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Covid-19 Highlights: Uttarakhand to impose curfew from May 11 to May 18

For the second day in a row, India registered more than 4,000 daily Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the cumulative death toll to 242,362. More than 4 lakh new cases were also recorded, which pushed the infection tally to 22,296,414.
Family members and undertakers carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021, as India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time.
Family members and undertakers carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021, as India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time.

The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc in India, with the country registering 403,738 new cases and over 4,000 deaths, for the second straight day, in the last 24 hours on Sunday. The overburdened health infrastructure across the country continues to crumble under the weight of all the new cases. In capital New Delhi, which has struggled to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, many experts suspect the official death and case numbers are a gross underestimate. A top World Health Organization (WHO) scientist said yesterday that the Covid-19 variant, which has been spreading in India, is more contagious and may be dodging vaccine protections....Read More

An editorial in the medical journal Lancet has blamed the central government for the ongoing coronavirus crisis in India, holding it responsible for “allowing superspreader” religious and political events and slowing down the vaccination campaign.

Covid-19 dashboard:

Total cases: 22,296,414

Total deaths: 242,362

Active cases: 3,736,648

Recovered patients: 18,317,404

Recovery rate: 81.90%

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May 9, 2021 11:58 PM IST

70% of total revenue collected on vaccines go to states: Anurag Thakur

Minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur said that 70 per cent of the total revenue collected on Covid-19 vaccines is received by states, reports ANI.

May 9, 2021 11:15 PM IST

Telangana to issue temporary appointments to medical professionals to fight Covid-19 pandemic

Telangana government has decided to invite applications for temporary appointments of doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and other para medical staff to fight Covid-19, the chief minister's office said.

May 9, 2021 11:06 PM IST

Anthony Fauci says vaccination is the only long-term solution to Covid-19 in India

Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told reporters on Sunday that the only solution to the onslaught of Covid-19 pandemic in India is vaccination. Fauci also stressed on the need to build makeshift hospitals like China did last year at the height of the pandemic so people do not die for a lack of treatment, reported PTI.

May 9, 2021 10:14 PM IST

INS Airavat to arrive tomorrow with medical supplies from Singapore

INS Airavat, the Indian Navy tanker ship, is scheduled to arrive in Vishakhapatnam tomorrow. The tanker ship will be carrying eight 20 tonne empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders, 3150 oxygen cylinders, 500 filled oxygen cylinders, 10,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits, and 450 PPE kits from Singapore, reported news agency ANI.

May 9, 2021 9:39 PM IST

Uttarakhand to impose 'Covid Curfew' in state from May 11-18

Uttarakhand government had decided to enforce a 'Covid curfew' in state from May11 to May 18 to restrict the spread of Covid-19 in the state, reported ANI. The curfew will come into force from 6am and only essential services will be allowed to operate.

May 9, 2021 9:37 PM IST

Israel to send team of experts to India to help develop oxygen concentrators

Israeli ambassador to India Ron Malka said on Sunday that Israel will be sending a team of experts to India to help the latter develop easy producing oxygen concentrators.

May 9, 2021 9:06 PM IST

Haryana govt announces extension of lockdown till May 17 for containing Covid-19

May 9, 2021 7:57 PM IST

Maharashtra records 48,401 cases of Covid-19 as testing dips

Maharashtra recorded 48,401 cases on Sunday, taking the state-wide total tally to 5,101,737. Testing continued to witness a dip for the third consecutive day, with only 247,466 samples being tested.

May 9, 2021 7:30 PM IST

Flight carrying medical supplies from South Korea lands in India

May 9, 2021 7:09 PM IST

Mumbai reports 2403 new cases of Covid-19, 68 deaths

Mumbai reports 2403 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, taking the city wide tally of cases to 6,76,475. 68 fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 13,817.

May 9, 2021 6:40 PM IST

Kerala recorded 35,801 new Covid-19 cases, 68 deaths

Kerala recorded 35,801 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state-wide tally of active cases to 4,23,514 29. 68 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 5,814, reported ANI.

May 9, 2021 5:27 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to increase monthly supply of vaccine doses to Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Union Health Minister urging him to direct SII and Bharat Biotech to supply 60 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines monthly from May-July, reported ANI.

May 9, 2021 4:47 PM IST

UP extends Covid lockdown till May 17

The Uttar Pradesh government extended the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in the state by one more week till May 17, reported news agency PTI. The lockdown was earlier scheduled to end on May 10.

May 9, 2021 3:54 PM IST

Thailand reports 2,101 new Covid-19 cases, 17 deaths

Thailand reported 2,101 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the country-wide total to 83,375. 17 new fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, reported news agency ANI.

May 9, 2021 2:56 PM IST

23 Covid-19 patient missing in Delhi

23 Covid-19 patients in Delhi have left Hindu Rao Hospital in the last couple of weeks without informing the concerned authorities, NDMC Mayor Jai Prakash told news agency ANI. Delhi Disaster Management Authority and Delhi Police have been informed about the same, the mayor added.

