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The Novel Coronavirus 2019 also known as COVID-19, nCov-2019 and SARS-COV-2, or the Wuhan virus is a severe acute respiratory syndrome first found in the city of Wuhan in China on 31 December 2019. Coronavirus spreads from human contact or infected surfaces. COVID-19 has infected over 157 million people worldwide. In India, the number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 20 million.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as a pandemic and since then, Italy, Spain, the UK, India and the USA have been under lockdown in various phases. India has been under lockdown since 25 March 2020, with Lockdown 4.0 from May 18 until May 31 and a further lockdown in phases in June and July 2020. While addressing the nation, PM Narendra Modi said that "Coronavirus Still As Dangerous As It Was In The Beginning."
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- Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (May 7)
Active cases: 3,645,164 (Net addition: 78,766) Deaths: 234,083 (Net increase: 3,915) Cured: 17,612,351 (Net increase: 331,507) Total cases: 21,491,598 (Net increase: 414,188) Total vaccination: 164,973,058 (Increase over previous day: 2,370,298)
- Negative RT-PCR Report Must For Arriving In Bengal By Train: Railways
Those arriving in West Bengal by train must carry negative RT-PCR report, the Railways said on Thursday citing an order from the chief secretary of the state. West Bengal is the latest among a number of states which have made it mandatory for passengers to carry negative RT-PCR tests in order to gain entry into the state. "The Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal have issued an order... Incoming passengers by long-distance trains and inter-state buses will also mandatorily carry RT- PCR negative test reports.
- Marathi Actor Navnath Gaikwad Passes Away Due To COVID-19 Complications
Marathi actor Navnath Gaikwad, who worked in films like Fatteshikast and Farzand, has passed away due to Covid-19 complications. The writer-director of Fatteshikast and Farzand, Digpal Lanjekar shared the tragic news of Navnath’s demise on Facebook. He shared, “Navnath Gaikwad, a very talented and hardworking artist who worked in Farjand and Fatteshikast, passed away tragically due to Corona. May his soul rest in peace..” (Indian Express)
- Japan To Extend Virus Emergency To End Of Month, Expand Coverage
Japan will extend the Covid-19 state of emergency currently in effect in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures until the end of the month, the minister in charge of the government's coronavirus response said Friday. (ANI)
- ICMR Has Tested 18,26,490 Samples For COVID-19
29,86,01,699 samples were tested for Covid-19 up to May 6, 2021. Of these, 18,26,490 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
- IAF Airlifts Oxygen Containers From Singapore, Bangkok To Panagarh In Bengal
As India continues its battle against COVID-19, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday airlifted 3 cryogenic oxygen containers from Singapore and 4 cryogenic oxygen containers from Bangkok to Panagarh Air base in West Bengal. (ANI)
- Several Districts Are Seeing A Decline In COVID Cases, Says Maharashtra CM
"Central govt's scientific body has warned about 3rd wave of COVID. We're preparing for that since last month. Several districts are seeing a decline in COVID cases while some districts are seeing an increase in cases.We're keeping a close tab on it," said Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
- Veda Krishnamurthy's Sister Succumbs to Covid-19 Two Weeks After Mother Passes Away
In yet another shocking news, ace India cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s sister has succumbed to Covid-19. It was just a couple of weeks earlier that the middle-order batter had lost her mother in similar circumstances as well. Her sister Vatsala Shivakumar was suffering from the disease, since last month. Her previous coach Irfan Sait posted a story about the incident on Instagram. (News18)
- No Pendency Of Oxygen Concentrators With Indian Customs, Says Govt
The government on Thursday said that reports in some sections of the media that oxygen concentrators are pending at the Customs warehouse for getting clearance from the authorities are totally incorrect, not based on facts and without any basis. It said that the Indian Customs is swiftly clearing all consignments and no such figures of pendency exist across any port of import.
