Coronavirus Live News Updates: 28,252 Mucormycosis Cases Reported From 28 States And UTs, Says Harsh Vardhan

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Haryana records 39 more deaths, 640 new cases

Haryana reported 39 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, bringing the toll to 8,751, while 640 fresh infections pushed the state's infection count to 7,62,931, according to a bulletin.

According to the health department's daily bulletin, the fresh fatalities include four each from Gurugram and Hisar and three each from Bhiwani and Rewari districts. Jind reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 while 59 and 55 fresh infections were from Yamunanagar and Sirsa, respectively.

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Gujarat reports 778 COVID-19 cases, 2,613 recoveries

Gujarat on Monday reported 778 new coronavirus positive cases and 11 fatalities, taking the tally to 8,17,012 and the toll to 9,944, the state health department said.

With 2,613 patients being discharged during the day, Gujarat's cumulative count of recoveries rose to 7,90,906, leaving the state with 16,162 active cases, the department said in a release. Gujarat's case recovery rate improved further to 96.80 per cent on Monday.

At 181, Vadodara reported the highest number of new cases in Gujarat in the day, followed by 120 in Ahmedabad, 115 in Surat, 47 in Rajkot, 24 in Jamnagar, 16 in Bhavnagar among other districts, it said.

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Over 31 lakh vaccine doses administered today, says Centre

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 23.59 crore, with over 31 lakh doses given on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. The ministry said 16,07,531 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose and 68,661 beneficiaries of the same age group their second dose on Monday.

Cumulatively, 3,02,45,100 persons in the age group across states and Union Territories have received their first dose and 2,37,107 the second dose since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive on May 1, the ministry said.

Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have administered more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of COVID vaccine, it said.

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Centre issues advisory for rational use of Remdesivir in COVID-19 treatment

The government on Monday issued an advisory for rational use of Remdesivir in COVID-19 treatment, underlining that the anti-viral drug must be advised by senior faculty members directly involved in the patient's care. The drug should be provided by the hospitals, and patient's relatives should not be asked to procure it from the retail market, it said.

To stop the misuse of Remdesivir, the government further recommended that if the drug is to be advised or ordered during odd hours, it should be done by the duty doctor after a telephonic consultation with a senior faculty member, specialist or a unit in-charge, and that advise or order must be written and it should bear the name, signature and stamp of the doctor concerned.

According to the advisory, every hospital needs to set up a special drug committee (SDC) to review the use of Remdesivir at the facility periodically.

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At 728, Mumbai's COVID-19 tally remains below 1,000 on 8th day

Mumbai on Monday reported 728 new coronavirus positive cases and 28 fatalities, taking the tally to 7,12,329 and the toll to 15,066, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Mumbai had recorded 794 cases and 20 deaths due to COVID-19 the previous day.

Mumbai has been reporting less than 1,000 cases every day for the last seven days. With 28,076 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Mumbai rose to 64,53,499, as per the BMC data. Mumbai is now left with 15,786 active cases.

Mumbai's case recovery rate now stands at 95 percent while the overall growth rate of cases for the period between May 31 to June 6 remained 0.12 percent. The current case doubling rate stands at 550 days, according to BMC.

Meanwhile, the number of active sealed buildings in Mumbai has dipped below 100-mark to 96 for the first time since the beginning of April.

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Telangana reports 1,933 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

Telangana on Monday reported 1,933 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 5,93,103, while the toll rose to 3,394 with 16 more deaths.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 165, followed by Khammam (160) and Nalgonda (148), a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM on Monday.

It said 3,527 people recovered from the infectious disease, pushing the cumulative number of recovered cases to 5,64,303. The number of cases under treatment/isolation was 25,406. The bulletin said 1,32,996 samples were tested on Monday and the total number of samples tested was 1,59,94,238.

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Kerala extends shutdown till 16 June, state records 9,313 new

The Kerala government on Monday extended the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on June 9, till June 16, as the state reported 9,313 new COVID-19 cases and 221 more deaths.

The infection count now stood at 26,12,370 and the toll 10,157, while 21,921 persons recuperated from the disease, taking the total cured in the state to 24,83,992.

The government decided to extend the lockdown till June 16 after considering the high test positivity rate prevailing in the state, the chief minister's office said.

The CM's office also said the restrictions will be "severe" (total lockdown) on June 12 and 13.

