COVID-19 LIVE Updates: The current Covaxin production capacity will be doubled by May-June 2021 and increased by almost 6-7 fold by July-August 2021, informed the Science and Technology Ministry on May 12, 2021.
The Ministry informed that Covaxin's production capacity is expected to reach nearly 10 crore doses per month by Sep 2021. The financial support for the same with be provided by the government in form of a grant worth approximately Rs 65 Cr to Bharat Biotech’s new Bangalore facility.
12 May 05:13 PMCovaxin vaccine production capacity to be doubled by May-June 2021
Financial support is being provided as a grant from GoI to the tune of appx Rs 65 Cr to Bharat Biotech’s new Bangalore facility. 3 public sectors companies are also being supported to increase the capacity of vaccine production: Ministry of Science & Technology— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 04:23 PMGerman envoy Walter J Lindner inaugurates oxygen production plant at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital
It is what friends in need can expect from other friends. India would do the same for us as we do it for India. I am just returning this favour which India has done to the world which was helping us a lot in the pandemic so far: German envoy Walter J Lindner pic.twitter.com/y0UdBkRQfd— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 02:31 PMOxygen Express trains have transported more than 5,700 MT of Oxygen across country: Indian Railways
The Indian Railway informed that it has been running Oxygen Expresses relentlessly providing relief to the Covid Patients. So far, Oxygen Express trains have transported more than 5,700 MT of Oxygen across country.
12 May 02:27 PMPM CARES Fund approves procurement of 1,50,000 units of Oxycare System
PM CARES Fund has approved procurement of 1,50,000 units of Oxycare System developed by DRDO at a cost of Rs 322.5 Cr.
The Oxycare system is a SpO2 based Oxygen Supply System, that regulates oxygen being administered to patients based on sensed SpO2 levels.
This system has been developed by Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru of DRDO for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas.
Under this sanction 1,00,000 manual and 50,000 automatic Oxycare systems along with NRBM masks are being procured. The Oxycare system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking in to a state of Hypoxia, which can be fatal: DRDO— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 02:25 PMWHO does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries, clarifies WHO South-East Asia
WHO South-East Asia issued a clarification stating that WHO does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from. The body refers to them by their scientific names and request all to do the same for consistency.
WHO does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from. We refer to them by their scientific names and request all to do the same for consistency: WHO South-East Asia pic.twitter.com/e1gJrCldZe— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 01:43 PMOur reserve stock of vaccine is exhausted: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia further informed that Delhi has exhausted its reserve stock of vaccines. He said that the centres administering Covishield vaccines are functioning but they had to close the centres administering Covaxin.
Our reserve stock (of vaccine) is exhausted. The centres administering Covishield vaccines are functioning but we have had to close the centres administering Covaxin. So, we have had to close down more than 100 centres across 17 schools: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 01:43 PMWe had demanded 1.34 cr doses, 67 lakhs each of Covaxin
We had demanded 1.34 cr doses, 67 lakhs each of Covaxin & Covishield, informed Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. However, Bharat Biotech has written to them saying that they can't provide.
We had demanded 1.34 cr doses, 67 lakhs each of Covaxin & Covishield. Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) wrote to us y'day that they can't provide. They wrote 'we're making dispatches as per directives of concerned govt officials'. Obvious that these are central govt officials: Delhi Dy CM pic.twitter.com/L6GJ6a1OAb— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 01:37 PMIAF C17 Globemaster airlifts 35 tons of COVID medical supplies from Frankfurt, Germany
The IAF C17 Globemaster, which was tasked to airlift 35 tons of COVID medical supplies from Frankfurt, Germany, got airborne from Hindon airbase early morning on May 11 and landed at Frankfurt airport Germany after a 12 hours flight.
After loading the supplies, the aircraft departed for Mumbai airport on the same day and reached after about 10 hours of flying.
After a quick turnaround and loading, the aircraft departed for Mumbai airport on the same day and reached after about 10 hours of flying.— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 01:35 PM500-bed ICU Centre for COVID-19 patients at Delhi's Ramlila Ground to become operational from today
500-bed ICU Centre for COVID19 patients at Delhi's Ramlila Ground to become operational from today pic.twitter.com/6Ovf9kE3Yw— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 12:54 PMComplete lockdown imposed in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district in Chhattisgarh
A complete lockdown will be imposed in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district in Chhattisgarh from midnight of May 12 till midnight of 15th May in the view of rise in COVID-19 cases.
Chhattisgarh | Complete lockdown to be imposed in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district from midnight today till midnight of 15th May, in view of rise in COVID19 cases— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 12:53 PMPanchkula depot converts 5 minibuses into ambulances
The Panchkula depot in Haryana has converted 5 minibuses into ambulances. Each mini bus will have 4 beds with 2 oxygen cylinders.
Haryana: Panchkula depot converted 5 minibuses into ambulances— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
Each mini bus will have 4 beds with 2 oxygen cylinders. These ambulances will be operated by our drivers along with paramedical and nursing staff: Panchkula depot general manager, Vinay Kumar pic.twitter.com/LofD4yzVO0
12 May 12:51 PMKerala allows meat shops to open till 10 pm on May 12 due to Ramzam
Meat shops to be permitted to function up to 10 pm on 12th May for home delivery due to Ramzan. Travellers from other States to Kerala should carry an RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hours: Kerala Government— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2021
12 May 12:49 PMAssam imposes stricter restriction from 5am on May 13
In view of rising COVID-19 cases, stricter restrictions to come into force w.e.f. 5 am on May 13 till further orders. All shops, eateries including dine-in to be allowed till 1 pm. Only home-delivery allowed after 1 pm. Weekly markets to remain shut for 15 days: Govt of Assam pic.twitter.com/C1M50fTSdw— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 12:20 PMPM Modi will not attend G7 summit in person due to COVID situation in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to not attend the G7 Summit in person this time, in the wake of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India. This was informed by Union Ministry of External Affairs on May 11, 2021.
The MEA statement read, "While appreciating the invitation to the Prime Minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 Summit as a Special Invitee, given the prevailing COVID situation, it has been decided that the Prime Minister will not attend the G7 Summit in person."
The UK PM has invited India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa as guest countries for this year's G7 Summit, which will be held in the UK from June 11 to 13. The G7 includes US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
12 May 12:11 PMHealth Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to have meeting with Health Ministers of some states
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has a meeting scheduled today with Health Ministers of some states that are lagging behind in COVID-19 vaccination. He will be meeting Health Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Telangana.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will have a meeting with the Health Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Telangana.— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
12 May 12:06 PMBharat Biotech's Covaxin recommended for phase II/III clinical trials on 2 to 18 year-olds
The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has approved Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials on 2 to 18-year-olds.
12 May 12:04 PMDelhi airport to shut its T2 Terminal from May 17
The Delhi international airport will shut down its T2 terminal from midnight of May 17 as number of flights have reduced significantly due to second COVID wave.
All flight operations from Terminal 2 of Indira Gandhi International Airport will be shifted to Terminal 3 (T3) from the intervening night of May 17-18 due to a fall in passenger traffic. So all GoAir and IndiGo airlines will shift operations to T3, informed DIAL officials.
Flight operations from Terminal 2 of Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi to be shifted to Terminal 3 (T3) from the intervening night of May 17-18 due to a fall in passenger traffic. GoAir and IndiGo airlines will shift operations to T3: DIAL officials— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2021
12 May 12:02 PMCentre asks states to dispose bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims following safety protocols
The centre has asked the states to dispose bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims following safety protocols. This came after bloated bodies were found floating in Ganga River.
The centre has also asked the states to ensure a strict vigilance to check incidences of people dumping bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims in Ganga and its tributaries.
Centre asks states along Ganga to ensure strict vigilance and check future incidences of people dumping bodies in river and its tributaries— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) May 11, 2021
12 May 12:00 PMRecovery rate improves to 83.04 per cent: Health Ministry
According to Union Health Ministry, India has been registering over three lakh recoveries daily from the past many days. The national recovery rate has improved to 83.04 per cent.
The Health Ministry informed that over 3, 55,000 patients recovered from this infectious disease within the last 24 hours.
12 May 11:57 AMOver 17 crore vaccine doses administered so far: Govt
The Union Health Ministry informed recently that over 17 crore 51 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in country so far. These include over 95 lakh 81 thousand Healthcare Workers who have been given the first dose and over 65 lakh Health care workers who have been administered the second dose.
Among frontline workers, over 1 crore have been given the first dose and about 79 lakh have been given the 2nd dose.
Besides this, over 23 lakh 85 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated in the past day.
12 May 11:50 AMIndia reports 3,48,421 new infections, 4205 deaths in the last 24 hours
India reported 3,48,421 new COVID-19 cases and 4205 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. The death toll in the past 24 hours in the highest recorded till now.
India also recorded 3,55,338 discharges in the last 24 hours. India's total coronavirus case load stands at 2,33,40,938, which includes 37,04,099 active cases, 1,93,82,642 recoveries and 2,54,197 deaths.
India reports 3,48,421 new #COVID19 cases, 3,55,338 discharges and 4205 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
Total cases: 2,33,40,938
Total discharges: 1,93,82,642
Death toll: 2,54,197
Active cases: 37,04,099
Total vaccination: 17,52,35,991 pic.twitter.com/fMKoTwf0kk
12 May 11:41 AMStates showing increasing trend in daily COVID-19 cases
States such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha, Punjab, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura are showing continued increasing trend in daily new cases.
12 May 11:39 AMStates showing declining trend in COVID-19 cases
States/ UTs like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep have been areshowing continuous decrease in daily new cases.
12 May 11:36 AMIndia witnessing early signs of decline in new infections: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry also noted that India is witnessing early signs of decline in new corona cases. It added saying that the country registered over three lakh 29 thousand new COVID cases in the last 24 hours as compared to three lakh 66 thousand Covid cases before that.
12 May 11:35 AM13 states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases each: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry said on May 12, 2021 that 13 states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases each and around 26 states/ UTs have a positivity rate of over 15 per cent. Goa has the maximum case positivity rate of 49.6 per cent, followed by Maharashtra that has a positivity rate of 22.5 per cent. India's positivity rate is around 21 per cent.