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Coronavirus wrap June 30: PM Modi allows free food grain to poor till November-end; Recovery rate nears 60%

Globally, more than 1.02 crore infections and over 5.04 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

June 30, 2020 / 08:50 PM IST

India has recorded 5,66,840 cases of the novel coronavirus and 16,893 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update.

Of these, 2,15,125 are active cases while 3,34,822 have recovered.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.

Globally, more than 1.02 crore infections and over 5.04 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Here are all the latest updates:

COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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>> In his sixth address to the nation since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of wearing a mask and said that carelessness on part of people after Unlock 1.0 is a cause of concern. He also announced extension of the Garib Kalyan Yojana.

>> India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN got the nod for human clinical trials from the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI). The drug has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.

>> The Health Ministry said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is reaching 60 percent now.

>> The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as the health crisis has not yet been contained and that it poses a risk to Indian economy.

>> The output of eight core infrastructure industries shrank by 23.4 percent in May due to the lockdown, official data quoted by news agency PTI said.

>>  Johnson & Johnson said it is preparing the ground for the entry of a vaccine against COVID-19 and is expanding its manufacturing capacity to supply more than one billion doses through 2021.

>> The historic Jama Masjid will reopen for congregational prayers (namaz) from July 4, Shahi Imam of the mosque Syed Ahmed Bukhari said.

>> Some members of superstar Aamir Khan's staff tested positive for COVID-19.

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first published: Jun 30, 2020 08:50 pm