TN to provide COVID-19 vaccine free of cost for those above 18 years from May 1
The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said it will provide free COVID-19 vaccination for all from May 1, when the next phase of inoculation drive covering all above 18 years would start. The announcement comes a day after major vaccine maker Serum Institute of India announced a price of Rs 400 per dose for its COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' for State governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.
India records the highest-ever single-day COVID spike in any country
Over 3.14 lakh new coronavirus cases were registered in India, the highest-ever single-day count in any country, as many hospitals grappled with limited oxygen supply, prompting the Centre to issue strict directives on Thursday to states and union territories to ensure uninterrupted production and supply of medical oxygen and its transport.
Maharashtra reports 67,013 new COVID-19 cases
Maharashtra reports 67,013 new COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra on Thursday reported 67,013 new coronavirus cases, slightly less than the day before, taking its case tally to 40,94,840. As many as 568 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the toll to 62,479, said a health department official.
On April 18, Maharashtra had reported its highest daily rise in infections so far with 68,631 new cases, followed by 67,468 on Wednesday. On April 17 it had reported 67,123 cases. Of 568 fatalities, 309 occurred in the last 48 hours and 158 last week, while remaining had taken place in the period before the last week, the official said.
EC bans roadshows, vehicle rallies in West Bengal with immediate effect
Noting that COVID safety norms were being flouted in West Bengal during campaigning, the Election Commission on Thursday banned road shows and vehicle rallies in the state with immediate effect and said no public meeting having more than 500 people would be allowed. The order said the commission has noted "with anguish" that many political parties and candidates are still not adhering to the prescribed safety norms during the public gatherings.
Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted a conditional exemption to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting a feasibility study of COVID-19 vaccine delivery using drones in collaboration with IIT Kanpur. The permission exemption is valid for a period of one year or until further orders.
Karnataka government releases Rs 571 crore for COVID-19 management
Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Thursday said a total of Rs 571 crore is being released by the state government to various district administrations, including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for COVID-19 management, amid a spike in cases. "Aimed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic Rs 305 crore is being released to Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), they can use the amount for medicines and medical care, to make payment for labours hired on contract basis, for leasing marriage halls and others as facilities for quarantine and RT-PCR tests," Ashoka said.
COVID-19 situation in Delhi precarious; Centre to ensure oxygen supply to hospitals:HC
The Delhi High Court Thursday observed that the COVID-19 situation in the national capital has turned precarious with many hospitals running out of oxygen and directed the Centre to ensure the gas is supplied to the city as per the planned allocation and without any hindrances. "We all know that this country is being run by god," observed an anguish bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli which was of the view that all measures should be taken for removing obstructions in the transportation of oxygen.
PM Modi to hold 3 crucial meets tomorrow on COVID situation
PM Narendra Modi will review COVID-19 related situation in an internal meeting tomorrow at 9 am. He will also interact with CMs of high burden states over the prevailing COVID situation at 10 am, and hold a virtual meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers in the country at 12:30 pm