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Coronavirus LIVE News Updates: Section 144 to be imposed in Maharashtra from 8 pm tomorrow; Uddhav Thackeray says important to break transmission chain

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Pune district reports 10,112 new cases, 9,843 recoveries, and 99 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Active cases: 99,976
  • Total cases: 6,68,126
  • Total recoveries: 5,57,424
  • Death toll: 10,895

Haryana Govt has revised the timings of the ‘Corona Curfew’ in the state from 10 pm to 5 am with immediate effect.

Who will get what when Maharashtra goes into curfew

  • 3 kilo wheat and 2 kilo rice for people who are eligible under the Ann Suraksha Yojana scheme. Around 7 crore people will benefit from this.
  • Shiv Bhojan thali which was priced at Rs 10 would now be given for free for the next one month.
  • Rs 1,500 would be paid to construction industry workers per month.
  • Authorised hawkers will be given Rs 1,500 per month.
  • Recognised autorickshaw drivers will be given Rs 1,500 per month.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray lays out strict guidelines to follow from tomorrow

  • There is no lockdown but strict restrictions will follow.
  • All restrictions and strict guidelines come into effect from 8 pm, April 14th.
  • From 7 am to 8 pm only essential services will be allowed.
  • Local train and bus services for essential services only.
  • Petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue.
  • Hotel/ restaurants to remain closed. Only take-away, home deliveries allowed.
  • Diplomatic missions, Telecom, E-commerce, accredited journalists can function.
  • Roadside hawkers also have to follow take away rules.
  • Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes to be closed.
  • Shooting for films, serial, ads to be closed.
  • All shops, malls, shopping centres not performing essential services to also remain closed.
  • All places of worship, schools and colleges, private coaching classes, barbershops, spas, salons and beauty parlous will remain closed from tomorrow.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s address to the State

  • During last year’s Gudi Padwa we had hoped that the next year would have been better. We had better control till January this year.
  • We are now having a frightening increase in cases. We have 60,212 new cases today in Maharashtra.
  • Last year we didn’t have that many facilities, this year we have upgraded test facilities. If you ask why is testing taking so much time, it’s because they are facing a huge number of tests per day and if it continues to increase then the system would get disrupted.
  • There is a time to act and if we don’t act now then no one would be able to come to our help.
  • 100 per cent oxygen is being used for Covid cases.
  • We are using already close to 1,000 metric tonne per day of oxygen.
  • We have asked the PM for help in getting oxygen.
  • We have been allocated states from West Bengal and other states that are 1,000 kms away.
  • Our situation is such that we can’t afford this road transport for oxygen.
  • We are requesting that if the airforce could help the state in getting this oxygen.
  • I will call the PM and write a letter on this issue.
  • GST filing should be given extension for another 3 months.
  • This pandemic is a natural calamity, those whose livelihoods are affected I will request the PM to help them out.
  • We don’t want to get into the politics of how many vaccines we got. But we need vaccines to ensure protection from the third wave.
  • We may not be able to stop the next wave but we would be able to control the wave.
  • We are increasing quarantine beds, isolation beds and providing oxygen. However, we are falling short because we need doctors.
  • I am appealing to retired doctors, and health care staff to come out and help us.
  • I have said these all and hence I have to put some restrictions for which I have no other option.

Panic buying in Mumbai ahead of Maharashtra CM’s announcement

The announcement of a public address by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray amid speculation of a lockdown led to panic buying by people on the streets of the financial capital on Tuesday evening.

Mumbai reports 7,898 new positive cases and 26 death, taking the total number of cases to 5,35,017

Delhi reports 13,468 new COVID-19 cases, 7,972 discharges and 81 deaths.

  • Total cases: 7,50,156
  • Total recoveries: 6,95,210
  • Active cases: 43,510
  • Death toll: 11,436

Pfizer to work towards bringing COVID-19 vaccine to India after import relaxation

Pfizer Inc. said on Tuesday it would work towards bringing the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Germany’s BioNTech to India after the government eased import rules, after withdrawing its application in February.

Over 50 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine per month expected by this summer, says Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO

Gujarat reports 6,690 new COVID-19 cases, 2748 discharges and 67 deaths.

  • Total cases: 3,60,206
  • Total discharges: 3,20,729
  • Active cases: 34,555
  • Death toll: 4,922

Chhattisgarh: Indoor stadium in Raipur converted into a temporary COVID-19 care centre

This is a 370-bed facility with 200 oxygen concentrators, 120 oxygen pipeline & 70 normal beds. We need 1000 oxygen beds in the city immediately: Commissioner Raipur Municipal Corporation

Chhattisgarh: Indoor stadium in Raipur converted into a temporary COVID-19 care centre

Restaurants/ hotels including eating joints/food courts in malls to run only with 50% capacity, have to close by 9:30 pm, order to come into effect from 10 pm tonight: Chandigarh Administration

CM will take a decision related to imposing strict SOPs today: Maharashtra Minister

We’ve to break the chain of transmission of infection. We could have avoided lockdown if the number of cases was less. The government will do its best to save lives. Celebrities who are asymptomatic should take treatment at home, not occupy beds in the hospital. Some celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar did not need to get admitted to the hospital. Beds should be left for the needy: Maharashtra Minister Aslam Sheikh

Karnataka reports 8778 new COVID-19 cases including 5500 cases in Bengaluru Urban district, 6079 discharges and 67 deaths.

  • Total cases: 10,83,647
  • Total discharges: 9,92,003
  • Active cases: 78,617
  • Death toll: 13,008

Uttar Pradesh reports 18,021 new COVID-19 cases, 3,474 recoveries and 85 deaths in the last 24 hours

Active cases at 95,980

Some officers of my office have tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, I have isolated myself

– Yogi Adityanath, UP CM

Delhi Metro’s Flying Squads penalised 515 commuters on 12 April for not wearing a face mask properly & following social distancing: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Johnson & Johnson says it will delay European Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Positive cases increasing in Bihar

The number of positive cases has increased in the State. The number of beds has been increased in medical colleges/hospitals including Nalanda Medical College and AIIMS Patna: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on COVID-19 situation in the State

Assam Government issues SOPs for people arriving in Assam by air

  • All passengers will have to mandatorily undergo Rapid Antigen Test at the airport.
  • No fees is payable by passengers for RAT.

Rajasthan reports 5,528 new COVID-19 cases, 1,251 recoveries and 28 deaths.

  • Total cases: 3,75,092
  • Total recoveries: 3,31,423
  • Active cases: 40,690
  • Death toll: 2,979

Tamil Nadu reports 6,984 new COVID-19 cases, 3,289 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Total cases 9,47,129
  • Total recoveries 8,84,199
  • Death toll 12,945
  • Active cases 49,985

Goa reports 562 new COVID19 cases, 236 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours

  • Case tally at 63,342
  • Active cases 4,888

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country cross 10.85 crore today

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 10.85 crore today as the Tika Utsav entered the third day. Over 40 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours: Government of India

With 4,228 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh’s case tally rises to 9,32,892

  • Active cases at 25,850
  • Death toll 7,321

HC refuses to entertain plea seeking direction to Centre, Delhi govt to relax age criterion for COVID-19 vaccination & to allow more private sector participation in the drive.

Remdesivir only for hospitalised patients on oxygen: Govt

It should not be used in home setting, nor is it to be procured from chemist shops: Govt

Uttarakhand reports 1,925 new COVID-19 cases, taking tally to 1,12,071.

  • 775 cases in Dehradun
  • 594 cases in Haridwar

7,515 new COVID19 cases, 2,959 recoveries and 20 deaths reported in Kerala today

Active cases at 52,132

No shortage of remdesivir at present: Govt

We appeal to physicians for rational, judicious use of the drug: Govt

Virtual court proceedings at Calcutta High Court

In view of rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in West Bengal, all court proceedings at Calcutta High Court shall be in the virtual mode only and Court timings shall be from 10.30 AM to 01:15 PM and from 2.00 to 3.00 PM, effective from April 16.

Meenakshi Amman Temple: Chithirai festival to be held without devotees

Tamil Nadu: Meenakshi Amman Temple administration in Madurai has announced that Chithirai festival will be held without devotees due to the COVID-19 situation. The festival begins on April 15th.

Relatives of 10 coronavirus patients who died at 2 hospitals in Maharashtra’s Palghar district allege that shortage of oxygen led to their deaths.

Their charge has been denied by civic authorities & facilities’ management.

With 41,69,609 COVID-19 doses given per day, India continues to administer one of highest doses globally: Govt

Nagpur district reported 6826 new COVID-19 cases, 3518 recoveries, and 65 deaths, in the last 24 hours, as per Civil Surgeon, Nagpur.

  • Total cases: 2,91,043
  • Total recoveries: 2,24,078
  • Active cases: 61,062
  • Death toll: 5,903

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to address the state at 8:30 pm today.

