Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka sees 31,830 new cases; 66,358 in Maharashtra

Coronavirus live updates: India reported a slight dip in the number of fresh Covid infections and fatalities on Tuesday with 323,144 cases and 2,771 deaths, according to MoHFW. The cumulative caseload stands at 17,636,307 and the death toll from the virus is nearing the 200,000-mark. India now has nearly 2.9 million active cases.

Maharashtra reported 48,700 new coronavirus cases and 524 deaths, while Delhi recorded 20,201 cases and 380 deaths.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,343,727), Kerala (1,405,655), Karnataka (1,339,201), Uttar Pradesh (1,086,625), Tamil Nadu (1,081,988), and Delhi (1,047,916).

Following a request from the Delhi High Court, the Delhi government has ordered Ashoka Hotel, a five-star facility, to set aside 100 rooms for a Covid Health Centre for judges and judicial officers of the court and their families. The facility will be linked to Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri.

It comes when families of Covid patients across the national capital are scrambling to get beds and access to hospital care. The High Court itself has made several observations critical of the Centre and the Delhi government on this issue while hearing pleas on the Covid crisis.

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 148,466,261 infected by the deadly contagion. While 126,562,652 have recovered, 3,133,215 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,872,388, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,248,533, followed by the US (412,529) and Brazil (397,716).

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Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 66,358 new cases

Maharashtra reports 66,358 new cases, 895 deaths and 67,752 discharges today; case tally rises to 4,410,085, according to the state health department

Air India to airlift 10,636 oxygen concentrators from several countries in next 7 days: Hardeep Puri

Air India to airlift 10,636 oxygen concentrators from several countries in next 7 days: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Coronavirus LIVE: Bhutan to supply liquid oxygen to India

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees 4,014 cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus LIVE: 'Centre provided 150 million doses to states so far'

The union government said it has so far provided more than 15 crore vaccine to states and UTs free of cost. More than 1 crore doses are still available with the states to be administered, said the government. Read full govt release here
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 31,830 fresh cases

Karnataka reports 31,830 fresh cases, 180 deaths and  10,793 discharges; case tally rises to 1,400,775, according to the state health department

Coronavirus Latest: WHO steps up aid to India

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals there struggled to cope with a huge surge in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies.
 
India's death toll is now nearing 200,000, and some hospitals are turning away coronavirus patients as they do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds. read more
 
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the crisis had worsened due to mass gatherings of people, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi's aunt dies during treatment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi'saunt Narmadaben Modi who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection died at the civil hospital here on Tuesday, the family said.
 
Narmadaben (80) lived in the New Ranip area of the city with her children.
 
"Our aunt Narmadaben was admitted to the civil hospital some ten days ago after her condition deteriorated following coronavirus infection," said Prahlad Modi, the prime minister's younger brother. (PTI)
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh records 13,417 fresh cases

Madhya Pradesh records 13,417 fresh coronavirus cases (positivity rate - 22.6%), 11,577 recoveries, and 98 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Priyanka Gandhi says govt has failed its people

Germany to airlift medical aid to India in coming days

Germany will "in the coming days" deliver medical equipment to India to help the country contain a surge in coronavirus infections, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra's Nagpur reports 6,287 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra's Nagpur reports 6,287 new coronavirus cases, 6,863 recoveries and 101 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to health officials

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma hospitalised

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma hospitalised nearly a week after he tested positive for coronavirus

UK has no surplus vaccines to supply to India, says PM's spokesman

Britain has no surplus vaccine doses at the moment and is prioritising vaccinating its population, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday when asked whether London was planning to export some shots to India. (Reuters)
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan sees over 16,000 new cases

Rajasthan sees over 16,000 new cases and 121 deaths in last 24 hours; case tally 546,964 including 155,182 active cases, according to the state health department

India better prepared to beat pandemic as compared to 2020, says Harsh Vardhan

India is now better prepared mentally and physically with more experience to beat the pandemic as compared to 2020, says Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus LIVE: 5,703 new cases in Uttarakhand

Coronavirus LIVE: 5,703 new cases and 96 deaths reported in Uttarakhand today; active cases 43,032, according to the state health department

Delhi HC says never made any request for 100-bed facility at Ashoka Hotel

Delhi HC says never made any request for 100-bed facility at Ashoka Hotel. Court asks Delhi govt to file a response concerning the Ashok Hotel being dedicated for judicial officers.

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 32,819 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 32,819 new coronavirus cases and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Serum told Maharashtra govt that it can supply Covishield after May 20

This is a mess that you have been unable to resolve: HC slams Delhi govt

This is a mess that you have been unable to resolve, HC tells Delhi govt with regard to black marketing of oxygen cylinders

Coronavirus LIVE: Railways made nearly 4,000 Covid care coaches ready for use

Coronavirus LIVE: HC says Delhi govt system has failed to check black marketing

HC says Delhi government's system has failed as black marketing of oxygen cylinders and medicines is going on

Coronavirus Latest: Gilead to ship 450,000 remdesivir vials to India

Gilead Sciences said it will give India at least 450,000 vials of its antiviral drug remdesivir and help boost production, as the world's second-most populous country reels from surging coronavirus cases. (Reuters)

Rush to hospitals, big gatherings worsen India Covid crisis: WHO

People in India are rushing unnecessarily to hospital, exacerbating a crisis over surging Covid-19 infections caused by mass gatherings, more contagious variants and low vaccination rates, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan sets up new oxygen plant in Alwar

Coronavirus LIVE: Time for armed forces to help civil administration, says Bipin Rawat

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala HC rejects pleas seeking lockdown on counting day

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal Pradesh reports 13 more deaths, 851 fresh cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Himachal Pradesh reports 13 more deaths, 851 fresh cases, according to the state health department

We stand with India in this difficult time: Taiwan President

Coronavirus LIVE: Night curfew imposed in Assam from 8 pm to 5 am

Coronavirus LIVE: SC directs states to file replies on medical infra for vaccinations

SC directs states to file replies by April 28 on issues related to availability of infrastructure for vaccinating all above 18 years of age

Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry records 1,021 new cases

Puducherry records 1,021 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday, tally rises to 55,047, according to the health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Plea in Kerala HC seeking uniform Covid treatment tariffs

Coronavirus LIVE: SC asks Centre to apprise the court on total availability of oxygen

Supreme Court asks Central government to apprise the court on total availability of oxygen and also the rationale behind vaccine pricing

Coronavirus LIVE: We are playing complementary role, says Supreme Court

We are playing complementary role, if HCs have any difficulty in dealing with issues due to territorial limitations, we will help, says Supreme Court

Coronavirus LIVE: Top court cannot be a mute spectator, says SC on taking up suo motu case

At a time of national crisis, top court cannot be a mute spectator: SC on its taking suo motu case on Covid-19 management

Coronavirus LIVE: Priyanka Gandhi writes to UP CM Adityanath over Covid management

We're going to set up 44 Oxygen Plants in Delhi within the next one month: Arvind Kejriwal

We're going to set up 44 Oxygen Plants in Delhi within the next one month - 8 of these are being installed by Centre: Arvind Kejriwal

Reduction in Oxygen SOS messages, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Reduction in Oxygen SOS messages, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

36 oxygen plants to be installed in Delhi, says Kejriwal

Delhi govt decides to import 18 tankers (Oxygen) from Bangkok, they'll start arriving from tomorrow. We've requested Centre to allow use of Air Force planes for this. Talks are on, I'm very hopeful that talks will be successful. This will resolve the issue of transport: Delhi CM

Making arrangements for 1,200 ICU beds. Will be ready by May 10, says Kejriwal

Making arrangements for 1,200 ICU beds. Will be ready by May 10, says Kejriwal

Delhi govt decides to import 18 tankers (Oxygen) from Bangkok: Kejriwal

Delhi govt decides to import 18 tankers (Oxygen) from Bangkok, they'll start arriving from tomorrow. We've requested Centre to allow use of Air Force planes for this. Talks are on, I'm very hopeful that talks will be successful. This will resolve the issue of transport: Delhi CM

Auto sector woes to continue as downgrades loom under Covid shadow

The BSE Auto index has been underperforming the benchmarks over the past three months amid multiple headwinds, including weak retails, rising commodity prices, and supply disruptions. The auto index, after outperforming the benchmarks for most of FY21, is down about 9 per cent, as compared to the 2 per cent decline in the Sensex during the last three months. The derating on the one-year forward price to earnings ratio has been higher, about 18 per cent since January. Most analysts believe these headwinds will remain in the near term.
 
Mitul Shah, head of research at Reliance Securities, says: “Due to the ongoing economic slowdown amid the second wave of Covid, the turbulence (demand woes) the sector is facing for over a month and a half is expected to continue into May, as well. On the other hand, higher commodity prices and other cost inflation would impact operating margins of these companies in the June quarter of FY22 and beyond.” READ ON...

Oxygen shortage: Delhi hospitals say situation better, reopen admissions

After days of scrambling for oxygen, hospitals in Delhi on Tuesday said they are in a comparatively better situation in terms of supply and have reopened admissions.
 
Amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, medical facilities across the city and its suburbs put out desperate pleas for help on social media and other platforms last week, flagging their dwindling stock of oxygen. Read on...

