COVID-19 LIVE Updates | Allahabad HC Orders Lockdown In Lucknow, Prayagraj And 3 Other Cities In UP Till April 26

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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.
The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (3,839,338), Kerala (1,197,301), Karnataka (1,109,650), Tamil Nadu (962,935), and Andhra Pradesh (942,135).

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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.

Global Update:
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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