Coronavirus LIVE updates: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine

Coronavirus live updates: India has recorded over 412,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day, taking its cumulative caseload to 21,491,598. On Friday, the country recorded 414,188 cases and 3,918 deaths, according to MoHFW. India now has 3.65 million active cases. 

The Supreme Court Thursday said the country needs to be prepared for the third wave of COVID-19 which experts say could be more harmful, especially for children, and emphasised upon the need to create buffer stock of oxygen. It asked the Centre not to reduce oxygen supply to Delhi from 700MT till further orders.

Maharashtra reported 62,194 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases and 920 deaths, followed by Karnataka (49,058), Kerala (42,464), Uttar Pradesh (26,780), Tamil Nadu (24,898), Delhi (20,000) in the past 24 hours.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,942,736), Kerala (1,743,932), Karnataka (1,741,046), Uttar Pradesh (1,425,919), and Tamil Nadu (1,297,500).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 156,672,849 infected by the deadly contagion. While 134,855,280 have recovered, 3,269,034 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,367,812, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,702,756, followed by the Brazil (412,657) and US (335,620).

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Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 54,022 new coronavirus cases

Maharashtra reports 54,022 new coronavirus cases, 37,386 recoveries and 898 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal records new 19,216 cases

West Bengal records new 19,216 coronavirus cases, 17,780 recoveries and 112 deaths in the past 24 hours; case tally at 954,282 and active cases at 124,098, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees 28,076 new cases

Uttar Pradesh reports 28,076 new coronavirus cases, 33,117 discharges and 372 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra govt to form task force of pediatricians

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 48,781 new cases

Karnataka reports 48,781 new coronavirus cases, 592 deaths and 28,623 discharges in the last 24 hours; case tally at 1,838,885, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 17,188 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 17,188 new coronavirus cases, 12,749 recoveries and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Karnataka lockdown | Inter-state and Intra-state movement of vehicles allowed only in cases of emergencies

Karnataka lockdown | Inter-state and Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles allowed only in cases of emergencies

Coronavirus LIVE: Curfew has not yielded expected results, says Karnataka CM

Curfew has not yielded expected results in reducing infection and death rate, says Karnataka CM. All hotels, pubs, bars, industries to remain closed. Essential goods will be available between 6-10 am.

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka CM says there is an alarming rise in cases

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa says there is an alarming rise in Covid cases and related fatalities

Coronavirus LIVE: Not even a single person will be allowed after 10 am, says Karnataka CM

Eateries, meat shops and vegetable shops can operate from 6-10 am; not even a single person will be allowed after 10 am, says Karnataka CM. He says the decision on lockdown is temporary and urges migrants to not leave the state

Coronavirus LIVE: Complete lockdown in Karnataka from May 10-24

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 4,195 fresh cases

Goa reports 4,195 fresh coronavirus cases, 56 deaths and 2,175 recoveries in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: 26,465 new cases in Tamil Nadu

Coronavirus LIVE: 26,465 new cases, 197 deaths and 22,381 discharges reported in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Macron urges US and UK not to 'block' vaccine exports

Coronavirus LIVE: Macron urges US and UK not to 'block' vaccine exports

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 3,039 new cases

Mumbai reports 3,039 new coronavirus cases, 4,052 recoveries and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours; case tally at 671,394 and active cases at 49,499, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala sees 38,460 new coronavirus cases

38,460 new coronavirus cases and 54 fatalities were reported in Kerala. Death toll due to the virus is at 5,682. There are over 400,000 active cases (402,650). As many as 26,662 people recovered today, pushing total recoveries to 1,416,177 in the state: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt to organise mass vaccination drive for all media houses

Delhi government has decided to organise a mass vaccination drive for all the media houses (Electronic Media/Digital Media/Print Media). The government will organise vaccination drive at their offices and bear the cost. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 9,642 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 9,642 new coronavirus cases and 137 deaths in the last 24 hours; case tally at 229,993 and active cases at 67,691, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Night curfew extended in Telangana till May 15

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan records 18,231 new cases

Rajasthan records 18,231 new coronavirus cases, 164 deaths and 16,930 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal moves SC seeking scrapping of current vaccination policy

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa CM announces curfew in the state from May 9-23

Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry sees 1,746 new cases

1,746 new cases, 1,079 discharges and 19 deaths reported in Puducherry in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Under-40s to get Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine alternative in UK

The UK's medicine regulators updated their advice on Friday to recommend all adults under 40 years of age should be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure.
 
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) update extends its previous advice for all under-30s to be given an alternative jab, amid reports of extremely rare cases of blood clots associated with the vaccine, which is being produced in India as Covidshield.
 
While the JCVI reiterates that the benefits from the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, younger age groups are believed at a higher risk from the rare blood clots. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 19,832 new cases

Delhi reports 19,832 new coronavirus cases, 19,085 recoveries and 341 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Pfizer initiates Biologics License Application with FDA for approval of their mRNA vaccine

Prioritise beneficiaries due for second dose of coronavirus vaccine: Centre tells states

Prioritise beneficiaries due for second dose of coronavirus vaccine, ensure timely completion of recommended vaccination schedule: Centre to states

Coronavirus LIVE: Third wave may not happen if we take strong measures, says principal scientific advisor

Coronavirus LIVE: Third wave may not happen if we take strong measures, says govt's principal scientific advisor

Maharashtra, Delhi, among states showing continued dip in cases, says govt

Maharashtra, UP, Delhi and Chhattisgarh among states, UTs showing continued plateauing or decrease in daily Covid-19 cases, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: 24 states have positivity rate above 15 per cent

24 states have coronavirus positivity rate above 15 per cent, while it is in 5-15 per cent range in 9 states, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: 12 states have over 100,000 active cases, says govt

12 states have over 100,000 active cases; seven states have 50,000 to 100,000 active cases, says govt

Most pharma firms not supplying mandated quantity of remdesivir: Maharashtra Health Minister

Coronavirus LIVE: These states have higher caseload, says govt

Covid LIVE: Some states showing continued decline in daily cases, says govt

Covid LIVE: Some states showing continued decline in daily cases, says govt. These states include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand.

Watch: Union Health Ministry briefing on coronavirus situation


Coronavirus LIVE: Weekend curfew in Chandigarh from May 8-10

Coronavirus LIVE: PM speaks to CMs of north eastern states over Covid situation

Coronavirus LIVE: Vaccination drive for 18-44 age group commences in Assam today

Cathay Pacific airlifts over 100 tonnes of humanitarian, medical supplies for India

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific on Friday said it has airlifted more than 100 tonnes of humanitarian and medical supplies for India as the country battles against the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to an acute shortage of medical oxygen, among others.
 
These include shipments of specialised oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators and ventilators to Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, Cathay Pacific said in a statement.
 
In addition, there has been a sharp increase in volumes for shipments of oxygen, surgical masks, sanitisers, personal protective equipment, pharmaceuticals and vaccines over the past few weeks, it said. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi speaks to Australian PM, thanks him for the support

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi Police seizes 96 oxygen concentrators from Khan Chacha restaurant

Coronavirus LIVE: Arvind Kejriwal to hold a high-level meeting over current situation

Construction of Central Vista amid Covid: SC requests Delhi HC to consider the prayer and pass the order

Construction of Central Vista amid Covid: Supreme Court in its order requested Delhi High Court to consider the prayer and pass orders on the issue. SC also said that as per Luthra, (lawyer for the petitioner) the matter involves extreme urgency and disposed of Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by petitioner,Anya Malhotra.

RBI issues operational details of on-tap liquidity scheme

Banks are being incentivised for quick delivery of credit under the scheme throughextension of priority sector lending (PSL) classification to such lending up to March 31, 2022. These loans will continue to be classified under PSL till repayment/maturity, whichever is earlier. Banks may deliver these loans to borrowers directly or through intermediary financial entities regulated by the RBI.
 
