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Coronavirus News Highlights: Children falling prey to psychological issues due to second COVID wave, say experts

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is addressing a press briefing on Monday, focusing on eight COVID-19 related relief measures.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Children falling prey to psychological issues due to second COVID wave, say experts
  • LNJP hospital has treated highest number of Covid patients in India since March last year, says Satyendar Jain
     
    Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday claimed that the Delhi governmentrun Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital has successfully treated over 20,000 Covid patients since March last year, the highest by any hospital in India.  He congratulated the doctors, nurses and other staff of LNJP hospital, the city government's largest healthcare facility, on their feat.  "Lok Nayak  Hospital has treated more than 20,000 covid pts since March 2020  Highest in any hospital  in India, congratulation to team of Drs, nurses and all staff for great work. We salute to you all," the minister tweeted.
  • 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.
     
  • Britain to lift remaining COVID restrictions on July 19, says health minister

    British health minister Sajid Javid confirmed on Monday that the government would lift most of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 19, saying he would not "wait a moment longer" to hand freedom back to the public. "Whilst we decided not to bring forward step four, we see no reason to go beyond the 19th of July," he told parliament, saying he had spent the first day in his new role studying the data of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalisations.

  • Jaishankar meets Indonesian counterpart; discusses COVID cooperation, Myanmar

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Monday and discussed COVID cooperation and exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar. Jaishankar, who arrived in Italy from Greece on the second leg of this two-nation tour, met Marsudi on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial meetings. "Always nice to meet my good friend @Menlu_RI of Indonesia. Discussed COVID cooperation and exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar," Jaishankar tweeted. The meeting comes days after India and Indonesia held sixth round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) on June 25 during which both sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relationship, under the framework of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

  • Punjab records 271 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths
    Punjab on Monday recorded 271 fresh COVID19 cases that took its infection tally to 5,95,136 while 18 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 16,011, according to a medical bulletin. Ludhiana reported 35 fresh cases, followed by 26 in Jalandhar and 21 in Hoshiarpur, the bulletin stated.

  • COVID: Bangladesh extends closure of borders with India

    Bangladesh on Monday extended the closure of borders with India for 14 more days amidst a surge in the COVID-19 cases in the country. On April 26, Bangladesh first shut down its border with India for two weeks to stem COVID-19 transmission. The government subsequently extended the closure several times. The closure of the border with India has been extended for another 14 days, till July 14, amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported. "All other (previous) conditions remain the same," Mashfee Binte Shams, secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted as saying by the report.

  • EU hands out first payments from COVID-19 war chest

    The European Union on Monday handed out the first cash from its huge COVID-19 recovery fund, in the form of grants to create jobs and support businesses in economies ravaged by the pandemic. The EU's 27 countries are all in line to get money from a fund worth 800 billion euros ($954.32 billion) in grants and loans, which is financed by debt raised by the European Commission on behalf of member states.

  • Maharashtra: Hospital treating COVID-19 patients without permission sealed

    The Buldhana district administration in Maharashtra on Monday ordered the sealing of a private hospital for treating COVID-19 patients without permission. According to an order of the Buldhana district collector, the Lifeline Hospital in Khamgaon near here was treating coronavirus patients without the required permission from the local administration. The medical facility had also violated several COVID-19-related treatment protocols, the order said. The hospital, in one case, had administered 14 Remdesivir injections to a patient, breaching the limit of maximum 5 to 6 injections, it said. Relatives of the patient concerned had approached the district collector with a complaint after which an inquiry committee was formed to look into the matter, it said. The committee, in its report, stated that the hospital was treating coronavirus patients without obtaining necessary permission from the administration, the order said.

  • Maharashtra reports 6,727 new COVID cases, 101 deaths

    Maharashtra on Monday reported 6,727 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 101 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 60,43,548 and the toll to 1,21,573, the state Health department said. A total of 10,812 patients were discharged during the day, which raised the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 58,00,925, leaving the state with 1,17,874 active cases, it said. Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 95.99 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.01 per cent, as per the department. Currently, 6,15,839 people are in home quarantine and 4,245 others are in institutional quarantine.

  • Over 32.85 cr Covid vaccine doses administered in country so far: Govt

    More than 32.85 crore (32,85,54,011) Covid vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country, the health ministry said on Monday. Over 48.01 (48,01,465) lakh vaccine doses were administered on Monday, according to a provisional report compiled at 7 pm. It said 28,63,823 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group were administered the first dose and 91,640 received the second dose on Monday. Cumulatively, 8,75,67,172 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose and 19,94,410 have been administered the second dose of the vaccine since the start of the third phase of the nationwide inoculation drive.

