Covid-19 in India Highlights: India recorded 2,364 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases in the country to 4,31,29,563, according to the data shared by the Health Ministry on Thursday. The active cases declined to 15,419, and the death toll climbed to 5,24,303 with 10 fresh fatalities. The active cases were recorded at 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.75 per cent, the ministry said. A decrease of 228 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Meanwhile, North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more cases of people with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow the rate of infections despite a lack of health care resources.
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Madhya Pradesh on Thursday recorded 45 new cases of COVID-19 that raised the tally of infections to 10,42,069, an official from the state health department said.
As many as 35 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 10,31,098, while the toll remained unchanged at 10,735, as no fresh casualties were reported, he said.
The state currently has 236 active cases, with a positivity rate of 0.5 per cent, the official said.
With the addition of 8,011 samples examined during the day, the total number of tests conducted so far reached 2,92,19,161, he added.
As per a government release, 11,84,27,759 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, of which 45,557 jabs were given on Thursday.
Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 10,42,069, new cases 45, death toll 10,735, recoveries 10,31,098, active cases 236, number of tests so far 2,92,19,161. (pti)
Gujarat registered 19 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 12,24,833, while no fresh death due to the infection was recorded in the state, the health department said.
The death toll remained unchanged at 10,944 with no addition to the count in the last 24 hours, said a release by the department.
It said 27 persons recovered from the respiratory disease during the day, pushing up the tally of recoveries to 12,13,685.
The number of active cases in Gujarat now stands at 204, the release added.
Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,833, new cases 19, deaths 10,944, recoveries 12,13,685, active cases 204, total tests – figures not released. (PTI)
A total of 47 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Telangana on Thursday, taking the tally to 7,92,757 so far, said a Health Department bulletin.
No fresh fatality due to the infection was reported today and the death toll continued to be 4,111, said the bulletin.
Hyderabad recorded the highest number with 36 cases.
A total of 34 people recovered from the infection, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 7,88,250 till date.
The active cases stood at 396, it said.
A total of 12,458 samples were tested during the day, and the total number examined was 3,48,73,707 till date.
The case fatality rate was 0.51 per cent and the recovery rate 99.43 per cent, it added.(PTI)
Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 316 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since March 12, but no new fatality linked to the infection, while the active tally crossed the 1,700-mark, the health department said.
Mumbai alone recorded 223 coronavirus cases, making a major contribution in the state tally in the last 24 hours.
With this, the state's COVID-19 tally rose to 78,81,858, while the death toll remained unchanged at 1,47,856, the department said in a bulletin.
On Wednesday, the state had recorded 307 cases and one fatality due to the respiratory illness.
The state had registered 324 cases on March 12.
Satara, Sangli, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalna, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Akola, Buldhana and Gondia districts have zero active cases.
The bulletin said 201 coronavirus patients recovered in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative count to 77,32,282 and pushing up the tally of active cases to 1,720.
The coronavirus recovery rate in the state stood at 98.10 per cent.
It said 28,499 swab samples were examined in the last 24 hours, taking the number of coronavirus tests conducted so far in the state to 8,06,48,987. (PTI)
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 11 new Covid cases on Thursday that took the infection tally to 4,54,170, officials said.
Of the new cases, nine were reported from Jammu district while one each surfaced in Srinagar and Kupwara districts, they said.
There are 54 active cases while the overall recoveries have reached 4,49,364, officials said.
The COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,752. No Covid-related fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, they said.
There were 51 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus), they added. (PTI)
Delhi recorded 520 new Covid cases and one more death on Thursday while the positivity rate declined to 2.09 percent, according to data shared by the city health department here.
