LIVE UPDATES ON CORONAVIRUS: In just 24 hours, India saw 1.20 lakh cases and 3,380 deaths, the lowest tally in 58 days. For the past nine days, the country has recorded fewer than two lakh instances. On Friday, the country saw 1,32,364 new coronavirus infections, with a recovery rate of 93 percent.
States are pleading with the Prime Minister to release the GST compensation due to them so that they can purchase vaccines for people aged 18 to 44 in order to prevent the commencement of the third wave, she said. This comes after opposition parties accused the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government of selling vaccines to private institutions at exorbitant costs.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, the head of the Shiromani Akali Dal, claims that the Congress government bought vaccinations for Rs 400 each vial and sold them to private institutions for Rs 1060 a vial, charging a high fee to the recipients.