Coronavirus India news summary for 27 July: cases, deaths and news

Coronavirus India live updates: cases, deaths and news

Coronavirus live India: latest news - 27 July


India coronavirus latest: 02:20 IST on Tuesday 28 July (22:50 CEST Monday 27 July)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University16,340,152 cases have been detected worldwide, with 650,553 deaths and 9,438,507 people recovered.

In India, there have been 1,435,453 confirmed cases and 32,771 deaths, with 917,568 people recovered from the virus.


WHO says Covid-19 "by far" its worst global health emergency

The new coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has faced, its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.

The director general called for strict adherence to health measures including mask wearing and social distancing: "Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up."

Tedros emphasised the priority remained saving lives. "We have to suppress transmission but at the same time we have to identify the vulnerable groups and save lives, keeping the death rates if possible to zero, if not to a minimum," he said, praising Japan and Australia in that respect.

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People hold umbrellas distributed by volunteers to maintain social distancing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in a market in Chennai on July 27, 2020.

(Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)


Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidate moves into late-stage trial

Moderna Inc has started a U.S. government-backed late-stage trial to assess its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in about 30,000 adults who do not have the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna's shares were up 11% at $81.31 before the bell.

The trial, named COVE, is the first to be implemented under the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed that aims to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19.


Aishwarya Rai and her daughter recover from Covid-19

(Reuters) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her eight-year old daughter, Aaradhya, have recovered from Covid-19 and left hospital after a 10-day stay, her husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan said on Twitter.

Abhishek Bachchan and his father, renowned actor Amitabh Bachchan, 77, are still recovering from the disease caused by the new coronavirus and remain in a Mumbai hospital.

"Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home. My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff,' he said in a tweet.

WHO says Covid-19 by far its worst global health emergency

(Reuters) The new coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has faced, its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat it, Tedros added at a virtual news briefing in Geneva.

"Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up," he said, praising Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for controlling outbreaks.

India recovery rate continues to rise

India has garnered praise for it's high recovery rate and that encouraging trend has been continuing with local media reporting 30,000 recoveries in a single day for the fourth consecutive 24-hour period. 

Li-Meng Yan, a virologist who fled to the US, has claimed that China deliberately withheld information and that Covid-19 is not a naturally occurring virus.


A health worker wearing Personal Protective Equipment collects a swab sample of a resident at a free testing centre for the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Hyderabad. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

AI to combat Covid-19

The WHO has unveiled its first digital health worker to combat Covid-19 misinformation. Avatar Florence has been developed by New Zealand company Soul Machines. 


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Covid-19 task force recommends against using psoriasis drug

India’s coronavirus task force has recommended against the emergency use of the psoriasis drug itolizumab on Covid-19 patients. “The available evidence on efficacy was deemed inadequate and there were concerns over generalised immunosuppression,” a source close to the task force told the Hindu.

Three major testing facilities to be launched

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is to launch three high-volume coronavirus testing facilities on Monday, as the country bids to ramp up its testing capacity amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata, the new centres will be able to test "over 10,000 samples a day", Modi said in a statement on Sunday, adding that they will "help in strengthening early detection and treatment".

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