Covid LIVE: Mumbai's daily cases below 2,000; Maharashtra's under 40,000

Coronavirus live updates: With 366,161 fresh infections, India recorded a significant drop in the number of daily Covid-19 cases. Its cumulative caseload now stands at 22,662,575, while 246,116 people have died from the deadly virus. India now has 3.75 million active cases. On a positive note, 18,671,222 (or or 82.15 per cent of total caseload) patients have recovered.

Coronavirus cases are surging rapidly in states like Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Odisha and Uttarakhand.

Maharashtra reported 48,401 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases and 920 deaths, followed by Karnataka (47,930), Kerala (35,801), Uttar Pradesh (23,333), Tamil Nadu (28,897), West Bengal (19,441), Delhi (13,336) in the past 24 hours.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (5,101,737), Karnataka (1,934,378), Kerala (1,922,249), Uttar Pradesh (1,503,490), Tamil Nadu (1,380,259), Delhi (1,323,567), and Andhra Pradesh (1,287,603).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 158,953,101 infected by the deadly contagion. While 137,378,760 have recovered, 3,306,229 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,476,781, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,746,255, followed by the Brazil (424,653) and US (299,567).


Odisha to float global tender to procure Covid-19 vaccines

Facing an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, the Odisha government on Monday decided to float a global tender for procuring the vaccine to inoculate the states entire population, Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said.
The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
"It is felt that complete vaccination is the best way to protect precious lives of the people. Therefore, the Cabinet allowed the state government to go for global tender and get vaccines at the earliest," Mohapatra said.
The Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) will float the global e-tender, a government notification issued at night said.
The state government constituted a 10-member Technical Committee and nine-member Managerial Committee to supervise the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines through the global tender, the notification said.
The technical committee, headed by Director Medical Education and Training Prof CBK Mohanty, will suggest to the state government how to procure the best quality vaccines being made by leading manufacturers across the world, official sources said.

'Nepal is being overwhelmed by Covid. We need help': Oli

Nepal is battling a new and brutal wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said as he appealed to the UK and other developed nations on Monday to urgently provide his country with essential medical items, life-saving drugs and vaccines to combat the pandemic.
In an opinion piece published in The Guardian newspaper, Oli, who lost a confidence vote in Nepal's House of Representatives on Monday, said the rise in the number of infections posed a serious challenge to the country's citizens and the entire health service system.
Nepal on Monday reported 9,127 new cases, the highest single day spike, in the last 24 hours taking the nationwide coronavirus infection tally to 403,794. It also reported 139 fatalities.
"Nepal's history is one of hardship and struggle, yet this pandemic is pushing even us to our limits. The number of infections is straining the healthcare system; it has become tough to provide patients with the hospital beds that they need," he wrote in the British newspaper.

AI cancels Covid vaccination camp for 2 days due to 'non-availability' of vaccines

Air India on Monday told its employees that it will not be able to hold Covid-19 vaccination camps for them at the Delhi airport on Tuesday and Thursday due to "non-availability" of vaccines.
The airline had last Tuesday said it would vaccinate all its employees against Covid-19 by the end of this month as a pilots' body demanded inoculation of the flying crew on priority basis citing risk to their lives from the deadly infection.
In a communication to employees on Monday, Air India said: "The proposed Covid vaccination camp at GSD Complex, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on May 11 and May 13 stands cancelled because government authorities have expressed inability to hold these camps due to non-availability of vaccines."
"Fresh dates will be notified once we get re-confirmation from government authorities," it added. India has been badly hit by the second wave of the coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under shortage of vaccines, oxygen, drugs, equipment and beds.
After recording over four lakh fresh cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day rise of 3,66,161 Covid-19 cases on Monday, which pushed its tally to 2,26,62,575, according to the health ministry.
The death toll due to the viral disease climbed to 2,46,116 with 3,754 more people succumbing to it, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed. 

Odisha's Ganjam district reports first child death due to coronavirus

A 10-year-old boy died of Covid-19 in a government-run hospital to become the first child victim of the disease in Odisha's Ganjam district, officials said on Monday.
Kailash Nayak, who was undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here, was also suffering from haemophilia, a disease in which blood does clot, and ketosis a state that happens when the body does not have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy.
He died on Sunday evening.
Nayak was admitted to the paediatric ward of the hospital on Friday with fever, cough and breathlessness. A test was conducted and he was found to be COVID-19 positive, following which he was shifted to the coronavirus wing on Saturday, officials said.
"A team of doctors from different departments was formed to treat the child. Despite all our efforts, he succumbed at about 7.40 pm on Sunday," said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
The boy was suffering from haemophilia and ketosis for a long time and was treated on multiple occasions, he said.

