Covid LIVE: G7 calls for transparent, expert-led study on virus origins

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Coronavirus live updates: India's daily Covid-19 cases remained below the 100,000 for the fifth consecutive day today. The country reported 80,834 new infections on Sunday and 3,303 new deaths, taking the total number of confirmed infections in India to 29,439,989 and deaths to 370,407, according to the Health Ministry.

ICMR will conduct a national sero survey to assess the spread of Covid-19.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (5,887,853), Karnataka (2,747,539), Kerala (2,702,823), Tamil Nadu (2,324,597), and Andhra Pradesh (1,796,122).

World coronavirus update: Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with more than 176.3 million confirmed cases and 3,810,045 deaths across nearly 200 countries recorded since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019. The US remains the worst-hit country with 34,315,873, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey.



Covid lockdown extended till June 21 in Haryana

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown by another week till June 21, while easing several restrictions.
Doing away with the odd-even formula, the state government allowed all shops to open from 9 am to 8 pm.
Restaurants and bars, including in hotels and malls, are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm.
Giving further relaxations, gyms are now allowed to open from 6 am to 8 pm with 50 per cent capacity after adopting requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid-appropriate behavioural norms. However, spas shall remain closed, said an official order.
The timings for opening of shopping malls will continue to be from 10 am to 8 pm.
Sports complexes, stadia have now also been permitted to open only for sports activities by following all Covid-related norms and spectators will not be allowed.

Lockdown restrictions to be eased in 19 districts of Karnataka from June 14

Karnataka will begin the unlock process from Monday as Covid-19 cases started showing a declining trend in the state, except for 11 districts.
The state government had imposed stringent restrictions on April 27 to contain the spread of coronavirus cases.
According to a government order, the restrictions have been relaxed from 6 am to 2 pm in 19 districts instead of existing 6 am to 10 am.
However, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu the restrictions will be relaxed from 6 am to 10 am only as the cases are still on the higher side.
Even after easing restrictions, only shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to operate, the government has clarified.
Besides, industries can function with 50 per cent workforce by strictly adhering to Covid protocol.
Production units, establishments and industries engaged in garment manufacturing are permitted to function with 30 per cent of their staff strength.
Autos and taxis are allowed to ply with maximum two passengers.
The daily Covid curfew from 7 pm to 5 am and weekend curfew from 7 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday will continue.
Construction activities are permitted in the state while shops dealing with construction material, especially cement and steel, outside the containment zone can do business.
Parks will be open from 5 am to 10 am for walkers and joggers.
Hotels and restaurants will be closed for dine-in and only takeaways and door delivery will be allowed.


AstraZeneca shots have good risk-benefit profile for over 60s, says EMA official

The head of the EU drug regulator's Covid-19 task force said on Sunday that AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine had a favourable risk-benefit profile for all age groups and particularly for those aged over 60.
Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier quoted European Medicines Agency (EMA) task force chief Marco Cavaleri as saying countries should avoid giving the vaccine to people aged over 60 in addition to younger age groups, amid fears over very rare blood clotting and as alternative vaccines become available.
"Unfortunately my words have not been interpreted correctly in a recent interview with La Stampa," Cavaleri said in a statement to Reuters. The AstraZeneca shot "maintains a favourable benefit risk profile in all ages but particularly in the elderly above 60," he said.
The EMA's position is that the AstraZeneca shot is safe and can be used for all age groups over 18. However several European Union member states have stopped administering it to people below a certain age, usually ranging from 50 to 65, restricting its use to older people, due to very rare cases of blood clotting, mainly among young people.

