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Coronavirus Vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Cases in India Today, Coronavirus Prevention, Cases and Deaths, Covid-19 4th Wave Highlights: India on Friday recorded a decrease of 463 cases in the active caseload.

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The country's active caseload currently stands at 18,604. (Image Source: PTI)

Covid-19 4th Wave in India updates: According to the official data shared by the Ministry of Health on Friday morning, India recorded 2,841 new Covid-19 infections and nine deaths in last 24 hours. The country’s active caseload currently stands at 18,604. A decrease of 463 cases has been recorded in the active caseload. Overall 18,604 Covid active cases have been recorded, which is 0.04% of the total caseload. As per the official data, the number of deaths has reached 5,24,190. The daily positivity rate has declined to 0.58% and the weekly positivity rate dipped to 0.69%, according to the Ministry.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday announced that Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the CoWIN portal, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.

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20:56 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Mumbai reports 155 COVID-19 cases, one death

Mumbai on Friday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases and one death, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The caseload in India's financial capital thus rose to 10,61,332 while death toll reached 19,564. The city recorded a COVID-19-related death for the first time after April 30, BMC data showed. As many as 116 patients recovered during the day, taking the total of recoveries to 10,40,870. There are 898 active patients in the metropolis now. (PTI)

20:54 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Gujarat sees 35 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally now 211

Gujarat's COVID-19 tally reached 12,24,657 on Friday after 35 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,944, a health department official said. The recovery count increased by 12 to touch 12,13,502, leaving the state with an active caseload of 211, he added. Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,657 new cases 35, deaths 10,944, discharged 12,13,502 active cases 211 and people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI)

19:37 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Maharashtra records 263 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Maharashtra on Friday recorded 263 new coronavirus infections and two pandemic-related deaths, the state health department said. The state's COVID-19 caseload rose to 78,80,337 and death toll reached 1,47,853. On Thursday, the state had recorded 231 new cases and one fatality. Mumbai recorded 155 new cases and one death on Friday. Another fatality was reported from neighbouring Thane district. The case fatality rate in Maharashtra stands at 1.87 per cent. (PTI)

18:32 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Nashik adds 4 COVID-19 cases to tally, active count now 14

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nashik reached 4,76,075 on Friday after four persons were detected with the infection, while the death toll remained unchanged at 8,899, an official said. So far, 4,67,162 persons have recovered, including two during the day, leaving the district with an active caseload of 14, he added. (PTI)

17:26 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Shanghai aims to defeat COVID over next week as Beijing hunkers down

Locked-down Shanghai aims to ringfence its COVID outbreak over the next week, officials said on Friday, while residents in China's capital Beijing largely heeded the advice of authorities to work from home to stem the virus' spread. Easing weeks of punishing restrictions in the commercial hub would bring relief to China's battered economy, although there is growing concern that Beijing may yet take a similar course of action if it fails to get a nascent outbreak under control. Shanghai's deputy mayor, Wu Qing, said the city of 25 million aims to eliminate COVID outside of quarantined zones within the next week or so. After that, the city's lockdown will be “lifted in batches”, with shops opened and traffic restictions eased, he said in the announcement which confirmed a Reuters story from Sunday. (Reuters)

16:41 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Covid virus is not viable on cash banknotes, study finds

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, becomes almost immediately nonviable if deposited on a cash banknote, according to a study. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that the use of credit and debit cards over cash as a COVID-19 prevention measure is not advisable. The researchers found that the virus shows greater stability on plastic money cards, with the live virus still being detected 48 hours after initial deposition. However, no viable virus was detected on either cash or card that was randomly sampled in the study, the researchers said. (PTI)

16:29 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: People going abroad can take precaution dose 3 months after second jab

Those travelling abroad for jobs, education and business purposes can take the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine anytime after three months from the second dose as required by the destination country, the Centre said on Friday, a day after it relaxed the stipulated nine-month waiting period for international travel.

In a letter to states and union territories, the Centre said necessary provisions have been made on the Co-WIN portal to enable updation of the precaution dose so administered and citizens will not be required to upload documents such as visa.

