COVID-19 News Live Updates: India reports 80,834 new COVID-19 cases, 1,32,062 patient discharges, and 3,303 deaths in the last 24 hours
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Biden pledges help in the battle against pandemic
President Joe Biden says helping the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic will be a constant project for a long time. Biden spoke Sunday of a clear consensus among the other leaders attending the Group of Seven summit that commitments they made to donate vaccines wouldn't be the end. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the summit host, announced on Sunday that G-7 leaders had pledged over 1 billion vaccine doses for poorer nations. Biden is responsible for about half of that donation, or about 500 million doses. He says the US may be able to contribute 1 billion more doses. (AP)
Vaccination drive for people with disabilities held in Ahmedabad
City authorities organised a special drive-through vaccination camp for disabled people in a bid to address low vaccination rates, especially among more vulnerable members of society.Organisers of the weekend campaign in Ahmedabad, the biggest city in Gujarat state, aim to vaccinate 500 disabled people, who often struggle to book slots and get access to vaccination centres. (Reuters)
G7 leaders discuss Wuhan lab leak theory behind COVID-19 pandemic
World leaders gathered at the G7 Summit in Cornwall discussed the possibility that a laboratory leak in central China's Wuhan city may have a connection with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief saying all hypotheses behind the origins of the deadly disease remain in play. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that officials "compared notes" over the theory that the pandemic may have originated from a leak from a lab in Wuhan, calling for further investigations. However, he asserted that the UK's "best information" remained that it "jumped" from animals to humans but admitted they did not have "all the answers". (PTI)
Restrictions eased in eight districts in J&K
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced further easing of restrictions in eight districts showing significant improvement in the COVID-19 situation. The decision to grant relaxations in Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir division and Poonch, Reasi, Ramban and Doda in Jammu division was taken at a meeting which focussed on total weekly new cases (per million), positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate and vaccination coverage of the targeted population, an official order said. (PTI)
Delhi records 255 new cases; Puducherry records 402
The national capital recorded 255 new along with 23 deaths in a day while Puducherry saw 402 cases and seven deaths.
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin announces more relaxations, tea stalls allowed to reopen
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday announced more relaxations in as many as 27 districts of the state which includes permission for tea shops to reopen from June 14. Barring 11 districts, seven in western and four in Cauvery delta regions respectively, the fresh relaxations would be applicable in the rest of 27 districts including Chennai and other nearby districts. Tea shops can function from 6 AM to 5 PM and only takeaway services are permitted, Stalin said in a statement and appealed to people to use vessels and avoid using plastic bags to take home the hot beverage. (PTI)
5,000 Pakistani refugees to get COVID-19 jabs in Indore
About 5,000 Pakistani refugees from the Hindu Sindhi community living in Madhya Pradesh's Indore will be administered COVID-19 vaccines, an official said on Sunday. The representatives of the Pakistani refugees from the Hindu Sindhi community had recently requested the administration for anti- coronavirus inoculation, District Immunization Officer Dr Praveen Jadia told PTI.
Assam govt tells fully vaccinated employees to join office from Monday
The Assam government asked all its employees who have received two doses of COVID- 19 vaccine to join offices from Monday. The General Administration Department Commissioner and Secretary M S Manivannan issued an order and said the decision has been taken for the smooth functioning of the government offices, PTI reported.
Brazil President Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions, reported AP.
Odisha logs 4,469 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths
Odisha on Sunday reported 4,469 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 8,51,782, a Health Department official said. Forty-five more deaths pushed the toll to 3,302, he said. Of the new infections, 2,546 were reported from quarantine centres, while the rest 1,923 were local contact cases. (PTI)
Chinese province reports 6 locally-transmitted cases
China's Guangdong province reported six locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Saturday, all in the capital Guangzhou, health authorities said on Sunday. The province on Saturday also reported seven imported confirmed cases, reports Xinhua news agency. (IANS)
No plans to get into vaccine production: Sun Pharma
Sun Pharma has no immediate plans to enter into vaccine production as getting into the vertical would require an altogether different manufacturing set-up, as per a top company official. The Mumbai-based company, which is strong in various generic therapeutic segments, is eyeing biosimilars to fuel its future growth.
Will reimpose restrictions if cases increase: Delhi CM
Kejriwal said the COVID-19 situation in Delhi has significantly improved and the number of cases have also declined. He, however, warned if cases increased restrictions will have to be reimposed.
Puducherry records 402 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths
There was a slight dip in COVID-19 cases in Puducherry on Sunday, with the Union Territory recording 402 cases and seven deaths, taking the caseload to 1,12,528 and the toll to 1,684. The UT had reported 442 cases on Saturday.
Recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 809 people being discharged from hospitals, taking the active cases to 5,331. In all, 1,05,513 have recovered from the disease so far.
As summit ends, G-7 urged to deliver on vaccines
The Group of Seven leaders aim to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises Sunday, including vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of technology and money.
Restrictions on public transport eased in Delhi
June 14 onwards, Metro, as well as buses, can operate at 50 percent capacity in Delhi. In autos, e-rickshaws, or taxis, not more than 2 passengers allowed to ensure social distancing: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
All Delhi shops can open from tomorrow, restaurants can operate at 50% capacity
All Delhi shops can from tomorrow. However, they can remain open only between 10am to 8pm. Restaurants have also been allowed to resume operations with 50 percent sitting capacity, Chief Minister Kejriwal announced in a press briefing.
Vaccination drive underway in Jammu and Kashmir village
Footfall of customers at Delhi's Azadpur Mandi increases
Children orphaned in pandemic stare at uncertain future, scramble for aid
Losing a loved one is never easy but if one were to compare, there would not be a loss that could quite match the severity of losing one's parents, especially for dependent children. The death of a parent strips away the child of not just the emotional blanket of comfort, but also in several cases takes away the financial support, leaving their futures in a lurch.
According to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), 3,621 children have been orphaned during the pandemic, and over 26,000 children have lost one parent. Ten-year-old Shatakshi Sinha is one of them.
Research now backs routinely offering pregnant women the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
New Zealand and Australia will now routinely offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to women at any stage of pregnancy, following an update of vaccination advice. This comes as research suggests the risk of severe outcomes from infection is significantly higher for pregnant women compared to the general population. At the same time, data from pregnant women who have already been vaccinated around the world have shown no safety concerns associated with COVID-19 vaccines, news agency PTI reported.
Maha 'unlock': Tourists allowed in Palghar
The Palghar district administration has amended its earlier order banning the movement of people near various tourist spots such as dams, waterfalls, lakes and beaches given the improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic situation. As per the modified order issued by the district collector Manik Gursal on Saturday, the previous prohibitory order will remain in force up to the one-km radius of tourist spots like dams, waterfalls, lakes and forts.
India reports 80,834 new COVID-19 cases
India reports 80,834 new COVID-19 cases with1,32,062 patient discharges, and 3,303 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.
Total cases: 2,94,39,989
Total discharges: 2,80,43,446
Death toll: 3,70,384
Active cases: 10,26,159
Total vaccination: 25,31,95,048
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