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Coronavirus India Highlights: Haryana extends lockdown till June 28, announces more relaxations

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Live News Updates: With states unlocking across the country and the Delta variant still around, health experts and Health Ministry are stressing on the need to re-open with a robust vaccination strategy and covid appropriate behaviour.

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2021 8:59:14 am
COVID-19, West Bengal, West Bengal coronavirus cases, West Bengal covid-19 cases, Kolkata news, Kolkata latest news, india news, indian expressNeedy people collect free food distributed by volunteers during Covid-induced lockdown, in Kolkata on Saturday, (PTI)

Coronavirus India Live Updates: The Haryana government Sunday extended the Covid-19 lockdown by another week till June 28, but relaxed restrictions imposed on weddings and funerals while  allowing corporate offices to operate with full attendance. According to an order issued, a maximum of 50 guests can now attend weddings and funerals or cremations, subject to strict observance of Covid protocols including social distancing.

As part of its unlocking, Delhi government on Sunday announced reopening of bars, public parks, gardens and golf clubs. Bars will become operational from Monday with 50 per cent capacity from 12 pm to 10 pm. Outdoor yoga activities will also be permitted from now on. The national capital on June 14 allowed restaurants to open with 50 per cent capacity, and  allowing markets and shopping malls to operate at full capacity.

On the other hand, Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended its covid lockdown for another week. Based on caseload, some relaxations have been announced for 38 districts in the state. Inter and Intra-district public transportation with 50 per cent capacity will be allowed in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet.

India recorded 58,419 new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours 8 am Sunday. This is the lowest spike in new cases in over 2 months. Active cases further dropped to 7.29 lakh. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are three states with more than one lakh active cases currently. With 1,576 new fatalities, the toll is over 3.85 lakh. Maharashtra accounted for 689 of the new deaths. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala also reported more than 100 deaths.

With states unlocking across the country and the Delta variant still around, health experts and Health Ministry are stressing on the need to re-open with a robust vaccination strategy and covid appropriate behaviour. Any laxity could see India entering a third covid wave in 3 to 4 months.

On the vaccine front, over 13 crore doses will be made available to the states in July. Centre will exclusively procure and distribute vaccines to the states free of cost to administer them to everyone above 18 years, The Indian Express has learnt.  

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Coronavirus India Live News Updates: 58,413 new cases, 1,576 deaths in last 24 hours; lowest spike in over 2 months; total infections near 3 crore; bars, parks to re-open in Delhi.

19:17 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Karnataka reports 4,517 new cases

Karnataka reports 4,517 new cases, 8456 discharges and 120 deaths. Active cases: 1,26,813 Total recoveries: 26,45,735 Death toll: 33,883.

17:47 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Weekend Covid curfew lifted from eight districts in J-K

The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee (SEC) on Sunday announced the lifting of weekend curfew from eight of the 20 districts, with further easing of restrictions owing to significant improvement in the Covid situation. However, the night curfew would continue to remain in force in Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir and Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, and Udhampur in Jammu province, an official order said. --PTI

17:20 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Haryana govt extends Covid-19 guidelines for another week till June 28

Haryana government extends Covid-19 guidelines for another week till June 28; modifies guidelines

16:47 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Restaurants, malls to reopen at 50% capacity in UP, weekend lockdown to continue

Malls and restaurants in Noida and Ghaziabad will be opening with limited capacity from Monday onwards as part of un-lockdown. UP government, last week, had decided to issue more relaxations with Covid cases across the state dipping. Noida reported 8 cases with the tally of active cases coming down to 133. Ghaziabad, in the last 24 hours, reported 2 cases with 93 active Infections across the district.

According to the guidelines, restaurants will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity between Monday and Friday. The weekend lockdown will continue in the state, read the order. The eating joints are supposed to put ‘Do not sit’ markings on seats that are supposed to be left vacant, the order states. Read more

16:36 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Delhi reports 124 new Covid cases

Delhi reports 124 new COVID cases (positivity rate - 0.17%), 398 discharges, and 7 deaths in the past 24 hours Active cases: 2,091 Total discharges: 14,05,287 Death toll: 24,914.

15:32 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Covaxin recipients travelling abroad shouldn’t get double vaccinated in desperation: Ajit Pawar

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has asked students who want to travel abroad but are facing hurdles owing to taking Covaxin shots, to be patient and avoid mixing vaccines or getting double vaccinated.

