Coronavirus News Highlights: Tax exemptions for payment towards Covid-19 treatment/death; Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till July 5 with certain relaxations

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Coronavirus Cases in India, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Update, Daily Covid Death Rate in India, Covid-19 lockdown, Covid unlock, Delta Plus variant, June 25 Updates: Deaths of two delta positive cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh, they had not taken vaccines, reports ANI

Coronavirus in India Live News, Covid-19 Cases India Latest Update, Covid-19 vaccination, Covid-19 lockdown, Covid-19 unlock, Delta Plus variant, Delta+A health worker administers the Covishield vaccine during a special vaccination drive against COVID-19 in Hyderabad on June 25. (AP Photo)

Covid-19 Vaccine Registration in India Highlights, Coronavirus Cases in India Tracker, Covid-19 India June 25 Updates: The vaccination drive in India has gathered pace with the launch of a new vaccination policy on June 21. So far, India has vaccinated over 30.79 crore people against Coronavirus. As many as 64.89 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday, over 53 lakh on Tuesday, and a record 88 lakh on Monday. India aims to vaccinate all people aged above 18 years by the year-end. Will India vaccinate fast enough to protect itself from the next wave? Experts are unsure whether vaccination momentum can be sustained.

India has been reporting around 50,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past few days. Covid-19 deaths and positivity rate have also dropped quite significantly. The recovery rate has also improved to 96.61% on Thursday. India reported 51,667 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the case, tally to 3,01,34,445, according to Health Ministry data on Friday. The Covid-19 death toll increased to 3,93,310 with 1,329 more people succumbing to the virus infections in a day. The number of active Covid-19 cases has further declined to 6,12,868 and now accounts for 2.03% of the total infections. The weekly positivity rate also declined to 3 percent. With improvement in the Covid-19 situation, several states have started unlocking. Few states/UTs have opted for relaxations in Covid restrictions, not full unlock, as health experts have warned of a possible third wave if appropriate Covid-19 behaviour not followed.

Tax exemption on employee’s COVID treatment

The government on Friday said that the amount paid by an employer to employees for COVID-19 treatment would be tax exempt. Also, ex-gratia payment received from employer by family members in case of death of an employee due to COVID-19 would be exempt from income tax.

The emergence of the Delta Plus variant further added fear. According to health experts, the Delta Plus variant, which the health ministry has categorized as a ‘variant of concern, calls for caution, not panic as its virulence and transmissibility are still being investigated. The new Delta Plus variant has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant, first detected in India and one of the drivers of the deadly second wave. So far, India has reported 50 cases of Delta Plus variant, most of these cases are from Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh. This viral variant also known as AY.1 has also been seen in nine other countries of the world with 205 infections detected in Europe, America, and Asia.

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    22:46 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    How severe will be third wave of coronavirus in India? Latest study unveils mathematical model

    A third wave of COVID-19 — if it occurs — is unlikely to be as severe as the second wave given the extent of spread of coronavirus infections that has already taken place in the country, according to a study. The study, based on mathematical modelling analysis published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR), highlights that the emergence of a third wave of coronavirus could be substantially mitigated by the expansion of vaccination. | Read More

    22:36 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana reports 1061 new COVID cases, 11 deaths today

    Telangana reports 1061 new COVID cases, 1556 recoveries and 11 deaths today.

    Active cases: 15,524Total recoveries: 5,99,695Death toll: 3618 (ANI)

    22:27 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa reports 222 new COVID cases, 5 deaths in last 24 hours

    Goa reports 222 new COVID cases, 277 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 2667Total recoveries: 1,59,954 Death toll: 3027 (ANI)

    22:16 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Punjab reports 341 new cases of COVID-19, 12 deaths

    Punjab reports 341 new cases of COVID-19, 12 deaths and 768 discharges; active cases in the state are 4,832 (ANI)

    21:46 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rajasthan's first case of Delta-plus variant found in Bikaner

    The first case of the Delta-plus variant of coronavirus in Rajasthan has been found in Bikaner. The sample of a woman who was tested positive for coronavirus was sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune on May 30 for genome sequencing and her test report came on Friday.

    "The Delta-plus variant was found in the woman's sample. She has already recovered from the Covid infection," Bikaner's Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr O P Chahar, said. He said it was the first confirmed case of the Delta-plus variant in the state. "She was asymptomatic and has recovered completely. She had already received both doses of Covaxin," Dr Chahar said.

