Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown Highlights: Vaccination for 18 yrs and above commences in Delhi; Maharashtra reports 48,621 new cases

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Coronavirus India Live News, Covid-19 Lockdown LiveA COVID-19 patient undergoes treatment at LLR Hospital, amid a surge in coronavirus cases in record numbers across the country, in Kanpur. (PTI photo)

Covid-19 Cases in India Highlights: As the second wave of coronavirus continues to engulf several parts of the country, the Centre on Monday said some states are showing very early signs of plateauing in daily new COVID-19 cases, while some remain a cause of concern. Addressing a news briefing, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said 13 states, including Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Punjab, are showing early signs of plateauing, while states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal are showing an increasing trend in daily cases.

The devastating second wave of the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in India as the nation recorded more than 3.5 lakh fresh Covid-19 infections on Monday. This is the seventh day running when India has seen more than 3.5 lakh coronavirus cases.

On April 21st last month, India had breached the 3 lakh-mark in terms of the daily caseload. While the Narendra Modi government has said that it is chalking out a plan to scale up the Oxygen supply, the situation remains grim across India. In terms of fatalities, the official data says that close to 3,500 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. But the crematoria, graveyards have a different story to say. Amid the buzz over national lockdown, here are the latest coronavirus updates from India and around the globe:

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    22:36 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers

    Amid growing demand, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers. The state currently has only 15 tankers which are not enough to handle the increasing demand: Punjab CMO (ANI)

    22:31 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal directs authorities to further strengthen city's home-isolation system

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal directs authorities to further strengthen city's home-isolation system, asks officers to ensure COVID-19 patients get call from government-appointed teams of doctors within 24 hours of testing positive (PTI)

    22:06 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Private hospitals in Haryana found overcharging COVID-19 patients will face strict action

    Private hospitals in Haryana found overcharging COVID-19 patients will face strict action: Health Minister Anil Vij (PTI)

    22:06 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Private hospitals in Haryana found overcharging COVID-19 patients will face strict action

    Private hospitals in Haryana found overcharging COVID-19 patients will face strict action: Health Minister Anil Vij (PTI)

    22:00 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Goa records 2,703 new COVID-19 cases, 46 more deaths

    Goa records 2,703 new COVID-19 cases, 46 more deaths: Officials (PTI)

    21:44 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: List of items granted exemption from IGST for imports-COVID19 relief materials

    List of items granted exemption from IGST for imports-COVID19 relief materials. These were already given exemption from customs duty/health cess: Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister

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    21:27 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Madhya Pradesh reports 12062  new COVID19 cases, 13408 recoveries, and 93 deaths  

    Madhya Pradesh reports 12062  new COVID19 cases, 13408 recoveries, and 93 deaths today. 

    Total cases: 6,00,430Death toll: 5,905Active cases: 85,750 (ANI)

    21:22 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Four people from Panipat district arrested in connection with black-marketing of Remdesivir

    Four people from Panipat district arrested in connection with black-marketing of Remdesivir. One Pardeep, who is the prime accused, would buy it for Rs 12,000 from Uttarakhand and then sell it between Rs 15,000-30,000: Haryana Police (ANI)

    21:13 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh reports 2630 new cases, 1526 recoveries and 43 deaths during the past 24 hours

    COVID19 | Himachal Pradesh reports 2630 new cases, 1526 recoveries and 43 deaths during the past 24 hours in the state (ANI)

    21:06 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Punjab reports 6,798 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6,016 discharges, and 157 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Punjab reports 6,798 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6,016 discharges, and 157 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases: 60,709Total discharges: 3,21,861Death toll: 9,472 (ANI)

    20:59 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Will be forced to consider total lockdown if people don’t follow curbs: Punjab CM

    A day after ordering more state-wide curbs, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday warned he will be forced to consider a total lockdown if people do not follow restrictions and the COVID-19 situation does not improve. He said he will not allow Punjab to go the way of some other states where patients can be seen, according to him, lying on the road. | Read More

    20:53 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Govt asks centrally-funded institutions to postpone all offline exams scheduled this month

    The Ministry of Education Monday asked all centrally-funded institutions to postpone offline exams scheduled in May in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country, officials said. Such institutions include all IITs, NITs, IIITs and central universities. In a letter to the heads of centrally funded institutions, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare asked them to postpone all offline examinations scheduled this month. | Read More

    20:25 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Manipur reports 362 new COVID positive cases, 7 deaths and 107 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Manipur reports 362 new COVID positive cases, 7 deaths and 107 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Total cases at 32,523 and active cases at 2,071 (ANI)

    20:21 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 20,952 new COVID-19 cases, 18,016 recoveries, and 122 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Tamil Nadu reports 20,952 new COVID-19 cases, 18,016 recoveries, and 122 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 1,23,258Total recoveries: 10,90,338Death toll: 14,468 (ANI)

    20:17 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Gujarat reports 12,820 new positive cases, 11,999  recoveries and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Gujarat reports 12,820 new positive cases, 11,999  recoveries and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours.

