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Corona updates: India has recorded a drop of 37,154 fresh cases taking the total caseload to 30,874,376, according to MOHFW. The death count increased to 408,764 with 724 new fatalities, the data showed. 

Kerala reported 12,220 new infections, Maharashtra 8,535, followed by Tamil Nadu (2,775), Karnataka (1,978), Andhra Pradesh (2,665) and Delhi (53).

From the northeastern states, Assam reported 1,579 new cases and Manipur 911.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (61,57,799), Kerala (3,065,336), Karnataka (2,871,298), Tamil Nadu (2,518,786), and Andhra Pradesh (1,922,843).

World coronavirus update: Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with 187,617,639 confirmed cases and 4,048,919 deaths across nearly 200 countries recorded since China reported its first cases in December 2019. The US remains the worst-hit country with 34,732,753 cases, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. 

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Documents for Covaxin nod submitted to WHO; decision soon: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech on Monday said it has submitted all documents required for the emergency use listing (EUL) of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin to the World Health Organization and expects a nod at the earliest.
 
Last week, World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan had said that the global health body is likely to take a decision on Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin in the emergency use listing within four to six weeks. READ HERE...

Rich countries should donate scarce vaccines, not use boosters: World Health Organisation

Top officials at the World Health Organisation say there's not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed on Monday for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their people instead of being used by rich countries as boosters.
 
At a press briefing, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world's grotesque vaccine disparity was driven by greed, as he called on drugmakers to prioritise supplying their Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries instead of lobbying rich countries to use even more doses. READ MORE...

Covid LIVE: Only second dose of Covaxin to be given on Tuesday, says BMC

Dr. Reddy's to strengthen commercial roll-out of Sputnik V in the coming weeks

Nearly 4,000 tourist vehicles restricted from entering Mussoorie, Nainital

As many as 4,000 vehicles that were on their way to Mussoorie and Nainital were sent back by Uttarakhand Police last weekend. This comes as the state government announced strict COVID-19 protocols to prevent the tourist destinations from being overcrowded amid the pandemic. Uttarakhand Police has set up additional checkpoints and barricades on the roads that lead to famous tourist spots in the state.

"A clear message has been given to the tourists that if they are coming to Uttarakhand, RT-PCR test, registration, and a prior hotel booking are mandatory for everyone," Uttarakhand Police Headquarters Spokesperson DIG Nilesh Anand Bharane told ANI. READ MORE...

Jharkhand reports 43 new coronavirus cases and 64 recoveries in the past 24 hours

Jharkhand reports 43 new coronavirus cases and 64 recoveries in the past 24 hours; the number of active cases in the state is 390

Vaccine hesitancy in some communities a cause of concern: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday expressed concern over vaccine hesitancy in some communities and urged people to spread awareness about the benefits of inoculation to win the battle against coronavirus.
 
Shah, who is on a three-day visit to Gujarat since July 10, also urged youths and volunteers of social organisations to spread awareness among the masses about a free food grain distribution scheme of the Central government meant for the poor hit by the pandemic.
 
He made the same appeal while addressing two separate events in the Gandhinagar district earlier in the day. READ ON...

Karnataka registers 1,386 Covid-19 infections and 61 deaths in a day

Karnataka on Monday saw further decline in the COVID cases with 1,386 fresh infections and 61 deaths, taking the caseload and toll to 28,72,684 and 35,896 respectively, the health department said.
 
The fresh infections came down by about 600 compared to Sunday. The active cases in the state stood at 35,896.
 
As many as 3,204 patients recovered, taking the total recoveries to 28,01,907. The positivity rate for the day was 1.26 per cent and case fatality rate was 4.40 per cent, the department said.

Cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in country tops 380 million

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has surpassed 38 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.
 
More than 37.03 lakh doses were administered on Monday, as per a provisional report till 7 pm. The ministry said 16,61,804 first doses and 1,40,806 second doses were given to beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 on Monday.

Cumulatively, 11,41,34,915 people in the age group of 18-44 have received their first dose and 38,88,828 have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive in the country. READ ON...

Maharashtra reports 7,603 new Covid cases, 53 deaths, 15,277 recoveries

Maharashtra reported 7,603 new coronavirus case and 53 fresh fatalities on Monday, taking the tally of infections to 61,65,402 and the death toll to 1,26,024, a health department official said.
 
The state reported a decrease in the daily COVID-19 cases and the fatalities as compared to Sunday, when it had registered 8,535 infections and 156 deaths.
 
The official said as many as 15,277 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 59,27,756. The state now has 1,08,343 active COVID-19 cases. READ ON...

Tamil Nadu reports 2,652 new infections, 36 fatalities

Tamil Nadu has reported 36 deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,652 new cases, which include that of a returnee from Andhra Pradesh, the Health Department said on Monday.
 

