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Coronavirus India Highlights: Recruitment for clinical trial of Covaxin in 6-12 age group to start at AIIMS tomorrow

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases and Lockdown in India Live Highlights: Today’s Covid numbers –– Delhi (131 cases), Mumbai (529 cases), Kolkata (373 cases), Bengaluru (1470 cases), Chennai (828 cases)

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 15, 2021 8:17:43 am
DelhiThe DDMA discussed further restrictions such as closing dine-in facility in restaurants and scaling down seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, officials said. (PTI photo)

Coronavirus India Highlights: The recruitment for the clinical trial of the country’s first indigenously-developed Covid vaccine –– Covaxin, among children falling in the age group of 6-12 years will begin at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Tuesday, PTI reported. This will be followed by the clinical trial of 2-6 years’ children. The enrolment of children volunteers aged 12-18 years at the AIIMS has been completed and they have already been given the first dose of Covaxin.

India, on Monday, recorded 70,421 new cases of coronavirus infections detected on Sunday, the lowest since the end of March. However, only 14.92 lakh samples tested on Sunday, compared to a weekly average of about 19 lakh. Tamil Nadu remains the highest contributor with 14,016 new cases.

The country also saw 3,936 deaths in the same period. Maharashtra contributed to over 2,800 of them, including about 2,300 uncounted deaths from previous days.

As the states across India gradually open up after stringent lockdowns, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Sunday announced more relaxations in 27 districts which includes allowing tea shops to reopen from June 14. Barring 11 districts, seven in western and four in Cauvery delta regions respectively, the fresh relaxations would be applicable in the rest of 27 districts including Chennai and other nearby districts.

The Assam government, on the other hand, asked all its employees who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine to join offices from Monday even as a partial lockdown across the state will continue be in force.

Easing Delhi’s Covid-19 lockdown even further, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that from Monday at 5 AM all restaurants in the national capital will be allowed to open at 50% seating capacity. All market complexes, malls in Delhi will now be allowed to open from 10 am to 8 pm. “After 5 am tomorrow, all activities will be allowed except some activities that will be prohibited and some activities that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued,” Kejriwal said.

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Delhi to further open up today; Active Covid-19 cases dip to 973,158, constitute 3.49% per cent of the caseload. Follow this space for latest Covid-19 updates:

22:20 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Maharashtra records 8,129 new cases, 200 deaths

Maharashtra records 8,129 new cases, 200 deaths

21:50 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Karnataka reports 6,835 fresh Covid-19 cases and 120 deaths

Karnataka reports 6,835 fresh Covid-19 cases and 120 deaths

20:25 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Madhya Pradesh registers 242 new Covid-19 cases

Madhya Pradesh registers 242 new Covid-19  cases.

18:43 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Goa reports 253 new Covid cases

Goa reports 253 new Covid cases.

18:42 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Kerala reported 7,719 new Covid-19 cases

Kerala reported 7,719 new Covid-19 cases

17:35 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Delhi records less than 200 new Covid cases, first time since March 1

Delhi reported less than 200 positive cases in the last 24 hours, something that was last recorded on March 1.

In the last 24 hours, 59,556 people were tested of whom 131 tested positive, taking the city’s positivity rate further down to 0.22%. Three and a half months ago, on March 1, the city had recorded 175 cases.

Sixteen people died of Covid in the last 24 hours. Currently, there are 3,226 active cases in Delhi of whom 960 are in home isolation. According to the Delhi government Covid dashboard, 1058 ICU Covid beds are currently occupied. Read more

17:34 (IST)14 Jun 2021
West Bengal: Covid restrictions extended till July 1 with some relaxations

he West Bengal government on Monday announced extension of Covid restrictions till July 1 with some relaxations.

After witnessing a steady decline in daily Covid cases in past one month under strict restrictions, the Mamata Banerjee-led government announced that restrictions on transportation services will continue while movement of people will remain prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am. Movement of private vehicles to remain suspended excluding for emergency. All education institutes and waterways will also remain closed.

However, government and private offices can function from June 16 with 25% strength. “All government offices will function with 25% strength. Private and corporate offices will remain open from 10 am to 4 pm with not more than 25% strength,” said Banerjee. Read more

15:32 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Recruitment for clinical trial of Covaxin in 6-12 age group to start at AIIMS from Tuesday

he recruitment for the clinical trial of the country's first indigenously-developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, among children in the age group of 6-12 years will begin at the AIIMS here from Tuesday. This will be followed by the clinical trial of children in the age-group of 2-6 years. The enrolment of children volunteers aged 12-18 years at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been completed and they have been given the first dose of Covaxin. "The recruitment process for the clinical trial of Covaxin among children in the age group of 6-12 years will begin from Tuesday," Dr Sanjay Rai, Professor at the Centre for Community Medicine at the AIIMS, told PTI. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had granted permission for conducting the phase 2/3 clinical trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin among children aged two to 18 years on May 12. The trial is to be conducted in three parts -- 175 volunteers each in the groups aged 12-18, 6-12 and 2-6 years. --PTI

15:25 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Delhi reports 131 new Covid cases

Delhi reports 131 new COVID cases (positivity rate: 0.22%), 355 recoveries, and 16 deaths in the last 24 hours.

14:37 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Delhi govt sets up vaccine centre for people travelling abroad for work, studies

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday inaugurated a special Covid-19 vaccination centre at a city school for students, athletes and people who have to travel abroad for work. People who come under the above categories will be able to get their second vaccine dose at the camp under special provisions after a gap of 28-84 days from the date of their first shot, Sisodia said. The centre has been set up at the Navyug School situated on Mandir Marg.

Sisodia said the purpose of the special vaccination centre was to "wish good luck" to those who would be travelling abroad under the specified categories. "These days, our children are going abroad for further studies, or have attained jobs outside the country or are participating in international sports events. We have opened this special vaccination centre for all these citizens who are leaving for abroad and need to be vaccinated at the earliest, without any hassle," he said at the inauguration. The minister said Covishield vaccine would be administered at this centre. (PTI)

14:16 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Odisha reports 4,339 new Covid-19 cases, 44 more deaths

Odisha reported 4,339 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 8,56,121, a Health Department official said. Forty-four more people died in the state, pushing the toll to 3,346, he said. In the last 24 hours, 7,733 people recovered. So far, 7,96,799 patients have recovered in the state. There are 55,923 active cases in the state at present.

Even as Covid-19 cases decline, the steep rise in the number of deaths has raised concerns. Additional Chief Secretary, Health, PK Mohapatra said there was no reason to disbelief the government data. He said the number of deaths is released after a proper audit at the district and state levels as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines. He also rejected allegations that the number of deaths is being suppressed by the state government. (PTI)

14:06 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Ladakh reports 17 new Covid-19 cases

Ladakh recorded more Covid recoveries than new infections as 105 people got discharged from hospitals after battling coronavirus, while only 17 new cases were added. As per the media bulletin released by the directorate of health services Ladakh, a total of 17 new positive sample reports of Covid were received on Sunday.

Out of the total positive reports, 16 were reported in Leh and one in Kargil, they said. A total of 2,651 sample reports in UT including 1,972 in Leh and 679 in Kargil were found negative, they said. Officials said the latest update takes the Union Territory's overall tally of cases to 19,561, including 16,161 in Leh and 3,400 in Kargil. With this, the total number of Covid active cases in UT has come down to 658 including 538 in Leh and 120 in Kargil district. (PTI)

13:27 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Noida police break up farmhouse party amid weekend curfew; 61 arrested

The police in Noida arrested 61 people on Sunday night for partying in a Noida farmhouse amid Covid restrictions in Uttar Pradesh. Organisers of the party and the owners of the farmhouse had organised the party illegally, police said, as weekend curfew has not been lifted in Uttar Pradesh districts as yet and big gatherings are not allowed. 

"We received information that many people were out partying in a farmhouse in Sector 136. Upon reaching we found that the people were not maintaining social distancing and clearly violating the Covid rules. We arrested 61 people and a case has been filed against the organisers. More people will be apprehended," said Additional DCP Ranvijay Singh. (ENS)

13:14 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Flyers from Maharashtra no longer require negative RT-PCRT report at Delhi Airport

Air travellers from Maharashtra will no longer require to carry a negative RT-PCR test result when they land at Delhi Airport, officials said. For a while now, those arriving at Delhi from these states, namely Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, were required to carry a recent RT-PCR report showing the absence of a Covid-19 infection.

On Monday, the authorities have done away with this norm. “As per the latest guidelines, RT-PCR report is not required for domestic arrivals from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana,” a Delhi Airport official informed The Indian Express. Read more

12:52 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: As Covid-induced lockdown curbs ease, traffic jams return

The notorious traffic snarls returned to haunt Bengaluru as the lockdown curbs imposed more than a month ago to contain Covid-19 were eased on Monday. Hundreds of vehicles coming from the neighbouring Hosur in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu were seen stuck in long queues at Attibele in Bengaluru.