May 9, 2021 2:31 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath inspects DRDO built Covid-19 hospital at BHU premises

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday inspected the DRDO built Covid-19 hospital at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) premises.

May 9, 2021 2:20 PM IST

'Corona curfew' in J&K extended till 7am on May 17

The 'corona curfew', which was imposed in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) earlier, has been extended till 7am on May 17. Only essential services are allowed. The permissible limit for gathering has been reduced to 25.

May 9, 2021 1:02 PM IST

Centre provides list of global aid dispatched in the form of oxygen cylinders, ventilators, drugs

Global aid of 6,608 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 oxygen cylinders, 14 oxygen plants, 4,330 ventilators, and over 3 lakh Remdesivir vials have been dispatched to states and union territories to combat Covid-19. Over 17.8 lakh beneficiaries under the 18-44 age group have been vaccinated, the Government of India said.

May 9, 2021 12:33 PM IST

PM Modi speaks to Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttarakhand chief ministers on Covid-19 situation

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief ministers of Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand on the Covid-19 related situation in their respective states, said Government of India sources on Sunday.

May 9, 2021 12:07 PM IST

Delhi extends Covid-19 lockdown by one week

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media on the Covid-19 situation, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media on the Covid-19 situation, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Sunday extended the lockdown in the national capital by one week till May 17. The chief minister said that in the last 2-3 days, the positivity rate has come down to 23% from 35%. Read More

May 9, 2021 12:06 PM IST

Mamata urges PM Modi to help strengthen Bengal's Covid-19 infrastructure

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help strengthen the state's health infrastructure to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, requesting him to waive GST, customs duty, taxes on oxygen concentrators, cylinders, and Covid-19 related drugs.

May 9, 2021 11:42 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh extends partial 'corona curfew' till May 17

Uttar Pradesh has extended the partial 'corona curfew', that was imposed earlier, till May 17. News agency ANI reported the development, citing ACS (Information) Navneet Sehgal.

May 9, 2021 11:28 AM IST

First oxygen consignment from South Korea to India dispatched from Incheon

May 9, 2021 10:51 AM IST

Department of Expenditure releases ₹8,923 crore for rural local bodies in 25 states

May 9, 2021 10:42 AM IST

169,439,663 vaccine doses administered till now

The central government on Sunday said that as many as 169,439,663 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered till now, of which 2,023,532 vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours.

May 9, 2021 10:29 AM IST

Meerut launches three oxygen centers where citizens can get cylinders refilled

Three oxygen centers have been opened in Meerut, where people can deposit their empty cylinders, and in 24 to 48 hours they will get refilled cylinders. "People have to bring their Aadhaar card, patient's Aadhaar card, and doctor's prescription," said Meerut Municipal Corporation Commissioner.

May 9, 2021 10:07 AM IST

State-level curfew imposed in Goa from today

A state-level curfew has been imposed in Goa from today (i.e. May 9, Sunday) till May 24. Essential services have been allowed to function. Grocery shops remain open from 7am to 1pm, while restaurant takeaway orders are allowed from 7am to 7pm.

May 9, 2021 9:32 AM IST

India reports 4,03,738 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

Family members and relatives wearing protective gear stand next to ambulances carrying the bodies of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
Family members and relatives wearing protective gear stand next to ambulances carrying the bodies of victims who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at an open-air crematorium set up for the coronavirus victims inside a defunct granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

India’s Covid-19 tally on Sunday topped the 22-million mark, with 403,738 new cases and over 4,000 deaths recorded for the second straight day. Read More

May 9, 2021 9:23 AM IST

30,22,75,471 samples tested for Covid-19 till now

India has tested a total of 30,22,75,471 samples as of May 8. Out of this, 18,65,428 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

The number of active cases jumped to 3,736,648 and 18,317,404 people have recovered with 386,444 were discharged in a span of 24 hours, figures updated at 8am on the health ministry’s dashboard showed.

May 9, 2021 8:42 AM IST

Hyderabad's Calvary Temple church converted into 300-bed Covid care centre

May 9, 2021 8:13 AM IST

DRDO constructing Covid-19 hospitals in Uttarakhand's Haldwani and Rishikesh

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday said that it was building two Covid-19 care hospitals in Haldwani and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. The hospital in Haldwani will have 500 beds, including 375 oxygen beds and 125 ventilator beds, while the one in Rishikesh will have 400 oxygen beds and 100 ventilator beds, said a DRDO official.

May 9, 2021 7:42 AM IST

Lancet blames Centre for Covid-19 crisis, says it ignored warnings

Image courtesy: Lancet
Image courtesy: Lancet

An editorial in the medical journal Lancet has blamed the central government for the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis in the country, holding it responsible for “allowing superspreader” religious and political events and slowing down the vaccination campaign. Read More

May 9, 2021 7:22 AM IST

C-17 Globemaster on its way to Mumbai with medical equipment

A C-17 Globemaster is on its way from Germany to Mumbai with 35 tonnes of medical equipment.

ANI shared visuals of the plane loading Covid-19 relief equipment at Frankfurt.

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