Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 57,000 new cases for the first time

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Coronavirus live updates: India reported a record 93,249 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday pushing the overall tally to 12,493,414, according to MoHFW. The death toll from the deadly infection jumped to 164,686.

The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown in the state from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday in a bid to curb the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases in the state.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana are states of "grave concern". Delhi recorded 3,567 Covid-19 cases on Saturday and the positive rate continued to rise to 4.48 per cent from 4.11 per cent a day ago while 10 more people succumbed to the deadly virus. According to official data, the positivity rate has mounted from just below one per cent to 4.48 per cent in the last two weeks.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 131,332,131. While 105,719,856 ​have recovered, 2,858,291 have lost their lives. Meanwhile, the US continues to be the worst-hit country with 1831,382,205 cases. 

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Bengal reports 1,957 new Covid-19 cases, 4 fresh fatalities

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally mounted to 5,93,615 on Sunday as 1,957 more people tested positive for the infection, while four fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 10,344, a health bulletin said.
 
Kolkata reported the highest number of new cases at 634, followed by North 24 Parganas (462) and Howrah (174).

Gujarat: Record 2,875-case spike

Gujarat on Sunday reported 2,875 Covid-19 cases, the state's highest single-day addition, taking its tally to 3,18,438, the new mark coming a day after a 2815-case spike record was set on Saturday, an official said.
 
The day also saw 14 deaths, taking the toll to 4,566, and the recovery count touched 2,98,737, or 93.81 per cent of the caseload, after 2,024 people were discharged, he added.

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 3,581 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 3,581 new Covid cases, 1,813 recoveries, and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Punjab reports 3,019 fresh Covid cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Punjab reports 3,019 fresh Covid cases, 2,955 discharges, and 51 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 4,033 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 4,033 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 57,000 new cases for the first time

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 57,000 new cases for the first time

Seven fatalities, 1,904 new coronavirus cases in Haryana

Haryana on Sunday reported seven fresh COVID-19 fatalities which took the death toll to 3,191, while 1,904 new cases pushed the tally to 2,98,133 in the state, a health department bulletin said.
 
While three fatalities werereported from Kaithal, one death each was from Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Ambala and Sonipat districts, it said.
 
The bulletin said among the districts that reported a big spike in cases were Gurgaon (555), Panchkula (200), Karnal (185), Faridabad (151), Panipat (142) and Ambala (114). The number of active cases in the state is 12,574 and the recovery rate is 94.71 per cent,as per the bulletin.

43 more people test positive for coronavirus in UP's Muzaffarnagar

Forty-three more people tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar on Sunday, taking the infection count in the district to 9,039, an official said.
 
According to Chief Medical Officer SK Aggarwal, they had received results of 1,013 samples, of which 43 were found positive. Now, the number of active cases has gone up to 259. Meanwhile, 13 people recovered from the infection, taking the number of cured people to 8,666 in the district, the official said.

Mumbai reports 11,163 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths in past 24 hours

PM Modi reviews Covid-19 situation amid 'alarming rate of growth' in cases, deaths

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid an "alarming rate of growth" in infections and deaths, with 10 states contributing to more than 91 percent of them.
 
Modi said the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment would be effective in curbing the pandemic's spread, according to an official statement.
 
The reasons for the sharp rise in cases could be mainly attributed to the severe decline in compliance of COVID-appropriate behaviour, especially in the use of masks and social distancing, pandemic fatigue and lack of effective implementation of containment measures at the field level, it said.

Kerala records 2,802 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths in a day

Kerala added 2,802 new COVID-19 cases and ten more deaths on Sunday, pushing the infection count to 11,35,233 and the toll to 4,668.
 
A total of 2,173 people recuperated from the disease today, taking the total cured in the state to 11,02,359. There are 27,893 people under treatment and 1,42,854 under observation of which 4,403 are in isolation wards of various hospitals. The State health department said the government has tested 45,171 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 6.20 per cent.

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 4,553 new Covid cases in past 24 hours

Karnataka on Sunday logged 4,553 fresh coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, taking the caseload and toll to 10,15,155 and 12,625 respectively, the health department said. According to a department bulletin, so far 9,63,419 people were discharged cumulatively, including 2,060 today.
 
There were 39,092 active cases which includes 331 in the ICU, the department added. Bengaluru urban district accounted for 2,787 fresh infections and eight deaths.The city has reported 4,47,031 infections and 4,649 deaths till date, while the active cases stood at 28,098.

Maharashtra: Nagpur sees 62 Covid-19 deaths in a day, highest so far

Nagpur district in Maharashtra on Sunday reported the highest 62 COVID-19 fatalities in a day, taking the toll to 5,327, an official release said. The district added 4,110 fresh infections, taking the tally to 2,41,606.
 
With 3,497 patients getting discharged during the day, the count of recoveries in the district rose to 1,94,908, it said, adding the district is now left with 41,371 active cases. With 18,135 new tests, the overall count of samples tested so far in Nagpur district has gone up to 16,92,973. READ ON...

US halts AstraZeneca jab production at Baltimore plant after 'human error'

A plant in the US which ruined 15 million potential doses of Johnson and Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine has been asked to stop producing doses for AstraZeneca, the media reported.
 
The facility at Baltimore, Emergent Biosolutions, was earlier picked as a manufacturing partner for both AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson. In a statement on Saturday, Johnson and Johnson said it was "assuming full responsibility" regarding the manufacturing of drug substance for its Covid-19 vaccine at the Emergent BioSolutions. READ MORE...

Maharashtra night curfew: Essential services and transportation including buses, trains, taxis permitted

Coronavirus LIVE: New restrictions in Maharashtra from Monday 8 pm onwards

The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown in the state from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday in a bid to curb the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state.
 
Apart from the weekend lockdown, strict restrictions will be in force from Monday 8 pm onwards, Minority Affairs Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
 
He said that night curfew will continue and prohibitory orders issued under section 144 will be force during the day time during the week.

Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra to curb coronavirus cases: State Minister

A weekend lockdown has been announced in Maharashtra to contain the fresh wave of coronavirus infections, state minister Nawab Malik said on Sunday, news agency PTI reported. The state reported nearly 50,000 cases on Saturday. Earlier during the day, Uddhav Thackeray led a cabinet meeting though video-conference to discuss the coronavirus situation in the state. READ MORE...

