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Coronavirus India News highlights: India reports 16,135 new cases, 24 deaths in last 24 hours

Coronavirus India, Covid-19 News Updates, July 04, 2022: The active cases now stand at 1,13,864 and 5,25,223 deaths have been recorded across the country till date.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 5, 2022 8:39:15 am
Coronavirus India News, India Covid-19 Live Updates, Coronavirus India TodayCoronavirus Cases in Major Cities: Vaccination drive organised in a school in Puducherry on Saturday. (Source: Twitter, Ministry of health)

Covid-19 News Updates: India reported 16,135 new Covid-19 cases Monday, slightly up from 16,103 infections logged Sunday and 24 deaths, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active cases now stand at 1,13,864 and 5,25,223 deaths have been recorded across the country till date. As many as 4,28,79,477 patients have been discharged, the health ministry data also shows.

Delhi reported 648 new Covid-19 cases Sunday and 5 related deaths, according to the health department. The positivity rate stands at 4.29 per cent, it added. Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded 761 fresh Covid-19 cases.

The ministry of health on Saturday released data on India’s cumulative vaccination coverage. According to the data, more than 8 lakh vaccine doses were administered on July 2, 2022. The report stated: India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 197.94 Crore (1,97,94,45,839) as on July 2. More than 8 lakh (8,84,921) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase further. The ministry on Saturday also conducted a vaccination drive for eligible school children in Puducherry under the #HarGharDastak 2.0 programme.

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21:50 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Tamil Nadu logs 2,654 fresh coronavirus cases

Tamil Nadu reported 2,654 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the State-wide tally to 34,85,429. The active cases increased to 15,616 from 14,504 recorded on Sunday. Two persons - one each from Oman and Rajasthan - are among the 2,654 who tested positive today. The death toll continued to remain at 38,026, as no fatalities were reported today also.

The total recoveries so far rose to 34,31,787 and they included 1,542 who got discharged in the last 24 hours, according to a bulletin from the State health department. Chennai accounted for the maximum number of infections at 1,066 followed by Chengalpattu with 375, Coimbatore (144) and Tiruvallur (135). (PTI)

21:48 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Karnataka reports 749 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Karnataka on Monday recorded 749 news Covid-19 cases, one death with a positivity rate of 4.16 per cent. Bengaluru alone logged 696 new infections. The state also saw 940 discharges, while the actives cases remained over 6,400. (ENS)

21:11 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Gujarat sees 419 COVID-19 cases, one death; active tally now 3,512

Gujarat reported 419 COVID-19 cases and one death on Monday, which took the tally to 12,34,117 and the toll to 10,948, a state health department official said. So far, 12,19,657 persons have recovered, including 454 during the day, leaving the state with an active caseload of 3,512, he added.

The official said Ahmedabad reported 155 new cases, Surat 96, Vadodara 40, Mehsana 19 and Bhavnagar 17, among other districts, while the lone death took place in Mehsana. A government release said 43,981 persons got vaccine jabs on Monday, which took the overall number of doses administered in the state to 11.15 crore. (PTI)

21:11 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Delhi reports 420 new cases, one more death

Delhi on Monday recorded 420 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 5.25 per cent, while one more person succumbed to the viral disease, according to data shared by the health department here. With these fresh infections and fatalities, Delhi's caseload climbed to 19,37,433 and the death toll increased to 26,272, the health department bulletin said.

The fresh cases on Monday came out of 8,002 tests conducted the previous day, it said. Delhi had on Sunday reported 648 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 4.29 per cent while five people had died due to the infection. On Saturday, it had logged 678 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 3.98 per cent, and two fatalities. (PTI)

20:42 (IST)04 Jul 2022
MP sees 108 COVID-19 cases, no fatality; active tally now 728

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,44,819 on Monday after the detection of 108 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,743, an official said. The positivity rate stood at 1.6 per cent, while the recovery count increased by 71 to touch 10,33,348, leaving the state with 728 active cases, the official informed.

With 6,517 samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,95,30,921, he added. A government release said 12,05,77,894 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 43,555 on Monday. Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 10,44,819, new cases 108, death toll 10,743, recoveries 10,33,348, active cases 728, number of tests so far 2,95,30,921. (PTI)

20:05 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Maharashtra logs 1,515 new Covid-19 cases, three deaths

Maharashtra on Monday reported 1,515 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 50 per cent less compared to the previous day, and three more deaths linked to the infection, taking the overall tally to 79,86,811 and the toll to 1,47,943, said the state health department.

The state logged a drop of 1,447 cases as compared to Sunday when the daily tally was 2,962. Similarly, the number of coronavirus-linked fatalities dipped to three from six the previous day. Mumbai reported 431 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the department in a bulletin.

The bulletin said 2,062 more patients recovered from the infection during the day, pushing up their cumulative count to 78,16,933 and leaving the state with 21,935 active cases. Of the 21,935 active COVID-19 cases, the highest - 7,040 - were in Mumbai, followed by 5,221 in Pune district and 4,605 in Thane district. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)04 Jul 2022
New face mask that can kill Covid virus developed

Researchers have developed a new N95 face mask that can not only reduce COVID-19 spread but also kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus upon contact with it. The mask can potentially be worn longer, causing less plastic waste as it does not need to be replaced as frequently, the researchers said.

"We think the work is a first step toward longer-lasting, self-sterilising personal protective equipment, such as the N95 respirator,” said Edmund Palermo, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US.

"It may help reduce transmission of airborne pathogens in general," Palermo said. In research recently published in the journal Applied ACS Materials and Interfaces, the team successfully grafted broad-spectrum antimicrobial polymers onto the polypropylene filters used in N95 face masks. (PTI)

16:05 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Ladakh reports 49 new Covid cases

Ladakh has reported 49 fresh cases of coronavirus, thereby increasing the Covid-19 tally to 28,513, while 10 patients were discharged from the hospital, officials said. It is this year's highest single day jump in Covid-19 cases in the union territory, they said. All positive cases were recorded in Leh.

So far, 228 people have succumbed to Covid-19 in Ladakh. Of these, 168 deaths were reported from Leh and 60 from Kargil, according to the officials. The officials said the number of active Covid-19 cases has gone up to 150 in Ladakh-- all in the Leh. A total of 589 sample reports were tested in Ladakh. (PTI)

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15:09 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Andamans reports five new Covid-19 cases, Puducherry logs nine

The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 10,183 on Monday as five more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. All the fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, it said. The Union territory now has 40 active cases, while 10,014 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including six in the last 24 hours.

Puducherry reported a steep fall in fresh Covid-19 cases as only nine people were affected by the virus on Monday, a health bulletin stated. With the fresh cases, the overall tally in the Union Territory went up to 1,66,832. The UT had registered 97 fresh cases on Sunday. (PTI)

14:53 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Odisha records 245 new Covid-19 cases

Odisha recorded 245 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 12,90,783, the health department said. The test positivity rate fell to 1.92 per cent from 2.68 the previous day, as the cases were detected out of 12,748 samples tested. Khurda district of which the capital city Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest number of 135 new infections, followed by 38 in Cuttack. Forty-one children were afflicted with the disease.

On Sunday, the state had logged 346 new Covid-19 cases. There are 1,490 active Covid-19 cases and 65 more people recuperated from the virus, taking the total recoveries to 12,80,114. The Covid-19 death toll remained at 9,126 as there were no new deaths. Fifty-three more Covid patients had died due to comorbidities so far, it added. (PTI)

13:05 (IST)04 Jul 2022
New Covid-19 test can identify all variants in hours

Scientists in the US have developed a rapid Covid-19 test that can accurately detect all current variants of SARS-CoV-2 within hours.

The test, CoVarScan, detects the signatures of eight hotspots on the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.

The researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in the US tested CoVarScan on samples collected from more than 4,000 patients.

The research, published recently in the journal Clinical Chemistry, shows that the test is as accurate as other methods used to diagnose Covid-19, and can successfully differentiate between all current variants of SARS-CoV-2. (PTI)

12:31 (IST)04 Jul 2022
ICYMI | Delhi: Private labs claim not paid in full for Covid tests, officials cite ‘delays’

Several labs in the West district said that they have been paid less to the tune of crores for Covid-19 tests when payments for bills worth more than Rs 50 crore, that were pending clearance for two years, were finally released.

District authorities, however, said the deductions are based on a random sample verification method adopted by a six-member committee, with payments being deducted for samples processed or reports released beyond 48 hours.

Of the total amount, Rs 35 crore was released as an advance or in the first phase of payment soon after the verification process was completed. Another Rs 3-Rs 4 crore was released in the second phase after laboratories produced additional documents. (Read More)

10:51 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Assam reports 74 Covid-19 cases

Assam has reported 74 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 7,24,926, according to the National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin.

The positivity rate has increased to 8.89 per cent on Sunday as against the previous day's 8.15 per cent, it said.

The number of active Covid-19 cases has increased to 574 as against the previous day's 550, the bulletin said.

Kamrup (Metro) district reported the highest of 56 cases followed by six in Darrang, five in Goalpara and two in Dibrugarh among others.

After a lull of more than three months, there has been a surge in the number of Covid cases with 775 new cases reported since June 19 Kamrup Metro district, comprising primarily of Guwahati city, reported 552 cases alone. (PTI)

09:51 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Several eastern Chinese areas in mass Covid testing to curb new waves of infections

Parts of eastern China are running fresh rounds of mass Covid-19 testing, as the country faces new waves of infections while recovering from impact of the spring outbreaks that hit Beijing and Shanghai.

China continues to demand local authorities detect and contain new infections as soon as possible in its "dynamic Covid zero" strategy, although it has warned against expanding strict curbs unnecessarily as it struggles to revive the economy.

Daily numbers of locally transmitted infections in mainland China increased to more than 300 over the weekend compared with a few dozens in late June. While tiny by global standards, local officials have still closed some businesses and locked down more than a million people. (Reuters)

09:37 (IST)04 Jul 2022
India Reports 16,135 new cases, 24 deaths in last 24 hours

India reported 16,135 new Covid-19 cases Monday, slightly up from 16,103 infections logged Sunday and 24 deaths, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active cases now stand at 1,13,864 and 5,25,223 deaths have been recorded across the country till date. As many as 4,28,79,477 patients have been discharged, the health ministry data also shows.

09:08 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Macau steps up Covid testing as infections surge

Macau kicked off a new round of Covid-19 testing for its more than 600,000 residents on Monday, as officials in the world's biggest gambling hub raced to limit spiralling infections in the city's worst outbreak since the pandemic began.

All residents face three rounds of tests this week, in addition to rapid antigen tests, as Monday's 68 new infections took the tally in the former Portuguese colony to 852 since the middle of June. About 12,000 people are in quarantine.

Although the Chinese special administrative region has not ordered a full-scale lockdown of the kind imposed in mainland cities such as the business hub of Shanghai, Macau is already largely closed.

Non-essential government services are shut, with schools, parks, sports and entertainment facilities closed, while restaurants may only provide takeaway items. (Reuters)

09:07 (IST)04 Jul 2022
ICYMI | Japan’s secret to taming the coronavirus: peer pressure

To understand how Japan has fared better than most of the world in containing the dire consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, consider Mika Yanagihara, who went shopping for flowers this past week in central Tokyo. Even when walking outside in temperatures in the mid-90s, she kept the lower half of her face fully covered.

“People will stare at you,” Yanagihara, 33, said, explaining why she did not dare take off her mask. “There is that pressure.”

