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Highlights: No oxygen supply crisis in Madhya Pradesh, says CM Chouhan

The health ministry on Wednesday said India surpassed the US to become the fastest vaccinating country in the world with an average daily rate of more than 3 million vaccine doses.
A BMC health care worker taking a swab smaple from a hawker to test for Covid-19 at Govandi in Mumbai, India
A BMC health care worker taking a swab smaple from a hawker to test for Covid-19 at Govandi in Mumbai, India

India is witnessing a rapid spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the second wave. On Wednesday, the country logged more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours for the second time this year, taking the tally to over 12.8 million cases. The active Covid-19 caseload of the country reached more than 843,000 and the daily positivity rate is on a steady rise. The daily positivity rate of the disease, which was 2.29 per cent on March 8, currently stands at 8.04 per cent, the Union health ministry data showed....Read More


The ministry on Wednesday said the nation surpassed the US to become the fastest vaccinating country in the world with an average daily rate of more than 3 million vaccine doses.


The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) informed that the UK Covid-19 variant is now the most common strain in the country, reported Bloomberg. The European Union health ministers said they will continue talks to resolve vaccination planning, as the EU failed to unify in response to the links between the AstraZeneca Covid shots and blood clots. Germany, France, and Italy have restricted the vaccine for people aged above 60 and have asked the other members to implement the same, reported Bloomberg.

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Apr 8, 2021 11:44 PM IST

No oxygen supply crisis in Madhya Pradesh, says CM Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday that there is no crisis of medical oxygen supply for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients in the state adding that additional oxygen is coming from Bhilai.

Apr 8, 2021 11:14 PM IST

37 doctors of Delhi hospital test positive for Covid-19

37 doctors of Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), hospital sources told news agency ANI.

Apr 8, 2021 10:38 PM IST

Delhi govt orders increase in reserved beds for Covid-19 patients at two hospitals

Delhi government has ordered an increase in total number of beds reserved for Covid-19 patients from 1,000 to 1,500 at Lok Nayak Hospital and from 500 to 1,000 at GTB Hospital. Dental and Ayush doctors will also be deployed at Covid-19 hospitals in view of rising cases.

Apr 8, 2021 10:30 PM IST

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy tests positive for Covid-19

Senior Congress leader and former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy has tested positive for Covid-19.

Apr 8, 2021 10:28 PM IST

Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor orders night curfew imposition in urban areas of 8 districts

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has ordered imposition of night curfew in urban areas of 8 districts from April 9 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting with chief ministers, advocated for similar measures to prevent infection.

Apr 8, 2021 10:04 PM IST

All public transport from Odisha to Chhattisgarh, vice versa suspended from April 10

Odisha government announced ban all public transport to and from Chhattisgarh with effect from April 10-30. The transport department with state police and district collectors have been asked to set up border check points at strategic locations to manage entry of incoming vehicles.

Apr 8, 2021 9:37 PM IST

'Corona curfew' in Bengaluru, 6 other Karnataka cities between 10pm-5am from April 10

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday announced that 'Corona curfew' (night curfew) will be imposed between 10pm to 5am from April 10 in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumkuru, Udupi and Manipal. The night curfew will be effective till April 20 and all essential services will be exempted in that period.

Apr 8, 2021 9:15 PM IST

AIIMS to curtail operation theatre services amid surge in Covid cases, only urgent surgeries to be taken up

All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on Thursday announced that it will take take up only urgent procedures or surgeries in various operation theatres from April 10 in view of Covid-19 prevention and control.

Apr 8, 2021 8:56 PM IST

Karnataka reports 6,570 new Covid-19 cases, 2,393 recoveries and 36 deaths

Karnataka reports 6,570 new Covid-19 cases, 2,393 recoveries and 36 deaths.

Total cases: 10,40,130

Total recoveries: 9,73,949

Death toll: 12,767

Active cases: 53,395

Apr 8, 2021 8:53 PM IST

UK Covid data shows more than 6 million people have had two doses of vaccine

More than half a million people in the United Kingdom received a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in a day, official data showed on Thursday, raising the total who have had two doses past 6 million.

Apr 8, 2021 8:43 PM IST

Maharashtra records 56, 286 fresh Covid-19 cases, 376 deaths in last 24 hours

Maharashtra records 56, 286 fresh Covid-19 cases, 376 deaths in last 24 hours.

Total cases: 3,229,547

Deaths: 57,028

People recovered: 2,649,757 (36,130 today)

Total tested: 21,385,551 (236,815 in 24 hours)

City: Mumbai

Total Cases: 491,980

New Cases: 8,938

Deaths: 11,881 (25 deaths today)

Apr 8, 2021 8:42 PM IST

Need to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a mask and following Covid-19 safety protocols: PM Modi

Once again we need to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a mask and following Covid-19 safety protocols: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in meeting with CMs

Apr 8, 2021 8:40 PM IST

To push vaccination, PM Modi calls for observing vaccine festival between April 11-14

To push vaccination, PM Modi calls for observing vaccine festival between April 11-14 to give jabs to maximum eligible people.

