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Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala reports 15,637 fresh cases and 128 deaths; positivity rate remains over 10%

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Highlights: Among the fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, 77 were from Delhi, 635 from Mumbai, 78 from Kolkata, 400 from Bengaluru and 153 from Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 15, 2021 8:20:58 am
Patna: A beneficiary receives COVID-19 vaccine dose, in Patna, Saturday, July 10, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala on Wednesday recorded 15,637 fresh Covid cases, pushing the infection caseload to 31,03,310, while 128 deaths took the toll to 14,938. The state now has 1,17,708 active cases. The positivity rate is now at 10.03 per cent.

For almost a month now, the state has been reporting between 11,000 and 13,000 cases every day, and it has been the biggest contributor to the national caseload since June 15. The state’s contribution to the national numbers has risen steadily since the overall numbers began to decline two months ago.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh schools will reopen for students of classes 11 and 12 from July 25.  Classes will be held four times in a week with two days for batches of two. If the Covid situation in the state remains stable, classes for 9-10, 6-8 and 1-5 will also be resumed, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

India recorded 38,792 new coronavirus cases and 624 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending 8 am on Wednesday. Among the fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, 77 were from Delhi, 635 from Mumbai, 78 from Kolkata, 400 from Bengaluru and 153 from Chennai.

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MP to start classes for 11 & 12 at 50 percent capacity from July 25. India records 38,792 new coronavirus cases, 624 deaths. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:41 (IST)14 Jul 2021
90 new cases in UP and two more deaths

A total of 90 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, raising the infection count to 17,07,585, while the death toll climbed to 22,704 with two fresh fatalities. The latest two deaths were reported from Sultanpur and Meerut, a health bulletin said. 

90 fresh cases were reported in the state in the past 24 hours, while 134 persons were discharged after recovery, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said. The number of recoveries in the state has reached 16,83,453, he said. The active cases as of now stand at 1,428, Prasad said. (PTI)

22:38 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Kerala to test 3.75 lakh people in next two days under augmented testing strategy

Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday said the state has come out with an augmented testing strategy under which 3.75 lakh people would be tested in the next two days to identify the specific areas and categories of people continuously affected by coronavirus.

The minister, in a release, said that 1.25 lakh people would be tested on Thursday and 2.5 lakh on Friday and the analysis of the results would further help strengthen the fight against COVID-19.

She further said that allthose with influenza like symptoms, severe respiratory infections, diabetes and hypertension, those under 45 years of age who interact with crowds, those over 45 years of age who have not been vaccinated and those who come into contact with COVID-19 sufferers, would be screened under the new testing strategy. (PTI)

21:40 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Rajasthan not getting adequate supply of Covid vaccines: State health minister

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Wednesday that while other states are being provided COVID-19 vaccines as per their demands, the state is not getting adequate supply.

Sharma said that from June 21, the state has been completely dependent on the Centre for the availability of vaccines.

"While vaccines are being provided to other states of the country as per their demands, Rajasthan is not getting vaccines in adequate supply," he said.

The minister said that 65 lakh Covid vaccine doses have been allocated to the state by the Centre for the month of July, whereas the state requires 75 lakh second doses alone. (PTI)

21:36 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Over 90 lakh doses administered in Delhi till date: Vaccine bulletin

More than 90 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people in Delhi till date, according to official figures shared by authorities on Wednesday. The latest vaccination bulletin released by the city health department said, less than a day of vaccine stock was left.

Till date, 90,88,718 doses have been administered to people here till date, it said. On Tuesday, 1,29,054 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, which included 92,547 first doses and 36,507 second doses. The figures for Wednesday were still awaited. '

The total number of vaccine doses administered in Delhi till date, includes 69,57,233 first doses and 21,31,485 second doses, the government's vaccination bulletin said. (PTI)

21:35 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Delta sub-lineages AY.1, AY.2 unlikely to be more transmissible than Delta: INSACOG

Delta variant sub-lineages -- AY.1 and AY.2 -- are unlikely to be more transmissible than Delta said INSACOG, a consortium of government panel involved in genome sequencing of coronavirus. In a recent bulletin, it also said that AY.3 has been identified as a new sub-lineage of Delta and it is defined by 'ORF1a:I3731V common AY.1 mutations except for S:417'.

It is primarily seen in the US with single reclassified case in the UK and India. There are no known significant properties of this mutation but since it is a Delta VOC sub-lineage, INSACOG will continue to monitor it, the bulletin stated. (PTI)

21:33 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Nagaland reports 109 new cases, 2 fresh fatalities

Nagaland's Covid tally increased to 26,249 on Wednesday as 109 more people tested positive for the infection while two fresh fatalities deaths pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 516, a health bulletin said. A total of 49 more patients recovered from the disease, in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state has slightly decreased from 91.57 per cent on Tuesday to 91.38 per cent. (PTI)

21:31 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Maharashtra reports 8,602 fresh cases, 170 more deaths

Maharashtra reported 8,602 new coronavirus positive cases and 170 deaths on Wednesday, taking the caseload to 61,81,247 and toll to 1,26,390, a health department official said.

On Tuesday, the state had reported 7,243 cases and 196 fatalities. 

A total of 6,067 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, while the number of recoveries rose to 59,44,801. Maharashtra's recovery rate is 96.17 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.04 per cent, the official said. (PTI)

21:12 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 2,458 new cases and 55 deaths; 153 fresh infections in Chennai

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 2,458 new cases and 55 deaths. Among the fresh infections, 153 were recorded in Chennai.

