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Coronavirus India Latest Update Highlights: Uttarakhand govt cancels Kanwar Yatra due to Covid; Chandigarh eases curbs further
A doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul. (AP photo)

Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths in India on July 13 Updates, Third Wave Latest News, Corona Vaccination Highlights: India reported 31, 443 fresh Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, the much-delayed health bulletin says. The official data says that it is after the gap of more than 118 days that India has recorded such low Covid numbers. The national recovery rate has further improved and is currently at 97.28 per cent. In another sign of receding second wave, the number of active cases in India has also gone down. The health ministry data says that India has 4,31, 315 active Covid cases as of 8 am today. This is the lowest in the last 109 days. The number of recoveries is more than number of infections with 49,007 people beating coronavirus. India’s daily positivity rate stands at 1.40 per cent.

Meanwhile, the CoWin data shows that there was a single-day increase in the total doses administered on July 12.  Over 40 lakh Covid jabs were given against the figure of 12 lakh on July 11. In terms of cumulative figures, India’s vaccination programmed has administered 38.14 crore doses. This means that India has roughly covered 30 per cent of the total population. At a time when other nations are thinking and giving Covid vaccines to children, it is an alarming trend that India’s vaccination rate is faltering.

Another key issue for India’s Covid war is situation in Kerala and Maharashtra. These  are two states that have not seen minor ebb in the daily caseload even as the national Covid tally has gone down significantly. Now latest reports suggest that the increase in the ‘R’ factor or reproduction rate may be the reason behind the surge in these two states. As witnessed during the last two waves of coronavirus infections, Maharashtra has been the epicentre of the Covid-19 infections. Experts say that if this situation is not brought under control, it can lead to a fresh spike on a national level.

Another worrying sign is the slowdown in the daily vaccination rate in India. The CoWin data of the week gone by shows a huge drop in the doses administered every day. With somewhere around 34 lakh shots given each day, the average is similar to what India saw before the June 21st launch of the new vaccine programme.

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22:28 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: French rush to get vaccinated after president’s warning

More than 1 million people in France made vaccine appointments in less than a day, according to figures released Tuesday, after the president cranked up pressure on everyone to get vaccinated to save the summer vacation season and the French economy. (AP)

22:21 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Delta variant Covid cases double in one week in Turkey

Delta variant cases found in Turkey have more than doubled in one week, increasing to around 750 from 284 reported the previous week. In comments carried by the state-run Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also reported a 20% increase in COVID-19 cases over the weekend from the previous. The minister urged more people to get vaccinated, saying most of the increases were reported in areas where vaccination levels remain low. The delta variant first detected in India is now present in 36 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, the minister says. (AP)

22:17 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Pak PM calls for universal access to vaccines, financial support to combat COVID-19

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday demanded universal access to coronavirus vaccines and financial support by the rich nations to help the world fully recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. He made a keynote address to the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. (PTI)

22:10 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh logs 23 new COVID-19 cases; two more casualties

With the addition of 23 fresh cases of COVID-19, the tally of infections in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,91,583 on Tuesday, while two casualties took the toll to 10,508, an official from the state health department said. A total of 7,80,796 patients have recovered from the infection so far, leaving the central state with 279 active cases, the official said. (PTI)

22:09 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Chandigarh admin allows reopening of schools for classes 9-12 from Jul 19

The Chandigarh administration on Tuesday said schools can reopen for classes 9 to 12 from July 19 and cinema halls and spas can operate with 50 per cent occupancy. Coaching institutes will also be allowed to function physically from July 19 on the condition that all eligible students and the staff have been administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, it said. “The schools will start functioning physically from 19th July, 2021 for 9th to 12th classes subject to parents’ consent for sending their wards to the schools,” an official statement issued here said.

22:08 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Goa records 164 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; 198 recover

Goa’s coronavirus caseload went up by 164 and reached 1,68,988 on Tuesday, while four more patients succumbed to the infection, a health department official said. The death toll increased to 3,101 as four patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, a day after zero fatality was reported in Goa, he said. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,64,155 after 198 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said. Goa now has 1,732 active cases, he said. (PTI)

21:38 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Face masks to remain mandatory in Scotland as lockdown eases

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted across most parts of the United Kingdom from next Monday, with devolved regions of the country adopting a different approach to face masks than in England where they will no longer be mandatory. Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that while the region will move to so-called ‘Level 0’ of lockdown restrictions, face masks will remain “mandatory” for “continued caution”.

21:27 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Nagaland logs 88 new COVID-19 cases, 3 fresh fatalities

Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally rose to 26,140 on Tuesday as 88 more people tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state’s coronavirus death toll to 514, a health bulletin said. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio participated in a video conference, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with cabinet colleagues and his counterparts of other northeastern states. (PTI)

21:17 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: 28 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, no fresh death

No fresh fatality linked to the coronavirus was recorded in Rajasthan on Tuesday, even as 28 new cases raised the infection count to 9,53,187 in the state, according to an official report. The death toll from the pandemic stands at 8,945 in Rajasthan, it said. Ten of the fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Jaipur and six from Alwar, the report said. (PTI)

21:16 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat sees 31 new COVID-19 cases; 113 recoveries

The daily count of COVID-19 cases in Gujarat continued to see a decline, with the addition of 31 fresh infections that took the state’s tally to 8,24,305 on Tuesday, an official from the health department said. While the state’s toll stood at 10,074 with no new casualties, at least 113 patients were discharged during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 8,13,512, the official said. The western state is now left with 719 active cases, of which six patients are in a critical condition, he said, adding that the state’s recovery rate stands at 98.69 per cent. (PTI)

21:16 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Sri Lanka to receive 1.45 million COVID-19 vaccines from Japan

Sri Lanka will receive its biggest donation of COVID-19 vaccines from Japan which will provide 1.45 million country-made AstraZeneca doses through the COVAX facility to help the country combat the coronavirus crisis. The Japanese embassy here said Japan was responding to a government request which is part of Tokyo’s support to Colombo. Japan had provided Sri Lanka USD 16.2 million to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous biggest donation of 500,000 vaccines to Sri Lanka came from India – the Covishield AstraZeneca vaccines. (PTI)

21:02 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: 143 fresh COVID-19 cases in J-K, one more death

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 143 fresh coronavirus cases that took its infection tally to 3,18,991 while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 4,358, officials said. As many as 92 fresh cases were reported from the Kashmir division of the union territory and 51 from the Jammu division, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of cases at 41, followed by 17 in Baramulla. Fifteen districts reported fresh cases in single digits and the remaining three districts did not report any new infections, the officials said. (PTI)

20:51 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine show no antiviral effect against COVID-19: Study

Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) showed no antiviral activity in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in Norway, according to a study published on Tuesday. While HCQ is used to prevent or treat malaria, remdesivir is sold as an antiviral drug. The researchers from Oslo University Hospital and colleagues randomly assigned 181 hospitalised patients in 23 hospitals in Norway to receive remdesivir, HCQ, or standard of care. (PTI)

20:50 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: 1,913 new COVID-19 cases, 48 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,913 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 28,74,597 and toll to 35,944. The day also saw 2,489 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,04,396. Out of 1,913 new cases reported on Tuesday, 401 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 707 discharges and only eight deaths. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: India’s cumulative COVID Vaccination Coverage exceeded 38.50 crores

India’s cumulative COVID Vaccination Coverage exceeded 38.50 crores (38,50,19,469), as per the 7 pm provisional report today. More than 34.10 lakhs (34,10,974) vaccine doses have been administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report: Government of India

20:32 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Nepal to get over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Japan

Nepal will receive over a million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan at a time when the country is facing a severe shortage of the jabs. The Japanese Embassy here in a statement said Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu on Tuesday announced that the government will donate about 1.6 million doses of Japanese-made COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine for Nepal as a grant through COVAX facility, the global COVID vaccine equity scheme. “The exact shipping schedule will be confirmed once the procurement arrangement will be finalised by the international organisation which is in charge of the matter,” it said. (PTI)

20:22 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Arunachal asks for more vaccines to curb rising Covid cases

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday sought an increase in the supply of Covid- 19 vaccines to the state, as Arunachal is yet to vaccinate at par with its capacity. Khandu said in the virtual meeting of Chief Ministers of North-eastern states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that while the state has a capacity to vaccinate 15,000 people daily, it is vaccinating only 10,000. (PTI)

20:08 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala logs 14,539 COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths

Kerala logged 14,539 fresh COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total infection count to 30,87,673 and the toll to 14,810. Malappuram reported the highest number of cases–2,115, followed by Ernakulam with 1,624and Kollam, 1,404. “Out of those found infected on Tuesday, 67 reached the state from outside while 13,582 contracted the disease from their contacts. The sources of infection of 828 are yet to be traced. Sixty two health workers are also among the infected,” health minister Veena George said in a release. (PTI)

19:50 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: 59 new COVID-19 cases in UP, 4 more deaths

Fifty-nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh, bringing the infection count to 17,07,502 on Tuesday, while the death toll climbed to 22,704 with four fresh fatalities, a health bulletin said. The latest deaths were reported from Gorkahpur, Unnao, Auraiya and Lalitpur, it said. In the past 24 hours, a maximum of eight fresh cases were reported from Lucknow. (PTI)

19:40 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Kanwar Yatra culturally significant but saving lives paramount, says Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday acknowledged the cultural significance of Kanwar Yatra but reiterated that his government’s priority remains saving lives amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Kanwar is part of the Sanatan culture but saving lives is paramount. Government’s focus is to ensure that COVID does not spread,” Dhami said addressing a meeting of all morchas (wings) of the state BJP. (PTI) 

19:24 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand govt cancels Kanwar Yatra in view of Covid-19 situation

Uttarakhand Government decides to cancel Kanwar Yatra this year, in view of the COVID19 pandemic. (ANI)

19:21 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Meghalaya reports 365 new COVID-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities

Meghalaya’s COVID-19 tally rose to 55,218 on Tuesday as 365 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state’s coronavirus death toll to 918, a senior health official said. As many as 506 more people recovered from the disease, Health Services Director Aman War said. (PTI)

19:01 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana records 767 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Telangana on Tuesday reported 767 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 6.33 lakh, while the death toll stood at 3,738 with three more deaths. Khammam district accounted for the highest number of cases with 84 followed by The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)-77, a state government bulletin said. The number of active cases was10,064. The total number of cases in the state stood at 6,33,146, while with848people being cured, the total recoveries are at 6,19,344. Over 1.18 lakh samples were tested on Tuesday and cumulatively, over 1.99 crore samples have been tested. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Jharkhand registers 98 Black fungus cases

Jharkhand reports 98 confirmed cases, 78 recoveries and 29 deaths of Black fungus (Mucormycosis) on 13th July 2021. 58 cases remain suspected: State Health Department (ANI)

18:55 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Manipur reports 796 new Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths

Manipur reports 796 new cases, 588 recoveries and 22 deaths

Active cases: 3,057
Total recoveries: 70,402
Death toll: 1,309 (ANI)

18:40 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Children coming to hospitals in Delhi with post-Covid symptoms like headaches, brain fogging, say doctors

Not only adults but also children who have battled Covid are coming to hospitals in the city with post-coronavirus symptoms like gastric issues, headaches, brain fogging, shortness of breath, doctors at private hospitals here said. Apart from complaints of MISC (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children), experts are also seeing children, who had mild Covid, coming to them with delayed recovery. Dr Rahul Nagpal, Director, Pediatrics, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj said, “Fortunately, children did not have very severe Covid. We got a handful of patients who had congenital heart disease, some kidney disorders, severe asthma or obesity who required hospitalisation.” “Post-Covid we are seeing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. It happens in one to two per cent of cases, but that is also a huge number. With proper drugs and identification, it can be cured. Then there are lots of patients with diarrhoea, fatigue, body ache, digestive issues,” he said. The senior doctor said that some of the adolescents are coming with headaches, which might be the start of migraine in them. But it needs to be studied more. Since it has happened after Covid, it is felt that it is because of the infection, but it needs to be investigated. (PTI)

18:37 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Taking measures to promptly vaccinate people in tea garden areas: Assam CM tells PM Modi

Assam Chief Minister Himantra Biswa Sarma on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his government is making efforts to urgently vaccinate people in the tea garden areas of the state, which have witnessed a spurt in COVID-19 cases. Sarma also said steps are being taken to contain the spread of the virus in nine places that have reported rising number of infections – Biswanath, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Sivasagar districts. Out of these, seven districts have been categorised as total containment zones. (PTI)

18:33 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: EU nations approve a dozen pandemic recovery plans

In what European Union nations hope will be a tipping point in economic recovery from the pandemic, finance ministers from the the bloc have approved the EU-funded recovery plans of a dozen of the 27 member states. Tuesday’s decision will allow the member states concerned to start unlocking funds for pre-financing of a great many projects that should make the EU’s economy greener and more digitally advanced. The approval to prepare for the release of funds is a key step in the 800-billion euro (USD 950 billion) support program that EU nations agreed on in principle last summer when their economies were mired in the worst economic downturn of the bloc’s existence. (AP)

18:29 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: S.Korea reports 1,440 COVID-19 cases, highest daily total

South Korea had recorded 1,440 new COVID-19 cases as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported, the country’s highest daily total, though vaccinations among elderly and other vulnerable groups has limited serious infections. (Reuters)

18:27 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: WHO warns against people mixing and matching COVID vaccines

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist on Monday advised against people mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, calling it a “dangerous trend” since more data is needed about the health impact. “It’s a little bit of a dangerous trend here,” Soumya Swaminathan told an online briefing. “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who
will be taking a second, a third and a fourth dose.” Swaminathan called mixing a “data-free zone” on Monday but the WHO clarified on Tuesday that some data was available and more was expected. (Reuters)

