Coronavirus News Highlights: Opposition claims vaccination policy reverse due to fear of SC action

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that vaccine supplies are going to be ramped up soon. He said that a vaccine for children against COVID-19 was under trials and could be launched soon. He added that research was underway on a nasal vaccine, which will help step up India's vaccination drive. "Very few nations, mostly high income countries, have seen COVID-19 vaccination drives pick up. In India, we prioritised vaccination for high risk population like healthcare workers, elderly and those with co-morbidities."

Coronavirus News Highlights: Opposition claims vaccination policy reverse due to fear of SC action
  • 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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  • Rajasthan govt eases COVID restrictions

    Under modified guidelines, curfew will remain in force between 5 pm on Friday & 5 am on Monday and between 5 pm & 5 am (night curfew) on weekdays.

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  • UK expands COVID-19 vaccination programme to all over-25
     
    The UK's health service on Monday declared it had hit a new "exciting milestone" in its COVID19 vaccination programme as it confirmed that all adults aged 25 and over will be offered their first dose of a vaccine from Tuesday. The expansion of the vaccine drive coincided with the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock's statement to the House of Commons, where the minister revealed that vaccines have averted an estimated 39,000 hospitalisations and more than 13,000 deaths in the country.
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  • West Bengal reports 5,887 new COVID cases, 103 deaths  

    West Bengal reports 5,887 new COVID cases, 14,352 patient discharges, and 103 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 26,886
    Total discharges: 13,88,771
    Death toll: 16,362

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  • COVID curbs: Maharashtra unveils 5-level unlock plan; experts weigh in
    Are these the correct parameters? Can there be more or other parameters? And can these steps prevent a third wave? At what point will the level of vaccination be included as a parameter? To discuss…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Opposition claims vaccination policy reverse due to fear of SC action
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  • COVID-19: 1-year property tax waiver for Guj hotels, resorts
    The Gujarat government on   Monday announced property tax waiver for one year for hotels, resorts, restaurants and water parks due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The decision was taken in a core committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, they added.
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  • CMs, BJP welcome PM's free COVID vaccine initiative; Opp claims policy reversed due to fear of SC action

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on Monday that his government would provide COVID19 vaccines free of charge to all above the age of 18 years was welcomed by the chief ministers of various states and the BJP, even as opposition parties claimed that the Centre withdrew the "faulty" vaccine policy to save its face before the Supreme Court. "Whenever there is any crisis in the country, our Prime Minister Modi ji has always led the country from the front," BJP president J P Nadda said, joining other senior leaders of the ruling party in hailing the move which they said has infused new strength in the fight against the pandemic.

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  • Tamil Nadu's daily cases below 20,000; deaths at 351

    Tamil Nadu has registered 19,448   new COVID19 infections and 351 deaths, pushing the total till date to 22,56,681 and 27,356 respectively, the Health Department said on Monday.   Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 31,360 people walking out of health care facilities. So far, the recoveries total 19,97,299, leaving 2,32,026 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

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  • COVID-19 impact: Hyatt Regency Mumbai temporarily suspends operations due to fund crunch 

    Hyatt Regency Mumbai has temporarily suspended all operations because no funds are forthcoming from Asian Hotels (West) Ltd., the owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai

    The hotel has informed staff that it doesn't have funds to enable payment of salaries or to support the operations of the hotel. The hotel will remain closed until further notice.

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  • Modi govt has always worked towards safety, health of people, says  Amit Shah on free vaccination

    Modi govt has always worked with determination towards the safety & health of people. I thank PM Narendra Modi for the historic decision to provide free COVID vaccine to everyone above the age of 18 years across the country: Union Home Minister Amit Shah 

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  • Centre's decision on free vaccines will lessen states' burden, price capping will benefit, says Dr Naresh Trehan

    It's an important move as we'll have an extra boost for our vaccination program; Centre's decision to manage 25% of states' vaccination work will lessen their burden. Price capping will also benefit: Dr Naresh Trehan, Medanta Chairman on announcement of centralized vaccination

