During two meetings on May 18 and 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will consult with district magistrates from 100 districts with a heavy Covid-19 caseload, according to news agency PTI. The prime minister will meet with top district-level administrative officers for the first time to discuss the Covid-19 situation.
On Wednesday, India announced 3.62 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus. For the fourth day in a row, Maharashtra’s case count remained below 50,000, while Kerala and Tamil Nadu set new highs of over 43,000 and 30,000 cases, respectively. On the same day, 4,120 people died across the world, with Maharashtra (843) and Karnataka (842) leading the way (517). The number of active cases has risen to 37.10 lakh.
As India battles the second wave of Covid-19, records obtained by The Indian Express reveal a trend of vaccine disparity, with seven states responsible for a whopping 85 percent of all doses provided to people aged 18 to 44 so far. About 85 percent of the 34.66 lakh doses given out between May 1 and May 12 were given out in seven states: Maharashtra (6.25 lakh), Rajasthan (5.49 lakh), Delhi (4.71 lakh), Gujarat (3.86 lakh), Haryana (3.55 lakh), Bihar (3.02 lakh), and Uttar Pradesh (2.65 lakh).
Haryana entered a list of states that have issued global tenders to procure Covid vaccines on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi are among these states.