A net decline of 30,776 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The Delhi government has allowed opening of bars from Monday and extended the timing for restaurants by two hours as part of the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions. Public parks, gardens, golf clubs and outdoor yoga activities have also been allowed by the Arvind Kejriwal government.
Bars will be able to open from noon to 10 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity, the Delhi government said in a fresh order.
Restaurants can stay open from 8 am to 10 pm, instead of the current 10 am to 8 pm.
The fresh phase of relation comes amid warnings by doctors and public health experts about the risks of a rapid unlock. Despite the ravages of the second wave of the virus in which thousands died and the healthcare system practically collapsed, especially in Delhi, the public disregard for safety norms have not changed, they said.
Meanwhile, India recorded less than 60,000 new coronavirus infections after 81 days taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,98,81,965, while the active cases further reduced to 7,29,243, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
A total of 58,419 fresh infections were reported in a day. The death count climbed to 3,86,713 with 1,576 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 63 days.
The active cases further declined to7,29,243 comprising 2.44 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 96.27 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A net decline of 30,776 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
As many as 18,11,446 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 39,10,19,083.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.22 per cent. It has been less than 5 per cent for 13 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 3.43 per cent.
Here are the Live Updates on India Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:
Haryana To Begin Mega Vaccination Drive For 18+ Category: Minister Anil Vij
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Sunday said that in line with PM Narendra Modi's free vaccination announcement for people above 18 years from June 21, the state will begin a mega vaccination drive for the category with a target of vaccinating 2.5 lakh people (on the first day), according to news agency.
COVID-19: Andhra Sets Record With Over 1.3 Million People Vaccinated In A Day
Andhra Pradesh has set a new record by administering over 13 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines till 8 pm today. A total of 13,45,004 vaccine doses were administered to people across the state in a special drive that ended at at 9 pm.
In the process, the state also crossed the one-crore mark in vaccinating people with the first dose.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches Ashirbad scheme for Covid orphans
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday launched "Ashirbad", a scheme for the education, health and maintenance of Covid orphans.
As per the official release by the Odisha CMO, children who have lost their parents or the main earning person of the family on April 1, 2020, or after that due to COVID-19 will be covered under the scheme.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to providing a safe environment for the overall development of these children who need special care of society.
COVID-19: Bengal reports 2,184 new cases, 53 fresh fatalities
West Bengal's Covid-19 tally rose to 14,81,707 on Sunday as 2,184 more people tested
positive for the infection. Meanwhile, 53 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 17,348, a health bulletin said.
North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 332 followed by Purba Medinipur (225) and Kolkata (185).
North 24 Parganas also recorded the highest number of fresh fatalities at 9, followed by Kolkata (7) and South 24 Parganas (7).
As many as 2,128 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 97.28 per cent.
COVID-19: Telangana logs 1,006 new cases, 6,13,202 in total
Telangana reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 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 the death count has climbed to 3,567 as 11 people succumbed to the virus in the said period.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported the highest number of positive cases in a single day with 141, followed by Khammam district with 88 new cases.
COVID-19: Assam reports 1,775 new cases, 30 more deaths
Assam's COVID-19 tally rose to 4,82,505 on Sunday as 1,775 more people tested positive for
the infection while 30 new fatalities pushed the death count to 4,208, the National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.
The COVID-19 deaths were reported from Jorhat (5), Kamrup (4), Kamrup Metropolitan (3), two each in Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Kokrajhar, Sivasagar and Sonitpur, and one each in Cachar, Darrang, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Bongaigaon and Tinsukia districts, it said.
The 1,775 new cases were detected out of testing of 78,050 samples on Sunday and the positivity rate for the day was 2.27 per cent, the NHM bulletin said.
COVID-19 curfew in Goa extended till June 28
Goa government has extended the state-level COVID curfew by another seven days till next June 28, with additional relaxations.
"State Level Curfew will be extended till 7 am, 28 June 2021. Shops in Shoping malls, except cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, entertainment zones allowed to be open between 7 am to 3 pm. Fish market may also open," tweeted Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant.
This is the fourth time the curfew has been extended since it was imposed on May 9 in view of rising COVID-19 cases.
UP reports 251 COVID-19 cases, 46 deaths
Uttar Pradesh reported 251 new COVID-19 cases and 46 fatalities on Sunday, taking the state's infection tally to 17,04,358 and its death toll to 22,178.
Eleven of the fresh deaths were reported from Allahabad and 10 from Lucknow, the UP government said in a statement.
Among the new cases, 25 were reported from Lucknow, followed by 11 each in Varanasi, Rae Bareli and Bareilly, and 10 each in Meerut, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Shahjahanpur and Pratapgarh.
COVID-19: BJP leaders distribute yellow rice to encourage people to take vaccine in Madhya Pradesh
In order to encourage people to take their COVID-19 vaccine doses and complete the target of inoculating three lakh people by Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders went door-to-door giving yellow rice and urging them to get vaccinated.
BJP MP Shankar Lalwani said that the Aadhaar card is not necessary for taking the vaccine. "On showing voter ID, passport, or even bank passbook, the vaccine will be administered after registering on the spot at the vaccination centre tomorrow," he added.
BJP city president Gaurav Ranadive emphasised that the entire management for the large-scale vaccination will be done in a manner similar to voting in the elections.
Telangana Government Seeks Vaccine Testing Facility In Hyderabad
The Telangana government on Sunday urged the Centre to set up a vaccine testing facility in Hyderabad "on a war footing" basis.
In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, state IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao stated that Hyderabad has emerged as the vaccination capital of the world by producing one-third of the global vaccines.
He noted that COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin was developed and also is being manufactured in Hyderabad.
COVID-19: All above 45 years in J&K will be vaccinated by June end: Union Minister Jitendra Singh
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said all people above 45 years in Jammu and Kashmir will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of this month.
According to a Personnel Ministry statement, the minister has been informed that with the Centre's ''free vaccine for all'' impetus to the countrywide vaccination drive from June 21, over 30 per cent of beneficiaries in the 18 to 45 years age group in Jammu and Kashmir would receive anti-coronavirus vaccines.
Mr Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, reviewed the vaccination drive with the Jammu and Kashmir authorities at a nearly two-hour-long meeting held in the civil secretariat in Jammu.
He evaluated the vaccination targets achieved in the Union Territory so far and discussed the roadmap planned for the countrywide ''free vaccine for all'' campaign beginning Monday.
Mumbai sees 733 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths, 650 recoveries
Mumbai on Sunday reported 733 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 19 fatalities, taking the tally to 7,21,370 and the death count to 15,298, the city civic body said.
A total of 650 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Mumbai so far to 6,88,990, it said, adding the city is now left with 14,809 active cases.
With 28,226 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Mumbai reached 68,15,028, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
COVID-19: 85,907 vaccine doses administered in Delhi on Saturday, says AAP leader Atishi
A total of 85,907 vaccine doses were administered in the national capital on Saturday of which 52,060 wre give to beneficiaries in the 18 to 44 years age group, Delhi MLA Atishi said.
So far, 65,14,825 vaccines have been administered on Saturday and a total of 15,76,775 people have been fully vaccinated, the AAP leader said in the daily vaccination bulletin.
On Saturday, 60,443 people were given their first dose of vaccine while 25,464 received the second and final dose.
Since May 1, when the Delhi government started vaccination of the 18-44 age group, a total of 1,38,568 people in the segment have been fully vaccinated.
For the 18-44 category, the city has 2,68,000 vaccines available, including 2,38,000 Covishield and 30,000 Covaxin shots.
The Covaxin stock is expected to last one more day while the Covishield will suffice for another 13 days.
COVID-19: Amit Shah to visit three COVID-19 vaccination centres in Gujarat on Monday
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat from Monday, where he is scheduled to visit three COVID-19 vaccination centres, including one in Ahmedabad, officials said.
His visit to the vaccination centres on Monday is aimed at encouraging people to become part of the Gujarat government's mega inoculation drive beginning that day, they said.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said in a release on Sunday that it plans to vaccinate one lakh people everyday as part of this mega inoculation drive.
COVID-19: Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation starts operations from today
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation resumed its operations from Sunday keeping in view COVID-19 protocols, said the corporation.
As per an official release, "As per orders of the Government, BMTC will operate its services from 21-06-2021 for the convenience of the travelling public."
As far as the service availability is concerned, operation of 2000 services will take place on major traffic routes of Bangalore city. Vayuvajra services (17 Buses, 117 trips) will be operated from Kempegowda International. Airport to Kempegowda Bus Station and Electronic city will ply.
