Coronavirus Cases in India May 19 Highlights: Uttarakhand says Covid testing rate in state double the national average; Kerala reports 32,762 new Covid-19 cases

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Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Lockdown New Guidelines LiveSeveral states/UTs in the country are now under lockdown, while strict Covid-19 restrictions are in place in other areas.

Covid-19 India Update, Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in India May 19 Highlights: Hope or illusion? For the past few days, India, which has been battling a severe second wave of Coronavirus infections in the country, has been reporting a drop in the number of daily Covid-19 cases. Active Covid-19 cases in the country are also falling sharply. According to the Union Health Ministry data, as many as 200 districts in the country have been reporting a drop in virus infections for the past two weeks after consistently increasing for the past 13 weeks. The country’s overall case positivity has also registered a decline over the past seven days, it said. All these indications are giving a glimmer of home that the Covid-19 pandemic may be shrinking in the country.

On Tuesday, India reported below 3 lakh Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive days. Coronavirus infections in Maharashtra and Delhi, two of the worst-affected states/UTs, have dropped massively in the past few days. However, Covid-19 cases in Karnataka are still surging, which is a worry.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday held a meeting with field officials from states and districts across the country on Covid-19 management as Covid-19 spreads to rural areas. He asked them to be more vigilant even as cases drop in some states and urged not to lower the guard. He also informed that the supply of vaccines, the main weapon to fight Covid-19 infections, is set for a big boost. He also said efforts are on to provide states/UTs with 15 days’ advance schedule of vaccination.

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Containment measures can’t be relaxed now, given that only 1.8% of India’s population has been infected by Coronavirus; still, a vast majority remains susceptible to the virus, said a government official on Tuesday after a meeting with PM Modi. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, ministry of health and family welfare said the country could not afford to let its guard down as there is a gradual ingress of Covid-19 infection in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas now.

Several states/UTs in the country are now under lockdown, while restrictions are in place in other areas. Some have extended the lockdown till June 1 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus infections; Delhi, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh extended Covid-19 lockdown yesterday.

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As the country tries to find a way out of the second wave with Coronavirus infections spreading to rural areas, here are the latest, confirmed updates on Covid-19 from India and around the globe:

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    22:34 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Tejashwi converts official bungalow into COVID care centre; seeks help from govt

    RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday declared that he has set up a COVID care centre at his official bungalow and urged the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar to provide assistance for upgrade of the facilities available there. Yadav, leader of the opposition in the state assembly, shared the letter addressed to health minister Mangal Pandey on his twitter handle and said he has also sent a copy of the same to the Chief Minister.

    22:23 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: HC asks BMC to respond to PIL over hand sanitisers, masks

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Mumbai civic body to file its reply to a PIL seeking distribution of free face masks to the needy and installation of hand sanitiser dispensing machines at public places in the city in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by a local NGO through advocate Shehzad Naqvi, sought that sanitiser dispensing machines be installed at all public places like railway stations, trains, buses and slums by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Maharashtra government. (PTI)

    22:21 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: More than 100 COVID-19 deaths for second consecutive day in Bihar

    More than 100 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Bihar for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, though the state appeared to have left the worst behind with recovery rate exceeding 90 per cent and active caseload dipping to nearly half of what it was during the peak. According to the health department, the COVID-19 death toll has risen to 4,143 with 104 fresh fatalities. On Tuesday, 111 fatalities were reported, the highest number for a single day in the state. Besides, 6,059 fresh cases have raised the overall tally to 6.70 lakh. However, 6.07 lakh people have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far. (PTI)

    22:19 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 1,661 new coronavirus cases in Nashik; 40 die, 2,084 recover

    The COVID-19 tally in Nashik district of Maharashtra reached 3,74,871 with the single-day addition of 1,661 cases on Wednesday, health officials said. The virus claimed 40 lives in the district during the day, which pushed its fatality count to 4,202, they said. So far, 3,52,639 patients have recovered from the infection, of whom 2,084 were discharged on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

    22:19 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Jamia professor, who had asked for oxygen bed, dies of COVID

    Days after she put out an SOS message on Twitter asking for an ICU bed for herself, Jamia Millia Islamia professor Nabila Sadiq lost her battle to coronavirus at the age of 38. She is the fifth serving professor from the varsity to have succumbed to the virus in the last one month. Sadiq had lost her mother Nuzhat to the virus on May 7 and is survived by her 85-year-old father Sadique, who is 80. (PTI)

    22:17 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Entire rural population of Punjab will undergo rapid test for COVID-19, says state health minister

    The entire rural population of Punjab will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) as COVID-19 positivity rate in the state's villages is rising at an alarming rate, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said on Wednesday. The drive will be conducted under 'Mission Fateh 2 as part of efforts to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus, according to an official statement. Under 'Mission Fateh 2', additional deputy commissioners have been nominated as nodal officers of their respective districts to conduct RAT on the rural population, it said. (PTI)

    22:17 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: COVID-19 patient dies in Assam, black fungus infection suspected

    A COVID-19 patient died of suspected black fungus infection, the first such case reported in Assam, at a private hospital in the state capital on Wednesday, officials said. The 27-year-old male patient was admitted to the hospital on May 16 in a critical condition and he had all the symptoms of black fungus infection, a senior official of the private hospital told PTI on condition of anonymity. (PTI)

    22:16 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2 has sub-lineages; B.1.617.2 more infectious: Expert

    The double mutant B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV2 is further mutating and one of its sub-lineages, the B.1.617.2, reported in India, is more infectious than its parent and fast increasing its footprint, Rakesh Mishra, former Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said on Wednesday. He also said there is nothing called the 'Singapore variant', a term that has led to a war of words between the Centre and the AAP government after Singapore objected to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's tweet that a "new" coronavirus strain in the city-state is very dangerous for children. (PTI)

    22:11 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Doctors remove eye of patient infected with black fungus

    A COVID-19 recovered patient in Tirur, 26 kms from here, had to have one eye removed by doctors after he was infected with black fungus. Doctors removed the eye as they feared spreading of the fungus to his brain. Sources in the Health Department said the patient was admitted to Manjeri Medical College Hospital on April 25 after testing positive for coronavirus. (PTI)

    21:42 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan advises people against indiscriminate, excessive use of steroids

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday cautioned people against indiscriminate and excessive use of steroids saying COVID-19 complications are being seen across the country due to breach of treatment protocols. Vardhan, who inspected a newly-installed oxygen plant and the construction progress of new COVID blocks at Safdarjung Hospital this morning said that people are taking heavy doses of steroids even when they have not turned hypoxic, a health ministry statement said. "Steroids are to be provided only when a patient is hypoxic, to be administered in small doses to prevent side effects and not more than a few days at a stretch. Recommendations of a doctor are must for the use of these medicines," he said. These steps should take care of the occurrence of the higher number of Mucormycosis infections being reported country-wide, he hoped.

    21:35 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Maharashtra logs 34,031 new COVID-19 cases; 594 die, 51,457 recover

    Maharashtra reported 34,031 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, which took the infection tally to 54,67,537, while the death of 594 patients pushed the toll to 84,371, the state health department said. On Tuesday, the state had recorded 28,438 cases and 679 deaths. As compared to the previous day, the single-day death toll of the state dropped by 85, but the case count rose by 5,593 on Wednesday. A total of 51,457 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, which took the recovery count to 49,78,937. (PTI)

    21:34 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Navy designs oxygen recycling system to alleviate shortage

    The Indian Navy said on Wednesday it has designed an oxygen recycling system that extends the life of the existing medical oxygen cylinders two to four times to alleviate the current shortage of the life-saving gas. The system is designed based on the fact that only a small percentage of oxygen inhaled by a patient is actually absorbed by the lungs, the rest being exhaled into the atmosphere along with carbon dioxide produced by the body, the Navy said in a statement. (PTI)

    21:27 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Recoveries continue to outnumber fresh infections in Karnataka

    The number of recoveries continued to outnumber fresh COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, as the state on Wednesday reported 49,953 discharges, 34,281 new cases and 468 fatalities, the Health Department said. While the total number of infections stood at 23,06,655, the toll was 23,306. The state on Tuesday had reported a record 58,395 recoveries and 30,309 fresh cases. Bengaluru Urban registered 11,772 fresh cases today. (PTI)

    21:18 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Gujarat logs 5,246 new COVID-19 cases; 9,001 recover, 71 die

    Gujarat reported 5,246 new coronavirus positive cases on Wednesday, which pushed its infection count to 7,71,447, the state health department said. With 71 deaths, the number of COVID-19 fatalities rose to 9,340, it said. A total of 9,001 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the state's recovery count to 6,69,490, it said in a release. (PTI)

    21:09 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Nagaland extends lockdown till May 31 as COVID cases continue to rise

