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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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08:19 AM IST

UK scientists to immunize hundreds with experimental Covid-19 vaccine

In an early trial, hundreds of people in the UK are being immunised with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine, scientists at the Imperial College London said.

The trial had shown no worrying safety problems in a small number vaccinated so far.

07:55 AM IST

US Covid-19 epicentre shifts toward Midwest

The epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States showed signs of shifting to the Midwest on Thursday while Sunbelt states were hopeful that new infections and deaths were starting to decline.

Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force said that the outbreak was moving into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. He cited "vacations and travel" as possible reasons.

07:45 AM IST

Japan doesn't need to reimpose state of emergency: Govt

Japan chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga on Friday said that the nation does not reimpose a state of emergency in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic even as a surge in confirmed cases was reported across the country.

07:36 AM IST

Children carry Covid-19 virus, study finds

According to a small study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, children below five years of age carried major amounts of coronavirus in their upper respiratory tract. The finding has triggered questions about kids can infect others with the disease.

First published: Jul 31, 2020 07:08 IST