Covid LIVE: Not happy about curbs, but have to break the chain, says Uddhav

Coronavirus live updates: India recorded a massive surge of 161,736 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 13,689,453 cases, according to MOHFW. India is now the 2nd worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases and 3rd-worst hit country in terms of active cases. India also witnessed 880 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 171,089.

Mumbai on Monday recorded 6,905 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest single-day count so far in April. Uttar Pradesh recorded 13,685 new cases. Maharashtra registered over 51,000 fresh cases, while Delhi witnessed 11,491 cases.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,458,996), Kerala (1,167,190), Karnataka (1,074,869), Tamil Nadu (933,434), and Andhra Pradesh (925,401).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 137,240,920 infected by the deadly contagion. While 110,419,487 have recovered, 2,958,141 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 31,800,724, 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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Gehlot for imposing strict anti-Covid norms in state

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said it is necessary to take strict and effective steps similar to lockdown and directed officials to form guidelines to curb the virus spread.
 
He appealed to the people to behave as if there is a lockdown, saying the second wave of Covid-19 is more dangerous.
 
Gehlot said the socio-religious and cultural activities in the state need to be restricted as the death rate is increasing.

Extending the curfew duration, reducing the number of participants in marriages and other social functions, cutting down the presence of people at workplaces and the number of passengers in public transport are the need of the hour, he said.
 
"Given these suggestions, necessary guidelines should be prepared. It is necessary to take drastic steps. The general public may suffer a bit from this, but saving lives is paramount," Gehlot said during a Covid-19 review meeting at his residence.

329,056 more vaccinated against Covid-19 in Maharashtra

Maharashtra has carried out the vaccination of 329,056 more people against Covid-19, taking the cumulative figure to 1,05,71,680, said a state health department official on Tuesday.
 
The state on Monday vaccinated 6,938 healthcare professionals, 18,854 frontline workers, 1,88,553 people in the 45-59 age group and having comorbidities and 1,14,711 senior citizens (total 3,29,056), he said.
 
With this, 12,78,391 healthcare workers and 15,58,299 frontline workers have received vaccine doses so far, the official said.
 
Similarly, the state has inoculated 33,83,427 people in the 45-59 age group and with comorbidities, and 43,51,563 senior citizens till date, he said.
 
The nationwide vaccination against Covid-19 started on January 16 with healthcare professionals and was later extended to other priority groups.
 

Give relief, ramp up health infra: Maharashtra BJP after new curbs

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in the state must give concessions in electricity bills, property tax and GST, following the announcement of new "lockdown-like" restrictions to check coronavirus cases.
 
"The state seems to have not offered any concessions in electricity bills, property tax or GST. Similarly, no financial assistance announced for salon operators, small businessman, flower vendors among others. These comprise of a major labour force who will have no means of earnings," Fadnavis said.
 
"The state should immediately use the reserved fund of Rs 3,300 crore for restricting Covid-19 spread. It should be utilised for adding more beds and procurement of medical equipment. The state should issue directives accordingly," the BJP leader added.
 
The leader of opposition in the Assembly said the government's priority should be to improve health services, increase availability of ventilators, Remdesivir injections, oxygen supply, oxygenated beds etc to minimise the the suffering of patients.
 

Israel to accept foreign tourists after year-long break

Israel on Tuesday said it will reopen the country to vaccinated foreign tourists in May, more than a year after closing its borders to most international visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Tourism Ministry said a limited number of tourist groups will be allowed to enter the country starting May 23, with individual visitors allowed at a later stage. All foreign tourists entering the country will be tested for coronavirus before boarding flights to Israel and must present a serological test to prove they have received a Covid-19 vaccine.
 
Israel suffered a major economic blow due to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent months, it has carried out highly successful vaccination program that has allowed it to reopen most sectors of the economy. But the tourism industry, limited only to serving Israelis, remains blighted.
 
“After opening the economy, it is time to allow tourism in a careful and calculated manner,” Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said in a joint statement with the Tourism Ministry.
 
Yossi Fattal, head of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association, an industry trade group, welcome the decision but said “the speed and way it is being handled are worrying.” He said the group doesn't understand why it is so much easier for a vaccinated Israeli than a tourist who has received the same vaccine to enter the country. He called on Israel to adopt international standards for recognizing vaccinations and not rely on serological tests, which he said raise privacy concerns.
 
