Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi CM announces Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to families who lost member to Covid; Maharashtra reports 28,438 new cases

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Coronavirus Lockdown in India, Restrictions Extension, Covid-19 Cases in India in Last 24 Hours, Covid Vaccine Update India, Coronavirus Death Count in India May 18 Highlights: PM Narendra Modi interacts with state and district officials across the country on Covid-19 management; During the meeting, Modi stresses on localised containment; states to get 15 days advance vaccination schedule; India reports 263,533 new cases — lowest in 28 days; AIIMS is working on guidelines to treat Black Fungus; Madhya Pradesh extends ‘Corona curfew’ in all 52 districts

Malappuram district accounted for 5,313 cases today, the highest, while Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam clocked over 3,000 cases.Malappuram district accounted for 5,313 cases today, the highest, while Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam clocked over 3,000 cases.

Covid India Highlights, Coronavirus Cases and Lockdown in India Highlights: Silver lining in India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic! For the past few days, Coronavirus infections in India have started declining. The number of per day Covid-19 cases has plunged more than 1 lakh cases – from over 4 lakh cases during end-April to nearly 3 lakh cases today. In the last 24 hours, India reported 2,63,533 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 28 days, according to Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 25-million mark and became the second country after the US to achieve the grim milestone. Even as Coronavirus cases decline in the country, the high fatalities rate remains a worry for the government. The country has been reporting over 4,000 deaths per day due to complications linked to coronavirus infections for the past 10-15 days. On Tuesday, the country saw its deadliest day with 4,329 Covid-19 fatalities, its highest single-day toll so far since the pandemic started last year. Another concern is the spread of the virus to rural areas. According to the data, the second wave of Coronavirus infections has already started spreading to rural areas.

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In order to contain the virus infections, almost the entire country is under some kind of Covid-19 restrictions, be it lockdown or curfew. On Saturday, West Bengal imposed a lockdown. States/UTs like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala have extended Covid-19 lockdown. Punjab has also extended Corona restrictions. Once Covid-19 epicentre, Maharashtra would remain under lockdown-like restrictions till the morning of June 1. In South, Andhra Pradesh on Monday announced a complete lockdown, extending the lockdown-like restrictions in the state till May-end. Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also under lockdown.

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In the meanwhile, the Delhi government said that it will provide Rs 50,000 ex gratia to each family that has lost a member to Covid-19, besides a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 if the deceased was an earning member. Announcing this, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that the children who have lost both parents, or single parent, due to Covid-19 will also be provided a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 up to the age of 25 years. Also, the government will take care of their education, he said. All these announcements will be implemented after they are approved by the Delhi Cabinet, he added.

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As the world’s second-most populous nation tries to find a way out of the second wave of coronavirus infections, here are the latest, confirmed updates on Covid-19 from India and around the globe:

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    23:24 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 in India Live Tracker: Rajasthan reports 8,398 new COVID-19 cases, 146 deaths, and 25,160 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Rajasthan reports 8,398 new COVID-19 cases, 146 deaths, and 25,160 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 8,79,664Active cases 1,59,455 (ANI)

    23:16 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 in India Live Tracker: Pune reports 3,741 new COVID-19 cases, 7,358 recoveries and 108 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Maharashtra | Pune reports 3,741 new COVID-19 cases, 7,358 recoveries and 108 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 76,473Total cases 9,76,429 (ANI)

    22:05 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 in India Live Tracker: 7,774 new COVID-19 cases, 14,897 recoveries and 124 fatalities reported in Haryana today

    7,774 new COVID-19 cases, 14,897 recoveries and 124 fatalities reported in Haryana today

    Total cases 7,09,689Active cases 75,914 (ANI)

    21:54 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 in India Live Tracker: Mumbai records 953 new COVID-19 cases, 2,258 recoveries and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Mumbai records 953 new COVID-19 cases, 2,258 recoveries and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases 6,90,889. Death toll 14,352. Total recovered cases 6,41,598. Active cases 32,925 (ANI)

    21:38 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid-19 in India Live Tracker: Karnataka reports highest ever single day recoveries with 58,395 discharges

    Karnataka reports highest ever single day recoveries with 58,395 discharges, outnumbering fresh COVID-19 cases which stand at 30,309: Health department (PTI)

    21:31 (IST)18 May 2021
    Will examine data of 2-DG drug for adding it to national COVID treatment protocol: Govt

    The government will consider including India’s first indigenous anti-COVID drug 2-DG in the national COVID-19 treatment protocol after examining the data of the medicine, officials said Tuesday. At a press conference, NITI Aayog member (health) Dr V K Paul said Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for emergency use of the drug after looking at the data. The drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad. In response to a question, Paul said, “We will examine in COVID-19 National Task Force meeting for adding the drug in the national treatment protocol.” | Read More

