Coronavirus News Highlights: India’s cumulative vaccination coverage reaches 43 crores; Kerala reports 18,531 new COVID-19 cases

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Updated: July 24, 2021 11:30:04 pm

Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases Latest, Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Online, Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Third Wave India News Highlights, Covid July 24 Latest News: DDMA has ordered reopening of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes with 50 percent seating capacity in Delhi. From July 26, Delhi Metro will operate with 100 per cent seating capacity, but no standing passenger will be allowed. Number of people allowed at marriage functions, last rites in Delhi has been raised to 100. And spas will reopen, but as a precaution, all employees will have to be fully vaccinated or undergo RT-PCR test fortnightly.

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Coronavirus Third Wave India News Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India News July 24, Covid Vaccination Highlights: Delhi Unlock Guidelines from July 26 — The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) announced further relaxation of lockdown guidelines in the capital from Monday, July 26. In the latest order, DDMA has ordered reopening of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes with 50 percent seating capacity. From July 26, Delhi Metro will operate with 100 per cent seating capacity, but no standing passenger will be allowed. Also, business-to-business (B2B) exhibitions will be allowed in Delhi from July 26, but only with business visitors. Number of people allowed at marriage functions, last rites in Delhi has been raised to 100 from Monday. Spas in Delhi will reopen from July 26 after a long hiatus, but as a precaution, all employees will have to be fully vaccinated or undergo RT-PCR test fortnightly. Further, public buses for intrastate movement have been allowed to operate in Delhi at 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, with a single-day rise of 39,097 cases, India’s Covid-19 count has climbed to 3,13,32,159. According to the data shared by Union Health Ministry, 546 deaths in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll due to the highly infectious disease to 4,20,016. The number of active Covid-19 cases now stands at 4,08,977 while the national recovery rate stands at 97.35 per cent. The data shows that the active caseload has increased by 3,464 in a day. Also, a total of 16,31,266 tests were conducted in a day. The number of people who so far recuperated from the coronavirus has now increased to 3,05,03,166, while the fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Centre told the Lok Sabha that it can give a deadline by which all the people in the country would have received vaccine shots. The Centre said that this is because of the dynamic and evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it told the Lower House that all beneficiaries aged 18 years and above are expected to be inoculated by December this year.

At the same time, the government is asserting that the pace of vaccination in India is amongst the fastest in the world.

Here are the latest coronavirus-related news from India and around the globe:  

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    23:30 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam reports 1,595 new positive cases, 23 deaths in last 24 hours

    COVID-19 | Assam reports 1,595 new positive cases, 1,788 recoveries, and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 14,379Total discharges: 5,36,597Death toll: 5,114 (ANI)

    23:11 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cases of ‘Kappa’ variant of coronavirus found in Gujarat

    For the first time, five cases of `Kappa’ variant of coronavirus have been detected in Gujarat, the state health department said on Saturday. Three cases were found in Jamnagar, two in Godhra in Pahchmahal district and one in Mehsana, it said in a release.

    In May, the World Health Organization had named the new variant, a `double mutant’, as “Kappa”, after a letter of the Greek alphabet. | Read More

    22:45 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Due to COVID-19 only selected number of Sadhus allowed in Chhari Mubarak ceremony

    The Chhari Mubarak, holy silver mace of Lord Shiva was taken to Pahalgam for Bhoomi Pujan and Dhawajarohan ceremonies on the auspicious occasion of Ashad-Purnima (Guru-Purnima). Due to COVID-19 only selected number of Sadhus took place in the event. With this the age old traditions associated with the annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced on Saturday. However, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has cancelled the annual pilgrimage in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI) 

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    22:30 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India delivers oxygen concentrators & liquid medical oxygen to Indonesia to help fight rising COVID-19 cases

    India delivers 300 oxygen concentrators & 100 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen to Indonesia to help the country fight rising COVID-19 cases: Officials (PTI)

    22:13 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Longer gap in Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccines boosts antibody levels: Study

    A longer gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine generates strong antibody and T cell immune responses, UK researchers have found.

    The study, led by the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield, and supported by the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, is one of the most comprehensive studies into the immune response generated by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to date. | Read More

    22:01 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India exceed 43 crore: Health ministry

    India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 43 crore with nearly 46 lakh vaccine doses administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said. The 22,80,435 vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 2,72,190 vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18-44 years on Saturday.

    “India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 43,26,05,567 with nearly 45,74,298 vaccine doses administered on Saturday,” the health ministry said in a statement. | Read More

    21:50 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Haryana extends lockdown till August 2

    The Haryana government Saturday extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state by another week till August 2 to curb the spread of the pandemic.

    “The Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana is extended for another week, that is from July 26 (5 am onwards) to August 2 (till 5 am) in the state of Haryana,” according to an order issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan in exercise of powers under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. | Read More

    21:39 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: D-Mart in Mumbai's Malad sealed for violating COVID norms 

    D-Mart in Malad has been sealed for violating COVID norms. Employees & customers were seen flouting social distancing: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) (ANI) 

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    21:29 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Manipur records 1,198 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths in last 24 hours

    Manipur records 1,198 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths and 872 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 10,251Total cases: 91,460Death toll: 1,465 (ANI)

    21:19 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: India's cumulative vaccination coverage reaches 43 crore 

    India administered nearly 46 lakh (45,74,298) vaccine doses today, taking cumulative vaccination coverage43 crore (43,26,05,567), as per the 7 pm provisional report today: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    21:07 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: All Covid-infected lions in Tamil Nadu's Vandalur Zoo test negative 

    Tamil Nadu | All Covid-infected lions in Vandalur Zoo test negative 

    "The lions are recuperating well and not showing any serious post-Covid signs or complications as of now," said a statement issued by the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP) (ANI)

    20:55 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records zero COVID-19 fatality, second time since onset of 2nd wave; 66 cases

    No death due to COVID-19 was recorded in Delhi on Saturday, while 66 fresh cases were reported with a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.

    This is the second time since the starting of the second wave of the pandemic in the national capital that zero fatality has been logged in a day. On July 18 too, no death was recorded, while the city had registered 51 cases. | Read More

    20:44 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Delhi Metro, buses at full capacity from Monday; cinemas, theatres to open at 50%: DDMA

    The Delhi Metro and public buses in the city will operate at full seating capacity while cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will open with 50 per cent occupancy from Monday, according to the DDMA’s latest unlock guidelines issued on Saturday.

    The city witnessed an unprecedented surge of cases and deaths during the second wave of coronavirus in April and May. The situation seems to have been improving over the past few weeks, allowing the government to reopen the city in a phased manner. | Read More

    20:37 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 1,819 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths in last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,819 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths and 2,583 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 24,025Total cases: 25,46,689Death toll: 33,889 (ANI)

    20:24 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 33 new COVID-19 cases and 28 recoveries today

    Uttarakhand reports 33 new COVID-19 cases and 28 recoveries today, taking the total cases to 3,41,673. 

    Active cases: 611Death toll: 7,359 (ANI)

    20:11 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Increasing incidence of hypertension can add to burden of disease ravaged by Covid pandemic: Experts

    Experts have raised an alarm over the increasing incidence of hypertension, calling it a silent killer that can add to the burden of disease in a country ravaged by the Covid pandemic. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious medical condition that is one of the leading causes of death in the world. 

    After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, there is enough evidence that people with high blood pressure are more likely to get severely sick or die if they get Covid, experts have flagged. | Read More

    20:04 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Public buses for intrastate movement in Delhi allowed to operate at 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday 

    Public buses for intrastate movement in Delhi allowed to operate at 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday: DDMA (PTI) 

    19:51 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Number of people allowed at marriage functions, last rites in Delhi raised to 100 from Monday 

    Number of people allowed at marriage functions, last rites in Delhi raised to 100 from Monday: DDMA (PTI) 

    19:41 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Spas in Delhi to open from July 26 

    Spas in Delhi to open from July 26; all employees have to be fully vaccinated or undergo RT-PCR test fortnightly: DDMA (PTI)

    19:31 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Business-to-business (B2B) exhibitions will be allowed in Delhi from July 26 

    Business-to-business (B2B) exhibitions will be allowed in Delhi from July 26, but only with business visitors: DDMA (PTI) 

    19:21 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi Metro to operate with 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday 

    Delhi Metro to operate with 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday, no standing passenger to be allowed: DDMA (PTI) 

    19:13 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Metro and buses are permitted to operate with 100% capacity in Delhi from July 26 

    Metro and buses are permitted to operate with 100% capacity in Delhi from 5 am, July 26. Cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes will function with 50% capacity: Delhi Disaster Management Authority (ANI) 

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    19:00 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes to open with 50% seating capacity in Delhi from July 26 

    Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes to open with 50 percent seating capacity in Delhi from July 26: DDMA (PTI) 

    18:49 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Haryana government issues order to extend lockdown till August 2, with some relaxations in the state

    Haryana government issues order to extend lockdown till August 2, with some relaxations in the state (ANI) 

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    18:31 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Vaccination drive underway at Government Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram

    Kerala | Vaccination drive underway at Government Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram

    "Now the drive is going on smoothly. Only pre-approved persons are allowed. Day before yesterday there was no vaccination drive," Dr. Priya, Associate Professor & RMO (ANI) 

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    18:17 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 18,531 new COVID-19 cases, 98 deaths today

    Kerala reports 18,531 new COVID-19 cases, 15,507 recoveries, and 98 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 1,38,124 Death toll: 15,969 (ANI)

    17:44 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 2,174 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths reported in Andhra

    Andhra Pradesh reported 2,174 fresh cases of coronavirus, 2,737 recoveries and 18 deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday. The total positives stood at 19,52,513, a health department bulletin said. The active cases slid to 22,358 after a total of 19,16,914 recoveries and 13,241 deaths, it said. East Godavari added 418 fresh cases to its count while Chittoor reported 329, Krishna 248, SPS Nellore 246, Prakasam 233, West Godavari 209, Guntur 132 and Visakhapatnam, 103. Five districts reported less than 90 cases each, with Kurnool logging just eight in a day. Krishna had five fresh fatalities, Chittoor four, East Godavari, Prakasam and West Godavari two each and SPS Nellore, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam one each. Five districts did not report any COVID-19 toll in a day. (PTI)

    17:23 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Private hospital in Delhi records rise in neurological cases among post-Covid patient

    A leading private health facility in Delhi on Saturday said it is reporting a rise in neurological issues among post-Covid patients, including emergency cases of brain haemorrhage. Also, in the out-patient department (OPD), up to 60 per cent of patients are presenting increasing mental health issues like anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling of loneliness, and majority of these are post-Covid cases, the Moolchand Hospital said in a statement. Doctors at the private facility said the neurological issues among post-Covid patients have seen a "troubling rise" here. The Moolchand Hospital has been "recording increasing cases of intracerebral (brain) haemorrhage, and 50 per cent of the neuroscience department is filled with such cases," it said. The doctors also said that people who have survived the pandemic and those who were infected with COVID-19 are increasingly coming to the hospital many weeks later with symptoms such as headache, giddiness, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, anxiety, depression, stroke, pain and sleep disorders. In the OPD, up to 60 per cent of patients are coming with mental health issues like headache, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling of loneliness etc, they said. (PTI)

    17:14 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Preparing hospitals for third wave, making efforts to reduce lifestyle diseases, says Kerala health minister

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Saturday said her department was working on various initiatives, like preparing for a COVID third wave, reducing lifestyle diseases within five years and improving medical institutions, to strengthen the health infrastructure in the state. The minister, while presiding over an online function for inaugurating various health projects, said vigilance against COVID should not be given up and in this regard hospitals were being equipped and strong measures were being put in place to deal with any third wave of the virus. She also said efforts would be made toreduce the incidence of lifestyle diseases in the state within 5 years. The minister further said that medical colleges will be made the best institutions and district and general taluk hospitals would be strengthened. She said that in the two months since the present government came to power, various health projects have been implementedvigorously. (PTI)

    17:05 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Dutch rower Florijn tests positive for COVID-19, rowing federation says

    Dutch rower Florijn tests positive for COVID-19, rowing federation says (Reuters)

    16:20 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra govt considering relaxations for fully-vaccinated people, says Dy CM

    The Maharashtra government is considering granting exemptions from coronavirus-induced restrictions to the fully-vaccinated people, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Pawar also said the government was mulling an extension of the timings of shops and restaurants from the current deadline of 4 pm. He said a decision on granting relaxations on the weekends is likely next week. "The state is thinking of granting relaxations to those people who have got both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This will encourage citizens to get inoculated," he said. Pawar said demands are raised to extend the timings of shops and restaurants from 4 pm to 7 pm. "We are thinking of extending the timing for shops and restaurants but the final decision will be taken by the CM. We are meeting with experts on Monday after which a decision will be taken on relaxations on weekends," the deputy CM said. He said the government was aiming to vaccinate more people compared to the previous month.  (PTI)

    15:49 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria says booster shots required for emerging variants

    At a time when there are serious concerns about the various mutations of the Covid-19, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria said that boosters shots of vaccines might be required to cover various emerging variants. “It seems that we probably need the booster dose of coronavirus vaccines as with the passage of time the immunity tends to fall. There is waning immunity. We would like to have a booster dose that will cover for various emerging variants,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. READ FULL STORY

    15:31 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Kerala dealt with Nipah, COVID-19 due to admirable efforts of health dept, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

