Coronavirus India summary: cases, deaths and news - 7 July
Coronavirus live India: latest Covid-19 news - 7 July
India Covid-19 update: 03:30 IST on Wednesday 8 July (00:00 CEST)
According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University, 11,712,663 cases have been detected worldwide, with 540,582 deaths and 6,399,535 people recovered.
In India, there have been 719,664 cases confirmed, 20,159 people have died and 439,934 people have recovered from the virus.
India's rising cases predicted into 2021
India might witness the worst of the coronavirus pandemic early next year if a vaccine remains elusive.
Based on a recent study on testing and case data of 84 countries, comprising 60 per cent of the world population, researchers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have predicted that India might record 2.87 lakh coronavirus cases per day by February 2021.
Ganguly to pit wits against Indian fans in fantasy competition
BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly will don the selector's hat when he picks his best 11 players from the England and West Indies squads for a fantasy cricket competition ahead of the first test in Southampton on Wednesday.
International cricket, which ground to a halt in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will return when England host West Indies in three test matches beginning with the clash at the Ageas Bowl.
Ganguly will create his own fantasy team for each of the three test matches and lock horns with cricket enthusiasts from all over India as part of the 'Beat the Expert' contest, the brainchild of fantasy sports platform My11Circle.
"It's great that live cricket is back and two great teams will be battling it out on the cricket field," said Ganguly, who captained India in 49 tests.
"I am excited to put my thinking cap on again and make my fantasy team on My11Circle to play with cricket enthusiasts from all over India. Stay safe and enjoy the game."
India's Covid-19 cases have rocketed
India recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus on 30 January — a patient in Kerala who had been studying at the Wuhan University, the centre of China's coronavirus outbreak.
This was almost 2.5 months after China reportedly had its first case of the viral infection in November 2019.
WHO experts to travel to China at weekend to study Covid-19 origins
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that experts from the global body would travel to China at the weekend to prepare a study of the origins of the novel coronavirus and how it jumped from animals to humans.
'The best place to start is clearly where the disease emerged in humans first, and where the disease emerged in humans first, where the first clusters of atypical pneumonia occurred, was in Wuhan,' Dr Mike Ryan head of the WHO's emergencies programme, told a news briefing in Geneva.
Heavily criticised by the United States and others who have accused it of secrecy and a late response to the outbreak, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year, China has said it was transparent throughout the early stages of the pandemic.
WHO acknowledges 'emerging evidence' of airborne spread of COVID-19
The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged "emerging evidence" of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease is spread.
Speaking at a briefing in Geneva, WHO expert Benedetta Allegranzi said the organization believed it had "been open to the evidence on modes of transmission" of the new virus.
Four new hospitals open in Mumbai
Four new coronavirus hospitals have been opened in Mumbai after India’s death toll rose past 20,000. Buildings including schools and a stadium have been repurposed for the facilities in the region, where about a quarter of the deaths have occurred.
Newly built hospital to treat Covid-19 coronavirus patients at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, in Mumbai.
India's major cities including New Delhi and Mumbai are suffering the most, and critics say not enough tests are being conducted -- meaning that many COVID-19 infections are likely to go undiagnosed.
(Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)
Indian burglars using PPE as disguise
In Maharashtra's Satara district, burglars robbed jewellery wearing PPE as a disguise.
Triple lockdown in India: what it means and which zones could approve it
Kerala's government imposes what is called the "triple lockdown" in the Thiruvananthapuram area for a week starting Monday.
India Covid-19 tracker
A quick reference graph from Business Today revealing the pandemic situation (cases, fatalities..) throughout the nation.
India's coronavirus death toll hits 20,000 as infections surge
India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts.
The rate of both new virus infections and deaths are rising at the fastest pace in three months, as officials lift a vast lockdown of India's 1.3 billion people that has left tens of thousands without work and shuttered businesses.
The country reported 467 new deaths on Tuesday, taking the toll to 20,160. It also recorded 22,252 new infections, increasing the total to 719,665. India on Monday overtook Russia as the third most affected country globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
IPL will only be staged abroad as a last resort: BCCI
India's cricket board will only consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) abroad as a last resort if there is no other way to salvage the lucrative limited-overs tournament this year, a top BCCI official has told Reuters.
The annual tournament was originally scheduled to begin on March 29 but was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. India's death toll from the pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates have offered to host the league but BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said the board was optimistic about staging it on home soil.
"We've to consider India first and then think of overseas," Dhumal told Reuters. "They have sent these proposals in case we want to organise it there. We will discuss it in the next IPL governing council meeting where we will take a call."
Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic
A week after TNIE reported on how NSB Road was turning into a new possible cluster, now a total of 104 people, both workers of a jewellery store and their contacts, have tested positive for the virus in Tiruchy district.
Coronavirus live India updates: welcome
Hello and welcome to our live, India-focused coverage of the coronavirus crisis, which has already seen over 11.4 million cases and more than 536,000 deaths registered worldwide, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.