Under the scheme, banks are expected to create a Covid loan book. By way of an additional incentive, such banks will be eligible to park their surplus liquidity up to the size of the Covid loan book with the RBI under the reverse repo window at a rate which is 25 bps lower than the repo rate. Read full RBI release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka govt caps CT Scan fee in private hospitals

National lockdown inevitable as govt messed up in Covid crisis: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the government's alleged failures have made another devastating national lockdown almost inevitable, and called for providing financial and food support to the most vulnerable.
 
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he suggested that the government should not be concerned about the economic impact of the lockdown as the human cost of the spread of of the virus would have tragic consequences for the people. Read on...

Covid impact: India to breach fiscal deficit target in FY22, says Fitch Solutions

India is likely to breach its fiscal deficit target in the financial year to March 2022 mainly due to revenue shortfall, Fitch Solutions said Friday.
 
The government is targeting a deficit between revenue it earns and what it spends at 6.8 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in FY22 (April 2021 to March 2022).
 
"We at Fitch Solutions forecast the Indian central government deficit to come in at 8.3 per cent of GDP in FY22," it said. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus update: Safdarjung Hospital receives ventilators, oxygen cylinders, other medical aid

Safdarjung Hospital receives ventilators, oxygen cylinders, BiPAP machines & oxygen concentrators, & other medical aid.
 
"We have received these aids from Germany, France, UK, USA, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait & Russia," says Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital

Kerala: People in large numbers gathered at Ernakulam General Hospital for vaccination


Amazon's Covid Warriors help people with resources as second wave rages

Amazon India’s ‘Covid Warriors’ are helping colleagues and the community with critical resources amidst the medical emergency that has accompanied the country's second Covid-19 surge.
 
In the midst of Rashmi's mother's battle with Covid-19 at a Mumbai hospital, authorities asked her family to make their own arrangements for oxygen as the facility was running out of stock. In Bengaluru, Prashant faced a similar race against time as he desperately tried to hunt down oxygen concentrators for his father, who had not been able to get a hospital bed and was fighting the virus at home. For Abhishek, based in the US, the emergency and anxiety spanned continents as he sought oxygen support for his father-in-law in Delhi. Read on...

Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people arriving in West Bengal, says Railways

Those arriving in West Bengal by train must carry a negative RT-PCR report for a test conducted within 72 hours of train departure, the Railways have said.
 
West Bengal is the newest among several states which have made it mandatory for passengers to carry negative RT-PCR tests for arrival into the state.
 
"Notwithstanding such RT-PCR negative report, proper thermal and health screening of all passengers must also be conducted by the railway staff before boarding," wrote HK Dwivedi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Affairs Department, West Bengal, in a letter to the Railways. Read on...

SC hears plea filed by Centre, against a direction of Karnataka HC's May 5 order on supply of oxygen

Supreme Court starts hearing petition filed by Centre, against a direction of Karnataka HC's May 5 order directing supply of oxygen to the state to up to 1,200 MT per day from sanctioned allocation of 965 MT.
 
Centre sought a direction from Court for a stay of  Karnataka HC order

Centre will have to supply 700 MT liquid medical oxygen to Delhi daily till we pass further orders: SC

Centre will have to supply 700 MT liquid medical oxygen to Delhi daily till we pass further orders: SC

Virat Kohli, wife Anushka donate Rs 2 crore in Covid-19 fight

India captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have donated Rs 2 crore to a fund-raising project, which will raise a total of Rs 7 crore to support the country's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The two are raising money through crowd-funding platform Ketto.
 
"...Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma are aiming to raise Rs. 7 crore for COVID relief in India," a press release from the celebrity couple stated.
 
"They are kickstarting a fundraising campaign #InThisTogether on the crowd-funding platform Ketto and are putting Rs. 2 crore for this initiative."
 
The campaign will run for seven days on Ketto and the proceeds will be directed to ACT Grants, the implementation partner which will work towards providing oxygen, medical manpower, vaccination awareness and tele-medicine facilities all through the pandemic and the amount.
 
"We are going through an unprecedented time in the history of our country and our nation needs all of us to unite and save as many people as possible. Anushka and I have been shocked to see the human suffering since last year," Kohli said.
 
Kohli said that he and his wife had tried to help as many peope as possible in their fight against the virus.
 
"We have been working towards helping as many people as possible all through the pandemic and now, India wants our support more than ever," he said in a statement that was also shared on his social media handle.

Alarm bells started going off, it was chaos: Morris on Covid in IPL bio-bubble

South Africa and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Chris Morris is "relieved" to be safely back home after witnessing "chaos" unfold once Covid-19 cases in the IPL bio-bubble came to light.
 
Morris, along with his 10 other South African players have reached home, after the IPL was suspended following six cases of Covid-19 -- four players and two coaches from three different teams.
 
"Look, obviously I'm relieved," Morris, who is currently undergoing a 10-day mandatory quarantine at home, told iol.co.za.
 
Morris said they came to know about the Covid cases in Kolkata Knight Riders -- Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier -- on Sunday night.
 
"The moment we heard that, when players are testing positive, inside the bubble, then everyone starts asking questions. The alarm bells definitely started going off for all of us," he said.

Delhi HC issues notice to Delhi Govt on a PIL seeking direction to provide three meals a day to the homeless

Delhi High Court issues notice to Delhi Govt on a PIL seeking direction to provide three nutritious meals a day including breakfast to the homeless at shelter homes in Delhi. The plea also seeks setting up of vaccine camps at shelter homes for homeless on a priority

Update bed status on app as frequently as feasible: Delhi govt to facilities treating Covid patients

The Delhi government has directed all healthcare facilities in the national capital treating Covid-19 patients to update the status of bed availability on Delhi Corona App and website "as frequently as feasible".
 
It has been reported that many hospitals are not updating status of different categories of beds availability regularly on the designated portal and Delhi Corona App, the health department said in an order to all hospitals and nursing homes functioning as Covid facilities.

PIL in HC claims lack of crematoriums in national capital to deal with rising Covid fatalities

Another PIL in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday claimed that thereis a lack of adequate cremation or burial sites in the national capitalto deal with the daily rise in fatalities due to Covid-19.
 
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its responseto the plea which seeks allocation of additional permanent or temporary places for cremation of dead bodies.
 
The court listed the matter for hearing on May 17 along with a similar plea which was taken up on Tuesday (May 4), by the bench.
 
The fresh plea by Delhi resident Jaswinder Singh Jolly also seeks a direction to the government to frame guidelines for the cremation of those deceased who loved ones cannot perform the last rites due to Covid-19.

Delhi cop helps perform 1100 cremations, even postpones daughter's wedding amid Covid-19 duty

For more than 20 days, 56-year-old Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Rakesh Kumar, has been performing the last rites of people who had no one to cremate them at the national capital's Lodhi Crematorium amid the devastating second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Since April 13, Kumar had performed last rites of more than 50 bodies and assisted in the cremation of at least 1,100 bodies at the crematorium.
 
Kumar, posted at Hazrat Nizamuddin police station, even postponed his daughter's wedding which was scheduled to be held on May 7. Kumar said that he does not want to leave his post.

Delhi: People form queues outside vaccination center at a government school in Badarpur


Decoded: What is the 'Mumbai Model' of Covid management that court lauded?

With over 56,000 active Covid-19 cases, Mumbai counts as amongst the worst affected cities in the country. But on Wednesday the municipal administration of Mumbai came in for praise from the Supreme Court while it was hearing a matter on oxygen shortage in Delhi.
 
“Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has done a remarkable job. Without any disrespect to the Delhi government, can it take a leaf out of Mumbai’s experience in maintaining oxygen supply and its optimum utilisation?” a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah remarked. Read on...

Covid-19 pandemic: Odisha seeks GST exemption on purchase of vaccines

Seeking the Centres active cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, Odisha Thursday demanded exemption of GST on purchase of vaccines and financial assistance to states from the cess and surcharge collected by the Union government from various products.
 