The deaths during the day pushed the toll to 33,454 and the overall caseload to 25,21,438 so far.
 

Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 3,104 people getting recovered today aggregating to 24,56,165 leaving 31,819 active infections, a bulletin said.

Bangladesh records 220 Covid deaths as govt plans to relax lockdown ahead of Eid

Bangladesh plans to ease the ongoing strict lockdown in view of the Eid-ul-Azha festival next week even as the country on Monday reported 220 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
 

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh reported 13,768 COVID-19 cases, a new daily record, taking the tally to 1,034,957.

155 new Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir in a day

Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 tally climbed to 3,18,848 with 155 new cases on Monday, officials said.
 

For the first time in nearly three months, no fresh deaths were reported in the union territory. The death toll stands at 4,357, they said.

Chinese vaccine makers sign Covax agreements for 500 million doses

China's two major COVID-19 vaccine makers have signed agreements to provide up to 550 million doses to COVAX, the UN-backed program that aims to deliver vaccines to poor countries and others that need them.
 
Gavi, the vaccine partnership playing a leading role in COVAX, announced that it would buy 110 million doses from Sinopharm and Sinovac between now and October. In addition, it has the option to buy 440 million more doses by mid-2022.
 
The World Health Organization has approved the companies' vaccines for emergency use. Their inactivated vaccines are already in widespread use in China and in many other countries. READ HERE...

Expecting to receive EUL for Covaxin from WHO at the earliest: Bharat Biotech

Some Covid vaccination centres may shut in Delhi on Tuesday as Covishield runs out

Delhi has run out of Covishield stock and some Covid vaccination centres are likely to be closed on Tuesday, officials said on Monday. The national capital had 19,000 doses of Covishield and 2,39,000 doses of Covaxin on Monday morning, according to a bulletin.
 
Raising the issue of shortage of Covid vaccines in the city, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, "Vaccines have run out in Delhi again. The central government gives vaccines for a day or two, then we have to keep the vaccine centres closed for several days." READ MORE...
 

Third Covid wave might have set in India on July 4: Top Hyderabad scientist

A senior physicist, who was pro-vice chancellor of University of Hyderabad and has thoroughly analysed the Covid-19 pattern in India, said on Monday that the third wave appeared to have set in on July 4.
 
Dr Vipin Srivastava, who has developed a method to observe the pattern of the number of cases and deaths for the past 463 days, said July 4 appears to be similar to what it was during the first week of February this year when the second wave was said to have set in.
 
According to his analysis, whenever there is a crossover from an increasing trend to a decreasing trend in daily deaths or vice versa, the Daily Death Load (DDL) fluctuates 'wildly'. READ MORE...

Uttarakhand govt extends Covid curfew till July 20

40% recovered patients suffer from post-coronavirus symptoms: Study

Over 40 per cent of people who recovered from Covid-19 are still having post-Covid symptoms and many are reporting newer symptoms like insomnia and neuropsychiatric issues, revealed a pan-India survey by AIG Hospital.
 
As India crosses 3 crore Covid recoveries, the incidence of post-Covid symptoms is noticeably increasing across the country.
 
Over 40 per cent of Covid-recovered patients said that they are still having symptoms, out of which weakness/fatigue was reported the maximum. Many patients also reported newer symptoms like insomnia and neuropsychiatric issues among others. READ HERE...

Telangana coronavirus update: 696 fresh cases, 6 more deaths in a day

Telangana on Monday recorded 696 COVID-19 cases,taking the tally to over 6.32 lakh, while the death toll rose to 3,735 with six more fatalities.
 
Khammam district accounted for the highest number of cases with 82 followed by The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)-68, a state government bulletin said.
 
The number of active cases was 10,148. The total number of cases in the state stood at 6,32,379, while with 858people being cured, the total recoveries are at6,18,496. READ ON...

Vaccination moving at snail's pace in West Bengal due to irregular supply

Contending that the Centre's "irregular" supply of COVID-19 vaccines has slowed down the inoculation drive in West Bengal, a senior health department official on Monday said that the state government was finding it difficult to evenly distribute the doses among its 23 districts.
 
Bengal, which has received 2.30 crore doses thus far, has vaccinated over 1.77 crore people with the first jab, and more than 62 lakh residents with both the shots, he noted.
 
The state has spent Rs 59 crore to procure 18 lakh doses on its own, he said. READ MORE...

Kerala coronavirus update: 7,798 fresh cases, 100 deaths reported in a day

Kerala logged 7,798 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 100 deaths on Monday, taking the total infection count to 30,73,134 and the toll to 14,686. Thrissur reported the highest number of cases--1,092, followed by Kozhikode with 780 and Kollam 774.
 
"Out of those found infected on Monday, 32 reached the state from outside while 7,202 contracted the disease from their contacts.
 
