Covid-19 Lockdown 2021 India Highlights: Mumbai reports 9,090 fresh cases, Odisha to impose night curfew in 10 districts

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Updated: April 3, 2021 10:03:03 pm

Covid-19 Cases in India, Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Highlights: India reported 89,129 new cases on Saturday, taking the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 1,23,92,260.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)Maharashtra alone on Friday reported 47,827 new Covid-19 cases, the highest ever since the pandemic has started.

New cases (daily) of coronavirus in India approached the critical mark of 90,000 on Saturday, several states and Union Territories (UTs) announced stricter Covid-19 rules like restrictions on movements, night curfew, lockdowns (in some districts, though limited), and mini containment zones, etc. in order to limit the spread of the second wave of coronavirus infections in the country. India reported 89,129 new cases on Saturday, taking the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 1,23,92,260.

Many states/UTs have been witnessing new peaks in terms of daily new Covid-19 cases for the past few weeks even as the Covid-19 vaccination drive, one of the largest in the world, picked up pace with the beginning of the third phase for inoculation of people above 45 years from April 1. The Union Health Ministry on Friday said 11 states/UTs –Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Haryana – are of “grave concern”. In the past two weeks, these 11 states have contributed over 90% to the national Covid-19 tally.

The Centre specifically said the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra was “worrying”. Maharashtra alone on Friday reported 47,827 new Covid-19 cases, the highest ever since the pandemic has started.  State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said stricter measures will be announced to prevent crowding. If situation gets worse and the Covid-19 spike continues, putting further pressure on the already-stretched healthcare infrastructure in the state, a decision (on lockdown) may have to be taken after two days following consultations with experts and political leaders. “Today, I am warning about complete lockdown but not announcing it. I will speak to experts and political leaders in the next two days. If there is no other option to a lockdown, we will have to accept it,” Thackeray.

But the big question: Is lockdown the answer to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic?

As states imposed new restrictions and issued guidelines, here’s FE Online blog covering every single development – virus, vaccine, Covid-19 guidelines, curbs, and lockdown, etc.—you all need to know. We will also keep an eye on global happenings as well. Follow our live blog and get instant, verified updates on the coronavirus pandemic:

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    21:26 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 9 of delegation booked for flouting COVID-19 norms in Madhya Pradesh

    Nine people were booked in Madhya Pradesh for taking a delegation to a cleric while flouting section 144 of CrPC enforced amid the coronavirus outbreak, police said on Saturday. The CrPC section bars assembly of five or more persons at one time, said a Shahjahanabad police station official. "These nine people had gone to a cleric on Friday to get restrictions on offering prayers in mosques placed due to the outbreak lifted. This despite section 144 of CrPC banning assembly of five or more people at one place," said Inspector Zaheer Khan. (PTI)

    21:26 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Tamil Nadu records 3,446 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

    Tamil Nadu reported 3,446 new COVID-19 infections and 14 fatalities on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 8,96,226 and the death toll to 12,764, the Health Department said. Recoveries mounted to 8,63,258 today with 1,834 patients being discharged, leaving 20,204 active cases, including those in isolation, the bulletin said. Chennai saw most of the new infections with 1,290 cases, taking the aggregate to 2,52,431. The metropolis leads in the number of fatalities too with 4,264. (PTI)

    21:16 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 52 IIT-Jodhpur students test positive for corona during the week'

    A total of 52 IIT-Jodhpur students have tested positive for coronavirus infection over the last week following their return to the institute to attend practical classes, an official said on Saturday. The students, most of them from Gujarat and Odisha, had returned to the institute to attend their mandatory laboratory sessions after undergoing online classes in their home towns, he added. All these Covid-positive students have been quarantined and made to stay in one of the hostels on the IIT campus, an IIT spokesperson said, adding all anti-Covid precautions are being taken. (PTI)

    21:08 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Maharashtra adds highest 49,447 COVID-19 cases in day; 277 die

    Maharashtra on Saturday reported 49,447 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest rise in a day so far, taking the tally to 29,53,523 while 277 fatalities pushed the toll to 55,656, the state health department said. Mumbai city also registered 9,108 new infections, the highest spike in a single day. Previously, on September 17, 2020, Maharashtra had recorded the highest number of 24,619 cases in a day. With 1,84,404 new tests, the total number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra rose to 2,03,43,123, the department said. (PTI)

    21:07 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Madhya Pradesh sees 2,839 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths, 1,791 recoveries

    Madhya Pradesh on Saturday reported 2,839 COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 3,03,673, while 15 deaths took the toll to 4,029, an official said. He said 1,791 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the count of recoveries in the state to 2,79,275. "With 708 new cases, Indore's caseload went up to 71,699, while that of Bhopal rose to 52,980 with the addition of 502 cases. Indore reported four deaths, taking its toll to 969, while one death in Bhopal took the count of fatalities to 635. The number of active cases in Indore and Bhopal is 4,867 and 4,651 respectively," he said. (PTI)

    20:52 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Will make enough beds and ambulances available: Maha minister

    The Maharashtra government will make an adequate number of beds and ambulances available for the treatemnt of COVID-19 patients, state minister Eknath Shinde said on Saturday amid a surge in the fresh infections. Shinde inaugurated via a video link the COVID dedicated health centre set up by the CIDCO at Kalamboli in Panvel in Navi Mumbai.

    20:45 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Pune 12-hour curfew begins, BJP protests for bus services

    The BJP held a protest on Saturday demanding resumption of municipal transport bus services as a 6pm to 6am curfew began in Pune in a bid to tackle a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Pune BJP MP Girish Bapat and Pune BJP president Jagdish Mulik led the party's protest in front of the PMPML bus depot at Swargate, police said, adding that they were detained and released some time later. "The decision to not run Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited's buses will impact people who work in factories, banks, hospitals etc. The state government must not misuse its power to impose such restrictions in the name of tackling COVID-19," Bapat said. (PTI)

    20:33 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Spot fine of Rs 1,000 at Mumbai airport for violating COVID norms

    Mumbai airport has started imposing a spot fine of Rs 1,000 from April 1 on the passengers violating the mandatory Covid-19 safety protocol in the wake of aviation regulator director DGCA warning last week amid an increasing number of coronavirus infection cases in Maharashtra and some other states, according to a statement on Saturday. After it found passengers at some airports flouting the mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols during the routine surveillance, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had advised airports to explore the option of taking stricter actions, such as slapping fine on the people violating such rules at the premises. (PTI)

    20:32 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Maharashtra reports 49,447 new COVID cases

    Maharashtra reports 49,447 new COVID cases, 37,821 recoveries, and 277 deaths in the last 24 hours Active cases: 4,01,172 Total recoveries: 24,95,315 Death toll: 55,656. (ANI)

    20:19 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: BJP leaders visit vaccination centres, urge party workers to help more people get COVID-19 jab

    Concerned over the steep increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, BJP leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anil Jain and Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, on Saturday visited several corporation-run vaccination centres to assess the situation. The BJP leaders, during their visit to COVID centres in UPHC Tughlaqabad, UPHC Mehrauli and UPHC Daryaganj, interacted with the health workers and people who had come for the vaccination to know if there were any shortcomings in the process. Here, they also urged their party workers to help register more and more people for the ongoing vaccination drive against COVID-19. (PTI)

    20:13 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 56 new COVID-19 cases reported in UP's Muzaffarnagar

    Fifty-six new COVID-19 cases, including three from the boys hostel in Muzaffarnagar Medical College and a jail inmate, were reported on Saturday here that took the active case tally to 229, officials said. According to Chief Medical Officer S K Aggarwal, 701 samples were received of which 56 came out positive while 14 people have recovered from the infection taking the total number of cured persons to 8,653 in the district. With the fresh cases, a total of 8,996 people have been affected by the virus while the death toll stands at 112. (PTI)

    20:08 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Nagpur records 3,720 new COVID-19 cases; 47 fatalities

    As many as 3,720 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 47 died of the infection in Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Saturday, an official said. With this, the caseload in the district reached 2,37,496 and the toll rose to 5,265, the official said. At least 3,660 patients were discharged from various treatment facilities during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,91,411, he said. (PTI)

    20:00 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Kerala records 2,541 cases, 12 deaths

    Kerala reported 2,541 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 11,32,431 and death toll to 4,658. According to the state health department, 1,660 people recuperated from the disease today, taking the tally to 11,00,186. Currently, there are 27,274 people under treatment and 1,42,761 under observation of which 4,306 are in isolation wards of various hospitals, a release said. The state tested 44,779 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 5.67 per cent. (PTI)

    19:59 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Goa sees 219 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fatalities; 151 recover

    Goa on Saturday reported 219 fresh coronavirus positive cases and two deaths, taking the tally to 58,803 and the toll to 834, a health official said. With 151 patients being discharged during the day, the count of recoveries in the state went up to 55,989, he said. Goa is now left with 1,980 active cases, the official said. "With 2,062 new tests, the total number of tests conducted in Goa so far has gone up to 5,51,354," he added. (PTI)

    19:59 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Gujarat officials get powers to earmark beds in private hospitals

    Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government on Saturday empowered district collectors and municipal commissioners to reserve beds in private hospitals for treatment of the infected patients. Announcing the decision during a review tour of Vadodara, state Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said the expenses incurred on patients on such beds would be paid by the government. "The state government has taken a decision to give powers to municipal commissioners and district collectors to reserve private hospital beds for coronavirus patients," Patel, who also holds the health portfolio, told reporters. (PTI)

    19:51 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Shree Jagannath Temple to remain closed for public on all Sundays

    Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri to remain closed for public darshan on all Sundays for sanitisation from April 4 in view of increasing cases of COVID-19. (ANI)

    19:48 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Mumbai reports 9,090 fresh COVID cases, 5,322 recoveries, and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Mumbai reports 9,090 fresh COVID cases, 5,322 recoveries, and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours Active cases: 62,187 Total recoveries: 3,66,365 Death toll: 11,751. (ANI)

    19:44 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Delhi Police commissioner reviews actions taken to implement COVID-19 guidelines

    Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava on Saturday reviewed the actions taken to implement COVID-19 guidelines. Shrivastava reviewed cases related to COVID-19 guideline violations and the status of anti-coronavirus vaccination of personnel in different police districts and units, the officials said. 

    19:42 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 14 deaths, 3,290 fresh virus cases in Uttar Pradesh

    Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported 14 coronavirus deaths as 3,290 fresh cases surfaced, pushing the state's infection count to 6,25,923, according to a Health Department Bulletin. So far, the infection has killed 8,850 in the state, it said. State capital Lucknow reported the highest number of fresh cases (1041) with six deaths, the bulletin said. Two deaths were reported from Shahjahanpur and one each from Varanasi, Agra, Ballia, Rae Bareli, Unnao and Bhadohi. As many as 299 cases were reported from Allahabad, 226 from Varanasi and 171 from Kanpur Nagar, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    19:18 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 4,373 fresh COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, 19 deaths

    Karnataka logged 4,373 fresh COVID-19 cases and 19 related fatalities, taking the total caseload to 10.10 lakh and the toll to 12,610, the Health department said on Saturday. The day also saw 1,959 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 4,373 fresh cases reported on Saturday, 3,002 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone. Cumulatively 10,10,602 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,610 deaths and 9,61,359 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. Out of 36,614 active cases, 36,287 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 327 are in Intensive Care Units. (PTI)

    19:09 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Rapid response teams deployed to trace coronavirus patients in Ghaziabad

    In the wake of a recent surge in coronavirus case, rapid response teams have been deployed to conduct a door-to-door survey to trace infected people in the district, according to an official in Ghaziabad. Wearing of a mask has been made essential and those violating the order will be penalised, District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said, adding that a special drive will be carried out to administer coronavirus vaccine to those aged 45 or above. The decisions have been taken in the wake of over 400 people testing positive for coronavirus since March 1. (PTI)

    18:48 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Maharashtra may divert all oxygen supply for medical use: Thackeray

    With Maharashtra recording over half of the daily coronavirus cases in India, the state government is considering diverting all industrial use oxygen supply for medical use, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday. In an online interaction with newspaper owners, editors and distributors, Thackeray said a decision on imposing stringent measures to tackle the pandemic will be taken soon but did not confirm if there will be a statewide lockdown. Maharashtra on Friday reported 47827 new cases, the highest daily rise in around six-and-a-half-months, and a big chunk of the 89,129 new cases in a day recorded in India. (PTI)

    18:32 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Aditya Narayan, wife Shweta Agarwal test positive for COVID-19

    Singer-TV host Aditya Narayan on Saturday said he and his wife, actor Shweta Agarwal, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are under quarantine. The 33-year-old singer, who is part of the current season of singing reality show "Indian Idol" as a host, took to Instagram and gave a health update of the couple to their fans. "Hello all! Unfortunately, my wife @shwetaagarwaljha and I have tested positive for COVID-19-19 and are in quarantine. Please stay safe, continue to follow protocol and do keep us in your prayers. This too shall pass," he posted. (PIT)

