India has recorded 1,34,154 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours along with 2,887 deaths. Tamil Nadu and Kerala continue to be the states posting the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in the country. The top five states which have registered maximum cases are Tamil Nadu with 25,317 cases, followed by Kerala with 19,661 cases, Karnataka with 16,387 cases, Maharashtra with 15,169 cases, and Andhra Pradesh with 12,768 cases.
The Karnataka government on Wednesday backed the extension of the lockdown till June 14th, owing to the high positivity and fatality rates, particularly in rural areas. This is despite an overall reduction in the number of cases. A decision is expected to be announced on Thursday by CM BS Yediyurappa. The state’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has said the positivity rate must fall below 5% for restrictions to be lifted.
Several countries have begun trials to find out whether or not it safe to mix vaccines, while the Indian government said it won’t change its vaccine protocols till mixed vaccinations are backed by science. If the trials succeed, you won’t need to delay your second dose just because a specific vaccine is not available. Some countries have already allowed such ‘mix-and-match’ vaccinations in emergencies, with early trial results suggesting some combinations are safe and potentially more effective.
The Karnataka state COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended the state government to extend the ongoing lockdown till the test positivity rate comes down below 5%, daily new cases below 5,000 and Case Fatality Rate (CFR) falls below 1%. The committee in its report said that the lockdown should continue for two more weeks after June 7.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka fell below the three lakh mark, as the state on Tuesday reported a further decline in fresh infections at 14,304 and 464 fatalities. While the total number of cases stood at 26,18,735, the toll was 29,554. The day also saw 29,271 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.
Recording a steady decline, Karnataka logged less than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 411 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 26.04 lakh and the toll to 29,090. The day also saw 44,473 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases which stood at 16,604. Out of the 16,604 new cases reported on Monday, 3,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 20,332 discharges and 242 deaths, a health department bulletin said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that the national capital will receive its first consignment of the Sputnik V vaccine after June 20. The Delhi government has been in talks with Dr. Reddy’s — the firm that is importing as well as manufacturing the vaccine in India. Vaccination for the 18-44 age group in the national capital has been halted for a week as it has run out of vaccines. According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the Centre has written to them and told them that a new tranche of doses will be made available to them from June 10th.
From Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh government will launch the ‘Mission June’ campaign, a massive vaccination campaign that aims to inoculate over one crore people in the state against COVID-19 in the next 30 days. As part of the campaign, a special vaccination drive will be held across the state for drivers, vendors, and rickshaw pullers from June 15. To meet the target, the government will be setting up approximately 6,000 vaccination centres across the state.
Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that a COVID-19 negative report is mandatory for those entering the state from outside. “The COVID-19 negative reports will be checked at strategic points. There are various restrictions that are already in place to ensure strict enforcement of lockdown,” he said. The state had imposed restrictions till May 24 at first but had decided to extend the same for another fortnight.
The number of COVID-19 infections in Karnataka on Thursday crossed the 25 lakh mark, as the state recorded 24,214 new cases and 476 fatalities, the health department said. The day also saw 31,459 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases. As of May 27 evening, cumulatively 25,23,998 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 27,405 deaths and 20,94,369 discharges, the Health Department said in its bulletin.