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Coronavirus India Live Updates: 86% decline in active cases since peak, says Health Ministry

Covid-19 India Live Updates: Today’s Covid numbers -- Delhi (93 cases), Mumbai (676 cases), Kolkata (137 cases), Bengaluru (593 cases), Chennai (238 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: July 3, 2021 9:21:05 am
A health worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, during a special vaccination drive at a school in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India Live Updates: The Health Ministry on Friday said there has been 86% decline in Covid cases in India since the second wave of the virus peaked in the country. Addressing a press conference, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said, “Under the continued focus of clinical management, the recovery rate, which was at 81.1% on May 3rd, is now at around 97%.”

Announcing that pregnant women are now eligible for Covid-19 vaccination, the ministry said they may register on CoWIN portal or walk in to the nearest vaccination centre to get the jab.

The Centre, meanwhile, rushed Covid-19 teams to six  states — Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Manipur — that are reporting a high number of coronavirus infections. These teams are designated for the control and containment of the virus.

India recorded 46,617 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Friday, taking the country’s total to over 3.04 crore. Out of these, active cases declined to over 5.09 lakh while over 2.95 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Kerala continues to be the only state reporting more than 10,000 cases a day. With 853 new deaths, the death toll surpassed 4 lakh. Maharashtra accounts for 1.25 lakh of these, while Karnataka has reported over 35,000. Tamil Nadu has seen more than 32,000 deaths till now.

Johnson & Johnson said late Thursday that its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine generated strong, persistent activity against the Delta and other highly prevalent variants. The US based company said its vaccine was 85% effective and could also help prevent hospitalization and fatalities.

In another development, nine European nations are accepting Covishield vaccines for travel to other countries, sources told PTI. Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain are among the countries allowing travel by people who have taken Covishield vaccines, PTI reported quoting its sources. Switzerland is also accepting Covishield as a Schengen state, it reported.

Meanwhile, Indian drugmaker Zydus Cadila said on Thursday it has applied to the country’s drug regulator for emergency use approval of its Covid-19 vaccine and that it plans to manufacture up to 120 million doses of the shot annually.


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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Total deaths cross 4 lakh mark, 46,617 new Covid-19 cases; Moderna vaccine gets emergency approval; IMA flags 800 doctor deaths during second Covid-19 wave. Follow this space for latest updates.

20:16 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Delhi HC to hear on Jul 12 doctors' plea against costs for asking to postpone FMG Test due to COVID-19

The Delhi High Court Friday said it will hear on July 12, a plea by doctors challenging imposition of cost and certain adverse observations made by the court while dismissing their petition seeking to postpone the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) screening test due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. A vacation bench of Justices C Hari Shankar and Subramonium Prasad said there was no justification for taking up the matter now and listed it before the roster bench on July 12. "You are only challenging the costs and adverse observations, let it come before the roster bench," the court said. Petitioner, Association of MD Physicians, has filed an appeal challenging a single judge's June 11 order imposing a cost of Rs 25,000 and making certain remarks while dismissing the petition seeking to postpone the exam which was scheduled for June 18. The association, which also has as members some foreign medical graduates who have completed their primary medical courses in institutions abroad, had said there are a limited number of cities being notified as centres for the FMGE screening test and a large number of candidates will be forced to travel without having received even one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. --PTI

19:23 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Telangana logs 858 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths

Telangana on Friday reported 858 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 6.25 lakh, while the toll stood at 3,678 with nine more deaths. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the highest number of cases with 107 followed by Khammam (81) and Nalgonda (64) districts, a state government bulletin said. The number of active cases was12,726. The total number of cases in the state stood at6,25,237, while with1,175people being cured, the total recoveries are at 6,08,833. --PTI

19:22 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Delhi records 93 Covid cases, 2 deaths

Delhi recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths and 93 new cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 0.13 per cent, according to a health department bulletin. The national capital had recorded four COVID-19-related deaths and 91 cases on Thursday with a positivity rate of 0.12 per cent. As many as 407 patients recovered in the last 24 hours as the recoveries again outnumbered the new cases. With the fresh cases on Friday, Delhi's COVID-19 caseload has increased to 14,34,374. The death toll stands at 24,983, it said, adding that the case fatality rate is 1.74 per cent. The national capital had recorded 94 Covid cases at a positivity rate of 0.12 per cent and six fatalities on Wednesday. --PTI

17:54 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Pregnant women now eligible for Covid-19 vaccination: Health Ministry

Health Ministry says pregnant women now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

16:42 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Here's what all Health Ministry said today

