Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka CM says state will buy 10 million vaccines

Coronavirus live updates: India reported 314,835 fresh coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking the cumulative caseload to 15,930,965, according to MoHFW. This is the first time any country country has recorded over 300,000 cases in just 24 hours. Amid oxygen shortage and faltering health system in the country, India saw 2,104 deaths in highest single-day spike. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 184,672. The country now has nearly 2.3 million active cases.

The rise in case numbers has been exponential in the second wave.  The Maharashtra government late on Wednesday night announced a series of restrictions - titled "Break the Chain" - to combat the deadly spike in coronavirus cases in the state. These rules will come into effect from tonight and stay in place till 7 am May 1. Click here for details. The state recorded 67,468 new coronavirus cases with 568 more deaths. Delhi reported 24,638 new infections. 249 more people succumbed to the diesease.

The Delhi high court yesterday lashed out at the Centre for depleting supply of oxygen at many private hospitals in the national capital. "We don't care, beg, borrow, steal or requisition new plants if you want," said the judges asking the Centre to fulfill the hospitals' need of oxygen, critical for treatment and recovery of Covid-19 patients.

The judges also took note of the tragedy in Maharashtra's Nashik where 24 Covid-19 patients lost their lives due to disruption in oxygen supply.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,027,827), Kerala (1,197,301), Karnataka (1,109,650), Tamil Nadu (962,935), and Andhra Pradesh (942,135). 

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 144,417,142 infected by the deadly contagion. While 122,878,000 have recovered, 3,070,865 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,600,266, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,737,683, followed by the US (470,583) and Brazil (449,319).

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Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka to buy 10 million vaccines for third phase

Telangana registers 5,567 fresh Covid-19 infections, 23 fatalities

Telangana reported 5,567 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally to over 3.73 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,899 with 23 more fatalities, the highest ever in a single day.
 
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 989, followed by Rangareddy 437 and Medchal Malkajgiri 421, a government bulletin said on Thursday providing details as of 8 PM on April 21.
 
The total number of cumulative cases stood at 3,73,468 while with 2,251 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,21,788. Read here

Coronavirus LIVE: Aviation ministry permits ICMR to conduct feasibility study on using drones to deliver jabs

Coronavirus LIVE: Aviation ministry permits ICMR to conduct feasibility study on using drones to deliver vaccines

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 7,410 fresh cases

Mumbai reports 7,410 fresh coronavirus cases, 8,090 recoveries, and 75 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports nearly 27,000 new cases

Kerala reports nearly 27,000 new coronavirus cases, 28 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports over 67,000 new cases in a day

Maharashtra reports 67,013 new coronavirus cases, 62,298 recoveries and 568 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reported 12,652 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu reported 12,652 fresh coronavirus cases, 7,526 recoveries, and 59 deaths, according to the state health department

Serum has not contracted all its production of vaccine to Centre till May 25

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Coronavirus LIVE: TMC promises free vaccination for everyone aged above 18

Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh govt to offer free vaccines to people aged above 18 years

Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh govt to offer free vaccines to people aged above 18 years

Coronavirus LIVE: Emirates to suspend flights between Dubai and India for 10 days from April 25

Coronavirus LIVE: Emirates to suspend flights between Dubai and India for 10 days from April 25, in view of surge in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus LIVE: PM to hold multiple high-level meetings on virus situation tomorrow

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa govt to offer free vaccine to people aged 18-45

Goa government to administer Covid-19 vaccine free of cost to people aged between 18 to 45

Humanity is battling a global pandemic right now, says PM Modi

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Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 3,998 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 3,998 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths today; case tally rises to 138,010, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Green Corridors helping in fast movement of Oxygen Express, says govt

Indian Railway is running Oxygen Express in response to its fight against Covid-19. First Oxygen Express with Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) tankers is going to start its journey for Mumbai  from Visakhapatnam tonight. Tankers filled with LMO at Visakhapatnam are being transported through Ro-Ro service of Indian Railways. Read full release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Germany expects to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June, says health minister

