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Coronavirus India Live Update: India records 3,23,144 new Covid cases, 2,771 death in last 24 hours

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Coronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Vaccination Live TrackersCoronavirus Cases in India Live, Covid-19 Vaccination Live TrackersSeveral states have reported deaths of patients due to a shortage of medical oxygen in the last few days. (Photo source: PTI)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases and Death Toll in India Live Update: With no let-up in the second wave, the Centre has asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) to take strict measures at the local level to snap the chain of coronavirus infection. In a communication to all states and UTs, the government said that they must implement an intensive, local and focused containment framework. Considering the unprecedented spike, several states have already started imposing stricter restrictions with Karnataka announcing a 14-day shutdown. Delhi and Jharkhand have already announced such restrictions and several other states are ensuring strict implementation of night curfew and lockdown-like restrictions.

The government has also urged people to get vaccinated during the third phase of the vaccination drive and observe Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. The government has expanded the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1.

Meanwhile, the Centre has assured that there’s an adequate stock of oxygen and the issues related to transportation is being resolved. “There is absolutely no need to panic for oxygen,” said Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Piyush Goyal. The assurance comes as several states have reported deaths of patients due to a shortage of medical oxygen in the last few days. The government has already banned the use of liquid oxygen for non-medical purposes. However, it later allowed ampules and vials, pharmaceutical and defence forces to use the commodity.

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At least 51 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 5,716, a health department official said Tuesday. Nine new patients have travel history, and 42 were detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 66 as no fresh fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. Fifty-three people were cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 5,520, he said. (PTI)

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here received two tonnes of liquid medical oxygen on Tuesday morning, an official from the hospital said. The official asserted that they are in a ‘better situation’ as compared to “the last few days” when the hospital in central Delhi faced a crisis due to severe shortage of the life-saving gas. The hospital said it has 6000 cubic metres of oxygen in storage tanks which may last for 10 hours. “We received two tonnes of liquid medical oxygen at 6 am on April 27. Yesterday, we had received a tanker carrying 10 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen. We are in a better situation as compared to the last few days and we hope this continues,” said the official. (PTI)

India reports 3,23,144 new COVID19 cases, 2771 deaths and 2,51,827 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry 

Total cases: 1,76,36,307Total recoveries: 1,45,56,209 Death toll: 1,97,894 Active cases: 28,82,204   

Total vaccination: 14,52,71,186. (ANI)

Thane has recorded 3,102 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,53,689, an official said on Tuesday. Besides these new cases reported on Monday, the virus also claimed the lives of 58 people, pushing the death toll in the district to 7,336, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane stood at 1.62 per cent, he added. The details of recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count stood at 79,869 and the death toll at 1,489, another official said. (PTI)

In a show of solidarity, CEOs of some 40 top American companies have come together to create a global task force to mobilise resources to help India fight the battle against COVID-19. A collective initiative of the US-India Business Council of the US Chambers of Commerce, and the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum and Business Roundtable, the task force during its meeting here on Monday committed to get 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India in the next few weeks, Deloitte CEO Puneet Renjen told PTI. The new US public-private partnership to provide India critical medical supplies, vaccines, oxygen and other life-saving assistance amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases is called the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response: Mobilizing for India. (PTI)

American biopharmaceutical company Gilead has announced steps to expand the availability of remdesivir, a key therapeutic medicine used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, in India. Remdesivir is approved in India for restricted emergency use for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalised with severe disease. “The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in India is having a devastating impact on communities and has created unprecedented pressure on health systems,” Johanna Mercier, chief commercial officer of Gilead Sciences said on Monday. (PTI)

The Biden Administration is working nonstop to do all it can to deliver on an urgent basis the supplies most needed by India to combat the deadly COVID-19 wave, the US State Department said here. The current situation in India is of great concern to the United States, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference on Monday. “We have always stood in solidarity with our friends and our partners in India,” he added. “We are working nonstop across the government to do all we can to deliver on an urgent basis the supplies most needed within India, and that includes oxygen assistance and related materials, but it also includes supplies for therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, personal protective equipment, or PPE, all supplies to protect India’s frontline healthcare workers,” Price said. (PTI)

