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Coronavirus News Highlights: Delta variant more transmissible and dangerous in terms of severity of illness, says Dr Murthy

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India's total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the three crore mark with one crore infections being added in 50 days. The total tally mounted to 3,00,28,709 with 50,848 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 3,90,660 with 1,358 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The active cases further declined to 6,43,194 comprising 2.14 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.56 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A net decline of 19,327 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.67 percent. It has been less than five percent for 16 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 3.12 percent.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Delta variant more transmissible and dangerous in terms of severity of illness, says Dr Murthy
  • Delta variant more transmissible and dangerous in terms of severity of illness, says Dr Murthy

    The Delta variant of the COVID19, which now makes up 90 per cent of all new cases, is significantly more transmissible and more dangerous in terms of severity of illness that it causes, America's Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy said on Wednesday."We have seen how quickly it has taken over in the United Kingdom, where it's become  getting close to 100 per cent of new COVID cases, Delta. And we have seen a surge here too. So I am worried," Dr Murthy told MSNBC.

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  • Dismal health services in rural India forces citizens to fend for themselves; here's ground report
    One government hospital for 2.5 lakh people, a COVID isolation ward 52 kilometres away - the reality of Manbazar in West Bengal's Purulia district is a grim reminder of the abysmal healthcare system…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Delta variant more transmissible and dangerous in terms of severity of illness, says Dr Murthy
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  • Deba Snana Purnima to take place at Puri's Jagannath Temple tomorrow, without devotees

    The festival will be live-streamed for devotees across the world. Only fully vaccinated people with COVID negative report to be allowed in temple: Chief Administrator, Jagannath Temple

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  • Covid 3rd wave: Delhi govt's priority to ensure safety of every child, says WCD Minister Gautam

    Delhi Women and Child Development minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Wednesday said the city government's priority is to keep every child safe in the wake of a possible third wave of the coronavirus. Gautam was speaking at  a programme organized at Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital in Jahangirpuri.

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  • Nagaland repots no COVID death for first time since outbreak of second  wave

    Nagaland on Wednesday reported zero deaths for the first time since the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic, a health official said. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the state stand at 477, so far. Nagaland also reported more recoveries than fresh cases for the 18th consecutive day with 277 patients recuperating from the infection during the day. The COVID-19 caseload rose to 24,541 as 103 more people tested positive for the infection , the official said. "103 positive cases detected today are Dimapur: 24, Kohima: 20, Tuensang: 16, Mokokchung: 11, Peren: 9, Zunheboto: 8, Phek: 7, Wokha: 6 and Kiphire and Mon: 1 each," said State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project Dr Nyanthung Kikon in the daily COVID-19 bulletin. He also said that 277 positive patients Kohima: 105, Tuensang: 69, Dimapur: 48, Mokokchung: 37, Zunheboto: 8, Kiphire: 5, Longleng: 2 and Mon, Peren and Phek: 1 each recovered during the day taking the number of recovered patients to 21,790.

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  • Kerala HC raps state govt; stays order allowing pvt hospitals to fix room rent for COVID patients

    The Kerala High Court on Wednesday   stayed a state government order permitting private hospitals to fix room rent for COVID19 patients. When counsel for the state government drew the court's attention to the matter, the high court said the new order "takes away much of the laudatory objective of its first order dated May 10, 2021 because, as is clear there from, the rates fixed for the beds includes all corollary charges like nursing, boarding, doctor's fee, etc".

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  • Chandigarh imposes night curfew between 11:00 pm and 5 am 

    Chandigarh administration imposed the night curfew between 11:00 pm and 5 am. Earlier, it used to be from 10:30 pm to 5 am.

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  • Maha daily COVID-19 cases not falling below 8,000 a cause of concern: Rajesh Tope

    Daily COVID19 cases not falling below the 8,000mark in Maharashtra is a matter of concern, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday even as he observed that the study of the Delta Plus variant has indicated that it could be more virulent compared to the previous mutants.          Speaking to reporters, Tope said the cases are plateaued at 7,000 to 8,000 per day in the state now compared to the peak of 65,000 infections reported in a day in the past.          It is a matter of concern for the state as the number of fresh (daily) COVID19 cases is not dropping below 8,000. In the last 7 to 8 days, the state has been adding around 7,000 to 8,000 new COVID19 cases per day but the number is not going down, he said.

