Covid-19 rally: Karnataka softens borders; Center Sanctions Funds for Vaccine Testing Lab and More | India News

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NEW DELHI: India reported 44,111 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the country’s case count to 3,052,2362. With 738 deaths, the lowest in 86 days, the death toll rises at 4 01 050.
The active cases – 4,95,533 – were recorded below five lakh after 97 days and accounted for 1.62% of the total infections. The national recovery rate from Covid-19 has improved to 97.06%.
A net drop of 14,104 cases was recorded in active coronavirus infections within 24 hours.

Here are the latest developments related to Covid across the country:
Center sanctions PM Cares funds for new vaccine testing lab
Union Minister of State at Home G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday that the government had authorized funds from the PM Cares Fund to set up a vaccine testing lab.
“I thank the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji for authorizing funds for the establishment of a vaccine testing laboratory in Hyderabad. A big step forward towards the comprehensive development of the pharmaceutical sector in Hyderabad, which will boost also the production of Covid-19 vaccines, “Reddy, tweeted a member of Lok Sabha from Secunderabad.
The increased focus on vaccine production in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic has required more vaccine testing labs in the country, Reddy said.
“Covaxin is 77.8% effective and offers 65.2% protection against the Delta variant”
Bharat Biotech said on Saturday that phase III trials of Covaxin have shown it to be 93.4% effective against severe symptomatic Covid-19.
The data demonstrated 65.2% protection against the Delta variant, first identified in India.
The Delta variant had led to an increase in infections in April and May and the highest daily death toll in the world.
It further showed 77.8% effectiveness against symptomatic Covid-19 during the trial.
Third wave of Covid-19 will be a ‘ripple’ in the absence of a faster spreading mutant: study
The third wave of Covid-19 will be a ‘ripple’, but only if there is no significantly faster spreading mutant, according to the ‘Sutra’ model projections for Covid-19.
According to Sutra’s analysis, if there is a faster-spreading mutant, the amplitude of the third wave will be “comparable to the first.”
Maninder Agarwal, a professor at IIT-Kanpur, who was part of the team of scientists behind the Sutra analysis, said they created three scenarios.
The third wave will be a ripple. If there is no significantly faster spreading mutant, the third wave will be a ripple and if there is such a mutant, the third wave will be comparable to the first, “he said.
Karnataka further relaxes restrictions
Karnataka’s Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday announced a further easing of the lockdown in the state.
The eases would be in place for the next 15 days from July 6, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Saturday after chairing a meeting with his Cabinet colleagues and senior officials.

Theaters, cinemas and pubs would remain closed while swimming pools would only be open for competitive training purposes.
In addition, sports complexes and stadiums will only be open for practice purposes while social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other gatherings and large congregations have been banned.
Meanwhile, the district administration may apply more restrictions, the chief minister added.
Restaurants could be allowed to open in Goa at 50% capacity from July 5
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday the government plans to allow restaurants to operate at 50 percent capacity soon.
Bar and restaurant owners petitioned Sawant earlier this week demanding the reopening of their businesses, which have been closed since May, when Covid cases in the state were at their peak.
India’s cumulative vaccine coverage against Covid exceeds 35 crore

“Gradual decline in Covid-19 cases in the northeast”
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday there was a gradual decline in Covid-19 cases in the northeastern eight states, but warned that the decline in active cases had to be followed by greater impetus for vaccination and strict adherence to relevant protocols.
In a review meeting with the health secretaries of the eight northeastern states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim – Singh expressed satisfaction at catching up with the national average in terms of declining positivity. rate.
Meghalaya is the only exception to have seen an increase due to Covid-19 cases in a Ri-bhoi district prison, he said.
There is a gradual decline in Covid-19 cases in the eight northeastern states, the minister added.



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