Coronavirus Live: Delhi reports 17,282 cases, 104 deaths in last 24 hours
Coronavirus live updates: India has recorded 184,372 fresh Covid cases and 1,025 deaths in the last 24 hrs. Janta curfew will be imposed in Maharashtra from today. Stay tuned for corona-related news
BS Web Team New Delhi
Coronavirus LIVE updates: India recorded its biggest-ever single day spike with 184,372 fresh cases. With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 13,873,825 cases, according to MoHFW. India is the 2nd worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases and 3rd-worst hit country in terms of active cases. India also witnessed 1,027 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 172,115.
The Maharashtra government has imposed lockdown-like curbs in the state from 8pm today. Section 144 has been imposed in the state and only essential services will be allowed for the next 15 days. The state recorded 60,212 cases in the last 24 hours. Delhi witnessed 13,468 new Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day count so far.
The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,519,208), Kerala (1,172,882), Karnataka (1,074,869), Tamil Nadu (940,145), and Andhra Pradesh (928,664).
World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 138,000,581 infected by the deadly contagion. While 111,021,803 have recovered, 2,971,104 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 32,069,710, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, India, Brazil and Belgium.
6 pm to 5 am curfew in entire Rajasthan from Friday
Amid a surge in coronavirus infection cases, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday decided to impose a night-long curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state from April 16.
The night curfew was declared earlier in 10 urban areas of the state but with the spread of infection showing no sign of abating, the state government decided to enforce the regulatory measure in the entire state.
The order imposing the night curfew in the entire state was issued on late Wednesday evening.
“Night curfew will be there from 6 in the evening till 5 in the morning and markets will be closed by 5 pm,” the government order said.
According to the new guideline, all educational and coaching institutes and libraries too will remain closed from April 16 to 30.
The number of guests in private functions, marriages and other social gatherings has been restricted to 50.
The directions related to the marriage and social functions will apply from April 16 to May 31, the order said.
Not more than 20 persons will be allowed for the funeral, the order said, adding there will be no permission for any kind of public, social, political, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural, religious events, procession, fairs and festivals.
Worship at religious places too will be performed only by the authorities of the religious places and the arrangement of online darshan will continue.
Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, amusement parks and other places for entertainments will be closed and there will be no permission to operate swimming pools and gyms. Read more
7,888 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, 94 patients die
Pune district in Maharashtra reported 7,888 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, which took its overall tally to 6,76,014, a health official said.
The death toll due to the pandemic reached 10,989 with 94 succumbing to the infection, he said.
"Of the 7,888 new cases, 4,206 were from areas within thePuneMunicipal Corporation limits, where the case count has grown to 3,44,029," he said.
A total of 4,895 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the official said.
Pune city's neighbouring industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad reported 1,517 new cases, where the COVID-19 count now stands at 1,73,319.
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.
Five people suffered minor injuries when a ‘pandal' in Vivekananda Ashram caught fire, Kumbh mela's chief fire officer Narendra Singh Kunwar said. The ashram is at Kankhal, a few kilometres away from the main Har ki Pairi ghat.
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.
Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said the number of devotees at the third shahi snan – said to be the most important in a series of four -- was much less than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Mesh Sankranti day during the last Kumbh mela in 2010, about 1.6 crore people bathed in the Ganga at Haridwar, an official said.
Random tests among the sadhus at the akhadas indicate a coronavirus positivity rate of nearly 4 per cent. So far, 19 of the 500 samples from the mela site have come back positive.
Police personnel were seen distributing masks in the mela area.
But social distancing norms were violated openly by the seers when they and their followers descended the steps at Har ki Pairi to wade into the river.
No masks were worn by a large proportion of them.
The sadhus from the akhadas took the dip along with their revered deities, carried in ornate palanquins, at Har ki Pairi, which was reserved exclusively for them. Lakhs of ordinary devotees bathed at the other ghats of the river in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Pak working on single-dose Covid-19 vaccine with China's help: Official
A senior Pakistani official has said that the country was working to develop its own single-dose coronavirus vaccine with China's support, a media report said on Wednesday.
Executive Director of National Institute of Health (NIH), Major General Aamer Ikram, said this during a briefing to the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on National Health Services on Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported.
“We are going to make a single-dose vaccine for Covid-19. We conducted the clinical trial of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine CanSinoBio in Pakistan,” he said.
Later talking to the media, Ikram said Pakistan was among the first countries to take part in the clinical trial of CanSinoBio vaccine.
He said Pakistan had requested China to transfer the technology for the vaccine and the raw material for the vaccine is going to arrive this month.
“We hope that we will be able to take some measures for preparation of the vaccine by the end of April.
“Our team is ready to undertake this task while a Chinese team has also arrived in Pakistan. The Chinese team will oversee our team at the NIH,” he said.
WB CEO calls all party meeting to ensure strict implementation of corona protocol during campaigning
West Bengal chief electoral officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab Wednesday called an all party meeting on April 16 following the Calcutta High Court direction to the CEO and all district magistrates in the state to ensure strict implementation of Covid-19 protocol during campaigning for the remaining four phases of the state election, an EC official said.
All political parties in the state have been asked to send only one representative each for the meeting which will discuss matters related to the campaigning for the last four phases of the poll, he said.
There will be discussions on the norms of social distancing and relevant Covid-19 protocol, the official added.
