Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India recorded 41,806 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 3,09,87,880, while the active cases increased to 4,32,041, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,11,989 with 581 fresh fatalities. An increase of 2,095 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The active cases comprise 1.39 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.28 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,01,43,850, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.39 per cent, the data stated.
Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 27 deaths
Assam reports 1,992 new COVID cases, 2,498 patient discharges, and 27 deaths in the past 245 hours
Active cases: 19,120
Total discharges: 5,17,041
Death toll: 4,937
US editor jailed in Myanmar fears he has COVID, says lawyer
An American journalist being held in prison in Myanmar told his lawyer Thursday that he believes he has caught COVID-19, but prison authorities deny he is infected. Danny Fenster was detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was trying to board a flight to go to the Detroit area in the United States to see his family. He is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, an independent online news outlet based in Yangon, Myanmars biggest city.
Odisha govt releases Rs 385 cr COVID assistance for 26 lakh construction workers
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday released COVID-19 assistance to the tune of Rs. 385 crore for 26 lakh construction workers in the state. Under this package, every construction worker will get an assistance of Rs 1,500, an official press release said. The state government had also paid a sum of Rs 1,500 to each construction worker in the state during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Describing the construction worker as "Biswakarmas" who sacrifice their happiness for the comfort of others, Patnaik said, "No one can deprive poor people of their rights.
Bengal reports 891 new COVID cases, 12 fatalities
West Bengal's COVID-19 tally soared to 15,15,599 on Thursday as 891 more people tested positive for the infection, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 17,970, a health bulletin said. North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 92, followed by Bankura (89) and Darjeeling (87). Two fresh fatalities each were recorded in Kolkata, Purba Medinipur, Nadia and Jalpaiguri districts. The remaining deaths were reported in other districts. A total of 14,83,992 people have recovered from the disease to date, including 1,089 on Thursday, it said, adding the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state now stands at 97.91 per cent.
Gujarat sees 38 new COVID-19 cases
The COVID19 caseload in Gujarat reached 8,24,384 on Thursday, after 38 persons tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, an official from the state health department said. At least 90 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the count of recoveries to 8,13,673, while the death toll in the state stood at 10,074, with no new casualties, the official said. The rate of recovery in Gujarat now stands at 98.7 per cent, he said, adding that the state is now left with 637 active cases, of which eight patients are on ventilator.
Assam govt ordered private hospitals not to deny admission of COVID patients having health insurance coverage
The Assam government Thursday ordered all private hospitals and nursing homes not to deny admission to COVID19 patients having health insurance coverage. The Health and Family Welfare Department said that it has received reports of some private hospitals refusing admission to COVID19 patients despite having medical insurance.
Maharashtra reports 8,010 new COVID cases, 170 deaths
Maharashtra's coronavirus caseload rose to 61,89,257 with the addition of 8,010 new infections on Thursday, while the death toll jumped to 1,26,560 after 170 patients succumbed to the respiratory illness, a health department official said here. The state witnessed a drop in the daily COVID-19 cases, while the fatalities remained the same as compared to Wednesday, when it had reported 8,602 new infections and 170 deaths. Significantly, Parbhani and Jalgaon cities did not report any new coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, the official said.The official said as many as 7,391 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, pushing the number of recovered cases to 59,52,192. Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate is 96.17 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent, he said.The state now has 1,07,205 active coronavirus cases.
TN records 2,405 COVID-19 cases, 49 fatalities
Tamil Nadu on Thursday registered 2,405 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally to 25,28,806. As many as 49 people succumbed to the viral infection, pushing the toll to 33,606. According to a government bulletin, Coimbatore clocked 256 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, while Thanjavur 163, followed by Erode with 159 new infections, even as 31 districts reported less than 100 new infections. The state capital saw seven deaths due to the disease on Thursday taking the COVID-19 related fatalities to 8,279.
Mumbai reports 545 new COVID cases, 13 deaths
Mumbai reported 545 new infections and 13 fresh fatalities on Thursday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 7,29,795 and the death toll to 15,667, the city civic body said. The financial capital witnessed a drop in the new COVID-19 cases, but a rise in fatalities as compared to Wednesday, when it had reported 635 new coronavirus infections and 10 fatalities. With 505 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases climbed to 7,04,764, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).The city's COVID-19 recovery rate is 96 per cent, it said. The civic body said in the last 24 hours, a total of 36,568 tests were conducted for detecting coronavirus, taking the cumulative number of COVID-19 tests to 76,65,037. BMC officials said presently, Mumbai has 7,012 active COVID-19 cases.
WHO chief says it was 'premature' to rule out COVID lab leak
The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said Thursday he is asking China to be more transparent as scientists search for the origins of the coronavirus. In a rare departure from his usual deference to powerful member countries, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said getting access to raw data had been a challenge for the international team that traveled to China earlier this year to investigate the source of COVID-19. The first human cases were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Tedros told reporters that the U.N. health agency based in Geneva is asking actually China to be transparent, open and cooperate, especially on the information, raw data that we asked for at the early days of the pandemic.
