Coronavirus LIVE: India cases top 1.5 million; Maharashtra sees a dip

Coronavirus update: India recorded 47,703 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 1,516,738. The country's current Covid-19 death toll stands at 33,866. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have both crossed the 100,000-case mark, while Tamil Nadu's Covid tally has risen to 227,688.

Coronavirus world update: As many as 16,729,838 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 10,295,270 have recovered, 658,974 have died so far. The US on Monday recorded 60,500 new cases and Brazil 23,467.

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Pfizer and BioNTech start late-stage study of lead Covid-19 shot

Pfizer and BioNTech SE said they’ve begun a later-stage trial for their top coronavirus vaccine candidate and set a goal of submitting it for regulatory review as soon as October — one of the most ambitious timelines to date.
 
The move pushes the New York-based pharmaceutical giant and its German partner closer to bringing a vaccine to market, and places them alongside frontrunners like Moderna Inc, which anno­unced earlier Monday that it had started its own large, final-stage trial of a shot based on similar technology.

Mumbai sees lowest single-day spike in new cases

Only 700 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Mumbai today that too with the highest single-day testing till date, said Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday.
 
He said a total of 8,776 tests were conducted on Tuesday, out of which only 700 tests were found positive in the financial capital, news agency ANI reported.

Lockdown in containment zones extended in West Bengal till August 31

The West Bengal Government on Tuesday announced the state-wide complete lockdown till August 31.
 
The complete lockdown will be observed in the state on August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31.
 
However, the lockdown will not be observed this weekend on account of Mulsim festival Eid al-Adha, and on August 15, the day when the country celebrates Independence Day.

GOP rolls out $1-trillion relief plan amid coronavirus pandemic

Senate Republicans presented their $1 trillion plan to bolster the pandemic-ravaged US economy in a series of bills that would trim extra unemployment benefits, send $1,200 payments to most Americans and shield businesses, schools and other organizations from lawsuits stemming from coronavirus infections.
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The package was pulled together after days of negotiations between Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump’s emissaries that didn’t completely settle differences within the GOP over the size and scope of additional federal spending in response to the pandemic.

McDonald's revenue falls 30% as Covid-19 lockdown limits operations

McDonald’s on Tuesday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in global same-store sales as restaurants across the world were shut because of the pandemic, limiting operati­ons to only drive-thru and delivery. Global same-store sales fell 23.9 per cent for the second quarter ended June 30, dragged down by big internati­onal markets including the UK, France and Latin America. Revenue fell 30.5 per cent to $3.76 billi­on, but beat the estimate of $3.68 billion.

India coronavirus cases and deaths update

India coronavirus cases crossed 1.5 million mark. Total count stands at 1,532,125. As many as 34,224 have died from the virus so far, according to data compiled by Worldometer

West Bengal reports 2,134 new Covid-19 cases, 38 more deaths

The death toll due to Covid-19 in West Bengal rose to 1,449 on Tuesday as 38 more people succumbed to the disease, as per a state Health Department bulletin.
 
A total of 2,134 fresh cases pushed the state's tally to 62,964, it said.
 
There are 19,493 active Covid-19 cases in the state, while 2,105 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.
 
Since Monday, 17,021 samples have been tested in the state for Covid-19, the bulletin said.

Covid-19 cases in Telangana cross 57,000

The number of Covid-19 cases in Telangana crossed 57,000 on Tuesday as 1,610 new cases were reported while nine more deaths pushed the toll to 480.
 

Acting on the direction of the High Court, the Health Department released media bulletin in a new format, providing more details, including bed occupancy in government and private hospitals and containment zones.
 

The authorities had changed the format two days ago but the High Court on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction and observed that they were not implementing its orders.

Assam reports 1,371 new Covid-19 cases

Assam recorded 1,371 more Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total to 34,947 as two more people succumbed to the disease in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 

The state now has 8,238 active case of the infection, he tweeted.
 

"Alert ~ 1371 new Covid cases detected in Assam out of 22876 tests done in last 24 hrs. Positivity rate continues to be low at 5.9 per cent," Sarma said in a tweet.
 

Out of the new cases, the highest number of 295 was reported in Kamrup Metropolitan district, which primarily comprises the Guwahati city, followed by 221 in Kamrup district, he said.

57 per cent of Mumbai slum population has developed antibodies: Study

A sero-surveillance study done in Mumbai has revealed that 57 per cent of slum population and 16 per cent of non-slum residents in three civic wards had developed antibodies, indicating many people would already be affected by Covid-19 than the official tally suggests.
 

The sero-surveillance started on June 3 and 6,936 samples out of an estimated 8,870 were collected from slum and non-slum population of three civic wards - R-North, M-West and F-North - in the first half of July.
 

It showed high proportion of asymptomatic Covid-19 infection in the city.
 

The study revealed that 57 per cent of slum population and 16 per cent of non-slum residents in these civic wards had developed antibodies, the BMC said on Tuesday.

Pfizer says it will charge other developed countries on par with US for vaccine deals

Pfizer Inc on Tuesday said other developed countries would not get a lower price for its coronavirus vaccine than what it will charge the United States under a contract announced last week.
 
The US government agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to buy enough of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech SE to inoculate 50 million people at a price of $39 for a two-dose treatment course.
 
That deal likely set a global benchmark for vaccines at about the same price as a seasonal flu shot and could pressure other vaccine makers to set similar prices.

"All the countries that are developed right now will not receive a lower price for the same volume commitment than the US," Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on a conference call.

Telangana to strengthen district hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients

The Telangana government would provide all facilities to treat Covid-19 patients in respective districts, State Health Minister Etala Rajender said on Tuesday.
 

The health minister and Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, who held a meeting with officials in Warangal on checking the spread of Covid-19, said the officials should place the indents for the purpose, an official release said here.

Info Edge invests $6.33 million in Bulbulive Shopping Network

Info Edge (India) Ltd on Tuesday said it has invested about $6.33 million (about Rs 47.3 crore) in Bulbulive Shopping Network Pte Ltd.
 

Bulbul is a video and livestream-led commerce platform that aims to make online shopping engaging and social while offering consumers the opportunity to discover new products.
 

"The IE Venture Fund I has acquired/agreed to acquire 416 ordinary shares and 2002 series A1 compulsorily redeemable convertible preferred shares, through a mix of primary and secondary mode of acquisition," Info Edge said in a regulatory filing.

Belarus president tested positive for virus

The president of Belarus says he tested positive for the coronavirus and is asymptomatic.
 

President Alexander Lukashenko made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting with security officials, the state news agency Belta reported. He had previously dismissed concerns about the coronavirus as psychosis.
 

Today you are meeting with a person who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. Doctors made such a conclusion yesterday: asymptomatic, he said.

Pfizer CEO says negotiating with EU on contract for Covid-19 vaccine

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc is in concurrent talks with the European Union as well as several of its member states to sell them the Covid-19 vaccine candidate it is developing, Chief Executive Albert Bourla said in an interview on Tuesday.
 

"We are negotiating with the EU because that would be much easier. But also we are having extensive discussions with several member states, just in case we can't find agreement with the EU," Bourla said.

Ahmedabad Covid-19 cases cross 26,000 mark

The number of Covid-19 cases in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district crossed the 26,000 mark and reached 26,032 on Tuesday with addition of 156 patients, state Health department said.
 

The death toll rose by four to 1,583.
 

With 167 patients--147 from the city and 20 from rural ares--being discharged in the day, the count of recovered cases in the district went up to 21,001, it said.

Gucci owner says outlook unclear as virus hammers sales

French luxury group Kering said second-quarter comparable sales had plunged by 43.7 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic, adding it could not provide a forecast for the second half of the year despite an encouraging recovery in Asia.

The sales drop at the conglomerate that owns Gucci was a touch better than analyst expectations, with those at UBS citing a consensus for a 46 per cent fall.

Rival LVMH managed to limit its own sales decline to 38 per cent, though its operating margins were hit hard, limping in at 9 per cent while Kering's shrank to 17.7 per cent.

24 people test Covid-19 positive Chandigarh, tally rises to 934

Twenty-four people tested positive for Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday, taking the tally to 934 in the Union Territory, according to a medical bulletin.
 
Five cases were reported in Sector-15, two cases each in Sector-46, Mauli Jagran, Sarangpur, Sector-22, Sector-48 and the PGI campus, and one each in Sector-40, Sector-32, Hallo Majra, Khuda Lahora, Sector-61, Sector-23 and Dhanas, it stated.
 
Twenty-four Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after they recovered from the infection. A total of 599 people have been cured so far, as per the bulletin.

India coronavirus cases and deaths update

India cases have crossed 1.5 million mark, according to data compiled by Worldometer

Trial of air ambulance service at AIIMS Rishikesh successfully completed today

Covid-19 LIVE update: 489 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir today

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 489 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths, including a medical officer's in Bandipora, pushing the overall COVID-19 casualty figures in the union territory to 18,879 infections and 333 fatalities, officials said.
 
"Twelve persons, who were COVID-19 positive, have died over the past 24 hours (till 5 pm Tuesday) in Jammu and Kashmir," an official said, adding that all but one death were reported from the Kashmir valley.
 
This has taken the death toll of coronavirus-infected persons in the union territory to 333 of which 309 were from the valley and 24 were from the Jammu region, they said.
 

Covid-19 LIVE update: Karnataka reports 5,536 new coronavirus cases and 102 deaths

As many as 5,536 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Tuesday, according to the State Health Department.
 
With these new cases of coronavirus, the total number of positive cases in the state stands at 1,07,001 including 64,434 active cases, 40,504 discharges and 2,055 deaths.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Madhya Pradesh records 628 new Covid-19 cases

Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday recorded 628 new coronavirus cases, 170 of them in Bhopal, taking the infection count in the state to 29,217, health department officials said.
 
With ten more people succumbing to the viral infection, the death toll went up to 830, the officials said. Of them, three died in Chhatarpur, two in Indore and one each in Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam, Tikamgarh and Sehore.

Coronavirus LIVE: 7,717 new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra; tally at 391,440

Idol makers in Bhubaneswar facing hardships amid coronavirus pandemic

6,972 new Covid-19 cases and 88 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today; tally rises to 227,688

Tamil Nadu reported 6,972 fresh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the overall tally beyond 2.27 lakh, while the total fatalities stood at 3,659 following 88 new deaths.
 
As many as 4,707 persons were discharged today, taking the total recoveries to 1,66,956, leaving 57,073 active cases, according to a Health department bulletin. Over 61,000 samples were tested, while the state had 119 testing facilities.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Sputum testing provides higher rate of Covid-19 detection

Researchers have found that sputum testing is more accurate than swab testing and provided a higher rate of Covid-19 detection, according to a PTI report.
 
A sputum culture is a test to detect and identify bacteria or fungi that infect the lungs or breathing passages. Sputum samples are generally collected by having a patient cough deeply to produce and expel phlegm.
 
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs, which require inserting a long shaft into the nasal cavity to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, are currently the gold standard for collecting a specimen for Covid-19 diagnosis.
 
Other approaches to collect specimens -- including from an oropharyngeal swab and sputum -- have been tested in small studies, but there is uncertainty about which method is best for detecting the virus.

Covid-19 beds to be increased to 10,000 in Puducherry: CM V Narayanasamy

Hospitals in Puducherry should soon be able to accommodate 10,000 coronavirus patients as steps were on to post additional doctors and other staff for them, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Tuesday.
 
The government had already requested the centrally administered JIPMER to augment the number of beds and also the daily testing of samples, he said adding seven private medical hospitals should also ramp up their facilities.

Kerala coronavirus cases cross 20,000-mark; death toll climbs to 67

Kerala reported its highest single day spike of 1,167 COVID-19 cases so far of 1167, taking the infection tally to 20,894 while the death toll climbed to67 with four more fatalities on Tuesday.
 
Thirtythree health workers were among the infected and the active cases stood at 10,091 while 679 people were discharged on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
 
At the Kinfra Park in Menamkulam here around 300 people were tested and 88 of them found positive for the virus, he said. Of the fresh cases, a total of 888 were infected through contacts while the source of infection of 55 people was not yet known, he told reporters.

Covid-19 LIVE update: Karnataka reports 5,536 new coronavirus cases and 102 deaths

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 1,056 new Covid-19 cases, 28 deaths

Delhi on Tuesday witnessed 1,056 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 1,32,275, said Delhi government in a bulletin.
 According to the bulletin, 28 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported today, taking the death toll to 3,881 deaths.
 
As many as 1,135 patients were recovered/discharged/migrated taking the total number of such patients to 1,17,507 recovered/discharged. The active cases dropped to 10,887 on Tuesday as compared to 10,994 on Monday.

France sends ventilators, test kits to assist India in Covid-19 fight

France on Tuesday handed over to India ventilators, test kits and other medical equipment as part of its assistance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The medical equipment was handed over to the Indian Red Cross Society by French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain at the Palam Air Force Station after the assistance material was flown here on board a French Air Force aircraft.
 
"Delighted to hand over COVID-19 medical equipment from France to Shri RK Jain, Secy General @IndianRedCross," Lenain tweeted along with pictures of the handover.
 

Covid-19 LIVE update: Himachal Pradesh coronavirus cases rise to 2,282

Himachal Pradesh's COVID-19 cases stand at 2,282, said the state health department on Tuesday.
 
Out of the total cases, 1,224 patients have recovered and there are 1,029 active cases in the state. 12 patients have died due to COVID-19 in the state, as of Tuesday while 15 patients have been migrated out of the state.

6,972 new Covid-19 cases and 88 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today; tally rises to 227,688

High altitude, high UV rays keep Ladakh's Covid-19 numbers low, say experts

With 1,327 cases and six fatalities in four months, the trajectory of COVID-19 in the cold desert region of Ladakh validates the view that people living at altitudes of 3,000 metres and above are less likely to get infected compared to those in lowland areas, say experts, according to a PTI report.
 
The recovery rate of the disease in the union territory is 82 per cent, substantially higher than the national average of 64.24 per cent. While 1,067 have recovered, there are 254 active cases, according to the Directorate of Health Services on Tuesday. All are under medical supervision in hospitals, corona care centres or in home isolation and none are on ventilator.

1,056 Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths reported in Delhi today; tally rises to 132,275

Coronavirus LIVE: Haryana sees increase in Covid-19 recovery rate

Haryana has seen a steady increase in the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients and gradual decline in fatality rate, according to a PTI report.
 
This fact came to light a virtual meeting on Tuesday between Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora and National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog Member V.K. Paul on Covid-19 status in the state. The Chief Secretary said lockdown and containment measures have been enforced effectively in the state while ensuring the economic activity goes on unaffected.
 
State Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Arora said in June the recovery rate was 44.78 per cent which has improved to 77.46 per cent by July-end and this is higher than the national recovery rate of 63.53 per cent.

Lockdown in containment zones extended in West Bengal till Aug 31, biweekly curbs to continue

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that the lockdown in the containment zones of the state will continue till August 31 as also the biweekly restrictions in place to check the spread of the coronavirus disease.
 
Addressing a press conference, Banerjee said schools and colleges will remain closed till August 31 and a decision on their reopening will be taken in September.
 
"The lockdown in containment zones will continue till August 31. The biweekly total lockdown across the state will also remain in place till the end of next month," Banerjee said. Total lockdown will be imposed on August 2, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31, Banerjee said.
 

14 fresh coronavirus cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands; tally rises to 338

Fourteen more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the Union Territory's caseload to 338 on Tuesday, a health bulletin said. The fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, it said, adding 10 more people have recovered from the disease.
 
Of the 338 cases, 145 are active while 192 people have recovered and one patient has died, it said.

No death in our biggest Covid-19 hospital LNJP yesterday: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Coronavirus community spread in West Bengal started early April, bi-weekly lockdown of no help: Virologist

The Bengal government has largely failed to address the COVID-19 crisis, and its recent decision to impose complete lockdown twice a week till August will be of no help in stemming the community spread in the state, noted virologist Dr Amitabha Nandy said on Tuesday.
 
His assertions, however, were rebuffed by senior TMC leader and Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen, who claimed that the "unplanned approach" of the Centre towards the pandemic was to blame for the spike in coronavirus cases across the nation.
 
According to Dr Nandy, community transmission of COVID-19 had started in Bengal way back in early-April and matters have only gotten worse primarily due to the "bizarre attitude" of the implementing agencies and the citizens.
 
The virologist, a former consultant at the World Health Organisation (WHO), also alleged that the entire approach towards the control of COVID-19 spread in the state has been "hijacked" from the scientific community, eventually leading to the "current disastrous situation".

College students more depressed due to Covid-19: Study

College students were more anxious and depressed during the initial phase of Covid-19 compared with similar period in previous academic years.
 
The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that the sedentary behaviour increased dramatically during the onset of the public health crisis in early March.
 
For the study, the research team used a mix of smartphone sensing and digital questionnaires from more than 200 student participants of a research programme that tracks mental health throughout the undergraduate years, according to an IANS report.

Coronavirus latest update: Puducherry's Covid-19 tally reaches 3,011

Puducherry on Tuesday reported 141 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total count of positive cases in the Union Territory to 3,011, according to the health officials.

Need to create awareness about higher Covid-related risks due to comorbidities: Health Minister Vardhan

While the mortality rate due to COVID-19 is approximately 2 to 3 per cent, most cases of the contagious disease are largely asymptomatic, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said while stressing on the need to create awareness about the higher risk of both morbidity and mortality due to the virus in people who have conditions like diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and chronic liver diseases.
 
Vardhan said theAyushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres are working for the screening of such conditions.He was addressing the '2nd Empathy e-Conclave'on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, a health ministry statement stated.
 
The event was organised by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to create awareness among parliamentarians.

India's Covid-19 fatality rate declines to 2.25%; recovery rate rises over 64%: Health ministry

India's COVID-19 fatality rate is progressively falling from 3.33 per cent on June 18 to 2.25 per cent as on date, while the recovery rate increased from around 53 per cent in mid-June to more than 64 per cent, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. With 35,176 patients discharged in a 24-hour span, the total recoveries surged to 9,52,743 and exceed the active coronavirus cases by 4,55,755, it said.
 
