Highlights: Chhattisgarh reports 12,345 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
India's tally of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) stands at 14,788,109 after the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) reported on Sunday morning that the country logged 261,500 fresh infections of the viral disease in the preceding 24 hours. The death toll, meanwhile, is at 177,150 with 1,501 more related fatalities.
India saw more than 100,000 cases for the first time on April 5, and, barring April 6, has been witnessing more than 100,000 infections everyday. The 200,000 mark was topped for the first time on April 15.
According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, India's caseload is the second-highest globally, after that of the United States, and ahead of Brazil's. In terms of related deaths, India is at fourth, the tracker shows, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico respectively.
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APR 18, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Chhattisgarh reports 12,345 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
Chhattisgarh on Sunday registered 12,345 fresh Covid-19 cases, 14,075 discharges, and 170 deaths in last 24 hours.
APR 18, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh logs 12,248 fresh Covid-19 cases, 66 deaths
Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 12,248 new Covid-19 cases, 7,495 recoveries and 66 deaths in the last 24 hours.
APR 18, 2021 11:04 PM IST
UK reports 1,882 Covid-19 cases, 10 more deaths
The United Kingdom's Covid-19 caseload climbed to 4,387,820 after 1,882 cases, 10 more deaths were reported on Sunday, according to official figures. The total Covid-related deaths now stand at 127,270.
APR 18, 2021 10:42 PM IST
Maharashtra makes negative RT-PCR test mandatory for passengers from Delhi-NCR and 4 other states; Covid SOP issued too
With a view to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease, the Maharashtra government on Sunday made negative RT-PCR tests mandatory for passengers arriving from Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and NCR and Uttarakhand. Read more
APR 18, 2021 10:18 PM IST
India's Covid figures not looking good, but..: Top doctor gives tips to be safe
Gripped by the second wave of the deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-19), India is currently witnessing a tsunami of cases and deaths. The number of daily cases topped the 100,000-mark on April 5, a record jump never seen in the country ever before. Read more
APR 18, 2021 10:12 PM IST
Bihar reports 8,690 new Covid-19 cases, 27 fresh fatalities
Bihar's caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) climbed to 324,117 after 8,690 new cases and 27 more deaths were reported on Sunday, according to the state health department's bulletin. Patna district reported the highest number of new cases at 2,290, followed by Gaya (753) and Saran (383), the bulletin showed.
APR 18, 2021 08:27 PM IST
Maharashtra breaks another grim milestone, records highest single-day spike of 68,631 cases of Covid-19
Maharashtra on Sunday registered 68,631 new Covid-19 disease cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic last year, taking the caseload to 3,839,338 according to the state health department's bulletin. As many as 503 people died due to the disease while 45,654 recovered during the same period taking the death toll and total recoveries to 60,473 and 3,106,828 respectively, the bulletin showed.
APR 18, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Gujarat's Covid-19 tally crosses 400,000; 10,340 new cases reported
Gujarat's Covid-19 caseload breached the 400,000-mark on Sunday after another single-day high of 10,340 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department's bulletin. Nearly 4,000 people recovered and 110 died during the same period.
APR 18, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Bihar to observe night curfew from 9pm-5am; Cinema halls, malls to be shut till May 15
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced on Sunday a night curfew will be imposed across the state between 9pm to 5am in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and no examinations will be held by state-run schools and universities till May 15, according to news agency ANI. Read more
APR 18, 2021 06:34 PM IST
Tamil Nadu announces night curfew, Sunday lockdowns starting April 20 to curb Covid-19 spread
From April 20, Tamil Nadu will be imposing a night curfew and Sunday lockdowns until further notice to curb the spread of the Covid disease in the state. The night curfew will be between 10 pm and 4 am and public transport, taxis, rental autos and private vehicles will not be allowed to operate during this period.
During the Sunday lockdown, essentials such as milk shops and pharamacies will function. Restaurants would be allowed to function from 6am-10 am, 12pm-3 pm and 6pm-9 pm.
