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Coronavirus India Highlights: Night curfew in all Rajasthan cities from Apr 16-30; Delhi worst-hit with 17,282 new cases

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown News Highlights Updates: The number of active cases stand at 13,65,704, while as many as 1,23,36,036 people have recovered from the disease.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 15, 2021 8:26:38 am
Covid-19Doctors and workers, wearing PPE, prepare beds inside the Shehnai Banquet Hall -- temporarily converted into isolation wards for COVID-19 patients amid the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases -- at J L Nehru Marg in New Delhi, Wednesday, April, 14, 2021 (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

Coronavirus India Highlights Updates: Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, Rajasthan government has announced a night curfew in all cities between 6 pm to 6 am from April 16 to 30. Delhi yet again recorded a new high in covid cases registering 17,282 fresh infections in the 24-hour window. As many as 104 people succumbed to the infection. With over 50,000 active cases, the positivity rate has touched 15.92%.

Meanwhile, the Government on Wednesday said it has given approval for stepping up the manufacturing capacity of remdesivir that would enhance the production to around 78 lakh vials per month. The current total installed capacity of the seven manufacturers of remdesivir is 38.80 lakh vials per month, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said in a statement.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday reiterated that there was no shortage of vaccines and the Centre is giving vaccines to every state, adding that it was the job of the states to provide vaccine doses in a time-bound manner, news agency ANI reported. He also said that the shortage of remdesivir injections is happening because its production was reduced when Covid-19 cases were decreasing.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19. In a Twitter post, he said is in self-isolation and requested those who have come in contact with him to take precautions.

India reported a total of 1,84,372 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing India’s tally of cases to 1,38,73,825, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. With 1,027 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll increased to 1,72,085. The number of active cases stand at 13,65,704, while as many as 1,23,36,036 people have recovered from the disease. At least 11,11,79,578 people have been vaccinated so far.

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India records over 1.84 lakh new Covid-19 cases, 1,027 deaths in last 24 hours; Maharashtra announces curfew till May 1; double mutant Covid-19 strain detected in 61% samples tested; migrants continue to leave Mumbai; Centre fast tracks process for foreign vaccine approvals.

01:32 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Over 31.39 lakh vaccine doses administered on fourth day of 'Tika Utsav'

The fourth day of the countrywide 'Tika Utsav' saw  total vaccinations cross the 11.43 crore mark with more than 31.39 lakh vaccine doses being administered till 8 pm, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.
      
Three states have administered more than 1 crore vaccinations - Maharashtra (1,11,19,018), Rajasthan (1,02,15,471) and Uttar Pradesh (1,00,17,650).
    
As many as 69,974 COVID vaccination centres (CVCs) were operational, marking a rise of an average of 24,000 operational vaccination centres (45,000 CVCs on an average are functional on any given day). Workplace vaccinations have also enabled such a high turnout of beneficiaries, the ministry said. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 11,43,18,455 according to the 8 pm provisional report. (PTI)

01:32 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Over 31.39 lakh vaccine doses administered on fourth day of 'Tika Utsav'

The fourth day of the countrywide 'Tika Utsav' saw  total vaccinations cross the 11.43 crore mark with more than 31.39 lakh vaccine doses being administered till 8 pm, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.
      
Three states have administered more than 1 crore vaccinations - Maharashtra (1,11,19,018), Rajasthan (1,02,15,471) and Uttar Pradesh (1,00,17,650).
    
As many as 69,974 COVID vaccination centres (CVCs) were operational, marking a rise of an average of 24,000 operational vaccination centres (45,000 CVCs on an average are functional on any given day). Workplace vaccinations have also enabled such a high turnout of beneficiaries, the ministry said. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 11,43,18,455 according to the 8 pm provisional report. (PTI)

01:29 (IST)15 Apr 2021
'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.

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. (PTI)

01:26 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Nearly half a dozen states put off board exams; several others review situation amid COVID surge

As the CBSE cancelled its exams for class 10 and deferred those for class 12, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have also postponed their state board exams for these classes due to an alarming surge in coronavirus cases.
     
States like West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh said they were monitoring the situation and are yet to decide whether to go ahead with the board exams. Karnataka said it will conduct the exams as scheduled. Meghalaya too said it is ready to hold the state board exams for class 12 but will take a decision on class 10 exams after a review of the situation is completed.
     
