Coronavirus April 25 Highlights: Gujarat, Odisha, Rajasthan announce free vaccine for all above 18; Delhi govt extends lockdown till May 3

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Updated: April 26, 2021 8:52:14 am

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Live, Covid-19 Cases in India Live News: India today reported 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases, 2,767 deaths, and 2,17,113 discharges in the last 24 hours; UP govt placed order for 1 crore vaccine doses; Bhopal extended 'Corona curfew' till May 3; night curfew hours in J&K increased.

Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccination in IndiaThe government has made it mandatory for the 18-44 age group to register themselves on the CoWIN portal and get an appointment for vaccination against coronavirus, saying walk-ins will not be allowed initially to avoid a "chaos" at immunisation centres once the inoculation drive opens up substantially.

Covid-19 Cases, Death Count in India Live Updates:  Lockdown has been extended in Delhi for one more week till May 3 (5 am). Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension of the ongoing lockdown in the national capital for another week, saying the severity of COVID 19 was unabated and positivity rate has been as high as 36 per cent in the last few days. Announcing extension of the ongoing lockdown in Delhi for another week, he said the severity of COVID-19 is unabated and positivity rate has been as high as 36 per cent in the last few days. The lockdown imposed on April 19 night will now continue till 5 AM on May 3, Kejriwal said. Before extension, it was scheduled to end at 5 AM on April 26. “We will have to watch the situation for a few more days whether the cases decrease or increase,” the Delhi CM added.

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India today reported 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases, 2,767 deaths and 2,17,113 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 1,69,60,172, while active cases have crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death toll has increased to 1,92,311. The active cases have increased to 26,82,751, this comprises 15.82 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.05 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,40,85,110, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.13 per cent, the data said.

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India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19.

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    22:43 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Bengal posts record single-day jump of 15,889 COVID cases, 57 more deaths

    West Bengal on Sunday registered its highest single-day spike of 15,889 COVID-19 cases pushing the tally to 7,43,950, the bulletin issued by the state health department said. The death toll rose to 10,941 as 57 more people succumbed to the disease, it said. Of the fresh fatalities, 18 were reported from Kolkata, 15 from North 24 Parganas and 5 from Howrah. The remaining deaths were registered in several other districts. Earlier in the day, TMC candidate from Khardah assembly constituency Kajal Sinha, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died at a hospital here.

    22:15 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Centre asks states/UTs to consider strict Covid management

    Union Govt has expressed urgent need for States to consider strict COVID management & control measures in surge areas to bring situation under control in areas reporting higher cases. Existing infrastructure may not be able to cope with this kind of surge: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    22:13 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Rajasthan govt modifies guidelines for 'Jan Anusashan Pakhwara'

    Rajasthan Govt modifies guidelines for 'Jan Anusashan Pakhwara'; allows vegetable/fruit vendors & LPG distributors to operate between 6 am & 5 pm. (ANI)

    22:06 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Covid continues to wreak havoc in Bihar; 12,795 new cases, 68 more deaths

    Bihar recorded 12,795 new COVID cases as part of continous surge in the second wave Sunday, taking the toll of positive cases past four lakh mark, health department bulletin said. The state reported 68 new fatalities taking the death tally to 2156, it said. Out of a total of 12,975 fresh infections, capital Patna saw maximum 1848 cases followed by Gaya with 1340 cases, Saran (707), Aurangabad (682) and Bhagalpur (681). Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the day ordered to bring 14,000 remdesivir medicines by a special plane from Ahmedabasd, Chief Minister's Office said in a tweet. (PTI)

    22:04 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Shashi Tharoor in hospital days after testing positive for coronavirus

    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who had tested positive for coronavirus last week, was on Sunday admitted to a private hospital in the national capital, sources said. They said the 65-year-old was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar. He is stable and doing fine, they said. Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, reported on April 21 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. (PTI)

    21:47 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Maharashtra sees 66,191 new cases, 832 deaths

