Covid LIVE: Partial curfew extended in UP; record deaths in Maharashtra

Coronavirus live updates: India on Saturday witnessed a slight dip in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases with 326,098 infections. The total caseload stands at 24,372,907, according to MoHFW. Deaths from the virus surged by 3,890 to hit 266,207 in total. World health experts issued a grim warning Friday that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be "far more deadly".

Maharashtra reported 39,923 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases and 695 deaths, followed by Kerala (34,694), Karnataka (41,779), Tamil Nadu (31,892), Andhra Pradesh (22,018), West Bengal (20,839), Uttar Pradesh (15,747) and Delhi (8,506) in the past 24 hours.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (5,309,215), Karnataka (2,130,267), Kerala (2,085,583), Uttar Pradesh (1,596,727), Tamil Nadu (1,531,377), Andhra Pradesh (1,388,803), and Delhi (1,380,981).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 162,518,609 infected by the deadly contagion. While 141,448,573 have recovered, 3,370,742 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 33,663,187, followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,560,835 , followed by the Brazil (427,804) and US (256,718).


Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt seeks 6.7 million Sputnik doses from Dr Reddy's

Delhi govt has written to Dr Reddy's Laboratories for supply of 6.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat reports 9,061 new cases

Gujarat reports 9,061 new coronavirus cases, 15,076 discharges and 95 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Partial coronavirus curfew in UP extended till 7 am of May 24: govt statement

Partial coronavirus curfew in UP extended till 7 am of May 24: govt statement

Hero MotoCorp to set up 100-bed coronavirus centre in Gurugram

Two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp on Saturday said it has partnered with the district administration of Gurugram to set up a makeshift 100-bed Covid Care centre in Gurugram.
The company is supporting the setting up of the centre at the Government Girls College in Sector 14, Gurugram under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform Hero We Care, Hero MotoCorp said in a statement.
"The Covid Care centre will help augment our medical infrastructure and enable us to widen the scope of our relief activities for the affected people in the district," Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram Yash Garg said. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana sees 4,298 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu records 33,658 new cases

Tamil Nadu records 33,658 new cases, 303 fatalities and 20,905 discharges in last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh registers 22,517 new cases

Andhra Pradesh registers 22,517 new coronavirus cases, 98 deaths, 18,739 recoveries in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal sees record fatalities in a day

West Bengal registers 144 new coronavirus fatalities, highest so far in single day, 19,511 fresh cases, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees just 1,447 cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus LIVE: India will have 510 million vaccine doses by July

Harsh Vardhan reviews public health response to Covid-19 and Progress of Vaccination with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. “India will have 51.6 crore vaccine doses by July and 216 crore doses in the August-December period,” he said. Read full govt release here

Insurers see huge spike in health claims as second wave sweeps India

As a second wave sweeps the country, the general and health insurance companies have seen an alarming rise in health claims due to Covid. As of May 14, non-life insurers have received 1.48 million claims amounting to Rs 22,931 crore. They have so far settled 1.23 million claims amounting to Rs 11,784 crore. Read here

Kerala registers 32,680 fresh coronavirus infections, 96 fatalities

Kerala reported 32,680 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 20,88,208, while the toll mounted to 6,339 with 96 more deaths, the state government said.
As many as 29,442 persons have been cured, taking the recoveries to 16,66,232 and the active cases to 4,45,334. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Harsh Vardhan holds a meeting with health ministers of various states

Cipla says supply of remdesivir catching up with demand

India's Cipla said on Saturday that its manufacturing of the Covid-19 remdesivir drug was beginning to catch up with demand after the company sought to boost production amid a massive second wave of coronavirus infections in the country.
Backorders and complaints over low supply started moderating in the second week of May, the drugmaker said, after it began ramping up production of the antiviral drug last month.
Hospitals have faced shortages of the drug, which is being widely used and was sold in April for over 10 times its listed price in the black market. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: 17 arrested for posters against PM Modi in Delhi

