Coronavirus in India April 30 Highlights: Apollo Hospitals to rollout vaccine for 18+ people from May 3, check details here

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Coronavirus India Live, Covid-19 Cases in India, covid-19 vaccinationA Covid-19 patient awaits admission for treatment at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Ajmer on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus India News Live, Covid-19 Cases in India State-Wise April 30 Highlights: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a crucial meeting this (Friday) morning with the council of ministers to discuss ways to tackle the resurge of Coronavirus infections. Earlier this month, Modi had held separate meetings with state chief ministers, vaccine manufacturers, and medical oxygen producers.

India has been reporting over 3 lakh coronavirus cases per day for more than a week now. According to the Union Health Ministry data, India yesterday saw a record single-day surge of 3,79,257 new coronavirus infections, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,83,76,524, while active cases crossed the 30-lakh mark. Many states/UTs have imposed restrictions like curfew and lockdown in order to limit the spread of the second wave of coronavirus infections. Measures like closing schools and educational institutes, strict action against mask indiscipline, ban on rallies, curb on social gatherings are also in place.

As the Covid-19 surge continues, India is set to open vaccination for citizens above 18 years from May 1, with an aim to widen the drive to a larger and younger population. However, phase 3 of the vaccination drive may see a slow start with many states/UTs complaining of a shortage in vaccine supply.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain yesterday said the national capital has not enough vaccine supply for the vaccination drive for 18-plus years. It may take 3-4 months to cover all people in the national capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting on Thursday regarding the third phase of the vaccination drive. “Had a meeting with the officials on vaccination drive in Delhi… prepared a plan to vaccinate all above 18 years in the next 3 months. We will set up vaccination centres on a large scale. All eligible people must come forward to get vaccinated,” Kejriwal said after the meeting. Maharashtra Chief Minister also a held meeting on Covid-19 vaccination yesterday. In Uttar Pradesh, the rollout will be a ceremonial one. States like Odisha, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab and Andhra may not begin the drive on May 1.

Also read: Vaccine registration opens for all adults at 4 PM on Co-Win app: What to expect from May 1?

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In the meanwhile, Maharashtra government has extended the current Covid19 restrictions till May 15. Uttar Pradesh has increased the duration of weekend lockdown by 24 hours.

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    22:19 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Boeing announces a $10 million emergency assistance package for India

    Boeing today announced a $10 million emergency assistance package for India to support country's response to the current surge in COVID19 cases. The assistance from Boeing will be directed to organizations providing relief, incl medical supplies & emergency healthcare: Statement

    22:10 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Now Goa says no May 1 vax rollout from tomorrow

    The vaccination drive for the 18 to 44 age group will not commence tomorrow, May 1 as the State is yet to receive the vaccines. The government will inform when the vaccination drive will begin for this age group: Goa CM Pramod Sawant - ANI

    21:51 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Minor dip in Maharashtra

    62,919 new cases, 828 deaths and 69,710 discharges reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours; active cases 6,62,640

    20:55 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Apollo Group announces vaccination rollout from May 3rd

    Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint MD of Apollo Hospitals Group, has announced the rollout of vaccine programme from May 3rd for the 18 individuals. She took to Twitter to give the details. According to Dr Reddy, Apollo Hospitals located in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Vizag will open the vax slots for youngsters from May 3rd. CoWin registration is a must.

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    20:36 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Mumbai reports 3,925 fresh cases

    Mumbai reports 3,925 fresh cases, 89 deaths and 6,380 recoveries; case tally at 6,48,624

    20:14 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Uttar Pradesh's upward trend continues, 34,626 fresh cases

    34,626 new Covid cases in Uttar Pradesh, 332 deaths, says official data.

    20:06 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Karnataka's Covid tally jumps to 48,296

    Karnataka registers 48,296 new Covid cases, capital Bengaluru witnesses sharp spike with 26,756 fresh infections.  

    19:32 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: CIDCO to develop COVID care centres in Mumbai, Panvel

    Town planning agency CIDCO will set up COVID care centres in Kanjurmarg in Mumbai and Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai to tackle a surge in cases, an official said on Friday. The state-run City and Industrial Development Corporation said the Kanjurmarg facility will have 2,000 beds, comprising 1,400 oxygenated, 400 non-oxygenated and 200 ICU beds, and the one at Kalamboli will have 800 beds, of which 690 will be oxygenated and 110 would be ICU beds. (PTI)

    19:31 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Cantt board hospitals in Pune, Kirkee, Deolali now dedicated COVID facilities

    The hospitals run by the cantonment boards in Maharashtra's Pune, Kirkee and Deolali with a total of 304 beds have been dedicated for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the Defence Ministry said on Friday. "The cantonment boards' hospitals at Pune, Kirkee and Deolali with 304 beds have been designated as dedicated COVID hospitals," the ministry's statement said. A dedicated COVID health centre at Dehuroad is ready and would become functional soon, while an ICU (intensive care unit) facility with six beds is being set up at the general hospital in Kirkee, it added. Oxygen support is available in 37 cantonment boards and they have a stock of 658 cylinders currently, as per the statement. (PTI)

    19:15 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: UP to start vaccination for 18-plus category in seven districts from May 1

    The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said it will start the first phase of vaccination for the 18-44 age group from Saturday in seven districts that have more than 9,000 active COVID-19 cases. "From May 1, vaccination for people between 18-44 years will also start. In the first phase, which will be extended to other cities also, the government will start the vaccination in seven districts that have more than 9,000 active cases," Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said. The COVID-19 vaccination drive will start in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Bareilly, he said.  (PTI)

    19:11 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: FMC India to donate seven oxygen plants to hospitals in five states

    Agri-science firm FMC India on Friday said it will donate seven Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants to hospitals in five states, including Delhi/NCR. The other four states are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, it said in a statement. "To help meet some of the urgent demand for oxygen at area hospitals, FMC India will contribute seven PSA plants to support urgent patient care and save precious lives," FMC India President Pramod Thota said. The installation of PSA plants at these hospitals will enable a continued supply of oxygen, without the challenges of transportation logistics, it added. (PTI)

    19:05 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Amid coronavirus surge, Adityanath replaces his Team-11 with Team-9

    Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday replaced his 'Team-11', a group of officials tasked with managing the crises, with a new nine-member set of ministers and bureaucrats. Opposition parties have been slamming Adityanath and Team-11 for their alleged failure to control the pandemic in the country's most populous state. The CM was also accused of relying too much on bureaucrats, an allegation levelled also by an MLA from the ruling BJP itself. "Chief Minister Adityanath's experiment to control the COVID pandemic with the help of the bureaucracy has failed," Bairia MLA Surendra Singh told reporters on Friday. (PTI)

    19:05 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    No decision to extend lockdown in Goa, don't believe rumours: CMO

    The Goa government has not taken any decision on extending of the ongoing lockdown, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant's office said on Friday. "The Goa government has not taken any decision on extension of lockdown. Do not believe fake news circulated on social media," the CMO tweeted. It was referring to the claim by a Twitter user that the lockdown has been extended till May 15. (PTI)

    19:03 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Govt permits import of oxygen concentrators bought through post, courier for personal use

    The government on Friday said it has included import of oxygen concentrators for personal use, purchased from e-commerce portals through post or courier, in the list of exempted categories, where customs clearance is sought as gifts, amid surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. The exemption for oxygen concentrators is allowed only for a period till July 31, 2021, for personal use, according to a notification of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from ambient air. It is in high demand due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the country. These concentrators capture and filter the air, unlike oxygen cylinders which can only store a fixed amount of oxygen. (PTI)

    19:01 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Drones for sanitizing city, delivering drugs, essentials

    To contain the rising number of coronavirus cases here, drones are to be used to sanitize containment zones as well as deliver medicines and essential goods to the affected people. An initiative of Bengaluru-Central MP P C Mohan and Garuda Aerospace, the drive to sanitize containment zones was kick-started by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday. Speaking at the launch, the Chief Minister, welcoming the initiative, said, "Like other parts of the country, our state is also facing a situation due to the second wave of the COVID-19." (PTI)

    18:47 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Punjab defers inoculation for 18+ due to 'non-availability' of COVID vaccine

    With a few hours to go for the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive for all adults in the country, the Punjab government on Friday deferred the inoculation for this category due to "non-availability" of the vaccine. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh deferred Phase III of vaccination, which was slated to begin on May 1, for the 18-45 age group. Singh made it clear that "due to non-availability of vaccine, Phase III of vaccination for the 18-45 age group cannot be started as scheduled". He also said that all vaccinations at private health facilities will remain suspended from Saturday. (PTI)

    18:46 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: High Courts should avoid unnecessary, off-the-cuff remarks, says Supreme Court

    High courts should avoid making unnecessary and "off-the-cuff remarks" during hearings as they may have serious ramifications, the Supreme Court said on Friday. The apex court's advise came during hearings on COVID-19 related pleas after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre and the Bihar government respectively, said that such remarks gave the impression as if authorities were doing nothing. The high courts of Madras and Delhi have been very critical, making strong observations against the Centre and various authorities for the way they have been handling the severe second wave of COVID-19. (PTI)

    18:44 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Chandigarh to not start third phase of vaccination from 1st May

    In Chandigarh vaccination for those above 18 will not start on 1st May. Vaccination for those above 18 years will start only after adequate extra supplies are received: UT Advisor, Manoj Parida. (PTI)

    18:35 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Treat available oxygen as critical commodity: Centre to states

    The Centre on Friday said it has asked the states to treat the available oxygen as a critical commodity and undertake an oxygen-consumption audit at all hospitals, including private ones, amid a shortage of the life-saving gas in several parts of the country. Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Agrawal said from the start of the pandemic, the government had identified oxygen-supported beds as major clinical interventions." He said the government had procured 1,02,400 oxygen cylinders at the national level in April-May 2020 and distributed those among the states. "We have requested the states to treat the available oxygen as a critical commodity and also to ensure a rational use of oxygen," Agrawal said. (PTI)

    18:34 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Five arrested for making forged COVID-19 test reports in Delhi

    Five people have been arrested for allegedly making forged COVID-19 test reports in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar, police said on Friday. The accused have been identified as Pragyanand Sharma (24), Himanshu Sharma (24), doctor Manish Kumar (32), Satender (26) and Nikhil (22), they said. On Thursday, a PCR call was received at the Malviya Nagar Police Station saying that some persons at Genestrings Lab, Malviya Nagar, were making fake coronavirus test reports, police said. According to complainant Vipul Saini, a resident of Khirki Village, he along with 45 of his relatives gave samples for COVID-19 testing to Himanshu and Pragyanand. On Sunday, Rishab Shukla, a friend of Saini, also gave his sample for testing to the accused duo. The test reports stated that Shukla was COVID-19 positive, but he did not have any symptoms. (PTI)

    18:33 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: COVID-19 worst-hit six districts in Punjab to tighten micro containment

    Ruling out a complete lockdown for now, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday directed deputy commissioners of the state's six worst-affected districts to further tighten the micro-containment strategy and ensure more testing to slow the spread of coronavirus. Lockdown is not a solution as it will lead to exodus of the labourers and force them to go to states with even lesser medical facilities, he said. Singh directed the district administrations to enforce restrictions strictly and to stop dine-in facility in all high positivity areas, with COVID-19 testing of staff in restaurants by the health department. Urging the industry to set up their own COVID treatment centres and makeshift hospitals, he stressed on the teamwork to fight the pandemic. (PTI)

    18:32 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: IAF airlifts 8 oxygen tankers from Singapore to Panagarh in West Bengal

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) airlifted eight oxygen tankers from Singapore to the Panagarh airbase in West Bengal on Friday, said an official statement. India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of oxygen and beds. "Two C-17 aircraft are airlifting eight oxygen tankers from Singapore to Panagarh. The task is in progress," the statement noted. The IAF is also conducting multiple domestic flights to transport oxygen tankers and oxygen plant equipment within the country. It said two oxygen tankers each were taken from Chandigarh to Bhubaneswar, from Agra to Ranchi, Gwalior to Raipur, Indore to Surat and from Chandigarh to Ranchi, and one from Vadodara to Ranchi on Friday. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Vaccination for 18-45 age group to start in 10 districts of Gujarat from tomorrow

    Vaccination against COVID-19 for 18-45 age group will start from May 1 in 10 districts of Gujarat which are affected most by the pandemic, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Friday. The state would be receiving three lakh vaccine doses by evening, he said. Earlier, the government had said there could be a delay as new stocks had not arrived. The districts where vaccination for those above 18 years of age will start from May 1 are Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Kutch, Mehsana, Bharuch and Gandhinagar, Rupani said in a video message. (PTI) 

    18:00 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: IAF aircraft delivers supplies to Lucknow for setting up COVID hospital

    The Indian Air Force has flown supplies to Lucknow to set up a hospital for COVID-19 patients in the capital city, an official statement said on Friday. India is struggling with the second wave of the novel coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. "The Indian Air Force (IAF) is continuing to carry out sorties from within India and abroad to cater to the requirement of oxygen in the country, amid the current COVID-19 situation," said the office of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Twitter. An IL-76 aircraft landed in Lucknow carrying supplies for setting up of COVID hospital in the city, it said. (PTI)

    17:50 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Nagpur reports 88 deaths, 6,461 new cases

    Maharashtra's Nagpur District reported 88 deaths, 6,461 new COVID19 cases, 7,294 recoveries in the last 24 hours, as per Civil Surgeon Nagpur. Total cases: 4,07,787 Total recoveries: 3,23,696 Active cases: 76,706 Death toll: 7,388

    17:43 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Stay in touch with people, take their feedback: PM Modi to Union ministers

    Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Union ministers on Friday to stay in touch with the people of their respective regions, help them and keep getting their feedback on the situation. Chairing a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers, Modi also stressed upon the "need to ensure that issues at the local level are promptly identified and addressed", according to an official statement. The meeting was held virtually to discuss the situation arising out of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. It noted that the pandemic has led to a "once-in-a-century" crisis and thrown a big challenge to the world, the statement said. (PTI)

    17:27 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Will engage openly and constructively on govt's content withholding requests: Twitter

    Days after it blocked dozens of posts allegedly critical of COVID-19 crisis handling, Twitter has said it will consider more requests from the government to withhold content and will continue to engage "openly and constructively" with it. "We notify the account holder directly so they're aware that we've received a legal order pertaining to the account by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available, unless we are prohibited from doing so," Twitter said in a blog on Thursday. The microblogging platform had received a number of takedown requests from India over the past few months around content that the government termed as misinformation around farmer protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. (PTI)

    17:26 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Antiviral drug 'Clevira' repurposed for treating mild to moderate COVID-19 patients

    Clevira, a drug primarily developed to treat dengue, has been repurposed as supportive treatment for mild to moderate COVID-19 cases, its manufacturer Apex Laboratories Private Limited said on Friday. The drug is effective when taken orally and the dosage is one tablet twice daily after food for 14 days. The drug has also proved to be safe on liver and kidney parameters, it said. "Clevira, an antiviral formulation, has received regulatory approval as a supportive treatment for mild to moderate COVID-19 cases," the Chennai-based pharmaceutical company said. (PTI)

    17:14 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Tripura govt sounds alert after three strains of COVID-19 are found in the state

    The Tripura government has sounded an alert after the double mutant strain of coronavirus and those of Britain and African variants were found in the state, officials said on Friday. The state government has decided to hold full-fledged virus tests for passengers entering the state via airways, trains and roadways and quarantine the infected amon them, the officials said. Imediately after the receipt of the test results of outsiders by the state government, Tripura health secretary J K Sinha held a virtual meeting on Thursday with district magistrates, superintendenst of police and the chief medical Officers of all the eight districts and asked them to take all precautions and strictly maintain the COVID-19 norms, officials said. (PTI)

    17:01 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: HSBC India commits Rs 75 cr to India's fight against COVID-19

    HSBC India on Friday pledged financial support of around Rs 75 crore (USD 10 million) for the ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts in the country. This financial support will be provided through on-ground non-profits and development agencies in India this year, focused specifically on frontline warriors and marginalised communities at large, HSBC India said in a release. It will be utilised to support projects for providing medical supplies, medical equipment for COVID-19 care centres including oxygen supplies, hygiene kits, vaccination, livelihood support and food rations. (PTI)

    16:57 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 31 at Ambala juvenile home tested positive for COVID

    Out of the 71 juveniles lodged at Ambala Observation Home, 31 have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Friday. On Wednesday, some children showed COVID-like symptoms, following which the health department conducted tests, Civil surgeon Kuldeep Singh told reporters. "As per the report that came out today (Friday), 31 juveniles were found corona positive. They have been kept in isolation," he said. A team of health department was put on duty to provide them with required medicines and necessary treatment, he added. (PTI)

    16:51 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: No vaccination of 18-44 age group in Maha from May 1 due to Centre, says Congress

