Posted On: 16 JUN 2021 , Delhi



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India’s Active Caseload declines to 8,65,432Less than 9 lakh Active Cases after 70 daysIndia reported 62,224 daily new cases in the last 24 hours2,83,88,100 Total Recoveries across the country so far1,07,628 patients recovered during last 24 hoursDaily recoveries continue to outnumber Daily New Cases for 34th consecutive dayRecovery Rate increases to 95.80%Weekly Positivity Rate drops to less than 5%, currently at 4.17%Daily positivity rate at 3.22%, less than 5% for 9 consecutive daysTesting capacity substantially ramped up – 38.33 cr tests total conducted26.19 Cr. Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive







COVID-19 Update

  • India’s Active Caseload declines below 9 Lakh mark after 70 days
  • Recovery Rate increases to 95.80%
  • Daily Positivity Rate stands at 3.22%, less than 5% positivity for 9 consecutive days

India continues to report a sustained slide in the daily new COVID cases. The country has reported 62,224 Daily New Cases in the last 24 hours. Less than 1 lakh Daily New Cases have been reported for 9 continuous days now. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs.

India has also been witnessing a continuous fall in the active caseload. The country’s Active Caseload today stands at 8,65,432. The Caseload has declined below 9 lakh mark after 70 days. A net decline of 47,946 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 2.92% of the country’s total Positive Cases.


COVID-19 Vaccination Update

More than 27.28 crore (27,28,31,900) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 25,45,45,692 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today). More than 1.82 crore (1,82,86,208) COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.


PM to launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid 19 Frontline workers’ on 18th June

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid 19 Frontline workers’ on 18th June 2021 at 11 AM via video conferencing. The launch will commence the programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. The launch will be followed by the Prime Minister’s address. Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will also be present on the occasion.


Establishment of two 250 bedded makeshift COVID Hospitals at Murshidabad and Kalyani in West Bengal through PM CARES

The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund Trust has decided to allocate Rs. 41.62 crores 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 the State Government and MoHFW, Govt. of India. This proposal will augment health infrastructure in West Bengal to effectively manage the COVID situation.


COVID19 Vaccination: Myths Vs. Facts

Decision of increasing COVISHIELD dose interval based on the fundamental scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines

Record of Minutes of meetings of COVID-19 Working Group and Standing Technical Sub-Committee (STSC) of NTAGI clearly show that recommended 12-16 weeks dosing interval for COVISHIELD was unanimous with no dissent from any member

There have been some media reports regarding increase in the gap between two doses of COVISHIELD vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks, suggesting dissent among the technical experts regarding the decision.

It may be noted that the decision of increasing the gap is based on the scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines and has been discussed thoroughly in meetings of COVID-19 Working Group and Standing Technical Sub-Committee (STSC) of NTAGI with no dissent from any member.


Myths vs. Facts on COVID Vaccine

There have been some social media posts regarding composition of the COVAXIN vaccine where it has been suggested that COVAXIN vaccine contains the newborn calf serum. Facts have been twisted and misrepresented in these posts.

Newborn Calf Serum is used only for preparation/ growth of vero cells. Different kinds of bovine and other animal serum are standard enrichment ingredient used globally for vero cell growth. Vero cells are used to establish cell lines which help in production of vaccines.  This technique has been used for decades in Polio, Rabies, and Influenza vaccines.


Delta Plus Variant is not yet classified as Variant of Concern; Way forward is to constantly watch and detect its potential presence and growth in the country: Member (Health), NITI Aayog

In the context of the public discourse regarding detection of new variants, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr. VK Paul has reminded the public that the newly detected Delta Plus Variant is not yet classified as a Variant of Concern. “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 Variant of Concern (VoC). VoC is one in which we have understood that there are adverse consequences to humanity, which could be due to increased transmissibility or virulence. We do not know at this moment this about the Delta Plus variant.” Dr. Paul stated this, while addressing the COVID-19 Media Briefing at National Media Centre, PIB Delhi earlier this week.


