Covid LIVE: Preparing for third wave, says Uddhav as cases hit 2-month low

Coronavirus LIVE updates: India recorded a single-day rise of 1,65,553 new Covid-19 positive cases, the lowest in 46 days, taking the country's infection tally to 2,78,94,800, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll due to the disease climbed to 3,25,972 in the country with 3,460 fatalities being recorded in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity declined to 8.02 per cent, remaining below the 10 per cent-mark for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 per cent.

India continues to be second-most-affected globally.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (5,692,920), Karnataka (2,546,821), Kerala (2,470,872), Tamil Nadu (2,009,700), Uttar Pradesh (1,686,138), and Andhra Pradesh (1,542,079).

 
World coronavirus updates: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe, with more than 170.61 million infected by the deadly contagion. While 152,585,061 have recovered, 3,547,874 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 34,035,318, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,517,031, followed by the Brazil (443,604) and Argentina (216,171).


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Maha extends curbs till June 15; relaxations subject to positivity rate and oxygen beds

The Maharashtra government on Sunday extended the lockdown-like curbs till June 15 and also announcedthat relaxations will be granted depending upon the Covid-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds.
 
In municipal corporations or regions of districts with less than 10 per cent Covid-19 positivity rate and where the availability of occupied oxygen beds will be less than 40 per cent, all the establishments/shops engaged in essential commodities and services that are presently opened from 7 am to 11 am can now remain open from 7 am to 2 pm, the government said in an order.
 
For districts and corporations having more than a 20 per cent positivity rate and where over 75 per cent of oxygen beds are occupied, the borders of such districts will be closed and no person will be allowed to enter or exit in such districts.
 
The exceptions will be death from a family, medical reason and emergency services or services related to such situations.
 
Instead of implementing the 'Break the chain' order uniformly in the state, the restrictions will now be relaxed or made more stringent till 7 amof June 15 by taking into account the positivity rate in the municipality jurisdiction and areas of districts, and the availability of oxygen beds at various places, the government said.
 

Odisha extends lockdown till June 17 to curb Covid spread

The Odisha government on Sunday extended the lockdown by 16 more days till June 17 to further stem the spread of coronavirus.
 
The second phase of the lockdown was to end at 5 am on June 1. It will now continue till 5 am of June 17.
 
"The lockdown is primarily aimed at restricting movement of people and not goods. All restrictions and exemptions of the previous lockdowns will be implemented in the third phase, too," Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said.
 
The weekend shutdown will also continue, he said.
 
"However, for three districts Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundergarh the relaxation period will be from 7 am till 1 pm, instead of 8 am to 11 am, from Monday to Friday, keeping in view the decline in COVID-19 cases in these places. This relaxation may be withdrawn if there is any sign of rise in infections," Mohapatra said.
 
He said all businesses except saloons, parlours and malls are allowed to operate with strict Covid guidelines in the three districts.
 
Restrictions like a cap of 25 people at marriage functions and 20 people at funerals will continue, along with prohibition on mass feasts during such events.
 

Germany hunts down possible fraud in virus tests

The German government is following up on media reports that coronavirus test centres across the country have overbilled authorities for the number of tests taken.
 
Germans are allowed one free “citizen's test” per week to check if they are negative for coronavirus. They can use the result to be able to dine at outside restaurants, go shopping or visit cultural institutions.
 
In recent weeks, thousands of antigen tests centres have popped up everywhere in cities and towns in empty store fronts, closed dance clubs or community centres.
 
Several media have reported that test centre operators are illegally billing for more tests than they actually take.
 
German Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted Saturday that “anybody who uses the pandemic to enrich himself should be ashamed.” He noted that prosecutors in the western city of Bochum were investigating some suspected cases of fraud, but said that most providers were doing a professional job.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM says the state govt is preparing for third wave

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM says the state govt is preparing for third wave. "Third coronavirus wave may infect children, can't let our guard down," he said.

