Coronavirus Pandemic May 4 News Highlights: After a day of significant drop in daily case count, the number of infections in India rose sharply on Wednesday. The daily health bulletin release by the government shows India detected 3,205 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. There was a marginal increase in the active case count as well. In terms of Covid fatalities, most of them were reported by Kerala.
Here are the latest Covid updates:
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Dehradun's Welham Girls' School was declared a micro-containment zone on Wednesday as 16 students tested positive for COVID-19.
“Six of these students tested positive on Tuesday and the rest over the past one week,” Dehradun District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said.
The girls who have contracted the viral infection have been kept in isolation in a Covid cell built inside the school premises, he said.
Welham Girls' School is a famous residential school in Panchpuri colony of Dalanwala, Dehradun.
It was converted into a micro-containment zone at the recommendation of Dehradun's chief medical officer, officials said.
On Wednesday, Uttarakhand reported 23 new Covid cases, with Dehradun alone accounting for 14 of them. Covid infections had dropped to single digit in the state in recent months. (PTI)
Delhi records 1,354 fresh COVID-19 cases, one fatality; positivity rate 7.64 per cent: Authorities (PTI)
Jammu and Kashmir reported one new Covid case on Wednesday, taking the infection tally in the Union Territory to 4,54,073, officials said.
The lone case was reported from the Jammu district, they said.
Jammu and Kashmir has 59 active cases of the viral disease while the number of recoveries has reached 4,49,263, the officials said.
The COVID-19 death toll in the Union Territory stands at 4,751 as no fresh fatality was reported.
The officials said there were 51 confirmed cases of mucormycosis commonly known as black fungus. (PTI)
Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday handed over cheques of Rs 1 crore each to the family members of nursing officer ChinniChing and safai karamchari Seema, who lost their lives to COVID-19, an official statement said.
Gahlot said both used to work at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital here.
“Both the 'Covid warriors' put their lives at risk and served the citizens of Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the ex-gratia amount cannot compensate the loss caused to the families, I hope that with this financial assistance from the Delhi government, the family members will get some help in building their lives ahead,” the minister said in the statement.
He said the Arvind Kejriwal government was providing financial assistance of Rs 1 crore each to the families of 'Covid warriors' who lost their lives due to the pandemic.
Gahlot also assured them of all possible help.
He said ChinniChing succumbed to the infection on May 7, 2021, while Seema passed away on June 8, 2020. (PTI)
Gujarat on Wednesday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of infections to 12,24,404, an official from the state health department said.
With 16 patients getting discharged, the count of recoveries reached 12,13,351, while the toll stood at 10,943, as no new casualties were reported during the day, the official said.
The state is now left with 110 active cases, with two patients on ventilator support, he said.
Of the latest infections, Ahmedabad recorded eight, Vadodara seven and Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar and Morbi saw one case each, the official said.
As many as 38,215 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday, increasing the total number of doses administered so far to 10.80 crore.
Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,404, new cases 18, death toll 10,943, discharged 12,13,351, active cases 110, people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI)
Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 188 fresh coronavirus positive cases, but did not report any fatality linked to the infection, the health department said.
With fresh cases, the state's COVID-19 tally rose to 78,78,363, while the death toll remained unchanged at 1,47,845.
On Tuesday, the state had recorded 182 cases and one fatality.
There are 1,049 active cases in the state, but Sangli, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Beed, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Amravati, Akola, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia district do not have any active case.
The state's COVID-19 fatality rate stands at 1.87 per cent.
The health department said that 166 patients recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recovery count to 77,29,469. The recovery rate in the state stands at 98.11 per cent.
It said that 20,168 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests conducted in the state to 8,02,70,696.
Maharashtra's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases: 78,78,363; new cases: 188; fatalities: 1,47,845; active cases: 1,049; tests conducted so far: 8,02,70,696. (PTI)
Mumbai, May 4 (PTI) Mumbai on Wednesday reported 117 new coronavirus positive cases, its highest on-day tally since February 25, which took its overall count to 10,60,187, the city civic body said.
The death toll in the metropolis remained unchanged at 19,563 as nobody succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in its bulletin.
This is for the second consecutive day that the country's financial capital witnessed the number of cases running into three digits. On Tuesday, the city had logged 100 new cases.
Last week also, Mumbai had reported more than 100 infection cases in a row – on April 26 and 27.
