This is the sixth consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases.
On April 1, India recorded 81,466 cases. India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,94,39,989 with 10,26,159 active cases and 3,70,384 deaths so far.
Here’s all you need to know about India’s Covid development throughout the day-
Modi seeks waiver of vaccine patents at G7 summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought the Group of Seven (G7) developed nations’ support for the proposal moved by India and South Africa for a temporary global waiver on patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines.
Prime Minister Modi made these remarks in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit.
The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger – Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics.
Over 1.53 crore vaccine doses still available with states
More than 1.53 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories, and over 4 lakh more will be delivered to them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said Sunday.
More than 26 crore (26,64,84,350) doses have been provided to states and UTs so far, through the Government of India (free of cost) channel and through direct state procurement category, it said.
Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 25,12,66,637 doses (as per data available at 8 am Sunday), the ministry said.
Centre gave over 26 crore Covid vaccine doses to states/UTs
The Centre has provided more than 26 crore Covid vaccine doses to States and Union Territories UTs so far, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.
More than 26 crore (26,64,84,350) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 25,12,66,637 doses,” reads the official statement.
No clarity on Covid-19 vaccine procurement, say private hospitals
Several private hospitals across the country said they have no clarity on procuring Covid-19 vaccines under the new policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that it has led to the vaccination being put on hold at their centres.
The hospitals have sought a proper mechanism and a single-window system to be put in place for procurement of vaccine doses. They also claimed that they had approached the vaccine manufacturers — Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII) — and also state governments, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, in a recent communication to the Union health ministry, Prakash Kumar Singh, director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, is learnt to have written, “As per your direction, we are not accepting any further orders/payment from any private hospital in the country. We await your further direction with regard to roadmap for future supplies to private hospitals.”
Oxygen Express trains delivered over 30,000 MT of liquid oxygen across India
Amid the second wave of Covid-19, Oxygen Express trains have delivered more than 30,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to States and Union Territories so far across the country.
According to an official statement by the Ministry of Railways, so far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 30,182 MT of LMO in more than 1,734 tankers to various states across the country.
A total of 421 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey.
More than 15,000 MT of liquid medical oxygen has been delivered to the southern states of the country by these special trains.
Nationwide sero survey will help in building strategy on Covid vaccination, lockdown, says health expert
Health experts dealing with Covid-19 believe that a nationwide coronavirus serological survey will be beneficial as it will help in bringing out exact viral load and thus help in building up strategies.
Sero surveys estimate as well as monitor infection trends in the population which is specifically location-based to understand the current course of the virus.
The Centre recently announced that it would commence a nationwide sero surveillance project and has asked the States to participate for fact-based monitoring of the situation.
States/UTs to get over 4 lakh Covid vaccine doses in next 3 days
More than four lakh (4,48,760) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States and the Union Territories (UTs) within the next 3 days.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) made the announcement through a statement and also clarified that more than 1.53 crore (1,53,79,233) Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and the UTs to be administered.
Russia’s Sputnik V likely to be available at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo Hospital from next week
The Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V is expected to be available at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi from June 15, sources said.
According to the sources, the program for Sputnik V rollout at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital will depend on the consignment received.
The first phase of the Sputnik V rollout by Apollo Hospitals and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories had started on a pilot basis on May 17 in Hyderabad and on May 18 in Vishakhapatnam.
Delhi unlock: Religious places open but visitors not allowed
As part of the phase-wise unlock in Delhi, the administration has decided to allow public activities and markets to open from Monday with certain restrictions as the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic is under control.
In the process of unlocking Delhi for the third consecutive week after lockdown, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that weekly markets will resume activity, but only one market will open in one zone on a day.
The chief minister said that the economic activities are being opened up gradually in Delhi and all public activities, except a few which are completely prohibited, will be allowed from Monday.
Tamil Nadu announces more easing of curbs in 27 districts from Monday
The Tamil Nadu government announced more relaxations in 27 districts of the state including Chennai corporation following a decrease in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases as well as active cases in the state.
Chief minister M.K. Stalin in a statement said that following representations from various sections of people, the state government is providing relaxations in 27 districts of the state including the capital, Chennai.
Tea shops are permitted to function from 6 am to 5 pm from Monday but they are allowed to offer only parcel services and people are not allowed to stand near the shops and consume tea.
80% Tibetans in Ladakh, Jangthang jabbed with first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
As many as 80 per cent of Tibetan residents in Ladakh and Jangthang received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Despite the vaccine shortage across India, especially for the age group of 18-44, the authorities and staff of Tibetan Primary Health Centre in Ladakh has successfully vaccinated 799 adults from 18-44 with the first dose.
The Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched by Tibetan Primary Health Center (TPHC) with the support from Indian Union Territory Government of Ladakh starting March 2021, reported Central Tibet Administration.
(With inputs from agencies)