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Coronavirus News Updates: Centre revises vaccine prices; Covishield to cost Rs 780 per dose, Covaxin Rs 1,410, Sputnik V Rs 1,145

Coronavirus News Updates: The new prices include a 5 percent GST and the revised service charge of Rs 150 that private hospitals are allowed to charge per dose

FP Staff June 08, 2021 21:53:39 IST
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Coronavirus News Updates: Centre revises vaccine prices; Covishield to cost Rs 780 per dose, Covaxin Rs 1,410, Sputnik V Rs 1,145

A health worker shows the empty Covishield vaccines for COVID-19 after administers at the press club in Gauhati, AP

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22 patients ‘turned blue’ after oxygen supply cut off during mock drill

Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an investigation after the owner of a hospital in Agra was purportedly caught on video saying that the facility cut off the oxygen supply for patients for five minutes in April in a “mock drill”.

As per India Today, Paras Hospital owner, Dr Arinjay Jain, also admitted that 22 patients started gasping for oxygen after the hospital snapped the oxygen supply for five minutes.

 Jain can be heard saying in the video that the mock drill was done to check who would survive if the hospital’s oxygen supply ran out. Firstpost has not independently verified the authenticity of the video.

NDTV reports that in a statement to the media, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh claimed there was no death due to lack of oxygen on that day the alleged video was recorded. However, he said a probe would be conducted.

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June 08, 2021 - 21:53 (IST)

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Covishield to cost Rs 780 per dose, Covaxin Rs 1,410, Sputnik V Rs 1,145

The Central Government on Tuesday announced new rates for COVID-19 vaccines for private hospitals. As per the new rates, one shot of Covishield will be available for Rs 780, a shot of COVAXIN for Rs 1,410 and a shot of Sputnik V for Rs 1,145, after taxes and service charges, reports said.

The price per dose as declared by the manufacturer is Rs 600 for a dose of Covishield, Rs 1200 for a dose of COVAXIN, and Rs 948 for a dose of Sputnik V. However, after adding  5 percent GST imposed on vaccine doses, which comes to Rs 30 for Covishield, Rs 60 for Covaxin and Rs 47.40-47 for Sputnik V, and the service charge of Rs 150 (revised under the new vaccination guidelines), the final price per dose has come down.

CoWin website will be showing the validations to ensure that the private COVID vaccination centres (CVCs) do not exceed the maximum price declared by the government, News18 reported.

June 08, 2021 - 21:06 (IST)

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Telangana extends lockdown for 10 days till 10 June

The Telangana Chief Minister's Office on Tuesday announced the extension of lockdown across the state for 10 days starting from 10 June, however, restrictions will be eased between 6 am to 6 pm. 

The state government said that that there will be no restrictions between 6 am to 5 pm, and an extra hour from 5 pm to 6 pm will be given to people to reach their homes or destinations.

The lockdown will apply even to those constituencies which have been zero cases, including Sathupalle, Mathira, Nalgonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Devarakonda, Munugode, Miryalaguda constituencies, the CMO tweeted on Tuesday.

June 08, 2021 - 20:28 (IST)

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Jammu and Kashmir records 1,184 new cases, 11 deaths

 
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,184 fresh cases, taking the infection tally to 3,02,671 on Tuesday, while 11 deaths pushed the toll to 4,101, officials said.  Out of the fresh cases, 421 were from the Jammu division and 763 from the Kashmir division, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest of 245 cases, followed by 109 in Baramulla district. The number of active cases has dropped to 21,817 in the Union Territory, while 2,76,733 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The toll due to the disease rose to 4,101 as 11 more patients died in the past 24 hours.
 
Meanwhile, the officials said there were 11 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in Jammu and Kashmir and one fresh case was reported since last evening. 

