Coronavirus India June 28 Highlights: Delhi logs 59 new cases, lowest in 2021; Nagaland to begin unlock from July 1; India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 32.85 crore

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Coronavirus Delta Plus Variant Symptoms, Covid-19 Cases in India Live Updates: India on Monday recorded nearly 50,000 new coronavirus cases. The latest health ministry bulletin said that 46,148 fresh cases were detected in the last 24 hours. In what can be termed as a major respite, the number of daily Covid deaths has also dipped below 1,000. This was the first time in nearly 80 days that India saw any decline in corona fatalities. The experts say that in comparison with the first wave, the second wave saw a long period of high Covid fatalities.

Elsewhere, the major nations around the globe have started introducing a fresh round of stringent lockdowns to tackle the surge of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. While Bangladesh has entered the 7-day hard lockdown from today, Russia has also reported new outbreaks in Moscow and St Petersburg. In Australia, Sydney is already under lockdown and the latest reports suggest that the expert group may widen the ambit of the curbs across the country. Neighbouring New Zealand, which was among the very first nations in the world to completely stop the spread of the virus, is now worried about the situation in Australia. New Zealand is likely to issue fresh alerts and mask mandates in the country.

Back home, in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray government has decided to reimpose the Level-3 curbs in some big towns amid the emergence of the Delta Plus variant. Maharashtra has the maximum number of Delta Plus cases in the country. With Monday’s order, cities such as Pune, Nagpur and Thane will see new restrictions.

On the vaccination front, some cheer for Indians. After the lacklustre and messy rollout in the initial phase, the national inoculation programme has picked up pace since the introduction of the new vaccine plan on June 21st. If we look at the CoWin data, on average, 60 lakh Indians were vaccinated after the blockbuster show on June 21st. Though there are concerns over the shortfall, many say that the increased rate of vaccination may help in staving off the potential risk of the third wave of the coronavirus in India.

As new studies bring fresh insights on the virus mutations, here are the latest Covid-related updates from India and around the globe:

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    22:42 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Nagaland reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, 175 more recoveries

    Nagalands COVID-19 caseload crossed the 25,000-mark Monday as 56 more people tested positive for the infection while six more patients succumbed to the disease, a health official said. As many as 175 patients recuperated from the infection, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,426. The number of active cases now stands at 1,397 while the the caseload has gone up to 25,017, he said. "56 positive cases detected today are Kohima: 25, Dimapur: 17, Mokokchung: 7, Peren: 6 and Kiphire: 1," said State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Dr. Nyanthung Kikon, in the daily COVID-19 bulletin. (PTI)

    22:41 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Indonesia greenlights vaccines for 12 and older

    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo announced Monday that his government will administer COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 12 after the country's Food and Drug Monitoring Agency green-lighted emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine for children. Widodo said in a video statement that he was grateful that the agency has issued an emergency use of authorisation for the Sinovac vaccine so that "vaccination for children that age can start immediately." He has asked authorities to boost the country's vaccination rollout to two million shots a day by August from the current level of about 1 million a day, as a second wave of infections engulfs Southeast Asia country. (AP)

    22:31 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: LNJP hospital has treated highest number of Covid patients in India since March last year, says Jain

    Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday claimed that the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital has successfully treated over 20,000 Covid patients since March last year, the highest by any hospital in India. He congratulated the doctors, nurses and other staff of LNJP hospital, the city government's largest healthcare facility, on their feat.  "Lok Nayak  Hospital has treated more than 20,000 covid pts since March 2020; Highest in any hospital  in India, congratulation to team of Drs, nurses and all staff for great work. We salute to you all," the minister tweeted. According to the Delhi government's Corona application, there are 2,000 beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of these, 1,840 are vacant. (PTI)

    22:22 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 71 new cases, 3 deaths