Coronavirus LIVE: Ahead of lockdown, people throng liquor shops in West Bengal

No denial of Covid-related services if person does not have Aadhaar: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that administers Aadhaar, said in a statement Saturday that no one during the Covid-19 pandemic should be denied vaccines, medicines, hospitalization or treatment for want of Aadhaar. 
The statement came in response to news reports that said vaccination and a few other essential services like hospitalization and so on related to the Covid-19 pandemic were being denied to the residents if they did not have an Aadhaar number.
“If one does not have Aadhaar or if Aadhaar online verification is not successful due to some reason, the concerned agency or department has to provide the service as per Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the Cabinet Secretariat OM dated 19th Dec 2017,” the UIDAI said in its statement.

Go for another test if symptoms persist after RT-PCR negative report: AIIMS

If the RT-PCR test comes out negative, but symptoms are present, it is recommended to go for another test, suggested All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday.
The Central government institute also suggested to "immediately isolate yourself from others" if fever, dry cough, tiredness and loss of taste or smell, irritation in throat, headache, body ache, diarrhoea, rash on skin and redness is observed, clarifying that these are commonly observed symptoms among Covid-19 patients.
"80 per cent of infected patients experience very mild symptoms," said the AIIMS. (IANS)

Coronavirus LIVE: Disastrous vaccine strategy will ensure third wave, says Rahul Gandhi

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal govt extends 'Corona Curfew' till May 26

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha govt forms high-level committee to tackle third wave

Coronavirus LIVE: Success and failure are not final; courage to continue is what matters, says RSS chief

Success and failure are not final; courage to continue is what matters, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Covid situation

Coronavirus LIVE: We have to stay positive, says RSS chief

We have to stay positive and take precautions to keep ourselves Covid negative in current situation, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry reports 1,598 new cases

Puducherry reports 1,598 new coronavirus cases, 1,774 discharges and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Revised Covishield dosage based on science, says V K Paul

Coronavirus LIVE: Revised Covishield dosage based on science, says V K Paul

Vaccines less effective against variant first found in India: UK expert

The vaccines being administered to protect against Covid-19 are almost certainly less effective against preventing the transmission of the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India, a leading UK scientist who advises the country's vaccination programme said on Saturday.
Professor Anthony Harnden, from the University of Oxford who is the deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said it was important to approach the easing of lockdown in England with utmost caution as it remains unclear exactly how much more transmissible the variant detected in India is.
But he reiterated that there is no evidence so far of increased severity of illness or that the particular mutation of the coronavirus evades the vaccine. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: NTPC augments Covid care facilities across the country

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest integrated energy company, under Ministry of Power has added more than 500 beds with oxygen support and more than 1100 isolation beds across plants in various states to provide support to the critical Covid care.
In NCR region, the company has set up Covid care centres with facility of 200 oxygen supported beds and 140 isolation beds in Badarpur, Noida & Dadri. Further, the company has set up a 500-bed covid health centre at Sundargarh in Odisha where 20 ventilators have been provided.
Going further, the company has already placed orders for 11 oxygen generation plants in NCR. Besides, 02 large oxygen generation plants having bottling facility are being set up. Further, the company is also setting up Oxygen generation plants at 8 different locations in other states. In addition, the company has extended support for installation of oxygen generation plants at different Government hospitals in other states. Read full govt release here

Black fungus declared notified disease in Haryana, says state Health Minister Anil Vij

Black fungus declared notified disease in Haryana, says state Health Minister Anil Vij

Coronavirus LIVE: Overall situation is stabilising, says govt

Overall situation (second wave of coronavirus) is stabilising, we will work towards ensuring further stabilisation: Govt

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi sees 6,430 cases in last 24 hours

Many states have reported more than 500 cases of Mucormycosis, says AIIMS chief

Many states have reported more than 500 cases of Mucormycosis, says AIIMS director Randeep Guleria

Coronavirus LIVE: AIIMS doctors provide guidance on care for mild cases

The commonly observed symptoms among Covid-19 patients are fever, dry cough, tiredness and loss of taste or smell. Irritation in throat, headache, body ache, diarrhea, rash on skin and redness in eyes are also observed in rare cases. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should immediately isolate yourself from others. This was informed by Dr. Neeraj Nishchal of AIIMS Delhi, during a webinar on “Medication and Care in Home Isolation”, for patients who are tested positive for Covid-19. The webinar was organized by The Centre of Excellence of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. Read full govt release here

Secondary infections -- fungal and bacterial -- are causing more mortality, says AIIMS chief

As coronavirus cases are increasing, it's of paramount importance that we follow protocols of infection control practices at hospitals. It is been seen that secondary infections -- fungal and bacterial -- are causing more mortality, says AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

24 states have more than 15 per cent coronavirus positivity rate, says govt

24 states have more than 15 per cent coronavirus positivity rate, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: Our containment efforts are working, says govt

Our containment efforts are working. Overall positivity rate in India, which stood at 21.9 per cent last week has now fallen to 19.8 per cent. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a major drop in case positivity: Govt

Tamil Nadu a cause for concern as active cases on the rise, says govt

The cause of concern is Tamil Nadu where a rise in number of active cases has been reported in last one week, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: Covaxin production expected to reach 100 million doses per month, says govt

To augument the capacity of Indigenous production of Covaxin under the Mission, theDepartment of Biotechnology, Government of India in April, 2021 provided financial support as Grant to vaccine manufacturing facilities for enhanced production capacities, which is expected to reach more than 10 crore doses per month by September, 2021. Read full govt release here

Watch: Health Ministry briefing on coronavirus situation in the country

Coronavirus LIVE: PM asks for audit of operation of ventilators given by Centre

PM chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the Covid and vaccination related situation in the country. Officials briefed the PM on the current Covid related situation in the country. PM was briefed that testing has gone up rapidly in the country, from around 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week now. They also informed the PM about the gradually decreasing test positivity rate and increasing recovery rate. It was discussed that cases which had gone over 4 lakh cases per day are now coming down as a result of the efforts by healthcare workers, state governments and central government. Read full govt release here

Delhi govt announces Rs 1,051 cr for municipal corporations to pay salaries of employees

Delhi govt announces Rs 1,051 cr for municipal corporations to pay salaries of employees amid Covid-19 pandemic

2 billion doses a long haul, but most will be covered by December

While two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this year may be difficult, industry and analysts say a significant portion of the adult population can be covered with at least one dose by December.
The ambitious ramp-up plans, however, depend on the availability of raw material, the ability to scale up manufacturing drug substances, and forging partnerships to use the “fill-and-finish” capacities to their fullest.
The world’s largest vaccine maker by volumes — Serum Institute of India (SII) — is making 70 million doses a month of Covishield and has started stockpiling Novavax vaccines too. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: India gets medical aid including ventilators from Australia

Coronavirus LIVE: FM to chair GST council meeting on May 28 virtually

Coronavirus Latest: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's younger brother Ashim Banerjee passes away

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's younger brother Ashim Banerjee passed away today at the hospital. He had tested positive for Covid and was undergoing treatment: Dr Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata (via ANI)

BCCI's WTC plan: 3 Covid-19 tests at home before players assemble in Mumbai

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made a foolproof plan for the national team before they depart for the UK to play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series against England.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of the roadmap drawn said arrangements have been made for all the players to undergo three RT-PCR tests before assembling in Mumbai on May 19.
"The players will be undergoing three RT-PCR tests at their homes, and once they return negative tests, they will be assembling in Mumbai on May 19. Everyone in the contingent will be undergoing 14-day quarantine in India before they leave for the UK on June 2," said the source. (ANI)

Covid second wave pushes India's pharma industry growth to 59% in April

The fresh wave of Covid-19 in the country has pushed up sales of medicines and resulted in exponential growth for the pharmaceutical sector.
According to total sales audit data from world's largest pharmaceutical market research firm IMS Health, the Indian Pharma Market (IPM) grew 59 per cent yoy in April, 2021 vs 16 per cent yoy in March, 2021 due to the low base effect in April, 2020 and sharp surge in Covid-19-related sales. Read on...

Coronavirus update: Delhi govt starts oxygen concentrator banks

Delhi recorded 6,500 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours and the positivity rate has declined to 11 per cent, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday and also announced the launch of oxygen concentrator banks for patients in home isolation.
He also said that though daily cases have dipped, the Delhi government will not let its guard down and keep fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of cases was over 8,500 and the positivity rate was 12 per cent on Friday, the chief minister said.
The government has started oxygen concentrator banks for patients who are in home isolation and require oxygen support, Kejriwal said in an online briefing.

For those who need oxygen, our team will reach them in 2 hours, says Delhi CM Kejriwal

For those who need oxygen, our team will reach them in 2 hours, says Delhi CM Kejriwal

Delhi's positivity rate dips to 11%, 6,500 Covid-19 cases reported in last 24 hrs: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi's positivity rate dips to 11%, 6,500 Covid-19 cases reported in last 24 hrs: CM Arvind Kejriwal

China cancels Mount Everest climbs over fears of Covid-19 virus from Nepal

China has cancelled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world's highest peak because of fears of importing Covid-19 cases from neighbouring Nepal, state media reported.
The closure was confirmed in a notice Friday from China's General Administration of Sport, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The move reflects the abundance of caution China has taken in dealing with the pandemic. While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths. Read on...

Modi chairs a high-level meeting on Covid-19 related situation and vaccination

Uttarakhand coronavirus update: 2,000 policemen infected

Uttarakhand DGP said at present, the number of police personnel infected in the state has exceeded 2000. Among the Covid-infected personnel, there are 1800 such patients who have had double doses of vaccine, 200 policemen who have not been able to get double dose yet. Dehradun district has the maximum number of 300 policemen in the grip of corona infection. Apart from this, 235 jawans in Udham Singh Nagar and 222 in Haridwar district have been infected with Corona.

Coronavirus in India: PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation

PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation

GPS tracking of ambulances for quick transfer of Covid patients to hospital

Putting technology to use for better Covid management and quick transfer of patients to the Dedicated Covid Hospitals (DCH) and Covid Care Centres (CCC), the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started GPS tracking of ambulances.
While the city authorities have a fleet of 64 ambulances under the Covid management programme, 40 has already become GPS enabled and the rest will be fitted with the tracking devices very soon, a senior official said.
Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) is looking after the technological up-gradation part of the ambulances engaged on Covid duty, the official said. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Patient with black fungus confirmed at Max Hospital in Dehradun

One patient with black fungus confirmed at Max Hospital in Dehradun, three at Doon Hospital & Max Hospital showing symptoms of the disease. Asked technical committee for recommendations for the prevention of black fungus: Health secretary in-charge Pankaj Pandey

Health Minister to hold meeting with UP, Andhra, MP, Gujarat ministers to review Covid situation

At 3 PM today, I’ll be holding a video conferencing with Health Ministers of UP, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Gujarat to review current Covid-19 situation & progress of Covid-19 Vaccination drive in their respective States: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to meet all state education secretaries on May 17 to review the Covid-19 situation

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will meet virtually with all state education secretaries on May 17 to review the Covid-19 situation, online education and implementation of National Education Policy. 

Vaccination suspended in Mumbai for two days due to cyclone warning

The Mumbai civic body on Friday decided to suspend its Covid-19 vaccination drive for the next two days in view of the warning about cyclone Tauktae.
There would be no inoculation on May 15 and 16, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation tweeted.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani told PTI that it was a precautionary measure as cyclone Tauktae is forecast to pass close to the city.
The decision was taken to avoid troubles for senior citizens and also possible crowding as the city is expected to get rains due to the cyclone, he added.