Oxygen crisis: Govt imports 20 cryogenic tankers, allocates them to states

The Centre has imported 20 cryogenic tankers of 10 MT and 20 MT capacity and allocated them to states to address the shortage of oxygen tankers in the country as it deals with spiralling cases of COVID-19.
 
As mapping of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from manufacturing plants to different states is a dynamic process and transportation of medical oxygen through cryogenic tankers is becoming a bottleneck in making available LMO from the eastern part of the country to other parts, 20 cryogenic ISO containers of capacity 20 MT and 10 MT have been imported to augment the transportation of oxygen, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

10 states account for 69.1% of new Covid-19 cases: Health Ministry

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, reported 69.1 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
 
With 3,23,144 people testing positive for the coronavirus infection in a day, the country's total tally of cases has climbed to 1,76,36,307, it said.
 
Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan are also among the 10 states that reported 69.1 per cent of the new cases.
 
"Cumulatively, more than 28 crore tests have conducted so far, while the cumulative positivity rate is 6.28 per cent," the ministry said.
 
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 48,700. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 33,551 new cases and Karnataka with 29,744 new cases.

SC allows Vedanta to operate oxygen production unit at Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin in standalone basis

SC allows Vedanta to operate oxygen production unit at Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin in standalone basis

Covid-19: Australia suspends passenger flights from India until May 15

Australia on Tuesday suspended all direct passenger flights from India for the next three weeks due to the unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
 
The pause on arrivals would be reassessed before May 15, Morrison said.
 
The decision was taken during a meeting of Cabinet's national security committee to consider the move to temporarily restrict flights from India along with what equipment and assistance could be sent. Read on...

World coronavirus update: Ontario getting military help for pandemic surge

The government of Ontario will be getting help from Canada's military in dealing with a surge of coronavirus infections, while several other Canadian provinces are tightening health restrictions in hopes of avoiding a similar situation.
 
Ontario's solicitor general says resources are coming from the Canadian armed forces and the Canadian Red Cross.
 
Ontario has been struggling with a new wave of the pandemic that has seen the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care surge. Ontario's Ministry of Health reported 2,271 people were in hospitals with Covid-19 on Monday, including 877 in ICUs.

Himachal Pradesh to supply oxygen to Delhi amid coronavirus crisis

The Himachal Pradesh government will arrange oxygen supply to Delhi, which is facing acute shortage of the life-saving gas for Covid-19 patients, from the hill state, an official spokesperson said here on Monday.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, on the request of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has agreed to arrange emergency supply of oxygen to Delhi amid the Covid-19 crisis, he added.
 
In a letter written to his Delhi counterpart, Thakur said that the Himachal Pradesh government was "highly concerned" about the situation emerging in the national capital and would be more than happy to extend all possible help to the Delhi government. Read on...

Elections 2021: No victory procession after the counting on May 2 shall be permissible, says ECI


Delhi CM, Health Minister visit the special Covid Care Centre that is being built near GTB Hospital

CM Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain visit the special Covid Care Centre that is being built near GTB Hospital.

Coronavirus in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to address media at 1pm

Coronavirus in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to address media at 1pm

Uttarakhand: Dehradun DM issues SOPs for admissions of patients to Covid hospital


Delhi's Astha hospital runs out of Oxygen; 40 patients in a lurch, reports India Today

Delhi's Astha hospital runs out of Oxygen; 40 patients in a lurch, reports India Today

Good to see the first of our medical supplies have now arrived in India

Good to see the first of our medical supplies have now arrived in India and will be deployed where they are needed most. No one is safe until we are all safe. International collaboration is key to fighting this global threat: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

EC bans all victory processions on or after the day of counting of votes, on May 2

EC bans all victory processions on or after the day of counting of votes, on May 2. Detailed order soon

Telangana records 10,000 coronavirus infection cases, 52 deaths in a day

Coronavirus cases in Telangana surged past 10,000, the highest ever in a day, taking the tally to over 4.11 lakh while the toll stood at2094 with 52 more casualties.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1440, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 751 and Rangareddy 621, a government bulletin said on Tuesday providing details as of 8 PM on April 26.
 
With 10,122 fresh infections the total number of cumulative cases in the state touched 4,11,905 while the total recoveries were 3,40,590 after 6446 patients being cured.
 
The state has 69,221 active cases and nearly one lakh samples were tested on Monday. Read on...

Coronavirus update: Five states have added 47.67 per cent to the new Covid-19 cases

Five states have added 47.67 per cent to the new Covid-19 cases, with Maharashtra alone contributing 15.07 per cent in the new cases. 