    18:17 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Tamil Nadu to intensify restrictions based on requirement to contain pandemic, says Chief Secretary

    The Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday it would implement necessary restrictions as per requirement following a spike in COVID-19 cases. Tamil Nadu, since March 5, has been witnessing a rise in fresh coronavirus cases and on April 2, the state had recorded 3,290 new infections, pushing the tally to 8,92,780 and deaths to 12,750. Chief secretary Rajeev Ranjan took part in a review meeting chaired by union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba along with senior officials on Friday. (PTI)

    17:56 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Odisha govt to impose night curfew in several districts

    Odisha govt imposes nigh curfew in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput & Malkangiri between 10 pm & 5 am from April 5 in view of rising COVID cases. (ANI)

    17:49 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: AP logs 1398 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths

    Andhra Pradesh reported 1,398 fresh cases of coronavirus and nine deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, the highest addition of cases in a day after November 14. The cumulative COVID-19 positive cases shot up to 9,05,946 after 1.51 crore sample tests at an overall infection positivity rate of 5.97 per cent. The latest bulletin said 787 patients recovered from the infection in 24 hours, taking the tally to 8,89,295. The overall recovery percentage dipped to 98.2 as the number of active cases rose to 9,417 (one per cent). (PTI)

    17:42 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    India Inc in China concerned over China's COVID-19 travel restrictions

    The CEOs of a host of Indian businesses and industries in China have expressed concern over the continuing COVID-19 related visa and travel restrictions being pursued by Beijing which they say are hampering their activities. They expressed their concern during their interaction with the Indian Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri. Misri, who is on a visit to Shanghai, inaugurated on Friday the Amrut Mahotsav festival, marking the 75 years of India's independence. (PTI)

    17:05 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Germany faces 'crisis of trust' amid pandemic

    President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Germany is enduring a "crisis of trust" and urged the country to "pull together" as it weathers a second Easter amid pandemic restrictions and dissatisfaction over the government's response. In the text of an address to be broadcast Saturday, Steinmeier conceded that "there have been mistakes" regarding testing, digital solutions and vaccinations. "Trust - in a democracy it rests on a very fragile understanding between citizens and the state: You, state, do your part, I, citizen, do mine,'" he said. "I know that you, the citizens, are doing your part in this historic crisis. You have done much and you have gone without much." (AP) 

    17:04 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Woman given two doses of Covid-19 vaccine in UP!

    In a major goof-up, an auxiliary nursing midwife (ANM) was on a phone call as she administered two shots of COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at a primary health centre in Akbarpur area of Kanpur Dehat district, officials said on Saturday. As the news reached the woman's family members, they created an uproar at the centre and later senior officials including the district magistrate and chief medical officer were informed about the alleged negligence. The family members told reporters that Kamlesh Kumari, a woman in her 50s, had gone to Marhauli PHC on Thursday to get her first vaccine shot where ANM Archana ended up giving her two doses. When Kumari inquired about two injections being given to her, Archana reprimanded her instead of apologising for the mistake, they alleged. (PTI)

    16:36 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Odisha reports 452 new cases, tally rises to 3,42,224

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,42,224 on Saturday as 452 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. As many as 267 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 185 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 77 followed by Sundergarh (75) and Nuapada (71). The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 1,921 as no fresh fatality was reported since March 30, while 53 patients have died due to comorbidities to date. Odisha now has 2,820 active cases, while 3,37,430 people have recovered from the disease thus far. (PTI)

    16:34 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Kenya stops private importation of COVID-19 vaccines

    Kenya has ordered an immediate suspension on private importations of vaccines citing fears that it may lead to counterfeit inoculations getting into the country. "To ensure the transparency and accountability in the vaccination process, and to protect the integrity of the country, the government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines, until such a time there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process," a statement by the National Emergency Response Committee on the coronavirus said Friday evening. Private health facilities have been charging about $80 for the Russian Sputnik Vaccine, while the governments institutions are giving for free AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines received from the global COVAX initiative that was created to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have fair access to vaccines.

