Covid-19 LIVE: Over 68,500 new cases in Maharashtra, another record spike

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu
Coronavirus live updates: India on Sunday reported 2,61,500 new Covid-19 cases and 1,501 deaths from the disease, according to health ministry data marking the worst ever daily spike. 

The country has 1,47,88,109 cases in total and 1,77,150 fatalities. India’s second wave of Covid-19 infections is "spreading at a much faster rate", said the health minister on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked officials on Saturday to use the pharmaceutical industry to meet the demand for medicines, especially remdesivir. He chaired a meeting with senior civil servants from various ministries to review the Covid-19 situation and vaccination drive.

 
World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise across the globe with 18,368,937 infected, according to worldometers.info website. As many as 119,923,164 people have recovered from the disease and 3,023,911  have died. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,372,119, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. 


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Maharashtra: Negative RT-PCR report must for train passengers from 6 states

Train passengers from Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttarakhand will now require a negative RT-PCR test report to travel to Maharashtra. The test needs to be taken at least 48 hours before travel.
 
The Maharashtra government has categorised these six states as 'places of sensitive origin' in view of surge in Covid-19 cases. A new SOP is being put in place for travel in long-distance trains from these states to contain the spread of infection.
 
"All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers shall be allowed to board the trains for Maharashtra. Social distancing should be ensured during boarding/deboarding and travel," Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte said in an order on Sunday. Read more

India records highest single-day rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus cases

A record single-day rise of 261,500 coronavirus infections has taken India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases to 14,788,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
 
The death toll increased to 177,150 with a record 1,501 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
 
 
Registering a steady increase for the 39th day in a row, the active cases stand at 18,01,316, comprising 12.18 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has dropped to 86.62 per cent, the ministry said.
 
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 12,809,643, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.20 per cent, the data stated.
 
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed 2,000,000 on August 7, 3,000,000 on August 23, 4,000,000 on September 5 and 5,000,000 on September 16. Read more

Chhattisgarh reports 12,345 fresh Covid-19 cases

Maharashtra records biggest single-day rise of 68,631 new Covid-19 cases

As many as 68,631 fresh COVID-19 cases and 503 deaths were reported from Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, the highest in the state so far since the pandemic broke out last year.
 
With this, the total number of active cases in the state now stands at 6,70,388, the state health department informed.
 
So far, as many as 31,06,828 recoveries and 60,473 deaths have been reported. Out of the total fresh cases, 8,479 were reported from Mumbai. 53 lives were claimed by the virus in the city in the last 24 hours. There are 87,698 active cases in Mumbai while the death toll stands at 12,347.

Tamil Nadu imposes night curfew from April 20 amid Covid-19 surge

Witnessing the surge in the COVID-19 cases in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday imposed a night curfew between 10 pm to 4 am which will come into effect from April 20. Sunday curfew will be implemented from April 25.
 
According to a statement issued by the state government, no public or private transport will be allowed during night curfew. Intra-state and inter-state public and private transport too will not be operated.
 
The state government has also postponed the class 12 board exams amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, however, the practical exams will be conducted as already planned.
 

Covid-19 LIVE: Over 68,500 new cases in Maharashtra, another record spike

West Bengal registers record 8,419 new Covid-19 cases, 28 fresh fatalities

The COVID-19 caseload of West Bengal, where an eight-phase assembly election is underway, soared to 6,59,927 as the state registered its highest single-day spike of 8,419 fresh infections on Sunday, a health bulletin said.
 
Twenty-eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 10,568, it said.
 
Kolkata reported the highest number of new cases at 2,197, followed by 1,860 in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district. North 24 Parganas registered six fresh fatalities, followed by five in Kolkata.

Tamil Nadu's daily coronavirus tally crosses 10,000-mark

Tamil Nadu on Sunday recorded an all time high in daily COVID-19 cases by adding 10,723 more infections, pushing the total caseload to 9.91 lakh. The toll mounted to 13,113 with 42 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
 
According to a medical bulletin, total recoveries climbed to 9,07,947 with 5,925 patients being discharged, leaving 70,391 active infections. Testing of samples stood at 1,10,130, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 2.11 crore so far.

Delhi records biggest single day spike of over 25,000 fresh Covid-19 infections

The national capital on Sunday reported over 25,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day since the pandemic broke out last year. As per the Delhi health department, 25,462 COVID-19 cases and 161 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total active cases in Delhi to 74,941.
 
The total positive cases in the city now stand at 8,53,460, including 7,66,398 recoveries and 12,121 deaths. As many as 85,620 samples were tested for the virus, including 56,015 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNath tests and 29,605 Rapid antigen tests. The tests per million stand at 8,54,105.

8,479 new coronavirus cases, 53 deaths in last 24 hours in Mumbai; 1,188 buildings sealed so far

8,479 new coronavirus cases, 53 deaths in last 24 hours in Mumbai; 1,188 buildings sealed so far.

1,526 new coronavirus cases recorded in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 1,526 new coronavirus cases, including of 226 travellers, taking the total of infected people to 1,46,692, even as six fresh deaths in the past 24 hours took the toll to 2,057, officials said.
 
Out of the fresh cases, 547 were from the Jammu division and 979 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
 
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 520 cases, including of 63 travellers, followed by 299 cases in Jammu district and 122 in Baramulla district.

Gujarat reports 10,340 fresh coronavirus cases and 110 deaths in the last 24 hours

Gujarat reports 10,340 fresh coronavirus cases, 3,981 recoveries, and 110 deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi reports 25,462 fresh Covid-19 cases and 161 deaths in the past 24 hours

8,690 fresh cases of Covid-19 in Bihar in the past 24 hours: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

8,690 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Bihar in the past 24 hours: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Delhi is facing acute shortage of oxygen: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi is facing acute shortage of oxygen. In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states: CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visits Covid-19 center at Commonwealth Games Village

Manmohan Singh calls for ramping up vaccination in 5-point letter to PM

With the second wave of Covid-19 rampaging across India, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly advocated ramping up the vaccine supply by providing funds and concessions to the private sector and adopting a more transparent and flexible policy in distribution of vaccines to states.
 
Singh in his five-point suggestions also advocated compulsory licensing provisions for vaccines as in case of HIV/AIDS drugs so that more companies can produce the vaccines under a license. READ MORE...

Andhra Pradesh sees 6,582 fresh coronavirus cases, 22 deaths

Andhra Pradesh reported 6,582 fresh cases of coronavirus, 2,343 recoveries and 22 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 9 AM on Sunday. The active COVID-19 caseload has increased to 44,686, a bulletin said.
 
The chart showed 9,62,037 positive cases, 9,09,941 recoveries and 7,410 deaths so far.

Lockdowns, curfews should not affect Covid vaccination drive: Centre to States, UTs

The Union Health Ministry has written to States/UTs to ensure that movement restriction imposed by them for curbing COVID-19 spread does not adversely impact the vaccination exercise, by restricting access of beneficiaries to the COVID vaccination centres.
 
In the letter to States/UTs, the ministry said it is being advised that the vaccination services should not be affected by COVID-19 curfews, lockdowns and the movement of beneficiaries to and from COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CNCs) should not be restricted during such interventions.
 
"Similarly those CVCs which have been identified as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals should continue providing uninterrupted COVID-19 vaccination services," the order said.

Night curfew (9 pm to 5 am) will remain in place across Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar

Tata Steel, SAIL, AMNS India supplying oxygen for treatment of Covid-19 patients

Tata Steel on Sunday announced it is supplying up to 300 tonnes of medical oxygen on a daily basis to various state governments and hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Liquid medical oxygen or LMO is a crucial medical requirement for the treatment of coronavirus patients.
 
"Responding to the national urgency, we are supplying 200-300 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen daily to various state governments and hospitals. We are in this fight together and will surely win it! @PMOIndia @TataCompanies," Tata Steel said in a tweet.
 
In a tweet on Saturday, the country's largest steel-making company SAIL said it has also supplied over 33,300 tonne of LMO for the treatment of coronavirus-affected patients.

Bonus salary of one month to all healthcare workers this year also: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Raw material shortage, Covid-19 surge posing threat to West Bengal

Jute millers in West Bengal are keeping their fingers crossed as they apprehend that some units may down their shutters due to the prevailing shortage of raw materials and the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak could add to their woes, officials of an industry body said on Sunday.
 
Budge Budge jute mill has already announced a suspension of work, attributing problems in production with the raw material supply crunch, they said.
 
"There is a shortage of 5-7 lakh bales of raw jute in the system and the price is over Rs 8,000 a quintal. Production cut and closure of mills seem imminent post- election," Indian Jute Mills Association chairman Raghav Gupta told PTI.

20 patients escape from Covid-19 care centre in Uttarakhand

Hoodwinking the authorities, 20 patients escaped from a COVID care centre at Narendra Nagar here, officials said on Sunday. The matter came to light when doctors visited the wards at the centres on Saturday night for a regular check-up, Chief Medical Superintendent Niraj Rai said.
 
Thirty-eight people were being treated there, of which 20 were found missing, said Chief Medical Officer Suman Arya. Two of those who escaped belonged to Uttarakhand while the rest were from outside the state, she said.

Kerala reports 18,257 new Covid cases, 4,565 recoveries, and 25 deaths in past 24 hours

Kerala reports 18,257 new COVID19 cases, 4565 recoveries, and 25 deaths in past 24 hours. Death toll stands at 4929 while 11,40,486 patients have recovered, so far

Railways to run 'Oxygen Express' to meet high demand amid surge in Covid-19 cases

The Railways will run 'Oxygen Express' over the next few days to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the country, the national transporter said on Sunday. Amid spiralling coronavirus cases in the country, the demand for medical oxygen in the country has gone through the roof.
 
