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Coronavirus India Highlights, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths in India Today, Covid Vaccine Registration on cowin.gov.in Live Tracker: While the overall situation is stabilising, the government has cautioned against any laxity in measures to control the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Coronavirus in India Live Updates, Covid-19 Vaccine Registration on CoWINSeveral states have decided to extend the ongoing lockdown. (File Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus Prevention and Safety Tips, Coronavirus Cases Today in India Highlights: India is seeing some early signs of decline in the number of new coronavirus cases but the Covid-19 death rate of certain states still remain a cause of concern for the government. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, the number of recovered patients has also increased. While the overall situation is stabilising, the government has cautioned against any laxity in measures to control the spread of the coronavirus infection.

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This is apparently why many states have decided to extend the ongoing lockdown. Delhi and Haryana have extended the lockdown till May 24. The Punjab government has announced that all existing Covid-19 restrictions in the state will continue till May 31. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also said that the partial coronavirus curfew will continue till 7 AM on May 24.

As Karnataka battles the second wave of COVID-19, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that discussions are on regarding extending the Coronavirus lockdown in state, but no decision has been taken yet on the matter yet. “I’m discussing it, will let you know….no decision
has been taken yet…,” Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question on extending the lockdown and announcing a package. Though the state is currently under complete lockdown till May 24, several leaders, including ministers, have expressed themselves in favour of extending it.

Meanwhile, the Centre has urged states and Union Territories to ensure proper arrangements for managing the rise in Covid-19 infections in rural and peri-urban areas. A high-level video conference meeting was chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan along with Member (Health) of NITI Aayog V K Paul in this regard.

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The meeting comes in the backdrop of rural areas witnessing a very high number of coronavirus infections with increasing fatality and positivity rate, combined with low reported levels of testing.

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    22:36 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Rajasthan reports 11,597 new COVID-19 cases, 29,459 recoveries and 157 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Rajasthan reports 11,597 new COVID-19 cases, 29,459 recoveries and 157 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 8,71,266Total recoveries 6,87,969Death toll 6934

    Active cases 1,76,363 (ANI)

    22:30 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: ICMR drops use of convalescent plasma for treating COVID-19 patients

    Use of convalescent plasma for treating COVID-19 patients dropped from Clinical Management Guidelines: ICMR (PTI)

    22:23 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 2nd phase of COVID19 curfew to be implemented in Uttarakhand from May 18 to May 25

    Uttarakhand: 2nd phase of COVID19 curfew to be implemented from May 18 6 am to May 25 6 am. 20 people allowed in weddings & RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hrs mandatory.

    Patients going to a doctor exempted; pass to be given on e-pass application in health emergency. (ANI)

    22:15 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Noida starts UP's first drive-through vaccination for 45+

    Drive-through vaccination against COVID-19 for people aged 45 years and above was started at two places in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Monday, officials said. The service has been launched at DLF Mall of India in Noida and the Shaheed Pathik stadium in Greater Noida, the officials said. "The drive-through vaccination service was launched by District Magistrate Suhas L Y in the morning and 176 beneficiaries aged 45 years and above were administered their first dose of Covishield vaccine on Monday," according to an official statement. "Of the 176 beneficiaries, 93 were administered the vaccine at DLF Mall of India in Noida and 83 at the Shaheed Pathik Stadium in Greater Noida," it added. According to officials, to avail the service, people need to register their slots through the CoWIN portal at either of the locations and reach the designated venue on schedule. "The objective of the initiative is to provide vaccines to people without any hassle. In drive-through service, people will get vaccines within their car," District Information Officer Rakesh Singh Chauhan said. "After the jab, they will have to wait for 30 minutes in their car only under supervision of medical officials before they can go back to their homes," he added. (PTI)

    22:09 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry L-G visited Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute earmarked for COVID-19 treatment

    Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan visited Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute earmarked for COVID-19 treatment at Kathirkamam earlier today to inspect the arrangements made at the hospital. (ANI)

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    22:03 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha to lunch house-to-house COVID-19 survey in villages

    With 58 per cent of the fresh COVID-19 cases being reported from Odisha's rural pockets, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced that the government will conduct a house-to-house survey for three months to record coronavirus symptoms in villagers.  The survey, to be conducted by Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Anganwadi workers who will also take down details of comorbidity conditions of people, will start from May 24. They will be given an incentive of Rs 1,000 per month for these three months. Patnaik made this announcement at an all-party meeting convened by Odisha assembly Speaker S N Patro. The chief minister also said that 46,106 Gaon Kalyan Samities (GKSs) across the state will be activated in the fight against COVID-19. (PTI)

    21:56 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: At 1240, Mumbai logs lowest COVID-19 cases since March 9; 48 die