Decision to increase gap between COVISHIELD doses taken on scientific evidence in a transparent manner- NTAGI Chair Dr N K Arora

  • “No dissent among NTAGI members regarding the decision”
  • “India has a robust mechanism to look at other ongoing scientific evidence”
  • Decisions taken scientifically, giving paramount importance to health and protection of the community: Dr N K Arora

Dr. N K Arora explained that the decision to increase the gap between two COVISHIELD doses from 4-6 weeks to 12 – 16 weeks lay in the fundamental scientific reason regarding behaviour of adenovector vaccines. “In the last week of April, 2021 the data released by Public Health England, United Kingdom’s executive agency of the Department of Health, showed that vaccine efficacy varied between 65% – 88% when interval is 12 weeks. This was the basis on which they overcame their epidemic outbreak due to the Alpha variant. The UK was able to come out of it because the interval they kept was 12 weeks. We also thought that this is a good idea, since there are fundamental scientific reasons to show that when interval is increased, adenovector vaccines give better response. Hence the decision was taken on May 13, to increase the interval to 12 – 16 weeks.” This also gives flexibility to the community, since everyone cannot come at precisely 12 weeks or so, he added.


Inputs from PIB Field Units

Maharashtra: Maharashtra Government will provide all kinds of assistance to the children who have lost their parents during the Corona period and will also provide Rs. 5 lakh to such children. A task force is set up under the chairmanship of District Collector Rajesh Narvekar to rehabilitate every orphan. Maharashtra added 9,350 new COVID-19 cases, 15,176 recoveries and 388 deaths yesterday.

Gujarat: After 112 days in Gujarat, the number of corona patients has come down to less than 400. On February 25, 2021, 424 patients were registered, after which on Tuesday, 352 new patients were recorded. Also, four deaths occurred on the same day. With this, the total cases in the state have gone up to 8,21,078, out of which 1,00,007 have died. On 15th June, 1006 people have been discharged in the state and till now, a total of 8,02,187 people have  recovered.

Rajasthan:  Rajasthan Government has further increased the relaxation in lockdown with certain conditions. Now, weekend curfew will be applicable from 5 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday. Markets will be open from 6 a.m. on Monday to 4 p.m. on Saturday. City and mini buses will also be operated from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. in cities. Metro Rail will also be operated. Sports related activities are also allowed to be organized. Permission has also been given to open gyms and yoga centres. All tourist places, monuments can also be opened. Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes have not been allowed to open. The state reported 14 deaths, while 172 others tested positive for Covid-19 bringing its overall tally to 9,50,133. The caseload of active cases in the state has now reduced to 5619, which is 0.6%.

Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh, the second wave of Coronavirus infection has come under control. On Tuesday, the positivity rate in the state was recorded at 0.3 per cent. According to the official health bulletin on Tuesday, 224 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Madhya Pradesh, while 528 people recovered. So far, seven lakh 76 thousand people have recovered in the state, while 3,610 patients are still undergoing treatment.
In all the districts except Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur, the number of new patients was either zero or below ten. Meanwhile, in the state, attention has now been focused on vaccination. A major vaccination campaign will be run in the state for three days from July 1.

  1. : Amidst the rapidly improving situation of corona infection in Chhattisgarh, the average positivity rate has come down to about 1.3 percent. 609 new corona-infected patients were found in the state on Tuesday. Out of the 28 districts, in 25 districts reported cases in double digits, while 4 districts had cases in single digit. Meanwhile, 8 people died due to CoVID infection on Tuesday. At present, there are 11,717 active patients in the state. Chhattisgarh occupies the third position among all states in terms of vaccination to citizens aged above 45 years and occupies first position in the country in terms of administering second dose of vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers. More than 72 lakh 94 thousand vaccinations have been done in the state till date. Renganar has set an example for the entire country as every citizen vaccinated for Covid-19 in this remote village of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh.

Goa: Goa has added 1,314 new COVID-19 cases while 3,793 people got recovered and 43 people died. Tika Utsav 3.0 has been launched (ongoing campaign) to promote COVID19 vaccination in the state.

Kerala:After imposing a 40-day lockdown to bring down the Covid surge, the state government has decided to ease the restrictions from tomorrow at the local body level, based on the intensity of virus spread. However, the total lockdown across the state on weekends will continue. Public transport will be allowed in a limited manner from Thursday. While gatherings and public functions will not be allowed, a maximum of 20 people can continue to attend weddings and funerals as earlier. The state recorded 12,246 new Covid cases on Tuesday.  With 166 new fatalities, the death toll mounted to 11,508. The TPR has come down to 11.76%.  A total of 1,17,00,136 people have so far been vaccinated in the state. Out of this, 93,50,666 took first dose and 23,49,470 took second dose.