Empty tankers will begin their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and near Mumbai on Monday to load liquid medical oxygen Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had earlier approached the Railways Ministry to explore whether liquid medical oxygen tankers could be moved by the rail network.

Railways to run 'Oxygen Express' to meet high demand amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The Railways will run 'Oxygen Express' over the next few days to transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders across the country, the national transporter said on Sunday. Amid spiralling coronavirus cases in the country, the demand for medical oxygen in the country has gone through the roof.
 
Empty tankers will begin their journey from Kalamboli and Boisar railway stations in and near Mumbai on Monday to load liquid medical oxygen Vizag, Jamshedpur, Rourkela and Bokaro. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state governments had earlier approached the Railways Ministry to explore whether liquid medical oxygen tankers could be moved by the rail network.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi requesting supply of 54 mn more vaccine doses

As COVID-19 cases across the country continue to rise at an alarming rate, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested the Centre for the supply of 5.4 crore more doses of COVID-19 vaccination, steady supply of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab medicines and supply of oxygen.
 
The Chief Minister said that the supply of vaccines from the Centre to the state had been 'scarce and erratic', which had negatively affected the vaccination program.
 
"While West Bengal is one of the best performers in vaccination, it is not suffering because of uncertainties of supply from end of the Government of India. We have to vaccinate around 2.7 crores and we need 5.4 crore doses," she wrote.

Bed requirement for Covid-19 patients more than our capacity: Gujarat Deputy CM

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday admitted that the present requirement of beds and other healthcare facilities in the wake of the spike in coronavirus cases is more than the state administrations's capacity.
 
Patel, who handles health portfolio, said though the state government is adding more facilities and beds at regular intervals to accomodate more patients, it fell short of demand.

Police station in UP's Sambhal closed for 48 hours after seven personnel test Covid-19 positive

A police station in this Uttar Pradesh district had to be closed for 48 hours on Sunday after seven personnel posted there tested positive for COVID-19, a senior officer of the force said.
 
Superintendent of Police Chakresh Mishra said, "Seven personnel posted at the Hayatnagar police station tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The test reports of the other policemen are yet to come. Complying with the coronavirus guidelines, the Hayatnagar police station has been closed for 48 hours. The police station is being sanitised."
 
He added that the work of the Hayatnagar police station is being carried out from the Sarai Tarin police station.

Covid-19 surge: Migrant workers in Gurugram leaving for their native places

Delhi govt requests Railways to deploy Covid-care coaches at two stations

The Delhi government has urged the railways to arrange up to 5,000 beds by deploying COVID-care coaches at the Shakur Basti and the Anand Vihar stations in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the national capital.
 
In a letter to Railway Board chairman Suneet Sharma, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev said there has been a tremendous increase of COVID-19 cases in Delhi in the recent past, resulting in high number of serious cases requiring treatment in hospitals. READ MORE...

Five die in Chhattisgarh Covid-19 hospital fire; probe ordered

Authorities have ordered an investigation after five coronavirus patients died in a fire at the COVID-19 ward of a private hospital in Chhattisgarh's capital city Raipur, police said on Sunday. Raipur Collector Dr S Bharathi Dasan has ordered an investigation into the incident. Officials have been directed to conduct safety check at coronavirus hospitals in the city.
 
The fire broke out at Raipur's Rajdhani hospital on Saturday, police said.
 
"Five coronavirus patients died in the incident. One was charred to death and the others died due to suffocation," a police official said, adding a case of negligence will be registered against the owners of the hospital.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi requesting supply of 54 mn more vaccine doses

Manmohan Singh writes to PM on Covid crisis; stresses vaccination key to battling pandemic

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the COVID-19 crisis, stressing that ramping up vaccination was the key to battling the pandemic.
 
In a letter to the prime minister, the veteran Congress leader said one must not look at absolute numbers but the total percentage of population vaccinated.
 
"The key to our fight against COVID-19 must be ramping up the vaccination effort. We must resist the temptation to look at the absolute numbers being vaccinated, and focus instead on the percentage of the population vaccinated," he said in his letter. Noting that India currently has vaccinated only a small fraction of its population, Singh said he is certain that with the right policy design, "we can do much better and very quickly".

Key to our fight against Covid-19 must be ramping up vaccination effort: Manmohan Singh writes to PM Modi

Philippines logs 10,098 new Covid-19 cases, total tops 936,000

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 10,098 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 936,133.
 
The death toll climbed to 15,960 after 150 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
 
The Philippines, which has an about 110-million population, has tested over 10 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. The country continues to detect more coronavirus variants as the number of infections soars.

After CBSE, now JEE exams postponed due to Covid-19 surge

After postponing the CBSE board examinations, the Union Education Ministry has decided to postpone the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) in India and abroad. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) not to conduct the JEE Mains examination in view of the rising Covid cases. The JEE Mains examination was scheduled to be held on April 27, 28 and 30 this year.
 
According to the Education Ministry, the students will be informed about the next date of examinations 15 days in advance.
 
On the entrance test, Nishank said, "JEE (Main) 2021 April session date will be announced later. It will be announced at least 15 days before the exam and all students will be informed about it."

Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM, seeks help for beds, oxygen for Covid-19 patients

Terming the COVID-19 situation in the national capital as "very serious", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for beds and oxygen for coronavirus patients.
 
Kejriwal also requested the prime minister for reserving at least 7000 central government hospital beds out of the 10000 in Delhi for COVID patients, and immediate supply of oxygen.
 
"The COVID situation has become very serious in Delhi. There is huge shortage of beds and oxygen. I request that at least 7000 out of 10,000 beds in Central government hospitals in Delhi be reserved for COVID patients and oxygen be immediately provided in Delhi," he wrote. "We are making all efforts at our level. Your help is needed," he added.

Covid-19 situation in Delhi very serious, huge shortage of beds, oxygen: CM Arvind Kejriwal to PM Modi

Covid-19 situation in Delhi very serious, huge shortage of beds, oxygen: CM Arvind Kejriwal to PM Modi

Kerjiwal requests PM that 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in govt hospitals in Delhi be reserved for COVID patients

CM Arvind Kerjiwal requests PM Modi that 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in Central govt hospitals in Delhi be reserved for Covid-19 patients

CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Modi about prevailing Covid situation in Delhi

PM Modi reviews Covid-19 situation in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
 
According to a statement issued by the PMO, during the meeting, the Prime Minister was apprised about testing, the availability of beds, medicines, vaccine, and manpower etc. for the prevention of coronavirus and proper treatment of infected patients.
 
He directed the officers to provide all possible assistance to the public at the earliest, said the statement.

Coronavirus LIVE: Six die due to low pressure oxygen in MP hospital

At least six COVID-19 patients died in the ICU of a government hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol due to low pressure in medical oxygen supply, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place at the Government Medical College Hospital here on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
 
"Out of 62 patients admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward of the medical college's COVID-19 centre, six patients died due to low pressure of liquid oxygen late last night," the facility's dean, Dr Milind Shiralkar, said. The other critical patients are safe, he said. "Experts have been called and the causes are being ascertained," he said.

World Coronavirus Dispatch: Last million global deaths came in just 3 months

As Covid death toll passes 3 million, a weary world takes stock
 
The total number of deaths due to the deadly coronavirus has reached a staggering 3 million worldwide as countries struggle to put up with multiple waves. The global pace of deaths is accelerating, too. After the coronavirus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the pandemic claimed a million lives in nine months. It took another four months to kill its second million, and just three months to kill a million more. As the United States and other rich nations race to vaccinate their populations, new hot spots have emerged in parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Read here

Indian Railways convertes its coaches into Covid-19 care coches

Brokerages downgrade India's GDP growth projections for FY'22 amid resurgence of Covid cases

With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases posing risks to economic recovery, leading brokerages have downgraded India's GDP growth projections for the current fiscal year to as low as 10 per cent on local lockdowns threatening fragile recovery.
 
While Nomura has downgraded projections of economic growth for the fiscal year ending March 2022 to 12.6 per cent from 13.5 per cent earlier, JP Morgan now projects GDP growth at 11 per cent from 13 per cent earlier. UBS sees 10 per cent GDP growth, down from 11.5 per cent earlier and Citi has downgraded growth to 12 per cent.
 
India's GDP growth had been on the decline even before the pandemic struck earlier last year. From a growth rate of 8.3 per cent in FY'17, the GDP expansion had dipped to 6.8 per cent and 6.5 per cent in the following two years and to 4 per cent in 2019-20.

PM Modi reiterates importance of masks and urges all to ensure 'do gaj ki doori': PMO

Less than 100 ICU beds left for Covid patients: Arvind Kejriwal

With the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, the national capital is facing shortage of beds as daily positivity rate has jumped to 30 per cent, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told the media after reviewing the Covid situation here on Sunday.
 
"There is a shortage of ICU beds in Delhi. At present less than one hundred ICU beds are available in Delhi. There is a shortage of oxygen too," Kejriwal said.
 
The Delhi Chief Minister has appealed to the Centre for more beds for Covid-19 patients and additional help during the second wave of the pandemic.

Covid-19 positivity rate doubles to 16.69% in 12 days: Govt

The daily coronavirus positivity rate in India in the last 12 days has doubled to 16.69 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate has increased to 13.54 per cent in the past one month, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
India reported a record 2,61,500 new coronavirus cases and 1,501 deaths on Sunday, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, the ministry data stated. Ten states -- Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan -- reported 78.56 per cent of the new infections, it said.
 
"The daily positivity rate in the last 12 days has doubled from 8% to 16.69%," the ministry said in a statement. "The national weekly positivity rate has increased from 3.05% to 13.54% in the last one month."

Pakistan reports highest single-day coronavirus spike

Pakistan on Sunday reported its highest single-day coronavirus spike this year with over 6,000 new cases and about 149 deaths, as the country struggled to speed up its vaccination programme. The previous highest surge was recorded last year on June 20 when the country reported 6,825 infections and 153 deaths, according to a PTI report.

Philippine billionaire in hospital after Covid-19 infection

Philippine billionaire Lucio Tan has been hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus, his daughter Vivienne Tan said, according to Bloomberg News. The 86-year-old owner of Philippine Airlines Inc. and Philippine National Bank is “in stable condition, responding well and recovering,” his daughter said in a statement.

Kejriwal seeks more ICU beds

Kejriwal asks central government to reserve 50 per cent beds in hospitals it runs for Covid-19 patients in Delhi

Delhi hospitals have less than 100 ICU beds left : Kejriwal

Delhi hospitals have less than 100 ICU beds left as they treat Covid-19 patients: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Economy may suffer 'greater uncertainty', says Niti Aayog’s Rajiv Kumar

India may suffer "greater uncertainty" in its economy due to the second wave of coronavirus infections, said Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday. Kumar said he was hopeful that the country's economy would grow 11 per cent in the fiscal ending March 31.
 

Maha: 5,275 new Covid-19 cases in Thane, 36 more deaths

Thane has added 5,275 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,11,368, an official said on Sunday. These new cases were reported on Saturday, he said. Thirty six more people also succumbed to the viral infection, pushing the death toll in the district to 6,900. The Covid-19 mortality rate in Thane is 1.68 per cent, he said.

Arjun Rampal, Neil Nitin Mukesh test positive for COVID-19

Actors Arjun Rampal and Neil Nitik Mukesh have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently under home quarantine. Both Rampal and Mukesh took to their respective social media pages to inform fans about their diagnosis. Sharing a note late Friday, 48-year-old Rampal said though he was "asymptomatic", he was getting the necessary medical care. "I am following all protocols as is required of me. To all those who have been in contact with me in the past 10 days, please take care and take the necessary precautions. "This is a very scary time for us but if we are aware and wise for a short span of time, it will yield long term benefits. Together, we can and we will fight Corona," Rampal wrote.

Uttarakhand state board examinations for Class 10 cancelled

Kejriwal to hold Cabinet meeting

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is meeting his cabinet later today as the national capital reports a huge surge in cases. Kejriwal said on Saturday the situation is "very serious and worrisome" in the national capital.

IIT-JEE (Main) April session exams postponed

IIT-JEE (Main) April session exams postponed amid Covid surge, new dates to be announced later, says National Testing Agency.

Telangana reports 5,093 new coronavirus cases, 15 deaths

Covid-19 cases in Telangana breached the 5,000-mark with 5,093 fresh infections, the highest ever in a single day spike pushing the tally to over 3.51 lakh, PTI reported. The death toll rose to 1,824 with 15 more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation accounted for the most number of cases with 743, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (488) and Rangareddy (407), a government bulletin said on Sunday.

Modi to lead meeting on situation in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting on Sunday to review the COVID-19 situation in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, his office said

Delhi asks Kumbh returnees to quarantine at home for 14 days

The Delhi government has issued an order making it mandatory for all residents who visit the Kumbh in Haridwar to quarantine themselves at home for fourteen days on return. Anyone who violates the order will face legal action, said the government, according to news agency ANI.

BJP alleges Maharashtra govt harassing drug firm

Mumbai police said they questioned the director of a drug company for stocking 60,000 vials of Remdesivir used in treating Covid-19, prompting the BJP to allege harassment. Devendra Fadnavis, the former BJP chief minister, alleged the police had detained the Bruck Pharma executive because Opposition parties had contacted the company to help in Remdesivir supply. Police said the executive was let off after Bruck Pharma "produced necessary documents" to show that it was allowed to stock the drug.
 

China reports 16 new cases

China on Saturday reported 16 new Covid-19 cases, said the National Health Commission in its daily report, according to Indian news agency IANS. The infected people came from abroad, said the commission

Maharashtra govt harassing Remdesivir supplier: Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra's Leader of Opposition, alleged the state government was harassing a supplier of Remdesivir in union territory Daman because BJP leaders had approached him for supply of the antiviral medication to the state. "...some ministers have nothing to do with the troubles of people suffering from coronavirus pandemic. They are more interested in indulging in politics,” said Fadnavis in Mumbai Saturday night.
 