APR 18, 2021 06:25 PM IST
Covid in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee flags 3 issues to PM Modi, seeks ‘intervention'
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she highlighted three issues which are important with regard to the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India which is leading to a huge spike in number of cases and fatalities. Read more
APR 18, 2021 05:59 PM IST
Shortage of oxygen in several Delhi hospitals, says Dy CM Sisodia
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday there is a shortage of oxygen in several hospitals in the national capital to treat the Covid disease patients. "Some hospitals have oxygen supply for 3-4 hours while some have oxygen supply for 10-12 hours. Situation is grim so we have requested Central Govt to provide oxygen to Delhi on priority," Sisodia was quoted as saying by news agency ANI after he paid a visit to Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre & Hospital, Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur.
APR 18, 2021 05:44 PM IST
Pakistan adds 6,127 new Covid-19 cases; highest single day spike since June last year
Pakistan on Sunday added 6,127 new Covid disease cases, the highest single day spike since June 14 last year. The country's caseload has now climbed to 756,285 and the positivity rate is at 8.5 per cent, Dawn reported.
APR 18, 2021 04:37 PM IST
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, wife test positive for Covid-19
Congress leader and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his wife Asha Hooda tested positive for the Covid-19 disease on Sunday. Congress MLA B B Batra told news agency ANI that Hood and his wife are currently in Delhi and will hospitalise themselves in Gurugram as a precautionary measure. Read more
APR 18, 2021 04:17 PM IST
Philippines' Covid-19 tally climbs over 936,000; 10,098 new cases added
Philippines tally of the Covid-19 disease crossed 936,000 (936,133 exact) on Sunday after 10,098 new cases were reported, according to the Department of Health (DOH). As many as 150 succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday taking the death toll of the Southeast Asian nation to 15,960 , the DOH added.
APR 18, 2021 03:38 PM IST
Delhi govt urges Railways to deploy Covid-19 care coaches at 2 stations
The Delhi government on Sunday requested Railways to provide up to 5,000 beds by deploying Covid-19 care coaches at the Shakur Basti and the Anand Vihar stations due to the spike in the national capital's cases. Delhi chief secretary Vijay Kumar Dev wrote a letter to Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma he said private and government hospitals in Delhi "are getting strained and there is an urgent need for more number of bed facilities to cope up with the ever increasing demand of Covid patients who require admissions in hospitals.
APR 18, 2021 02:35 PM IST
Maharashtra home minister warns of action against Covid-19 curbs
As Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state from the Covid-19 disease pandemic, state home minister Dilip Walse Patil warned on Sunday that strict action will be taken against those Covid related curbs imposed by the government to curb the spread of the disease. "In order to curb the rising number of Covid-19 infections, curfew order and restrictions should be effectively followed. Action will be taken against those who violate orders," Walse tweeted.
APR 18, 2021 02:25 PM IST
8,632 fresh cases push Russia's Covid-19 tally to over 4.7 million
Russia's caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) climbed to 4,702,101 on Sunday after 8,632 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to news agency Reuters. Almost 390 people succumbed to the disease taking the death toll to 105,582.
APR 18, 2021 01:52 PM IST
PM Modi reviews Varanasi's Covid-19 situation
PM Modi reiterated importance of masks and urged all to ensure 'do gaj ki doori'. He said that as a representative of Varanasi, he takes constant feedback from public and in last five-six years, medical infrastructure has advanced in Varanasi that has helped in the fight against: Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
APR 18, 2021 01:37 PM IST
India's Covid-19 vaccination doses top 120 million
India has administered 122,622,590 doses of vaccine against Covid-19, with 2,684,956 doses in last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry dashboard.
