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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra to Relax Curbs; Fully Vaccinated to be Allowed on Trains, Cinema Halls May Open

By: Bharvi Dasson

News18.com

Last Updated: July 29, 2021, 18:22 IST

Beneficiaries wait in queues to receive COVID-19 vaccine dose, at a government vaccination centre.

Beneficiaries wait in queues to receive COVID-19 vaccine dose, at a government vaccination centre.

In the past 24 hours, India reported 43,509 cases, as per the health ministry's statement.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala has reported 22,064 Covid cases and 128 deaths. As many as 1,63,098 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The state’s total death count now stand at 16,585, while 16,649 patients have recovered.

Amid a steep rise in fresh Covid-19 cases, a complete lockdown has been imposed in Kerala on July 31 and August 1, while the Centre has rushed an expert team to the state for crisis management. In the past 24 hours, India reported 43,509 cases, as per the health ministry.

After a slew of complaints about the inconsistency of timings to book online slots for vaccination, the BMC said on Wednesday that the announcement of slots would be made at 5.30 pm on social media.

Data from the Union ministry of health and family welfare shows the central government received a total of 1,194 applications from families of healthcare workers who died due to Covid-19 infections seeking life insurance benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. The maximum applications were received from Maharashtra.

The US health regulators again extended the expiration dates on Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, providing health workers with six more weeks to use millions of doses of the shot. Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population within just seven days, its health ministry said.

In a letter to J&J, the Food and Drug Administration stated that the shots remain safe and effective for at least six months when properly stored and refrigerated. It’s the second time the FDA has extended the shelf life on the vaccines since June. When first authorized in February, the FDA said the vaccines could be stored for three months at normal refrigeration levels. Meanwhile, health authorities in many states had recently warned that they could be forced to throw out thousands of doses of the one-shot vaccine without an extension.

Meanwhile, serosurvey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that at least two-thirds of the population surveyed in 11 states were found to have developed coronavirus antibodies. It was done between June 14 and July 6. Madhya Pradesh leads the chart with 79 per cent seroprevalence, while Kerala is at the bottom with 44.4 per cent. Seroprevalence in Assam is 50.3 per cent and Maharashtra 58 per cent.

The findings of the fourth round of national serosurvey conducted by the ICMR across 70 districts of India was shared by the Union Health Ministry. Seroprevalence was found to be 76.2 per cent among the surveyed population in Rajasthan, 75.9 per cent in Bihar, 75.3 per cent in Gujarat, 74.6 per cent in Chhattisgarh, 73.1 per cent in Uttarakhand, 71 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 70.2 per cent in Andhra Pradesh, 69.8 per cent in Karnataka, 69.2 in Tamil Nadu and 68.1 per cent in Odisha.

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered across India have crossed 45 crores with those in the 18-44 age group receiving more than 15.38 crore jabs, the Union Health Ministry said. Nearly 40 lakh (39,42,457) vaccine doses have been administered on Wednesday, the ministry said.

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first published:July 29, 2021, 07:26 IST
last updated:July 29, 2021, 18:22 IST