NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday evening informed that the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,706 in the country, while the number of cases climbed to 1,65,799, registering an increase of 175 deaths and a record spike of 7,466 cases since Thursday 8 am. The number of active cases currently in the country is 89,987.
▪️ Total Cases – 173763
▪️Active Cases – 86422
▪️Deaths – 4971
▪️Migrated – 1
as on May 30, 2020 till 8:00 AM pic.twitter.com/7tV85YsOPY
— #IndiaFightsCorona (@COVIDNewsByMIB) May 30, 2020
Worryingly, with 1.6 lakh reported coronavirus cases, India has now overtaken Turkey and has become the ninth worst-hit in the world. The surge in cases comes with only two days to the end of the fourth phase of the lockdown.
On the brighter side, 71,105 people affected with coronavirus have been cured and the recovery rate has reached 42.89 per cent.
According to the MoHFW website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities. Going by the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 59,546 followed by Tamil Nadu at 19,372, Delhi at 16,281, Gujarat at 15,562, Rajasthan at 8,067, Madhya Pradesh at 7,453 and Uttar Pradesh at 7,170.
Maharashtra remained the hardest hit among all the states in the country. Its total number of positive cases rose to 10,498 while the death toll increased to 459 after 27 more deaths more reported since yesterday.
Maharashtra was followed by Gujarat at 4,395 cases, Delhi at 3,515 cases and Madhya Pradesh at 2,719 cases. Telangana was the latest state to cross more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Of the 175 deaths reported since Thursday morning, 85 were in Maharashtra, 22 in Gujarat, 15 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Delhi, 12 in Tamil Nadu, eight in Madhya Pradesh, seven in Rajasthan, six in West Bengal, four in Telangana and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
Of the total 4,706 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,982 deaths followed by Gujarat with 960 deaths, Madhya Pradesh with 321, Delhi with 316, West Bengal with 295, Uttar Pradesh with 197, Rajasthan with 180, Tamil Nadu with 145, Telangana with 67 and Andhra Pradesh with 59 deaths.
Tamil Nadu reported 874 positive cases of the novel coronavirus today, taking the total number of cases past 20,000. State capital Chennai remains the worst affected, reporting 618 of the 874 cases in the state.
The state government has attributed the high number of cases to increased testing and high population in Chennai.
Covaxin, India’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Gets DCGI Approval For Human Trials
This marks the first regulatory approval for India’s domestic vaccine to enter trials.
HYDERABAD (Telangana): India-based biotechnology company Bharat Biotech has secured regulatory approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to advance its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, into human clinical trials.
The Drug Controller General of India CDSCO (The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare granted permission to initiate Phase I & II Human clinical trials after the company submitted results generated from pre-clinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response. Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July 2020, the release said.
This marks the first regulatory approval for India’s domestic vaccine to enter trials. DCGI’s approval will enable the company to conduct Phase I and II studies, which are set to begin next month.
Covaxin has been developed in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology. The inactivated vaccine was manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s facility at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, India.
Bharat Biotech chairman and managing director Krishna Ella said: “We are proud to announce ‘Covaxin’, India’s first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19.
“The collaboration with ICMR and NIV was instrumental in the development of this vaccine. The proactive support and guidance from CDSCO have enabled approvals to this project.”
Bharat Biotech’s track record in developing vero cell culture platform technologies has been proven in several vaccines for Polio, Rabies, Rotavirus, Japanese Encephalitis, Chikungunya and Zika. The company is proficient in conducting extensive multi-centre clinical trials, having completed more than 75 trials in over 300,000 subjects globally, the release said.
In April this year, Bharat Biotech partnered with FluGen and University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison) to develop and evaluate a Covid-19 vaccine candidate, CoroFlu.
CoroFlu will be administered intranasally with an aim to induce multiple immune responses.
Later in May, Bharat Biotech entered into an exclusive agreement to develop a Covid-19 vaccine candidate created at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, US.
Thomas Jefferson professor developed this vaccine candidate in January using an existing deactivated rabies vaccine as a vehicle for coronavirus proteins.
Besides Bharat Biotech, at least five other Indian companies are working on a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus while similar efforts are underway in different countries.
COVID-19 Unblock 2.0: Metro Rail, Schools, Colleges, Cinemas, Gyms To Remain Shut
International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission.
NEW DELHI: The Centre has issued new guidelines for Unlock -2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from tomorrow and the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. As per the new guidelines, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till July 31.
Read the NOTIFICATION by the Ministry of Home Affairs issues new Guidelines for #Unlock2, to be in force up to July 31.
— League of India @ #IndiaFightsCorona (@league_of_india) June 30, 2020
The Home Ministry has said that the new guidelines are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.
Under the new guidelines of Unlock -2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed.
Salient features of the new guidelines for Unlock 2
- Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.
- Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes.
- Shops, depending upon their area, can have more than 5 persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.
- Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15, 2020. SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.
- After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31, 2020.
- International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.
- All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones:
- Metro Rail.
- Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
- Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
Dates for the opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation.
- Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till July 31, 2020. Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State/ UT Governments with a view to containing the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW). Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.
- These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW.
- Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State/UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measure in these zones shall be strictly implemented.
- MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and the implementation of the containment measures.
States to decide on activities outside Containment Zones
- States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
- However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
- Night Curfew shall continue to remain in force, between 10.00 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities and other relaxation given in Unlock 2.
National Directives for COVID-19 management
- National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensuring social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives.
Protection for vulnerable persons
- Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
Use of Aarogya Setu
- The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.
COVID-19: India’s Coronavirus Cases Tally Is Now 5.5 Lakh
12,010 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 58.67%.
NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus count has crossed the 5.49-lakh mark as the highest-ever single-day spike of over 19,000 COVID-19 cases were reported over the past 24 hours. At the time of writing this report, the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 5,49,197 on Sunday, with 2,10,880 COVID-19 patients cured so far.
#CoronaUpdatesInIndia : (As on 29th June, 2020, 08:00 AM)
Recovery rate: has further improved to 58.67% 👍
Active cases: 2,10,120
No. of people with #COVID19 so far: 5,48,318
— MIB India 🇮🇳 #StayHome #StaySafe (@MIB_India) June 29, 2020
India is now just behind the United States, Brazil, and Russia in terms of the total confirmed cases. It is, therefore, the biggest epicentre of the coronavirus disease pandemic in Asia and the fourth worst-affected nation in the world.
Providing the silver lining to the dark cloud, however, the government today said that a total of 3,21,723 people affected with coronavirus have been cured in the country so far.
In the past 24 hours, 12,010 people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this, the recovery rate has reached 58.67 per cent.
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total of 19,459 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours.
In a single day, 380 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 16,475.
Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 2,10,120.
Maharashtra is the most affected state, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu. Delhi has crossed Mumbai in terms of the number of coronavirus cases.
The global COVID-19 case total has surged past 9.8 million after a single-day record of 189,077 cases were registered worldwide over the past 24 hours, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday (local time).
Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that 1,70,560 tests of coronavirus samples were conducted by the various laboratories in the country within 24 hours. So far, 83,98,362 tests have been conducted.
ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories.
As of now, a total of 1,047 laboratories across India have been given the approval to conduct the test for Covid-19. This includes 760 government laboratories and 287 private laboratory chains.
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