Coronavirus Live Updates: NEET (UG) on Sept 12 across India, to follow COVID safety norms

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MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 13: NEET 2020 aspirants are being sanitized before entering examination hall at Khar, on September 13, 2020 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 13: NEET 2020 aspirants are being sanitized before entering examination hall at Khar, on September 13, 2020 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 will be held on September 12 across the country, informed Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Considering the COVID-19 situation, the number of exam centers and exam cities have been increased this year. “In order to ensure social distancing norms, the number of cities where the examination will be conducted has been increased from 155 to 198. The number of examination centres will also be increased from the 3862 centres used in 2020,” Pradhan informed.

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A decline in average daily vaccination against the coronavirus has been seen since June 21, when the new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced. According to data available on the CoWIN platform, an average of 61.14 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered daily in the week from June 21-27 which dropped to 41.92 lakh doses daily in the subsequent week from June 28-July 4. In the week from July 5 to July 11, the daily average vaccine doses number further dipped to 34.32 lakh doses.

With 37,154 new coronavirus infections, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,08,74,376, while the total recoveries crossed three crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,08,764 with 724 fresh fatalities.

Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 37.73 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

The 724 new fatalities include 350 from Maharashtra and 97 from Kerala.

A total of 4,08,764 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,25,878 from Maharashtra, 35,835 from Karnataka, 33,418 from Tamil Nadu, 25,015 from Delhi, 22,698 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,916 from West Bengal and 16,186 from Punjab.

The 144th annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath began in Gujarat's Ahmedabad city on Monday morning, but it was devoid of the usual festive fervour and crowds due to the curfew imposed on its route to bar people from taking part in it in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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