Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India recorded less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after 132 days while its active caseload fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days on Tuesday, according to Union health ministry data. India recorded 29,689 new coronavirus infections that pushed its tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,40,951 while the death toll climbed to 4,21,382 with 415 daily fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The active cases have declined to 3,98,100 and comprise 1.27 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.39 percent, it stated. The number of active cases fell by 13,089 in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has declined to 1.73 percent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.33 percent, the ministry data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,21,469, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, it said.
Britain reports highest deaths from COVID-19 since March as Johnson urges caution
Britain reported its highest number of deaths and people in hospital with coronavirus since March on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging caution despite a week of lower reported numbers of infection. Britain reported 131 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily total since March 17, though it came after just 14 deaths were reported on Monday, suggesting the weekend might have impacted when deaths were reported.
No specific recommendation regarding Covid vaccine booster dose by NTAGI or NEGVAC: Govt
No specific recommendation regarding Covid vaccine booster dose has been made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization or the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID19, Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday. There are, at present, no recommendation on booster dose from the World Health Organization as well, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.
Maharashtra reports 6,258 new COVID cases, 254 deaths
COVID19 | Maharashtra reports 6,258 new cases, 254 deaths and 12,645 recoveries today
Centre trashes reports claiming India's COVID death rate may be about 7-8 times higher
The Centre on Tuesday dismissed as "totally fallacious" media reports based on a "yetto be peerreviewed" study that claimed at least 2.7 to 3.3 million COVID19 deaths during the two waves in India. In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said the report further "concludes" that India's COVID death rate may be about 78 times higher than the officially reported toll and claims that "most of these additional deaths are likely to have been due to COVID19".
Centre asks states, UTs for data on deaths linked to oxygen shortage during 2nd COVID wave: Sources
The Centre has sought from states and Union Territories data on deaths linked to oxygen shortage during the second of COVID-19, sources said on Tuesday. According to them, the information will be tabled in Parliament before the Monsoon session ends. Last week, opposition parties had hit out at the government after it told Parliament that no deaths due to oxygen shortage have been specifically reported by states and Union Territories during the second COVID-19 wave. "The Centre has sought data from states and Union Territories on deaths in connection with oxygen shortage during the second of COVID-19. The information will be collected and presented in Parliament before the Monsoon session ends," a source said.
Congress says chaotic scenes at Ujjain temple show govt's failure to enforce COVID rules
The Madhya Pradesh government's failure to enforce COVID19 protocol and control the crowds led to a "near stampedelike" situation at the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, the Congress alleged on Tuesday. A large number of devotees turned up at the temple on Monday, the first in the holy month of Shravan, despite coronavirus restrictions and the rush to enter briefly led to a chaotic situation.
Delhi reports 77 new COVID cases, 2 deaths; positivity rate at 0.11%
Delhi reports 77 new #COVID19 cases, 42 recoveries and two deaths in the last 24 hours
Active cases: 570
Total recoveries: 14,10,410
Death toll: 25,046
COVID vaccination for children likely to start soon, health minister tells BJP MPs
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday told BJP MPs that Covid vaccination for children is likely to start soon, sources said. During the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Mandaviya said that the Covid vaccination drive is going on in full swing in the country. Currently, only those who are 18 or above are eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus. Very soon a vaccine is expected for children and inoculation for them will start, the sources quoted the minister as telling the MPs.
Mumbai reports 5 new COVID deaths, lowest since March 16
Mumbai on Tuesday reported five deaths from COVID-19, the lowest addition in a day to the toll after March 16, the silver lining in the fight against the pandemic coming a day after the country's financial capital witnessed the lowest number of cases after April last year. The COVID-19 tally in Mumbai increased by 343 on Tuesday to touch 7,34,761 and the toll rose by five to touch 15,789, a civic official said. He said 466 people were discharged during the day, taking the recovery count in Mumbai to 7,11,315. With 28,058 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Mumbai went up to 80,18,377.
Manipur extends curfew till August 3 with some relaxations
Manipur government extends curfew till August 3 with some relaxations; Insurance offices of banks permitted to open for three days
Covishield gives 93% protection against COVID, 98% mortality reduction, finds AFMC study
Covishield gives 93 per cent protection against COVID-19 and a 98 per cent mortality reduction, the government said on Tuesday referring to a study by the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) during the second COVID-19 wave that was driven by the Delta variant. Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul presented findings of the study which was conducted on 15 lakh doctors and frontline workers.
Karnataka reports 1,501 new COVID cases, 32 deaths
Karnataka on Tuesday logged 1,501 new COVID19 cases and 32 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28,97,664 and the toll to 36,437. The day also saw 2,039 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,38,717.
Assam govt issues revised COVID SOP, inter-district transport to remain suspended
Two districts of Assam will continue to remain under total containment zone due to high COVID19 positivity rate, while the ban on interdistrict movement of people will be in force in the state till further orders, according to the revised Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Tuesday. Golaghat and Lakhimpur districts will remain under roundtheclock curfew, the order signed by Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, in his capacity as chairperson, state executive committee of the ASDMA, said.
