Covid LIVE: Tamil Nadu sees record 36,184 new cases; 29,644 in Maharashtra

FILE PIC: Medics attend to a Covid positive patient to be admitted at COVID care centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), in Chennai (Photo: PTI)
Coronavirus live updates: India reported 259,551 new coronavirus cases on Thursday to take the total count 26,031,991. The new infection count remained below the 300,000-mark for the fifth consecutive day. The country reported 4,209 new deaths in the last 24 hours to take total fatalities to 291,331.

The country vaccinated 1,482,754 people in Thursday to take the total to 191,879,503, according to the health ministry’s morning update.

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 165,832,620 infected by the deadly contagion. While 146,519,725 have recovered, 3,444,266 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,832,744, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,068,573, followed by the Brazil (453,505) and US (210,466).

Refer to our previous day's Coronavirus LIVE blog here


Govt asks social media firms to remove contents referring to ‘Indian variant' of coronavirus

The government has asked social media companies to immediately remove any content from their platform that uses or refers to the term ‘Indian variant' of coronavirus, to curb misinformation around Covid-19, sources said Friday.
According to sources, the IT Ministry has written to all social media platforms asserting that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not associated the term "Indian Variant" with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports.
The sources said that a notice has been issued in this regard on Friday by the IT Ministry, which states that a false statement is being circulated online that implies that an "Indian variant" of coronavirus is spreading across countries.
The sources said the matter has already been clarified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on May 12 through a press release.
They added that social media platforms have been asked to "remove all the content that names, refers to, or implies ‘Indian variant' of corona virus from your platform immediately".

Army sets up Covid isolation centre at Pathankot within 48 hours

The Army has setup a Covid isolation centre for civilians in Punjab's Pathankot in just 48 hours, officials said on Friday.
The 50-bed centre was necessitated by surging cases of coronavirus in Pathankot, they said.
Set up at the district sports stadium at Lamini within 48 hours of receiving a request by the civil administration, the centre would help those COVID patients who are unable to isolate at home due to presence of senior citizens, pregnant women or children, said Sanyam Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Pathankot.
The centre has been equipped by the Army and would be staffed by civil medical staff.

DDC delivers over 2,300 oxygen concentrators to Delhi govt hospitals

Tech-based solutions and selfless contribution of several individuals and organisations saw Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a premier think-tank of the Delhi government, deliver over 2,300 oxygen concentrators to several government hospitals here, a statement said.
The DDC has been coordinating with donors wanting to support the Delhi government's COVID-19 response amid the second wave of the pandemic, it said.
"Following the appeal of Hon'ble CM Arvind Kejriwal to all sections of the society to come forward and support Delhi govt's efforts to fight coronavirus, several donors have come forward to give critical medical supplies to Delhi government hospitals," Jasmine Shah, vice-chairperson of DDC, said in the statement ".. DDC has already delivered 2300 oxygen concentrators of 5 LPM and 10 LPM capacity funded by donors to Delhi govt hospitals. We will continue the coordination to help Delhi tide over this wave and also in the future," Shah added.
"Another 1,700 oxygen concentrators and 100 ventilators are in the process of being supplied. We will continue the coordination to help Delhi tide over this wave and also in the future," the statement said.

Renowned road safety expert Dinesh Mohan succumbs to Covid-19

Renowned road safety and injury prevention expert Dinesh Mohan succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection on Friday, according to IIT Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao.
"Dinesh Mohan was under treatment at St Stephen's Hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19. He passed away this morning due to a cardiac arrest. He was a stalwart in areas of road safety and transportation, and made immense contributions to research in the area," Rao told PTI.
Mohan, 75, was an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He was also the founder of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) at the institute.
Noted historian Irfan Habib took to Twitter to express his condolences.

TCS setting up over 100 Covid vaccination centres across India

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is setting up over 100 Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) across the country and tying up with hospitals and health care providers to procure doses for inoculating its associates and their families.
The Mumbai-based company said it has started vaccination camps in a few cities, and the drive will be done on a larger scale across the country between the third and fourth week of May.
"At TCS, we have been supporting vaccination for associates and their families... We are tying up with hospitals and health care providers for this exercise (vaccination programme) and aim to procure doses via suppliers. Multiple modes of procurement are being explored to ensure all our associates in India and their families are covered," TCS said in a statement.
A core team will work with hospitals for procuring and administering vaccines across cities in India, communicate the process to our associates, ensure infrastructure and process readiness to ensure a smooth experience, it added.

Delhi CM, US Charge D'Affaires deliberate on joint efforts to combat Covid

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and US Charge D'Affaires in India Daniel B Smith on Friday discussed ways to jointly address the Covid-19 pandemic situation, officials said.
The two leaders held a virtual meeting and prayed for safety of people in both the countries, they said.
"CM Arvind Kejriwal and H.E. Daniel B Smith discussed how the government of Delhi and the US can jointly and collectively, address the Covid-19 pandemic situation," a senior official said.
Kejriwal also enquired about the well-being of the US embassy officials here.
The two leaders also said that once the pandemic situation gets better, they would hold discussions in person.
Delhi recorded 3,009 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Friday, and 252 fatalities from the coronavirus infection, while the positivity rate dipped to 4.76 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here.

All soccer suspended in Argentina because of virus cases

All soccer in Argentina was suspended for nine days Friday ahead of a strict shutdown decree for much of the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes about three weeks before the June 13 start of Copa America, the continental soccer championship scheduled to be played in Argentina.
The suspension is yet another blow for Copa America organizer CONMEBOL. The South American soccer body decided Thursday to drop Colombia as co-host amid a wave of protests against the country's president, Iván Duque.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández said this week that Argentina could host the entire Copa America if needed, but CONMEBOL has not yet said where the matches initially scheduled for Colombia will be played.
The decision by the Argentine soccer association, known as AFA, to suspend the game in the country does not apply to Copa Libertadores matches scheduled for next week.

Vijayvargiya tweets against Indore 'janta curfew' tightening

A day after 'janta curfew' in Indore in Madhya Pradesh was tightened by eight days as a "last attack on the viral infection", senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya in a tweet on Friday asked if such a move was needed in a "disciplined city".
“What was the need to thrust upon an undemocratic and dictatorial decision on a disciplined city like Indore? The decision which is being widely condemned should be reviewed taking on board administration and public representatives," Vijayvargiya tweeted.
Explaining the move to reporters, collector Manish Singh said, “Cases of coronavirus are on the decline. The tightening of curfew was the last attack on the viral infection. Hopefully, this would bring about more improvement and open up business activities from June 1 slowly and gradually.”

Covid: Punjab reports 172 deaths, 5,278 fresh cases

Punjab on Friday registered 172 more deaths due to Covid-19 as 5,278 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 5,28,676, according to a medical bulletin.
So far, the infection has claimed 12,888 lives in the state.
Twenty-three deaths were reported from Ludhiana, 19 each from Patiala and Bathinda and 13 from Mohali in the past 24-hours.
Ludhiana reported the maximum 687 cases, followed by 565 in Bathinda, 486 in Mohali and 380 in Patiala.
Meanwhile, 8,652 people recovered from the infection. The number of active cases also declined from 67,041 on Thursday to 63,470 on Friday, as per the bulletin.
The state's positivity rate also dropped from 7.03 per cent on Thursday to 6.92 per cent, it said. With 8,652 recoveries, the number of cured persons reached 4,52,318.
There are 418 critical patients who are on ventilator while 7,448 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.
A total of 85,56,117 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh—the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana—reported 14 coronavirus deaths and 406 fresh cases, taking its infection tally to 57,737, according to a medical bulletin.

Black Fungus Epidemic: Centre advises all states and union territories to review preparedness

Madhya Pradesh sees 4,384 new Covid-19 cases; 79 deaths; 9,405 recoveries

Madhya Pradesh on Friday reported 4,384 new coronavirus cases and 79 fatalities that raised the tally of infections to 7,57,119 and the toll to 7,394, an official from the state health department said. The recoveries outnumbered the fresh infections, bringing the count of active cases below the 70,000-mark to 67,625.
With the addition of 9,405 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the count of recoveries in the state has reached 6,82,100, the official said.
Indore's caseload went up to 1,43,609, after 937 persons tested positive for the infection, while Bhopal's tally rose by 609 to 1,16,481, he said. With 11 deaths in the day, Bhopal's count of fatalities went up to 895 and eight casualties took Indore's toll to 1,294, he said. Indore is now left with 10,577 active cases, while Bhopal has 10,339 patients undergoing treatment, the official added.

Covid LIVE: Tamil Nadu sees record 36,184 new cases; 29,644 in Maharashtra

Covid-19 curfew in Bhopal extended till May 31

J&K reports first death due to black fungus in Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported its first death due to black fungus after a 40-year-old COVID-19 recovered patient died of mucormycosis at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, an official said.
The patient who was admitted to GMC hospital has succumbed to the infection, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, told PTI.
Giving details, Principal of GMC hospital Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma said the man suffered from a high degree of diabetes of 900 level and was immunocompromised. He must have taken a lot of steroids resulting in the uncontrollable diabetes level resulting in diabetic ketoacidosis syndrome, she said.

Tamil Nadu sees 36,184 new Covid cases and 467 deaths in last 24 hours

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30 cases of Black Fungus reported in Ludhiana till now: Deputy Commissioner

30 cases of Black Fungus reported in Ludhiana till now: Deputy Commissioner 

Uttarakhand reports 3,626 new Covid-19 positive cases, 8,731 recoveries and 70 deaths in past 24 hours

Uttarakhand reports 3,626 new Covid-19 positive cases, 8,731 recoveries and 70 deaths in past 24 hours

All states/UTs have been asked to notify 'black fungus' as an epidemic: Dr Harsh Vardhan

I request people to stop unnecessary movements: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa

Same guidelines will continue. People are roaming after 10 am as well which is creating a lot of problems throughout the state. That's why such movements must be stopped. I urge people to stop unnecessary movements: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa after announcing extension of Covid-19 lockdown in the state.

3,848 fresh Covid-19 cases, 43 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 3,848 fresh COVID cases that took its tally to 2,63,905 while 43 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,465, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,442 were from the Jammu division and 2,406 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they added.
The officials said that Srinagar district recorded the highest number of cases (598), followed by Jammu (401) and Budgam (344).
The number of active cases in the UT is 49,893 while 2,10,547 patients have recovered so far.

Haryana govt makes Covid-19 treatment free for BPL patients in private hospitals

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced that the state government will bear all expenses of COVID-19 patients belonging to below poverty line (BPL) category undergoing treatment in private hospitals.
Earlier, the state government had announced financial assistance of up to Rs 35,000 to BPL patients.
"All the BPL families who are not covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme would be eligible to get this benefit and the deputy commissioner will ensure that this financial assistance scheme reaches the grassroots level," said the Chief Minister while chairing a COVID-19 review meeting with the DCs and administrative secretaries held through video-conference.

Coronavirus LIVE: Lockdown in Karnataka extended till 6 am on June 7

Covid LIVE: HCs must not pass orders impossible to implement, says SC

Rajasthan reports 6,225 new Covid cases and 129 deaths in the last 24 hours

Govt ramps up medicine manufacturing for Black Fungus

197 cases of black fungus detected in Delhi, says Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said there are 197 cases of black fungus in government and private hospitals till date in the national capital.
Addressing a press conference, he said minimal steroids should be used for the treatment of Covid and only on the advice of doctors it should be administered. It is not right to use it without consulting a professional.
He said that black fungus is happening because to two reasons, first is the increase in blood sugar levels and the second is the decrease in immunity due to high usage of steroids. READ MORE...

Some States and UTs reporting cases of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus)

Delhi HC quashes IGST on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use, terms it 'unconstitutional'

The Delhi High Court on Friday held the imposition of Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use as "unconstitutional".
A division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh said the imposition of IGST on oxygen concentrators imported by individuals or received by them as gifts, for personal use is unconstitutional. The High Court quashed the May 1 notification levying 12 per cent IGST on imported oxygen concentrators.
The court noted that importers of oxygen concentrators would have to furnish a letter of undertaking to the concerned authority, declaring that device is for personal use, and not for commercial use.

Kerala govt extends Covid-19 lockdown till May 30

Opening Covid vax for multiple age groups created scarcity: Serum Institute of India

Opening up vaccinations against Covid for people from all age groups led to the scarcity of vaccines, a senior Serum Institute of India official said on Friday.
India first rolled out vaccinations for healthcare workers on January 16, and for people above 45 years on April 1, and finally for people above 18 years from May 1.
"Initially, 300 million people targeted for vaccination for which 600 million dosages of vaccines were required, but before we reached the target, additional age groups were added starting from 45 years onwards, followed by 18 years onwards," SII Executive Director Suresh Jadhav said at the the 17th Episode of HEAL-Thy Samvaad series e-summit.

Uttar Pradesh records 172 deaths even as active Covid cases down by 68%

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said the number of active coronavirus cases in the state has come down by 68 per cent since the peak, while 172 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.
"The recovery rate of the state is improving. It is now 92.5 per cent. The active cases in the state in the past 20 days have come down by 68 per cent," Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal told reporters here.
During the peak on April 30, there were 3,10,783 active COVID-19 cases in the state which have now come down to 1,06,276, he said. Of the current active cases, 72,547 people are currently in home isolation, Sehgal said. In the past 24 hours, 7,735 fresh COVID cases were reported which took the total case tally to 16,59,212, he said.

