10.54 pm: Manipur’s coronavirus tally crosses 3,000-mark. The state’s active case count is 1,197, reports PTI.

10.53 pm: Mizoram government prohibits entry to paramilitary personnel till August 15 due to rising coronavirus cases among the force, reports PTI.

10.52 pm: Haryana records eight more deaths, taking the state’s toll to 448, reports PTI. The case count of the state stands at 37,796, of which 6,122 are active.

10.51 pm: Jammu and Kashmir decides to open religious premises, places of worship from August 16, reports PTI. The administration has extended other standard operating procedures for coronavirus containment till August 31.

9.01 pm: Maharashtra registers 7,760 Covid-19 cases, 12,326 recoveries and 300 deaths on Tuesday, ANI reports, citing a state health department bulletin. The state tally rises to 4,57,956, including 1,42,151 active cases, 2,99,356 recoveries and 16,142 deaths.

8.54 pm: Uttarakhand records 208 new cases, taking the state’s case count to 8,008, reports ANI. There have been 4,847 recoveries, 3,028 active cases and 95 deaths in the state so far.

7.58 pm: Delhi records 674 new coronavirus cases, 972 recoveries and 12 deaths on Monday. The Capital’s case count rises to 1,39,156, including 1,25,226 recoveries and 4,033 deaths.

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7.56 pm: Jammu and Kashmir’s coronavirus tally rises to 22,396, including 7,123 active cases, 14,856 recoveries and 417 deaths.

7.51 pm: Tamil Nadu registers 5,063 coronavirus cases, 6,501 recoveries and 108 deaths on Tuesday, reports ANI. The overall tally in the state rises to 2,68,285, including 2,08,784 recoveries and 55,152 active cases. The toll stands at 4,349.

7.43 pm: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan says he has tested positive for Covid-19. “I got myself tested after exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 and the results came back positive. I am admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors, but I’m doing well,” he tweets.

5.41 pm: The number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh cross the one lakh-mark, as the state registers 2,948 new cases on Tuesday, PTI reports, quoting a statement from the state government. A total of 41 fatalities were recorded in 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,817. The state’s total tally of infections is now 1,00,310.

5.37 pm: The Union home ministry says that out of 60,000 ventilators being produced in India, 50,000 are funded from the PM CARES Fund at a cost of about Rs 2,000 crore. “The ventilators have GPS chips embedded in them, and therefore they can be tracked,” the ministry adds.

5.33 pm: The Union health ministry says the Covid-19 infection has spread to new areas in India but 82% of total cases are still reported from 10 states and Union Territories, PTI reports.

5.27 pm: The Chief Scientist of World Health Organization, Soumya Swaminathan, says India has a low testing rate for Covid-19 when compared to some of the countries,who have done well like Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, PTI reports. Swaminathan says that as of now, 28 vaccine candidates for Covid-19 in the world are under clinical trial stage. Of these, five are entering Phase-II and over 150 candidates are in pre-clinical trial stage, she adds.

5.19 pm: Bhushan says India’s current fatality rate at 2.10% is the lowest since India went into a complete lockdown on March 25. “The fatality rate has see a progressive decline and its continuing,” he adds.

5.18 pm: “Many states have increased their testing capacity, both RT - PCR and Rapid Antigen tests,” Bhushan adds. “Goa, Delhi, Tripura, & Tamil Nadu have increased their testing capacity,” he says.

5.16 pm: “More than two crore Covid-19 tests have been conducted, including more than 6.6 lakh tests in the last 24 hours,” Rajesh Bhushan, secretary, health ministry, says. He adds that India is currently conducting 479 tests per day per million (10 lakh) population.

5.15 pm: “At the present moment we have three Indian vaccine which are in different phases of clinical testing,” Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research Balram Bhargava says. “The two 2 – Bharat Biotech vaccine and DNA vaccine of Zydus Cadila – have completed phase 1 of clinical trials and will begin phase 2 soon, while the third candidate is the Oxford vaccine,” he adds.

5.10 pm: The health ministry says the number of recovered cases in India stands at 12.30 lakh, which is twice the number of active cases. Currently, there are 5,86,298 active Covid19 cases in the country, it says.

5.00 pm: Union health ministry addresses the media about the coronavirus situation.


3.22 pm: The number of cases in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands rises to 830 after 86 new infections were reported on Tuesday, PTI reports. One more fatality pushes the toll to 10.

3.15 pm: The coronavirus disease can bring on neuromuscular complications in patients who previously had none, and exacerbate symptoms in those with preexisting conditions on therapies to stimulate the immune system, says a review of studies published in the RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal, according to The Indian Express.

2.52 pm: At least 26 infants from the newborn care unit of state-run Gajra Raja Medical College in Gwalior were shifted to private nursing homes, after some staff members from paediatrics department tested positive, PTI reports.

