India added 25,467 new COVID-19 cases, while the active cases declined to 3,19,551, comprising 0.98 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The total tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,24,74,773.
The number of deaths has climbed to 4,35,110 with 354 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The active cases were the lowest in 156 days, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 97.68 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
A reduction of 14373 cases has been recorded in the total number of active COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.
Meanwhile, with India eyeing the goal to vaccinate all adults by the end of this year, the government today introduced a new facility to make it easier to book vaccine slots using WhatsApp.
“Paving a new era of citizen convenience. Now, book COVID-19 vaccine slots easily on your phone within minutes,” tweeted Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya this morning.
“Send ‘Book Slot’ to MyGovIndia Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp. Verify OTP. Follow the steps,” Mr Mandaviya further wrote and shared a link.
By following the steps, the details can be fetched from CoWIN, the government portal that links every vaccine dose to its recipient.
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Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates fuelled by the fast-spreading Delta variant, officials and scientists say.
Delta hit Israel in June, just as the country began to reap the benefits of one of the world’s fastest vaccine roll-outs.
With an open economy and most curbs scrapped, Israel went from single-digit daily infections and zero deaths to around 7,500 daily cases last week, 600 people hospitalized in serious condition and more than 150 people dying in that week alone.
On July 30, it began administering a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to people over 60, the first country to do so. On Thursday it expanded eligibility to 40-year-olds and up whose second dose was given at least 5 months prior, saying the age may drop further.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi and urged for 11 lakh additional COVID-19 vaccines doses for the mega vaccination drive in the state on August 25-26.
In meeting with Mr Mandaviya, who also holds Chemicals and Fertilizers portfolio, the Chief Minister has also requested that the remaining 4.13 lakh metric tonnes of urea and the remaining 3.05 lakh metric tonnes of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) should be released by the Centre soon.
Mr Chouhan informed that under the vaccination campaign being run across the country, the government is committed to administering both doses of the vaccine to 100 per cent of citizens of the state.
“In this sequence, the second phase of the vaccination campaign is being organized on August 25-26. Under the campaign, a target has been set to vaccinate a total of 35 lakh citizens in two days,” read the release by the Madhya Pradesh government.
Puducherry registered 73 new cases of COVID 19 during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Tuesday, raising the overall caseload to 1,23,007.
The test positivity rate was 2.33 percent and the fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 3,131 samples. The new cases were spread over Puducherry 30, Karaikal 19, Yanam 3 and Mahe 21.
Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G Sriramulu noted that the active cases were 765 of whom 162 were in hospitals and the remaining 603 patients were in home isolation.
Sriramulu said 103 patients recovered and were discharged during last twenty-four hours while the overall recoveries stood at 1,20,433.
Thane has reported 120 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 5,49,716, an official said on Tuesday.
Besides these new cases recorded on Monday, the virus also claimed the lives of two more persons, which raised the death toll in the district to 11,246, he said.
The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 2.04 per cent, he added.
In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,256, while the death toll has reached 3,277, another official said.
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Jagannath Temple in Puri on Monday has been re-opened for devotees after a gap of about four months in adherence to the COVID guidelines, said Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) on Monday.
“Adequate safety measures have been put in place so that the people can have darshan and offer prayers with strict adherence to COVID-19 preventive protocols,” said Krishan Kumar Chief Administrator, SJTA.
Mr Kumar further said that ” The devotees would have to produce their final COVID-19 vaccination certificate or negative RT-PCR test report to visit the temple along with a photo identity card”.
There is insufficient evidence to suggest a third Covid wave will affect children more than adults, the National Institute of Disaster Management has indicated, while warning there is still “cause for worry, if not panic” so long as they remain unvaccinated and existing medical facilities remain inadequate.
“Paediatric facilities – doctors and equipment, like ventilators and ambulances, are nowhere close to what may be required in case a large number of children become infected,” the NIDM, which operates under the Home Ministry, said as part of a report on recommendations to prep for the third wave.