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Coronavirus India News Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 39,361 coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,11,262, while the daily positivity rate was recorded above 3 percent after 35 days, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 4,20,967 with 416 more fatalities, the ministry said. The active cases have increased to 4,11,189 and comprise 1.31 per cent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.35 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,977 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 has surged to 3,05,79,106 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, according to the data.

Coronavirus News Highlights: JEE (Advanced) 2021 exam for admission in IITs to be held on Oct 3
  • 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.
     
  • Punjab reports 5 more COVID deaths, 42 new cases

    Punjab recorded five more Covidrelated fatalities on Monday that took the death toll to 16,278, while 42 new cases pushed the infection tally to 5,98,840, according to a medical bulletin issued here. Of the new fatalities, three were reported from Tarn Taran and one each from Patiala and Sangrur, it said.

  • India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage at 44 crore 

    India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 44 crore (44,10,57,103), as per the 7 pm provisional report today: Union Health Ministry

  • 98% defence personnel received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, says govt

    Ninetyeight percent of all serving defence personnel including those deployed at the borders have received both doses of COVID19 vaccines, while the rest have received one dose, the government said on Monday. "All serving defence personnel, including those stationed at the borders and personnel from the Border Roads Organisation, are being vaccinated against COVID19 since January 16," Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said.

  • Mumbai reports 299 new COVID cases, lowest since April 2020

    Mumbai on Monday reported 299 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the lowest single-day addition after April 2020, and eight fatalities, the city civic body said. With the new additions, Mumbai's overall tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 7,34,418 and the death toll to 15,784. The count of recoveries in Mumbai jumped to 7,10,849 on Monday after 501 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. At 299, the metropolis has logged less than 300 new infections in a day for the first time after April last year. The city's count of COVID-19 cases went on rising rapidly after April 2020. This year, Mumbai had reported the highest 11,163 daily cases on April 4 whereas the lowest 328 cases were reported on February 1. Notably, the city has been logging less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for the last ten days in a row, though the daily count of fatalities remained in the range of eight to 14 in this period.

  • JEE (Advanced) 2021 exam for admission in IITs to be held on October 3

    JEE (Advanced) 2021 examination for admission in IITs will be held on the 3rd October 2021. The examination will be conducted adhering to all Covid-protocols, tweets Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

  • COVID: Delhi Metro trains run with 100% capacity; crowding at stations still an issue

    In view of the improved coronavirus situation, the Delhi Metro services began running with full seating capacity from Monday, but there is still no provision for standing travel for commuters, officials said. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), till Sunday, was running trains with 50 per cent seating capacity since June 7 when the services had resumed after a long hiatus. Also, to handle increase in volume of commuters, 16 additional entry gates have been made operational at 16 stations (one at each station) across the network from Monday onwards to facilitate the movement of passengers. In view of the latest guidelines issued on Saturday by the city government regarding Covid containment, services began this morning with full seating capacity. However, there is still no provision for standing travel inside coaches, as has been since June 7, the officials said.

  • Bangladesh reports highest daily COVID deaths, cases
    Bangladesh on Monday recorded 15,192 new COVID19 cases and 247 fresh deaths, the highest in one day, as the country's health facilities are facing mounting pressure amid a stricter nationwide shutdown. According to the directorate general of health services (DGHS) data, the total death toll stands at 19,521 and the number of infections at 11,79,827.
  • Biocon Biologics gets licence from Adagio Therapeutics for antibody treatment of COVID

    Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Biocon, on Monday said it has got a licence from USbased Adagio Therapeutics for an antibody therapy to treat and prevent COVID19, for India and select markets. Adagio Therapeutics has granted an exclusive licence to the company to manufacture and commercialise an antibody treatment based on ADG20 for India and select emerging markets, Biocon Biologics said in a statement. "ADG20, a novel monoclonal antibody targeting the spike protein of SARSCoV2 and related coronaviruses, is in global clinical development by Adagio as a single agent for both the treatment and prevention of COVID19, the disease caused by the SARSCoV2 virus, its variants, as well as future variants that may emerge," it added.

  • SC refuses to stay proceedings against Gambhir foundation in COVID drugs case

    The Supreme Court Monday refused to stay the proceedings against BJP MP Gautam Gambhir's foundation in a case relating to illegally procuring and distributing COVID19 medicines. A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said people were running around for medicines and drugs, and in this situation suddenly a trust comes and says we will give you medicines.

  • Scientists from India, Russia, Brazil, South Africa will collaborate on Covid research
    Scientists from India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa will collaborate on research that will help develop or repurpose drugs against COVID19.  According to an official statement on Monday, the collaborative effort involving experts from bioinformatics, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, drug screening and parasitologists would be of great value for the search of new efficient drugs against COVID19.
  • COVID-19 unlock: Several states reopen schools for classes 9-12
    It's back to school but with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. In most cases, classes will function at half capacity and parental consent will be needed.
    Coronavirus News Highlights: JEE (Advanced) 2021 exam for admission in IITs to be held on Oct 3
  • COVAX, World Bank to accelerate COVID vaccine supply for developing countries

    COVAX and the World Bank will accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply for developing countries through a new financing mechanism that builds on Gavi’s newly designed AMC cost-sharing arrangement. This allows AMC countries to purchase doses beyond the fully donor-subsidized doses they are already receiving from COVAX. COVAX will now be able to make advance purchases from vaccine manufacturers based on aggregated demand across countries, using financing from the World Bank and other multilateral development banks. Participating developing countries will have greater visibility of available vaccines, quantities available, and future delivery schedules, enabling them to secure doses earlier, and prepare and implement vaccination plans more effectively.

  • Spas reopen in Delhi as COVID restrictions ease

    We are really thankful to Delhi government for allowing us to operate. We are ensuring the hygiene and sanitisation after every service: Tarun Sabharwal, Operations head, Aroma Thai

  • Zerodha, Art of Living to adopt 1,000 kids orphaned due to COVID
     
    The country's largest brokerage Zerodha, which has pioneered the discount broking in the country, and the Art of Living are adopting at least 1,000 children orphaned by the pandemic, by providing education and hostels at a school being extended by the religious foundation in a Bengaluru suburb.  Towards the expenses, the company, founded by brothers Nikhil and Nithin Kamath in 2010, has set aside Rs 10 crore for expanding the existing school and hotel capacities which can accommodate only 100odd students now. "Our focus is to adopt at least 1,000 students orphaned by the pandemic and also due to other circumstances from across the country. From our side, we've set aside Rs 10 crore, others like Sri Sri Ravishanker of the Art of Living personally, as well as businessman Mahavir Jain and many others, have come forward with helping hands," Nikhil Kamath, the cofounder and chief investment officer at Zerodha and the brothers' hedge fund venture True Beacon, told .
  • Cinema halls in Delhi reopens with 50% seating capacity from today

    The govt does not realise that unless 100% occupancy is allowed cinemas will not be able to open as films will not release. I hope govt allows 100% occupancy soon: Rajan Gupta, proprietor, Liberty Cinema

  • Goa sees 90 COVID cases, 4 deaths
    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 90 and reached 1,70,581 on Monday, while the day also saw four people succumbing to the infection and 107 getting discharged from hospitals, an official said. The toll in the state is 3,136 and the recovery count stands at 1,66,308, leaving it with an active caseload of 1,137, he said.

  • UP reports 33 new COVID cases, no new virus-related death 

    Thirtythree fresh coronavirus cases took the statewide tally in Uttar Pradesh to 17,08,208, while no new COVID19 death was registered as the toll remained at 22,750, official data showed on Monday. Of the 33 fresh cases in the state, five cases were reported from Prayagraj, followed by three from Gautam Buddh Nagar, the UP government said in a statement issued in Lucknow.

  • Tamil Nadu reports 1,785 new COVID cases, 26 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 1,785 new #COVID19 cases, 2,361 recoveries and 26 deaths

    Active cases: 22,762
    Total recoveries: 24,93,583
    Death toll: 33,937

  • Netherlands eases EU COVID travel restrictions, extends festival ban

    The Netherlands on Monday said it would ease COVID19 restrictions to allow travel to all European Union countries, including several that had been off limits to Dutch vacationers due to high infection rates.

