Covid-19 India Lockdown Live: India crosses 2-crore mark with over 3.5 lakh new cases; sharp drop in recovery rate shows trouble ahead

Covid-19 India Lockdown Live: India crosses 2-crore mark with over 3.5 lakh new cases; sharp drop in recovery rate shows trouble ahead

Covid-19 Lockdown Live, Coronavirus India Live News, Corona May 4 LiveCovid-19 Lockdown Live, Coronavirus India Live News, Corona May 4 LiveWhile there is no news of all India lockdown despite the buzz, more and more cities across the country are under stringent curbs to check the surge of Coronavirus. (PTI Photo)

 Coronavirus Vaccine Live Tracker, Covid-19 Cases in India May 4 Live Updates: With over 3.5 lakh new Covid-19 cases, India crossed the 2-crore mark on Tuesday. The health ministry data shows that India recorded 3,57,229 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Today’s tally saw a minor dip in the fatality numbers. The May 4 health bulletin says that 3,449 Indians lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection and related complications. While national capital Delhi saw the biggest spike with 448 Covid deaths, Maharashtra has shown a steady decline in coronavirus cases. While these numbers are encouraging, the main point is to see whether there has been any change in the testing numbers or not. As the nation battles the second wave of the coronavirus, here are the latest updates from India and around the world:

US Air Force flights that were scheduled to leave for India with essential life-saving supplies have been delayed till Wednesday due to maintenance issues, the Pentagon said here on Monday. We just received word from USTRANSCOM that the flights for India are “delayed until at least Wednesday due to maintenance issues”, a Pentagon spokesperson said. So far, only two US Air Force flights have landed in India. Three US Air Force C-5 Super Galaxies and one C-17 Globemaster were scheduled to leave for India Monday to deliver critical supplies amid a surge in coronavirus cases there. – PTI

Three Indian-American siblings raised more than USD280,000 to send essential oxygen supplies for COVID-19 patients in India. Founders of a non-profit organisation, “Little Mentors”, they reached out to their school friends and families for funds so that they could arrange life-saving equipment like oxygen concentrators and ventilators for needy patients and hospitals in and around Delhi. “Our only request is to return it (the equipment) when it’s not further needed as the next patient can use it,” said 15-year-old triplets Gia, Karina and Armaan Gupta. “This is important as supply of these equipment is very scarce and the affected population is enormous,” they said. – PTI

Isolated North Korea is warning its people to brace for a prolonged struggle against the coronavirus, claiming that broadening outbreaks and muddled immunisation programmes in other countries show vaccines aren’t the ultimate solution. The column published on Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper came amid questions on when and how vaccines would arrive in North Korea. The UN-backed programme to ship COVID-19 vaccines worldwide said in February that North Korea could receive 1.9 million vaccine doses in the first half of this year. – PTI

Ladakh’s COVID-19 tally increased to 14,315 with 89 fresh cases while the death toll climbed to 148 as three more people succumbed to the disease, officials said on Tuesday. They said 85 fresh cases were reported from Leh and four from Kargil. Of the 148 deaths so far, 104 were reported from Leh and 44 from Kargil. According to the officials, the number of COVID-19 cases in Ladakh stands at 1,283 — 1,138 from Leh and 145 from Kargil. As many as 149 coronavirus patients were discharged the previous day after they recovered from the infection, taking the number of recoveries to 12,884, the officials said. Of the 14,315 cases recorded so far in the union territory, 11,871 were reported from Leh and 2,444 from Kargil, they said. – PTI

Thane has recorded 2,193 new COVID-19 cases, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,74,987, an official said on Tuesday. Besides these new cases reported on Monday, the virus also claimed the lives of 43 more people, pushing the death toll in the district to 7,728, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 1.62 per cent, he added. Details of recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 89,781, while the death toll is 1,603, another official said. – PTI

