Coronavirus India Live News Update: 34,884 New Cases, 671 COVID-19-Related Deaths In India In 24 Hours

COVID-19 Live Updates: With the cases surging, lockdowns are being re-imposed in several parts of the country after the easing of restrictions easing in recent weeks as officials hoped the outbreak was under control.

Coronavirus India Live News Update: 34,884 New Cases, 671 COVID-19-Related Deaths In India In 24 Hours

Coronavirus Cases India: India's recovery rate is at 63.34 per cent.

New Delhi:

Coronavirus Live Updates: India's coronavirus tally surged to 10.38 lakh cases this morning after 34,884 new patients were registered in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. In the last 24 hours, 671 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported, taking the COVID-19 death count to 26,273. The recovery rate stood at 62.93 per cent this morning.

With the cases surging, lockdowns are being re-imposed in several parts of the country after the easing of restrictions easing in recent weeks as officials hoped the outbreak was under control. 

Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. 

India is the third country to record more than one million coronavirus cases, behind only the United States and Brazil.

Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:

Jul 18, 2020 23:59 (IST)
Tripura's COVID-19 death count rises to 5, total cases climb to 2,380

Tripura's COVID-19 death count rose to five with two more people dying of coronavirus on Saturday, state minister Ratan Lal Nath said.

A 73-year-old woman and a 62-year-old man died of COVID-19 at the Agartala Government Medical College, he said.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state is 2,380 of which active cases are 679.
Jul 18, 2020 23:29 (IST)
Bihar COVID-19 case count rises to 24,967

With four new deaths, the number of COVID-19 deaths climbed to 177 in Bihar while the count of positive cases neared the 25,000 mark, a 2.5 times jump in just 18 days of this month.

The recovery rate in Bihar has also dropped to 63.17 per cent from 77.52 per cent on July 1.

As per the health department's bulletin, the state reported 1,667 positive cases today taking the total count to 24,967.
Jul 18, 2020 23:14 (IST)
Kerala To Begin Cluster Care Method To Contain COVID Spread
As cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Kerala, the state government has decided to implement a "cluster care" method to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, state health minister KK Shailaja said on Saturday.
Jul 18, 2020 22:58 (IST)
Assam prohibits inter-district movement from July 22 to prevent COVID-19 spread

The Assam government has prohibited inter-district movement of individuals from July 22 till further orders to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has said.

In medical and funeral emergencies, movement will be allowed only with written permission from the deputy commissioner of the originating district, he added.

Movement of goods and essentials, however, will continue uninterrupted, he said.
Jul 18, 2020 22:36 (IST)
Covid First-Line Treatment Centres being set up across Kerala: Chief Minister

With coronavirus positive cases on the rise, the Kerala government is setting up Covid First-Line Treatment Centres across the state to strengthen the medical infrastructure facilities, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

"Covid First-Line Treatment Centres are public health centres specially designed to combat the Covid outbreak. These are used as regional centres with essential facilities that do not affect the functioning of the existing public health system in the event of a community spread," he said.
Jul 18, 2020 22:10 (IST)
17 more COVID-19 deaths in Haryana, total cases cross 25,000-mark

Haryana has reported 17 more deaths due to COVID-19, the state's second highest death count in a day, even as another big spike of 750 fresh cases took the infection tally to 25,547, according to Health department's daily bulletin.

Hardest-hit Faridabad and Gurgaon districts, which fall in the National Capital Region, reported five and two deaths, respectively, the bulletin said.
Jul 18, 2020 21:50 (IST)
Delhi COVID-19 Recoveries Cross 1 Lakh, 1,475 New Cases In A Day

Delhi on Saturday reported a single-day coronavirus spike of 1,475 cases which took its aggregate to 1,21,582 cases. This is the eighth consecutive day that the national capital has recorded the daily COVID-19 increase within the range of 1,000-2,000 cases. The city's total recoveries stood at 1,01,274 with 1,973 people getting cured in the last 24 hours.
Jul 18, 2020 21:04 (IST)
Karnataka Asks Private Hospitals To Provide 50% Of Beds For COVID-19 Patients
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has directed private hospitals in the state to provide 50 per cent of beds for coronavirus patients as promised by them "with effect from tomorrow itself."
Jul 18, 2020 20:49 (IST)
Maharashtra coronavirus cases cross 3-lakh mark 

Maharashtra's COVID-19 case count crossed the 3-lakh mark today with addition of 8,348 cases. The state health department said 144 people died of coronavirus today.

The total case count in Maharashtra rose to 3,00,937 and the death count has reached 11,596.

