Coronavirus India News Highlights: India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 3,17,26,507 on Tuesday with 30,549 more people testing positive for the disease while the active caseload declined after six days, according to Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to 4,25,195 with 422 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases came down to 4,04,958, which comprises 1.28 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 97.38 percent, it showed. A decrease of 8,760 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 3,08,96,354 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.
Due to lack of vaccines, there will be no vaccination at the government vaccine centers in #Mumbai tomorrow: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
Karnataka reports 1,674 new COVID cases, 38 deaths
Karnataka on Tuesday logged 1,674 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 29.09 lakh, while 38 deaths took the toll to 36,650. The day also saw 1,376 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,49,003, leaving 24,280 active cases. Bengaluru Urban district reported the highest number of infections (477) and seven deaths, a health department bulletin said. Dakshina Kannada logged 307 cases and eight fatalities, the highest among districts.
Sanofi bets on mRNA vaccines beyond COVID in $3.2 billion Translate Bio deal
Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. biotech company Translate Bio in a $3.2 billion deal, as it bets on next-generation mRNA vaccine technology beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, confirming a Reuters exclusive report. The French pharmaceuticals firm said it would acquire all outstanding shares of Translate Bio for $38.00 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of about $3.2 billion.
Hiring rate 42% above pre-COVID levels in India: Report
India's recruitment activity has been recovering steadily as the hiring rate in June 2021 was around 42 per cent above the prepandemic levels in 2019, says a report. According to LinkedIn India Labour Market Update for June 2021, there was a deepening hiring dip in April 2021, corresponding to a second wave of COVID19 cases in India. Since then, it has been recovering steadily, compared to the preCOVID levels in 2019.
Delhi reports 50 COVID cases, 4 deaths; positivity rate 0.08%
The national capital reported 50 COVID19 cases and four fatalities in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.08 percent, according to a health bulletin on Tuesday. On Sunday, 51 Covid infections and no death were recorded. This data was revealed on Tuesday as the Delhi government had not releases the COVID19 bulletin for the day. According to the bulletin, health authorities conducted 64,276 COVID19 tests on Monday.
US says over 110 mn COVID vaccines sent to 60 countries
The US has donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia, the White House announced Tuesday. President Joe Biden was expected to discuss that milestone and more later Tuesday in remarks updating the public on the U.S. strategy to slow the spread of coronavirus abroad. The announcement comes amid a rise in infections in the U.S., fueled by the highly contagious delta strain of the virus, which led U.S. public health officials last week to recommend that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 resume wearing face coverings in public indoor settings.
China's Wuhan, several cities begin mass testing, impose lockdowns amid COVID resurgence
Authorities in central China's Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged in 2019 and spiralled into a pandemic, on Tuesday began testing of its over 11 million people following the resurgence of cases, a year after it contained the deadly virus, even as a sense of unease prevailed in the country as several provinces reported fresh infections. Wuhan, which became famous all over the world for its first coronavirus lockdown early last year, broke the zero-infection record since June 2020, as seven new COVID-19 cases were reported. Authorities began a citywide COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, the official media here reported. The city has upgraded its epidemic response measures in the face of the recent coronavirus infections, locking down the area where COVID-19 infections have been reported while upgrading its risk levels, state-run Global Times reported.
V K Paul says no discussion yet on reducing private sector vaccine quota
V K Paul, NITI Aayog member of health, said no discussion on changing the private sector channel vaccine allocation as of now, absolutely not.
"We believe it is a very important channel that enhances our reach, it multiplies our effort." "We will continue to work with the private sector channel."
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at Union Health Ministry, addresses media on COVID vaccination drive.
- Total 47.85 crore doses were administered in the country including 37.26 crores of 1st dose & 10.59 crores of 2nd dose. We administered 19.6 lakh doses in May and 43.41 lakh doses in July. The total number of vaccine doses administered in July is more than double that in May.
- There are few states where over 3 crore vaccination doses have been supplied. UP has been given 4.88 crore doses, Maharashtra has been given 4.5 crore doses and Gujarat has been given 3.4 crore doses:
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at Union Health Ministry addresses media on COVID-19.
- On June 1, there were 279 districts where over 100 cases were reported but it has come down to 57 districts now, where over 100 cases are being reported in the country.
- Number of cases decreased in 222 districts. Case trajectory is seen in the limited area. There are 18 districts including 10 districts of Kerala where an increasing trend in cases is seen. These 18 districts constitute of 47.5% cases.
- There are 44 districts where the case positivity rate is over 10 percent. These districts are in Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland among others.
Maharashtra: Restaurant owners are unhappy with the state government's decision to allow restaurants to remain open till 4 PM.
Odisha logs 1,129 new COVID-19 cases, 69 fatalities
Odisha on Tuesday registered 1,129 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 9,80,866, while 69 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 6,120, a health department official said. The coastal state currently has 14,325 active cases. As many as 9,60,386 patients, including 1,785 on Monday, have recovered from the viral disease, the official said. As many as 1,67,63,047 people have so far been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines, of which 39,54,883 beneficiaries have received both the doses, he added.
BJP MPs get detailed note to take on critics of govt's response to Covid, vaccination
With the government's handling of COVID-19 being a major public issue, BJP MPs on Tuesday were given a detailed note on the government's response to the pandemic and the ongoing vaccination drive in an attempt by the party to arm its lawmakers with information to take on the critics. The booklets, prepared by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, claim all efforts to counter the disease cannot be attributed to just the Union or state governments but to "Team India" which acted with a "whole of government and whole of society" approach in a preemptive, proactive and graded manner. Opposition parties have been attacking the Narendra Modi dispensation and the BJP governments in poll-bound states such as Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa for their handling of the pandemic. They have also accused the central government of not doing enough to vaccinate people at a fast pace.
