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Coronavirus India Highlights: Mumbai reports 1265 fresh covid-19 infections, Cases cross 2,000 in Tamil Nadu

Coronavirus Cases in India Today, Covid-19 Latest News: With rising Covid-19 cases in India, states have been asked to screen 2% of the international passengers coming to India at random and send all positive samples for genome sequencing.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: June 30, 2022 10:41:15 pm
A health worker collects a swab sample of a man for Covid-19 test, at state transport bus stand, in Ahmedabad. (PTI/File)

Coronavirus News highlights:  Maharashtra reported 3640 fresh Covid-19 cases today, of which 1265 infections are from Mumbai. The state also reported three deaths. Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu breached the 2,000-mark on Thursday with 2,069 people testing positive for the infection. The tally is 34,75,185 till date.

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing but it is not over, head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, cautioning that the cases are on the rise in 110 countries and are being driven mainly by two fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that the fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 together are estimated to make up half of the coronavirus cases in the United States. As of June 25, BA.5 made up 36.6 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the US while BA.4 accounted for 15.7 per cent, together accounting for about 52 per cent of new cases in the US.

With the rise in Covid-19 cases in India, union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to all states asking them to integrate Covid-19 surveillance into their routine surveillance activities and follow the revised guidelines for surveillance in three areas — incoming international travellers, sentinel sites such as hospital and laboratories, and within the community, along with wastewater sample collection. The states have been asked to screen 2% of the international passengers coming to India at random and send all positive samples for genome sequencing.

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😷 Coronavirus India News Live Updates Today (June 30, 2022): India reports 14,506 new Covid-19 cases, 30 deaths; Covid cases on rise in 110 countries, driven by 2 Omicron sub-variants, WHO says; Follow live updates.

21:33 (IST)30 Jun 2022
New coronavirus cases cross 2,000 in Tamil Nadu

New coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu breached the 2,000-mark on Thursday with 2,069 people testing positive for the infection. The tally is 34,75,185 till date.

The active cases increased to 11,094 from 10,033 recorded on Wednesday. Four people - 2 from Singapore and 1 each from Bangladesh and USA - are among the 2,069 who tested positive today.

The death toll remained at 38,026 as no fatalities occurred today, according to a bulletin from the State Health Department here. (PTI)

21:01 (IST)30 Jun 2022
984 new Covid cases in Bengaluru

Karnataka logged 1,046 fresh Covid-19 cases today. The state's active cases stood at 5896 and positivity rate 4.03%. Bengaluru Urban reported highest number of fresh cases among districts with 984 infections. 

19:59 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Delhi reports 865 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate 4.45%

Delhi reported 865 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero deaths today taking the caseload to 1934874. The national capital has 3,914 active cases now. 

19:24 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Puducherry logs 77 new COVID-19 cases

Puducherry logged 77 fresh cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total positives to 1,66,515.

Director of Health G Sriramulu said the new cases surfaced during the examination of 1,824 samples. Puducherry region alone accounted for 59 fresh cases out of the 77 while Karaikal registered 13 infections followed by Yanam five. Mahe, an enclave of Puducherry in Kerala did not register any fresh case.

The Director said that 39 patients recovered during last twenty four hours and the overall recoveries were 1,64,211. No fatality occurred in any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. The toll remained 1,962. (PTI)

18:13 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Mumbai reports 1265 fresh covid-19 cases

Maharashtra reported 3640 fresh Covid-19 cases today, of which 1265 infections are from Mumbai. The state also reported three deaths.

18:06 (IST)30 Jun 2022
As active Covid-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark after 122 days, here’s what trend shows

Covid-19 cases have been on the rise again in India, with the country recording over 18,000 cases after a gap of 130 days, taking the cumulative tally to 4,34,52,164, according to data put out by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Cases have increased by 78 per cent from the average two weeks ago and deaths, too, have gone up by 119 per cent.

Active cases in the country also crossed the one-lakh mark on Thursday after a gap of 122 days. A total of 18,819 new Covid cases were reported in a span of 24 hours while the death toll climbed to 5,25,116 with 39 new fatalities. The active cases, as such, went up to 1,04,555 comprising 0.24 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate stood at 98.55 per cent. Read More

17:25 (IST)30 Jun 2022
BA.4, BA.5 subvariants causing COVID spike in West Bengal: Experts

Genome sequencing of Covid positive samples has revealed that Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have started replacing the BA.2 alternative that caused the surge in cases of the infection in West Bengal earlier this year, a senior official of the state health department said on Thursday.

