Covid-19 Lockdown Highlights March 31: Odisha issues new guidelines; cases near 40,000 again in Maharashtra; MP shuts schools; Bihar rules out fresh lockdown

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2021 Coronavirus India Lockdown Live, Covid-19 India Live UpdatesThe second wave of the coronavirus pandemic will hit India's health infra and we are already seeing the signs. After Centre's warning, what will states do? (Photos: Reuters/PTI/Indian Express)

2021 Coronavirus Cases in India Live Updates: As India prepares to go for the third phase of the Covid vaccination drive from tomorrow i.e April 1st, the Narendra Modi government has clearly told all states that unless 100 per cent inoculation targets are met, the situation won’t get any better. Sounding an alarm at the high-level meeting between the Centre and state officials, the Modi government has reportedly said that the current trend shows that the situation is going from ‘bad to worse’. In simple terms, this means that the hospital beds are filling up quickly, unavailability of the oxygen cylinder. To top it, the general disdain of the public about getting the Covid jabs is adding to the present woes.

It is because of this reason that the Centre has told all states to make sure that all beneficiaries above the age of 45 are vaccinated. From April 1st, the comorbidity clause will not be applicable for the 45+ citizens. The latest official data shows that Maharashtra continues to have a worrying trend of a steep positivity rate. Several viral videos and pics have shown corona patients sharing the beds due to acute shortage at the hospitals. Super-spreader events such as festivals and poll rallies are going as usual despite the health warnings.

The big question– Is India’s health infra ready for Virus 2.0?

As states imposed new curbs and issue guidelines, here’s FE Online blog covering every single development that you need to know. We will also keep an eye on global happenings as well. Follow our live blog and get instant, verified updates on the coronavirus pandemic:

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    22:18 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Pune reports 8,605 new cases, 56 deaths

    Maharashtra: Pune district reports 8,605 fresh COVID19 cases, 5,749 recoveries and 56 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total cases: 5,34,411Total recoveries: 4,62,697Death toll: 9,974Active cases: 61,909(ANI)

    22:03 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Over 25,000 people vaccinated in Delhi on Wednesday till 6 pm

    Over 25,000 beneficiaries received COVID-19 vaccine shots in the national capital by 6 pm on Wednesday, and only one of them has reported adverse events so far, officials said. The number of beneficiaries was less compared with other days as dispensary-based session sites are not functional on Wednesdays and Fridays, an official said. In the age bracket of 45-59 years, 2,489 beneficiaries received vaccine shots, while 12,637 senior citizens also got their first jabs by 6 pm, an official said. The second dose of the vaccines were given to 6,808 people, he said, adding that 1,892 frontline workers and 1,456 healthcare workers got their first shots. (PTI)

    21:46 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: 56 more deaths, 2,452 more cases in Punjab

    Covid-19 claimed 56 more lives in Punjab in the last 24 years, pushing the death toll due to the disease till Wednesday to 6,868 in the state which also registered 2,452 fresh infections, taking the count to 2,39,734. The number of active cases rose from 23,731 on Tuesday to 23,832 on Wednesday, a medical bulletin issued by the Punjab government said. Jalandhar reported a maximum of 343 new Covid-19 cases with Ludhiana recording 328 cases, Amritsar 296 and Mohali 254. The districts where Covid-19 deaths occurred included Hoshiarpur (9), Ludhiana (8) and Patiala (8). (PTI)

    21:43 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Maharashtra caps RT-PCR testing price

    Maharashtra Govt caps the price of RT-PCR test to Rs 500 at Collection centres, Rs 600 at Covid centre, Quarantine centre or Isolation centre and Rs 800 if the sample is collected from home. Price of RT-PCR has been capped for the 6th time. (ANI)

    21:27 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Odisha issues Covid-19 guideline for April, focuses on by-poll & festivals

    With the resurgence of coronavirus cases in some areas of the state, Odisha government on Wednesday issued guidelines for the month of April keeping in view the ensuing by-elections at Pipili and a series of religious festivals next month. The guideline to be effective between April 1 and April 30, allowed the district authorities and municipal corporations to enforce micro containment zones according to the protocols of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. READ MORE

    21:20 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: 50 students of two J&K schools test positive for Covid-19

