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UK reports 98,515 COVID cases, 143 deaths in past 24 hrs

London [UK]: The UK reported 98,515 COVID-19 fresh cases and 143 deaths in the past 24 hours on Monday (local time).
The country in the past seven days has recorded 763,295 infections and 742 deaths, according to the official data released by the UK government. The Omicron variant is continuously increasing the transmission among people in the country. For some days, the UK has been reporting the highest single-day COVID-19 infections across the world following the emergence of the new variant.
In the wake of the rising cases, the National Health Service in the UK has said that all adults are now eligible to book a COVID-19 booster dose.
The booster helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19, NHS added.
Meanwhile, the UK government is urging its citizens to get vaccinated.
“We know two jabs do not give you enough protection against Omicron so whether it is your first, second or booster jab I urge you to book an appointment now,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet on Monday.
He also urged the people to act cautiously given the rising number of Omicron cases.
“Most importantly I urge everyone to get their first, second or booster jab without delay to protect yourselves and your loved ones,” Johnson added.

ENG vs IND: All Indian players test negative for COVID-19

Manchester [UK]: Team India has returned negative results for COVID-19 hours after physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for coronavirus in Manchester. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the results. “The players have all returned negative results,” the source said.
Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.
However, there are no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler said everything is fine and the hosts are looking forward to the game.
“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in our camp and we are looking forward to the game,” said Buttler in a virtual press conference.
This came after India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar returned positive results to their RT-PCR tests during the fourth Test.
They are currently undergoing isolation and can come out only after returning two negative results.
On Sunday, just half an hour before the start of play on Day 4 of the fourth Test, the BCCI said its medical team had isolated Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sridhar, and physio Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
The remaining members of the Team India contingent had undergone two Lateral Flow Tests — one on Saturday night and another on Sunday morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the fourth Test at The Oval against England.

Covid-19: India reports 41,965 new cases, 460 deaths in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Sep 1: India logged 41,965 new COVID-19 cases and 460 fatalities in the last 24 hours as the positivity rate rose to 2.61 per cent in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The latest addition has pushed the cumulative case tally to 3,28,08,845 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,39,020 after 460 more people succumbed to the viral infection, according to the data.

The active caseload stands at 3,78,181 after reporting a rise of 7,541 cases in the last 24 hours, the figures showed.

The share of active cases now stands at 1.15 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, 33,964 more people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours making the recovery registry climb to 3,19,93,644. As per the data, the recovery rate is now reduced to 97.51 per cent.

The Ministry stated that the weekly positivity rate (2.58 per cent) has been under 3 per cent for 68 days now.

A total of 52,31,84,293 samples were tested up to August 31, 2021, for Covid-19. Of these, 16,06,785 samples were tested on Tuesday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

India performed highest-ever single day vaccination on Tuesday as it administered 1.33 crore doses in a single day.

So far, 65.41 crore vaccine doses have been administered under nationwide vaccination drive, the ministry informed.

New Zealand reports 75 new community cases of COVID-19 Delta variant

Wellington, Sep 1: New Zealand reported 75 new community cases of Delta variant of COVID-19, including 74 in the largest city Auckland and one in the capital Wellington on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country’s community outbreak to 687.
Auckland has 671 community cases and Wellington has 16 cases, according to the Ministry of Health.
All of the cases have or will be transferred safely to a quarantine facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.
There are 632 cases that have been clearly epidemiologically-linked to another case or sub-cluster, and a further 55 for which links are yet to be fully established, Bloomfield said.
Of the current community cases, 32 cases are in hospital, including eight cases in intensive care units (ICUs), he said.
New Zealand also reported one new case in recent returnees who have remained in a managed isolation and quarantine facility in Auckland, according to a statement of Ministry of Health.
The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic is 3,288, it said.
Auckland will remain at the top level 4 national lockdown for two more weeks, with the area south of Auckland moving to level 3 at 11:59 p.m. local time Tuesday for a week. Northland will move to level 3 at 11:59 p.m. local time on Thursday if no new cases emerge.
Under the Alert Level 4 lockdown, businesses and schools are closed except for essential ones such as supermarkets, pharmacies and service stations. Life under level 3 will be relaxed to some degree as construction work and takeaway services can resume with the necessary safety measures in place.
The country has moved to a lockdown since midnight Aug. 17 after the first COVID-19 Delta variant case in the Auckland community was identified.