Coronavirus LIVE: Germany expects to offer Covid jabs to all adults from June, says health minister

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi's Shanti Mukund hospital faces oxygen shortage

Coronavirus LIVE: Singapore to block entry to visitors with recent travel history to India

Coronavirus LIVE: Singapore says to block entry to visitors and long-term visa holders with recent travel history to India

Coronavirus LIVE: Chhattisgarh CM seeks information on availability and cost of vaccines in Phase 3

Coronavirus LIVE: PM chairs a high-level meeting to review oxygen supply across the country

No restrictions on oxygen manufacturers, suppliers to limit supplies: MHA

No restrictions on oxygen manufacturers, suppliers to limit supplies only to hospitals of the state in which they are located, says MHA

Kejriwal seeks Khattar support for facilitating smooth transport of Oxygen trucks

MHA in touch with nodal officer for smooth supply of oxygen, says official

MHA informs Delhi High Court that the Ministry is continuously in touch with nodal officer of Delhi for smooth supply of oxygen for hospitals.

Coronavirus LIVE: No curbs on inter-state movement of oxygen supply, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: No restrictions on inter-state movement of oxygen supply, says Centre

Himachal Pradesh's positivity rate mounts to 17.95%

The Covid positivity rate in Himachal Pradesh was recorded at 17.95 per cent, about the same as the national average over the past week, as the state continues to witness a surge in coronavirus cases, data provided by the state Health Department stated.
 
According to the data updated till 7 pm on Wednesday, 1,692 of the total 9,423 samples taken for testing in the state were found Covid positive which amounts to a positivity rate of 17.95 per cent.
 
The positivity rate in seven of the 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh was over 15 per cent on Wednesday.
 
According to latest figures, the weekly national positivity rate is 17.35 per cent. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: All shops in Haryana will remain closed after 6 pm from tomorrow

Coronavirus LIVE: Amarnath Yatra is being temporarily suspended, says Shrine Board

Coronavirus LIVE: Amarnath Yatra is being temporarily suspended, says Shrine Board

It will become tough to save lives after some time, says Manish Sisodia

We've been making internal arrangement for now, but it will become tough to save lives after some time: Manish Sisodia on Delhi oxygen crisis

Some states trying to take control of Delhi's share of medical oxygen, says Sisodia

Some states trying to take control of national capital's share of medical oxygen, says Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Major reason behind Delhi's Oxygen crisis is 'jungle raj' by Haryana-UP, says Sisodia

Major reason behind Delhi's Oxygen crisis is 'jungle raj' for Oxygen by Haryana-UP. Their govts, officers and police aren't letting supply from their Oxygen plants come to Delhi. I tried to speak to the Centre, but things aren't changing on ground, says Manish Sisodia

Coronavirus LIVE: Over 300 passengers flee Assam's Silchar airport

Over 300 passengers flee Assam's Silchar airport to avoid mandatory coronavirus test, govt to initiate criminal action: Official

Coronavirus LIVE: Nirvana Hospital in Bhopal faces oxygen shortage

Australia to cut flights from India to contain virus risk

Australia will reduce the number of its citizens able to return from India and other red-zone countries to contain the risk of more virulent strains of COVID-19 spreading, the government said on Thursday as it announced changes in its vaccination program.
 
The restrictions will result in a 30 per cent reduction in direct flights from India to Sydney and chartered flights that land in the Northern Territory.
 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, speaking to reporters after a meeting of the National Cabinet, said that he would announce in the next 24 hours when the new restrictions would come into place. (Reuters)

Oxygen shortage: Saroj Hospital moves Delhi High Court

Saroj Hospital moves Delhi HC seeking immediate supply of oxygen to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients, hearing at 3 pm

Coronavirus LIVE: Oxygen is completely exhausted in some hospitals, says Sisodia

Ladakh reports 183 new Covid-19 cases

The Union territory of Ladakh has reported 183 new cases of coronavirus, taking the virus tally to12739, officials said.
 