Japan’s Covid death rate, just one-twelfth of that in the United States, is the lowest among the world’s wealthiest nations. With the world’s third-largest economy and 11th-largest populace, Japan also tops global rankings in vaccination and has consistently had one of the globe’s lowest infection rates. (Read More)

08:33 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Drop in daily Covid cases in Mumbai, but experts urge masking and caution

With the gradual dropping of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, the tally of active patients dropped by 44.8 per cent in the last seven days. A day after witnessing 811 Covid-19 cases, the city recorded 761 cases as on July 3 with a drop of 6 per cent.

For the last one week, the city has been witnessing a gradual plunge in daily caseload. Between June 19 and 26, the city reported 12,727 cases. On an average, the city witnessed 1,818 cases daily. In the following week between June 27 and July 3, a total of 6,609 cases were recorded and the daily average dropped to 944. The daily caseload plunged by 48 per cent in the past week compared to the preceding seven days.

With this gradual plateauing of cases, active cases also dropped to 7,671– the lowest recorded since June 8 when the city had 7,000 patients who were undergoing treatment for Covid-19. (Read More)

08:29 (IST)04 Jul 2022
In Gujarat, Covid crisis brings estranged couples together for second chance

She was 19 when she got married in 2011. She settled down in Pandesara with her husband, who worked in a textile factory. The couple separated in 2018, and she got custody of their two children. Elders in the family made efforts to bring them back together, but failed.

In 2020, she filed a case under CrPC Section 125, seeking maintenance from her husband. At a Lok Adalat held on June 26 this year, the couple told the Surat family court that they wanted to reunite.

During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the man was out of work, and he would call his estranged wife and chat with her. Times were difficult, and he supported her financially. The couple — the man is 34, the woman is 30 — and their children, a 9-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, now live together again. (Read More)

07:24 (IST)04 Jul 2022
Hong Kong lawmaker who met China's Xi tests positive for Covid

A Hong Kong lawmaker who met President Xi Jinping during a rare visit by the Chinese leader to the territory last week said he tested positive for Covid-19 two days after the meeting.

Steven Ho, who is part of the city's largest pro-Beijing party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), tested positive for coronavirus on July 2 and has self isolated, according to an announcement on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Ho said he tested negative for the virus on June 30, the day he was shown in a photo with Xi, displayed by local broadcaster RTHK.

Xi was in Hong Kong to mark the 25th handover celebration of the territory to the mainland from Britain and swear in the city's new leader John Lee. It was his first public trip outside the Chinese mainland since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Ahead of Xi's visit to Hong Kong, officials ramped up coronavirus testing and quarantine protocols along with a massive security force, blocking roads and the airspace around the picturesque Victoria Harbour. (Reuters)

Mumbai city reported 811 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, while 1.909 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases in the city stands at 8,610.

India reported 17,092 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, data from the Union health ministry said. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 1,09,568.

New Covid cases in Mumbai dropped further to 978 on Friday, a day after the city registered 1,265 cases. Mumbai’s daily caseload plunged by 22.6 per cent in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate (TPR) — the number of positive cases out of the total tests conducted — stood at 7.8 per cent in the city with 12,452 tests conducted on Friday. The city also witnessed two Covid-related deaths. A nine-year-old girl, who had underlying comorbidities such as epilepsy and glycogen Storage Disorder Type III, succumbed to the infection.

A graph depicting the Covid-19 trend in India. (Source: Twitter)

Delhi on Friday reported 813 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 5.30 per cent, while three more people succumbed to the viral disease, according to data shared by the health department.This is the second consecutive day when the daily case count has been recorded in the range of 800-1,000. With the fresh infections and fatalities, Delhi’s caseload climbed to 19,35,687 and the death toll increased to 26,264, the health department bulletin said.

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First published on: 03-07-2022 at 07:49:35 am
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