Covid-19 Cases in India: The recovery rate is 97.39 per cent.
India recorded less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after 132 days while its active caseload fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days today, according to Union health ministry data.
India recorded 29,689 new coronavirus infections that pushed its tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,40,951 while the death toll climbed to 4,21,382 with 415 daily fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The active cases have declined to 3,98,100 and comprise 1.27 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.39 per cent, it stated.
The number of active cases fell by 13,089 in a span of 24 hours.
As many as 17,20,110 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Monday, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 45,91,64,121.
The daily positivity rate has declined to 1.73 per cent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.33 per cent, the ministry data stated.
Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Covishield Gives 93% Protection Against Covid, 98% Mortality Reduction: Study
Covishield gives 93 per cent protection against COVID-19 and a 98 per cent mortality reduction, the government said on Tuesday referring to a study by the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) during the second COVID-19 wave that was driven by the Delta variant.
Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul presented findings of the study which was conducted on 15 lakh doctors and frontline workers.
European Union Says 70% Of Its Adults Received At Least One Shot
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that 70 percent of adults in the bloc have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, 57 percent of over-18s are now fully vaccinated across the 27 nations, she said in a statement.
"These figures put Europe among the world leaders," von der Leyen said. "But we need to keep up the effort."
The European Commission president sounded a warning over the "very dangerous" Delta variant of the virus that has increasingly taken hold on the continent and seen infection rates begin to tick up again.
Bhutan Vaccinates Most Of Its Population After Donations
Bhutan has inoculated most of its eligible population with second doses of Covid-19 vaccinations in a week, in a speedy rollout hailed by UNICEF on Monday as a "success story" for international donations.
More than 454,000 shots were administered over the past week in the remote Himalayan kingdom -- just over 85 percent of the eligible adult population of more than 530,000 people -- after a recent flood of foreign donations.
UNICEF's Bhutan representative, Will Parks, hailed the ambitious vaccination drive as a "great success story for Bhutan".
Centre Junks Reports About Missing Half-Billion Vaccine Target By July 31
The government today dismissed media reports that claimed that India will miss the end-July target of administering 50 crore Covid vaccine doses as "ill-informed and misrepresenting" and asserted that over 51.60 crore vaccine doses will be supplied from January to July 31.
The Health Ministry issued a statement referring to recent media reports alleging that the country will miss the target of administering half-a-billion (50 crore) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by July-end, while pointing out that the government had stated in May that it would make 516 million (51.60 crore) vaccine shots available by the end of this month.
"These reports are ill-informed and have clearly misrepresented the facts," the statement said.
"The figures of 516 million vaccine doses might have been picked up from various sources which informed about the likely availability of the vaccine doses from January to July-end," it added.
"The facts are that a total of more than 516 million (over half-billion) vaccine doses will indeed be supplied from January 2021 to 31st July, 2021," the ministry said.
Over 2.28 crore Covid vaccine doses still available with states, Union Territories: Government
More than 2.28 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with states, Union Territories and private hospitals for inoculation, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Over 45.73 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union Territories so far through all sources and 24,11,000 additional doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is 43,80,46,844 doses, according to data available at 8 am on Tuesday.
The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.
The new phase of universalisation of vaccination commenced from June 21.
The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to states and Union Territories for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccine antibody levels may decline after 2-3 months: Lancet study
Total antibody levels start to wane six weeks after complete immunisation with Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, and can reduce by more than 50 per cent over 10 weeks, according to study published in The Lancet journal.
The researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK noted that if the antibody levels carry on dropping at this rate, there are concerns that the protective effects of the vaccines may also begin to wear off, particularly against new variants.
However, they said, how soon that might happen cannot be predicted yet.
The UCL Virus Watch study also found that antibody levels are substantially higher following two doses of the Pfizer vaccine than after two shots of the AstraZeneca preventive, known as Covishield in India.
Antibody levels were also much higher in vaccinated people than those with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, they said.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry clocks 113 new coronavirus cases, one death
Puducherry registered 113 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday raising the tally to 1,20,530 while one more person succumbed to the deadly virus taking the toll to 1,791.
The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 5124 samples and the fresh cases were spread over Puducherry 75, Karaikal 13, Yanam 5 and Mahe 20.
A 51-year-old man hailing from Karaikal died of the viral infection in a hospital in neighbouring Tamil Nadu during the last twenty-four hours. He had no co morbidity.
Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said while 98 patients recovered during last 24 hours, the overall recoveries in the Union Territory so far stood at 1,17,816.
Just In| India reports less than 30,000 (29,689) daily COVID-19 cases after 132 days
Coronavirus Cases Today: 1 new COVID-19 case in Andamans, tally rises to 7,530
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,530 on Tuesday as one more person tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.
Two more persons were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,387, it said.
The Union territory now has 14 active cases, while 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date.
The administration has tested over 4.32 lakh samples for COVID-19, and inoculated over 2.76 lakh people thus far, the bulletin added.
Cinema halls look forward to resuming business as they open with 50% seating capacity
"Expecting to open by Friday. Producers are waiting to release their movies here because 'big screen is big screen'. It's not over yet," said Delite Cinema Manager
Update| Mizoram reported 9,531 active cases, 137 deaths, and 212 new recoveries, yesterday. Recovery rate at 71.09% and total cases at 33,452
Update| More than 44.19 crore vaccine doses have been administered cumulatively, with 66 lakh doses inoculated yesterday: Ministry of Health
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 305 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 11 more deaths
Thane has added 305 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,43,240, an official said on Tuesday.
Besides these new cases reported on Monday, the virus also claimed the lives of 11 more people, which took the death toll in the district to 10,988, he said.
The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.02 per cent, he added.
In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,29,299, while the death toll has reached 3,117, another official said.
Coronavirus News: Maharashtra Health Minister Inaugurates Portable Hospital In Jalna
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday inaugurated a portable hospital with 100 beds at the Government Hospital in Jalna district and said the state administration is making all necessary arrangements to deal with a possible third wave of coronavirus, reported news agency PTI.
Inaugurating the portable hospital "Medicab", Mr Tope said it has 92 general and eight ICU beds. The hospital will help the existing 350-bed government hospital in the district in treating COVID-19 patients, he added.