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Coronavirus India Highlights: Less than 5 lakh active cases, but high positivity rate in some states, says Lav Agarwal

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Highlights: Among the fresh cases, 79 were in Delhi, 453 in Mumbai, 715 in Bengaluru, 209 in Chennai and 59 in Kolkata.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 7, 2021 8:40:11 am
Covid-19Vaccination drive underway at a centre in Mumbai (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Holding a press briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on Tuesday said there are less than 5 lakh active cases in the country now but the positivity rate is still high in some places. “In states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, the positivity rate is more than 10%. The second wave is still existent in a limited way, in some areas,” he said.

India recorded 34,703 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 3.06 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 111 days. Out of these, active cases further declined to 4.64 lakh while recovery rate rose to 97.17%. Among the fresh cases, 79 were in Delhi, 453 in Mumbai, 715 in Bengaluru, 209 in Chennai and 59 in Kolkata.

Assam on Tuesday declared a total lockdown in seven of its districts — Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon — as they are showing a high positivity rate of Covid infections in the recent days. The lockdown will start from 5 am on Wednesday and remain in place until further notice. All restaurants, shops and offices will remain closed and there will be a complete ban on the movement of public and private transport.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched a social security scheme and a portal for Covid-affected families. After a deadly second wave in Delhi, families who have lost their breadwinners, children who have lost their parents to the virus will be provided monthly financial assistance, he highlighted.

 

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India reports 34,703 new cases in the last 24 hours, lowest in 111 days; active cases decline to 4,64,357; recovery rate rises to 97.17%. Follow this space for the latest updates on Covid-19 in India.

22:34 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Assam reports 2,433 fresh cases and 34 deaths

Assam reports 2,433 new positive cases, 34 deaths and 1,745 recoveries.

22:32 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Manipur govt plans to use ‘Shumang Leela’ theatre form to spread Covid awareness

The Manipur government plans to use the popular ‘Shumang Leela’ form of theatre to reach out to people and spread awareness against Covid-19. Plans are underway to stage a play titled ‘Keidoubagi Kidoino’ (There is no need to fear) directed by Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Sougrakpam Hemanta to dispel misinformation on the virus.

Balkrishna, Director of Information & Public Relations (IPR), said the play is produced by his department under the advice of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. Read full report by Jimmy Leivon

21:33 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Jodhpur officials go on door-to-door vaccination drive

Jodhpur administration officials go door-to-door to convince people to get vaccinated against Covid as people are shying away from being inoculated. (ANI)

21:32 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Assam CM inaugurates new ICU at GMCH

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a 200-bedded ICU complex at Guwahati Medical College & Hospital, earlier today. "With 200 more beds, we now have 591 ICU beds here. While before pandemic there were just 68 beds." he said. (ANI)

21:02 (IST)06 Jul 2021
West Bengal reports 962 fresh cases and 17 deaths; 59 new infections in Kolkata

West Bengal reports 962 fresh cases and 17 deaths. Out of the fresh infections, 59 were from Kolkata.

20:59 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Karnataka records 3,104 new cases and 92 deaths; 715 fresh infections in Bengaluru

Karnataka reports 3,104 new cases and 92 deaths. Bengaluru recorded 715 new cases and 15 more deaths.

20:26 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Mumbai reports 453 fresh cases and 482 patient discharges

Mumbai reports 453 fresh cases and 482 patient discharges. The recovery rate is at 96%.

20:22 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 3,479 new cases and 73 deaths; 209 fresh infections in Chennai

Tamil Nadu reported 3,479 fresh cases, out of which 209 were from Chennai. The sate also witnessed 73 more deaths.  

20:13 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Rajasthan reports 47 fresh Covid cases, one fatality

According to official reports, Rajasthan recorded 47 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its infection tally to 9,52,836. It also reported one death. (PTI)

19:50 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Bihar to set up 119 oxygen plants, aims to vaccinate 6 crore in 6 months: State Health Minister

Stating they had 'learnt a lesson from the second wave', Mangal Pandey, Bihar Health Minister said Tuesday that 119 oxygen plants are being set up in hospitals, health centers and medical college hospitals. While, 850 nurses have been administered through National Health Mission, they have also ensured that units for better treatment of children are available. 