    Kerala was able to face the challenges posed by Nipah and COVID-19 due to the admirable efforts of the State public health department, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. He was speaking at the online inauguration of several projects and schemes, worth Rs 25 crore, which have begun or will begin soon. He said that the state's public health infrastructure has been appreciated by many countries and its work is something to be proud of as throughits 'admirable efforts', Kerala was able to face and deal with challenges posed by diseases like Nipah and COVID-19. In order to further strengthen the health infrastructure, the previous government had decided to convert 886 primary health centres (PHCs) in the state into family health centres, he said. As of now 480 PHCs have been converted to family health centres whose main feature was providing specialised treatment and facilities to the public at the primary level, he said. (PTI)

    15:26 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand steps up vigilance along Haridwar borders to stop Kanwar Yatra celebrations

    • As Kanwar Yatra is banned, no person will be allowed to enter Haridwar border for celebrations. Same applies to buses, trains. Tourists from other parts of state won't be stopped. They have to submit RTPCR test report & register on Smart City Portal: Ashok Kumar, U'khand DGP
    • Forces have been deployed on Haridwar dist borders. Instructions are to request those coming to the border to go back. If anyone persists, action will be taken. If anyone sends a tanker in a systematic way, we will help them in collecting Gangajal: Ashok Kumar, DGP, Uttarakhand (ANI)

    15:20 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mizoram logs 653 fresh infections; 14-yr-old girl becomes state's youngest COVID victim

    Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 31,145 on Saturday as 653 more people, including 137 children, tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities, that included a 14-year-old girl, pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 134, a health official said. The girl, who hailed from Aizawl, is the youngest person in Mizoram to succumb to the disease, the official spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said. The girl died at her home, where she was in isolation since July 21, he said, adding that two other patients aged 74 and 37 years died at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC), he said. Twenty-seven fresh cases were reported during a mass testing drive at Baktawng Chhuanthar Tlangnuam village, known for having the world's largest family, whose head Ziona died in June this year, Pachuau said. Aizawl district recorded the highest number of new cases at 481, followed by Lunglei (81) and Kolasib (38). Three new patients have travel history, while 395 infections were detected during contact tracing, and it is yet to be ascertained how the remaining 255 people contracted the disease, he said. As many as 317 of the 653 new patients have developed COVID symptoms, he said, adding the daily positivity rate stood at 11.78 per cent. The state now has 8,107 active cases, while 22,904 people have recovered from the disease so far, the official said. (PTI)

    15:20 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases rise

    Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi starting Saturday as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region. The lockdown order, issued late Friday night, bans the gathering of more than two people in public. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses are allowed to stay open.  Earlier in the week, the city had suspended all outdoor activities and ordered non-essential businesses to close following an increase in cases. On Friday, Hanoi reported 70 confirmed infections, the city's highest, part of a record 7,295 cases in the country in the last 24 hours. Nearly 5,000 of them are from Vietnam's largest metropolis, southern Ho Chi Minh City, which has also extended its lockdown until Aug. 1. (AP)

    15:16 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha registers 1,864 new COVID-19 cases, 68 fresh fatalities

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,65,715 on Saturday as 1,864 more people tested positive for the infection, while 68 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,445, a health official said. As many as 1,082 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 782 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing. High daily test positive rate (TPR) in the coastal belt remains a major cause of concern for the state government as it was 5.18 per cent in Cuttack, 4.34 per cent in Khurda and 3.43 per cent in Kendrapara on Friday, and is witnessing a rising trend. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recorded the highest number of new cases at 496, followed by Cuttack (221) and Balasore (114). The district also registered the highest number of fresh fatalities at 30, of which 23 were recorded in Bhubaneswar alone, followed by Puri (11) and Angul (eight). (PTI)

    15:15 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 39 new cases push Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally to 3,46,885

    Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,46,885 on Saturday as 39 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 5,122 as no fresh fatality was reported, it said. East Singhbhum district registered the highest number of new cases at nine, followed by five in Ranchi. The state now has 299 active cases, while 3,41,464 people have recovered from the disease so far. The administration has tested 61,196 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, it added. (PTI)

    14:53 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka permits reopening of amusement parks, activities at places of worship

    Further easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Karnataka government on Saturday permitted reopening of amusement parks and similar places, and allowed places of worship to carry out related religious activities from July 25. “Amusement Parks and similar places permitted to reopen strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour and following guidelines issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department,” an order issued by Principal Secretary to Revenue Department (Disaster Management) N Manjunatha Prasad said. READ MORE

    14:10 (IST)24 Jul 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We have administered more vaccination doses than any country in the world, says Hardeep Singh Puri

    We developed a vaccine manufacturing capacity indigenously, administered 42 crore vaccines & people are coming to walk in centers or are registering online. We have administered more vaccination doses than any country in the world: Hardeep Singh Puri, Housing& Urban Affairs Min (ANI)Image

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