Coronavirus Latest News LIVE Updates: India can inoculate all adults by year-end, will procure 51 lakh vaccine doses by July, says Centre

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India's single-day COVID-19 toll at 3,874

With the death of 3,874 more coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, the total number of fatalities in the country increased over 2.87 lakh on Wednesday, said the health ministry. This takes the national fatality rate to 1.11 percent.

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India adds 2.76 lakh new cases; tally over 2.57 crore

India registered 2,76,070 fresh coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, pushing the overall count over 2.57 crore on Thursday, according to the Union health ministry.

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India to procure 267 crore vaccine doses by year-end: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said India will have procured 267 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of this year, and will be in a position to inoculate at least all of its adult population, according to an official statement.

The minister said that 51 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses will be made available by July and 216 crore more between August and December. He urged states to ensure that the healthcare and frontline workers are fully vaccinated, as they form the vulnerable categories.

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Sri Lanka reports highest one-day tally with over 3,000 cases, shuts borders 

Sri Lanka's borders will be shut for all arrivals for ten days from 21 May, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday, while officials reported a record single-day COVID-19 spike of 3,051 cases, reported The Hindu.

The country is witnessing a raging third wave of the pandemic, with health authorities reporting over 2,000 cases a day over the last week, prompting the government to impose travel restrictions, including lockdowns.

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West Bengal records over 19,000 new cases, 157 deaths 

West Bengal's COVID-19 toll rose to 13,733 after 157 more people succumbed to the disease on Wednesday, the state health department said in a bulletin. Altogether 19,006 fresh cases of infection also took the tally to 11,90,867.

In the last past hours, 19,151 recoveries have been reported improving the discharge rate to 87.81 percent. So far, 10,45,643 people have been cured of the disease in West Bengal.

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US has provided over $500 mn of relief aid to India till now: White House

The United States has so far provided over $500 million in COVID-19 assistance to India, the White House said on Wednesday, adding it would soon make a determination on distribution of the 80 million vaccines to other countries.

"To date, the United States has provided over $500 million in COVID relief to India, including contributions from the US federal and state governments, American companies and organizations and private citizens," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told members of the White House Foreign Press Group in a virtual press conference call.

Coronavirus Latest News LIVE Updates: The health minister said that 51 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses will be made available by July and 216 crore more between August and December.

He urged states to ensure that the healthcare and frontline workers are fully vaccinated, as they form the vulnerable categories.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said India will have procured 267 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of this year, and will be in a position to inoculate at least all of its adult population, according to an official statement.

BJP president JP Nadda Wednesday said the coronavirus vaccine will be available for all in the country by December.

He accused the Congress of spreading anarchy at the time of the pandemic.

Nadda was reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Rajasthan in a virtual interaction with BJP state president Satish Poonia and party MPs from the state, a party statement said.

Nadda said the prime minister had warned the chief ministers of the states in March itself and asked them to be prepared for the second wave of coronavirus.

"India developed two indigenous vaccines for the first time in just nine months, which have been administered to 18 crore Indians so far. By the end of December, the vaccine will be available to all and its calendar has been set," he said.

Nadda said the Modi government at the Center has ensured the availability and supply of oxygen and medicines to all the states.

He said that real face of the Congress has been exposes after revelation of its "tool kit".

Even at the time of the pandemic, the Congress is trying to spread anarchy in the country and is working to destroy the morale of the people by spreading confusion among them, he alleged.

Besides Poonia, Union ministers Arjunram Meghwal, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kailash Chaudhary, MPs PP Chaudhary, Narendra Kumar, Manoj Rajoria, Jaskaur Meena, Swami Sumedhanand and Ranjita Koli joined the meeting.


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