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  • Lifting restrictions too quickly could be disastrous for those who are not vaccinated, says WHO Director-General  

    With the increased global transmission of variants of concern including the Delta variant, lifting restrictions too quickly could be disastrous for those who are not vaccinated: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreye

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  • Govt issues advisory for rational use of Remdesivir in COVID-19 treatment
    The government on Monday issued an advisory for rational use of Remdesivir in COVID19 treatment, underlining that the antiviral drug must be advised by senior faculty members directly involved in the patient's care.  The drug should be provided by the hospitals, and patient's relatives should not be asked to procure it from the retail market, it said.
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  • Days before PM Modi's announcement on free COVID vaccines to 18+, SC asked for vaccination policy review 
    Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced free COVID inoculation for all above 18 years from June 21, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to review its vaccination policy saying it was prima facie arbitrary and irrational in allowing states and private hospitals to charge people in the 1844 age group for the jabs.    In his address to the nation, Modi said the central government will provide free coronavirus vaccine to states for inoculation of all above the age of 18 from June 21 as the government has decided to buy 75 per cent of jabs from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of the state quota, and give it for free to states.  
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  • SC intervention behind decision on free COVID vaccines for all, says Sisodia on PM Modi's announcement
     
    Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that states will be provided free Covid vaccines from June 21, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said it was done after the Supreme Court's intervention and blamed the Centre's policies for which states could not buy doses directly.    His remarks came after PM Modi announced that the central government will provide free COVID19 vaccine to states for inoculation of all above the age of 18 from June 21, and asserted that vaccine supply would be increased significantly in coming days. "We express our gratitude to the Hon'ble Supreme Court that after its intervention, free vaccines will be available to all age groups across the country. If the central government wanted, it could have done this long ago, but due to the policies of the Centre, neither the states were able to buy the vaccines nor the central government was giving it," Sisodia tweeted.
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  • Noida Metro to resume service from June 9 after COVID lockdown
    The NoidaGreater Noida Metro will resume services for passengers from Wednesday after a hiatus of over a month due to COVID19 lockdown, officials said on Monday.  The announcement comes close on the heels of Delhi Metro resuming services on Monday and Gautam Buddh Nagar also relaxing restrictions that were put in place due to the COVIDinduced lockdown.
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  • Karnataka: Less than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru 

    Bengaluru city logged less than 2,000 fresh COVID19 cases, as Karnataka on Monday reported 11,958 fresh infections and 340 fatalities, taking the total caseload to 27.07 lakh and the toll to 31,920. The day also saw 27,299 discharges in the state, continuing to outnumber fresh cases.

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  • GoM on GST waiver for Covid essentials submits report
    The Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to decide on GST relief on Covid essentials  including PPE kits, masks and vaccines  submitted its report on Monday.    The GoM was set up after the GST council meeting on May 28 and was mandated to submit report by June 8. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  The report of the panel of state ministers would be discussed in the next GST council meet, which is expected soon.
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  • Punjab announces specialist group to frame paediatric treatment protocol
    Rolling out a detailed action plan for a possible third wave of COVID19, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said a group of specialists in paediatrics will frame treatment protocols for the state.  The group will comprise specialists from government medical colleges (GMCs), the Department of Health, and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, the chief minister said.
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  • Mumbai reports 728 new COVID cases, 28 deaths; positivity rate at 2.6% 

    MUMBAI COVID19 UPDATE

    👍🏻Tests: 28K Vs 26.7K

    👍🏻Cases: 728 Vs 794

    👍🏻Positivity Rate: 2.6% Vs 2.9%

    👍🏻Discharged: 980 Vs 833 Yesterday

    🔺Deaths: 28 Vs 20 Deaths Yesterday

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: Flat At 95%

    👍🏻Doubling Rate: 550 Vs 527 Days

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  • Centre issues SOPs for vaccination of people undertaking international travel 
    Centre issues SOPs for vaccination of people undertaking international travel for education, employment & India's contingent for Tokyo Olympics. CoWIN certificates to be linked to Passport of such travelers. Mention of vaccine-type as 'Covishield' is sufficient:Ministry of Health

