Coronavirus LIVE News Updates: Delta Plus ‘variant of concern’ found in some districts in Maharashtra, MP and Kerala, says Centre


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Kerala govt announces further relaxations in lockdown regulations

The Kerala government on Tuesday announced further relaxations in the lockdown regulations, while cautioning the public against a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new relaxations would come into effect from Thursday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told a press conference here after a review meeting. The Chief Minister said the spread of the disease in the state is on the decline.

As per the new guidelines, banks will function on Tuesdays and Thursdays also, but the public will not have access to the branches on these days. “All government institutions and banks in Category A and B areas will be allowed to operate with up to 50 percent employees and all government institutions in category C, with up to 25 percent staff. Places of worship can open, subject to a maximum of 15 persons at a time. However, liquor shops in local bodies bordering Tamil Nadu will remain closed because of the lockdown in that state”, Vijayan said

20:58 (IST)

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Over 48 lakh vaccine doses administered till 7 pm, says health ministry

India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 29.40 crore (29,40,42,822), as per the 7 pm provisional report on Tueday, said the Union health ministry. More than 48 lakh vaccine doses administered on Tuesday, the second day of the new phase of the inoculation drive, the ministry said citing the 7 pm provisional report.

The ministry further said that 32,81,562 vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 71,655 vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18-44 years on Tuesday. Cumulatively, 6,55,38,687 persons across 37 states and Union Territories have received their first dose and a total of 14,24,612 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive, it added.

20:52 (IST)

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Govt expert panel accepts Covaxin phase-3 trial data: Report

An expert panel of the country’s central drugs authority has reviewed and accepted the phase-3 trial data of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, sources told news agency PTI on Tuesday. According to the data submitted by the Hyderabad-based firm, the indigenously developed vaccine has shown 77.8 percent efficacy in the trial conducted on 25,800 subjects, they said.

 

The firm had submitted the results of its phase-3 trial efficacy data of Covaxin to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) over the weekend, they added.

The COVID-19 Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Tuesday reviewed the data and accepted it. Their recommendations have been sent to the DCGI now, a source told PTI

 

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Assess if physical classes can be held for students of classes 10 and 12 in COVID-free villages: Maharashtra CM

 

 Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday directed the state education department to explore the possibility of restarting schools and colleges for students of classes 10 and 12 in the villages without COVID-19 cases. Those villages and towns which have not reported fresh coronavirus cases for a long time and where there are no chances of finding new infections could be considered for reopening of schools and colleges. Students can start going to schools and colleges and attend classes like the pre-pandemic period, the state government said in a statement.  The CM also directed Education department officials to assess such villages and towns where schools and colleges can be allowed to resume, it said. 

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Centre alerts Maharashtra, MP and Kerala over Delta Plus variant being found in some districts

Based on the recent findings of INSACOG,a consortium of labs, the Union health ministry has alerted and advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh regarding the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 being found in some districts in these states, the ministry said.

The Union health secretary has communicated to these three states that this variant has been found in genome sequenced samples from Ratnagiri and Jalgaon districts of Maharashtra; Palakkad and Pathanamthitta districts in Kerala, and Bhopal and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, the ministry said. The INSACOG has informed that Delta Plus, currently a variant of concern, has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response, the ministry said, adding that three states  have been advised to take up immediate containment measures in the districts and clusters including preventing crowds and intermingling of people, widespread testing, prompt tracing as well as vaccine coverage on a priority basis. 

20:10 (IST)

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Mumbai records 570 new cases, 10 fatalities

 

Mumbai reported 570 new coronavirus infections and 10 fatalities on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With this, the tally of cases rose to 7,22,461 and the toll increased to 15,315, it said.  There are 14,453 active COVID-19 cases in the city. With 742 patients discharged from hospitals during the day, the total of recovered patients rose to 6,90,417.On Monday, the financial capital of the country had recorded 521 new cases and seven deaths.

  

So far 68,73,621 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city including 32,307 in the last 24 hours. The rate of recovery in the city is 95 percent, while the average growth rate of cases between June 15 and June 21 was 0.9 percent.

 

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19:39 (IST)

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Delhi records 134 new COVID-19 cases, 8 fatalities

Delhi recorded 134 coronavirus cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 0.20 percent, while eight more people succumbed to the disease, according to data shared by the city’s health department here.

