In a new daily high, India detected 1,45,384 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday. The country’s Covid-19 caseload, which currently stands at 1,32,05,926, includes 10,46,631 active cases, 1,19,90,859 recoveries, and 1,68,436 deaths. India reported 794 deaths on Friday, the highest fatalities in a day since October 18, 2020. Union Health Ministry said the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 9.80 crore.
Meanwhile, with coronavirus cases rising rapidly in the national capital, the Delhi government Saturday announced stricter curbs, allowing Delhi Metro and DTC buses to operate only at 50 per cent capacity and limiting the number of guests at weedings at 50, PTI reported.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was admitted to a private hospital in Nagpur on Friday.
The news was tweeted by the RSS. “Mohanji Bhagwat tested positive for Covid today (Friday) afternoon. He has general symptoms of corona and he has been admitted to the Kingsway Hospital in Nagpur for general checkup and as precaution,” the tweet read. Bhagwat, 70, has already taken the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan has flagged vaccine shortage and asked for ‘immediate’ supply of doses from the Centre. Stating that the vaccines will run out of stock in the state in two days, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting for another 30 lakh doses. In a letter to PM Modi after a virtual meeting with him on Thursday, Gehlot said the state has, till April 7, administered 86,89,770 doses. “The present stock of vaccine in Rajasthan will finish in next two days. Therefore, it is requested that at least another 30 lakh doses of vaccine be provided to us immediately so that the momentum that we have built up can be maintained and maximum eligible beneficiaries can be vaccinated at the earliest,” he wrote.