    21:25 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: West Bengal reports 19,428 new COVID-19 cases, 19,050 recoveries and 145 deaths in the last 24 hours

    West Bengal reports 19,428 new COVID-19 cases, 19,050 recoveries and 145 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 11,71,861Total recoveries 10,26,492Death toll 13,576 

    Active cases 1,31,793 (ANI)

    21:17 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 28,438 new COVID-19 cases, 52,898 discharges and 679 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reports 28,438 new COVID-19 cases, 52,898 discharges and 679 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 54,33,506Total recoveries 49,27,480Death toll 83,777

    Active cases 4,19,727 (ANI)

    21:09 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu registers 33,059 new COVID-19 cases, 21,362 discharges and 364 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Tamil Nadu registers 33,059 new COVID-19 cases, 21,362 discharges and 364 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 2,31,596Total discharges 14,03,052Death toll 18,369

    Total cases 16,64,350 (ANI)

    20:55 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Never exported vaccines at cost of people in India, says Serum Institute

    Serum Institute of India on Tuesday said it has never exported vaccines at the cost of the people in India and remains committed to support the vaccination drive in the country. In the past few days, there has been an intense discussion on the decision of the government and Indian vaccine manufacturers, including Serum Institute of India (SII) to export vaccines, the company said in a statement. | Read More

    20:46 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: India records highest-ever single-day recoveries

    With over 4 lakh COVID-19 patients recovered, India records highest-ever single-day recoveries (ANI)

    20:41 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: 31,337 new COVID-19 cases, 45,926 recoveries and 97 deaths reported in Kerala today

    31,337 new COVID-19 cases, 45,926 recoveries and 97 deaths reported in Kerala today; active cases at 3,47,626 (ANI)

    20:34 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: India’s cumulative vaccination coverage surpasses the 18.44-crore mark

    India’s cumulative vaccination coverage surpasses the 18.44-crore mark (18,44,53,149). More than 66 lakh beneficiaries aged between 18 to 44 years have been vaccinated so far: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (ANI)

    20:27 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: 6447 new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths, and 9557 discharges reported in Gujarat today

    6447 new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths, and 9557 discharges reported in Gujarat today

    Total cases: 7,66,201Total discharges: 6,60,489Active cases: 96,443Death toll: 9,269 (ANI)

    20:20 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh records 5,412 new COVID-19 cases, 70 deaths and 11,358 recoveries today

    Madhya Pradesh records 5,412 new COVID-19 cases, 70 deaths and 11,358 recoveries today

    Active cases 82,967

    Total cases 7,42,718Death toll 7,139Total recovered cases 6,52,612 (ANI)

    19:59 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Goa CM Pramod Sawant appeals to civil society to lend helping hand in fight against COVID-19

    I appeal to civil society to lend helping hand in fight against COVID-19. If interested to volunteer for setting up/operating an existing govt set-up COVID Care Center in state, you may approach respective District Collector & apply for the same: Goa CM Pramod Sawant (ANI)

    19:52 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Uttar Pradesh reports 8,737 new COVID-19 cases, 21,108 recoveries and 255 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Uttar Pradesh reports 8,737 new COVID-19 cases, 21,108 recoveries and 255 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Case tally 16,37,663Active cases 1,36,342 (ANI)

    19:45 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Delhi Prisons Department begins vaccination of inmates in 18-45 age group

    The Delhi Prisons Department on Tuesday started vaccination of the inmates in the 18-45 age group against the coronavirus, officials said. "Hundred inmates in the 18 to 45 age group have been vaccinated on Tuesday in the central jail number 5 at Tihar. A total of 1,472 inmates above 45 years of age have been vaccinated across the three jails since the vaccination drive started," Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said. The government allowed vaccination for everyone above the age of 18 from May 1. Jail officials said that in order to arrest the spread of COVID-19, the process of decongestion of prisons has been initiated. So far, around 1,000 under-trial prisoners have been released on interim bail. Around 600 convicts have been released on emergency parole after the prisons department received the city government's nod. "There are more than 19,500 inmates in the three jails. Of them, around 2,500 inmates are above 45 years," an official had said. (PTI) 

    19:35 (IST)18 May 2021
    As US says masks not needed after vaccination, here’s why removing masks is not advisable in India

    Coronavirus vaccination: A few days ago, the apex health body in the US, CDC, had issued an advisory stating that those people who had been fully vaccinated in the country need not wear masks any longer. This means that people who had received their second vaccine dose at least two weeks ago could now go out without face masks. The advisory took many people as well as scientists by surprise, according to a report in IE. As per CDC, its advisory was backed by studies showing that after the vaccine, very few people got infected, and that the chances of them transmitting the disease to other people were even lesser. | Read More

