Covid LIVE: 11 cases of Kappa strain in Rajasthan; 2,169 new cases in Assam

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Corona updates: India has recorded 32,906 fresh cases taking the total caseload to 30,907,282, according to MoHFW. The death count increased to 410,784 with 2,020 new fatalities, the data showed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the chief ministers of eight north-eastern states on today to discuss the Covid-19 situation amid concerns over the coronavirus numbers in the region. While most parts of the country have seen a steady decline in the Covid numbers, the northeast region has been a cause of concern with the number of cases either rising or not falling in line with the nationwide trend, experts have noted.

Kerala reported 7,798 new infections, Maharashtra 7,603, followed by Tamil Nadu (2,652), Karnataka (1,386), Andhra Pradesh (1,578), West Bengal (885) and Delhi (45).

From the northeastern states, Assam reported 2,575 new cases and Manipur 890.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (6,165,402), Kerala (3,073,134), Karnataka (2,872,684), Tamil Nadu (2,521,438), and Andhra Pradesh (1,924,421).

World coronavirus update: Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with 188,036,933 confirmed cases and 4,055,321 deaths across nearly 200 countries recorded since China reported its first cases in December 2019. The US remains the worst-hit country with 34,763,370 cases, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. 

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Over 1,650 black fungus cases in Delhi

There were 952 active cases of black fungus in Delhi as on July 6, which was more than the count of active cases of COVID-19 till that date, according to official data.
The data also showed that till July 6, Delhi had recorded over 1,650 cases mucormycosis (black fungus).
On March 27, the Delhi government had declared black fungus an epidemic, even as Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had issued regulations under the Epidemic Diseases Act to contain and manage cases of the deadly mucormycosis in the city. Till then, over 600 cases of mucormycosis were reported.

Rs 23,123 crore approved as Covid emergency package: Health Ministry

West Bengal govt unlikely to completely lift Covid restrictions

The West Bengal government may not completely lift the coronavirus-related restrictions that have been imposed in the state till July 15, a senior official said on Tuesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to review the COVID-19 situation on Wednesday and the final call, he said.
"Though the pandemic situation in the state has improved a lot, withdrawing the restrictions completely might still be risky. Nearby states like Tripura and Odisha and even Bangladesh have reported a surge in cases.
"Therefore, we need to be extra cautious... The CM will decide on it," the official told PTI. READ MORE...

Maharashtra reports 7,243 Covid cases, 196 deaths; 10,978 patients recover

Maharashtra reported 7,243 new coronavirus cases and 196 fatalities on Tuesday, taking the tally of infections to 61,72,645 and death toll to 1,26,220, a health department official said.
As many as 10,978 patients were discharged from hospitals since Monday evening, taking the number of recovered cases to 59,38,734, he added. The state now has 1,04,406 active COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate is 96.21 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent, the official said.

Covid LIVE: 11 cases of Kappa strain in Rajasthan

Assam reports 2,169 new Covid cases, 1,456 recoveries, and 23 deaths

41 active Covid cases in Noida, 33 in Ghaziabad

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41 in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 33 in Ghaziabad on Tuesday, according to official data. Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded five new cases, while Ghaziabad added two more in a period of 24 hours till Tuesday 6 am, the data issued by the Uttar Pradesh Health department showed.
The overall number of positive cases reached 63,127 in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 55,585 in Ghaziabad, it showed.
On the brighter side, five patients recovered in Gautam Buddh Nagar and four in Ghaziabad, with the overall recoveries in these districts reaching 62,620 and 55,091 respectively, the data stated. The death toll due to the disease stood at 466 in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 461 in Ghaziabad, according to the data. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in UP reached 1,479 on Tuesday, while the overall recoveries surged to 16,83,319 and the death toll mounted to 22,707, the data showed.

Remdesivir, HCQ show no antiviral effect against Covid, says study

Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) showed no antiviral activity in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in Norway, according to a study published on Tuesday.
While HCQ is used to prevent or treat malaria, remdesivir is sold as an antiviral drug.
The researchers from Oslo University Hospital and colleagues randomly assigned 181 hospitalised patients in 23 hospitals in Norway to receive remdesivir, HCQ, or standard of care. READ MORE...