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103 people have died so far due to black fungus in Andhra, says official

Black Fungus has so far claimed 103 lives in Andhra Pradesh, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said on Monday. In all 1,623 cases of the disease were reported in the state so far, he told a press conference.

Though only 13,105 Liposomal Amphotericin-B injections were delivered to the state to date, they had been managing with Posaconazole injections and tablets as an alternative.

"We placed a purchase order for 91,650 Amphotericin-B injections. The Centre supplied only 13,105, of which only 1,225 are in hand now. We could so far arrange 12,250 Posaconazole injections and 1,01,980 tablets," the Principal Secretary said.

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Fresh stock of Covaxin to be used for those requiring second dose in 18-44 age group: Atishi

Delhi received a fresh stock of 40,000 Covaxin doses on Sunday evening for the 18-44 age group and they will be used only for those in this category requiring the second jab, AAP MLA Atishi said. Issuing the daily vaccination bulletin on Monday, the AAP leader said for the 18-44 segment, Delhi has a stock of 40,840 vaccines, out of which 40,300 are Covaxin.

"The 40,000 Covaxin shots will be used only for those in the 18-44 group who received their first shots in early May and are now eligible for their second dose," Atishi said.

On Sunday, the Delhi government directed private hospitals and nursing homes to administer Covaxin only to those eligible for the second dose in the 18-44 age group in the month of June or until further orders.

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PM's vaccine announcement injects new strength in fight against COVID: Rajnath Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement that the Centre would provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge to all above the age of 18 years has injected a new strength to the fight against the pandemic, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. Singh said the prime minister's announcement has given great relief to the people of the country.

Singh said the prime minister's announcement has given great relief to the people of the country. "By announcing free vaccine from the central government to all the countrymen above the age of 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given great relief to the public and a new strength to fight against coronavirus," the defence minister tweeted. "I heartily congratulate the prime minister for this public welfare decision," he said.

In an address to the nation, Modi announced that the central government would provide vaccines free of charge to all above 18 years from June 21. In a series of tweets in Hindi, Singh said Modi has completely quashed the efforts by some to spread apprehensions about the COVID vaccines in India.

प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi ने आज १८ वर्ष से ऊपर सभी देशवासियों को केंद्र सरकार द्वारा मुफ़्त वैक्सीन देने की घोषणा करके जनता को बड़ी राहत और कोरोना से लड़ने की एक नई ताक़त दी है। इस जन कल्याणकारी निर्णय के लिए मैं प्रधानमंत्रीजी का हार्दिक अभिनंदन करता हूँ।

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 7, 2021

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Health ministry drops ivermectin, doxycycline from treatment guidelines

The Union health ministry’s directorate general of health services (DGHS) has revised the Covid management guidelines dropping all medicines, except antipyretic and antitussive, for asymptomatic and mild cases.

The updated treatment guidelines state that apart from fever and cold medication, no other Covid-specific medication is required in mild cases.

The guidelines recommended that patients observe Covid-appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining distance from others. They added that patients should tele-consult with their doctors, monitor temperature and oxygen saturation levels and eat a healthy and balanced diet.

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JP Nadda thanks PM for providing free vaccines

आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी द्वारा समस्त देशवासियों के लिए मुफ़्त वैक्सीन उपलब्ध कराने के लिए हम उनका ह्रदय से आभार व्यक्त करते हैं। कोरोना के ख़िलाफ़ लड़ाई में मोदी जी की सरकार हर देशवासी के साथ खड़ी है। गरीब से गरीब व्यक्ति को मुफ़्त वैक्सीन लगे ये हमारा संकल्प है।

— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 7, 2021

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Goa sees 418 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

Goa on Monday reported 418 new coronavirus positive cases and 13 fatalities, taking the tally to 1,59,811 and the toll to 2,840, a health official said. With 1,162 patients being discharged during the day, the overall count of recoveries in Goa rose to 1,50,574, leaving the state with 6,397 active cases, the official said.

"With 2,745 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Goa has gone up to 8,48,687," he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,59,811, new cases 418, death toll 2,840, discharged 1,50,574, active cases 6,397, samples tested till date 8,48,687

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Uttar Pradesh registers 81 deaths, 727 new cases

Fresh COVID-19 deaths came under 100 in the past 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh taking the total fatalities in the state to 21,333 with 81 fresh deaths, a government spokesman said here on Monday.

The number of new cases also declined to 727 since Sunday taking the total infection tally to 16,99,083, the spokesman said. Of the 81 fresh deaths, 24 have been reported from Kanpur Nagar, nine in Gorakhpur, seven in Bareilly, five in Prayagraj, four in Meerut, three each in Saharanpur and Mathura, and two each in Lucknow, Lakhimpur Kheri, Jhansi, Deoria, Agra and Mau.

Of the 727 fresh cases, 53 have been reported from Lucknow, 38 from Kanpur Nagar, 34 from Gautam Buddh Nagar and Lakhimpur Kheri and 31 from Meerut among others.

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Moderna seeks to use vaccine for adolescents

Moderna Inc. has filed a request with the European Medicines Agency for its COVID-19 vaccine to be granted authorization for use in adolescents, reports The Associated Press.

In a statement on Monday, Moderna said it had filed data for conditional marketing approval in the 27-nation EU bloc to expand its coronavirus vaccine to children, beyond the green light it received in January for use in adults 18 and over. If authorized, it would be the second COVID-19 vaccine for children to be cleared in the EU. Last month, the European drug regulator approved the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech for children aged 12 to 15.

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Odisha: Villages in Jajpur's Binjharpur block announce shutdown 

Sarpanchs of Binjharpur block in Odisha's Jajpur district have decided to impose a shutdown in their panchayat areas amid rising COVID-19 cases. The announcement was made after all 29 panchayats of the block passed a resolution to this effect. A copy of the resolution was also sent to the district collector, seeking cooperation to impose the shutdown. The shutdown will be imposed in two phases — from June 8 to June 10, and June 14 to June 17, the resolution said. There will be no shutdown on June 11, and June 12 and 13 will be covered by the weekend shutdown imposed by the state government. PTI

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Students going abroad will be prioritised in Covid vaccination process, says Punjab CM

Students who want to go abroad for studies from Punjab will now be prioritised in the Covid vaccination process in the 18-44 group, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday.  At a virtual Covid review meeting, the chief minister directed the Health and Medical Education departments to allow districts to use up to 10 percent of the doses for the 18-44 years age group for priority categories other than those approved at the state level.  The move will help students going to countries where universities require them to be vaccinated.  Besides students seeking to go abroad, caregivers of elderly persons and other urgent priority groups may be included in this list, an official statement quoting Singh said. PTI

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Centre mulling to allow domestic air travel without Covid-negative report post-vaccination: Report

The Centre is considering a mechanism to allow air passengers who have got both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to travel within the country without a negative test report, senior government officials told news agency PTI on Monday. Central ministries, including the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, are currently discussing the matter with various other stakeholders, they added. Currently, a number of states, including Odisha, Meghalaya and Maharashtra, ask passengers coming from outside to carry a Covid-negative report with them wherein the test sample was taken not more than 72 hours before the journey. Domestic airlines, which have already taken a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have told the civil aviation ministry that such state-level requirements are hampering the growth of air travel and the fully-vaccinated passengers should be allowed to travel without Covid-negative reports, the officials said. 

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Delhi records 231 new COVID-19 cases, 36 deaths 

The National Capital reported 231 new instances of the COVID-19 infection, the lowest since March 2, with the positivity rate dipping to 0.36 per cent, according to the health bulletin released on Monday. Thirty-six more people succumbed to the disease in a day, pushing the toll to 24,627. On Sunday, Delhi had recorded 34 fatalities, the lowest in around two months, and 381 cases with a positivity of 0.5 per cent. On Saturday, the city registered 60 fatalities and 414 new cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 0.53 percent. The day before, it had recorded 50 deaths and 523 new cases with a positivity rate of 0.68 percent. PTI

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India took 141 days to administer 23 crore vaccine doses, says VK Paul

V K Paul, member (Health), NITI Aayog said India took 141 days to reach the 23 crore-mark in terms of cumulative doses administered, which remains the second highest in the world after the US which did the same in 134 days. "India is also one of the world's fastest countries in terms of number of doses administered so far. Out of 88.7 crore people who have been administered at least one dose globally, India accounts for 17.9 crore, which is 20.2 percent of the global coverage," Paul maintained. He also remarked that India is fully prepared to deal with pediatric COVID-19 care, but caution remains the key. PTI

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Total of 23,27,86,482 vaccine doses adminstered so far, says Harsh Vardhan 

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan noted that till Monday morning, 23,27,86,482 vaccine doses were administered to citizens in various categories. Talking specifically about the 18-44 age group, the first dose has been given to 2,86,18,514 people, he said. "As of today, over 1.4 crore doses are still available with the states," he said. About other categories, the minister noted that first doses have been given to 6,06,75,796 people in the above 60 category' and 7,10,44,966 in the 45-59 age group. PTI

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Over 28,00 mucormycosis cases reported from 28 states/UTs, says Harsh Vardhan 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said 28,252 cases of mucormycosis have so far been reported from 28 states/UTs in the country, of which 86 percent cases have a history of COVID-19 and 62.3 percent with a history of diabetes.  Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of mucormycosis cases (6,339) followed by Gujarat (5,486), he said after chairing the 28th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 via video conferencing, a health ministry statement said. PTI

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Puducherry too cancels plus-two board exams 

Chief Minister of Puducherry N Rangasamy announced on Monday that this year's plus-two Board examinations are cancelled in view of the ongoing pandemic situation in the Union Territory.  He said in a release that the examinations slated for Puducherry and Karaikal regions adopting the Tamil Nadu pattern of curriculum and syllabus have been cancelled.  

The announcement came days after the Tamil Nadu government decided to cancel the examinations.  More than 14,000 students of Puducherry and Karaikal

were to take the examination.

 PTI

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Over 30,000 children orphaned, lost a parent or abandoned due to COVID, NCPCR tells SC

 As many as 30,071 children were orphaned, lost a parent or abandoned mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic as per data submitted by different states till 5 June, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) informed the Supreme Court on Monday.  Of the total, 26,176 children have lost a parent, 3,621 have been orphaned and 274 have been abandoned, the NCPCR said.  It said Maharashtra has been worst affected with 7,084 children being orphaned, abandoned or have lost a parent mostly to the deadly virus since 1 April last year. PTI 

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Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana to continue till Diwali, says Modi

Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be continued till Diwali, The Times of India quotes the prime minister as saying.

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Centre will provide free vaccines to states for those above 18 years from 21 June, says Modi

Today it has been decided that the Centre will take over the responsibility for 25% vaccination work being carried out by the state in the next two weeks. From 21 June, Centre will provide free vaccines to states for every citizen above 18 years of age. Centre will procure 75% vaccine doses from manufacturers and give it free to state governments, Modi says. 

Provision for private hospitals to procure 25% of vaccine doses will continue. Private hospitals will be able to charge only Rs 150 above basic cost as service charge and state governments will have to monitor this, the prime minister further says. States will be informed a week in advance about the quantity of vaccines they will be getting, he informs.

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Three vaccine trials at advanced stage, says Modi

Centre has extended all possible help to vaccine manufacturers, says Modi. The prime minister says that the supply of vaccine is going to increase in the coming days.Seven companies are manufacturing various types of vaccines, 3 vaccine trials at advanced stage, he says.We have expedited the process of import of vaccines from other countries. Research is on to produce a nasal vaccine,"

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Over 23 crore vaccine doses administered so far, says Modi

In 2014, vaccination coverage in India was only around 60% claims Modi. At that rate it would have taken around 40 years to achieve full vaccination coverage and hence Mission Indradhanush was launched. We worked in mission mode and vaccination coverage was increased to 90% in just five years, he claims.

In less than a year, India launched two made in India vaccines in less than a year, Modi says. Today more than 23 crore  COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country, the prime minister informs.

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LMO production was increased more than 10 times, says Modi 

This is the biggest pandemic in the last 100 years, the modern world has not seen nor expericned such a pandemic, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To fight COVID in the last 1.25 years, a new medical infrastructure has been created. During the second wave, demand for medical oxygen shot up unimaginably. Efforts were taken up on war footing to meet this demand. In a very short span of time, LMO production was increased more than 10 times. Attempts were made to acquire whatever possible from every corner of the world and was brought here.  The most effective weapon in fighting COVID remains COVID protocol, he said and added that vaccine is a like a 'suraksha kavach'. There are only a few companies producing COVID-19 vaccines, he said. 

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Punjab extends curbs till 15 June, allows relaxations 

The Punjab government has extended COVID-19 restrictions till 15 June but allowed certian relaxations including opening of shops till 6pm and permitting private offices to function at 50 percent strength, reports news agency ANI quoting the Chief Minister's Officee. Night curfew will remain in force from 7pm-6am on weekdays but regular curfew will continue on Sundays, it adds. According to >NDTV, twenty people are allowed at gatherings, including weddings/cremations Gyms and restaurants can also open after one week with 50 percent capacity and qwners/workers have been asked to get  themselves vaccinated.