    Mumbai reported 1,240 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day count since March 9, and 48 more deaths on Monday, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s updated data, with the addition of 1,240 cases, the tally of coronavirus infection rose to 6,89,936, while the death toll increased to 14,308. The financial capital has reported around 300 fewer cases and 12 less fatalities as compared to Sunday, when the city had witnessed 1,544 new cases and 60 deaths. This was also the fifth day in a row that Mumbai recorded less than 2,000 cases. The city witnessed a decline in the daily coronavirus tests as only 17,640 COVID-19 samples, the lowest so far this month, were examined in the last 24 hours, taking the number of tests done till now to 59,16,245. The count of recovered patients outnumbered the new COVID-19 cases. According to the BMC, 2,587 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the tally of recovered cases to 6,39,340. The number of active COVID-19 cases dipped to 34,288, the civic body said. The city has a COVID-19 recovery rate of 93 per cent, it said.

    Mumbai had witnessed the highest-ever 11,163 cases in a day on April 4, while the maximum fatalities during the second COVID-19 wave - at 90 - were recorded May 1. As per the BMC data, the city's average growth rate of COVID-19 cases for the period between May 9 and May 15 was 0.28 per cent, while the doubling rate stood at 246 days.  According to the BMC, Mumbai has 77 active containment zones in slums and 'chawls' (old row tenements), while the number of sealed buildings (where certain number of residents were found coronavirus positive) has dipped to 311. (PTI)

    21:46 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Taipei and New Taipei imposed Level 3 epidemic control restrictions effective immediately

    Taipei and New Taipei imposed Level 3 epidemic control restrictions, effective immediately after 180 COVID-19 cases were reported on May 15, followed by 206 infections on May 16. New restrictions prompts most residents of Taipei to stay in their homes: Taiwan media (ANI)

    21:38 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra reports 26,616 new COVID-19 cases, 48,211 recoveries and 516 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reports 26,616 new COVID-19 cases, 48,211 recoveries and 516 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 54,05,068Total recoveries 48,74,582Death toll 82,486

    Active cases 4,45,495 (ANI)

    21:26 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Manipur govt extends curfew imposed in 7 districts of state till May 28

    Manipur govt extends curfew imposed in 7 districts of state till May 28 to check COVID-19 spread (PTI)

    21:20 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy returns home after recovering from COVID-19

    Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy returns home after recovering from COVID-19. He has tested positive for the virus on May 10.

    His supporters celebrate outside the CM's residence earlier today.  (ANI)

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    21:13 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Fifty ICU beds with ventilators to be reserved for children at 2 hospitals being built in Rishikesh & Haldwani

    Fifty ICU beds with ventilators will be reserved for children at 2 hospitals being built in Rishikesh & Haldwani by DRDO for care of COVID patients: Health Secretary Amit Negi (PTI)

    21:06 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: West Bengal reports 19,003 new COVID-19 cases, 19,101 recoveries and 147 deaths today

    West Bengal reports 19,003 new COVID-19 cases, 19,101 recoveries and 147 deaths today.

    Total cases 11,52,433Total recoveries 10,07,442Death toll 13,431

    Active cases 1,31,560 (ANI)

    20:59 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Uttarakhand to keep vulnerable policemen free of Covid front line duty

    Uttarakhand: In view of the second wave of COVID-19, State Police Headquarters has issued instructions to keep policemen above 55 years of age, pregnant police personnel or women Police personnel with children below 1 year of age, free of Covid front line duty. (ANI)

    20:50 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Assam records deadliest day with 92 COVID-19 fatalities

    Assam records deadliest day with 92 COVID-19 fatalities, highest single-day jump of 6,394 new cases: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma (PTI)

    20:37 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Karnataka reports 38,603 new COVID-19 cases, 34,635 recoveries and 476 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 38,603 new COVID-19 cases, 34,635 recoveries and 476 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 22,42,065Total recoveries 16,16,092Death toll 22,313

    Active cases 6,03,639 (ANI)

    20:30 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: PM stresses on the importance of psychological care, along with physical care

    PM also discussed the challenge of Mucormycosis and said that doctors may need to put in extra effort towards taking active steps and spreading awareness about it. He further underscored the importance of psychological care, along with the importance of physical care: PMO (ANI)

    20:22 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: PM says vaccines have ensured safety of most doctors

    PM underlined that the strategy of starting vaccination programme with front line warriors has paid rich dividends in the second wave. About 90% of the health professionals in the country have already taken the first dose. Vaccines have ensured safety of most doctors: PMO (ANI)

    20:12 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: PM talks about measures to provide extra support to the health system

    The steps taken by the country to augment human resources, like including MBBS students in Covid treatment, and ASHAs and Anganwadi workers in rural areas, provided extra support to the health system: PMO (ANI)

    20:04 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: PM says several challenges of oxygen production and supply are being overcome

