Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt to review situation to decide on JEE-Mains, NEET; RDIF says Sputnik showed 78.6-83.7% efficacy among elderly

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India has added 1,32,788 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 2,83,07,832. The active caseload has slipped to a seven-week low of 17,93,645. The positivity rate fell to 6.57 percent, as per the data shared by the Union Health Ministry. In the last 24 hours, 3,207 deaths were reported taking the toll to 3,35,102. The mortality rate currently is at 1.18 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt to review situation to decide on JEE-Mains, NEET; RDIF says Sputnik showed 78.6-83.7% efficacy among elderly
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
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  • Goa govt cancels Class 12 exam of state board
    The Goa government on Wednesday announced that the Class 12 examination of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has been cancelled in view of the COVID19 pandemic. "After extensive consultations, it has been decided that the Class 12 Exams shall be cancelled as the health and safety of our students is of utmost priority," Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted.
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  • Maha: most new COVID-19 patients to be put in institutional isolation
    The Maharashtra government plans   to put most of the new COVID19 patients in institutional isolation instead of home quarantine, officials said on Wednesday. The intention was to avoid the patients' family members catching the infection, said Dr Archana Patil, director of health services, state health department.
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  • Education ministry to review situation to decide on JEE-Mains, NEET

    The Ministry of Education will soon review the situation to decide on conducting the two remaining editions of engineering entrance exams JEEMains and medical entrance exam NEET in August, sources said on Wednesday.  "A review meeting is likely to be conducted soon to decide on schedule of the pending editions of JEEMains and whether NEETUG can be conducted on August 1," a source said.

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  • France to offer Covid vaccines to 12 to 18-year-olds from June 15, says Macron

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  • Britain seeks extra AstraZeneca shots to combat Beta COVID-19 variant
    Britain is in talks with AstraZeneca for additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that will have been modified to better target the Beta coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.Britain has previously secured 100 million doses of the vaccine, developed at the University of Oxford and licenced to AstraZeneca.

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  • Sputnik COVID vaccine shows 78.6-83.7% efficacy among elderly, says RDIF

    Russian Sputnik Light COVID vaccine (the first component of Sputnik V vaccine) demonstrates 78.6-83.7% efficacy among the elderly as per real-world data collected by the Ministry of Health of the Buenos Aires province (Argentina): Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

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  • UP reports 115 Covid deaths, over 1,500 cases
    Uttar Pradesh reported 115 fresh COVID19 deaths and 1,514 infections on Wednesday, pushing the state's overall figures to 20,787 fatalities and 16,93,992 cases, the health department said.    Of the fresh deaths, 11 were reported from Gorakhpur, 10 from Kanpur Nagar, eight from Lucknow, six each from Allahabad, Meerut, Jhansi, Amroha and five from Ayodhya among others, a health department release said. The 1,514 fresh cases include 96 from Meerut, 79 from Gautam Buddh Nagar, 70 from Saharanpur, 60 from Gorakhpur, 58 from Varanasi, 55 from Bulandshahr, 54 from Lucknow, 52 each from Muzaffarnagar and Jaunpur, the release said.
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  • UP reports 115 Covid deaths, over 1,500 cases
    Uttar Pradesh reported 115 fresh COVID19 deaths and 1,514 infections on Wednesday, pushing the state's overall figures to 20,787 fatalities and 16,93,992 cases, the health department said.    Of the fresh deaths, 11 were reported from Gorakhpur, 10 from Kanpur Nagar, eight from Lucknow, six each from Allahabad, Meerut, Jhansi, Amroha and five from Ayodhya among others, a health department release said. The 1,514 fresh cases include 96 from Meerut, 79 from Gautam Buddh Nagar, 70 from Saharanpur, 60 from Gorakhpur, 58 from Varanasi, 55 from Bulandshahr, 54 from Lucknow, 52 each from Muzaffarnagar and Jaunpur, the release said.
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  • Assam reports 4,178 new COVID cases, 4,389 patient discharges, and 61 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 51,061
    Total discharges: 3,64,191
    Death toll: 3,477

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  • Vaccination drive to remain suspended in Mumbai on June 3
    Maharashtra | Due to lack of adequate vaccine stock, vaccination will be stopped tomorrow (June 3) at Government and Municipal Centers in Mumbai: Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Department of Public Relations

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  • Telangana reports 2,384 new cases, 2242 recoveries, and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total positive cases: 5,83,228
    Total active cases: 5,46,536

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  • Everest climbers struggle to return home amid Nepal COVID-19 travel curbs
    Climbers returning from Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks are struggling to find a return flight back home after Nepal banned most air travel to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, mountaineering operators and hikers said on Wednesday. Most regular international flights are closed through June as a deadly second wave of the coronavirus hit the Himalayan nation tucked between China and India.

