Coronavirus India Highlights: Bihar To Verify Covid Deaths After Row Over Unaccounted Figures

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Coronavirus India Highlights: Bihar To Verify Covid Deaths After Row Over Unaccounted Figures

Coronavirus cases: Cumulative cases tally, as of yesterday, stands at 2,98,81,965 (File).

The Bihar Health Department has set up a three-tier committee to compile, verify and update the recording and reporting of Covid-related deaths during the second wave of infections in the state. Formation of the committee comes two days after the Patna High Court expressed its displeasure over the existing system, which it slammed as "opaque".

India reported 53,256 new COVID-19 cases today, its fewest in 88 days as the second wave of infections appear to be ebbing. From today, the centre, reversing a policy change, will provide vaccines free of charge to all above 18.

Here are the Live Updates on India Coronavirus (Covid-19 Cases) Cases:

Jun 22, 2021 05:34 (IST)
How Madhya Pradesh Topped Country By Giving 16 Lakh Covid Vaccine Doses In A Day
Madhya Pradesh today administered over 16 lakh doses of Covid vaccine, the highest in the country, as the centre's new policy on the immunisation exercise came into force."
Jun 22, 2021 04:42 (IST)
Uttar Pradesh Records 46 More COVID-19 Deaths, 213 New Cases
With 46 more COVID-19 fatalities in Uttar Pradesh, the death count in the state rose to 22,224, while the total number of cases reached 17,04,476 with 213 fresh cases, a government health bulletin said on Monday, according to news agency PTI.

Of the 46 new deaths, Prayagraj reported 15 and Lucknow (12), the bulletin said. Of the 213 fresh cases, 17 each were reported from Lucknow, Varanasi and Gautam Buddh Nagar, while 12 cases each were reported from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.

In the past 24 hours, 478 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries so far to 16,78,089, the bulletin said. There are currently 4,163 active COVID-19 cases in the state, it said.
Jun 22, 2021 04:26 (IST)

Jun 22, 2021 03:41 (IST)
42% Of Himachal Pradesh's Population Vaccinated: Chief Minister Jairam Thakur
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said vaccination for the 18-45 group has started in the state and they're aiming to administer at least 1 lakh doses per day, though the target is 1.15 lakh doses, according to news agency ANI. "So far 27.35 lakh doses have been administered in the state, covering 42% of the population," he said.

"There is no shortage of vaccines, about 5 lakh doses available at present. By June 25, we are aiming to have 100% population vaccinated with the first dose in tribal areas like Lahaul-Spiti, and other areas," said Mr Thakur.

Jun 22, 2021 02:59 (IST)
"Expect Better Availability Of Vaccines Now": Chhattisgarh Health Minister
Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo said on Monday, "Now we can expect to have better availability of vaccines. If we have all the stock to vaccinate the 18+ age group, we would want to administer at least 1 lakh doses per day," according to news agency ANI.

"Earlier, for 18-44 age group we had only three-day stock. The (previous) policy led to a situation where despite vaccine availability, people were not vaccinated. But now, we are expecting more vaccines," he said. "Vaccine wastage is 0.95%, as opposed to 30% wastage presented in reports."

Jun 22, 2021 02:16 (IST)
India Vaccinates Record 80 Lakh People On Day 1 Of New Vaccine Regime
More than 80 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered across the country in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, on Day One of centre's new vaccination policy roll-out.
Jun 22, 2021 00:50 (IST)
Telangana Logs 1,197 New Covid Cases, 9 Deaths In Last 24 Hours
Telangana reported 1,197 new COVID-19 cases, 1,707 recoveries and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, reported news agency ANI. As per the state health bulletin, the state logged 6,14,399 total cases, including 17,246 active cases and 5,93,577 total recoveries. The total death count surged to 3,576 including the new deaths. On Sunday, Telangana had reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the cumulative count of people infected with the virus to 6,13,202. With 1,798 recoveries over the last 24 hours, the overall recoveries in the state have reached 5,91,870, while death count has climbed to 3,567 as 11 people succumbed to the virus during this period.
Jun 22, 2021 00:45 (IST)

