Coronavirus live updates: India on Sunday reported 58,419 new Covid-19 cases over 24 hours—the slowest daily rise in 81 days, according to data posted by the health ministry.
The country recorded 1,576 deaths from the disease. Its total case load stands at 2,98,81,965 and fatalities at 3,86,713. The daily positivity rate stands at 3.22 per cent: the thirteenth consecutive day it has remained below 5 per cent. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) norm consider positivity rate below 5 per cent to be within the safe zone.
World coronavirus update: Covid-19 is continuing to spread around the world, with more than 178.9 million confirmed cases and 3,874,879 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 34,401,712, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey.
Chhattisgarh records 352 new Covid-19 cases, 10 deaths
Chhattisgarh on Sunday reported 352 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 10 fatalities, taking the infection count to 9,90,675 and the toll to 13,387, a health official said.
The number of recoveries reached 9,68,096 after 115 people were discharged from various hospitals while 566 others completed their home isolation stay during the day. The number of active cases in Chhattisgarh now stands at 9,192, the official told reporters.
Raipur district recorded 17 new cases, taking its overall caseload to 1,57,004, including 3,125 deaths so far. Bijapur recorded 27 new cases while Sukma and Korba saw 25 cases each, he said. (PTI)
A record 1.32 million get the jab on a single day in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh achieved on Sunday what the health authorities feel could be a world record as over 13.26 lakh people were vaccinated from 6 AM to 8 PM in more than 2,200 locations in all 13 districts of the State.
Covid Task Force chairman of the State K S Jawahar Reddy said it was a remarkable achievement to vaccinate 1.3 million people in a day under the mega vaccination drive.
This showed that our medical team and other staff can take up over one million vaccinations in a day if the government at the Centre maintains the (vaccine) supply, Reddy said. (PTI)
Coronavirus LIVE: 201 fresh cases in Haryana
Haryana reports 201 new #COVID cases, 357 recoveries and 30 deaths today.
Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported just 87 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in the recent past, and 30 deaths, taking the tally to 7,89,261 and the toll to 8,767 while 285 patients recovered, the state Health department said. Of the total 52 districts, 24 districts didn't record any new case in the last 24 hours in the state. The overall count of recoveries in Madhya Pradesh now stands at 7,78,280, it said, adding the state is now left with 2,214 active cases.
Mumbai sees 733 cases, 19 deaths, 650 recoveries
Mumbai on Sunday reported 733 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 19 fatalities, taking the tally to 7,21,370 and the toll to 15,298, the city civic body said. A total of 650 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Mumbai so far to 6,88,990, it said, adding the city is now left with 14,809 active cases.
Haryana to hold mega vaccination drive on International Yoga Day
A mega anti-Covid vaccination drive will be conducted in Haryana on the International Yoga Day on Monday, the state's Health Minister Anil Vij has said. A target has been set to vaccinate 2.5 lakh people during this inoculation drive, Vij told reporters in Ambala on Sunday. Vaccination camps were organised at 61 places in Ambala Cantonment area on Sunday on the directions of the health minister. Vij also appealed to all eligible beneficiaries to get themselves vaccinated.
Kerala reports 11,647 Covid-19 cases, 112 deaths
Kerala reported 11,647 fresh COVID-19 cases and 112 deaths on Sunday, taking the tally to 28.09 lakh and the toll to 12,060. Recoveries continued to outnumber fresh cases with 12,459 people being cured of the disease, taking the total number of those who have recuperated to 26,90,958.
Coronavirus LIVE: Manipur reports 527 new cases
Manipur reports 527 new #COVID19 cases, 444 recoveries and 8 deaths.
Amit Shah to visit three vaccination centres in Gujarat on Monday
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat from Monday, where he is scheduled to visit three Covid-19 vaccination centres, including one in Ahmedabad, officials said.
His visit to the vaccination centres on Monday is aimed at encouraging people to become part of the Gujarat government's mega inoculation drive beginning that day, they said.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said in a release on Sunday that it plans to vaccinate one lakh people everyday as part of this mega inoculation drive. (PTI)
Coronavirus LIVE: 11,647 new cases in Kerala
Kerala reports 11,647 new #COVID19 cases, 12,459 recoveries and 112 deaths.
Active cases: 1,05,936
Total recoveries: 26,90,958
Death toll: 12,060
Pakistan receives 1.55 million doses of China-made vaccine
Pakistan received 1.55 million doses of a China-made coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, as the immunisation drive picks up pace in the country.
The National Command and Control Centre, Pakistan (NCOC) said the SinoVac was purchased by Pakistan and consignments were delivered in a plane of the Pakistan International Airlines to Islamabad and Karachi.
"China, as a time-tested friend of Pakistan, has taken special measures to ensure the uninterrupted supply of vaccine to Pakistan," the NCOC said. (PTI)
Nepal reports 2,442 new cases
Nepal reported 2,442 new cases of coronavirus, taking the nationwide tally to 621,056, while the death toll rose to 8,675 with 34 more fatalities, heath officials said on Sunday.
Of the new infections, 548 were recorded in Kathmandu Valley, the officials said.
A total of 42 districts have over 500 active Covid-19 cases. The number is higher in people aged between 20 to 60 years, they said. (PTI)
Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 5,646 new cases
Andhra Pradesh reports 5,646 new #COVID19 cases, 7,772 recoveries and 50 deaths.
Haryana extends lockdown till June 28, announces more relaxations
The Haryana government on Sunday extended the Covid-19 lockdown in the state by another week till June 28, but eased restrictions imposed on weddings and funerals, and allowed corporate offices to operate with full attendance.
According to an order issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan, up to 50 guests can now attend weddings and funerals or cremations, up from 21 earlier, subject to strict observance of Covid-19-appropriate behaviour and social distancing.
Corporate offices can now open with full attendance but there has to be strict observance of social distancing, Covid-19-appropriate behaviour and regular sanitisation, it said.
Weddings can now take place in courts but processions are not allowed, the order said. (PTI)
Life returns to normal in Telangana after 39 days of lockdown
After 39 days, normal activities resumed in Telangana from Sunday with the state government lifting the lockdown totally, following the drastic drop in the number of Covid-19 positive cases.
The government has issued unlock orders, allowing all activities that were permitted prior to the imposition of the lockdown.
The full impact of unlock will be seen from Monday when government offices and other establishments will re-open with 100 per cent employee strength. Read here
Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 124 new cases
Delhi reports 124 new COVID cases (positivity rate - 0.17%), 398 discharges, and 7 deaths in the past 24 hours
Carmakers in India's auto hub allowed to operate at full capacity
Global carmakers such as Renault-Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co and Ford Motor Co may operate with their full workforces in India's automaking hub from Sunday, despite worker protests over safety in the pandemic.
Tamil Nadu state, one of the country's worst-hit, allowed industrial units with export commitments to operate at 100% capacity, boosting its flourishing automobile industry.
New cases in the state have fallen from more than 30,000 a day in May to about 8,000 but still account for one-seventh of all cases in India, which is second only to the United States in total infections.
"Any company which exports or supplies to export-oriented industries will be allowed to operate at full capacity as cases have come down," a senior state government official said. Read here
New data suggests low risk of re-infection: PHE
Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday published population surveillance data on possible coronavirus (Covid-19) reinfections and said that the new data suggests a low risk of virus in the population.
The data was published to help monitor and understand the risk of people contracting Covid-19 again. The data will be published regularly as part of the PHE Weekly Surveillance Report, according to a release.
The current data shows that there is a low risk of reinfection with SARS-CoV-2. There were 15,893 possible reinfections with SARS-CoV-2 identified up to May 30, 2021 in England throughout the pandemic, out of nearly four million people with confirmed infections. This is equivalent to around 0.4 per cent cases becoming reinfected. (ANI)
Uttarakhand: Covid-19 curfew till June 29; hotels and restaurants to open
Uttarakhand government on Sunday announced the extension of the Covid-19 curfew from June 22 to June 29 with certain relaxations, Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal informed.
The hotels and restaurants in the state have been allowed to operate in-dine services with 50 per cent of their seating capacity between 6 am and 10 pm.
Uniyal informed that the bars will also be allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity. Read here
Brazil's Covid death toll tops 500,000
Brazil surpassed half a million Covid-19 deaths after registering 2,301 more fatalities from the fatal disease in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.
With the national death toll reaching 500,800, Brazil has become the second country in the world to record more than half a million pandemic deaths, after the US, reports Xinhua news agency.
According to the Ministry, a total of 82,288 new infections were detected during the past 24 hours, raising the total caseload to 17,883,750, the world's third largest following the US and India. Read here
Jab for students, those going abroad, Olympics-bound sportspersons from June 22: Karnataka Dy CM
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan on Sunday said vaccination for students, those going abroad for studies or work, and sportspersons bound for Tokyo Olympics would start here from June 22 at the city's central college premises.
