Highlights: Assam logs over 1,300 fresh Covid-19 infections

  • The total number of cases across the world has reached above 141 million and the death has increased to more than 3 million.
Health workers take swab samples of people for Covid-19 test amid the surge in coronavirus cases, at Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi.
Health workers take swab samples of people for Covid-19 test amid the surge in coronavirus cases, at Anand Vihar Terminal in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 12:04 AM IST
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By, Hindustran Times, New Delhi

The national capital of India was brought under curfew after the Covid-19 positivity rate touched 30% in Delhi. It is reporting a spurt in cases as the daily number of infection has been hovering above 25,000. Until now, the curfew was limited to nights only. Meanwhile, the nationwide tally breached 15-million mark after adding 273,810 fresh cases to its tally.

In view of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a key meeting at 11:30am today.

The worldwide situation was also similar as the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continued to gain speed. The week ending on April 18 recorded the highest number of people infected globally. According to the John Hopkins' tally, more than 5.2 million people across the world contracted the infection in the last seven days. It was a 12 per cent increase in cases from a week earlier, throwing doubt on hopes that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

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The total number of cases across the world has reached above 141 million and the death has increased to more than 3 million.

In the United States, authorities have administered half of Americans 18 years or older with at least one dose of vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday. President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci said, decision on how to resume the Johnson & Johnson shot will probably come by Friday.

Hong Kong is set to ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting April 20.

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  • Apr 19, 2021 11:54 PM IST

    Assam logs over 1,300 fresh Covid-19 infections

    Assam reported 1,367 new Covid-19 cases, 312 recoveries, and 7 deaths in the last 24 hours on Monday.

  • Apr 19, 2021 11:29 PM IST

    Jharkhand logs 4,290 new Covid-19 cases, 46 fatalities

    Jharkhand on Monday reported 4,290 fresh Covid-19, 1777 recoveries, and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Apr 19, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    West Bengal reports 8,426 new Covid-19 cases, 38 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 8,426 new Covid-19 cases and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours, West Bengal's cases tally reached 668,353 and death toll reached 10,606, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 10:38 PM IST

    Delhi reports 23,686 new Covid-19 cases, 240 deaths

    Delhi reported 23,686 new Covid-19 cases and 240 deaths in last 24 hours taking the city's cases tally to 877,146 and death toll to 12,361, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 10:26 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh logs record spike of 12,897 new Covid-19 cases, 79 deaths

    Madhya Pradesh health department reported a record spike of 12,897 new Covid-19 cases and 79 fatalities, reports PTI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    Covid-19: Over 3.1 million vaccine doses administered on Monday, cumulative coverage above 126 million doses

    The Union health ministry said that the cumulative coverage of India's Covid-19 vaccination drive stands at over 126 million doses and more than 3.1 million doses were administered on Monday.

  • Apr 19, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    Haryana reports 6,842 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths

    With 6,842 new Covid-19 cases and 33 deaths, Haryana's cases tally reached 363,813 and death toll reached 3,448, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 09:14 PM IST

    Goa's Covid-19 tally goes over 68,000-mark as state reports 940 new cases

    Goa reported 940 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths, as the state state's tally reached 68,152 cases, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 08:11 PM IST

    Gujarat records 11,403 new Covid-19 cases, 117 deaths in last 24 hours

    Gujarat reported 11,403 new Covid-19 cases, 117 deaths in last 24 hours. Active caseload stands at 68,754, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 07:46 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 58,924 new Covid-19 cases, 351 deaths

    Maharashtra reported 58,924 new Covid-19 cases and 351 deaths, taking the state's cases tally to 3,898,262 and death toll to 60,824, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 07:39 PM IST

    Karnataka reports 15,785 new Covid-19 cases, 146 deaths in last 24 hours

    With 15,785 new Covid-19 cases and 146 deaths in the last 24 hours, Karnataka's cases tally reached 1,176,850 cases and death toll climbed to 13,497.

  • Apr 19, 2021 07:37 PM IST

    Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao tests positive for Covid-19

    Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms and has been advised isolation, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 07:06 PM IST

    Mumbai reports 7,381 fresh Covid-19 cases, 57 deaths

    Mumbai reported 7,381 new Covid-19 cases and 57 deaths, as the city's cases tally reached 586,692, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 06:58 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu reports 10,941 new Covid-19 cases, 44 deaths

    Tamil Nadu records 10,941 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths, taking the state's tally to 1,002,392 and death toll to 13,157, according to a state government bulletin.

  • Apr 19, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Former PM Manmohan Singh tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS Delhi

    Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to AIIMS Delhi.

  • Apr 19, 2021 06:18 PM IST

    Kerala reports 13,644 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

    Kerala reported 13,644 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths. Active cases currently stands at 103,004, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 05:56 PM IST

    PM Modi discusses Covid-19 situation with leading doctors

    PM Modi holding a meeting with top doctors over current pandemic situation in India. (PMO)
    PM Modi holding a meeting with top doctors over current pandemic situation in India. (PMO)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts a meeting with the nation's leading doctors to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country.