BMC begins vaccination drive for students bound for overseas studies

Bhubaneswar Municipal has enlisted 83 foreign-bound students in the special Covid-19 vaccination drive during which the students in the age group of 18-44 years can walk in at designated centres and get themselves inoculated free of cost, an official said.
Of them, 19 have already been administered both doses of Covishield vaccine at two designated centres here, an official said.
The others will be covered within a day or two, he said.
The civic body has also set up vaccination centres for the foreign-bound students at PN College, Khurda and CMC Kalyan Mandap, Gopalpur, Cuttack.
Though the Temple City is administering Covaxin to its citizens, a special arrangement has been made to make available Covishield vaccine for the students going to foreign universities for higher studies.
The students will have to produce their admission letters from their respective universities, a valid ID proof for the vaccination process, the official said.
The students were advised to make their requests through 1929, 24X7 Call Centre at the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC).
Authorities of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited inside the BOC have designated a special desk for document verification and listing of the students, who had applied for getting the jab, before leaving the country for higher studies.

Ministry for lies and empty slogans is Modi govt's most efficient: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hit out at the government alleging that its "secret ministry for lies and empty slogans" is the most efficient.
Gandhi has been critical of the BJP government and has accused it of engaging in just rhetoric.
"Which is GOI's most efficient ministry? - The secret Ministry for Lies & Empty slogans," he said on Twitter.
His party colleague and senior leader Jairam Ramesh also hit out at the government alleging that it has taken a different stand in the Supreme Court and at the latest G7 summit over the issue of coronavirus vaccines.
"To G7, He says- 'One Earth, One Health', asking for patent waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. In Supreme Court, his govt takes a completely different stance. Does not invoke compulsory licensing," he alleged on Twitter, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"One stance for the world, another in India. Why this 'anarth' (absurdity)," he asked.

British PM wants further probe into virus origin

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain wants further investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the end of the Group of Seven summit in southwest England, Johnson says that while it doesn't look as if this particular disease came from a lab, the world needs to “keep an open mind.” Though the notion was once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that Covid-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now under a new US investigation ordered by President Joe Biden.
The G-7 leaders endorsed calls for a “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based” further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
Many scientists still believe the virus most likely jumped from animals to humans.

Goa extends curfew till June 21

The coronavirus-induced curfew in Goa was on Sunday extended till June 21 as the positivity rate in the state stood at 14 per cent, an official said.
The curfew was first imposed on May 9 and has been extended several times since then, as the state witnessed its positivity rate reaching a high of 51 per cent before dipping gradually to the level now, he added.
While essential services are exempt from the curfew, casinos, bars, restaurants, shops, river cruises, schools, colleges, educational institutions etc will remain shut, and social, sports, cultural and academic functions would be prohibited. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: 14,016 new cases in Tamil Nadu

Haryana records 43 deaths, 339 fresh cases

Haryana on Sunday reported 43 Covid-related deaths taking the cumulative fatality toll to 8,992 while 339 fresh infections pushed the total case count to 7,65,861.
According to the health department's daily bulletin, the latest deaths include six each from Hisar and Panipat and five from Sirsa.
Meanwhile, among the districts, Sirsa reported 33 cases while 31 cases were from Palwal. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka sees 7,810 new cases

Govt invites tender for delivery of Covid jabs by drones to far flung areas

The government has invited bids for delivery of medical supplies and vaccines by drones to various parts of the country, in order to tackle supply hurdles hampering Covid vaccination programmes in far-flung areas of the country.
However, the tender criteria demands that an entity must be eligible to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in order to become eligible. Currently, no drone companies are eligible to do BVLOS operations.
The tender has been called by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), closes on 22 June. “ICMR may support in getting DGCA approval only for this activity; however a prior approval from DGCA for BVLOS will be preferred,” the tender document says. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Jammu and Kashmir reports 774 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal Pradesh sees 237 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Bihar reports 487 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana reports 1,280 new cases

Sputnik V likely to be available at Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital from June 15

The Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V is expected to be available at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi from June 15, sources said.
According to the sources, the program for Sputnik V rollout at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital will depend on the consignment received.
The first phase of the Sputnik V rollout by Apollo Hospitals and Dr Reddy's Laboratories had started on a pilot basis on May 17 in Hyderabad and on May 18 in Vishakhapatnam. Read here

Covid recoveries in Andhra Pradesh cross 1.7 million

The total Covid-19 recoveries in Andhra Pradesh crossed the 17 lakh mark on Sunday as 12,492 patients got cured in 24 hours, even as the state reported 6,770 fresh cases of the infection.
Also, 58 people succumbed to coronavirus in the state in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Sunday, the latest bulletin said.
The total positives now rose to 18,09,844, recoveries to 17,12,267 and deaths 11,940. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Widespread support at G7 Summit for India, South Africa's vaccine waiver proposal, says MEA

Coronavirus LIVE: G7 calls for transparent, expert-led study on virus origins

"Strengthening transparency and accountability, including reiterating our commitment to the full implementation of, and improved compliance with, the International Health Regulations 2005. This includes investigating, reporting and responding to outbreaks of unknown origin. We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 Covid-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China," it said.

Coronavirus LIVE: 308 new cases in Rajasthan

Coronavirus LIVE: G7 sets ambitious goal of ending pandemic in 2022

"Our immediate focus is beating Covid-19 and we set a collective goal of ending the pandemic in 2022. The Covid-19 pandemic is not under control anywhere until it is under control everywhere. In an interconnected world global health and health security threats respect no borders. We therefore commit both to strengthen global action now to fight Covid-19, and to take further tangible steps to improve our collective defences against future threats and to bolster global health and health security. This includes strengthening the World Health Organization (WHO) and supporting it in its leading and coordinating role in the global health system." Read full G7 Communique here 

Coronavirus LIVE: G7 commits to donating 1 billion vaccine doses

Indonesia reports highest daily Covid spike since February

Indonesia on Sunday recorded 9,868 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily spike of infections since Feb. 22, the Health Ministry said.
The new infections brought the total tally to 1,911,358 and the death toll added by 149 to 52,879, the ministry reported.
An additional 4,655 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the pandemic to 1,745,091 in the Southeast Asian country. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: 420 new cases in Goa

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 11,584 new cases

G7 leaders discuss Wuhan lab leak theory behind Covid pandemic

World leaders gathered at the G7 Summit in Cornwall discussed the possibility that a laboratory leak in central China's Wuhan city may have a connection with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief saying all hypotheses behind the origins of the deadly disease remain in play.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that officials "compared notes" over the theory that the pandemic may have originated from a leak from a lab in Wuhan, calling for further investigations. However, he asserted that the UK's "best information" remained that it "jumped" from animals to humans but admitted they did not have "all the answers".
"That's why internationally we wanted the review to be able to go into China to get all the answers, so that we have the full picture rather than these possible, potential, plausible options, Raab told Sky News' on Sunday when asked about the issue. (PTI)

Restrictions eased in eight J&K districts showing improvement in Covid situation

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced further easing of restrictions in eight districts showing significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation.
The decision to grant relaxations in Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir division and Poonch, Reasi, Ramban and Doda in Jammu division was taken at a meeting which focussed on total weekly new cases (per million), positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate and vaccination coverage of the targeted population, an official order said.
It said government and private offices can function in the eight districts without any restrictions subject to strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour, while barber shops, salons and parlors are permitted to open on all days of a week, except on Saturday and Sundays. (PTI)

Karnataka to conduct Covid tests for returning migrants

Migrant labourers returning to Karnataka after the Covid-19 lockdown will be tested before entering the state, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Sunday.
During a visit to Hassan and Shivamogga districts where they reviewed developmental works, he informed that former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda would lay the foundation stone for the Hassan Airport soon.
"I will instruct the health department to conduct Covid-19 tests on people/migrant labourers who will return to the state after unlock," he told reporters here. (PTI)

No clarity on vaccine procurement, say private hospitals; seek proper guidelines

Several private hospitals across the country said they have no clarity on procuring Covid-19 vaccines under the new policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that it has led to the vaccination being put on hold at their centres.
The hospitals have sought a proper mechanism and a single-window system to be put in place for procurement of vaccine doses. They also claimed that they had approached the vaccine manufacturers -- Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII) -- and also state governments, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, in a recent communication to the Union health ministry, Prakash Kumar Singh, director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, is learnt to have written, As per your direction, we are not accepting any further orders/payment from any private hospital in the country. We await your further direction with regard to roadmap for future supplies to private hospitals. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 6,770 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: People throng markets in Delhi

Jharkhand registers zero fresh fatality for first time during second wave

Jharkhand on Sunday did not report any fresh coronavirus death for the first time during the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, but 239 new cases pushed the state's tally to 3,43,304, a health bulletin said.
East Singhbhum district registered the highest number of new cases at 51, followed by 27 in Ranchi and 23 in Hazaribag, it said.
The state now has 3,966 active cases, while the coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 5,082. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Only two cases reported in Mumbai's Dharavi

DATA STORY: India's vaccinations cross 250 mn-mark

India on Sunday reported a net reduction of 54,531 in active coronavirus cases to take its count to 1,026,159. India’s share of global active coronavirus cases now stands at 8.4 per cent (one in 11). The country is second among the most affected countries by active cases. On Saturday, it added 80,834 cases to take its total caseload to 29,439,989. And, with 3,303 new fatalities, its Covid-19 death toll reached 370,384, or 1.26 per cent of total confirmed infections.
With 3,484,239 more Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered on Saturday, India’s total count of vaccine shots so far reached 253,195,048. The count of recovered coronavirus cases across India, meanwhile, reached 28,043,446 – or 95.26 per cent of total caseload – with 132,062 new cured cases being reported on Saturday. Read here

World Coronavirus Update: US deaths reach 600,000

World Coronavirus Update: The death toll from the deadly virus has reached 600,000 in the United States, according to The country has recorded more than 34,315,873 infections so far.

Philippines logs 7,302 new cases, tally rises over 1. 3 million

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 7,302 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,315,639.
The death toll climbed to 22,788 after 137 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
The Philippines, which has a more than 110 million population, has tested more than 13 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: 255 new cases in Delhi

AstraZeneca shots should be halted for over-60s too: EMA official

Countries should also avoid giving the Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine to people over 60, the head of the EU drug regulator's Covid-19 task force was quoted on Sunday as saying, amid fears over rare blood clotting and as more vaccines become available.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers the Astrazeneca shot safe for all age groups. However several European Union member states have stopped administering it to people below a certain age, usually ranging from 50 to 65, restricting its use to the older population, due to the rare cases of blood clotting, mainly among young people. (Reuters)

Assam govt tells fully vaccinated employees to join office from Monday

The Assam government on Sunday asked all its employees who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine to join offices from Monday even as a partial lockdown across the state will be in force.
The General Administration Department Commissioner and Secretary M S Manivannan issued an order and said the decision has been taken for the smooth functioning of the government offices.
"In order to ensure smooth functioning of government offices, all the employees of Government of Assam who have received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine are hereby directed to attend office from 14/06/2021 regularly," he added. Read here

States, UTs to get over 400,000 Covid vaccine doses in next three days: Centre

More than four lakh (4,48,760) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States and the Union Territories (UTs) within the next 3 days.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) made the announcement through a statement and also clarified that more than 1.53 crore (1,53,79,233) Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and the UTs to be administered.
The Ministry further said that more than 26 crore (26,64,84,350) vaccine doses have been provided to states and the UTs so far, through government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Read here

Sunday prayers reduced to few churches amid lockdown in Kerala's Kottayam

Amid lockdown in Kerala's Kottayam, Sunday prayers have been reduced to a few churches, while other churches remain closed.
As public gatherings is not allowed in the wake of Covid-19 protocols, many churches remained closed.
Almost five weeks into lockdown, Kerala seems to have entered the plateau phase again in Covid-19 cases.
The Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala has announced stringent measures for June 12-13, in addition to the existing lockdown guidelines which are in place till June 16. (PTI)

Nationwide sero survey will help in building strategy on vaccination: Expert

Health experts dealing with Covid-19 believe that a nationwide coronavirus serological survey will be beneficial as it will help in bringing out exact viral load and thus help in building up strategies.
Sero surveys estimate as well as monitor infection trends in the population which is specifically location-based to understand the current course of the virus.
The Centre recently announced that it would commence a nationwide sero surveillance project and has asked the States to participate for fact-based monitoring of the situation. (ANI)

Odisha logs 4,469 new cases, 45 more deaths

Odisha on Sunday reported 4,469 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 8,51,782, a Health Department official said.
Forty-five more deaths pushed the toll to 3,302, he said.
Of the new infections, 2,546 were reported from quarantine centres, while the rest 1,923 were local contact cases. (PTI)

Japanese airline starts crew vaccination drive

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has begun vaccinating its pilots and cabin attendants on international flights.
That makes it one of the first companies to launch workplace vaccinations in Japan, one of the world's least-vaccinated nations.
Japan is desperately pushing to accelerate the pace of inoculations before the Tokyo Olympics start in about 40 days.
Following criticism over the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, the government recently unveiled workplace inoculation programs by major companies to supplement efforts led by municipalities around the country. (AP)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt releases unlock guidelines

As summit ends, G7 urged to deliver on vaccines

The Group of Seven leaders aim to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises Sunday, including vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of technology and money.
They want to show that international cooperation is back after the upheavals caused both by the pandemic and the unpredictability of former U.S. President Donald Trump. And they want to convey that the club of wealthy democracies Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States is a better friend to poorer nations than authoritarian rivals such as China. Read here

UNLOCK: Delhi govt releases revised guidelines for prohibited/restricted activities from Monday

Children orphaned in pandemic stare at uncertain future, scramble for aid

Losing a loved one is never easy but if one were to compare, there would not be a loss that could quite match the severity of losing one's parents, especially for dependent children.
The death of a parent strips away the child of not just the emotional blanket of comfort, but also in several cases takes away the financial support, leaving their futures in a lurch.
According to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), 3,621 children have been orphaned during the pandemic, and over 26,000 children have lost one parent.

50% capacity allowed in Delhi Metro as well as buses: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

50% capacity allowed in Delhi Metro as well as buses. In autos, e-rickshaws, or taxis, not more than 2 passengers allowed to ensure social distancing: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Daily Covid-19 count in India remains below 100,000 mark

India reported 80,834 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest after 71 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 4.25 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
With the fresh cases, the country's tally of cases has climbed to 2,94,39,989.
The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,70,384 with 3,303 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The active cases further declined to 10,26,159 comprising 3.49 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.26 per cent. A net decline of 54,531 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Delhi eases restrictions on markets, but schools and colleges to stay shut

Delhi will ease restrictions for markets, malls and restaurants from Monday as Covid-19 infections decline, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Shops will be open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm compared to the odd-even system now, said Kejriwal in a televised statement. The relaxation will be on trial basis for a week and strict action will be taken if the Covid numbers rise.
Restaurants will be allowed to open, but with 50 per cent of seating capacity. Weekly markets have also been allowed but with 50 per cent vendors and only market one per day will function in each municipal zone.
Schools, colleges and coaching institutes will remain shut. Social, political, cultural gatherings will continue to "remain prohibited".