Ladakh had recorded a total of 134 Covid-related deaths till now, they said.
 
While 171 cases were reported from Leh, 12 positive cases were received from Kargil, they said. (PTI)

Surging Covid-19 cases cast shadow over annual Chardham Yatra

The rising number of coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand have begun to cast its shadow on the forthcoming Chardham Yatra with no buses booked yet by devotees to travel to the famed Himalayan temples.
 
The Chardham Yatra begins next month with the opening of Yamunotri temple on May 14. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Pfizer says it offered India a not-for-profit price for vaccine

Coronavirus LIVE: Puducherry reports 987 fresh cases

The Union Territory of Puducherry logged 987 new Covid-19 cases during last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 50,580, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare said.
 
The number of active cases in the union territory stood at 5,923 which included 4,016 patients in home isolation, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar said.
 
Four patients including two women succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Thursday, he said, adding the death toll rose to 726. (PTI)

Covid-19: UP Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, wife test positive for coronavirus

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus.
 
"Me and my wife have tested positive for coronavirus. We are in home isolation and following advice of doctors," the 57-year-old BJP leader said in a tweet on Wednesday evening.
 
"Those who have come in contact with me should get themselves tested and follow Covid-19 guidelines," he added.
 
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi party supremo Akhilesh Yadav had tested positive for the virus on April 14. Read on...

Supreme Court asks for plan on oxygen supply, method of vaccination, issues notice to centre

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, today told Supreme Court that the country is in dire need of oxygen. Supreme Court takes suo motu cognisance on supply of oxygen and essential drugs issue. CJI SA Bobde says that the court will hear the matter tomorrow.
 

States may need Rs 30,000 cr to vaccinate 70% of those in 18-44 age group

Vaccinating 70 per cent of India’s youth and middle-aged working population may require financial resources worth Rs 30,000 crore or more, according to Business Standard calculations based on available data.
 
This calculation assumes the cost of one dose of a vaccine to be Rs 400, approximated on the price announced by the Serum Institute of India on Wednesday. Other vaccines, such as Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, and those which will get clearance later during the year, are likely to cost more than this, according to the data available on their prices. Read on...

Need 50,000 Remdisivir injections daily but we've been allotted 26,000 for 10 days by Centre: Maharashtra govt

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Coronavirus: Oxygen left only for an hour, says Delhi's Saroj hospital


Oxygen is scheduled to come from Odisha too. So it will take some time to reach Delhi, says Kejriwal

In our increased quota, Oxygen is scheduled to come from Odisha too. So it will take some time for Oxygen to reach Delhi. We are making an effort to see if we can bring Oxygen from there by air route: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi doesn't produce Oxygen, it is supplied by other states

Centre also allots companies that will supply oxygen to a particular state. Delhi doesn't produce Oxygen, supply here is done by other states...Some of the Govts, in whose states these companies are, had stopped the supply that was to come to Delhi from these companies. Govts said that they'll use Oxygen in their states first, use Delhi's quota too and that they'll not let trucks come to Delhi. But I would like to thank Centre & Delhi High Court that they helped us a lot in last 2-3 days. Due to this, Oxygen has started reaching Delhi: Delhi CM

As per Delhi govt's estimate, the UT needs 700 tons/day, Centre has fixed it to 480 tons: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi is facing Oxygen crisis for past few days. Centre fixes Oxygen quota for all states. As per Delhi govt's estimate, the UT needs 700 tons/day, Centre had fixed it to 378 tons earlier & increased it to 480 tons yesterday. We need more but we're thankful to them for this: Delhi CM

Those above 18 can register for vaccine from Saturday

All above 18, now eligible for vaccination from May 1, can register for their shot from Saturday (April 24) on the CoWin platform.
Registrations for the latest round of inoculations will open in the next 48 hours on the CoWin platform.
 
As India faces the world's worst Covid surge, its daily cases surpassing the US today, the government has opened vaccinations to all adults for the first time.
 