Israel has recorded over 836,000 cases of Covid-19 and at least 6,304 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 
 

US pauses use of J&J vaccine over rare blood clots, rollout delayed in Europe

US federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic.
 
Johnson & Johnson said it would delay rollout of the vaccine to Europe, a week after regulators there said they were reviewing rare blood clots in four recipients of the shot in the United States. South Africa also suspended use of J&J's vaccine.
 
Acting US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock said the agency expected the pause to be a matter of days, and was aimed at providing information to healthcare providers on how to diagnose and treat the clots.
 
The moves come after European regulators said earlier this month they had found a possible link between AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine and a similar rare blood clotting problem that led to a small number of deaths.
 
FDA official Peter Marks said it was "plainly obvious" the J&J cases were "very similar" to the AstraZeneca ones. He said there had been no similar blood clot cases reported among recipients of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which use a different technology and accounted for the vast majority of US vaccinations so far.

Chorus grows louder for cancellation of class 10, 12 board exams; no decision by CBSE yet

The chorus for cancellation of upcoming board exams for class 10 and 12 grew louder on Tuesday in wake of the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases even as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said it has not taken any decision yet in this regard.
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia appealed to the Centre to cancel the exams saying the examination centres can become super spreaders and alternative methods for assessment need to be explored.
 
CBSE officials denied any change in plan "yet" and reiterated that the arrangements are being made to ensure social distancing by increasing examination centres by over 50 per cent. The exams are scheduled to begin from May 4.
 
"The exams cannot be cancelled, these are subjective exams which are crucial in nature and cannot be conducted online. The board is taking all necessary measures as per Covid-19 guidelines. The exam centres have been increased and all Covid protocols will be followed strictly," said a senior board official.
 
While sources indicated that the board may consider postponing the exams if the situation worsens, the official, maintained, "there has been no decision yet".
 
The board had earlier this month announced that if students fail to appear for ongoing practical exams after they or any family member testing positive, the schools will conduct re-tests for them at an appropriate time.
 
The CBSE official also did not comment on whether the same relaxation will be given to students in theory exams as well.
 
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said that conducting the exam can contribute to large scale spread of the virus.
 

Maharashtra sees 60,212 new Covid-19 cases, 281 die

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 60,212 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally to 35,19,208 while 281 fatalities pushed the toll to 58,526, the state health department said.
 
In view of the alarming rise in cases, the state government has announced a 15-day long statewide curfew from 8 pm on April 14.
 
Maharashtra is now left with 5,93,042 active cases,the department said in a release.
 
Mumbai recorded 7,873 new cases and 27 fatalities, takingthe tally to 5,35,264 and the toll to 12,093.
 
A total of 31,624 patients were discharged during theday in Maharashtra, taking the count of recoveries to28,66,097, it said.
 
With 2,37,658 new tests, the number of samples testedso far in Maharashtra has gone up to 2,25,60,051, thedepartment added.
 

Currently, 32,94,398 people are in home quarantinewhile 30,399 people are in institutional quarantine in the state.
 
Maharashtra's case recovery rate is 81.44 per cent andthe fatality rate is 1.66 per cent, the department said.
 
Mumbai division, including Mumbai city and satellitetowns, recorded 16,596 cases and 46 deaths during the day,taking the count of cases to 11,15,194 and the fatalities to 21,245.
 
Nashik division reported 8,650 cases including 2,659in Nashik city.
 
Pune division saw 12,372 fresh infections including5,214 in Pune city.

Only asymptomatic staff allowed to attend office, laboratory: JNU

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration on Tuesday announced that it will only allow asymptomatic staff members to attend its offices, laboratories and libraries.
 
The university issued a circular saying anyone with a mild cold or cough or fever can stay at home.
 
"Only asymptomatic officers/staffs shall be allowed to attend the office/ laboratory/library. Anyone with a mild cold/cough or fever needs to stay at home and they would apply for a suitable leave," it said.
 
The institution added that social distancing should be maintained "even during lunch timings and seating arrangement should be done in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained, as far as feasible".
 
The university has reiterated its earlier direction to the deans, chairpersons and head of departments to stagger the working hours/days for offices, laboratories and libraries.
 
For the employees who are at higher risk, the administration said "they should take extra precautions and preferably not get exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public".
 

