New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India has surpassed Russia and become the third worst affected country by the dreadful coronavirus. The highly contagious infection, which originated in China’s Wuhan, has affected more than 6.73 lakh people and claimed over 19,000 lives in India so far. There has been an alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in India after the country entered the second phase of the phase-wise upliftment of the lockdown.

Amid the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the country is working to fast-track development of a vaccine, though experts have advised caution against racing through the process. Approval for human clinical trials for two made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine candidates marks the "beginning of the end" for the pandemic, the government has noted.

Here are the LIVE updates of coronavirus pandemic:

13:31 pm: I donated blood plasma today, I was also infected with COVID-19. Prime Minister had given a clear message to all of us that we should serve people. I urge those who are fit and have recovered to donate plasma as it could save lives, says BJP's Sambit Patra

13:07 pm: BJP leader Sambit Patra donates blood plasma at Medanta hospital in Gurugram

12:42 pm: COVID-19 cases reach 1,069 in Himachal Pradesh, of which 321 cases are active and 724 have recovered. The death toll stands at 9, says state Health Department

12:13 pm: Our team is calling up people requesting them to donate plasma, if you receive such a call please don't refuse. Hospitals should also give counselling to patients who have recovered and encourage them to donate plasma: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:13 pm: The number of people who need plasma is more than those coming forward to donate it. I urge all those who are eligible to come forward and donate plasma. It will not cause any pain or weakness. Those donating plasma are doing selfless service to society: Delhi CM

12:13 pm: Out of 25,000 active patients, 15,000 are being treated at home. Death rate has also come down. We've also started the country's first corona plasma bank. Our trials have shown that plasma therapy can help moderate patients improve significantly: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:12 pm: COVID19 cases have crossed 1 lakh mark in Delhi but there is no need to panic as around 72,000 people have also recovered: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

12:01 pm: COVID-19 tests in India cross the 1 crore (10 million) mark. 1,00,04,101 tests conducted as of 11 am today, says Indian Council of Medical Research

11:25 am: Odisha reports 456 new COVID-19 positive cases and 290 recoveries. Total positive cases in the state stand at 9,526 including 3,254 active cases and 6,224 recoveries, says state government

11:17 am: Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has reached 99,444

11:11 am: In India, the recovery rate stands at 60.85 per cent as 4,24,433 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals

10:57 am: Scientists claim coronavirus is airborne, want WHO to revise rules

10:39 am: Rajasthan reported 99 new COVID-19 positive cases and 3 deaths till 8.30 pm today, taking the total number of cases to 20263 and deaths to 459. The number of active cases stands at 3836. Total 15968 patients have recovered so far, says state Health Department

9:50 am: Positive cases stand at 6,97,413 including 2,53,287 active cases, 4,24,433 cured and discharged and 19,693 deaths: Health Ministry

9:32 am: India reports a spike of 24,248 new COVID19 cases and 425 deaths in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

9:00 am: The total number of samples tested up to 5th July is 99,69,662 of which 1,80,596 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research

8:35 am: Agra's Taj Mahal to stay closed for public, even as monuments under Archaeological Survey of India are set to open from today. The decision has been taken in wake of the COVID-19 situation as the monument comes under 'buffer zone' areas, says District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh

8:11 am: Taj Mahal and other monuments will not reopen from today as Agra sees surge in COVID-19 cases

8:01 am: In India, Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with over 2 lakh coronavirus cases

7:24 am: Kerala extends coronavirus regulations till July 2021; gatherings banned, masks compulsory | Guidelines

7:24 am: There are 2,44,814 active coronavirus cases in India

7:23 am: According to Health Ministry, the recovery rate in India is 60.77 per cent as 4,09,083 lakh people have been cured and discharged from hospitals

7:22 am: The deadly coronavirus has affected over 6.73 lakh people and claimed over 19,000 lives in India so far 

7:22 am: India has become the third worst-hit country by the novel coronavirus

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma