1. India recorded 52,972 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total number to more than 18 lakh. There have been 18,03,695 confirmed cases of the virus in the country now, of which 11,86,203 patients have been discharged.
  2. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the standard operating procedure for the reopening of gymnasiums and yoga centres from August 5 amid the coronavirus crisis. The new guidelines include spacing out equipment, staggering session timings and disinfection of the premises.
  3. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram said that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in home quarantine. On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, along with one BJP leader and a Uttar Pradesh Minister. Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad began self-isolation as he met Shah on Saturday.
  4. The chief priest of the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya has gone into self-quarantine after one of his assistants tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
  5. Maharashtra recorded 8,968 cases, taking the state’s case count to 4,50,196, including 2,87,030 recoveries and 15,842 deaths. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu registered 5,609 coronavirus cases and 109 deaths in 24 hours. With this, the state’s tally rose to 2,63,222 and the toll stood at 4,241. Andhra Pradesh reported 7,822 new cases, taking the state’s overall cases to 1,66,586 and the toll went up by 63 to 1,537.
  6. The Drug Controller General of India on Sunday granted permission to the Serum Institute of India in Pune to conduct phase two and three human clinical trials of the coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.
  7. One in every four or five coronavirus patients does not develop effective antibodies to keep them immune from the coronavirus in the long term, Dr SK Sarin, the director of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences said in an interview with News18.
  8. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that it was inappropriate to blame people of a particular community for the spread of the coronavirus in the country because of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held in Delhi in March.
  9. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that people’s complacency had led to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the state
  10. The global coronavirus count crossed 1.80 crore, and the number of deaths rose to 6,87,930, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As many as 1.04 crore people have recovered.