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India Covid-19 update: 12:00 IST on Friday 3 July (08:30 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University, 10,871,362 cases have been detected worldwide, with 521,298 deaths and 5,754,013 people recovered.

In India, there have been 625,544 cases confirmed, 18,213 people have died and 379,982 people have recovered from the virus.

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Another surge in infections

Maharashtra (6,330), Tamil Nadu (4,343), Karnataka (1,502) and Telangana (1,213) led the rise in cases.

Groom dies two days after wedding, 80 guests infected

A groom died two days after his wedding in eastern India after becoming infected with coronavirus, with 80 people linked to the ceremony testing positive for Covid-19, CNN reports. A total of 400 guests were tested after the wedding, which took place two weeks ago in Paliganj, in the state of Bihar, said Kishore Chaudhary, the chief medical officer in Patna.

Those who tested positive have been taken to a local treatment center, Chaudhary told CNN on Thursday. The groom was sick before the wedding on June 15, according to Surendra Kumar, district official in Paliganj, and his condition was worsening.

The family took him to a local doctor where he was given medicine, but the doctor did not flag his symptoms to the district authorities and he was not tested for coronavirus, said Kumar. "The family did not tell anyone about his poor health," he said.

India allows clinical trial of Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine

News agency ANI reported a Health Ministry official as saying that permission for Phase I/II clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine candidate being produced Zydus Cadila was granted today as a rapid response after recommendation by the Subject Expert Committee.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has received approval from Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) to start phase I and II clinical trials. Bharat Biotech is producing the vaccine in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV). As per reports, pre-clinical trials yielded positive results.

Assam’s Dibrugarh-based Regional Medical Research Centre has successfully isolated SARS-CoV-2 virus. This can be used for the production of a Coronavirus Covid-19 vaccine, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was quoted as saying by PTI. The RMRC has become the third government laboratory in the country after the NIV, Pune; and the CCMB, Hyderabad, to isolate the virus.

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"Very little risk" that pets can infect owners with Covid-19

There is "very little risk" that pets can infect their owners with Covid-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease. "There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection," she said.

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A deserted view of Fancy Bazar after Assam Government imposed a total lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Guwahati, Assam, India, 02 July 2020. According to news reports in the wake of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Guwahati city will be again in complete lockdown for 10 days;

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Covid-19 vaccine candidate from Pfizer and BioNTech shows early positive results

Pfizer and BioNTech announced 'encouraging' early results for their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, maintaining it produced neutralizing antibodies and was generally 'well tolerated.'

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Other deaths spike in Indian city ravaged by coronavirus

A large Indian city badly hit by the coronavirus has recorded a sharp rise in deaths not attributed to the outbreak, according to official data and burial records, highlighting how the pandemic has affected general healthcare.

The spike in deaths in Ahmedabad, the most populous city in western Gujarat state, is due to patients with serious illnesses either not able to go to hospitals or being afraid to visit them because of the virus, doctors said.

The numbers contain "ominous signals" for the rest of the country, said Dr Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.

India has the world's fourth biggest outbreak of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, with over 600,000 confirmed cases and 17,800 deaths, and some of its largest cities are still reeling from rising infections.

India's tally of coronavirus infections crosses 600,000

India's coronavirus infections surpassed 600,000 on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said.

The increase presents a severe challenge for India's strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.

An easing phase called "Unlock 2" was announced on Monday, allowing more economic activities to resume even as some densely populated containment zones stay under lockdown.

India's Prime Minister Modi shuts Weibo account after app ban

Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, said it has deleted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's account at the request of the Indian embassy, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer over a border skirmish.

Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an infrequent user of the Chinese social media platform. He had more than 200,000 followers and 100 posts before the account was shut.

Sina Weibo announced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the removal comes a few days after India banned dozens of Chinese apps, including Sina Weibo and ByteDance's TikTok, following the border clash between the two nations.

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Relief package extension confirmed

The Indian has government announced the extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana relief package, to help people cope with the impact of Covid-19.

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India’s unemployment figures issued

The unemployment level in the country for June increased from to 11% from 23.5% in May despite economic activities resuming after government eased restrictions.

Coronavirus live India updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, India-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which as of Thursday morning IST had registered over 10.5 million cases and more than 516,000 deaths worldwide, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

There have been over 600,000 confirmed cases in India, a total count that puts the country below only the US, Brazil and Russia - and over 17,000 deaths.

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