Covid-19 Update: India reports 2,61,500 new COVID 19 cases


As of April 18, India has reported 2,61,500 new COVID 19 cases, 1,501 fatalities and 1,38,423 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data.

Total cases in the country have reached 1,47,88,109 of which active cases are 18,01,316 comprising 12.18 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 86.62 per cent.

As many as 1,28,09,643 people have recovered while 1,77,150 people have died so far, the health ministry said.

The total number of vaccinations across the country surpassed the 12.26 (1,226,22,590) crore mark on April 18, with more than 14.94 lakh (14,95,397) vaccine doses being administered the previous day. India’s regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for three vaccines — Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V. All persons above the age of 45 are eligible to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Covid situation is worsening in Delhi as it reports 25,000 COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours. Positivity rate increased from 24% to 30% in last 24 hours. Over the weekend, Delhi joined Mumbai and several other cities in shutting down all but essential services. Earlier this week, night curfew was announced in Delhi. However, the measures failed to curb the trend.

The top five states bearing the brunt of the disease are Maharashtra, which logged 67,123 fresh cases over 24 hours, Uttar Pradesh with 27,734, Delhi 24,375, Karnataka 17,489, and Chhattisgarh 16,083.

In a respite, nine States/UTs has not reported any deaths in the last 24 hours, this includes the Northeastern States of Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

Assam reports 639 Covid positive cases today

Lower Primary Schools both Government and Private are declared closed from 19th April 2021, in Kamrup Metro

In view of increasing cases of Covid-19 cases in Kamrup Metro District, all Lower Primary Schools (Class 1-5) both Government and Private are declared closed from 19th April 2021.

Green Corridor being created to fast movement of Oxygen Express Trains

Tezpur University asks students to vacate hostels

Tezpur University has asked the students vacate their occupied rooms with bag and baggage, or they can keep their belongings in a safer place inside their hostels.

“The second wave is impacting the young more”: N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister, Manipur

While stating that the second wave is impacting the young people more, Manipur CM N.Biren Singh said, “Let’s take the surge in Covid cases throughout the country very seriously. The Government of Manipur is also taking up every possible measures to contain the situation in the state. I appeal everyone to strictly follow the Covid appropriate behaviour.”

Nagaland reports 19 Covid positive cases today, informed Health Minister

Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom informed that 19 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported today. Dimapur reports 14 cases, Kohima- 4 and Longleng- 1.

The present surge in positive cases is a warning to all of us. The govt & the Dept is doing all it can to tackle the pandemic effectively like we did it last year. COVID19 is not over yet & all support and cooperation from our citizens to defeat it is required because Govt. alone can’t win the battle. Please get vaccinated if you are eligible and follow COVID19 SOPs strictly: Phom.

Daily positivity rate in India doubled to 16.69% from 8% in last 12 days: Health Ministry

The daily coronavirus positivity rate in India in the last 12 days has doubled to 16.69 percent, while the weekly positivity rate has increased to 13.54 percent in the past one month, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. India reported a record 2,61,500 new coronavirus cases and 1,501 deaths on Sunday, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, the ministry data stated.

Indian Railways has converted its coaches into Covid care Coches (Courtesy: ANI)

Mizoram reported 50 new cases with no fatalities in the last 24 hours.

All Lower Primary Schools, including pre-primary, upto class 5 in Covid-19 affected districts (100 cases +) in Assam shall remain closed till May 8 or until further orders: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Centre asks ministries, PSUs to dedicate hospital beds for COVID-19 management

“The Government  of India has written to all Central Ministries and PSUs under them to dedicate their hospital beds for COVID-19 Management in States/UTs,” said the Union health ministry in a tweet and shared a letter written by Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan. “This will go a long way to address the shortage of beds being reported from some states,” it said.

JEE (Main) 2021 has been postponed

April session for JEE (Main) 2021 has been postponed. It was scheduled for 27th, 28th & 30th April. Revised dates to be announced later & at least 15 days prior to exam: National Testing Agency (NTA)

First two sessions have already been completed in February & March

Remdesivir will be provided Free of Cost to BPL Covid Patients in Assam

Remdesivir will be provided Free of cost to BPL Covid Patients at hospitals under Health & Family Welfare department in Assam. For non BPL Covid Patients the cost of Remdesivir will be borne by the Patients/attendants.

As per the order issued by the state government:

1) In case of treatment of BPL patients, Remdesivir will be provided free of cost.

2) In case of treatment of non-BPL patients, the cost of Remdesivir will have to borne by patients/attendants at the rate equal to rate of procurement of Remdesivir by National Health Mission, Assam,” the order said.

The order further mentioned that hospitals under the Health and Family Welfare Department have enough stock of Remdesivir and steps are being taken to further augment the stock. The order signed by the Assam government’s Principal Health Secretary, Samir Sinha said that the government is trying to ensure the best possible treatment to COVID-19 patients in the state.

Nine States/UTs report No death in the last 24 hours

Kapil Sibal urges PM Narendra Modi to declare a National Health Emergency

Amid the rising Covid-19 cases, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare a national health emergency. The former Union minister also called on the Election Commission to declare a moratorium on election rallies in view of the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. “COVID-19 infections faster than recoveries. Modiji: Declare a National Health Emergency. Election Commission: Declare a moratorium on election rallies. Courts: Protect people’s lives,” Sibal tweeted.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi suspends his remaining poll rallies amid COVID-19 surge

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has suspended all his remaining public rallies as part of the Legislative Assembly elections campaign in West Bengal, in view of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
In a tweet, the former Congress party president also urged other political leaders to think about the consequences of holding large gatherings under the current circumstances.

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