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Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra govt extends lockdown till 31 Aug, say reports

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Tripura, the state government on Wednesday extended the 'complete lockdown' till 4 August.

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Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra govt extends lockdown till 31 Aug, say reports

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The UK government has signed a fourth coronavirus vaccine deal, securing up to 60 million doses of an experimental treatment being developed by drug giants GSK and Sanofi, reports BBC. The government has already signed up for 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca.

It has also secured another 90 million doses of two other promising vaccines. However, it is still uncertain which, if any, of the vaccines may work.

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July 29, 2020 - 22:46 (IST)

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Maharashtra govt allows malls to open without theatres, food courts

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday issued directions to extend the lockdown, with amendments, to operationalise 'Mission Begin Again' for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening, till 31 August.

"In Municipal Corporations of Mumbai Metropolitan Area including Greater Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur: Malls and market complexes to be operational from 9 am to 7 pm from 5 Aug, but without theatres, food courts and restaurants," the statement said.

July 29, 2020 - 22:32 (IST)

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Lockdown in Maharashtra extended till 31 Aug

The Maharashtra government on TWednesday extended the lockdown in the state till 31 August.

July 29, 2020 - 22:14 (IST)

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Tripura govt extends complete lockdown till 4 Aug

As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Tripura, the state government on Wednesday extended the “complete lockdown” till 4 August. 

​“We are going through a phase when social distancing and masks can protect us alone. Twenty-one people have regrettably died till now, most of them veterans. The ongoing lockdown that was supposed to continue till Thursday morning would now continue till 5 am on August 4. All guidelines from the ongoing lockdown would be in force,” Deb said.

July 29, 2020 - 21:01 (IST)

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Over 10,000 new cases in Andhra Pradesh today

Andhra Pradesh reported over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Wednesday. 10,093 new cases were reported.

"The state also conducted a record 70,584 tests in the last 24 hours. Sixty-five people succumbed to Covid-19 taking the total toll to 1213 in the state," The Indian Express reported.

July 29, 2020 - 20:02 (IST)

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International travel allowed only under Vande Bharat Mission

According to Unlock 3 guidelines, international travel has been allowed "in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission", The Indian Express reported. 

July 29, 2020 - 19:55 (IST)

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Independence Day functions to be allowed with social distancing

The Centre said, "Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, such as wearing of masks etc. In this regard, instructions issued by MHA on 21 July shall be followed."

Additionally, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations still not permitted. Also, schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31 August, 2020.

July 29, 2020 - 19:46 (IST)

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List of general activities prohibited in Unlock 3:

The MHA notice on Unlock 3 guidelines said that "All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones — Metro Rail functioning, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places."

The notice also said that all educational institutes will remain shut till 31 August.

July 29, 2020 - 19:40 (IST)

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Yoga centres, gyms to open from 5 Aug

The Centre said that while all educational institutions will remain shut till 31 August, yoga centres and gyms will be allowed to function from 5 August for which SOPs will be issued by the Union health ministry.

Additionally, international air travel is also prohibited unless permitted by the MHA.

July 29, 2020 - 19:27 (IST)

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MHA issues 'Unlock 3' guidelines to be enforced from 1 Aug

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued guidelines for the next phase of lifting lockdown restrictions in the country. The set of guidelines said that while more curbs are set to lift in areas outside containment areas, the lockdown in containment areas is extended till 31 August.

July 29, 2020 - 19:16 (IST)

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Centre asks DCGI to ensure 'equitable' distribution of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab

The Union health ministry has asked the Drugs Controller General of India to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs, which have been included as "investigational therapies" in the national treatment protocols for COVID-19, across the country. The aim is to ensure that their availability is not skewed and does not remain confined to metropolitan areas, an official said.

The ministry has shot off a letter to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), asking it to ascertain how many states and Union territories (UTs) have been covered and which of them are left, as far as the availability and distribution of these drugs by the respective companies is concerned.

