Monday, 12 April, 2021


India now has more than 1.2 crore total reported cases and has the world's highest number of recoveries. Worldwide, there are over 13 crore cases, with US recording the highest caseload.

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80% of military, central security forces have got first shot, but police in top Covid states lag

Vaccination for security personnel — who have been classified as frontline workers amid the Covid pandemic — began in the first phase of the drive that was kicked off on 16 January.

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Maharashtra Covid task force feels ‘lockdown is required’, but decision only after 14 April

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope says proposed lockdown and its economic fallout were discussed by the task force headed by CM Uddhav Thackeray Sunday.

On ‘Tika Utsav’ Day 1, 900 vaccine centres in Odisha remain shut due to supply shortage

Vaccination is underway at only 579 out of over 1,400 centres in the state, and the drive may have to be stopped in many more places Monday ​if fresh stock doesn't arrive.

India halts export of key Covid drug Remdesivir as cases rise across country

The government has also taken steps to ensure easy access of hospitals and patients to the drug, considered vital in the fight against Covid-19.

Delhi vaccinates over a lakh, its highest count so far, on Day 1 of ‘Tika Utsav’

Tika Utsav, a vaccination festival announced by the central govt, kicked off Sunday in a bid to vaccinate as many eligible beneficiaries as possible as cases rise in the country.

PM Modi suggested focusing on micro containment zones, says Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka has seen a spike in Covid cases since the beginning of this month and is reporting nearly 7,000 fresh cases per day for the last couple of days.

18% Indians know people who couldn’t get vaccine in April, 56% want more options: Survey

LocalCircles survey also finds dip in vaccine hesitancy with 77% expressing an interest in taking the shot.

Lockdown should be imposed if hospital system collapses, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Stating that lockdown is not a solution, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal asked people ​to remain in home isolation if infected with Covid instead of rushing to hospitals.

PM Modi says ‘Tika Utsav’ vaccination drive beginning of India’s second big war on Covid

As the four-day Covid vaccination drive took off, the prime minister said elderly people or those without much knowledge about the vaccine should be helped.

Early orders, more funds, swift payments — govt panel tips for boosting India’s vaccine supply

According to report by inter-ministerial panel, Bharat Biotech could double its production capacity soon while Serum Institute of India is still looking for ways to expand production.

Delhi bans public gatherings, limits wedding guests to 50 & reduces metro capacity to 50%

Amid a surge in Covid cases in Delhi, attendance at funerals will be limited to 20 people. Public buses will also operate at 50% capacity.

Uddhav Thackeray hints at Maharashtra lockdown, set to meet with task force on 10 April

State PWD Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said his government's priority is to keep the people safe, and the details of the lockdown 'will be finalised soon'.

Delhi records 7,897 new Covid cases, positivity rate mounts to 10.21%

The positivity rate in Delhi breached 10 per cent for the first time this year. The positivity rate mid-November last year had stood above 15 per cent.

Amarinder urges Centre to share vaccine supply schedule, says Punjab left with 5 day stock

In an official statement here, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said he wrote to the prime minister and the Union health minister to give confirmed supply schedules for the next quarter.

Vaccines won’t be enough. New Covid variants have changed the game

No one is truly safe from Covid until everyone is safe. We are in a race against time to get global transmission rates low enough to prevent the emergence of new variants.

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