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Coronavirus India Highlights: Haryana extends Covid-19 lockdown till July 26

The country also reported 518 new fatalities on Sunday. Maharashtra reported the highest deaths followed by Kerala.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: July 20, 2021 7:46:02 am
The next 100-125 days in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will be critical, the NITI Aayog member (health) said, adding that people need to remain “cautious”.

The Haryana government on Sunday extended its covid-19 lockdown by a week, it will now stay in effect till 5 am on July 26. The state however introduced more relaxations and allowed restaurants, malls etc. to be open till 11 pm with 50 per vent capacity. Gyms will also be allowed to operate from 6 am to 9 pm, with half capacity. Up to 100 people are allowed for weddings and funerals.

India recorded 41,157 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Sunday. Active cases have marginally declined to 4.22 lakh. Kerala recorded the highest new cases(16,148) in one and a half months. The country also reported 518 new fatalities on Sunday. Maharashtra reported the highest deaths followed by Kerala.

India’s athletes are all set to participate in the Tokyo Olympics even as three athletes, two of them staying at the Olympic Village, have tested positive for covid-19, the Games Organising Committee announced on Sunday. Following the positive case, the Olympics organisers urged every team to be extra cautious.

The centre on Sunday said that over 41.99 crore coronavirus vaccine doses have so far been provided to states and union territories. It further said that over 2.56 crore unused doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals.

 

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India records 41,157 new cases in 24 hours, 518 new deaths. 

22:38 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Covid-19: Chhattisgarh logs 165 cases, 2 deaths

Chhattisgarh on Sunday reported 165 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, taking the tally to 9,99,853 and the toll to 13,496, a health official said. The number of recoveries reached 9,82,638 after 53 people were discharged from hospitals and 228 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 3,719 active cases, the official informed. "Raipur district recorded 16 new cases, taking its caseload to 1,57,534, including 3,136 deaths. Janjgir-Champa saw 17 cases, Bastar 14 and Bijapur 12. With 26,833 samples being examined on Sunday, the number of tests in the state went up to 1,09,15,132," he said. The official said more than 1.11 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state till Saturday, with 90,92,377 people getting the first jab and 20,16,679 receiving the second one as well. --PTI

22:35 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Covid-19: TN reports 2,079 new cases, 29 fatalities

Tamil Nadu reported 2,079 new COVID-19 cases, including a returnee from Andhra Pradesh, pushing the tally to 25,35,402, the Health department said on Sunday. The number of fatalities mounted to 33,724 with 29 more people succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours. Recoveries outnumbered new coronavirus infections with 2,743 people getting discharged, aggregating to 24,73,781 leaving 27,897 active cases in the state, a medical bulletin said. As many as 30 districts reported new infections in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 21 districts. Chennai added 150 new cases, taking the overall count to 5,36,206, while the death toll mounted to 8,296 in the state capital. --PTI

18:55 (IST)18 Jul 2021
DDMA cancels Kanwar Yatra in Delhi

In view of Covid-19, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has cancelled the organisation of the Kanwar Yatra in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.

18:41 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Uttarakhand reports 19 new Covid cases, zero deaths

Uttarakhand reports 19 new Covid cases, 52 recoveries, and zero deaths today.

18:35 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Fully vaccinated people will have to undergo Covid-19 test to enter Assam

The Assam government has tightened its screening procedure for people entering the state, with no exemption for even those who have received both doses of the COVID vaccine, an official said on Sunday. With about five per cent of the fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Assam in the last few months being of fully vaccinated people, testing of everyone irrespective of their inoculation status has been made mandatory, he said. The Assam government had on July 15 withdrawn its earlier order, dated June 25, 2021, in which it had exempted fully vaccinated air and train passengers from undergoing mandatory COVID tests. --PTI

16:13 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Karnataka to reopen theatres, cinema halls, colleges: Here are the guidelines

The Karnataka government has allowed cinema halls and theatres across the state, including Bengaluru, to function from Monday (July 19) while colleges have been permitted to allow students on campuses from July 26. These were among several relaxations announced to the curbs that were in place in the state to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic since the second wave began months back. Here are the full guidelines

13:31 (IST)18 Jul 2021
😷 Haryana extends lockdown till July 26

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the lockdown by a week, it will now stay in effect till 5 am on July 26. The state however introduced more relaxations and allowed restaurants, malls etc to be open till 11 pm with 50 per vent capacity.

  • Gyms will also be allowed to operate from 6 am to 9 pm, with half capacity.
  • Up to 100 people are allowed for weddings and funerals.
  • In open spaces, gatherings of up to 200 people along with covid appropriate behaviour will be allowed.
  • Swimming pools are allowed only for athletes who are competing/practicing for a competitive event.
  • Cinema halls allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity
13:13 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Nearly 42 crore doses given to states so far: Centre

The centre on Sunday said that over 41.99 crore coronavirus vaccine doses have so far been provided to states and union territories.It further said that over 2.56 crore unused doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals.

13:05 (IST)18 Jul 2021
UK PM Johnson was in contact with COVID carrier

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister Rishi Sunak have been contacted by NHS test and trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID, Downing Street said on Sunday.

“They will be participating in the daily contact testing pilot to allow them to continue to work from Downing Street," Downing Street said in a statement. “They will be conducting only essential government business during this period.”

12:55 (IST)18 Jul 2021
COVID scare at Olympics: 3 athletes test positive for COVID-19, 2 staying at Olympic Village

Three athletes, two of them staying at the Olympic Village, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Games Organising Committee announced on Sunday.

It is the first instance of athletes staying at the village catching the infection. Their identities have not been revealed by the organisers. The third infected athlete is staying at a designated Games hotel.

