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Coronavirus News Highlights: Centre asks state govts to check incidences of dumping bodies in Ganga

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India has added more than 3 lakh COVID-19 cases in a single day but the daily tally is the lowest in the last two weeks. India has reported 3,29,942 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 2,26,62,575, the data by the Health Ministry said. The daily active cases fell for the first time in the last two months and it is down to 30,016. The total number of active cases is 37,15,221, the data updated at 8 am showed. In terms of recovery, 3,56,082 were discharged in the last 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is 1,90,27,304, the data stated. The recovery rate rose to 82.75 percent from the previous day’s 82.39 percent. The positivity rate fell below 20 percent for the first time in the last two weeks. It is now at 17.83 percent vis-a-vis yesterday’s 24.83 percent. The daily fatalities continue to be above 3,000 for the 14th straight day. In the 24 hours, 3,876 deaths were reported, thus taking the toll to 2,49,992.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Centre asks state govts to check incidences of dumping bodies in Ganga
  • 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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  • Delhi govt asks COVID facilities to give food, 'transportation charge' to staff
    The Delhi government on Tuesday ordered all COVID19 facilities to provide food to all staff, including contractual ones, and give them an additional "transportation charge" of Rs 200 per day.  "It is hereby ordered that all COVID facilities in Delhi will henceforth provide food to all staff, including both regular and contractual, working in the hospital during the concerned shift at a cost of up to 200 per person per meal," an ordered issued by the health department read.
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  • Hansraj College offers to turn its hostel into COVID-19 care centre
    Hansraj College has offered its hostel for setting up a 100bed health facility for COVID19 patients.  An RTPCR testing centre has also been set up at the college and will start functioning from Wednesday, its principal Rama Sharma said.
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  • Chhattisgarh reports 9,717 new cases, 199 deaths 

    COVID19 | 9,717 new cases, 199 deaths and 12,440 discharges reported in Chhattisgarh today.

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  • Centre asks states to ensure vigilance to check incidences of people dumping bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims in Ganga, its tributaries

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  • Delhi has run out of Covaxin stock for 18-44 age group, will continue administering Covishield: AAP leader Atishi
    AAP leader Atishi on Tuesday said the Delhi government will have to close nearly 125 vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered to beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group after Tuesday…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Centre asks state govts to check incidences of dumping bodies in Ganga
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  • Assam reports 6,258 new cases, 85 deaths 
    COVID19 | 6,258 new cases, 85 deaths and 4,409 recoveries reported in Assam today; 39,264 active cases

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  • Those eligible for second dose of COVID vaccine should be given priority: Govt
    The Union government on Tuesday insisted that those eligible for the second dose of COVID19 vaccine should be given priority and that vaccination wastage should be minimised.  Expressing concern over the misinformation on the subject of vaccination, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba mentioned that all vaccines that are procured either by the central government or the state governments, are actually meant for the public in the states and there is no consumption at the centrallevel.
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  • HC directs Delhi Police to conduct inquiry on illegal distribution of COVID medicines 

    On a writ petition filed in Delhi High Court about politicians involved in illegal distribution of COVID medicines etc, the court has directed Delhi Police to conduct an enquiry. An enquiry is being conducted from several concerned persons: Delhi Police

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  • Additional 45,000 vials of COVID-19 drug tocilizumab allocated to states: Gowda
    Union Minister Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said additional 45,000 vials of tocilizumab, used for treatment of COVID19, have been allocated to states and union territories to meet the increased demand.    Earlier, 9,900 vials of tocilizumab were allocated to states and union territories on April 30, the chemicals and fertilizers minister added. Tocilizumab is not manufactured in India and is sourced from Swiss pharmaceutical firm Hoffman La Roche, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said.
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  • 7-8 CPI (Maoist) cadres died of COVID-19, 15-20 seriously ill: Seized letter 

    During an operation in Bijapur today, a letter written by a cadre of CPI (Maoist) to a senior leader was seized. The letter mentions that 7-8 cadres have died of COVID-19 & around 15-20 others are seriously ill: Bastar IG Sundarraj P

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  • BS Yediyurappa: "To ease hardships that come with the strict restrictions, three free meals will be made available to the poor, migrants and workers in need, at Indira Canteens in Bengaluru and across the state till May 24."

