Coronavirus India News & Updates: India has reported 3,62,727 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, thus taking the total tally to 2,37,03,665, as per the data shared by the Union Health Ministry. As many as 3,52,181 people were discharged from the hospital in the last 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is 1,97,34,823, the data updated at 8 am showed. The recovery rate rose to 83.26 percent while active cases have increased to 37,10,525 comprising 15.65 percent of the total infections. The total death toll stood at 2,58,317 after 4,120 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours.
Amid COVID surge, Uttarakhand looks at sugar mills to increase oxygen production
Uttarakhand minister Swami Yatishwaranand has asked officials to rope in sugar mills to start producing oxygen to augment the supply of the lifesaving gas in view of the rising COVID19 cases in the state. Two sugar mills in Hardiwar have already agreed to the proposal, the minister for sugarcane development and sugar industry said.
AP govt floats global tender for 1 crore COVID vaccines
The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday floated a global tender for procurement of Covid19 vaccine, from foreign producers, sufficient to inoculate one crore people. Global firms have been given time till June 3 to submit their bids, according to Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal.
MP records 8,419 COVID-19 cases, 74 deaths; 10,157 recover
Madhya Pradesh on Thursday reported 8,419 fresh COVID19 cases and 74 more fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 7,08,621 and the toll to 6,753, the state health department said. This was the fourth day on the trot when Madhya Pradesh registered less than 10,000 cases, signalling a possible plateauing of the viral infection in the state.
Maharashtra COVIDー19 update: Recovery rate higher than new cases
👍🏻New Cases: 42,582 Vs 46,781 Cases
👍🏻Recovery Rate: 88.34% Vs 88.01%
👎🏻850 Vs 816 Deaths, Case Fatality At 1.5%
👎🏻Positivity Rate Flat At 17.36
👍🏻Daily Recovery (54,535) Higher Than New Cases
Punjab govt announces free cooked food for poor COVID patients, Rs 3,000 for construction workers
The Punjab government on Thursday announced the delivery of free cooked food to poor coronavirus patients and a subsistence allowance of Rs 3,000 to all registered construction workers amid a surge in COVID19 cases. These decisions were taken during the state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
COVID-19: UP reports 281 new fatalities, 17,775 more cases
Uttar Pradesh on Thursday recorded 17,775 fresh COVID19 cases that pushed the infection count to 15,80,980, while 281 new fatalities took the death toll to 16,646 in the state, officials said. The number of active cases in the state has come down by over 1.06 lakh in the past 12 days, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said.
Supreme Court directs ration for migrant workers through PDS from May
The Supreme Court on Thursday heard a plea on the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 on migrant workers. The apex court ordered the centre and the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi to take steps to provide relief to migrant workers. Watch our report
Punjab to join global COVAX alliance to procure anti-Covid vaccines
Facing an anti-Covid vaccine shortage, the Punjab government on Thursday decided to join the global COVAX alliance for sourcing the immunisation shots at the best price. Punjab will become the first state in the country to take the initiative of addressing the vaccine shortage amid the deadly second wave of the pandemic, a state government statement said here. Abbreviated as COVAX, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access is a worldwide initiative aimed at providing equitable access to anti-Covid vaccines. COVAX is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside key delivery partner UNICEF. It aims at accelerating the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.
Mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses safe but increases side effects: UK study
Mixing the doses of different types of two-dose coronavirus vaccines has been found to be safe but increased the frequency of mild to moderate symptoms, a new UK study has found. The COM-COV study, led by the University of Oxford, has been investigating the immune responses of volunteers given a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine followed by the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, and vice versa, since February. In its report for the medical journal Lancet' on Wednesday, the research team said adverse reactions from this mix and match approach were short-lived and there were no other safety concerns. The findings at this stage are limited to reactogenicity findings, or how people feel after the vaccine, and not the immunogenicity findings, that is how well the mixed dosing worked at inducing an immune response, work on which remains ongoing.