    PM noted that be it testing, supply of medicines or set-up of new infrastructure in record time, all these are being done at a fast pace. Several challenges of oxygen production and supply are being overcome: PMO(ANI)

    19:56 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Prime Minister thanks medical fraternity & the paramedical staff and says the entire country is indebted to them

    Prime Minister thanked the entire medical fraternity & the paramedical staff for the exemplary fight displayed by them against the extraordinary circumstances of the second wave of Covid, adding that the entire country is indebted to them: PMO (ANI)

    19:48 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 33,075 new COVID19 cases, 20,486 recoveries and 335 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reports 33,075 new COVID19 cases, 20,486 recoveries and 335 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 16,31,291Total recoveries 13,81,690Death toll 18,005

    Active cases 2,31,596 (ANI)

    19:41 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Kerala Government to float a global tender to purchase 3 crore doses of vaccines from the market

    Kerala Government will float a global tender to purchase 3 crore doses of vaccines from the market. The process will start today. The vaccination for priority groups in the age group of 18-44 years has started in the state: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (ANI)

    19:34 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Mumbai reports 1240 new COVID-19 cases, 2587 recoveries and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Mumbai reports 1240 new COVID-19 cases, 2587 recoveries and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 6,89,936Total recoveries 6,39,340Death toll 14,308

    Active cases 34,288 (ANI)

    19:28 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 21,402 new COVID19 cases reported in Kerala, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

    21,402 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala. Death toll rose to 6515, with reporting of 87 deaths today. 99,651 recoveries were reported, taking the total recoveries to 18,00,179. During the last 24 hours, 86,505 samples were tested: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (ANI)

    19:18 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: CoWIN portal in Hindi, other languages from next week, more labs to monitor COVID variants, says govt

    The CoWIN portal will be made available in Hindi and 14 regional languages by next week, while 17 more laboratories will be added to the INSACOG network to monitor the variants of COVID-19, the health ministry said on Monday. According to a statement by the ministry, these decisions were announced at the 26th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, on Monday. | Read More

    19:11 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: AP govt turns temples into Covid Care Centres

    Andhra Pradesh government has converted several major temples in the State into Covid Care Centres (CCCs) to accommodate the infected patients. The Endowments Department has completed arrangements in major temples like Annavaram, Dwaraka Tirumala, Vijayawada, Kanipakam, Srikalahasthi, Srikakulam, Mahanandi, Simhachalam, Srisailam and Pedakakani, AP Digital Corporation (APDC), the State government's publicity wing, said in a tweet. Temples will act as Covid Care Centres. Sixteen major temples will have 1,000 beds while smaller temples will have25 beds. Primary medicare will be provided under the supervision of doctors, the APDC said. The government has already opened 115 CCCs in all the 13 districts of the State with a bed capacity of 52,471. As on May 16, a total of 17,417 coronavirus-infected people were lodged in the CCCs and 35,054 beds were vacant, according to the Health Department. (PTI)

    18:57 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: PM Modi speaks to doctors about their learnings, suggestions on COVID-19

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with doctors from across the country about their learnings and suggestions on COVID-19, government sources said. They said Modi spoke to groups of doctors involved in COVID care through vide-conferencing. The doctors were from various regions, including the northeast, and Jammu and Kashmir. They shared their experiences in dealing with the highly infectious disease and offered suggestions. Modi has often spoken to experts connected to the medical needs during the pandemic. (PTI)

    18:47 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Delhi has less than a day's stock of Covaxin for 45-plus after Monday evening, says AAP MLA Atishi

    Delhi has less than a day's stock of Covaxin for 45-plus after Monday evening; Covishield stock to last for 5 days. Will have to temporarily shut some vaccination centres in Delhi owing to end of Covaxin stocks: AAP MLA Atishi (PTI)

    18:36 (IST)17 May 2021
    Resurgence of COVID infections to put brakes on companies’ earnings recovery: Moody’s

    Moody’s Investors Service on Monday said if the second wave of the pandemic does not decline to more manageable levels and results in a prolonged and wider lockdowns, it will have a more severe effect on companies’ earnings recovery. It said the resurgence of coronavirus infections in India that has led to regional lockdowns will put the brakes on rated companies’ earnings recovery seen in recent months. | Read More

    18:25 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Indian Air Force and Indian Navy continue their COVID relief missions

    Three empty cryogenic containers have been airlifted from Jamnagar to Al Maktoum, Dubai, onboard an IL-76 transport aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF). These containers have been coordinated by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and are on their way to Dubai to be filled by up with Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and these will come back to India by sea route. | Read More

    18:19 (IST)17 May 2021
    COVID-19 vaccination in India to get a boost as Sputnik V becomes available: Everything to know about the vaccine

