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Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
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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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11:57 AM IST

45 Kolkata police personnel test positive for Covid-19

At least 45 Kolkata police personnel including two senior officers of the Detective Department have tested positive for Covid-19, an official said on Friday.

So far, over 1,100 police personnel have been infected by the virus, the official said.

11:40 AM IST

Punjab, Maharashtra, Tripura and Karnataka haven't paid Covid-19 frontline staff: Centre tell SC

Centre has informed the Supreme Court that Punjab, Maharashtra, Tripura and Karnataka haven't made timely payment to frontline Covid-19 healthcare workers and doctors despite its order.

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to do needful to ensure that salaries of health workers involved in Covid-19 fight are paid in time.

11:38 AM IST

Coronavirus impact on GDP will be felt for years to come: Fitch

The impact of 2020 coronavirus recession on GDP will continue to be felt for years to come with GDP levels in the largest advanced economies expected to remain around 3 to 4% below their pre-virus trend path by the middle of this decade, Fitch Ratings has said in a new report.

11:21 AM IST

Odisha reports 1,499 new Covid-19 cases

Odisha's Covid-19 tally rose to 31,877 as the state reported 1,499 more cases in the last 24 hours. While 11,918 are active cases, 19,745 people have recovered from the coronavirus disease, the state health department said.

11:00 AM IST

42 Covid-19 patients in Ghazipur neither in hospitals nor in home isolation: Chief medical officer

Chief medical officer of Ghazipur has written to additional district magistrate of Ghazipur regarding 42 Covid-19 patients, who were neither found to be in hospitals nor in home isolation. The letter, quoted by news agency ANI, reads tracing of 42 positive patients is underway.'

10:49 AM IST

Rajasthan Covid-19 tally soars to 41,298

Rajasthan now has 41,298 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease after the state registered a single day spike of 362 cases. The toll due to the infection has risen to 674.

As many as 11,319 cases are active, the state health department said.

10:41 AM IST

Hajj goes virtual for families of lucky pilgrims

In the first days of the pilgrimage that witnesses very few attendees this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the people were seen holding their phones aloft to snap selfies and livestream their progress to friends and family back home.

10:26 AM IST

China logs 127 Covid-19 cases, the highest since early March

China on Friday reported 127 new coronavirus cases on the mainland for July 30, up from 105 the previous day, and the highest daily number since March 5 for locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 on the mainland.

10:16 AM IST

Gilead raises sales outlook to include Covid-19 treatment remdesivir

Gilead Sciences Inc on Thursday posted quarterly results, which were worse-than-expected. The firm, however, has raised its 2020 sales forecast to include revenue from its antiviral drug remdesivir, one of the only treatments shown to help Covid-19 patients.

09:55 AM IST

China-backed hackers targeted Covid-19 vaccine firm Moderna: US official

A US security official said that hackers linked to the Chinese government had earlier this year tried to target Moderna, one of the biotechnology firms leading coronavirus vaccine research, to steal their data.

09:48 AM IST

People offer namaz at mosque in Kerala's Malappuram

People offer namaz at a mosque in Malappuram as Kerala is celebrating Eid-Al-Adha today.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on Thursday announced that the prayers can be offered in mosques with a limited number of people amid Covid-19 concerns.

09:29 AM IST

Mexico's Covid-19 toll touches 46,000

The number of people, who have died of Covid-19 in Mexico rose by 639 to 46,000 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry has said. The total confirmed cases have surged to 416,179 with a daily spike of 7,730 cases.

09:19 AM IST

India records daily spike of over 55,000 cases for the first time

As many as 55,078 cases reported in the last 24 hours, highest so far, pushed India's Covid-19 tally to 1,638,870. The death toll has reached 35,747.

08:47 AM IST

UK renews lockdowns

As coronavirus cases continue to soar, the Boris Johnson led UK-government has put millions of people in northern England back in partial lockdown.

08:29 AM IST

Philippines extends coronavirus restrictions

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended coronavirus restrictions in the country's capital Manila until mid-August and said the Southeast Asian country would be given priority by China if supplies of a vaccine became available.

First published: Jul 31, 2020 07:08 IST