Coronavirus India Lockdown Live Updates: India reports 2.17 lakh cases as raging 2nd wave overwhelms health infra; social media flooded with plasma SOS

Coronavirus India Lockdown Live Updates:
Coronavirus India Lockdown

Fresh Coronavirus Cases in India Live Tracker: India’s corona story is turning grimmer with each passing hour as the nation recorded over two lakh new Covid-19 infection for the second consecutive day today. The health ministry’s April 16 bulletin says that 2,17,353 citizens were infected with the novel coronavirus. This was an increase of roughly 17,000 fresh cases in comparison with Thursday’s figures.

Another troubling trend is the uptick in the number of Covid deaths. As of April 16, 1,185 people lost their lives due to the Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. With the double-digit positivity rate, India is recording the biggest spike in the new corona cases in the world in recent times. Only the US has seen such a sharp increase in the daily caseload.

12:56 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Centre to review COVID-19 situation in UP, Chhattisgarh

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Friday will review the COVID-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in separate meetings, officials said. This comes a day after the two top officials of the central government reviewed the coronavirus situation in Madhya Pradesh. The union home secretary and the secretary in the ministry of health and family welfare will review the COVID-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in separate meetings, a home ministry official said. Uttar Pradesh had on Thursday reported 104 COVID-19 deaths and 22,439 fresh cases, pushing the fatality count to 9,480 and the total infection number to 7,66,360. Chhattisgarh saw its highest single-day spike of 15,256 coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising its tally to 5,01,500. With 135 deaths due to the viral infection recorded during the day, the statewide toll mounted to 5,442. – PTI

12:35 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Running out of burial space, Diocese of Ahmedabad recommends cremation

The second wave of the coronavirus has not only crippled the health infra, it has also highlighted the acute pressure on burial grounds and cremation sites across India. Now, Diocese of Ahmedabad has said that any Catholic family suffering Covid death should go for cremation instead of a traditional burial. Ashes will be preserved with full dignity at the cemetery, it further said.

12:15 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: These 10 states account for 80% of total caseload in India

en states comprising Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have shown a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases accounting for 79.10 per cent of the new infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. India’s daily new cases continue to climb as a record 2,17,353 new infections have been registered in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 61,695. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 22,339 while Delhi reported 16,699 new cases. – PTI

12:07 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: People take to social media for plasma/bed requests

India Twitter and Facebook have seen a deluge of plasma requests and those asking for arranging bed for their loved ones. Many politicians, social activist are also helping as the second wave batters the Indian healthcare system.

11:56 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kumbh Mela gets another exemption from Uttarakhand govt

Amid severe criticism, the Uttarakhand govt has exempted the ongoing Kumbh Mela from the latest crowd curbs announced in the states. An Indian report said that the Tirath Singh Rawat govt has put a cap on the public gatherings in the state. The latest order says that for any social or political event, 200 people will be allowed. However, the Kumbh Mela will have an exception in this regard.

11:51 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: After Delhi, DRDO to set up new hospitals in Lucknow

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered the DRDO to set up two hospitals in Lucknow. The DRDO teams have reached the Uttar Pradesh capital and will make 2 hospitals with a capacity of 500 to 600 beds at two locations.

11:43 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: ASI monuments closed till May 15

Red Fort, Qutub Minar and other ASI monuments closed till May 15, due to the current COVID19 situation. – ANI

11:42 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Manish Sisodia to act as Nodal Minister for COVID management in Delhi

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia shall function as Nodal Minister for COVID management and shall be responsible for inter-ministerial coordination till further orders: Government of Delhi

11:41 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Night curfew will continue in 7 districts, says Karnataka CM

Night curfew will continue in 7 districts. Cases have increased, we have collected all information. We will take a call on extension (of night curfew) on April 20th, till then the existing restrictions will continue: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa. He also said that the scenario in our state is different. No need to compare our state with other states. We have our own issues which need to be addressed. As far as COVID19 is concerned, appropriate action will be taken to curb it in the state.  – ANI

11:40 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Which Indian states/UTs have reported Zero Covid deaths?

