COVID-19 LIVE News Updates: India recorded 54,069 new Covid-19 cases and 1,321 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the country's total caseload to 3,00,82,778, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday. India crossed the mark of over three crore caseload of Covid on Wednesday. This is the seventh consecutive day in the last two months when the toll has been below the 2,000-mark.
Covid-19: Uber vaccinates over 37,000 drivers
Ride-hailing platform Uber on Thursday said more than 37,000 drivers on its platform have received at least one vaccine shot as part of its COVID vaccination efforts. In April, Uber had announced a Rs 18.5 crore (USD 2.5 million) initiative to get 1.5 lakh drivers on its platform vaccinated over six months."...more than 37,000 drivers on its platform have received at least one COVID vaccine shot as part of the company's Rs 18.5 crore initiative to help India get moving again," a statement said. Over the past few weeks, Uber has continued to invest in driver education using in-app messages, educational videos and virtual meetings with medical experts to remove vaccine hesitancy, bust common myths and spread awareness on vaccination benefits, it added.
Delhi govt creates portal for Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana'
The Delhi government has developed a portal through which families of COVID19 victims will apply for Mukhyamantri COVID19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana to avail financial assistance.Under the scheme, an exgratia of Rs 50,000 will be provided to those who have lost a family member to coronavirus.
Insurance companies settle over 15.39 lakh Covid health claims as on June 22: IRDAI member
Insurance companies have settled 80 per cent or 15.39 lakh COVID-19 health claims amounting to Rs 15,000 crore as on June 22, an IRDAI member said. Insurance players have received about 19.11 lakh COVID-19 health claims so far. "Of the 19,11,384 COVID health claims reported as on June 22, 15,39,434 have already been settled for an amount over Rs 15,000 crore. This represents about 80 per cent of the claims getting settled as far as medical insurance or hospitalisation is concerned," Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) Member (Non-life) T L Alamelu said. She was speaking at the 13th Global Insurance E-Summit organised by Assocham.
Maharashtra reports 9,844 new COVID cases, 197 deaths
With the addition of 9,844 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra on Thursday, the state's cumulative infection count crossed the grim milestone of 60 lakh, while 197 patients succumbed to the infection, the health department said. The state's total caseload now stands at 60,07,431, said the health department in a statement. With 197 more deaths, the fatality count reached 1,19,859 (which included 359 'old' deaths), it report said. Out of it, 149 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours and 48 in the last week, the department said.Deaths that took place more than a week's ago are being added to the toll as part of a data reconciliation exercise. Under this exercise, 359 previously unreported deaths were added to the toll figure, the statement said.
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who werent vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day now down to under 300 could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.
Africa battles new COVID-19 wave hitting faster and harder
Africa is facing a devastating resurgence of COVID-19 infections whose peak will surpass that of earlier waves as the continent's countries struggle to vaccinate even a small percentage of the population, top health officials said Thursday. The third wave is picking up speed, spreading faster, hitting harder," Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said Thursday. "With rapidly rising case numbers and increasing reports of serious illness, the latest surge threatens to be Africas worst yet, she said in a weekly briefing. Africa can still blunt the impact of these fast-rising infections, but the window of opportunity is closing. Everyone everywhere can do their bit by taking precautions to prevent transmission.
Mumbai reports 789 COVID cases, 10 deaths; positivity rate flat at 2.2%
MUMBAI COVID19 UPDATE TILL 6 PM
🔻Tests: 35.7k Vs 37.9k
👍🏻Cases: 789 Vs 863 Cases
👍🏻Positivity Rate: Flat At 2.2%
🔻Discharged: 542 Vs 711 Yesterday
🔻Deaths: 10 Vs 23 Deaths
👍🏻Recovery Rate: Flat At 95%
👎🏻Doubling Rate: 726 Vs 728 Days
WHO says people most vulnerable to COVID will need vaccine booster yearly
The World Health Organization (WHO) forecasts that people most vulnerable to COVID-19, such as the elderly, will need to get an annual vaccine booster to be protected against variants, an internal document seen by Reuters shows.The estimate is included in a report, which is to be discussed on Thursday at a board meeting of Gavi, a vaccine alliance that co-leads the WHO's COVID-19 vaccine programme COVAX. The forecast is subject to changes and is also paired with two other less likely scenarios. Vaccine makers Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc, with its German partner BioNTech, have been vocal in their view that the world will soon need booster shots to maintain high levels of immunity, but the evidence for this is still unclear. The document shows that the WHO considers annual boosters for high-risk individuals as its "indicative" baseline scenario, and boosters every two years for the general population.
India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage exceeded 30.72-crore mark
India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage exceeded 30.72-crore mark. Over 54.07 lakh vaccine doses administered today: Union Health Ministry
The table below shows the cumulative vaccine doses administered to 18-44 years age group till now
Karnataka reports 3,979 new COVID cases, 138 deaths
Karnataka has reported 3,979 new cases of COVID19 and 138 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.23 lakh and toll to 34,425, the health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 9,768 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,78,473.
College students above 18, teaching & non teaching staff in COVID vaccination priority group: Karnataka Dy CM
With the state government considering opening higher educational institutions, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan on Thursday said all college students above 18 years, their teaching staff and nonteaching staff will be considered as a priority group to administer COVID vaccine. The DCM, who also holds the higher education portfolio, said vaccination for the above groups would be taken up in July in the respective colleges as per the guidelines of the central government after consulting with the officers.
