Coronavirus LIVE: Global cases hit 17 million; US deaths cross 150,000

Healthcare workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) seen as they screening the residence of a housing colony during a door-to-door campaign for coronavirus testing in Mumbai.
Coronavirus update: India has recorded 48,515 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total number of Covid-19-positive cases to 1,558,447. The country's coronavirus caseload is the third-highest in the world, next only to the US (4,498,000) and Brazil 2,484,649.

The Home Ministry on Wednesday issued 'Unlock 3' guidelines removing restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night, while schools, metro and cinema halls will continue to remain closed.

Coronavirus world update: Worldometer recorded 247,233 new cases worldwide in the past 24 hours. As many as 17,007,142 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 10,490,621 have recovered 664,273 have died so far.

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Unlock 3: Night curfew ends, no schools till August 31, gyms can reopen

The Centre on Wedenesday issued fresh guidelines as part of ‘Unlock 3’ — the Covid-19-related lifting of restrictions — which scrapped night curfew and allowed gyms and yoga institutes to reopen from August 5.
The goverment ignored demands by cinema hall owners for reopening. Theatres, bars, and places of congregation will also remain shut.
As part of ‘Unlock 2’, night curfew was in place from 10 pm to 5 am. This has now been done away with. The move will allow shops, malls, and other establishments to remain open after 10 pm, but not many in the industry were enthused by the relaxation given the poor sales. Other restrictions continue, at least till August 31. READ MORE

105-year old woman becomes Kerala's oldest Covid-19 survivor

A 105-year old woman was cured of Covid-19 after over three-month long battle and discharged from a government hospital in Kerala on Wednesday, becoming the oldest coronavirus survivor in the state, the Health department said.
A native of Anchal town in neighbouring Kollam district, Asma Beevi was admitted to the Kollam Medical College Hospital on April 20 after contracting the virus through her daughter, it said, adding she showed "enormous strength" during the treatment.

FIFA Council approves $1.5 billion Covid-19 relief plan regulations

Bureau of the FIFA Council on Wednesday approved the $1.5 billion Covid-19 relief plan regulations which will support all 211 FIFA member associations and the six confederations to assist in the alleviation of the financial impact of the pandemic.
"The regulations establish strict compliance and audit requirements, as well as clear loan repayment conditions, under the supervision of a steering committee, the football's governing body said in a statement.
The plan was originally drawn up by the FIFA administration in close cooperation with the confederations and subsequently approved by the FIFA Council on June 25.
"This relief plan is a great example of football's solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times. I would like to thank my colleagues of the Bureau of the Council for approving the decision to move forward with such an important initiative for the benefit of all member associations and confederations," said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Maharashtra lockdown extended till Aug 31

Maharashtra Government on Wednesday extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 in view of rising coronavirus cases.
A notification issued by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the decision has been taken as an "emergency step to prevent and contain" the spread of Covid-19.
As part of the Mission Begin Again initiative, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pmfrom August 5, the notification said.

Lockdown in Shillong to be lifted from midnight: CM

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday said the state government will lift the lockdown in Shillong agglomeration from midnight.
"The government has decided that the lockdown will not be extended in the Shillong Agglomeration. However, we appeal to all our citizens to not be complacent but stay safe and be vigilant by adhering to the protocols and SOPs," he said.
The announcement was made after he chaired a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and Health Minister A L Hek.

1,118 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 60 deaths

Delhi govt discontinues scheme of creation of healthcare facilities at hotels by private hospitals

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Japan, China hope to lift Covid-19 travel ban soon

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday talked about outlooks for easing travel curbs imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Both ministers have confirmed they will make adjustments to allow the resumption of travel as soon as possible," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
They also agreed to continue sharing information on the coronavirus epidemic in a transparent manner. Japan has banned entry to nationals from 146 countries and territories affected by the outbreak but has been weighing to ease the restrictions for some nations in a bid to salvage the economy, according to an ANI report.

Kerala's Covid-19 tally over 21,000, 30 health workers among 903 new cases

Kerala reported 903 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 30 health workers, on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 21,797, while the toll climbed to 68 with one more death.
As many as 10,351 people were presently under treatment, while 11,369 have recovered so far with 641 discharged on Wednesday, Health Minister K K Shailaja said in a release. The day's cases saw a marginal dip after the state on Tuesday reported its single day peak of 1,167.
Thiruvananthapuram district, which has a tally of 3,023 COVID cases,continued to report the highest number of per day infections with 213 cases, including 138 through contact. READ MORE...


