COVID-19 LIVE Updates | WB Extends Restrictions Till July 1; Delhi AIIMS To Begin Covaxin Trial On Children From Tomorrow

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In the latest, the West Bengal government has extended the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown till July 1, but has widened the relaxations to allow the resumption of economic activities.

Both government and private offices can reopen, with a cap of 25 percent imposed on staff strength. In private/corporate offices, the timings have been restricted from 10 am to 4 pm, and the attendees would be required to apply for an e-pass.

The state government has also extended the timings of restaurants and bars, allowing them to operate from 12 pm to 8 pm with a 50 percent seating capacity. As per the previous order, the restaurants were allowed to operate only from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The screening of children aged 6 to 12 years for the clinical trials of indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is scheduled to start from Tuesday.

According to sources, the recruitment for clinical trials of Covaxin among those aged 12 to 18 years is over. They have been given a single dose of vaccine. After the recruitment of 6-12 yr old children AIIMS Delhi will be conducting trials for the age group 2-6 yr old. The trails are taking place at 525 centers.

AIIMS Patna, Mysore Medical College, and Research Institute in Karnataka have also been selected to conduct clinical trials on children.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda Monday said that 1,06,300 vials of black fungus drugs Amphotericin B have been allocated to states, union territories and to the Central Institutions.

“Ensuring significant availability of Liposomal #Amphotericin B, additional 106300 vials of the drug have been allocated across all the States/UTs and Central Institutions today,” Sadananda Gowda said in a tweet.

With 70,421 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, India maintained its declining trend of cases and reported the lowest single-day COVID-19 rise in 74 days, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday. With this, the total cases have reached 2,95,10,410, and the daily positivity rate stands at 4.72 percent, which is less than 10 percent for the 21st consecutive day. Also, the weekly positivity rate dropped below 5 percent and today stands at 4.54 percent. The active caseload remained below 10 lakhs after 66 days and today stands at 9,73,158.

According to the health ministry, a total of 3,921 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,74,305 in the country.

Meanwhile, recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 32nd consecutive day, as India witnessed 1,19,501 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. The recovery tally of India has reached 2,81,62,947 and the recovery rate stands at 95.43 percent.

Also, 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 percent, according to the health department here. The new fatalities pushed the Covid death toll to 24,800.

Delhi unlocks all shops, lets restaurants open with 50% seating

Restaurants with 50 per cent capacity, weekly markets and religious places will reopen in Delhi from June 14, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday, saying the COVID-19 situation has significantly come under control in the city. Salons, beauty parlours and barbershops closed since the imposition of lockdown on April 19, will also reopen from Monday, officials said.

50 modular hospitals to be set up across India in 3 months

Gearing up to face any new surge in Covid cases or a third wave, the Centre has planned to quickly ramp up state health infrastructure by setting up 50 innovative modular hospitals across the country in the next two-three months. Modular hospitals will be built adjacent to an existing hospital building as an extension of operational infrastructure. A 100-bedded modular hospital with a dedicated zone of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) can be set up at an estimated cost of nearly Rs 3 crore in three weeks and made fully operational in 6-7 weeks.

Private hospitals account for over 70% of vaccine shots in Gurgaon in June

More than 1.6 lakh vaccinations have been carried out in Gurgaon this month so far, of which the city’s private hospitals accounted for nearly 1.2 lakh jabs — registering a 72% share. The government facilities, in the meantime, held around 45,000 inoculations (28%).

Over 60 lakh vaccine doses administered in Delhi so far

In a key milestone, more than 60 lakh vaccine doses against Covid-19 have been administered in Delhi till date. These include jabs for 14.4 lakh people who have received both doses. “So far, 46,33,650 people have been given the first dose of the vaccine, which is 30% of Delhi’s population above 18 years of age,” Aam Aadmi Party MLA Atishi said after releasing the vaccination bulletin on Sunday.

Assam govt tells fully vaccinated employees to join office from Monday

The Assam government on Sunday 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 be in force.

Congress to visit 3 crore homes for survey

Congress is starting a nationwide survey on Covid deaths and infections, in what appears to be an attempt to use pandemic relief work to activate the organisation in districts.

From today, no RT-PCR report required to enter Himachal

In a big relief for tourists, people entering Himachal Pradesh will not be required to produce RT-PCR negative report from Monday, even though Covid curfew would continue from 5 pm to 5 am. This was decided by the Himachal cabinet in its meeting on Friday.

Restrictions to Be Eased in 19 Districts of Karnataka from June 14

Karnataka will begin the unlock process from Monday as COVID-19 cases started showing a declining trend in the state, except for 11 districts. The state government had imposed stringent restrictions on April 27 to contain the spread of coronavirus cases. According to a government order, the restrictions have been relaxed from 6 am to 2 pm in 19 districts instead of the existing 6 am to 10 am.

Haryana Extends Lockdown Till June 21

The Haryana government yesterday extended the lockdown by another week till June 21, while easing several restrictions. Doing away with the odd-even formula, the state government allowed all shops to open from 9 am to 8 pm. Restaurants and bars, including in hotels and malls, are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Premature easing of curbs key to 2nd wave in India: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has, at the G7 summit in the UK, blamed the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India on the “premature” opening up of the society and relaxation of public health measures, as well as the emergence of new variants and unequal vaccine distribution.

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