NEW DELHI: From 2.82 per cent a month earlier, India’s
case fatality rate has declined to 2.72 per cent which is lower than that of many other countries, the Union health ministry said on Friday.
The ministry also noted that 30 states and Union territories have a fatality rate lower than the national average.
Here are the top developments:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that “compassion” and “vigilance” are important in tackling the COVID-19 menace. “Distance of two yards, masks on the face and washing hands for 20 seconds with a bar of soap are the rules which we are required to follow during these times,” the Prime Minister added.
- With the highest single-day spike of 26,506 COVID-19 cases and 475 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 7,93,802 on Friday with a recovery rate standing at about 63 per cent.
- In 18 states and UTs, the recovery rates are higher than the national average, the health ministry said.
- The ministry said with the support and guidance of the Central government, the states and Union territories have taken many steps like mapping of communities to focus on high-risk groups like the elderly/aged and population with comorbidities, and providing special care to them.
- Meanwhile, 2,83,659 samples were tested for coronavirus, taking the total number of samples tested up to July 9 to 1,10,24,491, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.
- As many as 8.8 crore footfalls have been recorded at the health and eellness centres (HWCs) in five months since February 1 this year, the government stated.
- As dengue season sets in across large parts of India with the onset of the monsoon, scientists warn that COVID-19 and the mosquito-borne disease have overlapping symptoms and worry the country’s healthcare infrastructure won’t be able to cope with this double whammy.
- The impact of a ‘dengue-COVID-19’ season would entail two different diagnostic tests and extract a huge toll on patients too, each disease making the other more complicated to deal with and perhaps more fatal.
- Maharashtra: n a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad and a few other parts of the district starting July 13. The lockdown will come into force from midnight of July 13 and end on July 23.
- Karnataka: Chief minister B S Yediyurappa has been home quarantined and his office-cum- residence sealed after some of the staff there tested positive for coronavirus. According to a close aide of the CM, his office-cum- residence ‘Krishna’ has been sealed for five days for sanitisation after some staff tested positive for the virus.
- Jharkhand: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday directed the state government to submit a detailed report on steps taken by it in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
- Tamil Nadu: A team, deputed by the Central government to assess the COVID-19 situation in Tamil Nadu, met chief minister K Palaniswami on Friday and discussed the strategy to contain the spread of the virus. State health minister Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar and health secretary J Radhakrishnan briefed the team on the strategies adopted to contain the pandemic.
- Puducherry: Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Friday ruled out categorically imposition of total lockdown in the Union Territory on Sundays, saying it was not the ‘exclusive solution’ to check the spread of coronavirus.
- Haryana: The Haryana government is all set to launch e-Sachivalaya system which can be used to seek appointment for meeting ministers and officers virtually, an official statement said.
- Nagaland: Nagaland on Friday recorded 59 COVID-19 cases, taking the states coronavirus count to 732. The state now has 428 active cases while 304 patients have recovered from the disease.
- UP: The COVID-19 tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 33,700 on Friday with the highest single-day spike of 1,338 cases, while the death toll reached 889 after 27 patients succumbed to the disease.
- West Bengal: The West Bengal tourism department has reopened at least 10 of its facilities in different parts of the state, even as the travel industry reels under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Andhra: Andhra Pradesh reported a single day high of 1,608