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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 4,869 new COVID cases, 90 deaths; fatality rate at 2.1%

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India registered 40,134 fresh COVID-19 infections, pushing its virus tally to 3,16,95,958, while the number of active cases registered an increase for the sixth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll from the pandemic climbed to 4,24,773 with 422 daily fatalities. The number of active coronavirus cases has increased to 4,13,718 and comprises 1.31 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.35 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,766 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,57,467, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 4,869 new COVID cases, 90 deaths; fatality rate at 2.1%
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
  • BMC issues revised guidelines for Mumbai; permits non-essential shops to operate till 10 pm

    Maharashtra: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued revised guidelines for the city; permits non-essential shops to operate till 10 pm on all days

  • UP reports 25 new cases, no deaths 

    Uttar Pradesh on Sunday reported 25 fresh Covid cases, which took the tally to 17,08,500, according to an official statement. No fatality from the infection was registered in the state and the death toll stands at 22,763, the statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh government said. Of the fresh cases, six were reported from Lucknow and three from Agra, two from Varanasi, it said. In the past 24 hours, 42 COVID-19 people have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of patients discharged so far in the state to 16,85,091. The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 646, the statement said.

  • Maharashtra reports 4,869 new COVID cases, 90 deaths; fatality rate at 2.1% 

    Maharashtra on Monday reported 4,869 fresh COVID-19 cases and 90 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 63,15,063 and the toll to 1,33,038 while 8,429 patients recovered, the state health department said. With the new additions, the tally of recoveries in Maharashtra now stands at 61,03,325, leaving the state with 75,303 active cases with a recovery rate of 96.65 per cent. The case fatality rate is 2.1 per cent, it said. Mumbai reported 259 new cases and nine deaths, which raised the overall case-load to 7,35,366 and the count of fatalities to 15,908, the department said in a statement. Mumbai division reported 730 cases during the day and 15 deaths, taking the tally to 16,42,223 and the toll to 34,380. Nashik division saw 829 new cases including 739 cases in the Ahmednagar district.

  • India's cumulative vaccine doses administered cross 47.78-cr mark

    The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 47.78 crore with more than 53.67 lakh jabs being administered Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. It said that on Monday 27,76,234 jabs were administered as the first dose and 4,82,253 as the second in the age group 1844 years, according to the 7 pm provisional data. Cumulatively, 15,99,07,360 people in the age group 1844 years across all states and union territories have received their first doses and total 93,86,280 their second since the start of phase3 of the vaccination drive on May 1.  

  • England changes COVID app so fewer people need to isolate

    England's COVID-19 mobile phone app will be tweaked so that fewer contacts of asymptomatic people who test positive for the disease will need to self-isolate, Britain's health ministry said on Monday. Business leaders have raised concerns about the numbers of staff who are having to self-isolate after being "pinged" by the app when they come into contact with someone who then tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Slight dip in new COVID cases in TN, 28 deaths  

    Slight dip in new COVID-19 infections in TN; 1,957 fresh cases, 28 deaths Chennai: After registering an upward trend in fresh infections over the last few days, Tamil Nadu on Monday recorded a marginal dip with 1,957 people testing positive, pushing thecaseload to 25,63,544, the health department said. Since July 29, the state has been witnessing a slight increase in dailyinfections. On Sunday, Tamil Nadu added 1,990 new COVID-19 cases to itsinfection count. The death toll mounted to 34,130 with 28 people have succumbing to the virus.

  • PIL before HC seeks door-to-door COVID vaccination for bed-ridden senior citizens
    A petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Delhi government to introduce a policy on urgent doortodoor COVID19 vaccination for bedridden senior citizens here.    The public interest litigation, which also seeks a helpline for registration, will be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice DN Patel on Tuesday. The petitioner before the court is 84yearold Dhiraj Aggarwal who suffers from arthritis and is yet to be vaccinated as she cannot visit the vaccination centre on account of her health. 
  • Goa records 90 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 90 and reached 1,71,295 on Monday, while 72 patients recovered from the infection, a health department official said. The death toll reached 3,150 as two more patients succumbed to the infection during the day, he said.

  • Reliance Foundation to provide 3 lakh free COVID vaccines in Mumbai

    In a major outreach scheme to protect vulnerable communities, Reliance Foundation, the philanthropy arm of India's most valuable company, will partner with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to provide three lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to communities across 50 locations in the city. The free vaccination drive, through Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, aims to protect underprivileged people in neighbourhoods including Dharavi, Worli, Wadala, Colaba, Pratiksha Nagar, Kamathipura, Mankhurd, Chembur, Govandi and Bhandup, the Foundation said in a statement.