  • Apr 19, 2021 05:09 PM IST

    BJD not to hold public rallies for Pipili by-poll due to Covid-19 surge: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

    Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Biju Janata Dal will not hold any public rallies or campaign meetings for the Pipili by-poll due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:55 PM IST

    Delhi: Drugs Control Department sets up control room to counter acute shortage of Covid-19 drugs

    Delhi's Drugs Control Department has set up a control room to counter the acute shortage of Covid-19 drugs, the chief minister's office said.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:37 PM IST

    Odisha government suspends interstate passenger buses, intra-state services to continue

    Odisha transport minister said that the interstate passenger buses have been suspended and intra-state services would continue, reports PTI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    Odisha reports 4,445 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

    Odisha reported 4,445 new Covid-19 cases and four new deaths pushed the death toll to 1,948, reports PTI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    Air borne transmission of Covid-19 more prevalent, Remdesivir production being ramped up: Dr VK Paul

    NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said that the air borne transmission of Covid-19 is more prevalent that surface transmission. He also said that Remdesivir production is being ramped up and aimed at producing 76 lakh vials per month, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla says need to work on war footing to control Covid-19

    Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said that it is the responsibility of all presiding officers and leader to stand with people during tough times. He also said that efforts are needed on a war-footing to contain the disease, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Delhi metro reduces frequency of trains on non peak-hours during Covid-19 curfew

    Delhi metro says trains to be run with 30 minutes headway on morning and evening peak hours due to the Covid-19 curfew. Outside peak hours, the trains will have a frequency of 60 mins and allowed only for exempted category of people, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 03:43 PM IST

    Karnataka CM calls for meeting on April 20 to discuss Covid-19 management

    Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has called for a meeting via video conference with state leaders on April 20 to discuss Covid-19 management, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    'There is no excess rate of young people testing positive': Dr VK Paul

    Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul said that there is no excess rate of young people testing positive for Covid-19 in the second wave, reports ANI.

  • Apr 19, 2021 02:01 PM IST

    Are private offices allowed to open in Delhi?

    Delhi will enter a six-day lockdown from Monday night to break the transmission of Covid-19 cases, which have been rising exponentially, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced. Read More

  • Apr 19, 2021 01:16 PM IST

    People flout social distancing norms outside liquor shops

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI

    As Delhi government announces a lockdown for six days, people gather outside a liquor shop in Khan Market and other areas of Delhi.

  • Apr 19, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    Cap for marriage gatherings set at 50 people

    During curfew, movement of persons for marriage related gatherings up to 50 persons. However, the permission is subjected to production of soft or hard copy of marriage card. For funeral related gatherings, 20 people will be allowed, says Delhi government.

  • Apr 19, 2021 01:00 PM IST

    Religious places to remain open, but no visitors allowed

    Media persons have also been exempted from lockodwn restrictions, the Delhi govt announced. No restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential goods. No separate permission/e-pass required for such movements. Religious places shall be permitted to open, but no visitors allowed.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:57 PM IST

    People coming from, going to airports, railway station, ISBT allowed to travel

    Persons coming from or going to airports, railway stations, ISBTs allowed to travel on production of valid ticket. Officials in the officers of diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post exempted on the production of valid ID: Delhi Govt

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:51 PM IST

    Delhi govt exempts pvt medical staff, patients

    Private medical personnel exempted on condition of valid ID proof. Pregnant women/patients going for medical aid along with attendant,exempted but will be required to produce valid ID. Those going for testing/vaccination are also exempted from lockdown restrictions.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Appeal with folded hands, Don't leave Delhi: Kejriwal to migrants

    Kejriwal appeals to migrant labourers to not leave Delhi as he announces a lockdown for a week. "I appeal to you with folded hands. It's a small lockdown, only for 6 days. Don't leave Delhi and go," he said.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:42 PM IST

    Lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen: Kejriwal

    The next six days will be used to arrange oxygen and medicine for Covid-19 patients, Kejriwal said in a briefing today. "In the next 6 days, we will make arrangements for more beds in Delhi. We thank Central govt for helping us. The lockdown period will be used to arrange oxygen, medicine. I request everyone to follow the guidelines," he said.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    How to apply for e-pass in Delhi

    The week-long curfew in will to start from 10 pm tonight. Click here to know how to obtain e-passes.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:34 PM IST

    If 25,000 patients come every day then system will crumble: Kejriwal

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warns that system will crumble if the national capital continues to spike in similar pace. "In the last 24 hours, around 23,500 cases were reported. In last 3-4 days, around 25,000 cases have been reported. Positivity rate and infection have increased. If 25,000 patients come every day then system will crumble, there's a shortage of beds," he said in a meeting

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:31 PM IST

    Essential services exempted from lockdown in Delhi

    Essential services, food services, medical services will continue. Weddings can be held with a gathering of only 50 people, passes will be issued separately for it. A detailed order will be issued shortly: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • Apr 19, 2021 11:19 AM IST

    Delhi under curfew till Monday as Covid-19 situation worsens

    Delhi government impsoes curfew in the national capital starting from today till Monday.