Nearly 12 crore vaccine doses administered in the age group 18-44, so far

Andhra records 2,000 more Covid cases, tally 19.2 lakh

Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday logged 2,567 new Covid cases, raising the state's overall tally over 19.2 lakh, even as its active caseload dropped to 26,710.
As many as 3,034 more persons recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising the state's total number of recoveries over 18.8 lakh.
East Godavari district reported the highest number of cases at 356, followed by Chittoor (300), West Godavari (279), Guntur and Krishna (269 each), Nellore (244), Visakhapatnam (199), Anantapur (81), Srikakulam (77), Vizianagaram (49) and Kurnool (18).

We have to join hands to ensure that the third wave doesn't hit India: Dr V K Paul

Over 1 crore people vaccinated against Covid in Haryana: Health minister Anil Vij

More than one crore eligible beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Haryana till date, Health Minister Anil Vij said on Tuesday. The minister also congratulated the health department and 'corona warriors' for the "big achievement".
So far, over 4.14 lakh healthcare workers and more than 3.79 lakh frontline workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Haryana, Vij told reporters here.
"Similarly, more than 26.68 lakh people above 60 years, over 27 lakh people between 45 years and 60 years and more than 38.91 lakh people in 18-44 age group have been vaccinated," he said. "Thus, so far, over one crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated (in the state)," he said.

India's first Covid-19 patient from Kerala tests positive again

Mumbai sees 441 fresh Covid-19 cases, lowest after February 9

Mumbai on Tuesday reported 441 new coronavirus positive cases, the lowest after February 9 this year, and eight fatalities, the city civic body said.

With the new additions, the tally of COVID-19 infections in Mumbai reached 7,28,615 and the toll 15,644, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) update. The city is now left with 6,950 active cases.

2,505 Covid-19 infections, 48 fatalities in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu reported 2,505 new COVID-19 cases, including returnees from the United Arab Emirates, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, pushing the overall caseload to 25,23,943.

The number of deaths mounted to 33,502 with 48 people succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours.

Over 385 million Covid vaccine doses administered so far, says govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 38.50 crore (385 million), the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.
It said 15,49,982 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group were administered the first dose while 1,19,121 were given the second dose on Tuesday.
Cumulatively, 11,59,50,619 people in the 18-44 age group across all states and union territories have received the first dose and 40,19,089 have received the second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive on May 1. READ ON...

Uttarakhand govt cancels Kanwar Yatra owing to Covid-19 pandemic

The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday cancelled the Kanwar Yatra in view of a possible third wave of COVID-19. It is for the second consecutive year that the yatra is not being held due to the pandemic.
The Indian Medical Association had also written to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami recently asking him to not allow the yatra to go ahead in the interest of the people of the state and the country.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had said that though Kanwar Yatra is part of Sanatan culture, saving lives in the time of the pandemic was paramount.

Covid LIVE: BMC may exempt fully vaccinated passengers from RT-PCR test

NEET-Postgraduate exam will be held on Sept 11: Mansukh Mandaviya

The NEET Postgraduate exam will be held on September 11, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Tuesday.
"We have decided to conduct #NEET Postgraduate exam on 11th September, 2021. My best wishes to young medical aspirants!" he tweeted.
In view of the spike in COVID-19 cases, the National Eligibility Cum Entrance test (NEET)-PG which was scheduled to be held on April 18 was postponed. The decision was taken keeping the wellbeing of young medical students in mind. READ MORE...

Sputnik, Astrazeneca mix & match booster dose results expected by July end

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is expecting to release the results of Sputnik V and Astrazeneca 'mix and match' vaccine by the end of July.
In a press briefing, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, RDIF informed that high efficacy is expected from the trials.
"We expect to release the results of Sputnik V and Astrazeneca mix and match by the end of July. This approach has been really pioneered by Sputnik V in the beginning. So we are open for mix and match a Covishield in India. We believe there will be a great result. Covishield is the same vaccine as Astrazeneca so we believe that trials will show high efficacy. We hope that the Serum Institute of India (SII) can produce Sputnik V and mix and match as well. It will be a true partnership," said Dmitriev. READ MORE...

Telangana reports 767 new Covid cases, 848 recoveries, and three deaths

Telangana reports 767 new Covid cases, 848 recoveries, and three deaths
Active cases: 10,064 
Total recoveries: 6,19,344 
Death toll: 3,738

Trade margin on oximeter, nebuliser, digital thermometer capped at 70%

The government on Tuesday capped the trade margins of five critical medical devices such as oximeter and digital thermometer, used extensively in the treatment and prevention of Covid-19, at 70 per cent in order to bring down prices.
The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) has invoked extraordinary powers under the Paragraph 19 of DPCO, 2013, to put a cap on trade margin of five medical devices -- oximeter, glucometer, BP monitor, nebulizer and digital thermometer. READ ON...

