Coronavirus News Highlights: Kerala extends lockdown till May 30; Corona curfew in Bhopal extended till May 31

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Updated: May 21, 2021 11:56:58 pm

Coronavirus Lockdown in India, Covid-19 Cases in Last 24 Hours in India, Coronavirus Vaccine Latest Update, Coronavirus Daily Deaths in India May 21 Highlights: Fight against Covid is going to be long; Covid-19 second wave has put healthcare system under pressure, says PM Narendra Modi while addressing frontline and healthcare workers in Varanasi; India reports below 3 lakh new Covid-19 cases for the fifth day in a row; deaths rise over 4,000 again; Goa govt extends curfew till May 31; Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with 10 state/UT health ministers today on Covid-19 situation and vaccination.

Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Lockdown New Guidelines LiveIndia reported 259,591 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 4,209, according to data from Union Health Ministry on Friday.

Covid-19 India Live Update, Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in India Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the Covid-19 situation in his constituency Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and will speak to doctors, paramedical staff, and other frontline healthcare workers through video conferencing at 11 am today. He is expected to discuss efforts to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus. Yesterday he spoke to chief ministers, DMs, and field officials of 10 states regarding the prevailing Covid-19 situation and vaccination. He cautioned states not to waste vaccines, as it is the main weapon in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He asked DMs to study the spread and severity of Coronavirus infections among children and youth. He said the virus is mutating, we need to change our strategies accordingly. We can’t lower guard.”

Till some days ago, India was reporting over 3 lakh Covid-19 cases per day. The number of Coronavirus infections has dropped massively. For the past 5 days, the country has been reporting below 3 lakh virus infections daily—which is a good a sign, considering at one point (mid-May), India was reporting over 4 lakh cases daily. Overall, the positivity rate has also gone down. As many as 303 districts have witnessed a drop in positivity rate, compared to 210 districts in the previous week – an indication that the severity of the second wave may be over. However, high deaths and rising cases of black fungus remain a pain point for the government. Due to a sudden spike in black fungus cases, the Centre yesterday made the disease ‘notifiable’.

Kerala government has decided to extend the lockdown in the state till May 30th. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan was quoted by ANI as saying that the triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur will be withdrawn from Saturday as the test positivity rate and active case load has come down in these areas. However, the triple lockdown in Malappuram will continue. Kerala reported 29,673 COVID19 cases, 41,032 recoveries and 142 deaths on Friday. Total recoveries stand at 19,79,919, and the death toll has reached 6,994. There are currently 3,06,346 active cases in the state. A total of 1,33,558 samples have been tested during the last 24 hours in the state, Kerala CM added.

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India reported 259,591 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 4,209, according to data from Union Health Ministry on Friday. The country’s Covid-19 tally stands at 26.03 million, with a death toll at 291,331. The active cases in the country further reduced to 30,27,925 comprising 11.63 per cent of the total infections. The Covid-19 recovery rate also improved to 87.25 per cent.

In a major positive development for India’s fight against Coronavirus, Bharat Biotech yesterday announced that the company will increase its Covid-19 vaccine (Covaxin) production capacity by 17 million doses per month. “The company plans to produce 200 million doses of Covaxin per annum in the GMP facilities that are already functional,” Bharat Biotech said in a statement. In another positive development, the government has approved the first home Covid-19 testing kit. The Indian Council of Medical Research has given its nod to MyLab Discovery Solutions-developed home-based self-use Covid test kit. It will give a major boost India’s testing capacity.

In the meanwhile, several states/UTs are under some kind of restrictions, be it lockdown or curfew, in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus infection. Many states have already extended lockdown/curbs till May end; some are contemplating increasing it further. Tamil Nadu is weighing for an extension of lockdown as cases continue to surge.

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    22:02 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Hospital discharges outnumber admissions for first time in nearly 2 months

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    Between April 1 and April 5, the hospital admission figures stood at  294, 356, 353, 305 and 406 while the number of patients discharged were 139, 163, 166, 131 and 141 respectively. The hospital admissions on May 20 were the lowest since April 7 and 8, when there were 605 admissions on each day. On May 20, Delhi recorded 3,231 fresh coronavirus cases, lowest since April 5, when the national capital had logged 3,548 new infections. It was on April 11 that the daily cases crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time. It was on November 11 last year that the national capital had recorded 8,593 cases, the highest figure before that date. On April 11, there were 953 hospital admissions  followed by 932 the next day. On April 13, the hospital admissions crossed the 1,000 mark with 1,218 patients, followed by 1,361, 1812, 1426, 1519 on April 14, 15, 16, 17 respectively. (PTI)

    21:55 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 57 more deaths, 2,662 new cases in Himachal Pradesh

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    21:49 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Decline in COVID-19 positivity rate in Jammu 

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    21:42 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Telangana reports 3464 new COVID-19 cases, 4801 recoveries and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Telangana reports 3464 new COVID-19 cases, 4801 recoveries and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total cases 5,47,727Total recoveries 5,00,247Death toll 3085

    Active cases 44,395 (ANI)

    21:33 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy says every COVID-19 hospital with more than 50 beds must become self-sufficient in terms of oxygen within the next 4 month

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    21:24 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Vaccination to remain closed on 22 May at all centers in Pune Municipal corporation area due to shortage of vaccine stock

    Vaccination to remain closed on 22 May at all centers in Pune Municipal corporation area due to shortage of vaccine stock: Pune Municipal Corporation (ANI)

    21:17 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Corona curfew in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal extended till May 31

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    21:10 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: 95% of COVID-19 testing laboratories in India achieved passing scores in proficiency-testing panel, says ICMR

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    20:58 (IST)21 May 2021
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    Total cases 2,63,905Total recoveries 2,10,547Death toll 3465

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    20:51 (IST)21 May 2021
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    Active cases 2,74,629 (ANI)

    20:40 (IST)21 May 2021
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    Total cases 7,80,471Total recoveries 6,86,581Death toll 9469

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    20:34 (IST)21 May 2021
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    20:27 (IST)21 May 2021
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    20:18 (IST)21 May 2021
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    Active cases 63,373 (ANI)

    20:11 (IST)21 May 2021
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    20:05 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:46 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:42 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:35 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:27 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:19 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:19 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:19 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Goa registers 1,625 new COVID-19 cases, 30 fatalities, 3,075 recoveries

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    19:11 (IST)21 May 2021
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    19:03 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:57 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:52 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:44 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Kerala extends lockdown till May 30, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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    18:39 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:32 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:24 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:18 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:13 (IST)21 May 2021
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    18:07 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Puducherry reports 1,702 cases, 26 deaths today; active cases 17,036

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    18:02 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: Health officials say residents of some Maharashtra villages hesitant to take COVID vaccines due to lack of awareness

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    17:52 (IST)21 May 2021
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    17:50 (IST)21 May 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live Tracker: BJP Kisan Morcha taking responsibility for setting up COVID-19 help desk in rural areas, says JP Nadda

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    17:42 (IST)21 May 2021
    Covid-19 Oxygen demand: Vuram launches pan-India portal to track Oxygen suppliers

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