India reports 42,015 new COVID-19 cases, 36,977 recoveries, and 3,998 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. Daily positivity rate at 2.27%, less than 3% for 30 consecutive days.
Total cases: 3,12,16,337
Active cases: 4,07,170
Total recoveries: 3,03,90,687
Death toll: 4,18,480
Total vaccination: 41,54,72,455
Door-To-door COVID-19 Vaccination Drive To Start In Mumbai From August 1
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that the state government would kick-start the door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination drive from August 1 in Mumbai.
Earlier, the door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination drive was supposed to start from Pune as a pilot project but the state told the court that they have drafted a detailed policy to start a door-to-door vaccination drive in the state which will start from Mumbai.
India May Be First To Get DNA Vaccine For Covid
Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that vaccine supplies were improving and goals will be met even as he reiterated that the government is very clear that there should be no politics in the ongoing crisis.
Assuaging fears over inadequate vaccine supplies to meet demand, Mandaviya said companies manufacturing the vaccines indigenously are increasing their production and the country may become the first in the world to develop a DNA-based vaccine.
67.6 % People Have COVID Antibodies But 40 Crore Still Vulnerable
As India reported the lowest number of daily COVID-19 cases in four months, the government on Tuesday said a serosurvey has found that two-thirds of the population aged above six years has SARS-CoV-2 antibodies but stressed that around 40 crore people are still vulnerable to the infection and there is no room for complacency.
The overall seroprevalence was 67.6 per cent in the ICMR's 4th national COVID serosurvey, held in June and July, that involved over 28,975 individuals (adults and children), apart from 7,252 healthcare workers, in 70 districts across 21 states where earlier three rounds were also conducted.
Restrictions Will Not Be Relaxed, Says Kerala CM
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday declared that the COVID restrictions would not be relaxed in the state for the time being, and said that an additional three lakh COVID tests would be conducted on Friday.
"Restrictions are not relaxed for the time being. The COVID restriction as per the guidelines issued will continue for another week," CM said while speaking at the Covid review meeting.
Would Be Wise To Open Primary Schools First Says ICMR Chief
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research on Tuesday suggested to reopen primary schools first before secondary schools in India.
Addressing a press conference today, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said, "We know clearly that children can handle viral infections much better than adults. Antibody exposure is also similar in children as adults. Some Scandinavian countries didn't shut their primary schools in any COVID waves."