A health worker wearing protective gear conducts Rapid Antigen test for Covid-19 of passengers. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
A health worker wearing protective gear conducts Rapid Antigen test for Covid-19 of passengers. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
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LIVE: Kerala receives 2 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses

As India is witnessing a second wave- which is known to have an increased transmissibility, the Union health ministry ministry said 10 states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka etc have recorded a steep rise in their daily cases.
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 11:06 PM IST

India on Tuesday saw a slight fall in its daily coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tally as 161,736 fresh cases were recorded in the last 24 hours taking the caseload to over 13.68 million, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. As many as 879 people died due to the disease on Tuesday while 97,168 people recovered, the update showed. On Monday, India surpassed Brazil to become the second worst-hit country from the Covid-19 pandemic.


As the country is witnessing a second wave- which is known to have an increased transmissibility, the ministry said 10 states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka etc have recorded a steep rise in their daily cases.


Maharashtra, which is the worst hit state, reported 51,751 new Covid-19 disease cases and 258 more deaths on Monday taking the caseload to nearly 3.5 million. The state government has been holding meetings regarding the imposition of lockdown across Maharashtra to curb the spread of the disease. Officials familiar with the development told Hindustan Times on Monday that the government is expected to make an announcement about the lockdown on Wednesday and its implementation will be done from Thursday evening.


Haryana on Monday became the latest state to impose a night curfew between 9pm and 5am due to a recent surge in cases. "There shall be prohibition on the movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 9 pm to 5 am in the state of Haryana," an order by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority read. Hospitals, ATMs and medical shops will be allowed to operate round the clock, the order said adding that exemption from the night curfew has also been given for medical emergencies and essential workers.


The Centre, meanwhile, on Monday granted approval for the restricted emergency use of Russian based Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Sources told news agency Reuters that nearly 100 doses of Sputnik V will be imported for emergency use in India in the coming six to seven months.





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  • APR 13, 2021 11:05 PM IST

    Kerala receives 2 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses

    Kerala health minister KK Shailaja on Tuesday informed that the state has received two lakh more doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday requested Centre to provide 50 lakh vaccine doses to the state, reported ANI.

  • APR 13, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    Chhattisgarh reports 15,121 new Covid-19 cases, 109 deaths

    Chhattisgarh reports 15,121 fresh Covid-19 cases and 109 deaths, taking the total number of cases to 4,71,994.

  • APR 13, 2021 10:33 PM IST

    Himachal Pradesh reports 619 new Covid-19 infections

    Himachal Pradesh's death toll reached 1,122 with 11 new fatalities from Covid-19 on Tuesday, while the tally reached 71,394 with 619 new infections, PTI quoted an official as saying.

  • APR 13, 2021 09:55 PM IST

    Maharashtra: Pune reports over 10,000 new Covid-19 cases

    Pune district reported 10,112 new cases, 9,843 recoveries, and 99 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • APR 13, 2021 09:08 PM IST

    CM Thackeray announces support schemes

    12 lakh registered building and other construction workers will be given 1500 each. 5,400 crore will be used to support people during this period, the Maharashtra chief minister announced.

  • APR 13, 2021 09:06 PM IST

    CM Uddhav Thackeray announces provision of free food thalis for one month

    Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said 3kg wheat and 2 kg rice will be provided for one month to 7 crore people. "Shiv Bhojan thali will be given free for the next one month. State gives around 200,000 meal thalis daily, " the chief minister added.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:58 PM IST

    Public transport, including trains, to operate as usual during imposition of section 144 for next 15 days, announces CM Thackeray

    People have to decide whether they want to help coronavirus or the government that is working to curb it, said CM Uddhav Thackeray. The chief minister informed that public transport including local trains will not be shut.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    Uddhav Thackeray announces section 144 in Maharashtra for 15 days, curbs to come into effect from 8pm on Wednesday

    The chief minister said time has come to take strict measures. "These restrictions will come into effect from tomorrow 8 pm," Thackeray said, adding, "We are imposing Section 144 for the next 15 days."