Coronavirus LIVE: Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra, fresh restrictions

Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra following surge in coronavirus cases: NCP minister Nawab Malik, according to PTI.

PM Modi asks officials to work with 'mission-mode' in states seeing Covid-19 surge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review the coronavirus situation and vaccination program in the country. 
 
"The Prime Minister directed that for sustainable Covid-19 management, awareness of the community and its involvement is paramount and there is a need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan," the government said in a release. "Modi mentioned that the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment would be effective in curbing the spread of the Pandemic," it said.
 
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Chairperson (Empowered group on Vaccine Administration), Secretary Health, and other senior officials.

Maharashtra: Case against 1,011 people for violating coronavirus norms

Police have registered a case against 1,011 people for allegedly violating COVID-19 prevention rules by attending a religious gathering in Maharashtra's Buldhana district, an official said on Sunday.
 
The incident took place on Friday when the people took out the annual 'Sandal yatra' to the shrine of Sailani Baba here, despite such gatherings not being allowed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Ramesh Barkate said. The Maharashtra government recently prohibited religious, social and political gatherings in the state. READ MORE...

Odisha reports 471 new coronavirus positive cases

Odisha has reported 471 new COVID-19 cases and 33,76,35 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the State Health Department on Sunday.Of the new cases, 278 were reported from quarantine centers and 193 detected during contact tracing.
 
The highest number of cases were reported in Odisha from Balangi (36) followed by Balasore where 15 cases were reported; Angul registered 10, while Bhadrak reported 6 and Bargarh reported 5 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
 
India reported 93,249 new COVID-19 cases and 513 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.

People seen without face maks during a cricket match in Mumbai earlier today

JNU issues fresh directions to prevent spread of Covid-19 on campus

In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday issued fresh directions for students and staff members, including mandatory thermal screening and wearing of face mask at hostels and inside all buildings on campus.
 
Delhi recorded 3,567 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and the positive rate continued to rise to 4.48 per cent from 4.11 per cent a day ago while 10 more people succumbed to the deadly virus.
 
The national capital has seen an increase in cases with 3,594 cases being reported on Friday, the highest daily count this year, 2,790 cases on Thursday, 1,819 cases on Wednesday and 992 cases on Tuesday, according to official data.

Jammu and Kashmir schools to remain shut till April 18 for students of up to Class 9

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced that all schools for students up to classes nine will remain closed for two weeks from April 5 to April 18 in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory (UT).
 
Physical classes for students from classes 10 to 12 will also be suspended for a week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha's office said in a tweet on Sunday.
 
"In view of a rising trend in COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir and the likelihood of young children getting infected and transmitting infection in large numbers, all classes up to and including class 9 in schools will be closed for two weeks in all schools beginning on Monday -- from April 5 till April 18, 2021 in Jammu and Kashmir," Sinha's office tweeted.

Spot fine of Rs 1,000 at Mumbai airport for violating Covid-19 norms

Mumbai airport has started imposing a spot fine of Rs 1,000 from April 1 on the passengers violating the mandatory Covid-19 safety protocol in the wake of aviation regulator director DGCA warning last week amid an increasing number of coronavirus infection cases in Maharashtra and some other states, according to a statement on Saturday.
 
After it found passengers at some airports flouting the mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols during the routine surveillance, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had advised airports to explore the option of taking stricter actions, such as slapping fine on the people violating such rules at the premises.

PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review Covid-19 situation and vaccination program

Coronavirus update: Eight states account for over 80% of new cases

Eight states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat account for 80.96 per cent of the93,249 new daily COVID-19 cases, according to the Union Health Ministry.
 
India is seeing a steep intensification in the doubling time of the COVID-19 cases. As of April 4, it is 115.4 days, the ministry said on Sunday.
 
India's total active caseload has reached 6,91,597 andnow comprises 5.54 per centof the country's total infections. A net rise of 32,688 cases recorded in the total active caseload in a span of 24 hours. READ MORE...

Amid surge in Covid-19 cases, J-K schools for students up to Class 9 to remain shut

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced that all schools for students up to Class 9 will remain closed for two weeks from April 5 in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the union territory. Physical classes for students from classes 10 to 12 will also be suspended for a week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha's office said in a tweet on Sunday. This comes days after the Jammu and Kashmir administration asked all district magistrates to take a call on the continuation of physical classes in schools amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the union territory. "In view of rising trend in #COVID19 cases in J&K & likelihood of young children getting infected & transmitting infection in large numbers, ALL classes up to & including Class 9 in schools will be closed for 2 weeks in all schools beginning on Monday, 5 April till 18 April, 21 in J&K," Sinha's office tweeted.

People flock to Mumbai's Shivaji Park despite increase in Covid-19 cases

Despite an alarming situation in Maharashtra due to increasing COVID-19 cases, people were seen playing cricket at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Park in Mumbai on Sunday. The people in the park were seen flouting social distancing norms, and many were also seen without masks. Mumbai on Friday reported 9,090 fresh COVID cases in the last 24 hours. As many as 5,322 people have recovered from the disease in Mumbai in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,66,365. The active number of COVID cases in the city stands at 62,187. Mumbai recorded 27 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,751.

 

Going the extra mile: Pvt schools paying for COVID-19 vaccination of their 'Corona Warriors'

Calling their teachers 'Corona Warriors' who kept the momentum of classes going despite the pandemic forcing school closures, several private schools are helping them get inoculated by booking slots at government vaccination centres, paying for their shots at private facilities and some even bearing their travel expenses for visiting the centres. While the schools say the drive right now is for staff above the age of 45 years, in accordance with the government guidelines, they will cover their remaining staff too once the lower age bracket is eligible. "In consideration to the sheer dedication and dexterity with which our teachers have supported us throughout the difficult year of 2020, the school considers them no less than frontline workers. In order to assure them complete safety and extend them support in terms of healthcare, the school has been conducting the vaccination drive in the first 10 days of April for the staff members who stand eligible according to the government guidelines," said Rajat Goel, Director, MRG School, Rohini.