"The COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) has reduced from around 3.33 per cent in mid-June to 2.25 per cent today, the ministry said.
 
"India continues its march as a country with one of the lowest fatality rates in the world," it said while underlining that the achievement was a result of effective implementation of containment strategy combined with house-to-house surveys, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on holistic standard of care approach.
 
The ministry said such an approach ensured that hospitals were left unburdened with supervised home isolation for asymptomatic patients.

Coronavirus LIVE: AIIMS-Bathinda to start Covid-19 testing in two weeks

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday reviewed preparedness at the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda that is set to commence Covid-19 testing in the next two weeks with a daily initial capacity of 180.
 
The testing will be further scaled up to 500 per day within a month of launch.
 
A 30-bedded level II Covid care facility will also become functional within the next one month at the hospital, which is already providing OPD services to patients, including a large number of cancer patients.

Lockdown (two days in the week) in West Bengal extended till August 31: CM Mamata Banerjee


Coronavirus latest update: 40 Punjab policemen to donate plasma

Forty Punjab policemen who recently recovered from COVID-19 have come forward to donate their plasma for treating people infected with the disease.
 
The majority of the policemen are from Jalandhar (Rural), with its Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal leading the way after recovering from the infection, Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said on Tuesday.
 
The DGP personally reached out to his officers and other officials to donate plasma after their mandatory two-week recovery period ended. So far, 831 Punjab police personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, of which 336 have recovered. The department has 495 active cases.

Uttar Pradesh reports 3,458 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 73,000-mark

Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported 3,458 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to more than 73,000, while 41 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,497.
 
"There are 27,934 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 44,520 patients have been discharged after treatment. The death toll due to the diseases have reached 1497," Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Awanish Kumar Awasthi told reporters said.
 
The total number of cases reported in the state are 73,951.

Only 700 Covid-19 cases today in Mumbai ; highest testing till date in a single day (8,776): Aaditya Thackeray

Indonesian President warns of possible coronavirus second wave

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday warned of a possible second wave of the COVID-19 transmission.
 
The warning came amid the resurgence of the virus in some foreign nations after the relaxation of lockdowns and reopening business activities, reports Xinhua news agency. He called on the authorities to keep and step up precautionary strides in facing the threat.
 
"We must keep on alert over the possibility of the second wave and anticipating it," Jokowi told a limited cabinet meeting.

Test children, elderly, pregnant women on priority, says UP CM Adityanath to officials

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed officials to test children, pregnant women and elderly for COVID-19 on priority. He stressed on enhancing the testing capacity and ordered the officials to everyday conduct one lakh rapid antigen tests, 40,000-45000 RT-PCR and 2,500 to 3,000 tests through truenat machines.
 
The chief minister asked doctors and researches to study the case history of fully recovered patients to develop an effective treatment for the infected persons.
 
He said the skill mapping of the labourers and workers, who have returned to the state due a nationwide lockdown, has been done. He stressed on providing them employment according to their skills.

Additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting due to Covid-19: UNICEF

An additional 6.7 million children under the age of five across the world could suffer from wasting this year due to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNICEF warned on Tuesday.
 
According to the UNICEF, in India, there are still around 20 million children under five years of age who are suffering from wasting. According to the Global Hunger Index 2019, wasting among children in India rose from 16.5 per cent in 2008-2012 to 20.8 per cent in 2014-2018, news agency PTI reported.
 
Wasting is a life-threatening form of malnutrition, which makes children too thin and weak, and puts them at greater risk of dying, poor growth, development and learning. According to the UNICEF, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 million children were already wasted in 2019.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Spain sheds record number of jobs in second quarter as Covid-19 bites

Spain lost one million jobs between April and June, its biggest ever quarterly decline, as one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns pulverised the tourism-dependent economy, news agency Reuters reported on Tuesday.
 
The National Statistics Institute said unemployment rose from 14.41% the previous quarter to a two-year high of 15.33% - but that masked the extent of the crisis by leaving out people on furlough and those not meeting technical jobless criteria.

Coronavirus LIVE: Two accused in Thoothukudi custodial deaths case test Covid-19 positive

Head Constable Murugan and Constable Muthuraj, two accused in the Tuticorin lockup death case tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Madurai Central Prison sources confirmed, according to a PTI report.
 
"The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers probing the case also tested positive on Friday, along with another accused Sub-Inspector Pauldurain,'' Prison Deputy Inspector General Palani informed.
 
Last month, P Jeyraraj (55) and his son J Benicks (31), were allegedly tortured in the police station, leading to their deaths. Five policemen have been arrested in the case and have been transferred to the Madurai Central Jail from Tuticorin. A district police court had earlier ordered a 15-day remand for three police officials in the case.

T accused in Thoothukudi custodial deaths case test COVID-19 positive

Head Constable Murugan and Constable Muthuraj, two accused in the Tuticorin lockup death case tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Madurai Central Prison sources confirmed.
 
"The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers probing the case also tested positive on Friday, along with another accused Sub-Inspector Pauldurain,'' Prison Deputy Inspector General Palani informed.
 
Last month, P Jeyraraj (55) and his son J Benicks (31), were allegedly tortured in the police station, leading to their deaths. Five policemen have been arrested in the case and have been transferred to the Madurai Central Jail from Tuticorin. A district police court had earlier ordered a 15-day remand for three police officials in the case.

Coronavirus LIVE update: Nurse dies of Covid-19 in Kolkata

A nurse at the state-run SSKM Hospital here died due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, health department officials said. Priyanka Mondal (33) was diagnosed with coronavirus infection a week ago and was shifted to the Beliaghata ID Hospital for treatment, they said.
 
"Priyanka, who was working as a nurse at the ICU of the cardiology unit of the SSKM, was on ventilation for the last couple of days. She was having severe breathing problems and her condition deteriorated since last evening. She succumbed this morning," the officials said.

