Coronavirus Highlights: SC sets up task force to look into medical oxygen distribution; Maharashtra reports 53,605 new cases

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Covid-19 Cases in India, Coronavirus Statistics India, Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker May 8: India reported over 4 lakh Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row.

Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Vaccination Live TrackersFor the past 3 days, India has been reporting over 4 lakh new coronavirus infections.

Coronavirus Cases in India Today, Coronavirus Statistics in India May 8: For the past 3 days, India has been reporting over 4 lakh new coronavirus infections. On Saturday, India reported 4,01,078 new Covid-19 cases and 4,187 deaths linked to coronavirus complications. Due to heavy caseload, reports of shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds for Covid patients, and medicines are still coming from various parts of the country.

On Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin flagged off a ‘severe crisis’ of medical oxygen in the states. He sought Prime Minister Narendra’s intervention. Tamil Nadu on Saturday announced a statewide complete lockdown for two weeks starting from May 10 in order to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the state. The state on Friday registered its highest single-day spike of 26,465 new Covid-19 cases. The fresh cases take the state’s Covid-19 tally to 13.23 lakh. Tamil Nadu still has 1.35 lakh active Covid-19 cases.

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Kerala goes into a statewide nine-day lockdown from today. Several states/UTs in the country are in some form of lockdowns/curfews or following strict Covid-19 restrictions due to the sudden spike of the second wave of Coronavirus infections. The national capital Delhi is under lockdown from April 19 till May 10. With Covid-19 cases continue to spike, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala governments, too, have announced complete lockdown.

Also read: Covid-19 Lockdown in India Status Check: These states are already under lockdown, others observing strict restrictions

As states scramble to come up with a workable action plan to fight the Covid surge, here are the latest news, updates, rules related to pandemic from India and around the world:

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    22:30 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Assam reports 5756 new COVID19 cases, 3053 recoveries and 50 deaths today

    Assam reports 5756 new COVID19 cases, 3053 recoveries and 50 deaths today.

    Total cases 2,89,069Total recoveries 2,49,295Death toll 1,628

    Active cases 36,799 (ANI)

    22:26 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: 53,605 new coronavirus cases, 864 deaths in Maharashtra

    53,605 new coronavirus cases, 864 deaths in Maharashtra: Health Dept (PTI)

    22:16 (IST)08 May 2021
    Mucormycosis fungal infections up among COVID-19 survivors, warn doctors in Maharashtra, Gujarat

    Cases of mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 survivors, causing blindness or other serious issues, health officials in Maharashtra and Gujarat said on Saturday. Mathur Savani, chairman of Surat-based Kiran Super Multi-speciality Hospital, said mucormycosis patients are coming to his hospital from many parts of Gujarat. "Fifty mucormycosis patients are being treated and 60 more are awaiting treatment," Savani told PTI. Seven such patients lost their eyesight, he said.  | Read More

    22:09 (IST)08 May 2021
    Burgeoning surplus: US states scale back Covid-19 vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

    States asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses. From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the Biden administration send them only a fraction of what’s been allocated to them. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. | Read More

    21:56 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Karnataka reports 47,563 new COVID19 cases, 482 deaths and 34,881 discharges in the last 24 hours

    Karnataka reports 47,563 new COVID19 cases, 482 deaths and 34,881 discharges in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 5,48,841Total cases 18,86,448 (ANI)

    21:40 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Punjab reports 9,100 new COVID19 cases, 171 deaths and 6,647 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Punjab reports 9,100 new COVID19 cases, 171 deaths and 6,647 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Total cases 4,33,689Active cases 71,948  (ANI)

    21:23 (IST)08 May 2021
    Delhi Judge sets aside order on release of seized oxygen concentrators to courts, police

    A Delhi Court on Saturday set aside an order directing the distribution of oxygen concentrators seized by the Delhi Police among various courts and police personnel, saying that a judge has to act like a "selfless and dispassionate saint". Principal District and Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal passed the order on a petition filed by the Delhi government seeking revision of an order passed by a magisterial court. On May 5, Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Bahal had issued the directions on an application filed by the Delhi Police for release of the seized oxygen concentrators which could be used for saving the lives of police personnel. | Read More

    21:16 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Haryana reports 14,667 new COVID19 cases, 14,366 recoveries and 155 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Haryana reports 14,667 new COVID19 cases, 14,366 recoveries and 155 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 6,02,349Total recoveries 4,80,786Death toll 5454

    Active cases 1,16,109 (ANI)

    21:12 (IST)08 May 2021
    Tech transfers, supply of materials must to scale up vaccine production: Bharat Biotech joint MD