    Maharashtra on Sunday reported 66,191 fresh coronavirus positive cases and 832 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 42,95,027 and the toll to 64,760, the state health department said. The state is now left with 6,98,354 active cases. A total of 61,450 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 35,30,060, the department said in a release. A record 2,89 535 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra to 2,57,49,543, it said. Of the 832 fatalities, 360 occurred in the last 48 hours. The recovery rate in Maharashtra is 82.19 per cent and the case fatality rate is 1.51 per cent, the department said. Mumbai reported 5,498 cases during the day, raising the tally to 6,27,644 while 64 fatalities pushed the toll to 12,790, it said. (PTI)

    21:45 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: USISPF says it has placed orders for one lakh portable oxygen concentrators for India

    An India-centric American trade advocacy group on Sunday said it has placed orders for one lakh portable oxygen concentrators and is working to airlift oxygen cylinders to New Delhi and other cities, in addition to sending shipment of vaccines directly from companies. "Fighting the pandemic effectively will require concerted action on all fronts. At this time, the need is enormous, and all resources have to pooled," said US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) president and CEO Mukesh Aghi. The USISPF is working closely with the Government of India to ensure seamless movement of critical equipment and supplies, he said. "USISPF will be soon setting up a dedicated web portal to centralize the efforts of individuals and other companies," Aghi said. (PTI)

    21:44 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: All Parliament staffers to work from amid rising COVID-19 cases

    All Parliament staffers will now work from home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and a lockdown in the national capital, with the Lok Sabha Secretariat issuing an order to this effect on Sunday. The Rajya Sabha Secretariat had issued a similar order a few days ago instructing its employees to work from home. All employees working in Parliament will now work from home subject to exigencies of work, according to the orders. "...taking into consideration the extension of curfew in Delhi in wake of continued spike of COVID-19 cases, the competent authority has decided that all categories of employees of Lok Sabha Secretariat shall work from home, subject to exigencies of work," according to the order issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing lockdown in the national capital for another week, saying the severity of COVID-19 is unabated and positivity rate has been as high as 36 per cent in the last few days. (PTI)

    21:43 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Ghaziabad DM, wife test positive for coronavirus

    Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus, and are in home-isolation, an official said on Sunday. Gaurav Singh, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Pandey, said the district magistrate had been experiencing symptoms of the disease since Saturday. Singh said the samples of the district magistrate and his wife Seema Pandey were tested on Saturday, and they returned positive. They have quarantined themselves at their home, he said. (PTI)

    21:42 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Delhi records 22,933 new cases, 350 deaths

    Delhi records 22,933 fresh COVID-19 cases (positivity rate - 30.21%), 21,071 discharges, and 350 deaths in the last 24 hours Active cases: 94,592Total discharges: 9,18,875Death toll: 14,248 (ANI)

    21:40 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Corona curfew to remain in place in these places in Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand | Corona curfew will remain in place in Haldwani Municipal Corporation, Lalkuan Nagar Panchayat, and Ramnagar areas of Nainital district between April 27 and May 3: Nainital district magistrate (ANI)

    21:39 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: UK to send over 600 medical devices to India

    Britain has announced that it's sending over 600 medical devices including oxygen concentrators and ventilators to India to help the country with a surge in #COVID19 cases; visuals from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, UK (ANI)

    21:38 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: All-party meet tomorrow in Tamil Nadu to discuss oxygen production by Vedanta's Tuticorin unit

    An all-party meet here on Monday will deliberate on the stand to be taken by Tamil Nadu onVedanta's plea in the Supreme Court, seeking its nod to open the company's Sterlite copper unit in the state to produce oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients. Though there was no official word from either the state government or the ruling AIADMK on the meet, the main opposition party DMK said its representatives would take part in it at the Secretariat. Sterlite's plant at Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu has remained closed since May 2018 over pollution concerns. Asked about DMK's stand on allowing Sterlite to produce oxygen, party general secretary Duraimurugan said organisational secretary R S Bharathi and Tuticorin Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi would articulate the party position in the meeting. (PTI)

    21:32 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: UK sending medical devices like ventilators and oxygen concentrators to India

