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June 27, 2021 / 11:19 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: WHO director-general laments lack of vaccines donated by rich countries

Coronavirus News Highlights: The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore total COVID-19 cases on May 4 this year and three crore on June 23.

Coronavirus News Highlights: A single-day rise of 50,040 fresh COVID-19 infections took India's tally to 3,02,33,183 while the number of active cases reduced to 5,86,403, according to Union Health Ministry data on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 3,95,751 with 1,258 more people succumbing to the viral disease in a day. The number of active cases has further declined to 5,86,403 and
now comprises 1.94 per cent of the total infections, the data updated at 8 am showed. Recoveries outnumbered daily new cases of COVID-19 for the 45th consecutive day with the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surging to 2,92,51,029. The case fatality rate stood at 1.31 per cent. While the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.75 per cent, the weekly case positivity rate has come down to 2.91 per cent. According to the Health Ministry data, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.82 per cent. It has been less than 5 per cent for 20 consecutive days. India administered 64.25 lakh vaccine doses in a day, taking the cumulative number of jabs given so far under the nationwide inoculation drive to 32.17 crore, according to immunisation data published at 7 am. Also, 17,45,809 tests were conducted on Friday for the detection of COVID-19, taking the total number of tests conducted so far in the country to 40,18,11,892. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
  • June 27, 2021 / 11:20 PM IST

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  • June 27, 2021 / 10:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | WHO director-general laments lack of coronavirus vaccines donated by rich countries

    The head of the World Health Organization lamented the lack of coronavirus vaccines being immediately donated by rich countries to the developing world. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday that there was nothing to discuss during a recent meeting of an advisory group established to allocate vaccines. 

    In his words: There are no vaccines to allocate. Tedros says concerns being raised by some donors that African countries don't have the infrastructure to deliver vaccines or that there are vaccine hesitancy problems are inconsequential. Tedros says concerns being raised by some donors that African countries don't have the infrastructure to deliver vaccines or that there are vaccine hesitancy problems are inconsequential.

    He criticised rich countries that may be using that as a pretext not to donate vaccines. (AP)

  • June 27, 2021 / 10:31 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 'Such exaggerated numbers look good in comic books': Owaisi on Centre's vaccine procurement estimates

    "Government of India has told Supreme Court that by August it will arrange 135 crore vaccine doses. But on May 28, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said GoI will provide 213 crore vaccine doses by December. They have come down from 213 crore doses to 135 crore doses. Their (GoI) lies are exposed," news agency ANI quoted Asaduddin Owaisi as saying.

    "Modi government's another lie is that from August to December Bharat Biotech will provide 7.60 crore vaccine doses. Is it possible that in June it's (Bharat Biotech) providing 50 lakh doses and then this number? Such exaggerated numbers look good in comic books," he added.

  • June 27, 2021 / 09:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Punjab reports 298 new cases, 11 deaths in last 24 hours

    Punjab has reported 298 new positive cases, 641 recoveries, and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state's active caseload dropped to 4,020, whereas, the overall tally reached 5,94,883.

  • June 27, 2021 / 09:07 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Maharashtra sees 9,974 new cases, 143 deaths, 8,562 recoveries

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 9,974 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 143 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 60,36,821 and the toll to 1,21,286, the state Health department said. A total of 8,562 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 57,90,113 so far, leaving the state with 1,22,252 active cases, it said. (PTI)

  • June 27, 2021 / 08:11 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 746 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

    Mumbai has reported 746 new COVID-19 cases, 1,295 recoveries and 13 deaths today. 

    Active cases: 8,582 
    Total recoveries: 6,94,082 
    Death toll: 15,396

  • June 27, 2021 / 07:14 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Kerala reports 10,905 new cases, 62 deaths

    Kerala has reported 10,905 new COVID19 cases, 12,351 recoveries and 62 deaths today.

    Active cases: 99,591
    Death toll: 12,879

  • June 27, 2021 / 06:54 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Serum Institute of India produces over 10 crore doses of Covishield in June

    Fulfilling its commitment, Serum Institute of India has produced over 10 crore doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in June so far as India ramps up the pace of its vaccination drive in the face of a possible third wave of the viral infection.

