,341, an official from the state health department official said.  At least 134 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,64,460 and the toll to 3,102, the official said.     

    The coastal state is now left with 1,779 active cases, he said. With the addition of 4,063 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 9,88,300, the official added.

    Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,69,341, new cases 126, death toll 3102, discharged 164460, active cases 1779, samples tested till date 9,88,300. (PTI)

    20:16 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 72 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Delhi; positivity rate 0.10 pc

    The national capital recorded 72 fresh COVID-19 cases and one death on Thursday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.10 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

    The single new fatality has pushed the death toll in the city to 25,022, according to the latest bulletin. | Read More

    20:06 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry government extends COVID restrictions till July 31

    Puducherry government extends COVID restrictions till July 31; allows reopening of tourist spots like boathouse with 50% capacity while adhering to COVID norms (ANI)

    19:56 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Union Health Ministry raises with states and UTs issue of violations of COVID-19 norms in many parts of country 

    Union Health Ministry raises with states and UTs issue of violations of COVID-19 norms in many parts of country, especially hill stations, and impresses upon them the need for focussed public health measures to combat pandemic (PTI)

    19:46 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala logs 13,773 Covid-19 cases, 87 more deaths

    Kerala on Thursday recorded13,773 fresh COVID-19casespushing the total infection count to 31,17,083 while the number of people who have succumbed to the virus rose to 15,025 with 87 more deaths.

    As many as 12,370people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 29.82 lakh and the number of active cases in the state to 1,19,022, a state government release said. | Read More

    19:34 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jammu and Kashmir records 203 fresh Covid cases, 1 death

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 203 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total number of infected persons to 3,19,355, while one new death pushed the fatality toll to 4,361, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 74 were from the Jammu division and 129 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.

    The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 42 cases, followed by 22 cases in Reasi district. No fresh case was reported from two districts and nine districts had new cases in single digits, they added. The number of active cases has dropped to 2,104 in the union territory. So far, 3,12,890 patients have recovered from the infection, the officials said.

    The death toll rose to 4,361 as one fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours. The officials said confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory stood at 32 as no fresh case was reported since Wednesday evening. (PTI)

    19:21 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 1977 fresh COVID cases, 48 deaths in past 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 1977 fresh COVID cases, 3188 discharges, and 48 deaths in the past 24 hours. Active cases: 32,383Total discharges: 28,10,121Death toll: 36,037 (ANI)

    19:15 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha govt extends partial lockdown till 6 am of August 1

    Odisha govt extends partial lockdown till 6 am of August 1, allows movement of passenger buses; barber shops, beauty parlours to resume business (PTI) 

    19:06 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Indian cricket team's throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tests positive for COVID-19 in England

    Indian cricket team's throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tests positive for COVID-19 in England, two others from contingent also isolated (PTI) 

    19:00 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant tested positive on July 8, says BCCI

    Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on 8th July. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI Medical Team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests: BCCI (ANI)

    18:51 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant nears completion of his self-quarantine, says BCCI

    Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant nears completion of his self-quarantine period while net bowler Dayanand Garani has tested positive for COVID-19. Pant is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive: Board of Control for Cricket in India (ANI)

    18:44 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Andhra Covid-19 aggregate touches 19.32 lakh

    Andhra Pradeshs cumulative coronavirus cases increased to 19.32 lakh as 2,526 positiveswere added afresh on Thursday. With 2,933 recoveries in 24 hours ending 9 am onThursday, the total number of cured patients went up to 18,93,498. The gross toll touched 13,081 as 24 fresh fatalities were reported in a day, according to the latest bulletin. The state now has 25,526 active Covid-19 cases, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    18:40 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: People being made to look like fools: Congress on availability of Covid vaccines

    The Congress highlighted the shortage of Covid vaccines in some states on Thursday and said people are being made to look like fools in this tussle between the Centre and the states. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also attacked the government over several other issues and asked who brought these difficult times. "Built for centuries, erased in seconds, the country knows who brought these difficult times," he said in a tweet in Hindi. Gandhi used the hashtags "#VaccineShortage", "#LAC", "#Unemployment", "#PriceHike", "#PSU", "#Farmers" and "#OnlyPR" to hit out at the government in the cryptic tweet. After the Centre claimed that there is no shortage of vaccines, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram asked whether state health ministers were lying when there were boards of "no vaccine" put up at various places. "The new Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is treading on the same path as his predecessor. That's sad," he wrote on Twitter. "State after State is complaining of vaccine shortage. Vaccination centres have boards saying "No Vaccines". People standing in queues return home after vaccine doses are exhausted. (PTI)

    18:37 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Thai AstraZeneca vaccine production falls short of target

    Production of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at a factory in Thailand has fallen short of its target, likely delaying the country's plan to acquire a total of 61 million doses until next May, a government official said Thursday. The projected supply shortfall will complicate plans to inoculate at least 70 per cent of the country's 69 million people this year as Thailand battles record-high daily increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Cases have risen with the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the virus. Deputy Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha said in an interview with MCOT Television that AstraZeneca had asked for the extension until next May to complete delivery, and that while the timeframe is flexible, the government will still negotiate for as much monthly supply as possible. He said that according to AstraZeneca, the current production capacity of the factory operated by Siam Bioscience, a company owned by Thailand's king, is 15 million doses per month, and that AstraZeneca has agreed to provide 40 per cent of that to Thailand. Sathit said production could increase in the future. (PTI)

    18:35 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Rohini Sec-9 DC Chowk Market shut till July 19 for violation of Covid norms

    Delhi | DC Chowk Market in Sector-9 of Rohini shut till 19th July for violation of COVID19 norms: SDM, Alipur (ANI)

    18:29 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Vaccination for pregnant women underway at Mumbai's Cama Hospital

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    18:27 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Sikkim reports 137 new cases, 1 death

    Sikkim reported 137 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours pushing the caseload to 22,929, a health department bulletin said on Thursday. Of the fresh cases, 72 were registered in South Sikkim, followed by 46 in East Sikkim and 19 in West Sikkim. The death toll in the Himalayan state has risen to 318 after one more patient succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. Sikkim now has 2,322 active cases, while 20,029 people have recovered from the infection, and 260 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI)

    18:25 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Health secy writes to states to focus on 'Test-Treat,-Track-Vaccinate, Covid appropriate behaviour

    Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to all States/UTs, reiterates the need for focus on 'Test-Treat,-Track-Vaccinate and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour' strategy as states/UTs give relaxations in restrictions. (ANI)Image

    18:14 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Kerala Health Minister asks people to participate in Covid-19 testing drive

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Thursday requested those suffering from cold and fever, and those in contact with COVID-19 positive persons to take part in the testing drive. The two-day drive began today. The minister, in a press release, said people with symptoms of the virus should also take part in the drive in which 3.75 lakh tests are to be conducted. George said those with respiratory and serious illnesses should be examined as they would be more susceptible to COVID-19. (PTI)

    18:09 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Odisha govt extends partial Covid lockdown till August 1, eases some restrictions; check details

    The Odisha government Thursday allowed the movement of passenger buses, and barber shops and beauty parlours to resume business, while extending the partial lockdown till 6 am of August 1. Briefing journalists, Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said, the partial lockdown was extended as the pandemic situation has not yet come under "complete control". The lockdown, which was to end on Friday, was imposed in the coastal state on May 5. This is for the fourth time in the second wave of the pandemic that the state government has extended the lockdown. Mohapatra said, "The daily test positivity rate (TPR) of Odisha, which was 5 per cent on July 1, has now come down to below 3 per cent. The number of daily infections has also come down to 2,000 from 3,000 reported earlier this month. "It means the situation has not fully improved." On the lifting of some curbs, Mohapatra said, "Thegovernment in a bid to strike a balance between life and livelihood has announced some relaxations." Although gyms have been allowed to operate, schools, colleges, coaching centres, and religious establishments will remain closed till August 1. Maximum 25 people can attend a marriage ceremony, while 20 people can remain present at a funeral. Parks, shopping malls, cinema halls will remain closed and exhibitions, jatras (popular folk theatre) and fairs will not be allowed during the partial lockdown. However, the state government has allowed indoor and outdoor shootings for films and serials across the state with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.  (PTI)