Canada reports second clot after AstraZeneca shot

A Bloomberg report says the Canadian province of Alberta reported a case of blood clotting after an AstraZeneca vaccine. It is the second clot case in Canada out of total of 700,000 AstraZeneca doses administered, Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer, said in a statement Saturday. The patient, a male in his 60s, is recovering from treatment.
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Curfew in Bhopal from April 19-26

Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal district collector imposes 'Corona Curfew' in Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Berasia municipality areas beginning 6 am on April 19 to 6 am on April 26

Coronavirus LIVE: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju says he has tested positive

Coronavirus LIVE: Madhya Pradesh reports 11,269 new cases

Madhya Pradesh reports 11,269 new coronavirus cases with a positivity rate of 21.4 per cent, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi holding a review meeting on coronavirus situation and vaccination


Coronavirus LIVE: Gujarat reports 9,541 new cases

Gujarat reports 9,541 new coronavirus cases, 3,783 discharges and 97 deaths, according to the state health department

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra sees over 67,000 cases in highest-ever single-day spike

Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra sees over 67,000 cases in highest-ever single-day spike

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 8,834 cases, over 1,000 buildings sealed so far

Coronavirus LIVE: Mumbai reports 8,834 cases, over 1,000 buildings have been sealed so far, according to the BMC

Coronavirus LIVE: JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy admitted to Apollo Hospital in Bengaluru

Former CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy admitted to Apollo Hospital in Bengaluru. He had tested positive for coronavirus earlier today.

Coronavirus LIVE: Tamil Nadu reports 9,344 new cases

Tamil Nadu reports 9,344 new coronavirus cases, 5,263 discharges and 39 deaths, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Uttarakhand reports 2,757 new cases

Uttarakhand reports 2,757 new coronavirus cases including 1,179 cases in Dehradun, 617 cases in Haridwar; taking the total number of cases to 121,403, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur reports 6,956 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Nagpur district reported 6,956 new cases, 5,004 recoveries and 79 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to health officials.

Coronavirus LIVE: Goa sees 762 new cases, 4 deaths

Goa on Saturday reported 762 fresh coronavirus positive case and four deaths, taking the tally of infections to 66,261 and the toll to 872, a health official said, adding that the state is now left with 6,643 active cases.
 
A total of 436 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Goa to 58,746, he said.
 
With 3,494 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Goa has gone up to 588,751, the official added. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Jamia Millia Islamia defers PhD entrance test

Jamia Millia Islamia has postponed the PhD Entrance Test till further order in view of the Covid-19 surge in Delhi and weekend curfew.

Coronavirus LIVE: Four arrested for allegedly selling fake Rremdesivir in Pune

Four arrested for allegedly selling fake Rremdesivir in Maharashtra's Pune district, say Police

Coronavirus LIVE: 175 seers who attended Kumbh Mela have test positive today

Instead of listening to suggestions, Union Minister have been attacking opposition leaders: Sonia Gandhi

Instead of listening to constructive suggestions of our party and other Opposition leaders, some Union Ministers have been pressured into service to attack Opposition leaders for giving suggestions. This convoluted me vs you debate is completely childish, says Sonia Gandhi

Thundering silence by Centre even as states running out Oxygen: Sonia Gandhi

Some of our chief ministers told me that they were left with a few days of vaccines. They had no oxygen and they were running out of ventilators. But there has been a thundering silence on the part of the government, says Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 17,489 new cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Karnataka reports 17,489 new cases, 5,565 discharges and 80 deaths, according to the state health department.

MP govt directs all district collectors to quarantine people returning from Kumbh

Madhya Pradesh govt directs all district collectors to quarantine people returning from Kumbh Mela. The returnees will have to inform the district collector about their arrival

Top seer ends Kumbh Mela hours after PM's request to keep event 'symbolic'

The Kumbh Mela is now concluded for Juna Akhara, says Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara. PM Narendra Modi had earlier spoken to him, requesting that Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic, in the wake of pandemic.

Kumbh: People returning to Gujarat will have to undergo RT-PCR test, says CM

People returning to Gujarat after attending will have to undergo RT-PCR test: CM Vijay Rupani

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 13,835 cases

Coronavirus LIVE: Kerala reports 13,835 cases, and 27 deaths in last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

Coronavirus LIVE: Govt reduces price of Remdesivir Injection is now reduced

Coronavirus LIVE: PM Modi to review coronavirus situation at 8 pm today

PM Narendra Modi will hold a meeting to review the coronavirus and vaccination situation in India, at 8 pm today. Top officers across various ministries will participate.

