Covid-19 4th Wave in India Updates Highlights: India’s stagnant Covid graph saw a minor dip on Sunday as the country logged 2,487 new infections, the official data says. The active case count also declined to 17,692, the health bulletin says. While India’s numbers are very much under control, countries such as South Africa and North Korea are experiencing explosive surge. While experts are saying that South Africa will see another wave of infections, in North Korea, over 8 lakh cases have been reported in just 72 hours..
Here are the latest Covid related news from India and around the world.
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,41,945 on Sunday after the detection of 42 cases at a positivity rate of 0.5 per cent, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,735, an official said.
The recovery count increased by 24 to touch 10,30,948, leaving the state with 262 active cases, he added.
With 7,780 samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,91,93,258, the official said.
A government release said 11,82,94,228 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 1,180 on Sunday.
Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 10,41,945, new cases 42, death toll 10,735, recoveries 10,30,948, active cases 262, number of tests so far 2,91,93,258. (PTI)
Gujarat on Sunday reported 33 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the state to 12,24,721, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,944, a health department official said.
So far, 12,13,563 persons have been discharged post recovery, including 37 during the day, leaving Gujarat with an active caseload of 214, he said.
Ahmedabad reported 15 cases, followed by 10 in Vadodara, six in Gandhinagar and one each in Surat and Anand, he said.
A government release said 4,516 people received COVID-19 vaccination shots on Sunday, which took the total number of doses administered to 10.83 crore.
The adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu remains coronavirus-free, a local official informed.
Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,721, new cases 33, death toll 10,944, discharged 12,13,563, active cases 214, people tested so far – figures not released. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu on Sunday logged 30 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the tally to 34,54,621 till date. The death toll remained unchanged at 38,025 with zero fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
Chennai accounted for 16 new infections, Chengalpet recorded seven, Coimbatore and Tiruchirappalli recorded two each while Cuddalore, Sivagangai and Tiruvallur saw one case each.
The number of people who recovered from the disease rose to 34,16,237 with 79 more getting discharged in the last 24 hours.
Tamil Nadu currently has 359 active cases.
Among those tested positive include 19 men and 11 women.
The State capital – Chennai – leads among districts with 199 active infections and 7,52,096 cases overall.
A total of 16,027 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of tests to 6,64,04,505 so far, the bulletin said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian inspected the medicines worth Rs 28 crore that would be sent to neighbouring crisis-hit Sri Lanka.
Talking to reporters after inspecting the medicines, he referred to the announcement made by Chief Minister M K Stalin in the Assembly that the essential medicines would be sent to the island nation. “Around 137 essential medicines which will be used in treatment of cold, fever, special medicines and equipment required to hold surgeries are being prepared here. As the first instalment, 53 medicines, and two special medicines will be sent,” he said.
The remaining medicinal goods would be sent as a second instalment to that country, he said. “The medicines will not have any advertisements and will just carry the message From People of India to People of Sri Lanka,” he said.
To a query on the vaccination status, he said 93.55 per cent of the population have received first dose while 81.85 per cent the second dose. Subramanian said due to low turnout witnessed in the weekly mass vaccination exercise, the health department decided to conduct mega vaccination camp every month.
“On June 12, a mega vaccination camp will be held through one lakh camps. This will also see participation of volunteers, NGOs,” he said.
On the storage facilities of medicines in Tamil Nadu, he said the department was holding stock for three months of medicines at its warehouse facilities in the State.
He said a large medicinal storage facility was functioning on a 35,000-square-foot land at Anna Nagar. “This is largest medicine warehouse. Another new building is being constructed at a cost of Rs two crore at the same location,” he said.
Noting that government-run medical warehouse facilities were functioning in all the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu, he said the facilities were holding essential medicines worth Rs 240 crore. Steps are being taken to set up new medicinal warehouse facilities worth Rs 30 crore in six districts which were recently formed, he said. (PTI)
Mumbai on Sunday reported 151 COVID-19 cases and one death, taking the tally here to 10,61,614 and the toll to 19,566, a civic official said.