    Partnerships, technology transfers and supply of various critical equipment and materials which go into the production of COVID-19 vaccines are must for scaling up the production to cater to the huge demand, Bharat Biotech Joint MD Suchitra Ella said on Saturday. Speaking at the EU-India Business Roundtable, Ella noted that more than patent relaxations, it is the partnerships and continuous supplies of critical materials which are critical to ramp up the production and cater not only to domestic demand but also to countries across the globe. | Read More

    21:07 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update:Germany has sent an Oxygen Plant with the capacity of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen

    Germany has sent an Oxygen Plant with the capacity of generating 4,00,000 litres of oxygen. The Plant will serve DRDO operated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital. German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner inspected the Plant earlier today. (ANI)

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    20:59 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: COVID-19 Indian variant spreads to neighbouring countries; detected in Lanka, Bangladesh

    India's neighbours- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh- have reported the first cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus, also known as B.1.617, prompting authorities to exercise caution to contain its spread. Bangladesh overnight detected six people, who had recently visited India, infected with the Indian variant of the COVID-19, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) spokesman Professor Dr Nazmul Islam Munna said on Saturday. | Read More

    20:52 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Maharashtra reports 53,605 new COVID19 cases, 82,266 recoveries and 864 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reports 53,605 new COVID19 cases, 82,266 recoveries and 864 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 50,53,336Total recoveries 43,47,592 Death toll 75,277

    Active cases 6,28,213 (ANI)

    20:44 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Madhya Pradesh reports 11,598 new COVID19 cases, 4445 recoveries and 90 deaths

    Madhya Pradesh reports 11,598 new COVID19 cases, 4445 recoveries and 90 deaths.

    Total cases 6,60,712Total recoveries 5,51,892Death toll 6334

    Active cases 1,02,486 (ANI)

    20:36 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Goa reports 3751 new COVID19 cases, 3025 recoveries and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Goa reports 3751 new COVID19 cases, 3025 recoveries and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 1,16,213Total recoveries 82,214Death toll 1612

    Active cases 32,387 (ANI)

    20:36 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Goa reports 3751 new COVID19 cases, 3025 recoveries and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Goa reports 3751 new COVID19 cases, 3025 recoveries and 55 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 1,16,213Total recoveries 82,214Death toll 1612

    Active cases 32,387 (ANI)

    20:29 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Mumbai reports 2678 new COVID19 cases, 3608 recoveries and 62 deaths today

    Mumbai reports 2678 new COVID19 cases, 3608 recoveries and 62 deaths today.

    Total cases 6,74,072Total recoveries 6,10,043 Death toll 13,749

    Active cases 48,484 (ANI)

    20:24 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Most Delhi residents favour extension of lockdown by at least a week, says survey

    Around 85 per cent of the Delhi residents surveyed support extension of lockdown by at least a week while 47 per cent favour 3-week lockdown extension, according to a survey conducted by online platform LocalCircles. Around 84 per cent respondents want Delhi to allow contactless home deliveries of all goods so that business continuity can be maintained and consumers face no inconvenience, the survey conducted between May 6-8 said. | Read More

    20:24 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Most Delhi residents favour extension of lockdown by at least a week, says survey

    Around 85 per cent of the Delhi residents surveyed support extension of lockdown by at least a week while 47 per cent favour 3-week lockdown extension, according to a survey conducted by online platform LocalCircles. Around 84 per cent respondents want Delhi to allow contactless home deliveries of all goods so that business continuity can be maintained and consumers face no inconvenience, the survey conducted between May 6-8 said. | Read More

    20:19 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Rajasthan importing oxygen concentrators from Russia, China; examining proposals from other nations

    Facing a shortage of oxygen amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government on Saturday said it has started importing oxygen concentrators from Russia and China and plans to purchase more than 28,000 such machines from different countries this month. The first batch of 100 oxygen concentrators arrived here from Russia on Saturday, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said in a statement. The Rajasthan government has taken the lead by making direct contact with foreign countries and arranging oxygen concentrators. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took the decision on April 30 and a committee for the procurement of oxygen concentrators was set up, he said. The state government will purchase more than 28,000 oxygen concentrators this month, he added. The procurement committee contacted 62 companies from 13 countries in a very short span of time. In about a week's time, the first batch of 100 oxygen concentrators from Russia has been received, Sharma said. (PTI)

    20:11 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: COVID care coaches deployed at 17 stations across seven states, Railways says

