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Coronavirus News Highlights: Former NSG chief who led 26/11 Mumbai counter-terror operations dies of COVID-19

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has gone past 18.57 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. It said 5,14,408 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday and cumulatively 64,60,624 across 36 states and union territories since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive. The total of 18,57,66,518 includes 96,73,302 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose, 66,58,820 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,45,65,255 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, 82,29,693 FLWs who have taken the second dose and 64,60,624 individuals in the 18-44 years of age group who have received the first dose.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Former NSG chief who led 26/11 Mumbai counter-terror operations dies of COVID-19
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
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  • Jamia professor dies of COVID
     
    Days after she put out an SOS message on Twitter asking for an ICU bed for herself, Jamia Millia Islamia professor Nabila Sadiq lost her battle to coronavirus at the age of 38.  She is the fifth serving professor from the varsity to have succumbed to the virus in the last one month.  Sadiq had lost her mother Nuzhat to the virus on May 7 and is survived by her 85yearold father Sadique, who is 80.
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  • Assam reports 6,143 new COVID-19 cases, 4,057 discharges and 89 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 48,390
    Total cases 3,47,001

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  • Haryana reports 6,818 new COVID19 cases, 11,821 recoveries and 153 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 7,16,507
    Active cases 70,758

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  • Dr Reddy’s releases details of DRDO's 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) 

    Dr Reddy’s releases important information regarding drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG), developed by INMAS, a DRDO lab in collaboration with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

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  • Nagaland extends lockdown till May 31 as COVID cases continue to rise
    Considering the consistent rise   in COVID19 cases in the state, the Nagaland government on Wednesday decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown till May 31, officials said.  At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the state's High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID19 made the decision two days before the current weeklong lockdown comes to an end.

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  • COVID-19: Recoveries continue to outnumber fresh infections in Karnataka
    The number of recoveries   continued to outnumber fresh COVID19 cases in Karnataka, as the state on Wednesday reported 49,953 discharges, 34,281 new cases and 468 fatalities, the Health Department said.   While the total number of infections stood at 23,06,655, the toll was 23,306.
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  • 80 million COVID-19 vaccines to be shared across world, no decision on allocations as yet, says US official

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  • West Bengal reports 19,006 new COVID-19 cases, 157 deaths 
     
    West Bengal's COVID19 death   toll rose to 13,733 after 157 more people succumbed to the disease on Wednesday, the state health department said in a bulletin.      Altogether 19,006 fresh cases of infection also took the tally 11,90,867.
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  • Maharashtra has received 1 lakh doses of Covaxin, 2 lakh doses of Covishield: Tope 

    Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra health minister, today said the state received 1 lakh doses of Covaxin and 2 lakh doses of Covishield yesterday. "Have a stock of 5 lakh doses in the state."  He said restriction in Maharashtra will stay till June 1. Lockdown is needed when a state falls short of medical infrastructure.  No place in Maharashtra is facing shortage of beds, vaccines, and medicines. "Adar Poonawala  will meet Maharashtra CM when he returns and decide on per mth vaccine supply."

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  • Goa sees 1,209 new COVID-19 cases, 2,160 recoveries

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  • Bajaj Allianz Life to offer up to Rs 1cr financial support to COVID impacted employees' families

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  • Maharashtra reports 34,031 new COVID-19 cases, 594 deaths; positivity rate at 17.15% 

    MAHARASHTRA COVIDー19 UPDATE:

    👎🏻New Cases: 34,031 Vs 28,438 Cases 

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: 91.06% Vs 90.19%

    👍🏻594 Vs 679 Deaths, Case Fatality At 1.54%

    👍🏻Positivity Rate At 17.15% Vs 17.2%

    👍🏻Daily Recovery (51,457) Much Higher Than New Cases

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  • Oxygen train reaches Agra with 64 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen

    The first Oxygen Express train for Agra, Mathura and Aligarh, carrying 64 metric tonnes of the life saving gas, arrived here from Jharkhand's Tata Nagar on Wednesday. "Earlier, we used to airlift oxygen or transport it by land," Additional District Magistrate Prabhakant Awasthi said. Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Protection Force (RPF) and local police were deployed for the protection of the train at Yamuna Bridge station, Additional Superintendent of Police Mohammad Mustaque said. "We will also ensure the quick and safe decanting of the containers," he said.

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  • COVID testing rate in Uttarakhand double the national average: State govt
     
    The COVID19 positivity rate has come down from 23 per cent to 18 per cent in Uttarakhand and the testing rate at present is double the national average, the state government said on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, more than 7,000 people have recovered from COVID19, while 4,800 new cases have been detected, state Health Secretary Amit Negi said at a joint press conference with police and SDRF officials. "COVID positivity rate has come down from 23 per cent to 18 per cent. Sampling is also being consistently increased. A total of 35,000 samples were tested on Tuesday. The COVID testing rate of Uttarakhand at present is double the national average," he said.
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  • Former NSG chief who led 26/11 Mumbai counter-terror operations dies of COVID-19
    Former NSG director general J K Dutt, who headed the commando force during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, died on Wednesday due to complications arising out of COVID-19, officials said here. He was 72.