Coronavirus LIVE: Situation has improved but some districts are still seeing case surge, says Uddhav Thackeray

Situation has improved but, some districts are still seeing case surge, especially in rural areas. The govt will have to curb it, says Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt targets to buy 200-250 mn vaccine doses by July-end, says report

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM thanks people of the state for observing discipline and following curbs

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM thanks people of the state for observing discipline and following curbs

Watch: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray addresses state on coronavirus situation


Coronavirus LIVE: Punjab sees 2,627 new cases

Punjab reports 2,627 new coronavirus cases, 127 deaths, and 5371 discharges in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha govt announces extension of lockdown for 16 more days

Odisha govt announces extension of lockdown for 16 more days till June 17 to curb spread of Covid-19: Official

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu records 28,864 new cases

Tamil Nadu records 28,864 new coronavirus cases, 32,982 discharges, and 493 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttar Pradesh reports 1,908 new cases

Uttar Pradesh reports 1,908 new cases, 6,713 recoveries and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 41,214, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Telangana govt extends lockdown for 10 more days, according to CMO

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Telangana govt extends lockdown for 10 more days, according to CMO

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan sees 2,298 fresh cases

Rajasthan reports 2,298 fresh cases, 66 deaths and 9,636 recoveries today; active cases 49,224, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa sees 645 new cases

Goa records 645 new cases, 28 deaths and 1,663 recoveries in the last 24 hours; active cases 14,010, according to the state health department

Second wave hits PSBs collection in May: Bankers

Indian Banks Association (IBA) Chairman Rajkiran Rai on Sunday said that the second wave of Covid-19 has impacted the collections of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in the month of May.
 
"It is difficult to give numbers but can say that we faced difficulty in collections in the Month of May," Rai said during a media briefing.
 
Replying to a question on the impact of the second wave on collection in Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) of Home Loan, Personal loan and payment of credit card bills when compared with the first wave, R Rai said, "We have seen some substantial improvement in the month of April 21 against April 2020, but we are witnessing the impact on the collection of banks in the current month of May." (ANI)

Monthly pension to be transferred into accounts of children orphaned by Covid from today: MP CM

As the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government completed its seven years in the office on Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the transfer process of monthly pension amount of Rs 5,000 announced by the state government for children who lost their parents in the pandemic will be initiated from today.
 
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also distributed ration kits and masks here today.
 
"So many families were destroyed due to the Covid crisis. There are so many children who have become orphans as their parents died due to Covid-19. They are our children. This state's children. Every month Rs 5,000 pension will be paid to such children. I will start transferring the amount in the bank account of these children from today evening at 4 pm. The food and education requirements of such children will also be taken care of by the state government. How can the niece and nephews suffer in the presence of their uncle?"
 
On May 13, 2021, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister had announced that a pension of Rs 5,000 per month besides free education and ration will be provided to the children who lost their parents to Covid-19. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Will supply 100 million Covishield doses in June, Serum tells Centre

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 13,400 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 13,400 new coronavirus cases, 94 deaths, and 21,133 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Govt may lift restrictions on oxygen use for some industries in 2-3 days

The government is likely to lift restrictions on the use of liquid oxygen for some priority industries in the next 2-3 days as demand for medical oxygen has come down, a top government official said on Sunday.
 
To make oxygen available to more people during the peak of the second wave of Covid-19, the Centre on April 25 had barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purpose and asked manufacturing units to maximise its production and make it available to the government for medical use. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Curfew to continue in districts with over 600 active cases, says UP CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi sees 946 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: UP govt relaxes partial curfew from June 1

Uttar Pradesh govt announces relaxations in partial curfew in a graded manner from June 1. Economic activities outside the containment zones allowed from 7am to 7pm. 

Govt announces relief to dependents of workers passing away due to Covid

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has announced additional benefits for workers through ESIC and EPFO schemes to address the fear and anxiety of workers about well-being of their family members due to increase in incidences of death due to Covid-19 pandemic. Enhanced social security is sought to be provided to the workers without any additional cost to the employer. Read full govt release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt issues advisory to private TV channels on Covid awareness

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM to address the state tonight at 8:30 pm

Puducherry logs 930 new Covid-19 cases

The union territory of Puducherry added 930 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 taking the overall caseload to 1,03,826, a senior official of Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday.
 
Twenty-one more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours pushing the toll to 1,518, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said.
 
Twelve of the deceased were women, he said, adding 15 of the victims hailed from Puducherry, followed by Karaikal (3), Yanam (2) and Mahe (1).
 
The 930 new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 8,437 samples during the last 24 hours, the Health Department Director said. (PTI)

9,541 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths in Odisha: Health Department

9,541 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths in Odisha: Health Department

US on track for July 4 vaccination target: CDC

The US is on track to reach a target calling for 70 per cent of adults to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
New CDC data released on Saturday indicates that more that half of all adults in the US, or more than 51 per cent, are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, marking another milestone in the country's pandemic recovery, reports dpa news agency.
 
Some 167.2 million people 18 years or older have received at least one dose, according to the CDC data.

Karnataka: Lockdown to continue till June 7

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday announced that the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in the state will continue till June 7.
 
"We have got general guidelines from GoI regarding how to follow containment measures till June 30. There will be no changes in ongoing restrictions till June 7", said Bommai.
 
The minister also informed that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will call for a meeting of ministers and experts in a few days to take the final call.
 
"The positivity rate and the number of cases in the state have declined, and if every citizen supports, we can control the infection", Bommai added. (ANI)

Jharkhand: Covid fatalities nosedive to 13 in last 24 hours

Jharkhand reported 13 Covid-19 fatalities in the last 24-hours, the lowest in a single day in May, pushing the death toll to 4,958, a health department bulletin said on Sunday.
 
The total active Covid-19 cases in the state plunged to 10,946, it said.
 
The state had on May 2 registered a high of 159 fatalities due to Covid-19, the highest in a single day in the current month.
 
Chief Minister Hemant Soren has earlier ordered a death audit to be conducted in five districts witnessing high deaths to assess in a transparent manner the ground reality.
 
The Covid-19 deaths in state capital Ranchi and East Singhbhum which were witnessing high casualties dipped to four and three respectively. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: BJP chief flags off relief material on Modi govt's 7th anniversary

Coronavirus LIVE: India's situation continues to be of concern and challenge, says WHO regional director

India's Covid active cases decrease by 114,216 in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

Oxygen Express delivers 2114.21 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen to Kerala, Tamil Nadu

The Southern Railway has delivered 2114.21 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Tamil Nadu and Keralathrough 32 'Oxygen Express' trains to help these states tide over the difficulties in supply during the second wave of the pandemic.
 
Three Oxygen Express trainshave so delivered380.2MT of Oxygen to Kerala, a railway statement said on Saturday. All the three rakes were offloaded at Vallarpadam Container Terminal in Kochi.
 
The third Oxygen Express, loaded at Rourkela (Odisha) for the Vallarpadam Container Terminal, arrived at the destination on May 27, it said. Meanwhile, as many as 29 loaded Oxygen Express trains have so far delivered 1734.01 MT of LMO to Tamil Nadu.

Bengal records lowest Covid cases in a month

After 15 days of restrictions imposed by the West Bengal government which was coming to an end on Saturday, the state recorded the lowest number of fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday, health officials said here on Sunday.
 
Not only that there has been a sharp decline in the number of daily positive cases and the rate of positivity for the last five days compared to the beginning of the month. This has allowed the government to continue with restrictions for the next 15 days.
 
"The restrictions imposed by the state government are showing positive results. The number of positive cases has come down and the rate of positivity which was more than 30 per cent in the beginning of the month has come to around 18-19 per cent. So, as the restriction is giving positive results, we have decided to increase it by another 15 days," chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.