    As India battles a severe second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the UK on Sunday announced sending life-saving medical equipment including ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices to the country. The UK High Commission here said more than 600 pieces of vital medical equipment will be sent to India to support the country in its fight against COVID-19. It said ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices are due to leave the UK on Sunday and the first shipment is expected to arrive in Delhi early on Tuesday with further consignments reaching later this week. "We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. "Vital medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now on its way from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the tragic loss of life from this terrible virus," he is quoted as saying by the high commission. (PTI)

    21:31 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Pt Rajan Mishra dies of Covid in Delhi hospital

    Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Pt Rajan Mishra died due to COVID-19 complications at a hospital here on Sunday evening, his nephew said. He was 70. Mishra, who along with his brother Sajan Mishra was one of the foremost exponents of khayal gayaki, had a heart attack in the afternoon and then another in the evening, his nephew Amit told PTI. "Pandit Rajan Mishra ji passed away at around 6.30 in Delhi's St Stephen hospital. He had COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital. He had taken the first dose of the vaccine about 15-20 days ago. He had a heart attack in the afternoon and he had another attack at around 5.30," Amit said. (PTI)

    21:30 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital achieves normal oxygen pressure after 3 days

    With nine metric tonnes of oxygen supplied to it on Sunday, officials at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here said it is the first time in three days that all patients are getting the life-saving gas at "normal pressure". The elite hospital in central Delhi received three oxygen refills, totaling 9 MT, between 4:30 am and 6:30 pm. "The oxygen pressure remained below normal for the last three days. This is the first time in this period that normal pressure has been achieved," an official said. The hospital received 3 MT of oxygen around 6 pm, which will last up to midnight. "The hospital did not have to press the panic button the whole day. No SOS calls were made. We hope the night also passes peacefully," the official said. The hospital had raised an alarm at 10:30 pm on Saturday, saying its oxygen stock would last only an hour. There were 130 patients in the ICU, including 30 on invasive ventilation, when the SOS was sent. (PTI)

    21:13 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Maharashtra reports 66,191 new cases, 832 deaths

    Maharashtra reports 66,191 new COVID-19 cases, 61,450 discharges, and 832 deaths in the last 24 hours Active cases: 6,98,354Total discharges: 35,30,060Death toll: 64,760 (ANI)

    21:12 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: 8 more PSA Oxygen Generation plants in Delhi

    To increase the medical oxygen capacity of Delhi, eight Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Generation plants are being installed with the support of the PM CARES Fund. These plants would enhance the capacity of medical oxygen by 14.4 metric tonnes: Government sources (ANI)

    21:10 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Karnataka reports biggest single-day spike

    Karnataka has reported another biggest single day spike of 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total caseload to 13.39 lakh, while 143 related fatalities pushed the toll to 14,426, the Health department said on Sunday. The state had previously reported its biggest single-day spike of 29,438 cases on Saturday. Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 20,733 cases. The day also saw 6,982 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 13,39,201 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 14,426 deaths and 10,62,594 discharges,the Health department said in a bulletin. Out of 2,62,162 active cases, 2,60,670 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 1,492 are in Intensive Care Units. (PTI)

    21:09 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Mumbai reports 5,542 COVID-19 cases, lowest in April

    Mumbai recorded 5,542 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its lowest single-day rise in infections so far this month, the civic body said. This took the city's COVID 19 tally to 6,27,651. On Saturday, it had recorded 5,888 cases, which declined further on Sunday. On March 31, Mumbai had reported 5,394 new cases, but the figure had gone above the 8,000-mark the next day. It is for the first time since April 12 that the number of daily cases is less than 7,000. On Sunday, the virus claimed the lives of 64 patients, 36 of them having co-morbidities, a statement from the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. (PTI)

    21:06 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Arrested ex-JNU student Umar Khalid tests positive for COVID-19, isolated within jail

    Former JNU student Umar Khalid, arrested in connection with the 2020 Delhi riot cases, has tested positive for COVID-19, and has been isolated within the Tihar Jail premises here, officials said Sunday. A senior official said the 33-year-old Khalid had developed symptoms of the diseases following which he was tested for the coronavirus infection. Khalid's RT-PCR test report came on Saturday as positive, the official said, adding he has been isolated within the jail premises. (PTI)