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  • Asia Cup called off due to rising COVID-19 cases
    The 2021 Asia Cup, which was shifted from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, was on Wednesday called off due to rising COVID19 cases in the island nation.  The Asia Cup, which was last held in 2018, was scheduled to be held in June but Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva announced that it will be difficult for them to conduct the tournament.
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  • Religious figures criticise linking Kumbh with COVID-19 spread
    Several prominent Hindu religious figures on Wednesday criticised attempts to link the recent Kumbh Mela in Haridwar with the spread of COVID19, saying it is an "insult" to people's faith and traditions.  They also claimed that Uttarakhand did not witness much of a rise in the infections at the time of the festival.
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  • Maharashtra has floated global tender to procure 5 cr injections: Rajesh Tope  

    Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope today said the state has floated global tender to procure 5 crore mucormycosis injections. Global tender to procure 5 crore vaccines will remain open till May 25. "Have not received any response as of yet on the global tender."  Tope said certain approvals from the central government are required for global tender for vaccines. "Have 1,500 progressive patients of Mucormycosis in Maharashtra. Have floated global tender for vaccines for Mucormycosis." He added that global tenders of Mucormycosis injections facing issues due to lack of availability. "Have given order of 50k injections to Caron, 60k injections to AIG Lifesciences. Global cos will only be supply injections for Mucormycosis post May 31. Will source API to produce Mucormycosis injections in Maharashtra."

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  • Mumbai reports 1,350 new COVID cases, 57 deaths; positivity rate at 5.9% 

    MUMBAI #COVID19 UPDATE TILL 6 PM

    👍🏻Daily Tests: 22.7k Vs 17.9k

    👎🏻New Cases: 1,350 Vs 953
    👎🏻Positivity Rate: 5.9% Vs 5.3%

    👍🏻Discharged: 4,565 Vs 2,258

    👎🏻Deaths: 57 Vs 44 Yesterday

    👍🏻Recovery Rate: Flat At 93%
    👍🏻Doubling Rate: 269 Vs 255 Days

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  • Netizens in Singapore accuse Delhi CM Kejriwal of 'spreading misinformation' on COVID-19, seek apology
    Angry netizens in Singapore on Wednesday criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for claiming that a "very dangerous" strain of the COVID19 was prevalent in the city state that could cause a third wave of infections in Delhi, accusing him of "spreading misinformation" while seeking an apology and recommending factchecking. Singaporeans vent their anger on social media after Kejriwal on Twitter claimed that a new strain of the coronavirus found in Singapore could be very dangerous for children and urged the Indian government to cancel all air links with Singapore.
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  • Karnataka reports 34,281 new COVID19 cases, 49,953 discharges and 468 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 23,06,655
    Death toll 23,306
    Total discharges 17,24,438

    Active cases 5,58,890

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  • Andhra Pradesh reports 23,160 new #COVID19 cases, 106 deaths and 24,819 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 14,98,532
    Death toll 9686
    Total recovered cases 12,79,110

    Active cases 2,09,736

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  • Telangana reports 3,837 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths
    Telangana on Wednesday   reported 3,837 fresh COVID19 cases, pushing the caseload to over 5.40 lakh, while the toll stood at 3,037 with 25 more deaths, a government bulletin said.     Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 594, followed by Rangareddy (265) and Medchal Malkajgiri (239).
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  • Rajasthan govt to employ 1000 'corona health consultants' to strengthen fight against COVID-19
    The Rajasthan government will appoint 1,000 'corona health consultants' to strengthen the fight against coronavirus by speeding up doortodoor survey, delivering drug and providing treatment to patients across the state.  The State Civil Defence Department will also select and appoint 'corona health assistants'.
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  • HC asks Centre, Delhi govt to apprise on shortage of medicine to treat black fungus
     
    The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Centre and Delhi Government to apprise on the issue of shortage of medicine used for treating black fungus, which is primarily affecting people recovering from COVID19. The high court said the government will have to elaborate what is the bottleneck and how the medicine can suddenly be in short supply when it is locally manufactured.
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  • COVID-19: EU to ease travel restrictions

    European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, two EU sources said. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved a European Commission proposal from May 3 to loosen the criteria to determine "safe" countries and to let in fully vaccinated tourists from elsewhere. They are expected to set a new list this week or early next week. Based on data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Britain and a number of other countries would meet the new criteria. The US would not, although vaccinated Americans would be welcome in Europe.

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  • Wipro expects to access about one lakh doses of COVID vaccine for employees

    IT major Wipro on Wednesday said it expects to have access to about one lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines for its employees and their families, beginning early June. The Bengaluru-based company said it has partnered with top-tier hospitals and a tech-enabled online-to-offline delivery platform - which specialises in primary care and urgent response services - to provide COVID-19 vaccination support to its India-based employees. "As part of this partnership, beginning early June, subject to availability, Wipro expects to have access to a total of 1,00,000 doses of three vaccines Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V -- as the first tranche for the exclusive use of our employees and their dependents (spouse and children)," Wipro said in a statement.

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  • Karnataka launches 'oxygen on wheels' buses

    Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Laxman Savadi inaugurated 'oxygen on wheels' buses prepared by KSRTC, earlier today.

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  • JSW opens 1000-bed oxygenated Covid care hospital in Karnataka

    JSW Group on Wednesday launched a 1,000-bed oxygenated Covid care hospital at Toranagallu in Ballari district of Karnataka. It was inaugurated virtually by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. "This is one of the country's biggest Covid care facilities with a dedicated 4.8-km-long oxygen pipeline originating from its steel factory and supplying medical oxygen directly to the hospital for treatment of patients," a company statement said. The healthcare facility was constructed in just 15 days, said the company which created it in collaboration with the district administration of Ballari.

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COVID-19 News Highlights: India witnessed a record rise in daily fatalities after 4529 deaths were reported. The death toll rose to 2,83,248, according to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry. India has also reported less than 3 lakh cases for the third straight day. In the last 24 hours, 2,67,334 new COVID-19 cases were registered, taking the count to 2,54,96,330. Active cases also witnessed a single-day fall of more than 1 lakh for the third straight day. There was a fall of 1.27 lakh in the active cases, taking the number to 32,26,719, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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