Coronavirus updates | Indian Army donates 1 lakh doses COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal Army

Mumbai’s dabbawalas pause in front of a huge wall mural of themselves at Marine Lines station in South Mumbai. Dabbawalas, once a backbone of Mumbai’s office-goers, have seen their business down to less than 20% due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recent surge in coronavirus will add to their woes, as more people have been asked to work from home.   | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE

India’s CoWIN portal, for COVID-19 vaccine registration, has been ramped up to accept on one crore registrations and record vaccination of 50 lakh persons per day, R.S. Sharma, Chairman, Empowered Group on COVID vaccination told The Hindu. Mr Sharma explained that the system has been geared up to accommodate the registration rush and vaccination load anticipated from April 1 when vaccination will be offered for anyone 45 years and above.

Mr. Sharma added that currently CoWIN does not schedule the second dose vaccination appointment automatically and beneficiaries are to schedule this as per the recommended gap between the two doses of the vaccine.

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:

Mumbai

Mumbai civic body to procure 1.5 lakh Remdesivir injections

Owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the city civic body will place the order for procuring 1.5 lakh injections of antiviral drug Remdesivir and other medical equipments to avoid any potential shortage of medicines at hospitals, a senior official said.

He also said that a sizeable number of new cases are reported from high-rise buildings.

Mumbai on Sunday reported the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases by adding 6,923 new infections, taking the total tally to 3,98,674.

Pune

BJP will oppose lockdown in Maharashtra, says State chief Chandrakant Patil

A day after Maharashtra's highest single-day jump of over 40,000 Covid-19 cases prompted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to direct authorities to prepare for a possible lockdown, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made it clear that it would strongly oppose such a move if imposed.  

Speaking in Pune, BJP State President Chandrakant Patil on Sunday said that a stringent lockdown would be calamitous for the lakhs eking out a precarious existence in the State’s unorganised sector.  

“Lockdown is not an option at this stage. We [the BJP] are going to oppose such a move with all our might. And not only us, but ordinary traders and labourers will be vehemently opposing it. You can take whatever steps you may wish to check the spread of the contagion, but those with a hand-to-mouth existence will fight this measure tooth and nail,” Mr. Patil said. 

Pakistan

Pakistan to impose lockdown in Lahore, other cities as coronavirus cases witness surge

Pakistan’s Punjab government has decided to enforce an ‘effective lockdown’ in Lahore and other parts of the province of 110 million people from April 1 to contain the rise in coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 positivity rate has soared to more than 12%.

During the lockdown that will continue till April 11, a complete ban on wedding events and other gatherings in the province has been imposed.

For the first time since the epidemic broke-out here, police registered 100 cases in Lahore for not wearing masks. The mass transit transport system, which includes the Orange Line Metro Train and the Speedo bus service, will also be closed while a complete ban on indoor and outdoor dining at all restaurants and hotels would be imposed. — PTI

New Delhi

Indian Army donates 1 lakh doses COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal Army

The Indian Army has gifted one lakh doses of India-made anti-COVID-19 vaccines to the Nepal Army as part of the efforts of the militaries of the two neighbours to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The vaccines were handed over by the Indian Army officials to their counterparts from the Nepal Army at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu tweeted. — PTI

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Gujarat

People above 45 years should get themselves vaccinated: Gujarat Deputy CM

Amid a sharp rise in coronavirus positive cases in Gujarat, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Monday said people above 45 years should get themselves vaccinated free at government facilities when the drive for this category begins from April 1.

"Those above the age of 45 years should get themselves vaccinated without fail. The vaccine is being offered free of cost at the centres run by the state government," Mr. Patel told reporters.

"Scientists believe this will help reduce the chances of getting infected. To save oneself from getting infected, everybody should get vaccinated," said Mr. Patel, who also holds Health portfolio. — PTI

France

ICU cases creep toward new peak in French virus surge

The number of patients in intensive care in France is fast approaching the worst point of the country's last coronavirus surge in the autumn of 2020, another indicator of how a renewed crush of infections is bearing down on French hospitals.

The French government count of COVID-19 patients in ICUs and hospital surveillance units climbed to 4,872 on March 27 night. That is just short of the last high-point of 4,919 ICU cases on November 16, when France was also gripped by a virus surge and was locked down in response.

With ICU admissions continuing to increase by double digits on a daily basis, that November peak could be overtaken within days. Doctors are increasingly sounding the alarm that they may have to start turning patients away for ICU care, particularly in the Paris region. — AP

Madhya Pradesh

Barwani seals border with Maharashtra to check COVID-19 spread

Authorities in Barwani have decided to seal the Madhya Pradesh district's border with neighbouring Maharashtra to check the spread of coronavirus infection, an official said.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing in Barwani, District Collector Shivraj Singh Verma told PTI.

The main reason is that the district shares border with Maharashtra, where there has been a spike in coronavirus infection, he said.

"Hence, instructions have been issued to officials to seal all the roads on the border adjoining Maharashtra, barring the Agra-Mumbai Road and Khetia Road," Mr. Verma said. — PTI

Puducherry

AIADMK candidate in Karaikal tests positive for COVID-19

A.U. Asana, the AIADMK candidate for Karaikal (South) in the April 6 Assembly poll in Puducherry, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 29.

A Health Department spokesman told PTI that Mr. Asana underwent a check cup as he planned to come Puducherry on March 30 to attend the rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He tested positive and was being evaluated and kept under observation, the spokesman said. — PTI

Mumbai

Fatima Sana Shaikh tests positive for COVID-19

Actor Fatima Sana Shaikh on Monday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine.

Shaikh, 29 took to Instagram and said she is following all the health and safety protocols after contracting the virus.

