Coronavirus updates | Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for not paying compensation to kin of Covid victims

Heavy crowd at the ration shop to collect the cash assistance and free groceries at Villivakkam on Monday.   | Photo Credit: K. PICHUMANI

India logged 53,256 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 88 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,99,35,221, while the active cases further reduced to 7,02,887, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 3,88,135 with 1,422 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 65 days.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

 

41st "Oxygen Express" carrying 114 tonnes LMO reaches Bengaluru

The forty-first "Oxygen Express" carrying 114 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), in six cryogenic containers has reached the city, the South Western Railway said on Monday.

So far, Karnataka has received 4,526.29 tonnes of LMO by rail.

"The 41th Oxygen Express has reached Inland Container Depot, Whitefield, Bengaluru at 05:35 AM today. It had started from Jamnagar, Gujarat at 01:45 PM on June19," South Western Railway said in a statement. - PTI

 

Centre to increase pace of COVID-19 vaccination in July-August, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the central government has decided to increase the pace of vaccination against COVID-19 in July and August.

Talking to reporters after visiting a vaccination centre here, Mr. Shah said with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to provide free vaccine against COVID-19 to people aged 18 and above, "we will fast achieve the goal of inoculating almost everyone".

"The central government has decided to increase the pace of vaccination in July and August," he added. - PTI

 

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for not paying compensation to kin of Covid victims

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the government for not paying ex-gratia compensation to families of those who died of Covid.

"It is impossible to valuate life, government's compensation is only a small help, but the Modi government is not ready to even do that," he said.

"First the lack of treatment during the Covid pandemic and then the false figures and on top of that the government's cruelty," he said in a tweet in Hindi. - PTI

Karnataka

Hotels begin service, metro & buses start operations and gyms open in 17 districts of Karnataka

Hotels have begun services, gyms have reopened and public transport buses and Metro have resumed operations with riders on Monday as the State government's guidelines further relaxing COVID-19 curbs in 17 districts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru city have come into effect.

The new guidelines popularly called "unlock 2" have come into effect from 6 a.m. and will be in force up to 5 a.m. on July 5.

In the 17 districts, where the COVID-19 positivity rate is below 5% shops will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday and public transport including bus and metro began operations with 50% capacity. - PTI

 

JNU's central library to remain closed in view of COVID situation

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has announced that the Dr BR Ambedkar Central Library will remain closed in view of the coronavirus situation.

The decision comes amid demands by students to reopen the library.

On June 11, the university had said that it would reopen the library soon in line with the government's orders.

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