Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India logged 43,509 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,15,28,114, while the active cases registered an increase for the second consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,22,662 with 640 fresh fatalities. The active cases have increased to 4,03,840 and comprise 1.28 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.38 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.52 percent, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.38 percent. An increase of 4,404 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 3,07,01,612, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.
Israeli health provider to offer 3rd COVID shot to elderly
A leading Israeli health provider on Thursday said it would soon begin offering a third, booster COVID-19 shot to patients over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus, AP reported. Maccabi, one of Israel's four publicly funded health maintenance organizations, said its members could already register and the vaccinations would start on Sunday. The announcement came shortly ahead of a nationally televised news conference by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who is expected to unveil a nationwide booster shot program. It would make Israel among the first countries to launch a widespread campaign offering its vaccinated citizens a third dose.
Maharashtra reports 7,242 COVID cases, 190 deaths
Maharashtra reported 7,242 new coronavirus infections and 190 fatalities on Thursday which pushed the caseload to 62,90,156 and death toll to 1,32,335, a health department official said. On Wednesday the state had reported 6,857 new cases and 286 fatalities. The number of active cases fell to 78,562 from 82,545 on Wednesday as 11,124 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day.So far 60,75,888 patients have recovered in the state. There are 4,87,704 people in home quarantine and 3,245 in institutional quarantine.Maharashtra's case recovery rate is 96.59 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.01 per cent.
World pledges $4 bn in push to repair COVID's education damage
International governments and companies have pledged more than $4 billion to educate 175 million children around the world and prevent a generations chances being blighted by the coronavirus pandemic. The commitments came Thursday at a conference in London hosted by Britain, Kenya and funding organization the Global Partnership for Education. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who chairs the partnership, said the donations put it on track to meet its goal of raising $5 billion over the next five years,
West Bengal reports 766 new COVID cases, 14 deaths
The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 18,123 on Thursday as 14 more people succumbed to the disease, while 766 fresh cases pushed the tally to 15,26,539, a bulletin issued by the health department said. Of the 14 fatalities, four each were reported from North 24 Parganas and Jalpaiguri districts and three from Kolkata. North 24 Parganas also registered the maximum number of new cases at 106, followed by Darjeeling at 69 and Kolkata at 64. West Bengal currently has 11,300 active cases, while 822 patients have recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours pushing the total number of recoveries to 14,97,116, the bulletin said.
AstraZeneca COVID sales jump as drugmaker navigates vaccine challenges
Second-quarter sales of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine more than tripled to $894 million from the first quarter, but the drugmaker on Thursday again delayed its U.S. application for approval as it gathers more data for submissions. The vaccine has been touted as a major weapon against the pandemic because it is cheaper and easier to use than some rivals. AstraZeneca and its Indian manufacturing partner say they have supplied a billion doses to 170 countries so far. The company began work on the vaccine last year after teaming up with the University of Oxford, despite having no prior vaccine experience.
COVID: Kerala CM seeks cooperation of banks to tackle financial crisis
As the COVID-19 pandemic has gravely wounded Kerala's economy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday sought increased cooperation of banks to deal with the crisis. Addressing a meeting of the State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) meeting here, Vijayan urged the banks to bring issues being faced by the state's various sectors to the notice of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He said this referring to the grave crisis being faced by the state's unorganised sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CM said the package announced by the RBI in May this year offers exemptions only for borrowers below Rs 25 crore and non-NPA accounts as on March 31.
Goa records 90 new COVID cases; 2 deaths
With the addition of 90 new cases of COVID19, the tally of infections in Goa rose to 1,70,900 on Thursday, an official from the state health department said. At least 127 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 1,66,679, while the toll stood 3,144, as two patients died of the infection during the day, the official said.
