Coronavirus India Highlights April 17: Utilise entire national capacity to ramp up vaccine production, says PM Modi at COVID-19 review meet

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Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions, Coronavirus State-wise Cases, Death Highlights Updates: Remdesivir manufacturers reduce MRP; Gujarat makes negative report must for Kumbh Mela returnees

Coronavirus in India Live Updates, Covid-19 Lockdown India LiveRelatives console family members outside the mortuary in New Delhi on Friday. The national capital has seen 141 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours. (PTI photo)

New Coronavirus Cases in India April 17 Highlights: India is fighting a tiring war of saving its loved ones from the deadly coronavirus. As the nation recorded more than two lakh Covid cases, for the third day in a row, many are also finding it difficult to give a dignified send-off to their beloved. Delhi, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Bhopal, Surat, Ahmedabad – ever city in India has the same story – cremation/burial grounds lined up with ambulances, PPE-clad relatives with tokens in their hand. India on Saturday lost 1,341 citizens due to Covid, the highest the nation has seen since the coronavirus pandemic began. The ‘help me’ messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram blows the lid from the official claims that there is no problem in supply of Remdesivir, ICU beds etc.

On Saturday, after days of concern, the Prime Minister addressed the Kumbh Mela Akhadas directly on Twitter and asked them to observe the key Hindu event in a ‘symbolic’ way due to Covid wave. This comes as almost half of India is under some kind of restrictions and tough curbs imposed by the state administrations to break the chain of the coronavirus.

Also Read: Delhi sees record daily rise of 19,486 COVID-19 cases, Andhra govt says it has no stock of vaccine

As the nation fights out with the invisible enemy in the second wave, here are the latest, verified updates from all states and around the globe:

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    22:28 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hospitals turning away COVID patients despite bed availability will face action: Kejriwal

    Amid the spiralling COVID-19 crisis in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said 6,000 more beds will be added in the next three to four days and warned hospitals of strict action if they are found giving wrong information or turning away COVID-19 patients despite availability of beds. He also asked the Centre to reserve 50 per cent beds in central government hospitals in Delhi for COVID-19 patients. Admitting that there was shortage of oxygen and ICU beds, as well as medicines needed for serious COVID patients, the chief minister said new cases were coming up fast and there was a limit to the health infrastructure. (PTI)

    22:28 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 32 more die from COVID in Haryana; state sees record daily spike of 7,717 cases

    A surge in coronavirus cases in Haryana continued unabated with the state recording the biggest single-day jump of 7,717 infections on Saturday as 32 more people died from the disease, according to a Health Department bulletin. So far, the infection has killed 3,386 people in the state, which has reported 3,49,794 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. In the wake of a sharp increase in cases, the Haryana government on Saturday constituted a state-level monitoring committee, officials said. The 17-member panel is headed by Health Minister Anil Vij. It includes the chief principal secretary to the CM, chief secretary and the DGP. The first meeting of the committee will be held here on Monday. (PTI)

    22:26 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gujarat sees record 9,541 COVID-19 cases; 97 deaths also single-day peak

    Gujarat reported a record 9,541 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally to 3,94,229, and 97 deaths, also a single-day fatality peak, while 3,783 people were discharged post recovery, an official said on Saturday. The state's toll stands at 5,267, and the recovery count is 3,33,564, or 84.61 per cent of the caseload, leaving it with 55,398 active cases, including 304 on ventilator support, he said. 'Of the deaths, 26 took place in Surat, followed by 25 in Ahmedabad, 10 in Rajkot, eight in Vadodara, six in Surendranagar, four each in Bhavnagar and Jamnagar, three in Morbi, two each in Banaskantha and Mehsana, and one each in Bharuch, Botad, Dang, Gandhinagar, Mahisagar, Panchmahal and Sabarkantha,' he said. (PTI)

    22:24 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra govt wants Center to allow oxygen transportation by railway

    The Maharashtra government has requested the Centre to allow transportation of oxygen cylinders by railway to cut the cost and time, state health minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday. He was speaking to reporters after participating in a video conference with Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. "The Maharashtra government has requested the Centre to allow transportation of liquid oxygen by railway, which would reduce the cost of transportation. The Centre should issue necessary instructions to the Railways," Tope said as shortage of oxygen is being reported from many places amid an alarming surge in coronavirus cases. He also said that the Centre has announced that it would provide, across the country, 113 plants that can extract oxygen from the air, and the Maharashtra government is trying to get a maximum number of such plants. The oxygen thus extracted can be used for medicinal purposes after purification, he added. (PTI)

    22:08 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Misuse, black marketing of Remdesivir, other medicines must be curbed: PM Modi

    Use of Remdesivir, other medicines must follow approved medical guidelines; Their misuse, black marketing must be strictly curbed: PM.

    22:07 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: We will successfully fight COVID, says PM Modi at review meet

    Reviewed preparedness to handle the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Aspects relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination were discussed. Like we did last year, we will successfully fight COVID with even greater speed and coordination, said PM Modi.

    22:05 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Utilise entire national capacity to ramp up vaccine production, says PM Modi

    PM also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centers should be ensured. PM spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines: PMO

    21:26 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: MP sees record spike of 11,269 COVID-19 cases; 66 die

    Madhya Pradesh on Saturday recorded 11,269 COVID-19 cases, the state's highest single-day spike, taking its tally to 3,95,832, while the day also saw 66 deaths and 6,497 people getting discharged, an official said. The toll in MP stands at 4,491 and the recovery count is 3,27,452, leaving it with an active caseload of 63,889, he added. The state has recorded 1,00,321 cases and 505 deaths in April so far, the official pointed out. "Indore's caseload rose by 1,659 to touch 87,625, including 1,040 deaths, seven of which took place on Saturday. The tally in Bhopal is 66,891 after it added 1,669 cases. Bhopal's toll rose by one to touch 671. The active cases in Indore and Bhopal is 10,605 and 8,539 respectively," the official said. With 52,568 samples being examined on Saturday, the number of tests in MP crossed 70.23 lakh. (PTI)

    21:23 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bengal reports highest one-day spike of 7,713 COVID-19 cases, 32 fresh deaths

    West Bengal on Saturday registered the highest single-day spike of 7,713 COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 6,51,508, the health department said in a bulletin. The death toll also rose to 10,540 after 34 fresh fatalities were reported. The city of Kolkata registered a record one-day jump of 1,998 new cases and 10 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 3,426 patients recovered from disease in the state. (PTI)

    21:21 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nashik sees 4,718 fresh COVID-19 cases, 38 casualties

    At least 4,718 people tested positive for coronavirus, while 38 died of the infection in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Saturday, an official said. With this, the tally of infections in the district reached 2,58,021 and the toll rose to 2,895, the official said. Of the latest fatalities, 17 were reported from the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) area, 20 from other parts of the district and one from Malegaon, he said. Among the cases registered so far, Nashik city alone accounted for 1,56,938 infections, followed by 87,314 from other parts of the district, 10,250 from Malegaon and 3,519 from outside the district, the official said. (PTI)

    21:19 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi HC Chief Justice tests COVID-19 positive

    Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in home isolation, according to court sources. They said the chief justice is asymptomatic and is otherwise doing fine. Earlier this week, three other judges of the Delhi High Court had tested COVID-19 positive and they were having mild symptoms and were in home isolation. The Delhi High Court, which had resumed full-fledged physical hearing from March 15, decided to again adopt the virtual mode of proceedings from April 9 to April 23 in view of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital. (PTI)

    21:07 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: BPL patients in Assam to get remdesivir free of cost

    Remdesivir will be provided free of cost to BPL patients while non-BPL patients will have to bear the cost of Remdesivir at the rate equal to the rate of procurement of Remdesivir by National Health Mission, Assam: State Health Department (ANI)

    21:00 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Corona curfew extended in Bhopal till Apr 26

    The 'corona curfew' imposed in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases has been extended till April 26, an official said on Saturday. Bhopal on Saturday recorded 1,669 COVID-19 cases, taking the toll here to 66,891. Bhopal's corona curfew, the state government's term for the restrictions short of a lockdown imposed in several cities, was set to end on April 19. It has been extended in Bhopal and Berasia till 6am on April 26, an order by Collector Avinash Lavaniya said. Essential services will be exempted from the corona curfew and people arriving in the city or leaving by rail, bus etc will not be inconvenienced, officials said. (PTI)

    20:38 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Osmanabad hospital oxygen plant to be ready soon

    The work on an oxygen generation plant that can fill 64 cylinders per day was on in full swing at the district hospital in Maharashtra's Osmanabad and it should be ready in three to four days, an official said on Saturday. He said Collector Kaustubh Diwegaonkar inspected the work during the day. The COVID-19 count in the district stands at 28,424, of which 5,696 are active ones, the official said. The district has so far seen 691 deaths, while 94,814 people have been vaccinated against the infection so far, he added. (PTI)

    20:31 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Vehicles to be colour coded to limit unwanted movement on Mumbai roads

    In a bid to limit the vehicular movement and avert traffic jams amid the COVID-19 curbs, the Mumbai police have directed that vehicles engaged in emergency and essential services will have to sport colour-coded stickers, city police commissioner Hemant Nagrale said on Saturday. The use of the red, green and yellow stickers has been introduced to ensure strict implementation of the restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government to control the spread of coronavirus, the top cop said. Vehicles belonging to doctors, medical staff, ambulances and those engaged in supplying medical equipment will have to sport red stickers, while vehicles transporting food, vegetables, fruits, groceries, dairy products, etc, will have to have green stickers, the official said. (PTI)

    20:26 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 67,123 fresh COVID cases

    Maharashtra reports 67,123 fresh COVID cases, 56,783 discharges, and 419 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases: 6,47,933Total discharges: 30,61,174Death toll: 59,970 (ANI)

    20:25 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: PM Narendra Modi holds review meeting on COVID-19

    PM Narendra Modi holding a review meeting on COVID-19 and vaccination. (ANI)

    20:10 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu tests positive for COVID-19

    Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, a doctor at the Raj Bhavan said. The governor tested positive for the infection during an RT-PCR test and she has been admitted to a hospital here, he said. "There is nothing to be worried about the governor's health condition. She is stable and has a mild COVID-19 infection. She will be kept under observation for two days," a medical practitioner at the hospital said. It is suspected that Murmu had come in contact with a COVID-infected person on April 9 and 10, sources said. (PTI)

    19:55 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kiren Rijiju tests positive for Covid-19

    Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju has been tested positive for Covid-19. "After getting repeated test for Covid-19, today my report has come out positive. I'm taking the advice of the Doctors. I request all those who have come in my contact recently to be observant, exercise self-quarantine and get themselves tested. I'm physically fit and fine," he tweeted.

    19:46 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Udupi MLA seeks permission for religious programmes

    Criticising the state governments decision to ban religious programmes due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Udupi MLA Raghupati Bhat on Saturday said the restrictions will hurt the feelings of citizens of the district and neighbouring Dakshina Kannada. Addressing reporters at Udupi, he said it is disappointing to note that while political meetings are being allowed, restrictions are imposed on religious programmes. Bhat said the COVID-19 situation in Udupi was not so alarming as to clamp a night curfew and demanded that it be immediately withdrawn. (PTI)

    19:37 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jharkhand Academic Council postpones examinations of Class 10th, 12th

    Due to the surge in COVID19 cases, Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) postpones examinations of Class 10th and 12th. A meeting will be held on June 1 to review the situation, & further decision will be taken according to the situation: JAC (ANI)

    19:29 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Goa sees 762 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

    Goa on Saturday reported 762 fresh coronavirus positive case and four deaths, taking the tally of infections to 66,261 and the toll to 872, a health official said, adding that the state is now left with 6,643 active cases. A total of 436 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Goa to 58,746, he said. With 3,494 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Goa has gone up to 5,88,751, the official added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 66,261, new cases 762, death toll 872, discharged 58,746, active cases 6,643, samples tested till date 5,88,751. (PTI)

    19:29 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Kejriwal govt's plasma bank has failed: Delhi Congress

    Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Anil Chaudhary on Saturday alleged that the plasma bank started by the Delhi government has "completely failed" in times of need. According to a statement released by the DPCC, Chaudhary said Delhi and central governments are proving to be "completely unsuccessful" in controlling the coronavirus. In the last 24 hours, Delhi reported around 24,000 fresh COVID-19 cases -- its highest single-day spike in infections. On Friday, around 19,400 novel coronavirus cases were recorded in the city. (PTI)

    19:27 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Partial lockdown in Indore district extended till April 23

    The administration in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district has extended the partial lockdown it had imposed in light of the COVID-19 spread till April 23, an official said on Saturday. The partial lockdown has been in effect in the district since April 12. District collector Manish Singh in an order said the "corona curfew" in the limits of the urban bodies' in the district has been extended till April 23 due to the high rate of infection. According to the order, people will be allowed to buy every day essentials during the lockdown. (PTI)

    19:17 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand reports 2757 new COVID19 cases

    Uttarakhand reports 2757 new COVID19 cases including 1179 cases in Dehradun, 617 cases in Haridwar; taking the total number of cases to 1,21,403. (ANI)

    19:12 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sri Lanka mulls restricting foreign arrivals to curb COVID pandemic

    Sri Lanka may place restrictions on overseas arrivals to limit the spread of coronavirus that has infected over 96,000 people and claimed more than 600 lives in the country, chief epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera said on Saturday. He said some 15 per cent of the positive cases reported this month have been overseas arrivals. "We have to review our current policy on arrivals. We see most of the countries are experiencing third and fourth waves, some of them have completely shut overseas travel," Samaraweera said. "As we have been successful in tackling the situation locally to control it, we consider taking this move to restrict arrivals," he said. (PTI)

    19:02 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sonia Gandhi questions Modi govt's vaccine policy

    India has already exported nearly 6.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. Considering the highest infection rate in the world in our own country, shouldn't vaccine export be held back & priority given to our citizens?: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi (ANI)

    19:00 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: 175 'sadhus' who attended Kumbh Mela test positive for Covid-19

    Today 175 'sadhus' who attended Kumbh Mela have tested positive for COVID-19; so far, 229 'sadhus' tested positive for the disease: Dr SK Jha, Chief Medical Officer, Haridwar (ANI)

    18:55 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nagpur records 6,956 COVID-19 cases, 79 casualties

    With the addition of 6,956 cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Nagpur district reached 3,15,999 on Saturday, an official said. The district also recorded 79 casualties, the highest number of daily fatalities since the pandemic, raising the toll to 6,188, the official said. As many as 5,004 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 2,43,603, leaving the region with 66,208 active cases, he said. (PTI)

    18:45 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Zimbabwe frees some inmates to reduce Covid-19 risk in jails

    Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country's overcrowded jails. About 400 prisoners were released from Chikurubi prison and other jails in the capital, Harare, on Saturday with more coming from other prisons countrywide. Zimbabwe's prisons have a capacity of 17,000 prisoners but held about 22,000 before the amnesty declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Those to be released had been convicted of non-violent crimes. Those convicted of crimes such as murder, treason, human trafficking, and sexual offences will not benefit. All females imprisoned for non-violent crimes and who served a third of their sentences are to be released, as will all disabled persons convicted of non-violent crimes. Mnangagwa also commuted death sentences to life sentences for many prisoners on death row. Zimbabwe still has the death penalty but has not hanged anyone in years. (AP)

    18:43 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Karnataka reports 17,489 new cases, 80 deaths

    Karnataka reports 17,489 new COVID-19 positive cases, 5,565 discharges and 80 deathsTotal cases: 11,41,998Total  discharges: 10,09,549Active cases: 1,19,160Death toll: 13,270(ANI)

    18:39 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra reports 7,224 new Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reported 7,224 fresh cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, the highest in a day after September 26. The number of active cases went past the 40,000-mark to 40,469, the highest after October 15. The latest bulletin said 2,332 COVID-19 patients had recovered and 15 more succumbed in the state in 24 hours. The cumulative positives now shot up to 9,55,455, recoveries to 9,07,598 and toll 7,388, the bulletin said. The overall infection positivity rose to 6.11 per cent and the percentage of active cases to 4.2, while the recovery rate declined to 95 per cent. (PTI)

    18:37 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Actor Bhumi Pednekar tests negative for COVID-19

