By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 11, 2020, 11:30:24 am
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India’s COVID-19 cases crossed the 8 lakh-mark with 27,761 cases and 521 deaths reported in the last 24 hours across the country. Now the total number of positive cases stand at 822,603 including 22,144 fatalities, 284,253 active cases, and 516,206 recoveries, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India is the third worst-hit nation, behind only the United States and Brazil.
Also, lockdown restrictions have been announced in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Pune, amid a surge in the number of cases. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state with 2,30,599 cases including 9,667 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,26,581 cases and Delhi at 1,07,051 cases.
Meanwhile, notwithstanding the ICMR’s ambitious timeline to produce a COVID vaccine, officials and scientists from CSIR, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Biotechnology on Friday told a Parliament panel that no vaccine appears possible before early next year.
Globally, over 12 crore people have been infected with the virus and 5,56,383 have died. The World Health Organisation has formally acknowledged the possibility that the novel coronavirus can remain in the air in crowded indoor spaces, where “short-range aerosol transmission… cannot be ruled out”.
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Bhagalpur children get rice: ‘Finally, something has been done for us’
AT 8 am Friday, Krishn Kumar walked through the bylanes of Badbilla village in Bhagalpur, with a register in hand. Born in the Musahari tola of the same village, and now a ‘Shiksha Sevak’ at the primary school in Shahabad were children from his community study, he knocked on the doors of 28 houses with the same message.
He first confirmed that the family had a child studying in the school, and then told the parents to reach the school by 9 am so that they could get 8 kg of rice (per student).
“When I gave them the message, the reaction was so good. They said finally, something has happened for them,” said Kumar.