The Health Ministry received several requests for the early administration of precaution dose to those who need to undertake international travel for educational purpose, employment opportunities, participation in sports tournaments, attending bilateral and multilateral meetings as part of India's official delegation, and business commitments, Additional Secretary in the ministry Manohar Agnani said. (PTI)

16:00 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Odisha reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, no death for ten days

Odisha reported 19 more COVID-19 cases on Friday, the health department said. The toll remained at 9,126 as there was no new fatality for the 10th successive day, it said. There are 121 active cases and 33 more patients recovered from the disease, it added. The new cases were detected after testing 14,608 samples, recording a positivity rate of 0.13 per cent. So far, the state has recorded 12,88,272 cases. (PTI)

15:20 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Puducherry logs 5 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 1,65,806

Puducherry added five new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours as the overall tally went up to 1,65,806, a senior Health department official said on Friday. The five fresh infections were identified at the end of the examination of 418 specimens during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Friday, Director of Health Department G Sriramulu said in a release here. Sriramulu said that the overall caseload in the union territory was 1,65,806 while the recoveries remained 1,63,832. The death toll remained at 1,962 with no fresh fatalities being reported during the last 24 hours. The number of active cases stood at 12. (PTI)

14:45 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Shanghai will try to ease 7-week virus lockdown in few days

Shanghai will try again to reopen in a few days after it has eliminated COVID-19 transmission among the population at large as an outbreak in China's largest city subsides, an official said Friday. The strict lockdown of the city — now in its seventh week but moved, lifted and reinforced at times to the frustration of residents — is part of the ruling Communist Party's “zero-COVID” goal that has exacted a mounting economic toll and that even the World Health Organization says may be unsustainable. The goal in Shanghai is to achieve “elimination in society,” meaning any new cases would only be in people already in isolation, Vice Mayor Wu Qing said at a news conference. That would allow for an “orderly opening, limited (population) flow, and differentiated management,” Wu said. No exact date beyond the middle of the month was given, nor did Wu say how the reopening would occur except that the city intends to gradually restore industrial production, education and medical services. (AP)

13:55 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Gujarat records 28 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 188

Gujarat on Thursday recorded 28 new cases of coronavirus that raised the tally of infections to 12,24,622, an official from the state health department said. With 23 patients discharged from hospitals, the count of recoveries reached 12,13,490, while the toll stood at 10,944 as no new casualties were reported during the day, the official said. The state currently has 188 active cases, he added. Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,622 new cases 28, deaths 10,944, discharged 12,13,490 active cases 188 and people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI)

13:30 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: 39 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana

Telangana on Thursday registered 39 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 7,92,474. Hyderabad reported the highest number of cases with 28. A health department bulletin said 28 people recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours and the cumulative number of recoveries till date was 7,87,961. The recovery rate stood at 99.43 percent. No fresh fatality occurred due to the viral infection and the toll continued to be 4,111. The bulletin said 13,422 samples were tested on Thursday. The number of active cases was 402, it said. (PTI)

13:04 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: MP logs 40 new coronavirus cases on Thursday

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 10,41,832 on Thursday after the detection of 40 new cases, while no fresh death linked to the respiratory disease was registered in the state, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 10,735, the official said. The positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, stood at 0.5 per cent, he said. The recovery count increased by 29 to touch 10,30,867, leaving the state with 230 active cases, the official informed. (PTI)

12:42 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: One confirmed dead due to Covid-19 in North Korea

At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country's first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. (Reuters)

12:25 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Over 193.53 Cr vaccine doses provided to States/UTs.

➡️ More than 193.53 Cr vaccine doses provided to States/UTs.

➡️ More than 17.65 Cr doses still available with States/UTs to be administered.https://t.co/4RWjbdWtGwpic.twitter.com/lWtjG60nwj

— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) May 13, 2022

12:04 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Over 84.29 Cr Coronavirus tests conducted so far in India
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➡️ Over 84.29 Cr COVID Tests conducted so far.

➡️ Weekly Positivity Rate currently at 0.69%.

➡️ Daily Positivity Rate stands at 0.58%. pic.twitter.com/7SgbLD2PiN
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) May 13, 2022
11:42 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates:190.99 cr vaccine doses administered in India so far

190.99 cr vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive

India's active caseload currently stands at 18,604

Recovery rate currently at 98.74%

Read here: https://t.co/TSKRVHgOiX#indiafightscoronapic.twitter.com/Bixzd031BD

— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 13, 2022

11:21 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: S.Korea plans to provide COVID vaccine to North

South Korea plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North, President Yoon Suk-yeol's office said on Friday, a day after the neighbouring country confirmed its first outbreak of coronavirus. “We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea,” Yoon's spokesperson said in a statement. (Reuters)

11:00 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden marks one million U.S. COVID deaths after losing political battles

President Joe Biden on Thursday commemorated the COVID-19 deaths of 1 million people in the United States, marking what he called “a tragic milestone” and urging Americans to “remain vigilant” during the ongoing pandemic. In a statement, Biden acknowledged the impact of the deaths on families left behind and urged the country not to “grow numb to such sorrow.” (Reuters)

10:43 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Mizoram records 50 new Covid cases, tally at 2,27,899

Mizoram on Friday reported 50 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 2,27,899, a health department official said. The death toll stood at 697 as no new fatality was reported since May 3. The daily positivity rate stood at 14.24 per cent and the recovery rate at 99.59 per cent, he said. The northeastern state now has 219 active cases, while 2,26,983 people have so far recovered from the disease. It has tested more than 19.26 lakh samples for coronavirus till date. According to State Immunisation Officer Lalmuanawma Jongte, over 8.53 lakh people have been inoculated till Thursday. (PTI)

10:20 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Thane district’s COVID-19 count up by 25

Thane district of Maharashtra reported 25 new coronavirus positive cases, which took its infection tally to 7,09,293, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday. As the virus did not claim anybody's life during the day, the death toll in Thane remained constant at 11,894, he said, adding that the district's COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.67 per cent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload stood at 1,63,612, while the death toll is 3,407, another official said. (PTI)

10:04 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: India records 2,841 new Covid-19 cases, 9 deaths
2,841 new COVID19 cases recorded in India today; Active cases at 18,604 pic.twitter.com/NiNSNT7ILE
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2022
09:41 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: Shanghai aiming for zero-COVID at community level by mid-May – city official

Shanghai is aiming to reach zero-COVID at the community level in the next few days and will then start to steadily ease traffic restrictions and open shops, the city's deputy mayor Wu Qing said on Friday. Though the situation is improving, the fight against China's biggest-ever COVID-19 outbreak “still requires the joint exertions of every citizen”, Wu told a briefing. “Our current goal is to achieve social zero in the middle of this month,” Wu said. “We've already seen that the light is getting closer and closer.” When Chinese officials refer to cases “at the community level” they mean outside tightly regulated quarantine zones. Cases outside the quarantine zones are most closely watched for an indication of if the outbreak is spreading or not. (Reuters)

09:19 (IST) 13 May 2022
Covid-19 Live Updates: North Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea said Friday that six people died and 3.5 lakh have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across the nation, a day after its first acknowledgement of a COVID-19 outbreak. The true scale is unclear, but a big COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating in a country with a broken healthcare system and an unvaccinated, malnourished population. North Korea, which likely does not have sufficient COVID-19 tests and other medical equipment, said it did not know the case of the mass fevers. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said of the 3.5 lakh people who developed fevers since late April, 1,62,200 have recovered. It said 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone, and 1,87,800 people are being isolated for treatment. (AP)

23:06 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: Tamil Nadu logs 42 new COVID-19 cases, nil deaths

A total of 42 more people, including a returnee from New Delhi, tested COVID-19 positive in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 34,54,512, while the death toll remained unchanged at 38,025 with nil fatalities recorded in the same period, the Health Department said on Thursday.

The number of recoveries grew to 34,16,049 with 43 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, leaving 438 active infections, a bulletin said here.

Among the new cases, 22 are men and 20 women, the bulletin stated.

Chennai accounted for 24 cases, Chengalpet five, Tiruvallur four, Coimbatore and Kancheepuram recorded two each while Kanyakumari, Nilgiris, Salem, Tirunelveli reported one case each.

The State capital leads among districts with 223 active infections and overall there were 7,52,029 coronavirus cases till date.

A total of 15,926 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of tests to 6,63,56,068 so far, the bulletin said.

Meanwhile, the government said the State public health laboratory, operating under the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has got accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and termed it as another 'milestone' in public health.

State Public health Laboratory has fulfilled all necessary criteria without any non-conformities and received the Certificate of Accreditation by NABL making it as the only lab to obtain the recognition for COVID-19 RT-PCR testing in Tamil Nadu.

Till date, a total of 26.57 lakh tests were carried out by the laboratory and has always been a backbone of laboratory support for public health.

Chief Minister M K Stalin had inaugurated the Whole Genome Sequencing of SARS CoV-2 virus in September 2021 and the lab was, at present, tracking the emergence of new variants of SARS CoV-2 virus, the release said.

“This was team work carried out by the SPHL staff under the leadership of the Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and that is truly another milestone in public health,” the release said. (PTI)

22:28 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: Chhattisgarh logs 4 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally at 35

Chhattisgarh on Thursday recorded four new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 11,52,331, while no fresh death due to the infection was registered in the state, an official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 14,034, he said.

The four cases, at a positivity rate of 0.10 per cent, were reported from Raipur (3) and Balrampur (1), he added.

The recovery count increased by two to touch 11,38,262, leaving the state with 35 active cases, the official said.

With 4,017 swab samples examined during the day, the tally of tests carried out so far in Chhattisgarh went up to 1,76,84,755, he added.

Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 11,52,331, new cases 4, death toll 14,034, recovered 11,38,262, active cases 35, total tests 1,76,84,755. (PTI)

21:58 (IST) 12 May 2022
Govt may not allow mixing of Covid vaccines for booster shots

The government may not allow precaution dose of a COVID-19 vaccine other than the one used for primary vaccination in light of a CMC Vellore study which showed lack of uniformity in results upon mixing of jabs for booster shots, sources said on Thursday.

The Covid Working Group of NTAGI which reviewed the findings of the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore study last week stated that scientific evidence showed that administering a booster dose of Covishield after primary vaccination with Covaxin gives 6 to 10 times higher antibody level as compared to when Covaxin is given as the precaution dose after a gap of six months after the primary schedule. | READ MORE

21:44 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: Coordinated global response required to combat future health emergencies says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

Coordinated global response required to combat future health emergencies: PM Modi at global virtual summit on COVID-19 (PTI)

21:14 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: We call for streamlining WHO’s approval process for vaccines and therapeutics to keep supply chain stable and predictable, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

We also call for streamlining WHO's approval process for vaccines and therapeutics to keep supply chain stable and predictable. As a responsible member of the global community, India is a ready to play a key role in these efforts: PM Narendra Modi at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

21:13 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: We supplied over 200 million doses to 98 countries bilaterally and through ‘Covax’, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

We supplied over 200 million doses to 98 countries bilaterally and through 'Covax'. India has developed low-cost Covid mitigation technologies for testing, treating and data management. We have offered these capabilities to other countries: PM Modi at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

21:13 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: WHO must be reformed and strengthened to build a more resilient global health security architecture, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

We must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines. WTO rules need to be more flexible. WHO must be reformed and strengthened to build a more resilient global health security architecture: PM Modi at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

20:37 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: Coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

Last month we laid the foundation of WHO Centre for Traditional Medicine in India with an aim to make this age-old knowledge available to the world. It is clear that a coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies: PM at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

20:19 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: We have fully vaccinated almost 90% of the population, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

We have fully vaccinated almost 90% of the population and more than 50 million children. India manufactures four WHO approved vaccines & has the capacity to produce 5 billion doses this year: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI)

20:10 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: Our vaccination program is the largest in the world, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

We have made the highest-ever allocation to our annual healthcare budget. Our vaccination program is the largest in the world: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

19:51 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates: COVID pandemic continues to disrupt lives, supply chains and test resilience of open societies, says PM Modi at 2nd Global Covid Summit

The COVID pandemic continues to disrupt lives, supply chains and test the resilience of open societies. In India, we adopted a people-centric strategy against the pandemic: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2nd Global Covid Summit (ANI)

19:42 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Joe Biden marks 1 million US COVID deaths, to co-host 2nd global summit

President Joe Biden will appeal for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he convenes a second virtual summit on the pandemic and marks 1 million deaths in the United States.

“As a nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow,” Biden said in a statement Thursday. “To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible.” The president called on Congress to provide more funding for testing, vaccines and treatments, something lawmakers have been unwilling to deliver so far. | READ MORE

19:02 (IST) 12 May 2022
Daily Covid figures in Delhi will fluctuate for some time: Experts

With the count of daily new coronavirus cases in Delhi fluctuating over the last few days, experts on Thursday said the city will keep witnessing such trends for fairly long and attributed it to behavioural changes among citizens.

The national capital reported 970 COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease on Wednesday while the positivity rate was at 3.34 per cent. The day before, Delhi reported 1,118 coronavirus cases and one fatality while the positivity rate was at 4.38 per cent. | READ MORE

18:22 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi records 1,032 fresh Covid cases, zero death

Delhi records 1,032 fresh Covid cases, zero death; positivity rate stands at 3.64 per cent: Authorities (PTI)

16:46 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 14 fresh COVID-19 cases in Odisha

Fourteen more people, including four children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the state's coronavirus tally to 12,88,253, a health bulletin said on Thursday. The death toll remained unchanged at 9,126 as no fresh fatality was recorded in the last nine days. There are now 135 active cases, while 12,78,939 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 10 in the last 24 hours. Fifty-three patients have died due to comorbidities to date. (PTI)

16:25 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: New computer model can help assess Covid impact, progression in detail

Scientists have developed an ultra-large scale computerised model of 1 million to 100 million individuals, closely representative of the Indian population, that they say can help assess the impact and progression of an infectious disease, including COVID-19, at the most granular level. The synthetic population model termed BharatSIM has been developed by using data from sources such as the National Sample Survey Office surveys and Census. Developed by researchers at Ashoka University in Sonipat, Haryana in collaboration with global technology company Thoughtworks, the tool is also being used to make predictions on COVID-19.

