COVID-19 LIVE Updates | DRDO-Developed Anti-COVID Drug Gets Approval For Emergency Use

In the latest, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for the emergency use of drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe COVID-19 cases, said Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Saturday.

Earlier, the Centre revised the policy for admission of COVID-19 patients to the hospitals. A test report confirming the coronavirus infection is now not mandatory for admission of patients to the medical facilities, the Union Health Ministry said on May 8.

Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday stepped up the demand for vaccines for the national capital.

“If we get adequate vaccine doses, we can complete vaccination within 3 months. There’re 1.5 crore people above 18 years of age in Delhi so we need 3 crore doses. Out of this, Delhi Govt has got only 40 lakh doses so far. We need 2.6 crores more doses,” he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meanwhile demanded a universal vaccine programme for all and asserted that Rs 30,000 crore for vaccination is nothing for the Central government.

“Rs 30,000 crore is nothing for the Central government… There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country,” she said while addressing the state Assembly on Saturday. She had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting free COVID vaccination for all citizens.

Uttar Pradesh on the other hand became the first state to float a global tender to procure COVID-19 vaccines, specifying it wants 40 million doses within six months.

India recorded 4,187 deaths linked to COVID-19 in a day for the first time and over 4 lakh daily cases for the fourth time in a week.

A day after reporting the world’s highest single day surge in cases, India recorded 4.01 lakh cases today, taking the active caseload to 37,23,446. The total number of deaths due to the pandemic has now gone up to 2.38 lakh.

In order to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus, Tamil Nadu government has announced a two week lockdown from May 10. Tamil Nadu is among the states showing increasing trend in daily new COVID-19 cases, according to the Centre.

In Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced lockdown-like restrictions from May 10 to May 24 in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

There was already a curfew in place in the state from April 27, which was to end on May 12. “The second wave of COVID-19 is creating havoc as the corona curfew imposed in the state has not yielded the expected result in reducing the infection and death rate. Therefore, the government has decided to impose a stringent measure to check the spread of the disease and death. Restrictions will be imposed in the entire state from 6 am on May 10 to 6 am on May 24,” he added.

To curb the spread of the virus in the north eastern state of Manipur, curfew will be enforced till May 17.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) IL-76 aircraft airlifted three cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore and landed at Panagarh Air base, West Bengal on Friday, according to an official statement.

An IAF C-17 is also bringing three cryogenic oxygen containers and three pallets of respirators from Israel to Hindan Air base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

In another development, 2 lionesses tested positive for COVID-19 at the Etawah safari park and have been kept in isolation. Eight Asiatic lions at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the first Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light.

Besides, in view of complaints by several users that they received notification of vaccination dose administered to them irrespective of missing their appointments made on CoWIN, the Union Health Ministry has introduced a new 4-digit security code feature in the CoWIN portal.

Moreover, Karnataka on Friday announced a two-week lockdown amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The BS Yediyurappa government said the lockdown will be from 6 am on May 10 to 6 am on May 24.

In view of the rapid surge in COVID-19 infection, the Goa government on Friday imposed a two-week curfew in the state from May 9 till May 23.

In Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that 1.84 lakh people between the age group of 18-44 years have been administered the first dose of Covid vaccine in the first four days of the start of third phase of the vaccination drive in the national capital.

India has recorded over 410,000 fresh COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, taking its cumulative caseload to 21,485,285. On Friday, the country recorded 4,14,188 cases and 3,915 deaths, according to the data released by Union Health Ministry. India now has 3.65 million active cases.

India has reported a record 36,110 COVID-19 deaths in the past 10 days, which is about 150 fatalities per hour. On Thursday, the country hit another high with over 4.14 lakh fresh cases of coronavirus and 3,927 deaths. India has recorded over 3,000 deaths daily for the past 10 days.

With this, India has reported the highest cumulative deaths in 10 consecutive days by any country across the world.

Allahabad HC seeks COVID-19 status report in rural areas from state govt


The Allahabad High Court on Friday sought the status of the COVID-19 situation in the countryside from the Uttar Pradesh government and also the measures it is considering to curb the surge in the spread of the infection there.
Two lionesses test positive for COVID-19 at UP’s Etawah Safari Park

Two lionesses have tested positive for COVID-19 at Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh, the authorities confirmed on Friday. A statement issued by the office of Director of Etawah Safari stated that the two lionesses have tested positive for coronavirus and their treatment has begun as advised by experts. However, the condition of both animals was stable as of 7 pm yesterday.

Congress likely to hold CWC meet on May 10 over COVID-19 situation in India

As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, Congress is likely to hold a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on May 10 to discuss the pandemic situation in India.

Gilead Sciences gifts another 25,600 vials of Remdesivir to India

India thanked American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences on Saturday for gifting another 25,600 vials of Remdesivir, which is used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

France to impose mandatory quarantine for arrivals from Pakistan, 6 other countries

France will impose a mandatory 10-day quarantine restriction on travellers from Pakistan and six other countries in wake of rising COVID-19 infections, announced the country’s Interior Ministry on Friday. Citing an update on the French Interior Ministry website, CNN reported that Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar have been included in the list. The total number of countries subject to a travel quarantine in France has now risen to 12.

Malaysia imposes travel ban on Pakistan, other countries

Malaysia has announced a travel ban for Pakistan and several other Asian countries over rising cases of COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks. Citizens from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal will not be allowed to enter Malaysia from Saturday.

Senior Malaysia Minister Ismail Yakoob said: “The travel restriction imposed on citizens of these countries involved all categories holding long-term social visit passes, business travellers and for social visits.” “Exemptions are, however, given to holders of diplomatic passports and officials as stated in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. This category will be considered to enter Malaysia using the existing standard operating procedures,” he added.


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