WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reportedly shared on Monday, 3 August that the COVID-19 cases globally have increased more than five-fold in the last three months. He also said that while there is hope for multiple effective vaccines, there doesn’t seem to be any silver bullet.
India on Monday, 3 August, reported 52,972 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 18,03,696. The death toll increased by 771 to 38,135. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 5,79,357 active cases across the country, while 11,86,203 patients have been discharged.
- Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, said on Twitter on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced on Sunday that they had tested positive for coronavirus
- The Drugs Control General of India has approved the Phase II and III trials of the Oxford University vaccine by the Serum Institute in Pune
- The global coronavirus tally has surpassed the 18-million mark, with over 6,88,000 deaths recorded so far
1,081 Active COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh
Number of active cases of COVID-19 reaches 1,081 in Himachal Pradesh, said the State Health Department, according to ANI.
Essential Immunisation Services Ensured by eVIN: Govt
In a press release, dated Monday, 3 August the Government said that that the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) has been instrumental in providing essential immunisation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"“The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) is an innovative technological solution aimed at strengthening immunization supply chain systems across the country...eVIN aims to provide real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country.” " - Press Information Bureau
Further, the press release stated that eVIN has reached 32 states and union territories (UTs) and will soon be rolled out in the raining states and Its of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Chandigarh, Ladakh and Sikkim.
"“Since April 2020, eight States (Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra) are using the eVIN application with 100% adherence rate to track State specific COVID-19 material supplies, ensure availability and raise alerts in case of shortage of 81 essential drugs and equipment.”" - Press Information Bureau
Further, the circular said “this strong platform has the potential to be leveraged for any new vaccine including COVID-19 vaccine, as and when available.”
India Conducts More than 2 Crore COVID-19 Tests: Govt
In a press release, the Government of India has shared that India has conducted more than 2 crore COVID-19 tests, taking the test per million tally to 14,640.
" “In a landmark achievement, India has tested 2,02,02,858 COVID-19 samples so far. This is pursuant to the key strategy followed by State/UT governments under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19 to “Test aggressively, Track efficiently and Isolate and Treat promptly”. Effective implementation of this approach has led to ramping up the testing capacity across the country and facilitated widespread COVID testing of people.” " - Press Information Bureau
Further, the press release stated that 24 States/Union Territories, including Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa “have better tests per million than national average.”
West Bengal BJP Chief Appeals to TMC Govt to Remove Total Lockdown on 5 August
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has appealed to TMC govt to withdraw total lockdown on 5 August, reported PTI. That is the day scheduled for 'bhoomi pujan' at Ayodhya for Ram temple.
Hope for Multiple Vaccines, But No Silver Bullet: WHO Director-General
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly shared that cases globally have increased more than five fold, and the number of deaths has increased more than three times.
"“Number of cases globally has increased more than five-fold to 17.5 million and the number of deaths has more than tripled to 680,000 since WHO’s emergency committee on COVID-19 last met three months ago.” " - Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, according to ANI
Dr Ghebreyesus, pointed out that a number of vaccines are now in phase-3 of clinical trials and there’s hope for a number of effective vaccines. However, Dr Ghebreyesus also said that “there’s no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be.”
" “A number of vaccines are now in phase-3 clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.” " - Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, according to ANI
Main Focus is COVID-19, Only those Invited Should Attend Ayodhya Event: Yogi Adityanath
Speaking about the Bhoomi Pujan event, slated for 5 August in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath said that their “main focus is on COVID-19”. According to ANI, he also stated that only those who are invited should attend the event, the PM will be representing all the devotees.
"“We’ve made all arrangements to ensure that there is no laxity on any count. Main focus is on COVID-19. The protocol has to be enforced very strictly. Only those who are invited should come here. All devotees want to come but PM will represent all of them.” " - Yogi Adityanath, as reported by ANI
Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tests Positive Again, Will Continue to Stay Hospitalised
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will reportedly continue to stay hospitalised, after testing COVID-19 positive again. The test was conducted on the 9 days after he was first declared positive, reported PTI.
2,300 People Who Tested COVID-19 Positive Gave False Info: UP Official
Around 2,300 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Lucknow have given false information pertaining to their names, mobile numbers and addresses, a UP health official said on Monday, reported PTI.
Health Ministry Issues Guidelines for Functioning of Gyms and Yoga Institutes
The Health Ministry has issued guidelines for the functioning of gyms and yoga institutes, which have been allowed to open from 5 August, under the Centre's 'Unlock 3.0' plan.
Ravi Shankar Prasad Goes Into Self-Isolation After Meeting Amit Shah
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has gone into self-isolation as he met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday evening, his office said on Monday, adding that his health is fine, reported PTI.
DGCI Approves Phase II, III Trials of Oxford Vaccine by Serum Institute
The Drugs Control General of India (DGCI) has approved the Phase II and III trials of the Oxford University vaccine by the Serum Institute in Pune, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
The Ministry also said that India's case fatality rate (CFP) has further dropped to 2.11 percent.
1,384 New COVID-19 Cases in Odisha; Tally Rises to 36,297
Odisha has reported 1,384 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally in the state to 36,297.
Congress' Karti Chidambaram Tests COVID-19 Positive
Congress leader Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, said on Twitter on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
"My symptoms are mild and as per medical advice I am under home quarantine. I would urge all those who have recently been in contact with me to follow medical protocol," he said.
Over 2 Crore Tests Conducted in India Till Now: ICMR
The number of COVID-19 tests in India has crossed the 2-crore mark, with 2,02,02,858 tests conducted till 2 August. Out of these, 3,81,027 tests were conducted on Sunday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
India’s COVID-19 Tally Over 18 Lakh With 52,972 New Cases, 771 Deaths
India on Monday reported 52,972 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 18,03,696. The death toll increased by 771 to 38,135.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 5,79,357 active cases across the country, while 11,86,203 patients have been discharged.
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