India added 35,342 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and added 483 deaths. The recovery rate is at 97.36 per cent. The country has reported over 3.12 crore cases and over 4.19 lakh fatalities so far, the health ministry said.
India's test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continued to show a decline. For the 32 straight days Thursday, it remained below the 5 per cent-mark at 2.12 per cent.
Over 54 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The total number of doses administered in the country has exceeded 42.34 crores so far, the health ministry said.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
The United Nations Friday called on all member states, including China, to fully cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO) amid Beijing's rejection of a further probe into the origins of the Covid-19.
Delhi vaccinated 48,616 people against the novel coronavirus infection the previous day, of which 22,237 beneficiaries received their first doses, the city government''s vaccination bulletin said on Friday.
The total number of vaccine doses administered in Delhi stands at 95,67,506, including 72,52,529 first doses and 23,14,977 second doses, it noted.
The national capital, as on Friday morning, had a balance stock of 2,74,150 coronavirus vaccines, out of which, 2,34,730 doses were of Covishield and 39,420 of Covaxin, according to the data shared by the government.
The doses will go out of stock in less than a day, the bulletin stated.
On account of limited supply of Covid vaccine, the Delhi government had on Thursday issued an order reserving Covishield shots only for beneficiaries whose second dose is due, across all its vaccination centres till July 31.
Notably, the government has also put a "20 per cent cap" on Covaxin due to its limited stock and irregular delivery cycles.
Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally mounted to 10,00,881 on Friday as 118 people tested positive for the infection, while one death took the count to 13,508, a health official said.
The recovery count reached 9,84,327 after 99 people were discharged from hospitals and 213 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 3,046 active cases, he said.
"Raipur district reported four new cases, taking the caseload to 1,57,593, including 3,136 deaths. Bastar district recorded 17 new cases, Kanker 10 and Bijapur eight. With 30,450 samples being examined on Friday, the total number of tests in the state went up to 1,10,88,488," he added.
The third Covid wave may occur either because of mutations in the virus or due to the available pool of susceptible population, and is also dependent on various pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions for management of the pandemic, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
In a written reply, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said vaccination protects from severe manifestation of the disease and improves herd immunity, and is accordingly likely to mitigate the impact COVID-19 may have with any future resurgence.
Vaccines currently being utilised for immunisation offer substantial protection against the infection, besides reducing severity of the disease, hospitalisation and deaths, he said.
The cumulative coronavirus positives shot up to 19.50 lakh in Andhra Pradesh with the addition of 1,747 afresh on Friday.
With 2,365 more patients getting cured in 24 hours, the total recoveries went up to 19,14,177.
The latest bulletin said 14 people succumbed to Covid-19 in the state in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Friday, taking the gross count to 13,223.
The state now has 22,939 active cases, it said.
The COVID-19 cases associated with Tokyo Olympics breached the 100-mark on Friday with the announcement of 19 new infections, reported news agency PTI. The worrying milestone was touched on the day the Games will officially open with a ceremony to be attended by less than 1,000 dignitaries and sans any spectators. The organisers, in their daily COVID-19 update, announced that three athletes, 10 Games-concerned personnel, three mediapersons and as many contractors associated with the event have been found positive. The total number of cases directly linked to the Games stood at 106 on Friday with 11 of them athletes.
More than 2.75 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday, reported news agency PTI. Over 43.87 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and a further 71,40,000 doses are in the transit, it said. Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 41,12,30,353 doses. The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June 21.
Puducherry reported 98 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 1,20,101, a senior Health Department official said on Friday, according to news agency PTI. The union territory logged less than 100 cases for a second straight day. It had seen the number of new infections dip below the 100-mark on Monday and Tuesday before 112 were added on Wednesday.
India has set a new milestone with over 42 crore people getting themselves vaccinated against coronavirus. The country registered 35,342 fresh cases and 483 deaths. So far, 4.19 lakh people have died of Covid in the country.
35,342 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, 14.5% lower than yesterday.
Sydney's fast-growing coronavirus outbreak has become a "national emergency," state leaders said Friday, as Australia's largest city reported another record number of new infections.
China rejected on Thursday a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health official said.
The COVID-19 patient treated with steroids developed unusually large and multiple liver abscesses after recovery from infection, said the reports of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi today.
Congress leader KC Venugopal moved a privilege motion Thursday against Minister of State (MoS) for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar for "misleading" the parliament on deaths due to the shortage of oxygen in the country during the second Covid wave.