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Coronavirus News Highlights: China sounds COVID alarm as Delta variant spreads to 18 provinces

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 41,831 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 3,16,55,824, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 4,24,351 with 541 daily fatalities. Registering an increase for the fifth consecutive cases, the active cases have climbed to 4,10,952 and comprises 1.30 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,032 Covid cases has been recorded in the total number COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,20,521, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: China sounds COVID alarm as Delta variant spreads to 18 provinces
  • 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.
     
  • Gujarat reports 23 COVID cases, over 3.73 lakh vaccinated

    Gujarat on Sunday reported 23 COVID19 cases, the fifth day in a row when the addition was less than 30, taking the overall tally in the state to 8,24,900, an official said. The toll remained at 10,076 as the state witnessed no death from infection during the day, in the process maintaining the fatality clean slate that began on July 19.

  • Bengal reports 701 new COVID cases, 13 deaths

    West Bengal's COVID19 tally rose to 15,28,720 on Sunday as 701 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 18,149, a health bulletin said. North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 93, followed by Darjeeling (64) and Kolkata (60).

  • Goa sees 59 new COVID-19 cases

    Goa on Sunday reported 59 fresh coronavirus positive cases and one death, taking the tally to 1,71,205 and the toll to 3,148, a health department official said.      With 105 patients being discharged during the day, the count of recoveries in Goa rose to 1,67,046, leaving the state with 1,011 active cases, the official said.        With 3,534 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Goa reached has gone up to 10,59,718, he added.

  • Britain reports 24,470 COVID cases and 65 deaths on Sunday

    Britain reported 24,470 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a drop from 26,144 on Saturday, and 65 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down from 71 on Saturday. The government also said 46,851,145 people had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 38,345,841 had received two doses.

  • Opening schools after taking a written undertaking from the parents' of students: Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla 

    We're opening schools after taking a written undertaking from the parents' of students, allowing their children to attend physical classes. We're following COVID protocols & opening all schools from tomorrow: Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla

  • Maharashtra reports 6,479 new COVID cases, 157 deaths; fatality rate at 2.1%

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 6,479 fresh COVID-19 cases and 157 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 63,10,194 and the toll to 1,32,948 while 4,110 patients recovered, the state health department said. With the new additions, the tally of recoveries in Maharashtra now stands at 60,94,896, leaving the state with 78,962 active cases with a recovery rate of 96.59 per cent. The case fatality rate is 2.1 per cent, it said. Mumbai reported 328 new cases and 10 deaths, which raised the overall case-load to 7,35,107 and the count of fatalities to 15,899, the department said in a statement. Mumbai division reported 998 cases during the day and 17 deaths, taking the tally to 16,41,493 and the toll to 34,365.

  • Maha govt committed to keeping economic cycle moving amid COVID pandemic, says CM

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the state government was committed to ensuring that the economic and development cycle keeps moving despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ghatkopar -Mankhurd flyover, Thackeray said the development and economic cycle had regained momentum and will keep moving. The 3-km flyover is expected to ease commuting from the eastern part of Mumbai to Navi Mumbai as it will significantly reduce the travel time on the congested Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road. "The Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Road sees multiple bottlenecks due to traffic coming from the Eastern expressway, the Santacruz-Chembur flyover and the Eastern freeway. This new flyover constructed by the Mumbai civic body will help resolve the matter," the chief minister said.

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,990 new COVID cases, 26 deaths 

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,990 new #COVID cases, 2,156 recoveries, and 26 deaths today.

    Active cases: 20,524
    Total recoveries: 25,06,961
    Death toll: 34,102

  • Delhi reports 85 new COVID cases, 1 death; positivity rate at 0.12%

    The national capital Sunday reported 85 coronavirus cases and one death, while the positivity rate stood at 0.12 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. With the new cases, the overall infection tally in the city climbs to 14,36,350. Of this, over 14.10 lakh patients have recovered from the disease. The death toll now stands at 25,054. On Saturday, the city had reported 58 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent and one death due to the infection. On Friday, the capital logged 63 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.09 percent and three deaths. On Thursday, it registered 51 cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 0.08 per cent and zero deaths.

  • Indonesia extends COVID-19 restrictions for outside Java

    Indonesia extended restrictions outside Java island by another week in efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, local media reported on Sunday citing an interior ministry senior official. The highest level of restrictions was extended until Aug. 9 for regions outside Java categorised as "Level 4" areas, or areas that have a high level of infections and hospital's bed occupancy rate, Safrizal Z.A., a senior official at the Home Affairs Ministry, told local media. Workers employed by non-essential businesses will continue to work from home and shopping malls will remain closed.

  • Karnataka reports 1,875 new cases, 25 deaths 
    COVID-19 | Karnataka reports 1,875 new cases, 25 deaths and 1,502 recoveries. Total positive cases at 29,06,999 and Active cases at 24,144

  • China sounds COVID alarm as Delta variant spreads to 18 provinces
    The highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 has raised major concerns in China as it spread to 18 provinces with fresh cases emerging in capital Beijing on Sunday. At least 18 provinces in China have sounded alarm about COVID-19 as more than 300 domestic cases were detected in 10 days, posing great challenges to the country as it deals with the worst epidemic in months, official media reported. At least 27 cities in 18 provinces reported more than 300 confirmed cases in recent days, including Beijing, Jiangsu and Sichuan, state-run Global Times reported on Sunday. The number of medium and high-risk regions across the country rose to 95 on Sunday, of which 91 are medium-risk regions and four are high-risk regions, including Dehong Prefecture of Yunnan, Nanjing of Jiangsu and Zhengzhou of Henan, the report said.

  • Schools, colleges, educational institutions to remain closed till further orders in Jammu & Kashmir

    All schools, colleges and other educational institutions including coaching centres shall remain closed till further orders. They are permitted to seek personal attendance of limited vaccinated staff for administrative purposes:  Govt of Jammu & Kashmir

  • UK offers shopping vouchers, pizza discounts to boost vaccinations among youth 
    From shopping vouchers and pizza discounts to Uber reminders, the UK is planning a so-called vouchers for vaccines scheme to encourage greater uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among the younger age groups of the country. A number of ride-hailing and food delivery apps will be offering discounted travel and meals to people who get vaccinated, with offers including free lifts to vaccine centres and cheap meals for those already inoculated. Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the brands in the UK that are part of the government-backed scheme. "This is the next step in helping get people vaccinated and safely back to normal," a spokesperson for Deliveroo said. your jab as easy as grabbing a pizza, hopefully we can help our teams and our customers get both their first and second doses as easily and quickly as possible," added Thom Elliot, Pizza Pilgrims Founder.

  • Here's Mandaviya's response to Rahul Gandhi over COVID vaccination

    "Over 13 crore have been vaccinated in July in the country.... I've heard, you are one of those 13 crores people who have been vaccinated in July": Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya's response to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over COVID vaccination

  • Thailand extends stricter COVID measures until end-August

    Thailand on Sunday extended tighter containment measures in the capital and high-risk provinces until the end of August, government sources said, to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the country deals with its biggest outbreak to date. The restrictions, including travel curbs, mall closures and curfews, will be expanded to 29 provinces from 13, the sources told Reuters. Restaurants in shopping malls will be allowed to open only for deliveries.

  • Goa misses July 31 deadline to give first COVID vaccine dose to all
    The July 31 deadline to complete administering the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to all eligible beneficiaries in Goa has been missed as only 87 per cent of the target has been met, a senior official said on Sunday. The July 31 deadline was set by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with the aim of getting the state prepared to tackle a possible third wave of the infection. "Now, 87 per cent of the eligible population of Goa has been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, 23 per cent of beneficiaries have got both doses," State Vaccination Officer Dr Rajendra Borkar told reporters. Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte attacked the Sawant government for missing the deadline and said the BJP was more interested in "trampling democracy" than fighting the pandemic.

  • COVID: Sri Lanka lifts inter-provincial travel ban
    Sri Lanka on Sunday lifted its threemonthlong interprovincial travel ban, as the coronavirus vaccination drive picks up pace in the  country.  However, the travel permission as of now will only be extended to government employees on official duty. While public buses resumed services on Sunday, public trains will resume services on Monday.
  • Companies spending on COVID vaccines for individuals except staff to be considered CSR activity

    Companies spending funds on COVID vaccination for individuals other than employees and their families will be considered as a CSR expenditure. The corporate affairs ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act, 2013, has issued a clarification in this regard. In March 2020, the ministry had said that spending on COVID-19 would be considered as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. "... it is further clarified that spending of CSR funds for COVID-19 vaccination for persons other than the employees and their families, is an eligible CSR activity," the ministry said in a circular on July 30.