According to the bulletin, 263 cases of previous weeks were added on the ICMR portal by Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and associated Safdarjung Hospital on Monday.

19:37 (IST)

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Mumbai reports 570 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Mumbai reported 570 new coronavirus infections and 10 fatalities on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With this, the tally of cases rose to 7,22,461 and toll increased to 15,315, it said.

On Monday, the financial capital of the country had recorded 521 new cases and seven deaths. There are 14,453 active COVID-19 cases in the city. With 742 patients discharged from hospitals during the day, the total of recovered patients rose to 6,90,417.

19:32 (IST)

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Kerala logs 12,617 new COVID-19 cases, 141 deaths

Kerala added 12,617 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the caseload to 28,29,510, while 141 more deaths pushed the toll to 12,295, the state government said. As many as 11,730 people recovered from the disease, taking the overall recoveries to 27,16,284. Active cases stood at 1,00,437.

19:21 (IST)

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Detection of multiple COVID variants puts Jharkhand on high alarm

Alarmed by the detection of several variants of coronavirus in Jharkhand with 328 confirmed cases surfacing so far, the state government has directed the authorities to despatch samples within 48 hours of a patients death for conducting a genetic study to understand the mortality rate and evolve a strategy to contain the spread, a top official said Tuesday.

Battling the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 that has claimed 5,100 lives in tribal-dominated Jharkhand, the state government is concerned as these variants like Delta, Alpha, and Kappa are said to be more transmissible.

“As many as 328 of the 364 samples have tested positive for variants like Delta, Alfa, and Kappa in the state in course of whole genomic sequencing”, State Health Secretary, Arun Kumar Singh told PTI.

19:05 (IST)

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Pfizer in final stages to get approval in India: CEO

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that the Pfizer Covid vaccine is now in final stages to get approval for use in India. ‘I hope very soon we will finalize an agreement with the government,’ he said, news agency ANI reported.

“We are discussing with India govt, we are in final stages of finalising agreement,” Bourla said at the 15th annual BioPharma & Healthcare Summit, USA-India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC)

“We need to get approval of this vaccine in India. We are in a good way to get approval. Then we have to have a sign an agreement that will allow us to send doses,” Bourla said. Bourla said that Pfizer will be able to produce 3 billion vaccines by the end of 2021, and 4 billion vaccines in 2022.

18:42 (IST)

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SC refuses to interfere with CBSE, CISCE assessment scheme for evaluating Class 12 students

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the assessment scheme propounded by both CBSE and CISCE for evaluation of Class 12 students, whose board examinations have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top court rejected the objections raised by a parents’ body as well as students and said that it is not possible to have a second guess approach with regard to various aspects of the assessment scheme.

A special bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said, We accept the scheme as propounded by both the boards-(CBSE and CISCE) .

18:07 (IST)

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Indore hospital sees 49 black fungus deaths in 40 days

The state-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) in Indore in Madhya Pradesh has seen 49 deaths due to Mucormycosis or black fungus infection in the past 40 days, a senior official from the facility said on Tuesday.

The hospital, attached to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, had 614 black fungus patients, of which 283 have been discharged and 49 have died, most having been brought to the hospital from different parts of the state in the late stage, Dean Dr Sanjay Dixit told PTI.

While the mortality rate from the rare and dangerous fungal infection stands at 8 per cent in the MYH, Dean Dixit said this rate in hospitals in other parts of the country was in the 40-50 per cent range.

17:52 (IST)

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Akhilesh Yadav alleges under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in UP

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleges under-reporting in coronavirus deaths in Uttar Pradesh. “According to information accessed through the Right to Information, it has come to light that the toll in 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh in the nine months of the pandemic till March 31, 2021 is up to 43 times higher than the government figures,” he tweets. “Actually, the BJP government is not hiding the death figures but its face.”

17:23 (IST)

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Centre says Delta Plus found in 9 nations including India

“Delta variant is found in 80 nations, including India. It’s considered ‘variant of concern’. Delta Plus found in 9 nations -US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China & Russia; 22 cases found in India. Variant is in category of ‘variant of interest. In India, 16 of the 22 cases of Delta Plus variant have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon (Maharashtra) and some cases in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh,” said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

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Only 22 cases of Delta Plus variant in India

“Delta Plus variant has been found in nine countries of the world including US, UK and India. “So far, India has 22 cases of Delta Plus variant. It’s a variant of interest, and not concern,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

“16 of the cases have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra. Rest of them are in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. The Health Ministry has issued guidelines to these states to address this issue,” he added. 

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COVID-19 situation improving, says VK Paul

The coronavirus situation is improving, says VK Paul. The number of districts with more than 100 cases has come down from 531 to 135, he said, adding that the districts where the positivity is below five percent has increased to 533.

16:57 (IST)

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Rural areas comprise 63.7% of those vaccinated on Monday, says Health Ministry

Of the 82.70 lakh vaccinations on Monday, 63.7 percent of the beneficiaries were from rural areas, the Ministry of Health said in a press briefing on Tuesday. Nearly 36 percent of those vaccinated from rural areas.

“More than half of the doses administered over the last few weeks were inoculated in rural areas, which makes it clear that rural outreach is possible. We are fully hopeful & confident that it’s completely possible for us to cover rural areas,” said Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog.

16:55 (IST)

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India achieved historic milestone of 88 lakh COVID vaccine doses in a single day: Centre

 India had achieved a historic milestone of 88.09 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in a single day on June 21,said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.The Centre has emphasised the coverage of vaccine drive in rural areas, added NITI Aayog member VK Paul.

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Union minister criticises Arvind Kejriwal for Delhi’s low vaccination numbers on Monday

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Rahul Gandhi playing politics over Covid crisis: BJP on Congress ‘white paper’

The BJP on Tuesday accused Rahul Gandhi of playing politics over the coronavirus crisis after the Congress leader released a “white paper” on the Centre’s handling of the pandemic.

Releasing the “white paper” prepared by his party, Gandhi said it was clear that the government’s management of the first and second waves of COVID-19 was “disastrous”.

Hours after Gandhi released the document, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference, “Since yesterday we have been fearing this. Whenever something good happens in our fight against coronavirus, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi specially do something to derail it.”

“Yesterday was a significant day when India became the first country in the world to administer 87 lakh vaccine doses in one day. People seemed excited and jubilant. There is a feeling that India is winning in its fight against coronavirus, just then Rahul Gandhi spoke of white paper and tried to derail it, he said.

16:13 (IST)

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SEC approves Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin phase 3 efficacy data

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under India’s drug regulator on Tuesday approved Bharat Biotech’ phase-3 trial efficacy data for its Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin.’

According to the data submitted, Covaxin has shown the efficacy of 77.8% from the trial conducted on 25,800 subjects, reported ANI citing unnamed sources.

15:53 (IST)

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Pvt hospitals to log 15-17% revenue growth owing to higher occupancy due to COVID surge: Crisil

Higher occupancy due to surge in COVID-19 cases would help private hospitals post 15-17 per cent revenue growth this fiscal year, a shade higher than what they attained in 2020-21, ratings agency Crisil said on Tuesday.

The growth will aid recovery of operating margin by 100-200 basis points to 13-14 per cent, but still fall short of the 2020-21 mark due to higher proportion of COVID-19 treatments, which are less profitable, it said in a statement.

While the second wave lashed again in April, the first quarter this fiscal will be sharply better on-year, with occupancy of 75 per cent, almost double on-year. This will be largely on account of a surge in COVID-19 treatments more than offsetting the deferral of elective surgeries and outpatient footfalls,” Crisil Ratings Senior Director Manish Gupta said.

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Bombay HC asks Maharashtra govt to form policy against fake vaccination drives

Bombay High Court directs the Maharashtra government and Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to form a policy on an “SOS basis” to avoid incidents of frauds or fake vaccination drives, reports PTI.

15:10 (IST)

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Will finalise policy on door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination in one week: Maha govt to HC

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it will finalise within a week its policy on starting door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination drives for the elderly, disabled persons and those who are bedridden and unable to visit the inoculation centres.

The state’s counsel, Geeta Shastri, submitted a draft policy before a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni. The state had constituted a special task force comprising experts and stakeholders to come up with such a policy, Shastri said.

While details of the policy could not be made public yet, the same will be finalised within a week and submitted before the court, she said. The bench accepted Shastri’s submissions.

14:53 (IST)

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US announces to allocate 5.5 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally

The US has announced its plan to allocate 5.5 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world as the second tranche, including 1.6 core jabs to 18 Asian nations such as India, Pakistan and Nepal, as part of the Biden administration’s bid to end the pandemic globally. Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced the plan for the first 2.50 crore vaccine doses that the US has already started shipping.

Of the 55 million (5.50 crore) vaccine doses announced on Monday as the second tranche, 16 million (1.60 crore) has been allocated for 18 Asian nations such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan. The White House fact sheet on Monday did not provide exact figures for how many doses would be sent to each country. It only gave estimates for regions in general.

14:51 (IST)

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90% of Haryana Police personnel have received first dose of vaccine: DGP

Ninety percent of Haryana Police personnel have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 65 per cent have taken both doses, Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Yadava said on Tuesday.

The Haryana Police has nearly 60,000 personnel, including home guards and Special Police Officers (SPOs). The vaccination drive for police personnel, who are included in the frontline workers category, started on February 4.

“So far, 53,924 officers and jawans have got the first anti-Covid shot and more than 38,988 have received both doses,” Yadava said in a statement. He said 90 percent of the police personnel have received the first dose and are waiting for the completion of the mandatory gap period to take the second dose.

14:27 (IST)

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Odisha logs 2,957 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths

Odisha on Tuesday registered 2,957 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in the past two months, with the caseload in the state surging to 8,83,490, a health department official said. Thirty-eight fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 3,671, the official said.

Khurda district, of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of fresh cases at 408, followed by Cuttack at 270, Jajpur at 260 and Balasore at 247. Jharsuguda registered the lowest number of new cases at three.

Eighteen of the state’s 30 districts reported less than 100 cases each, the official said.

14:14 (IST)

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Over 2.14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states: Centre

More than 2.14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and over 33,80,590 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry data published at 7 am, India administered 86.16 lakh vaccine doses in a single day, the highest ever single-day vaccination achieved in the world so far. Cumulatively, 28.87 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide inoculation drive.

More than 29.35 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage is 27,20,14,523 doses, the ministry said.

13:55 (IST)

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North Korea tells WHO it has detected no virus cases

North Korea has told the World Health Organisation it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through 10 June but has yet to find a single infection. The WHO said in a monitoring report Tuesday that North Korea’s testing figures included 733 people who were tested during June 4-10, of which 149 were with influenza-like illnesses or severe respiratory infections.

Experts widely doubt North Korea’s claim that it has not had a single case of the virus, given its poor health infrastructure and porous border with China, its major ally and economic lifeline.

Describing its anti-virus efforts as a matter of national existence, the North has banned tourists, jetted out diplomats and severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade. The self-imposed lockdown has caused further strain on an economy already battered by decades of mismanagement and crippling US-led sanctions over the country’s nuclear weapons programme.

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Ladakh reports 33 new COVID-19 cases today

The Union Territory of Ladakh reported 33 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 19,838, officials said Tuesday. There are 365 active coronavirus cases in the union territory now, out of which 268 are in Leh and 97 in Kargil, they said.

No death from COVID-19 was reported in Ladakh on Monday, they said. A total of 202 deaths have taken place in Ladakh due to Covid. The death toll in Kargil now stands at 58, while the rest of 144 patients have died in Leh district.

Out of the 33 new cases, the officials said, 27 were in Leh and six in Kargil.

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Visuals of vaccination drive underway in Ranchi

13:11 (IST)

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Is 2nd COVID-19 wave over? Positivity rate below 5% for 15 days, but experts say end is still far

India has crossed the important milestone of a Covid positivity rate of less than 5 percent for 15 consecutive days, conforming to the WHO’s recommended requirement for a region to reopen, but experts are wary of declaring the devastating second wave over.

With 42,640 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the lowest in 91 days, and a positivity rate of 3.21 percent, it would seem the present phase of the COVID-19 crisis is over and it is a good time to lift restrictions.

This optimistic picture, however, must be edged with abundant caution, said several scientists, citing the emergence of new variants, the still high absolute number of cases, the many districts where positivity rate remains over 5 percent and concerns over reliability of data.

With the current positivity rate at less than 5 per cent, India’s COVID-19 second wave is on the wane as quickly as it rushed to its peak, but the end of it may yet be far away as more transmissible new variants such as Delta plus variant are emerging, said Naga Suresh Veerapu, associate professor at the School of Natural Sciences (SoNS), Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR.

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Purpose of white paper is to prevent avoidable deaths: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said that the purpose of the COVID-19 white paper released by the Congress was to “to provide insights and information so that avoidable deaths can be prevented in the coming waves”

12:29 (IST)

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‘Oxygen, not PM’s tears, could have saved people’s lives’: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who released a white paper on COVID-19 management on Tuesday, said, “Ninety percent of people who have died could have been saved. The biggest reason for this was the lack of oxygen at the time. While there is no shortage of oxygen in the country. PM’s tears did not save the lives of people but oxygen could have.”

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Rahul Gandhi releases white paper on COVID-19 management

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released a “white paper” by the party on the Centre’s Covid management and urged the government to prepare for the third wave of coronavirus. Releasing the “white paper”, the former Congress chief said it is clear that the management of the first and second wave of COVID-19 was “disastrous”. 

“There were certain reasons as to why it was disastrous, we’ve tried to point out those reasons in our white paper. This is a blueprint about how to react to the third wave which is going to come,” he said. “It is our intention to provide the government with information and insights into what went wrong,” Gandhi said.

The aim of this white paper is not finger-pointing at the government but to help the nation prepare for the third wave of infection, he said. Asserting that the central pillar to fight Covid is vaccination, Gandhi said it is important that “we cross bridge of 100 per cent vaccination as soon as possible”.

12:02 (IST)

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Daily positivity rate falls to 2.56%, says Centre

Nationwide, 16,64,360 tests were conducted on Monday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 39,40,72,142, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 2.56 percent.

It has been less than 5 percent for 15 consecutive days, the ministry said.

11:41 (IST)

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands report more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases as 14 people recuperated from the disease while nine new cases pushed the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 7,415, a health department official said on Tuesday.

Three new cases were detected during contact tracing while six were airport arrivals, he said. Passengers arriving by flight have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test before they are allowed entry into the islands.

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Active cases under seven lakh after 79 days

The active cases have declined to 6,62,521, comprising 2.21 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.49 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

10:55 (IST)

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Single-day COVID-19 toll remains below 2,000 for 5th straight day

The single-day COVID-19 toll remained under 2,000 for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said.

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Three states account for 53% of active caseload, says Centre

The number of active cases are below seven lakh after 79 days. The Union Health Ministry said that Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala account for 53 percent of India’s total active caseload.

10:11 (IST)

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Total recoveries are 81,839 in past 24 hours

A total of 81,839 new recoveries were reported in the country in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The nationwide figure rose to 2,89,26,038.

 

09:54 (IST)

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National COVID-19 deaths rise by 1,167 today

The Union Health Ministry said that 1,167 new COVID-19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The total toll rose to 3,89,302.

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India reports 42,640 new COVID-19 cases today

India on Tuesday morning reported its lowest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases in 91 days. The total caseload rose by 42,640 on Tuesday to 2,99,77,861.

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Twenty-one cases of COVID-19 ‘Delta plus’ variant found in Maharashtra, says govt

Twenty-one cases of the ‘Delta plus’ variant of COVID-19, considered highly infectious, have been found in Maharashtra so far, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said. The highest nine cases were reported in Ratnagiri, followed by seven in Jalgaon, two in Mumbai, and one case each in Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg districts, Tope told reporters on Monday.

He said 7,500 samples from different parts of the state were collected and sent for laboratory testing. These samples were collected since May 15 and their genome sequencing was done, the minister said.

Genome sequencing allows the tracking of small mutations in SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, meaning chains of transmission can be identified. The scientific process also assists in identifying missing links in the chain of transmission.

Coronavirus LIVE News Updates:  More than 48 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday and India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 29.40 crore (29,40,42,822), as per the 7 pm provisional report, said the Union health ministry

Based on the recent findings of INSACOG,a consortium of labs, the Union health ministry has alerted and advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh regarding the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 being found in some districts in these states, the ministry said.

