Coronavirus Cases in India May 25 highlights: Jharkhand extends lockdown-like curbs till June 3; Maharashtra reports 24,136 new cases

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Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in India in Last 24 Hours, Black and Yellow Fungus India Update, Covid-19 Vaccine May 25 highlights: Jaishankar meets UN Secretary-General; discusses vaccine solutions; Assam govt extends curfew in urban areas till June 5; Kalaburagi goes for hard lockdown; now people reportedly abandoning pets due to corona fear

Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Coronavirus India Deaths LiveWith launch of on-site registration, the 18-44 group mat find it easier to get the Covid jab. But million dollar question - Where are the vaccines? (PTI photo)

Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Vaccine Update India: The Narendra Modi government has introduced new changes in the CoWin settings which will allow the beneficiaries in the 18-44 group to go for on-site registration. Yes, it’s a good step. The Centre has also promised more doses for the states in the next 72 hours. All this looks very promising, but there seems to be no coherent policy on the national level to vaccinate the 133 crore Indians. After states say that ‘Big Pharma’ is turning them down, will the Centre now decide on procuring the vaccines? Or should it all be left to Q3 supplies promised to us in August?

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As the nation debates over the vaccination agenda, here are the latest coronavirus-related updates from India and around the world:

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    22:19 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: West Bengal reports 17,005 new Covid-19 cases, 157 deaths

    West Bengal reports 17,005 fresh COVID cases, 19,057 recoveries, and 157 deaths in the past 24 hours 

    Active cases: 1,26,376Total recoveries: 11,60,928Death toll: 14,674 (ANI)

    22:17 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Centre should start making vaccine in its Tamil Nadu unit, says CM Stalin

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday urged the Centre to take steps expeditiously to commence production of COVID-19 vaccine, at a facility owned by it near Chennai. Inspecting the HLL Biotech premises at Chengelpet near Chennai, Stalin said the Tamil Nadu government would extend all necessary support and requested the Centre to start producing the vaccine, considering its increased requirement. (PTI)

    22:11 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh reports 3,506 new cases, 77 deaths

    Chhattisgarh reports 3,506 fresh COVID-19 cases, 7,443 discharges, and 77 deaths in the past 24 hours 

    Active cases: 56,474Total discharges: 8,87,518Death toll: 12,723 (ANI)

    22:08 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jaishankar meets UN Secretary General; discusses vaccine solutions

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday held a comprehensive in-person meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and discussed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and underlined the need the importance of finding urgent and effective global vaccine solutions. In his first face-to-face interaction with the UN chief since India entered the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member in January this year, Jaishankar also deliberated on regional challenges in India's neighbourhood and said that the countering terrorism and radicalisation remain priorities for the entire region. "A warm & comprehensive meeting with UN Secretary General @antonioguterres. Discussed the Covid challenge, underlining the importance of finding urgent & effective global vaccine solutions. Critical to ramp up the vaccine supply chain to ensure greater production & fairer distribution," Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting that lasted almost an hour. Jaishankar's meeting with Guterres comes at a time when the country is reeling under an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 and a widening gap between the supply of vaccines and and requirement. Currently, the country is using two 'made-in India' jabs -- Covishield and Covaxin -- to inoculate its billion-plus population and has administered 20 crore doses since launching the world's largest vaccination drive in mid-January. A third vaccine, Russian-made Sputnik V, has been approved by the government and is being used on a smaller scale at present. (PTI)

    22:05 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Punjab adds 4,798 new Covid-19 cases, 176 deaths

    Punjab's COVID-19 caseload surged to 5,48,231 on Tuesday as 4,798 more people tested positive for the disease while the death toll climbed to 13,642 with 176 more fatalities, according to a medical bulletin. Of the latest deaths, 19 were reported from Ludhiana, 17 from Sangrur and 16 from Amritsar, the bulletin stated. Jalandhar reported the highest number of fresh cases at 536, followed by 461 in Ludhiana, 376 in Mohali and 352 in Amritsar, it said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Punjab dropped to 53,127 from 54,996 on Monday. The state's positivity rate stands at 7.28 per cent, the bulletin stated. There are 386 critical patients who are on ventilator support, 958 other critical patients and 6,357 patients on oxygen support, it said. As many as 6,451 Covid patients recovered in a day. With this, the number of cured persons has reached 4,81,462, it said. (PTI)