Covid-19: All adults in Goa to be given Ivermectin drug

All people above 18 years in Goa will be given Ivermectin drug irrespective of their coronavirus status to bring down mortality, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday.
He said patients will be given Ivermectin 12 mg for a period of five days as expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan have found a statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in Covid-19 patients treated with this medicine.
"I have given instructions for immediate implementation of prophylaxis (action taken to prevent disease) treatment," Rane said.
The minister said this treatment would not prevent Covid-19 infection but it can help reduce the severity.
"The Ivermectin 12 mg tablet will be made available in all the district, sub-district, PHCs, CHCs, sub-health centres, rural dispensaries for people to collect and start treatment immediately, irrespective of any symptoms or anything," Rane said.
Goa on Monday recorded 2,804 new cases of coronavirus, taking its tally to 1,21,650, while 50 more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,729, a health official said.

Delhi sounds alarm of depleting vaccine stock; Jain says city has only a day's Covaxin jabs left

Delhi on Monday sounded an alert of its depleting vaccine stock, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain saying that the national capital has only one day's Covaxin jabs left and its Covishield doses will last for just three to four days.
Later in the day, AAP leader Atishi said the Delhi government will have to close vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered to beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group after Tuesday evening if its stocks are not replenished.
"On Monday morning, Delhi had 2.74 lakh vaccine doses for people in the 18-plus category," she said, releasing the city's 'Vaccination Bulletin'.
"After Tuesday evening, the Delhi government will have to start closing down the vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered (to the 18-44 age group). We will also have to shut down Covishield inoculation centres after four days," she said.
Delhi has so far received 5.5 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines for the 18-44 category, and over 43 lakh doses for 45-plus, and healthcare and frontline workers, according to government data released on Sunday.

UEFA has issues with CL switch to London, Porto a backup

UEFA has given the British government until Tuesday to offer the travel waivers it requires to move the Champions League final to Wembley or the all-English game could be played in Portugal instead.
The May 29 showpiece is set to be moved from Istanbul after Turkey was added to England's "red list" of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks.
Porto is one of the backup options after UEFA hit snags with its preferred location of London.
UEFA held talks with the British government on Monday but was unable to secure exemptions from quarantine for everyone they want to be able to attend a final in London -- including sponsors of the Champions League, their guests and media -- people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks.
UEFA has given the British government until Tuesday to decide whether authorities can offer all the travel waivers required.

Coronavirus LIVE: Centre failed in their vaccination policy, says Owaisi

Coronavirus LIVE: Jharkhand to launch free vaccination for 18-44 age group

Jharkhand to launch free vaccination for 18-44 age group on May 14, says Chief Minister Hemant Soren

Coronavirus LIVE: DoT dispels rumours on 5G trials responsible for case surge

Novavax says its combined flu and vaccine shows promise in preclinical study

Novavax Inc said on Monday its combined flu and Covid-19 vaccine produced functional antibodies against influenza and the coronavirus in a preclinical study

No need to waive patents, there will be enough vaccine supplies: BioNTech

The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming year.
Ugur Sahin, the chief executive of BioNTech, rejected the US-backed proposal to temporarily lift some intellectual property rights for vaccines in order to boost global supply during the ongoing pandemic.
In a call with investors announcing the company's first-quarter net profit of 1.13 billion euros ($1.37 billion), Sahin said BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer had already delivered vaccines to more than 90 countries and more than doubled its forecast production capacity for the year. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal Pradesh reports 4,359 new cases

Himachal Pradesh reports 4,359 new coronavirus cases, 2,355 recoveries and 53 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal reports 19,445 new cases

West Bengal reports record 134 coronavirus deaths, 19,445 new cases, according to the health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 37,236 new cases

Maharashtra reports 37,236 new positive coronavirus cases, 549 deaths and 61,607 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Manipur reports 424 new cases

Manipur reports 424 new positive cases, 13 deaths and 87 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand sees 5,541 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 5,541 new coronavirus cases, and 168 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total active at 74,480 and total positive cases at 249,814, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees under 2,000 cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Jaishankar condoles passing away of Vinesh Kalra, Consul General, Mazar-e-Sharif