    17:37 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Job applications of many Gen Z aspirants rejected or cancelled during second wave in India, says report

    The pandemic has adversely affected careers and education plans of India's youth and job applications of a significant number of Gen Z aspirants, those below 24 years, were rejected or cancelled during the second COVID wave, says a LinkedIn survey. On World Youth Skills Day 2021 on Thursday, LinkedIn launched the 'Career Aspirations Gen Z India' survey that captures the sentiment and outlook of Gen Z professionals in India towards jobs, internships, skilling, and networking opportunities. LinkedIn commissioned research firm GfK to conduct the survey, which was done in June. It focuses on insights of 1,000 Gen Z students and professionals in the age group of 18 to 24 years. As per the survey, 72 per cent students and 65 per cent Gen Z Indians were professionally impacted during the second wave of COVID. The study shows that nearly 70 per cent of Gen Z job applicants did not get a positive response after waiting for long periods while a similar proportion said their applications were either cancelled or delayed indefinitely. (PTI)

    17:35 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Fear for India-England Test series; Vaughan calls for change in isolation laws

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Thursday raised concerns over the upcoming five-Test series between India and England,  saying change to COVID-19 related isolation laws is the need of the hour. Vaughan's comments came after reports emerged that India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant had tested positive for the coronavirus and has been in isolation for the last eight days. "I fear for the 100 & the Indian Test series unless the isolation laws change .. we are bound to have cases as is the case with @RishabhPant17.. plus further down the line I fear the Ashes could be hugely affected with players pulling out unless bubbles/quarantine rules change!" Vaughan wrote on Twitter. (PTI)

    17:31 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Hundreds take part in religious procession in MP despite Covid-19 restrictions

    Hundreds of people, most of them without masks, took part in a religious procession at Lukwasa in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district in a blatant violation of the COVID-19 protocol, a viral video showed. BJP MLA Virendra Raghuwanshi was among those who participated in the event which took place on Wednesday. All kinds of gatherings are currently banned in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. When contacted, Kolaras sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ganesh Jaiswal  said on Thursday that he did not know about the procession and no permission had been  taken from the administration or the police for any such event. (PTI)

    17:29 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: India has highest number of unvaccinated, under-vaccinated kids worldwide at 3.5 million, says UNICEF

    India has the highest number of under-vaccinated or unvaccinated children worldwide at 3.5 million, an increase of 1.4 million from 2019, amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the UNICEF said. It also noted that over 3 million of 'zero-dose children' in 2020 lived in India. At nearly 4.4 million, South Asia recorded the highest number of children having failed to receive any routine vaccination in the past ten years, in 2020. "More than 3 million of these 'zero-dose children' in 2020 lived in India," the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund,(UNICEF) said in a statement. Globally, the UNICEF said the data shows that just 10 countries account for 62 per cent of all under- or unvaccinated children globally. "India - particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic - had the highest number of unprotected children worldwide at 3.5 million, an increase of 1.4 million compared with 2019, when the number of unprotected children was 2.1 million," the children's body said. Unprotected children are those who are unvaccinated (no vaccine) or under-vaccinated (incomplete vaccination), that is, any child who has not received any or few doses of their due vaccination. Pakistan had 1.3 million unprotected children in 2020, an increase of 0.4 million, the statement said. (PTI)

    17:24 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: 4 new cases in Ladakh, active cases 113

    Ladakh recorded four new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 20,241, officials said. Four more people -- two each in Leh and Kargil --  were cured and discharged, taking the overall recoveries 19,912, they said. Two people each from Leh and Kargil districts tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.  A total of 2,982 sample reports in Ladakh, including 1,281 in Leh and 1,700 in Kargil were found negative, they said, adding no death from Covid was reported on Wednesday. (PTI)

    17:12 (IST)15 Jul 2021
    Covid 19 Coronavirus Cases LIVE: Karnataka to receive 5.73 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine today

    Karnataka will receive 5.73 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine today and another tranche of 1.26 lakh doses by tomorrow morning as part of emergency supply: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar (ANI)

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