In the last 24 hours, Mumbai added 1,186 new COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.
Jul 18, 2020 20:33 (IST)
Coronavirus reveals "fragility of our world": United Nations

Coronavirus has revealed the "fragile skeleton" of societies and could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

Speaking on the 102nd birthday anniversary of the late Nelson Mandela -- South Africa's first black president -- Mr Guterres said coronavirus was "shining a spotlight" on global injustice.

"We have been brought to our knees -- by a microscopic virus. The pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our world."
Jul 18, 2020 20:09 (IST)
Tamil Nadu records highest single-day spike with 4,807 new COVID-19 cases

Tamil Nadu has reported the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 infections with 4,807 new cases while over 3,000 people were discharged after recovery.

About 88 people died today taking the death count in the state to 2,403.

With the addition of the new COVID-19 cases, the infection count has gone up to 1,65,714.
Jul 18, 2020 19:49 (IST)
Scientists Identify 6 Distinct Symptom Clusters In COVID-19 Patients
Scientists have claimed that there are six distinct "types" of COVID-19, each distinguished by a particular cluster of symptoms in patients, findings, if validated, can help physicians better diagnose and monitor those infected with the novel coronavirus.
Jul 18, 2020 19:23 (IST)
Over 11,600 COVID-19 cases in Kerala

Kerala's COVID-19 case count has reached 11,659 with 593 fresh cases being reported today as the death count climbed to 39 with two new deaths today.

As many as 6,416 people are presently under treatment in various hospitals and 204 people have recovered from the disease in the state.
Jul 18, 2020 19:08 (IST)
Thiruvananthapuram divides coastal areas into three "critical containment zones"

Thiruvananthapuram District Collector has declared and divided coastal areas of the district into three "critical containment zones."

"The zones will be kept under complete lockdown from 12 midnight of July 18 to midnight of July 28," the order reads.
Jul 18, 2020 18:47 (IST)
Britain Pauses Updates On Daily Coronavirus Death Count Over Data Concern
Britain said on Saturday it was pausing its daily update of the death toll from the coronavirus after the government ordered a review into the calculation of the data over concerns the toll might have been exaggerated.
Jul 18, 2020 18:31 (IST)
Complete weekend lockdown begins in four districts of Uttarakhand

A complete weekend lockdown began in four districts of Uttarakhand with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat observing that the decision was taken in view of the recent surge in cases of COVID-19.

According to an order issued late on Friday night, the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar that have reported the highest number of coronavirus cases over the past few days will observe complete lockdown till Sunday in a bid to break the cycle and contain the spread of the infection.

Jul 18, 2020 18:09 (IST)
Increase rapid-antigen testing in state: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

People who have shown suspected symptoms of COVID-19 during house-to-house screenings should either undergo the rapid-antigen test or the RT-PCR test, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath said.

He also asked doctors to study the case history of patients who have recovered from COVID-19. "This will help in developing an effective method of treatment."
Jul 18, 2020 17:50 (IST)
Bengaluru hospitals asked to admit patients with moderate or severe symptoms only

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, hospitals have been directed to admit only patients with moderate or severe symptoms. Mild and asymptomatic cases are to be referred to COVID-19 care centres or encouraged to stay in home isolation, the government said.

Bengaluru has seen a major spike in cases this month, with total numbers crossing 25,000 late Friday evening. Both Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts have been locked down for a week starting July 14.
Jul 18, 2020 17:24 (IST)
Donald Trump Says He Won't Issue National Mask Mandate Even As US Coronavirus Cases Rise: Report
Americans debated mask mandates and the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday as state and local officials imposed conflicting orders and cases rose by more than 70,000 across the nation for the second day in a row."
Jul 18, 2020 17:05 (IST)
China rolls out mass testing in Xinjiang after new coronavirus cases

China launched mass health screenings in Xinjiang after a spike in coronavirus cases raised fears of a fresh outbreak in the far western province.

The new cases illustrate the continuing difficulty China faces in stamping out the contagion, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year before spreading around the world.

The new testing regime comes a day after authorities curtailed most flights into regional capital Urumqi and shut down local subway and public transport services.
Jul 18, 2020 16:50 (IST)
Ask Gujarat to increase coronavirus testing: Ahmedabad medical body to court

The Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) has moved the Gujarat High Court seeking a direction to the state government to increase the testing for coronavirus.

Labs that can conduct coronavirus tests should be set up in every district, it demanded.

The AMA has filed a civil application to be heard with a public interest litigation (PIL) about the handling of the coronavirus situation in the state, taken up by the court on its own.
Jul 18, 2020 16:24 (IST)
35 million more in Iran may face coronavirus infection: Iran President

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said that 35 million Iranians may contract the coronavirus, as the country still did not have herd immunity although a quarter of the popualtion may be infected.

It appears to be the first time a senior Iranian official has indicated the country is seeking to defeat COVID-19 via herd immunity.

