A sero-survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on 6,936 people from three wards found that 57% respondents in slums had been exposed to and developed antibodies against the coronavirus, as opposed to 16% in residential societies. Mumbai on Tuesday reported only 717 new coronavirus, the lowest in three months.
Meanwhile, India registered 47,703 new cases and 654 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s tally is now 14,83,156 and toll stands at 33,425. More than 9.5 lakh people have recovered so far.
The World Health Organization said the coronavirus pandemic “continues to accelerate”, as the number of cases have doubled over the last six weeks. The global coronavirus count has now gone up to 1.65 crore while the toll has crossed 6.55 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 96.16 lakh people have recovered.
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10.55 pm: Read today’s top updates here.
10.48 pm: Assam registers 1,371 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Tuesday, Health Minister Himanta Sarma says, according to ANI. As man as 22,876 tests for conducted in the same period. The total number of cases in the state stands at 34,947 and the toll from the disease is 88.
10.44 pm: The West Bengal government withdraws the complete lockdown announced for August 2 and August 9, out of respect for the “sentiments of the people” as the dates coincide with festivals and important community occasions.
10.41 pm: Chhattisgarh registers 277 coronavirus cases and one death on Tuesday, taking the state’s total tally of infections to 8,257 and the toll to 46, ANI reports.
10.39 pm: Rajasthan records 1,072 new coronavirus cases till 8.30 pm on Tuesday, ANI reports. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 38,636 and the toll from the disease is 644.
10.38 pm: Coronavirus cases in West Bengal rise to 62,964 after 2,134 new infections were reported on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the state health department. The toll from the disease stands at 1,449.
10.27 pm: Haryana registers 749 coronavirus cases and nine deaths on Tuesday, taking the state’s total tally to 32,876, ANI reports. The toll stands at 406.
10.24 pm: Mumbai reports 717 new coronavirus cases – the lowest in three months – on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infections in the city to 1,10,846, ANI reports. The toll stands at 6,184.
10.23 pm: Goa’s tally of coronavirus infections reaches 5,287, including 36 deaths after 168 new infections were reported on Tuesday, ANI reports.
10.22 pm: Union minister Prakash Javadekar held a meeting with Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Health Minister Rajesh Tope over the coronavirus situation in Pune, ANI reports.
10.21 pm: Gujarat registers 1,108 new Covid-19 infections and 24 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports. With this, the total tally of cases in the state now stands at 57,982, including 2,372 deaths.
10.20 pm: Hospitals in Puducherry should soon be able to accommodate 10,000 coronavirus patients as steps were on to post additional doctors and other staff for them, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy says, according to PTI.
10.19 pm: A sero-survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on 6,936 people from three wards found that 57% respondents in slums had been exposed to and developed antibodies against the coronavirus, as opposed to 16% in residential societies, The Indian Express reports.
8.12 pm: Maharashtra registers 7,717 new coronavirus cases and 282 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the state health department. With this the total tally of infections in the state rises to 3,91,440 and the toll stands at 14,165. The state’s recovery rate is 59.34%.
8.09 pm: The Telangana government seeks two-weeks time from the High Court for implementation of its orders on the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, PTI reports. On July 20, a division bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy had expressed displeasure over the non-implementation of its earlier orders on issues related to the pandemic. This included adherence to the ICMR guidelines and providing daily reports on the tally of infections to the public.
8.05 pm: Sikkim on Tuesday reported 24 new cases of Covid-19, taking the state’s tally to 579, PTI reports.
8.04 pm: The total tally of coronavirus cases in Punjab rises to 14,378 after 612 new infections were reported on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the state health department. The toll from the disease stands at 336.
8.03 pm: Madhya Pradesh registers 628 Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 29,217. The toll stands at 830.
8.02 pm: Manipur registers 31 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 2,317, ANI reports. Of these, 702 cases are active.
7.52 pm: Uttarakhand registers 6,587 coronavirus cases and 259 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports. With this, the state’s caseload rises to 2,759.
7.50 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appreciates the Centre for taking “comprehensive steps” in its fight against the coronavirus, PTI reports. Birla says he has “great faith in the strength and resilience” of people, and adds that “the path to victory can be difficult but never impossible”.
7.47 pm: Former Karnataka minister Raja Madangopal Naik dies of Covid-19 at a hospital in Kalaburagi, PTI reports, quoting a health department official. He was 69 and is survived by his wife and two sons.
