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  • MK Stalin's first govt order: Rs 4,000 to BPL families affected by COVID-19, free bus travel for women in Tamil Nadu May 07, 2021 01:39 PM IST

    MK Stalin's first govt order: Rs 4,000 to BPL families affected by COVID-19, free bus travel for women in Tamil Nadu

    Expanding the health insurance schemes, the DMK party chief has ordered to cover COVID-related expenses in private hospitals.

  • COVID situation going from bad to worse; PM Modi, health minister refuse to own responsibility: Chidambaram May 07, 2021 01:39 PM IST

    COVID situation going from bad to worse; PM Modi, health minister refuse to own responsibility: Chidambaram

    His remarks came after the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday showed a record 4,14,188 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day in India, raising the country's tally to 2,14,91,598. The active cases have crossed the 36-lakh mark.

  • Over 90 lakh COVID vaccine doses still with states, will receive 10 lakh more in 3 days: Govt May 07, 2021 01:38 PM IST

    Over 90 lakh COVID vaccine doses still with states, will receive 10 lakh more in 3 days: Govt

    The Centre has so far provided more than 17.35 crore (17,35,07,770) vaccine doses to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,44,77,100 doses, according to official data made available at 8 am.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines | India to produce Russia's Sputnik Light single-shot vaccine May 07, 2021 01:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccines | India to produce Russia's Sputnik Light single-shot vaccine

    Interim result of the phase III trials of the new Russian vaccine candidate is expected by May end. The trials involved 7,000 and were conducted across countries including Russia and the United Arab Emirates

  • COVID battle transcends political differences: Sonia Gandhi May 07, 2021 12:51 PM IST

    COVID battle transcends political differences: Sonia Gandhi

    The Modi government, she said, must urgently call an all-party meeting on the COVID-19 situation. She also demanded that standing committees be convened to ensure collective action and accountability to combat the pandemic better.

  • COVID-19 | A guide on how does pulse oximeter works May 07, 2021 12:50 PM IST

    COVID-19 | A guide on how does pulse oximeter works

    It is a small device that resembles a big clothespin; it clips onto a finger, earlobe, or another part of the body and measures the amount of oxygen in a person’s blood.

  • India crowdfunds millions for its weary crematorium workers May 07, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    India crowdfunds millions for its weary crematorium workers

    "For every one body that I perform last rites for, there are a dozen more waiting. There is no social distancing, no sanitisers. It is a critical situation here," crematorium worker Ram Karan Mishra, 30, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  • Sonia Gandhi chairs meeting of party MPs to discuss pandemic situation May 07, 2021 12:10 PM IST

    Sonia Gandhi chairs meeting of party MPs to discuss pandemic situation

    This is the first meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) after the Budget session of Parliament that ended in March.

  • COVID-19 Second Wave | Supreme Court asks Centre to supply 700 MT oxygen to Delhi every day May 07, 2021 12:04 PM IST

    COVID-19 Second Wave | Supreme Court asks Centre to supply 700 MT oxygen to Delhi every day

    The Centre had on May 5 moved the Supreme Court against a show-cause notice issued by the Delhi High Court over oxygen shortage in the national capital.

  • Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi over COVID-19 crisis, urges him to stop 'needless suffering' of people May 07, 2021 12:02 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi over COVID-19 crisis, urges him to stop 'needless suffering' of people

    Rahul Gandhi said government must "dynamically assess the efficacy of all vaccines against new mutations as they are identified".

  • COVID-19 crisis | Maharashtra govt approves 100% recruitment in Health Department May 07, 2021 11:44 AM IST

    COVID-19 crisis | Maharashtra govt approves 100% recruitment in Health Department

    The Maharashtra government will complete the process of filling a total of 16,000 posts in groups A and B within a week, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said

  • VACCINATION OPEN FOR ALL: THE NEED & WAY FORWARD May 07, 2021 11:37 AM IST

    VACCINATION OPEN FOR ALL: THE NEED & WAY FORWARD

  • Virat Kohli, wife Anushka donate Rs 2 crore in COVID-19 fight May 07, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    Virat Kohli, wife Anushka donate Rs 2 crore in COVID-19 fight

    "...Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma are aiming to raise Rs. 7 crore for COVID relief in India," a press release from the celebrity couple stated.