Depression, stress higher during peak of Covid-19 pandemic

Australian researchers have found that rates of elevated psychological distress, including depression and anxiety symptoms, were found among adults during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to an IANS report.
The acute and long-term mental health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are largely unknown, the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE reported.
"Research into previous pandemics has shown higher rates of illness fears, psychological distress, insomnia and other mental health problems in people with pre-existing mental illness, front-line health care workers, and survivors of the disease," said study authors from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha Covid-19 tally past 29,000, death toll rises to 159

Odisha's COVID-19 tally surpassed 29,000 on Wednesday after another 1,068 people tested positive for the virus, while the death toll rose to 159 with five more patients succumbing to the disease, a health department official said. The total number of coronavirus patients in Odisha now stands at 29,175, he said.
The five deaths, including three women, were reported from Ganjam, Balasore, Kandhamal, Malkangiri and Puri. A two-year-old girl from Bhadrak district also died but the cause of her death was congenital heart disease with cardiac failure, the official said.

Coronavirus LIVE: Punjab reports 25 more deaths; 568 Covid-19 cases take tally to 14,946

Punjab on Wednesday reported a record 25 COVID-19 deaths on a single day and 568 coronavirus positive cases, taking the infection tally in the state to 14,946.
Ten deaths were reported from Jalandhar, nine from Ludhiana, three from Amritsar, two from Gurdaspur and one from Patiala, the state's daily medical bulletin said on Wednesday.
With this, the death toll jumped to 361 in the state, as per the bulletin.

Unlock 3 LIVE: Gyms to open, schools to remain closed; night curfew lifted

The Home Ministry on Wednesday issued 'Unlock 3' guidelines removing restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (night curfew) and allowing Yoga institutes and gymnasiums to open from August 5 while schools, metro and cinema halls will continue to remain closed, according to a PTI report.
The ministry said that lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till August 31 and schools, colleges, coaching institutions and cinema halls will remain closed till the end of August.
According to the new guidelines, metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will continue to remain prohibited.
Dates for the opening of these will be decided separately based on the assessment of the situation, the ministry said in a release. States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
"Restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (night curfew) have been removed," the release said.

Covid-19 LIVE update: Jammu and Kashmir reports 540 new coronavirus cases

A total of 540 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours, the J-K administration informed. The Jammu division reported 151 new cases and 289 cases were reported from Kashmir.
The total number of cases in the Union Territory now stands at 19,419, including 7,749 active cases and 11,322 recoveries. So far, 348 deaths due to the deadly virus have been reported from the Union Territory.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Nagpur reports record 305 Covid-19 cases; tally rises to 4,792

Nagpur district on Wednesday reported 305 new coronavirus cases - highest one-day spike - taking its tally to 4,792, while 11 more deaths pushed up the toll above the 100-mark, the local administration said. Also, 379 patients were discharged from hospitals - highest in a day so far - raising the count of recoveries to 3,069, said a District Information Office release here.
The number of active coronavirus cases stood at 1,616 in the eastern Maharashtra district, it said.
Eleven more patients died - highest fatalities in a day - taking the toll to 107, the release added.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Doctor stabbed by son of dead Covid-19 patient in Maharashtra

A doctor was allegedly assaulted on Wednesday by the son of a COVID-19 patient who died at a hospital in Latur city in Maharashtra. The incident took place around 7 am at Alpha Superspeciality Hospital, the police said.
The 35-year-old assailant -- name not disclosed -- was a resident of Udgir, the police said. His 60-year-old mother had been admitted to the hospital on July 25 after she tested positive for coronavirus, said a police officer. The woman, who was also suffering from co-morbidities --existing chronic ailments -- died early Wednesday morning.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues Unlock3 guidelines

5,503 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths reported in Karnataka; state tally rises to 112,504

Karnataka on Wednesday reported 5,503 new cases of COVID-19 and 92 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 1,12,504 and the death toll to 2,147, the health department said. The day also saw 2,397 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Out of 5,503 fresh cases reported today, a whopping 2,270 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. This is the sixth consecutive day that the state is reporting over 5,000 fresh cases.

Coronavirus LIVE: 1,035 Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths reported in Delhi; tally rises to 133,310

Delhi recorded 1,035 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the city to over 1.33 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,907, authorities said. On Monday, the daily cases count had dipped to 613, the lowest in two months. It was 1,056 on Tuesday.
Twenty-six more fatalities have been recorded in the city, the Delhi Health department bulletin said on Wednesday. The death toll due to the infection has risen to 3,907, and the total number of cases stands at 1,33,310, it said.

Coronavirus cases reach 120,390 in Andhra Pradesh today

Coronavirus cases rocketed to 1,20,390 in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as it logged a new single day high of 10,093 infections, the state government said. It also said a record number of 70,584 tests were done during the last 24 hours ending at 9 AM.
The state saw 65 new COVID-19 deaths during the period, taking the toll to 1,213.

6,426 new Covid-19 cases and 82 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu; state tally rises to 234,114

Tamil Nadu's infection count rose to 2,34,114 with the addition of 6,426 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while the death toll surged to 3,741 with 82 fatalities.
The number of recoveries continued to be on the upswing with 5,927 people getting discharged after recovery from hospitals, totalling to 1,72,883, according to a PTI report.
Active cases stood at 57,490. A total of 60,794 samples were tested today, taking the number of specimens tested so far to 25,36,660, the bulletin said. Chennai reported 1,117 fresh cases and the cumulative count stood at 97,575.

Vaxine expects to start Phase II trials for potential Covid-19 vaccine in weeks

Australian biotechnology company Vaxine Pty Ltd expects to start Phase II trials of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in the next few weeks after "positive" results from the first stage human study, chairman Nikolai Petrovsky said on Wednesday. Final stage trials could start within the next three months, he told the Reuters Global Markets Forum chat room in an exclusive interview, 
"It's extremely safe and well-tolerated. We already have that data from the clinical trial. We've not had any bad reactions to the vaccine. That's very positive," he said.
The company is working with South Korea's MedyTox, according to the World Health Organization's list of candidate vaccines. Human trials on 40 people started this month.

1,035 Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths reported in Delhi in a day; tally rises to 133,310

6,426 new Covid-19 cases and 82 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu; state tally rises to 234,114

Coronavirus latest update: Dr Reddy's to launch Covid-19 drugs in August

The consolidated profit of Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd after tax for the quarter ended June 30 was down by 13 per cent to Rs 579.3 crore against Rs 662.8 crore during the same quarter in financial year '20, a senior official of the drug-maker said on Wednesday.
President, CFO and global head of HR of Dr Reddys, Saumen Chakraborty, in a press conference, said revenue for the quarter under discussion was up by 15 per cent to Rs 4,417.5 crore against Rs 3,843.5 crore in Q1 of last fiscal, he said.
He said the dip in PAT during the first quarter was due to the one-off income of Rs 346 crore that was booked on account of settlement with US-based biotechnology firm Celgene in the Q1 of FY19, according to a PTI report.
The company has geared up to launch two anti-viral drugs Remdesivir and Favipiravir - for the treatment of COVID-19 next month.

5,503 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths reported in Karnataka; state tally rises to 112,504

Health ministry asks DGCI to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab drugs

The Union health ministry has asked the Drugs Controller General of India to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs, which have been included as "investigational therapies" in the national treatment protocols for COVID-19, across the country.
The aim is to ensure that their availability is not skewed and does not remain confined to metropolitan areas, news agency PTI reported.
The ministry has shot off a letter to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), asking it to ascertain how many states and Union territories (UTs) have been covered and which of them are left, as far as the availability and distribution of these drugs by the respective companies is concerned.

Coronavirus latest update: Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark

Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 2 million Covid-19 tests threshold mark, the highest in the country for any state, according to an IANS report.
As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests -- 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive. The state accounts for the highest 391,440 Covid-19 cases, including 144,694 active cases, 14,165 fatalities and 232,277 recoveries.
On March 9, when the first pair of Covid cases were detected at Pune, there were only two labs - one in Mumbai and the other in Pune. It has now grown to over 125 testing labs, scattered across the state.

Uttar Pradesh reports 3,383 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 77,000-mark

Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday reported 3,383 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to more than 77,000, while 33 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,530.
"There are 29,997 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 45,807 patients have been discharged after treatment, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
The death toll due to the disease has reached 1,530," he said. The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the state is 77,334. The figure was 73,951 on Monday.

Gujarat's coronavirus situation better than other states: CM Vijay Rupani

With a healthy 74 per cent recovery rate and just 4 per cent mortality rate, the current coronavirus situation in Gujarat is better than several other states, said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday.
Referring to the new COVID-19 cases registered on Tuesday in the state, which saw more than 1,100 cases, Rupani said Gujarat was on the 12th spot in terms of fresh infections.
"Around 50,000 fresh cases of coronavirus cases are emerging every day in India. As against 1,108 new cases in Gujarat on Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh's tally was 7,948, followed by 7,717 cases in Maharashtra, 6,972 in Tamil Nadu and 5,536 in Karnataka," Rupani told reporters in Rajkot, around 200km from here.

Coronavirus LIVE: Over 65% of Telangana's Covid-19 patients aged 21-50 years

More than 65 per cent of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in Telangana are aged between 21 and 50 years, reveal the official statistics.
Health officials said 65.7 of those tested positive are in the age group of 21-50, dispelling the claim that only those above 60 years and below 10 are most vulnerable to the virus.
Those in the age group of 21-40 comprise 47.1 per cent of the tally while those aged between 41 and 50 comprise 18.6 per cent. Among all nine age groups, the 31-40 years group is the worst affected, accounting for 25 per cent of the cases.

UP CM Adityanath directs officials to set up district-level panels to prepare plans for fighting Covid-19

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials on Wednesday to set up district-level panels comprising district magistrates, chief medical officers and chief development officers to prepare a work plan to fight COVID-19 more effectively.
In a meeting, he directed senior officials to visit Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahar, Hapur, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Saharanpur on Friday for an on-the-spot review of health services.
The infrastructure and industrial development commissioner and the additional chief secretary health who recently visited Moradabad and Bareilly divisions, and ASP medical education and ASP rural development and panchayati raj who visited Aligarh and Agra divisions apprised the chief minister about the visit.

Coronavirus fatality rate declining progressively, total recoveries 9.88 lakh: Health ministry

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 is fast approaching the 10-lakh mark, while the case fatality rate has been falling progressively due to coordinated implementation of the 'test track treat' strategy by the Centre, states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
India's COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) is lower than what it is globally. On Wednesday, the CFR stood at 2.23 per cent, the lowest since April 1, the health ministry said in a statement.
"Not only has the CFR been kept low, but successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on a holistic standard of care approach have in tandem resulted in a consistent trend of more than 30,000 recoveries per day for the sixth consecutive day," it said.

Coronavirus LIVE: China reports 101 new Covid-19 cases, highest in three months

China has registered 101 fresh cases of COVID-19, the highest since mid-April, according to the National Health Commission.
Of the new cases, 89 of them were reported in Xinjiang, where mass testing in the autonomous region is underway, Al Jazeera reported. Eight cases in Liaoning, one in Beijing and 27 new asymptomatic COVID-19 patients were confirmed.

Govt relaxes norms for employees who could not join work due to Covid-19 lockdown

The central government has relaxed norms for its employees who were either on leave or on an official tour and could not join office due to non-availability of public transport during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a Personnel Ministry order.
The move comes in the wake of the government receiving several references and queries from the employees who proceeded on leave with necessary permission, but could not report for duty due to travel restrictions.
The Personnel Ministry has issued an order to all central government departments mentioning clarifications to the queries on the issue, with a directive that they should avoid an "unnecessary reference to DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training under the ministry) on the subject". READ MORE...

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu's Covid-19 fatality rate is 1.6%: CM Palaniswami

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday said that the COVID-19 fatality rate in the state is 1.6 per cent.
"So far, the state has recorded 3,659 deaths. The fatality rate in the state at 1.6%," said Palaniswami during a virtual meeting with the district collectors of state. The chief minister held the meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Tamil Nadu with the senior administrative officers.
According to the Union Health Ministry, Tamil Nadu currently has 57,073 active COVID-19 cases, while 1,66,956 are cured of the viral infection in the state and 3,659 have also lost their life to COVID-19.

Total number of recovered Covid-19 cases fast approaching 1 million in India: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Coronavirus latest update: Bhopal's Covid-19 count reaches 6,108 with 246 new cases

Bhopal on Wednesday reported 246 new COVID-19 cases, informed the Madhya Pradesh State Health Department.
With this new spike, Bhopal's coronavirus count has surged to 6,108. As per the Union Health Ministry, Madhya Pradesh has a total of 8,044 active cases, as of Wednesday.

