Coronavirus India Updates: India Cases Continue To Rise Unabated, PM Urges States To Avoid Lockdown
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Coronavirus India Updates: India Cases Continue To Rise Unabated, PM Urges States To Avoid Lockdown

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New Cases Drop Slightly

New coronavirus infections dropped for the first time in a week, albeit marginally, at a time the government decided to extend inoculations to everyone above the age of 18, and states further tightened curbs.

2.59 lakh people tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry's update at 8:00 a.m on April 20. Active cases surged past 20 lakh for the first time ever.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 1,53,21,089
  • Active cases: 20,31,977
  • Total cured/discharged/migrated: 1,31,08,582
  • Total deaths: 1,80,530
  • New infections in 24 hours: 2,59,170
  • Recoveries in a day: 1,54,761
  • Deaths in a single day: 1,761

India will open up Covid-19 vaccinations to everyone above 18 years of age from May 1, under the third phase of the country’s immunisation drive.

Authorities have administered over 12 crore vaccination shots in the first two phases so far. The country plans to cover about 25 crore people with two doses by July.

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Read the latest updates on the second Covid-19 wave in India here:

Exercise Caution, Use Lockdown Only As Last Resort: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged state governments to implement lockdowns only as a last-resort measure amid a deadly second wave of Covid-19.

He also said states should reassure migrant workers to stay put where they are. “State governments should assure migrant workers they will receive vaccination and soon work will resume.”

Modi To Address Nation At 8:45 P.M.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation about the Covid-19 situation at 8:45 p.m., his office announced on Twitter.

Modi’s address comes as the country grapples with a deadly second wave of the virus that has overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure.

Top ministers of the Maharashtra government have requested Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to impose a full lockdown in the state as cases continue to rise unabated despite numerous curbs.

"We have requested the CM to announce a complete lockdown in the state from tomorrow at 8 pm. This was the request of all ministers to CM, now it is his decision," Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told reporters, according to ANI.

Besides Tope, Minister of Textiles and Fisheries Aslam Sheikh also said that the state is heading towards a complete lockdown considering the shortage of medical oxygen and other supplies.

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