Coronavirus India News Highlights: The COVID-19 daily death toll jumped above 6000 as Bihar reconciled the previous data. The highest single-day fatalities were reported at 6,148 and the toll rose to 3,59,676. In the last 24 hours, India reported less than 1 lakh COVID-19 cases for the third day at 94,052. The total count rose to 2,91,83,121. The active cases declined by 63,463, taking the number to 11,67,952. In the last 24 hours, 1,51,367 people recovered and the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 2,76,55,493. The recovery rate increases to 94.77 percent, the data shared by the Health Ministry said.
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Maharashtra govt hasn't hidden number of COVID-19 deaths: Rajesh Tope
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday asserted that the state government has not hidden the number of COVID-19 deaths. Talking to mediapersons over reports that 11,000 fatalities in the state have not been reported as COVID-19 deaths, Tope said the government was functioning in a transparent manner. "Every district has private and government COVID-19 hospitals. The update on coronavirus deaths in government hospitals is done regularly, while the update from private hospitals is delayed and hence there is a discrepancy in the numbers. All private hospitals have been asked to submit their list of COVID-19 deaths regularly," he said, according to PTI.
Rahul Gandhi bats for walk-in vaccination, Smriti Irani says already done
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that every person walking into a COVID-19 vaccination centre should get the jab, drawing a sharp retort from Union minister Smriti Irani who said the government has already allowed it. In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, "Online registration is not enough for the vaccine. Every person walking in at a vaccination centre should get the vaccine. Those who do not have access to internet also have the right to life." Irani, the BJP leader who had defeated him in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from his family pocket borough of Amethi, was quick to hit back.
She used a Hindi idiom to take a swipe at him, saying mangoes cannot grow on an acacia tree. "The Central government has already permitted states to have walk-in registration. Don's spread confusion, get the jab," Irani said, replying to Gandhi.
Jharkhand cancels Class 10 and 12 exams
Here are the new guidelines that will apply in Karnataka from June 21
1. All industries can function with a 50 percent workforce but the garment sector can only operate with upto 30 percent workforce
2. Essential shops can remain open from 6 am to 2 pm as against 6 am to 10 am at present
3. All construction activity can resume
4. Parks will be open from 5 am to 10 am
5. Street vendors can function till 2 pm
6. Autos and taxies can ply with two passengers
7. Night curfew and weekend curfew will continue. Night curfew will be from 7 pm to 5 am on weekdays and the weekend curfew will be from 7 pm Friday to 5 am Monday
These Karnataka districts to remain under complete lockdown
Chikmaglur, Shimoga, Davangere, Hassan, Bangalore Rural, Mandya, Mysuru Chamarajnagar, Dakshina kannada, Belagavi and Kodagu will witness a complete shutdown even as restrictions will be eased in other districts with a positivity rate higher than 15 percent.
Lockdown to be relaxed in Karnataka from June 14
Based on positivity rate, in districts that have more than a 15 percent of positivity rate (about 11 districts ) we've continued with the existing lockdown guidelines. In the remaining districts including Bengaluru city we've relaxed the guidelines: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar
WHO says 9 in 10 African countries to miss COVID-19 vaccination goal
About 90 percent of African countries will miss a September target to vaccinate at least 10 percent of their populations against COVID-19 as a third wave of the pandemic looms on the continent, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Thursday.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said the continent required an extra 225 million doses to be able to vaccinate a tenth of its people by September this year.
MP govt targets to vaccinate all prisoners against COVID-19 by July 15
The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday issued orders to vaccinate all prisoners lodged in various jails of the state against COVID-19 by July 15, a senior official said. The vaccination for prisoners had already commenced on June 1 and the state government has set a target to administer the first dose to all of them by July 15, additional chief secretary (ACS) Home Dr Rajesh Rajora told PTI.
Uttarakhand reports 388 new COVID-19 cases
Uttarakhand recorded a fresh spike of 388 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, news agency ANI reported citing data from the state health department. A total of 3242 recoveries and 15 deaths were recorded during the same period.
The fresh figures have taken the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 3,35,866, total recoveries to 3,16,621 while the toll due to the disease stands at 6,878. Uttarakhand now has 6,641 active cases.
24 air passengers quarantined in Pakistan after trained dogs identify them as COVID-19 carriers
Twenty four people, who arrived at the airport in Peshawar on Thursday from a flight from the UAE, were sent to quarantine centres after trained dogs identified them as carriers of the coronavirus, according to authorities cited by news agency PTI. The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-218 from Abu Dhabi landed at Peshawar's Bacha Khan International Airport with 128 passengers on board.