 

Five states account for over 43% of total vaccinations against Covid-19

As India races to contain the second wave of COVID-19, five states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal have carried out over 43 per cent of the total vaccinations in the country, according to the Health ministry data. Of the total 7,59,79,651 vaccinations carried out till now, 3,33,10,437 were carried out in these five states. Out of the 3,33,10,437 jabs administered in these five states - 2,91,54,577 were first doses and 4155860 were second doses, according to the data till 7 am on Sunday. In Maharashtra, 73,54,244 vaccinations have been carried out which alone accounts for 9.68 per cent of the total vaccinations in the country.

 

Covid-19: Puri's Jagannath Temple to remain closed for devotees on Sundays

In view of the rising cases of Covid-19, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) issued a fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Saturday according to which the temple will remain shut for devotees on Sundays. According to the norms, the temple will open from Monday to Saturday and public darshan will start at 6 am. This was decided in a meeting held by SJTA chief Krishan Kumar with all stakeholders with detailed discussions on the implementation of guidelines laid down in the SOP.

 

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Expats struggle to get vaccines in Kuwait, citizens come 1st

In the tiny, oil-rich sheikhdom of Kuwait, the foreigners who power the country's economy, serve its society and make up 70 per cent of its population are struggling to get coronavirus vaccines. Unlike other Gulf Arab states that have administered doses to masses of foreign workers in a race to reach herd immunity, Kuwait has come under fire for vaccinating its own people first. That leaves legions of labourers from Asia, Africa and elsewhere, who clean Kuwaiti nationals' homes, care for their children, drive their cars and bag their groceries, still waiting for their first doses, despite bearing the brunt of the pandemic. The only people I've seen at the vaccination center were Kuwaiti," said a 27-year-old Kuwaiti doctor, who like most people interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals. Kuwait has a citizens-first policy for everything, including when it comes to public health.

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Top officials brief PM on Covid situation

Sources said top officials, including cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the prime minister, health secretary and NITI Aayog member Vinod Paul, attended the meeting. India on Sunday recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year, which took the total COVID-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data. This is the biggest daily rise in cases since September 19, when 93,337 fresh infections were recorded. The death toll climbed to 1,64,623 on Sunday with 513 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

PM chairs high level meeting on Covid-19

The Prime Minister is taking a high-level meeting now to review the COVID19 related issues and vaccination. All senior officers including Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Health Secretary, Dr Vinod Paul are participating in the meeting: Sources

Lockdown extended in Metro Manila, 4 adjacent areas

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to extend the strict Covid-19 lockdown measures in Metro Manila and four adjacent areas for another week as the virus case count continues to surge, his spokesperson said. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a televised address on Saturday that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) would be extended for a minimum of one week in Metro Manila and the adjacent provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal, reports Xinhua news agency. The Philippines reverted these areas to the highest quarantine level on March 29 following the "continuing and swift rise" of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. The seven-day lockdown ends on Sunday.

 

4th Covid wave underway in Iran: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is already underway in two provinces. "If people in other provinces do not honour (health guidelines), they may experience the fourth wave as well," Xinhua news agency quoted Rouhani as saying on Saturday. "According to the statistics, compliance with health guidelines has decreased," he warned. On Saturday, the Health Ministry registered 11,420 new Covid-19 cases, raising the overall caseload to 1,920,394.

 

Telangana reports 1,321 Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

Telangana reported 1,321 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single day spike so far this year, pushing the tally to over 3.12 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,717 with five more fatalities. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 320, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 144 and Rangareddy 121, a government bulletin said on Sunday providing details as of 8 pm on April 3. The total number of cases stood at3,12,140, while 293 patients were cured, taking the total recoveries to 3,02,500.

 

Mumbai: More beds to be operationalised for Covid-19 patients

In the wake of an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, the Mumbai civic body on Sunday said it has decided to make more beds operational in medical facilities treating patients of the viral infection in the city. On Saturday, the city reported 9,108 new cases of coronavirus, the highest spike in a single day. "We have operationalised an additional 3,000 beds in dedicated COVID-19 health care centres and dedicated COVID-19 hospitals under the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in last seven days," civic commissioner I S Chahal said in a statement.

Canada's Covid-19 cases surpass 1 million

Canada's Covid-19 cases have amounted to 1,001,645, reported CTV. Canada became the 23rd country in the world to surpass 1 million confirmed cases, according to a worldwide tally of global infections by Johns Hopkins University. Canada hit the grim milestone 14 months after the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case on Jan. 25, 2020. After months of shutdowns, travel restrictions and declining cases, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared in September last year that Canada was hit by the second wave of Covid-19.

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Akshay Kumar tests positive for Covid

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Uttarakhand: Sporting activities restricted at Maharana Pratap Sports College

In view of the increasing cases of COVID19, the morning and evening sports practice of the players at Maharana Pratap Sports College in Dehradun has been stopped till April 9

India reports 93,249 new Covid cases

Pope urges hope amid 'darkness' of pandemic in Easter vigil

Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued dark months of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday. Due to social-distancing norms, only about 200 masked people were allowed to attend the service, which marks the period between Christ's crucifixion and his joyous resurrection on Easter Sunday. For the second year in a row, the Vatican cut out the traditional sacrament of baptism for a handful of adults to limit the chance of contagion. Usually a long, late-night ritual, this year's vigil service also started earlier than usual to respect Italy's 10 pm COVID-19 curfew.

Palestinian leader extends State of Emergency until May amid COVID-19 surge

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has extended the year-long state of emergency for another month, media said. The president signed a decree on Saturday extending coronavirus restrictions for 30 days, effective immediately, according to the WAFA news agency. The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been struggling to contain the surging number of cases and the spread of mutated viral strains.

Surat-based company conducts free Covid-19 vaccination drive for employees

A Surat-based company has launched a free one-week-long COVID-19 vaccination drive for its employees on Saturday. Major textile industrialist of Surat city, Sanjay Saravagi has started a vaccination drive that gives free vaccinations to all of his employees, a total of 6,000 employees. If they prefer not to be vaccinated they will be required to take RTPCR tests every 3 days to prove that they are not COVID-19 infected. Sanjay Saraogi, Director of the company said, "COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease, the whole country is facing the brunt of it. I appreciate the Indian government that has taken the vaccination drive to all parts of the country. We have started a vaccination camp to give free vaccines to all of my 6,000 employees and the drive is going well."

No fresh registrations of health, frontline workers for Covid-19 vaccination

The Centre on Saturday has written to all states and Union territories to not permit any fresh registrations of healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) with immediate effect. This has been done on recommendation by the National Expert Group for Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) based on inputs that some ineligible beneficiaries were getting their names enlisted for vaccination against COVID-19, under this category, in violation of prescribed guidelines, the Union Health Ministry said. and as per the NEGVAC recommendation, no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed for COVID-19 vaccination with immediate effect. A letter written by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, to state governments and accessed by ANI said: "Various inputs have been received from different sources that in some of the CVCs (vaccination centres), some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as HCWs and FLWs and are getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines.

Brazil surpasses 330,000 COVID-19 deaths

Deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil surpassed 330,000 on Saturday after 1,987 new fatalities registered, bringing the country's death toll to 330,193, the Ministry of Health reported. Besides, 43,515 new cases were registered, bringing the national count to 12,953,597.Brazil is currently the global epicentre of COVID-19, ranking second in terms of deaths and cases worldwide, after the United States. Sao Paulo, the most populated state in Brazil, has also been hardest hit by the virus with 2,520,204 cases and 76,750 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 657,139 cases and 37,629 deaths. Brazil has been experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 since January, which has in recent weeks overwhelmed the healthcare systems in most of the 27 states of the country

Centre closes vaccine registration for healthcare, frontline workers

The Central government has decided to close the registration of healthcare and frontline workers for Covid-19 vaccination after reports of fake registration under these categories came to the fore. About 24 per cent spike in registration under these categories has been observed in last few days. In a letter to states and union territories, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as healthcare and frontline workers and getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines. He stated that there has been 24 per cent increase in healthcare workers database in the past few days. "...it has been decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWS will be allowed with immediate effect. Registrations of persons aged 45 years and above will continue to be permitted on Co-WIN portal."

France reports 213 Covid-19 deaths in one day

France reported 213 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the toll to 96,493 since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the health ministry. Hospital admissions for Covid-19 went up by 157 to reach 28,886. A total of 5,273 people with Covid-19 were in intensive care units (ICU), 19 more than the Friday figure, the Xinhua news agency reported. The number of new infections is still under calculation, the ministry noted. France reported on Friday 46,677 new cases, after registering 50,659 on Thursday and 59,038 -- the highest daily figure since November 6 -- on Wednesday. France entered its third national lockdown on Saturday as shops deemed non-essential have to close, people's movement is limited to a radius of 10 kilometers from home while nurseries and schools will be closed for three to four weeks.

Karnataka says 50 pc seating capacity in cinema halls from April 7

Karnataka government has extended the implication of its order regarding 50 per cent seating capacity in cinema halls and it is to be applicable from April 7. Karnataka government announced yesterday that order capping seating capacity in theatres at 50 per cent would now be applicable from April 7, following request from Kannada film industry. "Under the clause 10 of the order, seating allowed in the cinema hall was restricted to a maximum of 50 per cent of the seating capacity. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has made a request to CM to allow cinema halls to run due to the fact that advance online bookings have been made because of the non receipt of advance notice. It is now, decided that the said restriction will be made applicable with effect from 7th April 2021," the order from the Karnataka government read.

Singapore joining Interpol-led crime task force to look into Covid-19-related scams

Singapore is joining an Interpol-led global financial crime task force, comprising the US and UK, which will be looking into a number of areas, including COVID-19-related scams, according to a media report on Sunday. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said Singapore is joining the task force due to a need for greater international cooperation against the rising threat of cyber fraud globally, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported. The situation has visibly worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic with more people working from home and transacting online, an MHA spokesperson said in response to queries from the CNA. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of this opportunity, the spokesperson said.

 

Uttarakhand DGP directs strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocol

The Director-General of Police of Uttarakhand has directed all policemen in all districts to strictly implement the Covid Protocol Enforcement in view of the fast-growing cases of Corona infection. DGP Ashok Kumar told ANI that there will be a challan for those who do not follow the corona protocol, do not apply masks and social distance. He said that an advisory has been issued for those arriving from 12 states to Uttarakhand, stating that entry to the state will not be permitted with testing. Regarding Kumbh 2021, the DGP said that April 14 is an important day for the Mahakumbh 2021, the day of the biggest royal bath. Also April 12 marking Somati Amavasya is also an important day. Special preparations are being undertaken for April 11 to 14, he said.

 

Pak to start coronavirus vaccinations for residents over 80 on Monday

Pakistan federal authorities will start coronavirus vaccinations for residents over 80 on Monday. The country received 60,000 doses of the CanSino vaccine from China early in the week. Pakistan is already using the Sinopharm vaccine, donated by Beijing last month. The National Command and Control Center says the vaccine administration will begin in all the four provinces for people over age 80. Pakistan reported 4,723 new coronavirus cases and 84 confirmed deaths in the last 24 hours. The country is facing a virus surge, which the government says is worse than last year's outbreak when a nationwide lockdown was imposed.

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Madhya Pradesh sees 2,839 Covid-19 cases

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday reported 2,839 Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 303,673, while 15 deaths took the toll to 4,029, an official said.
 
He said 1,791 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 279,275.

Minister Eknath Shinde says will ramp up health infra as Maharashtra cases rise

The Maharashtra government will make an adequate number of beds and ambulances available for the treatemnt of Covid-19 patients, state minister Eknath Shinde said on Saturday amid a surge in the fresh infections.

Goa sees 219 new Covid-19 cases

Goa on Saturday reported 219 fresh coronavirus positive cases and two deaths, taking the tally to 58,803 and the toll to 834, a health official said.
 
With 151 patients being discharged during the day, the count of recoveries in the state went up to 55,989, he said.
 
Goa is now left with 1,980 active cases, the official said.

Kerala records 2,541 cases, 12 deaths

Kerala reported 2,541 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 1,132,431 and death toll to 4,658.
 
According to the state health department, 1,660 people recuperated from the disease today, taking the tally to 11,00,186.
 
