Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 48.89 crore, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. More than 33.50 lakh (33,50,612) doses were administered on Wednesday, according to a provisional report compiled at 7 pm. The ministry said 18,36,439 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received the first dose and 3,89,589 were administered the second dose of the vaccine on Wednesday. Cumulatively, 16,61,98,236 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose and 1,02,51,772 have been administered the second dose of the vaccine across the 37 states and Union territories since the start of the third phase of the nationwide vaccination drive.
Kerala receives 3.61 lakh additional COVID-19 vaccine doses
Kerala has received 3.61 lakh more doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the state government said here on Thursday. The state on Wednesday received two lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 1,61,440 Covaxin jabs at the regional vaccine stores in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode, Health Minister Veena George said in a release. Kerala has now administered 2,13,01,782 Covid vaccine cumulatively in first and second doses (1,50,32,333 first doses and 62,69,449 second doses) even as the state inoculated a total of 1,87,504 people on Thursday, the government said. .
Over 49 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in India
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has gone past 49 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. More than 50.29 lakh (50,29,573) vaccine doses were administered on Thursday, according to a provisional report compiled at 7 pm. The ministry said 27,26,494 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received the first dose, while 4,81,823 were administered the second dose of the vaccine on Thursday. Cumulatively, 16,92,68,754 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose and 1,07,72,537 have been administered the second dose of the vaccine since the start of the third phase of the nationwide inoculation drive, the ministry said.
Maha govt clears financial package for folk artists hit by COVID lockdown
The Maharashtra government on Thursday approved a Rs 34 crore relief package for folk music artists, producers of folk art, touring talkies and organisations associated with them to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray cleared a proposal of financial assistance for people and groups associated with folk music and other streams after a meeting with Culture Minister Amit Deshmukh here.
Tamil Nadu reports 1,997 new COVID cases, 33 deaths
Tamil Nadu reports 1,997 new #COVID cases, 1,943 recoveries, and 33 deaths today.
Active cases: 20,138
Total recoveries: 25,15,030
Death toll: 34,230
Karnataka reports 1,785 new COVID cases, 25 deaths
Karnataka reports 1,785 new #COVID19 cases, 1,651 recoveries, and 25 deaths today.
Active cases: 24,414
Total recoveries: 28,52,368
Death toll: 36,705
BMC conducts special COVID-19 vaccination drive for Bombay HC judges, staff
At least 2,200 Bombay High Court judges and staff members took the COVID19 vaccine jab during a special vaccination drive conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently, a civic official said on Thursday. The special camp was conducted at the High Court premises on July 30 and 31, by the BMC's A ward, which covers Colaba, Fort, Churchgate and other areas in south Mumbai, the official said.
Preparing for worst-case scenario, setting up 37K Covid beds, says Satyendar Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the city government was preparing for the worstcase scenario in anticipation of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and working on setting up 37,000 dedicated beds for COVID19 patients. He said this during a virtual session hosted by Assocham India, where a few doctors and industrial leaders also shared their viewpoints on the chance of the third wave.
Kerala posts 22,040 new COVID cases, 117 deaths
Kerala on Thursday reported 22,040 fresh coronavirus cases and 117 deaths, taking the total infection count to 34.93 lakh and the toll to 17,328. As many as 20,046 people have been cured of the infection since Wednesday, taking the total recoveries to 32,97,834. The number of active cases stood at 1,77,924, a state government release said. The state tested 1,63,376 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 13.49 per cent.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO-Owner of Serum Institute of India (SII), is expected to meet Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tomorrow in Delhi.
Xi says China aims to provide 2 billion COVID vaccine doses to world in 2021
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said China will strive to provide 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world in 2021, according to a Reuter report. In his address to an international coronavirus cooperation forum, Xi also said China was willing to donate $100 million to the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme, according to the CCTV report.
Delhi reports 61 new COVID cases, 2 deaths
Delhi reports 61 new #COVID19 cases, 54 recoveries, and 02 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases: 518
Total recoveries: 14,11,001
Death toll: 25,060
Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID
The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, I would not be here by now. An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his vaccination in April, the severity of the attack is unbearable. He cited his experience to push back against vaccine hesitancy. Meanwhile, the African Union says the first of the 400 million single-shot Johnson & Johnson doses that African countries have collectively procured on their own started arriving this week and all should be distributed by September 2022.