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  • Japan gives $800 mn to UN-backed COVID-19 vaccine programme
    Japan's prime minister announced Wednesday an additional USD 800 million contribution to the U.N.-backed initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries, a four-fold increase of Japanese funding for the COVAX programme.  The pledge by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga comes as his government attempts to accelerate vaccinations in Japan, one of the world's least inoculated countries, only about 50 days before it hosts the Olympics amid a continuing surge in infections.  He spoke as Japan co-sponsored a fundraising event for COVAX with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which helps run the programme. The programme managers are seeking about USD 2 billion more to reach a target of USD 8.3 billion for its effort to fund free vaccines for low- and middle-income countries around the world..
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  • Door-to-door vaccination: 124-year-old Rehtee Begum of Baramulla gets her first COVID-19 vaccine jab 

    124-year-old Rehtee Begum from Shrakwara Block Wagoora in Baramulla gets her first COVID-19 vaccine jab as part of the door to door vaccination campaign: Department of Information and Public Relations, Jammu & Kashmir

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  • Diagnostic kits R-Green, R-Green Pro to detect COVID got ICMR approval

    Reliance developed novel cost-effective diagnostic kits called ‘R-Green’ and ‘R-Green Pro’ for COVID-19 detection. The kits have received ICMR approval. 
    • The Company submitted a proposal for the application of Niclosamide as a potential drug against COVID-19. 
    • Reliance is working to address insufficient ventilator supply in emergency rooms across hospitals in India by deploying a concept developed in Italy, which enables CPAP machine with a 3D-printed charlotte valve and special snorkelling mask. 

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  • IATA chief says COVID-19 test data support easing of travel curbs

    Global airline body IATA stepped up its pressure on governments to ease travel restrictions on Wednesday, pointing to UK testing data that showed low incidence of COVID19 in arriving passengers.

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  • With collective effort, India will triumph over COVID-19 crisis, says Mukesh Ambani
    With collective effort, India will triumph over COVID-19 crisis, says Mukesh Ambani. Get latest Business online at cnbctv18.com
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Govt to review situation to decide on JEE-Mains, NEET; RDIF says Sputnik showed 78.6-83.7% efficacy among elderly
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  • AAP MLA urges Centre to send COVID vaccines for people aged 18-44 in Delhi
    Of the 8,17,000 COVID19 vaccine doses given to Delhi for the 1844 age group, 8,15,000 have been used, AAP MLA Atishi said on Wednesday, while urging the Centre to send vaccines for Delhiites at the earliest.  It has been 10 days since the city government stopped administering vaccines to beneficiaries in the 1844 age group. The Centre has said it would provide vaccine doses for the said age group on June 10.
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  • COVID19 | Gujarat reports 1,333 fresh cases, 18 deaths and 4,098 recoveries today; active cases at 26,232

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  • COVID19 | Tamil Nadu reports 25,317 new cases, 483 deaths and 32,263 recoveries today; active cases stand at 2,88,702

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  • Aster Healthcare to pay basic salary for 10 yrs to families of staffers succumbing to COVID
    Leading corporate hospital chain Aster DM Healthcare on Wednesday announced a 10year salary support for the bereaved families of its staff who succumb to COVID19.  Aster, the largest integrated healthcare provider network in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and among the largest in India, employs over 2,880 doctors, around 6,300 nurses and 11,000 enabling staff, who have been battling the pandemic in these countries.
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  • All shops in 36 cities of Gujarat to open from June 4; night curfew to be imposed, says Gujarat CMO

    All shops in 36 cities of the State to open from 4th June (9 am to 6 pm). Home delivery by restaurants can now be done till 10pm. Night curfew (9 pm to 6 am) will be imposed in these cities from 4th June to 11th June: Gujarat CMO

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  • Mumbai reports 925 COVID-19 positive cases, 31 deaths 

    Mumbai has reported 925 COVID-19 positive cases, 31 deaths, and 1,632 recoveries today.

    Total active cases: 16,580
    Total positive cases: 7,08,007

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  • Kerala reports 19,661 new COVID cases, 213 deaths

    Kerala recorded 19,661 fresh C0VID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the caseload to 25,35,975, while the toll has mounted to9,222 with 213 more deaths. As many as 29,708 people were cured of the infection today, taking the total recoveries to 23,64,210, the state governmentsaid in a press release in Thiruvananthapuram. The active cases in the state have come down to 1,92,165, according to the release. In the last 24 hours, 1,28,525 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 15.3 per cent.

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  • Delhi Police to deploy 4 quick reaction teams for helping COVID patients

    The Delhi Police will deploy at least four wellequipped Quick Reaction Teams in southwest district for facilitating medical assistance and oxygen support to Covid patients, officials said on Wednesday. The community policing initiative has been started under the Yuva scheme of the Delhi Police, they said.

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  • Maharashtra reports 15,169 new cases, 285 deaths 

    Maharashtra reports 15,169 new cases, 285 deaths and 29,270 recoveries in the last 24 hours; Recovery rate in the state is 94.54%

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  • U'khand CM inaugurates 500-bed Covid hospital set up by DRDO in Haldwani
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday virtually inaugurated a 500bed hospital set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for COVID19 patients in Haldwani, the defence ministry said.  "This facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators. With 100 per cent power backup, it is centrally air conditioned for all weather conditions," the ministry mentioned.
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  • Decision on Himachal Pradesh Board class 12 exams will be taken on June 5, says CM Jairam Thakur

    "After the cancellation of CBSE class 12th examinations, we're also working on the same lines as the situation isn't conducive to conduct exams. The final decision on Himachal Pradesh Board class 12 exams will be taken in the Cabinet meeting on June 5": Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur

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  • Disclose efficacy and safety data over Covid vaccines: Akhilesh to govt
    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday demanded from the government to publicly share data on the safety and efficacy of various antiCovid vaccines. "Why is the government not publicly sharing data on effectiveness and safety of various vaccines? Transparent disclosure will help health care workers optimise uptake of vaccines and provide greater comfort to Indian citizens when it comes to infections and mortality," Akhilesh said in a Tweet.            The SP chief made the demand while also tagging a report "Lack of transparency in pricing is bad for India's COVID19 vaccine drive and economy".

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