Coronavirus Highlights: First lot of Sputnik V vaccine arrives in India; Maharashtra reports 63,282 cases, 802 deaths

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Updated: May 1, 2021 11:21:02 pm

Coronavirus Daily Cases and Deaths in India, Covid-19 India Lockdown, Phase 3 vaccine drive, CoWIN Covid-19 Vaccination Registration, May 1: India records its highest single-day rise of 4,01,993 coronavirus infections; 3,523 fatalities push death toll to 2,11,853

Coronavirus India Live, Covid-19 Cases in India, vaccination for 18+ yearsMaharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Odisha are likely to start the vaccination drive for all above 18 from today.

Coronavirus India News Highlights, Covid-19 Cases in India State-Wise Highlights: India on Saturday reported over 4 lakh cases, the highest single-day surge so far. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, India saw 4,01,993 fresh Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,91,64,969. As many as 3,523 people died due to Covid-linked complications, while and 2,99,988 patients have been cured/discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data. The country still has 32,68,710 active Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, India is all set to start its phase 3 vaccination drive against Coronavirus for people above 18 years from today. However, the vax rollout is likely to be slow with many states/UTs complaining of a shortage of Covid vaccine supply.

Also read: Vaccine registration opens for all adults at 4 PM on Co-Win app: What to expect from May 1?

According to reports, only six states — Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Odisha— are likely to start the vaccination drive for all above 18. Even then the inoculation drive in these states will be a ‘token one’, limited to few districts as these states have also limited vaccine stocks available with them.

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    21:51 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Kerala govt to take action against any pvt laboratory that denies RT-PCR test/ other COVID19 tests at fixed rates

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    21:47 (IST)01 May 2021
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    21:42 (IST)01 May 2021
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    21:36 (IST)01 May 2021
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    21:32 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: CBSE announces marking policy for cancelled class 10 board exams

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    21:27 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Raipur Municipal Corp working to provide necessary facilities to people during COVID crisis, says CM Bhupesh Baghel

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    21:22 (IST)01 May 2021
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    17,512 new cases, 103 deaths and 14,374 discharges recorded in West Bengal today; active cases 1,16,659 (ANI)

    21:21 (IST)01 May 2021
    Amazon India announces measures to help SMBs amid COVID-19

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    21:14 (IST)01 May 2021
    Over 11,000 persons in 18-44 category vaccinated in Maharashtra on first day

    As many as 11,492 people in the 18-44 years age group were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maharashtra on Saturday, the state public health department said. Vaccination for those above 18 began on Saturday after the Union government last month decided to open the drive for wider population. Vaccination for those above 45 was already underway.  | Read More

    21:06 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: CBSE announces marking policy for cancelled class 10 board exams

    COVID-19: CBSE announces marking policy for cancelled class 10 board exams. For each subject 20 marks will be for internal assessment, 80 marks for tests conducted during session. Marks should be in consonance with past performance of school in class 10 board exams. CBSE asks schools to form 8-member committee for tabulating results for cancelled class 10 board exams. Schools indulging in unfair, biased practices for assessment to face penalty, disaffiliation: CBSE on assessment for class 10 board exams (PTI)

    21:02 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: COVID19 vaccination of those above 18 years of age to start in Haryana from tomorrow

    COVID19 vaccination of those above 18 years of age to start in Haryana from tomorrow in all districts at the designated centers, says Haryana Minister Anil Vij (ANI)

    20:58 (IST)01 May 2021
    Vaccination of those over 18 will be delayed: Kerala CM

    The Kerala government on Saturday said that vaccination ofthose in the over 18 years age bracket, as part of thecountry’s fight against COVID-19, will be delayed due to shortage of vaccines and urged the Centre to take steps immediately to ensure their availability. “The vaccination of those above 18 years of age will be delayed by afew days. As efforts are on to procure vaccines from manufacturers, those in the 18 plus category cannot be given the jabs from tomorrow”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters. | Read More

    20:48 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Tamil Nadu reports highest single-day rise of 147 COVID-related deaths, fatality count reaches 14,193

    Tamil Nadu reports highest single-day rise of 147 COVID-related deaths, fatality count reaches 14,193; infection tally mounts to 11,86,344 with 19,588 new cases: Health Department (ANI)

    20:42 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Sale of Remdesivir injection through private distributor/chemists banned in Chandigarh

    Sale of Remdesivir injection through the private distributor/chemists is strictly banned in Chandigarh, henceforth, it'll be procured Health Dept from open marker or allocation by GoI & will be distributed to all govt/private hospitals treating COVID19 patients: UT Administration (ANI)

    20:37 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 3,908 new cases, 90 deaths and 5,900 recoveries reported in Mumbai

    COVID19 | 3,908 new cases, 90 deaths and 5,900 recoveries reported in Mumbai today; active cases 59,318 (ANI)

    20:30 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Maharashtra reports 63,282 new cases, 802 deaths

    Maharashtra reports 63,282 new cases, 802 deaths and 61,326 discharges; active cases 6,63,758 (ANI)

    20:24 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Karnataka records 40,990 new cases and 271 fatalities in the last 24 hours

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    20:19 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Gujarat reported 13,847 new cases, 10,582 discharges and 172 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Gujarat reported 13,847 new cases, 10,582 discharges and 172 deaths in the last 24 hours

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    20:15 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 1,693 persons (in 16 districts) vaccinated till 7pm under the 18-44 age group in Chhattisgarh