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka sees 39,305 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Jammu and Kashmir sees 3,614 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir reports 3,614 new coronavirus positive cases, 2,855 recoveries and 56 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total active cases are now 49,951, according to the state health department

Controlling Covid my first priority: Himanta Biswa Sarma

New Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Monday said controlling the "alarming" Covid-19 situation in the state is his first priority and his aim will be to make the state one of the top five in the ccountry in the next five years.
Sarma, who was addressing the press after being sworn in, appealed to all insurgent groups of Assam, specially ULFA (I) to lay down arms and join the mainstream to sort out their issues and establish lasting peace in the state.
He said the first cabinet meeting of the second BJP government in the state will be held on Tuesday to discuss the prevailing situation vis a vis the Covid-19 pandemic and decide on measures to contain it. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha govt to float a global tender to buy vaccines

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 28,978 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 28,978 new coronavirus positive cases, 232 deaths and 20,904 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Centre in SC rules out door-to-door vaccination

The Centre has ruled out in the Supreme Court door-to-door vaccination of people and said the inoculation will be done at identified COVID Vaccination Centres (CVC), both government and private, registered on COWIN for "good, germane and rational reasons".
It said that four key requirements of CVC under the Covid-19 vaccination programme are availability of adequate space, adequate cold storage facility, adequate number of vaccinators and medical support staff and adequate arrangements for management of Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI).
The Centre's reply came on the top court's query whether it plans to undertake nationwide mass awareness campaign for COVID-19 vaccination and ensuring outreach in rural areas and underprivileged sections by using mobile vans, vehicles and railways to vaccinate people near their doorsteps so as to minimize their travel and potential infection with Covid-19. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan reports 16,487 new positive cases

Rajasthan reports 16,487 new positive cases, 160 deaths and 13,499 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 27,487 new cases

Kerala reports 27,487 new coronavirus cases, 65 fatalities. Infection tally rises to 19,00,060, death toll 5,879. Number of active cases of the disease in the state stands at 419,726, according to the state health department

Centre undertakes multiple initiatives to enhance Oxygen availability

In order to address the surge in demand for oxygen, the Central Government has undertaken key measures to increase the availability, streamline the distribution and strengthen the oxygen storage infrastructure in the country. The steps undertaken focused on the entire oxygen supply chain. These include efforts for improving oxygen production, enhancing tanker availability to optimize logistics, improving oxygen storage at the last mile, and easing norms of procurement. Read full govt release here

Google testing new feature in Maps to enable sharing info on availability of beds, oxygen

Google on Monday said it is testing a new feature in Maps that enables people to ask about and share local information on availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations.
This is part of the tech giant's efforts to support the relief efforts amid the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"...we're testing a new feature using the Q&A function in Maps that enables people to ask about and share local information on availability of beds and medical oxygen in select locations. As this will be user generated content and not provided by authorised sources, it may be required to verify the accuracy and freshness of the information before utilizing it," it said. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Chandigarh extends corona curfew by one week

Chandigarh administration decides to extend corona curfew by another one week. The night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am will be implemented. Day-time movement will be allowed. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: 500 ICU Beds set up in just two weeks, says Delhi CM

Coronavirus LIVE: 1.3 billion coronavirus vaccine doses have now been administered worldwide

Coronavirus LIVE: 1.3 billion coronavirus vaccine doses have now been administered worldwide

Coronavirus LIVE: Second wave posed a challenge before us, says UP CM

Curfew extended till May 17 in Leh

The Ladakh Administration on Monday extended till May 17 the curfew imposed in Leh to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The curfew was earlier scheduled to end on Monday.
Leh District disaster management authority (DDMA) Chairman Shrikant Suse said stringent action would be taken against the violators.
The essential item shops, including grocery, meat, chicken, dairy products, vegetables and bakeries, were allowed to open everyday from 8 am to 1 pm, he told media here. (PTI)

MP: As virus spreads to rural areas, govt forms crisis groups

Amid a surge in coronavirus positive cases in rural areas and towns in Madhya Pradesh, the state government on Monday decided to set up crisis management groups to ensure the effective implementation of the pandemic guidelines and related directives.
The state Home department has issued an order to this effect saying such groups will be constituted at the level of blocks, villages and wards to check the spread of the viral infection.
Such crisis management groups (CMGs) are already functional at the district level in the state. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 14,986 new positive cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 14,986 new positive cases, 16,167 recoveries and 84 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total active cases at 189,367, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi scaling up infra to deal with 30,000 cases in next wave, says CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Centre not giving enough vaccines to states and instead exporting them, says Sisodia

