Covid-19 LIVE updates: Punjab reports 6,798 new cases, 157 deaths in last 24 hrs
As India battles the deadlier, more infectious second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the rate of new infections continues hovering at alarming levels. On Monday, the country recorded as many as 368,147 new cases in 24 hours, pushing the total infection tally close to the 20-million mark, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Although grim, Monday's daily spike indicates a sharp decline from the nearly four lakh new cases recorded a day ago. Daily deaths, too, came down to 3,417 from the record 3,689 new fatalities recorded on Sunday. With this, the nationwide death toll has now reached 218,959.
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Hospitals treating Covid-19 patients have filled to capacity, medical oxygen supplies have run short and morgues and crematoriums have been swamped. At least 11 states and union territories have imposed some form of coronavirus-necessitated restrictions. A nationwide lockdown on part of the central government, however, still remains out of consideration for now.
On the other hand, several countries including the United States have shipped in critical oxygen equipment, therapeutics, and raw materials for Covid-19 vaccine production to help India tide over the current coronavirus crisis.
Total cases: 19,925,604
Active cases: 3,413,642
Discharged patients: 16,293,003
Total vaccinations: 157,198,207
Recovery rate: 81.77%
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MAY 03, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Assam reports 4,489 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths
Assam reported 4,489 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths (death toll reached 1,347). Active caseload reached 26,477, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 11:04 PM IST
BMC releases list of Covid-19 vaccination centres for second dose
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released list of Covid-19 vaccination centres administering second doses for people over 45 years of age, healthcare and frontline workers.
MAY 03, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Chhattisgarh reports 15,274 new Covid-19 cases, 266 deaths in last 24 hours
With 15,274 new Covid-19 cases and 266 deaths, Chhattisgarh's death toll reached 9,275, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 09:39 PM IST
J&K reports over 3,700 new Covid-19 cases, 51 deaths
Jammu and Kashmir reported 3,733 new Covid-19 cases and 51 deaths, reports PTI citing officials.
MAY 03, 2021 09:31 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh reports 12,062 cases, 93 deaths; active caseload reaches 85,750
Madhya Pradesh reported 12,062 new Covid-19 cases and 93 deaths taking the cases tally to 600,430 and death toll to 5,905, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 09:29 PM IST
Punjab logs 6,798 new Covid-19 cases, 157 deaths in last 24 hours
Punjab reported 6,798 new Covid-19 cases and 157 deaths in last 24 hours. Active cases in the state stands at 60,709, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 09:09 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh reports 2,630 new Covid-19 cases, 43 deaths in last 24 hours
Himachal Pradesh reported 2,630 new Covid-19 cases and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours. Also, 1,526 people recovered from the disease in the time period, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 08:31 PM IST
More cases of Covid-19 reported globally in past 2 weeks than in first 6 months of pandemic, says WHO chief
Director-General of the world health organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that more cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the world in the past two weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic.
MAY 03, 2021 08:12 PM IST
TN reports over 20,000 new Covid-19 cases, 122 deaths in last 24 hours
Tamil Nadu reported 20,952 new Covid-19 cases and 122 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally to 1,228,064 cases and death toll tol 14,468, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 08:09 PM IST
Manipur reports 362 new Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths in last 24 hours
With 362 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths in the last 24 hours, Manipur's tally reached 32,523, reports ANI. The state currently has 2,071 active cases.
MAY 03, 2021 07:52 PM IST
Maharashtra logs 48,621 new cases; 2,624 cases reported in Mumbai
With 48,621 new Covid-19 cases and 567 deaths, Maharashtra's tally reached 4,771,022 cases and death toll climbed to 70,851.
Mumbai saw 2,624 new cases of the disease and 78 fatalities which took the city's tally to 658,621 cases and death toll to 13,372.
MAY 03, 2021 07:46 PM IST
Karnataka logs 44,438 new Covid-19 cases, 239 deaths
Karnataka recorded 44,438 new Covid-19 cases and 239 deaths as the state's tally reached 1,646,303 cases and the death toll climbed to 16,250, a bulletin from the state health department showed.
MAY 03, 2021 07:29 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh reports 18,792 new Covid-19 cases, 71 deaths in last 24 hours
With 18,792 new Covid-19 cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh's tally reached 1,163,994 and death toll climbed to 8,207, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 06:56 PM IST
Rajasthan reports over 17,000 new cases, 154 deaths in last 24 hours
Rajasthan's Covid-19 tally reached 651,247 cases and death toll climbed to 4,712 after the state reported 17,296 new cases and 154 deaths in the last 24 hours, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 06:52 PM IST
Chandigarh's Covid-19 tally crosses 45,000-mark with 890 new cases
With 890 new Covid-19 cases, Chandigarh's cases tally went past the 45,000-mark and currently stands at 45,196, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 06:33 PM IST
More supplies to come, focus on oxygen, related equipment: EU ambassador to India
European Union's ambassador to India Ugo Astuto said that more supplies are expected to arrive in India and the focus is on oxygen and related equipment, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 05:19 PM IST
12 states now jabbing people in 18-44 years age group, says govt
Twelve states have started the Covid-19 vaccination for people in the 18 to 44 years age group, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the Union health ministry said, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 05:00 PM IST
12 states have over 100,000 active Covid-19 cases: Centre
The Union health ministry said that 12 states have more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases while seven states have 50,000 to 100,0000 active case. Also, 17 states have less than 50,000 active cases.
MAY 03, 2021 03:24 PM IST
Mamatam Banerjee declares journalists as Covid-19 warriors
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee declared all journalists as Covid-19 warriors, reports ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 02:57 PM IST
UP government extends 'corona curfew' by 2 more days, effective until 7am on Thursday now
The Uttar Pradesh state government ordered the extension of the ongoing partial corona curfew by two more days until 7am on Thursday.
