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Covid-19 Highlights: Mumbai records 155 COVID-19 cases, one death; North Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting outbreak

Covid-19 India LIVE News Updates, Coronavirus News Today, Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th Wave India Live Updates, 13 May 2022: South Korea to provide vaccines to neighbour; active cases in India at 18,604

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 14, 2022 8:47:14 am
Gurugram: A healthworker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram, Monday, May 9, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai on Friday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases and one death, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The caseload in India’s financial capital thus rose to 10,61,332 while death toll reached 19,564. The city recorded a COVID-19-related death for the first time after April 30, BMC data showed. As many as 116 patients recovered during the day, taking the total of recoveries to 10,40,870. There are 898 active patients in the metropolis now.

Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media said Friday, a day after the country acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said of the 350,000 people who developed fevers since late April, 162,200 have recovered. It said 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone, and 187,800 are being isolated for treatment. Meanwhile, South Korea has announced that it will send Covid-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North. “We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea,” President Yoon Yoon Suk-yeol’s spokesperson said in a statement, according to Reuters.

India recorded 2,841 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update. The total number of active cases is presently at 18,604.

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Covid-19 live updates: India records 2,841 new Covid-19 cases; Mumbai logs 139 Covid-19 cases, highest since Feb 23; At global Covid summit, PM Modi calls for streamlining WHO's vaccine approval process

22:55 (IST)13 May 2022
ICMR simulator helped in India's COVID-19 response: Experts

A user-friendly, web-based modelling 'simulator' developed by ICMR after the second wave of Covid helped health officials and policymakers in various states to model plausible scenarios for a third wave in India, according to an article published in the British Medical Journal.

Based on experience, experts recommended use of such initiatives to bolster pandemic preparedness in other countries in South and South-East Asia.

The simulator was developed by ICMR in collaboration with Imperial College London and Dure technologies, a locally present (India-based) consultancy firm. The collaboration was spearheaded by Dr Samiran Panda, additional DG ICMR and head of Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Division.

In the article 'Imperfect but useful': pandemic response in the Global South can benefit from greater use of mathematical modelling", the experts explained how the simulator was developed, deployed and how it helped in India's COVID-19 response. (PTI)

22:46 (IST)13 May 2022
MP sees 35 COVID-19 cases, 33 recoveries; active tally now 232

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,41,867 on Friday after the detection of 35 cases, while the toll remained unchanged at 10,735 as no death took place due to the infection during the day, an official said.

The positivity rate went down to 0.4 per cent from 0.5 per cent the previous day, he added. The recovery count increased by 33 to touch 10,30,900, leaving the state with 232 active cases, the official informed.

With 7,862 samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,91,69,464, he added. A government release said 11,82,45,447 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 23,141 on Friday. (PTI)

21:56 (IST)13 May 2022
Chhattisgarh sees two COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally stands at 28

Chhattisgarh on Friday recorded two COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 11,52,333, while the death toll remained unchanged at 14,034, an official said.

The two cases, at a positivity rate of 0.06 per cent, were from Rajnandgaon, while 19 districts in the state had no active coronavirus case as on Friday, he said.

The recovery count increased by nine to touch 11,38,271, leaving the state with 28 active cases, the official said. (PTI)

21:46 (IST)13 May 2022
Mumbai reports 155 COVID-19 cases, one death

Mumbai on Friday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases and one death, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

The caseload in India's financial capital thus rose to 10,61,332 while death toll reached 19,564. The city recorded a COVID-19-related death for the first time after April 30, BMC data showed.

As many as 116 patients recovered during the day, taking the total of recoveries to 10,40,870. There are 898 active patients in the metropolis now. (PTI)

21:45 (IST)13 May 2022
Tamil Nadu logs 44 new COVID-19 cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 44 new COVID-19 cases, including two returnees from Goa, pushing the tally to 34,54,556, while the death toll remained unchanged with nil fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Health department said on Friday. Among those tested positive include 25 men and 19 women.

