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Coronavirus News Highlights: PM Modi expresses concern over overcrowding, people roaming around without masks

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Coronavirus IndiaNews LIVE Updates: India recorded a single-day rise of 45,892 new COVID-19 cases, taking its infection tally to 3,07,09,557, while the count of active cases increased slightly to 4,60,704 after being on a consistent downward trend for nearly 55 days, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The death toll has climbed to 4,05,028 with 817 new fatalities being reported. The number of active cases comprises 1.50 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.18 percent, data updated by the ministry at 8 am showed. An increase of 784 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, it showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,98,43,825, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: PM Modi expresses concern over overcrowding, people roaming around without masks
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
  • PM Modi expresses concern over overcrowding, people roaming around without masks

    In the Council of Ministers,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed concerns over overcrowding and people roaming around without masks. PM told the council of ministers that there is no place for complacency and the threat of covid is far from over. He added that ministers should urge people to take all precautions. 

  • PM Modi expresses concern over high number of cases being reported from Maharashtra and Kerala

    In the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed concern over the high number of cases being reported from Maharashtra and Kerala.

  • PM Modi says no space for carelessness, single mistake would have far-reaching impacts, weaken fight against COVID

    PM Modi added that in such a time, there should be no space for carelessness or complacency. A single mistake would have far-reaching impacts and weaken the fight to overcome COVID-19: Sources

  • NHRC offers slew of suggestions to improve hospital facilities in GB Ngr amid Covid
    From standardised cost of treatment to keeping check on black markets, the NHRC has offered a range of recommendations to the administration on improving healthcare, following a visit of its team to hospitals and crematoria in Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Thursday. The team of the National Human Rights Commission, led by its Member Jyotika Kalra, had visited several hospitals and crematoria in the district on June 25, and asked the state's chief secretary to take "corrective measures"  ensuring better healthcare, the NHRC said in statement.

  • Patnaik seeks cooperation of all for smooth conduct of Puri Ratha Yatra amidst COVID crisis

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen   Patnaik Thursday sought cooperation of all including devotees for the smooth conduct of Lord Jagannaths annual Ratha Yatra this year on July 12 amid strict adherence to COVID19 protocols. Patnaik made the appeal and sought blessings of the lord while reviewing the preparation for the mega event falling on July 12.

  • Deaths due to COVID should be stated in documents: Madras HC

    The Madras High Court on   Thursday told the State government to ensure that the legal heirs/family members of Covid19 victims are issued a document mentioning the cause of the death in the certificate, so that they can claim compensation. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy passed the order while entertaining a PIL.

  • Pakistan PM Imran Khan warns countrymen of fourth COVID wave

    Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday warned that Pakistan could be hit by a fourth wave of the coronavirus if the people violated regulations to check the spread of the deadly disease that has claimed the lives of over 22,000 people in the country. Khan issued a video message for the people as the number of new COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically this week. The prime minister said the Delta variant of COVID-19 -- first identified in India -- could increase the rate of hospitalisations and deaths in Pakistan, giving the examples of Afghanistan and Indonesia which were reeling due to the delta variant. Khan asked the people to continue their cooperation with the administration and wear masks at all places. He said wearing masks was important at restaurants, wedding gatherings, and indoor spaces, because such spots are extreme contributors to spread of the virus.

  • Rs 23,000-cr package approved to provide various medical facilities across India under scheme, says PM Modi 
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said a new package of over Rs 23,000 crore has been approved to fight COVID. Under this, necessary arrangements like pediatric care units to ICU beds, oxygen storage, ambulances, and medicines will be made in all the districts of the country, said PM Modi.

  • Nurses at VPCI staging protest demanding Covid vaccination of all employees
     
    The nurses at the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) here have been protesting for the last three days by stopping work for two hours every day to demand Covid vaccination of all employees and against the "inexplicable delay in their promotions".  In a statement, the nurses said they have decided to stop work from 11 am to 1 pm from July 5 to July 9 following "repeated appeals to the VPCI administration regarding concerns stemming from the expansion of medical services in the institute without corresponding enhancement in the recruitment of nurses to manage the workload".
  • Gujarat reports 62 new COVID cases; no casualties 

    Gujarat on Thursday added 62 new COVID19 cases that raised its tally of infections to 8,24,091, an official from that state health department said.  With no fresh casualties in the last 24 hours for the second consecutive day, the state's toll stood at 10,072, while 534 patients were discharged from various hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 8,12,522, the official said.

