The daily COVID-19 case tally has finally dipped below the 1 lakh mark for the first time in 63 days, logging 86,498 cases in the last 24 hours. The Government has placed an order for 44 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin, assuring that there is no imminent threat to children at the moment. The revised vaccine policy, which allows all above the age of 18 to be vaccinated for free, will come into effect from June 21st.
Karnataka’s daily COVID-19 cases have dipped below 10,000 for the first time in 52 days, offering much-needed respite to frontline workers and citizens alike. The state reported 9,808 fresh cases yesterday, 2,028 of which were from Bengaluru. At 179, the state’s new fatalities on Tuesday was its lowest in 44 days. Bengaluru saw 44 deaths, a sharp drop from Monday’s 199. The catastrophic second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India may be finally on the decline. However, experts advise citizens not to drop their guard when it comes to COVID-19 guidelines.
Each enhanced restriction weekend is ending up to be worse than the last with the number of vehicle owners flouting the norms growing at a steady pace. Now in its third weekend, police sources said the number of vehicles being seized or having challans issued has gone up three times since the last two weekends of May. Bikes and cars have contributed more than 95% of the violations, according to cops.
For the first time in 2 months, fresh COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru dipped below the 2,000-mark yesterday. The city reported 1,992 new cases and 199 deaths. Healthcare personnel have collectively breathed a sigh of relief, as hospitals are now seeing less overcrowding for the first time in 10 weeks. The State on Monday also announced a gap of 4-6 weeks rather than 6-10 weeks for the 2nd dose of Covishield.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back in the hot seat to drive India’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, eight weeks after the Centre had announced a liberalised vaccination policy. Scrapping the widely panned May 1st guidelines, the Centre will now buy and give the jabs to the states free of cost. The Opposition claims its concerted pressure for vaccine procurement centralisation along with the Supreme Court’s scathing comments seemed to have done the trick.
Tamil Nadu Monday extended the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown till June 14 with some relaxations, news agency ANI reported. Standalone shops selling fruits and vegetables, grocery, meat & fish, roadside shops, flower shops can operate between 6 am-5 pm. 11 districts have been exempted from relaxations due to the high infection rate.
Maharashtra has begun unlocking in a graded manner from today as the state’s five-level plan to ease curbs comes into effect. The lockdown was imposed in April following the devastating second COVID-19 wave. Mumbai falls in level-3 where all shops can open, restaurants can serve customers till 4pm on weekdays, private offices can be reopened with 50% staff, also till 4pm, and people can go for jogging and to gymnasiums, with certain conditions.
This past week, Bangalore recorded its highest ever CFR or case fatality rate in 2021, at 7% between May 29th and June 4th. During this period, the city witnessed 25,699 fresh cases and 1,797 deaths. However, the case positivity rate is falling from 12% in the previous week to just 6% this week. Experts have chalked up the high CFR to a lag in the recording of cases, as well as a lowered number of total positive cases. In any case, the State aims to bring the CFR down to less than 1% before unlocking.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the ‘Jahan vote, Wahan vaccination’ campaign. “Under this campaign, we will tell people to visit their designated polling stations to get vaccinated. Door-to-door vaccinations are to be conducted soon. In 4 weeks, all above 45 years of age to be vaccinated,” he said.
The Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare’s directorate general of health services (DGHS) has issued revised guidelines to stop the use of Ivermectin and Doxycycline in COVID-19 treatment. The ministry has asked medical officials to be extremely cautious while using the drugs.