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July 09, 2021 / 10:58 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: Working actively with Moderna to see how its COVID-19 vaccine can be made available in India, says govt

Coronavirus Highlights: The ministry said over 40 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: India logged 43,393 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to  3,07,52,950, while the active cases have declined to 4,58,727, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll has climbed to 4,05,939 with 911 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 1.49 per cent of the total infections

and the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.19 per cent,  the data updated at 8 am showed. A decrease of 1,977 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the countr As many as 17,90,708 tests were conducted on Thursday taking the total cy to 42,70,16,605, while the daily positivity rate  was recorded at 2.42 per cent. It has been less than three  per cent for 18 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to  2.36 per cent, according to the health ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,98,88,284, while the case fatality rate  stands at 1.32 per cent, the data stated. Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 36.89 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,  30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past  60 lakh on September 28,  70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,  90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

  • July 09, 2021 / 10:58 PM IST

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  • July 09, 2021 / 10:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 600 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

    Mumbai reported 600 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths on Friday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The caseload in the country''s financial capital rose to 7,26,637 and death toll reached 15,599, it said. After reconciliation of data, 787 cases were removed from the cumulative figure of infections, it said. On Thursday, Mumbai had reported 540 COVID-19 cases and 13 fatalities. 

  • July 09, 2021 / 10:28 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 8,992 new COVID-19 cases, 200 deaths; 10,458 recover

    Maharashtra reported 8,992 new coronavirus cases and 200 fresh fatalities on Friday, while 10,458 patients recovered from the infection, a state health department official said. The official said with this, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state surged to 61,40,968, while the total fatalities rose to 1,25,034. The state reported a decrease in the daily COVID-19 cases, but the fatalities rose as compared to Thursday, when it had reported 9,114 new infections and 121 deaths.

  • July 09, 2021 / 10:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | ICMR to conduct clinical trial for evaluation of COVID-19 therapy with Oxford University

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has proposed to conduct a clinical trial for ''randomised evaluation of COVID-19 therapy'' along with the University of Oxford and an expression of intent for participation in it has been sought from hospitals.

    The trial -- ''India-UK RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy)'' -- will be a multi-centre, adaptive platform trial on Covid patients, ICMR said on Friday.

    "ICMR, Delhi, along with the University of Oxford is proposing to conduct a multi-centre, adaptive platform trial on COVID-19 patients, titled ''India-UK RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy)," it said.

  • July 09, 2021 / 09:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 2,290 new COVID-19 cases, 68 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka reported 2,290 new COVID-19 cases and 68 deaths on Friday, taking the total number of infections to 28,67,158 and toll to 35,731.

    The day also saw 3,045 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 27,93,498, a health department bulletin said.

  • July 09, 2021 / 08:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | In Mumbai, no COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday too due to dose shortage

    The COVID-19 vaccination drive will remain suspended at civic and government-run centres in Mumbai on Saturday due to a shortage of doses and no inoculation will take place on Sunday on account of weekly off of staffers, the BMC said on Friday. On Friday, too, the drive remained suspended in BMC and Maharashtra government-run centres in the metropolis due paucity of doses. According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) statement, the inoculation drive will remain suspended on Saturday due to a shortage of vaccines, while it will be closed on Sunday because of weekly off. In the statement, the civic body said the vaccination drive will resume once it receives a fresh stock of vaccines.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | WFH seems to have become ‘work from Himachal', tourists must follow Covid rules: Police chief

    Work from home, a factor of life in the Covid pandemic, seems to have become "work from Himachal Pradesh" with thousands of people pouring into the hill state to escape the confines of their homes and the heat, says Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu. While the state's economy is seeing a welcome uptick, the crowds, not just in popular destinations like Shimla and Manali but also in lesser-known towns such as Naggar and Jibhi, are a cause of concern, he said, calling for Covid appropriate behaviour from tourists. The tourist surge has added another layer of responsibility for the police force, which has put up checkpoints at various entry and exit points into towns to ensure that Covid norms are being followed. "With the prolonged work from home (WFH) culture being adopted by many companies and multinationals, we are seeing that it has almost turned out to be work from Himachal Pradesh," Kundu told PTI. It is good for the economy of the state, he said. “But at the same time, we have to remain vigilant that people are following guidelines including wearing of masks and maintaining social distance," he added.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | One more death, 62 new cases in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan recorded one more COVID-19-related fatality on Friday, taking the death toll to 8,943, while 62 new cases took the infection tally to 9,53,018, according to an official report issued. Of the new cases, the maximum 16 were reported from Jaipur, while seven cases each were reported from Alwar and Dausa, it said. A total of 9,43,260 people have recovered from the infection, it said, adding the number of active cases in the state presently stands at 815.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | J&K reports 261 more COVID-19 cases, one new coronavirus-related death

    Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 261 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the number of infected persons to 3,18,284, while a lone death took the toll to 4,354, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 115 were from Jammu division and 146 from Kashmir division of the Union territory, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 59 cases followed by Doda district that recorded 34 cases. The number of active cases has dropped to 3,300 in the UT, while 3,10,630 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates | Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani increased the age limit of Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojana, from 18 years to 21 years. A monthly stipend of Rs 4,000 will be provided to children under the scheme whose parents have died due to COVID-19.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Punjab okays Rs 380 crore for Covid third wave preparation

    The Punjab government on Friday approved a sum of Rs 380 crore that will be used to set up more oxygen plants and other necessary health infrastructure to deal with an anticipated third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount approved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh shall be spent on PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants, cryogenic liquid medical oxygen tanks, ambulances, amongst others. The chief minister approved Rs 380 crore to be spent by the Health and Medical Education departments in preparing for a possible third wave of the Covid pandemic, an official release said. The CM said funds have never been allowed to become a constraint in the state government''s response to Covid and they will continue to be made available even in the future, according to requirement. The state is ready for the third wave, with preparations being made for 25 per cent more patients than in the second wave, he added.

  • July 09, 2021 / 07:08 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Thailand imposes tougher Covid-19 curbs, including Bangkok curfew

    Thai authorities announced a seven-hour night curfew across the capital Bangkok and nine provinces on Friday, along with other tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The kingdom recorded 9,276 new daily cases and 72 fatalities as it battles a severe third wave of infections that kicked off in April. An official from the government's coronavirus taskforce announced the ramped-up restrictions following an hours-long meeting on Friday. A curfew from 9 pm to 4 am will begin Monday and people should work from home. The announcement affects the capital of more than 10 million people as well as surrounding and southern provinces. "We apologise for difficulties of people living in areas with maximum restrictions, but this will support disease control efficiently. Thailand will be victorious," said Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the taskforce. "Unnecessary travel will be prohibited."  (AFP)

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