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NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday issued `Unlock 3′ guidelines removing restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (night curfew) and allowing yoga institutes and gymnasiums to open from August 5 while schools, metro and cinema halls will continue to remain closed.
The ministry said that lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till August 31 and schools, colleges, coaching institutions and cinema halls will remain closed till the end of August.

Here are the top developments:
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India

  • According to the new MHA guidelines, metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, social/ political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations will continue to remain prohibited.
  • The Union health ministry on Wednesday said the total number of recoveries from Covid-19 is fast approaching the 10-lakh mark, while the case fatality rate has been falling progressively due to coordinated implementation of the ‘test track treat’ strategy by the Centre, states and Union territories.
  • India’s Covid-19 case fatality rate is lower than what it is globally. On Wednesday, the CFR stood at 2.23 per cent, the lowest since April 1, the health ministry said.
  • The country’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 15,31,669 with 48,513 fresh cases recorded in a day, while the country’s death toll due to the disease rose to 34,193 with 768 fatalities being reported in the same period, the health ministry data showed.
  • Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said emerging evidence suggests that smoking increases risk of contracting Covid-19 as well as worsens the outcome in people infected with the virus.
  • Speaking at the release of an e-book on tackling substance abuse and behavioral addiction in the country, Vardhan said alcohol intoxication can also increase the risk of infection and have other effects, including a reduction of immunity.
  • The health ministry made the biggest allocation of hydroxychloroquine tablets since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in India by distributing 4.24 crore medicines to the states and Union territories.
  • The Union health ministry has asked the Drugs Controller General of India to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs, which have been included as “investigational therapies” in the national treatment protocols for Covid-19, across the country.
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States

  • Delhi: Delhi recorded 1,035 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally in the city to over 1.33 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,907, authorities said. On Monday, the daily cases count had dipped to 613, the lowest in two months.
  • Karnataka: Karnataka reported 5,503 new cases of Covid-19 and 92 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 1,12,504 and the death toll to 2,147. The day also saw 2,397 patients getting discharged after recovery.
  • Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu’s infection count rose to 2,34,114 with the addition of 6,426 fresh Covid-19 cases, while the death toll surged to 3,741 with 82 fatalities. Active cases stood at 57,490.
  • HP: Himachal Pradesh recorded 34 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s infection tally to 2,365. Among the fresh cases, eleven were reported from Kangra, seven each from Mandi and Kullu, two each from Sirmaur, Hamirpur, Kinnaur and Shimla and one from Solan.
  • Kerala: Kerala reported 903 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 30 health workers, taking the infection tally to 21,797, while the toll climbed to 68 with one more death. As many as 10,351 people were presently under treatment.
  • Assam: The Assam government has decided to reduce the quarantine period for passengers arriving from outside the state to 10 days from the existing span of two weeks.
  • J&K: A total of 540 new cases of Covid-19 were reported from Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours. The Jammu division reported 151 new cases and 289 cases were reported from Kashmir.
  • Punjab: Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh advised the sweet shop owners to give free masks to the customers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. This has come days after the CM had permitted the sweet shop owners to open their shops on August 2, despite the lockdown in the state.
  • UP: Uttar Pradesh reported a record single-day spike of 3,570 Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally to more than 77,000, while 33 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,530. The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the state is 77,334.
  • Gujarat: With a healthy 74 per cent recovery rate and just 4 per cent mortality rate, the current coronavirus situation in Gujarat is better than several other states, said chief minister Vijay Rupani.
  • MP: One more minister in Madhya Pradesh has tested coronavirus positive, becoming the third member of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s council of ministers, apart from the chief minister himself, to contract the infection. Minister of state (Independent charge) for Backward Class and Minority Welfare Ramkhelawan Patel is the latest one to test positive.
  • Tripura: Tripura has reported 222 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 4,288, while the death toll reached 21 as four more patients have succumbed to the disease.
  • West Bengal: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will conduct rapid antigen tests for Covid-19 suspects in all its boroughs from Thursday. KMC’s facilities are capable of conducting at least 10 swab samples at one go and the results of the rapid antigen tests will be available within 30 minutes.
  • Puducherry: Puducherry registered 166 fresh cases of coronavirus, highest single day spurt, taking the tally of infections in the union territory to 3,171.
  • Telangana: Telangana continued to witness a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases with 1,764 additions and 12 deaths being reported, taking the tally of those who tested positive to the virus to 58,906.
  • Odisha: Odisha’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 29,000 mark after 1,068 more people tested positive for the disease, while the death toll rose to 159 with five more patients succumbing to the infection.
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Andaman and Nicobar administration has decided to impose a complete lockdown on weekends beginning August 1 to contain the spread of coronavirus. The strict restrictions will be in force on Saturdays and Sundays till the Covid-19 situation improves in the Union territory.
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World

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 660,787 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December. At least 16,769,080 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
  • US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, saying many frontline medical workers agree with him that the malaria drug works in the early stages of Covid-19 infection, despite mounting evidence that it is ineffective in treating the disease.
  • The minister for veteran affairs in the government of one of Bosnia’s two highly independent regions has died at the age of 53, a week after testing positive for Covid-19. Salko Bukvarevic died on Wednesday in a Covid-19 hospital in Sarajevo, where he was admitted last week with pneumonia and breathing problems.
  • China has registered 101 fresh cases of Covid-19, the highest since mid-April, according to the national health commission. Of the new cases, 89 of them were reported in Xinjiang, where mass testing in the autonomous region is underway.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country’s coronavirus outbreak had stabilised but warned the situation remained difficult and could easily deteriorate. Russia has registered the fourth-highest number of infections in the world and health officials reported a total of 828,990 cases and 13,673 fatalities.
  • Sri Lanka will resume flights to repatriate its citizens stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic, a top official said. The government halted the repatriation of its citizens from various countries from July 14 in view of the increasing number of cases.
  • As Japan battles a surge in coronavirus cases, some areas may be running out of isolation facilities to monitor infected people. The health ministry reported 981 new cases Tuesday and three more deaths from Covid-19, raising the cumulative toll to 1,000 people. Most of the new cases were domestic, while 13 were found at airports from incoming flights.



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