Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees below 1,000 daily cases after two months

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu
Coronavirus live updates: India reported on Tuesday reported 263,533 fresh Covid-19 cases to take total infections past 25 million. The health ministry’s morning update showed total infections now stand at 25,341,839. The country recorded 4,329 deaths in the last 24 hours to take total fatalities to 279,919.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting field officials from states and districts, where there has been a surge in Covid-19 cases, his office said. President Joe Biden said the US plans to send an additional 20 million doses of vaccines abroad by the end of June as supply is beginning to outstrip demand.

More than 184.4 million cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far, according to the Ministry of Health. 

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe, with more than 164.3 million infected by the deadly contagion. While 143,169,889 have recovered, 3,406,786 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,747,638, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. 


Tamil Nadu to commence vaccination of people in 18-44 age group on May 20: Minister

Tamil Nadu will commence vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group on May 20, Health Minister M Subramanian said on Tuesday.
"Initially, the government will vaccinate those people aged between 18 years and 44 years from whom the coronavirus can spread much faster like auto-rickshaw drivers and factory workers," he said.
"Chief Minister M K Stalin will formally inaugurate the programme day after tomorrow (May 20)," Subramanian told reporters after inaugurating the "oxygen on wheels" initiative launched by Inner Wheel Club of Adyar here.
He said the government has allotted Rs 46 crore to procure vaccines and so far nine lakh doses have arrived in the state.
To a query on whether the lockdown which came into force on May 10 would be extended in the state, he said it would be known only at a later date but the focus should be on breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.

Microsoft provides 125 oxygen concentrators to Noida Authority

Tech giant Microsoft India on Tuesday provided 125 oxygen concentrators to Noida Authority to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic here, officials said.
Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari said the support made by Microsoft as part of its corporate social responsibility will help in the fight against the pandemic.
"Noida Authority has been seeking support from private players in the fight against Covid and Microsoft India has provided 125 oxygen concentrators of 5 litre capacity each," according to an official statement.
These concentrators would be distributed to hospitals in Noida and in rural areas as required and in coordination with the district administration, it added.
Amid the deadly second wave of coronavirus, people in Gautam Buddh Nagar had been recently grappling with shortage of medical resources like hospital beds, oxygen and medicines. 

Kanpur admin orders probe as cricketer Yadav takes Covid jab at 'guest house'

The district administration here ordered a probe into the allegation that cricketer Kuldeep Yadav was administered coronavirus vaccine at a place other than the hospital where he had booked a slot.
According to reports, Yadav was given a vaccine shot in the lawn of the Kanpur Nagar Nigam guest house, instead of Jageshwar Hospital in Govind Nagar for which he had taken an appointment, a senior official on condition of anonymity said.
Kanpur District Magistrate Alok Tiwari said ADM Atul Kumar has been asked to enquire the matter properly and submit the report at the earliest.
Kuldeep Yadav who got his first shot of Covid vaccine on Saturday had shared a photo on social media and urged people to get themselves vaccinated.

UP minister Vijay Kashyap succumbs to coronavirus

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Revenue and Flood Control Vijay Kashyap died from coronavirus at a Gurgaon hospital on Tuesday.
Kashyap (56), who was an MLA from Muzaffarnagar's Charthawal Assembly seat, died at Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital.
He is the third UP minister who has succumbed to the virus.
Last year, Uttar Pradesh ministers Kamal Rani Varun and Chetan Chauhan had died from the infection.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of the BJP leader and said he was devoted to public interest works.
"The death of BJP leader and minister in the Uttar Pradesh government Vijay Kashyap ji is very saddening. He was a leader connected to the grassroots and was always devoted to public interest works. My condolences to his family and supporters in this moment of grief. Om Shanti!" PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and state BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh too expressed grief over his demise.
"Kashyap, an MLA from Charthawal, was a popular leader who discharged his duties diligently as a minister. In his death, people have lost their true well-wisher,” Adityanath said in a release.

Ghaziabad: Administration launches special drive to help Covid victims' kin

The district administration has launched a special drive, 'Always With You', to help those families whose breadwinner have died from coronavirus.
The kin who are totally unaware about the business of the deceased head of the family would be able to get help from the district administration.
Officials will contact the family to assist them in their work like business, insurance claim, death certificate, successor certificate and transfer of names in bank accounts.

Bahrain allows vaccination for ages 12 to 17

Bahrain will vaccinate adolescents aged 12-17 with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, state news agency BNA said, citing the country's National Medical Task Force for Combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday.
The decision by the health ministry's vaccination committee followed recommendations by the World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization and the United States' Center for Disease Control, BNA added.
A guardian must grant approval and be present during the vaccination, BNA reported.
Bahrain had authorized six types of vaccines, by China's Sinopharm, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, AstraZeneca Plc, Johnson & Johnson, and Russia's Sputnik and Sputnik-Light.

Gehlot stresses on strengthening arrangements for Covid treatment

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told officials on Tuesday that the arrangements for Covid treatment should be strengthened on a war footing.
Gehlot said arrangements at the community and primary health centres (PHC) levels should be strengthened.
In a review meeting through video conference, the chief minister instructed officials to complete the work of setting up oxygen generation plants and infant intensive care units in the model CHC in a time-bound manner, according to a release.
Gehlot said that in the districts where the rate of infection is high, the system of micro containment zone should be strengthened further. Work of door-to-door survey and distribution of drug kits should be expedited.
Expressing concern on the cases of black fungus in Covid patients, the chief minister said special treatment facilities should be made available in hospitals for this.
He directed the officials to coordinate with officials of the central government to ensure adequate availability of the medicines.
Gehlot also discussed the status of Cyclone Tauktae and asked officials to coordinate with district collectors to ensure that everything is in order.

Rajasthan Covid-19 update

Assam Covid-19 update

Uttarakhand releases SOP to issue anti-fungal drug used for Mucormycosis treatment

Tripura govt imposes night curfew till May 26 to curb Covid-19 spread

Amid fresh wave of Covid-19, the Tripura government on Tuesday announced night curfew in the entire state starting May 19, a senior minister said.
It will be in force from 6 pm to 5 am till May 26.
The decision was announced at the state secretariat by state Law Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath.
The state government had already announced a nine-day 'Corona Curfew from May 17 in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) areas because of the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Nath said the restrictions imposed for the Corona Curfew in the AMC areas would be in force during night curfew in the entire state.
"We appeal to all people of the state to maintain strict Covid protocol and also request everyone to go for tests and take vaccines. We need to follow three steps to save ourselves awareness, testing, and vaccination," the minister said.
Inter-district movement would be stopped from May 20 till May 26 except for essential or emergency needs.
Further decisions would be announced in the coming days while paying attention to issues faced by the poor, the minister said. 

Gujarat sees 6,447 Covid-19 cases, 67 deaths; 9,557 recover

Gujarat reported 6,447 Covid- 19 cases and 9,557 recoveries on Tuesday, while the day also saw 67 deaths from the infection, an official said.
The state's caseload stands at 7,66,201, including 9,269 deaths, he said.
The recovery count in the state has reached 6,60,489, leaving it with an active caseload of 96,443, of which 755 are on ventilator support, the official added.
"Ahmedabad reported 1,895 new cases, the highest for any district, followed by Vadodara with 639, Surat 466, Junagadh 341, Rajkot 290, and Jamnagar 244.
Ahmedabad saw 12 deaths during the day, followed by 11 in Surat, seven in Rajkot, four in Vadodara and three in Junagadh, among others," he said.
An official release said no vaccination drive was held on Tuesday due to cyclone Tauktae which made landfall in the state late Monday night.
Gujarat's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 7,66,201, new cases 6,447, death toll 9,269, discharged 6,60,489, active cases 96,443, people tested so far - figures not released.

7,774 new Covid cases, 14,897 recoveries and 124 deaths in Haryana in a day

Covid-19 second wave extremely severe in Assam, CM seeks funds from people

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said the impact of the second wave of COVID- 19 has been "extremely severe" in the northeastern state for which medical infrastructure needs to be strengthened.
Through his social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, Sarma appealed to the public to contribute generously to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund or the Assam Arogya Nidhi account to support the governments efforts in handling the pandemic.

31,337 new coronavirus cases, 45,926 recoveries and 97 deaths reported in Kerala today

31,337 new coronavirus cases, 45,926 recoveries and 97 deaths reported in Kerala today; active cases at 3,47,626

Covid LIVE: Mumbai sees two-month low in daily cases; 28,438 in Maharashtra

At 953 Covid cases in last 24 hours, Mumbai recorded less than 1,000 Covid cases after nearly two months.

Jammu and Kashmir govt forms committee to tackle possible third wave of Covid-19

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday formed a 10-member committee of eminent doctors to formulate an action plan for tackling a possible third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the union territory, officials said.
The committee will be headed by former director of SKIMS Soura, Dr Mohammad Sultan Khuroo and co-chaired by Executive Director of AIIMS Jammu, Dr Shakti Gupta, an order issued by General Administration department said.
The other members include Dr Samia Rashid, Dr Yashpal Sharma, Dr A G Ahangar, Dr Mohammad Saleem Khan, Dr Muzaffar Jan, Dr Rahul Gupta, Dr Yasin Chaudhary and Dr Khalid.

Maharashtra reports 28,438 new Covid cases, and 679 deaths in the last 24 hours

Black fungus killed 16 people in Aurangabad in 40 days

Sixteen patients suffering from Mucormycosis, a rare but serious infection, have lost their lives during treatment in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city between April 1 and May 10, a senior municipal official said on Tuesday.
During this period, more than 200 Mucormycosis patients, hailing from various places, were admitted for treatment in health facilities in Aurangabad, the official said.
Among them, 16 patients died of which only four were from Aurangabad city, Municipal Health Officer Dr Neeta Padalkar told PTI.

Uttar Pradesh reports 8,737 new Covid cases, and 255 deaths in the last 24 hours

Uttar Pradesh reports 8,737 new Covid cases, and 255 deaths in the last 24 hours

Govt says Covid-19 pandemic shrinking, warns 98% of population still vulnerable

India's reproduction value (R) for COVID-19, which shows how fast the infection is spreading, is below one now which means that the pandemic is shrinking, the government said on Tuesday even as it cautioned that 98 per cent of the population is still vulnerable.
Addressing media, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said in many states the pandemic curve is stabilising.
"Comprehensive efforts at containment and testing are resulting in stabilisation. We still have a few states which continue to be cause of concern... there is a mixed picture but overall there is stabilisation and what we know from scientific analysis is the reproduction number is below 1 now which means the pandemic is shrinking," Paul said.

Cyclone Tauktae effect: Covid-19 vaccination drive suspended, will resume on May 20: Gujarat CMO

Karnataka reports 30,309 new Covid cases, 58,395 recoveries and 525 deaths in the last 24 hours

Karnataka reports 30,309 new Covid cases, 58,395 recoveries and 525 deaths in the last 24 hours

1.8% of India's population hit by Covid so far, 98% still vulnerable: Govt

Less than 2 per cent of the total population in India has been affected by COVID-19 so far and 98 per cent of the population is still susceptible or vulnerable to the infection, the government said on Tuesday.
"Despite the high number of cases reported so far, we have been able to contain the spread to under 2 pc of population," said Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal.
The government said that of the total population in India, 1.8 per cent has been affected by COVID-19 so far and 98 per cent of the population is still susceptible or vulnerable to the infection. READ MORE...

Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Assam may see peak in Covid cases in next two weeks: Report

States like Tamil Nadu, Assam and Punjab may see the peak of second wave of coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, the SUTRA model that charts the trajectory of COVID-19 suggests.
However, the relief is that Delhi and states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh have well passed their peak, the model further suggests.
It also says that the country reached its peak by May 4 and then the daily cases have seen downward trend. However, on May 7, the country recorded 4,14,188 cases, the single highest in any day.

Covid LIVE: Never exported vaccines at cost of people in India, says Serum

Kerala records 31,337 new Covid-19 cases, 97 deaths, 45,926 recoveries

Kerala on Tuesday reported 31,337 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 21,70,651, while the toll mounted to 6,612 with 97 more deaths, the state government said. As many as 45,926 persons have been cured, taking the recoveries to 18,46,105 and the active cases to 3,47,626. In the last 24 hour, 1,34,553 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 23.29 per cent.
So far, 1,81,49,395 samples have been tested. Those who tested positive today included 109 health workers. Of the positive cases, 150 people had come from outside the state and 28,921 were infected through contact. Malappuram reported 4,320 cases today, the highest.

Booster effect even at 6 months, don't worry: Experts on Covishield gap

Four to six weeks, six to eight or eight to 12? The increasing gap between two Covishield doses in India while the UK reduces its window has laypersons confused, but several experts say there is little reason to worry and second jabs anytime before six months can still be effective boosters.
The government last week extended the gap between two doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine to 12-16 weeks, up from the previous maximum of eight weeks, on the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI). A day later, UK cut the gap from 12 weeks to eight weeks in view of the spread of the B.1.617 variant that originated in India. READ ON...

Over 11,030 MT of oxygen delivered to 13 States so far: Govt

Centre has sent over 60,000 Covaxin doses for 45-plus age group, we have two days' stock of vaccine: AAP MLA

Centre has sent over 60,000 Covaxin doses for 45-plus age group, now we have two days' stock of this vaccine: Delhi MLA Atishi

Over 1.13 lakh vaccine doses administered in Delhi on Monday including 45,655 to 45-plus age group: AAP MLA

Over 1.13 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Delhi on Monday including 45,655 to 45-plus age group: AAP MLA Atishi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 50,000 for families with Covid death in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday that Rs 50,000 ex gratia will be given to each family in the national capital that has had a Covid death. Stating that many families have lost their loved ones during the second wave of the pandemic, Kejriwal said, "We cannot fill that void, but we will provide financial help of Rs 50,000 to each family that has lost at least one of its members to the pandemic."
The Aam Aadmi Party-led government will also provide Rs 2,500 a month to the families whose sole breadwinner fell prey to Covid-19.
"There are many such families wherein the main earning members have died due to Covid. Delhi government will provide Rs 2,500 per month to each such family," Kejriwal said. Also, children whose parents have succumbed to the virus will be given Rs 2,500 per month, while Delhi government will bear all expenses for their education.