India’s coronavirus case fatality rate is currently 2.25%: Government of India

India’s coronavirus case fatality rate is currently 2.25%. The Recovery Rate is more than 64% as on today. With 35,176 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries stand at 9,52,743: Government of India

Recovery signs are visible, remove uncertainties over mini lockdowns: CII

Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday said that there are early signs of economic recovery but it is important to build on these by allowing business activities to function by removing the uncertainties associated with imposing ‘mini lockdowns’.
 
In order to ensure that supply chains function seamlessly across state and district boundaries, the containment zones should be limited to micro areas instead of a wider area, its director general Chandrajit Banerjee said.
 
It is important to mitigate the uncertainties that are currently prevailing regarding the restrictions to nurture the nascent signs of recovery, he said. “Corporates are unable to plan beyond a horizon of a few weeks, affecting all operations,” Banerjee added. READ MORE...

If detected early, coronavirus not incurable: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who tested positive for coronavirus, on Tuesday chaired the first virtual cabinet meeting from hospital and said if the infection is detected early, then it is not incurable and is like any other cold, cough and fever.
 
Sharing his experience with his ministerial colleagues while chairing the cabinet meet from hospital through video conferencing, Chouhan said there is no need to panic about coronavirus and it can be controlled by remaining alert.
 
"If it is detected soon, then it is not an incurable disease and is like cold, cough and fever only. The infection becomes dreaded only when it reaches the lungs of the affected person, the 61-year-old BJP leader said.
 
He said if a person develops any symptom of the disease, then he or she should immediately consult a doctor.

US President Donald Trump touts progress toward Covid-19 vaccine

US President Donald Trump has highlighted the progress on the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, in an effort to project optimism about the administration's response to the ongoing pandemic, it was reported.
 
Trump on Monday visited a biotech facility in North Carolina to boast of the rapid progress on finding a vaccine to combat the pandemic, claiming his administration's work through its vaccine development effort, Operation Warp Speed, had reduced the wait time by "years", reports The Hill news website.
 
He hailed the project as a "historic initiative to develop, test, manufacture and deliver a vaccine in record time". Trump, as he has previously, said that he believed a vaccine could be available by the end of the year, according to an IANS report.

Odisha govt permits cremation of Covid-19 suspects' bodies without test report

The Odisha government has allowed the cremation of bodies of COVID-19 suspects without waiting for their test reports to avoid delay in the conduct of last rites, according to a PTI report.
 
Additional Chief Secretary, Health, PK Mohapatra has directed all district collectors and municipal corporation commissioners to follow the new rule.
 
"It is clarified that as we are in the midst of a global pandemic, as a measure of abundant precaution, in all such cases the dead body may be disposed of as per COVID norms, in compassionate consultation with the family of the deceased," Mohapatra said a letter to district officials on Monday night.

Heart inflammation observed in recently recovered Covid-19 patients: Study

An analysis of 100 patients who recently recovered from novel coronavirus infection has revealed that nearly 80 per cent of them have cardiac manifestations of the disease, a finding which indicates the need for further research to understand the long-term consequences of COVID-19, according to a PTI report.
 
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, assessed 100 patients who recently recovered from COVID-19 illness from Germany's University Hospital Frankfurt between April and June 2020.
 
According to the researchers, including those from the hospital, cardiac involvement was observed in 78 patients, and ongoing heart inflammation in 60 individuals.

Coronavirus latest update: Tripura government launches a door-to-door Covid-19 survey

Puducherry reports 141 new Covid-19 cases; CM and Ministers test negative

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, his cabinet colleagues and legislators of various political parties here tested negative for coronavirus on Tuesday. The results came negative after testing of the swabs collected from them at a special camp held on the premises of the Assembly Monday.
 
The testing of the CM, Speaker, Ministers and MLAs besides the staff of the Assembly Secretariat and of offices of the Ministers was necessitted after opposition AINRC legislator N S J Jayabal, who had attended the recent budget session, had tested positive and hospitalised.
 
Meanwhile, 141 fresh COVID-19 cases and four related deaths were reported in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Tuesday, taking the tally to 3,011.

Odisha's coronavirus tally crosses 28,000-mark, death toll climbs to 154

Odisha's COVID-19 tally breached the 28,000 mark with 1,215 new cases, and the death toll climbed to 154 as seven more patients, including a five-year-old boy, succumbed to the infection, a Health Department official said on Tuesday.
 
The state's virus caseload now stands at 28,107 as 1,215 positive cases have been reported from 28 of 30 districts of the state. While 753 cases have been reported from different quarantine centres, the remaining 462 are local contacts.
 
Contact tracing and follow-up action is underway, said the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren inaugurates Plasma Donation Centre for seriously ill Covid-19 patients

Gold hits record peaks on profit taking, helps dollar regain value

Gold hurtled to record peaks on Tuesday before the sheer scale of its gains drew a burst of profit taking, which in turn helped the dollar from two-year lows and curbed early equity gains.
 
The precious metal had stormed almost $40 higher at one point to reach $1,980 an ounce, only for a wave of selling to slap it back to $1,940 in wild trade. Read on...

Pakistan's coronavirus tally reaches 274,908

Pakistan's coronavirus tally reached 274,908 with the detection of 936 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
 
Twenty-three more people died overnight due to coronavirus-related complications, pushing the nationwide death toll to 5,865.
 
As many as 242,436 patients have recovered so far in the country, the ministry said.

Nitrogen dioxide levels fell by more than 70% during Covid-19 lockdown in New Delhi: UN

Levels of nitrogen dioxide fell by more than 70 per cent during the lockdown in New Delhi, a UN policy brief said on Tuesday, warning that the environmental gains could be temporary if the cities re-open without policies to prevent air pollution and promote de-carbonisation.

Conduct last rites of coronavirus suspects without waiting for test report: Odisha govt to Collectors

The Odisha government has instructed all district collectors, SPs, municipal commissioners and health officials to conduct the last rites of COVID-19 suspects without insisting on testing of swab or waiting for the report, an official said. The state government issued a letter on Monday after it was noticed that cremation of bodies were being delayed as officials waited for the corona test reports of the victim after his/her death, the official said.
 