    21:04 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Assam to import oxygen from Bhutan

    Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the state government has made arrangements to import oxygen from neighbouring Bhutan. Speaking to reporters, Sarma said there will be no shortage of Remdesivir as he requested drug manufacturer Sun Pharma to expedite the production at its Palasbari plant to 80,000 vials per week. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Gujarat to give free Covid-19 vaccines to 18-45 age group from May

    Starting May 1, the Gujarat government will provide free of cost COVID-19 vaccines to those between 18 and 45 years of age, and an order of 1.5 crore doses has been placed for that purpose, an official said on Sunday. This decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The state government will buy one crore doses of Covishield vaccine from Pune's Serum Institute of India and 50 lakh doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad, an official release said. (PTI)

    20:59 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Fauci says US considering virus aid to India

    The Biden administration's top medical adviser on the pandemic says the US is actively looking at ways to boost aid to India as it grapples with surging coronavirus cases. Dr Anthony Fauci told ABC's 'This Week' that several measures are being considered, including sending over oxygen supplies, COVID-19 tests, drug treatments and personal protective equipment. The outbreak in India adds to the pressure on President Joe Biden to provide vaccines to other countries. Biden has said the US won't begin doing so until it has enough supplies at home. (AP)

    20:47 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Odisha announces free vaccine for all above 18

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announces free COVID vaccination for all above 18, state govt to spend Rs 2,000 crore. (PTI)

    20:36 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: UP reports 208 deaths, 35,614 new cases

    Uttar Pradesh on Sunday recorded 38,055 fresh coronavirus cases and 223 fatalities, pushing the virus tally to 10,86,625 and toll to 11,165, according to an official statement. The state had on Saturday recorded 223 new COVID-19 deaths and 38,055 fresh coronavirus cases -- the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic. Of the 208 fresh COVID-19 deaths, Kanpur recorded the highest (19), followed by Varanasi (15), Lucknow (14), Gautam Buddh Nagar (11), Allahabad and Ghaziabad (10 each), the statement said. Of the 35,614 new COVID-19 cases, Lucknow recorded 5,187 fresh cases followed by Kanpur (2,153), Varanasi (2,057), Meerut (1,625), Allahabad (1,395), Gautam Buddh Nagar (1,310), Bareilly (1,084) and Jhansi (1,021). (PTI)

    20:34 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: J&K govt closes all 'paid public parks' for visitors till further orders

    COVID19: Jammu and Kashmir Govt closes all 'paid public parks' for visitors till further orders (ANI)

    20:28 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Karnataka cabinet likely to decide tomorrow on lockdown-like curbs on all days of the week

    A decision on imposing lockdown-like restrictions on all days of the week in Karnataka, which is facing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases, is likely to be taken by the state cabinet on Monday. While ministers on Sunday said a decision in this regard was likely during the cabinet meeting, official sources said another one on the matter of free of cost vaccinations might also be taken. "Weekend curfew restrictions are in place till May 4 and as per the guidelines, it will be there next Saturday, Sunday also. Discussions are on whether to enforce curfew on weekdays, whether to go for complete lockdown or not," Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said. (PTI)

    20:26 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Germany preparing 'mission of support' for India, says German Chancellor Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said her government is "urgently" preparing a "mission of support" for India as it battles a massive spike in coronavirus cases that has triggered a severe shortage of medical oxygen in several states. In a message, Merkel said Germany stands in solidarity with India in the "common fight" against the pandemic. "To the people of India I want to express my sympathy on the terrible suffering that COVID-19 has again brought over your communities," Merkel said. "The fight against the pandemic is our common fight. Germany stands in solidarity with India and is urgently preparing a mission of support," added. (PTI)

    20:18 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Air India to bring 600 oxygen concentrators from US in next 2 days for private entities

    Air India will bring around 600 oxygen concentrators on its two US-India flights in the next two days, aviation industry sources said on Sunday. These oxygen concentrators have been ordered by private entities, the sources mentioned. Various hospitals across the country continue to grapple with a severe shortage of medical oxygen on Sunday even after receiving emergency supplies. Twenty people died at Delhi's Jaipur Golden Hospital on Saturday amid a shortage of oxygen. Sources said Air India plans to bring around 10,000 oxygen concentrators for private entities in the coming weeks. (PTI)