Jun 21, 2021 23:40 (IST)
21 cases of Delta Plus variant in Maharashtra, says state Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Twenty-one cases of the Delta Plus Covid variant, the mutant version of the Delta variant that unleashed the devastating second wave of the pandemic, have been found in Maharashtra so far, state health minister Rajesh Tope said today.
Jun 21, 2021 23:02 (IST)
Sikkim Reports 25 New Covid Cases In 24 Hours With No Fatalities
Sikkim's Covid tally rose to 19,321 on Monday as 25 people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said, reported news agency PTI.

The Himalayan state, however, reported zero fatalities due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the state stands at 293, the bulletin said.

East Sikkim registered the highest number of new cases at 17, followed by four in South Sikkim and two each in West Sikkim and North Sikkim.

There are now 2,448 active cases in Sikkim, while 16,329 people have recovered from the disease and 251 patients have migrated to other states.

Sikkim's Covid positivity rate stands at 14.5 per cent, while the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients has shot to 84.5 per cent.
Jun 21, 2021 23:00 (IST)
Assam Exceeds Enhanced Vaccination Target On Opening Day
Assam crossed its target of vaccinating three lakh people daily by reaching out to 3,19,340 eligible beneficiaries above the age of 18 on the first day of the enhanced "Free Vaccination For All Campaign" Monday, reported news agency PTI.

The number of inoculated people is likely to go up further as the campaign continued till 8 pm, while the data provided included beneficiaries who received the jab till 7 pm, Director National Health Mission, Assam Dr Lakshmanan S said.
Jun 21, 2021 22:25 (IST)
Maharashtra Reports 6,270 Covid Cases - Lowest In 4 Months, 94 Deaths In 24 Hours
Maharashtra today reported 6,270 new coronavirus cases, a four-month low, taking its Covid tally to 59,79,051, while 94 deaths pushed the death count to 1,18,313, the state health department said, reported news agency PTI.

The infection count was the lowest since February 23 when 6218 cases were reported. Maharashtra had recorded 6,971 cases on February 21.

As many as 13,758 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recovered cases to 57,33,215, a statement from the health department said.
Jun 21, 2021 22:17 (IST)
Punjab Logs 340 New Covid Cases, 24 Deaths In 24 Hours
Punjab today registered 340 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infection tally to 5,92,658, while 24 more fatalities pushed the death count to 15,854, according to a medical bulletin, reported news agency PTI.

The number of active cases stood at 6,477, it said.

Deaths were reported from several districts including Barnala, Faridkot, Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

Bathinda and Jalandhar reported 33 infections each, followed by 30 in Muktsar, among the fresh cases.

The state's positivity rate stood at 0.79 per cent, it said.
Jun 21, 2021 21:57 (IST)
121 Active Covid Cases In Noida, 80 In Ghaziabad
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 17 new Covid cases today while neighbouring Ghaziabad had just two new infections, official data showed, reported news agency PTI.

The number of active cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar now stands at 121 while it was 80 in Ghaziabad, according to Uttar Pradesh's Health Department data for a 24-hour period.

The death count from the pandemic stood at 461 in Ghaziabad and 466 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, the data showed.

Jun 21, 2021 21:45 (IST)
Over 6 Lakh Administered Anti-Covid Vaccine On Yoga Day In Haryana: Anil Vij
A mega anti-Covid vaccination drive was conducted in Haryana on International Yoga Day today with 6.27 lakh people receiving their jabs, state Health Minister Anil Vij said, reported news agency PTI.

He had told reporters on Sunday that a target has been set to vaccinate 2.5 lakh people during this drive.

