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Headlines: India’s Cumulative Tally Of Covid-19 Cases Goes Over 3 Crore

Covid Bulletin: India’s Cumulative Tally Of Covid-19 Cases Goes Over 3 Crore

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, 50,848 people have tested positive for covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking a slight jump as compared to Tuesday. The cumulative caseload of the country now stands at 3,00,28,709, with a daily positivity rate of 2.97%. 1,358 more people have succumbed to death due to covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total death tally to 3,90,660. Meanwhile, the recoveries continue to surpass newly reported covid-19 cases, and 68,817 more people were discharged between Tuesday and Wednesday. The recovery rate in the country stands at 96.56%, with total recoveries reaching 2,89,94,855. India has conducted covid-19 test on 39,59,73,198 samples so far.

Delta Variant Of Covid-19 Is The Greatest Threat Says, Dr Anthony Fauci

Speaking at a White House briefing, Chief Medical Advisor Dr Fauci said that the Delta variant of covid-19 is the greatest threat to the USA’s attempt at eradicating the covid-19 pandemic. Dr Fauci said: “Similar to the situation in the UK; the Delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the US to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” The Delta variant has become the prominent variant in the UK with making up 90% of covid-19 cases. However, there is a good news as vaccines in the USA have shown to be effective against the Delta Variant, speaking about the same, Dr Fauci said: “The effectiveness of the vaccines, in this case, two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer BioNTech with 88 per cent effective against the Delta and 93 per cent effective against the Alpha when you are dealing with symptomatic disease,” As of now, 6 variants of covid-19 namely B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), B.1.427 (Epsilon) and B.1.617.2 (Delta) have been classified as variants of concern in the United States.

Gupkar Alliance Might Demand Restoration Of Special Status Of J&K In The Meeting Called By PM Modi

The coalition of parties chaired by former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, has decided to attend the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other Kashmir-based political parties. Speaking to the reporters outside his residence, Abdullah said: “The prime minister has invited us, and we are going (to attend the meeting). We will present our demands before the PM and the home minister,” The meeting is a significant development for Jammu & Kashmir’s situation as this is the first official step since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. However, the Gupkar Alliance is all set to demand the restoration of J&K’s special constitutional status that was granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution; confirming about the same, Abdullah said: “After Independence, Jammu and Kashmir acceded to the Union of India on certain terms and conditions laid down in Article 370. It provided us constitutional safeguards, and they have been snatched from us without consulting the people (of J&K). We will seek restoration of our constitutional rights,” Meanwhile, sources close to the development has confirmed that the main agenda of the meeting is to lay down a delimitation plan and the idea of restoring the special status of J&K is not on the cards as of now.

West Bengal Sees A Shortage Of Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

A health department official on Tuesday said that the West Bengal government could not start the inoculation drive in the state for the 18-45 age group free of cost due to vaccine shortage. Kanka Chakraborty, medical staff at the vaccination centre of Basanti Devi College, Gariahat, Kolkata, said: “The universal vaccination drive, inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost has started from Monday, but we have vaccine shortage here, the reason why we are not administering the doses at that pace”. Due to the vaccine shortage, people have queued before the covid vaccination centres in the state, with many told to return. Meanwhile, India administered 86,16,373 covid-19 vaccine doses on 21st June, which is the highest-ever single day jabs to have been administered in the world.

Jharkhand Slams The Central Government Over Limited Vaccine Supply

The Jharkhand government has slammed the central government for the limited supply of vaccine doses to the state and placing it at the 19th rank in the country’s state-wise inoculation chart. Health Minister of the state Banna Gupta on Tuesday said that since Jharkhand is not a vaccine manufacturing state, it solely depends on the central government for the supply of covid-19 vaccine doses. Speaking about the same, he said: “Jharkhand is not the vaccine manufacturing state. We depend on the central government. If the Centre doesn’t provide vaccines, what shall we do? I had written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reminding him to release Rs 35,000 crore allocated in the budget to the state for vaccines.” Taking a dig at the central government, he further added: “Where is Rs 20 lakh crore that was promised? They are spreading misinformation, saying that Jharkhand is wasting vaccines. You haven’t given us the vaccines and are talking about the wastage. Our wastage is only 4%. Being a poor state, we know the importance of vaccine doses. It is the bigger states where wastage is high,”

How Much Efficacy Does Every Covid-19 Vaccine Shows?

