Coronavirus LIVE Updates | UP CM Yogi Adityanath Tests Positive For COVID-19

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath (file image)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Wednesday informed that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote in Hindi, “When the initial symptoms were seen, I got myself tested for Covid and my report came back as positive. I am in self-isolation and fully following the instructions of physicians. I am doing all work virtually,” he tweeted in Hindi

Earlier, Adityanath’s predecessor, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, also tested positive for COVID-19.

In a massive surge in Covid-19 cases, India on Tuesday reports 1,84,372 fresh cases, marking the biggest single-day spike yet for the sixth consecutive day. The nationwide tally climbed past 13.8 million cases. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 more patients died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,72,135.

The active number of cases stands at 13,65,704. In the last 24 hours, 82,339 people recovered from the disease. With this, the total recoveries reached 1,23,36,036. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 11,11,79,578 till today.

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the country on Monday. Now, India has three vaccines Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V for its inoculation programme against COVID-19.  Meanwhile, the four-day-long ‘Tika Utsav’, a mass Covid-19 vaccine programme, started in the country on Sunday (Jyotirao Phule’s birth anniversary) will come to an end on Wednesday (B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary).

People entering Odisha without negative RT-PCR report, vaccination certificate to go under self-quarantine

In an effort to maintain the crowd amid the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Coast Railway and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation have tightened up the surveillance at the railway station. The people coming to the state without a negative RT-PCR report or vaccination certificate are being asked to go under self-quarantine.

No shortage of Remdesivir injection in Jharkhand, says state Health Minister

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta on Tuesday said that there is no shortage of Remdesivir injection in the state. Gupta, while on his visit to the COVID-19 ward at Sadar Hospital in Ranchi, told the media personnel, “There is no shortage of Remdesivir injection in the state. We have received 1,500 injections on Tuesday.” The state Health Minister further said, “We have written to the Central government for more ventilators. We are increasing the number of ventilators.”

Amid curfew imposed in Maharashtra, migrant workers begin leaving state

After the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced the imposition of Section 144 in the state from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases, some migrant workers have started returning to their native places. The migrant workers can be seen leaving for their home states at key transit points in the city including, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases and but said he will not term the new restrictions as “lockdown”. Under the new guidelines, all establishments, public places, activities will remain closed in the state. Only essential services will be exempted, and their operations to be unrestricted.

The guidelines said that cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will remain closed till Section 144 is imposed in the state. Shooting for films, serial, ads will remain suspended in Maharashtra from 8 pm, April 14 till 7 am May. All shops, malls, shopping centres not performing essential services will also remain closed during this time.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday went into self-isolation after coming into contact with a few officials who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Cong Working Committee to meet on Saturday over COVID-19 crisis

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet on Saturday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country. The meeting will be held through video conference and will be chaired by the party interim president Sonia Gandhi. According to the sources, the CWC will be passing a resolution in this matter during the meet.

Global Update:

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.

Brazil reports 3,808 single-day COVID-19 deaths

Brazil on Tuesday reported 3,808 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising its pandemic death toll to 358,425. According to the Ministry of Health, during the same period, tests detected 82,186 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 13,599,994. With overburdened hospitals and 80 per cent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds occupied, Brazil, which reported a daily average of 3,068 deaths over the past seven days, is registering the most coronavirus deaths for a single country, according to data from the Council of State Health Secretariates.

South Africa suspends use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday said that the country will be suspending the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after health concerns raised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We have determined to voluntarily suspend our rollout until the causal relationship between the development of clots and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is sufficiently interrogated,” Mkhize said in a statement. “In the extremely unlikely event that Johnson and Johnson rollout is completely halted, we will not have any impediment to proceed with phase two of the rollout with Pfizer,” he added.

Pakistan’s Punjab govt extends smart lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots

In view of the incessant surge in daily COVID-19 cases, authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Tuesday announced the extension of smart lockdowns, enforced in COVID-19 hotspots, till April 26.

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