Social distancing norms flouted at a Siliguri market in West Bengal

50 people have died due to black fungus in Haryana, 650 more receiving treatment: CM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said 50 people have died due to black fungus in the state so far, while 650 more are undergoing treatment for the infection in various hospitals.
 
"There have been over 750 cases of black fungus in Haryana so far. Fifty-eight have been cured while 50 people have lost their lives and 650 patients are seeking treatment," Khattar said during a news conference here.
 
Addressing the conference virtually, he said the government was procuring the injection used in treatment of black fungus while some stock was already available and was being used in government hospitals.
 
"We have got 6,000 injection vials. Over the next two days, we will get 2,000 vials more while we have placed an order for another 5,000 vials, he said.

Bihar CM announces financial aid of Rs 1,500 per month to children who lost parents due to Covid

Haryana extends lockdown till June 7, eases certain restrictions

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state by another week till June 7, easing restrictions on shop timings which will now be allowed to stay open from 9 am to 3 pm on odd-even days.
 
The state government termed the lockdown "Mahamari Alert/Surkshit Haryana (Epidemic Alert/Safe Haryana)".
 
Addressing a virtual press conference, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said even though the COVID-19 situation has improved in the state, it has been decided to extend the "Mahamari Alert/Surkshit Haryana" lockdown till 5 am on June 7 with some more relaxations. He said shops which were earlier allowed to open as per odd-even basis from 7 am to 12 pm will now be open from 9 am to 3 pm.

Daily production of liquid medical oxygen now risen over 10 times to nearly 9,500 MT: PM Modi

In normal times, daily production of liquid medical oxygen was 900 MT, it has now risen over 10 times to nearly 9,500 MT: PM Modi

Bulgaria extends Covid emergency till July end

The Bulgarian government has extended the nationwide Covid-19 pandemic emergency until July 31, the cabinet said in a statement. The epidemic emergency was initially declared on May 14 last year with a duration of one month, replacing the state of emergency implemented on March 13, Xinhua news agency.
 
It has already been extended several times, with the last extension to the end of May.
 
"The prolongation of the epidemic situation and the implementation of anti-epidemic measures in the country aim to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on public health and the health care system, taking into account the real risk of the spread of different variants of SARS-CoV-2 in Bulgaria with high infectivity," the statement issued on Saturday said.

Haryana govt extends Covid lockdown till June 7: CM

Wear your mask, follow social distancing, get vaccinated: PM Modi's message to the nation

More than 2,500 labs functional across India; 20 lakh Covid tests being conducted in a day: PM Modi

In normal times, daily production of liquid medical oxygen was 900 million tonne (MT). Now, this has gone up by more than 10 times to nearly 9500 MT per day. In the beginning of Corona, there was only one testing lab in the country, but today, more than 2,500 labs are working. Initially, only a few hundred tests could be conducted in a day, now more than 20 lakh tests are being conducted in a day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: So far, more than 33 crore samples for Covid tested in India, says PM Modi

So far, more than 33 crore samples have been tested in the country: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Our front-line workers have played a remarkable role in fighting Covid-19: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Drivers of oxygen tankers working on war footing and saved lives of lakhs of people: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Railways taking oxygen to every part of the country through Oxygen Express: PM Modi

To help the country deal with sudden rise in oxygen demand, Railways Ministry is helping the country by taking oxygen to every part of the country through Oxygen Express. To facilitate transportation of oxygen, Indian Railways has also come forward. Oxygen Express trains have transported oxygen more rapidly and in larger quantities: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: I salute all those who working to endlessly to save lives during this pandemic, says Modi

I salute all those who are working to endlessly to save lives during this pandemic. We are standing by the families of all those who lost their lives. Many doctors, medical staff sacrificed their own safety and worked day and night. In all this, there are several people who played an important role: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat'.

India is fighting the coronavirus pandemic with all its might: PM Modi

The country is fighting the coronavirus pandemic with all its might. Apart from this, India has always faced cyclones, earthquakes, floods, but we fought that well. We were able to save many lives despite these disasters: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: PM Modi converses with Dinesh Upadhyay Ji, who drives a liquid oxygen tanker

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: India has been fighting Covid-19, the nation witnessed a few natural disasters too, says PM

Nearly 12 crore vaccine doses will be available in June 2021: Health Ministry

Odisha reports 9,541 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

Odisha reported as many as 9541 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the state health bulletin. Out of fresh COVID-19 cases, 4198 caught the infection from local contacts.
 
The total number of recoveries in the state stood at 658646 and 2719 deaths. According to the official health bulletin, the state has 95266 active COVID-19 cases.
 
The cumulative number of COVID tests conducted so far has reached 11711459. One of the worst-hit districts of the state is Khurda, which has reported 1342 new cases in the last 24 hours, which is the highest among other 31 districts of the states.

LIVE: PM Modi to address nation on 'Mann Ki Baat' at 11 am

Covid LIVE: PM to address nation via Mann Ki Baat, may speak about vaccines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday broadcast his monthly radio show 'Mann Ki Baat', coinciding with seven years of his government.
 
Modi is likely to use the 77th edition of the show to speak about the coronavirus pandemic, responding to feedback he had sought from the public. Business Standard reported on May 25 the show got more than 7,000 submissions, with many citizens expressing anguish over weak healthcare infrastructure and slow vaccination.
 
Modi, in his previous show on April 25, had said the second wave of Covid-19 is testing people's patience and their capacity to endure pain. READ ON...

Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

When the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines about mask-wearing on May 13, 2021, plenty of Americans were left a little confused. 
 
Now anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said the new guideline is based on the evolution of the science and serves as an incentive for the almost two-thirds of Americans who are not yet fully vaccinated to go ahead and get the shot. But some people cannot be vaccinated because of underlying conditions. 

Number of active Covid-19 cases in India stands at 21,14,508: Union Health Ministry

Number of active Covid-19 cases in India stands at 21,14,508: Union Health Ministry

India records single-day spike of 1.65 lakh Covid-19 cases, lowest in 46 days

India recorded a single-day rise of 1,65,553 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 46 days, taking the country's infection tally to 2,78,94,800, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
 
The daily positivity declined to 8.02 per cent, remaining below the 10 per cent-mark for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 per cent, it said.
 
The death toll due to the disease climbed to 3,25,972 in the country with 3,460 fatalities being recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. Also, 20,63,839 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the country on Saturday, taking the total number of such exams so far to 34,31,83,748, the ministry said.

Another case of brothers dying together due to Covid in UP

Two brothers, born three years apart, die in a Meerut hospital, within hours of each other, due to Covid. The brothers, Raza Hussain Zaidi, 27, and Shuja Hussain Zaidi, 24, were inseparable. They went to the same school and later to the same college from where they graduated as engineers.
 
Shuja tested positive for Covid and was admitted to a hospital where he was recovering.
 
Raza, the eldest among the three siblings, also complained of fever on May 22. As his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to a private hospital, where his younger brother was already admitted. But, within a few hours, Raza passed away.

Kerala govt to issue Covid vaccination certificates with passport numbers for those travelling abroad

The Kerala government has announced it will issue Covid-19 vaccination certificates with passport numbers to people travelling abroad to countries where it is mandatory. The district medical officers have been authorised as the competent authority to issue these certificates.
 
"Those beneficiaries (above 18 years) who are travelling abroad and wants to get the State Issued COVID Vaccination certificate, with Passport number and/or vaccine name added (in case of Covishield) as mentioned in GO must apply for the same through https://covid19.kerala.gov.in/vaccine/," the notification issued by the Kerala government on Saturday read.
 
"Applications thus submitted will be verified by the concerned District Medical Officer/ Officer designated by DMO and the application will be approved/rejected. Once approved digital certificate will be issued, and the Beneficiary will get an SMS confirmation regarding the same. Certificate can then be downloaded from the portal (https://covid19.kerala.gov.in/vaccine/)," it said.

