Coronavirus India News Live Updates: A record 3,780 fresh COVID-19 fatalities were registered in a single day in India taking the death toll to 2,26,188, while 3,82,315 new coronavirus infections were recorded, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 2,06,65,148. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 34,87,229 comprising 16.87 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.03 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,69,51,731 while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.09 percent, the data stated.
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Rs 8 lakh crore COVID package needed to support lower income groups: Report
The government will need to roll out a relief package worth Rs 8 lakh crore to contain hardships being faced by lower-income groups due to the economic impact of COVID-19, a report by Azim Premji University said on Wednesday. The report is based on inputs from Consumer Pyramids Household Survey, Azim Premji Foundation, and many other civil society organisations. As per the calculations based on CMIE-CPHS data, the report said, around 23 crore people are estimated to have fallen below the national minimum wage poverty line due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and around 1.5 crore workers remain jobless by the end of 2020, the report titled State of the Work 2021 said.
Maharashtra is preparing for 3rd COVID-19 wave, says Uddhav Thackeray
Amid indications of COVID-19 cases plateauing in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday warned there was no room for showing complacency and said the government is preparing to deal with a third wave of the infection. He said though some districts have shown a steady decline in COVID-19 cases, some others are still exhibiting an upward trend, but the number of patients under treatment has dropped from what it was in April-end. Thackeray said he has asked officials to work in a mission mode to ramp up the production of medical oxygen, used in treating serious COVID-19 patients, ahead of the third wave of the infection hitting Maharashtra, the worst coronavirus-affected state in the country. We are preparing for the third wave of the virus, Thackeray said addressing the state on social media.
Health Ministry says evidence suggests pandemic is moving eastward
The Health Ministry has said that there is evidence that suggests the pandemic is east-bound. A rise has been observed in the number of daily cases in eastern states along with rise in mortality. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan along with NITI Aayog member Vinod K Paul chaired a meeting on May 5 with eastern states such as Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. They assessed arrangements made for COVID-19 management. The states were requested to conduct oxygen audit to ensure that there is no shortage in the near future.
Oxygen leaks from tanker enroute to COVID-19 facilities in Maharashtra
A tanker transporting liquid medical oxygen to COVID-19 facilities witnessed a leak due to overfilling in Maharashtra's Satara district on Wednesday, police said. The incident took place around 6.15 pm on Pune-Bengaluru National Highway in the jurisdiction of the Satara police, when the tanker was travelling towards Kolhapur, an official said. The tanker was dispatched from Navi Mumbai after the life-saving gas was filled and was headed to COVID-19 facilities in Kolhapur, he said. Once the leak was detected, the authorities in Satara were alerted and a technical team rushed to the spot, the official said. The leak was soon fixed and the tanker was allowed to travel ahead, he said, adding that the quantity of oxygen that got wasted is not known as yet.
SC lauds Mumbai's oxygen management, asks Centre, Delhi govt to talks with BMC
The Supreme Court Wednesday lauded the efforts of Maharashtra authorities in ensuring oxygen supply to COVID patients in Mumbai and asked the Centre and the Delhi government to talk with the civic body officials of that city to learn about augmenting and managing the supply. The observations were made during the hearing and in the order of the top court which stayed contempt proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court against central government officials for non-compliance of direction to supply 700 MT of oxygen for COVID patients to Delhi.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray says SC appreciated on BMC's efforts in COVID-19 fight
During his address that began at 8.30 pm on May 5, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray SC that the Supreme Court has appreciated the effoets of Mumbai's civic body in the fighting against COVID-19. However, he said that the SC decision on the Maratha reservation is disappointing and thanked the Maratha community for accepting the decision.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray says 3rd COVID-19 wave could hit India
Addressing the state on May 5, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that we should be prepared for a third COVID-19 wave. Have started preparing ourselves and Maharashtra needs to be self-reliant in terms of oxygen demand. We are seeing some progress on remdesivir supply into the state.
Maharashtra reports 57,640 new cases, 920 deaths; positivity rate at 17.19%
MAHARASHTRA #COVIDー19 UPDATE:
👎🏻New Cases: 57,640 Vs 51,880 Cases
👍🏻Recovery Rate: 85.32% Vs 85.16%
👎🏻920 Vs 891 Deaths, Case Fatality At 1.49%
👎🏻Positivity Rate At 17.19% Vs 17.16%
👎🏻Daily Recovery Lower Than New Cases Today
#COVID19 | Madhya Pradesh reports 12,319 new positive cases, 71 deaths and 9,643 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
While refilling of cylinders, one of the cylinders exploded. 3 people have died so far. One injured is being treated at RML Hospital while 4 others have been shifted to Trauma Centre: DK Thakur, Police Commissioner on oxygen plant blast in Lucknow
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today inspected train coaches that have been converted into COVID19 care center at Guwahati Railway Station.
COVID-19: Record single-day rise of 4,716 cases in J&K, 52 more fatalities
Steel companies, from both public and private sectors, have stepped up efforts to meet nation’s requirement of medical oxygen. Yesterday, total Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) production by steel plants was 3680.30 MT & total LMO supply was 4076.65 MT: Ministry of Steel
Rajasthan reports 16,815 new #COVID19 cases, 17,022 dishcrges and 155 deaths
Andhra reports 22,204 new COVID19 cases, 85 deaths
Delhi Police arrests 3 persons for selling fire extinguisher cylinders in guise of oxygen cylinders
In joint operation b/w Farsh Bazar & Shahdara Police Stations, a man & his 2 associates have been arrested for selling fire extinguisher cylinders in guise of oxygen cylinders. 532 fire extinguisher cylinders seized, of which 73 were painted to resemble O2 cylinders: Delhi Police
Amway donating $1 mn to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India
Direct selling major Amway on Wednesday said it is donating USD 1 million (around Rs 7.5 crore) to support the COVID19 relief efforts in India during the second wave of the pandemic. The sum will be used to facilitate COVID19 resources, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators, to accelerate the COVID 19 relief work, the company said in a statement.
Microsoft: Mobilizing resources to help COVID response in India
COVID: Kerala reports 41,953 new cases, 58 deaths
Kerala reports the highest single-day rise of 41,953 new COVID19 cases, and 58 deaths. Active cases stand at 3,75,658 in the state, 23,106 recovered. Total 13,62,363 patients recovered so far, while 5,565 deaths have been reported till now: Kerala Chief Minister
#COVID19 | Uttarakhand reports 7,783 new cases and 127 deaths today; active cases is at 59,526
Varanasi: DRDO is setting up a 750-bedded makeshift COVID hospital at Banaras Hindu University premises