Apr 8, 2021 8:27 PM IST

Our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests: PM Modi

I appeal to you all to stress on Covid-19 testing. Our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests. Let the number of positive cases come high, but do maximum testing. Proper sample collection is very important, it can be checked through proper governance: PM Modi during meeting with CMs.

Apr 8, 2021 8:20 PM IST

'Corona curfew’ should start at 9 pm, says PM Modi

PM Modi backs night restrictions by states at Covid-19 review with chief ministers, says ‘corona curfew’ should start at 9 pm.

Apr 8, 2021 8:16 PM IST

Need to work on war footing again to fight Covid-19: PM Modi

There is a need to work on war footing again to fight Covid-19. Despite all the challenges, we have a better experience, resources and a vaccine: PM Modi

Apr 8, 2021 8:14 PM IST

We need to fight the second surge in cases: PM Modi

We need to fight the second surge in cases. Many states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Punjab have crossed first wave of peak in Covid-19 cases. This is a serious concern. People have become complacent. In most states administration has also become relaxed: PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2021 8:11 PM IST

PM Modi requests CMs to give suggestions to tackle Covid-19 situation

PM Narendra Modi holds meeting with Chief Ministers on the current Covid-19 situation

"A challenging situation is emerging again. I request you all to give your suggestions to tackle the Covid-19 situation", says PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2021 7:54 PM IST

Delhi HC, district courts to stop physical hearing from tomorrow till April 23 in view of Covid-19 spike

In view of rising Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi High Court to stop physical hearing at the court and all district courts from tomorrow till April 23. Now, the courts will hear the cases through virtual mode only.

Apr 8, 2021 7:50 PM IST

WHO rejects SII's proposal seeking extension of Covishield's shelf life

The WHO has rejected Serum Institute of India's proposal seeking extension of the shelf life of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, from six to nine months, citing insufficient data, sources said.

Apr 8, 2021 7:35 PM IST

Uddhav Thackeray, Nitish Kumar attend meet of CMs with PM Modi on Covid situation

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar attend the meeting of Chief Ministers with PM Narendra Modi on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Apr 8, 2021 7:30 PM IST

Pune authorities ramp up bed capacity as Covid-19 cases rise

The civic administration in Pune city on Thursday said it is constantly working to increase the bed capacity for Covid-19 patients to ensure that there is no paucity.

Apr 8, 2021 7:22 PM IST

Mumbai reports 8,938 new Covid-19 cases, 4,503 recoveries and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours

Mumbai reports 8,938 new Covid-19 cases, 4,503 recoveries and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Total cases 4,91,698

Total recoveries 3,92,514

Death toll 11,874

Active cases 86,279

Apr 8, 2021 7:20 PM IST

Delhi records 7,437 fresh Covid-19 cases and 24 deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi records 7,437 fresh Covid-19 cases and 24 deaths in the last 24 hours; active cases at 23,181, case tally 6,98,005.

Apr 8, 2021 6:59 PM IST

Thailand says Bangkok Covid-19 outbreak may take months to contain

A coronavirus outbreak in Thailand's capital may take more than two months to control, a health official said on Thursday, as authorities announced a broad ban on nightlife to tackle a new wave of infections and a highly contagious variant.

Apr 8, 2021 6:55 PM IST

No shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in Karnataka: K Sudhakar

There is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in Karnataka, informed state health minister K Sudhakar on Thursday, as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, adding that about 25-30 lakh doses are still available in the state.

Apr 8, 2021 6:17 PM IST

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan tests positive for coronavirus

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tested positive for Covid-19. Camping in his native village in Kannur, he will be shifted to Kozhikode medical college hospital later in the day. The CM office said he was not showing any major symptoms. His daughter Veena Vijayan was tested positive two days ago.

Apr 8, 2021 6:16 PM IST

Nagpur logs 5,514 new Covid-19 cases, its biggest spike so far

Nagpur district in Maharashtra on Thursday reported 5,514 new cases of coronavirus, its biggest one-day spike so far, the authorities said.

Apr 8, 2021 6:15 PM IST

Curbs again from April 10, says Tamil Nadu govt as Covid-19 cases rise

Amid rise in fresh coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced reintroduction of curbs like permission only for 50% seating capacity in cinemas and ban on select activities with effect from April 10.

