Coronavirus live updates: India on Sunday reported 349,691 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 16,960,172 and setting a new world record for cases for the fourth consecutive day. The country had 2,767 deaths--the highest single-day spike—and taking total casualties to 1,92,311..
The surge in cases has overwhelmed country's hospitals and may delay its economic recovery, according to healthcare experts and rating agencies.
Bharat Biotech said that it will supply Covaxin directly to state governments at Rs 600 per dose, while it will supply the vaccine directly to private hospitals at Rs 1,200. Serum Institute earlier said that its vaccine, Covishield, would cost Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 for private hospitals.
World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases worldwide on Sunday stood at 147,039,936. As many as 3,112,295 people have died of the disease and 124,688,054 have recovered. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,788,504, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia.
Nineteen more private medical facilities in Ahmedabad
Nineteen more private medical facilities in Ahmedabad have come forward to serve as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and care centres, adding 292 beds for patients in the city, officials said on Monday, according to a PTI report.
Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 66,191 new cases
Maharashtra reports 66,191 new coronavirus cases, 61,450 discharges, and 832 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department
Coronavirus LIVE: UK sends critical medical equipment to India
Today we have sent the first of several urgent deliveries of surplus medical equipment to our friends in India to help provide life-saving care for vulnerable Covid patients. No-one is safe until we are all safe. pic.twitter.com/HOudeYv86c
Rajasthan reports 15,809 fresh coronavirus cases, 6,649 recoveries, and 74 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department
Coronavirus LIVE: Kejriwal pleads for help from India's top industrialists
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal writes a letter to the top industrialists of the country, seeking their help in the national capital's Oxygen crisis. His letter reads, 'Please help Delhi government if you have Oxygen and tankers...help us in whatever way you can.'
Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 28,469 fresh cases
Kerala reports 28,469 fresh coronavirus cases, 8,122 recoveries, and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department
Coronavirus LIVE: All vaccination centres in Mumbai will be functional tomorrow, says BMC chief
We have received 1.5 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine today. All vaccination centres in Mumbai shall be functional tomorrow. However, Covaxin will be available only at select centres for 2nd dose due to extremely limited existing stock: BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal
Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 12,634 new cases
Andhra Pradesh reports 12,634 new coronavirus cases, 4,304 recoveries, and 69 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department
Coronavirus LIVE: Railways to deliver more than 140 MT liquid oxygen in next 24 hours
On a mission mode, Indian Railways is going to deliver more than 140 MT liquid oxygen in next 24 hrs. Currently, 9 tankers are already on the run, out of which 5 will reach Lucknow by tonight and remaining 4 containers of LMO which have already started from Bokaro are expected to reach Lucknow tomorrow early. Read full govt release here
Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 4,368 fresh cases, 1,748 recoveries, and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department
Railways deploys Covid care coaches in UP, MP, Maharashtra and Delhi
As the country is battling the scourge of the current second wave of Covid, the Ministry of Railways is deploying a no-holds barred approach by re-mobilising its initiative of Covid Care Isolation Coaches, already devised during the initial wave of Covid 19 with add-on conveniences. As a measure of preparedness, Covid Care coaches have been readied to serve as additional health care facility for isolation of Covid patients with mild symptoms. These coaches have now been additionally fitted with conveniences viz. coolers, jute-mats to cater to the current hot weather conditions. Read full govt release here
Coronavirus LIVE: Germany is urgently preparing a mission of support to India, says Merkel
Coronavirus LIVE: Negative test report must for flyers to Bengal from 9 states
#TravelAdvisory: Important update for passengers travelling to West Bengal from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. pic.twitter.com/5tgrXdCc7j
Coronavirus LIVE: Jharkhand HC orders all its benches to take up only urgent matters
In view of rising COVID cases, Jharkhand High Court has ordered all its benches to take up only 'extremely urgent matters' filed in 2021 only, through video conferencing from April 26. pic.twitter.com/DnLdYPVr5i
Coronavirus LIVE: Union Health Secy writes to states on phase-3 vaccination
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to Additional Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries, Health of all states/UTs regarding the decisions for facilitating the systematic implementation of phase III of the vaccination drive from 1st May 2021. #COVID19pic.twitter.com/8m6zxAJisV
Coronavirus LIVE: Night curfew in four Himachal districts
Himachal Pradesh govt has decided to impose corona curfew in 4 districts of the State - Kangra, Una, Solan & Sirmour from 10 pm to 5 am from midnight of 27th April to 10th May. This was decided in high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of CM Jai Ram Thakur: CMO #COVID19
Registration on CoWIN must for those between 18 and 45 years to get vaccine shot
Getting registered on the CoWIN web portal and taking an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab would be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 45 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, official sources said on Sunday.
Those above45 years can still avail the facility of on-site registration to get vaccinated, they said.
As India witnesses a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, it has decided to allow everyone above18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1. (PTI)
Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu CM writes to PM over oxygen diversion
In National Medical Oxygen allotment plan allocation for Tamil Nadu fixed at 220 MTs & based on the wrong allotment, 80 MTs of liquid oxygen diverted from manufacturing facilities at Sriperumpudur, Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: Tamil Nadu CM writes to PM
Coronavirus LIVE: Major ports to waive off charges for ships carrying oxygen
Coronavirus LIVE: Major ports to waive off charges for ships carrying oxygen and oxygen related equipment
Babul Supriyo tests Covid-19 positive for second time
Union Minister Babul Supriyo says he and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19 and he won't vote in Asansol on April 26, the seventh of Bengal's eight-phase elections. Supriyo tested positive for the virus for the second time, PTI reported.
Hospitals will have medical oxygen, situation should be under control: Kejriwal
"While we have failed to deliver oxygen at some places, in other places we have succeeded... the situation should be under control in the coming few days," said Kejriwal, according to NDTV.com.
Delhi lockdown extended till Monday, 5am
Kejriwal said the lockdown has been "extended till next Monday, 5 am". He said his government and the centre are working to ensure medical oxygen in hospitals. "We have started a portal that will be updated every two hours by oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals for better management of oxygen supply."
Delhi extends lockdown by a week
A lockdown in Delhi has been extended by another week, with the national capital still showing a high positivity rate despite a marginal drop in the daily figures. "Corona still continues to wreak havoc. Public opinion is also that lockdown should increase. So the lockdown is being extended for one week," said Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal.
Trinamool candidate dies
Kajal Sinha, Trinamool Congress party candidate in Khardah constituency of West Bengal, died in Kolkata Sunday morning after testing positive for Covid-19 two days ago. Sinha was 59. Khardah voted on April 22 in the sixth of Bengal’s eight-phase assembly elections.
Very, very sad. Shocked. Kajal Sinha, our candidate from Khardaha, succumbed to Covid.He dedicated his life to serving people & just fought a tireless campaign. He was a long-serving committed member of @AITCofficial. We will miss him. My condolences to his family & his admirers
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the "system has failed" and his party would help citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic. "System failed, so it's important to do Jan ki baat," he said on Twitter, referring to Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s radio programme.
‘System’ failed, so it’s important to do Jan ki baat:
In this crisis, the country needs responsible citizens. I request my Congress colleagues to leave all political work- just provide all help and ease the pain of our countrymen.
"Friends, I urge you all to get information from the right source if you want any information or have any apprehensions. Your family doctor, doctors around you, you can contact them by phone. Please consult them," says Modi about Covid-19 vaccines.
Centre will help states in Covid-19 crisis: Modi
The government of India is dedicated to taking forward the efforts of the state governments to tackle Covid-19, Modi, according to ANI.
Central govt's vaccination to remain free: Modi
The central government's free Covid-19 vaccination will continue, says PM Modi, urges state governments to make use of the campaign.
