India's total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 3,15,72,344 with 44,230 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have crossed 3.07 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
The death count increased to 4,23,217 with 555 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Meanwhile, Karnataka and capital Bengaluru today recorded a steep spike in Covid cases.
The state reported 2,052 new cases today, 34 per cent more than Wednesday's tally of 1,531. The capital city clocked 505 cases, also 34 per cent more than Wednesday's count of 376.
According to the state bulletin, the number of active Covid cases in the state stands at 23,253. The state's positivity rate was 1.37 per cent on Thursday as 1,48,861 samples were tested.
President Joe Biden on Thursday stepped up actions to combat the spread of Covid-19's surging Delta variant, asking every US federal worker to either declare they are fully vaccinated or wear masks and be tested.
"We have the tools to prevent this new wave of Covid from shutting down our businesses, our schools, our society as we saw happen last year," the veteran Democrat said in a speech on his administration's new initiatives.
The White House said ahead of the address that all four million federal employees and on-site contractors "will be asked to attest to their vaccination status."
Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today announced that the Covid lockdown in the state will be extended by a week, till August 8, and no fresh relaxations will be provided.
Goa's coronavirus caseload rose to 1,71,052, after 152 persons tested positive for the infection on Friday. At least 134 patients were discharged from hospitals, while two died of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,66,813 and death count to 3,146. With this, the coastal state is left with 1,093 active cases.
Over 2.27 lakh pregnant women have received first dose of COVID vaccine. Tamil Nadu is leading by vaccinating over 78,838 pregnant women, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 34,228, Odisha with 29,821, MP with 21,842, Kerala with 18,423 & Karnataka with 16,673 pregnant women: GoI pic.twitter.com/PkoBjgfN27- ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2021
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Three people died from coronavirus in Haryana on Friday as 26 fresh cases surfaced, taking the state's infection count to 7,69,884. The disease has claimed 9,633 lives in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The total active cases in the state were 712. The total recoveries so far are 7,59,539, the bulletin said, adding that the recovery rate stands at 98.66 per cent.
Certain myths and misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, including the jabs causing infertility in men and women, have been promptly addressed by the Union government, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
Hundreds of thousands of people in China were in coronavirus lockdown Friday as the country battled its worst outbreak in months, while the United States intensified vaccination efforts in the face of a Delta variant-fuelled surge.
The cumulative COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh climbed to 19,64,117 as 2,068 were added
afresh in 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. A health department bulletin said 2,127 patients got
cured while 22 others succumbed in 24 hours. The recoveries now totalled 19,29,565 and deaths 13,354. The number of active cases stood at 21,198, the bulletin added.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus may cause more severe illness than all other known versions of the virus and spread as easily as chickenpox, US media reports quoting an internal document from the US health authority said.
No. of Covid cases has been increasing in the last 3 days. RT-PCR tests have increased. State recorded 1,859 fresh cases compared to 1,756 cases. Unfortunately, many people are not wearing face masks. Vigilance in TN-Kerala border is increased: TN Health Minister, Ma Subramanian pic.twitter.com/5J6J9yz2IS- ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2021
Odisha's COVID-19 tally surged to 9,75,690 on Friday as 1,558 more people tested positive for the infection, while 66 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 5,834. The state's daily test positivity rate (TPR) also registered a marginal dip to 2.05 per cent from 2.09 per cent on Thursday. As many as 904 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 654 infections were detected during contact tracing.
Puducherry logged 90 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours pushing the overall
tally to 1,20,815 on Friday. A 65-year old woman succumbed to the virus as the death count in the union territory rose to 1,793. The number of active cases stood at 979 with 189 patients in hospitals and the remaining 790 in home isolation.
We have alerted many districts, including Chennai, Kanyakumari, & Coimbatore, etc., where the cases are marginally higher. The CM will launch a week-long awareness drive tomorrow: J Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary on rising COVID cases in the state pic.twitter.com/KlBRqTRqAN- ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2021
Kerala reported over 22,000 coronavirus cases for third day in a row on Thursday, as a central team will rush there for effective COVID-19 management.
Mumbai and 24 other districts of Maharashtra which have reported COVID-19 positivity rates lower than the state's average are likely to get more relaxation from restrictions, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.
More than 48.03 crore (48,03,97,080) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 45,27,93,441 doses, as per data available at 8 am today: Union Health Ministry- ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2021
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Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 47,477 on Friday as 335 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death count to 225. The state now has 4,252 active cases, while 43,000 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including 383 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 90.57 per cent.
With over 85% of the districts recording less than a 5% test positivity rate, India is fighting #COVID19 with all its might!- MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) July 29, 2021
But the pandemic is NOT over yet, let's #Unite2FightCorona & take the #JanAndolan pledge today: https://t.co/gaCIhQQ7u3#IndiaFightsCoronapic.twitter.com/X5tQugw83W
The rise of the highly-contagious delta variant is challenging even the most aggressive Covid-19 containment regimes, an ominous sign as economies look to open up and return to pre-pandemic life."
The UK convened the meeting in response to what it called the "dire" coronavirus situation in Myanmar, which has "spiralled" since the military seized control in February.
Britain urged the Council to ensure resolution 2565, which demands ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the safe delivery of coronavirus vaccines, is respected in Myanmar, AFP reported.
Mumbai reported 340 new coronavirus cases and 13 fresh fatalities on Thursday, taking the tally of infections to 7,35,505 and the death count to 15,808, a civic official said.