Pramila Devi, 36, who is suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is treated by Doctor Aishwary Anand, at a government dispensary in Kaljikhal, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Pramila Devi, 36, who is suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is treated by Doctor Aishwary Anand, at a government dispensary in Kaljikhal, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (REUTERS)

Covid-19 Highlights: Maharashtra to promote Class 10 students amid pandemic

  • India recorded 2,11,298 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, pushing the tally of cases to 27,369,093. 3,847 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours.
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 12:28 AM IST

Delhi's positivity rate dropped below 2% for the first time in 60 days. The national capital recorded 1,500 cases on Wednesday and 130 deaths. As the second wave shows signs of slowing down all over the country states are gearing up for vaccination to help avoid a possible third wave. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal once again appealed to the Centre to ensure vaccine procurement and distribution happens at the earliest. Delhi has had to shut vaccination centres around the city due to the shortage of vaccination.


India recorded a total of 2,40,842 new infections on Wednesday, taking the tally of cases to 2,71,57,795. The recovery rate now stands at 89.66 per cent. 4,157 daily new fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 3,11,388.


Elsewhere, France has imposed a new travel restrictions on those travelling from the UK due to the spread of the double mutant Covid-variant there. This variant was first identified in India. Travellers from UK who are not French citizens will need to cite an "overwhelming reason" for travelling.

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  • MAY 27, 2021 11:57 PM IST

    Maharashtra to promote Class 10 students amid Covid-19 pandemic

    Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to promote Class 10 students in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic. The state government decided to promote the students based on the evaluation of their performance in Class 9 and 10.

    The decision was taken in a meeting between the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and school education minister Varsha Gaikwad in the evening.

  • MAY 27, 2021 11:33 PM IST

    Bihar's death toll nears 5,000-mark with 98 new Covid-19 deaths

    Bihar's death toll inched closer to 5,000-mark on Thursday after 98 fatalities from Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours. More than 2,500 new cases took the state tally to over 700,000, reported PTI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    Pact signed between Bharat Biotech, Gujarat Covid Vaccine Consortium: Hester Biosciences

    Hester Biosciences on Thursday said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between vaccine maker Bharat Biotech and Gujarat Covid Vaccine Consortium (GCVC) for contract manufacturing the drug substance for Covaxin.

  • MAY 27, 2021 10:48 PM IST

    Covid-19 either emerged naturally or it was laboratory accident: US Intel community

    The Covid-19 virus either emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident, the US intelligence community said on Thursday.

  • MAY 27, 2021 10:38 PM IST

    Chhattisgarh records 2,824 new Covid-19 cases, 69 deaths

    Chhattisgarh on Thursday reported 2,824 Covid-19casesand 69 deaths, taking the infection count to 9,62,368 and death toll to 12,848, a health official said.

  • MAY 27, 2021 10:30 PM IST

    Covid: Studies underway to ascertain need for booster vaccine dose, says Centre

    Studies are currently underway on whether there is a need for a Covid-19 booster dose, the Centre said on Thursday, and asserted that no vaccine can give 100 per cent protection from the virus.

  • MAY 27, 2021 10:12 PM IST

    Punjab reports 3,914 new Covid-19 positive cases,

    Punjab reports 3,914 new Covid-19 positive cases, 5,995 recoveries, and 178 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total positive cases: 5,56,089

    Active cases: 48,231

  • MAY 27, 2021 09:55 PM IST

    Goa has reported 1,504 new Covid-19 positive cases

    Goa has reported 1,504 new Covid-19 positive cases, 39 deaths, and 1,557 recoveries today.

    Active cases: 15,699

    Total positive cases: 1,52,401

  • MAY 27, 2021 09:13 PM IST

    Haryana logs 2,322 new Covid-19 cases, tally goes past 750,000

    With 2,322 new Covid-19 cases, Haryana's tally went past the 750,000-mark, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 09:11 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh sees less than 2,000 new Covid-19 cases, 70 deaths in last 24 hours

    Madhya Pradesh reported 1,977 new Covid-19 cases and 98 deaths in the alst 24 hours, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 09:10 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 21,273 new Covid-19 cases, Mumbai adds 1,258

    With 21,273 new Covid-19 cases and 425 deaths, Maharashtra's cases tally reached 5,672,180 and the death toll climbed to 92,225. Mumbai recorded 1,258 new cases and 36 deaths, pushing the city's tally to 701,598 and the death toll to 14,720.

  • MAY 27, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu logs 33,361 new Covid-19 cases, 474 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reported 33,361 new Covid-19 cases and 474 deaths in the day. Active caseload stands at 313,048, a bulletin from the state government showed.