The recovery count increased by 122 to touch 10,41,163, leaving the metropolis with 885 cases, he added.
With 7,822 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the overall number of tests conducted went up to 1,70,11,472, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said.
BMC data showed the city's recovery rate was 98 per cent and the caseload doubling time was 5,855 days. (PTI)
North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with fevers as it mobilises more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country's first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported Sunday. (PTI)
The Covid outbreak has triggered concern about a humanitarian crisis in North Korea because most of the country's 26 million people are believed to be unvaccinated against the coronavirus and its public health care system has been in shambles for decades. Some experts say North Korea might suffer huge fatalities if it doesn't immediately receive outside shipments of vaccines, medicines and other medical supplies. – AP
Odisha recorded 14 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, while there was no new fatality for the 12th consecutive day, the health department said. There are 138 active COVID-19 cases and seven more patients have recuperated from the disease, according to a bulletin. The daily positivity rate was 0.10 per cent and four children were among the newly infected, it said, adding that 14,613 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, the bulletin stated. The state had logged 18 infections and zero death on Saturday. – PTI
Mainland China reported 1,789 new coronavirus cases for May 14, of which 239 were symptomatic and 1,550 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday. That compares with 2,072 new cases a day earlier – 276 symptomatic and 1,796 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were three new deaths, bringing the death toll to 5,209. As of May 14, mainland China had reported 221,804 confirmed cases. Reuters
Puducherry reported three fresh cases of COVID-19 on Sunday taking the overall tally in the Union Territory to 1,65,812, a senior government official said. In a press release, Director of Health G Sriramulu said the number of active cases in the UT went up to 15. There was no recovery of patients in the last 24 hours and overall recoveries remained the same at 1,63,835, the Director said. No fresh fatality due to the virus was reported in the UT and the death toll stood unchanged at 1,962. – PTI
With the addition of 25 new COVID-19 cases, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 7,09,337, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. The death toll remained unchanged at 11,895, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 1.67 per cent. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count stood at 1,63,612 and the death toll at 3,407, another official said. PTI
Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open in a limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, even while it remained unclear whether residents would be let out from their homes. AP
Chhattisgarh on Saturday recorded one COVID-19 case, taking the tally to 11,52,334, while the death toll remained unchanged at 14,034, an official said. The one case, at a positivity rate of 0.04 per cent, was reported in Raipur, while19 districts have no coronavirus case as on Saturday, he said. The recovery count increased by one to touch 11,38,272, leaving the state with 28 active cases, the official said. (PTI)
Delhi records 673 fresh Covid cases, 4 more deaths; positivity rate at 2.77 per cent: Authorities. PTI
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,41,903 on Saturday after the detection of 36 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,735, an official said. The positivity rate remained at 0.4 per cent for the second consecutive day, while the recovery count increased by 24 to touch 10,30,924, leaving the state with 244 active cases, the official informed. With 8,014 samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,91,85,478, he added. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu on Saturday added 35 more COVID-19 infections, including two returnees from the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, pushing the statewide tally to 34,54,591, the health department said. The overall death toll remained unchanged at 38,025 with zero fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, a medical bulletin said here. As many as 51 people recovered aggregating to 34,16,158 leaving 408 active infections. (PTI)
Gujarat on Saturday recorded 31 new cases of COVID-19 that raised the tally of infections to 12,24,688, an official from the state health department said. While the toll remained steady at 10,944 with no fresh casualties, the count of recoveries reached 12,13,526 after 24 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said. With this, the number of active cases has reached 218, of which two patients are on ventilator support, he said. (PTI)
Nashik on Saturday reported a single COVID-19 case, taking the tally here to 4,76,076, while the death toll remained unchanged at 8,899, an official said. The recovery count stood at 4,67,162 and the active caseload was 15, he added. (PTI)
