Covid-19 Live Updates: Centre announces vaccine for all above 18 from May 1

As of April 19, India has reported 2,73,810 new COVID 19 cases, 1,619 fatalities and 1,44,178 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry data.

Total cases in the country have reached 1,50,61,919 of which active cases are 19,29,329

As many as 1,29,53,821 people have recovered while 1,78,769people have died so far, the health ministry said.

As many as 12,38,52,566 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on April 19.

Prime Minister reviews Public Health Response to COVID-19 with the Nation’s Leading Doctors

PM Modi said that vaccination is the biggest weapon in the fight against coronavirus. He urged the doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated.

The Prime Minister urged the doctors to educate people against several rumours on Covid treatment & prevention. In these difficult times, PM Modi said, it is very important that people do not become a victim of panic. For this, PM Modi said, along with proper treatment, emphasis must also be on counselling of patients admitted in hospitals. PM Modi also encouraged doctors to use tele-medicine for treatment of other diseases, in case there is no emergency.

The Prime Minister noted that this time the pandemic is spreading rapidly in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities as well. PM Modi called for accelerating efforts to upgrade resources in such places. He urged doctors to connect with their colleagues working in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and give them online consultations to ensure that all protocols are followed correctly.

Assam: Jatiya Vidalaya, NPS International School under Kamrup (M) closed following detection of Covid-19 cases

Jatiya Vidyalaya, Noonmati, Guwahati under Kamrup Metropolitan to remain closed for the next 7 days following the detection of COVID19 cases among the teaching staff and students.

NPS International School, Betkuchi in Guwahati under Kamrup Metropolitan district, Assam to remain closed for next 7 days following the detection of COVID19 cases among the teaching staff and students.

Amid rise in COVID19 cases, night curfew has been imposed in Tamenglong district in Manipur

India added to coronavirus travel ‘red list’ by Britain

Britain Adds India To Travel ‘Red List’

India added to “red list” of countries from which most travel to UK is banned amid concerns about coronavirus variant, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says.

Britain on Monday imposed its strictest travel curbs on India after an explosion of coronavirus cases there, hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called off a trip to New Delhi, reports.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said India was being added to Britain’s “red list” of countries, banning all arrivals from India except for UK or Irish nationals, who must pay to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days on their return.

BJP not to hold any further big public meetings in West Bengal poll campaign

It has been decided that only small public meetings with not more than 500 people will be held by PM Modi and other central ministers in West Bengal. All these public meetings will be held in open spaces following COVID19 guidelines: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (Courtesy: ANI)

Assam reports 1367 COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hours, informs State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Nagaland reports 13 Positive cases of COVID-19 today

With the detection of 13 positive cases of Covid-19, Nagaland’s active cases stand at 189.

Manipur: Classes of IX to XII suspended and HSLC Examination-2021 and Higher Secondary Examination-2021 postponed

School classes of IX to XII suspended and HSLC Examination-2021 and Higher Secondary Examination-2021, being conducted by BoSEM and CoHSEM respectively are postponed in view of the 2nd wave of COVID19 pandemic and ever increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in the State: Manipur CM N.Biren Singh tweeted.

Meghalaya government to close its doors for tourists from 23rd April 2021, Schools to remain closed till May 4, Offices to function with 50% capacity

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis the Meghalaya Government has announced that the state will close its doors fro tourists from outside the state from 23rd April 2021 however, local tourism will continue. There will also be closure in tourist locations that have high tourist footfall.

Meanwhile, the time frame of RT-PCR tests will be reduced from 72 to 48 hours.

The CM further announced that all schools will be closed from tomorrow for the next 14 days till 4th May, 2021 in the Shillong area. However the ongoing MBOSE examinations will continue unaffected. Govt. & Pvt. offices will also function with 50% capacity. The situation in other districts is being closely monitored.

Vaccine for all above 18 to start from May 1

The Centre on Monday announced that the third phase of India’s coronavirus vaccination programme will begin from May 1. Everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to receive shots in this phase.

All adults will be vaccinated in “a liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination”, the government said in a statement.

India began inoculating people in January using two Covid vaccines – Serum Institute of India’s Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech’s made-in-India Covaxin. So far, the government had allowed vaccinations only for frontline workers and those above 45.

“Government has been working hard from over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible of time,” PM Modi said.

Pricing, procurement, eligibility and administering of vaccines will be flexible in the latest round of the world’s largest vaccination drive, the government said.

Vaccine manufacturers have been incentivized to scale up their production and release up to 50 per cent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a declared price.

States can now get additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers.

British PM cancels India visit due to Covid-19 crisis

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancels his India trip due to the wave of coronavirus cases. According to a statement from both countries’ governments, Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will “speak later this month” regarding future bilateral plans and “remain in regular contact”.

Seven-day curfew in Delhi from today

Lockdown announced in Delhi from Monday night to April 26. The announcement is made after a meeting held between Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan replies to Ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s letter to PM Modi

Mizoram confirms 45 new Covid positive cases

Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department of Mizoram issues guidelines for quarantine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds an important meeting on the Covid-19 related situation today.

As per the directions of Defence minister Rajnath Singh, DRDO supplies 150 jumbo cylinders of Oxygen to the Uttar Pradesh government, 1000 cylinders to be sent. The oxygen will be supplied to the hospitals in Lucknow. (Courtesy: ANI)

Hong Kong bans flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 2 weeks, reports Reuters

Hong Kong has suspended all flights connecting it with India, Pakistan, and the Philippines from April 20 to May 3 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, aviation industry sources said on April 18. They said the Hong Kong government has also suspended flights to and from Pakistan as well as the Philippines for the aforementioned time period.

Mamata Banerjee cancels Kolkata rallies, TMC to hold small meets amid COVID-19 surge

West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on April 18 said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) would organise small meetings in Kolkata and she would give short speeches in rallies in districts where polling would be held in the remaining three phases.

Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien also announced that the CM will not campaign in Kolkata. He tweeted, “Mamata Banerjee will NOT campaign in Kolkata anymore. Only one symbolic’ meeting on the last day of campaigning in the city on April 26. Slashes time for all her election rallies in all districts. Restricted to just 30 minutes.”

Tripura CM recovers from COVID-19, wife also tests negative

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has recovered from Covid-19 that he contracted on April 7, and will join office after consulting with doctors, a minister said. The chief minister’s wife Niti Deb, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second time within eight months, also tested negative for the disease, Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said. “The chief minister and his wife have recovered from the COVID-19 infection as they tested negative on Saturday. They are well. The CM will join office after consulting with doctors,” he said. (Courtesy: PTI)

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