In Ganjam district, the body of a policeman was allegedly abandoned at the hospital and nobody touched it because his corona test report was awaited. "It is clarified that as we are in the midst of a global pandemic, as a measure of abundant precaution, in all such cases the dead body may be disposed of as per COVID norms, in compassionate consultation with the family of the deceased," Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department PK Mohapatra said in the letter to all district collectors and municipal corporation commissioners.

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental coronavirus vaccine

The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved.
 
I'm going to reveal something undercover: I am injected with one of the vaccines, Gao Fu said in a webinar Sunday hosted by Alibaba Health, an arm of the Chinese e-commerce giant, and Cell Press, an American publisher of scientific journals.
 
I hope it will work. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that a state-owned Chinese company injected employees with experimental shots in March, even before the government-approved testing in people a move that raised ethical concerns among some experts.

Pakistan records lowest Covid-19 deaths in 3 months

Pakistan has recorded its lowest single-day Covid-19 death tally in the past three months, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza. The 20 new deaths on Monday was an 87 per cent reduction in Covid-19 related deaths, according to Mirza, who added that the country witnessed a peak with 153 fatalities on June 20, reports The Express Tribune. The country has so far reported 274,288 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 241,025 recoveries and 5,842 deaths nationwide.

Evidence of SARS-CoV-2 exposure found in household cats, dogs in Italy

Scientists have found neutralising antibodies to the SARS CoV-2 virus, that causes COVID-19, in a small proportion of household cats and dogs sampled in Italy, suggesting that the pets may be susceptible to the disease.
 
The researchers, including those from the University of Liverpool in the UK, tested samples from over 500 pets collected during visits to vets in Northern Italy.
 
While no animals tested PCR positive for the virus itself, 3.4 per cent of dogs and 3.9 per cent of cats had measurable SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies, the researchers said.

All Covid patients with mild/moderate symptoms shall first be admitted in category ll/lll hospitals: J&K govt

All Covid patients with mild/moderate symptoms shall first be admitted in category ll/lll hospitals, at sub-dist/dist level, or any other hospital which isn't category-1 referral hospital. Such patients shall not be directly admitted to any category-1 referral hospital: J&K govt
 

Why Donald Trump still needs to try harder to resolve Covid-19 crisis in US

With reopening of the economy and children returning to school six months since the deadly contagion was first reported in the United States, US President Donald Trump still needs to regain control on the crisis triggered by the pandemic in a bid to fix an electoral victory in November, which runs directly through the health of his nation.
 
As per The Washington Post reports, Trump's shortcomings have perplexed even some of his most loyal allies, who increasingly have wondered why the president has not at least pantomimed a sense of command over the crisis or conveyed compassion for the millions of Americans hurt by it.
 
Some of his allies and opponents have even agreed that the President has failed at the one task that could help him achieve all his goals -- confronting the pandemic with a clear strategy and consistent leadership.

Coronavirus India update: Five states with most number of deaths

Maharashtra (13,883)
Delhi (3,853)
Tamil Nadu (3,571)
Gujarat (2,348)
Karnataka (1,953)

Coronavirus India update: Five states with most active cases

Maharashtra (147,896)
Karnataka (61,827)
Tamil Nadu (54,896)
Andhra Pradesh (51,701)
Uttar Pradesh (26,204)

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (July 28)

Five most affected states by cases
 
Maharashtra (383,723)
Tamil Nadu (220,716)
Delhi (131,219)
Andhra Pradesh (102,349)
Karnataka (101,465)

Coronavirus: 1st mother-child vertical transmission case in Pune

The Sassoon General Hospital in Maharashtra has claimed to have reported the country's first case of 'vertical transmission' of the coronavirus infection from a mother to her child through the placenta.
 
Vertical transmission takes place when the baby is in the uterus. If the mother is infected, the transmission of the virus takes place through the placenta- an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy and provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby.
 
Explaining the phenomena, Sassoon General Hospital's paediatrics department head Dr Aarti Kinikar told PTI on Tuesday that when a person contracts the infection, it is mainly because of some contact with fomites. If the mother is infected, the baby can be infected post-natally because of breastfeeding or any other contacts.
 
So, in layman's language, the baby does not have an infection at birth, but acquires it after three to four days, she said.
 
"Whereas vertical transmission means when the baby is in the uterus itself and the mother has an infection, (she may be) either symptomatic or asymptomatic,and she can transfer the infection through the placenta to the baby," she said.

Since I am Covid positive, I've been washing my clothes myself. This has benefitted me a lot, SAYS Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Since I am Covid positive, I've been washing my clothes myself. This has benefitted me a lot. Even after several physiotherapy sessions, I wasn't able to clench my fist as my hand was recently operated on, but now it is perfectly fine. ~ Madhya Pradesh CM SS Chouhan.

Coronavirus in US: Senate Republicans unveil $1tn COVID-19 relief proposal

US Senate Republicans have unveiled their $1 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, which includes a reduction in federal unemployment benefits, another round of $1,200 direct payments to individuals and liability protection for businesses and schools.
 
As part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed in late March, Congress agreed to provide extra $600 unemployment benefits per week, which are set to expire at the end of this month, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
The Senate Republicans' plan, unveiled on Monday,would slash extra weekly unemployment benefits from 600 dollars to 200 dollars, which could be a key sticking point in negotiations with Democrats, who have wanted to maintain the level of benefits through January.

Telangana records 1,610 fresh Covid-19 cases and nine more fatalities, pushing tally of infections in state to 57,142 and death toll to 480


WHO expert calls for quick response to Covid-19 resurgence

Governments should react quickly and communicate transparently to ensure small numbers of COVID-19 cases and clusters don't "reignite sustained and efficient community transmission", said a senior expert of the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, made the appeal on Monday when talking about the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases worldwide, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
Countries such as Japan and Australia that have had contained the virus are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
 
Japan has reported 4,740 newly confirmed cases to WHO in the past seven days.
 
"When the measures to suppress the virus are lifted, the virus returns," Ryan noted.

Covid masks thwarting facial recognition tech, will investigate: US agency

Having a tough time recognising your neighbours behind their pandemic masks? Computers are finding it more difficult, too.
 
A preliminary study published by a US agency on Monday found that even the best commercial facial recognition systems have error rates as high as 50% when trying to identify masked faces.
 
