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Coronavirus News Highlights: Gurugram tops in vaccination coverage; Mumbai's Dharavi records zero cases for 2nd day

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India saw a single-day rise of 60,471 new coronavirus infections, the lowest after 75 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,95,70,881, while the daily positivity rate declined to 3.45 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,77,031 with 2,726 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed The active cases further declined to 9,13,378 comprising 3.09 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.64 percent. A net decline of 59,780 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Gurugram tops in vaccination coverage; Mumbai's Dharavi records zero cases for 2nd day
  • 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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  • New York lifts more COVID-19 rules as it hits vaccination mark

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks.

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  • US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

    The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer. The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll stands at about 3.8 million.

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  • Gurugram tops in anti-Covid vaccination coverage
    Millennium City Gurugram which has inoculated 49.3 per cent of its people eligible for Covid shots has topped among 24 cities in a Union government's survey of their vaccination coverage,  Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said on Tuesday.  Vij said till June 12, over 8.5 lakh people in Gurugram have been vaccinated against the COVID19 with both doses of the vaccine.

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  • COVID 19 looks up in Bihar, though black fungus remains a cause for concern
    COVID 19 situation continued to   look up in Bihar where the Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday announced further relaxations as part of the unlock, even though the state appeared to be grappling with rising incidence of the black fungus. According to the health department, at present as many as 311 patients were undergoing treatment at various hospitals across the state for mucormycosis, which had been notified as an epidemic by the government last month.
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  • Death toll breaches 17,000-mark in Bengal, 3,519 new cases

    The COVID19 death toll in West   Bengal crossed the 17kmark after 75 more people succumbed to the disease on Tuesday, the state health department said.   The tally of positive cases went up to 14,64,776 after 3,519 fresh infections were reported in the state, it added.

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  • BMC administers over 10 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Bhubaneswar
    The Bhubaneswar Municipal   Corporation (BMC) said on Tuesday that it has so far administered over 10 lakh doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the city. Over 6.30 lakh people have taken the first dose of the vaccine till June 14, out of which nearly 3.8 lakh people have been administered both the doses at government and private vaccination centres in the city, the civic body said in a statement.
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  • Maharashtra reports 9,350 COVID-19 cases, 388 deaths

    Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 9,350 new coronavirus cases, up from 8,129 a day ago, taking its tally to 59,24,773, while 388 more deaths pushed the toll to 1,14,154, the state health department said. As many as 15,176 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 56,69,179, a statement from the health department said. The state now has 1,38,361 active cases, the health department said.On Monday, the state had reported 8,129 COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 2, and 200 deaths.

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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Gurugram tops in vaccination coverage; Mumbai's Dharavi records zero cases for 2nd day
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  • Delta plus variant of COVID-19 is not yet 'variant of concern', says govt
    The Delta plus variant of Covid is not yet a variant of concern', the Union health ministry said on Tuesday, noting that its presence has to be assessed and tracked in the country. At a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V K Paul said a new mutation has been detected called Delta plus variant and it has been there since March in Europe. This was brought into the public domain just a few days ago, he said.
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  • Mumbai reports 575 new COVID cases, 14 deaths 

    Mumbai reports 575 new COVID cases, 718 recoveries and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 15,390
    Total recoveries: 6,84,825
    Death toll: 15,216

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  • Karnataka records 5041 new COVID19 cases, 115 deaths 

    Karnataka records 5041 new #COVID19 cases, 115 deaths, and 14785 recoveries today; active cases at 1,62,282.

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  • Chandigarh eases Covid restrictions, shops to remain open till 7 pm
    The Chandigarh administration on Tuesday further eased Covid restrictions, allowing all the shops in the city to remain open till 7 pm.  All shops will remain open from 10 am to 7 pm.  Shop owners will ensure that Covid protocol is duly followed, an official statement said.
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  • Govt offices to function with 25% employees, transport to operate partly: Kerala CM  

    Govt offices to function with 25% employees, public transport to operate partially, shops selling essentials will be allowed to open on all days, bars to open from June 17. Complete lockdown to continue across the State on weekends: Kerala CM

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  • Lockdown relaxation to be allowed on the basis of test positivity rate, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
    Relaxation in lockdown will be allowed on basis of test positivity rate under local self-govt bodies. Local bodies with below 8% test positivity rate to function normally with restrictions, to be allowed to open shops: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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  • Kerala reports 12,246 new COVID cases, 13,536 recoveries and 166 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,12,361

    Death toll: 11,508

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  • 25.69 crore COVID vaccination certificates issued so far, says Dr RS Sharma
    So far, 25.69 crore COVID vaccination certificates have been issued in the country: Dr RS Sharma, Head, National Health Authority

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  • Delhi's new COVID cases at 228, state reports 12 deaths; positivity rate at 0.32%

    Delhi recorded 228 fresh coronavirus cases at a positivity rate of 0.32 per cent along with 12 fatalities, according to the health bulletin on Tuesday. The fresh infections and positivity rate have seen a slight increase from the previous day's figures. The national capital had recorded 131 COVID-19 cases, the lowest since February 22, and 16 fatalities on Monday, while the positivity rate dropped to 0.22 per cent, according to a health department bulletin. The total number of tests conducted in the last 24 hours stood at 71,291. The cumulative case tally stands at 14,31,498, while the total number of fatalities stand at 24,851.

