Coronavirus News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 30.16 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Coronavirus News Highlights: India’s brutal second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is receding. So far, the country has recorded over 3 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 3,91,981 deaths. A total of 2,90,63,740 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 6,27,057 active COVID-19 cases in the country, which comprises 2.08 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's recovery rate now stands at 96.61 percent. Globally, more than 17.95 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 38.89 lakh have died so far. India has begun the third phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 18 years of age will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. India's drug regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for three vaccines - Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 30.16 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
A total of 2,89,94,855 people have recuperated from COVID-19 in India, so far. (Representative image)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 789 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths; 542 recover
Mumbai reported 789 new coronavirus cases and 10 fresh fatalities on Thursday, while 542 patients recovered from the infection, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data, with the new cases, the COVID-19 tally jumped to 7,24,113, while the death toll increased to 15,348.
June 24, 2021 / 09:22 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | CMO Gujarat: Restrictions including night curfew will continue in eight Municipal Corporations of the state and a total of 18 cities including Vapi, Ankleshwar, Mehsana, and Gandhinagar. Night curfew in these 18 cities has been reduced by 1 hour from 10 pm to 8 am.
In another significant achievement, India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the 30-crore mark, the Union Health Ministry said on June 24. On the fourth day of new phase of COVID-19 Vaccination, more than 54.07 lakh vaccine doses administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report. More than 7.59 crore vaccine doses administered in the age group 18-44, so far, the report added.
June 24, 2021 / 07:32 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Customised crash course to help build capacity to deal with COVID challenges: Minister
The recently launched customised crash course programme for skilling ''COVID warriors'' is an important step towards building capability to combat the challenges posed by the pandemic, Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on June 18 launched the programme that aims to skill and upskill over one lakh ''COVID warriors'' across the country. Through this initiative, training will be provided to the youth in healthcare-related jobs for them to support and serve their fellow citizens during this pandemic, the minister for skill development and entrepreneurship said. "I am confident that this training will prove helpful in reducing the burden on our doctors and nurses and also help our youth get better opportunities in future," Pandey said. The programme "is an important step towards building capacity and capability to combat current and future challenges of COVID-19," he added. The new job roles identified under the programme include basic care support, emergency care, advanced care, sample collection, home care and medical equipment support.
June 24, 2021 / 07:17 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Kerala sees 12,708 new COVID-19 infections; total case tally surges past 28.55 lakh
Kerala recorded 12,708 fresh coronavirus cases, including 77 health workers, on Thursday while over 99,000 people are undergoing treatment for the disease. As many as 11,469 people have been cured, taking the total recoveries to 27.41 lakh so far. The cumulative cases have mounted to 28.55 lakh. In the last 24 hours, 1,16,507 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 10.37 per cent and so far2,23,97,780 samples have been tested, the state government said. Ernakulam recorded the highest number of cases--1461, followed by Kollam 1325, Malappuram 1287 and Thiruvananthapuram 1248.
June 24, 2021 / 07:15 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Increase COVID-19 testing, vaccination: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asks officials
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday directed the state health authorities to focus on seven districts in the state, where the COVID-19 infection count is relatively higher, and increase testing and vaccination there. Thackeray also made it clear that there should be no hurry in relaxing the coronavirus-induced restrictions and the local administration should not take any chances considering the threat of the virus spread. Addressing virtually the collectors of Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Hingoli districts, where the number of cases being reported is high, Thackeray said the state health department should plan about making available oxygen beds, ICU beds, setting up field hospitals in all districts in view of the possibility of a third wave. He said that upgrading health infrastructure is necessary in view of the prevailing second wave, the Delta plus variant of the virus and the threat of third wave. "We have to be very careful in future. We are at the tail of the second wave. Unlocking shouldn''t be done in a hurry. Each district should be self-sufficient in oxygen production. Administration must ensure that oxygen, medical equipment are available for rural and remote areas," he said.
June 24, 2021 / 07:03 PM IST
Tamil Nadu reports 6,162 new COVID cases, 9,046 recoveries, and 155 deaths ##Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu reports 6,162 new COVID cases, 9,046 recoveries, and 155 deaths
Tamil Nadu reports 6,162 new COVID cases, 9,046 recoveries, and 155 deaths today.
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Covid vaccine administered to 300 inmates at Muzaffarnagar district jail
The health department on Thursday administered Covid vaccine to 300 inmates at the Muzaffarnagar district jail on the directives of the district administration, officials said. According to jail superintendent A K Saxena, a team of health department officials administered the vaccine to 300 inmates aged above 18 years to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The team also tested 177 inmates for the infection, he said.
June 24, 2021 / 06:44 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Russia's daily virus cases, deaths hit six-month highs
Russia on Thursday reported more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections and 568 deaths, a peak not seen since January, as the country battles a surging outbreak of the Delta variant worsened by a sluggish jab drive. In total, officials reported 20,182 new cases across the country over the past 24 hours, including just over 8,500 infections in Moscow, the epicentre of Russia's outbreak. The Russian capital also recorded 92 deaths -- the highest in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to the state-run TASS news agency. The explosion of new cases since mid-June has been spurred by the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India. It represents 90 percent of new infections in Moscow, the city's mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said.
June 24, 2021 / 06:26 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Andhra Pradesh reports 4,981 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths; recoveries cross 18 lakh mark
The total COVID-19 recoveries crossed 18 lakh and the number of active cases slid below 50,000 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. The state registered 4,981 fresh coronavirus cases, 6,464 recoveries and 38 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am today, according to the latest bulletin. The cumulative positives now touched 18,67,017 while the recoveries went up to 18,04,844. The overall toll stood at 12,490,the bulletin said. The active caseload in the state was now 49,683.
June 24, 2021 / 06:23 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | British PM suggests unrestricted travel for the fully vaccinated is coming soon
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted on Thursday that the UK was close to permitting unrestricted travel abroad for fully vaccinated people, in what would be a huge boost for airlines and holiday companies brought to their knees by Covid-19. Johnson said he was not ruling out going abroad for his summer holiday and said there would be an announcement later on Thursday. "I think that the whole double jab process is offering the real prospect of opening up to travel, and we'll be setting out a bit more later on," he told reporters.
June 24, 2021 / 06:05 PM IST
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Vaccine acceptability for travel should be decided by global institution like WHO: Pakistan
Pakistan on Thursday demanded that the acceptability of a coronavirus vaccine for travel across the world should be determined by a global institution like WHO instead of allowing individual nations to make such a decision. Planning Minister Asad Umar, who is also head of anti-corona National Command and Operation Centre, tweeted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be given powers to decide on the vital issue. “Vaccine acceptability decisions have to be taken by a global institution like WHO. Each country deciding which vaccine is acceptable for travel to that country is creating chaos. The health & well-being of world citizens cannot become hostage to global geo-strategic rivalries,” he said. The demand was made as Pakistan faced problems due to its dependence on China for vaccines which are not accepted by many countries for travels, who only accept Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.