Coronavirus updates | Jharkhand facing vaccine shortage, 3 days' stock left for 18-44 group: CM Soren

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 fatalities crossed the 3 lakh-mark on May 23. With 4,452 deaths till 11.54 p.m. on May 23, the country has recorded 3,03,751 overall deaths. Only the United States and Brazil have registered more cumulative fatalities than India.

Around 16.04 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the country in the 24 hours ending 7 a.m. on May 23, which is 1.4 lakh doses more than what was recorded in the previous 24 hours. Also, it is 1.3 lakh doses more than what was recorded in the same period, one week ago.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:



Jharkhand facing vaccine shortage, 3 days' stock left for 18-44 group: CM Soren

Hitting out at the Centre, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Monday that the State was facing a severe shortage of COVID vaccines and has barely two-three days of shots left in its stock.

Chairing a cabinet meeting, Mr Soren said the Centre failed to alert States and take necessary measures even as it had prior knowledge of the second wave of the pandemic.

"Government of India knew about the (second wave of the) infection but there was much delay in directions to the States and ultimately the entire country was impacted by it," he said.

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BCCI to donate 2000 10-litre oxygen concentrators to medical organisations battling COVID-19

The Indian cricket board on Monday said it will distribute 2000 oxygen concentrators of 10 litres each to various medical organisations, ramping up the country's overwhelmed healthcare infrastructure in its fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadly second wave of the pandemic has caused unprecedented health crisis with thousands losing their lives.

Last month, the national capital region emerged as the worst sufferer due to oxygen crisis, leading to fatalities in multiple hospitals.

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New Delhi

No evidence so far to suggest third wave will be more harmful to children, says AIIMS chief

Addressing a media conference, Dr. Randeep Guleria, head, AIIMS, said that there is no indication so far that the third wave of Covid-19 is more harmful to children.

"Children aren’t showing serious infection but there has been a lot of collateral damage to this section of the population. As a society we must come together to help children as they are the backbone of the society," he added.

"There is a lot of stress on the society currently…we have to come together to support each other," Dr. Guleria said.

Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary (Health), while speaking at the press conference, said that the country is witnessing a growing recovery rate as well as stabilising Covid cases.

Dr. Guleria said that black fungus is not a communicable disease. "90-95% have diabetes and have been given steroids," he added.

"We are seeing patients with black fungus infection in the early stages of COVID, which is a challenge" Mr. Guleria said.

The warning signs — headache, blocked nose (bleeding), swelling in the face (eyes) — are prevalent especially among patients who are diabetic and have taken steroids, he said.

"Long Covid (symptoms) over 12 weeks has to get proper attention and rehabilitation," Dr. Guleria said. These symptoms include cough, chronic fatigue, joint pain, headache and brain fog.

"Rural India which is witnessing a rise in COVID cases needs us to ensure that we have good testing and treatment facilities," Dr Guleria said.

"Viral infections usually comes in waves. We should work towards having no more waves," Dr. Guleria added.

- Bindu Shajan Perappadan

New Delhi

Preparing for third wave, Delhi govt imports 6,000 oxygen cylinders from China

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government has imported 6,000 oxygen cylinders from China which will be stored at three depots and used in case of a third wave of coronavirus. Mr. Kejriwal also said the second wave is waning gradually and the city government has started preparations for a possible third wave.

"Around 6,000 oxygen cylinders have been airlifted from China, of which we have received 4,400. The remaining 1,600 will arrive within two to three days," he told reporters.  The Chief Minister thanked the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Beijing for the assistance in importing the oxygen cylinders.


Panacea Biotec to produce Sputnik V in India

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF that is bankrolling Sputnik V says the vaccine begins in India by Panacea Biotec.

Initial doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik produced by V Panacea Biotec will be for global markets.

First batch of Sputnik V produced at Panacea Biotec’s facilities at Baddi will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center in Russia for quality control.