  • Uttarakhand launches Vatsalya Yojana for children orphaned by COVID 
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday launched Mukhya Mantri Vatsalya Yojana to support children who lost their parents due to the COVID19 pandemic.  Announced in May this year by former chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat,  the scheme will give financial protection to 2,347 such children in the state, Dhami said after launching the Yojana in the presence of Cabinet ministers Rekha Arya, Ganesh Joshi and Dhan Singh Rawat.
  • COVID: Maharashtra govt issues new 'break the chain' order in 11 districts, including Mumbai

    Maharashtra Govt issues new "break the chain" order where 11 dists incl Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara & Pune to have level 3 unlock(ease of restrictions). Decision on reducing imposed restrictions in Mumbai, Mumbai suburban & Thane dists to be taken by Disaster Management Authorities

  • SC to hear matter of fire audit of Gujarat's COVID hospitals on Aug 9

    The Supreme Court Monday said it would hear on August 9 a matter related to fire audit of COVID19 hospitals in which it had last month pulled up the Gujarat government for extending the deadline for medical establishments to rectify the building bylaws violations. The matter came up for hearing before a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah which was informed on July 19 of a notification by the Gujarat government on July 8 extending the timeline for rectifying compliances for three months, commencing from the last date of applicability of Gujarat Epidemic Diseases Regulations 2020.

  • COVID virus leaked from a Chinese research facility: Report
    A preponderance of evidence proves the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, Reuters quoting a report by US Republicans

  • COVID: CBSE notifies 'students not satisfied with marks will be given opportunity to appear in exams' 

    CBSE notifies that "Class 12th students who are not satisfied with the marks, awarded based on the 'Policy of Tabulation' will be given an opportunity to appear in examinations to be conducted by the board. Marks scored in the later examination will be considered as final."

  • Combining AstraZeneca and mRNA COVID vaccines is effective, says study

    Combining AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna's jab provides "good protection", Denmark's State Serum Institute said on Monday. A growing number of countries are looking at switching to different COVID-19 vaccines for second doses, a measure particularly necessary in Denmark after health authorities discontinued inoculations with AstraZeneca's vaccine in April over rare side-effect concerns.

  • 17.94 lakh COVID related health insurance claims settled

    As many as 17.94 lakh COVID-related health insurance claims amounting to Rs 21,837 crore were settled in about last 15 months till July 15, 2021. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad said health insurance claims are settled by insurers as per terms and conditions of the health insurance policy contract. Since the onset of the pandemic, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has taken several steps for speedy settlement of COVID-related health insurance claims. 

  • Maharashtra: Shops to remain open till 8 pm instead of 4 pm in districts where COVID infections gone down, says Thackeray

    Shops will be permitted to remain open till 8 pm instead of 4 pm in the districts where COVID infections have reduced. Restrictions will continue in those districts where the infection is still on rise: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

  • Kerala reports 13,984 new COVID cases, 118 deaths 

    Kerala reports 13,984 new #COVID19 cases, 15,923 recoveries & 118 deaths today; positivity rate is at 10.93%

    Active cases: 1,65,322
    Total recoveries: 32,42,684
    Death toll: 16,955

  • Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

    Iran on Monday reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic, state media reported. State TV said health workers registered 37,189 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday surpassing the previous daily record of 34,951 infections reported on Tuesday. Also, there were 411 deaths, bringing the country's total death toll in the pandemic to 91,407 the highest in the Middle East.

  • Will citizens need 3rd or booster dose of COVID vaccine? HC asks Maha govt

    The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government if citizens, who had received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, will need a third dose or a booster shot of the vaccine anytime in future. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni said that at a recent meeting with the state government, the Maharashtra COVID-19 task force had mentioned that despite having taken both doses of Covishield or Covaxin, citizens might need a third or a booster shot of vaccine to protect themselves from several variants of the coronavirus. "Please check how far is a third or booster dose necessary," the HC said. "The state task force had said a third dose might be required to be taken 10 months from receiving the second shot of Covishield, and six months from the second Covaxin dose. Is that still the case?" the HC asked Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni.

