After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last year. Meanwhile, mass gatherings like political rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have added to...
BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Sunday elected as the next Chief Minister of Assam. India continues to battle a Tsunami of Covid cases as it recorded 4,03,738 fresh Covid cases and 4,092 deaths in the last 24 hours. Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced an extension of the lockdown in the national capital till 5 AM, May 17 (Monday). The centre on Sunday released ₹ 8,923 crore for rural local bodies as the first instalment of the 'Untied Grants' for the year 2021-22. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, asking for tax waivers on the import of medicines and equipment needed to fight the Covid pandemic.
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India witnessed a dip in COVID-19 cases after the country reported 3,66,161 new infections in last 24 hours. With 7,45,237 active cases, COVID caseload of the country stood at 2,26,62,575. 3,754 new deaths in last 24 hours took the toll to 2,46,116. So far, 1,86,71,222 people won the battle against COVID-19. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, till date 30,37,50,077 samples have been tested for COVID-19 virus. Vaccination drive is underway and 17,01,76,603 vaccine doses have been inoculated.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Tamil Nadu and in view of it, a two-week lockdown has been imposed in the state to contain the spread of infection. On May 10, streets in Coimbatore remained silent and deserted. However, all grocery shops will continue to work until 12 noon during the lockdown period. On May 09, TN Govt in its first meeting stressed on strict COVID-19 containment measures to rein in the virus. With 28,897 new COVID cases, Tamil Nadu reported highest-ever single day spike on May 09.
Lockdown extended in UP due to surge in COVID cases. However, locals paid no heed to it at a fruit and vegetable market in Varanasi. A huge crowd with no social distancing was seen at the market and with no fear of COVID; they went to buy fruits and vegetables. Lockdown has been extended till May 17 in UP.
Amid crippling COVID-19 situation in national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 09 announced that metro rail services will remain suspended till 5 am on May 17. Delhi entered into an extended period of lockdown with strict restrictions to further curb the COVID surge. Positivity rate of Delhi dipped to 23% from 35% amid lockdown restrictions.