By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi |Updated: July 22, 2020, 7:15:29 pm
Coronavirus News Live Updates: India, the third-ranked country, reported 39,168 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 671 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. This took the country’s tally to 1,201,727, including 413,713 active cases, 759,168 recoveries and 28,846 deaths.
Kerala, for the first time, breached the 1000-mark in Covid-19 cases in a single day after it declared 1038 more positive cases on Wednesday. Out of this, 785 cases are due to local transmission, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while addressing a press conference. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir administration announced a six-day lockdown in the valley, except for Bandipore district, to stem the spread of the virus.
In other news, the serological survey conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the exposure of the coronavirus in the population showed an over 20 per cent prevalence of COVID in eight of the 11 districts in Delhi. Further, it also indicated that over 77 percent were vulnerable to the virus.
Globally, the number of coronavirus infections in the world crossed 15 million Wednesday. There are now 15,009,213 cases of Covid-19, at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually. The country worst hit by the pandemic in the United States, followed by Brazil. At least 616,000 people have succumbed to the disease. President Donald Trump reiterated India was second after the United States in testing samples for Covid-19. “We’re going to be over 50 million tests,” Trump said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that the “second country is India with 12 million (tests)”. According to a tally released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday, India had conducted nearly 15 million tests.
MP govt cancels Independence Day public events due to COVID-19
The Madhya Pradesh government will not organise traditional public functions to mark the Independence Day this year in view of the coronavirus crisis, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday. Instead only an official flag hoisting programme will be held in the state capital which will be attended by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other members of the Cabinet. The parade and other programmes also stand cancelled. This decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held here this morning.