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
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.