Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India Overtakes Russia to Reach Third Spot on Covid-19 Worst-hit List | July 5, 2020, 11:15 PM IST
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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Surpassing Russia, India today became the third worst-hit nation with 6,90,396 Covid-19 cases, according to

Delhi recorded 2,505 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally close to the one lakh mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 3,067, authorities said. The national capital recorded 63 new fatalities on Sunday, a Delhi health department bulletin said. The bulletin said the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 3,067, and the total number of cases mounted to 99,444.
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Jul 5, 2020 11:15 pm (IST)

Bihar Covid-19 Cases Surge | A total of 404 new coronavirus cases were reported in Bihar today, taking the state's tally to 11,864, while the death toll reached 90 after two patients succumbed to the disease.

Jul 5, 2020 10:49 pm (IST)

READ | Guwahati Enters 'Real Pandemic Stage', Situation May Worsen if Restrictions Not Followed: Assam Minister

Guwahati, which is under a 14-day lockdown since June 28, has reported 2,741 new cases since June 24 and

Jul 5, 2020 10:45 pm (IST)

Cop Tests Covid-19 Positive in UP's Ballia | A police sub-inspector posted in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district tested positive for the novel coronavirus today. 

Jul 5, 2020 10:32 pm (IST)

READ | US: Florida Hits More Than 200,000 Coronavirus Cases

State statistics released on Sunday show about 10,000 new people tested positive. Saturday's numbers - more than 11,400 cases - marked a record new single-day high. More than 3,700 people have died.

Jul 5, 2020 10:22 pm (IST)

Coronavirus Cases Sees a Dip in Italy | The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has been lowering for the past five days in a row. According to data released by the Health Ministry, 192 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, compared to 235 reported the day before. The country now has a total of 2,41,611 cases.

Jul 5, 2020 10:12 pm (IST)

22 Fresh Covid-19 Cases in Sikkim | Coronavirus cases in Sikkim reached 125 after 22 new infections were recorded today. 

Jul 5, 2020 10:00 pm (IST)

READ | In Science Feature, Govt Says 'Covid-19 Vaccine Unlikely Before 2021'. Omits Timeline Within Hours

The omitted part of the science feature had said that none of the vaccines that have entered human trials phase are likely to be ready for mass use before 2021.

Jul 5, 2020 9:49 pm (IST)

India Surpasses Russia in Covid-19 Cases | With 6,95,396 coronavirus cases recorded today, India surpassed Russia to become the third worst-hit nation due to the pandemic, according to Worldometers' tally. Russia now has 6,81,251 virus cases. US has the highest number of cases with 2,954,999 followed by Brazil with 1,578,376 infections. 

Jul 5, 2020 9:35 pm (IST)

Innovation Amid Covid-19 | 

Jul 5, 2020 9:25 pm (IST)

Rajasthan Cancels All University Exams | The Rajasthan government has cancelled all examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in universities, colleges and technical educational institutions in the state in view of the coronavirus pandemic,

Jul 5, 2020 9:18 pm (IST)

WATCH | Health Ministry Confirms COVID-19 Recovery Rate in 21 States, UTs Higher Than National Average

Jul 5, 2020 9:08 pm (IST)

Rajasthan Covid-19 Update | Rajasthan confirmed 632 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths till today, taking the total number of cases to 20,164 and deaths to 456. The total number of active cases stands at 3,780. 

Jul 5, 2020 9:02 pm (IST)

READ | Schools to Reopen in Sri Lanka from Tomorrow After over 3-month Long Covid-19 Lockdown

The schools were shut mid-March when Sri Lanka detected its first COVID-19 infection. Ranjith Chandrasekera, the additional secretary to the ministry, said students from Grades 5, 11 and 13 will…

Jul 5, 2020 8:47 pm (IST)

Update | After videos of two coronavirus patients complaining about "inadequate" facilities at state-run hospitals here went viral, the district administration said it is planning to shift the duo to another hospital in Azamgarh. 

Jul 5, 2020 8:35 pm (IST)

READ | People Stay Indoors in Karnataka to Check Coronavirus Spread During Sunday Lockdown

On the first weekly shutdown on Sunday, vehicles remained off roads and most of the shops remained shut except for grocery stores and essential services.