A total of 10 cases were detected on the day, including five “Games concerned personnel”, one contractor, and a journalist, according to the COVID-19 Positive Case List uploaded by the OC here.

11:49 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Covid-19: Etihad extends ban on flights from India to UAE till July 31

As countries around the world witness a surge in coronavirus cases linked largely to the highly transmissible ‘Delta’ variant, Etihad Airways announced that it was extending the suspension of flights from India and two other countries to the UAE until July 31. In a statement, Etihad Airways said that flights services have also been suspended from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Earlier, the carrier had banned air services to UAE in five countries, including India and Pakistan, until July 21. But amidst the recent concern over the Delta variant, the airline announced that it would be extending the ban even further.

10:07 (IST)18 Jul 2021
World| All adults in Britain offered a Covid-19 shot ahead of Monday reopening

Every adult in the United Kingdom has been offered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Sunday, ahead of the end of legal restrictions in England on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s target was for every adult who wanted to a shot to be able to get one by July 19.So far, 87.8% of adults have received a first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, with the government also meeting a target to give two-thirds of adults two doses of vaccine by Monday.

Johnson is proceeding with the full re-opening of the economy despite a fresh surge of cases fuelled by the highly transmissible Delta variant. New infections are running at their highest level since January.

09:39 (IST)18 Jul 2021
India records 41,157 new cases, 518 deaths

India recorded 41,157 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Sunday. Active cases have marginally declined to 4.22 lakh. Kerala recorded the highest new cases(16,148) in one and a half months. The country also reported 518 new fatalities on Sunday. Maharashtra reported the highest deaths followed by Kerala.

09:11 (IST)18 Jul 2021
Indian athletes set for Tokyo Olympics, as first covid cases detected inside games village

India's athletes are all set to participate in the Tokyo Olympics even as the the first Covid-19 case was detected inside the Games Village on Saturday, raising concerns ahead of the opening ceremony. Following the positive case, the Olympics organisers urged every team to be extra cautious.

22:28 (IST)17 Jul 2021
UP govt cancels Kanwar Yatra

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday cancelled the Kanwar Yatra a day after the Supreme Court asked the state government to reconsider even allowing a symbolic physical yatra given the fear of a third Covid-19 wave.

While asking the UP government to reconsider allowing even a symbolic physical yatra this year, the apex court on Friday had underlined that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount” and that “all other sentiments, albeit religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right”. Read the full report here

21:01 (IST)17 Jul 2021
Maharashtra reports 8,172 Covid-19 cases, 124 deaths; 8,950 patients recover

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 8,172 new Covid-19 cases and 124 deaths which took the state's infection tally to 62,05,190 and death toll to 1,26,851, the health department said in a release.

As many as 8,950 patients were discharged from hospitals,  pushing the total of recovered persons to 59,74,594. The state has a recovery rate of 96.28 per cent. The case fatality rate stood at 2.04 per cent, while there are 1,00,429 active cases in the state, the release said.

Mumbai city reported 469 Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths, taking its caseload to 7,30,703 and death toll to 15,690. (PTI)

20:44 (IST)17 Jul 2021
India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage surpasses 40 cr

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage surpassed 40 crore (40,44,67,526), as of 7 pm on Saturday. More than 46.38 lakh vaccine doses were administered today.

It also stated that 12,40,07,069 persons in the age group 18-44 years across 37 States/UTs have received their first dose and total 48,50,858 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

20:29 (IST)17 Jul 2021
Covid can make one more susceptible to developing active tuberculosis: Health Ministry

Covid-19 can make a person more susceptible to developing active tuberculosis as it is an "opportunistic" infection like black fungus but currently there is not enough evidence to suggest TB cases have risen due to the viral disease, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said notification of tuberculosis cases had decreased by about 25 per cent in 2020 due to Covid-related restrictions and special efforts are being made to mitigate this impact through intensified case findings. (PTI)

19:59 (IST)17 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu logs 2,205 new Covid cases, 2,802 recoveries, 43 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Saturday reported 2,205 new Covid-19 cases and 2,802 recoveries. The state also recorded 43 deaths today.

19:24 (IST)17 Jul 2021
Karnataka reports 1,869 new Covid cases, 42 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,869 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday along with 3,144 recoveries, and 42 deaths. (ANI)

Traffic jams have returned to Mumbai as Covid restrictions are eased. (PTI Photo)

Reconsider even symbolic Kanwar Yatra: SC to UP government

The Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government Friday to reconsider even allowing a symbolic physical Kanwar Yatra given the fear of a third Covid-19 wave.

Underlining that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount,” it said, “all other sentiments, albeit religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right”.

The bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai, which had sought responses from the Centre, UP and Uttarakhand after taking suo motu cognisance of a report in The Indian Express on UP’s decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra during the pandemic, was told by told Senior Advocate C S Vaidyanathan, who appeared for the UP government, that the state will hold only a “symbolic physical” Kanwar Yatra keeping religious sentiments in mind — it starts July 25.

Schools shut, Gujarat municipal teachers hold classes in parks, bridge digital divide

Class 8 has assembled for their English grammar lesson. Not in their classroom, not on screen, but in an open park in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad.

The white board is propped up on a concrete bench, facing a group of around 15 children, all from the Naranpura Hindi-medium school run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A group of elderly regulars at the park pause to watch the children and their teacher at work. Some distance away, a group of bhajan singers periodically strike discordant notes — about the only time the children look up from their books.

The open classes are part of the Gujarat education department’s sheri shikshan (street education) initiative that was launched in the last week of June for children who had been left out of the virtual learning programme. With the pandemic forcing schools shut since last year, teachers are now holding classes for smaller groups in open spaces — in public parks and in temple complexes.

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