    Considering the consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Nagaland government on Wednesday decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown till May 31, officials said. At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the state's High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 made the decision two days before the current week-long lockdown comes to an end. The ongoing total lockdown, which came into effect from 6 pm on May 14, was imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. However, there was not much improvement in the situation. (PTI)

    21:04 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: LG directs for setting up COVID care centre in every panchayat in J&K

    In a bid to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas amid the COVID-19 second wave, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday directed district authorities to ensure a five-bed COVID Care Centre in every panchayat of the Union Territory. He also approved Rs 1 lakh from the district capex budget for the creation of facilities in schools, community halls and panchayat ghars in consultation with the nearest health centre and panchayat representatives. (PTI)

    20:57 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Bengal registers record 157 COVID deaths, 19,006 fresh cases

    West Bengal's COVID-19 death toll rose to 13,733 after 157 more people succumbed to the disease on Wednesday, the state health department said in a bulletin. Altogether 19,006 fresh cases of infection also took the tally 11,90,867. In the last 24 hours, 19,151 recoveries have been reported improving the discharge rate to 87.81 per cent. The number of active cases was reduced to 1,31,491 from Tuesday's 1,31,793. At least 70,133 samples were tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal since Tuesday, the bulletin said. 

    20:50 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Delhi's Covishield stock for 18-44 yrs will last for only 2 days, vaccination will be halted: Atishi

    AAP MLA Atishi said on Wednesday that Delhi's stock of Covishield vaccine for the 18-44 age group will last only two days, beyond which the vaccination for this category will have to be halted. In a vaccination bulletin issued online, she also said, "we will have to temporarily shut down nearly 350 centres, administering Covishield to 18-44 years group, after two days from now". "On May 18, 1,05,357 doses were administered, out of which, 88,332 doses were given to those who received it for the first time. This has been a high figure post the walk-in vaccination of 45 and above age group in government schools. The second doses accounted for 17,025," she said. (PTI)

    20:32 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 69 more die of COVID-19, 3,396 fresh cases in Himachal

    Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 69 more deaths due to coronavirus, while 3,396 fresh cases pushed the state's infection count to 1,70,074, a senior official said. So far, the virus has claimed 2,516 lives in the state, according to data updated at 7 pm on Wednesday. The fresh deaths include a three-year-old boy in Sirmaur and a 103-year-old woman in Lahaul-Spiti districts. So far, the highest 718 COVID-19 patients succumbed in Kangra district, while the lowest 15 in Lahaul-Spiti district.

    20:21 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 3 docs among 6 booked for black-marketing black fungus drug

    Five people, including two doctors, were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell drugs used to treat black fungus (mucormycosis) at an exorbitant price, police said. Another doctor, allegedly involved in the case, is absconding, a press release from the police said. Five vials of Amphotericin B have been seized from the accused, the release said. (PTI)

    20:19 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Oxygen train reaches Agra with 64 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen

    The first Oxygen Express train for Agra, Mathura and Aligarh, carrying 64 metric tonnes of the life saving gas, arrived here from Jharkhand's Tata Nagar on Wednesday. "Earlier, we used to airlift oxygen or transport it by land," Additional District Magistrate Prabhakant Awasthi said. Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Protection Force (RPF) and local police were deployed for the protection of the train at Yamuna Bridge station, Additional Superintendent of Police Mohammad Mustaque said. (PTI)

    20:18 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Bajaj Allianz Life to offer up to Rs 1cr financial support to COVID impacted employees' families

    Bajaj Allianz Life on Wednesday said it will offer financial support of up to Rs 1 crore to the family of its employees impacted by COVID-19. It will also extend the educational assistance to children, among others, to help the impacted families navigate through the pandemic. The company will offer financial support up to Rs 1 crore to the family of employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This payout will be over and above the group term life insurance plan, it said in a release. (PTI)

    20:17 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Goa sees 1,209 new COVID-19 cases, 2,160 recoveries

    Goa on Wednesday reported 1,209 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 31 deaths, taking the tally to 1,39,985 and the toll to 2,228 while 2,160 people recovered, a health official said. The number of recovered patients in Goa now stands at 1,14,793 while the count of active cases is 22,964, he said. With 3,873 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Goa has gone up to 7,69,184, the official added. (PTI)

    20:16 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Exploring possibility if Sputnik V vaccine can be manufactured in Haryana plant, says Dushyant Chautala

    Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said on Wednesday he has spoken to Dr Reddy's Laboratories to explore the possibility if Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 can be manufactured in any of the plants in Haryana. Dr Reddy's Laboratories is in a pact with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to sell 125 million people doses (250 million vials) of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India. "I spoke to the Managing Director of Dr Reddy's Laboratories to explore if Sputnik vaccine manufacturing can be given to any plant in Haryana," Chautala said during a news conference here. He said Union minister Nitin Gadkari has suggested that more pharma companies should be allowed to make COVID-19 vaccine in the country during the pandemic to scale up production. (PTI)

    20:13 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Oxygen train reaches Agra with 64 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen

    The first Oxygen Express train for Agra, Mathura and Aligarh, carrying 64 metric tonnes of the life saving gas, arrived here from Jharkhand's Tata Nagar on Wednesday. "Earlier, we used to airlift oxygen or transport it by land," Additional District Magistrate Prabhakant Awasthi said. Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Protection Force (RPF) and local police were deployed for the protection of the train at Yamuna Bridge station, Additional Superintendent of Police Mohammad Mustaque said. (PTI)

    20:06 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Religious figures criticise linking Kumbh with COVID-19 spread

    Several prominent Hindu religious figures on Wednesday criticised attempts to link the recent Kumbh Mela in Haridwar with the spread of COVID-19, saying it is an "insult" to people's faith and traditions. They also claimed that Uttarakhand did not witness much of a rise in the infections at the time of the festival. Though the seers did not name any political party, their comments came a day after the BJP accused the Congress of preparing a 'toolkit' to target the Modi government over the second wave of the pandemic and linking the decision to hold the Kumbh with the surge. (PTI)

    20:02 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: COVID testing rate in U'khand double the national average: State govt

    The COVID-19 positivity rate has come down from 23 per cent to 18 per cent in Uttarakhand and the testing rate at present is double the national average, the state government said on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, more than 7,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, while 4,800 new cases have been detected, state Health Secretary Amit Negi said at a joint press conference with police and SDRF officials. "COVID positivity rate has come down from 23 per cent to 18 per cent. Sampling is also being consistently increased. A total of 35,000 samples were tested on Tuesday. The COVID testing rate of Uttarakhand at present is double the national average," he said. (PTI)

    20:02 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 5 die of black fungus in Haryana's Sirsa

    Five people have died due to black fungus in Sirsa district of Haryana, officials said on Wednesday. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the infection has become a matter of concern and directed officials to make necessary arrangements for its treatment. Mucormycosis (black fungus), which is primarily affecting people recovering from COVID-19, has claimed five lives in the district in the past two days, Sirsa Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Manish Bansal said. He said 25 people from districts adjoining Sirsa were admitted to a hospital, of whom some were referred to other major health facilities. (PTI)

    20:01 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Outpouring of American support to India in fight against COVID-19 crisis

    Americans, cutting across party and ideological divide, have rallied behind India to help the country in fight against the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 infection that has claimed thousands of lives in the last several weeks. Not only scores of top American lawmakers from the two Democratic and the Republican parties but also the progressive; moderates and liberals, along with those from the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanics have played a key role in pushing the entire administration and the corporate world to mount one of the largest ever public-private American assistance partnerships to a foreign country. (PTI)

    20:01 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Outpouring of American support to India in fight against COVID-19 crisis

    Americans, cutting across party and ideological divide, have rallied behind India to help the country in fight against the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 infection that has claimed thousands of lives in the last several weeks. Not only scores of top American lawmakers from the two Democratic and the Republican parties but also the progressive; moderates and liberals, along with those from the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanics have played a key role in pushing the entire administration and the corporate world to mount one of the largest ever public-private American assistance partnerships to a foreign country. (PTI)

    19:50 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Former NSG chief who led 26/11 Mumbai counter-terror op dies of COVID-19

    Former NSG director general J K Dutt, who headed the commando force during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, died on Wednesday due to complications arising out of COVID-19, officials said here. He was 72. Family sources told PTI that the retired IPS officer was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on April 14 after his oxygen saturation started declining. "He passed away today at 3:30 pm after suffering a massive cardiac arrest," one of them said. Dutt is survived by his wife, a son, who works in Noida, and a daughter, who is based in the US. (PTI)

    19:38 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Noida's, Ghaziabad's death toll crosses 400