  • In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details May 07, 2021 11:25 AM IST

    In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details

    India reported over 4.14 lakh COVID-19 new cases, as per May 7 update, highest ever single day increase. Active cases rose to 36.45 lakh mark; over 16.49 crore vaccinations administered till date.

  • Zomato may invest $100 million in Grofers as e-grocer scraps listing plan: Report May 07, 2021 11:11 AM IST

    Zomato may invest $100 million in Grofers as e-grocer scraps listing plan: Report

    Zomato's investment in Grofers is expected to value the grocery firm at $1 billion.

  • Rajasthan lockdown from May 10: Check what is allowed, what's not May 07, 2021 10:39 AM IST

    Rajasthan lockdown from May 10: Check what is allowed, what's not

    Rajasthan lockdown bans marriage functions and also intrastate movement till May 24.

  • US has 'moral responsibility' to help India fight COVID pandemic: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal May 07, 2021 10:37 AM IST

    US has 'moral responsibility' to help India fight COVID pandemic: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

    New coronavirus cases and deaths in India hit a record daily high on Thursday after 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities were reported, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,10,77,410 and the death toll to 2,30,168.

  • Coronavirus update: India logs record over 4.14 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 3,915 fatalities May 07, 2021 10:02 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India logs record over 4.14 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 3,915 fatalities

    The death toll has increased to 2,34,083 with 3,915 fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • UN agencies delivered nearly 10,000 oxygen concentrators, 10 million medical masks to India May 07, 2021 10:02 AM IST

    UN agencies delivered nearly 10,000 oxygen concentrators, 10 million medical masks to India

    In India, the UN team on the ground continues to support the authorities both nationally and locally to tackle the pandemic, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily press briefing on Thursday.

  • Delhi makes 14-day institutional quarantine mandatory for passengers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh May 07, 2021 09:25 AM IST

    Delhi makes 14-day institutional quarantine mandatory for passengers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

    The order comes in light of reports of a virulent COVID-19 variant recently found in these states

  • Multilateral response is critical to overcome pandemic in India and globally: IMF May 07, 2021 09:02 AM IST

    Multilateral response is critical to overcome pandemic in India and globally: IMF

    India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

  • Over 16.48 crore COVID vaccine doses administered so far: Govt May 07, 2021 08:48 AM IST

    Over 16.48 crore COVID vaccine doses administered so far: Govt

    A total of 16,48,76,248 vaccine doses have been administered in the country and the beneficiaries are 95,00,564 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose, 63,91,562 HCWs who have received the second dose, 1,37,58,487 frontline workers (FLWs) who have taken the first dose, 75,36,320 FLWs who have received the second dose and the 11,64,076 in the 18-44 age group who have taken the first dose.

  • Australia to reopen door to India, no new local COVID-19 cases in Sydney May 07, 2021 08:06 AM IST

    Australia to reopen door to India, no new local COVID-19 cases in Sydney

    Morrison stood by his decision to impose a biosecurity order last month barring all travel to and from India, a policy that drew heavy criticism from lawmakers, expatriates and the Indian diaspora.

  • Sunder Pichai, Punit Renjen and Shantanu Narayen join steering committee of Global Task Force on Pandemic Response May 07, 2021 08:05 AM IST

    Sunder Pichai, Punit Renjen and Shantanu Narayen join steering committee of Global Task Force on Pandemic Response

    .Others who were added to the list on Thursday are Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Joshua Bolten, president and CEO, Business Roundtable and Suzanne Clark, president and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce.

  • COVID-19: Six US planes carrying medical supplies reached India in past few days May 07, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    COVID-19: Six US planes carrying medical supplies reached India in past few days

    The emergency supplies include 20,000 courses of remdesivir (125,000 vials) to help treat critically ill patients, nearly 1,500 oxygen cylinders, which can be repeatedly refilled at local supply centres, and one million rapid diagnostic tests to quickly identify COVID-19 cases.

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