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala CM says will no longer be able to send oxygen to other states

Coronavirus LIVE: CWC questions govt data on Covid fatalities

CWC questions govt data on Covid fatalities, alleges non-reporting of deaths; says solution lies in facing challenge, not in concealing truth. (PTI)

750-bed Covid hospital set up by DRDO opens in Varanasi

A 750-bed hospital set up by the DRDO for Covid-19 patients on Banaras Hindu University's campus in Varanasi opened on Monday, an official statement said here.
Currently, a 250-bed ICU facility is functional and the capacity of the Pandit Rajan Mishra Covid Hospital will gradually be expanded to 750 beds with anticipated patient inflow.
All beds at this temporary facility set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be provided with oxygen as the hospital is well-equipped with 40 KL of oxygen stored in three tanks, the statement said. (PTI)

Army's Western Command sets up three 100-bed hospitals for Covid patients

To assist state governments in the fight against coronavirus, the Army's Western Command has set up three 100-bed hospitals in Chandigarh, Faridabad and Patiala.
These hospitals have been set up under the Indian Army's Operation Namaste, launched in March this year to insulate the 1.3 million-strong force from coronavirus and extend all possible assistance in containing the pandemic.
Lieutenant General R P Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief , Western Command, on Monday announced the operationalisation of the first 100-bedded COVID Hospital at a hostel for international students in Panjab University.
Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Bandore was present on the occasion. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 12,651 new cases

Lt Governor wishes CM Rangasamy speedy recovery from Covid

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan has wished Chief Minister N Rangasamy a speedy recovery from COVID-19.
Rangasamy had tested positive for the infection and got admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on Sunday.
On Monday, Soundararajan spoke to the Chief Minister over phone and enquired about his health and the treatment he was getting, a press release from the Lieutenant Governor's office said here. (PTI)

Coronavirus Latest: Vaccine shortage hits inoculation drive in AP

A hero's struggle to get the second dose of a particular brand of vaccine for the heroine is the movie's storyline, a writer tells the producer during a story discussion.
That's a cartoon that has gone viral in social media in the two Telugu states in recent days.
"The villagers extend a grand welcome to 'Singannapalem simham' (lion), who is coming after getting the second dose of coronavirus vaccine," says another meme, displayed on a huge hoarding with an onlooker taking a bewildered glance at it. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Adhir Chowdhury writes to President Kovind, seeks Parliament Session

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal Pradesh sees 1,340 new cases

Himachal Pradesh reports 1,340 new coronavirus cases, 34 fatalities. Infection tally rises to 132,763, death toll 1,906. Number of active cases of the disease in the state stands at 31,629, according to the state health department

Germany opens up J&J, AstraZeneca jabs for all adults

Germany is making the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine available to all adults as it did with the AstraZeneca vaccine, though the bulk of the expected deliveries is still some way off.
Germany has recommended the AstraZeneca shot mainly for over-60s because of a rare type of blood clot seen in an extremely small number of recipients. But amid a push to get as many people inoculated as possible, the government decided to allow doctors' offices to vaccinate any adults with it -- putting aside a priority system under which the oldest and most vulnerable have been vaccinated first.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said authorities decided Monday to take the same approach with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, about which there are similar concerns. He estimated that 5 to 6 million over-60s in Germany still need to be vaccinated and that should be concluded by early June. (AP)

Coronavirus LIVE: Haryana govt to provide Rs 5,000 to BPL families

Coronavirus LIVE: Huge crowds seent at a vaccination centre in Odisha’s Bhadrak

Jharkhand reports 97 new Covid-19 deaths, 4,169 fresh cases

Jharkhand's Covid-19 death toll rose to 3,853 as the state reported 97 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours, while 4,169 new cases pushed the tally to 2,86,343, a health department bulletin said on Monday.
The state currently has 58,806 active Covid-19 cases, while 2,23,684 patients have so far recovered from the disease, it said.
Ranchi district recorded the maximum number of fresh fatalities at 43, followed by East Singhbhum (11), Dhanbad (6) Bokaro (5), four deaths each were recorded in Deoghar, Hazaribag, Koderma and Ramgarh. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha sees over 10,000 cases

