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AS COVID-19 CASES BREACH 90K MARK, PM RUSHES CENTRAL TEAM TO WORST-HIT STATES

An ‘alarming rate of growth’ in infections and deaths witnessed in India, with 10 states contributing to over 91% of them. This is the biggest daily rise in cases since 19 September, when 93,337 fresh infections were recorded.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the Covid-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid an “alarming rate of growth” in infections and deaths, with 10 states contributing to more than 91 percent of them.

PM Modi directed that Central teams consisting of public health specialists be sent to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, where the situation is of serious concern and said the fivefold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, Covidappropriate behaviour, and vaccination, if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the pandemic›s spread.

Over the last 24 hours, the country saw the biggest daily surge in Covid cases since mid-September, with 93,249 fresh infections, taking the tally to over 1.24 crore. This is the biggest daily rise in cases since 19 September, when 93,337 fresh infections were recorded. The death count climbed to 1,64,623 with 513 new fatalities. Registering a steady increase for the 25th day in row, the active cases surged to 6,91,597, accounting for 5.54 percent of the total infections.  The recovery rate further dropped to 93.14 percent.

Maharashtra continued to witness an upsurge in recording daily Covid-19 spikes as the state reported over 57,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day rise in the number of cases in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic. As of date, Maharashtra has contributed 57% of the total cases and 47% of deaths in the country in the last 14 days.

With 57,074 more infections in a day, Maharashtra›s total tally of Covid-19 cases reached 30,10,597. As many as 222 coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 55,878. The recovery rate is 83.8 percent and case fatality rate is 1.86 percent. In Mumbai, during the last 24 hours, there have been 11,206 new cases of Covid-19 (which is the highest ever in day-by-day figures in Mumbai). With this, the number of Covid-positive patients in Mumbai has increased to 4,52,681. There have been 25 deaths due to the virus in Mumbai during the last 24 hours in Mumbai, and a total of 11,779 deaths in the state capital so far.

Punjab has contributed 4.5% of the total number of cases in the country in the same period. However, it has contributed 16.3% of the total number of deaths, which has become a grave concern.

Similarly, although Chhattisgarh has contributed 4.3% of total cases in the country over the last 14 days, its contribution to India’s Covid death toll has exceeded 7% during the same period.

The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Chairperson (Empowered group on Vaccine Administration), Secretary Health, Secretary Pharmaceuticals, Secretary Biotechnology, Secretary AYUSH, DG ICMR, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India and Member NITI Aayog, besides other officials. During the meeting, various presentations were made to the attending members.

The Prime Minister directed that for sustainable Covid-19 management, awareness of the community and its involvement is paramount. “There is a need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for the pandemic’s management,” said PM Modi.

During the meeting, a special campaign for Covid-appropriate behaviour, with emphasis on 100% mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places/workplaces and health facilities, was decided to be organised from 6 to 14 April 2021.

The Prime Minister also emphasised on avoiding mortality under all circumstances by ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen and ventilators, besides required logistics, and ensuring that clinical management protocols are followed across all hospitals as well as for those in home care.

As for Delhi, it recorded over 4,033 new cases after recording 3,500 coronavirus cases for two consecutive days, while the positivity rate rose to 4.64 percent. With the new infections, the number of cumulative cases rose to 6,76,414, while 21 more deaths took the toll to 11,081.

Haryana reported seven fresh Covid-19 fatalities which took the death toll to 3,191, while 1,904 new cases pushed the tally to 2,98,133 in the state. The number of active cases in the state stands at 12,574 and the recovery rate is 94.71 percent.

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh jumped by 3,178 to touch 3,06,851, while 11 deaths took the toll to 4,040. Meanwhile, 2,201 people were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery count in the state to 2,81,476.

The Covid-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,881 with 31 more fatalities in the state, while 4,164 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 6,30,059. With 4,164 fresh infections, the total number of cases has now risen to 6,30,059.