    16:32 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: 7 blood clot deaths after 18.1 mn jabs, AstraZeneca vaccine safe, says UK regulator

    The UK's medicines regulator has confirmed seven cases of blood clot-related deaths in people who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, but stressed on the safety of the jabs as there is no evidence of a causal link. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in its latest "Yellow Card" monitoring of the coronavirus vaccine programme this week that of the 18.1 million people who had the Oxford vaccine in the UK, 30 people developed blood clots and seven had died as of March 24. Its official advice continues to be that the benefits of the vaccine, which is also being produced as Covishield by the Serum Institute of India, far outweigh any risks. (PTI)

    16:18 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Delhi reports 3,567 fresh Covid cases, 10 deaths

    Delhi recorded over 3,500 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Saturday, while the positivity rate rose to 4.48 percent, according to the health department. With the new infections, the number of cumulative cases rose to 6,72,381, while 10 more deaths took the toll to 11,060. The city had reported 3,594 cases on Friday, the highest daily count this year. The positivity rate rose to 4.48 percent from 4.11 per cent a day before, amid a massive surge in cases recorded over the past few weeks. On December 3, the city had recorded 3,734 cases while on December 4 the count was 4,067, according to official data. Delhi had reported 2,790 cases on Thursday, 1,819 on Wednesday, 992 on Tuesday, 1,904 cases on Monday and 1,881 cases on Sunday. It had reported 1,558 cases on Saturday, 1,534 cases last Friday, 1,515 cases last Thursday, 1,254 cases a day before that and 1,101 cases last Tuesday, when it had crossed the 1,000-mark for the first time since December 24. (PTI)

    16:17 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Maharashtra promotes all Class 1-8 students to next class without exams

    In view of the COVID-19 situation, all state board students across Maharashtra state from Class 1 to Class 8 will be promoted to next class without any exam. A decision regarding students of class 9 and 11 will soon be taken: Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra Minister (School Education). (ANI)

    16:14 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Second wave spreading fast in Puducherry

    An appeal was on Saturday made by the Director of Health and Family Welfare Services S Mohan Kumar to the people to adhere to safety protocols as, he said, the second wave of coronavirus is spreading fast in Puducherry. In his video address, Kumar said the virus was spreading at an alarmingly large-scale and people should not lower their guard. (PTI)

    16:09 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: Adopt good habits of tribal communities to keep Covid-19 at bay, says Naidu

    The tribal population in Odisha was largely untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic and their unique customary practices and traditions have helped them keep the infection at bay, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said in Bhubaneswar on Saturday while citing a study. The report by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) noted that by habit, the tribal people maintain a reasonable distance from one another when they walk, he said. "Such safe distancing and hygiene norms, rooted in the tribal culture coupled with the natural food, have helped them stay safe during the pandemic," Naidu said addressing the 50th convocation of the Utkal University in Bhubaneswar. (PTI)

    16:06 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: DMK MP Kanimozhi tests positive for Covid-19

    DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a hospital in Chennai, party sources said. Kanimozhi, who has been actively campaigning for the April 6 Assembly polls, has cancelled her programmes after testing positive for the virus, the sources said. Also the party's women's wing secretary, Kanimozhi has been admitted to a hospital in Chennai, they said. (PTI)

    15:56 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: UK regulator reports 30 clot cases linked to AstraZeneca jab

    Britain's medicines regulator said it has identified 30 cases of rare blood clot events associated with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine but stressed the benefits "continue to outweigh any risks." The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency said the risk associated with this type of blood clot is "very small" and that the public should continue to take up the vaccine when offered it. The agency said late Saturday the cases relate to the period up to March 24, during which 18.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered and that it hadn't received any similar reports with regard to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (AP)

    15:50 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: People in Delhi and Maharashtra not following Covid-19 protocols properly

    People in states like Delhi and Maharashtra are not following #COVID19 protocols properly, due to which surge in the cases can be seen there. Eligible people should come forward and take the vaccine, which is totally safe: Sanjeev Sinha, Prof, Dept of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi (ANI)

    15:28 (IST)03 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Covid 19 latest live tracker: No relaxation in new Covid-19 guidelines, says Karnataka Health Minister

    Hinting at no relaxation in the new set of guidelines issued by the state government, amid pressure from various sectors, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Saturday said it was inevitable to take certain strict measures so that things don't go out of control. He said the guidelines have been issued on the advice of the technical advisory committee consisting of experts, after examining the situation, and if things are under control by April 20, activities will be allowed to resume. "The government is not happy by restricting activities. I have been requesting through the media for the last one month that a second wave is at our doorstep and if we don't understand and take precautionary measures, the government will have no other options and may have to take serious measures," Sudhakar said. (PTI)

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