Covid roundup: Curbs to continue in 11 Karnataka districts; Maharashtra sees slight spike in new cases & more | India News

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NEW DELHI: India on Thursday reported the highest single-day death toll from Covid-19 in the world, at 6,148, after a big eastern state revised its figures to account for people who succumbed to the disease at home or in private hospitals.
The health department of Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its total Covid-19 related death toll on Wednesday to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.
Karnataka lockdown to continue in 11 districts, restrictions relaxed till 2 pm in Bengaluru from June 14
Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar on Thursday announced some relaxations from the Covid lockdown in the states. However, the night curfew will continue. Additionally, the weekend curfew will start from Friday 7 pm till Monday 5 am, will continue till June 21.
“Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davanagere, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru rural, Mandya, Belagavi & Kodagu are in complete lockdown till June 21. From June 14, these 11 districts will have some relaxation like opening of essential shops,” Sudhakar said. The minister said there will be relaxation for parks as well till 10 am.
At 12,207, Maharashtra reports a slight spike in daily Covid cases
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 12,207 coronavirus positive cases and 393 fatalities, which took the state’s infection count to 58,76,087 and death toll to 1,03,748, the health department said.
Thursday’s case count is slightly higher than what the state had been reporting over the last three days. The number of daily cases in the state had dipped to around 10,000 in the past few days. The state had reported 9,927 cases on March 9 this year.
A total of 11,449 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, which pushed the recovery count to 56,08,753
Centres asks states to prepare plans for expediting second-dose coverage among healthcare workers
Terming the low Covid vaccination coverage among the healthcare and frontline workers, especially for the second dose, a cause of “serious concern”, the Centre advised the states and Union territories on Thursday to sharpen their focus and prepare effective plans for expediting the second dose coverage among these priority groups.
At a high-level meeting chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with the states to review the progress of vaccination, it was highlighted that while the national average for the first dose administration among the healthcare workers (HCWs) is 82 per cent, for the second dose, it is only 56 per cent, a statement issued by the health ministry said.
Further, the coverage in 18 states and Union territories, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Assam, is below the national average in this aspect.
Over 24.58 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far: Govt
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 24.58 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.
It said 18,64,234 and 77,136 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received their first and second dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Cumulatively, 3,58,49,328 people in the 18-44 age group across states and union territories have received their first dose and 4,84,740 beneficiaries have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive on May 1.
Bihar’s revised Covid death data of 9,429 sparks major row
The latest data presented by the Bihar government on Covid deaths in the state has triggered a major controversy and has put the Centre into an uneasy situation.
The health department of Bihar has reported 9,429 deaths due to the coronavirus. The data which was put out on Wednesday evening reveals 3,951 more deaths compared to a day before. The total deaths till Tuesday due to Covid in Bihar was 5,458.
The country will have 200 cr Covid vaccine doses by December: Nadda
Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda on Thursday lauded the preparations of the Central government to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and said that by December, 19 companies in India will be manufacturing vaccines and the country will have 200 crore Covid vaccine doses.
Nadda while inaugurating the new office building of BJP in Arunachal Pradesh through video conference, said, “Last year we had one testing lab and our testing capacity was at 1500. Today 25 lakh samples are being tested daily and we have 2500 labs. The preparation of the Government of India to combat Covid is commendable and reflects the country’s strength.”
India’s total Covid tests surpass US population, says K’taka Minister
The total number of Covid-19 tests conducted in India have surpassed the entire population of the United States of America, Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar said on Thursday.
“Did anyone notice that India’s Covid testing numbers have surpassed the entire population of the USA?” he asked in a tweet.
“A total of 37 crore tests have been carried out till now, of which 13 crore are in the last 3 months alone!” Sudhakar said.
India’s Covid vaccine policy leading to avertable deaths: Experts
The Indian government’s Covid-19 vaccination approach has inappropriately prioritised people and is thus causing huge numbers of avertable deaths, warn a team of nine experts from research institutes in the UK and India.
The government’s current approach to vaccination — focusing on younger age groups — “is causing huge numbers of avertable deaths and is deeply inequitable, both between age groups and within them”, argue doctors and researchers in a commentary published in British medical journal fro BMJ on Wednesday.
Advice to states to obtain nod before sharing vaccine stock data intended to prevent misuse: Govt
The government on Thursday said its advice to states and union territories to obtain permission before sharing eVIN data on vaccine stocks and temperature of storage is to prevent any misuse of this information by various agencies for commercial purposes.
The Health Ministry clarification comes in the wake of media reports about the Centre writing to the states and UTs, advising them not to share the data of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system on vaccine stocks and the temperature of vaccine storage at public forums without prior consent, and stating that it is a “sensitive information and to be used only for programme improvement”.
‘Delta’ Covid-19 variant found to be predominant despite complete, partial vaccination: AIIMS study
A preliminary study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Delhi claimed that the presence of Covid-19 Delta variant (B1.617.2) is predominantly found even after getting a single dose or both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
The study included 63 people who got breakthrough infections; of which 36 patients received two doses, while 27 had received one dose of vaccine.
India on Thursday asked China to allow Indian citizens to travel to that country especially those who work or study there, and said that essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view the fact that Chinese nationals are able to travel to India.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also said that it was in touch with the Chinese side in order to seek an early resumption of travel by Indian citizens to China.
(With inputs from agencies)

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