Residents of a Maharashtra village hesitant to take Covid vaccine, think they will die after jab

Covid-19: Govt exploring possibility of Covaxin production outside India

To address the shortage of COVID-19 jabs in the country, the government is exploring the possibility of boosting production of vaccines, including identifying manufacturing sites for indigenously developed Covaxin outside India, sources said.
The government also intends to take up the matter with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to step up Covaxin production.
It will also take up with Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and other vaccine makers the issue of granting voluntary licence to third-party manufacturers in India on transfer of technology basis. READ MORE...

Coronavirus: DRDO lab develops antibody detection-based kit Dipcovan

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Friday, said it has developed an antibody detection-based kit, the DIPAS-VDx COVID 19 IgG Antibody Microwell ELISA or DIPCOVAN. The kit can be used for sero-surveillance for detecting the presence of Covid antibodies amongst the population.
DRDO said the kit can detect spike as well as nucleocapsid (S&N) proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a high sensitivity of 97% & specificity of 99%. The kit will be helpful in assessing Covid-19 epidemiology and gauging a person's previous exposure to the infection. READ ON...

Covid daily positivity rate declines to 12.59%: Govt

The daily positivity rate has declined to 12.59 percent as the daily recoveries outnumbered the daily new cases for the 8th consecutive day and new cases were below three lakhs for the fifth successive day, said the government.
But 24 hours after recording less than 4,000 deaths, India on Friday once gain breached the grim milestone as the daily fatalities due to Covid-19 rose to 4,209, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, even as new cases dropped to their lowest at 2,59,551 in exactly a month.
India registered record deaths due to Covid on Wednesday with 4,529 deaths -- the highest number of fatalities from Covid infection in any country so far. It surpassed 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12, and earlier 4,211 in Brazil on April 6. These three are the countries worst-hit by the pandemic.

Delhi CM Kejriwal meets family of a teacher who succumbed to Covid-19, hands over a cheque of Rs 1 crore

Delhi HC holds as unconstitutional imposition of IGST on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use

Delhi HC holds as unconstitutional imposition of IGST on import of oxygen concentrators by individuals for personal use

AYUSH ministry operationalises its Covid-19 counselling helpline

A dedicated community support helpline has been operationalised by the Ministry of AYUSH to provide AYUSH-based approaches and solutions for the challenges raised by COVID-19.
The toll-free helpline number is 14443, the ministry said on Friday.
The helpline is operational pan-India from 6 am till midnight on all days of the week, it said. Experts from different streams of AYUSH, namely Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani and Siddha will be available to address queries of the general masses.

Covid LIVE update: 7,735 new positive cases in Uttar Pradesh

Covid-19 update: Nationwide cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 190 million

In yet another achievement, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday informed that the nationwide cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 19 crores.
"India has achieved a new milestone in its vaccination drive as the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 19 crores (19,18,79,503) today under the Phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive," read an official release by the Ministry. READ MORE...

EU to donate 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low, mid-income countries

Europe aims at donating at least 100 million doses of vaccines against the coronavirus to low and middle-income countries by the end of the year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Friday.
Addressing the Global Health Summit, the European Commission president said that it was essential that COVID-19 vaccines are made available across the whole world, and announced an ambitious donation pledge.
"In this context, Team Europe aims at donating at least 100 million doses to low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2021," von der Leyen said.

Steroids strictly not recommended for mild Covid-19 patients: Health Ministry on Mucormycosis (Black Fungus)

Rapid antigen tests for Covid-19 detection to be done at all CHCs, PHCs in Uttarakhand

With the second wave of the coronavirus spreading fast in rural areas of Uttarakhand, the state government on Friday decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Tests at all community health centres and primary health centres.
The chief medical officers of all districts have been asked to make arrangements for conducting the tests at all the CHCs and PHCs in their areas.
Making Rapid Antigen Tests available to people at all CHCs and PHCs is a must for the early treatment of those infected with the virus at all levels, the order issued by Health Secretary Pankaj Kumar Pandey said.

Delhi records 3,009 Covid cases, 252 deaths; positivity rate dips to 4.76%

Delhi recorded 3,009 COVID-19 cases and 252 fatalities on Friday, with the city's positivity rate slipping to 4.76 per cent, data shared by the health department showed.
As per the latest health bulletin, these new fatalities pushed the COVID-19 death toll in the national capital to 22,831. This is the third consecutive day when Delhi's count of daily new cases has remained below 4,000. The positivity rate in the city stood at 5.5 per cent on Thursday. 

