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Coronavirus India Highlights: Daily case count crosses one lakh for the first time, past previous high of 97,894 cases

PM Narendra Modi, during a review meeting with high-level officials to review the recent rise in coronavirus cases as well as the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday, asked central teams to visit Maharashtra and review the reasons for the spike in cases in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: April 5, 2021 8:39:09 am
Covid-19India recorded 93,249 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, with which its overall caseload soared to 1,24,85,509. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The daily coronavirus case count in India crossed one lakh for the first time. Sunday’s tally beat the previous high of 97,894, detected on September 16 last year.

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The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced new restrictions, including a night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am in the state and a weekend lockdown, amid an unprecedented surge in Covid cases, NCP minister Nawab Malik said. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier called a cabinet meeting to discuss the coronavirus situation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a review meeting with high-level officials to review the recent rise in coronavirus cases as well as the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday, asked central teams to visit Maharashtra and review the reasons for such a spike.

The Madhya Pradesh government has said that it will restrict the movement of people from neighbouring Chhattisgarh to curb the spread of Covid-19 and a lockdown will be enforced in isolated areas whenever needed. Talking to reporters, Chouhan said they have already sealed Madhya Pradesh’s areas bordering Maharashtra. “There will now be restrictions on movement from Chhattisgarh. Those who need to come for necessary and unavoidable work will be allowed on humanitarian grounds and transportation of goods will continue,” he said, citing the spread of Covid-19 in the neighbouring states.

India recorded 93,249 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, with which its overall caseload soared to 1,24,85,509. Meanwhile, with 513 new deaths, the death toll surged to 1,64,623.

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PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review Covid situation; India records 93,249 new Covid cases, 513 deaths; New Covid norms likely in Maharashtra today

06:08 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Preventing crowding very, very difficult… Need strategies on what to do despite people not following Covid norms: AIIMS chief

The AIIMS chief says vaccination will open up but “gradually”, advises caution over theories regarding re-infection, addresses the “Bihar paradox” when polls did not see a surge, and says approvals for vaccination in children must be fast-tracked. The session was moderated by Principal Correspondent Kaunain Sheriff M.  Read More

06:07 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Panchkula records another highest one-day spike as 313 people test positive

In another highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases in Panchkula, 313 more people tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday.

A Covid-related death was also reported during the day, as a 53-year-old resident of Sector 7, who was suffering from diabetes and hypertension, succumbed to the virus.

The district had last witnessed such an increase in the caseload in September last year, when the district had recorded its first peak. Read More

06:05 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Chandigarh to hold door-to-door vaccine awareness drive

To steer the vaccination drive, motivate and encourage people to come forward to take the vaccine and help break the chain of transmission, healthcare workers will begin door-to-door vaccine awareness campaign this week. “It will help us get the data of the areas, where people have not come forward to take the vaccine and we will focus on these sectors, rural areas and colonies, among others.”

On April 4, at least 4,203 people were vaccinated at 44 sites in Chandigarh. Since March 1, a total of 32,899 people of above 60 years of age have been vaccinated, and the number for those in the 46-60 years bracket is 7,694. Till now, 15,799 healthcare workers and 15,230 frontline workers in the UT have received the first dose of the vaccine, while in total 88,299 people have been administered vaccines in Chandigarh so far.  Read More

06:04 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Uttar Pradesh: 4,164 new cases, govt issues containment rules

With 4,164 new Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, the active cases in Uttar Pradesh reached 19,738 on Sunday – the highest since December 13 last year. The last time the state reported over 4,000 cases in one day was on October 1. With 31 people dying in the last 24 hours, the Covid death count in the state has reached 8,881.

Lucknow remains the worst affected with 1,129 new cases and 6,283 active cases. Other than Lucknow, Varanasi recorded 453 new cases, Prayagraj 397, Kanpur Nagar 235 and Gorakhpur 121.  Read More

06:03 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Mumbai: With new curbs, migrants consider going home, fear stopping of trains

Although the state government’s latest restrictions aimed at breaking the spread of Covid-19 infections stop short of a full lockdown, migrant workers said the measures are similar to last year’s, and therefore, would affect their wages.

Many workers said they are mulling returning home. Anticipating a lockdown, some began leaving the city over the past two days.

Some said they wanted to leave quickly as they feared that train services could be stopped like last year.  Read More

01:19 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Gujarat: Medical officer among 3 dismissed for ‘fudging’ Covid-19 test samples

The medical officer of Khodapipar Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Rajkot district, a laboratory technician and a medical officer of a Dhanvantari Rath functioning under that PHC were dismissed from service Sunday over allegations of fudging in Covid-19 tests.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered the Rajkot district collector and district development officer to conduct an enquiry into the matter and take action against those responsible after a news report in a Gujarati newspaper Sunday alleged the staff of Khodapipar PHC in Padadhari taluka of Rajkot district had sent 1,300 samples for RT-PCR tests over the past few months without having actually collected any sample. Read More

00:59 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Gujarat: 2,875 new Covid cases, two ministers positive

State Forest Minister Ganapat Vasava and Labour and Employment Minister Dilipkumar Thakor tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday even as surge in Covid-19 cases continued unabated.

Gujarat reported 2,875 fresh cases on Sunday, the state’s highest single-day addition after a record 2,815-case spike Saturday. While the total virus count is above 3.17 lakh, currently there are 15,135 active cases in the state among which 163 patients are on ventilator. The two ministers announced they had tested positive for the infection on Twitter. While Thakor has been put on home quarantine, Vasava has been admitted to a hospital. Read More

00:27 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Covid-19 in Nagpur: 62 deaths and over 4,000 new cases in 1 day

The Covid-19 situation in Nagpur district appears to be worsening with the district recording 62 deaths and 4,110 new patients on Sunday. The city’s highest death tally (64) was in September last year during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the first wave, most of the deaths occurred in the municipal area with rural parts relatively unaffected. But this time, deaths have been occurring equally in rural parts of the district. On Sunday, 29 deaths each were reported from rural and municipal areas. Four deaths were of patients from outside the district. Read More

23:57 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Punjab: For third time in 10 days, single-day cases cross 3,000-mark

Punjab recorded 51 Covid deaths and added 3,019 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, as per the state bulletin, Sunday.

With 51 fresh deaths, the toll in Punjab due to Covid reached 7,083.

For the third time in 10 days, the daily case count in Punjab crossed 3,000-mark. Earlier, 3,187 and 3,176 fresh cases were recorded on April 1 and March 26, respectively. Read More

23:34 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Third wave cannot be ruled out, closely watching on double mutant strain: CSIR DG Dr Shekhar Mande

Maharashtra was facing a grave situation with a rapid spread in the double mutated strain, L452R and E484Q, of the novel coronavirus, and the situation needed to watched closely, said Dr Shekhar Mande, Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

“Whether or not it is fuelling the crisis can be better understood as we will be releasing our analysis of data from Maharashtra soon. More institutes will soon be added to the INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics). From today, National Chemical Laboratory will also join in the effort along with NIV (National Institute of Virology) and NCCS (National Centre for Cell Science) for genomic sequencing of samples,” Dr Mande told the media on Sunday. Read More

23:29 (IST)04 Apr 2021
In a first, daily count of coronavirus cases in India crosses one lakh

The daily count of coronavirus cases in India crossed one lakh for the first time on Sunday. The figure beat the previous high of 97,894, detected on September 16 last year.

22:52 (IST)04 Apr 2021
For third time in 10 days, single-day cases cross 3,000-mark

Punjab recorded 51 Covid deaths and added 3,019 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, as per the state bulletin, Sunday.

With 51 fresh deaths, the toll in Punjab due to Covid reached 7,083.

For the third time in 10 days, the daily case count in Punjab crossed 3,000-mark. Earlier, 3,187 and 3,176 fresh cases were recorded on April 1 and March 26, respectively. Read More

22:25 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Rajasthan makes RT-PCR test compulsory for travellers

Amid a surge in Covid cases, RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for people entering the state and those traveling outside. Classes 1 to 9 will remain suspended. DMs can impose night curfews but they will be required to seek government's permission for: Rajasthan government

22:05 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Pune district scales new peak, sees 12,494 cases

Pune reported a record 12,494 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the district's tally to 5,74,829, the third consecutive day when new case addition peaks were touched, an official said on Sunday. On Saturday, the tally had increased by 10,827, while the addition was 9,086 on Friday, he pointed out. A total of 64 deaths on Sunday took the toll to 10,227, while 3,762 people were discharged, he added. (PTI)

22:04 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Over 4,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi, 21 deaths

Delhi reports 4,033 new cases, 21 deaths and 2,677 recoveries, in the last 24 hours. It currently has 13,982 active cases. (ANI)

21:36 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Maharashtra records over 57,000 fresh cases, 222 deaths

Maharashtra reports 57,074 new Covid-19 cases, 27,508 recoveries, and 222 deaths in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

20:40 (IST)04 Apr 2021
With 11,163 new cases, Mumbai sees highest single-day spike in infections

Mumbai recorded its highest single-day spike of 11,163 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, which pushed the city's caseload to 4,52,445, the civic body said.

With the death of 25 patients, the fatality count of the metropolis reached 11,776, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a statement.

A total of 5,263 patients were discharged from hospitals, which took the recovery count to 3,71,628. (PTI)

20:39 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Six Government Medical College students test positive in Jammu

Six students of Government Medical College (GMC) here tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, a spokesperson said.

The students, including five girls staying in hostels, tested positive for the infection during a special rapid antigen test (RAT) drive here, he said.

He said GMC, Jammu, conducted the tests for staff and students in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory. (PTI)

20:37 (IST)04 Apr 2021
Need uniform approach to fight second wave of Covid-19 in J&K: Omar Abdullah

Welcoming the decision to shut down schools in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday called for a uniform approach to fight the second wave of the virus in the union territory.

Abdullah, the former chief minister of the erstwhile state, said while shutting schools in Jammu and Kashmir was the right thing to do, letting crowds assemble at Tulip Garden was too stark a contrast to be ignored.

He was referring to a six-day festival at the garden which began on Saturday.  (PTI)

19:54 (IST)04 Apr 2021
BJP supports government’s decision to impose weekend lockdowns, says Devendra Fadnavis

BJP supports government’s decision to impose weekend lockdowns, says Devendra Fadnavis. “People should abide by restrictions and follow COVID protocols. To ensure maximum vaccination, BJP workers would help people register and reach vaccination centres,” he adds. (ANI)

Coronavirus India Live Updates: States move to contain Covid-19 surge Swab testing fro Covid-19 by health workers at Juhu beach in Mumbai. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

The Centre on Saturday directed the states and Union Territories that no fresh registrations of healthcare and frontline workers will be allowed as some ineligible beneficiaries in this category were getting their names enlisted in violation of the rules. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter, said registration of persons aged 45 years and above will continue to be permitted on Co-WIN portal and asked the states and UTs to ensure universal vaccination of already registered healthcare workers and frontline workers at the earliest.

Of the 513 deaths reported on Saturday, 277 of them are from Maharashtra, which included 78 previously unaccounted deaths. Punjab reported 49 deaths. Chhattisgarh recorded its highest-ever daily case count of 5,818. Active cases are nearing seven lakh now.

A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned of a possible lockdown in the state, he held separate meetings with various stakeholders on Saturday to build consensus on restrictions that he said had to be imposed to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19. Thackeray held consultations with senior journalists, gym and multiplex owners as well as people from the Marathi drama and film industry.

Earlier in the day, the Odisha government on Saturday imposed a night curfew in 10 districts — Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri — from 10 pm to 5 am in the wake of rising cases across the state. Odisha’s Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,42,224 on Saturday as 452 more people tested positive for the infection. While Nuapada reported 71 new cases, Kalahandi registered 29 fresh infections and Bargarh 19.

Former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar for better monitoring, his son Omar Abdullah said in a tweet on Saturday. “Based on the advice of doctors to enable them to better monitor my father, he has been admitted to hospital in Srinagar. Our family remains grateful to everyone for their messages of support & their prayers,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Bangladesh has imposed a seven-day nationwide lockdown from Monday amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. The country on Friday had logged 6,830 new cases, the highest in a day, and the death toll also climbed by 50 in 24 hours to 9,155, according to data released by the government.

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