Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra, Karnataka cases top 100,000 in southern spike

Coronavirus update: India has recorded 49,931 coronavirus cases in just 24 hours. The total Covid tally in India now stands at 1,464,991, including over 33,111 deaths. This also puts an end to the deadliest week of the pandemic so far. 

The tallies of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have crossed the 100,000 mark. Meanwhile, Delhi and Mumbai have witnessed a significant drop in in their daily growth in cases. 

Coronavirus world update: Worldometer recorded 215,991 new cases worldwide in the past 24 hours. As many as 16,482,270 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 10,067,518 have recovered, 652,846 have died so far. The US on Sunday recorded 55,791 new cases and Brazil 23,467.

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Covid-19 crisis: Employment of young women hit most amid lockdown

Centre for Monitoring Indian Eco­nomy’s (CMIE) Consumer Py­ra­mids Household Survey has provided the fastest and most detailed description of the impact of the lockdown on employment in India. Administrative data also provide some interesting insights into the impact of the lockdown on employment. Most administrative data lack the comprehensive coverage that a large and representative sample survey enables. Nevertheless, they add value and enhance our understanding of the most debilitating economic shocks of the times. Read more

Moderna Covid-19 vaccine could be ready for use by end of year, says US

Moderna Inc's vaccine against Covid-19 could be ready for widespread use by the end of this year, US and company officials said on Monday, after the drugmaker announced the start of a 30,000-subject trial to demonstrate it is safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to regulatory approval.
The trial is the first such late-stage study under the Trump administration's program to speed development of measures against the novel coronavirus, adding to hope that an effective vaccine will help end the pandemic. Moderna shares were up 7.5 per cent.

Experimental Covid-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test

Experimental Covid-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test The biggest test yet of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine got underway Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the US government as part of the all-out global race to stop the outbreak.
Final-stage testing of the vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., began with volunteers at various US sites given either a real shot or a dummy without being told which.
It will be months before results trickle in, and there is no guarantee the vaccine will ultimately work against the scourge that has killed about 650,000 people around the world, including almost 150,000 in the US.

Delhi allows street vendors, hawkers to operate from 10 am to 8 pm

The Delhi government on Monday issued an order allowing street hawkers and vendors in the city to operate from 10 am to 8 pm for an initial period of one week.
The order issued by Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, however, said weekly bazaars were not allowed.
"...Rehri-Patriwallahs (street vendors) are allowed to work from 10 am to 8 pm, initially for a period of one week, in NCT of Delhi (except in containment zones), subject to all instructions guidelines issued by Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi, to contain the spread of COVID-19, such as face covering, social distancing, hygiene practice etc," the order stated.

Single-day recoveries in Bengal outnumber new Covid-19 cases

For the first time, more Covid- 19 patients were discharged from hospitals in a single day in West Bengal than the number of new cases detected, as per the state Health Department bulletin issued on Monday.
The state reported 2,112 new cases, while 2,166 people were discharged from different hospitals in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.
The total number of cases rose to 60,830 with the detection of the fresh infections, it said.
Further, 39 patients died of Covid-19, taking the toll to 1,411.
There are 19,502 active cases, which is lower than that of Sunday's as recoveries were more than fresh cases, it added.

Assam Covid-19 cases and deaths update

US drugmaker earnings heat up this week with spotlight on vaccine news

Several major US drugmakers will report second-quarter results this week, with investors eager for fresh details from Pfizer Inc, Merck & Co and others on their efforts to develop vaccines and therapies against the novel coronavirus.
The earnings reports, including from Gilead Sciences Inc - maker of one of the only treatments that has shown a benefit for hospitalized Covid-19 patients - will be closely watched for any developments that could help contain the pandemic, which has claimed some 650,000 lives worldwide and upended economies.
The supply, pricing and profitability for these potential products also will be hot topics for companies reporting this week, including Eli Lilly and Co, which is developing an antibody treatment for the still rapidly-spreading disease.
Earnings reports are also due from British drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline Plc and AstraZeneca Plc and France's Sanofi, which are working on vaccines in various stages of development.

Mamata thanks PM Modi for cooperation in tackling Covid crisis

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his cooperation in tackling the COVID-19 crisis in West Bengal, but alleged that "a few people holding constitutional posts" are disturbing the state government regularly.
Banerjee was apparently targeting West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has been at loggerheads with the state government over a host of issues ever since taking office in July last year.
Both the state and the central governments are elected bodies and they should work together, she said during an online programme where the prime minister inaugurated new Covid-19 testing facilities in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

CAB staffer recovers from Covid-19

The Cricket Association of Bengal's non-permanent staffer Chandan Das recovered from Covid-19 as the 37-year-old tested negative on Monday.
Das, who works in the civil engineering department on a temporary basis, tested positive earlier this month and was admitted to a private hospital.
"We are happy to inform you that Chandan Das has tested negative. Hope he would be able to resume his normal routine life soon. However, that would only be after he receives the go ahead from the doctors," CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.
Chandan thanked CAB for its support during the hard times.

10 new Covid-19 cases in Sikkim; tally rises to 555

Sikkim on Monday reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, taking the Himalayan state's tally to 555, an official said.
Director General (DG)-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pempa T Bhutia said that all new cases have been admitted to various hospitals and Covid care facilities.

13 BSF personnel, 21 jail inmates in 245 new Chhattisgarh cases

With 245 people, including 13 BSFpersonnel and 21 inmates of a central jail, testing positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh on Monday, the state's count of infections rose to 7,863, a health official said.
The death toll climbed to 45 after two more persons succumbed to the viral infection, he said.
Also, a total of 228 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,172, he said.
Of the fresh cases, 88 were reported from Raipur district, 50 from Bilaspur, 49 from Durg, 18 from Rajnandgaon, 14 from Balodabazar, five from Mahasamund and four each from Bemetara and Kabirdham districts, he said.

