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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Andhra Pradesh's cases cross 1.5 lakh with 9,276 fresh infections, 58 deaths in 24 hrs

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19:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Chhattisgarh Latest Updates

Chhattisgarh allows home isolation on pilot basis

 
The Chhattisgarh government has allowed asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to undergo treatment in isolation at home on a pilot basis, reports news agency PTI. In a letter to all district collectors on Friday, the state's Health Secretary Niharika Barik Singh said the district administration can allow 'C' (asymptomatic) category COVID-19 patients to remain in home isolation, said an official. According to the guidelines, district officials will inspect the house where a patient has to be quarantined. A house where a patient is to be kept should be at least a 3BHK (bedroom-hall-kitchen) one with sufficient cross-ventilation and separate toilet-bathrooms. Patients wth serious co-morbid conditions or those living alone will not be allowed to home quarantine.
 
 
Initially, 285 coronavirus positive patients across 28 districts — 50 of them from Raipur district —will be allowed to undergo treatment at home.

18:56 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates

Sisodia writes to Amit Shah against  Delhi LG's order on hotels, weekly markets

 
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking directions to LG Anil Baijal to allow hotels and weekly markets in the city, reports PTI. Sisodia's letter comes a day after Baijal rejected the Arvind Kejriwal government's decision to allow hotels and weekly markets to reopen in the national capital, saying the COVID-19 situation continues to be "fragile" and the threat is still "far from over".
 
In the letter written in Hindi, the deputy chief minister said that the Delhi government will again send its proposal on reopening of hotels and weekly markets to the lieutenant governor on Tuesday. "I request you to ask LG not to stop the proposal. If traders start their business, jobs will be generated, and that the condition of economy will improve," Sisodia said.

#Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia writes to Home Minister Amit Shah requesting immediate directions to be issued to Lieutenant Governor to overturn his decision cancelling Delhi government's directive to open hotels and weekly bazaars. pic.twitter.com/GfZUEgk0A8

— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020

18:29 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

Tamil Nadu's cases surge to 2.51 lakh

 
Tamil Nadu reports a spurt of 5,879 new COVID-19 cases and 99 deaths, pushing the state's case count to 2,51,738 and toll to 4,034, reports ANI quoting the state health department. As many as 1,90,966 patients have been discharged till date and the state now has 56,738 active cases. A total of  60,580 samples were tested for the disease in the last 24 hours, said a health bulletin.

5,879 new COVID-19 cases and 99 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,51,738 including 1,90,966 discharges and 4,034 deaths. 60,580 samples were tested for the disease in the last 24 hours: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/QCBmDFi6wN

— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020

18:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

Andhra Pradesh records 9,276 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reported 9,276 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases to 1,50,209 including 76,614 discharges The state now has  72,188 active cases, reports ANI quoting the state health department. Fifty- eight more succumbed to the disease, taking the toll in the state to 1,407, reports PTI.

17:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

BJP leader P Manikyala Rao dies of COVID-19: Report

 
Senior BJP leader and former minister P Manikyala Rao died of coronavirus in a private hospital in Vijayawada on Saturday, reports news agency PTI quoting party sources. He was 59 and is survived by his wife and a daughter. Rao recently posted a video byte on social media saying he contracted COVID-19, but there was nothing to worry as he was taking good care.  He was on ventilator support as he suffered a lung infection, BJP sources told PTI.

17:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Centre allows export of ventilators 

 
The high-level Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 has agreed to the health ministry's proposal to allow the export of indigenously made ventilators.The decision was taken as India continues to maintain a progressively declining low rate of fatality among COVID-19 patients, which currently stands at 2.15 percent, "which means fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators", the Union health ministry said in a statement. As on July 31, only 0.22 percent of the active cases were on ventilators across the country, it stated.

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— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 1, 2020

17:15 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Assam Latest Updates

Assam likely to re-open educational institutions from 1 September: Himanta Biswa Sarma

 
The Assam government has made preliminary plans to reopen educational institutions on 1 September but the final decision will depend on the
directives of the Centre, state Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, adding that students up to Class 4 won't be attending schools, till September end. All teachers and employees of the schools will have to get themselves tested, and the Education and Health
departments will coordinate the efforts for the tests that will be conducted from 23-30 August, the minister said while addressing a press conference.
 
PTI

16:55 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Toll in UP goes up by 47 to 1,677

 
Forty-seven more people died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday as 3,807 fresh cases took the state's infection count to 89,068. So far, the infection has claimed 1,677 lives in the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters on Saturday.  Prasad further said 51,354 patients have been discharged after treatment, bringing the number of active cases to 36,037 in the state. 
 
PTI

16:36 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi records 1,118 new cases, 26 deaths

 
Delhi reports 1,118 fresh infections, 1,201 recoveries and 26 deaths, taking the total number of case in the National Capital to 1,36,716 including and toll to 3,989, reports ANI quoting the state government. As many as 1,22,131 patients have  recovered/discharged/migrated till date and the number of active cases is now 10,596 active cases, it said.

Delhi reports 1,118 new #COVID19 cases, 1,201 recovered/discharged/migrated cases and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases rise to 1,36,716 including 1,22,131 recovered/discharged/migrated cases and 3,989 deaths. There are 10,596 active cases: Government of Delhi pic.twitter.com/vPtDOfJv09

— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020

16:29 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in West Bengal Latest Updates

West Bengal state secretariat closed for two days after SI tests positive

 
West Bengal's state secretariat 'Nabanna' will be closed on Monday and Tuesday as it will be thoroughly sanitised after a sub-inspector posted in the buiding tested positive for COVID-19, reports news agency PTI. The SI was posted in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on the 14th floor, an official said, adding that all employees will work from home on the two days. 
 
The SI's wife has also tested positive for the coronavirus infection and both of them have been admitted to a hospital in Rajarhat area, the official added. 

16:03 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Recovery rate now 64.53%, says health ministry

With 36,569 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries have jumped to 10,94,374, taking the recovery rate to among COVID-19  patients to 64.53 percent, the health ministry said on Saturday."With such consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases currently stands at 5,29,271. Active cases (5,65,103) are under medical supervision," it said in a release.

15:55 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

At 2.15%, India's CFR lowest since March

India continues to report among the lowest case fatality rates(CFR) in the world, which has now dropped to 2.15 percent— the lowest since the first lockdown in March, the Union health ministry said in a press release. The CFR has been continuously reducing from around 3.33 percent in mid-June, it said, adding that this was a "testimony" to "Test, Track, Treat" strategy of the Centre and states. "Emphasis on early detection through aggressive testing and effective clinical management of the hospitalized cases have resulted in the continuously falling Case Fatality Rate indicating that India has been able to successfully contain the fatality rate of COVID-19," the release said.

15:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Japan Latest Updates

Tokyo reports record cases for third straight day

Japan's capital recorded 472 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the third straight day of record numbers.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike issued a warning Saturday in an online video, urging people to wash their hands, wear masks and visit those businesses that display the special city-backed stickers with the image of a rainbow, which indicates good social distancing.Most people getting sick were in their 20s and 30s, highlighting how they may be putting their guard down and going out partying, according to officials. Nationwide, the daily count of coronavirus cases in Japan totaled a record 1,579 on Friday.

AP

15:17 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Assam Latest Updates

Guwahati's COVID-19 positivity rate, testing figures have improved: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam's Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Guwahati's COVID-19 testing figures have increased from 2,112 on 1 July to 6,240 on 31 July. "On 4 July, total positive cases were 777, and on 31 July it was 281. On 4 July the positivity rate was 33.5%, and on 31 July it was 4.5%, - healthy improvement," he tweeted.

15:15 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Karnataka Latest Updates

Karnataka agriculture minister test COVID-19 positive

Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil on Saturday said he and his wife have been under home quarantine after they were tested positive for coronavirus.

In a video message posted on Twitter, the Minister said he and his wife Vanaja were asymptomatic and there was no need for anyone to panic.

— PTI

15:11 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Updates

563 more COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Rajasthan

As many as 563 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths have been reported from Rajasthan on Saturday, taking the total coronavirus cases in the state to 42,646, said the State Health Department.

According to the official data, the state currently has 11,979 active cases and 29,977 recovered cases. With 10 more deaths, a total of 690 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.

14:25 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Himachal Pradesh Latest Updates

10 new coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh recorded 10 fresh COVID-19 infections taking the overall count to 2,574, including 1,086 active cases on Saturday. According to the state healh department, there have been 12 deaths and 1,459 recoveries so far.

14:09 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

Schools in Andhra Pradesh to reopen on Teachers' Day

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools across the state from 5 September. According to Indian Express, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed officials to be prepared for reopening of schools on the date.

The directive came with a condition that mentioned, "hopefully the situation will be normal by then."

13:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates

Follow 'Delhi' model to tackle COVID-19, G Kishan Reddy tells states

All the states in the country need to emulate the "Delhi model" for controlling the spread of the coronavirus, Union Minister of state from Home G Kishan Reddy said in Hyderabad.

"I am requesting the state government (Telangana) to focus on testing, tracing and treatment. There is a need to increase the number of tests (in Telangana). The more number of the tests, the faster the containment of the disease. You know, Delhi as a union territory I am personally monitoring. There is 84 per cent recovery rate in Delhi. All the states should emulate the Delhi model," he said.

13:10 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Puducherry Latest Updates

Puducherry reports 3,593 COVID-19 cases, 51 deaths

After 139 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Puducherry, the total number of positive cases reached 3,593, including 1,357 active cases, said the UT health department on Saturday.

So far, the union territory has registered 2,185 discharges and 51 deaths. 

12:54 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

Andhra Pradesh govt to liberalise inter-state movement of people

It has not opened its borders fully yet but the Andhra Pradesh government is now liberalising inter-state movement of people in tune with the Unlock 3.0 guidelines issued by the Centre.

People coming into Andhra Pradesh will now only need to register their details on the government's Spandana portal to obtain an entry pass, according to Principal Secretary (Transport) MT Krishna Babu.

The system would be operational from 2 August on spandana.ap.gov.in portal.

12:27 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala Police reports first COVID-19 death

Kerala on Friday reported its first death of a police officer due to COIVD-19, informed the state police department on Saturday.

Ajithan, a 55-year-old officer, was undergoing treatment at Idukki Medical College and as he was suffering from a heart ailment his condition worsened and was shifted to Kottayam medical college, as per the hospital.

After his death, Kerala Police extended condolences to his family and remembered him for his valuable contributions in the service.

12:20 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Updates

Union minister advises Telangana to follow 'Delhi model'

All the states in the country need to emulate the "Delhi model" for controlling the spread of the coronavirus, Union Minister of state from Home G Kishan Reddy said.

"I am requesting the state government (Telangana) to focus on testing, tracing and treatment. There is a need to increase the number of tests (in Telangana). The more number of the tests, the faster the containment of the disease. You know, Delhi as a union territory I am personally monitoring. There is 84 percent recovery rate in Delhi. All the states should emulate the Delhi model," he told reporters.

11:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

One Maharashtra Police personnel dies, 232 test positive

Over the last 24 hours, one Maharashtra Police personnel died and 232 others tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, coronavirus has claimed the lives of 103 police personnel in the state, while 9,449 have been infected. 7,414 personnel have recovered and 1,932 active cases have been recorded.

11:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Serological survey to commence today: Health minister

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain told ANI that the serological survey for COVID-19 will start today in the National Capital. In the last survey, 24 percent people were tested positive.

He also noted that even though cases are decreasing in Delhi, they are increasing in bordering areas like Noida and Ghaziabad. In such a scenario, a move to open hotels in these areas should have come only after the Lieutenant Governor's permission.

10:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates

Panel grants permission to Serum Institute for phase 2, 3 human clinical trials of Oxford vaccine candidate 

A subject expert committee on COVID-19 on Friday recommended to the country's drug regulator that permission be granted to Serum Institute of India (SII) for conducting the second and third phases of human clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine candidate.

The recommendations of the committee at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) have been sent to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for approval, highly-placed sources told PTI.

10:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates

India's COVID-19 toll rises to 36,511

The COVID-19 toll in India climbed to 36,511 on Saturday after 764 patients succumbed to the viral infection in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry. So far, 10,94,374 patients have been cured and discharged.

10:05 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates

India's COVID-19 cases near 17 lakh

With 57,117 fresh COVID-19 infections, India's total positive cases now stand at 16,95,988 as on Saturday. Of the total, there are 5,65,103 active cases, according to the latest data released by the union health ministry.

09:18 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Assam LATEST updates

1862 new coronavirus cases in Assam, 4 deaths

The novel coronavirus cases in Assam crossed the 40,000 mark on Friday with 1,862 more people, including a nine-day-old baby, testing positive, while four more deaths took the toll to 98, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

There are 9,811 active cases of the coronavirus and 1,277 more patients have been discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 30,357, Sarma said.

08:56 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Assam LATEST updates

Nine-day-old girl youngest COVID-19 patient in Assam

A nine-day old girl from Hailakandi district became the youngest person in Assam to test positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday.

The infant has been taken to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The test result of the mother, who gave birth to the baby at home, turned out to be negative, the district spokesperson said.

08:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates

India's COVID-19 recovery rate is 64.54%, says health ministry 

Chairing the 19th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 through video-conference on Friday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said India has achieved the milestone of more than 10 lakh recoveries, a recovery rate to 64.54 percent.

08:09 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates

India's COVID-19 fatality rate of 2.18% among lowest, says Harsh Vardhan 

Of the total coronavirus active cases, 0.28 percent patients are on ventilators, 1.61 percent patients required ICU support and 2.32 percent are on oxygen support, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday following the 19th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19.

He added that India has one of the lowest case fatality rates globally, which is also steadily decreasing.

08:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India LATEST updates 

India's COVID-19 toll tops 35,000, fifth highest in world now

India now has the fifth highest COVID-19 toll in the world after overtaking Italy's fatality count of 35,132. The country’s overall toll stood at 35,748 on Friday night. 

Of these, 18,356 have come in July alone, more than all COVID-19 deaths in the previous months put together.

08:02 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Madhya Pradesh LATEST updates 

No public events in Madhya Pradesh for two weeks: Minister

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Friday that the Chief Minister had directed all public representatives to not hold public events until 14 August, in view of several legislators and BJP leaders having contracted coronavirus.

"If necessary, they can do it virtually. More than five persons can’t visit public representatives together," said Mishra.

07:59 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Mizoram LATEST updates 

Mizoram records 412 coronavirus cases

Mizoram registered a total of 412 COVID-19 infections as on Saturday with 165 active cases. According to the Department of Information and Public Relations, the state has recorded 247 COVID-19 recoveries so far.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: COVID-19 cases crossed 1.50 lakh in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday as another 9,276 patients were added and 58 more succumbed to the disease.

The high-level Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 has agreed to the health ministry's proposal to allow the export of indigenously made ventilators.

India continues to report among the lowest case fatality rates(CFR) in the world, which has now dropped to 2.15 percent— the lowest since the first lockdown in March, the Union health ministry said in a press release. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is now 64.53 percent, it said.

The total COVID-19 cases in Assam crossed the 40,000-mark on Friday after 1862 new cases were reported in the state in the last 24 hours.

Asking states to emulate the 'Delhi model' in their fight against COVID-19, the minister said that the National Capital registered a recovery rate of 84 percent.

Of the total 16,95,988 cases, there are 5,65,103 active cases, according to the latest data released by the union health ministry.

India's COVID-19 case fatality rate is progressively declining and now stands at 2.18 percent, one of the lowest globally, while just 0.28 percent of the total active patients are on ventilator, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday.

With a record single-day surge of 55,078 infections, India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 16 lakh on Friday, just two days after it reached the 15-lakh mark, while the number of recoveries rose to 10,57,805, according to Union Health Ministry data.

The country has so far registered 16,38,870 instances of the coronavirus infection. The toll increased to 35,747 with 779 fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

This is the second consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000.

There are 5,45,318 active COVID-19 cases in the country. The recovery rate rose to 64.54 percent while the fatality rate dropped further to 2.18 percent.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative 1,88,32,970 samples have been tested up to 30 July with 6,42,588 being examined on Thursday.

However, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said India's COVID-19 case fatality rate is progressively declining and now stands at 2.18 percent, one of the lowest globally.

In Delhi, the next round of sero-prevalence survey is slated to begin on Saturday, with authorities gearing up for the five-day exercise to comprehensively analyse the COVID-19 situation in the capital.

India's fatality rate among lowest globally, says Vardhan

Chairing the 19th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 through video-conference, Vardhan said India has achieved the milestone of more than 10 lakh recoveries, a recovery rate to 64.54 percent.

"This shows that the active cases under medical supervision are only 33.27 pc or approximately 1/3rd of total positive cases,” he was quoted as saying in a health ministry statement.

“India's Case Fatality Rate is also progressively reducing and currently stands at 2.18 percent, one of the lowest globally," he said.

Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri, MoS Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, MoS Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey and MoS Home Nityanand Rai joined the meeting.

Speaking on the severity of the disease, Vardhan said, "Out of the total active cases, only 0.28 pc patients are on ventilators, 1.61 pc patients needed ICU support and 2.32 pc are on oxygen support.”

On the country's testing capacity, he said 6,42,588 tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours through a network of 1,331 labs — 911 government and 420 private – which has taken the cumulative number to more than 1.88 crore tests so far.

The GoM was briefed on the current status of COVID-19 in India and was apprised about the ramping up of the domestic production capacities of various sectors for manufacturing PPEs, masks, ventilators and drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, the statement said.

In terms of healthcare logistics, cumulatively 268.25 lakh N-95 masks, 120.40 lakh PPEs and 1,083.77 lakh HCQ tablets have been distributed to states/UTs and Central institutions, it said.

State-wise cases and deaths

Of the 779 deaths reported on Friday, 266 were from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu, 83 from Karnataka, 68 from Andhra Pradesh and 57 from Uttar Pradesh.

West Bengal registered 46 deaths, Delhi 29, Gujarat 22, Jammu and Kashmir 17, Madhya Pradesh 14 and Rajasthan and Telangana 13 each.

Ten fatalities have been reported from Odisha, nine from Punjab, five from Jharkhand, four each from Bihar, Haryana, Manipur and Uttarakhand, three each from Goa and Chhattisgarh, two each from Assam, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kerala while Ladakh and Puducherry recorded one fatality each.

Manipur has for the first time reported COVID-19 fatalities.

Among the 35,747 deaths reported till now, Maharashtra accounts for the maximum 14,728 fatalities, followed by Delhi with 3,936 deaths, Tamil Nadu 3,838, Gujarat 2,418, Karnataka 2,230, Uttar Pradesh 1,587, West Bengal 1,536, Andhra Pradesh 1,281 and Madhya Pradesh 857.

So far, 663 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 505 in Telangana, 417 in Haryana, 370 in Punjab, 365 in Jammu and Kashmir, 282 in Bihar, 169 in Odisha, 103 in Jharkhand, 94 in Assam, 76 in Uttarakhand and 70 in Kerala.

Chhattisgarh has registered 51 deaths, Puducherry 48, Goa 42, Tripura 21, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh 14 each, Ladakh seven, Meghalaya and Nagaland five each, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Manipur four each, Arunachal Pradesh three, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one.

Delhi govt's sero-survey to begin from tomorrow

The next sero-prevalence survey is scheduled to be conducted from 1-5 August.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had on 22 July announced that after analysing the results of the last survey, it was decided that more such exercises would be undertaken every month to formulate better policies for tackling the COVID-19 situation in the city.

A senior government official said 15,000 samples would be collected over a span of five days and the survey would kickstart in four districts, including north and northwest Delhi.

It would follow the same protocol as that of the survey conducted earlier by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

All CDMOs will be tasked with carrying out the survey in their districts. Random people will be tested for antibodies.

The health department has prepared a detailed plan under which every district medical officer has been asked to conduct the survey in their respective jurisdictions, officials said.

The last sero-prevalence survey was conducted by the Delhi government in association with the NCDC from 27 June to 10 July.

UK PM halts lockdown easing

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday applied brakes on further easing of lockdown measures, due from this weekend, in England, fearing a spike in the COVID-19 cases.

Addressing a briefing at Downing Street in London, Johnson said, "we must squeeze the brake pedal" to keep the virus under control and also announced that face coverings will become mandatory across many more indoor settings, such as cinemas, besides just public transport and shops and supermarkets.

"The prevalence of the virus in the community, in England, is likely to be rising for the first time since May," said Johnson, referring to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

“That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted," he said.

The UK PM insisted that progress against coronavirus continues, with the daily and weekly number of deaths falling, but warned that some European countries are "struggling" to control it.

“The UK must be ready to react," he said.

With inputs from PTI

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