Coronavirus India Live News Update: US' Anthony Fauci Warns Against Big Gaps Between Vaccine Jabs

Coronavirus Live Updates: Dr Anthony Fauci, the medical advisor to the United States President, said today that extending intervals between vaccine doses could leave people vulnerable to infection.

Coronavirus India Live News Update: US' Anthony Fauci Warns Against Big Gaps Between Vaccine Jabs

Coronavirus Cases in India: The recovery rate is 94.93 per cent.

New Delhi:

Dr Anthony Fauci, the medical advisor to the United States President, said today that extending intervals between vaccine doses could leave people vulnerable to infection by one of the Covid variants in circulation.

Dr Fauci was responding to a question about recommended intervals in the light of revised guidelines by the Indian government last month.

"The ideal interval between doses for mRNA vaccines is three weeks for the Pfizer and four for the Moderna. The problem with extending intervals is that you become vulnerable to variants," he said.

Earlier in the day, the health ministry said that India reported 91,702 new COVID-19 cases and 3,403 deaths. The country has so far reported 2,92,74,823 cases of coronavirus and 3,63,079 deaths.

India's test positivity rate is on the decline. It stood at 4.48 per cent, below the 5 per cent-mark for the fourth straight day.

The active cases in the country reduced to 11,21,671 after 61 days comprising 3.83 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid recovery rate has improved to 94.93 per cent, the data said.

Here are the Live updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:

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Chairman and Managing Director of NCL Prabhat Kumar Sinha handed over a cheque of the said amount to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday.
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Jun 12, 2021 01:57 (IST)
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Jun 12, 2021 01:37 (IST)
No Vaccination Drive In Maharashtra's Thane Today, Tomorrow Over Heavy Rain Forecast
All civic corporations in Maharashtra's Thane district late Friday evening said vaccination drive will remain suspended on Saturday and Sunday in view of weather office's forecast of heavy rain.
Jun 11, 2021 23:44 (IST)
Nitish Kumar Sets Target Of Vaccinating 6 Crore People In 6 Months
COVID-19 vaccination in Bihar is likely to pick up with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday setting a target of inoculating 60 million people in the next six months.

The chief minister gave instructions to the effect at a meeting of the state health department .

Till date, 1.18 crore people in the state, which has a total population of about 13 crores, have received the jabs.

The chief minister said to achieve the target of "vaccinating six crore people in six months", as many government employees as required should be roped in.
Jun 11, 2021 22:32 (IST)
G7 "Huge Opportunity" For Global Pandemic Recovery: UK PM Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed the first in-person G7 summit in nearly two years as a "huge opportunity" to kickstart recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Opening the first session of the leaders' meeting in Cornwall in southwest England, the summit host said a more equitable future for the world was essential.

Jun 11, 2021 21:35 (IST)
Former Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Again Tests Covid Positive
Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months, a health official said on Friday. The veteran Congress leader had earlier tested positive for the disease on April 12.

He is being treated at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital, Shimla and his condition is stable, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said.

Nine-time MLA and five-time MP, Singh was Himachal Pradesh's chief minister for six terms.

Jun 11, 2021 21:05 (IST)
204 Ventilators Unused During 2nd Wave, Madhya Pradesh High Court Told
The Madhya Pradesh government told the High Court on Friday that 204 ventilators - life-saving medical equipment in desperately short supply during the peak of the second Covid wave - were kept as "back-up" in a storeroom even as the virus spread through the state.

It was responding to a notice from the High Court, which had taken suo motu cognisance of the Covid situation in Madhya Pradesh, which has recorded nearly eight lakh cases so far.

"204 ventilators were kept in the storeroom, which the government said was kept as backup. 42 ventilators under PM CARES are in Bhopal and 20 in Indore, which were not used in the second wave of coronavirus," senior lawyer Naman Nagrath, the court's amicus curiae, said. Read

Jun 11, 2021 19:56 (IST)
Covid Curbs Likely To Be Relaxed In Pune As Positivity Rate Dips: Report
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said the administration in Pune will consider introducing some relaxations if the COVID-19 positivity rate in the city continues to be below 5 per cent in the next two days.

