The total number of coronavirus patients in India jumped to 52,952 on Friday morning, while as many as 1,783 people have lost their lives. Of the total Covid-19 cases 35,902 are active cases, while 15,266 have recovered. India has entered 44th  day of its nationwide coronavirus lockdown, which is also one of the longest lockdowns in the world. India plans to lift the lockdown in a staggered and phased manner. Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state

PM Modi address today-  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at virtual Buddha Purnima celebrations at 9 AM today and thanked the corona warriors who are serving the nation in times of pandemic. Today, India is standing firmly in support of everyone, without any discrimination, who are in need or who are in trouble, in the country or across the globe, said PM Narendra Modi. The prayer meeting has gone virtual this year keeping in mind the need to maintain social distancing. The event is being organised in honour of the victims and the frontline warriors of COVID-19, like the medical staff, doctors, and police personnel among others.

National carrier Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have embarked upon — Vande Bharat Mission — touted as one of the world’s largest evacuation operations. Accordingly, the two airlines operated flights to UAE and Singapore from Cochin, Kozhikode and New Delhi. These were the first of 64 flights that the two airlines will operate from May 7-13 to bring back 14,800 stranded Indians from 12 countries.

The Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global Buddhist umbrella organization, is holding a virtual prayer event with the participation of all the supreme heads of the Buddhist Sanghas from around the world, the statement said. Buddha Purnima celebrations are being held through a Virtual Visak Day owing to the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. Prayer ceremonies on the occasion will be streamed live from the Sacred Garden Lumbini (Nepal), Mahabodhi Temple (Bodhgaya, India); Mulgandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath; Parinirvana Stupa, Kushinagar; Pirith Chanting from Ruwanweli Maha Seya in the sacred and historic Anuradhapura stupa premises, Sri Lanka; Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Namo Stupa, Nepal, apart from other popular Buddhist sites.

Vesak-Buddha Poornima is considered the Triple Blessed Day as Tathagata Gautam Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Maha Parnirvana, the statement pointed out.

Vaccine for coronavirus remains the most sought after thing across the countries of the world as they remain gripped in an unprecedented lockdown to avoid the transmission of the Covid-19 virus until a vaccine is successfully made. Italian researchers have claimed that they have successfully developed a vaccine to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) which is likely to work on humans, a report said. Over 30 Coronavirus vaccines are in different stages of development in India, an official statement read after PM Modi reviewed the status of vaccine development in India, news agency PTI reported.  However, In the rush to win the Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine race, researchers must not break defined guidelines and processes involved in developing a vaccine, as finding shortcuts may do more harm than good in the long run, Indian health experts warned on Wednesday.

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