  • New COVID cases decline in Tamil Nadu 

    Tamil Nadu continued to record a   decline in daily coronavirus cases as the state added only 3,211 infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall tally to 25.10 lakh. The toll mounted to 33,253 with 57 deaths.

  • Covid situation in India vastly improved, hope countries would ease travel restrictions: MEA
    The Ministry of External Affairs Thursday said it hopes that with the COVID19 situation in India vastly improved, foreign nations would ease travel restrictions from India, and asserted that it is taking up the issue with partners, including in the Gulf.     MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government is actively trying to help Indians who need to travel back to various countries across the world. "As we have said earlier, we hope that with the vastly improved Covid situation in India, countries would ease restrictions for travel from India. We have been taking up this issue with foreign partners wherever possible," Bagchi said when asked about problems being faced by Indians in traveling to other countries, especially Gulf nations.
  • Karnataka reports 2,530 new cases, 62 deaths

    Karnataka logged 2,530 new   cases of COVID19 and 62 deaths, pushing the total number of infections to 28,64,868 and toll to 35,663, the health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 3,344 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 27,90,453.

  • At many companies, changes from COVID-19 are now permanent
    The vending machine outside Pinch Spice Market dispensing packets of herbs and seasonings isnt a sales gimmick it helped cater to customers as the company struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic. Meaghan Thomas, co-owner of the Louisville, Kentucky, firm and her partner, Thomas McGee, never expected a stream of shoppers at their tiny factory during the pandemic. But people were cooking more at home and wanted to support local businesses. Theyd show up while the owners, the only employees, were trying to fill online orders. There was little or no time to also take care of in-person customers.

  • Australia accelerates COVID-19 vaccination rollout
    Sydney (AP) Australia is attempting to accelerate its sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rollout by encouraging Sydney residents to get their second AstraZeneca shot after two months instead of three. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday he encouraged people to take a second dose of AstraZeneca after two months given a growing cluster of the delta variant that has locked down Sydney for at least three weeks..

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    Coronavirus News Highlights: PM Modi expresses concern over overcrowding, people roaming around without masks
  • Mumbai: COVID-19 vaccination at civic, govt centres suspended on July 9

    The COVID19 vaccination drive at civic and governmentrun vaccination centres in Mumbai will remain suspended on Friday due to shortage of vaccines, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday. As per a statement issued by the civic body, the vaccination drive will resume once it receives a fresh stock of vaccines.

  • UP reports 112 new COVID cases, 10 deaths

    Ten more people succumbed to COVID19 in Uttar Pradesh, bringing the toll to 22,676, while the infection count reached 17,07,044 on Thursday with the detection of 112 fresh cases, according to an official statement. Of the new fatalities linked to the coronavirus, three were reported from Etah; two each from Amethi and Shahjahanpur; one each from Siddharthnagar, Pratapgarh, Moradabad, the UP government said in the statement issued here on Thursday.

  • Mumbai reports 540 new COVID cases, 13 deaths

    Mumbai reported 540 new coronavirus cases and 13 fatalities on Thursday, which took its cumulative infection tally to 7,26,824 and death toll to 15,586, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. As compared to Wednesday's figures, the city witnessed a marginal drop in COVID-19 cases, while the daily death count increased by four. There were 664 cases and nine fatalities on Wednesday, the civic officials said. Mumbai's daily death figure had come down to a single digit on Wednesday for the first time since June 21 this year. A total of 628 patients recuperated from the infection in the last 24 hours, which took the city's overall recovery count to 7,01,195. Mumbai's recovery rate is 96 per cent, the BMC officials said, adding that there are 7,714 active infection cases at present. In the last 24 hours, 37,802 tests were conducted, which pushed the overall test count of the country's financial capital to 74,23,483, they said. Mumbai's COVID-19 case doubling rate has reached 858 days, while the average growth rate between July 1 to July 6 was 0.08 per cent.

  • Goa reports 195 new COVID cases, 4 deaths

    Goa recorded 195 new coronavirus cases and four deaths on Thursday, the state health department said. The caseload in the coastal state thus rose to 1,68,210 and death toll reached 3,086, it added. With 176 persons getting discharged from hospitals, the number of recovered patients rose to 1,63,159. There are 1,965 active cases in the state now. As many as 4,696 samples were tested for the viral infection on Thursday, taking the number of tests conducted so far to 9,57,681. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,68,210, New cases 195, Death toll 3,086, Discharged 1,63,159, Active cases 1,965, Samples tested to date 9,57,681.

  • Kerala reports over 13,000 new COVID cases, active cases cross 1.10 lakh

    Kerala recorded 13,772 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, including 57 health workers, pushing the infection caseload to 30.25 lakh, while the active cases has crossed 1.10 lakh. As many as 11,414 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 29,00,600, the state government said.

    The active cases have touched 1,10,136. In the last 24 hours, 1,27,152 samples have been tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 10.83 per cent.

  • Central team expresses satisfaction over Kerala govt's COVID mitigation efforts

    The high-level  multidisciplinary public health team sent by the Centre to monitor the COVID19 control and containment measures in Kerala on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the mitigation methods implemented in the State. The team visited the Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Parippally medical college and Kolenchery General Hospital and took stock of the COVID19 treatment facilities andheld discussions with state Health Minister Veena George.

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    Coronavirus News Highlights: PM Modi expresses concern over overcrowding, people roaming around without masks
  • Kejriwal inaugurates genome sequencing lab at ILBS for detection of COVID variants

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates new genome sequencing lab at ILBS for detection of COVID variants

    "Results will come in 3-4 days. We can quickly detect a new variant. This lab is probably the only lab of its kind in northern India," says Kejriwal.

  • Kerala HC raps state govt over overcrowding in front of liquour vends amid COVID spread

    The Kerala High Court on Thursday   rapped the State government over the overcrowding in front of the staterun Beverages Corporation's(BEVCO) outlets amid the pandemic and asked it's MD and the State excise commissioner to file a report on the steps taken to reduce the crowd. Justice Devan Ramachandran, who heard the matter today, said customers lining up in front of liquor shops and spilling over to public spaces and roads, was certainly an affront to the dignity of a society as a whole.

  • Olympics to ban spectators as Tokyo declares COVID emergency

    Olympic organisers are set to ban all spectators from the Games, the Asahi daily said on Thursday, as Japan declared a coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo that will run through its hosting of the event to curb a new wave of infections, Reuters reported. Organisers were set to formally reach the decision on spectators during talks on Thursday, the newspaper said, citing people involved in the Games. Organisers said they would have a news conference at 10:45 p.m. (1345 GMT) following the discussions, but gave no further details.

  • EU could discuss joint recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates with Russia: TASS

    The European Union has proposed to Russia that they discuss the potential joint recognition of their COVID19 vaccination certificates, TASS news agency cited the bloc's ambassador to Moscow as saying on Thursday.

  • Sikkim reports 222 new COVID cases, positivity rate 20.6%

     

    Sikkim reported 222 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and one more death, as per the state Health Department bulletin. East Sikkim district registered the highest 85 new cases, followed by 79 in West Sikkim, 51 in South Sikkim and seven in North Sikkim, it said. There are 2,144 active cases in the state at present, it added. Sikkim has so far reported 21,795 COVID-19 cases. With the latest death, the state's toll reached 312.

  • WHO Chief Scientist Swaminathan says:

    India is also nine a fragile situation. Daily cases instance is flat, not going down. 
    Given the vast population which is susceptible, the public has to be extremely careful. 
    Even as India is ramping g up vaccination, not at the level of primary vaccination.
    The Idea must be to track at the sub-district level. 
    Govt needs to ensure that measures are being allowed on the ground. 
    Govt also needs to prepare for O2 capacity, manpower.

India recorded a single-day rise of 45,892 new COVID-19 cases, taking its infection tally to 3,07,09,557, while the count of active cases increased slightly to 4,60,704 after being on a consistent downward trend for nearly 55 days, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The death toll has climbed to 4,05,028 with 817 new fatalities being reported. The number of active cases comprises 1.50 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.18 percent, data updated by the ministry at 8 am showed. An increase of 784 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, it showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,98,43,825, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.