June 08, 2021 - 20:22 (IST)

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Centre accords CISF cover for Bharat Biotech campus in Hyderabad

The Centre has accorded a security cover of armed CISF commandos for the Hyderabad premises of Bharat Biotech, one of the major COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in the country, official sources told news agency PTI on Tuesday.  They said the registered office and plant of the company located at Genome Valley in the Shameerpet area of Telangana's capital city will be secured by a team of 64 armed personnel of the paramilitary force.
 
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June 08, 2021 - 20:10 (IST)

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Chandigarh admin allows opening of shops till 6 pm, restaurants, bars with 50 pc capacity

 As COVID-19 cases show a declining trend in the Union Territory, the Chandigarh administration on Tuesday eased restrictions, allowing all shops to remain open till 6 pm and reducing the night curfew timing. The administration also allowed all restaurants, bars, gyms, clubs and spas to open with 50 percent capacity. However, the cinema halls and theatres will continue to remain closed.

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June 08, 2021 - 20:00 (IST)

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Coronavirus variant causing increased disease severity identified in India by NIV scientists

 Scientists at Pune's National Institute of Virology have isolated and characterised a coronavirus variant from two travellers -- one who returned from the UK and the other from Brazil — that exhibits increased disease severity in hamsters but doesn't pose a public health problem at the moment.  The two samples of the B.1.1.28.2 variant are the only ones of its kind isolated by Indian labs so far.
 
The finding is significant since the variant is classified as a variant of interest by the World Health Organization, said study lead author Pragya Yadav from ICMR-NIV Pune. We also observed an increased disease severity and neutralisation reduction in the study which point towards the need for screening the current vaccines for efficacy, Yadav told PTI.

June 08, 2021 - 19:56 (IST)

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Maharashtra records 10,891new cases, 295 deaths in 24 hours

Maharashtra reports 10,891 new COVID-19  cases and 295 fatalities, taking the tally to 58,52,891 and the toll to 1,01,172. Total recoveries reach 55,80,925 with 16,577 patients discharged today.

June 08, 2021 - 19:36 (IST)

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Chandigarh allows opening of shops till 6 pm, restaurants, bars with 50% capacity

As COVID-19 cases show a declining trend in the Union Territory, the Chandigarh administration on Tuesday eased restrictions, allowing all shops to remain open till 6 pm and reducing the night curfew timing. The administration also allowed all restaurants, bars, gyms, clubs and spas to open with 50 percent capacity.

However, the cinema halls and theatres will continue to remain closed. The city is witnessing a consistent drop in the daily number of infections. On Monday, Chandigarh had registered 48 new cases, taking the infection tally to 60,707.

In a COVID-19 review meeting here, the administration decided that all shops would remain open from 10 am till 6 pm. Earlier, the shops were allowed to remain open from 9 am till 4 pm

June 08, 2021 - 19:17 (IST)

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Kerala reports 15,567 new cases, 124 deaths

Kerala on Tuesday reported 15,567 new COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths, taking the tally to 26.27 lakh and the toll to 10,281. Recoveries continued to outnumber fresh infections with 20,019 people testing negative, taking the total to 25,04,011, the state government said. Active cases stood at 1,43,254 and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 14.15 percent.

June 08, 2021 - 18:57 (IST)

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Mumbai's Dharavi records six new COVID-19 cases

A day after the civic authorities relaxed certain curbs, the daily count of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai's Dharavi rose to six on Tuesday, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

With the addition of six new cases in the last 24- hours, the tally of infection in the slum-dominated area has reached 6,844, the official said. At least 6,465 patients have recovered from the infection so far, leaving the area with 20 active cases, he said. Dharavi has been seeing a daily count of one to three cases since May 31.

Coronavirus LATEST News Updates: The Central Government on Tuesday announced new rates for COVID-19 vaccines for private hospitals. As per the new rates, one shot of Covishield will be available for Rs 780, a shot of COVAXIN for Rs 1,410 and a shot of Sputnik V for Rs 1,145, after taxes and service charges.

