Covid LIVE: Stricter curbs in Maharashtra, offices to work with 15% staff

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor at Parliament House during the ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Coronavirus live updates: India reported its biggest-ever spike of nearly 300,000 fresh coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Wednesday, according to MoHFW. With this, India's Covid tally has scaled to 15,616,130 cases. India also registered the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 2,023 fatalities. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 182,570. The country now has over 2.1 million active cases.

The rise in case numbers has been exponential in the second wave. Badly-affected cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kolkata, Allahabad and Surat have almost run out of hospital beds. The situation is much more dire when it comes to ICU beds. Several cities have just a few dozen ICU beds left and they are now frantically trying to build extra capacity in hotels and stadiums. Multiple government hospitals in Delhi on Tuesday said their oxygen stock would last only for only few hours and “people will die” if they do not get oxygen. A list shared by the government showed that in some hospitals, oxygen will last only for four to five hours. With 277 new deaths in last 24 hours, Delhi's death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 12,638. The national capital recorded 28,395 new Covid-19 cases in highest single-day spike. 

Meanwhile, according to media reports, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to take a call on lockdown in Maharashtra and would announce his decision on Wednesday. THe state recorded 62,097 new cases and 519 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,960,359), 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 143,518,120 infected by the deadly contagion. While 122,126,726 have recovered, 3,056,396 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,533,924, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 1,628,641, followed by the US (1,628,641) and Brazil (456,304).

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Maharashtra announces stricter curbs

All government offices in Maharashtra, except the essential ones that are directly involved in Covid management, to operate with only 15 per cent staff

Full faith that Centre will deliver Oxygen: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court says we have full faith that you (Centre) will deliver oxygen. Max Hospital in Delhi's Patparganj will get supply of oxygen in 2 hours. But many other hospitals are also facing a shortage. You can pass an order as it is a national emergency, no industry will say no, Court adds.

Delhi HC hears urgent application regarding oxygen shortage at Max

Delhi High Court hears an urgent application regarding the oxygen shortage at Max Hospital. SG Tushar Mehta representing the Centre tells the court that supply of oxygen is on its way and it will reach the hospital shortly. Oxygen has been delivered at one of the Max hospitals.

'Why is govt not waking up to reality': Delhi HC on oxygen supply crisis

Delhi High Court on Wednesday heard an urgent application regarding the oxygen shortage at Max Hospital. 

Maharashtra sees 67,468 new cases in a day

Maharashtra on Wednesday witnessed 67,468 new Covid cases within the span of 24 hours. The state also recorded 568 deaths in a day. 

Cong's Tharoor tests positive

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. "Folks should know that my sister has had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine in California and my mother & I took our second Covishield shot on April 8. So we have every reason to hope that though vaccines cannot prevent infection, they will moderate the impact of the Covid virus," he said on Twitter.
 

Kejriwal thanks Centre

Delhi CM thanked Centre for increasing quota of oxygen. 

Karnataka sees record 23,558 cases in a day

Karnataka records 23,558 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 13,640 in Bengaluru.

Night curfew in Goa

Night curfew will be imposed in Goa from 10pm (to 6am) tonight. Casinos, restaurants and bars, cinema halls allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Important to wear a mask even after vaccine, says Guleria

The vaccine prevents you from getting the disease in the form of severe illness. It may not prevent you from getting the infection. Important to understand that even after the vaccine we may have a positive report, it is why important to wear a mask even after vaccine, said Dr Randeep Guleria.
 
 
 
 

Dr Guleria, Dr Shetty, and Dr Trehan address issues related to Covid-19

"Only small percentage require Remdesivir. Don't consider this as a magic bullet. Oxygen is a treatment, it's like a drug. Taking oxygen intermittently is an absolute waste of oxygen. There is no data that shows that this will be of any help to you & therefore you shouldn't do," said AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria.

0.04% people tested positive after second dose of Covaxin: Govt

Government on Wednesday said 146 districts reported COVID-19 positivity rate of more than 15%, while 274 districts reported case positivity between 5-15%. In those below 10 years, 4.03% Covid-19 cases were reported in first wave, while 2.97% cases registered in second wave. About 0.04 pc people tested positive after second dose of Covaxin and 0.03 per cent after second dose of Covishield.

