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Highlights: Telangana records 4,801 new Covid-19 cases, 32 deaths

  • WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan has termed the rate of coronavirus infections and deaths in India as "worrying" and called on governments to boost exercises on reporting actual numbers.
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2021 12:24 AM IST

The World Health Organization (WHO) sees the highly contagious variant of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) spreading in India as a global concern. India on Tuesday saw 329,942 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry dashboard. The new Covid-19 cases took the active caseload of the nation to over 3.71 million (3,715,221) and death toll to 249,992.


The nation's capital, New Delhi extended its lockdown for another week as it battled a wave of coronavirus infections and warned about a potentially deadly fungal infection in Covid-19 patients. Uttar Pradesh also extended its lockdown till May 17 with stricter measures.


Meanwhile, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan has termed the rate of coronavirus infections and deaths in India as "worrying" and called on governments to boost exercises on reporting actual numbers.


"I would say that at this point of time, the situation is very worrying, the daily number of cases and deaths that we are seeing today in India and other countries in the Southeast area region is a big concern for us and we also realise that these are underestimates. Every country in the world, in fact, the number of cases and deaths has been underestimated to its true number," she told ANI.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Tue, 11 May 2021 08:57 PM

    Telangana records 4,801 new Covid-19 cases, 32 deaths

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 08:48 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 07:39 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 05:03 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 04:12 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 03:44 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 03:33 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 02:32 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 01:50 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 01:36 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 01:34 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 01:27 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 01:26 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:40 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:39 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:28 PM

    We are facing vaccine shortage; left with stock that will last only a few days: Delhi CM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:26 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:26 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:15 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 12:11 PM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 11:18 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 10:06 AM

    India logs 329,942 fresh Covid-19 cases, 3,876 fatalities

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    Total discharges: 1,90,27,304

    Death toll: 2,49,992

    Active cases: 37,15,221

    Total vaccination: 17,27,10,066

  • Tue, 11 May 2021 09:54 AM

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    Death toll 2215

    Active cases 94,829

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 09:19 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 09:11 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 08:43 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 08:28 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 08:23 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 07:39 AM

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    Death toll 22

  • Tue, 11 May 2021 07:29 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 07:14 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 06:52 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 06:48 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 06:32 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 06:28 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 06:00 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 05:53 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 05:45 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 05:30 AM

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  • Tue, 11 May 2021 05:27 AM

    Pfizer Covid-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

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