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Rajasthan govt orders forming committees to monitor Covid vaccination drive

The Rajasthan government has issued an order for forming committees at the state, district and block levels to ensure proper utilisation of coronavirus vaccines. These teams will also conduct a detailed audit of disposal of vaccine doses that have been wasted. Principal Secretary (Health) Akhil Arora said these monitoring teams should ensure maximum utilisation of vaccine doses. Three teams at the district level will oversee the vaccination process, while three teams at the state level will conduct periodic audits. The teams at the district and block levels will monitor vaccination drive and send their reports to the Directorate of Medical and Health in Jaipur through the District Collector.PTI

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TN govt allots Rs 25 cr from CMPRF for Amphotericin B, other drugs to treat Mucormycosis

Tamil Nadu has allotted Rs 25  crore from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) towards procurement of Amphotericin B drug and other medicines to treat black fungus-affected patients in the State.  According to the Medical Minister M Subramanian, the number of those infected by it stands at 921 in the State as of Sunday (6 June).

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Covaxin in Delhi only for those who received it as first dose in 18-44 years age group: HC told

The Delhi government Monday informed the Delhi High Court that it has directed all government centres, private hospitals and nursing homes here that Covaxin will only be administered to those in the age group of 18-44 years who received it as first dose of anti-COVID vaccine.  The court was hearing three pleas filed by persons who were finding it difficult to get the second dose of Covaxin after getting the first jab. The Delhi government and the Centre also told the court that an additional of 40,000 vials of Covaxin have been provided to national capital on June 6 to tide over the current situation.

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Slovakia becomes 2nd EU nation to use Sputnik V vaccine

Slovakia has become the second European Union country to administer the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.Slovakia has 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine available and approved its use on 26 May. But so far, only about 5,000 people have registered to receive the two-shot vaccine in the nation of 5.4 million. Hungary was the first EU nation to use Sputnik V, which has not been authorized by the European Medicines Agency. AP

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 COVID-19 norms violated at BJP event in Gujarat, six booked 

 Six BJP functionaries from Malia   Hatina town in Gujarat's Junagadh district were booked for alleged COVID-19 norm violations at an event organised towelcome some people who had joined it from the Congress, police said on Monday. Over 100 party workers had assembled inside a hall during the event, most without face masks, after which Malia Hatina taluka BJP general secretary Aniruddh Dodiya and five others were booked, an official said. "The event was held without permission, and social distancing was not maintained. Such events are prohibited in Gujarat currently due to the coronavirus outbreak. An FIR was lodged under IPC, Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act provisions after a video of the event was brought to thenotice of the police," he added. PTI

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SC gives Centre more time to apprise about scheme for children orphaned by COVID 

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that it needed some more time to apprise the court of the modalities on the recently launched 'PM-CARES for Children' scheme for kids orphaned by COVID-19.  The National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said West Bengal and Delhi have not been cooperating and have not provided latest data on the number of children who have lost their parents due to coronavirus. A bench of Justices LN Rao and Aniruddha Bose was informed by Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, that they are in consultation with states and ministries to work out the modalities of the 'PM-CARES for Children' scheme.  We need some more time to apprise the court about the modalities of the scheme as the consultation is still going on. We have made district magistrates directly responsible for the children who have been abandoned or have been orphaned, Bhati said.  The bench said that it is inclined to give some more time to the Centre to formulate the modalities of the scheme and how they will implement it. PTI

15:29 (IST)

West Bengal Class 10, 12 board exams canceled

Class 10 and 12 board exams in West Bengal canceled, reports quote Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as saying.  The West Bengal government had formed an expert panel to check the feasibility of conducting board exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic and also sought public opinion on the matter.

West Bengal state board exams for Class 10 and Class 12 have been cancelled: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/xVPzT7k0JJ

— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2021

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Priyanka Gandhi accuses Centre of suppressing COVID-19 data

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday accused the Centre of suppressing data related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and said the Modi government’s "emphasis on propaganda" over saving lives had caused "immense damage".

"Is it more important to save the prime minister’s image than it is to save Indian lives?," she asked in her posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while alleging that the government was using data as a “propaganda tool”.

कोविड की दूसरी लहर में अस्पताल में बेड का, वेंटिलेटर का संकट क्यों आया?