Odisha's coronavirus caseload climbs to 5,44,873 with 10,031 more people testing positive for disease, while 17 fresh fatalities push death toll to 2,197, according to the state health department

Large crowds seen at a medical college in Chennai to get Remdesivir

Senior leaders opposed Congress President's election due to Covid

During the CWC meeting, discussion was held on the election process for the party's new president, but senior leaders like Ashok Gehlot, GN Azad, Anand Sharma said that there was no need for elections at this time due to Covid. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Vaccination for construction workers in 18-44 age group begins in Ludhiana

Coronavirus LIVE: CWC defers Congress President's election due to pandemic situation

Coronavirus LIVE: MP govt to set up 360 ICU beds for children in hospitals

MP govt to set up 360 ICU beds for children in hospitals across state as part of preparations for third wave of coronavirus. (PTI)

Negative RT-PCR report must to enter high Himalayan valleys in Uttarakhand

People going to the high Himalayan valleys of Darma, Vyas and Chaudas in Dharchula sub division will now have to produce a negative RT-PCR report not older than a week, officials said on Monday.
The administration has discussed the matter with locals and okayed the move, they said.
People will be given permission to proceed to these valleys only after they produce a negative RT-PCR test report for COVID-19, Dharchula Sub-Divisional Magistrate A K Shukla said. (PTI)

Delhi HC to hear plea on construction of Central Vista Project on May 11

The Delhi High Court on Monday said it will hear tomorrow the plea seeking direction to stop or suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in compliance with orders issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority during the subsistence of the peak phase of the pandemic.
The matter was mentioned by senior advocate Siddharth Luthra for preponement of the date of hearing as it was earlier listed for May 17 for a detailed hearing.
The bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh on Monday asked him to file an application and said they will hear the matter tomorrow. Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra also informed the bench about the Supreme Court direction in this regard. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Situation in Assam is alarming, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sun TV donates Rs 30 crore to India's fight against Covid

Sun TV Network, the parent company of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), will be donating Rs 30 crore to help the people fighting the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The second wave of coronavirus has infected many people, and the number of Covid-19 positive cases has been increasing at an alarming rate in the country.
"Sun TV Network is donating a sum of Rs.30 crores to provide relief to those affected by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be spent on several initiatives currently under way at various states of lndia including the following: 1. Donations to the various programmes initiated by Government of India and State governments 2. Partnering with NGOs that are providing oxygen cylinders, medicines etc," SRH informed in a statement on Monday. (ANI)

Centre abdicated its responsibility, left vaccination to states: Sonia Gandhi

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Monday alleged that the Centre has abdicated its responsibility and left Covid-19 vaccination to states.
"Modi government has abdicated its responsibility and left vaccination to states. It would have been financially more equitable for the Centre to provide free vaccine to all," the party Chief said while Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.
Sonia Gandhi further expressed concern over the worrying situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. (ANI)

DBS announces aid worth Rs 10 cr for Covid relief in India

Singaporean lender DBS, which operates a wholly-owned subsidiary in the country, on Monday said it is pumping Covid relief aid worth over Rs 10 crore into India including three cryogenic oxygen cylinder tanks.
Foreign banks operate in India either as a wholly-owned subsidiary or through branch model.
DBS has tied up with Singapore High Commission in India and High Commission of India based in Singapore to import three cryogenic oxygen tanks having capacity of 20,000 litres each to support the ongoing relief efforts, an official statement said. (PTI)

Vaccination of 18-44 age group begins in Uttarakhand

Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat formally launched the Covid-19 vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 years here on Monday and said Uttarakhand is the first state in the country to make the exercise free of cost.
Launching the drive at the Radha Swami Satsang complex on the Haridwar bypass road, Rawat said the third phase of the vaccination drive has begun under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Fifty lakh youngsters of Uttarakhand are to be inoculated against the pandemic as part of the drive. Uttarakhand is the first state to announce that people in the age group of 18-44 years will be administered the vaccine jabs for free. The state government will bear the cost of Rs 400 crore to be incurred in the exercise," he said. (PTI)

Factually incorrect to state that there is no provision for expenditure on vaccination by Centre: FinMin

It is factually incorrect to state that there is no provision for expenditure on coronavirus vaccination by the Central Government, says Finance Ministry. Read full govt release here

