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Two Andhra patients die on Telangana border after cops deny entry to ambulances

Two Covid-19 patients have allegedly died after their ambulances were denied entry at Pullur Toll Plaza on the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border in Kurnool district, according to media reports. 

Meanwhile, the Telangana Police confirmed to ANI that it is halting the entry of ambulances and private vehicles carrying COVID patients if they fail to show hospital appointment as well as authorisation pass from Director of Health Covid control center
 
The news comes despite a Telangana High Court order from two days ago which slammed the state government for stopping ambulances at state borders. The bench questioned as to why ambulances were stopped at the Telangana border despite not having any inter-state regulations in place, terming it as ‘unconstitutional’ and a violation of the fundamental rights of citizens. The court directed the state to ensure that no ambulances are prevented from entering the state as it impedes the rights of citizens for free movement between territories.
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15:04 (IST)

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No decision yet on pending class 12 board exams: CBSE

CBSE said it has not taken any decision yet on class 12 board exams even as a section of students and parents have been demanding cancellation of exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“It is clarified that no such decision (cancellation of exams) has been taken regarding class 12 board examination, as being speculated. Any decision taken in this matter will be officially communicated to the public,” a senior CBSE official said.

The board had on 14 April announced cancellation of class 10 exams and postponed class 12 exams in view of surge in COVID-19 cases.

14:49 (IST)

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Two bodies found near Ganga cremated after video of dogs mauling them goes viral

Two more bodies found lying on the banks of the Ganga were cremated by the Ballia district administration, after a video of a few stray dogs dragging and mauling the corpses went viral on social media.

Fefna SHO Sanjay Tripathi said he got the information about the corpses on Thursday afternoon, following which a team of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rajesh Yadav reached Sagarpali village and cremated the bodies.

It appears that the bodies were left in the river by family members after completing rituals, he said.

14:39 (IST)

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Delhi government to provide financial help to families which lost earning members to COVID

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to COVID-19 and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.

He also said the number of fresh COVID-19 cases has come down to around 8,500 and the positivity rate has dipped to around 12 percent.

But the fight against the coronavirus has not ended and there is no room for leniency, the chief minister said in an online press conference.

“I know many children who have lost both their parents. I want to tell them that I am still there. Do not consider yourself an orphan. The government will take care of their studies and upbringing,” Kejriwal said.

“I know elderly citizens who have lost their children. They depended on their earnings. I want to tell them that their son (Kejriwal) is alive. The government will help all such families who have lost their earning members,” the chief minister said.

Around 3,000 beds for coronavirus patients have become available in the last 10 days. However, ICU beds remain almost full, Kejriwal said.

14:25 (IST)

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Ex-civic chief booked for hosting event amid curbs in Maharashtra

A case has been registered against the former chief of the civic body in Mahad of Maharashtra’s Raigad district for allegedly violating COVID-19 curbs by holding an event to celebrate her wedding anniversary, police said on Friday.

The former president of the Mahad Municipal Council Bharati Sakpal and her husband Satish hosted an event to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at Ladavali Tal village on Wednesday night, an official from the Mahad police said.

A case was registered against 28 people, who were present at the event and 50 to 60 others who had gathered in the area, under relevant sections of the IPC, COVID-19 Rules and Maharashtra Police Act

14:05 (IST)

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Karnataka Congress drafts Rs 100 crore plan to procure vaccines

The Karnataka Congress said it has prepared a Rs 100 crore plan to procure vaccines directly from manufacturers, a day after the state government closed vaccination for those between 18 and 44 years owing to a shortage in doses.

DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress chief, said that Rs 10 crore will come from the Congress and the remaining Rs 90 crore can come from funds of their MLA/MLCs. “I appeal to the Yediyurappa government to please allow us to use the MLA/MLC funds to procure vaccines directly in a transparent manner because the Modi and Yediyurappa governments are failing to do so for months now,” Shivakumar said in a statement.

“Since the Central, and state governments have collectively failed to vaccinate the masses, we want to do it ourselves. We just need two small permissions, one from the Centre and the other from the state government. My appeal to the BJP to not let politics come in the way and in the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat, allow the Congress to directly procure and administer vaccines,” he said.

13:22 (IST)

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First dose of Sputnik V administered in Hyderabad

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories administered the first dose of Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad, the company said it a statement.

The company said that imported doses of Sputnik V vaccine are presently priced at Rs 948 plus five percent GST per dose, with the possibility of a lower price point when local supply begins.

India was administering Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and SII’s Covishield so far.

12:19 (IST)

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Delhi’s positivity rate drops from 36% to 14.24%: Satyendar Jain 

The COVID-19 positivity rate in Delhi has declined to 14.24 percent from 36 percent since 24 April, said health minister Satyendar Jain on Friday.

Yesterday we reported 10,489 positive cases and the positivity rate was 14.24 percent. The highest positivity rate was 36 percent in Delhi so now it is less than half of it. We’re seeing a decline in trends from 24 April, said Jain.

