The recovery rate has further dropped to 92.48 per cent, the data stated. 

New Delhi:

Delhi will start a 10 pm to 5 am night curfew from now till April 30, the city government said today, staring at a steep rise in Covid cases.

This is the toughest order by the Delhi government since the start of a fresh surge in coronavirus infections in the capital last month.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday said Delhi was going through the fourth wave of COVID-19 but a lockdown was not being considered yet.

“As per the current situation, we are not considering imposing a lockdown. We are closely monitoring the situation and such a decision will only be taken after due public consultation,” he had told reporters.

Meanwhile, a total of 96,982 cases have been reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death count increased to 1,65,547 with 446 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

India on Monday recorded an all-time high of 1,03,558 single-day new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours.

Registering a steady increase for the 27th day in row, the active cases have increased to 7,88,223 comprising 6.21 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 92.48 per cent, the data stated. 

The active caseload was at its lowest at  1, 35,926 on February 12 comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.    

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Over 5.5 lakh COVID-19 doses administered on Tuesday
With over 5.5 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered till 8 pm on Tuesday, the country”s cumulative count of vaccine doses reached over 8.40 crore.

The Health Ministry said that 8,40,65,357 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to provisional data released by the ministry, a total of 5,62,807 vaccine doses were given till 8 pm today, the 81st day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination.

These include 89,60,966 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 53,77,011 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 97,30,304 frontline workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 42,68,788 FLWs (2nd dose), 2,00,51,197 for over 45 years old to 59 years old (1st dose), 3,96,769 for over 45 years old to 59 years old (2nd dose), 3,44,18,802 for above 60 years (1st dose) and 8,61,520 for above 60 years (2nd dose) .

Reconsider COVID-19 restrictions: Devendra Fadnavis writes to Maharashtra Chief Minister

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, requesting him to reconsider restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Mr Fadnavis asked the Chief Minister to discuss these matters with all stratum of society again and impose restrictions so that the lives of commoners are not affected.

On April 4, the Maharashtra government announced new guidelines under its “Break the Chain” campaign to curb the spread of novel coronavirus infections to remain in force till April 30.

The state, which has been the major contributor of COVID-19 cases in the past few days, reported over 55,000 new infections in the last 24 hours.

Canada facing “very serious” third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, says PM Trudeau

Canada’s hospitalizations are surging, intensive care beds are filling up and COVID-19 variants are spreading as a third wave of the pandemic sweeps across much of the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. “Around the world, countries are facing a very serious third wave of this pandemic,” Trudeau told a news conference. “And right now, so is Canada.”

Canada has averaged nearly 5,200 new coronavirus cases per day over the past week, and has recorded a total of more than a million positive tests and 23,000 deaths.

Karnataka Congress leader Eshwar Khandre tests Covid positive
Karnataka Congress Working President Eshwar Khandre today said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment at hospital. “On slightly developing symptoms, I had undergone a test and the result has come positive. There is no reason to worry. As per COVID protocol I’m admitted in the hospital and undergoing treatment,” Mr Khandre tweeted.

Night curfew in Chandigarh as Covid cases rise

The Chandigarh administration decided to impose curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in the wake of the soaring coronavirus cases in the city. The night curfew will be implemented from Wednesday, according to a spokesperson.

Chandigarh Administrator VP Singh Badnore directed police to ensure strict implementation of the night curfew and told hospital authorities to ensure all health workers get themselves vaccinated at the earliest. He said stricter measures like weekend curfew and closure of crowded places would be considered if people do not follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Comedian Kunal Kamra Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra said he has tested positive for coronavirus, and is under home quarantine. Mr Kamra, on Twitter today, said his parents have also tested positive for the virus and are admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Jammu and Kashmir records 561 COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 561 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 1,34,015, while two more fatalities pushed the death count to 2,012, officials said. Of the new cases, 384 were reported from the Kashmir division and 177 from the Jammu division, they said.

Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 222, including 63 travellers, followed by 99 in Jammu and 54 in Baramulla, according to the officials.

EU drug regulator says it has “not yet reached conclusion” on AstraZeneca vaccine

The EU’s drug regulator said it is still deciding whether the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine causes blood clots, after a top official said there was a clear link. The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee “has not yet reached a conclusion and the review is currently ongoing”, the Amsterdam-based EMA said in a statement.

“We will communicate and hold a press briefing as soon as the review is finalised. This is currently expected tomorrow (Wednesday, 7 April) or on Thursday, 8 April,” it added.

New Zealand, Australia to open Covid travel bubble

New Zealanders and Australians rushed to book flights as the beleaguered tourism industry welcomed the “lifeline” of a travel bubble between the largely coronavirus-free neighbours. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the two-way, quarantine-free travel corridor would open from 11:59 PM on April 18.

Jim Boult, the mayor of New Zealand’s Queenstown, called the move a “saviour for businesses”. “This is the lifeline we needed; this is what we’ve been asking for,” he said.

India administers 43 lakh Covid vaccine doses in a day, highest single day coverage so far

India administered more than 43 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day vaccine coverage so far, said the Union Health Ministry.

The cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 8 crore and the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted so far has surpassed 25 crore.

“In a landmark achievement in India’s fight against COVID-19, more than 43 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single day vaccination coverage in the country so far,” said the official statement. “On day 80 of the vaccination drive on April 5, a total of 43,00,966 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 39,00,505 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 48,095 sessions for 1st dose and 4,00,461 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine,” the statement said.

Georgia PM tests positive for coronavirus as cases rise

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus amid a fresh spike in cases in the Caucasus nation despite the start of a vaccine rollout. “I am feeling well,” Garibashvili, 38, said on Facebook. “I am in self-isolation and continuing to work remotely.”

On Tuesday, Georgia registered 897 new coronavirus cases — three times the average number of daily infections recorded over the past months.

237 Coronavirus Cases In Puducherry, Tally Touches 42,776
Puducherry logged 237 fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday, taking the aggregate to 42,776. Two more persons (both are women) aged between 62 and 87 years succumbed to the illness. With these deaths, the toll now rose to 688. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said the new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 3018 samples.
COVID-19 Surge: Not Wearing Mask Amounts To Crime: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said not wearing a face mask amounts to crime and appealed to people to follow appropriate “social behaviour” to check the spread of COVID-19. The surge in cases now is due to people lowering their guard, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said after starting a 24-hour ”sit-in” here to spread the awareness among people about following the COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

The Centre on Tuesday asked all its employees aged 45 years and above to get themselves vaccinated to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19. They are further advised to continue to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour even after vaccination by frequent washing of hands and sanitisation, wearing a mask or face cover and observing social distancing, etc., an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

India Records Highest Single-Day Vaccination Coverage
More than 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in a span of 24 hours on April 5, the highest single-day coverage till now, taking the total doses given in the country so far to 8,31,10,926,  according to the Union Health Ministry. As on day-80 of the vaccination drive (April 5), a total of 43,00,966 vaccine doses have been given out of which 39,00,505 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 48,095 sessions for 1st dose while 4,00,461 beneficiaries received the 2nd dose, according to the data updated at 7 am. “This is the highest single-day vaccination coverage in the country so far,” the ministry said.
COVID-19 Vaccination: On-Site Registration For Health, Frontline Workers Now Only At Government Centres
The Centre has said that on-site registration for COVID-19 inoculation for healthcare and frontline workers aged 18 to 44 years will now only be available at government COVID vaccination centres. They will have to produce original photo identity cards and a copy of their employment certificate, it said. In a communique to states and union territories (UTs) on Monday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on-site registration facility for “genuinely leftover” healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) will be available only at government COVID vaccinations centres (CVCs).
Want To Tell People – Will Return Your Love With Interest: PM In Bengal
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to Bengal’s Muslim population not to divide their votes indicates that she has lost their support, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. While on the subject, he also pointed out that a similar appeal to Hindus from the BJP would have drawn the wrath of the Election Commission and media on the party. Read Here

Gujarat High Court points out that COVID-19 cases in the State are increasing, directs the State government to take a decision on weekend curfew. High Court observed that there is a need for lockdown in the State.

At Over 43 Lakh, India Records Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage

More than 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in a span 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, taking the total doses given in the country so far to 8,31,10,926, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated today. A total of 43,00,966 vaccine doses have been given in a span of 24 hours out of which 39,00,505 beneficiaries received the 1st dose while 4,00,461 have taken the 2nd dose, according to the data updated at 7 am.

