Coronavirus India summary: cases, deaths and news - 23 May
Coronavirus live India: latest Covid-19 news - Saturday 23 May
India Covid-19 update: 03:30 IST on Sunday 24 May (00:00 CEST)
According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 5,280,743 cases have been detected worldwide, with 340,477 deaths and 2,090,465 people now recovered.
In India, there have been 131,423 cases confirmed, 3,868 people have died and 54,385 people have recovered from the virus.
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50/50 for Oxford vaccine
The University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine trial has only a 50% chance of success as the coronavirus seems to be fading rapidly in Britain, the professor co-leading the development of the vaccine told the Telegraph newspaper.
Adrian Hill, director of Oxford's Jenner Institute, which has teamed up with drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc to develop the vaccine, said that an upcoming trial, involving 10,000 volunteers, threatened to return 'no result' due to low transmission of Covid-19 in the community.
'It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time', Hill told the British newspaper. 'At the moment, there's a 50% chance that we get no result at all.'
The owner of the workshop, Jamilbhai Ansari, wearing a facemask and hand gloves dries vermicelli in Ahmedabad on 23 May 2020. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)
The aviation ministry has given “conditional exemption to the government entity for use of remotely piloted aircraft system for anti-locust operations,” including to spray anti-locust operations.
Family trails and trials
“On Thursday, I had last spoken to my father through video-call and promised him that he would meet him. But all my requests to the nodal officer of the quarantine centre to allow me to visit my father at hospital were turned down.
"It would always haunt me that I could not see him on his deathbed,”
“I want to assure all migrant workers that we will run these trains till all of them reach their destinations,” Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said at a press conference.
Chemicals in Kangra tea could lower coronavirus activity
Chemical compounds found in Kangra tea could boost the immune system and help it fight off coronavirus, scientists at the CSIR Institute of Himalayan Bioresource claim.
Analysts have isolated 65 bioactive chemicals which could bind to specific vital proteins than other drugs currently being used to treat Covid-19 patients.
No Indian vaccine by end of the year, experts say
The Times of India has been told by experts in the field that Indian efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine should not be expected to bear fruit in 2020.
"Research on a Covid vaccine in India is at a very early stage of development and any candidates are likely to reach animal trials only by the end of the year," the virologist Shahid Jameel said.
ICC urges cautious approach in restarting cricket
The International Cricket Council has issued guidelines to nations on restarting competitions, urging its members to adopt a safety-first approach.
“The resumption of cricket activities should begin only if there is no perceived or known risk that doing so might result in an increase in the local transmission rate,” the ICC said.
In India, the Indian Premier League (IPL), which had been scheduled to begin on 29 March, was suspended until further notice in mid-April.
Cyclone Amphan loss estimated at $13bn in India
A powerful cyclone that tore through India's eastern state of West Bengal this week has caused a damage of 1 trillion rupees ($13 billion) to infrastructure and crops, state officials said.
Neighbouring Bangladesh, which also fell in Cyclone Amphan's path on Wednesday, initially said it had suffered a loss of 11 billion taka ($130 million). But this could rise, government officials said.
The two countries have lost at least 102 people in the cyclone, the most powerful in over a decade, mostly because of house collapses and electrocution.
More than 3 million people were evacuated before Amphan made landfall, preventing a large number of deaths.
The face behind the mask
A man in Chennai adjusts a face mask with his face's image printed on it. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)
Indian company "could be world's door to Covid-19 vaccine"
"If the world is to gain access to a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s a good chance it will pass through the doors of Serum Institute of India," report Abhirup Roy and Euan Rocha for Reuters.
The institute, which is "the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume", is currently developing several candidates of its own, and could also be involved in the mass-production of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University drug that has been gaining major global media attention.
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India sees record rise in cases
India reported a record 6,654 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the country’s total to 125,101. The death toll in the country has climbed by 137 to 3,720.
Here is a state-by-state breakdown of India’s current case count, courtesy of the country’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting:
A government source says Cyclon Amphane has caused around $13.2 billion dollars in damage to India. At least 106 people died in the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh and eastern India since 1999, officials said on May 22 as aerial footage revealed immense flooding in coastal areas.
A man carries his son on his shoulders on the last Friday of Ramadan after the government eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the old quarters of New Delhi on May 22, 2020. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)
Coronavirus live India: welcome
Hello and welcome to our live, India-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now led to over five million cases worldwide with well over 125,000 cases in India.
We'll endeavour to keep you abreast of the latest news and statistics as they emerge throughout the day.