Jul 5, 2020 8:27 pm (IST)

West Bengal Covid-19 Update | West Bengal reported 895 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 22,126 and death toll to 757. The number of active cases stands at 6,658, as per the latest health bulletin. 

Jul 5, 2020 8:14 pm (IST)

Highest Single Day Rise of 1k Virus Cases in Bengaluru | A total of 1925 new coronavirus cases were registered in Bengaluru today, taking the the number of cases to over 8,000-mark. 

Jul 5, 2020 8:04 pm (IST)

Update | Triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram from tomorrow 6 am for a week, according to latest notice issued by Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. Triple lockdown is a measure considered stricter than curfew allowing only police personnel’s movement

Jul 5, 2020 7:59 pm (IST)

Former Union Min Poojary Tests Covid +ve | Senior Congress leader and former union minister B Janardhana Poojary tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a private hospital here for treatment in Mangaluru.

Jul 5, 2020 7:51 pm (IST)

Punjab Reports 175 New Cases | Punjab reported 175 new coronavirus cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 6,283 and the toll to 164. The tally includes 4,408 recovered/cured. A total of 70 cases were reported in Ludhiana.

Jul 5, 2020 7:44 pm (IST)

Maharashtra Covid-19 Tally Update | A total of 6,555 new coronavirus cases and 151 deaths were reported in Maharashtra, taking the total number of cases to 2,06,619 and death toll to 8,822. Out of the total new cases, 1,287 patients were from Mumbai alone. 

Jul 5, 2020 7:39 pm (IST)

Congress on Covid-19 Situation | Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said "Lockdown was a pause button and it should have been used to ramp up health infrastructure. But the government has wasted time and has indulged in mismanagement in procuring ventilators." He further said, "As per the government, only 1,340 ventilators have been procured till June 22, whereas the BJP chief claimed in a virtual rally that the country will have 60,000 ventilators by June-end. Why so few ventilators have been procured in more than 2.5 months. Who is responsible."

Jul 5, 2020 7:30 pm (IST)

Assam Issues New Covid-19 Curfew Timing | All stand-alone grocery shops are allowed to operate between 11 am and 4 pm from July 6-10 in Kamrup Metropolitan District. Shopkeepers and customers shall have to wear masks, hand gloves and maintain social distancing, said Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

Jul 5, 2020 7:25 pm (IST)

Uttarakhand: 31 Covid-19 Cases | Uttarakhand reported 31 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases in the state to 3,124, according to the latest health bulletin. 

Jul 5, 2020 7:14 pm (IST)

Gujarat Reports 725 New Virus Cases | A total of 725 new coronavirus cases and 18 deaths were reported in Gujarat, taking the total number of infections in the state to 36,123 and 1,945 deaths. The tally includes 8,278 active cases and 25,900 discharged/cured patients. Out of the total number of cases, 218 were from Ahmedabad alone. 

Jul 5, 2020 7:03 pm (IST)

SC Issues Fresh SOP for Hearing Through Video-conferencing | "In order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), considering the prevailing situation, and taking into account the suggestions received from various quarters and the guidelines issued by the Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi from time to time, the Chief Justice of India has been pleased to direct the constitution of the bench(es) for hearing of matters through virtual courts with effect from July 6, 2020," the SOP uploaded on the Supreme court website said.

Jul 5, 2020 6:56 pm (IST)

READ | Bengaluru Civic Body Chief Apologises to Kin of Virus Victim Whose Body Lay Unattended for 3 Hrs on Road

BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar personally met the family of the victim at Gavipuram, apologised to them and said BBMP workers should have handled the situation in a better manner.

Jul 5, 2020 6:47 pm (IST)

Delhi Records 2,244 New Virus Cases | Latest health bulletin shows Delhi recorded 22,44 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 99,444. The death toll reached 3,067 after 63 fatalities were reported. The tally includes 25,038 active cases and 71339 discharged/cured. 