    The Railways on Saturday said its isolation coaches to treat mild COVID-19 cases have been deployed at 17 stations across seven states of the country. At present, 298 coaches have been handed over to various states for COVID care with a capacity of over 4,700 beds, it said. A total of 60 coaches have been deployed in Maharashtra where at Nandrubar, 116 admissions were registered with 93 subsequent discharges by state health authorities. A total of 23 patients are utilising the facility, the Railways said. The national transporter has also positioned 11 COVID Care Coaches (with one coach serving exclusively for medical personnel and supplies) at Ajni Inland Container Depot of the state and handed it over to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, it said. (PTI)

    20:01 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Moscow Olympic gold medallist and former hockey coach MK Kaushik dead

    Former India hockey player and coach M K Kaushik on Saturday died after battling COVID-19 for the past three weeks. He was 66 and survived by his son and wife. Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17 and was admitted to a nursing home here. "He was shifted to ventilator this morning but passed away just now," his son Ehsan told PTI. Kaushik had coached both the senior men and women's teams. Under his coaching, India men's team won a gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. Also, Indian women team had won bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, before being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002. India is battling a devastating second wave of COVID-19 pandemic which is causing 3000 deaths everyday. (PTI)

    19:56 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: 442 new COVID19 cases, 12 deaths and 85 recoveries reported in Manipur in the past 24 hours

    442 new COVID19 cases, 12 deaths and 85 recoveries reported in Manipur in the past 24 hours; active cases at 3,851 (ANI)

    19:52 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Rajasthan reports 17,987 new COVID19 cases, 160 deaths and 17,667 discharges in the last 24 hours

    Rajasthan reports 17,987 new COVID19 cases, 160 deaths and 17,667 discharges in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 1,99,307

    Case tally 7,38,786Death toll 5,506Total recoveries 5,33,973 (ANI)

    19:48 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Second wave - The link between Covid-19 variants and the spike explained

    The second Coronavirus wave has taken the country by surprise with its rapid spread in almost all parts of the country. While lack of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour by people has been held as one of the prime reasons for the wave, scientists are also analysing the role of new variants of Coronavirus, the Indian Express reported. Here is how mutations may have contributed to the rapid spread of Coronavirus cases in the country. | Read More

    19:43 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Telangana reports 5186 new COVID19 cases, 7994 recoveries and 38 deaths today

    Telangana reports 5186 new COVID19 cases, 7994 recoveries and 38 deaths today.

    Total cases 4,92,385Total recoveries 4,21,219Death toll 2704

    Active cases 68,462 (ANI)

    19:43 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Telangana reports 5186 new COVID19 cases, 7994 recoveries and 38 deaths today

    Telangana reports 5186 new COVID19 cases, 7994 recoveries and 38 deaths today.

    Total cases 4,92,385Total recoveries 4,21,219Death toll 2704

    Active cases 68,462 (ANI)

    19:38 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Health Ministry summarises foreign aid received so far

    6,608 oxygen concentrators, 3,856 cylinders, 14 generation plants; 4,330 ventilators/BiPAP & about 3 lakh remdesivir vials delivered/dispatched to India from Apr 27-May 7: Health Ministry (ANI)

    19:29 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: 1703 new COVID19 cases, 1177 recoveries and 19 deaths reported in Puducherry

    1703 new COVID19 cases, 1177 recoveries and 19 deaths reported in Puducherry in the past 24 hours; active cases at 13,585 (ANI)

    19:24 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Uttar Pradesh records 26,847 new cases, 34,721 recoveries and 298 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Uttar Pradesh records 26,847 new cases, 34,721 recoveries and 298 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases 2,45,736Total cases 14,80,315 (ANI)

    19:19 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: User fee for LMO-carrying vehicles at Toll Plazas has been exempted, says Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

    In order to provide uninterrupted passage for tankers & containers carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) across National Highways, the user fee for such vehicles at Toll Plazas has been exempted. Keeping in view unprecedented demand of Medical Oxygen across the country due to COVID19, containers carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen will be treated at par with other emergency vehicles such as ambulances, for 2 months or till further orders: Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (ANI)

    19:13 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Uttarakhand reports 8,390 COVID19 cases, 118 deaths and 4,771 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Uttarakhand reports 8,390 COVID19 cases, 118 deaths and 4,771 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Active cases: 71,174Total cases: 2,38,383 (ANI)

    19:07 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: SpiceJet airlifts 1,800 oxygen concentrators, COVID relief material from Hong Kong, Nanjing

