Happy to note that Covid19 situation in Punjab is under control: Capt Amarinder Singh

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:

Happy to note that Covid19 situation in Punjab is under control.

During my Covid review today, have directed scaling up of vaccinations.

Appeal to all persons to have themselves vaccinated forthwith and to maintain our vigil, especially as we head into the festival season.

Supreme Court should consider substance of Centralised Portal to disseminate real-time information regarding essential covid commodities: Abhishek Singhvi

Abhishek Singhvi – MP, Congress leader:

Supreme Court (maybe not at instance of today’s dismissed PIL which may or may not be maintainable) should consider substance of Centralised Portal to disseminate real-time information regarding essential covid commodities.

This preparation may be worth it, if we have a 3rd wave?

The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.80% – it has remained below 5% for 87 consecutive days now.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

In a significant achievement, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crossed 66 Crore landmark yesterday. With the administration of 81,09,244 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the cumulative figure of 66.30Cr (66,30,37,334) as per provisional reports till 7 am today.

This has been achieved through 69,60,983 sessions. 

The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

The recovery of 35,181 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,20,28,825.

Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.48%.

Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 67 consecutive days now.

47,092 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The Active Caseload is presently 3,89,583. Active cases presently constitute 1.19% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 16,84,441 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 52.48 Cr (52,48,68,734) cumulative tests.

While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate at 2.62% remains less than 3% for the last 69 days now. The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.80%. The daily Positivity rate has remained below 5% for 87 consecutive days now.

The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.10%, it has remained below 3% for the last 30 days and below 5% for 79 consecutive days now

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed the 59 Crore landmark yesterday.

With the administration of 61,90,930 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has surpassed the cumulative figure of 59.55 Cr (59,55,04,593)  as per provisional reports till 7 am today.

This has been achieved through 65,52,748 sessions.

The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

The recovery of 34,169 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,17,54,281.

Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.67%.

Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 59 consecutive days now.

37,593 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The Active Caseload is presently 3,22,327. 

At 0.99%, Active cases presently form less than 1% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 17,92,755 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 51.11 Cr (51,11,84,547) cumulative tests.

While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate at 1.92% remains less than 3% for the last 61 days now. 

The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.10%. The daily Positivity rate has remained below 3% for the last 30 days and below 5% for 79 consecutive days now.

Daily Positivity rate at 2.34% today it has remained below 5% for 55 consecutive days now

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 47 Cr yesterday.

Cumulatively, 47,02,98,596 vaccine doses have been administered through 55,71,565 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today. 

60,15,842 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from 21st June, 2021.

The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

Out of the people infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,08,20,521 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 39,258 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.36%.

India has reported 41,831 daily new cases in the last 24 hours.

Less than 50,000 Daily New Cases have been reported since thirty-five continuous days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs.

India’s Active Caseload today stands at 4,10,952  and active cases now constitute 1.30% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 17,89,472 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 46.82 crore (46,82,16,510) tests so far.

While on one side testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.42% and the Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.34% today. Daily Positivity rate has remained below 5% for 55 consecutive days now.

Covid numbers in Karnataka today: Dr Sudhakar

Dr Sudhakar – Fmr Health Minister, Karnataka:

Covid numbers in Karnataka today:

New cases in Karnataka: 1,875
New cases in Bengaluru: 409
Positivity rate: 1.20%
Discharges: 1,502 (Blore- 377)
Today’s Deaths: 25 (Blore- 08)
Active cases in State: 24,144
Total tests: 1,55,048

As COVID19 cases are rising, the Govt of Karnataka led by CM Basavaraj Bommai is taking stricter surveillance measures: Dr Ashwathnarayan

As COVID19 cases are rising, the Government of Karnataka led by CM Basavaraj Bommai is taking stricter surveillance measures for arrivals from Kerala & Maharashtra.

CM of Karnataka is in constant touch with officials in this regard.

Preventing 3rd wave of COVID19 is Govt’s top priority.

Dr Ashwathnarayan – fmr dy cm, karnataka

A study conducted by a team from Armed Forces Medical College finds 93% reduction in COVID19 infection among those vaccinated

Member (Health), NITI Aayog speaks about a study conducted by a team of Armed Forces Medical College

Test conducted on 15 lakh Armed Forces doctors and Frontline Workers

They were administered COVISHIELD; 93% reduction in COVID19 infection seen

Member Health, NITI Aayog via pib india

The first 10 cr doses took around 85 days while the last 10 cr doses have taken 24 days: PM Narendra Modi on the rising speed of India’s vaccination program

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with floor leaders of all parties of both houses of the Parliament to keep them informed of the trajectory of COVID-19 in India and the Public Health Response to the Pandemic.

