Coronavirus Latest News Updates: Goa hospital body count goes up by 13; 75 dead in just 4 days

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Coronavirus Latest News LIVE Updates: Seventy-five patients have died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital - the state's biggest Covid facility - in the past four days, because of "logistic issues" in the supply of medical oxygen

The number of new infections dipped below 40,000 for the first time since March 31 when 39,544 cases had been recorded

The Kerala government on Friday announced that it will invoke the Kerala Essential Articles Control Act, 1986 to control prices of articles required for treating COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, the LDF government extended the lockdown in the state till 23 May. "Triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram. Free food kits in June too. Rs 823.23 crore will be distributed as Welfare Pensions in May. Financial assistance of Rs 1,000 for all members of Welfare Boards," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted.

The Ghazipur administration on Friday capped the price of firewood at Rs 650 per quintal and said that the 'dom raja' will not take more than Rs 500 for cremating a body.

"We're setting up a control room at each crematorium where police personnel and lekhpal would be stationed," Ghazipur DM MP Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

"If any person is unable to bear expenses of cremation (of the body of their relative/family member) and goes to any crematorium, we will provide them with Rs 5000 immediately and bear all expenses of cremation," he added. The announcement comes days after at least 150 bodies were reportedly fished out of the Ganga in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced the extension of the lockdown in Kerala till 23 May.

"The positivity rate remains high, so the state government has decided to extend the present complete lockdown in Kerala till 23 May," he said.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced that the state government will provide free medical treatment to all media persons, whether they are accredited or not, and their family members, if they are infected with coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Chouhan had also declared accredited journalists as frontline workers (Corona warriors). "We have seen that while performing their duties and in the process of disseminating news, many journalists got infected with COVID-19 and some of them even unfortunately died," the chief minister said in a media statement.

"Today, we have decided that all journalists and media persons, whether they are accredited on non-accredited, working in print, electronic and digital media, and their family members if found infected with COVID-19, then the Madhya Pradesh government will take care of their treatment and will not leave them on their own," Chouhan said.

More than 7,000 foreigners, including some 2,000 Indians, are set to be evacuated soon after Nepal has permitted special flights to evacuate stranded tourists. The foreign nationals got stuck in the Himalayan country after it suspended all international flights to check its worst COVID-19 surge amid acute shortages of medical facilities.

The Telangana Police told ANI that they are only allowing patients who have permission and bed confirmation from any hospital in Telangana. An authorisation pass from Director of Health Covid control centre is also mandatory to cross over to Telangana

Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to COVID-19 and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories administered the first dose of Sputnik V vaccine in Hyderabad, the company said it a statement. The company said that imported doses of Sputnik V vaccine are presently priced at Rs 948 plus five percent GST per dose.

Yesterday Delhi reported 10,489 positive cases and the positivity rate was 14.24%. The highest positivity rate was 36% in Delhi so now it is less than half of it, said the health minister.

America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said increasing the gap between Covishield doses is unlikely to impact the vaccine's efficacy, a day after the government increased the gap between SII-produced vaccine's doses to 12-16 weeks.

With 3,43,144 people testing positive for coronavirus in a day, India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 2,40,46,809, while the death toll rose to 2,62,317 with 4,000 daily fatalities.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country inched closer to 18 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

It said 4,37,192 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine on Thursday and cumulatively 39,14,688 across 32 states and union territories since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive.

"The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 17,91,77,029 as per the 8 pm provisional report," the ministry said.

The total of 17,91,77,029 include 96,16,697 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 66,02,553 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,43,14,563 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 81,12,476 FLWs who have taken the second dose and 39,14,688 individuals in the 18-44 years of age group have taken the first dose.

Besides, 5,65,82,401 and 85,14,552 beneficiaries over 45 to 60 years old have been administered the first and second dose, respectively, while 5,42,32,598 and 1,72,86,501 beneficiaries above 60 years have taken the first and second dose.

As on day-118 of the vaccination drive (13 May), total 19,75,176 vaccine doses were given.

A total of 10,10,856 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 9,64,320 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report till 8 pm, the ministry said, adding that final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said.

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