Coronavirus Live Update: 44,643 Fresh Covid Cases In India, Active Cases Increase To 4.14 Lakh

Coronavirus live update: Daily test positivity rate - number of positive cases identified per 100 - stands at 2.72 per cent. Recovery rate is at 97.36 per cent.

Coronavirus Live Update: 44,643 Fresh Covid Cases In India, Active Cases Increase To 4.14 Lakh

Covid cases in India: Four southern states are reporting high number of daily cases. (File)

India reported 44,643 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, which was a four per cent increase in the number of cases from Thursday. The country also reported 464 virus-related deaths during the last 24 hours.

Daily test positivity rate - number of positive cases identified per 100 - stands at 2.72 per cent. Recovery rate is at 97.36 per cent.

Kerala, which remains a concern with most number of Covid cases in a day, reported 22,040 cases. It also reported 117 deaths.

Andhra Pradesh with 2,145 Covid cases, Tamil Nadu with 1,997, Karnataka with 1,785 are other southern states with high number of daily cases. Telangana reported 582 cases in a day.

Here are the LIVE updates on India coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

Aug 06, 2021 23:17 (IST)
Assam MLA Says 3 Vaccine Centres Charging Registration Fee, Probe Ordered
Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha today alleged in the Assam assembly that three COVID-19 vaccination centres in Karimganj district are illegally charging Rs 5 as registration fee for the jabs, prompting the government to announce an inquiry.
Aug 06, 2021 22:38 (IST)
Monthly Production Of Covishield, Covaxin Planned To Be Increased: Centre
The monthly vaccine production capacity of Covishield is planned to be increased from 11 crore doses to more than 12 crore doses per month and of Covaxin from 2.5 crore doses to around 5.8 crore, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
Aug 06, 2021 21:53 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Fraud By Covid Labs Led To Positivity Error During Kumbh, Says Probe Agency
The Enforcement Directorate today searched the homes and offices of the top executives of five diagnostics firms for alleged money laundering in connection with a fake COVID-19 testing scam during the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand.

The Enforcement Directorate started investigation after a case was filed by the Uttarakhand Police.

Read here.
Aug 06, 2021 21:52 (IST)
50% Americans Fully Vaccinated Against Covid: White House
Half of the US population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the White House said Friday, as inoculations rise in response to the surging Delta variant of the novel coronavirus.
Aug 06, 2021 21:06 (IST)

Aug 06, 2021 20:57 (IST)
Adar Poonawalla Meets Amit Shah, Says Covovax Vaccine May Launch By October
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday said he is hopeful that Covovax, another COVID-19 vaccine being manufactured by his company in India, will be launched in October for adults and for children by the first quarter of 2022.

He also thanked the government for all the support provided to Serum Institute and said the company is always trying to expand its Covishield production capacity to meet the demand.
Aug 06, 2021 20:33 (IST)
Japan COVID-19 Cases Hit 1 Million Amid Olympics, Infections Spread Beyond Tokyo
Japan reached the milestone of one million coronavirus cases on Friday, domestic media reported, as infections surged in Olympic host Tokyo to other urban areas and the country grapples with an unprecedented speed of spread of the Delta variant.
Aug 06, 2021 20:08 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 3 Covid Vaccine Centres Illegally Charging Registration Fee, Claims Assam MLA
Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha today alleged in the Assam assembly that three Covid vaccination centres in the state's Karimganj district are illegally charging Rs 5 as registration fee for the jabs, prompting the government to announce to conduct an enquiry, reported news agency PTI.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, in Assam Assembly, Ms Purkayastha tabled an official letter written by the additional chief medical and health officer of the district flagging the matter.

"The additional chief medical and health officer wrote in his letter that three vaccine centres are charging Rs 5 as registration fees. This is a huge irregularity as the vaccines are meant to be given free," he added.
Aug 06, 2021 19:37 (IST)
Karnataka To Reopen Schools For Classes 9 To 12 From August 23
Karnataka schools will reopen from August 23 for students of Classes 9 to 12. A decision will be taken by the end of the month on starting primary and secondary classes up to Class 8.
Aug 06, 2021 18:52 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Theaters Reopen In Puducherry At 50% Capacity
As Covid cases decline, theatres in Puducherry reopened today at 50 per cent capacity after a government's order, reported news agency ANI.

Theaters have been shut for the past six months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amid declining COVID-19 cases in Puducherry, the government decided to reopen the theatres for audiences.
Aug 06, 2021 18:27 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Andhra logs 2,209 Cases, 22 Related Deaths In 24 Hours
Andhra Pradesh's active case count of coronavirus infections went up further by 291 to 20,593 as the state reported 2,209 infections, while 1,896 patients got cured in the 24 hours ending 9 am today, reported news agency PTI. The state also reported 22 related deaths in a day, according to the latest bulletin.
Aug 06, 2021 18:13 (IST)
Coronavirus: Early Signs COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Stop Delta Transmission: UK Warns
There are early signs that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to transmit the Delta variant of the virus as easily as those who have not, scientists at Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday.
Aug 06, 2021 17:30 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 3.56 Crore Vaccines Procured By Private Hospitals Till August 2, Says Centre
A total of 3.56 crore Covid vaccines have been procured by private hospitals till August 2 and the doses once procured by them are not re-allocated to government vaccination centres, the Lok Sabha was informed today, reported news agency PTI.

Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, in a written reply, said the demand for Covid vaccines from private hospitals is aggregated on Co-WIN portal, and the Centre, through which, facilitates the sourcing of these vaccines by private hospitals in coordination with state governments and vaccine manufacturers.

"The private hospitals, accordingly, prepare and publish the schedule of vaccination on Co-WIN portal as per the availability of vaccines with them.

"As on August 2, 2021, a total of 3.56 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been procured by private hospitals. The COVID-19 vaccines once procured by private hospitals are not re-allocated to government vaccination centres," she said.

Aug 06, 2021 17:08 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Over 2.30 Crore Unutilised Vaccine Doses Available With States, Union Territories, Private Hospitals, Says Centre
Over 2.30 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with states, Union Territories (UTs) and private hospitals which are yet to be administered, the Health Ministry said today, reported news agency PTI.

More than 51.16 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and 20,49,220 jabs are in the pipeline, it said.

The total consumption, including wastage, is 49,19,73,961 doses according to data available at 8 am.
Aug 06, 2021 17:03 (IST)
Coronavirus News: India Reported 83 Cases Of Delta Plus Variant Till August 4, Says Centre
Eighty three cases of Delta plus variant of coronavirus have been reported in India till August 4 with Maharashtra registering 33 of these cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Tamil Nadu 10, the Lok Sabha was informed today, reported news agency PTI.

Responding to a question on whether private laboratories are permitted to do genome sequencing of coronavirus, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar in a written reply said inclusion of private labs in Indian INSACOG (SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium) is under consideration.

"Few labs have submitted their willingness to be part of INSACOG. Their inclusion will be decided based on capacity assessment with respect to their human resources and infrastructure," she said in her reply.
Aug 06, 2021 16:56 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Odisha Universities, Colleges To Reopen On August 16
Universities and colleges in Odisha, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen for physical classes from August 16, reported news agency PTI.

Classes will resume for first year postgraduate and pre-final year undergraduate students, the higher education department tweeted.

"Universities and Colleges (under Higher Education Dept) will open for physical classroom teaching (and for hostel accommodation) from 16.08.21 for PG First Year and UG Pre-Final Year students," the tweet said.
Aug 06, 2021 16:50 (IST)
Covid News: SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Remain Stable Or Increase 7 Months After Infection, Shows Study
The levels of IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 remain stable, or even increase, seven months after infection, according to a study of healthcare workers published in the journal Nature Communications today, reported news agency PTI.

The researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain also suggest that pre-existing antibodies against common cold coronaviruses could protect from COVID-19.
Aug 06, 2021 16:27 (IST)
Delhi Reports 44 New Coronavirus Cases, Five Deaths
The national capital recorded 44 fresh COVID-19 cases and five deaths due to the disease on Friday, while the positivity rate dipped to 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the health department.
Aug 06, 2021 15:32 (IST)
Aug 06, 2021 15:24 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Delhi reports 44 COVID-19 cases, five deaths; positivity rate 0.06%

The national capital recorded 44 fresh COVID-19 cases and five deaths due to the disease on Friday, while the positivity rate dipped to 0.06 per cent, according to data shared by the health department.

The coronavirus death count in the city now stands at 25,065, PTI reported.
Aug 06, 2021 15:23 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Russia records 22,660 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia registered 22,660 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 23,120 the day before, taking the overall tally to 6,402,564, the federal response center said on Friday.

"Over the past day, 22,660 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,881 cases (8.3%) without clinical symptoms," the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.36%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 2,583 daily infections, down from 3,227 the day before, ANI reported.
Aug 06, 2021 13:02 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Johnson & Johnson applies for EUA of its single-dose COVID vaccine in India

Global healthcare major Johnson & Johnson on Friday said it has applied for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in India.

Earlier on Monday, the company had said that it remained committed to bringing its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to India and looks forward to ongoing discussions with the Indian government, PTI reported.
Aug 06, 2021 12:09 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 51.16 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to States, says Centre

The Central government on Friday informed that more than 51.16 crore (51,16,46,830) vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far, through all sources, ANI reported.
Aug 06, 2021 10:34 (IST)
India coronavirus: Daily positivity rate stands at 2.72 per cent

Daily test positivity rate - number of positive cases identified per 100 - stands at 2.72 per cent. Recovery rate is at 97.36 per cent.
Aug 06, 2021 10:23 (IST)
Kerala, which remains a concern with most number of Covid cases in a day, reported 22,040 cases. It also reported 117 deaths.
Aug 06, 2021 09:57 (IST)
Coronavirus Vaccine: Moderna Says COVID-19 Shot 93% Effective 6 Months After Second Dose
Moderna Inc said on Thursday its COVID-19 shot was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial."
Aug 06, 2021 09:36 (IST)
Double Vaccinated? You're 3 Times Less Likely To Get COVID-19, Says Study

People who have received both doses of their coronavirus vaccine are three times less likely to get infected with COVID-19, a latest UK study has found.

The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) study, one of the UK's largest studies into COVID-19 infections in the country, reported on Wednesday that infections in England have increased four-fold from 0.15 per cent to 0.63 per cent since the last REACT-1 report, which covered the period from May 20 to June 7. (Read full story here)
Aug 06, 2021 09:27 (IST)
Aug 06, 2021 09:10 (IST)
Just In: India reports 44,643 new COVID cases in last 24 hours
Aug 06, 2021 08:45 (IST)
Sydneys Delta Outbreak Not Slowing Down Despite 6-Week Lockdown
Sydney's daily delta outbreak caseload has risen to another record, with 291 new infections detected and authorities warning the situation in Australia's largest city could worsen."
Aug 06, 2021 08:27 (IST)
India coronavirus updates: Tamil Nadu village achieves 100% vaccination against COVID-19

K Thalavaipuram village in Tamil Nadu has achieved 100 per cent vaccination against COVID-19.

Speaking to ANI yesterday, District Commissioner of Thoothukudi, Senthil Raj said, "K Thalavaipuram has become the first village in Thoothukudi district to achieve 100 per cent vaccination. Our strategy is to vaccinate all persons above 18 in at least one village in all 12 blocks, projecting them as model villages to motivate people."
Aug 06, 2021 08:21 (IST)
Aug 06, 2021 06:02 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Assam Reports 1,067 Fresh Cases, 17 More Deaths
Assam on Thursday reported 1,067 fresh COVID cases and 17 deaths, according to news agency ANI. With this, the active caseload in the state is 10,677, while the death count was reported to be 5,343. As per the health bulletin, 1,249 patients were discharged on Thursday, taking the cumulative recoveries in the state to 5,54,204.
Aug 06, 2021 05:50 (IST)