IAS Prelims 2023



  • India’s Active Caseload declines to 7,98,656; less than 8 lakh after 73 days
  • India reports 62,480 new cases in last 24 hours
  • 2,85,80,647 Total Recoveries across the country so far
  • 88,977 patients recovered during last 24 hours
  • Daily recoveries continue to outnumber Daily New Cases for 36th consecutive day
  • Recovery Rate increases to 96.03%
  • Weekly Positivity Rate remains below 5%, currently at 3.80%
  • Daily positivity rate at 3.24%, less than 5% for 11 consecutive days
  • Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 38.71 crore tests total conducted
  • 26.89 Cr. Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive









COVID-19 Update


  • India’s Active Caseload declines to 7,98,656; less than 8 lakh after 73 days
  • India reports 62,480 new cases in last 24 hours
  • 2,85,80,647 Total Recoveries across the country so far
  • 88,977 patients recovered during last 24 hours
  • Recovery Rate increases to 96.03%
  • Weekly Positivity Rate remains below 5%, currently at 3.80%
  • Daily positivity rate at 3.24%, less than 5% for 11 consecutive days


COVID-19 Vaccination Update

More than 27.90 crore (27,90,66,230) 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 25,32,65,825 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).

More than 2.58 crore (2,58,00,405) COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.Furthermore, more than 19,95,770 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1728120


PM launches ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid 19 Frontline workers’

  • One lakh youth will be trained under the initiative in 2-3 months: PM
  • 6 customized courses launched from 111 centres in 26 states
  • Virus is present and possibility of mutation is there, we need to stay prepared: PM
  • Corona period has proved importance of skill, re-skill and up-skill: PM
  • The pandemic has tested the strength of every country, institution, society, family and person of the world: PM
  • People below 45 years of age will get the same treatment for vaccination as for people above 45 years of age from June 21st: PM
  • PM Lauds ASHA workers, ANM, Anganwadi and health workers deployed in the dispensaries in the villages

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid 19 Frontline workers’ today via video conferencing. The training programme would be conducted in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. About one lakh frontline workers will be trained in this initiative. The Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, and many other Union Ministers, Ministers from States, experts and other stakeholders were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that this launch is an important next step in the fight against Corona. The Prime Minister cautioned that the virus is present and possibility of mutation is also there. The second wave of the pandemic illustrated the kind of challenges that the virus may present to us. The Country needs to stay prepared to meet the challenges and training more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction, said the Prime Minister.

You Tube Link: https://youtu.be/EtvaAfBGDGE

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1728135

Text to PM’s speech at the launch of ‘Customized Crash Course programme for Covid 19 Frontline workers’: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1728143


Back to the Basics of Beating COVID-19: Dr. Harsh Vardhan distributes masks among Frontline Workers at the Union Health Ministry

  • “Masks are the simplest, most potent and powerful weapon against the Virus”
  • “While the virus mutated and evolved, we let our guard down through laxity”
  • We must all ensure that our employees are safe from COVID: Dr. Harsh Vardhan appeals to all Corporate and Industry Leaders, Social organisations, his colleagues in other Ministries and other Political Leaders in Office
  • “When Universal Vaccination begins on the 21st of June, everybody should get themselves vaccinated and join the Jan Andolan”

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today distributed masks among Frontline Workers at the Union Health Ministry. He stated that although this gesture was symbolic, leading people from various industries, corporate houses and those political leaders holding office could start a virtuous chain by emulating the exercise, eventually amplifying the Jan-Andolan to protect everyone from COVID-19 through COVID Appropriate Behaviour.



Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 32000 MT of LMO to the Nation

  • Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 17700 MT LMO in southern states of the country
  • Oxygen Expresses offloaded more than 32000 MT of LMO in service to the Nation
  • 444 Oxygen Expresses complete Oxygen deliveries across the country
  • Oxygen Expresses transported 1834 tankers of LMO so far and bring relief to 15 States
  • Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 3200, 4000, 4200 and 5600 MT of LMO in the state of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu respectively
  • 614 MT of Oxygen has been offloaded in Maharashtra, nearly 3797 MT in Uttar Pradesh, 656 MT in Madhya Pradesh, 5722 MT in Delhi, 2354 MT in Haryana, 98 MT in Rajasthan, 4227 MT in Karnataka, 320 MT in Uttarakhand, 5674 MT in Tamil Nadu, 4037 MT in Andhra Pradesh, 225 MT in Punjab, 513 MT in Kerala, 3255 MT in Telangana, 38 MT in Jharkhand and 560 MT in Assam

Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country.Oxygen Expresses crossed the milestone of 32000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) delivery in service to the Nation.So far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 32095 MT of LMO in more than 1834 tankers to various states across the country.

It may be noted that 444 Oxygen Expresses have completed their journey so far and brought relief to various States.Oxygen Expresses delivered more than 17700 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to the southern states of the country.Oxygen Expresses delivered more than 3200, 4000, 4200 and 5600 MT of LMO in the state of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu respectively.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1728191


Minister of Labour and Employment releases pamphlets elaborating slew of measures for welfare of workers and their family members during the pandemic

Minister of Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Gangwarhas said that the government is committed towards the health, safety and welfare of workers.Releasing pamphlets, elaborating a slew of measures towards the welfare of workers and their family members during the pandemic here today, he said, our endeavour is to ensure the facilities reach the people for whom these have been formulated. The Minister said the government is cognizant of the evolving situation under the pandemic. He said,the Ministry would continue, if needed, to go extra miles in a resilient and responsive manner to protect the health and lives of workers and their family members, along with protecting them from hardships in these challenging times.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1728186


SIR and Tata MD partner to make COVID-19 detection more accessible across India by harnessing network of CSIR labs

The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s apex scientific research organisation and Tata MD, the new healthcare venture from the Tata Group have announced a significant partnership to ramp up the COVID-19 testing capacity across Tier II and III towns as well as rural areas across India. CSIR and Tata MD are developing this capacity to manage any future surge in the COVID-19 testing requirements.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1728139


India to have more than sufficient stock of Liposomal Amphotericin B drug for the treatment of Mucormycosis: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya

“On 16th June,2021, active cases of Mucormycosis were 27,142. Even in the future, if cases of Black fungus increases , India is prepared to have more than sufficient availability of Amphotericin B drug and other drugs which are required to treat patients of Mucormycosis. India has increased domestic production remarkably by more than fivefold. Domestic production of Liposomal Amphotericin B was just 62,000 vials in April,2021 and now it is expected to cross 3.75 lakh vials in June,2021. While increasing domestic production, India also placed order to import 9,05,000 Liposomal Amphotericin Bvials through M/s Mylan. India is leaving no stone unturned to boost the availability of  Amphotericin B drugs in the country’’, said Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilisers



Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh visits special vaccination camp organized by Department of Pensions at CSOI, Chanakyapuri

Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh visited the exclusive Vaccination Camp organized bythe Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare at CSOI, Chanakyapurifor its officers, staff and their family membersyesterday. This is the second such camp organized by the Department within a fortnight and all eligible candidates between 18 to 44 years of age were administered the Covishield vaccine. The Minister noted with optimism that all wings of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions are organizing regular vaccination camps to achieve the cent percent target of jabs for officers, staff and their family members at the earliest.

Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1727957

Inputs from PIB Field Offices

Kerala:Public came out in large numbers on Thursday as the state partially opened up. According to the revised testing guidelines, testing target in local self-governments (LSGS) with over 30% seven day average The state government has allowed private buses to operate services from Friday on an odd-even basis on alternate days adhering to Covid protocol. There will be no service during weekends. The state confirmed 12,469 Covid-19 cases on Thursday. As of now, there are 1,08,560 active cases in the state. With 88 more deaths, the toll has risen to  11,743. TPR now stands at 10.85 %. A total of 1,19,55,852 people have so far been vaccinated in the state. Out of this, 95,55,765 took first dose and   24,00,087 took second dose.


Tamil Nadu: After 60 days, Tamil Nadu’s daily Covid­19 case count dropped below 10,000 on Thursday. The State recorded 9,118 cases and 210 deaths, taking its tally to 23,97,864 and toll to 30,548. Covid spread is coming down in Chennai too. Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma. Subramanian on Thursday expressed the confidence that there will be a rapid slide in Covid­19 cases in the State within a week. The test positivity rate in the Union Territory of Puducherry dropped below 4% as 326 cases were confirmed from 9,106 tests even as 480 recoveries were recorded on Thursday. Till date 1,18,98,338 have been vaccinated across the State, of which 96,81,761 received first dose and 22,16,577 received second dose.


Karnataka:As per the State Government bulletin released for 17-06-2021, New Cases Reported: 5,983; Total Active Cases: 1,46,726; New Covid Deaths: 138; Total Covid Deaths: 33,434; Around 1,46,236 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 1,78,01,556 have been vaccinated in the state till now. Ninety two percent of health workers who received the vaccine recovered with mild to moderate infections, when infected according to a study by Fortis Health Care.


Andhra Pradesh: State reported 6151 new Covid-19 cases after testing 1,02,712 samples with 58 deaths, while 7728 got discharged during the last 24 hours. A total of 1,24,42,374 doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in the state as on yesterday, which include 97,97,330 first doses and 26,45,044 second doses.  The government has decided to further relax curfew hours from 6 AM to 6 PM from June 21. The AP High Court expressed its displeasure over the Centre for failing to set up the 50 oxygen plants in the state as assured, and questioned how 18 oxygen plants were said to be ready in the first week of June even after the places were shown by the state government. The Court directed the Centre to submit full details and posted next hearing to June 24.


