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Coronavirus highlights: India records 4,03,738 new cases

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Coronavirus Highlights: India has reported 4,187 COVID-19 fatalities in a day, the biggest single-day rise, taking the death toll to 2,38,270. The number of coronavirus cases continues to above 4 lakh for the third straight day. In the last 24 hours, 4,01,078 new cases were registered and the total tally rose to 2,18,92,676, as per data by the Union Health Ministry. The active cases rose by 78,282 in a day and the total number stood at 37,23,446, the data updated at 8 am showed. The recovery rate slipped to 81.90 percent as 3,18,609 were discharged in a day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease so far is 1,79,30,960.

Coronavirus highlights: India records 4,03,738 new cases
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  • Give up, get treatment, Telangana Police tells Covid-hit Maoists


     

    In a bid to leave no flank exposed in the battle against coronavirus in the state, Telangana Police have reached out to covid-struck Maoists too.Police in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, have appealed to the ultras, who contracted the viurus, to return to the mainstream and seek treatment.

    In a media statement, Superintendent of Police, Sunil Dutt advised those Maoists who are suffering from Covid, to surrender to the police, so that they can be provided suitable treatment in hospitals.According to the statement, police has credible information that several of the Maoist cadres, and their leaders, are suffering from the virus. It also noted that many of the Covid-struck Maoists who wish to surrender and avail treatment, are being prevented by their leaders.Police warned that such a situation would lead to "severe repercussions". (IANS)

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  • India records 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases, 4,092 deaths

    India recorded 4,03,738 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, which pushed the tally to 2,22,96,414, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday.The death toll climbed to 2,42,362 with 4,092 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed.  Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to   37,36,648, comprising 16.76 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.15 per cent.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,83,17,404 with 3,86,444 patients recovering in a day, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.09 per cent, the data stated. (PTI)

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  • Alarmed by teachers' deaths, AMU VC asks ICMR to study if COVID variant' responsible

    Alarmed by deaths in recent days among AMU teachers due to COVID and COVID-like symptoms, Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor wrote to the ICMR on Sunday, urging it to study if a particular coronavirus variant is circulating around the university campus.  In a letter to the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the VC said 16 serving and 18 retired teachers besides other employees of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have succumbed to the infection in the past 18 days. There is a possibility that "a particular variant may be circulating in areas around the AMU campus and surrounding localities, which has led to these deaths", he said, stressing the need for the study to control the spread of the virus.   (IANS)

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  • Delhi Dy-CM orders inquiry after 23 COVID patients go 'missing' from Hindu Rao hospital

    Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered an inquiry into the incident of 23 COVID-19 patients going "missing" from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao Hospital, official sources said on Sunday. Sisodia has asked the health department to conduct an inquiry into the matter and submit a report by Monday evening, they said. (PTI)

                   

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  • GST exemption on domestic supplies, commercial imports of COVID drugs to make them costlier: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said GST exemption to domestic supplies and commercial import of COVID drugs, vaccines and oxygen concentrators would make these items costlier for consumers as manufacturers would not be able to offset the taxes paid on inputs.Currently, domestic supplies and commercial imports of vaccines attract a 5 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST), while it is 12 per cent in case of COVID drugs and oxygen concentrators.

     "If full exemption from GST is given, vaccine manufacturers would not be able to offset their input taxes and would pass them on to the end consumer/citizen by increasing the price. A 5 per cent GST rate ensures that the manufacturer is able to utilise ITC and in case of overflow of ITC, claim refund. Hence exemption to vaccine from GST would be counterproductive without benefiting the consumer," Sitharaman tweeted. (PTI)

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  • Rahul Gandhi questions GST on vaccines

    Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the government over the goods and services tax (GST) on vaccines, saying the lives of can be lost but the Prime Minister's tax collection should not be lost.In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, "Lives of people can be lost, but the tax collection of the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) should not be lost."

    He also used the hash tag of GST. His remarks came after several Congress-ruled states questioned the five per cent GST on the Covid vaccines. (IANS)

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  • MP: COVID-19 induced curfew extended in Bhopal till May 17

    The district administration on Sunday extended the COVID-19 induced curfew in the Madhya

    Pradesh capital till May 17, an official said.The curfew was supposed to be lifted at 6 am on May

    10.Enforced on April 12 given the rise in coronavirus positive cases, the curfew was later extended subsequently after every one week till May 10.(PTI)

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  • Heinous crime by Center to export vaccines when people dying in our own country: Sisodia

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Sunday attacked the Centre over the export of coronavirus vaccines, saying a large number of lives could have been saved in India if the doses were given to people in the country first."It's a heinous crime committed by the Central government to sell vaccines to other countries only for its image management at a time when people were dying in our own country," he told an online briefing. Citing a newspaper report, Sisodia said the Centre sold coronavirus vaccines to 93 countries of which 60 percent had COVID-19 under control, and also where there was no threat of loss of life due to the virus. (IANS)

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  • Heinous crime by Center to export vaccines when people dying in our own country: Sisodia

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Sunday attacked the Centre over the export of coronavirus vaccines, saying a large number of lives could have been saved in India if the doses were given to people in the country first."It's a heinous crime committed by the Central government to sell vaccines to other countries only for its image management at a time when people were dying in our own country," he told an online briefing. Citing a newspaper report, Sisodia said the Centre sold coronavirus vaccines to 93 countries of which 60 percent had COVID-19 under control, and also where there was no threat of loss of life due to the virus. (IANS)

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  • Opposition leader Kharge demands all party meet, writes to PM & Rajya Sabha chairman


    Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to the Prime Minister and the Rajya Sabha Chairman demanding to convene an all party meet to discuss Covid crisis and free vaccination for all.

    Kharge in his letter gave six suggestions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for tackling Covid -- Convene all party meeting and use Rs 35,000 allocated in Union Budget to ensure free vaccination for all; leverage compulsory licensing to increase production of vaccines; waive GST on vaccines, PPE, ambulances, ventilators, oxygen and sanitisers; expedite the distribution of relief material and proactively disclose where it is shipped; increase MNREGA to 200 days; and leverage our collective strengths by governing consensually and inclusively. (IANS)

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  • Opposition leader Kharge demands all party meet, writes to PM & Rajya Sabha chairman


    Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to the Prime Minister and the Rajya Sabha Chairman demanding to convene an all party meet to discuss Covid crisis and free vaccination for all.

    Kharge in his letter gave six suggestions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for tackling Covid -- Convene all party meeting and use Rs 35,000 allocated in Union Budget to ensure free vaccination for all; leverage compulsory licensing to increase production of vaccines; waive GST on vaccines, PPE, ambulances, ventilators, oxygen and sanitisers; expedite the distribution of relief material and proactively disclose where it is shipped; increase MNREGA to 200 days; and leverage our collective strengths by governing consensually and inclusively. (IANS)

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  • Tamil Nadu:  CM Stalin tells ministers to ensure lockdown implementation, avoid oxygen wastage

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday tasked the ministers to ensure full implementation of the two-week lockdown beginning May 10 and make sure that oxygen is used in a proper manner and its wastage avoided in hospitals. (PTI)

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  • PM Modi speaks to Tirath to assess COVID situation in U'khand

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and assessed the coronavirus situation in the state, which is witnessing a relentless surge in the infections. Modi assured the state of of all possible help to combat the deadly virus. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up for an update on Covid cases in Uttarakhand. I apprised him with the present situation," Rawat said in a tweet.

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  • Delhi Metro services to remain suspended from Monday till May 17 morning: DMRC

    As the national capital enters into an extended period of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Sunday said its services on all lines will remain suspended from Monday till 5 am on May 17. The DMRC statement came after the city government extended the ongoing lockdown for another week. According to the DMRC statement, in the wake of the extension of curfew in Delhi for the containment of Covid-19, the Delhi Metro services on all its lines shall also remain suspended for passenger or essential services from Monday till 5 am March 17. Earlier in the day, announcing the lockdown extension, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said although COVID-19 cases and positivity rate have come down over the last few days, any complacency would squander the gains achieved so far in the current wave of the pandemic.

