COVID-19 LIVE Updates | More Than 30 Crore Vaccine Doses Provided By Centre To States/UTs: Health Ministry

More than 30 crore vaccine doses have been provided by the Centre to states and union territories so far, Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday.

As per the latest data, 30,33,27,440 vaccine doses have been provided by the Centre through the government of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 28,43,40,936 doses. “The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain,” the official statement read.

Also, India recorded 54,069 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and the daily positivity rate dropped to 2.91 per cent, the Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday. The daily positivity rate has been below 5 per cent for 17 consecutive days. The active cases further declined to 6,27,057, taking the weekly positivity rate to 3.04 per cent, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.61 per cent.

With the fresh cases, the country’s tally of cases has climbed to 3,00,82,778, as per Union Health Ministry. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,91,981 with 1,321 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 42nd consecutive day. India witnessed 68,885 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 2,90,63,740. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 39,78,32,667 samples were tested for COVID-19 up to June 24, and out of these, 18,59,469 samples were tested yesterday.

The Union Health Ministry has informed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered under the nationwide vaccination drive has reached 30,16,26,028 out of which 63.2 lakh lakh vaccine doses were administrated in the last 24 hours.

India records 63.2 lakh jabs, MP leads with 11.2 lakh

At least 63.2 lakh inoculations were recorded till 9.30pm on Wednesday with Madhya Pradesh leading the way with 11.2 lakh shots administered, followed by Uttar Pradesh (7.4 lakh) and Maharashtra (6.1 lakh). Of the more than 59,000 vaccination sessions organised on Wednesday, over 96% were in public health facilities. Besides, 60.8 lakh new registrations were recorded on the day.

Women having young children to get vaccine on priority, says Mamata Banerjee

Amid a warning that children might be infected during the possible third wave of coronavirus, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that priority would be given to inoculate women having children aged up to 12 years.

ICMR studying vax effect on Delta+, result likely soon

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No Evidence Delta Plus Will Cause Possible 3rd Wave: Top Genome Sequencer

Amid worries of a possible third Covid wave, along with the emergence of a Delta Plus variant in parts of the country, one of India’s top doctors and genome sequencer has brushed aside concerns of this new mutant fuelling an upsurge in infections. Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), also advised caution against lowering the guard on the second wave itself.

Severe Covid rare In children: Study

Children affected by Covid-19 are least likely to be severely ill. Death due to the disease is also rare in the 0-12 year age group, except in patients with underlying comorbidities. This has been confirmed by the Indian Paediatric Covid Study Group, led by top doctors from leading medical institutions in the country. The group analysed the clinical profile and risk factors for severe disease in 402 children hospitalised with Covid at five tertiary care hospitals across India between March and November last year.

TN reports first Delta plus variant of Covid-19, a nurse from Chennai

Tamil Nadu has reported its first case of Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 from in Chennai, with a city-based nurse getting infected with it, a top government official said on Wednesday.

Madhya Pradesh: First death from Delta-Plus Covid-19 Variant 

Madhya Pradesh Wednesday reported its first death of a patient identified with the Delta plus variant of Covid-19 in Ujjain district. Five confirmed cases of Delta-Plus variant has so been reported in the state — three from Bhopal and two others from Ujjain district.

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US warns Pfizer, Moderna Covid-19 vaccine recipients to watch for enlarged heart symptoms

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