Delhi Unlock LIVE: Restaurants to open with 50% capacity, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

Schools, educational institutions will continue to remain closed in Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Schools, educational institutions will continue to remain closed in Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

All shops in markets, malls to open from tomorrow in Delhi, restaurants to open with 50 pc capacity: CM

All shops in markets, malls to open from tomorrow in Delhi, restaurants to open with 50 pc capacity: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Weekly markets in Delhi to open from tomorrow, only one market to be allowed in each zone: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Weekly markets in Delhi to open from tomorrow, only one market to be allowed in each zone: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Covid situation in Delhi under control to larger extent, preparations are on for possible third wave: CM

Covid situation in Delhi under control to larger extent, preparations are on for possible third wave: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Social, political, cultural gatherings will continue to remain prohibited in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Social, political, cultural gatherings will continue to remain prohibited in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on unlock process

Will impose stricter restrictions, if Covid cases rise: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

If spike in Covid cases is observed in next week, restrictions will again be imposed on markets and restaurants in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Religious places to be opened, but no visitors allowed; only 20 people allowed at funerals: Delhi CM

All Delhi markets will be open from 10am to 8pm, compared to odd-even rule earlier: Kejriwal

All Delhi markets will be open from 10am to 8pm, compared to odd-even rule earlier: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Will impose stricter restrictions, if Covid cases rise: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

All activities will be allowed from tomorrow with a few exceptions: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses press conference

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to address press conference shortly

WHO chief asks China to cooperate with probe into origins of Covid-19

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Ghebreyesus has called on China to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 amid renewed call to further probe the virus.
Dr Tedros made these remarks after taking part in the Group of Seven (G7) summit by video conference on Saturday, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. The WHO Director-General hoped there would be better cooperation and transparency when the next phase of the probe into the virus's origin is underway.
"As you know we will need cooperation from the Chinese side," he said. "We need transparency to understand or know or find the origin of this virus...after the report was released there were difficulties in the data sharing, especially in the raw data."

Covid vaccination drive in progress in Rajouri's Dhar village

Andaman and Nicobar Islands report 10 new Covid cases

Andaman and Nicobar Islands COVID-19 tally rose to 7,243 as 10 more people tested positive for the virus, while one new fatality pushed the coronavirus death toll in the union territory to 126, a health official said on Sunday.
All the 10 new cases in the archipelago were detected during contact tracing.
The union territory now has 121 active COVID-19 cases, of which 117 are in South Andaman district while the rest four in North and Middle Andaman district, the official said, adding that the Nicobar district is now coronavirus free as it has no active COVID-19 case. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have three districts.

Active Covid cases in India decrease by 54,531 in last 24 hours

Ladakh records 38 new Covid positive cases

Ladakh has recorded 38 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 19,544, while the active cases in the region dropped to 746 after 88 more patients recovered from the disease, officials said on Sunday.
Ladakh has registered 197 coronavirus related deaths since last year with the worst-hit Leh accounting for 143 fatalities followed by 54 in Kargil district.
Of the new cases, 32 persons tested positive in Leh taking the infection tally in the district to 16,145, while six cases were detected in Kargil pushing the district tally of infections to 3,399, the officials said.
They said the number of cured patients has risen to 18,601 after the recovery of 72 patients in Leh and 16 in Kargil. With this the active cases have come down to 756 with 613 in Leh and 133 in Kargil, the officials said.

Pakistan puts travel ban on people from 26 countries including India

Pakistan has placed strict restrictions on travellers from 26 countries including India to contain the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a nerve centre to synergize effort against COVID-19 has placed these countries in the "C category" and revised the inbound air/land travel categories with an immediate effect, Dawn reported. READ MORE...

Private hospitals used only 17.05% of total Covid vaccines in May

In a shocking revelation at a time when there is vaccine shortage in the country, only 17.05 per cent of the total vaccines received from the Centre were used by the private hospitals in May, says government data.
As per the Health Ministry's June 4 data, the Central government provided total of 7.4 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses to hospitals across the country in May, of which 1.85 crore doses were earmarked for private hospitals.
Of the 1.85 crore vaccines earmarked for private hospitals across India, 1.29 crore doses were provided to them in May, however, the government data showed, only 22 lakh doses were used. READ MORE...