APR 18, 2021 01:02 PM IST
Commonwealth Games village to be used as Covid-19 centre: Kejriwal
We will add over 6,000 high-flow oxygen beds will in next two-three days at Yamuna Sports Complex. Commonwealth Games Village and some schools too will be turned into Covid-19 centres and the Covid facility at Radha Soami Satsang Beas will be reopened: Arvind Kejriwal
APR 18, 2021 12:32 PM IST
Around 25,000 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi in last 24 hours, says Kejriwal
Around 25,000 new Covid-19 cases reported in Delhi in last 24 hours. There are 10,000 beds in Delhi, including that of central govt, of which, 1,800 beds currently reserved for Covid-19. I request Centre to allot 7,000 of 10,000 beds in view of severe Covid-19 cases: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
APR 18, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Delhi's positivity rate up 30% from 24% in last 24 hours: Arvind Kejriwal
Positivity rate increased from 24% to 30% in last 24 hours. Less than 100 ICU beds left and there's oxygen shortage. Spoke to Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday and Amit Shah ji this morning regarding lack of beds and informed them that we're in dire need: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
APR 18, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Ladakh sees highest single-day Covid-19 rise in 2021
Ladakh records 362 new Covid-19 cases, its highest in a single day this year, and one death. Infection tally rises to 12,071 including 133 deaths.
APR 18, 2021 11:14 AM IST
33 PSA plants out of 162 sanctioned already installed: Health ministry
162 PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants have been sanctioned by GoI for installation in public health facilities in all states. Out of 162 PSA plants sanctioned, 33 already been installed: Union health ministry
APR 18, 2021 11:12 AM IST
Bengal forms task force to oversee augmentation of hospital beds
West Bengal government forms a four-member 'Task Force on augmentation of Covid beds in private hospitals/nursing homes' in response to upsurge in Covid-19 cases in state. Sanjay Bansal, secretary, health and family welfare department to chair task force and act as state nodal officer.
APR 18, 2021 10:56 AM IST
April session for JEE (Main) 2021 postponed, says NTA
April session for JEE (Main) 2021 has been postponed. It was scheduled for 27th, 28th and 30th April. Revised dates to be announced later: National Testing Agency (NTA)
APR 18, 2021 10:54 AM IST
Uttarakhand reschedules exams in view of Covid-19
In view of rising Covid-19 cases, state board examinations for Class 10 have been cancelled while deferred for Class 12: Uttarakhand education minister Arvind Pandey
APR 18, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Colombia records 16,654 new Covid-19 cases and 354 deaths
Colombia recorded 16,654 new Covid-19 cases and 354 deaths on Saturday, its health ministry has said. The infection tally has risen to 2,636,076 including 67,931 deaths.
APR 18, 2021 09:53 AM IST
Andaman and Nicobar's Covid-19 tally up by 42 new cases
Andaman and Nicobar Islands' Covid-19 caseload surged to 5,331 with 42 more people testing positive, a health department official said on Sunday. Death toll rises to 64 with one new death.
APR 18, 2021 09:30 AM IST
India's active caseload tops 1.8 million, recoveries near 13 million
With a rise of 121,576 cases, India's active Covid-19 caseload reaches 1,801,316. Recoveries at 12,809,643 with 138,423 more recoveries in the last 24 hours.
APR 18, 2021 09:23 AM IST
India sees record rise of 261,500 new Covid-19 cases
India's Covid-19 tally rises to 14,788,109 with a record spike of 261,500 fresh infections. More than 200,000 new cases for fourth day in a row. Death toll rises to 177,150 with 1,501 new fatalities.
APR 18, 2021 09:12 AM IST
Over 266 million samples tested for Covid-19: ICMR
266,538,416 samples were tested up till April 17 in the country, including 1,566,394 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
APR 18, 2021 08:49 AM IST
China records 16 new Covid-19 cases
China reported 16 new Covid-19 cases on April 17, up from 15 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Sunday. Infection tally at 90,499 while death toll unchanged at 4,636.
APR 18, 2021 08:23 AM IST
Delhi makes home quarantine mandatory for Kumbh returnees
All residents of Delhi, returning from Haridwar after attending Kumbh Mela, will have to mandatorily stay in home quarantine for 14 days on arrival to the national capital: Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)
APR 18, 2021 07:48 AM IST
Nearly 120 million vaccine doses administered in India thus far
The number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India, since the beginning of vaccination drive on January 16, is at 119,937,641, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard.
APR 18, 2021 07:22 AM IST
Nearly 3,000 new Covid-19 deaths in Brazil
Brazil reports 67,636 new Covid-19 cases and 2,929 related deaths, according to the country's health ministry. Tally tops 13.9 million while death toll reaches 371,678.