    19:30 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu, Assam & Punjab may see peak of second wave of coronavirus cases in next 2 weeks

    States like Tamil Nadu, Assam & Punjab may see peak of second wave of coronavirus cases in next 2 weeks: SUTRA model (PTI)

    19:23 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Manipur reports 624 new COVID-19 cases, 337 recoveries and 20 fatalities today

    Manipur reports 624 new COVID-19 cases, 337 recoveries and 20 fatalities today; active cases at 6,605 (ANI)

    19:16 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 30,309 new COVID19 cases, 58,395 recoveries and 525 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 30,309 new COVID19 cases, 58,395 recoveries and 525 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 22,72,374Total recoveries 16,74,487Death toll 22,838

    Active cases 5,75,028 (ANI)

    19:07 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Serum Institute of India says it'd take 2-3 yrs for entire world population to get fully vaccinated

    We're amongst 2 most populous countries in the world, a vaccination drive for such large population can't be completed within 2-3 months, as several factors & challenges are involved. It'd take 2-3 yrs for entire world population to get fully vaccinated: Serum Institute of India

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    18:59 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Kerala logs 31,337 new casees, 97 deaths, 45,926 recoveries

    Kerala on Tuesday reported 31,337 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 21,70,651, while the toll mounted to 6,612 with 97 more deaths, the state government said. As many as 45,926 persons have been cured, taking the recoveries to 18,46,105 and the active cases to 3,47,626. In the last 24 hour, 1,34,553 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 23.29 per cent. So far, 1,81,49,395 samples have been tested. Those who tested positive today included 109 health workers. Of the positive cases, 150 people had come from outside the state and 28,921 were infected through contact. | Read More

    18:54 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Niti Aayog keeping an eye on variant found in Singapore

    "We are examining report you're referring to about particular variant.. Regarding COVID19 among children.. it is reassuring that they don't get serious infection.. We are keeping an eye on this," said Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on variant found in Singapore (ANI)

    18:45 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: MYAS approves Rs 2.5 Lakh assistance to Asian Games gold-medallist and international powerlifting coach Joseph James

    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) approves Rs 2.5 Lakh assistance to Asian Games gold-medallist and international powerlifting coach Joseph James, who recently recovered from COVID19 infection. (ANI)

    18:35 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Delhi receives over 60,000 Covaxin doses for 45-plus, key workers

    Delhi on Tuesday received over 60,000 Covaxin doses for key workers and those aged above 45, AAP MLA Atishi said. Still, the city has only two days of Covaxin stock left for this category, while Covishield doses for the group can last up to four days, she said. She also said that 1.13 lakh beneficiaries received jabs on May 17. Around 10.75 lakh people have got both the doses since the inoculation drive began on January 16. "After Tuesday evening, the city will have only three days of Covishield stock left for the 18-44 age group. We appeal to the central government to make more vaccines available for this category immediately," she said, adding the city government might have to stop vaccination for them from next week. (PTI) 

    18:30 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh adds 21,320 new COVID-19 cases, 98 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday reported fresh coronavirus cases and recoveries almost in equal numbers, of over 21,000 each, while 98 people succumbed to the infection. The latest bulletin said 91,253 tests turned out 21,320 fresh Covid-19 positives in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 23.36 per cent. Also, 21,274 Covid-19 patients had recovered in a day. The gross positives now touched 14,75,372 and the recoveries 12,54,291. The overall coronavirus toll in the state increased to 9,580, the bulletin said. The state now has 2,11,501 active cases. (PTI)

    18:25 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Rate of daily COVID positive patients has been coming down by 10 to 12 pc in Kashmir Division

    Rate of daily COVID positive patients has been coming down by 10 to 12 pc in Kashmir Division over past few days: Senior official (PTI)

    18:21 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Jharkhand reports 60 more COVID-19 fatalities, 2,507 fresh cases

    Jharkhand on Tuesday reported 60 fresh COVID-19 fatalities taking the death toll to 4,539, while 2,507 new cases pushed the tally to 3,18,009, a health department bulletin said. The mineral-rich state now has 33,524 active cases, while 2,79,946 patients have recovered from the infection, it said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state now stands at 88.03 per cent, better than the national average of 84.80 per cent. (PTI)

    18:16 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: 37 doctors in UP hospitals have died of COVID in second wave, says IMA

    Thirty-seven doctors in Uttar Pradesh hospitals have died in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, the IMA in Delhi said on Tuesday. According to the Indian Medical Association's (IMA) Uttar Pradesh unit, 54 doctors had died due to the viral disease in the first wave. National vice-president of the IMA and head of COVID-19 task force of the IMA's UP unit, Ashok Rai, said 32 doctors have died in the second wave of the pandemic up to Sunday. (PTI)

