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Coronavirus India Highlights: Maharashtra daily cases drop below 40,000 for 1st time since March 31

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said that after consulting with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, he urged the BMC to look into the possibility of procuring Covid vaccines from foreign countries.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 11, 2021 9:44:13 am
Beneficiaries of Covid-19 vaccine wait at the observation area after receiving their jabs at Tagore Hall in Ahmedabad. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Coronavirus India Highlights:The World Health Organziation (WHO) said on Monday that the B.1.617 variant first identified in India last year was being classified as a variant of global concern. “We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead told reporters.

Meanwhile, the number of daily coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra dropped below the 40,000 mark to 37,236 on Monday for the first time since March 31.

Addressing the media at the end of the Congress Working Committee’s meeting, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and K C Venugopal briefed them about the party’s latest resolutions on the Covid-19 pandemic. Blaming the central government’s ” indifference, insensitivity, incompetence” for the aggressive second wave of the pandemic, the CWC raised several concerns about the Modi government’s strategy to combat the spread of the deadly infection.

India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 3,66,161 fresh Covid-19 cases and 3,754 related deaths. This is for the first time after four straight days that India’s Covid-19 count has risen by less than 4,00,000 fresh infections. The country’s daily death toll, too, was more than 4,000 in the last two days. However, only 14.74 lakh samples were tested on Sunday, compared to the usual 18-19 lakh samples a day.


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01:44 (IST)11 May 2021
Only 852 construction workers get vaccinated on Day 1 in Punjab

No long queues or mad scramble for registrations, the first day of phase 3 Covid jabs for construction workers in the age group of 18-44 got off to a slow start in Punjab on Monday, with only 852 workers opting to get inoculated. Nearly 2.19 lakh construction workers in the age group of 18-44 years are registered with the state's labour department.

Vaccine hesitancy, coupled with communication gaps — many construction workers claimed that they were not even aware that a vaccination drive had started especially for them — and lack of coordination between the labour and health departments were the main reasons for Day one’s poor show. Read more

01:34 (IST)11 May 2021
1,200 weddings in Himachal over 3-day period; Rs 1 lakh collected in fines

Nearly 1,200 weddings were held in Himachal Pradesh over the last three days, including 26 which violated Covid-19 norms set by the state government, according to police data.

According to police, a total of 1,117 permitted and 54 non-permitted weddings took place between Friday and Sunday. Officials said that in order to ensure compliance of rules, most of the weddings were checked by the police, and Rs 1.02 was collected as fine from the organisers of 26 weddings which violated norms.

Himachal Pradesh is currently under a 10-day curfew, which became stricter starting Monday, with public transport suspended, private transport restricted and timings of essential shops cut down to three hours a day. Read more

00:16 (IST)11 May 2021
Pune: Covid deaths rising, PCMC says early treatment key to lower mortality rate

THE committee appointed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, to look into the deaths of Covid-19 patients at five civic-run hospitals and suggest measures to reduce them, has recommended some steps to ensure early treatment for patients.

"We have recommended to the civic administration certain steps to ensure early treatment...," said Dr Pravin Soni, head of Department of Medicine at YCM Hospital and a key member of the committee. 

"Jumbo hospital has the highest number of deaths. Every day, it has been recording more deaths than other civic hospitals," said Dr Soni. In April, while the Auto Cluster facility recorded around 100 deaths, jumbo hospital registered more than 400 deaths and YCM Hospital registered 300 deaths. Read more

23:47 (IST)10 May 2021
Gujarat: Peak in cases, use of steroid, BiPAP & high-flow oxygen possibly behind mucormycosis rise: Experts

AN ALARMING rise in mucormycosis, a fungal infection, as a post-Covid-19 complication or as a co-infection, in Gujarat has emerged as a new challenge for patients already struggling to get access to medicines and doctors.

More than 400 patients are currently undergoing treatment at major government hospitals in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat and Jamnagar even as experts are yet to understand why Gujarat was reporting higher mucormycosis cases as compared to other states.

Dr RS Trivedi, the medical superintendent at PDU Hospital in Rajkot, told The Indian Express on Monday that the hospital was currently treating 150 mucormycosis patients while it has provisioned a total 250 beds for such cases. Read more

23:18 (IST)10 May 2021
Tourism industry faces spectre of losing another year of business to pandemic

For the second consecutive year, the tourism industry is staring at a complete washout as advance bookings get cancelled, once again, due to surging Covid-19 cases. With estimates about the loss incurred by the industry ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 500 crore, insiders say it will take minimum two years before things return to normal for them.

Tourism, along with the hospitality industry, has been among the sectors worst hit by the pandemic. Now, for the second year in a row, as travel becomes restricted and complete lockdowns become more common across states, people have started shelving their holiday plans for summer.

Summer seasons of April and May are usually the peak months for the industry as schools are shut and several people travel with their families. Read more

22:55 (IST)10 May 2021
Maharashtra gets 6 lakh doses of Covishield, 36,000 of Covaxin

Maharashtra has received six lakh Covishield vaccine doses and 36,000 Covaxindoses, state Additional Chief Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas told The Indian Express on Monday morning. Of the six lakh Covishield vaccine doses, a total of 2.5 lakh doses are for the 45+ age group while 3.5 lakh doses will be allocated for the 18-44 age group.

The state pays for the procurement of vaccine doses for the 18-44 age group while the Centre allocates vaccines procured from Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for the 45 years and above age group to the states.

Till May 9, a total of 1.8 crore beneficiaries have been administered Covid-19vaccine doses across the state. Of this, 4.36 lakh beneficiaries are among the 18-44 age group who have been administered the vaccine since the drive began on May 1. Read the full report here.

21:52 (IST)10 May 2021
WHO Labels Coronavirus Strain In India As "Variant Of Concern": Report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified the B.1.617 coronavirus variant spreading across India as being "of concern", AFP reported. There is available information to suggest "increased transmissibility," and also possibly some increased resistance to vaccine protections, Maria Van Kerkove, WHO's lead on Covid-19, said in a press conference. 

"As such, we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level," she told reporters. 

21:27 (IST)10 May 2021
Maha: Daily cases drop below 40,000 for 1st time after March 31

The number of daily coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra, which has been reeling under the resurgent pandemic, dropped below 40,000 to 37,236 on Monday for the first time after March 31.

Maharashtra's overall caseload now stands at 51,38,973 while 549 fatalities pushed the toll 76,398, the state health department said. Maharashtra had reported 39,544 cases on March 31. The state had reported 54,022 cases on May 7, 53,605 on May 8 and 48,401 on May 9.

Of the 549 fatalities, 302 had occurred in the past 48 hours. While 113 deaths had occurred last week, 134 people had died before the last week, the department said. (PTI)

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21:24 (IST)10 May 2021
Pune: Chemist among 3 held for illegal sale of remdesivir at higher prices, 21 injections seized

POLICE HAVE arrested three persons, including a chemist, for the alleged illegal sale of remdesivir at higher prices. Police said they have seized 21 injections from the accused.

The three accused were identified as Krushna Ramrav Patil (22), who works as a nursing staff at a hospital in Thergaon; Nikhil Keshav Neharkar (19), a resident of Bijli Nagar, Chinchwad; and Shashikant Raghunath Panchal (34), who runs Ayushri medical shop in Thergaon.

A press release issued by deputy commissioner of police Anand Bhoite on Monday stated that during a surprise nakabandi operation, a team from Wakad police station, comprising sub-inspector Avdhut Shingare, policemen Dattaprasad Chaudhary, Jitendra Ugale, Atish Jadhav, and home guards Nikhil Sapkal and Rohan Gund, intercepted Patil and Neharkar while they were riding on separate two-wheelers at Kalewadi Phata on Sunday. Read the full report here. 

21:17 (IST)10 May 2021
'Asked BMC to explore possibility of global procurement of vaccine,' says Aaditya Thackeray

Addressing the shortage of coronavirus vaccines in the state, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said that after consulting with his father and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, he has urged the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to look into the possibility of procuring Covid vaccines from foreign countries. 


21:10 (IST)10 May 2021
Maharashtra: Sena targets Centre over Covid task force, BJP hits back

Days after the Supreme Court set up a national task force for Covid response and oxygen allocation, the Shiv Sena on Monday said it had certified the Centre’s failure in tackling Covid. The BJP hit back, saying that the Centre itself had suggested setting up a task force.

An editorial in Saamana said that the Supreme Court set up a national committee after the Union government failed to tackle the Corona crisis. “The SC has certified the Centre’s failure by setting up the task force. Now, what does the BJP’s Goebbels system have to say on it?” asked the editorial.

It further said that the second wave of Covid has spread across the country and there is daily confusion about medicines, vaccination and oxygen supply in the states. “Many patients and their relatives are knocking on the door of the court as they are not getting oxygen and beds. Since the last few days, the courts have taken up the task of oxygen, bed distribution with others. Read the report here. 

21:06 (IST)10 May 2021
Manipur: Complaint filed against fake notification on cancellation of class 11, 12 exams

The cyber police Imphal on Monday registered an FIR against a fake notification circulated in the social media claiming that examination for Class 11 and 12 have been cancelled owing to Covid-19 pandemic.

The FIR was registered following a complaint lodged by Ch. Biren, secretary Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) to arrest the culprits involved in the forgery.

In his complaint, Ch. Biren stated that the notification is a forged and fabricated document including the signature of the secretary.

“A serious crime has been committed hurting the sentiments of all the students involved including their parents as well as the public at large. At the same time, the reputation and image of the council has also been seriously harmed and tarnished”, stated Biren.

The COHSEM secretary clarified that the examinations are being postponed for the time being in view of Covid-19 pandemic. The decision for cancellation of the examinations or otherwise is yet to be taken, he added.

According to the fake notification, it cited that the reason behind the cancellation of the examinations due to the “influenced of the Government, parents, and students” in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, it stated that all the students who are to appear in the examinations have been promoted. Jimmy Leivon reports. 

20:56 (IST)10 May 2021
COVID-19 cases rising in rural Kerala, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday expressed concern over the rising cases of COVID-19 in rural Kerala. Addressing a press conference, he said there are 72 panchayats in the state with a test positivity rate of over 50 per cent with 19 of them being in Ernakulam district, and in 300 panchayats, it's above 30 per cent.

"There are 57 panchayats with 500 to 2,000 active cases.This is a serious situation.The number of confirmed cases continues to be high in Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts," he said. He said stronger preventive measures would be taken in these districts. In other districts, it is gradually declining, Vijayan added. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)10 May 2021
Jharkhand to launch free vaccination for 18-44 age group on May 14

Jharkhand is set to launch free vaccinations for people between the ages of 18 and 44 from May 14 onwards, Chief Minister Hemant Soren announced on Monday. 

20:27 (IST)10 May 2021
Odisha to float global tender to procure COVID-19 vaccines

Facing an acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, the Odisha government on Monday decided to float a global tender for procuring the vaccine to inoculate the states entire population, Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said. The decision was made at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, PTI reported.

19:57 (IST)10 May 2021
Covid-19 second wave: BBMP’s 10 wards report highest new cases in past 10 days

With 3,50,370 new Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru’s 10 wards are reporting more than 4,000 new infections daily for the last 10 days. Most of these wards are on the outskirts of the city and are on the watchlist of Bruhath Bengaluru Mahnagara Palkie (BBMP) officials.

The top 10 wards reporting the highest cases are: Shantalanagar: 4390, Bellandur: 3593, Horamavu: 3036, Hagadur: 2524, RR Nagar: 2522, New Tippasandra: 2486, Varthur: 2287, HSR Layout: 2270, Begur: 2204, Arekere: 2137

In the past 10 days, out of 198 BBMP wards, these 10 wards have reported a total of 27,449 Covid-19 cases. Read the full report here. 

