Coronavirus News Highligts: India has reported 1,34,154 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 2,84,41,986. The active cases fell by 80,232 as the positivity rate slipped to 6.21 percent, as per the data by the Union Health Ministry. Daily recoveries remain above 2 lakh as 2,11,499 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate rose to 92.79 percent. The daily fatalities are below 3,000 again as the single-day toll was reported at 2,887. The death toll rose to 3,37,989. The mortality rate inches higher at 1.19 percent, the data stated.
Total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India exceeds 22.37 crore
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 22.37 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. It said 14,20,288 people between 18 and 44 years received the first dose of vaccine and 27,203 beneficiaries of the same age group received the second dose on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the assurance of vaccine supplies to India as part of the US Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing.
COVID relief package: Govt provides free ration to 55 crore people in May
The government on Thursday said it has provided 28 lakh tonne foodgrains free of cost to about 55 crore beneficiaries in May through ration shops under a scheme to provide relief to the people during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, about 1.3 lakh tonne of wheat and rice have been provided to 2.6 crore beneficiaries so far in June under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. The information was provided by Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey at a media briefing.
US will share 80 million doses of its vaccine supply with world: President BIden
Out of the 80 million doses, nearly 19 million will be shared through COVAX, including approx 6 million doses for Latin America & Caribbean, approx 7 million for South & Southeast Asia, and approx 5 million for Africa. The remaining doses, just over 6 million, will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, those in crisis, and other partners and neighbors, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea, said the US President
Over 2,800 prisoners in Delhi got interim bail, emergency parole during COVID-19 2nd wave
Over 2,800 prisoners have been released on interim bail or emergency parole from three Delhi jails, including Tihar, to decongest the prisons during the second wave of the coronavirus infection, officials said on Thursday. These include inmates who were released last year and then surrendered with no adverse report and also new prisoners who were eligible for such interim bail or emergency parole in view of the pandemic under the criteria laid down by a high-powered committee in its meetings on May 4 and 11.
Maharashtra records 15,229 new infections, 307 deaths and 25,617 recoveries; the recovery rate in the state is 94.73%. There are 2,04,974 active cases in the State
Maha govt says no relaxation of lockdown-like curbs anywhere yet
The Maharashtra government on Thursday evening clarified that the existing restrictions on account of COVID-19 have not been lifted anywhere, contrary to the announcement made by minister Vijay Wadettiwar. Relaxation of restrictions as per the situation in different areas is only under consideration and no decision has been taken, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
487 new COVID cases in Delhi, lowest in over 2.5 months
Delhi recorded 487 fresh Covid cases, the lowest in over two-and-a-half months and 45 fatalities on Thursday, while the positivity rate slumped to 0.61 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. This is the first time the daily death count has gone below the 50-mark since April 11 when the tally was 48. According to the latest health bulletin, these new fatalities pushed the death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi to 24,447.
Pandemic won't impact fiscal deficit, disinvestment target: CEA
COVID-19 is not going to impact India's fiscal deficit target and disinvestment target, Chief Economic Advisor KV Subramanian told ANI.
MEA says engaged in talks with US COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers
West Bengal restaurants can remain open 5pm-8pm once staff is vaccinated
Karnataka lockdown extended till June 14
Lockdown in Karnataka has been extended till 14, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced. As of June 2 evening, cumulatively 26,35,122 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 30,017 deaths and 23,12,060 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state is at 2,93,024.
Maharashtra cancels Class 10, 12 board exams
Delhi University will begin its registration process around July 15 this year, and students from all boards (state & CBSE) will be given equal importance: DU Vice-Chancellor Professor PC Joshi
# Admission process will begin as and when board results are announced. But contrary to previous years, it (admission) will be delayed this year: DU Vice-Chancellor PC Joshi
# This year too, in view of COVID-19, we will admit students on the basis of marks they receive from boards, be it CBSE or other boards. Delhi University will release merit (list) using those marks, says Joshi
West Bengal: COVID-19 cases have decreased to half in the state, says CM Mamata Banerjee. She adds
# 1.4 crore vaccines have been given free of cost by the state government
# The other states have imposed lockdown but we have only enforced certain restrictions, and people are supporting us.
# Restaurants will be allowed to remain open between 5 pm & 8 pm after all their staff get vaccinated
Maharashtra announces 5 levels for unlock
"We have prepared a 5-level unlock plan for the state on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions," says Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar.
Delhi records 487 fresh cases, 45 deaths and 1,058 recoveries in the last 24 hours
Positivity rate- 0.61 percent
Active cases - 8,748
Five senior pilots of Air India died in May due to COVID-19
Five senior pilots of Air India have died in May due to COVID-19, senior officials said on Thursday, adding that the carrier has started vaccinating its employees from May 15 onwards after a delay due to the non-availability of vaccines. These five senior pilots were Captain Harsh Tiwary, Captain G P S Gill, Captain Prasad Karmakar, Captain Sandeep Rana, and Captain Amitesh Prasad, they said.
In touch with Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, says MEA
"We are in touch with major vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna about sourcing and possible local manufacturing of their vaccines in India. We have also helped to expedite the introduction of Sputnik-V vaccines," says MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
Bihar: Vaccine trials on children are being done at AIIMS Patna.
"Our target is to vaccinate 525 children. RT-PCR and antigen tests are being done before the trials. Follow up is being done on regular basis," says Dr. CM Singh, Principal Investigator, COVID Vaccine Trial
Govt issues guidelines for care of children affected by COVID-19
The government has come out with guidelines for the care and protection of the children affected by COVID-19 and fixed responsibilities for the states, district magistrates, police, Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies. In a letter to the chief secretaries of all the states and Union territories, Women and Child Development Ministry Secretary Ram Mohan Mishra said in order to streamline and facilitate the actions being taken, the major responsibilities of the primary duty holders have been enlisted to ensure the best interest of children during the pandemic.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a special incentive of Rs 5000 to police personnel on COVID duty.
A total of 624 doctors died in the second wave of COVID-19 so far, says Indian Medical Association
Delhi registered maximum number of death at 109, followed by Bihar (96) and Uttar Pradesh (79).
Taiwan appreciates Japan considering COVID-19 vaccine donations
Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters on Thursday he appreciated Japan's consideration of donating COVID19 vaccines and reiterated that Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Organisation was unfair to the Taiwanese people.
Jharkhand reports 532 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
Jharkhand reported 532 new COVID 19 cases on Thursday and 11 more deaths, a Health Department bulletin said. The state has so far reported 3,38,915 cases and 5,011 deaths.