India added a record 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to 1,62,63,695. As India continued to record a huge number of new infections, hospitals in the national capital and other major cities complained of 'dangerously low' levels of oxygen that is needed for critically ill patients. People losing loved ones in Delhi are turning to makeshift facilities that are undertaking mass burials and cremations as crematoriums come under pressure. (FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES ON COVID)
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 75.01 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day.
India's cumulative recoveries have surged to 1,36,48,159 with 1,93,279 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours.
Beijing [China], May 9 (ANI): A document written by Chinese scientists and health officials before the pandemic in 2015 states that SARS coronaviruses were a "new era of genetic weapons" that could be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed, reported Weekend Australian.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 8 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday sought the help of the Central government for better implementation of the vaccination drive for people in the age group 18 to 44 years.
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 8 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not ready to accept the public mandate following the debacle in the Assembly election and asked why there is so much discrimination with the state.
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 8 (ANI): In order to curb the rising number of coronavirus infections, authorities in Pakistan are imposing complete countrywide lockdown from May 8 for the next 10 days, Gulf News reported.
Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 9 (ANI): Dantewada Police has appealed to top Maoist leaders and their cadets, who are reportedly suffering from COVID infection and food poisoning in the district, to surrender and get access to free medical treatment, said an official on Saturday.
Mumbai, May 8 (PTI) At least eight COVID-19 survivors have died due to mucormycosis, a fungal infection, during treatment in Maharashtra, a senior official said on Saturday, adding the total 200 such patients are being treated.