    Sikkim has reported 71 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours pushing the caseload to 20,182, a health department bulletin said on Monday. The Himalayan state also reported three more deaths due to the coronavirus infection in the same period, taking the toll to 304, the bulletin said. East Sikkim registered 32 COVID-19 positive cases, followed by 29 in South Sikkim, 8 in West Sikkim and 2 in North Sikkim. Sikkim now has 2,027 active cases, while 252 people have migrated toother states and 17,599 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease. (PTI)

    22:12 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: SC to pronounce verdict Tuesday on plea for welfare measures for migrants

    The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce Tuesday its verdict on a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to ensure food security, cash transfers and other welfare measures for migrant workers hit hard again by the curbs imposed during the second wave of COVID-19. A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah had on June 11 reserved its judgement on pleas of activists Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar seeking the implementation of welfare measures for such workers. The fresh plea was filed in a pending suo motu case of 2020 in which the top court had in May last year taken cognisance of problems and miseries of migrant labourers and had passed a slew of directions, including asking states not to charge fare from migrant workers and provide them free food till they board trains or buses. (PTI)

    22:02 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Punjab records 271 new cases, 18 deaths

    Punjab on Monday recorded 271 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its infection tally to 5,95,136 while 18 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 16,011, according to a medical bulletin. Ludhiana reported 35 fresh cases, followed by 26 in Jalandhar and 21 in Hoshiarpur, the bulletin stated. The latest deaths were reported from Barnala, Bathinda and Faridkot, among other districts, it said. There are 3,639 active COVID-19 cases in Punjab. While 114 critical patients are on ventilator support, 381 critical patients and 1,560 others are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. The state's positivity rate stands at 0.67 per cent. As many as 614 more coronavirus patients recovered from the infection the previous day, taking the total number of cured people to 5,75,486, it said. So far, 1,07,95,548 samples have been collected for testing in the state, it added. Meanwhile, Chandigarh's COVID-19 caseload increased to 61,632 with eight fresh infections, according to the medical bulletin. (PTI)

    21:56 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Andhra witnesses 2,224 fresh Covid cases 31 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reported 2,224 fresh cases of  Covid-19 and 31 deaths in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Monday. The fresh cases were detected from 71,758 tests at a positivity rate of 3 per cent, the lowest in more than three months. Also, the State reported 4,714 recoveries and 31 deaths in 24 hours, a bulletin said. After a total of 2.18 crore tests so far, the cumulative cases rose to 18,82,096, at an overall positivity rate of 8.65 per cent. Totally, 18,27,214 got cured from the infection and the recovery rate climbed to 96.95 per cent. The mortality rate remained stable at 0.67 per cent with a gross toll of 12,630 so far. The active caseload has reduced to 42,252 now. (PTI)

    21:54 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Bangladesh extends closure of borders with India amidst surge in COVID cases

    Bangladesh on Monday extended the closure of borders with India for 14 more days amidst a surge in the COVID-19 cases in the country. On April 26, Bangladesh first shut down its border with India for two weeks to stem COVID-19 transmission. The government subsequently extended the closure several times. The closure of the border with India has been extended for another 14 days, till July 14, amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported. "All other (previous) conditions remain the same," Mashfee Binte Shams, secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted as saying by the report. The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial virtual meeting chaired by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, the report said. Although the border is closed, cargo transports are allowed to cross. (PTI)

    21:53 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Black Fungus cases in AP rises to 3,364

    The total number of Black Fungus cases in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 3,364 and deaths to 253, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said on Monday. He said the mucormycosis (black fungus) cases were dropping as the Covid-19 infections started declining in the state. Of the total cases reported, only 1,418 were now active after 1,635 patients had recovered. He said 1,184 surgeries were performed on the infected patients so far. The official said required stocks of Amphotericin-B and Posaconazole injections were kept ready in all districts for treating the Black Fungus patients. (PTI)

    21:35 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Maharashtra sees 6,727 new cases, 101 deaths

    Maharashtra on Monday reported 6,727 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 101 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 60,43,548 and the toll to 1,21,573, the state Health department said. A total of 10,812 patients were discharged during the day, which raised the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 58,00,925, leaving the state with 1,17,874 active cases, it said. Maharashtra's case recovery rate now stands at 95.99 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.01 per cent, as per the department. Currently, 6,15,839 people are in home quarantine and 4,245 others are in institutional quarantine. Wardha district in east Maharashtra didn't report a single COVID-19 case during the day. Mumbai reported 611 fresh cases and 18 deaths, taking the overall count of infections to 7,20,960 and the toll to 15,414, the department said. Mumbai division saw 1,578 fresh infections and 28 fatalities, taking the overall count of cases to 15,91,447 and the toll to 31,990. Nashik division reported 510 cases including 221 from Ahmednagar district and 176 from the Nashik district. Pune division reported 1,429 cases including 479 in Satara and 375 in Pune district. Kolhapur division saw  2,750 new infections including 917 in the Kolhapur district and 605 in the Sangli district, as per the department. Aurangabad division added 106 fresh cases, Latur division 193, Akola division 102, while the Nagpur division added 59 infections during the day. (PTI)

    21:33 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Delhi govt allows private hospitals to reduce reserved beds for Covid patients as cases drop

    All private hospitals/nursing homes having total bed capacity of 100 beds or more are allowed to reduce their reserved capacity for COVID19 oxygenated beds to 30% of their total bed capacity or three times of occupancy as on June 16 or whichever is more: Delhi Govt (ANI)

    21:30 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Hospital treating Covid patients without permission sealed

    The Buldhana district administration in Maharashtra on Monday ordered the sealing of a private hospital for treating COVID-19 patients without permission. According to an order of the Buldhana district collector, the Lifeline Hospital in Khamgaon near here was treating coronavirus patients without the required permission from the local administration. The medical facility had also violated several COVID-19-related  treatment protocols, the order said. The hospital, in one case, had administered 14 Remdesivir injections to a patient,  breaching the limit of maximum 5 to 6 injections, it said. Relatives of the patient concerned had approached the district collector with a complaint after which an inquiry committee was formed to look into the matter, it said. (PTI)

    21:28 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 190 new cases, 25 deaths

    The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 22,559 on Monday with 25 more fatalities, while 190 new cases pushed the infection tally to 17,05,779, according to an official statement issued. Of the latest fatalities, four each were reported from Allahabad and Agra, while three each were reported from Ghazipur and Shahjahanpur, the statement issued by the state government said. Of the 190 new cases, 14 were reported from Lucknow, followed by 10 each in Varanasi, Agra and Bulandshahr, it said. In the past 24 hours, 261 people have recovered, taking the overall recoveries so far to 16,80,174, it said. The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,046, it said. (PTI)

    21:26 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu drop below 5,000-mark

    The downward graph of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu continued on Monday, with the state witnessing a dip in both the new infections as well as active cases. The new cases dropped below the 5,000-mark at 4,804 taking the caseload to 24,70,678. With 98 people succumbing to the infection, including 37 in private hospitals, the toll has risen to 32,388. Active cases stood at 40,954. On Sunday, as many as 5,127 fresh infections emerged while the active cases were 42,801. With 6,553 COVID-19 positive patients getting discharged today, the total recoveries touched 23,97,336, according to a bulletin. Today, Coimbatore topped the list with 597 new infections and seven fatalities followed by Erode with 506 fresh cases and two deaths. The State capital reported 291 new cases and four deaths. Thirupathur district saw the least number of new cases at 31 and two fatalities. (PTI)

    21:13 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Gujarat reports below 100 cases after 14 months

    Gujarat on Monday saw fresh COVID-19 cases falling below 100 for the first time after 14 months while three patients succumbed to the viral infection, as per the data. Gujarat had reported 78 COVID-19 cases on April 14 last year and 127 cases a day later. With the addition of 96 new infections, Gujarat's caseload went up to 8,23,340 on Monday while the death toll rose to 10,054, the state Health department said. At the same time, 315 patients were discharged during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 8,09,821 so far, leaving the state with 3,465 active cases, it said. Gujarat's case recovery rate has improved further to 98.36 per cent, the department said in a release. Ahmedabad district reported the highest number of 21 new cases, followed by Vadodara with 16 cases, Surat 14, Rajkot nine and Ahmerli six etc. Ahmedabad, Chhota Udepur and Tapi districts reported one COVID-19 fatality each. (PTI)

