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Headlines: India Records 38,353 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.45%

Covid Bulletin: India Records 38,353 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.45% 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 38,353 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload constitutes 1.21% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. The weekly positivity rate remained below 5%, currently at 2.34%, and the daily positivity rate remained below 3% for the last 16 days, currently standing at 2.16%. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases as 40,013 more patients recovered between Tuesday and Wednesday, taking the total recoveries to 3,12,20,981. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 48.50 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 51.90 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases; Kerala Enforces New Guidelines And Enforces Special Intensified Stringent Lockdown Restrictions 

Since Kerala is witnessing a surge in active covid-19 cases, the state government has decided to enforce new guidelines and restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. From Wednesday, the Kerala government will implement special intensified stringent lockdown restrictions in those panchayats and urban wards, which has a weekly infection population ratio of more than 8. The government is also planning to vaccinate senior citizens who have still not received the covid-19 vaccine, with the first dose by 15th August. The government said: “All bedridden patients above 18 years of age to be identified and vaccinated by 15th August. District collectors will coordinate with Health Department for planning vaccination,” Given approaching festivals, the government released a notification stating that a maximum of 15,000 devotees will be allowed per day and virtual queue registration will be done for crowd management. The notification also read: “It is clarified that those who are yet to received covid-19 vaccination or cannot take the vaccine due to drug allergy or other ailments, can move out of their homes for essential activities like purchase of food items, including grocery, milk, meat, fish etc. If there are no other persons in the household belonging to point,” 

DCGI Gives A Go-Ahead For The Study Of Mixing Covishield And Covaxin 

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given the go-ahead to the study on mixing Covishield and Covaxin, the two leading covid-19 vaccines used in the country’s vaccination drive. The study and the clinical trials will be conducted by Vellore’s Christian Medical College. During a press briefing, Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog Member (Health) said: “Permission has been granted for a research study by CMC Vellore (Tamil Nadu) on mixing of vaccines doses,” Earlier, an SEC of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) had recommended conducting the study on 29th July One such study was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, wherein 18 people participated in the heterologous group, out of while 11 were male and 7 female. Speaking about the study’s findings, the ICMR said: “We did a comparison with heterogeneous group and homologous group, we found better immune response, if somebody gets Covishield first and Covaxin second that it gives better immunity. This is the first study on a combination of Adenovector and whole variant vaccines, However, the top health body added that in-depth research and more detailed study is needed for the same.  

NITI Aayog Member: NEGVAC Held A Discussion On Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Issue

The NITI Aayog Member (Health), VK Paul, said on Tuesday that the National Expert Group On Vaccine Administration For Covid-19 (NEGVAC) had discussed the issue of covid-19 vaccine booster dose, and they are looking very deeply into the matter. Dr Paul also said that the World Health Organization has called for a moratorium on the covid-19 booster dose issue. During a press briefing, Dr Paul said: “I would say we are watching the science for the need for such imperative very carefully, global work as well as you may know that certain studies in the country are being instituted and we are looking at it very deeply,” Apart from speaking about the booster issue, he also said that those with comorbidities or cancer should especially make sure that they are vaccinated and also stressed that citizens should take the second dose of the covid-19 vaccine for complete protection. 

Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021: India To Carry Out Naval Exercise With Saudi Arabia

India and Saudi Arabia are all set to carry out their first-ever naval exercise, Al-Mohed Al-Hindi 2021. On Monday, the Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi reached Saudi Arabia for the exercise. The warship carried out a naval exercise with the UAE and then went to Saudi Arabia. The harbour phase of the exercise began on Monday, and the sea-based drills will take place from Wednesday. Both countries are working towards growing their defence and military cooperation. 

India Placed At 122nd Position On 2020 Global Youth Development Index

The Commonwealth Secretariat in London released the 2020 Global Youth Development Index, which measures the condition of young people in 181 countries, and India has been placed at the 122nd position. The index was topped by Singapore, followed by Slovenia, Norway, Malta and Denmark. However, countries such as Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Niger were placed at the bottom of the 2020 Global Youth Development Index. The index said that the top five nations whose scores have improved from 2010 to 2018 were Afghanistan, India, Russia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. The countries are ranked by the Index according to the development in youth education, health, employment, equality and inclusion, political and civic participation and peace and security. The Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland said: “Young people are indispensable to delivering a future that is more just, inclusive, sustainable and resilient. By measuring their contributions and needs with hard data, our advocacy for their development becomes more powerful, and we are then able incrementally to increase the positive impact and benefits youth are able to add towards building a better future for us all,”

Raj Kundra Pornography Case: Kundra’s Bail Plea Hearing Adjourned To 20th August

Shilpa Shetty‘s husband and businessman Raj Kundra have been in police custody for over a month now in connection to the adult film racket case. The accused had submitted a bail plea, and the same’s hearing has been adjourned to 20th August. A similar decision has been taken for Ryan Thorpe, who was also arrested in the case of alleged production and distribution of pornographic content through mobile applications. On Saturday, the High Court said: “The remand to custody by the metropolitan magistrate is within the conformity of law and does not require any interference.” Raj Kundra and Ryan Thorpe, in their petitions, said that their arrest is illegal and that section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has not been followed. However, the police said that they had duly followed it, but Kundra refused to accept it.

This Is What Disha Patani Has To Say About Tiger Shroff’s Reprised Version of Vande Mataram

Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff recently released the reprised version of the patriotic song Vande Mataram which is directed by Remo D’souza and composed by Vishal Mishra. The music video was not only loved by his fans but also by the rumoured girlfriend of the actor, Disha Patani. The actor recently shared an Instagram story for Tiger Shroff’s new music video and wrote: “Such soothing voice, you are unbelievable @tigerjackieshroff,” to which Tiger replied: “Thank you so much, D,” with a red heart emoji. 

Aarya 2: Shooting Wrapped Up, Announces Director Ram Madhvani 

It’s a wrap up for Sushmita Sen starrer Aarya 2, as announced by director Ram Madhvani. Sharing the pictures from the sets of Aarya 2, Ram wrote: “The journey of #Aarya2 has been tough, scary but fun! The “new normal” in life resulted in a lot of struggles as we chose to do what we are passionate about. But what makes it worthwhile is the team you journey with, and I am grateful to each and every one of these passionate people. Without their dedication and work ethic, we wouldn’t have finished shooting #Aarya2 safely!” The first season of Aarya was dropped in February this year and was well received by the audience. The show revolved around a happy couple Aarya Sareen and Tej Sareen, and Aarya’s life turning upside down when her husband is shot. Sushmita Sen bagged the ‘Best Actor in Drama Series’ in many awards shows, including Dada Saheb Phalke, Raj Kapoor Award, Film Critics Guild and Filmfare. 

Indian Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Temporarily Suspended By The Wrestling Foundation Of India Over Indiscipline

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has been temporarily suspended by the Wrestling Foundation of India for indiscipline during the Tokyo Olympics campaign. The wrestler who was crashed out of the Olympics after losing to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus did not stay at the Olympics village. Apart from this, Vinesh also refused to wear a wrestling singlet with the sponsor’s logo and wore a singlet with a personal sponsor Nike’s logo. Last month, Vinesh had tweeted: “Is it a crime to ask for one Physiotherapist for four women wrestlers when there are instances of one athlete having multiple coaches/ Staff?” Vinesh Phogat also created a ruckus when she was allotted a room near the rooms of her India teammates and said that she might contract covid-19 as the team members are coming from India to Tokyo while she travelled to Tokyo from Hungary. Vinesh came back without a medal from her maiden Olympic games. 

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