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Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reports 84,332 new cases in last 24 hours, active count dips to 10.80 lakh – The Indian Express

A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a child in Ahmedabad on Friday. (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)

Coronavirus India Live Updates: India’s Covid-19 caseload climbed to 29,359,155 on Saturday after 84,332 new infections were logged in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. This is the first time in more than two months that the daily cases went below the 90,000-mark. On Friday, 91,702 Covid-19 cases were recorded across the country. Active cases have also come down to 10.80 lakh.

As many as 4,002 people succumbed to the viral disease and 121,311 recovered on Saturday, taking the death toll and recoveries to 367,081 and 27,911,384 respectively.

The ICMR will start national-level sero surveys to assess the spread of Covid-19 and all states as well as Union Territories should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, the Union health ministry said on Friday. The ministry also said that thought the country’s coronavirus situation appears to be stabilising, people to continue following the appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms.

The Ministry on Friday said there has been 8% decline in daily cases since highest peak reported on May 7. The ministry, in its press briefing, also mentioned that the weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has declined by 74% since the highest such rate was reported at 21.6% between April 30-May 6.

The US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday rejected emergency use authorisation for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine, instead recommending that the vaccine manufacturer’s US partner apply for biologics licence application (BLA), PTI reported. BLA is a “full approval” mechanism by the FDA for drugs and vaccines.

A hazard map of Indian cities, accounting for the potential of spreading infectious diseases from typical outbreak locations through inter-city travel, has placed Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Jhansi, Pune and Jaipur in top positions.

Researchers at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, after studying 446 cities with over one lakh population, have linked the transport modes and its usage frequency to understand the spread of infectious diseases from a host city reporting an outbreak and its spread. (Read Anjali Marar’s report)

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported 36 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 7,233, a health official said on Saturday. Of the 36 new cases, 30 were detected during contact tracing and six have travel history. The Covid-19 death toll remained at 125 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. The archipelago now has 124 active Covid-19 cases, he said. (PTI)

Police check vehicular movement in Kerala as the weekend lockdown comes into effect across the state. Only essential services are allowed. (ANI)

India’s Covid-19 caseload climbed to 29,359,155 on Saturday after 84,332 new infections were logged in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. This is the first time in more than two months that the daily cases went below the 90,000-mark. On Friday, 91,702 Covid-19 cases were recorded across the country. Active cases have also come down to 10.80 lakh.

As many as 4,002 people succumbed to the viral disease and 121,311 recovered on Saturday, taking the death toll and recoveries to 367,081 and 27,911,384 respectively.

Publication of crucial phase 3 trial data of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, which will detail the efficacy of the indigenous Covid vaccine developed by ICMR and Bharat Biotech, will done in the next “7-8 days”, according to Dr V K Paul, who heads the country’s Covid task force.

Paul said the data will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, “go beyond” information submitted so far to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), and reveal findings from “follow-ups” of the clinical trial. (Read Kaunain Sheriff M’s report)

The United States is helping India in its time of need amid a raging second wave of the Covid-19 infections just like it extended help when the hospitals here were strained due to the pandemic, an official in the Joe Biden Administration has told lawmakers. With the support of the Defence Department, USAID has airlifted critical medical supplies, Jeremy M. Konyndyk the Executive Director of Covid-19 Task Force Office of the Administrator, USAID, told a House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact.

“Our support is improving India’s capacity to provide life-saving oxygen to Covid-19 patients,” he said. The Biden Administration, he said, is constantly consulting with the Government of India, non-governmental stakeholders and its interagency partners to ensure that USAID’s response is targeted to where it is most needed and will be most effective. (PTI)

Telangana reports 1707 new Covid-19 cases

COVID-19 vaccination in Bihar is likely to pick up with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday setting a target of inoculating 60 million people in the next six months. The chief minister gave instructions to the effect at a meeting of the state health department here. Till date, 1.18 crore people in the state, which has a total population of about 13 crores, have received the jabs. The chief minister said to achieve the target of “vaccinating six crore people in six months”, as many government employees as required should be roped in. Kumar also underscored the need for an awareness campaign “to make people understand that getting vaccinated was essential for saving their own lives. –PTI

Chandigarh reports 70 cases, 3 deaths and 84 discharges today; the total number of active cases in the Union Territory is 564.

Karnataka reports 8,249 new cases.

Mumbai reports 696 new Covid-19 cases.

