Covid LIVE: Kerala govt issues guidelines ahead of lockdown starting May 8

Coronavirus live updates: Breaking all records, India on Thursday reported 412,262 fresh Covid-19 cases. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged to 21,077,410, according to MoHFW. 3,982 deaths were also reported today, highest yet. The country now has 3.57 million active cases. In the past one month alone, India has added nearly 8,570,000 infections to its tally.

Maharashtra reported 57,640 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases and 920 deaths, followed by Karnataka (50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165) Delhi (20,000) in the past 24 hours.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,880,542), Kerala (1,743,932), Karnataka (1,741,046), Uttar Pradesh (1,399,348), and Tamil Nadu (1,272,602).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 155,813,366 infected by the deadly contagion. While 133,972,734 have recovered, 3,254,883 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,321,074, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,669,597, followed by the Brazil (414,271) and US (346,224).


Amid Covid surge, Railways cancels slew of premium trains: Full list

The Northern Railways on Thursday cancelled a slew of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express', stating low patronisation and rising coronavirus cases as the reason behind the decision.
The to-and-fro services of eight Shatabdi Express, two Rajdhani Express, two Duronto Express and one Vande Bharat Express are among around 28 trains that have been cancelled "till further advice" by the Northern Railways.
Among these are Shatabdis originating from Delhi to places like Kalka, Habibganj, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Rajdhani trains from Delhi to Chennai, Bilaspur, Duronto trains to Jammu Tawi and Pune. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: 49,058 new cases in Karnataka

49,058 new coronavirus cases, 328 deaths and 18,943 discharges reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 3,056 new cases

Mumbai reports 3,056 new coronavirus cases, 3838 recoveries and 69 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 8,517 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 8,517 new coronavirus cases and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Railways discontinues several trains due to poor occupancy, surge in cases, says report

Railways discontinues Rajdhani, Duranto Shatabdi, Janshatabdi trains among others from May 9 till further orders due to poor occupancy, surge in cases, according to multiple reports.

Coronavirus LIVE: Record 42,464 new coronavirus cases in Kerala

Record 42,464 new coronavirus cases in Kerala; 63 more deaths, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai bets big on drive-in vaccinations

It's 'imperative' for all private hospitals in Maharashtra to have own oxygen plants: HC

Bombay HC says it's 'imperative' for all private hospitals in Maharashtra to have own oxygen plants to deal with rising coronavirus cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 3,869 new cases

Goa reports 3,869 new coronavirus cases and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 29,752 and case tally at 108,267, according to the state health department

Lockdown can help us tide over current crisis, says Trivandrum Collector

Indian Army establishes Covid management cell to assist civil authorities

In order to coordinate multiple facets of staffing and logistics support, an exclusive Covid Management Cell under a Director General rank officer has been established which reports directly to the Vice Chief of Army Staff. This will bring in greater efficiency in coordinating real time responses to address exponential rise in Covid cases across the country including Delhi where assistance to civil administration in the form of testing, admissions in military hospitals and transportation of critical medical equipment etc are already being provided. Read full govt release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan reports 17,532 new cases

Rajasthan reports 17,532 new cases, 16,044 recoveries and 161 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh reports 12,421 new cases

Madhya Pradesh reports 12,421 new coronavirus cases, 12,965 recoveries and 86 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt caps price on private ambulance services

Coronavirus LIVE: PM praises the role of armed forces in Covid fight

Coronavirus LIVE: Russia's Putin supports waiving patents on coronavirus vaccines

Coronavirus LIVE: MP CM urges people not to conduct weddings in May

Weddings are super spreader events. I urge all public representatives to motivate people that weddings do not take place in May, says Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Coronavirus LIVE: MP CM announces strict janata curfew till May 15

Coronavirus LIVE: Russia unveils one-dose vaccine 'Sputnik light' with 80% efficacy

Now you are behaving like ostrich with its head in the sand: HC to Delhi govt

Coronavirus LIVE: Medical infra completely in shambles, HC tells Delhi govt

Coronavirus LIVE: Medical infra completely in shambles, HC tells Delhi govt

Refiners curtail palm oil imports as lockdowns dent demand

Indian edible oil refiners are curtailing palm oil imports for May and June as most states have imposed curbs on hotels and restaurants to arrest rising coronavirus infections, denting institutional demand, industry officials said.
Lower imports by India, the world's biggest buyer of the edible oil, could limit a rally in benchmark Malaysian palm oil futures, which hit their highest level since 2008 on Thursday.
"Palm oil demand from hotels, restaurants and other institutional buyers has been falling rapidly due to lockdowns," said Govindbhai Patel, chief of trading firm G.G. Patel & Nikhil Research Co. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Shops are closed in Chennai as the state imposes a lockdown

Around 130,000 people in 18-44 age group vaccinated in Delhi in last 3 days, says Kejriwal

Around 130,000 people in 18-44 age group vaccinated in Delhi in last 3 days, says Kejriwal

We can immediately add around 9,500 beds if Delhi gets 700 MT oxygen daily, says Arvind Kejriwal

We can immediately add around 9,500 beds if Delhi gets 700 MT oxygen daily, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi needs 700 metric tonnes of oxygen daily till second Covid wave subsides, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi needs 700 metric tonnes of oxygen daily till second Covid wave subsides, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

Coronavirus LIVE: Will not let anyone die due to oxygen shortage, says Delhi CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Will not let anyone die due to oxygen shortage, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Watch: Arvind Kejriwal's briefing on coronavirus situation in Delhi

Coronavirus LIVE: French President backs waiving vaccine patents

After US and EU, French President Emmanuel Macron backs waiving Covid-19 vaccine patents

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi stresses on scaling up vaccine production at review meeting

PM Modi today undertook a comprehensive review of the Covid-19 related situation in the country. He was given a detailed picture on the Covid outbreak in various states and districts. He was informed about the 12 states which have more than 100,000 active cases. PM was also apprised about the districts with high disease burden. Read full govt release here 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to Modi, thanks him for adequate oxygen supply

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi sees over 19,000 new cases

No pendency of Oxygen Concentrators with Indian Customs, says govt

The government on Thursday said that reports in some sections of the media that oxygen concentrators are pending at the Customs warehouse for getting clearance from the authorities are totally incorrect, not based on facts and without any basis. It said that the Indian Customs is swiftly clearing all consignments and no such figures of pendency exist across any port of import. Read full govt release here

Chhattisgarh govt suspends Covid vaccination for 18-44 age group

The Chhattisgarh government has suspended the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive for people aged 18 to 44, after the high court's order to modify the plan that prioritised inoculation of the economically weaker sections of society, an official said on Thursday.
The state government has constituted a committee headed by the state's chief secretary to finalise a fresh plan to distribute vaccines in the third phase in an equitable manner, the public relations department official said.
The state government in an order on April 30 said vaccines will be first given to the Antyodaya group (poorest among poor), followed by those in the below poverty line (BPL) category and then to people in the above poverty line (APL) group, in the third phase of the drive that began on May 1. (PTI)

Vaccines work against variants, says govt's principal scientific advisor

Aviation ministry has issued guidelines to facilitate vaccination program in a fast manner

Cricket Australia says their IPL contingent has been safely transported from India

Covid-19: British Airways sends vital oxygen supplies to India

British Airways has flown a specially chartered aircraft loaded with emergency aid to Delhi to support India's battle against COVID-19.
The aircraft carried more than a thousand items from the High Commission of India and charities including Khalsa Aid International and the largest Hindu temple outside of India, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, London, according to an official release.
The load includes hundreds of urgent life-saving oxygen cylinders and shipments of oxygen concentrators, respirators and blood oxygen saturation monitors. British Airways is also donating care packages for families in need.

Delhi HC says information on Tocilizumab medicine should be made available on the portal with transparency

Delhi HC says information on Tocilizumab medicine should be made available on the portal with transparency

The third wave is around the corner and it's time we start preparing for it: SC tells Centre

It also rapped the Centre over the handling of the oxygen crisis and said, "It's not just about allocating oxygen to states, we also need a plan for logistics." The third wave is around the corner and that it's time we start preparing for it, it added.
The government's top scientific adviser on Wednesday, said a third wave of the coronavirus is "inevitable", warning that vaccines will need to be "updated" to deal with the new strains that have overwhelmed hospitals and left thousands dead.

Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet

The largest real-world study yet of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine on Thursday confirmed that the jab provided more than 95 percent protection against Covid-19, but found that the level dropped significantly when people received just one of the two prescribed doses. The authors of the research from Israel's national vaccination campaign said it showed real-world proof that the pandemic could be ended by rapid, global vaccination programmes.

Kerala coronavirus update: The state added 41,953 infections to its tally

Kerala had reported the highest ever single day spurt in positive cases on Wednesday adding 41,953 infections.

Covid second wave has hit India 'like a tsunami' says Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

The second wave of Covid-19 has hit India "like a tsunami", Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has said, attributing the unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases to the recent state elections and religious festivals in the country.
India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 300,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
This time around the second wave has hit like a tsunami. And the unfortunate part is it has not spared any part of our country, Mazumdar said during a virtual panel discussion on global vaccine equity organised by One Share World. Read on...

WHO chief Tedros hails 'historic' US support for vaccine patent waiver

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday hailed the United States' support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, describing it as a "historic decision".The WHO chief wrote on Twitter that the move was a step towards vaccine equity, "prioritizing the well-being of all people everywhere at a critical time"."Now let's all move together swiftly, in solidarity, building on the ingenuity and commitment of scientists who produced life-saving Covid-19 vaccines," he added.Tedros has for months pleaded for such a patent waiver -- an idea backed by India and South Africa -- arguing this would help to ramp up production and make Covid-19 vaccines much more accessible for poorer nations.

Oxygen crisis: Supreme Court says no contempt notice, but centre must ensure oxygen for Delhi

Supreme Court says no contempt notice, but centre must ensure oxygen for Delhi

Sonia Gandhi will hold a meeting via video conference with the party's Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha MPs on Friday

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi will hold a meeting via video conference with the party's Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha MPs tomorrow, to discuss the current Covid-19 situation in the country.

You must give 700 MT oxygen to Delhi, Justice Chandrachud tells Centre

At present health professionals are in complete fatigue, how you will ensure better health care facilities?, observes Justice Chandrachud

Over 8.9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses still available with states, UTs: Centre

More than 89 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs and over 28 lakh vaccine doses will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
The Centre has so far provided more than 17.15 crore (17,15,42,410) vaccine doses to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,26,10,905 doses, as per the official data made available at 8 am.
"More than 89 lakh COVID vaccine doses (89,31,505) are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. States with negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to the armed forces," the ministry said.

SC lauds high courts for commendable work done during Covid-19

SC lauds high courts for commendable work done during Covid-19, says they are effectively supervising pandemic management

Covid spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths

India reported a record 412,262 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and a record 3,980 daily death toll, as a second wave of infections swamps the health system and spreads from cities into the vast countryside.
Covid-19 infections in the world's second most populous nation have surged past 21 million, with a death toll of 230,168, health ministry data show.
With hospitals scrabbling for beds and oxygen in response to the surge in infections, the World Health Organization said in a weekly report that India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide last week and a quarter of the deaths.
Medical experts say India's actual figures could be five to 10 times the official tallies. Read on...

Covid-19: Kerala govt announces lockdown from May 8 to May 16

Covid-19: Kerala govt announces lockdown from May 8 to May 16

SC hearing begins on supply of oxygen to Delhi hospitals

Supreme Court begins hearing the matter regarding the supply of Oxygen by the Centre to various hospitals in Delhi.

The Union of India has to apprise the Supreme Court as to how it will provide Oxygen to the Delhi hospitals

Active Covid-19 cases in country recorded at 35,66,398: Union Health Ministry

Active Covid-19 cases in country recorded at 35,66,398: Union Health Ministry

BoB allots Rs 500 cr to Serum after RBI liquidity tap for healthcare firms

Banks have changed gear to cater to healthcare after the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday opened a Rs 50,000 crore liquidity tap exclusively for companies involved in providing vaccine, oxygen, ventilator etc as the country fights a ferocious second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
At least one lender, Bank of Baroda (BoB), has sanctioned Rs 500 crore to Serum Institute of India (SII),– which is producing Covishield, the vaccine against coronavirus infection. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus: Four people arrested in connection with black marketing of oxygen concentrators

Four people from a restaurant-cum-bar in Lodhi Colony have been arrested in connection with black marketing of oxygen concentrators. Police recovered 419 oxygen concentrators, which were sold for over Rs 70,000. Case has been registered: DCP South

Over 67,000 people administered Covid-19 vaccine in Delhi in last 24 hours

Over 67,000 people were vaccinated against coronavirus in a day in the national capital, according to data shared by the government on Thursday.
As per the data, 47,086 people in the 18-44 age group got vaccinated till 9.30 pm on Wednesday.
A total of 5,230 people in the 45-59 age group were vaccinated, while 1,629 people, aged above 60, received the first dose of vaccine.
As many as 1,571 frontline workers and 591 healthcare workers were also given the first jab on Wednesday. Read on...

RBI's Covid relief: Good move, but late, says health care industry

The Indian health care industry welcomed the Reserve Bank of India’s move to open an on-tap liquidity window of Rs 50,000 crore, but some felt it may not make much difference now.
While some companies said they were open to borrowing, others felt their working capital cycle was comfortable.
The RBI on Wednesday opened up a liquidity window of Rs 50,000 crore with tenors of up to three years to boost the provision of immediate liquidity for ramping up Covid-related health care infrastructure and services. Read on...

PM Modi condoles demise of RLD chief Ajit Singh due to Covid-19

Coronavirus updates: Uttarakhand allots Rs 100 Cr for Covid vaccination of people aged 18-44

Rs 100 crore has been allotted from the Uttarakhand's Chief Minister's relief fund for Covid-19 vaccination of citizens between18-44 years of age in the state, Additional Secretary to the state government Arunendra Singh Chauhan has informed.
Chauhan wrote a letter to the new Director-General of Medical Health and Family Welfare and informed about the allotted fund for the vaccination.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Panwar and Health Secretary Amit Negi held a press conference on Wednesday and informed about the efforts being made by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection in Uttarakhand. Read on...

India welcomes US decision to back IP rules waiver for Covid-19 vaccines

India has appreciated the Biden administration's decision to support a proposal moved by it and South Africa to temporarily waive some Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For the past several weeks, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with the diplomats from South Africa, had been meeting US lawmakers and officials regarding the proposal.
"We appreciate the US administration's announcement today of its support for waiver of IPR for Covid-19 vaccines, Sandhu told PTI on Wednesday. Read on...

Spain finds 11 cases of variant first identified in India

Spain's health minister says the European country has detected 11 cases of the new strain of the coronavirus first identified in India.
Minister Carolina Darias says the cases were two separate outbreaks discovered by health officials in recent days.
She added a plane carrying medical supplies, including oxygen and breathing machines, for hard-hit India will leave on Thursday.
Last week, Spain's government approved a shipment of seven tons of medical supplies to help India combat it surging wave of infections.

India's tragic Covid-19 situation should raise alarm bells for all: UNICEF

The tragic" COVID-19 situation in India should raise the alarm bells for all of us and there will be reverberations across the region and the world in terms of virus-related deaths, virus mutations and supply delays unless the world steps up and helps the country now, the head of the UN children's agency has said.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has sent additional critical lifesaving supplies to India, including 2 million face shields and 200,000 surgical masks.
The tragic situation in India should raise alarm bells for all of us, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on Tuesday. Read on...

Plea in Bombay High Court seeks Z+ security for Adar Poonawalla, his family

A writ petition on Wednesday has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking Z plus security for Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla and his family.
The petitioner has said Poonawalla should be given Z plus security for himself and his family, and his assets should be protected keeping the threats which were made to Poonawallah as per media reports.
The plea requested the court to give order to Maharashtra government and Pune Police Commissioner to file an FIR in the matter based on the petitioner's complaint which he has already submitted. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (May 6)

Active cases: 3,566,398 (Net addition: 79,169)
Deaths: 230,168 (Net increase: 3,980)
Cured: 17,280,844 (Net increase: 329,113)
Total cases: 21,077,410 (Net increase: 412,262)
Total vaccination: 162,513,339 (Increase over previous day: 1,955,733)

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 154.7 mn; deaths surge to more than 3.23 mn

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 154.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.23 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 154,763,588 and 3,237,435, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 32,557,299 and 579,265, respectively, according to the CSSE. Read on...

Former Union Minister and RLD Chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh passes away due to Covid

Former Union Minister and RLD Chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh passes away due to Covid

Indian Navy warships fan out to friendly nations to get oxygen amid Covid

Nine capital warships of the Indian Navy have been pressed into service on a medical relief operation called Operation Samudra Setu II (Ocean Bridge II) to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. With medical supplies running low in Indian hospitals, these vessels were sent to West Asia and South East Asia to bring back liquid medical oxygen bottles, oxygen concentrators and other medical stores.
“As a part of the ongoing national effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu II to bring in by sea much-needed oxygen and associated medical supplies from friendly foreign countries,” said Vice Admiral MS Pawar, the deputy chief of Naval Staff on Wednesday, upon the arrival of the first consignment of Liquid Medical Oxygen onboard Indian Naval Ship (INS) Talwar at New Mangalore port. Read on...

India's struggle to track new Covid-19 variants could worsen the crisis

The good news is that the vaccines work against a new virus strain circulating in India that’s spread to several other countries.
The bad news is it won’t be only the new version of the pathogen to emerge from an outbreak of this scale, underscoring the urgency of mapping other possible variants that may be currently racing through India’s tightly-packed population of 1.4 billion people. Read on...

Canada becomes first country to allow Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15

Canada becomes first country to allow Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15

Corporate India jittery about Q1 amid a relentless second Covid-19 wave

Early signals from the results of the fourth quarter of FY21 have been encouraging, but corporate India isn't celebrating. Reason: A broad swathe of companies across sectors believe that the first quarter of the current financial year will severely test their resilience amid a relentless second Covid-19 wave that has pushed India to the top of the list of the worst-affected countries in the world.
Since April, India has seen multiple strains of the coronanavirus sweep the nation, upending life and businesses alike. Out-of-home retail and discretionary categories such as durables, auto, fashion, lifestyle, hospitality, food services, travel, and tourism have been the worst-hit as Covid cases remain high, leaving state governments with no option but to curtail mobility and economic activity. Read on...

3rd wave of Covid-19 pandemic is inevitable, says top scientist

The pathogen has adopted "hit and run" tactics to breach the immunity many people developed during the first wave as also due to vaccination, Prof Vijay Raghavan said, pointing to changes in the virus and the role of new variants with higher transmissibility and disease severity in the second wave."A phase three (of Covid-19 pandemic) is inevitable given the high levels of circulating virus but it is not clear on what timescale this phase three will occur. "

US component supplies to enable India manufacture 20 mn doses of Covishield

The US on Wednesday said the vaccine components it has supplied to India this week will enable the manufacturing of two crore doses of the Covishield vaccine even as the sixth shipment of American medical aid arrived as part of the Biden administration's assistance to the country's response to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
The United States also sent a separate shipment of over 81,000 vials of Remdesivir injections that was delivered in Mumbai.
As India continues to reel under a record-breaking wave of the coronavirus infection, the European Union (EU) announced an initial Euro 2.2 million (approximately Rs 19 crore) in emergency funding to support the World Health Organization's (WHO) measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Read on...

US backs waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines

The Biden administration is throwing its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines in an effort to speed the end of the pandemic.
United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government's position in a Wednesday statement, amid World Trade Organisation talks over easing global trade rules to enable more countries to produce more of the life-saving vaccines. Read on...

Karnataka remdisivir supply to increase to 20K vials per day for next 5 days

The four companies which are supplying anti-viral remdisivir to the government have agreed to increase the supply to 20,000 vials for the next five days starting from May 6 (Thursday), said Deputy Chief Minister and State Covid task force head Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana, on Wednesday.
Addressing press conference Narayana said, "I have spoken to company heads of these four companies and put together, they have agreed to increase the supply to 20,000 vials. Till now these companies were supplying 10,000 vials in total per day."
He also informed, the companies have agreed to further increase the supply after May 9. Read on...

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