23:37 IST Sushmita Ghosh
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22:49 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Biden to announce 300M Covid-19 shots given in 150 days
US President Joe Biden is marking another milestone in his quest to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control and help Americans return to a more normal way of life. Biden will announce that 300 million Covid-19 shots have been administered in 150 days since he took office on Jan. 20, the White House said in previewing the president’s latest coronavirus update to the American people, set for Friday afternoon.
21:31 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Mizoram reports four cases of Delta variant for first time
Mizoram has reported for the first time four cases of highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19, an official said on Friday.
The Delta variant has been detected in four men, all from Aizawl district, whose samples were sent along with others to National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) in West Bengal, state’s spokesperson on Covid-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma told PTI.
The patients are in the age group of 18-45 years, he said. (PTI)
20:24 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Kerala reports 42% decline in Covid spread in a week: CM Vijayan
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that the spread of the Covid cases in Kerala has decreased by 42%. “There is a 15% decline in the test positivity rate as compared to last week. The average test positivity rate for the last three days is 11.5%. The number of new cases during June 11-13 has dropped by 4.2% over the previous three days. The number of active cases has decreased by 14.43% and the TPR also declined by 10.04% over this period.” (With inputs from Gopikrishnan Unnithan)
19:45 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Tamil Nadu records 8,633 new Covid-19 cases, 287 deaths today
Overall cases- 24,06,497
Total deaths- 30,835
Overall active cases – 89,009
Overall discharged – 22,86,653
Coimbatore – 1,089
Chennai – 492
Erode – 964
19:01 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Over 200 Covid cases, 4 deaths reported in Uttarakhand
Active cases -3,231
Death toll- 7,017
17:43 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Tamil Nadu forms panel for Covid-19 monitoring in zoos, tiger reserves
The Tamil Nadu government has set up a state-level panel for Covid-19 surveillance and monitoring in zoos, national parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves and reserve forests. (With inputs from Akshaya Nath)
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17:21 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Andhra Pradesh announces relaxations in Covid-19 curbs
The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday announced lockdown relaxations in the state starting June 21 till June 30 between 6 AM to 6 PM. Only night curfew between 6 PM to 6 AM will be enforced in the state. However, the relaxation timings in East Godavari district, which still has a high positivity rate, would remain the same from 6 AM to 2 PM. The government offices will function at regular times and all the employees should attend office. (With inputs from Ashish Pandey)
16:55 IST Sushmita Ghosh
Delta variant jumps by 33,630 in a week in UK
The number of Delta variant infections has jumped by 33,630 in a week to hit a total of 75,953 in the UK, with the highly transmissible variant first identified in India now making up 99 per cent of all Covid-19 cases in the country, health officials said on Friday.
Public Health England (PHE), which has been tracking variants of concerns (VOCs) on a weekly basis, said its data shows an increased risk of hospitalisation with Delta VOC compared to Alpha the VOC first detected in the Kent region of England.
15:36 IST Akriti Anand
Israel to provide million Covid vaccine doses to Palestinians
Israel will provide a million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Palestinians, news agency AFP reported.
#BREAKING Israel to provide million Covid vaccine doses to Palestinians pic.twitter.com/TcepJOcgPK
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 18, 2021
14:35 IST Sumeda
Karnataka: Kumaraswamy demands Rs 10,000 Covid relief to one crore BPL families
Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday demanded that the Karnataka government give Rs 10,000 as relief to one crore people belonging to the economically weaker section, which is badly hit by the Covid-19 and lockdown.
“I have suggested to the government to give Rs 10,000 to one crore families uniformly. Government will not incur any losses by giving Rs 10,000 because that money would eventually come back to the government’s coffers,” Kumaraswamy said.