Anguished by loss of lives in Nashik, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the Nashik tragedy on Twitter. "The tragedy at a hospital in Nashik because of oxygen tank leakage is heart-wrenching. Anguished by the loss of lives due to it. Condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour," he said on Twitter.

Pokhriyal tests positive for Covid

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal says he has tested positive for coronavirus.

BJP leaders react to Nashik oxygen leak incident

"What happened in Nashik is terrible. It's being said that 11 people died which is very disturbing. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed inquiry," said former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Nashik oxygen tanker gas leak tragedy.
 
"I am distressed to hear the news of the accident of oxygen leak in a hospital in Nashik. I express my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss of those who have lost their loved ones in this accident. I pray to God for the efficiency of all the other patients," said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter. 
 

BJP leaders react to Nashik oxygen leak incident

"What happened in Nashik is terrible. It's being said that 11 people died which is very disturbing. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed inquiry," said former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Nashik oxygen tanker gas leak tragedy.
 
"I am distressed to hear the news of the accident of oxygen leak in a hospital in Nashik. I express my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss of those who have lost their loved ones in this accident. I pray to God for the efficiency of all the other patients," said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter. 
 

22 patients die at Nashik hospital

22 patients die at Nashik hospital die due to low oxygen supply following leakage in Nashik, said district collector.

Nashik: Oxygen leakage from tanker

An Oxygen tanker leaked while tankers were being filled at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra. Officials present at the spot have been trying contain the leak.

"It's an unfortunate incident. As per preliminary info, we've learnt that 11 people died. We're trying to get a detailed report. We've ordered an enquiry as well. Those who are responsible will not be spared," said FDA Minister Dr Rajendra Shingane on the incident.
 
"Due to the valves leakage of the tanker in Nashik, there was massive oxygen leakage. There must definitely have been an impact on the hospital but I'm yet to gather more information. We'll issue a press note after gathering more information," said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
 

15% of active cases may need oxygen, says Maharashtra minister

"We're anticipating that 15% of currently active cases may need oxygen. As of now, we have arrangements of 1550 MT of oxygen in the state. We're trying to distribute the same. We're also expecting the Oxygen which Govt of India will import. As per today's demand, we have sufficient Remdesivir, only challenge is that of distribution. So I appeal to doctors to use oxygen and Remdesivir properly. Maharashtra is currently producing 1250 tons of liquid oxygen, it'll be used for 100% medical use only," said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Tracking course of coronavirus infection outbreak in India very closely: US

The United States is tracking the course of the Covid-19 outbreak in India very closely, the State Department has said.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised Americans to avoid all travel to India.
 
We are tracking the course of the Covid outbreak in India very closely, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference.
 
Responding to a question, he said, Secretary of State, Tony Blinken and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar discussed the issue during a phone call on Monday. Read on...

SII says states to get Covishield at Rs 400 a dose, pvt hospitals at Rs 600; price for centre stays at Rs 150

Coronavirus LIVE: PM busy with campaign as citizens suffer, says Priyanka

Coronavirus LIVE: PM busy with campaign as citizens suffer, says Priyanka

When things shouldn't be politicised, Congress, especially Gandhi family is doing politics, says BJP

When things shouldn't be politicised, Congress, especially Gandhi family is doing politics. Priyanka Gandhi gave interview & Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Nation is watching how they're criticising & it'll give them reply. Arrogance of Gandhi family is being reflected: Sambit Patra, BJP

Maharashtra coronavirus update: Three people arrested in Thane for black marketing of Remdesivir

Maharashtra: Three people arrested from Mira Road in Thane district for black marketing of Remdesivir. Three vials of Remdesivir and stock worth Rs 2.25 Lakhs seized from their possession.


New immune escape Covid variant found in West Bengal, say experts

After the B.1.617 "new mutant variant" was found in more than 60 per cent of cases sampled for genome sequencing in Maharashtra, a new lineage of SARS-CoV-2 has been found in India. B.1.618, the new variant, is characterised by a distinct set of genetic variants including E484K, and is being called a major immune escape variant -- that is it can escape immunity even if a person has contracted the virus before and has the ability to produce antibodies against it, according to India Today.

Govt exported 60 million vaccines between Jan-March. Why were Indians not prioritised, says Priyanka

Govt exported 6 cr vaccines b/w Jan-March. During this time 3-4 cr Indians were vaccinated. Why were Indians not prioritised? Vaccine shortage is due to bad planning, Remdesivir shortage due to no planning,oxygen shortage due to no strategy. It's Govt's failure: Priyanka

India records 295,041 new cases, biggest-ever single-day spike

India also registered the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 2,023 fatalities.

Global coronavirus caseload tops 142.6 million: Johns Hopkins University

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 142.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.04 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 142,621,220 and 3,041,541, respectively.
 
The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 31,792,013 and 568,460, respectively, according to the CSSE. Read on...

There will be no herd immunity against Covid without vaccinating children

More than 910 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given and the number is climbing daily. So far, though, the vast majority of those given a shot and targeted by campaigns have one thing in common: They’re adults. That was the right place to start the world’s largest vaccination drive, but it’s not where we should stop.
Children have, it’s true, proven less susceptible to the coronavirus so far. It’s one of the pandemic’s few mercies, even if under-reporting plays a role. But not all have escaped unscathed, and we know infected youngsters have unwittingly passed the illness to others. As with shots for diseases like measles and rubella, Covid-19 vaccinations for kids are about protecting them — and about shielding everyone else. Even if children aren’t “super” spreaders, but merely spreaders, the return to a normality of sorts remains a mirage without them.
 
Unfortunately, this is a corner of the global vaccination campaign where problems like access and hesitancy will be most sharply felt. Trials involving children are only just beginning and are by necessity slow, given safety concerns, which mean researchers work down the age ranges, and lower infection rates. Read on...

PM Modi needs to get off the stage of the rally where he is laughing and cracking jokes, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress Gen Secy Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaks to ANI, says, "...PM needs to show up. He needs to get off the stage of the rally where he is laughing and cracking jokes. He needs to come here, sit in front of people, talk to them and tell them how is he going to save lives"

Amid a surge in Covid cases, call flow increases at Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services in Pune

e take 9,000-10,000 calls per day, including Covid emergencies & others. Panic has increased now. Call flow revolves more around COVID: Control Room Manager

Regular Courts and Registrars Courts shall not sit from 22nd April onwards till further orders: SC

Regular Courts and Registrars Courts shall not sit from 22nd April onwards till further orders: SC

Punjab news: A 35-year-old Covid patient died allegedly by hanging himself from a fan in Ludhiana

Punjab news: A 35-year-old Covid patient died allegedly by hanging himself from a fan in Ludhiana

Section 144 imposed across Maharashtra

Maharashtra Government has imposed statewide restrictions till May 1st, in the wake of the Covid-19 situation. Section 144 imposed across the state.

Delhi: Police personnel check vehicles and IDs of people who are commuting amid lockdown

New Delhi: A doctor drags an oxygen cylinder at CWG village Covid-19 Care Centre near Akshardham

New Delhi: A doctor drags an oxygen cylinder at CWG village Covid-19 Care Centre near Akshardham, in New Delhi, Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Maharashtra govt may impose 15-day lockdown starting tonight

Stringent restrictions are likely to be put in place in Maharashtra for 15 days from Wednesday night to check the spread Covid-19 infections in the state. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will announce the restrictions on Wednesday.
 
At a cabinet meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, all the ministers demanded a complete lockdown as rising cases have strained health infrastructure in the state. Long-distance trains and flights will continue. The state administration is preparing new regulations for public transport and these services may function to help essential sector employees to commute to work. Restrictions are likely to be imposed on inter-district travel. Read on...

Coronavirus vaccine shot is likely to be available at Rs 900-1,000 ($13-14) in the private market in India

A Covid-19 shot is likely to be available at Rs 900-1,000 ($13-14) in the private market in India. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus situation: 28,395 new Covid-19 cases recorded in highest single-day spike

Delhi coronavirus situation: 28,395 new Covid-19 cases recorded in highest single-day spike

Delhi coronavirus update: With 277 new deaths in last 24 hours, Delhi's death toll now stands at 12,638

With 277 new deaths in last 24 hours, Delhi's death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 12,638
 

Tamil Nadu coronavirus: Govt directs private hospitals to allocate at least 50% beds for coronavirus patients

Tamil Nadu govt directs private hospitals to allocate at least 50% beds for coronavirus patients as cases surge, reports PTI
 

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