New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concerns over the second wave of the COVID-19 virus in India and said that the country's situation is "hugely concerning" and warned that the second year of the pandemic will be "far more deadly" for the world than the first.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation in India stays grim with the country reporting 3 cases and over 4,000 deaths daily. Currently, India has 36.73 lakh active cases which comprise 15.41 per cent of the total caseload. On the other hand, 2.66 lakh patients have succumbed to the infection in India so far.

Here are the highlights of the day:

16:36 pm: Single-dose vaccination coverage among healthcare workers is 89 per cent at the national level. It's 95 per cent in Rajasthan, 96 per cent in Madhya Pradesh and 99 per cent in Chhattisgarh. In Delhi, it stands at 78 per cent, which is 11 per cent below the national average. It should be taken to above 95 per cent, says NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul.

Overall single-dose vaccination coverage among frontline workers stands at 82 per cent in the country. It is 93 per cent in Gujarat, 91 per cent in Rajasthan and 90 per cent in Madhya Pradesh -- well above the national average. In Delhi, it stands at 80 per cent, he added.

16:08 pm: Around 1.5 crore doses of Covaxin are being produced per month. The plan is to ramp up the production to 10 crore doses per month, says NITI Aayog's Dr VK Paul.

15:51 pm: This disease (Mucormycosis) can affect the face, infecting nose, orbit of eye, or brain, which can cause even vision loss. It can also spread to the lung, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

Misuse of steroids is a major cause behind this infection (Mucormycosis). Chances of fungal infection increase in the patients who are diabetic, COVID positive and are taking steroids. To prevent it, we should stop the misuse of steroids, he added.

15:37 pm: Our containment efforts are working. Overall positivity rate in India, which stood at 21.9 per cent last week has now fallen to 19.8 per cent. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a major drop in case positivity, says Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Aggarwal.

15:35 pm: 11 states have over 1 lakh active cases, 8 states have 50,000 to 1 lakh active cases and 17 have less than 50,000 cases. Maharashtra, UP, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh where high number of cases are being reported are also reporting decline in active cases, says Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Aggarwal.

The cause of concern is Tamil Nadu where a rise in number of active cases has been reported in last one week, he added.

15:31 pm: As COVID-19 cases are increasing, it's of paramount importance that we follow protocols of infection control practices at hospitals. It is been seen that secondary infections -- fungal and bacterial -- are causing more mortality, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

15:18 pm: There has been a trend where death certificates' figures being used to ascertain figures of death. Recently such report published by one of the newspapers where they've utilised analysis to establish suppression of death figures on part of the government, says Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Pankaj Kumar.

But this whole exercise has adopted faulty analytical procedure. Such inaccurate reporting has potential to create unwarranted panic in the midst of a pandemic and therefore it is appropriate to put correct position in the public domain, he added.

14:20 pm: Also Read -- Delhi COVID Crisis: Kejriwal announces 'Oxygen Concentrator Banks' as city's positivity rate drops to 11%

13:43 pm: Congress' hands are always with black marketers and hoarders. Navneet Kalra is directly in links with Congress. 7,500 O2 concentrators, worth Rs 13 crore, were seized from Navneet Kalra and Matrix Cellular CEO Gaurav Khanna's gang, says BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.

Rahul Gandhi and his Congress friends create chaos about oxygen shortage. Navneet Kalra has direct relation with Congress. If you see his FB timeline,he blames PM for pandemic. His restaurant's chef has pics with Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. They call them India's 1st family, she added.

13:16 pm: BREAKING: 2-week complete lockdown has been imposed in West Bengal amid the massive spike in coronavirus cases.

12:47 pm: Vaccines will be available in large amounts probably in about 2 months' time as companies that are making vaccines will start opening up their manufacturing plants, there'll be more vaccine doses available. We'll get vaccines from outside too, says AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria.

Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik will be manufactured in India by more and more manufacturing plants. Sputnik has tied up with number of companies in India to manufacture. New plants being set up by Bharat Biotech and SII. By July-August we'll have large no.of doses available, he added.

12:15 pm: We're starting oxygen concentrator bank today. Essential to provide oxygen to COVID patients, on time. We've started this for such patients. 200 such banks set up in every dist. Our team will provide the concentrator at doorstep of patients in home isolation, if needed, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

12:15 pm: In the last 24 hours, 6,500 cases have been reported in Delhi, the positivity rate has further gone down to 11 per cent. So corona's impact is going down in Delhi. 1000 ICU beds have been set up within 15 days, our doctors and engineers have set an example. I thank them, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

12:01 am: Delhi reports 6,500 coronavirus cases, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

11:40 am: Just In: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's younger brother Ashim Banerjee passed away today at the hospital. He had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment.

11:33 am: PM Modi is currently chairing a meeting to review the situation in the country.

11:30 am: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will meet virtually with all state education secretaries on May 17th to review the COVID-19 situation, online education and implementation of National Education Policy, reports ANI.

11:29 am: To say that the Gujarat government is hiding data of deaths is improper, says Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja.

11:08 am: At 3 PM today, I’ll be holding a video conferencing with Health Ministers of UP, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to review current COVID-19 situation and progress of COVID-19 Vaccination drive in their respective States, says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

10:43 am: Just In: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to address a press conference at 12 pm today.

10:05 am: Just In: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair a high-level meeting today on the COVID-19 related situation and vaccination.

9:36 am: India reports 3,26,098 new COVID-19 cases, 3,53,299 discharges and 3,890 deaths in the last 24 hours, says Union Health Ministry.

Total cases: 2,43,72,907

Total discharges: 2,04,32,898

Death toll: 2,66,207

Active cases: 36,73,802

Total vaccination: 18,04,57,579

9:07 am: 31,30,17,193 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 14th May 2021. Of these, 16,93,093 samples were tested yesterday, says Indian Council of Medical Research.

8:42 am: The Union Health Ministry, meanwhile, has said that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 18 crore.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 18,04,29,261 according to the 8 pm provisional report on Friday.

8:35 am: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to utilise PM CARES Fund to procure COVID-19 vaccine, install oxygen plants and other essential equipment.

8:18 am: 240 new cases, 231 recoveries and 2 deaths were reported in Ladakh on Friday.

Active cases: 1,554

Total cases: 16,156

8:10 am: Currently, India has over 37.04 lakh active cases while 2.62 lakh patients have lost their lives.

8:05 am: The WHO has also warned that the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic will be "far more deadly".

"We're on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first," it has warned.

8:00 am: The WHO has expressed concerns over the second wave of COVID-19 in India and said that the situation in the country is "hugely concerning".

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma