Coronavirus News Highlights: Congress skips all-party meeting on COVID; TMC, NCP among those who were present

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India recorded 30,093 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 125 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,11,74,322, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 4,14,482 with 374 daily fatalities, the lowest in 111 days, while the active cases have declined to 4,06,130, the lowest in 117 days. The active caseload comprises 1.30 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.37 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A decrease of 15,535 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 3,03,53,710.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Congress skips all-party meeting on COVID; TMC, NCP among those who were present
  • 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.
     
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  • No shortage of Covid vaccines, no delay in placing orders with domestic manufacturers: Govt
     
    There has been no shortage of Covid vaccines and the government has been providing free supply of vaccines to states and union territories for inoculating prioritised beneficiaries, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.  Also, there has been no delay in placing orders with domestic vaccine manufacturers, rather advance orders of vaccines are placed with Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for supply of COVID19 vaccines, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.
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  • UK court rules government acted lawfully over COVID travel rules

    London's High Court on Tuesday ruled that Britain acted lawfully over its socalled traffic lights system for travellers entering Britain in a case brought by Manchester Airports Group (MAG), backed by a number of airlines.

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  • Floor leaders meet: PM Modi expresses concern over large number of healthcare workers not yet vaccinated  

    At the floor leaders meet, PM said that it's a matter of concern that a significant number of Healthcare workers & Frontline workers are yet to get the vaccine even after 6 months since the drive commenced & added that states need to be more proactive towards this: Govt of India

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  • PM Modi told floor leaders about rising speed of India’s vaccination, last 10 cr doses took only 24 days 

    At the floor leaders meeting, PM Modi informed leaders about the rising speed of India’s vaccination program & how the first 10 crore doses took around 85 days while the last 10 crore doses have taken 24 days: Govt of India

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  • 46% Covid vaccine doses administered to women: Govt
    As of July 16, 46 per cent of the total number of COVID19 vaccine doses were administered to women, which is proportionate to the country's women population (48 per cent), the government informed Parliament on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said one of the reasons for the slight gap in the vaccine coverage of women is that at the beginning of the vaccination drive, pregnancy and lactation were contraindications for inoculation, thereby making the women of childbearing age ineligible for it.

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  • No vaccination in Mumbai tomorrow due to the non-availability of vaccines 

    Maharashtra: No vaccination session will be held in Mumbai tomorrow, due to the non-availability of COVID vaccines: Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

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  • West Bengal reports 752 COVID cases, 10 deaths 

    West Bengal reports 752 COVID cases, 992 patient discharges, and 10 deaths today

    Active cases: 12,509
    Total discharges: 14,89,069
    Total deaths: 18,021

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  • Amazon to end testing for COVID-19 at warehouses this month

    Amazon will stop testing workers for COVID-19 at its warehouses at the end of this month, citing the availability of vaccines and free testing. The company began testing warehouse workers last year when tests were more difficult to secure. Warehouse workers, who were considered essential, packed and shipped orders throughout the pandemic. Amazon disclosed in October that nearly 20,000 workers, or about 1.4% of its total workforce, had been infected with COVID-19 by that point in 2020. Vaccines began to roll out about two months later and in May, employees who uploaded a picture of their vaccine cards to an Amazon worker app were all

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  • Gujarat reports 29 new COVID cases

    At least 29 persons tested positive for COVID19 in Gujarat on Tuesday, taking the state's tally of infections to 8,24,546, an official from the state health department said. The toll stood at 10,076 with no fresh casualties, while the count of recoveries rose to 8,14,059 after 61 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said.

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  • Kerala extends COVID restrictions by one more week, says Pinarayi Vijayan 

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the COVID19 restrictions already in place would continue for another week as the average test positive rate was still above 10 percent.The Chief Minister's statement comes hours after the Supreme Courttermed as "wholly uncalled for" the Left government's relaxation of lockdown restrictions in areas with high COVID19 positivity rate, ahead of Bakrid festival.

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  • Congress skips all-party meeting on COVID; TMC, NCP among those were present
     
    A number of opposition parties, including the Trinamool Congress, NCP and Samajwadi Party, attended an allparty meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss the government's handling of the COVID19 situation while the main opposition party Congress skipped it.    Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among those present in the meet for the floor leaders of all parties. Other Union ministers, included Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. NCP's Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party's Ramgopal Yadav and BJD's Pinaki Misra were among the opposition leaders who attended the meeting. Leaders of the BSP and TRS also attended the meeting.  While many nonNDA regional parties attended the meeting, the BJP's former ally, Akali Dal, also skipped it. The Left parties also did not attend the meeting.  Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress is not boycotting the meeting but it will not attend as his party wants the government to present the facts on the floor of both houses of Parliament.
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  • Maharashtra reports 6,910 new COVID cases, 147 deaths 

    Maharashtra reports 6,910 new #COVID cases, 7,510 patient discharges, and 147 deaths in the past 24 hours 

    Active cases: 94,593
    Total discharges: 60,00,911
    Death toll: 1,30,753

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  • Goa reports 132 new COVID cases, 2 deaths

    Active cases: 1,409
    Total cases: 1,69,971
    Death toll: 3,113

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  • Karnataka reports 1,464 new COVID cases, 29 deaths 

    Karnataka reports 1,464 fresh #COVID cases, 2,706 discharges, and 29 deaths in the past 24 hours.
     