  • Gujarat's single-day COVID-19 tally falls below 100 after 14 months
    Gujarat on Monday saw fresh COVID19 cases falling below 100 for the first time after 14 months while three patients succumbed to the viral infection, as per the data.  Gujarat had reported 78 COVID19 cases on April 14 last year and 127 cases a day later. With the addition of 96 new infections, Gujarat's caseload went up to 8,23,340 on Monday while the death toll rose to 10,054, the state Health department said. At the same time, 315 patients were discharged during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 8,09,821 so far, leaving the state with 3,465 active cases, it said.

  • Mumbai reports 608 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths
    Mumbai reported 608 new coronavirus infections and 18 fresh fatalities on Monday, while 714 patients recovered from the disease, the city civic body said. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 7,20,964, while the death toll increased to 15,414, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data.Mumbai has witnessed a decrease in new cases but a rise in fatalities as compared to Sunday, when the city had registered 746 cases and 13 deaths.Presently, Mumbai has 8,453 active COVID-19 cases, the BMC said. The BMC said with 714 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the cumulative number of recovered cases rose to 6,94,796.According to the civic body, so far 70,72,953 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city, including 28,295 tests in the last 24 hours.

  • Mumbai reports 608 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths
    Mumbai reported 608 new coronavirus infections and 18 fresh fatalities on Monday, while 714 patients recovered from the disease, the city civic body said. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 7,20,964, while the death toll increased to 15,414, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data.Mumbai has witnessed a decrease in new cases but a rise in fatalities as compared to Sunday, when the city had registered 746 cases and 13 deaths.Presently, Mumbai has 8,453 active COVID-19 cases, the BMC said. The BMC said with 714 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the cumulative number of recovered cases rose to 6,94,796.According to the civic body, so far 70,72,953 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city, including 28,295 tests in the last 24 hours.

  • Olympic-bound Indian contingent to have COVID tests at SRL Diagnostics for 7 days prior to departure

    The COVID19 tests of all members of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics will be conducted by SRL Diagnostics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said on Monday. The SRL Diagnostics was on Monday chosen as the 'Lab Diagnostics Partner' of the IOA for the Tokyo Games and 2024 Olympics.

  • Delhi reports 59 new COVID cases, lowest daily rise so far this year

    The national capital reported 59 cases of COVID-19, the lowest this year so far, and two deaths on Monday, according to data shared by the health department here. The case positivity rate has dipped to 0.10 per cent. On Sunday, Delhi reported 89 cases with a positivity rate of 0.12 per cent, and 4 deaths. The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 14,33,993. Of this, over 14.07 lakh patients have recovered so far and the death toll stands at 24,967.

  • Sero survey at district level important to predict COVID third-wave, says Dr Kang
    In order to predict the third-wave it is very important that we have Sero-Survey data at a level of granularity that we have not had previously, said Doctor Gagandeep Kang, microbiology professor at…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Children falling prey to psychological issues due to second COVID wave, say experts
  • IICT ties up with Nosch Labs for transfer of process knowhow to make anti-Covid drug 2-DG

    CSIRIndian Institute of   Chemical Technology (IICT) and Nosch Labs have entered into a nonexclusive agreement for transfer of the process knowhow for synthesis of antiCovid19 drug 2DG (2Deoxy D  Glucose). A press release here on Monday said as per the pact signed on June 11, Nosch Labs would commence manufacture of 2DG drug after obtaining regulatory clearances from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

  • Children falling prey to psychological issues due to second Covid wave: Experts
     
    The second Covid wave has led to children across age groups falling prey to psychological issues due to increased screen time, no social interaction and parents not having time for them despite working from home, experts have said.  Dr Meena J, Paediatrician, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, said anxiety and behavioural issues are prevalent among older children while there are developmental delays among kids aged two to three.
  • Over 2 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered in Delhi today

    Over two lakh Covid vaccine doses were administered in Delhi on Monday, according to the CoWIN portal, an online platform used for monitoring the delivery of jabs nationwide. This is the second time in the last three days that the number of daily vaccinations crossed the twolakh mark.

  • Kerala reports 8,063 fresh COVID19 cases, 110 deaths

    Death toll stands at 12,989 while 27,87,496 patients have recovered from the disease, so far.

    The positivity rate is 9.44%.

  • Maha: Palghar's high COVID-19 positivity rate worrisome, says official

    The COVID19 positivity rate was 13.8 per cent and 12.9 per cent on June 26 and 27 respectively in Maharashtra's Palghar district and this was a cause for concern, Collector Manik Gursal said on Monday.   The district is currently placed in category 3 of the state government's five level plan to ease coronavirusinduced curbs based on positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy figures.

  • Over 50% of Mumbai children have COVID antibodies as per sero survey, says BMC

    A paediatric sero-survey conducted before the anticipated third wave of the pandemic has revealed that 51.18% of children between 1 to 18 years in Mumbai have developed antibodies against coronavirus, the city civic body said on Monday. A total of 2,176 blood samples were tested for this study conducted between April and June, it said. The survey conducted by the civic-run BYL Nair Hospital and Kasturba Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (KMDL) also revealed that the proportion of the pediatric population having antibodies has increased compared to the earlier sero-survey, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release. A sero-survey involves testing of blood serum of a group of people and the findings are used to monitor trends in prevalence.

