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DCBA organizes Covid -19 vaccination camp for Customs Brokers

  • DCBA has organized Covid-19 vaccination camp for Customs Brokers
  • The first camp is in progress at New Customs House, near IGI Airport, and will be held from June 15th to 18th June 2021
  • In a bid to protect hundreds of Customs Brokers, their staff, and family members this camp has been organized by DCBA
  • The vaccination camp has been organized in association with Delhi Customs and Medanta hospital

PM lauds mother for following Covid norms, isolating from child to protect him from coronavirus

  • PM Modi has hailed a mother of a six-year-old boy for her courage and positive thinking as she isolated herself from her son after contracting COVID
  • Pooja Verma, who lives in Sector-6 of Ghaziabad, tested positive for the coronavirus along with her husband, Gagan Kaushik
  • Verma, her husband and their six-year-old son live in a three-bedroom apartment and after contracting COVID-19 in April
  • The couple made a tough decision and decided that all three would be isolated in separate rooms

Two Covid vaccines are made in India and more are in development, trial stage, says PM Narendra Modi at VivaTech conference

The Uttarakhand High Court asks State Govt to place the new rules before the court while banning the Char Dham Yatra in the state till June 22nd

Facts have been “twisted and misrepresented” in some social media posts which suggested that indigenously developed Covaxin contains newborn calf serum.

– Union Health Ministry

Delhi reports 212 new COVID-19 cases, 516 recoveries and 25 deaths in last 24 hours

Total cases: 14,31,710
Total recoveries: 14,04,085
Death toll: 24,876
Active cases: 2,749

Centre denies approval to committee formed to probe deaths caused by lack of oxygen during Covid pandemic: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1, opens borders with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand: Official

PHDCCI seeks govt support for domestic vaccine industry

Industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to play an enabler’s role for the vaccine sector, and sought clarity on the status of the segment under the ambit of the production-linked incentive scheme announced for the pharmaceutical sector.

PM Modi will launch ‘Customized Crash Course’ programme for Covid-19 Frontline workers on June 18 at 11 am via video conferencing

With 111 training centres across 26 states, the programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh Covid warriors across the country, as per PMO.

PM CARES Fund Trust to allocate Rs 41.62 crore for establishment of two 250 bedded makeshift COVID Hospitals by DRDO at Murshidabad and Kalyani, West Bengal

For this, certain infrastructural support would also be provided by State Govt and Union Health Ministry, as per PMO.

States have suffered revenue loss due to ‘Corona curfew’. I urged PM to allow states’ borrowing limit to 5.5% of the GDP to continue development work, which has been reduced to 4.5% this year. Centre will look into this matter.

– Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

We are leaving no stone unturned to see that the drug is available in adequate quantity. A task force is constituted, the Supreme Court is also monitoring. We have granted license to six pharma companies to import the latest and most effective variant of Amphotericin B from a United States-based company

– Centre regarding Mucormycosis treatment

U’khand asks Chardham Yatra organisers to be ready by July 1

Uttarakhand Minister Subodh Uniyal said that the Devasthanam Board has been asked to complete all the preparations and submit a report by July 1. He also said that steps will be taken as per the directions received from the court regarding the yatra. This comes a day after the Uttarakhand government had on Tuesday postponed its order to open the Chardham Yatra for people from three districts Chamoli, Rudraprayag, and Uttarkashi, in view of the lack of preparations and the hearing in the matter related to Chardham Yatra pending in the High Court.

Young Indians rush for life insurance

When a devastating second wave of the pandemic peaked in India during April and May, the numbers of people aged between 25 and 35 buying term insurance was 30% higher than in the previous three months combined, said PolicyBazaar, India’s largest online insurance aggregator.

Asian countries resort to vaccination lucky draws

Chickens, cows, paid leave, even a million-dollar apartment, these are the prizes on offer from Thailand to Indonesia to Hong Kong for those who get vaccinated against COVID-19 as nations across Asia combat vaccine hesitancy. As more transmissible variants of the virus have driven a surge in cases in Southeast Asia in recent weeks, authorities have started offering chances in lucky draws for vaccinations.

Delta+ variant not yet classified as variant of concern

As ‘Delta Plus’ is not yet classified as a VOC, Niti Aayog Member, Dr V K Paul said, the way forward is to watch the potential presence of ‘Delta Plus’ in the country and take the appropriate public health response. “The present status is that yes, a new variant has been found. This is as of now a Variant of Interest (VoI), not as yet classified a VoC,” Paul clarified it in a Covid-19 media briefing.

RaGa doubles down

Vendors at Delhi market urge customers to wear masks

As markets gradually open under the unlock process, the vegetable vendors in Delhi’s Keshopur Subzi Mandi have urged people to wear face masks. Many vendors stated that they will not trade with those without masks.

In the first and second waves, we saw a shortage of medical and paramedical staff. So, our government has a plan to prepare 5000 health assistants. Youth will be trained by IP University for two weeks each. They’ll be given basic training at Delhi’s nine major medical institutes

– Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Active caseload falls below nine lakh after 70 days

A net decline of 47,946 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 2.92 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, reveals the latest data of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). India continues to report a sustained slide in the daily new Covid-19 cases with its fresh 24 hours report showing 62,224 cases. Less than 1 lakh daily new cases have been reported for nine consecutive days now.

Initial studies on COVISHIELD were very heterogeneous. Some countries like the UK went for a dose interval of 12 weeks when they introduced the vaccine, in December last year. While we were privy to this data, when we had to decide our interval, we went for four weeks interval based on our bridging trial data which showed a good immune response. Later we came across additional scientific and laboratory data, based on which after six weeks or so, we felt we should increase the interval from four weeks to eight weeks since studies showed that vaccine efficacy is about 57 per cent when it is four weeks and about 60 per cent when it is eight weeks

– National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation Dr NK Arora

Taj Mahal re-opens for tourists

Only 650 tourists will be allowed inside the premises of the Taj Mahal at any point of time, Prabhu Singh, the District Magistrate of Agra said. The white marble monument normally attracts 7 million to 8 million visitors annually, or an average of over 20,000 people per day.

Mizoram: 268 new cases, one more death

The state now has 3,637 active COVID-19 cases, while 12,191 people have recovered from the infection, including 194 people on Tuesday.

India needs quick and complete vaccination- not BJP’s usual brand of lies and rhyming slogans to cover-up vaccine shortage caused by Modi government’s inaction. GOI’s (Government of India) constant attempts to save Prime Minister’s fake image are facilitating the virus and costing people’s lives.

– Congress’ Rahul Gandhi

Regeneron COVID-19 therapy cuts deaths among hospitalised patients

The therapy, REGEN-COV, has been granted emergency use authorisation for people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in the United States, but results from the RECOVERY trial provide the clearest evidence of its effectiveness among hospitalised patients. It found that the antibody therapy reduced by a fifth the 28-day mortality of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 whose immune system had not mounted an antibody response, known as seronegative.

China ramps up vaccinations; uneven rollout leaves borders closed

China rolled out 17.3 million doses per day in June on average, up sharply from 4.8 million in April, as it expanded the list of approved vaccines to seven by adding three more locally-developed shots, and continued to boost production. But the rollout has been uneven. By the first week of June, major cities of Beijing and Shanghai fully inoculated nearly 70% and 50% of their residents respectively, but the rate in Guangdong and Shandong provinces remained below 20%.

Jubilant HollisterStier to manufacture Covaxin in America

Bharat Biotech has entered into a definitive agreement with OcugenInc, a US-based biopharmaceutical company, to co-develop, supply, and commercialise, its Covaxin for the American and Canadian markets. Ocugen has chosen Jubilant HollisterStier of Spokane, Washington as its manufacturing partner.

Arunachal: 366 new COVID-19 cases, six fresh fatalities

The Capital Complex region registered the highest number of new cases at 93, followed by West Kameng (48) and Namsai (34), State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

South Korea logs over 500 new cases

The latest tally is sharply up from 399 on Monday and 374 cases on Tuesday. The country added one more death, raising the death toll to 1,993, Yonhap reported. The daily caseload has fluctuated between the 300s and the 700s in recent months without signs of letting up due to sporadic cluster infections. Health authorities are set to implement a revamped social distancing scheme next month after extending the current distancing rules until July 4.

Post-COVID medical problems on the rise

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-COVID health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in COVID-19 patients. The study, tracking the health insurance records of nearly 2 million people in the United States who contracted the coronavirus last year, found that one month or more after their infection, almost one-quarter — 23% — of them sought medical treatment for new conditions.

Global caseload tops 176.5 million

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,485,557 and 600,265, respectively, according to the CSSE. In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,570,881 cases.

India: 62,224 new cases

The subcontinent reported 2,542 deaths taking the toll to 3,79,573. Cases now at 29.63 million

Study finds more reliable rapid tests for COVID-19

Unlike the gold standard test, which extracts RNA and uses it to amplify the DNA of the virus, these new tests can detect the presence of the virus in as little as five minutes using different methods. The findings were published in the journal Nature Protocols.

New York lifts more COVID-19 rules as it hits vaccination mark

Effective immediately, he said, the state is lifting rules that required many types of businesses to follow cleaning protocols or take people’s temperatures or screen them for recent COVID-19 symptoms. Movie theaters will no longer have to leave empty seats between patrons. Restaurants will no longer be forced to sit parties at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart. Stores won’t have to limit how many customers they admit. New York had previously allowed businesses to stop enforcing social distancing and mask rules for vaccinated patrons.

Centers for Disease Control tags Delta variant as ‘concerning’

According to the agency there is ‘mounting evidence’ that the Delta variant, which was first reported in India, shows increased transmissibility, potential reduction in neutralisation by some monoclonal antibody treatments under emergency authorisation and potential reduction in neutralisation from sera after vaccination in lab tests.

Kim Jong Un warns of ‘tense’ food situation, longer lockdown

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency also said Wednesday that Kim called for discussions on how the North should deal with the “current international situation,” though it did not mention any specific comments from Kim about the United States or South Korea.

China reports 21 new COVID-19 cases

The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that all of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas, with 15 of the total located in the southeastern province of Guangdong.

Indore: Pakistani immigrants to get vaccinated

“We will vaccinate them by putting up camps,” said Dr Praveen Jadia, District Immunisation Officer, Indore. There are around 5,000 people from Pakistan residing in the district; Dr Jadia told ANI they will be innoculated on the basis of their Pakistani passports.

Punjab eases curbs

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 15 announced easing of the restrictions, allowing restaurants and other eating joints, as well as cinemas and gyms to reopen at 50% capacity beginning today. He also announced increase in gathering of people, including for weddings and cremations, to 50 persons. These restrictions will be reviewed on June 25.

America: COVID-19 deaths top 6,00,000

The US remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic, with the world’s highest caseload and death toll, accounting for nearly 20% of the global cases.

Based on the available real-life evidence, particularly from the UK, the COVID-19 Working Group agreed for increasing the dosing interval to 12-16 weeks between two doses of Covishield vaccine. No change in the interval of Covaxin vaccine doses was recommended

– Union Health Ministry

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