Covid LIVE: Vaccine impact on India variant not yet determined, says Fauci

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Coronavirus live updates: India reported 332,730 fresh coronavirus infections on Friday, taking the cumulative caseload to 16,263,695, 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 2,263 deaths in highest single-day spike. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 186,928. The country now has more than 2.4 million active cases.

Amid the unprecedented Covid situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a series of meetings on Friday, including one with chief ministers of states with high burden of coronavirus cases. 

Delhi recorded its highest ever single-day fatalities -- 306 people died as more than 26,000 fresh cases were logged. The national capital is battling a devastating wave of coronavirus and a recurring oxygen shortage. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 67,013 new Covid-19 cases and 568 deaths in the last 24 hours. Uttar Pradesh recorded highest single-day spike of 34,379 cases.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,094,840), Kerala (1,322,054), Karnataka (1,109,650), Tamil Nadu (962,935), Andhra Pradesh (942,135), Uttar Pradesh (976,765) and Delhi (956,348).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 145,312,232 infected by the deadly contagion. While 123,579,848 have recovered, 3,084,357 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,668,810, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,853,916, followed by the US (456,676) and Brazil (445,231).

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Committed to helping India in Covid-19 efforts: US officials

US health officials on Friday said they were committed to helping India in Covid-19 efforts, but they did not specify any plans for vaccine shipments

Vaccines' impact on India variant of the virus not yet determined: Fauci

Top US infectious disease official Dr Anthony Fauci has said vaccines' impact on Covid-19 variants in India has not yet been determined

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 66,836 new coronavirus cases

Maharashtra reports 66,836 new coronavirus cases, 74,045 recoveries and 773 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: 25 new manufacturing sites approved for Remdesivir production

Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya informed that 25 new manufacturing sites for Remdesivir's production have been approved since April 12. Read full release here

Coronavirus LIVE: Highest single-day spike of 12,876 cases in Bengal

Highest single-day spike of 12,876 coronavirus cases pushes West Bengal's tally to 713,780, according to the health department

65 healthcare personnel deployed on Kumbh duty test positive for Covid-19

Sixty-five healthcare personnel, including doctors, deployed on Kumbh duty have tested positive for Covid-19, officials said here on Friday.
 
All of them have been kept in isolation, they said.
 
A total of 751 healthcare personnel -- 336 doctors and 415 nurses and paramedics -- had been deployed in the Kumbh Mela area after being vaccinated.
 
The Kumbh Mela area is spread over 641 hectares. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan reports 15,398 fresh cases

Rajasthan reports 15,398 fresh coronavirus cases, 5,197 recoveries, and 64 deaths, according to the state health department

Vaccine policy creating huge financial burden on States: Kerala CM

The Centre's new vaccine policy was creating a huge financial burden on the state governments, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday and sought its support to flatten the rising Covid-19 curve.
 
During a video conference held by the Prime Minister with chief ministers of 10 states, Vijayan said purchasing vaccines for Rs 400 per dose will incur a cost of Rs 1,300 crore to the state government.
 
"If we are to purchase vaccines for Rs 400 per dose, we will incuran expense of Rs 1,300 crore.This will affect the state which is already reeling under financial crisis due to the pandemic," Vijayan said. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: 'Remdesivir production now ramped up to over 9 million vials per month'

Coronavirus LIVE: We may run out of oxygen by 8-8:30 pm, says Batra Hospital chief

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat has more ICU beds in comparison to other states, says Amit Shah


Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 7,221 cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus LIVE: 'India a devastating reminder of damage virus can wreak,' says WHO chief

People are dying across the world because they are not being vaccinated against Covid-19, they are not being tested and not being treated, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
 
He said he was concerned about the growing caseload in India.
 
