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Covid-19 India Highlights: Karnataka logs 16,387 cases, 463 deaths; positivity rate down at 11.22%

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Highlights: Today’s Covid numbers: Delhi (576 cases), Mumbai (925 cases), Kolkata (1,040 cases), Bengaluru (4,095 cases), Chennai (2,217 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 3, 2021 8:00:27 am
Factory workers wearing masks on their way to work places after unlock process in the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown begins, at Dundahera-Kapashera Delhi border, in Gurugram, Wednesday, June 02, 2021. (PTI)

Coronavirus India Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday recorded 16,387 new Covid cases and 463 deaths in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate dropped further to 11.22% as recoveries (21,199) continued to outnumber new infections across the state. In capital Bengaluru, 307 more deaths were confirmed, while 4095 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 576 new cases, 103 deaths, and 1,287 recoveries in the last 24 hours. At 0.78 per cent, the positivity rate in the city remained below 1 per cent for the third day.

India recorded 1,32,788 new coronavirus cases and 3,207 deaths in the last 24 hours. With over 26,500 cases, Tamil Nadu was the biggest contributor to the country’s daily caseload. Active cases reduced by more than a lakh. The total number of active cases stands at about 17.93 lakh  right now.

For gradual lifting of lockdown or curfew restrictions in districts, the Centre said it rests on “three pillars”: positivity rate below 5 per cent for a week, vaccination of 70 per cent of the vulnerable population, and community ownership of Covid-appropriate behaviour and care. While nearly half of India’s 718 districts now report seven-day positivity of less than 5 per cent, only 32 per cent of those in the 45+ age group have got their first dose.

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India recorded 1,32,788 new coronavirus cases and 3,207 deaths in the last 24 hours. With over 26,500 cases, Tamil Nadu was the biggest contributor to the country's daily caseload.

21:57 (IST)02 Jun 2021
BJD leader Bijayshree Routray dies of post-Covid complications

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21:55 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Here are today's Covid numbers from top cities

Today’s Covid numbers: Delhi (576 cases), Mumbai (925 cases), Kolkata (1,040 cases), Bengaluru (4,095 cases), Chennai (2,217 cases)

21:54 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Karnataka logs 16,387 new cases, 463 deaths

Karnataka on Wednesday registered 16,387 new cases and 463 deaths. The test positivity rate dropped further to 11.22% as recoveries (21,199) continued to outnumber the new cases.

20:22 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu reports 25,317 Covid cases, 483 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 25,317 new Covid cases and 483 deaths taking the cumulative number of cases to 21,48,346 and fatalities to 25,205. As many as 32,263 patients recovered from the infection today.

20:18 (IST)02 Jun 2021
West Bengal logs 8,923 new Covid-19 cases, 135 deaths

West Bengal on Wednesday registered 8,923 new Covid-19 cases and 135 fatalities taking the total number of infections to 13,94,724 and the death toll to 15,813. The recovery rate in the state is 93.85%.

20:13 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Maharashtra reports 15,169 Covid cases, 285 deaths

Maharashtra reported 15,169 new Covid cases, 285 deaths and 29,270 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state is 94.54%. With today's addition, the state's caseload rose to 57,76,184, while the fatality count increased to 96,483. 

20:10 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Delhi reports 576 new Covid-19 cases, 103 deaths

Delhi reported 576 new Covid-19 cases and 103 deaths on Wednesday. The positivity rate has dropped to 0.78%.

The 576 fresh cases took Delhi's COVID-19 tally to 14,27,439, while the death toll climbed to 24,402. The case fatality rate is 1.71 per cent. A total of 13,93,673 patients have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out. 

18:59 (IST)02 Jun 2021
594 doctors have died due to COVID-19 in second wave: IMA

As many as 594 doctors have died due to COVID-19 in the ongoing second wave with Delhi recording the maximum 107 fatalities, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said.
       
According to the IMA, 748 doctors died of the infection across the country in the first wave of the pandemic.
     
Delhi recorded 107 deaths in the second wave, followed by Bihar 96, Uttar Pradesh 67, Rajasthan 43, Jhakhand 39 and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 32 each, according to data compiled at the IMA's COVID-19 registry. (PTI)

18:48 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Steel Minister dedicates to nation SAIL's 100-bed COVID centre at Rourkela

Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday dedicated to the nation a 100-bed COVID care facility at SAIL's Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Odisha. The capacity of the facility will be scaled up to 500 beds, the Ministry of Steel said in a statement. 
    
"Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan today dedicated to the nation, Ispat Nidaan Kendra, a 100-bedded jumbo COVID care facility at Rourkela Steel Plant," it added.
    
All beds at the centre have the provision of gaseous oxygen directly through a dedicated line drawn from the oxygen unit of the steel plant. (PTI)

18:46 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Faulty ventilators will have to be replaced; won't allow experiments on patients: HC

If any ventilators supplied by the Centre to Maharashtra are found to be defective, then these devices should be replaced, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday, while asserting that it will not allow experiments to be carried out on COVID-19 patients as majorly repaired ventilators may lead to loss of life.
    