Kerala added 2,802 new Covid-19 cases and ten more deaths, pushing the infection count to 11,35,233 and the toll to 4,668. A total of 2,173 people recuperated from the disease, taking the total recoveries in the state to 11,02,359. There are 27,893 people under treatment and 1,42,854 under observation, of which 4,403 are in isolation wards of various hospitals. 

Karnataka logged 4,553 fresh coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, taking the caseload and toll to 10,15,155 and 12,625 respectively. So far, 9,63,419 people were discharged cumulatively, including 2,060 in last twenty-four hours. There have been 39,092 active cases which includes 331 in the ICU.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh jumped over the 10,000 mark once again as 1,730 more people were infected with the disease, the highest in a day since 11 November last year. 

Tamil Nadu reported 3,581 new Covid-19 cases taking the total infection tally to 8,99,807. Also, 14 deaths in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll to 12,778. The number of active cases touched 21,958. Meanwhile, 1,813 recoveries took the recovery total to 8,65,071.

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 573 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 105 travellers, taking the tally to 1,33,012, while three more deaths due to the virus raised the toll to 2,008. Of the fresh Covid-19 cases, 122 were from the Jammu division and 451 from the Kashmir division.


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SURAT TEACHERS ORDERED TO REGISTER COVID DEAD BODIES

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Surat Corporation has gone too far in handing over the responsibility of Covid-19 management to its employees. Teachers have been assigned Covid-19 work. They are given the task of registering the bodies coming for the funeral. Teachers, along with SMC (Surat Municipal Corporation) employees, will also be on duty in three shifts of eight hours each. It’s teachers responsibility to ensure that there is no disruption in the registration of the bodies coming to the crematorium.

During the pandemic, all SMC employees were assigned different tasks, in which the teachers were asked to be outside the homes of the infected Covid patients.

There were orders to go with Dhanvanri Rath to carry out survey work, and distribute food grains, which were performed by the teachers as part of their duty amid such a difficult situation in the city.

At that time, the teachers who were assigned to the operation of the cemetery have been put in a dilemma.

A teacher, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “The process of registering a body in a cemetery is not appropriate for us.. We made a presentation for our Teachers’ Union last night on this matter. We were given a message about this operation through social media. The Union has informed our appointees to cancel this order. Union officials have also vowed to inform the Municipal Commissioner and the State government about handing over the work to teachers.”

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UTTARAKHAND CM RAWAT CONFIDENT TO CONDUCT HARIDWAR KUMBH MELA SAFELY

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Friday said that the state government is determined to conduct Haridwar Kumbh Mela safely.

He inaugurated the Command and Control Room and Adarsh Barrack of the Police Surveillance System built for the Kumbh Mela, at the CCR Tower in Haridwar.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that the state government is fully committed to the modernization of the police.

He said, “Our government is determined to conduct Haridwar Kumbh Mela safely. 310 CCTV cameras have been installed in the area. Command and Control Room of Police Surveillance System has been set up at CCR Tower, Haridwar.”

(With ANI inputs)

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CELEBRATIONS IN JAMMU AFTER THE RELEASE OF COBRA COMMANDO BY NAXALS

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As soon as the news of Rakeshwar Singh Manhas’ release reached Jammu, there were celebrations not only in his village but in other adjacent villages as well. Earlier his wife Meenu had appealed to the government that her husband should be rescued from the Naxals and the Congress leaders of the Jammu region visited the family and made her talk to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister who assured all help and action.

People in the villages adjacent to his hometown were glued to television sets and expressed their joy when he stepped out of an ambulance as shown by different media channels.

Meenu Manhas exclaimed, “This is the happiest moment in our lives. Hope never died though we were anguished for his safe return. I am thankful to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and also to the Central government as everyone stood by us.”

Earlier, the relatives of Manhas and villagers protested and blocked the traffic for hours, appealing to the government to intervene and save him from the captivity of Naxals. He was posted in Chhattisgarh and was captured alive by the Naxals in a fierce gun battle in which dozens of his colleagues were killed while over 15 Naxals were also killed.

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DELHI SCHOOLS TO REMAIN SHUT FOR ALL CLASSES AMID COVID SURGE: KEJRIWAL

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Friday announced that all schools will be shut given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital.

“Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, all schools, government and private, in Delhi are being closed for all classes till further orders,” the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Schools have been shut ever since the pandemic broke out last year but for those from Classes 9 to 12 had resumed their classes. The board examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 are slated for May-June.

Several other states and Union territories have also closed down schools and colleges to curb the surging infections.

Delhi on Thursday reported 7,437 fresh cases and 24 related deaths over the last 24 hours. As per the daily health bulletin, the total positive cases in the city now stand at 6,98,005, including 23,181 active cases and 6,63,667 recoveries. So far, 11,157 lives have been claimed by the infectious virus.

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Covid chaos in Gujarat, waiting list in hospitals, cemeteries & crematoria

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The state of Covid-19 spread in Ahmedabad seems frightening. The scenario in various cemeteries and crematoria of the city is bad with people waiting for hours for the burial and cremation of the dead bodies.

A total of eight bodies were brought to a cemetery in Vadaj cemetery in the city for burial around the same time. There is also a two-hour wait for the funeral at Thaltej. Both chimneys are currently in operation at the city’s Vadaj crematorium, where relatives of the deceased have been seen waiting.

There are no vacant beds in hospitals because of the surge in Covid-19 cases. As the number of patients keeps on increasing, the beds are getting filled. In some hospitals there is no stock of injections and while at other hospitals videos of missing oxygen are emerging. Extremely heart-rending videos surfaced on Friday at the Vadaj Cemetery in Ahmedabad, where eight bodies were being prepared for burial while many others were waiting in the cemetery. Similar is the case with Thaltej cemetery in Ahmedabad.

As a result of the worsening situation due to Covid-19 in Gujarat, relatives have to wait in hospitals for as long as 12 hours to get the body of the deceased in cities like Rajkot and Surat. Not only that, even after getting the dead body, they have to wait for 8 to 10 hours for cremation. Worse, the rising death toll at Rajkot Civil Hospital is waiting not only for cremation but also for ambulances to take the dead bodies to the cemetery.

In the Nagarwada area of Vadodara, a 65-year-old man died of Covid-19 and his body had to be taken in a handcart as the ambulance was not available to take him to the crematorium.

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ALL-PARTY MEET TO DISCUSS LOCKDOWN IN MAHARASHTRA

State reports 58,993 Covid cases and 301 deaths in 24 hours.

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In view of the alarming spike in Covid-19 cases in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called an all-party meeting on 10 April. The government will take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The meeting will be attended by prominent leaders of the three parties involved in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, leaders of BJP, MNS, API, SP, and others.

On Friday, State Disaster Management Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that he has proposed a complete lockdown in the state, during a virtual meeting earlier in the day, given the continued spike in Covid-19 cases and upcoming festivals. While speaking to India Today, the Minister said that it was crucial to close all shops and establishments to break the chain of the pandemic.

“Every day we are witnessing 50,000 to 60,000 cases. We have 5.31 lakh active cases today. If the upsurge continues like this, we will have over 10 lakh active cases soon,” the Disaster Management Minister said to India Today. “If we have to break the chain, it’s not possible keeping half the shops and establishments open. In the virtual conference that took place today, I have suggested a strict lockdown of three weeks to break the chain,” the Minister said.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Pravin Darekar said the decision to organise the all-party meeting was taken this afternoon.

“This decision was taken during the meeting held today to decide the postponement of MPSC exams scheduled for Sunday,” he said.

When asked about the weekend lockdown that comes into force from Friday night, Darekar said the state government should decide on financially supporting small businesses.

Maharashtra Chief Minister will brief all parties regarding the covid situation. Maharashtra is planning a complete three weeks lockdown.

Maharashtra on Friday reported 58,993 coronavirus cases and 301 deaths in 24 hours amid a second wave of infections. Pune, with 10,084 Covid cases, was the worst-affected district today, followed by Mumbai with 9,200 single-day infections.

After the new additions, the total of active cases has reached 5,34,603. The state had reported 56,286 cases and 376 deaths on Thursday.

With Agency Inputs

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