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  • Sanitation worker returns home after 52-day hospitalisation for Covid

    "I could not sleep at nights and wondered what would my daughters and I do if anything happened to him," says Sapna Panda, whose husband Trimur Panda returned home on Tuesday after a 52day hospitalisation due to COVID19.  Panda (55), who worked as a sanitation worker in a private school and caretaker at a house, lives with his wife Sapna, a domestic help, and two daughters aged 15 and 18 and was hospitalised with comorbid conditions.  

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  • COVID: ASHA workers in Maharashtra begin indefinite strike, demand fixed salary

    Amdi COVID-19 pandemic, ASHA workers on Tuesday began a statewide indefinite strike, demanding fixed salary in Maharashtra. There are 70,000 ASHA workers in the state. "Govt calls us the backbone but doesn't raise our pay scale. We demand the govt to increase our salaries and give us medical benefits," said an ASHA worker.

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  • PHE report says Astrazeneca vaccine 92% effective against hospitalisation

    Public Health England (PHE) report says Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective against hospitalisation. Effectiveness of vaccine against hospitalisation must be extended to those most vulnerable to COVID-19. It said that vulnerable population should be given second dose sooner than later. Vulnerable population who could see severe disease must get vaccine with reduced gap, PHE added.

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  • COVID: 2 major Bengal rath yatra committees to keep festival low key

    Organising committees of two prominent Rath Yatras in West Bengal have called off festivities and decided to keep it a low-key affair within the temple premises in the wake of the pandemic situation. This is the second year that the Rath Yatra will be held without any fanfare on July 12. Organisers of the 625-year-old Mahesh Rath Yatra in Hooghly district have decided not to take out the chariots of Lord Jagannath and his divine siblings Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra Devi which are pulled by devotees along the Grand Trunk Road during the annual car festival. Instead, rituals will be conducted within the premises of the permanent Jagannath Temple and a makeshift camp adjacent to it.

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  • COVID cases fall below 1,000 in Bengaluru for first time in 2 months
     Cases in Karantaka fall to 5,041 
    Positivity rate in State falls to 3.8% 
    Daily deaths fall to 115
    Total tests today at 1.32 lakh

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  • Night curfew in Punjab from 8 pm to 5 am on weekdays, state reopens partially

    Punjab: Night curfew to be in place daily in the state from 8 pm to 5 am, and weekend curfew from 8 pm Saturday to 5 am Monday, as state moves towards partial reopening. Punjab will also begin vaccination of teachers, non-teaching staff & students in 18-45 age group from all schools and colleges from June 21.

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  • As COVID positivity rate falls to 2%, Punjab govt orders relaxations from tomorrow 

    As COVID19 positivity declines to 2%, Punjab govt orders relaxations from tomorrow; Restaurants, dhabas, cinemas, gyms etc to open at 50% capacity, subject to all their employees have received at least one dose of vaccination. Bars/clubs/ahatas to stay shut

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  • Karnataka may further relax COVID-19 restrictions

    Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday indicated that there will be further relaxation in lockdown restrictions in the state after June 21, when the current COVID-19 guidelines come to an end. "After analysing the situation today and tomorrow, we will look into- what is to be done, with the situation improving, and what all to be relaxed further- and we will do it," Yediyurappa said in response to a question about the next phase of unlocking in the state. According to official sources, the CM is likely to take a decision in this regard, after taking into account advice by the state's COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC- consisting of experts), and after consulting senior Ministers and officials of his government, before the end of this week. The government had last week issued fresh guidelines that extended the COVID induced lockdown measures in 11 districts, which have a high positivity rate, till June 21, while some relaxations were announced in the rest of the state from June 14.

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  • Fungal infection detected in some COVID-19 patients in Oman

     Oman announced on Tuesday that its doctors have detected a potentially fatal fungal infection afflicting some coronavirus patients, the first such known cases on the Arabian Peninsula as the sultanate faces a surge in COVID-19 infections that has swamped its hospitals. The country's Health Ministry reported that three COVID-19 patients in Oman have become infected with mucormycosis, a life-threatening condition commonly known as black fungus, which has spread quickly among virus patients in hard-hit India.

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  • Govt notifies concessional GST rate on COVID-related items, services

    The Finance Ministry has notified the concessional rate of GST that will be applicable on COVID relief materials till September 30, 2021. Also, a lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5 per cent will be applicable for work contracts for construction, repair or maintenance of electric furnaces meant for funeral, burial or cremation of the deceased. The earlier tax rate of this service was 12 per cent. The GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and comprising state ministers, on June 12, had slashed tax rate on COVID drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab as well as on medical oxygen, oxygen concentrators and other COVID essentials. The Finance Ministry's Revenue Department on June 14, notified the lower rates for 18 COVID-related supplies, like hand sanitiser, pulse oximeters, BiPAP machine, testing kits, ambulances and temperature check equipment.

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  • Delta variant played major role in 2nd wave, says Dr VK Paul
    Delta variant played a major role in 2nd wave. An additional mutation of this variant, known as Delta Plus, has been detected & submitted to global data system. It has been seen in Europe since March & was brought into public domain on June 13: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

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  • Will study, learn more about Delta Plus  variant, says Dr VK Paul 

    This (Delta Plus) is a variant of interest. It has not yet been classified as a variant of concern. As per data available in public domain, this variant nullifies the use of monoclonal antibody. We will study & learn more about this variant: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

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COVID-19 News Highlights:
India saw a single-day rise of 60,471 new coronavirus infections, the lowest after 75 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,95,70,881, while the daily positivity rate declined to 3.45 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,77,031 with 2,726 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed The active cases further declined to 9,13,378 comprising 3.09 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.64 percent. A net decline of 59,780 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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