    22:04 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 577 Covid orphans reported so far by states since April 1, says Smriti Irani

    As many as 577 children across the country were orphaned after their parents succumbed to COVID-19, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said citing reports of states and union territories from April 1 till Tuesday. She also said that the government is committed to support and protect every vulnerable child who lost both parents to Covid. "GOI (government of India) is committed to support and protect every vulnerable child due to loss of both parents to Covid-19. From 1st April 2021 till 2:00 pm today, the state governments & UTs across the country have reported 577 children whose parents succumbed to Covid-19," Irani said in a tweet. (PTI)

    21:57 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covid positivity in Uttarakhand dips to 9%

    The Covid positivity rate in Uttarakhand which had climbed to 22 per cent between May 11 and 17 has dipped to around nine per cent, a senior official said on Tuesday. According to Health Secretary Amit Negi, 2,071 new Covid cases were detected and 7,051 patients recovered in the state on Monday as the recovery rate improved to 81 per cent.  Analysis of weekly official data related to Covid reveals that positivity rate which had gone up to 22 per cent between May 11 and 17 had plummeted to 9.3 per cent between May 18 and 24, Negi said. Claiming that health facilities in the state have been ramped up like never before in the last one year, Negi said, there are 1,651 ICU beds in the state at present, 924 ventilators and 5,000-6,000 oxygen supported beds. (PTI)

    21:55 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nepal extends lockdown in Kathmandu Valley till June 3

    Authorities in the Nepalese capital on Tuesday further extended the lockdown in Kathmandu and surrounding districts for one more week till June 3 to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. Nepal on Tuesday reported 8,636 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total tally to 528,848, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. A meeting of the chief district officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur took a decision to extend the prohibitory orders by one week as the orders enforced four weeks ago have yet to substantially reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections across Nepal, according to a statement issued by the authorities on Tuesday. (PTI)

    21:31 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra records 24,136 new Covid-19 cases, 601 deaths

    Maharashtra recorded 24,136 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the state's infection tally to 56,26,155, while 601 fatalities pushed the death toll to 90,349, the state health department said. Recoveries outnumbered fresh cases, as 36,176 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 52,18,768. The state's COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 92.76 per cent, while the case fatality rate was 1.61 per cent, the department said. There are 3,14,368 active cases in the state, it added. As many as 2,64,275 people were tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the number of tests done so far to 3,35,41,565. Out of 601 deaths, 389 occurred in the last 48 hours and 212 in the last week. The state also added another 536 deaths to the cumulative figure due to updating of COVID-19 death counts by various civic bodies and districts . Hence the overall death toll went up by 1,137 compared to Monday. (PTI)

    21:24 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 513 doctors dies of Covid-19 in second wave, says IMA

    As per the latest data, a total of 513 doctors have died across the country in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: Indian Medical Association (ANI)

    21:22 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra minister cautions over lifting COVID-19 curbs

    Maharashtra cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh on Tuesday cautioned against lifting coronavirus-induced curbs without completing vaccination of half the adult population in the state. He said lifting curbs without inoculating 50 per cent of the adult population against COVID-19 in Maharashtra, where lockdown-like restrictions are in place till June 1,  may lead to a fresh wave of the infection. Speaking to reporters, Shaikh said, "It would be an invitation for (a fresh) coronavirus outbreak if lockdown is lifted without completing the inoculation of half the population in Mumbai and the state. The state cabinet is still mulling over how to introduce relaxations to provide some relief to traders and businesspersons."(PTI)

    21:16 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jharkhand extends lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions till June 3

    Jharkhand extends lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions till June 3: official. (PTI) 

    21:08 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Manipur records highest single-day spike with 824 new COVID-19 cases

    Manipur on Tuesday registered the highest single-day spike of 824 COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 45,451, officials said. After 15 people succumbed to the deadly virus during the day, the death toll was pushed to 720, the officials said. Imphal West district recorded a record number of 361 cases, followed by Imphal East district (168), Kakching (92), Churachandpur (67), Bishnupur (43), Thoubal (36), Ukhrul (16), Senapati (15), Pherzawl (8), Tamenglong (7), Tengnoupal (4), Noney (1). Chandel and Kamjong reported three cases each, they said. (PTI)