PM thanked all leaders for participating in the meeting and giving very practical inputs and suggestions and added that inputs from different parts of the country help immensely in policy design.

PM said that the pandemic should not be a matter of politics & is a matter of concern for entire humanity. He added that mankind hasn’t seen such a pandemic in the last 100 years.

PM also spoke about the efforts being made to ensure one oxygen plant in every district across the country.

PM informed leaders about the rising speed of India’s vaccination program and how the first 10 crore doses took around 85 days while the last 10 crore doses have taken 24 days.

He also informed the leaders that the daily closing stocks show an average of more than 1.5 crore vaccines at the end of the day throughout the country.

PM stressed the need to properly plan the vaccination drives at the district level based on the advance availability indicated by the Central Government to ensure no inconvenience to the people.

PM said that it is a matter of concern that around a significant number of Healthcare workers and Frontline workers are yet to get the vaccine even after 6 months since the drive commenced & added that states need to be more proactive towards this.

PM spoke about the need to stay vigilant looking at the situation in various countries. PM added that mutations make this disease very unpredictable, and hence we all need to stay together and fight this disease.

PM also spoke about India’s unique experience of using technology in this pandemic in the form of Cowin & Aarogya Setu.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda lauded the PM for his constant monitoring & working tirelessly through the pandemic.

Leaders across parties thanked the PM for his efforts through the pandemic. Leaders also spoke about their own unique experiences with the disease. They also highlighted the situation in various states and spoke about the vaccination drives in their respective states.

They also spoke about the need to constantly ensure Covid appropriate behaviour. Leaders unanimously appreciated the presentation given to them for its rich information and insights.

A detailed presentation was given by Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan. He informed that as of date, only 8 States have more than 10,000 cases with majority of caseload in the State of Maharashtra and Kerala. Just 5 states have a positivity rate more than 10%.

It was informed that throughout the Pandemic, the Prime Minister held 20 meetings with CMs of States while the Union Health Minister held 29 meeting with States. The Union Cabinet Secretary briefed the State Chief Secretaries 34 times while 166 Central Team deployed to aid 33 States/UTs in COVID-19 management

India had augmented its drug availability throughout the Pandemic. CDSCO permitted the increase in number of Remdesivir manufacture site from 22 in March to 62 in June which increased the production capacity from 38 to 122 lakh vials per month.

Similarly, Import of Liposomal Amphotericin was encouraged which saw the cumulative allocation rise from just 45,050 to 14.81 lakh. While cases are declining at present, States have been advised to maintain buffer stocks of drugs to address any future surge in Covid cases with stress on minimum 8 drugs identified by the Union Health Ministry

4th round of national sero-survey for COVID19: Two third of the general population had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

DG ICMR Delhi via PIB India:

4th round of national sero-survey for COVID19 –

Overall sero-prevalence is 67.6% in the entire population

Amongst the adults in the survey, 62.2% people were not vaccinated, while 24.8% had taken single dose of vaccine and 13% were fully vaccinated

Two third of the general population had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

A third of population did not have antibodies (Still ~ 40 crores vulnerable) States/districts/areas without antibodies run the risk of infection waves

Implications of 4th Round of National Sero-Survey show that there is a ray of hope but there is no room for complacency.

Non-essential travel must be discouraged and travel only if fully vaccinated

The sero-survey was conducted over 28,975 individuals (adults and children), apart from 7,252 healthcare workers in 70 districts where earlier three rounds were also conducted

Children can handle viral infection much better than adults. It has been established that children have lower number of receptors than adults where the virus attaches

Once India starts considering opening of schools, it will be wise to open primary schools first

Terming the vaccine as a strategic tool for high infection areas PM Narendra Modi stressed the effective use of vaccination, in his meeting with CMs

Prime Minister’s Office:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with CMs of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala to discuss Covid related situation.

Union Home Minister, Health Minister were also present in the meeting.

The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for lending all possible help and support in tackling Covid.

They briefed the Prime Minister about the progress of vaccination and steps that are being taken to contain the spread of the virus in their states. They also provided feedback about the vaccination strategy.

The Chief Ministers talked about the steps taken to boost medical infrastructure and gave suggestions on dealing with any possible rise of cases in future. They also discussed post-Covid issues being faced by patients and steps being taken to provide assistance in such cases. They gave assurance that they are doing their best to control the surge of infection.

Union Home Minister mentioned that these six states account for more than eighty percent of the total cases during the month of July , while some of these states have very high test positivity rate as well.