Noting that states have been asked to purchase vaccines from their resources for inoculating people between the ages of 18 and 45, Patnaik said, these purchases attract the Goods and Service Taxes (GST), making the vaccines costly for the states. Read on...

Negative RT-PCR report must for arriving in Bengal by train: Railways

Those arriving in West Bengal by train must carry negative RT-PCR report, the Railways said on Thursday citing an order from the chief secretary of the state.
 
West Bengal is the latest among a number of states which have made it mandatory for passengers to carry negative RT-PCR tests in order to gain entry into the state.
 
"The Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal have issued an order... Incoming passengers by long distance trains and inter-state buses will also mandatorily carry RT- PCR negative test reports. Read on...

Bengal stops local trains for 14 days to curb Covid spread

Bengal stops local trains for 14 days to curb Covid spread
 

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (May 7)

Active cases: 3,645,164 (Net addition: 78,766)
Deaths: 234,083 (Net increase: 3,915)
Cured: 17,612,351 (Net increase: 331,507)
Total cases: 21,491,598 (Net increase: 414,188)
Total vaccination: 164,973,058 (Increase over previous day: 2,370,298)

Doctors who don't practise but teach can be roped in: S Vaitheeswaran

One of the first private pioneers in medical education in India, the Manipal group currently has roughly 3000 beds in its teaching hospitals and more recently with its acquisition of Columbia Asia, it has more than 3500 treating beds across 27 hospitals, taking the total bed capacity to just below 7000. In total, it has around 4000 doctors in its ecosystem.
 
Manipal Education and Medical Group CEO and board member of Manipal Global Education Services, S Vaitheeswaran spoke to Anjuli Bhargava on how the group is attempting to do its bit, possible ways for bridging the gap in skilled manpower in the sector both during Covid and post it and on what he’d like to see in medical education in India over a period of time. Click here to read the excerpts of the interview.

Second Covid-19 wave: Global ports slam the door on Indian seafarers

As the second wave of Covid-19 continues to grip India, the country’s trade may see severe challenges, with several international ports barring vessels from changing crew who have recently travelled from India.
 
A large number of countries, including Singapore, Canada, UK and United Arab Emirates have denied entry of Indian seafarers over Covid-19 fears. “Indian seafarers are at a disadvantageous position due to the ongoing second wave. Due to the restrictions, shipping companies are now preferring to deploy Indonesian or Filipino crew over Indians,” Abdulgani Serang, general secretary at National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI), told Business Standard. Read on...

Covid surge could peak in coming days, predicts model by PM Modi's advisors

A mathematical model prepared by advisers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggests India’s coronavirus outbreak could peak in the coming days, but the group’s projections have been changing and were wrong last month.
 
The team’s most recent forecast puts them more in line with at least some other scientists, who have suggested a mid-May peak for India. Read on...

Amazon postpones Prime Day sale in Canada, India due to Covid-19

Amazon.com Inc. is pausing plans for its annual sale Prime Day in Canada and India due to concerns about Covid-19, the company confirmed on Thursday. The pause won’t affect Prime Day in the U.S., which is scheduled for an undisclosed day in June, according to an email reviewed by Bloomberg.
 
“Based on the increasing impact of Covid-19 in Canada, and the importance we place on protecting the health and safety of our employees and customers, we will pause plans for Prime Day 2021 in Canada,” said the email, sent to Amazon sellers Thursday. The Seattle-based company, in an email, confirmed Prime Day would also be postponed in India, which was reported earlier by CNBC. Read on...

KCR rules out lockdown in Telangana, says it cripples public life, economy

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Thursday clarified that lockdown would not be imposed in the state as it would bring life to a standstill and lead to the total collapse of the financial system.
 
Rao took this decision after examining states where lockdowns were in place and positive cases did not come down, along with past experiences.
 
"There is no use of imposing lockdown. 25 to 30 Lakh workers from other states are working here. We have seen how their lives were adversely impacted by the lockdown during the first wave," he said. Read on...