    Active cases: 26,256
    Total discharges: 28,24,197
    Death toll: 36,226

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  • Haryana reports 36 new COVID cases, 3 fatalities

    Haryana on Tuesday reported three coronavirus-related fatalities, taking the death toll to 9,608 while 36 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 7,69,605. According to the Health Department's daily bulletin, the new deaths were reported from Hisar, Sirsa and Jind districts. Of the fresh cases, seven cases were recorded in Gurgaon and four from Yamunanagar, among others. There are 784 active cases in the state, while a total of 7,59,213 people have recovered from the infection. The recovery rate was 98.65 per cent, the bulletin said.

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  • Ladakh reports 7 COVID cases, 11 recoveries
    The Union Territory of Ladakh recorded seven COVID19 cases on Tuesday, taking its infection tally to 20,264, while 11 more patients were cured of the disease, pushing the number of recoveries to 19,959, officials said. All seven new cases are in Leh, they said.

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  • COVID vaccination: Maha crosses 4-crore doses mark
    The number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in Maharashtra crossed the 4crore mark on Tuesday, including one crore doses being given to beneficiaries in less than a month's time due to increase in stock, officials said. Maharashtra hit the 3crore mark on June 26, while the number of doses administered had crossed the 2crore mark on May 13. The state had administered 1.20 lakh doses till Tuesday afternoon, in the process taking the overall count to over 4 crore, with 3,06,99,399 people getting the first jab and 93,25,362 getting the second one as well, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said.

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  • Kerala reports 16,848 new COVID cases, 104 deaths 

    Kerala reports 16,848 new COVID cases, 12,052 recoveries, and 104 deaths today

    Active cases: 1,26,398 
    Total recoveries: 30,45,310
    Death toll: 15,512

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  • Strategy to prevent resurgence of Covid cases deliberated upon in expert panels: Govt

    The strategy to prevent resurgence of COVID19 cases through various public health measures has been deliberated upon in different technical committees and the Centre continues to advise states to strictly follow the strategy of "testtracktreatvaccination and adherence to Covidappropriate behaviour", Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday. Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said this in response to a question on whether the government has undertaken any detailed study with experts on how to minimise the threat and likelihood of a third wave of the pandemic, if not prevention.

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  • Kerala reports 16,848 new COVID cases, TPR rises close to 12%

    Kerala on Tuesday   recorded 16,848 fresh COVID19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 31,87,716, with the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) climbing close to 12 per cent after remaining around the 10 per cent mark for several weeks.     The number of people who have succumbed to the virus rose to 15,512 with 104 more deaths, a state government release said.

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  • ICMR's Balram Bhargava says when govt considers reopening schools it should open primary first  

    ICMR's Balram Bhargava on School reopening says it is wise to reopen primary schools first. "Once India/districts consider reopening schools it will be wise to open primary schools first."  Should reopen primary classes before secondary schools. "Must ensure teachers and school staff are fully vaccinated before reopening. We know that children can handle viral infections much better than adults." "Young children have lower no of Ace receptors where the virus attaches. Sero-survey shows antibody exposure in children and adults similar." He added countries in Europe did not shut down primary schools during pandemic.

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  • States are given vaccine availability projections 15 days in advance; it's their responsibility to plan inoculation accordingly: Health Minister says

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  • Not appropriate to say Covid third wave will hit children more, says Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya citing experience of previous waves

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  • Zydus Cadila, Bharat Biotech conducting trials of COVID vaccines on children, says health minister  

    Zydus Cadila, and Bharat Biotech are conducting trials of Covid vaccines on children, said Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. "Zydus Cadila has applied for emergency use authorisation for its DNA-based vaccine against coronavirus," said Mandaviya.

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  • Getting 11-12 crore doses of Serum Institute's Covishield vaccine per month: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

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  • Bharat Biotech to supply 3.5 crore doses of its Covid vaccine in August: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says in Rajya Sabha

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  • Phase-III clinical trials' report of DRDO's 2DG oral drug likely to be available by August-end: Govt

    "The complete clinical study report of Phase-III trials of DRDO's 2DG oral drug in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients is expected to be available by the end of August 2021," said Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in Lok Sabha."DRDO has transferred the technology to produce 2DG drug, which was given emergency use authorization as adjunct therapy in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients, to 4 pharma companies other than Dr Reddy's": Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in Lok Sabha.

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  • No deaths due to lack of oxygen specifically reported by states, UTs during second COVID wave: Centre

    No deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and UTs during the second COVID19 wave, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. But there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and it peaked at nearly 9000 MT compared to 3095 MT in the first wave following which the Centre had to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the states, it said.

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  • Congress, SAD will not attend Tuesday's all-party meeting on COVID
    The main opposition Congress said it wouldn't attend the government's meeting with floor leaders of all parties on COVID19 later on Tuesday.  Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress is not boycotting the meeting, but it will not attend as it wants the government to present the facts on the floor of both houses of Parliament.
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India recorded 30,093 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 125 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,11,74,322, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 4,14,482 with 374 daily fatalities, the lowest in 111 days, while the active cases have declined to 4,06,130, the lowest in 117 days. The active caseload comprises 1.30 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.37 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A decrease of 15,535 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 3,03,53,710.

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