17:56 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: BCD distributes over Rs 19 crore among Delhi lawyers affected with coronavirus

The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has distributed over Rs 19 crore so far among the lawyers affected with coronavirus in the national capital, the BCD said on Tuesday. In a press note issued by the council, its chairperson and senior advocate Ramesh Gupta said that the BCD awarded over Rs nine crore as financial aid to 18,067 lawyers, while over Rs six crore were given to the 4,015 lawyers who were corona positive and in home quarantine. Rs 56,23,830 were given to 112 lawyers who were hospitalised with COVID positive, while Rs 8,51,468 were spent for 100 oxygen equipments. “Further, Rs 3,09,89,306 were given for ration kits and its distribution to approx to 5000 lawyers, Gupta said. (PTI)

17:52 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry allows restarting regular classes for medical & paramedical courses

Puducherry government allows restarting regular classes for medical and paramedical courses, due to decline in COVID numbers (ANI)

17:48 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: 76% of eligible population vaccinated in Tripura

Over 76 per cent of the eligible population of Tripura have been inoculated against Covid-19 and around 25 per cent got both doses of the vaccine, an official said on Tuesday. The positivity rate of coronavirus in the state currently is 4.3 per cent and it is likely to decline after two weeks. Of the 26.24 lakh people who are eligible for inoculation, over 20 lakh (76.22 per cent) have received the vaccine while 6.47 lakh (24.64 per cent) have taken both doses, National Health Mission (NHM) director in Tripura, Dr Siddhartha Shiv Jaiswal, said. Tripura has a population of 40.19 lakh in March. “As many as 16.3 lakh people fall in the 18-44 age group (62.1 per cent) and 9.94 lakh are in the category of 45+ (37.9 per cent),” Jaiswal said. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Vietnam to mix doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

Vietnam will offer the coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as a second dose option for people first inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, the government said on Tuesday. Vietnam’s mass inoculation campaign is in its early stages, with less than 300,000 people fully vaccinated so far. It has so far used AstraZeneca’s viral vector vaccine and last week took delivery of 97,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA shot. “Pfizer vaccines will be prioritised for people who were given first shot of AstraZeneca 8-12 weeks before,” the government said in a statement. Several countries, including Canada, Spain and South Korea, have already approved such dose-mixing mainly due to concerns about rare and potentially fatal blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. A Spanish study found the Pfizer-AstraZeneca combination was highly safe and effective, according to preliminary results. (Reuters)

17:21 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Vaccine production is rising gradually, says VK Paul

Vaccine production is rising gradually. It is a planned affair and with this increment, the vaccine is being made available and we have to implement the vaccine program: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog (ANI)

17:12 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Chandigarh schools to reopen for Class 9-12 from July 19?

  • Schools in Chandigarh will start functioning physically from July 19 for Class 9 to Class 12 subject to parents’ consent. Online mode of teaching will continue: Chandigarh Administration
  • Chandigarh Administration allows reopening of coaching institutes from July 19 with condition that all the eligible students & staff are administered at least one dose of vaccine The administration also allows cinema halls & spas to function with 50% capacity (ANI)

17:04 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Talks initiated, no reply has come from Moderna, says VK Paul

Talks initiated, no reply has come from them. We’re waiting for the process. Negotiations are on with positive mind. We’re in the process of trying to clinch it but there’s a back & forth as it’s a negotiated process: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on indemnity to Moderna (ANI)

17:02 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra reports 2,567 fresh Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,567 fresh cases, 3,034 recoveries, and 18 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Active cases: 26,710
Total recoveries: 18,87,236
Death toll: 13,042 (ANI)

17:01 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: J&J, AstraZeneca explore Covid-19 vaccine modification after blood clot reports

Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca are conducting early research into whether modifications to their COVID-19 vaccines could eliminate or reduce the risk of rare blood clots linked to the shots, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the process. WSJ on Tuesday reported that outside scientists and AstraZeneca’s partner, the University of Oxford, were also involved in the efforts. AstraZeneca and J&J did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment. Both vaccines have been linked to the risk of blood clots, though regulators have said that benefits of the vaccines largely outweigh the risks. (Reuters)

16:59 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Covid 19 Coronavirus LIVE: Merkel says COVID curbs to stay until more Germans get shots

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that more people needed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before restrictions could be lifted, following news that England will scrap nearly all curbs from next week. England will lift on July 19 the legal requirement to wear masks and for people to socially distance, in what one German official called “a highly risky experiment”. Germany reported 646 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, up from 440 a week ago, with an uptick in the number of cases per 100,000 people over seven days to 6.4 from 4.9. “The central question is how many people will seek a vaccination,” Merkel told a news conference. “The more people are vaccinated, the more free we will all be again,” she said. (Reuters)

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