Fully Vaccinated Allowed To Enter Goa Without Negative RT-PCR Reports

In a recent travel update, the Bombay High Court at Goa has allowed fully vaccinated people (tourists or not) to enter the state without providing a negative RT PCR test report. Apparently, the government of Goa had submitted an application in the High Court to allow fully vaccinated people to enter the state.

In mid-July, the High Court had permitted fully vaccinated people to enter the state without a negative certificate, but the exemption was not for tourists. Those coming to Goa for tourism purposes were supposed to show their negative PCR certificate even if they were fully vaccinated. According to the orders of the HC, a person is considered fully vaccinated when he/she has completed two weeks since his/her second COVID vaccine dose.

But on Monday, the HC modified its order and allowed fully vaccinated people to enter the state. Advocate Nikhil Pai, who represented the South Goa Advocates Association said, “The High Court has allowed the application by the state government where people who are fully vaccinated, post 14 days of their second dose, can enter Goa without an RT-PCR negative test or a rapid antigen test.”

However, kids above two years will have to come with their negative PCR report. Symptomatic children below two years will have to carry a PCR report. Also the government of Goa has extended the COVID-19 curfew till 6 September.

Till now, Goa has reported 1.74 lakh COVID-19 positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 3198 died due to the infection.

Concerns over China’s use of DNA profiling against Uyghurs

Toronto [Canada]: Amid the mounting accusation of large-scale human rights violations and persecution of Uyghurs by China, fresh reports have emerged where the Chinese authorities are said to be racially profiling minority group to build a large DNA database.
China has been rebuked for cracking down on Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. Multiple reports suggest that Beijing sends the ethnic minorities to mass detention camps and interferes in their religious activities. Moreover, it subjects them to abuse including forced labour. Despite mounting evidence, Beijing has vehemently denied that it is engaging in human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
A report by a Toronto based think tank, published on August 28, highlighted how a database is being made to enable selective ethnic cleansing in what perhaps could be labelled as one of the most “egregious crimes against humanity” that the Chinese authorities have undertaken.
“The incarceration of Uyghur minorities in Chinese detention camps and continued violation of human rights in the Xinjiang region has added another dimension, DNA and racial profiling, in attempts to build a large DNA database to enable selective ethnic cleansing in what perhaps could be labelled as one of the most egregious crimes against humanity that the Chinese authorities have undertaken,” said International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS).
Back in 2017, bioinformatician Yves Moreau at a research university in Belgium had discovered a paper in Human Genetics on a problematic theme, titled “male genetic landscape of China.” This study was based on a study of 38,000 Y-STR sequences, which are bits of repetitive DNA deployed for use in forensic investigations and law enforcement agencies.
IFFRAS report said that this research paper revealed several troubling aspects in the manner such genetic data was being collected. The think tank stated that the use of genetic data is often problematic per human rights standards due to its susceptibility to misuse and the violation of informed consent requirements when collating such data sets that involve DNA matter from minorities.
Further slamming the Chinese authorities, IFFRAS report said, “What Moreau has discovered is a revelation for the human rights community as several other journals have published papers on similar points that cover genetic data testing.”
According to the Toronto think tank, the paper published by human genetics is jarring for the human rights community as it includes important data of more than 300,000 individuals and is available publicly for use by law enforcement agencies and researchers.
The researchers from Canada further warned of a host of issues that range from privacy violations to genetic profiling, which in the hands of an authoritarian China drastically reduces public trust in human genetic studies and the ability of the academic community to maintain confidentiality.
Experts argue that informed consent and privacy are often alien rights to minorities who have been incarcerated by the Chinese authorities as nationalism eclipses all human rights in the minds of the CCP.
“In such circumstances, it falls upon the international academic community to publish genetic data without compromising on inviolable principles of informed consent,” the think tank added.