    The CMHO said the sampling will be conducted on Saturday in the Bangla Nagar area where the woman lives. The Medical and Health Department's joint director, Dr Devendra Chaudhary, said the woman is aged 65 years. The COVID-19 tally in Rajasthan, meanwhile, rose to 9,51,826 on Friday with 131 fresh cases, officials said.

    The death toll stood at 8,905 as no new fatality was reported in the state due to coronavirus. Of the 131 cases, 17 were reported from Jodhpur, among others. A total of 9,41,048 patients have recovered from the disease so far and there are 1,873 active cases in the state. (PTI)

    21:38 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 9,677 new COVID-19 cases, 156 deaths in last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reports 9,677 new COVID-19 cases, 10,138 recoveries and 156 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 60,17,035Total recoveries 57,72,799Death toll 1,20,370

    Active cases 1,20,715 (ANI)

    21:28 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Union Health Secretary writes to states to step up measures to prevent spread of Delta Plus variant

    Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to the Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, and Haryana to step up containment and contact tracing, as measures to prevent the spread of Delta Plus variant. (ANI)

    21:18 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: FIR registered against 241 people for flouting COVID-19 guidelines, gathering in large numbers at Aseri Ghat in Palghar 

    Maharashtra | Flouting COVID19 guidelines, people in large numbers gathered at Aseri Ghat in Palghar on weekend. FIR registered against 241 people: Prakash Gaikwad, Additional SP. (ANI) 

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    21:06 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Conduct of marriage functions permitted with not more than 40 people in Karnataka

    Conduct of marriage functions permitted in choultries, hotels, resorts, function halls, etc involving not more than 40 people and strictly adhering to the conditions stipulated as below from 28th June: Government of Karnataka (ANI)

    20:55 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Is that dose of distilled water? Mumbai, Kolkata hit by fake Covid vaccine rackets; several arrested

    Even as the vaccination drive in the country is picking up brisk pace, the spectre of fake vaccination camps is also rearing its head with two major cities-Mumbai and Kolkata- reporting more than 2000 victims of fake vaccination camps. While the investigating agencies have arrested a number of fraudsters involved with the fake vaccination racket, the total extent of the damage as well as the constituent of the fake vaccine vial remains uncertain. | Read More

    20:39 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand Cabinet issue guidelines for Chardham Yatra, says all priests will be vaccinated

    Uttarakhand Cabinet has decided to issue guidelines for Chardham Yatra for pilgrims from Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts from July 1. All necessary steps will be taken and priests will be vaccinated: Govt Spokesperson Subodh Uniyal (ANI)

    20:21 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Churches, temples & mosques can be opened, says Tamil Nadu govt

    Churches, temples & mosques can be opened but no festivals to be allowed: Tamil Nadu Government (ANI)

    20:07 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu govt extends lockdown till July 5 with certain relaxations

    Tamil Nadu govt extends lockdown till 5th July with certain relaxations; private companies in all four districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur can operate with 100% employees. Shopping complex & malls to reopen with 50% capacity. (ANI)

    19:57 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 3310 new cases, 114 deaths today

    COVID-19 | Karnataka reports 3310 new cases, 6524 discharges and 114 deaths today.

    Active cases: 1,07,195Total recoveries: 26,84,997Death toll: 34,539 (ANI)

    19:43 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 237 people have died due to black fungus in Andhra Pradesh 

    237 people have died due to black fungus (mucormycosis) in Andhra Pradesh so far, 1,513 undergoing treatment: Health Department (PTI) 

    19:34 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: SIT set up by Kolkata Police to investigate fake vaccine scam 

    West Bengal: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Kolkata Police’s Detective Department to investigate the fake vaccine scam where Debanjan Deb impersonated as an IAS officer/KMC Joint Commissioner. (ANI)

    19:23 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 130 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

    Sikkim on Friday reported 130 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 19,811, a health department bulletin said. The death toll rose to 299 as one more patient succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, it said.

    Of the new cases, 73 were registered in East Sikkim, 35 in South Sikkim, 21 in West Sikkim and one in North Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 2,255 active cases, while 17,005 people have recovered from the disease, the bulletin said.

    Altogether, 252 coronavirus-positive patients have migrated to other states. The state has so far conducted 1,59,540 sample tests for COVID-19, including 687 in the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate stands at 18.9 per cent, it added. (PTI)

    19:11 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 11,546 new COVID19 positive cases, 118 deaths 

    Kerala reports 11,546 new COVID19 positive cases, 11,056 recoveries and 118 deaths today. 

