India today reported 38,792 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, data from health ministry showed, with daily deaths rising by 624.
7,243 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra, which has the highest number of cases in the country. The fresh cases pushed the tally of infections to over 61.72 lakh and 196 deaths took the death count to 1,26,220. After Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have the highest number of infections.
Meanwhile, the United States on Tuesday said that it is ready to ship its COVID-19 vaccines expeditiously when it has the green light from the Indian government which has told the Americans that it needs further time to review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations.
"We are ready to ship those vaccines expeditiously when we have a green light from the Government of India," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference.
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Sub-lineages of Delta variant -- AY.1, which is commonly known as the Delta Plus, and AY.2 -- are unlikely to be more transmissible than the parent, said INSACOG, a consortium of government panel involved in genome sequencing of coronavirus.
These two sub-lineages are also below 1 per cent in the genome samples sequenced in the country in June, it said in a recent bulletin.
INSACOG also said AY.3 has been identified as a new Delta sub-lineage and it is defined by ORF1a: I3731V common AY.1 mutations except for S: K417.
This is primarily seen in the US with single reclassified cases in the UK and India. However, there is "no known significant property" of this mutation. But since it is a Delta variant of concern (VOC) sub-lineage, INSACOG will continue to monitor it, the bulletin stated.
The Mumbai civic body has organised a special drive to vaccinate pregnant women against COVID-19. Starting tomorrow they will be offered a Covid vaccine at one of 35 centres across the city, at which staff have been given special training for this purpose.
Making vaccines available for pregnant women is an issue that has been flagged by activists and members of the public, as well Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, who came on NDTV in May to ask: "Why should women be kept out of the ambit of vaccination because of a biological process?"
The European Union's medicines watchdog said Wednesday two jabs by approved vaccine makers were "vital" to provide maximum protection against the highly-infectious coronavirus Delta variant, urging countries to speed up their inoculation drives.
More than 90 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people in Delhi till date, according to official figures shared by authorities on Wednesday. Read more
Maharashtra reported 8,602 new coronavirus positive cases and 170 deaths on Wednesday, taking the caseload to 61,81,247 and the death count to 1,26,390. A total of 6,067 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, while the number of recoveries rose to 59,44,801. Maharashtra's recovery rate is 96.17 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent.
Mumbai, which had witnessed less than 500 coronavirus cases for last two consecutive days, on Wednesday reported 635 infections, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Read more
Tamil Nadu reports 2,458 new #COVID19 cases, 3,021 recoveries and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours.- ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2021
Total cases 25,26,401
Total recoveries 24,62,244
Death toll 33,557
Active cases 30,600 pic.twitter.com/t51YJH6wsj
The slow pace of procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccine by private centres in some states is a cause of "serious worry", the Centre said on Wednesday and advised states and UTs to review the status daily.
Russia's Sputnik V manufacturer says vaccine to be produced at Serum Institute of India from September, "intend to produce over 300 million doses in India per year".
The developers of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have repeatedly failed to provide data that regulators deem to be standard requirements of the drug approval process, according to five people with knowledge of European efforts to assess the drug, providing new insight into the country's struggle to win foreign acceptance of its product, reported news agency Reuters. Read more
The Mumbai civic body has organised a special drive to vaccinate pregnant women against COVID-19. Starting tomorrow they will be offered a Covid vaccine at one of 35 centres across the city, at which staff have been given special training for this.
#COVID19 restrictions in WB extended up to 30th July 2021.- ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2021
Metro rail to operate 5 days a week with 50% seating capacity, suspended on Saturday-Sunday. Not more than 50 people at weddings & 20 at funerals allowed. All shops & markets may remain open as per usual operational hrs pic.twitter.com/fePtLAHbWy
A British couple, Steve and Glenda Hardy, were stopped from boarding a flight to Malta on Friday and were turned away from the airport in UK because they had unknowingly received Covishield, which is not approved by the EU medical body.
The predictions about a third wave of Covid should be taken very seriously, the health ministry said today, pointing to news reports of people flocking to hill stations flagrantly flouting the safety norms. This is the third warning on the subject from the Centre. Read more
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said the national capital has gained control over the second wave of the coronavirus and stressed that the government is ramping up its infrastructure to fight the pandemic. Read more
A woman medico, who was India's first COVID-19 patient, has tested positive again for the virus, health authorities said in Karala's Thrissur today.
Amid concern over an increase in the 'R' factor, or reproduction rate, of the coronavirus in some states and UTs, the Home Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory urging governments to ensure members of the public follow Covid protocols.
Indonesia surpassed India's daily Covid-19 case numbers, marking a new Asian virus epicenter as the spread of the highly-contagious delta variant drives up infections in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
Facial recognition tech linked to personal health codes has been rolled out in a Chinese city bordering Myanmar as authorities seek to squash a coronavirus outbreak.
The predictions about a third wave of Covid should be taken very seriously, the health ministry said today, pointing to news reports of people flocking to hill stations flagrantly flouting the safety norms. This is the third warning on the subject from the Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pointed out this issue earlier - the second instance was at a meeting today.
"People are taking predictions about the third wave like weather prediction reports, very casually. The third wave predictions have to be taken very seriously," said a senior official of the health minister during this evening's official briefing.