Coronavirus India News Highlights: India's COVID-19 death toll climbed to 4,10,784 with 2,020 new deaths recorded after Madhya Pradesh reconciled its fatality data, while 31,443 new coronavirus cases were reported, the lowest in 118 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. India's total tally of COVID-19 cases mounted to 3,09,05,819. The active cases have declined to 4,31,315 and comprise 1.40 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 97.28 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity rate has declined to 1.81 percent. It has been less than three percent for 22 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.28 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,00,63,720 and the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.
Maha reports 7,243 COVID-19 cases
Maharashtra reported 7,243 new coronavirus cases and 196 fatalities on Tuesday, taking the tally of infections to 61,72,645 and death toll to 1,26,220, a health department official said. As many as 10,978 patients were discharged from hospitals since Monday evening, taking the number of recovered cases to 59,38,734, he added. The state now has 1,04,406 active COVID-19 cases.Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate is 96.21 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent, the official said.
About 36,000 administered COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi on Monday
The national capital vaccinated 36,342 people against the coronavirus on Monday, according to the Delhi government's vaccination bulletin issued on Tuesday. The first dose of the Covid vaccine was administered to 22,262 beneficiaries while another 14,080 received the second dose, it said.
COVAX struggling as some nations bid more for scant vaccines, says WTO
The COVAX vaccine-sharing programme has struggled to meet vaccine delivery targets because some countries are able to offer more for scant supplies, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday. "The supply scarcity is driving behaviour," director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in an online interview with the Atlantic Council, without naming any countries.
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. The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, evaluated the effects of the two drugs on all-cause, in-hospital mortality, the degree of respiratory failure and inflammation, and viral clearance in the oropharynx.
In Mumbai, BMC extends COVID-19 vaccination for people travelling abroad to six days
The COVID-19 vaccination for people travelling abroad for higher studies or work and athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics, which was earlier restricted to three days a week, has now been extended to six days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Tuesday. This concession of three additional days will be applicable till August 31, the civic body stated in a release. Earlier, beneficiaries travelling abroad for higher studies or work and athletes taking part in the Tokyo Olympics were allowed to get their jabs only from Monday to Wednesday at the seven designated vaccination centres in the city and suburbs.
Now, people in these categories can get their shots on any day from Monday through Saturday, the BMC said. The civic body has also reduced the gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine for students going abroad and brought it down to 28 days from 84 days.
Arunachal asks for more vaccines to curb rising COVID-19 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.
As we have been optimally utilizing our quota of vaccines with zero wastage and our capacity is to vaccinate 5,000 more people per day, our quota may be increased from the present, he requested. Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday had reported its highest single- day spike of 566 new COVID-19 cases. It also has one of the highest positivity rates in the country, which stands at 8 percent according to the states calculations, compared to a national weekly average of 2.28 percent.
Pondy Lt Governor approves ex-gratia to families of two govt staff who died of COVID-19
Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday approved the government's decision to pay ex-gratia of Rs 30 lakh each to the families of two government staff who died of Covid-19 during the Assembly polls in April this year. A release from the Lt Governor's office said the approval was accorded for payment of the amount to the bereaved families.
The Lt Governor also sanctioned disbursement of Rs 17.89 crore as grant to 35 government-aided schools in Puducherry, Karaikal and Yanam regions for five months from March this year to facilitate payment of salaries and pension to the staff in the institutions, the release added. Tamilisai Soundararajan also approved of release of Rs 42.08 lakh towards purchase of NCERT textbooks for distribution free of cost to students of Classes I to V in government schools in the Union Territory.
Children coming to hospitals in Delhi with post-COVID symptoms like headaches, brain fogging: Doctors
Not only adults but also children who have battled COVID-19 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.
Andhra Pradesh logs 2,567 new COVID-19 cases, 3,034 recoveries, 18 deaths
Andhra Pradesh reported 2,567 fresh cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. The latest bulletin said 3,034 patients had recovered from the infection while 18 more succumbed in the state.
The gross positives now rose to 19,26,988, recoveries to 18,87,236 and toll 13,042. The active caseload dropped to 26,710, the bulletin added.
Health Ministry says people treating 3rd wave predictions like weather forecast
"People are taking predictions about the third wave like weather prediction reports, very casually. The third wave predictions have to be taken very seriously," an official of the health ministry said during a media briefing.
Chandigarh schools to re-open for Classes 9 to 12 from July 19
Schools in Chandigarh will start functioning physically from July 19 for Class 9 to Class 12 subject to parents’ consent, the Chandigarh Administration said, adding that the online mode of teaching will continue.
The administration has allowed the reopening of coaching institutes from July 19 with condition that all the eligible students and staff are administered at least one dose of vaccine.
Cinema halls and spas have also been allowed to function with 50% capacity.
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Govt waives import duty on raw materials for COVID-19 test kits, APIs for Amphotericin B
The government has exempted basic customs duty on imports of specified API/ excipients for Amphotericin B and raw materials for manufacturing Covid test kits. In a notification dated July 12, the Finance Ministry said the basic customs duty exemption on raw materials for manufacturing Covid test kits would be till September 30, 2021. While the exemption on specified API (active pharmaceutical ingredients)/ excipients for Amphotericin B would be valid till August 31.
Provide 1 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to Tamil Nadu: Stalin to Modi
Tamil Nadu has not received COVID-19 vaccines proportionate to its population, resulting in its acute shortage, Chief Minister M K Stalin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and sought a special allocation of one crore vaccine doses to correct the 'imbalance.' Till July 8, 2021, Tamil Nadu received only 29,18,110 vaccine doses from the Centre for people in the 18-44 years category and 1,30,08,440 for the above 45 years category. As the allocation of vaccines is very inadequate, the state is finding it extremely difficult to meet the huge demand for vaccination throughout Tamil Nadu, Stalin said in a letter to Modi.
