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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 66,358 new COVID cases, 895 deaths

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Coronavirus LIVE News Updates: Assam has imposed a night curfew between 8 pm to 5 am until May 1 to tackle the rising coronavirus cases in the state. Meanwhile, India's total tally of COVID19 cases has climbed to 1,76,36,307 with 3,23,144 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day. The death toll increased to 1,97,894 with 2,771 daily new fatalities. The active cases have increased to 28,82,204.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 66,358 new COVID cases, 895 deaths
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
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  • Over 1,200 MBBS, medical college students to be deputed for COVID patients: Vij
    Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said they will put on duty over 1,200 MBBS and postgraduate students of medical colleges to look after coronavirus patients.      He said extra beds are being created at hospitals for infection patients and rejected the allegations that an oxygen tanker was stopped from going to Punjab.  He assured that there was no shortage of medical oxygen in the state, responding to claims that relatives of several patients admitted to a Panipat hospital have complained about it. We are putting on duty nearly 1,2001,300 MBBS and PG students for COVID patients, said Vij, who is also the state's Home minister.
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  • Kerala reports over 32,000 new COVID cases, highest single-day surge; CM says situation in state grim
    Kerala Chief Minister   Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the state has witnessed 255 per cent increase in active cases in the last two weeks even as the southern state reported 32,819 cases, the highest ever single day surge. Vijayan, who met the media after the COVID19 evaluation meet, said the government has decided to strictly implement the restrictions considering the grim situation in the state due to the rising numbers.
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  • Kerala police register over 20,000 cases for violating COVID protocols
    Kerala police on   Tuesday registered 20,214 cases across the state for not wearing masks and levied over Rs 55 lakh as fine for violating COVID19 health protocols. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state police has also registered 8,132 cases for violating social distancing norms.
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  • Fury as Delhi luxury hotel booked as COVID hospital for court staff
    Authorities in Delhi ordered a luxury hotel to be converted into a COVID19 health facility for the exclusive use of high court judges and their families, drawing outrage in a city that has no hospital beds or lifesaving oxygen for hundreds of people.

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  • TN reports 15,830 new covid cases, 77 deaths
    Tamil Nadu reported 15,830 new   cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the third day the state's fresh covid numbers hovered in the 15,000 plus range, showing a seemingly slower growth trajectory.     Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, citing the figures on Sunday, when a full lockdown was clamped, and Monday when new restrictions kicked in, said a "slight break" was visible in the pace at which the cases grew these two days.

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  • Amid rising COVID19 cases in Telangana, major political parties today held roadshows, door to door campaigns for the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation elections scheduled to be held on April 30

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  • The latest research shows that wearing a double mask- a surgical mask and a cloth mask together prevents COVID19 infection by 85% to 88% Urge people to wear a mask: Dr Dhruv Chaudhary, Head, Dept of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, PGIMS Rohtak & Haryana Nodal Officer-COVID

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  • IAF C-17s are engaged in shuttles from at least 7 cities across the country to airlift cryogenic oxygen containers to Jamnagar, Ranchi &  Bhubaneswar. The airlift of the second lot of oxygen containers from Dubai & Singapore to Panagarh Air Base is underway: Indian Air Force

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  • Congress workers held a protest today at the Mumbai office of Storia Foods over the company's recent advertisement allegedly mocking Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. 

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  • COVID-19 surge: 60-day emergency leave for MP jail inmates
    The Madhya Pradesh government on   Tuesday decided to grant emergency leave of 60 days to certain inmates to manage prison numbers in view of a surge in COVID 19 cases in the state, an official said. The 60day emergency leave is granted to those prisoners who are taking benefits of general leave and following the conditions of parole, and the emergency leave can be granted on bond and bail application for general leave, a MP Jail Department order issued on Tuesday stated.
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  • COVID-19 cases cross 10k mark in Telangana; 52 deaths push
    Coronavirus cases in Telangana surged past 10,000, the highest ever in a day, taking the tally to over 4.11 lakh while the toll stood at 2,094 with 52 more casualties. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1,440, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 751 and Rangareddy 621, a government bulletin said on Tuesday, providing details as of 8 PM on April 26.
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  • COVID-19: SC says it can't be mute spectator in national crisis, doesn't intend to supplant HC
    Terming the massive resurgence of COVID19 cases a 'national crisis', the Supreme Court Tuesday said it cannot remain a mute spectator and made clear that its suo motu proceeding on devising national policy for COVID19 management is not meant to supplant high court hearings. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said the high courts are in a better position to monitor the pandemic situation within their territorial boundaries and the apex court was playing a complementary role and its intervention must be understood in the correct perspective as there are some matters which transcend the regional boundaries.
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  • Uttarakhand | In view of the current COVID19 situation, 'corona curfew' to be imposed in Haridwar, Roorkee, Laksar, Bhagwanpur from tomorrow till 5 am, May 3: DM Haridwar

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  • Maharashtra reports 66,358 new cases, 895 deaths  

    Maharashtra reports 66,358 new cases, 895 deaths and 67,752 discharges today; case tally rises to 44,100,85

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  • Assam CM Sonowal tells DCs to take steps to curb spread of COVID-19
     
    Amid rising COVID19 cases in   Assam, Chief Minister Sarbanana Sonowal on Tuesday urged the Deputy Commissioners of six districts in Lower Assam to take proactive steps in their respective areas to slow down the spread of the disease. The chief minister reviewed the prevailing COVID19 situation in the Lower Assam districts of Goalpara, Dhubri, South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Chirang in Goalpara and directed the deputy commissioners to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to contain the surging cases of COVID19 pandemic.
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  • ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel sets up 250-bed COVID-19 hospital 

    ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India has set up a 250-bed COVID-19 care hospital at Hazira in Surat district which will receive uninterrupted supply of oxygen from its plant nearby, the company said in a release on Tuesday. The 250bed hospital that became functional on Tuesday will soon be scaled up to 1,000 beds, the company, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon India, said.

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  • Gujarat sees record 14,352 COVID-19 cases and 170 deaths
    Gujarat on Tuesday reported   the highest number of 14,352 coronavirus positive cases in a day and a record 170 deaths, including 27 in Surat, the state health department said. With the addition of new cases, the count of infections in the state has gone up to 5,24,725 while the death toll reached 6,656, it said.
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  • Karnataka adds 31,830 fresh COVID-19 infections, active cases cross 3 lakh mark
    Karnataka's COVID19 tally surpassed the 14 lakh mark while the active cases in the state crossed the three lakh figure with 31,830 fresh infections being reported on Tuesday, the Health department said. As many as 180 deaths took the toll to 14,807, it said.
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  • Bengal reports record 16,403 fresh COVID-19 cases, 73 more deaths
    West Bengal on Tuesday logged   16,403 fresh COVID19 cases, the highestsingle spike recorded in the state so far, pushing the tally to 7,76,345, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The death toll climbed to 11,082 with 73 more fatalities, it said.
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  • COVID-19: HC directs Delhi govt to file report on number of deaths due to shortage of oxygen
    The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the AAP government to file a report on the number of deaths of COVID19 patients in hospitals and nursing homes here due to the shortage of oxygen as families of the dead patients need to be compensated as it was the state's responsibility.  The Delhi government is directed to file report on number of deaths taking place on account of shortage of oxygen in hospitals and nursing homes. It should include name of the patient, ward number, time of death and reason, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said and directed that the report be filed in two days.
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  • PM Modi instructed the officials to work closely with state governments to start the PSA Oxygen plants at the earliest. Officers also apprised the PM that they are encouraging states to also set up PSA Oxygen plants: Prime Minister's Office

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  • PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review COVID situation

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  • BJP cites RTI to allege Kejriwal didn't spend money from CM relief fund on COVID-19 pandemic
    Arvind Kejriwal did not spend anything from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund on controlling COVID19 in the national capital and the Delhi government mismanaged internal logistics leading to disturbed supply of oxygen, the BJP on Tuesday alleged citing an RTI reply.  According the RTI application filed by Vivek Pandey, the Delhi Chief Minister's Relief Fund received more than Rs 34.77 crore from March 2020 to January 2021, while in the same period the expenses were Rs 17.27 crore. Details of the expenses were not mentioned in the reply.
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  • Mumbai reports 4,014 new COVID cases, 59 deaths

    Mumbai COVID Update Till 6 pm

    Daily Tests: 30.4k Vs 28.3

    Today’s New Cases: 4,014 Vs 3,876
    Positivity Rate: 13.2 Vs 13.7%

    Discharged (24 hrs): 8,240 Vs 9,150

    Total Deaths- 59 Vs 70 Yesterday

    Overall Recovery Rate - 87%

    Doubling Rate - 68 Vs 62 Days Yesterday

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  • 450 tonnes of medical oxygen delivered to Maharashtra, UP, Delhi in 6 Oxygen Express 

    450 tonnes of LMO(Liquid Medical Oxygen) has been delivered to Maharashtra, UP & Delhi in 6 Oxygen Express through 26 tankers covering more than 10,000 km.

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  • Delhi govt to disburse medical aid of Rs 5000-10,000 to COVID positive construction workers, families

    In light of the national disaster and financial crisis caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi government has stepped up its efforts in providing aid, in form of medical assistance to construction workers.  The government will disburse medical assistance for COVID-19 positive construction workers at the rate of Rs. 5000, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per family. The process to claim this disbursal is fair and simple, a member of the family would have to produce RT-PCR report, which will then be verified through the ICMR portal.  To help migrant workers, daily-wage workers and construction workers, Delhi Government has set up 150 food distribution centres in various schools and construction sites across all districts of Delhi. Delhi Government has taken every action in support and aid of construction, migrant and daily-wage workers in time of the COVID-19 crisis. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also made severe efforts and appealed to daily-wage and migrant workers to not leave Delhi as the Delhi Government is doing everything to ensure they are aided. In furtherance to helping construction workers, Delhi Government has also disbursed Rs. 5000 to each construction worker as aid during COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 2,10,684 construction workers will receive the cash-transfer as form of aid, out of which 2 lakh have already received aid of Rs. 100 crores and 11,000 workers will be granted the disbursals in the coming days.  Delhi Government’s commitment to help construction workers did not go unnoticed even last year, in 2020 during lockdown, when Delhi Government disbursed Rs. 5000 to 55,000 construction workers. Many new construction workers were added to the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, due to large drives for registration of construction workers. Currently, there are 1,72,000 workers registered with the Board.

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  • COVID-19: CA final & intermediate exams postponed

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  • HC asks Delhi govt to file an affidavit mentioning the status of the stock of liquid and gaseous oxygen with refillers by 10 am tomorrow.

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  • HC issues contempt notice, asks Delhi govt to take action against erring oxygen cylinder dealers

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Coronavirus  News Highlights: Assam has imposed a night curfew between 8 pm to 5 am until May 1 to tackle the rising coronavirus cases in the state. Meanwhile, India's total tally of COVID19 cases has climbed to 1,76,36,307 with 3,23,144 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day. The death toll increased to 1,97,894 with 2,771 daily new fatalities. The active cases have increased to 28,82,204.

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