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    India reported a record 145,384 new COVID-19 cases, health ministry data showed on Saturday, as the country grappled with an overwhelming second wave of infections.

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    : India reported a record 145,384 new COVID-19 cases, health ministry data showed on Saturday, as the country grappled with an overwhelming second wave of infections.
    A five-month high of 794 deaths brought the toll to 168,436.
    Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai are worst affected by infectious disease and the state government has imposed a weekend lockdown. Mumbai's COVID-19 case count has crossed the five lakh mark with 9,200 new cases on Friday, while the death toll rose to 11,909 as 35 patients died.
    India's overall caseload was 13.21 million, the third-highest globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
    Stay tuned for the updates on coronavirus and vaccines.
     

     
    Record spike of 4,986 COVID-19 cases in MP, tally over 3.32 lakh
    Madhya Pradesh reported 4,986 COVID19 cases on Saturday, the state's biggest single day spike, which pushed its infection count to 3,32,206, said an official. The toll rose to 4,160 with 24 deaths being recorded in the last 24 hours, the official said, adding that MP has, in April so far, added 36,695 cases and 174 deaths.
    Maharashtra lockdown: 85 people fined Rs 17,000 in Latur
    A total of 85 people out on morning walks were fined a cumulative sum of Rs 17,000 amid the weekend lockdown in Maharashtra's Latur on Saturday, a civic official said. The action was carried out by personnel from the Latur Municipal Corporation as well as Gandhi Chowk and Shivaji Nagar police stations, he added.
    12 new cases take Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 12,400
    Nagaland's COVID19 caseload surged to 12,400 on Saturday as 12 more persons tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The state now has 157 active cases, while 11,990 people have recovered from the disease, 91 patients have succumbed to the infection and 162 have migrated to other states, he said.
    Maharashtra CM hints at lockdown; meeting with task force on Sunday
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday indicated the imposition of a strict lockdown in the state given the alarming rise in COVID19 cases, as per some ministers and a senior BJP leader who attended an allparty meeting. While Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said he would hold a meeting on Monday on working out a financial package for the sections whose livelihood will be impacted, his colleague Ashok Chavan said the "nature, scope and duration of the lockdownwill be finalised soon".
    India fastest nation to administer 100 million doses of COVID vaccine: Health Ministry
    With the total number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossing 10 crore, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that India is the fastest nation to administer 100 million doses in 85 days. The US took 89 days to administer 10 crore doses of COVID19 vaccine, while China took 102 days to cross the same number, it said.
    COVID-19: Gandhinagar municipal corporation polls postponed
    The Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday decided to postpone the elections to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation, scheduled to be held on April 18, due to the rise in COVID19 cases, an official statement said. The elections are postponed for an indefinite period following a request made by the main political parties including the BJP, the Congress and the AAP, and many social groups.
    Fresh set of COVID protocols for entry to Meghalaya
    Amid the surge in COVID19 cases, the Meghalaya government on Saturday issued a fresh set of COVID19 protocols, mandating online registration on a state operated portal for those willing to enter the state, Principal Secretary (health) Sampath Kumar said. Every traveller will have to carry a COVIDnegative certificate, and if anyone is found exhibiting symptoms of the disease at the entry point might have to undergo the test again, he said.
    Maharashtra has 15.63 lakh doses, hope distributed properly: Javadekar
    Maharashtra is currently left with 15.63 lakh of the 1.10 crore antiCOVID 19 vaccine doses it had received, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday and called for their "proper distribution" amid reports of an acute shortage of vaccines which the state government had blamed on the Centre. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that 8 lakh doses were available and "we have been told we will get four lakh doses in a day".
    Fresh COVID-19 cases go beyond 3,000 mark in AP after 5 months
    The daily load of fresh COVID19 cases in Andhra Pradesh increased beyond 3,000 after a five month gap as the state logged 3,309 in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, taking the overall positives to 9,21,906. The state saw 12 deaths, the highest day count in more than five months, while 1,053 patients recovered from the infection.
    Goa sees 540 COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 167 recoveries
    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 540 and reached 61,779 on Saturday, while the death toll rose by one and the recovery count by 167, an official said. The state's toll stands at 846 and the number of people discharged so far is 56,964, leaving it with 3,969 active cases, he added.
    Delhi records 7,897 fresh COVID-19 cases, positivity rate mounts to 10.21%
    Delhi recorded 7,897 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Saturday,while39 more people died due to the infection, taking the death toll to 11,235, according to the city Health Department. The positivity rate also mounted to 10.21 percent, breaching the 10 percent for the first time this year.
    No need for Centre-Maharashtra blame game amid COVID-19 fight: Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar
    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said the state and Union governments must not waste time in a blame game amid the fight against a sharp surge in coronavirus cases. Pawar, who was speaking after chairing a review meet on the outbreak situation here, added that he had spoken to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and the latter had assured full support in the supply of ventilators.
    48 deaths, 12,787 fresh virus cases in Uttar Pradesh
    With 48 fresh deaths, the coronavirus fatality count in Uttar Pradesh climbed to 9,085 as 12,787 new cases took the state's infection numbers to 6,76,739, according to a government statement. Twentythree deaths were reported from state capital Lucknow, followed by six in Kanpur, two each in Varanasi, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagarar and Kushinagar and one each in Moradabad, Ballia, Ayodhya, Mathura, Rae Bareli, Rampur, Gonda, Sonbhadra, Farrukhabad, Banda and Pilibhit, the statement said.
    Kerala records 6,194 COVID-19 cases, toll crosses 4,700 with 17 more fatalities
    Kerala continued to witness a steep surge in COVID19 cases with 6,194 cases being reported on Saturday as the active cases crossed 39,000 and the toll mounted to 4,767 with 17 more deaths. As many as 2,584 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 11,115,342.
    COVID-19: A year on, India's situation grimmer with 'more infectious' variants, surge in cases
    When millions of Indians switched off lights and lit candles and earthen lamps in the early days of the pandemic in solidarity with COVID warriors, many probably though the fight will be over soon, but a year on, the situation has become grimmer. On April 10 last year, five days after millions responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to show the nation's "collective resolve and solidarity" in the fight against the coronavirus, the number of confirmed infections stood at 6,761, while the death toll was 206.
    With 1,005 fresh COVID-19 cases, J&K records highest single-day spike this year
    Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday saw its highest single day spike this year as 1,005 new COVID19 positive cases were recorded, taking the tally to 1,37,475, even as six fresh deaths due to the virus in the past 24 hours took the toll to 2,029, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 299 were from Jammu division and 706 from Kashmir division of the Union territory, they said. As many as 154 travellers were among the fresh cases in the UT.
    Centre must help Maharashtra with vaccine doses, says Cong's Thorat
    Maharashtra Revenue Minister and senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat on Saturday said the MVA government was fighting the war against COVID19 with all its might and the Centre should provide adequate number of vaccine doses to the state. Thorat, also leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in the state, was speaking in a virtual meeting with his party chief Sonia Gandhi to review the COVID-19 situation.
    Kerala Assembly Speaker tests positive for COVID-19
    Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan on Saturday tested positive for COVID19. In a Facebook post, Sreeramakrishnan said he has tested positive for the infection and was under observation at his official residence,
    AM International rolls out COVID-19 vaccination programme for employees
    The AM International Group,comprising Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation, Manali Petrochemicals and Tamilnadu Petroproductson Saturday it has rolled out COVID19 vaccination programmes for their employees. The medical centres of these companies would also facilitate antibody tests for the employees at manufacturing facilities and offices, a press release said.
    Maharashtra: Cong's Chavan accuses Centre of bias in COVID-19 help
    Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday accused the Centre of "discrimination on the basis of politics" in the distribution of critical medical equipment such as PPE kits, N95 masks and ventilators to various states. In a statement issued here, the former chief minister said information from the Centre itself confirmed this politically biased distribution, adding that Maharashtra, despite having the highest COVID19 caseload, was facing stepmotherly treatment.
    COVID-19: Lockdown extended till Apr 19-22 in some MP areas
    The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown in several cities, including commercial hub Indore, till April 19 amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, an official said. Besides, the lockdown in some other districts has been extended till April 22, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajesh Rajora informed.
    Palash Sen tests positive for coronavirus, under home quarantine
    Singer Palash Sen on Saturday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus, despite taking the first dose of COVID19 vaccine. In a statement posted on Instagram, the Euphoria singer said he is currently under home quarantine and fighting the disease with the help of "yoga, ayurveda, hydration and rock n roll".
    Maharashtra got 1.10 crore doses: Javadekar; state to get 1,121 ventilators
    Maharashtra has received 1.10 crore doses of antiCOVID 19 vaccines so far, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday amid reports that the state is facing an acute shortage of the doses which is hampering its vaccination drive. Speaking to reporters, Javadekar said apart from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajashtan are the two other states that have received more than 1 crore doses.
    COVID-19: Nagpur sees 5,131 cases, 65 deaths; 2,837 recover
    Nagpur district on Saturday reported 5,131 COVID19 cases and 65 deaths from the infection, taking the tally to 2,71,355 and the toll to 5,706, an official said. The number of people who were discharged during the day was 2,837, taking the recovery count in the district to 2,14,073, he added.
    COVID-19: Maharashtra BJP leader Sambhaji Nilangekar tests positive
    Maharashtra BJP leader and MLA from Nilanga in Latur Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar on Saturday said he had tested positive for coronavirus. Providing information on social media, the former state minister said he was in home isolation and that his condition was stable.
    Mutants, sluggish vaccine drive, carelessness: Add them and you get Covid surge, say top scientists
    Why are India's COVID-19 cases flaring up so sharply? There are no clear answers but top scientists say the complex interplay of mutant strains, a hugely susceptible population made more vulnerable by elections and other public events and the lowering of guard are primarily to blame. India's COVID tally climbed to 1,32,05,926 (1.32 crore, 13.2 million) with a record spike of 1,45,384, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday, in what many say is a second wave that is surging more powerfully than the first. And just like there were no answers to why there was a slide earlier this year, there is no clarity on why the numbers are rising so sharply.
    Gujarat government not in favour of lockdown: CM Rupani
    The Gujarat government is not in favour of imposing a lockdown in the state considering its impact on the poor despite the rise in coronavirus positive cases, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Saturday. However, he welcomed the voluntary imposition of lockdowns at a local level by villages or market associations in cities.
    Odisha reports record 1,374 new COVID-19 cases, two more fatalities
    Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,48,182 as the state registered this year's highest singleday spike of 1,374 new cases on Saturday, a health official said. Two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,926, he said.
    MP: 106-year-old woman gets her first COVID-19 vaccine
    A woman, whose age according to her Aadhaar card is 106 years, received her first dose of COVID19 vaccine in Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. The woman was administered the dose at an inoculation facility in Berasia area near here, a state public relations department official said.
    Streets, markets empty as MP weekend lockdown kicks in
    Streets and markets in most cities of Madhya Pradesh wore a deserted look on Saturday, uncharacteristic for the weekend, as a 60hour lockdown started showing effect. The lockdown came into force at 6 pm on Friday.
     
