NEW DELHI: The daily new Covid cases continued to remain below 2 lakh for the seventh day in a row. The country reported 1,34,154 new Covid cases and 2,887 deaths on Thursday.
The number of active Covid-19 cases was recorded below 20 lakh for the third consecutive day. The weekly positivity rate has declined to 7.66 per cent. Recoveries continued to outnumber the fresh cases for the 21st day in a row.
Kamala Harris speaks to PM Modi, discusses US’ Covid-19 vaccine sharing plan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to US Vice President Kamala Harris and discussed “ongoing efforts to further strengthen India-US vaccine cooperation.”
During the call, Kamala Harris informed the Prime Minister about US’ plans to make Covid-19 vaccines available to other countries, including India, under its “strategy for global vaccine sharing”.
The leaders discussed ongoing efforts to strengthen the health supply chain between the US and India, including in the area of vaccine manufacturing. They highlighted the potential of the India-US partnership as well as the Quad vaccine initiative in addressing the long-term health impact of the pandemic.
Maharashtra government says no relaxation of lockdown-like curbs anywhere yet
The Maharashtra government on Thursday evening clarified that the existing restrictions on account of Covid-19 have not been lifted anywhere, contrary to the announcement made by minister Vijay Wadettiwar.
Relaxation of restrictions as per the situation in different areas is only under consideration and no decision has been taken, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
He had told reporters in the afternoon that restrictions would be lifted in 18 out of 36 districts in the state where the positivity rate is five per cent or less and the occupancy of oxygen beds in hospitals is less than 25 percent from Friday.
Lockdown in Karnataka extended till June 14
The lockdown slated to end on June 7 was extended till June 14 in Karnataka as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday announced a Rs 500 crore second relief package. The relief was meant for sections, which were left out in the previous package of Rs 1,250 crore.
“We had earlier announced stringent restrictions from May 24 to June 7 to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Though the infections have reduced, the spread of the disease is still on,” Yediyurappa said.
Kerala to impose additional restrictions from June 5 to 9
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said that additional restrictions will be imposed in the state from June 5 to 9 to reduce the Covid Test Positivity Rate (TPR).
“Shops currently allowed to open, may operate on June 4 from 9 am to 7 pm. Only shops selling essential items, those selling raw materials for industrial establishments (including packaging) and shops selling construction materials will be permitted from June 5 to 9,” said Vijayan in the Covid review meeting.
Biden announces international Covid-19 vaccine sharing plan
US President Joe Biden announced Thursday the US will donate 75% of its unused Covid-19 vaccines to the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, acting as more Americans have been vaccinated and global inequities have become more glaring.
Of the first tranche of 25 million doses, the White House said about 19 million will go to COVAX, with approximately 6 million for South and Central America, 7 million for Asia and 5 million for Africa. The doses mark a substantial _ and immediate _ boost to the lagging COVAX effort, which to date has shared just 76 million doses with needy countries.
Bengal eateries allowed to open for 3 hours with vaccinated employees
With the Covid-19 situation improving in West Bengal, the state government on Thursday decided to allow restaurants to open for three hours in the evening, provided people working there are vaccinated, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The eateries can be opened after the ongoing Covid- related restrictions come to an end on June 15, she said.
The government is also thinking of allowing shopping malls to operate with 25 per cent workforce after June 15, she said at a meeting with representatives of various chambers of commerce at the state secretariat.
Total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India exceeds 22.37 crore
The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 22.37 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
It said 14,20,288 people between 18 and 44 years received the first dose of vaccine and 27,203 beneficiaries of the same age group received the second dose on Thursday.
Cumulatively, 2,40,54,868 people in this age group have received their first dose and 86,568 beneficiaries got their second shot since the start of phase three of the vaccination drive.
(With agency inputs)