"I am directed to say that apart from availability, the geographical distribution/reach of the drugs included as part of investigational therapies in Clinical Management Protocols for COVID-19, namely Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, may also be monitored.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Tripura, the state government on Wednesday extended the “complete lockdown” till 4 August.

​“We are going through a phase when social distancing and masks can protect us alone. Twenty-one people have regrettably died till now, most of them veterans. The ongoing lockdown that was supposed to continue till Thursday morning would now continue till 5 am on August 4. All guidelines from the ongoing lockdown would be in force,” Deb said.

The Centre said, "Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, such as wearing of masks etc. In this regard, instructions issued by MHA on 21 July shall be followed."

Additionally, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations still not permitted. Also, schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31 August, 2020.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued guidelines for the next phase of lifting lockdown restrictions in the country. The set of guidelines said that while more curbs are set to lift in areas outside containment areas, the lockdown in containment areas is extended till 31 August.

Hyderabad-based company Hetero has been given permission to sell the anti-viral drug Favipiravir, being used for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms, under the name 'Favivir'.

The medicine will be sold at Rs 59 per tablet, PTI reported. The company has been given the manufacturing and marketing approval for Favipiravir from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), Hetero said in a statement.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 is fast approaching the 10-lakh mark, while the case fatality rate has been falling progressively due to coordinated implementation of the 'test track treat' strategy by the Centre, states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

India's COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR) is lower than what it is globally. On Wednesday, the CFR stood at 2.23 per cent, the lowest since April 1, the health ministry said in a statement.

"Not only has the CFR been kept low, but successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on a holistic standard of care approach have in tandem resulted in a consistent trend of more than 30,000 recoveries per day for the sixth consecutive day," it said.

The district administration in Thiruvananthapuram has decided to continue with the lockdown but decided to ease certain curbs implemented in the city corporation to ensure livelihood and revive normal day-to-day activities.

Reports claimed that Bihar announced a lockdown extension starting 1 August. However, the govt said reports were "fake". The Nitish Kumar govt will hold a meeting and decide on the lockdown by this evening.

India on Wednesday registered 48,513 new cases in the past 24 hours. With this, the country’s total climbs up to 15,31,669. The toll rises to 34,193 with 768 fresh fatalities. India now has over 5 lakh active cases while more than 9.8 lakh patients have recovered.

Even as the Union health ministry announced that India is among the "countries with the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates", a serological surveillance conducted in Mumbai showed that over half the people in the city's slums are likely to have been infected by the virus.

The survey results, which included 6,936 samples in three wards of the municipal coporation and included both slum and non-slum areas, showed sero-prevalence of 57 percent in slum areas and 16 percent in non-slum areas.

Of them, asymptomatic infections are likely to be a high proportion of all infections, the  Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) said in a press release. 'Sero-prevalence' is defined as the "overall occurrence of a disease or condition within a defined population at one time, as measured by blood tests)," Aids Info said.

The MCGM added that the higher prevalence in slums could be possibly due to population density and shared common facilities (toilets, water points etc), whereas, lower prevalence in non-slums could be due to better social distancing and access to better hygiene.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally in Maharashtra inched closer to 4 lakh (3,91,440 as on Tuesday) with with addition of 7,717 new cases while the toll rose to 14,165 with 282 (121 fatalities in Mumbai region) new deaths, health minister Rajesh Tope said.

Maharashtra's Tuesday figures were lower than the recent highs which saw the state reporting over 10,000 cases last Tuesday.

Stating the Tuesday's figures as a "major relief", Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, however, warned people not to let their guards down. "Caution: Don't let the guard down! Don't let your mask down! Only get numbers down," he added.

Coronavirus Updates Maharashtra govt extends lockdown till 31 Aug say reports

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India case fatality rate at 2.25%

Amidst this, India reported 47,000 new cases of coronavirus across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 14,83,157 while the toll, according to figures released by Union health ministry, rose to 33,425 with 654 new deaths.

