LIVE: No change in Covishield doses, no mixing of vaccines, says Centre

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In this photo illustration a bottle of  Covid-19 coronavirus Vaccine is seen
In this photo illustration a bottle of Covid-19 coronavirus Vaccine is seen

India reported 1,27,510 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 54 days, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 6.62 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday.

The Health Ministry also said that there is absolutely no change in the schedule of Covishield doses and that it would continue to remain two doses.

This statement from the Centre came after several media reports on Monday suggested that the government is running tests to check the effectiveness of a single dose of Covishield.

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With the fresh cases, India's tally of coronavirus cases rose to 2,81,75,044. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,31,895 with 2,795 fresh fatalities, the lowest reported in 35 days, and the active cases were recorded below 20 lakh after 43 days.

The 2,795 new fatalities include 500 from Maharashtra, 478 from Tamil Nadu, 411 from Karnataka, 174 from Kerala, 151 from Uttar Pradesh, 131 from West Bengal, and 118 from Punjab.

A total of 3,31,895 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 95,344 from Maharashtra, 29,090 from Karnataka, 24,237 from Delhi, 24,232 from Tamil Nadu, 20,497 from Uttar Pradesh, 15,541 from West Bengal, 14,550 from Punjab and 13,048 from Chhattisgarh.

The complete lockdown imposed in the South Andaman district till May 31 has been extended by seven more days till June 7, a notification said.

Bihar, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh on Monday extended COVID-induced lockdown or curfew though there will be some relaxation in curbs.

Almost all states and Union Territories have extended the curbs which they first started imposing in mid-April as the second COVID wave hit the country.

The Chhattisgarh government said that the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on Monday, will continue with some relaxation in restrictions in those districts where the COVID-19 case positivity rate is less than five percent.

The Rajasthan government also issued guidelines on Monday to start the 'unlock' process by easing certain restrictions from June 2.

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said the COVID curfew has been extended in the state till June 8.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government extended the relaxations announced in the coronavirus curfew to six more districts from June 1, allowing shops and markets outside the containment zones to open for five days a week.

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