New Delhi: 24 hours after the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced a free vaccine for all adults, the Government of India on Tuesday released revised guidelines for the country’s COVID vaccination programme.
These guidelines will be implemented from June 21. As part of new rules, vaccination doses will be provided free of cost to states and union territories based on each state’s population, disease burden and the progress to vaccination. Domestic vaccine manufacturers will be given the option to provide vaccine directly to private hospitals. Private hospitals will be allowed to charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose, a report by The Indian Express said.
India recorded 86,498 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.89 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 66 days. This is also the first time in over 2 months that the cases have fallen below the 1 lakh mark. Active cases further declined to over 13 lakh and over 2.73 crore people recovered after testing positive. With 2,123 new deaths, the toll is now at 3,51,309.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday lifted the COVID curfew imposed in the state, announcing relaxations that would be applicable for one week. The current night curfew from 7pm to 5 am will continue. Government and private offices will be allowed to remain open till 4 pm with 50 per cent attendance.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to lift its coronavirus curfew from 7 am to 7 pm in all districts. The night curfew and the weekend curfew will still be continued in all districts, an official spokesperson said.
On the other hand, the Puducherry government extended its ongoing lockdown by another week from June 7 midnight to June 14 and announced easing of several restrictions. Public transport services were allowed to operate till 5 pm along with the opening of liquor shops from 9 am to 5 pm.