    Early detection of SA Covid variant a significant advantage in reviving country's tourism: Report
    The early detection of the more contagious South African variant of the coronavirus may turn out to be a significant advantage for reviving tourism in the country, according to the country's tourism authority. In its latest report titled The Road to Recovery', South African Tourism (SAT) says that in the longer term, the 501Y.V2 variant has specifically been targeted in lab and clinical trials as a benchmark of efficacy against variants.
    School shut after teacher dies of COVID-19 in UP's Muzaffarnagar
    A private school has been closed here for three days after a teacher died of COVID-19, officials said. School principal Chanchal Saxena said the management has asked its staff members and students to get themselves tested for COVID-19 after the teacher succumbed to the virus in Muzaffarnagar Medical College on Friday. Meanwhile, authorities decided to impose night curfew from April 10 to april 18 in the district in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. The curfew timings will be from 9 pm to 5 am.
     
    Five states account for over 72 pc of country's total active COVID-19 cases: Govt
    Five states -- Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala -- cumulatively account for 72.23 percent of the country's total active COVID-19 cases which have breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-half-months, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. Ten districts including Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Bengaluru Urban, Nashik, Delhi, Raipur, Durg and Aurangabad account for 45.65 percent of the total active cases which have climbed to 10,46,631 and now comprise 7.93 percent of the total infections, it said.
     
