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We had also started it but the supply was inadequate. Yesterday, the PM again gave the responsibility to the Centre. We are thankful to him and hope that all obstacles will be cleared and all citizens will be vaccinated at the earliest. Getting a free vaccine is both a right and a necessity
– Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on free vaccination
Chandigarh relaxes COVID-19 restrictions
All shops to open from 10 am to 6 pm, restaurants/bars from 10 am to 9 pm with 50% capacity. Night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am. Total closure on Sunday, only essential shops, incl barber shops, allowed. Shopping malls allowed from 10 am to 6 pm, eating outlets till 8 pm
Tamil Nadu: 18,023 new COVID-19 cases and 409 deaths
Kerala: 15,567 new cases, 124 deaths
Bihar to unlock from June 9
The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on Tuesday announced that over a month-long COVID-induced lockdown will be lifted from Wednesday though night curfew, restrictions on public gatherings and curtailed business timings will remain in place. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the high-powered crisis management group chaired by the Chief Minister, in view of the let up that has been seen in the recent past in spread of the contagion.
Some people are felling trees due to fears of black fungus. This disease has no connection with trees. This fungus is in environment. Continuously taking steam, use of the same face mask for a long time & steroids are major reasons
– Pankaj Garg, Deputy Forest Conservator, Nashik
Andhra Pradesh: 7796 new COVID-19 cases
14,641 recoveries and 77 deaths in the last 24 hours
Aspirin does not improve survival in COVID-19 patients
“Although aspirin was associated with a small increase in the likelihood of being discharged alive, this does not seem to be sufficient to justify its widespread use for patients hospitalised with COVID-19,” said Peter Horby, co-chief investigator of the trial.
We respect Supreme Court’s concern, but Centre was evaluating implementation of decentralized model since May 1. Such decisions are taken over a period of time, based on analysis and consultations
– Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog Member (Health)
BJP wants Punjab CM to quit over COVID-19 kit fraud allegations
Stepping up attack on the Congress government in Punjab, the BJP on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and state health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu over alleged corruption in the award of contract for COVID kits to private firms. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia claimed the state government first gave a tender for ‘Fateh’ kits for coronavirus patients to a firm for Rs 837 for a single unit and then awarded two more tenders in the next few weeks for Rs 1,226 and Rs 1,338 per unit during April.
Vaccine cost for private sector [hospitals] will be decided by manufacturers; states will be responsible for aggregating demand — which means they’ll oversee how many facilities they have, and how many doses are required and other needs
– Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog Member (Health)
Centre has placed an order to purchase 25 crore doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin. Also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E’s vaccine, which will be available by September
– Dr V K Paul, Niti Aayog Member (Health)
India sees 252 deaths per million, lowest in the world
India reports 86,498 cases in the last 24 hours
There’s almost a 79% decline in cases, since highest reported peak in daily new cases. Last week, 33% decline was seen in overall reported cases. 322 districts have seen decline in daily cases in last one month,” says Lav Agrawal, JS, Health Ministry
India’s overall recovery increases to 94.3%
The numbers include patients both in home isolation and in hospitals; 6.3% overall decrease in positivity from June 1-7, says Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
Delhi: 316 new COVID-19 cases, 41 more deaths
Positivity rate dips to 0.44%
Assam extends COVID-19 curfews till June 16
Movement is banned in the state between the hours of 1pm and 5am everyday.
Free vaccine, foodgrains to cost govt up to Rs 1.45 lakh cr: PTI Report
Kerala High Court asks central government to spell out its new vaccine policy
- The state government informed the court that it has cancelled the order that was given to the companies for the purchase of one lakh vaccine doses after they informed that they were unable to supply these large quantities.
- Moreover, they can supply vaccines only as per the directions given by the Centre.