With 553 fresh fatalities, India recorded the lowest daily deaths in around 90 days while 34,703 new cases of coronavirus were reported, the lowest in 111 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 3,06,19,932, while the death count climbed to 4,03,281.
The active cases further declined to 4,64,357, the lowest in 101 days, and comprise 1.52 per cent of the total infections.
The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.17 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A net decline of 17,714 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Also, 16,47,424 tests were conducted on Monday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 42,14,24,881.
Meanwhile, India is praying hard that a third wave of Covid doesn’t run rampage through the country. Administrators, health professionals, and vaccine makers are working hard to prevent such an eventuality. However, the rate at which the country is vaccinating itself may fall considerably short of the requirement to avoid another upsurge of infections.
It has been estimated that to prevent a third Covid wave India must inoculate at least 60 per cent of its over 1.3 billion population with both doses of a vaccine by December this year.
For this, it must administer the injections to 8.6 million people every single day.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Arthritis drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab reduce the risk of death and the need for ventilators among hospitalized Covid-19 patients, according to an analysis of nearly 11,000 patients published Tuesday.
The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association and prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend the use of the medicines, known as IL-6 inhibitors, in addition to corticosteroids among patients with severe or critical Covid.
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 8,418 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 171 fatalities while 10,548 patients were discharged during the day, the state health department said.
A day earlier, the state had reported 6,740 COVID-19 cases and 51fatalities, the lowest after March 15 this year.
With the new additions, Maharashtra”s caseload went up to 61,13,335 and the death toll to 1,23,531. The number of recoveries so far stands at 58,72,268, leaving the state with 1,14,297 active cases, the department said.
Maharashtra’s case recovery rate now sands at 96.06 per cent and the COVID-19 fatality rate is 2.01 per cent, it said, adding that the case positivity rate is 14.25 per cent.
With Kerala logging 14,373 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the caseload to 29,96,094, the state government decided to give preference to college students aged between 18-23 years, private bus employees and migrant workers in the vaccination drive.
As many as 10,751 persons have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 28,77,557 and the active cases to 1,04,105, the government said in a press release.
The count mounted to 13,960 with the addition of 142 recent deaths due to the infection.
In the last 24 hours ending 2pm, 1,31,820 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 10.9 per cent. So far, 2,37,68,112 samples have been tested.
There are 88 areas where the TPR was over 18 per cent.
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 3,104 new COVID-19 cases and 92 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.59 lakh and the count to 35,526.
The day also saw 4,992 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 27,84,030. Out of 3,104 new cases reported on Tuesday, 715 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,863 discharges and only 15 deaths, a health department bulletin said.
The total number of active cases in Karnataka is 40,016. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 2.65 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.96 per cent.
About 73 districts across 17 states and union territories reported more than 10 per cent COVID-19 positivity rate in the week from June 29 to July 5, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.
Eight out of the 17 states and UTs are from the northeastern part of the country, according to the data presented by the ministry.
Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said these 73 districts include Arunachal Pradesh (18), Rajasthan (10), Manipur (9), Kerala (7), Meghalaya (6), Tripura (4), Sikkim (4), Odisha (3), Nagaland (3), Assam (2) and Mizoram (1).
These districts reported more than 10 per cent Covid positivity rate in the week from June 29 to July 5, he said.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar met Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan here on Tuesday and demanded that the central government supply more COVID-19 vaccine doses to the state.
Karnataka has administered nearly 2.4 crore doses of vaccine so far, which is the highest among all south Indian states, the minister said in the meeting.
Mr Sudhakar is on a two-day visit to the national capital. Besides Vardhan, he also called on several other central ministers, including Gajendra Singh Shekawat, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Hardeep Singh Puri, and discussed various issues related to the state.
In a representation to the Union Health Minister, Sudhakar said Karnataka has about 13,000 vaccination centres with a demonstrated capacity to administer 10 lakh doses per day.
A day after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that COVID-19 vaccination has stopped in many districts due to a shortage of doses, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday noted that the state has received over 8.89 lakh free vaccine doses between July 1 and 6 from the Centre.
In addition, Rajasthan would receive an additional 39.51 lakh doses during the remaining part of July, the ministry said.
On July 1, Rajasthan had over 1.69 lakh “unutilised” balance doses of vaccines available with it.
Under the National COVID Vaccination Program, the state has received over 8.89 lakh doses of vaccines between 1st and 6th July 2021 free of cost from the Government of India, the ministry said in a statement referring to reports of shortage of vaccines in the state.
“In addition, Rajasthan would receive an additional 39 lakh 51 thousand doses during the remaining part of July 2021,” the ministry said.
Morepen Laboratories has started production of the test batch of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at its facility in Himachal Pradesh, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the domestic drug firm said in a statement on Tuesday.
The first batch will be shipped to Gamaleya Center for quality control. RDIF and Morepen Laboratories have signed a cooperation agreement in June 2021 and are actively implementing the technology transfer, it added.
“As the pandemic is yet far from over and new, more dangerous variants of coronavirus are being detected in various regions of the world, RDIF is increasing capacities for the production of Sputnik V in India, one of the key hubs,” RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said.
Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine was less effective at keeping people from getting the coronavirus in Israel in recent weeks, but it continues to provide a strong shield against severe Covid-19, according to government data.
The vaccine protected 64% of people against the illness between June 6 and early July, down from a previous 94%. The drop was observed as the delta variant was spreading in Israel, the Health Ministry said. It also coincided with the lifting of virus restrictions at the start of June.
Arunachal Pradesh reported 426 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike so far this month, raising the tally to 37,531, a senior health department official said on Tuesday. The coronavirus death toll in the frontier state climbed to 179 with two more fatalities, he said. Earlier on May 29, Arunachal Pradesh had recorded the highest ever one-day rise as 497 people tested positive for the virus, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said.
More than 1.66 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Over 37.07 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through all sources and a further 23,80,000 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 35,40,60,197 doses, the ministry said. The Centre is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June 21.
The Union Territory of Ladakh reported nine new coronavirus cases, taking the total tally to 20,129, officials said on Tuesday. Out of the new positive cases, six were reported in Leh and three in Kargil. Ladakh reported discharge of 19 patients on Monday. Out of which 14 patients were discharged in Leh and five in Kargil. With this, the total number of Covid active cases in Ladakh has come down to 216 including 182 in Leh and 34 in Kargil district. Ladakh has registered a total of 204 Covid deaths with the worst-hit Leh accounting for 146 fatalities followed by 58 in Kargil district. The union territory has recorded nearly 98 percent recovery as 19,709 persons out of the total 20,129 Covid patients have been cured, they said.
Assam | Total lockdown declared in 7 dists-Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath&Morigaon from July 7 till further notice. Round the clock curfew; commercial setups, restaurants, shops remain shut. Ban on public & pvt transport. Inter-state movement suspended pic.twitter.com/tM8N4szkuz
– ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2021
Japan will donate 1.13 million more AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan later this week. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced on Tuesday that Tokyo will send 1.13 million more vaccines on July 8 to Taipei, which has accused China of blocking it from accessing vaccines. On June 4, Japan had donated 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan.
South Korea reported 746 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 161,541. The daily caseload was slightly up from 711 the previous day, staying above 700 for the seventh consecutive day. The daily average caseload for the past week was 768.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday informed that more than 37.07 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. “More than 37.07 crores (37,07,23,840) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 23,80,000 doses are in the pipeline”, read the release by the Ministry.
Delhi | Defence Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh flags off COVID19 relief material for Himachal Pradesh.
“This is an effort to meet COVID19 challenges,” says Singh.
