India registered a record single-day jump of 29,429 COVID-19 cases pushing its tally to 9,36,181 on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed to 24,309 with 582 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
Here are the latest updates:
11.00 am | Goa
Goa govt starts online admissions in colleges
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Goa government has started online admissions from Wednesday in all colleges affiliated to the state Directorate of Higher Education (DHE).
Under the centralised online process, students can apply for admission on DHE’s portal for various degree courses and need not visit the colleges.
“Online admissions in government and aided colleges under administrative control of DHE Goa for courses such as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Science (BSc) Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), law, music, home science, agriculture, Bachelor of Education (BEd) and others shall start from July 15, 2020,” a circular said.
Students can apply for admissions on DHE’s website – www.dhe.goa.gov.in
10.55 am | Maharashtra
Zydus Cadila begins human clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine candidate
Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Wednesday said it has started human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate ZyCoV-D.
In the phase of trials, the company will be enrolling over 1,000 subjects across multiple clinical study sites in India, it said in a regulatory filing.
The adaptive phase I/ II human clinical trials of ZyCoV-D have commenced with the first human dosing, it said, adding that the adaptive phase I/II dose escalation, multi-centric study will assess the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of the vaccine.
Earlier this month, Zydus had received approval from domestic authorities to start human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine contender – the second Indian pharmaceutical firm to get such nod amid a surge in novel coronavirus infections worldwide. – PTI
10.30 am | Jammu and Kashmir
J&K BJP chief tests positive, Union Minister goes into quarantine
J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina
J&K BJP unit president Ravinder Raina on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus, forcing Union Minister Dr. Jitender Singh and national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna to go into self-quarantine.
“I had been staying in Kashmir’s Bandipora for five days after our party leader Wasim Bari was killed by militants. I felt some mild fever on Tuesday and my swab sample turned out to be COVID-19 positive,” Mr. Raina said.
He was accompanied by BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, Dr. Singh and Mr. Khanna on July 12 when they visited the house of Bari, who was killed by militants along with his father and brother.
A BJP source said around 20 leaders have been isolated after the reports. – Peerzada Ashiq
Moderna’s COVID vaccine trial ‘promising’
Biotech firm Moderna Inc’s experimental vaccine for COVID-19 showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in all 45 healthy volunteers in an ongoing early-stage study, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.
Moderna was the first to start human testing of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus on March 16, 66 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was released. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose researchers developed Moderna’s vaccine candidate, called the results “good news,” noting that the study found no serious adverse events and the vaccine produced “reasonably high” levels of virus-killing or neutralising antibodies.
10.00 am | West Bengal
Comprehensive lockdown in Kolkata
Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said broad-based containment zone approach will remain in place till July 19. The notification said “rigours of containment zones be particularly enforced in and around the city of Kolkata, and inter alia in towns of Jalpaiguri, Malda, Coochbehar, Raiganj and Silliguri where comprehensive lockdown will be affected from Wednesday”.
9.30 am | Jammu and Kashmir
J&K opens for tourists but tour operators cautious
Just another day in paradise A CRPF jawan stands guard on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Tuesday. Authorities have decided to open Jammu and Kashmir to tourists in a phased manner subject to certain guidelines. NISSAR AHMAD
Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday re-opened for tourists for the first time since the nationwide lockdown was imposed in the second week of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, stakeholders in the tourism industry termed the announcement “sudden and without preparations”.
The J&K administration has chalked out standard operating procedures (SOPs) for prospective tourists to make their travel hassle free. According to the guidelines, COVID-19 testing and pre-bookings for accommodation and transport facility is a must.
9.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
New quarantine policy for air passengers from today
Many passengers coming to Visakhapatnam by air have been demanding for some time that swab testing should be done at the airport itself. Earlier, all the air passengers were being taken to the Sri Sitarama Kalyana Mandapam near Akkayyapalem Highway in RTC buses for swab testing involving a long, tedious process, which drew flak from passengers.
The new order issued by the State government a couple of days ago provides for random swab testing of 10% of domestic air passengers at the airport itself and sending them to home quarantine for 14 days. Those aged above 60 and below 10 would not be tested.
Kerala to ready 50,000 beds in 10 days
Anticipating a massive surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the coming weeks, the government on Tuesday issued an order deputing IAS officials to every district to assist all Collectors in setting up and operationalising more COVID-19 first-line treatment centres (CFLTCs) and reverse quarantine facilities in districts.
CFLTCs with a minimum of 100 beds per panchayat and 50 beds per urban wards should be identified and readied for operation to contain the spread.
8.00 am | Karnataka
Udupi borders to be sealed for a fortnight
The Udupi administration on Tuesday decided to seal the district borders at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night till July 29 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Movement to and from the district will not be allowed during the period, while commercial activities can go on as they did during Unlock 2.0, Deputy Commissioner G. Jagadeesha has said.
7.30 am | Tripura
Week-long total lockdown in border areas in Tripura
The Tripura government on Tuesday announced a week-long “total lockdown” in areas along the border with Bangladesh to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar, who is also Chairman of State Executive Committee on COVID-19, said the measure will be enforced for seven days from 7 a.m. on July 17.
7.00 am | Karnataka
Is there special facility to conduct COVID-19 test for public servants on duty during lockdown, asks HC
Expressing concern over the health of a large number of public servants who will be on duty during the lockdown, the High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday asked the State government whether any special facility was in place for them in case they had to be tested for COVID-19.