With 37,154 new coronavirus infections, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,08,74,376, while the total recoveries crossed three crores, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 4,08,764 with 724 fresh fatalities. The active cases have declined to 4,50,899 and comprise 1.46 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 97.22 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A decrease of 3,219 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 3,00,14,713 and the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 per cent, the data stated.
COVID-19: Mumbai civic body seals a wing of actor Suniel Shetty's building
The Mumbai civic body has sealed a wing of a building in south Mumbai in which Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty resides after a fifth person from that wing tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday. He said the 'A' wing of the 'Prithvi Apartments' located on Altamount Road was sealed on Saturday after a fifth person from that wing tested positive for coronavirus last week. "But no one from the Shetty's family tested positive," he added. "The entire building hasn't been sealed. Only one wing is sealed. Another wing has no cases," said Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner, D ward, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). He
Uttarakhand govt extends COVID curfew till July 20
Uttarakhand govt extends COVID19 curfew till July 20; 50 people allowed in weddings as well as funerals.
COVID-19: TN reports 2,652 new infections, 36 fatalities
Tamil Nadu has reported 36 deaths due to COVID19 and 2,652 new cases, which include that of a returnee from Andhra Pradesh, the Health Department said on Monday. The deaths during the day pushed the toll to 33,454 and the overall caseload to 25,21,438 so far.
All COVID protocols will be followed during monsoon session of Parliament: LS speaker
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said all Covidrelated protocols will be followed during the monsoon session of Parliament, which is scheduled to begin from July 19. He said those who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be requested to undergo an RTPCR test before entering the Parliament premises during the session.
Cumulative COVID vaccine doses administered crosses 38 crore in India
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 38 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. More than 37.03 lakh doses were administered on Monday, as per a provisional report till 7 pm. The ministry said 16,61,804 first doses and 1,40,806 second doses were given to beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 on Monday. Cumulatively, 11,41,34,915 people in the age group of 18-44 have received their first dose and 38,88,828 have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive in the country.
WHO says countries should not order COVID boosters while others still need vaccines
Countries should not be ordering booster shots for their vaccinated populations while other countries have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said deaths were again rising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the infectious Delta variant was becoming dominant, and many countries had yet to receive enough vaccine doses to protect their health workers.
England to lift COVID curbs next week but urges caution as cases surge
British health minister Sajid Javid urged people on Monday to show caution when nearly all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in England next week, saying an increase in cases underlined that the pandemic was by no means over. England will be the first nation in Britain to lift the legal requirement to wear masks and for people to socially distance from July 19, Javid announced. But what was once billed as "freedom day" is now being treated with greater wariness by the government after a surge in cases and fears that there could be as many as 100,000 new infections a day over the summer.
COVID 3rd wave might have set in on July 4, says Hyderabad scientist
A senior physicist, who was pro-vice chancellor of University of Hyderabad and has thoroughly analysed the COVID-19 pattern in India, said on Monday that the third wave appeared to have set in on July 4. Dr VipinSrivastava, who has developed a method to observe the pattern of the number of cases and deaths for the past 463 days, said July 4 appears to be similarto what it was during the first week of February this year when the second wave was said to have set in. According to his analysis, whenever there is a crossover from an increasing trend to a decreasing trend in daily deaths or vice versa, the Daily Death Load (DDL) fluctuates 'wildly'. "We had such wild fluctuations in DDL,starting at the end of the first week of February though the daily deaths were on the order of 100 or even less and we were rejoicing that the pandemic was over! But what was in store was so devastating.
No new COVID death reported in Goa; 108 test positive
No new death due to COVID19 was reported on Monday in Goa, where 108 more persons tested positive for the infection, a health department official said. With the addition of 108 new cases, Goa's infection tally rose to 1,68,824, while the death toll remained unchanged at 3,097, he said.
Special camp for construction workers who didn't get COVID relief due to incorrect bank details
The Delhi Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board on Monday started a special camp where workers who did not receive Rs 5,000 as Covid relief due to incorrect or insufficient bank details can update the data, officials said. The Delhi government has been providing financial assistance to the registered workers who faced livelihood crisis during the coronavirusinduced lockdown.
COVID: BMC says preliminary experiment of cocktail of two antibody drugs is successful
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today said preliminary experiment of a cocktail of two antibody drugs -- Casirvimab and Imdevimab -- was successful. BMC said treatment of more than 200 patients has been done at Seven Hills Hospital. The number of patients in need of oxygen after this cocktail medication is only 0.5% and the mortality rate is reduced by a staggering 70%. Earlier, requirement of 13 to 14 days of hospitalisation reduced to 5 to 6 days. Side effects reduced by avoiding the use of other drugs like remedisvir, steroids, etc. Successful experimentation with this drug combination against the backdrop of a possible third wave is a respite, BMC said in a statement.
