Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS in Delhi and called on those eligible for the vaccine to take it soon to defeat the virus. “I received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is one of the few ways we have to beat the virus. If you qualify for the vaccine, get immunized quickly . Register on CoWin.gov.in, “he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Covid vaccination can take place in workplaces with around 100 eligible and consenting beneficiaries, the Center today decided to increase accessibility to the vaccine amid an explosive outbreak of the infection. . The program will be launched on April 11 and states and Union territories have been urged to make adequate preparations.
India has recorded more than 1.15 lakh of new cases of Covid in the past 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic, setting an unprecedented and grim record during the second wave. The government said the next four weeks were “very, very critical.”
The 1,736 new infections brought the total number of cases in the country to more than 1.28 crore. 630 deaths in the past 24 hours brought the total number of coronavirus deaths in India to 1,66,177. India is the third most affected country in the world after the United States and Brazil.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travelers from India, including her own citizens, following a high number of positive coronavirus cases from that country .
The suspension will begin at 4:00 p.m. local time on April 11 and will be in effect until April 28, Ardern said at a press conference. Meanwhile, the government will review risk management measures to resume travel.
Amid a spate of COVID-19 cases in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, a nighttime curfew was imposed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the district from Thursday until further notice.
The district magistrate informed that essential services will be exempt from the curfew.
In view of the increase in COVID-19 cases, a nighttime curfew has also been imposed in Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, as of Thursday evening.
Uttar Pradesh reported 4,689 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 27,509. The death toll in Uttar Pradesh stands at 8,924 with 30 dead on Wednesday.
Update | 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Mizoram in the past 24 hours; number of cases to 4522, active cases to 14.
Update | Over 9 crores of COVID19 vaccine doses administered, to date: Ministry of Health
India’s debt-to-GDP ratio fell from 74% to 90% during the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund said, noting that it expects this percentage to fall to 80% by due to the country’s economic recovery.
Paolo Mauro, deputy director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, told reporters at a press conference here on Wednesday: “In the case of India, the debt ratio at the end of 2019, before the pandemic , was 74% of gross domestic product (GDP), and at the end of 2020 it was almost 90% of GDP. So that’s a very big increase, but it’s something that other markets emerging and advanced economies have also experienced. “
“And, in the case of India going forward, in our baseline forecast, we expect the debt-to-equity ratio to gradually decline as the economy recovers. In our baseline forecast, under the assumption of healthy economic growth over the medium term, we see debt falling to around 80 percent over time, ”said Mauro.
Vaccination was stopped in Satara of Maharashtra – late Wednesday evening – after district authorities ran out of doses, according to Vinay Gouda, general manager of Satara Zilla Parishad.
So far, around 2.6 lakh people over 45 in Satara have received at least one dose each.
It comes hours after Health Minister Rajesh Tope reported the problem of rapidly running out of stocks statewide – he said it would happen within three days – and called for help. of the Center.
Mumbai recorded 10,428 coronavirus cases and 23 deaths in one day amid a massive Covid surge in Maharashtra. The city had reported 10,030 cases and 31 deaths yesterday.
6,007 people have been released in the past 24 hours, the Mumbai municipal body said in a statement.
51,263 people were tested for the virus in one day.
At present, the city’s recovery rate is 80% and its doubling rate is 35 days.
The city has reported more than 10,000 daily cases over several days this month. Its highest daytime peak was on Sunday with 11,163 cases.
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3.44647 on Wednesday as it reported 791 new cases, the highest peak this year, even as the state government halted the inoculation campaign in 700 centers due to a vaccine shortage and moved the center in search of an immediate supply of 25. lakh doses of Covishield.
The death toll from COVID-19 rose to 1,923 as one more person succumbed to the disease in Puri district, an official said.
“Due to the vaccine shortage, we have to close nearly 700 vaccination centers in the state (out of more than 1,400 functional sites). Only 755 could be made active today,” the Minister of Health said and of Odisha’s Family Welfare, NK Das, in a letter to the Union. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare.