Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 61,695 new cases; 16,699 in Delhi

Coronavirus LIVE updates: Breaking all records, India registered its biggest-ever single day spike with 200,739 fresh cases. With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 14,074,564 cases, according to MoHFW. India is the 2nd worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases. India also witnessed 1,037 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 173,152.

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 58,952 fresh coronavirus cases. With 17,282 fresh infections, Delhi recorded highest ever coronavirus diseases cases, breaking its own previous daily spikes. Karnataka reported the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases this year by recording 11,265 new infections in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, CBSE board exams for Class 10th have been cancelled and 12th exams have been postponed.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,578,160), Kerala (1,172,882), Karnataka (1,094,912), Tamil Nadu (940,145), and Andhra Pradesh (928,664).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 138,819,913 infected by the deadly contagion. While 111,604,556 have recovered, 2,984,891 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,149,181, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, India, Brazil and Belgium.


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Civic bodies to run sanitisation drives during weekend curfew

All three city municipal corporations will conduct sanitisation drives in their areas during the weekend curfew imposed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection in the national capital, the Delhi BJP chief said on Thursday.
 
The mayors of all three civic bodies held a joint press conference, where Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta was also present.
 
Gupta said the coronavirus cases are continuously increasing in Delhi and in this pandemic, all three municipal corporations are standing with the public.
All three corporation will conduct campaigns for sanitisation in their areas during the weekend curfew.
 
Sanitation work will be done in various markets, streets and wards, he added.
 
He said special arrangements have been made by the corporation also to lift bio-medical wastes in the areas where citizens are under home isolation so that they do not face any inconvenience.
 
Gupta said there are 130 corona vaccination centres under the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations and they will be extended in the coming days so that the inoculation campaign can be expedited further.
 
He said doctors of the corporation hospitals will provide counselling to the citizens during home isolation.
 
North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said because of the increasing cases of Covid-19, a high-level meeting was held to chalk out a plan for sanitisation drive and take other anti-Covid measures.
 
He said a letter has also been written to the Delhi government and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in this connection.

Kumbh is over for Niranjani Akhada

Niranjani Akhada, one of the 13 akhadas of seers participating in the Haridwar Kumbh, on Thursday decided to opt out of the event because of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the state.
 
"The main Shahi Snan held on the occasion of Mesh Sankranti on April 14 is over. Many in our akhada are showing Covid-19 symptoms. So, for us the Kumbh Mela is over," Niranjani Akhada secretary Ravindra Puri said.
 
Rising cases of coronavirus infection in Uttarakhand has spared none with several seers testing positive.
 
President of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad Narendra Giri is down with Covid and recuperating at AIIMS-Rishikesh while Mahamandaleshwar of Maha Nirwani Akhada from Madhya Pradesh Swami Kapil Dev who was suffering from Covid died at a private hospital here on April 13.
 
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand on Thursday recorded its highest single-day spike in Covid cases since the outbreak of the pandemic with 2,220 people testing positive.

Covid-19: BMC appoints 6 coordinators for seamless oxygen supply in Mumbai

In the wake of a surge in demand for medical oxygen, the Mumbai civic body on Thursday said it has appointed six of its officers as coordinators for maintaining seamless supply of the life-saving gas used in treatment of critical Covid-19 patients.
 
The civic body also said up to 2,000 more hospital beds for Covid-19 patients will be added in the next one week.
 
According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release, civic commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal informed about the appointments at a virtual meeting with Maharashtra Tourism and Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray, Food and Drugs Commissioner Abhimanyu Kale and others.
 
The release said the officials will give instructions to private hospitals and nursing homes on judicious use of oxygen to present wastage. They will also coordinate with oxygen suppliers, civic ward officers and the Food and Drugs administration for seamless supply of the gas.
 
In the meeting, Chahal said hospitals in Mumbai are currently being supplied with 235 metric tonnes of oxygen and they have asked the state government to increase the supply in view of its growing number, according to the release.
 
He informed that presently Mumbai has 20,000 beds available at 150 Covid-19 hospitals, including government, BMC and private hospital-run.
 
The number of hospital beds will go up to 22,000, in a week, the release quoted the civic chief as telling the meeting.

