Coronavirus April 21 Highlights: Kerala, Bihar, MP, Chhattisgarh announce free vaccine for all above 18 years

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Coronavirus Vaccination Live Tracker, Covid-19 Cases in India Live News: A national lockdown is unlikely unless the situation goes out of control completely. PM Modi on Tuesday cautioned people, asking them to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour to avoid a lockdown like last year. Meanwhile, India has reported 2,95,041 new COVID19 cases, 2,023 deaths and 1,67,457 discharges in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said. Total cases in the country have reached 1,56,16,130; total recoveries: 1,32,76,039 and death toll – 1,82,553. There are 21,57,538 active cases in the country at present.

As Covid cases continue to rise across the country, India has opened the vaccination programme for all above 18 years from May 1. India on Tuesday (April 20, 2021) reported 2,59,170 new COVID-19 cases, 1,761 deaths and 1,54,761 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. Night curfew has been imposed in Telangana from today. The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed Allahabad High Court’s order for lockdown in 5 cities of Uttar Pradesh. However, the state government has decided to impose weekend lockdown in the state from Friday 8 PM

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Madhya Pradesh has reported 12,897 new COVID19 cases and 79 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases in MP is 74,558.

On Monday, India India had reported 2,73,810 new COVID19 cases, 1,619 fatalities and 1,44,178 discharges in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry. A day before, the country had reported 2,61,500 new COVI-19 cases, 1,501 fatalities and 1,38,423 discharges in last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government has declared the closure of the academic year 2020-21 and announced summer holidays for Classes 1 to 9.


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    22:52 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Delhi HC pulls up Centre for not diverting sufficient oxygen from industries to hospitals for Covid-19 patients

    Issuing unusually strong strictures on the Modi government and private industries, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre to "forthwith" provide oxygen by whatever means to hospitals here facing shortage of the gas in treating serious COVID-19 patients, observing it "seems human life is not important for the state". "You are not exploring all avenues to augment oxygen supply. Beg, borrow or steal," the court told the Centre, and asked why is it not waking up to the gravity of the emergency situation. It also warned that certainly all hell will break loose with the stoppage of medical oxygen to the hospitals. The court was conducting an urgent hearing on a public holiday on a plea filed by Balaji Medical and Research Centre, which owns and runs various hospitals in the name of Max, stating that if supply of oxygen is not replenished on an immediate basis, the lives of the patients who are critical and on oxygen support will be endangered. "Do you want to see thousands of people dying in the country?" a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli asked, as it came down heavily on the Centre for not diverting sufficient oxygen supply from industries to hospitals. During the extraordinary hearing, the court said the responsibility to ensure oxygen supply lay squarely on the Central government's shoulders and if necessary, entire supply of oxygen to industries including steel and petroleum can be diverted for medical usage. "Why is the Centre not waking up to the gravity of the situation? We are shocked and dismayed hospitals running out of oxygen but steel plants are running," the court said, and added "how the government can be so oblivious of the reality". (PTI)

    22:49 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Yamuna Sports Complex starts functioning as COVID centre

    The Yamuna Sports Complex started functioning as COVID centre on Wednesday amid spiralling coronavirus infections and huge shortage of beds in Delhi. The centre has a total bed capacity of 880 beds, which includes 200 beds with oxygen supply. It will be monitored by Seemapuri Subdivisional Magistrate Shailendra Kumar Singh, according to a statement. "The Yamuna Sports Complex at Delhi is now converted to Covid emergency ward and will be functioning from noon onwards as on 21/04/21. Patients with Covid emergency can be admitted here," the release from the centre said. (PTI)

    22:48 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Kerala records highest single-day spike of 22,414 covid cases

    Kerala reported the highest single-day surge of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 22,414 infections, including 105 health workers, while the toll touched 5,000 with the addition of 22 deaths. The previous high was on April 20 with 19,577 cases. The health department quoted Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as saying that 22 more deaths had taken the toll in the state to 5,000. This is the highest single day surge reported from Kerala since the outbreak of the virus, according to government sources. (PTI)

    22:22 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Over 13.22 crore vaccine doses administered till now

    The total vaccinations across the country crossed 13.22 crore with more than 21.21 lakh vaccine doses being given till 8 PM oon Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 13,22,40,352 as per the 8 PM provisional report, it said. These include 92,19,080 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 58,51,361 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,16,28,882 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 59,32,541 FLWs who have taken the second dose. (PTI)

    22:07 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Govt releases corona data showing severity, virulence in second wave similar to first

    Amid a staggering surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Centre on Wednesday sought to quell the panic by presenting a slew of statistics to show the severity and virulence in the ongoing second wave of the contagion are about the same as the first one. The government, however, cautioned that there is no clear sign of any downtrend in the COVID graph yet. Also, 21,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after taking the first dose of either Covishield or Covaxin vaccines, while nearly 5,700 contracted the infection after taking both the doses, government data revealed. At a press conference on Wednesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the COIVD-19 positivity rate in 146 districts was more than 15 per cent, while it was between five and 15 per cent in 274 districts. "We are in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic and we are still seeing an upsurge. We cannot comment when the numbers will come down," ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said. Presenting data from both the waves of the pandemic, he said 8.07 per cent of cases reported in the first wave were between the age group of 10-20 years, while in this time it is 8.50 per cent.  "In the age group 20-30 years, 20.41 per cent cases were reported in the first wave, while in the second it was 19.35 per cent." The data was released amid a growing panic that the second wave is somehow more powerful and could cause greater havoc. India is already grappling with a shortage of oxygen and other medical supplies as its health infrastructure is stretched to the limits due to spiralling COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

    22:06 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Govt may soon come out with definition of essential supplies by e-tailers

    The government may come out with a clear definition of essential and non-essential supplies made by e-commerce companies after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told industry captains that inconsistencies in classification of items across states will be looked into, sources said. At a meeting she had with industry captains associated with FICCI, Sitharaman was told that there exist inconsistencies across states on what qualifies as essential and what is non-essential supplies by e-commerce companies. To this remarked that this was a fit case for examination and she would take the matter to group of ministers, sources with knowledge of the deliberations at the meeting said. The finance ministry and FICCI did not immediately comment on the issue. Several states have imposed local lockdowns to control the fresh wave of coronavirus infections. They have allowed only essential deliveries by e-commerce companies but the list of such items varies with a state even allowing home delivery of liquor in the essential items. (PTI)

    22:00 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: MP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh announce free vaccination for all above 18

    As India saw another record high of 2,95,041 new COVID cases and 2023 deaths, the oxygen crisis precipitated by the second wave which has left tens of thousands hospitalised appeared to intensify with complaints of shortage from several states, including Maharashtra where tragedy struck when 24 patients on ventilator support suffocated to death due to leakage in an oxygen storage tank. On the vaccination front, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh were the latest to announce free COVID vaccination for all aged above 18 years, after Uttar Pradesh and Assam made a similar decision, and officials presented data to assert that the vaccines reduce the risk of infection and prevent death and severe infection. (PTI)

    21:42 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Thane's COVID-19 vaccine stock ends, vaccination centres shut

    All the vaccination centres in Maharashtra's Thane city were forced to be kept shut on Wednesday as the COVID-19 vaccine stock came to an end, Mayor Naresh Mhaske said. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had started vaccination at all its 56 centres to inoculate maximum number of citizens, but as the stock of vaccines has got over and the new supply is yet to come, we were forced to shut these facilities, he said. Only 300 vaccines were left with the civic body and the stock of these second COVID-19 vaccine doses was given to the Majiwada vaccination centre, he added. (PTI)

    21:40 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Night curfew in Mangaluru till May 4

    Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been issued for a period of 14 days from Wednesday till May 4 from 9 PM to 6 AM on weekdays within the city police commissionerate limits in the wake of increasing spread of COVID-19. During weekends, the order would be in force from 9 PM on Friday till 6 AM on Monday, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said. Only vehicles used for emergency services would be allowed, he said. Persons with health problems would be allowed to travel with the help of a companion, he said. People working on night shifts should carry identity cards from their institutions, the police official said.  Theatres, shopping malls, gymnasium, sports complex and swimming pools would remain shut, he said. (PTI)

    21:35 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Delhi HC directs Centre to provide oxygen forthwith to hospitals by whatever means

    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to "forthwith" provide oxygen by whatever means to the hospitals in the national capital which are treating serious COVID-19 patients and are facing scarcity of oxygen. "Why is the Centre not waking up to the gravity of the situation? We are shocked and dismayed hospitals are running out of oxygen but steel plants are running," the high court said. The High court said heavens are not going to fall if the industries, including steel and petroleum, run on lower capacity till oxygen is imported. It said certainly all hell will break loose with the stoppage of medical oxygen for hospitals. A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, which was conducting the hearing on a holiday, said the responsibility to ensure oxygen supply is squarely on Central government's shoulders and if necessary, entire supply of oxygen to industries including steel and petroleum can be diverted for medical usage. "The steel and petrochemical industries are oxygen guzzlers and diverting oxygen from there can meet hospitals' requirements," the bench said. "If Tatas can divert oxygen they are generating for their steel plants to medical use, why can't others? This is the height of greed. Is there no sense of humanity left or not," the court observed. (PTI)

    21:33 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Rajasthan urges Centre to increase oxygen quota

    Amid an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday urged the Centre to increase the state's quota of oxygen from 250 metric tonnes (MT) to 325 MT and ensure a steady supply of Remdevisir vaccines, an official statement said. State Health Minister Raghu Sharma spoke to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan over the issues on Wednesday and has also written a letter to him, it said. Sharma urged Vardhan to increase the state's current allocation of 250 MT of liquid medical oxygen to 325 MT by the end of this month. He also sought an urgent allocation of an additional 120 tonnes of oxygen to tackle the emergency situation in the state, the statement said. (PTI)

    21:32 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Karnataka requests centre to provide 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen every day

    Chief Minister has requested Centre to provide 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen every day. I have also appealed to provide additional oxygen, and we are hopeful that the central govt will respond positively: Karnataka Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar (ANI)

    21:31 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Karnataka govt directs labs to give RT-PCR test results in 24 hours

    The Karnataka government on Wednesday directed labs and testing agencies in the state to give the RT-PCR test results within 24-hours after collecting samples. It also instructed that the test results be updated on the ICMR portal. Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Jawaid Akhtar, in an order, pointed to the Karnataka High Court's direction to the government in this regard in the wake of the rampant spread of the second wave of coronavirus in the state. "Along with giving the RT-PCR test results within 24 hours, the information should also be updated on the ICMR portal," he said. (PTI)

    21:29 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: J&K registers record daily jump of 2,204 COVID-19 cases

    Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded its sharpest single-day spike of 2,204 COVID-19 cases that pushed the union territory's cumulative tally to 1,52,442, officials said. The death toll climbed to 2,084 as 13 more people -- 10 from Jammu and three from Kashmir -- succumbed to the disease, they said. Of the fresh cases, 1,299 were reported from the Kashmir division and 905 from the Jammu division. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 612, including 65 travellers, followed by 461 in Jammu and 232 in Baramulla, the officials said. (PTI)

    21:28 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: France to impose entry restrictions on travellers from India

    France will impose new entry restrictions on travellers from India to fight a contagious coronavirus variant spreading in that country, an official said on Wednesday. The restrictions come in addition to those previously announced regarding four other countries -- Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Brazil -- that will be implemented starting from Saturday.  Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also confirmed that France will lift its ban on domestic travel as planned on May 3, but will maintain its nighttime curfew, now in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nonessential shops, closed since the partial lockdown of the country at beginning of April, won't reopen before mid-May, he said. France suspended all flights from Brazil earlier this month in an effort to curb the spread of a new COVID-19 variant found in the South American country. The temporary measure is to be replaced Saturday by tight travel restrictions regarding a list of now five countries, including a mandatory 10-day quarantine with police checks to ensure people arriving in France observe the requirement. (AP)

    21:26 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Bengal reports highest single-day spike

    West Bengal on Wednesday registered its highest single-day spike of 10,784 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally in the state to 6,88,956, the health department said in a bulletin. The death toll also rose to 10,710 after 58 fresh fatalities were reported. In the last 24 hours, 5,616 patients were cured of the disease in the state, and the recovery rate stands at 89.23 per cent. West Bengal now has 63,496 active cases, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    21:25 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Sisodia says Haryana official blocked oxygen supply; state govt rejects charge

    Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia accused the Haryana government on Wednesday of blocking medical oxygen supply to Delhi, where several hospitals scrambled to save lives of coronavirus patients amid its shortage for the second consecutive day. The Haryana government vehemently refuted the allegations, underlining that no one in the administration had hampered anything. Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said the AAP government had been demanding that the Centre increase Delhi's quota of oxygen from 378 metric tonnes to 700 metric tonnes. The central government, which decides the quota of oxygen for states, is yet to take a step in this direction, the deputy chief minister said. "We again demand that the Centre increase our oxygen quota to 700 MT in view of the increased consumption. Patients from several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, are admitted in city hospitals," Sisodia said. (PTI)

