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Coronavirus in India Live News: UP, Maharashtra begin vaccination for 18+ years; India reports highest single-day spike of 4,01,993 cases

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Coronavirus India News Live, Covid-19 Cases in India State-Wise Live Updates: Covid explosion! India on Saturday reported over 4 lakh cases, the highest single-day surge so far. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, India saw 4,01,993 fresh Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,91,64,969. As many as 3,523 people died due to Covid-linked complications, while and 2,99,988 patients have been cured/discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data. The country still has 32,68,710 active Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, India is all set to start its phase 3 vaccination drive against Coronavirus for people above 18 years from today. However, the vax rollout is likely to be slow with many states/UTs complaining of a shortage of Covid vaccine supply.

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According to reports, only six states— Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Odisha— are likely to start the vaccination drive for all above 18. Even then the inoculation drive in these states will be a ‘token one’, limited to few districts as these states have also limited vaccine stocks available with them.

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2,500 centres for 45 have begun phase 3 vaccination today. We’ve also begun vaccination for 18 age category & included 7 dists where positivity rate & active cases are highest-Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorahpur, Bareilly, Kanpur&Meerut, 85 separate centres for 18 set up; In next 5 days, vaccination will be done in these 85 centres at 7 districts. After this, everyone will be given vaccines in other dists. We have decided to give free vaccines to people between 18-44 years of age. People above 45 years of age are being given free vaccine by GoI: CM Yogi Adityanath (ANI)

Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reaches Avantibai Hospital vaccination centre to inspect the phase 3 #COVID19 vaccination drive, that begins today.  Vaccination for people above 18 years of age has begun today. (ANI)

Priority will be given to people b/w 45 to 60 years of age coming in for their second dose. Vaccines will be given to people b/w 18 to 44 years of age only after they have registered & received a message. Vaccine centres will function as and when we receive vaccines: Mumbai Mayor (ANI)

Delhi: Two men arrested for selling fake Remdisivir to people. They used to sell Remdesivir at Rs 35,000 per vial. 17 injections seized from their possession. Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

15 oxygen concentrators from Thailand arrive in Delhi as assistance to India in the fight against  COVID19. (ANI)  

Ladakh’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 13,969 with 103 fresh cases while the death toll mounted to 143 as three more people succumbed to the disease, officials said on Saturday. The number of active cases in the union territory, however, dropped to 1,450 from 1,597 on Friday as 247 more patients were discharged, the officials said quoting a bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services. Of the new cases, 80 were reported from Leh and 16 from Kargil, they said. All the three new COVID deaths took place in Leh, taking the district’s toll to 99. So far, Kargil has reported 44 deaths. (PTI)

Some private hospital chains commenced the COVID-19 immunisation drive for the 18-44 age group at limited centres in the country on Saturday, officials said. Apollo Hospitals sources said the drive commenced at its centres in Hyderabad and Kolkata, but not in Delhi. They said that they are waiting for the vaccines to arrive and that the immunisation in Delhi is likely to begin either by Monday or Tuesday. Max Healthcare announced the drive will begin at “select hospitals in the network in the NCR of Delhi”. The drive is yet to begin at Fortis Healthcare since it is waiting for the vaccine doses to arrive, sources said, adding it will start later in the day. Fortis Healthcare, in a statement, had said people in the 18-44 age group will be administered Covaxin for Rs 1,250, which will include the cost of vaccine and administration charges, at its “centres across north India from Saturday”. Max Healthcare had said all the hospitals in the network would be used to vaccinate the citizens as supplies of vaccine doses smoothen up.  “Presently, vaccines will be available at Max Healthcare facilities at Panchsheel Park, Patparganj, Shalimar Bagh, Rajinder Place (BLK-Max Hospital), Noida and Vaishali in the NCR,” its statement read. Three big private hospital chains — Apollo, Fortis and Max — on Friday had announced the launch of COVID-19 immunisation drive for the 18-44 age group at limited centres in the country from May 1, while the Delhi government said it will start the vaccination exercise once it receives doses from the manufacturers. (PTI)

Boeing on Friday announced a USD10 million emergency assistance package to support India’s COVID-19 response. The assistance from Boeing will be directed to organisations providing relief, including medical supplies and emergency health care for communities and families battling COVID-19, the company said in a statement. READ MORE

Telangana’s coronavirus tally surpassed 4.35 lakh as 7,754 fresh cases were recorded while the toll stood at2,312 with 51 more casualties. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1507, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 630 and Rangareddy 544, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 PM on April 30. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,43,360 and with 6,542 patients being cured, the total recoveries were 3,62,160. The state has 78,888 active cases and nearly 78,000 samples were tested on Friday. (PTI)

The US will continue to maintain communication with India about its needs to address the COVID-19 crisis, the White House has said, as critical American aid supplies started arriving in the country. Two American military aircraft on Friday brought to India large amounts of emergency medical supplies as part of the Biden administration’s support to the country’s fight against a devastating wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The first consignment of the supplies was brought to Delhi in a C-5M Super Galaxy, one of the largest strategic airlift aircraft of the US Air Force, while the second shipment was delivered by a C-17 Globemaster. “We will continue to communicate with India about their needs,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. The first military assistance flight that departed from Travis Air Force Base had cargo including 200 small oxygen cylinders, 223 large oxygen cylinders, regulators and pulse oximeters, she said. (PTI)

A private school in Palghar, a predominantly tribal district of Maharashtra, has been converted into a 100-bed Covid Care Centre, an official said on Saturday. District Collector Dr Manik Gursal, Palghar Zilla Parishad health officer Dr Dayanand Suryavanshi and other officials on Friday visited the facility set up at Eklavya Gurukul School, located at Usgaon near Ganeshpuri. Vivek Pandit, founder of Shramajivi Sanghatana, an organisation that fights for the rights of tribals, took an initiative in this regard. Talking to reporters, Pandit said, “When the entire world is reeling under the pandemic, we though we should do something for the society.” “This is our way of helping the administration. This 100-bed facility would help the local tribal residents,” he said. (PTI)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday accused the BJP dispensation of “being in a slumber” and appealed to the youth to tweet photos and videos about shortages of oxygen, beds and medicine in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases to “wake up the government”. He also alleged that it was due to the “failed system” of the BJP government that India’s image has been maligned globally. READ MORE

At least 74 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 5,949, a health department official said on Saturday. Ten new patients have travel history, and 64 were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 67 as no fresh fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. Fifty-eight people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 5,701. The Union Territory now has 181 active cases -180 in South Andaman and one in North and Middle Andaman. (PTI)

Sitar maestro Pandit Devbrata Chaudhuri died of Covid related complications at a Delhi hospital on Saturday, his son Prateek Chaudhuri said. He was 85. Prateek announced the death of his father, more popularly known as Debu Chaudhuri, on his official Facebook page. “My Father, The Legend of Sitar, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri… is no more. He was admitted with Covid along with dementia complications and was put in ICU on ventilator around midnight today.( 1st May 2021)..after which he suffered a heart attack and could not be revived ….. In spite of all efforts and prayers he could not be saved,” Prateek wrote. The musician is survived by his son Prateek, daughter-in-law Runa and grandchildren Rayana and Adhiraj. (PTI)

Coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with over 4 lakh new infections being reported in the last 24 hours, while the active cases crossed the 32-lakh mark, according to date updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. The infection tally rose to 1,91,64,969 with 4,01,993 new cases, while the death toll increased to 2,11,853 with 3,523 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 32,68,710, accounting for 17.06 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 81.84 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,56,84,406, while the case fatality rate stands 1.11 per cent, the data stated. (PTI)

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