Latest News Highlights: Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew On Weekends Amid Covid Surge

Latest News Highlights: PM Modi held a high-level meeting to review the Covid-related issues including the ongoing vaccination drive in the country as the infection is seeing a surge.

Latest News Highlights: Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew On Weekends Amid Covid Surge

This is the biggest daily rise in cases since September 19, when 93,337 fresh infections were recorded.

New Delhi:

The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a "strict lockdown" over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 pm amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting to review the Covid-related issues including the ongoing vaccination drive in the country as the infection is seeing a surge.  All senior officers -- including the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary are participating in the meeting.

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.

Meanwhile, India on Sunday recorded 93,249 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far this year, which took the total COVID-19 cases to 1,24,85,509, according to Union health ministry data.

This is the biggest daily rise in cases since September 19, when 93,337 fresh infections were recorded.

The death count climbed to 1,64,623 on Sunday with 513 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 25th day in row, the active cases surged to 6,91,597, accounting for 5.54 per cent of the total infections.  The recovery rate further dropped to 93.14 per cent, the data stated.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease increased to 1,16,29,289, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 per cent, according to the data.

Here are the Latest News Highlights:

Apr 05, 2021 01:26 (IST)
Maharashtra, Delhi continue to report surge in COVID-19 cases
Maharashtra and Delhi continued to report a surge in COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

With 57,074 new coronavirus infections, Maharashtra on Sunday evening has reported the highest single-day spike so far since the pandemic started.

As many as 4,033 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi on Sunday, which is the highest single-day spike in the national capital since December 4 last year.

Punjab reported 3,019 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the state health department on Sunday.
Apr 05, 2021 01:09 (IST)
Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew, Weekend Lockdown Amid Covid Spike
The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a "strict lockdown" over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.

The rules, which come into effect tomorrow, include a curfew from 8 pm to 7 am; a ban on gatherings of five or more throughout the day; malls, restaurants, bars and places of worship will be closed; home delivery and essential services will be allowed.

Industrial operations and construction activity will be allowed. Rules to control crowding in vegetable markets will be introduced.
Apr 05, 2021 00:50 (IST)
Mandatory Covid Test For Mumbai, Bengaluru Passengers Arriving In Assam
A day after Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that there is no COVID in the state and hence no need to wear mask now,the health and family welfare department Sunday issued fresh notifications for mandatory testing of air and train passengers coming to the state from Mumbai and Bengaluru to check the spread of virus.

Separate orders have been issued for air and train passengers and the rates for COVID testing by the department's Principal Secretary Samir Sinha.

The minister had on Saturday said that there is no COVID in Assam and so there is no need to wear a mask now which triggered widespread criticism.
Apr 04, 2021 22:49 (IST)
Ghaziabad Issues Fresh Covid Guidelines For Commercial Complexes, Cinema Halls, Malls, Hotels, Restaurants, Parks
In view of the increase in Covid-19 cases, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey has issued an order directing commercial complexes, cinemas, malls, hotels, restaurants, and parks in Ghaziabad to have a token system for visitors with entry and exit timings and allow people only according to their capacity, reported news agency ANI.

The administration has to make sure that proper social distancing is maintained for those who are waiting for their turn to enter the premises. These places have also been directed to arrange a display board at their entry gate so that proper social distancing could be monitored.

Shastri Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Kavi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Govind Puram, Raj Nagar, Indira Puram, Vaishali, Lajpat Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Shalimar Garden and Vasundhara are the red zones, as per the letter.