10 States/UTs report no death in the last 24 hours. Ladakh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

11:31 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Covid positive ex-CBI boss Ranjeet Sinha dies

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha died here on Friday morning in what is believed to be a COVID-19 related death, senior officials said. He was 68. It is understood that he was confirmed positive for coronavirus on Thursday night and breathed his last at 4.30 am on Friday, the officials said. Sinha, a 1974-batch officer of the Bihar cadre and who had cracked the coveted UPSC examination at the age of 21, had taken over as the CBI chief in 2012. He had previously headed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force, the Railway Protection Force and served at senior positions in the CBI in Patna and Delhi during his four-decade-long career in police service. – PTI

11:18 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Former MP Chief Minister and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tests positive for COVID

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tests positive for COVID19. He tweets that he is in quarantine at his residence in Delhi. – ANI

11:14 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa holds an emergency meeting

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa holds an emergency meeting at his residence over the OVID19 situation. State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and other senior officials present. – ANI

11:13 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mask violators fined in Tamil Nadu

2,98,750 cases registered in Tamil Nadu for not wearing a mask, between April 8th to 15th. 11,041 case registered for violation of social distancing during the same period.  – ANI

11:13 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand demands 10,000 injections of Remdesivir from Centre

State Government has demanded 10,000 injections of Remdesivir from the Central Government. We have spoken to Union Health Secretary and we expect to receive 2,000-3,000 injections soon: Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash – ANI

11:11 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Union Health Minister on India’s Covid action plan

We are now equipped with everything. We know all the techniques and guidelines. The only challenge is how to overcome the present surge in Covid cases: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan – ANI

11:10 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uddhav Thackeray to chair a meeting through video conferencing

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to chair a meeting through video conferencing later today, to assess the COVID19 situation in the jurisdiction of BMC and also to take an update on BMC’s pre-monsoon preparations. – ANI

11:09 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Lucknow’s iconic Bada Imambara, other monuments closed for public

conic Nawabi-era structure the Bada Imambara and other monuments in the Uttar Pradesh capital have been closed for public till further orders due to the COVID-19 situation. “Bada Imambara (Bhool Bhulaiya), Chhota Imambara, picture gallery and Shahjanaf Imambara have been closed till further orders,” an order issued by District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said. – PTI

11:07 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Randeep Surjewala, Harsimrat Badal test positive for COVID-19

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, the Congress general secretary said, ‘I have tested +ve for #COVID19 today morning. Anyone who has come in contact with me in the last 5 days, please self isolate & take necessary precautions,’ 53-year-old Surjewala, who is a former Haryana minister, said. Badal, a former Union minister, said that she has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms. ‘I have quarantined myself at home and am taking all the necessary precautions. I would request all those who came in contact with me to isolate and get themselves tested at the earliest,’ the 54-year-old SAD MP from Punjab’s Bathinda said. Badal’s husband and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had also recently tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. – PTI

11:06 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s Covid horror story – In numbers

A record single-day rise of 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections took India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to1,42,91,917, while active cases surpassed the 15-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll increased to1,74,308 with 1,185 new fatalities, the highest since September 19, 2020, the data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase for the 37th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 15,69,743, comprising 10.98 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate dropped to 87.80 per cent. The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 and it was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,25,47,866, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.22 per cent, the data stated. – PTI

11:04 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Rahul Gandhi slams govt’s COVID-19 strategy

Taking a dig at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said its strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of imposing a ‘Tughlaqi lockdown, ringing bells and singing praises to the Lord. The Congress-led opposition has been criticising the government over its handling of the pandemic and the vaccination drive, while the Centre has maintained that its timely steps have been instrumental in fighting COVID-19. In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, “The Central government’s COVID-19 strategy — Stage 1- Impose a Tughlaqi lockdown, Stage 2- Ring bells, Stage 3- Sing praises to the Lord.” The Congress in the past also has compared some of the government’s decisions to those taken by Delhi Sultanate ruler Muhammad bin Tughlaq, to allege that they were arbitrary and not well though out. – PTI

10:28 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Telangana reports 3,840 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths

The surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana continued with 3,840 fresh infections pushing the tally to 3,41,885, the government said on Friday. The toll rose to 1,797 with nine more fatalities, a bulletin said providing details as of 8 PM on April 15. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 505, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (407) and Nizamabad (303). The total recoveries were at 3,09,594 with 1198 patients being cured and there were 30,494 active cases. – PTI

10:07 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: India records 2 lakh+ cases on second day in a row

The health ministry’s official data is out! In the latest 24 hours, India has detected 2,17,353 new Covid-19 infections. 1,1185 people have died due to the viral infection, the health bulletin said.

