He said Mumbai reported 3,028 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 6,68,085, while the toll increased to 13,580 with 69 fresh fatalities. "It will have severe impact on the ongoing treatment of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra. Nashik city reported 2,318 cases and 58 deaths, while Ahmednagar district registered 3,081 cases and 15 deaths, the official said. Pune city reported 3,164 cases and 34 deaths, while Solapur district recorded 2,126 infections and 30 fatalities, the official said. The Aurangabad division added 2,809 cases and 43 deaths, while the Latur division reported 3,991 fresh COVID-19 cases and 131 more fatalities.
May 06, 2021 16:30 UTC
Taking to Twitter, the CMO Kerala wrote, "The CM requested the public to adhere to the guidelines issued regarding the lockdown. Kerala lockdown guidelines:Offices of Government of India, its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations shall remain closed. Offices of the Government of Kerala, its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations shall remain closed. Health, Ayush, Revenue, LSGD, Food and Civil Supplies, Industries, Labour, Zoo, Kerala IT mission, Irrigation, Veterinary services, Social Justice Institutions, Printing, Insurance Medical Services. Units manufacturing medical supplies including medical Oxygen cylinders or cylinders or industrial gas cylinders, Units converting industrial gas cylinders in to medical oxygen cylinders.
May 06, 2021 15:53 UTC
View Full Image The pricing policy has two aspects: the price paid to acquire the doses and the price charged to consumersUnfortunately, the whole vaccine ecosystem is messed up at the moment. In fact, till very recently the government had only put in orders for 100 million doses of Covishield, the vaccine that was supposed to be the workhorse of India’s vaccination programme. Since then it has added another order of 110 million doses of Covishield. Bharat Biotech’s annual production capacity is even lower at around 150 million doses. Since the vaccine supplier is neither consolidating public health information, nor accountable to the public, this has the recipe of a complete disaster in vaccine allocation.
May 06, 2021 15:53 UTC
Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Assam are among the top-3 states and Union Territories that have reported maximum Covid-19 vaccine wastage in the country, according to the union health ministry. "Lakshadweep has recorded highest vaccine wastage with 9.76 per cent of vaccine dose being wasted, followed by Tamil Nadu with 8.83 per cent and Assam with 7.70 per cent," the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said. The ministry added that Manipur recorded 7.44 per cent of vaccine wastage, Haryana recorded 5.72 per cent and Bihar records 4.95 per cent of vaccine wastage. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Kerala for reducing vaccine wastage. "Good to see our healthcare workers and nurses set an example in reducing vaccine wastage.
May 06, 2021 15:48 UTC
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Telangana about the COVID-19 situation in their respective states, government sources said. According to the latest data from the Union Health Ministry, Andhra Pradesh is among the ten states/UTs accounting for over 70 per cent of new daily cases reported in the country. Jharkhand reported 141 new COVID-19 fatalities taking the death toll to 3,346, while 5,770 new positive cases pushed the state's tally to 2,63,115. Telangana reported 6,026 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to over 4.75 lakh while the death toll stood at 2,579 with 52 more casualties. The union territory of Puducherry logged 1,510 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 66,627.
May 06, 2021 15:33 UTC
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the entire population of Delhi can be vaccinated within three months, if adequate doses are available. "As I had promised earlier, we can vaccinate the entire (population of) Delhi within three months if there's adequate supply. "If we get an adequate supply of oxygen - 700 tons - we will be able to set up 9000-9500 beds in Delhi. We will be able to create oxygen beds. I assure you that we will not let anyone die to a shortage of oxygen in Delhi," Kejriwal said.
May 06, 2021 15:33 UTC
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the European Council meeting on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. The invitation was forwarded to him by the President of the European Council Charles Michel. According to the release by the MEA, the Prime Minister will participate in the meeting along with the Heads of State or Government of all the 27 EU Member States. "The India-EU Leaders' Meeting is an unprecedented opportunity for discussion with all the leaders of the EU Member States. The India-EU Leaders' meeting is hosted by Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa.
May 06, 2021 15:22 UTC
Tesla Inc. shares rose in early trading after the blog Electrek reported production capacity for the second quarter is already sold out. The electric-car maker has communicated the level of demand for its vehicles to employees, Electrek said, citing unnamed sources. The author of the post has disclosed in the past he is a Tesla shareholder. Tesla sold a record of almost 185,000 vehicles in the first three months of the year despite having issues rolling out new versions of the Model S and X. Share ViaSubscribe to Mint Newsletters * Enter a valid email * Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.
