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Coronavirus News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 16.73 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus News Highlights: India is witnessing a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the country has recorded over 2.18 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 2,38,270 deaths. A total of 1,79,30,960 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 37,23,446 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 17.01 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's recovery
rate now stands at 81.90 percent. Globally, more than 15.64 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 32.64 lakh have died so far. India has begun the third phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 18 years of age will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for three vaccines -- Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 16.71 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
  • May 08, 2021 / 10:59 PM IST

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  • May 08, 2021 / 10:24 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Assam reports 5756 new COVID-19 cases, 3053 recoveries and 50 deaths on May 8.

  • May 08, 2021 / 10:24 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Andhra Pradesh registers 20,065 new COVID-19 cases, 96 deaths and 19,272 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

  • May 08, 2021 / 10:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Karnataka reports 47,563 new COVID-19 cases, 482 deaths and 34,881 discharges in the last 24 hours.

  • May 08, 2021 / 10:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 53,605 new COVID-19 cases, 864 deaths

    Maharashtra''s COVID-19 caseload on Saturday crossed the 50 lakh-mark as it reported 53,605 new cases, a health department official said.
    The case tally of the state rose to 50,53,336, while with 864 fatalities the death toll reached 75,277, he said.

    A record 82,266 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing total recoveries to 43,47,592.

    There are 6,28,213 active patients in the state now.

  • May 08, 2021 / 10:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mucormycosis fungal infections up among COVID-19 survivors

    Cases of mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 survivors, causing blindness or other serious issues, health officials in Maharashtra and Gujarat said on Saturday.

    Mathur Savani, chairman of Surat-based Kiran Super Multi-speciality Hospital, said mucormycosis patients are coming to his hospital from many parts of Gujarat.

    "Fifty mucormycosis patients are being treated and 60 more are awaiting treatment," Savani told PTI.

    Seven such patients lost their eyesight, he said.

  • May 08, 2021 / 08:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai civic body is suppressing COVID-19 death toll: Devendra Fadnavis

    BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday alleged that the Shiv Sena-controlled civic body was under-reporting COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai.
    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was attributing the deaths of some COVID-19 patients to other reasons and thus suppressing the real toll of the viral infection, he said in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

    "The ''death due to other reasons'' category has to be used only in exceptional cases, like when a COVID-19 patient commits suicide, dies in an accident, is murdered, is brain-dead or a fourth-stage cancer patient," Fadnavis said.

  • May 08, 2021 / 07:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Boeing to set up 250-oxygenated bed hospital in Kalaburagi: Karnataka minister

    Aviation major Boeing will set up a 250-oxygenated bed hospital in Kalaburagi to tide over the COVID-19 crisis, Karnataka Mines and Geology and district in-charge Minister Murugesh Nirani said on Saturday. "The 250-bed hospital would be set up under public- private partnership (PPP) model and would be completed at the earliest possible time," Nirani, who is district in-charge minister of Kalaburagi district, told reporters. The minister said a suitable land in a prominent location will be identified after consultation with district administration and people''s representatives from the district. "The work will start from tomorrow itself and hope that it will be completed in six months," he added. Denying the shortage of oxygen and medicine in Kalaburagi, the minister said transportation was affected due to logistics problems. "We have 1,600 beds in Kalaburagi including 400 oxygenated beds, 378 ICU beds and 500 beds arranged in ESI hospital.We have received 200 Remdesivir vials today and requested Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwath Narayan to send more vials tomorrow." "We don''t have an oxygen shortage but we are facing problems to transport from outside due to logistics challenges," Nirani contended. Elaborating further on oxygen supply, Nirani said arrangement has been made to bring two oxygen tankers apart from government quota. 

  • May 08, 2021 / 07:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | European Council President Charles Michel: Since the first day of European mobilisation against COVID-19 we showed solidarity by contributing funds to research to make vaccines available for whole world. We played active role in COVAX, so vaccines could be available to whole world. The fact that we are exporting vaccines doses does show our solidarity & we encourage all of our partners and vaccine producing countries to follow our example by maintaining and enabling supply chains.

  • May 08, 2021 / 07:26 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Official: At least 8 COVID survivors have died so far due to mucormycosis, a fungal infection, during treatment in Maharashtra; 200 such patients being treated.

  • May 08, 2021 / 07:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Rajasthan LIVE Updates | Rajasthan reports 17,987 new COVID-19 cases, 160 deaths and 17,667 discharges in the last 24 hours.

    Active cases 1,99,307 

    Case tally 7,38,786 

    Death toll 5,506 

    Total recoveries 5,33,973