4.48 pm: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain says the government will have to extend the serological survey in the Capital by two more days, ANI reports. Around 15,000 samples are to be collected during the survey, he adds.

2.43 pm: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu holds a meeting with doctors of the Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru, where Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Congress leader Siddaramaiah are receiving treatment for the coronavirus, ANI reports. “The chief minister is asymptomatic,” Sriramulu says. “His condition is stable and he is responding to the treatment. Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has high fever and doctors are treating him.”

2.41 pm: The Rajasthan government announces that gymnasiums and yoga institutes in the state will be allowed to function from August 5, ANI reports.

1.27 pm: Tripura has so far recorded 5,523 Covid-19 cases as 131 infections were reported on Tuesday. The toll has increased to 28, PTI reports.

1.20 pm: The Delhi High Court refuses to hear a PIL seeking directions to the state government to waive off school fees amid the pandemic, ANI reports.

12.37 pm: Puducherry records 168 new coronavirus cases and one death on Tuesday, PTI reports. The union territory’s tally rises to 4,146 and the toll reaches 57.

12.29 pm: Odisha records 1,384 new cases on Tuesday, ANI reports. The state’s tally rises to 37681 and the toll stands at 216.

12.26 pm: The Maharashtra police report three coronavirus deaths and 231 cases in 24 hours.

12.13 pm: United States President Donald Trump on Monday said that his country was doing “very well” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic while India is having a “tremendous problem” battling the health crisis, PTI reports. “Don’t forget, we’re much bigger than India and China,” Trump said. “China is having a massive flare up right now. India has a tremendous problem. Other countries have problems.”

11.45 am: Rajasthan reports 551 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths as of 10:30 am on Tuesday. The state’s tally rises to 46,106 and the toll reaches 727.

11.43 am: The Supreme Court directs the Centre and the states to continue providing timely old-age pension, masks, sanitisers and essential goods and services to all senior citizens living alone, ANI reports.

11.41 am: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tests negative for the coronavirus.

11.39 am: Arunachal Pradesh records 60 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, PTI reports. The state’s overall count rises to 1,752.

10.45 pm: At least 41 passengers and crew on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, BBC reports. Hundreds more passengers who travelled on the cruise, known as the MS Roald Amundsen, are in quarantine and awaiting test results, the company that owns the ship said.

10.40 pm: Telangana registers 1,286 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths as of 8 pm on Monday, taking the the state’s total tally to 68,946, ANI reports. The toll stands at 563.

10.40 pm: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the coronavirus pandemic has created the largest disruption of education in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion (160 crore) students in all countries and continents and an additional 23.8 million (2.38 crore) children and youth could drop out or not have access to school next year due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone.

10.35 pm: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in its revised guidelines for Unlock 3, allows shops in the city to remain open on all days on both sides of the road, Moneycontrol reports. Earlier, the shops had to follow an odd-even formula for opening up. The civic body has also permitted the sale of alcohol.

9.57 am: The United States adds 46,321 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The total count of cases in the US now stands at 47,11,323, with 1,55,366 deaths.

9.56 am: Mexico reports 4,767 new cases and 266 additional deaths. The country’s tally is now 4,43,813 cases and 48,012 deaths.

9.55 am: Over 900 new cases were registered in the United Kingdom in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. With this, the total number of infections in the country now stand at over 3,05,600.

9.53 am: Markets reopen in Bhopal after 10 days of complete lockdown.

9.22 am: India records 52,050 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 18,55,745. The toll rises by 803 to 38,938.

9.12 am: The total number samples tested for the coronavirus till Monday is 2,08,64,750, says the Indian Council of Medical Research.

8.20 am: Hong Kong reports 78 new cases.

8.14 am: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tests positive.

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8.11 am: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and former MLA Sunnam Rajaiah dies of coronavirus, reports The Hindu. Rajaiah had tested positive on Monday.

7.49 am: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb goes in self-isolation after two of his family members test positive. Deb says he is waiting for the results of his Covid-19 test.

7.30 am: Latin America and Caribbean surpass 5 million coronavirus cases, according to a tally by AFP.

7.28 am: The chief of staff to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive, reports Reuters.

7.24 am: California governor says cases, hospitalisations are trending down, reports Reuters.

7.21 am: As many as 6,61,715 samples were tested in India in the last 24 hours, ANI reports citing the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

7.20 am: Assam’s tally rises to 45,275 with record 2,371 new cases. The toll in the state now stands at 109.

7.19 am: A nationwide antibody tests conducted in Italy show that about 2.5% of the country’s population have had the coronavirus, reports AP. The figure is six times the number of confirmed cases in Italy’s official tally.

7.14 am: Here are the top updates from Monday

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.