Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID third wave might have set in on July 4, says Hyderabad scientist

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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.

Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID third wave might have set in on July 4, says Hyderabad scientist
  • 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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  • 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 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • COVID-19: CP traders write to LG demanding removal of illegal hawkers
     
    Traders in Connaught Place have written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal demanding removal of illegal hawkers from the market and shifting them to another place, and alleged that they do not follow the COVID19 protocols and might act as superspreaders of the virus.  The New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA) has also raised the issue with chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) claiming that hawkers are disturbing COVID19 discipline of the market.
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  • 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.

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  • Overcrowding in hill stations: Any kind of superspreader event must be avoided, says ICMR Advisor Dr Suneela Garg
    Tourists’ now entering Mussoorie and Nainital have to carry a negative COVID test report not older than 72 hours. In fact, several thousand vehicles, on their way to Mussoorie, were sent back by the…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID third wave might have set in on July 4, says Hyderabad scientist
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Stricter containment rules in two Assam districts with highest new COVID-19 cases
    Containment measures in   Assams Jorhat and Golaghat districts, which reported the highest number of new COVID19 cases on Sunday in the state, have been further tightened as the daily count continued to be on the rise in these two neighbouring districts, despite being declared as containment zones on July 7. Barring pharmacies, veterinary clinics, milk vending and paper delivery services, all other activities in Jorhat district have been banned for the next two days, beginning Monday, Jorhat deputy commissioner (DC) Ashok Kumar Barman said.
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  • Pakistan may call in Army to implement SOPs as COVID cases rise
    Pakistan on Monday said that Army may be called in to implement coronavirus standard operating procedures to deal with the latest spike in COVID19 cases. All efforts were being made to control the spread of the contagion by ensuring compliance with nonpharmaceutical interventions, Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan told reporters.
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  • 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.

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  • Severity of COVID-19 virus very less among vaccinated lot, says Dr Shashank Joshi
    India's daily COVID case count has dropped below 40,000 for the first time in 5 days. However test positivity rate inched marginally higher. Kerala reported the most infections with over 12,200 cases…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: COVID third wave might have set in on July 4, says Hyderabad scientist
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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.  .

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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.

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