Covid-19 is testing our patience: PM Modi
"I'm speaking to you at a time when Covid-19 is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain. Many of our loved ones left us untimely. After successfully tackling the first wave, nation's morale was high. It was confident but this storm (of infections) has shaken the nation,” ANI quotes Modi as saying.
Second wave has rattled Indians, says Modi
Second wave of Covid-19 cases has rattled Indians, says Modi on monthly radio programme
Covid-19 crisis is testing India again: Modi
PM Narendra Modi says Covid-19 crisis is testing India’s resolve again. "I have spoken to various sectors," he says on Mann Ki Baat.
India active cases increased to 26,82,751
India’s active Covid-19 cases—people under treatment for the disease--has increased to 26,82,751, comprising 15.82 per cent of total infections. The national recovery rate has stands at 83.05 per cent, said the health ministry on Sunday. The number of people who recuperated has increased to 1,40,85,110. The case fatality rate-- the proportion of people who die from a disease among all individuals diagnosed with the disease over a certain period of time--has dropped to 1.13 per cent.
Biden administration attacked for India policy
President Joe Biden’s administration has come under criticism from for not releasing surplus Covid-19 vaccines to India when the country is experiencing its worst-ever public health crisis. "When people in India and elsewhere desperately need help, we can't let vaccines sit in a warehouse, we need to get them where they'll save lives," said Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.
Deaths in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rise to 66
Forty-five people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory of 5,614, a health department official said on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 66 as one more person succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, he said
UP legislator succumbs to Covid-19, father dies of grief
Ramesh Chandra Diwakar, BJP legislator from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh, died of Covid-19 in Meerut on Friday. He was 56. PTI reports Diwakar’s father died of grief at 92 in Auraiya on Saturday. The late politician’s wife is being treated for Covid-19 in a hospital in Kanpur.
Arunachal govt shuts down schools from April 26
Arunachal Pradesh government is closing all schoolsfrom April 26. Internal examinations held so far in the government schools would be counted for assessment of students, and the tests that scheduled on or after April 26 stand cancelled, reported PTI.
Delhi hospital gets oxygen
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi says it got 5 tonne of medical oxygen early Sunday. "Oxygen running in full pressure after a long time," a spokesperson of the private hospital told ANI. As many 25 Covid-19 patients died there, said the hospital on Friday as it rejected reports that the casualties were caused by oxygen shortage. "A large number of patients admitted at our hospital are in a very serious condition and that's why the high fatality," an executive told Times of India.
155 new Covid-19 cases, says Meghalaya
Meghalaya on Saturday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 15,786, a health department official said. The state now has 1,244 active cases, Health Services Director Aman War told PTI.
15 feared dead in Baghdad hospital treating Covid-19 patients
A fire broke out in a Baghdad hospital that cares for coronavirus patients after oxygen cylinders reportedly exploded late Saturday, officials said. There were initial reports of 15 people dead, the Associated Press said in a report from Iraq's capital. Firefighters rushed to put out the flames and clear out patients at the Ibn al-Khatib hospital, which provides care for severe coronavirus patients in its intensive care unit.
Jharkhand''death toll rises to 1,778
Jharkhand''s Covid-19 death toll rose to 1,778 as the state reported 63 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours, the health department said in a bulletin on Saturday.
Altogether, 5,741 new infections pushed the coronavirus caseload of the state to 1,90,692, PTI reported quoting the bulletin.
Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' speech at 11am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak on 'Mann Ki Baat' this morning, likely using the 76th episode of the monthly radio programme to speak about Covid-19. The speech is at 11am.
Coronavirus cases rising 'like tsunami', says Delhi High Court
The Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the central and the Delhi governments about their preparedness to deal with the peak of the second Covid-19 wave expected by mid-May, terming the mounting cases a “tsunami” and warning that it will “hang any person” who tries to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals.
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