Sikkim logs 226 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 22,623
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 22,623 on Tuesday as 226 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The Himalayan state now has 2,281 active cases, while 19,767 people have recovered from the disease, 258 patients have migrated to other states and 317 have succumbed to the infection so far. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 88.3 percent. Sikkim has tested over 1.74 lakh samples for COVID-19 thus far, including 796 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 28.3 percent.
Germany wary on re-opening as England prepares to lift COVID curbs
German officials said on Tuesday coronavirus measures should be maintained until more of the population has been vaccinated, and one called England's plan to lift most restrictions despite the spread of the Delta variant "a highly risky experiment". England will become from July 19 the first part of the United Kingdom to lift the legal requirement to wear masks and for people to socially distance themselves. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said coronavirus restrictions were still necessary to avoid a further lockdown of the economy.
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Over 1.91 crore Covid vaccine doses still available with states, UTs: Centre
More than 1.91 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, Union Territories and private hospitals to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Over 39.46 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union Territories so far through all sources and 12,00,000 more doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption, including the wastage, is 37,55,38,390 doses, according to data available at 8 am on Tuesday. More than 1.91 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, Union Territories and private hospitals to be administered, the ministry said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala via VC on July 16, 11 am, to discuss the COVID-19 related situation in these states.
No fresh COVID-19 fatality in Jharkhand, new cases dip to 43
Jharkhand reported no COVID-19 death on Tuesday, while fresh cases dipped to 43, as per a Health Department bulletin. The number of active cases in the state dropped to 390 while the toll stood at 5,119. So far the state has recorded 3,46,371 cases, the bulletin said. The mortality rate in the state was 1.47 percent, higher than the national average of 1.30 percent. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state improved to 98.40 percent, better than the national average of 97.20 percent. In all, 3,40,862 patients have recovered from the infection, including 64 during the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.
India's first COVID patient tests positive again for coronavirus
A woman medico, who was India's first COVID-19 case, has tested positive again for the virus, health authorities said here on Tuesday. "She is reinfected with COVID-19. Her RT-PCR is positive, the antigen is negative. She is asymptomatic," Thrissur DMO Dr K J Reena said. Her samples were tested as she was prepared to go to New Delhi for study purposes. Then the RT-PCR result turned out to be positive, she said. The woman is presently at home and "she is OK," the doctor said.
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In South African COVID-19 ward, medics battle worst infection wave yet
At an emergency COVID-19 ward run by a charity in southern Johannesburg, medics wheel gasping patients to their beds, rush from room to room with oxygen cylinders and pat the back of someone in the grip of a coughing fit.
The scenes in the converted community hall are a reminder of how badly South Africa has been hit by its third and most debilitating COVID-19 wave yet, as the infectious Delta variant surges through a mostly unvaccinated population.
"The Delta variant has caused enormous strain on the resources ... Every hospital is getting strained, every healthcare worker is getting strained," said Fatimah Lambat, the doctor in charge of the ward set up by Gift of the Givers, a Muslim charity, to ease overloaded public hospitals.
India's first COVID-19 patient tests positive again for coronavirus
A woman medico, who was India's first COVID-19 case, has tested positive again for the virus, health authorities said here on Tuesday. "She is reinfected with COVID-19. Her RT-PCR is positive, antigen is negative. She is asymptomatic," Thrissur DMO Dr K J Reena told PTI.
Her samples were tested as she was prepared to go to New Delhi for study purposes. Then the RT-PCRresult turned out to be positive, she said.
The woman is presently at home and "she is OK," the doctor said. It was on January 30, 2020 that the third year medical student from Wuhan university tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the country's first COVID-19 patient, days after she had returned home following semester holidays.
After nearly three weeks of treatment at the Thrissur Medical College Hospital, she had tested negative twice for the virus, confirming her recovery, and was discharged on February 20, 2020.
Prime Minister holds a meeting with chief ministers of northeast states amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. He says:
- In hill stations, people are not following protocols. I am worried to see the rush and people without masks. Third-wave will come when we invite it. This time is not the time to enjoy.
- Northeast states are working hard to fight the pandemic. The positivity rate is rising in some districts. Innovative ideas will help in the fight against COVID. Need micro containment zones to curb COVID.
- Prevention, treatment must be in focus. Test, Trace, Track is the successful formula.
- PM warns “follow covid norms at tourist places”. There should no compromise on COVID protocols.
Arunachal reports its highest single-day COVID cases at 566, positivity rate at 9.21%
Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday reported its highest single-day spike of 566 new COVID-19 cases, a senior health official said. The earlier single-day record was 497 cases, registered on May 29, he said. The new cases were detected after testing 6,140 samples. The positivity rate stood at 9.21 percent. The state has so far recorded 40,383 cases.
The US COVID-19 vaccine donations to India are being held up as the officials are still discussing terms of indemnity for foreign vaccine makers, sources told CNBC-TV18 on Tuesday. COVAX is the global alliance for equitable vaccine distribution. The decision on indemnity is pending as Indian vaccine makers will demand similar relief. Earlier, the Serum Institute of India (SII) which manufactures Covishield had sought indemnity protection against liabilities.
Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal
After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a UN-backed effort could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don't recognize the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel. Although AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continents drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India hasn't been given the green light. EU regulators said AstraZeneca hasn't completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian factory, including details on its production practices and quality control standards.