Telangana:As many as 1,492 new infections and 13 deaths were reported yesterday taking the total number of cases in the state to 6,09,417 and fatalities to 3,534. The number of Active Cases in the state now is 19,521. The Case Fatality Rate and the Recovery Rate stand at 0.57 percent and 96.21 percent, respectively. According to the State Health officials, there are five districts namely – Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Nalgonda and Karimnagar – from where a greater number of Covid cases are being reported and more attention is being paid to them. Coming to vaccination drive in the state, a total of 1,75,241 people of all sections received the first dose and 7,282 people the second dose yesterday. The cumulative number of persons received first dose in the state now stands at 71,50,608 and second dose at 15,41,653.


Maharashtra: Maharashtra has reported 9830 new COVID-19 cases, 5890 discharges, and 236 deaths in the last 24 hours. There are 1,39,960 active cases in the state at present. Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Nashik have collectively recorded 57% of the state’s Covid-associated mucormycosis cases.

Gujarat: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has e-dedicated a 13,000-Liter capacity tank to store liquid oxygen at SGVP Holistic Hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Gujarat has recorded 293 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. Also, 770 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and were discharged from the hospitals. Total 8 lakh 3 thousand 892 patients haverecovered from Covid19 in Gujarat till now. Meanwhile, 2 lakh 52 thousand 543 persons have been vaccinated in the state on Thursday.

Rajasthan:Covid recovery rate in Rajasthan has shot up to 98.6 per cent riding on the recovery of another 895 people in the last 24 hours. As on Thursday, the total number of recovered cases stood at 9,37,481 while the casualty count reached 8,875 after 10 more people succumbed to the disease. A total of 205 new infections were reported on Thursday. There are now 4,262 active cases in the state. However, while the recovery rate continues to improve, the State Government is now focusing more on vaccination drives anticipating the third wave in the coming months.

Madhya Pradesh: A Vaccination Mahabhiyan will start in the state from International Yoga Day on 21st June in 7000 centres in which free vaccination will be given to 18 years plus age group. State Immunization Director Dr. Santosh Shukla said that 50 lakh people will be vaccinated in the special drive at the rate of 7 lakh per day.Awareness Yatra will be taken out on 1st,2nd and 3rd July for vaccination. 145 new positive cases have been detected on Thursday.22 districts in the state have no cases at present. There are only 2984 active cases in the state at present.

Chhattisgarh: 74.34 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered till date. The recovery rate in Chhattisgarh has now increased to 98 percent. Right now the rate of infection in the state has come down to only 1.29 percent. Only three districts have a higher infection rate, that is, 3.03 percent in Korba, 3.46 percent in Gariaband and 4.59 percent in Bijapur.

Goa: Goa CM Pramod Sawant today announced one time help of Rs 5,000 to small scale business owners, those into traditional occupation, MGNREGA workers and other self employed whose livelihood has been affected due to COVID19 . He also said that forms for Ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to economically weaker families whose earning member has expired, will also be available within 8 days with the Dy Collectors. The state reported 254 new cases on Thursday and the number of active cases at present are 3824.

Assam;A total of 41 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Assam in the last 24 hours, while 3,477 new infections were detected in 1,54,264 tests conducted across the state during the day. The positivity rate stood at 2.25 percent. Kamrup Metro saw 169 new cases.

Manipur:Manipur State on Thursday reported 495 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 5884 samples tested along with 13 fatalities. Though the daily positivity rate remains under 10 per cent, it is still high with Thursday recording 8.41 per cent. The total number of people who have been administered COVID19 vaccine in Manipur is 4,83,335.

Meghalaya: Fresh cases outnumbered recoveries for the second day in a row in Meghalaya with the state registering 478 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while 329 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. In a positive development, the state administered a record 17,265 doses of vaccine on the day.Four people succumbed to the infection on Thursday pushing the total number of deaths to 762.

Nagaland:Nagaland reports 76 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 fatalities on Thursday. Active cases are 2368. Nagaland govt imposes total ban on movement of people and vehicles from 4 pm to 5 am everyday during lockdown period till June 30.

Tripura: In Tripura, Corona Curfew extended till 5 AM of June 26 in Agartala Municipal Corporation areas and 9 Municipal Councils and 2 Nagar Panchayats. Over 53 thousand vaccinated on a single day in Tripura.

Sikkim: Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to18,896 on Thursday as 90 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the Himalayan state’s coronavirus death toll to 287, a health bulletin said.The Himalayan state now has 2,907 active cases, while 15,452 people have recovered from the disease and 250 patients have migrated to other states so far.

Punjab: The total number of patients tested Positive is 590556. Number of active cases is 9479. Total Deaths reported is 15738. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 1278503. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 320455. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose is 3148280. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose is 515914.


Haryana: Total Number of Samples found positive till date is 766838. Total active COVID-19 patients are 3227. Number of deaths is 9147. Cumulative number of people vaccinated till date is 6867215.


Chandigarh: Total Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases are 61310. Total number of Active Cases is 432. Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date is 802.


Himachal Pradesh: Total number of patients tested Covid positive till date is 199699. Total number of Active Cases is 3430. Total deaths reported till date is 3408.


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