On February 25 this year, the megalopolis had reported 128 cases.
The city's COVID-19 test count increased to 1,69,22,334 as 7,035 tests were carried out during the day, over 1,400 less than the previous day.
As per the bulletin, 114 out of the 117 new patients were asymptomatic. The symptomatic patients were hospitalised, but only one of them is on oxygen support.
Only 15 out of the total 26,009 hospital beds are occupied, the bulletin said, adding that the number of recoveries jumped to 10,39,982 as 112 more patients were discharged from hospitals during the day.
Currently, there are 642 active COVID-19 patients in the city.
Mumbai's average recovery rate of such patients is 98 per cent and the overall growth rate of these cases is 0.008 per cent between April 27 and May 2, the bulletin said, adding that its case doubling rate is 8,003.
At present there is no sealed building or containment zone in the city. (PTI)
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Odisha recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the health department said.
There are 92 active cases in the state at present with eight more patients recovering in the last 24 hours, it said.
The positivity rate was 0.06 per cent as the new cases were detected after testing 17,628 samples, it said.
The toll remained at 9,126 with no new deaths reported, it added.
So far, the state reported 12,88,085 cases. (PTI)
China's capital Beijing on Wednesday shut down several metro stations besides schools, restaurants and businesses and ordered daily COVID-19 testing of its 21 million people as it ramped up measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant which has brought the financial hub Shanghai to halt for over a month.
Beijing reported 53 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to over 500 cases as the capital continues enforcing strict anti-virus measures and postponed school reopening for a week as a precautionary measure.
The capital city on Wednesday closed over 40 subway stations, about 10 per cent of the total, and 158 bus routes.
Most of the suspended stations and services are in the Chaoyang district, the prominent area in the city housing the top leaders as well as diplomatic enclaves.
All kindergartens, primary and middle schools and secondary vocational schools in Beijing have postponed resuming classes for a week until May 11, official media reported. When students will return to schools would be based on the COVID-19 situation, Beijing authorities said.
Those who really need to leave Beijing must present a nucleic acid test negative certificate taken within 48 hours and a green health code before boarding a plane or a train.
Airports and railway stations will strengthen inspection, and spot checks will also be carried out on those leaving Beijing by road. Anyone who is unable to present a green health code will not be allowed to enter or leave Beijing, officials confirmed at the press conference, state-run Global Times reported. (PTI)
Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has sought DCGI approval for phase 2 and 3 trials among the younger population. The latest reports say that the trials will be focused on the gae group between 2-year-olds and 18-year-olds.
The Omicron subvariants may burn themselves out in the next couple of months and there could be another outbreak of Delta or a different coronavirus strain this summer, according to a modelling study conducted in Israel. – PTI
Puducherry added no new case to its Coronavirus tally during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Wednesday and the aggregate remained 1,65,794. – PTI
Beijing on Wednesday closed around 10% of the stations in its vast subway system as an additional measure against the spread of coronavirus. The subway authority in a brief message said only that the measure to shut 40 mostly downtown stations was being taken as part of epidemic control measures. No date for resumption of service was given. AP
Keeping an eye on Covid situation in national capital; current scenario doesn't warrant major curbs: Delhi Health Minister on rise in cases. PTI
Mizoram on Wednesday reported 44 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,27,600, a health official said. The toll remained at 697 as no new death was reported in the last 24 hours, he said. The positivity rate dipped to 7.57 per cent from 10.96 per cent on Tuesday as the fresh cases were detected after testing 581 samples, he said.There are 433 active cases in the state at present. So far, 2,26,470 people have recovered from the infection, including 86 on Tuesday, he said. PTI
Latest govt data shows that India's active case count stands at 19,509.
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,41,540 on Tuesday after the detection of 23 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,735, an official said.
The positivity rate stood at 0.4 per cent, while the recovery count increased by 13 to touch 10,30,602, leaving the state with 203 active cases, the official informed.
With 5,330 samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,91,04,621, he added.
A government release said 11,78,47,475 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 3,549 on Tuesday.
Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 10,41,540, new cases 26, death toll 10,735, recoveries 10,30,602, active cases 203, number of tests so far 2,91,04,621. (PTI)
The total number of deaths that occurred due to COVID19 is 5,23,693 (as on 28th April,2022): CRS Report 2020 (ANI)
Chandigarh administration abeyance its order of restricting unvaccinated children in the age group of 12 to 18 years from attending the classes in physical mode from May 4. (ANI)
SC asks Centre to decide on plea seeking re-vaccination for people who received Sputnik V (ANI)
Karnataka reports 107 new Covid19 cases today; Active caseload stands at 1,815 (ANI)
A day after its Covid shot Covovax was included on the CoWIN portal for inoculation of children aged 12-17 years at private vaccination centres, the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday reduced the price of each dose of the vaccine from Rs 900 to Rs 225, excluding taxes. Following recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) the provision of the vaccine option was included on the portal on Monday. On Tuesday, Director for Government and Regulatory Affairs, SII, Prakash Kumar Singh, is learnt to have communicated to the government that the firm is reducing the price of each dose from Rs 900 to Rs 225 plus goods and services tax (GST) for private hospitals. In addition, a private hospital can charge up to Rs 150 as service charge. (PTI)
Serum Institute of India's coronavirus vaccine Covovax is now available for children across the country, company CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Tuesday. In a post on Twitter, he said Covovax, which has been developed by Novavax, “is now available for children in India”. He further said, “This is the only vaccine manufactured in India that is also sold in Europe and has an efficacy of > (more than) 90%.” This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “vision of providing yet another vaccine to protect our children”, Poonawalla said. Official sources on Monday had said children aged 12 to 17 years could henceforth now get the Covovax at private centres with a dose costing Rs 900 plus GST, in addition to hospital service charge of Rs 150. (PTI)
Observing that the Court cannot sit in judgement of leading scientific analysis relating to the safety of paediatric vaccination, the Supreme Court has said that the decision taken by the Centre to vaccinate children in the country is in tune with global scientific consensus and expert bodies. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai also said that data shows vaccine does not pose any threat to children. “Experts in science may themselves differ in their opinions while taking decisions on matters related to safety and allied aspects, but that does not entitle the Court to second-guess expert opinion, on the basis of which the Government has drawn up its policies. “The decision taken by the Union of India to vaccinate paediatric population in this country is in tune with global scientific consensus and expert bodies like the WHO, the UNICEF, and the CDC has also advised paediatric vaccination,” the bench said. (PTI)
The spurt in Covid cases and test positivity rate in Delhi over the last few weeks does not suggest the onset of a new wave, but people should keep basic mitigation measures in place to prevent the spread of the infection, experts said on Tuesday. Eminent epidemiologist Dr Chandrakant Lahariya said the test positivity rate is stagnant and it means the infection is spreading at the same rate and there is no wave. There is a subtle change in the hospitalization rate which also proves that there is no wave, Lahariya said. Absolute numbers have no meaning. The number of cases will be more if you do more tests, he said. (PTI)
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Kimmel took to Twitter on Monday to share his diagnosis, assuring fans that he was feeling fine as he is “double vaxxed and boosted”. “Our daughter brought us covid (even though we specifically asked her not to),” he quipped. The 54-year-old TV personality, who hosts “The Jimmy Kimmel Live”, was due to interview Tom Cruise and comic Iliza Shlesinger along with musical guest Parquet Courts on his show. (PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday cautioned the people that COVID-19 is not completely over yet and asked them to be alert and follow all the government's guidelines. He said during the coronavirus pandemic, masks have been used as an effective means of protection against the virus. Kovind was speaking after laying the foundation stone for Bhagwan Mahavir super speciality hospital in Delhi. (PTI)
Odisha reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 12,88,075, a health bulletin said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 9,126, with no reports of any fresh fatalities, it said. Odisha had logged 11 cases and two deaths on Monday. (PTI)
Nearly half of COVID positive cases covered in a survey went unreported in April as many people opted for home antigen testing, LocalCircles claimed. The survey conducted by LocalCircles claimed that 42 per cent of Delhi-NCR residents that had symptoms and took a COVID test in the last 30 days only took the self rapid antigen test. – PTI
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Kimmel took to Twitter on Monday to share his diagnosis, assuring fans that he was feeling fine as he is “double vaxxed and boosted”. “Our daughter brought us covid (even though we specifically asked her not to),” he quipped. The 54-year-old TV personality, who hosts “The Jimmy Kimmel Live”, was due to interview Tom Cruise and comic Iliza Shlesinger along with musical guest Parquet Courts on his show. Kimmel said comedian Mike Birbiglia will take care of the hosting duties till he recovers. – PTI
Hong Kong will further ease COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars to open until 2 a.m. and raising the number of diners permitted at a table to eight from four, as cases in the global financial hub continue to ease, leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday.Beaches and swimming pools would reopen from Thursday, when restaurants could also cater to four more people at each table, Lam said at a regular news briefing.The extended hours for bars, as well as the reopening of karaoke rooms and some other venues, would take effect from May 19. – Reuters
Some of Shanghai's 25 million people came out for brief walks and grocery shopping on Tuesday after enduring more than a month under a COVID lockdown, while China's capital Beijing embarked on another round of mass testing to control a nascent outbreak.Social media posts showed Shanghai residents strolling in their suburbs, or queuing up at supermarkets that had been allowed to reopen.
