Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India logged 43,654 fresh COVID-19 cases taking its tally to 3,14,84,605, while 640 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,22,022, according to Union Health Ministry data on Wednesday. The number of active cases stood at 3,99,436, an increase of 1,336 in a span of 24 hours, and comprises 1.27 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.39 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity rate increased to 2.51 percent from 1.73 percent on Tuesday. The weekly positivity rate stood at 2.36 percent, the data showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,63,147, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, it stated.
2021 outlook grows murky for insurers as COVID surges
Surging COVID cases are blurring the view for health insurers of how 2021 will play out. Medicare Advantage coverage specialist Humana said Wednesday that it was maintaining its 2021 earnings forecast, citing heightened uncertainty about the ongoing pandemic. That came a day after another insurer, Centene, also maintained its forecast for the year instead of raising it like rivals UnitedHealth Group and Anthem Inc. when they reported second-quarter results earlier this month.
Assam reports 1,276 new cases, 21 deaths
COVID-19 | Assam reports 1,276 new cases, 1,791 recoveries, and 21 deaths. Active cases at 13,152 and total positive cases at 5,62,731
COVID: Odisha govt to allow re-opening of medical colleges, allied medical science courses
Odisha Govt to allow re-opening of Medical Colleges & other Institution of teaching like Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy & Occupational therapy, Public Health and other Paramedical/AIIied medical science courses in the State while following COVID guidelines.
Blinken announces $25 million for India's Covid vaccination programme
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday announced that his country will provide $25 million to support India's vaccination programme as the two sides held wide-ranging talks on further boosting cooperation in dealing with the pandemic and its adverse impacts. At a media briefing after talks with Blinken, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar thanked the US for its "truly exceptional" support to India during the second wave of the pandemic and for keeping the supply chain for raw material open for vaccine production in India. Jaishankar also said that the travel challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic were also discussed.
Doctors observe rise in tuberculosis cases among post-Covid patients
Doctors at two private facilities have seen a rise in cases of tuberculosis (TB) among people who have recently recovered from COVID19, and have attributed the rise in such instances to diabetes, altered immunity and use of steroids. Moolchand hospital has had a turnout of around 10 cases of active TB patients in the OPD in the last four to six weeks, according to a statement from the hospital.
Isolated Myanmar calls for international help as COVID cases surge
Myanmar's military ruler is looking for greater cooperation with the international community to contain the coronavirus, state media reported on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with a surging wave of infections. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called in a speech for more cooperation on prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19, including with fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and "friendly countries", the Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
Mumbai reports 404 new COVID cases, 6 deaths
Mumbai reported 404 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, up 61 from a day ago, and six fresh fatalities, while 382 patients recovered from the infection, a civic official said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official, with this, the tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 7,35,165, while the death toll increased to 15,795. Mumbai has reported a spike in daily COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row. On Monday, the financial capital had registered 299 coronavirus infections, the lowest since April 2020.The city has reported a marginal rise in the daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities as compared to Tuesday, when it had witnessed 343 infections and five deaths.
Maharashtra reports 6,857 new COVID cases, 286 deaths
COVID19 | Maharashtra reports 6,857 new cases, 286 deaths, and 6,105 recoveries today
Collaborative efforts of BRICS nations can lead world to fight COVID: Mansukh Mandaviya
Collaborative efforts of BRICS nations can definitely lead the world to fight the #COVID19 pandemic with 'One World, One Health' approach: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
Gujarat govt relaxes night curfew in 8 cities by one hour, as COVID cases drop
In light of the significant drop in fresh cases of coronavirus, the Gujarat government on Wednesday decided to relax the night curfew timings by an hour in eight major cities from July 31. As per an official release, the state government has also decided to permit celebrations for the upcoming Ganesh Utsav in public places, with a condition that the idol will have to be less than four feet in height. The decisions were taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a core committee meeting held in Gandhinagar, it was stated.
Maha to provide Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to employees of civic bodies who died doing COVID duties
Maharashtra Cabinet also decides to provide insurance cover of Rs 50 lakhs to the officers and employees of Municipal Corporations, Nagar Panchayats and Nagar Parishads in the state who died while performing #COVID19 duties.
UP reports just one new COVID death as 89 more test positive
Uttar Pradesh Wednesday reported just one COVID-19 death and 89 fresh cases, pushing the overall figures to 22,755 fatalities and 17,08,313 infections, officials said. The lone death was reported from Kushinagar, the state government said in a statement Lucknow. Of the 89 fresh cases, maximum 22 were reported from Kanpur, it said. As many as 116 COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease since Tuesday, taking the number of patients discharged from hospitals so far in the state to 16,84,790, the statement said.
Devdutt, Ruturaj among four debutants as Covid-hit India bat first against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bowl against a Covid19 hit India, who have been forced to field four debutants in the second T20 International, here on Wednesday. The match, which was postponed after India allrounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID19, also led to isolation of eight visiting team players who however were found negative after RTPCR tests.
GSK more upbeat on profits and COVID, investors not sure
GSK forecast 2021 earnings at the better end of its guidance range on Wednesday, buoyed by a recovery in routine visits to doctors and sales of its COVID19 vaccine booster that helped the drugmaker beat second quarter profit expectations.
Karnataka reports 1,531 new COVID cases, 19 deaths
Karnataka reports 1,531 new #COVID19 cases, 1,430 recoveries and 19 deaths today. Active cases are 22,569.