Last week, Pune city had come under the state government's level 3 category. However, with the positivity rate dropping a little below 5 per cent, the city has now moved to level 2.

Under relaxations in level 2, shops are permitted to operate till 7 pm, while hotels, restaurants, and eateries can function till 10 pm for dine-in with 50 per cent seating capacity and malls can operate by adhering to social-distancing norms.

Jun 11, 2021 18:47 (IST)
Delhi Sees 24 Covid Deaths In A Day, Lowest In 2 Months

The positivity rate also saw a significant decline and stood at 0.31%, the lowest in over three months (after March 7).

The recovery rate and the death rate stand at 97.99 per cent and 1.73 per cent, respectively.

As many as 504 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the number of total discharged patients in the city to 14,01,977.

Today's cases in Delhi were 67 less compared to yesterday - when it recorded 305 cases, with 44 fatalities.

Delhi, which had imposed lockdown-like restrictions in April, began the process of unlocking on Monday.

Jun 11, 2021 18:03 (IST)
Extending Vaccine Intervals May Leave You Vulnerable To Variants: Dr Fauci
Extending the interval between Covid vaccine doses could leave people vulnerable to infection by one of the many variants of the virus currently in circulation, Dr Anthony Fauci, the medical advisor to the President of the United States, told NDTV Friday.

Top Covid expert Dr Fauci was responding to a question about recommended intervals between vaccine doses in the light of revised guidelines by the Indian government last month.

"The ideal interval between doses for the mRNA vaccines is three weeks for the Pfizer and four weeks for the Moderna. The problem with extending intervals is that in-between doses you become vulnerable to variants," Dr Fauci told NDTV.
Jun 11, 2021 16:57 (IST)
UK Says Delta Variant 60% More Transmissible Amid Rise In Covid Cases
The British government said Friday that the new Delta coronavirus variant is 60 percent more transmissible in households than the variant that forced the country to lock down in January.
The Delta variant, which first emerged in India, has caused a rise in cases in the UK, prompting questions about whether social distancing restrictions will be lifted as planned from June 21.

New research from Public Health England "suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an approximately 60 percent increased risk of household transmission" compared to the Alpha variant identified in Kent, southeast England.

The Kent variant caused a surge of Covid cases in January leading to a three-month lockdown as hospitals were stretched to near-capacity.
Jun 11, 2021 16:19 (IST)
"Busting Myths...": Centre Explains 1% Covid Vaccine Wastage Policy
The government on Friday said it is "proactively trying to curb wastage of COVID-19 vaccines" and that it is "guiding" states and UTs in "effectively using doses to fight the pandemic".
It also hit back at "media reports stating the Ministry of Health's insistence in keeping vaccine wastage below one per cent is unrealistic and undesirable".

The statement comes a day after a report said Jharkhand wasted 33.95 per cent of doses in May. Chhattisgarh, the report said, wasted 15.79 per cent and Madhya Pradesh around seven per cent.

A day later the Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand hit back, calling the central government's data "old" and insisting that its wastage rate was just 1.5 per cent. Read
Jun 11, 2021 15:30 (IST)
Jun 11, 2021 15:15 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Ladakh reports 90 new Covid cases

Ladakh reported 90 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 19,475, while 160 people were discharged after getting recovered, bringing down the number of active cases to 853, officials said on Friday.

Ladakh has so far recorded 197 coronavirus-related deaths -- 143 in Leh district and 54 in Kargil district. A total of 18,425 patients have recovered from the disease so far, they said.

A total of 90 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday. Out of these, 77 were in Leh and 13 in Kargil, they said.

The union territory reported 853 active Covid cases, out of which 696 are in Leh and 152 in Kargil, they said.

The officials said while 2,728 sample reports in Ladakh, including 1,606 from Leh and 1,122 from Kargil, were found to be negative, they said.

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 1.17 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses available with states, says Centre

More than 1.17 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs, while over 38 lakh doses will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Over 25.60 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and direct state procurement categories.