    Formulate COVID-19 vaccine allotment criteria: Tope to Centre
    Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has urged the Centre to formulate criteria for allotment of COVID-19 vaccines by taking into consideration factors like population and number of active coronavirus cases of a particular state. He alleged that many states, which are smaller than Maharashtra in terms of population and the number of patients, have received more doses.
     
    Centre has mismanaged Covid situation, allowed vaccine shortage: Sonia
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the Centre on Saturday of "mismanaging" the COVID situation and creating a vaccine shortage in the country by exporting it, as she called for cancelling all public gatherings and poll rallies in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases. Addressing a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states and ministers of the party in states where it is in power in alliance with others, she said the priority should be to test, track and vaccinate.
     
    Just In | 2 people arrested by Thane Crime Branch for selling Remdesivir
    The Thane Crime Branch arrested two people for selling Remdesivir injections in the black market. 21 injections seized. Here's all you need to know about the drug.
     
    COVID 'negative' report needed to witness IPL games in Wankhede
    The Mumbai Cricket Association has asked its Apex Council members to produce a COVID-19 negative certificate in order to enter the Wankhede stadium, PTI reported. The stadium will host 10 matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. The first game at the iconic stadium in South Mumbai will be held on Saturday evening when Chennai Super Kings square off with Rishabh Pant led Delhi Capitals.
     
    Lockdown not an option, Delhi CM Kejriwal says
     
    Sources to CNBC-TV18 | Serum Institute delivers new batch of Covishield to Pune, Mumbai
    Serum Institute of India (SII) delivered 0.45 million doses of Covishield to Pune on Friday and 0.8 million doses to Mumbai on Saturday. It is expected to deliver another batch of 0.67 million shots to Pune by Sunday. Covishield is AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured in India by SII.
     
     
    Adopting COVID-19 appropriate behaviour best way to stop transmission of virus, its variants: WHO
    Adoption of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour is the best way to stop transmission of the virus and its variants, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said here as she underlined that efforts to test, trace, isolate, and treatment need to be scaled up.
     
    Sonia reviews efforts to tackle COVID-19 in Cong-ruled states
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday reviewed the efforts by the states ruled by her party to tackle the second wave of the coronavirus infection and the vaccination drive. Addressing a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states and ministers of the party in states where it is in power in alliance with others, she said the priority should be to test, track and vaccinate.
     

    Pfizer seeks approval for vaccine for adolescents

    Drug giant Pfizer and its partner in developing the first COVID-19 vaccine that received emergency authorisation in the US want to allow more adolescents to receive the vaccine. New York-based Pfizer and BioNTech SE of Germany have asked the US Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use authorisation for their vaccine to include adolescents ages 12 through 15.
     

    No intention to impose full lockdown in Maharashtra, says Health Minister Tope

    As the COVID-19 cases in India's biggest state surge, its Health Minister says there is no intention to put a full lockdown in Maharashtra. "Maharashtra doesn’t need a full lockdown as of yet, full lockdown is an option only if we run out of all our resources," Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday.
     
    Telangana reports about 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths
    Telangana registered nearly 3,000 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single day spike this year, pushing the tally to over 3.24 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,752 with six more fatalities. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 487, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 289 and Nizamabad 202, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 PM on April 9.
     
    6,176 new COVID-19 cases in Thane district, 26 die
    The coronavirus tally in Thane district of Maharashtra reached 3,67,610 after 6,176 people tested positive for the infection, an official said on Saturday. Apart from these new cases that were reported on Friday, the virus also claimed the lives of 26 persons, which took death toll in the district to 6,664.
     
    Online exam for students of Class 9 and 11 in Goa
    In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in Goa, the state education department has directed the higher secondary schools and junior colleges to hold examinations for Classes 9 and 11 in online mode. The department had earlier announced that examinations for students of Class 1 to 8 would be held online and they can appear for the test from home.
     
    Schools in Delhi to remain close
    Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the Delhi government Friday ordered the suspension of physical academic activities and offline examinations for all classes till further orders. "Due to rising cases of COVID-19, schools in Delhi will remain closed for all classes till further orders," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
     
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