74% new Covid cases reported in 10 states; Maharashtra, Karnataka on top

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are among the top 10 states that accounted for 73.91 per cent new Covid-19 cases registered in the last 24 hours, said Union Health Ministry's data on Monday.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases of 48,401, followed by Karnataka with 47,930 and Kerala 35,801.
Tamil Nadu has logged 28,897 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh 23,175, Andhra Pradesh 22,164, West Bengal 19,441, Rajasthan 17,921, Haryana 13,548 and Delhi 13,336, the data said.
A total of 3,66,161 new cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. (IANS)

Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry CM tests positive, receiving treatment at hospital

Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma get first dose of vaccination

India captain Virat Kohli and senior pacer Ishant Sharma on Monday received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
While Kohli, who now lives in Mumbai, posted a photo on instagram, Ishant and his wife Pratima, a former India hoopster, also uploaded their selfie infront of a vaccination centre.
"Thankful for this and grateful for all the essential workers. Happy to see the smooth running of the facility & management. Let's all get vaccinated at the earliest," Ishant wrote on his twitter handle.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, pacer Umesh Yadav and Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan have already got their first dose of vaccination. (PTI)

Only one day of Covaxin stock left in Delhi and three to four days of Covishield: Delhi health minister

Only one day of Covaxin stock left in Delhi and three to four days of Covishield: Delhi health minister

Actor-journalist TNR passes away due to Covid-19 in Hyderabad

Actor-journalist T Narasimha Reddy, popularly known as TNR, passed away on Monday due to Covid-19. He was 45. According to reports, TNR was availing treatment at a private hospital in Malkajgiri, Hyderabad, however, his health deteriorated and he succumbed to the disease.

Bharat Biotech commences direct supply of Covaxin to 14 states

Bharat Biotech has commenced direct supply of its Covid-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' to 14 states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, with effect from May 1, according to the company's Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella.
The Hyderabad-based firm has started supplying its Covid-19 treatment vaccine to the states based on the allocations received by the central government.
"Bharat Biotech confirms direct supplies of COVAXIN to the following state govt's since 1/5/21, based on the allocations received by GoI. Requests have been received from other states, & will be processed for distribution based on availability of stocks 24x7," Ella tweeted. Read on

SC adjourns Covid-19 management hearing to May 13 due to technical glitches

The Supreme Court Monday said it will hear on May 13 the suo motu case on management of Covid-19 on account of technical glitches.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L N Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, Our server is down today. We judges had discussion among ourselves and have decided to take up the matter on Thursday.
Justice Bhat further said that in the meantime judges will go through the Centre's compliance affidavit filed late night and even amicus curiae in the matter will get time to go through the government's response.  Read on...

First batch of 350,000 doses of Covishield vaccine arrive at Kochi airport from Pune

Coronavirus lockdown update: Details of restrictions in states across India

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana extended their ongoing lockdown to curb the unprecedented surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths. Read on for all the coronavirus lockdown-related updates

Gujarat | People form long queues outside the Covid-19 vaccination center in Ahmedabad

"Here we are vaccinating frontline workers & people above 45 years of age. We're taking 10 people at a time. We're vaccinating around 1000-1500 people in a day," says AMC Health Officer

SC says it will go through Centre's compliance affidavit on vaccination and hospitalisation policies

SC says it will go through Centre's compliance affidavit on vaccination and hospitalisation policies

Covid-19 situation has become even more catastrophic:Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet

Covid-19 situation has become even more catastrophic. Governance failures have become even more stark:Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet

Public health system across country has collapsed; Modi govt has abdicated its responsibility:Sonia Gandhi

Public health system across country has collapsed; Modi govt has abdicated its responsibility:Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet

Russia's Sputnik V jabs set to make India debut at private hospitals

The journey of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in India is likely to begin from private hospitals across several cities this month as a large consignment is expected by the third week.
According to private hospitals, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) is in advanced stages of discussions with many of them and is drawing up a list of hospitals that would receive the first doses of Sputnik V for administering to citizens.
Discussions with the Centre, too, are on for the Sputnik V procurement, which is expected to get a fillip as Indian manufacturing sites start production around August-September. The Indian sites can together make over 850 million doses of the vaccine for both Indian consumption and overseas markets. Read on...