    20:39 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh records 60 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,999 fresh cases

    Himachal Pradesh reported 1,999 new COVID-19 cases and 60 more fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the state's infection tally to 1,82,982 and death toll to 2,873, an official said. According to the state health department, there are 23,053 active coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh. As many as 3,067 patients have recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,57,031, the official said. (PTI)

    20:38 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Moderna's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in India likely next year; Pfizer ready with 5 cr doses for 2021

    Moderna is expecting to launch a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in India next year and is in talks with Cipla among other Indian firms, while another US giant Pfizer is ready to offer 5 crore shots in 2021 itself but it wants significant regulatory relaxations including indemnification, sources said on Tuesday. While Moderna has conveyed to Indian authorities that it does not have surplus vaccines to share in 2021, there are limited prospects of Johnson & Johnson exporting its jabs from the US to other countries in the near future, the sources privy to discussions added. Two rounds of high-level meetings chaired by the Cabinet Secretary were held last week on the availability of vaccines in the global as well as domestic markets as it was felt that there is an urgent need to procure the jabs at a time the country is reeling under an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19 and a widening gap between supply and requirement. Currently, the country is using two 'made-in India' jabs -- Covishield and Covaxin -- to inoculate its billion-plus population and has administered 20 crore doses since launching the world's largest vaccination drive in mid-January. A third vaccine, Russian-made Sputnik V, has been approved by the government and is being used on a smaller scale at present. In the high-level meeting officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, NITI Aayog, Department of Biotechnology, Law Ministry and Health Ministry were present. (PTI)

    20:36 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation reschedules vaccination drive

    Vaccination drive on May 26 has been rescheduled to May 29 in all centres under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area due to #CycloneYaas. Citizens who have booked their appointment for May 26 can take vaccines on May 29 with the same appointment slip: BMC (Odisha) (ANI)

    20:28 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rajasthan reports 3,404 fresh Covid-19 cases, 105 deaths

    Rajasthan reports 3,404 fresh COVID cases, 15,635 recoveries, and 105 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 87,530Total recoveries: 8,28,410Death toll: 7,911 (ANI)

    20:15 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai reports 1,037 COVID-19 cases, 37 casualties

    Mumbai recorded 1,037 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday that took its tally to 6,99,904, while 37 patients died of the infection and 1,427 recovered from it, an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. With the latest casualties, the city's toll has risen to 14,708 and the count of recoveries has reached 6,55,425, the official said. The recovery rate in the city stands at 94 per cent, while the doubling rate has improved to 345 days, he said, adding that the city is now left with 27,649 active cases. As per the BMC's report, at least 20,990 swab samples were tested during the day, taking the cumulative figure of testing to 61,14,937. (PTI)

    20:12 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Madhya Pradesh reports 2,422 new cases, 68 deaths

    Madhya Pradesh reports 2422 new #COVID19 cases, 7373 recoveries and 68 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 7,69,696Total recoveries 7,13,376Death toll 7686

    Active cases 48,634 (ANI)

    20:10 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tamil Nadu records 34,285 new cases, 468 deaths

    Tamil Nadu records 34,285 fresh COVID-19 cases, 28,745 discharges, and 468 deaths today

    Active cases: 3,06,652Total discharges: 15,83,504Death toll: 21,340 (ANI)

    20:00 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam revises night curfew timings in rural areas; check details

    The Assam government on Tuesday advanced the night curfew in rural areas to 2 pm from the current 6 pm to contain the surge of COVID-19 cases. The order was issued by Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, who is also the Chairperson of the State Disaster Management Authority. He directed that there shall be a total ban on the movement of individuals between 2 pm and 5 in the rural areas. The order issued on Tuesday will come into effect immediately and will remain in force in rural areas till June 5. All shops and commercial establishments will shut down at 2 pm on all days while all offices, both private and government, will do the same at 1 pm. Cold storages and warehouses may continue after 1 pm though sale counters and showrooms attached to these shall not operate beyond 1 pm. All other restrictions, including a ban on inter-district movement of people, imposed earlier this month will continue to remain in force till further orders. (PTI)

    19:56 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 1.77 cr doses of anti-Covid vaccines still available with states/UTs, says Govt

    More than 1.77 crore doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines are still available with the states and Union Territories, while seven lakh doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The Government of India has so far provided more than 21.89 crore vaccine doses to states and Union Territories. Of this, the total consumption, including the wastage, is 19,93,39,750 doses, according to data available at 8 am on Tuesday. "More than 1.77 crore COVID vaccine doses (1,77,67,850) are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. Furthermore, seven lakh vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days," the ministry said. (PTI)

    19:53 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat records 3,255 fresh cases, 44 deaths

    Gujarat records 3,255 fresh COVID cases, 9,676 discharges, and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Total cases: 7,94,912Total discharges: 7,22,741Active cases: 62,506Death toll: 9,665 (ANI)

    19:45 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: UP reports 3,957 new cases, 163 deaths

    Uttar Pradesh reports 3,957 fresh COVID cases, 10,441 discharges, and 163 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 69,828Total discharges: 15,88,161Death toll: 19,519 (ANI)

    19:33 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi yet to receive more Covid vaccines for 18-44 group; only pvt hospitals giving jabs, says APP MLA Atishi

    Delhi is yet to receive more vaccines for the 18-44 age group and only private hospitals are giving jabs to beneficiaries in this category for now, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Atishi said on Tuesday. Delhi vaccinated 54,364 people on May 24. This is the second day that there were no vaccines for the 18-44 age group, she said. "Only private hospitals have been vaccinating beneficiaries in this category, that too in smaller numbers," Atishi said. "Covaxin doses for those aged above 45 have also been exhausted. Around 3.25 lakh Covishield doses are remaining for this category and these can last up to 13 days," she said. The AAP MLA said that the central government should grant approval for vaccines by foreign firms such as Moderna and Pfizer and ramp up production in India. (PTI)

    19:31 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bharat Biotech expects EUA from WHO for Covaxin in July- September

    Bharat Biotech on Tuesday said it expects approval for its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin from the World Health Organisation for Emergency Use Authorisation during July-September. The company said regulatory approvals for Covaxin are in process in more than 60 countries including the USA, Brazil and Hungary among others. "Application for EUL has been submitted to WHO-Geneva, regulatory approvals are expected July-September 2021," it said in a release. The city based vaccine maker said it has got EUA in 13 countries with more to follow. (PTI)

    19:28 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 22,758 new cases, 588 deaths

    Karnataka reports 22,758 fresh COVID cases (positivity rate - 21.13%), 38,224 discharges, and 588 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 4,24,381Total discharges: 20,22,172Death toll: 26,399 (ANI)

    19:18 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala records 29,803 new cases, 33,397 recoveries, 177 deaths

    Kerala on Tuesday reported 29,803 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 23,65,565, while recoveries mounted to 21,32,071 with 33,397 recovering from the infection. The toll rose to 7,731 with 177 more deaths. Those who tested positive for the virus today included 94 health workers, Active cases stood at 2,55,406. As many as 1,43,028 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the test positivity rate to 20.84 per cent. READ MORE

    19:16 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Regulatory approvals for COVAXIN are in process in over 60 countries, says Bharat Biotech

    Regulatory approvals for COVAXIN are in process in over 60 countries. Emergency Use Authorisations have been obtained in 13 countries with more to follow. Application for Emergency Use Listing submitted to WHO-Geneva, regulatory approvals are expected Jul-Sept 2021: Bharat Biotech (ANI)

    19:13 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Assam govt extends curfew in urban areas till June 5; check details

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    19:12 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: MP govt to procure 1 cr doses of Covid-19 vaccines through global tender

    The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to float a global tender for procuring one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines which will be used to inoculate people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. "Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed the state Health Department to float a global tender for the procurement of Covaxin and Covishield after assessing their demand and requirement," Mishra told reporters after attending the meeting of the council of ministers. Mishra said the CM has also decided to constitute five groups of ministers to look after various aspects related to the pandemic such as unlocking the "corona curfew"; vaccination; spreading awareness related to the pandemic among others. Meanwhile, the state government has issued a release stating that the Cabinet has authorized the Madhya Pradesh Health Corporation to purchase one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which will be used to vaccinate people in the age group of 18 to 44 years.  (PTI)

    19:11 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi govt provides financial aid of Rs 5,000 to 1.5 lakh auto rickshaw, taxi drivers