As the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic is slightly declining with a fear of the third wave coming soon, vaccines are the best way forward for India, which launched its mass inoculation drive on 16th January and vaccinated the highest-ever single day jabs across the world on 21st June. Currently, three covid-19 vaccines, namely Covaxin, Covishield, and Sputnik V, is being administered in the country; with three other covid-19 vaccines, including Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson, expected to arrive soon, people are increasingly asking which vaccine works the best against the virus. However, experts are saying to take whichever covid-19 vaccine you get your hands on, here is the efficacy of all the 6 covid-19 vaccines currently administered all over the globe – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has shown efficacy of 77.8%, the efficacy rate of Serum Institute’s Covishield stands at 63.09%, Russia’s Sputnik V has an efficacy of 92%, Pfizer’s efficacy is at 88% after the second dose, and the efficacy rate of Moderna has shown efficacy of over 90%. The efficacy rate of Johnson & Johnson is still being tested after the USA recommended a pause on giving the Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine.

Bigg Boss 14 Winner Rubina Dilaik Puts Her Victory Gown For Virtual Charity Sale

TV personality Rubina Dilaik who took the trophy of Bigg Boss season 14 home, has decided to donate her victory gown for charity to support the LGBTQIA+ community. The Shakti fame actor has always been supporting the kinner samaj and now have gone a step ahead to donate all the other gowns, including her victory gown, in support of the community to commemorate the pride month in June. The wardrobe also includes a piece that she wore in her latest music video Marjaneya. While saying that there is still a long way for the transgender community, Dilaik said: “Until we get to a point where we don’t need a special month to commemorate the LGBTQIA+ community, our efforts will not stop,”

Kangana Ranaut Gets Trolled Again; Know Why!

It’s troll time again for Bollywood’s leading lady Kangana Ranaut as the queen actor expressed her desire of renaming India as Bharat. Clarifying about the same, she also mentioned that the name India has been given to us by the Britishers and also said that it is a slave name. Netizens started trolling the actor for her views. On the professional front, Kangana will be next seen in the Thalaivi movie based on the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha.

Did Prabhas Just Reject Brand Endorsements Worth INR 150 Crore?

Baahubali star Prabhas has rejected a lot of big brand endorsements offers in recent times, right from apparels, FMCG to electronics. A source close to the development said: “Prabhas is a household name, and his popularity cuts across the length and breadth of not just the country but even overseas. So the value that he is capable of bringing to a brand is humongous. And he has declined brand endorsement offers worth over 150 crores in just the past one year.” Adding further on why Prabhas rejected the brands, the source said: “The reason he has rejected all these brand endorsements is not because he is not open to endorsing. He has endorsed brands in the past and will continue to do so, but he is selective and particular about who he chooses to associate with. He understands the position he is at and therefore prefers using it wisely. All this makes it difficult to get him on board and also makes him exclusive.” Meanwhile, Prabhas has 4 pan-India projects lined up, namely Radhe Shyam, Adipurush, Salaar and an untitled film by Nag Ashwin.

WTC Finals Update: India Took A 32-Run Lead Against New Zealand

After a tough battle on the 5th day of the World Test Championship finals, both India and New Zealand are heading for a tight finish. India took a 32-run lead in their second innings against New Zealand after Mohammad Shami sizzled with a four-wicket haul. After scoring 217 runs in their first innings, India managed to take a 32-run lead in their kitty. There are three full sessions left to play, with the 6th day coming with the possibility of a draw as well as a result.

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