COVID-19 Highlights: Maharashtra suspends vaccination drive for 18-44 age group; Haryana extends lockdown-like curbs till May 31

COVID-19 Highlights: Maharashtra suspends vaccination drive for 18-44 age group; Haryana extends lockdown-like curbs till May 31


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Kerala registers 25,820 new cases; 188 deaths

Kerala reported 25,820,fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total caseload to 23,17,911, while 188 deaths pushed the toll to 7,358. Recoveries outnumbered new cases with 37,316 people undergoing treatment testing negative for the virus, taking the total number to 20,62,635. Active cases stood at 2,77,598. (PTI)

COVID-19 situation improving gradually in Jammu and Kashmir, says L-G

The COVID-19 situation is improving gradually in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said on Sunday and sought active participation from various stakeholders to complement the efforts of his administration in the fight against the pandemic.However, he said in order to deal with emergency situations, a robust system has been planned and being implemented so that the people requiring medical attention would be provided with the necessary medicare facilities and treatment. (PTI)

Haryana extends lockdown-like curbs till May 31

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown till May 31. State Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan in the order said the lockdown, which was earlier imposed till May 24, has been extended by a week till 5 am on May 31. (PTI)

Moderna declines Punjab’s request for direct vaccine supply

The leading COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer has declined the Punjab government’s request for direct supply of doses stating that would deal “only deal with Government of India.”

COVID-19 taking toll on 31-40-50 age group in Andhra Pradesh

Coronavirus is taking a heavy toll on people in the 31-40-50 age groups while largely sparing children and those over 60 in the ongoing second wave in Andhra Pradesh. The State has now crossed the 10,000-mark in the total number of Covid-19 deaths since the first one was reported on April 3, 2020.  (PTI)

Puducherry adds 1,448 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths

The union territory reported 1,448 fresh coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, a single day high, a senior Health Department official said. The 34 fatalities took the toll to 1,359, n health official stated.

First Oxygen Express reached Assam today with 80 MT of Oxygen: Railways

The Ministry of Railways informed that it’s the first Oxygen Express carrying 80 MT of oxygen reached Assam today. The ministry informed that more than 15,000 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen has been delivered across 14 States by ‘Oxygen Express’ trains till now.

Vaccine drive to get faster after adequate supply starts from June: Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday expressed confidence that the vaccination drive would be expedited after the state starts getting adequate supply of doses from June.  Inaugurating a field training workshop titled Pediatrics COVID-19 , Thackeray said his government was relentlessly pursuing the issue of vaccine supply, adding that his government was ready to make one-time payment for 12 crore doses for beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group, who account for six crore of the state’s total population.. “I am confident the vaccination drive will pick up once the supply is smooth after June,” the CM asserted. (PTI)

UK study finds COVID vaccines highly effective’ against B1.617.2 variant


A new study by health officials in England shows for the first time that two doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Public Health England (PHE) said on Saturday that while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was 88 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19 from the B1.617.2 variant of concern (VOC) two weeks after the second dose, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was 60 per cent effective against symptomatic disease from the B1.617.2 VOC. (PTI)

Puducherry adds 1,448 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths push toll

The union territory of Puducherry reported 1,448 fresh coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, a single day high, a senior Health department official said on Sunday. The 34 fatalities took the toll to 1,359, Director of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said. (PTI)

Over 21.80 crore vaccine doses provided to states, union territories so far: Centre

The health ministry said in a statement today that More than 21.80 crore vaccine doses against COVID-19 have been provided to states and union territories so far and over 1.90 crore jabs are still available with them. The ministry further assured that 40,650 COVID-19 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states/UTs within the next three days.

Maharashtra suspends COVID-19 inoculation drive for 18-44 age group

COVID-19 inoculation drive for 18-44 age group has been suspended as supply of vaccines isn’t smooth. I’m hopeful that from June production capacity of vaccines will increase, then, we can run 24hr vaccination drive in the state, said Maharashtra CM during interaction with paediatricians.

FPIs net sellers at Rs 4,444 crore in May so far amid pandemic surge

Overseas investors withdrew Rs 4,444 crore from Indian markets in May so far amid concerns over the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and its possible impact on the Indian economy. As per depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) took out Rs 6,370 crore from equities but pumped in Rs 1,926 crore in the debt segment between May 1-21. This took the total net outflow to Rs 4,444 crore. (PTI)

WHO has supported India with 170 MT of essential medical supplies: Regional Director

WHO has supported India by providing various essential medical supplies including – Oxygen concentrators, testing kits, hospital beds, PPEs and auxiliary health facilities near existing hospitals, said WHO South-East Asia Regional Director. She further added that these supplies are expected to help in filling critical gaps that the country is facing in its ongoing battle against the pandemic.