संसदीय स्वास्थ्य समिति, सीरो सर्वे व विशेषज्ञों की चेतावनी के बावजूद मोदी सरकार क्यों आँखें मूँदे रही?

सितंबर 2020 से जनवरी 2021 के बीच

ऑक्सीजन बेड 36%

ICU बेड 46%

वेंटिलेटर बेड 28%

क्यों घटे? pic.twitter.com/ykVUm3WffW

— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 6, 2021

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NCPCR data shows 3,632 children orphaned by COVID-19, says report

NCPCR data shows that over 30,000 children are in need of "care and protection as they either lost both or one of the parents" to COVID-19, The Times of India reported.

Of these, 3,632 children have become orphan and 26,176 have lost one parent, whereas 274 children have been abandoned during the pandemic, the report added.

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Directed all hospitals to ensure Covaxin used only for people eligible for 2nd dose: Delhi govt

The Delhi government on Monday told the High Court that it has directed all private hospitals and nursing homes that are functioning as COVID vaccination centres, to ensure that Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine is "used to vaccinate only those people (of age group 18-44 years) who are eligible for receiving their second dose during June".

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Centre says 1.49 crore vaccine doses available with states

The Union health ministry on Monday said that 1,49,11,649 COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and Union Territories.

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Decision on starting local trains likely in a week, says Mumbai mayor

"As unlock process begins today, few restrictions have been eased. Local trains are running only for essential services for now. Decision on whether to open it up for general public will be taken after a week, depending on COVID situation in the city," Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said as the city eased some of the lockdown restrictions on Monday.

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Andhra Pradesh extends curfew till 20 June

The Andhra Pradesh government extended the curfew in the state till 20 June on Monday. However, the government relaxed the curfew further and is now 6 am to 2 pm. Government offices to function till 2 pm.

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COVID-19 lockdown extended for another week in Uttarakhand

The COVID-19 lockdown in Uttarakhand has been extended for another week till June 15 with some relaxations. The period of current lockdown in the state was scheduled to come to an end at 6 am on Tuesday morning.

Extended for another week, the curfew would remain in force till 6 am on 15 June, Chief Secretary Om Prakash had said in an order on Sunday. The order authorises district magistrates to give relaxations in rural areas under their jurisdiction based on their assessment of the Covid situation.  

However, people will be allowed to go to vaccination centres to get vaccine jabs during the lockdown if they have the document to prove their purpose.

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Focus on vaccination instead of fighting with Twitter: NCP to Centre

The NCP on Monday said the ruling BJP at the Centre should focus more on vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 rather than fighting with micro-blogging site Twitter over its 'blue tick' verification badge.

NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik made the remarks days after outrage over the removal of the 'blue tick' badge from the personal accounts of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and RSS top functionaries including Mohan Bhagwat by Twitter, only to restore it later.

Twitter said as per rules, the blue badge and verified status could be automatically removed from an account if it is incomplete or inactive for six months.

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Narendra Modi to address the nation at 5 pm today: PMO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the nation at 5 pm on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi will address the nation at 5 PM today, 7th June.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 7, 2021

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Harsh Vardhan chairs GoM meeting on COVID-19 situation

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday chaired a meeting of the Group of Ministers on the COVID-19 situation in India, ANI reported.

"As of today, we have 14,01,609 active cases in the country," he said.

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People above 45 to be vaccinated in four weeks, says Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said that booth-level officers will visit households in 72 wards from Tuesday to identify and send eligible persons for vaccination at the polling booths.

The chief minister said polling booths are close to the homes of the people so they will not have to travel long distances to get the vaccine. Also, the government has arranged e-rickshaws to ferry people to the vaccination centres.

The BLOs will give slots for vaccination to people in the 45 plus age group at the nearest polling centre. In a cycle of five days, all the eligible persons will be covered. "After covering all the 280 wards in four weeks, the government will be able to say that all those eligible (45 years and above) have received the vaccines, Kejriwal said.

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Booth officers will visit every house and assign vaccination slot: Arvind Kejriwal

"Not many people are coming to vaccination centres. A team of booth level officers will visit every house in the next two days and provide a slot for vaccination. The officers will convince those who don't want to get the vaccine. The campaign will start today with 70 wards," Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

He also launched the state government's 'Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccination' initiative for people  above the age of 45.

