Coronavirus Live: Delhi reports 17,282 cases, 104 deaths in last 24 hours

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a passenger to test for COVID-19 , amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus cases, at a bus stand in Jammu
Coronavirus LIVE updates: India recorded its biggest-ever single day spike with 184,372 fresh cases. With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 13,873,825 cases, according to MoHFW. India is the 2nd worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases and 3rd-worst hit country in terms of active cases. India also witnessed 1,027 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 172,115.

The Maharashtra government has imposed lockdown-like curbs in the state from 8pm today. Section 144 has been imposed in the state and only essential services will be allowed for the next 15 days. The state recorded 60,212 cases in the last 24 hours. Delhi witnessed 13,468 new Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day count so far.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,519,208), Kerala (1,172,882), Karnataka (1,074,869), Tamil Nadu (940,145), and Andhra Pradesh (928,664).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 138,000,581 infected by the deadly contagion. While 111,021,803 have recovered, 2,971,104 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,069,710, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, India, Brazil and Belgium.


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6 pm to 5 am curfew in entire Rajasthan from Friday

Amid a surge in coronavirus infection cases, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday decided to impose a night-long curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state from April 16.
 
The night curfew was declared earlier in 10 urban areas of the state but with the spread of infection showing no sign of abating, the state government decided to enforce the regulatory measure in the entire state.
 
The order imposing the night curfew in the entire state was issued on late Wednesday evening.
 
“Night curfew will be there from 6 in the evening till 5 in the morning and markets will be closed by 5 pm,” the government order said.
 
According to the new guideline, all educational and coaching institutes and libraries too will remain closed from April 16 to 30.
 
The number of guests in private functions, marriages and other social gatherings has been restricted to 50.
 
The directions related to the marriage and social functions will apply from April 16 to May 31, the order said.
 
Not more than 20 persons will be allowed for the funeral, the order said, adding there will be no permission for any kind of public, social, political, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural, religious events, procession, fairs and festivals.
 
Worship at religious places too will be performed only by the authorities of the religious places and the arrangement of online darshan will continue.
 
Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, amusement parks and other places for entertainments will be closed and there will be no permission to operate swimming pools and gyms. Read more


 

7,888 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, 94 patients die

Pune district in Maharashtra reported 7,888 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which took its overall tally to 6,76,014, a health official said.
The death toll due to the pandemic reached 10,989 with 94 succumbing to the infection, he said.
 
"Of the 7,888 new cases, 4,206 were from areas within thePuneMunicipal Corporation limits, where the case count has grown to 3,44,029," he said.
A total of 4,895 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said.
 
Pune city's neighbouring industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad reported 1,517 new cases, where the COVID-19 count now stands at 1,73,319. 

Shahi snan in Haridwar: Lakhs ignore Covid concerns to take holy dip

Throwing caution to the wind amid rising cases of coronavirus, lakhs of people congregated Wednesday on the ghats in Haridwar to take a dip in the Ganga during the third shahi snan of the Kumbh mela.
 
Over 13.5 lakh people, including sadhus from 13 akhadas, had bathed in the Ganga by the end of a day on which the authorities faced another scare -– a fire at one of the tents in the sprawling mela area.
 
Five people suffered minor injuries when a ‘pandal' in Vivekananda Ashram caught fire, Kumbh mela's chief fire officer Narendra Singh Kunwar said. The ashram is at Kankhal, a few kilometres away from the main Har ki Pairi ghat.
 
Wednesday's `royal bath' marked Mesh Sankranti and Baisakhi, and fell two days after a similar convergence of seers and other devotees for the second shahi snan – mammoth events where following social distancing norms appears almost impossible.
 
Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said the number of devotees at the third shahi snan – said to be the most important in a series of four -- was much less than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
On Mesh Sankranti day during the last Kumbh mela in 2010, about 1.6 crore people bathed in the Ganga at Haridwar, an official said.
 
Random tests among the sadhus at the akhadas indicate a coronavirus positivity rate of nearly 4 per cent. So far, 19 of the 500 samples from the mela site have come back positive.
 