"The situation in India is a devastating reminder of what the virus can do," he told a virtual briefing in Geneva. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur reports 7,485 new cases

Maharashtra: Nagpur district reported 7,485 new coronavirus cases, 6531 recoveries and 82 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 13,776 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 13,776 new coronavirus cases, 8078 recoveries and 78 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 11,766 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 11,766 new coronavirus cases, 4441 recoveries, and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 1,420 new cases

Goa reports 1,420 new coronavirus cases, 12 fatalities and 596 recoveries in the last 24 hours; active cases at 11,040, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Additional Secretary in Bhiar's health department passes away

Coronavirus LIVE: Harsh Vardhan reviews preparedness of central govt hospitals

The Union Health Minister reviewed in detail the beds availability including oxygen supported and the ICU-ventilators beds. Various hospitals informed regarding the immediate steps being taken for augmenting the beds availability to cater to the immediate needs of Covid patients. The Union Minister directed all the hospitals to urgently start work on the augmentation plans through fabricated hospitals, repurposing non-Covid beds (such that these healthcare services are not unduly and adversely impacted), conversion of buildings/blocks and wards in the existing premises into dedicated Covid facilities. Read full release here

PM interacts with leading oxygen manufacturers across the country

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers across the country via video conferencing. PM Modi said this time is not only to deal with the challenges, but also to provide solutions in a very short time. PM Modi stressed on the need to maintain good co-ordination between the government and the oxygen producers.
 
PM appreciated the oxygen producers for increasing their production in the last few weeks. He acknowledged the several steps taken to increase the production of liquid oxygen. PM Modi also thanked the industry for diverting industrial oxygen to meet medical requirements in the country.
 
To improve the situation further, PM Modi spoke about utilising the full potential of the industry to meet the demand of oxygen in the coming days. PM Modi noted that there is a need to increase the availability of oxygen cylinders as well as upgrade the logistics facilities for transportation of oxygen. He urged the industry to utilize tankers meant to transport other gases for oxygen supply. Read the full release here

Second coronavirus wave stifles gold demand in India

India's physical gold demand faltered this week as strict restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19 kept buyers away, while activity in other top hubs remained largely muted due to higher prices.
 
Many Indian states have imposed curbs amid a record surge in infections.
 
The second wave has been badly affecting demand as many showrooms are closed due to restrictions, said Harshad Ajmera, the proprietor of JJ Gold House, a wholesaler in the city of Kolkata.
 
"Suddenly, demand has gone down. Consumers are also not willing to step out of their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak," he said. (Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand govt announces free vaccines to people aged above 18

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 4,339 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 4,339 new coronavirus cases, 1,179 recoveries, 49 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 29,949, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra govt announces free jabs for all, 7-hour night curfew

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra govt announces free vaccinations for all; Seven-hour night curfew to be imposed from April 24

Coronavirus LIVE: Punjab CM seeks central funding for vaccination drive

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday described the vaccination policy for 18-plus as "unfair" towards the states and demanded central funding for it.
 
In an online meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Covid-19 situation, the CM also sought parity in rates of the vaccine to be given to the states and the Centre, according to a statement.
 
Describing the new vaccination policy for the 18-plus as "unfair" towards the states, the Punjab CM said at rates declared by one manufacturer, it will cost over Rs 1,000 to his state.
 
Demanding central funding for the vaccination drive, Amarinder Singh also sought permission for the use of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), according to the statement. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: HC asks hospitals in Delhi to approach nodal officer to meet requirement of oxygen

Coronavirus LIVE: HC asks hospitals and nursing homes in Delhi to first approach nodal officer to meet requirement of medical oxygen

Coronavirus LIVE: UP sees over 37,000 new cases, another record high

A record single-day spike of 37,238 coronavirus cases and 196 fatalities pushed Uttar Pradesh's infection tally to over a million and the death toll due to the disease to 10,737, officials said here on Friday.
 
As many as 22,566 patients recovered from the disease in the state in a span of 24 hours, taking the total count of recoveries to 7,28,980, Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal said.

On Thursday, the state had recorded 34,379 new cases and 195 deaths. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi HC says there is some improvement in supply of oxygen

Delhi High Court notes that there is an improvement in supply of oxygen but there is some shortage of 100 MT per day in the national capital.

Coronavirus LIVE: HC suggests Delhi govt to appoint more nodal officers to meet oxygen requirement

Coronavirus LIVE: High Court suggests Delhi government to appoint more nodal officers to meet oxygen requirement of hospitals at this crucial time

Oxygen crisis: HC notice to Centre and Delhi government on pleas of two hospitals

Oxygen crisis: Delhi High Court issues notice to Centre and Delhi government on pleas of two hospitals.

Coronavirus LIVE: Amit Shah to review preparedness at Ahmedabad's Dhanvantari Hospital

Around 93,000 railway beneficiaries affected by Covid-19: Railway Board Chairman

Around 93,000 railway beneficiaries affected by Covid-19; 72 rail hospitals, 5,000 beds dedicated to their care: Railway Board Chairman

Coronavirus LIVE: Second wave may peak between May 11-15, say IIT scientists

Ongoing second wave of coronavirus in India may peak between May 11-15 with 33-35 lakh total 'active' cases and decline steeply by end of May, according to mathematical module devised by IIT scientists

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt to offer free foodgrains under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Government to provide free foodgrains under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana for May and June 2021. 5 kg free food grains to be provided to around 80 crore beneficiaries. Govt to spend more than Rs 26,000 crore on this initiative

Oxygen Express' carrying O2 for Uttar Pradesh will reach Lucknow on April 24: Railway Board Chairman

Oxygen Express' carrying O2 for Uttar Pradesh will reach Lucknow on April 24: Railway Board Chairman

If we work as one nation, there will not be any scarcity of resources: PM in meeting with CMs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation with Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported maximum number of cases in recently. Noting that the virus is affecting several states as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities at once, PM Modi called for working together to fight the pandemic with collective power. He said the biggest basis of India’s success during the first wave of the pandemic was our united efforts and united strategy and reiterated that we will have to address this challenge in the same way. Read full release here

Zydus gets emergency use approval from DCGI for the use of Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b

Zydus receives Emergency Use Approval from DCGI for the use of Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b, ‘Virafin’ in treating moderate Covid-19 infection in adults

Coronavirus LIVE: Metro will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays in Bengaluru

Metro rail services will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays, in view of Weekend Curfew: Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited

Coronavirus LIVE: PM holds a meeting with oxygen manufacturers across the country

Centre should take over all oxygen plants through Army, says Kejriwal

Centre should take over all oxygen plants through Army, every truck should be accompanied by Army escort vehicle, says Kejriwal in PM's coronavirus meet

Kejriwal warns of 'big tragedy' due to oxygen shortage, asks Modi to help

Raising alarm that a "big tragedy" may happen due to oxygen shortage in hospitals during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Centre should take over all oxygen plants through the Army.
 
In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Covid-19 situation, Kejriwal requested him to direct chief ministers of all states to ensure smooth movement of oxygen tankers coming to the national capital. Read on...

SC lets Salve withdraw as amicus, adjourns hearing on Covid-19 cases

The Supreme Court Friday allowed senior advocate Harish Salve to withdraw as amicus curiae for the suo motu case related to distribution of essential supplies and services, including oxygen and drugs, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, who is demitting office as the CJI Friday itself, rapped some senior advocates for making statements without reading its order passed on Thursday and observed that it did not stop high courts from hearing cases related to Covid-19 management in the country.
 
The bench, also comprising Justices L N Rao and S R Bhat, granted time to the Centre to file response in the case and posted it for hearing on April 27. Read on...

We fear big tragedy may happen due to lack of oxygen for patients: Kejriwal in PM's Covid meet

We fear big tragedy may happen due to lack of oxygen for patients, national plan needed to deal with situation:Kejriwal in PM's COVID meet

Oxygen supply scheduled to come to Delhi from Odisha, West Bengal be airlifted: Kejriwal

Oxygen supply scheduled to come to Delhi from Odisha, West Bengal be airlifted or brought through Oxygen express: Kejriwal in PM's Covid meet

Oxygen supply scheduled to come to Delhi from Odisha, West Bengal be airlifted: Kejriwal

Oxygen supply scheduled to come to Delhi from Odisha, West Bengal be airlifted or brought through Oxygen express: Kejriwal in PM's Covid meet

Madhya Pradesh coronavirus update: Five patients admitted to the Covid-19 ward of Galaxy Hospital

Jabalpur | Five patients admitted to the Covid-19 ward of Galaxy Hospital have died. The relatives of the patients say that it happened due to oxygen shortage at the hospital, say Police

Provide vaccine to the states at the same rate as the Central govt: Chhattisgarh CM

Provide vaccine to the states at the same rate as the Central govt. Please provide an action plan for vaccine availability to the states for running vaccination drive for those above 18 years of age from May 1, said Chhattisgarh CM in a meeting of CMs with PM Modi today

PM Modi chairs meeting with CMs of 10 states over prevailing Covid-19 situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Friday with chief ministers of 10 states with the most number of Covid-19 cases.
 
The meeting via video conferencing comes amid a huge surge in coronavirus cases, which have now clocked a daily total of over 3 lakh in the country.
 