The developments came as the central government announced the cancellation of class 10 exams and the postponement of class 12 exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, following a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
     
This is the first time that the CBSE has completely cancelled the board exams and it will affect over 21 lakh students across the country. (PTI)

01:15 (IST)15 Apr 2021
2,551 people without face masks penalised: Noida Police

As many as 2,551 people were penalised across Noida and Greater Noida on Wednesday for not wearing face masks in public places, the Gautam Buddh Nagar Police said. Challans were also issued to owners of 1,631 vehicles for flouting traffic rules and COVID-19 protocols, the police said, adding six vehicles were impounded.
    
Amid a surge in cases of COVID-19, the district police is now carrying out announcements in public places and patrolling crowded ares to raise awareness about the situation. (PTI)

01:14 (IST)15 Apr 2021
DDMA bars 'unnecessary interactions' among depts, agencies of Delhi govt amid rising COVID-19 cases

Amid a worsening COVID-19 situation in the national capital, the DDMA has issued directions restricting unnecessary meetings of departments and agencies of the Delhi government.
      
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued the orders on Tuesday in view of the consistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.
    
"As the cases of COVID-19 are consistently increasing at a fast pace, hence for effective COVID-19 management, it is necessary that besides the reductions in the attendance in the offices of Delhi government, unnecessary interactions amongst officials are restricted," the DDMA order stated. (PTI)

01:12 (IST)15 Apr 2021
As Delhi’s death toll crosses 100, hotels and banquets set aside for Covid patients

Delhi reported the highest single-day spike with 17,282 new Covid cases and 104 deaths Wednesday. A total of 1,08,534 tests were conducted and the positivity rate stood at a steep 16%.

Amid rising cases and shortage of beds and critical care facilities, the Delhi government issued orders to attach hotels and banquet halls with private and government hospitals, to add more beds for Covid patients.

At present, there are 13,437 beds earmarked, out of which 8,870 (66%) are occupied. There are 50,736 active cases, of which 24,155 people are under home isolation, as per Delhi government data. Read More

01:08 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Extensive collaboration needed to combat pandemic, India saw 'writing on wall' early: FS Shringla

Extensive collaboration is needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic and India saw the "writing on the wall" early with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the initiative for  regional and international cooperation to deal with the crisis, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Wednesday.
      
Speaking at a session titled 'Plurilateralism Inc: The Future of Global Governance'' at the Raisina Dialogue here, Shringla said COVID-19 crisis has global and regional dimensions as clearly it is not within the capacity of any one state to deal with it. 
    
"It needs very extensive cooperation and collaboration. In our case, we saw the writing on the wall fairly early. It was Prime Minister Modi who convened the meeting of SAARC leaders even before the lockdown was thought of early in March and said 'let's see how we can cooperate regionally in dealing with this crisis'," the foreign secretary said. (PTI)

01:07 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Boris Johnson reduces length of India visit due to COVID-19

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reduced the length of his visit to New Delhi at the end of this month due to the COVID-19 situation in India, Downing Street said on Wednesday.
     
Johnson was to spend a few days in India starting April 26 as part of a planned itinerary, which is expected to include finalising a UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership.
     
However, with the pandemic crisis in India taking a turn for the worse, the itinerary has had to be reworked and the major part of the high-level bilateral interactions, including bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are now scheduled to be limited to New Delhi on April 26. (PTI)

22:48 (IST)14 Apr 2021
No beds in Gujarat hospital, Covid patients wait in ambulances for long hours

Due to non availability of beds at covid wards, patients are forced to wait for long hours inside ambulances outside hospitals in Ahmedabad. In pictures, 25 ambulances are seen at a time parked outside the Ahmedabad Civil hospital for over three hours with Covid patients inside.

21:49 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Kejriwal to discuss COVID-19 situation with LG on Thursday

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is likely to discuss COVID-19 situation with LG Anil Baijal during a review meeting on Thursday. 

The development comes hours after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said COVID-19 cases were rising very rapidly every single day and that "there is no slow down" in the spread of the pandemic in the national capital.

The minister, however, reiterated that lockdown was not a solution to the situation, and advised people to step out only if needed, avoid gatherings, wear masks and follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to combat the disease. (PTI)

21:38 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Covid-19: PM highlights significance of tracking, tracing and testing in virtual meet with Governors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday interacted with Governors and Lieutenant Governors of all States and Union Territories on the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

In his interaction, Modi suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment, the Prime Minister's office said in a press release. He said Governors are an important pillar of 'Janbhagidari' in battle against COVID-19. The PM also emphasised the significance of tracking, tracing and testing while highlighting the importance of increasing RT-PCR tests.

He further underlined that the Government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines, adding that during 'Tika Utsav', the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up. Noting that the youth is an important part of the country's economy. Modi said 'it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions.' 

21:03 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Covid-19: Delhi records 17,282 new cases, 104 deaths

Delhi has registered 17,282 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 108534 tests have been conducted with 15.92 per cent people testing positive for the infection.

20:31 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Rajasthan announces curfew between 6 pm and 6 am

Amid a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases, Rajasthan on Wednesday evening announced a night curfew in urban areas between 6 pm and 6 am from April 16 to 30. Bazaars and business establishments are to down shutters at 5 pm.

20:23 (IST)14 Apr 2021
A nation in distress: How India is grappling with Covid second wave—in pictures

India is witnessing a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases after months of declining numbers. Since early April, Covid infection numbers have skyrocketed, reaching record high every day. On Wednesday, the country reported a total of 1,84,372 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing India’s tally of cases to 1,38,73,825. With 1,027 fatalities (highest since October 2020), the death toll has now reached to 1,72,085. See Pictures

20:17 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Pune district may face oxygen crisis, FDA says demand up five times compared to January

With the number of Covid-19 patients requiring oxygen and ventilator beds on the rise, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday admitted that Pune district may face shortage of medical oxygen soon.

“Pune Division requires 355 metric tonne of oxygen supply every day. As per Tuesday’s figure, 340 metric tonne oxygen was demanded by hospitals and that’s why, on Wednesday morning, we had only 15 metric tonne oxygen available…The situation as of now is tight…,” FDA Joint Commissioner S B Patil told The Indian Express. Read More

19:59 (IST)14 Apr 2021
J-K: People maintain social distance, offer afternoon prayers on first day of Ramadan

In pictures, people are seen maintaining social distance as they offer afternoon prayers on the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar.

In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases, several states have urged the Muslims to follow the guidelines and offer prayers.

19:44 (IST)14 Apr 2021
DMK blames Centre's 'laxity' for COVID second wave

DMK chief M K Stalin on Wednesday batted for universal vaccination for COVID-19 and blamed the Centre's 'lackadaisical' attitude and 'careless' administration for the second wave of the pandemic sweeping across the country.
       
The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assmbly alleged that the vaccines were not brought to use on time for people and slammed the export of over five crore doses to other countries. "The BJP government's lackadaisical attitude and careless administration are the reason for the second wave effecting such severe impact in the country, including Tamil Nadu," Stalin claimed.
    
In a statement, he also slammed the export of 5.84 crore doses of vaccines. (PTI)

19:41 (IST)14 Apr 2021
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.
    
The class 10 exams are scheduled to begin from May 5 while class 12 exams have already begun from April 8. (PTI)

19:30 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Gurgaon records highest single-day spike in Covid cases

Gurgaon recorded its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 1,151 people testing positive in the city. This is the third time in the last four days that the district has recorded more than 1,000 new cases of the infection in a single day.

According to the health bulletin released by the health department, there are now 7,003 active Covid-19 cases in Gurgaon, of which 6,557 are in home isolation. Prior to Wednesday, the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the district had been recorded on Monday, when 1,132 people tested positive.

One person also succumbed to the infection on Wednesday while 580 people recovered from it. Read More

Coronavirus India Live Updates: 102 test positive at Kumbh Mela; Maharashtra residents told to prepare for lockdown Police check vehicles near Ellis Bridge and Ashram road during the night curfew in Gujarat. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Scrambling to contain the Covid surge, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state from 8 pm on April 14 to May 1, but stopped short of calling it a lockdown. In a 38-minute address to the state, Thackeray announced stricter restrictions than those in place since April 6, exempting only essential services, and announced a Rs 5,476-crore relief package for those who will be affected across sectors and certain categories. According to an order issued by the administration, prohibitory orders under Section 144 are to be imposed in the state from Wednesday night and will remain in force until May 1. (Click here to read the new guidelines)

New Delhi on Tuesday recorded the highest-ever spike of 13,468 Covid-19 cases and 81 deaths, making it the worst-affected city in the country. The highest single-day spike in Mumbai stands at 9,986 cases till date, followed by Bengaluru (6,387 cases), Chennai (2,105) and Kolkata ( 1,271 cases).

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has gone into self-isolation after some of his staff tested positive for Covid-19. "Some officers of my office have tested positive for Covid-19. As a precaution, I have isolated myself," Adityanath tweeted. On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh reported the highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases while 85 fatalities took the death toll in the state to 9,309.

In other news, the Centre has fast-tracked emergency approval for foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines that have been granted similar clearances in other countries. The decision came after an expert panel recommended that Covid-19 vaccines which have been developed and are being manufactured in foreign countries and which have been granted emergency approval for restricted use by authorities in the US, Europe, the UK, Japan or which are listed in the WHO Emergency Use Listing may be granted emergency use approval in India.

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