Coronavirus News Highlights: India 86,498 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest tally in 66 days, thus taking the count to 2,89,96,473. The daily positivity rate is at 4.62 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 5.94 percent, as per the data shared by the Union Health Ministry. The active caseload further declined to 13,03,702. In the last 24 hours, 1,82,282 people have recovered, and the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 2,73,41,462. The single-day death toll rose to 2,123 and total fatalities count at 3,51,309, the data stated.
797 fresh COVID-19 cases in UP, 94 more deaths
Uttar Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload surged to 16,99,787 on Tuesday with 797 fresh infections while the death toll climbed to 21,425 as 94 more people succumbed to the disease. Lucknow reported the highest number of fresh cases at 50, followed by 33 from Pilibhit, 31 from Gorakhpur, 29 from Varanasi, 27 from Kanpur Nagar, 25 from Meerut, 24 from Siddharthnagar, 23 from Kushinagar, 22 from Allahabad, 21 from Ghaziabad and 20 each from Muzaffarnagar and Gautam Buddh Nagar, according to a health department bulletin.
Cumulative COVID-19 vaccine coverage reaches 23.88 crore
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 23.88 crore, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. It said 13,32,471 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose and 76,723 beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the day.
Union Health Ministry caps charges for administration of Covishield at Rs 780, Covaxin at Rs 1,410, and Sputnik V at Rs 1,145 in private hospitals, based on the prices currently declared by vaccine manufacturers.
Telangana government extends COVID restrictions till June 19
The Telangana government on Tuesday extended the ongoinglockdownto contain the spread of COVID-19 by another 10 days with relaxations from 6 AM to 6 PM every day. The present lockdown will end on June 9.Bordering areas such as Khammam, Nalgonda and Nagarjuna Sagar among others, will continue to have relaxation up to 2 PM only, given the intensity of the number of cases daily, an official release said. "The state cabinet has decided to extend the lockdown in the Telangana for another ten days.
New vaccine policy came after weeks of evaluation and deliberations: Govt
The government said on Tuesday it had been evaluating the implementation of the decentralised model of vaccination since its launch on May 1 and that the decision to centralise it again was taken after detailed deliberations and following requests by some states, amid claims by the Opposition that the policy change was due to the Supreme Court's intervention. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would take over the state procurement quota and provide free jabs to state governments for inoculation of all above the age of 18 from June 21.
Rajasthan reports 529 new Covid cases, 32 deaths
Rajasthan recorded 32 deaths due to COVID-19 and 529 fresh instances of the infection on Tuesday, pushing the fatality count to 8,719 and the virus tally to 9,47,504, according to an official report. Jaipur registered a maximum of five new deaths, followed by Bikaner (4), the report said.
UK lockdown end may be delayed beyond June 21
The UK government is said to be weighing up a delay of around a fortnight beyond the June 21 timeline set for the final stage of a roadmap to end all legal lockdown restrictions, amid a continuing rise in the cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in parts of the country. The delay being considered is to enable all over-50s to be fully vaccinated with both doses of a vaccine, found to be most effective against the highly transmissible variant of concern (VOC) first identified in India, and also to leave sufficient time for the jabs to take effect.
Centre accords CISF cover for Bharat Biotech campus
CISF to take over security of Bharat Biotech campus in Hyderabad, Telangana. Total 64 force personnel, headed by an inspector-level officer, will provide security starting June 14: CISF
Chandigarh admin allows opening of shops till 6 pm, restaurants, bars with 50% capacity
As COVID-19 cases show a declining trend in the Union Territory, the Chandigarh administration on Tuesday eased restrictions, allowing all shops to remain open till 6 pm and reducing the night curfew timing. The administration also allowed all restaurants, bars, gyms, clubs and spas to open with 50 per cent capacity.
However, the cinema halls and theatres will continue to remain closed. The city is witnessing a consistent drop in daily number of infections. On Monday, Chandigarh had registered 48 new cases, taking the infection tally to 60,707.
Piramal Foundation, Niti launch home-care support for COVID patients in aspirational districts
Piramal Foundation along with government think-tank NITI Aayog on Tuesday launched a three-month campaign to provide home-care support to 20 lakh Covid-19 patients, who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms in 112 aspirational districts. Last year too, Piramal Foundation -- the philanthropic arm of Piramal Enterprises -- had run a campaign 'Surakshit Dada Dadi, Nana Nani Abhiyaan' under which it created awareness about wearing mask and using hand sanitisers one-on-one basis to 2.9 million elderly citizens in villages. The new campaign 'Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaanin' is expected to play a key role in aspirational district preparedness for managing nearly 70 percent of Covid cases at home, reducing pressure on the health system, and stemming the spread of fear amongst the people, the Foundation said.
