India reported 233,943 fresh infections on Saturday, the highest single-day spike so far since the pandemic began. With this, India’s Covid tally has shot up to 14,521,683 cases. India also reported the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 1,338 fatalities. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 173,152.
Top 10 Developments:
- Amid the surge in the COVID-19 cases across the nation, the Kathua administration is conducting COVID-19 tests for the people entering Jammu and Kashmir at the Lakhanpur area in Kathua district.
“Lakhanpur is the gateway for Jammu and Kashmir. Lakhanpur has been declared as the red zone by the UT government,” Deputy Commissioner of Kathua Rahul Yadav told ANI.
- As West Bengal is gearing up for the fifth phase of the ongoing assembly polls on Saturday, the entire nation is witnessing a spike in the COVID-19 cases. West Bengal reported 6,910 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths just ahead of the polling in the fifth phase. According to the state health bulletin, the total count of cases has reached 6,43,795. The number of active cases in the state stands at 41,047. With 26 more deaths, the toll in West Bengal has reached 10,506.
- : The Chhattisgarh government on Friday informed that over 47 thousand COVID-19 tests have being conducted across Chhattisgarh in this month till Friday. According to a statement issued by the state government, “currently, more than 47 thousand COVID-19 tests are being conducted across Chhattisgarh in this month till Friday.The state’s daily test is 1620 (per 10 lakh population), while the country’s average is 1018.” “The number of tests per day was 30 thousand in the month of March, which has increased to more than 47 thousand in the month of April. In the month of January 2021, the average daily testing was 22 thousand 761. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted has increased almost three times,” the statement said.
- The Chhattisgarh government on Friday said that it has ordered 90,000 Remdesivir injections out of which 2,000 injections will be received within two days. “We have placed an order of 90,000 Remdesivir injections, out of which 2000 injections will be received within 2 days and another 28000 within a week. Thereafter, we will receive 30000 injections per week,” state health minister TS Singh Deo tweeted. The minister also congratulated the Health Department of the state for its smart work and timely tough decisions.
- In view of the sudden surge of COVID-19 infections in Odisha, the state government on Wednesday directed all departments and subordinate offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to function with a 50 per cent strength of employees. The order will come into effect from April 19.
- In view of rising COVID-19 cases, the Indian Army on Friday has issued directions to reduce physical attendance in its offices by 50 per cent. Those attending offices have been told to stagger timings, ensure all COVID-19 protocols and avoid crowding. The directions stipulated that meetings or conferences should be done virtually as much as possible. Meanwhile, Paramilitary forces have almost witnessed a five-fold increase in active COVID-19 cases in the last 10 days. On April 5, jawans who had tested positive for the virus in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) were 522 while now the tally had gone up to 2,915.
- As many as 63,729 new COVID-19 cases and 398 deaths were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, taking the total active cases in the state to 6,38,034, the state health department informed on Friday. With this, the total positive cases in the state now stand at 37,03,584, including 30,04,391 recoveries and 59,551 deaths. Out of the new cases, 8,839 were reported in Mumbai, 10,963 were reported in Pune, and 6,194 were reported in Nagpur. In Mumbai, fines of over 24.89 lakhs have been collected from over 12,000 persons for spitting in public places over the last six months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation informed.
- Amid the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic, ten US Senators have urged US President Joe Biden to support India and South Africa’s proposal to the WTO to temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics and vaccines.
The senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, wrote a letter asking for a temporary waiver to ensure the effective and efficient response to this “once-in-a-lifetime” global pandemic.
- The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver proposed by India and South Africa in October 2020 would temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines, the letter said.”Allowing countries to manufacture locally will expedite access to vaccines and treatment, prevent unnecessary deaths, expedite global vaccination efforts, and facilitate a stronger, faster economic recovery,” it said.
- Canada’s cumulative COVID-19 cases surpassed 1,100,000 as of Friday morning, with the total hitting 1,103,067, including 22,532 deaths, according to CTV. Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, reported 4,812 new COVID-19 cases Friday morning, breaking a record for the most daily cases. Ontario with a population of 14 million, has been under a province-wide lockdown for two weeks and stay-at-home order for one week.