Coronavirus LIVE Updates | MP Declares Complete Lockdown Till May 15, Lockdown In Kerala From May 8, Corona Curfew In Himachal

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Madhya Pradesh has declared complete lockdown in the state till May 15 to contain the surge in coronavirus cases. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said “have to completely everything”.

Himachal Pradesh too has clamped Corona Curfew which will come into effect from Friday and will be in effect till May 16. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday announced a state-wide lockdown starting Saturday till May 16 to tackle the second wave of COVID-19 situation in the state. The lockdown will start from 6 am on May 8 till May 16. Also, the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which began for people under the 18-44 age group is currently underway at 301 centres across the national capital.

Amid an acute shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, the Delhi government has set up a portal on its official website to streamline the distribution of oxygen to COVID-19 patients in home isolation, non-COVID hospitals, nursing homes and ambulances.

According to the official release, those requiring oxygen for home isolation can apply with a valid photo id, Aadhar card details, COVID positive report and other documents like CT scan report if available on the Delhi government website — delhi.gov.in.

“From 06 05 2021, all persons/individuals requiring oxygen for home isolation patients will apply on delhi.gov.in/ with a valid photo id, Aadhar card details, COVID positive report and other documents (CT Scan report, etc. if available) indicating the actual need for oxygen,” it said.

Meanwhile, breaking all records, India today reported 412,618 fresh Covid-19 infections. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million. Apart from fresh cases, maximum casualties was also reported with nearly 4000 deaths in a single day. The country now has 3.57 million active cases. In the past one month alone, India has added nearly 8,570,000 infections to its tally.

Top five states which have registered maximum cases are Maharashtra with 57,640 cases, followed by Karnataka with 50,112 cases, Kerala with 41,953 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 31,111 cases and Tamil Nadu with 23,310 cases. 49.52% of the new cases are reported from these five states, with Maharashtra alone responsible for 13.98% of the new cases.

Summary of Coronavirus cases in India.

Active cases: 3,566,398 (Net addition: 79,169)
Deaths: 230,168 (Net increase: 3,980)
Cured: 17,280,844 (Net increase: 329,113)
Total cases: 21,077,410 (Net increase: 412,262)
Total vaccination: 162,513,339 (Increase over previous day: 1,955,733)
17 doctors found absent during duty hours in Chapra Sadar hospital, explanation demanded

As many as 17 doctors at Sadar Hospital in Bihar’s Chapra district have been asked to submit a letter to explain their reported absence from the hospital’s COVID-19 isolation ward during their duty hours on Tuesday. Civil surgeon Dr Janardan Prasad Sukumar has asked the 17 doctors to submit an explanation letter within 24 hours to the hospital’s deputy superintendent. “Any sort of negligence towards the duty will not be accepted,” said Dr Sukumar. As per the instructions of Dr Sukumar, it has been ordered that an FIR would be registered under the Disaster Management Act against the doctors.

RLD chief Ajit Singh after contracting COVID-19

Veteran politician and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh dies after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Ajit Singh was undergoing treatment at a Gurgaon Hospital. Ajit Singh, a prominent leader in western Uttar Pradesh, was the son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.

US announces support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

The Biden administration has announced to support India and South Africa’s proposal before the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive anti-COVID vaccine patents to boost its supply. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said this is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. “The (Biden) administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” Tai said. The Biden administration’s decision will make it easier for the WTO’s General Council to approve the proposal.

Uttarakhand govt allots Rs 100 crore for COVID-19 vaccination of beneficiaries aged 18-44

Rs 100 crores have been allotted from the Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister’s relief fund for COVID-19 vaccination of citizens between18-44 years of age in the state, Additional Secretary to the state government Arunendra Singh Chauhan has informed.

65 foreign national doctors at AIIMS unpaid for a year: AIIMS RDA

Amid the raging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said that 65 foreign nationals, including those from Nepal, training at the institute have not received their salaries. Out of the 151 Nepalese doctors training at AIIMS in New Delhi, PGI in Chandigarh and JIPMER Puducherry, 65 working at AIIMS are yet to receive their salaries. “All of these 65 foreign national Doctors in AIIMS New Delhi, over and above their regular clinical duties are also performing COVID duties since March 2020. They are performing such duties even by putting their own life … They are not being paid a single penny towards a stipend, despite explicit and clear directions in … July 2018,” the letter by the RDA read.

Remdesivir supply to increase to 20,000 vials per day for next 5 days in K’taka

The four companies which are supplying anti-viral Remdesivir to the government have agreed to increase the supply to 20,000 vials for the next five days starting from May 6 (Thursday), said Deputy Chief Minister and State COVID task force head Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana, on Wednesday.

Sukma borders on high alert over new mutant strain of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh

The borders connecting Sukma district with Andhra Pradesh are on high alert regarding the new mutant strain of COVID-19 in the state and people must carry an RT-PCR report to enter Sukma, informed the district administration. “Due to a new mutant strain of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh, all the check posts in Sukma that connects the state of Andhra Pradesh are on high alert. Anybody entering the Sukma district must carry an RT-PCR test report. The test must be done within 72 hours,” said Sukma Collector Vineet Nandanwar. The rule is applicable to all passengers whether traveling in a bus or a private vehicle. The district administration is on 24-hour vigilance.

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