India reported 60,753 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Health Ministry on Saturday. 97,743 patients recovered during the same time, taking the total tally to 2,86,78,390 recoveries across the country so far.
India’s active caseload has further declined to 7,60,019, making it the lowest after 74 days. Meanwhile, the recovery rate has increased to 96.16 per cent. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent, currently at 3.58 per cent. The daily positivity rate is at 2.98 per cent, less than 5 per cent for 12 consecutive days.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) June 19, 2021
The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday announced that the ongoing Covid-induced curfew in the state has been further extended till June 30.
The curfew will be in force from 6 pm to 6 am daily after June 20. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy here during a COVID-19 review meeting.
The central government will provide more than 56 lakh vaccine doses to States and Union Territories in the next three days, informed the Health Ministry on Thursday. “More than 56,70,350 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and UTs within the next 3 days,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said. According to MoHFW, as many as 2,18,28,483 COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
“More than 27.28 crores (27,28,31,900) vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category,” the ministry said in an official statement.
Soft launch of Sputnik V scaled up to many cities – Dr Reddy
Dr Reddy’s in a statement Wednesday said that the soft launch of Sputnik V vaccine in India, which was initiated in Hyderabad, has been scaled up to many cities including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, among others. It added that registration on CoWIN was not open to public yet, but will be open at the time of commercial launch.
Drugs not prescribed for adult Covid patients
Meanwhile, drugs such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and antibiotics like doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed for adult Covid patients are not recommended for treating children, stated a government guideline issued on Wednesday. The guidelines by the Union Health Ministry said the decision has been taken since most of these drugs used in adults are have not been tested on children for prevention or treatment of Covid infection among them.
India targets 1 billion Covid vaccine output by end of 2022
Under ‘Quad Vaccine Cooperation’, India is looking to increase the production of Covid-19 vaccines by around 1 billion doses by the end of next year.