Police personnel were seen distributing masks in the mela area.
 
But social distancing norms were violated openly by the seers when they and their followers descended the steps at Har ki Pairi to wade into the river.
No masks were worn by a large proportion of them.
 
The sadhus from the akhadas took the dip along with their revered deities, carried in ornate palanquins, at Har ki Pairi, which was reserved exclusively for them. Lakhs of ordinary devotees bathed at the other ghats of the river in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
 

Pak working on single-dose Covid-19 vaccine with China's help: Official

A senior Pakistani official has said that the country was working to develop its own single-dose coronavirus vaccine with China's support, a media report said on Wednesday.
 
Executive Director of National Institute of Health (NIH), Major General Aamer Ikram, said this during a briefing to the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on National Health Services on Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported.
 
“We are going to make a single-dose vaccine for Covid-19. We conducted the clinical trial of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine CanSinoBio in Pakistan,” he said.
Later talking to the media, Ikram said Pakistan was among the first countries to take part in the clinical trial of CanSinoBio vaccine.
 
He said Pakistan had requested China to transfer the technology for the vaccine and the raw material for the vaccine is going to arrive this month.
 
“We hope that we will be able to take some measures for preparation of the vaccine by the end of April.
 
“Our team is ready to undertake this task while a Chinese team has also arrived in Pakistan. The Chinese team will oversee our team at the NIH,” he said.
 

WB CEO calls all party meeting to ensure strict implementation of corona protocol during campaigning

West Bengal chief electoral officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab Wednesday called an all party meeting on April 16 following the Calcutta High Court direction to the CEO and all district magistrates in the state to ensure strict implementation of Covid-19 protocol during campaigning for the remaining four phases of the state election, an EC official said.
 
All political parties in the state have been asked to send only one representative each for the meeting which will discuss matters related to the campaigning for the last four phases of the poll, he said.
 
There will be discussions on the norms of social distancing and relevant Covid-19 protocol, the official added.
 
State Additional Director General of police (Law and Order) Jag Mohan and state health secretary N S Nigam will also be present in the meeting, he said.
 
The Calcutta High Court had on Tuesday directed that all health-related guidelines should be maintained in the strictest possible manner with regard to campaigning by political parties for the West Bengal assembly polls in view of the resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
 
Hearing two PILs in this regard, a division bench presided by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan had ordered that all district magistrates will ensure that the guidelines laid down by the EC and CEO are strictly implemented in letter and spirit and if necessary, with police aid.
 
The court had said that it is in the public interest that the administration should ensure that all the Covid-19 guidelines are strictly adhered to by all concerned, including those engaged in election campaign activities.

WB records 5,892 fresh Covid cases; 24 new deaths

West Bengal on Wednesday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of 5,892 coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 6,30,116, the state health department bulletin said.
 
The death toll rose to 10,458 after 24 more fatalities were registered from different parts of the state, it added.
 
In the last 24 hours, 2,297 Covid patients recovered in the state, it said.
 
The discharge rate has slightly dipped to 93.16 per cent.
 
The number of active cases rose to 32,621.
 
Since Tuesday, 43,463 samples have been tested in the state, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 96,32,841, the bulletin said.
 
Increase in coronavirus infections is a cause of worry for the state which is in the middle of elections.
 
Four rounds of voting are over and the rest as many will be conducted by April 29.
 
Results will come on May 2 along with other states where voting is over.
 

Ensure strict implementation of new Covid-19 curbs: Uddhav

The tough new measures announced by the Maharashtra government for the next 15 days to break the Covid-19 transmission chain came into force on Wednesday night with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directing officials to ensure their strict implementation.
 
The "lockdown-like" restrictions, which exclude essential services, became operational at 8 pm and will remain in force till 7 am on May 1.
 
Thackeray, in his address via social media to the people of the state on Tuesday night, had announced the sweeping restrictions, curtailing the movement of people and non-essential activities, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country's worst-hit state.
 
Section 144 of CrPC, prohibiting assembly of five or more people at one spot, will be in force during the period, Thackeray had said, but refrained from terming the new curbs as a lockdown.
 
