Coronavirus updates | April 11, 2021

A health worker sorts swab samples for COVID-19 testing in Bengaluru.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Amidst complaints of vaccine shortages raised by several States, India crossed a milestone of administering 10 crore doses as on Saturday. The Health Ministry claimed that India had administered these doses within 85 days, faster than the United States' 89 days and China's 103 days.

However, the 29 lakh doses administered within the last 24 hours were a significant decline from the 45 lakh doses — an all-time record — administered on April 5 (Monday). Since that high, the country’s daily vaccinations have seen a decline every day of the week, except for April 8, when it registered a moderate jump to 36 lakh doses and declined again on April 9.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

Thailand

Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases

Thailand's Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases.

The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour period, bringing Thailand's total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths.

The expanding outbreak comes after the country kept the virus largely in check for most of last year.

If the number of cases is still rising in two weeks, measures beyond the current restrictions on nightlife and longstanding social distancing rules will need to be put in place, said Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director general of the Department of Disease Control.

- PTI

New Delhi

Nadda asks BJP members to work to make 'Tika Utsav' successful

BJP president J.P. Nadda asked party members on Sunday to work to make the 'Tika Utsav', which aims to inoculate maximum number of eligible people against coronavirus, successful and help keep the society healthy. He urged BJP members to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestions fully to make the drive a success.

Asserting that the vaccination drive between April 11 and 14 marks the beginning of the second big war on COVID-19, Mr. Modi on Sunday made several suggestions to people on tackling the virus and urged them to focus on personal and social hygiene.

- PTI

Madhya Pradesh

Amid Mumbai lockdown talk, migrant movement seen on M.P. route

A severe spike in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai and persistent talk of a "complete lockdown" there to tackle it has, like last year, made the national highway number 3 skirting past Madhya Pradesh's commercial hub Indore a prime route for wary migrants returning home to states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The number of motorcycles, black-and-yellow mini trucks and autorickshaws, teeming with migrants, have been on the rise over the past few days on a bypass road connected to this route, popularly known as Mumbai-Agra road, eye-witnesses said on Sunday.

"The virus outbreak has once again got very severe in Mumbai. There might be a lockdown and it may, like last year, render us jobless. So we have decided to return home," said Ramsharan Singh (40), making his way back to Ballia in Uttar Pradesh in an autorickshaw.

- PTI

Tamil Nadu

Some industrialists fear another exodus of migrant workers

With the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping across various parts of Tamil Nadu, some of the industrialists in the State are apprehensive of migrant workers leaving for their hometowns considering the health conditions.

The industries recovered from the jolt of the first wave of coronavirus when over one lakh migrant workers from both Coimbatore and Tirupur industries rushed back to their home towns in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha by special trains.

Even as the business started picking up, the 30 per cent increase in the raw materials has affected the industries, sources from different industrial associations said.

- PTI

Gujarat

COVID-19 spike: Night curfew extended to rural parts of Surat

Night curfew currently in force in Surat city will be extended to rural parts of the district from Sunday to curb the spread of COVID-19, officials said.

The Gujarat government last week imposed restrictions on people's movement during night in 20 cities of the state, including Surat.

In a notification issued on Saturday night, Surat Collector Dhaval Patel extended the curfew to rural parts of the district from Sunday till April 31.

- PTI

Delhi

Coronavirus | Over 200 Delhi jail inmates vaccinated, no adverse events reported

Around 200 eligible inmates of the three jails in the national capital have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus so far, and none of them has reported any adverse events, officials said on Sunday.

A total of 326 inmates in the Delhi's prisons are above 60 years, and over 300 in the 45-59 age bracket with comorbidities. These two categories are eligible for vaccination in the ongoing nationwide drive.

Earlier, the Delhi Prisons Department had set up a COVID-19 vaccination centre inside Tihar Jail to vaccinate the inmates. It was set up in the central jail hospital at jail number 3, they said.

