India records 64K+ cases in 1 day, tally now at 21,53,011

NEW DELHI: India, the third-worst COVID-hit country globally, recorded a single-day spike of 64,399 coronavirus cases, pushing its total tally to 21,53,011.

7 die in Andhra Covid care centre fire
VIJAYAWADA: In a shocking incident, seven persons were killed in a fire that broke out at a paid Covid Care Centre run from a hotel by a private hospital here early Sunday morning, officials said.
44 PAC Constables test corona positive in UP district

PRATAPGARH (Uttar Pradesh): Forty-four Constables who attended a passing- out parade on July 30 at the Reserve Police Lines in Pratapgarh district have now tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.

Massive python rescued from playground in Agra

AGRA: An eight-foot long Indian rock python was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from a playground beside the Central Hindi Institute's residential hostel in Khandari, Agra.

Punjab government performs far better than other states in curbing spread of Corona - Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: The Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab government performed far better to curb the spread of Coronavirus as compared to other states which has resulted in less loss of lives as compared to other states.

Youth Congress to launch 'rozgar do' campaign from August 9

NEW DELHI: Amid the economic crisis in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) will launch a nationwide 'Rozgar Do' (give employment) campaign for unemployed youth from August 9.

Italy passes $29bn stimulus package for COVID-19 recovery

ROME: The Italian cabinet on Friday has passed a new decree containing new supportive measures worth 25 billion euros ($29 billion) to address the COVID-19 emergency and encourage economic recovery.

WHO warns 'vaccine nationalism' not good for world

GENEVA:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against vaccine nationalism, cautioning rich nations that if they keep treatments to themselves they cannot expect to remain safe if poor countries remain exposed.

Goa to start administering Remdesivir to Covid-19 patients

PANAJI:Goa's Health Ministry on Friday received 1,008 vials of Remdesivir from pharma major Cipla. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug which is administered to Covid-19 patients and results in faster recovery, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.

PETA urges Health Ministry to stop vaccine tests on monkeys
NEW DELHI:The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have sent letters, co-signed by an expert primatologist, calling on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and National Institute of Virology to reverse the decision to allow the monkeys' capture and use.
BCG vaccine is safe, does not increase Covid risk: Study

LONDON:The Bacille Calmette-Guerin or BCG vaccine, originally made against tuberculosis, has a general stimulating effect on the immune system and is therefore effective against Covid-19, say researchers.

38 new corona cases in Agra, 43 in Mainpuri

AGRA:A total of 38 new coronavirus cases were reported in Agra district in the past 24 hours, even as 38 PAC jawans were among 43 more persons who tested positive in Mainpuri district during the period, official sources said on Friday.

Kerala's Covid tally crosses 30,000

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Kerala's Covid tally crossed 30,000 on Thursday as the state saw a record high of 1,298 new cases, state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said.

TN records 5,684 fresh Covid cases; tally rises to 279,144

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu has recorded 5,684 COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's caseload to 279,144, health officials said on Thursday.
As many as 6,272 people were discharged from various hospitals in the state, taking the total number of recoveries to 221,087.

10K count takes Andhra's covid tally near 2L mark

AMARAVATI:Andhra Pradesh continued to report in excess of 10,000 Covid cases for the third day in a row. While it did not touch the previous highs in terms of single day Covid count or deaths, the state health officials reported substantially high 10,328 cases and 72 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 9 a.m. Thursday.

Odisha govt directs fire safety review of Covid hospitals

BHUBANESWAR:After several people were killed in a blaze at a Covid hospital in Ahmedabad, fire officers in Odisha were asked on Thursday to review safety measures at Covid hospitals and Covid Care Centres across the state.

Immunity boosting rotis and hot brews to fight Covid

BENGALURU:Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan on Thursday launched eight startup-developed products to help in the fight against coronavirus.

Mohali Administration puts ‘COVID Spike Management Plan’ into action

MOHALI: With the continuous surge in COVID-19 cases in the district, Mohali Administration has put ‘COVID Spike Management Plan’ into action, informed Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan after reviewing the status of pandemic spread, with the officials of health department.

US Green Card Holder Express Satisfaction With Ongoing Care at Rajindra Hospital

PATIALA: Gurpreet Singh, a US Green Card holder who came here in August last year to have surgery of his daughter, who is now undergoing treatment at Rajindra Hospital, said we should remain in high spirits instead of panicking after getting test report positive.

