By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 23, 2020, 10:53:56 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Covid-19 tally in India rose to 1,239,684 on Thursday after a total of 45,599 fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours. The death toll also increased from 28,732 to 29,890.
Pune reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a city, 2,111, in India on Wednesday, as per data provided by the Maharashtra government. The Pune Municipal Corporation reported over 700 more cases than the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai, the city with the second-highest number of cases, at 1,310.
Amid the race for a vaccine, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert on Wednesday said researchers are making “good progress”, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021. “We’re making good progress,” Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, noting that several vaccines were now in phase 3 trials and none had failed, so far, in terms of safety or ability to generate an immune response.
Globally, as many as 15,379,791 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus. While 630,312 fatalities have been recorded, 9,354,812 others have recovered till now.
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MP minister who attended Cabinet meeting tests positive for Covid-19
A Cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh government has tested positive for coronavirus. The minister had attended the state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday and the last rites ceremony of Governor Lalji Tandon. He has been admitted to a hospital in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur is near three districts of Maharashtra — Jalgaon, Aurangabad, and Amravati —some of the areas most affected by the coronavirus in the state. And the family and business relations between people on either side of the border, and the constant travel that it entailed, have the Burhanpur administration worried.
Burhanpur had seen a surge of Covid-19 cases in May, but with less than 500 cases at present, it is now not even among the 10 worst affected districts in MP. And in an attempt to capitalize on the gains made in the last few weeks in its fight against the virus, the authorities have administered an oath in Hindi and Marathi to hundreds of residents of the district, in which they pledge to “not visit hotspots/severely infected towns for some time and will not invite any acquaintance to Burhanpur district without reason”.
Titled ‘I will not visit hotspot towns’, the pledge lists towns in Maharashtra, MP and other parts of the country that people should avoid visiting or calling people from those places to Burhanpur.