12:38 IST Sumeda
Breach will hasten 3rd wave: Delhi HC takes cognisance of Covid norm violation
The Delhi High Court on Friday took cognisance of the violation of Covid-19 protocols in various markets in the national capital and observed that such breaches will only hasten the third wave which cannot be permitted at all. The high court asked the Centre and Delhi government to take strict measures, sensitise shopkeepers and hold meetings with markets and vendors associations in this regard.
A vacation bench took note of certain photographs sent to one of the judges of the high court by an AIIMS doctor showing scant regard for COVID-19 protocols by street vendors in markets. “We have paid a huge price in the second wave. We don’t know if there is any household which has not suffered in the second wave, closely or remotely,” the bench observed.
11:41 IST Sumeda
PM Modi launches training programme for Covid warriors
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched six customised crash course programme for Covid-19 frontline workers under Skill India Mission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches six customized crash course programme for #COVID19 frontline workers under Skill India via video conferencing pic.twitter.com/NozRn6iPKm
— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2021
10:25 IST Sumeda
Health experts warn of Olympics Covid threat, say no spectators the least risky
Japan’s top medical experts warned on Friday that holding the Olympics during the COVID-19 pandemic could increase infections, and said banning all spectators was the least risky option, setting up a possible collision with organisers. Japan is pushing ahead with hosting the Games, which kick off on July 23, despite worries about another surge in COVID-19 infections and strong public opposition, but organisers have banned overseas spectators. A final decision on domestic spectators will be made at a meeting to be held as early as Monday.
09:41 IST Sumeda
India reports 62,480 new Covid cases in last 24 hours
India’s active caseload on Friday declined to 7,98,656, less than 8 lakh after 73 days. According to health ministry, India recorded 62,480 new cases in the last 24 hours, while 88,977 patients recovered. Recovery rate has improved to 96.03%.
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08:16 IST Sumeda
UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since February
The UK’s latest surge in coronavirus infections gathered pace Thursday with new confirmed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months as a result of the spread of the more contagious Delta variant. Government figures showed another 11,007 cases were reported. That’s the highest daily number since February 19, when 12,027 cases were recorded, and cements talk that the country with Europe’s highest virus-related death toll is in the midst of a third wave of the pandemic.
The government’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, said the height of the current surge is “still uncertain” but that it “will definitely translate into further hospitalizations and, unfortunately, it will undoubtedly translate into further deaths.” Daily cases have risen fairly sharply over the past few weeks after fluctuating around the 2,000 mark earlier. The Delta variant, which was first identified in India and is considered by government scientists to be between 40% to 80% more transmissible than the previous dominant strain, accounts for around 95% of all new cases in the UK.
08:15 IST Sumeda
Global Covid-19 death toll crosses 4 million
Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations. While the number of new cases and deaths have abated in countries like the United States and Britain, several nations have vaccine shortages as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain around the world. The top five countries by total number of deaths the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico represent about 50% of all deaths in the world, while Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar have the highest death rates when adjusted for population.
Countries in Latin America are facing their worst outbreak since March, with 43 of every 100 infections in the world being reported in the region, according to a Reuters analysis. The top nine countries reporting the most deaths per capita over the last week were all in Latin America. India and Brazil are the countries reporting the most deaths each day on a seven-day average. Many health experts believe that official death toll to be undercounted globally, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) last month estimating fatalities to be much higher.
08:13 IST Sumeda
PM Modi to launch customised crash course for Covid frontline workers today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch today a customised crash course programme for COVID-19 frontline workers through video conferencing. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the launch will commence the programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. Prime Minister Modi will launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid-19 Frontline workers’ on June 18 at 11 am through video conferencing, it said.
The programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh “Covid warriors” across the country, the PMO said. The training will be imparted to them in six customised job roles namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support, and medical equipment support. The programme has been designed as a special programme under the central component of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of Rs. 276 crore, the PMO said. The programme will create skilled non-medical healthcare workers to fill the present and future needs of manpower in the health sector, it said. The launch will be followed by the prime minister’s address. The Union minister of skill development and entrepreneurship will also be present on the occasion.