The rapid swab tests of 128 passengers were conducted at the airport. Out of the 128 passengers, tests of 24 people identified by the trained dogs confirmed that they were COVID-19 positive, the airport authorities said.
Karnataka CM chairs meeting COVID-19 situation in state
Delhi reports 305 cases, positivity rate at 0.41 percent
The national capital reported 305 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The daily toll stood at 44 while 560 recoveries have been recorded since yesterday. Delhi's daily' daily positivity rate is now at 0.41%
Delhi reports 305 cases, 44 deaths and 560 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is at 0.41 percent.
Flights from the UAE to India suspended until July 6, says Emirates
Delhi: Class 9 and Class 11 exams cancelled, says Education Minister Manish Sisodia
"We reviewed about examination and admission process and took some important decisions. Class 9 and 11 examinations which were postponed earlier have now been cancelled," says Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.
Jammu's COVID-19 positivity rate drop to 2%, says official
The coronavirus case positivity rate in Jammu district has dropped to two percent, while the recovery rate has improved to over 92 percent, a senior official said Thursday. Deputy Commissioner Anshul Garg said daily recoveries from the disease continue to outnumber new cases. According to health department figures, the district reported two deaths and 97 fresh cases on Wednesday, while the figures were two fatalities and 99 cases on Tuesday, and four deaths and 100 cases the day before. The Deputy Commissioner also said 3,000 people in the 45-plus and the divyang categories have registered themselves for doorsteps vaccination. He said that under the Covid morality survey SAKSHAM, 70 families have been identified so far for pension and scholarships after the verification procedure is completed.
For Jammu and Kashmir, the year 2021 was certainly not a great tourist season to date. Dal Lake has seen a few visitors. Also, after those working on houseboats and shikaras were declared frontline workers, the health workers are ensuring they understand the importance and benefits of the vaccine against COVID-19 and get themselves immunised.
Maharashtra: Heavy footfall of people seen around Sitabuldi Main Road area in Nagpur.
Karnataka: Lockdown to be imposed in Hassan district till June 21
"Now lockdown has been imposed till June 14. The same will be discussed with officials and it will continue till June 21 in Hassan. It will be conveyed to the CM as he's coming to Hassan tomorrow," says K Gopalaiah, Karnataka minister and in-charge minister of Hassan district.
Karnataka: Vaccination drive for national/international sportspersons commences at Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru.
Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra will be held this year in Odisha following COVID-19 restrictions. Devotees will not be allowed to participate in the yatra and it will be conducted only with servitors, said an official. Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep K Jena said the Supreme Court guidelines, that were issued last year, to conduct the Rath Yatra will be followed. Jena said that only COVID-19 negative and fully vaccinated servitors will be allowed to take part in the rituals.
Central government's advice to States/UTs to obtain the permission of Union Health Ministry before sharing E-VIN data and analytics related to vaccines stocks and temperature at which they are stored is solely to prevent any misuse of this data by agencies for commercial purpose: Union Health Ministry
The government is committed to transparency in the COVID vaccination programme and that's the reason it came up with a real-time IT-based tracking of vaccine logistics up to beneficiaries through Co-WIN. The aim is to share the information with the general public on regular basis: Union Health Ministry
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan dedicates to the nation, a 114-bed COVID Care Facility in Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL in Chhattisgarh. This hospital is equipped with gaseous oxygen and has been set up after laying a pipeline of 1.5 kms for supply of gaseous oxygen from the plant.
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would buy 75 percent of doses from vaccine makers and distribute them among states for free, a fresh round of price negotiations with pharmaceutical companies is expected, a report suggested. Following the revision in the COVID-19 vaccination policy for the country, the Centre is likely to engage in renegotiations on the prices of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s (SII) Covishield, the report said.
Mizoram reports record 347 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 14,534
Mizoram on Thursday registered its highest single-day spike of 347 fresh COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 14,534, an official said. Of the new cases, 246 were reported from Aizawl district, followed by 50 from Kolasib, 31 from Lawngtlai and 12 from Lunglei. The remaining cases were recorded in several other districts. As many as 81 children are among the new patients, the official said. Thirteen new coronavirus-positive people have travel history, while others were detected during contact tracing, he said. Of the 347 patients, 188 have developed symptoms of COVID-19. According to the official, the single-day infection rate was at 10.39 percent as the new cases were detected from 3,337 sample tests. Mizoram now has 3,585 active cases, and at least 122 people were cured of the disease on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,891.
14 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 7,168
The COVID-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,168 as 14 more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Thursday. Of the new patients, four have travel history and 10 were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 125 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. At least 17 more people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 6,952. The Union Territory now has 91 active cases. South Andaman is the worst-affected district as it currently has 87 active cases.