Kerala logs 14,539 new coronavirus cases, 124 deaths

Kerala logged 14,539 fresh COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total infection count to 30,87,673 and the toll to 14,810. Malappuram reported the highest number of cases--2,115, followed by Ernakulam with 1,624and Kollam, 1,404.
"Out of those found infected on Tuesday, 67 reached the state from outside while 13,582 contracted the disease from their contacts.
The sources of infection of 828 are yet to be traced. Sixty two health workers are also among the infected," health minister Veena George said in a release. She said 1,39,049 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 2,46,48,919.

Uttarakhand govt cancels Kanwar Yatra this year, in view of the coronavirus pandemic

Uttarakhand government decides to cancel Kanwar Yatra this year, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Karnataka reports 1,913 new Covid cases and 48 deaths in the past 24 hours

Karnataka reports 1,913 fresh Covid cases, 2,489 patient discharges, and 48 deaths in the past 24 hours 
Active cases: 34,234
Total discharges: 28,04,396
Death toll: 35,944

Serum Institute partners with RDIF to make 300 mn doses of Sputnik V

Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V production in India gets a shot in the arm as Serum Institute of India (SII) now partners with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to make 300 million doses of the vaccine per year. The first batch of Sputnik V is expected to be produced at SII in September. With this partnership, the total manufacturing capacity for Sputnik V in India crosses 1.1 billion doses annually.
Moreover, as Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, RDIF, the Russian sovereign wealth fund, pointed out, SII will be in a position in the future to produce the mix-and-match dose combination of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and Sputnik V. Speaking to reporters from Moscow, Dimitriev said that the trial of mix and match vaccines at Azerbaijan is expected to be over soon and the initial results could be out as early as end of this month. READ MORE...

Third Covid wave warnings treated casually like weather update: Govt

The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the "gross violations" of Covid-appropriate behaviour in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.
Addressing a press conference on the pandemic situation in the country, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people talk about the third wave as a "weather update" but fail to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any future waves. READ ON...

World Coronavirus Dispatch: Rare nerve complication with J&J vaccine

FDA warns of potential rare nerve complication with Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
The US Food and Drug Administration updated the label on Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine Monday to warn of the possible increased risk of a rare neurological complication called Guillain-Barré syndrome. While the FDA said it had not established the vaccine could cause the syndrome, it noted an increase in reports of the sometimes paralyzing condition. Read more...

Andhra Pradesh logs 2,567 new Covid-19 cases, 3,034 recoveries, 18 deaths

Andhra Pradesh reported 2,567 fresh cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. The latest bulletin said 3,034 patients had recovered from the infection while 18 more succumbed in the state. The gross positives now rose to 19,26,988, recoveries to 18,87,236 and toll 13,042. The active caseload dropped to 26,710, the bulletin added.

76% of eligible population vaccinated in Tripura

Over 76 per cent of the eligible population of Tripura have been inoculated against Covid-19 and around 25 per cent got both doses of the vaccine, an official said on Tuesday. The positivity rate of coronavirus in the state currently is 4.3 per cent and it is likely to decline after two weeks.
Of the 26.24 lakh people who are eligible for inoculation, over 20 lakh (76.22 per cent) have received the vaccine while 6.47 lakh (24.64 per cent) have taken both doses, National Health Mission (NHM) director in Tripura, Dr Siddhartha Shiv Jaiswal, said. Tripura has a population of 40.19 lakh in March.

Covid LIVE: NEET PG exam to be conducted on Sept 11, says Mandaviya

Health Ministry addresses media on emergency response and health system preparedness package

World is seeing third Covid wave, we shouldn't let it happen in India: Govt

The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the "gross violations" of Covid-appropriate behaviour in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.
Addressing a press conference on the pandemic situation in the country, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people talk about the third wave as a "weather update" but fail to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any future waves.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul, who was also present at the press conference, said globally, a third wave of COVID-19 is being seen and called on people to make efforts to ensure that it does not happen in India. READ MORE...

