Highlights: Maharashtra records 53,605 new cases, 864 deaths
India on Saturday registered over 400,000 new cases (401,078 exact) of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for a third consecutive time, taking the caseload to over 21.8 million, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. As many as 4,187 people succumbed to the disease on Saturday and the toll has now climbed to 238,270 with a fatality rate of 1.09%. More than 17.9 million have recovered so far while the active cases are at 3,723,446 and account for nearly 17% of the caseload.
India is currently seeing a tsunami of cases and deaths under the deadlier second wave of the Covid-19 disease pandemic. According to the Union health ministry, 10 states including Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi reported 71.81% of the new cases seen on Friday.
Karnataka, which is the second worst hit state from the pandemic has recorded over 1.8 million cases so far. On Friday, Karnataka saw the highest single-day jump in daily deaths at 592 while 48,791 more people were found out to be positive for Covid-19. The state will be placed under a complete lockdown from from 6 am on May 10 to 6 am on May 24 to curb the spread of the disease, chief minister BS Yediyurappa announced on Friday.
Maharashtra, meanwhile, witnessed a dip in its daily tally on Friday after 54,022 new cases were reported, taking the caseload to 4,996,758 including 74,413 deaths and 4,265,326 recoveries. The Centre pointed out on Friday that Maharashtra along with Delhi, Uttarakhand and other states is showing early signs of plateauing or decrease in daily infections.
The global Covid-19 disease caseload has climbed to 157,525,414 of which 3,283,196 people have died and 134,779,045 have recovered, according to worldometers.info. The United States continues to remain the worst-hit country from the pandemic with 33,418,399 cases and 594,907 deaths.
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May 08, 2021 10:31 PM IST
Italy plans on lifting quarantine restrictions for travellers from certain countries from May
Italy has decided to remove quarantine restrictions for travellers from Europe, Britain, and Israel from mid-May onwards in an attempt to revive the tourism industry that has been hit hard by Covid-19 since last year, reported Reuters.
May 08, 2021 10:15 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh records 20,065 new cases of Covid-19, 96 deaths
Andhra Pradesh registers 20,065 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state-wide tally of cases to12,65,439. The state also recorded 96 deaths, the death toll now stands at 8,615, reported news agency ANI.
May 08, 2021 10:04 PM IST
Karnataka reports 47,563 new Covid-19 cases, 482 deaths
May 08, 2021 08:34 PM IST
Maharashtra records 53,605 new cases, 864 deaths
Maharashtra recorded 53,605 new cases on Monday, taking the state-wide tally to 50,53,336. 864 deaths were also recorded in the last 24 hours.
May 08, 2021 08:00 PM IST
UK variant accounts for 70% of Covid cases in Pakistan: Researcher
A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70% of Covid-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 07:52 PM IST
We have now delivered over 200 million doses to Europe: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
We have now delivered over 200 million doses (of vaccine) to the European people. So we are on track to achieve our projective of enough doses being delivered in July to vaccinate 70% of the European adult population: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
May 08, 2021 07:43 PM IST
Yoga guru Swami Adhyatmananda loses battle against Covid-19
Well-known Yoga guru Swami Adhyatmananda, who headed Ahmedabad-based Sivananda Ashram, died of Covid-19 at a hospital here on Saturday, an official said.
May 08, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Former India hockey player M K Kaushik dies of Covid-19
Former India hockey player and coach M K Kaushik dies of Covid-19.
May 08, 2021 07:34 PM IST
Rajasthan reports 17,987 new Covid-19 cases
Rajasthan reports 17,987 new Covid-19 cases, 160 deaths and 17,667 discharges in the last 24 hours
Active cases 1,99,307
Case tally 7,38,786
Death toll 5,506
Total recoveries 5,33,973
May 08, 2021 07:23 PM IST
442 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths and 85 recoveries reported in Manipur
442 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths and 85 recoveries reported in Manipur in the past 24 hours; active cases at 3,851.
May 08, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Telangana logs 5,186 Covid-19 cases, 38 deaths
Telangana on Saturday reported 5,186 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to over 4.92 lakh while the toll rose to 2,704 with 38 more casualties.