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  • No other qualifying entries required in vaccination certificates, mention of vaccine-type as 'Covishield' is sufficient: Ministry of Health

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  • Maharashtra reports 10,219 new COVID cases, 154 deaths; positivity rate at 15.92%  

    MAHARASHTRA COVID19 UPDATE 

    👍🏻New Cases: 10,219 Vs 12,557

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: 95.25% Vs 95.05%

    🔻154 Vs 233 Deaths, Case Fatality At 1.72%

    👍🏻Positivity Rate At 15.92% Vs 15.97%

    👍🏻Daily Recovery (21,081) More Than Double Of New Cases

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  • COVID-19: Board exams cancelled in West Bengal
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata   Banerjee on Monday announced that state board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been cancelled this year, keeping in view the feedback received from people in the past 24 hours. Addressing a press conference here, Banerjee, however, said evaluation in some form would be carried out, and a decision to that effect would be taken soon.
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  • Kerala extends lockdown till June 16; complete lockdown on June 12, 13 

    Stores selling essential commodities, raw materials for industries (including packaging), construction materials and banks will continue to function as they do now: Kerala CMO

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  • PM Modi's declaration on free vaccination most appropriate response at this hour, says Kerala CM 
      Prime Minister's declaration that COVID19 vaccine will be supplied free of cost to the States from 21 June, is the most appropriate response at this hour. I am happy that our request has been positively responded to by the Prime Minister: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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  • Olympic-bound athletes, officials to receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine after four weeks
    The gap between two doses of the COVID19 vaccine for Olympicbound athletes and officials has been set to four weeks by the Ministry of Health, informed Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra on Monday.    Batra has communicated the same to national sports federations. "All NSFs whose Athletes have Qualified for Tokyo Olympics. Letter has been issued by Ministry of Health Government of India, that in the case of Tokyo Bound Athletes and officals, the 2nd dose of vaccination will be done after 4 weeks of 1st dose of Vaccination," Batra said in a statement.
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  • Govt to include UDID card in prescribed photo ID documents list for COVID vaccination 

    To further facilitate access to vaccination for persons with disability, the government has decided to include the UDID card in the list of prescribed photo ID documents for Covid vaccination and the necessary provisions for the same are being made and would be available in Co-WIN shortly, the health ministry said on Monday. The ministry has advised the states and Union territories to widely publicise the use of the UDID card as a permissible photo ID for accessing COVID vaccination. The Centre has been supporting the efforts of the states under the "whole of government" approach for ensuring a smooth and effective vaccination drive since January 16. It has developed the CoWIN digital platform to streamline the process of vaccination for various categories of beneficiaries across the country. 

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  • IMA writes to PM Modi, urges him to ensure 'optimum milieu' for medical professionals
    In the wake of incidents of assault on doctors by relatives of patients, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in ensuring "optimum milieu" for medical professionals so that they can work without fear.  Underlining the need for curbing the purposeful spread of misinformation against modern medicine and COVID19 vaccination by certain people with vested interests, the IMA has appealed to the prime minister to resolve their long pending pleas.
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  • PM Modi announces free ration under Garib Kalyan Yojna extended till Diwali

    PM Modi announces free ration under Garib Kalyan Yojna extended till Diwali. Get latest Healthcare online at cnbctv18.com
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Opposition claims vaccination policy reverse due to fear of SC action
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COVID-19 News Highlights: Haryana and Sikkim were the latest to extend lockdown from Monday but have eased the curbs like several other states including Maharashtra and Delhi that have announced cautious steps towards restarting or scaling up activities after over a month following a decline in the COVID-19 cases. The national capital, which began the unlock exercise from May 31 will see further easing of restrictions from Monday, with the government allowing resumption of metro services at 50 percent capacity and reopening of markets and malls on an odd-even basis.

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