MAY 03, 2021 02:37 PM IST
PM Modi thanks EU Commission leader for support, assistance to India's efforts against Covid-19
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen for Europe's support and assistance to India's efforts against Covid-19.
MAY 03, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Govt data shows states with maximum consumption, availability of Covid-19 vaccines
The central government released data showing the consumption so far and the availability of Covid-19 vaccines with each state.
MAY 03, 2021 01:57 PM IST
25 flights, 300 tonnes cargo: How Delhi airport handled Covid relief over 5 days
The Delhi international airport handled 25 flights carrying 300 tonnes of Covid-19 relief cargo in the last five days, its operator, DIAL, said on Monday. The airport has set up a 3,500 square meter dedicated logistics facility, called 'Jeevoday warehouse', for interim storage and distribution of the relief materials, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said in a statement. Read More
MAY 03, 2021 12:46 PM IST
Third 'Oxygen Express' to reach Delhi tomorrow
The third 'Oxygen Express' train for Delhi with 120 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) is scheduled to reach the national capital on Tuesday morning.
MAY 03, 2021 12:23 PM IST
Pfizer donates USD 70 million to India as coronavirus aid
American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer has donated $70 million worth of medicines to India as coronavirus aid in view of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, said company CEO Albert Bourla
MAY 03, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Delhi CM to chair meeting on home isolation
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Monday chair a meeting of government officers regarding Covid-19 necessitated home isolation. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and the chief secretary are also supposed to be present, reported ANI.
MAY 03, 2021 11:40 AM IST
24 dead at Karnataka hospital due to oxygen shortage: Report
The incident took place at the Chamarajanagar district hospital in Karnataka. Many of the patients who died reportedly due to a lack of oxygen and other reasons were undergoing treatment for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at the hospital.
MAY 03, 2021 11:26 AM IST
'Corona curfew' in UP extended till 7am on May 6
The partial 'corona curfew', that was imposed in Uttar Pradesh, has now been extended till 7am on May 6, said assistant chief secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal on Monday.
MAY 03, 2021 10:56 AM IST
Oxygen plant set up at Covid-19 health centre in Delhi
An oxygen plant has been set up at a Covid-19 health centre in the Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex. "This plant can supply oxygen to 18-20 patients simultaneously. The plant has been donated by HCL Foundation," said Dr Anurag Mishra.
MAY 03, 2021 10:23 AM IST
People aged 18 years or above queue up outside a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Delhi
People above 18 years of age were seen on Monday queuing up outside a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Delhi's Ashok Nagar area.
MAY 03, 2021 10:11 AM IST
Railways says it has deployed nearly 4,000 isolation coaches across India
The Union ministry of railways on Monday said that the Indian Railways has deployed nearly 4,000 isolation coaches with almost 64,000 beds across the country.
MAY 03, 2021 09:55 AM IST
India registers 368,147 new Covid-19 cases, infection tally nears 20 million
India on Monday reported as many as 368,147 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the preceding 24 hours, pushing the country's total infection tally close to 20 million cases. To be precise, the country's cumulative case count has now reached 19,925,604, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. As many as 3,417 new coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded, taking the nationwide death toll to 218,959. Read More
MAY 03, 2021 08:42 AM IST
DRDO hands over 50 oxygen cylinders to Telangana hospital
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over 50 oxygen cylinders to the Gandhi Hospital in Telangana's Secunderabad, the department of defence informed on Monday. Union minister Kishan Reddy was present during the handing over of the cylinders on Sunday, it added.
Notably, these oxygen cylinders are of 46.7 liters water capacity each and can be pressurised up to 150 bars, the DRDO said.
MAY 03, 2021 08:27 AM IST
Delhi L-G seeks action plan on shortage of beds, oxygen amid Covid-19 surge
The lieutenant governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, on Sunday asked concerned departments and agencies to submit an action plan with regard to the availability of hospital beds, medicines, medical oxygen as well as increasing the capacity of crematoriums and graveyards amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital. Read More
(Reporting by ANI)
MAY 03, 2021 08:06 AM IST
How many dead are there, really?
Delhi’s crematoriums running out of wood, underreported deaths from Bihar and Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh — newspapers and websites (including HT) have been peppered with anecdotal reports over the past few weeks that show that many states are under-reporting the number of coronavirus disease or Covid-19 deaths.
Is it twice the reported number, five times, thirty? Read More
MAY 03, 2021 07:43 AM IST
Opposition parties ask Centre to launch mass vaccination drive free-of-charge
The leaders of 13 opposition parties in India have penned a joint statement, asking the central government to launch a free mass vaccination drive across India in view of the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases. It was recommended that a budgetary allocation of ₹35,000 be utilised for this purpose.
Among the signatories included the leaders of a number of regional parties in states, such as Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, and Samajwadi Party head Akhilesh Yadav. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also signed the joint statement.
MAY 03, 2021 07:42 AM IST
Indian Air Force C-17s airlift cryogenic oxygen containers to meet critical demand
The Indian Air Force, on Monday morning, said that its C-17 aircraft is bringing four cryogenic oxygen containers from Germany's Frankfurt to the Hindon airbase in Delhi. 450 oxygen cylinders are also being airlifted from Brize Norton in the United Kingdom to the Chennai airbase in Tamil Nadu, it said.
On a more domestic basis, the C-17 aircrafts are also carrying oxygen containers from one state to another. On Sunday, the IAF C-17 airlifted two cryogenic oxygen containers from Chandigarh to Bhubaneswar, two from Jodhpur to Jamnagar, two from Hindan to Ranchi, two from Indore to Jamnagar, and two more from Hindon to Bhubaneswar, the air force said.