He said that a good number of students, and their parents, who have received Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are in a quandary at the moment and are approaching public representatives and doctors seeking advice on the road ahead.

“Bharat Biotech’s vaccine hasn’t been approved by the WHO. Students who want to travel abroad for studies, and their parents, have approached us asking to find a solution. Many are asking if they should go for Covishield after taking both shots of Covaxin, or that those who have taken one dose of Covaxin should now take a jab of Covishield. This will do harm and the experts that I spoke to have advised against this,” Pawar told reporters on Saturday. Read more

14:14 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Sunday Eye| Amid so much unresolved grief due to pandemic, how do we find our way into the world again?

Time has altered during this pandemic — stretched out into a vast marsh of uncertainty. These past few months have been particularly swampy. During the recent Tamil Nadu lockdown, my parents and brother moved from Chennai to shelter with me further down the coast. We have not lived together for 20 years, but I was startled by how quickly we ordered ourselves. Between dogs, meals, dragging the projector out for evening films and dividing duties, our days took shape.

The philosopher Byung-Chul Han describes rituals as symbolic acts, techniques by which we make ourselves at home in the world. “They (rituals) turn the world into a reliable place,” he writes. “They are to time what a home is to space: they render time habitable... Through their self-sameness, their repetitiveness, they stabilise life.” Read our special report here

Illustration: Bivash Barua
14:09 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Sputnik V roll out delayed in Delhi

The roll out of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V at Indraprastha Apollo and Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in Delhi has been delayed for some days, officials said on Sunday. A spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals said the facility in Delhi will tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by June 25.

An official had earlier said the hospital would start giving Sputnik V jabs by June 20. According to an official of Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital, there is a delay on the part of the suppliers. "We are expecting (roll out) next week," he said. Fortis Healthcare, which had said it would make Sputnik V available at its Gurgaon and Mohali hospitals from Saturday, also has not started administering the Russian vaccine so far. (With PTI)

13:32 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu extends covid-19 lockdown for another week

Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended its covid lockdown for another week. Based on caseload, some relaxations have been announced for 38 districts in the state. Inter and Intra-district public transportation with 50 per cent capacity will be allowed in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet.

12:59 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Delhi unlocks further, allows bars, parks, golf clubs to reopen

As part of its unlocking, Delhi government on Sunday announced reopening of bars, public parks, golf clubs. Outdoor yoga activities will also be permitted from now on. The national capital on June 14 allowed restaurants to open with 50 per cent capacity, with allowing markets and shopping malls to operate at full capacity.

12:07 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Delhi| For this LIC agent, Covid means longer hours, journey on bike and boat

For LIC agent Binda Rawat (53), traveling across Delhi-NCR has been routine for the last 15 years. But a spurt in deaths because of Covid-19 these last few months has meant he works longer hours and covers 100 km on his bike on most days. And, in some cases, on a boat. “Before Covid, people often ignored insurance. In the last few months, many are opting for life insurance and, sadly, there are many deaths, so many are getting claimed,” he said.

Earlier this month, he took a boat from DND to meet with a family who had lost their daughter to Covid. He said he was visiting an area called Jharoda Khader in Uttar Pradesh. “I often have to take the boat to get to that side. It’s the most convenient way. There are around 10-15 boats stationed near DND,” he said.(Read Ashna Butani's full report here)

Binda Rawat takes a boat ride from DND. (Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)
11:55 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Bengal plans more COVID beds for women amid third wave threat

The West Bengal government is planning to allot more hospital beds for women as it prepares to deal with the possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior health official said on Sunday. The state is planning to reverse the gender ratio in the 26,000 COVID beds at state-run and private hospitals, Director of Health Services Ajay Chakraborty told news agency PTI.

"The gender ratio for COVID-19 beds in West Bengal at present is around 60:40 for males. We are planning to reverse this by reducing the number of beds for male patients and increasing those for the females and make it 40:60," he said. The plan is being formulated to cope up with a possible increase in the demand for beds for children during the third wave, Chakraborty said.

11:55 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Ladakh records 53 fresh cases of coronavirus

Ladakh recorded 53 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the overall tally to 19,783, even as one new fatality pushed the death toll to 201, officials said on Sunday. However, the active cases in the Union Territory stood at 432,  317 in Leh and 115 in Kargil as 53 infected patients recovered during the past 24 hours. With this, the number of cured patients has gone up to 19,150, the officials said. The fresh fatality was reported from Kargil on Saturday, taking the district tally to 58. 