Here's what's allowed and what's not allowed in Maharashtra Curfew

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes to be closed. Shooting for films, serial, ads to be closed. All shops, malls, shopping centres that are not performing essential services to also remain closed for 15 days

Coronavirus LIVE: Uddhav announces Rs 1,500 aid to registered 1.2 million construction workers

Uddhav Thackeray announces Rs 1,500 aid to registered 1.2 million construction workers.  Registered house maids will also be provided aid

Coronavirus LIVE: Uddhav announces Rs 1,500 aid to registered 1.2 million construction workers

Uddhav Thackeray announces Rs 1,500 aid to registered 1.2 million construction workers.  Registered house maids will also be provided aid

Coronavirus LIVE: Local train and bus services will function for essential services only, says Uddhav

Local train and bus services will function for essential services only. Petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, says Maharashtra CM

Coronavirus LIVE: Hotels and restaurants will remain shut, says Uddhav

Coronavirus LIVE: Hotels and restaurants will remain shut, but street vendors are allowed to function from 7 am to 8 pm. Take away is allowed, says Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow, says Uddhav

Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Thackeray announces Janata curfew-like curbs from 8 pm tomorrow

From April 14 evening, we have to break the chain imposing section 144 across the state for next 15 days. Don't venture out of homes for unnecessary work. It is like Janata Curfew, says Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM announces new curbs from 8 pm tomorrow

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM announces new curbs from 8 pm tomorrow

Coronavirus LIVE: Time has come to break the chain of infections, says Uddhav

Time has come to break the chain of infections and the curbs will be similar to lockdown, says Uddhav Thackeray

Will request PM to provide IAF assistance in supply of Oxygen, says Uddhav

I will speak to the Prime Minister to request him to provide us IAF assistance in the supply of oxygen for medical use from nearby states, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Requested PM for GST relief to small firms, says Uddhav

Have requested PM Modi to allow small companies to pay GST with a 3-month delay, says Maharashtra CM Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: Health infra under pressure, says Uddhav Thackeray

We are continuously upgrading our healthcare infrastructure but they are under pressure. There is a shortage of medical oxygen, beds and the demand for Remdesivir has also increased, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: There is a lot of pressure on the health systems in the state, says CM Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: There is a lot of pressure on the health systems in the state, says CM Thackeray 

Coronavirus LIVE: War against virus has started again, says Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: War against coronavirus has started again, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in his address to the state

Coronavirus LIVE: 60,212 cases in Maharashtra today, says Uddhav Thackeray

Coronavirus LIVE: 60,212 cases in Maharashtra today, says Uddhav Thackeray

Watch: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray speaks on the coronavirus situation


Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to address the state shortly

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to address the state shortly

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 7,898 new cases

LIVE: UP CM Adityanath isolates himself after some officers test positive

Delhi reports 13,468 new coronavirus cases

Delhi reports 13,468 new coronavirus cases, 7,972 discharges and 81 deaths, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat reports 6,690 new cases

Gujarat reports 6,690 new coronavirus cases, 2748 discharges and 67 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 8,778 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 8,778 new coronavirus cases including 5,500 cases in Bengaluru Urban district, 6,079 discharges and 67 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the state health department

CM will take a decision related to imposing strict SOPs today, says Maharashtra Minister

Coronavirus LIVE: Rajasthan reports 5,528 new cases

Rajasthan reports 5,528 new coronavirus cases, 1,251  recoveries and 28 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 6,984 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 6,984 new coronavirus cases, 3,289 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa reports 562 new cases

Goa reports 562 new coronavirus cases, 236 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours; case tally at 63,342, active cases 4,888, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 1,925 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 1,925 new coronavirus cases including 775 cases in Dehradun and 594 cases in Haridwar, taking the total number of cases to 112,071, according to the state health department.

Andhra Pradesh reports highest daily Covid-19 count in six months

The upward climb of coronavirus cases continued as Andhra Pradesh added 4,228 afresh on Tuesday, the highest daily count in exactly six months.
 
The active caseload also crossed the 25,000 mark to 25,850, the highest after October 30.
 
A health department bulletin said 1,483 patients had recovered and 10 more succumbed in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: All court proceedings at Calcutta HC will be in virtual mode

Coronavirus LIVE: No shortage of Remdesivir at present, says govt

Coronavirus LIVE: No shortage of remdesivir at present. We appeal to physicians for rational, judicious use of drug in hospitalised Covid patients, says government.

Coronavirus LIVE: India continues to administer one of highest doses globally, says Centre

Coronavirus LIVE: India continues to administer one of highest doses globally, says Centre

Beds in Jaipur hospitals filling up fast as Covid-19 cases surge

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, beds across hospitals in Jaipur are filling up fast, according to hospital authorities.
 
A senior official of the state health department said all private hospitals with 60 or more beds have been asked to reserve 25 per cent of them in wards and another 25 per cent in ICU for Covid-19 patients.
 
On Monday, Rajasthan recorded 5,771 fresh Covid-19 cases that took the state's total tally to 369,564, while 25 more fatalities, the biggest single-day jump, pushed the death toll to 2,951, according to an official report. (PTI)
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to address the state at 8:30 pm

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to address the state at 8:30 pm

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur district reported 6,826 new cases

Maharashtra: Nagpur district reported 6,826 new coronavirus cases, 3518 recoveries, and 65 deaths, in the last 24 hours, according to the district health officials.

Coronavirus LIVE: Problem is not of vaccine shortage, but of better planning, says Centre

Coronavirus LIVE: Problem is not of vaccine shortage, but of better planning, says Centre. Over 16.7 million vaccine doses available with states and UTs

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt invites Pfizer, Moderna to come to India as early as possible

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt invites vaccine makers like Pfizer, Moderna and other to come to India as early as possible

Coronavirus LIVE: More than 100 million doses have been administered so far, says Union Health Secy

Coronavirus LIVE: More than 100.8 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the country till 8 am today. In last 24 hours, over 4 million doses were administered, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra's daily cases are going up, but testing is coming down, says Union Health Secy

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra's daily cases are going up, but testing is coming down, says Union Health Secretary

Coronavirus LIVE: Weekly positivity in Chattisgarh another cause for concern, says Union Health Secretary

Coronavirus LIVE: Weekly positivity in Chattisgarh another cause for concern, says Union Health Secretary

US futures fall on report US will halt J&J vaccine

US stock futures turned lower and Treasuries erased losses after a report that the US will seek to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccines amid health concerns, potentially dealing a blow to efforts to reopen the world’s largest economy.
 
Futures on the S&P 500 fell and small cap contracts lost almost 1 per cent after the New York Times reported that Federal health agencies on Tuesday will call for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine to investigate safety issues over blood clots. (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus LIVE: Upward trend of cases a cause for worry, says Union Health Secretary

Coronavirus LIVE: Upward trend of cases a cause for worry, says Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

LIVE: Health Ministry briefing on coronavirus situation the country


Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala govt issues new curbs to contain virus spread

Kerala Govt issues new restrictions to contain coronavirus spread. A maximum 100 people permitted to gather indoors and 200 persons at outdoor functions. Shops to close by 9 pm. Religious leaders to persuade to avoid community gatherings (Iftar party) and malls, theatres to restrict occupancy

IMA asks modern medical practitioners for judicious use of Remedsivir injection

Karnataka government issues guidelines for Ramzan-related rituals

As coronavirus cases rise, Karnataka government issues guidelines for observance of rituals in Ramzan month in Masjids. Masjids in containment zones to remain closed till the zone is denotified, large gathering continues to remain prohibited and face masks are made mandatory.

Coronavirus LIVE: Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos tests positive for virus


Coronavirus LIVE: Uttar Pradesh records highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 cases

Uttar Pradesh records highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases in past 24 hours; death toll rises by 85, according to the state health department.

Assam CM holds review meeting over Covid situation in the state


Kejriwal appeals for plasma donation

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said very less plasma is available in stock for treating Covid-19 patients and appealed to those who have recovered from the disease to actively donate it.
 
A day after 14 hospitals in the national capital were converted into Covid-only facilities, the chief minister said planned surgeries like knee replacement can be delayed for 2-3 months though he stressed that there is enough capacity for emergency surgeries.
 
"This wave is very dangerous. According to data of last 10-15 days, 65 per cent of patients are below 45 years of age. Your health and life are very important to us. So, I would like to appeal to the youth to step out of the house only when it is necessary and follow all Covid protocols," Kejriwal told a press conference. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt responding well to second wave, says minister

The second wave of Covid-19 is a global phenomenon. What is important is how the government is responding. Till today, around 11 crore doses of vaccine have been administered. It is a satisfactory speed, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Jammu records seven-fold increase in active coronavirus cases in nearly a month

Jammu has recorded a seven-fold increase in active coronavirus cases in nearly a month, while Srinagar currently has the highest number of 2,833 patients in the union territory, official data showed.
 
Some districts in Jammu and Kashmir which were earlier declared "coronavirus-free" are now reporting new cases as the country reels under a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
 
On March 19, Srinagar district had 564 active cases and the figure shot up to 2,833 on Monday, while Jammu recorded a seven-fold increase during the period from 211 to 1,582 cases.
 
As on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a total of 1,39,381 Covid-19 cases -- 83,679 in Kashmir and 55,702 in Jammu division. As many as 2,034 people -- 1,282 in Kashmir and 752 in Jammu division -- have succumbed to the virus. (PTI)

Maharashtra set to announce new guidelines, says minister

Amid talk of an extended lockdown in Maharashtra, state minister Aslam Shaikh has said the government will come up with fresh restrictions to curb the coronavirus spread on Tuesday itself.
 
Speaking to reporters, the Mumbai guardian minister also said the state government will also have to decide guidelines regarding the people returning from Kumbh mela in Haridwar as Covid-19 appropriate behaviour was not followed at that congregation.
 
"Maharashtra chief minister has already spoken to members of the Covid-19 task force. He also held discussions with political leaders including those from Opposition parties, and with members of industries. We tried a weekend lockdown, night curfew and other measures. (PTI)

UK expands Covid-19 vaccine programme to over-45s

The National Health Service (NHS) in England on Tuesday expanded the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the next cohort on its age-based priority list to all above 45 years of age, after it announced that the target to cover over-50s had been met ahead of the April 15 deadline.
 
The government had set a target to offer a Covid-19 jab to all above 50 years, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers about 32 million people by this Thursday.
 
The NHS confirmed that nearly 40 million vaccine doses had now been administered across the UK. (PTI)

Gujarat: Several ambulances queue up outside Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad

Chhattisgarh: Morgues overflow with bodies of Covid-19 victims

Bodies of Covid-19 victims have been piling up in mortuaries and crematoriums in Raipur, as the Chhattisgarh administration struggles to deal with the sudden surge in cases of the viral infection and fatalities.
 
In some videos on social media, bodies were seen lying on stretchers outside the mortuary of Raipur's Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (DBRAMH), the state's biggest government-run hospital, and last rites of victims being performed from morning till late night in crematoriums here.
 
Talking to PTI on Tuesday, state Health Minister T S Singh Deo said the overall situation is "very concerning" and the sudden rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths has posed a challenge for authorities. (PTI)

Uttarakhand shortens night curfew in view of upcoming festivals

Lockdown in Durg extended for 5 days, till April 19, says Durg Collector Sarveshwar Bhure

Coronavirus LIVE: Lockdown in Durg extended for 5 days, till April 19, says Durg Collector Sarveshwar Bhure 

Our responsibility is to look after the patients, we can't make other arrangements: Chhattisgarh minister

India fast tracks emergency approvals for foreign made Covid-19 vaccines

The union government is speeding up emergency approvals for foreign-made vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorisation (EUA) in other countries amid alarming spike of coronavirus infections across the country.
 
This is being done to expand the basket of vaccines for domestic use and hasten the pace and coverage of vaccination, according to an official statement from the government.
 
 
Now the second-worst hit nation, India on Tuesday recorded a massive surge of 161,736 Covid-19 cases. With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 13,689,453 cases, according to MOHFW. The country also witnessed 880 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 171,089. Read on...

Centre fast tracks Emergency Approvals for foreign vaccines that have been granted EUA in other nations

Centre fast tracks Emergency Approvals for foreign produced Covid-19 Vaccines that have been granted EUA in other countries
 

Kerala coronavirus update: Ex-CM Oommen Chandy still under close monitoring of doctors

Kerala coronavirus update: Ex-CM Oommen Chandy still under close monitoring of doctors

WHO seeks ban on sale of live wild animals in food markets to prevent disease

WHO seeks ban on sale of live wild animals in food markets to prevent disease

Over 13,500 coronavirus cases reported in Delhi in last 24 hours: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Over 13,500 coronavirus cases reported in Delhi in last 24 hours: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Decision on lockdown likely on Wednesday, reports TOI

Senior state government officials said that it is likely that a decision will be taken on Wednesday, and the work of drafting SOPs on how the lockdown will be imposed is under way.

Urge Centre to cancel CBSE exams 2021, says Arvind Kejriwal

600,000 children in Delhi are going to write CBSE exams. Nearly 100,000 teachers will be a part of it. These can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of Corona. Children's lives & health is very important to us. I request Centre to cancel CBSE exams: Delhi CM
 

Maharashtra readies plans for lockdown from mid-week, reports TOI

The state government is working out a way in which the currently short supply of oxygen, medicines and anti-viral injection remdesivir can be streamlined, and additional beds are being arranged in many districts.