According to the new vaccine rules, states and private entities can buy vaccines directly for inoculations.

Employee vaccination spending may not classify as CSR, says Centre

The Centre is reluctant to permit India Inc to classify their employee vaccination spends under corporate social responsibility (CSR) or allow them to use the funds exclusively for employee inoculation. However, it may consider companies’ spends as CSR if the larger community is included in their vaccination drive.
 
“If it’s exclusively for employees, they can claim these costs under employee benefit expenses, but not under CSR,” said a senior government official. Read on...

PM Modi condoles death of Sitaram Yechury's son due to Covid-19

Greek PM presents 'roadmap' for recovery

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented a "roadmap" for the further reopening of his country's economy in May amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Greece has been under a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown since November 7, 2020, which is now being gradually eased, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Mitsotakis said that Greeks will not be allowed to travel freely during the Christian Orthodox Easter, which will be celebrated on May 2, due to the still severe pandemic situation, but further steps towards "freedom" will be made in May.

Global coronavirus caseload tops 143.5 million: Johns Hopkins University

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 143.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.05 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 143,503,705 and 3,055,760, respectively.
 
The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 31,862,076 and 569,407, respectively, according to the CSSE. Read on...

India didn't plan; now Covid spike is sucking the oxygen out of its people

Nationalistic pride may swell chests, but to fill lungs you need air.
 
Someone should tell that to the Indian government. The country that boasted of being the world’s pharmacy in March discovers a month later that not only are “Made in India” vaccines in short supply, but also that it didn’t have enough oxygen in hospitals to deal with a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has made it the second-worst hit country, after the US. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 22)

Active cases: 2,291,428 (Net addition: 133,890)
Deaths: 184,657 (Net increase: 2,104)
Cured: 13,454,880 (Net increase: 178,841)
Total cases: 15,930,965 (Net increase: 314,835)
Total vaccination: 132,330,644 (Increase over previous day: 2,211,334)

"Oxygen Express" arrives in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Senior Congress leader and former Delhi minister Dr AK Walia passes away due to Covid

Senior Congress leader and former Delhi minister Dr AK Walia passes away due to Covid-19, at Apollo Hospital in Delhi.
 

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury's son, Ashish Yechury passes away due to Covid-19

Grateful to Centre for increasing Delhi quota's of oxygen, says CM Kejriwal

Amid the rise in the complaints of shortage of medical oxygen across several hospitals in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday thanked the Centre for increasing the quota of oxygen for the national capital.
 
"Central government has increased Delhi's quota of oxygen. We are very grateful to centre for this," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
 
This came a day after the Chief Minister had flagged about 'oxygen crisis' in Delhi. Read on...

Amid Covid surge, Japan may come to India's aid by supplying oxygen

Japan could come to India’s aid in meeting the latter’s burgeoning medical oxygen demand due rising Covid-19 cases.
 
Apart from augmenting supply from domestic manufacturers, the Union government has pressed into the job Indian embassies to procure liquid medical oxygen. Read on...

Covid-19 surge: Maharashtra tightens curbs on office attendance, travel

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday capped attendance in offices at 15 per cent and restricted travel in suburban trains, metro and monorail to allow only government employees, medical staff and those seeking medical treatment.
 
Curbs have also been imposed on inter-city and inter district travel with restrictions on halts, thermal screening and 14-day quarantine requirements for passengers. The new restrictions issued on Wednesday evening, in addition to those already issued by the state government, will come into effect from Thursday night and will remain in force till May 1. Read on...

Covid-19 pandemic: Centre raises Delhi's oxygen quota to 480 metric tonnes

With several private and government hospitals in Delhi running low on medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients, the Centre raised the national capital's oxygen quota from 378 metric tonnes to 480 metric tonnes on Wednesday.
 
"Central govt has increased Delhi's quota of oxygen. We r very grateful to centre for this (sic)," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet.
 
The Centre announced that it will supply 480 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi, which will come from Odisha, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the city government said in a statement. Read on...

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