Union Health Secretary discussed the Covid cases in the country, and talked about the need to reinforce Covid appropriate behaviour and containment measures in the districts with high case load. He also suggested that opening up of these districts should be done in a graded and calibrated manner.

In his closing remarks the Prime Minister lauded the state governments for their mutual cooperation and learning in their fight against the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said that all of us are at a point where apprehensions of the third wave are continuously expressed.

Despite experts giving positive signals due to the downward trends increasing number of cases in few states is still worrisome.

The Prime Minister pointed out that during the last week 80 per cent cases as well as 84 per cent unfortunate deaths came from the states present in the meeting.

Initially experts believed that states where the second wave originated will see the normalization first. However, increasing numbers in Kerala and Maharashtra are cause of grave worry, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister cautioned that similar trends were seen in January-February before the second wave. That’s why, the Prime Minister insisted, that in the states where cases are rising, we have to take proactive measures to prevent the possibility of the third wave.

The Prime Minister underlined the expert’s view that if the cases keep on rising for long time, chances of mutation of the Corona virus will also increase and dangers of new variants will also rise.

Therefore, said the Prime Minister, we need to continue with the strategy of Test, Track, Treat and Teeka (vaccination) while putting special focus on Micro-containment zones.

Districts with large numbers should be focussed on. Shri Modi stressed increased testing in entire states. Terming vaccine as a strategic tool for high infection areas, the Prime Minister stressed the effective use of vaccination.

The Prime Minister praised the states who are using this time to improve their RT-PCR testing capacity. The Prime Minister talked of the financial help that is being provided for enhancing medial infrastructure like ICU beds and testing capacity.

Referring to the recently approved Rs 23000 emergency Covid response package, the Prime Minister asked the states to use the funds to strengthen medical infrastructure.

The Prime Minister exhorted the states to fill the infrastructural gaps, specially in the rural areas. He also asked to strengthen IT systems, control rooms and call centres so that citizens get access to resources and data in a transparent manner and patients are spared the hassle.

Shri Modi said that out of 332 PSA plants allocated to the states present in the meeting, 53 plants have been commissioned. He asked the Chief Ministers to expedite the completion of the plants. The Prime Minister made special mention of the need to protect children from being infected and make all possible arrangement in this regard.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Corona is not over and expressed deep concern over the pictures that are coming post lockdown. He emphasized need to follow protocol and avoid crowding as many states in the meeting have metropolitan cities with dense population. He also called upon political parties, social organizations, and NGOs to spread awareness among people.

Today, at 0.65%, Chhattisgarh recorded its lowest Corona positivity rate: TS Singh Deo

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TS Singh Deo – Minister, Chhattisgarh:

Today, at 0.65%, Chhattisgarh recorded its lowest Corona positivity rate.

The hard work of our brave healthcare workers is showing results but this is a time to be EXTRA CAUTIOUS. We cannot make any mistake.

Precaution and Vaccination — Our only weapons against Covid.

Karnataka records less than 2,000 COVID cases for the fourth day in a row: Dr Sudhakar

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

Karnataka records less than 2,000 daily cases for fourth day in a row:

New cases in State: 1,990

New cases in B’lore: 400

Positivity rate: 1.59%

Discharges: 2,537 (B’lore- 490)

Deaths: 45 (B’lore- 08)

Active cases in State: 33,642

Total tests: 1,24,494

Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions and said it needs to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on COVID-19 situation.

The interaction was attended by the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam.

Apart from the Chief Ministers, Union Ministers for Home, Defence, Health, DONER and other Ministers were present during the interaction.

The Chief Ministers briefed about the progress of vaccination in their states and steps that are being taken to take vaccines to far flung areas.

They also discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and measures being taken to overcome it. They gave an account of improvement in medical infrastructure to better tackle Covid cases and the support lent through the PM CARES Fund.

They gave assurance of taking timely action to bring down the positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their States.

Union Home Minister talked about the reduction in the overall daily number of cases but forewarned that this should not lead to one becoming lax and letting one’s guard down.

He said that some areas of the country are witnessing high positivity rates. He emphasized on the importance of testing, tracing, tracking and vaccination.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the people, health workers and the governments of Northeast for their hard work in the fight against the pandemic and creating infrastructure for testing, treatment and vaccination despite the difficult terrain of the states.

The Prime Minister expressed his worry over the growing number of cases in some districts and stressed the need to catch these signals and take strict actions at the micro level.

He reemphasized the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. He asked to make full use of the experience and best practices gathered over the last one and half years in this regard.

Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, the Prime Minister advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants.

He informed experts are studying the mutations and their impact. In such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical, he said emphasizing covid appropriate behaviour.