India reports 165,553 new Covid cases and 3,460 deaths in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

UK records another 3,398 coronavirus cases

Another 3,398 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, down from 4,182 cases reported Friday, which was the highest daily number since April 1, according to official figures released Saturday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,480,945, according to official figures.
 
The country also reported another seven coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 127,775. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
 
The latest data were revealed as a British expert warned that the India-related coronavirus variant could "pick up speed and become a big problem" in Britain as the country further eases its lockdown.

Jodhpur district administration organizes vaccination camp for Pakistani Hindu refugees

The Jodhpur district administration organized a vaccination camp for Pakistani Hindu refugees in the Kali Beri area on Saturday to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In a judgment passed by the Rajasthan High Court on Friday, it informed that guidelines issued by the Centre, in no way, exclude any migrants when it comes to Covid-19 vaccination. In the judgement, the Court directed to vaccinate Pakistani Hindu refugees and make ration kits available for them.

Mass Covid vaccination drive in far-flung areas in Rajouri

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 169.7mn with more than 3.52 mn deaths

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 169.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.52 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 169,773,989 and 3,529,577, respectively.
 
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 33,251,717 and 594,304, respectively, according to the CSSE. READ ON...

Singapore reports only 33 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 33 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including 23 locally-transmitted cases and 10 imported ones, bringing the total tally to 62,003.
 
Of the local cases, 19 are linked to the previous cases and four are currently unlinked.
 
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 199 cases in the week before to 138 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 48 cases in the week before to 23 cases in the past week, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Argentina reports 416 more deaths from Covid-19, tally surpasses 77,000

Argentina on Saturday surpassed 77,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Ministry of Health reported.
 
With 416 more deaths in the past day, the death toll reached 77,108 and another 29,841 new cases were also recorded, bringing the total caseload to 3,732,263.
 
A total of 366,688 people are in the active stage of the disease and 6,909 patients are currently hospitalized in intensive care units. According to the Public Vaccination Monitor, since December 29, 12,063,160 doses of vaccine have been administered in the country. READ ON...

HC to rule on Monday on plea to stop Central Vista work during Covid-19

The Delhi High Court will decide on Monday whether to allow the continuation of the Central Vista project work during the prevailing Covid pandemic.
 
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, which had been hearing a plea for suspending the ongoing construction work during the Covid pandemic, has fixed May 31 for delivery of its judgement on it, the high court's cause list revealed on Saturday.
 
The court had reserved its judgement on May 17 on the joint plea by Anya Malhotra, a translator, and Sohail Hashmi, a historian and documentary filmmaker. READ HERE...

Black fungus: Consignment of 200,000 Amphotericin B doses reaches India

A consignment of 200,000 AmBisome (Amphotericin B injection), used in black fungus treatment reached India on early Sunday.
 
"Another consignment of AmBisome from @GileadSciences, used in Black Fungus treatment, reaches India. Total 200,000 doses already there so far. More to follow!" tweeted Ambassador of India to United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
 
Mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, has wreaked havoc across India, especially in COVID-19 patients who have been administered heavy doses of steroids to treat the infection.

Govt stops central allocation of Remdesivir to states as supply improves

The Centre has stopped allocation of antiviral drug Remdesivir to states as the supply of the critical medication has surpassed the demand, Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya said on Saturday.
 
"Now the country has enough #Remdesivir as the supply is much more than the demand. So we have decided to DISCONTINUE the Central Allocation of Remdesivir to States," Mandaviya said in a tweet.
 
The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers noted that the supply of the drug, which is being used to treat COVID-19, has been ramped up over ten times from just 33,000 vials a day on April 11, 2021 to 3,50,000 vials per day currently. READ ON...

Saudi Arabia to supply more oxygen, containers to India to aid Covid fight

Saudi Arabia is shipping to India more medical oxygen and tankers for ferrying them as it increases aid for the nation fighting the world's worst outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Last month, Saudi Arabia shipped 80 tonnes of liquid oxygen to India and now three more containers with 60 tonnes of oxygen and another 100 containers to ferry them. READ HERE...