Currently, there are 27,274 people under treatment and 1,42,761 under observation of which 4,306 are in isolation wards of various hospitals, a release said.
 
The state tested 44,779 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 5.67 per cent.

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra reports 49,447 new Covid cases

Maharashtra reports 49,447 new Covid cases, 37,821 recoveries, and 277 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department

From child care to Covid, rising job market faces obstacles

A surge in hiring in the United States last month 916,000 added jobs, the most since August coincides with growing confidence that a blistering pace of job growth will continue as vaccinations increase and federal aid fuels economic growth.
 
The most optimistic economists even predict that between now and year's end, the nation could produce as many as 10 million more jobs and restore the labor market to its pre-pandemic level.
 
Maybe so. Yet even in normal times, it would be hard to regain all those jobs so quickly. And these aren't normal times.

BJP leaders visit vaccination centres, urge party workers to help more people get Covid jab

Concerned over the steep increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, BJP leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anil Jain and Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, on Saturday visited several corporation-run vaccination centres to assess the situation.
 
The BJP leaders, during their visit to Covid centres in UPHC Tughlaqabad, UPHC Mehrauli and UPHC Daryaganj, interacted with the health workers and people who had come for the vaccination to know if there were any shortcomings in the process.
 
Here, they also urged their party workers to help register more and more people for the ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19.

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttar Pradesh reports 14 coronavirus deaths, 3,290 fresh cases, says official

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttar Pradesh reports 14 coronavirus deaths, 3,290 fresh cases, says official

56 new Covid-19 cases reported in UP's Muzaffarnagar

Fifty-six new Covid-19 cases, including three from the boys hostel in Muzaffarnagar Medical College and a jail inmate, were reported on Saturday here that took the active case tally to 229, officials said.
 
According to Chief Medical Officer S K Aggarwal, 701 samples were received of which 56 came out positive while 14 people have recovered from the infection taking the total number of cured persons to 8,653 in the district.
 
With the fresh cases, a total of 8,996 people have been affected by the virus while the death toll stands at 112.

Coronavirus LIVE: 681 buildings in Mumbai sealed as the city reported highest cases in a day

Coronavirus LIVE: 681 buildings in Mumbai sealed as the city reported highest cases in a day

Maharashtra may divert all oxygen supply for medical use

With Maharashtra recording over half of the daily coronavirus cases in India, the state government is considering diverting all industrial use oxygen supply for medical use, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday.
 
In an online interaction with newspaper owners, editors and distributors, Thackeray said a decision on imposing stringent measures to tackle the pandemic will be taken soon but did not confirm if there will be a statewide lockdown.
 
Maharashtra on Friday reported 47827 new cases, the highest daily rise in around six-and-a-half-months, and a big chunk of the 89,129 new cases in a day recorded in India.

Gujarat officials get powers to earmark beds in private hospitals

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Gujarat government on Saturday empowered district collectors and municipal commissioners to reserve beds in private hospitals for treatment of the infected patients.
 
Announcing the decision during a review tour of Vadodara, state Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the expenses incurred on patients on such beds would be paid by the government.
 
"The state government has taken a decision to give powers to municipal commissioners and district collectors to reserve private hospital beds for coronavirus patients," Patel, who also holds the health portfolio, told reporters.

Argentine leader's test shows Covid; awaits confirmation

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez says he had an initial positive test for Covid-19, despite having been vaccinated in January.
 
Fernandez sent a tweet late Friday saying took a quick antigen test for the virus after feeling a headache and experiencing a fever of 37.3 Celsius (99.1 Fahrenheit).
 
He said he otherwise has light symptoms, is isolating and is physically well".
 
He said he is awaiting a confirmation of the result using a more rigorous PCR test.

LIVE: Jagannath Temple in Puri to remain closed on all Sundays

Covid LIVE: Mumbai sees over 9,000 new cases, highest single-day rise

Covid LIVE: Mumbai sees over 9,000 new cases, highest single-day rise
 

4,373 fresh Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, 19 deaths

Karnataka logged 4,373 fresh Covid-19 cases and 19 related fatalities, taking the total caseload to 10.10 lakh and the toll to 12,610, the Health department said on Saturday.
 
The day also saw 1,959 patients getting discharged after recovery.
 
Out of the 4,373 fresh cases reported on Saturday, 3,002 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 439 fresh cases

Uttarakhand reports 439 fresh coronavirus cases, 176 recoveries, and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla says he has tested negative for Covid-19

Coronavirus LIVE: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla says he has tested negative for Covid-19. 

The final insult: Some dying of Covid while awaiting vaccine

After months of hoping to receive a Covid-19 immunisation and then weeks of fighting the illness after one never came, Air Force veteran Diane Drewes was down to her last few breaths at a hospice center in Ohio when the phone rang.
 
It was a health care worker, calling to schedule her first appointment for a coronavirus shot.
 
Drewes' daughter Laura Brown was stunned by the timing of the call in January but didn't lash out over the phone or even explain that her 75-year-old mom was at the point of death. There just wasn't any point, she said.
 
But me and my sister were upset that it came too late, Brown said. It seemed like the final insult.

Maharashtra may divert all oxygen supply for medical use: Thackeray

With Maharashtra recording over half of the daily coronavirus cases in India, the state government is considering diverting all industrial use oxygen supply for medical use, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday.
 
In an online interaction with newspaper owners, editors and distributors, Thackeray said a decision on imposing stringent measures to tackle the pandemic will be taken soon but did not confirm if there will be a statewide lockdown.
 
Maharashtra on Friday reported 47827 new cases, the highest daily rise in around six-and-a-half-months, and a big chunk of the 89,129 new cases in a day recorded in India.

BCCI ready to let Olympics contingent have priority for vaccination

The Indian cricket board (BCCI), which was looking to get players vaccinated ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has not got any response for vaccination request for its players but it is not desperately pushing the matter since a section of the BCCI feels the Olympics contingent needs to be given priority.
 
"We have had informal discussions not that we have got anything in writing. However, we have been requesting them that we should get the players vaccinated. But since it is not in the age group (the elderly are given preference by the government) as of now, whatever has been decided by government. We also realise the government has to take everything into consideration," a Board official told IANS.
 
