New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Centre has cautioned the states and union territories (UTs) and directed them to lift lockdowns and other coronavirus-induced curbs in a "carefully calibrated" manner to avoid a possible third wave. It has also urged them to ramp up the pace of the vaccination, noting that it is "critical" to breaking the chain of transmission.

This comes after AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria warned that the third of the COVID-19 pandemic can hit India in six to eight weeks if appropriate norms are not followed and crowding is not prevented. Dr Guleria said that India needs to cautious as it needs to "work aggressively to prevent another large wave till vaccination kicks in".

Here are the highlights of the day:

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14:54 pm: Mumbai Vaccine Scam: A second FIR registered into the matter scam pertaining to Mumbai's Hiranandani Estate Society. Versova Police registers case against two people under multiple sections of IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act, reports ANI.

14:12 pm: Just In: A decision has been taken to impose a COVID19 curfew from June 22 to June 29 with certain relaxations (in the state), says Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal.

13:39 pm: In view of the possible 3rd wave, we want to vaccinate as many as mothers today. Upto yesterday we’ve covered 5.5 lakhs mothers, remaining 4.5-5 lakhs are today’s target, says Andhra Pradesh's Director of Public Health and Family Welfare Dr Geetha Prasadini.

13:03 pm: We have decided to start a 'Vaccination Mahaabhiyan' tomorrow, on the occasion of International Yoga Day. 7,000 centres have been set up, an effort will be made to vaccinate over 10 lakh people at these centres tomorrow itself, says Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

12:52 pm: Kerala wears a deserted look at several places as the state observes complete lockdown on weekends, only essential services will remain open. Visual from Thiruvananthapuram.

12:17 pm: Odisha: Construction work of chariots for Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Mata Subhadra is underway in Puri. The famous Rath Yatra will be held next month on 12 July and Snana Purnima will take place in Srimandira premises on 24 June without devotees due to COVID-19.

11:37 am: Over 29.10 crore (29,10,54,050) vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Of this, total consumption, incl wastages is 26,04,19,412 doses (as per data at 8 AM today), says Union Health Ministry.

More than 3.06 crore (3,06,34,638) COVID Vaccine doses are still available with States and UTs to be administered. Furthermore, more than 24,53,080 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States and UTs within the next 3 days, it added.

10:37 am: 39,10,19,083 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 19th June 2021. Of these, 18,11,446 samples were tested yesterday, says Indian Council of Medical Research.

10:21 am: Just In: Renowned Odia playback singer Tapu Mishra passed away yesterday while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar for post-COVID complications, reports ANI.

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9:42 am: Recovery Rate increases to 96.27 per cent, Weekly Positivity Rate remains below 5 per cent, currently at 3.43 per cent. Daily positivity rate at 3.22 per cent, says Union Health Ministry.

9:27 am: Just In: India reports 58,419 new COVID-19 cases (less than 60,000 after 81 days), 87,619 discharges and 1,576 deaths in last 24 hours as per Union Health Ministry.

Total cases: 2,98,81,965

Total discharges: 2,87,66,009

Death toll: 3,86,713

Active cases: 7,29,243

Vaccination: 27,66,93,572

8:51 am: Jharkhand reports 135 new COVID-19 cases, 305 recoveries and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 1,639 and total positive cases at 3,44,405, says state health department.

8:18 am: Also Read -- 3rd wave likely in 6-8 weeks if 'appropriate COVID-19 behaviour is not followed': AIIMS chief

8:00 am: Mizoram reports 193 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours, says state health department.

Total cases 16,943

Total recoveries 13,129

Death toll 81

Active cases 3,733

7:53 am: Just In: Dubai’s Emirates airline will resume flights connecting India, South Africa and Nigeria to Dubai from June 23rd, reports Dubai's Gulf News.

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7:35 am: We've received out first confirmed case of green fungus. Patient had recovered from COVID, he is under observation, can't say stable though. There was another case before, but it was unconfirmed, says Dr Paramvir Singh, Dist Epidemiologist at Civil Hospital in Punjab's Jalandhar.

7:27 am: Earlier on Saturday, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria warned that India could get hit by the third wave in the next six to eight weeks if appropriate protocols are not followed.

7:21 am: The Centre has asked the states and UTs to ensure that all appropriate COVID-19 norms are followed to avoid the third wave of the pandemic. It has also asked them to focus on the strategy of "test-track-treat" to ensure that cases do not rise again.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma