Coronavirus updates | July 27, 2021

Delhi sees pam-packed metro coaches on Day 1 of new travel guidelines.   | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA

Four residents of the Olympic Games village, including two athletes, are among the seven new COVID-19 cases that the event organisers announced on Tuesday.

With this, the total Games-related COVID cases shot up to 155, 20 of them in the Games village.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:


'54 districts reporting a test positivity rate more than 10%'

In the weekly COVID-19 briefing, Health Ministry spokesperson Lav Agarwal says the rate of decline in daily new cases had slowed in the last few weeks. "This is a matter of concern and we are discussing this with states."

There are 22 districts which are reporting an increasing trend in cases, of which 7 are from Kerala, he adds.

There are 54 districts reporting a test positivity rate more than 10%.


Maharashtra first State to fully vaccinate 1 crore people

Maharashtra on Monday became the first State in the country to fully vaccinate more than one crore people against COVID-19.

The number of people who had been administered both doses had reached 1,00,64,308, said additional chief secretary (Health) Dr. Pradeep Vyas. Officials said 3,75,974 people had been vaccinated through 4,100 inoculation centres in the State till 4 p.m. on Monday.

“The State has set a record after more than one crore people have been administered both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and they have been given full protection against the virus,” Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, while lauding the work of frontline health workers and Health Department personnel.


Brazil scraps Covaxin's EUA application after Bharat Biotech terminates pact with partners

After suspending the proposed clinical trials of Bharat Bioetchs COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, Brazil has now scrapped the Emergency Use Authorisation request made by the Indian company for the jab.

The Brazilian health regulator's decision comesafter the vaccine maker informed the South American country about the termination of its pact with its partners in that country.


U.S. will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant

The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions "at this point" due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed.

The decision, which was first reported by Reuters, comes after a senior level White House meeting late on Friday. It means that the long-running travel restrictions that have barred much of the world's population from the United States since 2020 will not be lifted in the short term.

"Given where we are today ... with the Delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said, citing the spread of the Delta variant in the United States and abroad. "Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely continue to increase in the weeks ahead."

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Jam-packed metro coaches on Day 1 of new travel guidelines

The Delhi Metro on Monday resumed operations with 100% seating capacity, permitting 50 commuters to travel in each coach. With entry continuing to be restricted at stations, as standing travel is not permitted, queues were seen outside some stations.

In a notification issued on Saturday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had permitted the operation of metro trains with 100% seating capacity but specified that no standing travel would be permitted.

However, on the first day of operations, several passengers were seen standing during the metro journey in crowded coaches.

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