Covid-19 roundup: Pregnant women in India now eligible for vaccination, Tamil Nadu extends lockdown and more | India News

NEW DELHI: India’s daily Covid-19 cases continue to witness a downward curve. The country on Friday reported 46,617 new Covid cases, pushing the total case tally to 3,04,58,251. 853 people succumbed to the virus and the current death toll stands at 4,00,312.
The country’s active caseload, meanwhile, has declined to 5,09,637, which is 1.67 per cent of the total cases at present. A net dip of 13,620 cases has been recorded in the total number of active Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Here are the latest Covid-19 related developments across the country:
‘The second Covid wave still not over, no one is safe until entire country is safe’
The government on Friday cautioned that the second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet even though India is seeing a decline in the number of fresh cases.
“The second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet and central teams have been sent to problem states. We are not safe until the entire nation is safe,” Niti Aayog member, health, Dr VK Paul said.
Expressing his views on the third wave of Covid-19, Dr Paul said, “That is not in our hands. We must have all the preparation regarding infrastructure in rural areas, arrangement for children, ICU beds, medicines etc. But our attempt would be to stall any new outbreak. And if we are disciplined, then this wave will not come.”
Pregnant women in India now eligible for Covid vaccination
Pregnant women in India are now eligible to get vaccinated against Covid with the union health ministry Friday giving the approval based on recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
The decision empowers pregnant women to make an informed choice on taking the Covid vaccination, the ministry said, adding these women can now register on CoWIN or walk-in to the nearest Covid vaccination centre to get themselves inoculated.
The decision has been communicated to all the states and union territories to implement it under the ongoing National Covid Vaccination Program, it said in a statement.
Centre rushes teams to six states reporting high number of Covid-19 cases
The Centre on Friday rushed high-level teams to six states in view of higher number of Covid-19 cases being reported by them. The two-member multi-disciplinary teams have been deployed in Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur – the health ministry said in a statement.
The central teams will support the states in tackling the pandemic by effectively carrying out Covid measures management. These teams will monitor the overall implementation of Covid-19 measures especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations, Covid-appropriate behaviour, logistics including hospital beds, ambulances and ventilators. In addition, they will provide suggestions for remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments.
‘Both doses of vaccine provide around 98 per cent protection from death due to Covid’
The government on Friday citing a study conducted on police personnel in Punjab said that both the doses of Covid vaccine provide around 98 per cent protection from death due to the disease, while one dose gives nearly 92 per cent shield.
The study was done by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in collaboration with the Punjab government.
Sharing the data of the study, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said 4,868 police personnel were not vaccinated and out of them, 15 died due to coronavirus infection, which comes down to 3.08 incidence per thousand.
Tamil Nadu lockdown extended till July 12 with more relaxations
The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced extending lockdown by one week ending 6am of July 12.
Inter-state private and bus transport, international air-travel except the ones allowed by the Union home ministry, cinema theatres, bars, swimming pools, social and political meetings, entertainment, sports and cultural events, schools and colleges and zoological parks remain prohibited.
A maximum of 50 persons will be allowed in weddings, and 20 persons at funerals/last rites.
Goa extends coronavirus curfew till July 12
The Goa government on Friday extended the current coronavirus-induced “curfew” in the state till July 12. The restrictions on movement and businesses, termed by the government as curfew, were first imposed on May 9 and extended from time to time. “State Level Curfew will be extended till 7 am, 12 July 2021. Shops can remain open from 7am to 6pm saloon and outdoor sports complex/stadium may also open,” tweeted chief minister Pramod Sawant.

Cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in India exceeds 34.41 crore
The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 34.41 crore according to the 7 pm provisional report, the Union health ministry said on Friday. More than 38.88 lakh (38,88,643) doses were administered on Friday, it said.
(With agency inputs)



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