UP CM Yogi Adityanath has announced a weekly Sunday lockdown in the state, where only essential services and activities will be permitted. He has issued an order imposing fines on people who fail to wear masks. The fine amount is said to be Rs 1,000 for the first-time offenders and Rs 10,000 for the repeaters. Reportedly, a night curfew from 7 PM to 8 AM has also been enforced in 10 districts.
Indian capital Delhi, with a single-day spike of 17,282 cases, on April 14 has surpassed Mumbai to become the worst affected city in India. Delhi also recorded over 100 COVID-19 deaths in the same period. Reportedly, the city has witnessed a 234% increment in new cases from April 4-13. Delhi will currently undergo a weekend lockdown from 10 pm on April 16 to 5 am on April 19.
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Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha died in the morning on April 16. He was 68. According to reports, it is believed to be a Covid-related death. He was confirmed positive for coronavirus on April 15 in the evening. Sinha, a 1974-batch officer of the Bihar cadre was appointed CBI chief in 2012.
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Following the death of Nirwani akhada's Mahamandaleshwar Kapil Dev Das, who died at the age of 65 due to COVID-19 on April 13, Niranjani akhada announced to exit the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, from April 17. The decision was made after the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases among the saints in Haridwar. According to a health official, 68 top seers of Haridwar have tested positive for Coronavirus between April 5 and 14.
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To tackle the increasing cases of COVID-19 patients in Mumbai, the BMC officials have instructed the hospitals to tie up with hotels to treat patients with mild symptoms. In order to accommodate more patients, the doctors have approved the transfer of patients to hotel who require less medical attention. However, transfer of patients will ensure vacant beds for the patents who need critical care.
Evaluating huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, the Director for Public Health Dr. Srinivas Rao on April 14 made a consequential caution to the state people. He urged people to wear masks and follow COVID-19 protocols. "The situation might get worsened in the next four to six weeks, despite the government’s complete efforts. If the same situation prevails, it would be difficult to accommodate beds (for COVID-19 patients) in the… read-more
Considering the pressure on doctors due to massive surge in COVID cases, the UP government has decided to deploy fourth and fifth-year MBBS students at hospitals. The decision came after the state government announced the cancelation of MBBS exams amid rising cases of infections. Reportedly, the private labs and hospitals will also be used as COVID facilities to increase the medical infrastructure in the state.
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Former Uttar Pradesh CM and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on April 14, through Twitter, announced that he has contracted COVID-19. Self-isolating himself at his home, Akhilesh urged to all who came in contact with him to get tested. Notably, Akhilesh, during his recent Haridwar Kumbh visit, met Akhila Bhartiya Akhada Parishad’s president Narendra Giri Maharaj on April 11, who had contracted the virus a week before.
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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on April 13 ruled out the possibilities of a nationwide complete lockdown. In a meeting with World Bank Group president David Malpass, Sitharaman stated, "We don't want to totally arrest the economy... There shall not be lockdown." Measures would be taken at only local level to control COVID-19 cases, she added. Besides, she lauded the efforts of the World Bank for ensuring increased availability of funds… read-more
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The Indian government has approved the use of foreign vaccines following a huge surge in the COVID-19 cases. The National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration's chairman, VK Paul said, "We hope and we invite the vaccine makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and others...as early as possible." However, the aim of this move is to speed up the vaccination drive and help states to tackle pandemic.