Coronavirus updates for July 3
The daily increase in coronavirus cases in India breached the 20,000-mark, and now the country's case count stands at 6.3 lakh. However, in the past 24 hours, more than 20,000 people were also declared cured — the highest single-day recovery so far — with the recovery rate now around 60 percent, according to the Health Ministry.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the ban on international flights till July 31. The HRD Ministry has postponed the IIT-JEE exams as well as the NEET exam till September. Hero Indian Open, the biggest golf tournament in India, was cancelled due to the rising number of cases. The Health Ministry revised the home isolation guidelines to include asymptomatic patients. Meanwhile, ICMR has reportedly set a deadline to launch indigeneous COVID-19 vaccine, ordering select hospitals to fast-track clinical trials
Many states including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala reported highest single-day spike in new cases. For the first time, Bengaluru reported over 900 cases in 24 hours. Punjab has decided to start COVID-19 rapid antigen testing as well as e-registration of people entering the state. Meanwhile, Goa has reopened its doors for domestic tourists, however, with restrictions and after screening.
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