Chennai accounted for the majority of new cases with 28, Chengalpet recorded four, Coimbatore, Madurai, reported three each, Tiruchirappalli clocked two, while Kancheepuram, Tirupathur, Tiruvallur and Villupuram recorded one each.

The number of people who have recuperated from the viral disease eclipsed new cases with 58 more people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 34,16,107 leaving 424 active infections, a medical bulletin said. (PTI)

20:43 (IST)13 May 2022
Gujarat sees 35 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally now 211

Gujarat's COVID-19 tally reached 12,24,657 on Friday after 35 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,944, a health department official said.

The recovery count increased by 12 to touch 12,13,502, leaving the state with an active caseload of 211, he added.

Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,657 new cases 35, deaths 10,944, discharged 12,13,502 active cases 211 and people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI)

19:42 (IST)13 May 2022
Maha records 263 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Maharashtra on Friday recorded 263 new coronavirus infections and two pandemic-related deaths, the state health department said. The state's COVID-19 caseload rose to 78,80,337 and death toll reached 1,47,853.

On Thursday, the state had recorded 231 new cases and one fatality. Mumbai recorded 155 new cases and one death on Friday. Another fatality was reported from neighbouring Thane district.

The case fatality rate in Maharashtra stands at 1.87 per cent. The state has 1,455 active cases now. (PTI)

18:39 (IST)13 May 2022
'Not free from COVID': Thousands pray at Portuguese shrine despite fears of new wave

Happy but cautious at being able to join a mass religious event for the first time since the pandemic began, thousands of Catholic faithful gathered at a sanctuary in Portugal on Friday, as authorities brace for a potential sixth wave of COVID-19.

Retiree Teresa Maria, 62, was one of about 200,000 people who travelled to the famous Fatima Roman Catholic shrine to mark the first of three reported visions of the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady, more than 100 years ago. Last year, only 7,500 were allowed inside the sanctuary and people had to stand in circles to maintain social distancing.

For many, it was a special moment to see the sanctuary finally opening doors to a big crowd after the vast majority of COVID-19 rules were lifted last month. But, as daily infections rise again, Teresa Maria decided to keep her mask on.

"I always try to take precautions," she said as she waited for the farewell procession, one of the highlights of the event, to begin. "We are not free from it because cases are going up." (Reuters)

17:55 (IST)13 May 2022
Shanghai aims to defeat COVID over next week as Beijing hunkers down

Locked-down Shanghai aims to ringfence its COVID outbreak over the next week, officials said on Friday, while residents in China's capital Beijing largely heeded the advice of authorities to work from home to stem the virus' spread.

Easing weeks of punishing restrictions in the commercial hub would bring relief to China's battered economy, although there is growing concern that Beijing may yet take a similar course of action if it fails to get a nascent outbreak under control.

Shanghai's deputy mayor, Wu Qing, said the city of 25 million aims to eliminate COVID outside of quarantined zones within the next week or so. After that, the city's lockdown will be "lifted in batches", with shops opened and traffic restictions eased, he said in the announcement which confirmed a Reuters story from Sunday. (Reuters)

17:54 (IST)13 May 2022
Coronavirus is not viable on cash banknotes, study finds

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, becomes almost immediately nonviable if deposited on a cash banknote, according to a study. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that the use of credit and debit cards over cash as a COVID-19 prevention measure is not advisable.

The researchers found that the virus shows greater stability on plastic money cards, with the live virus still being detected 48 hours after initial deposition. However, no viable virus was detected on either cash or card that was randomly sampled in the study, the researchers said.

"Early in the pandemic, we had this massive outcry for businesses to stop using cash; all these businesses just followed this advice and said OK we are credit card only," said study author Richard Robison, a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) in the US. (PTI)

15:42 (IST)13 May 2022
North Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak

Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media said Friday, a day after the country acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic.

North Korea likely doesn't have sufficient COVID-19 tests and said it didn't know the cause of the mass fevers. But a big coronavirus outbreak could be devastating in a country with a broken health care system and an unvaccinated, malnourished population.

The North's Korean Central News Agency said of the 350,000 people who developed fevers since late April, 162,200 have recovered. It said 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone, and 187,800 are being isolated for treatment. (AP)

15:33 (IST)13 May 2022
Odisha reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, no death for ten days

Odisha reported 19 more COVID-19 cases on Friday, the health department said. The toll remained at 9,126 as there was no new fatality for the 10th successive day, it said.

There are 121 active cases and 33 more patients recovered from the disease, it added.

The new cases were detected after testing 14,608 samples, recording a positivity rate of 0.13 per cent. So far, the state has recorded 12,88,272 cases. (PTI)

15:06 (IST)13 May 2022
Shanghai will try to ease 7-week virus lockdown in few days

Shanghai will try again to reopen in a few days after it has eliminated COVID-19 transmission among the population at large as an outbreak in China's largest city subsides, an official said Friday.

The strict lockdown of the city — now in its seventh week but moved, lifted and reinforced at times to the frustration of residents — is part of the ruling Communist Party's “zero-COVID” goal that has exacted a mounting economic toll and that even the World Health Organization says may be unsustainable.

The goal in Shanghai is to achieve “elimination in society,” meaning any new cases would only be in people already in isolation, Vice Mayor Wu Qing said at a news conference. That would allow for an “orderly opening, limited (population) flow, and differentiated management,” Wu said. (AP)

10:51 (IST)13 May 2022
South Korea plans to provide Covid vaccine to North

South Korea plans to provide Covid-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North, President Yoon Suk-yeol's office said on Friday, a day after the neighbouring country confirmed its first outbreak of coronavirus. "We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea," Yoon's spokesperson said in a statement. (Reuters)

09:38 (IST)13 May 2022
India records 2,841 new Covid-19 cases; active cases at 18,604

India recorded 2,841 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update. The total number of active cases is presently at 18,604.

08:33 (IST)13 May 2022
North Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting Covid-19 outbreak

North Korea said Friday that six people died and 3.5 lakh have been treated for a fever that has spread "explosively" across the nation, a day after its first acknowledgement of a Covid-19 outbreak.

The true scale is unclear, but a big Covid-19 outbreak could be devastating in a country with a broken healthcare system and an unvaccinated, malnourished population. North Korea, which likely does not have sufficient Covid-19 tests and other medical equipment, said it did not know the case of the mass fevers.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said of the 3.5 lakh people who developed fevers since late April, 1,62,200 have recovered. It said 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone, and 1,87,800 people are being isolated for treatment. (AP)

22:44 (IST)12 May 2022
Biden marks COVID 'tragic milestone' in US at global summit

President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the ``tragic milestone'' of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned against complacency around the globe.

“This pandemic isn't over,” Biden declared at the second global pandemic summit. He spoke solemnly of the once-unthinkable U.S. toll: “1 million empty chairs around the family dinner table.” The coronavirus has killed more than 999,000 people in the U.S. and at least 6.2 million people globally since it emerged in late 2019, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Other counts, including by the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, have the toll at 1 million.

“Today, we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States, 1 million COVID deaths,” he said. (AP)

The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2022, as the Biden administration commemorates 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19. (AP)
22:29 (IST)12 May 2022
Chhattisgarh logs 4 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally at 35

Chhattisgarh on Thursday recorded four new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 11,52,331, while no fresh death due to the infection was registered in the state, an official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 14,034, he said. The four cases, at a positivity rate of 0.10 per cent, were reported from Raipur (3) and Balrampur (1), he added.

