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Coronavirus India Highlights: Haryana, Sikkim extend lockdown till June 14 as many states ease curbs

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Highlights: Today’s Covid numbers –– Delhi (381 cases), Mumbai (794 cases), Kolkata (645 cases), Bengaluru (2944 cases), Chennai (1644 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: June 7, 2021 8:52:38 am
Commuters make a long B-line to commute in buses to work at Maharashtra Nagar Bus stop. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Coronavirus India Highlights: As many states have started unlocking, Haryana and Sikkim Sunday announced to extend their lockdowns till June 14, however offering some relaxations too. On Saturday, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Himachal Pradesh government too extended lockdown in their respective states.

India recorded over 1.14 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Sunday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.88 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in two months. Out of these, over 14 lakh are active cases while over 2.69 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 2,677 new deaths, the toll now stands at 3,46,759. Tamil Nadu remains the topmost contributor with 21,410 new cases.

Meanwhile, over 1.63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Goa governments on Saturday extended the Covid restrictions in their respective states till June 14. However, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said though lockdown will be in place, some of of the curbs will be eased from Monday, except in 11 districts where the number of new cases reported was still high. Both Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh government also announced cancellation of Class 12 state board examinations.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced further measures in his action plan for unlocking the city. Markets and malls will open in Delhi from Monday onwards on the basis of an odd-even system between 10 am and 8 pm, and the Metro will be permitted to function with 50 per cent capacity. Private offices will be allowed to function at 50 per cent strength, Kejriwal said.

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India records 1.14 lakh new cases, lowest in 2 months; active cases above 15 lakh; Tamil Nadu remains top most contributor. Follow this space for latest updates of Covid-19 in India.

19:36 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Pune: PMPML to resume bus services after 2 months

After a hiatus of about two months, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will resume its service for the common public from Monday.
PMPML authorities said that as per the new lockdown rules that will come into effect from Monday, public transport has been allowed at 50 per cent capacity in cities with Level 3 restrictions.

Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations fall in Level 3 as per the new norms issued by classifying administrative units under five different levels.

“We will resume the service at 50 per cent capacity by taking all the necessary precautions. The buses that we are using will be sanitised every day. People above the age of 60 years and below 10 years will not be allowed to board,” said Rajendra Jagtap, Chairman and Managing Director, PMPML. Read more

19:35 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Haryana extends lockdown till June 14, eases certain restrictions

Haryana government on Sunday extended lockdown across the state till June 14. However, considering the consistent decline in number of new cases of Covid-19infections in the past one week, the state government has offered more relaxations.

Shopping malls, bars and restaurants (in hotels/ malls) can be opened from 10 am to 8 pm. Marriages are allowed to take place outside houses and courts. However, baraat processions are not allowed. Religious places also can be opened adhering to Covid protocols.

The state disaster management authority has issued an order regarding this. Read more

18:48 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Will again float global tender for vaccine supply: Minister

Tamil Nadu will take steps to again float a global tender for vaccine supply as no companies had bid for it, the period for which ended on June 5, Medical and Family welfare minister M Subramanian said here on Sunday. He said the state had so far received 1.45 crore covid vaccines and about 39 lakh additional doses are expected to be received by the end of this month. The government, he told reporters, was in discussions with the Centre to reopen its plant at nearby Chengalpet to manufacture vaccines. --PTI

18:33 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Free oxygen supply on bikes launched in Coimbatore

Actor Sonu Sood's Foundation and Swag ERT that supplies free oxygen on bikes to those patients needing it during pandemic times on Sunday entered Tamil Nadu by opening a centre here. The company has gone to the rescue of many across different States in need of oxygen and averted many fatalities related to Covid-19, a press release said. --PTI

18:32 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Nod for film, TV shoots in Mumbai if daily COVID-19 case count under control: Maha CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said permissions for film and TV shootings in Mumbai would be given if the city's daily coronavirus case count is brought under control. In a virtual interaction with the representatives of the film and television industry, he appealed to them to cooperate with the government in the measures being taken to fight the pandemic. "After the second wave of COVID-19, film and TV shootings were stopped in the state, but now the number of cases have started getting under control and the unlock process has also begun," he said. --PTI

18:23 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Goa records 403 fresh COVID cases

Goa records 403 fresh COVID cases, 1,449 recoveries, and 16 deaths in the last 24 hours

16:19 (IST)06 Jun 2021
At 0.5%, Delhi records lowest Covid positivity rate since March 9

After almost three months, the positivity rate in Delhi has come down to 0.5% in the last 24 hours, according to the government health bulletin issued on Sunday.

In the last 24 hours, 76,857 people in the city were tested, of whom 381 came out positive, bringing the city’s positivity rate down to 0.5%. This is the lowest the city’s positivity rate has been since March 9, when the city had recorded a positivity rate of 0.48% with 320 cases.

According to the bulletin, 34 people had died in the last 24 hours. Read more

No patients in Covid care centre attached with LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday.
15:40 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Delhi reports 381 fresh COVID cases

Delhi reports 381 fresh COVID cases (positivity rate - 0.50%), 1,189 patient discharges, and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours Active cases: 5,889 Total discharges: 13,98,764 Death toll: 24,591

14:58 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Telangana cabinet to meet on June 8; to take call on extension of lockdown

The Telangana Cabinet will meet on June 8 to take a call on the extension of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, among other issues, an official release said on Sunday. "The State cabinet will meet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao on June 8 at 2 PM. The State Cabinet is likely to discuss the situation in the state amidst the Corona, medical and health, agriculture operations, the economic situation in the state due to lockdown, etc," it said. The present lockdown is scheduled to end on June 9. As on June 5, Telangana has over 29 thousand active COVID-19 cases. --PTI

14:50 (IST)06 Jun 2021
HDFC commits Rs 40 cr for COVID-19 relief during second wave

As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, HDFC Ltd has committed an initial amount of Rs 40 crore this year for COVID-19 support and pledged to increase this commitment over the next two quarters based on need. The COVID-19 initiatives are being undertaken through its philanthropic arm the HT Parekh Foundation, HDFC Ltd said in a statement. Through partnerships with government and charitable hospitals, HDFC has planned healthcare initiatives to support long-term health infrastructure across India, it said. The support includes direct procurement and distribution of 80 high-quality ICU ventilators, to support critical patients in hospitals across Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. It will also set up at least 10 oxygen enrichment plants to meet medical oxygen demands. --PTI

14:08 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Gradual unlock in Leh to start from June 7 amid dip in new Covid cases

Ladakh recorded 71 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 19,147, while another death pushed the toll to 195, officials said on Sunday, as the Union Territory announced a gradual unlocking here after a month-long 'corona curfew'. The new fatality was reported from Leh on Saturday. The district has so far recorded 141 coronavirus-related deaths, while the pandemic toll stands at 54 in Kargil district, the officials said. Fifty-eight of the new cases were registered in Leh and the remaining 13 in Kargil, they said.

13:53 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Olympics in times of Covid: Can it still be the greatest show on Earth?

Rani Rampal is seen as a cerebral player, known to plot moves and strategies. She also loves her space. So, in early May, when the captain of the Tokyo Games-bound Indian women’s hockey team was forced into isolation after she tested positive for Covid-19, she got time to “think hockey”. The 27-year-old missed sweating it out on the turf to give her best on the Olympic stage, the dream outing for every hockey player. But while her teammates trained in Bengaluru, Rani would sit in a room alone, close eyes and teleport herself to Tokyo, where the Games will begin on July 23.

“I thought about being in the stadium, lining up against our opponents, how we would play against them, how I would play… We did not perform well at the Rio Olympics (finishing 12th out of 12 teams), so I kept thinking how can we improve?” Rani says.

Visualisation is a common technique sportspersons use to train their mind for a match. But the mental imagery Rani created went beyond the hockey pitch. She pictured herself checking into an Olympic Village that would lack the usual buzz, imagined long queues at the airport, transport halls and cafeterias because of social distancing, and getting tested for Covid-19 every day. (Read more here)

13:36 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Take a look at decline in Covid-19 daily infections since May

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past  60 lakh on September 28,  70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on  November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.

12:49 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Watch| Latest Covid-19 India updates in last 24 hours

12:47 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Maharashtra: ‘Unlock plan shows situation not normal’

Maharashtra’s complex five-level unlock plan that will come into effect from Monday is a message that the situation is not normal and that curbs continue to be necessary despite the fall in number of Covid-19 cases and the apparent decline in the second wave of the pandemic, officials said on Saturday.

“This five-level plan should make people realise what the compulsions are for imposing curbs, and what it takes to unlock cities. It is also meant to convey that Covid-19 appropriate behaviour is still necessary to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate,” said an official.

12:36 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Manipal Hospitals collaborates with Dr Reddy's to include Sputnik V in its vaccine portfolio

Leading hospital chain Manipal Hospitals on Sunday said it has collaborated with Dr Reddy's Laboratories to add the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in its existing vaccine portfolio that consists of Covishield and Covaxin. The roll-out of the Sputnik V vaccine by Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru is part of the limited pilot soft launch initiated by Dr Reddy's in Hyderabad last month, Manipal Hospitals said in a statement.

"Manipal Hospitals has worked closely with Dr Reddy's to create the state-of-the-art infrastructure to maintain Sputnik V vaccine," Manipal Health Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Karthik Rajagopal said. He added that the hospital chain has successfully conducted vaccination drives with Covishield and Covaxin across the country till date and will continue the efforts along with the new addition of Sputnik V. Manipal Hospitals expects the vaccine to be available for the public soon in the latter half of the month, Rajagopal said. (PTI)

12:33 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Take a look at top 11 states with maximum Covid-19 cases

12:28 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Over 1.63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses available with states, says Centre

More than 1.63 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. The Centre has so far provided, both through the free of cost and through direct state procurement categories, more than 24 crore vaccine doses (24,60,80,900) to states and UTs. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 22,96,95,199 doses, the ministry said.

12:12 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Second Covid-19 wave will not impact agriculture sector: Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog on Sunday said that the second wave of Covid-19 would not have any impact on the Indian Agriculture sector. Niti Aayog Member (Agriculture) Ramesh Chand also said that the farm sector frowth will be more than 3 per cent in 2021-22.(With PTI)

Read - Rural India played the economy’s ‘saviour’ in 2020-21. Can it do so again?

12:05 (IST)06 Jun 2021
Post-Covid complications on the rise in second wave: Many deaths in Bengaluru 10 days after hospitalisation

A significant proportion of deaths that occurred during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Bengaluru occurred around 10 days after hospitalisation, data has revealed.

As many as 734 deaths of the 1,855 Covid-related deaths or nearly 40 per cent of the fatalities reported between May 28 and June 3 occurred 10 or more days after hospitalisation or at the homes of patients, according to official data for Covid-19 cases and deaths from the Karnataka Health Department.

This is in sharp contrast to the first wave of the pandemic, when a majority of deaths — nearly 60 per cent — were reported to have occurred within one to three days of hospitalisation. (With Johnson T.A)

Coronavirus Live Updates: 9 private hospitals corner 50% vaccine doses, decision on vaccinating kids being examined A man sterilizes Shivaji Nagar BMC-run maternity home on Friday. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Meanwhile, just nine corporate hospital groups in big cities have cornered 50 per cent of the Covid-19 vaccine stock meant for the private sector in the month of May, reflecting the problem of vaccine inequity.

These nine corporate hospital groups cumulatively bought 60.57 lakh doses of the total 1.20 crore doses of vaccines procured by private hospitals in the first full month since the Central government revised its vaccine policy and opened it to the market. The balance 50 per cent of the vaccine stock was procured by 300-odd hospitals, located mostly in the country’s urban centres, with hardly any of them serving regions beyond the Tier-2 cities.

The head of India’s Covid-19 task force on Friday said the decision on vaccinating children is being “continuously examined” and emphasised that once the rollout for the children takes place, all of them have to be covered at the same time.

Asked if the government is mulling a plan to procure the Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine approved for the 12-18 years age group in the US, Dr V K Paul said India will require approximately 25-26 crore doses to vaccinate the children.

Meanwhile, cornered over selling Covid vaccines to private hospitals at a profit, the Punjab government on Friday ordered that the doses be returned with immediate effect. The government had sold 42,000 doses of Covaxin — out of the 1.14 lakh it bought on May 27 from Bharat Biotech at Rs 420 per dose — to over 20 private hospitals for Rs 1,060 each. The hospitals had, in turn, charged recipients Rs 1,560 for a dose.

The government had thus made a profit of Rs 5.28 crore — buying the vaccines for Rs 3.20 crore, and selling them for Rs 8.48 crore. As the issue snowballed into a controversy, Nodal Officer for Vaccination Vikas Garg issued an order asking private hospitals to return the vaccines. “The order providing one-time limited vaccine doses to 18-44 years age group population through private hospitals has not been taken in the right spirit, and is hereby withdrawn. Further, it has been decided that the private hospitals should return forthwith all the vaccine doses available with them…”

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