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July 16, 2021 / 10:57 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: 74% decline in overall usage of masks in India, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus News Highlights: The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 39.53 crore.

Coronavirus News Highlights: India recorded 38,949 new COVID-19 cases, which took the infection tally to 3,10,26,829, while the death toll reached 4,12,531 with 542 more fatalities, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday. The active cases have declined to 4,30,422 and comprise 1.39 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands
at 97.28 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.It said that a decrease of 1,619 has been recorded in the number of active cases in a span of 24 hours. The ministry said 19,55,910 tests were conducted on Thursday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 44,00,23,239, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.99 percent. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has increased to 3,01,83,876, while the case fatality rate has risen to 1.33 per cent, the data stated. The vaccine doses administered so far has reached 39.53 crore under the nationwide inoculation drive against COVID-19.
  • July 16, 2021 / 10:58 PM IST

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  • July 16, 2021 / 10:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 7,761 COVID-19 cases, 167 deaths; 13,452 patients recover

    Maharashtra on Friday reported 7,761 new COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths which took the state's infection tally to 61,97,018 and the death toll to 1,26,727, the health department said. As many as 13,452 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the total of recovered persons to 59,65,644.

    The state has a recovery rate of 96.27 per cent. The case fatality rate was 2.04 per cent, while there are 1,01,337 active cases in the state, the official release said.

  • July 16, 2021 / 10:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 446 COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, 470 recoveries

    Mumbai on Friday reported 446 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,30,241 and death toll to 15,678, a civic official said.

    With 470 people getting discharged from hospitals, the recovery count in the financial capital of the country rose to 7,05,234.

    The recovery rate stood at 96 per cent while there are 6,973 active cases in the city, the official said.

  • July 16, 2021 / 10:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Prohibitory orders enforced in Pune tourist-picnic spots

    Prohibitory orders have been imposed in several tourist spots in Pune district in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Friday.

    These spots include Bhushi dam, various points in Lonavala and Khandala, Sinhgad Fort, Panshet, Varasgaon dam among others, they said.

    The order issued by Collector Rajesh Deshmukh stated that people come in large numbers to picnic and tourists spots located in Maval, Mulshi, Haveli, Ambegaon, Junnar, Bhor, and Velha tehsils, leading to mask and social distancing norm violations.

  • July 16, 2021 / 07:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Tripura imposes weekend curfew, extends day curfew in Agartala and 11 other towns to battle rising Covid cases

    The Tripura government has imposed a weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday and extended the existing day curfew in Agartala Municipal Corporation and 11 other towns or Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) from July 19 to July 23 after reviewing the Covid-19 situation. The weekend curfew will be in force from 6 am on July 17 to 6 am on July 19. The Northeastern state has seen a rising number of cases and deaths due to the Covid pandemic in recent weeks. The 11 towns where the Corona day Curfew has been extended are – Ranirbazar, Jirania Nagar, Khowai, Kailashahar, Dharmanagar, Belonia, Kumarghat, Teliamura, Amarpur Nagar, Panisagar Nagar  and Kamalpur Nagar.  The corona day curfew will be in force from 2 pm to 5 am. “The situation has been reviewed in detail, and it is necessary to extend corona restrictions and weekend curfew in the state,” a notification issued by the Chief Secretary, Kumar Alok, said on Friday. 

  • July 16, 2021 / 07:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Kerala records 13,750 fresh COVID-19 cases, 130 deaths

    Kerala logged 13,750 new COVID-19 cases and 130 deaths on Friday, taking the infection count to 31,30,833 and the death toll to 15,155. State health minister Veena George said 1,30,390 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 10.55 per cent. Till now, 2,50,60,933 samples have been tested. Among the districts, Kozhikode reported the highest number of cases--1,782, followed by Malappuram 1,763 and Thrissur 1,558. "Out of those found infected on Friday, 63 reached the state from outside while 12,884 contracted the disease from their contact.The source of infection of 725 are yet to be traced and 78 health workers are also among the infected," the minister said in a release. Meanwhile, 10,697 persons recuperated from the disease, taking the total cured in the state to 29,93,242. Currently, there are 1,21,944 persons under treatment. There are 3,97,164 persons under observation in the state out of which 24,847 are in isolation wards of various hospitals. 

  • July 16, 2021 / 07:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | China pledges another $3billion in Covid-19 aid to developing countries

    China's President Xi Jinping on Friday promised $3 billion in aid to developing countries to fight Covid-19 at an unprecedented emergency online meeting of APEC heads of state. Xi said the additional funds, which come after a similar pledge in May, were intended to "support Covid-19 response and economic and social recovery in other developing countries," according to the official Xinhua news agency. Appearing via a video-link, Xi added that China has already supplied developing countries wth more than 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was scheduled to host the annual summit of leaders from the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group in December, but called an additional meeting with less than five days'  notice to address urgent issues caused by the global pandemic. 

  • July 16, 2021 / 07:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | The health ministry said there has been a projected decline of 74 per cent in the overall usage of masks in India.

  • July 16, 2021 / 07:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Goa sees 120 new COVID-19 cases; four more fatalities

    Goa on Friday added 120 fresh COVID-19 cases that raised its tally of infections to 1,69,461, while four casualties took the toll to 3,106, an official from the state health department said. At least 236 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,64,696, the official said. With this, the coastal state currently has 1,659 active cases, he said. With the addition of 4,430 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 9,92,730, he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,69,461, new cases 120, death toll 3,106, discharged 1,64,696, active cases 1,659, samples tested till date 9,92,730. 



  • July 16, 2021 / 06:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Situation in most of the regions has turned from bad to worse, says Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

    Situation in most of the regions has turned from bad to worse. Overall, the world is moving towards a third wave. (WHO's) Warning over a third wave can't be taken for granted, it is a red flag...," says Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

  • July 16, 2021 / 06:37 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Union Health Ministry: As a result of commitment of Government of India and public health workforce, the country has achieved 99% DTP3 coverage in the first quarter of 2021 (January – March) as measured by HMIS. This is the highest DTP3 coverage measured till date.

  • July 16, 2021 / 06:37 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Union Health Ministry: The ministry along with all States & UTs & development partners has worked towards mitigating the negative impacts of COVID-19 and taking urgent actions to ensure that children receive life-saving vaccines under UIP.

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