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Thane reports 4,971 new Covid-19 cases, 26 more deaths

With the addition of4,971 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra has reached 3,85,068, an official said on Tuesday.

Remdesivir unavailable, Covid-19 patient's kin meets collector

The kin of a Covid-19 patient reached the Nanded collector's office on Monday urgently seeking Remdesivir, a key medicine in the treatment of the infection, officials said.
 
One of the relatives of the patient, hailing from Kandhar taluka here, said the doctor had prescribed six Remedesivir injections but he could not get even one vial anywhere, and out of desperation made his way to the collectorate seeking help from the district's top official.

Karnataka CM calls for all-party meeting on April 18

Have called all-party meeting on April 18 regarding Covid situation here. No question of lockdown right now. Technical advisory committee has said that positive cases will increase here till May 2 hence people must abide by Covid appropriate behaviour: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa

Doctor, male nurse held in Gujarat's Vadodara for black marketing of Remedisivir

Vadodara Police on Monday arrested a doctor and a male nurse for their involvement in black marketing of Covid-19 drug Remdesivir.
 
"Vadodara police had received information that a doctor is involved in black marketing of Remdesivir injections and selling them on a higher price," Vimal Gamit, ACP, Vadodra Police.
 
He was selling Remdesivir injections, having Rs 2,500 as MRP, for a higher price of Rs 6,500, according to police.

E-passes mandatory for devotees visiting Kalkaji Temple in Delhi during Navratri

Amid Covid-19 scare in national capital, Kalkaji Temple in Delhi makes e-passes mandatory for devotees arriving here on the first day of Navratri 
 
"Devotees will be given a particular day & time to visit the temple. Link available on temple website," the head priest says.

Goa directs remdesivir manufacturers to keep medicine stock on standby

Amid a pan-India shortage of anti-viral drug Remdesivir in wake of the Covid surge, the Goa government has directed manufacturers to keep a stock of 5,000 units of the medicine on standby, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday.
 
"Manufacturing agencies are directed to keep stock of 5,000 units of Remdesivir to ensure we are equipped and people of the state do not suffer," he said.
 
The Health Minister also said that he had directed Food and Drugs Administration Director Jyoti Sardesai to maintain a "sufficient inventory" of remdesivir.
 
He also said that he had instructed the employees at all public health centres and community health centres to be equipped with protective gear.

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 13)

Active cases: 1,264,698 (Net addition: 63,689)
Deaths: 171,058 (Net increase: 879)
Cured: 12,253,697 (Net increase: 97,168)
Total cases: 13,689,453 (Net increase: 161,736)
Total vaccination: 108,533,085 (Increase over previous day: 4,004,521)

Coronavirus update: India reports 161,736 new Covid-19 cases

India reports 161,736 new Covid-19 cases, 97,168 discharges and 879 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
 
Total cases: 1,36,89,453
Total recoveries: 1,22,53,697    
Active cases: 12,64,698
Death toll: 1,71,058    
 
Total vaccination: 10,85,33,085

DCGI approves use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in India

Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the country. India has become the 60th country to approve Sputnik V: Russian Direct Investment Fund

Despite short supply, COVAX distributed nearly 40 mn vaccine doses: WHO

Close to 40 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have already been distributed through the COVAX Facility, half of them in Africa, but vaccine supplies are still stalled due to "tremendous demand" especially in India, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
 
COVAX, a WHO-led program to secure equitable access to vaccines for low and middle-income countries, "has, as of today, distributed just over 38.7 million doses and we expect to get past 40 million doses later this week," Bruce Aylward, the WHO's senior advisor to the director general on organisational change, said at a press conference on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
"Over 40 countries on the African continent will have received doses by the end of this week, and they will receive nearly half of the doses from COVAX," he added. Read on...