May 08, 2021 07:05 PM IST
Delhi got 488 MT oxygen on May 7, 30 pc less than required 700 MT for hospitals: Raghav Chadha
Delhi received 488 MT oxygen on May 7, which is 30 per cent less than 700 MT that the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to supply to the national capital, AAP MLA Raghav Chadha on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 06:59 PM IST
Bangladesh detects six cases of Indian variant of coronavirus: official
Bangladesh has detected six people, who had recently visited India, infected with the Indian variant of the Covid-19, a top health official said on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 06:51 PM IST
Smriti Irani makes surprise visit to Amethi, reviews Covid-19 situation
Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday made a surprise visit to her parliamentary constituency Amethi and reviewed the coronavirus situation in the district.
May 08, 2021 06:47 PM IST
Meghalaya govt extends lockdown in East Khasi Hills District till May 17
In order to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Meghalaya government on Saturday extended lockdown in East Khasi Hills district till May 17, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.
May 08, 2021 06:42 PM IST
Covid-19: Thane groups offer vaccination drive suggestions
An association of advocates in Thane in Maharashtra on Saturday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to set up a system in which Covid-19 vaccinations can be administered at the doorstep of those unable to travel to inoculation centres.
May 08, 2021 06:35 PM IST
Covid-19: Haryana Red Cross Society prepared to help people, says Governor
The Haryana Red Cross Society is prepared to provide all possible help to people in this hour of crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya said on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 06:18 PM IST
As many as 16,73,46,544 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered so far: Govt
As many as 16,73,46,544 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered so far in the country including 22,97,257 doses administered in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
May 08, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Harsh Vardhan urges citizens to not skip second dose of Covid vaccine
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday appealed to all citizens to get the second dose which boosts the immunity against Covid manifold, adding that 53,25,000 doses will be supplied to the states soon.
May 08, 2021 06:05 PM IST
Haryana to launch Covid vaccination drive for journalists: CM
Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar on Saturday announced the launch of a vaccination drive for all media personnel in the state, noting that it is the government's responsibility to ensure the well-being of every journalist who is "dedicatedly rendering their services" in this hour of crisis.
May 08, 2021 05:57 PM IST
Not paying attention to medical system behind Covid infection spread to villages: Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government, saying had it paid attention to the medical system in the state, the coronavirus infection would not have spread to villages and resulted in a huge number of deaths.
May 08, 2021 05:46 PM IST
All type of movements/activities to remain prohibited from 6am on May 10 to 6am on May 25 in Karnataka
Karnataka | All type of movements/activities to remain prohibited from 6 am on May 10 to 6 am on May 25 in the city. Any violation of the order shall be liable for prosecution: Kamal Pant, Commissioner of Police and Additional District Magistrate, Bengaluru.
May 08, 2021 05:36 PM IST
Over 100 medical staff members at Rishikesh AIIMS test positive for Covid-19
100 medical staff members at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here tested positive for Covid-19.
May 08, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Haryana to convert Govt schools, AYUSH centres to isolation centres
Concerned over the rise in number of Covid-19 cases in Haryana's rural areas, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said that government schools and AYUSH centres will be converted to isolation centres.
May 08, 2021 05:20 PM IST
Oxygen plant to come up in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad: CM Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the Integrated Covid Command and Control Centre here on Saturday and reviewed health facilities in the district.
May 08, 2021 05:18 PM IST
Covid-19 virus is more aggressive, says German Ambassador Walter J Lindner
Work is being done on genome sequencing of coronavirus and mutations and the repercussions and this virus is more aggressive than others, German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner has said and noted that countries have to come together to fight the pandemic.
May 08, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Open Covid-19 centres for differently-abled: Goa govt urged
The Goa government has been urged to set up special Covid-19 centres in the state for people with disability and their family members.
May 08, 2021 05:05 PM IST
Supreme Court sets up national task force to assess, recommend need and distribution of oxygen throughout India
Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrahud, in its order, constituted a National Task Force (NTF) to assess, recommend the need and distribution of oxygen for the entire country.