According to experts, it is mostly subvariant BA.5, which has features identical to BA.2, that is responsible for the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

"We have been conducting genome sequencing on positive samples in West Bengal. A few subvariants of Omicron, mostly the BA.4 and BA.5 was found. But there is nothing to worry about. The BA.5 subvariant though highly infectious is not that threatening, at least for those who have no comorbidities," Siddhartha Niyogi, director of health services said on Thursday. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Fresh Covid-19 cases rose by 18 per cent in the last week globally: WHO

The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18 per cent in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organisation.

The UN health agency said in its latest weekly report on the pandemic that the worldwide number of deaths remained relatively similar to the week before, at about 8,500.

COVID-related deaths increased in three regions: the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

The biggest weekly rise in new COVID-19 cases was seen in the Middle East, where they increased by 47 per cent, according to the report released late Wednesday.

Infections rose by about 32 per cent in Europe and Southeast Asia, and by about 14 per cent in the Americas, WHO said. (AP)

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16:05 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Covid cases on rise in 110 countries, driven by 2 Omicron sub-variants: WHO

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing but it is not over, head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, cautioning that the cases are on the rise in 110 countries and are being driven mainly by two fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that the fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 together are estimated to make up half of the coronavirus cases in the United States.

As of June 25, BA.5 made up 36.6 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the US while BA.4 accounted for 15.7 per cent, together accounting for about 52 per cent of new cases in the US. Read More

12:32 (IST)30 Jun 2022
France's new wave of Covid infections expected to peak end-July: Scientist

A new wave in France of Covid-19 infections fuelled by emerging variants of the disease should peak towards end-July, the French government's top scientific adviser Jean-Francois Delfraissy said on Thursday. 'The peak is not yet here, this peak of infections will probably be for end-July,' Delfraissy told RTL radio.


"Then the BA.5 variant will reappear, if it is not overtaken by another variant ...in autumn," he added. France reported new 124,724 coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, against 77,967 a week ago. The French government also recommended this week that people should start wearing face masks again in crowded areas, especially in public transport, to counter the latest surge in Covid cases. (Reuters)

12:23 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Punjab sees 1,410 new Covid cases, 13 deaths in just 11 days

With as many as 1,410 new cases and 13 deaths in 11 days (from June 18-June 28), Covid numbers are once again rising in the state. While hospital admissions are still on the lower side, positivity rate which was 0.82% on June 18 has increased to 1.81% as on June 28. Of the 13 deaths, seven are from Ludhiana alone. Though the health authorities have stated that they are well prepared for the influx of patients, mortality rate has become a cause of concern if we look at the figures.

In April, four Covid deaths had taken place while 505 people tested positive and in May, the number of deaths were only two but 774 new Covid cases were reported. However, from June 1- June 28, 18 deaths have taken place out of which 13 alone were in the past 11 days. Read more

11:34 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Covid surge on decline in Delhi as test positivity rate remains under 6%

Even though over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Delhi on Wednesday, the surge might still be on the decline, suggests the test positivity rate of 5.8 per cent. The positivity rate – proportion of samples tested that returns positive – stood at an average 7.3 per cent during the second half of June, with it reaching 10.09 per cent on one occasion.

To compare, the daily positivity rate stood at 30.6 per cent at the peak of the third wave and at 36.2 per cent during the devastating second wave. At these peaks around 70,000 tests were being conducted each day and around 18,000 tests on average were being conducted in Delhi each day in the second half of June. Read more

10:44 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Explained: How India’s first mRNA vaccine for Covid-19 was created

The country’s first home-grown mRNA Covid-19 vaccine — GEMCOVAC-19 — developed at Pune’s Gennova Biopharmaceuticals has got a ‘restricted emergency use’ nod for the 18-and-above age group. As mRNA vaccines are required to be kept at sub-zero temperatures, it was a mammoth task for Gennova scientists to develop a thermostable mRNA Covid-19 vaccine. Scientists had to innovate to suit local needs to make it affordable and deployable. The new vaccine can now be stored at the temperature of a standard medical refrigerator.

