Saturday, 19 June, 2021


WHO names Covid-19 variants found in India as Kappa and Delta

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Kristine Garrett | 01 June, 2021, 12:41

"We are on a downswing of the second wave of Covid-19 and believe that it will be sustained even when restrictions are significantly relaxed", the ministry said.

On Monday, India's Serum Institute will increase production of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines by almost 40% in June, officials said, in the first step towards alleviating a shortage that has worsened the country's battle with coronavirus.

There are still 2,026,065 active cases in the country, as there was a decrease of 88,416 cases in the past 24 hours.

All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, can mutate or change over time.

India reported almost 1,73,000 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours - its lowest daily surge in 1.5 months.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

Recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 15th straight day.

The death toll due to the disease climbed to 3,25,972 in the country with 3,460 fatalities being recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 AM showed. At Apollo, an official said, only about 180 Covid beds were occupied.

Bihar, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh on Monday extended COVID-induced lockdown or curfew though there will be some relaxation in curbs. The curfew will remain in force between 12 noon and 6 a.m. till June 10. Nearly all states and Union Territories have extended the curbs which they first started imposing in mid-April as the second COVID wave hit the country. A total of 21,60,46,638 vaccine doses have been administered so far, the ministry said.

A consignment, comprising as many as three million doses of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, the biggest tranche so far, landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Tuesday. On May 24, India crossed a grim milestone of three-lakh deaths due to the coronavirus infections, thus becoming world's third country after the U.S. and Brazil to cross three-lakh deaths.

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