Goa reports 1,358 new coronavirus positive cases, 45 deaths and 3,120 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Goa reports 1,358 new coronavirus positive cases, 45 deaths and 3,120 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Covid-19 monoclonal antibodies cut hospitalisation, death risk by 60%

Administering monoclonal antibodies -- a Covid-19 treatment given early after Coronavirus infection -- can reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death by 60 per cent in people most likely to suffer complications of the disease, according to study.
Monoclonal antibodies are a type of medication that seeks out the Covid-19 virus in a person's body and blocks it from infecting their cells and replicating.
The study, led by University of Pittsburgh researchers found that people aged 65 and older who received bamlanivimab -- a monoclonal antibody -- were nearly three times less likely to be hospitalised or die in the following month, compared to their untreated counterparts.

Covid LIVE: Covaxin trials for kids to start in 10-12 days, says V K Paul

Covid LIVE: Covaxin trials for kids to start in 10-12 days, says Dr V K Paul

Children must be encouraged to wear mask and maintain social distancing. The trial of Covaxin on children will begin in next 10 to 12 days, said Dr. V K Paul, NITI Aayog member at a Health Ministry briefing.

Comprehensive efforts and increased testing is resulting in stabilisation in many states: Govt

In many states, Covid-19 pandemic curve is stabilising; comprehensive efforts and increased testing is resulting in stabilisation: Govt

Children orphaned by Covid-19 will get Rs 2,500 each till age of 25, their education will be free: Delhi CM

Children orphaned by Covid-19 will get Rs 2,500 each till age of 25, their education will be free: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Covid-19 sops: This month, ration will be given free of cost, says Delhi CM

Delhi CM urges Centre to suspend air services with Singapore, priortise vaccine options for kids

Amid concerns of a third wave of COVID-19 in the country, which according to many heath experts is likely to target children, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said a new COVID variant detected in Singapore is said to be deadly for children and may bring in third wave in the country.
In this regard, the Delhi Chief Minister has requested the Central government to immediately suspend air services with Singapore and to work out vaccination options for children on priority.
In a tweet today, Kejriwal said, "The new COVID variant in Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore to be canceled with immediate effect2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too."

Decrease of 27% from the highest peak of single-day Covid cases in India: Health Ministry

Covid LIVE: Rs 2,500 per month for children who lost parents, says Delhi CM

Families where the breadwinner died, will be given Rs 2500 monthly pension besides the ex-gratia. If husband dies, pension will be given to the wife, if wife dies it will be given to the husband. If an unmarried person dies, the pension will be given to his/her parents: Delhi CM

Every family that has had a death due to Covid among them, will be given Rs 50,000 each as ex-gratia: Delhi CM

Covid LIVE: 1.8% of Indian population got infected so far, says govt

Continued dip in active Covid cases in last 15 days; from 17.13% of tally on May 3, it has reduced to 13.3%

Continued decline noted in active Covid-19 cases in last 15 days; from 17.13% of total caseload on May 3, it has reduced to 13.3%: Health Ministry

Eight states have more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases, 22 states have more than 15% case positivity: Govt

Eight states have more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases, 22 states have more than 15% case positivity: Govt

199 districts showing continued dip in cases and positivity since last three weeks: Health Ministry

Recoveries exceeding the daily new Covid-19 positive cases: Health Ministry

Recoveries exceeding the daily new Covid-19 positive cases: Health Ministry

Consistent increase in coronavirus testing across India: Health Ministry

Consistent increase in coronavirus testing across India: Health Ministry

LIVE: Press briefing on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on Covid-19

Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin extends Rs 4,000 Covid-19 assistance scheme

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has ordered a payout of Rs 2,000, the first instalment of the Rs 4,000 pandemic assistance plan, also to people who have newly received their rice category ration cards, the government said on Tuesday.
Now, 2,14,950 new rice ration cards that have been issued have come under use and Stalin has ordered payment of the first instalment to such families as well, a government release said.
The payment, to families covered under the two lakh plus new cards, would be disbursed this month at an estimated cost of Rs 42.99 crore. Stalin has already ordered disbursal of first instalment in May to 2,07,66,950 rice card holders at a cost of Rs 4,153.39 crore. The Rs 4,000 COVID-19 cash assistance to people holding rice cards is an electoral promise of the DMK.

Odisha extends lockdown till June 1 as active coronavirus cases top 100,000

Odisha government on Tuesday announced further extension of lockdown from May 19 till June 1 as the active cases in the state soared past 100,000.
However, essential shops will allowed to function from 7 am to 11 am. On weekends, there will be a complete shutdown, starting 6 pm on Fridays till 5 am of Mondays.The state recorded over 10,000 new infections in a day and it has been consistently reporting 10,000 to 12,000 cases for the past few days. READ MORE...

Covid LIVE: 4,482 new cases, 265 more deaths in Delhi; positivity rate drops to 6.89%

The national capital reported 4,482, lowest since April 5, and 265 fatalities on Tuesday while the positivity rate dipped to 6.89 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin released by the city government.
The COVID-19 situation has been improving in Delhi with the number of cases and positivity rate going down steadily in the past few days. Medical experts have attributed the lockdown as the main factor behind the dip amid the second wave of the pandemic.
However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 24, saying the gains made so far in combating coronavirus cannot be lost due to relaxations now.

Daily Covid-19 recoveries more than 4 lakh for first time in country

India has recorded more than 4 lakh daily COVID-19 recoveries in a single day for the first time, while new coronavirus infections settled below 3 lakh for the second day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
A total of 4,22,436 patients have recuperated in a span of 24 hours, taking India's cumulative recoveries to 2,15,96,512.
Average daily recovery of more than 3,55,944 cases has been recorded in the last 14 days, the ministry said. A total of 2,63,533 new cases were registered in a day.

Covid LIVE: Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to stop flights from Singapore

Delhi reports 4,482 new Covid cases, 9,403 recoveries and 265 deaths in the last 24 hours

Covid LIVE: Over 10k cases in Odisha in a day; lockdown extended to June 1

Odisha's COVID-19 caseload surged to 6,33,302 on Tuesday after 10,321 more people tested positive for the infection, while 22 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 2,357, a health department official said. Accordingly, the number of active cases climbed to 1,04,539, he said.
Of the 10,321 new cases, 5,779 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said. Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 1,566, followed by Sundergarh at 819 and Cuttack at 731.

All 86 of its Covid hospitals to soon have oxygen plants: Railways

All 86 of railways' COVID hospitals will soon have oxygen plants of their own, the national transporter said on Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said that it was planning massive capacity enhancement in 86 railway hospitals across India which have been identified as COVID hospitals.
While four oxygen plants are already functional, 52 have been sanctioned and 30 are under various stages of processing. "All railway COVID Hospitals to be equipped with oxygen plants," it said. READ MORE...

Odisha extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 1

Financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to families of its employees who died of Covid-19: MP govt

Covid LIVE: Madhya Pradesh govt extends 'corona curfew' in all 52 districts

Covid LIVE: Madhya Pradesh govt extends 'corona curfew' in all 52 districts

For the first time, India sees daily recoveries of over 400,000 Covid patients in a single day

Odisha extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 1

Odisha extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 1

Pregnant woman police sub-inspector dies of COVID-19 in Karnataka

A police sub-inspector in Karnataka who was seven months pregnant, succumbed to coronavirus on Tuesday. According to the Superintendent of Police of Dakshina Kannada Rishikesh Sonwane, 28-year-old Shamili was undergoing treatment at the RM Jalappa Hospital in Kolar, for the illness.
She was posted in Dakshina Kannada district. "She was seven months pregnant. Due to pregnancy, she was not vaccinated," he said.