  • Delhi school reopening: Decision will be taken soon on the basis of various factors, says Sisodia

    We are reviewing the suggestions from public, some demanded reopening (of schools), some didn't. A decision to be taken soon on the basis of all factors (vaccines for children) & feedback. Largely it seems that many people want it (schools' reopening): Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia

  • Bharat Biotech's Covaxin effective against Delta Plus variant of COVID-19:Study
    Bharat Biotech's COVID19   vaccine Covaxin (BBV152) is effective against Delta Plus (AY.1) variant of the coronavirus, according to a study published in biorxivby the Indian Council of Medical and Research (ICMR).  "Here, we have evaluated the IgG antibody titer and neutralizing potential of sera of COVID19 naive individuals full doses of BBV152 vaccine, COVID19 recovered cases with full dose vaccines and breakthrough cases postimmunization BBV152 vaccines against Delta, Delta AY.1 and B.1.617.3.," the study said.
  • Chhattisgarh schools reopen for certain classes, attendance thin on Day 1

    Schools for Class X and XII reopened on Monday in Chhattisgarh with a slew of COVID19 restrictions, though the attendance, which has been capped at 50 per cent of capacity per day, was thin, especially in urban areas, officials said.          The government has also allowed resumption of Classes I to V and Class VIII subject to certain conditions, including getting a recommendation from the gram panchayats in rural areas, corporators in urban areas and the parents' committees of these schools.

  • Indemnity issues related to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines still stuck, says Dr NK Arora, Central Covid Panel Chief 
     

    - In the last 3 months, the Indian government has at no point has taken imported vaccines in calculations
    - Indian mRNA vaccine will be available in October. Imported mRNA vaccines will not be available immediately
    -  J&J has withdrawn its application for vaccine approval in India
    - Phase 2 data for Biological E vaccine in good shape, last-minute changes in Phase 3 immunogenicity trials. Expect the data on phase 3 trials of Biological E by end of September 

  • Central Covid Panel Chief Dr NK Arora speaks to CNBC-TV18 on COVID-19 vaccines

    He says:

    Bharat Biotech has not been able to deliver vaccines as per estimates due to hiccups in the Bangalore facility. Last month, we administered 13 crore doses and expect 20 crore doses to be available in August.

    Mismatch between Sputnik V dose 1 and dose 2 was unexpected. Efforts are being made to iron out issues in Sputnik V doses availability

  • The COVID-19 began to rise from April 1 and peaked at 4.14 lakh daily on May 6 as the country was battling with the second wave of the coronavirus. It started to decline and the number of daily cases is now around 40,000. Kerala and Maharashtra have the highest number of daily and active cases in the country.

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 4,869 new COVID cases, 90 deaths; fatality rate at 2.1%
  • Hong Kong tells civil servants to get vaccinated or pay for COVID-19 tests

     

    Unvaccinated Hong Kong government employees, as well as education and health workers will soon have to pay for regular COVID-19 tests, city leader Carrie Lam said on Monday, announcing measures to persuade more people to get vaccinated. Hong Kong has registered 56 days without any local coronavirus cases and life has largely returned to normal in the global financial hub, except heavy travel restrictions remain in place, with hotel quarantine required for all arrivals. Authorities were unsatisfied with a slow initial take-up of vaccines, although the numbers have improved in recent months after various businesses announced a range of perks for those who take vaccines, including a lottery prize of an apartment worth about $1 million.

  • J&J withdraws proposal for speedy vaccine approval in India

     

    India's drug regulator said on Monday that Johnson & Johnson withdrew its proposal seeking accelerated approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in the country, without giving additional details. The US-based company had said in April it was seeking approval to conduct a bridging clinical study of its Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate in India. Trials in the United States at that time were paused on reports of rare blood clots. The drugmaker's withdrawal comes as India tackles legal challenges with manufacturers over indemnity issues, with its junior health minister saying last week that a team had been formed to engage with vaccine makers.

  • READ | Why vaccinated people can't be allowed to travel by local trains? HC asks Maha govt
     

    The Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government on Monday why people who had received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine could not be permitted to travel by local trains in Mumbai. What was even the purpose of taking both doses of the vaccine if citizens were expected to stay inside their homes even after taking the anti-COVID-19 jabs, a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni asked.

India registered 40,134 fresh COVID-19 infections, pushing its virus tally to 3,16,95,958, while the number of active cases registered an increase for the sixth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll from the pandemic climbed to 4,24,773 with 422 daily fatalities. The number of active coronavirus cases has increased to 4,13,718 and comprises 1.31 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.35 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,766 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,57,467, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.