The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) begins

Interim Pres Sonia Gandhi says that the Modi govt has abdicated its responsibility and left vaccination to States. It would have been financially more equitable for the Centre to provide free vaccine to all, she adds.

SC begins hearing suo motu case involving distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic

Supreme Court begins hearing suo motu case involving the distribution of essential supplies and services during Covid-19 pandemic

Rupee rallies 17 paise to 73.34 against US dollar in early trade

Rupee rallies 17 paise to 73.34 against US dollar in early trade

Covid curfew to be imposed in Uttarakhand from 6am on May 11 till 6am on May 18

Odisha coronavirus update: 10,031 new cases reported

Odisha reported 10,031 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's active case tally to 94,760

FabiFlu numero uno in Indian pharma market, show April sales data`

Favipiravir brand FabiFlu from Glenmark has catapulted to capture the number one slot in the domestic pharma market in April – from 169th in February.
With sales of Rs 352 crore in April, this brand alone accounted for over 2 per cent of the total domestic pharma market sales of Rs 15,662 crore.
According to data from market research firm AIOCD AWACS, FabiFlu clocked sales of Rs 351.9 crore in April, a more than seven-fold jump from March. The second ranking brand Monocef, an antibiotic, clocked sales of Rs 112.9 crore, while the third brand Zincovit registered sales worth Rs 94.8 crore.
The huge jump in FabiFlu sales happened owing to a surge in Covid cases during the month. Daily fresh cases touched 401,993 on April 30. Read on...

Had govt done its job, it would not have come to this: Rahul on foreign aid

Hitting out at the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the government's "repeated chest-thumping" at receiving foreign aid to tackle the Covid-19 crisis in the country is pathetic and had it done its job, it would not have come to this.
The Congress had last week demanded transparency and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make public the details of all the relief material received by India from different countries.
"GOI's repeated chest-thumping at receiving foreign aid is pathetic. Had GOI done its job, it wouldn't have come to this," Gandhi said in a tweet.

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 3,745,237 (Net addition: 8,589)
Deaths: 246,116 (Net increase: 3,754)
Cured: 18,671,222 (Net increase: 353,818)
Total cases: 22,662,575 (Net increase: 366,161)
Total vaccination: 170,176,603 (Increase over previous day: 689,652)

Karnataka lockdown: Police baton charge and seize vehicles of the violators in Shivamogga, Kalaburagi

Coronavirus update: A two-week complete lockdown begins in Tamil Nadu from today

Boeing to construct 200-bed ICU hospital in Gorakhpur, says UP govt

US-based aircraft maker Boeing has proposed to construct a 200-bed ICU hospital at Vir Bahadur Singh Sports College in Gorakhpur, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Sunday.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected the site of the proposed hospital, it said.
The chief minister also inspected the integrated Covid command centre through which work like sending Covid patients to hospitals, providing medical counselling to them in home isolation and distributing medical kits etc., is carried out, the government said.

Vaccinating people only long-term solution to Covid crisis in India: Fauci

Getting people vaccinated is the only long-term solution to the current Covid-19 crisis in India, America's top public health expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday as he called for scaling up manufacturing of coronavirus vaccines both domestically and globally to fight the deadly pandemic.
The endgame of this going to be to get people vaccinated...India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world. They've got to get their resources, not only from within, but also from without, Fauci, who is the Chief Medical Adviser to US President Joe Biden, told the ABC News in an interview. Read on...

Delhi metro services suspended: DMRC

Delhi: Metro rail services to remain temporarily suspended till 5 am on 17th May, as the national capital enters into an extended period of lockdown with strict restrictions

Indian Air Force brings four oxygen containers from Indonesia to India

The Indian Air Force (IAF) IL-76s, carrying four cryogenic oxygen containers from Jakarta, Indonesia landed at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
IAF aircraft are engaged in several workers including airlifting oxygen containers from other countries and medical oxygen transportation within the country as the second wave of Covid-19 continues to ravage the country.
"Two IAF Force IL-76s airlifted 4 Cryogenic Oxygen Containers from Jakarta, Indonesia and landed at Vizag," according to an official statement. Read on...