The recovery count increased by two to touch 11,38,262, leaving the state with 35 active cases, the official said. With 4,017 swab samples examined during the day, the tally of tests carried out so far in Chhattisgarh went up to 1,76,84,755, he added. (PTI)

22:28 (IST)12 May 2022
MP logs 40 new coronavirus cases, zero death; active tally at 230

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 10,41,832 on Thursday after the detection of 40 new cases, while no fresh death linked to the respiratory disease was registered in the state, a health department official said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 10,735, the official said. The positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, stood at 0.5 per cent, he said. The recovery count increased by 29 to touch 10,30,867, leaving the state with 230 active cases, the official informed.

With 8,000 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests conducted so far in MP went up to 2,91,69,602, he added. A government release said 11,82,19,070 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 39,255 on Thursday. (PTI)

21:27 (IST)12 May 2022
Gujarat records 28 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 188

Gujarat on Thursday recorded 28 new cases of coronavirus that raised the tally of infections to 12,24,622, an official from the state health department said.

With 23 patients discharged from hospitals, the count of recoveries reached 12,13,490, while the toll stood at 10,944 as no new casualties were reported during the day, the official said. The state currently has 188 active cases, he added.

Gujarat COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,622 new cases 28, deaths 10,944, discharged 12,13,490 active cases 188 and people tested so far - figures not released. (PTI)

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a passenger for Covid-19 testing amid a surge in coronavirus cases, at a railway station in Prayagraj, Tuesday. (PTI)

Shanghai will try again to reopen in a few days after it has eliminated COVID-19 transmission among the population at large as an outbreak in China's largest city subsides, an official said Friday. The strict lockdown of the city — now in its seventh week but moved, lifted and reinforced at times to the frustration of residents — is part of the ruling Communist Party's “zero-COVID” goal that has exacted a mounting economic toll and that even the World Health Organization says may be unsustainable.

India witnessed a slight dip in new cases, with 2,827 new Coronavirus infections registered on Thursday. Meanwhile, 24 patients succumbed to the infection since yesterday.

The European Union will no longer require masks to be worn at airports and on planes starting next week amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the bloc, authorities said Wednesday. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said it hoped the joint decision, made with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, would mark “a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel” for passengers and crews, AP reported.

India numbers up, but UP death registrations fell in pandemic year

While the trend of increasing registrations of deaths in India continued in 2020 as well, Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, saw a big drop, despite the fact that the total number of deaths would probably have risen due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to data from the Civil Registration System (CRS), Uttar Pradesh registered 8.73 lakh deaths in 2020, down from 9.44 lakh deaths registered in 2019.

Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Delhi also saw a drop in death registrations in 2020 as compared to the previous year. In fact, in percentage terms, Telangana registered a 11 per cent decline as compared to a 7.5 per cent fall in UP.

Why there’s no agreement on India’s Covid death figures

With the images from the Covid pandemic, of burning pyres and floating bodies, still fresh in our minds, the current debate on the magnitude of mortality during 2020 and 2021 looks surreal and unsympathetic. There are two extreme positions. One, that the government is showcasing the whole episode as yet another successful management effort by underreporting the number, and the other, that is projecting India to be the biggest contributor to the death pool globally by using fragmented data and macro-level modelling. By deaths per thousand population, India, however, does not figure among the top 100 countries, though the infection fatality rate of 1.2 per cent places it in seventh position globally.

As accurate death statistics by causes is hard to come by — around 70 per cent of deaths take place at homes even in normal times — attempts have been made to estimate the Covid deaths by identifying “excess” deaths over what would have been the number otherwise. There are conceptual issues involved since deaths due to starvation, returnee migrants miseries, those linked to the lockdown, unemployment, and other ailments not receiving medical help due to pressure on the system, are not due to Covid, but are part of excess deaths. Also, the Supreme Court’s decision to consider all deaths within three months of Covid infliction as Covid deaths resulted in a surge in reporting. Similarly, the lives saved due to the lockdown and measures adopted by people to protect themselves from the virus and those who would have died due to other causes had there been no Covid, would have to be taken on the positive side, increasing the discrepancy between Covid and excess death.

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