IAS Prelims 2023




  • India reports less than 1 Lakh Daily New Cases after 63 days
  • 86,498 new cases reported in last 24 hours; lowest in 66 days
  • India’s Active Caseload further declines to 13,03,702
  • 1,82,282patients recovered during last 24 hours.
  • Recovery Rate increases to 94.29%
  • Weekly Positivity Rate currently at 5.94%
  • Daily positivity rate at 4.62%, less than 10% for 15 consecutive days.
  • Testing capacity substantially ramped up–36.8cr tests total conducted
  • 23.61 Cr. Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive








COVID-19 Vaccination UPDATE

More than 24 crore (24,65,44,060) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category.Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 23,47,43,489 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).More than 1.19 crore (1,19,46,925) COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.



Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccination

Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and Dr.RandeepGuleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences have addressed various doubts people have regarding COVID-19 vaccines in a special programme on DD News on Sunday the 6th June. To see the detailed FAQs Click Here: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725244


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the Nation on COVID-19 (7th June, 2021)

The Prime Minister expressed condolences for the people who lost their lives in the pandemic. Terming the pandemic the biggest calamity of last hundred years, a pandemic not seen nor experienced in the modern world, the Prime Minister said that the country fought the pandemic at many fronts. Shri Modi made many important announcements.

Key Points:

  • Government of India to provide free vaccine to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age


  • 25 per cent vaccination that was with states will now be undertaken by Government of India: PM


  • Government of India will buy 75 per cent of the total production of the vaccine producers and provide to the states free of cost: PM


  • Pradhan MantriGaribKalyan Anna Yojna extended till Deepawali: PM


  • Till November, 80 crore people will continue to get free food grain every month


  • Supply of vaccine to increase in coming days: PM


  • PM informs about development progress of new vaccines


  • Vaccines for children and Nasal Vaccine under trial: PM


  • Those creating apprehensions about vaccination are playing with the lives of people: PM


Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725113


To read the full text of PM’s address to the Nation, click here: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725133


Fresh Order for Vaccines placed to achieve Universalization of Vaccination

In immediate follow-up of the Hon. Prime Minister’s announcement of these changes in the Guidelines of National COVID Vaccination program yesterday, the Union Health Ministry has placed an order with Serum Institute of India for 25 crore doses of Covishield and with Bharat Biotech for 19crore doses of Covaxin.These 44 crore (25+19 cr) doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be available till December 2021, starting now.Additionally, 30% of the advance for procurement of both the Covid Vaccines has been released to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725339


“No data to show children will be seriously infected in subsequent COVID-19 waves”

“It is a piece of misinformation that subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to cause severe illness in children. There is no data – either from India or globally – to show that children will be seriously infected in subsequent waves.” This was informed by Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, Dr. RandeepGuleria, during a media briefing on COVID-19, held at National Media Centre, PIB Delhi today.

Dr. Guleria cited that 60% to 70% of the children who got infected and got admitted in hospitals during the second wave in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity; healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalization.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725366


Centre issues SOPs for vaccination of persons undertaking international travel for educational purposes, or employment opportunities, or as part of India’s contingent for Tokyo Olympic games

It has been a constant endeavour of the Union Government to streamline the vaccination process to increase coverage of all segments of the population. In this regard, taking note of the several representations received by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for allowing administration of second dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or as part of India’s contingent for Tokyo Olympic games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, Union Health Ministry has written to States/UTs to facilitate vaccination of such persons.

The Ministry had issued SOPs yesterday in this regard which have been conveyed to States/UTs. States/UTs have been advised to widely publicize and take all necessary measures to immediately implement these SOPs.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725122


Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh Says, instructions issued for immediate release of pension to the family of a government employee who loses his or her life due to COVID -19 infection

Government has issued instructions for immediate release of pension to the family of a government employee who loses his or her life due to COVID -19 infection. In a landmark order, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) in the Union Ministry of Personnel has instructed all Ministries, Departments, Controller General of Accounts as well as CMDs of Pension Disbursing Banks to ensure that the Family Pension is started within one month of the receipt of the claim from the eligible family member of a Government servant who has lost his or her life due to COVID.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725364


Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 26891 MT of LMO to the Nation

Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. Oxygen Expresses crossed mark of 26000 MT of LMO delivery in service to the Nation yesterday. So far, as of yesterday, Indian Railways has delivered more than 26891 MT of LMO in more than 1567 tankers to various states across the country.It may be noted that 383 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725090

Dr. Jitendra Singh Says, Natural Immunity Boosters are more beneficial than Pharmacological ones

Delivering the key-note address as Chief Gueston the World Food Safety Day, 2021 yesterday, the Minister said that at the time of the pandemic COVID-19, it has become more important for each citizen to understand and to have awareness about good nutrition, the substances of food, and its impact on the immune system. He said, good and safe food will add to the immunity of the body which helps to fight the diseases and therefore effort should be made to keep food safe and healthy at each step of the food chain.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725084


Varanasi Airport facilitates movement of over 1800 kgs of Vaccine shipment

Varanasi Airport has been actively contributing in the movement of COVID patients, Medicine and essential equipment in and out of Varanasi. Scheduled and non-scheduled flights are handled most professionally at Varanasi airport giving due care and importance to laid down government norms and protocols.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1725119


Inputs from PIB Field Units

Maharashtra: Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of mucormycosis cases (6,339) in India. India has so far reported 28,252 cases of mucormycosis.
Maharashtra on Monday recorded as many as 10,219 new coronavirus cases, the lowest since March 10, taking the tally of infections in the state to 58,42,000, the death toll increased to 1,00,470 with 154 new fatalities. Maharashtra’s recovery rate of COVID-19 cases is 95.25 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.72 per cent.

Gujarat: Gujarat on Monday reported 778 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 11 fatalities, taking the tally to 8,17,012 and the toll to 9,944. With 2,613 patients being discharged during the day, Gujarat’s cumulative count of recoveries rose to 7,90,906, leaving the state with 16,162 active cases. Gujarat’s case recovery rate improved further to 96.80 per cent on Monday.Gujarat government has exempted the hotels, resorts, restaurants and water parks in the state from paying property tax and fixed electricity charges for one year. This relief has been granted from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 due to Covid19 pandemic.
A total of 2,59,192 people received COVID-19 vaccine jabs in Gujarat during the day, taking the count of doses administered so far to 1,86,55,846.A total of 1,86,825 doses were administered to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years in the day, raising the number of the beneficiaries in this group in Gujarat to 26,62,353.

Rajasthan: In Rajasthan, the State Government has announced some more relaxations under Unlock 2.0. The new guidelines issued by the Home Department yesterday night have come into effect from 5 a.m. today. Persons coming to Rajasthan and have taken both doses of COVID vaccine 28 days ago now need not to bring an RT-PCR negative report. However, it will be mandatory for other passengers to bring the RT-PCR test report done 72 hours before starting the journey.Now most of the business establishments are allowed to operate from morning to five in the evening. But weekend curfew will be continued. All government and private offices can now be opened till 4 p.m. with the presence of 50 per cent attendance.
All government and private educational institutions have also been allowed to open, but students will not be called for academic activities. Roadways and private buses will start operating in the state from June 10. But, the city bus service running in the cities will be restricted. Public parks will also open from 5 A. M. to 8 A.M. Meanwhile, the positivity rate in the state has come down below two per cent.

Madhya Pradesh: Markets in Bhopal will reopen from 10 June. The district administration had allowed only shops selling essential items till now. In order to encourage vaccination among the shopkeepers ‘TikaLagvao,BazarKhulwao’ abhiyan was launched by Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang in Bhopal.101 oxygen plants will start production in the state by 30th August. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan yesterday has also directed for creating 800 MT storage capacity in all Divisional headquarters so that any emergency could be dealt with.
Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 571 covid positive cases and 32 deaths while 1,782 patients recovered from infection. The active cases reduced to 8,860. Not a single district of the state is now in the Red Zone.

