Coronavirus News Updates: The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai rose to 7,15,146, while the toll reached 15,146.

Coronavirus LATEST News Updates: Mumbai reported 696 new coronavirus infections and 24 fatalities on Friday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The financial capital of the country recorded fewer than 1,000 cases for the 12th day in a row, though the daily spike and death figure rose slightly compared to Thursday. The tally of COVID-19 cases in the city thus rose to 7,15,146, while the toll reached 15,146.

The Covid curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended with several more relaxations till further orders, an official spokesperson said on Friday. The buses within the state will ply with 50 percent occupancy and shops will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm from 14 June, he added.

However, the shops except those of essential commodities will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The curfew will continue from 5 pm to 5 am in the state till further orders, the spokesperson added.

The Tamil Nadu government extended the lockdown till 21 June but with more relaxations.

Delhi records 238 new cases, 24 deaths, taking total number of cases recorded so far to 14,30,671 and toll to 24,772. The positivity rate further dipped to 0.31%. According to the Delhi government’s bulletin, a total of 77,112 testes (including rapid antigen tests) were done in the last 24 hours.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 , or the B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) first identified in India, is about 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha strain identified in the UK and also reduces the effectiveness of vaccines to some extent, UK health experts report on Friday.

Maharashtra health department on Friday released the figures related to the weekly COVID-19 positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy of the administrative units in the state, and directed the local administrations to decide on the level of restrictions to be imposed in those areas. As per the data, the positivity rate of Kolhapur is 15.85 percent and its oxygen bed occupancy is 67.41 percent. Both these figures are the highest in the state.

National sero-survey by ICMR is expected to begin this month, all preparations have been done for this, says NITI Aayog member (Health).

Close to 70% fall in active cases has been  since peak on 10 May and active cases now stand at 3.83% of total caseload, says health ministry.

The Karnataka government issued revised guidelines easing curbs in all except 11 high positivity rate districts in the state from 6 am on 14 June to 6 am on 21 June.

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to postpone the INI CET 2021 exam for at least a month, in view of the COVID-19 situation, reports LiveLaw.

In a setback to Bharat  Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, the US Food and Drug Administration has “recommended” Ocugen Inc, the US partner of the Indian vaccine maker, to go for Biologics Licence Application (BLA) route with additional data, nixing hopes of Emergency Use Authorisation.

The daily COVID-19 count in India remained below the one-lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day with the country reporting 91,702 fresh cases, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.49 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

With the fresh cases, the total tally of cases has climbed to 2,92,74,823. The COVID-19 toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed

The active cases further declined to 11,21,671 comprising 3.83 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.93 percent. A net decline of 46,281 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Also, 20,44,131 tests were conducted on Thursday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 37,42,42,384.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.49 percent . It has been less than 10 percent for the 18th consecutive day, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has also declined to 5.14 percent.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 29th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,77,90,073, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.24 percent, the data stated. Cumulatively, 24,60,85,649 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September . It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on 4 May.

The 3,403 new fatalities include 1,915 from Maharashtra, 358 from Tamil Nadu, 194 each from Karnataka and Kerala.

A total of 3,63,079 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,03,748 from Maharashtra, 32,485 from Karnataka, 28,528 from Tamil Nadu, 24,748 from Delhi, 21,597 from Uttar Pradesh, 16,642 from West Bengal, 15,367 from Punjab and 13,285 from Chhattisgarh.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. “Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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