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Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,578. It is followed by Karnataka with 47,563 while Kerala reported 41,971 new cases. (Graphic via @COVIDNewsByMIB on Twitter)

Ten states account for over 71% of new Covid-19 cases. All you need to know

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 01:52 PM IST
India's total active caseload has reached 37,36,648 and now comprises 16.76% of the country's total infections. A net incline of 13,202 cases has been recorded in the total active caseload in a span of 24 hours.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at a press conference in Kolkata last Wednesday. (ANI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at a press conference in Kolkata last Wednesday. (ANI)

Mamata urges PM Modi to waive taxes on Covid-19 medical equipment, drugs

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 12:39 PM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen the state's health infrastructure and augment supplies of equipment, medicines, and oxygen for the treatment of coronavirus-positive patients.
The vaccination for the 18-45 years age group in Odisha will first begin in five urban centres of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, and Berhampur that have reported a high Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR).(File Photo / Representational Image)
The vaccination for the 18-45 years age group in Odisha will first begin in five urban centres of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, and Berhampur that have reported a high Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR).(File Photo / Representational Image)

News updates from HT: Odisha to begin vaccination of 18-44 age group in 5 cities

PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 08:49 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh to discuss initiatives taken by Indian Navy to tackle coronavirus pandemic situation in the country. (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh to discuss initiatives taken by Indian Navy to tackle coronavirus pandemic situation in the country. (File photo)

Indo-Pacific in mind, Navy pitches for six nuclear attack submarines

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 08:49 AM IST
The nuclear powered attack submarines will give Indian Navy the much needed long legs for deterrent patrols and access denial in the Indo-Pacific without giving away its position.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Covid Hospital, established by DRDO, in Lucknow. (PTI)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Covid Hospital, established by DRDO, in Lucknow. (PTI)

Bihar caps price for HRCT scan for Covid-19 patients in private labs

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 08:08 AM IST
The High-Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) test serves to assess the extent of viral infection in lungs and damage to tissues in a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient to decide further treatment line.
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. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

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

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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.
The government said that the plan will boost immunity and help people recover from post virus fatigue.(Courtesy: Tiffin Asha)
The government said that the plan will boost immunity and help people recover from post virus fatigue.(Courtesy: Tiffin Asha)

Govt suggests diet to boost immunity for those recovering from Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2021 02:56 PM IST
  • The government added that a breakfast must include ragi dosa or a bowl of porridge. Jaggery and ghee are also recommended during or post lunch.
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for preparedness against the pandemic, the DRDO took the initiative of developing anti-Covid therapeutic application of 2-DG(File photo)
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for preparedness against the pandemic, the DRDO took the initiative of developing anti-Covid therapeutic application of 2-DG(File photo)

DCGI gives emergency approval of DRDO-developed anti-Covid oral drug

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 01:42 PM IST
The oral drug has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, a lab of DRDO, in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad. Phase III clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence.
Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Centre did not work in the last six month.
Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Centre did not work in the last six month.

Mamata Banerjee bats for universal Covid-19 vaccine programme

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2021 01:16 PM IST
  • Mamata Banerjee has earlier urged the Centre for free universal vaccination across the country.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(ANI file photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(ANI file photo)

News updates from HT: Kejriwal instructs officials to ensure bed availability

PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 08:51 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Sinopharm is developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a state-owned subsidiary conglomerate.(Reuters)
Sinopharm is developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a state-owned subsidiary conglomerate.(Reuters)

WHO says expects news on Friday on Sinopharm vaccine emergency use listing

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • "We are kind of expecting an update on the EUL listing for Sinopharm in the next hour or so," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a UN briefing.
Rahul Gandhi asserted that allowing the uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus would be devastating not only for India but also for the world.(ANI)
Rahul Gandhi asserted that allowing the uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus would be devastating not only for India but also for the world.(ANI)

Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi, says national lockdown 'almost inevitable'

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 02:09 PM IST
  • Rahul Gandhi said that it is important to understand India's responsibility in a globalised and interconnected world.
The top court cautioned the Centre and asserted that it has to give 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till this order is reviewed or modified.(HT File Photo)
The top court cautioned the Centre and asserted that it has to give 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till this order is reviewed or modified.(HT File Photo)

'Don't force us to take coercive steps': SC to Centre on oxygen supply to Delhi

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:40 AM IST
  • The top court cautioned the Centre and asserted that it has to give 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till this order is reviewed or modified.
Scientists are largely agreed that the coming few weeks will be difficult for India.(PTI)
Scientists are largely agreed that the coming few weeks will be difficult for India.(PTI)

India’s Covid-19 outbreak peak in coming days, suggests mathematical model

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 11:05 AM IST
Scientists worry that new virus mutations can become the next blindspot that can stretch the pandemic for the entire world, as strains from countries like India reach other nations.
Patents reward innovation by preventing competitors from simply copying a company's discovery and launching a rival product.(AP)
Patents reward innovation by preventing competitors from simply copying a company's discovery and launching a rival product.(AP)

Why patents on Covid vaccines are so contentious

PTI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 10:09 AM IST
The US and some other wealthy countries lead the world in many areas of research and innovation.
UNICEF is also providing cold chain equipment for Covid-19 vaccines.
UNICEF is also providing cold chain equipment for Covid-19 vaccines.