Of this, the total consumption, including wastage is 24,44,06,096 doses, the ministry said.

A total of 1,17,56,911 COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
Jun 11, 2021 13:59 (IST)
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Jun 11, 2021 13:39 (IST)
Coronavirus Updates: Puducherry logs 429 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Puducherry continued to see a fall in number of fresh coronavirus cases with the union territory reporting 429 in the last 24 hours as against the
507 on the previous day.

The new infections pushed the cumulative Covid-19 tally in the union territory to 1,11,684, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said.

The 429 cases were identified at the end of the examination of 9,159 swabs in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday, he added.

While Puducherry registered 322 of the fresh cases, Karaikal logged 83, followed by Mahe (19) and Yanam (5).

The union territory had recorded 507 new infections on Thursday.
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Jun 11, 2021 12:45 (IST)
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Coronavirus News Updates: Odisha reports 5,235 new COVID-19 cases, 43 deaths

Odisha reported 5,235 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally in the state to 8,42,461, the state health department informed on Friday.

The state also reported 8,299 recoveries and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours.

With this, the total case tally in the state stands at 8,42,461, including 66,226 active cases 7,72,972 recoveries and 3,210 deaths.

Of the new cases, 2,957 were reported from quarantine centres and 2278 were detected from local tracing.

The state has so far conducted 1,25,23,241 sample tests for COVID-19.
Jun 11, 2021 11:53 (IST)
Jun 11, 2021 11:37 (IST)
Coronavirus Updates: Arunachal reports 245 new COVID-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 30,492 on Friday as 245 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 133, a senior health
official said.

The Capital Complex region recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 35, followed by Namsai (29) and Changlang (27).

One fresh fatality each was reported in the Capital Complex region, West Kameng, Tawang and Lohit districts, State Surveillance officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

As many as 302 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 27,150, he said, adding the state now has 3,209 active cases.

Jun 11, 2021 11:11 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Jharkhand reports 293 new COVID-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,42,774 on Friday as 293 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,081, a health bulletin said.

East Singhbhum district reported the highest number of new cases at 67, followed by 30 in Ranchi and 22 each in Chatra and Hazaribag, it said.

One fresh fatality each was reported in Ranchi, East and West Singhbum, Dhanbad and Pakur.

No fresh case was reported in Pakur, while 19 of the 24 districts in the tribal-dominated state did not register any fresh fatality, the bulletin said.

The state now has 4,514 active cases, while 3,33,179 people have  recovered from the infection thus far, including 557 in the last 24 hours, it said. 
Jun 11, 2021 09:49 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Thane district's COVID-19 death toll crosses 10,000-mark; 498 new cases reported

The COVID-19 death toll in Thane district of Maharashtra has crossed the 10,000-mark as 65 more patients succumbed to the infection, an official said on Friday.

These deaths were reported on Thursday.

The district's fatality count now stood at 10,056.

The infection tally in the district has reached 5,23,497 with the addition of 498 cases, he said.

The COVID-19 mortality rate of Thane is 1.92 per cent, the official said.

In neighboring Palghar district, the coronavirus case count has gone up to 1,12,900, while the death toll is 2,220, another official said. 
Jun 11, 2021 09:36 (IST)
Just In| India reports 91,702 COVID-19 cases, slightly fewer than yesterday; 3,403 deaths
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Jun 11, 2021 08:41 (IST)
COVID-19: Puri Rath Yatra to be held without devotees for second year in a row

The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Shree Jagannath in Puri will be held this year and servitors who have received vaccine shots and test negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to attend rituals.

This will be the second year in a row when the devotees will not be allowed to attend the celebrations due to second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing the decision Odisha Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep K Jena on Thursday said that the Supreme Court''s guidelines, which were issued last year on conducting the Rath Yatra will be followed this year too.

Jun 11, 2021 07:46 (IST)
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Jun 11, 2021 06:36 (IST)
Tamil Nadu Among States With Low Vaccination Rate, 9% Given First Dose
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Jun 11, 2021 06:18 (IST)
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