Covid LIVE: Maharashtra sees record 985 deaths in a day, over 63,000 cases

Buses parked at CST Bus Depot during restrictions to curb the Covid-19 cases, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
Coronavirus live updates: A day after reported a slight dip in the number of fresh Covid infections and fatalities, India on Wednesday recorded a massive surge of 360,960 cases and 3,293 deaths, according to MoHFW. The cumulative caseload stands at 17,997,267 and the death toll from the virus has crossed the 200,000-mark. India now has nearly 3 million active cases. India has been reporting over 300,000 cases daily for almost a week now.

Maharashtra witnessed nearly 900 deaths. The state reported 66,358 new cases, Uttar Pradesh 32,921, Kerala 32,819 and Karnataka 31,830 cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile Delhi recorded 24,149 fresh Covid-19 cases and over 300 deaths for 6th day in a row.

The six most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,410,085), Kerala (1,405,655), Karnataka (1,400,775), Uttar Pradesh (1,086,625), Tamil Nadu (1,081,988), and Delhi (1,047,916).

According to a TOI reports, a proposal has been drawn up for a lockdown, with exemptions for a set of defined essential services, in around 150 districts with Covid-19 positivity rate of over 15% as health systems in these areas are seen to be under stress due to the pandemic.

A final decision will be taken by the Centre in consultation with state governments.

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 149,313,302 infected by the deadly contagion. While 127,451,084 have recovered, 3,148,014 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,926,352, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,311,021, followed by the US (408,104) and Brazil (392,743).

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CM chairs meet over plan to increase no. of oxygen beds in Delhi hospitals

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting on Wednesday to chalk out a plan for increasing the number of oxygen beds and strengthening the home isolation system in the national capital, following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"Convened a meeting with the officials. Discussed the plan to increase oxygen beds in the coming days, and strengthen home isolation system in Delhi. Please take all precautions and stay safe," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the additional chief secretary and the health secretary were also present at the meeting, along with health officials.

"We are noticing that this new strain of the coronavirus is quite dangerous and often leads to respiratory and breathing issues. It has become very important to provide beds to every patient who needs oxygen. We have to expedite the process to add more ICU and oxygen beds in the coming weeks," Kejriwal said at the meeting.

"We have to further strengthen our home isolation system. Every patient who is recovering from COVID-19 under home isolation should receive regular calls from Delhi government doctors and an oximeter. We have to monitor the daily condition of every patient recovering from the disease in home isolation," he added.

COVID-19 goof-up: Test reports issued without taking samples in UP

A probe has been ordered into claims that the administration here issued COVID-19 test reports without taking samples, officials said on Wednesday.

In a complaint to the district magistrate and chief medical officer, Raghvendra Kumar Mishra, a resident of Harpur locality claimed that his brother, Brijendra Mishra, was tested for the novel coronavirus infection on April 18 at the district hospital, and the reports confirmed him as COVID-19 positive on April 20.

Raghavendra said a team of the health department visited his place, and took samples of other family members on April 20. He said his father and mother also tested positive for the infection.

He alleged that when the team reached his place, his paternal uncle, Rishikant, and maternal uncle, Brajnandan, were not there, but the officials submitted the duo's test reports stating that they had tested negative for COVID-19.

He further claimed that the health department informed him over the phone that his family members were tested for the infection on April 23, and that Rajendra Mishra (another brother) had been tested positive.

COVID: Kejriwal chairs meeting to increase O2 beds, strengthen home isolation system

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday chaired a meeting to chalk out a plan for increasing oxygen beds and strengthening home isolation system in the national capital following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"Convened a meeting with officials. Discussed the plan to increase oxygen beds in the coming days, and strengthen home isolation system in Delhi. Please take all precautions and stay safe," he tweeted.

Delhi logged a record 381 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while the positivity rate stood at 32.72 per cent. This was the sixth day on the trot that Delhi has recorded over 300 deaths due to coronavirus.

It had reported 380 deaths on Monday, 350 on Sunday, 357 deaths on Saturday, 348 on Friday and 306 on Thursday, according to government data.

The national capital had recorded 20,201 cases on Monday, 22,933 on Sunday, 24,103 on Saturday, 24,331 on Friday, 26,169 on Thursday, and 24,638 on Wednesday.

Haryana govt issues directions for restricted sale of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab

Haryana's Food and Drugs Administration Department on Wednesday issued directions for restricted sale and distribution of drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms in a bid to stop its irrational use.

A department spokesperson said that keeping in view the emergency and unmet medical need for COVID-19 disease, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) had approved restricted emergency use of Remdesivir injectable formulations for treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 infection.

