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Coronavirus Highlights: Centre categorises Delta Plus strain of virus as ‘variant of concern’

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Live News Updates: The number of fresh cases reported on Tuesday are 134 in Delhi, 570 in Mumbai, 803 in Bengaluru, 172 in Kolkata and 410 in Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2021 8:54:59 am
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Coronavirus India Live Updates: The Centre on Tuesday categorised the Delta Plus strain of Covid as a ‘variant of concern’ and directed states to take up immediate containment measures, enhanced testing, tracking and vaccination in clusters where the Delta Plus variant has been detected.

India reported 42,640 new Covid-19 cases, which is the lowest in 91 days, and 1,167 deaths, the lowest since April 14, in the last 24 hours as per the Union Health Ministry. The number of fresh cases reported on Tuesday are 134 in Delhi, 570 in Mumbai, 803 in Bengaluru, 172 in Kolkata and 410 in Chennai.

Referring to the record 82.7 lakh vaccinations done on June 21, the government earlier on Tuesday said that nearly 64 per cent of the jabs were given in rural areas. Addressing a joint press conference on the pandemic situation and vaccination status, the official said, “A historic milestone was achieved on 21st June 2021–88.09 lakh doses administered in a single day.” Of the doses, 36.32 per cent were administered in urban areas and 63.68 per cent in rural areas, the official added.

Meanwhile, the Pfizer CEO said that Pfizer vaccine is in the final stages of getting approval for use in India, news agency ANI reported.

In other news, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday released a white paper on Covid-19 saying “its aim is not finger-pointing at the government but to help the nation prepare for the third wave of infection. The whole country knows that a third wave will strike.”

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Centre categories Delta Plus strain as ‘variant of concern’; Nearly 64 per cent of the jabs administered on Monday were in rural areas, says govt; Pfizer CEO says Pfizer vaccine is in the final stages of getting approval for use in India; Follow this space for latest updates on Covid-19 in India

22:21 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Punjab sees 409 new cases, 20 more deaths

Punjab on Tuesday registered 409 new cases of COVID-19, taking the infection tally to 5,93,063, while 20 more fatalities pushed the toll to 15,888, according to a medical bulletin. There are 5,968 active cases in the state, it said. Deaths were reported from several districts including Amritsar, Bathinda Faridkot and Ludhiana. (PTI)

22:00 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengal constitutes expert committee to tackle crisis in case of a third wave

West Bengal government has constituted a 10-member expert committee to supervise and monitor the evolving situation and suggest suitable interventions for effective management of a possible third wave of Covid-19.

21:50 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Mumbai reports 570 new cases and 10 deaths

Mumbai reported 570 new coronavirus infections and 10 fatalities on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With this, the tally of cases rose to 7,22,461 and death toll increased to 15,315, it said. (PTI)

21:48 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka reports 3709 new cases and 139 deaths; 803 fresh infections in Bengaluru

Karnataka recorded 3709 new cases and 139 deaths on Tuesday. Out of the new cases, 803 fresh infections were reported from Bengaluru.

21:46 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu records 6,895 new cases and 194 deaths; 410 fresh infections in Chennai

Tamil Nadu recorded 6,895 new positive cases and 194 deaths on Tuesday. Out of the new cases, 410 fresh infections were reported from Chennai.  

21:42 (IST)22 Jun 2021
West Bengal records 1,852 new cases and 47 deaths; 172 fresh infections in Kolkata

West Bengal recorded 1,852 new positive cases and 47 deaths on Tuesday. Out of the new cases, 172 fresh infections were reported from Kolkata.  

21:37 (IST)22 Jun 2021
No vaccination drive in Pimpri-Chinchwad tomorrow

Vaccination will not happen in Pimpri Chinchwad tomorrow as workers of vaccination centres will be given weekly off, says Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. (ANI)

21:31 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Centre categorises Delta Plus strain of virus as 'variant of concern'

The Centre on Tuesday categorised the Delta Plus strain of Covid as a ‘variant of concern’ and directed states to take up immediate containment measures, enhanced testing, tracking and vaccination in clusters where the Delta Plus variant has been detected.

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19:17 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Telangana sees 1,175 fresh Covid cases

Telangana's Covid-19 tally rose to 6,15,574 with 1,175 fresh cases. The death toll climbed to 3,586 as 10 more people succumbed to the disease, according to the state government bulletin. (PTI)

19:03 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Delhi records 134 new Covid cases, 8 fatalities

Delhi recorded 134 more coronavirus cases and eight fatalities, according to the latest health bulletin. The positivity rate stands at 0.20 per cent. (PTI)

18:53 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Pfizer in final stages to get approval in India: CEO

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that the Pfizer Covid vaccine is now in final stages to get approval for use in India. 'I hope very soon we will finalize an agreement with the government,' he said, news agency ANI reported.

17:13 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Only 22 cases of Delta Plus variant in India

Delta Plus variant has been found in nine countries of the world including US, UK and India. "So far, India has 22 cases of Delta Plus variant. It's a variant of interest, and not concern," Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

"16 of the cases have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra. Rest of them are in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. The Health Ministry has issued guidelines to these states to address this issue," he added. 

17:00 (IST)22 Jun 2021
MP administered highest number of doses in Monday's drive

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Madhya Pradesh had administered the highest number of Covid vaccine doses on Monday with over 17 lakh doses. This was followed by Karnataka with over 11 lakh doses. UP, Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Assam are amongst the top 10 states.

