Coronavirus Live News Updates: 50,848 Fresh COVID-19 Cases In India, 19% Higher Than Yesterday

Coronavirus Live Updates: India achieved a "historic milestone" on June 21 - 88.09 lakh vaccine doses were administered in 24 hours.

Coronavirus Live News Updates: 50,848 Fresh COVID-19 Cases In India, 19% Higher Than Yesterday

Covid-19 Cases in India: India has reported over three crore cases since the pandemic began.

New Delhi:

India reported 50,848 new COVID-19 cases and 1,358 deaths in a 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning. This is 19 per cent more than was recorded yesterday. India has reported over three crore cases since the pandemic began.

Active cases decreased by 19,327 over the last 24 hours to settle at 6,43,194. In the last 24 hours 68,817 patients were listed as having recovered from the infection; total recoveries are 2.89 crore. Daily recoveries have been outnumbering daily new cases for 40 consecutive days now.

India achieved a "historic milestone" on June 21 - 88.09 lakh vaccine doses were administered in 24 hours. That number dipped to around 53.4 lakh yesterday. To meet the government's target of vaccinating all adults by end-2021, 97 lakh vaccinations need to be carried out per day. Concerns over supply of doses and access to remote areas raise questions about meeting that target.

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

Jun 24, 2021 07:06 (IST)
Coronavirus: Will Covaxin Work On 2-Year-Olds? Wait For 2-3 Months, Says AIIMS Chief
In two-to-three months from now, experts in India will know if Bharat Biotech's Covaxin works on children as young as two. The process of testing the vaccine's efficacy against Covid has begun, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, has said.

"Bharat Biotech is looking at vaccinating children of 2 years to 18 years. It has already started...a number of children have already been vaccinated," Dr Guleria told NDTV.

"Over the next 2-3 months we should be able to say whether these vaccines work in children even as young as two years old. And then they should get regulatory approval. Pfizer already has the regulatory approval but for a little older age group," he said.
Jun 24, 2021 04:24 (IST)
Colleges in Hyderabad start COVID vaccination drive ahead of reopening on July 1
As Telangana lifts COVID-19 restrictions and reopens classes for educational institutes, universities in Hyderabad have stepped up the vaccination of students, non-teaching staff and faculty.

Colleges are gearing up to welcome students back to classrooms after several months of online classes and vaccination drives have been initiated to sure the safest environment for all those present on campuses.

In order to ensure that health is not compromised, colleges have also extended this service to family members and people who are not associated with the colleges.

Jun 24, 2021 03:05 (IST)
No Evidence Delta Plus Will Cause Possible 3rd Wave: Top Genome Sequencer
Amid worries of a possible third Covid wave, along with the emergence of a Delta Plus variant in parts of the country, one of India's top doctors and genome sequencer has brushed aside concerns of this new mutant fuelling an upsurge in infections. Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), also advised caution against lowering the guard on the second wave itself.

"At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that Delta Plus...has anything to do with a possible third wave," Dr Agarwal told NDTV.
Jun 23, 2021 23:48 (IST)
No Evidence Delta Plus Will Cause Possible 3rd Wave: Top Genome Sequencer
Amid worries of a possible third Covid wave, along with the emergence of a Delta Plus variant in parts of the country, one of India's top doctors and genome sequencer has brushed aside concerns of this new mutant fuelling an upsurge in infections. Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), also advised caution against lowering the guard on the second wave itself.

"At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that Delta Plus...has anything to do with a possible third wave," Dr Agarwal told NDTV.
Jun 23, 2021 23:06 (IST)
What States Need To Do To Avoid A Third Covid Wave: Explained In Graphics
India on Monday (June 21) hit a record 88.09 lakh vaccinations as free inoculation for all adults kicked in, a reversal of the previous policy for states and hospitals to buy vaccines for those aged 18 to 44.

How have states performed so far in vaccinating their population and how much more needs to be done to prevent a third wave?

Our vaccination tracker has some important insights, explained in simple graphics.
Jun 23, 2021 22:35 (IST)
Vaccination Status Before Salary: Assam's Order For Government Employees
The Assam government has asked all its departments to find out the status of COVID-19 vaccination of frontline government employees before the salaries are disbursed to them from the "current month onwards".

In a hint that salaries might be held back for those who have not yet received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, through a government notification, instructed all the department heads "to ascertain the vaccination status of such frontline government servants before releasing the monthly salary or remuneration from current month onwards."
Jun 23, 2021 21:59 (IST)
AstraZeneca, Pfizer Vaccines Effective Against Delta Covid Variants: Study
COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and the Pfizer-BioNTech alliance remain broadly effective against Delta and Kappa variants of the COVID-19 causing virus, which were first identified in India, according to a scientific study, underpinning a continued push to deliver the shots.

