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A view of deserted Marine Drive after curfew-like restrictions were imposed across Maharashtra, in Mumbai on 20 April.| Photo: ANI

‘Lockdown’ Maharashtra could have stricter curbs as state struggles to ramp up vaccinations

The Uddhav Thackeray government has already tightened restrictions on movement of people in Maharashtra from 8 pm Thursday, including on inter- and intra-district travel.
Health department personnel motion to a car on the Chhattisgarh side of the Bagnadigaon border between Rajnandgaon district and Maharashtra | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Chhattisgarh blames Maharashtra for Covid spike, but border checks at Rajnandgaon ‘missing’

CM Baghel and administration say they’re keeping an eye on Rajnandgaon’s porous border with Maharashtra, but ground reality shows no one’s checking for Covid reports.
Family members in protective suits perform the last rites of a person who died of Covid-19, at Adarsh Nagar Moksha Dham in Jaipur, on 20 April 2021 | PTI

Delhi’s cumulative death rate doesn’t give you the full picture of the second wave. Here’s why

As Delhi faces its worst Covid outbreak, percentage of deaths reported shows a sharp rise that is higher than the cumulative fatality rate. In Maharashtra, though, the trend dips.
BJP leader Shirish Chaudhari | Facebook/Shirish Chaudhari

BJP again caught in a remdesivir row in Maharashtra, this time for distributing drug

BJP’s Shirish Chaudhari, who belongs to Amalner in Jalgaon, sold large stocks of Cadila Healthcare’s Remdac & Bruck Pharma’s Corovir in Nandurbar & Jalgaon districts. 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | Facebook/UddhavBalasahebThackeray

Uddhav Thackeray to announce decision on Maharashtra lockdown tomorrow

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said all the state ministers have requested Uddhav Thackeray to announce a complete lockdown.
Passengers outside the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to board outstation trains, amid the ongoing spike in Covid cases, in Mumbai. | Photo: ANI

A second exodus, though smaller, shows why Mumbai’s migrant workers are still vulnerable

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray declared a lockdown to contain the second Covid wave, triggering a second round of migrant exodus. But response could be hamstrung by lack of data.
A file image of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis | Photo: Facebook/Shiv Sena

How BJP tried to buy remdesivir directly from firm & gaps in Thackeray govt fanned controversy

Mumbai Police questioned a Bruck Pharma pharma executive after stock of remdesivir, a Covid drug in shortage, was found. But MVA minister already knew BJP was procuring it from the firm.
A healthcare worker prepares to administer a rapid antigen test near the Gateway of India monument in Mumbai | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Maharashtra reports new single-day high of 68,631 Covid cases, Mumbai alone has 8,468

According to data put out by the state health department, Maharashtra now has a cumulative caseload of 38,39,338, with 60,473 total deaths.
File image of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal | Photo: ANI

Piyush Goyal attacks Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray over lack of oxygen in the state

Maharashtra has been witnessing an oxygen shortage, with CM Uddhav Thackeray writing to the PM Modi about airlifting oxygen from steel plants in eastern and southern parts of India.
File photo of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray | Twitter

Maharashtra’s active Covid cases to double in 15 days: Uddhav Thackeray writes to PM Modi

In his letter, CM Thackeray asked the Centre to consider Covid pandemic as a natural calamity, so that Maharashtra govt can use the State Disaster Response Fund.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an election campaign rally at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district on 1 April 2021 | PTI

Modi owns India’s unfolding Covid disaster

India's Covid tragedy was avoidable, and is largely the fault of a boastful, incompetent government. Yet, Modi may suffer few political consequences for his devastating missteps.

India’s ‘casino’ type midcap rally could take a break, large stocks found safer amid Covid

Investors say they are avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues, valuations. While Sensex flirts with technical correction, expensive smaller stocks could have more to lose.

Defence

File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh assures support to Indonesian counterpart Subianto in tracing missing submarine

The Indian Navy has already sent a deep submergence rescue vessel to support the Indonesian Navy's effort to trace the submarine that went missing Wednesday around the Bali Strait.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.