Shri Modi emphasized that utility of physical distancing, mask, vaccine is clear. Similarly, strategy of testing tracking and treatment is a proven strategy.

Acknowledging the impact of pandemic on tourism and business, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions.

Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this need to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own.

He said that the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases. He strongly advocated preventing avoidable crowding.

The Prime Minister informed that hundreds of oxygen plants are being established in the country through PM-CARES and Northeast too got about 150 plants. The Prime Minister requested the Chief Ministers to complete the process of establishing these plants quickly.

The Prime Minister underlined the need to establish temporary hospital due to the geographical situation of the northeast.

He also asked to prepare trained manpower as oxygen plants, ICU wards, new machines that are reaching two block level hospitals will need this manpower. He assured all help from the central government.

Noting the capacity of 20 lakh tests per day in the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the need to augment the testing infrastructure in the affected district on priority.

He stressed aggressive testing along with random testing. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the collective efforts we will surely be able to contain the spread.

80% of new cases in the country are being reported from 90 districts. It indicates that infection is now spreading in a localized manner: Union Health Ministry

Ministry of Health:

Daily new cases in the country continue to show a decline during the second wave. Average daily new cases declined from 3,89,803 cases between 1st-7th May to 40,420 cases between 3rd July – 6th July.

80% of new cases in the country are being reported from 90 districts.

It indicates that infection is now spreading in a localized manner within a limited geographical area, calling for focused attention in these areas.

COVID19 Vaccination coverage (as on 6th July 2021

Healthcare workers- 1.75 crore doses
Frontline workers- 2.73 crore doses
People above 45 yrs- 20.69 crore doses
People aged 18-44 yrs- 10.58 crore doses
Total doses administered- 35.75 crore

A total of 35.75 crore doses were administered in 171 days in India, as compared to 33.06 crore doses in 204 days in the USA and 7.89 crore doses in 210 days in the United Kingdom.

The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.61% today – has remained less than 5% for 28 consecutive days now

India has reported less than 40,000 (39,796) daily new cases in the last 24 hours.

Less than 50,000 Daily New Cases have been reported since eight continuous days. 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 4,82,071.

A net decline of 3,279 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 1.58% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeded 35.28 crore yesterday.

A total of 35,28,92,046 vaccine doses have been administered through 46,34,986 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 14,81,583 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID19 vaccination commenced from 21st June, 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID19 vaccination throughout the country.

As more people are getting recovered from COVID-19 infection, India’s Daily Recoveries continue to outnumber the Daily New Cases for 53 consecutive days now. 42,352 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

More than 2,000 (2,556) recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours as compared to the daily new cases.

Out of the people infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,97,00,430 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 42,352 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.11%, which is showing a sustained increasing trend.

With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 15,22,504 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 41.97 crore (41,97,77,457) tests so far.

While on one side testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed. Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.40% while the Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.61% today. Daily Positivity rate has remained less than 5% for 28 consecutive days now.

Teams sent to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur, reporting high number of COVID-19 cases : Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health:

Daily new cases in the country continue to show a decline during the second wave. Average daily new cases declined from 3,89,803 cases between 1st-7th May to 46,258 cases between 26th June – 2nd July.

Total doses of COVID19 Vaccine administered – 34.01 crore

The average daily vaccination against Covid19 increased to 39.89 lakh doses in June, driven by a jump since the Centre took over procurement and supplies of 75% of domestically produced

We should not lower the guard; we must buy time to vaccinate a significant proportion of our people. Whether there will be a third wave or not, it is in our hands. We will be ready for it but we also need to be disciplined said Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog

The Union Government has been leading the fight against the global pandemic with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach.

As an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various State/UT Governments for COVID management, the Central Government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various States/UTs.

These teams interact with the State/UT authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any. 

The Centre has today deputed multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur in view of the increased number of COVID-19 cases being reported by these States.

The Teams will be supporting them in their efforts for targeted COVID response and management, and effectively tackling the pandemic.

The two-member high level team to these states consists of a clinician and a public health expert. The teams will visit the States immediately and monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations; COVID Appropriate Behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc., and COVID-19 Vaccination progress.

The teams will monitor the situation and also suggest remedial actions.

Karnataka’s Positivity rate at 1.92%: Dr Sudhakar

Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:

Covid cases in Karnataka today:

  • New cases in Karnataka: 2,984

  • New cases in B’lore: 593

  • Positivity rate at 1.92%

  • Daily deaths: 88 (B’lore- 11)

  • Active cases in B’lore: 23,424

  • Active cases in rest of State: 30,447

  • Tests today: 1,55,101