He said the government has also issued directions that Remdesivir formulations are required to be sold under the prescription of medical specialists only.

Further, Remdesivir formulations are required to be supplied for use only to the hospital/institutions to ensure proper use of the drugs as recommended, he said in a statement.

3,000 covid infected go 'missing' in Bengaluru, to be traced by police: Minister

Posing another challenge to the already overburdened system tackling the covid crisis, about 3,000 infected people have gone missing in the city and many have switched off their phones, prompting the government to task the police to trace them.

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka claimed that the missing people are spreading the disease, in a state that has seen the positive cases skyrocket in the past few days.

On Wednesday, the southern state recorded its highest single-day spike of 39,047 cases and 229 deaths, with Bengaluru Urban logging 22,596 of those infections.

Ashoka said police have been asked to trace the missing people. However, the police remained tight-lipped on their strategy to track the 'missing' individuals.

Total Covid vaccination across India nears 150 mn mark, over 2 mn doses given on Wednesday

The total COVID-19 vaccination across the country inched closer to the 15-crore mark with more than20 lakh vaccine doses given till 8 pm on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,98,77,121 according to the 8 pm provisional report.

These include 93,66,239 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 61,45,854 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,23,09,507 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, 65,99,492 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Besides,5,09,75,753and31,42,239 beneficiaries over 45to 60 years old also have been administered the first and the second dose, while 5,14,70,903 and 98,67,134 people aged above 60 years have taken the first and the second dose.

Total 20,49,754 vaccine doses were given till 8 pm on Wednesday, the one hundred and third day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Out of which, 11,92,394 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 8,57,360 beneficiaries received the second dose of the vaccine according to the provisional report, the ministry said, adding that final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

Allahabad HC Judge dies of Covid-19

Justice Virendra Kumar Srivastava of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court died of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Srivastava, who had tested positive for coronavirus, was undergoing treatment at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute (SGPGI) in Lucknow.

While giving this information, Allahabad High Court Registrar (Protocol) Ashish Kumar Srivastava said that Justice Srivastava died at SGPGI on Wednesday.

The Allahabad High Court and its Lucknow bench will remain closed on Thursday to mourn the death of Justice Srivastava.

Covid crisis a trailer of what might happen due to climate change: Jayant Sinha

Climate change is a "very very serious issue" and the coronavirus crisis in some way is actually a trailer for what might happen if the environment change goes unchecked, the chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Jayant Sinha, said on Wednesday.

Addressing an event organised by Bombay Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Sinha noted that India has a huge problem of job creation and the country is not creating good jobs fast enough.

" Climate change is a very very serious issue today ... coronavirus crisis in some way is actually a trailer for what might happen if we have unchecked climate change," he said.

Sinha said that everybody is worried about the pandemic because of the terrible impact it has around the world.

He pointed out that after Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), every single serious epidemiologist warned that the world is going to face a global pandemic.

BJP MLA Kesar Singh Gangwar succumbs to coronavirus

Kesar Singh Gangwar, the sitting BJP MLA from Bareilly's Nawabganj constituency, on Wednesday succumbed to Covid-19. He was 64.

Family sources said that Gangwar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Noida for the past few days, where he died. He had recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Gangwar is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

He was a member of the Legislative Council from the BSP in 2009, and in 2017 he joined the BJP, and won the Assembly election from Nawabganj.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Legislative Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit condoled his death, while state BJP chief Swatantradev Singh and general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal expressed their sorrow.

People with comorbidities will be given preference in Delhi in 3rd phase of Covid vaccination

The third phase of the Covid-19 inoculation drive for those in the 18-44 age group is likely to begin at "moderate" pace in the national capital and people with comorbidities will be given preference, officials said on Wednesday.

The Delhi government has placed an order for over 1.3 crore doses with manufacturers. The vaccine will be delivered in phases, an official aware of the development said.

Private hospitals will have to procure vaccines directly from manufacturers, he said.

"We are likely to have a moderate start and it will be ramped up gradually," the official said.

The Centre will continue to provide vaccine for those aged above 45.

"So, there will be three channels - Centre, state and private and therefore, the number of beneficiaries being vaccinated a day will increase," another official said.

Over 63,000 cases in Maharashtra

Record 985 deaths have been reported in Maharashtra within 24 hours. 

Over 63,000 cases in Maharashtra

Record 985 deaths have been reported in Maharashtra within 24 hours. 

Mumbai's daily case count rises

Mumbai on Wednesday reported 4,966 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours.