AIIMS Doctor Highlights 2 Factors On Which Future Covid Wave Depends
With overall COVID-19 cases in India declining consistently over the past few weeks, several states have started easing COVID restrictions, and crowds have started swelling in the markets, where people could be seen not wearing masks and flouting COVID appropriate behaviour that could lead to an increase in cases again.
"In any pandemic, the wave depends on two important factors: One is virus related and second is human-related factors," said Dr Neeraj Nischal, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine AIIMS, New Delhi.
According to Dr Nischal, virus mutation is not in someone's hand but appropriate behaviour can avoid a surge in COVID cases.
Weekend Covid curfew lifted from eight districts in J-K
The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee (SEC) on Sunday announced the lifting of weekend curfew from eight of the 20 districts, with further easing of restrictions owing to significant improvement in the Covid situation.
However, the night curfew would continue to remain in force in Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir and Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, and Udhampur in Jammu province, an official order said.
The SEC authorised the deputy commissioners to allow opening of paid and unpaid parks for the use of the public across the Union Territory, only after local assessment of the conditions and after due consideration, subject to Covid-appropriate measures.
COVID-19: Odisha to step up vaccination drive; government sets daily target of 3 lakh from June 21
Setting a target of three lakh COVID-19 vaccinations per day, the Odisha government on Sunday asked district authorities to make requisite arrangements.
The health department, in a letter to district and municipal corporation authorities, asked them to ramp up the inoculation drive from Monday.
Every district, too, has also been given an inoculation target, which, if achieved, will help the state cover three lakh beneficiaries on a particular day.
"You are requested to plan accordingly to achieve the daily target fixed for your district from June 21," additional chief secretary, health department, PK Mohapatra, told officials concerned in the letter.
Coronavirus: Purusottampur block in Odisha's Ganjam district is now Covid free
Purusottampur is the first block in Ganjam district to become coronavirus-free as the migrant-prone block did not have any active case as of now, an official said.
During the second wave, 183 people in Purushottampur block have been infected with the virus since March 1, Block Development Officer (BDO) Bijay Behera said.
The block has 96 villages in 26 panchayats and a notified area council.
The highest active case in the block was recorded on May 11 with 21 cases. The numbers of infections have started to decline since then, Mr Behera said.
Uttarakhand: COVID-19 Curfew Till June 29; Hotels, Restaurants To Open
Uttarakhand government on Sunday announced the extension of the COVID-19 curfew from June 22 to June 29 with certain relaxations, Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal informed. The hotels and restaurants in the state have been allowed to operate in-dine services with 50 per cent of their seating capacity between 6 am and 10 pm.
Coronavirus: Puducherry Logs 251 Fresh Covid Cases, 3 Deaths Push Count To 1,723
Puducherry added 251 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,14,484, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday. Three more people-all from Puducherry- succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday pushing the count to 1,723, Director of Health Department S Mohan Kumar said.
Coronavirus: Delhi Bars, Parks To Open From Tomorrow, Restaurant Hours Get Longer
The Delhi government has allowed opening of bars from Monday and extended the timing for restaurants by two hours as part of the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions. Public parks, gardens, golf clubs and outdoor yoga activities have also been allowed by the Arvind Kejriwal government. Bars will be able to open from noon to 10 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity, the Delhi government said in a fresh order. Restaurants can stay open from 8 am to 10 pm, instead of the current 10 am to 8 pm. Read Here
Covid News: Odisha Registers 3,577 New COVID-19 Cases
Odisha's COVID-19 tally surged to 8,77,502 on Sunday as 3,577 more people tested positive for infection, while 40 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death count to 3,590, a health official said. As many as 2,039 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 1,538 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.
Coronavirus: Andhra Organises Covid Vaccination Drive For Mothers Of Children Below 5 Years
Andhra Pradesh government initiated a special COVID-19 vaccination drive for the mothers of children of age less than 5 years, along with those above 45 years of age, on Sunday. The state government aims at administering over 8 lakh doses of vaccines during the drive. Krishna district's collector, J Nivas informed that a total of 1 lakh vaccines were to be administered in the district, in about 260 centres.
Cooped Up For Weeks, People Throng Delhi Malls, Markets After Covid Surge
A few weeks ago, Delhi's crematoriums were operating around the clock dealing with Covid-19 victims. Now the shopping malls and markets are buzzing again. But doctors are worried that India is letting its guard down again, just like in January and February before a devastating coronavirus surge that led to a near-collapse of the healthcare system.
Coronavirus: Sputnik V Roll Out Delayed In Delhi
The roll out of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V at Indraprastha Apollo and Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in Delhi has been delayed for some days, officials said on Sunday. A spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals said the facility in Delhi will tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by June 25. An official had earlier said the hospital would start giving Sputnik V jabs by June 20. According to an official of Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital, there is a delay on the part of the suppliers. "We are expecting (roll out) next week," he said. Fortis Healthcare, which had said it would make Sputnik V available at its Gurgaon and Mohali hospitals from Saturday, also has not started administering the Russian vaccine so far.
The relaxations in COVID-19 restrictions in Delhi further extended till 5 am of June 28.
COVID-19: Ladakh Records 53 Fresh Cases Of Coronavirus
Ladakh recorded 53 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 19,783, even as one new fatality pushed the death count to 201, officials said on Sunday. However, the active cases in the Union Territory stood at 432 - 317 in Leh and 115 in Kargil - as 53 infected patients recovered during the past 24 hours. With this, the number of cured patients has gone up to 19,150, the officials said. The fresh fatality was reported from Kargil on Saturday, taking the district tally to 58. Of the new cases, they said 51 cases were detected in Leh and two in Kargil, taking the individual district''s tally to 16,323 and 3,460 respectively.
Coronavirus News: India Sees Less Than 60,000 Fresh Covid Cases For First Time In 81 Days
India's Covid chart continued to show improvement today, with the country recording 58,419 cases, the lowest in 81 days. India, the second-worst hit country, now has 2.98 crore cases. Active cases now comprise 2.44% of the total infections. Read Here
Coronavirus: Karnataka Eases Curbs In Districts With Less Than 5% Positivity Rate
The Karnataka government on Saturday eased coronavirus-induced lockdown restrictions in 16 districts with less than five per cent positivity rate. All shops in these districts - Belagavi, Mandya, Koppal, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Kolar,Bengaluru Urban, Gadag, Raichur, Bagalkote, Kalaburagi, Haveri, Ramanagar, Yadgir and Bidar - can now open till 5 PM. Read Here
Coronavirus: 231 Fresh Cases Push Arunachal's COVID-19 Tally To 32,923
Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 32,923 on Sunday as 231 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said. The coronavirus death count in the northeastern state remained unchanged at 159 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex region registered the highest number of fresh cases at 56, followed by Changlang and East Siang (27 each) and West Kameng (26). The state now has 2,601 active cases, while 30,163 people have so far recovered from the disease, including 229 on Saturday, he said.
Coronavirus: Restaurants, Malls To Open At 50% Capacity In UP, Weekend Lockdown Stays
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to announce further relaxations in view of the declining Covid-19 cases. After nearly two months, the government said all malls and restaurants can open with 50 per cent capacity on weekdays till 9 pm. Read Here
COVID-19 News: Thane Logs 204 New COVID-19 Cases, 27 More Deaths
With the addition of 204 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 5,27,604, an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases reported on Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of 27 more people, raising the death toll in the district to 10,489, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 1.98 per cent, he added. Details of recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration.
Coronavirus News: Can't Give ₹ 4 Lakh For Covid Victims, Centre Tells Supreme Court
Families of Covid victims cannot be paid compensation as it applies to natural disasters only, the government told the Supreme Court, adding that states cannot afford to pay ₹ 4 lakh to every victim. In a 183-page affidavit filed late last night, the centre also added that denying compensation for diseases other than Covid would be "unfair". Read Here
Coronavirus: 31 New Cases Push COVID-19 Tally Of Andamans To 7,394
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,394 on Sunday as 31 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Four new patients have travel history, while 27 infections were detected during contact tracing, it said. Thirty-four more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,162. The Union territory now has 105 active cases, while the death count in the islands stands at 127.
Telangana Ends Covid Lockdown, Says Schools, Colleges To Reopen From July
All educational institutions in Telangana will reopen from July 1 for physical classes, the K Chandrashekar Rao government said on Saturday as it announced the complete reopening of the state amid the receding second Covid wave. "The Cabinet has instructed the Education department to reopen all categories of educational institutions in the state from July 1 with full preparedness, and the students are allowed to attend the classes physically," the government said in a statement.
Coronavirus News: India Records 58,419 New Infections, 1,576 Deaths In 24 Hours
India's total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 2,98,81,965 with 58,419 new infections, while the recoveries have surged to 2,87,66,009, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death count increased to 3,86,713 with 1,576 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.