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MDS2 TN-VIRUS-VACCINE Procurement of 1.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses ordered for 18 plus people: TN Govt Chennai: Procurement of 1.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses has been ordered to vaccinate from May 1, people aged above 18, the Tamil Nadu government said.

MDS4 KL-VACCINE-GOVT Kerala govt to procure 1 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses for those over 18 yrs Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government decided to procureone crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the third phase of vaccination drivefrom May 1, for those above18 years of age.

MDS8 TN-VIRUS-DMK-PM COVID-19: Stalin slams Centre, TN govt; asks PM Modi to declare vaccines free for all Chennai: No preventive, precautionary measure to tackle COVID-19 was taken by the Central and Tamil Nadu governments during the gap between the first and second waves of the pandemic, DMK president M K Stalin alleged.

MES3 KL-VIRUS-OXYGEN Kerala has reserve of 510 MT oxygen, mulling to increase upto 1000 MT: Govt Thiruvananthapuram: As many states in the country continue to grapple with oxygen shortage, the Kerala government has said it has a reserve of 510 metric tonnes of the life-saving gas at production centres post-delivery.

MES5 KA-VIRUS-MINISTER Three thousand COVID infected people gone 'missing' in Bengaluru: Minister Bengaluru: Amid surging COVID-19 cases in the State, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka claimed most infected people have switched off their phones and about 3,000 of them who have gone 'missing' from Bengaluru are spreading the disease. PTI ROH ROH