Coronavirus cases: In the last 24 hours, 475 COVID-19 patients died.
Coronavirus Live Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed eight lakh with 7,484 cases added in the last 24 hours. The cases went from seven lakh to eight lakh in three days and now stands at 8,01,286.
Eight states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana, account for around 90 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country and 80 per cent of the active cases have been reported from 49 districts, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was informed on Thursday.
India is the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.
Here are the updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases In India:
Coronavirus Cases In India Rise From 7 To 8 Lakh In Three Days
The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed eight lakh with 7,484 cases added in the last 24 hours. The cases went from seven lakh to eight lakh in three days and now stand at 8,01,286.
Maharashtra has the highest cases with 2,30,599, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,30,261 and Delhi with 1,07,051. Maharashtra is still grappling with a shortage of life saving drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab which have been effective in the treatment of COVID-19.
The state government says they are addressing the shortage and have been in touch with suppliers to boost supplies. India is the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil. Read
Coronavirus News: No Vacancy In Many Private Hospitals As COVID-19 Cases Rise In Bengal
Coronavirus numbers peaked in West Bengal today, but even as a fresh round of lockdowns kicked in, almost half the private hospitals in the state appeared to be running out of beds.
The health department reported 1,198 new COVID-19 cases in the state Friday evening, 374 of them in Kolkata. 26 people died in the last 24 hours in the state, raising the death count to 880.
At the same time, As much as 73 per cent of COVID-19 beds in government hospitals were vacant but in private hospitals, only 14 per cent beds were empty. In number terms, government hospitals have 10830 beds and, 7904 vacant. Private hospitals have 1,423 beds, 206 are vacant. Read
Bengal Reports 1,198 Coronavirus Cases, Its Highest Single-Day Spike
West Bengal registered a record single-day spike of 1,198 COVID-19 cases on Friday, even as the second day of the lockdown in the containment zones was by and large effective with people staying indoors and shops closed.
The total number of cases in the state stands at 27,109, while 26 more people died of the disease, raising the death count to 880, the health department said.
Vast swathes of West Bengal wore a deserted look on Friday as most people in the state's 463 containment zones preferred to stay indoors.
The containment zones, spread across 20 of the state's 23 districts, went into a total lockdown from 5 pm on Thursday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said the shutdown will be in force for seven days, after which the future course of action will be decided. Read
No COVID-19 Vaccine Possible Before 2021, Parliament Panel Told: Sources
A coronavirus vaccine will not be possible till at least next year, government officials told the parliamentary standing committee on science and technology on Friday, amid a global race by scientists and researchers to tackle the pandemic.
In a memo sent to researchers earlier this month, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had set an ambitious target for developing a vaccine by August 15, surprising experts and drawing indignation from the opposition that said the move was designed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government score political points.
The country's top clinical research agency later clarified that the letter was "meant to cut unnecessary red tape, without bypassing any necessary process, and speed up recruitment of participants." Read
All religious places will remain open during lockdown in UP
All religious places shall remain open during the lockdown in Uttar Pradesh from 10 pm today till 5 am on July 13, 2020, confirmed Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi on Friday.
"There is no prohibition on the opening of religious places during the lockdown in the State from 10 pm today till 5 am on July 13," he said.
"All the industrial factories in the rural and urban areas will remain open while following the rules of social distancing and other health measures. In all industries a COVID-19 help desk should mandatorily be set up," added Mr Awasthi.
Strict action will be taken against black marketeers of Remdesivir: Maharashtra minister
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Friday said that strict action will be taken against those involved in black marketing of Remdesivir and other medicine which are useful to treat COVID-19 patients.
While speaking to the reporters Mr Deshmukh said, "We have held a discussion with Food and Drug Administration Minister Dr Rajendra Shingne about curbing the black marketing of Remdesivir and other drugs needed to treat COVID-19 patients."
"Police and Food and Drug Administration will take strict action against those involved in black marketing of Remdesivir," added Mr Deshmukh.
Lockdown extended for a week in Thiruvananthapuram
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced the extension of lockdown Thiruvananthapuram for a week and said that triple lockdown will be imposed in containment zones.
"Lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram has been extended for a week. Triple lockdown will be imposed in containment zones," Mr Vijayan said during a press conference.
