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Headlines: India Records Another Jump In New Covid-19 Cases

Covid Bulletin: India Records Another Jump In New Covid-19 Cases

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 48,786 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 30,411,634. In the last 24 hours, 1,005 more people have succumbed to death due to covid-19 taking the fatality tally to 3,99,459. However, with a reasonable recovery rate, the recoveries are continuing to outnumber daily recorded covid-19 cases as 61,588 people recovered from covid-19 between Wednesday and Thursday. On the vaccine front, India has administered 33,57,16,019 covid-19 vaccine doses so far.

Indian Politicians Salutes Medical Sector On National Doctor’s Day

July 1 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day to recognize the selfless service to save the lives of people. Amid the covid-19 pandemic, this day holds more importance than ever. Several eminent political leaders, including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP Chief JP Nadda, expressed their gratitude towards the medical fraternity for working tirelessly and risking their own lives to save the society from the wrath of covid-19. The first National Doctor’s Day was celebrated on 1st July 1991.

India Denies Recognizing EU Digital Covid Certificate Until EU Includes Covishield And Covaxin

What might be the first diplomatic retaliatory move against vaccine nationalism, India has cleared its stance that it will not approve or recognize EU’s Digital Covid Certificate until the European Union includes India’s Covaxin and Covishield in the certificate. The Green Pass of the EU is expected to come into effect from 1st July. Sources close to the development said: “We have conveyed to EU member states that India will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU Digital Covid Certificate. Upon notification of Covishield and Covaxin for inclusion in the EU Digital Covid Certificate and recognition of India CoWIN vaccination certificates, Indian health authorities would reciprocally exempt the concerned EU member state for exemption from mandatory quarantine all those persons carrying EU Digital Covid Certificate,” The EU’s vaccine passport has approved Vaxzevria, Spikevax, Janssen and Comirnaty with none of India’s vaccines Covishield and Covaxin making it to the list. India has officially requested the EU member states to extend the vaccine passport to accept the vaccine certificate issued through the CoWIN platform.

PM Modi Asks Council Of Ministers To Lead By Example By Following Covid-19 Rules & Guidelines

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his council of ministers to become an example for citizens by strictly following covid-19 rules and guidelines and ensure a kind of atmosphere where people stick to safety measures and not hesitate to get vaccinated. At the meeting, PM Modi also spoke about the strategies to follow to boost the post-pandemic economy and asked them to ensure that every ministry works on a mission mode. The meeting lasted for five years wherein PM Narendra Modi asked his colleagues to be ready with all the facts and figures to counter the charges made by the opposition parties. The government’s think tank NITI Aayog’s member on health, VK Paul, made a presentation on the pandemic, and PM Modi asked that we need to be vigilant and make sure that covid appropriate behaviour is being followed to avoid the third wave.

Private Hospitals To Place Orders Of Covid-19 Vaccines On CoWIN From Today

Starting today, private hospitals will have to procure covid-19 vaccine doses by placing an order on the CoWIN app. The central government has also imposed a maximum limit for all private hospitals to avoid wastage and manage the limited supply of covid-19 vaccines. To participate in the aggregation scheme, every private hospital will have to register themselves as a Private Covid Vaccination Centre (PCVC) on the CoWIN platform. The approval for the orders will be given on the CoWIN app, and payment will be made through the National Health Authority Portal (NHA). A statement from the Health Ministry said: States and UTs will be informed by MoHFW about the total quantum of doses available for private CVCs in a month for them. They will aggregate the demand from private CVCs, keeping these quantities in mind,” The monthly cap for every PCVC will be estimated on the basis of daily average consumption for any given week. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government recently made changes in India’s vaccination policy by procuring 75% of covid-19 vaccine doses directly from the manufactures and then supplying it to states free of cost. The central government also fixed the rate of covid-19 vaccine doses for private hospitals with a service charge of up to INR 150.

Zydus Cadila Applies For Emergency Use Authorization For ZyCoV-D

Pharmaceutical giant Zydus Cadila has applied for the emergency use authorization for their covid-19 vaccine, ZyCoV-D, for 12 years seeking approval for the same from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI). ZyCoV-D is a DNA- based vaccine carrying the genetic code for that part of the virus, which can trigger the immune system of the body. The covid-19 vaccine developed by Zydus Cadilla will be the world’s first DNA vaccine to be used against the coronavirus. The DNA based vaccine has already completed the phase III trials. It is being developed with support from the Centre’s National Biopharma Mission as part of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology. Currently, India is inoculating its citizens with Serum Institute’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Russia’s Sputnik V. Recently, Moderna also got the emergency use approval for India.

What Is The Gully Groove Challenge That Has Been Going Viral On Social Media?

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, under their production banner Tiger Baby Films, have launched The Gully Groove Challenge on social media wherein they have asked the users to share a creative reel of 30 seconds on the super hit song from the Gully Boy film ‘Apna Time Aayega’ The interesting reel could be anything from rapping, dancing cooking to driving. Sharing the news on social media, Zoya said: “The power of social media is phenomenal. It connected me to Neazy and Divine, and now I hope their sound can connect me to you. Celebrating music and individuality with the Gully Groove challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you have got,” The film Gully Boy was released in the year 2019 starring Ranveer Singh, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin, which went on to become a sleeper hit and earned many applauds from the critics as well as the audience.

Feels Like Ishq Trailer Dropped; The Anthology Series To Stream On Netflix On 23rd July

Netflix has dropped the trailer of its latest anthology series, ‘Feels Like Ishq‘, which will take the audience to 6 different stories. The film is directed by 6 directors, including Danish Alam, Anand Tiwari, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Jaydeep Sarkar, Ruchir Arun, Devrath Sagar, and Sachin Kundalkar. The film is slated to release on Netflix on 23rd July and bring together 6 storylines with a different cast and different emotions.

Watch the trailer here:

Veteran Actor Naseeruddin Shah Admitted To Hospital Due To A Pneumonia Patch On His Lungs

Eminent theatre personality and actor Naseeruddin Shah is admitted to the Hinduja Hospital in Khar, Mumbai, after the veteran actor was diagnosed with pneumonia. Confirming the same, Shah’s manager said: “Sir was hospitalized on June 29, but he is now doing well. There is a pneumonia patch on his lungs, and the treatment is going on. He might be discharged today or tomorrow,” several Bollywood actors including Anupam Kher are praying for the actor’s speedy recovery. Naseeruddin Shah was last seen in Seema Pahwa’s Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi.

England Women Registers A Win Over India Women In The Three Match Series

The England women team has defeated India women in the 2nd ODI by 5 wickets. England grabbed a 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Wednesday. England player Sophia Dunkley registered a half-century to steer her side home, and England chased down the 222-run target with 15 balls to spare.

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