Coronavirus LIVE: Nearly 48,000 cases in Karnataka; positivity rate at 32%

An unidentified group reacts at the cremation of a Covid-19 victim in Delhi
Coronavirus live updates: India on Sunday reported 403,738 new cases of Covid-19 and 4,092 deaths from the disease, a day after more states announced stricter lockdowns.

The health ministry reported the country had now 222,96,414 coronavirus cases and the overall death toll stood at 2,42,362. It was the fourth day straight that the country had recorded over 400,000 fresh Covid-19 cases.


Tamil Nadu, known for its automobile manufacturing, said it would move from a partial to a full lockdown on Monday, shutting public transport and state-run alcohol retailers. Neighbouring Karnataka state extended a total shutdown late on Friday. India is yet to impose a national lockdown as it did during its first wave last year, but around half of all its states have imposed a total shutdown. The rest are under a partial shutdown.


Hospitals around India have been overwhelmed by a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections with oxygen supplies running short in medical facilities due to the sudden surge in demand.

World coronavirus update: Worldwide there were 158,298,851 coronavirus cases and 3,295,949 deaths since the pandemic began. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,452,659 cases, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. 


Chinese scientists discussed weaponising SARS coronaviruses in 2015: Report

A document written by Chinese scientists and health officials before the pandemic in 2015 states that SARS coronaviruses were a "new era of genetic weapons" that could be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed, reported Weekend Australian.
The paper titled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons suggested that World War Three would be fought with biological weapons. The document revealed that Chinese military scientists were discussing the weaponisation of SARS coronaviruses five years before the Covid-19 pandemic. The report by Weekend Australian was published in
Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told that the document is as close to a "smoking gun" as we've got. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal sees 19,441 new cases

West Bengal reports 19,441 new coronavirus cases, 124 deaths and 18,454 discharges in the last 24 hours; active cases at 1,26,027, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra sees 48,401 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Lalu Yadav reviews Covid situation with his party MLAs

12 Covid-19 Care Centres to be opened in TN, says Minister

The Tamil Nadu government would set up 12 more Covid-19 Care Centres in the state to treat patients with mild symptoms using traditional Indian medicines, Minister for Medical and Family Welfare M Subramanian said here on Sunday.
After inaugurating a Siddha Covid-19 Care Centre equipped with 240 beds in Tondiarpet here on Sunday, Subramanian said currently 195 patients were under treatment at the facility.
".. Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms will be treated here. In order to reduce the crowd at other hospitals, we opened this centre," he told reporters. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana sees 4,976 new cases

4,976 new coronavirus cases in Telangana, 35 more deaths, as per the health bulletin of the state

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand health dept forms flying squad in every district to inspect bed availability

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat reports 11,084 new cases

Gujarat reports 11,084 new coronavirus cases, 14,770 discharges and 121 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Manipur reports 579 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh sees 22,164 new cases

Andhra Pradesh records 22,164 new coronavirus cases, 18,832 recoveries and 92 fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 47,930 new cases

Karnataka reports 47,930 new coronavirus cases, 490 fatalities and 31,796 discharges in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees over 23,000 new cases

Uttar Pradesh registers 23,333 new coronavirus cases, 34,636 recoveries and 296 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Jammu and Kashmir reports 5,190 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir reports 5,190 new coronavirus cases, 2,423 recoveries and 54 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 49,248, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 28,897 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 28,897 new coronavirus cases, 236 fatalities and 23,515 discharges in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan sees 17,921 new cases

17,921 new coronavirus cases, 159 deaths and 16,880 discharges were reported in Rajasthan, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa registers 2,633 new cases

Goa registers 2,633 new coronavirus cases, 67 fatalities and 3078 recoveries in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand records 180 new deaths

Uttarakhand records 180 new deaths, 5890 cases and 2731 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Hero MotoCorp extends closure of manufacturing plants

In view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation across the country, Hero MotoCorp - the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters - has decided to extend the shutdown at its manufacturing facilities across India, its Global Parts Center (GPC) in Neemrana and its R&D facility – the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur – by another week, till May 16, 2021. Read the exchange filing here

25-bed Covid hospital set up in just 24 hours in Rajasthan's Barmer by modifying containers

Amid surging Covid-19 cases, a team of over 100 people set up a 25-bed makeshift hospital in just 24 hours in a nondescript village in Rajasthan's Barmer district by modifying eight bunkhouse containers.
Built entirely with the contribution of Bhamashahs (social workers), the facility at Sambhra village became operational Saturday after Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary got it inaugurated by the workers who toiled hard to raise it in such a short span of time.
The makeshift hospital has been set up on 15-acre of land allotted free to the HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. It has advanced oxygen-supported beds, stretchers, waiting room for staff and family members of patients as well as a small garden. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees just 2,403 cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt issues an update on Covid relief aid

Reflecting the solidarity and goodwill towards India, the global community has extended a helping hand in supporting efforts of India in this collective fight against Covid-19. Government of India has designed a streamlined and systematic mechanism for effective allocation, and prompt distribution and delivery of the support supplies received by India. This will help to supplement the medical infrastructure of the tertiary care institutions and recipient States/UTs, and strengthen their clinical management capacities for effective clinical management of the hospitalised Covid-19 patients. Read full govt release here 

Covid-19: Hike quota of oxygen to 300 MT, Punjab CM urges PM Modi

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the total quota of oxygen to 300 metric tonnes (MT), and ensure urgent supplies of vaccine for the state, which has been facing shortage on both counts.
The Chief Minister raised these issues when Modi called him up to discuss the state's Covid-19 situation and the measures being taken to tackle the crisis.
The Prime Minister assured of all possible help, the Chief Minister said later, adding he hoped the Centre would take immediate steps to supplement the oxygen supplies, and ensure that vaccine doses were sent to Punjab on priority to help the state effective manage the situation triggered by the second wave of the pandemic. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala sees 35,801 new cases

35,801 new coronavirus cases, 29,318 recoveries and 68 deaths were reported in Kerala in last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Manish Sisodia attacks Centre for exporting coronavirus vaccines

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Sunday attacked the Centre over the export of coronavirus vaccines, saying a large number of lives could have been saved in India if the doses were given to people in the country first.
"It's a heinous crime committed by the Central government to sell vaccines to other countries only for its image management at a time when people were dying in our own country," he told an online briefing.
Citing a newspaper report, Sisodia said the Centre sold coronavirus vaccines to 93 countries of which 60 percent had COVID-19 under control, and also where there was no threat of loss of life due to the virus. Read here

GST on vaccines in the 'interest of citizens', must to keep rates low: FM

Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that the goods and services tax (GST) on coronavirus-related drugs and vaccines is necessary so that manufacturers offset their input taxes and keep the prices low.
"If full exemption from GST is given, vaccine manufacturers would not be able to offset their input taxes and would pass them on to the end consumer/citizen by increasing the price," Sitharaman said.
The Finance Minister was responding to a letter by Mamata Banerjee to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking GST exemption on various coronavirus-related drugs. Read here

Jharkhand reports 141 more Covid-19 deaths, 6,112 fresh cases

Jharkhand on Sunday reported 141 Covid-19 fatalities, raising the toll to 3,756, while the coronavirus tally mounted to 2,82,174 with 6,112 fresh cases, a health department bulletin said.
The state now has 61,195 active cases, while 2,17,223 patients have so far recovered from the disease, it said.
Ranchi district recorded the maximum number of 42 fatalities, followed by East Singhbhum (25) and Dhanbad (11). (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi seeks directions to Serum, Bharat Biotech to increase supplies in letter to Centre

Coronavirus LIVE: GST exemption to vaccines would increase prices, says FM

Coronavirus Latest: Emirates to fly medical aid to India for free

Emirates airline said on Sunday it will fly medical supplies from Dubai to nine cities in India free of charge from this week to help battle a devastating upsurge in the coronavirus.
International aid has poured in for India, where record infection rates have overwhelmed hospitals, depleting medicines, oxygen tanks and other supplies. read more
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways also airlifted 300 tonnes of aid free of charge from Doha to India. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM interacts with around 700 private doctors of Mumbai

