• Centre continues to Effectively and Promptly Allocate and Deliver COVID-19 Aid received from Global Community to States/UTs
  • On a steady streak, over 3.31 Lakh Recoveries in the last 24 hours
  • Additional Deployment Of Naval Personnel From WNC For PM Care Covid Hospital (Dhanvantari), Ahmedabad
  • A new Security Feature added to CoWIN digital platform
  • Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 2960 MT of LMO in 185 tankers to different states











Centre continues to Effectively and Promptly Allocate and Deliver COVID-19 Aid received from Global Community to States/UTs

  • India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage exceeds 16.49 Crore as the Nationwide Vaccination Drive expands
  • More than 11.8 Lakh beneficiaries of age group 18-44 Vaccinated under Phase-3 of Vaccination Drive
  • On a steady streak, over 3.31 Lakh Recoveries in the last 24 hours
  • One-fourth of Total Active Cases concentrated in only 10 districts

For Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716697


Govt. of India has so far provided more than 17.35 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs

Free of Cost

More than 90 lakh COVID Vaccine doses (90,30,670) are still available with the States/UTs to be administered. States with negative balance are showing more consumption (including wastage) than vaccine supplied as they have not reconciled the vaccine they have supplied to Armed Forces.Furthermore, more than 10 lakh (10,25,000) vaccine doses will be received in addition by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.

For Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716688

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews COVID19 management Preparedness at Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today reviewed in person the preparedness of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, New Delhi for clinical management of the severe COVID19 patients. He has been personally reviewing the management of COVID19 in the Central Hospitals that serve Delhi and had also visited the Lady Hardinge Medical College recently.

In view of the unprecedented surge in daily COVID19 cases, uninterrupted requirement of oxygen, oxygen supported and ICU beds in addition to adequate supply of medicines and trained manpower has increased manifold in the Capital. The Government of India in line with its pro-active and graded approach has continuously reviewed the emerging situation in Delhi.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716789


Indian Air Force & Navy step up efforts to ferry oxygen and medical supplies

Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) have intensified their efforts to aid the civil administration in tackling the current COVID19 situation by ferrying oxygen containers and medical equipment.As on May 07, 2021, the C-17 aircraft of IAFhave conducted 400 sorties from within the country, including 351 to airlift 252 oxygen tankers of total capacity of 4,904 Metric Tonnes (MT). The cities covered were Jamnagar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijaywada, Baroda, Dimapur and Hindan.

The IAF aircraft also conducted 59 international sorties to airlift 72 cryogenic oxygen storage containers of 1,233 MT total capacity along with 1,252 empty oxygen cylinders.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716805


Allocation of Remdesivir made upto 16th May 2021 to ensure its adequate availability across the country

Considering the requirement of Remdesivir in every state and ensuring its adequate availability, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri D.V Sadananda Gowda today announced the allocation of Remdesivir made upto 16th May 2021. This will ensure smooth supply of Remdesivir across country so that no patient face difficulty in this pandemic time, he added.

In a letter written to all States by Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , it was mentioned that in continuation of the allocation plan of Remdesivir drug for the period 21st April to 9th May, 2021 communicated by DO issued on 1st May 2021, an updated allocation plan valid for period of 21st April to 16th May, 2021 is prepared jointly by Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

 For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716744


Additional Deployment Of Naval Personnel From WNC For PM Care Covid Hospital (Dhanvantari), Ahmedabad
This is in addition to a 57 member naval medical team already positioned at the hospital on 29 Apr 21
. The team is being deployed for a period of two months and will assist the hospital administration in handling covid patients.

For Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716704


Uninterrupted Delivery of Medical Essentials Continues from Goa Airport

Goa Airport had earlier catered to 8 LifeLine Udan flights intended to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country amid the Nationwide lockdown to support India’s fight against Covid-19 with a Total Inbound cargo of 2.15MT & Outbound cargo 3.96 MT. Goa Airport also handled 3 lots of Covid Vaccine for the state of Goa and 1 lot for the neighbouring state Karnataka in the months of January and February 2021.

For Details: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716686


A new Security Feature added to CoWIN digital platform

In order to minimize such errors and the subsequent inconvenience caused to the citizens, the CoWIN system is introducing a new feature of “4 digit security code” in the CoWIN application from 8th May 2021. Now, after verification if the beneficiary has been found as eligible, before administering the vaccine dose, the verifier/vaccinator will ask beneficiary about his/her 4 digit code and then enter the same in the CoWIN system to correctly record the vaccination status

Advisory for citizens –

  • It is advised that the citizens must carry a copy (digital or physical) of their appointment slip and/or the registered mobile phone with appointment confirmation SMS, so that the 4-digit security code can be furnished for easy completion of vaccination recording process.


