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Representational image of people queueing up for rapid antigen tests for Covid-19 | Photo: ANI

Health ministry website takes down paper that said community transmission was on since April

Govt move to pull down document comes after Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan again denied there was community transmission of Covid in India.
Paramedical staff at Akhnoor Hospital in protective gear outside an isolation ward in Jammu (representational image) | PTI

India records 26,506 new Covid cases in last 24 hours, total tally nears 8 lakh

The number of coronavirus recoveries stands at 4,95,51, while there are 2,76,685 active cases in the country.
Workers cycle to their places of employment on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Govt says India not in community transmission stage, only 49 districts account for 80% cases

At the first health ministry Covid briefing in a month, govt defends ICMR’s ‘rush vaccine’ letter & said doctors don't require its nod for plasma therapy.
Hospital workers transport bodies in complete personal protective equipment (PPE) | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India registers 24,879 new coronavirus infections in last 24 hours, total cases over 7.6 lakh

According to the health ministry data, the Covid death toll climbed to 21,129 and the number of recoveries stands at 4,76,377.
Healthcare workers in Sikkim (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India’s Covid tally rises to over 7.4 lakh with 22,752 new Covid cases in 24 hours

The number of recoveries stands at 4,56,830, while there are 2,64,944 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country.

India’s coronavirus tally crosses 7 lakh mark, death toll at 20,160

The number of recoveries stands at 4,39,947, while there are 2,59,557 active Covid cases in the country.
File photo of medic taking samples from an Indian national arriving from Myanmar at Anna International Airport, during the ongoing lockdown, in Chennai | PTI

India registers nearly 23k new Covid cases, 442 deaths in last 24 hours

This is the second consecutive day when coronavirus cases have increased by more than 20,000. The current tally stands at 6,48,315.
A medical worker performs Covid-19 testing. | Photographer: Gabriella N. Baez | Bloomberg

No need for testing after home isolation period is over: Health Ministry

The Union Health ministry has revised home isolation guidelines to include asymptomatic positive patients in the list of mild or pre-symptomatic coronavirus infection cases.
Healthcare staff tend to a Covid-19 patient at Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Secunderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

43% of Covid patients in India who died had no comorbidities: Govt analysis

Govt-run IDSP analysed all Covid deaths recorded until 2 July. The analysis shows a little less than half the deceased were patients aged below 60.
Medical workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Hyderabad | PTI

Hand over bodies of suspected Covid cases to families without test results: Health Ministry

If such death cases test positive eventually, then the requisite action for contact listing, tracking etc. should be carried out subsequently, a letter on the matter stated.

On Camera

Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
Pedestrians pass in front of the Nasdaq MarketSite in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US (representational image) | Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The next 3 months will reveal how badly global economy has been hit by coronavirus

Next 3 months stand to reveal the underlying economic pain more vividly than past 3 months as massive fiscal assistance from govts is soon going to fade.

Defence

A road bridge built by India between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India, China to hold Corps Commander-level talks on 14 July at Chushul

The talks will focus mainly on the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), said the Indian Army officials.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.