    18:14 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Andhra Pradesh adds 21,320 new COVID-19 cases, 98 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday reported fresh coronavirus cases and recoveries almost in equal numbers, of over 21,000 each, while 98 people succumbed to the infection. The latest bulletin said 91,253 tests turned out 21,320 fresh Covid-19 positives in 24 hours ending 9 AM on Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 23.36 per cent. Also, 21,274 Covid-19 patients had recovered in a day. The gross positives now touched 14,75,372 and the recoveries 12,54,291. (PTI)

    18:10 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Nothing conclusive on B1.617.2 variant to deviate from lockdown plans, says UK PM

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that experts continue to monitor the data on the B1.617.2 variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, but there is nothing conclusive yet that indicates that it would force Britain to deviate from its roadmap to lift lockdown restrictions fully next month. (PTI)

    17:48 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: TAFE donates Rs 1 crore to Tamil Nadu govt for procurement of oxygen cylinders

    Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) on Tuesday said it has donated Rs 1 crore to the Tamil Nadu government for procurement of oxygen cylinders as part of efforts to aid COVID-19 relief measures in the state. The company has also offered 500 oxygen concentrators to the state government, it said in a statement. Senior officials called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday and handed over a cheque for Rs 1 crore for the procurement of oxygen cylinders, it added. (PTI)

    17:44 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase II/III clinical trial of Covaxin in the age group 2 to 18 years

    COVAXIN has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), for Phase II/III clinical trials in the age group of 2 to 18 years. I have been told that trials will begin in the next 10-12 days: Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog (ANI)

    17:37 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Kejriwal announces Rs 50,000 ex gratia to families who lost member to Covid

    The Delhi government will provide Rs 50,000 ex gratia to each family that has lost a member to Covid-19, besides a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 if the deceased was an earning member, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday. He also said that the children who have lost both parents, or single parent, due to Covid-19 will also be provided a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 up to the age of 25 years. Also, the government will take care of their education, he said. All these announcements will be implemented after they are approved by the Delhi Cabinet, he said. (PTI)

    17:34 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Continuous efforts being made to ramp up COVID vaccine supply in big way, says PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that continuous efforts are being made to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine supply in a big way, asserting that attempts are on to provide states 15-day advance schedule of the inoculation programme as it will allow them to prepare accordingly. Interacting with state and district officials at a virtual meeting, he described them as "field commanders" in the fight against COVID-19 and said localised containment zones, aggressive testing and sharing correct and complete information with people are weapons to defeat it. The meeting was attended by district magistrates from 46 districts across nine states. (PTI)

    17:32 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Booster effect even at six months, don't worry: experts on Covishield dose gap

    Four to six weeks, six to eight or eight to 12? The increasing gap between two Covishield doses in India while the UK reduces its window has laypersons confused, but several experts say there is little reason to worry and second jabs anytime before six months can still be effective boosters. The government last week extended the gap between two doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine to 12-16 weeks, up from the previous maximum of eight weeks, on the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI). A day later, UK cut the gap from 12 weeks to eight weeks in view of the spread of the B.1.617 variant that originated in India.  (PTI)

    17:31 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: Over 1,600 BSA teachers, workers died in UP since April due to COVID-19

    Over 1,600 teachers and workers of the Basic Education Department have died in Uttar Pradesh since the first week of April due to COVID-19, a teachers' body said on Tuesday, claiming that 90 per cent of them were on panchayat polls duty. "As many as 1,621 teachers and workers of the Basic Education Department have died since the first week of April following the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 to May 16. Of these 1,621 deaths, more than 90 per cent of the teachers were on panchayat election duty," Dr Dinesh Chandra Sharma, president of the Uttar Pradesh Praathmik Shikshak Sangh, told PTI. He also claimed while 8-10 people died due to heart attack, the majority of deaths were due to COVID-19. (PTI)

    17:14 (IST)18 May 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 in India Live Tracker: TAFE donates Rs 1 crore to TN govt for procurement of oxygen cylinders

    Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) on Tuesday said it has donated Rs 1 crore to the Tamil Nadu government for procurement of oxygen cylinders as part of efforts to aid COVID-19 relief measures in the state. The company has also offered 500 oxygen concentrators to the state government, it said in a statement. Senior officials called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday and handed over a cheque for Rs 1 crore for the procurement of oxygen cylinders, it added. The distribution and installation of the oxygen concentrators in small hospitals and primary healthcare centres of Ranipet, Trichy, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Virudhunagar have been commenced by the Tamil Nadu government, TAFE said. (PTI)

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