21:04 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Goa records 227 fresh cases, 171 recoveries

With the addition of 227 fresh cases, the tally of infections in Goa rose to 1,69,215 on Wednesday, an official from the state health department said, PTI reported. At least 171 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 1,64,326, while the toll stood at 3,101, as no new casualties were reported during the day, the official said.

The coastal state currently has 1,788 patients undergoing treatment, he said. With 5,651 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 9,84,237, he added. (PTI)

20:42 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Kerala logs 15,637 COVID-19 cases, 128 deaths

Kerala on Wednesday recorded 15,637 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 31,03,310, while 128 deaths took the toll to 14,938. As many as 12,974 people have been cured, taking the total recoveries to29,70,175 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,17,708, a state government release said.

Malappuram accounted for the highest number of cases (2030), Kozhikode (2022), Ernakulam (1894), Thrissur (1704), Kollam (1154), Thiruvananthapuram (1133) and Palakkad (1111). (PTI)

20:20 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka reports 1,990 new cases and 45 deaths; 400 fresh infections in Bengaluru

Karnataka reports 1,990 new cases and 45 deaths. Among the fresh infections, 400 were reported from Bengaluru.

20:08 (IST)14 Jul 2021
West Bengal reports 831 new cases and 14 more deaths; 78 fresh infections in Kolkata

West Bengal reports 831 new cases and 14 deaths. Among the new cases, 78 were reported from Kolkata. The city also reported two more deaths.

19:59 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Mumbai reports 635 new cases, recovery rate at 96%

Mumbai reports 635 new cases 582 discharges. The city now has a recovery rate of 96 per cent.

19:53 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Sikkim logs 169 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 22,792

Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 22,792 on Wednesday as 169 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. East Sikkim district registered the highest number of new cases at 84, followed by West Sikkim (51), South Sikkim (33), and North Sikkim (one).

The Himalayan state now has 2,279 active cases, while 19,937 people have recovered from the disease, 259 patients have migrated to other states and 317 have succumbed to the infection to date. (PTI)

19:07 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Siddaramaiah calls for Assembly session to discuss Covid management, vaccination

Karnataka Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday urged the BJP-led government in the state to convene an Assembly session at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi to discuss issues related to Covid-19 management, vaccination drive, allegations of corruption and the financial situation of the state.

Citing sections 3 and 4 of the Karnataka Conduct of Government Business in the State Legislature Act, 2005, the Congress leader wrote to CM B S Yediyurappa and Assembly Speaker Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri demanding that the Assembly session be convened in July. Read full report

18:43 (IST)14 Jul 2021
No new case due to Delta Plus variant reported in Maharashtra: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope says, “No new case due to Delta Plus variant has been reported in Maharashtra…I will meet the Union Health Minister and request him to provide an adequate quantity of vaccines to the state We need 3 crore vaccine does every month.” (ANI)

18:41 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Uttarakhand reports 33 new cases and 1 death

Uttarakhand reports 33 new cases, 140 recoveries and 1 death in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

17:41 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Mumbai: BMC to start vaccinating pregnant women from Thursday

BMC to start vaccinating pregnant women from tomorrow. The step has been taken after a recommendation by the Experts' task force. BMC will start with 35 centers across Mumbai, which will vaccinate pregnant women. (ANI)

17:40 (IST)14 Jul 2021
West Bengal extends Covid restrictions till July 30

Covid restrictions extended in West Bengal till July 30. Metro rail will now operate 5 days a week with 50% seating capacity. Not more than 50 people will be allowed at weddings and a maximum of 20 to be allowed at funerals. All shops and markets may remain open as per usual operational hours.

17:20 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Blood thinner may reduce death risk in moderately ill Covid patients: Study

Administering a full dose of a standard blood thinner early to moderately ill hospitalised patients with COVID-19 could halt the formation of blood clots and reduce the risk of severe disease and death, according to a study.

COVID-19 is marked by heightened inflammation and abnormal clotting in the blood vessels, particularly in the lungs, and is believed to contribute to progression to severe disease and death.

The researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine in Canada noted that heparin -- a blood thinner given regularly at low dose to hospitalised patients -- stops clots from forming and reduces inflammation.

The yet-to-be-published study, post on the preprint server MedRxiv, examined the benefits of administering a therapeutic full dose of heparin versus a prophylactic low dose to moderately ill patients admitted to hospital wards with COVID-19.

"This study was designed to detect a difference in the primary outcome that included ICU transfer, mechanical ventilation or death," says Mary Cushman, study co-principal investigator and a professor at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine. (PTI)

Delhi Police fly drone over crowded Sarojini Nagar market to check Covid rules, in New Delhi on Sunday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

A 21-year-old from Kerala’s Thrissur district, who was India’s first recorded case of Covid-19, has again tested positive for the virus. Sources in the health department said the woman, a medical student at Wuhan University of China, has not got either of her vaccination shots.

The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the "gross violations" of Covid-appropriate behaviour in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.

Meanwhile, the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Tuesday announced plans to start producing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in India from September. The parties intend to produce over 300 million doses of the vaccine in India per year, it added.

Addressing a press conference on the pandemic situation in the country, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people talk about the third wave as a "weather update" but fail to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any future waves.

Amid fears of a possible third wave of Covid-19, the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday suspended the kanwar yatra even as neighbouring Uttar Pradesh is pressing ahead with the annual ritual that sees a heavy movement of pilgrims across states in the northern belt.

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