Tamil Nadu:State Health Minister has said that the government was fully geared up to face the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic. The government has made 70,000 beds ready to face the third wave and special wards for children have also been set up in government hospitals, he said. On a day when fresh infections dropped to 11,805 in Tamil Nadu, the State’s toll due to Covid-19 surpassed 30,000, as another 267 people succumbed to it on Tuesday. TN has received 6.16 lakh doses of Covid vaccines from Mumbai and Pune. This included 4.97 lakh doses of Covisheild vaccine directly procured by the state government. Till date 1,12,64,069 have been vaccinated across the State, of which 90,86,953 received first dose and 21,77,116 received second dose.

Karnataka:As per the State Government bulletin released for 15-06-2021, New Cases Reported: 5,041; Total Active Cases: 1,59,426; New Covid Deaths: 115; Total Covid Deaths: 33,148. Around 1,23,262 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 1,74,07,993 have been vaccinated in the state till now. Bengaluru Urban, which was ravaged by the second Covid-19 wave, reported less than 1,000 new infections for the first time in three months on Tuesday. According to Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, the recovery and mortality rates are at 95.50% and 1.33%, respectively. While the positivity rate stood at 3.8% for the day, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stood at 2.28%.

Andhra Pradesh: State reported 5741 new Covid-19 cases after testing 96,153 samples with 53 deaths, while 10,567 got discharged during the last 24 hours. A total of 1,23,88,392 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in the state as on yesterday, which include 97,48,174 first doses and 26,40,218 second doses. Even as the State is grappling with black fungus, at least 15 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) have been reported in Visakhapatnam in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the State government has chalked out an advance action plan in the wake of the Covid third wave warnings and made special arrangements training medical staff in paediatrics.

Telangana:The State Government has decided to extend summer holidays for schools and colleges till 20th of this month due to the Covid pandemic. A total of 1556 new daily Covid cases and 14 fatalities were reported yesterday taking the total number of cases in the state to 6,06,436 and fatalities to 3510. 1,56,048 people of all sections received first dose and 7121 second dose. The cumulative number of people received first dose in the state stands at 68,04,722 and second dose at 15,24,610. The vaccine wastage in the state is reported to be 0.15 percent, according to the Health Bulletin issued by the Director of State Public Health today.

Assam: Thirty-four people died of the COVID-19 in the State on Tuesday when 3,415 new positive cases were detected. Tests were conducted to as many as 1.32 lakh people in the State on Tuesday. Modifying the standard operation procedure (SOP) for Covid19, the Assam government has relaxed the curfew hours in the capital city of Guwahati for one hour till June 21. From Wednesday, the Covid curfew will be imposed from 2 PM in the city for the next week. Shops, offices and business establishments will have to shut down their operations at 1 PM.

Manipur:State records eight deaths, 785 new cases on Tuesday. The number of persons vaccinated in Manipur reached 4,72,857. Mass testing and vaccination continues in different parts of the state.

Meghalaya:Meghalaya registered 450 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while 542 new recoveries brought the active case tally further down to 4,430.
Seven people succumbed to the infection in the past 24 hours pushing the death toll to 750. All seven deaths were reported in East Khasi Hills.

Sikkim: 209 more people were found positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours during the testing of 1,643 samples. The state’s daily positivity rate stands at 12.7%.

Tripura:On the second day of Mass Vaccination 18,099 people in the 18-44 age group were administered and altogther 22,063 people receved vaccine all across the state. Meanwhile in last 24 hours 528 new positive cases detected in the state.

Nagaland: Nagaland reports 101 new cases and nil fatalities on Tuesday. Active cases are 2972 while total is 23,854. State mulls more lockdown relaxations after June 18 as cases begin to drop. Administration begins distribution of food and relief items to daily wage earners & labourers in Dimapur from Tuesday. Around 7000 households targeted to be given relief assistance.

Punjab: The total number of patients tested Positive is 589153. Number of active cases is 10802. Total Deaths reported is 15650. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 1267329. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 317597. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose is 3123969. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose is 509511.

Haryana: Total Number of Samples found positive till date is 766357. Total active COVID-19 patients is 3703. Number of deaths is 9070. Cumulative number of people vaccinated till date is 6682197.

Chandigarh: Total Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases is 61200. Total number of Active Cases is 486. Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date is 797.

Himachal Pradesh: Total number of patients tested Covid positive till date is 199197. Total number of Active Cases is 4050. Total deaths reported till date is 3394.

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