PM concerned over big crowds without masks in hill stations, markets; says no compromise on Covid norms

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern over people crowding at hill stations and markets without wearing masks or observing social distancing norms, as he urged all to guard against complacency to prevent a third wave of the coronavirus spread.
"If we remain cautious and take precautions we will be able to prevent the third wave...there should be no compromise in this," he said, while also stressing that the vaccination drive needs to be continuously ramped up.
The prime minister was speaking during an interaction with chief ministers of eight Northeastern states through video conferencing. Modi said the COVID-19 situation was worrisome in some districts of the region and urged the chief ministers to stay alert and act fast to check the further spread of the virus.

Vaccine production is rising gradually: Dr V K Paul

UP govt wants minimum Kanwar pilgrims; RT-PCR test can be made mandatory

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has urged that only a minimum number of people should participate in the annual Kanwar Yatra yatra and directed strict implementation of the COVID-19 protocol, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday.
The state government, which has allowed the yatra from July 25 despite concerns raised in various quarters over the risk posed by such events in triggering a possible third wave of the pandemic, said a negative RT-PCR test report can be made compulsory for pilgrims, if required. READ ON...

Gross violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour being seen in parts of country: Govt

The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the "gross violations" of Covid-appropriate behaviour in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.
Addressing a press conference on the pandemic situation in the country, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people talk about the third wave as a "weather update" but fail to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any future waves.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul, who was also present at the press conference, said globally, a third wave of COVID-19 is being seen and called on people to make efforts to ensure that it does not happen in India.

Health Ministry addresses media on the third Covid wave situation

Have to make efforts to ensure third wave does not happen in India: Health Ministry

Globally, third wave of Covid-19 is being seen, and we have to make efforts to ensure it does not happen in India: Health Ministry

Gross violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour being observed in several parts of India: Govt

Gross violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour are being observed in several parts of country which can nullify gains made so far: Health Ministry

Nearly 73.4% of new Covid-19 cases reported so far in July from five states: Health Ministry

Nearly 73.4 per cent of new Covid-19 cases reported so far in July from Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha: Health Ministry

Pandemic is far from over - surge in cases being noted globally: Govt

Tourists flouting Covid-Appropriate norms: Health Ministry

We've to join hands to ensure that third wave doesn't hit India: Dr V K Paul

Continued Gross Violations of Covid appropriate behaviour can nullify the gains so far: Govt

Surge in Covid cases reported across major States in North-East: Health Ministry

LIVE: Health Ministry addresses media on Covid situation in India

Covid-19: Despite better infra, Bengaluru has higher death rate than Mumbai

Indeed, the second wave of Covid-19 has been devastating for India. The country witnessed over 400,000 daily infections at the peak, and Covid-related deaths at the time averaged over 4,000. The death rate during the second wave, however, has been lower than the first wave until now.
A Business Standard analysis shows that while India reported 1.38 deaths per 100 infections between July 1 and November 1 of 2020, the country has recorded 1.27 deaths per 100 cases between March 1 and July 12 this year. READ MORE HERE...

PM to interact with CMs of 6 states on July 16 to discuss Covid situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala on July 16 to discuss the COVID-19 situation in these states.
These are among the states where the Covid infection numbers have seen an increase in several districts or have not in general seen a dip like they have in most other states. READ MORE...

Sikkim logs 226 fresh Covid cases, tally rises to 22,623

Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 22,623 on Tuesday as 226 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. East Sikkim district registered the highest number of new cases at 144, followed by South Sikkim (41), West Sikkim (40), and North Sikkim (one).
The Himalayan state now has 2,281 active cases, while 19,767 people have recovered from the disease, 258 patients have migrated to other states and 317 have succumbed to the infection so far. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 88.3 per cent. Sikkim has tested over 1.74 lakh samples for COVID-19 thus far, including 796 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said, adding that the positivity rate stood at 28.3 per cent.

India Coronavirus Dispatch: Average daily vaccinations drop in July

Average daily vaccinations are down by around 600,000 shots a day compared to June's numbers, a report in ThePrint said. As many as 3,988,979 vaccine doses were administered each day on average in June. This dropped to 3,388,751 in the first eleven days of July. The total vaccine doses available to states, meanwhile, remained the same — 120 million — for both June and July. Read more

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi to interact with CMs of 6 states on July 16

Crowds in hill stations, markets without masks cause for concern: PM Modi

Crowds thronging hill stations and markets without masks is "cause for concern", said PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday, reiterating his government’s message that the Covid-19 pandemic continues in the country.
"It is true that tourism, business and business have been greatly affected due to coronavirus...but today I will say very emphatically that it is not okay to have huge crowds in hill stations, markets without wearing masks," said Modi according to
Modi interacted with Chief Ministers of the northeastern states on the Covid-19 situation via video conferencing, asking them to closely monitor variants of the coronavirus. READ MORE...