Amid lockdown, Chhattisgarh govt allows home delivery of liquor

The Chhattisgarh government has allowed home delivery of liquor in the state through online sale during the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown, officials said on Sunday. The opposition BJP in Chhattisgarh criticised the ruling Congress over the decision, claiming that it seems the state government's priority was to provide liquor to people instead of medical facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state commercial taxes department in an order on Saturday gave permission to the excise commissioner to allow home delivery of liquor through online orders, officials said.
During the lockdown, liquor shops are not allowed to open in the state.
"To curb illegal manufacturing, sale, transportation and possession of liquor during the lockdown period, permission has been granted for its home delivery through online orders from Monday," an official from the excise department said.
Timings for the home delivery of liquor have been fixed from 9 am to 8 pm.

Punjab CM urges PM Modi to increase oxygen, Covid vaccine supplies

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

Opinion | Time for India to rethink health insurance as Covid rips apart safety nets

Covid-19 related deaths in India are expected to double in the coming weeks. People across socioeconomic classes are being cremated en masse in large holes in the ground. The ordeal doesn’t even end with death. Medical bills are piling up, a burden large enough to tip working-class families into multi-generational poverty. Younger adults desperate for vaccines are effectively being forced to pay for them, while those most at risk aren’t adequately insured. The state’s threadbare safety net has all but collapsed.

175.6 mn free Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states: MoS Anurag Thakur

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur on Sunday said the government has provided 17.56 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far to states and union territories for inoculation of people of all age groups and 46 lakh doses will be supplied to them in the next three days.
Thakur's remarks came in response to senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to use Rs 35,000 crore allocated in the Union Budget to ensure free vaccine for all citizens instead of the current system of multiple pricing for various users. Read on...

World coronavirus update: Brazil reports 1,024 more Covid-19 deaths

Brazil reported on Sunday 1,024 more deaths from the novel coronavirus disease, bringing the national death toll to 422,340, according to the Ministry of Health.
The ministry also stated that another 38,911 Covid-19 infections were registered, bringing the total caseload to 15,184,790.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country with 46 million people, has been the most affected by the pandemic, with 3,003,067 cases and 100,799 deaths.

Rupee gains under siege as health crisis fuels Covid-19 lockdown fears

The Indian rupee’s recent gains could be short-lived as pressure grows on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration to announce a nationwide lockdown to curb a deadly wave of coronavirus infections.
The prospect of stricter curbs is reviving memories of last year when similar measures dragged India’s economy into its worst contraction in four decades. It’s also threatening to weaken the rupee, which is among Asia’s top three performers this month, thanks to heavy foreign inflows for initial public offerings, a dovish Federal Reserve and a glut of dollars at state-run banks. Read on...

Egypt to produce China's Sinovac Covid vaccine in June

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed has said Egypt will start locally producing China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine in June.
During a press conference in Cairo, the minister on Sunday said that the first 2 million doses will be produced in June at the plants of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA), Xinhua news agency reported.
"We will receive the first shipment of the raw materials needed to manufacture the vaccine on May 18," Zayed told reporters, adding that 40 million doses will be produced in the first year.

Centre tells SC it's vaccinating vulnerable groups for Covid on priority

Ahead of crucial hearing in the Supreme Court in the suo motu cognisance case involving distribution of essential supplies and services during Covid-19 pandemic, the Union of India (UOI) on Sunday filed its affidavit in connection with the case.
A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrahud will hear the case on Monday.
The Centre in its affidavit stated that the Covid vaccine strategy of UOI is formulated to address immediate, medium-term and long-term perspectives. Read on...

Anurag Thakur rectifies 'misconceptions' in Kharge's letter to PM, says states get 70% of vaccine revenue

Anurag Thakur rectifies 'misconceptions' in Kharge's letter to PM, says states get 70% of vaccine revenue

UP coronavirus update: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and his son shifted to Lucknow's Medanta Hospital

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and his son shifted to Lucknow's Medanta Hospital from Sitapur jail.

Assam coronavirus update: 3,299 new Covid-19 cases reported

Assam reported 3,299 new Covid-19 cases, 4,045 recoveries and 48 deaths.
Total cases: 292,368
Total recoveries: 253,340
Death toll: 1,676
Active cases 36,005

IAF brings 4 oxygen containers from Indonesia to India

IAF brings 4 oxygen containers from Indonesia to India

Coronavirus pandemic in India: SC to hear suo moto case relating to oxygen and drug supply

Supreme Court will hear on suo moto case relating to oxygen supply, drug supply, and various other policies in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic today.

Delhi: Guru Tegh Bahadur Covid care centre to begin operation with 300 beds today

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