COVID-19 LIVE Updates | India’s COVID-19 Recovery Rate At 83.50%; Imported Sputnik V Vaccine to Cost Rs 995.40 Per Shot

In the latest, India’s cumulative recoveries crossed the 2-crore mark over the last 24 hours, taking the national recovery rate to 83.50 per cent, the Union Health Ministry reported on Friday.

An imported dose of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus will cost ₹ 995.40 in India, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, which is manufacturing the vaccine in India, said today. Sputnik V, with an efficiency of 91.6 per cent, is the third vaccine to be approved for use in India.

India recorded 343,144 fresh Covid-19 infections on Friday, taking the caseload tally to 24,046,809, according to data released by Union Health Ministry. Deaths from the virus surged by 4,000 to hit 262,317 in total. Meanwhile, Maharashtra contributed 42,582 new cases on Thursday, while Kerala reported 39,955. Uttar Pradesh is no longer in the top five contributors. Andhra Pradesh has stepped in with more than 22,000 cases. Of the toll reported on Thursday, Maharashtra contributed 882 deaths, while 344 came from Karnataka.

Coronavirus in India: 
Active cases: 3,704,893 (Net reduction: 5,632)
Deaths: 262,317 (Net increase: 4,000)
Cured: 20,079,599 (Net increase: 344,776)
Total cases: 24,046,809 (Net increase: 343,144)
Total vaccination: 179,298,584 (Increase over previous day: 2,027,162)
Surge in COVID cases in villages: Haryana CM urges farmers to suspend protest

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday urged farmers to suspend their protest against farm laws amid the Covid-19 situation, claiming that their movements to and from dharna sites were spreading the infection in villages.

Andhra govt issues global tender for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday called for global tenders for procuring COVID-19 vaccines. Speaking to the media, Andhra Pradesh Medical and Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal said that the last date for filing bids is June 3, 2021. He further said that the pre-bid meeting is likely to be held on May 20 or May 22.

120 prisoners test positive for Covid-19 in Odisha jails

Two individuals lost their lives and at least 120 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19, as per an official on Thursday. While speaking to the reporters, DIG (Prisons), Subhakanta Mishra said, “Two individuals lost their lives and at least 120 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19. Critical patients shifted to COVID hospitals and 449 convicts released on 90-day parole.”

Panel formed to probe into oxygen supply issue at Goa Medical College and Hospital

The Goa government on Thursday formed a three-member committee to inquire into the oxygen supply issue at Goa Medical College and Hospital.”The Committee will have to finish the task within the next 3 days. The Secretary (Health) will is also directed to provide necessary support to the Committee in timely completion of the task. This is issued with the approval of the Competent Authority”, informed Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, Revenue Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA.

Kerala CM Vijayan urges PM Modi to increase daily oxygen quota of state to 450MT

Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate enhancement of the state’s daily oxygen supply to 450 metric tonnes (MT).

Chhattisgarh govt to pay for education of children orphaned due to COVID-19

Chhattisgarh government on Thursday decided that it will pay for education for those children who lost their parents due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Amid the fight against Covid-19, the Government of Chhattisgarh has taken a decision that will wipe some tears of people affected by effects of Covid-19. Chattisgarh Government stands by the children of Chhattisgarh who have been stripped of everything due to Covid’s ruthless attack, and will not only bear the responsibility of their education, but will also make every effort to shape their future”, informed an official release by the state government.

PIL in SC seeks SIT probe into case of floating corpses in Ganga

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday sought direction for setting up a Special Investigating Agency to supervise the probe into around 100 corpses found floating in the river Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and Ghazipur districts. The petition filed by two lawyers — Pradeep Yadav and Vishal Thakre — sought direction to constitute an SIT directing the respondent authorities to conduct postmortems of the dead bodies which were found floating in the river Ganga in Buxar, Ghazipur and Unnao districts respectively. The petitioner-cum-lawyer duo of Yadav and Thakre said that the recovery of these decomposed corpses from the river Ganga raises serious concern as the river water is the freshwater source for many people in the areas and if the bodies were infected by COVID 19, then it might spread among the villages in both the states because of contaminated water.

Global Updates :
Fully vaccinated people not required to wear masks in US: CDC

In the biggest indication that the United States is fast returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks. The recommendation holds true for both indoors and outdoors, the CDC said.

It’s a great day: Biden praises US CDC’s new guidelines on no mask usage for vaccinated people

US president Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) praised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidelines on removing the requirement of masks for fully vaccinated people, but cautioned those not vaccinated to protect themselves unless they have reached the finish line.

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