    At least 50 students of two schools in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, forcing the authorities to close the institutions for a week, officials said. Thirty-six students of Noorani Public School in Khull area of Damhal Hanjipora in South Kashmir's Kulgam district tested positive during a random sampling drive, DH Pora Block Medical Officer (BMO) Shugufta Salam said. She said the report of a grandparent of a student who had come to the school to fetch his grandchild also came out positive. All the contacts will be tested in the due course of time, the BMO said. (PTI)

    21:19 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Delhi adds 230 ICU, 842 non-ICU beds in 33 private hospitals amid fresh surge

    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said 230 more ICU beds for coronavirus patients have been added in 33 private hospitals on the directions of the city government. He also said the number of non-ICU beds in these private facilities has been increased by 842. "We are in a comfortable position (in terms of number of beds available). Overall, only 25 per cent of the beds for coronavirus patients in government and private hospitals are occupied. A few private hospitals have all ICU beds full. So, necessary orders were issued by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday," Jain told reporters. Orders have been issued to update the status of beds on the government's data management portal, a statement later quoted him as saying. (PTI)

    21:03 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Nashik records 3,308 new COVID-19 cases; 18 more casualties

    With a single-day addition of 3,308 new cases of COVID-19, the count of infections in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 1,81,522 on Wednesday, a health official said. As many as 18 patients died of the infection, while 2,705 were discharged from various treatment facilities during the day, the official said. This has taken the toll to 2,392 and the count of recoveries has reached 1,52,487, he said. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: EU says 'no evidence' to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

    The European Medicines Agency says there is "no evidence" that would support restricting use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot. The comments Wednesday by the head of the EMA contradict the advice given a day earlier by an expert panel in Germany that prompted the German government to restrict the use of the shot in people under 60. EMA chief Emer Cooke said that "according to the current scientific knowledge, there is no evidence that would support restricting the use of this vaccine in any population." (AP)

    21:00 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Uttar Pradesh reports 1,230 new cases, 11 deaths

    Uttar Pradesh reported 11 more COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday, pushing the death toll to 8,811, while 1,230 new cases took the tally to 6,17,194. Additional Chief Secretary, Heath, Amit Mohan Prasad said among 9,848 active cases, 6,269 are in home isolation, 273 are in private hospitals and the rest are undergoing treatment in government hospitals free of cost. "The state reported 1,230 new cases of the coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours. While the death toll reached 8,811, the number of active cases is 9,848. The number of patients treated and discharged is now 5,98,535," Prasad told reporters. (PTI)

    20:57 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: DCGI extends shelf life of Covishield from 6 to 9 months

    India's drug regulator DCGI has extended the shelf life of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, from six to nine months from its manufacturing date. In a letter to the Serum Institute of India (SII), Drugs Controller General of India V G Somani said the SII is permitted to apply the vaccine's shelf life of nine months to unlabelled vials available on hand. Shelf life is the length of time for which an item remains fit for use. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said it has no objection in respect of 'Extension of Shelf Life of Covishield Vaccine' in multi-dose glass vial (10 dose-5ml) from six months to nine months. "You are permitted to apply the shelf life of nine months to unlabelled vials available on hand, subject to the condition that the details of such stock, batch-wise, shall be submitted to this office and Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli," Somani said in the letter. According to an update by UK drug regulator dated February 22, the shelf-life of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is six months. (PTI)

    20:40 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Record new cases in Bangladesh; highest deaths in 7 months

    The surge in COVID 19 infection in Bangladesh continued with 5358 new cases reported from the country on Wednesday. This is the highest single day infection since the first Corona positive case was reported on March 8 last year. Over the last 24 hours since Tuesday, 52 people have died due to Corona infection in the country taking the total death toll to 9046 . This is the highest figure since August 26 last year when 54 people had died due to COVID 19 infection. The positivity rate in the samples collected for testing also continued to show an upward trend at 19.90 percent on Wednesday. On February 28, the positivity rate in the country was about 3 percent. (AIR News)

    20:37 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Delhi reports 1,819 new cases, 11 deaths

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    20:32 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: MPPSC postpones preliminary exams due to Covid-19 pandemic

    In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has postponed the preliminary exams for the state civil services examination, which were scheduled in April. Keeping the health and protection of candidates in view following the coronavirus spread, the MPPSC's state civil service examination, scheduled on April 11, has been postponed, the commission's secretary Vandana Vaidya said. It has been proposed that the postponed exams be held on June 20, the official said. (PTI)