    Death toll stands at 12,699; while 27,52,492 patients have recovered so far. (ANI)

    19:01 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Vaccination drive taking place in full swing, says MP CM

    Vaccination drive taking place in full swing. We're utilising all vaccines received from Centre. We created record by administrating around 17 lakh vaccines in a day. Vaccine is security & it's given by PM Modi. It's 'Modi vaccine'. Vaccination isn't just a dose, it's life: MP CM (ANI)

    18:54 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh reports 4,458 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths in last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh reports 4,458 new COVID-19 cases, 6,313 recoveries and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases: 47,790Total recoveries: 18,11,157Death toll: 12,528 (ANI)

    18:48 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Three crore doses administered in Maharashtra; govt says can vaccinate everybody in three months

    With Maharashtra becoming the first state in the country on Friday to administer three crore coronavirus vaccine jabs, the state government said it can cover the entire eligible population within the next three months if the supply by the Centre kept up. Availability of vaccine doses was no longer an issue, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said at `Digital Dialogue', an event organized by his party, the NCP. 

    "Vaccine availability is not an issue now. We have administered over three crore doses so far, and with increased pace, Maharashtra can vaccinate its entire eligible population in the next three months," he said. "Maharashtra has the capacity to administer 10 lakh doses per day. If the Union government increases its supply to match the state's capacity, we can vaccinate the entire population in three months," he said. As of Friday afternoon, Maharashtra had administered 3,00,27,217 vaccine doses. (PTI) 

    18:39 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 11,546 new COVID19 positive cases, 118 deaths 

    Kerala reports 11,546 new COVID19 positive cases, 11,056 recoveries and 118 deaths today. 

    Death toll stands at 12,699; while 27,52,492 patients have recovered so far. (ANI)

    18:25 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Deaths of two Delta Plus positive cases have been reported in MP 

    Deaths of two Delta Plus positive cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh: Govt Sources to ANI (ANI)

    18:16 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covid 2nd wave not yet over in India, says Govt 

    Covid 2nd wave not yet over in India; still 75 districts with more than 10% prevalence, 92 districts with 5-10% prevalence of COVID-19: Govt (PTI) 

    18:09 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Deaths of two Delta Plus positive cases have been reported in MP 

    Deaths of two Delta Plus positive cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh: Govt Sources to ANI (ANI)

    18:02 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Finance Ministry announces measures related to tax concessions for payment towards COVID-19 treatment/death

    Announcing measures related to tax concessions for payment towards COVID-19 treatment/death. Amount paid for medical treatment to an employee by employer or to a person by any person on account of COVID-19 for '19-20 & subsequent year won't be taxed in hands of employee/beneficiary: MoS Finance (ANI) 

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    17:50 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delta plus: Level 3 curbs in Maharashtra to contain COVID-19 spread

    In view of cases of the Delta plus variant of COVID-19 emerging in Maharashtra, the state government on Friday announced 'state-level trigger' for imposing restrictions in administrative units irrespective of weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy percentage. Weekly positivity rate regarding levels of restrictions will be determined on the basis of RT-PCR tests, and not rapid antigen or other tests, the state government said and described Delta plus as a variant of concern. Restrictions in administrative units will remain at a level not below 3, according to new guidelines issued as part of a government notification which also calls for pushing for 70 per cent vaccination of eligible population in the state. The move indicates tightening of restrictions to curb any surge in cases after some people were detected with the highly infectious Delta plus variant of coronavirus. Delta plus has been declared a variant of concern by the Centre. The notification amends the five-level unlock plan announced by the Maharashtra government earlier this month. - PTI

    17:42 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi records 115 new cases, 4 more deaths; positivity rate 0.15%

    Delhi recorded four more COVID-19-related deaths and 115 new cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 0.15 per cent, according to a health bulletin issued here. The new fatalities pushed the death toll due to the infection to 24,952, it said. Delhi recorded eight deaths and 109 fresh cases of coronavirus on Thursday as the city's positivity rate dipped to 0.14 per cent. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 111 COVID-19 cases and seven fatalities, while the positivity rate stood at 0.15 per cent. On Monday, Delhi had reported 89 coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 0.16 per cent, both lowest this year so far, while 11 people died, according to the data. - PTI

    17:40 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Covid 2nd wave not yet over in India, says Centre

    Covid 2nd wave not yet over in India; still 75 districts with more than 10% prevalence, 92 districts with 5-10% prevalence of COVID-19: Govt. - PTI

    17:31 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Congress observes fast, demands judicial probe into fake Covid testing scam

