Coronavirus India Live Update: SC sets up task force to look into medical oxygen distribution; Maharashtra reports 53,605 new cases, 864 deaths

by Joseph K. Clark

For the past 3 days, India has been reporting over 4 lakh new coronavirus infections. Coronavirus Cases in India Today, Coronavirus Statistics in India May 8: For the past 3 days, India has been reporting over 4 lakh new coronavirus infections. On Saturday, India reported 4,01,078 new Covid-19 cases and 4,187 deaths linked to coronavirus complications. Due to heavy caseload, reports of shortage of medical oxygen, hospital beds for Covid patients, and medicines are still coming from various parts of the country.


On Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin flagged a ‘severe crisis’ of medical oxygen in the states. He sought Prime Minister Narendra’s intervention. Tamil Nadu on Saturday announced a complete statewide lockdown for two weeks starting from May 10 to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the state. The state on Friday registered its highest single-day spike of 26,465 new Covid-19 cases. The new cases take the state’s Covid-19 tally to 13.23 lakh. Tamil Nadu still has 1.35 lakh active Covid-19 cases.

Also, read Covid-19: The primary difference between oxygen concentrator and oxygen cylinder, their usage — Explained.

Kerala goes into a statewide nine-day lockdown from today. Several states/UTs in the country are in some form of lockdowns/curfews or following strict Covid-19 restrictions due to the sudden spike of the second wave of Coronavirus infections. The national capital Delhi is under lockdown from April 19 till May 10. With Covid-19 cases continuing to end, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala governments, too, have announced complete lockdown.

Also, read Covid-19 Lockdown in India Status Check: These states are already under lockdown. Others observe strict restrictions.

As states scramble to come up with a workable action plan to fight the Covid surge, here are the latest news, updates, rules related to pandemics from India and around the world:

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