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  • Jim Bakker, his church settle lawsuit over COVID-19 claims

    Jim Bakker and his southwestern Missouri church will pay restitution of $156,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the TV pastor of falsely claiming that a health supplement could cure the coronavirus. Missouri court records show that a settlement agreement was filed Tuesday. It calls for refunds to people who paid money or gave contributions to obtain a product known as Silver Solution in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The settlement also prohibits Bakker and Morningside Church Productions Inc. from advertising or selling Silver Solution to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure any disease or illness. Bakker, in the agreement, does not admit wrongdoing

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  • India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 30-cr mark

    On the Third Day of new phase of COVID-19 Vaccination, more than 58.34 lakh Vaccine Doses administered today till 7 pm 

    More than 7 Cr Vaccine doses administered in the age group 18-44, so far

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  • Maharashtra administers record 6,02,163 COVID-19 vaccine doses in a day

    Mumbai: Maharashtra on Wednesday administered more than 6 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines, setting a new single-day record of inoculating people against the infection, a top government official said. With this, the state bettered the record of administrating 5,58,639 vaccine doses on Tuesday. Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary (public health department), said, Today, we have bettered the performance of yesterday (Tuesday) and administered the highest-ever number of COVID-19 vaccination doses in a single day. The state administered 6,02,163 doses till 7 pm on Wednesday.The actual number could be more after the final figure comes," he said. Maharashtra on Tuesday had given 5,58,639 vaccine doses, as per a report released on Wednesday.

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  • Three high-risk Covid patients given monoclonal antibody therapy at private facility in Delhi
    Three highrisk coronavirus patients, including a senior citizen, have received the monoclonal antibody therapy at a leading private facility here, the hospital authorities said on Wednesday. As part of this singledose infusionbased treatment, patients with mild to moderate symptoms are offered a cocktail of Casirivimab and Imdevimab.

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  • TN reports first Delta plus variant of Covid-19, a nurse from Chennai
    Tamil Nadu has reported its   first case of Delta Plus variant of Covid19 from here, with a citybased nurse getting infected with it, a top government official said on Wednesday. The state health department had sent 1,159 samples in May to INSACOG (Indian SARSCoV2 Genomic Consortia), a consortium of 28 labs tasked with genome sequencing of the virus causing Covid and reports of 772 samples were made available on Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said.

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  • AIADMK, DMK govt cross swords over COVID-19, reopening liquor outlets in TN Assembly

    Leader of Opposition K Palaniswami   on Wednesday argued with treasury benches over management of the COVID19 pandemic and matters like reopening of staterun liquor stores and the National EligibilitycumEntrance Test.     Palaniswami, speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his Address,detailed the steps taken by the AIADMK government led by him like carrying out "highest number" of RTPCR tests, creating 265 testing centres, holding over nine lakh fever camps to detect those with symptoms, creating more than one lakh beds, making available drugs, PPE, masks and so on.

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  • Maharashtra reports 10,066 new COVID cases, 163 deaths 

    Maharashtra reports 10,066 new COVID-19 cases, 11,032 recoveries and 163 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 59,97,587
    Total recoveries 57,53,290
    Death toll 1,19,303
    Active cases 1,21,859

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  • Tamil Nadu reports 6,596 new COVID cases, 166 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 6,596 new COVID cases, 10,432 recoveries, and 166 deaths today.

    Active cases: 52,884
    Total recoveries: 23,58,785
    Death toll: 31,746

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  • Delhi now has 9.76 lakh vaccines available: Atishi

    The Central Government has combined the vaccination stock of both the categories to one, Delhi now has 9.76 lakh vaccines available: Atishi

    Delhi has 9.10 lakh Covishield doses and 66,000 Covaxin doses, 2 days of Covaxin and 13 days of Covishield stock available: Atishi

    84,539 people were vaccinated in Delhi on 22 June, out of which about 55,000 doses were administered to youth: Atishi

    66,87,438 people have been vaccinated in Delhi so far, more than 16 lakh people have received both doses: Atishi

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  • One Case of Delta variant has been confirmed in Jammu and the patient has recovered:  Government Medical College and Hospital

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  • Centre says Delhi's ration scheme lacks clarity; suggests implementation on pilot basis
    The Centre has suggested the Delhi government to implement the doorstep ration delivery scheme on a pilot basis as there is no clarity on many fronts, including rates at which wheat flour and packaged foodgrains will be distributed and if beneficiaries' consent was taken or not.    Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), foodgrains are distributed across India at highly subsidised rates of Rs 3/kg (rice), Rs 2/kg (wheat) and Rs 1/kg (coarse grains) via Public Distribution System (PDS), also called ration shops. However, the Delhi government's proposed scheme involves the distribution of packaged commodities like wheat flour instead of wheat and rice. 
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  • Olympic swimming champion Paltrinieri has mononucleosis

    ROME: Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri has contracted mononucleosis, raising questions over whether hell be able to defend his gold medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics due to the energy-sapping virus. Were obviously upset because his Olympic preparations were proceeding perfectly, Italian Swimming Federation president Paolo Barelli said Wednesday, adding that Paltrinieri has minor" symptoms. But Paltrinieri is a phenomenal champion and will battle down to the last meter to win the medals hes dreaming about for Tokyo, Barelli said.

