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Coronavirus News Highlights: RT-PCR report mandatory to visit Goa; COVID positivity rate at 1.8 to 2%

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 44,643 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,18,56,757, while the active cases registered an increase for the third consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 4,26,754 with 464 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 1.30 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 3,083 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.72 percent. It has been less than 3 percent for the last 11 days.The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.41 percent, according to the ministry.

Coronavirus News Highlights: RT-PCR report mandatory to visit Goa; COVID positivity rate at 1.8 to 2%
  • 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.
     
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    National Testing Agency announces results of #JEEMains  Session – 3, 2021. Seventeen candidates have scored 100 percentile in the third edition of engineering entrance exam JEE-Main, results of which were declared by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Friday. The perfect scorers included Karnam Lokesh, Duggineni Venkata Paneesh, Pasala Veera Siva and Kanchanapalli Rahul Naidu from Andhra Pradesh, Vaibhav Vishal from Bihar, Anshul Verma from Rajasthan, Ruchir Bansal and Pravar Kataria from Delhi, Harsh and Anmol from Haryana, Gaurab Das from Karnataka, Polu Lakshmi Sai Lokesh Reddy, Madur Adarsh Reddy and Velavali Venkata from Telangana and Pal Aggarwal and Amaiya Singhal from Uttar Pradesh.

  • Bengal reports nine COVID deaths, 717 new cases
    Nine people died of COVID-19 in West Bengal on Friday, taking the toll to 18,202, while 717 new cases pushed the tally to 15,32,379, a bulletin issued by the health department said. Of the 717 cases, 86 were recorded in North 24 Parganas followed by 71 in Kolkata and 54 in Darjeeling. Both North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts accounted for two deaths each. West Bengal currently has 10,642 active cases, 79 less than what it was the day before.

  • India’s fight against COVID-19 receives a strong impetus. Vaccination numbers cross the 50 crore mark. We hope to build on these numbers and ensure our citizens are vaccinated under 'Sabko Vaccine Muft Vaccine movement': Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • RT-PCR report mandatory to visit Goa; COVID positivity rate at 1.8 to 2%  

    The positivity rate of new #COVID19 cases in the State stands at 1.8 to 2%. A negative RT-PCR report or a vaccination certificate (both doses) is mandatory to visit Goa. We'll put down new SOPs in view of the upcoming festivals:  CM Pramod Sawant said in Panaji

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,985 new COVID cases, 30 deaths 

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,985 new #COVID cases, 1,908 recoveries, and 30 deaths today.

    Active cases: 20,185
    Death toll: 34,260

  • Over 50 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India
    The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 50 crore with more than 43.29 lakh doses given on Friday, the Union health ministry said.  "India soars high on #COVID19 vaccination, historic record of 50 crore doses administered to date!" Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.
  • Delta variant levels same regardless of COVID-19 vaccine, UK study finds
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  • ED files money laundering case in fake Covid testing during Kumbh; conducts raids

    The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted multiple raids in connection with a money laundering probe into fake Covid testing during the recentlyheld Kumbh mela in Uttarakhand's Haridwar. Searches were conducted at the offices of Novus Path Labs, DNA Labs, Max Corporate Services, Dr Lal Chandani Labs Pvt Ltd and Nalwa Laboratories Pvt Ltd and also at the residential premises of their directors in Dehradun, Haridwar, Delhi, Noida and Hisar, the agency said in a statement.

  • Goa reports 97 new COVID cases; active infections at 992

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  • Rajasthan reports no new Covid death, 20 fresh cases
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  • 3 COVID vaccine centres illegally charging registration fee: Assam MLA

    Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha on Friday alleged in the Assam assembly that three COVID19 vaccination centres in Karimganj district are illegally charging Rs 5 as registration fee for the jabs, prompting the government to announce to conduct an enquiry.                Raising the issue during the Question Hour, in Assam Assembly, Purkayastha tabled an official letter written by the additional chief medical and health officer of the district flagging the matter.

  • COVID: Delhi govt likely to undertake advanced sero survey

    The Delhi government is likely to undertake an advanced sero survey to determine the prevalence of COVID19 variants and identify susceptible pool among the residents of the city, according to discussions held during a DDMA meeting on Friday, officials said. The meeting to review the Covid situation in the city was attended by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others.

  • COVID-19: Delhi govt likely to undertake advanced sero survey

    The Delhi government is likely to undertake an advanced sero survey to determine the prevalence of COVID19 variants and identify susceptible pool among the residents of the city, according to discussions held during a DDMA meeting on Friday, officials said. The meeting to review the Covid situation in the city was attended by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others.

  • Karnataka reports 1,805 new COVID cases, 36 deaths 

    Karnataka reports 1,805 fresh #COVID cases, 1,854 discharges, and 36 deaths in the past 24 hours.
     