UN agencies delivered nearly 10,000 oxygen concentrators, 10 mn masks to India

PTI | , United Nations
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 10:04 AM IST
UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia George Laryea-Adjei had said in a statement that urgent action and steadfast leadership are indispensable to stop the catastrophe.
A medic prepares a vial of Covid-19 vaccine.(File Photo)
A medic prepares a vial of Covid-19 vaccine.(File Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 07:46 AM IST
India needs to resurrect its faltering vaccine drive (which means, most importantly, accepting that it is faltering). It’s the only way to crush the second wave of the pandemic — and prevent (or lessen the impact of) a third wave.
The second wave of Covid-19 in India added a sense of urgency to the debate on whether or not the US should support the waiver. In picture - Vials of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine in a lab at Serum Institute of India.(Reuters | Representational image)
The second wave of Covid-19 in India added a sense of urgency to the debate on whether or not the US should support the waiver. In picture - Vials of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine in a lab at Serum Institute of India.(Reuters | Representational image)

Support grows for India over patents

By Yashwant Raj, Rezaul H Laskar, Washington/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 01:11 AM IST
The UK and the European Union, too, indicated a change in their posture, but the German government opposed the move, saying it would create “severe complications” for future vaccines.
22 more tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of oxygen to various destinations(PTI)
22 more tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of oxygen to various destinations(PTI)

Oxygen Express ferries over 2,500 MT of load across India to battle Covid crisis

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:10 PM IST
So far, Indian Railways has run 40 Oxygen Express with 161 tankers to deliver a record load of 2,511 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen across the length and breadth of the country that battles a deadly second wave of coronavirus that has crippled the healthcare system to a great extent.
Prime Minister reviewed the situation in different states
Prime Minister reviewed the situation in different states

PM Modi speaks to 4 chief ministers to take stock of Covid-19 situation

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:00 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called up the lieutenant governors of Puducherry & Jammu & Kashmir.
The global community has been routinely sending Covid-19 aid to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. (AP / Lewis Joly)
The global community has been routinely sending Covid-19 aid to help India combat a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has led to desperate pleas for oxygen and left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. (AP / Lewis Joly)

Was Covid-19 aid effectively allocated? Centre says yes, provides detailed list

PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 01:55 PM IST
The central government also said that the matter regarding the effective allocation of Covid-19 supplies received from the global community also came up recently during a hearing at the Delhi high court and it was clarified that no such consignment is pending with the Customs authorities.
Kerala: Policemen check the credentials of commuters during a weekend lockdown last week to curb the spread of coronavirus. (AP / File Photo)
Kerala: Policemen check the credentials of commuters during a weekend lockdown last week to curb the spread of coronavirus. (AP / File Photo)

Kerala to go into complete Covid-19 lockdown from May 8 to 16

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 12:06 PM IST
Kerala Covid-19 news update: The 9-day-lockdown, necessitated by the current wave of the coronavirus, would come into force on May 8 morning and extend up to May 16, according to official sources.
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)

Chaudhary Ajit Singh, former Union minister, dies of Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:16 AM IST
Chaudhary Ajit Singh, the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), was the son of the late Chaudhary Charan Singh, former Prime Minister of India. Ajit Singh passed away of Covid-19 at the age of 82, news agencies reported on Thursday.
A medic checks on a Covid-19 patient being treated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) inside an ICU amid the surge in cases, at KC general hospital in Bengaluru on Friday. (ANI Photo)
A medic checks on a Covid-19 patient being treated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) inside an ICU amid the surge in cases, at KC general hospital in Bengaluru on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Three arrested in Bengaluru for black marketing of Covid-19 hospital beds

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 07:53 AM IST
Bengaluru: The development comes amid a devastating shortage of medical supplies, drugs, and other necessary equipment due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases.
Beds are seen inside a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) converted into a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) care facility amidst the spread of the deadly virus in New Delhi, India, on May 5, 2021. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)
Beds are seen inside a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) converted into a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) care facility amidst the spread of the deadly virus in New Delhi, India, on May 5, 2021. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

LIVE: Rajasthan govt imposes lockdown in state from May 10-24

UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 11:56 PM IST
India registered 382,315 new Covid-19 cases in the preceding 24 hours. With hospitals continuing to make a desperate plea for beds and oxygen, a weekly WHO report showed that the country now accounts for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide and a quarter of the deaths.
Representative photo
Representative photo

Covid-19: Himachal Pradesh announces 10-day lockdown from May 7

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 05:26 PM IST
  • The decision to impose the "corona curfew" in the state was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
Mamata Banerjee announced the slew of Covid-19 measures on her first day in office after assuming the post of the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.(File Photo / PTI)
Mamata Banerjee announced the slew of Covid-19 measures on her first day in office after assuming the post of the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.(File Photo / PTI)

Bengal's new Covid-19 curbs: 50% occupancy in Metro, limited gatherings

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 04:05 PM IST
West Bengal on Tuesday reported its highest single-day deaths of 107 Covid-19-affected patients, which took the state's death toll to 11,744, the health department said in a bulletin. Meanwhile, a record number of new cases were also registered
West Bengal: Local trains to be suspended from Thursday (File Photo)
West Bengal: Local trains to be suspended from Thursday (File Photo)

Local trains to be suspended in Bengal from tomorrow in view of Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 03:01 PM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the suspension of local train services across the state in view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation.
Patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)
Patients suffering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

India records 382,315 new Covid-19 cases, tally crosses 20.66 million

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 09:48 AM IST
India, battling the more infectious second wave of the coronavirus disease, has now registered over 300,000 daily Covid-19 cases for two weeks straight.
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