TamilNadu CM asks ministers to ensure full implementation of lockdown

TamilNadu CM M K Stalin asks ministers to ensure full implementation of lockdown, ensure oxygen is used in proper manner and wastage avoided in hospitals. Stalin also asks ministers to monitor remdesivir sale and ensure it is not sold in black market

PM Modi speaks to Uttarakhand to assess Covid situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and assessed the coronavirus situation in the state, which is witnessing a relentless surge in the infections.
Modi assured the state of of all possible help to combat the deadly virus.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up for an update on Covid cases in Uttarakhand. I apprised him with the present situation," Rawat said in a tweet. (PTI)

Central govt exported vaccines when people were scrambling for beds and oxygen: Manish Sisodia

Nearly 4,200 MT Oxygen delivered by Oxygen Expresses, says govt

Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 4,200 MT of LMO in more than 268 tankers to various states across the country. 68 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far. Read full govt release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel recovers from Covid-19

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday said he has recovered from Covid-19 infection and got discharged from a hospital here, where he was admitted over two weeks back.
Patel, 64, was on April 24 admitted to Ahmedabad's U N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre after testing positive for coronavirus. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Greater Kailash Police Station starts Covi-Van facility to help senior citizens

Coronavirus LIVE: Vaccines for 18-44 age group to be launched in 11 more districts, says UP CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala govt issues fresh guidelines to improve patient care during pandemic

Thailand confirms 2,101 new Covid-19 cases

Thailand confirmed 2,101 new Covid-19 cases and 17 more fatalities on Sunday amid the country's most severe coronavirus outbreak, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Of the new cases, 2,086 were domestic infections while 15 others were imported, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said at a daily news briefing.
The capital Bangkok continued to have the highest number of infections, with 980 new cases detected during the past 24 hours. (PTI)

Australia's borders to remain closed indefinitely: PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced that the country's borders will remain closed indefinitely for the rest of the world to protect Australians from the deadly outbreaks of Covid-19 strains.
Australia's borders were slammed shut in March last year as the coronavirus spread across the world. Only citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to enter the country under some strict Covid-19 border rules.
On April 27, Australia suspended all direct passenger flights from India with immediate effect until May 15 due to the "very significant" spike in Covid-19 cases there.
According to media reports here, Morrison said he "doesn't see an appetite" for Australia opening to the world at the moment, and that he intended to be cautious. (PTI)

Coronavirus: Puducherry records highest ever daily deaths

The Union territory of Puducherry recorded the highest single day Covid-19 fatality count on Sunday with 26 deaths, while the addition of 1,633 cases pushed the caseload to 71,709, the health department said.
The 26 deaths took the toll in the UT to 965. The previous high was 19 deaths on May 8. Read here

Odisha govt allocates Rs 60 lakh to feed stray animals during lockdown

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday sanctioned Rs 60 lakh from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) to feed stray animals during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in five municipal corporations, 48 municipalities and 61 Notified Area Councils (NACs).
Earlier in the day, the Odisha government decided to prioritise the vaccination of 18 to 44 age group people in the five municipal corporations of the state where the positivity rate of Covid-19 infection is relatively high. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi sees over 13,000 cases, positivity rate dips to 21.67%

Coronavirus LIVE: Bihar CM says his govt is taking all necessary steps to beat virus

Variant accelerating India's virus explosion, says WHO top scientist Soumya Swaminathan

A Covid-19 variant (B.1.617) spreading in India is more contagious and may be dodging vaccine protections, contributing to the country's explosive outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said Saturday.
In an interview with AFP, Soumya Swaminathan warned that "the epidemiological features that we see in India today do indicate that it's an extremely rapidly spreading variant". (AFP)

Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya's father passes away due to Covid

Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya lost his father on Sunday, who succumbed to Covid-19.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the Rajasthan Royals team management confirmed the development. "It is unfortunate and our prayers with the family at this time," the source said.
Sakariya, who took seven wickets in IPL 2021, had lost his brother in January this year. The young pacer was playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when his brother passed away.
Earlier this week, Indian women's cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy lost her sister Vatsala to Covid-19. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: UP CM inspects DRDO-built hospital at BHU premises

DRDO's anti-Covid drug is safe, will help patients recover faster: Dr Sudhir Chandna

Dr Sudhir Chandna, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) scientist, on Sunday said the recently approved anti-Covid drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) is completely safe and will help patients recover faster.
2-DG has been developed by INMAS, a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad.
"During clinical trials, it has yielded an effective result in curing patients infected with Covid-19. The medicine has gone through clinical trials on around 110 patients in the second phase. In the third phase, it was tried on 220 patients. It has shown better efficacy in phase two itself as compared to the standard care," Dr Chandna said.
"Recovery was two to three days faster for COVID-19 patients," he added. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: 'Corona Curfew' in Jammu and Kashmir extended till May 17

'Corona Curfew' in Jammu and Kashmir extended till May 17. Essential services allowed, gathering permissible for marriages reduced to 25.

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt issues guidelines for lockdown extension

Centre releases Rs 8,923 crore to 25 states as grants for rural governance

The finance ministry on Sunday said it has released Rs 8,923 crore to 25 states for providing grants to the rural local bodies for various prevention and mitigation measures needed to fight Covid-19. The grants are meant for the three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions: village, block and district.

Chhattisgarh to deliver liquor at home

The Chhattisgarh government has allowed home delivery of liquor in the state through online sale during the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown, PTI said quoting government officials said on Sunday. The opposition BJP in Chhattisgarh criticised the ruling Congress over the decision.

Modi speaks to 4 chief ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to the chief ministers of Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand about Covid-19, PTI reported quoting unnamed government officials. India this morning reported 4,03,738 new cases in a day, which pushed the tally to 2,22,96,414.

UP extends curfew till May 17

Uttar Pradesh on Sunday said it is extending till May 17 a curfew imposed to slow down Covid-19 cases. The curfew was to end on 7am Monday.

Delhi can't afford leniency , says Kejriwal

Chief Minister Kejriwal says Delhi is extending its lockdown to ensure infections come down. "The positivity rate has gone down but still we can't afford leniency. We need to extend to lockdown," he said in a televised address.

Delhi extends lockdown for a week

Delhi lockdown extended by another week, "will be stricter this time": Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Extension will continue till May 17; Metro services will be suspended during this period, says Kejriwal, news agency ANI reports.

Nagaland says it has enough medical oxygen

Nagaland’s health department on Sunday said the state has sufficient stock of oxygen to deal with Covid-19 cases. As many as 250 oxygen concentrators have been distributed in districts.

Indian players of Punjab Kings IPL team back home

All Indian members of the Punjab Kings IPL team have reached home after the tournament was suspended on May 4 due to infections burst the bio security bubble. The club urged its fans to "wear masks, follow social distancing norms and hygiene protocols".

Arunachal finds no new Covid deaths in 24 hours

Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday reported 244 new Covid-19 cases, the state’s highest single-day spike that took the total tally to 20,046. Total fatalities continued at 60 as the state did not report any new death in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus recovery rate in the state now is 89.71 per cent, PTI reported quoting the heath department.

Three oxygen generators, 1,000 ventilators arrive from UK

A total of three oxygen generators and 1,000 ventilators arrived from the United Kingdom on Sunday as part of COVID assistance for India's fight against the pandemic.
Following the delivery of the medical aid, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) expressed gratitude to the UK, for taking forward the "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" between the two countries.
"Taking forward our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Consignment of 3 O2 generators & 1,000 ventilators arrives from UK. Each generator has capacity to produce 500 litres of O2/min, enough to treat 50 people at a time. Deeply value the contribution from our close friend," MEA spokesperson tweeted.

