The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for coronavirus (COVID-19), despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. The agency urged governments and citizens to focus on the basics of public health and disease control in order to suppress the pandemic.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India (SII) for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by the University of Oxford, in the country.
Here are the latest updates:
803 new fatalities reported in the country: Ministry
The Health Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 5,86,298, while 12,30,509 people have recovered.
Single-day spike of 52,050 COVID-19 cases pushes India’s virus caseload to 18,55,745 and death toll rises to 38,938 with 803 new fatalities.
9.30 am | Sikkim
I-Day celebrations to be subdued in Sikkim due to COVID-19
The 74th Independence Day celebrations will be subdued in Sikkim due to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials said. The State-level function will be held at Manan Bhawan in Gangtok instead of Paljor Stadium, the usual venue.
The event will be held on a smaller scale with limited invitees, but with the same zeal and enthusiasm, an official said. The programme will be live-streamed across various digital platforms.
The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S.C. Gupta on Monday, the official added.
9.00 am | West Bengal
Deaths hit a new high in Bengal, take toll to 1,731
For the first time on Monday, the number of COVID-19 deaths on a single day in West Bengal crossed the 50 mark with 53 deaths, taking the total fatalities to 1,731. As many as 2,716 cases were recorded taking the total tally in the State to 78,232, of which 21,683 were active. The discharge rate in the State stands at 70.07%.
8.40 am | Karnataka
Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah tests positive
After Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has tested positive for coronavirus. He was admitted to Manipal Hospitals at 11.30 p.m. on Monday for evaluation of fever.
“I have been tested positive for #Covid19 & also been admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors as a precaution. I request all those who had come in contact with me to check out for symptoms & to quarantine themselves,” he tweeted.
8.30 am | Punjab, Haryana
Punjab recordes 19 COVID-19 deaths, Haryana 7
Punjab recorded 677 COVID-19 cases on Monday and reported 19 more deaths taking the tally to 442, according to an official statement.
In Haryana, 654 cases surfaced taking the tally of cumulative cases to 37,173. It also reported seven deaths taking the tally to 440.
8.00 am | Telangana
Telangana senior CPI (M) leader Sunnam Rajaiah dies of COVID-19
Former Bhadrachalam MLA, senior CPI (M) leader and Girijana Sangam leader Sunnam Rajaiah (68), reportedly died of COVID-19 in the wee hours on Tuesday.
He died while being shifted from Hyderabad to a COVID-19 Hospital in Vijayawada. He is survived by wife and two sons and two daughters.
7.30 am | Maharashtra
All shops in Mumbai to open from August 5
All shops in Mumbai can remain open on all days, on both sides of the road, irrespective of the odd-even formula which was in place, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Monday.
An order issued by Municipal Commissioner I.S. Chahal, said all non-essential markets, market areas and shops would be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Liquor shops have been allowed over the counter sales, with strict observance of physical distancing norms in place to curb COVID-19.
7.00 am | Karnataka
19 positive cases reported in IISc
As many as 19 people living on the Indian Institute of Science campus have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 31. According to a press release on Monday, 12 of 15 COVID-19 positive students in hostels tested negative. Most of them were asymptomatic and treated in the COVID-19 Care Centre managed by the campus health care doctors. That apart, 34 pensioners and employees who live off-campus have also tested positive.