Total cases: 28,99,195
Total recoveries: 28,40,147
Death toll: 36,456
Youth focus of COVID infections in Mexico's 3rd wave
Hours after Mexico City authorities raised the capitals COVID-19 alert level in the face of surging infections, especially among young people, residents packed a plaza on a pleasant evening in the charming Coyoacan borough. Among them was Mario Estrada Flores, a lanky 21-year-old college student, who along with nine friends all without masks started up an impromptu rap performance that drew dozens of applauding onlookers. I am not worried about getting infected because Im young, Estrada Flores said. I have more defenses than an older person ... we have the idea that since were young nothing bad is going to happen to us or if we do get it its not going to be so strong.
25 sanitation workers died in harness during COVID lockdown: HC told
The Delhi Commission for Safai Karamchari (DCSK) Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has taken cognisance of the death of 25 sanitation workers who died in harness during the COVID19 lockdown period and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced suitable compensation for their dependents. The commission said it has recommended compensation and compassionate appointment in the case of death of these persons and in some cases compensation of Rs one crore to Rs 10 lakh has been paid.
Goa records 81 new COVID cases, 2 deaths
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 81 and reached 1,70,810 on Wednesday, while 127 patients recovered from the infection, a health department official said. The death toll increased to 3,142 after two patients succumbed to the disease during the day, he said.
Kerala reports 22,056 new cases, 131 deaths
COVID19 | Kerala reports 22,056 new cases, 131 deaths and 17,761 recoveries; active caseload rises to 1,49,534
DRDO to get 2% royalty from Dr Reddy's on sale of anti-COVID drug 2-DG in India, says govt
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will get two per cent royalty from Dr Reddy's Laboratory (DRL) on the sale of antiCOVID drug 2DG, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said on Wednesday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Bhatt said the DRDO developed the technology (for 2DG) along with DRL, Hyderabad. The pricing is solely decided by DRL. The actual price fixed by Dr Reddy lab is Rs 990 per sachet, he said.
UK begins donating COVID vaccines for lower-income countries
The UK will this week begin delivering 9 million COVID19 vaccines around the world for lowerincome countries to help tackle the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced on Wednesday. Five million doses are being offered to COVAX, the worldwide scheme to ensure equitable access to COVID19 vaccines, which will be urgently distributed through an allocation system which prioritises delivering vaccines to countries who most need them. Another 4 million doses will be shared directly, with Indonesia to receive 600,000 doses, Jamaica 300,000 and 817,000 for Kenya among the list of countries. The doses being donated are the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca collaboration vaccine, made by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, north Wales.
Delhi records 67 COVID cases, 3 deaths in a day; positivity rate 0.09%
The national capital recorded 67 cases of COVID-19 and three fatalities in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.09 per cent, according to a health bulletin issued by the Delhi government on Wednesday. During the same period, 61 patients recovered from the disease. With the fresh cases, the tally of COVID-19 infections reported in the city so far has reached 14,36,093 while the total number of fatalities stands at 25,049. The case fatality rate is 1.74 per cent.
WHO says coronavirus deaths up 21% in last week
The World Health Organisation says the number of coronavirus deaths globally jumped by 21% in the last week. Most of the 69,000 deaths were reported in the Americas and Southeast Asia. The U.N. health agency also noted that COVID-19 cases rose by 8% worldwide and that there are now nearly 194 million infections. WHO said that if these trends continue, the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks. It added that the number of COVID-19 deaths increased in all regions except for Europe. The biggest numbers of cases were reported in the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, the U.K. and India.
Pfizer raises 2021 COVID vaccine sales forecast to $33.5 billion
Pfizer Inc on Wednesday raised its forecast for sales of the COVID-19 vaccine that it developed with Germany's BioNTech by 28.8% to $33.5 billion, as countries scramble to secure supply of the shots. The company said the raised sales forecast of the vaccine is based on signed deals for 2.1 billion doses this year, and that it could increase if it signs additional contracts. Pfizer and BioNTech expect to produce 3 billion doses of the vaccine this year. Pfizer gained a head start in December with the first U.S. emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, and has since jumped ahead of rivals that have faced manufacturing hurdles. Johnson & Johnson's vaccine has also been under scrutiny over safety concerns.
Real Madrid defender Alaba tests positive for COVID
Real Madrid defender David Alaba has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said Wednesday. Madrid did not immediately release details about the player's condition. The announcement came a week after Alaba was officially introduced by the Spanish club after joining from Bayern Munich. The addition of Alaba will help make up for the departures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. Varane is joining Manchester United and Ramos signed with Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid striker Karim Benzema tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
4,182 people violated Covid protocols at Delhi airport between March and July: Govt
A total of 4,182 people violated Covid protocols at the Delhi airport between March and July this year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Wednesday. Singh said 529 such complaints were received from the Hyderabad airport, 301 from the Mumbai airport and 150 from the Bengaluru airport, he said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. "There have been cases of violation mainly related to non-wearing of masks by the persons at various airports for which appropriate actions have been taken by the airport operator in collaboration with local authorities/law enforcing agencies," he added. The Civil Aviation Ministry had issued specific guidelines for airlines, airports and passengers in May 2020 to ensure safe travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID cancels the Olympic surfing beach party that never was
The Olympic beach party that never was maybe the only sore spot for surfings long-awaited debut that finished triumphantly this week. An eight-day Olympic Surfing Festival was supposed to revolutionize the Olympic experience, organizers said because it was designed to be an initiation to both the beloved niche sport and its famous laid-back lifestyle. It was a view of the lifestyle and the culture of surfing, said Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association, the sports Olympic governing body. So there was yoga, there was environmentalism, classes on how to be environmentally sound like a person. It was a surf initiation.