Govt on current COVID situation in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra & UP

  • Weekly positivity in case of Chhattisgarh is increasing from one and a half per cent, it has increased to 27.9% almost 28%. So, this is another cause for concern.
  • In Maharashtra you’ll find that average daily cases, week on week, have grown significantly & reached a level of 57,000 plus. Tests/mn growing but not keeping pace with growth of average daily cases. If you look at the share of RT-PCR tests, it’s progressively coming down.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, from average 89 cases a day it has increased to 10,000 cases a day. The average daily RT-PCR tests are around 45% to 44%, so they also need to be ramped up. The weekly positivity is below 5% i.e. 4.84% but it is showing a rising trend.

Govt on vaccine ‘shortage’

As per data till 11 am today, unutilised doses available with states/UTs is over 1,67,20,000. This month – till April end – 2,01,22,960 doses will be provided to states/UTs. This clearly shows that issue is about better planning & not the shortage of doses: Union Health Secretary

Govt on vaccine wastage

Till now we’ve provided 13,10,90,000 doses to states and union territories. On one hand, we have states like Kerala where there is zero wastage (of vaccine) and on the other hand, we have several other states where there still is 8-9% of wastage. If you take into account the wastage and look at consumption, then states/UTs used 11.43 crore doses: Union Health Secy Rajesh Bhushan

Till 8 am today, more than 10.85 crore doses of vaccine have been administered in the country. In the last 24 hours, over 40 lakh doses were administered.

– Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary

If you look at daily deaths, they also are showing an increasing trend. However, the previous surge’s highest point was 1,114 and presently we have reported 879 deaths.

– Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary

We have 89.51% people who have been cured, 1.25% deaths & 9.24% active cases. If we look at new cases, we will find that the previous highest surge has already been crossed and the trend is going upward. That is a cause for worry.

– Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary

Call for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine

  • Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination, officials briefed on the decision said.
  • All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition, the officials said.
  • Nearly seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and roughly nine million more doses have been shipped out to the states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kerala Govt issues new restrictions to contain COVID spread

  • Max 100 people permitted to gather indoors and max 200 persons at outdoor functions
  • Shops to close by 9 pm
  • Religious leaders to persuade to avoid community gatherings
  • Malls, theatres to restrict occupancy

Indian Medical Association (IMA) asks modern medical practitioners for judicious use of injection Remedsivir.

Karnataka Govt issues guidelines for observance of rituals in connection with Ramzan month

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal holds meeting via video conference with Deputy Commissioners over COVID-19 situation in the state.

Uttar Pradesh records highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

Death toll rises by 85

Pune COVID control room gets 900 calls every day as cases surge

  • Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) COVID War Room/Control Room has been receiving over 900 calls on a daily basis, said Dr Jeevan Chaudhary, Medical Officer at the control room.
  • Speaking to ANI, the medical officer said, “We are receiving 900 calls every 24 hours among which 600 are received in the day time and 300 in the night. The calls have increased because some patients call multiple times for inquiry of beds or other medical facilities.”
  • About 18 executives are working in the Control room to answer the calls around the clock. The patient’s details are bifurcated based on their oxygen level and age. Accordingly, a priority is set for the allotment of beds, said Dr Chaudhary.

The second wave of COVID-19 is a global phenomenon. What is important is how the government is responding. Till today, around 11 crore doses of vaccines have been administered. It is a satisfactory speed.

– Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister

Chief Minister has requested all the devotees coming for the third ‘Shahi Snan’ at Haridwar Kumbh Mela to follow COVID-19 guidelines of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and sanitising hands: Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Office

Metal structures of furnaces at some Surat crematoriums melting or breaking because they’re being used 24X7 to cope with rush of bodies amid COVID-19 pandemic: Officials

Government will come up with fresh restrictions to curb the coronavirus spread

– Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh

Fourth wave ‘very dangerous’, says Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi logs 13,500 new infections

Kumbh Mela, elections can worsen the COVID situation: Maharashtra Minister

Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik said the central government should take things seriously as the Kumbh Mela and elections can worsen the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Ambulances queued up in Ahmedabad

Curfew to remain imposed in Sukma district from 12 pm to 7 am, in the wake of rise in the number of COVID19 cases. The order will come into effect from 15th April. Shops will be allowed to remain open from 7 am-12 pm only: Sukma District Collector

11 Covid patients die due to shortage of oxygen cylinders in Nalasopara

Air India pilot union writes to DGCA for a temporary stay on the requirement to conduct Pre-Flight Breath analyzer (BA) Test in the wake of Covid situation (ANI)

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