    20:28 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Mumbai reports 5,394 fresh Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths

    Mumbai reports 5,394 new COVID19 cases, 3,130 recoveries and 15 deaths today. Total cases: 4,14,714Total recoveries: 3,50,660Active cases: 51,411Total deaths: 11,686(ANI)

    20:18 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Himachal Pradesh records 285 new cases

    Himachal Pradesh reports 285 new COVID-19 cases, 139 recoveries and 3 deaths, in the last 24 hours. Total cases: 63,605Total cured cases: 59,581Active cases: 2,973Deaths: 1,035(ANI)

    20:16 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Maharashtra reports 39,544 new COVID-19 cases, 227 deaths

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    20:15 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: J&K reports 373 new cases, 4 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 373 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 70 travellers, raising the tally to 1,30,960, while four more people succumbed to the infection, bringing the death toll to 1,994, officials said. Seventy-three of the new cases were from the Jammu division and 300 from the Kashmir division, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded a  maximum of 159 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 44 travellers, followed by 63 in Baramulla district and 45 in Jammu district. (PTI)

    20:12 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Centre holds review meet with states ahead phase 3 vaccination drive begins tomorrow

    As India prepares to open up its COVID-19 vaccination drive to people above 45 from April 1, the Centre on Wednesday asked states and union territories to identify low vaccine-coverage pockets, particularly in districts reporting a surge in new infections, and take corrective action. National Health Authority CEO and Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination chairperson Dr R S Sharma and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with health secretaries, mission directors of NHM and immunisation officers of all states and UTs during the day, a statement said. The status and pace of the inoculation drive across the country were reviewed at the meeting held through video-conferencing, as were the preparations for April 2021, when vaccination would be extended to cover everybody above the age of 45, the ministry said. "A key theme underlying the meet was the identification of low vaccine coverage pockets particularly in districts showing COVID-19 surge and for taking corrective actions there," it said in the statement. (PTI)

    20:09 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Kerala reports 2,653 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

    Kerala logged 2,653 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 17 health workers, and 15 related deaths on Wednesday, taking the caseload to 11.24 lakh and the toll to 4,621. As many as 2,039 were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,94,404. A total of 49,427 samples were examined on Wednesday, taking the overall number to 1,31,58,864, health minister K K Shailaja said in a release. The test positivity rate stood at 5.37 per cent. (PTI)

    20:05 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Rajasthan sees 906 new cases, 5 deaths

    Five coronavirus-related fatalities and 906 fresh cases were reported in Rajasthan on Wednesday, pushing the death toll to 2,818 and the  infection tally to 3,33,149, according to an official report. Three new deaths were registered in Udaipur, while one fatality each was reported from Ajmer and Rajsamand, it said. Jaipur recorded a maximum of 198 new COVID-19 cases, while Kota and Udaipur reported 162 and 112 cases, respectively. The remaining cases were reported from other districts. (PTI)

    20:03 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Punjab CM warns of stricter curbs if Covid situation does not improve by next week

    A day after announcing curbs to tackle coronavirus, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said a decision on stricter restrictions will be taken after a review of the situation in the state on April 8. The chief minister's warning to impose harsher restrictions if the situation does not improve by next week comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the state. On Tuesday, the Punjab government issued orders to ramp up COVID-19 testing and vaccination and also directed closure of schools and colleges in the state for 10 days. (PTI)

    20:02 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Gujarat reports biggest one-day spike of 2,360 cases

    Gujarat on Wednesday reported 2,360 new cases of coronavirus, its highest single-day spike since the pandemic began, which pushed its infection tally to 3,07,698, the state health department said. As 2,004 patients got discharge from hospitals during the day, the state's recovery count rose to 2,90,569, it said. Ninepatients succumbed to the infection, which took the number of fatalities in the state to 4,519. Three patients each died in Ahmedabad and Surat, and one each in Kheda, Mahisagar and Vadodara, the department said in its release. Surat continued to report the biggest one-day rise inthe state with 744 new cases. (PTI)

    19:50 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: MP shuts schools and colleges, suspends bus service to Maharashtra

    All schools and colleges in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Betul, Chhindwara, Khargone, Ratlamcities to remain closed till April 15. Bus services to and from Maharashtra to remain suspended till April 15: Madhya Pradesh Government (ANI)

    19:47 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

    Pfizer announced Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall. Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at higher risk from the coronavirus. Pfizer's vaccine is authorised for ages 16 and older. But vaccinating children of all ages will be critical to stopping the pandemic and helping schools, at least the upper grades, start to look a little more normal after months of disruption. In a study of 2,260 US volunteers ages 12 to 15, preliminary data showed there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among those given dummy shots, Pfizer reported. It's a small study, that hasn't yet been published, so another important piece of evidence is how well the shots revved up the kids' immune systems. Researchers reported high levels of virus-fighting antibodies, somewhat higher than were seen in studies of young adults. (AP)

    19:39 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Testing rate higher than national average, Punjab CM to Centre

    Taking strong exception to the Centre's criticism of the COVID-19 management in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the state's rate of tests per million was higher than the national average and claimed the situation would have been better if the central government had not "delayed" the vaccination process. Had the central government acceded to the state's request for allowing vaccination of all 50-plus category population earlier, instead of delaying it by almost two months to include those aged above 45, the situation would have been better than present, he said. Singh was reacting to the Centre's charge that Punjab was not doing enough coronavirus testing and isolating infected people. In a statement on Wednesday, the chief minister said his government had put severe restrictions on social gatherings and closed all educational institutions, with night curfews imposed from 9 pm to 5 am in the severely affected 11 districts. Singh also said a decision on stricter restrictions will be taken after a review of the situation in the state on April 8. (PTI)

    19:35 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Sri Lanka receives 600,000 doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine

    Sri Lanka on Wednesday received 600,000 doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine that would be used for the vaccination of Chinese workers living in the island nation, a senior health official has said. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa accepted the vaccine from Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong at the airport after the doses were flown in on Wednesday. The vaccine was developed by Sinopharm's Beijing Institute of Biological Products and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products in China. The Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will be used on the Chinese workers currently in Sri Lanka. Around 200,000 Chinese workers are believed to be currently in Sri Lanka according to estimates. (PTI)

    19:33 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: 60,29,649 vaccinated so far in Maharashtra

    The number of beneficiaries who have received COVID-19 vaccine shots in Maharashtra so far has reached 60,29,649, the state government said on Wednesday. From Tuesday, the government started administering the second dose of the vaccine to senior citizens and the people with co-morbidities in the age group of 45 to 60 years. Altogether, 2,10,461 people were inoculated on Tuesday. A total of 9,91,812 healthcare workers have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the state while 4,74,723 of them have been given the second dose. Similarly, 8,50,953 frontline workers have received the first dose so far while 2,56,700 of them have been administered the second dose. (PTI)

    19:31 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Vaccination drive for people above 45 years to begin tomorrow in Delhi

    The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for 65 lakh people aged above 45 will begin on Thursday in the national capital, officials said. In the first phase, starting January 16, over 3.6 lakh beneficiaries comprising healthcare workers and frontline workers, were vaccinated in Delhi. Jabs were given to persons aged 60 and above, and those in 45-59 age bracket with comorbidities in the second phase. "In the third phase, people aged 45 and above as on January 1, 2022 are eligible for vaccination, irrespective of their comorbidity status," a senior government officer said. The vaccination centres will operate from 9 am to 9 pm. (PTI)

    19:17 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: No need for a fresh lockdown in Bihar, says state health minister

    The Bihar government on Wednesday asserted that it saw no need to clamp a fresh lockdown in the wake of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases since the situation here was "not as bad as in some other states". State health minister Mangal Pandey made a statement to this effect in reply to questions from journalists who approached him after he attended a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "There is no need for a lockdown in Bihar. The situation here is not as bad as in some other states. On Tuesday, the total number of active cases across all districts was just 1,500. Some districts even have single digit tallies", he said. He was asked whether the Bihar government was mooting bringing in a fresh lockdown amid fears of a "second wave" of COVID-19 which had the world in its throes for much part of last year. 'The minister pointed out that the state has managed to bring the spread of the coronavirus sufficiently under control and had a handsome recovery rate of "98.8 per cent, slightly lower from over 99 per cent achieved recently". He nonetheless made it clear "the government shall be fully alert" in implementation of preventive measures like social distancing and wearing of masks besides quick testing, isolation and treatment of those who complain of symptoms. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is monitoring coronavirus situation on a daily basis has on numerous occasions urged citizens to follow COVID protocol sincerely. (PTI)

    19:16 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Madhya Pradesh sees 2,332 new Covid-19 cases

    Madhya Pradesh reports 2332 new COVID-19 cases, 1261 recoveries and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.Total cases 2,95,511Total recoveries 2,74,429Death toll 3986Active cases 17,096(ANI)

    19:13 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Tami Nadu reports 2,579 new cases, 19 deaths

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    19:12 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Kerala sees 2,653 new Covid-19 cases

    Kerala reported 2,653 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, reported news agency ANI. The state still has 25,249 active cases now; so far 10,94,404 patients have recovered.