Mumbai Civic Body Restricts Entry Of People At Its Offices Amid COVID-19 Surge
In the wake of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has restricted the entry of people at its headquarters and other offices in the city. Except for public representatives and citizens who have urgent work or meetings scheduled, no other visitor will be allowed to enter the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC offices, as per a circular issued by the civic body on Monday.
Covid Vaccines For All Adults, Limited Lockdown: IMA Suggests To PM Modi
There must to be no restrictions on inoculation of adult Indians against Covid-19, the facility for which should be available on a walk-in basis, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter written today. “Pained” at the record highs touched by the second wave of the pandemic despite the government’s “extraordinary efforts”, the doctors’ body has made other suggestions, too, to augment the ongoing nationwide vaccination drive. Read Here

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Didi, the day you did ‘khela’ at the polling booth in Nandigram, the same day the country knew that you have lost the elections: PM Modi addresses a public rally in Cooch Behar, West Bengal.

Coronavirus: No Restrictions On Traffic Movement During Night Curfew

Starting Today, Night Curfew In Delhi From 10 pm To 5 am
A 10 pm to 5 am night curfew will be enforced in Delhi till April 30, the city government said today amid a rise in Covid cases. This is the toughest order by the Delhi government since a fresh surge in coronavirus infections in the capital. Read Here

JUST IN | Night curfew in Delhi from 10 pm To 5 am till April 30 amid rising coronavirus cases.

Mizoram Reports 9 New COVID-19 Cases, Tally Rises To 4,500
Mizoram on Tuesday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in two months, pushing the coronavirus tally to 4,500, an official said. Of the nine fresh cases, five were reported from Aizawl district and four from Kolasib district, the official said. Four employees of Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) were among the newly infected people, he said.
96,982 Fresh Covid Cases In India Day After 1-Lakh Mark Was Breached
A single-day spike of 96,982 infections, a day after India breached the one-lakh mark in daily cases, has taken the country’s coronavirus caseload to over 1.26 crore, data from the Union Health Ministry this morning showed. Read Here

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India Records 96,982 New Infections, 446 Deaths In 24 Hours

25,02,31,269 samples tested for COVID-19, up to 5th April. Of these, 12,11,612 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Delhi Covid Vaccination Centres To Stay Open 24 Hours Amid Spike In Cases

Coronavirus vaccination centres in Delhi will be operational 24 hours starting tomorrow, the state health ministry declared today in order to speed up inoculations as the country sees a sharp spike in infections. One-third of Delhi Government’s vaccination centres will be open in the capital from 9pm to 9am, the state health department said in an order. Earlier, vaccines were administered only from 9am to 9pm.

Need Aggressive Strategy, Mini Lockdowns To Contain Covid Surge: AIIMS Chief
The second Covid wave having taken the daily surge across the 1 lakh mark in a first in the country, Dr Randeep Guleria — chief of Delhi’s All-India Institute of Medical Sciences — on Monday underscored the need for a strategy that can include lockdown in hotspots. Read Here
Delhi To Set Up Micro-Containment Zones Amid Covid Surge: Minister
Delhi is witnessing a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic and to tackle it testing capacity has been ramped up while micro-containment zones were being created where two or more cases are being reported, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday. The national capital recorded 4,033 coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the tally to over 6.76 lakh, while the death count mounted to 11,0811 with 21 new fatalities being reported, according to the bulletin issued by the health department.
54 Delhi Private Hospitals To Reserve 30{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} Beds For Covid Patients
Private hospitals with more than 100 beds will have to reserve 30{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} of total normal and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds for Covid patients, the Delhi government has ordered, amid concerns that the more rapid second wave of infections might overwhelm the national capital’s health infrastructure. After this order, the number of reserved normal beds in the national capital’s 54 private hospitals with more than 100 beds, will increase to 4,422 from 1,844. The number of reserved ICU beds will increase to 1,357 from 638. Read Here
Bengal logs year’s highest one-day spike of 1,957 COVID cases; 6,700 test positive in 5 days

West Bengal on Monday recorded the year’s highest single-day spike of 1,957 COVID-19 cases, while 6,700 people were detected with the infection in the five days of April, the state health department said.

Altogether 19 coronavirus fatalities were recorded this month including four on Monday.

The death count thus mounted to 10,348 and the state’s caseload went up to 5,95,576, the department said in a bulletin.

In the last 24 hours, 664 people recovered from the disease in the state, taking the total number of cured people to 5,73,782 people.

COVID surge: Ashok Gehlot holds high-level meeting

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a high-level review meeting on Monday night over the surge in coronavirus cases.

Ashok Gehlot discussed the situation with divisional commissioners, district collectors, police officers and top doctors. In the meeting, the experts laid emphasis on public participation and support in containing the spread of the virus, according to officials.

They said the government guidelines issued on Sunday was helpful in handling the situation but public participation was crucial.