Goa's Covid tally rises to 85,009 with 3,101 new cases in a day

Goa's COVID-19 tally rises to 85,009 with 3,101 fresh cases, death toll climbs to 1,110 as 24 more people succumb to the disease.

Rajasthan CM in self-isolation after wife tests positive for Covid

Serum CEO to get Y category security cover, says MHA

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued orders to provide Y category security on an all India basis to Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla. CRPF will provide security to him.

Karnataka sees over 39,000 cases in a day

Karnataka on Wednesday reported record 39,047 new Covid cases in a day, including 22,596 in Bengaluru. 

Appointments available when states, pvt vaccination centres schedule sessions, says govt

More than 3.5 million people registered in the first hour after launch of 18 plus registration on http://cowin.gov.in, said government through Aarogya Setu's Twitter handle. 

'Discussed the evolving pandemic situation with Putin,' says PM Modi

PM Modi said on Twitter on Wednesday that he discussed the evolving Covid situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Kerala posts another high in 1-day surge with over 35,000 cases

Kerala on Wednesday witnessed over 35,000 new Covid cases within 24 hours, a new single-day high for the southern state. 

'Philanthropic gesture,' says Serum CEO on reducing Covishield price

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Wednesday announced 25% reduction for states in the price of Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine SII is manufacturing in Pune. 

CoWin platform will display which hospital is offering which vaccine and at what price, says govt official

On the day when CoWin platform will be rolled out for every adult India, R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority said some States and hospitals may come on board on May 1 or later.
 
"We will continue to announce as and when States come on board. We will provide information in public. The advice to people is that you log in and get an appointment only when you see vacancies available. The app will display the prices given by different entities. The platform will display which hospital is offering which vaccine and at what price. For private facilities, the type and price of the vaccines will be visible," said Sharma.

Registration is happening on cowin.gov.in, says govt

Amid social media complaints of CoWin app crashing as it widens vaccination scope from May 1, government on Wednesay said that the tech glitch at 4 pm has been fixed. 
 
"Cowin Portal is working. There was a minor glitch at 4 PM that was fixed. 18 plus can register. Vaccination appointments for 18 plus will be possible once the State Governments and Private Vaccination Centers schedule Vaccination sessions. Registration is happening on http://cowin.gov.in," said government on Twitter.

500 more oxygen plants sanctioned under PM-CARES Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned the procurement of 100,000 portable oxygen concentrators from the PM-CARES Fund.
 
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Modi to discuss the measures needed to improve Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) supply for COVID management, said PMO on Wednesday. 
 
In addition to the earlier sanctioned 713 PSA plants under PM Cares Fund, 500 new Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants have been sanctioned under PM CARES Fund.
 
These 500 PSA plants will be established with transfer of the indigenous technology developed by DRDO and CSIR to the domestic manufacturers, said PMO. 

All state ministers pitched another 15-day lockdown extension to Uddhav, says Tope

The lockdown in Maharashtra will be extended by another 15 days beyond April 30, state Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday, PTI reported. 
 
He said all members of the cabinet, who participated in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, pitched for such extension. Read more here.

EC issues guidelines for candidates to enter counting centres on Sunday

State election candidates won't be allowed inside counting centres on Sunday without negative Covid report or 2 vaccine shots. 

Maruti advances maintenance shutdown dates to May 1-9

Maruti Suzuki will shut down its factories in Haryana to make oxygen available for medical needs. "In the current situation, we believe that all available oxygen should be used to save lives. Accordingly, MarutiSuzuki has decided to advance its maintenance shutdown, originally scheduled for June, to 1st to 9th May. Production in all factories will close for maintenance during this period. The Company has been informed that Suzuki Motor Gujarat has taken the same decision for its factory," the company said in a stock exchange filing. 

Paytm to provide 100 oxygen concentrators to MP

Paytm has decided to provide 100 oxygen concentrators to Madhya Pradesh in next 2-3 days after CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to its CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, said Chief Minister's Office, reports ANI. 

Lockdown in Goa from tomorrow

Lockdown has been announced in Goa from April 29, 7 pm to morning of May 3, announced CM Pramod Sawant. Casinos, hotels, pubs to remain shut. Hotel kitchen service will be allowed only for home delivery.

COVID19 restrictions in Puducherry extended till 3rd May.

Gathering and congregation in any form is strictly prohibited.

Jammu and Kashmir: A 110-bed COVID facility is being set up at indoor stadium in Srinagar


Covid-19 catastrophe due to incompetent leadership, callousness: Prithviraj

The "incompetent" leadership and "callousness" has driven India to the present Covid-19 catastrophe, senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday as he blamed the Centre for the shortage of medical oxygen.
 