The sources of infection of 530 are yet to be traced. Thirty four health workers are also among those infected," health minister Veena George said in a release. She said 85,307 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 2,45,09,870. READ ON...

Covid-19: Pakistan may call in Army to implement SOPs as cases rise

Pakistan on Monday said that Army may be called in to implement coronavirus standard operating procedures to deal with the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.
 
All efforts were being made to control the spread of the contagion by ensuring compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions, Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan told reporters.
 
"We will take all administrative help for this as required, including the Army's help," he said. READ MORE...

Covid LIVE: Maharashtra reports 7,603 new cases in a day

Delhi records 45 Covid cases, lowest single-day rise in over a year

The national capital on Monday recorded 45 COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in over a year, and three deaths while the positivity rate stood at 0.08 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.
 
According to covid19India.org, a crowd-sourced initiative that collects data on COVID-19 and vaccination in India, Delhi had recorded 17 cases on April 15 last year.
 
Delhi has recorded 14,35,128 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started last year. Over 14.09 lakh patients have recovered so far. The death toll stands at 25,018. On Sunday, Delhi had recorded 53 cases with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent and three deaths. On Saturday, it had logged 76 cases with a positivity rate of 0.19 per cent and one death.

Delhi reports 45 new Covid cases; positivity rate 0.08%

7,798 coronavirus cases, 100 deaths reported in Kerala

Kerala logged 7,798 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 100 deaths on Monday, taking the total infection count to 30,73,134 and the toll to 14,686. Thrissur reported the highest number of cases--1,092, followed by Kozhikode with 780 and Kollam 774.
 
"Out of those found infected on Monday, 32 reached the state from outside while 7,202 contracted the disease from their contacts.
 
The sources of infection of 530 are yet to be traced. Thirty four health workers are also among those infected," health minister Veena George said in a release. She said 85,307 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 2,45,09,870. The test positivity rate in the state stood at 9.14 per cent.

Covid pandemic: People claim inability to pay high fees of private schools

IMA's Uttarakhand unit urges CM not to allow Kanwar Yatra

The Indian Medical Association's Uttarakhand chapter has written to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami requesting him to cancel the Kanwar Yatra this year for public safety in view of a possible third wave of COVID-19.
 
Drawing the Chief minister's attention to the warnings of medical experts about a third wave of the pandemic in a letter, the IMA's state secretary Amit Khanna asked him to not allow the proposed Kanwar Yatra to go ahead.
 
The fortnight-long yatra that begins with the onset of the month of Shravan around July 25 and goes on till the first week of August sees crores of Kanwariyas from neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh gathering in Haridwar to collect the holy waters of the Ganga. READ MORE...

NEET UG 2021 to be held on Sept 12, application process to start tomorrow

Medical entrance exam NEET, which was earlier scheduled for August 1, will now be conducted on September 12, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced Monday.
 
"The NEET-UG 2021, will be held on 12th September across the country following COVID-19 protocols. The application process will begin from 5 pm tomorrow through the NTA website," Pradhan said in a series of tweets.
 
"To ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols, face mask will be provided to all candidates at the centre. Staggered time slots during entry and exit, contactless registration, proper sanitisation, seating with social distancing etc. will also be ensured," he said. READ MORE...

Karnataka reports 1,386 new Covid cases, 3,204 discharges and 61 deaths in a day

Karnataka reports 1,386 new Covid cases, 3,204 discharges and 61 deaths in the last 24 hours. 
 
Total cases: 28,72,684
Total recoveries: 28,01,907
Death toll: 35,896
 
Active cases 34,858

India's Covid recoveries cross 3-crore mark

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that India's cumulative recoveries have crossed 3 crore mark.
 
Out of those infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,00,14,713 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 39,649 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.22 per cent, which is showing a sustained increasing trend.
 
A total of 37,73,52,501 vaccine doses have been administered through 48,51,209 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 a.m. on Monday, while 12,35,287 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus LIVE: NEET UG 2021 exam will be held on Sept 12, says Pradhan

Vaccine shortage in Rajasthan, inoculation sessions not conducted in 25 districts

COVID-19 inoculation sessions were not conducted in at least 25 of Rajasthan's 33 districts on Monday due to vaccine shortage, an official said.
 
"The state had only 10,000 doses on Monday. So, vaccination sessions could not be conducted in about 25 districts of the state," Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said.
 
Rajasthan will receive eight lakh doses on Monday night and this will be consumed in the next two days, he said. Mahajan said that the state had demanded 1.5 crore anti-Covid vaccine doses for July, but the Centre allocated 65 lakh doses. The officials said that a large number of people need to be vaccinated for the second dose in July for which adequate supply is required.