  • It is also advised that the security code may be furnished to verifier/vaccinator before the vaccine dose has been administered. This is important as the digital certificate would be generated after the vaccine dose administration.


  • Citizen must provide the security code to the vaccinator as the digital certificate will be generated only after the vaccination record has been updated with the security code.


  • Citizen should get a confirmation SMS after the process has been successfully completed. The confirmation SMS indicates that the vaccination process has been completed successfully and the digital certificate has been generated. If one does not get the confirmation SMS, one should get in touch with the vaccinator/ vaccination center in-charge.


For Details : https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716726


Ayush Ministry launches nationwide distribution campaign of AYUSH 64 & Kabasura Kudineer

It is worthwhile to note that since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, the Ministry of Ayush has taken several initiatives toward control and mitigation of COVID 19, while also working in close collaboration with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the fight against COVID 19. With the latest initiative of the Ministry to launch a nationwide campaign for distribution of AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer, India aims to strengthen its position in fight against COVID19 pandemic.

For Details:https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716729

Railway provides 21 Isolation Coaches at Guwahati and 20 Isolation Coaches at Badarpur near Silchar in Assam (N.F. Railway)

Ministry of Railways is taking rapid action to swiftly move Isolation Coaches to places of demand (made by respective states) mobilising workforce and material for this task. The Railways has made available a fleet of more than 4400 Isolation Coaches with around 70,000 beds to serve as Isolation Units.

In the latest update, with latest demands from the State of Assam, Railway has swiftly moved 21 isolation coaches to Guwahati and 20 Isolation Coaches to Badarpur near Silchar in Assam (N. F. Railway). Earlier in the week, Isolation Coaches were deployed at Sabarmati, Chandlodiya and Dimapur respectively.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716788


Oxygen Expresses deliver more than 2960 MT of LMO in 185 tankers to different states

Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered more than 2960MT of LMO in 185 tankers to various states across the country. 47 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far. It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states. Till the time of this release,174 MT has been offloaded in Maharashtra, 729 MT in UP, 249 MT in MP, 305 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana and 1334 MT in Delhi.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716820


Department of Space pitched in to augment COVID infrastructure in the country; Liquid Oxygen is being provided to Tamil Nadu and Kerala on a continuous basis

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that Department of Space has gone beyond its call to provide COVID related support mainly liquid oxygen to States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh. In an online review meeting, Chairman, ISRO, Dr. K. Sivan said that 9.5 tonnes of oxygen being given to Tamil Nadu and Kerala per day, besides the oxygen capacity of Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh was augmentd. He said, 87 Tonnes of LOX manufactured and supplied by ISRO Propulsion Complex, IPRC already given to Tamil Nadu and Kerala by ensuring 24×7 work schedule. Moreover, 12 MT of LOX sent to augment Oxygen availability in Andhra Pradesh.

He said, the Department is also ensuring supply of Oxygen cylinders for local public in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Advanced Medical devices designed including ventilators, Prana, and VaU and manufacturing to be taken up with industries at the earliest.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716535


Postal department in collaboration with Customs authorities starts helpline to facilitate speedy delivery of COVID related emergency shipments

During recent 2nd wave of Covid 19 cases, Department of Posts, in collaboration with Customs authorities, has been facilitating clearance, processing and delivery of Covid related emergency shipments received through post from abroad e. g. oxygen concentrators, equipment, medicines etc. A public notice in this regard has been issued by Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications.

For details: https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716798

Ex-Defence doctors to provide online consultation on e-Sanjeevani OPD

Ex-Defence doctors will now provide online consultation on e-Sanjeevani OPD to all citizens of the country. Veterans have come forward to answer the call of the nation and offered their services to help the people needing medical care. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) Surgeon Vice Admiral Rajat Datta addressed the veterans who have come forward to offer their services, through video conferencing on May 07, 2021.The e-Sanjeevani OPD is a flagship telemedicine platform of the Government, developed by the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Mohali under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

 For details:https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1716822




Kerala: The Covid lockdown restrictions, which will come into force in the state from tomorrow, are likely to be intensified. Borders of Ernakulam district where Covid cases have crossed 60,000 mark, will be closed by midnight tonight. The state reported 41,953 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the single biggest surge reported in a day. The test positivity rate was 25.69 %. The Kerala High Court today dismissed the petition of private labs against the government’s decision to cap the RTPCR test rate at Rs 500. It also urged the Centre to come up with an action plan for distribution of vaccines to the states. Meanwhile, a total of 77,06,663 people have been vaccinated in the state so far. Out of this 61,38,224 have taken first dose and 15,68,439 second dose.


Tamil Nadu:The CM, signed an order for bringing Covid19 treatment cost under CM Health Insurance Scheme. The  High Court appealed to the Union and the empowered committee to take immediate steps and ensure supply of the revised allocation of 475 tonnes of oxygen to the State by Friday (today). State government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday that adequate measures were being taken to check hoarding and black marketing of Remdesivir, and two counters to sell the medicine would be set up at Madurai and Coimbatore in a day or two. Tamil Nadu recorded 24,898 new Covid cases in the single biggest day spike so far on Thursday, pushing the caseload to 12,97,500, while a record 195 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 14,974, leaving 1,31,468 active infections. Around 87,000 were vaccinated in the state yesterday. Till date 63,36,452 have been vaccinated across the State, of which 47,83,045 received first dose and 15,53,407 received second dose.


Karnataka:New Cases Reported: 49058; Total Active Cases: 517075; New Covid Deaths: 328; Total Covid Deaths: 17212. Around 21,425 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 1,01,34,203 have been vaccinated in the state till now. A start-up named Swagbike is working on delivering an oxygen cylinder to corona infected people facing Oxygen deficiency. As the demand for medical oxygen in the state has increased, Centre has responded and expanded the amount of oxygen delivered to the state to 965 metric tonnes. Vaccination campaign for 18 to 45-year-olds will be launched by the 15th or later of this month, Health Minister Dr K. Sudhakar said.


Andhra Pradesh: State reported 21,954 new Covid19 cases after testing 1,10,147 samples with 72 deaths, while 10,141 got discharged during the last 24 hours. A total of 70,70,242 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the state as on yesterday, which include 52,75,927 first doses and 17,94,315 second doses.  The drive to administer the second dose of vaccines to people in the 45 and plus age group continued across the state for the second day on Thursday. The state received five lakh doses on Tuesday.  However, due to limited availability of stocks the vaccination continued at a snail’s pace. Meanwhile, the crackdown on private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, in violation of the norms prescribed by the government, continued, and six hospitals were booked for irregularities.  Following the clamping of curfew from 12 noon to 6 am for two weeks from May 5 to contain the spread of Covid-19, the State Industries and Commerce department issued guidelines for operating Industries beyond permissible hours with a set of SOPs.


Telangana:CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao ruled out the imposition of lockdown in the state as it adversely affects the livelihood of lakhs of people. The CM yesterday reviewed the Covid situation in the state with senior officials of the concerned departments. All public health facilities in the state from PHC Sub Centres to teaching hospitals are starting Out Patient service from today for Covid patients; Home Isolation Kits will be given to the persons who test positive with mild symptoms and require home isolation. Meanwhile, as many as 5,892 new daily cases and 46 deaths were reported yesterday taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 4,81,640 and fatalities to 2,625. A total of 48,306 people of all categories received first dose and 32,361 second dose vaccinations yesterday.


Maharashtra: Maharashtra crossed the 1.67 crore inoculation mark. It also became the first among the states to give both doses to the highest number of citizens. Bhabha Atomic Energy Research Centre (BARC) has set up a special Oxygen plant to supply medical oxygen to Mumbai. In the first phase, about 10 cylinders of 50 litres each will be available from the plant. The cylinders will be supplied to government hospitals and COVID centres in south-central Mumbai. BARC has indicated its readiness to increase supply as per demand. National Chemicals Fertilizers (RCF) has also set up an Oxygen plant at Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi in Mumbai.

Gujarat: Gujarat Unit of Ayurveda Vyaspeeth has launched an “Ayurvedic Doctors on Call” service to serve the Covid patients in the state. Under this service, 170 Ayurvedic doctors will give free Ayurvedic consultations to the Covid patients on phone calls. This will help to recover the Covid patients from their Home.Continuing a downward trend, Gujarat on Thursday reported 12,545 COVID-19 cases, the Health Department said. With 13,021 persons getting discharged during the day, recoveries surpassed the daily increase in cases.

Rajasthan: Due to the surging second wave of COVID-19, the Rajasthan Government has decided to impose a lock down in the state for two weeks and has suspended marriage functions till the 31st of May. The lock down will be effective from 5 AM on May 10th to 5 AM on the 24th of May.All places of worship will remain closed. Except for medical emergencies, no inter-district, inter-city, city to villages or villages to city travel will be allowed. All public transport including buses, tempos, tractors, jeeps will be off the roads. Only workers permitted will be allowed to load or unload inter state and intra-state goods.

Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh, Janata Curfew has been extended till May 15.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing people of state virtually yesterday requested to halt all activities, defer weddings till May 15. Chief Minister said that the government will provide free treatment for corona immediately to the poor, common people and middle-class people as well. The package is being announced under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. The government will contract with private hospitals. CT scan, tests etc. will also be free of charge.Madhya Pradesh had 12,841 infections yesterday and 85 deaths. Active cases are 88,614 and 60% of these are in home isolation.

Chhattisgarh: The Chhattisgarh government has suspended the third phase of Covid vaccination drive for people aged 18 to 44, after the high court’s order to modify the plan that prioritised inoculation of the economically weaker sections of society. The State government has constituted a committee headed by the State’s Chief Secretary to finalise a fresh plan to distribute vaccines in the third phase in an equitable manner. For prevention and control of COVID-19 infection, Mitanins are going door-to-door in villages to identify the people with COVID symptoms and to provide them medicines free of cost. This initiative of the Government is yielding positive results. The number of serious COVID patients in the state has significantly declined while recovery rate has noticeably improved.

Goa: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has hinted that a lockdown may be imposed in the state to curb the transmission of the coronavirus as infections climb record high. Goa is currently under stringent Covid-19-related curbs, which include the closure of non-essential shops. Goa government has cancelled permission for film, TV shootings due to rising Covid-19 cases. The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has asked the shooting crews currently in Goa to wind up their schedules.


Assam:Assam on Thursday recorded a total of 46 deaths due to COVID-19, while 4,936 persons tested positive for the virus. Kamrup (Metro) reported as many as 1,353 COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday. The vaccination drive for the 18+ population of the State will start officially from Friday. Each of the 34 districts in the state has been divided into zones for smooth conduct of the drive.CM Sarbananda Sonowal discussed the COVID-19 situation with Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over phone on Thursday. Sonowal also held a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and reviewed various aspects of the COVID-19 response in the districts.

Manipur:Manipur recorded 380 new positive cases registered. In view of the rising COVID-19 cases and death toll, the State Government has extended the period of restrictions imposed in areas under Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Greater Imphal till May 16.No shortages of oxygen, action will be taken against panic buying said Manipur Health director. The number of people vaccinated in the State so far is 2,42,359.

Meghalaya:Two people succumbed to COVID-19 infection and 347 new cases were reported on Thursday, less than 24 hours after the state government enforced lockdown in Shillong and the rest of East Khasi Hills district. The Health department is awaiting delivery of 42,630 doses of vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) to start the vaccination of people in the 18-44 age group on apriority basis.The COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya may peak next week, Principal Secretary of Health department, Sampath Kumar said on Thursday.

Nagaland: Nagaland reported 267 fresh COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths on Thursday. Active cases are 2245 while total has gone up to 15,271.Shutters down, roads deserted in Kohima and Dimapur as containment restrictions begin. More consignment for oxygen plants arrive at Dimapur Airport on Thursday.

Tripura:The case load in Agartala Municipal area has already crossed last year’s record. A meeting of state level COVID-19 task force was held under the Chief Secretary and it was decided not to give permission for any mass gathering. Meanwhile yesterday state recorded highest positive rate with 300 people testing positive and 1 death.

Sikkim:264 Covid cases, three deaths in Sikkim. The State’s active Covid cases tally is 2,256. 50 Covidpatients have successfullyrecovered on Wednesday. Atpresent, there are 181 Covidpatients in hospitals.Shutters down in Sikkim and movement of persons and vehicles are completely restricted from 5 pm till 9 am, except for emergencypurposes during the night curfew in the State. During this daily 16-hour lockdown, only essential services and
shops selling medicines and essential commodities are allowed to function.Sikkim has also closed its inter-State borders and banned interdistrict movement except for Army and security personnel,commercial transporters and exceptional emergencies. Section 144 prohibiting gathering of five or more persons is also in force till May 16.


Punjab: The total number of patients tested Positive is 416350. Number of active cases is 66568. Total Deaths reported is 9979. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 715916. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 207946. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose is 2437386. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose is 292024.


Haryana: Total Number of Samples found positive till date is 573815. Total active COVID-19 patients are 115842. Number of deaths is 5137. Cumulative number of people vaccinated till date is 4125253.


Chandigarh: Total Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases are 47552. Total number of Active Cases is 8420. Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date is 541.


Himachal Pradesh: Total number of patients tested COVID positive till date is 118729. Total number of Active Cases is 27756. Total deaths reported till date is 1724.











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