May 08, 2021 04:51 PM IST
Oxygen cylinders, concentrators arranged at 170-bedded Haj House Covid centre
"We now have oxygen back up and concentrators at Haj House. It’s kind of mini-hospital admitting less critical patients with15 litre/minute back up for them," says Haneef Balkhi, Srinagar ADC
May 08, 2021 04:50 PM IST
Oxygen cannulas, cylinders arrive in India from Austria, Czech Republic as part of Covid assistance
An aircraft carrying 1,900 oxygen cannulas and 396 oxygen cylinders from Austria and 500 oxygen cylinders from Czech Republic arrived in India on Saturday as the country struggles with a massive second wave of infections with several hospitals turning away patients due to shortage of beds and oxygen supplies.
May 08, 2021 04:45 PM IST
Pakistan gets first Covid-19 vaccine doses under Covax, says UNICEF
Pakistan on Saturday received its first batch of 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses under its COVAX quota, UNICEF said in a media release.
May 08, 2021 04:44 PM IST
Third consignment from Gilead Sciences of 25,000 doses of Remdesivir reach India
"Third consignment from Gilead Sciences of 25,000 doses of Remdesivir reach India from United States. 1,80,000 doses have reached so far. More to follow," tweets Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to US.
May 08, 2021 04:34 PM IST
First batch of Covid-19 vaccine will reach Uttarakhand today
CM Tirath Singh Rawat has instructed that necessary arrangements should be made to escalate the Covid-19 vaccination process, as soon as vaccines arrive in state for 18-45 year age group. The first batch will reach Uttarakhand today: Uttarakhand CMO
May 08, 2021 04:34 PM IST
Shivraj Singh Chouhan discusses Covid-19 situation in Madhya Pradesh with PM Modi
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the coronavirus situation in the state including the improving recovery rate, the CMO said.
May 08, 2021 04:27 PM IST
Covid-19: Stricter curbs in Maharashtra's Solapur till May 15
In a bid to break the chain of coronavirus, the authorities in Maharashtra's Solapur have announced stricter restrictions for a week in the city as well as other parts of the district.
May 08, 2021 04:19 PM IST
Delhi reports 17,364 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
Delhi reports 17,364 new Covid-19 cases, 20,160 recoveries and 332 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 13,10,231
Total recoveries 12,03,253
Death toll 19,071
Active cases 87,907
May 08, 2021 04:10 PM IST
Shipment of 50 ventilators, 25,000 vials of Remdesivir arrives from Canada
Delhi: A shipment of 50 ventilators and 25,000 vials of Remdesivir arrives from Canada.
May 08, 2021 03:58 PM IST
Germany has sent an Oxygen Plant with the capacity of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen
Germany has sent an Oxygen Plant with the capacity of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen. The Plant will serve DRDO operated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital. German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner inspected the Plant today.
May 08, 2021 03:48 PM IST
Summer vacations in all government, non-government, private and day boarding schools till June 30: Uttarakhand
In view of the increasing Covid-19 cases, summer vacations in all government, non-government, private and day boarding schools till June 30. During this period, if a private school wants to conduct online classes, it can do so as per its convenience: Govt of Uttarakhand.
May 08, 2021 03:46 PM IST
No new Covid-19 case reported in 180 districts in last 7 days, says Harsh Vardhan
Not a single new case of Covid-19 was reported in 180 districts in the country in the past seven days and no fresh infections were recorded in 18 districts in the last two weeks, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 03:28 PM IST
DRDO developed anti Covid drug is taken orally by dissolving it in water: Defence Ministry
DRDO developed anti-Covid drug 2-DG comes in powder form in sachet; is taken orally by dissolving it in water: Defence Ministry.
May 08, 2021 03:27 PM IST
Delhi got 487 MT of oxygen on May 7: Manish Sisodia
Delhi got 487 MT of oxygen on May 7; difficult to manage in that amount: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
May 08, 2021 02:42 PM IST
Requirement of a positive test for Covid-19 not mandatory for admission to Covid health facility
Union Health Ministry revises national policy for admission of Covid patients to Covid facilities; requirement of a positive test for Covid-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility.