Chhattisgarh records 15,256 new Covid-19 cases, 135 deaths

With 15,256 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday, Chhattisgarh saw its highest single-day spike, taking the state's caseload to 5,01,500, a health official said.
 
With 135 deaths due to the viral infection recorded during the day, the statewide toll mounted to 5,442, he said.
 
The state has been witnessing over 10,000 daily cases since the last nine days.
 
The number of active cases in the state stands at 1,21,769 after 113 people were discharged from hospitals, while 9,530 others completed their home isolation period in the day. With this, the number of people who have recovered from the infection increased to 3,74,289.
 
The worst-hit Raipur and Durg districts reported 3,438 and 1,778 new cases, respectively, in the day. While the total count of infection in Raipur reached 1,06,319, including 1,431 deaths, Durg's caseload increased to 62,166, including 1,054 deaths.
 
Rajnandgaon recorded 1,319 new cases, Bilaspur 1,139 and Balodabazar 616 among other districts, he said.
 

9,956 new Covid-19 cases in Pune district, 114 die

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 9,955 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking its caseload to 6,85,970, a health official said.
 
The death toll reached 11,103 as 114 patients succumbed to the infection, he said.
 
"Of the 9,956 cases, 5,395 were from areas located within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, where the case count has grown to 3,49,424," the official said.
 
A total of 4,321 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day.
 
With 2,086 new cases, the tally in Pimpri Chinchwad township grew to 1,75,405.
 

MP to get 450 MT of oxygen soon for Covid-19 patients: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh would get 450 metric tonnes of medical oxygen from other states shortly for treatment of critical Covid-19 patients, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday.
 
The new stock of medical-grade oxygen, whose demand has shot up due to the rising coronavirus cases, is being arranged after talking to the Centre, he said.
 
"I had requested Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for oxygen supply to Madhya Pradesh. A consensus has been reached for supply of 450 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen from Bhilai, Devri (Chhattisgarh) and Rourkela (Odisha) to the state shortly,” Chouhan told reporters here.
 
“I am thankful to them,” he added.
 
The chief minister said the private sector is being roped in to transport the life-saving gas in the state, which has been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

France hits unwanted milestone: Over 100,000 virus deaths

France on Thursday became the third country in Europe after the UK and Italy to reach the unwanted milestone of 100,000 Covid-19-related deaths as new infections and deaths surged due to virus variants.
 
The country of 67 million is the eighth nation in the world to reach the mark after a year of overwhelmed hospitals, on-and-off coronavirus lockdowns and enormous personal losses that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic's impact.
 
The moment prompted a message of solidarity from French President Emmanuel Macron.
 
“Since the start of the pandemic, 100,000 French women and men have succumbed to the virus. We all have a thought for their families, their loved ones, for the children who have lost a parent or a grandparent, the bereaved siblings, the broken friendships,” Macron said on Twitter. “We will not forget a face, a name,” he added.
 
France added 300 new deaths Thursday to the previous day's tally of 99,777, bringing the total to 100,077 deaths.
 
Lionel Petitpas, president of the group Victims of Covid-19 told The Associated Press that the number was “an important threshold.” After months of people getting accustomed to the virus, the figure “is piercing a lot of minds. It is a figure we thought would never be reached,” he said.
 
Petitpas, who lost his wife Joelle on March 29 last year from the virus, said families of victims "want the government to make a collective gesture to recognize our collective loss.” Macron told Le Parisien newspaper he thinks about all of the people who died in the pandemic and their families.
 

Effective plan to be worked out to stem Covid-19 spread in MP: Chouhan

In view of a spurt in Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, the state government would chalk out an effective plan to stem the infection spread, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday.
 
Along with creating public awareness about the pandemic, efforts were on to improve medical facilities, he said while chairing an online meeting of a state-level advisory committee on Covid-19, according to an official.
 
He said suggestions are being taken from senior doctors, other stakeholders and organisations to fight the unprecedented health crisis.
 
On advice of the committee, an effective plan would be drawn up to curb the infection spread, the official quoted Chouhan as saying in the meeting.
 
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi told the meeting that the mindset of the society needs to change for tackling the coronavirus outbreak and suggested creating more awareness about the pandemic.
 