The mask problem is why Apple earlier this year made it easier for iPhone owners to unlock their phones without Face ID. It could also be thwarting attempts by authorities to identify individual people at Black Lives Matter protests and other gatherings. Read on...

25-30 million lost jobs in MSMEs during March-June, says survey

A survey on micro, small, and medium enterprises conducted by SKOCH Group in collaboration with Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Bhartiya Vitta Salahkar Samiti, and Tax Law Educare Society showed that estimated 25-30 million have lost jobs by the end of June. Read on...
 

1,215 new Covid-19 cases reported in Odisha

1,215 new Covid-19 cases reported in Odisha, taking the total number of cases to 28,107 including 17,373 recoveries and 10,545 active cases: Information & Public Relations Dept, Odisha.

Coronavirus patient alleges molestation by doctor at Noida hospital

A 20-year-old woman here alleged that she was molested by a doctor in the isolation ward of a private hospital where both were undergoing treatment for COVID-19, police said on Monday.
 
The woman, in her complaint to the police, alleged that the incident took place on Monday and based on that an FIR was lodged at the local expressway police station, they said.
 
A senior police officer said an investigation was underway and there appeared to be lapses on part of the hospital which allegedly admitted a man and a woman in the same isolation ward in violation of the norms.

In China, airlines plug 'all you can fly' deals to pierce coronavirus clouds

China Southern Airlines on Tuesday rolled out an 'all you can fly' pass, becoming the latest in a fleet of cash-strapped carriers to join a promotional craze that analysts say has helped revive a coronavirus-ravaged air travel market.
 
At least eight of China's dozens of airlines have introduced similar deals since June, often priced around $500 for in some cases unlimited flights. Industry watchers say the packages have been a shot in the arm, with costs offset by otherwise empty seats being filled in a country where daily flights last month recovered to 80% of pre-coronavirus levels.
 
The global aviation industry is keenly eyeing China as a pilot for air travel recovery trends, as the country reopened its economy months earlier than other places after managing to bring the pandemic mostly under control - at least for now.

Coronavirus India: The recovery rate among Coronavirus patients has increased to 64.23%


Australian employment suffers setback from second virus wave

Australian employment fell 1.1% between mid-June and mid-July, weekly data showed on Tuesday, with the biggest loss coming from the southeastern state of Victoria, which is grappling with a fresh wave of coronavirus infections

Brazil's Bolsonaro removes mask in public after coronavirus recovery

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took off his mask in public as he greeted supporters in Brasilia, days after saying he had recovered from the coronavirus, which he said had not had a serious impact on his health.
 
The right-wing leader tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month and went into quarantine at his residence, but said on Saturday that his latest test had come back negative.
 
“I didn’t have any problems,” Bolsonaro said on Monday. “For people who have prior health problems and are of a certain age, anything can be dangerous.”

The total number of coronavirus samples tested up to July 27 is 1,73,34,885 including 5,28,082 samples tested yesterday: ICMR

The total number of coronavirus samples tested up to July 27 is 1,73,34,885 including 5,28,082 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Global coronavirus cases doubled in last 6 weeks: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he will reconvene the Emergency Committee on Thursday to re-evaluate the coronavirus pandemic, as the global COVID-19 cases doubled over the last six weeks.
 
Thursday will mark six months since January 30 when the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
Addressing a virtual press conference, Tedros said that since then, 16 million cases have now been reported to WHO, with more than 640,000 deaths worldwide.

Coronavirus patient alleges molestation by doctor at Noida hospital

A 20-year-old woman here alleged that she was molested by a doctor in the isolation ward of a private hospital where both were undergoing treatment for Covid-19, police said on Monday.
 
The woman, in her complaint to the police, alleged that the incident took place on Monday and based on that an FIR was lodged at the local expressway police station, they said.
 
A senior police officer said an investigation was underway and there appeared to be lapses on part of the hospital which allegedly admitted a man and a woman in the same isolation ward in violation of the norms.

Unlock 3.0: Less than 50% occupancy not viable, won't open: Theatre owners to govt

Cinema hall owners are asking the central government to allow them operate at 50 per cent occupancy, as anything below that will not be economically viable and, therefore, they won’t be able to resume operations.
 
This comes in response to discussions that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had with single-screen and multiplex owners, where it hinted that that it might consider a staggered opening of movie halls, but with a 25 per cent cap on capacity. Read on...

Coronavirus update: Summary of MoHFW data (July 28)

Active cases: 496,988 (Net addition: 11,874)
Deaths: 33,425 (Net addition: 654)
Cured: 952,743 (Net addition: 35,175)
Total cases: 1,483,156 (Net addition: 47,703)

Coronavirus in US: Pence visits Florida to discuss Covid-19 vaccine

Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida to hold a round table with University of Miami researchers to speak about the final-stage testing of the experimental coronavirus vaccine.
 
Pence said the government would not rush the process to approve a vaccine. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the timeline for the vaccine trials had been compressed, and the agency was conducting real-time review of the data.

France donates ventilators to India as Covid-19 assistance

A French Air Force aircraft will bring ventilators, test kits and other medical equipments to India on Tuesday as part of Covid-19 assistance by France, its embassy said.
 
President Emmanuel Macron had recently announced the donation of medical equipment to India, as well as provision of technical expertise, according to a statement by the French embassy.
 
As part of this medical assistance package, France is donating to India 50 Osiris-3 ventilators and 70 Yuwell 830 ventilators with BiPAP mode, it said.

22 Assam Rifles personnel among 23 fresh Covid-19 cases in Mizoram

Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel are among 23 more people testing positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, officials said on Tuesday. The fresh infections have taken the northeastern state's caseload to 384, they said.
 

All India NR Congress general secretary N Balan, 68 died of Covid-19 infection

A diabetic with complaints of hypertension he was admitted to a private medical college hospital on July 23
 

HC unhappy with decline in RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 in Delhi

The Delhi High Court expressed unhappiness with the decline in the number of RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 infection in the national capital and the non-availability of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advisory, which empowers government and private doctors to prescribe the aforementioned test, in the official website of the Delhi government.
 