    After nearly four months of running a vaccination drive on two vaccines – Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin – India has now got the third vaccine, Russia’s Sputnik V that is being distributed by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in India. The shot was launched by Dr Reddy’s on Friday, and now, it is the second most expensive jab available in the country at the moment, a report in IE has said. The vaccine has been developed by Moscow-based Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and like most vaccines, it also needs to be administered in two doses. It also uses a platform similar to Covishield to provide protection against coronavirus, but while Covishield uses a weakened form of common cold adenovirus that infects chimpanzees, Sputnik V makes use of two adenoviruses that affect humans. Moreover, as per The Lancet journal, Sputnik V has been found to provide an efficacy of more than 91%. | Read More

    18:12 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Under 5,000 COVID cases in Delhi after 42 days; positivity rate dips to 8.42 pc

    The national capital reported 4,524 new COVID-19 cases, 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. The COVID-19 situation has been improving in Delhi with the number of cases and positivity rate going down steadily in the past few days. Medical experts have attributed the lockdown as the main factor behind the dip amid the second wave of the pandemic. | Read More

    18:02 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Several states extend restrictions, lockdown

    India has been battling a severe second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to stop the rapid spread of the virus, several states in the country are announcing either lockdowns or restrictions on movement of people. Across India, several states have placed curbs, with West Bengal on Saturday becoming the largest state in the country to impose a lockdown, according to a report in IE. | Check Full List

    17:58 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Nagaland launches free COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 years

    Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom on Monday launched a free COVID-19 vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18-44 years. Over seven lakh people, comprising 37 per cent of the state's population, are in the 18-44 years age bracket. The state government is already providing vaccines free of cost to frontline workers and those above 45 years. Launching the drive at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare here, Phom said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has allotted 36,580 doses of Covishield for which the state made a payment of over Rs 1.15 crore. "We have placed more orders but the state does not have any control on the supply or the production of vaccines," e said. (PTI)h

    17:45 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Jammu and Kashmir gets 7 new oxygen plants from Germany

    Jammu and Kashmir on Monday received seven new imported oxygen plants from Germany with a cumulative generation capacity of 7,100 litres per minute (LPM). The oxygen plants were carried by an Indian Air Force aircraft from Munich in Germany and reached Srinagar Airport in the afternoon. "New Oxygen Plants including 5 of 1000 LPM, one of 1500 LPM and one of 600 LPM capacity will further add 7100 LPM to the existing availability," Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha said in a tweet. He said this will hugely augment oxygen supply to the health infrastructure in the UT. "My deepest gratitude to Hon'ble PM @narendramodi for providing 7 Oxygen plants to JK UT. With his intervention, these Oxygen plants were airlifted by @IAF_MCC from Munich, Germany and safely landed at Srinagar Airport today at 12:45PM," the LG added. (PTI) 

    17:37 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Centre should make data on vaccine allocation to states public, says Sisodia

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the Centre on Monday to make the data on vaccines supplied by it to the states public and sought 3.82 lakh doses of the vaccines for people aged 18-44 years in the city. Currently, Delhi has a vaccine stock of four days for those aged 45 years and above, he said, adding that for the 18-44 age group, the city will run out of the stock in three days. Sisodia said he has written to the Centre citing three requests. "The Centre has written to us, saying we will get 3.83 lakh doses for the 45-plus age group but we will not get vaccines for the 18-44 age group in May," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told an online media briefing. "We need more vaccines for the 18-44 age group. We are ready to buy those but at least make those available. We will have to close the vaccination centres for the 18-44 age group after three days," he said. Sisodia urged the Centre to make the data of allocation of vaccines to the states public. "There should be transparency in the data. For Delhi, we need to know how much is being given to the government and how much to the private sector and even for other states, we need to know the figures. "Please let us know about the vaccine availability for the next two months so that we can chalk out the vaccination programme for June and July," the deputy chief minister said. (PTI)

    17:29 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Discussions on regarding extending lockdown, no decision yet, says Karnataka CM

    Discussions are on regarding extending the lockdown in Karnataka, but no decision has been taken yet on the matter, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday, as the State battles the second wave of COVID-19. "I'm discussing it, will let you know....no decision has been taken yet...," Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question on extending the lockdown and announcing a package. Though the state is currently under complete lockdown till May 24, several leaders, including ministers, have expressed themselves in favour of extending it. The Karnataka government had initially announced 14 days "close down" from April 27, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the cases continued to spike. (PTI)

    17:28 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: 4.32 lakh railwaymen vaccinated so far, says Railway Board

    4.32 lakh railwaymen vaccinated so far; insisting on state govts to inoculate remaining: Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma (PTI)

    16:18 (IST)17 May 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Puducherry logs 1,446 fresh Covid-19 cases, 28 deaths push

    Puducherry added 1,446 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall tally in the union territory to 85,952, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Monday. Twenty-eight more people succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Monday, raising the toll to 1,179, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said. Eighteen of the dead were men and the rest women, he added.

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