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Coronavirus India Highlights: Centre caps vaccine charges in pvt hospitals; Covaxin to cost Rs 1,410, Sputnik 1,145, and Covishield 780

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases and Lockdown in India Highlights: Today's Covid numbers: Delhi ( 316 cases), Mumbai ( 673 cases), Kolkata ( 528 cases), Bengaluru ( 2,028 cases), Chennai (1, 437 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 10, 2021 2:40:19 pm
A health worker administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, in a Mobile Vaccination Van (Center) started by the municipal corporation, at Indira Nager in Thane, Monday, June 7, 2021. (PTI)

Coronavirus India Highlights: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday placed a cap on charges for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine in private hospitals. While Covaxin and Covishiled are priced at Rs 1,410 and Rs 780 per dose respectively, Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine will cost Rs 1,145 per dose in private hospitals.

Earlier today, Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Ayog, during a press briefing, said that Centre has placed an order to purchase 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin. He said the vaccines will be available till December 2021, starting now.

“Government has also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E’s vaccine, which will be available by September,” he said. The government has already released a 30 per cent advance to the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for procurement of both vaccines.

Earlier today, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced free vaccine for all adults, the Centre on Tuesday released revised guidelines for the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. These guidelines will be implemented from June 21. As part of new rules,  vaccination doses will be provided free of cost to states and union territories based on each state’s population, disease burden and the progress to vaccination. Domestic vaccine manufacturers will be given the option to provide vaccine directly to private hospitals. Private hospitals will be allowed to charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose.

India recorded 86,498 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.89 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 66 days. This is also the first time in over 2 months that the cases have fallen below the 1 lakh mark. Active cases further declined to over 13 lakh and over 2.73 crore people recovered after testing positive. With 2,123 new deaths, the toll is now at 3,51,309.

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Less than 1 lakh new cases after 63 days; total infections at over 2.89 crore, total fatalities at 3.51 lakh; UP, Bihar lift Covid-19 lockdowns; Vaccine guidelines released, to be implemented from June 21. See Highlights here.

21:13 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Centre caps vaccine charges in pvt hospitals

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday placed a cap on charges for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine in private hospitals. While Covaxin and Covishiled are priced at Rs 1,410 and Rs 780 per dose respectively, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine will cost Rs 1,145 per dose in private hospitals.

(Source: ANI)
20:15 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Mysore University develops self-testing kit that ‘can detect virus in 10 minutes’

Scientists of the University of Mysore (UoM) have developed a new Covid-19 self-testing kit with an accuracy rate as high as above 90 per cent.

The varsity, along with the Hyderabad-based Lorven Biologics Pvt. Ltd., has developed a Covid-19 detection kit which is now being sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, for emergency approval.

The university claims that the kit is expected to be available at an affordable cost of Rs 100 since it has been developed by a state-run university, said Prof. Rangappa, who is the former Vice-Chancellor of UoM and also headed the university’s research team. Read full report here

20:13 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Maharashtra reports 10,891 fresh Covid cases, 295 deaths 

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 10,891 fresh Covid cases, 295 deaths, and 16,577 recoveries. The positivity rate in the state stands at 15.86 per cent now.

The state has recorded 58,52,891 cases so far, out of which 1,67,927 are active now. The death toll has now reached 1,01,172 and the total number of recoveries is at 55,80,925. More details here.

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20:12 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Variant causing increased disease severity identified by NIV scientists

Scientists at Pune's National Institute of Virology have isolated and characterised a coronavirus variant from two travellers -- one who returned from the UK and the other from Brazil -- that exhibits increased disease severity in hamsters but doesn't pose a public health problem at the moment. 

The two samples of the B.1.1.28.2 variant are the only ones of its kind isolated by Indian labs so far, news agency PTI reported. 

The variant was isolated from nasal/throat swabs from a traveller who returned to India from the UK in December 2020, and another who came back from Brazil in January 2021. 

19:30 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Kerala reports 15,567 COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths

Kerala on Tuesday reported 15,567 new COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths, taking the tally to to 26.27 lakh and the toll to 10,281.

Recoveries continued to outnumber fresh infections with 20,019 people testing negative, taking the total to 25,04,011, PTI reported.

Active cases stood at 1,43,254 and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 14.15 per cent.

18:22 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Avoid large gatherings, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour to avert future wave: Govt

The government on Tuesday stressed on avoiding large gatherings for a couple of months and following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to avert any future wave, even as it noted that there has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new coronavirus cases in the country. (PTI)

18:01 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Kerala girl of Class 5 writes to CJI, lauds SC for saving lives in fight with Covid

Amid debate whether the Centre’s decision to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to all above 18 years was triggered by the Supreme Court’s recent remarks on the jab policy, a Class V student of Kerala, Lidwina Joseph, has written to Chief Justice N V Ramana lauding the top court for its effective intervention and saving lives in the fight against pandemic.

Joseph, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Thrissur, also enclosed in her letter a drawing depicting discharge of duties by the apex court where a judge is seen hammering down coronavirus and has the tricolour, lion capital and smiling portrait of the father of the nation. Read the full report here

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16:52 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Centre places order for over 70 crore vaccine doses

"Govt has placed an order to purchase 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin. Govt has also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E's vaccine, which will be available by September," Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog said during the press briefing.

16:30 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Don't think we'll have serious infection in children in future: Dr Randeep Guleria

"No data, global or Indian, has had any observations of children being affected more. Even in the 2nd wave kids who were infected had mild illness or co-morbidities. I don't think we will have a serious infection in children in the future," Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director said.

16:23 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Witnessing continued decline in Covid case: Health Ministry

There has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new Covid-19 cases, almost 79 per cent fall was noted in figures as compared to the peak of May 7, Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said during a press briefing on Tuesday. 

16:04 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Delhi records 316 fresh cases, 41 deaths

Delhi on Monday recorded 316 fresh Covid cases and 41 new deaths. According to a health bulletin, the positivity rate in the national capital is now at 0.44 per cent.

13:24 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Centre releases revised vaccine guidelines, dose allocation to be based on population

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced free vaccine for all adults, the Centre on Tuesday released revised guidelines for the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. These guidelines will be implemented from June 21. As part of new rules,  vaccination doses will be provided free of cost to states and union territories based on each state’s population, disease burden and the progress to vaccination. Domestic vaccine manufacturers will be given the option to provide vaccine directly to private hospitals. 

12:57 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Bihar lifts Covid-19 lockdown, night curfew to continue

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday lifted the Covid-19 curfew imposed in the state, announcing relaxations that would be applicable for one week. The current night curfew from 7pm to 5 am will continue. Government and private offices will be allowed to remain open till 4 pm with 50 per cent attendance. Shops can remain open till 5 pm and private vehicles will be permitted.

11:30 (IST)08 Jun 2021
UP lifts Covid-19 curfew from 7 am to 7 pm; night, weekend restrictions to continue

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to lift  its coronavirus curfew from 7 am to 7 pm in all districts. The night curfew and the weekend curfew will still be continued in all districts, an official spokesperson said.

"There will be relaxation in coronavirus curfew in all the districts of the state from Wednesday onwards, from 7 am to 7 pm, for five days as the active Covid cases have come below 600," he said.

In a high-level meeting convened through virtual medium on Tuesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the COVID-19 situation and decided to give the relaxations in the Covid curfew. 

11:22 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Look at the new relaxations under Puducherry Lockdown
  • The Puducherry administration has permitted functioning of retail units of liquor shops, including arrack shops from 9 am to 5 pm every day by strictly adhering to COVID safety norms.
  • Door delivery of liquor within the Union Territory could also be permitted to reduce footfalls at the liquor and arrack shops.
  • Goods transport, public transport facilities such as buses, autos, taxies are permitted to operate up to 5 pm every day.
    The Registration department is allowed to function following Covid norms.
  • While parks, gardens and entertainment centres, cinemas would continue to remain shut, the government has decided to allow morning walkers to use the beach road here from 5 am to 9 am daily.
  • Strollers should wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • All places of worship and religious institutions are now permitted to stay open till 5 pm.
  • Wedding ceremonies are permitted but only a maximum of 25 people can take part in it, while funerals and other rituals should have only a maximum of 20 mourners, the order said.
  • Sale of vegetables and fruits will be allowed from 5 am to 5 pm.
  • All commercial establishments can function from 9 am to 5 pm without AC facility.

(With PTI inputs)

11:12 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Puducherry extends lockdown till June 14, eases several curbs

The Puducherry administration has extended its ongoing lockdown by another week from June 7 midnight to June 14 and announced easing of several restrictions.