Germany seeks to know more than just COVID case numbers
With coronavirus cases edging up again, German officials said Monday that a broader focus is needed to fully understand the impact the pandemic is having on the country's health care system. For much of the past year the incidence rate how many COVID-19 cases are confirmed per 100,000 people each week has been key to the government's decisions over what restrictive measures to impose. The relevance of that figure is increasingly being called into question by those who argue that a sharp rise in new cases already seen in other European countries such as Britain and the Netherlands doesn't necessarily mean many more seriously ill patients.
Delhi reports 45 new COVID cases, 3 deaths; positivity rate at 0.08%
Delhi reports 45 new COVID cases (positivity rate - 0.08%), 92 recoveries, and 03 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases: 693
Total recoveries: 14,09,417
Death toll: 25,018
Maharashtra reports 7,603 new COVID cases, 53 deaths
Maharashtra reports 7,603 new COVID19 cases, 15,277 recoveries and 53 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 61,65,402
Total recoveries 59,27,756
Death toll 1,26,024
Active cases 1,08,343
UP adds 96 COVID cases, 2 deaths
The total number of COVID19 cases in Uttar Pradesh increased to 17,07,446 on Monday as 96 more people tested positive for the contagious disease while the death toll climbed to 22,700 with two fresh fatalities. Twentyeight fresh cases were reported from Sitapur and 14 from Lucknow, the state government said in a statement issued here.
S Korea suspends baseball season as toughest COVID curbs take force
South Korea's pro baseball league suspended its season on Monday after five players tested positive for COVID19, and the country's toughest anticoronavirus curbs yet took effect in Seoul to fight a recordsetting outbreak.
Karnataka reports 1386 new COVID cases, 61 deaths
Karnataka reports 1386 new #COVID19 cases, 3204 discharges and 61 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 28,72,684
Total recoveries 28,01,907
Death toll 35,896
Active cases 34,858
World hunger, malnutrition soared last year mostly due to COVID: UN agencies
World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-agency United Nations (U.N.) report published on Monday. After remaining virtually unchanged for five years, the number of undernourished people rose to around 768 million last year - equivalent to 10% of the world's population and an increase of around 118 million versus 2019, the report said.
COVID-19| Parents of students flock to govt schools for admission in Puducherry
Puducherry | Parents of students flock to govt schools for admission, claiming inability to pay high fees of private schools amid COVID-19.
"Most private school students are applying for govt schools due to COVID-19," says Kalawathi, VP, Thiruvalluvar High School.
Dutch PM apologises for easing of COVID-19 curbs as cases soar
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte conceded on Monday that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands and he apologised as infections surged to their highest levels of the year.
India medical body says no to reopening tourism due to COVID threat
Opening India's tourist destinations and allowing pilgrimage travel could act as COVID-19 "super spreaders" of a third wave of infections, the country's top doctor's body warned on Monday. After a catastrophic second wave, driven largely by the more infectious and dangerous Delta variant, ravaged the country's health system, India is now reporting roughly a tenth of its peak daily numbers in May. But experts worry that a third wave of infections is not far off as travel restrictions are eased in various parts of the country. On Monday, the Indian Medical Association, India's top doctor's body, appealed to state governments and citizens to not lower their guard against COVID-19, saying a third wave was inevitable.
Kerala reports 7798 new COVID cases,100 deaths
Kerala reports 7798 new #COVID19 cases, 11,447 recoveries and 100 deaths today.
Active cases: 1,11,093
Death toll: 14,686
Desperate Myanmar residents queue for oxygen as COVID-19 cases surge
Myanmar's military authorities pledged on Monday to ramp up oxygen supplies to help treat COVID-19 patients, as residents described their struggle to secure supplies to save loved-ones from a record-setting wave of infections, according to a Reuters report. Photographs on social media showed long queues of residents in Myanmar's biggest city Yangon trying to refill oxygen cylinders. In the city's Insein district, one resident reached by telephone said she had rented a cylinder and refilled it at the weekend after her father's oxygen level dropped. She was now desperate to get more.
Maha: FIR against resort owner, manager for hosting revellers in violation of COVID-19 rules
An FIR was registered against the owner and manager of a holiday resort at Wada in Palghar district of Maharashtra for alleged violation of COVID19 norms by allowing a group of people to use the facility, police said on Monday. The accused duo on Saturday hosted a large group of revellers, comprising at least 100 people, who didn't adhere to the guidelines, Palghar Police PRO Sachin Navadkar said. He said a case was registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Diseases Act. Nobody arrested so far. The officer said a police team spotted revellers crowding the swimming pool at the resort when it reached the spot on a tipoff. .