However, in a tweet today, Anil Vij informed that 6.27 lakh people have got their jabs.
Jun 21, 2021 21:15 (IST)
Gujarat Records 151 New Covid Cases, 2 Deaths In 24 Hours
Gujarat reported 151 new Covid cases today, taking the overall tally to 8,22,485, while 619 patients recovered from the infection, the state health department said, reported news agency PTI.

With two deaths, the number of Covid fatalities in the state rose to 10,034, it said.

A total of 619 patients were discharged during the day, pushing the count of recovered cases in Gujarat to 8,06,812, said the department in a release. With this, the state's recovery rate rose to 98.09 per cent, the release said.
Jun 21, 2021 21:07 (IST)
Bollywood Music Producer's Firm Goes To Cops Over "Fake Vaccine Camp"
Tips Industries Limited - a leading music record label and film production firm - approached the Khar police in suburban Mumbai today claiming that 206 of its employees and their families were duped by the same set of people who had allegedly conducted a fake Covid vaccination camp at a housing complex in suburban Kandivali and at an entertainment firm's office in Versova, an official said.

Read here.
Jun 21, 2021 20:49 (IST)
Nitish Kumar Launches Mega Drive To Inoculate 6 Crore People In Six Months
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today launched an ambitious mega drive to inoculate 60 million people in the state against coronavirus within six months, reported news agency PTI.

The campaign, inaugurated by the chief minister virtually, will entail administering the jabs to at least "3.30 lakh people daily" at 6,000 vaccination centres across the state.
Jun 21, 2021 20:28 (IST)
Arunachal Pradesh's "Tika Maha Abhiyan" Aims To Vaccinate All Above 18 Over Next Few Months
Arunachal Pradesh today launched the Tika Maha Abhiyan - an initiative to administer coronavirus vaccine free of cost to everyone above 18 years of age in the next few months, reported news agency PTI.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang launched the drive in the state capital, official said.

"Our aim is to achieve full #vaccination status of 18+ age group within few months. To intensify vaccination campaign, launched today #TikaMahaAbhiyan against #Covid19 at Itanagar. Thanks to PM @narendramodi Ji for his effort in accelerating vaccination drive in the country," Prema Khandu tweeted.
Jun 21, 2021 20:18 (IST)
"Well Done India": PM Modi On Record Number Of Covid Vaccinations Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated that "the vaccine remains our strongest weapon" in the fight against coronavirus as India administered over 75 lakh vaccine doses on Day One of the Centre's new vaccine regime.

"Today's record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19," PM Modi tweeted, adding, "Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. Well done India!"

Read here.
Jun 21, 2021 19:40 (IST)
Assam Issues Covid Advisory For Those In Shelters Due To Flood
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) today issued a special COVID-19 advisory for the people who will stay in temporary shelters, other than government relief camps, during floods, reported news agency PTI.

The guidelines include formation of a committee for each such camp, which will act as a liaison between the affected people and the administration so that they can smoothly get facilities such as Covid testing, vaccination, sanitisation and tents for suspected coronavirus cases.
Jun 21, 2021 19:34 (IST)
Gurgaon Vaccinates Over One Lakh Beneficiaries Today
Gurgaon today vaccinated over 1 lakh beneficiaries today. With this, the city's overall inoculation count has crossed 10 lakh.
Jun 21, 2021 19:20 (IST)
Goa Logs 218 Covid Cases, 7 Deaths, 413 Recoveries In 24 Hours
Goa's COVID-19 caseload went up by 218 today to reach 1,64,654, while the death count rose by seven to touch 2,997, an official said, reported news agency PTI.

The number of people discharged so far stands at 1,58,591, including 413 during the day, leaving the state with 3,066 active cases, he said.

With 2,676 samples have been examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 8,91,098, the official added.
Jun 21, 2021 19:07 (IST)
No Scientific Evidence That Covid Vaccination Causes Infertility: Centre
There are "no scientific evidences" suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination can cause infertility, the centre said today following false claims and reports on vaccine side-effects.

The centre clarified that none of the available vaccines in India affects fertility as "all vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and later in humans to assess if they have any such side effects."