    20:14 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Bangladesh closes land borders with India amid Covid spike

    Bangladesh will close its land borders with India for the next 14 days due to the unprecedented surge of coronavirus cases in the neighbouring nation, Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen announced here on Sunday. India logged a record of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day on Sunday, taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,69,60,172. The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. Passenger travel from India to Bangladesh via land will remain closed from Monday for 14 days, Momen told reporters. "The decision was taken in view of the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in India...We are closing the land routes for passengers for the time being," he said. The minister, however, said the trade between the two countries would continue. (PTI)

    20:09 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Himachal reports 1,363 new cases, 32 deaths

    Himachal Pradesh reports 1,363 new cases of COVID-19, 1,161 discharges, and 32 deaths in the last 24 hoursActive cases: 13,577Total discharges: 72,557Death toll: 1,323 (ANI)

    20:08 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: J&K records 2,381 new cases, 21 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir records 2,381 new COVID19 cases, 866 recoveries, and 21 deaths in the last 24 hoursActive cases: 19,558Total discharges: 1,39,050Death toll: 2,147 (ANI)

    20:08 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Bihar reports 12,795 fresh cases

    Bihar reports 12,795 fresh COVID-19 cases and 7,533 discharges in the last 24 hours Active cases: 87,154Total discharges: 3,14,286Death toll: 2,155 (ANI)

    20:07 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: EU extends support for India's fight againt Covid-19

    The EU together with its member states will do its utmost to support India in this difficult moment: Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India (ANI)  

    20:06 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Nagpur reports 7,771 new cases, 87 deaths

    Maharashtra: Nagpur district reported 87 deaths, 7,771 new COVID-19 cases, 5,130 recoveries in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 3,74,188Total recoveries: 2,89,696Active cases: 77,556Death toll: 6,936 (ANI)

    20:03 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: J&K extends duration of night curfew

    In view of the prevailing COVID19 situation, Jammu & Kashmir Govt orders that night curfew timings within the municipal limits/urban local body limits of all districts shall be from 8 pm to 6 am instead of 10 pm to 6 am: Jammu & Kashmir Govt (ANI)

    20:00 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Gujarat records 14,296 new cases, 157 deaths

    Gujarat records 14,296 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6,727 discharges, and 157 deaths in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 4,96,033Total discharges: 3,74,699Active cases: 1,15,006Death toll: 6,328Total vaccination in the state: 1,12,95,536 (ANI)

    19:54 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: BMC gets 1.5 lakh Covishield vaccines, oxygen supply normal

    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday said it has received 1.5 lakh Covishield vaccines and all the vaccination centres in the city will be functional on April 26. Earlier this month, 75 of the 120 vaccination centres across Mumbai, including a jumbo COVID-19 facility in business district BKC, had suspended inoculation due to a shortage of doses. "We have received a stock of 1.5 lakh Covishield vaccines today. All the vaccination centres in Mumbai shall be functional tomorrow," municipal commissioner I S Chahal said. He said that Covaxin will be available only at select centres for the second dose due to "extremely limited" existing stock. (PTI)

    19:52 (IST)25 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus India Live Updates: Govt bars use of liquid oxygen for non-medical purposes, asks plants to maximise production

    Centre on Sunday barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purpose and asked manufacturing units to maximise its production and make it available to the government for medical use. The order by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla came amid a scarcity of medical oxygen in many parts of the country, particularly in Delhi, that have been hit by a fresh wave of the coronavirus pandemic. After reviewing the oxygen supply situation, the government decided that no exception will be allowed to any industry on the use of liquid oxygen, modifying its earlier order that exempted a few select industries. Exercising the powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act, the union home secretary directed the state and union territory governments to ensure that "use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders." Further, Bhalla directed that all stocks of liquid oxygen should also be made available to the government for use for medical purposes and no exception is allowed to any industry with regard to use of liquid oxygen. The home secretary referred to various measures taken so far to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country. (PTI)

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