  • APR 13, 2021 08:48 PM IST

    This wave is massive, don't know if close to peak: CM on Covid-19 rise

    "This wave is massive. We don't even know if we are close to the peak (of Covid cases),"said CM Uddhav Thackeray. Vaccination drive has been ramped up but that will not help to recover from this wave but prevent other such wave in future, he added.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    Writing to PM to allow Air Force to supply Oxygen: CM Thackeray

    "I am writing to PM to allow Air Force to supply oxygen. Another demand is to push the deadline by three months to file GST returns of small and medium enterprises," said Thackeray.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Facing shortage of oxygen, beds: CM Thackeray

    "In the last few days, I have interacted with people from all walks of lives, to get consensus. But now discussions will not help", said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. "We are facing shortage of oxygen, beds. Demand for Remdesivir has soared. We have told PM Modi that we will need oxygen from other states," he added.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:37 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 60,212 new Covid-19 cases, situation in state dreadful: CM

    The Covid situation in the state has become dreadful. Today, Maharashtra has added 60212 fresh cases, said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The increase in cases has now burdened the health infrastructure, he added.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:17 PM IST

    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to address state shortly

    Maharashtra chief minister is scheduled to address the citizens at 8.30pm over Covid-19 situation in the state.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:04 PM IST

    Delhi reports 13,468 new Covid-19 infections, takes active cases tally to over 43,000

    Delhi reports 13,468 new Covid-19 cases, 7,972 discharges and 81 deaths on Tuesday. Active cases stand at 43,510.

  • APR 13, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    France suspends all flights to and from Brazil to prevent spread of Covid-19 variant

  • APR 13, 2021 07:34 PM IST

    Karnataka reports 8,778 new Covid-19 infections, 67 deaths

    Karnataka reports 8778 new Covid-19 cases including 5,500 cases in Bengaluru Urban district, 6079 discharges and 67 deaths.

  • APR 13, 2021 07:12 PM IST

    Rajasthan logs 5,528 new Covid-19 cases, 28 deaths

    Rajasthan registered 5,528 new Covid-19 cases, 1,251 recoveries and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • APR 13, 2021 06:54 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu reports nearly 7,000 new Covid-19 cases

    Tamil Nadu reported 6,984 new Covid-19 cases, 3,289 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases in the state reach nearly 50,000.

  • APR 13, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    Kerala reports over 7,500 new Covid-19 cases

    Kerala reported 7,515 new Covid-19 cases, 2,959 recoveries and 20 deaths on Tuesday. Active cases stand at 52,132, as per ANI.

  • APR 13, 2021 06:00 PM IST

    Chances of infection, deaths reduce after Covd-19 vaccinaton: ICMR DG

    These are disease-modifying vaccines, ICMR DG said on Tuesday, adding that antibodies develop and chances of infection, death reduce after administration of both doses of the vaccine. After vaccination, chances of hospitalisation after reduced by 85 per cent, he added.

  • APR 13, 2021 05:34 PM IST

    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to address state at 8:30pm over Covid-19 situation

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will address citizens at 8:30pm on Tuesday regarding Covid-19 situation in the state.

  • APR 13, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    Over 4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in last 24 hours: Govt

    Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said more than 10.85 crore doses of vaccine have been administered in the country till 8am on Tuesday. In the last 24 hours, over 4 million doses were administered, Bhushan added

  • APR 13, 2021 05:01 PM IST

    Covid-19 testing in Maharashtra not in pace with growth of average daily cases: Health ministry

    In Maharashtra, average daily cases, week on week, have grown significantly and reached a level of 57,000 plus. Tests/million growing but not keeping pace with growth of average daily cases. If you look at share of RT-PCR tests, it's progressively coming down, said Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

  • APR 13, 2021 04:41 PM IST

    Kerala issues new Covid-19 restrictions to control spread

    Kerala Govt issues new restrictions to contain Covid spread- Max 100 people permitted to gather indoors and max 200 persons at outdoor functions. Shops to close by 9pm, religious leaders to persuade to avoid community gatherings (Iftar party) and malls, theatres to restrict occupancy, reported ANI.

  • APR 13, 2021 04:20 PM IST

    Karnataka issues Covid-19 related guidelines for Ramzan, large gatherings to stay prohibited

  • APR 13, 2021 04:12 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh reports highest single-day spike of over 18,000 new Covid-19 cases

    Uttar Pradesh logged the highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases and 85 fatalities, a senior official said, according to PTI.

  • APR 13, 2021 03:37 PM IST

    Supply shortages delay full speed production of Novavax Covid-19 vaccine

    Novavax Inc has pushed back the timeline of completing its target of 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses per month until third quarter. The delay comes as the company is facing supply shortages including bags used to grow cells, Reuters quoted the spokesperson as saying.

  • APR 13, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    Air India to set up mass Covid-19 vaccination camp for its employees

    Air India has decided to set up a mass vaccination camp for its employee aged 45 years and above on priority, reported ANI.

  • APR 13, 2021 02:42 PM IST

    NHS uses surge testing system as South African Covid-19 variant cluster found in London

    The National Health Services of the UK said that is using a surge testing system in two areas of South London after a cluster of fast-spreading South African Covid-19 variant was found here, reported PTI.

