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NEW DELHI: Given the size of India’s population, herd immunity “cannot be a strategic choice or option”, the health ministry said on Thursday as it urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour till a vaccine is developed.
At a press briefing, when asked whether India was approaching herd immunity against coronavirus, officer on special duty in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan replied that herd immunity is a kind of indirect protection from an infectious disease like Covid-19. It happens only when a population becomes immune either through vaccination or immunity is developed through a previous infection, he said.

Here are the top developments:
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India

  • The health ministry officials said phase 1 and 2 human clinical trials of two indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine candidates have started.
  • OSD Bhushan also said the government has so far received 131 claims under the Rs 50 lakh Covid-19 insurance scheme for healthcare providers and payments have already been made in 20 cases.
  • Due to enhanced testing infrastructure, on an average 4,68,263 Covid-19 tests have been conducted daily from July 26 to 30. The recovery rate among Covid-19 patients too has increased from 7.85 per cent in April to 64.44 per cent on Thursday, the officer said.
  • Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 50,000 mark in a single day for the first time, pushing the virus tally to 15,83,792. The country registered a record increase of 52,123 infections in a span of 24-hours, while the death-toll climbed to 34,968 with 775 people succumbing to the disease in a day.
  • India is currently conducting around five lakh Covid-19 tests every day and the plan is to double the number in next one-two months, Union minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. He also hailed the scientific community for fighting alongside the medical community in the battle against the virus.
  • A seer in the team of Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of the Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya, reportedly tested positive for coronavirus infection on Thursday. As many as 14 policemen deployed around the Ram temple premises have also tested positive for Covid-19. At least 15 people, who came in contact with Pradeep Das, have been quarantined.
  • Delhi airport will relocate ultraviolet tunnels installed outside the departure terminal to sanitize passengers’ luggage amid the Covid-19 pandemic to the inline baggage handling system, its operator DIAL said. Once the new system is put in place, passengers will not have to queue up at the departure forecourt area and go through manual loading and unloading of baggage.
  • The Bar Council of India has resolved to postpone All India Bar Examination scheduled for August 16 due to the rising numbers of coronavirus patients across the country and frequent lockdowns to contain its spread.
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States

  • Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government announced the extension of coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state till August 31, but with more relaxations, including scaling up workforce in private establishments and allowing dine-in services in hotels and restaurants.
  • Delhi: The Delhi government set up four committees, comprising medical specialists, who will inspect hospitals in the city from where a large percentage of Covid-19 fatalities are still being reported, according to an order.
  • J&K: Jammu and Kashmir recorded its highest single-day spike in the Covid-19 death toll as 17 patients succumbed in the last 24 hours, even as the Union territory recorded 450 new coronavirus cases, taking the number of infected people to 19,869.
  • HP: Himachal Pradesh reported 11 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,415 in the state. The virus has so far claimed 13 lives in HP, while 1,371 people have recovered and 15 have migrated out of the state.
  • Punjab: Chief minister Amarinder Singh said he will take a final decision on the opening of gyms and other relaxations in the third phase of ‘unlock’ after receiving inputs from deputy commissioners. He asked the deputy commissioner to submit their views to chief secretary Vini Mahajan.
  • Maharashtra: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Pune district, which has recorded more than 78,000 cases so far and seen a spurt in infections in recent weeks. He chaired a meeting of elected representatives, including MP and MLAs, and took stock of the Covid-19 situation and the local administration’s response to the pandemic so far.
  • UP: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath asked the director of the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences to send a team of specialists to some of the districts worst affected by Covid-19, including Kanpur and Varanasi. He said special efforts should be made to improve treatment of coronavirus patients in these districts which also include Prayagraj, Bareilly, Jhansi and Gorakhpur.
  • Chhattisgarh: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel urged people to take the ongoing lockdown to contain coronavirus seriously. He, however, also noted that the pandemic situation in Chhattisgarh was better than many other states in the country.
  • Gujarat: In line with the Centre’s guidelines for Unlock 3 to ease curbs amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gujarat government decided to lift the night curfew, allow shops to operate till 8pm and permit restaurants to stay open till 10pm.
  • Rajasthan: The death toll due to Covid-19 in Rajasthan reached 663 after nine more people succumbed to the disease, while the infection tally mounted to 40,145 with 365 fresh cases.
  • Puducherry: A 51-year-old man succumbed to Covid-19 in Puducherry, while 122 fresh cases were reported, taking the total infection count in the Union territory to 3,293.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Eighty more people, including 26 security personnel, tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state’s tally to 1,410. Seventeen Indo Tibetan Border Police and eight Assam Rifles personnel and an Army jawan are among the new patients.
  • Telangana: Telangana recorded 1,811 fresh Covid-19 cases and 13 fatalities, pushing the state’s gross further up to 60,717. With 13 more deaths, the Covid-19 toll in the state rose to 505.
  • Kerala: Kerala reported 506 positive cases and 794 recoveries as the death toll climbed to 70 with two more fatalities. The infection tally has now touched 22,297.
3

World

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 667,361 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December. At least 17,053,650 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
  • The US has recorded over 150,000 Covid-19 deaths, another grim milestone that comes amidst warning from a top Indian-American physician that the country has failed to arrest the spread of the deadly pandemic. America’s coronavirus death toll was 150,676 as of Wednesday — more than a fifth of the world’s recorded deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US also had over 4,426,000 confirmed cases, making it the world’s worst-hit country.
  • China’s Covid-19 cases have crossed the 100-mark for the second consecutive day, belying the hopes that the country managed to contain the deadly contagion. 105 new coronavirus cases, including 102 domestically transmitted ones, were registered in the country on Wednesday, mainly in the Muslim Uygur majority Xinjiang province which reported a sudden spike in cases.
  • People who test positive for coronavirus or display some of the obvious symptoms must self-isolate or quarantine for a period of 10 days instead of just a week, the UK’s chief medical officers announced in a guidance update on Thursday. Until now, those displaying symptoms such as a new continuous cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell were asked to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Australia’s coronavirus hotspot Victoria will make masks compulsory statewide after it reported a record 723 fresh cases of the disease, taking the total number of infections in the nation to 5,800.
  • Nepal reported three more deaths from Covid-19 and 274 new coronavirus cases, taking the country’s toll to 52 and total infections to 19,547. There are currently 5,227 active cases of Covid-19. Australia has so far reported 5,800 cases of coronavirus and 190 deaths.
  • The US provided Pakistan 100 ventilators to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed nearly 6,000 lives and infected over 277,000 people in the country. The US embassy in Islamabad said that the shipment was handed over to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority as a symbol of “working together to fight Covid-19”.
  • South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases are now above 471,000 as the country with the world’s fifth-largest confirmed caseload makes up well over half the recorded infections on the African continent. Africa’s 54 countries have a total of more than 891,000 cases as local transmission of the virus is underway in many countries.

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