19:26 (IST)10 May 2021
Karnataka health dept links 596 more deaths in the last few days to Covid-19
19:21 (IST)10 May 2021
Coronavirus effect: 1,952 employees dead, 1,000 infected daily, says Railways

As many as 1,952 employees of the Indian Railways have succumbed to coronavirus so far and around 1,000 are getting infected on a daily basis, a senior official said on Monday.

The Railways is one of the largest employers in not just the country but the world with around 13 lakh employees.

'Railways is not different from any other state or territory and we are also getting COVID cases. We are in the business of transport and have to move freight and people. Around 1,000 (COVID) cases are reported daily,' Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said.

'We have our hospitals. We have augmented the number of beds, we have built oxygen plants in rail hospitals. We take care of our staff. As of now, we have 4,000 beds occupied by staff and their families. Our effort is to see that they recover quickly. As of yesterday, 1,952 rail employees have died due to COVID-19 since March last year,' he added. (PTI)

19:10 (IST)10 May 2021
Delhi will have to shut Covaxin jab centres for 18-plus if stocks not refilled: Atishi

AAP leader Atishi Monday said the Delhi government will have to close vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered to beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group after Tuesday evening if its stocks are not replenished. Delhi's Covaxin stock for this category would last till Tuesday evening, she said, adding Covishield doses for this age group can last up to four days.

"On Monday morning, Delhi had 2.74 lakh vaccine doses for people in the 18-plus category," she said, releasing the city's 'Vaccination Bulletin'. "After Tuesday evening, the Delhi government will have to start closing down the vaccination centres where Covaxin is being administered (to the 18-44 age group). We will also have to shut down Covishield inoculation centres after four days," she said. (PTI)

19:08 (IST)10 May 2021
Lockdown-like curbs in Nashik district from May 12 to 23

Strict lockdown-like restrictions will be clamped in Nashik district of Maharashtra for 12 days beginning May 12 given the surge in COVID-19 cases, guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal said on Monday.

As part of the new curbs, people will not be allowed to step outside except for essential and medical reasons. Shops selling grocery, sweets, and bakeries will remain open from 7 am to 12 noon for the next 12 days but only for home deliveries.

The new restrictions will come into force from noon. As of May 9, the COVID-19 tally in Nashik stood at 3,56,084 while the death toll stood at 3,865. Bhujbal said the number of coronavirus positive cases has risen significantly in the district compared to the previous year. (PTI)

Vaccine Maitri: As cases rose and stocks shrank, most vaccine exports went where Covid much less severe than India

On April 6, as the Covid curve began rising like a sheer wall, asked about vaccines and the need to open them up, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was dismissive. “The aim is not to vaccinate someone who wants it,” he said, “the aim is to vaccinate those who require it the most.”

Perhaps, the Ministry of External Affairs thought a little differently. For, neither requirement nor want appeared to define the Centre’s Vaccine Maitri initiative launched January 20.

Under the programme, effectively suspended end of March, more than 6.6 crore doses of Covid vaccines — almost all Covishield — were sent to 93 countries. This stockpile is enough to support about 30 days of vaccination nationwide at last week’s inoculation rate — and at two doses, could cover the adult population of Delhi and Mumbai.

Covid care centre inside ‘gaushala’ with medicines from cow milk, urine

A Covid care centre has been set up within a “gaushala” at Tetoda village of Banaskantha district of North Gujarat where Covid-19 patients are being treated using Ayurvedic medicines made from cow milk and urine as well as allopathy.

Called the “Vedalakshana Panchgavya Ayurved Covid isolation centre”, it is currently treating seven Covid-19 patients from the village in Deesa taluka. “We had started this centre on May 5. Here we are giving treatment to mild Covid-19 patients using eight Ayurvedic medicines prepared from cow milk, ghee and urine. These patients had come with Covid-19 positive reports from the pathological laboratory,” said Mohan Jadhav, a trustee of Banaskantha wing of Godham Mahatirth Pathmeda. The centre has been set up Rajaram Gaushala Ashram which is a branch of Pathmeda.

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