Delhi govt received about 1.5 lakh fresh doses of Covishield: Jain

The Delhi government has received a fresh supply of 1.5 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines which will allow the vaccination to be carried out for about a day and a half, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday.
Interacting with reporters, he also urged people not to lower the guard, and reiterated that experts have already cautioned about the chance of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Yesterday, 45 cases of Covid were recorded, which is the lowest in about a year and few months. Positivity rate too has remained below 0.10 per cent in the last few days. But as long as this virus is there, we have to be alert and follow all Covid-appropriate behaviour," Jain said.

DATA STORY: India reports 2,020 deaths as Madhya Pradesh clears backlog

India has so far administered 381,467,646 vaccine doses. That is 1234.23 per cent of its total caseload, and 27.36 per cent of its population. Read on...

Serum Institute to start manufacturing Sputnik vaccine in September

Serum Institute of India (SII) will start production of Sputnik vaccine at the company's facilities in September, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Tuesday.
"The first batch of Sputnik vaccine is expected to be produced at SII's facilities in September," RDIF said in a statement.
The parties intend to produce over 300 million doses of the vaccine in India per year, it added.
"As part of the technical transfer process, SII has already received cell and vector samples from the Gamaleya Center. With their import approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), the cultivation process has begun," RDIF said.

MP adds 1,478 "backlog" deaths

Madhya Pradesh's health department said it has added a "backlog" of 1,478 Covid deaths, raising the fatality toll due to the viral infection in the state to 10,506. It said 208 of these deaths listed fresh were reported among patients kept under home isolation, 762 deaths in private hospitals and 508 people who died at places other than their native districts.  More here

Odisha logs 1,930 new Covid-19 cases

Odisha's Covid-19 tally increased to 9,43,675 on Tuesday as 1,930 more people tested positive for the infection, while a record 68 fresh fatalities pushed the state''s coronavirus death toll to 4,730. The state registered its previous highest single-day fatalities of 65 on July 11, reported PTI.

Crowds without masks worrying: PM Modi

Crowds thronging hill stations and markets without masks is "cause for concern", says PM Narendra Modi. "The number of Covid-19 cases is rising. We need to take strict action to curb the situation at the micro level." More here

Improve testing: PM Modi

Modi speaks to CMs of northeast states

"Have to watch every Covid-19 variant closely," says Prime Minister Modi in interaction with Chief Ministers of northeastern states

Copa America ends with 179 confirmed cases of Covid: Brazil health ministry

There were 179 known Covid-19 cases related to the Copa America, Brazil's health ministry said, up 13 from its previous update 17 days ago.
The ministry did not say how seriously the disease evolved in any of the infected.
The figure also did not contemplate possible contagion among a few thousand guests who watched Lionel Messi's Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 on Saturday in the final at Maracana Stadium. The final was the only match in the tournament to have spectators in the stands.
"The very low contagion certifies that Copa America took place in Brazil with safety and didn't cause an increase in Covid-19 numbers, the health ministry said in a statement. Read on...

Mumbai Covid-19 centre employees allege dues not paid; approach police

Twelve contractual employees of a Covid-19 care centre at the Bandra-Kurla Complex here have complained to the Mumbai police against their placement agency for allegedly not paying their salaries since the last three months, a police official said.
The employees in their complaint lodged at the BKC police station alleged that one Gaurav Joshi, who runs the placement agency, hired their services, but they have not got their salaries since April this year, he said.
They also alleged that Joshi had threatened them. He earlier assured to get their dues released, but it has not happened so far, the official said quoting the complaint. Read on...

Pondicherry records 124 new coronavirus cases

Puducherry on Tuesday added 124 fresh cases to its Covid-19 tally, which surged to 1,19,181.
The new cases were less than 100 on Monday but shot up to 124 today at the end of examination of swabs of 5756 people.
No new fatality was reported for second straight day today and the toll remained 1,771.
The 124 new cases were spread over Puducherry 106, Karaikal 15 and Mahe 3, while Yanam an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not report any new cases of infection.

