Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today reiterated that India has not yet reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19 and there have been some localised outbreaks. The number of coronavirus cases around the world today surged past 12 million, said a tally by news agency AFP. India, meanwhile, saw a record single-day surge of 24,879 cases taking the tally to 7,67,296, with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Telangana, UP and Andhra Pradesh contributing to around 75 per cent of the new cases, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, the updated data at 8 am showed.
The Assam government has decided to impose a "total lockdown" in Golaghat town from Thursday evening for eight days to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. The restrictions in Golaghat Municipal Board area will be in place from 7 pm on Thursday to prevent further spread of the virus, he said.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan today said that there was no community transfer in India yet. He added that 90% of the Covid-19 cases have been reported in eight states. His statement came as India saw record single-day surge of 24,879 cases, taking the caseload to 7,67,296 with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Telangana, UP and Andhra Pradesh contributing to around 75 per cent of the new cases.
The coronavirus death toll in Mumbai has crossed the 5,000-mark with 62 new fatalities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. While the death toll reached 5,061, the tally of coronavirus cases in the country's financial capital rose to 87,513 with 1,381 new patients found since Tuesday evening. The number of recovered COVID-19 patients rose to 59,238 with 1,101 persons discharged from hospitals during the day, the BMC said. The city has now 23,214 active cases. 897 new suspected patients were admitted since previous evening. The recovery rate in the city has increased to 68 per cent while the overall growth rate of COVID-19 cases between July 1 and 7 improved to 1.52 per cent and the average doubling rate of cases was 45 days, informed the BMC.
The civic body has revised testing guidelines, allowing patients with symptoms to undergo COVID-19 tests without a doctor's prescription. The BMC claimed that until now it has conducted over 3.64 lakh tests. However, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis hit out at the BMC, saying it was not testing enough. "It was relieving to see yesterday’s COVID numbers in Mumbai coming down to 806 until I realised that only 3,300 samples were tested. @OfficeofUT (chief minister Uddhav Thackeray) are we playing with lives of Mumbaikars? On a given day our patients are 806 & 64 deaths which takes the death rate to around 8 per cent & infection rate 25 per cent," he tweeted. The civic body, however, claimed that it has increased the COVID-19 testing to 5,500 tests per day from earlier 4,000 tests per day since the introduction of rapid antigen testing, result of which can be available within half an hour.
It carried out 5,483 tests on July 8, it added. According to the BMC, the number of tests conducted crossed one lakh on May 6, two lakh on June 1 and three lakh on June 24.
Meanwhile, Delhi has also decided to revise its Covid-19 response plan, with the Delhi government to now start enlisting and screening daily-wagers, domestic helps, auto drivers and food suppliers, according to an official order. It will also enlist and screen people in high-risk groups -- those aged above 60 or having comorbid conditions -- through house-to-house surveys in containment zones, buffer zones and areas with isolated cases.
Special surveillance groups (SSGs), including rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, taxi drivers, domestic helps, plumbers, electricians, carpenters etc, and those who supply essentials, parcels and posts will be enlisted with the help of municipal corporations, transport department, resident welfare associations and police, the Directorate General of Health Services said in the order.
The district administration should strive to screen the SSGs. Major points of conglomerations of SSGs in the districts should be compulsorily covered, it said. "If a positive case is found in SSGs, the patient should be taken care of as per the COVID protocol. His/her workplace and home should be immediately disinfected followed by enhanced surveillance and aggressive contact tracing," the order read. The administration in all districts have also been asked to enlist and screen those aged above 60 or having co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer. The district administration has been asked to regularly visit or contact all the enlisted cases to assess their medical condition and maintain proper medical records.