Bihar's principal health secy transferred amid surging Covid-19 cases

The Bihar government on Monday removed Health Department's Principal Secretary Uday Singh Kumawat and replaced him with senior IAS officer Pratayaya Amrit, the third to occupy the position since Covid-19 ripped through the state.
The top-level reshuffle comes days after the Indian Medical Association's Bihar chapter wrote to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar demanding Kumawat's removal due to his "indifferent behaviour" towards doctors.
Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had reportedly complained to the chief minister that Kumawat was not listening to him.
According to a notification issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), Amrit, the 1991-batch IAS officer and principal secretary of the Disaster Management Department, will be the new principal secretary of the Health Department while Kumawat has been made advisor of the Bihar State Planning Board, Patna, till further orders.

Six Covid-19 patients booked for playing football at facility

Six Covid-19 patients have been booked for playing football without wearing masks inside an isolation facility in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, a district official said on Monday.
A case has been registered at Kodoli police station.

Moderna vaccine could be ready for use by end of year, US says

Moderna Inc's vaccine against Covid-19 could be rolled out by the end of this year, US officials said on Monday, after the drugmaker announced the start of a 30,000-subject trial to demonstrate it is safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to approval by global regulators.
The trial is the first such late-stage study under the Trump administration's program to speed development of measures against the novel coronavirus, adding to hope that an effective vaccine will help end the pandemic. Shares of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna rose 9 per cent.

Moderna has received nearly $1 billion from the US government, which is helping to bankroll several vaccine candidates under its Operation Warp Speed

Tripura reports highest single-day spike of Covid-19 deaths

Four more Covid-19 patients died in Tripura on Monday, the highest single-day fatality in the state, as the toll rose to 17, minister Ratan Lal Nath said.
All the four patients were undergoing treatment at the Agartala Government Medical College, he told reporters at the civil secretariat here.
"The youngest of them was a 40-year-old from Melaghar in Sepahijala district," Nath, who is also the cabinet spokesperson, said.
Among those who died during the day was an 84-year-old man from the Shantipalli area in Gomati district who was was admitted to the hospital on July 23 with breathing problems, Nath said, adding that he was then found to be positive.

Delhi records 613 fresh cases, lowest in two months

The national capital recorded 613 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, the lowest in the last two months, and its recovery rate jumped to 88 per cent, but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the people not to be complacent and asked them to take all necessary precautions.
Kejriwal, who claimed that city's virus management model is being discussed around the world, launched a job portal to help people who have lost their livelihood due to the Covid-19 pandemic and announced that his government will pass an order to allow street vendors and hawkers to restart their work.
With 613 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday -- the lowest since May 27 when 1,024 fresh cases were recorded-- the coronavirus count in the city reached 1,31,219. The death toll climbed 3,853 following 26 more fatalities.

224 more test Covid-19 positive in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand's Covid-19 tally rose to 6,328 on Monday with 224 more people testing positive while the pandemic toll shot up to 66 with the death of three more patients, the state health department said.
A 28-year-old Covid-19 patient died at AIIMS Rishikesh. According to the hospital, the cause of his death was cardiac arrest, tubercular meningitis, aspiration pneumonitis, Type 1 respiratory failure, Covid-19 infection, the state health department said in a bulletin.
A 30-year-old man succumbed at Sushila Tiwari Govt. Hospital, Haldwani due to ARDS, Type 1 respiratory failure, pancytopenia, bilateral pneumonitis, acute kidney injury, septicemia, shock, it said.

Lesser number of Covid-19 tests conducted on Sundays in Delhi

Lesser number of coronavirus tests are being conducted on Sundays in the national capital as compared to the rest of the days, data available from the Delhi government's health bulletin shows.
The lesser number of tests coincide with fewer fresh cases on Sundays.
Officials said one of the major reasons behind the low numbers (of Covid-19 tests) on Sundays is that many people do not know that the testing centres are open on that day.
The health bulletins,issued on Mondays, contain data of the last 24 hours.
On July 4, a Saturday, authorities conducted 23,136 tests -- 9,873 RT-PCR tests and 13,263 rapid antigen tests -- and found 2,244 of them positive.

Complete lockdown not a solution, says Kerala Govt

The Kerala government on Monday said a complete lockdown was not a solution to halt the spread of coronavirus but containment measures in affected areas will be further strengthened as the state's infection tally touched 19,727 with 702 fresh cases.
A special cabinet meeting held on Monday decided not to go in for a total lockdown in the state, a line suggested at the all-party meeting last week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
He said the government had also heldvarious meetings, including with all political partyleaders, health experts and media editors, and the general opinion was against a lockdown.
The common opinion was to strengthen the restrictions in clusters to check local transmission, he said adding Police will intervene and take strict action in case of violations.

US manufacturing sector gathers momentum, rising Covid-19 threatens recovery

New orders for key US-made capital goods increased by the most in nearly two years in June and shipments accelerated, but the gains were likely insufficient to avert the deepest plunge in business investment and economic activity since the Great Depression in the second quarter because of the Covid-19 crisis.
The improvement in manufacturing reported by the Commerce Department on Monday was driven by pent-up demand following the reopening of businesses. The budding recovery is threatened by a resurgence in new cases of the coronavirus, which has forced some authorities in the hard-hit South and West regions to either close businesses again or halt reopenings.
"The sugar rush from re-openings has now faded and a resurgence of domestic coronavirus cases, alongside very weak demand, supply chain disruptions, historically low oil prices, and high levels of uncertainty will weigh heavily on business investment," said Oren Klachkin, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics in New York.

Manipur's Covid-19 tally rises to 2,286

Fifty-one more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Manipur, taking the state's tally to 2,286, an official said on Monday.
Thoubal district reported 19 cases, Kangpokpi (14), Imphal East (9), Imphal West (7) and Churachandpur (2), an official at the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.
Thirty-eight people were discharged from hospital after they recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, taking the total number of recovered people to 1,559, the official said.
The Covid-19 recovery rate in the state is 68.17 per cent, he said.

In a first, more Covid-19 patients discharged in Bengal on single-day than new cases

In a first, more Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on a single-day in West Bengal than the number of new cases detected, as per the state Health Department bulletin issued on Monday.
The state reported 2,112 new cases, while 2,166 people were discharged from different hospitals in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.
The total number of cases rose to 60,830 with the detection of the fresh infections, it said.

Swiggy to lay off 350 employees

Food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it is laying off 350 employees as part of the realignment exercise it started in May on account of the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
Swiggy in May had laid off 1,100 employees across grades and functions in cities and head office as part of its exercise to realign resources to create capacity in higher potential areas with the optimism of the business attaining pre-Covid levels in the near-term.
"However, with the industry still only having recovered to about 50 per cent of its peak, we have to, unfortunately, go ahead with this final realignment exercise, which will result in the net loss of 350 jobs," Swiggy said in a statement.

Serum Institute conducting phase III clinical trial of BCG vaccine

The Serum Institute of India is conducting phase III clinical trial of BCG vaccine candidate VPM1002 to evaluate its ability in reducing infection and severe disease outcomes of Covid-19 among high-risk persons of advanced age, comorbidities and high-exposure healthcare workers (HCWs), the Department of Biotechnology said in a statement.
About 6,000 health workers and high-risk individuals including those in close contact of Covid-19 patients have been enrolled in a clinical trial to determine if the recombinant Bacillus Calmette-Guerian (rBCG) can boost immunity to fight against the virus, the statement added.
The BCG vaccine is administered routinely to all newborns as part of the national childhood immunisation programme to prevent tuberculosis (TB), an infection caused by bacteria that mainly affects the lungs.

Mumbai reports 39 Covid-19 deaths, third lowest count so far

The number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai rose by 1,033 to 110,129 on Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
At 39, the city recorded its third lowest single-day fatality count so far, it said, adding that the toll now stands at 6,119.
27 of the 39 deceased had underlying health conditions, according to the BMC.

Home isolation for asymptomatic patients: Nagpur civic chief

Asymptomatic coronavirus positive patients will be kept in home isolation and 50 per cent of quarantine centres will be converted into Covid care centres for those showing mild symptoms, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said on Monday.
Nagpur district reported 274 Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the count to 4,336, while six deaths took the toll to 88. The district has 1,665 active cases.

Covid-19 LIVE update: 470 new coronavirus cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir today

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally crosses 60,000-mark with 2,112 new cases; deaths toll rises to 1,411

80,000 people fleeing Vietnamese city after new coronavirus cases

About 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, are being evacuated from the popular Vietnamese beach city of Da Nang after more than a dozen people there were confirmed to have COVID-19, the government said Monday.
Vietnam, widely seen as a success in dealing with the coronavirus, reimposed a social distancing order in Da Nang following the confirmation of the cases, the first known to be locally transmitted in the country in over three months.
A 57-year-old man was confirmed to be infected by the coronavirus on Saturday, the country's first local case since April. Three more cases were confirmed over the weekend, followed by 11 more on Monday, the Ministry of Health said.

Gujarat records 1,052 coronavirus cases; 22 die, 1,015 recover

Gujarat reported 1,052 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the statewide tally to 56,874, while 22 more patients succumbed to the infection, the health department said.
With the death of 22 COVID-19 patients, fatalities rose to 2,348.

Andhra Pradesh coronavirus cases cross 100,000-mark

The number of coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh crossed the one lakh mark on Monday after 6,051 people were found infected in the last 24 hours, the state health department said. The tally has now reached 1,02,349, it said.
The new cases were detected from a sample size of 43,127 tests which also include 16,543 rapid antigen tests. Andhra Pradesh has conducted a total of 16,86, 446 tests as of Monday.

795 new coronavirus cases reported in Haryana today; state tally rises to 32,127

Vietnam reports 11 new coronavirus cases in possible second wave

Vietnam is facing a possible second wave of the coronavirus with 11 new infections reported Monday, after more than three months without any domestically transmitted cases, the Ministry of Health said.
The new cases are all patients and health workers at Da Nang Hospital in Da Nang city, where a 57- year-old man on Saturday was confirmed to be infected by the coronavirus, the country's first local case since April, news agency AP reported.
The hospital has been isolated and authorities are tracing the contacts of those infected for testing and compulsory quarantines.

227 deaths and 7,924 fresh coronavirus cases reported in Maharashtra today; state tally rises to 383,723

Coronavirus LIVE: Record 3,505 new Covid-19 cases reported in UP; tally crosses 70,000-mark

Uttar Pradesh reported its highest single-day spike of 3,505 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the total to over 70,000, while 30 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,456.

Fertility may decline globally post-Covid pandemic: Study

Post-Covid-19, fertility will plausibly decline due to economic uncertainty and increased childcare burdens worldwide, especially in the high-income countries, say researchers.
The study, published in the journal Science, leverages historical social, economic and demographic evidence to draw the conclusion that fertility is likely to decline in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "Although it is difficult to make precise predictions, a likely scenario is that fertility will fall, at least in high-income countries and in the short run," said study researcher Arnstein Aassve, Professor at the Bocconi University in Italy.
Throughout history, spikes in mortality due to wars and famines were followed by increased births, while the Spanish Flu resulted in a temporary drop in fertility before recovering during a "baby boom."

Centre should clear West Bengal's dues to effectively tackle Covid-19: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked the Centre to clear all financial dues of the state to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.
Banerjee, during an online programme where Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated new testing facilities in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, also sought the creation of a separate fund for the combating the disease.
She also said that the money from the state's disaster relief fund was being used for rehabilitation work after cyclone Amphan.
"I would request the central government to clear the financial dues of the state immediately. We are yet to get our dues of Rs 53,000 crore. If we utilise all money from the state disaster relief fund for post-cyclone restoration works, how are we supposed to fight the pandemic," the CM said during the online programme.

Jammu and Kashmir reported 470 new cronavirus cases today

Jammu and Kashmir reported nine more COVID-19 deaths on Monday, taking their number to 321 as 470 new cases of the infection took the tally in the Union territory to 18,390. Of the fresh cases, 161 are from Jammu region and 309 are in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.
"Nine people, who were COVID-19 positive, have died over the past 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir," they said, adding all of them were reported from the Kashmir Valley.