Arunachal Pradesh reports 298 new Covid cases, five more deaths

Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday reported 298 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 31,148, a Health Department official said. Five more persons died of COVID-19 in the state, pushing the toll to 143.
The new deaths were reported from Changlang, Tawang, Capital Complex Region, Lower Siang and Lower Subansiri, State Surveillance officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 55, followed by Upper Subansiri (39), West Kameng (29) and Papumpare (27).

Not enough data to say children will be more affected in third wave: Report

There appears to be no substantial evidence to suggest that children will be more affected or have greater illness severity due to Covid-19 in the anticipated third wave, according to a new report.
The Lancet Covid-19 Commission India Task Force prepared the report after convening an experts group comprising leading paediatricians from the country to examine the issue of paediatric Covid-19' in India.
It said the infection's symptomatology in children in India appears to be globally comparable. READ MORE...

Africa Covid caseload tops 5 million-mark

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa has reached 5,011,502, according to health authorities. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Saturday that the death toll from the pandemic stands at 134,239, while 4,504,296 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease, reports Xinhua news agency.
South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.
South Africa has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 1,730,106, followed by Morocco with 523,165. In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected.

Door-to-door Covid vaccination at zero line villages in Jammu and Kashmir

Mizoram reports 346 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 15,000-mark

Mizoram's COVID-19 count crossed the 15,000-mark on Sunday as 346 more people tested positive for the infection, an official said.
The fresh cases, detected from 3,866 samples tested on Saturday, took the single-day infection rate to 8.94 per cent, he said. The state's southern-most district Lawngtlai recorded the highest 154 new infections, displacing Aizawl from the top spot.

Thane district sees 432 new Covid cases, 23 deaths

With the addition of 432 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,24,704, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said.
With 23 more patients succumbing to coronavirus, the death toll in the district rose to 10,221. The mortality rate now stands at 1.94 per cent, he added.
The details of the recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,13,416 while the death toll is 2,398, he said.

Active Covid cases in India decline to 10,26,159: Union Health Ministry.

Active Covid cases in India decline to 10,26,159: Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus LIVE: India sees 80,834 new cases; lowest spike in 71 days

With 80,834 new coronavirus cases, India reported its lowest daily case in the last 71 days. The daily positivity rate is at 4.25%, less than 10% for 20 consecutive days. The recovery rate increases to 95.26%, in last 24 hours 1,32,062 recoveries were recorded: Union Health Ministry

India reports 80,834 new Covid cases, 3,303 more deaths in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

Data of people is safe with CoWIN, allegations of data leak baseless: Govt

RS Sharma, chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC), on Saturday, refuted claims of a data leak affecting users registered on the government’s Covid-19 vaccine portal Co-WIN.
“The claims of so called hackers on the dark web, relating to the alleged hacking of the Co-WIN system and data leak, is baseless. We continue to take appropriate
steps as are necessary, from time to time, to ensure that the data of the people is safe with Co-WIN,” Sharma said.

Recently, reports had surfaced about a data leak affecting 150 million users registered on the Co-WIN portal. The government had noted that while the data leak appeared to be fake, it would investigate the matter. READ MORE...

After the Covid-19 pandemic, a wave of spending by older consumers

The world’s emergence from the coronavirus pandemic is set to unleash a wave of spending by older consumers, with increasing opportunities for investors in aging-linked stocks.
That’s the view of money managers who see huge pent-up demand from wealthy seniors for medical services and luxury goods. They also expect that the forced adoption of the internet by older people during lockdown will open up this demographic permanently to e-commerce companies and social networks. READ MORE...

Bangkok allows more businesses to reopen

Thailand’s outbreak epicenter of Bangkok will allow some aesthetics-related businesses to reopen after its worst wave of infections improved and more people are vaccinated. Beauty clinics, foot massage services, nail salons and tattoo parlors can resume operations from Monday, Bloomberg reported.

US death toll nears 600,000

The US is approaching 600,000 deaths from Covid, as new fatalities, infections and hospitalizations continue to plummet nationwide, Bloomberg reported. The vaccination drive has slowed significantly but the results are clear: Masks are disappearing, the country is largely reopening. Daily deaths have fallen from a peak of more than 5,000 in February to an average of about 300 over the last week.

Brazil registers 2,037 more Covid-19 deaths

Brazil registered 2,037 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 486,272, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday. In the last 24 hours, 78,700 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, for a total of 17,374,818 infections.
The moving average of cases over the last seven days was 66,770, while that of deaths was 1,963.
Brazil is currently second in the world in number of deaths from COVID-19, surpassed only by the United States, and third in cases, behind the United States and India.

500-bed Covid hospital, developed by DRDO in Srinagar, becomes operational

UK reports another 7,738 coronavirus cases taking the tally to 4,558,494

Britain reported another 7,738 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,558,494, according to official figures released Saturday.
The country also recorded another 12 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 127,896. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. READ ON...

West Bengal reports 81 more Covid-19 deaths, 4,286 fresh cases

West Bengal's Covid-19 death toll rose to 16,812 after 81 more people succumbed to the virus on Saturday, a bulletin released by the state's health department said. The tally mounted to 14,57,273 with 4,286 fresh cases, it said.
The eastern state now has 16,248 active cases, while 14,24,213 people have recovered from the disease, including 3,149 since Friday. In the last 24 hours, 62,276 samples have been tested in West Bengal, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 1,32,35,743.

GST cuts on several Covid essentials; no change in tax on vaccines

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, at its “single-agenda” meeting, on Saturday decided to retain the GST on Covid-19 vaccines at 5 per cent. However, it temporarily slashed the tax rates on most supplies and also exempted drugs for treating the black fungus.
The Council decisions are in line with the recommendations made by a Group of Ministers (GoM), which was mandated to examine tax exemption and concessions on various Covid items including vaccines, drugs, and equipment. The GoM which submitted its report early this week recommended keeping rates on Covid vaccines unchanged, owing to the issue of multiple rate structures for procurement. READ MORE...

Mizoram govt extends lockdown in Aizawl till June 21

The Mizoram government on Saturday extended the lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation area for another week till June 21 in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases in the region.
The order said new COVID-19 cases continue to rise despite the imposition of the existing restrictions.
"It has been decided to continue with the current restrictions imposed to prevent further escalation of COVID-19 cases. The new guidelines with certain modification issued on June 5 will remain in force from June 14 to 21," it said.

Delhi govt sets up vaccination centre for teachers, their family members

The Delhi government has set up a dedicated vaccination centre for its teachers and their family members as a "token of appreciation" for the work done by them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 10 days back, the Directorate of Education (DoE) had said that Delhi government school teachers who had been working as frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic should be vaccinated on an immediate basis.
In a letter to district education officers and school principals, DoE Director Udit Prakash Rai had said that arrangements for vaccinating teachers be made at the earliest. READ MORE...

Goa extends Covid-induced curfew with some relaxations till June 21

The Goa government on Saturday extended the ongoing Covid-induced curfew till June 21.
"The Goa government has decided to extend the state level curfew till 7 am of June 21. Shops, including panchayat and municipal markets, may open between 7 am to 3 pm.
Besides, only 50 guests are allowed in a marriage function," Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted. He also added that a detailed order would be issued by the district administration soon. The state first imposed the curfew on May 9 following surge in Covid cases and deaths. READ ON...

India crosses a major landmark with cumulative vaccine coverage of 25 crore

Canada's Covid cases surpass 1.4 million

Canada reported 1,115 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,400,827, including 25,910 deaths, according to CTV.
With the considerable decline in infection rates nationally, the overall number of people experiencing severe and critical illness is also steadily declining.
Several provinces in the country are enjoying relaxed pandemic restrictions this weekend as the country's drive to fully vaccinate Canadians against COVID-19 is "accelerating fast." More than 28.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered so far across the country.

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