In a grim news update, 38 children in Bihar’s Chapra district have tested positive for COVID-19. All the children were found positive in the remand home in Chapra. After showing major symptoms, all have been admitted to the district hospital, Civil Surgeon told news agency ANI.
Apart from this, Odisha government has decided to impose weekend curfew in all urban districts from April 24. ” In the interest of public health and containment of the spread of COVID19 in the State, weekend shutdown on Saturday & Sunday in all urban areas of the State with effect from April 24,” Odisha Additional Chief Secretary & SRC Pradeep Jena said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered stricter restrictions, including extension of night curfew timings (8 pm to 5 am), closure of all bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, coaching centres, sports complexes, with restaurants and hotels to be open only for takeaway and home delivery from Monday to Saturday.
The stricter restrictions will come into force from Tuesday. Rates for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) by private labs have been reduced to Rs 450 and Rs 300 respectively (with additional charges for home collection of the samples), in a bid to promote increased testing.
An official release said that gatherings of more than 20 persons, including for weddings/cremations, have also been banned across the state, and prior approval of the district administration will be needed for all gatherings of more than 10 persons, except for cremation.
In Kerala, the state government imposed curfew between 9 pm & 5 am from April 20, however essential services are exempted.
On the international front, the United Kingdom is adding India to its travel “red list” on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.
Speaking at the parliament, Hancock said that the UK has put in place the new variant assessment platform allowing any country in the world to use our genomic sequencing capability if they want to sequence positive cases in order to discover what is happening in their countries.” “We have recently seen a new variant first identified in India. We have now detected 103 cases of this variant,” Hancock said.
“On a precautionary basis, we have made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the Red List. This means anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident or a British citizen cannot enter the UK if they’ve been in India in the previous 10 days,” the health secretary added.
In another update, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that vaccination is the biggest weapon in the fight against coronavirus and urged the doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated.
The Prime Minister, while interacting with doctors across the country through video conferencing on the COVID-19 issue and vaccination progress, appreciated the doctors, medical and para-medical staff for their invaluable service towards the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
Even as the state is recording a big spike in daily coronavirus cases, the UP Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Monday informed that there will not be a complete lockdown in the state.
“There is no need to impose a complete lockdown. Weekend lockdowns will continue to curb the spread of COVID-19″,” CMO informed. The CMO also informed a new consignment of 20,000-30,000 Remdesivir vials will reach the state today.
Earlier, the Allahabad High Court has ordered lockdown in five cities of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, till April 26 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown has also been ordered in Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur. The lockdown will come into effect from tonight and will be in force till April 26.
In a major push to the world’s largest vaccination drive underway in India, the Centre has announced liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from May 1, in which everyone above the age of 18 years will be eligible to get a vaccine.
Meanwhile Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, he was admitted to AIIMS for treatment.
Besides, India reported 273,810 Covid-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-day spike so far since the pandemic began. With this, India’s Covid tally has shot up to 15,061,919 cases. India also reported the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 1,625 fatalities. The death toll from the deadly infection stands at 178,793.
Maharashtra and Delhi recorded their biggest ever single-day surge in Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to government data. While Delhi reported 25,462 cases and 161 deaths in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra logged 68,631 infections and 503 fatalities. West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh are also among the states who logged their highest- ever spike ever.
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All universities, schools in Jammu and Kashmir to remain shut till May 15
In view of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, all universities, colleges and schools in Jammu and Kashmir shall remain closed for imparting on-campus/in-person education to the students till May 15, 2021.
Former Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Chaudhry passes away
Former Bihar Education Minister and Janata Dal (United) MLA Mewalal Chaudhry passed away on Monday morning, party sources confirmed. The minister has been tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was going under treatment in Paras hospital where he succumbed to the infection. He passed away at 4 am today.
Maharashtra to get biggest share of medical oxygen, special ‘oxygen express’ trains to run non-stop through green corridors
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that Maharashtra, which is the worst state affected by COVID-19, will get the biggest share of 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen after mapping done by the Centre and a green corridor is being created for fast movement of ‘Oxygen Express Trains’ to facilitate the smooth transport of oxygen to states.
COVID-19: Centre asks states to prohibit oxygen supply for industrial use
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written to the Chief Secretaries of all states asking them to take measures to prohibit the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except the specified exempted industries. The letter, written on Sunday, has come at a time when India is in grip of the second wave of COVID-19 and hospitals across the country are running thin on the oxygen supply required to treat patients. “Keeping in view the rapid surge in cases especially in high-burden states, the empowered group has recommended prohibiting the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes with the exception of nine specified industries from April 22 and the union government has accepted the decision,” Bhalla said in his letter.
Negative RT-PCR report must for train passengers travelling from 6 states to Maharashtra
Train passengers from Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat and Uttarakhand will now be required to produce a negative RT-PCR test report taken at most 48 hours before travelling to Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has categorised these six states as ‘places of sensitive origin’ amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. A new SOP has been put in place for travel in long-distance trains from these states to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
People coming to Chhattisgarh to undergo mandatory COVID-19 test
The Chhattisgarh government has mandated a COVID-19 test for all passengers at airports, railway stations, bus stands and inter-state borders coming to the state amid the increasing number of coronavirus infections. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday reviewed the current status of coronavirus infection in 10 districts of the state, preventive measures and arrangements made for the treatment of patients in a virtual meeting held at his residence office. “Amid increasing COVID-19 caseload, passengers coming from outside to be tested at airports, railway stations, bus stands and inter-state borders. Testing to be done in rural areas as well,” said Baghel.
COVID-19: Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India from April 20 to May 3
Hong Kong has announced the suspension of all flights connecting with India for 14 days starting Tuesday amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region. The authorities have also suspended flights from Pakistan and the Philippines.
Bangladesh likely to extend lockdown for another week as COVID-19 situation worsens
Bangladesh is likely to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown for another week as the COVID-19 situation in the country continues to worsen. “The ongoing nationwide lockdown is likely to be extended for another week, and the decision in this regard will come within a day or two,” Dhaka Tribune quoted State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain as saying. “We haven’t yet got any decision about a fresh lockdown. There’ll be a meeting on Monday over the current Covid-19 situation. But advice is there overextending the ongoing lockdown,” the State Minister added.
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