Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra Health Minister says 15 districts, including Mumbai and Thane, showing decline in daily COVID-19 cases

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Coronavirus Lockdown in India May 4 Highlights, Coronavirus Cases and Covid Deaths in India, Phase 3 Vaccination, Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker: While national capital Delhi saw the biggest spike with 448 Covid deaths, Maharashtra has shown a steady decline in coronavirus cases.

Covid-19 Lockdown Live, Coronavirus India Live News, Corona May 4 LiveWhile there is no news of all India lockdown despite the buzz, more and more cities across the country are under stringent curbs to check the surge of Coronavirus. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker Highlights, Covid-19 Cases in India May 4 Highlights: With over 3.5 lakh new Covid-19 cases, India crossed the 2-crore mark on Tuesday. The health ministry data shows that India recorded 3,57,229 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Today’s tally saw a minor dip in the fatality numbers. The May 4 health bulletin says that 3,449 Indians lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection and related complications. While national capital Delhi saw the biggest spike with 448 Covid deaths, Maharashtra has shown a steady decline in coronavirus cases. While these numbers are encouraging, the main point is to see whether there has been any change in the testing numbers or not.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said 15 districts, including Mumbai and Thane, are showing a decline in daily COVID-19 cases, but other districts are still exhibiting an upward trend in the state. He said the government is targeting to reduce the number of coronavirus infections in the districts with high caseload. Tope said the state government was in talks with the manufacturer of Russian vaccine Sputnik V to arrive at a purchase price for the jab. He said the global expression of interest, floated by the state government for vaccine purchase, has received a good response from companies. “COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in around 20 districts, including Sangli, Satara, Buldhana and Kolhapur, and our target is to reduce them,” Tope was quoted as saying by PTI. He said COVID-19 cases are declining daily in 15 districts – Mumbai, Dhule, Nanded, Bhandara, Thane, Nashik, Latur, Nandurbar, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Amravati, Raigad, Osmabanad, Chandrapur and Gondia. The district administrations in areas where cases are rising have been asked to increase bed capacity in hospitals, the minister said.

Coronavirus-induced restrictions imposed by states and union territories:

*Delhi: The national capital has been under lockdown since April 19 and it will continue till May 10.
*Bihar on May 4 imposed a lockdown till May 15.
*Uttar Pradesh has extended its weekend lockdown further by two more days till Thursday.
*Haryana is under a seven-day long lockdown from May 3. Earlier, a weekend curfew was enforced in nine districts.
*Odisha: A 14-day lockdown has been imposed in the entire state from May 5 till May 19.
*Rajasthan has imposed lockdown-like restrictions till May 17.
*Karnataka imposed a lockdown from the night of April 27 till May 12.
*Jharkhand is under lockdown-like restrictions from April 22 till May 6.
*Chhattisgarh has allowed district collectors to extend lockdown, which was to end on May 5, till May 15.
*Punjab saw extensive curbs, in addition to measures like a weekend lockdown and a night curfew which will be in force till May 15.
*Madhya Pradesh has imposed ‘corona curfew’ till May 7 with only essential services allowed.
*Gujarat has imposed a night curfew in 29 cities, besides other restrictions on movement and gathering at public places.
*Maharashtra had imposed lockdown-like curbs on April 5 coupled with prohibitory orders and restrictions on the movement of people. The curbs were later extended till May 15.
*Goa lifted a four-day lockdown on Monday, except in tourist hotspots like Calangute and Candolim in North Goa, but the government said COVID-19-induced restrictions will remain in force till May 10 during which various commercial establishments will remain closed while political and social gatherings will be banned.
*Tamil Nadu has imposed extensive curbs including on all political, social and cultural activities till May 20.
*Kerala has announced severe lockdown-like restrictions from May 4 till May 9.
*Puducherry has extended lockdown till May 10.
*Telangana has imposed night curfew till May 8.
*Andhra Pradesh has announced a partial curfew from 12 noon to 6 AM from May 6 for two weeks. The state had earlier imposed a night curfew.
*West Bengal last week imposed extensive curbs including ban on all kinds of gatherings.
*Assam advanced the night curfew to 6 PM from the current 8 PM with restrictions imposed on the movement of people at public places from Wednesday. Night curfew was imposed on April 27 till May seven.
*Nagaland has imposed partial lockdown with stricter rules from April 30 to May 14.
*Mizoram is under an eight-day lockdown in Aizawl and other district headquarters town from May 3.
*Jammu and Kashmir administration has extended the lockdown in four districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu districts till May 6. Night curfew continues in all municipal/urban local body limits of all 20 districts.
*Uttarakhand: State has reimposed several restrictions and night curfew.
*Himachal Pradesh: Night curfew in four districts out of 12 and weekend shutdown.

As the nation battles the second wave of the coronavirus, here are the latest updates from India and around the world:

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    21:31 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Coronavirus-induced restrictions imposed by states and union territories.