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,578 fresh Covid cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,578 fresh Covid cases, 3,041 recoveries, and 22 deaths in the past 24 hours 
 
Active cases: 27,195
Total recoveries: 18,84,202
Death toll: 13,024

Kerala reports 7,798 new Covid cases, 11,447 recoveries and 100 deaths in past 24 hours

Kerala reports 7,798 new Covid cases, 11,447 recoveries and 100 deaths in past 24 hours.
 
Active cases: 1,11,093
Death toll: 14,686

Covid LIVE: Israel approves third vaccine dose for immunocompromised

Israel’s Health Ministry has granted permission to health providers to offer a third dose of the Pfizer Inc. - BioNTech SE coronavirus vaccine to immunocompromised patients, Channel 12 news reported Monday. Patients eligible for the third dose include people who have undergone liver transplants and cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, the report said.
 
Pfizer Inc. announced on July 9 that it plans to request U.S. emergency authorization in August for a third booster dose for the general population, based on early data showing that it can sharply increase immune protection. U.S. health officials signaled they would take a cautious approach to potential booster shots, and emphasized that the currently available vaccines are effective.

Gifted 500,000 doses of Moderna vaccine to Bhutan on July 12: USA

Sputnik V second dose shortage to delay India's full rollout: Dr Reddy's

India's full rollout of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine will have to be put on hold until the Russian producer provides equal quantities of its two differing doses, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd said on Monday.
 
Dr. Reddy's had received about 3 million first doses by June 1 and about 360,000 doses of the second by early this month, the company and the Indian government have said.
 
"As a matter of responsibility, we would not like to announce a full-fledged commercial launch until we have an equivalent quantity (of the second dose)," Dr. Reddy's said in an e-mail to Reuters. READ MORE...

Assam govt collected Rs 7.44 crore from Covid protocol violators in 2020: CM

Over Rs 7.44 crore has been collected as penalty for violating different COVID-19 restrictions across Assam in 2020, the state assembly was informed on Monday. In a written reply to a query by Congress MLA Nurul Huda, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the fine amount stood at Rs 7,44,38,100 last year. Out of this, the highest sum of Rs 4.44 crore was realised from people not wearing masks, while Rs 2.15 crore was paid as fine by those with pillion riders in motorcycles, he said.
 
The state government had levied Rs 500 as penalty for not wearing masks and riding pillion in motorcycles. For second-time violators, the amount was Rs 1,000.
 
The chief minister added that the entire sum has been deposited at the treasury under the 'Taxes on Vehicle' category.

Widespread vaccine hesitancy among many communities in Gujarat: Amit Shah

Nepal, facing vaccine shortage, gets 1.5 million J&J doses from US

Nepal on Monday received over 1.5 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US at the time when the country is facing a severe shortage of the jabs.
 
This is the first consignment of the single-shot vaccine Nepal has received. The US provided 1,534,850 doses to Nepal through the COVAX scheme, the global COVID vaccine equity scheme.
 
US Ambassador Randy Berry handed over the vaccines to Health Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha on Monday. READ ON...

Schools, colleges reopen in Patna after dip in Covid cases

One village quelled Covid. The next was overrun. It's a bad sign for India

When a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections reached India’s countryside this spring, the village of Khilwai took immediate action. Two testing centers were set up, and 30 positive cases were isolated. The outbreak was contained with just three deaths.
 
It was a different story in the two villages on either side of Khilwai. Testing remained limited. The local health center in one village had been closed, its staff sent away to a larger hospital. The coronavirus spread, and at least 30 people in each village died with Covid-19 symptoms. READ MORE HERE...

FDC launches Favipiravir oral suspension to treat Covid-19 in India

Pharma firm FDC Ltd on Monday said it has launched oral suspension of Favipiravir to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in the country.
 
This prescription-only Favenza oral suspension is currently available at all retail medical outlets and hospital pharmacies across India, FDC said in a statement. Convenient loading dosage of the oral suspension helps reduce dosage frequency, it added.
 
"With positive cases on the rise again, now is the time to provide healthcare warriors in our country with viable options in this continuous battle against this disease. READ MORE...

Covid LIVE: PM Modi to interact with CMs of 8 states at 11 am tomorrow

Black Fungus: Cumulative cases in Andhra Pradesh rise to 3,876

The cumulative cases of mucormycosis went up to 3,876 and deaths to 324 in Andhra Pradesh as on Sunday. After 2,500 patients got cured, the number of active Black Fungus cases is now down to 1,052, government data said.
 
So far, 1,671 surgeries were performed on the Black Fungus-infected patients, it said.
 
Indicating a declining trend, the data showed that 206 fresh cases of mucormycosis were reported last week, compared to 341 the previous week. The deaths were also down from 42 the previous week to 29 last week.

Dip in avg daily vaccination against Covid-19 since June 21: Govt data

A decline in average daily vaccination against the coronavirus has been seen since June 21, when the new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced, government data showed.
 