Chief ministers of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi are among those who attended the meeting. Read on...

US defends restrictions on export of Covid-19 vaccine raw materials amid India's request to lift ban

Defending US' restrictions on the export of key raw materials for the manufacture of Covid-19 vaccine that threatens to slow India's vaccination drive, a senior State Department official has said the Biden administration's first obligation is to take care of the requirements of the American people.
 
When asked when the Biden administration would decide on India's request to lift a ban on the export of vaccine raw materials, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said: "...the United States first and foremost is engaged in an ambitious and effective and, so far, successful effort to vaccinate the American people. "
 
"That campaign is well underway, and we're doing that for a couple of reasons. Number one, we have a special responsibility to the American people. Number two, the American people, this country has been hit harder than any other country around the world more than 550,000 deaths, tens of millions of infections in this country alone," he said on Thursday.

Coronavirus in India: Modi chairs a meeting with the Chief Ministers of high burden states

Will people of Delhi not get oxygen if there is no oxygen-producing plant here: Arvind Kejriwal to PM Modi

There's a huge shortage of oxygen in Delhi. Will people of Delhi not get oxygen if there is no oxygen-producing plant here? Please suggest whom should I speak to in Central Govt when an oxygen tanker destined for Delhi is stopped in another state?: Delhi CM in meeting with the PM

Covid-19: Fewer people infected in rural, semi-urban India; more are dying

In its weekly press briefing on Wednesday, the government said that there were 146 districts across the country where the positivity rate—daily cases upon daily tests—is more than 15 per cent and 274 districts with a positivity rate between 5-15 per cent. So, nearly 56 per cent of the country’s districts have a positivity rate of over 5 per cent.
 
While the situation is grim in cities and urban districts—there is constant media coverage of how the administration is running out of criticl hospital supplies—a BS analysis shows that in rural and semi-urban India, at least in terms of deaths, the situation is much worse than the urban centres of the country. Read on...

Supreme Court adjourns the suo-moto case taken on Covid issues to next Tuesday

Supreme Court adjourns the suo-moto case taken on Covid issues to next Tuesday

Covid-19: India gas maker shares jump amid shortage of life-saving oxygen

An acute shortage of medical oxygen in India, amid a deadly wave of coronavirus infections, has triggered a surge in stocks seen linked to industrial gases.
 
Supplies of medical oxygen, essential in many cases to treat seriously ill patients, have been depleted as hospitals around India have been overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases. The nation recorded 314,835 new infections on Thursday, the world’s biggest one-day jump, and taking its case-count to almost 16 million, the second-most globally.
 
Workers load refilled oxygen tanks into a vehicle at a refill station in Navi Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. India saw a record one-day jump with more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections, marking a grim milestone for the country as a deadlier second wave showing no signs of abating. Read on...

"People are dying due to lack of oxygen," CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde observes during hearing on Covid crisis

"People are dying due to lack of oxygen," CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde observes during hearing on Covid crisis

Supreme Court starts hearing the suo motu cognisance case on Covid-19 crisis

Supreme Court starts hearing the suo motu cognisance case on Covid-19 crisis, it will also examine the judicial power of High Courts to declare lockdown.
 
A three-judge bench of the Court, headed by CJI SA Bobde is hearing the case.

Want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases: French Prez

"I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases. France is with you in this struggle, which spares no-one. We stand ready to provide our support," says French President Emmanuel Macron

Delhi oxygen crisis: We've liquid medical oxygen that will last one hour, says Holy Family Hospital

We've liquid medical oxygen that will last one hour and the backup oxygen supply that will last two hours. We are waiting for Linde to come and fill the oxygen tanks: Dr. Sumit Ray, Holy Family Hospital

Women and jobs: Will 'work from home' push more women into the workforce?

“Consider it a preview” most researchers opine as they highlight how the lockdown has impacted women employment and reversed gains made in recent years. A working paper from Azim Premji University titled “Down and Out? The Gendered Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on India’s Labour Market” highlights that women in India are 7 times more likely to lose work during the national lockdown and 11 times more likely to not return to work after a job loss.
 
CMIE data, which perhaps is the best indicator to determine job losses, shows a persistent decline in the employment rate for urban women. Before the start of the pandemic, 7.5 per cent of women in urban areas were employed. The number fell to 5 per cent in April and has barely recovered since. Data from February 2021 shows an employment rate of 5.4 per cent.
 
However, there is a catch. Read on...

Oxygen tanker arrives at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the national capital after the hospital sends SOS


Coronavirus India: Kerala govt calls for all-party meet on April 26 to discuss Covid surge

With Kerala witnessing a massive surge in Covid-19 cases, the state government on Thursday decided to call an all-party meeting on April 26. The meeting will be online and held at 1030 am, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in  Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala reported 26,995 new cases today, in the highest single-day surge so far, taking the total infection count to 1,322,054 and those under treatment to over 150,000.

Coronavirus updates: Kerala reports biggest single-day spike of 26,995 new cases, 28 deaths

Kerala reported 26,995 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, in the highest single-day surge so far, taking the infection count to 13,22,054 and those under treatment to over 1.5 lakh. As many as 6,370 have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 11,60,472. The toll has climbed to 5,028 with 28 additional deaths, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Ernakulam recorded the highest number of cases, accounting for 4,396 cases, followed by Kozhikode 3,372. Thrissur, Malappuram, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram reported over 2000 cases today, Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

An Oxygen carrying vehicle has reached Max Hospital, Saket after the hospital sent an SOS to the government

An Oxygen carrying vehicle has reached Max Hospital, Saket after the hospital sent an SOS to the government.
 
Another Oxygen carrying vehicle has reached Max Smart Hospital, says DCP South.

Will discuss oxygen, Remdesivir, adequate quantity of vaccines in today's meet with PM, says Maharashtra min

In today’s meeting with the PM, we will talk about Oxygen, Remdesivir, an adequate quantity of vaccines for the State...also the Virar fire incident, it is not national news. State govt will provide financial assistance to those affected: Maharashtra Minister Rajesh Tope

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 23)

Active cases: 2,428,616 (Net addition: 137,188)
Deaths: 186,920 (Net increase: 2,263)
Cured: 13,648,159 (Net increase: 193,279)
Total cases: 16,263,695 (Net increase: 332,730)
Total vaccination: 135,478,420 (Increase over previous day: 3,147,782)

Market update: Sensex opens over 200 points lower at 47,876; Nifty at 14,338

Sensex opens over 200 points lower at 47,876; Nifty at 14,338

Coronavirus in India: Indian Air Force (IAF) roped in to transport oxygen tanks

Maharashtra hospital tragedy: PM Modi approves ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for kin of the deceased

The fire at a Covid-19 hospital in Virar is tragic, tweets PM Modi

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray orders an inquiry into the fire incident at Vijay Vallabh Covid care hospital

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray orders an inquiry into the fire incident at Vijay Vallabh Covid care hospital, Virar: Chief Minister's Office

Saddened by the loss of lives due to tragic fire at a Hospital in Palghar, Maharashtra

Saddened by the loss of lives due to tragic fire at a Hospital in Palghar, Maharashtra. My condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Coronavirus LIVE: Oxygen for 2 hrs, 60 lives at risk, says Sir Ganga Ram hospital

25 sickest patients have died in last 24 hrs at the hospital. Oxygen will last another 2 hrs. Ventilators & Bipap not working effectively. Need Oxygen to be airlifted urgently. Lives of another 60 sickest patients in peril: Director-Medical, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi

Reliance to roll out its own vaccination programme for employees

Reliance will roll out our own vaccination programme, R-Surakshaa, across locations for all our employees and eligible family members above the age of 18 years, effective May 1: Reliance Industries Limited
 

Musician Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan duo passes away due to Covid-19

Shravan Rathod, one half of the music duo, died of Covid-related complications Thursday night at Mumbai’s SL Raheja hospital. He was 66.
 

Govt steps in to counter oxygen crisis; MHA directs free movement

On a day when the Union government stepped in to prevent states from hindering the movement of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to other states, India also placed four orders with foreign suppliers for 2,500 tonnes of the essential commodity. Additionally, from Friday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will airlift empty oxygen tankers and reach them to industrial units that have switched to producing medical grade oxygen.
 
While one C17 aircraft of the IAF, used for strategic airlift missions and transportation of troops and cargo, would fly from Delhi to Durgapur in West Bengal with empty tankers, the other would transport oxygen tanks between Hyderabad in Telangana and Angul in Odisha. The filled-up tankers would return by road since they cannot be airlifted. Read on...

New coronavirus variant shows signs of antibody resistance, says Texas Univ

Scientists at Texas A&M University’s Global Health Research Complex say they’ve detected a new Covid-19 variant that shows signs of a more contagious strain that causes more severe illness and appears to be resistant to antibodies, CNBC reported.
 
According to the report, the new variant, BV-1, named after its Brazos Valley origin, was found during Texas A&M’s routine coronavirus screening via aliva sample in a young student who had mild cold-like symptoms. The student tested positive for Covid on March 5 and tested positive again on March 25, showing that the new strain may cause a longer infection in younger people. The student’s symptoms resolved by April 2 and a third test on April 9 came back negative.
 
“We do not at present know the full significance of this variant, but it has a combination of mutations similar to other internationally notifiable variants of concern,” said Texas A&M Chief Virologist Ben euman. Read on...

Delhi curfew, oxygen shortage take a toll on Noida industrial belt

The strict curfew in Delhi and shortage of industrial oxygen have begun to take a toll on the thousands of facilities in the Noida-Greater Noida industrial belt. Besides rising cases of Covid-19 among workers and fear of another lockdown prompting many to return to their hometowns, lack of industrial oxygen is putting a strain on manufacturing activities.
 
Take LG Electronics, for instance. As oxygen supply ran low, work at the Korean appliances’ major, which has its India headquarters inside a sprawling facility in Greater Noida, was affected on Wednesday, says the staff present at the site. Read on...

Even record death toll may hide extent of India's Covid-19 crisis

Bodies piling up at crematoriums and burial grounds across India are sparking concerns that the death toll from a ferocious new Covid-19 wave may be much higher than official records, underplaying the scale of a resurgence that is overwhelming the country’s medical system.
 
Several cities across the South Asian nation have reported shocking details of bodies, wrapped in protective gear and identified by hospitals as virus-related deaths, lined up outside crematoriums for hours. Accounts collated by Bloomberg from relatives of the dead and workers and eyewitnesses at crematoriums in at least five cities indicate that the real number of Covid fatalities could be significantly higher than the deaths being reported by local government health departments. Read on...

Coronavirus LIVE: UP records highest single-day spike of 34,379 cases, 195 deaths

A record single-day spike of 34,379 COVID-19 cases and 195 fatalities pushed Uttar Pradesh's infection tally to 9,76,765 and the death toll due to the disease to 10,541, the state government said on Thursday. As many as 16,514 patients recovered from the disease in the state in a span of 24 hours, taking the total count of recoveries to 7,06,414, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said in Lucknow. On Wednesday, the state registered 33,214 COVID-19 cases and 187 deaths.

Coronavirus LIVE: Around 1,500 personnel of Delhi Police test positive for Covid-19 so far

Around 1,500 personnel of Delhi Police force have tested positive so far amid the prevailing second wave

Facing backlash, UP govt revises Covid-19 patients admission policy

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday revised its order enabling admission of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals with referral of the Integrated Covid Command Center (ICCC) after facing criticism from several quarters.
 
According to the rules, only the patients referred by ICCC are admitted in private hospitals, leading to huge rush at the centre for referral letters, drawing criticism on social media and by opposition Congress. Read on...

Delhi registers 26,169 new Covid-19 cases and 306 related deaths in the past 24 hours

Delhi registers 26,169 new Covid-19 cases and 306 related deaths in the past 24 hours. This was the highest number of Covid-19 deaths the national capital has registered in a single day.

Thirteen Covid-19 patients die in hospital fire in Maharashtra: Police

Thirteen COVID-19 patients die in hospital fire in Maharashtra: Police
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 67,013 new cases, 568 deaths

Maharashtra reports 67,013 new Covid-19 cases, 62,298 recoveries and 568 deaths in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 40,94,840Active cases:  6,99,858Total recoveries: 33,30,747

PM Modi lines up multiple meetings on Covid situation today

Amid the unprecedented Covid situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a series of meetings on Friday, including one with chief ministers of states with high burden of coronavirus cases. Quoting official sources, The indian Express reported he will review the Covid-19-related situation in an internal meeting at 9 am followed by the meeting with the CMs an hour later via video conference. At 12:30 pm, he is set to hold a meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers in the country. Earlier in the day, the PM had held a high-level meeting on oxygen supply and availability across India and called for using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.

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