India reported 3 92,603 ​​new cases of COVID-19 and 3,673 deaths as of 11:15 p.m. STI on May 1.

The country has so far reported a total of 1,9549,943 cases and 2,15,454 deaths. Maharashtra reported 63,282 infections, accounting for over 16% of new cases, followed by Karnataka (40,990) and Kerala (35,636).

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths, and testing rates at the national and state levels here. A list of state helpline numbers is also available.

Here are the latest updates:

Bhubaneswar

Odisha declares journalists to be frontline warriors

The Odisha government has declared working journalists as frontline COVID warriors in acknowledging the risks they face in covering the pandemic.

Approving a proposal to that effect on Sunday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “Working journalists are doing a great service to the state by providing a transparent news feed, raising awareness of COVID-19 issues by these very difficult times great support for our war on COVID. ”

According to the chief minister’s office, the decision is expected to benefit 6,944 working journalists in the state.

Jammu

J&K orders investigation into death of COVID-19 patient in hospital ‘due to lack of oxygen’

The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered an investigation into the death of a patient infected with coronavirus, allegedly due to the lack of oxygen concentrators at a leading hospital in Jammu.

The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Raghav Langar, appointed the Commissioner of Finance, Health, as an officer “to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of the person at the Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital (ASCOMS).

Family members, in a video that went viral online on Saturday, alleged that Bita Kumari Kher, 59, had died because “the hospital could not provide her oxygen on time.”

“The patient would have survived if the oxygen had been provided on time,” they said.

In contact with foreign embassies and respond to their medical requests: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday it was in constant contact with all foreign embassies in India and was responding to their medical requests, especially those related to COVID-19.

MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said responding to medical requests from embassies included facilitating treatment in the hospital even as he urged everyone not to stockpile essential supplies, including oxygen. .

Over 78 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses still available with States: Center

More than 78 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are still available with states and UTs receiving more than 56 lakh of additional doses in the next 3 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

So far, the Indian government has provided nearly 16.54 crore of vaccine doses (16,54,93,410) free to states and UTs. Of this total, the total consumption including waste is 15,76,32,631 doses.

New Delhi

France sends 8 oxygen generators to India

France delivered eight oxygen plants on Sunday, four of which government sources said would be used for hospitals in Delhi, as the Center was asked about the use of foreign aid.

The shipment of around 28 tonnes of material sent by the French government to India was delivered to the Indian Red Cross at Delhi airport and then transferred to the Center.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka issues tough new guidelines amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Sri Lanka’s health authorities have issued tough new guidelines, including banning wedding receptions and gatherings at religious sites, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the island nation continues to record a spike in daily infections .

For the fifth Friday, the daily number of reported cases crossed the 1,000 mark.

The country has recorded several cases of the UK variant which has a higher death rate, health officials have said. – PTI

Odisha

Amid growing concerns over the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Odisha’s government on Sunday announced a two-week lockdown in the state from May 5 to 19.

Besides the lockdown, there will be a full weekend shutdown from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the government notification said.

Tokyo

Six Tokyo Olympic Torch staff diagnosed with COVID-19

Six people who helped with Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of event attendees who caught the coronavirus to eight, organizers said.

The six, which included a man in his 20s and another in his 30s, assisted in the relay in southern Kagoshima prefecture on April 27, Tokyo 2020 said in a statement on Saturday night.

New Delhi

PM Modi to review human resources situation in COVID-19 fight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting on Sunday to review the human resources situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to increase it, sources said.

The meeting comes as healthcare workers feel overwhelmed in parts of the country due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, with testing facilities also under strain.

Taipei

Taiwan’s first batch of COVID-19 aid leaves for India

Taiwan’s first batch of aid to India to help tackle the growing rise in COVID-19 infections left for New Delhi on Sunday, consisting of 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan

Pakistan to cut international flights by 80% to curb COVID-19

Pakistan will reduce the number of international flights to and from its airports by 80% to help curb the increase in COVID-19 cases, the government said on Saturday.

The restrictions will take effect on May 5 and will continue until May 20, the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement, although it did not specify which flights or destinations would be affected by the measure. .

More than 80,000 people aged 18 to 44 vaccinated on May 1: Center

The health ministry said 84,599 beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 44 received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the country on Saturday. A total of 16.48,192 doses of the vaccine were administered until 8 p.m. Saturday, the 106th day of the vaccination campaign, the ministry said.

Hyderabad

1.5 lakh of doses of Sputnik V land in India

India took a step closer to a third vaccine in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign when Russia’s first shipment of Sputnik V landed in Hyderabad on Saturday.

“We are pleased to announce that the first shipment of 150,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine has landed in Hyderabad from Russia,” said CEO-API and Services Deepak Sapra of Dr. Reddy Laboratories.

New Delhi / Kathmandu

Send 3,000 oxygen concentrators to help India: UNICEF

UNICEF said on Saturday it had sent essential life-saving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, to help India amid the devastating second wave of coronavirus.

The United Nations agency for the rights of the child has provided more than 500 high-flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR machines.

Science

What are the worrying variants?

SARS-CoV-2 is new to humans and as it spreads mutations are very common. Emerging variants with higher transmission efficiency are becoming dominant, tending to replace others. These pioneers are emerging in different geographic communities where the virus is epidemic and is spreading widely. Variants have been detected in the UK and South Africa because genetic studies have been routinely done. The Brazilian variant was discovered in Japan, among travelers from Brazil, and its origin dates back.

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