Coronavirus Highlights: ‘Lockdown an option,’ says Uddhav as Covid cases increase
Coronavirus Highlights: India has conducted more than 23 crore Covid-19 tests in which the cumulative positivity rate stands at 4.93 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: March 20, 2021 10:36:27 am
India has conducted more than 23 crore Covid-19 tests in which the cumulative positivity rate stands at 4.93 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
Coronavirus Highlights: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said he trusts people to follow COVID norms on their own even if lockdown is an option to curb the spike. He urged the public to take the Covid vaccine without fear. The state had reported the highest one day spike on Thursday after September last year. Maharashtra reported 25,681 new COVID-19 cases and 70 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Similarly, with Covid-19 cases increasing, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on Friday decided to shut malls and multiplexes on weekends. The latest measure comes a day after the civic body increased the curfew in the city by one hour from 9 pm to 6 am.
India reported 39,726 in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Friday, taking the country’s total to over 1.15 crore. Out of this, over 2.71 lakh are active while over 1.10 crore people have recovered. With 154 news deaths, the death toll is now at over 1.59 lakh. Over 3.39 crore people have been vaccinated till now.
Coronavirus Highlights: Nearly 40k new cases on Friday; Maharashtra reports 23,000 Covid-19 cases; Night curfew in Sikkim from today; 150% Covid-19 surge in 70 districts. Follow latest news and developments below
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Gujarat is fully prepared to control the rising number of Covid-19 cases through intense health measures and extensive vaccination. Later on Wednesday, the core committee of the state government met and announced measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, that included increasing vaccination hours and doubling the daily inoculation target. Rupani told the PM that the state had 3,146 containment zones and surveillance was being done with over 4,000 medical teams.
In the first case of an airline taking action after the DGCA issued a circular last week over treating passengers violating Covid norms as unruly, state-owned Alliance Air on Tuesday apprehended four passengers travelling on its flight from Jammu to Delhi for refusing to wear masks. As per sources, the passengers were repeatedly requested to wear masks during the flight. However, when they did not adhere to the norms, they were handed over to the security agencies upon landing.
Calling for relaxation of the vaccination age limit, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow all people over the age of 45, with or without comorbidities, to get vaccinated. “Considering that a large number of youngsters are infected with coronavirus, all aged 45 years and above, with or without comorbidities, should be vaccinated,” Thackeray said during the interaction.
The CM listed out the measures taken by his government to battle the ongoing second wave. He said that the state has imposed restrictions on social gatherings — maximum of 100 for indoor events and 200 for outdoor events. Nine districts have imposed night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am while other districts have been asked to assess the situation and take action accordingly. The Excise & Taxation Department has been asked to appoint COVID monitors at all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces to ensure COVID-appropriate behaviour, a government statement quoted him as saying.
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