Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India reports 38,628 new COVID-19 cases, 40,017 recoveries 617 deaths in the last 24 hours


August 07, 2021 / 12:53 PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Eighty crore Indians got free ration during coronavirus pandemic: PM Modi

As many as 80 crore Indians got free ration during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. These include five crore people from Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Modi said, during a video interaction with Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana beneficiaries from the State. Describing the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest disaster faced by humanity in the last 100 years, Mr. Modi also said people should continue to wear masks, sanitise hands and maintain social-distancing to check the spread of the virus. “India gave the first priority to the poor, in its strategy to combat the crisis due to coronavirus. Be it Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana, we thought about food and employment of the poor from day one itself,” he said.

August 07, 2021 / 12:32 PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Puducherry clocks 102 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported

Puducherry saw 102 fresh cases of coronavirus during last twenty-four hours ending 10 am on Saturday, taking the overall caseload to 1,21,523. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 5521 samples and were spread over Puducherry 69, Karaikal 9 and Mahe 24. Yanam region, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not report any new case of infection. One more person succumbed to the viral infection, raising the toll to 1,800. The active cases were 882 of whom 176 were in hospitals and the remaining 706 patients were in home isolation, Nodal Officer of the Health department, J Ramesh said. While 91 patients recovered and were discharged during the last twenty-four hours the overall recoveries stood at 1,18,841. The Department of Health has tested 15.36 lakh samples so far and found that 13,14 lakh out of them were negative. The test positivity rate was 1.85 percent. Fatality and recovery rates were 1.48 percent and 97.79 percent respectively.

August 07, 2021 / 12:27 PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Arunachal Pradesh reports 227 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Two hundred and twenty-seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the virus tally in the frontier state to 49,668, a senior health department official said here on Saturday. The COVID-19 death toll in the northeastern state increased to 237 with one more person succumbing to the infection on Friday, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region recorded the highest number of new cases at 53, followed by Lower Subansiri (44), Lohit (24), West Kameng (12), East Siang (11), Tawang and Lower Siang at 10 each, the official said. Fresh cases were also reported from Upper Subansiri, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Papumpare, West Siang, Changlang, Upper Siang, East Kameng, Kamle, Leparada, Siang, Dibang Valley, Kra Daadi and Longding districts, the SSO said. 

August 07, 2021 / 12:18 PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Organisers say issued warnings, revoked accreditation to enforce COVID-19 rules

Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday they have so far issued severe warnings to 16 individuals and revoked the accreditation of several people for breaking the Games’ COVID-19 guidelines. Hidemasa Nakamura, chief of Tokyo 2020’s main operation centre, told reporters the accreditation of eight individuals had been revoked and those of another eight paused. Though organisers did not provide details on the individual cases, they said each case was discussed with the International Olympic Committee and other relevant organisations. “It was difficult to both carefully and speedily proceed, but I believe we have been successful (in enforcement),” said Nakamura. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is taking place as Japan is fighting a resurgence of the coronavirus, with cases reaching a grim milestone of one million on Friday, according to local media. Athletes and other officials who have travelled to Japan to participate in the Games are tested frequently and are confined to their “bubble”, which prevents them from interacting with the wider Japanese public and potentially spreading the virus.

August 07, 2021 / 12:03 PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Dr Vijay, Taluk Health officer, Hassan: Following the reports of 21 COVID-19 positive students, tests were conducted among more than 900 students of 9 nursing colleges of Hassan. Of these 900, a total of 100 tested positive.There are 24 primary contacts of these 21 infected students and all of them had received their first dose of vaccine. 21 of the 48 students of a private nursing college in Hassan, who came from Kerala between 17-21 July, tested positive for COVID-19. They are asymptomatic and undergoing treatment at a private covid care centre.

August 07, 2021 / 11:55 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | US now averaging 100,000 new Covid-19 infections a day

The US is now averaging 100,000 new Covid-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in yet another bleak reminder of how quickly the delta variant has spread through the country. The US was averaging about 11,000 cases a day in late June. Now the number is 107,143. It took the U.S. about nine months to cross the 100,000 average case number in November before peaking at about 250,000 in early January. Cases bottomed out in June but took about six weeks to go back above 100,000, despite a vaccine that has been given to more than 70% of the adult population. The virus is spreading quickly through unvaccinated populations, especially in the South where hospitals have been overrun with patients. Health officials are fearful that cases will continue to soar if more Americans don’t embrace the vaccine. 

August 07, 2021 / 11:51 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Shots give COVID-19 survivors big immune boost, studies show

Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated, especially as the extra-contagious delta variant surges — and a new study shows survivors who ignored that advice were more than twice as likely to get reinfected. Friday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds to growing laboratory evidence that people who had one bout of COVID-19 get a dramatic boost in virus-fighting immune cells — and a bonus of broader protection against new mutants — when they’re vaccinated. “If you have had COVID-19 before, please still get vaccinated,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you, especially as the more contagious delta variant spreads around the country.” (AP)

August 07, 2021 / 11:26 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | White House says 50% of Americans fully vaccinated against Covid

Half of the US population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the White House said Friday, as inoculations rise in response to the surging Delta variant of the coronavirus. “50% of Americans (all ages) are now fully vaccinated. Keep going!” Cyrus Shahpar, the White House’s Covid-19 data director, tweeted. That means more than 165 million people have received either the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson shot. The threshold of half of all adult Americans fully vaccinated was reached in late May. President Joe Biden has been pressing hard for Americans to get vaccinated ever since he took office in January but has faced stubborn resistance, especially in conservative parts of the country, with inoculations dropping off sharply in April. (AFP)

August 07, 2021 / 11:00 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | No new COVID-19 case in Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last two days, a health official said on Saturday. The COVID-19 tally in the union territory remained at 7,541, he said. The archipelago now has only four active COVID-19 cases and all four patients are in the South Andaman district. The other two districts – North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar – are now COVID-19 free, the official said. A total of 7,408 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, he said. The COVID-19 death toll in the union territory remained at 129 as no fresh fatality due to the disease was reported in the last 24 hours. So far a total of 4,48,882 samples have been tested for COVID-19 and the cumulative test positivity rate is 1.69 per cent. 

August 07, 2021 / 10:40 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | FIR registered against unidentified people, in connection with protest against the construction of Haj House in Delhi’s Dwarka. FIR registered for violation of DDMA Act pertaining to violation of COVID guidelines

August 07, 2021 / 10:08 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Eager to continue partnership with India in fight against Covid: US

The Biden Administration is eager to continue partnership with India in fight against coronavirus and provide assistance in the form of vaccines, the White House said. The delay in providing vaccines to India from the United States is not because of Washington, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters here. “I would say first that we have seen in some places that there are legal or regulatory issues that need to be worked out country by country as we are delivering vaccines,” she said in response to a question. “The holdup is not on this end but we are eager to get vaccines and continue assistance to the people of India and want to continue to be a part of the arsenal of solving the pandemic,” Psaki said. “We are eager to continue to be partners with them, to continue to provide assistance, including in the form of vaccines,” she said. 

August 07, 2021 / 09:49 AM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates | India reports 38,628 new COVID-19 cases, 40,017 recoveries & 617 deaths in the last 24 hours

India reports 38,628 new COVID-19 cases, 40,017 recoveries & 617 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry. Total cases in the country stands at 3,18,95,385, while the active cases are 4,12,153. As per the Health Ministry, the total vaccination is 50,10,09,609 (49,55,138 in last 24 hrs). Active cases constitute 1.29% of total cases. Weekly positivity rate remains below 5%, currently at 2.39%. Daily positivity rate at 2.21%; less than 3% for last 12 days. Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 47.83cr tests total conducted