According to data from the Union Ministry of Health on Friday, earlier today, India recorded 186,364 new Kovid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total Kovid-19 infections to 2,75,55,457.
This is the lowest daily covid count since April 14, as the country continues to reduce infections.
Here is a roundup of the latest Kovid-related events:
Ban on international flights extended till June 30: DGCA
The government extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to 30 June 2021 on Friday.
However, the Vanda India Mission and scheduled flights will continue under the travel bubble created by India – which are not currently suspended by other countries – and eligible people can fly to and from India according to government norms.
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020, and the severity of the epidemic means that there is no sign of a hasty restart ever, even after about 15 months.
FM says import of Kovid relief items will be exempted
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that imports of relief items related to Kovid to be purchased or to be donated to the government or any relief agency on the recommendation of the state authority will be exempted from IGST till August 31, 2021.
FM said that amphotericin B has also been included in the exemption list as black fungus cases are increasing in the country.
DRDO Anti-Covid Drug Price Rs 990 Per Pouch
The Anti-Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) anti-Kovid-19 drug by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) will be sold for Rs 990 per pouch.
The Hyderabad-based pharma company, however, will make the drug available to the central and state government at a discounted price.
The first batch of DRDO’s anti-Kovid-19 drug was released on May 17 by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The 2-DG drug comes in a powder form in a pouch, which is dissolved in water and taken orally.
Sputnik v Kovid Vaccination Apollo hospitals to be started at Rs 1,195
The Apollo Group of Hospitals has announced that it will start offering Russian Kovid-19 Vaccine Sputnik V at an estimated price of Rs 1,195 per dose in its hospitals in India from the second week of June.
“We will charge Rs 995 and Rs 200 administration fee for the vaccine,” said an Apollo group official.
Apollo Hospitals said on Thursday that they would start administering Sputnik V from the second week of June.
IIL will start making Covaxin Narcotics from mid-June
Indian Immunological Limited (IIL) plans to start production of the indigenously developed Kovid-19 vaccine Covaxin drug substance from 15 June and send the first batch to India Biotech by July.
IIL will start with 2-3 million doses per month and will increase it to 6-7 million doses per month by the end of the year and eventually increase it to 10-15 million doses per month, Dr. Anand Kumar, Managing Director of IIL Said on Friday.
A laborer works in the midst of partial lifting of a Kovid-inspired lockout in Khari Baoli, New Delhi. (PTI)
Lockdown will be lifted gradually from May 31 in Delhi: CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that Delhi had somehow regained control of the second wave of Kovid-19 and with the government now resuming construction activities and reopening factories for a week from Monday Will start the process of lifting the lockdown slowly. .
Kejriwal said, “It is time to start the unlocking process. It should not happen that people survive coronavirus but die of hunger. We have to maintain a balance between controlling the spread of coronavirus and allowing economic activity. ”
Meanwhile, Delhi on Friday recorded 1,141 fresh Kovid-19 cases and 139 new fatal cases.
‘Lockdown-like ban extended for a fortnight in Maharashtra’
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Friday that restrictions like lockdown in Maharashtra have been extended for 15 days, but a new set of guidelines will be issued on 1 June.
The state cabinet, in a meeting on Thursday, decided to ban the movement and occupation of people from mid-April.
Tope told reporters here that as far as the lockdown is concerned, 15 days have been given, but guidelines related to it will be issued on June 1.
He said that there would be no relaxation in areas where the number of patients and positivity rate is still high and availability of hospital beds is an issue.
Lockdown extended till 7 June in Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced the extension of the total lockdown for another week ending at 6 am on 7 June.
Chief Minister MK Stalin said that to meet the daily needs of the people, the current sale of fruits and vegetables through the concerned departments will continue in all districts.
Local provisional shops have been allowed to sell goods in their vehicles or carts, with the approval of local bodies in the neighborhood between 7 am and 6 pm.
Provisions and phones purchased online can also be supplied during this time.
Nagaland extended lockdown till June 11
The Nagaland government extended the total lockdown in the state till 11 June on Friday.
The lockdown, previously imposed for seven days on 14 May, was earlier extended to 31 May.
The decision to pursue the lockout by 11 June was taken by the Empowered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19, chaired by Chief Minister Nefue Rio.
Kovid ban extended for another week in Himachal, some easing announced
The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday extended Kovid’s restrictions to 7 June. The state government also announced some relaxation including increase in opening hours of shops.
The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
Earlier, restrictions were imposed in the hill state till 31 May.
Haryana Government has extended summer vacation in schools till June 15
The Haryana government on Friday extended summer holidays to all schools till June 15.
According to an order issued by the Directorate of School Education, the state government decided to extend the summer holidays keeping in mind the condition of coronaviruses.
The state government had earlier declared summer vacation in schools till 31 May.
However, according to the order, teachers will be involved in school work from 1 June.
‘Over 20.86 crore doses of Kovid-19 vaccine administered in India so far’
The Union Health Ministry on Friday said that the cumulative number of Kovid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 20.86 crore.
It said that 13,36,309 people in the age group of 18–44 received their first dose and 275 beneficiaries of the same group received the second dose of the Kovid vaccine on Friday.
Since the beginning of the third phase of the immunization campaign, a total of 1,66,47,122 beneficiaries of this age group have been vaccinated.
According to the provisional report at 7 pm, the cumulative number of Kovid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country was 20,86,12,834.
More than 50,000 imported vials of amphotericin-B reached India
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L. Mandavia said on Friday that more than 50,000 vials of amphotericin-B used in the treatment of black fungi have arrived in India from abroad.
50,000 vials of #AmphotericinB arrive at Mumbai Airport. We are working hard to fulfill this requirement… https://t.co/2aVHGf0TrT
– Mansukh Mandavia (@mansukhmandviya) 182219 2165000
Amphotericin-B is used to treat mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, which causes damage to the nose, eyes, sinuses, and sometimes even the brain.
(With agency input)