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Coronavirus July 22 Updates: Manipur govt announces seven-day total lockdown starting tomorrow

India, the third ranked country, reported 37,724 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 648 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2020 9:20:12 am
Coronavirus mobile testing centres Health workers in mobile Covid-19 testing van take swab samples of the public to process Rapid testing in New Ashok Nagar, in New Delhi on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Express photo by Abhinav Saha

Kerala, for the first time on Wednesday, breached the 1000-mark in Covid-19 cases in a single day after it declared 1038 more positive cases on Wednesday. Out of this, 785 cases are due to local transmission. While addressing a press conference,  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state may go for complete lockdown again as the Covid-19 cases are on the rise. “We had previously implemented a complete lockdown in the state. We are aware of such viewpoints (complete lockdown).Although it has not been decided yet, I think we will have to consider it,” he said.

India, the third ranked country, reported 37,724 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 648 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. This took the country’s tally to 11,82,915, including 4,11,133 active cases, 7,53,050 recoveries and 28,732 deaths.

In other news, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced a six-day lockdown in the valley, except for Bandipore district, to stem the spread of virus. Bhopal will also be under lockdown  from July 24 to August 3.

In New Delhi, the serological survey conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the exposure of the coronavirus in the population showed an over 20 per cent prevalence of Covid in eight of the 11 districts in Delhi. Further, it also indicated that over 77 per cent were vulnerable to the virus.

Globally, the number of coronavirus infections in the world crossed 15 million Wednesday. There are now 15,009,213 cases of Covid-19, at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually. The country worst hit by the pandemic is the United States, followed by Brazil. At least 616,000 people have succumbed to the disease. President Donald Trump reiterated India was second after the United States in testing samples for Covid-19. “We’re going to be over 50 million tests,” Trump said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that the “second country is India with 12 million (tests)”. According to a tally released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday, India had conducted nearly 15 million tests.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker, India Lockdown News Live Updates: Over 15 million cases reported globally; India's cases at 11,82,915, deaths at 28,732; Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh are key states to watch. Read news in Tamil, Malayalam

00:52 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Pune reports maximum Covid cases in India, but fewer deaths than Mumbai

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a city, 2,111, in India on Wednesday, as per data provided by the Maharashtra government. PMC reported over 700 more cases than the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai, the city with the second highest number of cases, at 1,310.

A day before, PMC had reported 1,678, cases over 600 more cases than BMC, which recorded 992 cases.

But while the number of new patients has increased in PMC areas, the number of deaths due to the infection is lower than BMC areas, with 22, 40 and 36 deaths reported on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, compared to the 41, 62 and 58 deaths reported by BMC. Read more

00:10 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Punjab sees 6 more deaths, record one-day jump of 414 COVID-19 cases

Punjab on Wednesday recorded 414 novel coronavirus cases, its largest single-day spike in infections, bringing the tally to 11,301, according to official medical bulletin. Earlier, the state had witnessed the biggest single-day jump of 411 cases on July 20.

Six more people succumbed to Covid-19, pushing the death toll to 269. The fatalities were reported from Jalandhar (men aged 74 and 78), Ludhiana (70-year-man), Patiala (62-year-man), Gurdaspur (80-year-man) and Hoshiarpur (52-year-man).

As per the bullletin, Hoshiarpur reported maximum new cases (81), followed by Ludhiana (73) and Patiala (50). Jalandhar reported 41 new cases, Mohali 30 and Fazilka 25. Ludhiana breached the 2,000 mark, with district tally reaching 2059 Wednesday.

22:17 (IST)22 Jul 2020
58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights scheduled to land in TN, Centre tells HC

The Centre on Wednesday informed the Madras high court that 58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights are scheduled to land in Tamil Nadu returning stranded residents of the state from across the globe due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

"Of them, 41 will land in Chennai, 11 in Trichy, 4 in Coimbatore, and 2 in Madurai," additional solicitor general of India R Sankaranarayanan said.
Recording it, a division bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha cited a report published in an English daily.
According to the article, three flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi were reported to have landed in Chennai empty as there were no passengers to take the flights.