    21:12 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Govt must pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of Covid victims, says Congress

    The Congress on Monday demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of all Covid victims in the country, saying the government has no right to rule if it cannot provide that. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government can compensate the Covid-affected families from the tax collected on petrol and diesel. "The Covid-affected families can be compensated from a small part of the petrol-diesel tax collection -- this is their need and right. The (Narendra) Modi government should not back out from this opportunity of providing assistance to the public in a disaster," he said in a tweet in Hindi. Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said the government will have to pay Rs 40,000 crore as compensation to the Covid victims, which is only 10 per cent of of the Rs 4 lakh crore that it has earned from the excise duty on petrol and diesel in the last year alone. He said so far, nearly four lakh people have lost their lives and more than three crore have been infected with the coronavirus, but the government is not ready to part with even 10 per cent of the money it has earned from taxes last year. (PTI)

    21:11 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Tourist entry at Aurangabad monuments halved

    The Aurangabad district administration on Monday decided to keep monuments in the region open amid the coronavirus-induced restrictions but capped the number of people permitted to enter at half of what was being allowed earlier, an official said. Collector Sunil Chavan told PTI that after monuments were allowed to open for tourists on June 17, entry was capped at two thousand people in total in the morning and afternoon sessions, which has been halved now, or 500 people per session. Aurangabad district is home to Ajanta and Ellora Caves, a world heritage site, as well as Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Daultabad (Devgiri) fort, Aurangabad caves among others. The district reported 45 cases, five deaths and 109 recoveries on Monday, taking the tally to 1,46,027, toll to 3,422 and the recovery count to 1,41,898, officials said. (PTI)

    21:10 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Serum Institute asks govt to take up inclusion of Covishield in EU vaccination passport

    Serum Institute of India (SII) has urged the government to take up inclusion of Covishield in the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport with the European Union and other countries, saying if not done it will affect students and business travellers, and disrupt the Indian and global economy. Only four vaccines -- Comirnaty of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzervria by AstraZeneca-Oxford and, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen -- have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Only those inoculated with these vaccines will be given vaccination passports and allowed to travel within the EU during the pandemic. "India has a large population. However, not including Covishield in the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport will not allow Covishield vaccinated people to travel to European countries and this will affect students, business travellers back and forth, and cause severe disruptions to our economy and to the global economy," a source quoted Adar C Poonawalla, CEO of SII, as having communicated in a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Sources said referring to Poonawalla's letter, the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, Prakash Kumar Singh, has also sought Jaishankar's intervention at the highest level. "It will be in the national interest as well as in the interest of people at large globally if Covishield vaccine is included in the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport,"  Singh said. Poonawalla, in his letter, is learnt to have mentioned that nearly 30 crore people have already been vaccinated with Covishield in India and it is expected that more than 50 per cent of Indian population will be protected with this vaccine finally. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 608 new cases, 18 deaths

    Mumbai reported 608 new coronavirus infections and 18 fresh fatalities on Monday, while 714 patients recovered from the disease, the city civic body said. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases jumped to 7,20,964, while the death toll increased to 15,414, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data. Mumbai has witnessed a decrease in new cases but a rise in fatalities as compared to Sunday, when the city had registered 746 cases and 13 deaths. Presently, Mumbai has 8,453 active COVID-19 cases, the BMC said. The BMC said with 714 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the cumulative number of recovered cases rose to 6,94,796. According to the civic body, so far 70,72,953 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city, including 28,295 tests in the last 24 hours. Mumbai has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 96 per cent, while the average growth rate of cases between June 21 and June 27 was 0.9 per cent, it said. (PTI)

    20:57 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Gyms, yoga institutes in Delhi reopen with 50% capacity from today

    Delhi: Gyms, yoga institutes reopened with 50% capacity from today as part of next round of relaxations of #COVID19 restrictions. "I would like to thank the govt for the decision. We are following all COVID-19 guidelines. Only some people are allowed at a time," says a gym owner (ANI)

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    20:52 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: 2 Indian companies win funding for innovative pandemic response efforts

    Two Indian companies are among leading global entries to win funding under the Trinity Challenge, a coalition of 42 organisations working towards protecting the world from future pandemics, by using data, analytics and digital tools. Khushi Health: Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and VaccineLedger: Ensure quality and safety of the vaccines are among five joint third prize winners to be awarded USD 660,000 each in pledged funding announced at a ceremony on Friday. The overall winner of the first prize worth USD 1.8 million was Participatory One Health Disease Detection (PODD) from OpenDream in Thailand, which turns farmers into disease detectives to serve as a frontline surveillance system, to prevent disease spill-over from animals. (PTI)

    20:52 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Portugal limits UK travel, stops classes amid virus surge

    Portugal's battle to contain the surging COVID-19 delta variant has prompted it to put the United Kingdom on its red list for travel, speed up vaccinations in Lisbon and cancel school classes in the southern Algarve region, its main tourist destination. Portugal has in recent days been reporting the highest number of daily new coronavirus cases since February. Though hospitals are comfortably coping with new virus admissions, officials say the increase of about 30% over the past week was a worrying trend. On Monday, the number of coronavirus patients in hospital surpassed 500 for the first time since early April. The country's 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate per 100,000 people, meanwhile, rose to 162, the highest officially recorded since early March.  Lisbon, the capital, is one of Portugal's hot spots, with a case rate of 438. The city council said Monday it will extend the opening hours of vaccine centers, with people over 50 allowed to walk in without an appointment. Already last week, Lisbon doubled the number of jabs being administered over seven days, with more than 46,000. The next goal is 65,000 a week. (PTI)

    20:49 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Ghaziabad moves out of top 30 UP districts, Noida at 12th spot in terms of active Covid-19 cases

    Ghaziabad on Monday moved down to the 32nd position in the list of Uttar Pradesh districts with maximum active cases of coronavirus while Gautam Buddh Nagar stood on the 12th spot, official data showed. Ghaziabad now has 28 active cases while Gautam Buddh Nagar has 70, according to data issued by the state Health Department for a 24-hour period. During the period, Ghaziabad recorded just two new cases of COVID-19 along with 26 recoveries. The district's death toll stands at 461 while overall 55,035 patients have recovered, the data showed. Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded six new cases and five recoveries. Its death toll stands at 466 while COVID recoveries surged to 62,507, it showed. Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, adjoining Delhi in western UP, had constantly figured among the top 10 of the 75 districts in the state in terms of active COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

    20:47 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Punjab reports 271 new positive cases, 18 deaths

    #COVID19 | Punjab reports 271 new positive cases, 614 recoveries, and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total positive cases: 5,95,136Active cases: 3,639 (ANI)

    20:40 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 59 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Delhi reports 59 new #COVID19 cases, 72 recoveries, and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours.Active cases: 1,553Total recoveries: 14,07,473Death toll: 24,967Positivity rate: 0.10 % (ANI)

    20:39 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Nashik reports 114 new COVID-19 cases; six die

    Nashik district in Maharashtra on Monday reported 114 fresh coronavirus positive cases and six deaths, taking the tally to 3,94,194 and the toll to 8,339, health officials said. A total of 118 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in the district to 3,83,344, so far, they said. With 10,239 new tests, the number of samples tested for coronavirus in the Nashik district went up to 19,48,586, according to officials. (PTI )

    20:38 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Haryana records 16 more deaths, 96 new cases

