Breaking News Updates August 8, 2021: India saw a fresh single-day spike of 38,628 COVID cases and 617 deaths on Saturday. The new cases take India’s total COVID tally to 3,18,95,385, while the death toll climbed to 4,27,371. A decrease of 2,006 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload yesterday. The active cases in the country have declined to 4,12,153 and comprises 1.29 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.37 per cent. A total of 83 cases of Delta plus variant of COVID-19 have been reported in India till August 4 with Maharashtra registering 33 of these cases followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Tamil Nadu 10. Meanwhile, several parts of Rajasthan have been lashed by heavy rains for days, leading to a flood-like situation in many areas. Hundreds of people in different districts have been evacuated from low-lying areas. Many people have been killed in rain-related incidents, including wall or house collapses. This live blog has been closed and updates to it are no longer available.Also Read - Is Johnson & Johnson's Single-shot Vaccine Effective Against Delta Variant of Covid? This African Study Sheds Light

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    J&K | A 24-yr-old Army soldier was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Rajouri Garrison. Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of death: Indian Army

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    President of Niger, President of Kenya, PM of Vietnam, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, President of Congo are also expected to participate at tomorrow’s UNSC meeting on maritime security.

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    Two policemen killed, at least six injured in a blast near Unity Chowk area of Quetta. At least 13 people have sustained injuries in the blast, police say. Details awaited: Pakistan media.

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Acting on the latest travel guidelines issued by UAE, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre has set up Rapid PCR test facility at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with about 50 Rapid PCR machines. Per test cost will be Rs 5000, report availability in 45-60 minutes: Genestrings

  • 8:47 PM IST

    Mumbai local trains: Passengers can download (local) train passes through the mobile app. Those who do not have smartphones can take photo passes from municipal ward offices in the city as well as suburban railway stations, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in live webcast.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    Mumbai local train services to start from August 15 for people who have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

  • 8:17 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 5,508 new COVID-19 cases, 4,895 recoveries, and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases: 63,53,328
    Total recoveries: 61,44,388
    Death toll: 1,33,996
    Active cases: 71,510

  • 8:05 PM IST

    Russian President Vladimir Putin to participate at the United Nations Security Council meeting on maritime security on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the meet. India is the chair of the UNSC this month.