Coronavirus updates | June 13, 2021

A medic administers a dose of Covishield vaccine to a beneficiary at Mayur Vihar in New Delhi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

India reported 80,834 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest after 71 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 4.25%, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

With the fresh cases, the country's tally of cases has climbed to 2,94,39,989.   The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,70,384 with 3,303 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

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:


IMF chief: 1 billion vaccine doses only a start

The International Monetary Fund managing director says there's a moral imperative for the world's richest countries to back programmes to end the COVID-19 pandemic but the donation of excess vaccines is only the first step.

Kristalina Georgieva's comments in a virtual press conference at the Group of Seven summit Sunday came after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped G-7 leaders would agree to provide at least 1 billion vaccine doses for poorer countries.

Humanitarian groups have welcomed the donations, but are calling for money, increased production and logistical support to help developing countries where the virus is still raging. - AP


China city deploys drones to keep people inside

A fleet of 60 drones has been deployed in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to keep people indoors and remind those going out to wear masks.

China has largely stamped out cases of local COVID-19 transmission, but Guangzhou has seen a flare-up of the more infectious delta variant of the virus, initially discovered in India.

Six new cases were reported in Guangzhou over the previous 24 hours, raising the number in the outbreak to more than 100. - AP


Schools, colleges to remain closed till June 30 in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government has extended the closure of all schools and colleges till June 30, in view of a surge in coronavirus cases, according to a media report.

On March 17 last year, Bangladesh had closed all schools to contain the spread of coronavirus. All examinations were cancelled.

In a notification on Saturday, the Ministry of Education said all primary, secondary, higher secondary and college-level institutions, including Ebtedayee and Qawmi madrasas, would remain closed till June 30, The Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported.

"The COVID-19 situation worsened in some districts and many areas have been locked down. Considering the safety of students, teachers, staff and guardians, and upon the advice of COVID-19 technical committee, the shutdown has been extended," the newspaper quoted the notification. — PTI


Delhi unlock | Shops, markets can open on all days from June 14: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that all shops and markets that were permitted to open last week as a part of unlock measures on an odd-even basis would be allowed to open every day from June 14 onwards. Restaurants had also been allowed to open with 50% of their seating capacity, he said.

Restrictions on marriages would continue with a maximum of 20 people in attendance and they could take place only at home or in court.

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Cases continue to fall, Chennai reports less than 1,000 infections

With 15,108 fresh infections, the number of COVID-19 cases reported daily in Tamil Nadu continued to fall for the twenty-second consecutive day on Saturday.

Fresh cases reported by Chennai went below the 1,000-mark for the first time after 72 days. The last time it reported less than 1,000 cases was on March 31. The fresh infections reported by Coimbatore went below the 2,000-mark.

Even as the cases continued to fall, the number of persons tested continued to increase. According to the official bulletin, 1,73,724 persons were tested, the highest ever in the State. Consequently, the daily test positivity rate dropped further to 8.7%.

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WHO chief says vaccine need outstrips G7 pledges

The head of the World Health Organisation has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says “we need more, and we need them faster.”

“The challenge, I said to the G-7 leaders, was that to truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world's population by the time the G-7 meets again in Germany next year,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at the summit in southwest England.

“To do that, we need 11 billion doses,” Tedros said, adding that it was “essential” for countries to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines. - AP


Goa govt extends COVID-19 curfew till June 21

The Goa government on Saturday announced extension of the coronavirus-induced "curfew" in the state till June 21 with some more relaxations.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the curfew will be extended upto 7 am on June 21.

"Shops, including in panchayat and municipal markets, may open between 7 am to 3 pm. Marriage function with upto 50 persons have been permitted...," he said on Twitter late in the evening.

"Detailed order will be issued by District Collectors,” he said. - PTI

(With inputs from our Correspondents and Agencies)

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