Coronavirus India Highlights: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that there could be a shortage of healthcare infrastructure if the COVID-19 situation deteriorates in the State. He also said Maharashtra has administered 65 lakh COVID19 vaccine doses till now, ANI reported.
Mumbai alone reported 8,832 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which is the highest one-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic.
Kerala reported 2,506 new coronavirus cases Friday, taking the number of active cases in the state to 26,407. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government has not yet taken a decision to impose a lockdown even as the fourth wave of the virus grip the city.
The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the closing of all schools — both government and private — for students of classes 1-8 till April 11, in the wake of an aggressive second wave of coronavirus cases, ANI reported.
India recorded a sharp surge of 81,466 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s overall caseload to 12,302,110. Maharashtra accounted for 43,183 of the new cases, a new high for the state. Chhattisgarh and Karnataka reported more than 4,000 cases each. Meanwhile, with 469 new deaths, the country’s death toll rose to 1.63 lakh.
As the country grapples with a second wave of coronavirus cases, an expert panel of the top drug regulator has allowed Bharat Biotech to administer a third dose of Covaxin to some of the volunteers in its ongoing clinical trials of the Covid vaccine. The approval, a result of the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker’s proposal to use an additional booster dose, would allow it to test the ability of Covaxin to prompt an immune response that could last a few years, The Indian Express has learnt.
With Maharashtra reporting a sharp rise in cases over the last few weeks, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked officials to prepare fresh SOPs on further restrictions to be implemented across the state. Maharashtra is one of the highest contributors to the country’s Covid caseload. Yesterday, mayor Kishori Pednekar indicated that stricter containment measures could be implemented, including limiting travel in local trains and shutting down religious places, malls and theatres.