In a statement, the former Union minister held the Centre "fully responsible" for the oxygen crisis and demanded, without naming Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, that he be sacked immediately.
 
Chavan also recalled the Union health secretary's remarks made in a press conference on October 20 that India was in an "extremely comfortable position when it came to medical oxygen supply and that there was no shortage".
 
Chavan said the health secretary had stated that the government was proactively planning to install PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen generating plants in 390 hospitals across the country. Read on...

'Oxygen Express', carrying 6 Oxygen tankers from Bokaro, arrives in Bhopal

States are adding hospital beds, but are there enough doctors and nurses?

A pivotal highlight of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s last month’s public address—the state has since imposed a lockdown—was cautioning people that even if the state does add more beds, ventilators and ICUs, constraints like human capital cannot be addressed in the short-run.
 
Last year, Mumbai had to source doctors and nurses from Kerala to get the situation under control. Many other states had to draft fourth- and fifth-year medical students to address the rising cases. The crisis this year is no different. Some hospitals are actively looking for nurses to man their Coronavirus (Covid-19) wards. READ ON...

SII says can't fulfill state's vaccine requirement: Rajasthan health minister

There are 32.5 million people in the state b/w 18-45 yrs of age. So we'll need 70 million doses of vaccine. Our officers spoke to SII, they'd booked 37.5 million doses. SII told them that they won't be able to supply till May 15 what Centre ordered, how can they supply to us?: Rajasthan Health Minister

Covid-19 vaccination registration for those above 18 years to begin at 4 pm

Everyone above 18 years of age can register for vaccination against Covid-19 using the CoWIN platform, Aarogya Setu app and UMANG App from 4 pm on Wednesday.
 
"Registration for 18 plus to begin on http://cowin.gov.in, Aarogya Setu App and UMANG App at 4 PM on 28th April. Appointments at State Govt centers and Private centers depending on how many vaccination centers are ready on May 1 for Vaccination of 18 plus," Aarogya Setu tweeted. 

Two people arrested by Punjabi Bagh Police for black marketing of Oxygen cylinders

Two people arrested by Punjabi Bagh Police for black marketing of Oxygen cylinders. Four Oxygen cylinders and one large commercial Oxygen cylinder recovered from their possession.

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 28)

Active cases: 2,978,709 (Net addition: 96,505)
Deaths: 201,187 (Net increase: 3,293)
Cured: 14,817,371 (Net increase: 261,162)
Total cases: 17,997,267 (Net increase: 360,960)
Total vaccination: 147,827,367 (Increase over previous day: 2,556,182)

Global coronavirus caseload tops 148.3 million: Johns Hopkins University

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 148.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.13 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
 
In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 148,327,443 and 3,131,250, respectively.
 
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 32,173,059 and 573,355, respectively, according to the CSSE. READ ON...

'It's Like a War': Scenes inside an India hospital desperate for oxygen

At his crowded emergency room in central Delhi, Ali Raza can’t focus much on when the next delivery of oxygen will arrive -- 12 of his 20 doctors are down with Coronavirus (Covid-19), and the patients just keep coming.
 
“We always anticipated a second wave in April and May, but we never knew it would hit us so hard and so fast,” said Raza, the director of emergency and trauma at Moolchand Hospital. “They arrive gasping and they all need oxygen.” Read on...

E-commerce companies face double whammy of lockdowns, sick staff

Lockdowns, manpower issues, supply chain constraints and a surge in demand are hampering the delivery service of e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Amazon, and BigBasket.
 
As they witness a huge spike in demand for online shopping, all e-commerce companies are struggling to fulfil their orders on time. The problem is aggravated by the fact that this time, lockdowns are driven by state governments, and every state has different rules for them.
 
“Last year, though the lockdown was much more harsh, it was a national lockdown and there was one point of contact for all rules. This time around, each state has different rules, different times for lockdowns and also the categorisation of essential and non-essential products. From a planning point of view, it becomes very micro,” said a source at a leading e-commerce company on the condition of anonymity. Read on...

Registration on CoWIN must for those between 18-45 yrs to get vaccine shot

Getting registered on the CoWIN web portal and taking an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab would be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 45 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, official sources said on Sunday.
 
Those above 45 years can still avail the facility of on-site registration to get vaccinated, they said.
 
As India witnesses a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, it has decided to allow everyone above18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1. Read on...

Editorial: RBI's renewed challenges: The second wave could increase risk for the banking system

The Indian economy has been recovering well in recent months but a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases has increased risks. A number of states are imposing restrictions on mobility to contain the virus.
 