Lockdown has been extended in Delhi till May 31

Lockdown has been extended till 31st May, 5am in Delhi, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He added that the positivity rate has come to 2.5% in Delhi. 1,600 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi in the last 24 hour

Ninth “Oxygen Express” carrying 120 tonnes LMO reaches Bengaluru

The ninth “Oxygen Express”carrying 120 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), in 6 containers has reached the city this morning, South Western Railway said on Sunday. So far, Karnataka has received 1,062.14 tonnes of LMO by Rail. “The ninth Oxygen Express reached ICD Whitefield at 07:30 am today (May 23). It had started from Tatanagar, Jharkhand at 23:35 hrs on May 21,” South Western Railway said in a release. (PTI)

131 more cased reported in Ladakh

Ladakh has registered three more COVID-19 related fatalities and 131 fresh cases, taking the union territory’s infection tally to 17,277 and its death toll to 176, officials said on Sunday. Of the new cases, 108 were in Leh and 23 in Kargil. This puts the number of active cases in the twin districts to 1,516 with 1,280 in Leh and 236 in Kargil, as per the latest PTI report.

Bihar govt declares black fungus infection an epidemic

The Bihar government declared black fungus or mucormycosis as an epidemic disease under section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897.

Uttarakhand government declares black fungus to be an epidemic

A total of 65 patients have been detected with black fungus (Mucormycosis) in Uttarakhand. Of which, 61 are admitted to AIIMS Rishikesh: Uttarakhand Health Department

India reports 2,40,842 new COVID-19 cases

India on Sunday reported 2,40,842 new COVID-19 cases, 3,55,102 discharges & 3,741 deaths in last 24 hrs, as per Health Ministry.Total cases: 2,65,30,132Total discharges: 2,34,25,467Death toll: 2,99,266Active cases: 28,05,399Total vaccination: 19,50,04,184

IMA demands action against Ramdev for describing allopathy as ‘stupid science’

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded that the Centre should take strict action against yoga guru Ramdev for allegedly misleading people by making “unlearned” comments and describing modern medicine as “stupid science”, remarks which were denied as “false” by the Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust. The Resident Doctors’ Associations of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung Hospital too condemned Ramdev’s statement and demanded that “strictest steps” be taken against him.

19.49 crore vaccine doses administered till now: Centre

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 19.49 crore on Saturday, the Health Ministry said. In a statement, it said 6,82,398 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose on Saturday, and cumulatively 99,79,676 across 37 states/UTs since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive. Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have administered more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for their first dose of COVID vaccine, it said.

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Distribution of ayurvedic medicine touted as miracle cure for COVID-19 indefinitely suspended

Distribution of the Ayurvedic preparation, that came to be known as ‘Krishnapatnam Medicine’, touted to be a miracle cure for COVID19, drawing thousands of people to the village, has been indefinitely suspended till its efficacy is scientifically established. A team of experts from the Andhra Pradesh Ayush Department, led by its Commissioner Ramulu Naik, inspected a demonstration of the medicine preparation in Krishnapatnam on Saturday.

Madhya Pradesh records 3,844 new cases; 89 deaths; 9,327 recoveries

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday saw 3,844 new COVID19 cases and 89 casualties that raised the tally of infections to 7,60,963 and pushed the toll to 7,483, an official from the state health department said. At least 9,327 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recoveries to 6,91,427, the official said.

States given 19 oxygen plants, over 16.5k concentrators received as foreign aid: Govt

Nineteen oxygen generation plants, 16,530 oxygen concentrators, 15,901 oxygen cylinders and about 6.6 lakh Remdesivir vials received as global aid have been delivered or dispatched to states and union territories since April 27, the Centre said on Saturday. The Central government has been receiving international cooperation in the form of COVID19 medical supplies and equipment since April 27 from different countries and organisations. Through a streamlined and systematic mechanism, various ministries and departments have seamlessly collaborated under the ‘whole of government’ approach for expeditiously delivering incoming global aid to states and union territories, the Union Health Ministry said.

Second case of black fungus reported in HP

The second case of black fungus infection has been detected in Himachal Pradesh, officials said on Saturday. A native of Arki in Solan district has been diagnosed with the black fungus infection, also known as mucormycosis, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital’s Senior Medical Superintendent Dr Janak Raj said. The woman is currently being treated at the IGMC here, where she has been referred from Arki, he added. She has undergone surgery at the hospital and her condition is stable, Dr Janak Raj said.


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