Louisiana reports first death due to Hurricane Ida

Washington, Aug 30: The first death caused by Hurricane Ida has occurred in the US state of Louisiana, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) informed on Monday.

According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Ida weakened to a Category 2 storm on Sunday, but still poses danger with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kilometers per hour) reported in Louisiana.

Puducherry reports 80 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

Puducherry, Aug 27: The Union Territory of Puducherry reported 80 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending at 10 AM on Friday taking the tally of infection to 1,23,231.

No deaths were reported during the period and thus the death toll remained at 1809. 73 new cases were reported here on Thursday.

According to the status report of COVID-19 released by the health department, of the 2,991 swab tests taken on Thursday, 80 people tested positive for the virus. 48 new cases were reported in Puducherry region,14 in Karaikal, three in Yanam and 15 in Mahe regions. 79 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours, 36 of them were from Puducherry region, four from Karaikal, 5 from Yanam and 34 from Mahe regions.

Presently, 116 people are being treated in Puducherry region, 21 each in Karaikal and Mahe region and two in Yanam region. Another, 608 positive cases are under home isolation in all the four regions of the union territory.

So far, 123231 persons have been infected by the virus out of which 120,654 have been treated and discharged and 1,809 have died leaving 768 positive cases here.

The test positivity rate in the UT stood at 2.67 percent, case fatality rate 1.47 percent and recovery rate 97.91 percent.

As many as 795.826 people including health care workers, frontline workers and the general public have so far been vaccinated against COVID in the union territory.

Mah: Thane reports 193 new cases

Thane, Aug 26: As many as 193 new COVID-19 cases and eight death cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in the district, the official said on Thursday.

With this, the total number of cases have spiked to 5,50,098 and fatalities have reached 11,264.

The mortality rate stood at 2.04 per cent, he added.

In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,341 while the death toll is 3,285, he said.

Kolhapur reports over 100 COVID cases

Kolhapur, Aug 25: Kolhapur on Wednesday reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 while two people also lost their lives due to the virus, the authorities said in a health bulletin.
The fresh addition took the district tally to 203040 while the death toll soared to 5679.

As many as 215 people were cured and discharged during the day, taking the recovery count to 195769.
The district is currently having 1592 active cases.

Malaysia reports 22,262 new COVID-19 cases, 223 more deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], August 21: Malaysia reported another 22,262 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Saturday, bringing the national total to 1,535,286.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 40 of the new cases are imported and 22,222 are local transmissions. Another 223 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 13,936.
Some 18,576 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 1,260,470, or 82.1 percent of all cases.
Of the remaining 260,880 active cases, 1,035 are being held in intensive care units and 513 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

Goa reports 62 new cases of Covid 19, 5 deaths

Panaji, Aug 16: Goa reported 62 new cases of Covid 19 and five deaths during the last 24 hours.
According to a daily bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), with the new cases, the number of total confirmed cases in the state increased to 1,72,568 while the number of total deaths remained at 3176.
There were 96 recoveries during the last 24 hours which took the number of total recoveries in the state to 1,68,519.
Recovery rate in the state stood at 97.65 per cent.
On Monday, 55 patients were sent for home isolation, seven were admitted to hospitals while four were discharged.
As many as 4225 new samples were tested on Monday taking the number of total samples tested so far to 11,32,949.
The number of active cases in the state stood at 873.

Pakistan reports 3,711 new COVID-19 cases, 67 more deaths

Islamabad, Aug 15: Pakistan reported 3,711 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.

The NCOC, a department leading Pakistan’s campaign against the pandemic, said that the country’s number of overall confirmed cases has risen to 1,098,410, including 986,795 recoveries.