East zone Health Officer has been identified as the competent authority within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits and the second dose of the vaccine for the above groups would be given to those who have completed 28 days after receiving the first dose, Narayan said.
The competent authority is entrusted to verify the documents of those who come to get the jab, and also examine the information received from the beneficiaries in the self- declaration certificate form, Annexure-4, and issue the validation letters, the Deputy Chief Minister was quoted as saying by his office in a release. (PTI)
Scale up health infra, speed up vaccination to prevent another surge: WHO to nations
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called upon countries in its south-east Asia region to scale up public health infrastructure, rigorously implement social measures and make efforts to accelerate vaccination to prevent another COVID-19 surge.
This week, Maldives and Myanmar confirmed the transmission of coronavirus variants of concern. Earlier, variants of concern have been confirmed in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste, the global health body said.
The coronavirus variants of concern along with the opening of economies and societies contributed to the recent surge in cases globally.
"We need to continuously strengthen our efforts to test, trace and isolate. Physical distancing, hand hygiene and proper wearing of masks need to be stringently implemented. (PTI)
Pfizer Covid vax provides higher antibody levels than Sinovac: Study
People who got Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine showed "substantially higher" levels of antibodies compared to those who received China's Sinovac shots, according to a new study.
The study, led by University of Hong Kong (HKU), aims to estimate the incidence of natural infections over time and level of population immunity due to infections and vaccinations, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.
The presence of antibodies is a sign that the vaccine is working to protect an individual, although the quantity of the proteins generated by the body's immune system to identify and neutralise the coronavirus does not directly correlate to the level of immunity, the report said. Read here
Coronavirus LIVE: Top AIIMS official says third wave will depend on human behaviour
#COVID19 waves will depend on 2 important factors, one is virus-related & 2nd human-related factors. Mutation of virus is beyond our control. Through #COVID appropriate behaviour one can stop these waves: Neeraj Nischal, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, AIIMS (Delhi) pic.twitter.com/z3qb6eNvMg
Vaccination and stimulus will make 9-9.5% growth possible: CII president
The Confederation of Indian Industry has sought the appointment of a 'vaccine minister' and increased availability of jabs in the country. In an interview with Jyoti Mukul, T V Narendran, new CII president and CEO and managing director of Tata Steel, shares his views on the 15 per cent minimum rate suggested by the Group of Seven (G-7) countries and whether vaccination should be compulsory for employees. Edited Excerpts
Puducherry logs 251 fresh Covid-19 cases
Puducherry added 251 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,14,484, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday.
Three more people-all from Puducherry- succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday pushing the toll to 1,723, Director of Health Department S Mohan Kumar said.
One of the deceased had no comorbidities, he said.
The Puducherry region alone accounted for 200 of the 251 new cases while Karaikal reported 31 cases followed by Mahe (12) and Yanam (8). (PTI)
Over 30.6 million vaccine doses still available with states and UTs: Centre
More than 3.06 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories and over 24.53 lakh doses will be received by them in the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.
It said that 29,10,54,050 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories (UTs) so far through the government of India's free of cost channel and the direct state procurement category.
Of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is 26,04,19,412 doses, according to data available at 8 am on Sunday, the ministry said.
It said that "3,06,34,638 Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered." (PTI)
Myanmar records highest daily Covid cases
Myanmar recorded the highest spike of Covid-19 cases in recent months with 546 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the case tally to 147,615, according to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry.
Seven more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 3,258, the Ministry said on Saturday.
The daily Covid cases increased to around 100 since late May and the Ministry has recently imposed the stay-at-home order in eight townships with high infection rate to curb the spread of the disease. (IANS)
Coronavirus LIVE: Lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended for one more week
Lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended for one more week, till June 28th, with further relaxations.
Sputnik V Covid vaccine roll out delayed for some days in Delhi: Official
The roll out of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V at Indraprastha Apollo and Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in Delhi has been delayed for some days, officials said on Sunday.
A spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals said the facility in Delhi will tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by June 25.
An official had earlier said the hospital would start giving Sputnik V jabs by June 20. According to an official of Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital, there is a delay on the part of the suppliers. READ MORE...
Relaxations in Covid restrictions in Delhi further extended till 5 am of June 28
The relaxations in COVID restrictions in Delhi further extended till 5 am of 28th June.