Congress minister hails 'Amravati pattern' as cases surge in Maharashtra

A decision to impose "lockdown" under the garb of a "janata curfew" (voluntary shutdown) in the last week of February as coronavirus cases started to build up in most parts of Maharashtra helped Amravati tackle the onslaught better than others, the district's guardian minister Yashomati Thakur said on Monday. She said the situation in Maharashtra, currently witnessing the most severe surge in the country, would have been different if the "Amravati pattern" was implemented statewide earlier. When the number of cases spiked from 1,000 to 1,200 quickly in February, a firm decision was taken to impose widespread restrictions, Thakur, who is state Women and Child Development minister, told PTI. "We took a firm decision on February 26 to impose a lockdown resisting criticism and opposition. We started with a weekend lockdown, calling it a janata curfew. Later, for 10 to 12 days, we went in for complete lockdown, excluding essential services, MIDC and vegetable markets," Thakur claimed. (PTI)

Uttarakhand allows up to 200 people to attend wedding ceremonies outside containment zones

In a view of a spike in coronavirus cases, the Uttarakhand government has allowed marriage gatherings with up to 200 people outside containment zones in the state.
 
In a statement, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said that weddings outside containment zones will have a gathering of 200 people, who will have to abide by COVID-19 appropriate behavior.
 
The state has imposed a night curfew in Dehradun from 10 pm to 5 am to combat Covid-19. The state cabinet decided to shut schools for classes 1 to 12 in Dehradun, Haldwani, and Haridwar till April 30.
 
Uttarakhand on Monday reported 1,334 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative count in the state to 1,10,146. The active cases in the state now stand at 7,846.

Centre's strategy to control Covid-19 spread 'monumental failure: Congress

The Congress on Monday alleged that the BJP-led central government's strategy to control the spread of Covid-19 was a "monumental failure" and said while people are dying across the country the saffron party's leadership is busy campaigning for elections.
 
Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said people of the country will not pardon the BJP for such a dangerous situation and called for scaling up the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
 
"The country wants to know, what did the prime minister do for the past 385 days, apart from politics? Patients are suffering, patients are dying, what is the prime minister planning for the weaker sections of this country? Is there any kind of a safety net, he is going to provide," Kumar asked. Read on...

Non-adherence to Covid norms, virulent strains could be behind surge in infections, says AIIMS chief

People not adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour and the circulation of highly infectious strains of SARS-COV-2 could be the primary reasons behind the surge in coronavirus infections in India, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Monday. He also warned that if the situation is not reversed, then the galloping infection rate will eventually cause a huge strain on the country's healthcare system. He sought stricter enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour on the ground level by the administration and authorities. "Around February, when cases started to decrease, people became lax towards following Covid-appropriate behaviour as they thought the virus had become ineffective. "People are taking the disease lightly now. If you go out, you see that marketplaces, restaurants and shopping malls are crowded and full of people and these all are super-spreader events," Guleria said.

India's Covid crisis stems from arrogance, hyper-nationalism, incompetence

Just a few short weeks ago, Indian government officials were patting themselves on the back. India was the “pharmacy of the world,” they said, and its cheaply produced vaccines would help end the Covid-19 pandemic globally. The federal health minister declared that the country had entered “the endgame” of its own battle against the pandemic. Even the Reserve Bank of India announced in unusually enthusiastic tones that India had “bent [the Covid-19 curve] like Beckham” and that “soon the winter of our discontent will be made glorious summer.”
 
Such boasts sound foolish, at best, today. Read on...

Covid-19: Coronavirus pandemic long way from over, warns WHO chief

There have been now seven consecutive weeks of increasing Covid-19 cases and four weeks of increasing deaths globally, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said on Monday adding that the coronavirus pandemic is 'long from over'.
 
"In January and February, the world saw six consecutive weeks of declining cases. We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases, and four weeks of increasing deaths. Last week was the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week so far," Tedros said during the briefing. Read on...

UK covered Covid-19 vaccination target of people over 50 ahead of schedule

The United Kingdom has completed the vaccination of people aged over 50 ahead of schedule, administering first shots of coronavirus vaccines to millions of people, Downing Street said on Monday.
 
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement said: "We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine program by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups. That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19."
 
"I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives. We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July," he added.

Madhya Pradesh govt offers space to pvt hospitals for Covid-19 treatment

The Madhya Pradesh government has offered to provide space to private hospitals to set up their medical facilities in a bid to increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday. Talking to reporters here, Chouhan also said the supply of Remdevisir injections would be normalised within the next two or three days as the government has started procuring the key anti-viral drug. The demand for the drug has gone up in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases. The CM said the viral infection can be controlled if people adopt COVID-appropriate behaviour. "I believe that instead of a lockdown in cities, people should lock their faces with masks and lock themselves in their homes tocontrol the spread of the viral infection," Chouhan said. (PTI)

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