    The Congress on Friday alleged that the vaccination of people from 18 to 44 age group is not taking off in Maharashtra from May 1 due to the "reckless approach" of the Centre. Earlier this month, the Union government announced opening up vaccination for the entire adult population starting from May 1. However, the state government two days back said that the exercise cannot be launched on this date as vaccine doses were not available in sufficient quantity. (PTI)

    16:46 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Delhi's Green Park mosque converted into quarantine center

    Delhi: Green Park mosque converted into COVID19 quarantine center with 10 beds We've also arranged medicines, mask sanitizers & PPE kits for patients. On doctor's prescription, we'll admit them. We'll also provide them food: Joint Secy, Managing Committee, Green Park Mosque. (ANI)

    16:42 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Record single-day 332 COVID-19 deaths in UP; 34,626 more test positive

    A record single-day 332 COVID-19 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, pushing the fatality count in the state to 12,570, while the total number of cases mounted to 12,52,324 with 34,626 more people testing positive for the disease. A total of 34,494 people recovered from coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The active cases in the state now stand at 3,10,783 So far, 9,28,971 patients have recuperated from COVID-19 in the state, Additional Chief Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters More than 2.44 lakh samples were tested for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which included over 1.08 lakh RTPCR tests, taking the total number of samples tested so far in the state to over 4.07 crore, the highest in the country, Prasad said. (PTI)

    16:31 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Maharashtra govt to take back COVID-19 vaccines from pvt hospitals

    The Maharashtra government on Friday announced that it would take back COVID-19 vaccines from private hospitals and administer these doses to people through state-run health centres only. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the government has decided to do so it as per the Centre's orders. "The Maharashtra government is going to take back the vaccines given to private hospitals for the inoculation drive as per the Centre's orders. These vaccine doses will then be administered to beneficiaries through state-run hospitals and centres only," he said. (PTI)

    16:22 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: NCP donates Rs 2 cr to Maha CM relief fund to fight COVID-19

    The NCP on Friday contributed Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to help the Maharashtra government combat COVID-19 crisis, the party said in a statement. A cheque of that amount was handed over to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's official residence 'Varsha' here. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil and Baramati MP Supriya Sule - all of them NCP leaders - were present on the occasion. (PTI)

    16:19 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: 1,195 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Puducherry

    The COVID-19 tally in the Union Territory of Puducherry rose to 58,622 on Friday with the addition of 1,195 fresh cases, while 12 deaths pushed the toll to 805, the health department said. A total of 6,451 samples were tested in the last 24 hours ending at 10 AM, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 7.96 lakh, Health and Family Welfare Services Director S Mohan Kumar said in a release. There were 9,519 active cases after the recovery of 654 patients during this period. In all, 48,298 people have recovered from the disease so far in the union territory. (PTI)

    16:18 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: Goa govt ramps up bed capacity at hospitals as COVID-19 cases rise

    Considering the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Goa government on Friday converted an examination hall at the Goa Medical College and Hospital near here into a 150-bed coronavirus treatment facility. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane inspected the facility, which is taking shape in a record period of time. Speaking to reporters, Sawant said, "This will be a ward with 150 beds, equipped with oxygen. The facility will be ready by evening." Apart from this, 300-bed facility in the GMCH complex will be ready in the next four days, he said. (PTI)

    16:09 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus in India Live News: DCPCR launches helpline for children left orphaned during COVID pandemic

    The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has launched a helpline number to address the needs of those children who have been left orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement said on Friday. The number (+91 9311551393) will also address the concerns of those children whose parents are hospitalised or who are facing any other distress, it added. A panel of counsellors is being constituted to address the anxiety, loneliness and trauma of the children in such situations. DCPCR chairman Anurag Kundu will keep a close watch and ensure that the issues raised by the callers are addressed within 24 hours, the statement said. "Children are the most vulnerable in these testing times as they remain dependent on others to provide for them. The panel is receiving numerous cases wherein a child has lost all sources of support and is in need of immediate care. The commission is committed to resolving all such cases in less than 24 hours," Kundu said. (PTI)

    16:03 (IST)30 Apr 2021
    Weekend lockdown to be imposed in 9 districts of Haryana

    Weekend lockdown to be imposed in Panchkula, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Rohtak, Karnal, Hisar, Sirsa and Fatehabad districts from 10pm today till 5am on 3rd May. (ANI)

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