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- PTI

Vijayawada

Pawan Kalyan goes into quarantine

Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan went into quarantine on the advice of doctors after many of his party leaders, personal staff and organisers were infected by Coronavirus last week, as a precautionary measure.

According to a party release, people who used to closely work with Mr. Kalyan, were tested COVID positive in recent days, prompting him to go into self-quarantine. However, he is doing daily work and keeping in touch with his party leaders in the virtual mode. -- V. Raghavendra

Andhra Pradesh

‘Tika Utsav’ fails to take off in Anantapur, Kurnool districts as vaccine stocks dry up

The ‘Tika Utsav’ announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to take off in Anantapur and Kurnool districts due to drying up of the vaccine stocks by April 10 night and delay in the arrival of additional doses from the Centre.

Another factor has been the hesitancy of the people to get vaccinated two days before the Ugadi festival. — Ramesh Susarla

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Visakhapatnam

Vaccine stocks exhausted in Visakhapatnam

The ‘Tika Utsav’, scheduled to begin across the country on April 11 was cancelled in Visakhapatnam district as the vaccine stocks were exhausted. The initial apathy of the people to get the jab, has turned into one of urgency amid the surging second wave.

Those who have had their first shot over a month ago are now worried whether they will be able to take the second dose on time. — Madhu Gopal

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Mumbai

R. Madhavan tests negative for COVID-19

Actor R. Madhavan on Sunday said that he has recovered from coronavirus but still taking utmost care and precaution.

The 50-year-old actor took to Twitter and gave a health update, saying that his mother has also tested negative for COVID-19.

"Thank you all for the concern and prayers. All at home including Amma have tested Covid Negative again," Madhavan wrote. - PTI

Maharashtra

Maharashtra crosses 1-crore vaccination mark

Maharashtra has administered COVID-19 vaccine doses to over one crore people so far, a senior health official said on Sunday.

The vaccination drive began on January 16 this year across the country and is currently underway for front-line and health care workers, and people aged 45 years and above.

"We have crossed one crore doses today. Till today noon, we have administered 1,00,38,421 doses," Maharashtra's principal secretary (health) Pradeep Vyas said in a statement. - PTI

Karnataka

PM speaks to Yediyurappa, suggests focus on micro containment zones to control COVID

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested focusing on micro containment zones to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state.

The Chief Minister who spoke to the Prime Minister Sunday said that the latter also appreciated the state government's efforts.

"Spoke to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji and apprised him about the measures being taken in the state to mitigate second wave of pandemic. PM appreciated the government's efforts and suggested to focus on micro containment zones to contain the spread of infection," Mr. Yediyurappa tweeted. - PTI

New Delhi

Will impose lockdown if health infrastructure collapses: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters his government was against imposing a lockdown in the city. "We have put in place restrictions instead, to curb the spread of the virus. I urge everybody to go out of their homes only if absolutely necessary."

Only those patients who have a serious case of COVID-19 should visit hospitals, Mr. Kejriwal said, advising the others to remain in home isolation. "We have enough hospital beds as of now. But, if patients with mild symptoms occupy them, patients who need them desperately may be left out, leading to their death even."

He repeated that lockdown would be imposed only if the health infrastructure collapsed. "I urge all Delhiites to fight this fourth and most serious wave together."

He asked that the Delhi Corona app be downloaded in advance to check availability of beds instead of "moving from one hospital to the other trying to find beds".

"People are also rushing to private hospitals where there is a shortage of beds. Over the past five years, Delhi government hospitals have improved. I urge people to visit government hospitals," he said.

We need to speed up our vaccination drive, the CM said, adding, "I have spoken to experts who say that getting the vaccine does not mean that you will not get COVID -19. What it protects you from is a severe illness. People still need to wear masks and practice hand washing and social distancing even after getting vaccinated."

Figures in Delhi show that this wave is more prevalent among the younger population, he saiid, urging the central government to allow those below 45 years of age to get the vaccination at the earliest.

