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Coronavirus News Highlights: Tamil Nadu CM to kick off free vaccine scheme in private hospitals on July 28


Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India added 39,742 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,13,71,901, while the death toll rose to 4,20,551 with 535 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The active cases have declined to 4,08,212 and comprise 1.30 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A decline of 765 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 3,05,43,138, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Tamil Nadu CM to kick off free vaccine scheme in private hospitals on July 28
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  • Bangladesh govt warns: No space will be left in hospitals if COVID-19 cases keep rising
    Bangladesh's government on Sunday warned that there will be no space left in the hospitals for patients if the COVID19 cases keep rising at the current pace, amid concerns over increasing number of deaths and infections after the EidulAzha holidays.  Bangladesh, which is currently facing a renewed surge in COVID19 cases and deaths, registered 228 more fatalities and 11,291 new cases on Sunday.
  • COVID: MPPSC preliminary exam held

    The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission Preliminary Test 2020 was held on Sunday amid a fall in coronavirus cases, officials said. MPPSC Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Ravindra Panchbhai told.

  • Tamil Nadu CM to kick off free jabs scheme in pvt hospitals on July 28

    The scheme to provide covid vaccines free of cost to people in private hospitals in Tamil Nadu under the CSR initiative would be formally launched by Chief Minister M K Stalin on July 28. The initiative follows the recent meeting the minister for medical and family welfare Ma Subramanian had with companies and representatives of various health care providers across the state. "Chief Minister (M K Stalin) will formally inaugurate the scheme at Kaveri Hospital in the city on Wednesday (July 28). The funds to procure the vaccines under the CSR initiative will be borne by hotelier Adyar Anandha Bhavan and the hospital will be providing the jabs for free", he said.

  • Govt exempts Olympic returnees from RT-PCR test

    Athletes, officials and media returning to the country from Tokyo Olympics will not be required to produce RTPCR negative test reports for COVID19 before their departure from the Japanese capital, the Government of India said on Sunday. The decision was intimated in an official letter by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare after the Indian Olympic President Narinder Batra had earlier in the day requested the government to exempt returnees from the Tokyo Games to produce RTPCR negative report before boarding their flights.   

  • Maharashtra reports 6,843 new COVID cases, 123 deaths; fatality rate at 2.09%   

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,843 new coronavirus positive cases and 123 fatalities, raising the overall tally to 62,64,922 and the toll to 1,31,552, the state health department said. With 5,212 patients being discharged after treatment during the day, the count of recoveries in Maharashtra went up to 60,35,029 so far, leaving the state with 94,985 active cases, it said. Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 96.33 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.09 per cent. Mumbai reported 364 new cases and 10 deaths, taking the count of infections to 7,34,118 and the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 15,837. Mumbai division comprising the city and its satellite towns reported 1,184 fresh infections and 38 deaths, which raised the tally to 16,34,633 and the toll to 34,089, as per the department.


  • WCD ministry asks states to provide details of children who lost parents to COVID-19 pandemic
    Women and Child Development Ministry has requested states and UTs to direct district magistrates to identify the children who have lost their parents to the COVID19 pandemic for receiving support under PM CARES for Children scheme and submit their details on a portal established to enable prompt assistance to them.  In a letter to all states and UTs' chief secretaries, WCD Ministry Secretary Indevar Pandey said a webbased portal "pmcaresforchildren.in" has been launched to facilitate submission of applications, identification of children eligible to receive support under the scheme and processing of applications for securing benefits to them.
  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,808 new COVID cases, 22 deaths 

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,808 new #COVID19 infections, 22 deaths and 2,447 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 23,364
    Total cases: 25,48,497
    Death toll: 33,911

  • Mumbai reports 362 new COVID cases, 10 deaths

    Mumbai reports 362 new #COVID19 cases, 539 recoveries and 10 deaths.

    Active cases: 5,610
    Total recoveries: 7,10,348
    Death toll: 15,776

  • Cinemas in Delhi to have cautious reopening tomorrow amid fear of COVID 3rd wave

    Sanitisation is being done. UV lights installed. Snacks will not be allowed in halls. Seal packed eatables will be available for sale: JJ Verma, Manager, Delite Cinema Hall

  • 28% Indians plan to travel in Aug-Sept; risk of third COVID-19 wave set to rise: Report

    With as many as 28 per cent Indians planning to travel in August-September, which is also the time for some of the major festivals in the country, the risk of the third wave of the pandemic is set to rise, according to a survey. In a statement, online platform LocalCircles also said its survey on April 12 had outlined the immediate second wave risk suggesting governments to impose travel restrictions.