Iran has been battling a resurgence of COVID-19, with figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May. Officially, the virus has so far killed close to 14,000 people and infected more than 269,400 in the country with a population of more than 80 million.
Jul 18, 2020 15:52 (IST)
Karnataka people dying of COVID-19 due to "unavailability of ventilators": Congress

Karnataka Congress Chief DK Shivakumar accused the Karnataka government of corruption in the purchase of ventilators.

"Tamil Nadu government buys a ventilator for Rs 4.78 lakh but Karnataka Government buys it for Rs 18.20 lakh. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, answer us on this corruption by your government," said Mr Shivakumar.

The Congress leader alleged that the people of Karnataka are "dying because of the unavailability of ventilators".
Jul 18, 2020 15:28 (IST)
Jul 18, 2020 15:00 (IST)
Mumbai's COVID-19 recovery rate better than national: Data

India's financial  capital, Mumbai, is witnessing a recovery rate of nearly 70 per cent, which is seven per cent more than the national average, official data has revealed.

A release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Friday said that there were 3,42,756 COVID 19 cases in the country (till Friday) and the number of of recovered patients was approximately 6.35 lakh, which was 63 per cent of the reported cases.

Mumbai''s recovery rate is nearly 15 per cent more than that of Maharashtra, which is 55.62 per cent, it said.
Jul 18, 2020 14:36 (IST)
COVID-19 took "gigantic form" in UP as govt didn't pay attention to testing: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the rapid rise in coronavirus cases, alleging that the disease has taken a "gigantic form" as the Yogi Adityanath governmentn did not pay attention to key containment measures such as testing and contact tracing.

The Congress general secretary has been criticising the state government''s response to the COVID-19 crisis, alleging that it is indulging in propaganda, instead of dealing with the pandemic.
"Despite almost three months of lockdown and all claims of the UP government, coronavirus cases have increased sharply in 25 districts of UP in July," she said in a tweet in Hindi.
Jul 18, 2020 14:00 (IST)
Jul 18, 2020 13:40 (IST)
Jul 18, 2020 12:49 (IST)
What Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said on COVID-19 crisis in Kerala


  • Today, there are 84 clusters in Kerala. Inside the clusters, local transmission is more than 50%, but outside the clusters it is below 10%. We should prevent cluster forming and community spread of infection.
  • We are trying to break the chain of transmission from one cluster to another. We are thoroughly locking the clusters. We need to give more attention to coastal areas.
Jul 18, 2020 12:46 (IST)
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Jul 18, 2020 11:35 (IST)
Jul 18, 2020 11:28 (IST)
Lockdown imposed in Andhra Pradesh's Narasaraopet due to rise in COVID-19 cases

A complete lockdown has been imposed in Narasaraopet town of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh from Friday.

"The decision was taken as the number of coronavirus cases are increasing in the town since the past ten days," Narasaraopet MLA Gopireddy Srinivas Reddy said.

The total lockdown might continue for seven to 10 days, he added. 
Jul 18, 2020 11:19 (IST)
Over 8,000 cases in Maharashtra in 24 hours

With the single-day spike of 8,308 new cases in Maharashtra, the tally of patients in the state went up to 2.9 lakh. 

This is the third time that the number of single-day cases breached the 8,000-mark in the state. 

Pune and Thane continue to register more cases with Pune inching towards the 50,000-mark. 

Pune is currently under lockdown while neighbouring cities of Mumbai- Thane , Kalyan Dombivali also continue to see a surge in cases 
Jul 18, 2020 10:43 (IST)
Jul 18, 2020 10:36 (IST)
COVID-19 testing in Bihar is the lowest in the country": Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav stepped up his attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the coronavirus crisis in the state. 

"COVID-19 testing in Bihar is the lowest in the country, RJD. The situation is bad. The state govt is also manipulating COVID19 numbers. Centre is sending a 3-member team to Bihar to review the situation as cases are rising," Mr Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Jul 18, 2020 09:41 (IST)
JUST IN: 34,884 coronavirus cases in India in 24 hours, 10.38 lakh total cases so far, 26,273 deaths
Jul 18, 2020 07:55 (IST)
After Pune, Now Odisha Businessman Gets Gold Mask From Mumbai Worth Over Rs 3 Lakh

With governments and health experts stressing on mandatory use of N-95 face masks amid continuous spike in coronavirus cases, a businessman in Odisha has got himself a mask made of gold."
Jul 18, 2020 07:24 (IST)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Who Has COVID-19, Moved From Home Isolation To Hospital

Aishwarya's father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and her husband Abhishek Bachchan are currently also being treated for COVID-19 in Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital."
Jul 18, 2020 07:23 (IST)
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