Meghalaya reports 11 new Covid-19 deaths, 375 fresh cases

Meghalaya reported 11 new COVID-19 fatalities, the highest single-day deaths, pushing the toll in the state to 210, a senior health department official said on Sunday.
Of the 11 deaths reported on Saturday, seven were from East Khasi Hills district, three from West Jaintia Hills and one from Ri-Bhoi district, the official said. The COVID-19 caseload in the state rose to 19,302 as 375 more people tested positive for the infection on Saturday, Health Services Director, Aman War said.
The state now has 2,678 active COVID-19 cases, while 16,414 patients have recovered from the disease, he said.

103-year-old man recovers from Covid in Maharashtra's Palghar

A 103-year-old resident of Palghar in Maharashtra has recovered from Covid-19 despite being in the vulnerable age group, PTI reported on Sunday quoting government officials. Shamrao Ingle was admitted to a rural Covid-19 hospital after he contracted the infection. According to doctors, Ingle responded well to the medical treatment. He was discharged Saturday.

India's Covid-19 tally tops 22 million

India on Sunday reported 4,03,738 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total infection count to 222,96,414. It reported 4,092 new deaths to take total fatalities to 242,362. The number of active cases stands at 3,736,648 and 18,317,404 people have recovered since start of the pandemic, said the health ministry. It is the fourth consecutive day when the number of daily infections went above 400,000.

Farmers defy restrictions, protest in Punjab

Famer unions in Punjab on held Saturday marches and motorcycle rallies to protest against lockdowns, violating restrictions to break the chain of infection. Protests were held in 87 towns in 15 districts of Punjab, the Indian Express reported quoting unions. The unions had given a call ‘lockdown todo, bazar kholo’ (end lockdown, open shops), but few shops opened during the protests.

India's test positivity rate at 20%, says report

More than 40 per cent of India’s 741 districts, or 301 of them, had a Covid-19 test positivity rate of 20 per cent or more for the week from May 1 to May 7, reported the Times of India quoting data by the health ministry on Saturday. These districts spread across 31 of the country’s 36 states and union territories. Test positivity rate is total confirmed cases as a share of the total number of people tested

Health ministry sleeping through crisis: IMA

The Indian Medical Association, a group representing doctors, accused the health ministry of "extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions" during the second wave of infections. "IMA demands the health ministry to wake up from its slumber and respond to mitigate the growing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement.

Top doctors named for Supreme Court's task force on oxygen

The Supreme Court on Saturday set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to facilitate public health response to Covid-19, including streamlining of oxygen distribution in the country, based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge. According to the Indian Express, ex-officio members named to the NTF are: Bhabatosh Biswas, former Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata; Dr Devender Singh Rana, Chairperson, Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi; Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairperson and Executive Director, Narayana Healthcare, Bengaluru; Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Tamil Nadu; J V Peter, Director, CMC; Naresh Trehan, Chairperson and Managing Director, Medanta Hospital and Heart Institute, Gurugram, Rahul Pandit, Director, Critical Care Medicine and ICU, Fortis Hospital, Mulund and Kalyan (Maharashtra); Saumitra Rawat, Chairman & Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital; Shiv Kumar Sarin, Senior Professor and Head of Department of Hepatology, and Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Delhi; Zarir F Udwadia, Consultant Chest Physician, Hinduja Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital and Parsee General Hospital, Mumbai; and the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

South Africa finds India variant of Covid-19

A variant of the coronavirus that was first detected in India has been found in four people in South Africa. Two cases of the B1.617.2 variant were identified in patients in the central Gauteng province and another two in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, and all of them were isolated to prevent its spread, the health department said in a statement on Saturday. This is according to a Bloomberg report

EU urges Biden to allow export vaccines

European Union leaders urged U.S. President Joe Biden to lift restrictions on exports of Covid-19 vaccines to address the desperate needs of developing countries before embarking on complex discussions about patent waivers, Bloomberg reported.

Assam reports record 5,756 fresh cases, 50 deaths

Covid-19 infections in Assam rose to 2,89,069 on Saturday as the state reported its highest single-day spike of 5,756 new cases, according to a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission in Guwahati. The death toll rose to 1,628 after 50 more people succumbed to the disease, PTI reported quoting the bulletin.

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