Less than 1% COVID-19 patients are on the ventilators, less than 2% cases in ICUs, and less than 3% on oxygen beds saidthe Union Health Ministry on July 17, stating that the actual case load of COVID-19 patients in the country is 3.42 lakh, with recovered cases now at 6.35 lakh.
Meanwhile, global coronavirus infections passed 140 lakh on Friday, according to aReuterstally, marking the first time there has been a surge of 10 lakh cases in under 100 hours.
Here are the latest updates:
10.10 am | Coimbatore
Coimbatore’s TK market to be closed for a week
Traders at Thyagi Kumaran market in Coimbatore have decided to close shops for a week as one of the traders tested positive for COVID-19.
According to M. Rajendran, president of the vegetable traders association of the market, a trader was unwell for a week and was admitted to a private hospital. He was shifted to ESI hospital on Friday and died later. It was found that he was COVID-19 positive.
“We have informed the Coimbatore Corporation officials and have decided to close down the shops till further notice from the civic body. We will abide by whatever the officials say,” he said.
10 am | India
Update on today’s COVID-19 numbers:
With 34,884 fresh infections, India’s COVID-19 caseload is now 10,38,716, according to Union Health Ministry’s daily bulletin.
The death toll has risen to 26,273 with 671 fatalities.
India’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 3,58,692 with 6,53,750 people having recovered so far,according to Ministry data.
9.30 am | Delhi
Fewer COVID-19 re-tests mar Delhi’s testing strategy
Only 1 in 200 of those who tested negative in an antigen test in Delhi to detect possiblecoronaviruscases were re-tested, a fraction that epidemiologists say is too low given what is known about the disease. From June 25, daily cases appear to have peaked at 3,390 and steadily declined to 1,790 as of 15 July.
Delhi formally began using antigen testing kits on June 18 and has accelerated their use since July. While these tests dominate daily testing, using them widely without following up with adequate retests contradicts Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines on use of the test, experts toldThe Hindu.
9 am | Bengaluru
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao in quarantine
Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao went into home quara