.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Citizens wait outside Thane Nurses Training Vaccination Center to receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, in Thane, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • Some media reports termed the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 as the "Indian variant," Centre said
  • The government said that these media reports are "without any basis, and unfounded"
  • The WHO said it does not "identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from"

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Family members mourn the death of COVID -19 victim at Patna Medical College and Hospital during COVID-induced lockdown, in Patna, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • India’s second COVID-19 wave seems to have flattened but the climb down will be a more prolonged, he said
  • There is no indication the mutant versions are more lethal, Shahid Jameel said
  • "Even if the curve starts to decline, we will continue to have to deal with a large number of infections every day," he said 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Beneficiaries wait to receive COVID-19 vaccine dose at a vaccination centre in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • India variant of COVID-19 has been found in 44 countries worldwide, the WHO said
  • The B.1.617 variant of coronavirus was first found in India in October last year
  • Britain has reported the largest number of COVID-19 cases caused by B.1.617 variant, outside India

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Family members react during the cremation of a COVID-19 victim, as coronavirus cases surge in record numbers, at Sarai Kale Khan Crematorium in New Delhi, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • The death toll from COVID-19 in India has now climbed to 234,083
  • The COVID-19 tally in India now stands at 21,491,598
  • There are currently 3,645,164 active cases of COVID-19 in India

.Tokyo, Japan
Runners start at a half-marathon held as a Tokyo 2020 Olympics test event in Sapporo, northern Japan, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • The Japanese government is expected to extend the restrictions until the end of May
  • A formal announcement will be made later on Friday, with officials expected to ease some measures
  • Japan's COVID-19 outbreak remains much smaller than in many countries, with around 10,000 deaths

.Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Police personnel conduct a flag march to enforce implementation of COVID-induced lockdown, in Ranchi, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)

  • The lockdown-like restrictions were first imposed in Jharkhand on April 22 as "Health Safety Week"
  • The restrictions in Jharkhand have now been extended till 6 am on May 13
  • In Himachal Pradesh, the lockdown has been imposed from May 7 to May 16

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Medic takes swab sample of traders and workers for COVID-19 testing by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) at APMC Grain Market, Friday, April 30, 2021 (PTI Photo)

  • If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, his/her testing must not be repeated, the ICMR said
  • Testing is not required for COVID-19 recovered individuals, the ICMR said
  • It said that RT-PCR tests of healthy individuals, travelling inter-state, can be completely removed

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The second wave of COVID-19 has massively hit India and has caused havoc in India's healthcare system. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Researchers have found another mutant of the novel coronavirus - N440K
  • The new variant is '10 to 1,000 times more infectious' than the known strains of COVID
  • The second wave of COVID-19 has massively hit India and has caused havoc in India's healthcare system