  • Kerala reports 17,466 new COVID cases, 66 deaths; TPR above 12%

    Kerala on Saturday logged   17,466 fresh COVID19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 32,71,530, with the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) going back to more than 12 per cent after falling below it for a day. The TPR had crossed 11 per cent on July 19 after remaining below it for several weeks and had continued to rise till 13.63 per cent on July 23.

  • Protests across Tunisia as COVID-19 surges and economy suffers
    Hundreds of protesters rallied in the Tunisian capital and other cities on Sunday demanding the government step down after a spike in COVID-19 cases that has aggravated economic troubles. In Tunis, police used pepper spray against protesters who threw stones and shouted slogans demanding that Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi quit and parliament be dissolved. Witnesses said rallies numbering several hundred also gathered the cities of Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Monastir and Nabeul. Demonstrators in Sousse tried to storm the local headquarters of the biggest party in parliament, the moderate Islamist Ennahda. In Touzeur, protesters set fire to the Ennahda headquarters.

  • Indonesia extends COVID-19 movement curbs until Aug 2

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Sunday that COVID19 restrictions would be extended from July 26 to August 2, though he said infections and hospital bed occupancy rates in some provinces in Java had declined.

  • Uttar Pradesh records 43 fresh Covid cases, 1 death

    The COVID-19 tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 17,08,155 with 43 fresh cases on Sunday, while the death toll reached 22,750 after one more person succumbed to the disease. The death was reported from Gonda, the UP government said in a statement. Of the 43 fresh cases, eight were reported from Allahabad, six from Lucknow and five from Gautam Buddh Nagar. Sixty-six patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,84,537.

  • Andhra Pradesh reports 2,252 new COVID cases, 15 deaths 
    Andhra Pradesh reports 2,252 fresh #COVID cases, 2,440 recoveries, and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 22,155
    Total recoveries: 19,19,354
    Death toll: 13,256

  • Delhi reports 66 new COVID cases, 2 deaths 

    Delhi reports 66 new #COVID19 cases, 72 recoveries, and two deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 579
    Total recoveries: 14,10,288
    Death toll: 25,043

  • Many now have immunity against COVID-19 but don't lower guard, say experts
    While a large number of people now have immunity against coronavirus due to previous infections or vaccination, a guarded approach is needed in terms of implementing restrictive measures to avoid a second wavelike crisis, experts said.  Dr Yudhyavir Singh, who has been managing the COVID19 ICU at AIIMS New Delhi, said it is important to lift a few restrictions to resume economic activities when cases are low.
  • Pakistan bans domestic air travel for unvaccinated people, as cases cross 1 mn mark

    Pakistan has banned the domestic air travel for unvaccinated people as the COVID-19 cases crossed the 1 million-mark in the country on Sunday, according to officials. The travel restriction, imposed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), will be applicable from August 1 on unvaccinated people of over 18 years of age. Restriction is for domestic air travel and people travelling from Pakistan to abroad or from abroad to Pakistan are exempted from restriction. It is also not applicable on link flights if these are within 72 hours of arrival or departure, according to an NCOC document. Partially vaccinated people, foreign nationals, Pakistani nationals having documentary proof of vaccination abroad and patients with clinical conditions will be exempted from the restriction, it said.

  • South Korea steps up COVID-19 curbs ahead of peak holiday season
    South Korea said on Sunday it will tighten social distancing rules across most of the country this week, warning that its worst-ever COVID-19 wave might spread further in the summer holiday season. The curbs will be increased to Level 3 on a four-level scale, which will mean a 10 p.m. dining curfew and ban on gatherings of more than four people, from Tuesday for two weeks for most areas except for some small counties. "What's most concerning is the virus' recent spread in the non-capital areas," President Moon Jae-in told an intra-agency meeting reviewing efforts in the campaign against the coronavirus. "There has been an increase in movements nationwide, especially around vacation spots."

  • Man who provides free 'chole bhature' to those who take COVID vaccine finds mention in PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat

    My daughter suggested that I should give Chole Bhature for free to people who take the COVID vaccine. So I started this around 2 months ago. I feed more than 25 such people in a day. I thank Modi Ji for mentioning my name (in today's Mann Ki Baat): Chandigarh resident Sanjay Rana

  • Merkel aide warns of COVID surge in Germany over coming weeks
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff fears the number of new coronavirus cases will soar in the next few weeks and could hit 100,000 a day by the end of September, causing big problems for many businesses, he told Bild am Sonntag weekly. After more than two months of steady decline, cases have been rising in Europe's biggest economy since early July, due mainly to the spread of the more infectious Delta variant.