Bangladesh reports 3,009 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 232,194

Bangladesh has reported 3,009 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 232,194, health officials said on Wednesday.
Another 2,878 patients recovered from the disease through treatment at home and in hospital in the same period, raising the total to 130,292, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing.
It puts the recovery rate at 56.11 per cent while the mortality stands at 1.31 per cent following the death of 30 men and five women in the last 24 hours, bdnews24 reported.

222 fresh cases take Tripura's coronavirus tally to 4,288; death toll reaches 21

Tripura has reported 222 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 4,288, while the death toll reached 21 as four more patients have succumbed to the disease, officials said on Wednesday.
Four men died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC), they said.
"An 80-year-old man from Belonia in South Tripura district, who was suffering from tuberculosis, has succumbed to COVID-19, while a 53-year old man from Bodhjumgnagar in West Tripura also died. He was a diabetes patient and had kidney-related problems," the officials said.
Two more men from Agartala also died of the coronavirus infection, they said.

Coronavirus latest update: UK signs deal for 60 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

The British government has signed a deal with GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine that could start to be rolled out in the first half of next year. Britain's GSK and France's Sanofi have the largest vaccine manufacturing capability in the world, news agency AP reported.
The vaccine prospect is based on the existing DNA-based technology used to produce Sanofi's seasonal flu vaccine. The government said that if the vaccine proves successful, then priority groups, such as health and social care workers, could be given the first doses as early as the first half of next year.
Human clinical studies of the vaccine will begin in September followed by a phase 3 study in December.
This is the fourth deal the British government has signed for potential coronavirus vaccines, worth a combined 250 million doses.

Coronavirus LIVE: 236 more Maharashtra police personnel test Covid-19 positive

A total of 236 more Maharashtra police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total coronavirus cases in the state police department to 8,958, according to the Maharashtra police. In a press release, the Maharashtra Police said there are 1,898 active cases while 6,962 police personnel have recovered from the disease.
One death reported was in the state police department in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 98, according to an ANI report. As per the Union Health Ministry, there are a total of 1,47,896 active cases in the state as of Wednesday.

Follow RT-PCR test guidelines, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal asks officials

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed city officials to strictly follow the government's guideline about doing a RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test on patients whose COVID-19 reports are negative despite showing symptoms.

Coronavirus LIVE: India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 64.51%

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that the national recovery rate of coronavirus has improved to 64.51 per cent.
He further stated that out of the total cases, so far 9,88,029 people have been cured. The Union Minister informed that the total number of active cases in the country stands at 5,09,447 and "we are fighting and winning!" he added.

Covid-19 lockdown extended in Bihar for a period of 16 days from August 1 in wake of rising coronavirus cases

Majority of people against reopening cinemas, resuming international flights: Survey

Seventy-two per cent of people across the country are not in favour of visiting multiplexes and gyms, while 63 per cent are against the resumption of local train services as they feel these are risky in the current COVID-19 crisis, according to a survey.
Conducted by a social media-based platform LocalCircles, the survey showed that 72 per cent of 34,000 people across 255 districts in the country are in favour of not visiting multiplexes in the next 60 days as they feel it will be risky, while only six per cent felt otherwise. According to the firm, the survey was carried out to "gauge the collective pulse before the announcement of the guidelines of the Unlock 3 starting August 1".
On the issue of restarting metro and local train services from August 1, 63 per cent of the respondents said they are against it, while 29 per cent are willing to avail it, the surveyor said.

Covid-19 LIVE update: ADB approves Rs 22-crore grant to India to combat coronavirus

Multilateral funding agency ADB on Wednesday said it has approved $3 million (about Rs 22 crore) grant to India from its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to further support the government's emergency response to COVID-19 pandemic, according to a PTI report.
The grant, which is financed by the Japanese government, will be used to procure thermal scanners and essential commodities to strengthen the India's COVID-19 response, Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a statement.

PM Modi to hold review meeting with banks, his first since Covid outbreak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a meeting with the chief executives of state-owned and private banks on Wednesday.
This is the first meeting that the Prime Minister (PM) is going to hold with the brass of financial institutions after the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting will be held through video conferencing, a bank executive said.
“The agenda of the meeting hasn’t been circulated yet. But it is expected that the PM will discuss credit flow to the economy, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and map the progress of the government’s Covid-19 package,” another bank executive said, requesting anonymity. READ MORE...