    Haryana on Monday reported 16 COVID-19-related fatalities, taking the death toll to 9,401, while 96 new cases pushed the infection count to 7,68,474. According to the health department's daily bulletin, the latest deaths include three from Hisar and two each from Gurgaon and Ambala districts. Among new infections, Palwal reported 16 cases while nine each were from Ambala and Kurukshetra, it said. The total active cases in the state stands at 1,593 while the overall recoveries so far has reached 7,57,480. The recovery rate is 98.57 per cent, it said. (PTI)

    20:30 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 37 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths, 138 recoveries

    Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 37 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths, taking the tally to 7,89,733 and the toll to 8,936, an official said. The day also saw 138 people getting discharged from hospitals, which took the recovery count to 7,80,101, leaving the state with 696 active cases, he said. "Indore and Bhopal saw six and 11 cases respectively, taking their tally to 1,52,827 and 1,23,116. Both districts did not report any death during the day. The active caseload of Indore and Bhopal stands at 124 and 159," he said. The official said 37 of 52 districts in the state did not record a single coronavirus case in the last 24 hours. With 63,370 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in MP went up to 1,19,37,101, the official informed. (PTI)

    20:24 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 32.85 crore

    India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 32.85 crores, more than 48.01 lakh vaccine doses administered till 7 pm today. More than 8.95 crores vaccine doses administered in the age group 18-44, so far: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    20:22 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Bengal govt urged to extend business hours in malls

    In the wake of the decline in Covid-19 infections in West Bengal, the Shopping Centre Association of India (SCAI) on Monday urged the state government to extend the operational hours for retail shops to 8 pm and up to 11 pm for food and beverage outlets in malls. The state administration allowed malls to operate from 11 am to 6 pm for stores and from 12 noon to 8 pm for restaurants. The outlets reopened on June 16 after being closed for 45 days due to restrictions imposed by the government to check the spread of coronavirus. "We also urge the state government to allow operations of the Metro Railway and App cabs so that mall employees can come to work with e-pass. At present, there are restrictions on public transport in the state," SCAI chairman (eastern region) Sushil Mohta said. The eastern regions SCAI is the apex body of prominent malls and shopping centres of Kolkata, such as South City, Acropolis Mall, Quest Mall, City Centre 1 and 2, Mani Square and Diamond City having a total workforce of about 50,000. (PTI)

    20:17 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Schools in Madhya Pradesh not to reopen on July 1

    Schools in Madhya Pradesh that were scheduled to open on July 1 after summer vacations will now open at a later date after consultation with the Centre, other states and experts, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday. Chairing a meeting on the recommendations of ministers to prepare a strategy to fight COVID-19, Chouhan said studies will continue through online mode and television broadcasts.  He also said the Class XII results should on the basis of 'best of five marks' obtained in various subjects in Class X, and those wanting to improve on their marks can appear for an exam that will be organised sometime later. 'Schools will not reopen in the state from July 1. Studies will continue through online platforms and TV broadcasts. The decision on opening schools will be taken after discussing with the Centre, other states and experts,' the CM said. Among the recommendations made by the ministers are vaccinating teachers and school staff on priority and holding training programmes on pandemic management. (PTI)

    20:15 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Rajasthan adds 72 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Rajasthan on Monday recorded 72 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 9,52,201 while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,916. Jaipur reported the highest number of fresh cases at 19 while Jodhpur reported eight, according to an official report. The latest deaths were reported from Jaipur and Dungarpur, the report stated. There are 1,593 active COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan. So far, 9,41,692 people have recovered from the disease in the state, it said. (PTI)

    20:13 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: J&K records 259 Covid cases, 6 fatalities

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 259 coronavirus cases Monday, taking the total number of infections to 3,14,990, while six deaths pushed the toll to 4,310, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 90 were from the Jammu division and 169 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said. They said Srinagar district recorded the highest 64 cases, followed by 31 in Kupwara district. The number of active cases has dropped to 4,996 in the union territory, while 3,05,684 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 4,310 as six patients died in the past 24 hours. (PTI)

    20:11 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: SRL to offer services to Indian athletes, officials as 'Lab Diagnostics Partner' in Tokyo Olympic