Goa sees 148 new COVID cases; 4 more fatalities
With the addition of 148 fresh cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Goa rose to 1,70,729 on Tuesday, an official from the health department said. The count of recoveries reached 1,66,459, after 151 patients were discharged from hospitals, while four casualties during the day took the toll to 3,140, the official said.
Bangkok sends COVID patients to hometowns by train
Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people, who tested positive for the coronavirus, from Bangkok to their hometowns on Tuesday for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital's overwhelmed medical system.
Kerala reports 22,129 new cases, 156 deaths; positivity rate rises to 12.35%
COVID19 | Kerala reports 22,129 new cases and 156 deaths today; active caseload reaches 1,45,371. Positivity rate rises to 12.35%
Cong-led opposition in Kerala assembly target Left govt for 'failed' COVID management
The Congress-led UDF on Tuesday hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayanled government for alleged failure in addressing the livelihood issues and financial burden of common people caused due to the outbreak of COVID19 and the pandemicinduced lockdown in Kerala. However, the left government rejected the charges listing various schemes and crores of rupeesworth rehabilitationpackages being implemented to revive different sectors, devastated due to the spread of the deadly virus.
HC asks Delhi govt to give details of COVID vaccination drive on inmates in jail
The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the Delhi government to inform about its COVID-19 vaccination drive which is going on in the jails here on the existing inmates and the new comers. The high court asked the government to file an affidavit highlighting the authorities' plan for administering second dose on the prisoners. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh granted time to the Delhi government to file a fresh affidavit to highlight how vaccination programme is going on in the jail on those who are already lodged in prison, be it undertrials or convicts, and those who are new comers there. It also asked the government also to highlight how periodically health check up is conducted on the inmates and listed the matter for further hearing on September 16.
2nd India-Sri Lanka T20 postponed as Krunal Pandya tests positive for COVID
The second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka here on Tuesday was postponed after visiting all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19. Krunal, who tested positive on Monday, has been quarantined and the entire contingent's RT-PCR test reports are awaited. "Yes, Krunal has tested positive and today's T20 international has been postponed. The RT-PCR test reports of others in the Indian contingent are awaited," a senior BCCI official told PTI.
In past few weeks, there has been slowdown in rate of decline of avg daily Covid cases: Govt
In the past few weeks, there has been a slowdown in the rate of decline of average daily Covid cases, which is a cause of concern, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. It also said that there are 54 districts in 12 states and Union Territories, which reported over 10 per cent Covid positivity rate for the week ending July 26.
22 districts in 7 states are reporting an increasing trend in daily COVID-19 cases for the last four weeks. This is a cause of concern, says the government.
Health Ministry seeks details of fake Covid tests from states: Govt
The Union health ministry has sought details on the issue of fake Covid tests from states, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Uttarakhand has reported instances of fake Covid tests, Pawar said in a written reply to whether the government is aware that several private firms have been found to be involved in fake Covid tests rackets endangering people's lives. The ministry was also asked about details of such states where such instances of fake tests have been reported.
Plea in SC seeks setting up of international task force on COVID deaths
A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre to set up an international task force of experts to find out the extent to which the new COVID-19 virus strain was responsible for the deaths in India from April to June this year. The plea in the top court, filed by Mumbai-based Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat Congress, has also sought directions that this international task force should report to the top court where did the delta variant originate from.
Census 2021 related field activities postponed due to COVID-19: Govt
The field activities related to the census 2021 exercise in the country have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday. Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha that census 2021 was to be conducted under the provisions of the Census Act of 1948 in two phases. They were house listing and housing census during April-September, 2020 and population enumeration during February 9-28, 2021. "However, census-related field activities have been postponed till further orders due to COVID-19 pandemic," he said. The minister added that in the census, data is collected on demographic and various socio-economic parameters like education, SC/ST, religion, language, marriage, fertility, disability, occupation, and migration of the individuals. It also collects data on migration characteristics along with the reasons for migration such as work/employment and business, he said.
Gujarat govt to give Rs 2,000 monthly aid to children who have lost a parent to COVID-19
The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced that children who have lost a parent to COVID-19 will get a monthly assistance of Rs 2,000 under the existing scheme of Mukhya Mantri Bal Seva Yojna. Earlier, only children who had lost both their parents to the disease were covered under the scheme and were eligible to get a monthly assistance of Rs 4,000 till they turn 21, and if they chose to go for higher studies after the age of 21, they would receive Rs 6,000 per month till they turn 24. At least 776 children, who lost both parents to the infection, received the first monthly instalment of Rs 4,000 each under the Bal Seva Yojna, earlier this month. The state government has now decided to extend the benefit of this scheme to children who have lost one of their parents to COVID-19, said Sunaina Tomar, additional chief secretary of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department, in a written communication to district collectors.