Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: With 42,625 people testing positive for the coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,17,69,132 and the active caseload increased to 4,10,353, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 4,25,757 with 562 fatalities. The number of active cases increased to 4,10,353 and accounted for 1.29 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate rose to 97.37 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 5,395 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate stood at 2.31 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.36 percent, according to the ministry.
COVID in TN: Marginal rise seen; 1,949 new cases, 38 deaths
Tamil Nadu on Monday recorded 1,949 new coronavirus cases, registering a slight increase from the previous day and taking the tally to 25,67,401 cases so far. About 38 people died and they included 12 in private hospitals and 26 in government facilities, taking the toll to 34,197 till date. Though the State witnessed a downward graph on Tuesday with 1,908 fresh cases, there were 41 more today. Chennai, Chengalpattu and Erode saw a marginal decline with 189, 114 and 154 cases from 203, 122 and 181 recorded on Tuesday. Coimbatore witnessed a slight rise in cases from 208 to 226 today.
Assam reports 1,065 new COVID cases, 19 deaths
COVID-19 | Assam has reported 1,065 new positive cases, 1,263 recoveries and 19 deaths today. Active cases at 10,876 and total positive cases at 5,70,504.
Sputnik V has built production partnerships with producers in 14 countries & will additionally double its capacity in September, says Sputnik V Team
Mumbai reports 263 new COVID cases, 9 deaths
Mumbai reports 263 new #COVID cases, 438 recoveries, and 09 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Active cases: 4,430
Total recoveries: 7,13,161
Death toll: 15,920
COVID affected children to get free health insurance of Rs 5 lakhs under Ayushman Bharat, premium to be paid by PM Care
As part of the steps taken to take care of children affected by #COVID19, children up to 18 years will be provided free health insurance of Rs 5 lakhs under Ayushman Bharat and its premium will be paid by PM Care, tweets Union Minister Anurag Thakur
Sputnik V says vaccine production scale-up issue will be fully resolved in August
Sputnik V team confirms that owing to a major scale-up in vaccine production capacity temporary second component delivery delays that occurred due to this production scale-up will be fully resolved in August
India’s Cumulative COVID vaccination coverage cross 48.89-cr mark
India’s Cumulative COVID vaccination coverage has crossed 48.89 cr (48,89,36,423), as per the 7 pm provisional report today: Union Health Ministry More than 33.50 lakh (33,50,612) Vaccine Doses have been administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report, the Ministry said.
Gujarat reports 15 new COVID cases; active infections at 213
With the addition of 15 new cases of COVID19, the tally of infections in Gujarat reached 8,24,954 on Wednesday, an official from the state health department said.At least 28 patients were discharged, taking the count of recoveries to 8,14,665, while the toll remained steady at 10,076, as no new casualties were reported during the day, the official said.
Rajasthan CM stresses need for adhering to Covid protocol to keep third wave at bay
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday expressed the need to strictly follow the COVID19 protocol to thwart the third wave of the deadly virus. In a statement on Twitter, Gehlot raised concern over the increasing number of COVID19 cases in the country in the past few days. According to many reports, the third wave is expected to hit India by the end of August, the third wave will start in India, he said.
COVID: Health secretary writes to states to consider imposition of local restrictions during festive season
In view of upcoming festivals, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to all states to actively consider the imposition of local restrictions and to curb mass gatherings.
Maharashtra reports 6,126 new COVID cases, 195 deaths; positive cases at 63,27,194
COVID-19 | Maharashtra reports 6,126 new cases, 7,436 recoveries and 195 deaths. Active cases at 72,810 and total positive cases at 63,27,194.
Bihar to relax COVID restrictions from Aug 7-25; shops, schools, coaching centres to resume functioning
In view of reduction in COVID cases, all shops to open from August 7 to August 25 with weekly off. Classes IX, X to resume from August 7 & classes 1st to 8th from August 16. Coaching institutes to function at 50% capacity (barring a day): Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Britain to offer all 16 and 17 year-olds COVID shots
Britain will offer all 16 and 17 year olds their first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Britain's vaccine advisers said on Wednesday, extending eligibility of the shots to children beyond the clinically vulnerable. Britain's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said it was updating initial advice given last month in light changes in the spread of the disease in younger groups, and the latest safety data that was available. "After carefully considering the latest data, we advise that healthy 16 to 17-year-olds are offered a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Advice on when to offer the second vaccine dose will come later" said Wei Shen Lim, the JCVI's COVID-19 Chair.
