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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maha reports 9,000 new cases, 180 deaths; fatality rate at 2.04%

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India recorded 41,157 new coronavirus cases, which took the infection tally to 3,11,06,065, while the death toll climbed to 4,13,609 with 518 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The active cases have declined to 4,22,660 and comprise 1.36 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.31 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. It said that active COVID-19 cases have decreased by 1,365 in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 3 02 69 796, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.33 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maha reports 9,000 new cases, 180 deaths; fatality rate at 2.04%
  • Rise of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated population concerning: Dr Murthy
    America's Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy on Sunday expressed concern over the "significant increase" in COVID19 cases in the US, especially among the unvaccinated population, urging people to get vaccinated and assuring them that the current set of vaccines are highly effective against coronavirus. The IndianAmerican doctor said the vaccinated people are "highly protected" and 99.5 per cent of the deaths recorded from the COVID19 infection are among those who are unvaccinated.
  • Maha minister performs 'aarti' at temple despite COVID-19 restrictions
    At a time when religious places remain closed for common people in Maharashtra in view of the COVID19 pandemic, state Housing Minister and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad on Sunday visited a temple of Lord Ganesh here and performed aarti, inviting criticism from the BJP.            Awhad took darshan of the famous Navshya Ganpati temple located on the Gangapur Road and performed 'aarti', before leaving for Trimbakeshwar en route to Mumbai, sources said.            Notably, the Nashik district administration on Saturday decided to ban assembly of people at tourist spots in view of the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Delhi reports 51 new COVID cases, no fatality
    No death was reported due to COVID-19 in Delhi which recorded 51 new cases with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, according to a health bulletin issued on Sunday. Eighty patients recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours, it said. The national capital had recorded 59 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Saturday, while the positivity rate was 0.08 per cent. On Friday, Delhi had recorded 66 cases and one fatality, while the positivity rate was 0.09 per cent, while on Thursday the city had logged 72 cases and one death, with a positivity rate of 0.10 per cent.

  • Plea in SC against HC order dismissing plea for CBI probe into running of alleged illegal COVID vaccination centres in Kolkata
     
    A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging an order of the Calcutta High Court by which it had refused to direct a CBI probe into the alleged running of illegal COVID vaccination centres in Kolkata by a person impersonating as an IAS officer associated with the civic body of the capital city.  The high court had, on July 9, rejected the plea for the CBI probe into the allegations saying it was not necessary as state agencies have woken up and initiated the investigation.
  • Tamil Nadu reports 2,079 new COVID cases, 29 deaths 

    Tamil Nadu reports 2,079 new #COVID19 cases, 2,743 recoveries and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 27,897
    Total cases: 25,35,402
    Total recoveries: 24,73,781
    Death toll: 33,724

  • Maha reports 9,000 new COVID cases, 180 deaths; fatality rate at 2.04% 

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 9,000 fresh COVID19 cases and 180 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 62,14,190 and the toll to 1,27,031, the state health department said. With 5,756 patients getting discharged during the day, the count of recoveries in Maharashtra rose to 59,80,350 so far, leaving the state with 1,03,486 active cases, it said. Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 96.24 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent, the department said in a report.

  • Goa reports 120 COVID cases, 2 deaths
    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 120 and reached 1,69,740 on Sunday, while the day also saw two patients dying and 219 people getting discharged, an official said.The state has so far seen 3,111 deaths and its recovery count is 1,65,067, leading to an active caseload of 1,562, the official informed.

  • COVID: Goa board to announce Class 12 results on Monday

    The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will announce the results of higher secondary school certificate (Class 12) on July 19, its official said on Sunday. The board had cancelled the Class 12 exams this year due to the coronavirus situation and the students would be allotted marks on the basis of their internal assessment. Board chairman Bhagirath Shetye said that the board will formally declare the HSSC results at 5 pm on Monday. The results would be announced at the Directorate of Education at Porvorim, Shetye said, adding that he would make a presentation on the analysis and other feature of the results. A total of 18,195 students studied in Class 12 of the Goa board this year.

  • Delhi COVID vaccine stock to last for less than a day, says govt

    Delhi had less than a day's stock of coronavirus vaccine doses left on Sunday morning, according to the vaccination bulletin issued by the city government. The national capital received 60,000 doses of Covishield on Saturday, taking the total number of doses to 72,240, the bulletin said. The number of Covaxin doses available in the national capital stands at 2,05,630. Only 20 percent of Covaxin doses are to be used for first dose, since its stocks are limited and have irregular delivery cycles. As many as 93,55,271 vaccine doses have been administered in the national capital till date, including 22,15,357 second doses, according to data on the CoWIN portal.

