COVID-19 | Top 10 Developments This Friday Morning

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PM Modi to chair a high-level meeting to review the augmentation and availability of oxygen across the country at 11:30 am.

Top 10 Developments:

1. India reported 43,393 new COVID-19 cases, 44,459 recoveries and 911 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Friday.

2. With this, total cases mounted to 3,07,52,950 including 4,58,727 active cases and 2,98,88,284 recoveries. The death toll is at 4,05,939 including the new deaths.

3. The active cases constitute 1.49 percent of the total cases. The recovery rate has increased to 97.19 percent.
The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 percent and is currently at 2.36 percent. The daily positivity rate is at 2.42 percent, remaining less than 3 percent for 18 consecutive days.

4. So far 36.89 crore vaccine doses have been administered under the nationwide vaccination drive.

5. 42,70,16,605 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to July 8, 2021. Of these, 17,90,708 samples were tested yesterday, informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

6. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday has approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs. 23,123 crore for FY 2021-22. This scheme aims to accelerate health system preparedness for immediate responsiveness for early prevention, detection and management, with the focus on health infrastructure development including for Paediatric Care and with measurable outcomes.

7. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 949 to 3,734,468, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. The reported death toll rose by 49 to 91,190, the tally showed, reported Reuters.

8. Vietnam has set a target to vaccinate 50% of people aged 18 or older against the coronavirus by the end of this year and 70% of the group by the end of March next year, the Ministry of Health said on Friday, reported Reuters.

9. South Korea will raise anti-coronavirus restrictions to the highest level in Seoul and some neighbouring regions for two weeks from Monday, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday, after new COVID-19 cases climbed to a daily record for the second day running, reported Reuters.

10. Australian authorities on Friday pleaded with Sydney residents to stay at home, warning a three-week lockdown may be extended as they struggle to control a COVID-19 outbreak, with the city reporting its the biggest rise in local cases for the year, according to Reuters.

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