16:52 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Rural areas comprise 63.7% of those vaccinated on Monday

Of the 82.70 lakh vaccinations on Monday , 63.7 per cent of the beneficiaries were from rural areas, NITI Ayog's Dr VK Paul said in a press briefing on Tuesday. Nearly 36 per cent of those vaccinated from rural areas.

"More than half of the doses administered over the last few weeks were inoculated in rural areas, which makes it clear that rural outreach is possible," he added.

16:21 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka prepares for third wave, to consider opening higher education institutions

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said the government will consider opening higher educational institutions in a phased manner after vaccinating students and teachers, following recommendations from the Dr Devi Shetty-led expert committee on possible Covid-19 third wave.

The 13-member expert committee has made recommendations to tackle the third wave. These include setting up of HDU, ICU units for children at taluk, district and medical college hospitals, and to set up children hospitals. They have also made suggestions aimed at securing human and financial resources. (PTI)

16:09 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Thane sees 363 new Covid-19 cases, 10 more casualties

With the addition of 363 new cases of Covid-19, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Thane district has risen to 5,28,489, an official said on Tuesday. The district also recorded 10 casualties that took the toll to 10,527. (PTI)

15:36 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Will finalise policy on door-to-door Covid vaccination in one week: Maha govt to HC

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it will finalise within a week its policy on starting door-to-door Covid-19 vaccination drives for the elderly, disabled persons and those who are bedridden and unable to visit the inoculation centres. The state's counsel, Geeta Shastri, said the state had constituted a special task force comprising experts and stakeholders to come up with such a policy. (PTI)

15:32 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Puducherry reports one Covid fatality, 284 new cases

Puducherry reported an increase in new Covid-19 cases with 284 fresh infections being registered during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 1,727 with a 36-year-old woman succumbing to the virus, Director of the Department of Health S Mohan Kumar said. He added that 433 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged today. (PTI)

14:31 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Over 2.14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with states: Centre

More than 2.14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and over 33,80,590 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. According to the ministry data published at 7 am, India administered 86.16 lakh vaccine doses in a single day, the highest ever single-day vaccination achieved in the world so far.

Cumulatively, 28.87 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide inoculation drive. More than 29.35 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category.

14:22 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Uttarakhand govt to allow ayurvedic doctors to prescribe allopathic medicines

The ayurveda-versus-allopathy debate has taken a new turn with the Uttarakhand government deciding to allow ayurvedic doctors to prescribe select allopathic medicines to patients in emergencies.

Making the announcement on the sidelines of a programme to mark the International Day for Yoga at the Uttarakhand Ayurvedic University here on Monday, Ayush Minister Harak Singh Rawat said the decision was taken for the benefit of the people living in the state's remote hill areas, where the primary health centres mostly have ayurvedic doctors.

There are around 800 ayurvedic doctors in Uttarakhand and as many ayurvedic dispensaries, of which 90 per cent are located in the remote hill areas, he said. The decision, which requires changes in the Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Chikitsa Adhiniyam, will help people living in the disaster and accident prone hill areas who are deprived of proper healthcare facilities, the minister said. (PTI)

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There were two main reasons for the surge in vaccination numbers on Monday, top government sources monitoring the drive told The Indian Express: increased vaccine supply to states after the new guidelines went into force; and an increase in the number of free vaccination sites.

“First, we gave 2.95 crore doses to states to vaccinate any citizen who is above 18 years for free. Second, the capacities deployed by the states have been huge. More than 80,000 government vaccination centres were operational today,” a top source said.

The spike in vaccination numbers should be seen within the “framework of availability” of vaccines, officials said.

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On boats, trucks, and spurred by a challenge, officials exceed vaccine target in Arunachal districts

A country boat on the Noa Dihing river, a pick-up truck on a dirt road along the Myanmar border, a JCB excavator on a route blocked by trees felled by a storm.

These three pictures tell the story of how the remote Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, located on the border of Myanmar, has managed to get 50% of its 18-44 population (total 44,366), and over 90 per cent of its 45+ age group (numbering 20,227), vaccinated with a first dose. A majority of this was done over a three-day-long campaign held by the district administration last week, as part of which a “vaccination challenge” was announced for the 12 health centres under Changlang.

Devansh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, said the idea of the competition was spurred on by the rising Covid cases in the district. With 194 active cases as of June 20, Changlang ranks third highest in the state. “A few weeks ago, the active case load had crossed 400… We realised we had to vaccinate as fast as we could.”

As Rajasthan’s tribal districts lag behind, state offers rations, free travel as incentives for shots

A tribal youth at a village in Udaipur waves a sickle at booth-level officer Dinesh Chandra Joshi, questioning him on deaths due to vaccination. “It’s just a rumour. People died not because of vaccines but Covid-19,” Joshi exhorts. But the youth is not taken in.

As the Covid vaccination drive enters the next phase with the government providing free shots to all adults starting Monday, Udaipur is focusing on persuading the “movable middle” in tribal hinterlands, including with measures like distributing ration kits, offering free travel to nearest Covid centres, and roping in bhupas (tribal priests).

In Rajasthan, where the state average is 78.3%, the vaccine coverage for the 45-plus age group is the lowest in the tribal districts of Udaipur (63.9%), Dungarpur (62.7%) and Pratapgarh (59.3%).

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