According to data available on CoWIN platform, an average of 61.14 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered daily in the week from June 21-27 which dropped to 41.92 lakh doses daily in the subsequent week from June 28-July 4.
 
In the week from July 5 to July 11, the daily average vaccine doses number further dipped to 34.32 lakh doses. READ MORE...

Crowds throng vaccination centres in Mumbai as drive resumes after three days

After three days' halt, Covid-19 vaccination resumed in full swing with crowds thronging different government and private inoculation centres here on Monday.
 
According to civic officials, the drive had been suspended at all 300 authorised centres owing to shortages of doses from Friday onwards, though vaccination is not carried out on Sundays.
 
However, with fresh stocks received from the government, the campaign started again on Monday with long queues witnessed at many centres since 5 am today, hours before the opening time of 9 am. READ ON...

311 Lok Sabha members fully vaccinated against Covid-19: Speaker Om Birla

Ahead of the monsoon session of the Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said that 311 members of the lower house have been fully vaccinated.
 
The speaker further informed that all arrangements for conducting COVID-19 RT-PCR tests have been made. "23 members have not administered any vaccine for some reason. However, a 24-hour arrangement of conducting tests has been made in the Parliamentary complex," he said while addressing a press conference in the national capital.
 
Birla also assured that all COVID-19 protocols will be followed in the upcoming monsoon session. READ HERE...

Centre sets six-month capacity building goal to fight Covid

The Central government has started working on a comprehensive six-month capacity building plan to make India's health sector robust to avoid a health crisis, similar to the one that people faced due to lack of oxygen supply, hospital beds and medicines amid the second wave of Covid-19.
 
By the end of this year, the Centre wants to fix those gaps which led to a critical health crisis across the country leaving people dying on the roads due to unavailability of medical oxygen, beds in hospitals and medicine, the basic necessity of any patient in his fight against any illness. The target will be achieved through the Rs 23,000 crore Covid-19 emergency response package recently approved by the Cabinet.

World Coronavirus Dispatch: 'Black Widow' sends good vibes for theatres

Black Widow, the action-packed spy thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, has generated record revenues since the onset of the pandemic, at $80 million from US and Canadian theatre ticket sales, in a positive sign that Covid hasn't completely shifted the movie-watching pattern to streaming. Black Widow, the latest movie in the Marvel franchise, has also produced more than $60 million in revenue from fans paying $30 to watch at home.
 
While the revenues are strong, they fell way short when compared with earlier Marvel movies released in pre-Covid times. For instance, Black Widow is the worst Marvel movie ever in terms of domestic openings in the US. Read here

Covid Vaccination: SII CEO talks about providing equal opportunities to transgender community

Night curfew to continue in Andhra Pradesh

The 10 PM to 6 AM Covid curfew will continue for some more time in Andhra Pradesh. Even in the two Godavari districts, East and West, where the infection positivity rate is still over five per cent, the curfew timings have been relaxed further, in uniformity with the remaining 11 districts.
 
Shops and establishments in all districts could be opened for business from 6 AM to 9 PM daily and the prohibitory orders will come into force from 10 PM.
 
The government has decided to enforce prohibitory orders, during curfew relaxation hours, under Section 144 CrPC stringently.

India Coronavirus Dispatch: Rural India saw spate of deaths in May

Rural parts of India experienced a spate of fatalities due to "fever" and "unknown causes" coinciding with the second wave of Covid, a report in IndiaSpend said that cited new official data. The spike in undiagnosed deaths points to the scale of potential undercounting of Covid deaths in the country. There were 300,000 more deaths in May 2021 compared to May 2019, which is more than 2.5 times India’s official Covid death count for the same period, according to the latest data from the National Health Mission’s Health Management Information System. Read more here...

Odisha reports 1,993 fresh Covid-19 cases, 63 more fatalities

Odisha's count of single-day COVID-19 cases fell below the 2,000-mark for the first time in almost three months, even as 63 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,662 on Monday, a health department official said.
 
The coronavirus tally mounted to 9,41,745 with 1,993 fresh cases, reported from all the 30 districts of the state, he said.
 
While 1,154 new infections were reported from quarantine centres, the remaining 839 were local-contact cases.

FDC launches Favipiravir oral suspension to treat Covid-19 in India

Pharma firm FDC Ltd on Monday said it has launched oral suspension of Favipiravir to treat mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 in the country.
 
This prescription-only Favenza oral suspension is currently available at all retail medical outlets and hospital pharmacies across India, FDC said in a statement.
 
Convenient loading dosage of the oral suspension helps reduce dosage frequency, it added. (PTI)

DATA STORY: India adds 37,154 cases; recoveries cross 30 million-mark

Now the fourth-most-affected country by active cases, third by deaths, second by total cases, and first by recoveries, India has added 289,147 cases in the past 7 days. Read on...

Dip in average daily vaccination against Covid-19 since June 21: Govt data

A decline in average daily vaccination against the coronavirus has been seen since June 21, when the new phase of universalisation of Covid-19 vaccination commenced, government data showed.
 
According to data available on CoWIN platform, an average of 6.11 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered daily in the week from June 21-27 which dropped to 4.19 million doses daily in the subsequent week from June 28-July 4.
 
In the week from July 5 to July 11, the daily average vaccine doses number further dipped to 3.43 million doses.
 
Among states, however, a mixed trend has emerged with some states and UTs reporting a sinusoidal trend of vaccination while others a dip. Read on...

All members and media will be allowed in accordance with Covid rules: LS Speaker on Monsoon Session

All members and media will be allowed in accordance with Covid rules. RT-PCR test is not mandatory. We will request those who have not undergone vaccination to undergo test: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Maharashtra needs 3 cr anti-Covid-19 vaccine doses per month: Tope

Maharashtra needs a minimum of three crore vaccine doses per month to inoculate the entire eligible population against coronavirus at the earliest, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday.
 
Talking to PTI, Tope said the state's capacity is to vaccinate 15 lakh people daily, but as of now only two to three lakh people are being inoculated in a day because of the "shortage of vaccine doses".
 
"Three days ago, we got seven lakh vaccine doses. The stock will be exhausted by the end of the day (July 12). We have got more than 3.60 crore vaccine doses so far and this includes about 25 lakh doses purchased directly by the state government," the minister said.
 
Till Sunday, a total of 3,65,25,990 vaccine doses were administered in the state, as per official data.

Nepal receives 1.5 mn J&J vaccines from US

Nepal on Monday received 1.5 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines from the US.
 
The US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry handed over the vaccine package to Nepal's Health Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha at the Tribhuvan International Airport here earlier in the day.
 
"This is a gift from American people, this to protect the lives of 1.5 million people," Berry said.
 
"We are not getting any concessions behind donating these vaccines, there is no interest attached and this is purely a humanitarian action."
 
Nepal had earlier received 1.8 million Covid vaccines from China and 1.1 million from India under the grant assistance.
 
Similarly, 348,000 vaccine doses was also donated under the COVAX initiative to Nepal in April.

Monsoon Session of Parliament will take place from July 19 to August 13

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will take place from July 19 to August 13. Will have 19 business days: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Arunachal Pradesh logs 254 new Covid-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally soared to 39,817 on Monday as 254 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 189, a senior health official said.
 
The Capital Complex region recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 106, followed by Longding (21) and West Kameng (17).
 
A 44-year-old man from Lohit district succumbed to the disease at Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

Lord Balbhadra's chariot, Taladhwaja, being pulled by servitors during Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha

South Korea imposes social distancing level 4, industries in crisis

As the Korean government decided to impose the highest level of social distancing (level 4) throughout the Seoul metropolitan areas from Monday due to the fourth wave of Covid-19, the industries are also in an emergency.
 
Previously, industries expected economic recovery with the recent expansion of vaccination. However, as Delta variant has spread around the world, industries are concerned that the business 'shutdown', which was occurred after the coronavirus pandemic declaration in the first half of last year, will be repeated.
 
Korean major companies immediately upgraded in-house quarantine guidelines following the government's social distancing policy and expanded telework. Read on...

Lord Jagannath rath yatra commences in Gujarat with curfew enroute

The 144th annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath began in Gujarat's Ahmedabad city on Monday morning, but it was devoid of the usual festive fervour and crowds due to the curfew imposed on its route to bar people from taking part in it in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Instead of the usual cavalcade of around 100 trucks, decked up elephants, akhadas and singing troupes, this year's procession consisted of only three chariots, pulled by nearly 100 youths from the Khalasi community, and four to five other vehicles.
 
To prevent people from gathering on roads for a glimpse of the deities, a curfew has been imposed on the entire 19-km route of the procession from early morning till afternoon, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told reporters. Read on...

More than 388.6 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to States, UTs so far

In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday informed that more than 38.86 crores of vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories (UTs).
 
"More than 38.86 crore (38,86,09,790) vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far, through all sources and a further 63,84,230 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 37,31,88,834 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today)", read an official release by the ministry.
 
Also, more than 1.54 crore (1,54,20,956) balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs and private hospitals to be administered.
 
The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from June 21, 2021.

Centre's team is working on the ground. We're continuously monitoring the Covid situation: MoHFW

Central govt's team is working on the ground. We're continuously monitoring the situation, taking feedbacks from State govts regularly. Covid-19 is yet not over: Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, MoS Health & Family Welfare on rise in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra & Kerala

Odisha reports 1,993 new Covid-19 cases, active tally at 24,567

Odisha reported 1,993 new Covid-19 cases, 2,824 recoveries, and 63 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the state health department on Monday.
 