Full-scale production of Sputnik V is due to start this summer, RDIF says, announcing launch of production by Panacea Biotec. - N. Ravi Kumar

New Delhi

Over one crore vaccine doses administered in 18-44 age group

India has administered more than one crore vaccine doses in the 18-44 age group, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 19.60 crore, the ministry said.

A total of 19,60,51,962 vaccine doses have been administered through 28,16,725 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am. - PTI


Bihar extends lockdown for a week till June 1

The Bihar government on Monday extended lockdown for a week, till June 1 in view of sharp decline in number of people infected with Covid-19 pandemic disease in the state. 

“There has been good impact of lockdown with decline in number of infection. So decision has been taken to extend the lockdown period for a week from May 25 to June 1 in the state”, tweeted chief minister Nitish Kumar in Hindi.

This was the second time the government has extended lockdown period in the state.  - Amarnath Tewary

Tamil Nadu

TN police tighten curbs at inter-State borders, strictly enforce lockdown

The Cuddalore district police have tightened curbs at inter-State borders and deployed about 1,500 police personnel as part of enforcing the intense COVID-19 lockdown that came into force on Monday.

Superintendent of Police, M. Sree Abhinav said that nobody would be allowed to come out of their jurisdictional police station limits except for medical emergencies.

The inter-State borders with the Union Territory of Puducherry have been sealed and only government servants and those with medical emergencies would be allowed entry.

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Delhi govt wants Centre to fasten approval process for COVID vaccines

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia wondered why the Centre is not allowing vaccines produced by firms other than SII and Bharat Biotech to be used in India.

Noting that there is a vaccine shortage, Mr. Kejriwal said at this rate it will take over 30 months to vaccinate the entire adult population of the city.

Mr. Sisodia said "I request the central government to not take vaccination as a joke. Central government should give approval for Moderna and Pfizer and buy it for citizens of the country." - Nikhil M. Babu


Pakistan asks 12 Indian High Commission officials and families to quarantine after positive case in embassy

Pakistan has asked 12 officials of the Indian High Commission (IHC) in Islamabad to quarantine, along with their family members and drivers, after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus since their arrival from India last week, the Foreign Office said.

A group of 12 officials and their family members crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah Border on May 22, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said on Sunday.

All 12 passengers carried negative Polymerase Chain Reaction COVID-19 reports but they were re-tested in line with the laid down COVID-19 safety protocols in Pakistan.

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New COVID-19 cases dip to 2.22 lakh

Fresh COVID-19 infections in India dipped to 2,22,315, the lowest in around 38 days, pushing the total tally of coronavirus cases to 2,67,52,447, while the death toll  crossed the 3-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 3,03,720 with 4,454 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

The active cases have further reduced to 27,20,716 comprising 10.17% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 88.69%. - PTI


Punjab unable to obtain COVID-19 shots directly from Moderna

Punjab government on Sunday said that COVID vaccine manufacturer ‘Moderna’ has refused to send vaccines directly to the State government as according to their policy, they only deal with Government of India and not with any State government or private parties.

Punjab’s nodal officer for vaccination Vikas Garg said that all vaccine manufacturers were approached for direct purchase of various COVID vaccines, including Sputnik V, Pfizer, Modern, and Johnson & Johnson, as per the directions of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to explore possibilities of floating a global tender for the procurement of vaccines from all possible sources to ensure early inoculation in the State.

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Lockdown extended in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan

Lockdown was extended on Sunday in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Puducherry, with many States already imposing COVID-induced restrictions till May-end to rein in the spread of infection and the mounting deaths which crossed the three lakh mark.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the ongoing lockdown in the national capital will continue for another week and said the process of "unlock" will start from May 31 in a phased manner if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline.

The Rajasthan government, which extended the coronavirus lockdown by 15 days till June 8, also said the State may allow some relaxations in commercial activities from June 1 in districts where the COVID-19 situation will show significant improvement.

Extending the lockdown till May 31, the Haryana government said the positivity and fatality rates have to be brought down further, though it did allow some relaxations in the curbs. - PTI

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