Centre assisting Maharashtra in supply of Remdesivir in every manner, says Union Minister

Coronavirus LIVE: Centre assisting Maharashtra in supply of  Remdesivir in every manner, says Union Minister

Coronavirus LIVE: Raipur declared as containment zone till 6 am of April 26

Kejriwal warns strict action against labs taking too much time to give covid test reports

We are receiving complaints that some labs are taking two-three days to give coronavirus reports to patients. The reason is that these labs are taking more samples than their capacity. Strict action will be taken against such labs that will not give report within 24 hours, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Coronavirus LIVE: If situation worsens, will take harsh steps in future, says Kejriwal


Coronavirus LIVE: Severe shortage of Remdesivir in Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal


Coronavirus LIVE: Oxygen and ICU beds are decreasing sharply, says Kejriwal

Delhi has a limited number of ICU beds. Oxygen and ICU beds are decreasing very sharply. We are taking several steps to scale up beds capacity, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
 

Coronavirus LIVE: Around 24,000 cases have been reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, says Kejriwal

Coronavirus LIVE: Around 24,000 cases have been reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, says Kejriwal

Watch: Kejriwal addressing media on coronavirus cases in Delhi


Odisha CM urges PM Modi to make vaccines available in open market

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik urges PM Narendra Modi to make vaccines available in open market; says move will help state govts streamline focus on vulnerable sections

Coronavirus LIVE: Harsh Vardhan reviews oxygen, ventilators availability in high-burden states


Virus mutated in Jan/Feb, spread more rapidly: AIIMS chief on Covid surge

As India witnessed a whopping 234,692 coronavirus cases within a span of 24 hours on Saturday, AIIMS Director explained why the country suddenly found itself in the grip of a severe second wave.
 
"The cause for the surge in Covid cases is multifactorial. But two main causes are when in January/February vaccination started, cases started going down and people stopped following Covid-appropriate behaviour and at this time the virus mutated and it spread more rapidly," said Dr Randeep Guleria.
 
He also spoke about the massive pressure on the country's health infrastructure as the second Covid wave continues to intensify. Read here

Delhi govt deputes bureaucrats in private hospitals for better Covid management

Seeking better Covid-19 management, the Delhi government has deputed bureaucrats in private hospitals too in view of the raging pandemic in the city, officials said on Saturday.
 
A total of 10 IAS officers have already been appointed nodal officers at various Covid hospitals of the Delhi government.
 
"About 15 DANICS officers have been posted in private hospitals across Delhi to handhold the management and oversee adherence of all Covid measures," the health department said in a statement. (PTI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Many causes for the surge in cases, says AIIMS Director

Global coronavirus deaths cross 3 million

Global Covid-19 deaths have crossed the 3 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.
 
According to the Covid-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of 1.50 pm IST, the total Covid-19 cases worldwide stand at 139,979,449 and the deaths across the world stand at 3,000,225.
 
As many as 79,739,004 patients worldwide have recovered from the disease, according to the live dashboard.
 
The US continues to be the worst-affected country in the world reporting 31,575,640 cases. India, according to the tracker is the second-most affected country from the virus after the US reporting over 14.5 million cases. (ANI)

Coronavirus LIVE: Actor Sonu Sood tests positive for coronavirus, self-isolates

Coronavirus LIVE: Actor Sonu Sood tests positive for coronavirus, self-isolates

Coronavirus LIVE: Railways to impose a fine of up to Rs 500 for not wearing masks

Coronavirus LIVE: Railways to impose a fine of up to Rs 500 for not wearing masks at rail premises and for not wearing masks in trains

Some states are left with only a few days of vaccine, no oxygen or ventilators: Sonia Gandhi

I've written to PM after meeting with them. Our CMs have spoken to PM and written to the concerned minister from time to time pleading for relief.  Some of them were left with only a few days of vaccine, no oxygen or ventilators: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi during CWC

GST on life-saving drugs is inhumane, says Sonia Gandhi

GST on life-saving drugs is inhumane, says Sonia Gandhi

Gross unpreparedness shown by Modi govt: Sonia Gandhi on Covid crisis

Gross unpreparedness shown by Modi govt in foreseeing, evaluating and managing Covid-19 crisis: Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet

MHA deputes 25 doctors, 75 paramedics for upcoming 900-bed Covid hospital in Ahmedabad: Officials

MHA deputes 25 doctors, 75 paramedics from paramilitary forces at DRDO's upcoming 900-bed COVID hospital in Ahmedabad: Officials

Complete lockdown should be imposed looking at the current situation: BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar

I think a complete lockdown should be imposed looking at the current situation: BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar

95% of Mumbaikars are adhering to Covid-19 restrictions: BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar

95% of Mumbaikars are adhering to Covid-19 restrictions. The remaining 5% of people who are not following restrictions are causing problems to others, says Pednekar

Former Karnataka CM and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy tests positive for Covid-19

67 healthcare workers, in Uttarakhand, have tested positive for Covid-19

67 healthcare workers, in Uttarakhand, have tested positive for Covid-19. The cases are spread across Dehradun, Tehri, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts: Dr SK Gupta, Director of State Medical and Health Department

CM Kejriwal to review Covid situation in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today will hold a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation as the national capital has been witnessing an exponential rise in coronavirus cases.
 