Justices R V Ghuge and B U Debadwar of the Aurangabad bench of the high court was hearing a bunch of petitions on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    
The court was last week informed by prosecutor D R Kale, appearing for the state government, that more than 100 ventilators supplied by the Centre to hospitals in the Marathwada region were found to be defective and hence, were not being used. (PTI)

18:35 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Centre's claim of vaccinating India's adult population by 2021-end a hoax: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday dubbed as "hoax" the Centre's claim of vaccinating the entire population above the age of 18 years by 2021, and asserted that the union government must provide jabs free of cost to states.
    
"That claim is just a hoax. The Centre says things like these. Before the Bihar elections, they had promised to inoculate its population after the elections, but nothing happened," she told reporters at the state secretariat.

Banerjee said considering the gap between doses, the process to vaccinate the entire eligible age group should take six months to a year to complete. (PTI)

17:53 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Furnish complete data on Covid vaccine purchase history: Supreme Court to Centre

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to furnish detailed data on the purchase history till date of all Covid vaccines including Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik V. It also asked the Centre to place on record all relevant documents and file notings reflecting its thinking culminating in the vaccination policy. More details here.

16:37 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Mizoram CM writes to PM requesting free Covid vaccines, cites state’s special category status

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the Centre to procure Covid-19 vaccines and distribute them to states, free of cost. The chief minister highlighted Mizoram’s special category status and cited “stressed economic resources” as a reason for his request. More details here.

15:21 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Delhi reports 576 new cases, 103 deaths in last 24 hrs 

Delhi on Wednesday reported 576 new cases, 103 deaths, and 1,287 recoveries in the last 24 hours. At 0.78 per cent, the positivity rate in the city remained below 1 per cent for the third day.

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14:23 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Goa govt to decide on Class 12 board exams by evening: CM

The Goa government will go through decisions taken by other states and also consult the Union Education Ministry before taking a call on Class 12 Goa board exams by Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said. Notably, the Centre on Tuesday cancelled the CBSE Class 12 board exams in view of the COVID-19 situation.

After the government's decision, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) also decided to cancel its Class 12 board examinations this year.

On Wednesday, Sawant held a meeting with officials of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) and the state education department to decide on the pending Class 12 state board exams. (PTI)

14:22 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Why start vaccination centres with pomp if 2nd jab of COVAXIN not available, HC asks Delhi govt

The Delhi High Court Wednesday said if the Delhi government could not ensure that people will get both the doses of COVAXIN within the stipulated time, then it should not have started so many vaccination centres with "much pomp and splendour". Justice Rekha Palli issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its stand on whether it can provide the second dose of COVAXIN to those who got the first jab, before expiry of the incubation period of six weeks between the two doses. (PTI)

14:17 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu CM writes to Health Minister to operationalise Chengalpattu vaccine complex

In a letter addressed to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin stressed on the need to "immediately operationalise" the Intergrated Vaccine Complex in Chengalpattu, which was established by HLL Biotech Ltd.

14:09 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Gujarat secondary and higher secondary boards cancel class 12 examination

A day after CBSE cancelled board exams, Gujarat's secondary and higher secondary board cancelled the class 12 examination, State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama announced. 

14:05 (IST)02 Jun 2021
"We need crores of vaccines, this is a public emergency,' says Delhi HC

Addressing the acute shortage of vaccines, the Delhi High Court said, "We should not be found wanting. We need crores and crores of vaccines everyday. We have to have it now. There is a public emergency."

Coronavirus India Live Updates: SC flags dual vaccine pricing; Pinarayi Vijayan calls for united effort in procuring Covid vaccines from Centre Sanitization drive being carried out in industrial areas prior to unlocking at Anand Parbat Industrial Area, New Delhi. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Karnataka on Tuesday 14,304 new cases, 464 deaths, and 29,271 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Among the fresh infections, 3,418 were from Bengaluru. The positivity rate has dropped to 12.30%. Meanwhile, the number of fresh infections in the last 24 hours are 623 in Delhi, 831 in Mumbai, 1,032 in Kolkata and 2,467 in Chennai.

The Union Health Ministry Tuesday said the mixing of Covid vaccines is not the protocol till further updates. "The same vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) will be administered for both doses. There's international research underway on the mixing of vaccines as the possibility of a positive effect is also plausible but a harmful reaction cannot be ruled out either. It is an unresolved scientific question, science will settle it," it said. Earlier, The Indian Express had reported that India might soon begin testing the feasibility of a regimen that mixes two different Covid-19 vaccines to see if it helps boost immune response to the virus.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said, “Active cases are down by 50%, there is a 1.3 lakh decrease in active cases in a day. In 30 states/UTs, cases have been consistently declining for one week. This is a positive trend.” He added, "A total of 1,27,000 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Since May 28, the country is reporting less than 2 lakh cases. There is a decline of infection in the country."

Earlier on Tuesday, a consignment, comprising as many as three million doses of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, the biggest tranche so far, landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. Dr Reddy's Laboratories is in a pact with Russian Direct Investment Fund to sell the first 125 million people doses (250 million vials) of Sputnik V in India. It has received approval from the Indian drug regulator for restricted emergency use of Sputnik V.

On Tuesday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was admitted to AIIMS, most likely for post-Covid complications. He had tested positive for Covid a month ago.

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