Russia finds Navalny ally Sobol guilty of breaching COVID-19 health rules
A Russian court on Tuesday found Lyubov Sobol, a close ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, guilty of breaching COVID19 safety regulations and restricted her movement for a year and half, her lawyer said.
COVID-19: No long term planning but industry cautiously optimistic as theatres reopen
Cinema turnstiles are beginning to turn again with biggies such as Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom lined up for release, and industry insiders, hopeful but wary, say they are only too conscious that the road to economic recovery is riddled with uncertainties in Covid times. As Covid numbers dip in parts of the country, Delhi and Mumbai have allowed theatres to open at 50 per cent capacity. Several states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, have also permitted cinemas to resume operations.
COVID-19: No long term planning but industry cautiously optimistic as theatres reopen
Cinema turnstiles are beginning to turn again with biggies such as Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom lined up for release, and industry insiders, hopeful but wary, say they are only too conscious that the road to economic recovery is riddled with uncertainties in Covid times. As Covid numbers dip in parts of the country, Delhi and Mumbai have allowed theatres to open at 50 percent capacity. Several states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, have also permitted cinemas to resume operations. "We are eagerly waiting to see theatres reopen with full capacity. That said, we also acknowledge the uncertainty of the current situation. As the adage goes, health is wealth -- and it is all the more important now, said Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope says the decision on opening Mumbai local trains for all has been put on hold
"We are not saying no, but the decision for relaxation in local trains has been put on hold. Many aspects to be considered before taking a call. The Chief Minister will discuss it further," says Tope.
Japanese PM flags growing COVID-19 infections among young people
Coronavirus infections are surging among Japanese in their 20s and 30s while more of those in their 40s and 50s are getting seriously ill, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. The prime minister added that he was determined to protect people's lives.
Puducherry logs 73 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally goes up to 1,21,132
Puducherry reported 73 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,21,132, a senior official of the Health Department said on Tuesday. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions and the toll remained at 1,795, Director of the Health Department S Mohan Kumar said. The number of active cases stood at 885 with 168 in hospitals and the remaining 717 in home isolation. The Director said the test positivity rate in the union territory was 1.29 percent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.48 percent and 97.79 percent respectively.
US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge
The US on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70 percent of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. Louisiana ordered nearly everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks again in all indoor public settings, including schools and colleges, and other cities and states likewise moved to reinstate precautions to counter a crisis blamed on the fast-spreading variant and stubborn resistance to getting the vaccine. "As fast as we are opening up units, they're being filled with COVID patients," lamented Dr. Sergio Segarra, chief medical officer of Baptist Hospital Miami, where the Florida chain reported an increase of well over 140% in the past two weeks in the number of people now hospitalized with the virus. "As quickly as we can discharge them they're coming in and they're coming in very sick. We started seeing entire families come down."
Arunachal Pradesh records 305 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths
At least 305 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 48,565, a senior health official said here on Tuesday. The toll rose to 234 with three more persons, including two women, succumbing to the infection over the past two days, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The state has 3,508 active cases, he said. As many as 469 patients have recuperated from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 44,823, Jampa said. The recovery rate stands at 92.29 percent and the positivity rate at 6.05 percent, the SSO said.
Over 2.75 crore vaccine doses still available with states, private hospitals: Centre
More than 2.75 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Over 49.85 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and a further 20,94,890 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 47,52,49,554 doses, the ministry said. The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June
READ | Importing of donated COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna by Cipla still stuck
The import of donated vaccines from Moderna by Cipla which had come to light in June is still stuck and there is no movement on commercial talks either, sources informed CNBC-TV18. "The government and Moderna are yet to reach an agreement on various clauses," sources said. Cipla, however, is working on creating the infrastructure to import the donated vaccines but is awaiting clarity from the government of India to move forward. Cipla will discuss tie-up with Moderna only once government clarifies on the indemnity clause.
The Maharashtra government on Monday eased COVID-19 restrictions in several districts, allowing government and private offices to function with full capacity. The state government, however, ordered the continuation of earlier-imposed restrictions in 11 districts – Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Beed, Raigad and Palghar.
Japan to hospitalise only most serious COVID-19 cases in surge
Japan will hospitalise only COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so while others isolate at home, officials said, as worries grew about a strained medical system amid a surge in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere. The country has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, and is recording more than 10,000 daily new infections nationwide. Tokyo had a record high of 4,058 on Saturday. Tokyo hospitals are already feeling the crunch, Hironori Sagara, director of Showa University Hospital, told Reuters. "There are those being rejected repeatedly for admission," he said in an interview. "In the midst of the excitement over the Olympics, the situation for medical personnel is very severe."
51 COVID-19 cases, no death reported in Delhi in a day: Health bulletin
Fifty-one COVID-19 cases and zero deaths were recorded in Delhi in a day, the city government said on Tuesday. The figures are of Sunday as the health department did not release the COVID-19 bulletin for the day. The health authorities conducted 53,728 COVID-19 tests on Sunday and the positivity rate stood at 0.09 percent, according to the bulletin. With the fresh cases, the national capital's overall infection tally has increased to 14,36,401. Over 14.10 lakh patients have recovered while the death toll stands at 25,054, the bulletin stated.