Railways set to have 86 Oxygen plants for its hospitals

Indian Railways is leaving no stone unturned in the fight against Covid-19. On one hand, Railways is moving Oxygen Expresses swiftly with loaded oxygen to different parts, at the same, it is continuing with the movement of passenger and freight traffic. At the same time, Railways has geared up its in-house medical facilities, according to the press release.
Massive Capacity Enhancement is planned in 86 Railway Hospitals across India. 4 Oxygen Plants are functional, 52 are sanctioned and 30 under various stages of processing. All Railway Covid Hospitals to be equipped with Oxygen Plants.

India Coronavirus Dispatch: Antibody tests gain popularity amid second wave

Antibody tests gain popularity
Amid the second wave of Covid, antibody tests are gaining popularity as many people suspect they may have caught the virus already, or are curious to measure their antibody levels after getting vaccinated, a report in ThePrint said. Also, many labs are claiming the tests indicate “protection” or “immunity” against the virus in the future. This is untrue. Antibody tests do not provide any information about protection from the virus in the future. They are only capable of detecting past infections or immune response from vaccination, the report said. Read More...

Curfew imposed in Ahmedabad extended till May 21, 6 am: Ahmedabad Police

Curfew imposed in Ahmedabad extended till May 21, 6 am: Ahmedabad Police

Covid-19: Allahabad HC says medical system 'Ram bharose' in small cities, villages of UP

Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government for the management of COVID-19 situation in the state, Allahabad High Court on Tuesday said the entire medical system in villages and small towns in Uttar Pradesh is "Ram bharose" (at God's mercy).
A High Court Bench comprising Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar made the observation while taking into account the death of Santosh Kumar (64), who died while admitted to an isolation ward at a Meerut hospital.
The court said there is negligence in the treatment of COVID patients amid the rapid increase in infection in small towns and rural areas and added that there is a need for immediate improvement.

Ensure vaccines aren't wasted: Modi

"The vaccine drive will also continue amid all this and you all must also ensure that there is no vaccine wastage. Vaccine wastage can be reduced to nil if we follow the best practices. Not just that you all are also the logistical heads of all these efforts, and your efforts in these areas must be flawless," Modi said in a virtual meeting with civil servants from states and districts, according to NDTV.

India making 'continuous efforts' for vaccine supplies: Modi

India making "continuous efforts" to increase vaccine supply, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to

MP govt announces help for employees

Madhya Pradesh’s government will give Rs 5 lakh to the families of its employees who die of Covid-19, said Home Minister Narottam Mishra in Bhopal. The dependent of a deceased employee will be employed on the same post, Mishra told PTI.

Modi calls district officials 'field commanders' in Covid-19 battle

Bengaluru gets medical oxygen from Jamshedpur

A train from Jamshedpur delivered 120 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to Bengaluru on Tuesday. The state has so far received 480 tonnes of oxygen from Odisha and Jharkhand by rail, a railway executive told PTI.

270 doctors have died in second wave of pandemic, says medical association

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday said 270 doctors across the country have succumbed to the coronavirus infection in the second wave of the pandemic so far,  The list of the deceased doctors includes former IMA president Dr K K Aggarwal, who succumbed to the virus on Monday, according to PTI.

Union Minister Balyan's cousin dies of Covid-19

Jitender Balyan, a cousin of Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, died in AIIMS, Delhi due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, PTI reported quoting his family. Jitender Balyan was elected as the village head of Kutba village in Muzaffarnagar district in the recently concluded panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Philippines supplies vaccine supply agreement with Pfizer

The Philippines ordered 40 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Pfizer Inc., the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest supply agreement as it fights one of the region’s worst outbreaks. The country is targeting herd immunity this year to help an economy that remained in recession last quarter, reports Bloomberg.

Maharashtra has controlled Covid: Shiv Sena editorial

The ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra on Tuesday said the state has controlled the second wave of Covid-19. The state will also find a way out of the crisis caused by cyclone Tauktae, said an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'. "Crises are not new to Maharashtra and the state, which routs these crises, is not new to the world...," said the Shiv Sena, which one of the three key constituents of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in the state.

WHO reminds Serum Institute of its vaccine supply committment

The Serum Institute of India will need to “get back on track and catch up” on its commitments to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to a global initiative, the WHO has said. A surge in infections around the world has compromised the global vaccine supply and there is a shortfall of 190 million doses to COVAX by the end of June, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the UN agency’s chief. COVAX supplies coronavirus vaccines to nations around the world.

India's recovery rate improves

India’s active cases—people being treated for the disease--fell to 335,3765 and comprise 13.29 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate has improved to 85.60 per cent, health ministry’s data said.

Cases rise in Andaman and Nicobar

Covid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 6,638 after 35 more people tested positive, PTI reported quoting a health department official. The Union Territory has 220 active cases.

India's Covid-19 cases

US to share 20 million vaccine doses with world: Biden

The US will share 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with other countries, taking the total number of such shots to 80 million, President Joe Biden said. "This will be more vaccine doses than any country has actually shared to date, five times more than any other country. More than Russia and China, which have donated 15 million doses," Biden said, according to a PTI report.

Pune district reports 3,208 new Covid-19 cases, 108 deaths

Pune district reported 3,208 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking its Covid-19 count to 9,62,688, a health department official said.
He said the death toll reached 15,441 with108 more patients succumbing to the infection in the western Maharashtra district in the last 24 hours.
Also, 2,790 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said.
"Of the 3,208 cases, 684 were reported from the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, where the tally rose to 4,49,987. With847 cases, Pimpri-Chinchwad's Covid-19 count increased to 2,42,580," he said.
The number of positive cases in rural and Pune Cantonment Board areas increased to 2,70,121, he said.
Pune Mayor Muralidhar Mohol tweeted that since the onset of the Covid-19 second wave, the city reported positive cases in three digits for the first time on Monday. 

Biden to boost world vaccine sharing commitment to 80 million doses

President Joe Biden will announce Monday that the US will share an additional 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks, the White House said.
The doses would come from existing U.S. production of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks, according White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said more details would be released in the coming days.
It would mark the first time that U.S.-controlled doses of vaccines authorised for use in the country will be shared overseas, as domestic demand for the shots has dropped significantly in recent weeks.
The announcement comes on top of the Biden's administration's prior commitment to share about 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not yet authorized for use in the U.S., by the end of June. The AstraZeneca doses will be available to ship once they clear a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.

Meghalaya Covid-19 update

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said that the state government will increase the number of oxygen supported beds to 1,000 within the next two weeks for effectively tackling the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state recorded 16 Covid-19 fatalities on Monday, taking the death toll to 336, while 34 new cases pushed the tally to 23,966. Meghalaya now has 4,915 active cases.
Addressing media persons, Sangma said that the administration has been able to raise the number of such beds from 350 to 750 during the past one month.
"We are hopeful to increase the number of oxygen supported beds to 1,000 in the next two weeks," he said.
Sangma also said that the state has also doubled the number of oxygen cylinders to 1,500 from 700.
On the ongoing installation of oxygen generation plants in Meghalaya, he said that services are being upgraded in Shillong Civil Hospital, Ganesh Das Hospital and RP Chest TB Hospital in the state capital.
Installation of oxygen plants will soon be completed in hospitals at Tura, Jowai, Nongpoh, Sangma said.

Gujarat: Night curfew to continue in 36 cities for another 3 days

The night curfew in 36 cities of Gujarat, including nine metros, has been extended by three more days to control the spread of coronavirus, the state government said on Monday.
As per the decision taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the limited restrictions, including the curfew between 8 pm and 6 am, will continue to be in place in 36 cities from Tuesday to Thursday, a government release said.
Restrictions currently in force in other parts of Gujarat except these 36 cities will also continue between 6 am on May 18 till 6 am on May 20, it said.
Rupani said the government will take a call on whether to extend the night curfew and other curbs beyond May 20 after assessing the Covid-19 situation.
Gujarat on Monday reported 7,135 new coronavirus positive cases, taking its infection count to 7,59,754, while 81 deaths increased the toll in the state to 9,202, an official said.

California won't lift its mask requirement for another month

California won't lift its mask requirement until June 15 to give the public time to prepare and ensure cases stay low.
State Health Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said Monday that a four-week delay will allow businesses time to make adjustments and more people to get vaccinated.
“This four week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change, while we continue the relentless focus on delivering vaccines particularly to underserved communities and those that were hard hit throughout this pandemic,” he said.
Many other states lifted their mask requirements last week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's safe for fully vaccinated people to skip face coverings and social distancing in most situations.

It's 'Ram bharose' in small cities, villages of UP: HC on Covid-19 situation

The entire medical system in villages and small cities of Uttar Pradesh is at God's mercy ("Ram bharose"), the Allahabad High Court said on Monday while hearing a PIL over the coronavirus spread and the condition of quarantine centres in the state.
A High Court Bench of Justices Siddharth Verma and Ajit Kumar made the observation while taking into account the death of Santosh Kumar (64), who was admitted to an isolation ward at a Meerut hospital.
The doctors there failed to identify him and disposed of the body as unidentified, according to a probe report.
Santosh had fainted at a hospital bathroom on April 22 and efforts were made to revive him but he died.
The hospital staff could not identify the dead and failed to locate his file. Thus, it was taken as a case of an unidentified body. The body was packed in a bag and was disposed of, according to the probe report.
Commenting on it, the High Court on Monday said if this is the state of affairs at a medical college in the city like Meerut, then the entire medical system of the state pertaining to smaller cities and villages can only be taken to be like a famous Hindi saying, ''Ram bharose".
“If doctors and paramedical staff adopt such casual approach and show carelessness in the performance of their duty, then it is a case of serious misconduct because it is something like playing with lives of innocent people. The state needs to take stern action against those responsible,” the court observed.

Upon perusal of the report submitted by district magistrates of five districts, the court said, “We have no hesitation in observing that health infrastructure is absolutely insufficient in city areas to meet the requirement of city population and in the rural areas the community health centres are virtually lacking in respect of life-saving gadgets.” The court directed the state government to provide sufficient health care infrastructure in compliance of its direction issued earlier.

Revised clinical guidance for management of adult Covid-19 patients; Plasma therapy dropped

Rajasthan Covid-19 update

Water enters Covid-19 ICU ward of a district hospital in Madhya Pradesh as its roof leaks

After 3-day gap, BMC to resume vaccination from Tuesday

The Covid-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai, that was suspended for three days due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, will resume from Tuesday at select centres, the city civic body said on Monday.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in a release, said that walk-in vaccination will be carried out at select inoculation centres on May 18 and 19.
As a precaution after the Tauktae alert, the civic body of Mumbai had suspended the inoculation drive for three days - Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Under the influence of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, Mumbai and its adjoining districts were lashed by heavy rains and high-speed winds overnight and on Monday.
The weather system has now moved to the coast of neighbouring Gujarat.
The civic body said the vaccination won't take place at centres affected by the cyclone which damaged structures.
The list of the centres, where vaccine doses will be administered over the next two days, will be updated, the BMC said.
It said citizens above 60 years of age will be given the first dose of Covishield vaccine, whose dosage gap has been increased to 12 to 16 weeks from the earlier 6 to 8 weeks, on May 18 and 19.

Senior faculty to make frequent rounds of Covid-19 wards amid spike in deaths in Jammu

Amid concern over the spike in mortality among the coronavirus-infected patients in Jammu region, authorities on Monday directed the Government Medical College to ensure supervision of patients by senior faculty members for their better treatment.
Health Department Financial Commissioner Atal Dulloo gave the directions in a letter to GMC Jammu Principal Shashi Sudhan Sharma, a day after Lt Governor Manoj Sinha paid a visit to the premier institute and reviewed the Covid management measures being undertaken by the hospital administration.
Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded the highest single-day spike of 73 coronavirus fatalities, taking the toll to 3,222, while 3,344 fresh cases pushed the tally to 2,47,952. Among the 73 deaths, Jammu division accounted for 54 deaths.
"As you are aware that mortality rate in Covid positive patients has increased and there is need for reducing the, same which requires immediate corrective measures," Dulloo said in his letter to the GMC principal.

Discussions on regarding extending lockdown, no decision yet: Karnataka CM

Discussions are on regarding extending the lockdown in Karnataka, but no decision has been taken yet on the matter, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday, as the state battles the second wave of Covid-19.
"I'm discussing it, will let you know. No decision has been taken yet," Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question on extending the lockdown and announcing a package.
Later in the evening after meeting with senior Ministers, Deputy Commissioners, zilla panchayat CEOs, police superintendents, health officers and surgeons of all districts, he said till May 24 there is already a lockdown, and after couple of days "we will discuss and decide on, how long to extend it."
Asked about a special financial package as relief for the needy whose life has been affected by the Covid-induced lockdown, he said, "It is being discussed and no decision has been taken yet."
Though the State is currently under complete lockdown till May 24, several leaders, including Ministers, have expressed themselves in favour of extending it.
The Karnataka government had initially announced 14 days "close down" from April 27, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the cases continued to spike.

MP: BJP MLA claims he is victim of Jabalpur Remdesivir racket

The MLA brother of a Union minister has claimed he was given fake Remdesivir injections in a hospital in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and demanded a high-level probe into what he said was a racket in the district.
In a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Narsinghpur BJP MLA Jalam Singh Patel, who is the younger brother of Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, said a fake Remdesivir business was thriving in Jabalpur amid the Covid-19 outbreak and he was a victim when he contracted the infection during the Damoh Assembly bypoll campaign last month.
"I am a sufferer, an eyewitness and a victim of fake Remdesivir," Patel said in the letter, pointing out that his lung infection worsened despite taking a total of 12 "phony" Remdesivir injections in a hospital on April 17 and then later when he was readmitted.
He said people of 15 districts come to Jabalpur to get good medical treatment and some unscrupulous people had played with the lives of people by supplying fake Remdesivir injections to facilities here.
He claimed a relative had died of coronavirus, adding that the fake Remdesivir issue had created distrust among people.