Medical experts have held the lockdown as the main factor behind the dip in the daily cases amid the second wave of the pandemic. READ MORE...

Presently, there are over 300 cases of black fungus in Pune: Maharashtra Deputy CM

Covid-19: DRDO develops an antibody detection-based kit DIPCOVAN

MHA asks states, UTs to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, kids orphaned due to Covid-19

The Union home ministry has asked states and union territories to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, especially children, who have been orphaned in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to check human trafficking, a government statement said on Friday.
The Centre said it is giving high priority to prevent and combat crime against women, children, senior citizens and scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes, and is putting in place institutional mechanisms for preventing and countering human trafficking.
"Taking into account the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on vulnerable groups, the MHA has again reiterated to states/union territories to focus on vulnerable sections, especially children, who may have been orphaned due to loss of parents due to COVID-19," it said.

MHA asks states, UTs to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, kids orphaned due to COVID-19

The Union home ministry has asked states and union territories to strengthen facilities for vulnerable groups, especially children, who have been orphaned in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to check human trafficking, a government statement said on Friday.
The Centre said it is giving high priority to prevent and combat crime against women, children, senior citizens and scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes, and is putting in place institutional mechanisms for preventing and countering human trafficking.
"Taking into account the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on vulnerable groups, the MHA has again reiterated to states/union territories to focus on vulnerable sections, especially children, who may have been orphaned due to loss of parents due to COVID-19," it said.

Covid LIVE: Delhi sees 3,009 cases in a day; positivity rate falls below 5%

In coming months, there'll be a significant increase in vaccine production capacity: Dr Harsh Vardhan

One in seven coronavirus patients hospitalised in India

On average, 1 in 7 Covid (14 per cent) patients were hospitalised in India, during the second wave, higher than the western world where cumulatively 5 to 10 per cent of Covid positive patients have been hospitalised.
According to a research by Goldman Sachs on the state of the pandemic in India it's difficult to ascertain currently if the delta is arising due to higher hospitalisation requirements driven by the double mutant variant or these are more precautionary in nature.
US Epidemiology data presented by FDA, from early December-2020, also did show that weekly hospitalisation rates reached 15 per cent in the US in the second wave.

Govt ramps up supply and availability of Amphotericin-B anti-fungal drug for treatment of Black Fungus

Government of India has been supporting States and UTs in procuring drugs and diagnostics for COVID19 management through a “Whole of Government” approach. The States and UTs are proactively supported by the Union Government for ensuring adequate availability of various medicines, medical equipments, PPE kits, masks etc., since April 2020.
In the recent days, several States and UTs have reported an increasing number of patients suffering from COVID complications in the form of Mucormycosis, popularly known as Black Fungus. There is also a reported shortage of Amphotericin-B, an anti-fungal drug used for treatment of the Black Fungus disease.
Union Ministry of Health along with Dept. of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are making proactive efforts for significantly ramping up domestic production of Amphotericin-B drug. The Union Government has also made effective efforts in supplementing the domestic availability through securing supply from global manufacturers.

India’s total Active Caseload decreased to 30,27,925 today: Health Ministry

Gum disease could lead to a severe Covid-19 infection

As per a new report, studies show that maintaining good oral hygiene can help you overcome COVID-19, implying that there is a direct connection between oral hygiene and the deadly infection.
This report was published in the US's leading organisation of periodontists, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
Dr James G. Wilson, President of the AAP, mentioned in the report, "It is well-established that systemic inflammation is not only linked with periodontal disease but to several other respiratory diseases as well. Therefore, maintaining healthy teeth and gums in an effort to avoid developing or worsening periodontal disease is absolutely crucial in the midst of a global pandemic like COVID-19, which is also known to trigger an inflammatory response."

Ladakh reports 107 fresh Covid-19 cases, one death

Ladakh reported 107 new COVID-19 cases and one fatality on Friday, pushing the union territory's infection tally to 17,025 and its death toll to 172. Leh has so far registered 124 deaths due to the disease and Kargil 48. Officials said 82 of the new infections were reported from Leh and 25 from Kargil.
The number of active cases in Ladakh stands at 1,554, they said. A total of 106 more patients have recuperated from the disease in the union territory, taking the count of recoveries so far to 15,264, which accounts for 90 per cent of the total cases, the officials added.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa govt announces extension of curfew up to May 31

Uttarakhand CM mourns Sunderlal Bahuguna's death

Sunderlal Bahuguna, an environmentalist and leader of the Chipko movement, died at a government hospital in Rishikesh after battling Covid-19 for several days, PTI reported. He was 94. Bahuguna was hospitalised on May 8 after testing positive for Covid. "It was he who made the Chipko movement a movement of the masses," said Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat.