  • Karnataka reports 1,606 new COVID cases, 31 deaths

    Karnataka reports 1,606 new #COVID19 cases, 1,937 recoveries and 31 deaths

    Active cases: 23,057
    Total recoveries: 28,36,678
    Death toll: 36,405

  • Kerala reports 11,586 COVID cases, 135 deaths, TPR falls

    Kerala reported 11,586 new COVID-19 cases and 135 deaths on Monday, taking the tally to 32,83,116 and the toll to 16,170, while the Test Positivity Rate showed a sharp decline to 10.59 per cent. The TPR was 12.3 per cent on Sunday. The figure was 11 per cent on July 21, shot upto 12.38 per cent on July 22, went up further to 13.63 the next day, before falling to 11.91 per cent on July 24. Health Minister Veena George said 14,912 people recuperated from the disease, taking the total cured in the state to 31,29,628.

  • Reliance Foundation administers over 10 lakh COVID vaccine doses to RIL employees, family members
    Reliance Foundation, the philanthropy arm of India's largest company by market value, has administered over 10 lakh COVID19 vaccine doses to company employees and their families as well as associates and partners.  Soon after the government opened up vaccination for private companies, Reliance Foundation launched the vaccination drive in April, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
  • Manipur reports 989 new COVID positive cases, 9 deaths 

    Manipur reports 989 new #COVID19 positive cases, 9 deaths and 1,037 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 10,524.

    Total cases: 93,656
    Death toll: 1,487

  • Delhi reports 39 COVID cases, 1 death; positivity rate at 0.07% 

    Delhi recorded 39 fresh COVID-19 cases and one more death on Monday while the positivity rate stood at 0.07 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. With the new cases, the city's infection tally climbed to 14,35,949. Of these, over 14.10 lakh patients have recovered from the disease, the data showed. The death toll stands at 25,044, it stated. On Sunday, Delhi had recorded 66 COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and two deaths due to the disease.

  • COVID linked to substantial impact on intelligence in UK study

    A severe coronavirus infection, involving hospitalisation and ventilator support, has a substantial impact on a recovered patient's intelligence as part of wider "LongCOVID" symptoms, a UK study has found. Scientists tested 81,337 participants between January and December 2020 with a clinically validated weboptimised assessment as part of the Great British Intelligence Test. The questionnaire items captured selfreport of suspected and confirmed COVID19 infection and respiratory symptoms.

  • COVID-positive mothers should continue breastfeeding, maintain physical distancing with baby rest of the time

    A COVID19 positive mother should continue to breastfeed her baby but is advised to keep the infant at a distance of six feet from her the rest of the time, a senior doctor has said. Dr Manju Puri, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, also said there is no evidence to support the concerns about the foetus contracting COVID19 from the mother, but stressed that pregnant women must take all possible precautions to prevent the infection. Addressing the issue of vaccine hesitancy, she asserted that the COVID19 vaccines do not have any adverse effect on reproductive organs or fertility.

  • Delhi govt grants Covid relief of Rs 5,000 to nearly 48,000 construction workers
    The Delhi government granted Covidrelief of Rs 5,000 each to 47,996 construction workers on Monday.  The office of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, in a statement, the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has been directed to disburse the relief amount to workers whose applications were approved between May 28 and July 18.
  • Higher Covid claims payout eats into SBI Life Q1 profit

    SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (SBI Life) on Monday reported a 43 per cent slump in its net profit to Rs 220 crore for the quarter ended in June hit by higher claim payouts due to Covid-19 pandemic. The insurer had posted a net profit of Rs 390 crore in the year-ago quarter. SBI Life said there was a sharp increase in claims due to the impact of the second wave of Covid-19. The number of claims reported in the first quarter of 2021-22 are 1.28 times of that filed in the whole FY21, it said. Total number of Covid claims in Q1 FY22 stood at 8,956 and the Covid-19 claims, as net of reinsurance, stood at Rs 570 crore.

  • COVID: Maharashtra first state to have over 1 cr people vaccinated with both doses 
    Maharashtra becomes the first state to have over 1 crore people vaccinated with both doses of #COVID19 vaccine: Maharashtra Health department

India saw a single-day rise of 39,361 coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,11,262, while the daily positivity rate was recorded above 3 percent after 35 days, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 4,20,967 with 416 more fatalities, the ministry said. The active cases have increased to 4,11,189 and comprise 1.31 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.35 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. An increase of 2,977 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 has surged to 3,05,79,106 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, according to the data.