India's vaccine coverage crossed 39.49 crore doses
India administered more than 35.15 lakh COVID vaccine doses today, taking total vaccine coverage to 39.49 crore: Union Ministry of Health
JEE(Main) 2021 Exam: NTA advised to provide gap of 4 weeks between session 3 & session 4
National Testing Agency has been advised to provide a gap of 4 weeks between session 3 & session 4 of the JEE(Main) 2021 Exam. The JEE (Main) 2021 session 4 will now be held on 26th, 27th & 31st August, and on 1st and 2nd September 2021: Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Kerala reports 13,773 COVID cases, 87 deaths
Kerala on Thursday recorded13,773 fresh COVID-19casespushing the total infection count to 31,17,083 while the number of people who have succumbed to thevirusrose to 15,025 with 87 more deaths. As many as12,370people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to29.82 lakhand the number of activecasesin the state to 1,19,022, a state government release said. In the last 24 hours, 1,25,742 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was found to be 10.95 per cent. So far,2.49 crore samples have been tested, it said. Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram with 1867 cases, Kozhikode1674, Ernakulam 1517,Thrissur 1390 and Kollam 1100. Of the newcases, 57 are health workers, 56 had come from outside the state and 13,043 were infected through contact with the source of contact being not clear in 617 cases, the release said.
EU likely to decide on Moderna COVID shot for kids next week
A top official at the European Medicines Agency said a decision on whether to recommend that Modernas COVID-19 vaccine be authorized for children is expected late next week. If approved, it would be the first such license for the shots use in children globally. At a press briefing on Thursday, Dr. Marco Cavaleri, the EU drug regulators head of vaccines strategy, said its expert committee was currently evaluating Modernas application to extend the use of its coronavirus vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old. "We expect that the committee will reach a conclusion by the end of next week," he said.
Goa reports 126 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
Goa on Thursday recorded 126 fresh cases of coronavirus that took its tally of infections to 1,69,341, an official from the state health department official said. At least 134 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,64,460 and the toll to 3,102, the official said. The coastal state is now left with 1,779 active cases, he said. With the addition of 4,063 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 9,88,300, the official added.
Puducherry extends COVID restrictions till July 31
Puducherry government extends COVID restrictions till July 31; allows reopening of tourist spots like boathouse with 50% capacity while adhering to COVID norms
Karnataka reports 1977 new COVID cases, 48 deaths
Karnataka reports 1977 fresh #COVID cases, 3188 discharges, and 48 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Active cases: 32,383
Total discharges: 28,10,121
Death toll: 36,037
Meghalaya records 412 new COVID cases, 5 deaths
Meghalaya's COVID19 tally increased to 56,052 on Thursday as 412 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern states coronavirus death toll to 926, a health official said. Health Services director Aman War said the state now has 3,994 active cases, while 51,132 patients have recovered from COVID19, including 338 in the last 24 hours.
Germany calls on China to allow further investigations into COVID origins
German Health Minister Jens Spahn called on China to make it possible for investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue, saying m
ore information was needed. Speaking during a visit to the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on Thursday, Spahn also announced a 260 million euro ($307 million) donation to WHO's ACT-Accelerator programme, which aims to ensure the entire world, including poorer countries, receive coronavirus vaccines and tests. "I call on China to make it possible for the investigations into the origins of COVID to be continued," he said.
COVID: IMA chief backs think-tank's demand for memorial for doctors, other HCWs
A proposal to build a national memorial to honour the contribution of doctors and other members of the medical fraternity during the COVID19 pandemic, and those healthcare workers who died in the line of duty, has been backed by the IMA chief, a thinktank said on Thursday. A large number of doctors, nurses and other frontline workers of the country have died while fighting the COVID19 pandemic since early 2020.
Below 1% COVID positivity rate in almost all Delhi districts from Jun 25-Jul 12, shows data
Almost all the districts of Delhi recorded less than one per cent positivity rate between June 25 and July 12, with some districts even recording zero Covid cases on some days, according to official data. Barring a single day on June 26, on which west district recorded a positivity rate of 2.06 per cent, the positivity rate has remained below the per cent mark, it showed. The reason for the increase is the addition of 170 positive rapid antigen tests conducted in the prior week, not included earlier, on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal by Central Jail and Tihar Prisons. The lowest positivity rate in the west district was recorded on July 10 at 0.02 per cent, data showed. Central Delhi recorded the lowest positivity rate on June 25 at 0.02 per cent when only one sample out of the 6,209 tests came back positive for the infection while the highest positivity rate was 0.15 per cent when eight tests came back positive out of 5,394 tests, it showed.
Maharashtra | COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women underway at Mumbai's Cama Hospital
"We'll follow up for 5 days after vaccination. Most people are nervous so we started consultation programme in our antenatal care OPD": Dr Tushar Palve, Medical Superintendent, Cama Hospital
Hundreds take part in religious procession despite COVID restrictions in MP
Hundreds of people, most of them without masks, took part in a religious procession at Lukwasa in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district in a blatant violation of the COVID19 protocol, a viral video showed. BJP MLA Virendra Raghuwanshi was among those who participated in the event which took place on Wednesday. All kinds of gatherings are currently banned in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID adversely affected careers, education plans of youth: LinkedIn survey
The pandemic has adversely affected careers and education plans of India's youth and job applications of a significant number of Gen Z aspirants, those below 24 years, were rejected or cancelled during the second COVID wave, says a LinkedIn survey. On World Youth Skills Day 2021 on Thursday, LinkedIn launched the 'Career Aspirations Gen Z India' survey that captures the sentiment and outlook of Gen Z professionals in India towards jobs, internships, skilling, and networking opportunities.
Myanmar funeral services overwhelmed as COVID toll mounts
Hundreds more bodies than usual are being taken for funerals every day in juntaruled Myanmar as a new wave of COVID19 sweeps through the country, services transporting the bodies and arranging ceremonies said.
Indian cricket team's throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tests positive for COVID-19 in England, two others from contingent also isolated.