At least 66 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 6,150, a health department official said on Tuesday. Seven new patients have travel history, and 59 were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll rose to 70 as one fresh fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. Fifty-two people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 5,850. – PTI

Telangana registered 6,876 fresh coronavirus casestaking the tally to over 4.63 lakh while the toll stood at 2476 with 59 more casualties. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1029, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 502 and Rangareddy 387, a government bulletin said on Tuesday providing details as of 8 PM on May 3. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,63,361 while with 7,432 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,81,365. – PTI

The travel ban imposed by US President Joe Biden for people coming from India, which is experiencing one of the worst waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, came into effect on Tuesday. Biden issued a proclamation on Friday restricting travel from India starting from May 4. – PTI

Hollywood star James McAvoy has made an appeal to his fans and followers to send out donations to India as the country struggles with the “massive” shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The actor, best known for films like the “X-Men” and “Unbreakable” series, shared a link to a crowdfunding campaign on Instagram on Monday “to help purchase oxygen concentrator machines and other medical supplies to help support India”. “India needs help. You can help…donate what you can if you can. Link to just giving page in my Bio. @daivikfoundation,” McAvoy wrote in the caption. – PTI

Sri Lanka has received its first batch of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The 15,000 doses were flown in early hours of Tuesday to the Indian ocean island nation which is struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccines because of the delay in getting them from the neighboring India. Sri Lanka has ordered 13 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from the Russia’s Gamaleya Institute. State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation Channa Jayasuma, and officials from the Russian embassy were present at the country’s main airport to receive the vaccines. – AP

The BCCI will reschedule Wednesday’s IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals here as CSK has been forced into hard quarantine after bowling coach L Balaji tested positive for COVID-19. As per the Board’s Standard Operating Procedure, anyone who has come in contact with an infected person has to undergo six days of hard quarantine and return three negative RT-PCR reports during the course of it. “Tomorrow’s match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium between CSK and RR will be rescheduled as per SOP rules. As Balaji was in contact with the players, all of them have gone into hard quarantine. They are supposed to be tested everyday,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. – PTI

The COVID-19 caseload of Arunachal Pradesh rose to 18,958 as the state reported its highest ever single-day spike of 220 new cases, a health department official said on Tuesday. The Capital Complex region recorded the maximum number of fresh cases at 88, followed by Lower Dibang Valley (22), West Kameng (20), East Siang (17), Lower Subansiri (13) and Papumpare (11), State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Of the fresh cases, 162 were detected through rapid antigen tests, 41 through RT-PCR and 17 through TrueNat method, he said, adding that 75 new patients have symptoms of the coronavirus infection. – PTI

Diplomats from India and South Africa are working together to convince American lawmakers and policymakers on the need to support their proposal before the WTO to temporary waive some of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) during the COVID-19 emergency. Running against time, because of the gravity of the situation in various countries across the world, including India, the diplomats from the two countries have been making daily rounds of the US Capitol and the corridors of power in Washington DC, mostly virtually, underscoring the point that this is one of the key elements of saving lives. In addition to the senior diplomats from the two countries, the two ambassadors -Taranjt Singh Sandhu from India and Nomaindiya Cathleen Mfeketo from South Africa  –  have been making coordinated efforts to reach out to both lawmakers at the Capitol Hill and policy makers in the Biden administration. – PTI

India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 2 crore mark with 3,57,229 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 2,22,408 with 3,449 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country has climbed to 2,02,82,833. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 34,47,133 comprising 17 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 81.91 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1, 66,13,292, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.10 per cent, the data stated. – PTI

Hello and welcome to the FE Online live blog on the coronavirus pandemic. Amid spiralling cases and the unending Oxygen crisis, India is staring at the hard lockdown even as the Centre says that it would be the last resort. Half of the nation is already under tough curfews and other measures. Experts have said that India would see the peak of the second wave of the coronavirus somewhere in mid-May. Will we see another India lockdown? Only time will tell.  

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