"The government has bigger responsibility. They have got bigger plans. We understand their compulsions also," added the official.

Coronavirus LIVE: Over 1,000 new cases in Lucknow, sharpest single-day spike of 2021

Coronavirus LIVE: Over 1,000 new cases in Lucknow, sharpest single-day spike of 2021

Coronavirus LIVE: Andhra Pradesh reports 1,398 new cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,398 new coronavirus cases, 787 recoveries and 9 deaths, in the past 24 hours, according to the state health department.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur reported 3,720 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur reported 3,720 new cases, 3,600 recoveries and 47 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: 7-hour night curfew in 10 Odisha districts from Monday

Coronavirus LIVE: 7-hour night curfew in 10 Odisha districts from Monday in view of the rising infections, the state health department announced on Saturday

LIVE: TMC's outsider theory insult to Netaji's ideology, Indian Constitution, says Modi at election rally

LIVE: TMC's outsider theory insult to Netaji's ideology, Indian Constitution, says Modi at election rally

Coronavirus LIVE: Active cases in Karnataka up 6 times in last 2 months

Coronavirus LIVE: Active cases in Karnataka up 6 times in last 2 months, says state health minister

7 blood clot deaths after 18.1mn jabs, AstraZeneca vaccine safe: UK regulator

The UK's medicines regulator has confirmed seven cases of blood clot-related deaths in people who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19, but stressed on the safety of the jabs as there is no evidence of a causal link.
 
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in its latest Yellow Card monitoring of the coronavirus vaccine programme this week that of the 18.1 million people who had the Oxford vaccine in the UK, 30 people developed blood clots and seven had died as of March 24.
 
Its official advice continues to be that the benefits of the vaccine, which is also being produced as Covishield by the Serum Institute of India, far outweigh any risks.
 
Our rigorous review into the UK reports of rare and specific types of blood clots is ongoing. Up to and including 24 March, we have received 22 reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) and 8 reports of other thrombosis events with low platelets, out of a total of 18.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca given by that date, the MHRA report said.

452 new cases push Odisha's Covid-19 tally to 342,224

Odisha's Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,42,224 on Saturday as 452 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
 
As many as 267 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 185 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.
 
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 77 followed by Sundergarh (75) and Nuapada (71).
 
The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 1,921 as no fresh fatality was reported since March 30, while 53 patients have died due to comorbidities to date.

Kenya stops private importation of Covid-19 vaccines

Kenya has ordered an immediate suspension on private importations of vaccines citing fears that it may lead to counterfeit inoculations getting into the country.
 
To ensure the transparency and accountability in the vaccination process, and to protect the integrity of the country, the government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines, until such a time there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process, a statement by the National Emergency Response Committee on the coronavirus said Friday evening.

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 3,567 fresh cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi reports 3,567 fresh Covid cases, 2,904 recoveries, and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Covid LIVE: Maharashtra board students from class 1-8 to be promoted without exams

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to pass all students from classes 1 to 8 and promote them to the next class without the final year exams.

Second wave of Covid-19 spreading fast in Puducherry: Health official

An appeal was on Saturday made by the Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar to the people to adhere to safety protocols as, he said, the second wave of coronavirus is spreading fast here.
 
In his video address, Kumar said the virus was spreading at an alarmingly large-scale and people should not lower their guard.
 
Basic measures such as wearing of masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance should be followed.

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi Capitals' all-rounder Axar Patel tests positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus LIVE: Delhi Capitals' all-rounder Axar Patel tests positive for Covid-19

1,427 new coronavirus cases in Aurangabad

Aurangabad district in Maharashtra has reported 1,427 fresh cases of coronavirus and 33 deaths due to the infection, an official said on Saturday.
 
These cases and fatalities were reported on Friday, he said.
 
With this, Aurangabad's caseload has grown to 85,587 and death toll to 1,737, the district official said.

Nearly 12,000 challaned in 2 weeks for Covid norm violations: Delhi Police

Cracking the whip against the violators of coronavirus-related protocols, the Delhi Police issued 11,800 challans for not following the face mask rule and 125 for not maintain social distancing in the last two weeks amid a recent spike in the cases.
 
According to data shared by the Delhi Police, a total of 5,78,324 challans have been issued since June 15 till Friday, including 5,36,256 for not wearing face masks and 38,631 for not maintaining social distancing.
 
A total of 2,720 challans were issued to people for not wearing face masks from March 10 to March 19, which translates to an average of 272 challans per day. Thirty-three challans have been issued in the same period for violating social distancing, the Delhi Police data said.

10 Wankhede ground staff, 6 event managers test Covid positive

The BCCI remains hopeful of conducting the scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai from April 10-25 despite a massive surge in Covid-19 cases in the city and 10 members of the Wankhede Stadium staff testing positive for the deadly virus.
 
Indore and Hyderabad have been kept as stand by venues for the IPL in case the Covid situation spirals out of control. Mumbai is scheduled to host 10 games of the cash-rich league.
 
With in excess of 47,000 cases on Friday, Maharashtra is looking at a potential situation of mini-lockdown. Of equal concern to the organisers is the number of groundstaff at the Wankhede going up from 8 to 10 between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Seven die of blood clots after taking AstraZeneca jab, reports news agency AFP

The UK medical regulator says that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died, according to news agency AFP

Manish Sisodia gets Covid vaccine

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday took the coronavirus vaccine jab at the Maulana Azad Medical College here.
 
He thanked doctors and scientists in a tweet after being administered the vaccine, and said the Centre should allow the vaccination without age restrictions.

Coronavirus LIVE: DMK MP Kanimozhi tests positive, admitted to Apollo Hospital, say reports

Coronavirus LIVE: DMK MP Kanimozhi tests positive, admitted to Apollo Hospital, say reports

Argentine President tests Covid positive

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
 
Taking to Twitter, the President said that he took an antigen test after developing "a fever and a slight headache" which came back positive, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Fernandez, who turned 62 on Friday, said that although he is awaiting results of a PCR test, he has already isolated himself, complying with the current protocol and following the instructions of his personal doctor.