    *Delhi: The national capital has been under lockdown since April 19 and it will continue till May 10.*Bihar on May 4 imposed a lockdown till May 15.*Uttar Pradesh has extended its weekend lockdown further by two more days till Thursday.*Haryana is under a seven-day long lockdown from May 3. Earlier, a weekend curfew was enforced in nine districts.*Odisha:  A 14-day lockdown has been imposed in the entire state from May 5 till May 19.*Rajasthan has imposed lockdown-like restrictions till May 17.*Karnataka imposed a lockdown from the night of April 27 till May 12.*Jharkhand is under lockdown-like restrictions from April 22 till May 6.*Chhattisgarh has allowed district collectors to extend lockdown, which was to end on May 5, till May 15.*Punjab saw extensive curbs, in addition to measures like a weekend lockdown and a night curfew which will be in force till May 15.*Madhya Pradesh has imposed 'corona curfew' till May 7 with only essential services allowed.*Gujarat has imposed a night curfew in 29 cities, besides other restrictions on movement and gathering at public places.*Maharashtra had imposed lockdown-like curbs on April 5 coupled with prohibitory orders and restrictions on the movement of people. The curbs were later extended till May 15.*Goa lifted a four-day lockdown on Monday, except in tourist hotspots like Calangute and Candolim in North Goa,  but the government said COVID-19-induced restrictions will remain in force till May 10 during which various commercial establishments will remain closed while political and social gatherings will be banned.*Tamil Nadu has imposed extensive curbs including on all political, social and cultural activities till May 20.*Kerala has announced severe lockdown-like restrictions from May 4 till May 9. *Puducherry has extended lockdown till May 10.*Telangana has imposed night curfew till May 8.*Andhra Pradesh has announced a partial curfew from 12 noon to 6 AM from May 6 for two weeks. The state had earlier imposed a night curfew.*West Bengal last week imposed extensive curbs including ban on all kinds of gatherings.*Assam advanced the night curfew to 6 PM from the current 8 PM with restrictions imposed on the movement of people at public places from Wednesday. Night curfew was imposed on April 27 till May seven.*Nagaland has imposed partial lockdown with stricter rules from April 30 to May 14.*Mizoram is under an eight-day lockdown in Aizawl and other district headquarters town from May 3.*Jammu and Kashmir administration has extended the lockdown in four districts of  Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu districts till May 6. Night curfew continues in all municipal/urban local body limits of all 20 districts.*Uttarakhand: State has reimposed several restrictions and night curfew.*Himachal Pradesh: Night curfew in four districts out of 12 and weekend shutdown. (PTI)

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    19:21 (IST)04 May 2021
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    19:15 (IST)04 May 2021
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    19:10 (IST)04 May 2021
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    18:52 (IST)04 May 2021
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    18:42 (IST)04 May 2021
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    18:25 (IST)04 May 2021
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    18:19 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Punjab CM seeks uninterrupted supply of oxygen from Centre

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    18:10 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Delhi to receive 244 tonnes of oxygen on Wednesday

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    18:07 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: India receives more medical supplies from abroad

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    17:59 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Mondelez International to contribute USD 2 mn for COVID-19 relief efforts

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    17:55 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Sikkim reports 230 fresh COVID-19 cases, one new death

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    17:52 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Colive offers free stay to healthcare workers in their fight against pandemic

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    17:51 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Air India has airlifted 190 tonnes of medical equipment from various countries in 10 days

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    17:45 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Army's Base hospital facing oxygen shortage

    The Indian Army's Base hospital in Delhi is facing shortage of medical oxygen following a substantial cut in its supply by the Delhi government, military sources said. The authorities in the hospital said that though there was no immediate shortage of oxygen, the cut in the daily quota may result in serious difficulties in treatment of COVID-19 patients at the facility. The Base hospital, with a capacity of 450 beds, was recently designated as a COVID-19 facility. The sources said the issue of shortage of oxygen at the hospital has been taken up with authorities concerned in the defence ministry and steps are being taken to augment supplies. (PTI)

    17:37 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Positivity rate in Maharashtra drops to to 22% from 27%

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    17:33 (IST)04 May 2021
    Raise medical oxygen allocation by 200 MT: Maharashtra to Centre

    The Maharashtra government has demanded the Centre enhance the present allocation of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to the state by at least 200 metric tonnes (MT) which will help in better management of the demand for the life-saving gas. In a letter addressed to Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on May 3, Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte also demanded that 10 LMO tankers be allocated to the state to enable lifting of the allocated oxygen quota. The state government has requested that the supply from Jamnagar in Gujarat be increased to 225 MT per day from the current 125 MT per day and from Bhilai to 230 MT per day from the current 130 MT. (PTI)

    17:25 (IST)04 May 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown Live Tracker: Plea in HC challenges imposition of IGST on imported oxygen concentrators

    A plea came up for hearing before the Delhi High Court on Tuesday challenging imposition of Integrated GST (IGST) on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use as the essential equipment is already in shortage in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh said it needs to ask certain questions from the counsel for the Centre on the issue and as there was no representative from the central government in the hearing, the court listed the matter for hearing on Wednesday. The petition by an 85-year-old man, who is suffering from COVID-19, said his nephew has sent an oxygen concentrator for him as a gift from the US to ameliorate his condition. (PTI)

    17:22 (IST)04 May 2021
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