The price per dose as declared by the manufacturer is Rs 600 for a dose of Covishield, Rs 1200 for a dose of COVAXIN, and Rs 948 for a dose of Sputnik V. However, after adding 5 percent GST imposed on vaccine doses, which comes to Rs 30 for Covishield, Rs 60 for Covaxin and Rs 47.40-47 for Sputnik V, and the service charge of Rs 150 (revised under the new vaccination guidelines), the final price per dose has come down.

The Telangana Chief Minister's Office on Tuesday announced the extension of lockdown across the state for 10 days starting from 10 June, however, restrictions will be eased between 6 am to 6 pm.

The state government said that that there will be no restrictions between 6 am to 5 pm, and an extra hour from 5 pm to 6 pm will be given to people to reach their homes or destinations.

The lockdown will apply even to those constituencies which have been zero cases, including Sathupalle, Mathira, Nalgonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Devarakonda, Munugode, Miryalaguda constituencies, the CMO tweeted on Tuesday.

As COVID-19 cases show a declining trend in the Union Territory, the Chandigarh administration on Tuesday eased restrictions, allowing all shops to remain open till 6 pm and reducing the night curfew timing. The administration also allowed all restaurants, bars, gyms, clubs and spas to open with 50 percent capacity. However, the cinema halls and theatres will continue to remain closed.

Maharashtra reports 10,891 new COVID-19 cases and 295 fatalities, taking the tally to 58,52,891 and the toll to 1,01,172. Total recoveries reach 55,80,925 with 16,577 patients discharged today.

Kerala on Tuesday reported 15,567 new COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths, taking the tally to 26.27 lakh and the toll to 10,281.

Delhi reported 316 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has reached over 14.29 lakh, while the toll mounted to 24,668.

The Centre told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that a door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination programme for senior citizens, specially-abled, bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound people is currently not possible, but it has decided to start "near-to-door" inoculation centres.

The Centre on Tuesday said that it has placed an order to purchase 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin.

AIIMS director Randeep Guleria also said that to stop future waves, COVID-19 -appropriate behaviour must be followed until enough people are vaccinated or there is natural immunity

Lockdown in Bihar, clamped over a month ago in view of the spurt in COVID 19 cases, will be lifted from Wednesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said. "The lockdown has served the purpose of putting a check on coronavirus cases. Hence it would now be done away with, though a few restrictions will remain," the chief minister said. He, however, clarified that night curfew will be in place from 7 pm to 5 am.

More than 1.19 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an investigation after the owner of a hospital in Agra was purportedly caught on video saying that the facility cut off the oxygen supply for patients for five minutes in April in a “mock drill”.

As per the recently released vaccination guidelines by the Centre, vaccine doses will be allocated to states based on population, disease burden and vaccination progress. Moreover, wastage will affect allocation negatively.

As active cases in each district fell below 600, the Uttar Pradesh government decided to lift the coronavirus curfew from 7 am to 7 pm in all districts, but night and weekend restrictions will still be continued.

India reported the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in 66 days, while the number fell under 1 lakh after 63 days. Recovery rate rose to 94.29 percent, while the daily positivity rate stood at 4.62 percent, less than 10 percent for the 15th consecutive day.

India reported on Tuesday a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 86,498 cases over the past 24 hours, according to a statement by government.

The total cases stand at 2,89,96,473, of which 13,03,702 are active cases. The daily toll was 2,123, while the total COVID-19 deaths so far stood at 3,51,309.

According to data released by the health ministry, 23,61,98,726 vaccine doses have been administered so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had announced the Centre will provide free coronavirus vaccines to states and union territories for inoculation of all above 18 from 21 June. Asserting that vaccine supply would be increased significantly in the coming days, Modi said the centre has now decided to buy 75 percent of jabs from vaccine makers for free supply to states, while private sector hospitals will continue to procure 25 percent of vaccines but they cannot charge more than Rs 150 per dose over the pre-fixed price.

Glaring COVID-19 vaccine inequality has created a "two-track pandemic" with Western countries protected and poorer nations still exposed, World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, renewing pleas for shot donations.

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