Latest updates on COVID-19 crisis around the world

New Delhi: Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

5:30 p.m.
Chinese President Xi Jinping writes to PM Modi, offers help to fight COVID-19 surge.

4:51 p.m.
Record single-day 332 COVID-19 deaths in Uttar Pradesh; 34,626 more test positive.

4:42 p.m.
Second wave of COVID-19 five times the previous peak in Rajasthan and UP, 4.5 times in Chhattisgarh and 3.3 times in Delhi: Centre.

4:36 p.m.
The Congress alleged that the vaccination of people from 18 to 44 age group is not taking off in Maharashtra from May 1 due to the “reckless approach” of the Centre.

4:12 p.m.
Octogenarian shooter Chandro Tomar, nicknamed ‘Shooter Dadi’, dies after battling COVID-19.

3:48 p.m.
Television journalist Rohit Sardana died here of cardiac arrest, days after he tested positive for COVID-19, according to his channel Aaj Tak.

3:48 p.m.
To check rising number of COVID-19 cases, Haryana government announces weekend lockdown in nine districts including Gurugram and Faridabad.

3:47 p.m.
1,195 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Puducherry.

3:32 a.m.
Bihar Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Singh dies of COVID.

3:02 p.m.
Novel smell test may help diagnose COVID-19, scientists say.

2:48 p.m.
Delhi LG Anil Baijal says he has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms.

2:40 p.m.
Amid a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Jammu and Kashmir administration says the third phase of the inoculation drive that will cover people in the 18-45 age group will not begin from May 1 in the union territory.

2:30 p.m.
With uncertainty looming large over the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the Tamil Nadu government defers its roll out the massive vaccination drive for the 18-44 years age group on May 1 as originally planned.

1:33 p.m.
CM Adityanath’s experiment to check COVID spread in UP with help of bureaucracy ‘failed’: BJP MLA.

1:09 p.m.
COVID-19: Supreme Court observes that even doctors and healthcare workers not getting beds, says situation is grim.

SC tells Centre it should adopt national immunization model as poor people will not be able to pay for vaccines.

1:02 p.m.
Supreme Court says clamp down on COVID-19 information will be treated as contempt of court, direction be issued to DGPs in this regard.

SC tells Centre there should be free flow of information, says we should hear voices of citizens.

12:47 p.m.
Don’t queue up outside inoculation centres, vaccines haven’t arrived yet: CM Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhiites.

12:07 p.m.
More than 2.45 crore beneficiaries have registered themselves on the Co-WIN digital platform ahead of the Phase-3 of the COVID-19 vaccination for those above 18 years that is set to start from May 1, according to the Union Health Ministry.

12:02 p.m.
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are among the 10 states that account for 73.05 per cent of new COVID-19 cases reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said.

11:34 a.m.
Odisha reports record 8,681 new COVID-19 cases, 14 fresh fatalities.

11:13 a.m.
Vaccination of people above 18 years of age, which was supposed to start from May 1, may be delayed as the vaccines have not yet arrived, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

10:38 a.m.
People stayed indoors and streets wore a largely deserted look as a four-day-long lockdown came into force in Goa to bring down the rising COVID-19 cases in the coastal state.

9:55 a.m.
Telangana adds 7,646 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths take toll to 2,261.

9:46 a.m.
Active COVID-19 cases in country recorded at 31,70,228: Union Health Ministry.

9:44 a.m.
Single day rise of 3,86,452 COVID-19 infections, 3,498 fatalities push India’s tally of cases to 1,87,62,976, death toll to 2,08,330: Government.

9:33 a.m.
Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee passes away due to COVID-19: family sources.

9:28 a.m.
UN stands ready to step up support to India: UN chief Antonio Guterres on ‘horrific’ COVID outbreak.

9:14 a.m.
With the addition of 3,384 new coronavirus cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 4,64,135, an official said.





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