    Actor Bhumi Pednekar on Saturday said she has recovered from COVID-19, more than ten days after contracting the virus. The 31-year-old actor had opened up about her COVID-19 diagnosis on April 5, writing she had "mild symptoms" and was under isolation. Pednekar took to Instagram and shared her latest health update with her fans. "Am negative but super positive about life," she wrote, using hashtags 'No corona', 'healthy and wise' and 'isolation over.'(PTI)

    18:34 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hospital declared Covid-19 patient dead twice before he actually died, family claims

    A 58-year-old coronavirus patient was declared dead twice in a day before he actually died at a government hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha district, his family claimed on Saturday. The hospital management blamed a nurse for the mix-up but claimed it happened only once. (PTI)

    18:32 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema urges people in J&K to get Covid vaccine doses

    Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir - an amalgam of various religious bodies headed by Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq - on Saturday expressed serious concern over the second wave of COVID-19 infections and appealed people of the Union Territory to get vaccinated. The MMU also asked the people to hold special prayers in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan seeking refuge from the Almighty against the deadly outbreak. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Amid rising Covid-19 cases, section of Haryana officials allowed work from home

    Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Haryana government has decided to allow officials equal to the rank of under secretary or below to work from home and restrict their physical attendance in offices to 50 per cent. A letter in this regard has been issued by the Chief Secretary’s office, according to an official statement. READ MORE

    18:29 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mandaviya, NCP leader Malik spar over availability of remdesivir

    A war of words broke out between Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Saturday on the availability of antiviral drug remdesivir, which is used in the treatment of COVID-19. Malik, in a series of tweets, alleged that the central government is not giving permission to various export-oriented units (EoUs) in the country to sell the drug in the domestic market.  The allegations were strongly refuted by Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilisers Mandaviya who said the government "is making every effort to double the production" of the drug in the country. "Tweets by @nawabmalikncp are shocking. It is full of half truths and lies and the threats issued are unacceptable.He is unaware of the ground situation. GoI has been in active contact with officers of GoM and is assisting with supply of Remdesivir in every manner," he tweeted. He further said the government is in the process of doubling the remdesivir production in the country and has given express permission to more 20 plants since April 4 this year. "Ensuring adequate supply of Remdesivir to the people of Maharashtra remains our priority," he said on Twitter. (PTI)

    18:22 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kumbh Mela is now concluded for Juna Akhara

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    18:20 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Authorities to set up Covid care centres at 12 private hospitals in Gwalior

    In light of the rise in COVID-19 cases, some private hospitals have handed over their establishments and staff to the administration in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior district to make arrangements for additional beds for infected patients, an official said on Saturday. At least 12 private hospitals and institutions have handed over their establishments and paramedical staff to the administration to provide free care for coronavirus patients, district collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said. COVID-19 care centres have already been set up at six hospitals and others will be started soon, the official said, adding that the move will provide additional 500 beds to infected persons. The district administration has appointed nodal officers to provide better treatment to coronavirus patients as per the protocol, he said. (PTI)

    18:19 (IST)17 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Roads empty, markets shut in Delhi weekend curfew; CM Kejriwal asks people to adhere to restrictions

    Roads, markets, buses and metro trains were largely empty on Saturday as the national capital, grappling with soaring COVID-19 cases, observed weekend curfew, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to people to adhere to the restrictions. The weekend curfew, aimed at breaking the chain of spiralling coronavirus infections, was clamped at 10 pm on Friday and will continue till 5 am on Monday. Apart from those who have been exempted, a majority of Delhiites appeared to have stayed home during the weekend curfew.  Only a few passengers were seen travelling on buses and metro trains in the city. Major markets, including Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Khari Baoli and Karol Bagh, and industrial areas like Bawana, Narela, Okhla, wore a deserted look during the day. Brijesh Goel, chairman of the Chamber of Trade and Industry, said the traders followed the Delhi government's direction on the new restrictions completely. "All the wholesale and retail markets and factories in the city were closed. The weekend curfew was 100 per cent successful. We had talked to our traders and sought their support to the move. "Traders will also follow any other measure the government takes to check the spread of COVID-19," Goel told PTI. (PTI)

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