Delhi reported 4,524 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since April 5, and 340 fatalities on Monday while the positivity rate dipped to 8.42 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin released by the city government.
Besides, actor Rajinikanth on Monday met Chief Minister MK Stalin at the secretariat here and donated Rs 50 lakhs to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as the state battles the second wave of coronavirus.
He also appealed to the people to follow the guidelines issued by the government in the view of COVID-19. “To eradicate corona, I have donated Rs 50 lakhs to Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund. People should follow, whatever the rules and regulations are given by the government to overcome the Corona,” said Rajinikanth.
— NewsMobile Samachar (@NewsMobileHindi) May 17, 2021
This comes after Stalin’s appeal to people to donate money to CM Relief Fund to fight the second wave of COVID-19.
India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 2,81,386 fresh infections, the Union Health Ministry update showed on Monday. With this, the total tally reached 24,965,463. The case count has fallen below the 3-lakh mark for the first time in 25 days. However, 4,106 people succumbed to the disease in the said period, which pushed up the death toll to 274,390.
Also, the number of active cases have down to 3,516,997 from Sunday’s 3,618,458 — the biggest single day drop ever.
#CoronavirusUpdates | India records 2.81 lakh new Covid-19 cases, 4,106 deaths in last 24 hours#CoronaPandemic#CoronavirusIndia#Corona2ndWave #IndiaFightsCorona #MaskUpIndia #StayHomeStaySafe #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/W5Uqgti4M8
— NewsMobile (@NewsMobileIndia) May 17, 2021
Uttarakhand reports its first black fungus death
Uttarakhand reported its first death by black fungus or Mucormycosis at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh, informed AIIMS PRO on Monday. AIIMS PRO Dr Harish Thapliyal said that the black fungus infection has been found in 15 COVID-19 patients of Uttarakhand and they are admitted to AIIMS Rishikesh. “Along with the corona infection, the risk of black fungus is increasing in Uttarakhand, the circumstances are that cases of black fungus are continuously coming up in Uttarakhand and the first death due to black fungus was reported in AIIMS Rishikesh,” said AIIMS PRO.
Uttarakhand govt directs hospitals to provide data of COVID-19 deaths daily
The Uttarakhand health department has given strict instructions to hospitals to provide data of COVID-19 deaths to the State Control Room on the same day. State Health Secretary Amit Negi said that the case will be registered against the hospital superintendent if death figures of COVID-19 infected people who were treated at the COVID hospital are not provided on the same day. Besides this, the Secretary has also issued directions to all the district magistrates and Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in this regard.
Tamil Nadu forms legislators’ Advisory Committee to combat COVID-19
The Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday said that it had formed a thirteen-member Legislators’ Advisory Committee which is headed by Chief Minister MK Stalin and comprises legislative assembly members to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Former Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) legislator N Ezhilan and GK Mani of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) are some prominent members of the committee. It was decided to form the committee at the all-party legislators’ leaders meeting held on May 13 at the Secretariat.
Senior virologist Shahid Jameel quits as Chairman of Centre’s Covid genome surveillance project
Senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the chairman of scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by union government in December last year for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains of COVID-19 in India.
In medicine, oxygen hoarding case, nothing incriminating found against Gambhir, Srinivas, others, Delhi Police tells HC
Delhi Police has told the High Court that it has found nothing against leaders like BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and Congress’ Srinivas in alleged medicine hoarding cases and clarified that they have actually been helping people in getting medical aid in form of medicine, oxygen, blood plasma and hospital bed.
Delhi Police in its reply to the High Court said that the enquiry conducted so far has revealed that all the persons alleged to have been hoarding medicine etc have been actually helping people in getting medical aid in form of medicine, oxygen, plasma or hospital bed. The persons enquired into have not charged any money for the help provided, and thus no one has been defrauded.
Delhi left with 1 day Covaxin stock for people aged 45 and above
Delhi has only one day of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin sock left for beneficiaries aged 45 years and above, while Covishield stock will last for five days for the same group of beneficiaries, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Atishi Marlena informed on Sunday.
Global Update :
Australian state ends temporary measures for COVID-19
Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) announced on Monday that the temporary COVID-safe measures in place for the Greater Sydney area ended, despite the missing link between previous local cases. The health authorities’ decision came as no further transmissions were detected in relation to the two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. From Monday, the 20-person maximum for guests at private homes would be lifted. Leisure activities at indoor venues such as standing-up drinking, group singing and dancing at nightclubs would be allowed.
Saudi Arabia lifts quarantine requirement for foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID
Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced that it will lift the mandatory quarantine requirement for foreign visitors who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Schools in US under pressure to reopen for in-person learning
Schools in United States are under pressure to open in-person learning given the authorization of a vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 and new federal guidance that vaccinated people do not need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors.