COVID-19 Cases: India has recorded over two lakh cases in 10 days. (Representational)
Coronavirus Highlights: India registered more than 28,000 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, taking its tally to over 8.78 lakh infections, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. The jump in the new patients in the last 24 hours - 28,701 cases - is the country's biggest single-day surge since the beginning of the pandemic.
The country has recorded over two lakh cases in 10 days.
About 5.5 lakh patients have recovered so far and 23,174 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness have been registered. In the last 24 hours, 500 deaths from various parts of the country were reported.
The total number of confirmed cases include foreigners. This was the fourth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases in the country have increased by more than 26,000.
Here are the highlights on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases In India:
COVID-19 deaths in West Bengal reach 956; 1,435 fresh cases reported
Twenty-four more people died due to COVID-19 in West Bengal, taking the total number of such fatalities in the state to 956, the health department said on Monday.
According to the department, 1,435 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from different districts of the state in the last 24 hours, pushing the infection tally to 31,448. The number of active cases currently stands at 11,279.
Since Sunday, 10,359 samples have been tested for the virus, while 632 people were discharged from hospitals following their recovery.
Ten of the latest fatalities were reported from Kolkata, eight from North 24 Parganas, two each from Howrah and Hooghly and one each from South 24 Parganas and Paschim Medinipore districts.
Kolkata, with 418 fresh cases, continued to witness the highest number of infections in a day, followed by North 24 Parganas and Howrah recording 363 and 168 new cases, respectively.
Kerala maintains good performance to contain COVID-19 spread: CM
Kerala has maintained good performance to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.
In a daily briefing, the Chief Minister gave the details about four indicators where the state has performed well, that is, in mortality rate, disease spread, testing and recovery.
"Kerala presently has a case fatality rate (deaths per 100 positive cases) of 0.39 per cent as compared to the national average of 2.67 per cent, whereas the world average stands at 4.38 per cent. The neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have much higher case fatality rates. The number of deaths per million in Kerala is 0.9 as against the national figure of 17," the Chief Minister said.
1,550 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths reported in Telangana
A total of 1,550 COVID-19 cases and nine deaths were reported in Telangana on Monday, said the state''s health department.
The state's total COVID-19 cases now stand at 36,221, including 12,178 active cases and 23,679 recoveries. The deadly virus has so far claimed 365 lives in the State.
A total of 1,81,849 samples were tested in the State including 11,525 on Monday, said the state''s health department.
Odisha's COVID-19 recovery rate at 64-65 pc: Chief Secy Asit Tripathy
The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in Odisha is around 64-65 per cent while the fatality rate is at 0.48 per cent, which is among the lowest in the country, said state Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Monday.
"At present, the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in Odisha is around 64-65 per cent and the fatality rate is among the lowest in the country at 0.48 per cent," said Tripathy.
"Odisha has a robust COVID-19 management system and many layers of monitoring systems in the state, but as the pandemic situation is evolving, we need time to time policy according to the situation and strengthen our resources," he added.
Rail Bhawan shut for 2 days for sanitisation after some officials test COVID-19 positive
The Rail Bhawan, headquarters of the Indian Railways will remain shut for two days from July 14 to carry out intensive sanitisation after some officials were found COVID-19 positive in the premises, according to an order issued on Monday.
In a circular, the Railway Board said, "Some Officials of Railway Board have tested COVID-positive during the Special Rapid Antigen Testing Camp organized at Rail Bhawan on July 9, 10 and July 13. Accordingly, it has been decided to close all Offices at Rail Bhawan on July 14 and 15 to carry out intensive sanitization of rooms and common areas."
During this period, all officers, staff would work from home and are to be available at all times on the phone and other electronic means of communication, the board said.
COVID-19: Four more patients, including senior GMCH doctor, die in Assam
Four more COVID-19 patients, including a senior doctor of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), died and 1,001 new cases were reported on Monday, taking Assam''s infection tally to 17,807, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The death toll of novel coronavirus patients in the state has risen to 45 but the Death Audit Board is yet to ascertain whether five of these had the "underlying cause of death" as COVID-19.
The state has reported 1,001 new cases and out of these, 513 are from Guwahati, Mr Sarma said.
First cured patient discharged from Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital
The first cured patient was discharged on Monday from Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre, Radha Soami Beas, Chhatarpur here, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said.
A total of 147 positive patients have been admitted to the centre till date.
As per the tweet by ITBP''s official handle, "The first COVID-19 patient discharged today from Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital, Radha Soami Beas, Chhatarpur, New Delhi. Anand Swaroop, IG with a team of ITBP officials presented a rose to the cured."
The tweet was accompanied by a video which showed the cured patient was present with a rose and a goody bag while exiting the facility.
COVID-19: Odisha approves daily diet allowance for doctors, paramedics
The Odisha government on Monday approved daily diet allowance of Rs 240 for doctors and paramedics engaged in government-run COVID-19 hospitals, COVID Health Centres and Covid Care Centres.
Collector and controlling authorities have been directed to ensure the implementation of the diet allowance, which will be met out of Cheif Minister Relief Fund (CMRF).
"After careful consideration have decided to allow daily diet allowance for the doctors and paramedical staffs engaged in the government-run Covid Care Centres, Covid Health Centres and Covid Hospitals at Rs 240 per doctor and paramedical staff per day. The above diet cost will be met out of CMRF," the health department said in a letter.
"The daily diet allowance for doctors and paramedical staffs shall be implemented immediately with prospective effect. The controlling Authorities will ensure to provide quality diet to the doctors and paramedical staffs engaged in the above three institutions," it further read.
90 new cases push Noida''s COVID-19 tally to 3,495
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar district on Monday recorded 90 new patients of COVID-19 which pushed its tally of cases to 3,495, the highest for any district in the state so far, official data showed.
The number of active cases, however, came down to 872 from 893 on Sunday as 106 more patients got discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for a 24-hour period.
So far, 2,590 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the district, which has recorded 33 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, the data showed.
Bus services to remain suspended in Tamil Nadu till July 31
With the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Government on Monday decided to extend the suspension of bus services till July 31. The state government had earlier suspended the bus services till July 15.
The state reported 4,244 new cases in the last 24 hours while 3,617 patients have recovered and 68 persons lost their lives due to the virus.
The state count of cases stands at 1,38,470 of which 89,532 patients have recovered. The death toll due to the pandemic has increased to 1,966.
Andhra govt postpones all Common Entrance Tests in view of COVID-19
Andhra Pradesh Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh on Monday announced that all the Common Entrance Tests (CETs) exams have been postponed till the third week of September in view of the COVID-19 situation in the state.
"Today morning Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy reviewed the status of CETs exams. In view of the safety of the students, the chief minister has decided to postpone the conduct of CETs to the third week of September," Audimulapu Suresh told ANI.
"Degree 1st and 2nd year and PG 1st-year examinations are being deferred. Exams will be conducted after COVID-19 situation will come to normalcy. As of now, we are trying to start schools in August. We will take appropriate decision in the real-time," he added.
Another Bihar minister tests COVID positive; 1116 new cases
Another minister tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Bihar, where the tally rose to 17,421 on Monday with 1,116 new cases, the Health Department said.
The state also reported nine COVID-19 fatalities in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 134, the department said.
The minister tested positive for COVID-19, the second member of the cabinet to have contracted the disease. He is in home quarantine.
His close aides said the minister did not suffer from any symptoms but had got himself tested as a precautionary measure after he recently toured his assembly segment.
The minister's wife has tested negative, though one of the domestic helps at his residence had been found positive.
COVID-19: Pune record rise of 1,333 cases; 23 more die
Pune district reported 1,333 newcoronavirus cases - highest single-day spike - taking the tally close to the 40,000-mark on Monday, while 23 more patients succumbed to the infection, a health department official said.
With 1,333 new coronavirus cases recorded in the last 24 hours, the count in the western Maharashtra district rose to 39,835, the official said.
The death toll reached 1,098 with 23 more patients died due to the novel coronavirus, he said.
Also, 614 patients were discharged from hospitals, the official said.
Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 count crosses 18,000 with record 575 new additions
Madhya Pradesh on Monday recorded the highest single-day spike of 575 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection count to 18,207, an official said.
The death count rose by 10 during the day, comprising four in Indore, two in Gwalior and one each in Bhopal, Jabalpur, Jhabua and Shajapur, to reach 663, he added.
A total of 332 people were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 4,336 active cases, the official said.
902 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat
A total of 902 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths were reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours.
The State Health Department said that the total count of cases in the state is now at 42,808, including 29,806 cured/discharged patients and 2,057 deaths
9 deaths, 1,550 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana
COVID-19 cases continued to surge in Telangana on Monday, with 1,550 new cases and nine
deaths being reported, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 36,221 and deaths to 365.
Out of the 1,550 fresh cases, 926 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) followed by Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts with 212 and 53 cases
A state government bulletin said 23,679 people have been discharged so far, while 12,178 were under treatment.
A total of 11,525 samples were tested on Monday, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus news: Mumbai logs COVID-19 recovery rate of 70%
In a good news for Mumbaikars amidst COVID-19 gloom, the case recovery rate in the city has risen to 70 per cent now from the 50 per cent recorded on June 22, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Monday.
In another positive indicator, the doubling rate of coronavirus cases improved to 51 days in the last seven days while the average growth rate of cases has fallen to 1.36 per cent from 1.68 per cent of July 1, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Delhi records 1,246 fresh coronavirus cases
Delhi has recorded 1,246 fresh coronavirus cases, taking tally to 1,13,740. The death count now stands at 3,411, PTI reported.
Coronavirus update: 186 new COVID-19 cases take tally to 8,650 in Aurangabad
With 186 new COVID-19 cases being recorded on Monday, the overall count in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra rose to 8,650, an official said.
The death count so far stood at 354, he said.
Of the 186 cases, 168 detections were reported from Aurangabad city and the rest 18 from rural areas, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Dharavi adds 6 new patients; active cases below 100
Six new cases of coronavirus were reported from Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi, taking the tally to 2,381 on Monday, the city civic body said.
A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the half-a-dozen fresh infections took the tally to 2,381, but Dharavi has only 96 active COVID-19 cases.
As many as 2,039 patients have already recovered and discharged from COVID-19 facilities, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Andhra Pradesh reports 37 COVID-19 deaths, nearly 2,000 cases
A record 37 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, the highest single-day tally so far, taking the toll to 365 as the overall infection count jumped up to 31,103 with the addition of a new record high of 1,935 positive cases.
A total of 19,247 samples were tested and about 10 per cent of them turned positive for coronavirus, a government bulletin said, giving details for the last 24 hours ended at 10 AM, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Ramp up virus testing capacity, Says Yogi Adityanath to officials
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday asked officials to ramp up coronavirus testing capacity to 50,000 tests a day amid a spike in the number of infections in the state.
At a meeting with senior officials, the Chief Minister said the scope of RT-PRC tests should be increased to 30,000 tests per day while that of rapid antigen to 18,000 to 20,000 a day, an official release said.
He also asked for increasing the sample collection in Varanasi, Ballia, Ghaziabad and Jhansi districts, the release said.
The chief minister directed that a special cleanliness campaign should be carried out on weekends.
Yogi Adityanath also asked for the door-to-door screening and medical testing of suspected cases, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Iran says virus death count tops 13,000
Iran reported on Monday more than 200 new coronavirus fatalities that took the overall count in the Middle East's deadliest outbreak beyond 13,000.
"Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours, we have lost 203 of our compatriots due to the COVID-19 disease," said health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.
"Based on this figure, the total number of victims has reached 13,032," she told a televised news conference.
Lari said another 2,349 people had tested positive for the virus, raising the overall figure in the country's outbreak to 259,652, AFP reported.
Coronavirus news: Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge
Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases.
The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but army chief Shavendra Silva said nearly half the 1,100 residents and staff at a drug rehab facility near the capital had tested positive in the past week, and some visitors may also have been infected.
At least 16 cases had emerged in villages elsewhere across the nation, officials said, most in the central-northern region, AFP reported.
Coronavirus news: Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths
Latin America surged past the United States and Canada on Monday to become the second-worst affected region in the world for coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally.
With 144,758 deaths officially declared by 0800 GMT, the region surpassed US and Canada's total of 144,023 and is now behind only Europe with 202,505 deaths. Brazil accounts for almost half of Latin America's recorded fatalities, AFP reported.
Coronavirus news: Fresh lockdown for 250,000 in Manila as virus surges
About 250,000 people in Manila will go back into lockdown, an official said Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections in the Philippines surges.
Residents in Navotas, one of 16 cities that make up the sprawling capital of 12 million people, will have to stay home for a fortnight, just six weeks after emerging from one of the world's longest lockdowns.
"I am not sure if this is a solution, but I am certain that if I do this the number of cases will not increase," Navotas city mayor Toby Tiangco told a radio station.
Navotas, one of the poorest areas of Manila and home to its main fishing port, has 931 confirmed cases and 59 deaths, according to local government figures.
But the number of new infections has spiked in the past two weeks, AFP reported.
Coronavirus news: Philippines reports 65 new coronavirus deaths, 836 more infections
The Philippines' health ministry on Monday reported 65 more novel coronavirus deaths and 836 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have reached 1,599, while confirmed infections rose to 57,006, more than triple when President Rodrigo Duterte eased the quarantine measures in the capital in June to revive the economy. Earlier on Monday, in an announcement delayed from Sunday, the country posted its biggest daily rise in deaths due to the virus at 162, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus news: German blood donor study shows low immunity against COVID-19
First results of a study on antibodies against COVID-19 among blood donors has shown a low immunity and suggests most Germans have not had contact with the virus, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler said on Monday. Of around 12,000 blood samples tested, antibodies were found in only 1.3 percent, Lothar Wieler told a news conference, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus news: US bases on Okinawa locked down over virus spike
Two US Marine bases in Japan's Okinawa have been put into lockdown after dozens of coronavirus infections, with local officials criticising the American military's containment efforts.
Additional restrictions are also in place at the seven other Marine bases in the region after the spike in cases, a spokesman confirmed.
There are tens of thousands of US servicemen stationed on the southern Japanese island, which has recorded roughly 150 civilian COVID-19 infections, AFP reported.
Coronavirus update: Indonesia reports 1,282 new coronavirus cases, 50 deaths
Indonesia reported 1,282 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total count to 76,981, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a televised news briefing. Deaths from the COVID-19 rose by 50 on Monday, he said, bringing the total in the Southeast Asian nation to 3,656, the highest in East Asia outside China, Reuters reported.
Over 1.1 crore samples tested for COVID-19 till July 12: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that a total of 2,19,103 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
With this, the total number of tests in India have reached 1,18,06,265. Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for COVID-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories.
As of now, a total of 688 laboratories across India has been given the approval to conduct tests for coronavirus including 480 government laboratories and 208 private laboratories'' chains.
28,701 Fresh Coronavirus Cases In 24 Hours In India, 8.78 Lakh Total Cases
India registered more than 28,000 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, taking its tally to over 8.78 lakh infections, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. The jump in the new patients in the last 24 hours - 28,701 cases - is the country's biggest single-day surge since the beginning of the pandemic.
The country has recorded over two lakh cases in 10 days.
About 5.5 lakh patients have recovered so far and 23,174 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness have been registered. In the last 24 hours, 500 deaths from various parts of the country were reported. (Read full story here
Maharashtra BJP Chief Alleges Corruption In COVID-19 Fight In State
Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has alleged that massive corruption has taken place in the state during the COVID-19 management, reported news agency PTI. Mr Patil said that his party would raise the issue once the pandemic ends.
The BJP leader also claimed that the COVID-19 situation in Dharavi slum came under control due to the efforts of the RSS workers.
"If some good work has been done in Dharavi, it is commendable. But the question is whether the turnaround in Dharavi happened due to efforts of the state government or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers, who risked their lives and conducted house-to-house screening of people," he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Coronavirus Pandemic: 879 COVID cases, 13 deaths reported in Gujarat
A total of 879 COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths were reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours.
According to the state's health department, Gujarat now has a total of 41,906 positive cases, including 10,661 active cases and 2,047 deaths.
Indore observes lockdown on Sunday as cases surge to 5,352
Streets remained deserted as the Sunday lockdown was observed in Indore as per the district administration orders following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
"This was like the first phase of lockdown when everything except essential services was prohibited," Harinarayan Chari Mishra, DIG Indore told ANI.
In view of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the district administration issued an order for complete lockdown in the entire district for 24 hours on Sundays. However, essential services will continue.
WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 230,000
The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.
The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 228,102 on July 10.
TPCC working president requests Union Health Minister to visit, review COVID-19 situation Telangana
Former MP Karimnagar and TPCC working President Ponnam Prabhakar has written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan requesting him to visit Hyderabad to review the COVID-19 cases.
In his letter to Union Health Minister, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) working president Ponnam Prabhakar on Sunday alleged that the State government had failed to curtail the spread of the deadly virus and provide central assistance accordingly.
"Telangana state government had failed to curtail the spread of the deadly virus because of its inefficiency and lethargy. The State government had failed to curb the spread of the virus which had affected the frontline warriors'' medical fraternity, police personnel, media personnel and others. The medical personnel treating the patients at Gandhi hospital were denied PPE kits also." he wrote in the letter.
Early detection of COVID-19 cases has resulted in low fatality rate of 2.66%: Harsh Vardhan
Early detection of COVID-19 cases through widespread testing, surveillance and clinical management has resulted in India having one of the lowest fatality rate at 2.66 per cent, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.
The minister, who visited the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre (SPCCC) at Chhattarpur to review its COVID-19 management status, also said that "our success" can be seen in the recovery rate which is almost 63 per cent at present.
The 10,200-bed SPCC has been developed at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas as part of coordinated efforts of the Centre and the Delhi government to bolster containment measures, the health ministry said in a statement.