Canada to donate 17.7 mn AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to other countries

Canada announced its decision to donate 17.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to low- and middle-income countries.
While addressing a press conference on Monday, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said that the vaccine doses are a part of the Canadian government's advance purchase agreement with the company and would be distributed through COVAX, reports Xinhua news agency.
COVAX is a global vaccine-sharing initiative jointly co-ordinated by the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Read on...

Active Covid-19 cases in country decline to 431,315: Union Health Ministry.

Active Covid-19 cases in country decline to 431,315: Union Health Ministry.

Israel okays 3rd Covid vaccine shot for adults at risk

Israel's Health Ministry has instructed four health maintenance organisations to start offering the third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for adults with weak immune systems.
The direction on Monday came a day after Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced the move on Sunday, saying the Ministry is looking into the possible authorisation of booster shots to the general public, reports Xinhua news agency.
The move came amid Pfizer's request to the regulators of the US and Europe for approving a booster dose of its vaccine.
The ministry has reported a steady rise in the number of infections driven by the spread of the Delta variant.
On Sunday, 423 new cases were diagnosed across Israel.

Special teams sent to 2 UP districts showing surge in Covid-19 cases

A surge of 28 new Covid cases in Sitapur district and 20 new cases in Sultanpur have become a cause of worry for the Uttar Pradesh government, especially since Covid cases in all other districts are showing an appreciable downtrend.
The cases were recorded on Monday.
A team of experts has been sent to these two districts to assess the reasons for the surge in cases.
Health teams from the surveillance unit have reached Sitapur and Sultanpur to collect details. Samples of patients will also be sent for genome sequencing.
Nodal officer Sitapur Dr P.K. Singh said, "The patients belong to three different areas. None of them has a travel history. Each of the 28 cases was asymptomatic. In fact, some of them were attendants of patients brought to the health facility. Strangely, they tested negative." Read on...

Sputnik V soft launched in over 50 cities in India: Dr Reddy's Laboratories

Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd, which soft-launched Russia's Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V here on May 14 has expanded the pilot project to over 50 other cities and towns in the country.
In a tweet on Monday night, the city-based drug maker said it will strengthen the commercial rollout of Sputnik V in the coming weeks.
"Starting initially in Hyderabad today, the soft launch rollout of Sputnik V has scaled up speedily and reached cities and towns all over India- including but not limited to Hyderabad, Vizag, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, NCR, Chennai, Miryalaguda, Vijayawada, Baddi, Kolhapur, Kochi, Raipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik it said in the tweet. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Summary of MoHFW data (July 13)
Active cases: 432,778 (Net reduction: 18,121)
Deaths: 410,784 (Net increase: 2,020)
Cured: 30,063,720 (Net increase: 49,007)
Total cases: 30,907,282 (Net increase: 32,906)
Total vaccination: 381,467,646 (Increase over previous day: 4,065,862)

Citizens' group starts drive to vaccinate transgender community in Pune

A group of citizens working towards Covid-19 vaccination of the underprivileged people has now extended its reach to the transgender community in Maharashtra's Pune city.
As part of the 'VaxAll Initiative', 169 transgenders were vaccinated at a private hospital here on Monday, an official from the medical facility said.
The volunteers' group has set up an exclusive vaccination centre at the Sancheti Hospital here for the transgender community from July 12 to 15.
An outreach programme is in place to spread awareness among the transgender community members and ensure most of them get vaccinated via this camp, the group said in a statement. Read on...

Odisha reported 1,930 new cases, 68 deaths and 2,937 recoveries; active cases 23,492

Odisha reported 1,930 new cases, 68 deaths and 2,937 recoveries; active cases 23,492

Sikkim reports 90 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 22,397

Sikkim has reported 90 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 22,397, a health department bulletin said on Monday.
With two more patients succumbing to the disease, the Covid- 19 death toll has risen to 317, it said.
East Sikkim reported 42 new cases followed by West Sikkim (26), South Sikkim (17), and North Sikkim (five).

Meghalaya logs 273 new Covid-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities

Meghalaya's Covid-19 tally on Monday rose to 54,853 as 273 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 913, a senior health official said.
Three patients succumbed to the disease in the East Khasi Hills district, and one each in South Garo Hills and West Garo Hills respectively, Health Services director Aman War said.
As many as 523 more people were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 49,830, he said.

