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Covid-19 Cases, Death Count in India Live Updates:  India today reported 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases, 2,767 deaths and 2,17,113 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 1,69,60,172, while active cases have crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death toll has increased to 1,92,311. The active cases have increased to 26,82,751, this comprises 15.82 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.05 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,40,85,110, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.13 per cent, the data said.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19.

At least 116 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the total caseload in the northeastern state to 17,546, a senior health official said here on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 56 as no fresh fatality was reported, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Of the fresh cases, 110 were detected through rapid antigen test, five through RT-PCR and one through TrueNAT method, he said. (PTI)

Amid an acute oxygen crisis in the national capital, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital here received a supply of the life-saving gas in a cryogenic tanker around 10 am on Sunday, officials said. It came as a huge relief for the hospital which was running on its backup stock of oxygen. “We had exhausted our oxygen stock and were using the backup which would have lasted for two hours only,” said LNJP Hospital’s Medical Director Dr Suresh Kumar. AAP MLA Raghav Chaddha, who is also the chairman of LNJP Hospital’s Rogi Kalyan Samiti, had earlier tweeted about the cryogenic tanker on its way to refill oxygen stock in the hospital. (PTI)

Telangana witnessed the highest number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in a single day spike with 8,126 fresh infections and 38 more fatalities, the state government said on Sunday. Thecases tally stands at over 3.95 lakh while the toll rose to 1,999. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1259, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (676) and Rangareddy (591), it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on April 24. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 3,95,232 while with 3,307 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,30,304. (PTI)

Strict restrictions on the movement of people were imposed across Kashmir as part of the administration’s 34-hour ‘corona curfew’ amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said on Sunday. The restrictions that came into force on 8 PM on Saturday will remain till 6 AM on Monday in all the ten districts of the valley, the officials said. They said security forces put barricades on roads at many places in the city here as well as in other district headquarters of the valley to prevent the movement of the people. However, essential and emergency services were being allowed to move, they added. The officials said police vehicles, fitted with public address system, went around localities announcing the imposition of strict restrictions for combating the spread of coronavirus. (PTI)

The US will rapidly deploy additional support to India and its health care heroes amidst the horrific COVID-19 outbreak, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. Blinken’s remarks came as pressure grew on the Biden administration to ship COVID-19 vaccines along with several life-saving medical supplies to India. “Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific COVID-19 outbreak,” Blinken said in a tweet on Saturday night. “We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s health care heroes,” Blinken said. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the United States is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India. (PTI)

“I’m speaking to you at a time when COVID19 is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain. Many of our loved ones left us untimely. After successfully tackling 1st wave, nation’s morale was high, it was confident but this storm(2nd wave) has shaken the nation,” says  PM Modi in MannKiBaat. 

“After successfully tackling the first wave of COVID19, the country’s morale was high but this storm has shaken the country. To tackle this wave of COVID, I have held meetings with experts from many fields like pharma industry, oxygen production etc,” he added. 

With a record single-day rise of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,69,60,172, while active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 26,82,751 comprising 15.82 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.05 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,40,85,110, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.13 per cent, the data stated. (PTI)

Sero positivity is increasing in non-slum areas and decreasing in slum pockets of Mumbai, as per a survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. This matches the current trend of a large number of people from non-slum areas here testing positive for the viral infection amid the COVID-19 surge. The sero survey also showed that women have more antibodies than men to the fight the coronavirus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Saturday. As per the survey, there was 37.12 per cent sero positivity among women as against 35.02 per cent in men, it said. (PTI)

Forty-five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory of 5,614, a health department official said on Sunday. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 66 as one more person succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, he said Thirty-eight new COVID-19 cases were detected during contact tracing while seven were airport arrivals, the official said. Passengers arriving by flight from other places have to take the Rapid Antigen Test at the airport here before they are allowed entry into the islands. Fifty-two people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries in the archipelago to 5,410. (PTI)

Thane has reported 5,192 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,46,376, an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases reported on Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of 46 more people, pushing the deathtoll in the district to 7,232, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane is 1.62 per cent, he added. (PTI)

Jharkhand’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 1,778 as the state reported 63 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours, the health department said in a bulletin on Saturday. Altogether, 5,741 new infections pushed the coronavirus caseload of the state to 1,90,692, it said. Jharkhand now has 43,415 active cases, while 1,45,499 people have so far recovered from the disease, the bulletin said. (PTI)

Meghalaya on Saturday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 15,786, a health department official said. The state now has 1,244 active cases, Health Services Director Aman War said. The death toll rose at 158, as one more person succumbed to the infection, he said. At least 148 people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries in the northeastern state to 14,384, he said. (PTI)

Bihar’s coronavirus death toll rose to 2087 on Saturday after 56 more people succumbed to the disease, while 12,359 new cases took the tally to 3,90,801, the health department said in a bulletin. It said that 6,741 patients have recovered from COVID-91 in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cured people to 3,06,753. The state now has 81,960 active cases. (PTI)