Auto industry badly hit due to Covid, loss estimated at Rs 1 trillion: SIAM

The automobile industry may suffer a combined production loss of more than Rs 1 trillion due to coronavirus, says the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
 
While many automakers are importing ventilators and testing kits to augment the efficiency of the healthcare sector, some are turning their facilities into temporary hospitals in a bid to help the government to fight Covid-19.
 
"As per estimates, it (auto industry) may suffer a combined production loss of more than Rs 1 trillion in this period of shutdown. Nevertheless, the industry is closely working with the government, public and private hospitals and local NGOs to pave the path for quick recovery from this critical health emergency," said SIAM.

BS Editorial | Bridging the gap

Besides containing the pandemic and bringing the economy back on track, the other big problem for the government is managing its finances. Click here to read more

Over 23,000 Covid-19 cases in Brazil, death toll exceeds 600

Brazil has confirmed more than 23,000 new Covid-19 cases while over 600 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 count rose by 23,284 to 2,442,375 and the death toll grew by 614 to 87,618 in the past day.
 
The day before, the rise in cases was higher -- 24,578 and the increase in the number of fatalities was lower -- 555.

Maharashtra adds over 9,000 cases each in 5 days straight

Maharashtra, the most affected state in India with over 375,000 reported cases, is witnessing a spike in new cases addition. The state has been adding over 9,000 new cases daily for five straight days. Pune and Thane district account for most of these cases. Over 200,000 people have already recovered from the virus while 13,656 patients have lost their lives in the state.
 

Covid-19 Factoid: India is now adding nearly 100,000 cases every two days

India took 110 days to add first 100,000 cases and the rate of growth in adding new cases has substantially increased since then. Read on...

Coronavirus in US: Trump seeks political shot in the arm in vaccine push as elections near

US President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic put his political fate in grave jeopardy.
 
Now he's hoping to get credit for his administration's aggressive push for a vaccine and crossing his fingers that one gets approved before Election Day.
 
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both visiting vaccine development sites on Monday, marking the beginning of the largest vaccine research trial yet. Their trips to North Carolina and Florida, respectively, come as the White House is grappling with its most prominent virus case since the crisis begin and a nationwide spike in the virus. Read on...

Hunger killing over 10,000 children a month owing to Covid-19 curbs: UN

Coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, killing an estimated 10,000 more young children a month as meager farms are cut off from markets and villages are isolated from food and medical aid, the United Nations warned Monday.
 
In the call to action shared with The Associated Press ahead of publication, four UN agencies warned that growing malnutrition would have long-term consequences, transforming individual tragedies into a generational catastrophe. Read on...

Moderna, Pfizer begin Covid-19 vaccine trials, eye year-end launches

German biotech BioNTech and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Monday they would begin a pivotal global study to evaluate their lead Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
 
If the study is successful, the companies could submit the vaccine for regulatory approval as early as October, putting them on track to supply up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.
 
Patients are each given two doses of the drugmakers' vaccine to help boost immunity, so the first 100 million doses would vaccinate around 50 million people.
 
The study is expected to include about 120 sites globally and could include up to 30,000 participants. It will include regions heavily impacted by Covid-19.

Coronavirus worst global health emergency ever, says WHO

Covid-19 “continues to accelerate” with a doubling of cases over the last six weeks, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, describing the pandemic as the worst health emergency faced by the UN agency.

Nature Conservation Day: How man vs wild conflict gives birth to pandemics

A look at what nature has to do with the spread of diseases and how human exploitation has led to the mess our planet is in currently. Read on...

India in community transmission, moving towards herd immunity: Expert

India is seeing record spike in daily Covid-19 cases and the virus is spreading deep into the hinterland where social distancing is a herculean task. "It is going to be a tough few months ahead for the country, but things will get better over time," eminent epidemiologist and the director of US-based Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan said. In an interview with Business Standard, he also said there is clearly community transmission in India and the rampant spread of the virus indicates that we are gradually moving towards herd immunity. Click here to read more

US Republicans unveil coronavirus plan, slash emergency unemployment benefit

Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package hammered out with the White House, paving the way for talks with Democrats on how to help Americans as expanded unemployment benefits for millions of workers expire this week.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal a "tailored and targeted" plan focused on getting children back to school and employees back to work and protecting corporations from lawsuits, while slashing the expiring supplemental unemployment benefits of $600 a week by two-thirds.
 
The plan sparked immediate opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. Democrats decried it as too limited compared to their $3 trillion proposal that passed the House of Representatives in May, while some Republicans called it too expensive.
 
McConnell said the package would include direct $1,200 payments to Americans, as well as incentives for the manufacture of personal protective equipment in the United States, rather than China.
 
It also includes $190 billion for loans to help small businesses, and $100 billion for loans to businesses that operate seasonally or in low-income areas.

Few people holding constitutional posts are disturbing the West Bengal govt, says Mamata Banerjee

CM Mamata Banerjee thanks PM Narendra Modi for his cooperation in tackling coronavirus crisis in West Bengal, but alleges "a few people holding constitutional posts" are disturbing the state govt regularly

MP govt decides to hold final-year UG, fourth semester PG exams through 'open book system' in September

MP govt decides to hold final-year UG, fourth semester PG exams through 'open book system' in September, allowing students to write papers at their homes: Official

6 more fatalities raise Bihar's Covid-19 death toll to 255, infection tally mounts to 41,111

6 more fatalities raise Bihar's Covid-19 death toll to 255, infection tally mounts to 41,111 with 2,192 new cases: Health dept

US won't expel migrant children detained in hotel under Covid measures

The Trump administration has agreed not to expel a group of immigrant children it detained in a Texas hotel under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus and will instead allow them to seek to remain in the US, the administration said Monday.
 
The move comes days after The Associated Press first reported on the US government's secretive practice of detaining unaccompanied children in hotels before rapidly deporting them during the virus pandemic. Read on...

Tamil Nadu reports 6,993 fresh Covid cases, highest single day increase

Tamil Nadu reports 6,993 fresh Covid cases, highest single day increase, taking the tally to 2,20,716 while 77 fatalities pushes the death toll to 3,571. Govt

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