Covid Roundup: 12 Million Vaccine Doses Will Be Available in June, Multiple States Expand Restrictions, and More | India News
The number of Covid cases in India stands at more than 2.78 crore and the death toll at more than 3.25 lakh, according to the official tally.
Meanwhile, the daily positivity dropped to 8.02 percent, staying below the 10 percent mark for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate fell to 9.36 percent.
Here’s a rundown of the latest Covid-related developments:
Various statesextend Covid restrictions
Despite a continued decline in cases, some states have decided to persist with Covid-related restrictions.
Haryana and Karnataka extended the state lockdown for a week on Sunday until June 7.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that even though the Covid-19 situation has improved in the state, it was decided to extend the “Mahamari / Surkshit Haryana Alert” blockade until 5 a.m. on June 7. with some more relaxations.
Police personnel conduct patrols during the Covid-induced lockdown in Faridabad. (PTI)
He said stores that were previously allowed to open odd-even from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. will now be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While shopping centers will now be able to open from 10 am to 6 pm, subject to certain conditions.
The Odisha government also announced the extension of the blockade for 16 more days until June 17 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir is also issuing Covid-related restrictions that will be implemented from tomorrow until further orders.
The weekend curfew will continue in the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. All salons, liquor stores will be open for 3 days, while gyms, spas, swimming pools, cinemas, bars will remain closed.
The Telangana government decided on Sunday to extend the blockade in the state for another 10 days, from May 31 to June 9.
For those who go grocery shopping and finish their work before 1pm, they will be given a grace period of one hour, that is, until 2pm. But the shutdown would be strictly enforced from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, the Cabinet said.
Uttar Pradesh begins unlocking process
The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced the lifting of the crown curfew in a phased manner starting on June 1 to help restart economic activity outside the containment zones.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary RK Tiwari said shops and markets outside the containment zones will be able to open from June 1 from 7 am to 7 pm for five days (Monday to Friday).
The nightly curfew will remain in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., he said.
The weekend restrictions or “crown curfew” will remain in effect on Saturday and Sunday, according to the statement.
Uttar Pradesh recorded just 1,908 cases in the past 24 hours on Sunday, recording a 95 percent decline from its peak.
‘Covid cases increase in some districts of Maharashtra’
Maharashtra’s prime minister said on Sunday that daily Covid cases have increased in some districts of the state.
In a press conference, Maharashtra CM said that even after a decline in daily Covid cases, the current figures in the state are close to the peak of the previous wave.
“I cannot say when the third wave of coronavirus will come; we must not lower our guard,” said Maharashtra CM.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 18,600 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the lowest level since March 16.
‘In June 12 million rupee doses of vaccine will be available’
The health ministry said Sunday that nearly 12 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be available in June.
In May, vaccination doses of Rs 7.94 million were available.
In a statement, the ministry said that the allocation of supplies to the states and territories of the Union is decided on the consumption pattern, population and vaccine waste.
“For the month of June, 6.09 crore (6.09.60,000) doses of Covid vaccines will be supplied to states and UT for the vaccination of priority groups of health workers (TS), frontline workers ( PDA) and people aged 45 and over as a free supply from the Government of India, “the ministry said.
Center announces more aid benefits through ESIC, EPFO for bereaved families
The Ministry of Labor announced on Sunday a series of benefits through the ESIC and EPFO schemes to address the fear and anxiety of these workers about the well-being of their families.
It is intended that the Center’s social security coverage “be provided to workers at no additional cost to the employer,” the ministry said in a statement.
To support the families of the Insured (PI) under the ESIC scheme, it has been decided that all PI dependent relatives who have been registered in the ESIC online portal before their diagnosis of COVID disease and subsequent death due to illness, he will be entitled to receive the same benefits and on the same scale as the dependents of the insured who die as a result of a work injury.
Center expands the guarantee system for emergency credit lines
The Finance Ministry on Sunday further expanded the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Plan (ECLGS) amid the economic disruption caused by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to an official statement by the Ministry, under ECLGS 4.0, the 100% guarantee coverage will extend to loans of up to Rs 2 million granted to hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical schools for the installation of generation plants. oxygen in place. .
The interest rate has been capped at 7.5 percent for it.
UAE extends travel restrictions from India until June 30
The UAE has further extended restrictions for travelers from India until June 30, for now. The UAE had imposed restrictions since April 25 due to the Covid catastrophe in India.
The more than 20 countries that have imposed travel resections from India as of mid-April, either in the form of suspension of flights (such as Canada, Hong Kong) or allowing entry to very few categories of visitors from here (such as USA, UK, Germany). and United Arab Emirates) – the same will rise only when the pandemic is under control in the country.
Railroads have delivered more than 21,392 tons of liquid medical oxygen to 15 states so far
Railways have delivered more than 21,392 tons of liquid medical oxygen in more than 1,274 tanker trucks to 15 states, the national carrier said on Sunday amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
So far, 313 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey, while five loaded trains are running with more than 406 tons of liquid medical oxygen in 23 tanker trucks.
Liquid medical oxygen delivery to Haryana and Karnataka has exceeded 2,000 tons each, while Tamil Nadu and Telangana have each received more than 1,800 tons of the life-saving gas.
(With contributions from the agency)