    Total Cases: 6,07,422Total Recoveries: 4,52,275Active Cases: 1,47,499Total Deaths: 7,648 (ANI)

    20:12 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Navy has reached out to all states, offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation

    Navy has reached out to all states, offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation & other things: Navy chief tells PM Narendra Modi (PTI)

    20:07 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Amid surge in COVID cases, May 16 by-polls to be deferred in constituencies, says Election Commission of India

    Amid surge in COVID cases, May 16 by-polls to be deferred in 110-Pipli AC of Odisha, 58-Jangipur & 56-Samserganj ACs of West Bengal. New dates to be announced after situation review. MCC in these constituencies is hereby lifted: Election Commission of India (ANI)

    19:57 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Maharashtra reports 48,621 new COVID19 positive cases, 59,500 discharges, and 567 deaths

    Maharashtra reports 48,621 new COVID19 positive cases, 59,500 discharges, and 567 deaths

    Active cases: 6,56,870Deaths: 70,851 (ANI)

    19:52 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Karnataka reports 44,438 fresh COVID19 cases including 22,112 cases in Bengaluru Urban

    Karnataka reports 44,438 fresh COVID19 cases including 22,112 cases in Bengaluru Urban, 20,901 discharges and 239 deaths. 

    Active cases: 4,44,734Death toll: 16,250 (ANI)

    19:47 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Ministry of Education urged for postponement of all offline examinations scheduled in May

    Due to the second wave of COVID-19, Ministry of Education urged for postponement of all offline examinations scheduled in May. The Online examinations, etc may however continue: Ministry of Education (ANI)

    19:42 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Vaccination for 18 yrs and above commenced today in Delhi

    Delhi: As the vaccination for 18 yrs and above commenced today in the national capital, people formed long queues to get the first jab at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Aya Nagar. (ANI)

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    19:38 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Andhra Pradesh reports 18,972 new COVID19 cases, 71 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Andhra Pradesh reports 18,972 new COVID19 cases, 71 deaths in the last 24 hours; Total positive cases in the state now 11,63,994 with 1,51,852 active cases (ANI)

    19:33 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: AIIMS chief warns against rushing for CT scan in cases of mild COVID-19

    AIIMS chief warns against rushing for CT scan in cases of mild COVID-19, saying it has side effects and can end up doing more harm than good | Read More

    19:26 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: 30 people on board Air India's Amritsar-Rome flight found positive for COVID-19 on arrival

    At least 30 people on board Air India's Amritsar-Rome flight last Wednesday were found positive for COVID-19 on arrival: Aviation industry sources (PTI) 

    19:17 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Patna's Patliputra indoor stadium has been converted into 110-bedded COVID hospital

    Bihar: Patna's Patliputra indoor stadium has been converted into 110-bedded COVID hospital; the facility to be made functional soon (ANI)

    19:11 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Rajasthan reports 17,296 new COVID-19 cases, 11,949 recoveries

    Rajasthan reports 17,296 new COVID-19 cases, 11,949 recoveries, and 154 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 1,94,371Total recoveries: 4,52,164Death toll: 4,712 (ANI)

    18:59 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Chandigarh reports 890 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 45,196

    Chandigarh reports 890 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 45,196 (ANI)

    18:54 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: 5403 new COVID19 cases and 128 deaths have been reported in Uttarakhand today

    5403 new COVID19 cases and 128 deaths have been reported in Uttarakhand today. 

    Total cases: 1,97,023Active cases: 55,436 (ANI)

    18:46 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Vaccine manufacturing a specialised process, cannot ramp up production overnight, says SII’s Adar Poonawalla

    Adar Poonawalla — whose firm makes India’s most used COVID vaccine — on Monday ruled out the possibility of ramping up production overnight, saying vaccine making is a specialised process. The CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII) also said the population of India is huge and to produce enough doses for all adults is not an easy task. Poonawalla, who is in London, however, noted that the company is making every effort to enhance production of Covishield amid the second wave of COVID in the country. He added that 11 crore vaccines would be supplied to the government over the next few months. | Read More

    18:40 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Centre, states may consider imposing lockdown to curb second wave of COVID-19, says Supreme Court

    Concerned over surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Supreme Court said the Centre and state governments may consider imposing a "lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare". However, the apex court put a caveat before them saying if they decide to go for lockdown then arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of the poor people. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, in its order passed in the suo motu case for ensuring essential supplies and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, also asked the Centre and state governments to put on record the efforts taken and to be taken by them in future to ensure that the disease does not spread further. (PTI)

    18:36 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: We are in touch with the Indian government, as of now we are focusing on Oxygen and drugs, says Ambassador of European Union to India

    In past few days, we had flights coming from Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany & Italy. We're expecting another flight from Ireland tomorrow. So far we're focusing on Oxygen & related equipment, ventilators & antiviral drugs such as Remdesivir. We expect more supplies to come in the days to come. We are in touch with the Indian government, as of now we are focusing on Oxygen and drugs: Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of European Union to India (ANI)

    18:31 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Indian Air Force heavy-lift transport aircraft brings 4 empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Frankfurt in Germany

    Indian Air Force heavy-lift transport aircraft brings 4 empty cryogenic oxygen containers from Frankfurt in Germany: Official statement (PTI)

    18:25 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: An oxygen production plant & 20 ventilators arrive from Italy

    Delhi: An oxygen production plant & 20 ventilators arrive from Italy. "We're going to deliver an oxygen production machine to a hospital in Noida. It'll provide oxygen to 100 patients at one time & to thousands in the days to come", Vincenzo De Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India (ANI)

    18:20 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Three people arrested in Delhi for selling oxy flow meter at higher than the regular price

    Delhi | Three people arrested for selling oxy flow meter at Rs 6,000, higher than the regular market price of Rs 500-1000 near Chawri Bazar Metro Station. Ten oxy flow meters recovered. Case has been registered: Sanjay Kumar Sain, DCP North-East (ANI)

    18:13 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Global aid, Indian Armed Forces help in fighting COVID -19

    Amid the raging pandemic in Delhi, the Indian Army has created COVID facilities on a war footing. Besides providing extensive medical assistance to veterans and their dependents, Military Hospitals (MIL) are now providing assistance to the civil administrations. Confirming this to Financial Express Online, Indian Army said, “With the numbers rising, the Military Hospitals across the country are instructed to assist the Civil Administrations to fight the CoVID-19 global pandemic.” | Read More

    18:00 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Sweden plans to donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to India

    Sweden plans to donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to India via the U.N.-backed COVAX, an initiative devised to give countries access to coronavirus vaccines regardless of their wealth. The Scandinavian country's International Development Cooperation Minister Per Olsson Fridh announced it Monday on Swedish broadcaster SVT, adding we see how the pandemic is raging around the world. People are dying, poverty is spreading, and children are still not back at school. (AP)

    17:50 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Situation in India heartbreaking, says ArcelorMittal CEO

    As India continues to battle against COVID-19, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal CEO Aditya Mittal on Monday said the situation in the country is heartbreaking. Owned by Indian origin business tycoon L N Mittal, ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steel-making company with a presence in over 150 countries. "The situation in India is heartbreaking and has the attention of the whole world. It is important that countries and companies pool their resources. ArcelorMittal is committed to playing its part," AMNS India quoted its Chairman Aditya Mittal in a tweet. In February 2021, Aditya succeeded his father Lakshmi N Mittal as the CEO of ArcelorMittal. "Our company in India is sending oxygen to local medical facilities and we have partnered with Gujarat government and opened a 250-bed capacity hospital. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide whatever assistance we are able to," Aditya said. (PTI)

    17:44 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Sikkim reports 27 new cases, one more death

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 8,468 as 27 more people tested positive for the virus while one new fatality pushed the death toll to 150, a health department bulletin said on Monday. The new COVID-19 cases were reported from East Sikkim district (13), West Sikkim (10) and South Sikkim district (4), it said. The Himalayan state now has 1,723 active COVID-19 cases, while 6,404 patients have recovered from the disease, the bulletin said, adding that 191 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI) 

    17:36 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Punjab govt rules out complete lockdown

    Complete lockdown ruled out in the state, but strict measures to be taken if people don't comply with restrictions. All takeaway deliveries from restaurants to be disallowed, only home delivery permitted: Punjab Chief Minister's Office (ANI)

    17:35 (IST)03 May 2021
    Covid 19 Lockdown Live Updates: Haryana added nearly 2 lakh COVID-19 cases in April, more than 1,000 fatalities

    Haryana, where a week-long lockdown started on Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19, added nearly 2 lakh cases and over 1,000 fatalities between April 1 and April 30. Gurgaon, which is the worst-affected district in the state, contributed 59,540 cases during April. Districts like Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal and Sonipat also fuelled the sharp increase in infections. Data issued by the state's health department showed that as on April 1, Haryana's total COVID-19 case count was 2,92,409, which rose to 4,87,978 on April 30, a jump of 1,95,569 cases. The total fatalities increased from 3,164 to 4,216 during the period, it showed. Among the worst-hit districts like Gurgaon, which share borders with Delhi, the infection count rose from 63,408 on April 1 to 1,22,948 on April 30. (PTI)

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