Puducherry added four new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday raising the overall caseload in the Union Territory to 1,65,794, a senior health department official said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,41,887, while the case fatality rate was 1.22 per cent.
A decrease of 363 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The health bulletin released in the morning shows that India logged 2,568 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to PM Narendra Modi urging him to allow hybrid classes as schoolchildren continue to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19
Children aged 12 to 17 can now opt for Serum Institute's Covid jab Covovax at private centres; provision enabled on CoWIN portal: Sources (PTI)
Mumbai on Monday reported 56 COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 10,59,970, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,563, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said.
The addition to the tally dipped below the 90-mark after six days, with the figure being 92 on Sunday and a high of 112 last week, he pointed out.
However, he also said only 4,243 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours against 7,856 over the previous 24-hour period.
The recovery rate increased by 45 to touch 10,39,768, leaving the city with an active caseload of 562, he said.
BMC data showed the overall number of coronavirus tests carried out in the metropolis was 1,69,06,861, while the positivity rate was 0.013 per cent and the recovery rate stood at 98 per cent.
It also showed that 53 of the 56 new cases were asymptomatic and the three persons admitted in hospital did not need oxygen support.
Only 19 of the 26,039 hospital beds earmarked for COVID-19 treatment are currently occupied.
The caseload doubling time was 7.989 days and the overall growth rate of cases between April 25 and May 1 was 0.008 per cent, as per civic data.
There are no sealed buildings or containment zones in Mumbai for a long time now, the BMC official added.
Mumbai had seen a record 20,971 cases on January 7, while the maximum number of deaths in a day, at 90, was witnessed on May 1 last year. (PTI)
Karnataka reports 111 fresh COVID-19 cases, 76 recoveries, and zero deaths, in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 1,815 (ANI)
Odisha's COVID-19 death toll rose to 9,126 on Monday as two more persons succumbed to the disease after a gap of 11 days, a health department bulletin said. The previous coronavirus death was reported on April 20. Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients in the state have died due to comorbidities so far, the bulletin said. The tally climbed to 12,88,068 with 11 new coronavirus infections, the health department said. The state now has 87 active cases, while 12,78,802 patients have recovered from the disease, including seven on Sunday, the bulletin said. (PTI)
Researchers have discovered the pathways that are activated in severe cases of COVID-19 in children, an advance that can lead to earlier diagnosis and more targeted treatments for the disease. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, identified disease mechanisms in children with COVID-19 who present with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, where different body parts can become inflamed including the heart, lungs, and brain and acute respiratory distress syndrome, a type of lung disease. The main triggers for severe COVID-19 in children were blood clotting and how proteins in the immune system reacted to the virus, the researchers said. (PTI)
Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, the Delhi government has increased the number of beds dedicated for Covid patients at two of its facilities, including 80 percent escalation in its count at the LNJP Hospital, according to an official order. LNJP Hospital has 2,000 beds and is the mainstay of the government's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first hospital to be declared a COVID-19 facility soon after its outbreak here in early 2020. Delhi reported 1,485 fresh COVID-19 cases and zero fatality on Sunday, while the positivity rate was recorded at 4.89 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. (PTI)
Puducherry did not report any fresh case of coronavirus in the last twenty-four hours ending 10 a.m on Monday. The department of health tested 14 samples today and no new infection surfaced. While one patient recovered during last twenty-four hours, the overall active cases were eight and they were all in home quarantine. The cumulative figure of COVID-19 cases in the union territory was 1,65,790 and the total recoveries were 1,63,820, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. (PTI)
Greece lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday for foreign and domestic flights, its civil aviation authority said, ahead of the summer tourism season that officials hope will see revenues bouncing back from the pandemic slump