COVID | Herd Immunity for India Can’t be Strategic Option: Centre

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With the surge in COVID-19 cases in India continuing, the Health Ministry on Thursday, 30 July, said that heard immunity in a country of the size and population of India can't be a strategic option.

"It can only be achieved through immunisation. Health Ministry thinks it's possible in future, but for now we have to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour," Health Ministry Secretary R Bhushan was quoted by ANI as saying at a briefing.

India on Thursday reported the biggest one-day spike of 52,123 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the country to 15,83,792, including 34,968 deaths.

  • Tamil Nadu has extended the COVID-19 lockdown till 31 August, with certain relaxations. A complete lockdown will be imposed on Sundays

  • Brazil on Thursday lifted a four-month ban on foreigners arriving by air

  • US recorded 1,267 new COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, reported Johns Hopkins University

Watch: Health Ministry Briefing on COVID-19 Outbreak in India

Will Double Number of Tests in Next 1-2 Months: Health Minister

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday that India is doing around five lakh COVID-19 tests everyday, and plans to double the number in the next one or two months, reported PTI.

Maharashtra CM Reviews COVID-19 Preparedness in Pune

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray conducted a review meeting with elected representatives in Pune on the measures taken to tackle the spread of COVID-19, along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Tamil Nadu Extends Lockdown till 31 August

The state of Tamil Nadu extended COVID-19 lockdown till 31 August midnight, with certain relaxations, ANI reported. A complete lockdown will be imposed on Sundays.

Global COVID Tally Tops 17 Million

Global coronavirus cases topped 17 million, according to AFP tally.

1,811 New Cases in Telangana

At least 1,811 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Telangana today. The total number of positive cases in the state rose to 60,717 including 44,572 recovered cases and 505 deaths.

Rajasthan Reported 365 new Cases

Rajasthan reported 365 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total positive cases and death toll to 40,145 and 663 respectively. The state now has 11,097 active cases.

India's COVID Tally Rises to 15.83 Lakh

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rises to 15,83,792 including 775 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The number of active cases stands at 5,28,24, with 10,20,582 recoveries.

COVID Recoveries in India Cross 10 Lakh

Number of COVID-19 recoveries in India crosseed the 10 lakh mark, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare notified.

Brazil Lifts Ban on Foreigners Travelling By Air

Brazil lifted a four-month ban on foreigners arriving by air, news agency AFP reported. The COVID-19 death toll in the country surpassed 90,000, its health ministry said.

US Records 1,267 Deaths in 24 Hours

US recorded 1,267 new COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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