Unlock would work only when entire ecosystem opens: Industry associations

Ahead of a possible easing out of the COVID-19 lockdown in Delhi, president of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) Sanjay Aggarwal on Saturday said that unlock would only work when Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal opens the entire ecosystem.
 
While talking to ANI, Aggarwal said, "Workers need raw material. There is a whole ecosystem on which industries depend. It is important to see how the markets are open now because we can understand that the government has to see both things. They also have to see that there is no big danger again." READ ON...

An NGO distributed Covid essential items in Moradabad

More states in US ease lingering virus rules as Covid vaccine rates rise

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, more US cities and states are shrugging off lingering COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination rates rise and the number of infections falls.
 
Massachusetts lifted a mask requirement Saturday, a day after New Jersey dropped its mandate. In New York City and Chicago, officials reopened public beaches, though winds and cool temperatures kept crowds away.
 
Welcome back, Chicago," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a video announcement. The lakefront is open." READ HERE...

Mizoram reports 329 new Covid positive cases and one death on Saturday

Mizoram reports 329 new Covid positive cases and one death on Saturday.

Centre refutes reports claiming CoWIN portal creating digital divide

Union Health Ministry on Saturday refuted media reports claiming that CoWIN platform creating a digital divide and allowing unscrupulous elements to hack the system to benefit a few sections of population.
 
"There have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWIN platform creating a digital divide and allowing unscrupulous elements to hack the system to benefit a few sections of population. Reports are incorrect and not supported by full information on the matter," the Ministry said. READ MORE...

32 kids orphaned in Covid pandemic in Delhi: Child rights panel chief

The Delhi child rights panel has identified 32 children who have been orphaned during the Covid pandemic in the national capital.
 
Ten more children, living with single parents, have lost them, said Commission for Protection of Child Rights chief Anurag Kundu.
 
"Sixteen children have been identified who lost their parents during the second wave. We have been enquiring about them whether they require medical attention, ration, counselling, immunisation etc, said DCPCR member Ranjana Prasad.
 
We are providing them the help they ask for," she added. READ HERE...

Domestic flights to cost more as govt raises minimum airfares by 13%-16%

Flights within the country are set to become costlier as the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has decided to raise the lower limit on domestic airfares from 13 per cent to 16 per cent, which will come into effect from June 1.
 
As per an order by MoCA on Friday, "Fare for domestic travel less than 40 minutes of duration will be hiked by Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,600, which is 13 per cent of the current fare."
 
Flights with duration between 40 minutes to one hour will have fares at a lower limit of Rs 3,300. The fares for such flights were earlier capped by the ministry at Rs 2,900. Similarly, for flights of duration between 60-90 minutes airfare will be charged at Rs 4,000, 90-120 minutes at Rs 4,700, 150-180 minutes at Rs 6,100 and 180-210 minutes will cost Rs 7,400. READ ON...

Total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India crosses 21 crore: Health Ministry

Govt announces scheme to provide pension for dependents of Covid victims

The government on Saturday announced a string of measures, including a pension for dependents of those having lost their lives due to COVID-19, among other benefits for the families who lost their earning members to the pandemic.
 
Besides family pensions, insurance benefits under the Employees' Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) scheme have been enhanced and liberalised. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said these steps will help mitigate financial difficulties faced by these families.
 
Modi said his government stands in solidarity with these families. READ ON...

Delhi extends coronavirus curbs till June 7, relaxes norms for construction

The Delhi government has extended the COVID curfew for another week till 5 am of June 7 while allowing operations of manufacturing/production units within closed premises.
 
"The DDMA extended the curfew on the movement of individuals except for essential activities in Delhi till 5 am on June 7 (Monday) or further orders whichever is earlier. Operations of manufacturing/production units within closed premises in approved industrial areas and construction activities within their worksites shall be allowed outside the containment zones during the curfew period," reads the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order. READ MORE...

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