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  • Delhi received 499 MT oxygen on May 8 against 700 MT ordered by SC: Raghav Chadha

    Delhi received just 499 metric tonnes of oxygen on May 8 against the average supply of 700 MT ordered by the Supreme Court, AAP MLA Raghav Chadha said on Sunday. Over the last week, the city got an average of 533 MT oxygen daily, which is 76 percent of the quantity directed by the SC. On Saturday, only four healthcare facilities in the national capital, with 1,271 oxygen beds, sent out oxygen shortage SOS calls, the city government said. The Delhi government supplied 15.50 MT of oxygen to these hospitals, according to official data.

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  • Mamata urges PM Modi to waive taxes, duties on medical equipments

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to waive all forms of taxes and customs duty on equipment and drugs being used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Banerjee also urged Modi to strengthen health infrastructure and augment supplies of equipment, medicines and oxygen for treatment of coronavirus-positive patients.

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  • Corona curfew in J-K extended till May 17

    The Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Sunday extended till May 17 the curfew imposed across the union territory to curb the spread of coronavirus. The curfew was earlier scheduled to end on Monday. The curfew will be strict except for a few essential services, the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said. Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 4,788 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally of infected persons to 2,11,742 while the death toll in the union territory rose to 2,672 with a record 60 fatalities in 24 hours.

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  • Chhattisgarh govt allows home delivery of liquor amid lockdown

    The Chhattisgarh government has allowed home delivery of liquor in the state through online sale during the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown, officials said on Sunday. The opposition BJP in Chhattisgarh criticized the ruling Congress over the decision, claiming that it seems the state government's priority was to provide liquor to people instead of medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Global aid of 6,608 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 oxygen cylinders, 14 oxygen plants, 4,330 ventilators and over 3 lakh Remdesivir vials has been dispatched to States/UTs to combat COVID-19. Over 17.8 lakh beneficiaries under 18-44 age group vaccinated: Government of India

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  • Curfew extended till May 17 in Uttar Pradesh

    The government extended the curfew imposed in the state to curb the spread of coronavirus, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said. It was earlier scheduled to end on 7 am on Monday.

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  • PM Modi speaks to CMs of four state on COVID situation

    Prime Minister spoke to the chief ministers of Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand on the COVID-19 situation in their states, official sources said. Modi has been speaking to state chief ministers and lieutenant governors of union territories for the last few days to asses the pandemic situation there and offer suggestions. Chief ministers have also briefed him on the measures being taken by them to deal with the raging second wave of the pandemic.

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  • Netizens laud Delhi govt for smooth execution' of COVID-19 vaccination drive

    Netizens flooded social media platforms with Thank You messages for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his government, praising them for smooth execution" of the ongoing third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. Many took to Twitter to share their experiences of getting vaccinated in the mega drive, which they said was done by "calm professionals" in a seamless manner while maintaining all coronavirus protocols. (PTI)

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  • TV journalist Vipin Chandh dies of COVID-19 in Kerala

    Television journalist Vipin Chandh, the chief reporter of Manorama News here, died of COVID-19 related complications in the city early on Sunday, his family said. He was 42 and is survived by his wife and child. (PTI)

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  • Delhi lockdown extended by a week till May 17; Delhi Metro services to be suspended during this period: CM Arvind Kejriwal

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  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided to extend lockdown till May 17

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  • Arunachal Pradesh reports highest single-day spike of 244 COVID-19 cases

    Arunachal Pradesh reported 244 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike, pushing the coronavirus tally in the state to 20,046, a health department official said on Sunday. The Capital Complex region recorded the maximum number of fresh cases at 77, followed by Tawang (33), 20 each in Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit, Changlang (19), Lower Siang (13), East Siang (12) and Lower Subansiri (10), State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

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  • Department of Expenditure has released Rs 8,923.8 cr to 25 States for providing grants to the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs). It may be utilised by the RLBs, among other things, for various prevention and mitigation measures needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: Ministry of Finance

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  • State-level curfew imposed in Goa from today till May 24; essential services allowed

    Grocery shops allowed to remain open from 7am-1pm, restaurant takeaway orders allowed from 7am- 7pm

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India on Sunday reported 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases, 3,86,444 discharges, and 4,092 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
Total cases: 2,22,96,414
Total discharges: 1,83,17,404
Death toll: 2,42,362
Active cases: 37,36,648
Total vaccination: 16,94,39,663

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