The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that issues raised in the pleas, seeking directions for ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4,00,000 to the families of those who have died of Covid-19, are “genuine” and are under consideration of the government. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, requested a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah to give him some time so that he can file a reply on the pleas. “The issues are genuine and are being attended to. If the court will grant me some time, I will file a reply,” Mehta told the bench. –PTI

The Delhi High Court Friday noted that grievances of people here in the age group of 18-44 years who had received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin and were finding it difficult to get its second dose have been addressed to a large extent and no further orders are required. Justice Rekha Palli disposed of the three pleas filed by persons who were finding it difficult to get the second dose of Covaxin after getting the first jab as they have been fully vaccinated now. The court was informed by the Delhi government that after 40,000 doses, now an additional quantity of 20,000 doses of Covaxin has been procured for the 18-44 years age group from a special quota to administer a second dose. –PTI

The ICMR will start national-level sero surveys to assess the spread of Covid-19 and all states as well as Union Territories should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, the Union health ministry said on Friday. The ministry also said that thought the country’s coronavirus situation appears to be stabilising, people to continue following the appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has allowed private hospitals to return COVID-19 vaccine doses to the government and the directed the latter to get chief medical and health officers to verify the returned stock and process refunds. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sujoy Paul observed that vaccination has to be done free of cost now in view of a change in the Union government’s policy. “The hospitals referred (applicant private hospitals) may return the indicated number of vials/vaccine doses (anti-coronavirus vaccine) to concerned CMHOs of Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Narsinghpur. The CMHO shall duly verify the same and the amount paid in-lieu thereof shall be refunded to the concerned hospital within a period of one month,” the HC order of Thursday said. –PTI

Breaking chain of transmission ensures lesser strain on health infrastructure, better quality of care, says Health Ministry

“About 74% decrease in weekly COVID-19 positivity rate since the highest such rate reported between April 30-May 6 at 21.6% in India,” said Health Ministry.

“Almost 78% decline in daily new COVID-19 cases has been noted in India since the highest reported peak in daily cases on May 7,” Health Ministry said on Friday while briefing the media on current coronavirus situation in India.

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 8,42,461 on Friday as 5,235 more people tested positive for the infection, the lowest single-day rise in the last 50 days, a health department official said. Forty-three fresh fatalities due to the contagion pushed the death toll to 3,210, he said. Of the new cases, 2,975 were reported from quarantine centres, and 2,273 detected during contact tracing. Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, reported the highest number of new cases at 726, followed by Cuttack (557) and Jajpur (394). The remaining new cases were registered in several other districts. –PTI

A group of senior government officials have formed a volunteer group to lend a helping hand to students severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns across the country.

The initiative, put together by 2017-batch Indian Revenue Service officer Shashank Shekhar Singh, focusses on students whose studies have been hit, Indian Forest Department (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey told PTI on Friday.

“In the second wave of COVID-19, students studying in different states of the country faced economic, social and mental stress following coronavirus infection among their family members or because they have been trapped away from home due to the lockdown. This has hit their studies the most,” he said. Pandey is currently posted as the director of Delhi zoo. (PTI)

Beneficiaries wait to get Covid-19 vaccine at ESIS Hospital vaccination centre during heavy rain, in Navi Mumbai. (PTI)

A significant percentage of the vaccinations carried out in major cities across the country were administered on employees of large corporates — mostly in the service sector but some from manufacturing as well — and their families, official data analysed by The Indian Express show. Between April 7, when the government allowed corporates to vaccinate at workplaces, and Wednesday, a total 69,170 shots had been administered at the campuses of software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at several cities across India.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said that his country had contributed “more than any nation” to the global vaccine-sharing effort ‘COVAX’. “We’ve supported (vaccine) manufacturing efforts abroad through our partnerships with Japan, India and Australia, together known as the Quad,” he said in a recent press briefing.

Terming the low coverage of Covid vaccination among the healthcare and frontline workers a cause of “serious concern”, the Centre Thursday advised the states and Union Territories to prepare effective plans for expediting the second dose coverage among these priority groups, PTI reported. At a high-level meeting chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with the states to review vaccination progress, it was highlighted that while the national average for the first dose administration among the healthcare workers (HCWs) is 82 per cent, for the second dose, it is only 56 per cent, a statement issued by the health ministry said.

Delhi on Thursday recorded 305 Covid-19 new cases and 44 deaths while taking the positivity rat down to 0.41%. On Wednesday, the national capital had recorded 337 fresh infections with a positivity rate of 0.46 per cent and 36 fatalities.

India reported 94,052 Covid-19 cases, and 6,148 deaths on Thursday. This is the highest number of deaths that the country has seen in a day since the start of the pandemic. The jump in deaths come after Bihar revised its toll on Wednesday, adding 3,951 previously uncounted deaths to its tally.

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