    Indian Olympic Association (IOA) accepts SRL Diagnostics' offer to partner as 'Lab Diagnostics Partner' to provide services to Indian athletes and officials attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and 2024 Paris Olympic Games. (ANI)

    20:08 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Bihar to reopen educational institutes in phases

    • We think that if situation continues to improve at the same pace as now, life would gradually start becoming normal after 6th July. In that situation, our dept thinks that our institutions should open. We'll have to open them phase-wise: Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kr Choudhary
    • In 1st phase we'll open universities, in 2nd phase we'll open secondary & higher secondary schools, in 3rd phase we'll open primary & middle schools. But final decision will be taken only after assessing the situation at that time: Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (ANI)

    20:07 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Karnataka makes CT & MRI scan free to diagnose Mucormycosis infection in post-covid patients

    The CT Scan and MRI Scan to diagnose Mucormycosis infection in post-covid patients has been made free of cost in government hospitals and medical colleges; price has been capped at private hospitals and laboratories: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar (ANI)

    20:04 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu reports 4,804 new cases, 98 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 4,804 new #COVID19 cases, 6,553 recoveries, and 98 deaths today.Active cases: 40,954Total recoveries: 23,97,336Death toll: 32,388 (ANI)

    20:02 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Just 1 out of 21 Delta plus variant patients had taken vaccine, says Maharashtra minister

    Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Monday said out of the 21 people detected with the Delta plus variant of coronavirus so far in the state, only one had taken the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The Minority Affairs Minister said Maharashtra can vaccinate its entire eligible population in two months if it had an adequate stock of  COVID-19 vaccines. Talking to reporters, Malik said available data shows vaccines reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. "If Maharashtra gets adequate stock of vaccine doses, the state can vaccinate its entire population in two months," he said. The new coronavirus variant, considered highly infectious, had been detected in 21 people spread across seven districts so far. Only one of them had been administered with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Malik said. (PTI)

    19:59 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: Lockdown cannot be used as a 'magic wand', says Madras HC

    The Madras High Court on Monday held that the lockdown arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be used as a 'magic wand' to make defaults in repayments on all occasions. The First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation while disposing of a PIL petition from Kayalvizhi, a bidder for a flat at Sholinganallur in an auction conducted by the Kodambakkam branch of the Axis Bank under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act. She made the initial payment, but could not pay the balance due to the pandemic, she said and prayed the court for a direction to the bank to grant more time. (PTI)

    19:48 (IST)28 Jun 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 Delta Plus Live Tracker: 10-day unlock to begin from July 1 in Nagaland

    After a lockdown for one and a half months, the Nagaland government on Monday decided to begin a 10-day unlock period in the state from July 1, senior minister Neiba Kronu said. Addressing a press conference at the State Civil Secretariat, government spokesperson for COVID-19 and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Kronu said, 'As the way forward, the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 has decided to go for Unlock 1 from July 1 to 10'. The decision to this effect was taken during a virtual meeting of the HPC on COVID-19, headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, as an outcome of the June 26 video conference interaction of the COVID-19 War Room, headed by Chief Secretary J Alam, with the District Task Force (DTF) on the prevailing coronavirus situation. The ongoing lockdown was scheduled to end on June 30, he said. The 10-day period from July 1 with more relaxations will be an observation period for unlocking and reducing COVID-19 curbs in the state, Kronu said. From July 1, the HPC has decided to provide relaxations, including opening of business establishments and shops on a rotation basis, he said. The curfew period or total restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles, earlier imposed from 4 pm to 5 am, has also been reduced. It will now be in force from 7 pm to 4 am, considering the agriculture season, he said. The respective DTFs will have the powers to further ease or add restrictions considering the local situations, he said. Government offices will resume with 50 per cent staff in attendance. Churches, weddings, and funeral services will also be permitted with a maximum of 50 people, the minister said. Nagaland entered into a total lockdown from May 14, considering the high surge in COVID-19 infections, and it had been extended four times, with relaxations. (PTI)

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