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Highlights: Noida cinemas, gyms, swimming pools to remain closed till Aug 31

Over 17 million people have been infected with the coronavirus disease so far. Amid rising cases, pharma firms are racing to develop vaccine at the earliest. Follow latest updates on Covid-19 here

By | Updated: Aug 01, 2020 00:00 IST
Highlights: Noida cinemas, gyms, swimming pools to remain closed till Aug 31
A doctor collects swab sample during Covid-19 health check up camp at isolation centre, Govandi in Mumbai on Thursday. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 1.6 million mark on Friday with a single day spike of more than 55,000 cases for the first time, according to figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

As many as 1,057,805 people have recovered from the coronavirus disease whereas of the total 16,38,870 confirmed cases in the country 545,318 are active. The toll due to the virus has gone up to 35,747.

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On the global front, the number of infected have surpassed 17 million with the maximum number of cases coming from the United States (4,487,987) followed by Brazil (2,610,102), according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

As cases continue to surge, pharma firms are racing to develop a vaccine to treat the deadly disease. Britain’s AstraZeneca has said that “good data was coming in so far” on its vaccine for Covid-19, already in large-scale human trials and widely seen as the front-runner in the race for a shot against the coronavirus disease.

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04:36 PM IST

Sikkim extends complete lockdown till Aug 3 after spike in cases

Sikkim government extends complete lockdown in the state till August 3 in view of spurt in Covid-19 cases: Senior official

03:53 PM IST

Japan to get 120 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer, BioNTech

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have agreed to supply Japan with 120 million doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccine in the first half of 2021, the companies said on Friday, reports Reuters.

03:35 PM IST

Israeli ambassador visits special testing site at Delhi hospital

Ambassador of Israel to India, Ron Malka visited special testing site created at New Delhi's RML Hospital on Friday to witness ongoing trials of rapid Covid-19 testing.

03:26 PM IST

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's rally next week postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak, floods

A much-anticipated virtual rally of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar next week, where he was expected to sound the bugle for assembly polls, has been put off for the time being, a top office-bearer of the ruling Janata Dal (United) said on Friday, reports news agency PTI.

In a statement, the party's state unit president Vashishtha Narayan Singh said the rally, scheduled for August 7, has been postponed "in view of the coronavirus pandemic and floods.

02:59 PM IST

UK announces stricter Covid-19 lockdown rules for England ahead of Eid

Millions of households in north England, including those in Manchester, Bradford and Leicester cities, face stricter lockdown rules than the rest of the UK from Friday amidst a feared spike and second wave of Covid-19 cases, reports PTI.

The rules include a ban on households from mingling together indoors and comes just ahead of the Eid festival, which usually involves different households getting together.

"We're constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we've seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of northern England,” said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

02:37 PM IST

KLM to cut 4500-5000 jobs due to coronavirus pandemic

Dutch carrier KLM said Friday it will cut between 4,500 and 5,000 jobs because of the coronavirus crisis, reports AP.

The company said in a statement that in addition to 1,500 job losses, some 1,500 temporary contracts won’t be renewed and 2,000 jobs will be suppressed via a voluntary departure scheme. The group also expects “natural attrition through retirement” to help cut an extra 500 jobs.

02:22 PM IST

Jharkhand reports 460 new cases

Jharkhand reported 460 new Covid-19 cases today, according to the state health department. Total number of cases in the state is now at 10,488, including 6,208 active cases, 4,176 recovered & 104 deaths: ANI

02:09 PM IST

Tobacco-based Covid-19 vaccine may start clinical trials in weeks

An experimental Covid-19 vaccine developed that’s produced in tobacco plants may start clinical trials within weeks as the race for immunization intensifies, the maker has said.

British American Tobacco Plc, the maker of Lucky Strike cigarettes, is awaiting response from the US Food and Drug Administration any day now, chief marketing officer Kingsley was quoted as saying by news agency Bloomberg.

01:48 PM IST

Vietnam reports first Covid-19 death

Vietnam, the country that had gone 100 days without infection, recorded its first death from Covid-19 on Friday after winning plaudits worldwide for one of the most successful pandemic responses. In the biggest one-day jump, the county reported 45 new infections.

01:36 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh conducted month long Covid-19 campaign: CM

Madhya Pradesh chief minister said that a Covid-19 campaign was conducted in the state from July 1 to July 31 wherein tests were done extensively.

Phase 2 of the campaign will be conducted between August 1 and August 14, he said. "We'll resolve to maintain social distancing and wear masks to break chain of infection," the chief minister added.

01:18 PM IST

Asymptomatic Covid-19 patients in Chhattisgarh to be put in home isolation

The government said a pilot project of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment at their homes have started in Raipur and Durg districts and would be expanded across Chhattisgarh.

12:57 PM IST

SC adjourns for Aug 10 pleas challenging UGC circular

The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned for August 10 the hearing of pleas challenging University Grants Commission's (UGC) July 6 circular and seeking cancellation of final term examination in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

12:42 PM IST

Germany reports 870 new coronavirus cases

Germany reported 870 more confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a tally from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 208,698 while 9,141 deaths have been recorded.

12:26 PM IST

UK tightens curbs in northern England amid second wave concerns

Britain imposed a tougher lockdown in swathes of northern England after a rise in the rate of novel coronavirus transmission, raising concerns that a second wave of the deadly virus. Around 4 million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, new agency Reuters reported.

12:16 PM IST

Mumbai HC grants temporary bail to 65-year-old murder convict, says he is vulnerable

The Bombay high court (HC) last week granted temporary bail to a murder convict until December 31 on the ground that he is a senior citizen (65) and is at high risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

First published: Jul 31, 2020 07:08 IST