India Has Conducted More than 2 Crore COVID-19 Tests: Government

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Medics arrive to take samples of suspected COVID-19 patients for lab tests at a government hospital in New Delhi on 10 June.  

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus reportedly shared on Monday, 3 August that the COVID-19 cases globally have increased more than five-fold in the last three months. He also said that while there is hope for multiple effective vaccines, there doesn’t seem to be any silver bullet.

India on Monday, 3 August, reported 52,972 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 18,03,696. The death toll increased by 771 to 38,135. According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are now 5,79,357 active cases across the country, while 11,86,203 patients have been discharged.

  • Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, said on Twitter on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced on Sunday that they had tested positive for coronavirus
  • The Drugs Control General of India has approved the Phase II and III trials of the Oxford University vaccine by the Serum Institute in Pune
  • The global coronavirus tally has surpassed the 18-million mark, with over 6,88,000 deaths recorded so far
3:53 PM, 03 Aug

Delhi CM Gives Rs 1 Crore to "Corona Warrior" Dr Joginder Chaudhary's Family

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, 3 August, met the family of COVID-19 warrior Late Dr Joginder Chaudhary and handed him a cheque of Rs 1 crore as financial assistance.

“Our Corona Warrior Dr Joginder Chaudhary, posted in Delhi Government Hospital, served the patients by putting his life at stake. Dr Chaudhary had passed away recently due to corona infection, today I met his family and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore as financial assistance. Will help the family in every possible way,”
Arvind Kejriwal, on Twitter
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2:40 PM, 03 Aug

West Bengal Government Changes Lockdown Dates

West Bengal government has changed the lockdown dates, reported ANI. Statewide complete lockdown shall now be observed on the following days: Wednesday, 5th August; Saturday, 8th August; Thursday, 20 August; Friday, 21 August; Thursday, 27 August; Friday, 28 August and Monday, 31 August.

2:45 PM, 03 Aug

Punjab Reports 677 New Cases of COVID-19

Punjab reported 677 Coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours, State Health Department reported on Monday, 3 August, according to ANI. This takes total cases to 18,527 including 11,882 discharges and 442 deaths,

2:33 PM, 03 Aug

5,609 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Tamil Nadu

5,609 Covid-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu on Monday, 3 August. Out of these 1021 cases were from Chennai

56,278 persons tested, 5,800 patients discharged, 109 deaths reported on Monday.

Total tally in the state: 2,63,222 cases, 2,02,283 discharged and 4241 deaths