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Jun 21, 2021 18:26 (IST)
Karnataka Relaxes Covid Restrictions In Another Six Districts
The Karnataka government today added six more districts to the list of 17 districts under "Unlock 2.0", where COVID-19 curbs have been relaxed, allowing hotels, gyms, and public transport bus services to resume operations, reported news agency PTI.

Udupi, Bengaluru Rural, Shivamogga, Ballari, Chitradurga and Vijayapura have been placed under Category-1 after considering the weekly moving average positivity rate and also taking into account the consistent declining trend of the Covid positivity rate, the state government said in its order.
Jun 21, 2021 18:18 (IST)
Over 12 Lakh Vaccinated In Madhya Pradesh Till 5 PM
Madhya Pradesh today vaccinated 12,12,439 beneficiaries till 5 pm.
Jun 21, 2021 17:58 (IST)
Karnataka Aims To Vaccinate Every Eligible Citizen By End Of Year
Karnataka aims to vaccinate every eligible citizen by the end of the year and make the state Covid-free, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, reported news agency ANI.

He was speaking at an event organised on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College, where Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa flagged off the Laiksa Maha Abhiyana.

"PM Narendra Modi has suggested to organise an accelerated vaccination drive to mark the Yoga Day. Today, we have set a target to inoculate about seven lakh people in one day. Our aim is to vaccinate every eligible citizen by the end of December and make the state free from COVID-19," Mr Sudhakar said.
Jun 21, 2021 17:31 (IST)
Amarnath Yatra Cancelled For The Second Year In A Row Amid Covid Pandemic
The Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled for the second year in a row amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, registration for Amarnath Yatra was temporarily suspended.

The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board had said that the situation is being constantly monitored.

The 56-day Amarnath Yatra was due to start simultaneously on both routes from June 28 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, August 22.

The annual pilgrimage to Amarnath shrine was discussed at Home Minister Amit Shah's high level meeting on Kashmir on Friday.
Jun 21, 2021 17:19 (IST)
Over 2.98 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Still Available With States, Union Territories: Centre
More than 2.98 crore Covid vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories, the Union health ministry said today, reported news agency PTI.

So far, 29,35,04,820 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories through the Centre's free of cost channel and the direct state procurement category, it said.

Of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is 26,36,26,884 doses, according to data available at 8 am today, the ministry said.
Jun 21, 2021 17:03 (IST)
Get Vaccinated To Strengthen Fight Against Covid: PM Modi
With the Centre making free Covid-19 vaccination available to all adults from today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged everyone to get vaccinated in order to strengthen the fight against the pandemic, reported news agency PTI.

The biggest beneficiary of this phase of India's vaccination drive shall be the poor, the middle class and the youth of the country, he said in a message posted on Twitter.

India is absolutely committed to strengthening its fight against Covid-19 with the people's participation, PM Modi said, and shared infographics which reiterated that the vaccines are safe and urged people to ignore rumours.
Jun 21, 2021 16:52 (IST)
India Vaccinates Record 47 Lakh People On Day 1 Of New Vaccine Regime
More than 47 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered across the country in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, on day one of Centre's new vaccination policy roll-out.

A total of 47,51,080 Covid vaccine shots were given to eligible beneficiaries till 4 PM, on the day the centre started providing vaccines free of charge to all above 18 and took back control of vaccination from states, reversing a policy change that was enforced just about a month ago.

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Jun 21, 2021 16:31 (IST)
Vaccine Hesitancy Is Invitation To Coronavirus, Says Union Minister
Hesitation to vaccination is "coronavirus invitation", Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday as he launched a campaign for creating awareness in rural areas about the ongoing inoculation drive in the country.

While launching the "Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai" campaign from the Chamraua primary health centre in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Naqvi said "some vested interests" are trying to spread rumours and apprehensions regarding Covid vaccines in some areas of the country.