Human clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' begins at Odisha hospital

The human clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin, a possible vaccine against the novel coronavirus, began at an institute here on Monday, a senior official said. The much-awaited trial of BBV152 COVID-19 vaccine or Covaxin commenced at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, one of the 12 centres selected by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting phase one and two of the process, the official at the facility said.
Covaxin, which is being developed by Bharat Biotech, was administered to several selected persons who had volunteered to be part of the crucial trial, Dr E Venkat Rao, principal investigator of the trial process, told PTI.
The volunteers had undergone a rigorous screening procedure, he said, adding they were administered the vaccine strictly in accordance with the protocols laid down by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), he said.

Karnataka reports 5,324 new coronavirus cases and 75 deaths today; state tally rises to 101,465

Coronavirus lockdown impact: IndiGo to go for deeper pay cut for senior management, pilots

Airline major IndiGo will institute deeper pay cut for its senior management and pilots to tide over Covid-19 induced economic turbulence. Accordingly, IndiGo's Chief Executive Ronojoy Dutta conveyed the management's decision to employees via a letter which was reviewed by IANS.
"In May of this year, we had implemented pay cuts of varying percentages, across the board for all employees, except for bands A and B. As part of our ongoing efforts to adjust our cost structure down in line with reduced revenues, I am afraid we need to take deeper pay cuts for ourselves," the letter said. "To cushion the impact among lower paid employees, this time around we will increase the pay cut percentages only among the employees at the very top of the pay pyramid."
Dutta said he will increase his personal pay cut percentage to 35 per cent.

PM Narendra Modi launched Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata

43,022 healthcare centres under Ayushman Bharat operational across India: Health Ministry

A total of 43,022 health and wellness centres have become operational in different parts of the country to ensure that an array of healthcare facilities reaches the people, the Union health ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said as many as 13,657 health and wellness centres (HWCs) were operationalised within the period of the coronavirus pandemic itself (between January to July 2020). These centres provide comprehensive and quality primary care close to the community.
"As of July 24, 2020, a total of 43,022 HWCs are operational across different parts of the country," it said. The ministry said 44.26 lakh people benefitted from the services provided by the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers (AB-HWCs) from July 18 to July 24.

Lalu Prasad tests negative for Covid-19; attendants diagnosed positive

Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, currently undergoing treatment at a Ranchi hospital for multiple ailments, has tested negative for Covid-19, a senior doctor at the facility said on Monday. Three of his attendants, however, have been diagnosed with the disease, he said.
The report of his swab sample test that came late on Sunday showed that Prasad did not contract the infection, Dr Umesh Prasad, who is attending to the ailing RJD supremo at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), told PTI.
His samples, along with those of his attendants, were sent for examination on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The state-run RIMS is one of the designated Covid-19 hospitals in the Jharkhand capital. READ MORE...

Four arrested for plan to empty Covid-19 victim's bank accounts in Mumbai

The Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested four people for allegedly trying to steal money from the bank accounts of an 81-year-old man who died of COVID-19 last month, an official said on Monday.
A Crime Branch Unit XI official said accused Shafique Shaikh, who worked in the COVID-19 victim's office for the past 15 years, hatched the plan to withdraw the latter's money from bank accounts and brought in Swapnil Vinod Oglekar, Pritesh Mandliya and Arshad Sayyed, all residents of Mira Road in neighbouring Thane district, to execute it.
"On Saturday, the Crime Branch got a tip-off about the plan, which involved transferring money to the tune of several crore rupees with the help of forged documents like Aadhaar card, as well as fake user IDs and passwords. A raid was conducted in a Dahisar slum and all four were held," he said.

6993 new Covid-19 cases and 77 deaths in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours; state tally rises to 2,20,716

PM Narendra Modi launched Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched high throughput COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata and said it will add strength to the fight against coronavirus in West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.
"The way the right decisions were taken at the right time in the country, it is a result of this that India is in a much better position than other countries. Today, deaths due to coronavirus in our country are less than in big countries. And our recovery rate is very much better than other countries," the Prime Minister said while inaugurating testing facilities via video conferencing.
He said citizens of the country were fighting the global epidemic very bravely.
"With the launch of the hi-tech state-of-the-art testing facility today, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh are going to get more strength in the fight against coronavirus," he said.
He said Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, and Kolkata are major centres of economic activity where millions of youth come to fulfil their dreams the three new centres will add testing capacity of 10,000 per day.

Due to right decisions taken at right time, India is in much better position than other countries in fight against Covid-19: PM Modi

India is in a much better position than other countries in the fight against COVID-19 as a result of "right decisions taken at the right time", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, asserting that the country has expanded its health infrastructure at a rapid pace.
Speaking after virtually launching COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, Modi said that in the fight against coronavirus, India has come to a point where it does not lack in awareness, its scientific data is expanding and resources are also increasing.
Due to the "right decisions taken at the right time" in the country, India is in a much better position than other countries in the fight against the pandemic, he said. The deaths due to the coronavirus in India are much lower than many big countries, the prime minister said.

Efforts underway to conduct 10 lakh coronavirus tests per day: PM Modi

Efforts are being made to ramp up the testing capacity in the country to conduct up to 10 lakh COVID-19 tests per day, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The Prime Minister was speaking during the launch of high-throughput COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, in which he took part through video conferencing.
"While we had just one centre for Corona testing in January, today close to 1,300 labs are functioning across the country. More than 5 lakh tests are being conducted daily in the country today. In the coming weeks, efforts are being made to increase the number to 10 lakh tests per day," he said.
He further highlighted that the country currently has over 11,000 COVID facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds.
Praising the drastic increase in the number of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits manufactured in the country during the crisis phase, Prime Minister Modi said that currently there are 1,200 manufacturers producing more than 5 lakh PPE kits daily.