To this, senior advocate P Wilson representing DMK said that travel agents are booking the whole flight and later selling the tickets at high rates.
Wilson further submitted that only because of court intervention more Vande Bharat Mission flights were provided which helped all the stranded passengers to reach their destinations till today. PTI

21:30 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Curfew to be imposed in Manipur starting tomorrow

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday announced 7 days total lockdown in the entire state starting Thursday afternoon which may be extended upto 14 days. The lockdown will come into force from 2 PM. Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said that the decision was taken by the state cabinet in an emergency meeting held on Thursday evening in view of the rising cases of COVID-19 particularly cases without travel history.

To strictly enforce the lockdown the cabinet has also resolved to impose a total curfew during the lockdown period, he said adding that essential service related activities will be exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

20:43 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Bhopal to remain under lockdown for a week from July 24

The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday announced lockdonw in Bhopal will remain from July 24 to August 3  to contain the spread of virus. The state has  recorded 747 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count to 24,842 in the state, officials said. At 157, Bhopal reported the highest number of cases in the day, followed by 114 in Indore and 43 in Gwalior, they said. The total count of cases in Indore, Bhopal and Gwalior districts now stands at 6,339, 4,669 and 1,798, respectively. 

20:26 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Has the pandemic strengthened patriarchy?

With a very interesting point of view, RBI Chair Professor Sunny Jose says: " Pandemics create unforeseen disruptions and challenges and force us to resort to strategies or measures to offset their impacts which may create dependencies and disparities. However, such dependencies and disparities neither evolve naturally nor in a vacuum. They build on and exacerbate the prevalent hierarchies and inequalities. Intensive demand on care and domestic work by women during the present pandemic takes advantage of the patriarchal structure, which relegates care work largely to women in India. In multiple ways, COVID-19 has contributed to lowering women’s well-being and freedom, and to the regressive phenomenon of the housewife." Read more

Explained: The ‘Bhilwara model’ of ‘ruthless containment’ to stop the coronavirus

19:42 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Kerala may go for complete lockdown again: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

While addressing a press conference,  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state may go for complete lockdown again as the Covid-19 numbers are on the rise."We had previously implemented a complete lockdown in the state. We are aware of such viewpoints (complete lockdown).Although it has not been decided yet, I think we will have to consider it," he said.

18:14 (IST)22 Jul 2020
For the first time, Kerala Covid cases breach 1000-mark in single day

Kerala breached the 1000-mark in Covid-19 cases in a single day for the first time after it declared 1038 more positive cases on Wednesday. Out of this, 785 cases are due to local transmission, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing a press conference.

18:14 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Himachal CM in self-quarantine after deputy secretary tests COVID positive

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said he was going into self-quarantine after a deputy secretary in his office tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, PTI reported.

17:11 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Top Covid-19 headlines this evening

— With 37,724 new cases, India’s COVID-19 caseload on Wednesday is 11,92,915. The country recorded 684 deaths in 24 hours.

— The country, however, recorded highest-ever COVID-19 recoveries in 24 hours and over 28,000 have been discharged

— The Govt has extended work from home norms for IT companies till Dec 31

- J&K imposed a six-day lockdown across Kashmir Valley, except for Bandipore district, to stem the spread of virus

— Delhi government plans more monthly sero-surveys, next to be done in August

— Globally, COVID-19 infections cross 15 million mark, death toll soars to 616,958

— US President Trump said that US is leading the world in testing and India is at second position

— Brazil approves clinical trials for potential Covid-19 vaccine

— Thailand to extend emergency decree until end of August

— Indian-origin nurse Kala Narayanasamy has been conferred with President’s Award in Singapore for serving on the frontline during pandemic

16:05 (IST)22 Jul 2020
MP govt cancels Independence Day public events due to COVID-19

The Madhya Pradesh government will not organise traditional public functions to mark the Independence Day this year in view of the coronavirus crisis, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday. Instead only an official flag hoisting programme will be held in the state capital which will be attended by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other members of the Cabinet. The parade and other programmes also stand cancelled. This decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held here this morning. 

15:47 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Delhi govt plans more monthly sero-surveys, next to be done in Aug: Jain


The Delhi government has now decided to conduct more monthly sero-surveys to find greater percentage of such people who had got infected and recovered, so as to formulate better policies for tackling COVID-19, he said. On a query that there were reports of some people trying to indulge in monetary transactions for convalescent plasma, Jain warned that "strict action" will be taken if anyone tries to buy or sell plasma. 

15:34 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Six day lockdown in Kashmir Valley to stem COVID-19 spread

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has imposed a six-day lockdown across Kashmir Valley, except for Bandipore district, to stem the spread of COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday. The lockdown, which comes into effect on Wednesday evening, will be reviewed after six days, they said. There were 502 fresh cases in the Valley on Wednesday. The number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 15,258, according to Union Health Ministry figures.  

15:29 (IST)22 Jul 2020
How railways is ensuring safety of passengers during Covid-19 pandemic

The railways has spent an additional Rs three lakh per non-AC coach and Rs 6 lakh per AC coach to ensure safety of passengers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic with these specially designed coaches, a senior official said Tuesday. Here's the break-up. 

14:53 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Explained: Why govt does not want you to wear N95 masks with valved respirators

Opening a new front to the debate whether N95 masks can really offer protection from the novel coronavirus, the Union Health Ministry has warned against the use of such masks with valved respirators, which is basically the raised plastic disk that is embedded in the fibre. What are N95 masks? How many types of N95 masks are there? What is the function of the valve in an N95 mask? What is the concern raised by the Health Ministry? Read Abhishek De's explainer

14:13 (IST)22 Jul 2020
A little less than 38,000 new cases were detected on Tuesday

Across the country, a little less than 38,000 new cases were detected on Tuesday, taking India’s total caseload to 11.93 lakh, of which 7.53 have recovered from the disease. The sharpest rise continued to come from Andhra Pradesh, which reported close to 5,000 new infections.

14:12 (IST)22 Jul 2020
How to read the serological survey results from Mumbai and Delhi

Results of two different serological surveys, one in Delhi and the other in Mumbai, were announced on Tuesday. Both the surveys found the presence of novel Coronavirus-specific antibodies in slightly less than 25 per cent of those tested. This could mean that in either of these cities, there were chances that about 25 per cent of the city’s population had already been infected by the virus, if we assume that the disease was uniformly spread in the population. Read Amitabh Sinha's explainer

12:52 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Goa plans new academic session from September

The Goa education department is likely to begin the new session in September, state education director Santosh Amonkar told PTI. The calendar has been advanced due to Covid-19. It usually begins in June. Higher classes are likely to begin first, and the syllabus may be reduced.

"We are expecting that at least by September we should be able to start the schools," Amonkar said. "Even if we start the schools, it would be in a staggered manner." 

12:49 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Tamil Nadu government allows pooled testing of samples in 21 districts

The Tamil Nadu government has issued an order with guidelines for pooled testing of Covid-19 in 21 districts in the state. These are areas with a positivity rate of 2-5 per cent.

The districts where pooled testing can now take place include Pudukottai, Tirunelveli, Tiruvhirapalli, Villupuram, Thiruvarur, Tenkasi, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Salem, Kanyakumari, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Coimbatore, The Nilgiris, Thanjavur, Dharmapuri, Tiruppur, Karur, Namakkal and Erode.

11:58 (IST)22 Jul 2020
At Golden Temple, devotees and sewadars flout mask guideline

As long queues and hustle bustle returns to the Golden Temple, the authorities are in a fix on how to make the pilgrims at Golden Temple to wear masks, a critical protection that can go a long way in breaking the Covid-19 chain. Currently both the pilgrims and even those performing sewa at the Golden Temple could be seen moving around without masks, reports Kamaldeep Singh Brar.

“We gave clear instructions to the devotees to wear the mask. Our sewadar, standing inside the premises of Golden Temple, repeatedly keep telling the devotees to put on masks and follow all other Covid-19 protocol. We can only advise not force the devotees to wear masks,” said SGPC secretary Mahinder Singh Ahali.

coronavirus india Health team taking samples for testing in Panchkula. (Express photo: Jaipal Singh)

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,18,695 on Monday with the addition of 8,240 new cases, while the death toll crossed the 12,000-mark, news agency PTI reported quoting state health department data.

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With 176 new deaths in a day, the state's fatality count increased to 12,030, the department said. The Centre and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also asked states to ramp up their testing capacity.

Also read | Andhra surges in coronavirus case load, so does India

In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava have asked the states to add more labs and enhance the existing testing capacity of the approved labs.

Globally, the virus has claimed 6,06,922 lives and infected more than 14.5 million people. The Donald Trump-led United States continues to top the charts with 37,74,769 cases and over 1,40,563 deaths. Countries like South Korea continue to see a decline, with the Asian country reporting its lowest daily spike in two months.

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