COVID-19 Highlights: A single-day rise of 50,040 fresh COVID-19 infections took India's tally to 3,02,33,183 while the number of active cases reduced to 5,86,403,
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Wevan village figures in PM's Mann ki Baat for its fight against COVID
Wevan in Bandipora district shot into national spotlight on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited the example of this remote village in the fight against Covid in his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat'. Wevan, an 18kilometre trek from the last motorable road, became the first village in India to vaccinate all its adult population against COVID19 earlier this month. The prime minister in his radio address cited the example of Wean village in the fight against Covid. Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Owais Ahmad said it was a moment of pride for entire district.
Be cautious, don't panic against Covid's Delta-plus variant: Doctors
Deltaplus variant of coronavirus is highly infectious but there is no need to panic, former ICMR chief, Dr Raman Gangakhedkar said on Sunday. With ICMR data showing over 70 percent of people having developed immunity against coronavirus, the country appears to be heading towards herd immunity but the Deltaplus variant has created a frightening environment, said another doctor in a webinar on Covid.
End COVID-19 vaccine shortage: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should end the "shortage" of COVID19 vaccines, which should be available to every citizen, and not make excuses to distract from this important issue. He said this after the prime minister in his "Mann Ki Baat" monthly radio address talked about ending vaccine hesitancy.
Union minister Sadananda Gowda urges Biological E to fast-track availability of COVID-19 vaccine
Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday urged city-based vaccine manufacturer Biological E to fast track the availability of their COVID19 vaccine. The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers visited the COVID vaccine manufacturing facilities of Bharat Biotech and BiologicalE here, an official release said.
Goa reports 215 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 215 on Sunday to reach 1,66,098, while the death of seven patients took its fatality count to 3,039, a health department official said. A total of 301 patients recuperated from the infection during the day, which pushed the state's recovery count to 1,60,548. There are 2,511 active COVID19 cases in the coastal state at present, the official said.
Kerala reports 10,905 fresh COVID-19 cases, 62 deaths
Kerala reported 10,905 new positive cases of COVID19 and 62 deaths on Sunday taking the tally so far to 28,88,894 and the fatalities to 12,879. State Health Minister Veena George said 1,03,996 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 10.49 percent.
Sikkim reports 170 new COVID-19 cases
Sikkim on Sunday reported 170 new COVID19 cases, which took the caseload to 20,111, a health department bulletin said. Of the fresh cases, 65 were registered in East Sikkim, followed by 55 in West Sikkim and 50 in South Sikkim.
President Kovind appeals to people to get vaccinated, motivate others to follow suit
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday stressed the importance of COVID19 vaccination and appealed to the people to not only get themselves vaccinated but also motivate others to get inoculated. The President stated that the vaccination drive is going on all over the country, including in Uttar Pradesh.
Serum Institute of India produces over 10 crore doses of Covishield in June
Fulfilling its commitment, Serum Institute of India has produced over 10 crore doses of its COVID19 vaccine Covishield in June so far as India ramps up the pace of its vaccination drive in the face of a possible third wave of the viral infection. India's COVID19 inoculation drive has picked up pace under the new phase of universalisation of COVID19 vaccination that commenced on June 21 with around 69 lakh vaccine doses being administered on an average daily in the last six days.
COVID-19: Assam govt to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to widows
The Assam government on Sunday announced that it will give Rs 2.5 lakh each to all widows, whose husbands died of COVID19, if their family income is less than Rs 5 lakh. Under the new 'Chief Minister's COVID19 Widows Support Scheme', the beneficiaries of 'Orunodoi' and 'Widow Pension' schemes are also eligible for the onetime financial assistance.
Delhi unlock: Gymnasiums gear up to open; many yoga institutes prefer to stay online for now
Apprehensive about a possible third Covid wave, owners of many yoga institutes in the national capital said they prefer to continue conducting their classes in the online mode for some more time despite the Delhi government allowing them to operate in person from Monday. Gymnasiums, on the other hand, have geared up to reopen with 50 per cent capacity with several of them starting the sanitization process at their facilities and even offering special discounts for customers vaccinated against COVID-19.
Delhi needs 45 lakh doses in July to keep up Covid vaccination pace, Centre told: AAP MLA Atishi
The Delhi government has informed the Centre that the city needs 45 lakh doses of COVID19 vaccines in July to keep up the current vaccination rate of 1.5 lakh jabs daily, AAP MLA Atishi said on Sunday. "More than 45 lakh doses will be needed if the pace of vaccination increases," she said.
COVID-19: 45 more deaths, 222 new cases in Uttar Pradesh
The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 22,518 on Sunday with 45 more fatalities, while 222 new cases pushed the infection tally to 17,05,596, according to an official statement issued here. Of the fresh fatalities, six deaths each were reported from Lucknow and Allahabad, followed by five in Kanpur, the statement said. Of the new cases, 23 were reported from Lucknow followed by 17 from Kanpur, 15 from Varanasi and 14 from Gonda, it said.
Andhra Pradesh reports 4,250 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths
Andhra Pradesh reported 4,250 fresh coronavirus cases, 5,570 recoveries and 33 deaths in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Sunday. The latest bulletin said the number of active cases has fallen further to 44,773.
India has capacity to store Covid vaccines requiring low temperatures: Centre to SC
India has the capacity to store vaccines that may require a lower temperature in the range of minus 15 to minus 20 degrees Celsius and there are over 29,000 cold chain points (CCPs) across the country where vaccines are stored at the recommended temperatures, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit filed in the apex court in a suo motu case on distribution of essential supplies and services during the COVID19 pandemic, the Centre has said that at present, the two vaccines Covishield and Covaxin are required to be stored at a temperature range of two to eight degrees Celsius.
Delhi registers 89 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; positivity rate 0.12%
The national capital reported 89 cases of COVID19 and four deaths on Sunday as the positivity rate dipped to 0.12 percent, according to data shared by the health department here. Delhi has so far recorded 14,33,934 coronavirus cases. Of this, over 14.07 lakh patients have recovered while the death toll stands at 24,965.
Haryana extends lockdown till Jul 5, relaxations allowed earlier to continue
The Haryana government Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown by another week till July 5, while allowing university campuses to open for research scholars and practical classes in laboratories. "The Mahamari AlertSurakshit Haryana is extended for another week that is from June 28 (5 am onwards) to July 5 (till 5 am) in the state of Haryana," Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan said in an order issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Railways improves operating ratio to 97.45% in Covid-hit 2020-21
Limited train services for most of the year with no subsidies or concessions and severely tightening of expenses have led to the Railways better its operating ratio to 97.45 per cent in the financial year 202021 from 98.36 per cent the previous fiscal, according to an RTI reply. Operating ratio is the amount spent to earn every Rs 100. The lower it is the better. It is used to measure the operational efficiency of any organisation. Higher the operating ratio, lower the financial resources available for expansion and growth.
Malaysia indefinitely extends virus lockdown
Malaysia's leader says the country will indefinitely extend a near-total lockdown that's been in place for a month, as coronavirus infections remain high. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday said the lockdown won't be eased unless daily new cases fall below 4,000, the vaccination rate reaches 10 per cent and demand is reduced for intensive care in hospitals. The national Bernama news agency quoted Muhyiddin as saying he hopes this will happen by mid-July.
Haryana government issues order to extend lockdown till July 5 with some relaxations in the state
Ladakh records 21 new COVID-19 cases; restrictions eased further in Leh
Ladakh recorded 21 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 19,941, while active cases in the region dropped to 281 after 33 more patients recovered from the disease, officials said on Sunday.
More delay in COVID vaccine 'Sputnik V' roll-out in Delhi-NCR
The roll-out of Russian COVID-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V' at various private hospitals in the Delhi-NCR region has been delayed again, officials said on Sunday. "We do not have a clarity on the dates of the vaccine roll-out," a spokesman of Apollo Hospitals said. Indraprastha Apollo here had earlier said that it would tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by June 25.
Rumour mongers will keep spreading it but we've to save lives, countrymen. Don't remain under the delusion that COVID19 has got over, it is a kind of disease in which the virus keeps changing its form. We must have confidence in our scientists who developed vaccines: PM Modi
The threat of COVID-19 remains and we have to focus on vaccination as well as follow COVID-19 protocols: PM
India records 50,040 new COVID-19 cases, 1,258 fresh fatalities
:A single-day rise of 50,040 fresh COVID-19 infections took India's tally to 3,02,33,183, while the number of active cases dipped to 5,86,403, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 3,95,751 with 1,258 more people succumbing to the viral disease in a day.
Centre opposes in SC pleas for ex-gratia compensation to families of victims
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that though there was no issue of "fiscal affordability" with it, but ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who have died of Covid cannot be paid keeping in mind the "rational, judicious and optimum usage of resources of the nation". (PTI)
AP reports 4,147 COVID-19 cases
The daily positivity rate continues to hover above the five per cent mark in Andhra Pradesh even as 4,147 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday. While 5,773 patients had recovered, another 38 succumbed in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, a health department bulletin said. (PTI)
With 85 new cases, Delhi registers lowest daily count this year
The national capital recorded 85 fresh cases of coronavirus, the lowest daily count this year, and nine more deaths on Saturday, according to data shared by the Health Department here. The positivity rate dipped to 0.12 percent, it said. The nine new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,961. (PTI)