Coronavirus India News Live Updates: A single day rise of 67,208 new coronavirus infections was recorded taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,97,00,313, while the active cases declined to 8,26,740, the lowest after 71 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,81,903 with 2,330 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed The active cases declined to 8,26,740 comprising 2.78 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.93 percent. A net decline of 38,692 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.48 percent. It has been less than 5 percent for 10 consecutive days, the ministry said.
Bengal reports 3,018 new COVID-19 cases, 64 deaths
West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 14,74,249 on Thursday as 3,018 more people tested positive for the infection, while 64 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 17,182, a health bulletin said. As many as 2,033 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 97.34 per cent. North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 431, followed by Purba Medinipur (426) and Kolkata (366), it said. North 24 Parganas also recorded the highest number of fresh fatalities at 17, followed by Kolkata (11) and South 24 Parganas (eight).
Maharashtra reports 9,830 COVID cases, 236 deaths
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 9,830 fresh COVID-19 cases and 236 fatalities and also added 400 old deaths, taking its infection tally to 59,44,710 and the toll to 1,16,026, said the state health department. Apart from the 236 new deaths, the state added 400 previously unreported fatalities to the toll as part of an ongoing reconciliation exercise, the department said. Out of the 236 deaths, 167 occurred in the last 48 hours and 69 during the last week, it said.With 5,890 people getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the count of recovered patients rose to 56,85,636, leaving the state with 1,39,960 active cases, the department said.
India is devastated by COVID, China should pay $10 trillion to US, says Trump
Former president Donald Trump on Thursday said that India has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, insisting that China should pay USD 10 trillion to the US for allegedly being responsible for the spread of COVID19 globally.In an interview with Fox News, Trump said that in fact, China should pay more as compensation to the world, but this is what they have the capacity to pay.
Mumbai reports 666 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths
Mumbai reports 666 new #COVID19 cases, 741 recoveries & 20 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 14,807.
Maha to HC: Will publish weekly COVID vaccination plan after getting adequate stock
The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that it will start publishing and notifying people about weekly vaccination schedules in Mumbai and some other districts in the state whenever it has adequate stock of anti-COVID-19 vaccines. In an affidavit filed in the HC earlier this week, the state government said it was also working on a system of allotting citizens predetermined time slots for vaccination to avoid unnecessary rush at inoculation centres. The affidavit was taken on record on Thursday by a bench of Justices SP Deshmukh and GS Kulkarni that was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations on issues faced by citizens in obtaining COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the CoWin portal. The pleas also sought the court's intervention to help address issues faced by the public at the state and BMC's vaccination centres.
Fauci: US to spend $3.2 bn for antiviral pills for COVID-19
The United States is devoting $3.2 billion to advance development of antiviral pills for COVID-19, officials said Thursday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top infectious disease expert, announced the investment during a White House briefing as part of a new antiviral program for pandemics to develop drugs to address symptoms caused by potentially dangerous viruses like the coronavirus. The pills, which would be used to minimize symptoms after infection, are in development and could begin arriving by years end, pending the completion of clinical trials.
US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge
Embassy in Afghanistan ordered a near-complete lockdown Thursday because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees.Already on uncertain footing due to the imminent withdrawal of American forces from the country, the embassy in Kabul ordered remaining staffers into virtual isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed at least one person, sent 114 into quarantine and forced several people to be medically evacuated.
Punjab reports 726 new cases, 32 deaths
COVID19 | Punjab reports 726 new cases, 32 deaths and 1,255 discharges today; case tally at 5,90,556
Second COVID wave shaved off Rs 2 lakh cr output: RBI assessment
The devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in AprilMay is estimated to have cost the nation Rs 2 lakh crore in terms of output, revealed an assessment made by the Reserve Bank. The second wave's toll is mainly in terms of the hit to domestic demand on account of regional and specific containment rather than a nationwide lockdown, it said. "The impact of the second wave is hence estimated at about Rs 2 lakh crore of lost 202122 output," said a recent article on the 'State of Economy', written by functionaries of the central bank. Moreover, this wave has fanned into smaller cities and villages, sapping rural demand. The support from government spending may also moderate from the extraordinary expansion undertaken last year, it said. "On the brighter side, several aspects of aggregate supply conditions such as agriculture and contactless services are holding up amidst pandemic protocols. Industrial production and exports have surged on strong base effects, but there is also evidence of positive momentum," the authors said.
MP: 20,000 security guards to be inoculated in special COVID-19 vaccination drive in Indore
A special vaccination drive will be launched to inoculate 20,000 private security guards against COVID19 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh minister Tulsiram Silawat said on Thursday. Along with policemen, private security guards have also played an important role during the COVID19 pandemic. We will also vaccinate them against the infection on priority, said Silawat, who is the minister incharge of Indore district. Special camps will be organised at different places in the city to vaccinate 20,000 private security guards, additional superintendent of police (ASP) Manisha Pathak Soni said.
Stalin meets PM Modi, seeks more COVID-19 vaccine doses for TN
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the state. On his first visit to the national capital after assuming office as Chief Minister last month, Stalin, who called on Modi here, said he has urged operationalising the union government's vaccine manufacturing facilities in Tamil Nadu. While one facility is at Chengelpet near Chennai another is in the Nilgiris district. "I have given a memorandum to the Prime Minister," he told reporters here after his 30-minute meeting with Modi which he described as satisfactory.
Karnataka reports 5,983 new cases, 138 deaths
COVID19 | Karnataka reports 5,983 new cases, 138 deaths and 10,685 recoveries today; active case tally at 1,46,726
Delhi reports 158 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths; positivity rate slips to 0.20%
The national capital recorded 10 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 158 fresh cases of the disease on Thursday while the positivity rate dipped to 0.20 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here on Thursday. These new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,886. The national capital on April 3 had also recorded 10 deaths due to COVID-19. On Wednesday, Delhi had recorded 212 cases and 25 deaths while the positivity rate stood at 0.27 per cent. The previous day it had registered 228 cases with a 0.32 per cent positivity rate and 12 deaths. On Thursday, 158 cases and 10 deaths were reported, indicating a significant fall in the count of daily fatalities due to coronavirus infection.
Quarantine exemption will be applied for those who are vaccinated with 7 WHO-approved vaccines including Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covishield (AstraZeneca): Embassy of Korea in India
Tamil Nadu reports 9,118 new COVID19 cases, 210 deaths
Tamil Nadu reports 9,118 new COVID19 cases, 22,720 recoveries, and 210 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 1,00,523.
PM Modi to launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for COVID frontline workers’ on June 18
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for COVID19 frontline workers’ on 18th June at 11 am via video conferencing. The launch will commence the programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 states: PMO
Goa sees 254 new COVID cases; 6 deaths
Goa's coronavirus caseload reached 1,63,612, after 254 persons tested positive for the infection on Thursday, an official from the state health department said. At least six patients died of the infection, while 468 were discharged from hospitals during the day, raising the toll to 2,969 and the count of recoveries to 1,56,819, he said. The coastal state is now left with 3,824 active cases, the official said.
Kerala reports 12,469 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate dips to 10.85%
Kerala recorded 12,469 new cases on Thursday, as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) came down to 10.85 per cent,the lowest in recentmonths. The toll climbed to 11,743 with 88 more deaths. While the cumulative cases went up to 27,73,943 with the addition of the fresh cases, 13,614 people were cured of the disease, taking the total recoveries to 26,53,207, the health department said in a press release. As many as 1,08,560 people are undergoing treatment for the infection. In the last 24 hours ending 2 pm, 1,14,894 samples were sent for testing and the TPR was 10.85 per cent. Eighteen areas had TPR above 30 per cent.
The news reports on Bharat Biotech submitting Phase-3 data to WHO is incorrect and lacks any evidence, the company said in a tweet.
Delhi has sufficient stock of Covid vaccines, says Atishi
Delhi currently has sufficient stock of coronavirus vaccines for inoculation of beneficiaries in the 45-plus as well as 18-44 age groups for over a week, AAP MLA Atishi said on Wednesday. Issuing the daily vaccination bulletin, the MLA from Kalkaji said as of Thursday, Delhi has 7,44,000 doses available for people in the 45-plus category, and approximately 2,34,000 for those in the 18-44 category.
Tourism to resume in Goa only after 18-44 group gets first jab of COVID-19 vaccine: Sawant
Tourism activities in Goa will resume only after the population in the age group of 1844 is administered at least the first dose of COVID19 vaccine, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters here, Sawant said the state government has set a deadline of July 31 to cover the entire population in 1844 age category with the first dose of vaccine. We will consider resuming tourism activities only after administering the first dose of COVID19 vaccine to people in 1844 age group, he said. Meanwhile, the tourism industry in the coastal state has also demanded that the activities should not start till the first dose of vaccination is completed.
25% of new black fungus patients have no COVID record, says Indore doctor
As much as 25 to 30 percent of newly admitted mucormycosis or `black fungus' patients have no record of previous coronavirus infection, a senior doctor said here on Thursday. These persons could have been asymptomatic coronavirus patients who did not undergo testing, he added.
IMA to hold nationwide protest tomorrow demanding law to protect doctors against violence, says Dr. Jayalal
IMA is conducting a nationwide protest tomorrow in demand for a central law to protect doctors against violence. 3.5 lakh doctors of IMA will take part in the protest: Dr. J.A. Jayalal, National President, Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Rafael Nadal pulls out of this year's Wimbledon & Tokyo Olympics
"There has only been 2 weeks between French Open and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season," he says