Coronavirus Updates: WHO acknowledges 'emerging evidence' on airborne spread of COVID-19, says it isn't 'definitive'

Coronavirus Updates: The WHO has earlier said the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.

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Coronavirus Updates: WHO acknowledges 'emerging evidence' on airborne spread of COVID-19, says it isn't 'definitive'



July 07, 2020 - 23:46 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Gujarat Latest Updates

Gujarat HC to remain shut for three days after positive cases found

The Gujarat High Court premises will be closed for the next three days as seven coronavirus cases were reported from among those who had visited the court recently, the Registrar General said on Tuesday. The judicial functioning of the court will remain suspended during this period, said a circular from the highcourt registrar general's office.

July 07, 2020 - 23:25 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Updates


Epidemic accelerating, says WHO emergencies chief

The emergencies chief of the World Health Organisation says the coronavirus is continuing to gain pace globally, reports AP. Noting the marked increase in the number of confirmed cases being reported in the past five or six weeks, he warned that a spike in deaths could be soon to follow. In April and May, we were dealing with 100,000 cases a day, said Dr Michael Ryan during a Tuesday press briefing. Today we're dealing with 200,000 a day. Ryan said the number of COVID-19 deaths appeared to be stable for the moment, but he cautioned that there is often a lag time between when confirmed cases increase and when deaths are reported due to the time it takes for the coronavirus to run its course in patients. Ryan also dismissed the idea that the significant jump in cases was due to more widespread testing and, said, This epidemic is accelerating." 

July 07, 2020 - 23:09 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Updates

WHO acknowledges 'evidence emerging' on airborne spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people, reports Reuters.

“We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing.

July 07, 2020 - 22:57 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Record 716 fresh COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, 11 deaths

Rajasthan on Tuesday reported its biggest single-day spike of 716 cases, pushing the virus count to 21,404, while 11 more deaths due to the disease raised the toll to 472 in the state, according to an official report. Three new fatalities were reported in Pali; two each in Jodhpur and Jaipur and one each in Jalore, Nagaur, Dholpur and Bharatpur, it said.

July 07, 2020 - 22:47 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

DCGI asks states, UTs to prevent black-marketing of Remdesivir

India's drugs regulator has asked drug controllers in states and Union Territories to keep a strict vigil to prevent black marketing of the anti-viral Remdesivir injection, approved for emergency and restricted use to treat COVID-19 patients, reports PTI. Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr VG Somani said in a communication to Drugs Controllers in states and UTs that his office received a letter raising concerns that certain unscrupulous persons were indulging in black marketing and over-pricing of the drug. "In view of the above, you are requested to instruct your enforcement officials to keep strict vigil on the matter to prevent the black marketing and sale of the drug Remdesivir injection above MRP. "Action taken in the matter may please be intimated to this office at the earliest," Somani said in his letter addressed to state and UT drug controllers.

July 07, 2020 - 22:28 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Shops outside containment zones in Maharashtra to remain open till 7pm from 9 July

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday decided to allow markets and shops to remain open for additional two hours from 9 July. Markets and shops can now remain open from 9 am to 7 pm, an extension of two hours from the existing closing deadline of 5 pm, in non-containment zones. Issuing a notification to this effect, the government said it aims to control or reduce crowding.


July 07, 2020 - 22:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana reports seven deaths, 1,879 new cases

Telangana recorded seven COVID-19 deaths and 1,879 new patients today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 27,612  and toll to 313, reports ANI quoting a health bulletin. As many as 16,287 persons have been discharged till date and the state now has 11,012 active cases.

July 07, 2020 - 22:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana reports seven deaths, 1,879 new cases

Telangana recorded seven COVID-19 deaths and 1,879 new patients today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 27,612  and toll to 313, reports ANI quoting a health bulletin. As many as 16,287 persons have been discharged till date and the state now has 11,012 active cases.

July 07, 2020 - 21:32 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Updates

BMC to conduct COVID-19 testing without prescription

Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said that the BMC will henceforth conduct COVID-19 testing "to open up testing to any individual in the city without prescription/self attestation". 

July 07, 2020 - 21:11 (IST)

Coronavirus Pandemic Latest Updates

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, reports said. Hindustan Times reported that he was taking hydroxichloroquine as medication.

“I’m perfectly well,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil in a live interview.

Coronavirus Updates: Speaking at the daily briefing in Geneva, Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said there was evidence emerging of airborne transmission of the coronavirus, but that it was not definitive.

 The civic body also informed that those kept in institutional quarantine will be discharged only when they test negative for the virus.

A close relative of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who had been staying at his official residence, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, ANI reported that the Patna Medical College issued an order to deploy six doctors, three nurses, and a ventilator at Kumar's official residence, after Secretary of the Health Department directed the hospital to do so as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

More than 15 lakh people have been quarantined in Mumbai after contact-tracing so far since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city civic body said. Out of these, 5.34 lakh people were identified as high-risk contacts, the BMC said.

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that the prime minister had expressed confidence in ending the battle against COVID-19 in 21 days, but it has been 'over 100 days and the crisis still persists'.

The fight against COVID-19 is more difficult than the mythological war of Mahabharata, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said, adding that the battle against the pandemic will continue till 2021 as the disease vaccine won't be available before that.