With this, the cumulative count in Odisha stands at 9,41,745 including 9,12,463 recoveries and 4,662 deaths. There are 24,567 active cases in the state.
 
Of the fresh Covid cases reported, 1,154 people got infected in quarantine, while 839 caught the infection from local contacts.

Pandemic helped all banks in improving digital transactions: CSB Bank CEO

From 27 per cent share of digital transactions in 2018, Fairfax-backed CSB Bank has increased its digital share to 80 per cent now. It plans to come up with 200 new branches during the current financial year. C V R Rajendran, managing director, and chief executive officer of CSB Bank, talks to Shine Jacob about the company's digital roadmap to touch 95 per-cent mark. Read the edited excerpts here

Emergency approval of Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine will take a few more days, reports ANI

Emergency approval of Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine will take a few more days, reports news agency ANI, quoting sources.

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 450,899 (Net reduction: 3,219)
Deaths: 408,764 (Net increase: 724)
Cured: 30,014,713 (Net increase: 39,649)
Total cases: 30,874,376 (Net increase: 37,154)
Total vaccination: 377,352,501 (Increase over previous day: 1,235,287)
 

Jharkhand reports 56 new Covid-19 cases

Jharkhand reported 56 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which pushed the tally to 3,46,279, a health department bulletin said on Sunday.
 
The COVID-19 death toll remained at 5,119 as no fresh fatality was reported during the period, it said.
 
East Singhbhum district recorded the highest number of new cases at 18 followed by six in Ranchi.
 
Jharkhand currently has 423 active COVID-19 cases as 3,40,737 people have recovered from the disease.

Madhya Pradesh logs 23 new coronavirus cases

Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 23 fresh coronavirus cases, which took its infection tally to 7,90,175, state health officials said.
 
Bhopal and Indore reported five and nine new cases respectively.
 
However, the health department did not release any data of fresh deaths, if any, that occurred due to the viral infection, as well as the number of active cases in the state on Sunday.
 
The death count on Saturday stood at 9,025, while the number of active cases till that day stood at 392.
 
Attempts to contact Additional Director (Health) Dr Veena Sinha in this regard did not elicit any response.

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Nashik sees 188 new Civud-19 cases and seven fatalities

Nashik district in Maharashtra on Sunday reported 188 fresh coronavirus positive cases and seven deaths, taking the tally to 3,96,353 and the toll to 8,431, officials said.
 
The overall number of recoveries reached 3,86,114 in the Nashik district with 111 patients getting discharged during the day, they said.
 
With 7,682 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in the district rose to 20,75,235, the officials added.

Maharashtra sees 8,535 new Covid-19 cases, 156 deaths, 6,013 recoveries

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 8,535 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 156 fatalities while 6,013 patients recovered, the state health department said.
 
With the fresh additions, the tally of cases in Maharashtra rose to 61,57,799 and the toll to 1,25,878. The total count of recoveries so far climbed to 59,12,479, leaving the state with 1,16,165 active cases, it said in a statement.
 
Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 96.02 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent.
 
Mumbai reported 558 fresh cases during the day and 15 deaths, taking the count of infections to 7,27,694 and the toll to 15,627.

Dr Fauci terms Delta strain of Covid-19 as 'nasty variant'

US top coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday (local time) characterised the Delta strain of Covid-19 as a "nasty variant".
 
"It is very clear that this is a nasty variant. It has a much greater capacity of transmitting from person to person," Fauci said, adding that the Covid vaccines that are being used in America to fight the coronavirus "are working very well" and do protect against the Delta variant.
 
"The bad news is that we have a very nasty variant, the good news is that we have a vaccine that works against it," The Hill quoted Fauci's interview with ABC's "This Week."
 
The nation's leading infectious disease doctor also voiced concern for what he called a "schism between some states and some areas that have a very low level of vaccination."

Delhi's Sadar Bazar partially shut till tomorrow due to Covid violation

Delhi's Sadar Bazaar, the largest wholesale cosmetics and jewellery market, will be closed till July 13, said the Delhi government on Sunday, adding that the decision has been taken in view of violation of Covid-19 protocols at the market area.
 
As per the official notification, "Delhi's Sadar Bazaar - from Bara Tooti Chowk to Qutub Road will remain shut till July 13."
 
The central district administration said in an official order that shopkeepers, street vendors and people were found not following Covid-appropriate behaviour on Saturday. Read on...

Hyderabad coronavirus update: Nehru Zoological Park opens after 70 days, over 2,500 visitors on first day

Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park resumed operation after nearly 70 days from Sunday and 2,536 people visited on the first day of reopening.
 
The Zoological Park had been shut considering the Covid-19\ld situation in Telangana.
 
Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad is reopened to visitors after nearly 70 days, duly following all the Covid-19 precautionary measures, the authorities stated in a press release.
 
As a part of the measures taken to curtail the spread of Covid, the authorities mentioned that every visitor would be checked using thermal scanning before entry, and wearing a face mask has been made mandatory.

Coronavirus update: Delhi reports 53 new Covid cases, lowest single-day rise this year

In its lowest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases this year, Delhi has reported 53 new infections in the last 24 hours.
 
The national capitals also saw 99 recoveries and three deaths in the said period, informed the Delhi health department on Sunday.
 
It was on June 28 when the city last recorded the lowest single-day spike with 59 new Covid-19 cases. Today Delhi reported 21 more cases than Saturday's figure that was 76 Covid-19 cases.
 
With this, the total number of infections in the national capital has reached 14,35,083, including 743 active cases and 14,09,325 total recoveries. For the third day in a row, the recovery rate stands at 98.2 percent.
 
The death toll in the capital has mounted to 25,015. The daily positivity rate of Covid infections stands at 0.07 per cent, while the cumulative total positivity rate is at 6.43 per cent.

Gujarat coronavirus update: 42 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat; no fresh death reported

The Covid-19 tally in Gujarat rose by 42 on Sunday, which took its overall infection count to 8,24,242, the health department said.
 
No fresh death was reported during the day and the toll currently stands at 10,073, it said.
 
As 262 patients got discharged from hospitals on Sunday, the recovery count climbed to 8,13,238, the department said in a release.
 
Gujarat's recovery rate rose to 98.66 per cent, and the number of active cases fell below the 1,000-mark to 931, it added.
 
Surat district reported 13 new cases, Ahmedabad seven, Rajkot and Vadodara four each, and Bhavnagar and Jamnagar two each, among others.

Coronavirus update: Bengal logs 924 new Covid-19 cases, 13 more deaths

The Covid-19 tally in West Bengal mounted to 15,12,129 on Sunday as 924 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 17,916, a health department bulletin said.
 
The discharge rate in the state rose to 97.83 per cent with 1,314 more people recovering from the disease since Saturday, it said.
 
West Bengal now has 14,901 active cases, while 14,79,312 people have so far been cured of the disease.
 
Four fresh fatalities were reported from Nadia district, two each from Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Darjeeling while one person each succumbed to the infection in Hooghly, Howrah and Jalpaiguri, it said.

West Bengal coronavirus update: 37 held from top Kolkata hotel for partying amid Covid restrictions

At least 37 people, including 20 women, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday from a five star hotel in the city for partying in defiance of the ongoing restrictions to combat Covid-19 pandemic, an officer said.
 
An FIR was lodged against the hotel authorities and they were called for questioning in connection with the matter, he added.
 
Two high-end vehicles along with several other materials including 38 mobile phones and two sets of guests' lists were seized, he said.
 
"Acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted at the Park Hotel at around 01.15 hrs and 37 people were arrested from the 2nd and 3rd floor for partying with loud DJ music defying the restrictions of Government order during Covid-19 and spreading infectious disease," he said.
 
"During the raid, some of the arrested persons pushed and manhandled police officials preventing them from discharging their duties," he added.
 
Two pioneer DJ discs, one amplifier, two sound boxes, one DJ light, three hookahs, four liquor bottles, four empty glasses and one ganja puria were also seized, the police officer said.

Govt will stand with Olympic players, try to provide facilities: Pramanik

Asserting that the Government of India will stand with the players for the Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik on Sunday said that the Centre is confident that our sportspersons will play to bring glory to India. Read on...
 

Karnataka coronavirus update: New Covid cases dip below 2,000 in a day

For the first time in many weeks, new Covid cases dipped below 2,000 in a day, while deaths declined to 56 across Karnataka, said the state health bulletin on Sunday.
 
"Only 1,978 positive cases were registered on Saturday, taking the state's Covid tally to 28,71,298, including 36,737 active cases, while recoveries rose to 27,98,703, with 2,326 patients discharged during the day," said the bulletin.
 
As epi-centre of the pandemic in the state, Bengaluru, however, reported only 433 fresh cases on Saturday, taking its Covid tally to 12,19,378, including 13,459 active cases, while recoveries increased to 11,90,182, with 203 patients discharged in the last24 hours. Read on...

South Africa extends Covid-19 restrictions with certain relaxations

South Africa on Sunday extended Covid-19 restrictions for a fortnight with certain relaxations amid rising infections.
 
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that restrictions under Level 4 of the country's five-level lockdown strategy would continue for another fortnight.
 
The country, however, allowed restaurants, eateries, gyms and fitness centres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity and adherence to Covid protocols.
 
Earlier, restaurants and eateries could only offer takeaway services.

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