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Delhi govt announces 'Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccination' campaign for 45+ ages

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that a new campaign 'Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccination' is being launched to inoculate people above the age of 45. "If we don't face a shortage of doses, all above the age of 45 will be vaccinated in four weeks," he said.

दिल्ली में योजनाबद्ध तरीके से बूथ स्तर पर वैक्सीन लगाने की तैयारी। आज से “जहाँ वोट, वहाँ वैक्सिनेशन” अभियान शुरू हो रहा है। जहाँ वोट डाली थी, वहीं जाकर वैक्सीन लगवाएं | Press Conference LIVE https://t.co/9ynDc4gTNO

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 7, 2021

Coronavirus Live News Updates: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 23.59 crore, with over 31 lakh doses given on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said.

The Kerala government on Monday extended the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on June 9, till June 16, as the state reported 9,313 new COVID-19 cases and 221 more deaths

The Union health ministry’s directorate general of health services (DGHS) has revised the Covid management guidelines dropping all medicines, except antipyretic and antitussive, for asymptomatic and mild cases.

Students who want to go abroad for studies from Punjab will now be prioritised in the Covid vaccination process in the 18-44 group, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday. At a virtual Covid review meeting, the chief minister directed the Health and Medical Education departments to allow districts to use up to 10 percent of the doses for the 18-44 years age group for priority categories other than those approved at the state level.

The National Capital reported 231 new instances of the COVID-19 infection, the lowest since March 2, with the positivity rate dipping to 0.36 per cent, according to the health bulletin released on Monday. Thirty-six more people succumbed to the disease in a day, pushing the toll to 24,627.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said 28,252 cases of mucormycosis have so far been reported from 28 states/UTs in the country, of which 86 percent cases have a history of COVID-19 and 62.3 percent with a history of diabetes.

As many as 30,071 children were orphaned, lost a parent or abandoned mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic as per data submitted by different states till 5 June, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) informed the Supreme Court on Monday. Of the total, 26,176 children have lost a parent, 3,621 have been orphaned and 274 have been abandoned, the NCPCR .

 The Punjab government has extended COVID-19 restrictions till 15 June but allowed certian relaxations including opening of shops till 6 pm and permitting private offices to function at 50 percent strength, reports news agency ANI quoting the Chief Minister's Office.

Class 10 and 12 board exams in West Bengal have been canceled, announced Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The West Bengal government had formed an expert panel to check the feasibility of conducting board exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic and also sought public opinion on the matter.

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday further extended the COVID curfew across the state

till 20 June. The curfew duration, however, has been curtailed by two hours a day and will be in force from 2 pm to 6 am after 10 June.

The COVID curfew, first imposed on 5 May, was supposed to end on June 10 but, at a high-level review meeting on the pandemic situation, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy decided to extend it for ten more days.

A CMO release said all government offices would function from 8 AM to 2 PM daily till June 20. Coronavirus cases have shown a significant decline in AP in the last two weeks and the daily infection positivity rate fell from a high of 25 per cent in mid-May to about 10 percent now.

Consequently, the rush in hospitals has also reduced and there is a large availability of beds, both general and ICU.

Also, demand for oxygen has also fallen drastically from as high as 700 tonnes a day to 400 tonnes now.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the nation at 5 pm on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that a new campaign 'Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccination' is being launched to inoculate people above the age of 45. "If we don't face a shortage of doses, all above the age of 45 will be vaccinated in four weeks," he said.

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it needs more time to create a framework of granting relief and financial assistance to children who lost their parents due to COVID-19.

The government said that it is engaging with all stake holders to frame a mechanism under the PM Cares Fund. The Centre also told the apex court that the District Magistrate is the nodal officer to overlook the welfare of orphaned or abandoned children.

The Union Health Ministry said that the daily COVID-19 positivity rate was recorded at 6.34 percent on Monday. The figure has been less than 10 percent for 14 consecutive days, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate also declined to 6.21 percent. The number of active cases has reduced to 14,01,609, comprising 4.85 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.94 percent.

India reported 1,00,636 new COVID-19 cases, 1,74,399 discharges, and 2427 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. The tally of new cases is the lowest in 61 days.

Total cases: 2,89,09,975

Total discharges: 2,71,59,180

Toll: 3,49,186

Active cases: 14,01,609

Maharashtra has announced cautious steps towards restarting or scaling up activities after over a month of restrictions. The state has also registered a decline in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks.