While this may be unavoidable in many parts of the country, it will still affect the economy in multiple ways. Apart from growth, disruption in supply chains will also affect inflation outcomes. Read on...

Maharashtra: Fire breaks out at Prime Criticare Hospital in Mumbra

Maharashtra: Fire broke out at Prime Criticare Hospital in Mumbra, Thane earlier this morning. Four died during the shifting of patients to another hospital. Fire tenders present at the spot.

Rich countries' vaccine nationalism to backfire as Covid worsens in India

For months, developed economies have hoarded Covid-19 vaccines and the raw materials needed to make them. Now, they’re being forced to act as an explosive outbreak in India raises the risk of new virus mutations that could threaten the wider world.
 
Under mounting criticism for dominating vaccine resources, the U.S. said this week that it will help India by sending items needed to manufacture vaccines as part of an aid package. European countries are also pledging help as new cases in the South Asian country smash world records. President Joe Biden’s administration is separately vowing to share its stockpile of AstraZeneca Plc vaccines -- which the U.S. hasn’t even approved for use -- and meeting with drug companies about boosting supply and waiving intellectual property protections on Covid-19 shots, a shift India and South Africa have been pushing for. Read on...

Oxygen shortage: One oxygen tanker arrives at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital


Noida | Families of Covid patients touch the feet of CMO, requesting him that they be provided with Remdesivir

Vaccines are not out of stock, no shortages in states: Health ministry

As the registration for the next phase of Covid-19 vaccinations for all above 18 years of age opens, the health ministry on Tuesday shared data to counter claims that vaccines in several states, including Maharashtra, were out of stock.
 
The data showed that 150 million doses had been given to the states so far, of which 10 million were still available with them. Another 8 million doses would be supplied to them by the Centre in the next three days. The data also showed that vaccine wastage was almost 5 per cent or above in eight states. In Maharashtra, it is at a much lower level at 0.22 per cent, while Delhi, it is almost 4 per cent. Read on...

Covid-19: Delhi reports 24,149 new coronavirus cases in a day, 381 deaths

Delhi reported 24,149 new Covid-19 cases and 381 deaths on Tuesday, the highest single-day toll for the national capital since the outbreak of the pandemic.
 
This is the sixth consecutive day the metropolis has seen daily fatalities of over 300.
 
A Delhi Health Department bulletin said the total coronavirus cases count in the city has gone up to 10,72,065 and the death toll has gone up to 15,009. The positivity rate in Delhi is 32.72 per cent and the case fatality rate is 1.40 per cent.
 
The city now has 98,264 active cases, which is also the highest.

Covid-19 Second wave may not derail Modi govt's disinvestment plan

The second wave of the pandemic may not derail the government’s privatisation and strategic disinvestment drive as they are seen as key tools in boosting the economy amid the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases.
 
Sources in the government said there has been no revision so far in the timeline for the process for some of the key stake sales — including BEML, BPCL, Shipping Corporation, and Air India. They are confident of completing the transactions this fiscal (FY22). The government has set a disinvestment target of Rs 1.75 trillion for the current fiscal. Read on...

India's Covaxin vaccine 'very important antidote' against Covid: Dr Fauci

Covaxin, India's home-grown Covid-19 vaccine, has been found to neutralise the 617 variant of the deadly virus, White House chief medical adviser and America's top pandemic expert Dr Anthony Fauci said in Washington.
 
Fauci was speaking to reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.
 
"This is something where we're still gaining data on a daily basis. But the most recent data, was looking at convalescent Sera of Covid-19 cases and people who received the vaccine used in India, the Covaxin. It was found to neutralise the 617 variants," he said. Read on...

Oxygen shortage limits Delhi Covid centre capacity to admit patients: ITBP

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked to run a newly-created Covid care centre in south Delhi, on Tuesday said that the capacity to admit coronavirus patients at the facility is "limited" due to supply of oxygen.
 
Only 26 patients were admitted here on Tuesday, taking the total admissions to 149 in the 500 oxygen-bed facility.
 
A total of 123 patients were admitted on Monday, the first day of its operation.
 
Some patients, out of the 26, were admitted through referrals on Tuesday, officials said.

Delhi govt withdraws order on Ashoka Hotel Covid-19 centre for HC judges

A day after declaring the Ashoka Hotel a dedicated Covid facility for judges of Delhi High Court and their family members, the Delhi government withdrew the order after the court took exception.
 
"Issued directions to withdraw this order immediately," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia responded to a tweet citing how 100 rooms at the Ashoka Hotel will be converted into a Covid facility for the judges, other judicial members of the Delhi High Court and their families. Read on...

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