    1,693 persons (in 16 districts) vaccinated till 7pm under the 18-44 age group. Vaccination in 12 districts to start tomorrow: Chhattisgarh government (ANI)

    20:06 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Sent 3,000 oxygen concentrators to help India, says UNICEF

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    20:01 (IST)01 May 2021
    World shaken by India’s COVID-19 situation; Modi govt focussed on imagery, brand-building: Rahul Gandhi

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    19:56 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Fatalities climbed up to 12. One of our senior doctors has also lost his battle to COVID, says Delhi's Batra Hospital

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    19:50 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Night curfew (8pm-7am) to continue in all municipal/urban local body limits of all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir

    Night curfew (8pm-7am) to continue in all municipal/urban local body limits of all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu: UT Administration (ANI)

    19:41 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 'Corona Curfew' extended till 7 am on 6 May, says Jammu and Kashmir administration

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    19:36 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Manipur reports 319 cases, 79 recoveries and 5 deaths

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    19:32 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Himachal Pradesh reports 2,751 new cases

    COVID19 | Himachal Pradesh reports 2,751 new cases, 1,220 recoveries and 28 deaths during the past 24 hours in the state (ANI)

    19:25 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 1,50,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine received in Hyderabad

    Today, we have received 1,50,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine here in Hyderabad. The vaccine will be available in a few weeks after it has gone through statutory clearances. The price will also be announced then: Deepak Sapra, CEO of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (ANI)

    19:14 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Rise in number of COVID-19 beds in Indore as cases surge

    Indore, Madhya Pradesh's worst coronavirus-hit district, will soon get a 100-bed COVID-19 facility as part of the state government's initiative to ramp up health infrastructure to tackle the surge in cases. A COVID-19 block with 100 beds is coming up on the fifth and sixth floors of the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital and it is likely to start functioning from Monday or Tuesday, Indore Guardian Minister Tulsiram Silawat told reporters on Saturday. Meanwhile, a COVID-19 centre on Khandwa road doubled its treatment capacity from 600 beds to 1,200 beds during the day, the facility's in charge Vivek Shrotri said. (PTI)

    19:07 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Covid-19 has brought absolute devastation

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    19:02 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 4,176 train coaches converted into isolation/quarantine facilities

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    19:00 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: IAF airlifts 3 oxygen containers from Singapore to Panagarh in Bengal

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) airlifted three empty oxygen containers from Singapore to the Panagarh airbase in West Bengal on Saturday, according to an official statement. India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of oxygen and beds. "Today, the IAF has employed an IL -76 transport aircraft to carry three empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore for Panagarh," the statement noted. India's daily coronavirus tally crossed the grim milestone of four lakh, while the death toll rose to 2,11,853 with 3,523 fresh fatalities, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. (PTI)

    18:55 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Delhi HC directs hospitals to give info on daily admissions, discharges of COVID patients; says choking of beds happening

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    18:54 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Kerala logs over 35,000 COVID-19 cases

    Kerala recorded 35,636 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 81 health workers, pushing the total caseload to15.69 lakh as the toll climbed to 5,356 with 48 deaths. As many as 15,493 people were discharged. Cumulatively 15,69,620 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 5,356 deaths and 12,77,294 discharges. There are 3,23,828 active cases at present, with 52,836 undergoing treatment in Ernakulam, 46,427 in Kozhikode and 36,650in Malappuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here. (PTI)

    18:41 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Bihar to get 16 lakh vaccine doses in May

    Bihar will get around 16 lakh COVID19 vaccine doses in May -- 11.89 lakh doses of Covishield & 4.14 lakh doses of Covaxin. The vaccination (for people above 18 years of age) will start as soon as we get the vaccines: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey. (ANI)

    18:34 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Tamil Nadu reports 19,588 new cases

    Tamil Nadu reports 19,588 new cases, 147 deaths and 17,164 recoveries; active cases 1,15,128. (ANI)

    18:32 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Rubina Dilaik tests positive for COVID-19, under home quarantine

    TV actor Rubina Dilaik on Saturday said she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is under home quarantine. The "Bigg Boss 14" winner shared her diagnosis in an Instagram post. "I always look out for silver lining!! I will be now eligible for donating plasma after a month. Tested positive! Home quarantined for next 17 days!" she wrote. The 33-year-old actor urged everyone who came in contact with her to get themselves tested. (PTI)

    18:28 (IST)01 May 2021
    'Everything falls on my shoulders': SII CEO Adar Poonawalla on vaccine pressure in India

    Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonwalla on Saturday spoke out about the pressures he was under over the production of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the ever-increasing demand in India as the country battles through a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. In his first comments since he was provided with 'Y' category security by the Indian government earlier this week, Poonawalla told 'The Times' in an interview about receiving aggressive calls from some of the most powerful people in India, demanding supplies of Covishield -- the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that the Serum Institute is producing in India. (PTI)

    18:16 (IST)01 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 12 die in Batra Hospital, irate HC asks Centre to supply O2 or face contempt

    Twelve patients at Delhi's Batra Hospital, including a senior doctor, died on Saturday and at least two other hospitals reported precipitous drops in their oxygen stocks, as the Delhi High Court stepped in and directed the Centre to provide the city with oxygen today itself or face contempt. With the death of the 12 patients in the south Delhi hospital -- which announced at 12.30 pm that it had run out of oxygen -- the number of hospital patients who have lost their lives in the deepening crisis in the last eight days has gone up to 57. (PTI)

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