Coronavirus India Updates: Can't Rule Out Lockdown If Current Trend Continues: Maharashtra Chief Minister
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Coronavirus India Updates: Can't Rule Out Lockdown If Current Trend Continues: Maharashtra Chief Minister

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Will Announce Curbs In 2-3 Days To Control Virus: Maharashtra Chief Minister

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the Maharashtra government may declare a lockdown if the surge in Covid cases continues.

On Friday, the state recorded 47,827 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day addition since the start of the pandemic. Mumbai accounted for 8,832 of the new infections, according to data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The administration will announce restrictions in 2-3 days to control the spread of the virus, Thackeray said in a televised address.

The chief minister also appealed to citizens to follow all necessary precautions to help slow the spread. If the number of cases keeps increasing, there could be a shortage of healthcare infrastructure in the next 15-20 days, he said.

Some other highlights from Thackeray's speech:

  • Aim to conduct 2.5 lakh RT-PCR tests daily in the coming days.

  • Have administered 65 lakh vaccine doses including 3 lakh doses yesterday.

  • People have become complacent. We have to be careful till the end of April.

12-Hour Night Curfew, Restrictions Announced In Pune

Pune Divisional Commissioner announced a 12-hour night curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., from April 3 - April 9, according to ANI.

  • Bars, hotels, restaurants to remain closed for 7 days; only home delivery will be allowed.

  • No public function, except funerals and weddings, will be allowed.

  • Religious places will be completely closed for the next 7 days.

12 States Report More Than 1,000 New Cases Each

Maharashtra reported 43,183 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest one-day spike since the pandemic started. Mumbai alone accounted for 8,646 of those cases. The state capital's caseload now stands at 4.23 lakh, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

11 other states reported over 1,000 new infections, with Karnataka and Chhattisgarh reporting over 4,000 fresh cases.

Coronavirus India Updates: Can't Rule Out Lockdown If Current Trend Continues: Maharashtra Chief Minister

India’s Vaccination Coverage Crosses 6.8-Crore-Mark

Indian authorities vaccinated 36.71 lakh beneficiaries in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry's 8:00 a.m. update.

That takes the total number of Indians vaccinated to 6.87 crore.

India launched Covid-19 vaccination for all people aged 45 and above from Thursday, as part of efforts to fast-track the countrywide anti-coronavirus inoculation drive.

The government has also decided to keep all public and private sector vaccination centres open throughout April, including on gazetted holidays.

Global Coronavirus Tally Nears 13-Crore-Mark

Globally, the number of coronavirus cases passed 12.93 crore, while deaths exceeded the 28-lakh mark, as of Friday morning.

Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease official, said the country may not need AstraZeneca’s vaccine even if it passes U.S. regulatory approval, Reuters reported, citing an interview. Sinovac said annual production capacity of its Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac has reached 2 billion doses.

President Joe Biden’s administration is “assured” that Johnson & Johnson will meet its U.S. vaccine delivery targets despite a setback at a Baltimore site, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

India's Active Caseload Climbs Back Above 6-Lakh-Mark

India reported the biggest jump in new coronavirus cases in six months, driven by Maharashtra, which reported its highest one-day spike since the pandemic started.

81,466 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry's update as of 8:00 a.m. That's the highest daily addition since Oct. 2.

New cases outstripped the 50,356 recoveries, taking India's active Covid-19 caseload to above the 6-lakh-mark for the first time since Oct. 29.

The daily death toll spiked to 469, the highest single-day addition since Dec. 6.

Key Details:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,23,03,131

  • Active cases: 6,14,696

  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,15,25,039

  • Deaths: 1,63,396

  • New cases in the last 24 hours: 81,466

  • One-day recoveries: 50,356

  • One-day deaths: 469

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