The chaotic traffic extended up to Bommanahalli and Silk Board Junction. There was a chock-a-block at Freedom Park, Seshadripuram, Malleswaram, Town Hall, Richmond Road and Kempe Gowda Road right in the middle of the city as well. Banashankari and areas near Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) too saw traffic jams. "The rush on the street is scary as we may be inviting another wave of Covid-19," R Venkatesh, who saw heavy traffic on the road at Banashankari, said. (PTI)

12:25 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Arunachal Pradesh logs 134 new Covid-19 cases

Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a dip in Covid-19 cases as 134 people tested positive for the virus, pushing the coronavirus tally to 31,282, an official said on Monday. The state had reported 298 cases on Sunday. The Covid-19 death toll in the state rose to 145 as two more persons succumbed to the disease in the past two days, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

The Capital Complex Region continued to report high number of fresh cases with 35, followed by West Kameng (19), Anjaw (18), Changlang (15) and Lower Subansiri at 11. Five new cases each were also recorded at Tawang, Kra Daadi and Lohit, three each in Upper Subansiri, Lower Siang, Kurung Kumey and East Kameng, two each from Papumpare, East Siang, Leparada and Tirap and one from Longding district, the SSO said. Of the fresh cases 130 were detected through rapid antigen tests and two each through RT-PCR and TrueNat methods, the official said, adding that 51 people have symptoms of Covid-19. (PTI)

12:08 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Last-mile coverage: Centre invites bids for delivery of Covid vaccines to remote areas by drones

The government has invited bids for delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs to remote areas and those with difficult terrains in select locations of the country by drones to ensure last-mile coverage. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted a successful feasibility study in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and has developed a standard protocol for the delivery of vaccines using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), according to the bid document.

On behalf of the ICMR, the HLL Infra Tech Services Limited (Procurement Support Agency) has invited expression of interest (EOI) through the Central Public Procurement Portal from experienced Indian agencies for the delivery of medical supplies (vaccines/drugs) by UAVs. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)14 Jun 2021
MVS Engineering seeks govt help to source key component for medical oxygen production

Industrial gas manufacturer MVS Engineering has sought the government's intervention to ensure smooth supply of zeolite molecular sieves, a key component for the production of medical oxygen. New Delhi-based MVS Engineering is a leader in industrial gas systems in India.

The company has installed 40 PSA oxygen plants across the country within a year. In an interaction, Siddharth Rastogi, Executive Director (ED), MVS Engineering Pvt Ltd said his company has orders in hand from many hospitals across the country including several in the Delhi-NCR region but due to the unavailability of the zeolite molecular sieves it is unable to execute the said orders. Zeolite molecular sieves which separate the oxygen from air through the Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) process are imported from countries like France, Italy etc, Rastogi said.

Cancellation of orders by suppliers because of preferential treatment to government organizations and a few others is posing a major challenge for the company to clear order backlogs, he said. "We sought urgent government intervention in resolving the artificial supply shortages of multiple raw materials and inputs, particularly zeolite molecular sieves whose orders have been delayed. "The company has around 50 orders in hand from hospitals across India and another 200 orders in the pipeline, nearing issuance that are being threatened due to this artificially created shortage of zeolites molecular sieves and other raw materials," he said. (PTI)

11:15 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Recoveries outnumber fresh cases

Recoveries outnumbered daily new cases for the 32nd consecutive day in the country. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 2,81,62,947, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.27 per cent, the data stated. Cumulatively, 25,48,49,301 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. (PTI)

10:43 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Gurgaon: Active Covid-19 cases fall by over 50% in a week

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Gurgaon continued to fall last week, the number of active cases dropped by over 50 per cent during the period, plummeting below 500 for the first time in over three months.

According to data cumulated from the health bulletins issued daily by the district health department, while Gurgaon had 812 active Covid cases as of June 6, this number fell to 375 on Sunday evening. Read more

Delhi on Saturday recorded 213 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in over three months, and 28 fresh fatalities on Saturday, while the positivity rate dipped to 0.30 per cent, according to the health department here. The new fatalities pushed the Covid death toll to 24,800.

India’s Covid-19 caseload climbed to 29,359,155 on Saturday after 84,332 new infections were logged in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. This is the first time in more than two months that the daily cases went below the 90,000-mark. On Friday, 91,702 Covid-19 cases were recorded across the country. Active cases have also come down to 10.80 lakh.

As many as 4,002 people succumbed to the viral disease and 121,311 recovered on Saturday, taking the death toll and recoveries to 367,081 and 27,911,384 respectively.

Meanwhile, The ICMR stated that it will start national-level sero surveys to assess the spread of Covid-19 and all states as well as Union Territories should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, the Union health ministry said on Friday. The ministry also said that thought the country's coronavirus situation appears to be stabilising, people to continue following the appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms.

The US's Food and Drug Administration has rejected emergency use authorisation for Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine, instead recommending that the vaccine manufacturer's US partner must apply for biologics licence application (BLA). BLA is a "full approval" mechanism by the FDA for drugs and vaccines.

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