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Covid Roundup: Daily Cases See Drop; states extend curbs as a precautionary measure | India News


NEW DELHI: India’s second wave is experiencing a steady decline as for the second time this week the daily count of new cases had dropped below the 2 lakh mark.
As part of the continuing decline in daily new cases, the country has recorded less than 3 lakh of new daily cases for twelve consecutive days.
Earlier today, India recorded 186,364 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total count of Covid-19 infections to 2,75,55,457, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health. Friday.
This is the lowest daily Covid count since April 14, as infections continued to decline in the country.

Here’s a rundown of the latest Covid-related developments:
International flight ban extended until June 30, says DGCA
The government on Friday extended the suspension of scheduled international flights until June 30, 2021.
However, the Vande Bharat Mission and flights scheduled under the travel bubbles that India has created so far, which are not currently suspended by other countries, will continue and people eligible under government regulations can fly to and from India in they.
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020, and the severity of the pandemic has meant that even after nearly 15 months, there is no indication that it will resume at any time in a hurry.
Import of Covid relief items will be exempt, says FM
The union’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said on Friday that the importation of Covid-related relief items, even if purchased or intended for donation to the government or any aid agency on the recommendation of the state authority, will be exempt. from IGST until August 31, 2021.
Although amphotericin B has also been included in the exemption list as black fungus cases increase in the country, FM said.
DRDO’s anti-Covid drug is priced at Rs 990 per envelope
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) anti-Covid-19 drug will be sold at Rs 990 per envelope by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL).
However, the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company will provide the drug to the central and state government at a discounted price.
The first batch of DRDO’s anti-Covid-19 drug was launched on May 17 by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The medicine 2-DG comes as a powder in the sachet, which is taken by mouth by dissolving it in water.
Sputnik V Covid vaccine will be rolled out at Rs 1,195 at Apollo hospitals
The Apollo Hospital Group has announced that it will begin administering the Russian Covid-19 Sputnik V vaccine, in all of its hospitals in India from the second week of June, at an estimated price of Rs 1,195 per dose.
“We will charge 995 rupees for the vaccine and 200 rupees would be administration fees,” said an official from the Apollo Group.
Apollo hospitals said Thursday that they will begin administering Sputnik V from the second week of June.
IIL to start doing Covaxin drug substance since mid-June
Indian Immunological Limited (IIL) is planning to start production of the locally developed Covid-19 vaccine drug Covaxin from June 15 and ship the first batch to Bharat Biotech in July.
IIL will start with 2-3 million doses per month and will increase this to 6-7 million doses per month by the end of the year and eventually increase it to 10-15 million doses per month, IIL Managing Director Dr. Anand Kumar he said on Friday.

Covid Roundup: Daily Cases See Drop; states extend curbs as a precautionary measure | India News

A worker works amid the partial lifting of the Covid-induced lockdown at Khari Baowli in New Delhi. (PTI)
The closure in Delhi will be gradually lifted from May 31, says CM Kejriwal
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that Delhi has somehow gained control over the second wave of Covid-19 and that the government will now begin the process of lifting the blockade gradually, beginning with the resumption of activities. construction and the reopening of factories for a week starting Monday.
“It is time to start the unlocking process. It should not be the case that people escape the coronavirus but starve … We have to strike a balance between controlling the spread of the coronavirus and allowing economic activities,” Kejriwal said.
Meanwhile, Delhi on Friday recorded 1,141 new cases of Covid-19 and 139 new deaths.
‘Similar restrictions to closures in Maharashtra extended by fifteen days’
Restrictions similar to the lockdown in Maharashtra have been extended for 15 days, but a new set of guidelines will be issued on June 1, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday.
The state cabinet had made the decision to extend restrictions on the popular movement and businesses, in force since mid-April, in a meeting on Thursday.
“As far as the lockdown is concerned, a 15-day extension has been granted, but the related guidelines will be released on June 1,” Tope told reporters here.
Relaxation will not be provided in areas where the number of patients and the positivity rate are still high and the availability of hospital beds is a problem, he said.
The lockdown in Tamil Nadu runs until June 7
The Tamil Nadu government announced on Friday the extension of the total lockdown for another week ending at 6 a.m. on June 7.
Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the existing sale of fruits and vegetables through the concerned departments will continue to exist in all districts to meet the daily needs of the people.
Local makeshift stores have been granted permission to sell basic goods in their vehicles or handcarts with the approval of local agencies in the neighborhoods between 7 am and 6 pm.
Provision of supplies purchased online and telephones can also be done during the same time.
Nagaland extends the closure until June 11
The Nagaland government on Friday extended the total blockade in the state until June 11.
The blockade, first imposed on May 14 for seven days, lasted until May 31.
The decision to further extend the lockdown until June 11 was made by the High Power Committee (HPC) on COVID-19, headed by Prime Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Haryana The government extends the summer holidays in schools until June 15.
The Haryana government extended summer vacation to all schools on Friday until June 15.
According to an order issued by the Directorate of School Education, the state government decided to extend the summer holidays after taking into account the situation of the coronavirus.
The state government had previously declared summer vacations in schools until May 31.
However, the teachers will be attending school work from June 1, according to the order.
‘Over 20.86 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in India so far’
The cumulative number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in the country has exceeded Rs 20.86 million, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.
It said 13,36,309 people in the age group 18 to 44 received their first dose and 275 beneficiaries from the same group received their second dose of the Covid vaccine on Friday.
A total of 1,66,47,122 beneficiaries in this age group have been vaccinated since the beginning of phase three of the immunization campaign.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stood at 20,86,12,834, according to an interim report at 7:00 p.m.
More than 50,000 imported amphotericin B vials arrive in India
More than 50,000 vials of amphotericin B, which are used to treat black fungus, have arrived in India from abroad, State Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandaviya said on Friday.

Amphotericin B is used to treat mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, which damages the nose, eyes, sinuses, and sometimes even the brain.
(With contributions from the agency)

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