"The state government is taking a calculated risk and hence people have to take care of themselves. Nothing is going to be eased immediately," Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said ahead of the start of the 'five-tier' unlock process based on weekly positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds in districts. Thackeray emphasised that the local administration will take decisions on whether to ease restrictions and further tighten them.

In Mumbai, restaurants, shops selling non-essential items and public places are set to reopen from Monday but malls, theatres and multiplexes will continue to remain shut as the metropolis has been categorised under level 3 of the 'unlock' plan.

Haryana and Sikkim were the latest to extend lockdown from Monday but have eased the curbs like several other states including Maharashtra that have announced cautious steps towards restarting or scaling up activities after over a month following a decline in COVID cases.

"The state government is taking a calculated risk and hence people have to take care of themselves. Nothing is going to be eased immediately," Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said ahead of the start of the five-tier' unlock process based on weekly positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds in districts.

Thackeray emphasised that the local administration will take decisions on whether to ease restrictions and further tighten them.

In Mumbai, the country's financial capital, restaurants, shops selling non-essential items and public places are set to reopen from Monday but malls, theatres and multiplexes will continue to remain shut as the metropolis has been categorised under level 3 of the 'unlock' plan.

However, the national capital, which began the unlock exercise from May 31 will see further easing of restrictions from Monday, with the government allowing resumption of metro services at 50 percent capacity and reopening of markets and malls on an odd-even basis.

Officials said teams of police and district administration have been deployed across the city to enforce COVID-appropriate behaviour.

Possible super spreader areas like prominent markets, malls and liquor stores that attract large crowds have been marked for strict compliance with precautions like the use of face masks and social distancing.

In June, several states and Union Territories have begun easing the lockdown restrictions which they first started imposing in mid-April as the second COVID wave hit the country, but the Centre has cautioned that the unlock process has to be slow and that COVID-appropriate behaviour needs to be strictly followed.

"Whatever we know from possible scenarios presented by eminent people, it (COVID) will decline and June will be much much more better but the concerns are when we open up, how do we behave because the virus has not gone anywhere," NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul had said last week.

The Uttar Pradesh government also extended the relaxations in the coronavirus curfew to four more districts on Sunday. With this, curbs have been eased in 71 districts where shops and markets outside containment zones will be allowed to open for five days a week.

While the count of active cases have fallen below the 600-mark in these districts, a watch is being kept on the remaining four districts of Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Saharanpur, and a decision on these districts may be taken on Tuesday, an official statement said.

The Haryana government said it was extending the lockdown, clamped in the state on May 3, till June 14 as a preventive and precautionary measure though the COVID positivity rate and the number of new Covid positive cases have declined.

While further relaxations regarding the opening of shops and shopping malls have been given, religious places are also allowed to open now with 21 people at a time.

Corporate offices can have 50 percent attendance after adopting social distancing norms and gatherings of up to 21 people are allowed at weddings, funerals and cremations from the earlier 11.

The Sikkim government, while announcing the state-wide lockdown for one more week till June 14, also allowed relaxation for shops selling groceries and hardware.

Even as the COVID situation has relatively improved in most of the northern and western states, southern and eastern parts of the country are still reporting a high number of cases.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin had announced the extension of the lockdown by a week till June 14 with some easing of restrictions from Monday, except in 11 districts where the number of new cases reported was still high.

Earlier, neighbouring Karnataka had extended the lockdown till June 14.

Himachal Pradesh and Goa had also extended the 'Corona curfew' till June 14 with some easing of curbs. Ladakh on Sunday announced a gradual unlocking after a month-long 'corona curfew' in the Union Territory.

India reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 5.62 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

With the fresh cases, the total tally of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,88,09,339.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,46,759 with 2,677 daily deaths, the lowest in 42 days, while the active cases dropped below 15 lakh, the data updated at 8 am showed

India had reported more than 88.82 lakh coronavirus infections in May alone during the raging second wave of COVID-19, accounting for 31.67 percent of the over 2.8 crore cases reported in the country so far and making it the worst month of the pandemic.

The month of May also saw 1,17,247 fatalities due to the disease, which is around 35.63 percent of the total 3,29,100 deaths recorded so far.

The daily cases peaked on May 7 when the country registered 4,14,188 infections in a span of 24 hours, while daily deaths were the highest on May 19 with India reporting 4,529 fatalities due to COVID-19.

The active cases had peaked on May 10 at 37,45,237.

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