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Coronavirus Live Updates: Night curfew in Noida till April 17 – The Economic Times

The district administration is set to enforce a 10pm to 5am curfew amid rising COVID-19 cases

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All schools in the district to remain closed from 9th to 15th April, in view of huge rush of devotees to Kumbh Mela: Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar, Uttarakhand

No possibility of imposing lockdown or night curfew in Assam: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,558 new cases, 915 recoveries, and 6 deaths, in the past 24 hours

  • Total cases: 9,15,832
  • Total recoveries: 8,93,651
  • Active cases: 14,913
  • Total deaths: 7,268

Andhra Pradesh Medical and Health Dept officials have informed the CM that only 3 lakh doses of COVID vaccine are available in the State as on today. They explained that the stocks will last for two days only: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office

Rajkot: Darshan in Iskcon temple will be permitted from 10 am to 12 pm & from 5 pm to 7 pm. Temple will be closed on Sunday afternoon.

Maharashtra has 23 lakh vaccine doses on today morning. It is four to five days stock. Now distribution of these vaccines across the state is responsibility of the state government. Because of poor planning, Maharashtra has already destroyed Five Lakh doses of vaccine.

– Union Minister Prakash Javdekar

We’ve decided to increase the number of beds by 1 Lakh, some of these will be in COVID care centres – at least one in every district. Govt is also taking beds from pvt sector, the strength of pvt hospitals will also be brought into use. There is no crisis of oxygen supply.

– MP CM Shivraj Chouhan

Iran’s COVID-19 infections rise above 2 million: Health ministry

Hero MotoCorp to bear COVID-19 vaccination cost of workforce

Surge in COVID cases may impact NBFCs’ fund raising via securitisation: Report

Yesterday we had decided on purchasing injection (Remdesivir), which we are short of. A system is made for purchase, we will make it available wherever it is needed. Adequate arrangements will be made to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines.

– MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

1 in 10 mild COVID-19 survivors face loss of smell, taste

“We investigated the presence of long-term symptoms after mild Covid-19 in a relatively young and healthy group of working individuals, and we found that the predominant long-term symptoms are loss of smell and taste,” said Charlotte Thalin, lead researcher and specialist physician at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet.

Australia recommends Pfizer vaccine to people under 50

Europe’s drug regulator on Wednesday found a possible link between AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clotting issues in adults. Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said that while the risk is extremely low, the country’s experts have changed their advice for those at greatest risk.

Noida set to see night curfew

The district will go under a curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 17.

LK Advani takes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani took his second dose of Covaxin at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

PhonePe sees rising demand for coronavirus insurance

“The last few weeks have seen resurgence in COVID-19 cases across the country. Many Indians still do not have health insurance covers as a result of which they may have to bear an additional financial burden in case someone in their family needs to be hospitalised for COVID-19,” said Vice President and Head of Insurance of PhonePe Gunjan Ghai.

Maharashtra to raise vaccine shortage issues today

“We will raise four issues before the Prime Minister in today’s video conference meet. The issues will be; Remdesivir supply and price control, supply of oxygen from nearby states to Maharashtra, shortage of vaccine dosages, and the ventilator operational support,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

African Union drops plans to buy vaccines from SII

The African Union now plans to obtain its shots from Johnson & Johnson

Remdesivir injections are being sold in the state through black market. The government should get injections from the states where the situation is under control. It should also take strict action against all those who are involved in black marketing

– Devendra Fadnavis, former Maharashtra Chief Minister

Senior BJP leader LK Advani took his second dose of Covaxin today

Maharashtra: A Central team arrives at BKC Covid Vaccination centre in Mumbai to assess the current situation in the city

Uttarakhand: Forest Research Institute (FRI) premises in Dehradun closed for common people after 14 trainee officers of the institute tested positive for COVID-19

Harman International to cover COVID-19 vaccination cost for eligible employees, their dependents in India

Russia reports 8,672 new COVID-19 cases, 365 deaths

According to the latest release order of vaccines from Centre, Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages only. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana etc have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra

– Rajesh Tope, State Health Minister

88 students of IIT Roorkee test Covid positive

There is no possibility of lockdown or night curfew in Assam. I request everyone to get themselves tested if they have symptoms. There is no need to panic but we should remain alert: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Ten states showing upward trajectory of daily new COVID-19 cases

60 staff of Chandra Layout Police station in Bengaluru were tested for Covid-19: DCP West (ANI)

Vaccine shortage in Jharkhand

  • Around 18,27,800 vaccines have been administered as first dose, 2,78,000 vaccines as second dose. We’ve spoken to Union Health Minister & requested him to immediately provide us around 10 lakh vaccines for first dose. We will get it either today or tomorrow: Jharkhand Health Min

  • Around 83 Lakh people need to get first & second doses of vaccine. It means we’ll need around 1.60 cr doses. We’re getting it gradually. We do have vaccines available with us but there has been a shortage at some locations. So we have spoken to Union Health Minister: Banna Gupta

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

It’s hard to tell since they weren’t directly compared in studies. But experts say the vaccines are alike on what matters most: preventing hospitalisations and deaths. And real-world evidence as millions of people receive the vaccines show they’re all working very well.

French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic (AP)

Maharashtra Covid situation ‘grim’, Centre has assured help

– Sharad Pawar

Sarbananda Sonowal receives first shot of Covid vaccine

India leads globally with average of more than 34 lakh doses given per day

  • With an average of 34,30,502 anti-coronavirus doses being given per day, India has topped globally in terms of the number of jabs administered daily, the Union Health Ministry said.

  • Cumulatively, 9,01,98,673 vaccine doses have been given so far through 13,77,304 sessions, according to a provisional report till 7 am.

Right now we have 5.34 lakhs doses. We administer 2.5-lakh vaccines daily. So, our stock will last for 2 more days. We’ve written to Centre to send us a minimum of 25-lakh vaccines for 10 days so that we can vaccinate properly. Vaccination is going on well here: Odisha Health Min

Centre sent us 1000 ventilators, we installed them but they stopped working within 2-2.5 hours: Rajasthan health minister

In review meet CM raised the issue, it was told that Centre should be informed of it. We informed them. There’s no politics in it, we’re telling them about a defect: Rajasthan Health Min

I don’t know what is the political meaning of this statement but academic meaning of that is Center is given all possible support to system. Central govt gave over 1 crore vaccine dosages but several dosages were wasted, why so?

– Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil

Andamans: 8 new cases take COVID-19 tally to 5,131

Delhi Metro’s Flying Squads penalised 672 commuters

Madhya Pradesh CM announces lockdown

In the wake of COVID19 situation, there’ll be lockdown from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday in all urban areas of MP. For cities where cases have increased, appropriate action will be taken after meeting of crisis mgmt group. We’re making containment areas in big cities: MP CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine today. He took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on March 11

Students of classes 10, 12 want board exams cancelled

  • Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, over one lakh students of classes 10 and 12 have signed petitions urging the government to either cancel board exams scheduled to be held in May or conduct them in online mode.

  • The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” has been trending on Twitter for the past two days.

Arunachal Pradesh reports 8 more COVID-19 cases, infection tally rises to 16,861. The state now has 17 active cases of the disease

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee unlikely to attend today’s meeting called by PM Narendra Modi over Covid situation. Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to attend the meeting with PM Modi: Sources

Centre is cooperating with State govt in this tough time of pandemic. We all have to come together and fight this menace. State and centre both have to come together and find out a way to fight the pandemic: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

AstraZeneca vaccine faces new setbacks in UK and European Union

  • Britain said that it would curb the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in adults under 30 because of the risk of rare blood clots, a blow to the efforts of scores of countries reliant on the vaccine to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic amid a global surge in cases.

  • Adding to the unease, the European Medicines Agency outlined a “possible link” between the vaccine and rare clots, even as it said that COVID-19 remained the far greater threat, leaving decisions about how to use the vaccine in the hands of the 27 member states of the European Union.

Delhi HC seeks stand of Centre, EC on plea to ensure masks are worn during poll campaigns during ongoing elections (PTI)

Narendra Singh Tomar takes second dose of Covid vaccine

The vaccination drive is going well in Delhi. We received some vaccines yesterday. We have stock for 4-5 days. We have demanded more and we will get it: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

CM had written to Centre that vaccination should be opened for all. We’ve made two more requests that vaccination should be allowed at least for all adults. Secondly, it should be allowed even at camp settings & not only at health care facilities

– Delhi Health Minister

Telangana reports 2,055 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths push toll to 1,741

AstraZeneca sends legal notice to SII over delays in vaccine supply

The notice comes after Serum Institute delayed shipment of vaccines to the UK, and later did not meet its obligations to other countries that are part of the Covax programme. Serum Institute has attributed the delay to the Centre’s decision to halt vaccine exports, while its CEO, Adar Poonawalla, according to media reports, said SII would prioritise domestic needs temporarily.

Indonesia says arrival of 30 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses delayed to 2022

Indonesia’s health minister said that the country would receive 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine via a bilateral deal in 2021, instead of the 50 million doses that had been initially agreed.

Thailand reports 405 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 91.67% as on April 8th

India reports 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases

India reports 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, 59,258 discharges, and 685 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.
Total cases: 1,29,28,574
Total recoveries: 1,18,51,393
Active cases: 9,10,319
Death toll: 1,66,862
Total vaccination: 9,01,98,673

Japan may prioritise Olympic athletes for vaccine: Reports

Japan is considering prioritising its Olympic athletes for coronavirus vaccines, aiming to get them innoculated before the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Games open on July 23, local media said Thursday.

Covid testing update

Maharashtra: Traders threaten to protest against COVID-19 curbs

Traders in Aurangabad have threatened to protest against restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government to curb the spread of COVID-19. As per the state government’s order of ‘Break the Chain’, all shops under the non-essential category will remain closed till April 30.