Earlier, the District Magistrate has issued orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to prevent gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in view of the festivals.
Apr 04, 2021 22:35 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh, Srikakulam: Mentally Ill Man Threatens Hotel Owner, Customers With Toy Gun
A man travelling in a private bus allegedly threatened a roadside hotel owner and customers with a toy gun when the vehicle stopped in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district on Sunday morning.
Apr 04, 2021 22:07 (IST)
Delhi Records Over 4,000 COVID-19 Cases, Highest Single-Day Spike This Year
Delhi recorded 4,033 coronavirus cases today, the highest daily count this year, as the positivity rate rose to 4.64 per cent from 4.48 per cent the previous day, according to the health department.
Apr 04, 2021 21:53 (IST)
Punjab Cops, Border Force Seize Arms, Ammunition Near Attari Border With Pakistan
The Punjab Police, in a joint operation with the BSF, on Sunday seized assault rifles and live cartridges near the Attari border which, officials said, were pushed into the Indian territory by Pak nationals associated with Sikh hardliners.
Apr 04, 2021 21:22 (IST)
6 Jammu Government Medical College Students Test Positive For Coronavirus
Six students of Government Medical College (GMC) in Jammu tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, a spokesperson said, reported news agency PTI.

The students, including five girls staying in hostels, tested positive for the infection during a special rapid antigen test (RAT) drive in Jammu, he said.

He said GMC, Jammu, conducted the tests for staff and students in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory.

"Isolation of all COVID positive students has been arranged at the Maternal Child Hospital (MCH) Gandhi Nagar, Jammu," the spokesperson said, adding the hostel premises have been sanitized.

He said the GMC management has decided that the RAT tests would be done periodically.
Apr 04, 2021 21:17 (IST)
Campaigning Ends For Phase 3 Of Bengal Polls
Senior BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister Ashima Patra and former CPI(M) minister Kanti Ganguly are among the 205 candidates whose campaigns for the third phase of elections in 31 seats in West Bengal ended today evening, reported news agency PTI.

In this phase, elections will be held in parts of rural Howrah, the Sunderban region, the Diamond Harbour and Baruipur belts in the South 24 Parganas, and parts of the Hooghly district.

The campaign ended at 5 pm with elections scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

The BJP's campaign was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed several public meetings in these three districts.

The Trinamool Congress's charge was led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, even as TMC MP and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee addressed a significant number of rallies.

The Left-led alliance focussed more on street-corner meets, small gatherings and door-to-door visits in absence of a face to counter PM Modi and Ms Banerjee at large rallies.
Apr 04, 2021 21:09 (IST)
Bengal Assembly Election: Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan In Kolkata, To Campaign For Babul Supriyo'sTrinamool
Mamata Banerjee's Bengal re-election bid will receive a high-profile shot in the arm on Monday, when veteran actor and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan campaigns for the Chief Minister's Trinamool Congress during the ongoing Assembly election.
Apr 04, 2021 20:58 (IST)
Kerala Assembly Elections 2021: In Video, Rahul Gandhi Rides Auto To Campaign Venue In Nemom, Kerala
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took an autorickshaw ride at two places in Kerala, on the last day of campaign for the April 6 Assembly polls, to highlight the rising fuel prices under the BJP-NDA rule.
Apr 04, 2021 20:39 (IST)
No Operational, Intel Failure, Nearly 30 Maoists Killed: CRPF Chief Kuldiep Singh
Director-General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldiep Singh, who is in Chhattisgarh to monitor the situation following the Maoist attack, on Sunday said that there was absolutely no intelligence or operational failure in the operation.
Apr 04, 2021 20:28 (IST)
Pandharpur Bypoll To Be Held As Per Schedule Despite Weekend Curfew: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister
Even as the Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown and other restrictions to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases, the by-election to Pandharpur-Mangalvedha Assembly constituency will be held as per its schedule later this month, state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, reported news agency PTI.

The bypoll, necessitated by NCP MLA Bharat Bhalke's death last year, is scheduled to be held on April 17, which is a Saturday.