12:14 (IST)

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Delhi has stock of Covidshield for 18-44 age group for just 2-3 days: Satyendar Jain

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain Friday said that the National Capital has a stock of Covidshield vaccines for 18-44 age group for only two-three days.

“Covaxin stock has almost ended. We only have 2-3 days of stock for Covidshield vaccines for 18-44 years of age group. We can’t mix already assigned centers for Covaxin and Covishield vaccines,” said Jain.

12:09 (IST)

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Covaxin dispatched to various states like Gujarat, Assam: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech on Friday said it has dispatched COVID vaccine Covaxin to various states like Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha.

The Hyderabad-based vaccine major, which has come under fire from the Delhi government over supply-related issues, said it has also dispatched Covaxin lots to Kerala and Uttarakhand.

“Covaxin goes to Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Bhuvneshwar. thank all our employees @ BHarat bio who worked thru the holy month of Ramzan…” Bharat Biotech Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director Suchitra Ella tweeted.

11:45 (IST)

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Manipur BJP chief S Tikendra Singh dies of COVID-19

Manipur BJP chief S Tikendra Singh who had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Imphal passed away on Thursday evening. 

The 69-year-old tested positive for the virus on 27 April.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh while informing about the death tweeted, “Im at a loss of word to learn that Prof S Tiken Singh, president BJP Manipur, has passed away just a while ago.

11:36 (IST)

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Black fungus has claimed 52 lives in Maharashtra: Official

As many as 52 people have died due to Mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection, in Maharashtra since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a senior health department official told News18 said on Friday.

Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, came to the fore after some recovering and recovered coronavirus patients were found infected with the disease, whose symptoms include headache, fever, pain under the eyes, nasal or sinus congestion and partial loss of vision.

All the 52 people were COVID-19 survivors, but succumbed to the black fungus infection, the official said.

11:26 (IST)

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Increasing gap between Covishield doses unlikely to impact efficacy: Anthony Fauci

America’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said increasing the gap between Covishield doses is unlikely to impact the vaccine’s efficacy, a day after the government increased the gap between SII-produced vaccine’s doses to 12-16 weeks.

Fauci told ANI, “When you don’t have enough vaccines, you have to try and get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can. For that reason, when you have a shortage of vaccine, extending the duration between the first and second dose, in order to get more people to at least get their first dose, is a reasonable approach.”

“It is very unlikely it will have a negative effect on the efficacy of the vaccine,” he adds.

11:12 (IST)

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Ex-Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh passes away due to COVID complications

Former Delhi MLA Jairnal Singh passed away on Friday morning. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member was an MLA representing Delhi’s Rajouri Garden constituency from 2015 till 2017.

According to a report in The Tribune, the former AAP MLA passed away due to COVID-19 induced complications after undergoing intensive care treatment at a Delhi hospital for nine days.

10:36 (IST)

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India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities

With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 daily fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.

The active cases have reduced to 37,04,893 comprising 15.41 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 83.50 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,00,79,599, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.09 percent, the data stated.

09:19 (IST)

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Nearly 18 cr vaccinated against COVID-19 till now

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country inched closer to 18 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

It said 4,37,192 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine on Thursday and cumulatively 39,14,688 across 32 states and union territories since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive.

09:13 (IST)

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Over 31.13 cr COVID-19 samples tested so far: ICMR

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 31,13,24,100 COVID-19 samples have been tested till 13 May, including 18,75,515 samples tested on Thursday alone.

Coronavirus Latest News LIVE Updates: The Telangana Police told ANI that they are only allowing patients who have permission and bed confirmation from any hospital in Telangana. An authorisation pass from Director of Health Covid control centre is also mandatory to cross over to Telangana

Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to COVID-19 and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories administered the first dose of Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad, the company said it a statement. The company said that imported doses of Sputnik V vaccine are presently priced at Rs 948 plus five percent GST per dose.

Yesterday Delhi reported 10,489 positive cases and the positivity rate was 14.24%. The highest positivity rate was 36% in Delhi so now it is less than half of it, said the health minister.

America’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said increasing the gap between Covishield doses is unlikely to impact the vaccine’s efficacy, a day after the government increased the gap between SII-produced vaccine’s doses to 12-16 weeks.

With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 daily fatalities.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country inched closer to 18 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

It said 4,37,192 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine on Thursday and cumulatively 39,14,688 across 32 states and union territories since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive.

“The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 17,91,77,029 as per the 8 pm provisional report,” the ministry said.

The total of 17,91,77,029 include 96,16,697 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 66,02,553 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,43,14,563 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 81,12,476 FLWs who have taken the second dose and 39,14,688 individuals in the 18-44 years of age group have taken the first dose.

Besides, 5,65,82,401 and 85,14,552 beneficiaries over 45 to 60 years old have been administered the first and second dose, respectively, while 5,42,32,598 and 1,72,86,501 beneficiaries above 60 years have taken the first and second dose.

As on day-118 of the vaccination drive (13 May), total 19,75,176 vaccine doses were given.

A total of 10,10,856 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 9,64,320 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report till 8 pm, the ministry said, adding that final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said.

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