May 06, 2021 14:51 UTC
Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Amid the surge of COVID-19 cases, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging the exemption of Goods and Service Taxes (GST) on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine. "The states have been asked to purchase vaccines out of their own resources to cover the 18 to 45 years age group of the population. These purchases attract GST, making the vaccines costly for the state. Odisha had earlier announced free vaccination against COVID-19 for all citizens of the state in the age group of 18 to 44 years. It has also allowed state governments and private hospitals to purchase vaccines from manufacturers.
May 06, 2021 14:11 UTC
The doses of Remdesivir were produced by Beximco, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies of Bangladesh. Bangladesh on Thursday handed over 10,000 vials of Remdesivir injection to an Indian government representative. The doses of Remdesivir were produced by Beximco, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies of Bangladesh, which also partners the Serum Institute of India to provide Covishield vaccine to Bangladesh. A press release from the Government of Bangladesh infomed that the consignment was sent to India following an instruction from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This was the first part of the medical assistance from Bangladesh for COVID-hit India.
May 06, 2021 13:27 UTC
The goods and services tax (GST) is one of the biggest fiscal reforms in India. We had covered details relating to the applicability of GST registration and procedure registration in our earlier article titled GST registration requirements for NRIs. The electronic ledgers available on the GST portal is akin to an electronic passbook for GST. However, the amount of GST paid on import of goods would be available as credit provide the same is an eligible credit under GST. The non-resident taxable person shall furnish a return in form GSTR-5 electronically through the GST portal.
May 06, 2021 13:18 UTC
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he supported the idea of a waiver on patent protections for coronavirus vaccines and urged his government to consider lifting them for Russia's jabs. "Russia would of course support such an approach," Putin said, urging Golikova to work out the logistics. Russia has registered three coronavirus vaccines, and on Thursday approved a fourth -- a single-dose version of its Sputnik V jab called Sputnik Light. Moscow has actively pushed Sputnik V -- named after the Soviet-era satellite -- around the world, with more than 60 countries having approved it for use. The state-run Gamaleya research institute, which developed Sputnik V, said Thursday that more than 20 million people globally have received their first dose of the shot.
May 06, 2021 13:07 UTC
The technology could be as much as 45% faster than the mainstream 7-nanometre chips in many of today's laptops and phones and up to 75% more power efficient, the company said. For decades, each generation of computer chips got faster and more power-efficient because their most basic building blocks, called transistors, got smaller. Also Read | Intel graphics chip will tap new version of TSMC 7-nanometer processIBM introduced what it says is the world's first 2-nanometre chipmaking technology. The technology IBM showed Thursday is the most basic building block of a chip: a transistor, which acts like an electrical on-off switch to form the 1s and 0s of binary digits at that foundation of all modern computing. "In the end, there's transistors, and everything else (in computing) relies on whether that transistor gets better or not.
May 06, 2021 12:43 UTC
Bollywood actor Sonu Soon has come to the aid of Suresh Raina after the cricketer requested for an oxygen cylinder for his aunt on Thursday. "Urgent requirement of an oxygen cylinder in Meerut for my aunt," Raina had tweeted. Urgent requirement of an oxygen cylinder in Meerut for my aunt. "Oxygen cylinder reaching in 10 mins bhai," read another one of Sood's tweets. Soon after the announcement, Sood had tweeted about Raina, saying how he would always be the 'soul' of Indian cricket.
May 06, 2021 12:30 UTC
"Sputnik Light has proven effective against all new strains of coronavirus, as demonstrated by the Gamaleya Center, during laboratory tests," the statement added. Sputnik Light approved for use in over 60 nationsThe Russian vaccine has been approved for use in over 60 countries. Russian scientists last month said Sputnik V was 97.6% effective against COVID-19 in a "real-world" assessment based on data from 3.8 million people. The European Medicines Agency has not yet approved the shot and Austria on Tuesday said it would only buy Sputnik V after EMA approval. He added that the two-dose Sputnik V vaccine would remain the main source of vaccination in Russia, which has already authorised two other vaccines for use.
May 06, 2021 12:24 UTC