- Four People Arrested In Connection With Black Marketing Of Oxygen Concentrators
Four people from a restaurant-cum-bar in Lodhi Colony have been arrested in connection with black marketing of oxygen concentrators. Police recovered 419 oxygen concentrators, which were sold for over Rs 70,000. Case has been registered: DCP South
- Imlie's Faisal Sayed Tests Positive For COVID-19; Says In Spite Of Taking All Precautions He Got Infected
Faisal Sayed, who plays the role of Gashmeer's brother Dhruv in Star Plus' popular show Imlie, has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor took to his Instagram account to break the news. (Filmibeat)
- Master Actress Andrea Jeremiah Tests Positive For COVID-19; Says She Is Recovering Well
Andrea Jeremiah, who was last seen in Vijay-starrer Master, recently revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The actress has quarantined herself at home and informed fans that she is recovering well. The second wave of COVID-19 is affecting the entire nation, as positive cases are increasing in several states every day. (Filmibeat)
- Kerala Govt Announces Lockdown From May 8 To May 16
Kerala govt announces COVID-19 lockdown from May 8 to May 16.
- Ensure No Oxygen Panic In Delhi: Supreme Court To Centre
The Supreme Court began hearing the matter regarding the supply of oxygen by the Centre to various hospitals in Delhi today. Centre told the top court that a survey conducted revealed that Delhi hospitals have significant stock of oxygen. "280 MT oxygen coming today by oxygen express train," the Centre said, adding that the supply of more oxygen to Delhi will affect other states of their share. The top court responded by saying that its formula for oxygen allocation is a gross underestimate for Delhi and that it requires a complete revamp. (NDTV)
- Pandemic Is Moving Eastwards In India: Union Health Ministry
Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand have seen a rise in both the number of daily cases and mortality, indicating the "pandemic is moving eastwards", the Union Health Ministry said after a review meeting on Wednesday.
- Tamil Comedian Pandu Passes Away Due To COVID-19
Popular Tamil comedian Pandu passed away due to Covid on Thursday. The 74-years-old actor and his wife tested positive for coronavirus recently and were under treatment at a private hospital in Chennai. (Indian Express)
- Veteran Actress Sripradha Dies Due To COVID-19
Veteran Bollywood and Bhojpuri actress Sripradha passed away on Wednesday (May 5) due to Covid19 complications. Cine And TV Artistes’ Association General Secretary (CINTAA) General Secretary Amit Behl confirmed that the actress succumbed to the infection. He told TOI, "The second wave of covid has taken too many precious lives. What has already been written in the media about the people who have passed away don't need to reiterate but yes Sripada was a senior member of our fraternity." (India TV)
- Actor Abhilasha Patil Dies Due To Covid-19 Complications
Actor Abhilasha Patil passed away on Tuesday due to Covid-19 complications. The actor who appeared in Marathi and Hindi films was in her early 40s. She is survived by her husband and son. (Indian Express)
- Spain Finds 11 Cases Of Variant First Identified In India
Spain's health minister says the European country has detected 11 cases of the new strain of the coronavirus first identified in India. Minister Carolina Darias says the cases were two separate outbreaks discovered by health officials in recent days. She added a plane carrying medical supplies, including oxygen and breathing machines, for hard-hit India will leave on Thursday. Last week, Spain's government approved a shipment of seven tons of medical supplies to help India combat it surging wave of infections.
- Around 280 Jail Inmates To Be Released On Bail, Parole In View Of COVID-19
Around 280 jail inmates to be released on bail or parole, in view of Covid. Regular sanitisation conducted in jail premises. The jail inmates are served immunity boosting 'kadha'. Inmates above 45&60 years of age have been vaccinated: Senior Jail Superintendent, Dist Jail, Meerut
- Ladakh Reports 251 New COVID-19 Cases
251 new positive cases reported in Ladakh; 131 persons cured and discharged. The total number of Covid-19 active cases in Ladakh has gone up to 1,494; 1264 in Leh district and 230 in Kargil district.
- RLD Chief Ajit Singh Passes Away, Had Tested Positive For COVID-19
Ajit Singh had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 20. PM Modi condoles demise of RLD chief due to Covid-19.