State Additional Director General of police (Law and Order) Jag Mohan and state health secretary N S Nigam will also be present in the meeting, he said.
The Calcutta High Court had on Tuesday directed that all health-related guidelines should be maintained in the strictest possible manner with regard to campaigning by political parties for the West Bengal assembly polls in view of the resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
Hearing two PILs in this regard, a division bench presided by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan had ordered that all district magistrates will ensure that the guidelines laid down by the EC and CEO are strictly implemented in letter and spirit and if necessary, with police aid.
The court had said that it is in the public interest that the administration should ensure that all the Covid-19 guidelines are strictly adhered to by all concerned, including those engaged in election campaign activities.
WB records 5,892 fresh Covid cases; 24 new deaths
West Bengal on Wednesday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of 5,892 coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 6,30,116, the state health department bulletin said.
The death toll rose to 10,458 after 24 more fatalities were registered from different parts of the state, it added.
In the last 24 hours, 2,297 Covid patients recovered in the state, it said.
The discharge rate has slightly dipped to 93.16 per cent.
The number of active cases rose to 32,621.
Since Tuesday, 43,463 samples have been tested in the state, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 96,32,841, the bulletin said.
Increase in coronavirus infections is a cause of worry for the state which is in the middle of elections.
Four rounds of voting are over and the rest as many will be conducted by April 29.
Results will come on May 2 along with other states where voting is over.
Ensure strict implementation of new Covid-19 curbs: Uddhav
The tough new measures announced by the Maharashtra government for the next 15 days to break the Covid-19 transmission chain came into force on Wednesday night with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directing officials to ensure their strict implementation.
The "lockdown-like" restrictions, which exclude essential services, became operational at 8 pm and will remain in force till 7 am on May 1.
Thackeray, in his address via social media to the people of the state on Tuesday night, had announced the sweeping restrictions, curtailing the movement of people and non-essential activities, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country's worst-hit state.
Section 144 of CrPC, prohibiting assembly of five or more people at one spot, will be in force during the period, Thackeray had said, but refrained from terming the new curbs as a lockdown.
In a video conference meeting on Wednesday with his cabinet colleagues, divisional commissioners, district collectors, municipal commissioners and police officials, Thackeray stressed on effective implementation of the measures.
There should not be any confusion about the orders issued by the state. If anyone has doubts, the official should contact his or her superiors or the department concerned.
"We can not afford to be callous and let the coronavirus infection spread further, the chief minister said.
Thackeray said efforts are on to make available medical oxygen which is needed in treatment of critical Covid-19 patients.
We have seen a mutation in the coronavirus strain.
It is spreading at a higher speed and affecting the youth in large numbers.
"Efforts are underway on a war footing to make oxygen available for patients. Doctors should get themselves updated about the treatment of Covid-19 patients, he said.
Arvind Kejriwal to hold a meeting with LG Anil Baijal tomorrow over rise in Covid cases
Delhi reports 17,282 new Covid-19 cases, 9,952 recoveries
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Delhi crematoriums, graveyards struggle to manage resources as Covid-19 kills 409 in just 13 days
Mashqoor Rashid makes a grim projection as he oversees the burials of coronavirus victims' bodies one after another at the city's largest graveyard.
"At this rate, we will run short of land in a month," he tells PTI at the Qabristan Ahle Islam near ITO. "Since last week, on an average 10-15 bodies of COVID victims are being buried daily here. Yesterday, 18 burials were performed."
Suman Gupta, the general secretary of Badi Panchayat Vaishya Beese Agarwal organisation that manages the city's main crematorium at the Nigambodh Ghat, has an equally sobering number to share.
Covid LIVE: Curfew in all Rajasthan cities between 6 pm-6 am from Apr 16-30
Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid-19 cases, 54 deaths in past 24 hours
Mumbai on Wednesday recorded 9,925 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 5,44,942, while 54 more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said.
The daily case tally shot up in the financial capital after remaining below 8,000 for the last two days. On Monday, the city had witnessed 6,905 COVID-19 cases followed by 7,898 on Tuesday.
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COVID-19 protocols to be strictly enforced in Andamans: Official
The Andaman and Nicobar administration on Wednesday said COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced in the union territory and action will be taken against violators.
Information, Publicity and Tourism secretary of the union territory administration S K Singhsaid people not following the COVID-19 protocols is the major reason for the sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the archipelago.
He told reporters that there are no plans as of now to impose lockdown but COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced and action will be taken against violators.
Mumbai reports 9,925 fresh Covid-19 cases, 54 deaths in past 24 hours
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.
In world first, Denmark ditches AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine
Denmark on Wednesday became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine altogether, following news of its possible link to very rare blood clot cases, health authorities said. The decision will push back the scheduled conclusion of Denmark's vaccination scheme to early August from July 25, they said.
Results of investigations into the blood clots "showed real and serious side effects," health agency head Soren Brostrom said in a statement. READ MORE...
21 at women's national boxing camp, including top coaches, test positive for Covid-19
Indian women's boxing's High Performance Director Raffaele Bergamasco and head coach Mohammed Ali Qamar are among 21 campers who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here but none of the infected pugilists are bound for Olympics.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) issued a statement to confirm the development at the camp but did not give away names of those affected. However, a source close to the team told PTI that the top members of the coaching staff are among those who have tested positive.
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First Published: Apr 14 2021 | 6:24 AM IST