15:42 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: EU Commission to end relaxed COVID-19 state aid scheme

The European Commission said on Thursday it will gradually put an end to the temporary rules that allowed the 27 EU member countries to benefit from extra public support during the coronavirus pandemic. Adopted in March 2020, the so-called State Aid COVID Temporary Framework relaxed the European Union's strict state-aid regulations to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic. In light of the improving economic situation in the region, coupled with the lifting of restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus over the past two years, the commission said that another prolongation of the scheme is not necessary. (AP)

15:12 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record-keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The outbreak forced leader Kim Jong Un to wear a mask in public likely for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but the scale of transmissions inside North Korea wasn't immediately known. A failure to slow infections could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated. Some experts say the North, by its rare admission of an outbreak, maybe seeking outside aid. (AP)

14:49 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Those going abroad can take precaution dose now
Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the CoWIN portal, Union Health Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet

(File pic) pic.twitter.com/BcfdHp3cXh
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2022
14:12 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry logs 2 new COVID-19 cases

The union territory of Puducherry added two fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall caseload to 1,65,801, a senior official of Department of Health said on Thursday. The two new infections emerged after the examination of 314 samples and the active cases rose to seven, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release here. There were no fresh fatalities in any of the four regions-Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam- during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Thursday and the death toll remained at 1,962, he said. (PTI)

13:35 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active COVID-19 cases in country dip to 19,067

With 2,827 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,31,13,413, while the active cases dipped to 19,067, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 5,24,181 with 24 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was 98.74 per cent, the ministry said. A decrease of 427 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. (PTI)

13:12 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Shanghai hunts down COVID cases, Beijing curbs taxi services

Shanghai authorities combed the city on Thursday for its last COVID-19 cases in the hope of clearing the way for an exit from a painful six-week lockdown, while Beijing curbed taxi services to keep a lid on its smaller outbreak. The Chinese commercial hub of 25 million people has in recent days been tightening its lockdown for a final push to eradicate the virus by the end of the month, having made some significant progress, according to data this week. Shanghai's mass testing detected just two new cases outside areas facing the strictest curbs on May 11, officials said on Thursday, but that was two more than none the previous day. (Reuters)

12:35 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Half of Covid survivors show one symptom even two years after infection, says Lancet study

More than half of people hospitalised with COVID-19 still have at least one symptom two years after they were first infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the longest follow-up study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. The research followed 1,192 participants in China infected with SARS-CoV-2 during the first phase of the pandemic in 2020. While physical and mental health generally improved over time, the study suggests that COVID-19 patients still tend to have poorer health and quality of life than the general population. This is especially the case for participants with long COVID, who typically still have at least one symptom including fatigue, shortness of breath, and sleep difficulties two years after initially falling ill, the researchers said. (PTI)

11:56 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: China fights economic slump, sticks to costly ‘zero COVID’

China's leaders are struggling to reverse an economic slump without giving up anti-virus tactics that shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his time in power. The ruling Communist Party has declared its “zero-COVID” goal of preventing all infections takes priority over the economy. It is a decision with global implications and comes despite warnings by experts including the head of the World Health Organization that the goal might be unattainable. “We don't think it is sustainable,” the WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Tuesday. (AP)

11:26 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Biden co-hosting 2nd COVID summit as world’s resolve falters

President Joe Biden will appeal for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he convenes the second global COVID-19 summit at a time when faltering resolve at home jeopardizes that global response. Eight months after he used the first such summit to announce an ambitious pledge to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses to the world, the urgency of the U.S. and other nations to respond has waned. Momentum on vaccinations and treatments has faded even as new, more infectious variants rise and billions across the globe remain unprotected. Congress has refused to meet Biden's request to provide another $22.5 billion in what he has called critically needed aid funding. The White House said Biden will address the opening of the virtual summit Thursday morning with prerecorded remarks and will make the case that addressing COVID-19 “must remain an international priority.” The U.S. is co-hosting the summit along with Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize. (AP)

10:58 (IST) 12 May 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Fifty-five new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram

Mizoram on Thursday recorded 55 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 2,27,849, a health department official said. The death toll stood at 697 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported for the last 10 days, he said. The daily positivity rate increased to 12 per cent from 7.73 per cent the previous day as the fresh cases were detected from 455 sample tests, the official said. The northeastern state now has 209 active cases. Forty-six people recuperated from the disease on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,26,943, the official said. (PTI)

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