  • There has been a decline of 86% in active cases since the peak
  • Under the continued focus of clinical management, the recovery rate, which was at 81.1% on May 3rd, is now at around 97%
  • A decline of 13% in Covid-19 cases as compared to the last weekOn average, 46,000 cases (daily) in the country
  • There are 71 districts with a positivity rate of over 10%
  • Second wave of Covid-19 is not over, cannot lower guard
  • India vaccinating average 50 lakh individuals daily since June 21, which is equivalent to inoculating entire population of Norway daily
  • Nearly 80 per cent healthcare workers, 90 per cent frontline workers have been administered both doses of Covid-19 vaccine in India

16:20 (IST)02 Jul 2021
86% decline in active cases since peak: Health Ministry

"There has been a decline of 86% in active cases since the peak. Under the continued focus of clinical management, the recovery rate, which was at 81.1% on May 3rd, is now at around 97%," says Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

16:19 (IST)02 Jul 2021
13% decline in Covid cases since last week: Health Ministry

"We have noted a decline of 13% in Covid-19 cases as compared to the last week. On average, we are reporting 46,000 cases (daily) in the country," says Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

14:06 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Mumbai: BMC issues new norms for vaccination camps at offices, housing societies

In light of the recent COVID-19 vaccination scam, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued additional guidelines and stated that inoculation at housing societies and workplaces will only be conducted by private vaccination centres registered on CoWIN portal, an official said on Friday.

The civic body also released a list of around 95 private vaccination centres in the city registered on CoWIN portal of the Union government and contact details of ward-level war rooms. As per the guidelines issued on Thursday, vaccination at workplaces and housing societies will be carried out by registered private COVID-19 vaccination centres only, and managements of offices and housing societies will have to ensure that these centres are registered on CoWIN by contacting the local authority.

Office and housing society managements will have to designate a person to work as a "nodal officer" and coordinate with private vaccination centres and support vaccination activities, it was stated. (With PTI)

13:34 (IST)02 Jul 2021
July has come, vaccines haven’t, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday found himself on the receiving end as Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Dr Harsh Vardhan slammed him for questioning the Centre over lack of vaccine doses.

Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet in Hindi, said that July has come but vaccines haven’t to which Goyal said that “petty politics is not right in the fight against Covid”. “12 crore vaccine doses will be available in July — separate from supply to private hospitals. 

11:51 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Centre rushes Covid-19 teams to 6 states reporting high infections

The Centre on Friday rushed Covid-19 teams to six states -- Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Manipur-- that are reporting a high number of coronavirus infections. These teams are designated for the control and management of the virus. 

10:46 (IST)02 Jul 2021
51,000 vaccinated in Gurgaon on Thursday, more than 80% population now inoculated

Gurgaon has vaccinated more than 80% of its population against coronavirus so far, with 51,241 people being vaccinated on Thursday – more than the target of 50,000 that the health department had set for the ‘Mega Drive Campaign’ held to mark the occasion of Doctors’ Day.

According to data shared by the health department, 42,907 people were administered the first dose of the vaccine on Thursday, while 8,334 received their second dose. Vaccines were given at a total of 220 sites in the district, of which 178 were government health centres, 40 were private hospitals, and two were-drive through vaccination sites.

A vaccination camp was also launched at the HUDA City Centre Metro station. In addition, the health department also began administering Covid vaccines in slums using a mobile vaccine van. (With Sakshi Dayal)

09:49 (IST)02 Jul 2021
India' Covid-19 death toll crosses 4 lakh mark

With 853 new deaths, the death toll surpassed 4 lakh. Maharashtra accounts for 1.25 lakh of these, while Karnataka has reported over 35,000. Tamil Nadu has seen more than 32,000 deaths till now.

09:48 (IST)02 Jul 2021
India records 46,617 new cases, 853 deaths

India recorded 46,617 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Friday, taking the country's total to over 3.04 crore. Out of these, active cases declined to over 5.09 lakh while over 2.95 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Kerala continues to be the only state reporting more than 10,000 cases a day.

09:05 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Goa may allow entry to fully vaccinated people without negative test report

With tourism taking a hit amid the second wave of the pandemic and restaurants and bars still not open in Goa, the state government may allow  entry to those who have been vaccinated with two doses  without the mandatory Covid-19 negative report.

Following directions from the High Court of Bombay at Goa, the Goa government had mandated a Covid-19 negative report for those entering the state May 10 onwards. Earlier this week, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said that the government is planning to allow entry of fully vaccinated persons into Goa. He, however, said that at this stage this pertained to those coming into Goa for business and not for tourism.

Sawant had earlier said that the state aims at vaccinating its population with at least the first dose by July 30 after which the government will consider reopening tourism. Till Thursday, 9,30,455 persons have been vaccinated in the state. (With Mayura Janwalker)

07:59 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Nagaland MLA dies of Covid-related complications in Delhi

Nagaland MLA Toshi Wungtung, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, died on Thursday, official sources said. He was 56. Wungtung was also advisor to the government for Information and Public Relations, and is the second legislator from Nagaland after C M Chang to have succumbed to coronavirus.