The current COVID-19 crisis of huge number of daily infections in India is something that has already happened elsewhere in the world, South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said here. The minister appeared on the national public broadcaster, SABC, on Monday morning, where he was asked why the extensive vaccination programme in India had not stopped the current surge. “Different countries have had the same experience. While they are going through the vaccination, the next wave was coming through so you cannot necessarily say that the vaccination will stop it,” Mkhize said. (PTI)

Uttarakhand reported 5,058 new COVID cases and 67 deaths on Monday, officials said. Maximum 2,034 cases were reported in Dehradun district, 1,002 in Haridwar, 767 in Nainital, 323 in Pauri, 283 in Udham Singh Nagar, 135 in Almoda, 104 in Champawat, they said. With the fresh cases, the number of coronavirus infected people in the state has gone up to 1,56,859, while 1,12,265 patients have recovered. There are currently 39,031 active cases in the state and the death toll is 2,213. (PTI)

Congress national general secretary Ajay Maken on Monday asked the organisation and Rajasthan government to work to save people from the current crisis arising out of the coronavirus pandemic. Maken, who is the AICC in-charge of the state, was reviewing the work done by the state government and the party state unit in an online meeting to provide relief to people affected by the pandemic. Maken said the Congress government in the state did a great job during the first wave of the pandemic that had been praised by a body like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the model here has been adopted in many places in the country and abroad. (PTI)

The authorities have directed for converting 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi into a COVID health facility for high court judges, judicial staff and their families. In an order issued by the sub-divisional magistrate of Chanakyapuri on Sunday, it was stated that the COVID facility at Ashoka Hotel will be associated with Primus Hospital. The hospital will run the facility at Ashoka Hotel and also handle the biomedical waste disposal. The staff of the hotel will be provided all protective gear and given basic adequate training, stated the order. (PTI)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will be organising a COVID-19 testing camp inside the varsity campus for the next two days, it said on Monday. Meanwhile, in a circular issued on Monday, the varsity said a curfew will be in force in the university premises from 10 pm on April 26 (Monday) to 5 am on May 3 (Monday) after the Delhi government announced an extension in curfew hours. “However, there shall be no restrictions on movements of persons who are engaged in emergency services, medical emergency and supply of goods during the curfew period on production of valid I-card. Persons coming from/going to airport/ railway station/ISBTs allowed to travel on production of valid ticket,” it said. (PTI)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of fudging the coronavirus death toll, saying the rush at crematoriums contradicts the data. The former UP chief minister also alleged that the BJP government’s mismanagement and short-sightedness has turned the state into “corona pradesh”. “Fake data is being given to show fewer deaths, while a rush is being witnessed at crematoriums,” Yadav alleged in a statement. “It is the government’s failure that even BJP MPs, MLAs are not satisfied with the current state of affairs. The number of doctors, hospitals and other facilities given by the BJP is mostly fake. Such an insensitive government was never seen in the state,” he claimed. (PTI)

In the last two days, the number of recovered COVID-19 patients has been higher than the new infections in Pune district of Maharashtra, the health department said on Monday. As per the district administration’s health department, while 6,046 new cases were reported on Monday, the lowest in the last several days, 8,823 people recovered from the infection during the day. This pushed the COVID-19 recovery rate in Pune district to 86.10 per cent, it said. On Sunday, while the daily COVID-19 tally was 10,193, the number of patients discharged from hospitals stood at 10,607 in the district. (PTI)

West Bengal on Monday registered 68 deaths due to COVID-19, the highest so far in a single day, pushing the toll to 11,009, the health department said. The state also reported record 15,992 fresh infections, which took the tally to 7,59,942, the department said in its bulletin. Kolkata alone accounted for 26 deaths, followed by North-24 Parganas at 11, South-24 Parganas at seven, Hooghly at five and Malda at four. Of the 68 deaths, 45 were due to comorbidities and COVID-19 was just “incidental”. (PTI)

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