Nagaland logs 273 fresh Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Nagaland found 273 more people infected with Covid-19 on Monday, taking the tally to 18,349, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phm said.
"273 +ve cases of Covid-19 reported today. Kohima-119, Mon- 61, Dimapur-58, Tuensang-10, Wokha-6, Mokokchung- Kiphire-Zunheboto-5 each, Peren-4. 104 +ve patients have recovered. Dimapur-70, Kohima-25, Peren-5, Mokokchung-3, Mon- 1," said Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet.
The caseload includes 13,299 recovered patients and 4,253 active patients, he said.
The recovery rate in the state has come down to 72.47 per cent from 72.99 per cent on Sunday.
State Nodal Officer Dr. Nyanthung Kikon said in the daily Covid-19 bulletin, the demise of seven coronavirus patients six in Dimapur and one in Kohima on Monday has increased the death toll in the state to 216, of which 11 had comorbid conditions, he said.
A total of 581 patients have migrated to other states, he said.
So far, 1,74,303 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Nagaland.
Till Sunday, Nagaland administered a total of 2,39,817 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 1,86,050 persons, State Immunisation Officer Dr. Ritu Thurr said.
A total of 53,767 beneficiaries have received the second dose of the vaccine.

Maharashtra reports 26,616 new Covid cases and 516 deaths in the last 24 hours

Gujarat sees 7,135 coronavirus positive cases, 81 deaths; 12,342 recover

Gujarat on Monday reported 7,135 coronavirus positive cases, taking its infection count to 7,59,754, while 81 deaths increased the toll in the state to 9,202, an official said.
He said 12,342 people were discharged during the day, which took the recovery count to 6,50,932, or 85.68 per cent of the caseload, leaving the state with 99,620 active cases, 762 of which are on ventilator support.
"Ahmedabad led with 2,377 new cases, followed by Vadodara with 701, Surat 518, Junagadh 382, Jamnagar 283 and Bhavnagar 190, among others. Ahmedabad recorded 12 deaths during the day, the highest among all districts, followed by Surat with ten, Vadodara eight, Junagadh six and Jamnagar five," the official informed.

11,597 coronavirus cases, 157 deaths in Rajasthan

Rajasthan recorded 157 coronavirus deaths and 11,597 cases on Monday, taking the toll to 6,394 and tally to 8.71 lakh, a health bulletin said. Jaipur reported the highest number of 39 deaths, followed by Jodhpur and Bikaner where as many as 12 patients died each, according to the bulletin.
Udaipur reported 11 deaths, followed by 10 each in Alwar and Jhalawar, among others. Out of the new cases, 2,023 were reported from Jaipur, while 1,104 and 954 people tested positive in Alwar and Jodhpur respectively. A total of 6.88 lakh people have recovered from infection and the number of active cases is 1.76 lakh.

Covid-19 update: Remdesivir production scaled up to 11.9 million vials per month

All seven domestic licensed manufacturers of Remdesivir have scaled up production from 38 lakh vials per month to nearly 119 lakh vials per month, following government directives, an official statement said.
With accelerated approval of 38 additional manufacturing sites, the number of approved manufacturing sites of Remdesivir in the country has increased from 22 to 60. With the help of the Ministry of External Affairs, the manufacturers are being facilitated for getting supplies of requisite raw materials and equipment from foreign countries. READ MORE...

PM interacts with Group of Doctors from across the country to discuss Covid situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with a Group of Doctors from across the country, via video conferencing, to discuss the Covid-19 related situation.
Prime Minister thanked the entire medical fraternity and the paramedical staff for the exemplary fight displayed by them against the extraordinary circumstances of the second wave of Covid, adding that the entire country is indebted to them. He noted that be it testing, supply of medicines or set-up of new infrastructure in record time, all these are being done at a fast pace. Several challenges of oxygen production and supply are being overcome. The steps taken by the country to augment human resources, like including MBBS students in Covid treatment, and ASHAs and Anganwadi workers in rural areas, provided extra support to the health system.

Assam records deadliest day with 92 Covid-19 fatalities, highest single-day jump of 6,394 new cases

Assam records deadliest day with 92 Covid-19 fatalities, highest single-day jump of 6,394 new cases: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

21,402 new Covid cases reported in Kerala in past 24 hours

O2 concentrators of less than 5 litres per minute capacity not suitable for Covid patients: Advisory

Oxygen concentrators with a flow capacity of less than five litres per minute are "not suitable" for COVID-19 patients on home care and should not be used, India's drug regulator has said in an advisory, adding that sellers should not push such devices using "misleading label" amid the coronavirus second wave.
The advisory has been issued to inform people about minimum standards of oxygen concentrators for COVID-19 case management, especially for use in home settings, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) said.
At present various models of oxygen concentrators, having different capacities of continuous flow (1 to 10 litres/minute) and widely varying concentration of oxygen, are being marketed, the advisory stated.

Karnataka reports 38,603 new Covid cases and 476 deaths in a day

36 children of two orphanages in Tripura test positive for Covid-19

Thirty-six girls, aged between 5 and 16 years, in two orphanages in the Tripura state capital have tested positive for COVID-19, a minister said on Monday.
All of them are in a stable condition and are in isolation within the orphanages, a senior official said.
Thirty-two children at the Jawaharlal Nehru Girls Home at Narsingarh tested positive for coronavirus while four cases were detected at Ujan Abhoynagar Childrens Home, state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said.

Covid LIVE: Tamil Nadu sees over 33,000 cases in a day; 1,240 in Mumbai

Mumbai reports 1,240 new Covid cases and 48 deaths in last 24 hours

Kerala sees over 21,000 new cases

Kerala govt to float a global tender to purchase 30 mn doses of vaccines

Delhi Court remands Navneet Kalra to 3-day police custody

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with doctors

DRDO releases anti-Covid drug; reduces oxygen dependency in patients

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released on Monday the first batch of a keenly awaited, anti-Covid-19 drug called 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG). It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in partnership with a Hyderabad based private firm, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
The new drug is not a vaccination, or a preventive measure against being infected by the Covid-19 virus. Rather, the 2-DG molecule hastens the recovery of patients who are already suffering from the disease and are, in most cases, facing severe oxygen dependency. The drug is dispensed in powder form in a sachet, and taken orally after being dissolved in water. READ MORE HERE...

Covid-19: PM Modi interacts with doctors from across India on their learnings and suggestions

Over 90 people got black fungus in Karnataka since the outbreak of Covid pandemic

As many as 97 people in the state contracted mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, as post-COVID complications in Karnataka, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday.
"Till yesterday 97 people contracted this (black fungus) disease in the state," Sudhakar told a press conference after a meeting with experts on the black fungal infection. He, however, appealed to the people not to panic as it does not spread like COVID.

Andhra Pradesh reports 18,561 new coronavirus cases, 109 fatalities

Andhra Pradesh reported a record high of 109 Covid-19 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday even as 18,561 fresh cases were also registered.
The latest bulletin said 17,334 patients had also recovered during the period in the state. The caseload now touched 14,54,052 from 1.80 crore tests, with an overall positivity rate of 8 per cent. The total recoveries went up to 12,33,017 and the toll to 9,481, according to the bulletin. The overall coronavirus recovery rate in the state is now 84.66 per cent and mortality rate 0.65 per cent. READ MORE...

Centre should make data on vaccine allocation to states public: Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the Centre on Monday to make the data on vaccines supplied by it to the states public and sought 3.82 lakh doses of the vaccines for people aged 18-44 years in the city.
Currently, Delhi has a vaccine stock of four days for those aged 45 years and above, he said, adding that for the 18-44 age group, the city will run out of the stock in three days. Sisodia said he has written to the Centre citing three requests.
"The Centre has written to us, saying we will get 3.83 lakh doses for the 45-plus age group but we will not get vaccines for the 18-44 age group in May," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told an online media briefing.

56,049 active coronavirus cases in Delhi

Delhi's WCD dept asks district task force to inspect children's COVID isolation centres

The Delhi government's Women and Child Development department on Monday asked its newly-formed district task force (DTF) to visit children's quarantine and isolation centres to check if required standards to run such facilities are being maintained.
In a letter, the WCD department said the task force will visit institutions where quarantine centres or isolation centres have been set up for housing children in need of care and protection.
"... and assess the adherence to required standards for running such facilities as per COVID-19 protocol and advisories issued by the Govt. from time to time," the letter said.

Covid LIVE: Delhi sees 6-week low in daily cases; positivity rate at 8.4%

The national capital reported 4,524 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since April 5, and 340 fatalities on Monday while the positivity rate dipped to 8.42 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin released by the city government.
The COVID-19 situation has been improving in Delhi with the number of cases and positivity rate going down steadily in the past few days.
However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 24, saying the gains made so far in combating coronavirus cannot be lost due to relaxations now.

Covid LIVE: Delhi sees 6-week low in daily cases; positivity rate at 8.4%

Covid-19 update: Seven Oxygen plants from Munich reach Srinagar

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seven oxygen plants reached Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir at 12
Lieutenant General of the union territory Manoj Sinha took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his intervention.
"My deepest gratitude to Hon'ble PM @narendramodi for providing 7 Oxygen plants to JK UT. With his intervention, these Oxygen plants were airlifted by @IAF_MCC from Munich, Germany and safely landed at Srinagar Airport today at 12:45 pm," Sinha tweeted.

Delhi HC reserves judgement on a plea seeking to stop/suspend construction work of Central Vista Project

Delhi High Court reserves the judgement on a plea seeking to stop/suspend construction work of Central Vista Project: ANI

Covid-19: Four districts of Kerala under triple lockdown; borders sealed

The boundaries of four major districts in Kerala, which report the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state,were sealed and restrictions were further intensified on Monday as a seven-day triple lockdownannounced by the state government came into force there from midnight.
Majority of sub-roads were closed and police took control of the major roads in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts as part of efforts to arrest the massive spread of the virus infection.

First Oxygen Express from Bokaro to Punjab set to reach Phillaur at 7 pm: Railway Board

Covid LIVE: India has 26 potential cases of bleeding, clotting after jab

According to the press release, the AEFI Committee has completed an in-depth case review of 498 serious and severe events, of which 26 cases have been reported to be potential thromboembolic (formation of a clot in a blood vessel that might also break loose and carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel) events – following the administration of Covishield vaccine – with a reporting rate of 0.61 cases/ million doses.

Apollo, Dr Reddy's announce Covid vaccination programme with Sputnik V

Apollo Hospitals and Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Monday said they are collaborating to initiate a COVID-19 vaccination programme with Sputnik V.
The first phase of the programme will kick off with vaccinations in Hyderabad on Monday and in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday (May 18) at Apollo facilities. The vaccinations would follow the SOPs as recommended by the government including registration on CoWIN. READ MORE...


WHO donates 100 oxygen concentrators to Rajasthan government

The Jaipur unit of the World Health Organisation (WHO) donated 100 oxygen concentrators to the Rajasthan government on Monday. The concentrators were handed over to state Health Minister Raghu Sharma who thanked the WHO for its cooperation in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharma said that every possible effort is being made by the state government to overcome the lack of oxygen in the state.

The oxygen concentrators being provided through corporate social responsibility (CSR) are supporting the government's efforts to tackle the pandemic, he added. WHO representative Rakesh Srivastava said these contractors, worth about Rs 15 crore, were manufactured in Germany.

Eli Lilly inks pact with Natco Pharma for Covid-19 drug baricitinib

Drug firm Eli Lilly on Monday said it has signed a voluntary licensing agreement with Natco Pharma to further expedite the availability of baricitinib for COVID-19 patients in India.
The company has issued an additional royalty-free, non-exclusive voluntary license to Natco Pharma and the Hyderabad-based company will be collaborating with Eli Lilly to further accelerate and expand the availability of baricitinib in India during this pandemic. READ MORE...

Covid LIVE: Miniscule but definitive risk of clotting after jab, says govt

Odisha logs 10,757 new COVID-19 cases, 22 fresh fatalities

Odisha's COVID-19 tally on Monday mounted to 6,22,981 after 10,757 more people tested positive for the infection, while a record 22 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 2,335, a health department official said. Accordingly, the number of active cases rose to 1,06,061, he said.
Of the 10,757 new cases, 6,024 were reported from various quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said. Cuttack district reported the maximum number of new cases at 973, followed by Khurda at 909, Sundergarh at 832, Angul at 606, Bolangir at 507 and Nuapada at 502.

Uttarakhand reports first black fungus death

A 36-year-old COVID-19 patient has died of mucormycosis or black fungus at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here, according to hospital officials, marking the state's first fatality from the fungal infection. The man died as he was in an inoperable condition.
Mucormycosis or black fungus is caused by a group of moulds known as mucormycetes present naturally in the environment. It spreads through the nose and affects other parts of the body such as the eyes. Diabetics are more vulnerable to the infection. Recently, several states have reported a rise in black fungus cases among COVID-19 patients.

Black fungus treatment facility launched at Bouring hospital in Bengaluru

A facility to treat the post COVID complication Black Fungus has been launched at the Bouring Hospital here, said Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar.
Facility for the treatment of the disease shall be launched in other districts as well, said Sudhakar adding that a proposal to provide the treatment free of cost shall be discussed with the Chief Minister.
He further stated that Black Fungus is likely to occur among COVID patients with low immunity and steroid overdose or diabetes. READ MORE...

Rajinikanth hands over Rs 50 lakh for Covid relief fund to Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin

Another Indian company, Shilpa Medicare, joins efforts to ramp up manufacturing of Sputnik V vaccine

In a bid to speed up India's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, another Indian company, Shilpa Medicare has joined efforts to ramp up the manufacturing capacity of the Sputnik V vaccine, ANI reported.
Last year in September, the Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories had partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct the clinical trials of the Sputnik V and for its distribution rights in India.
Taking to Twitter, Sputnik V on Monday said that Shilpa Medicare will produce 50 million doses of Sputnik V in the next 12 months, while also exploring the possibility of a single-shot vaccine, named Sputnik Light.

Covid-19 LIVE: Over 20 mn vaccine doses available with states, says Centre

More than two crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and Union territories, while nearly three lakh doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Monday.
The Centre has so far provided over 20 crore (20,76,10,230) vaccine doses to the states and Union territories for free. Of this, the total consumption, calculated on the basis of average figures, up to May 16, including wastage, is 18,71,13,705 doses (according to data available at 8 am on Monday), it added.
"More than two crore COVID-19 vaccine doses (2,04,96,525) are still available with the states and UTs to be administered," the ministry said.

Covid LIVE: Curfew imposed in Andhra extended till the end of May, says CMO

Sri Lanka ends three-day lockdown

Sri Lanka on Monday lifted a three-day lockdown to contain the coronavirus but asked people to stay indoors as over 2,000 daily new cases being reported in the country. The three-day lockdown was to keep people indoors during a long weekend coinciding with festivities at the end of Ramadan fast, PTI reported.

Court petition seeks plan from Delhi government on dead bodies

A petition urged on Monday the Delhi High Court to direct the city government to formulate and implement a plan for having sufficient infrastructure with regard to the transportation and cremation of the bodies of Covid-19 victims. The court issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its stand on the plea, PTI reported.

Kerala starts vaccinating 18 to 44 age group

Kerala started on Monday vaccinating people aged between 18 and 44 years age category began in Kerala, getting more than 1.90 lakh people to register in the last two days to get the first dose. Eligible people were notified through SMS messages about the vaccination centre, date and time according to the availability and priority of the vaccine, PTI reported.

Sanofi, Glaxo say their Vaccine works well in mid-state study

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc reported positive results from a redo of a mid-stage study for their Covid-19 vaccine, putting the delayed shot on track for possible clearance by the end of the year. Volunteers showed a similar antibody response to people who have recovered from the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported quoting a statement from the companies Monday. Those with evidence of a prior infection had a particularly high immune response after a single dose, suggesting the shot could be a good booster candidate.

'Vaccinated people can ditch masks in most settings'

When COVID-19 first began spreading, public health and medical experts began talking about the need for the US to reach herd immunity to stop the coronavirus from spreading. Experts have estimated that between 60 per cent and 90 per cent of people in the US would need to be vaccinated for that to happen. Only about 35 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated, and yet the CDC said on May 14, 2021 that fully vaccinated people can lose their masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. PTI

COVID-19 impact: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India extends warranty

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) on Monday said it has extended warranty and free service period till July 31, across all its dealerships in the country in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension is applicable to those customers, whose vehicle's free service, warranty and extended warranty was originally ending between April 1 and May 31, 2021, HMSI said in a statement. PTI

Delhi airport to halt using T2 terminal

Delhi's international airport will temporarily shut down its T2 terminal, used mostly for domestic travel, from Monday midnight as the number of flights have reduced due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, PTI reported quoting unnamed sources. From Monday midnight, all flights will be handled at the international T3 terminal.

Shilpa Medicare announces deal with Dr Reddy's Labs to manufacture Sputnik V vaccine

Shilpa Medicare on Monday said a company unit has entered into a agreement with Dr Reddy''s Laboratories for manufacturing of Russian vaccine Sputnik V, PTI reported. The targeted production of the dual vector Sputnik V for the first 12 months is 50 million doses (50 million of component 1 and 50 million of component 2), from the date of start of commercial production, the company said.

Online education

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to meet with all Vice Chancellors of Central University virtually tomorrow to review the online education in Covid-19 Pandemic and Planning and Implementation of NEP-2020. ANI

Meghalaya reports 569 new Covid cases, 19 more fatalities

Meghalaya on Sunday reported 569 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 23,332, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 320 as 19 more people succumbed to the disease, Health Services Director Aman War said. Of the fresh fatalities, 16 were reported from East Khasi Hills district and one each from West Khasi, South-West Khasi and West Garo. The state now has 4,534 active cases. PTI

India reports 2,81,386 new cases

Nepal gets second shipment of oxygen cylinders from China

Nepal received last night a second shipment of China-donated oxygen cylinders as the Himalayan country seeks to treat a growing number of Covid-19 patients, IANS reports. A Nepal Airlines plane landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday with the oxygen cylinders and concentrators from China, Dim Prasad Poudel, managing director of the airline, told Xinhua news agency. The first batch had arrived on May 10.

Delhi's vaccine stocks drying up: AAP MLA

Delhi has a day’s stock left of Covaxin, the indigenously made Covid-19 vaccine, for people aged 45 years and above, said a lawmaker of the Aam Aadmi Party that governs the city-state. Covishield vaccine stocks will last for five days for the same age group, said Atishi Marlena on Sunday.

S Africa plans to vaccinate 5 million by June

South Africa has a plan to vaccinate by the end of June its five million citizens at the highest risk of dying from Covid-19 in the second phase of its programme to combat the pandemic. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a national television broadcast on Sunday evening that the first phase had ended on Friday with 478,000 of the planned 500,000 healthcare workers receiving the jab, PTI reported.

GDP growth may be below 9% in FY22 due to 2nd Covid wave: Survey

Amid a raging second wave of Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions on business activities imposed by several states, economic recovery is beginning to lose steam and the country's GDP growth is likely to be below nine per cent for the current fiscal, according to a survey.
At least 80 per cent of the respondents expect consumer demand for non-essential items as well as investment to be severely impacted due to the current COVID situation, the survey conducted by Care Ratings said. Read on...

Fauci says pandemic exposed 'undeniable effects of racism' in US

Dr Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration's top medical adviser said that the Covid-19 pandemic had exposed racial disparities in living conditions and access to healthcare across the US that required serious action to fix.
During a commencement address given virtually to new graduates of Emory University, the president's chief medical adviser pointed to higher rates of Covid-19 deaths among Black Americans, Latino Americans, and members of other minority groups as evidence of "social determinants" that caused the pandemic to hit those communities especially hard, The Hill reported.
"Now, very few of these comorbidities [with Covid-19] have racial determinants. Almost all relate to the social determinants of health dating back to disadvantageous conditions that some people of color find themselves in from birth regarding the availability of an adequate diet, access to health care, and the undeniable effects of racism in our society," he said.
Fauci said correcting societal wrongs will take a commitment of decades, and he urged the graduates to be part of the solution.
He said that the infectious disease disparately hospitalized and killed people of color.

Scientists agree Covid is airborne, want overhaul of ventilation systems

A quiet revolution has permeated global health circles. Authorities have come to accept what many researchers have argued for over a year: The coronavirus can spread through the air.
That new acceptance, by the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes with concrete implications: Scientists are calling for ventilation systems to be overhauled like public water supplies were in the 1800s after fetid pipes were found to harbor cholera. Read on...

21 more members of vulnerable tribal groups test Covid positive in Odisha

Twenty-one more members of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) in Odisha were afflicted with coronavirus, taking their number to 45, official sources said on Sunday.
The PVTG is a classification by the central government for tribes based on their relative physical isolation, declining population, low levels of literacy and pre- agricultural stage of economy such as hunting, food gathering and shifting cultivation. Before 2016, PVTGs were known as Primitive Tribal Groups.
While the number of PVTG people infected with Covid-19 was 21 till Friday, 10 more members of the Bonda tribe and 14 of the Dongaria Kondha community tested positive for the virus since Saturday, officials said. Read on...

More than 18.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs: Health ministry

More than 18.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs, while nearly 5.1 million doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Shahid Jameel quits as chairman of govt's Covid genome surveillance project

Senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the chairman of scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by union government in December last year for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains of Covid-19 in India.
Jameel is currently the Director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University. Read on...

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