Chhattisgarh: In Chhattisgarh, the situation of COVID infection is improving steadily. Besides, the COVID vaccination campaign is also going on in full swing.More than 8,30,000 in the age group of 18 to 44 years have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Chhattisgarh. Besides, 77 per cent of the people above the age of 45 years have also been vaccinated. The first dose of COVID vaccine has been given to 100 per cent frontline workers in the state. As far as health workers are concerned, 90 per cent of them have been vaccinated. So far, more than 71 lakh vaccines have been administered to persons of all age groups and categories in the state, including first and second doses.Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 case count rose to 9,79,576 on Saturday with addition of 1,356 cases, while the death toll rose by 30 to reach 13,192. The number of recoveries rose to 9,41,489 after 512 people were discharged from various hospitals while 2,396 others completed home isolation during the day.

Goa: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that the state government would start the process of unlock in Goa after June 15 and not before that, and added that the state can only think of restarting tourism after vaccinating the (eligible) population of the state.Goa on Monday reported 418 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 13 fatalities, taking the tally to 1,59,811 and the toll to 2,840. With 1,162 patients being discharged during the day, the overall count of recoveries in Goa rose to 1,50,574, leaving the state with 6,397 active cases. With 2,745 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Goa has gone up to 8,48,687.

Kerala:State Kerala Finance Minister K N Balagopal has said that the new vaccine policy of the central government is a good decision which should have been taken earlier. He added that time bound completion of vaccination also is important. Meanwhile, the State Road Transport Corporation’s long distance bus services that was stopped due to the second wave of Covid pandemic will resume from tomorrow. Services will be operated on busy routes where more people travel. There will no service on Saturday and Sunday. The State government has extended the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on June 9, till June 16, as the state reported 9,313 new Covid-19 cases and 221 more deaths yesterday. TPR stands at 13.2 %. So far a total of 1,05,30,981 vaccination doses have been given in the state. Out of this, 83,54,536 were first dose and 21,76,445 second dose.


Tamil Nadu: TN CM M K Stalin has thanked PM Modi for announcing free vaccines for all and urged for more freedom to states. Taking note of the spread of black fungus aka mucormycosis infection in TN, Chief Minister Stalin Monday allocated Rs 25 crore to combat it. State Health Minister Ma Subramanian has said said one crore vaccines can be produced in Connoor in a month if Centre permits; he said that the bottling facility at the Pasteur Institute of India in Coonoor has capacity to bottle one crore vaccines. Three more oxygen express trains, carrying 204.14 MT of oxygen reached Tamil Nadu yesterday. With lockdown relaxations coming into effect, normalcy is returning slowly in Tamil Nadu. TN on Monday registered 19,448 new cases, and the total number of infections has touched 22,56,681. After many days, cases came below 20,000. Till date 1,01,19,582 have been vaccinated across TN, of which 80,16,934 received first dose and 21,02,648 received second dose.


Karnataka:As per the State Government bulletin released for 07-06-2021, New Cases Reported: 11,958; Total Active Cases: 2,38,824; New Covid Deaths: 340; Total Covid Deaths: 31, 920. Around 1,48,800 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 1,53,34,586 have been vaccinated in the state till now. Health Minister Sudhakar said that, the State has taken steps to reduce the vaccine shortage in the state, every eligible person will be given a two-dose coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year. The Mysore University has attracted the attention of the country by developing a unique Corona test kit that can provide result in 5 to 10 minutes.  In the wake of Corona 3rd wave anxiety, the government has prepared an action plan for upgrading the district and taluk hospitals at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. The Bruhat Bengaluru MahanagaraPalike (BBMP) has vaccinated close to 60% of population in the 45+ age group, after it stepped up inoculation drive across Bengaluru in the past few weeks. The civic body has set a target of 75% and embarked on door-to-door assessment of beneficiaries at booth levels using voters’ list.


Andhra Pradesh:State reported 4872 new Covid-19 cases after testing 64,800 samples with 86 deaths, while 13,702 got discharged during the last 24 hours. A total of 1,09,92,317 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in the state as on yesterday, which include 84,08,633 first doses and 25,83,684 second doses.  Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy thanked PM Modi for deciding to provide Covid Vaccines free to people above 18 years of age. In view of the threat of third wave striking the country which according to experts may affect children more, the State Government has decided to set up paediatric care centres at Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Krishna-Guntur regions. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to prepare an action plan for the construction of each hospital at a cost of Rs 180 crore. Meanwhile, PG doctors and house surgeons under the AP Junior Doctors’ Association served strike notice for boycotting duties from June 9, if their demands of ex-gratia/health insurance for all frontline workers, Covid incentives for all the junior doctors including postgraduates and interns, increased security measures in hospitals to prevent untoward incidents and resolve TDS issue in stipend pay.


Telangana:The State Cabinet is meeting today to take stock of the Covid situation and lockdown in the state. As many as 1933 new daily cases and 16 fatalities were reported yesterday taking the total number of cases in the state to 5,93,103 and deaths to 3,394. Total number of Active cases in the state now stands at 25,406. The vaccination drive in the state to inoculate high risk groups/super spreaders is going on. Coming to cumulative numbers of vaccine beneficiaries in the state, a total of 52,59,171 people of all categories received first dose and 14,36,126 received the second dose. The State Health Department is gearing up to face the likely third wave of Corona pandemic and decided to increase number of beds in Govt hospitals by 6,000 and procure medical equipment and medicines to treat the children affected by Covid.


Assam:37 more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Assam in the last 24 hours, taking the pandemic toll to 3,695. During the day, 3,804 new infections were detected in 1,24,316 tests at the positivity rate of 3.06 percent. Kamrup Metro saw 318 new cases. Amidst apprehensions that many senior citizens and individuals with special needs may not be able to receive the doses of COVID-19 vaccine due to inability to travel to a COVID vaccination center, the Health department has issued a new SOP for creation of Near to Home COVID Vaccination Centres.


Manipur: After experiencing single digit daily fatality count and daily positivity rate for two days, the state on Monday reported two-digit fatalities and positivity rate as the government bulletins reported 15 death cases and 598 new positive cases out of 4987 samples tested in the last 24 hours.CM leads interfaith prayer to curb virus.The number of people who have been administered COVID-19 vaccine in Manipur reached 4,23,072, as per the latest updates from the state health department.Mass Vaccination and mass testing conducted at different parts of the state.


Meghalaya:Meghalaya, for the third consecutive day, reported COVID-19 cases below 500-mark with the daily virus-related fatalities seeing a significant drop on Monday.
With 438 fresh COVID-19 cases and five fatalities, the state’s total confirmed cases have gone up to 39,156.


Sikkim:After many weeks, Sikkim has recorded zero Covid death, as per the Health department report of Monday. Meanwhile, 59 Covid cases were detected from the 706 samples tested on Sunday.The positivity rateis 8.3%. The State’s active Covid tally is 4051 cases.


Tripura:235 people infected in last 24 hours and 8 died while 595 people recovered in the same time. Meanwhile state government has asked opinion of the parents with regard to the conduct of secondary and higher secondary examination for which a dedicated website has been launched. The feedback in the form of Yes or No can be given by 6 PM on June 15.


Nagaland:Nagaland reports 145 new Covid cases and three fatalities on Monday. Active cases are 4703 while tally reaches 22,918.A total of 2,88,674 beneficiaries have been inoculated in Nagaland so far. 62% of healthcare workers vaccinated, 38% yet to avail vaccine. Nagaland to intensify Covid vaccination for 18-44 yrs age group from June 8 till June 18. Vaccination to be carried out in all health facilities during Monday to Friday.


Punjab: The total number of patients tested Positive is 580829. Number of active cases is 19995. Total Deaths reported is 15160. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 1139243. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 310796. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose is 3003115. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose is 492815.

Haryana: Total Number of Samples found positive till date is 762931. Total active COVID-19 patients is 8024. Number of deaths is 8751. Cumulative coverage of vaccination is 6060728.

Chandigarh: Total Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases is 60707. Total number of Active Cases is 740. Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date is 774.

Himachal Pradesh: Total number of patients tested Covid positive till date is 195755. Total number of Active Cases is 7555. Total deaths reported till date is 3299.


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