May 08, 2021 02:26 PM IST
Over 84 lakh vaccine doses still available with states, UTs; 17.49 cr doses provided so far: Govt
More than 84 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories and over 53 lakh doses will be distributed to them in the next three days, the Centre said on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 02:06 PM IST
Sri Lanka approves Pfizer Covid vaccine for emergency use
Sri Lanka on Saturday approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka, as the island nation battles a third wave of the virus, while suffering a restricted supply of vaccines from neighboring India.
May 08, 2021 01:49 PM IST
PM Modi speaks to Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Covid-related situation in the state
PM Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on the Covid-related situation in the state.
May 08, 2021 01:45 PM IST
Vaccines are being administered at 100 schools in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal
Vaccines are being administered at 100 schools in Delhi and 1 lakh people are being vaccinated daily. We are planning to expand it to 300 schools and ramp up the vaccination to 3 lakhs per day: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
May 08, 2021 01:38 PM IST
PM Modi took information over Covid-19 situation and lauded Maharashtra's efforts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday to take stock of Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra. "He took information over the situation and lauded Maharashtra's efforts put in while combating the second wave of the infection. Chief minister apprised the prime minister about the steps taken by Maharashtra government and its preparations to face the potential third wave. He also requested for more supply of oxygen to Maharashtra," a statement by CMO has said.
May 08, 2021 01:31 PM IST
Free vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country: Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Pratap Khachariyawas
Free vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country. It should be given to all without any discussion... They (Centre) have put GST on vaccines& started increasing prices of petrol and diesel after Bengal elections: Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Pratap Khachariyawas.
May 08, 2021 01:13 PM IST
SC orders release of prisoners to decongest jails amid Covid-19 pandemic
SC takes note of fresh Covid-19 surge, orders release of prisoners who were granted bail in March last year to decongest jails amid pandemic. The top court
directed that prisoners who were granted parole last year should again be given 90-day furlough in order to tide over pandemic.
May 08, 2021 01:11 PM IST
Newly-elected village pradhan dies of Covid in UP's Sambhal
A newly-elected village pradhan in the district succumbed to Covid-19 at a hospital here, officials said on Saturday.
May 08, 2021 01:00 PM IST
For last 7 days, 180 districts in the country have not seen a single new case of Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan
For last 7 days, 180 districts in the country have not seen a single new case of Covid-19. 18 districts have not recorded any cases in last 14 days. 54 districts have not witnessed any new case in last 21 days: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
May 08, 2021 12:52 PM IST
JD(U) leader Tanveer Akhtar dies of Covid-19
Bihar: Janata Dal (United) leader and Legislative Council member Tanveer Akhtar dies of Covid-19.
May 08, 2021 12:43 PM IST
PM Modi spoke to Maharashtra CM on Covid related situation in the state
PM Modi spoke to Maharashtra CM on the Covid related situation in the state.
May 08, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Govt has ensured global aid is being effectively and promptly allocated and delivered to States/UTs: Govt
Govt has ensured global aid is being effectively and promptly allocated and delivered to States/UTs. 2933 oxygen concentrators, 2429 oxygen cylinders, 13 oxygen generation plants, 2951 ventilators/Bi PAP/C PAP and more than 3 lakh Remdesivir vials delivered so far: Government of India.
May 08, 2021 12:24 PM IST
To complete vaccination within 3 months, we need to vaccinate 3 lakh people every day: Kejriwal
To complete vaccination within 3 months, we need to vaccinate 3 lakh people every day. Currently, we are inoculating 1 lakh people in a day. I request Central government to ensure adequate availability of vaccines to Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal.
May 08, 2021 12:24 PM IST
Govt of India has so far provided more than 17.49 crore vaccine doses: Union health ministry
Govt of India has so far provided more than 17.49 crore vaccine doses (17,49,57,770) to states/UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,65,49,583 doses. Over 84 lakh doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered: Health Ministry.
May 08, 2021 12:23 PM IST
Can complete vaccination in 3 months if Delhi govt provided 80-85 lakh doses: Arvind Kejriwal
If Delhi government is given 80-85 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine per month, we can complete vaccination within three months: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
May 08, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Uddhav Thackeray writes to Centre, seeking permission to develop a separate app for Covid vaccination in the state
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has written to Central government, seeking permission to develop a separate app for COVID vaccination in the state. He wrote the letter following complaints of frequent glitches in CoWIN platform.