    Ghaziabad recorded 12 more COVID-19 deaths while Gautam Buddh Nagar had another five, official data showed on Wednesday, as the death toll in both districts reached the 400-mark. Ghaziabad's death toll now stands at 400 while Gautam Buddh Nagar's at 402, with the cumulative fatality count of the two neighbouring district's reaching 802, according to data released by the state's Health Department for a 24-hour period. Of the 75 districts in UP, only Lucknow (2,316) Kanpur (1,624), Varanasi (829), Prayagraj (819), Meerut (716), Gorakhpur (579) and Jhansi (496) have a death toll higher than that of Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar, the data showed. (PTI)

    19:38 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Netizens in Singapore accuse Delhi CM Kejriwal of 'spreading misinformation' on COVID-19, seek apology

    Angry netizens in Singapore on Wednesday criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for claiming that a "very dangerous" strain of the COVID-19 was prevalent in the city state that could cause a third wave of infections in Delhi, accusing him of "spreading misinformation" while seeking an apology and recommending fact-checking. Singaporeans vent their anger on social media after Kejriwal on Twitter claimed that a new strain of the coronavirus found in Singapore could be very dangerous for children and urged the Indian government to cancel all air links with Singapore. (PTI)

    19:37 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: COVID care training being imparted to 140 disaster response force personnel in Srinagar

    Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura began training 140 personnel from Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and NDRF for assisting healthcare workers in the functioning of a 200-bedded COVID care centre at NIT Hazratbal here, officials said on Wednesday. The decision to impart training to the personnel of disaster response forces was taken at a meeting chaired by DGP, Commandant General, Home Guards, Civil Defence and SDRF J&K, V K Singh here. It was decided that 100 SDRF personnel and 40 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) staff will be deployed to help run the centre, including 50 beds with oxygen concentrators, at NIT Complex in Naseem Bagh, Hazratbal. (PTI)

    19:33 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Wipro expects to access about one lakh doses of COVID vaccine for employees

    IT major Wipro on Wednesday said it expects to have access to about one lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines for its employees and their families, beginning early June. The Bengaluru-based company said it has partnered with top-tier hospitals and a tech-enabled online-to-offline delivery platform - which specialises in primary care and urgent response services - to provide COVID-19 vaccination support to its India-based employees. (PTI)

    19:20 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 266 more COVID cases, 2 fresh fatalities

    Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload has gone up to 11,955 after 266 more people tested positive for coronavirus, a health department bulletin said on Wednesday. Two fresh fatalities also increased the death toll to 214. The small Himalayan state has 3,092 active cases. While 8439 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 210 others have migrated out, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    19:17 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Rajasthan govt to employ 1000 'corona health consultants' to strengthen fight against Covid-19

    The Rajasthan government will appoint 1,000 'corona health consultants' to strengthen the fight against coronavirus by speeding up door-to-door survey, delivering drug and providing treatment to patients across the state. The State Civil Defence Department will also select and appoint 'corona health assistants'. The state's Minister of Medical and Health Raghu Sharma said health consultants will be appointed in order to speed up the work of door-to-door survey and drug delivery to break the chain of Covid-19 infection, provide proper treatment to patients and reduce mortality rate. (PTI)

    19:13 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: HC asks Centre, Delhi govt to apprise on shortage of medicine to treat black fungus

    The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Centre and Delhi Government to apprise on the issue of shortage of medicine used for treating black fungus, which is primarily affecting people recovering from COVID-19. The high court said the government will have to elaborate what is the bottleneck and how the medicine can suddenly be in short supply when it is locally manufactured. "Tomorrow you tell us about your stock, your supply and how you are distributing it and what is the rationale behind it," a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said. (PTI)

    19:03 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Meghalaya reports 872 new COVID-19 cases, 24 more deaths

    Meghalaya recorded 872 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 25,744, a senior official said. Twenty-four more fatalities raised the death toll to 379, Health Services director Aman War said. As many as 411 persons have recuperated from the infection since Tuesday, increasing the total number of recoveries to 19,596, the senior official said. (PTI)

    18:53 (IST)19 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Plea in SC for making PM CARES FUND party in case on COVID-19 management

    A plea has filed in the Supreme Court seeking to make Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) a party in the pending case on COVID-19 management. An intervention application filed by activist Saket Gokhale in the suo motu case on distribution of essential supplies and services during pandemic said that PM CARES FUND be asked to clarify about the current status of the fund, its links with the Centre, details of funds allocated and progress made towards COVID-19 relief and the status of the projects sanctioned. (PTI)

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