Govt says Covid-19 drug Remdesivir will sell at set price, ups production

The Centre has decided to increase production of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and it will be provided to people at government's price, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday.
 
This comes after several cases of blackmarketing of Remdesivir came to light amid the Covid-19.
 
"There was a shortage of Remdesivir injection. Because of this, incidents of black marketing took place, several people lost their lives as they have not received Remdesivir, so we decided to increase its production," Gadkari said.
 
"But we tried (and to got manufacturing rights), Remdesivir will be provided to people at government's price. Now, I think there will be no black marketing or no person will die due to lack of it, there is no reservation, can be provided to other states when there will be surplus," he added. Read on...

India's Covid-19 problem is now the world's problem

It will be a while before it’s fully understood why India has been so swiftly and so disastrously engulfed by the coronavirus. But there is one thing for sure: India’s problem is now the world’s problem.
 
India shut down too abruptly when the virus arrived, and then was too quick to reopen. In March 2020, the country was locked down at four hours’ notice though it did not yet have many cases. Millions of people, many of them migrant workers, were left stranded without food and shelter. Facing economic disaster, the government reopened the country before the pandemic really took hold. READ ON...

Pakistan coronavirus update: Islamabad under full lockdown from today

In order to curb the rising number of coronavirus infections, Islamabad authorities have announced a full lockdown on May 7 from 6 pm onwards.
 
The City's Deputy Commissioner on Thursday said that public transport will be suspended after 6 pm on May 7 and all parks, recreational places, and commercial areas will also be closed after 6 pm, reported The News International.
 
The authorities will ensure that people follow the government's mandated "Stay Home, Stay Safe" policy, the Deputy Commissioner added.
 
This comes as at least 108 more succumbed to the coronavirus during the past 24 hours in Pakistan, taking the cumulative toll to 18,537. READ ON...

The world turns to China for vaccines as Covid-19 crisis deepens in India

The world is fast becoming ever more reliant on China for vaccines, with India’s raging virus outbreak stifling its ability to deliver on supply deals, even as the U.S. tries to position itself as a champion of wider access.
 
Over the past few weeks, leaders of some of the globe’s most populous nations have sought more shots from China despite concerns about their effectiveness. Demand is expected to rise even further if the World Health Organization, as expected, authorizes vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd., allowing developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to access them through Covax, the global vaccination effort. Read on...

Countries must help India in battle against Covid-19, says Deloitte CEO

As India faces one of its worst public health crises, a top Indian-American CEO has said it is time for other countries to step up their efforts and help the country deal with the Covid-19 situation.
 
Deloitte CEO Punit Renjen said the company is encouraging its 3,00,000 professionals across the globe to support three charities -- GiveIndia, United Way India and the PM cares Fund.
 
"This is India's hour of need. India helped us out when we were going through it in the Western world. And it is up to us to step up, not only for the people that call India home, but for all of us, Renjen told PTI. Read on...

Delhi makes 14-day institutional quarantine compulsory for those arriving from Andhra, Telangana

Delhi makes 14-day institutional quarantine compulsory for those arriving from Andhra, Telangana

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update: 12,421 new coronavirus cases recorded

12,421 new coronavirus cases, 86 deaths in Madhya Pradesh: Health Dept

Coronavirus updates: Uttara Pradesh records 26,780 fresh cases, 353 deaths

The death count from Covid-19 rose to 14,501 in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday with 353 more fatalities, while 26,780 new cases pushed the infection tally to 14,25,919, an official said.
 

Coronavirus update: PM Modi says keep vaccine pace up amid shortage complaints

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed concern about the flagging pace of vaccinations as he held a meeting to review the public health response to the coronavirus crisis marked by shortages of the jabs as well as essentials like hospital beds and oxygen that have led to thousands of deaths.
 
"PM was briefed that around 31 per cent of eligible population over the age of 45 has been given at least one dose. PM spoke about the need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn't come down. Citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties," a note from his office said.

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