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Coronavirus India Highlights: Zydus Cadila likely to seek emergency use authorisation for its vaccine next week

Today’s Covid numbers: Delhi (165 cases), Mumbai (762 cases), Kolkata (287 cases), Bengaluru (1100 cases), Chennai (492 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: June 19, 2021 8:57:28 am
Traffic is back on the streets of Delhi as restrictions are eased. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Indian pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila is likely to apply to the central drugs regulator asking for emergency use authorisation for its Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D next week, PTI quoted official sources as saying on Friday. If approved, it will be the world’s first DNA vaccine against the virus and the fourth to be available in the country. “The analysis of the phase-three trial data is almost ready and the company has informed the government that it could apply for emergency use licensure for its COVID-19 vaccine next week,” PTI quoted an official source as saying.

The World health Organisation (WHO) has accepted Bharat Biotech’s Expression of Interest (EoI) for Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin and scheduled a pre-submission meeting on June 23. Though the meeting will not be a detailed review on the vaccine, the manufacturer will have an opportunity to put forth a summary on overall quality of the jab. The information was uploaded in the WHO website in the Status of Covid-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL-PQ evaluation process document.

The Centre, on Friday, informed that more than 2.58 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines are still available with states with over 19 lakh more being dispatched in the coming 3 days.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court warned that a breach of Covid protocol will only hasten the third wave. It said so while taking note of the violations in markers in the capital following the easing of restrictions this week. The court asked authorities to take strict measures against violators and sensitise shopkeepers. It also directed the Centre and Delhi government to submit status reports about the same.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while launching six crash courses for frontline workers, said the government is planning to train over 1 lakh healthcare personnel.

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22:41 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Zydus Cadila likely to seek emergency use authorisation for its vaccine next week

Indian pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila is likely to apply to the central drugs regulator asking for emergency use authorisation for its Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D next week, PTI quoted official sources as saying on Friday. If approved, it will be the world’s first DNA vaccine against the virus and the fourth to be available in the country. “The analysis of the phase-three trial data is almost ready and the company has informed the government that it could apply for emergency use licensure for its COVID-19 vaccine next week,” PTI quoted an official source as saying. Read full story

21:12 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Weekend Lockdown returns to Pune: Non-essential shops will remain shut, no dine-in at restaurants Ex

After considerably relaxing restrictions since Monday, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to get cautious by announcing that all non-essential shops will remain shut during the weekends. 

Although the city has seen improvement in the pandemic situation, PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar issued an order on Friday evening declaring with immediate effect the closure of all stalls selling non-essential items, malls, saloon, beauty parlours, spa, wellness centers, bars and food courts on weekends alongwith the non-essential category stores.

The PMC has also decided to continue with the prohibitory orders restricting gathering of five or more people and no free movement of public without valid reason will be allowed after 10 pm.

In his order, municipal commissioner Kumar said the decision would be applicable with immediate effect till further orders in the jurisdiction of PMC, Pune Cantonment Board and Kirkee Cantonment Board. -- Ajay Jadhav reports from Pune

“The essential category shops will be allowed to be open all days of the week till 7 pm. All other shops except those in essential category, Malls, Saloon, Beauty Parlour, Spa and Wellness centers along with non-essential category shops will not be permitted to operate on Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

20:50 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Maharashtra reports 9,798 new Covid cases

Maharashtra reports 9,798 new Covid cases, 14,347 patient discharges, and 198 deaths in the past 24 hours.

20:48 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 8,633 new Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu reports 8,633 new Covid-19 cases, 19,860 recoveries, and 287 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 89,009.

18:54 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Assam cancels class 10, 12 board exams due to Covid-19 situation

"Assam cancels class 10, 12 board exams due to prevailing Covid-19 situation," said Education Minister Ranoj Pegu. --PTI

18:38 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Uttarakhand reports 222 Covid-19 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 222 COVID19 new cases, 4 deaths and 451 recoveries today; the number of active cases in the State is 3,231. Recovery rate at 95.26%.

17:10 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Studies show vaccination reduces chances of hospitalisation by 75-80% after contracting Covid: Centre

"Studies show after vaccination, chances of hospitalisation reduce by 75-80 per cent after contracting Covid; Oxygen requirement comes down to 8 per cent," said Health Ministry

17:08 (IST)18 Jun 2021
165 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths in Delhi; positivity rate 0.22 per cent

Delhi recorded 165 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths on Friday, while its positivity rate stood at 0.22 per cent, data shared by the Health department here showed. These new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,900. The national capital had on April 3 recorded 10 deaths due to COVID-19. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 212 cases and 25 deaths with a positivity rate of 0.27 per cent. It had on the previous day registered 228 cases with a 0.32 per cent positivity rate and 12 deaths. On Thursday, the city logged 158 cases, with a positivity rate of 0.20 per cent, and 10 deaths, indicating a significant fall in the count of daily fatalities due to the coronavirus infection. On June 14, the city had registered 131 cases and 16 deaths. Earlier, on March 8, it had witnessed 239 cases, while on February 22, 128 cases of COVID-19 were reported, as per official figures. --PTI

16:40 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Sharp decline of 81 per cent in weekly Covid-19 case positivity rate: Health Ministry

"Sharp decline of 81 per cent in weekly Covid-19 case positivity rate; it was highest at 21.6 pc between April 30-May 6," said Centre.

16:24 (IST)18 Jun 2021
78.6% decline in total active Covid-19 cases since peak on May 10: Health Ministry

"About 78.6 per cent decline in total active Covid-19 cases recorded since peak on May 10," said Health Ministry

16:23 (IST)18 Jun 2021
85% Decline in daily Covid cases since highest reported peak on May 7: Health Ministry

"Almost 85 per cent decline noted in daily new cases of Covid since highest reported peak on May 7," Health Ministry said. 

16:06 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Tamil Nadu govt mulls opening public transport in 27 districts

The Tamil Nadu government announced more relaxations in 27 districts where the spread of Covid-19 is declining and public transportation is likely to resume from next week.

The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister MK Stalin and Transport Minister RS Rajakanappan at the Secretariat on Wednesday. According to sources, the government is planning to operate 50 per cent of the town buses.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation said: “We are hoping that from June 21 (Monday), buses will be allowed to ply within districts initially and after assessing the situation, it will be open for inter-districts as well,” he said. Read more

15:50 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Bharat Biotech to hold pre-submission meeting for Covaxin EUL with WHO on June 23

The World health Organisation (WHO) has accepted Bharat Biotech’s Expression of Interest (EoI) for Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin and scheduled a pre-submission meeting on June 23. Though the meeting will not be a detailed review on the vaccine, the manufacturer will have an opportunity to put forth a summary on overall quality of the jab. The information was uploaded in the WHO website in the Status of Covid-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL-PQ evaluation process document.

14:58 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Doctors protest outside IMA building in Chandigarh

As part of a nationwide stir against attack on doctors, medical practitioners protest outside IMA building in Chandigarh.

14:26 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Covid curfew extended in Andhra till June 30

The Covid curfew in Andhra Pradesh has been further extended till June 30 but with a four-hour additional relaxation in timings. Accordingly, curfew will be in force from 6 pm to 6 am daily from June 21. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced this at a high-level review meeting on Covid-19 here on Friday.

The Covid curfew, first imposed on May 5 this year, has so far been extended in phases till June 20. A CMO release said all shops and business establishments will have tobe shut by 5 pm daily. In East Godavari district, which has still been reporting a higher number of coronavirus cases, the curfew will be in force from 2 pm to 6 am. Government offices will function normally from June 21 and staff have been directed to attend work as per the revised schedule. (PTI)

14:15 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Tripura extends Covid curfew till June 25 in 12 areas under Agartala civic body

The Tripura government has decided to extend the ongoing curfew in areas under Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) for seven more days till June 25 as the positivity rate of the state continues to remain between 3 per cent and 5 per cent. A notification issued by Chief Secretary Kumar Alok informed that the situation was reviewed in detail and it was decided that it is necessary to extend the curfew in 12 urban local bodies. The ongoing curfew was limited to only six urban bodies. (Read Debraj Deb's report)

13:56 (IST)18 Jun 2021
29 new cases take Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 7,335

The Covid-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,335 as 29 more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Friday. All the new patients were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 127 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. At least 25 more people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,104. The Union Territory now has 104 active cases. South Andaman is the worst-affected district as it currently has 101 active cases. In view of the detection of several Covid-19 cases in Little Andaman, several areas are brought under containment zones, the official said. (PTI)

13:29 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Odisha logs 3,806 new Covid-19 cases, 37 more deaths

Odisha reported 3,806 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally to 8,70,498, a Health Department official said. Thirty-seven more fatalities pushed the toll to 3,508, he said. There are 43,338 active cases in the state at present, and 8,23,599 people have recovered.

Of the new infections, 2,172 were detected at quarantine centres, while the rest 1,634 were local contact cases. Khurda district, where state capital Bhubaneswar is located, reported the highest 617 new cases, followed by Cuttack (393) and Jajpur (346). As per the data released by the Health Department, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur and Balasore districts were in the 'Red Zone' with over 2,500 active cases and a positivity rate of more than 7.5 per cent. The state positivity rate on Friday was 5.86 per cent, the official said. (PTI)

13:17 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Governments should prepare in advance for possible Covid-19 third wave: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday asked the governments to make preparations in advance, especially in rural areas, to effectively deal with a possible third wave of Covid-19. "Public participation in the coronavirus vaccination can be ensured only when the vaccine is available easily to everyone everywhere. Like the second wave of the coronavirus, preparations should completed at every level, especially in the rural areas, to save people from a possible third wave," she said in a tweet in Hindi. "This is the demand of the BSP from all state governments," Mayawati added. (PTI)

13:09 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Over half-a-crore people in Maharashtra fully vaccinated in five months

More than half a crore people in Maharashtra have become fully vaccinated against coronavirus over the last five months as they have been administered both the doses of vaccines, a report by the state health department has revealed. A total of 53,72,219 people have got both the doses till now, it said. As per the Election Commission of India's data shared ahead of 2019 Assembly polls, there are a total of nine crore people in Maharashtra who are above 18 years of age. Considering that, the state has been able to vaccinate slightly over five per cent population in the last five months. (PTI)

Dr Reddy’s in a statement Wednesday said that the soft launch of Sputnik V vaccine in India, which was initiated in Hyderabad, has been scaled up to many cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, among others. It added that registration on CoWIN was not open to public yet, but will be open at the time of commercial launch.

Meanwhile, drugs such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and antibiotics like doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed for adult Covid patients are not recommended for treating children, stated a government guideline issued on Wednesday. The guidelines by the Union Health Ministry said the decision has been taken since most of these drugs used in adults are have not been tested on children for prevention or treatment of Covid infection among them.

India recorded 62,224 new Covid-19 cases and 2,542 deaths on Tuesday. With this, the country's overall caseload rose to 2.96 crore, while the death toll surged to 3.62 lakh. Kerala is the top contributor, adding 12,246 new cases to the country's caseload. The number of fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours are 212 in Delhi, 830 in Mumbai, 1,611 in Bengaluru, 377 in Kolkata and 689 in Chennai.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the government said that its decision to increase the gap between two shots of Covishield from 4-6 weeks to 12-16 weeks lies in "fundamental scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines", according to the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).

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