He stressed on an effective mass communication strategy to combat the disease and said help of religious leaders should be sought to reach out to a large number of people.
 

Brazil's hospitals running out of sedatives as Covid-19 rages

Brazil's hospitals were running out of drugs needed to sedate Covid-19 patients on Thursday, with the government urgently seeking to import supplies amid reports of the seriously ill being tied down and intubated without effective sedatives.
 
Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said Brazil was in talks with Spain and other countries to secure the emergency drugs.
 
Hospitals, he added, were also struggling to get enough oxygen.
 
The scenes playing out across Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, are placing growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.
 
Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said Brazil's "failed response" had led to thousands of avoidable deaths and created a humanitarian catastrophe that could still get worse.
 
Brazil has recorded a total of 361,884 coronavirus deaths - only the United States has more - and 13,673,507 confirmed cases.
 
More Brazilians are currently dying of the virus each day than anywhere else in the world, with South America's largest country reporting another 3,560 deaths on Thursday. Bolsonaro has opposed lockdowns and held large events in which he often does not wear a mask. He has only recently embraced vaccines as a possible solution.
 
Brazil's hospitals are struggling to cope.
 
Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have both sounded the alarm over shortages of sedatives, with Sao Paulo's Health Secretary saying the city's ability to care for seriously ill Covid-19 patients is on the verge of collapse.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: West Bengal reports 6,769 new cases

West Bengal reports 6,769 fresh coronavirus cases, 2,387 recoveries and 22 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 61,695 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 61,695 new coronavirus cases, 53,335 recoveries and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Centre asks states to keep grocery stores, warehouses, chemist shops outside curbs

Coronavirus LIVE: Centre asks states to keep grocery stores, warehouses, chemist shops outside the restrictions under Section 144 to maintain smooth supplies.

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai sees 8,217 cases in a day

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 16,699 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 16,699 new cases, 112 deaths and 13,014 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana govt cancels Class 10 SSC Board Exams

Coronavirus LIVE: Telangana govt cancels Class 10 SSC Board Exams

Coronavirus LIVE: All centrally protected monuments, sites and museums to be closed


Coronavirus LIVE: 11-day lockdown in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan reports 6,658 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths

Rajasthan reported 6,658 new Covid-19 cases and 33 fatalities on Thursday, taking the state's infection tally to 3,87,950 and the death toll to 3,041.
 
Four deaths each were reported from Bikaner and Kota, three each from Alwar, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur and Udaipur, two each from Nagaur and Pali and one fatality each was registered in Ajmer, Baran, Chittorgarh, Churu, Jalore and Sikar, according to an official report.
 
Jaipur reported the highest number of 848 new cases, followed 847 in Jodhpur and 711 in Udaipur. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 8,126 fresh cases, 20 deaths

Kerala added 8,126 new Covid-19 cases and 20 more deaths on Thursday, taking the infection count to 11,97,301 and the toll to 4,856.
 
A total of 2,700 people recuperated from the disease today, pushing the cumulative tally to 11,28,475. (PTI)

Maharashtra: Nagpur records 5,813 new cases

With a single-day addition of 5,813 Covid-19 cases, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Nagpur district reached 2,99,849 on Thursday, an official said.
 
Apart from this, the district also recorded 74 casualties during the day that raised the toll to 6,034, the official said.
 
At least 4,634 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the count of recoveries to 2,32,705, he said, adding that the district is now left with 61,110 active cases. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 7,987 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 7,987 new coronavirus cases, 4,176 recoveries and 29 deaths, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt postpones NEET-PG exam amid rising cases

In light of the surge in coronavirus cases, Union Government has decided to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-Post Graduate exam which was earlier scheduled to be held on April 18. Next date to be decided later, says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 14,738 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 14,738 new coronavirus positive cases, 3,591 discharges and 66 deaths, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 2,220 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 2,220 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours; case tally at 116,244, according to the state government

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 5,086 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 5,086 new coronavirus cases, 1,745 recoveries and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 757 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 757 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths today; case tally at 64,572, according to the state health department

Union minister V Muraleedharan accuses Kerala CM of violating Covid protocols

The BJP on Thursday accused Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of violating the Covid-19 protocol, alleging the senior CPI(M) leader hid from the public the fact that he was a primary contact of his virus infected daughter and carried out a massive roadshow two days ahead of the April 6 state Assembly polls.
 
The issue triggered a row in the state with a war of words erupting between Union Minister V Muraleedharan who described Vijayan as a "COVIDIOT" and Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja who defended the chief minister, describing as baseless the BJP leader's allegations.
 
Muraleedharan also demanded legal action against Vijayan for flouting the Covid protocol. (PTI)

Kumbh: Negative Covid report must for people returning to Karnataka

Delhi weekend curfew: No restriction on inter-state movement, says DDMA

Delhi weekend curfew: No restriction on inter-state movement and transportation of essential, non-essential goods, says DDMA

Coronavirus LIVE: International Baccalaureate cancels its examinations across India

Coronavirus LIVE: International Baccalaureate cancels its examinations across India following surge in cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi govt issues guidelines for weekend curfew

Rare blood clotting risk more for Covid than for vaccines: Oxford study

The risk of rare blood clotting known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) following Covid-19 infection is several times higher than post-vaccination, according to a study unveiled on Thursday.
 
The study led by researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK counted the number of CVT cases diagnosed in the two weeks following diagnosis of Covid-19, or after the first dose of a vaccine.
 
They compared these to calculated incidences of CVT following influenza, and the background level in the general population.
 
The team found that CVT is more common after Covid-19 than in any of the comparison groups, with 30 per cent of these cases occurring in the under 30s. (PTI)

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million Covid-19 deaths

A top official from the World Health Organisation says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from Covid-19 and the situation remains serious, with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.
 
Addressing recent concerns about vaccines, Dr Hans Kluge also said the risk of people suffering blood clots is far higher for people with Covid-19 than people who receive AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine.
 
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Greece, Kluge did point to early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries and cited declining incidence among the oldest people.

Kumbh: Nirvani Akhara's Kapildev passes away after testing positive

Maharashtra: Over 5,000 beds reserved for Covid patients in Raigad

In light of the rise in coronavirus cases, the administration in Maharashtra's Raigad district has reserved 5,086 beds in government and private hospitals, an official said on Thursday.
 
According to a release issued by the district administration, 3,552 beds without oxygen support, 1,042 with oxygen support, 311 ICU beds and 181 ventilators have been prepared for Covid-19 patients.
 
There are 3,552 beds without oxygen support in the Covid-19 isolation ward, while a separation room has been set up with 1,042 beds that have oxygen support, the release stated. (PTI)

Delhi High Court allows 50 people to offer prayers at Nizamuddin Markaz mosque

Union Home secy chairs high-level meet to review Covid status in Madhya Pradesh

Union Home Secretary chairs high level meet to review the status of Covid-19 status and public health measures taken by Madhya Pradesh.  State advised to strengthen and enhance Oxygen beds and ICU beds

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees another record single-day spike with 22,439 cases

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees another record single-day spike with 22,439 cases, according to the state health department.

France's pandemic death toll set to pass 100,000 amid surge

France's coronavirus death toll is expected to pass 100,000 on Thursday after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal loss that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic's unending, devastating toll.
 
The country of 67 million will be the eighth in the world to reach the symbolic mark, and the third in Europe after the United Kingdom and Italy.
 
The cumulative death toll since the start of the epidemic totaled 99,777 on Wednesday evening. In recent days, French health authorities have been reporting about 300 new daily deaths from Covid-19.
 
Lionel Petitpas, president of the association Victims of Covid-19, told the Associated Press that the number of 100,000 deaths is an important threshold. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Odisha CM suspends class 10 and 12 board exams

Uddhav Thackeray writes to PM Modi, suggesting various steps to tackle pandemic

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat postpones Class 10 and 12 board examinations

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Gujarat government decides to postpone Class 10 and 12 board examinations. The government also decided to promote students of classes 1 to 9 and 11, according to the Gujarat chief minister's office.

Coronavirus LIVE: Haryana cancels class 10 exams and postpones class 12 exams

What is a vaccine passport, and will you need one?

Vaccine passports," or vaccine certificates, are documents that show you were vaccinated against Covid-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. They could help you get into places such as stadiums or even countries that are looking to reopen safely.
 