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca trials booster jab to counter Beta variant of COVID
    The University of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca said on Monday that it has begun vaccinations for a new phase in human trials to test a COVID19 vaccine to combat the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa. The AZD2816 booster shot will be administered to volunteers against the B.1.351 variant of concern (VOC), commonly known as the Beta variant. The Phase II/III trial, sponsored and led by AstraZeneca, will recruit approximately 2,250 participants across the UK, South Africa, Brazil and Poland.
  • COVID cases with variants of concern rose from 10% in May to 51% till June 20: Parliamentary panel told
     
    COVID19 cases with variants of concern rose from 10.31 per cent of total infections in May to 51 per cent till June 20, top government officials told a parliamentary panel on Monday and stressed that both Covaxin and Covishield work against these strains albeit with slightly reduced potency.  The panel was informed that the economic impact of the second wave of viral infection was "asynchronous in its onset and wider in its spread particularly in rural hinterland", a source said.
  • Boris Johnson says Britain on course to lift COVID restrictions on July 19

    Britain is on course to be able to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, in his most confident statement yet that what has been dubbed "Freedom Day" will take place as planned. Johnson, whose government is again under fire after the resignation of his health minister Matt Hancock for breaking the restrictions, had hoped to unlock Britain's economy last week. But with coronavirus cases rising, driven largely by the more transmissible Delta variant, the government postponed the date until July 19.

  • 11 kids test positive for COVID-19 at children's home in Tezpur

    Eleven kids at a childrens home in Assams Sonitpur district have tested positive for COVID- 19, an official said on Monday. Six staff members have also tested positive for the infection at the Tezpur facility. All the 17 people have been shifted to Tezpur Medical College Hospital (TMCH) where their condition is stable, the official said. The home, belonging to the Missionaries of Charity, has been declared as a containment zone, he said. Earlier, three children of the same facility had tested positive for COVID-19, the district's Joint Director of Health J Ahmed said. As many 259 children of Sonitpur district have been infected with COVID-19, one of whom succumbed to the disease, during the second wave of the pandemic, Ahmed said.

  • Maharashtra: 4,086 patients undergoing treatment for Black Fungus, 828 succumbed to the disease

    Maharashtra: 4,086 patients are undergoing treatment for #BlackFungus infection while 828 others succumbed to the disease, according to State Health Department

  • Conducive time to hold CA exams as COVID-19 spread substantially low: ICAI to SC

    ICAI told the Supreme Court on Monday that it is the most conducive time to hold CA exams as the COVID19 spread is now at a substantially low level, offering an opportune moment for chartered accountants to further their professional career. The CA examinations which are conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in May, were postponed due to the COVID19 pandemic and are now scheduled to be held from July 520.

  • T20 World Cup moved to UAE as India grapple with COVID-19

    This year's Twenty20 World Cup will be moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because to the COVID-19 situation in India and travel restrictions stemming from it, a top official of the Indian cricket board told Reuters on Monday. The pandemic swept the world's second-most populous nation last year and India's total COVID-19 case load now stands at 30.27 million with total fatalities at 396,730, official data showed on Monday. As the country scrambles to curb a more transmissible variant of the virus, experts have predicted a third wave of infection coinciding with the World Cup scheduled in October-November. "We are monitoring the COVID-19 numbers in the country and there's no clarity about travel restrictions at that time," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasure Arun Singh Dhumal said by telephone.

  • COVID-related restrictions extended in West Bengal till July 15 

    COVID-related restrictions extended in West Bengal till July 15, public buses to operate with 50 per cent capacity: CM Mamata Banerjee.

Coronavirus News Highlights:
India logged 46,148 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,02,79,331, while daily fatalities were recorded below 1000, taking the death toll to 3,96,730, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
The country registered 979 fresh fatalities due to COVID-19 in a day, the lowest in 76 days.
The active cases declined to 5,72,994 comprising 1.89 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.80 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Also, 15,70,515 tests were conducted on Sunday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 40,63,71,279.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.94 percent. It has been less than five percent for 21 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.81 percent.
Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 46th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,93,09,607, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 percent, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
The 979 new fatalities include 405 from Maharashtra, 91 from Tamil Nadu, 89 from Karnataka, 75 from Uttar Pradesh and 62 from Kerala.
A total of 3,96,730 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,21,286 from Maharashtra, 34,743 from Karnataka, 32,290 from Tamil Nadu, 24,965 from Delhi, 22,518 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,612 from West Bengal, 15,991 from Punjab and 13,431 from Chhattisgarh.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
According to the data published at 7 am, the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country have reached 32.36 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
"India achieves another milestone in COVID-19 vaccination and overtakes the USA in the total number of Covid vaccine doses administered," the ministry added.