Modi speaks to docs, frontline workers in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks doctors and frontline workers in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency. He had a video conference with them

Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna dies

Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna, famous for Chipko movement, dies of Covid-19 at AIIMS Rishikesh, PTI reports.

Pune company to launch home-testing kit on June 1

Mylab Discovery Solution will stock one crore home test kits that the government has approved for detecting Covid-19 at home. One kit costs Rs 250 and gives symptomatic patients results in 15 minutes. The Pune-based company said the kit will be rolled out nationally on June 1, PTI reported quoting an executive.

Kerala to give free food to migrant workers

Kerala government will give migrant workers in the state 70,000 free food kits a lockdown continues to slow down Covid-19 cases. As many as 1,88,945 migrant workers have been identified in the organised and unorganised sectors for the kits, PTI reported.

Puducherry reports 1,702 new cases

Puducherry reported 1,702 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths from the disease. The 1,702 new infections took the overall tally in the union territory to 93,167, PTI reported.

Mizoram's total cases rise to 9,740

Mizoram on Friday reported 296 new Covid-19 cases to take the total tally to 9,740, PTI reported quoting a health department official. It was the state’s most number of cases in day. The death toll is unchanged at 30.

High Court pulls up Uttarakhand govt

The Uttarakhand High Court has blamed the state government for not ensuring that Covid-19 protocols were followed while holding religious events like Kumbh Mela and Char Dham Yatra. "First we make the mistake of Kumbh Mela, then there is Char Dham. Why do we repeatedly cause embarrassment to ourselves?" the court said as it heard a While hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

Odisha reports highest single-day spike

Odisha on Friday reported the highest single-day spike of 12,523 new Covid-19 cases and a record 27 more deaths, PTI reported quoting a Health Department. The new cases were recorded after testing 61,665 samples on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 20.30 per cent.

India's recovery rate for Covid-19 cases improves

India's active cases—people being treated for Covid-19, reduced to 30,27,925 and comprise 11.63 per cent of the total infections. The national recovery rate improved to 87.25 per cent, PTI reported quoting the health ministry’s numbers.

India's daily death toll in pandemic stays above 4,000

UK cases of Covid variant from India more than double in week

The number of UK cases of a coronavirus variant from India more than doubled for a second week as authorities also monitor a new mutation of the virus, adding fresh doubt to U.K. plans to fully unlock the economy. Health officials have now detected 3,424 cases of the B1.617.2 variant, also known as VOC-21APR-02, Bloomberg reported quoting a Public Health England statement.

Karnataka to resume vaccinations for 18-44 age

Karnataka will resume vaccinations for people in the 18-44 years age group from Saturday, PTI reported. Frontline warriors will be the first to receive the jabs. Eight days ago, the state government had suspended vaccinations for the age group due to supplies.

Govt's privatisation plans run into Covid-19

India’s government is battling "unknown factors" as it moves with its plan to privatise state-owned companies. A civil servant told Business Standard the government will carry on with its plans. With over three quarters of the financial year still left, the government is hopeful to complete the transactions we have listed in the budget, the official said.

Argentina tightens lockdown

Argentina will impose a stricter lockdown for nine days as cases and deaths have shot up in recent weeks. President Alberto Fernandez announced that all non-essential, in-person activities are suspended from Saturday, including schools, sports, churches and social gatherings, Bloomberg reported.

Singapore reports 41 new cases: Media

Singapore has reported 41 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the nation to 61,730. Singapore also reported the death of a 70-year-old person in the last 24 hours due to coronavirus, PTI said quoting the The Strait Times.

IMF says it will 'scale up' collaboration with India

The International Monetary Fund says it is ready to strengthen dialogue and scale up technical collaboration with India. “Our great sympathies and support to the people of India, and what is happening there relative to the pandemic, to those who have lost their lives and are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” said a spokesperson for the agency in Washington, according to PTI.

Jharkhand coronavirus update: 2,056 new positive cases reported

Jharkhand reports 2,056 new positive cases, 4,326 recoveries and 60 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total positive cases: 3,24,884
Active cases: 26,511

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