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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Lancet Experts Raise Concern On India's Covid Situation

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Lancet Experts Raise Concern On India's Covid Situation
Covid-19 Cases in India: The death count increased to 3,81,903 with 2,330 new fatalities.
New Delhi: 

A commentary on the website of the medical journal The Lancet authored by 21 people including Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and top surgeon Dr Devi Shetty has recommended eight actions to prepare for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases in India.

The experts have said that organisation of essential health services must be decentralised. A one-size-fits-all approach is untenable since the number of COVID-19 cases and health services differ substantially from district to district.

A single day rise of 67,208 new coronavirus infections were recorded taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,97,00,313, while the active cases declined to 8,26,740, the lowest after 71 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.


Here are the Live Updates on India Coronavirus (Covid-19 Cases) Cases:

Jun 18, 2021
00:54 (IST)
"Urgent Actions Needed": 21 Experts In Lancet On India's Covid Resurgence
A commentary on the website of the medical journal The Lancet authored by 21 people including Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and top surgeon Dr Devi Shetty has recommended eight actions to prepare for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases in India. Read

Jun 17, 2021
23:17 (IST)
"India Has Just Been Devastated By COVID-19...": Donald Trump

Former US president Donald Trump on Thursday said that "India has been devastated" by the coronavirus pandemic, insisting that China should pay $10 trillion to the US for allegedly being responsible for the spread of COVID-19 globally.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump said that in fact, China should pay more as compensation to the world, but this is what they have the capacity to pay.

"The number (compensation) is much higher than that. But there's only so much they can pay. And that's to us (United States). The number is bigger throughout the world. Look, countries have been destroyed over what they did, and whether by accident or not. And I would hope that it was an accident. I hope that it was through incompetence or an accident," Trump said in response to a question.

"But, when you look, whether it was by an accident, whether it was -- whatever it is, this -- you look at these countries. They will never, ever be the same. Our country was hit so hard. But other countries were hit much harder," he said as he went on to cite India, which is currently experiencing the worst ever public health crisis.

"Look at what's going on in India now. You know, they used to say, look how well India was doing, because they were always looking for an excuse -- look how well India is doing. The fact that India has just been devastated now, and virtually, every country has been devastated," Trump said.

Jun 17, 2021
20:58 (IST)
Japan To Issue Vaccine Passports To Citizens For Travelling Abroad
Japan said on Thursday it will make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travellers, as governments around the world experiment with ways to relaunch tourism and business trips.

"We are preparing to issue a certificate of vaccination for those who need one... when they visit foreign countries," top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

The certificate will be paper-based rather than digital and will be issued by local governments from sometime next month, he said.

The European Union is working on a digital vaccine passport for this summer so it can welcome back badly needed tourists, and some EU countries plan to introduce certificates at the national level.

Jun 17, 2021
20:19 (IST)
Mumbai Housing Society Says It Was Scammed Into A Fake Vaccine Drive
A housing society in Mumbai's Kandivali area has complained to police that it was apparently cheated by some persons who organized a COVID-19 vaccination camp for its members by claiming to represent a private hospital, and the vaccine that was administered could be spurious.

The society, Hiranandani Heritage Residents Welfare Association (HHRWA), has sought an investigation into the matter.

A vaccination camp was arranged by the residential complex on May 30. But later it found that the Co-WIN portal did not have any record of the people who participated and they received certificates in the name of different hospitals, it said.

Jun 17, 2021
19:42 (IST)
158 New Covid Cases In Delhi, Lowest Positivity Rate Since February 16
The national capital recorded 158 new COVID-19 cases and 10 fatalities on Thursday while the positivity rate dropped to 0.2 per cent, the lowest since February 16, according to a health department bulletin.

The positivity rate in Delhi was 0.17 per cent on February 16.

With 10 deaths in the last 24 hours, the death count in the region stood at 24,886. Delhi last witnessed 10 Covid deaths on April 3.