09:54 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Thai GDP growth target of 4% may be missed after new virus outbreak, says Deputy PM

Thailand’s economic growth target of 4% this year could be missed, a deputy prime minister said on Friday, as the country struggles with record coronavirus infections. The country’s plan to reopen to foreign tourists from July 1 in the resort island of Phuket without quarantine had not been stopped, but the government will assess the situation daily, Supattanapong Punmeechaow, who is in charge of economic matters, told reporters. – Reuters

09:52 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: In fight against COVID-19, Portugal continues to cautiously ease lockdown

Most Portuguese regions will enter the third phase of easing the COVID-19 lockdown next week, but stricter rules will stay in place in municipalities where transmission rates remain high, Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said. “These set of measures are neither prizes nor punishments,” Antonio Costa told a news conference. “They are public health measures for the safety of the population, of people.”Portugal, which imposed a lockdown in January to curb what was then the world’s worst COVID-19 surge, started lifting restrictions last month and has since reopened some schools, restaurant and cafe terraces, museums and hair salons. Over the last two weeks, people have flocked out of doors to enjoy the warmer spring weather, to see friends and relatives, and enjoy a meal outside after more than two months stuck at home. From Monday, high schools, universities, cinemas, shopping malls and indoor areas of restaurants will reopen in the vast majority of the 278 municipalities in mainland Portugal but under restrictions designed to reduce the risk of contagion. – Reuters

09:50 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Brazil’s hospitals running out of sedatives as COVID-19 rages

Hospitals in Brazil are running out of drugs needed to sedate patients, with reports of the seriously ill being tied down and intubated without effective sedatives. The scenes playing out across Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, are placing growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro. Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said Brazil’s “failed response” had led to thousands of avoidable deaths and created a humanitarian catastrophe that could still get worse. Brazil has recorded a total of 361,884 coronavirus deaths – only the United States has more – and 13,673,507 confirmed cases. More Brazilians are currently dying of the virus each day than anywhere else in the world. – Reuters

09:37 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Britain has no plans to halt rapid COVID-19 testing, says health ministry

Britain’s health ministry has said that there were no plans to halt rapid coronavirus testing, after the Guardian newspaper reported the programme may be scaled back in England because of concerns about false positives. “With around one in three people not showing symptoms of COVID-19, regular, rapid testing is an essential tool to control the spread of the virus as restrictions ease by picking up cases that would not otherwise have been detected,” a ministry spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. – Reuters

09:34 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chile raises hopes vaccines, lockdowns are turning tide against COVID-19

Chile’s health authorities have said they believed a dip in the record case numbers the Andean nation has seen over the past week represents a “stabilization” of a second COVID-19 wave thanks to strict lockdowns and a rapid vaccination program that has fully innoculated a third of the population. Health minister Enrique Paris told reporters he hoped the 9,000 record daily cases reached last week represented the peak of the latest outbreak. “Once we reach that peak, we expect not a reduction but a stabilization and then a return to smaller numbers of positive patients,” he said. Chile has now vaccinated 50% of its 15 million-strong target population with at least one dose of the Pfizer or Sinovac-developed drugs, and given 32.7% two doses, Paris said. – Reuters

09:32 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Dr Fauci says he believes J&J vaccine will ‘get back on track soon’

Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease doctor, hopes US regulators will make a quick decision to lift a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and get that vaccine “back on track,” he said in an interview with Reuters. His comments come a day after a panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delayed a vote on whether to resume the J&J shots for at least a week, until it had more data on the risk. The United States earlier this week decided to pause distribution of the J&J vaccine to investigate six cases of a rare brain blood clot linked with low platelet counts in the blood. Fauci said the pause was “an indication that the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration take safety very seriously. I hope they make the conclusion of this quickly, and get back on track,” he said. “And I believe they will.” – Reuters

09:29 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: India shifts from mass vaccine exporter to importer, worrying the world

After gifting and selling tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad, India suddenly finds itself short of shots as new infections surge in the world’s second-most populous country. India breached 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, and is trying to inoculate more of its population using domestically produced shots. Facing soaring cases and overflowing hospitals after lockdown restrictions were eased, it also abruptly changed the rules to allow it to fast-track vaccine imports, having earlier rebuffed foreign drugmakers like Pfizer.It will import Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine starting this month to cover as many as 125 million people. The reversal in fortunes could hamper not only India’s battle to contain the pandemic, but also vaccination campaigns in more than 60 poorer countries, mainly in Africa, for months. – Reuters

09:28 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Slow vaccine rollouts biggest risk to euro zone economy

The euro zone economy will recover at a much weaker rate this quarter than expected only a month ago, according to a Reuters poll of economists who cited a slower vaccine rollout as the biggest risk over the next three months. Britain and the United States have successfully inoculated large swathes of their populations but the euro zone vaccine rollouts, already riddled with problems, have hit more trouble recently just as infection rates rise. While the April 12-15 Reuters survey showed the bloc was set to emerge from a double-dip recession and grow 1.5% this quarter, it was a sharp downgrade from 2.1% predicted in March and the lowest consensus since a poll in October. Over 90% of economists, or 38 of 42, who answered an additional question said the biggest risk to that already modest outlook would be a slower vaccination drive. – Reuters