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  • HCL provides Delhi govt with oxygen plants, cylinders to support COVID-19 relief efforts
    HCL Group on Tuesday said it is supporting the Delhi government by providing oxygen plants and cylinders to support COVID19 relief efforts. "HCL is supporting the Delhi Government with 12,000 oxygen cylinders each with a capacity of 40 litres and 21 oxygen plants which will generate 8,800 litres of oxygen per minute, catering to around 1,500 patients at a time," it said in a statement.
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  • Maharashtra: A doctor couple collects medicines from recovered COVID patients & provides to the needy patients in Mumbai. "We started this initiative 10 days ago. We collect medicines from housing societies & provide to those who can't afford them," says Dr Marcus Ranney

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  • Delhi airport's Terminal 2 to remain shut temporarily from May 18 due to fall in passenger traffic

    An airport official today said Terminal 2 of Delhi airport will remain shut temporarily from 0000 hours of May 18. Terminal 2 of Delhi airport will close temporarily due to fall in passenger traffic. Currently, daily traffic at Delhi airport has fallen to around 30,000 passengers.

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  • US support for patents waiver on COVID-19 vaccines significant step: US Charge D'Affaires
    The US is ramping up efforts in partnership with India and other countries to increase the availability of COVID19 vaccines without waiting for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to arrive at a consensusbased decision on a proposal for patents waiver on the vaccines, a senior American diplomat said on Tuesday.  US Charge D'Affaires Daniel Smith also described as a significant step the Biden administration's decision to extend support to the proposal by India and South Africa on the patents waiver.  "I do want to stress that this was a significant step on the part of the Biden administration to take this and extend the support to the initiative India and South Africa had put forward to waive intellectual property restrictions when it comes to COVID19 vaccines," he said.  "We are just not waiting for that to take place. What we are also doing is ramping up all of our efforts across the board in partnership with India, in partnership with other countries to increase production of COVID19 vaccines and increase their availability," Smith said at an online media briefing.
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  • Bihar reports 10,920 new #COVID19 cases, taking the total count of active cases to 1,02,099

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  • Delhi, Karnataka, AP, Telangana, among states, to invite global tender for COVID vaccine procurement 

    The governments of Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Tuesday joined several other states which have decided to issue global tenders for procurement of COVID vaccines as the domestic supply fails to keep up with the rising demand amid the fierce second wave of the pandemic. The Centre said it has so far provided more than 18 crore vaccine doses to states and UTs free of cost, but many of them have complained of an acute shortage of the jabs and are now prioritising people who need to be given their second dose within a prescribed period. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha have also taken the global tender route for procuring vaccines swiftly. Two crore COVID vaccine doses will be procured through global tender to meet the increased demand and to facilitate vaccination of the age group of 18-44 years, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and state COVID task force head C N Ashwath Narayan said.

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  • COVID-19 fight: Truecaller launches Healthcare Directory in India to help users find hospitals
    Telephone search engine and caller ID service provider, Truecaller, has launched a COVID-19 Healthcare Directory allowing users in India to easily find hospitals and care facilities in their area.Get…
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  • Indian Railways loses 1952 employees to COVID-19, speeds up vaccination drive
    Around 1000 railway men are getting affected by the COVID-19 virus daily, according to the Railways Ministry.Get latest Healthcare online at cnbctv18.com
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  • Battling COVID-19: From Madras to Delhi to Allahabad, here’s what High Courts said on Oxygen crisis
    In a bid to streamline the distribution and strengthen the oxygen storage infrastructure in the country amid rising COVID-19 cases, high courts in the country have made some important observations.Get…
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  • BJP MLA alleges vaccine scam in Mumbai, demands audit of all COVID-19 jabs

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  • Telangana to invite global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines 

