India recorded a massive surge of 161,736 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s Covid tally has shot up to 13,689,453 cases, according to data released by Health Ministry. India is now the 2nd worst-hit nation in terms of total Covid-19 cases and 3rd-worst hit country in terms of active cases. India also witnessed 880 fatalities due to covid-19 in a single day. The death toll from the deadly infection now stands at 171,089.
Delhi reported 11,491 new COVID-19 cases and 72 related deaths in the last 24 hours, the health department of the national capital said on Monday. This is Delhi’s highest single-day spike since the start of the pandemic.
The infection tally in the national capital has gone up to 7,36,688 and a total of 11,355 fatalities due to the disease have been recorded so far. There are 38,095 active COVID-19 cases in Delhi. The city’s positivity rate stands at 12.44 per cent while the cumulative positivity rate is at 4.71 per cent.
Meanwhile, 14 private hospitals including Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and St Stephens Hospital, Tis Hazari were declared as full COVID hospitals and were directed by the Delhi government not to admit any non-COVID medical/ surgical patient till further orders on Monday.
Also, Maharashtra reported 51,751 new COVID-19 cases and 258 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Monday evening. According to the state health department, 52,312 people have recovered from the disease. The active number of cases in the state stands at 5,64,746, while the death toll has gone up to 58,245. Mumbai reported 6,905 new COVID-19 cases and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total count of cases to 5,27,119. With 9,037 more recoveries, the total number of recoveries has gone up to 4,23,678. The city has 90,267 active cases currently.
DCGI approves use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in India
Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the country. Also, India has become the 60th country to approve Sputnik V.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company, last week sought the government’s approval for the vaccine to be used in India. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) partnered with Dr Reddy’s in September 2020 to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik V in India. The Russian vaccine has an efficacy of 91.6% based on the interim analysis of phase III clinical trials, which included data from 19,866 volunteers in Russia. and is conducting its Phase III clinical trials in the UAE, India, Venezuela and Belarus, according to the Sputnik-V’s website.
Fearing lockdown amid COVID spike, some migrant workers begin leaving Delhi
Amidst the rising number of COVID cases in the national capital, some of the migrant workers have started returning to their native places in fear of imposition of lockdown. Some alone, with backpacks, while some with their families, migrant workers can be seen leaving for their home at ISBT, Anand Vihar and other key transit points in the city. With increasing COVID numbers the fear of imposition of lockdown has been making migrant workers anxious.
Meanwhile, considering the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state government on Monday decided to postpone state board exams for class 10th and 12th.
Maharashtra Education Minister informed on Monday, “We’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th and 12th. Class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June. Fresh dates will be announced accordingly.”
Earlier, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has instructed the officials to make mandatory, RTPCR test negative reports obtained within 72 hours for passengers coming from other states by rail or air route.
Apart from this, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed that all government and non-government educational institutes will remain closed till April 30.
“Classes of all the government/non-government schools from classes 1 to 12 will remain close in the state until April 30. Coaching centers will be closed. Pre-scheduled examinations may take place during this period. Teachers and other staff can be present as per the requirement,” said Yogi.
The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.93 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Bangladesh suspends international flights for a week amid rising cases
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Sunday decided to suspend international flights for one week starting from April 14 with the commencement of the hard-lockdown in the country to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Lahore hospitals run out of oxygen supply amid rising coronavirus cases
Amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the city, several Lahore hospitals have run out of oxygen supply on Monday. About 1,100 coronavirus patients in government hospitals need oxygen, while almost 250 patients are on a ventilator, reported Geo News. Mayo Hospitals’s chief executive said that the situation will take a turn for the worst if oxygen cylinders are not supplied within the next three to four hours.
Regeneron antibody cocktail ‘helps prevent’ symptomatic Covid-19: Drugmaker
New Phase 3 trial data finds a single shot of Regeneron’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail was able to prevent symptomatic Covid-19 among people exposed to the virus, the company said on Monday. Regeneron, in its statement, said that it will seek expansion of the emergency use authorization for the drug, which is currently available in the United States to treat mild-to-moderate Covid-19 in people already infected with the coronavirus. “The trial, which was jointly run with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), met its primary and key secondary endpoints, showing that REGEN-COV 1,200 mg administered subcutaneously (SC) reduced the risk of symptomatic infections by 81% in those who were not infected when they entered the trial,” the company said.
UK completes Covid-19 vaccination target of People Over 50 ahead of schedule
The United Kingdom has completed the vaccination of people aged over 50 ahead of schedule, administering first shots of coronavirus vaccines to millions of people, Downing Street said on Monday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement said: “We have now passed another hugely significant milestone in our vaccine program by offering jabs to everyone in the nine highest risk groups. That means more than 32 million people have been given the precious protection vaccines provide against Covid-19.” “I want to thank everyone involved in the vaccine rollout which has already saved many thousands of lives. We will now move forward with completing essential second doses and making progress towards our target of offering all adults a vaccine by the end of July,” he added.
Covid-19 pandemic long way from over, warns WHO chief
There have been now seven consecutive weeks of increasing Covid-19 cases and four weeks of increasing deaths globally, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said on Monday adding that the coronavirus pandemic is ‘long from over’.
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