Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Bengaluru has pipped Pune to become India’s Covid capital as the Covid cases have reached above 9.5 lakh in the city, which is the highest in the country. The total caseload in Pune is 9.3 lakh. As of May 10, Bengaluru had about 20,000 more cases than Pune. Whereas, Bengaluru had 86,500 fewer cases than Pune as on April 30 and more than a lakh as on March 31, indicating the rapid growth in cases in the past 40 days.
Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin was on Tuesday recommended by an expert panel for phase II/III clinical trial on those aged between two to 18 years, official sources said. The trial will take place in 525 subjects at various sites, including AIIMS, Delhi, AIIMS, Patna and Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) on Tuesday deliberated upon Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s application seeking permission to conduct phase II/III clinical trials to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity of Covaxin jabs in children aged 2 to 18 years.
The Maharashtra government has decided to use hospitals attached to medical colleges as treatment centres for Mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection now affecting coronavirus patients, said health minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday. Symptoms of Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, include headache, fever, pain under the eyes, nasal or sinus congestion and partial loss of vision.