  • Karnataka reports 1,708 new COVID cases, 36 deaths 

    Karnataka reports 1708 fresh #COVID cases, 2463 discharges, and 36 deaths in the past 24 hours.
     
    Active cases: 29,291
    Total discharges: 28,18,476
    Death toll: 36,157

  • COVID: Kanwar Yatra cancelled in Delhi

    In view of prevailing COVID situation, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has cancelled the organisation of the Kanwar Yatra in Delhi. This comes three days after the Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the State's move to go ahead with the annual yatra. Uttar Predesh too had cancelled Kanwar yatra in the state on Saturday.

  • IMA asks Kerala to withdraw order easing Covid restrictions ahead of Bakrid

    The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday asked the Kerala government to withdraw its decision to ease COVID19 restrictions ahead of Bakrid, terming it "unwarranted and inappropriate" at a time of a medical emergency. The apex doctors' organisation said it would knock the doors of the Supreme Court if the Kerala government does not enforce Covidappropriate behaviour to curtail the rising menace of the viral disease by withdrawing this decision.

  • Immunised pilgrims gather for haj as COVID restrictions limit numbers

    Muslim pilgrims vaccinated against COVID-19 gathered on Sunday for the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, which has barred worshippers from abroad for a second year running due to the pandemic and has also restricted entry from inside the kingdom, Reuters reported. Clad in white and carrying umbrellas against the blistering summer sun, 60,000 Saudi citizens and residents are performing the rite, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, compared with some 2.5 million in 2019. "I ask God to end the coronavirus, it made us very scared and made the situation very difficult," said Palestinian pilgrim Hassan Jabari.

  • Kerala reports 13,956 new COVID cases, 81 deaths 

    Kerala reports 13,956 new #COVID cases, 13,613 recoveries and 81 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,25,041
    Death toll: 15,350

  • VHP objects to easing of Covid restrictions for Eid-ul-Azha in Kerala
    The Vishva Hindu Parishad on Sunday objected to the Kerala government's decision to relax Covid restrictions in view of EidulAzha, which will be celebrated on July 21, saying it poses a "huge" public health challenge. The Uttarakhand government recently cancelled the annual Kanwar Yatra in view of the possibility of a third wave of the Covid pandemic hitting the country, the outfit's working president Alok Kumar told reporters.

  • Indonesia reports record number of doctor deaths from COVID in July

    Deaths of doctors from COVID-19 in Indonesia rose sharply in the first half of July, according to the profession's association, as the Delta variant of the coronavirus fuelled a surge in infections across the country. A total of 114 doctors died during July 1-17, the highest number reported for any period of similar length and more than 20% of the 545 total doctor deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, officials from Indonesia's doctors association (IDI) said during a virtual news conference.

  • UK hits target to offer every adult COVID-19 jab by July-end
    The UK government on Sunday declared it had hit its target of offering every adult in the country a COVID19 vaccine by the end of this month ahead of time. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said a total of 81,959,398 doses of COVID vaccines have been administered in the UK, with 46,227,101 people receiving a first dose (87.8 per cent) and 35,732,297 people receiving both doses (67.8 per cent).
  • UK PM, Rishi Sunak self-isolate after COVID-19 positive contact

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Downing Street neighbour, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, went into selfisolation on Sunday after being contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system about being in contact with a confirmed COVID19 positive. Downing Street confirmed the decision as a Uturn over an initial decision that Johnson and Sunak will both be participating in a daily contact testing pilot scheme to allow them to carry on essential government business from their workplaces.

  • Opera director Graham Vick dies of COVID complications at 67

    Graham Vick, a British director who founded Birmingham Opera Company and worked in opera houses around the world, has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 67. Birmingham Opera said it was devastated to announce that Vick, its artistic director, died Saturday. Born in Birkenhead in northwest England in 1953, Vick was a champion of taking opera to the people. As director of productions at Scottish Opera in the 1980s, he toured productions to remote communities. After setting up a company in Englands second city, Birmingham, in 1987, he staged operas in nontraditional venues including factories, warehouses and nightclubs.

  • Advisory issued to district collectors of pilgrimage centres on vaccination: TN Minister
     
    The Tamil Nadu government has   advised district collectors of popular pilgrimage centres to ensure that all the people in the region were fully vaccinated by the monthend, state minister Ma Subramanian said on Sunday. Speaking after inaugurating a vaccination camp in the city, he said the initiative to vaccinate all those living in popular pilgrimage centres and tourist destinations follows the government's earlier measures to focus on segments of people like lactating mothers, disabled persons and traders.
  • No exemption for fully-vaccinated people, need to undergo COVID test before entering Assam 

    The Assam government has tightened its screening procedure for people entering the state, with no exemption for even those who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, an official said on Sunday. With about 5 per cent of the new COVID-19 positive cases in the state in the last few days being of fully vaccinated people, testing of people entering the state is being once again made mandatory, the official said. The Assam government had on July 15 withdrawn its earlier order, dated June 25, 2021, which had exempted mandatory COVID-19 testing for air and train passengers who have received both doses of vaccine for the virus. The latest notification, issued by the Health and Family Welfare department, had said that "COVID positivity is observed even in some of the person(s) who have received two doses of vaccination in a few instances," and hence, the earlier given exemption was withdrawn.

  • In view of COVID guidelines, Delhi Police advises farmers to reconsider their protest plan near Parliament, says can't give permission now.

  • COVID response runs underground in junta-ruled Myanmar

    For a week, 21-year-old student Phoe Thar has been out by dawn to gather oxygen cylinders from the homes of coronavirus sufferers in Myanmar's second city of Mandalay. He and fellow volunteers line the tanks up outside charities for filling and returning, trying to save lives in a country whose health system has largely collapsed since a Feb. 1 coup and which now faces its worst surge of COVID-19 infections.

  • Haryana extends COVID restrictions till July 27
     Restaurants & bars are allowed to open from 10 am to 11pm with 50% of the seating capacity following COVID protocols from July 19.

  • UK PM Johnson exposed to COVID but dodges full quarantine

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister Rishi Sunak have been exposed to COVID-19 but will be exempt from some self-isolation rules and allowed to continue with essential work, drawing accusations of hypocrisy from opponents. Johnson and Sunak were identified as contacts of someone with COVID-19, a day after health minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive. The virus has disrupted the heart of government at a time when its coronavirus response is under intense scrutiny: almost all remaining restrictions in England will be lifted on Monday despite a huge surge in infections as ministers put their faith in the advanced vaccine programme.

  • South Africa soccer team at the Olympics report 3 COVID cases

    South Africa have confirmed three positive COVID-19 cases in their soccer squad to take part at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, including players Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi. Video Analyst Mario Masha also tested positive on arrival in Tokyo as the team prepares to face hosts Japan on Thursday.

  • Portable theatres become COVID-19 vaccination centres in Delhi
    From entertaining hundreds as a travelling theatre to re-inventing itself as a coronavirus facility amid the intense second wave, the portable cinema hall has now been transformed into vaccination centre for inoculating people against the infection. The travelling theatre was established to take cinema to rural and interior parts of the country in 2015 and has since showcased different films. Even though the cinema business was paralysed by the pandemic, these inflatable theatres on wheels resumed with all COVID-19 protocols. The last film screened in these theatres was Kaagaz that was taken to the interiors of Uttar Pradesh this year, but as the pandemic situation worsened in the country, it was decided to convert these 150-seater theatres to Covid facilities.

  • Karnataka announces more relaxations

    - Night Curfew to be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am. 
    - Cinema halls/multiplexes/theatres/auditoriums and similar places permitted to operate with 50% of its seating capacity strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour and SOPs .
    - Colleges and institutions pertaining to Department of Higher Education, permitted to re-open from July 26. Only students, teaching and non-teaching/other staff who have taken at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to attend the colleges,institutions. Attendance of students will be optional.
    - All Skill Development trainings including long term technical courses are permitted.

  • READ | COVID-19 vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

    No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic.

    Inequity is everywhere: Inoculations go begging in the United States while Haiti, a short plane ride away, received its first delivery July 15 after months of promises 500,000 doses for a population over 11 million. Canada has procured more than 10 doses for every resident; Sierra Leone's vaccination rate just cracked 1 percent on June 20.

    It's like a famine in which the richest guys grab the baker, said Strive Masiyiwa, the African Unions' envoy for vaccine acquisition.

  • READ | COVID-19 vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

     

    No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic.

    Inequity is everywhere: Inoculations go begging in the United States while Haiti, a short plane ride away, received its first delivery July 15 after months of promises 500,000 doses for a population over 11 million. Canada has procured more than 10 doses for every resident; Sierra Leone's vaccination rate just cracked 1 percent on June 20.

    It's like a famine in which the richest guys grab the baker, said Strive Masiyiwa, the African Unions' envoy for vaccine acquisition.

India recorded 41,157 new coronavirus cases, which took the infection tally to 3,11,06,065, while the death toll climbed to 4,13,609 with 518 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The active cases have declined to 4,22,660 and comprise 1.36 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.31 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. It said that active COVID-19 cases have decreased by 1,365 in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 3 02 69 796, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.33 percent, the data stated.