- Jaideep Deo Bhanj

Tamil Nadu

Rise in COVID-19 cases fills up beds in Chennai’s government hospitals

The day-to-day rise in fresh coronavirus infections in the city has led to beds filling up fast in major government hospitals in the city. In fact, a significant number of patients required oxygen support.

At the Government Medical College Hospital, Omandurar Estate, one of the earliest exclusive COVID-19 facilities in the city, 521 beds of the total 575 have been occupied. Of this, 337 patients were COVID-19 positive, while the remaining were patients with suspected symptoms of COVID-19.

“The cases are on the rise and the admissions are proportionate to it. Around two-third of the patients required oxygen. We are admitting persons who have comorbidities and those with significant lung involvement. We are seeing more young persons with lung involvement. We are also seeing sudden deterioration in patients, including the young,” R. Jayanthi, Dean of the hospital, said.

The Government Corona Hospital situated on the premises of the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Guindy, was filled up nearly 20 days ago due to a steady flow of patients. The hospital has a total of 500 beds.

Andhra Pradesh

Jagan asks Modi for 25 lakh vaccine doses for State

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide 25 lakh doses of COVID vaccine to the State for administration during the Tika Utsav that begins on April 11.

In a letter dated April 9 to Mr. Modi, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said, “Your kind call for ‘Tika Utsav’ from 11th April to 14th April is a much-needed step to give the required push to different sections of the society to come forward for vaccination. We have planned to take this opportunity and participate on a large scale. The Utsav shall be taken up in one village and one ward under the jurisdiction of every Primary Health Centre (PHC).

“My state has a system of volunteers where a dedicated volunteer takes care of the needs of 50 families. Volunteers would be roped in to mobilise eligible persons. We shall cover 1,145 villages and 259 wards every day. In four days, 4,580 villages and 1,036 urban wards shall be covered to ensure all persons above 45 are vaccinated,” Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said in the letter.

Gujarat

Controversy over Remdesivir supply in Gujarat

A new controversy has erupted over the supply of Remdesivir, a life saving drug used to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, with Gujarat facing a major shortage in its stock amidst soaring demand.

On Friday, State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief C. R. Paatil had announced in his home town Surat that 5,000 injections would be distributed by the BJP free of charge to the needy in the city of Surat, one of the worst-hit in Gujarat. Mr. Paatil made the announcement while visiting COVID-19 hospitals in Surat. However, his announcement could not have come at the worse time as the Vijay Rupani-led State government has been struggling to ensure adequate supplies of the injection to hospitals inundated with COVID-19-infected patients as the second wave of the pandemic grips the State.

On Saturday, the Surat BJP office began distributing injections to relatives of patients in need.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that 10,000 injections had been made available for Surat through special arrangements. When he was asked how Mr. Paatil could get the stock to be distributed his party in the diamond city, Mr. Rupani quipped: “Ask him [Mr. Paatil] how he has managed to get the stock.”

'Tika Utsav'

Each one, vaccinate one: PM Modi

On the first day of 'tika utsav', Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes several suggestions, and says, "each one, vaccinate one".'

"The tika utsav marks second big war on corona. We have to stress on personal and social hygiene," Mr. Modi says. "Each one, protect one" and "each one, save one", he says, in his call to the people of the country to fight the virus.

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New Delhi

India’s COVID-19 active cases breach 11-lakh mark for first time

Hitting another record daily high of 1,52,879 new coronavirus infections, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, while the active cases breached the 11-lakh mark for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on April 11.

The death toll increased to 1,69,275 with 839 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 32nd day in row, the active cases increased to 11,08,087 comprising 8.29% of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 90.44%, the ministry said.

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New Delhi

Vaccine shortages flagged in many States

Punjab and Rajasthan have warned the Centre of diminishing coronavirus vaccine stocks. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said his state had only five days of vaccines left. Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, said stock were set to run out in 48 hours. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, also said that he had less than a week's supply.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in a call with State chief ministers this week called for a 'Tika utsav' (a festival of inoculations) from the 11-14th April.

(With inputs from Correspondents and Agencies)

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