With the new cases, Delhi’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 19,02,180, while the death toll rose to 26,199. | READ MORE
Andaman and Nicobar Islands remained free from COVID-19 as no fresh infection was detected, a health bulletin said on Thursday. The lone coronavirus patient in the archipelago was cured of the disease on May 17. The Union territory's tally stood at 10,039, while 9,910 people have been cured of the disease and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date. The administration has thus far tested over 7.32 lakh samples, and fully vaccinated 3.38 lakh people. (PTI)
Odisha recorded 12 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the health department said. There are 120 active cases in the state at present, it said. The toll remained at 9,126 as the state did not report a COVID-19 death for the 16th successive day, it added. The new cases were detected after testing 14,755 samples. In the last 24 hours, 15 more patients recovered from the disease. The state had logged 13 cases on Wednesday. So far, the state has reported 12,88,339 cases. (PTI)
Germany's top court has approved rules requiring that health workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Constitutional Court announced Thursday that it has rejected a complaint against the measure, arguing that protecting vulnerable people in hospitals and care homes is more important than the infringement of health workers' rights. The German government had initially planned to extend the vaccine mandate to all adults, but even a proposal to impose one on the over-60s was rejected by lawmakers. Almost 76% of the population in Germany has received two shots against the coronavirus so far. (AP)
The Chinese financial hub of Shanghai reported 637 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for May 18, down from 759 a day earlier. Confirmed symptomatic cases fell to 82 from 96 the previous day, the city's government said in a statement. There were zero cases found outside quarantined areas, the fifth consecutive day of no such cases. The city reported one new COVID-19 related death, compared with three a day earlier. (Reuters)
China's capital Beijing reported 50 new symptomatic coronavirus cases for May 18, down from 52 a day earlier, state media reported on Thursday. The city also reported five asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 for May 18, down from 17 a day earlier. (Reuters)
The locked-down Chinese metropolis of Shanghai will reopen four of its 20 subway lines Sunday as it slowly eases pandemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing complexes for more than six weeks. The city will also restart 273 bus lines connecting major urban centers, airports, train stations and hospitals as it resumes cross-district public transit, Yu Fulin, director of the Shanghai Transport Commission, said at a daily pandemic briefing Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear how frequent the service would be. Bus service resumed on a trial basis within three outlying districts this week, with buses running every 30 to 90 minutes during daylight hours. (AP)
China reported 1,082 new coronavirus cases on May 18, of which 212 were symptomatic and 870 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Thursday. That compares with 1,305 new cases a day earlier, consisting of 240 symptomatic and 1,065 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There was one new death, bringing the country's death toll to 5,218. As of May 18, mainland China had confirmed 222,582 cases with symptoms. (Reuters)
With the addition of 31 new COVID-19 cases, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 7,09,441, an official said on Thursday. These new cases were reported on Wednesday, he said. With no fresh fatality, the COVID-19 death toll in the district stood at 11,895 and the mortality rate at 1.67 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 infection tally stood at 1,63,612 and the death toll at 3,407, another official said. (PTI)
More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as authorities set out more plans for exiting the city-wide COVID-19 lockdown more fully. The commercial hub of 25 million recorded no new infections outside quarantined areas for a fifth day in a row, further cementing its “zero COVID” status with each day. (Reuters)
North Korea is ramping up production of drugs and medical supplies including sterilisers and thermometers as it battles an unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, state media KCNA said on Thursday. The isolated country, which has imposed a nationwide lockdown, is also increasing production of traditional Korean medicines used to reduce fever and pain, KCNA said, calling them “effective in prevention and cure of the malicious disease.” A sweeping COVID wave, which North Korea first confirmed last week, has fanned concerns over a lack of medical resources and vaccines, with the U.N. human rights agency warning of “devastating” consequences for its 25 million people. (Reuters)
China has removed some COVID-19 test requirements for people flying in countries such as the United States and shortened the pre-departure quarantine for some inbound travellers, as it fine-tunes its measures to cope with the Omicron variant.The slight relaxations were made in response to factors including the “characteristics of coronavirus variants”, according to notices from Chinese embassies and consulates that did not provide further details. (Reuters)
The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.75 per cent, the ministry said. A decrease of 228 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.50 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.55 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,89,841, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.22 per cent. (PTI)