    21:23 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Mandatory 7-day home quarantine for people travelling to Assam

    Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said people travelling to the state from outside will have to undergo mandatory seven-day home quarantine in the wake of a rise in COVID-19 cases. However, government officials, those travelling for medical reasons, and people visiting the state in connection with bereavements will be exempted from it, he said. In a series of tweets, Sarma said, the health department is working relentlessly to ramp up testing by rolling out screening centres in every ward of the state capital. On April 13, the Assam government had made it mandatory for all air passengers arriving in the state to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), followed by RT-PCR test, even if the RAT was negative. (PTI)

    21:21 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Modi govt says 88% of daily production being allocated for medical use

    Amid reports of oxygen shortage in the country, the Centre on Wednesday said of the total 7,500 metric tonnes of oxygen being produced in India per day, 6,600 metric tonnes, as on date, is being allocated to states for medical use and assured that efforts are being made to increase its supplies in the coming days. READ MORE

    21:06 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Haryana records 9,623 fresh Covid-19 cases, 45deaths

    9,623 fresh COVID19 cases, 45 deaths and 3,928 recoveries reported in Haryana today; case tally 3,81,247, death toll 3,528 (ANI)

    21:05 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Punjab reports 4,970 new COVID-19 cases, 69 deaths

    Punjab reports 4,970 new COVID-19 cases, 69 deaths and 2,727 recoveries in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 3,14,269Total recoveries: 2,67,289Death toll: 8,114Active cases: 38,866 (ANI)

    20:57 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: College, varsities, non-essential shops of Shillong to be shut amid Covid surge

    The Meghalaya government on Wednesday announced shutting down of colleges and universities in state capital Shillong till May 3 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Shops dealing in non-essential items in Shillong will also be closed from April 26 to May 2, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said. "Colleges and universities in the state capital have been asked to shut down till May 3 except for those that are hosting state board examinations," Tynsong told reporters after a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. The Meghalaya government has already shut down schools from the primary level to the higher secondary level. (PTI)

    20:54 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Maharashtra reports 67,468 newcases, 568 deaths

    20:46 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: After Kerala, Bihar govt to provide vaccine for free

    The Bihar government on Wednesday announced that it will provide free COVID vaccination to all aged above 18. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar informed this through a tweet message. Kumar said the state government will bear the cost of administering jabs to all citizens of the state above 18 years of age starting from May 1. (PTI)

    20:37 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: German lawmakers approve ''emergency brake'' virus rules

    German lawmakers on Wednesday approved a proposal by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly, among them closures and a nighttime curfew. As parliament's lower house debated the plan, thousands of protesters gathered on a nearby street. Police ended the demonstration after participants ignored coronavirus restrictions. The legislation to apply an "emergency brake" consistently in areas with high infection rates is intended to end the patchwork of measures that has often characterized the pandemic response across highly decentralised Germany's 16 states. Lawmakers in the lower house voted 342-250 for the plan, with 64 abstentions. The upper house, where state governments are represented, is due to consider the legislation Thursday. It would apply until the end of June. "As hard as it is, as sick of it as we are, reducing contacts helps," Health Minister Jens Spahn told lawmakers. "We are again seeing 5,000 COVID-19 intensive care patients and rising, with the age of the patients sinking," Spahn said. "We want to avoid an overburdening of our health system, an overburdening that many of our neighboring countries have experienced painfully." (AP)      

    20:33 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Why govt is not waking to reality (oxygen shortage), says Delhi HC

    COVID19 | Why govt is not waking to reality says Delhi High Court while hearing an urgent application regarding the oxygen shortage at Max Hospital (ANI)

    20:30 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Japan prepares for 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka areas

    Japan's government is preparing to announce a third state of emergency in Tokyo and the western metropolitan area around Osaka following requests from local leaders who say current measures are failing to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and key ministers met late Wednesday to discuss details before deciding on a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and neighbouring Kyoto and Hyogo expected later this week. Osaka, the worst-hit area in the latest upsurge beginning in March, reported 1,242 new cases Wednesday, a new high for the prefecture and exceeding Tokyo's 843. Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura on Tuesday said the current focus on shorter hours at bars and restaurants is not effective and requested a state of emergency that would allow him to issue tougher measures, including business shutdown orders. (AP)

    20:26 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: RINL to supply 100 tonnes of medical Oxygen to Maharashtra on April 22

    Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, which runs a 7.3 million tonnes per annum steel plant near Visakhapatnam, will supply over 100 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Maharashtra in the early hours on April 22, sources in RINL said on Wednesday. The LMO will be filled in seven empty cryogenic tankers with a total carrying capacity of more than 100 tonnes. It would take nearly 20 to 24 hours to complete the process of filling, weighing and safety checks as per protocol before it leaves for Maharashtra to meet the medical exigencies of COVID-19 patients, they said. (PTI)

    20:23 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: No plan for lockdown for now, says Kerala CM

    Kerala is not going to implement any lockdown at the present juncture. Instead, people are being asked to follow the COVID guidelines strictly: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (ANI)

    20:16 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Coronavirus variants in India

    Covid-19 Variants in India: As the information came in that the indigenously-developed Bharat Biotech Covaxin has shown efficacy in neutralising multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 and the double mutant effectively, the spotlight has once again moved on to the number of Coronavirus variants in India. We at Financial Express Online have assimilated information regarding all the prevalent Covid-19 strains and mutations in India. READ MORE

    20:13 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Delhi HC asks Centre to immediately stop the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes

    Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to immediately stop the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes. The HC was hearing an urgent application regarding the oxygen shortage at Max Hospital (ANI)

    20:11 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 11,681 new cases, 53 deaths

    Tamil Nadu continued to witness a spike in COVID-19 infections adding 11,681 new cases on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 10,25,059, while 53 deaths took the toll to 13,258, the health department said. The state for the first time breached the grim 10,000-mark on Sunday by adding 10,723 new infections while on Monday it was 10,941 new cases and 10,986 on Tuesday. Recoveries mounted to 9,27,440 today with 7,071 patients being discharged, leaving 84,361 active cases. (PTI)

    20:10 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Rajasthan CM urges Centre to announce free vaccine for all above 18 years

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said the Centre should announce free COVID-19 vaccine for people above 18 years of age like it did for other age groups. He claimed that if such a step is not taken, it will lead to resentment among the youth against the central dispensation. "After constant demands by the Congress party and the states, the Centre has decided to vaccinate people above the age of 18, which we welcome. The Centre should also announce free vaccine for the youth above 18 years of age. Not giving vaccine for free will increase resentment among the youth towards the Centre," Gehlot tweeted in Hindi. He said it is not appropriate to charge the youngsters for the vaccine, while others get it for free. (PTI)

    20:08 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Six held for black marketing of Remdevisir in Jaipur

    Six people were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly selling Remdevisir vaccines, which are in high demand for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, at an inflated price in Jaipur, police said. The accused were selling one Remdevisir vial for up to Rs 15,000, they said. In view of the huge demand for Remdesvir in Jaipur city, a team was formed to check the black marketing of the vaccine, Jaipur Police Commissioner Anand Shrivastav said. (PTI)

    20:08 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Meghalaya reports 192 new cases, 3 deaths

    Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally surged to 15,308 as 192 more people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday while three new fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 157, a senior Health department official said. The state now has 1,021 active COVID-19 cases, Health Services Director, Aman War said. (PTI)

    20:03 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tests positive for COVID19

    20:02 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Puducherry announces weekend lockdown

    In view of the recent surge in COVID19 cases, the Union Territory of Puducherry has imposed a total lockdown from Friday night to Monday morning. (AIR News)

    20:01 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Gujarat reports 12,553 new cases, 125 deaths

    Gujarat registers 12,553 new COVID19 cases, 4,802 discharges and 125 fatalities in the last 24 hoursTotal cases: 4,40,731Death toll: 5,740Total recoveries: 3,50,865Active cases: 84,126 (ANI)

    20:00 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tests positive for Coronavirus

    19:54 (IST)21 Apr 2021
    Covid Lockdown Live Updates: Free vaccine for all above 18 in Kerala

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the Left government would provide the vaccine against COVID-19 free of cost for everyone in the state. This statement comes on a day the Serum Institute of India announced a price of Rs 400 per dosefor its COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' for State governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals. "Vaccines will be provided free of cost for everyone in Kerala. We don't have the habit of changing our stance like others. We had announced free vaccines in the State," he said. (PTI)

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