  • 6 banished for breaking COVID rules

    Tokyo Olympics organizers say they have banished six people, including two silver medalists from the country of Georgia, for breaking rules designed to protect against COVID-19 cases. Toshiro Muto, the games chief executive, says it was a clear and serious violation of the so-called playbooks of health and safety rules for two Georgian judokas to go sight-seeing.

  • AIADMK tells TN CM to ensure full compliance of COVID guidelines as fresh cases rise

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K   Stalin should ensure complete compliance of COVID19 guidelines and take steps to protect people against a "third wave of coronavirus," AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam said on Sunday.     Citing the trend of a marginal rise in fresh virus cases in Tamil Nadu from July 29, Panneerselvam said improper enforcement of norms to help prevent virus spread was the reason behind the spike.

  • Pondicherry logs 90 new COVID-19 cases

     

    Puducherry reported 90 fresh cases of coronavirus on Sunday, taking the total caseload to 1,21,005. No new fatality was reported in the last 24 hours. The fatalities thus remained 1,795. The active cases were 982 of whom 179 were in hospitals and the remaining 803 patients were in home isolation. Director of the Health Department S Mohan Kumar said that while 70 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals during last 24 hours, the overall recoveries were 1,18,228. The test positivity rate was 1.83 percent while fatality and recovery rates were 1.48 percent and 97.71 percent, respectively.

  • Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India cross 47 crore: Govt

     

    The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have crossed 47 crore with 60,15,842 doses being given in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. More than three crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories and private hospitals to be administered. About 49,49,89,550 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through all sources and a further 8,04,220 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage is 46,70,26,662 doses (according to data available at 8 am Sunday).

  • Arunachal Pradesh logs 266 new COVID-19 cases, 3 fresh fatalities

     

    Arunachal Pradesh reported 266 fresh COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally to 48,122, a senior health official said here on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll in the frontier state increased to 229 with three more persons, including two women, succumbing to the infection on Saturday, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Of the new COVID-19 cases, 240 were detected through rapid antigen test, one through RT-PCR and 25 by TrueNat method, the official said, adding that 107 people were symptomatic of coronavirus. Arunachal Pradesh currently has 3,954 active COVID-19 cases, he said. The total number of COVID-19 recoveries in the state rose to 43,939 as 451 more people recuperated from the disease on Saturday, Jampa said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state now is 91.31 percent while the active percentage stands at 8.22 and the positivity rate at 5.07 percent, the SSO said.

  • COVID vaccine at doorstep for old, ailing Kolkata residents


     

    The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon start visiting old and ailing residents of the city to vaccinate them, its chief Firhad Hakim said. Many Kolkata residents, who are above 80 years, and those over 60 years and have serious illness, could not travel to COVID vaccination centres, he said. These people will be considered for vaccination during the special drive, he added. Hakim said civic health workers would visit the residences of such persons only if all other family members are vaccinated. Any family member can go to the nearest vaccination centre and get the names of such old and ailing persons registered for the vaccination, he said. "This is an initiative to vaccinate those who are old and cannot move out of their homes. We have spoken to the state health secretary and arranged for the same," he said.

  • 10 fresh COVID-19 cases recorded in Ladakh

     

    Ladakh recorded 10 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 20,338 while the active cases in the union territory stood at 56, officials said on Sunday. Ladakh has registered 207 Covid-related deaths -- 149 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. A total of 20,075 patients have recovered to date. The officials said over 2,000 people were tested for COVID-19 in the two districts on Saturday and nine of them tested positive for the infection in Leh and one in Kargil. After the detection of the new cases, Leh accounted for 16,784 cases, while the tally in Kargil has gone up to 3,554. Two patients each were discharged in Leh and Kargil during the past 24 hours, the officials said, adding that there are now 51 active cases in Leh and five in Kargil.

  • RT-PCR report mandatory for people coming from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from August 5, says Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian.

  • Meerut: Weekend lockdown continues in Uttar Pradesh to curb COVID-19 spread

  • Mumbai: Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal to celebrate Ganesh Utsav in a traditional way this year adhering to all COVID-19 related guidelines and restrictions.

India saw a single-day rise of 41,831 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 3,16,55,824, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 4,24,351 with 541 daily fatalities. Registering an increase for the fifth consecutive cases, the active cases have climbed to 4,10,952 and comprises 1.30 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.36 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,032 Covid cases has been recorded in the total number COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,20,521, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data stated.