There are 2,554 active COVID-19 cases in the city, the lowest since March 16. As many as 733 patients are in home isolation. There were 2,488 active cases on March 16.
Jun 17, 2021
18:48 (IST)
Eyes Of 3 Children Infected With Black Fungus Removed In Mumbai

Three children infected with Black Fungus had to go through surgery to remove an eye each in Mumbai. Mucormycosis or Black Fungus cases in children are a worrying sign, say doctors. The infection targets COVID-19 patients with comorbidities like diabetes and is dangerous, even after one recovers from Covid.

The three children, 4, 6 and 14 years old, were operated upon at two hospitals in Mumbai. The first two children are not diabetic, but the 14-year-old child is. A fourth child, a 16-year-old, became diabetic after recovering from Covid and a part of her stomach was found infected with Black Fungus, doctors have said.

"We saw two girls infected with Black Fungus in the second wave (of Covid). Both were diabetic. After she came to us (the 14 years old), one of her eyes turned black within 48 hours. The fungus was spreading to the nose too. Luckily, it did not reach the brain. We treated her for six weeks; unfortunately, she lost her eye," said Dr Jesal Sheth, Senior Consultant Paediatrician at Fortis Hospital.

Jun 17, 2021
17:21 (IST)
Serum Institute's Covovax Covid Vaccine Set For Trials On Children In July: Sources
The Serum Institute of India, which is preparing to produce Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine in the country under the name Covovax, plans to start trials of the vaccine on children next month, sources in the company told NDTV on Thursday.

US-based Novovax on Monday had said its COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective in a large, late-stage clinical trial in America and Mexico. Trials on adults in India had started in March.

The government has been counting on the vaccine, expected to be among the cheaper options in the market, to make up for the shortfall that exacerbated India's devastating second wave and forced it to stop exports.

Jun 17, 2021
16:50 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Village Gives 1st Vaccine Dose To All Eligible Residents
The panchayat of Mehgavan Pariyat village has managed to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all its eligible residents, including two centenarians, making it the first village in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district to be completely covered in the inoculation drive, a senior official said today.

The village has 1,002 registered voters, of whom 956 have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine till Wednesday, while the remaining 46 persons are those who have recently recovered from the infection, pregnant women and those living outside the village, the official said.

The first dose has been administered to all of them, while many of them have received the second jab during the ongoing vaccination drive, he said.

What's more, 102-year-old Tijjo Bai and 100-year-old Triveni Bai took personal interest in getting vaccinated and gave a befitting reply to those spreading rumours against the vaccine, the official said.

At least six teams of the health department have been formed to carry out the drive, and one of the teams is dedicated to inoculate the elderly, physically challenged and sick persons at their homes, he added.
Jun 17, 2021
14:57 (IST)
Chandigarh Boy Garv Singh, 16, Raises Rs. 7 Lakh For COVID-19 Patients
As second wave of COVID-19 hit our country, it certainly has highlighted the much-needed reform in the healthcare sector.
Jun 17, 2021
14:45 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh Village Achieves Target Of Giving 1st Vaccine Dose To All Eligible Residents
The panchayat of Mehgavan Pariyat village has managed to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all its eligible residents, including two above the age of 100, making it the first village in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district to do so."
Jun 17, 2021
14:23 (IST)
COVID-19: Partial Lockdown To Continue In Odisha Till July 1
Owing to the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Odisha government has decided to continue partial lockdown in the state till 5 AM of July 1.
Jun 17, 2021
13:41 (IST)
Sputnik V Vaccine Will Be Available In 9 More Cities Across Country, Tweets Company
Jun 17, 2021
13:01 (IST)
Made-In-India Biological E Vaccine May Be 90% Effective, "Game-Changer"

Biological E's made-in-India vaccine is expected to have 90 per cent effectiveness against Covid and will likely be a gamechanger in the fight against the pandemic, says a top doctor on a government advisory panel. NK Arora, chairperson of the Centre's Covid Working Group, has said that the vaccine is entering Phase 3 trials and could be available by October. Dr Arora said Biological E's vaccine - to be called Corbevax -- is similar to the Novavax vaccine, which is more than 90 per cent effective including against Covid variants, according to the company. Novavax will be produced in India by the Serum Institute of India, which also makes Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield. Read Here
Jun 17, 2021
12:25 (IST)
Coronavirus: US Medical Body Classifies COVID-19 Delta Variant As A "Variant Of Concern"

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the Delta, a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first identified in India, as a "variant of concern." "The B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), B.1.427 (Epsilon), B.1.429 (Epsilon), and B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants circulating in the United States are classified as variants of concern. To date, no variants of high consequence have been identified in the United States," the US CDC said in a statement on Tuesday.
Jun 17, 2021
11:49 (IST)
Jun 17, 2021
11:20 (IST)
Coronavirus: CureVac Fails In Pivotal COVID-19 Vaccine Trial With 47% Efficacy

German biotech CureVac NV said on Wednesday its COVID-19 vaccine was only 47% effective in a late-stage trial, missing the study's main goal and throwing in doubt the potential delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to the European Union. The disappointing efficacy of the shot known as CVnCoV emerged from an interim analysis based on 134 COVID-19 cases in the study with about 40,000 volunteers in Europe and Latin America.
Jun 17, 2021
11:14 (IST)
Coronavirus News: 250 Fresh Cases Take Arunachal's COVID-19 Tally To 32,188

At least 250 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 32,188, a senior health department official said on Thursday. The death count remained at 155 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the past 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of fresh cases at 52, followed by West Kameng, 35, Upper Subansiri, 17, Changlang, 15, East Siang, 14, Anjaw, 13, Lower Subansiri and Lohit (11 each) and Namsai (10). The remaining new cases were registered in several other districts.
Jun 17, 2021
10:33 (IST)
Coronavirus: 26 New Cases Push COVID-19 Tally Of Andamans To 7,306

The COVID-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 7,306 as 26 more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Thursday. All the new patients were detected during contact tracing, he said. One more fatality due to the infection in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll to 127, the official said. At least 30 more people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,079.
Jun 17, 2021
10:09 (IST)
Coronavirus: Uttarakhand Orders Police Case Into Fake Covid Tests Scam At Kumbh

The Uttarakhand government has directed the Haridwar district administration to register a case against private laboratories accused of conducting fake Covid tests during the Kumbh Mela. The private laboratories, mainly based in Delhi and Haryana, were engaged by the state government to conduct tests during the Kumbh Mela, one of the world's largest religious gatherings, from April 1 to 30. Read Here
Jun 17, 2021
09:15 (IST)
Coronavirus Latest: India Reports 67,208 New COVID-19 Cases, 2,330 Deaths In Last 24 Hours

India's total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 2,97,00,313 with 67,208 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have crossed 2.84 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death count increased to 3,81,903 with 2,330 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Jun 17, 2021
08:43 (IST)
Jun 17, 2021
07:58 (IST)
Jun 17, 2021
07:36 (IST)
"World Will Ultimately Depend On India...": Covid Working Group Chief

It may be early days still, but there is a strong chance that the world will ultimately depend on India for affordable and effective vaccines against COVID-19, one of the country's top doctors has said. Dr NK Arora, chairperson of the Centre's Covid Working Group, based his assessment on the number of new, made-in-India products lined up for launch in the near future. Read Here
Jun 17, 2021
07:04 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Sikkim reports 147 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality

Sikkim has reported 147 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday pushing the caseload to 18,806, a
health department bulletin said. The Himalayan state reported one more death due to the
infection, taking the death count to 285, PTI reported.
Jun 17, 2021
07:02 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Chhattisgarh reports 573 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths

Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally rose to 9,88,745 on Wednesday as 573 more people tested positive for the infection, while 12 fresh fatalities took the toll to 13,354, a health official said.

The number of recoveries reached 9,64,265 after 227 people were discharged from various hospitals, while 925 others completed their home isolation during the day, PTI reported.
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