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India reports 41,831 Covid-19 cases, daily infections remain over 40,000 for 5th consecutive day

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 47 crore with 60,15,842 doses being given in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 1, 2021 8:38:11 pm
Delhi covishield, Delhi news, Delhi vaccines doses, Delhi vaccines, Covishiled second dose, Arvid kejriwal, Delhi government, Delhi covid sityation, Delhi latest news, delhi news updateA beneficiary gets a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

India reported 41,831 new Covid-19 cases and 541 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The daily case count has remained over 40,000 for the fifth straight day. Kerala has reported 20,624 cases.

Active cases have also increased for the fifth day. As on Saturday, there were 4,10,952 active cases, accounting for 1.30 per cent of the total infections. 1.65 lakh of these are in Kerala.

With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 3,16,55,824, and the overall death toll stands at 4,24,351. Out of the 541 deaths, 231 fatalities in the last 24 hours were reported from Maharashtra and 80 from Kerala. At least 3,08,20,521 people have recovered from the infection.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.34 per cent while the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.42 per cent, as per health ministry data.

Schools in Punjab set to reopen for all classes from August 2: Singla

Schools in Punjab will start conducting physical classes right from pre-primary levels from Monday, state School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said on Sunday. The government had already allowed reopening of schools for classes 10 to 12 from July 26.

“Following the approval of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in view of the present Covid situation, the Education Department is all set to reopen schools for all classes from August 2 onwards. Parents will have to provide written consent before sending their wards to schools,” said Singla in an official statement.

Chhattisgarh schools to reopen for Classes 10, 12 from Monday; parents say govt should have waited

Classes 10 and 12 of government-run and private schools in Chhattisgarh will reopen from Monday with 50 per cent attendance, for which the prerequisite is that the Covid-19 positivity rate of the district concerned should be one per cent for last seven days. However, a state-level body of parents of school students has opposed the move saying the government should have waited for some more time before allowing the schools to reopen, in view of the possible third wave of the pandemic.

The government has also allowed resumption of schools for Classes 1 to 5 and Class 8 subject to certain conditions. But physical Classes for Classes 6, 7, 9 and 11 will not be started immediately. The students attending physical classes will have to do so on alternate days and those suffer from cough, cold and fever will not be allowed to attend the school. Online classes will also be run for school students and there will be no compulsion to attend the off-line classes.

In order to restart the physical classes for the students of Classes 1 to 5 and Class 8, it is necessary to get the recommendation from the gram panchayats concerned and the parents committees of respective schools in rural areas, and similar recommendation from local corporators and parent committees is compulsory in urban areas, the order had said.

However, the decision has not gone down well with the parents’ association, which said the state government should reconsider the decision.

Health Minister Mandaviya hits back at Rahul Gandhi for questioning vaccine availability

The vaccination drive in the country is set to get a major boost this month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said Sunday as he took a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for questioning the government’s vaccine delivery programme. The minister asked Gandhi to join everyone in feeling proud about the work done by the country’s health workers.

In a response to Gandhi’s tweet questioning the availability of vaccines last month, Mandaviya said more than 13 crore doses were administered in July and the drive is going to accelerate this month.

“More than 13 crore doses were administered in India in the month of July. It is going to accelerate this month. We are proud of our healthcare workers for this achievement. Now you too should be proud of them and the country,” Mandaviya said in a tweet in Hindi in response to Gandhi’s post.

Earlier during the day, Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi saying “July is gone, but the shortage of vaccine hasn’t gone away.” He used the hashtag #WhereAreVaccines.

Cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India cross 47 cr

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 47 crore with 60,15,842 doses being given in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. More than three crore balance and unutilised Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories and private hospitals to be administered.

About 49,49,89,550 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through all sources and a further 8,04,220 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage is 46,70,26,662 doses (according to data available at 8 am Sunday).

Cumulatively, 47,02,98,596 vaccine doses have been administered through 55,71,565 sessions, according to the provisional report till 8 am.

Cos spending on Covid jabs for individuals except staff to be considered CSR activity

Companies spending funds on Covid vaccination for individuals other than employees and their families will be considered as a CSR expenditure. The corporate affairs ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act, 2013, has issued a clarification in this regard. In March 2020, the ministry had said that spending on Covid-19 would be considered as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.

TN makes RT-PCR report or vaccine certificate mandatory for travellers from Kerala

The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday said it was mandatory for people coming from Kerala, to the state to carry a negative RT-PCR test report or vaccination certificate of two Covid doses from August 5, in the wake of a spike in infections in the neighbouring state.

(with PTI inputs)

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