Make GST zero for COVID-19 vaccines, drugs: TN CM tells Modi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring the Goods and Services Tax for COVID-19 vaccines and drugs to zero level. Pending GST compensation and subsidy on rice should be released immediately and adhoc grants-in-aid must be provided as the Centre has not shared with states the revenue from additional levies on fuel, he said in a letter to Modi. Also, Stalin wanted the borrowing limit increased by one more per cent from the current three per cent of Gross State Domestic Product. State governments were procuring COVID-19 vaccines and drugs to treat the patients and the GST for such supplies should be made zero, he said.
Russian watchdog denies report on first cases of Indian COVID variant
Russia's consumer health watchdog on Thursday denied a report that the country had recorded its first cases of the COVID-19 variant first found in India, which some preliminary studies show spreads easily. The denial from a research institute attached to the Rospotrebnadzor watchdog came after the Kommersant newspaper reported that authorities in Ulyanovsk, a city 700 km (435 miles) east of Moscow, had recorded 16 cases of the variant among Indian students.
Oxygen Express: Nearly 7,115 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen delivered since Apr 19, says Rlys
Indian Railways has delivered nearly 7,115 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in more than 444 tankers to various states across the country since April 19, the national transporter said on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Oxygen Express' trains delivered nearly 800 tonnes of LMO, it said. So far, 115 Oxygen Expresses trains have completed their journey, it added.
Till now, 407 tonnes of the life-saving gas has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 1,960 tonnes in Uttar Pradesh, 361 tonnes in Madhya Pradesh, 1,135 tonnes in Haryana, 188 tonnes in Telangana, 72 tonnes in Rajasthan, 120 tonnes in Karnataka and more than 2,748 tonnes in Delhi. Tamil Nadu is set to receive its first Oxygen Express on Thursday night with 80 tonnes of LMO arriving from Durgapur, it said. The Oxygen Express trains have delivered more than 3,900 tonnes of LMO in the Delhi-National Capital Region so far for further distribution, it said.
Karnataka sets up task force for preparedness for COVID 3.0
Karnataka is setting up a Task Force for preparedness for the third wave of COVID 19 under the Chairmanship of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health. The state has also appointed Prof Gagan Deep Kang, Professor of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, as an adviser on vaccination strategy. Furthermore, the state found several limitations on the Co-win platform -- where one chooses to be vaccinated leading to chaos across centers. To better manage the vaccination process the state is coming up with a technology solution soon, post this it will re-launch the vaccine programme for the 18-44 age group.
COVID drive: Bajaj Auto to pay salary of deceased staff for up to 2 years
Bajaj Auto, in a new initiative for its staff, has committed to pay the salary of an employee to the family members for up to two years in case of death due to COVID-19. It is the latest in a series of measures that the world's largest manufacturer of two-wheelers has taken for its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bajaj Auto will also pay for the education of two children of a deceased employee till graduation in any stream of their choice. The company has also extended five-year hospitalisation insurance to cover all family members of a deceased employee.
20 COVID care coaches at Tripura
Over 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to become available soon
More than 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines will likely be available in India between August to December this year, a top government advisor said on Thursday. Those doses would include 750 million of AstraZeneca's, vaccine, produced in India by the Serum Institute of India, as well as 550 million doses of Covaxin, made by Bharat Biotech, government advisor V K Paul told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Several Indian states are reporting an acute shortage of vaccines, even as coronavirus cases surge across the country.
Spain is on track for herd immunity, PM says
More than two thirds of Spain's 47 million people will have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-August, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday. The vaccination rollout has sped up over the past weeks and Spain is due to receive 13 million doses of Pfizer vaccine next month, Sanchez told a conference in Madrid. "We are on track for herd immunity: 33 million compatriots will be vaccinated by mid-August", he said, using the term for when most of a population is immune to an infectious disease.
