Coronavirus Highlights: Maharashtra sees highest spike of 57,074 COVID-19 cases; weekend lockdown imposed

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Updated: April 4, 2021 11:24:14 pm

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Covid-19 (coronavirus)In order to tackle the situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday warned of a possible lockdown in the state.

Coronavirus second wave in India: The Covid-19 situation in India is getting worse day by day as several states have been reporting their highest ever single-day spike in the number of coronavirus infections for the past few weeks. The daily count of Covid-19 cases crossed the critical 90,000-mark on Sunday even as the vaccination drive picked up the pace with India vaccinating all above 45 years from April 1. There has been a clamour to open vaccines for all age groups in order to limit the spread of virus infection. However, health experts and senior officials are of the view that ‘people flouting Covid-19 rules — especially mask discipline and social distancing — is one of the major reasons for the surge of Covid-19 second wave in the country.

India reported 93,249 new cases on Sunday, taking the Covid-19 tally to 1,24,85,509. The country yesterday reported 89,129 new Covid-19 cases—the highest single-day spike in the world, US (70,024 cases) and (Brazil 69,662 cases); out of India’s 89,129 cases, Maharashtra, the worst-affected state in the country, alone accounted for 49,447 fresh infections— its highest since the Covid-19 pandemic has started last year. The state now has 4.01 lakh active cases, compared to 1.3 lakh cases on March 15—more than a threefold rise in just over two weeks.

In order to tackle the situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday warned of a possible lockdown in the state, urging everyone to follow Covid-19 guidelines. Thackeray had said that he would consult experts and political leaders in a day or two before taking a decision on restrictions and lockdown. According to sources, the state government is likely to issue new Covid-19 guidelines today, as reported by The Indian Express. During a meeting with Marathi film industry representatives and multiplex owners, he said, “We need to move forward with ‘life first and then work’. For this, some steps have to be taken. We can’t ignore the situation and will have to make all efforts to break the chain of infection.”

Maharashtra not alone, several other states have been witnessing peaks in Covid-19 infection. The Union Health Ministry on Friday said that the Covid-19 situations in 11 states —Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Haryana — are of grave concern. As India stares at yet another health emergency with Coronavirus infections inching towards the all-time peak, here are the latest, verified news updates on lockdowns and other rules from the states and around the globe:

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    21:47 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    21:39 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    21:34 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    21:22 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    21:15 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live Updates: Maharashtra records highest one-day spike of 57,074 COVID-19 cases

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    20:31 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    20:02 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Mumbai records sharp hike in cases on Sunday

    Mumbai reports 11,163 new COVID19 cases, 5263 recoveries and 25 deaths. - ANI

    19:41 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Kerala records 2,802 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

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    19:22 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Restaurants, night clubs fined for not following COVID-19 guidelines

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    19:14 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Uttar Pradesh records 31 more COVID-19 deaths, 4,164 fresh cases

    The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,881 on Sunday with 31 more fatalities in the state, while 4,164 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 6,30,059. On Saturday, the COVID-19 tally in the state had reached 6,25,923. Of the 31 new deaths, eight were reported from Lucknow, four from Allahabad, three from Kanpur, two each from Varanasi, Rae Bareli and Ghazipur and one each from Gorakhpur, Agra, Barabanki, Lakhimpur-Khiri, Shahjahanpur, Deoria, Etawah, Sitapur, Farrukhabad and Bahraich, a statement said. As many as 1,129 fresh coronavirus cases were reported from Lucknow, 453 from Varanasi, 397 from Allahabad, 235 from Kanpur and 121 from Gorakhpur, among others. With 4,164 fresh infections, the total number of cases has now risen to 6,30,059. - PTI

    19:11 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    19:06 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: J-K reports 573 new COVID-19 cases

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    19:01 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    18:51 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    18:49 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Nagpur sees 62 deaths in a day

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    18:38 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Karnataka crosses 4K-mark

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    18:33 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: What are the latest rules of Maharashtra weekend lockdown?

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    • SOP will be implemented starting tomorrow at 8 pm
    • Gathering of more than 5 persons is prohibited
    • Government offices will work at 50% capacity
    • Private vehicles are permitted to run on 50% sitting capacity

    18:26 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Migrants' exodus from Maharashtra once again?

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    18:24 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    18:01 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am in Maharashtra

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    17:49 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: MNS asks its workers to support Maharashtra govt's decisions on COVID-19

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    17:48 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Chandigarh reports 341 new COVID-19 cases

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    17:45 (IST)04 Apr 2021
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    17:42 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Weekend lockdown in Maharashtra

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    17:30 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: PM Modi on five-fold strategy to fight Covid-19

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    17:28 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for COVID-19 management, says PM Modi

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    17:27 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: PM highlights the need to ensure effective implementation of containment measures

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    17:26 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Special campaign for Covid appropriate behaviour from April 6

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    17:25 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: PM rushes central team to Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh to tackle Covid spike

    PM directed that central teams consisting of public health specialists and clinicians be sent to Maharashtra in view of high case load and deaths, and likewise to Punjab&Chhattisgarh because of the disproportionate number of deaths being reported there: Prime Minister's Office (ANI)

    17:20 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Why shifting IPL 14 matches out of Mumbai won’t help in averting Covid threat

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    17:17 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: UK PM Boris Johnson plans ‘Covid passport’ trials to reopen mass events

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    16:36 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Case against 1,011 people over religious gathering in Maharashtra

    Police have registered a case against 1,011 people for allegedly violating COVID-19 prevention rules by attending a religious gathering in Maharashtra's Buldhana district, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place on Friday when the people took out the annual 'Sandal yatra' to the shrine of Sailani Baba, despite such gatherings not being allowed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Ramesh Barkate said. The Maharashtra government recently prohibited religious, social and political gatherings in the state. (PTI)

    16:29 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: No public transport services during 7-day lockdown in Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh government announces that all public transport services including roads, waterways, railways, and domestic flights will remain suspended during the week-long lockdown in the country starting from Monday. (AIR News)

    16:12 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: BCCI mulling over vaccination

    BCCI is mulling over the idea of vaccination and they will definitely get in touch with Health Ministry that players should be vaccinated: Rajeev Shukla, Vice President, BCCI (ANI)

    16:04 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Covid-19 awareness programme in Agartala

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    16:01 (IST)04 Apr 2021
    2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Live: Govinda tests positive for COVID-19

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