    The Delhi government on Tuesday disbursed financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to 1.5 lakh drivers of para-transit vehicles like auto rickshaws, taxis and e-rickshaws, etc. Earlier this month, the AAP dispensation had decided to extend its scheme of one-time financial assistance to cover e-rickshaw owners. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot had said on Sunday that his department approved more than 1.55 lakh cases for one-time financial aid of Rs 5,000 to each para-transit vehicle driver during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. "Financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to auto, taxi drivers is being deposited in their bank accounts. The amount will be credited to the accounts of 1.51 lakh auto and taxi drivers by this evening," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. (PTI)

    19:10 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mumbai civic body extends vaccine EOI submission deadline

    The Mumbai civic body on Tuesday extended the deadline for accepting global expression of interest (EOI) till June 1 even after it  has received positive response from eight firms for supplying COVID-19 vaccines. This is the second extension in deadline, which was to end on May 25, by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for submission of bids by vaccine suppliers. "The BMC has extended its global EOI's deadline till June 1, though we have received some eight applicants so far expressing willingness to supply vaccines  against COVID-19," I S Chahal, BMC commissioner, said. (PTI)

    19:09 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa sees 1,549 new infections; 39 deaths; 2,082 recoveries

    At least 1,549 persons tested positive for COVID-19, while 39 died of the infection in Goa on Tuesday, an official from the state health department said. With this, the tally infections in the coastal state has reached 1,49,410 and the toll has mounted to 2,460, the official said. As many as 2,082 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,31,244, leaving the state with 15,706 active cases, he said. (PTI)

    19:02 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa geared up to tackle COVID-19 third wave, says CM

    The Goa government on Tuesday said the infrastructure required to tackle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is ready, while a group of paediatricians is being trained to adhere to the treatment protocol prescribed by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Talking to reporters, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the infrastructure is ready and training will be completed between June 5 and 10. (PTI)

    19:01 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mahindra extends warranty, service period on entire range of vehicles

    Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Tuesday said it has extended the warranty and service period on its entire range of vehicles till July 31, 2021. The extension would be applicable for those customers whose warranty is due to expire between April 1, 2021, and May 31, 2021, the automaker said in a statement. "The second wave of Covid-19 has once again restricted our customers from sending their vehicles for scheduled service maintenance or repairs. However, in these times of crisis, we stand by them and assure them of utmost support by extending the warranty of all eligible vehicles till July 31, 2021," M&M Automotive Division Senior Vice President & Head - Sales & Customer Care said. (PTI)

    18:41 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Professionals from diverse fields join hands to help people during COVID crisis

    In the last two weeks of April, when the national capital was hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, a bunch of managers, IT professionals, doctors, life coaches and homemakers came together to help out the people struggling against the onslaught of an invisible enemy. Formed as a WhatsApp group of six by Delhi-based Abhijeet Dutta on April 26, 'Team Avengers' claims to have delivered 7,123 meals, over 4,000 dry ration kits and medical kits across Delhi NCR, Jhansi and Gorakhpur. (PTI)

    18:39 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Professionals from diverse fields join hands to help people during COVID crisis

    In the last two weeks of April, when the national capital was hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, a bunch of managers, IT professionals, doctors, life coaches and homemakers came together to help out the people struggling against the onslaught of an invisible enemy. Formed as a WhatsApp group of six by Delhi-based Abhijeet Dutta on April 26, 'Team Avengers' claims to have delivered 7,123 meals, over 4,000 dry ration kits and medical kits across Delhi NCR, Jhansi and Gorakhpur. (PTI)

    18:32 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Moderna says its COVID-19 shot works in kids as young as 12

    Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S. With global vaccine supplies still tight, much of the world is struggling to vaccinate adults in the quest to end the pandemic. But earlier this month, the U.S. and Canada authorized another vaccine - the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech - to be used starting at age 12. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)25 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 death toll tops 500-mark in Meghalaya, tally climbs to 31,449

    Meghalaya's COVID-19 death toll surpassed the 500-mark on Tuesday with 19 more fatalities, while 957 fresh cases pushed the tally to 31,449, health department officials said. A total of 502 people have succumbed to the virus in the northeastern state so far, they said. Meghalaya now has 7,971 active cases, while 22,976 people have recovered from the disease, including 755 since Monday. (PTI)

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