The announcement comes following a decline in coronavirus cases in the union territory. An order issued late Monday night by the Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation) and member Secretary of State Executive committee of Puducherry said the corona curfew adopted all along would continue to be in force from 10 pm to 5 am the next day.

The present order permits functioning of retail units of liquor shops, including arrack shops from 9 am to 5 pm every day by strictly adhering to COVID safety norms. It pointed out that door delivery of liquor within the Union Territory could also be permitted to reduce footfalls at the liquor and arrack shops. (With PTI)

10:20 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Delhi unlock day 1: Metro records 4.5 lakh passenger journeys

The Delhi Metro Monday recorded 4.5 lakh passenger journeys, having resumed services after nearly a month during which train operations remained suspended on account of the second Covid wave.

Passenger journeys are calculated by taking into account the corridors used by a commuter in reaching from point A to point B. For example, if a passenger used three separate corridors in reaching from Huda City Centre to Mayur Vihar, she will be counted thrice.

Before the second wave of the pandemic halted the Metro in its tracks, it used to record roughly 28 lakh journeys per day. Under the curtailed operations that have been permitted by the Delhi government, the Metro can operate with 50 per cent seating capacity and no standing commute is allowed.

09:58 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Delhi: Govt offices resume with thin attendance

Delhi government offices resumed after one and half months on Monday with a thin attendance following further relaxations of lockdown restrictions in the national capital. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in an order on Saturday announced reopening of the city's government and private offices with 50 per cent staff attendance.

The transport department also resumed work as nearly 90 per cent of public transport buses rolled out on the roads, said a senior Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) officer. The DDMA has authorised heads of departments to decide about staff to be called on duty and those to be allowed to work from home. (With PTI)

09:55 (IST)08 Jun 2021
As Centre changes policy, Cong says universal free vaccination still not achieved

Calling for universal free vaccination against COVID-19, the Congress Monday said this goal has not been achieved as people would still have to pay for jabs at private hospitals despite the Centre changing its the immunisation policy on Monday. The opposition party's statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will provide free coronavirus vaccines to states and union territories for inoculation of all above 18 from June 21.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The prime minister is guilty of endangering the lives of Indians by repeatedly changing the (vaccination) policy and instead of accusing the states, he should be tendering an apology for endangering people's lives."

09:27 (IST)08 Jun 2021
India records over 86,000 new Covid-19 cases, lowest in 66 days; 2,123 deaths

India recorded 86,498 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.89 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 66 days. This is also the first time in over 2 months that the cases are below the 1 lakh mark. Out of the total cases, over 13 lakh are active while over 2.73 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 2,123 new deaths, the toll is now at 3,51,309.

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Coronavirus India Highlights: The Union government is considering reverting to centralised procurement after more and more states asked the Centre to step in as they drew a blank in global tenders to purchase Covid-19 vaccines. On May 1, the Centre expanded vaccine coverage to the 18-44 age group, opened the market, introduced differential pricing and public-private split in supplies. “If all states want the Union government to centrally procure, we will discuss it. We are willing to consider such a request,” a top government source told The Indian Express Sunday.

Meanwhile, amid the rapidly improving coronavirus situation, the 7-day average of death numbers has come down below 3,000 for the first time in six weeks. The average death count has been showing a steady decline after reaching a peak of nearly 4,200 on May 21. On Saturday, this average came down to 2,970. There is usually a two-to-three-week lag between the trajectory of new cases and deaths. The daily case count had peaked on May 6 at 4.14 lakh, after which the numbers have been coming down steadily.

Lockdown restrictions have been eased further in Delhi, where markets will open on an odd-even basis from today. Private offices are also reopening and the Delhi Metro will resume operations with 50 per cent capacity. And bus services are set to resume in Mumbai.

As Covid numbers continued to remain at elevated levels in the fortnight ended May 21 and the dependence upon cash rose amid the uncertainty surrounding medical emergency and for general household expenditure, currency with public rose to a new high of Rs 28,62,466 crore.

According to the data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday, currency with public rose by Rs 23,145 crore in the fortnight ended May 21. In the two-month period between March 27 and May 21, as cases rose and stayed at elevated levels, cash holdings with public jumped over Rs 1 lakh crore. As on March 26, 2021, currency with public amounted to Rs 27,57,750 crore.

May witnessed spike in cash holdings as fresh cases and mortality jumped to record highs.

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