May 08, 2021 12:06 PM IST
70% of Covishield stock will be used to vaccinate 45+ who are due for 2nd dose: Karnataka health minister
70% of Covishield stock will be used to vaccinate 45+ who are due for 2nd dose and rest 30% will be used to vaccinate 45+ seeking 1st dose. While Covaxin will be administered only to 45+ who are due for 2nd dose after 6 weeks of 1st dose: Dr K Sudhakar, Karnataka Health Minister
May 08, 2021 12:03 PM IST
There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
₹30,000 crores is nothing for the central government... There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state Assembly.
May 08, 2021 11:53 AM IST
Covid-19 infection has reached villages of Uttarakhand: Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal
Covid-19 infection has reached villages of Uttarakhand. The level of transmission despite Corona Curfew is a matter of concern. To contain the spread, the government will take a major decision by May 10: Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal.
May 08, 2021 11:32 AM IST
Imphal West district administration imposes curfew till May 17
Imphal West district administration imposes curfew till May 17 under Section 144 of CrPC to contain Covid-19 spread; essential services and people going for vaccination and Covid test exempted from restrictions.
May 08, 2021 11:10 AM IST
Covid-19 consignments from Thailand arrive in Delhi
200 oxygen cylinders and 10 oxygen concentrators sent by Thailand government and another 100 oxygen cylinders and 60 oxygen concentrators donated by Indian community in Thailand arrive in Delhi.
May 08, 2021 11:06 AM IST
Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally nearing 20,000; 169 new cases reported.
Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday 169 new Covid-19 disease cases and one more death, taking the caseload and death toll to 19,802 and 60 respectively, a health department official told news agency PTI.
Of the new cases, Capital Complex region added the maximum at 38, followed by Lower Dibang Valley at 26 cases, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri at 16 cases each, Namsai at 14 cases, the official added.
May 08, 2021 10:19 AM IST
Telangana records 5,559 new Covid-19 cases, 41 more deaths
Telangana's Covid-19 disease caseload climbed to 487,199 on Saturday after 5,559 new cases and 41 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate of the state is 84.81 per cent and the case fatality rate stands at 0.54 per cent
May 08, 2021 09:16 AM IST
India logs 401,078 cases, 4,187 new deaths in single day rise; tally soars above 21.8 million
India on Saturday registered over 400,000 new cases (401,078 exact) of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for a third consecutive time, taking the caseload to over 21.8 million, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. As many as 4,187 people succumbed to the disease on Friday and the toll has now climbed to 238,270 with a fatality rate of 1.09%. More than 17.9 million have recovered so far while the active cases are at 3,723,446 and account for nearly 17% of the caseload. Read more
May 08, 2021 08:56 AM IST
Tamil Nadu announces complete lockdown for two weeks starting May 10 amid Covid-19 crisis
Tamil Nadu will be observing a complete lockdown for two weeks starting from May 10 amid the worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the state, news agency ANI reported.
May 08, 2021 07:48 AM IST
Thailand wants to procure more vaccine doses as Covid-19 cases surge, says PM Prayuth Chan-ocha
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday that the country wants to secure more vaccine doses as it is battling a surge in the cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). “We may need 150-200 million doses of vaccine for future phases (of the rollout),” Prayuth said. Just a little over 2% of the country's population has been vaccinated so far.
May 08, 2021 06:52 AM IST
Brazil's Covid-19 caseload nearing 15.1 million; 78,886 new cases reported
Brazil, the third worst-hit nation from the Covid-19 disease pandemic, added 78,886 new cases and 2,165 more deaths, taking the caseload to nearly 15.1 million, according to the health ministry.
May 08, 2021 06:35 AM IST
Sikkim sees record jump in daily Covid cases at 268; 2 more deaths added
Sikkim on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike in its daily tally of the coronavirus disease at 268, taking the caseload to 9,451, an official told news agency PTI. Two more people succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday and the state's toll has now climbed to 160, the official added.