  • COVID: Delhi Metro running maximum number of trains with highest frequency daily, says DMRC 

    Notwithstanding the restrictions on number of passengers to be carried, the DMRC is running maximum trains, performing over 5,100 trips with highest frequency daily as was available during pre-Covid time, officials said on Sunday. As the city government announced further lifting of restrictions on Saturday in view of an improved coronavirus situation, the Delhi Metro has said that its services will now run with full seating capacity from July 26, but there will still be no provision for standing travel for commuters. The DMRC has been running trains with 50 per cent seating capacity since June 7 when the services had resumed after a long hiatus. Crowds of passengers have been reported at various stations since then, but the urban transporter has maintained that it's on account of maintaining the Covid norms. The DMRC, in a statement, reiterated that despite being permitted to carry restrictions on numbers of passengers, it is still running maximum trains performing over 5,100 trips with highest frequency daily as was available during pre-Covid times, when over 60 lakh passenger journeys were performed daily, contrary to the general belief that the DMRC at present is running its services with reduced trains due to travel restrictions.

  • Govt urges community radio stations to bust myths surrounding COVID vaccination
    The Union health ministry hosted a communication awareness workshop for representatives of community radio stations from 16 states for creating campaigns about covidappropriate behaviour and busting myths surrounding vaccination particularly among people residing in remote areas of the country.  The workshop was conducted by the ministry in partnership with UNICEF, an official statement said.
  • Golf: World number one Rahm positive for COVID, out of Olympics

    World number one golfer Jon Rahm has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics, the International Golf Federation said on Sunday. The Spaniard had tested positive in the final testing protocol before leaving for the Olympics, the IGF said. The men's competition starts on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

  • Rahul Gandhi slams govt for pace of COVID-19 vaccinations


    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday questioned the pace of COVID-19 vaccination, and said had the country's "Mann ki Baat" been understood, such would not have been the state. His remarks came just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Mann ki Baat" address to the people of the country. "Had you understood the country's 'Mann ki Baat', such would not have been the state of vaccinations," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. He used the hashtag "WhereAreVaccines" to question the government on the inoculation rate. The former Congress President also shared a video highlighting the alleged slow vaccination rate and media reports where people were not getting vaccines across the country.

  • Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19


    A snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus. Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, was tested for the virus after caretakers noticed that he had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. The animal's stool sample was tested by the zoo staff and at a state-level lab, both of which confirmed the presence of the coronavirus, the zoo said in a statement Friday. Ramil is not showing additional symptoms. But because he shares an enclosure with a female snow leopard and two Amur leopards, the staff assumes they have been exposed. As a result, the animals were quarantined and their exhibit was closed.

  • Maharashtra: 347 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 14 more deaths

    Thane has reported 347 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,42,587, an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases recorded on Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of 14 more people, which pushed the death toll in the district to 10,969. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane is 2.02 percent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,28,9150, while the death toll has reached 3,108, another official said.

  • Puucherry reports 104 new coronavirus cases


    Puducherry posted 104 fresh cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Sunday raising the overall caseload to 1,20,331. The new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 5950 samples and they were spread over Puducherry 82, Karaikal 8, Yanam 2 and Mahe 12. Two more persons succumbed to the viral infection during raising the toll to 1789. Director of the Health Department S Mohan Kumar said that there were 922 active cases of whom 170 were in hospitals and the remaining 752 were in home isolation. While 102 patients recovered and were discharged during last twenty-four hours the overall recoveries were 1,17,620. Fatality and recovery rates were 1.49 percent and 97.95 percent, respectively

  • Arunachal logs 515 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

    Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 45,703 on Sunday as 515 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 213, a senior health official said. Arunachal Pradesh's cumulative COVID positivity rate stands at 7.48 percent. The state government imposed additional containment measures, including an extension of curfew timings by two hours, in nine districts that recorded over 10 per cent positivity rate in the last one week. The state now has 4,465 active cases, while 41,025 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including 406 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 89.76 percent, he said.

India added 39,742 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,13,71,901, while the death toll rose to 4,20,551 with 535 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The active cases have declined to 4,08,212 and comprise 1.30 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A decline of 765 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 3,05,43,138, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.