20,000 antigen tests to be held in Bengaluru from Saturday
Grappling with a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, Karnataka government on Friday said it would conduct 20,000 rapid antigen tests in Bengaluru from July 11.
The government said it hopes that the rapid antigen tests would help in increasing the number of tests and bring down the load on testing on labs, as antigen kits would allow faster diagnosis without laboratory examination.
"We have taken steps to conduct about 20,000 antigen tests from tomorrow (July 11) itself, one lakh antigen kits have come, we will get two lakh more antigen kits," state Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said.
Speaking to reporters, he said 20,000 tests would be held in Bengaluru alone and there was a plan to scale upto 50,000 in the city.
Home Secretary to brief parliamentary panel on COVID-19 management on July 15
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla will brief the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs on the coronavirus management on July 15.
Mr Bhalla will brief the parliamentary committee on the management of COVID-19 pandemic and coordination with state governments, phased unlocking, resumption of economic activities, inter-state movement of people and goods and goods and state of preparedness.
Short-term lockdowns not of any help in controlling COVID-19: AIIMS director
Short-term lockdowns will not be of any help in arresting the transmission of coronavirus, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said on Friday as cities like Pune in Maharashtra announced shutdowns of up to 10 days to stem the spread of the pandemic.
The AIIMS director noted that a lockdown has to be at least 14 days to stop the virus from spreading.
Speaking at an economics conference organised by SBI, Guleria said the trend of rising new infections will flatten or come down in the next few weeks in major cities while it will take longer for the overall new infections to come down.
The remarks come at a time when India is reporting over 23,000 new cases a day, but cities like Mumbai seem to have flattened out by adding lesser number of new cases than the peak.
GTB Hospital to soon start plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients
Delhi government-run GTB Hospital has set the ball rolling to start plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients after it recently got the nod from authorities to conduct the procedure at the facility, a senior official said on Friday.
GTB Hospital is a dedicated COVID-19 facility in east Delhi.
"We have procured one machine needed to do the therapy and installed it. Now, we just need to do a validation test and report to drug controller authorities. Within couple of days, things should be up and running," the official said.
This will be the third COVID-only facility to start plasma therapy, as prior to this LNJP Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital had been granted nod to conduct the therapy.
Record spike of 2,064 cases takes Thane count past 50,000-mark
The COVID-19 count in Thane district crossed the 50000-mark on Friday with the addition of
2,064 cases, the highest single-day spike here since the outbreak began, while the death toll went past the 1500-mark as 53 people died, an official said.
The case count of the district is 50,920 while the count stands at 1,507.
"The cases increased from 8,665 on June 1 to 34,646 on July 1 and now past the 50000-mark in 10 days time. This is a 588 per cent growth in cases since June 1 and 552 per cent growth in number of deaths," he said.
Doctors advised to use Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients strictly under laid-down protocol
Doctors in state hospitals are being advised to use antiviral Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients strictly as per protocol amid some reports of liver damage in such patients treated with the drug, official sources said.
While the health ministry is reviewing the guidelines on the usage of the drug following the adverse reports, states and union territories are also being asked to orient doctors on the protocols of Remdesivir use and not to prescribe it indiscriminately.
73 BSF personnel test positive for COVID-19
As many as 73 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel tested positive for COVID-19, and 14 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours, as per information provided by the BSF.
An official statement by the BSF informed that a total of 1,659 coronavirus cases have been reported so far amongst its personnel, including 927 recovered cases.
With the highest single-day spike of 26,506 COVID-19 cases and 475 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 7,93,802 on Friday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Bengal records 26 more deaths, highest one-day spike of 1,198 COVID-19 cases
West Bengal on Friday recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,198 COVID-19 cases, bringing the virus count to 27,109 while 26 more people died due to the disease, raising the death count to 880, the health department said.
Of the new fatalities, Kolkata registered 13, followed by six in North 24 Parganas, four in Howrah and one each in Hooghly, Malda and Purba Medinipur districts, it said in a bulletin.
Since Thursday, 522 people have recovered from the infection in the state.
Biggest single-day spike of 2,313 COVID-19 cases in Karnataka
Karnataka on Friday reported the biggest single-day spike of 2,313 new COVID-19 cases and
57 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 33,418 and death count to 543, the health department said.
The day also saw a record 1,003 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Out of 2,313 fresh cases reported, a whopping 1,447 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.
The previous biggest single-day spike was recorded on July 9 with 2,228 cases.
WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic
The World Health Organisation on Friday announced setting up of an independent panel of experts to review the handling of the Covid- 19 pandemic and the response by governments worldwide.
The announcement was made after strong criticism by US President Donald Trump who called the WHO a ''China-centric body'', according to Al Jazeera.
The former heads of states of New Zealand and Liberia Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have reportedly agreed to head the panel.
WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the magnitude of this pandemic had virtually touched everyone and deserved a commensurate evaluation.
The co-chairs will select the other panel members, he said.
The panel will then provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a "substantive report" next May.
"This is not a standard report that ticks a box and is then put on a shelf to gather dust. This is something we take seriously," Mr Tedros said.
Noida: 87 new COVID-19 cases push tally to 3,260, active 1,008
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Friday recorded 87 new COVID-19 cases which pushed its infection tally to 3,260, the highest in any district in the state so far, official data showed.
The number of active cases rose to 1,008, while 85 more patients got discharged after recovery, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.
A total 2,221 COVID-19 patients have recovered, while 31 deaths have been recorded in the district so far, the data showed.
The recovery rate rose to 68.12 per cent from 67.21 per cent on Thursday, 66.81 per cent on Wednesday and 60.81 per cent on Tuesday, according to the official statistics.
Coronavirus Cases In India Rise From 7 To 8 Lakh In Three Days: 10 Points
The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed eight lakh with 7,484 cases added in the last 24 hours. The cases went from seven lakh to eight lakh in three days and now stand at 8,01,286. Maharashtra has the highest cases with 2,30,599, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,30,261 and Delhi with 1,07,051. Maharashtra is still grappling with a shortage of life saving drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab which have been effective in the treatment of COVID-19. The state government says they are addressing the shortage and have been in touch with suppliers to boost supplies. India is the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.
JUST IN: Gujarat reports highest single-day spike of 875 coronavirus cases, taking tally to 40,155, while 14 patients die taking death count to 2,024: health department.
Kerala's COVID-19 tally nears 7000-mark
Kerala's COVID-19 tally is inching towards the 7000 mark, with 416 people testing positive on Friday in the highest single day spike of the infection so far, as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned that the situation was "becoming alarming".
The day also saw the highest number of cases through contact with infected people -- 204.
Of the infected, 123 people had come from abroad and 51 from other states, Mr Vijayan told reporters here after the daily COVID-19 evaluation meeting.
While the total number of infections touched 6,950, at least 3,099are presently under treatment and3,822 have recovered from the disease, including 112 who were discharged today, the Chief Minister said.
Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 case count reaches 1,143
Himachal Pradesh reported two new COVID-19 positive cases today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1,143, said State Health Department.
The total number of COVID-19 cases include 268 active cases, 851 recoveries and nine deaths, State Health Department added.
More than 8 lakh Coronavirus cases recorded in India
The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed eight lakh with 7,484 cases added in the last 24 hours.
The total COVID-19 cases is now 8,01,286.
Open places of worship, Mumbai Congress asks Maharashtra Chief Minister
The Mumbai Congress has asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to open places of worship so that people distressed by the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown can "share their heartfelt pain" with God.
Mumbai Congress vice president Amarjit Singh Manhas said such a move would help people passing through depression and hopelessness due to the outbreak and the deaths caused by it in the metropolis.
"I request you to open up places of worship with all the required precautions so that citizens can share their heartfelt pain to their creator
and seek help from the Almighty to come out of this depression and calamity," he said in a letter.
Bihar reports 352 new COVID-19 cases: Report
A total of 352 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Bihar, the State Health Department said.
With this, the state count of coronavirus cases has climbed to 14,330, including 9,792 recovered cases.
Mizoram lifts restrictions on entry of vehicles carrying non-essential items
The Mizoram Government lifted the restrictions on the entry of vehicles carrying non-essential commodities into the state, informed the Department of Information and Public Relations.
All categories of vehicles will now be permitted in the state. The mPASS registration on the mCOVID-19 application and submission of a self-declaration at the point of entry shall remain mandatory.
COVID-19 case count in Mumbai's Dharavi rises to 2,359: Report
The number of coronavirus positive patients in Mumbai's Dharavi, the biggest slum in the city, increased to 2,359 today with the addition of 12 cases, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.
The civic body has, however, stopped disclosing the number of COVID-19 deaths, if any, in the slum-dominated area since the past few days.
Dharavi currently has 166 active cases and 1,952 patients have been discharged from hospitals following recovery so far, the official said.
Central team to assess COVID-19 situation in Tamil Nadu meets Chief Minister
A team, deputed by the Central government to assess the COVID-19 situation in Tamil Nadu, met Chief Minister K Palaniswami today and discussed the strategy to contain the spread of the virus.
State Health Minister Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar and health secretary J Radhakrishnan briefed the team on the strategies adopted to contain the pandemic and the steps taken to ramp up the testing for COVID-19.
WHO team heads to China to find coronavirus origin
An epidemiologist and an animal health specialist from the World Health Organization
(WHO) are flying to China to try and identify the animal source of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The WHO said the advance team would be in Beijing for the weekend as they lay the ground for a wider mission aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species.
Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.
Uttar Pradesh to impose Rs 500 fine on people for not wearing masks
The Uttar Pradesh government has issued a notification raising the penalty for not wearing face masks in public, from Rs 100 to Rs 500.
"We had announced that penalty for not wearing face mask in public would be raised from Rs 100 to Rs 500. A notification has been issued to this effect today. From today onwards, the penalty will be levied on those not covering their mouths and nose," UP Principal Health Secretary, Amit Mohan Prasad, said.
He also said that seven new RT-PCR labs have been set up in the state, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday.
Lockdown In Maharshtra's Pune From July 13-23: Minister
Maharshtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said a full lockdown will be imposed in Pune and nearby Pimpri-Chinchwad in the state from July 13 till July 23.
Essential services will be allowed during the lockdown, he said.
COVID-19 recovery rate in India at 63%: Health Minister
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India currently stands at about 63 per cent and asserted that India has not reached the community transmission stage, despite being a large country.
The Union Health Minister made the statement during an online release of TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) White Paper.
"Recovery rate among COVID-19 patients stands at about 63 per cent. The mortality rate is just 2.72 per cent. We are not concerned about the number of cases. We are ramping up testing so that maximum cases can be detected and treated," he said.
Nagaland records 36 new COVID-19 cases, count reaches 732
Nagaland recorded 36 new COVID-19 cases, taking the count to 732, the state government said.
"Nagaland reports 36 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. 19 in Peren, 11 in Dimapur, 6 in Kohima," state health minster Pangnyu Phom said in a tweet.
US Sets One-Day Record With Over 60,500 Coronavirus Cases: Report
More than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicized.
The total represents a slight rise from Wednesday, when there were 60,000 new cases, and marks the largest one-day increase by any country since the pandemic emerged in China last year.
JustIn| Andhra Pradesh clocks single day highest of 1,608 cases, taking its COVID-19 tally to 25,422. Number of deaths reaches 292 with 15 fresh deaths: Government bulletin.
Delhi Manages To Control COVID Spike But Experts Cautious, Say Dip In Cases Has To Be Sustained
The national capital's COVID-19 count crossed the grim one lakh milestone this week but the number of active cases is dipping as is the positivity rate while the recovery rate is going up, raising hopes of the epidemic curve flattening if the trends continue.
As testing is significantly ramped up, the death rate, too, has fallen marginally and the projected explosion of cases hasn''t happened. The signs are undoubtedly good but these are just baby steps as Delhi moves ahead in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, cautioned experts.
"We can say the curve seems to be flattening, though this virus is novel and can spring a surprise," a senior doctor at the frontline of the fight in a private hospital said on the condition of anonymity.
JustIn| Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said he will work from home as a precautionary measure after some of the staff in his office- um-residence tested positive for coronavirus.
Rs 500 Fine For Violating COVID-19 Protocols: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the state government has decided to impose
fine of Rs 500 on people who violate the COVID-19 safety protocols which include social distancing, wearing of mask, not spitting in public places.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state is 142. Of these 95 are active as 45 people have recovered from the disease and two have died.
"For first time violators, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed and this will be increased to Rs 1,000 for repeated offence. We need to ensure people take the protocols seriously. These are simple rules which will help you to protect your family," he said on Thursday.
Coronavirus Poses Cultural Threat To Brazil's Amazon People
In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the advance of COVID-19 presents indigenous people with a cruel cultural dilemma -- remain in their villages with little medical help, or seek safety in the city and risk being deprived of their ancestral funeral rites.
Lucita Sanoma lost her two-month-old baby to suspected coronavirus on May 25. The boy was buried, without her knowledge, 300 kilometers (185 miles) from her village.
The infant died in hospital in Boa Vista, capital of the northwestern state of Roraima.
The burial followed government health guidelines that run counter to Yanomami culture, which dictates that the deceased must be cremated.
Hong Kong To Shut All Schools After Virus Cases Spike: Official
Hong Kong will close all schools after the territory reported a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus infections, the city's education minister said Friday.
The government has ordered all schools to close from Monday, bringing forward the start of the summer holidays, Kevin Yeung said, after the city recorded 34 locally transmitted cases on Thursday.
23 People Test Positive For COVID-19 In Mizoram
As many as 23 people, including 15 Assam Rifles jawans and seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state's tally to 226, officials said on Friday.
A statement issued by the state Information and Public Relations department said the new patients, including a 26-year-old woman, were confirmed COVID-19 positive at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Thursday night.
Mizoram has so far reported 226 COVID-19 cases, of which 83 are active cases while 143 people have recovered.
Eatery Dishes Out ''Mask'' Parottas To Raise Awareness On COVID-19
The ubiquitous parotta may have assumed different avatars to satiate many taste buds, but the mask variant of the sumptuous bite from a Madurai ''master'' has caught the eye as it is in tune with the modern pandemic times.
Kothu parotta, kaima parotta, veechu parotta, chilly parotta and now it is ''mask'' parotta, designed after the basic precautionary face cover, that is the talk of the town.
A city-based parotta master, as the chef is called, is attempting his small yet significant role to create awareness about wearing mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is dishing out mask shaped parottas to drive home the message.
JustIn| Over 26,000 coronavirus cases in India in 24 hours for first time, 7.93 lakh total cases so far, 21,604 deaths
Karnataka Chief Minister Bs Yediyurappa Inspects Facilities At BIEC COVID-19 Care Centre
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday visited the COVID Care Centre established in Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) and inspected the facilities there.
"The State Government is making all efforts to contain the rapid surge of cases of COVID-19 in Bengaluru. I have visited the COVID Care Centre established at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre and inspected the facilities. The COVID Care Centre will have a capacity of 10,100 beds and has all necessary facilities," he said while interacting with media persons.
"For every 100 patients, one doctor, two nurses, one support staff, one housekeeping staff and two BBMP Marshals will be deployed. 2,200 staff including doctors, nurses, support staff, housekeeping staff, BBMP marshals and police will be deputed. The patients will be provided with good quality food. Recreation facilities such as TV, Carrom Boards, chess boards etc are also being provided," he added.
Coronavirus: Another COVID-19 Death In Jharkhand, 76 Fresh Cases Detected
One more person died due to COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Thursday, taking the number of deaths to the disease to 23 in the state, a government bulletin said.
The patient died in Ranchi, it said.
Seventy-six more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the day, raising the state's tally to 3,268, the bulletin said.
It said the state now has 1,035 active COVID-19 cases, while 2,210 patients, including 40 on Thursday, recovered from the disease.
Out of the total COVID-19 cases, 2,169 are migrants.
Coronavirus News: Lockdown In UP From Friday Night Till Monday Morning Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus cases across Uttar Pradesh spiraling, lockdown will be imposed across the state for three days, starting at 10 pm on Friday, during which only essential services will be allowed, the state government said. The rest, government and private offices, shops for non-essential items, malls and restaurants, will be shut. Buses and other public transport will be off the roads. The lockdown will be lifted at 5 am on Monday.
The government, though, will allow incoming trains and the passengers will be able to use special buses to get home.
The other exception will be factories in rural areas, which will be allowed to operate. Work on roads -- highways and expressways -- will also be on.
This is the first time the state government is going for a blanket lockdown since the Centre started lifting the restrictions in May. Earlier, the state had enforced extra restrictions in pockets and containment areas, and sealed borders with Delhi at Ghaziabad and Noida. Read