Coronavirus Live Updates: “Strong Likelihood” Of More Dangerous COVID-19 Variants, Says WHO

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Covid-19 Cases in India: “Pandemic is nowhere near finished,” WHO’s emergency committee said

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that “more dangerous” variants of Covid-19 could tear across the world as global infections soared to half a million daily, largely driven by the virulent Delta strain.

“The pandemic is nowhere near finished,” the WHO’s emergency committee said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the health ministry reported an addition of 41,806 new coronavirus cases, with deaths rising by 581.

Maharashtra, which has the highest number of cases in the country, added 8,602 cases over a 24-hour period. The fresh cases took the number of infections to over 61.81 lakh and 170 deaths took the cumulative death count to 1,26,390.

Kerala with 15,637 cases leads the states in most number of Covid cases in a day. It is followed by Maharashtra (8,602), Tamil Nadu (2,458) and Karnataka (1,990).

Here are the LIVE Updates on coronavirus cases in India:

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Australian officials urged people to obey lockdown measures that cover around 40% of the country’s population as an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant again picked up pace on Friday.

Daily new infections in New South Wales, where the outbreak began about a month ago, rose after a dip a day earlier, while new cases across the border in Victoria remained steady.

Total infections since the first was detected in mid-June, in a Sydney limousine driver transporting overseas airline crews, now stand at more than 1,000.

Despite Sydney heading into its fourth week of lockdown, New South Wales officials recorded 97 new locally acquired cases, up from 65 on Thursday.

Maharashtra Reports 8,010 New Covid Cases, 170 Deaths, 7,391 Recoveries
Maharashtra’s coronavirus caseload rose to 61,89,257 with the addition of 8,010 new infections on Thursday, while the death count jumped to 1,26,560 after 170 patients died due to the respiratory illness, a health department official said.
Saudi Smashes Fraud COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Ring Ahead Of Hajj
Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 120 people suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus vaccine and test certificates, official media said Thursday, two days before a tightly controlled hajj.

The state-run SPA news agency said nine health ministry officials are among the accused, who have all pleaded guilty.

Some 60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates will join this year’s religious pilgrimage, the second time the gathering has been massively curtailed because of the pandemic.

“Strong Likelihood” Of More Dangerous COVID-19 Variants: WHO Experts Warn
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that “more dangerous” variants of Covid-19 could tear across the world as global infections soared to half a million daily, largely driven by the virulent Delta strain.

An AFP tally of official sources found that after an initial dip, cases have been rising again worldwide since the end of June, topping 540,000 on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

“The pandemic is nowhere near finished,” the WHO’s emergency committee said in a statement.

It highlighted “the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control”.