The certificates are still being developed, and how and whether they'll be used could vary widely around the world. Experts say they should be free and available on paper, not just on apps, since not everyone has a smartphone.
 
In the US, federal officials say there are no plans to make them broadly mandatory. In some states, Republican governors have issued orders barring businesses or state agencies from asking people to show proof of vaccination.
 
Objections revolve mostly around privacy and security how people's personal information will be stored and fairness. Critics say the passports will benefit people and countries with more access to vaccines. (AP)

Coronavirus LIVE: Aurangabad records 1,718 cases

As many as 1,718 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 27 have died of the infection in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, an official said on Thursday.
 
With the latest cases and casualties reported on Wednesday, the caseload in the district reached 1,03,254 and the toll touched 2,052, the official said. A total of 85,400 patients have recovered from the disease so far, leaving the district with 15,802 active cases, he said.

Of the fresh cases, 771 were detected in the city, while 947 were reported from the rural parts of the district, the official said. Among the latest casualties, 18 patients died at the Government Medical College and Hospital, six at private facilities and three at the civil hospital. (PTI)

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra gets second dose of vaccine in Jaipur


Schools in UP shut till May 15

All schools in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till May 15 while board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20 in view of rising Covid-19 cases, the state government said on Thursday.
 
The new dates for the board examinations will be decided in the first week of May, an official said.
 
"Schools up to class 12 are being closed till May 15 and no examinations will also be held during this period. Also, UP board examinations for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20," the official said. (PTI)

Maharashtra CM urges Centre to consider coronavirus as natural calamity

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has written a letter to the Centre, urging to consider the Covid-19 pandemic as natural calamity, so that the government can use the state disaster response fund (SDRF) to provide financial assistance to the affected people.
 
All State Disaster Management Acts have been formed as part of the central disaster management law; hence the state needs the Union government's permission to use the SDRF for helping the pandemic-hit people, a government official said on Thursday.
 
The chief minister wrote the letter to the Centre on Wednesday to seek its permission, he said. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: UP govt announces night curfew from 8 pm till 7 am in 10 districts

Coronavirus LIVE: UP govt announces night curfew from 8 pm till 7 am in 10 districts with more than 2,000 active Covid-19 cases

Govt issues protocols for fast tracking approvals for foreign vaccines

Amid record breaking spike in daily coronavirus infections, the union government approved streamlining and fast tracking of regulatory system for vaccines authorised by foreign regulators including US FDA, EMA, UK MHRA among others.
 
"This decision will facilitate quicker access to such foreign vaccines by India and would encourage imports including import of bulk drug material, optimal utilization of domestic fill and finish capacity etc., which will in turn provide a fillip to vaccine manufacturing capacity and total vaccine availability within the country," according to an official statement from the government.

Kumbh Mela: Over 1,700 test positive over 5-day period

A total of 1,701 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela area from April 10 to 14 confirming fears that one of the world's largest religious gatherings may contribute further to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
 
The numbers include both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test reports of devotees and seers of different akharas (ascetic groups) over the five-day period in the entire Mela Kshetra extending from Haridwar to Devprayag, Haridwar Chief Medical Officer Shambhu Kumar Jha said on Thursday.
 
More RT-PCR test reports are awaited and the trend shows that the number of infected persons in the Kumbh Mela Kshetra is likely to climb to 2,000, he said. (PTI)

Tokyo Games: Officials say cancelation, no fans still option

Two top officials of Japan's ruling LDP party on Thursday said radical changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One went as far to suggest they still could be canceled, and the other that even if they proceed, it might be without any fans.
 
Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, suggested the cancellation just a day after Tokyo reached the 100-days-to-go mark on Wednesday.
 
He made his comments in a show recorded by Japan's TBS TV.
 
If it seems impossible to go on with the games, they must be definitely canceled, Nikai said. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Vadodara receives 100 new ventilators amid reports of shortage

Weekend lockdown in Delhi: Know the details


People will not be allowed to dine-in restaurants, only home deliveries permitted: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

People will not be allowed to dine-in restaurants, only home deliveries permitted: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi coronavrius update: Essential services will not be impacted, says Kejriwal

Scheduled weddings can go on with curfew passes.