Restaurants and bars allowed up to 50% of the seating capacity from 8 am to 10 pm and 12 pm to 10 pm respectively. pic.twitter.com/81Vw5xr2Jr
China has given out more than one billion dose of Covid-19 vaccines as the world’s most populous country speeds up its inoculation campaign to reach herd immunity. As of Saturday, 1.01 billion doses have been administered, data from the National Health Commission said Sunday, though it’s unclear how many are full vaccinated, Bloomberg reported.
MG Motor India expects auto sales to recover
MG Motor India expects sales to recover as states remove restrictions on business activities. "Nobody had anticipated the second wave at that time. Now with what has happened, it would not be possible to get 30-40 per cent growth. There would be a growth over last year but now we expect it to be around 20 per cent," MG Motor India President and MD Rajeev Chaba told PTI in an interaction.
Dubai airports capacity to hit 90% of pre-virus levels by autumn
Dubai Airport, the world’s largest by international passenger numbers, expects to recover up to 90% of its pre-pandemic capacity by autumn and will reopen a terminal as demand picks up. “We’re anticipating a huge surge in inbound and outbound demand over the next few months,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Sunday.
Odia playback singer dies
Odia playback singer Tapu Mishra died Saturday night of post-Covid complications while being treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, PTI reported quoting her family. She was 36. Her father died of Covid on May 10.
A great loss for the Odisha music industry! Saddened by the untimely demise of renowned Odia playback singer Smt. Tapu Mishra. My thoughts and prayers are with her family & fans. Om Shanti
Prioritise activities when reopening economy: CII president
The government should cautiously open economic activities to avoid a third wave of Covid-19 infections, T V Narendran, president of Confederation of Indian Industry has said. "We should prioritise what activities should be allowed, rather than opening up everything. Avoid the avoidable activities,” said Narendran in an interview to PTI. Narendran is the CEO and MD of Tata Steel.
Ladakh logs 53 new cases
Ladakh recorded 53 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally to 19,783, a new fatality pushed the death toll to 201. Active cases in the union territory stood at 432, PTI reported on Sunday quoting officials.
US sending Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses
The US is sending 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning. The shipment was due to arrive by plane later Sunday, the de facto U.S. embassy said, according to the Associated Press.
Covid-19 pandemic result of degradation of natural areas: UN agency
The pandemic is a result of degradation of natural areas, species'' loss and exploitation, the head of an UN agency has said. India and other countries must intensify their efforts to prevent ecosystem degradation, said Atul Bagai, head of United Nations Environment Programme, in an interview to PTI.
Wes Bengal plans more Covid-19 beds for women
West Bengal government will allot more hospital beds for women as it prepares for a third wave of Covid-19 infections, said a civil servant on Sunday. The state plans to reverse the gender ratio in the 26,000 COVID beds at state-run and private hospitals, Director of Health Services Ajay Chakraborty told PTI.
Andaman and Nicobar has 7,394 Covid cases
Covid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,394 on Sunday after 31 more people tested positive for the infection. Four new patients have travel history, while 27 infections were detected during contact tracing, PTI reported quoting a government health bulletin.
India’s active cases fall
India’s active cases of Covid-19 have declined to 7,29,243, comprising 2.44 per cent of the total infections. The national recovery rate improved to 96.27 per cent, said the health ministry in its daily morning update.
Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus
A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks. The eight other members of the team left early Sunday by chartered bus for host town Osaka, central Japan, where COVID-19 cases are still being reported, the Associated Press reported.
Brazilians protest against president as deaths top 500,000
Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from Covid-19 soared past half a million--a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to minimise the disease, the Associated Press reported. Thousands gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro waving flags with slogans such as “Get out Bolsonaro. Government of hunger and unemployment.”
58,419 fresh Covid cases in India
India reports 58,419 fresh Covid cases--the lowest daily rise in 81 days. Healthy ministry reports 1,576 new deaths in last 24 hours.
Cannot pay Rs 4 lakh to families of Covid-19 victims: Govt tells SC
The government cannot pay families of Covid-19 victims of Rs 4 lakh, the Supreme Court was told on Sunday, reports NDTV. States cannot afford to pay every victim and a law for compensation applies to victims of natural disasters. The government also told the court denying compensation for diseases other than Covid would be "unfair", NDTV said.
