Health workers inspect Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment.
Health workers inspect Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment.

Highlights: Gujarat govt extends partial Covid lockdown in state for 3 more days

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the next step out of lockdown must be taken “with a heavy dose of caution”.
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2021 12:00 AM IST

India on Monday recorded 281,386 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry dashboard. As many as 4,106 new deaths were also registered. The country has so far reported a total of 24.96 million cases and 274,390 deaths. India is currently reeling under a second Covid-19 wave.


The global Covid-19 disease caseload has climbed to 163,697,584 of which 3,392,646 people have died and 142,146,432 have recovered, according to worldometers.info. The United States continues to remain the worst-hit country from the pandemic with 33,713,078 cases and 600,139 deaths respectively.


The first batch of the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for treatment of Covid-19 was launched by Union defence Minister Rajnath Singh and health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan earlier in the day.


Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the next step out of lockdown must be taken “with a heavy dose of caution” as more coronavirus restrictions are lifted on Monday.

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  • MAY 17, 2021 11:11 PM IST

    Gujarat govt extends partial Covid lockdown in state for 3 more days

    Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani announced on Monday that the partial lockdown in state, which was supposed to end tomorrow, has been extended for three more days, according to news agency ANI.

  • MAY 17, 2021 11:02 PM IST

    Telangana registers nearly 4,000 new Covid-19 cases, 30 deaths

  • MAY 17, 2021 10:55 PM IST

    Rajasthan reports 11,597 fresh Covid-19 infections

  • MAY 17, 2021 10:28 PM IST

    Govt revises clinical guidance for Covid-19 management, drops plasma therapy

  • MAY 17, 2021 10:01 PM IST

    Over 2,300 people in UK infected with Indian variant of Covid-19

    UK Health secretary Matt Hancock said that authorities 2,323 cases of Indian strain of Covid-19. Hancock said 86 different local authority areas had now found at least five people infected with the new variant, reported Bloomberg.

  • MAY 17, 2021 09:31 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 26,616 fresh Covid-19 infections

    Maharashtra reports 26,616 new Covid-19 cases and 516 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health bulletin. Read more

  • MAY 17, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    West Bengal logs over 19,000 new Covid-19 infections in last 24 hours

  • MAY 17, 2021 08:19 PM IST

    Karnataka logs 38,603 new Covid-19 cases, 476 deaths

  • MAY 17, 2021 07:53 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu reports 33,075 fresh Covid-19 cases, 335 deaths

  • MAY 17, 2021 07:13 PM IST

    Kerala reports 21,402 new Covid-19 infections, 87 deaths

    Kerala reported 21,402 new Covid-19 cases on Monday. The death toll rose to 6515, with reporting of 87 deaths in the last 24 hours, ANI quoted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan as saying.

  • MAY 17, 2021 06:51 PM IST

    36 girls of two orphanages in Tripura test Covid-19 positive

    In two orphanages, 36 girls, aged between 5 and 16 years, tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura, PTI quoted state education minister Ratan Lal Nath as saying.

  • MAY 17, 2021 06:21 PM IST

    Nagaland launches free Covid-19 vaccination drive for people in age group of 18-44 years

    Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom launched free Covid-19 vaccination programme for people in the age bracket of 18-44 years, reported PTI.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:56 PM IST

    Russia reports 9,328 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

    Russia registered 9,328 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 4,949,573, ANI reported the official monitoring and response center as saying on Monday.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:27 PM IST

    400 cases of Indian Covid-19 variant detected in London: Sadiq Khan

    Sadiq Khan, who was re-elected the mayor of London this month said the authorities are working to trace the contacts of 400 people who were detected with the Indian variant of Covid-19. 100 of those cases relate to travel, Khan said, reported Bloomberg.

  • MAY 17, 2021 04:56 PM IST

    Delhi reports 4,524 new Covid-19 cases, 340 deaths

    Delhi logged 4,524 new Covid-19 cases and 340 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health bulletin. Read more

  • MAY 17, 2021 04:37 PM IST

    South Africa begins vaccinating elderly citizens against Covid-19

    South Africa has started its mass vaccination drive against Covid-19 with the goal of inoculating nearly 5 million elderly citizens aged over 60 years by early June, reported AP.

  • MAY 17, 2021 03:56 PM IST

    Remdesivir production increased from 38 lakh vials to nearly 119 lakh per month: Govt

  • MAY 17, 2021 03:28 PM IST

    Philippines logs 5,979 new Covid-19 cases

    Philippines reported 5,979 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 1,149,925, according to the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), reported Reuters.

  • MAY 17, 2021 02:49 PM IST

    Delhi reports over 91,000 recoveries from Covid-19 last week

    About 91,500 patients recovered from Covid-19 in Delhi in the last one week in comparison to 60,000 cases reported during the same period, as per the government data, reported PTI.

  • MAY 17, 2021 02:18 PM IST

    Actor Rajinikanth hands over 50 lakh for Covid relief fund to Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

    Actor Rajinikanth handed over 50 lakh for Covid relief fund to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin at the secretariat.

    "I appealed to the people to strictly follow Covid restriction favoured by the government to control the pandemic," said Rajinikanth.

  • MAY 17, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    India's virus cases decline, but WHO expert says positive tests ominously high

    India reported a further decline in new coronavirus cases on Monday, but daily deaths remained above 4,000 and experts said the count was unreliable due to a lack of testing in rural areas where the virus is spreading fast.

  • MAY 17, 2021 01:53 PM IST

    India's electricity use falls in May due to Covid-19 lockdowns

    India's electricity use fell 6.2% during the first half of May compared with the second half of April, government data showed, as coronavirus lockdowns imposed by states across the country stifled power demand.