Global coronavirus cases double over past 6 weeks, says World Health Organisation

The coronavirus pandemic continues to accelerate, with a doubling of cases over the last six weeks, the World Health Organisation chief says. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says nearly 16 million cases have now been reported to the UN health agency, with more than 640,000 deaths worldwide.
Tedros will convene on Thursday WHO's emergency committee, a procedural requirement six months after the agency's declaration of a public health emergency of international concern, made on Jan. 30 for the coronavirus outbreak. The panel will advise him on the pandemic.
COVID-19 has changed our world, he told reporters from WHO's Geneva headquarters on Monday. It has brought people, communities and nations together and driven them apart.

Due to right decisions taken at right time, India is in much better position than other countries in fight against Covid-19: PM Modi

There are over 11,000 Covid-19 facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds in India: PM Modi

These labs will not remain restricted to testing of Covid-19, but will be expanded for testing of many other diseases: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi launches Covid-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata

Free education in KIIT-DU for children of Covid-19 deceased in Odisha

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and caused much panic across the globe, including India and Odisha. The number of new coronavirus infections is increasing by day in Odisha. Many have also lost their lives, according to an ANI report.
KIIT has always reached out to the distressed people at the time of natural calamities in the state. It has become the pride of Odisha as it has always stood by the people of the state at the time of their need.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and devastated normal life and livelihoods of the people of Odisha. Now KIIT Deemed to be University has extended a helping hand to the families of the COVID deceased. Acting on a proposal by the Founder of KIIT & KISS, Dr Achyuta Samanta, KIIT-DU has decided to provide technical and professional education absolutely free of cost to the children of the COVID deceased.

Himachal's Covid-19 tally reaches 2,187 with 955 new cases

The COVID-19 tally of Himachal Pradesh has reached 2,187 on Monday after 955 people detected positive for the virus in the state.
According to the official data, 1,203 people have recovered from the viral infection and 12 people have succumbed to the disease to date. Around 15 patients have also migrated from Himachal Pradesh.

Coronavirus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There's still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc, will really protect.
The needed proof: Volunteers won't know if they're getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading unchecked.
Unfortunately for the United States of America, we have plenty of infections right now to get that answer, NIH's Dr Anthony Fauci recently told The Associated Press.

Emergent signs $174 million deal to make AstraZeneca's potential Covid-19 vaccine

Emergent BioSolutions Inc said on Monday it signed a $174 million agreement with AstraZeneca to develop and manufacture the British drugmaker's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Reuters reported.
AstraZeneca in June picked Emergent to help produce 300 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine pledged to the United States.
AstraZeneca has signed manufacturing deals globally to meet its target of making 2 billion doses of the vaccine, including with two Bill Gates-backed ventures and a $1.2 billion agreement with the US government.

Delhi govt has taken adequate steps to handle Covid-19 cases, says HC

The Delhi High Court Monday said the AAP government has taken adequate steps like increasing the number of ambulances, augmenting the capacity of helplines, ramping up testing facilities and creating plasma banks to handle the COVID-19 cases in the national capital, according to a PTI report.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said that in view of the steps taken by the Delhi government it was not going to further monitor the PIL initiated by the high court to assess the preparedness of the authorities here to handle the rising COVID-19 cases now and during the coming days.
The bench directed the Delhi government to ensure that the official orders and directions issued by it and the court with regard to real time update of data of availability of beds and ventilators as also conducting tests be followed by the hospitals.

Coronavirus LIVE: 101 new Covid-19 cases reported in Maharashtra Police Force

As many as 101 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Maharashtra Police Force, informed the police on Monday.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the force rose to 8,584 including 6,538 who have recovered and 94 deaths.
As per the Union Health Ministry, there are 3,75,799 COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra including 1,48,905 active cases, 2,13,238 cured/discharged/migrated and 13,656 deaths.

India's Covid-19 fatality rate progressively falling, currently stands at 2.28%: Govt

India's COVID-19 fatality rate has been progressively falling and currently stands at 2.28 per cent which is among the lowest in the world, the government said on Monday, attributing the dip to factors like aggressive testing and an effective containment strategy.
It also said that the recovery rate has been improving consistently and the total recoveries have now crossed the nine lakh-mark.
The focused efforts of the Centre, state governments and Union Territory administrations on early detection and isolation through aggressive testing and efficient clinical management of hospitalised cases have shown results with continuously falling case fatality rate and improving recovery rate, the health ministry said.
"With effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on holistic standard of care approach, the case fatality rate has significantly dipped," the ministry said in a statement.

Telangana reports 1,473 new Covid-19 cases; state tally crosses 55,000-mark

Telangana reported 1,473 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally in the state to 55,532.
Of the 1,473 fresh cases, 506 were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Ranga Reddy (168), Warangal Urban (111) and Sangareddy (98) districts, a state government bulletin said on Monday, providing data as of 8 pm on July 26.
With eight more deaths, the COVID-19 toll in the state rose to 471. The death rate in the state was 0.85 per cent, while it was 2.3 per cent in the country, it said. As many as 42,106 people have recovered from the infection so far, while 12,955 were under treatment. The bulletin said 9,817 samples were tested on July 26.

Majority consider health insurance cover as a necessity in post-Covid era, says survey

New age disease outbreak like COVID-19 has led to more awareness among people towards health insurance and a majority of them now consider it as a necessity to be future ready for unforeseen situations like this, a survey by Max Bupa Health Insurance has revealed.
Before the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in India only 10 per cent of people were interested in buying health insurance to cover new age diseases, but now 71 per cent people consider health insurance as a necessity to fight unforeseen pandemic like this, the survey said.
As many as 57 per cent of the people polled understood the importance of comprehensive health insurance plans as uncertainty around treatment, high medical cost and quarantine period disrupting regular income due to Covid-19 is prompting people to purchase health insurance plans, said the Bax Bupa Health Insurance survey.

Covid-19 LIVE update: 86 new coronavirus cases reported in Puducherry

Three more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Puducherry taking the toll to 43 while 86 fresh cases were reported, a top Health department official said on Monday. The 86 new cases pushed the overall tally of cases in the union territory to 2,872, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a press statement.
The number of active cases stood at 1,109 and those treated and discharged till now was 1,720, he added.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Doctor accuses Wuhan officials of Covid-19 cover-up

A doctor, who diagnosed early coronavirus cases in China, has said that he believes local officials in Wuhan, where the virus originated last December, covered up the scale of the initial outbreak, a media report said on Monday.
Professor Kwok-Yung Yuen, who helped to investigate in Wuhan, told the BBC that physical evidence was destroyed and the response to clinical findings was slow, according to an IANS report.