Delhi coronavirus update: Cinema halls to operate at 30 % capacity, says CM

Delhi coronavirus update: Cinema halls to operate at 30 % capacity, says CM

Delhi coronavirus update: Malls, gyms, spas and auditoriums closed, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi coronavirus update: Malls, gyms, spas and auditoriums closed, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi will have weekend curfews to break Covid-19 chain, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi will have weekend curfews to break Covid-19 chain, says Arvind Kejriwal
 

Don't insist on specific hospitals during this pandemic, says Kejriwal

Don't insist on specific hospitals during this pandemic, says Kejriwal. There are over 5,000 beds available in Delhi

Delhi coronavirus: No shortage of beds in Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi coronavirus: No shortage of beds in Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi coronavirus update: SPAs, malls, theatres, gyms to be shut in Delhi amid Covid surge, NDTV reports

Delhi coronavirus update: SPAs, malls, theatres, gyms to be shut in Delhi amid Covid surge, NDTV reports

Madhya Pradesh: 9,264 Remdesivir injections arrive at Indore airport

Madhya Pradesh: 9,264 Remdesivir injections arrive at Indore airport, to be sent to different cities including Bhopal, Ratlam, Khandwa and Gwalior

A student dies at quarantine centre set up at IIT Roorkee

A student died at quarantine centre set up at IIT Roorkee. He was at the centre from April 11th after coming in primary contact of another student who had tested positive for Covid-19. Cause of death can be ascertained in postmortem: IIT Roorkee media cell incharge

Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi take their doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi take their doses of Covid-19 vaccine, in Patna.

Maharashtra: Relatives & families of Covid-19 patients in Pune sit on protest demanding Remdesivir

Relatives & families of Covid-19 patients in Pune sit on protest outside Collector's office demanding Remdesivir. A woman says "My father is hospitalised for last 6 days, his medications haven't begun completely. He's in ICU. I've looked for Remdesivir in all cities"
 

Gujarat High Court hears suo motu case on Covid-19 situation in the state

You should make people aware about when to take Remdesivir, says Gujarat HC.
 
We have requested manufacturers to increase the production of Remdesivir, submits Gujarat Govt before High Court.

Delhi coronavirus update: Arvind Kejriwal press conference at 1 pm; further curbs likely

 Delhi coronavirus update: Arvind Kejriwal press conference at 1 pm; further curbs likely, according to media reports.

Madhya Pradesh: A Covid patient died at Shivpuri hospital allegedly after a ward boy removed oxygen support

A Covid patient died at Shivpuri district hospital allegedly after a ward boy removed oxygen support
 
The deceased was a dialysis patient & his hemoglobin had dropped. We'll check CCTV footage and look into the allegations leveled by family: Arjun Lal Sharma, CMHO

Inter-ministerial Empowered Group facilitating supply of medical equipment, oxygen to states, says govt

In the present context of increasing Covid cases, the inter-ministerial Empowered Group (EG2) has been meeting and facilitating the supply of essential medical equipment, particularly related to medical oxygen supply to the States, said the Union health ministry. The Empowered Group has been meeting and interacting frequently with the states, oxygen manufacturers and other stakeholders to facilitate medical oxygen supply to states are per necessity, it added.

Decoded: SIR Model to herd immunity, making sense of pandemic jargon

Prior to Covid-19, most people had not heard of epidemiology. Epidemiologists use maths and data to examine health-related variables (not just diseases — they also look at diet, lifestyle, tobacco use, alcohol use, etc). They make projections about the future course of diseases. Like all acad­emic disciplines, epidemiology has its own jargon. The models and underlying as­su­m­ptions are rarely explained. Here’s an at­t­empt to make sense of some of the jargon. Read more here

Telangana reports 3307 new Covid-19 cases, 897 recoveries and 8 deaths

Total cases 338,045
Total recoveries 308,396
Death toll 1,788
Active cases  27,861

Shortage of key chemical hits Bharat Biotech's Covaxin ramp-up plans

With Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech in the midst of ramping up its capacity for Covaxin, sources said the biotechnology company is facing challenges in procuring the adjuvant used in the vaccine.
 
The unsung hero of vaccines is a component called the adjuvant. It puts a ‘red flag’ on the antigenic component of the vaccine — an inactivated whole or part of a virus or bacteria — and instructs the immune system to mount a defence against that antigen whenever it is encountered. Read on...