    Active cases: 24,328
    Total discharges: 28,54,222
    Death toll: 36,741

  • Schools in AP to reopen from August 16; education minister releases results for class 10 exams

    Andhra Pradesh | State Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh releases school-wise results and memorandum of subject wise performance of students for SSC (10th class) public exams on March 2020 and June 2021. 

    Schools in Andhra Pradesh will reopen from August 16.

  • Kerala reports 19,948 new COVID cases, 187 deaths; test positivity rate at 13.13%

    Kerala reports 19,948 new cases, 187 deaths and 19,480 recoveries today; active caseload rises to 1,78,204. Test positivity rate at 13.13%.

  • TN extends lockdown till Aug 23; prayers in places of worship banned on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 

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  • South Karnataka saw one case of Eta strain of Covid-19, says official 

    Mangaluru| South Karnataka saw one case of Eta strain of Covid-19. 4 months back, a person travelled from Dubai&underwent RTPCR testing& was found positive on arrival in Karnataka. Sample was sent for genome sequencing; y'day, case confirmed: Kishore Kumar, District Health Officer

  • Early signs COVID vaccines may not stop Delta transmission, England says

    There are early signs that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to transmit the Delta variant of the virus as easily as those who have not, scientists at Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday. The findings chime with those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which last week raised concerns that vaccinated people infected with Delta could, unlike with other variants, readily transmit it.

  • Singapore to ease some COVID-19 curbs as vaccination rate soars

    Singapore will from next week lift some COVID-19 curbs and ease restrictions on entry for foreign workers, its health minister said on Friday, as the share of people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus in the city state nears 70%. Fully vaccinated people will be able to dine-in at restaurants in groups of five from Aug. 10, health minister Ong Ye Kung said, and a limit on the number of people allowed to gather socially will increase to five, from two.

  • In DDMA (Delhi Disaster Management Authority) meeting held today to review the COVID19 situation in Delhi, the issue of re-opening of schools and educational institutions was deliberated upon in detail.

  • Over half a billion doses of Covid vaccines administered in WHO South-East Asia Region
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    China reported on Friday its highest daily count of new COVID-19 patients in an outbreak that began in late July, fuelled by a surge in locally transmitted infections. Officials blamed the latest clusters mainly on the highly transmissible Delta variant, though it has not led to widespread infection in some cities, while cases in some areas show initial signs they could ease.

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  • 3.56 crore COVID vaccines procured by private hospitals till August 2: MoS Health

    A total of 3.56 crore COVID19 vaccines have been procured by private hospitals till August 2 and the doses once procured by them are not reallocated to government vaccination centres, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, in a written reply, said the demand for Covid vaccines from private hospitals is aggregated on CoWIN portal, and the Centre, through which, facilitates the sourcing of these vaccines by private hospitals in coordination with state governments and vaccine manufacturers.

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai reviews the situation with experts. Some important decisions were taken in the meeting. 

    These include:
     

    - Night curfew and weekend curfew will continue in districts bordering Kerala and Maharashtra. Night curfew (throughout the state) from 9 pm to 5 am will be imposed. We have given directions to the Police dept to strictly monitor it.

    - Education and health experts discussed reopening of schools. The state has decided to re-open in two phases, schools for classes 9-12 will start from August 23, classes will be held in alternate batches (2 batches in one week, 3 days each).

    - The decision about reopening of schools up to class 8th will be taken in the last week of August after looking at all aspects of the third wave. All this is what the experts suggested. Covid-19 task force will be formed soon.

  • Hiring activity at all-time high crossing pre-COVID levels; grows 11% sequentially in July: Report

     

    Hiring activity in the country touched an all-time high in July, witnessing 11 percent sequential increase, indicating a strong revival of economic growth and recovery of business from the impact of COVID-19, a report said on Friday. With 2,625 job postings, hiring trends grew 11 percent in July compared with 2,359 postings in June, the highest it has ever been, including the pre-COVID-19 timeline, according to the report by Naukri JobSpeak. The Indian job market has witnessed sequential growth for the second month in a row, with a 15 percent rise in June, after the pandemic-linked decline in April and May, it stated. The Naukri JobSpeak is a monthly index that calculates and records hiring activity based on the job listings on Naukri.com website month-on-month.

  • Health Minister holds meeting with Biological-E MD on progress of Covid vaccine


    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said he held a meeting with Biological-E Managing Director Mahima Dalta on the progress of the company's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine, Corbevax. The minister had also held a meeting with Dr Reddy's Laboratories Chairman Satish Reddy regarding the production and supply of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V. "Met Ms Mahima Datla, MD of Biological E , who briefed me on the progress of their upcoming COVID-19 vaccine, Corbevax. I assured all the government support for the vaccine," Mandaviya said in a tweet. Earlier in June, the Union Health Ministry had finalised arrangements with Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Biological-E to reserve 30 crore of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

India saw a single-day rise of 44,643 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,18,56,757, while the active cases registered an increase for the third consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 4,26,754 with 464 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 1.30 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 3,083 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.72 percent. It has been less than 3 percent for the last 11 days.The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.41 percent, according to the ministry.