In a video conference meeting on Wednesday with his cabinet colleagues, divisional commissioners, district collectors, municipal commissioners and police officials, Thackeray stressed on effective implementation of the measures.
 
There should not be any confusion about the orders issued by the state. If anyone has doubts, the official should contact his or her superiors or the department concerned.
 
"We can not afford to be callous and let the coronavirus infection spread further, the chief minister said.
 
Thackeray said efforts are on to make available medical oxygen which is needed in treatment of critical Covid-19 patients.
 
We have seen a mutation in the coronavirus strain.
 
It is spreading at a higher speed and affecting the youth in large numbers.
 
"Efforts are underway on a war footing to make oxygen available for patients. Doctors should get themselves updated about the treatment of Covid-19 patients, he said.
 

Arvind Kejriwal to hold a meeting with LG Anil Baijal tomorrow over rise in Covid cases

Delhi reports 17,282 new Covid-19 cases, 9,952 recoveries

Covid LIVE: 15-day Maharashtra curfew begins; record 17,282 cases in Delhi

Covid LIVE: 15-day curfew begins in Maharashtra; state sees 58,952 cases

Delhi crematoriums, graveyards struggle to manage resources as Covid-19 kills 409 in just 13 days

Mashqoor Rashid makes a grim projection as he oversees the burials of coronavirus victims' bodies one after another at the city's largest graveyard.
 
"At this rate, we will run short of land in a month," he tells PTI at the Qabristan Ahle Islam near ITO. "Since last week, on an average 10-15 bodies of COVID victims are being buried daily here. Yesterday, 18 burials were performed."
 
Suman Gupta, the general secretary of Badi Panchayat Vaishya Beese Agarwal organisation that manages the city's main crematorium at the Nigambodh Ghat, has an equally sobering number to share.

Covid LIVE: Curfew in all Rajasthan cities between 6 pm-6 am from Apr 16-30

Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid-19 cases, 54 deaths in past 24 hours

Mumbai on Wednesday recorded 9,925 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 5,44,942, while 54 more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said.
 
The daily case tally shot up in the financial capital after remaining below 8,000 for the last two days. On Monday, the city had witnessed 6,905 COVID-19 cases followed by 7,898 on Tuesday.

Maharashtra | Curfew restrictions come into effect in Nagpur

COVID-19 protocols to be strictly enforced in Andamans: Official

The Andaman and Nicobar administration on Wednesday said COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced in the union territory and action will be taken against violators.
 
Information, Publicity and Tourism secretary of the union territory administration S K Singhsaid people not following the COVID-19 protocols is the major reason for the sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the archipelago.
 
He told reporters that there are no plans as of now to impose lockdown but COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced and action will be taken against violators.

Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid-19 cases, 54 deaths in past 24 hours

Covid-19: CICSE says reviewing situation, will soon decide on conducting class 10,12 board exams

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) Wednesday said it is reviewing the COVID-19 situation and will soon take a decision on conducting class 10 and 12 board exams. The CICSE announcement comes following the CBSE's decision to cancel class 10 exams and postpone class 12 papers in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.
 
"We are reviewing the situation and will soon take a decision in this regard," CICSE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon said.
 
He, however, did not delve in to what the was board contemplating.

In world first, Denmark ditches AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine

Denmark on Wednesday became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine altogether, following news of its possible link to very rare blood clot cases, health authorities said. The decision will push back the scheduled conclusion of Denmark's vaccination scheme to early August from July 25, they said.
 
Results of investigations into the blood clots "showed real and serious side effects," health agency head Soren Brostrom said in a statement. READ MORE...

21 at women's national boxing camp, including top coaches, test positive for Covid-19

Indian women's boxing's High Performance Director Raffaele Bergamasco and head coach Mohammed Ali Qamar are among 21 campers who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here but none of the infected pugilists are bound for Olympics.
 
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) issued a statement to confirm the development at the camp but did not give away names of those affected. However, a source close to the team told PTI that the top members of the coaching staff are among those who have tested positive.

