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Coronavirus news highlights: Maharashtra announces stricter measures till April-end; Mumbai cases hit another high at 11,100

Coronavirus news highlights: Maharashtra announces stricter measures till April-end; Mumbai cases hit another high at 11,100

Coronavirus news highlights: Maharashtra announces stricter measures till April-end; Mumbai cases hit another high at 11,100
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By CNBCTV18.com Apr 5, 2021 12:10:14 AM IST (Updated)

The chief minister of Maharashtra warned on Friday of a full lockdown to curb coronavirus infections if people did not limit their movement, as the country hit a six-month high for daily cases. Mumbai has been hit hard by the virus, while the country as a whole has now recorded 12.3 million cases including 81,466 new infections registered on Friday, health ministry data showed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid an "alarming rate of growth" in infections and deaths, with 10 states contributing to more than 91 percent of them. Modi directed that central teams consisting of public health specialists be sent to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, where the situation was of serious concern and said the fivefold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment would be effective in curbing the pandemic's spread, according to an official statement. The meeting came on a day India recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year that took the total COVID-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data.

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Restrictions in Maharashtra between April 5 to April 30
The Maharashtra government has announced that the below-mentioned steps (weekend lockdown and night curfew) will be in place from April 5 to April 30.
Mumbai Covid Update:
Positive cases. (last 24 hrs) - 11,163
Discharged. (last 24 hrs) - 5,263
Total Recovered - 3,71,628
Overall Recovery Rate - 82%
Total Active cases - 68,052
Doubling Rate - 42 Days
Growth Rate (28 Mar-3 Apr) - 1.61%
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rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. "Please cooperate with the government agencies and follow all the directives of the government," the party said in a tweet.
Night curfew, weekend lockdown announced in Maharashtra
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  • Restaurants to remain completely shut
  • Public transport would function normally as per given guidelines
  • Movie shootings will go on with social distancing
  • Saloon, beauty parlours to remain shut
  • Gyms to remain closed
  • There would be some restrictions on industries which use oxygen
  • Have requested for keeping vaccination on 24X7
  • Societies with 5 or more cases will be declated containment zones
  • Govt offices will function at 50 percent capacity
  • No crowding during film shootings
  • Restrictions on bars and restaurants
  • Religious places will have to follow strict COVID-19 rules
  • Theatres, drama theatres will be shut
  • Parks and playgrounds will be closed
  • Additional restrictions on public transport
  • Rs 500 fine for not wearing masks
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    • All Maharashtra board students from Class 1 to 8 to be promoted without exams
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      • DMK MP Kanimozhi tests positive for COVID-19
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          • UK regulator reports 30 clot cases linked to AstraZeneca jab
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                    • Bangladesh to impose 7-day nationwide lockdown amidst spike in COVID-19 cases
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                        • Delhi Dy CM Sisodia gets COVID vaccine shot
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                          • IPL: 10 Wankhede ground staff, 6 event managers test Covid positive, Hyderabad among stand-by venues
                          • The BCCI remains hopeful of conducting the scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai from April 10-25 despite a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the city and 10 members of the Wankhede Stadium staff testing positive for the deadly virus. Indore and Hyderabad have been kept as stand by venues for the IPL in case the COVID situation spirals out of control. Mumbai is scheduled to host 10 games of the cash-rich league. With in excess of 47,000 cases on Friday, Maharashtra is looking at a potential situation of a mini-lockdown. Of equal concern to the organisers is the number of ground staff at the Wankhede going up from 8 to 10 between Friday evening and Saturday morning.
                            If that wasn't enough, around six members of the event management team have also tested positive for COVID-19 and have been sent to isolation. "Yes, it was 8 positive cases yesterday as far as ground-staff are concerned. Today two more positive cases have emerged and all 10 have been sent back home and are isolated. "We are bringing fresh ground-staff from the Mumbai CA ground in Kandivali for preparations. Also 6 to 7 event management staff hired by BCCI have also tested positive," a senior Mumbai CA official told PTI.
                             
                            • Can fully vaccinated people travel? US CDC says yes
                            • In an updated guideline, the US Centers for Disease Control recommended that fully vaccinated people against Covid-19 can travel at low risk to themselves. The CDC defined fully vaccinated people as being fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine. Read more here.
                               
                              • Vaccine hesitancy levels down to 23%
                              • As the Covid second wave is getting stronger in India, percentage of citizens willing to take the vaccine has gone up to 77 percent, as per a LocalCircles survey. LocalCircles has been collecting responses from citizens to know their willingness to take the vaccine, aimed to understand if the percentage of reluctance or hesitancy amongst citizens has increased, reduced, or is unchanged. The survey conducted by LocalCircles on March 1, indicated a 36 percent drop in vaccine hesitancy within 45 days with 64 percent willing to take the vaccine. The latest survey has found out that the percentage of citizens willing to take the vaccine now stands at 77 percent. The last LocalCircles vaccine hesitancy survey conducted on March 1, indicated that 36 percent of citizens were still hesitant to take the vaccine immediately.
                                 
                                • Odisha's daily new COVID cases rising; govt prepares for possible second wave
                                • With Odisha registering a gradual rise in the number of daily new cases since March 19, the state government has geared up to face the possible second wave of the coronavirus, a health official said on Friday. After 461 more people tested positive for the infection during the day, the states caseload went up to 3,41,772. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra, wrote to the authorities of districts, municipal corporations and other stakeholders asking them to remain prepared for the eventuality. Mohapatra has directed the officials to arrange for the required numbers of beds with oxygen facilities in District Headquarters Hospitals and Medical College Hospitals should be kept in readiness for immediate use of COVID-19 patients.
                                   
                                  • How are malls, restaurants, and hotels coping with the rising COVID-19 cases and night curfew?
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                                    • Over 7 core coronavirus vaccine doses administered in India: Govt
                                    • The cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in the country crossed seven crores with 12.7 lakh doses given till 8 pm on Friday, the Health Ministry. So far, 1.23 crore people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country. The country has administered a total of 7 crore vaccine doses till 8 pm, the ministry said, adding that the number included 6.13 crore people who received its first dose.
                                       
                                      • 3rd phase of vaccination: Over 52K vaccinated by Friday evening in Delhi
                                      • Over 52,000 beneficiaries received shots on the second day of the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive which will span 65 lakh people aged above 45 in the national capital. at least 52,408 people had received the jabs, a senior official of the Delhi health department said. Out of these, 47,873 people got their first jab while the second dose was administered to 4,536people.
                                         
                                        • Delhi records 3,594 fresh COVID-19 cases; 14 deaths
                                        • Delhi recorded 3,594 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily count this year while 14more people died due to the coronavirus infection, taking the toll to 11,050, according to the health department. The number of cumulative cases on Friday stood at nearly 6.7 lakh. Over 6.45 lakh patients have recovered from the virus.
                                           
                                          • India records 89,129 COVID-19 cases, 714 fatalities in a day, highest in over six months
                                          • India on Saturday recorded 89,129 new COVID-19 cases in a day, the highest daily rise in around six-and-half-months, taking the nationwide tally of infections to over 1.23 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. The death toll increased to 1,64,110 with 714 more fatalities in a day, also the highest since October 21. The jump in cases reported on Saturday was the highest since September 20 last year when 92,605 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours. Corresponding to the rapid surge in cases, the number of active cases too have registered a steady increase for the 24th day in a row with the tally reaching 6,58,909, which is 5.32 percent of the total infections. The recovery rate has further dropped to 93.36 percent, the data stated.
                                             
                                            • 4,371 new COVID-19 cases in Thane district, 15 die
                                            • Thane district in Maharashtra reported 4,371 new cases of coronavirus, which took its infection count to 3,27,732, an official said on Saturday. These new cases were reported on Friday, he said. The death toll due to the virus grew by 15 to 6,525. The COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.99 percent, he added.
                                               
                                              • Telangana reports 1078 COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths
                                              • Fresh coronavirus infections in Telangana have breached the 1000-mark, pushing the tally to over 3.10 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,712 with six more fatalities. The state witnessed the highest single-day spike so far this year with 1078 new cases. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for most number of cases with 283, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 113 and Rangareddy 104, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on April 2. The total number of cases stood at3,10,819 while the total recoveries reached 3,02,207 with 331 patients being cured.
                                                 
                                                • Maha: Film crew members booked for violation of COVID-19 norms
                                                • Police have registered an offence against some members of a film crew after more than a hundred people were found constructing a movie set without adherence to COVID-19 guidelines in Maharashtra's Palghar district, an official said on Saturday. The case was registered on Thursday, he said.
                                                   
                                                  • Mainland China reports 26 new COVID-19 cases vs nine a day earlier
                                                  • Mainland China reported 26 new COVID-19 cases on April 2, up from nine cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday. In a statement, the National Health Commission said seven of the new cases were local infections in the southwestern province of Yunnan, where a COVID-19 cluster has emerged in the city of Ruili bordering Myanmar. The other 19 cases were imported infections, it said.
                                                     
                                                    • Maharashtra CM warns of complete lockdown if things go haywire
                                                    • Uddhav Thackeray warned of a full lockdown to curb rising COVID-19 cases if people did not limit their movement. "Consider this a warning that I could impose a complete lockdown in the next couple of days if things remain the same," Maharashtra's Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a televised address. He said that people were not taking necessary precautions such as wearing masks or avoiding unnecessary travel. "The situation in the state is worrying. If it continues, our health infrastructure will be inadequate in the next 15-20 days," Thackeray added.
                                                       
                                                      • Hong Kong bars incoming Singapore Airlines flights over COVID-19 case
                                                      • Hong Kong has barred until mid-April incoming passenger flights from Singapore operated by Singapore Airlines after an arriving passenger tested positive for COVID-19 infection. Three passengers on the carrier's March 31 flight also failed to comply with disease precautions, Hong Kong authorities said on Friday. Singapore Airlines confirmed the order but said passenger services from Hong Kong to Singapore would not be affected by the suspension, which runs until April 16. A transit passenger on the SQ882 flight had a negative pre-departure test result, but subsequently tested positive on arrival in Hong Kong, the airline said.
                                                         
                                                        • Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60
                                                        • The Netherlands on Friday temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people under 60 following the death of a woman who had received a shot, the Health Ministry said. About 10,000 scheduled appointments for vaccinations were to be scrapped as a result of the decision, news agency ANP reported. The decision was made following new reports from medicine monitoring agency Lareb and discussions with health authorities, a Health Ministry statement said.
                                                          With inputs from agencies
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