Covid-19 recovered cases cross 9-lakh mark in India; fatality rate dips to 2.28%: Health Ministry

The case fatality rate (CFR) for COVID-19 has been constantly falling in India and is currently at 2.28 per cent, while the total recovered cases crossed nine lakhs in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry on Monday.

This, according to the Ministry, has been achieved through the combined and focused efforts of the Union and various state and union territory governments for early detection, isolation and efficient clinical management of hospitalised patients.

"With effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardized clinical management protocols based on holistic Standard of Care approach, the Case Fatality Rate has significantly dipped. The Case Fatality Rate is progressively falling and currently, it is 2.28 per cent. India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world," the Ministry said.

Coronavirus LIVE: Shillong goes under 72-hour lockdown amid rising Covid-19 cases

A 72-hour lockdown started in Meghalaya's state capital Shillong from Monday amid rising cases of novel coronavirus in the state, officials said. Around 30 localities, mostly in the worst-hit East Khasi Hills district, have already been declared containment zones, they said.
The lockdown in Shillong agglomeration -- localities within the Shillong municipality and scheduled areas -- was announced after 56 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last two days.
Of these, 37 are armed forces personnel, including 23 troopers of the BSF, Health Services Director Aman War said. Meghalaya has 543 active COVID-19 cases, while 173 people have recovered from the disease. Five coronavirus deaths have been reported in the state so far.

Confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 in Indonesia

Indonesia announced on Monday that its confirmed number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 100,000, the most in Southeast Asia, as an official said the government still doesn't know when the outbreak will peak.

The health ministry announced 1,525 more cases on Monday, bringing the country's confirmed total to 100,303. The actual number is thought to be considerably higher because of factors including limited testing.

The ministry also reported 57 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 4,838.

Israeli team working with DRDO to develop rapid Covid-19 testing kit arrives in India

A high-level team of researchers from Israel arrived here on Monday to take forward the work it has been doing with India to develop a rapid testing kit for COVID-19 which can give the result within 30 seconds, news agency PTI reported. Israel's Ambassador to India Ron Malka said if the testing kit is developed, it could be a "game changer" in the battle against COVID-19.
The Israeli defence ministry research and development team has been working with India's chief scientist K Vijay Raghavan and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop rapid testing for COVID-19 in less than 30 seconds, the Israeli Embassy had said last week.
The team from the Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) in the Israeli Ministry of Defence will conduct a series of "final stages of testing" to determine the effectiveness of a number of rapid diagnostic solutions with their Indian counterparts.
The special flight, which arrived here in the morning, also brought with it breakthrough emerging Israeli technologies for combating COVID-19, Malka said.

Singapore scientists develop coronavirus test technique that delivers results in 36 minutes

Scientists in Singapore have developed a method to improve the speed of obtaining COVID-19 laboratory test results in 36 minutes or by up to four times. The current testing method requires highly trained technical staff and can take a few hours before results are finalised, news agency PTI reported.
The new method, developed by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University's (NTC) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, has demonstrated a way to improve the speed, handling time and cost of COVID-19 laboratory tests, the university said on Monday.
The test, which can be done with portable equipment, could also be deployed in the community as a screening tool, it said. The new method can improve the speed of obtaining COVID-19 laboratory test results in 36 minutes or by up to four times, it said.

Covid-19 LIVE update: 1,473 new coronavirus cases in Telangana; eight more deaths

Telangana recorded 1,473 new coronavirus cases, pushing the state's total tally to 55,532, even as deaths of eight more COVID-19 patients increased its death toll to 471, health officials said on Monday.
The eight deaths were reported during the last 24 hours ending 8 pm on Sunday. As per the media bulletin issued around Monday noon, the state's death toll was now 471.
The officials claimed that Telangana's death rate is still quite low at 0.85 per cent compared with a national average of 2.3 per cent.

613 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours; tally rises to 131,219

Delhi recorded 613 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the national capital's tally to over 1.31 lakh, while the death toll due to the disease mounted to 3,853, authorities said.
On Sunday, the city had reported 1,075 fresh COVID-19 cases. Twenty-six fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours, a Delhi health department bulletin released on Monday afternoon showed.
The number of active cases stood at 10,994, down from 11,904 the previous day. On June 23, the national capital had reported its highest single-day spike of 3,947.

India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) continues to improve and is 2.28%: Health Ministry

No Covid-19 lockdown in the state at any cost: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Hospitalised Covid-19 patients have low risk of stroke: Study

Patients hospitalised with COVID-19 may have a lower risk of stroke, according to a study that found majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to a PTI report. The study, published in the journal Stroke, contradicts initial reports that suggested a significant risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with COVID-19.
"While there was initial concern for a high number of strokes related to COVID-19, that has not been born out," said Brett Cucchiara, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.
"Importantly, while the risk for stroke in COVID-19 patients is low, it's mostly tied to pre-existing conditions -- so physicians who do see stroke in hospitalised COVID-19 patients must understand the virus is not the only factor, and it's necessary to follow through with normal diagnostic testing," Cucchiara said.
However, he said, there are still many unknowns and researchers need to continue investigating the linkage between stroke and COVID-19, particularly considering the racial disparities surrounding the disease.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Young adults in Canada face high risk of Covid-19

Young adults in Canada account for the highest number of COVID-19 cases across the country, a senior health official said.
For the week ending July 22, "young adults aged 20-39 years of age account for the highest incidence rates across all ages in Canada", Xinhua news agency quoted Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada, as saying in a statement on Sunday.
Of the confirmed cases in this past week, 63 per cent were young people under the age of 39.