Delhi reports 67 new COVID cases, zero deaths
Delhi reports 67 new COVID19 cases, 73 recoveries, and zero deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases: 513
Total recoveries: 14,10,974
Death toll: 25,058
COVID: Class 7 & 8 will start functioning physically from August 9 in Chandigarh
Class 7th & 8th will start functioning physically from August 9 subject to parents' consent for sending their wards to the schools. Online mode of teaching will also continue: Chandigarh Administration
Nepal records highest single-day spike of 4,107 new COVID cases since relaxation of prohibitory orders
Nepal on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,107 new coronavirus cases since the government relaxed the prohibitory orders a few weeks ago. According to the health ministry, Nepal also recorded 35 more fatalities related to COVID-19, pushing the total death toll to 9,957. With the 4,107 new cases detected, the nationwide infection tally surged to 769,922, including 661,651 recoveries, the ministry said. In recent weeks, authorities have been gradually easing the provisions of lockdown. On July 4, they lifted all the restrictive measures against public and private transportation services, and shops were allowed more operation hours.
WHO calls for moratorium on COVID vaccine booster doses
The World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The move was to enable that at least 10% of the population of every country was vaccinated, Tedros said. "I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it," Tedros added.
Bengaluru Commissioner issues prohibitory orders to contain spread of COVID; details here
Karnataka: Bengaluru Commissioner issues prohibitory orders to contain the spread of COVID19; implements night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am till 16th August
Delhi govt caps RT-PCR test rate in private labs, hospitals at Rs 500; antigen test to cost Rs 300
The Delhi government on Wednesday capped the rate of conventional RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 detection in private hospitals and laboratories at Rs 500, according to an order. Rapid antigen tests at private facilities will cost Rs 300. Home collection of samples and testing would cost Rs 700, according to the order. Earlier, the rate of Covid RT-PCR tests at private hospitals and labs was capped at Rs 800.
Japan warns of unprecedented COVID spread as cases hit record in Olympic host city
Japan warned on Wednesday that coronavirus infections were surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit a record high in Tokyo, overshadowing the Olympics and adding to doubts over the government's handling of the pandemic. The Delta variant was leading to a spread of infections "unseen in the past", Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said as he defended a new policy of asking patients with milder symptoms to isolate at home rather than going to hospital.
COVID vaccines, testing help CVS Health beat Q2 forecasts
Customers returned to CVS Health stores to fill prescriptions and get COVID-19 tests and vaccines, helping to push the health care giant past Wall Streets second-quarter expectations. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager raised its 2021 forecast after a quarter that brought both growth in pharmacy claims but also a big drop in income for its Aetna health insurance business.
Health minister Mandaviya speaks to Kerala CM over COVID-19 situation
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over rising coronavirus cases in the state and sought his cooperation in managing the situation. Kerala has been witnessing a surge in the cases, with 49.85 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases in the country being reported from the southern state."The Central Government's team headed by NCDC has returned from Kerala & submitted its report. I have spoken with the Chief Minister of Kerala, @VijayanPinarayi ji, over the phone and discussed the matter of the rising #COVID19 cases in the State," Mandaviya tweeted. "I have also written a letter to CM Vijayan Pinarayi ji for taking more proactive measures and precautions to control the ongoing situation in Kerala. I have sought the State's cooperation in managing the situation and have assured Central Government's complete support," he said in another tweet.
New York becomes first U.S. city to order COVID vaccines for restaurants, gyms
New York City will become the first major US city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, as the nation grapples with the rapidly spreading Delta variant. With vaccines widely available, political leaders are combating this wave with shots and masks rather than ordering businesses to close and Americans to stay home as they did last year. The U.S. government and several states, along with some hospitals and universities, already require employees to get inoculated. Tyson Foods on Tuesday became one of the largest private employers to require all workers be immunized to combat the virus that has killed over 600,000 in the country.
Tokyo Olympics: Russian karate athlete positive for COVID
A Russian athlete competing in karate has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Russian Karate Federation says on Instagram that Anna Chernysheva will not be able to compete and that her positive test was confirmed by a second test. The 19-year-old was the Russian Olympic Committee team's only karate athlete at the Olympics. She was due to compete Thursday in the women's 55-kilogram kumite event on the first-ever day of Olympic karate competition. It's a new sport on the program in Tokyo. Olympic organizers also say Algerian weightlifter Walid Bidani has withdrawn from the men's over-109-kilogram event Wednesday due to a health situation that requires him to undergo quarantine. The statement doesn't mention the cause. Bidani won gold at the African championships in May.