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 27)

Active cases: 2,882,204 (Net addition: 68,546)
Deaths: 197,894 (Net increase: 2,771)
Cured: 14,556,209 (Net increase: 251,827)
Total cases: 17,636,307 (Net increase: 323,144)
Total vaccination: 145,271,186 (Increase over previous day: 3,359,963)

Mukhtar Ansari tests positive for Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Banda jail

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who was recently shifted from a Punjab Jail to a highly-secured isolation barrack in the District Jail in Uttar Pradesh's Banda, has tested positive for Covid-19.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA from Mau, Ansari along with other inmates were tested for the viral infection by jail authorities on Saturday after which Ansari's rapid antigen test report came positive.
 
Following this, Ansari's RTPCR test sample was collected which also came back positive. READ ON...

Uttarakhand records 5,058 new Covid-19 infection cases, 67 deaths in a day

Uttarakhand reported 5,058 new Covid cases and 67 deaths on Monday, officials said.
 
Maximum 2,034 cases were reported in Dehradun district, 1,002 in Haridwar, 767 in Nainital, 323 in Pauri, 283 in Udham Singh Nagar, 135 in Almoda, 104 in Champawat, they said.
 
With the fresh cases, the number of coronavirus infected people in the state has gone up to 1,56,859, while 1,12,265 patients have recovered.
 
There are currently 39,031 active cases in the state and the death toll is 2,213.

Gilead announces steps to expand availability of Remdesivir in India

American biopharmaceutical company Gilead has announced steps to expand the availability of remdesivir, a key therapeutic medicine used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, in India.
 
The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in India is having a devastating impact on communities and has created unprecedented pressure on health systems, Johanna Mercier, chief commercial officer of Gilead Sciences said on Monday.
 
The company announced that it was providing its voluntary licensing partners technical assistance, support for addition of new local manufacturing facilities and donation of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) to rapidly scale up the production of remdesivir. Read on...

CEOs of 40 US companies create global task force to help India fight Covid

In a show of solidarity, CEOs of some 40 top American companies have come together to create a global task force to mobilise resources to help India fight the battle against Covid-19.
 
A collective initiative of the US-India Business Council of the US Chambers of Commerce, and the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum and Business Roundtable, the task force during its meeting here on Monday committed to get 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India in the next few weeks, Deloitte CEO Puneet Renjen told PTI. Read on...

France to provide oxygen generators, liquid O2, ventilators to India

France to provide oxygen generators, liquid O2, ventilators to India

Ministry of Ayush issues Covid guidelines for Ayurveda, Unani practitioners

Responding to the need for fresh guidelines amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Ayush has released revised guidelines for Ayurveda and Unani practitioners for Covid-19 patients in home isolation and Ayurveda and Unani preventive measures for self-care.
 
In a media release, the ministry said the main focus of the guidelines is on self-care and home management of Covid-19, as the vast majority of Covid-affected families in the country are forced to negotiate the pandemic out of hospitals. Read on...

Medical supplies from UK, including 100 ventilators & 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in India

The shipment of vital medical supplies from the United Kingdom, including 100 ventilators & 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in India earlier this morning: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

Oxygen special train with tankers of oxygen arrives at Delhi Cantt from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh

Medical oxygen is key to Covid fight, but once it used to be quack remedy

The desperate scenes playing out in India may foreshadow a dangerous new phase of the pandemic where people die in droves, not of the disease so much as a lack of proper medical care. The situation could get a lot worse thanks to a sudden shortage of medical oxygen in the country.
 
Oxygen is one of most straightforward and proactive ways of treating the disease, which causes hypoxia. When patients begin gasping for air, a steady supply of concentrated oxygen does wonders.
 
It may seem like an obvious treatment in hindsight, yet it took nearly two centuries to overcome strange theories, outright quackery and trench warfare in the medical community and beyond.
 
Oxygen’s history in medicine begins in the 1770s, when the Swedish pharmacist Karl Scheele and the British scientist Joseph Priestly independently isolated oxygen gas. Priestly unfairly received the lion’s share of the credit. Read on...

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 7,727 new cases

14,340 new COVID19 cases, 158 deaths and 7,727 recoveries reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours; total cases 5,10,373, active cases 1,21,461

Maharashtra reports 48,700 new Covid-19 cases, 71,736 discharges and 524 deaths in the last 24 hours

Total cases: 43,43,727 
Active cases: 6,74,770 
Total discharges: 36,01,796
Death toll: 65,284

Delhi scrambles for beds, HC gets Ashoka Hotel as its own Covid facility

Following a request from the Delhi High Court, the Delhi government has ordered Ashoka Hotel, a five-star facility, to set aside 100 rooms for a Covid Health Centre for judges and judicial officers of the court and their families. The facility will be linked to Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri.
 
An order to this effect was passed by the Chanakyapuri Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Geeta Grover, on Sunday.
 
It comes when families of Covid patients across the national capital are scrambling to get beds and access to hospital care. The High Court itself has made several observations critical of the Centre and the Delhi government on this issue while hearing pleas on the Covid crisis. 

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