India reports 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases, 93,528 discharges and 1,038 deaths in the last 24 hours

India reports 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases, 93,528 discharges and 1,038 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
 
Total cases: 1,40,74,564
Total recoveries: 1,24,29,564 
Active cases: 14,71,877
Death toll: 1,73,123

UP govt issues directions on quarantine of migrant workers returning to the state

West Bengal: Congress candidate from Samsherganj in Murshidabad district, Rezaul Haque dies due to Covid

West Bengal: Congress candidate from Samsherganj in Murshidabad district, Rezaul Haque passed away at a hospital in Kolkata earlier this morning. He had tested positive for Covid-19.

Chhattisgarh: 4 Covid-19 patients die in Rajnandgaon district due to non-availability of oxygen

Chhattisgarh: 4 Covid-19 patients died in Dongargaon block of Rajnandgaon dist yesterday allegedly due to non-availability of oxygen

Clinical trials on India's first mRNA Covid-19 vaccine to begin soon

Emcure Group firm Gennova Biopharmaceuticals, which is developing India’s first mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine, is set to start recruitment for phase 1 clinical trials in a week.
 
Vikas Thapar, president — corporate development & strategy — Emcure Group, told Business Standard that the firm was readying for clinical trials anytime now. “We got the final nod from the regulator last week to start phase 1 clinical trials. We are going to start it anytime now. The recruitment will begin next week. Phase 1 would be on about 150 people,” Thapar said. Read on...

Coronavirus India update: Summary of MoHFW data (April 15)

Active cases: 1,471,877 (Net addition: 106,173)
Deaths: 173,123 (Net increase: 1,038)
Cured: 12,429,564 (Net increase: 93,528)
Total cases: 14,074,564 (Net increase: 200,739)
Total vaccination: 114,493,238 (Increase over previous day: 3,313,848)

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 284 active cases of Covid-19 currently in prisons across the state

284 active cases of Covid-19 currently in prisons across the state, including 198 inmates and 86 members of jail staff. 15 deaths reported, comprising 7 prisoners and 8 jail staff. 1326 prisoners and 3112 jail staff vaccinated so far.

Delhi CM to hold a meeting with LG Anil Baijal today over increasing Covid-19 cases in the national capital

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to hold a meeting with LG Anil Baijal today over increasing Covid-19 cases in the national capital, reports ANI.
 

Maharashtra curfew: Half of factories may remain shut for next fortnight

Half of the manufacturing units in Maharashtra could remain shut for the next fortnight as the state’s new Covid-19 norms come into effect. These include appliance and apparel makers, which fall in the non-essential category.
 
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a 15-day statewide curfew and a host of other restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Read on...

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Section 144 imposed across the state

Maharashtra Government's 15-day restrictions, in the wake of the Covid-19 situation, comes into effect. Section 144 imposed across the state. Latest visuals from Mumbai.

Covid-19 risk on flights drops by half when middle seats kept vacant: Study

The risk of being exposed to the Covid-19 virus on an airline flight drops by as much as half when airlines keep middle seats open, a new study published by the U.S. government concludes, a safety practice the carriers have abandoned.
 
The study is the latest to roil the waters on a controversial topic: just how risky it is to travel during the pandemic. It did not attempt to estimate infection risks and was based on modeling done before the pandemic, so didn’t consider rules that now require face masks on flights. Read on...

Work from home without flexibility risks creating unhealthy culture: Study

Employers risk creating an unhealthy working culture in the post-pandemic world by embracing remote work without true flexibility, a survey led by King’s College London found.
 
Businesses need to avoid giving the illusion of flexibility while still expecting staff to put in long hours and be responsive at irregular times, according to research by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at KCL and employee advisory firm Karian and Box. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus update: CM Kejriwal to discuss Delhi coronavirus situation with LG today

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will discuss the coronavirus situation in the city with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal during a meeting Thursday, the CM's office said.
 
The city recorded 17,282 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest single-day surge here till date, and over 100 fatalities, according to data shared by the health department.
 
"In view of the spread of Covid-19 infection, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will discuss the situation with Lieutenant Governor at 11 am on Wednesday," the Chief Minister's Office tweeted. Read on...

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