Assam’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 2,35,689 on Saturday as 2,236 more people tested positive for the disease, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 1,186, National Health Mission said in a bulletin. The new fatalities include three from Kamrup Metro, two each from Dibrugarh, Hojai, Jorhat and Kamrup Rural and one each from Barpeta, Sonitpur and Tinsukia. The fatality ratio stands at 0.50 per cent, and 1,347 COVID positive patients have died for other reasons, the bulletin said. Assam now has 14,198 active cases, it said. (PTI)

Two major temples of the ‘Sapta Devalaya’ (cluster of seven temples) in Vrindavan on Saturday banned the entry of devotees in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. ‘Since even priests have been infected in some temples, it has been decided to close the ancient Gokulananda Temple indefinitely for devotees to ensure uninterrupted ‘seva-puja’ at the shrine,’ temple mahant Srivatsa Goshwami said. The Radha Raman temple, he said, would now open for only an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening for devotees, who have to strictly adhere to COVID-19 norms. Entry of devotees to Radha Shyam Sundar temple has also been banned till further orders, according to temple mahant Krishna Gopalanand Deo Prabhupaad. However, in Bankey Bihari temple, the system of online booking for outsiders and entry through Aadhar Card for locals is continuing. While all temples at Sri Krishna Janmasthan have been closed for devotees till May 9, the closure period of the famous Dwarkadhish temple has been extended till April 30, temple officials said. (PTI)

West Bengal on Saturday registered the highest single-day spike of 14,281 COVID-19 cases pushing the tally to 7,28,061, the bulletin released by the state health department said. The death toll rose to 10,884 as 59 more people succumbed to the disease. In the last 24 hours, 7,584 recoveries were recorded in the state taking the total number of cured people to 6,35,802, the bulletin said. (PTI)

In view of the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to close all the schools, including hostels, from April 26, an official said on Saturday. The internal examinations held so far in the government schools would be counted for assessment of students, and the tests that are scheduled on or after April 26 stand cancelled. (PTI)

The West Bengal government on Saturday made wearing face masks mandatory in public places amid surging COVID-19 cases and directed the police to initiate legal action against the violators under the Disaster Management Act, according to an order. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is grave, all persons are to strictly comply with COVID-19 safety norms of wearing facial mask and maintaining social distancing whenever they go out in public place,” the order issued on Saturday evening stated. (PTI)

Asserting that there is no shortage of oxygen in any private or public COVID hospital in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said the state government will conduct an audit of the life-saving gas in collaboration with various institutes. Urging people not to let their guard down against coronavirus, he said it will be a huge mistake to take it as normal viral fever. Adityanath was speaking during a virtual interaction with editors of different newspapers. (PTI)

Delhi recorded the highest single-day rise in its COVID-19 death toll with 357 more people succumbing to the viral disease on Saturday as well as over 24,000 fresh cases, according to the latest bulletin issued by the city health department. With the fresh cases, the national capital’s cumulative COVID-19 tally has climbed to over 10 lakh and the death toll due to the viral disease stands at 13,898, the bulletin said. The positivity rate stood at 32.27 per cent, it added. (PTI)

In a partial modification of its earlier order, the Odisha government on Saturday said people, who are coming from West Bengal on election duty and for an emergency relating to COVID-19, will be exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine norm. People coming from the neighbouring state for emergency work related to COVID-19 management and in connection with election duty shall be exempted from the compulsory 14-day quarantine protocol, the fresh order said. However, visitors from Bengal will have to follow appropriate COVID protocols strictly, it said. (PTI)

After an all-night scramble for an oxygen refill, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here received five metric tonnes of the life-saving gas in the early hours of Sunday, according to officials. The hospital had raised an alarm at 10:30 pm on Saturday, saying its oxygen stock would last only an hour. There were 130 patients in the ICU, including 30 on invasive ventilation, when the SOS was sent. Around 12:20 am it received a tanker, with the help of local AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, which supplied one metric tonne of oxygen. “It should last two hours,” a hospital spokesperson said around 12:45 pm. According to him, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital’s primary supplier in Faridabad was supposed to send a tanker before 3 am. The tanker finally arrived at 4:15 am and delivered 5 metric tonnes of medical oxygen, the highest volume that the hospital has received in the last three days in one refill, he said. “It should last for 11-12 hours. Oxygen running at full pressure after a long time,” the spokesperson said. PTI

Odisha has despatched at least 29 tankers carrying about 510 MT of medical oxygen under police escort to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other needy states in the last 48 hours, an official said. This apart, 15 more tankers are leaving from Dhenkanal, Rourkela and Angul by Saturday, an official statement released by Odisha Police said, adding that the state police has formed a dedicated corridor for speedy movement so as to serve thousands of needy patients in various states without delay. PTI

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