Mumbai reports 340 new COVID cases, 13 deaths
Mumbai reported 340 new coronavirus cases and 13 fresh fatalities on Thursday, taking the tally of infections to 7,35,505 and the death toll to 15,808, a civic official said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the city reported 340 infections, a drop from 404 cases on Wednesday, after 35,393 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. On Thursday, the metropolis logged double-digit fatalities after a three-day gap. The city had reported 6 fatalities on Wednesday. The financial capital of the country, however, witnessed less than 500 daily COVID-19 cases for the 14th day in a row, a period during which single-day deaths remained in the range of five to 14.
India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage surpasses 45.55 crore
India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage has surpassed 45.55 crore (45,55,02,438). Nearly 47 lakh (46,52,914) vaccine doses have been administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report: Union Health Ministry
UP reports 60 new COVID cases, 4 deaths
Sixty more people tested positive for COVID19 in Uttar Pradesh, bringing the infection count to 17,08,373 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 22,752 with four fresh fatalities, a health bulletin said. Two new deaths linked to the coronavirus were reported from Prayagraj and one each from Amethi and Gorakhpur, it said.
More than 50% of the total population is still unaffected. The type of Coronavirus which is spreading in this phase is Delta virus, the infectability is more. So, naturally, we are trying our best: Kerala Health Minister Veena George
Karnataka reports 2,052 new COVID cases, 35 deaths
Karnataka reports 2,052 new #COVID19 cases, 1332 recoveries and 35 deaths
Active cases: 23,253
Death toll: 36,491
Germany to require proof of COVID immunity or negative test on arrival
All travellers arriving in Germany will be required from this weekend to demonstrate immunity from COVID-19 either from a vaccine or previous infection, or present a negative test result, government sources reported. The plan reflects growing concern among Germany's regional and national leaders that rising caseloads in tourist destinations could help fuel a fourth wave when Germans come home from holiday. Germany now requires a negative test or proof of immunity only from those arriving from so-called "risk areas", "high-incidence areas" and "virus-variant areas", which in Europe now include Britain, Spain and the Netherlands.
Kerala reports 22,064 new COVID cases, 128 deaths
Kerala reports 22,064 new #COVID19 cases, 16,649 recoveries and 128 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 1,54,820
Death toll 16,585
Maharashtra eases restrictions to allow opening of shops, theaters, cinema halls, gyms in 25 districts
We've decided to give relaxation in restrictions in 25 districts. Relaxation will be given in functioning of shops, theaters, cinema halls, gyms. There would be restrictions in wedding functions etc, we would discourage using an air-conditioned hall: Maharashtra Health Minister
100% rise in hair loss complaints among COVID patients at Delhi hospital
Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has seen a 100 per cent rise in complaints of hair loss among coronavirus patients, doctors said on Thursday. Normally, according to a spokesperson, the private hospital in South Delhi would record four to five complaints of hair loss a week. However, hair loss cases "started increasing from mid-May and a consolidated report says we have been seeing double the number of cases since then", the spokesperson said. Usually, COVID-19 patients experience hair loss a month after recovering from the disease. In some cases, hair loss is observed during the infection period, too, doctors said.
BMC to launch home vaccination of bed-ridden citizens from Friday
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it will begin home vaccination of bed-ridden people in the city against coronavirus on an experimental basis from Friday. The initiative will be rolled out first in the K-east administrative ward covering the western suburbs of Andheri east, Marol, Chakala and others, it said. In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the BMC said that the citizens, who are bed-ridden due to various physical or medical reasons, will be vaccinated under this exercise starting July 30. These citizens will be administered Covaxin doses as per the directives of the expert committee and the vaccination process will be carried out in the presence of experts, wherein all necessary precautions will be undertaken, it said. The civic body said there was a demand for home vaccination of citizens, who are bed-ridden due to various physical or medical reasons and are unable to visit the vaccination centres.
6.4 crore Covid vaccine doses dispatched abroad from Jan 12 to Jul 22: Govt
India dispatched approximately 6.4 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to foreign countries from January 12 to July 22, the government informed Parliament on Thursday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said, "During the period January 12 to July 22, approximately 42.2 crore doses have been transported. "Out of these, approximately 35.8 crore doses have been handled at domestic airports and approximately 6.4 crore doses have been dispatched to international destinations." The cumulative number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 45 crore, including more than 15.38 crore jabs given to beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.