Moderna's vaccine shows protection from Covid-19 in monkey study

US biotechnology company Moderna's experimental vaccine to prevent COVID-19 induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the novel coronavirus in the upper and lower airways of monkeys exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to a study.
The candidate vaccine, mRNA-1273, has been co-developed by scientists at Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the US.

Puducherry records highest single-day spike of 166 new Covid-19 cases

Puducherry registered 166 fresh cases of coronavirus, highest single day spurt on Wednesday, taking the tally of infections in the union territory to 3,171. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that 166 fresh cases were identified at the end of testing of 837 samples.
While there were 1,112 active cases total cases treated and discharged were 1,869 and fatalities remained 47 as no death was reported during the last 24 hours.

How coronavirus pandemic could turn world politics on its head

The media is full of speculation about what a periodic pandemic future will look like. The end of theater and spectator sports. The institutionalization of distance learning. The death of offices and brick-and-mortar retail.
But let’s take a look beyond that — at the even bigger picture. Let’s consider for a moment the impact of this new, industrial-strength mistrust on international relations. Read on...

Pakistan's coronavirus tally reaches 276,287 with 1,063 new infections

Pakistan's coronavirus tally reached 276,287 with the detection of 1,063 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
Twenty-seven more people died overnight due to coronavirus-related complications, pushing the nationwide death toll to 5,892.
As many as 244,883 patients have recovered so far in the country, the ministry said.

India's business outlook worsening, RBI may cut rates again: Reuters poll

The outlook for India's reeling economy has worsened again as business activity slows and Covid-19 infections soar, and will probably prompt the Reserve Bank of India to cut interest rates again soon, a Reuters poll of economists suggests.
The latest findings echo recent criticism of New Delhi's $266 billion economic rescue package, which does not include new spending, tax breaks or cash support, suggesting more will be needed to turn the economy around. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus update: Existing guidelines say that if any patient’s antigen test is negative but has symptoms, RT-PCR test must be done on him: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi coronavirus update | Hotels, attached to hospitals to increase the number of Covid beds, are now being released in view of the improving situation, tweets Kejriwal

Some hotels were attached to hospitals to increase the number of Covid beds. In view of the improving situation and all hotel beds lying vacant for the last many days, these hotels are now being released.

China's factories may lose momentum in July amid floods, soft global demand: Poll

China's factory activity probably grew for the fifth month in July, but at a slower pace, as floods disrupted manufacturing and a resurgence in coronavirus cases around the world threatens to undermine the gradual domestic recovery.
The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) is expected to ease to 50.7 in July from June's three-month high of 50.9, according to the median forecast of 29 economists polled by Reuters. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity. The survey is due to be released on Friday.

Brazil's coronavirus case tally up 40,000 in past day, death toll over 900

Brazil has confirmed over 40,000 new Covid-19 cases while more than 900 people have died from the disease in the past 24 hours, the country's health ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the case tally had risen by 40,816 to 2,483,191 and the death toll had grown by 921 to 88,539 in the past day.
The day before, the rise in cases and in the death toll was much lower -- 23,284 and 614 respectively.

11 people, including 6 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and a policeman, have tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram

11 people, including 6 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and a policeman, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state's tally to 395: Official

Odisha coronavirus update: Odisha's COVID-19 tally crosses 29,000 mark

Odisha's COVID-19 tally crosses 29,000 mark after 1,068 fresh cases reported; toll rises to 159 with five more deaths: Health Department

Coronavirus in India latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 509,447 (Net addition: 12,459)
Deaths: 34,193 (Net addition: 768)
Cured: 988,029 (Net addition: 35,286)
Total cases: 1,531,669 (Net addition: 48,513)

First Covid-19 death reported in Manipur's Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal

First Covid-19 death reported in Manipur's Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.  The patient had multiple co-morbidities: Prof. Ch. Arunkumar Singh, Medical Superintendent, RIMS Hospital, Imphal

Trump defends use of HCQ, says it works in early stages of Covid infection

US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, saying many frontline medical workers agree with him that the malaria drug works in the early stages of Covid-19 infection, despite mounting evidence that it is ineffective in treating the disease.
In May, Trump disclosed that he was taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus after consulting the White House doctor. Read on...

Chandigarh: CSIO, along with AMESYS INDIA develops a microorganism decontamination box

Both UVC light and heat are used in 'Suraksha', a microorganism decontamination box and it can sanitize an object in 10-15 minutes.

Covid-19 is 'one wave', seasons don't seem to affect its spread: WHO

The change of season or weather did not seem to be affecting the spread of Covid-19, and the pandemic could come as "one wave" instead of multiple waves like influenza, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Tuesday.
"People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and... this one is behaving differently," said Dr Margaret Harris, a WHO communications officer, at a virtual briefing in Geneva, Xinhua reported. Read on...

World coronavirus update: New Zealand moves to charge some for quarantine

New Zealand's government says it will rush through new laws to allow some people to be charged for their border quarantine costs.
New Zealand hasn't had any community transmission of the virus for three months, and everybody who enters the country is required to spend two weeks isolated at a hotel. The cost of that is currently picked up by taxpayers and has already amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Under the new law, adults who leave or enter the country for short holidays or business trips will be required to pay about 3,100 New Zealand dollars (USD 2,100) toward their quarantine costs.

Japan stirs controversy with huge coronavirus aid contract for ad giant Dentsu

Off a narrow corridor above a store selling Persian rugs in central Tokyo, a small office houses a private operation which won a tender in April to distribute more than $20 billion in government aid to businesses hit by the new coronavirus.
The agency, the Service Design Engineering Council, actually carried out only a fraction of that work, local media first reported last month. Service Design was co-founded by Dentsu Group Inc., one of Japan's most influential companies. It passed hundreds of millions of dollars to administer the project back to Dentsu, an advertising and PR company with close ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), government documents show.

China battles coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang region

China reported more than 100 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang.
The northwestern region accounted for 89 of the new cases, with another eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning and one in Beijing.
Another three cases were brought from outside the country by returning Chinese citizens, bringing the daily total over the past 24 hours to 101, the highest number in weeks.

Global coronavirus cases top 16.6 million: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 16.6 million, while the deaths have increased to over 659,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,667,130, while the fatalities rose to 659,045, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US accounted for the world's highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,349,324 and 149,235, respectively, according to the CSSE.
Brazil came in the second place with 2,483,191 infections and 88,539 deaths.

Coronavirus vaccine update | US to possibly supply Covid-19 vaccine to other countries, says Trump

US President Donald Trump during a press briefing said the United States may provide a vaccine for the novel coronavirus to other countries when it is ready.
"When we have that vaccine it will be discharged and taken care of," Trump told reporters on Tuesday. "It will be a very rapid process all over the country and perhaps we'll be supplying a lot of the vaccine to other parts of the world like we do with ventilators and other things that we all of a sudden have become very good at making." Read on...

Global airlines less hopeful on Covid-19 recovery

Global airlines cut their coronavirus recovery forecast on Tuesday, saying it would take until 2024 - a year longer than previously expected - for passenger traffic to return to pre-crisis levels.
In an update on the pandemic's crippling impact on air travel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cited slow virus containment in the United States and developing countries, and a weaker outlook for corporate travel.
Lingering travel barriers and new restrictions in some markets are also weighing on nearer-term prospects, IATA said, cutting its 2020 passenger numbers forecast to a 55% decline - sharper than the 46% drop predicted in April.

Coronavirus in Haryana: State tally hits 32,876

749 new Covid-19 cases in Haryana, tally 32,876, active cases 6,712; toll rises to 406 with 9 more deaths: Health Dept

Coronavirus West Bengal update | Cases rise to 62,964 after 2,134 test positive

Covid-19 death toll in West Bengal rises to 1,449 with 38 fatalities; cases rise to 62,964 after 2,134 test positive: Health dept

Gujarat Coronavirus update | With 1,108 new cases of coronavirus, Gujarat's tally rises to 57,982

With 1,108 new cases of coronavirus, Gujarat's tally rises to 57,982; toll up to 2,372 as 24 patients die: Health department

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update: 628 new corona cases in MP

628 new Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, tally 29,217, active cases 8,044; toll rises to 830 with 10 more deaths: Health Dept

Tamil Nadu coronavirus update | 6,972 new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu take tally to over 227,000

6,972 new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu take tally to over 227,000, active cases 57,073; toll rises to 3,659 with 88 more deaths: Health Dept

Kerala Coronavirus LIVE update: Highest spike of 1,167 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala

Highest spike of 1,167 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala, tally 20,894, active cases 10,091; toll rises to 67 with 4 more deaths: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Coronavirus in West Bengal LIVE updates: Govt withdraws complete lockdown order for August 2, 9

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