- Canada Becomes First Country To Allow Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine For Children Aged 12-15
Canada on Wednesday became the first nation in the world to authorize the use of Pfizer Inc's Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15, describing the move as a light at the end of the tunnel.Supriya Sharma, a senior adviser at the Canadian federal health ministry, said the Pfizer vaccine, produced with German partner BioNTech SE, was safe and effective in the younger age group."We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel," she told reporters. A health ministry spokesman confirmed Canada was the first country to allow children of those ages to receive the Pfizer medicine.The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to take a similar step "very soon," US health officials said.
- Tragic COVID-19 Situation In India Should Raise Alarm Bells For All Of Us: UNICEF
The “tragic" Covid-19 situation in India should raise the alarm bells for “all of us” and there will be reverberations across the region and the world in terms of virus-related deaths, virus mutations and supply delays unless the world steps up and helps the country now, the head of the UN children's agency has said.
- India Reports 4,12,262 New COVID-19 Cases
India reports 4,12,262 new Covid-19 cases, 3,29,113 discharges and 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry Total cases: 2,10,77,410 Total recoveries: 1,72,80,844 Death toll: 23,01,68 Active cases: 35,66,398 Total vaccination: 16,25,13,339
- Maharashtra CM: Have Started Preparing For Possible Third COVID-19 Wave
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in his address to the state on May 5 that the government has started preparing for the 'possible third wave' of COVID-19.
- Third Wave Inevitable, Says Centre
"Phase 3 (third wave) is inevitable, given the high levels at which this virus is circulating. But it is not clear at what time scale this Phase 3 will occur," Dr K VijayRaghavan said at a government briefing. (NDTV)
- Rashmi Rocket Editor Ajay Sharma Dies Due To Covid-19, Celebs Say ‘Beyond Devastated’
Bollywood film editor Ajay Sharma passed away due to Covid-19 complications on Tuesday night. He was in his late 30s. Sharma’s family sources confirmed the news with indianexpress.com.
- India Shuts Down All National Parks And Sanctuaries
India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has ordered shutdown of all the national parks and sanctuaries in the country as the country battles an immensely ravaging wave of COVID-19. All tiger reserves will also be shut down under the new orders until further notice. The Ministry has also urged forest officials and wildlife wardens to take adequate steps to curtail any transmission of the virus from humans to animals and vice-versa. (TOI)
- Union Minister Of Chemicals Reviews Availability Of Drugs For Covid Treatment
Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda chaired a meeting to review availability of drugs for covid treatment and other essential drugs. Increased capacity of Remedesvir will augment the domestic availability of injection. 1.65 mn vials of Remdesivir allocated between May 3 and May 9, said Gowda.
March 8, 2020 - 03:20 am: In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, a hotel building that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine centre collapsed on March 7, killing 10 people, reports CNN. About 70 people were trapped in the building with 48 being rescued and 23 missing. The reason for the building collapse is not known yet.
March 8, 2020 - 02:39 am: New York has declared a state of emergency, as more than 81 cases of Coronavirus have been found in the state. The death toll due to Coronavirus in the USA has risen to 22.
March 7, 2020 - 10:00 pm: The Maldives has confirmed two cases of the Novel Coronavirus. The patients are employees of a resort and reportedly got infected after interaction with Italian tourists.
March 7, 2020 - 08:45 pm: In India, a fresh case of Coronavirus has been reported in the state of Tamil Nadu. The 45-year-old man who has been infected had reportedly returned from Oman.
March 7, 08:00 pm: The Department of Telecom (DoT) in India advised telecom operators to incorporate an audio clip in the mobile ringtones that would offer awareness messages on Coronavirus. Mobile operators have followed the instruction, with some operators exempting those users from the Coronavirus ringtone who have subscribed for special tones.
The Coronavirus that originated in China has spread to over 100 countries in the world, including the USA, the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Monaco, the Maldives, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and India, with the most number of cases and deaths being reported from China. The virus has also infected an entire cruise ship named Diamond Princess, with 696 confirmed cases and seven deaths.