    Telangana Cabinet has decided to invite global tenders to procure COVID-19 vaccines on a war footing, says Chief Minister's Office

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  • Cabinet Secretary reviews COVID situation

    Groups of Experts on Vaccination and Supply of Oxygen working since April, 2020 and August, 2020 respectively

    Second Dose of Vaccine should be a priority to build effective immunity against the virus

    Vaccine wastage by States/UTs should be Minimised

    Rational Utilisation of Oxygen should be done

    Field functionaries and community leaders to be engaged for spreading awareness regarding COVID care in rural areas

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  • Don't stop COVID-19 ambulances at borders until due advisory- HC tells Telangana govt
    The Telangana High Court on   Tuesday directed the state government not to stop COVID19 patients coming in ambulances from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to the city seeking treatment, until the state issues necessary advisories to the patients and its AP counterparts.   A Bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, while hearing a batch of PILs on COVID19 situation in the state, expressed concern over reports of Telangana police stopping ambulances carrying infected patients to the city for treatment as the patients did not haveconfirmed beds from any of the hospitals here.
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  • AstraZeneca pledges $250,000 as humanitarian aid to India
    Drug major AstraZeneca on Tuesday said it has pledged USD 250,000 (over Rs 1.8 crore) in humanitarian aid to India to support relief activities amid the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping across the country. The aid to India is part of the USD 1 million which the British-Swedish multinational has earmarked for relief initiatives across communities which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. "Today, AstraZeneca pledges 1 million USD in humanitarian aid to support relief activities in India as well as other communities around the world hardest hit by the pandemic. "This includes directing 250,000 USD direct relief to support their efforts in India, which includes the distribution of oxygen concentrators, medicines, other supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide treatment and care for those with COVID-19," AstraZeneca said in a statement on Twitter.

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  • Karnataka asks Cipla, Jubilant to fulfil Remdesivir supply obligation within 24 hrs

    Karnataka has asked Cipla, Jubilant to fulfil supply obligation of Remdesivir within 24 hrs or face legal action. The state said Centre had directed Jubilant Ltd to supply 32,000 Remdesevir vials to the state by May 9. However, the state only received 17,601 vials from company as of May 8.

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  • Directly supplied Covaxin to 18 states since May 1: Bharat Biotech
     
    Bharat Biotech on Tuesday said it will continue the steady supply of its COVID19 vaccine Covaxin, adding the jab has been directly supplied to 18 states since May 1.  The states include Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the Hyderabadbased firm added."COVAXIN has been directly supplied to 18 states since May 1st. Unflinching in our efforts, we will continue the steady supply of our #vaccine," Bharat Biotech said in a tweet. The company is supplying its vaccine to Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.Bharat Biotech has commenced direct supply of Covaxin with effect from May 1 to several states based on the allocations received by the central government, the company's Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella had earlier said. On April 29, Bharat Biotech had announced a cut in the price of Covaxin for states to Rs 400 per dose from the earlier Rs 600.
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  • Congress sets up a 13-member COVID-19 Relief Task Force 
    Congress sets up a 13-member COVID-19 Relief Task Force under chairmanship of former Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to coordinate relief activities of the party

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  • West Bengal reports record 20,136 new COVID-19 cases, 132 more deaths: Health Department

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COVID-19 News Highlights: India has added more than 3 lakh COVID-19 cases in a single day but the daily tally is the lowest in the last two weeks. India has reported 3,29,942 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 2,26,62,575, the data by the Health Ministry said. The daily active cases fell for the first time in the last two months and it is down to 30,016. The total number of active cases is 37,15,221, the data updated at 8 am showed. In terms of recovery, 3,56,082 were discharged in the last 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is 1,90,27,304, the data stated. The recovery rate rose to 82.75 percent from the previous day’s 82.39 percent. The positivity rate fell below 20 percent for the first time in the last two weeks. It is now at 17.83 percent vis-a-vis yesterday’s 24.83 percent. The daily fatalities continue to be above 3,000 for the 14th straight day. In the 24 hours, 3,876 deaths were reported, thus taking the toll to 2,49,992.

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