"Vaccination process is going to be completed quickly. Our aim of vaccinating 6 crore in 6 months is based on the studies done on the production and availability of the vaccine," he added. (ANI)

18:59 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Chandigarh issues fresh Covid guidelines

In an order on Tuesday, Chandigarh adminstration increased the number of guests for special gatherings like weddings to 100 or 50 per cent capacity of banquet hall, whichever is less. It also made it mandatory for the guests and staff to have at least one dose of vaccine or a negative RT-PCR test report. 

Liquor vendors along with bars, restaurants and eateries will be allowed to function from 10 am to 10:30 pm. The order will come into force from Wednesday, July 7. (ANI)

18:38 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Kerala reports 14,373 new Covid cases

Kerala reported 14,373 new Covid cases on Tuesday, bringing its total active cases to 1,04,105. It also reported 10,751 recoveries and 142 deaths. (ANI)

16:54 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Third wave not a challenge, should focus on Covid-appropriate behaviour instead: Balram Bhargava

“The future challenge is not the third wave, but how we act on it. Instead of highlighting the wave aspect, we should focus on Covid-appropriate behaviour/restrictions to contain the spread,” says Dr Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR.

On the possibility of a Covaxin booster dose availability, he adds, “It's in the scientific ideation stage, efficacy not known yet.” (ANI)

16:30 (IST)06 Jul 2021
People travelling to hill stations not following Covid norms: Lav Agarwal

Referring to the massive footfall in hill stations, Lav Agarwal says, “People travelling to hill stations are not following Covid-appropriate behaviour. We can nullify the ease in restrictions again if protocols not complied with.” (ANI)

16:17 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Uttarakhand has cancelled Kanwar Yatra this year: DGP Ashok Kumar

Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar says, “We held a meeting with the cops of eight states. Just like in 2020, Uttarakhand govt has cancelled Kanwar Yatra this year too due to Covid. So, we appeal to everyone to cooperate with us and offer prayers at their local temples and not come to Haridwar.” (ANI)

16:14 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Less than 5 lakh active cases in country, but positivity rate still high in some states: Lav Agarwal

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, says, “There are less than 5 lakh active cases in the country now and there is a reduction in number of Covid cases by 30%. But in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, the positivity rate is more than 10%. The second wave is still existent in a limited way, in some areas. (ANI)

16:09 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Traders hold demonstration in Kerala's Malappuram demanding nod to opening shops throughout the day

Traders and shopkeepers hold a demonstration in Kerala’s Malappuram demanding permission to open shops throughout the day.

15:55 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Here are the details on restrictions imposed across Assam

Besides imposing a total lockdown in seven districts, Assam has also notified the restrictions which will be in place for districts that have a moderate case positivity rate and where cases are going down. Read our full report here

15:47 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Kerala govt to maximise testing in six districts where TPR is high

The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to maximise the testing, quarantine and contact tracing procedures in six districts of the state where the COVID test positivity rate (TPR) is yet to come down despite lockdown curbs.

As per the official figures, the TPR is recorded high in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting of medical officials and collectors of respective districts convened by Health Minister Veena George as directed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (PTI)

15:39 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Delhi reports 79 new cases and four more deaths

Delhi reports 79 new Covid cases, 154 recoveries and four deaths in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Beneficiaries at Asha Samaj Hall in Deonar for Covid-19 vaccination. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Active Covid cases in Delhi below 1,000 for first time since April 2020

Active Covid cases in the city dropped to under 1,000 for the first time in over a year in Delhi. On Sunday, the Delhi government said there were 992 active cases in the city. This is the lowest since April last year, officials said.

The last time that active cases were in this range (1,000-1,200) was in January and February this year, which was followed by a sudden spike in cases starting in March-end.

The number of cases being recorded per day has been below 100 for most parts of the last fortnight, and on Sunday, 94 new infections were reported out of the 75,000 tested. The positivity rate stood at 0.13% and 111 people have recovered. Seven deaths were recorded.

Haryana extends curbs till July 12, allows CA exam

The Haryana government on Sunday again extended the lockdown till July 12, but also announced more relaxations.

“The Institute of Chartered Accountants is allowed to hold Chartered Accountant Examinations from July 5 till July 20 while following standard operating procedures issued by the government as safety protocols for Covid-19. The Common Entrance Exam (CEE) to be held at Hisar by the Army Recruiting Office, Military Station Hisar shall also be allowed to be held, subject to strict observance of social distancing norms, santisation and Covid-appropriate behavioural norms,” the fresh order issued by Haryana State Disaster Management Authority said.

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