Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 7 Lakh; Mumbai Allows Covid-19 Tests Without Prescription
India hit a new milestone today of 7 lakh confirmed or reported coronavirus cases, adding the last lakh in a matter of five days.
The country added over 22,000 Covid-19 cases in just 24 hours to peg the total tally at over 7.12 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on July 7.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 7,19,665
- Active cases: 2,59,557
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 4,39,948
- Deaths: 20,160
- New cases in a day: 22,252
- One-day recoveries: 15,515
- One-day deaths: 467
Globally, India’s pace of increase is one of the fastest, with the total cases surpassing Russia’s 6.8 lakh. India now has the third largest outbreak, directly behind Brazil which has roughly 10 lakh more cases. U.S. has recorded the most number of cases so far.
Beijing reported no new Covid-19 infections for the first time in nearly a month, but the pace of new cases from Tokyo to Australia is raising concerns about a fresh virus wave. U.S. cases are approaching 3 million. Atlanta’s mayor said she tested positive for the virus, while Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is undergoing another test after showing symptoms.
Any vaccine would likely be limited in how long it can shield against infection, the top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned.
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No Prescription Required For Covid-19 Test In Mumbai
People can test themselves for coronavirus infection at designated private laboratories in Mumbai without a doctor's prescription, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Tuesday.
The civic body also informed that those kept in institutional quarantine will be discharged only when they test negative for the virus.
Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal took the decision to allow testing without medical prescription in view of increase in the number of private laboratories and their capacity, it said in a release.
Process For Clinical Trials Of Covaxin Begins In Hyderabad
The process of conducting clinical trials for Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for Covid-19, began on Tuesday at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, a top official of the state-run medical facility said.
"We will select healthy individuals and draw blood and send the blood samples to designated labs in New Delhi. They will give the green signal. Then the medicine people will examine and the first shot of the vaccine will be given due observation," NIMS director Dr K Manohar told PTI.
"Everything will be sent to ICMR, where data is analysed. We have already started the screening of individuals. We will first take audio visual consent of the individual," the medical officer added.
Asked about the total number of individuals required for the clinical trial, Manohar said at least 30 are needed.
Recovered Covid-19 Patients In Maharashtra Urged To Serve At Hospitals
The district administration of Thane in Maharashtra has urged recovered COVID-19 patients to serve at treatment centres and hospitals to meet the need for more staff as coronavirus cases continue to rise, an official said on Tuesday.
Nodal officer for Thane rural Dr Nitin Mokashi said if a person contracts coronavirus once, it is unlikely that he or she can get infected again after recovery.
Recovered patients can serve at hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities, which need more staff as infections continue to rise, he said.
A 200-bed Covid-19 hospital in Binar needed the services of recovered patients who will be paid as per the government norms and also get other benefits, he said. There were plans to set up a similar 200-bed hospital at Dugad Phata in Bhiwandi and 400-bed facility at Ganeshpuri to meet the rise in Covid-19 cases in the rural areas of the district, Mokashi said.
ASI Monuments In Delhi Reopen For Visitors, Masks Mandatory
Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and a host of other centrally-protected monuments in Delhi on Monday were reopened for visitors after being shut for over four months due to the Covid-19 crisis, officials said.
However, wearing of masks will be mandatory, and no one will be allowed to enter if they are not wearing it, a senior official said.
"Delhi's ASI-protected monuments have been reopened for the public as per the directions of the culture ministry. However, Red Fort, which on regular days is closed every Monday, will remain closed today," he said.
All protocols and SOPs as outlined by the ministry will be followed, including social distancing and sanitisation measures at these heritage sites.