09:26 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Study finds young US Marines without COVID-19 history at greater infection risk

A study of more than 3,000 young U.S. Marines found that those without a history of COVID-19 had a five times greater risk of infection than those previously infected, according to findings published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. The study also found that around 10% of the young marines who were COVID-19 survivors got a second infection. “However, past infection does not guarantee immunity, vaccination remains crucial”, The Lancet said. – Reuters

09:22 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: China reports 11 new COVID-19 cases vs 10 a day earlier

China reported 11 new mainland COVID-19 cases on April 15, up from 10 cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday. The National Health Commission said in a statement one of the new cases was a local infection reported in southwestern Yunnan province, which discovered a new cluster in late March at a city on the border with Myanmar. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 31 from 15 cases a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 90,468, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636. – Reuters

09:13 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: South Korean consortium to produce 100 million doses a month of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

South Korea’s Huons Global Co Ltd said on Friday it will lead a consortium to produce 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine per month as Moscow ramps up production for supplies abroad.The announcement comes after South Korean biotech firm GL Rapha signed a deal with Russia’s sovereign wealth fund late last year to make more than 150 million doses of Sputnik V per year.Huons said the consortium will begin producing sample batches in August and respond flexibly to supply demands from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).The consortium includes three other local companies – Prestige BioPharma, Humedix and Boran Pharma – which will build a new production facility, Huons said in a statement. – Reuters

09:10 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 25,831

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 25,831 to 3,099,273, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. The reported death toll rose by 247 to 79,628, the tally showed. – Reuters

09:09 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Olympics – Australia weighing whether to let athletes jump vaccine queue

Australia is considering whether to prioritise athletes and support staff in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the Tokyo Olympics fast approaching. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has asked the government to allow athletes to jump the queue as the country’s national vaccine program struggles with roadblocks. “The government is in direct contact with the AOC over its proposal to priority vaccinate all Olympic team athletes and support staff,” sports minister Richard Colbeck told state broadcaster ABC. Australia has restricted the rollout of its favoured AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 50 over blood clotting concerns, slowing the national vaccination programme further after the European Union blocked exports to the country. – Reuters

09:08 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tokyo Olympics must be ‘reconsidered’ due to Japan’s failure to contain pandemic, says report

Japan’s inability to contain the COVID-19 pandemic means that plans to hold the Olympics in Tokyo should be reconsidered, health experts wrote in a commentary. The 2020 Games, already delayed by one year, are due to begin in fewer than 100 days, even as Japan expands quasi-emergency measures to halt a fourth wave of infections. Japan has exhibited “poor performance” in containing virus transmission, along with limited testing capacity and a slow vaccination rollout, according to the commentary published in the British Medical Journal. “Plans to hold the Olympic and Paralympic games this summer must be reconsidered as a matter of urgency,” wrote lead author Kazuki Shimizu of the London School of Economics. – Reuters

09:06 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: PepsiCo bets on vaccine-led reopenings for soda sales boost

PepsiCo Inc has predicted an acceleration in organic revenue growth in the second quarter, betting on a boost to soda sales from the gradual reopening of restaurants and theaters following the speedy rollout of coronavirus vaccines in the US. The company, a pandemic winner, has been benefiting from homebound consumers stocking up their pantries with salty chips, sodas and oatmeal, and posted first-quarter revenue that beat Wall Street expectations. But with COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease, Pepsi expects its North American beverage business, a unit that aggressively competes with Coca-Cola for market share, to “perform well” and the snack unit to “remain resilient. – Reuters

09:04 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: MP to get 450 MT of oxygen soon for COVID-19 patients

Madhya Pradesh would get 450 metric tonnes of medical oxygen from other states shortly for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said. The new stock of medical-grade oxygen, whose demand has shot up due to the rising coronavirus cases, is being arranged after talking to the Centre, he said. “I had requested Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for oxygen supply to Madhya Pradesh. – PTI

09:00 (IST)16 APR 2021


Coronavirus Live Tracker: After Delhi, Rajasthan also announces weekend curfew from today

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a weekend curfew in the state from 6 pm from today to 5 am on April 19, in view of rising COVID-19 cases. The chief minister took to Twitter to announce the fresh restrictions and appealed to people to follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour at all times. The decision comes on day that saw Rajasthan register 33 COVID-19 deaths and a record 6,658 new cases of the disease. Banking and LPG services, and fruit, vegetable and milk vendors are exempted from the weekend curfew. – PTI