  • MAY 17, 2021 01:40 PM IST

    Over 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses available with states: Centre

    More than two crore Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and Union territories, while nearly three lakh doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

  • MAY 17, 2021 01:14 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh govt extends 18-hour partial lockdown till May end

    Andhra Pradesh government extends 18-hour partial lockdown till May end.

  • MAY 17, 2021 01:05 PM IST

    Govt lays out procedure to rehabilitate children who lost parents to Covid

    The government has laid out a procedure for rehabilitation of children who lost their parents to Covid-19.

  • MAY 17, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    Frontline staff at Bangkok hospital brace for new Covid-19 cases

    As Thailand struggles to deal with its worst wave of coronavirus infections, staff in the intensive care unit of Bangkok's King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital are fearful of what may be to come.

  • MAY 17, 2021 12:34 PM IST

    Daily new Covid cases being registered in India are now less than 3 lakhs: Govt

    Daily new Covid cases being registered in India are now less than 3 lakhs after 26 days. A declining trend in the weekly positivity rate is also observed which stands at 18.17% : Government of India.

  • MAY 17, 2021 11:33 AM IST

    Sanofi, Glaxo Covid vaccine works well in second chance: Study

    Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc reported positive results from a redo of a mid-stage study for their Covid-19 vaccine, putting the delayed shot on track for possible clearance by the end of the year.

  • MAY 17, 2021 11:21 AM IST

    Bengali poet Joy Goswami tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to Kolkata hospital

    Renowned Bengali poet Joy Goswami, who tested positive for Covid-19, has been admitted to a hospital here, a health department official said.

  • MAY 17, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    Taiwan stocks swoon on Covid-19 fears despite reassurance efforts

    Taiwan stocks closed 3% lower on Monday even as the premier sought to reassure that the island's economic fundamentals were good with demand for export orders strong and production activities normal.

  • MAY 17, 2021 10:51 AM IST

    Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan release 1st batch of anti-Covid drug 2DG

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan release first batch of Anti-Covid drug 2DG developed by DRDO.

  • MAY 17, 2021 10:16 AM IST

    J-K govt provides free Covid care kits to patients in home isolation

    Jammu and Kashmir government is reaching out to Covid-19 patients in home isolation at their doorsteps and providing them special Covid care kits free of cost.

  • MAY 17, 2021 09:56 AM IST

    UK Covid-19 restrictions eased despite variant concerns

    Most of the UK takes a major step towards normality on Monday as coronavirus restrictions are eased, despite concerns over the spread of a more transmissible variant of the disease.

  • MAY 17, 2021 09:29 AM IST

    India's Covid-19 tally at 24.96 million with 281,386 fresh cases

    India on Monday recorded 281,386 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry dashboard. As many as 4,106 new deaths were also registered. The country has so far reported a total of 24.96 million cases and 274,390 deaths. India is currently reeling under a second Covid-19 wave.

  • MAY 17, 2021 09:02 AM IST

    15,73,515 samples were tested yesterday: ICMR

    31,64,23,658 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 16th May 2021. Of these, 15,73,515 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • MAY 17, 2021 08:57 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu forms legislators' Advisory Committee to combat Covid-19

    The Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday said that it had formed a thirteen-member Legislators' Advisory Committee which is headed by Chief Minister MK Stalin and comprises legislative assembly members to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • MAY 17, 2021 08:52 AM IST

    S Africa plans to vaccinate 5 mn citizens at highest risk of Covid death by June

    South Africa has announced an ambitious plan to vaccinate by the end of June its five million citizens at the highest risk of dying from Covid-19 in the second phase of its programme to combat the pandemic.

  • MAY 17, 2021 07:27 AM IST

    Thailand reports daily record of Covid-19 cases, including jail clusters

    Thailand reported on Monday a daily record of 9,635 new coronavirus cases, including 6,853 infections among prisoners from jail clusters, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with a third wave of infections.

  • MAY 17, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    Mizoram reports 150 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death

    Mizoram reports 150 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death on Sunday. Active cases at 2,117 and death toll at 25.

  • MAY 17, 2021 06:44 AM IST

    Allocation of Remdesivir made upto May 23 to ensure adequate availability: Gowda

    Considering the requirement of Remdesivir in every state and ensuring its adequate availability, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda on Sunday announced that the allocation of Remdesivir has been made upto May 23.

  • MAY 17, 2021 06:10 AM IST

    China reports 25 new mainland Covid-19 cases, most in over 6 weeks

    Mainland China reported 25 new Covid-19 cases on May 16, up from 18 cases a day earlier and marking the highest daily increase in more than six weeks, the country's national health authority said on Monday.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:37 AM IST

    UNICEF says rich countries can afford to donate Covax jabs

    Countries belonging to the G7 and the European Union can afford to donate more than 150 million vaccines to countries in need without compromising their own goals, UNICEF said Monday.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:33 AM IST

    South Africa launches plan to vaccinate 5m citizens, at risk of Covid death, by June

    South Africa has announced an ambitious plan to vaccinate by the end of June its five million citizens at the highest risk of dying from Covid-19 in the second phase of its programme to combat the pandemic.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:27 AM IST

    Boris Johnson urges caution as B.1.617.2 variant from India clouds UK’s unlocking

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the next step out of lockdown must be taken “with a heavy dose of caution” as more coronavirus restrictions are lifted on Monday.

  • MAY 17, 2021 05:24 AM IST

    Rajnath Singh to release first batch of DRDO's 2DG medicine today

    The first batch of the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for treatment of Covid-19 will be released by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

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