Coronavirus Updates | Sputnik V Vaccine To Be Available From Next Week

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V is expected to be available at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in south Delhi from June 15, news agency ANI reported. The rollout of the vaccine will depend on the consignment received by the hospital. Sputnik V has been priced at ₹ 1,145, which will contain hospital charges and tax, as per the Centre’s pricing schedule. The Sputnik V vaccine was accorded emergency use authorisation by the Drugs Controller General of India and it joins Covishield and the indigenous Covaxin in the battle against COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday announced more relaxations in as many as 27 districts of the state which includes permission for tea shops to reopen from June 14. Barring 11 districts, seven in western and four in Cauvery delta regions respectively, the fresh relaxations would be applicable in the rest of 27 districts including Chennai and other nearby districts. Tea shops can function from 6 AM to 5 PM and only takeaway services are permitted, Stalin said in a statement and appealed to people to use vessels and avoid using plastic bags to take home the hot beverage

Jharkhand on Sunday did not report any fresh coronavirus death for the first time during the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but 239 new cases pushed the state’s tally to 3,43,304, a health bulletin said. East Singhbhum district registered the highest number of new cases at 51, followed by 27 in Ranchi and 23 in Hazaribag, it said. The state now has 3,966 active cases, while the coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 5,082. A total of 3,34,256 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including 493 in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 97.36 per cent. The state has tested over 90.6 lakh samples for COVID-19 to date, including 43,653 in the last 24 hours, it said.

The West Bengal government on Sunday appointed 10 senior bureaucrats as nodal officers in 10 districts witnessing high numbers of COVID-19 cases to control and combat the spread. The 10 districts include — Nadia, Howrah, Jalpaiguri, Hooghly, Purba Medinipur, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Darjeeling, North 24 Parganas, Cooch Bhar and South 24 Parganas.

Meanwhile, as the downward trend of fresh cases continue in the national capital, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal extended a few restrictions on Sunday. Parks, entertainment activities, gyms, spas, theatres, and public parks will continue to remain shut. While the markets and malls will be opened everyday for a week, announced CM Kejriwal.

India reported 80,834 new COVID-19 cases, 1,32,062 patient discharges, and 3,303 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. The total cases mounted to 2,94,39,989 and the death toll climbed to 3,70,384.

In a bid to prepare for the third infection wave, the Indian Army has set up a 50-bedded COVID-19 hospital in Srinagar, consisting of 10 ventilators and 20 oxygen beds. The paramedical staff will also provide their services during the treatment and the medical services will be provided 24 hours a day. Experts in the United Kingdom including government scientific advisers have called for a delay in lifting England’s remaining restrictions on June 21, saying: “We don’t want to go backwards.”

Their intervention comes amid reports that the easing of lockdown will be delayed by four weeks, while the cases of Delta variant continue to rise.

Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organisation has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says we need more, and we need them faster. The challenge, I said to the G-7 leaders, was that to truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by the time the G-7 meets again in Germany next year, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Amid criticism for not releasing phase-III trials, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech shared complete data of all research studies conducted for Covaxin so far, adding that the final Phase III analysis data will be released soon. As per a company statement, it has shared complete data for Phase I pre-clinical trials and Phase II clinical trials, along with partial data for Phase III clinical trials.

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