Goa records 229 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 229 and reached 1,65,426 on Thursday, while 258 more people recovered from the infection, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 3,022 as nine more patients succumbed to the infection during the day, he said.
Delhi reports 109 new COVID cases, 8 deaths; positivity rate at 0.14%
Delhi reports 109 new #COVID19 cases, 131 recoveries, and 8 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 14,33,475
Total recoveries 14,06,760
Death toll 24,948
Active cases 1,767
Andhra Pradesh cancels Class 10 and Class 12 board exams
Andhra Pradesh govt announces cancellation of Class 10 and Class 12 board exams: AP Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh
UN-backed program trims forecast to supply COVID-19 vaccine
A public health group that manages the U.N.-backed program to ship COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries is paring back its supply forecast for this year by more than 100 million doses, largely because a key Indian manufacturer has focused on needs at home. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, says it now projects that the COVAX program can supply just under 1.9 billion doses this year -- including about 1.5 billion provided for free to 92 poor countries -- down from original targets of more than 2 billion doses. The shortfall comes because the Serum Institute of India -- a pivotal producer of vaccines for COVAX -- has reverted supplies to needy people in India, as its government scrambled to fight a spike in infections.
Just one new COVID-19 case in Noida, only 2nd time since virus outbreak
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi, recorded just a single new case of COVID19 on Thursday in the only second such instance since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, official data showed. The reduced count of new infections is "not because of low testing" as at least 5,000 antigenbased and over 2,700 RTPCR tests are being conducted daily in the district, a senior official told PTI.
Lloyd Webber, impresarios take legal action to get UK COVID pilot data
Andrew Lloyd Webber and other impresarios said on Thursday they had started legal action to press Britain's government to publish research into the safety of holding indoor events during the pandemic.
Increase COVID-19 testing, vaccination: Maha CM asks officials
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday directed the state health authorities to focus on seven districts in the state, where the COVID19 infection count is relatively higher, and increase testing and vaccination there. Thackeray also made it clear that there should be no hurry in relaxing the coronavirusinduced restrictions and the local administration should not take any chances considering the threat of the virus spread.
Tamil Nadu reports 6,162 new COVID cases, 155 deaths
Tamil Nadu reports 6,162 new COVID cases, 9,046 recoveries, and 155 deaths today.
Active cases: 49,845
Total recoveries: 23,67,831
Death toll: 31,901
Delhi Metro running 5,100 train trips every day, says DMRC
DMRC is running 5,100 train trips every day. This was the same frequency at which Metro was operating during the normal pre-Covid times. The Metro is thus operating and running at its full frequency/capacity but with reduced carrying capacity owing to restrictions: DMRC
As COVID situation improves in India, countries would take steps to normalise travel with the country, says MEA
We would hope as the COVID situation continues to improve in our country other countries would take steps to normalise travel with India. We have seen some initial steps in this regard, the govt will continue to prioritise this issue: MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi
Daimler equips BharatBenz buses with COVID-prevention features
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) on Thursday said it has launched features across its BharatBenz bus range to ensure safe public transport amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has rolled out 'BSafe' features, which include handsfree doors, sanitisers and temperature sensors, for its BharatBenz bus fleet to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.
China Diamond League meets cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
The Shanghai Diamond League and a second meeting in China in August will not take place due to strict travel restrictions and quarantine rules in place for entry into the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league said on Thursday. It added in a statement that organisers of the two events, which were scheduled to take place on Aug. 14 and Aug. 22, are exploring if they can stage exhibition meets after the series finishes with the Diamond League Final in Zurich on Sept. 8-9.
Kerala reports 12,078 new COVID19 cases, 136 deaths and 11,469 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Fake Covid medicine case: Prime accused held in Odisha
A day after arresting three persons for allegedly being involved in the fake Covid-19 medicine trade, the Odisha Police captured the prime accused in the case on Thursday, an official said. The managing director of Medilloyd Medicament Private Limited, which stored above 17,400 fake medicines, was arrested in Cuttack. He had moved the Orissa High Court praying for anticipatory bail in the case and his application is pending, the official said. The Special Task Force of the Crime Branch arrested a director and two other key officials of the Cuttack-based company on Wednesday. The STF also froze multiple bank accounts containing over Rs 50 lakh linked to the three persons and the company. Four persons were arrested in the case so far. The STF had earlier seized FAVIMAX-200 and FAVIMAX- 400, variants of Favipiravir which is an anti-viral medication used in treating coronavirus patients, from a chemist shop in Cuttack.
Apprentice intake sees significant surge amidst COVID-19 pandemic
The overall intake of apprentices across India Inc has seen a significant surge amidst the COVID19 pandemic, led by sectors like automotive, retail, logistics, pharma and healthcare and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI). The National Employability through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP), country's leading degree apprenticeship program from TeamLease Skills University, has seen a 35 per cent surge in apprentice hiring in the financial year 202021, a statement said.
Germany calls for tougher EU travel rules to fight COVID-19 delta variant
The European Union needs a more unified approach on travel rules to ward off the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, Reuters reported. "We are obviously concerned about the delta variant," Merkel told reporters on arriving in Brussels for an EU summit on Thursday. "I will lobby for a more coordinated approach, particularly with regard to entries from regions where virus variants abound."