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also nodal minister for Covid-19 management, and Health Minister Satyendar Jain will also attend the meeting.
 
"To monitor the current situation of Corona in Delhi on a day-to-day basis, Hon'ble CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal will convene a review meeting on Covid management along with the nodal minister, health minister and officials at 1 PM today," the chief minister's office tweeted.

Life comes to halt as weekend curfew underway in Delhi

Life in the national capital has come to a halt as the city grappling with soaring Covid-19 cases observed weekend curfew, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealing to people to adhere to the restrictions.
 
The weekend curfew aimed at breaking chain of spiralling coronavirus infections was clamped at 10 pm on Friday and will continue till 5 am on Monday.
 
"There is curfew in Delhi today and tomorrow due to Corona. Please follow it. Together we have to defeat Corona," Kejriwal tweeted.

Keep Kumbh participation symbolic, urges PM Modi amid massive Covid surge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the ongoing Kumbh in Haridwar should now have symbolic participation due to the Covid-19 crisis.
 
Modi tweeted that he spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara over telephone and enquired about the health of saints, many of whom have contracted the infection, and also conveyed his appreciation for their cooperation with the local administration. Read on...

At 1,340, India records highest Covid deaths in a day

The death toll now stands at 175,649.

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 17)

Active cases: 1,679,740 (Net addition: 109,997)
Deaths: 175,649 (Net increase: 1,341)
Cured: 12,671,220 (Net increase: 123,354)
Total cases: 14,526,609 (Net increase: 234,692)
Total vaccination: 117,223,509 (Increase over previous day: 2,730,359)

Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic: PM Modi to Swami Avdheshanand Giri over Covid surge

PM Modi speaks to Swami Avdheshanand Giri over telephone, requests that Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic



Covid-19 Tests mandatory in Kathua for people entering Jammu & Kashmir

Amid the surge in the COVID-19 cases across the nation, the Kathua administration is conducting COVID-19 tests for the people entering Jammu and Kashmir at the Lakhanpur area in Kathua district.
 

India has a double mutant Coronavirus variant. Should we be worried?

As India’s daily tally of Covid-19 infections surged by a record 200,000-plus cases on two consecutive days, public health experts worry that a new -- possibly more virulent -- coronavirus variant could be racing through the crowded nation of more than 1.3 billion people.
 
The new variant, which has a so-called double mutation, is thought to be fueling India’s deadlier new wave of infections that has made it the world’s second worst-hit country, surpassing Brazil, and has already begun to overwhelm its hospitals and crematoriums. The Asian nation has reported more than 14 million Covid cases so far and more than 174,300 fatalities. Read on...

Canada's Covid-19 cases surpass 1.1 million, death toll reaches 22,532

Canada's cumulative Covid-19 cases surpassed 1,100,000 as of Friday, with the total hitting 1,103,067, including 22,532 deaths, according to CTV.
 
Ontario, Canada's most populous province, reported 4,812 new Covid-19 cases Friday morning, breaking a record for the most daily cases, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Ontario with a population of 14 million, has been under a province-wide lockdown for two weeks and stay-at-home order for one week. Read on...

India's brutal Covid-19 wave hammers fuel sales as lockdowns spread

Indian fuel sales declined in the first half of April as a deadly second wave of Covid-19 led to renewed lockdowns and crippled demand. Read on...
 
 

Covid-19: Uttarakhand govt restricts entry of people in state secretariat

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Uttarakhand government has restricted the entry of people in the state secretariat.
 
The order was issued by the Chief Secretary of the state Om Prakash on Friday said that only ministers and staff will be allowed to enter the secretariat.
 
"The journalists are also not allowed to enter the secretariat," the order said. Read on...

Govt push to step up Covid-19 vaccine output 10 times by September

After fast-tracking the entry of foreign vaccines, the government is now taking steps to increase the production of indigenously developed Covaxin by almost ten-fold by September. The move comes at a time when Covid-19 cases have surged across the country and several states have raised concern over vaccine shortage.
 
According to the plan, the production of Covaxin will increase from the current 10 million doses per month to 60-70 million by July-August. By September, the production capacity is estimated to touch 100 million doses as Bharat Biotech along with three public sector enterprises would together manufacture Covaxin, the Centre said on Thursday. The Centre would provide at least Rs 130 crore as grant to two facilities under the Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 Mission Covid Suraksha for capacity augmentation. While financial support will be provided to two other companies for producing Covaxin, the quantum of funding is not known for them. Read on...

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