Covid-19 India Updates: Daily Death Rate Drops Below 3,000; New Vaccine Order Placed
People wait in line at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Noida. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Covid-19 India Updates: Daily Death Rate Drops Below 3,000; New Vaccine Order Placed

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India reported less than 1.5 lakh new Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row, in a relief to the healthcare system battling the world’s second-largest outbreak.

Nearly 1.34 lakh people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry's update as of 8 a.m. on June 3. Recoveries during the same period remained significantly higher at 2.11 lakh, taking active infections below 18 lakh.

Daily fatality rate dropped below 3,000 for the second time this week. 2,887 patients succumbed to the illness, taking the country’s total Covid death toll near 3.38 lakh.

Key Figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,84,41,986
  • Active cases: 17,13,413
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,63,90,584
  • Total deaths: 3,37,989
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 1,34,154
  • One-day recoveries: 2,11,499
  • One-day deaths: 2,887
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 22,10,43,693

The Supreme Court asked the central government to review its vaccine policy while raising concerns over the procedure followed to procure and administer the doses.

The top court called paid vaccination for the 18-44 age group “prima facie arbitrary,” flagged concerns regarding the procurement and distribution of shots and questioned differential pricing. Further, the court pointed out that a vaccine policy relying solely on online registration will not be able to achieve the aim of universal immunisation, in light of the digital divide.

Maharashtra Plans To Unlock State In 5 Stages

The Maharashtra government has prepared a five-stage plan to ease restrictions in the state and reopen the economy in phases.

The criteria for unlocking specific districts will be based on weekly positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds, the Chief Minister's PRO said in a statement.

This will be implemented after a thorough review and scrutnisation by district administrative units. Detailed information will be shared in an official decision.

Serum Institute Seeks India Approval To Make Sputnik V: PTI

Serum Institute of India Ltd. has sought Drug Controller General of India's permission to manufacture Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the country, PTI reported citing sources it didn't identify.

The Pune-based firm has also sought approval for test analysis and examination, according to the report.

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