According to the NCOC, 67 more patients died during the period, bringing the death toll to 24,406, adding that 4,792 are in critical condition.

The southern Sindh province is the worst-affected region by the pandemic with 410,766 infections, followed by the eastern Punjab province which reported 371,605 cases.

The NCOC said on its website that the country has administered 42,173,424 doses of vaccines and has fully vaccinated 11,956,552 persons as of Saturday night.

Bangladesh reports 6,885 new COVID-19 cases

Dhaka, Aug 14: Bangladesh reported 6,885 new COVID-19 cases and 178 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 1,412,218 and death toll at 23,988, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
The official data showed that 33,330 samples were tested in the last 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Saturday across Bangladesh.
The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,281,327 including 7,805 new recoveries, said the DGHS.
According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.70 percent and the current recovery rate is 90.73 percent.

COVID: Mah reports 158 deaths, over 6k cases

Aurangabad/Mumbai, Aug 13: In the past 24 hours, Maharashtra reported 6,686 new COVID-19 cases and 158 virus related fatalities, stated an official health bulletin on Friday.
With the new additions, the state’s cumulative case tally surged to 63,82,086 while the death toll climbed to 1,34,730.
Meanwhile, 5,861 patients were discharged across the state during the day, taking overall count of recoveries to 61,80,871.
The state’s recovery rate and the fatality rate stood at 96.85 per cent and 2.11 per cent, respectively.
Presently, there are 63,004 active cases across the state, the bulletin added.

Arunachal reports 180 new Covid-19 cases, tally mounts to 50,973

Itanagar, Aug 13: Arunachal Pradesh Covid-19 caseload rose to 50,973 as 180 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.
According to the bulletin issued by the state Directorate of Health Services, of the new positive cases, Itanagar Capital Complex reported the maximum at 62, followed by Papum Pare 19, East Siang and Lower Subansiri 13 each.
Eight cases were also reported from Changlang, West Kameng seven, Namsai six, Kamle five, Anjaw and Lower Dibang Valley four each, Pakke Kessang and Upper Siang three each, East Kameng, Upper Subansiri and West Siang two each, Tawang and Tirap one each.
Of these, 103 patients are asymptomatic and 77 symptomatic.
As per the bulletin, 273 people were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 48,327. The recovery rate is over 94 per cent.
Active cases tally stands at 2,395. Death toll at 251.

64 pc rise in ransomware incidents between Aug 2020 and Jul 2021 : Reports

New Delhi, Aug 12: Amid the dramatic surge of ransomware attacks in 2021, researchers of Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions analyzed 121 ransomware incidents between August 2020 and July 2021 and identified a 64% rise in attacks on a year-over-year basis.
Many of these attacks are being led by a handful of high-profile ransomware gangs. Ransomware gang Revil accounted for 19 pc of the attacks while new ransomware strain DarkSide caused 8 pc of the attacks. In their latest Threat Spotlight, Barracuda researchers examined the ransomware attack patterns over the past 12 months and shared insights on prevention and recovery.
Ransomware criminals are penetrating the foundation of the digital economy across the globe, from trusted software vendors to IT service providers. They are still heavily targeting municipalities, health care, and education, but attacks on other businesses are surging. Attacks on corporations, such as infrastructure, travel, financial services, and other businesses, made up 57 pc of all ransomware attacks between August 2020 and July 2021, up from just 18 pc in Barracuda Network’s 2020 study. Meanwhile, Infrastructure-related businesses account for 10 pc of all the attacks. In fact, ransomware attacks are quickly evolving to software supply chain attacks, which reach more businesses in a single attempt.
Speaking on the ransomware trends, Murali Urs, Country Manager, Barracuda Networks India said, “Ransomware criminals have refined their tactics to create a double extortion scheme. The initial steps towards safeguarding an organisation from any possible ransomware attack involve assuming vulnerability and setting a goal of not paying the ransom. Once that has been taken care of, it is necessary to implement anti-phishing capabilities in email and other collaboration tools, and consistently train your users for email security awareness. Companies should also secure their SaaS applications and infrastructure access points by implementing Zero Trust Access. Finally, it is crucial to stay put with a secure data protection solution that can identify your critical data assets and implement disaster and recovery capabilities. That way organisations can confidently put their foot down against the ransomware criminals.”
The evolving attack patterns can be attributed to cybercriminals levelling up their tactics. To start with, malicious attackers find ways to steal credentials through phishing attacks, which can be used to challenge the web applications used by the victim. Once the application has been compromised, the attacker can introduce ransomware and other malware into the system. This can go on to infect the network as well the application users. On multiple occasions in the past year, attackers exploited an application vulnerability to gain control of the application infrastructure and eventually target the most valuable data to encrypt.
While analysing the ransom payment trends in the past years, Barracuda researchers are also witnessing a dramatic spike in the amount. The average ransom being demanded per incident is over US10 million dollars. Only 18 pc of the incidents had less than US10 million ransom demand, and 30 pc of the incidents had greater than US30 million dollars ransom asks. However, there have been multiple instances of victims reducing ransom payments by deploying negotiation tactics. JBS negotiated a US$22.5 million ransom payment down to US$11 million, and Brenntag, a chemical distributor in Germany, negotiated a US$7.5 million ransom demand down to US$4.4 million. The research highlighted more organizations refusing to pay the ransom, and that is likely driving up the initial ransom ask. The FBI recently uncovered the bitcoin wallets of DarkSide and was able to recover some of the ransom payments, and authorities have disrupted payments to the affiliates of the ransomware group.

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64 pc rise in ransomware incidents between Aug 2020 and Jul 2021 : Reports
New Delhi, Aug 12 Amid the dramatic surge of ransomware attacks in 2021, researchers of Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions analyzed 121 ransomware incidents between August 2020 and July 2021 and identified a 64% rise in attacks on a year-over-year basis.
Many of these attacks are being led by a handful of high-profile ransomware gangs. Ransomware gang Revil accounted for 19 pc of the attacks while new ransomware strain DarkSide caused 8 pc of the attacks. In their latest Threat Spotlight, Barracuda researchers examined the ransomware attack patterns over the past 12 months and shared insights on prevention and recovery.
Ransomware criminals are penetrating the foundation of the digital economy across the globe, from trusted software vendors to IT service providers. They are still heavily targeting municipalities, health care, and education, but attacks on other businesses are surging. Attacks on corporations, such as infrastructure, travel, financial services, and other businesses, made up 57 pc of all ransomware attacks between August 2020 and July 2021, up from just 18 pc in Barracuda Network’s 2020 study. Meanwhile, Infrastructure-related businesses account for 10 pc of all the attacks. In fact, ransomware attacks are quickly evolving to software supply chain attacks, which reach more businesses in a single attempt.
Speaking on the ransomware trends, Murali Urs, Country Manager, Barracuda Networks India said, “Ransomware criminals have refined their tactics to create a double extortion scheme. The initial steps towards safeguarding an organisation from any possible ransomware attack involve assuming vulnerability and setting a goal of not paying the ransom. Once that has been taken care of, it is necessary to implement anti-phishing capabilities in email and other collaboration tools, and consistently train your users for email security awareness. Companies should also secure their SaaS applications and infrastructure access points by implementing Zero Trust Access. Finally, it is crucial to stay put with a secure data protection solution that can identify your critical data assets and implement disaster and recovery capabilities. That way organisations can confidently put their foot down against the ransomware criminals.”
The evolving attack patterns can be attributed to cybercriminals levelling up their tactics. To start with, malicious attackers find ways to steal credentials through phishing attacks, which can be used to challenge the web applications used by the victim. Once the application has been compromised, the attacker can introduce ransomware and other malware into the system. This can go on to infect the network as well the application users. On multiple occasions in the past year, attackers exploited an application vulnerability to gain control of the application infrastructure and eventually target the most valuable data to encrypt.
While analysing the ransom payment trends in the past years, Barracuda researchers are also witnessing a dramatic spike in the amount. The average ransom being demanded per incident is over US10 million dollars. Only 18 pc of the incidents had less than US10 million ransom demand, and 30 pc of the incidents had greater than US30 million dollars ransom asks. However, there have been multiple instances of victims reducing ransom payments by deploying negotiation tactics. JBS negotiated a US$22.5 million ransom payment down to US$11 million, and Brenntag, a chemical distributor in Germany, negotiated a US$7.5 million ransom demand down to US$4.4 million. The research highlighted more organizations refusing to pay the ransom, and that is likely driving up the initial ransom ask. The FBI recently uncovered the bitcoin wallets of DarkSide and was able to recover some of the ransom payments, and authorities have disrupted payments to the affiliates of the ransomware group.

Chinese mainland reports 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

Beijing, Aug 12: The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 61 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 38 in Jiangsu Province, 10 in Hubei, seven in Hunan, and three each in Henan and Yunnan, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Thursday.

Also reported were 20 new imported cases, including five each in Shanghai, Guangdong and Yunnan, three in Guangxi, and one each in Fujian and Sichuan.

Two suspected cases arriving from outside the mainland were newly reported in Shanghai on Wednesday.

No deaths related to COVID-19 were newly reported, the commission added.

Canada’s Spavor, detained by China in 2018, sentenced to 11 years, to be deported: Reports

Moscow, Aug 11: Canadian Michael Spavor, detained by China in late 2018, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a Chinese court on spying charges, CBC reported.

The court also called for Spavor’s deportation and confiscation of some $10,000 of personal property. It was not immediately clear when the Canadian could be forced to leave China.

China detained Spavor in December 2018 – several days after Huawei Technologies’ Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.

Bangladesh reports 11,164 more COVID-19 cases

Dhaka, Aug 10: The daily COVID-19 deaths in Bangladesh hit a record high of 264 on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 23,161, said the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The previous record of 264 deaths was reported on August 5.

The official data showed 11,164 more new cases were recorded, taking the national tally to 1,376,322.

A total of 47,424 samples were tested in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday across the country, said the DGHS.

It said the total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,234,762, including 14,903 new recoveries.

According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.68 percent and the current recovery rate is 89.71 percent.

Olympics Organising Committee reports 26 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hrs

Tokyo, Aug 8: Tokyo has logged 26 new COVID-19 cases related to the Olympic Games over the past 24 hours, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said on Sunday.
Among those who tested positive were personnel, volunteers, contractors, as well as media representatives. No athletes got infected over the given period.
The update brings the total tally of COVID-19 cases confirmed at the Games since the beginning of July to 436, including 286 Japanese citizens and 150 foreigners.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, initially scheduled to take place in 2020, was postponed for one year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The sporting event kicked off on July 23 and will end on August 8.

Singapore reports 98 new COVID-19 cases

Singapore, Aug 5: Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 98 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally in the country to 65,508.

The new infections included 96 locally transmitted cases, of which 38 were linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine, while 20 were linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance, and 38 were currently unlinked.

The other two were imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

A total of 577 cases are currently warded in the hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 40 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

India reports 41,831 new cases, 541 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, Aug 1: India recorded 41,831 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours pushing the case tally to 3,16,55,824, while the death toll mounted to 4,24,351 with 541 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the Ministry, the active cases declined by 2,032, to stand at 4,10,952. It is now 1.30 per cent of the total caseload.

The past 24 hours saw 39,258 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,08,20,521, which is 97.36 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 46,82,16,516 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus. Of this, 17,89,472 were tested on Saturday.

Till now, 47,02,98,596 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines, with 60,15,842 being inoculated against the virus in the past 24 hours.

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