"As COVID-19 cases are rising in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to impose strict restrictions. I know that people don't like curfews. But we have to take hard decisions to stop the spread of the virus. The elections conducted by the state government authorities can be deferred. But the Pandharpur by-election schedule was announced by the Election Commission earlier. So it will be held as per its schedule," Ajit Pawar said.
Apr 04, 2021 20:25 (IST)
Karnataka Relaxes Curbs On Gyms, Allows 50% Occupancy
The Karnataka government on Sunday relaxed curbs on gymnasiums, allowing 50 per cent occupancy against total closure till April 20, reported news agency PTI.

The government had imposed restrictions on many public events in its order on April 2 believing that public gathering could lead to the spread of coronavirus, which is rising alarmingly in the state.

A number of gym operators and the regular gym-goers had given a representation to the Chief Minister following which the order was revised, Karnataka chief secretary P Ravikumar said in his latest order.

"Gyms will be allowed to remain open with the condition that the occupancy at any time cannot exceed 50 per cent of the capacity," the government said.

He said gyms need to follow strict COVID protocol like wearing of face masks, observing physical distancing and provide hand sanitiser to members. The order said all equipment should be sanitised after every use.

If there is any violation, the gym concerned will be closed till the COVID pandemic is over, it added.
Apr 04, 2021 20:21 (IST)
Restaurants, Night Clubs In Delhi Fined For Violating Covid Guidelines
Several restaurants, night clubs and hotels in Delhi have been fined and are facing cases for not maintaining social distancing and serving hookah, police officials said on Sunday following a two-day special drive to crack down on those violating COVID-19 safety guidelines, reported news agency PTI.

The drive, in which people were also fined for not wearing face masks and spitting in public areas, was conducted in places with high footfall, including markets, on Friday and Saturday.

Giving details about the drive in the New Delhi district area, a senior police officer said that FIRs were registered against the owners of Jain Chawal Wala at Connaught Place, Informal Restaurant at Janpath, Classic Chicken Restaurant at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg and Choice Chicken Corner Kalina at Gole Market for not observing COVID-appropriate behaviour.

Apr 04, 2021 20:17 (IST)
Amarinder Singh Slams Centre Over Misinformation About Punjab Farmers
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday slammed the Centre for allegedly spreading "misinformation" about the state's farmers with its recent letter on the plight of "bonded labourers".
Apr 04, 2021 19:30 (IST)
Covid Spread Contained In Arunachal Pradesh Due To Collective Teamwork: State Health Minister
Arunachal Pradesh has been able to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic due to the dedication of medical fraternity and frontline workers, and the ccoperation of people in strictly following COVID-19 safety protocols, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang said on Sunday, reported news agency PTI.

However, there should be no complacency in adhering to COVID-19 safety rules as the ongoing second wave of coronavirus, across the country, could peak by mid-April as predicted by Indian scientists by using a mathematical model, the minister told news agency PTI in an interview.
Apr 04, 2021 19:28 (IST)
Delhi Police Deploys Jaguar Highway Patrol Teams To Curb Street Crime
The Delhi Police has deployed "Jaguar Highway" patrolling teams at vulnerable stretches in the north district in an attempt to curb street crime, officials said.
Apr 04, 2021 19:05 (IST)
Haryana Limits Number Of People At Functions In New Guidelines To Check Covid Spike
Haryana on Sunday issued fresh guidelines putting a ceiling on the number of people permitted at functions in open spaces and indoors, and at funerals amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, reported news agency PTI.

While 200 people will be allowed at indoor events, the crowd capacity outdoors has been capped at 500. At funerals, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed, the new guidelines stated.

Earlier, the limit on gatherings was implemented in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Under the new standard operating procedure, organisers of social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political gatherings must take permission from district magistrates, the state government stated.
Apr 04, 2021 18:58 (IST)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat Recovers From Covid
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat today announced on social media that he has recovered from coronavirus, reported news agency PTI.

Tirath Singh Rawat had tested positive for coronavirus on March 22 and went in self-isolation.

"My COVID test report has come out negative twice in the past 48 hours," Mr Rawat said in the social media post.

