Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra mulls Amravati-like fortnightly lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread

India on Monday recorded Meanwhile, in a bid to increase vaccination coverage in the country, the Centre is looking to approve the Sputnik V vaccine, according to media reports. The Maharashtra government has started giving final touches to a short-duration lockdown after a near-unanimity among the political class and the expert advice of the Covid-19 Task Force.
  • 21:14

    14 private hospitals in Delhi declared full Covid hospitals

    14 private hospitals including Sir Ganga Ram Hospital & St Stephens Hospital, Tis Hazari are declared as full Covid hospital and are directed not to admit any non-Covid medical/ surgical patient till further orders.(ANI)

  • 21:13

    The state govt is making a fool-proof plan on what needs to be allowed & for how many days, during the lockdown. This will give sufficient time to people if they want to move somewhere or come here, & prepare them mentally, ahead of lockdown: Aslam Shaikh, Maharashtra Minister (ANI)

  • 21:10

    Maharashtra records 51,751 new cases, 258 deaths over last 24 hours

    India's worst affected state also saw 52,312 recoveries.

  • 20:07

    Haryana imposes night curfew to battle rising Covid-19 cases

  • 20:05

    Karnataka posts over 9,500 cases, 52 deaths

    Karnataka has reported 9,579 fresh Covid-19 cases and 52 related fatalities, taking the total caseload to 10.74 lakh and the toll to 12,941, the Health Department said on Monday.

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  • 20:01

    Mumbai daily cases drop to 6,905

    Cases in Mumbai after nearly touching the10,000-mark on Sunday, Mumbai's daily Covid-19 cases dropped to just under 7,000 on Monday. While 43 individuals died in the city today, 9,037 recovered from the virus according to latest figures.

  • 18:46

    Maharashtra govt mulls implementing Amravati pattern to curb spread of Covid-19

    The Amravati district of Vidarbha region was among the first districts of India to be hit by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. However, in a matter of a little over a month’s time things started returning to normalcy thanks to the strict nearly fortnight-long lockdown.

  • 18:21

    Tamil Nadu sees 6,711 fresh Covid infections, 19 deaths

  • 18:20

    Kerala reports 5,692 cases, 11 deaths over past 24 hours

  • 18:19

    Uttar Pradesh logs 13,685 new cases, 72 deaths

  • 18:18

    Patna hospital wrongly declares alive Covid-19 patient dead

    In a major goof-up by Bihar’s prominent health care institution - Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), a Covid-19 positive patient Chunnu Kumar was declared dead on Sunday. His family members were summoned and the body was handed over to his brother with a directive that the body cannot be taken to his home as he was a Covid-19 patient and had to be cremated at Baans Ghat in Patna as per the government guidelines.

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  • 18:17

    Bangladesh goes into 8-day lockdown amid Covid surge; shuts offices, transport

    Bangladesh authorities on Monday ordered an eight-day closure of all offices and international and domestic transport, as coronavirus cases hit a new high.

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  • 15:56

    Covid-19 second wave claims first life in Mumbai Police force

    A sub-inspector died due to Covid-19 here on Monday, becoming the first victim from the Mumbai Police force of the second wave of the viral infection, an official said on Monday.

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  • 15:55

    Reality of Covid-19 situation contrary to state government's claims: Gujarat HC

    The Gujarat High Court pulled up the state government on Monday over the Covid-19 situation in the state and problems being faced by citizens, saying the reality is contrary to what the government claims.

    "People now think that they are at God's mercy," a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia said while hearing a PIL, taken up suo motu (on its own), on the coronavirus situation in the state.

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  • 15:38

    Maharashtra postpones state board exams for classes 10 and 12

    The announcement comes after the Maha Vikas Aghadi government held a series of meetings including an all-party meeting and a meet with the Covid-19 Task Force.

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  • 15:37

    Centre approves Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

    India's Subject Expert Committee on Monday have approved Russia's Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V for emergency use, sources toldDeccan Herald. The approval comes in the midst of an acute vaccine shortage that have states writing to the Central government as stocks run low.

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  • 15:01

    Given the current Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. Class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June: Maharashtra Education Minister

    Fresh dates will be announced accordingly. the minister added.


  • 14:23

    Covid-19 second wave claims first life in Mumbai Police force

    SI Mohan Dagade (52), posted at the Vakola police station for over two years, was admitted to a jumbo Covid-19 centre in the Bandra-Kurla Complex here for treatment on April 3 after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

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  • 14:22

    Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh took his second dose of Covid-19 vaccine today

    Credit: Twitter/@capt_amarinder

  • 12:56

    We are taking several steps to increase beds in both pvt and govt sectors. Urge everyone to cooperate. Please follow Covid-19 protocols. Don’t rush to hospital unless necessary. Go and vaccinate if you are eligible: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after meeting

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Credit: PTI Photo

  • 12:29

    Amid Covid-19 surge, 3 jumbo hospitals to come up in Mumbai soon

    Each of these medical facilities will have a capacity of 2,000 beds, including 200 ICU beds and 70 per cent oxygen beds, and they will be set up at three different locations in the city.

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  • 12:27

    We added 5,000 more beds last week and will add more. At present, there are 5,525 beds in Delhi. 190 beds are occupied which amounts to 2%.0: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

    We have also requested central govt to increase beds to their current tally of 190, Jain added.


  • 12:26

    10 states account for 81% of new cases; 70.16% of active cases concentrated in 5 states

  • 12:12

    Near 30 lakh doses of vaccine administered on Day 1 of Tika Utsav pushes India's cumulative coverage to 10.45 crore

    A medic administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a man during the vaccination festival 'TikaUtsav', at SDMC Urban Public Health Centre Daryaganj, in New Delhi, Sunday, April 11, 2021. Credit: PTI Photo

  • 11:02

    India logs nearly 1.7 lakh new Covid-19 cases in a fresh peak, over 900 deaths

    Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in a row, the active cases increased to 12,01,009 comprising 8.29 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 90.44 per cent, the ministry said.

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  • 11:01

    India overtakes Brazil to become world's second worst-hit country by Covid-19

    India's overall tally reached 13.53 million, surpassing Brazil's 13.45 million cases, according to data compiled by Reuters. The United States led the global tally with 31.2 million cases.

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  • 10:59

    Subject Expert Committee to meet today to take up Sputnik V application for Emergency Use Authorisation in India: Sources | ANI

    A medical worker prepares a dose of theSputnikV vaccine against the coronavirus disease. Credit: Reuters Photo

  • 09:05

    Vaccinated Indian national among 20 new Covid-19 cases reported in Singapore

    The Indian, who worked as a lashing specialist, was detected as Covid-19 positive through pooled rostered routine testing on April 7, according to a news report.

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  • 09:04

    Covid-19: Maharashtra reports 63,294 new cases

  • 07:14

    Locals in Hinota town of Damoh district observed self-imposed on Saturday & Sunday in view of rising Covid-19 cases in the state. "Shopkeepers have voluntarily decided to keep their shops shut for two days. It can be further extended," a local said.

  • 06:51

    Is Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine next to get approval in India?

    With Covid-19 vaccines in short supply impacting India’s vaccination drive, the Centre may soon give Emergency Use Authorisation to the Russian-origin Sputnik V vaccine, which is yet to secure approval from the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation that sought more data from the company.

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  • 06:50

    Mainland China reports 16 new Covid-19 cases vs 10 a day earlier

    Mainland China reported 16 new Covid-19 cases on April 11, up from 10 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Monday.

    The National Health Commission, in a statement, said 14 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas, while 2 were from the southwest province of Yunan.

  • 06:41

    US has administered 187 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, says CDC

    The United States had administered 187,047,131 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and distributed 237,796,105 doses as of Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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  • 06:18

    "We are continuously appealing to people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats," says Kumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjyal.

  • 05:59

    WATCH | Chennai's Marina beach deserted as new Covid-19 restrictions kick in

    Amid sudden surge in Covid-19 cases, Tamil Nadu government has shut all beaches in Chennai, Chengalpet and Kanchipuram districts for public on weekends and all government holidays starting from April 11. The decision is taken to avoid mass gathering at beaches amid surge in Covid-19 cases.

  • 05:57

    Maharashtra crosses 60,000-mark for daily Covid-19 cases

    The Covid-19 pandemic boom was clearly visible in Maharashtra as the daily addition casescrossed the 60,000-mark on Sunday.

    In the last 24-hours, 63,249 cases and 349 deaths were recorded taking the cumulative to 34,07,245 and 57,987.

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  • 05:56

    DTC bus operate 50% due to surge in Covid-19 cases. Credit: PTI Photo