Bangladesh to impose 7-day nationwide lockdown amidst spike in cases

The Bangladesh government on Saturday decided to impose a week-long nationwide lockdown from Monday as Covid-19 cases and deaths surged across the country.
 
Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement at a media briefing in Dhaka on Saturday, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported.
 
Bangladesh on Friday logged 6,830 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest count in a day, taking the tally of infections to 624,594. The death toll climbed by 50 in 24 hours to 9,155, according to data released by the government.

Bihar Congress President tests positive for Covid-19

Bihar unit Congress President Madan Mohan Jha has tested positive for Covid-19 and has asked people to take preventive measures.
 
Jha took to Twitter after he tested positive on Friday evening, asking people to take extra precautions and also undergo a Covid-19 test at the earliest.
 
"I went under home quarantine as soon as my Covid-19 report came positive. I have symptoms of this illness since Holi," Jha tweeted.

World Coronavirus Dispatch: The Mexican crisis is underplayed, but is worse

Mexico’s coronavirus crisis has made fewer international headlines than the catastrophes in the US and Brazil. But the upward revision of death toll last week suggests a calamity of similar proportions has played out. Mexican officials recently acknowledged more than 294,000 Covid deaths – just short of Brazil’s official death toll which was then 310,000. Brazil has a much larger population, with 212 million inhabitants compared with Mexico’s 126 million. So what exactly happened? Was it the same strongman approach of mixed messages, downplaying the virus and boasting of gains when there were none? The behaviour and mixed messaging of politicians are not the only explanations for Mexico’s drama. Read on...

DATA STORY: India adds 89,129 Covid cases in a day, the most since September 20

India has so far vaccinated 73,054,295 people. That is 593.79 per cent of its total caseload, and 5.2551 per cent of its population. Read on...

Manish Sisodia and his wife take their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his wife Seema Sisodia take their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine at Maulana Azad Medical College.
 

Former J-K CM Farooq Abdullah, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, hospitalised for better monitoring

All educational institutions, schools and colleges will remain closed up to April 15: Himachal Pradesh

All educational institutions, schools/colleges/universities/institutions will remain closed up to April 15. All teaching/non-teaching staff will however continue to attend their respective institutions: Govt of Himachal Pradesh

Coronavirus update: India may see 14 million cases by May 31

If the current trends continue, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India will cross 1.4 crore by May-end, according to projections by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The active caseload will be 320,000. Infections are likely to peak in mid-April, when active cases in the country are expected to be as high as 730,000. In the worst-case scenario, there could be more than 20 lakh active cases by May 31. The researchers say this is unlikely as long as people keep following precautions and vaccination continues uninterrupted.

At current trend, India may see 1.4 crore cases by May 31

If the current trends continue, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India will cross 1.4 crore by May-end, according to projections by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The active caseload will be 3.2 lakh. Infections are likely to peak in mid-April, when active cases in the country are expected to be as high as 7.3 lakh. In the worst-case scenario, there could be more than 20 lakh active cases by May 31. The researchers say this is unlikely as long as people keep following precautions and vaccination continues uninterrupted.

With 87,505 testings, we are testing 5 times higher than other states: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

With 87,505 testings, we are testing 5 times higher than other states. Delhi’s positivity rate stands at 4.11%. The number of beds in private hospitals have been escalated from 15% to 25%. 2/3 beds in Delhi hospitals are vacant: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Pune's district information officer dies due to Covid-19

Pune's District Information Officer (DIO) Rajendra Sarag succumbed to the coronavirus infection at the Sassoon General Hospital here on Saturday morning, a senior official said. He was 54. Sarag had tested positive for Covid-19 recently and was admitted to the hospital, where he breathed his last, he said.
 

IPL: Franchises tightening checks further after groundstaff test positive for Covid-19 at Wankhede

IPL: Franchises tightening checks further after groundstaff test positive for Covid-19 at Wankhede

Mainland China records 26 new Covid-19 cases

Mainland China records 26 new Covid-19 cases

Karnataka coronavirus updates: Classes at Basavanahalli High School and College suspended

Karnataka: Classes at Basavanahalli High School and College suspended after 26 students tested positive for Covid-19.

Despite surge in Covid-19 cases, huge crowd seen at Moradabad, Ghazipur vegetable markets

Despite the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, a massive crowd was seen at the vegetable markets in Moradabad and Ghazipur on Saturday morning. People gathered in huge numbers at the markets flouting social distancing norms. Most of the customers and shopkeepers were seen without masks and no volunteers or authorities were managing the crowd.

Coronavirus in Chhattisgarh: Amid rising covid death toll, cemetry and graveyards run out of space in Durg


Telangana reports 1078 fresh Covid-19 cases, 6 deaths

Fresh coronavirus infections in Telangana have breached the 1000-mark, pushing the tally to over 310,000, while the toll rose to 1,712 with six more fatalities.
 
The state witnessed the highest single day spike so far this year with 1,078 newcases.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for most number of cases with 283, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 113 and Rangareddy 104, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on April 2. Read on...

Coronavirus update: All religious places in Pune to remain completely closed till April 9

All religious places in Pune to remain completely closed till April 9.


Trains to not arrive at Haridwar railway station from 11-14 April

Trains to not arrive at Haridwar (Uttarakhand) railway station from 11-14 April due to Shahi Snan at Kumbh Mela from 12-14 April

Delhi: 13 students test positive, Stephen’s tightens norms

Thirteen hostellers and two officials of St Stephen’s College tested positive for Covid Friday, following a ‘chapel trip’ of 40 students to Dalhousie. In the evening, St Stephen’s Principal said the “inner perimeter” of the college was “out for bounds for all”.
 
“Thirteen resident students have tested positive for Covid this morning. The following measures will come into effect immediately and till further notice to ensure safety for all. The Dean’s Office has already put in necessary and stringent measures to ensure isolation and social distancing for all residents with the usual Covid protocols,” Principal John Varghese said.

Coronavirus in India: Latest update by MoHFW

Active cases: 658,909 (Net increase: 44,213)
Deaths: 164,110 (Net increase: 714)
Cured: 11,569,241 (Net increase: 44,202)
Total cases: 12,392,260 (Net increase: 89,129)
Total vaccination: 73,054,295 (Increase over previous day: 3,093,795)

Karnataka issues new set of guidelines to contain surge in Covid-19 cases in state

Gyms and swimming pools will shut down and theatres will allot only 50% seats.
 