  • APR 13, 2021 02:12 PM IST

    Russia adds 8,173 new Covid-19 cases, 338 more deaths

    Russia on Tuesday reported 8,173 new Covid-19 disease cases and 338 more deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload and death toll to 4,657,883 and 103,601 respectively, according to official figures.

  • APR 13, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    Centre fast-tracks approvals for foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines that have been cleared for emergency use in other countries

    The central government on Tuesday fast tracked the emergency approval for foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in other countries to expand the basket of vaccines for domestic use and hasten the pace and coverage of vaccination."

  • APR 13, 2021 01:09 PM IST

    WHO seeks ban on sale of live wild animals in food market to stem Covid

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday sought the ban on sale of of live wild animals in food market in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to news agency AFP.

  • APR 13, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Odisha reports 1,784 new Covid-19 cases, 2 more deaths

    Odisha's tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) went over 353,086 on Tuesday after 1,784 more cases were reported in the last 24 hours, a health official told news agency PTI adding that two more deaths took the toll to 1,930.

  • APR 13, 2021 11:15 AM IST

    Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar tests positive for Covid-19

    Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar tested positive for the Covid-19 disease on Tuesday. Taking it to Twitter, he said he is asymptomatic and urged those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested.

  • APR 13, 2021 10:23 AM IST

    K'taka CM calls all-party meet on April 18 regarding Covid situation in state

    Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said on Tuesday that he has called an all-party meeting to review the coronaivrus disease (Covid-19) situation in the state and added there is no question of a lockdown right now. "Technical advisory committee has said that positive cases will increase here till May 2 hence people must abide by Covid appropriate behaviour," Yediyurappa added.

  • APR 13, 2021 09:52 AM IST

    Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally nearing 142,000; 2,366 new cases recorded

    Jharkhand on Tuesday registered 2,366 fresh Covid-19 disease cases and 19 more deaths, taking the caseload and death toll to 141,750 and 1,232 respectively, a health official told news agency PTI. Ranchi added the highest number of cases (787), followed by Singhbhum (370) and Ramgarh (142), the official added.

  • APR 13, 2021 09:14 AM IST

    India's daily Covid tally sees slight dip with 161,736 new cases, recoveries over 12.25 million

    India on Tuesday added 161,736 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the caseload to over 13.68 million, according to the Union health ministry's dashboard. As many as 879 people died due to the disease on Tuesday while 97,168 people recovered, the update showed.

  • APR 13, 2021 08:47 AM IST

    10,810 fresh Covid-19 cases take Germany's tally to over 3 million

    Germany's Covid-19 disease tally on Tuesday breached the 3 million mark after 10,810 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the data shared by the data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. As many as 294 succumbed to the disease taking the death toll to 78,746, the data showed.

  • APR 13, 2021 07:57 AM IST

    Mizoram reports 36 new Covid-19 cases; tally nearing 4,700

    Mizoram reported 36 new Covid-19 disease cases in the last 24 hours taking the caseload to 4,655 which includes 12 deaths, 4,468 recoveries and 175 active cases.

  • APR 13, 2021 07:49 AM IST

    Where is the second Covid-19 wave bigger than the first?

    With new cases hitting a fresh high almost every day, India is currently climbing the second wave of Covid-19 infections at a much faster rate than the first. The second wave is also much taller than the first wave at the nationwide level. Read more

  • APR 13, 2021 07:24 AM IST

    Amid rise in Covid cases in Delhi, migrants return to their native places

    As Covid-19 disease cases in Delhi have been rising, prompting the government to impose a night curfew and other Covid curbs, migrant workers in the national capital were seen returning to their native places on Tuesday morning.

  • APR 13, 2021 06:28 AM IST

    UK completes Covid-19 vaccination of those above 50 ahead of schedule

    The United Kingdom (UK) on Monday completed its target of vaccinating people above the age of 50 ahead of schedule. The government said that all adults above 50, clinically vulnerable and healthcare and social care workers have been administered vaccine doses.


    "The target was reached ahead of schedule, with the government having pledged to offer a first dose to priority cohorts 1-9 by 15 April," Downing Street said, according to news agency ANI.

  • APR 13, 2021 06:19 AM IST

    Mexico reports 1,627 new Covid-19 cases, 364 more deaths

    Mexico on Monday added 1,627 fresh Covid disease cases and 364 more deaths taking the caseload and death toll to 2,281,840 and 209,702 respectively, according to the health ministry.


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