    19:09 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Karanataka reports 4,225 new cases

    Karanataka reports 4,225 new COVID-19 cases, including 2,928 cases from Bengaluru Urban, 1,492 discharges and 26 deaths. Total cases: 9,97,004Total discharges: 9,56,170Active cases: 28,248Total deaths: 12,567(ANI)

    19:06 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Uttarakhand reports 293 new cases; tally rises to 1,00,411

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    19:03 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    COVID-19: 60,29,649 vaccinated so far in Maharashtra

    The number of beneficiaries who have received COVID-19 vaccine shots in Maharashtra so far has reached 60,29,649, the state government said on Wednesday. From Tuesday, the government started administering the second dose of the vaccine to senior citizens and the people with co-morbidities in the age group of 45 to 60 years. Altogether, 2,10,461 people were inoculated on Tuesday. A total of 9,91,812 healthcare workers have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the state while 4,74,723 of them have been given the second dose. Similarly, 8,50,953 frontline workers have received the first dose so far while 2,56,700 of them have been administered the second dose. (PTI)

    18:14 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Andhra Pradesh reports 1,184 COVID-19 cases, highest since November 20

    Andhra Pradesh reported 1,184 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest since the 1,221 on November 20, taking the overall tally to 9,01,989. A health department bulletin said the state also saw 456 patients recovering from the infection and four more succumbing in 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stood at 7,338, the highest since the 7,427 on December 1. The bulletin said the total recoveries have touched 8,87,434 and the toll 7,217. From 0.1, the percentage of active cases climbed to 0.7 per cent due to the spurt in the virus in the last 10 days, though the average growth rate (of fresh positives) continues to be about 0.1 per cent, according to government data. (PTI)

    17:38 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Toyota Kirloskar to cover vaccination cost of employees, family members

    Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Wednesday said it will cover COVID-19 vaccination costs of all of its employees and their families. The company will reimburse the expenses incurred for both the doses of approximately 25,000 members, which includes employees, their family and contract employees, TKM said in a statement. Considering that vaccination is crucial in the fight against the pandemic, an employee can choose to reimburse the costs of the vaccinations or get them free of charge at company identified health care facility, whichever is convenient, it added. Commenting on the move, TKM Vice President, Human Resources and Services Group Shankara G said,"Our employees are our most valued asset and we place utmost importance to improve the quality of life of our workforce and their families." (PTI)

    17:05 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Doctors fear Bengal is heading towards severe outbreak of second wave of coronavirus

    West Bengal is heading towards severe outbreak of the second wave of coronavirus as the people are not adhering to the protocol to check its spread and large numbers of them are participating in the innumerable rallies and campaigns by political leaders across the poll- bound state almost daily, city doctors fear. They warned that this violation of the COVID-19 protocol may lead to a situation similar to the one in 2020 after the outbreak of the pandemic across the globe. Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, in-charge of the post-COVID follow-up clinic at the Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General (ID&BG) Hospital, which was a designated COVID-19 hospital, foresees a "severe outbreak" of contagion the state in the near future. Sisir Naskar, the superintendent of M R Bangur Hospital, another designated coronavirus hospital, blamed the laxity of the common people for the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the state. "In the case of any pandemic, second and third waves are inevitable as per the law of the nature. These will eventually go away but there cannot be a careless attitude. In our state, the laxity of the common people in fighting the disease is the primary reason behind the rise in the incidences of the disease," he said. (PTI)

    15:53 (IST)31 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Covid19 live tracker now: Bihar on alert

    Number of COVID tests has been increased from 25,000 to 70,000 tests per day. All necessary steps are being taken. We are in alert mode. We don't have so much cases that we consider imposing lockdown: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey - ANI

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