Rivals cooperation in pandemic worked wonders, but does that trend hold?

A short quiz:
 
· What is the average time it takes to develop a new vaccine from scratch?
 
Anything between 10 and 15 years.
 
. What was the development time for Covid-19 vaccines?
 
A little under a year
 
Any guesses how that was possible? The speed at which the vaccines for Covid-19 were developed owes much to information-sharing and collaboration among scientists, universities, biotech firms and pharmaceutical corporations. “It’s the positive side of rivalry that can sometimes deliver a compelling advantage,” says Monesh Dange, consulting markets leader, EY India. Read on...

Delhi coronavirus update: Crowd seen at Gazipur vegetable market in Delhi


Covid-19 pandemic pushes Jubilant FoodWorks to diversify operations

Jubilant FoodWorks, the country’s largest food services player, is betting on new categories at a time when rivals are keeping their attention firmly on their existing operations amid a raging pandemic.
 
In the past six months, Jubilant FoodWorks, the master franchisee of Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts in India, has forayed into the biryani segment, expanded its Chinese food chain Hong’s Kitchen and invested in Barbeque Nation, a kebab chain. It will also bring Popeyes, an international chicken fast-food brand, into India and neighbouring countries as part of development and franchisee agreement, it said last week. Read on...

Amid increasing Covid-19 cases, people seen celebrating 'Rangpanchami' in Damoh area of Madhya Pradesh


Export outlook uncertain as Covid-19 cases in India rise again: Experts

Even as goods exports witnessed a sharp growth in March, experts cautioned the rise may not sustain as rising Covid-19 cases in India and abroad lead to uncertainty.
 
According to the preliminary data released by the government on Thursday, merchandise exports hit a record high of $34 billion, up 58 per cent year-on-year in March. On a sequential basis, the growth in merchandise exports was 21 per cent. The value of exports has now surpassed its previous high of $32.55 billion in March 2019 —almost a year before the outbreak of Covid-19. Read on...

Over 70 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered by India, says govt

Bihar: Active cases of Covid-19 increasing in state

Health Minister Mangal Pandey says containment zone will be made in those areas where cases increasing.

Corona guidelines should be applicable to all, says DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Friday accused the state government of issuing COVID-19 guidelines in the way it wants and said it should be applicable to all.
 
"Karnataka government is issuing the guidelines in the way they want, any such guidelines must be applicable to everybody, it cannot be choosy," the KPCC president said while addressing the media today.
 
The leader asserted that let the government guide and make it applicable to them and to everyone. There is no need to guide them in a way that benefits them. It is an attempt to curtail the right to democracy.

Coronavirus in UP: Huge crowd seen in a vegetable market in Moradabad this morning

Huge crowd seen in a vegetable market in Moradabad this morning. The district has a total of 116 active cases for Covid-19, with 15 new cases reported yesterday.

Turkey reports record 42,308 new Covid-19 cases, tally surpasses 3.4 mn

Turkey reported 42,308 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, according to its health ministry update on Friday.
 
Among the new cases are 1,471 symptomatic patients, and the total number in the country has reached 3,400,296.
 
The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 179 to 31,892, while the total recoveries climbed to 3,059,462 after 24,419 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours. Read on...

Uddhav Thackeray warns of lockdown in Maharashtra if no alternative is found in next two days

Uddhav Thackeray warns of lockdown in Maharashtra if no alternative is found in next two days
 

Haven't imposed any export ban on Covaxin, Covishield, says govt

The ministry of external affairs on Friday clarified that India has not imposed any export ban on coronavirus vaccines and the government has supplied jabs to more than 80 countries across the world.
 
"No country has shared with the world the number of vaccines that India has while vaccinating its own population. Till now, we have supplied vaccines to more than 80 countries across in the world and we have already stated that our external supplies would be done keeping in mind our domestic requirements," Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for MEA said. READ ON...

Delhi records 3,594 fresh Covid-19 cases; 14 more deaths on Friday

Delhi recorded 3,594 freshcasesof COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily count this year while 14more people died due to the coronavirus infection, taking the tollto 11,050, according to the healthdepartment.
 
The positivity rate also mounted to 4.11 per cent from 3.57 per cent a day before, amid a massive surge in cases in the span of the last few weeks.
 
On December 3, the city had recorded 3,734 cases while on December 4 the count was 4,067, according to official data.

India's Covid case growth rate of 6.8% in March is highest ever: Govt

At a high-level review meeting with senior officials of states and union teritorries that are seeing exponential rise in coronavirus infections in the past two weeks, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday said the situation in 11 states and union territories is a matter of 'serious concern'.
 
Taking note of the continuous deterioration of the Covid scenario over the fortnight, Gauba pointed out that India's current case growth rate of 6.8 per cent in March 2021 has surpassed the previous record of 5.5 per cent (June 2020).

US administers 157.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines - CDC

US administers 157.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines - CDC

Uttarakhand faces uphill task of 50k tests/day

There are currently 10 government labs in the state which can test a maximum of 9,700 samples per day. There are 12 private labs, which can conduct 1,000 to 1,500 tests daily. “Even if we deploy our entire machinery only for Haridwar, we won’t be able to conduct 50,000 RTPCR tests,” said a health department official.
 

Drug regulator seeks more Sputnik V data

The expert committee has asked Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories — conducting bridging studies in India for the vaccine — for more data related to stability and a factsheet. A variant of the vaccine needs to be stored at a temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius and the company has been asked to submit a clear logistical plan to support the required cold chain and storage.
 

Lockdown not ruled out as Covid-19 cases rise: Maharashtra CM Uddhav

With parts of Maharashtra witnessing record Covid surge, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said he could announce stricter curbs in a day or two, and warned of a lockdown if the situation did not improve.
 
The state government also imposed a week-long 12-hour night curfew in Pune (6 pm-6am) and also ordered the closure of malls, cinema halls, and places of religious worship in the district, which has been the worst-affected in the country in the fresh wave of Covid. Restaurants and bars will remain in open only for delivery and dining won’t be permitted.

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