Over 32 crore Covid vaccine doses have been administered in Uttar Pradesh, making it the first state to achieve the fete, a spokesperson claimed on Saturday. Uttar Pradesh is followed by Maharashtra with 16.60 crore Covid vaccine doses administered so far. According to data on the CoWin portal updated till 12 pm on Saturday, around 32.01 crore of the total 189 crore vaccine doses administered in the country are from Uttar Pradesh, he said. (PTI)
Mumbai on Saturday reported 131 COVID-19 cases and one death, taking the tally to 10,61,463 and the toll to 19,565, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. The recovery count increased by 171 during the day to touch 10,41,041, leaving the metropolis with an active caseload of 857, he said. So far, 1,70,03,650 samples have been examined in Mumbai, including 8,934 in the last 24 hours, the official added. (PTI)
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 248 new coronavirus infections and one pandemic-related death, the state health department said. The lone death was reported in Mumbai. The caseload in the state rose to 78,80,585 and death toll reached 1,47,854. On Friday, Maharashtra had reported 263 cases and one fatality. (PTI)
South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalisations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths, said Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. “We're still very early in this increase period, so I don't want to really call it a wave,” Nunes said. “We are seeing a slight, a small increase in hospitalisations and really very few deaths.” South Africa's new cases have gone from an average of 300 per day in early April to about 8,000 per day this week. Nunes says the actual number of new cases is probably much higher because the symptoms are mild and many who get sick are not getting tested. South Africa's new surge is from two variations of omicron, BA.4 and BA.5, which appear to be very much like the original strain of omicron that was first identified in South Africa and Botswana late last year and swept around the globe. (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country into “great turmoil” and called for an all-out battle to overcome the outbreak, as 21 daily deaths were reported among people with fever. North Korea this week acknowledged for the first time a COVID outbreak, imposing a nationwide lockdown. But there was no sign of a rigorous testing or treatment campaign in the isolated country's rudimentary healthcare system. “The spread of the malignant epidemic is a great turmoil to fall on our country since the founding,” Kim told an emergency meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, according to state news agency KCNA. (Reuters)
South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalisations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths, said Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. AP
Ladakh's COVID-19 caseload increased to 28,256 on Saturday as three more people tested positive for the viral disease, officials said. Of the fresh cases, two were detected in Leh and one in Kargil, they said. The death toll remained unchanged at 228. Of these, 168 deaths were reported from Leh and 60 from Kargil. The number of active cases in Ladakh stands at nine. So far, 28,019 COVID-19 patients have recovered, according to the officials. PTI
Odisha recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the Health Department said. The toll remained at 9,126 as no new fatality was recorded for the 11th successive day, it said. There are 131 active cases, while eight more patients have recovered from the disease, it added. The new cases were detected after testing 15,049 samples, recording a positivity rate of 0.13 per cent. The state had logged 19 cases on Friday. Odisha has so far reported 12,88,290 cases. PTI
Puducherry logged three fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Saturday, taking the total number of those affected by the disease to 1,65,809. There was no fresh fatality and the toll remained 1,962. The active cases shot up to 14. Three patients recovered during last twenty-four hours and overall recoveries were 1,63,835. The Department of Health has examined so far 22,37,576 and found 18,82,349 out of them to be negative, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. – PTI
Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions, while Beijing kept fighting its much smaller but persistent outbreak. China's commercial hub of 25 million hoped to come out of its painful six-week-old lockdown later this month.
Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, and they may be required to pay back thousands of dollars in tuition costs, according to Air Force officials. It's the only military academy, so far, where cadets may face such penalties. The Army and Navy said that as of now, none of their seniors are being prevented from graduating at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., or the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, due to vaccine refusals. The graduations are in about two weeks. AP
North Korea on Saturday reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms as the country scrambles to slow the spread of COVID-19 across its unvaccinated population. The new deaths and cases since Friday increased total numbers to 27 deaths and 524,440 illnesses amid a rapid spread of fever since late April. North Korea said 243,630 people had recovered and 280,810 remained in quarantine. State media didn't specify how many of the fever cases and deaths were confirmed as COVID-19 infections. – AP
The official data says that India's active case count has dipped to 18, 096.