    India's COVID-19 inoculation drive has picked up pace under the new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination that commenced on June 21 with around 69 lakh vaccine doses being administered on an average daily in the last six days. (PTI)

  • June 27, 2021 / 05:15 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Delhi reports 89 new cases, 4 deaths

    Delhi has reported 89 new COVID-19 cases, 285 recoveries and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 1,568
    Total recoveries: 14,07,401
    Death toll: 24,965 
    ​Positivity rate: 0.12%

  • June 27, 2021 / 04:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Third wave late, have 6-8 months window period to vaccinate all, says COVID working group chief

    "ICMR has come up with a study which says 3rd wave is likely to come late. We've window period of 6-8 months to immunise everybody in country. In coming days, our target is to administer 1 crore doses every day," said Dr NK Arora, Chairman, COVID working group.

    "Trial for Zydus Cadila vaccine is almost complete. By July end or in August, we might be able to start administering this vaccine to children of 12-18 age group," he added.

  • June 27, 2021 / 04:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | No lessons learnt from first wave: UP BJP leader criticises COVID-19 handling

    Criticising the handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Uttar Pradesh, a ruling party leader has claimed that at least 10 people died in every village during the second wave as no lessons were learnt from the first one. State BJP working committee member Ram Iqbal Singh, who made the remarks on Saturday, is the latest among the party’s own leaders who have questioned the management of the novel coronavirus infection in the state.

    Speaking to reporters here, Singh rued that the health department did not learn any lessons from the first wave of COVID-19 which led to a large number of deaths due to the disease in the second wave. “At least 10 people from every village in the state died in the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic,” he alleged. The BJP leader also demanded that Rs 10 lakh be given to the kin of those who have succumbed to the infection.

    He lamented that after 75 years of freedom, this district with a population of 34 lakh, has no doctors or medicines. Asked that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Ballia had expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made by the health department, Singh said the officials had misled the CM, and the truth was not shown. He also urged the BJP government to give diesel subsidy to farmers.

    Meanwhile, Ballia BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast claimed that BKU leader Rakesh Tikait was derailing the farmers protest against the Centre’s three new agri-marketing laws. "Tikait should not have linked the farmers movement with anti-BJP opposition, West Bengal elections, upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and Article 370,” he told reporters.

  • June 27, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | BJP men helped people amid COVID-19 surge, some were active only on Twitter: J P Nadda

    BJP president J P Nadda on Sunday took a veiled dig at opposition leaders such as RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, saying that "our workers" were out on the streets helping people distressed by the recent COVID-19 surge, unlike "many others who remained active only on Twitter". Nadda, who attended the BJP's state executive meeting in Bihar over a video conference, also said that the saffron party members live by the motto "seva hi sangathan hai" (service being equivalent to organisation)

    Yadav often takes to Twitter to criticise the Nitish Kumar government. The 31-year-old opposition leader, who keeps facing accusations of absenteeism, returned to the state last week after spending close to a month in the national capital, where, he claimed, he was looking after his ailing father Lalu Prasad, the RJD national president. "We live by the motto of service being equivalent to organization. Our workers helped the needy during the second wave without any trepidation. Many others chose to remain active only on Twitter, quarantining themselves at safe places," said Nadda.

    The BJP leader who relishes his connections with the Bihar capital, where he was born and spent his early years, also reiterated the need for reminding the younger generation of excesses committed during the Emergency imposed by the Congress government and the lawlessness that kept Bihar in news when Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi ruled the state for 15 years together.

    "During Emergency, a mere visit to Jayaprakash Narayan's house in Kadam Kuan could invite arrest. Our comrades like Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Union minister) faced untold brutalities while in jail. Youngsters of today do not know all this. They should be told about these things, about the sacrifices our generation made for preserving democracy," said Nadda, who was an active member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the 1970s.

    "They must also be reminded of the days under Lalu, when people feared to venture out after sunset and medical practitioners and professionals had begun to migrate out of Bihar fearing the rampant extortion rackets and kidnappings for ransom," he said. Notably, the RJD and the Congress are old allies and have shared power in the state as well as at the Centre.

    Mocking the agitations against the new farm laws, the BJP president said, "Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar had shared an anecdote that when asked to point out which provisions they find objectionable, the protesters could lay their fingers on none. But they have launched a movement." He also urged party leaders to apprise the common public of the work done by the Narendra Modi government for the betterment of farmers, small- and medium-scale industries and every section of the society. He exhorted party workers to put in efforts to ensure the success of the universal vaccination programme against COVID-19 and work with the motto "mera booth- corona mukt, vaccination yukt" (my booth free from corona, fully vaccinated). 

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