  • Apr 19, 2021 10:57 AM IST

    PM Modi to chair key meeting today over Covid-19 situation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important meeting on the Covid-19 situation at 11:30 am today, news agency ANI reported.

  • Apr 19, 2021 09:57 AM IST

    Ludhiana Commissioner of Police tests positive for Covid-19

    Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Rakesh Kumar Aggarwal tests positive for Covid 19.

  • Apr 19, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    ICMR tests 13,56,133 samples in a day

    India tests 26,78,94,549 samples tested for Covid-19 as of April 18. Of these, 13,56,133 samples were tested on Sunday, says Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • Apr 19, 2021 09:27 AM IST

    India's Covid-19 tally breach 15 million-mark

    India's Covid-19 tally breached 15 million-mark after 273,810 people test positive for the viral infection in a single day. The death toll rose by 1,619 and currently stands at 178,769.

  • Apr 19, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    Thane records 5,013 new cases of coronavirus

    With the addition of 5,013 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 4,16,381, an official said on Monday.

  • Apr 19, 2021 08:33 AM IST

    Mumbai wears deserted look as statewide restrictions continue

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI
  • Apr 19, 2021 07:37 AM IST

    JD(U) leader Mewalal Choudhary succumbs to Covid-19

    Former minister and Janata Dal (United) MLA, Mewalal Choudhary, passes away due to Covid-19 at a hospital in Patna, Bihar.

  • Apr 19, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    China reports 11 new Covid-19 cases from 16 a day earlier

    Chinese Mainland logs 11 new Covid-19 cases on April 18, down from 16 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Monday.

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  • In its latest bulletin, the IMD said that rainfall will be triggered due to a wet spell over northwest and east India that will prevail till May 24 and a western disturbance which is likely to affect northwest India starting May 22.
Villagers wade through a waterlogged area following heavy rainfall in Assam's Darrang district. (ANI Photo)
Villagers wade through a waterlogged area following heavy rainfall in Assam's Darrang district. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 20, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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Supreme Court judges should have tenure of at least 7-8 years, says Justice Rao

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Gyanvapi: SC asks ‘matured’ Varanasi dist judge to hear case, talks of balance

Gyanvapi mosque row: The controversy has escalated following the videograph survey of the Gyanvapi mosque by the court-appointed commission. The matter is now being heard in the court of law to resolve the decades long dispute.
The Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi.(PTI)
The Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi.(PTI)
Published on May 20, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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Regional parties may be biggest gainers in upcoming Rajya Sabha elections

An analysis of Rajya Sabha seats that will go to elections on June 10 in 15 states shows that regional parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the YSR Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) stand to gain by increasing their tally from the current 25 to 27 seats out of the 57.
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Raj Thackeray puts Ayodhya visit on hold

Raj Thackeray’s announcement comes amid strong opposition from Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh, who had warned that Thackeray would not be allowed to enter Ayodhya till he tenders an apology for “humiliating” north Indians in the past.
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Updated on May 20, 2022 11:11 PM IST
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CBI books Lalu, Rabri and their daughters in graft case

Following the registration of a first information report (FIR) on May 18, the CBI carried out coordinated raids across 17 locations on Friday, including the residences of Lalu Yadav, his daughters – Misa Bharti and Hema Yadav – and named railway job candidates in Delhi, Patna and Gopalganj, officials said.
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India to screen arrivals for monkeypox signs

Some samples of suspected cases have been directed to be sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, which is country’s apex virology laboratory under the Indian Council of medical Research, for testing against the viral disease.
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Updated on May 20, 2022 11:15 PM IST
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Calcutta high court directs CBI, NIA to jointly probe conversion charges in Bengal’s Malda district

A special leave petition alleging religious conversion was filed in the Calcutta high court by two women on May 18 alleging that their husbands were forcefully converted to Islam. The petitioners had alleged that their husbands went missing on November 24, 2021, over six months after the Bengal assembly poll results were declared on May 2.
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Published on May 20, 2022 11:10 PM IST
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Don’t divide Indianson linguistic lines: PM

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SC transfers Gyanvapi matter to district judge

Noting that the “complexities and sensitivities involved in the matter” would require a “more senior and experienced hand”, a bench, led by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, transferred the suit filed by five Hindu women on whose plea a survey of the mosque premises was conducted, to the Varanasi district judge, asking him to decide all relevant issues.
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At Justice Rao's farewell event, CJI Ramana says kindness was key in his success

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