Out of the total cases, there are 4,96,988 active cases, while the number of patients cured/discharged and migrated stands at 9,52,744. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has increased to 64.23 percent.

The ministry added that more than five lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in a single day for two consecutive days. On 26 July, India tested a total of 5,15,000 samples and on 27 July, a total of 5,28,000 samples were tested.

The total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to 27 July is 1,73,34,885, including 5,28,082 samples tested on Monday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

The health ministry also said that the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate (CFR) declined to 2.25 percent, and that "India now is among countries with the lowest fatality rates". The CFR reduced from around 3.33 percent in mid-June to 2.25 percent on Tuesday.

Figures in other states

As many as 3,490 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department. The COVID-19 active cases in the state stand at 27,934. So far, 44,520 discharges and 1,497 deaths have been reported in the state.

Tamil Nadu reported 6,972 new COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths on Tuesday, the state government said. The total number of cases stands at 2,27,688 including 57,073 active cases, 1,66,956 discharges and 3,659 deaths.

As many as 5,536 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Tuesday, according to the state health department. With these new cases of coronavirus, the total number of positive cases in the state stands at 1,07,001 including 64,434 active cases, 40,504 discharges and 2,055 deaths.

Delhi on Tuesday witnessed 1,056 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 1,32,275, said Delhi government in a bulletin. According to the bulletin, 28 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported today, taking the death toll to 3,881 deaths.

As many as 1,135 patients were recovered/discharged/migrated taking the total number of such patients to 1,17,507 recovered/discharged. The active cases dropped to 10,887 on Tuesday as compared to 10,994 on Monday.

Bengal govt extends partial lockdown till 31 Aug

On Tuesday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the lockdown in the containment zones of the state will continue till 31 August as also the biweekly restrictions in place to check the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Addressing a press conference, Banerjee said schools and colleges will remain closed till 31 August and a decision on their reopening will be taken in September.

"The lockdown in containment zones will continue till 31 August. The biweekly total lockdown across the state will also remain in place till the end of next month," Banerjee said. Total lockdown will be imposed on 2, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24, and 31 August, she said.

"The biweekly lockdown will be implemented mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. But since festivals like Eid as also Independence Day are happening on Saturdays, lockdown will be enforced on some other day," she added.

However, later on Tuesday, the state government withdrew the lockdown on 2 and 9 August due to "festivals and important community occasions".

No deaths in Delhi's LNJP reported on 27 July, says Kejriwal

LNJP Hospital, the Delhi government's biggest COVID-19 treatment facility, did not report any death due to coronavirus on Monday, for the first time in a couple of months, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

The 2,000-bed hospital's medical director attributed the feat to "extensive ICU care, plasma bank facility, top heathcare facilities and dedication of doctors and other heathcare workers".

Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal announced, "No death in our biggest COVID hospital LNJP yesterday."

At least one death due to COVID-19 was recorded daily in the past couple of months, but "yesterday no fatality happened at LNJP", Medical Director Suresh Kumar said.

Till Tuesday evening about 389 of the hospital's 2,000 beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, of whom 88 were in ICU and two on ventilators, he said.

Delhi recorded 1,056 fresh coronavirus infections on Tuesday, taking the tally to over 1.32 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,881, authorities said.

Two accused in Thoothukudi custodial deaths case test COVID-19 positive

Head constable Murugan and constable Muthuraj, two accused in the Thoothukudi custodial deaths case tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Madurai Central Prison sources were quoted by ANI as saying.

"The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers probing the case also tested positive on Friday, along with another accused Sub-Inspector Pauldurain,'' Prison Deputy Inspector General Palani informed.

Last month, P Jeyraraj (55) and his son J Benicks (31), were allegedly tortured in the police station, leading to their deaths.

Five policemen have been arrested in the case and have been transferred to the Madurai Central Jail from Thoothukudi. A district police court had earlier ordered a 15-day remand for three police officials in the case.

With inputs from agencies

 

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