Power-packed Subject Expert committee meeting today.
The SEC would discuss the following:
- The interchangeability study protocol of Covaxin & Covishield. The application on 'interchangeability' or mixing study protocol of the two vaccines has been moved by CMC Vellore.
- The application of Phase III clinical trial of Johnson and Johnson's single dose COVID19 vaccine - Jannsen will also be discussed.
- The SEC to also take up application for clinical trial Phase II & III of Biological E's Covid-19 vaccine in the paediatric population.
- The application for interchangeability study protocol of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Adenoviral Intranasal Covid-19 vaccine BBV154 by Bharat Biotech will also be presented to the expert group
Jharkhand reports 27 new COVID cases; one virus death
Jharkhand reported 27 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which pushed the tally to 3,47,049, a health department bulletin said. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 5,126 in the state with one fresh fatality due to the contagion reported from East Singhbhum in the last 24 hours, it said on Wednesday. The state now has 237 active COVID-19 cases, while 3,41,686 patients have recovered from the disease including 36 during the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in the state remained at 1.47 percent, higher than the national average of 1.30 percent. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state has improved to 98.45 percent, better than the national average of 97.40 percent.
Odisha logs 1,615 new COVID-19 cases, 65 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 9,74,132 on Thursday as 1,615 more people tested positive for the infection, while 65 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,768, a health official said. The daily test positivity rate (TPR) dipped to 2.09 percent from 2.16 percent on Wednesday, he said. Of the new cases, 937 were reported from quarantine centres and 678 detected during contact tracing. Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities, the official said. Odisha currently has 17,262 active cases, while 1,699 people were cured of the disease on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,51,049.
Delhi reports 51 new COVID-19 cases, 70 recoveries and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 14,36,144
Total recoveries 14,10,541
Death toll 25,049
Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Mumbai may soon be allowed to travel in local trains and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses without any restrictions. The state cabinet discussed this during a recent meeting and a decision is expected soon. Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh, who is also the guardian minister of Mumbai, said, “A task force is expected to study the report and a decision will soon be made in the coming two or three days,” Hindustan Times reported.
24 new Games-related COVID-19 cases reported, IOC defends Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics organisers on Thursday announced 24 new COVID19 cases, including three athletes, the highest one-day figures so far at the Games, even as the organisers insisted that the showpiece is not behind the record surge in the host city. The city logged in an all-time high of 3865 positive cases on Thursday. Three new deaths were recorded with 81 patients being described as "severe cases".
COVID-19: MP crosses 3-crore vaccination mark; CM hopeful of 100% inoculation soon
Over 3 crore doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered to people in Madhya Pradesh so far as against the eligible population of 5.40 crore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed confidence that the state will soon achieve the target of 100 percent inoculation. As part of the vaccination drive against the pandemic, 3,00,98,663 doses have so far been administered to citizens in MP, including 2,51,95,270 people who have got the first dose while 49,03,393 have received both the doses, officials said on Thursday. According to a health official, 5.40 crore people are eligible for the vaccination against COVID-19 in the state. The MP Public Relations Department claimed the state created a record on Wednesday by administering 10,34,384 doses to people in one day, which it said was the highest in the country. Because of the people's awareness and willingness to defeat corona, the state will soon achieve the target of 100 percent vaccination, Chouhan said on Wednesday.
Krishna Ella, Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, said the public behaviour is very irresponsible and it will decide the third wave of COVID-19. India was badly hit by the second wave of COVID-19 in March this year with daily cases having crossed the 1-lakh mark. He said mutations will happen and some viruses will become more virulent. The Delta variant became highly transmissible and virulent. Apart from COVID-19, India also recorded cases of mucormycosis, yellow fungus, and others in the second wave.