Kumbh Mela used to begin in Jan, but due to Covid, state govt started this in April: Haridwar DM

No shortage of remdesivir in state-run hospitals: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says there's no shortage of remdesivir in state-run hospitals and directed officials to transport it by using aircraft if needed.

Most poll-bound states, save Tamil Nadu, kept testing low till elections

Assembly elections are in full swing this year particularly in West Bengal, where the polls have been scheduled over a protracted period of one month. Polling days have passed by in Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, and Puducherry, the lone union territory in fray.
 
But as the campaign rages in WB, Covid-19 is spreading with a speed never imagined before in multiple states. Including, of course, the states mentioned above. Did poll bound states change their strategy of tackling Covid-19 because they had elections? READ MORE...

Tamil Nadu reports 7,819 new Covid cases, 3,464 recoveries and 25 deaths

Moderna Covid jab efficacy marginally drops to 90% in US trial

Updated results from an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in the US have shown Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine to be 90 per cent effective against all cases of the disease, and greater than 95 per cent against severe cases.
 
While the updated cases show continued strong efficacy of the vaccine, the efficacy represents a marginal drop from an earlier figure of 94.1 per cent published in The New England Journal of Medicine in December.
 
The ongoing study involves more than 30,000 people across the US. The new results are based on 900 adjudicated cases of Covid-19 as of April 9, Moderna said on Tuesday. The previous study was based on 185 cases.

Production of Remdesivir was reduced as Covid-19 cases were decreasing: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets second Covid-19 vaccine shot

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot, three weeks after getting the first dose. The Russian leader announced getting the jab, which was kept out of the public eye, at a session of the Russian Geographical Society, in which he took part via video link.
 
Right now, before entering this hall, I have also gotten the second jab. I hope everything will be fine. I don't even hope as much as I'm sure of it, Putin said.
 
Putin got his first coronavirus shot on March 23, also out of sight of the cameras, and the Kremlin wouldn't reveal which of the three vaccines currently approved for use in Russia the president has taken.

Long wait at crematoriums in Gujarat amid Covid-19 surge

Relatives of Covid-19 victims as well as those who died of other ailments are forced to wait for hours for performing the last rites as many crematoriums in Gujarat are witnessing a huge rush since the last one week.
 
Though Hindus generally do not cremate the dead after sunset, many of them are left with no option but to perform the last rites of the deceased at night in view of the rush of bodies at various crematoriums, officials said on Thursday.

There is no shortage of vaccines, govt gives vaccines to every state: Union Health Minister

Covid ICU beds with ventilators fully occupied in 69 of 94 hospitals in Delhi

Amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, COVID-19 ICU beds with ventilators are fully occupied in 69 of 94 hospitals with such facilities and only 79 beds are vacant, according to data shared on an official app on Wednesday.
 
According to the Delhi Corona App till about 2 PM, in 75 of the 110 hospitals, all COVID-19 ICU beds without ventilators had patients. Out of 1,177 COVID ICU beds with ventilators, only 79 were vacant, while 348 out of 2,130 COVID ICU beds without ventilators were vacant, according to the app.

Coronavirus LIVE: UP reports biggest single-day spike of 20,510 cases

60 jail inmates, seven staffers under treatment for coronavirus in Delhi

Over 60 inmates and 11 staff members in the three prison complexes of Delhi are presently undergoing treatment for COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday. "A total of 190 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 so far," Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said.
 
According to the data shared by officials, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi prisons till Wednesday stands at 78, including 11 jail staff members.
 
"Of the 190 positive cases, 121 inmates have recovered and two have died, leaving 67 active cases. A total of 304 prison staff contracted the infection so far. Of them, 293 have recovered and 11 are still under treatment," Goel said.

Karnataka CM calls all-party meet on April 18 over spike in Covid-19 cases

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of lockdown following surge in coronavirus cases and said that an all-party meeting has been called along with a technical advisory committee to review the COVID situation in the state.
 
The meeting will be conducted on April 18 and the committee will suggest the measures need to be taken to curb the coronavirus situation in the state.
 
"Chief Minister (BS Yediyurappa) and I have called an all party meeting along with the technical advisory committee. The committee will suggest the measures need to be taken to curb the coronavirus infections in the state," Bommai said.

