Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reports 1,65,553 new COVID-19 cases, 2,76,309 discharges & 3,460 deaths in last 24 hrs, as per Health Ministry. Stay tuned for the live updates
Haryana, Odisha, Telangana extend lockdown; UP, J-K ease corona curfew
Haryana, Odisha and Telangana were the latest among states and Union Territories to extend the COVID-induced lockdown, while Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday announced a partial easing of restrictions in districts with less active cases, though night curfew and weekend shutdown will remain. Many states, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa, have extended the lockdown or restrictions for a week to a fortnight in June, while some of them like Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have also announced a certain relaxation in the curbs due to a decline in new cases and positivity rate. (PTI)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray addressing the state
Will be able to manufacture, supply 10 crore Covishield doses in June: Serum Institute to Centre
Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the government that it will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of Covishield in June, official sources said on Sunday amid complaint by states about the shortage of anti-coronavirus vaccine jabs. In a recent letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, SII said its employees have been working round the clock in spite of various challenges because of the pandemic. (PTI)
State-run banks to lend up to Rs 5 lakh for COVID treatment
Public sector banks (PSB) will provide unsecured personal loans of up to Rs 5 lakh to individuals for meeting their expenses of Covid treatment.The decision, which comes in the wake of the severe second wave of Covid-19, was announced jointly at a press conference by the State Bank of India and the Indian Banks' Association (IBA). PSBs will provide "unsecured personal loans to individuals from Rs 25,000 to Rs 5 lakhs for salaried, non-salaried and pensioners for meeting Covid treatment", said a joint statement. (IANS)
Mumbai mayor finds COVID-19 vaccines stored in normal fridge at hotel
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Sunday conducted an inspection at a hotel in suburban Andheri and found several COVID-19 vaccines stored there in a normal fridge, in violation of the laid down norms. The Covaxin doses found stored there have been sealed and an inquiry has been ordered, she said. (PTI)
Railways so far delivered over 21,392 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to 15 states
The Railways has delivered over 21,392 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in more than 1,274 tankers to 15 states, the national transporter said Sunday amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, 313 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey while five loaded trains are on the run with more than 406 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in 23 tankers. (PTI)
Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 recoveries breach 15 lakh-mark
The total COVID-19 recoveries in Andhra Pradesh crossed 15 lakh on Sunday, resulting in a drop in the number of active cases as fresh positives too continued their downward slide for more than a week now. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, 21,133 Covid-19 patients in the state had recovered and 94 others succumbed while 13,400 new cases were reported, a health bulletin said. (PTI)
Delhi reports 946 fresh COVID-19 cases, 78 new deaths
Delhi recorded 946 fresh COVID-19 cases and 78 more deaths in the past 24 hours, according to a health bulletin issued on Sunday.The fatality rate in the city stands at 1.69 per cent, while the case positivity rate is 1.25 per cent, it said.There are 12,100 active cases in the national capital.
According to the bulletin, 1,803 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.Delhi on Saturday had recorded 956 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in over two months, and 122 fatalities. (PTI)
Govt asks private TV news channels to display four new helpline numbers
The Centre on Sunday asked private TV news channels to display four new national helpline numbers for the benefit of citizens as a part of the COVID-19 awareness initiative.In a letter to all private TV news channels, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said the national helpline numbers should be run as a ticker or any other appropriate way at periodic intervals. (PTI)
COVID-19: Labour ministry announces additional benefits under EPFO, ESIC schemes
The Ministry of Labour and Employment on Sunday announced additional benefits for workers through social securities schemes run by the EPFO and the ESIC amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (PTI)
Goa announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for poor pandemic victims
The Goa government on Sunday announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of COVID-19 victims who were either breadwinners of the family or hailed from poor backgrounds. Making the announcement in his Statehood Day address, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also said another scheme, called 'Mukhyamantri Anath Aadhar Yojana', will be launched, under which orphaned children will get monthly financial aid. (PTI)
Plea in SC seeks constitution of 3-tier committee to ensure dignified disposal of bodies
A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and others to form a committee to ensure a dignified disposal of bodies found floating in the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The plea has sought directions for constituting a three-tier committee at the central, state and panchayat, and the rural and municipality levels to look after the disposal of the bodies.Petitioner Vineet Jindal has claimed in his plea that disposal of bodies of COVID-19 victims in rivers could have a devastating effect on the drinking water supply of people residing in cities and villages situated on the river banks, and there is an apprehension of transmission of diseases as well. (PTI)
Kerala to issue vaccine certificates for those travelling abroad
The Kerala government announced that it will issue vaccine certificate for people travelling abroad, reported ANI. As per the report government directed that beneficiaries may apply for a Final/Provisional certificate based upon their current vaccination status.