Apr 8, 2021 5:23 PM IST

Germany sticks to recommendation on vaccine switch after first Astra dose

Germany's vaccine commission stuck to its recommendation on Thursday that people aged under 60 who have received one shot of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine should receive an mRNA vaccine as their second dose.

Apr 8, 2021 5:18 PM IST

Australia halts AstraZeneca vaccine for most people under 50

Australia on Thursday become the latest country to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that it not be given to people under age 50.

Apr 8, 2021 5:16 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,558 new Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,558 new Covid-19 cases, 915 recoveries, and 6 deaths, in the past 24 hours

Total cases: 9,15,832

Total recoveries: 8,93,651

Active cases: 14,913

Total deaths: 7,268

Apr 8, 2021 5:10 PM IST

Jharkhand Health Minister says 1-2 days Covid-19 vaccines stock left

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta on Thursday said that the state is facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and is only left with stock for a couple of days.

Apr 8, 2021 3:55 PM IST

New Zealand temporarily suspends travel from India to combat surge in Covid-19 infected travellers: PM Ardern

New Zealand has for the first time imposed a temporary ban on travellers coming from India, including its citizens, from April 11 to 28 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases among visitors to this country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Apr 8, 2021 3:44 PM IST

Hungary plans Covid shots for more than 40% of population by end of April

Hungary expects to have more than 4 million of its 10 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of April and to further ease lockdown measures in five or six days, when it has inoculated 3 million people, a senior official said on Thursday.

Apr 8, 2021 2:56 PM IST

Night curfew imposed in Noida with immediate effect from 10 pm - 5 am till April 17

Night curfew imposed in Noida with immediate effect from 10 pm - 5 am till April 17.


Apr 8, 2021 2:55 PM IST

AstraZeneca worries complicate bid to vaccinate the world

Growing worries that AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine causes rare blood clots could hinder immunization campaigns across the world, from London to Seoul.

Apr 8, 2021 2:29 PM IST

Maharashtra govt should curb black marketing of Remdesivir: Devendra Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday slammed the state government for not curbing the black marketing of COVID-19 drug Remdesivir and said the government should procure the drug from states where the coronavirus situation is under control.

Apr 8, 2021 2:05 PM IST

Ten states account for over 87% new Covid-19 deaths: Health ministry

Ten states account for 87.59 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties-322. Punjab followed with 62 daily deaths, as per the Union health ministry data.

Apr 8, 2021 1:45 PM IST

Russia reports 8,672 new Covid-19 cases

Russia on Thursday reported 8,672 new Covid-19 cases, including 2,024 in Moscow, pushing the national case tally to 4,614,834 since the pandemic began, reported Reuters.

Apr 8, 2021 1:25 PM IST

Weekly Covid-19 positivity rate increased to 8.40% in first week of April

The national weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has increased by 6.21 per cent from 2.19 to 8.40 per cent in the first seven days of March and April, the Union health ministry said.

Apr 8, 2021 12:53 PM IST

Senior BJP leader LK Advani receives second jab of Covid-19 shot

Apr 8, 2021 12:23 PM IST

Maharashtra CM gets second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 8, 2021 11:34 AM IST

Covid-19: ICU occupancy level at record high in Brazil

Occupancy levels at Brazil's intensive care units (ICU) have surpassed 90 per cent in 21 of the country's 26 regional capitals, the highest rates since the country's first Covid-19 case was announced, reported ANI.

Apr 8, 2021 11:06 AM IST

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar gets second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar takes his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at RML Hospital. He took the first dose on March 6.

Apr 8, 2021 10:34 AM IST

Telangana reports 2,055 new Covid-19 cases, takes tally to over 318,000

Covid-19 cases in Telangana breached the 2,000-mark with 2,055 fresh infections pushing the tally to over 3.18 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,741 with seven more fatalities, reported PTI.

Apr 8, 2021 10:09 AM IST

Arrival of 30 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine delayed to 2022 says Indonesia

Indonesia's health minister said on Thursday that the country would receive 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine via a bilateral deal in 2021, instead of the 50 million doses that had been initially agreed. The remaining 30 million doses will be shipped in 2022, minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a parliamentary hearing. reported Reuters.

Apr 8, 2021 9:45 AM IST

India logs 126,789 fresh Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, active caseload tops 910,000

India on Thursday reported 126,789 new Covid-19 cases and 685 deaths. The Covid-19 cases tally of the country nears 13 million, as per Union health ministry.

Apr 8, 2021 9:38 AM IST

Maharashtra: Thane reports 6,290 new Covid-19 cases

With the addition of 6,290 new cases of Covid-19, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 3,56,267, an official said on Thursday, reported PTI.

Apr 8, 2021 9:10 AM IST

Over 252 million samples tested for Covid-19 so far: ICMR