Covid-19 cases soar in over 40 US states amid falling vaccination rates

Covid-19 cases rose in more than 40 US states over the past week as the vaccination rate has slowed down and the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to spread.
The country is averaging about 19,455 new cases over the last seven days, a 47 per cent increase from the week prior, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, Xinhua reported.
It marked the largest weekly rise since April 2020, according to a Bloomberg report.
More than 99 per cent of Covid-19 deaths in the United States in June were among unvaccinated people, said Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Order on Janpath market closure withdrawn after traders assure compliance

The New Delhi district administration on Monday withdrew its order directing closure of the popular Janpath market for not following DDMA guidelines after a meeting with the market associations where traders assured it of strict implementation of COVID-19 protocols.
The district administration had on Sunday directed the closure of the market till further orders.
"After the order was issued for closing pedestrian market in Janpath, the district officials held a meeting with them today. It was decided to allow them to open shops with strict implementation of COVID-19 safety measures and other protocols. Read on...

FDA adds warning of rare neurological reaction to J&J Covid-19 vaccine

US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it's not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.
The Food and Drug Administration announced the new warning, flagging reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Health officials described the side effect as a small possible risk" for those getting the shot.
The action comes after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed reports of about 100 people developing the syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine. Almost all of them required hospitalization and one person died, the FDA said. Read on...

Second Covid wave: April sees sharp fall in new telecom users, says Trai

The telecommunications (telecom) sector became a victim of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. It saw a sharp decline in subscriber addition at 2.16 million in April, according to the latest data by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).
This is one-sixth of the user addition in March, which was at 13.25 million, revealed the data by the regulator.
State governments had imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the pathogen in April — a move that derailed economic activity.
The number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,201.2 million at the end of March to 1,203.47 million at the end of April, thereby showing a monthly growth rate of 0.19 per cent. Read on...

Delta variant of Covid-19 spreading worldwide at scorching pace: WHO chief

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday warned of the "devastating outbreaks" caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19, saying that the new strain of the virus was infecting people "at a scorching pace".
"Last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of Covid-19 globally," Tedros said at a virtual press conference from Geneva, adding that "after ten weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again."
The virus variant first identified in India in October 2020 is continuing the spread around the world and has now been detected in 104 countries, he said, Xinhua reported. Read on...

Review process begins for WHO listing of Covaxin: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech on Monday said that it has submitted all documents to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin and the review process has commenced.
Bharat Biotech Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella said all documents required for EUL of Covaxin have been submitted to WHO as of July 9.
"The review process has now commenced with the expectation that we will receive EUL from WHO at the earliest," he said.
The Hyderabad-based company had said in May that that application for EUL was submitted to WHO-Geneva and regulatory approvals are expected by July-September 2021.

Coronavirus: Mumbai civic body seals a wing of actor Suniel Shetty's building

The Mumbai civic body has sealed a wing of a building in south Mumbai in which Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty resides after a fifth person from that wing tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday.
He said the 'A' wing of the 'Prithvi Apartments' located on Altamount Road was sealed on Saturday after a fifth person from that wing tested positive for coronavirus last week. "But no one from the Shetty's family tested positive," he added.
"The entire building hasn't been sealed. Only one wing is sealed. Another wing has no cases," said Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner, D ward, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Coronavirus update in Tamil Nadu: TN 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.
The highest daily infection was 36,184 on May 21. Since then, there has been a decline.

B'desh 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.
The country registered 220 new deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total toll to 16,639, it said.
The single-day deaths had exceeded the 200-mark on July 7. The country has witnessed above 200 deaths for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.

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. Read on...

Some Twitter employees return to offices in New York, San Francisco

After more than 16 months of working from home, some Twitter Inc employees in San Francisco and New York returned to the office on Monday as the company reopened its corporate campuses at 50% capacity in the two cities.
With Covid-19 vaccination rates on the rise, major U.S. tech companies are diverging on how and when to reopen their offices. Alphabet Inc's Google announced employees can voluntarily return to the office starting in late July, while Apple expects employees to work from the office three days per week starting in early September.
Twitter employees shared pictures of their breakfasts and unmasked selfies in the elevator. One employee, referencing the food and music at the social media firm's San Francisco office, wrote on Twitter, "I am more stoked than I expected to be." Read on...

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