BJP carrying out relief work amid Covid, opposition has gone into quarantine: Nadda
BJP president J P Nadda on Sunday said while his party workers and leaders have been carrying out relief work amid the coronavirus pandemic, the opposition parties have gone into quarantine. Addressing party workers virtually on the seventh anniversary of the Narendra Modi dispensation at the Centre, the BJP chief said all party MPs, ministers and MLAs will serve people in at least two villages following COVID-19 protocols and lockdown guidelines to mark the occasion. BJP workers standing with the people during the pandemic unlike the opposition leaders who are only visible in virtual press conferences, he said. (PTI)
People flout COVID-19 norms in West Bengal market
Bihar CM announces aid for children orphaned due to COVID-19
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announces financial aid of Rs 1,500 per month to children who lost either of their parents due to COVID-19 under 'Bal Sahayata Yojana'
Doing everything to get Biden administration provide excess COVID-19 vaccines to India: Krishnamoorthi
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said he is doing everything to get the Biden administration provide excess vaccines not used in the United States to India, amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. He was speaking during a webinar organised by the Howard University here along with the Gautam Buddha University and Association of Indian Universities.
"I have been doing everything I can to get the Biden administration provide the excess vaccines that we are not using in the United States for the use of India. I made a call on them to share portions of our 80 million excess vaccine doses. They responded favourably, but I am now proposing something even bigger," Rajakrishnamoorthi said in his brief address on Strategies on Dealing with COVID-19 especially access of Vaccines Supply'.
Shops in Haryana can now open from 9 am to 3 pm
Addressing a virtual press conference, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said even though the COVID-19 situation has improved in the state, it has been decided to extend the "Mahamari Alert/Surkshit Haryana" lockdown till 5 am on June 7 with some more relaxations. He said shops which were earlier allowed to open as per odd-even basis from 7 am to 12 pm will now be open from 9 am to 3 pm.
Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme to cover setting up on-site oxygen generation plants
On account of the disruptions caused by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic to businesses across various sectors of the economy, the government has further enlarged the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme. Under ECLGS 4.0, the government offers a 100% guarantee cover to loans up to Rs 2 crore to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and medical colleges for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants. The interest rate is capped at 7.5%.
Ladakh records 138 new cases; L-G reviews COVID-19 situation
Ladakh has registered 138 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the Union Territory's infection tally to 18,448, officials said on Sunday, as Lt Governor R K Mathur reviewed the situation and directed police to exercise extensive patrolling in villages to avoid gatherings. The Union Territory has so far recorded a total of 187 COVID-related deaths since the outbreak of the disease last year with the worst-hit Leh district accounting for 136 fatalities followed by Kargil at 51.
Dog coronavirus found in humans. Why you shouldn't worry
Scientists have found a new canine coronavirus in a handful of people hospitalised with pneumonia. The discovery of the canine coronavirus in eight people at a hospital in Sarawak, Malaysia, was reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases by a group of highly regarded international scientists.
Canine coronavirus is quite distinct from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The coronavirus family can be divided into four groups of viruses: alpha, beta, gamma and delta coronaviruses. SARS-CoV-2 falls within the betacoronaviruses group, whereas the canine coronaviruses are in the entirely separate alphacoronavirus group.
Scientists have known about canine coronaviruses for almost 50 years. The canine coronavirus infections recently identified in people were actually discovered serendipitously. Scientists were not specifically looking for canine coronavirus, and the patients involved had long since recovered. The researchers were trying to develop a new test that could detect all kinds of coronaviruses at the same time a so-called pan-CoV test. After confirming the test worked on samples of viruses grown in laboratories, they tested it on 192 human swabs from hospitalised pneumonia patients in Malaysia. Nine of these samples tested positive for coronaviruses.
Private hospitals can't offer COVID vaccination packages with hotels: Centre tells states
Haryana lockdown extended till June 7
"We have decided to extend COVID-19 lockdown till June 7. Shops can now operate from 9 am to 3 pm. Shopkeepers must follow odd-even formula. Educational institutions will remain closed till June 15. Night curfew will continue from 10 pm to 5 am," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said.
Nearly 12 crore vaccine doses will be available for National COVID vaccination program in June 2021: Union Health Ministry