MoS Finance & Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur also present pic.twitter.com/Mve6ljgE6e
– ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2021
Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) on Monday said the next two days would be “absolutely critical” in deciding whether a two-week anti-coronavirus lockdown in Sydney, set to end on July 9, will have to be extended amid rising Delta variant cases. With more than five million Sydney residents under strict stay-at-home orders, total infections in the latest outbreak have topped 300. NSW reported 35 locally acquired cases on Monday, matching the biggest daily rise in infections so far this year, recorded two days ago.
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Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine was less effective at keeping people from getting the coronavirus in Israel in recent weeks, but it continues to provide a strong shield against severe Covid-19, according to government data. The vaccine protected 64% of people against the illness between June 6 and early July, down from a previous 94%. The drop was observed as the delta variant was spreading in Israel, the Health Ministry said. It also coincided with the lifting of virus restrictions at the start of June.
#COVID19: Bar & restaurants in Goa reopened with 50% seating capacity yesterday after nearly 2 months
“It’s a good decision to allow us to operate businesses… We’re following all guidelines issued by Govt. Only two people are allowed to sit at a table,” a restaurant owner said pic.twitter.com/9q7BQfRJIa
– ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2021
Months after witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record a single fresh infection in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Tuesday. The coronavirus tally in the Union Territory remained at 7,482, he said. Six people were cured of the disease on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,339. The death count remained at 128 as no fresh fatality due to the contagion was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said.
India logged 34,703 new cases in the last 24 hours, its lowest in 111 days as the second wave of Covid infections appears to be ebbing. The recovery rate stands at 97.17 per cent and the daily test positivity rate is at 2.11 per cent.
More than 2.01 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states, Union Territories and private hospitals to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Over 36.97 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union Territories so far through all sources. Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 34,95,74,408 doses, the ministry said.
India is praying hard that a third wave of Covid doesn’t run rampage through the country. Administrators, health professionals, and vaccine makers are working hard to prevent such an eventuality. However, the rate at which the country is vaccinating itself may fall considerably short of the requirement to avoid another upsurge of infections. Read Here
Germany’s health agency said on Monday it would lift a ban on most travellers from the UK, India and three other countries hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal and the UK, currently listed as so-called virus variant countries, would be reclassified from Wednesday as “high-incidence areas”.
Kerala: Dhobi Khana (public laundry) workers in Kochi’s Veli struggle to make a living due to COVID
“Due to absence of tourists in hotels, we’re not getting work regularly. In last 41 years, I have never had such experience before,” says a worker AS Jayaprakash (05.07) pic.twitter.com/ppX3sZbm8t
– ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2021
Karnataka has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions following a considerable reduction in the number of new infections reported from across the state. Having reported more Covid cases every day than even Maharashtra, the worst-hit state till now, during the peak of the second wave in May, its numbers have declined over the past many days. Yesterday, Karnataka reported only 1,500-odd cases and 59 deaths. Read Here
Noida | People throng District Hospital, Sector-30 to take vaccine jab, defying social distancing norms
For last 2 days, we were getting less dosses. Today, we got 3000 vaccines. Our staff is their to aware people to follow COVID norms. We also made a new centre: CMS (05.07) pic.twitter.com/ARR9ZElRb6
– ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 5, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday revealed plans to lift most of England’s legal coronavirus restrictions, including face masks and social distancing from July 19, urging personal responsibility rather than government edict.
Johnson had initially aimed for a full reopening on June 21, but was forced to push back the date because of a surge in the highly contagious Delta variant.
That variant now accounts for nearly all new Covid-19 cases in Britain, and infection rates have soared, sparking concern.
Germany’s health agency said on Monday five so-called virus variant countries would be reclassified as “high incidence areas”, lifting a ban on entry for travellers from those nations who are not German residents or citizens.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal and the UK would be reclassified from Wednesday, meaning any traveller will be able to enter as long as they observe quarantine and testing rules.
Germany introduced its “virus variant country” travel category in a bid to stop new coronavirus variants that have not yet spread widely on home soil.