News headlines for April 26: Karnataka announces lockdown; Govt urges citizens to not panic & other top news -

News headlines for April 26: Karnataka announces lockdown; Govt urges citizens to not panic & other top news

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A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 is consoled by another during cremation in Jammu.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspAP

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New Delhi: The week started with the alarming spike in COVID cases invoking a two week lockdown in Karnataka starting tomorrow night. Also, the Centre urged citizens to not panic as it would worsen the situation. Below are the day’s biggest headlines:

Karnataka imposes strict 14-day lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge 

With COVID-19 cases spiralling out of control in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced a full lockdown in the state to bring the situation under control. The lockdown will start at 9 pm Tuesday and will be in force for 14 days. “COVID curfew to be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days. Essential services allowed between 6 and 10 am. After 10 am, shops will close. Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors are allowed to operate. Public transport to remain shut,” Yediyurappa told the media. He also announced free vaccination for people above the age of 18 years at government hospitals across the state. Read More

‘Don’t panic over current COVID-19 situation, it is causing more harm than good’: Govt

As the government is trying hard to control the COVID-19 surge, the Centre on Monday said that unnecessary panic is causing more harm than good. The central government advised people to follow all COVID-19 protocols and said that it is time people start wearing masks inside their homes as well. Read More

‘EC should be booked for murder’: Madras HC says poll panel single-handedly responsible for second COVID wave

The Madras High Court on Monday pulled up the Election Commission over the conduct of Assembly polls amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases and said that the poll panel could not avoid blame for the spread of COVID. Read More

Arvind Kejriwal announces free COVID-19 vaccines for everyone above 18 in Delhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be provided COVID-19 vaccination free of cost when the third phase of the programme starts on May 1. Kejriwal told a virtual press conference that his government has already cleared the purchase 1.34 crore vaccines. “We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered at the earliest to the people,” Kejriwal said, while noting that vaccines have emerged as an effective tool to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Sensex surges over 500 points, Nifty races to 14,500 level

The market started the week on a strong note with benchmarks registering a 1% gain from their closing levels on Friday on strong global cues taking over concerns over a record hike in fresh COVID cases across the country. Read More

Govt extends fare caps on domestic flights, sustains domestic flight capacities to 80% of pre-COVID levels

Aviation Ministry on Monday said that the fare cap on domestic flights will continue until May 31. Note that in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the aviation ministry implemented a cap on domestic airfare to protect flyers from surge pricing. Read More

Pat Cummins extends support to India, donates $50, 000 to PM Cares Fund for oxygen supplies

At a time when several overseas players, including Australian cricketers Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye have pulled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) citing bio-bubble fatigue and the Covid-19 situation, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins has donated $50, 000 to the PM Cares Fund for oxygen supplies. Read More

Netizens call out Kajol on her latest video, bash her for ‘wasting food’

Taking to social media, Kajol shared a video that shows her cutting an apple. The actress captioned her post with the hashtag “mood”. As soon as Kajol shared the video, netizens took to the comment section to call her out for “wasting food”. “Don’t waste food items like this,” a user wrote. Read More


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