7.45 pm: France handed over ventilators, test kits and other medical equipment to India on Tuesday as part of its assistance in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, PTI reports. The medical equipment was handed over to the Indian Red Cross Society by French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain at the Palam Air Force Station.
7.43 pm: Kerala records 1,167 Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the state government. With this, the total tally of infections in the state rises to 20,896. The toll from the disease climbs to 67.
7.40 pm: Tamil Nadu registers 6,792 coronavirus infections and 88 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the state health department. With this, the total tally of infections in the state rises to 2,27,688 and the toll is 3,659. Of these, 57,073 are active cases.
7.38 pm: The total tally of coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh rises to 2,284 on Tuesday, ANI reports. Of these, 1,031 cases are active and the toll from the disease is 12.
7.33 pm: Delhi registers 1,056 coronavirus infections and 28 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports, quoting the daily health bulletin. The total number of coronavirus cases in the Capital is now 1,32,275 and the toll is 3,881.
7.32 pm: Jammu and Kashmir registers 489 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, ANI reports. Of these, 134 infections were reported from Jammu and 355 cases were in Kashmir. The total number of infections in the Union Territory stands at 18,879 and the toll is 333.
7.30 pm: Karnataka reports 5,536 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 1,07,001, ANI reports. The toll stands at 2,055.
5.10 pm: Uttar Pradesh records 3,458 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking its tally to 73,951, PTI reports. The state’s toll rises to 1,497 with 41 new deaths.
5.05 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says no coronavirus death was reported from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital on Monday.
4.59 pm: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says there will be an exemption from lockdown restrictions on Eid (August 1).
4.56 pm: West Bengal extends its two-day lockdown till August 31, ANI reports.
4.00 pm: Spain lost one million (10 lakh) jobs between April and June, its biggest ever quarterly decline, because of the coronavirus crisis, Reuters reports, citing official data.
3.57 pm: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday said that health authorities will investigate a high-profile charity event held in Southampton last week over physical distancing violations, Reuters reports.
3.43 pm: Mumbai reports 700 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the lowest in three months, says Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray.
3.35 pm: Thane city Mayor Naresh Mhaske writes to Municipal Commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma, asking him to take strict action against hospitals not following the government’s Covid-19 norms, PTI reports. He alleges that several hospitals have failed to inform the civic authorities before admitting patients and treating them.
3.32 pm: Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar says that local trains and metro services need to resume and the Centre must help the states with this, News18 reports.
3.26 pm: The Union health ministry says India’s coronavirus death rate has reduced from 3.33% in mid-June to 2.25% as of Tuesday.
2.52 pm: The Odisha government on Monday allowed the cremation of people suspected to have Covid-19 without waiting for their test results to avoid delay in final rites, reports PTI.
2.20 pm: Arunachal Pradesh records 81 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking its overall count to 1,239, PTI reports.
2.13 pm: Puducherry records 141 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking its overall count to 3,011, PTI reports.
2.08 pm: A study done by researchers at University Hospital Frankfurt in Germany on 100 recovered coronavirus patients has shown that nearly 80% of them have cardiac manifestations of the disease such as inflammation, PTI reports.
2.05 pm: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren launches a plasma donation centre in Ranchi.
2.04 pm: The Tripura government launches a door-to-door coronavirus survey.
1.09 pm: The chief medical superintendent of the district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj city tests positive for the coronavirus, PTI reports.
1.02 pm: The Sassoon General Hospital in Pune in Maharashtra says it has found the country’s first case of ‘vertical transmission’ of the coronavirus from a mother to her child through the placenta, PTI reports.
1.00 pm: Nagaland reports 75 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
12.56 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, talks about how he is managing his health.
12.12 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir government issues new instructions on the admission to coronavirus patients to medical facilities based on the severity of their symptoms.
12.00 pm: The Delhi High court directs the Aam Aadmi Party-led government to respond to a petition opposing the authority given to the police to impose fines on people violating coronavirus regulations, PTI reports.
11.52 am: Two police constables, arrested in connection with the Thoothukudi custodial deaths, test positive for the coronavirus, ANI reports.
11.34 am: Telangana records 1,610 fresh cases on Friday, taking its overall count to 57,142, PTI reports. The state’s toll rises to 480 with nine more deaths.
11.30 am: Odisha’s coronavirus tally rises to 28,107 with 1,215 new cases on Tuesday, PTI reports. The state’s toll rises to 154 with seven more deaths.
11.24 am: The Republicans propose a $1 trillion package to tide over the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis in the United States, Reuters reports.