Jul 5, 2020 6:42 pm (IST)

Coronavirus Cases Rises in Tamil Nadu | A total of 4,150 new Covid-19 cases and 60 deaths were registered in Tamil Nadu today, taking the total number of cases to 1,11,151 and the death toll to 1,510. The total number of infections includes 62,778 recovered/cured cases and 46,860 active cases. Of the total cases, Chennai recorded 1,713 cases alone.

Jul 5, 2020 6:34 pm (IST)

READ | Thiruvananthapuram District 'Sitting on Active Volcano' as Number of Covid-19 Cases Rises

Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that the state government has decided to conduct more antigen tests in the district to check the spread of the virus.

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Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the government is preparing SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for opening of hotels in the state. He said that a decision on dates will be taken soon. The announcement came after Thackeray held a meeting with hotel owners today.

Meanwhile, Air India said it will operate 36 flights between India and USA from July 11 to July 19 under Vande Bharat Mission.

The Ministry of Science and Technology today said that none of the Covid-19 vaccines may be ready for mass use before 2021. The statement is in contrast to ICMR's claim that said it "envisages to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by August 15, 2020 after completion of all clinical trials".

"With the primary scientific inputs coming from institutions like Pune based ICMR institution National Institute of Virology and Hyderabad based CSIR institution Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, six Indian companies are working on a vaccine for COVID-19. Along with the two Indian vaccines, COVAXIN and ZyCov-D, the world over, 11 out of 140 vaccine candidates have entered the human trials. None of these vaccines is unlikely to be ready for mass use before 2021," the ministry said.

Mahender Yadav, 1984 anti-Sikh riots convict and former MLA, passed away at a hospital. He had tested positive for Covid-19. Yadav was earlier lodged in Mandoli jail and serving a sentence of 10 years, Sandeep Goel, Delhi Director General (Prisons) said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police has claimed that two terrorists, who were killed in an encounter at Arreh village in Kulgam on Saturday, have been tested positive for Covid-19. Their samples were collected while carrying out the medico-legal formalities, they said.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has called for 3T strategy of testing, tracing and treating to fight Covid-19, even as he asked other states to emulate Delhi’s high tests per million to tackle the pandemic. Kant’s advice came as India's Covid-19 tally neared 6.5 lakh cases on Saturday with a record single-day spike of 22,771 new infections even as the recovery rate improved to 60.81%. While the nationwide tally climbed to 6,48,315, the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities, according to Union Health Ministry data. The numbers were led by Maharashtra, which crossed the two lakh-mark on Saturday after 7,074 new cases were reported from in 24 hours. The number of fatalities reported was 295 -- of this 124 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours and the remaining 171 were from the previous period.

The central government said several people-centric measures taken as part of the "test, trace, treat" strategy and that facilitation of widespread testing by states has spurred the number of samples tested daily. During the last 24 hours, 2,42,383 samples have been tested, pushing the cumulative number of tests to 95,40,132, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This was the second consecutive day when cases increased by more than 20,000. There has been a surge of 4,57,780 COVID-19 cases from June 1 till date. Of the 442 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 198 are from Maharashtra, 64 from Tamil Nadu, 59 from Delhi, 21 from Karnataka, 18 each from Gujarat and West Bengal, 14 from Uttar Pradesh, 10 from Rajasthan, eight each from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, five from Punjab, four each from Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, three from Bihar, and two each from Assam and Odisha.

Of the total 18,655 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest 8,376 fatalities, followed by Delhi with 2,923 deaths, Gujarat with 1,904, Tamil Nadu with 1,385, Uttar Pradesh with 749, West Bengal with 717, Madhya Pradesh with 593, Rajasthan with 440 and Karnataka with 293 deaths.

The death toll reached 283 in Telangana, 255 in Haryana, 206 in Andhra Pradesh, 157 in Punjab, 119 in Jammu and Kashmir, 80 in Bihar, 42 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Odisha and 25 in Kerala.

Jharkhand has registered 15 deaths, Chhattisgarh and Assam 14 each, Puducherry 12, Himachal Pradesh 10, Chandigarh six, Goa four and Meghalaya, Tripura, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one fatality each, according to the Health Ministry. More than 70% of the deaths took place due to co-morbidities, it said.

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