The study by Oxford University researchers, published in the journal Cell, investigated the ability of antibodies in the blood from people, who were vaccinated with the two-shot regimens, to neutralize the highly contagious Delta and Kappa variants, a statement said.

"There is no evidence of widespread escape suggesting that the current generation of vaccines will provide protection against the B.1.617 lineage," the paper said, referring to the Delta and Kappa variants by a commonly used code.
Jun 23, 2021 21:30 (IST)
Delta To Account For 90% New Covid Cases In Europe By End August: Report
The Delta variant, identified for the first time in India, could account for 90 percent of new Covid cases in the European Union in the coming months, the bloc's disease control agency said Wednesday.

"It is very likely that the Delta variant will circulate extensively during the summer, particularly among younger individuals that are not targeted for vaccination," Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said in a statement.

"The Delta variant is more transmissible than other circulating variants and we estimate that by the end of August it will represent 90 percent" of new cases in the EU, she added.
Jun 23, 2021 20:59 (IST)
Jun 23, 2021 20:31 (IST)
Coronavirus: Kerala Records Over 12,000 New COVID-19 cases, 150 deaths
Kerala reported 12,787 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the caseload to 28,42,247, while 150 deaths took the count to 12,445.
Jun 23, 2021 20:17 (IST)
Chaos At Parliamentary Panel Meet As BJP, Congress Spar On Vaccine Policy
A parliamentary panel meeting turned chaotic today as BJP members opposed any discussion on the vaccine policy for nearly an hour and even briefly left the meeting.
Jun 23, 2021 19:35 (IST)
Pfizer In "Final Stages" Of Approval For Covid Vaccine In India: CEO
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has said that his company hope to finalise a deal with the Indian government on the approval for the company's Covid vaccine. A few days ago, NITI Aayog member D VK Paul, too, had said the same thing.
Jun 23, 2021 18:53 (IST)
Maharashtra Announces Pay Kike, Covid Allowance For State ASHA Workers
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope today announced that ASHA workers will get an increment of Rs 1,000 in their wages and Rs 500 as Covid allowance per month from July besides a smartphone.
Jun 23, 2021 17:48 (IST)
Delhi's Covid Positivity Rate At Record Low Of 0.15%, 111 Cases In A Day
Delhi reported 111 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate at a record low of 0.15 per cent. On Tuesday, the capital recorded 134 cases.
Jun 23, 2021 17:09 (IST)
DU steps up efforts to tackle COVID-19 third wave; to set up oxygen plant, care facilities
Procuring around 500 pulse oximeters and 100 thermal scanners, setting up an oxygen plant and Covid care facilities inside the campus are some of the steps planned by the Delhi University to tackle a possible third wave of the novel coronavirus infection.

At least 40 professors of the varsity have so far succumbed to the infection.

"The university will set up an oxygen plant that can fill in medical cylinders (about 50-80 cylinders per day) using the Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology that will cost less, is safe in a campus setting and needs minimal clearances and approvals from the government," the varsity said in a statement.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) had on June 10 proposed to the varsity administration to set up an oxygen plant in the north campus to prepare for a possible third Covid wave.

The varsity said it has had dialogues with vendors in this regard.

(PTI)
Jun 23, 2021 17:01 (IST)
Coronavirus: 103 Jail Inmates Among 430 New COVID-19 Cases In Mizoram
Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 18,409 on Wednesday as 430 more people, including 103 jail inmates, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
Jun 23, 2021 16:31 (IST)
In Ramdev Vs Doctors, Yoga Guru Goes To Supreme Court
Yoga teacher Ramdev -- who infuriated doctors across the country with his remarks on allopathic medicine has approached the Supreme Court seeking a freeze on the police cases against him over the issue.
Jun 23, 2021 15:04 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Odisha registers 3,456 new COVID-19 cases, 46 fresh fatalities

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 8,86,946 on Wednesday as 3,456 more people tested positive
for the infection, while 46 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 3,717, a health official said. As many as 1,973 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while the remaining 1,483 new infections were detected during contract tracing, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 14:08 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Puducherry adds 263 new cases to its coronavirus tally

Puducherry posted 263 fresh cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on
Wednesday, pushing up the aggregate to 1.15 lakh. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 8201 samples and these cases are spread over Puducherry 218, Karaikal 37, Yanam 5 and Mahe 3, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 13:57 (IST)
COVID-19 "Delta Plus" variant: Goa steps up monitoring along Maharashtra border
The Goa government has increased surveillance along the border adjoining Maharashtra in the wake of the neighbouring state reporting cases of the COVID-19 ''Delta Plus'' variant, which is considered highly infectious.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters on Wednesday that cases of ''Delta'' variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Goa, but so far there is not a single case of the ''Delta Plus'' variant in the coastal state, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 13:19 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India reports around 40 cases of Delta plus variant