"I have tested positive for COVID-19 and currently following all the precautions and protocols and have been home quarantining myself. Thank you for all your wishes and concerns. Please stay safe guys," the actor wrote. — PTI

United Kingdom

England embarks on major easing of lockdown

England is embarking on a major easing of its latest coronavirus lockdown that came into force at the start of the year, with families and friends able to meet up in outdoor spaces and many sports permitted once again.

Under Monday's easing, groups of up to six, or two households, can socialise in parks and gardens once more, while outdoor sports facilities can reopen after the stark stay-at-home order, which has seen new coronavirus cases fall dramatically over the past three months, officially ended.

After months of being cooped up at home, many people are relishing the prospect of being able to to enjoy their outdoor sport of choice, from tennis to open-air swimming. Organized team sports, such as children's football clubs, can start up again too. — AP

Maharashtra

Holi revellers violate COVID-19 norms in Mumbai suburb

A large number of people, most of them without masks, gathered on a road in Mahim area of Mumbai on Monday morning and celebrated Holi while dancing to loud music, in violation of the COVID-19 guidelines.

A police official said they asked the people to stop the music and go back to their homes, but they did not pay heed to the advice. Later, Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranay Ashok and other senior police officials reached the spot and stopped the revelry, he said.

"We asked the people to disperse and clear the road. As of now, no FIR has been registered," Mahim police station's senior inspector Vilas Shinde said. — PTI

Germany

Merkel blames German 'perfectionism' for current virus woes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed her country's difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic — from the slow vaccine rollout to the back-and-forth over lockdown rules — on “a tendency toward perfectionism” and called for greater flexibility to tackle the latest surge in cases.

In a lengthy television interview with public broadcaster ARD late Sunday, Ms Merkel acknowledged that mistakes were made by her government, including on plans for an Easter lockdown. — AP

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New Delhi

8 States account for over 84% of India’s fresh COVID-19 cases

Eight States including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab have reported a high number of daily COVID-19 cases and account for 84.5% of the 68,020 fresh cases recorded in the country in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on March 29.

On the other hand, the total vaccination coverage in India has crossed 6 crore, it said. — PTI

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Hyderabad

Dr Reddy's expects Sputnik V vaccine to get approval from Indian regulator in next few weeks

Pharma major Dr Reddy's Laboratories expects the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V to get approval from the Indian regulator in the next few weeks, a company official has said.

"We expect to get the approval in the next few weeks. It is a two dose vaccine. You take the first dose on day zero and the second one on day 21. The peak immunity develops somewhere between day 28 to day 42," Deepak Sapra, the companys CEO, APIs and Services, said.

Mr Sapra, who was speaking in a webinar on Sunday evening, was asked as to how soon Sputnik would be available and whether it is a one dose or two doses vaccine.

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Madhya Pradesh

9 arrested from farmhouse in M.P. for COVID-19 rules violation

Police have raided a farmhouse in Madhya Pradesh's Indore city and arrested nine people for allegedly violating the lockdown and other COVID-19 prevention norms, an official said.

After the raid conducted on Sunday evening, the police sealed the farmhouse located in Sunshine Colony in Indore, Sub- Divisional Magistrate Pratul Sinha said.

Mr. Sinha informed that despite the lockdown and other COVID-19-related restrictions, the accused organised a party at the farmhouse where liquor was also served.

The farmhouse owner and eight other persons were arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant), he said. — PTI

New Delhi

Delhi Police warns of strict action against those not following COVID protocols on Holi

The Delhi Police on March 29 said patrolling has been increased and strict action will be taken against those who do not follow coronavirus guidelines issued in view of Holi.

Patrolling has been intensified during Holi, Delhi Police Public Relations Officer Chinmoy Biswal said.

"Pickets have been placed by the district police in their respective areas. Patrolling has been increased. Police are focusing on those who are involved in drunken driving and action will be taken against them," he said.

"As public gathering is not allowed this year during Holi celebrations, strict action will be taken against those who do not adhere to coronavirus protocols. Delhi Police appeals to the public to celebrate Holi with their family members at home," Mr. Biswal said. — PTI

New Delhi

Spike in fresh COVID-19 cases, India records 68,020 new infections

India saw 68,020 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the country's COVID-19 tally to above 1.20 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

Registering a steady increase for the 19th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 5,21,808, which comprise 4.33% of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.32%, the data stated.

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Chennai

Residents object to setting up of COVID-19 care centre

Residents of Athipattu in the Ambattur Assembly constituency on Sunday announced that they would boycott the election in protest against the COVID-19 care centre in their apartment.

Some residents said they developed symptoms of COVID-19 after the launch of the care centre in the area.

Five blocks in their apartment have been converted into a COVID-19 care centre by the Greater Chennai Corporation.

Residents, who staged a protest, said officials did not permit them to meet the Corporation Commissioner at Ripon Building when they wanted to request him to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their apartment.

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Maharashtra

Raid on resort, 47 detained for COVID-19 norms violation

Police have raided a resort in Maharashtra's Palghar district and detained 47 people for allegedly flouting COVID-19 prevention norms, an official said on Monday.

During the raid conducted on Sunday night on the resort, located in Alewadi area, the police and district administration teams found violation of the night curbs and other guidelines, the official from Boisar police station said.

The police detained 47 people, including the resort's staff members and customers, under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Diseases Act, he said. - PTI

New Delhi

New Delhi sees highest single-day COVID-19 cases in 3 months

The Capital recorded 1,881 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday — the highest single-day cases in over three months, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government.

Nine deaths were also recorded in the same 24-hour period, it said, adding that 79,936 tests were conducted with a positivity rate of 2.35%.

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(With inputs from Agencies)

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