Such elements are enemies of the health and wellbeing of the people, the minority affairs minister was quoted as saying by a statement from his office.

Read here.
Jun 21, 2021 16:09 (IST)
Delhi Received 57 Lakh Covid Vaccine Doses Against 2.94 Crore Needed: Manish Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today alleged that the Centre pressured officials in the national capital to publish advertisements in newspapers thanking the union government for providing free Covid vaccines for all from June 21, while the city has got only 57 lakh doses so far against the 2.94 crore needed.

He also said the Centre will supply only 15 lakh Covid vaccine doses to Delhi in July and at this rate, it will take around 16 more months to inoculate the city's entire population.
Jun 21, 2021 16:01 (IST)
Delhi Reports 89 New Covid Cases, Fewest Since April Last Year
Delhi's daily Covid case count dropped below the 100-mark today, with the national capital clocking 89 cases and 11 deaths over the past 24 hours.

The positivity rate, too, touched a low of 0.16 per cent. As many as 57,128 samples were tested over the past 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far is 2,08,31,799.

Read here.
Jun 21, 2021 15:35 (IST)
Centre Has Allocated Only 15 Lakh Covid Vaccine Doses To Delhi In July: Manish Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said the central government will be supplying only 15 lakh Covid vaccine doses for use in the national capital in July.
Jun 21, 2021 13:26 (IST)
Centre To Increase Pace Of COVID-19 Vaccination In July-August: Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah today said the central government has decided to increase the pace of vaccination against COVID-19 in July and August. Talking to reporters after visiting a vaccination centre in Ahmedabad, Mr Shah said with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to provide free vaccine against COVID-19 to people aged 18 and above, "we will fast achieve the goal of inoculating almost everyone".

"The central government has decided to increase the pace of vaccination in July and August," he added.

Jun 21, 2021 13:24 (IST)
UP Targets 6 Lakh Covid Vaccinations A Day From Today
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that his government targets to administer 6 lakh Covid vaccine doses per day from today, followed by 10 to 12 lakh doses per day from July first week. The Chief Minister also chaired a meeting with the members of Team-9, a group of nine officials tasked with handling the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Jun 21, 2021 12:31 (IST)
Bihar To Verify Covid Deaths After Row Over Unaccounted Figures
The Bihar Health Department has set up a three-tier committee to compile, verify and update the recording and reporting of Covid-related deaths during the second wave of infections in the state. Formation of the committee comes two days after the Patna High Court expressed its displeasure over the existing system, which it slammed as "opaque". Read here
Jun 21, 2021 12:11 (IST)
Uttarakhand SIT Notice To 3 Firms In Alleged Covid Testing Scam In Kumbh
In the backdrop of allegations over irregularities in COVID-19 testing in Uttarakhand during the recently-concluded Kumbh, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday issued notices to three firms.

According to SIT sources, notice has been issued to Max Corporate Service New Delhi, Nalwa Laboratories Pvt Ltd of Haryana, and Dr Lalchandani Lab for questioning. The SIT has given them four days to appear before it.
Jun 21, 2021 10:03 (IST)
Metro, Buses, Hotels, Gyms Start Operations in 17 Districts of Karnataka
Hotels have begun services, gyms have reopened and public transport buses and Metro have resumed operations with riders on Monday as the state government's guidelines further relaxing COVID-19 curbs in 17 districts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru city, come
into effect.

Jun 21, 2021 09:53 (IST)
India Sees Fewest Covid Cases In 88 Days, Free Vaccination For 18+ Begins
India reported 53,256 new COVID-19 cases today, its fewest in 88 days as the second wave of infections appear to be ebbing. From today, the centre, reversing a policy change, will provide vaccines free of charge to all above 18. Read here
Jun 21, 2021 09:09 (IST)
Yoga Source Of Inner Strength For People Amid Covid: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that yoga became a source of inner strength among people amid the Covid pandemic, adding that it became a medium to transform negativity to creativity. Read here
Jun 21, 2021 06:25 (IST)