West Bengal Tuesday registered its highest single-day deaths of 107 Covid patients, taking the toll to 11,744, PTI reported. In Uttar Pradesh, 352 new Covid-related fatalities were recorded but the one-day recoveries outstripped new cases by over 12,500. The state reported 25,858 new cases and 38,683 recoveries, the data showed.
Observing that the Centre was quibbling about “little things” when people are dying in Delhi, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the central government to showcase why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against it for non-compliance of judicial orders by not supplying 700 MTs of oxygen to Delhi. The court said Delhi was not receiving even the 590 MTs of allocated oxygen and that the national capital was facing a grim reality every day of people not able to secure oxygen beds and ICU beds.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced free ration for all ration cardholders for a period of 2 months. In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a complete Covid-19 lockdown till May 15 in the state.
India recorded over 3.57 lakh new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the total infections past the 2 crore mark. With this, the country reported a decline in daily spike for the third consecutive day. Over 34 lakh cases are currently active, the lowest rise in active cases in a month, while over 1.66 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 3,449 deaths, the toll is now over 2.22 lakh.
In another development, drug major Pfizer has said that it is in talks with the government to seek an “expedited approval pathway” for its Covid-19 vaccine, adding that while the application to register its vaccine “was submitted months ago”, it has not been done yet.