Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on May 08 said despite being the most populous state of the country, UP is fighting coronavirus effectively. "I inspected integrated COVID Control Center in Bareily. Since last week 2800 active cases have reduced in this zone. It was predicted that UP will see 1 lakh positive cases per day from May 5 but as on May 8 we reported 26,000 cases. It means our COVID strategy and management is successful. From April 30 we're seeing decline in cases and we also started special screening and testing in villages," CM added while addressing a press conference in Bareilly.
As the country is reeling under the horrific second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, locals in Shivamogga thronged the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market turning eyes from COVID-19 protocols. COVID protocols including social distancing norms were flouted at the market. Karnataka is observing Janta Curfew during the weekend to curb the spread of the virus. A two-week lockdown will remain in place across the state between May 10 andMay 24.
India reported 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. With 37,36,648 total active cases, COVID caseload of the country stood at 2,22,96,414. 4,092 new deaths took the death toll to 2,42,362 . In last 24 hours, 3,86,444 people have won the battle against the diseases. Phase 3 vaccination drive is underway across country. So far 16,94,39,663 vaccine doses have been inoculated.
'Jumu'atul-Wida' is being observed on May 07 but due to COVID-19 crisis, mosques in Lucknow were seen deserted. Uttar Pradesh Government has directed observers to celebrate 'Jumu'atul-Wida' at home due to curfew. Security forces were also deployed near mosques to keep a tab over movement of people. 'Jumu'atul-Widaa' is the last Friday in the month of Ramadan before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Uttar Pradesh Government, in an attempt to curb the coronavirus spread, announced extension of the 'Corona Curfew' till 7 am, May 10. During this time, all restrictions will remain as before and only essential services will continue to be exempted. Meanwhile, as per the new COVID-19 guidelines, any kind of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious festivals and other gatherings remain banned. Irrespective of this, people in Lucknow's Alambagh Sabzi Mandi put aside the protocols and thronged the market in large numbers. They also violated social distancing amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
As many as 3 persons killed after an oxygen cylinder burst at an oxygen gas filling station located on Dewa road in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on May 05. Speaking to ANI, Police Commissioner DK Thakur said that while refilling of cylinders one of the cylinders exploded. "While refilling of cylinders, one of the cylinders exploded. 3 people have died so far. One injured is being treated at RML Hospital while 4 others have been shifted to Trauma Centre," said Thakur.