He thanked the almighty and all his well-wishers for his recovery.
Apr 04, 2021 18:56 (IST)
Centre Rushes 2 Helicopters As Forest Fires Flare Up In Uttarakhand
Forest fires in Uttarakhand flared up over the past day prompting the Centre to rush two helicopters to the state on Sunday to bring the situation under control.
Apr 04, 2021 18:27 (IST)
Central Teams To Visit Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh Amid Covid Surge
Central teams comprising public health specialists and clinicians will be sent to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh because of the high number of fresh daily cases and the disproportionate number of deaths, the Prime Minister's office said.
Apr 04, 2021 18:19 (IST)
Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew, Weekend Lockdown Amid Covid Spike
The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a "strict lockdown" over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 pm amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.
Apr 04, 2021 17:53 (IST)
BJP-Led Centre Punishing AAP Government In Delhi For Supporting Farmers: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led Centre was trying to "punish" his government for supporting the farmers' agitation by creating hurdles in its functioning with the new law that gives primacy to the Lieutenant Governor, reported news agency PTI.

Addressing a farmers' "mahapanchayat" in Haryana's Jind district, the AAP national convener asserted that he is ready to "make any sacrifice" for the sake of farmers who are agitating against the three central agri laws.

He went on to say that anyone who opposes the farmers' stir is a "traitor".

The chief minister said all powers will be now be with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

"What kind of law is this?" he asked, adding that his party, despite winning 62 seats, will have no power.

Apr 04, 2021 17:49 (IST)
Assam Assembly Election: "Won't Intervene": Poll Body On Complaint By Congress Assam Ally
The Election Commission has refused to intervene in the matter of Rangja Khungur Basumatary - the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) candidate from Assam's Tamulpur who joined the BJP this week, just days before polling in his constituency and after the deadline for withdrawal of nominations.
Apr 04, 2021 16:53 (IST)
Nepali Congress Initiates Moves To Topple Prime Minister KP Oli, Form Government
Nepali Congress, the main Opposition in Nepal, has initiated moves to topple Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and form an alternative government under its leadership with the support of the CPN-Maoist Centre and other parties.
Apr 04, 2021 16:33 (IST)
Assam Assembly Polls: Campaigning For Crucial Third Phase To End Today
With campaigning for the last phase of elections in Assam coming to an end, both BJP and Congress alliances are conducting massive campaigns today to reach out to maximum voters, reported news agency ANI.

For the National Democratic Alliance, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is holding three election rallies, while incumbent Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal is scheduled to hold six rallies to cover as many constituencies as possible.

BJP leaders campaigning in the state claimed that they reached the magic number to form the government in the first two phases and with the voting in the last phase, they will form the government in Assam with a thumping majority.

The Mahajot has also intensified its efforts on the last day of campaigning. All India United Democratic Front chief Badruddin Ajmal's son Abdur Rahim claimed that the next government in the state will be formed by the "dadhi, topi, lungiwallah" people.
Apr 04, 2021 16:22 (IST)
No Plans For NRC Exercise In Bengal, Citizenship Amendment Act To Be Implemented: BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya
Countering opposition claims that the BJP, if voted to power in Bengal, will update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), thereby "taking away the citizenship rights of people", Kailash Vijayvargiya, the BJP's national general secretary, on Sunday reaffirmed that no such plan is on the radar.
Apr 04, 2021 15:57 (IST)
Goa Celebrates Easter With Strict Adherence To Covid Rules
Easter was celebrated in Goa toay in a traditional manner, though some rituals were cancelled in order to adhere to COVID-19 rules, a church official said, reported news agency PTI.

The number of people who were allowed to attend church services were limited so as to maintain social distancing, and the number of masses in each church was increased on Sunday, said Fr Maverick Fernandes, Director of Caritas Goa, a wing of Goa Church.

"Rituals like kissing the statue of Jesus and processions were cancelled this year. COVID-19 rules like social distancing, wearing of masks, etc. were adhered to strictly," he added.

Easter celebrations were cancelled completely last year as the outbreak was at its peak.
Apr 04, 2021 15:55 (IST)
Madhya Pradesh To Restrict Movement Of People From Chhattisgarh Amid Surge: Shivraj Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh will restrict the movement of people from Chhattisgarh to curb the spread of coronavirus and a lockdown will be enforced in isolated areas whenever needed, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today, reported news agency PTI.

Talking to reporters, Mr Chouhan said they have already sealed Madhya Pradesh's areas bordering Maharashtra. "There will now be restrictions on movement from Chhattisgarh. Those who need to come for necessary and unavoidable work will be allowed on humanitarian grounds and transportation of goods will continue," he said.

"I will go out with a loudspeaker on my vehicle at 6 pm on Monday and appeal to people to maintain physical distance and wear masks," the chief minister said, adding that patience is needed to control the pandemic.
Apr 04, 2021 15:52 (IST)
Odisha Reports 471 New Covid Cases, One Death
Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,42,695 on Sunday as 471 new infections were reported in the state along with one fatality which took the death count to 1,922, a health department official said, reported news agency PTI.

Of the new cases, 278 were reported from quarantine centres and 193 were detected during contact tracing.

Odisha now has 3,085 active cases, and 3,37,635 patients have so far recovered from the disease.
Apr 04, 2021 15:20 (IST)
As Covid Cases Spike, Uddhav Thackeray Leads Maharashtra Cabinet Meet

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will lead a cabinet meet at 3 pm to discuss the deeply worrying surge in coronavirus cases in the state over the past few weeks. The meeting - to be conducted via video conferencing to maintain social distancing - is expected to shed light on further rules and measures to be enforced to control the spread of the virus. Read Here
Apr 04, 2021 14:52 (IST)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Meets Film, TV Producers Amid COVID-19 Surge

Film and television producers met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday and offered full support for measures being taken to control the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. Interacting with Hindi and Marathi film and TV producers online, Thackeray sought suggestions and cooperation, a statement from the chief minister's office (CMO) said.
Apr 04, 2021 14:39 (IST)
Eight States Account For Over 80 Per cent Of New COVID-19 Cases

Eight states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat account for 80.96 per cent of the 93,249 new daily COVID-19 cases, according to the Union Health Ministry. India is seeing a steep intensification in the doubling time of the COVID-19 cases. As of April 4, it is 115.4 days, the ministry said on Sunday. India's total active caseload has reached 6,91,597 and now comprises 5.54 per cent of the country's total infections. A net rise of 32,688 cases recorded in the total active caseload in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 76.41 per cent of the total active cases in the country, the ministry said.
Apr 04, 2021 14:08 (IST)
"Micro Lockdowns, Travel Curbs Necessary To Stop Surge": AIIMS Chief

A new strategy is required to battle the Covid surge in the country that is fuelled by laxity in maintaining safety measures and a mutant strain of the Covid, Dr Randeep Guleria - the chief of Delhi's All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and a top member of the government's Covid Task Force - said on Saturday. Read Here
Apr 04, 2021 13:38 (IST)
BJP national president JP Nadda holds roadshow in support of contesting candidate GNS Rajasekaran, in Thirunallar.
Apr 04, 2021 13:01 (IST)
Puducherry Reports 227 COVID-19 Cases

The COVID-19 tally in the Union Territory of Puducherry rose to 42,359 on Sunday with the addition of 227 new cases, the health department said. The toll remained at 684 as no fatalities were reported. A total of 2,416 samples were tested in the last 24 hours ending at 10 am and the cumulative number of specimens examined so far was 6.80 lakh, Health and Family Welfare Services Director S Mohan Kumar said in a release. There were 1,592 active cases after the recovery of 109 patients during this period. In all 40,083 people have recovered from the disease so far in the Union Territory.
Apr 04, 2021 12:21 (IST)
COVID-19: Puri's Jagannath Temple To Remain Closed For Devotees On Sundays