10:43 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Over 24 lakh vaccine doses to be given to states in next 3 days, says Centre

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said that over  3.06 crore vaccines are still available with States/UTs. Furthermore, more than 24,53,080 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States within the next 3 days, it added. 

As per the government's data, over 29.10 cr ( vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Govt of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category.

10:33 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Watch| Officials get Bengaluru metro ready for public use
10:22 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Covid in villages, MNREGS demand sees sharp fall in May from year before

As villages were hit in the second wave of Covid-19, demand for unskilled work under the MNREGS which had skyrocketed during the first wave last year also came down sharply.

In May, about 2.18 crore families availed the scheme, 34% less than the 3.30 crore families which had done so in the same month last year. The figure for May 2021 was almost the same as for pre-Covid May 2019, when 2.10 crore families had signed up for work under MNREGS.

The MNREGS demand was also just marginally higher than for April 2021, when 2.12 crore families availed of the scheme. (With Harikishan Sharma)

09:36 (IST)20 Jun 2021
India records over 58,000 new Covid-19 cases, 1,576 deaths

India recorded 58,419 new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours 8 am Sunday. This is the lowest spike in new cases in over 2 months.  Active cases further dropped to 7.29 lakh. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are three states with more than one lakh active cases currently. With 1,576 new fatalities, the toll is over 3.85 lakh.

09:14 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Experts call for caution in unlock, warn: Third wave in 3-4 months

With cities unlocking across the country and a highly infectious Delta variant still around, top health experts and Health Ministry officials are underlining the need to calibrate the reopening while adopting an aggressive vaccination strategy and Covid-appropriate behaviour, failing which India could well see a third Covid wave in three-four months.

AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria told The Sunday Express that the next three months will be crucial for India and the emergence of cases in the UK is a “red flag”.

And in a meeting held in the last week of May, a top Union government official informed the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that he expects the third wave to hit the national capital in February-March 2022.

22:34 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Coronavirus curfew in Goa extended till June 28

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday announced extension of the `curfew' imposed in the state on account of the coronavirus pandemic till June 28. 'State-level curfew will be extended till 7 AM, 28 June 2021. Shops in shopping malls, except cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, entertainment zones allowed to be open between 7 AM to 3 PM. Fish market may also open," he tweeted. The curfew was first imposed on May 9 this year and has been extended several times since then. The coastal state witnessed an infection positivity rate of as high as 51 percent during the second wave of the pandemic, which later dipped. Goa recorded 302 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Saturday while 419 patients recovered, according to the health department. --PTI

21:14 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Karnataka unlock: 16 districts with Covid positivity below 5% to gradually reopen from June 21

As many as 16 out of the 30 districts in Karnataka, including the Bengaluru city area, where the Covid-19 positivity rate has been below five per cent over the last week, will be allowed to gradually reopen from Monday (June 21). The decision was taken by the Karnataka government following a meeting chaired by chief minister B S Yediyurappa.

The district of Mysuru, where positivity rate is above 10 per cent, will remain under lockdown for a period of two more weeks, Yediyurappa announced after the meeting with cabinet ministers where the recommendations of the state technical advisory committee on the lifting of the lockdown were taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, a total of 13 districts will have a limited lifting of lockdown from Monday on account of the positivity rate in these districts being between 5 per cent and 10 per cent. Read Johnson TA's report here

From Corbevax to Covovax: All you need to know about India’s new Covid-19 vaccines

In the wake of a crippling shortage of vaccines across the country, the Centre last month had assured procurement of over 200 crore vaccine doses between August and December 2021, enough to vaccinate the entire adult population.

As part of the new vaccine policy, the Centre said that procurement will involve 130 crore doses of Covishield (75 cr) and Covaxin (55 cr)–the two vaccines that are being administered to Indians as part of the nationwide vaccination drive. The rest involves the procurement of several foreign and indigenous vaccines that are currently in the advanced stages of their trials.

Covid ‘third wave’: CM Kejriwal, L-G discuss medical O2 requirement, paediatric task force

The Delhi government plans to double the capacity of oxygen generated at Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants, which are usually located within hospital complexes, by the end of September as part of arrangements being made to tackle a possible third wave of Covid-19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office said Friday.

The arrangements were discussed at a meeting attended by Kejriwal and Lt-Governor Anil Baijal, the CMO said in a statement. Apart from issues related to medical oxygen, they spoke about steps being taken keeping the safety and well-being of children in mind, including the creation of a paediatric task force for effective treatment.

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