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India's positivity rate, which has been below 10 per cent for over a week now, stood at 6.6 per cent this morning. Tamil Nadu saw the highest fresh cases in the country with 27,936 infections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said the COVID-19 variant first found in India- B.1.617 - will henceforth be referred to as the "Delta variant". Mutations have made the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic more challenging. "No country should be stigmatised for detecting and reporting Covid variants," said Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead COVID-19 at WHO."
The government on Monday told states to publish vaccination slots based on the availability of vaccines with digital platform COWIN offering the option to reschedule vaccine sessions. COWIN "does not collect any information about COVID-19 infection history of any person," the Health Ministry said yesterday.
The Supreme Court on Monday flagged "various flaws" in centre's vaccine decisions, including those linked to pricing. Centre has said it aims to vaccinate the entire population by the end of 2021.
Ninety-one nations have been severely affected by India's decision to ban vaccine exports, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO's Chief Scientist, told NDTV on Monday.
Maharashtra's Covid curve is witnessing a downward trend. The state's Covid fatality rate now stands at 1.66% and positivity rate at 16.39%. 15,077 fresh cases were recorded and restrictions in Mumbai have been eased.
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and several states have eased Covid restrictions amid drop in cases.
The government will soon begin tests on mixing vaccines and the effectiveness of a single dose of Covishield at a time the shortage of Covid shots has slowed down vaccinations.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday urged Rajasthan to probe reports of alleged wastage of Covid vaccine in the state on priority even as the state government refuted the reports.
Worldwide, over 17 crore cases have been logged so far; 35 lakh people have died.