Coronavirus News Highlights: Centre may rope in final year MBBS, nursing students for Covid duty; Mumbai reports 3,672 new cases

by Joseph K. Clark

India yesterday started the phase 3 vaccination against Coronavirus infections. Under this phase, all above 18 years of age are eligible to receive Covid-19 jab

Coronavirus India News Highlights, Covid-19 Cases in India State-Wise Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet experts at 9:30 am today (Sunday) to review oxygen and medicine availability. As many as 12 Covid-19 patients, including a senior doctor, died yesterday in a hospital in Delhi due to a shortage of medical Oxygen. According to sources, Prime Minister Modi is expected to review the human resource situation about the Covid-19 pandemic and ways to augment it.

Coronavirus News Highlights

India reported 3,92,488 new  COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per data from the Union Health Ministry. As many as 3,689 people died due to Covid-19 related complications, while 3,07,865 patients have been cured/discharged from hospitals. On Saturday, India achieved the grim milestone of reporting over 4 lakh Coronavirus cases for the first time (also the highest single-day surge globally). According to Union Health Ministry’s data, India saw 4,01,993 new Coronavirus infections, taking the total number of cases to 1,91,64,969 on Saturday. The active Covid-19 caseload also increased to over 32 lakh. India has been witnessing over 3 lakh Coronavirus cases daily for the past 10 days. Several states/UTs have been reporting their peaks, much more than the figure reported during the first wave last year, in terms of single-day coronavirus cases as the second wave continues its spike.

Meanwhile, India yesterday started the phase 3 vaccination against Coronavirus infections. Under this phase, all above 18 years of age are eligible to receive Covid-19 jab. According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 86,023 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of the Covid vaccine across 11 states on May 1. The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 15.68 crores, it said.

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To limit the spread of Coronavirus infections, the Odisha government declared a 14-day lockdown in the state from May 5 to contain the spread of COVID-19, an official order said. Barring weekends, essential commodities would be available on all other days during the two-week-long lockdown, the order issued by Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said. “There shall be lockdown throughout the state with effect from May 5, 2021 (Wednesday) till 5 am of May 19, 2021 (Wednesday),” the order stated. Delhi yesterday extended the Covid-19 lockdown in the city for one more week. Kerala is under lockdown. There are severe restrictions in states like Karnataka and Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha. As the Covid-19 crisis in India deepened further, Union and state governments announced new measures, guidelines, and restrictions. Here’s FE Online blog covering every development – virus, vaccine, Covid-19 approaches, curbs, lockdown, etc.— all you need to know. We will also keep an eye on global happenings as well. Follow our live blog and get instant, verified updates on the coronavirus pandemic:

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