Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 41,383 coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,12,57,720, while the active cases registered an increase for the second consecutive day and were recorded at 4,09,394, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The country's COVID-19 death toll rose to 4,18,987 with 507 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 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 2,224 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Bengal reports 793 new COVID cases, 13 deaths
West Bengal on Thursday reported 793 new COVID19 cases and 13 deaths, the Health Department said in a bulletin. The state recorded a positivity rate of 1.81 per cent as the new cases were detected after testing 43,809 samples, it said.
Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India cross 42 crore: Health ministry
The cumulative COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 42 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. More than 48.86 lakh (48,86,103) vaccine doses have been administered on Thursday, according to the 7 pm provisional report.
Rajasthan to reopen all schools from August 2
Rajasthan Cabinet has decided to reopen all schools in the state from August 2: State School Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra
AIIMS-Delhi to start second dose trial of COVAXIN on 2-6 years old children by next week: Sources
Mumbai reports 392 COVID cases, 10 deaths
Mumbai on Thursday reported 392 new coronavirus positive cases and 10 fatalities, taking its overall infection tally to 7,32,741 and death toll to 15,749, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. This is for the seventh day in a row that the country's financial capital has recorded less than 500 cases and it is for the second time in a week it has logged less than 400 cases. On Tuesday, the city had reported 352 new COVID19 cases, the lowest since February this year, and 10 fatalities, while it has added 435 cases and 13 deaths on Wednesday. The civic body said that in the last 24 hours, a total of 30,509 COVID19 tests were conducted, which took the city's cumulative test count to 78,71,577.
Gujarat allows school reopening for students of Classes 9 to 11 from July 26 with 50% capacity
Gujarat Govt allows reopening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 11 from July 26, with 50% capacity; students willing to attend the physical classes need to submit consent form of their parents
UK battles with pingdemic' as COVID alert app forces mass self-isolations
The UK government is on Thursday battling to get a grip over the country's socalled "pingdemic" after the official COVID19 smartphone app pinged, or alerted, over 600,000 people to selfisolate in just one week earlier this month. The National Health Service (NHS) app alert is advisory and not enforceable by law, unlike a phone call from the NHS Test and Trace team.
Maharashtra reports 7,302 new COVID cases, 120 deaths
Maharashtra reports 7,302 new #COVID cases, 7,756 patient discharges, and 120 deaths in the past 24 hours
Active cases: 94,168
Total discharges: 60,16,506
Death toll: 1,31,038
1,163 India Posts personnel died due to Covid-19: MoS telecom
The Department of Posts lost 1,163 personnel due to Covid19 and family members of 97 deceased have been given government job or engagement, Parliament was informed on Thursday. According to the data shared by Minister of State For Communications Devusinh Chauhan, the Department of Posts (DoP) lost 508 departmental employees and 655 gramin dak sevaks (GDS) due to the Covid19.
Africa demands local production of COVID vaccines
Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa was speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a "fill and finish" deal with South Africa's Biovac Institute under which it will carry out the final stages of vaccine manufacturing where the product is processed and put into vials.Pfizer and BioNTech will handle drug substance production at their facilities in Europe. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has called the arrangement "restrictive" and said much more is needed to support vaccine independence in Africa.
Himachal Pradesh to reopen schools for classes 10th, 11th & 12th from August 2
Himachal Pradesh | In Cabinet meeting under CM Jairam Thakur, it was decided that schools will reopen for classes 10th, 11th & 12th from Aug 2 in strict adherence with COVID-19 norms. Students of classes 5th & 8th would be allowed to visit schools for doubt clearances from Aug 2
Gujarat govt to hold special COVID vaccination drive for shopkeepers on July 25
As more than 15 lakh doses of COVID19 vaccine are still available with the Gujarat government, a special vaccination drive will be conducted on July 25 for shopkeepers and those associated with other commercial activities, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Thursday. Earlier this month, the state government had announced that people associated with the business of hotels, malls, shops, salons and restaurants are required to get their first dose of vaccine by July 31.
Kerala reports 12,818 COVID-19 cases, 122 deaths; TPR crosses 12%
Kerala on Thursday recorded 12,818 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 32,18,015, with the Test Positivity Rate continuingto rise and crossing the 12 per cent mark. The TPR had crossed 11 per cent on July 19 after remaining below it for several weeks.Thereafter, it has continued to rise each day and has now reached 12.38 per cent. The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 15,739 with 122 more deaths.
OYO launches initiative to support families of hotel partners who fell victim to COVID
Hospitality firm OYO on Thursday said it has launched an initiative 'Samarthan by OYO' to provide several welfare benefits to the families of its hotel partners and homeowners who fell victim to the COVID19 pandemic. The bereavement support to the families of the partners includes measures such as funding the education of up to two children for five years, and extending medical coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh for the spouse and one child for a period of three years, OYO said in a statement.
645 children lost their parents to Covid from Apr-May 28 during second wave: WCD
A total of 645 children lost their parents to COVID19 from April to May 28 this year during the second wave, the Women and Child Development Ministry said on Thursday. In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani gave data on the children orphaned during the second wave of COVID19.
Joe Biden says getting COVID-19 vaccine 'gigantically important'
President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it's "gigantically important" for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again. Biden, speaking at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, said the public health crisis has turned largely into a plight of the unvaccinated as the spread of the delta variant has led to a surge in infections around the country. "We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten the vaccination it's that basic, that simple," he said on the CNN town hall.
Delhi HC to resume physical functioning from Aug 16 on experimental basis
The Delhi High Court said it may on experimental basis resume from August 16 its physical functioning which was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An administrative order of the high court said this will be done in a restricted manner subject to further orders based on evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in Delhi. The Full Court has further been pleased to observe that physical hearings in this court may be resumed in a restricted manner with effect from August 16, 2021 on an experimental basis, subject to further orders based on evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in the NCT of Delhi, the order issued by high court Registrar General Manoj Jain said.
Delhi reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, 29 recoveries, and 1 death in the last 24 hours.
Total cases: 14,35,720
Total recoveries: 14,10,095
Death toll: 25,040
Active cases: 585
Delta variant continues to be dominant lineage in new COVID cases across India: INSACOG
The Delta variant of SARS-CoV2 continues to be the dominant lineage for new cases across the country, while the other Variants of Concern (VoC) are at a lower rate and declining, INSACOG, a consortium of government panels involved in the genome-sequencing of the coronavirus, has said. There is currently no evidence of any new Delta sub-lineage that is of greater concern than Delta, it has said. "Delta continues to be the dominant lineage for new cases across all parts of India in recent samples and remains the most rapidly rising lineage globally that is responsible for multiple outbreaks, including across Southeast Asia, which shows the fastest growth in new cases globally," the INSACOG said. Regions with high vaccination and strong public health measures, such as Singapore, continue to do well, it noted.
Odisha | People were seen using stones to reserve their spot in a queue at a vaccination center in Sundarpada, Bhubneshwar today.
Australian PM apologises for COVID-19 vaccine delays as cases spike
Australia's prime minister apologised for a sluggish COVID-19 vaccination programme on Thursday, while the country's most populous state reported its biggest one-day spike in infections in 16 months and warned cases would likely rise further. Australia was widely lauded for containing the pandemic in 2020, but it has struggled this year to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant even with more than half its 25 million population under a weeks-long lockdown. The curbs, which Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said was costing the economy about A$300 million ($220 million) daily, and the likelihood that they will stay in place with less than 15% of the adult population fully vaccinated have stoked public anger.
Given robust system of reporting, missing out on COVID deaths unlikely: Govt
Refuting media reports that alleged India's COVID-19 death toll was "vastly undercounted", the government on Thursday said the reports assume that all excess mortality figures are Covid deaths, which is not based on facts and totally fallacious. Given the robust and statute-based death registration system in India, while some cases could go undetected as per the principles of infectious disease and its management, missing out on the deaths is unlikely, the Union Health Ministry said. There have been some recent media reports alleging that India's toll of excess deaths during the pandemic could be in millions, terming the official COVID-19 death toll "vastly undercounted", the ministry said in a statement. In these news reports, quoting findings from some recent studies, the US and European countries' age-specific infection fatality rates have been used to calculate excess deaths in India based on the sero-positivity.
Dutch taekwondo competitor tests positive for COVID-19, broadcaster says
Dutch taekwondo competitor Reshmie Oogink has tested positive for COVID19 in Japan, public broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday.