Coronavirus Cases in India: The recovery rate is 97.35 per cent.
India's total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 3,13,32,159 with 39,097 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have crossed 3.05 crores, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.
The death count increased to 4,20,016 with 546 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Meanwhile, drugmaker Bharat Biotech on Friday said it has scrapped agreements with two Brazilian companies amid controversy over a $324 million deal between the South American country and Bharat Biotech for the import of 20 million doses of the made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin.
The termination of the agreements with Precisa Medicamentos and Envixia Pharmaceuticals came after the deal set off a major political row in Brazil and spawned an investigation by authorities in the country.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Coronavirus News: "Very low" Covaxin Stock, Meagre Supply Likely To Hit Inoculation, Says Bengal Official
A "very low" stock of Covaxin and a meagre supply of vaccines will badly affect the ongoing inoculation process in West Bengal, a senior health department official said Saturday, reported news agency PTI.
Bengal was supposed to get 75 lakh vaccine doses this month but has received 54 lakh till Friday, he said.
"The Covaxin stock in our state is very low. We have only one lakh and some small quantities in the hands of the districts. We were supposed to receive two tranches of a total of 2.55 lakh Covaxin doses which were not delivered as per schedule," the official said.
Assam Reports 1,595 Covid Cases, 23 Deaths
India Gives 46 Lakh Vaccine Doses Today, Total Coverage 43 Crore: Health Ministry
Delhi Reports 66 New Covid Cases, Zero Deaths
Manipur Records 1,198 New Covid Cases, 14 Deaths
Tamil Nadu Reports 1,819 New Covid Cases, 27 Deaths
Uttarakhand Reports 33 New Covid Cases
Delhi Cinemas Can Open At 50 % Capacity From Monday
Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes in Delhi have been given a go-ahead to open at 50 per cent seating capacity from Monday. Metros and buses can operate at 100 per cent capacity Monday onwards. Spas have also been allowed to open with some restrictions in place.
Sikkim Registers 225 New Covid cases, 1 Death
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 24,823 today as 225 more people tested positive for the infection, PTI reported. One fatality pushed the Himalayan state's Covid death count to 330, a health bulletin said. Sikkim now has 2,849 active cases of Covid.
Kerala Records 18,531 Covid Cases, 98 Deaths
Kerala today recorded 18,531 fresh Covid cases, pushing the infection count to 32,54,064, PTI reported. The number of people who succumbed to the virus rose to 15,969 with 98 more deaths.
Andhra Pradesh Reports 2,174 Covid Cases, 18 Deaths
Andhra Pradesh today reported 2,174 new Covid cases, 2,737 recoveries and 18 deaths over the past 24 hours, PTI reported. A health department bulletin said the number of active cases in the state is 22,358.
Update| First time ever, Indian Railways' Oxygen Express will transport 200 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Bangladesh in 10 containers. The loading of 200 MT of LMO in 10 containers rake has been completed: Ministry of Railways
Odisha registers 1,864 new COVID-19 cases, 68 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,65,715 on Saturday as 1,864 more people tested positive for the infection, while 68 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,445, a health official said.
As many as 1,082 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 782 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing.
High daily test positive rate (TPR) in the coastal belt remains a major cause of concern for the state government as it was 5.18 per cent in Cuttack, 4.34 per cent in Khurda and 3.43 per cent in Kendrapara on Friday, and is witnessing a rising trend.
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recorded the highest number of new cases at 496, followed by Cuttack (221) and Balasore (114).
The district also registered the highest number of fresh fatalities at 30, of which 23 were recorded in Bhubaneswar alone, followed by Puri (11) and Angul (eight).
Madhya Pradesh government issues SOP for reopening of schools for Classes 11, 12 from July 26
The Madhya Pradesh government has issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of schools for Classes 11 and 12 with 50 per cent attendance starting July 26, an official said on Saturday.
As per the SOP released on Friday, physical classes for students of Classes 9 and 10 standard classes will resume once a week from August 5, the official said.
Classes will be held twice a week for students of Classes 11 and 12, and virtual sessions will continue simultaneously, he said.
Class 11 students will attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays, while Class 12 students will convene at schools on Mondays and Thursdays, he said.
Students of Classes 9 will attend school on Saturdays and for those in Class 10, sessions will be held on Wednesdays, the official added.
Karnataka Government allows reopening of worship places and amusement parks from July 25
Karnataka Government on Saturday permitted reopening of places of worship and amusement parks from July 25 with COVID-19 guidelines.
"Temples, Mosque, Churches, Gurudwaras and other religious places are allowed to open and its related activities pertaining to these places from July 25, 2021, with strictly adhering to the COVID-19 behaviour and SOP issued by the concerned department, However, jathres, temple festivals, processions, congregations not allowed," read a state government order.
The state also permits amusements parks and similar places to re-open with COVID-19 restriction.
"Amusement Parks and similar places permitted to re-open strictly adhering to CO VID appropriate behaviour and following guidelines issued vide circular dated 12.11.2020 by the Health and Family Welfare Department, However, water sports/water-related adventure activities not allowed," it added.
Over 2.98 crore unutilised vaccine doses still available with states, pvt hospitals: Government
More than 2.98 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, Union Territories and private hospitals, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.
Over 44.53 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and a further 85,58,360 doses are in the pipeline, it said.
Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 41,55,50,543 doses.
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: No fresh COVID-19 case in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Saturday.
The COVID-19 tally in the archipelago remained at 7,525.
The union territory now has 17 active COVID-19 cases of which 15 are in the South Andaman district and two in the North and Middle Andaman district. The Nicobar district is now COVID-19 free as it has no active case, he said.
Two more persons recuperated from COVID-19 during the period, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,379, he said.
The COVID-19 death toll in the archipelago remained at 129 as no fresh fresh death due to the contagion was reported in the last 24 hours.
Places of worship allowed to open and related activities pertaining to these places permitted from 25-07-2021 strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour and SOP issued by concerned dept. However, jathres, temple festivals, processions, congregations not allowed: Karnataka Government
Bharat Biotech's Covaxin trials for children are presently underway and the results are expected to be released by September: Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director
Customers make purchases at Ghazipur vegetable market this morning. Most of the people seen without masks amid COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing norms flouted.
Reeling under COVID-19, world needs healing touch of compassion, kindness: President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said the world is reeling under the impact of COVID-19 and needs the healing touch of compassion, kindness and selflessness more than ever before.
These universal values propagated by Buddhism need to be adopted by all in their thoughts and actions, he said at an event.
"Application of Buddhist values and principles in addressing issues of global concern will help in healing the world and making it a better place," President Kovind said.
He was addressing the annual Asadha Poornima - Dharma Chakra Day organised by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) through a video message.
Moderna Vaccine For Children Aged 12-17 Approved By European Union Watchdog
The European medicines watchdog on Friday approved the use of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, making it the second jab for adolescents for use on the continent.
"The use of the Spikevax vaccine in children from 12 to 17 years of age will be the same as in people aged 18 and above," the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said, using Moderna's brand name.
The vaccine will be given in two injections, each four weeks apart.
The decision by the Amsterdam-based agency follows the approval of the first vaccine for European youngsters, by Pfizer/BioNTech in May.
Just In| 39,097 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, 10.6% higher than yesterday
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Covid cases surpass 40 million in Latin America and the Caribbean
The number of Covid-19 cases surpassed 40 million on Saturday in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since the first coronavirus infections were recorded last year, the number of cases in the region has reached 40,073,507, according to an AFP count based on official data as of 0200 GMT.
The number of deaths has reached 1,353,335.
The rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has fueled a surge in Covid-19 cases around the world this week, with total cases hitting 192,942,266 with 4,143,687 deaths.
Nashik's 'Espalier The Experimental School' to provide free education to children who lost their parent/s in 2nd wave of COVID. "Fees for a single kid or siblings will be permanently waived off till class 10th. So far 18 children are being supported," said Principal Sachin Joshi
A special vaccination drive has been launched for pregnant women in Madhya Pradesh's Indore.
Coronil Allowed As Supporting Measure In Covid Management: Centre
The State Licensing Authority of Uttarakhand has granted license for Coronil tablet to be used as supporting measure in the management of COVID-19 without claiming cure following the advice of a review committee set up by the AYUSH ministry, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.