India reported 41,506 new cases of coronavirus and 895 related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The current active caseload is 4,54,118. Total recoveries stand at 2,99,75,064 across India with 41,526 patients having recovered during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has increased to 97.2%.
About 37.60 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the government said. In the last 24 hours, 37,23,367 doses were administered.
On Saturday, India had logged 42,766 new infections and 1,206 fatalities.
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A 90-year-old woman who died after falling ill with Covid-19 was infected with both the Alpha and Beta variants of the coronavirus at the same time, researchers in Belgium said Sunday, adding that the rare phenomenon may be underestimated.
The unvaccinated woman, who lived alone and received at-home nursing care, was admitted to the OLV Hospital in the Belgian city of Aalst after a spate of falls in March and tested positive for Covid-19 the same day.
While her oxygen levels were initially good, her condition deteriorated rapidly and she died five days later.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday she was "very concerned" about the risk that new variants of coronavirus could pose to the global economic recovery from the pandemic.
"We are very concerned about the Delta variant and other variants that could emerge and threaten recovery," she told reporters following a G20 meeting in Venice, Italy.
"We are a connected global economy, what happens in any part of the world affects all other countries."
Israel said on Sunday it will begin offering a booster shot of Pfizer Inc's vaccine to adults with weak immune systems but it was still weighing whether a third round of shots should be given to the general public.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant has sent vaccination rates in Israel back up as new infections have risen over the past month from single digits to around 450 a day.
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said that effective immediately, adults with impaired immune systems who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine could get a booster shot, with a decision pending on wider distribution.
Vaccination has picked up in Puducherry, we've crossed over 5 lakh vaccinations. Our aim is to vaccinate the whole UT before Aug 15. People had vaccine hesitancy but now they've overcome it. Puducherry will be totally vaccinated before Aug 15th, as per our plan: Puducherry Lt Gov pic.twitter.com/qrCbAM9XLS- ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2021
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of hiding the COVID-19 death figures, and claimed the state government did not want to give the statistics as it did not want to help the people. "The government did not give the statistics pertaining to the COVID-19 deaths, nor any help was given to them. They (UP government) did not give the statistics of COVID-19 deaths, as they did not want to help (the people)," he told reporters.
Nineteen new cases of coronavirus were reported in Ladakh, raising its tally to 20,186, while 35 more patients were cured of the infection, officials said on Saturday, reported news agency PTI. All the 19 persons who returned positive for COVID-19 are from Leh district, health department officials said. No death due to COVID-19 was reported in the union territory in the past 24 hours, they said. So far 206 people, including 148 in Leh district and 58 in Kargil district, have died due to the viral disease, officials said. Of the 35 patients cured and discharged on Saturday, 33 were from Leh and two from Kargil, they said. A total of 19,865 patients have been cured of the disease till now in the UT.
The Delhi government has allowed academic gatherings and meetings at schools and colleges from Monday under the seventh phase of the easing of Covid lockdown in the national capital. Students, however, will not be allowed to physically attend educational institutions, the government said. Read here.
The investigation into the alleged Uttarakhand COVID testing scam which took place during the Kumbh this year is in final stages and the report is likely to be received in the next 2-3 days, said Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar on Sunday, according to news agency ANI. "The report would be sent to the Uttarakhand government for action," he said in an official statement.
The investigation team has so far checked 60,000 telephone numbers while, 25,000 phone numbers are yet to be investigated. These are the phone numbers mentioned in the documents along with the names of those who got their COVID-19 test done during the Kumbh Mela.
The Union Government on Sunday said that more than 38.60 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far and a further 11 lakh 25 thousand 140 doses are in the transit, reported news agency ANI. More than 1.44 crore balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered, said the Centre.
The health ministry said the government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.
A 90-year-old woman who died after falling ill with Covid-19 was infected with both the Alpha and Beta variants of the coronavirus at the same time, researchers in Belgium said Sunday, adding that the rare phenomenon may be underestimated. Read here.
More than 38.60 crore (38,60,51,110) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 11,25,140 doses are in the transit, according a release by the Centre. Of this, the total consumption includes wastage of 37,16,47,625 doses, as per the data available at 8 AM today. Over 1.44 crore (1,44,03,485) balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered, said the government.
India reported 41,506 new COVID-19 cases and 895 related deaths in the last 24 hours. The current active caseload is 4,54,118; active cases constitute 1.47% of the total cases. The total recoveries stand at 2,99,75,064 across the country with 41,526 patients having recovered during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has increased to 97.20%. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5%, currently at 2.32%. The daily positivity rate is at 2.25%, less than 3% for 20 consecutive days. 37.60 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the government said.
With the addition of 429 new cases of COVID-19, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,37,358, an official said on Sunday, reported news agency PTI. Besides these new cases reported Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of eight more people, pushing the death count in the district to 10,836, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.01%, he added. Details of recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration.
In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,18,146, while the death count has reached 2,632, another official said.
After recording a COVID-19 positivity rate of over 5% for the last few days, the Arunachal Pradesh government has recommended a complete lockdown in capital Itanagar to curb the spread of the virus, reported news agency ANI. According to Talo Potom, Deputy Commissioner Itanagar, a meeting was held for the implementation of lockdown in the capital city.
"After recording a test positivity rate over 5% for a few days, we held a meeting with stakeholders for the implementation of lockdown in the district. We've given a recommendation to state government for a complete lockdown for a week," Mr Potom told the media.
As per the state health ministry, Arunachal Pradesh reported 478 new COVID-19 cases out of 5,818 tests on Saturday. The COVID positivity rate stands at 8.22%. Earlier last week, the Centre had rushed multi-disciplinary teams to six states, including Arunachal Pradesh, for COVID-19 control and containment measures, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed.
On Saturday there were 50 cases, the previous 2021 record high. This takes the recent outbreak to 566 cases. Of Sunday's cases, 33 were people who had spent time in the community while they were infectious, deepening concerns that the lockdown of more than 5 million people in Sydney and surroundings will be extended.