The mRNA platform

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread, an mRNA vaccine candidate was the first to enter human trials globally. The first two vaccines that were made available for use in the US were based on mRNA technology. Unlike vaccines that put a weakened or inactivated virus in your body to activate an immune response, these two Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) used messenger RNA or mRNA to deliver a message to your immune system. Read the full explainer here


10:27 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Active Covid-19 cases in country cross one-lakh mark

Daily coronavirus cases in India were recorded over 18,000 after a gap of 130 days, taking the Covid-19 tally to 4,34,52,164, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The active cases crossed the one-lakh mark again after 122 days. A total 18,819 new Covid cases were reported in a span of 24 hours while the death toll climbed to 5,25,116 with 39 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases increased to 1,04,555 comprising 0.24 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.55 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 4,953 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. (PTI)

10:05 (IST)30 Jun 2022
MP sees 93 Covid-19 cases, active tally 490 after 57 recoveries

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,44,243 on Wednesday after the detection of 93 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,741, an official said. The positivity rate is 1.2 per cent, he added. The recovery count increased by 57 to touch 10,33,012, leaving the state with 490 active cases, the official informed.

With 7,208 samples examined during the day, the total number of tests in MP went up to 2,94,95,839, he said. A government release said 12,03,83,762 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 65,465 on Wednesday. (PTI)

09:49 (IST)30 Jun 2022
US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

US health officials said Wednesday they have agreed to purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign. The USD 3.2 billion deal announced by the Biden administration comes as federal scientists consider how to update the vaccines to better protect Americans from the rapidly evolving virus. Federal officials said the purchase agreement includes the option to purchase a total of 300 million doses, including a mix of doses for both adults and children.

The first shots would be delivered by early fall, pending a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to authorize new versions of the shots. A decision is expected from the FDA in the coming days following a Tuesday meeting in which outside advisers recommended modifying the vaccines to better target the omicron variant. (AP)

09:42 (IST)30 Jun 2022
As Covid cases go up, TN Health Minister Subramanian asks public to wear masks

In the wake of the gradual rise in Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian Wednesday urged the public not to let their guard down and continue following safety measures, including mandatory wearing of masks in public places.

A drive to distribute over 50,000 masks free of cost to the public was held on the day on behalf of the state health department in Chennai. Close to 150 volunteers, including nurses from the health department, were deployed to distribute the masks. Health Minister Subramanian, Chennai Mayor R Priya, Mylapore MLA T Velu and other officers participated in the event. Read more

09:17 (IST)30 Jun 2022
India reports 18,819 fresh Covid-19 infections, 39 deaths; active cases cross 1-lakh mark

India reported 18,819 new Covid-19 cases and 39 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Thursday, data from the Union health ministry showed. As many as 13,827 patients recovered from the infection, with total active cases standing at 1,04,555. The total number of deaths in the country is now at 5,25,116.

09:00 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Conduct random RTPCR of 2% international passengers: Centre writes to states, UTs

The union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Wednesday wrote to all states asking them to integrate Covid-19 surveillance into their routine surveillance activities and follow the revised guidelines for surveillance in three areas — incoming international travellers, sentinel sites such as hospital and laboratories, and within the community, along with wastewater sample collection.

In a letter to all state principal and health secretaries, the states have been asked to screen 2% of the international passengers coming to India at random and send all positive samples for genome sequencing. The letter also asked states and UTs to monitor sentinel sites, including reporting of all influenza-like illnesses to the integrated disease surveillance teams, with the district surveillance officer testing 5% of these cases through RT-PCR. Read more

08:44 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Covid cases on rise in 110 countries, driven by 2 Omicron sub-variants, WHO says

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing but it is not over, head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, cautioning that the cases are on the rise in 110 countries and are being driven mainly by two fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that the fast-spreading Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 together are estimated to make up half of the coronavirus cases in the United States. As of June 25, BA.5 made up 36.6 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the US while BA.4 accounted for 15.7 per cent, together accounting for about 52 per cent of new cases in the US.

For the past two years since the pandemic emerged, scientists have been continuously researching COVID-19. While the virus itself has proven to be highly problematic, there have been several cases worldwide where recovered patients faced multiple health issues which they developed over time. It is now proven that this notorious virus not only affects our respiratory organs but in many cases our digestive and cardiovascular functioning as well. Women, in particular, reported some gynaecological issues after recovering from COVID-19.

Many took to social media and shared the issues they faced due to their prolonged illness and the effects of the virus on their menstrual cycle. The most common conditions faced by these people were irregular periods, clotting of the blood, a worsened state of mental health and pre-menstrual syndrome.

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A notice, attributed to a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official, created a flutter among Beijing’s residents as it claimed that China’s straining and unpopular zero-Covid curbs — mass testing, targeted lockdowns, and travel restrictions — might extend for another five years.

According to The Guardian, the original text of the notice, attributed to Communist Party’s Beijing secretary, said: “In the next five years, Beijing will unremittingly grasp the normalisation of epidemic prevention and control.”

EXPLAINED | What is a ‘zero-Covid’ strategy?

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First published on: 29-06-2022 at 08:00:23 am