New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a suo moto case relating to oxygen supply and essential medical equipment in the country. Ahead of the hearing, the central government on Sunday had filed its affidavit before the court in connection with the case. The court will also hear today a plea seeking directions for strict enforcement of COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and for action against all those who had allegedly violated protocols during assembly elections 2021 and the Kumbh Mela.

This comes at a time when India has been hit by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has led to an unprecedented spike in daily cases. Currently, India has 37.45 lakh active COVID-19 cases while 2.46 lakh have succumbed to the infection. Meanwhile, 1.86 crore patients have recovered from the infection.

Here are the highlights of the day:

15:46 pm: It has been decided to provide Rs 5000 to the families below the poverty line as their livelihood has stopped and they have to stay in isolation amid COVID. So they were facing a lot of difficulties, says Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij.

15:24 pm: Three men have been arrested by the Paschim Vihar West district police for allegedly black marketing Remdesivir injections in Delhi, says Delhi Police

14:41 pm: Also Read -- Maharashtra lockdown likely to be extended till May 31 despite decline in COVID cases, hints Rajesh Tope

13:40 pm: BREAKING: Puducherry CM N Rangasamy tested positive for COVID19 and is currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Chennai. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan inquired about his health wished him speedy recovery, says Puducherry L-G Secretariat.

13:01 pm: In this COVID-19 situation we've allowed religious and cultural programs with a maximum of 50 people. No Eid prayers and gatherings will be there at Red Road (Kolkata) as decided by Muslim leaders. I request that there should be no big gatherings as Azaan can be heard from home, says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

12:42 pm: Also Read -- 'Little room for judicial interference': Centre to Supreme Court on COVID vaccine policy

12:35 pm: Just In: Delhi High Court grants three weeks interim bail to Pinjara Tod activist Natasha Narwal after her father passed away due to COVID-19.

12:05 pm: When we met on January 22, we'd decided that process for electing Congress President would be completed by end-June. Election authority chairperson, Madhusudan Mistri,has prepared schedule. Venugopal will read it after our discussion on COVID-19 and poll results, says Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi.

11:52 am: SC adjourns to May 13 the hearing in the suo motu case involving the distribution of essential supplies and services during COVID19 pandemic

11:22 am: Just In: Supreme Court begins hearing suo motu case involving the distribution of essential supplies and services during COVID19 pandemic.

10:42 am: Look-out notice issued against businessman Navneet Kalra accused of black marketing of Oxygen concentrators, ANI quoted Delhi Police sources as saying.

10:23 am: Streets wear deserted look as 'corona curfew' extended in Jammu and Kashmir till May 17.

10:04 am: Just In: India reports 3,66,161 new COVID-19 cases, 3,53,818 discharges and 3,754 deaths in the last 24 hours, says Union Health Ministry.

Total cases: 2,26,62,575

Total discharges: 1,86,71,222

Death toll: 2,46,116

Active cases: 37,45,237

Total vaccination: 17,01,76,603

9:40 am: A two-week complete lockdown begins in Tamil Nadu.

9:30 am: Odisha reports 10,031 new cases in last 24 hours taking the state's active case tally to 94,760.

9:03 am: Requirement of a positive test for coronavirus shall not be mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility. A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of COVID Care Centre(CCC), Dedicated COVID Health Centre or Dedicated COVID Hospital, says Jammu and Kashmir Administration.

8:47 am: Assam reported 3,299 new COVID-19 cases, 4,045 recoveries and 48 deaths.

Total cases: 2,92,368

Total recoveries: 2,53,340

Death toll: 1,676

Active cases 36,005

7:53 am: Earlier, the Supreme Court had formed a 12-member committee to assess the shortage of liquid oxygen and other medical items in the country. Read full story here

7:30 am: The Supreme Court will also hear a seeking directions for strict enforcement of COVID guidelines and for action against those who violated protocols during assembly elections and Kumbh Mela.

7:15 am: The Supreme Court will hear on suo moto case relating to oxygen supply, drug supply, and various other policies in relation to the COVID19 pandemic today. Ahead of the hearing, the Centre had yesterday filed its affidavit before the SC in connection with the case

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma