Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The prime minister on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country and asked the officials to ensure rapid upgradation of health infrastructure
Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The prime minister on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country and asked the officials to ensure rapid upgradation of health infrastructure
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the state has witnessed a 255 percent increase in active cases in the last two weeks even as the southern state reported 32,819 cases, the highest ever single-day surge.
Haryana recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths as 84 people succumbed to the disease on Tuesday, even as 11,931 fresh cases pushed the state's infection count to 4,47,754.
Terming the current wave of COVID-19 as dangerous and contagious, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the National Capital will have additional 1,200 ICU beds by 10 May.
He said that a 500 ICU bed-facility will come up at Ramlila Maidan — one of the biggest grounds in the national capital -- while another facility having similar capacity will be set up near the city's GTB Hospital.
We make it clear that we will not tolerate any paperwork or public announcements to show account of the steps taken and its sufficiency as it is now an open secret that the government had gone complacent due to weakening of virus impact by the end of 2020 in the state, the HC noted.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to grant emergency leave of 60 days to certain inmates to manage prison numbers in view of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, an official said.
The Central Government, with active and constant supervision and direct involvement of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, is augmenting the oxygen supply on a war footing evolving and implementing innovative measures, the Centre told SC in an affidavit.
"It is clear to us that the Delhi government has to pull up its socks with respect to distribution of not only liquid oxygen but also oxygen cylinders," reports quoted the Delhi High Court as saying.
The court also salmmed the state government, saying there was hoarding of both oxygen and medicines and the state govt was doing nothing.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier during the day said there is no point in debating the number of Covid deaths at the moment and the focus should be on ensuring that more affected people recover from the disease.
The Assam government on Tuesday imposed night curfew across the state from 8 pm to 5 am with immediate effect. The state disaster management authority, in its order, said the curfew will be in place till 1 May.
During a hearing on the suo moto proceedings on the surge in COVIDD-19 cases in Gujarat, the High Court raps the state government, says the affidavit submitted by it paints a rosy picture and is not in touch with the ground reality. "We can't sit on the ivory towers. The state has to take steps to break the chain," says Justice Karia.
Authorities in Western Australia said that four returning passengers, who were quarantined in a hotel at Perth, tested positive following their return from India.
The top court appointed Senior Advocates Jaideep Gupta and Meenakshi Arora as amicus curiae to assist the court in the suo moto case on COVID issues.
The top court is hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the decision taken by the Tamil Nadu government to allow re-opening of Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, for four months for oxygen production.
The bench said that the order was passed only in view of the national need for oxygen. 'The order will not create any equities in favour of Vendanta,' observed the top court.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the suspension would remain in place until at least 15 May due to 'clearly present' risks of travel from India, leaving thousands of Australians - including high-profile cricketers stranded.
With 2,51,827 patients being cured of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged over 1.45 crore on Tuesday.
Tuesday is the seventh straight day when India's daily COVID-19 tally remained above 3 lakh (over 3.23 lakh on Tuesday) and deaths crossed the 2,000 mark for the eighth consecutive day.
With the death of 2,771 more COVID-19 patients in a day, the toll in the country increased to 1,97,894, said the Union health ministry in its latest data. This takes the national fatality rate to 1.12 percent.
Essential services will be allowed between 6 am and 10 am and shops will close after that. There will be no public transport during the curfew, BS Yediyurappa said on Monday.
Total vaccination across the country has crossed over 14.5 crore with more than 31 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered till 8 pm on Monday, the health ministry said.
The cumulative number of vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,50,85,911 according to the 8 pm provisional report, the ministry said.
These include 93,23,439 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 60,59,065 HCWs who have taken the second dose. As many as 1,21,00,254 frontline workers (FLWs) have received the first dose and64,11,024 FLWs have taken the second dose.
Besides, 4,92,77,949 and 26,78,151 beneficiaries between 45 to 60 years have taken the first and second dose respectively, while, 5,05,37,922 and 86,98,107 aged above 60 have taken the first and second dose respectively.
A total of 31,74,688 vaccine doses were given till 8 pm on Monday, the 101st day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination.
Out of these, 19,73,778 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first time and 12,00,910 beneficiaries received the second dose as per the provisional report, the ministry said, adding final reports would be completed for the day by late night.
COVID-19 vaccination for those over 60 years and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions commenced from 1 March .
India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 from 1 April.
The government has also decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 eligible to be vaccinated from 1 May.