BioNTech founders contributing to book on COVID-19 vaccine
The husband and wife team who helped make the first COVID-19 vaccine are contributing to a book about their efforts. BioNTech founders Ugur Sahin and zlem Treci are collaborating with Joe Miller of the Financial Times on The Vaccine, St. Martin's Publishing Group announced.
Publication is scheduled for Nov. 2. That's one week before a book by the head of Pfizer, which teamed up with the Germany-based BioNTech to develop the vaccine, is scheduled to come out.
'The Vaccine' will reveal how they were able to develop a panel of vaccine candidates within a matter of weeks, how they convinced major pharmaceutical companies to support their work, how they navigated negotiations with the US administration and the European Union, and how in partnership with Pfizer they managed to produce more than two billion doses for countries around the world, according to St. Martin's.
Zero cremation of COVID-19 bodies over weekend in East Delhi's crematoriums
For the first time in nearly two months, no bodies of COVID-19 victims were brought to the crematoriums in east Delhi last weekend on Saturday and Sunday, news agency ANI reported.
Govt has ordered 44 crore doses of Covishield, Covaxin
The government has placed an order to purchase 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin, Niti Aayog's Dr VK Paul said, adding that the government has also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E's vaccine, which will be available by September.
These 44 crore doses of Covishield (25 crore doses) and Covaxin (19 crore doses) will be available till December 2021, starting now. Additionally, 30% of advance for procurement of both the vaccines has been released to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, according to the Health Ministry.
Manufacturers to decide price of vaccines for private hospitals, clarifies Dr VK Paul
"Vaccines' price to private sectors (hospitals) will be decided by vaccine manufacturers. States will aggregate demand of the private sector, which means they will oversee how much network of facilities it has, and how many doses does are required," Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog, said.
79% decline in cases since peak: Health Ministry
86,498 cases have been reported in last 24 hours. Almost 79% decline in cases, since highest reported peak in daily new cases. Last week, 33% decline was seen in overall reported cases. 322 districts have seen decline in daily cases in last one month: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secratary, Health Ministry, said.
Delhi reports 316 new cases, 41 deaths in 24 hours; positivity rate at 0.44%
Delhi reported 316 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours which takes the national capital's daily positivity rate to 0.44%. A total of 521 people recovered from the disease yesterday while 41 fatalities have been recorded.
Class 5 Kerala girl writes to CJI, lauds SC for saving lives in fight with COVID-19
A Class 5 student of Kerala, Lidwina Joseph, has written to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana lauding the top court for its effective intervention and saving lives in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Thrissur, also enclosed in her letter a drawing depicting discharge of duties by the apex court where a judge is seen hammering down coronavirus and has the tricolour, lion capital and smiling portrait of father of the nation.
Huge crowd at market in Assam's Guwahati ahead of curfew
The Kerala government includes 'practicing lawyers & lawyer clerks' in priority group for vaccination in age group of 18-45 years. It issues guidance in vaccinating all bedridden patients and senior citizens, who cannot move out of home due to illness/disability, at their residence itself.
Odisha logs record 45 COVID-19 fatalities, 5,896 new cases
Odisha on Tuesday registered 5,896 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 8,25,110, while 45 fatalities, the highest so far in a single day, raised the toll to 3,080, a health department official said. The case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.37 per cent, which is one of the lowest in the country, he said. Of the 5,896 new cases, 3,332 were recorded in quarantine centres, and the rest were detected during contact tracing, the official said. Odisha currently has 74,172 active cases, he said.
Delhi | Cremation rate has gone down in national capital, claims crematorium workers.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope says the decision for centralised vaccine will help in fight against COVID-19.
"I welcome the Central government's decision for free vaccines to the states. A proper policy/strategy will help vaccinate people against COVID-19," says Tope.
Jammu & Kashmir: Huge crowd & traffic piles up at old city market in Jammu as COVID restrictions eased in the Union Territory yesterday
The Supreme Court directs state governments and Union Territories to prevent and take action against NGOs/individuals from collecting funds in names of children, orphaned by COVID-19, by disclosing their identity and inviting people to adopt them.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Narendra Modi, urges doorstep ration delivery scheme be implemented in the national capital
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray meets PM Narendra Modi. He thanked him for centralising vaccine procurement.
"We'd require 12 crore doses to inoculate 6 crore people twice, in 18-44 yrs group. We tried but couldn't do it as there wasn't adequate and steady supply. Thankful to PM for centralising vaccine procurement. I hope everyone in India is vaccinated soon," says Thackeray.