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  • Delta plus a ‘variant of concern’ but not ‘situation of concern’, says Dr Anurag Agrawal
    While many suggest that the delta variant is more transmissible than others, there is still no definitive proof. None of these studies have been peer-reviewed. Delta plus is from the same lineage as…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Delta variant more transmissible and dangerous in terms of severity of illness, says Dr Murthy
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  • Pfizer is negotiating with govt on various clauses, close to reach agreement, says Dr Guleria

    Pfizer is negotiating as far as the various clauses are concerned and they are very close to reaching an agreement with the government. Once that is done then we will shortly be able to have these vaccines in our country: AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria

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  • Many New Zealand visa holders stranded in India due to border closure 

    NZ closed its borders due to #COVID19 without any information. We're stuck here since 15 months. We're in trouble now. All my documents are there so I can't even work here: Gagandeep Singh

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  • Already Pfizer has got FDA approval for children & that has also been permission to come to our country. Bharat Biotech & other companies are doing trials at a very fast pace as parents have come forward with their children for the trials: AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria

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  • Need to develop vaccines for children to control COVID: Dr Randeep Guleria 

    Children usually have mild disease but we need to develop vaccines for children because if we have to control this pandemic everyone should be vaccinated: AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria on being asked 'When it is expected to get vaccines for children?'

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  • Maha: COVID-19 test mandatory for people attending weddings in Beed
    The administration in Maharashtra's Beed district has made coronavirus test mandatory for people attending weddings, while only 50 guests will be permitted at the venue, an official said on Wednesday. In a fresh order about weddings, Beed district Collector Ravindra Jagtap said that the administration had observed crowding at marriage ceremonies despite restrictions.

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  • Mumbai reports 863 cases, 23 deaths; positivity rate at 2.2%  

    MUMBAI COVID19 UPDATE

    🔺Tests: 37.9k Vs 26.2k

    👎🏻Cases: 863 Vs 521 Cases 

    👎🏻Positivity Rate: 2.2% Vs 1.9%

    🔺Discharged: 711 Vs 685 Yesterday

    🔺Deaths: 23 Vs 7 Deaths

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: Flat At 95%

    👍🏻Doubling Rate: 728 Vs 720 Days

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  • UP records 55 Covid fatalities, 208 fresh cases
     With 55 fresh COVID-19 fatalities, the cumulative death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 22,336 while total cases in the state climbed to 17,04,790 with 208 new infection cases. Of the 55 deaths, 15 were reported each from Lucknow and Prayagraj, the Uttar Pradesh government said in a statement issued here on Wednesday. Of the 208 fresh COVID-19 cases, Lucknow reported 14 and Prayagraj 13 cases. In the past 24 hours, as many as 302 COVID-19 patients recovered from the infection and have been discharged, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 16,78,788.

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  • Delhi govt grants Covid relief disbursement to 1,825 registered construction workers

    The Delhi government on Wednesday granted Covid relief disbursement of Rs 10,000 each to 1,825 construction workers registered under the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, according to an official statement. The construction workers, registered with the board before September 30, would have to renew their membership to be eligible for the financial aid, read the statement from the government.

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  • Telangana govt fixes ceiling on rates chargeable by pvt hospitals for COVID-19 treatment

    The Telangana government has issued an order, fixing a ceiling on rates to be charged by private hospitals and laboratories for COVID-19 treatment and testing. According to the June 22 Government Order, the rate per day for routine ward and Isolation will be Rs 4,000. The charges per day for ICU without ventilator (plus Isolation) has been fixed at Rs 7,500 and the charges per day for ICU with ventilator (plus Isolation) is Rs 9,000. The inclusions in the three categories of treatmentare monitoring and investigations like CBC, Urine routine, HIV spot, Anti HCV, Serum Creatinine and others. The exclusions in the three categories are interventional procedures like Central line insertion, Chemoport insertion and also high end drugs like Immunoglobins and Meropenem, the G.O said. The rates are not applicable to patients subscribing the insurance scheme, as well as those being treated under various agreements or MoUs entered into (between) the hospitals and different sponsored groups or corporate entities, it said. The G.O also listed out the ceilings applicable to investigations pertaining to COVID-19 in private laboratories..

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India's total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the three crore mark with one crore infections being added in 50 days. The total tally mounted to 3,00,28,709 with 50,848 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 3,90,660 with 1,358 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The active cases further declined to 6,43,194 comprising 2.14 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.56 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A net decline of 19,327 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.67 percent. It has been less than five percent for 16 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 3.12 percent.

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