'Test-track-treat and vaccination': Centre to states on easing of lockdown
The easing of Covid-related lockdown norms has led to crowding in some markets and other places, the Centre said on Saturday, as it urged states to ensure the "extremely important" five-fold strategy of Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat and vaccination to prevent the spread of the disease.
In a communication to all states and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also said that vaccination against COVID-19, in the present scenario, is critical to break the chain of transmission.
Therefore, all state and UT governments should step up the pace of vaccination, to cover maximum number of people in an expeditious manner, he said. READ MORE...
UAE's Emirates airline to resume flights from India to Dubai from June 23
As Dubai eases travel curbs for passengers from India, Emirates airline said it will resume flights connecting India, South Africa and Nigeria to the city from June 23.
"Emirates welcomes the latest protocols and measures announced by Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to allow the safe resumption of passenger travel from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai and onwards," said the airline's spokesperson in a statement.
On Saturday, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai said that the passengers from India with a valid residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine will be allowed to travel to Dubai, Gulf News reported. READ MORE...
Chinese province of Guangdong witnesses rise in Covid cases; curbs imposed
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and part of a city is under lockdown in Southern China as the province of Guangdong witnesses a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Guangdong's health commission reported a total of six new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including two from Shenzhen and one each in Foshan and Dongguan, South China Morning Post reported.
The other cases were in the provincial capital Guangzhou and identified among the quarantined close contacts of previously confirmed patients. Among the new cases, one is a 21-year-old waitress working in a restaurant at Shenzhen Airport. According to the authorities, she has contracted the Delta strain of the virus. READ MORE...
Russia reports 17,906 new cases
Russia reported 17,906 Covid-19 cases over Friday, news agency IANS reporting quoting government data. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,299,215.
India's anti-depressants use up 20% in second wave: Report
Mental health experts say they have observed a 20 per cent rise in anti-depressant intake among people since the second Covid-19 wave hit India. Data shows that the sale of antidepressants in April 2019 amounted to about Rs 189.3 crores. In June, it dropped to Rs 172.1 crores and increased further in July 2020 with Rs 196.9 crores, according to ANI.
Mizoram records 193 new cases
Mizoram logged 193 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths from the disease over Saturday, news agency ANI r eported. The state has 16,943 cases in total and its 81 fatalities.
Los Angeles says variants first found in India on rise
Los Angeles’s county health officials said they’ve seen an increase in variants first found in India in the past few weeks, Bloomberg reported. The health department started reviewing tests at labs with data on residents and noticed small numbers of the highly transmissible delta variant, along with a few cases of the related kappa variant, since early April.
First confirmed case of 'green fungus' in Punjab's Jalandhar
Punjab | We've received out first confirmed case of green fungus. Patient had recovered from COVID, he is under observation, can't say stable though. There was another case before, but it was unconfirmed: Dr Paramvir Singh, Dist Epidemiologist at Civil Hospital, Jalandhar(19.06) pic.twitter.com/7QxvoJFYw3
Third wave of Covid 'definitely under way' in UK: Scientist
A new wave of coronavirus infections is "definitely under way" in England due to the Delta variant first identified in India, a British government advisory scientist said on Saturday.
"The race is firmly on between the vaccine program... and the Delta variant third wave," said professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Xinhua news agency reported.
Acknowledging the recent surge in infections, Finn told the BBC: "Perhaps we can be a little bit optimistic it's not going up any faster, but nevertheless it's going up -- so this third wave is definitely under way." Noting that the highest number of cases of the Delta variant is among 16-25 year-olds, Finn said that older people are still "much more likely to end up in hospital."
Russia adds 17,906 new Covid cases
Russia has reported another 17,906 Covid-19 cases in the past 24-hour period, according to the official data released on Saturday.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,299,215, Xinhua news agency reported.
The national Covid-19 death toll rose by 466 to 128,911 in the past day, while the number of the country's recoveries grew by 10,684 to 4,861,343. Meanwhile, Moscow, Russia's worst-hit region, reported 9,120 new cases, taking its total to 1,278,265.
Full Covid-19 vaccination of adults will take 7 months if pace doubled
Fully vaccinating India’s entire adult population by December looks like an uphill task as current estimates show that even by doubling the daily pace, the vaccination exercise can be completed only by the end of January 2022. At the current rate, it would take around 15 more months, or September 2022, to vaccinate adult Indians.
There are 865 million adults who require vaccination to meet the December target; according to demographic data from the Department of Economic Affairs May 2021 Monthly Economic Review. READ MORE...
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