Coronavirus live updates | More than half of new cases coming from two States

Police personnel checking vehicles in Kozhikode on Thursday as part of COVID-19 containment measures.    | Photo Credit: K. Ragesh

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a ₹23,123 crore package to boost emergency response and healthcare systems, including funding for 20,000 additional ICU (intensive care unit) beds and the setting up of paediatric units in all districts, ahead of a potential third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

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:


More than half of new cases coming from two States

During his weekly media briefing, Health Ministry spokesperson Lav Agarwal says Maharashtra and Kerala contribute to half of the fresh COVID-19 cases. "This is a matter of concern," he adds.

About 80% of the new cases in India are being reported from 90 districts with maximum cases coming from Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

"Second wave is not over…the war isn’t over and so long as it’s there in some areas the virus remains as a warning that the situation can explode any time," says Dr. V.K. Paul.

"We have to get down less than 10,000 case/day for atleast three successive weeks. 36, 37, 38 thousand cases a day is not a small number.The virus will take an upper hand soon if we don’t follow norms," he adds.

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New Delhi

Graded response plan to deal with possible third Covid wave passed by DDMA: Kejriwal

A 'Graded Response Action Plan' to deal with a possible third wave of the coronavirus was passed in a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

A Delhi government panel on managing the possible third wave of Covid has devised a colour-coded mechanism which prescribes a graded response, including the closure of most economic activities at the highest 'Red' level alert.

"The 'Graded Response Action Plan' was passed in the DDMA meeting today. No doubts will remain about when the lockdown will be imposed or when it will open. In the meeting, there was also discussion about the Delta plus variant. We have to stop this variant from spreading in Delhi, for which the government is taking all necessary steps," Mr. Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.


Uttar Pradesh

Two cases of Kappa variant of COVID-19 detected in Uttar Pradesh

Two cases of Kappa variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Uttar Pradesh, according to an official statement issued on Friday.

Genome sequencing of 109 samples was done at King George's medical college here in the past few days.

The Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 was found in 107 samples, while the Kappa variant was found in two samples, the statement issued after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's routine review meeting said.

"Both the variants are not new for the state. The facility of genome sequencing is being increased in the state," it added.

At present, the daily positivity rate in the state is 0.04 %.



Clear early signs of fourth COVID-19 wave starting in Pakistan: Minister

There are "clear early signs" of a fourth COVID-19 wave starting in Pakistan due to poor compliance with the standard operating procedures and the spread of the Delta variant, Minister for Planning Asad Umar said on Friday.

Mr. Umar, who is also the head of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) to combat COVID-19, said field reports were showing a complete disregard for the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and warned that the government would be forced to shut down wedding halls, indoor restaurants and gyms if they ignored the rules.

"Two weeks ago, I tweeted that our artificial intelligence models are showing the possible emergence of a fourth wave. Now there are clear early signs of a fourth wave starting," he said in a tweet.

He cited poor SOP compliance by the people and the spread of COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant, first identified in India, as reasons for the fourth wave in Pakistan.


Jammu and Kashmir

OPD services, surgeries in healthcare institutions to resume across Kashmir division

Authorities in Kashmir have ordered resumption of routine healthcare services, including OPD and surgeries, in the health institutions across the valley in view of the decline in COVID-19 cases, officials said on Friday.

The officials said the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir issued an order to resume the services in view of the decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases reported from across Kashmir division, a drastic decrease in the number of hospital admissions and also as a DRDO hospital has come up for coronavirus patients.



Set up separate pediatric wards at all hospitals to deal with third wave: Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said there should be separate pediatric wards at all district hospitals, CHCs and PHCs besides adequate oxygen, ICUs and ventilators in the state to deal with a possible third wave of COVID-19.

Reviewing the state's preparedness in view of a possible third wave of the pandemic, Mr. Dhami said all these arrangements should be in place by the end of July.

Maximum vaccination and increased testing are a must to build a protective mechanism against COVID-19, he said.


Tamil Nadu

Two T.N. villages achieve 100% coverage with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Two villages in Kallakurichi district have been declared as the first to achieve 100% coverage of their eligible population with the first dose of vaccine.

According to Collector P.N. Sridhar, Sikkampattu village in Ulundurpet block and Devi Agaram in Tirkovilur block had achieved the milestone of vaccinating 100% of their population.

Sikkampattu village has a total population of 1,026. Of them, a total of 236 were excluded – persons whose names were deleted from the electoral roll and those who cannot take the vaccine based on medical grounds. The remaining 790, including 15 pregnant women, were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the village.

Similarly, Devi Agaram had vaccinated 100% of its eligible population of 1,294.


Pfizer to seek approval for third vaccine dose; shots still protect

Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant.

Research from multiple countries shows the Pfizer shot and other widely used COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant, which is spreading rapidly around the world and now accounts for most new U.S. infections.

Two doses of most vaccines are critical to develop high levels of virus-fighting antibodies against all versions of the coronavirus, not just the delta variant -- and most of the world still is desperate to get those initial protective doses as the pandemic continues to rage.

But antibodies naturally wane over time, so studies also are underway to tell if and when boosters might be needed.


Cases of Lambda COVID-19 variant found in Canada

Canada's chief public health officer says there are cases of the latest COVID-19 variant of interest in the country, but it's too early to know how widespread it is or what impact it could have.

Dr. Theresa Tam said Thursday 11 cases of the Lambda variant that was first identified in Peru last year have been reported to Health Canada to date. However, the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec said Thursday it has confirmed 27 cases already, all in March and April.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is monitoring Lambda to see how it spreads and how it responds to vaccines, Tam said. “We're just trying to gather up some information on who it is that's having the Lambda variant right now, but there's very few cases at this point,” she said.


Sanofi, GSK get nod for phase 3 efficacy trial

Sanofi and GSK said they have received approval for their phase 3 clinical study in India, to assess the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The global, randomised, double-blind phase 3 study will include more than 35,000 volunteers aged 18 and older across sites in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

As part of the study design, all participants, including the control group, will be offered the study vaccine as soon as it is determined to be safe and effective, Sanofi said.


Fans banned from Games venues in Tokyo

Spectators will be banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo because of a virus state of emergency, Japan's Olympic minister announced on Thursday, meaning the Games will happen mostly behind closed doors.

"We reached an agreement on no spectators at venues in Tokyo," Tamayo Marukawa said after talks involving local and national government officials, organisers and Olympic and Paralympic chiefs.

Most Olympic competition will happen in Tokyo, but a few events will be held outside the Japanese capital.

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