  • MAY 27, 2021 08:07 PM IST

    West Bengal reports 13,046 new Covid-19 cases, 148 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 13,046 new Covid-19 cases and 148 new deaths, West Bengal's cases tally reached 1,331,249 and death toll climbed to 14,975, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 07:44 PM IST

    Karnataka records 24,214 new cases, 476 deaths

    With 24,214 new Covid-19 cases and 476 deaths Karnataka's tally reached 2,523,998 and death toll climbed to 27,405.

  • MAY 27, 2021 07:25 PM IST

    Kerala to bear cost of education till degree-level of children who lost their parents to Covid-19

    The Kerala state government will bear the cost of education until degree-level of children who lost their parents to Covid-19, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 06:39 PM IST

    Rajasthan reports 3,454 new Covid-19 cases, 85 deaths

    Rajasthan reported 3,454 new Covid-19 cases, 10,396 new recoveries and 85 deaths. Active caseload stands at 71,099, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    Kerala reports 24,166 new Covid-19 cases, 181 deaths in last 24 hours

    Kerala recorded 24,166 new Covid-19 cases and 181 deaths in the alst 24 hours, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 06:24 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh reports 16,167 new Covid-19 cases, 104 deaths in last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh reports 16,167 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths in the last 24 hours, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 06:04 PM IST

    Oxygen Express trains deliver highest single-day load of 1,195 tonnes

    Oxygen Express trains delivered their highest single-day load of 1,195 tonnes on Thursday, officials said, reports PTI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 05:49 PM IST

    21 districts have more than 10% positivity rate, relaxations in districts where cases are declining: Rajesh Tope

    Maharashtra heath minister Rajesh Tope said that 21 districts are having more than 10 per cent positivity rate and relaxations can be given only in districts where the cases are declining, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    Delhi reports 1,072 new Covid-19 cases, 117 deaths in last 24 hours

    Delhi reported 1,072 new Covid-19 cases and 117 deaths in the last 24 hours. So far, 1,422,549 cases have been detected in the city and 23,812 people have lost their lives.

  • MAY 27, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    Covid-19 curbs extended in West Bengal till June 15, says CM Banerjee

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the statewide restrictions to curb Covid-19 has been extended till June 15, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 03:54 PM IST

    Nearly 1.1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to be given to states in next 3 days: Centre

    Nearly 1.1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses will be given to states and Union territories in the next three days, the centre said.

  • MAY 27, 2021 03:43 PM IST

    Dr VK Paul says we have to prepare to administer 10 million vaccines a day

    Dr VK Paul said that the country should prepare to administer 10 million Covid-19 vaccines in a day. He also said that in three weeks, efforts should be made to deliver over seven million doses in a day, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 03:24 PM IST

    'States know our vaccine production capacity': Dr VK Paul

    Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul said that the states know the vaccine production capacity and a new system to procure vaccines was brought in after the states demanded for flexibility, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    Six states have more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases

    Six states have more than 100,000 active cases. (Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB)
    Six states have more than 100,000 active cases. (Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB)

    Six states, namely Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are having more than 100,000 active Covid-19 cases, the central government said.

  • MAY 27, 2021 01:16 PM IST

    Defence Minister launches OPD portal for armed forces personnel, ex-servicemen

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched an online medical consultation service for the armed forces personnel and the veterans on Thursday, as the country goes through a brutal resurgent wave of Covid-19

  • MAY 27, 2021 11:43 AM IST

    Migrant workers return to Delhi as Covid-19 second wave subsides in the capital

    Migrant workers who had to leave Delhi during the peak of the second wave are slowly retuning to the capital as it subsides and cases go down, reported ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 10:23 AM IST

    Zydus seeks DCGI nod for clinical trials of monoclonal antibodies cocktail

    Zydus Cadila seeks Drugs Controller General of India's approval to undertake clinical trials for monoclonal antibodies cocktail that can neutralise Covid-19 infection in patients, reports ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 09:35 AM IST

    India records 2,11,298 new cases of Covid-19, 3,847 deaths

    India recorded 2,11,298 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, pushing the tally of cases to 27,369,093. 3,847 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 3,15,235.

  • MAY 27, 2021 08:29 AM IST

    Andhra Pradesh receives 3,000 injections to treat black fungus

    Andhra Pradesh received 3,000 injections from the Union government to treat black fungus cases in the state, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said, adding that each patient should be administered 50 injections every week, and that an extra 2,000 injections will be sent soon, reported ANI.

  • MAY 27, 2021 07:46 AM IST

    Pfizer holds talks with Union government on Covid-19 vaccines

  • MAY 27, 2021 07:25 AM IST

    Joe Biden renews probe into Covid-19 origin

    US President Joe Biden has asked US Intelligence to conduct an investigation and submit report on whether Coronavirus was naturally transmitted from an animal to a human or was created in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a theory that has been going around since the pandemic began over a year ago. The WHO team which investigated in Wuhan this year was not able to conclusively conclude where the virus originated.

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