613 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours; tally rises to 131,219

1,473 Covid-19 positive cases, and 8 deaths reported in Telangana today

1,473 Covid-19 positive cases, and 8 deaths reported in Telangana today. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 55,532 including 42,106 recovered cases and 471 deaths: Government of Telangana

Study reveals hospitalised coronavirus patients have low risk of stroke

While initial reports suggested a significant risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with Covid-19, a new study shows a low risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with the disease. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
These findings provide more clarity about the role Covid-19 plays in causing stroke in a diverse population of the US. The study paper was published in the journal Stroke from Penn Medicine.
"While there was an initial concern for a high number of strokes related to Covid-19, that has not been borne out. Importantly, while the risk for stroke in COVID-19 patients is low, it's mostly tied to pre-existing conditions -- so physicians who do see stroke in hospitalised Covid-19 patients must understand the virus is not the only factor and it's necessary to follow through with normal diagnostic testing," said Brett Cucchiara, MD, an associate professor of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and senior author of the paper.
"However, there are still many unknowns and we need to continue investigating the linkage between stroke and Covid-19, particularly considering the racial disparities surrounding the disease," added Cucchiara.

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: Lockdown in Ballia extended till Friday

The lockdown in Ballia and Rasra cities of Uttar Pradesh has been extended till July 31 due to the rising novel coronavirus cases, an official said on Monday.
The lockdown in city and its adjoining areas in Ballia district was initially imposed on July 2, but was extended later. It was first announced in Rasra on July 18.
District Magistrate Hari Pratap Shahi said the COVID-19 cases were continuously being reported from Ballia and Rasra area, following which the lockdown has been extended till Friday.

China industrial profits rise 11.5% in June, signal economic recovery

Profits at China's industrial firms rose for a second straight month and at the fastest pace in over a year, adding to signs the country's economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis is gaining momentum.
The statistics bureau said on Monday that profits at China's industrial firms rose 11.5% year-on-year in June to 666.55 billion yuan ($95.27 billion) - marking the quickest profit growth since March 2019.
May marked the sector's first monthly growth in earnings since November, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia records biggest daily spike in Covid-19 cases, deaths

Australia on Monday recorded its biggest daily spike in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, amid a resurgence of the virus.
With the new cases (549) and deaths (17), the overall tallies have reached 14,403 and 161, reports Xinhua news agency.
Majority of the deaths and almost all of the confirmed cases occurred in thestate of Victoria which in the past month has witnessed a resurgence despite the reintroduction of social distancing restrictions.

404 COVID beds vacant in Dr RML, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge Medical College hospitals today at 7 am

404 COVID beds vacant in Dr RML, Safdarjung and Lady Hardinge Medical College hospitals today at 7 am, against a total of 529 COVID beds. 1283 beds vacant today at 7 am in AIIMS Delhi against a total number of 1515 COVID beds: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

CM Ashok Gehlot merged all the 6 MLAs who had won the election on BSP tickets with Congress: Bhagwan Singh Baba, BSP’s Rajasthan chief

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath holds meet with the officers of 'Covid-19 management team-11'

Manipur's Covid-19 tally rises to 2,235

Manipur's Covid-19 tally increased to 2,235 on Sunday with 59 more people testing positive for coronavirus, officials said.
Of the 59 new Covid-19 cases, Imphal West district reported 37 cases followed by Thoubal (14), Kakching (5), Tamenglong (3) an official of COVID-19 Common Control Room said.
One person was also discharged from hospital after he recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered people to 1,521.

Coronavirus in India latest update by MoHFW

States that have reported the biggest 24-hour jump in active cases are Andhra Pradesh (4,525), Maharashtra (3,120), Karnataka (3,029), Uttar Pradesh (1,469), and Tamil Nadu (1,430)

Coronavirus virus adds to deep despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

At 24, Sama al-Diwani and her college sweetheart had big dreams.
He was working on opening a bakery in Iraq. She was preparing to leave to England, where she would spend a year working on her masters' degree in pharmacy.
After that, they would reunite, get married and start a family.
Those dreams came to a screeching halt with the outbreak of the coronavirus, as countries shut down, economies buckled and global chaos followed. Her university admission is now on hold, the bakery project has fallen behind schedule, her family's income has gone down by 40% and she frets about losing her job at a local pharmacy.

992 new cases found in Pune

Pune city in Maharashtra reported 992 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which pushed its number of patients to 48,057, a health official said on Sunday.
The death toll reached 1,166 with 13 succumbing to the infection, he said.
According to the official, 1,175 patients were discharged from hospitals in the city during the day.

60,000 vials of Covid vaccine to be kept aside for Parsis only, says Adar Poonawalla

Billionaire industrialist Cyrus Poonawalla is believed to have agreed to set aside 60,000 vials of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively for the Parsi community to which he belongs. His son Adar tweeted: “We will keep more than enough for the community. Our production capacity of just one day will be enough to cover every Parsi on the planet.. given the size of our community!” Adar, CEO and owner of Serum Institute of India, was replying to a tweet by entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala.

France's Health Minister says coronavirus tests now free of charge

France's Health Minister Olivier Veran announced that he signed a decree allowing everyone who takes a coronavirus test to receive a refund.
"I also signed an order published this Saturday that anyone from today can receive a fully reimbursable PCR test without having to show a doctor's order or valid reason and without showing symptoms," Veran told Le Parisien newspaper. Read on...

Coronavirus in India latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 485,114 (Net addition: 17,232)
Deaths: 32,771 (Net addition: 708)
Cured: 917,568 (Net addition: 31,991)
Total cases: 1,435,453 (Net addition: 49,931)

Covid-19 Factoid: Delhi leads in tests, Bihar lags as India cases zoom

Delhi has so far conducted 929,444 tests, which translate into 46,898 tests per million population: highest among ten most affected states in India going by confirmed cases tally. Delhi is followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, with tests per million ratios of over 30,000. Bihar has the lowest testing density with a ratio of 3,699 tests per million population. Read on...

