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Coronavirus News Highlights: Pending editions of JEE-Mains likely in August, NEET could be postponed to Sep

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India recorded less than 50,000 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 91 days, taking the total tally of cases to 2,99,77,861, while active cases fell below 7 lakh after 79 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. A total of 42,640 Covid infections were reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 3,89,302 with 1,167 daily fatalities, the lowest in 68 days. The active cases have further declined to 6,62,521, comprising 2.21 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.49 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A net decline of 40,366 cases has been recorded in the caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Pending editions of JEE-Mains likely in August, NEET could be postponed to Sep
  • Pending editions of JEE-Mains likely in August, NEET could be postponed to Sep

    The Ministry of Education is contemplating conducting pending editions of engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains in July and August while the medical entrance exam NEET can be shifted to September, according to sources. However, a final decision in this regard is yet to be taken and the Ministry is in process of reviewing the COVID-19 situation across states and UTs."The pending editions of JEE-Mains are likely to be conducted either at the end of July or August with a fortnight's gap between the two tests. NEET is likely to be pushed to September," a source said. From the current academic session, JEE-Mains is being conducted four times a year to offer flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores. The first phase in February was followed by the second phase in March, while the next phases were scheduled for April and May. But those were postponed after an exponential rise in the number of COVID-19 cases during the second wave of the pandemic in the country

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  • AAP, BJP engage in war of words over Covid vaccination in Delhi
    The BJP and the AAP Tuesday engaged in a war of words over the availability of Covid vaccines in the national capital, with Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri slamming Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for visiting Punjab "instead of focusing on health & welfare of people of Delhi". Senior AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hit out at Puri, asking him to provide enough vaccine doses to Delhi rather than "abusing" Kejriwal. The Kejriwal government has been complaining of inadequate supply of vaccines for some time, all the while claiming it could administer vaccines to all Delhiites within three months if the Centre provides enough doses.
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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Pending editions of JEE-Mains likely in August, NEET could be postponed to Sep
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  • COVID-19: Maha administers record 5.52 lakh vaccine doses
    Maharashtra on Tuesday administered a state record 5.52 lakh doses of the COVID19 vaccine, bettering the 5.34 lakh figure achieved on April 26, a senior official said. The state, till 8pm on Tuesday, had given 5,52,909 doses, and the actual figure could increase further, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said.

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  • Delta Plus variant of coronavirus is a 'Variant of Concern' in India, says Union Health Ministry

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  • Nearly 900 US Secret Service employees were infected with COVID

    Roughly 900 U.S. Secret Service employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to government records obtained by a government watchdog group. Secret Service records show that 881 people on the agency payroll were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, AP reported.

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  • Centre advises Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh on Delta plus variant 

    Union Health Ministry advises Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh on Delta Plus Variant, currently a Variant of Concern (VOC)

    States to take up immediate containment measures, enhanced testing, tracking and vaccination in districts and clusters where the Delta Plus variant is found

    Adequate samples of positive persons to be promptly sent to designated laboratories of INSACOG so that the clinical epidemiological correlations can be made

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  • Maharashtra reports 8,470 new COVID cases, 188 deaths; positivity rate at 15.01% 

    MAHARASHTRA COVID-19 UPDATE 

    👎🏻New Cases: 8,470 Vs 6,270

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: 95.9% Vs 95.89%

    🔺188 Vs 94 Deaths Yesterday, Case Fatality At 1.98%

    👍🏻Positivity Rate At 15.01% Vs 15.07%

    👍🏻Daily Recovery (9,043) Higher Than New Cases

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  • Assess if physical classes can be held for students of classes 10 and 12 in COVID-free villages: Maha CM
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday directed the state Education department to explore the possibility of restarting schools and colleges for students of classes 10 and 12 in the villages without COVID19 cases. Those villages and towns which have not reported fresh coronavirus cases for a long time and where there are no chances of finding new infections could be considered for reopening of schools and colleges. Students can start going to schools and colleges and attend classes like the prepandemic period, the state government said in a statement.

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  • 22 cases of Delta Plus variant of Covid found in Maharashtra, MP, Kerala: Govt
    Twenty-two cases of the Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus have been detected in India, with 16 of them being reported from Maharashtra and the remaining from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala, the government said on Tuesday. India is among the 10 countries where the Delta Plus mutation has been found so far, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press briefing. A statement issued by the Union Health Ministry stated INSACOG had informed that the Delta Plus variant, "currently a variant of concern (VOC)", has these characteristics -- increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response. Besides India, the Delta Plus variant has been found in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China and Russia.

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  • AIADMK seeks steps to tackle third COVID-19 wave, DMK govt says it is all set

    The main opposition AIADMK on Tuesday urged the Tamil Nadu government in the state Assembly to create one lakh beds for children to tackle the third wave of COVID-19, if it was to emerge. Medical Minister Ma Subramanian said all steps were being taken and an excellent infrastructure has been created to tackle any such eventuality. "There will not be a third wave and such a thing should not happen and even in case of a third wave, Tamil Nadu is ready to handle it," the Minister said replying to opposition MLA, C Vijayabaskar, who was the Health Minister in the previous AIADMK government. Chief Minister M K Stalin was interacting on a daily basis on the matter and besides giving instructions, he was also making field visits to review the situation and he has inspected a ward in a children's hospital here as part of the overall efforts, the Minister said.

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  • Karnataka reports 3709 new cases, 139 deaths 

    #COVID19 | Karnataka reports 3709 new cases, 8111 discharges and 139 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,18,592
    Total recoveries: 26,62,250
    Death toll: 34,164

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  • AstraZeneca Covid vaccine linked to rare neurological disorder in India, UK

    Eleven people who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine have developed a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, clinicians in India and England have reported in two separate studies. While seven cases were reported from a medical centre in Kerala, where about 1.2 million people were administered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, known as Covishield in India, four were reported from Nottingham, UK, in an area in which approximately 700,000 (7 lakh) people received the jab. All 11 had received the Covid preventive 10-22 days earlier. In Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system --the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. The two studies, published in the journal Annals of Neurology on June 10, describe an unusual variant of GBR characterised by prominent facial weakness. The frequency of GBS from the areas where the cases were reported was estimated to be up to 10 times greater than expected, the authors of the two studies said.

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  • Kerala reports 12,617 new COVID-19 cases, 141 deaths

    Kerala added 12,617 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the caseload to 28,29,510, while 141 more deaths pushed the toll to 12,295, the state government said. As many as 11,730 people recovered from the disease, taking the overall recoveries to 27,16,284. Active cases stood at 1,00,437. Malappuram recorded the highest number of 1,603 cases, followed by Kollam with 1,525 and Ernakulam 1,491, a health department bulletin said.

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  • 2nd COVID-19 wave witnessed huge spurt in online charity donations: Report

    The ravaging second wave of the COVID19 pandemic witnessed a huge spurt in donations through online fundraiser campaigns, data collected by a payments solution provider said on Tuesday. Compared with the months leading to the lockdown, there was a 731 per cent increase in the number of transactions, 2,308 per cent jump in expenditure, and 128 per cent increase in average ticket size in the lockdown 2.0, when it came to online donations to charitable causes, PayU said.

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  • 70% of Americans 30 or older get COVID-19 shot: White House 

    More than 70% of Americans age 30 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID19 vaccine, the White House said, even as President Joe Biden is set to fall short of reaching his goal of giving a shot to the same percentage of all American adults by Independence Day.

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  • Mumbai reports 570 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

    Mumbai reported 570 new coronavirus infections and 10 fatalities on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With this, the tally of cases rose to 7,22,461 and death toll increased to 15,315, it said. On Monday, the financial capital of the country had recorded 521 new cases and seven deaths. There are 14,453 active COVID-19 cases in the city. With 742 patients discharged from hospitals during the day, the total of recovered patients rose to 6,90,417. So far 68,73,621 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city including 32,307 in the last 24 hours.

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  • Delhi reports 134 COVID cases, 8 deaths 

    Delhi recorded 134 coronavirus cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 0.20 percent, while eight more people succumbed to the disease, according to data shared by the city's health department here. According to the bulletin, 263 cases of previous weeks were added on the ICMR portal by Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and associated Safdarjung Hospital on Monday. Delhi had reported 89 COVID-19 cases on Monday with a positivity rate of 0.16 percent, both lowest this year so far, while 11 fatalities were recorded. The eight new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,933. Delhi has recorded 14,32,778 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started. Of this, over 14.05 lakh patients have recovered so far.

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  • Based on the recent findings of INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia), the Union Health Ministry has alerted and advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh regarding the Delta Plus variant of #COVID19 being found in some districts in these States: Government of India

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  • IIT-B scientist gets DCGI nod to launch algo-based COVID-19 testing tool
    Bengalurubased tech startup Algorithmic Biologics has received regulatory approvals to launch its COVID19 testing method that can help scale up testing for the deadly virus infection at half the prevailing cost and onetenth of the time.  Called Tapestry, the new testing tool is developed by the startup launched by IITBombay professor Manoj Gopalkrishnan.
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  • Detection of multiple COVID variants puts Jharkhand on high alarm
    Alarmed by the detection of several variants of coronavirus in Jharkhand with 328 confirmed cases surfacing so far, the state government has directed the authorities to despatch samples within 48 hours of a patients death for conducting a genetic study to understand the mortality rate and evolve a strategy to contain the spread, a top official said Tuesday. Battling the deadly second wave of the COVID19 that has claimed 5,100 lives in tribaldominated Jharkhand, the state government is concerned as these variants like Delta, Alpha, and Kappa are said to be more transmissible.
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  • Maha: Over 20 picnickers booked for COVID-19 violations in Palghar

    Palghar: Over 20 picnickers were booked for violating COVID-19 norms in Maharashtra's Palghar district, police said on Tuesday. They had assembled at Medvan Khind and Asheri Gad under Kasa police station limits, despite outbreak norms prohibiting people from visiting picnic spots and water bodies for recreation, an official said. No arrest has been made in the two cases registered under section 188 of IPC in this regard, he added. The official also said road checks in 16 police station jusridictions led to 216 people getting penalized a cumulative sum of Rs 44,800 for defying prohibitory orders. A total of 16 police station in charges, 18 sub inspectors and 294 constables were deployed for these checks, he added. A total of 23 people were fined Rs 11,500 for not wearing masks, the official said.

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  • Yoga addresses psychological, physiological needs of COVID

    The series of Yogasanas being imparted to COVID19 asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms help reduce stress and anxiety besides enhance immunity, say doctors attending on infected patients here. Yoga has numerous benefits including improving respiratory and cardiac efficiency.

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  • Film producer cheated on the promise of providing COVID-19 vaccines
     
    A leading Telugu film producer   was allegedly cheated over a promise of providing COVID19 vaccines, police said on Tuesday. The accused called the film producer on May 31 and introduced himself as a Health departmentrelated employee and promised to supply the vaccines in some large quantity for Rs 2.50 lakh, they said.
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  • Moscow restricts visits to bars, restaurants to curb COVID-19 wave

    Moscow will only let people into bars and restaurants if they have had the COVID-19 shot or already had the coronavirus, its mayor said on Tuesday, as he announced new restrictions amid a surge in cases that authorities blame on the new Delta variant. Russia reported 546 coronavirus-related deaths nationwide on Tuesday, the most confirmed in a single day since February. New cases totalled 16,715. Moscow has reported the most cases on a daily basis out of any Russian region throughout the pandemic.

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  • No decision yet on Moderna indemnity clause, says Dr. VK Paul

    No decision has been taken on Moderna indemnity clause. Discussion is underway: Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

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  • Pfizer COVID vaccine in final stages to get approval in India, says CEO Albert Bourla 

    Pfizer now in final stages to get approval for #COVID19 vaccine in India. I hope very soon we will finalize an agreement with the govt: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla

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  • COVID effect: Confidence levels of working women, young professionals lowest among workforce

    The aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic's second wave has left young Indian professionals and working women increasingly vulnerable to the economic uncertainty, says a survey.  According to LinkedIn's latest Workforce Confidence Index, the plight of India's working women has worsened after the second COVID19 wave, as the individual confidence index (ICI) scores of female professionals fell from 57 in March to 49 in early June  a 4x decline compared to working men (58 in March to 56 in June).

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  • K'taka CM launches financial assistance for artists as part of Covid 2nd wave package
    Karnataka Chief Minister B S   Yediyurappa on Tuesday launched the Rs 6.23 crore financial assistance scheme to artists who are under distress due to Covid19 induced lockdown, under the government's package announced for the second wave. The financial assistance of Rs 3,000 to each will be provided to more than 20 thousand artists, and it will be credited through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), the Chief Minister's office said in a release.
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COVID News Highlights:
India recorded less than 50,000 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 91 days, taking the total tally of cases to 2,99,77,861, while active cases fell below 7 lakh after 79 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. A total of 42,640 Covid infections were reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 3,89,302 with 1,167 daily fatalities, the lowest in 68 days. The active cases have further declined to 6,62,521, comprising 2.21 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.49 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. A net decline of 40,366 cases has been recorded in the caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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