In view of the rising cases of COVID-19, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) issued a fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Saturday according to which the temple will remain shut for devotees on Sundays. According to the norms, the temple will open from Monday to Saturday and public darshan will start at 6 am.
Apr 04, 2021 11:46 (IST)
PM Modi Chairs High-Level Meet Amid Surge In Coronavirus Cases: Sources

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a high-level meeting to review the Covid-related issues including the ongoing vaccination drive in the country as the infection is seeing a surge.  All senior officers -- including the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary are participating in the meeting. Read Here
Apr 04, 2021 11:34 (IST)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Receives Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Vice President was vaccinated at AIIMS, New Delhi. Taking to Twitter, the Vice President said, "Took the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. I appeal to all the eligible people to get themselves vaccinated immediately and everyone to continue to follow all precautions in view of the surge in cases in some parts of the country."

Apr 04, 2021 11:21 (IST)
3 Fresh Cases Take Mizoram's COVID-19 Tally To 4,490

Three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the tally in the northeastern state to 4,490, a health department official said on Sunday. All the fresh cases were reported from Aizawl district, he said. "Two of the three new patients are asymptomatic, and
all of them have travel history," the official said.
Apr 04, 2021 09:49 (IST)
India Records 93,249 New Infections, 513 Deaths In 24 Hours

India's total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 1,24,85,509 with 93,249 new infections, while the recoveries have surged to 1,16,29,289, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death count increased to 1,64,623 with 513 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. 

Apr 04, 2021 09:43 (IST)
Maharashtra: 4,931 New COVID-19 Cases In Thane, 19 More Deaths

With the addition of 4,931 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra has reached 3,32,666,an official said on Sunday. Besides these new cases reported on Saturday, the virus also claimed the lives of 19 more people, pushing the death toll in the district to 6,544, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district stood at 1.97 per cent, he said.
Apr 04, 2021 09:37 (IST)
8 States Account For 81.4% Of All Covid Cases Reported In Last 24 Hours: Centre

Eight states witnessed a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases and accounted for 81.42 per cent of the infections reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. These eight states are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.
Apr 04, 2021 08:37 (IST)
Jammu & Kashmir: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel distributed COVID-19 kits containing mask, sanitiser, spray pump & soap to people.
Apr 04, 2021 07:25 (IST)
No Fresh Registrations For Healthcare Workers For Covid Vaccine: Centre

Frontline medical and healthcare workers can no longer register for COVID-19 vaccination, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. It said the move is to ensure vaccine coverage expands quickly to include more categories of people, such as those above 45, as frontline medical and healthcare workers have already got first priority and enough time to get vaccinated. Read Here
Apr 04, 2021 06:04 (IST)
Mumbai Reports Over 9,000 Coronavirus Cases In A Day For The First Time
Mumbai today reported more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases, which is the Maharashtra capital's highest ever single-day spike. It also logged 27 deaths in the last 24 hours.

According to Mumbai's municipal body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation or BMC, 9,090 people were tested positive for the virus in 24 hours. 5,322 were discharged, taking the total recovery count to 3,66,365. The recovery rate has slipped to 83 per cent.

The city currently has 62,187 active cases.
Apr 04, 2021 06:04 (IST)
Uttarakhand Announces Covid Vaccination For Journalists Of All Ages
Recognising journalists as among those who are working round-the-clock as frontline people amid the pandemic, the Uttarakhand government today announced vaccination for them, age no bar.

"Journalists have supported the fight against the pandemic as frontline workers for communication, spreading awareness and giving out correct information," the Uttarakhand government said in a statement.

"Since the time the lockdown started and the country eased it gradually, even officers and employees of the information department have been constantly involved in communication and spreading awareness about correct information in tasks related to fighting COVID-19," the government said.