K'taka Minister, two JD-S MLAs test positive for COVID-19

BENGALURU:Karnataka Minister of Cooperation S.T. Somashekar and two Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) legislators -- G.T. Devegowda and Naganagouda Kandkur tested positive for coronavirus and are under treatment, an official said on Thursday.

HC directs action against illegal health service aggregators

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to act against the online health service aggregators who are operating illegally or in violation of the law and collecting diagnostic samples including Covid-19.

Veteran communist leader Shyamal Chakraborty dies of Covid

 KOLKATA:Veteran leader of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Shyamal Chakraborty, passed away at a private hospital here on Thursday. He was tested positive for Covid and was admitted to hospital on July 29.

Chinese mainland reports 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

BEIJING:Chinese health authority said on Thursday that it received reports of 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 30 locally transmitted.

Two MPs and MLAs in TN test positive for Covid-19

CHENNAI:The number of people's representatives from Tamil Nadu testing positive for coronavirus went up by four with two Members of Parliament (MP) and two legislators turning into Covid-19 patients.

Irrespective of Covid, K'taka pvt hospitals can't turn away patients

BENGALURU:No private hospital in Karnataka can turn away a patient without attending to him or her, irrespective of the Coronavirus status, an official has said.

Six hospitals to start covid treatment from aug 5: Ghanshyam Thori

JALANDHAR:As part of its measures to ensure the requisite availability of medical infrastructure and best possible treatment to novel coronavirus positive patients, the district administration is set to add 48 more beds for level-II, 23 beds for Level-III and nine ventilators as the six private hospitals will start admission and treatment of the Covid patients in Jalandhar from Wednesday (August 5).

Odisha CM appeals to observe one-minute silence for Corona warriors

BHUBANESWAR:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday appealed to the people to observe one-minute silence on Wednesday as a tribute to the Corona warriors.

Sun Pharma launches Favipiravir as FluGuard at Rs 35 per tablet

NEW DELHI: Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday announced the launch of Favipiravir, under brand name FluGuard, at Rs 35 per tablet for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 in India.

Corona test certificate compulsory for Ayodhya invitees

LUCKNOW:All invitees to the August 5 foundation stone-laying function for the new Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh will have to carry a mandatory coronavirus-negative certificate, one of the organisers said on Tuesday.

Gian Sagar Hospital at forefront in fighting Coronavirus

Gian Sagar Hospital at forefront in fighting Coronavirus

Bengal BJP urges Mamata to withdraw statewide lockdown on Aug 5

KOLKATA: The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) West Bengal unit has appealed to the Mamata Banerjee-led state government to withdraw the statewide lockdown on August 5, the day on which the 'Bhoomi Pujan' for the proposed Ram temple is scheduled in Ayodhya.

Centre issues guidelines for reopening of gyms from Aug 5

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) From maintaining a distance of six feet, using visor rather than mask, following respiratory etiquette, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday issued guidelines for re-opening of gyms and yoga centres as a part of the third phase of easing of lockdown.

Yediyurappa's primary contacts to be tested, quarantined

BENGALURU: People who recently came in contact with Covid-afflicted Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa have been advised to take the coronavirus test and quarantine themselves as a precaution, according to Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, here on Monday.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe opt for home quarantine

NEW DELHI: A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and was admitted in a private hospital, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also went into home quarantine as he had met Shah on Saturday.

UK to launch 2 new 90 min COVID-19 tests

LONDON: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the country will launch two new tests which can detect the novel coronavirus in 90 minutes in hospitals, care homes and laboratories, it was reported on Monday.

Yediyurappa's 6 staffers test positive for coronavirus

BENGALURU: Six persons, including a woman working at the official residence of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa here, also tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Monday.

'Students will need Covid tests every 2-3 days to keep campus safe'
NEW YORK: To fight against novel coronavirus, researchers have revealed that college students would need to be tested for Covid-19 infection in every two to three days for safely reopen of campuses this fall.
Karnataka CM's daughter too tests Covid positive

BENGALURU: After Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa tested Covid positive on Sunday night, his youngest daughter B.Y. Padmavati was found to have been infected with the disease, an official said on Monday.

"As Padmavati's sample result turned positive, she has also been admitted to the privately-run Manipal Hospital where Yediyurappa is under treatment for the virus," an official of the Chief Minister's Office told IANS here.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa tests Covid positive

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Another UP Minister tests COVID-19 positive
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh has tested positive for COVID-19, hours after the state BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh and two other legislators were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
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