    SpiceJet said it airlifted 1,800 oxygen concentrators and other relief material from Hong Kong and Nanjing to India on Saturday using its wide-body cargo aircraft. These items were brought to India on two flights, one landing in Delhi and another in Mumbai, it said in a statement. India has been badly hit by the second wave of coronavirus infections and hospitals in several states are reeling under shortage of vaccines, oxygen, drugs, equipment and beds. SpiceJet said it has airlifted more than 15,750 oxygen concentrators from the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and China so far. A record 4,187 COVID-19 fatalities in a day took India's death toll to 2,38,270, while 4,01,078 new infections were reported during the period, pushing the tally of cases to 2,18,92,676, according to Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. Registering a steady increase, active cases have reached 37,23,446 which comprise 17.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.90 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. (PTI)

    19:01 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Positive COVID-19 test report not mandatory for admission in hospitals, says govt

    In a significant directive to states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union Health Ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if the he or she belongs to a different city. | Read More

    18:54 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Haryana govt to launch door-to-door screening drive for villages

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Saturday said his government has decided to launch a door-to-door screening drive to detect coronavirus cases at villages, according to a statement. We have to protect rural areas from this deadly infection at any cost. Therefore, every officer concerned should ensure that special vigilance is kept on every village and for this, a massive COVID-19 screening campaign should be conducted, the CM told officials at a review meeting. | Read More

    18:46 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Eight COVID-19 survivors die of black fungus in Maharashtra, says DMER

    At least eight COVID-19 survivors have died due to mucormycosis, a fungal infection, during treatment in Maharashtra, a senior official said on Saturday, adding the total 200 such patients are being treated. According to Dr Tatyarao Lahane, who heads the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), cases of mucormycosis are on the rise. “Eight out of 200 such patients treated so far in various parts of the state have died due to mucormycosis, also known as a black fungus. They survived COVID-19 infection but the fungal infection attacked their weak immune system which proved fatal,” Dr Lahane told PTI. Niti Aayog Member (Health) V K Paul on Friday said mucormycosis is caused by a fungus named mucor, which is found on wet surfaces. He had also said when the same COVID-19 patient is put on oxygen support, which has a humidifier containing water, the chan ces of him or her getting the fungal infection increase. | Read More 

    18:40 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: As many as 16,73,46,544 COVID19 vaccines have been administered so far

    As many as 16,73,46,544 COVID19 vaccines have been administered so far in the country including 22,97,257 doses administered in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (ANI)

    18:32 (IST)08 May 2021
    No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that the person doesn't belong to the city where hospital is located, says Health Ministry

    No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that the person doesn't belong to the city where hospital is located: Health Ministry (PTI)

    18:26 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Karnataka caps price CT-scan price at Rs 1,500 for patients with BPL card and Rs 2,500 for other patients

    Karnataka govt caps price for High-Resolution Computerised Tomography (HRCT) scan/CT-scan to be done by private diagnostic centres, medical establishments, scanning centres etc

    Rs 1,500 for each patient with BPL card and Rs 2,500 for other patients across age groups. (ANI)

    18:21 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: UP is fighting corona effectively, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

    Despite being the most populous state of the country, UP is fighting corona effectively. I inspected integrated COVID Control Center in Bareily. Since last week 2800 active cases have reduced in this zone. It was predicted that UP will see 1 lakh positive cases per day from May 5 but as on May 8 we reported 26,000 cases. It means our COVID strategy & management is successful. From April 30 we're seeing decline in cases & we also started special screening & testing in villages: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (ANI)

    18:15 (IST)08 May 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Update: Kerala logs 41,971 cases, 64 deaths

    Kerala recorded 41,971 fresh cases on Saturday, pushing the COVID-19 caseload to 18,66,827, while the toll mounted to 5,746 with 64 more deaths. Active cases now stood at 4.17 lakh, the state government said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was facing more challenges in the second wave. As many as 27,456 people have been cured, taking the total recoveries to 14,43,633 and presently 4,17,101 people are undergoing treatment in various districts. In the last 24 hours,1,48,546 samples were tested and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 28.25 per cent. So far, 1,69,09,361 samples have been tested, Vijayan told reporters here. While Ernakulam reported 5,492 cases, the highest, three districts accounted for over 4000 cases -- Thiruvananthapuram (4,560), Malappuram(4,558) and Thrissur (4,230). Of the fresh cases, 387 people had come from outside the state and 38,662 were infected through contact, the government said, adding those who tested positive today included 127 health workers.  At least 10,81,007 people are under quarantine in various districts, including30,262 in hospitals. While Ernakulamhas65,856 people undergoing treatment for the virus, Kozhikode has 52,638 and Thrissur 48,718, a government press release said. (PTI)

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