    The Congress on Friday observed a fast on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar demanding a judicial probe into the fake Covid testing scam during the Kumbh Mela. Led by Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Pritam Singh, a large number of party workers assembled at Subhash Ghat to observe the fast for some hours. "The scam took place under the eyes of the state government. The agencies that conducted fake Covid tests were roped in by it. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the scam is just an eyewash. We demand a probe by a sitting high court judge into the scam," Singh told reporters. - PTI

    17:07 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: How effective are vaccines against Delta Plus? We would know in 7-10 days, says ICMR boss

    • Covidshield and Covaxin work against the variants of SARS CoV 2 — alpha, beta, gama as well as delta. Delta Plus is present in 12 countries; 48 cases have been identified in India but more importantly, they have been very localised: Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR
    • This virus has also been isolated & cultured now. We are doing the same test that we have done for alpha, beta, gamma& delta. Looking at the laboratory test to check the vaccine effect&we should have the results in about 7to 10 days time: Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR - ANI

    17:06 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Major update on Delta plus variant in India

    As of today, there are 48 cases of Delta Plus across the country: Dr SK Singh, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director  - ANI

    16:37 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Denmark continues to exclude J&J COVID-19 vaccine from national roll-out

    Denmark will continue to exclude Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from its national vaccine roll-out, broadcaster TV 2 reported on Friday without specifying its sources. It did say whether AstraZeneca's shot would also continue to be excluded.- Reuters

    16:27 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 776 doctors have died during second wave, maximum were from Bihar

    Indian Medical Association (IMA) says 776 doctors have died during second wave of COVID19 pandemic; maximum 115 doctors lost their lives in Bihar, followed by Delhi (109) - ANI

    16:27 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: India's recovery rate has increased to 96.7%, says health ministry

    In the week of 4th May, 531 districts of the country were reporting more than 100 cases. In the week of 2nd June, it fell down to 262 districts. Right now only 125 districts in the country are reporting more than 100 cases: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry. Recovery rate has increased to 96.7%, he added. - ANI

    15:58 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi made exaggerated claims for Oxygen using wrong formula: Sub-group to SC

    The sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court to audit Oxygen consumption in hospitals in national capital during the second wave of COVID-19 said that the Delhi government "exaggerated" the consumption of oxygen and made a claim of 1140 MT, four times higher than the formula for bed capacity requirement of 289 MT. The five-member panel headed by AIIMS Director Randep Gulleria said the Delhi government had made the claims for allocation of 700 MT oxygen on April 30 of medical grade Oxygen using a "wrong formula". The top court had on May 6 named a sub-group for carrying out the audit exercise for Delhi's health infrastructure and allocation of oxygen and said that it shall consists of Randeep Guleria of AIIMS, Sandeep Budhiraja of Max Healthcare and two IAS officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary -- one each from the Centre and the Delhi government.  (PTI)

    15:50 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Covid-19 virus highly adapted to infect human cells, says study

    The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is most ideally adapted to infect human cells, rather than bat or pangolin cells, according to a study which raises questions about the origin of the virus. The researchers from Flinders University and La Trobe University in Australia used high-performance computer modelling of the form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the beginning of the pandemic to predict its ability to infect humans and 12 domestic and exotic animals. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports on Thursday, aimed to help identify any intermediate animal vector that may have played a role in transmitting a bat virus to humans. The researchers used genomic data from the 12 animal species to painstakingly build computer models of the key ACE2 protein receptors for each species. These models were then used to calculate the strength of binding of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to each species' ACE2, which acts as the receptor for SARS-CoV-2 and allows it to infect the cell.  The results showed that SARS-CoV-2 bound to ACE2 on humans cells more tightly than any of the tested animal species, including bats and pangolins. The researchers explained that if one of the animals species tested was the origin, it would normally be expected to show the highest binding to the virus. (PTI)

    15:36 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Serum Institure begins Covovax production

    A new milestone has been reached; this week we began our first batch of Covovax (a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Novavax) at our facility, here in Pune: Serum Institute India (ANI)Image

    15:33 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra first state to administer 3 crore Covid vaccine doses

    Maharashtra becomes first state in the country to administer 3 crore covid vaccine doses. Maharashtra crossed this milestone at 2 PM today. So far, 3,00,27,217 vaccine doses have been administered in the state: Dr Pradip Vyas, ACS Health (ANI)

    15:32 (IST)25 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 1 Delta Plus Covid-19 variant patient dies in Maharashtra

    Out of 21 Delta Plus #COVID19 variant patients in Maharashtra, one 80-year-old with co-morbidities has died: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (ANI)

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