Can get rid of Covid-19 by reciting Hanuman Chalisa, says Pragya Thakur

Bhopal BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Sunday said that by reciting Hanuman Chalisa we can get rid of Covid-19.
"We remember our prayers in times of crisis hence I said that the reciting Hanuman Chalisa is a spiritual effort via which we also want to purify our environment...By reciting Hanuman Chalisa we can definitely get both types of benefits and will get rid of coronavirus, this is what we all believe," said Thakur. Read on...

Spain is safe despite rise in new coronavirus cases: Govt

The Spanish government has insisted that the country continues to be a safe tourist destination despite the recent spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.
Figures published by the Health Ministry on Friday revealed that there were 10,990 new cases the previous week, almost twice as many as the 5,595 cases reported before that, fueling worries of a 'second wave' of the virus hitting Spain, reports Xinhua news agency.
This development led to Norway imposing a 10-day quarantine on people returning from Spain and on Saturday night, the UK said that it was re-imposing a 14-day quarantine for people coming back from the country.

Coronavirus in US: White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican disarray over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now.
The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from $600 weekly to about 70% of pre-pandemic wages.
The reason we had $600 was its simplicity, she said from the Capitol.
The administration's chief negotiators White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were returning to the Capitol later Sunday to put what Meadows described as final touches on a $1 trillion relief bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to bring forward Monday.

Pope urges support for elderly during coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis led pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly Sunday blessing in a round of applause for elderly people suffering from loneliness during the pandemic.
Francis, on the feast day for Jesus's maternal grandparents Saints Anne and Joachim, urged the faithful to consider every elderly person his or her own grandparent.
''Don't leave them alone,'' he implored, urging the faithful to reach out with a phone call, video chat or a visit where possible under distancing rules to impede the virus' spread.

Record 36,145 Covid-19 patients recover in a single-day, says govt

As many as 36,145 patients have recuperated from Covid-19 in a span of 24 hours, the highest recorded in a day, pushing the recovery rate to 63.92 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
The Covid-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 2.31 per cent, the ministry said. The total recoveries has surged to 885,576 so far, as India’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 1,385,522 on Sunday.

Covid-19 crisis: Sikkim government extends lockdown till August 1

The Sikkim government has extended the statewide lockdown till August 1 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a notification.
A complete, six-day lockdown, imposed by the hilly state, was scheduled to end on Sunday. “After careful consideration of the situation, it has been decided to extend the period of lockdown in the entire state of Sikkim till 6 am of August 1, 2020,” a notification issued by Chief Secretary S C Gupta said.
The state reported its first Covid-19 death on Sunday after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease at a state-run hospital here, the official said.

Lessons learnt: Delhi, Mumbai show the way on how to tame the Covid curve

With Covid-19 cases rising steadily in India, Delhi and Mumbai, which have turned a corner in fight against coronavirus, could show the way forward in tackling the pandemic.
While daily Covid cases have dropped significantly in Delhi — from over 3,000 in June to around 1,000 during the last week, the daily growth rate of cases has come down to 1 per cent for both cities.
The drop in the curve, experts say, is partially because of the pandemic playing itself out, and partially because of the two cities finally getting their act together by ramping up the testing capacity and implementing stricter quarantine norms. Read more

South Korea reports 25 new coronavirus cases

South Korea has reported 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its national caseload to 14,175 infections and 299 deaths.
South Korea's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday said 16 of the new cases were tied to people arriving from abroad. The country in past days have reported dozens of cases among crew members of a Russia-flagged cargo ship docked in the southern port of Busan and hundreds of South Korean construction workers airlifted from virus-ravaged Iraq.

Coronavirus: Existing evidence suggests face coverings do not lead to false sense of security

The existing limited evidence suggests that wearing face coverings to protect against Covid-19 does not lead to a false sense of security, and is unlikely to increase the risk of infection through wearers foregoing other behaviours such as good hand hygiene.
The study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and King's College London. Was published in the journal BMJ Analysis,
Researchers say that the concept of 'risk compensation' is itself the greater threat to public health as it may discourage policymakers from implementing potentially effective measures, such as wearing face coverings.

US doubles spending on potential coronavirus vaccine to nearly $1 billion

The United States has doubled its investment - to nearly $1 billion - to expedite development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine by American firm Moderna, which on Monday begins the decisive final phase of clinical trials. The government now plans to spend up to $472 million on top of the previously announced $483 million, the Moderna biotechnology company announced Sunday.

Punjab govt to provide plasma to private hospitals at Rs 20,000 per unit

The Punjab government on Sunday decided to provide plasma to private hospitals from its plasma bank at a cost of Rs 20,000 per unit.
"Continuing the campaign being carried out to combat Covid-19 under 'Mission Fateh', the Punjab government has decided today to provide plasma to private hospitals from government's plasma bank at a reasonable cost," read an official statement. Read on...

PM Modi to launch 'high-throughput' Covid-19 testing facilities in 3 cities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday launch 'high-throughput' Covid-19 testing facilities in three cities -- Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata -- via video conferencing.
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), these facilities will ramp up testing capacity in the country and help in strengthening early detection and treatment, thus assisting in controlling the spread of the pandemic.

White House pushes for narrow coronavirus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican disarray over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now.
The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from $600 weekly to about 70 per cent of pre-pandemic wages. Read on...

Make tocilizumab, plasma therapy available for every Covid patient: Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday directed officials to make available life-saving tocilizumab injection and plasma therapy to every Covid-19 patient in critical condition.
In a review meeting on the coronavirus situation in the state, he said that tocilizumab injection costs around Rs 40,000 and is out of reach for poor and the state government will immediately approve funds for making the drug available for all. Read on...

China records highest surge in coronavirus cases since April

China recorded 61 new coronavirus cases on Monday - the highest daily figure since April - propelled by clusters in three separate regions that have sparked fears of a fresh wave. The bulk of 57 new domestic cases were found in the far northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July.

Coronavirus still fatal, don’t lower guard: PM’s radio message

During his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, he urged citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15 and also resolve for self-reliant India on the lines of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ he had announced. His message comes at a time when curbs are easing and it is being felt that the public at large is becoming slack in observing social distancing and use of masks and cases of infection are rising

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