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COVID-19: Nearly 10,000 Cases, 273 Deaths Reported In 24 Hours

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit Indian state with 74,860 coronavirus cases reported so far.

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NEW DELHI: With a record single-day spike of 9,851 patients, India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases reached to 2,26,770 on Thursday, while the death count due to the disease climbed to 6,348 with 260 new fatalities, according to the Union health ministry. India has now registered over 8,000 fresh cases for the fifth consecutive day.

India now is at the seventh spot among the nations worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.

Maharashtra has been the worst hit with 74,860 coronavirus cases, while Tamil Nadu ranks second having 25,872 cases. National Capital Delhi has now climbed up to the third place reporting 23,645 cases of COVID-19 infection.


Maharashtra has also reported the maximum 2,587 deaths so. Gujarat is at the second spot with 1,122 deaths.

The death toll in Madhya Pradesh stands at 371, West Bengal 345, Uttar Pradesh 229, Rajasthan 209, Tamil Nadu 208, Telangana 99 and Andhra Pradesh 68.

The recovery rate of COVID-19 cases has improved to around 48 per cent in the country. A total of 3,804 people affected by COVID-19 have recovered during the last 24 hours. So far, over 1,04,000 cases have been cured.

Presently, there are 1,06,737 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.


Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has further ramped up the testing capacity for detecting the novel coronavirus in infected persons.

The number of government labs has been increased to 498 and private labs have been increased to 212.

As many as 1,39,485 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested thus far is over 42,42,000.

Updates from States:

Gujarat: With 291 new cases of COVID-19, tally rises to 13,354 in Ahmedabad; 28 more succumb, taking the toll to 938.

Assam: Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday confirmed 285 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 2,115.


Delhi: 1,359 fresh cases take Delhi’s COVID-19 tally to over 25K; death toll climbs to 650.

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Govt Warns Against Use Of N-95 Masks With Valved Respirators

There is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks by the public other than designated health workers.

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators by people, saying these do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.

The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, said it has been observed that there is “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, particularly those with valved respirators, by the public other than designated health workers.

“…I would like to draw your attention to the advisory on the use of home-made protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the MoHFW,” read the statement by the DGHS.


The official referred to the advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

This advisory had been issued by the central government in April, asking people to use a homemade protective cover for face and mouth, particularly when they step outside of their residences.

The advisory stressed such face covers must be washed and cleaned each day, as instructed, and stated that any used cotton cloth can be used to make this face cover.


The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover.

It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg said in the letter.

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COVID-19: 7 Lakh People Have Now Recovered From Coronavirus In India

The fatality rate continues to decline and has come down to 2.43 per cent.

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NEW DELHI: The government today said a total of 7,24,578 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered in the country so far and the recovery rate is 62.72 per cent in India. And the case fatality rate continues to decline in the country and has come down to 2.43 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, in a significant development a record number of 24,491 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 4,02,529.


The Health Ministry said that a total of 37,148 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 11,55,191.

In a single day, 587 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 28,084.

In terms of the recovery rate of coronavirus cases, Delhi is at the top with 84.78 per cent followed by Ladakh, Haryana, Telangana and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In these five states and Union Territories, the recovery rate is above 73 per cent.


19 States and Union Territories have better recovery rates than the national average of 62.72 per cent.

In terms of the number of people recovered from Covid-19, Maharashtra leads the tally followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.

There are 29 States and Union Territories which have a lower fatality rate than the national average of  2.43 per cent.

In the total active cases, around 68 per cent caseloads are from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR reported that a total of 3,33,395 tests were conducted by various laboratories in the last 24 hours.


So far, 1,43,81,303 tests have been conducted in the country.

ICMR is continuously ramping up testing facilities and at present, a total of one thousand 274 laboratories across India are conducting Covid-19  tests. Of which,892 are government laboratories and 382 are private laboratory chains.

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COVID-19: Inadequate Evidence To Suggest Nation-Level Community Transmission – AIIMS Delhi Director

Does not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

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NEW DELHI: India is on fast track mode to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking to the media in New Delhi today, AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria informed that the Human trials for the indigenously developed COVAXIN have begun at the premier medical Institute.

He informed that after the registration procedure and blood sample tests of the health volunteers, the vaccine will be administered to 100 healthy individuals in the first phase.

Dr Guleria said that in the second phase 750 people will be recruited between 12 to 65 years of age for the human trials.


He said that the medical institute has received an overwhelming response in terms of volunteer registration for the trials.

Terming development of an indigenous vaccine as a great achievement, he informed that India’s mass production capacity of drugs and vaccines will also help in meeting the demands during its production stage.

Replying to a question on Community Transmission, Dr Guleria said, there is not much evidence that community transmission is happening at National level.


He, however, did not rule out the possibility of local level transmission in hotspots witnessing a huge spike in the number of cases.

Dr Guleria asserted that certain areas in the country, including the National Capital, appeared to have reached their peak and are now showing a significant decline in the number of cases.

He emphasized on continued aggressive action towards containment of infection in hotspots.

The AIIMS Director stressed on the need for the enhanced door to door testing and isolation measures.

Dr Guleria said that the measures adopted by the government for testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 patients have helped contain the fatality rates in the country as one of the lowest in the world.


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