Alarmed by the detection of several variants of coronavirus in Jharkhand with 328 confirmed cases surfacing so far, the state government has directed the authorities to despatch samples within 48 hours of a patients death for conducting a genetic study to understand the mortality rate and evolve a strategy to contain the spread, a top official said Tuesday.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla also stated that Pfizer will be able to produce 3 billion vaccines by the end of 2021, and 4 billion vaccines in 2022

The mortality rate from the dangerous fungal infection stands at 8% in the hospital. Dean Dr Sanjay Dixit said this rate in hospitals in other parts of the country was in the 40-50% range

In India, 16 of the 22 cases have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra. “The rest of them are in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh,” said health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

India had achieved a historic milestone of 88.09 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in a single day on 21 June, said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan during a routine press briefing on Tuesday

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is 77.8 percent effective in protecting against COVID, according to data from Phase III trials conducted on 25,800 participants across India, says report.

Bombay High Court directs the Maharashtra government and Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to form a policy on an “SOS basis” to avoid incidents of frauds or fake vaccination drives, reports PTI.

Nationwide, 16,64,360 tests were conducted on Monday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 39,40,72,142, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 2.56 percent.

It has been less than 5 percent for 15 consecutive days, the ministry said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released a “white paper” by the party on the Centre’s Covid management and urged the government to prepare for the third wave of coronavirus. Releasing the “white paper”, the former Congress chief said it is clear that the management of the first and second wave of COVID-19 was “disastrous”.

“There were certain reasons as to why it was disastrous, we’ve tried to point out those reasons in our white paper. This is a blueprint about how to react to the third wave which is going to come,” he said. “It is our intention to provide the government with information and insights into what went wrong,” Gandhi said.

The aim of this white paper is not finger-pointing at the government but to help the nation prepare for the third wave of infection, he said. Asserting that the central pillar to fight Covid is vaccination, Gandhi said it is important that “we cross bridge of 100 per cent vaccination as soon as possible”.

India on Tuesday morning reported its lowest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases in 91 days. The total caseload rose by 42,640 on Tuesday to 2,99,77,861.

Maharashtra on Monday reported 6,270 new coronavirus cases, a four-month low daily count, taking its COVID-19 tally to 59,79,051, while 94 deaths pushed the toll to 1,18,313, the state health department said.

The infection count was the lowest since February 23 when 6218 cases were reported. Maharashtra had recorded 6,971 cases on 21 February.

As many as 13,758 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 57,33,215, a statement from the health department said.

There are now 1,24,398 active cases in the state, where the coronavirus recovery rate is 95.89 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.98 per cent, the statement said.

The health department said 1,54,835 people were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, it said, adding so far, 3,96,69,693 tests have been conducted in the state.

According to the statement, Mumbai city reported 518 new cases and seven deaths, taking its infection tally to 7,20,531 and the toll to 15,305.

In the Mumbai division, comprising the city and its satellite towns, there were 1,473 cases and 15 deaths. This took the cumulative caseload in the region to 15,77,339 and deaths to 31,304, it said.

In the Mumbai division, Bhiwandi Nizampur city (Thane district) reported just one case and no death for the second day in a row, the statement said.

Thane city, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai Virar city, Panvel city and Palghar district also did not report a single COVID-19 death, it added.

The Nashik division reported 488 cases and four deaths. Ahmednagar city, Dhule city and Jalgaon city did not report a single new death due to the viral infection, the health department said. Nandurbar, Nashik and Dhule districts, too, did not report any fresh death.

The Pune division recorded 1,285 cases. Within the division, Pimpri-Chinchwad did not register any fresh death, the statement said. The Kolhapur division reported 2,362 cases, while the Aurangabad division registered 171 new infections, but no death, it said.

The Latur division reported 273 cases. Latur and Nanded districts did not see a single fatality due to coronavirus, the statement said.

The Akola division reported 144 cases and two deaths. Akola district, Amravati city, Yavatmal district and Buldhana district did not report any fresh death, it said.

The Nagpur division reported 74 cases and one death (in rural Nagpur), the statement said. No COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Nagpur city, Chandrapur city and districts of Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, it said.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus are as follows: Positive cases 59,79 ,051; new cases 6,270; ddeaths 1,18,313; recoveries 57,33,215; active cases 1,24,398; total tests so far 3,96,69,693.

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