Around 40 cases of the Delta plus variant, classified as a variant of concern (VOC), have been detected sporadically in Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Delta variant as well as all Delta sub-lineages including Delta plus are classified as VOC, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 11:49 (IST)
Coronavirus Live Updates: 3 Out Of 5 People Vaccinated On June 21 Were From Rural Areas, Says Vice President

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said it was heartening to note that three out of five people vaccinated as part of the COVID-19 inoculation drive on June 21 were from rural areas, where the majority of the country's population resides.

According to the government, of the record 88.09 lakh vaccine doses administered on June 21, when the revised guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination came into effect, nearly 64 per cent of the jabs were given in rural areas, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 11:34 (IST)
Coronavirus Latest Updates: 103 jail inmates among 430 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram
Mizoram's COVID-19 tally soared to 18,409 on Wednesday as 430 more people, including 103 jail inmates, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. All the infected prisoners are inmates of Central Jail, Aizawl, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 11:01 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Arunachal Pradesh reports 289 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,664 as 289 more people tested positive for
the infection, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

The coronavirus death count in the frontier state rose to 160 after a woman from Namsai district died due to the disease on Tuesday, State Surveillance Officer, PTI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 10:38 (IST)
Coronavirus Cases Updates: 10 new cases push COVID-19 tally of Andamans to 7,425
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,425 on Wednesday as 10 more
people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Two new patients have travel history, while eight fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, PTI reported.

Jun 23, 2021 10:14 (IST)
COVID-19 Updates: COVID-19 vaccine shortage delays launch of universal inoculation drive in West Bengal

The West Bengal government could not start its universal vaccination programme - aimed at inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost - due to paucity of jabs, a health department official said on Tuesday.

Speaking to ANI, Kanka Chakraborty, medical staff at the vaccination centre of Basanti Devi College, Gariahat, Kolkata said, "The universal vaccination drive, inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost has started from Monday, but we have vaccine shortage here, the reason why we are not administrating the doses at that pace."

"We will try to utilise all the vials that we have received today," she added.

While due to the shortage of vaccines, people queued up at a vaccination centre in Gariahat, ANI reported.
Jun 23, 2021 09:29 (IST)
Coronavirus Live Updates: Thane logs 373 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths

With the addition of 373 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,28,862, an official said on Wednesday.

These new cases were reported on Tuesday, PTI reported.


Jun 23, 2021 09:03 (IST)
US Experts To Review Heart Problems Among Teens After Covid Shots

A panel of experts convened by the top US health agency will hold a meeting Wednesday to review data surrounding more than 300 confirmed cases of heart muscle inflammation among adolescents and young adults after receiving mRNA Covid vaccines.

The committee, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will hear a risk-benefit analysis as researchers explore whether the shots can cause myocarditis, as well as cases of inflammation of the heart lining, pericarditis. 

Israel first was the first country to identify a possible link.

"These cases are rare, and the vast majority have fully resolved with rest and supportive care," said CDC director Rochelle Walensky last week ahead of the meeting, which was initially scheduled for last Friday but postponed because of a new public holiday.

Jun 23, 2021 08:22 (IST)
COVID-19 vaccine shortage delays launch of universal inoculation drive in West Bengal

The West Bengal government could not start its universal vaccination programme - aimed at inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost - due to paucity of jabs, a health department official said on Tuesday.

Speaking to ANI, Kanka Chakraborty, medical staff at the vaccination centre of Basanti Devi College, Gariahat, Kolkata said, "The universal vaccination drive, inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost has started from Monday, but we have vaccine shortage here, the reason why we are not administrating the doses at that pace."

"We will try to utilise all the vials that we have received today," she added.

Jun 23, 2021 06:42 (IST)
Day Before Its National Record, Madhya Pradesh Vaccinated A Mere 4,100
A day before Madhya Pradesh set a national record by administering 16,91,967 COVID-19 vaccines yesterday, it inoculated a mere 4,098 people. The government has, however, denied any attempt to hoard doses to pump up the numbers on June 21.
Jun 23, 2021 06:09 (IST)
After Monday's Record, Big Dip In Vaccination Figures Raises Questions
Vaccination figures across the country dropped to a low of 53.86 lakh by midnight on Tuesday after Monday's record 88 lakh, throwing up questions on whether such large scale vaccination is sustainable."