Sri Lankan hospitals prepare for surge in COVID cases: Top health official
Hospitals in Sri Lanka have started preparations to face the current surge in the number of COVID19 cases, deputy director general of health Dr Hemantha Herath said on Thursday. Most hospitals in the country have exceeded their capacity even as some patients are forced to sleep on floors, according to social media reports.
Bonding that developed during COVID isolation played key role in Tokyo bronze: Harmanpreet
The bonding that developed between the players during their 16month stay at a camp in Bengaluru, mostly in isolation, ahead of the ongoing Olympics played an instrumental role in the Indian men's hockey team's bronze medalwinning feat here after 41 years, feels vicecaptain Harmanpreet Singh. The side claimed an Olympic medal for the first time since the 1980 gold, defeating Germany 54 in an edgeoftheseat bronze playoff match.
COVID situation might turn grim if vaccine supply not augmented in Bengal: Mamata tells PM Modi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing apprehension that the Covid situation might turn grim if the vaccine supply in the state is not augmented. She also alleged that the state is getting a "much lower number of doses" of vaccines despite having a very high population density, and urged him to ramp up the supply of vials. The state would require around 14 crore doses of Covid vaccines to cover all the eligible people, she said.
Moderna says its COVID shot remains 93% effective 4-6 months after second dose
Moderna Inc said on Thursday its COVID-19 shot was about 93% effective four to six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial. That compares favorably to data released by rivals Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE last week in which they suggested their vaccine's efficacy waned around 6% every two months, declining to around 84% six months after the second shot. Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are based on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.
China posts first decline in local new COVID cases this week
China reported on Thursday a decline in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time this week, and a health official said he expected China's latest outbreak, caused mainly by the Delta variant, to be largely under control within weeks. A total of 85 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were detected for Aug. 4, down from 96 a day earlier, data from the National Health Commission (NHC) showed on Thursday. Of the new cases, 62 were locally transmitted, versus 71 a day earlier.
Ignoring WHO call, Germany, France to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters
Germany and France will go ahead with COVID-19 vaccine boosters from September, disregarding an appeal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to hold off until more people are vaccinated across the globe. The decision to press ahead with booster shots despite the strongest statement yet from the WHO highlights the challenge of dealing with a global pandemic while countries try to protect their own citizens from the more infectious Delta variant. French President Emmanuel Macron said France was working on rolling out third COVID-19 vaccine doses to the elderly and vulnerable from September.
Sikkim reports 184 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fatalities
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 27,526 as 184 more people tested positive for the virus while two new fatalities pushed the death toll to 351, a health department bulletin said on Thursday. The Himalayan state now has 3,370 active COVID-19 cases, while 23,527 people have recovered from the disease, it said. At least 278 COVID-19 positive people have migrated to other states. The state tested 1,514 samples in the last 24 hours taking the total number of tests done so far to 2,08,105. Sikkim's COVID-19 positivity rate and the recovery rate are 12.1 percent and 86.3 percent respectively. .
Japan expands COVID-19 curbs as surges strain hospitals
Japan decided to expand its COVID-19 emergency curbs to cover more than 70 percent of the population, as a surge in cases strained hospitals in the Olympics host city Tokyo and other parts of the country. Japan had avoided the explosive outbreaks seen elsewhere. But infections are rising fast as new cases hit record highs in Tokyo, overshadowing the July 23-Aug. 8 Olympics and fuelling doubts over Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's pandemic response. Suga announced the new steps - which are mostly voluntary, unlike strict lockdowns overseas - as new daily cases in Tokyo hit a record 5,042. Medical advisors to the capital said the figure could double in two weeks, NHK public TV reported.
Odisha reports 1,342 new COVID-19 cases, 68 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,83,523 on Thursday as 1,342 more people tested positive for the infection, while 68 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 6,236, a health official said. As many as 775 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 567 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said, adding that the daily test positivity rate stood at 2.02 percent. The state now has 13,516 active cases, while 9,63,718 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 1,630 on Wednesday. Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities to date. Odisha has thus far tested over 1.63 crore samples for COVID-19, including 66,146 in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that the cumulative positivity rate stands at 6.01 percent.