Covid-19: 260 oxygen concentrators airlifted from United Kingdom to India

The High Commission of India in the United Kingdom said that 260 more oxygen concentrators have been airlifted to New Delhi, as India fights a devastating second Covid-19 wave.
Taking to Twitter, the High Commission thanked donors for their generous contribution, along with Qatar Airways, Air Vistara and DB Schenker for free logistics.
"260 more Concentrators airlifted today to @IndianRedCross NewDelhi contributed by @O2CforIndia-226, IndiansinLondon @IIL2004-20 & St.Albans-14. @HCI_London thanks donors for generous contribution & @qatarairways @airvistara for free transport & @DBSchenker for free logistics," tweeted India in the UK. Read on...

Covid variant, first detected in India, likely to dominate in UK: Top Medic

The B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19, first identified in India, is likely to take over and dominate in the United Kingdom, said England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference at 10 Downing Street, Whitty said: "The thing which has changed, which is of a very clear view that this variant is more transmissible than that the B.117 and we expect that this variant will overtake and come to dominate in the UK in the way the B.117 variant took over and indeed the other variants have taken over prior to that." Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (May 15)

Active cases: 3,673,802 (Net reduction: 31,091)
Deaths: 266,207 (Net increase: 3,890)
Cured: 20,432,898 (Net increase: 353,299)
Total cases: 24,372,907 (Net increase: 326,098)
Total vaccination: 180,457,579 (Increase over previous day: 1,103,625)

313,017,193 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 14th May 2021

India's Covid crisis hits work at ports as risk to global trade grows

India’s devastating Covid-19 crisis is threatening operations at some of its biggest ports, raising concern the action could trigger shipping delays that reverberate through global supply chains.
Karaikal Port in southern India invoked force majeure until May 24 after operations were “severely affected” from the pandemic, according to a notice on its website. The terminal, which claims to be India’s biggest non-state port, handles coal, sugar and petroleum among other commodities. Gopalpur port in Odisha has also declared force majeure, according to IHS Markit.
The situation may echo global trade disruptions seen last year after virus restrictions slowed shipments into China. While India accounts for only fraction of the global trade that China does, any delays in offloading vessels and releasing them to their next destination could create supply chain bottlenecks. Read on...

Ladakh coronavirus update: 240 new cases, 231 recoveries and 2 deaths reported

240 new cases, 231 recoveries and 2 deaths were reported in Ladakh on Friday.
Active cases: 1,554
Total cases: 16,156

Andhra Pradesh coronavirus update: 22,018 new Covid-19 cases reported

Andhra Pradesh reports 22,018 new Covid-19 cases, 19,177 recoveries, and 96 deaths in last 24 hours 
Active cases: 2,03,787 
Total recoveries: 11,75,843
Death toll: 9,173

DRDO to launch 2DG medicine for treating Covid-19 patients next week

The first batch of 10,000 doses of 2DG medicine for treating Covid-19 patients would be launched early next week, informed Defence Research and Development Organisation officials on Friday.
The official informed, "The first batch of 10,000 doses of 2DG medicine for the treatment of Covid-19 infected patients would be launched early next week and will be given to patients."
"The drug manufacturers are working on ramping up the production of the medicine for future use. The drug has been developed by a team of DRDO scientists including Dr Anant Narayan Bhatt", informed DRDO officials. Read on..

Biden revokes Trump's order barring immigrants who cannot afford healthcare

US President Joe Biden on Friday (local time) revoked a 2019 proclamation issued by former President Donald Trump preventing immigrants from obtaining visas unless they proved they could obtain health insurance or pay for health care.
In a statement, Biden said that the previous proclamation "does not advance the interests of the United States".
"My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare. We can achieve that objective, however, without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but who lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans," he said. Read on...

Covid-19 lab leak theory cannot be ruled out, say leading scientists

The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a laboratory leak needs to be taken seriously until there is a rigorous data-led investigation that proves it wrong, a group of leading scientists said.
Covid-19, which emerged in China in late 2019, has killed 3.34 million people, cost the world trillions of dollars in lost income and upended normal life for billions of people.
"More investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic," said the 18 scientists, including Ravindra Gupta, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, and Jesse Bloom, who studies the evolution of viruses at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Read on...

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