He had contested the 2018 elections on a Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) ticket. Wungtung had tested negative, but later his condition deteriorated and he was airlifted to Delhi, where he died at a private hospital around 8:20 am, the sources said.

22:27 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Govts not giving priority to medical sector is issue of immediate concern: CJI Ramana

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Thursday said governments not giving priority to the medical sector and its problems such as insufficient number of professionals and infrastructure are "issues of immediate concern" as he lamented that doctors are brutally attacked on duty for someone else's failure. Addressing the medical fraternity on Doctors' Day and launching the 'Defeat Diabetes Campaign', the CJI said there was a need to start an awareness movement like the anti-tobacco and pulse polio campaigns and the state has to step in in a big way. "It is saddening that our doctors are being brutally attacked while on duty. Why is it that the medical professionals are at the receiving end for someone else's failure? Issues such as insufficient number of medical professionals, infrastructure, medicines, outdated technologies, and governments not giving priority to the medical sector are issues of immediate concern," he said. --PTI

20:58 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Manipur govt extends night curfew for ten more days

Manipur government has extended the existing night curfew in seven districts, including Imphal city, for ten more days.

While the curfew will remain till July 10, the state eases more activities from the purview of the curfew.  

An order issued by the state late Wednesday night said agriculture activities, horticulture activities, shops and establishments dealing with inputs like fertiliser, seeds, pesticides, mechanical tools among others will be permitted. 

Government offices of Agriculture and Horticulture departments, NREGA activities, Stationery shops and Opticians outside Imphal main commercial hub (Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar) may open from 10 am to 2 pm on the days when grocery shops are closed, the order stated.  Further, opening up will depend on the Covid scenario and the progress in vaccination.

Vegetable vendors and grocery shops will open as per earlier arrangement on July 1, 4, 7 and 10 from 7 am to 10 am, it stated.  

The High Court may decide its activities, based on various measures taken up by the Government, as deemed appropriate, it mentioned.  

Meanwhile, the state announced that persons entering Manipur, who have been fully vaccinated with two doses of Covid vaccine, shall be exempted from producing negative testing reports.

For persons not vaccinated or partially vaccinated with single dose are required to produce Covid negative test result to enter the state.

Earlier, it was made mandatory to produce negative test result at the Imphal Airport and surface entry point, for people who desire to enter Manipur. -- Jimmy Leivon reports from Manipur

20:05 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Maha: 959 children lost a parent to COVID-19 in Thane district

At least 959 children have lost a parent to COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Thane district, Collector Rajesh Narvekar said on Thursday. The details came to light when the collector took a review of the current status of orphaned children in the district. As many as 29 children, who had lost both their parents to the dreaded disease, are eligible for a grant of Rs 5 lakh with interest once they turn 21, Narvekar said. A total of 959 children who had lost a parent to the disease are eligible for Rs 1,125 as maintenance under the scheme, he said. --PTI

20:01 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka releases special guidelines for people coming from Kerala

Negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hrs to be compulsorily produced by passengers coming to Karnataka by flight, bus, train, taxi. Also, applicable for all flights from Kerala to Karnataka.

19:15 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Sikkim reports 122 new Covid-19 cases, 1 more death

Sikkim on Thursday reported 122 new COVID-19 cases which took the tally to 20,666, a health department bulletin said. The death toll rose to 308 as one more patient succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours. Of the new cases, 59 were registered in East Sikkim, 23 in South Sikkim, and eight in North Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 2,107 active COVID-19 cases, while 17,998 people have recovered from the infection. Altogether 253 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states. --PTI

A beneficiary poses for a photograph after getting a shot of the Sputnik V vaccine in Pune. (Express Photo: Ashish Kale)

Cash crunch amid pandemic, people turn to gold loans

Cash crunch and unforeseen expenses due to lockdown and Covid pandemic seem to have prompted people to go for gold loans with the segment recording the highest credit growth of 33.8 per cent among all sectors during the 12 months ended May 2021.

Gold loan outstanding with banks rose by Rs 15,686 crore to Rs 62,101 crore as of May 2021 from Rs 46,415 crore in May 2020, according to the latest RBI data. Since March 2020 when Covid-19 hit the country, gold loan outstanding has shot up by 86.4 per cent, or Rs 33,308 crore by May 2021, RBI data says.

PM Modi says vaccine drive must be scaled up

Amid speculation over an imminent cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with his council of ministers, during which a presentation on the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme was made, sources said.

In the almost four-hour meeting, Modi, who chaired the meeting, urged the ministers to work hard to overcome the damage caused by the second surge of the pandemic and to see that a third wave does not hit the country badly, sources added. Niti Aayog member V K Paul made the presentation on the progress of the vaccination programme.

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