India on Tuesday reports 22,252 coronavirus cases and 467 deaths in the past 24 hours. This takes the overall total to 7,19,665 and the toll to 20,160. More than 4.39 lakh people have recovered.

Those attending schools that are staying online must "depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction," according to guidance by issued by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Coronavirus cases in India inched towards seven lakhs on Monday with 24,248 new infections being reported in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the toll rose to 19,795 with 425 new deaths.

As per the health ministry, there are 2,53,287 active cases in the country while 4,24,432 patients have been cured or discharged.

A day after India overtook Russia to become the third worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, the Union health ministry said that the Centre has emphasised on increasing testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of the COVID-19 cases.

"The national positivity rate stands at 6.73 percent. Many states report lower COVID-19 positivity rate than the national average of 6.73 percent. Their tests per million are also higher than the national average," the ministry said on Monday.

The ministry also said that the recovery rate stands at 60.85 percent.

Total COVID-19 tests conducted in India cross 1 crore

The total number of tests for the detection of COVID-19 crossed the one-crore mark in India on Monday.

"A cumulative total of 1,00,04,101 samples have been tested till 11 am on Monday with 1,80,596 samples being tested on 5 July," Scientist and media coordinator at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Lokesh Sharma said.

According to the ICMR, a total of 99,69,662 samples were tested for the disease in the country till 5 July, with 1,80,596 just on Sunday.

There are now 1,105 testing labs in the country comprising 788 in the public sector and 317 private labs. The per day testing capacity is also growing fast, Sharma said.

Around 2,00,000 samples have been tested on an average daily for the last 14 days, he said. India had crossed the nine million-mark on 1 July. "The per day testing capacity which was around 1.5 lakh on 25 May is more than three lakh per day now," Sharma said.

Starting with one single laboratory at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and then expanding to 100 laboratories in the beginning of the lockdown, the ICMR on 23 June validated the 1000th testing laboratory.

MHA allows universities to conduct exams with proper COVID-19 guidelines

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday allowed universities and other academic institutions to conduct examinations during the ongoing 'Unlock 2' phase.

In a statement, the MHA said it has sent a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.

"The final-term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," the statement said.

Various examinations conducted by universities and higher education institutions in the country have been suspended since March during the coronavirus-induced lockdown which first began on 25 March.

Centre says positivity rate in Delhi declined to 10% from 30%

The Centre said the average number of samples being tested per day for COVID-19 has gone up in Delhi from 5,481 to 18,766 in about a month and in spite of increased testing, the positivity rate has declined from around 30 percent to 10 percent in the last three weeks.

As on 5 July, the states with their positivity rate lesser than the national average and tests per million higher than the national average are Puducherry (5.55), Chandigarh (4.36), Assam (2.84), Tripura (2.72), Karnataka (2.64), Rajasthan (2.51), Goa (2.5), and Punjab (1.92).

In Delhi, tests were ramped up through increased RT-PCR testing along with the new Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care (POC) tests which gives results in only about 30 minutes, the Centre said.

"In spite of significantly increased testing in Delhi, the positivity rate has seen a substantial decrease from about 30 percent to 10 percent in the last three weeks," the statement said.

There are around 25,000 active cases in Delhi and of these, 15,000 people are currently in home isolation.

COVID-19 cases in Delhi cross 1 lakh, Maharashtra continues to be worst-hit state

As per the Union health ministry data, Maharashtra continues to be the most impacted state from the infection with 2,06,619 cases and 8,822 fatalities due to the coronavirus.

Tamil Nadu reported 61 deaths and 3,827 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The total number of positive cases stands at 1,14,978 including 46,833 active cases and 1,571 deaths.

Delhi crossed the 1 lakh-mark, with 1,379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 1,00,823 including 72,088 recovered/discharged/migrated and 25,620 active cases.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the number of ICU beds at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital has been increased from 45 to 200 to treat coronavirus patients.

Karnataka reported 1,843 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 25,317 including 10,527 recoveries and 401 deaths. Highest number of cases — 981 — have been reported in Bengaluru in the last 24 hours according to the state health department.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that the state has reported 193 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of positive cases to 5,522. Active cases stand at 2,252.

A total of 354 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh, taking the total number cases to 15,284. The toll rose to 617 after nine deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, three more personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. There are total 151 active cases and 273 have recovered till date in the force.

Mizoram reported five new COVID-19 positive cases; the total number of cases in the state stands at 191 including 58 active cases and 133 cured/discharged.

In the last 24 hours, 933 new cases and 24 deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh. There are 8,718 active cases, 19,109 discharges so far and 809 patients have succumbed to the infection, state additional chief secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi said.

According to the Union health ministry, West Bengal has reported 22,126 COVID-19 cases including, 6,658 active cases, 14,711 cured and 757 deaths. Meanwhile, Gujarat has reported 36,037 cases including, 8,202 active cases 25,892 recovered and 1,943 deaths as of Monday.

A total of 1,322 COVID-19 cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 20,019, an officer said. With seven persons succumbing to coronavirus infection on Monday, the toll in the state now stands at 239.

With inputs from PTI

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