Sputnik V vaccine arrives in India, sale to begin next week
Sputnik V vaccine, manufactured by RDIF, has arrived in India, Dr VK Paul, the member of Niti Aayog told ANI, adding that the sale of the vaccine may begin next week. “We’re hopeful that the sale of the limited supply that has come from Russia will begin next week,” Paul said. Further supply of the vaccine will follow in the coming months, he said. The production of the vaccine in India will begin in July and according to estimations, nearly 15.6 crore doses will be manufactured in that period, Paul added.
EC holds biennial elections in legislative councils of AP and Telangana
Plateauing in daily new Covid cases, positivity rate recorded over past 3 days: Govt
New daily Covid-19 cases and positivity rate in the country has plateaued in the past three days in India, the government said Thursday. However, it added that ten states still have a positivity rate of 25 percent or more. Addressing a press conference, a senior official, also said as many as 12 states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases, while 24 states have more than 15 percent case positivity rate. India has been reeling under a catastrophic second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the country added 3,62,727 new coronavirus infections, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 2,37,03,665, while the death toll rose to 2,58,317 with 4,120 daily fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated this morning. The active cases have increased to 37,10,525 comprising 15.65 percent of the total infections.
Centre should purchase vaccines from int'l market: Jain
The Delhi government has requested the Centre to purchase vaccines from the international market for the country rather than states doing themselves, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday. Jain said he raised certain issues during a video conference with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. "Centre should cap prices of vaccine," Jain said at a press conference. "Companies should not be allowed to earn huge profits during such a crisis." The minister said he urged Vardhan that the vaccine formula should be shared with other companies to ramp up production. "We should not get into global tendering for vaccination. Why should states do separate tenders? It will bring a bad name for the country," he said.
JUST IN | The Ministry of Health has accepted the recommendation of the COVID Working Group for extension of the gap between the first and second doses of COVISHIELD vaccine to 12 -16 weeks.
Mumbai: BMC invites global tender for manufacturing vaccines, says Mayor Kishori Pednekar
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has invited tenders from across the world for manufacturing vaccines. BMC is the first municipal corporation in the world to do so, Kishori Pednekar, Mayor, Mumbai told ANI on Thursday. After the completion of the work order, they have to deliver vaccines within three weeks, she said. They have to fulfil guidelines of ICMR and DCGI, she added, saying that the efficacy of the vaccines should not be lower than 60 percent. The companies can install their cold storage if needed, she said. However, Pednekar told ANI that the government will not give any advance payment and will fine the companies if they fail to deliver vaccines on time.
UP vaccinates over 1.45 crore people
More than 1.45 crore people in the age group of 45+ have been vaccinated. This was done through the free vaccines provided by Govt of India. Even the state government is committed to provide free vaccines to everyone in the age group of 18 to 44 years, free of cost: UP CM (via ANI)
308 COVID deaths, 10,489 cases in Delhi
Delhi reported 308 more coronavirus deaths and 10,489 infections on Thursday with a positivity rate of 14.24 per cent, the lowest in a month, the Health Department said. The number of new cases is the lowest since April 10 when 7,897 people were diagnosed with the disease. The positivity rate is the lowest since April 13, when it stood at 13.1 per cent, according to government data.
COVID crisis: IndiGo announces initiatives to support employees
No-frills carrier IndiGo on Thursday said it is setting up a 13-beded dedicated COVID care centre in collaboration with Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurugram, for those coronavirus positive employees who may need access to an oxygen bed with related medical facilities. The facility, which is part of slew of measures being taken by IndiGo to support its employees and their families amid the pandemic, can be used both by the employees and their immediate family members, the company said.
Goa gets 32,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for 18-44 age group
The Goa government will soon start COVID-19 vaccination for people in the age group of 18 to 44, as the first lot of vaccines arrived in the state on Thursday, a senior health department official said. Speaking to PTI, director of Health Services Dr Jose D'Sa said a first lot of 32,000 vaccine doses from Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) had arrived in the state during the day. The government will work out a plan on how to carry out the vaccination at state-run facilities, he said. D'Sa clarified that the vaccines will be provided only after online booking through the dedicated portals.