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation sets up drive-through RT-PCR test facility

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Municipal Corporation Ahmedabad and Neuberg Supratech Laboratory have started a joint initiative of drive-through RTPCR test at the GMDC ground in the city.
 
According to Director Neuberg Supratech Laboratory, Dr. Sandip Shah, the collection centre is being set up to reduce the number of people queuing at private laboratories for tests, and those who are getting tested have to register via QR code after which the report will be sent in 24 hours.

UK expands Covid-19 mix and match vaccine trial

A study assessing the benefits of mixing and matching coronavirus vaccines has been extended to include the Moderna and Novavax jabs. The Com-Cov study, led by the University of Oxford, has been investigating the immune responses of volunteers given a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine followed by the Pfizer jab, and vice versa, since February.
 
Now, an expanded study will seek to recruit adults aged over 50 who have received their first dose in the past eight to 12 weeks to test out the immune response when combined with one of the other vaccines as a second dose.

Ten states account for 82.04% of India's daily new Covid-19 cases: Govt

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala, have shown a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases accounting for82.04 per cent of the fresh infections being reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
 
India's daily new cases continue to rise and a record1,84,372 fresh coronavirus cases were registered in a span of 24 hours.
 
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 60,212, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 17,963 while Chhattisgarh reported 15,121 new cases. India's total number of active cases has increased to13,65,704 and now comprises 9.84 per cent of the country's total infections. A net increase of 1,01,006 cases has been recorded in the total number of active cases in a span of 24 hours.

CBSE cancels class 10 board exams, results to be prepared on basis of objective criterion developed by it

CBSE cancels class 10 board exams, results to be prepared on basis of objective criterion developed by it: Ministry of Education.

SC makes Covid-19 test mandatory for people entering its premises with symptoms

In light of the growing concerns amid a sudden upsurge of COVID-19 cases and as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of infection, the Supreme Court has made a Covid-19 test mandatory for everyone who enters its premises with symptoms of the disease.
 
The Supreme Court has come out with additional guidelines for entrants to the premises, which state that "all the entrants to the Supreme Court premises, i.e. the registry staff, staff of the coordinate agencies, advocates and their staff, etc., if showing any symptoms similar to those notified for Covid-19 infection shall subject themselves to Rapid/RT-PCR test."

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath tests positive for Covid-19: Details here

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. He had on Tuesday isolated himself after some officials in his contact tested positive for coronavirus.
 
"After initial symptoms, I got myself tested. My report is positive. I am in self-isolation and following doctors advice. I am doing all the works virtually," Adityanath tweeted from his official Twitter handle.

Earlier, he had said, "The officers of my office tested positive for coronavirus. They were in touch with me, therefore, as a precaution, I am isolating myself and starting all my work digitally." READ MORE...

Madhya Pradesh postpones Class 10, Class 12 board exams: Details here

The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education has postponed the examinations of Classes 10 and 12 in view of a spike in COVID-19 cases, an official said on Wednesday.
 
The exams of the high school, higher secondary and diploma in pre-school education (vocational course) were scheduled to begin from April 30 and May 1.
 
Now, the exams are likely to be conducted from the first week of June and the board will soon issue a new amended schedule, a spokesperson of the state board said.

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus update: CM Yogi Adityanath tests Covid-positive

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds virtual meeting with party's UP leaders to discuss Covid-19 situation

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds virtual meeting with party's UP leaders to discuss Covid-19 situation

Remdesivir shortage: UP CM orders procurement of 25000 vials from Ahmedabad

In view of the shortage of Remdesivir in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed the state health department to acquire 25,000 injections of Remdesivir from Gujarat's Ahmedabad on an urgent basis.
 
According to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), the officers of the Health Department left for Ahmedabad to get 25000 Remedisver injections at 10.40 am today.
 
Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against Covid-19.
 
Earlier, the Centre on Sunday prohibited exports of injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) till the COVID-19 situation in the country improves. Read on...

Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot tests positive for Covid-19, says he is in home isolation

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to chair a meeting of all district collectors today to review situation

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to chair a meeting of all district collectors today to review the Covid-19 situation in the state.

Alia Bhatt tests negative for Covid-19

Actor Alia Bhatt on Wednesday said she has tested negative for Covid-19, more than 10 days after contracting the virus.
 
Bhatt had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 2 and was under home quarantine.
 
The 28-year-old actor took to Instagram and shared a picture of herself, writing, "the only time being negative is a good thing."

World Coronavirus update: South Korea reports highest jump in 3 months

South Korea has recorded its highest daily jump in new Covid-19 infections in about three months, as officials urge the public to maintain vigilance.
 
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday it's confirmed 731 new cases over the past 24 hours. They brought the country's total to 111,419 with 1,782 deaths.
 
The spike comes amid criticism of a slow vaccine rollout while people are increasingly venturing outdoors to take advantage of good weather.

Delhi coronavirus update: We have 13,000 beds, there's no shortage of ventilators, says health minister

We have 13,000 beds, there's no shortage of ventilators. Patients from Delhi and other states are being admitted. Centre has provided 1,100 beds, talks on (to add more). 286 out of 5,525 Covid care centres are occupied. Banquets, hotels to be included soon: Delhi Health Minister

J&J delay slows Covid-19 vaccine rollout across a world needing shots

The pause in the rollout of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine marks another setback for the world’s inoculation campaign, just as it was picking up speed in Europe and other regions where immunizations have lagged.
 
The drugmaker suspended shots in Europe after U.S. officials urged pausing vaccinations to review rare cases of deadly brain clots, similar to those seen with AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine. Several countries in Asia were on the verge of deciding whether to approve J&J’s inoculation before the safety issue arose, while Australia had already ruled out any purchases. Read on...

Telangana reports 2,157 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths

Telangana recorded 2,157 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the total positives to over 3.34 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,780 with eight more fatalities.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 361, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (245) and Rangareddy (206), a government bulletin said on Wednesday providing details as of 8 PM on April 13.
 
The total number of cases stood at 3,34,738 while with 821 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,07,499.

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus update: Ex-CM Akhilesh Yadav tests positive

Moderna says protection from its Covid vaccine still strong six months on

Moderna Inc said on Tuesday that its Covid-19 vaccine still showed strong protection against the illness six months after people received their second shot, with efficacy of more than 90 per cent against all cases of Covid-19 and more than 95 percent against severe Covid-19.
 
The vaccine maker, which will be updating investors on the progress of its vaccines at an event on Wednesday, said the six-month follow-up of its original late-stage study of the vaccine showed that vaccine efficacy remained consistent with its previous updates.
 
The company has also started testing new versions of the vaccine that target a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, which was first identified in South Africa and is known as B.1.351. Read on...

Gujarat coronavirus update: Drive-through RT-PCR testing launched at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad today

Drive-through RT-PCR testing launched at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad today
 
"It will help to contain COVID by limiting the lab rush. Those getting tested have to register via QR code. Report to be sent in 24 hours," says one of the organizers.

 

15-day curfew in Maharashtra from April 14; essential services exempted

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced 15-day curfew in the state and sought central help in airlifting medical oxygen as Covid-19 cases continue to spike in the state, putting a burden on its health infrastructure.
 
Public transport will continue but travel in suburban trains and buses will be only for people giving essential services. The tightening of curbs comes into effect on Wednesday night. Read on...

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (April 14)

Active cases: 1,365,704 (Net addition: 101,006)
Deaths: 171,058 (Net increase: 879)
Cured: 12,336,036 (Net increase: 82,339)
Total cases: 13,873,825 (Net increase: 184,372)
Total vaccination: 111,179,578 (Increase over previous day: 2,646,528)

No shortage of Remdesivir drug in Jharkhand, says state Health Minister

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta on Tuesday said that there is no shortage of Remdesivir injection in the state.
 
Gupta, while on his visit to the COVID-19 ward at Sadar Hospital in Ranchi, told the media personnel, "There is no shortage of Remdesivir injection in the state. We have received 1,500 injections on Tuesday."
 
The state Health Minister further said, "We have written to the Central government for more ventilators. We are increasing the number of ventilators." Read on...

Canada will change AstraZeneca license terms if issues emerge: Patty Hajdu

Canadian health regulators will not hesitate to change the terms of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine license if additional safety issues emerge, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said.
 
Hajdu was grilled by the official opposition's health critic, Michelle Rempel Garner, about Canada's first reported case of blood clotting following inoculation with the AstraZenaca vaccine.

Coronavirus update: Brazil reports 3,808 Covid-19 deaths in a single day

Brazil on Tuesday reported 3,808 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising its pandemic death toll to 358,425.
 
According to the Ministry of Health, during the same period, tests detected 82,186 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 13,599,994.
 
With overburdened hospitals and 80 per cent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds occupied, Brazil, which reported a daily average of 3,068 deaths over the past seven days, is registering the most coronavirus deaths for a single country, according to data from the Council of State Health Secretariates. Read on...

April likely to be a washout for appliances as fresh Covid-19 curbs hit biz

April is turning out to be a challenge for appliances makers as curbs to curtail the spread of Covid-19 is hurting business badly. April is a crucial month in the annual calendar of appliances majors, since it kicks off their summer season sales.
 
It contributes close to 15 per cent of sales in the June quarter. This is partly because of festivals such as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka and Baisakhi in Punjab. This year will see Ramzan begin on Wednesday. On the other hand, Ram Navami will be celebrated next week. During Ramzan, Muslims break fast in the evenings, using the time to shop and eat. As such, festivals are an occasion for people to step out and shop, which has not happened this April due to curbs. Read on...

Rising Covid-19 infections may hit RBI's inflation maths, say experts

Rising Covid infections will hurt economic growth and push up inflation set off by lockdowns, warn economists. It is a catch-22 situation for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It will have to maintain its accommodative stance to buttress growth. It will also have to keep inflation in check.
 
Consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation rose to 5.52 per cent in March, from 5.03 per cent in February. Core inflation was at 5.7 per cent. READ ON...

Maharashtra coronavirus update: 15-day curfew in Maharashtra from today; essential services exempted

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced 15-day curfew in the state and sought central help in airlifting medical oxygen as Covid-19 cases continue to spike in the state, putting a burden on its health infrastructure.
 
Public transport will continue but travel in suburban trains and buses will be only for people giving essential services. The tightening of curbs comes into effect on Wednesday night. Read on...

Recovery tracker: Rising Covid-19 cases in India hit power, traffic

A record surge in cases of Covid-19 seems to have acted as a drag on key weekly indicators of economic activity.
 
Power generation growth fell to single-digit figures compared to 2019. The latest numbers show that India generated around nine per cent more electricity than it did in the year before the pandemic. Growth had been over 15 per cent in January (see chart 1). The analysis looked at power generation on a seven-day rolling average basis. Read on...

Delayed by coronavirus, Hong Kong's legislative elections set for Dec 2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said that the semiautonomous Chinese territory's legislative elections will take place in December, more than a year after they were postponed by authorities citing public health risks from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Lam also said on Tuesday that laws will be amended so that inciting voters not to vote or to cast blank or invalid votes will be made illegal, although voters themselves are free to boycott voting or cast votes as they wish.
 
"When a person willfully obstructs or prevents any person from voting at an election, we will consider it corrupt conduct," said Lam. Read on...

India's Covid vaccination drive hangs in balance, and so does the world's

On April 11, India recorded almost 170,000 Covid-19 cases, a record for the country since the start of the pandemic. The day before, India crossed a different kind of milestone: Vaccinating 100 million people. It is this seesaw of despair and hope that India rides today, battling the outbreak with a healthcare system operating on the brink even as its pharmaceutical industry tries to fill the world’s prescription for vaccine doses.
 
India reached the 100 million vaccination mark in 85 days, faster than the U.S. and China, which took 89 and 102 days respectively. But the task ahead is formidable: the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of fully vaccinating 300 million individuals by July. Read on...

Maharashtra coronavirus update: . The state records 60,212 cases in the last 24 hours


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