11.20 am: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cuts short a planned interstate tour to focus on the country’s coronavirus crisis, Reuters reports.
11.15 am: Pakistan urges worshippers to buy sacrificial animals for Eid online due to coronavirus risks, Reuters reports. The country has reported over 2,70,000 coronavirus cases and 5,842 deaths so far.
11.11 am: Twenty-two Assam Rifles personnel test positive for the coronavirus in Mizoram, PTI reports. Mizoram’s tally rises to 384.
11.09 am: The Maharashtra Police reports 138 new coronavirus cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours. The police force’s overall count rises to 8,722 and the toll reaches 97.
10.18 am: The government has identified five sites across the country for the third and final phase of the human trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, PTI reports. The five sites are at INCLEN Trust International in Palwal, Haryana; KEM in Pune; the Society for Health Allied Research in Hyderabad; the National Institute of Epidemiology in Chennai; and Christian Medical College in Vellore.
10.14 am: United States biotechnology company Moderna and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer launch the late-stage trials of the coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reports. The trials will be conducted on 30,000 individuals each, and the companies hope to launch the first vaccines by the end of the year.
9.35 am: India registers 47,703 new cases and 654 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s tally is now 14,83,156 and toll stands at 33,425.
9.02 am: Vietnam suspends flights to and from Danang for 15 days due to virus outbreak, reports Reuters.
9.01 am: China reports 68 new cases, including two in Beijing.
8.41 am: More than 5 lakh daily tests have been conducted for two consecutive days in India, says the health ministry. On July 26, India tested 5,15,000 samples and on July 27, as many as 5,28,000 samples were tested.
7.48 am: The US adds 57,000 new cases in the last 24 Hours, according to Johns Hopkins University.
7.41 am: Washington mayor says visitors from 27 “high-risk” states must quarantine for two weeks, reports AFP. A high-risk state is where the seven-day moving average of daily new cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people.
7.40 am: US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he tours a vaccine lab.
7.31 am: Shashi Tharoor says lockdown did not slow the spread of infection in his constituency.
7.27 am: The Delhi government allows street vendors and hawkers to resume business in the national Capital, except in containment zones, reports NDTV. They can operate from 10 am to 8 pm daily. However, weekly bazaars are still banned.
7.25 am: Coordinators of a global coronavirus vaccines funding scheme are eyeing a wide range of potential prices for Covid-19 vaccine shots, with $40 per dose being the highest price tag, reports Reuters.
7.24 am: A special flight carrying researchers, defence experts and advanced medical equipment from Israel landed in India on Monday, reports PTI. Israel said it was the reciprocation of the help extended to it by India. India had on April 7 sent to Israel medical equipment and five tonnes of medicines, including hydroxychloroquine.
7.15 am: Here are the top updates from Monday
- India reported 49,931 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking its overall tally to 14,35,453. This is the highest single-day surge in fresh infections. The toll rose by 708 to 32,771. More than 9.17 lakh people have recovered.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “high-throughput” testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata via video conferencing on Monday. At the launch via videoconference, Modi said India was in a much better position than other countries in fight against the pandemic.
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India’s coronavirus recovery rate was constantly improving while the death rate was declining, even amid an alarming increase in the number of cases.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the “Delhi model” of combating the coronavirus was now being discussed in India as well as abroad. He said that Delhi, which was the second-worst affected state in June, had now gone to the 10th position. Delhi recorded 613 coronavirus cases on Monday, the lowest in two months, and its recovery rate jumped to 88%. With this, the total tally of infections in the Capital rose to 1,31,219. The toll climbed to 3,853.
- The White House said that United States President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not at risk of exposure after National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive. “He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,” the White House said. “The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.”
- A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University in California has shown that there is a huge disparity in the way different states in India are presenting data related to the coronavirus. The study, published as a preprint on medRxiv last week, ranked Karnataka as the best state in terms of coronavirus reporting while Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were placed last.
- Google on Monday said it would soon allow most employees to work from home until June next year amid the uncertainty around how the coronavirus crisis will evolve. The move is likely to affect most of the 2,00,000 full-time and contract employees across Google and parent Alphabet Inc, including in India.
- World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus pandemic “continues to accelerate”, as the number of cases have doubled over the last six weeks. “Covid-19 has changed our world,” he told reporters. “It has brought people, communities and nations together– and driven them apart.”
- The global coronavirus count has now gone up to 1.63 crore while the toll has crossed 6.49 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 94.38 lakh people have recovered.