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April 18, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights | Maharashtra sees highest 68,631 COVID-19 cases in day; 503 die

Coronavirus News Highlights: The total number of vaccinations across the country surpassed the 12.26 crore mark on April 18

Coronavirus News Highlights: India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has reached 14,526,609 (1.45 crore) on April 18, as per Health Ministry data, while the active cases surpassed the 16-lakh mark (1,679,740). The death toll increased to 175,649 (1.75 lakh), the data showed. Registering a steady increase for the 39th day in a row, the active cases increased to 16.79 lakh. The number
of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 12,671,220 (1.26 crore). 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. Globally, more than 14.04 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 30.08 lakh have died so far, as per the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
  • April 18, 2021 / 11:04 PM IST

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  • April 18, 2021 / 10:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Govt bans supply of oxygen for industrial use to meet growing demand amid COVID surge

    The Centre on Sunday banned the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes except in nine specified industries in view of shortage of the essential public health commodity in several states amid a spike in COVID-19 infections.
    The decision will come into effect from April 22.

    In a communication to all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that in view of the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and resultant rapid demand for medical oxygen, particularly in high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the central government-constituted Empowered Group-II has reviewed the supply of oxygen for industrial use in order to divert the same to meet the rising demand for medical oxygen in the country and save precious lives.

  • April 18, 2021 / 10:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Gujarat sees highest 10,340 COVID-19 cases in day; 110 die

    Gujarat recorded 10,340 fresh coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, the highest spike in a day, taking the number of infections beyond 4 lakh to reach 4,04,569, the state health department said on Sunday.

    The state also saw the highest 110 fatalities during the day, taking the toll to 5,377, it said in a release.

    The number of active cases in Gujarat has risen to 61,647.

  • April 18, 2021 / 08:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Delhi reports over 25,000 fresh coronavirus cases, 161 deaths in a day

    Delhi on Sunday reported 25,462 COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in the national capital till date, according to data shared by the Health Department. The city also reported 161 deaths, while the positivity rate shot up to 29.74 per cent, also the highest so far.

    A day ago, 24,375 COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths were reported in the city.

    With the fresh cases, the national capital's cumulative tally has risen to 8,53,460. The death toll stands at 12,121, according to the latest bulletin. (PTI)

  • April 18, 2021 / 08:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Medical professionals and Task Forces release public statement on Remdesivir and its misuse: Report

    According to CNBC TV, medical professionals and Task Forces issued a public statement on Remdesivir and its misuse on April 18. They say Remdesivir should only be administered in hospital setting.

    Remdesivir is an expereimental investigational drug granted Emergency use authorisation for use in COVID-19 which should never be administered in home setting, said the release. It further added that the drug reduces the duration of hospital stay but is not a life-stving drug in COVID-19. It further stated that the drug is advised for hospitalised patients who are moderately sick and recieving oxygen and is to be given for a total period of 5 days only, during the first 9-10 days of illness. Unnecessary or irrational use of the drug is unethical, it added.

  • April 18, 2021 / 07:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Oxygen has become an emergency, Delhi needs more normal supply', tweets CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • April 18, 2021 / 07:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Tamil Nadu government announces night curfew

    Tamil Nadu government has announced night curfews and complete lockdown on Sundays in view of rising case of COVID-19. All essential services may operate through the night. All tourist centers, beaches and parks to remain shut. A minimum 50 per cent work from home to be adopted by the companies.

  • April 18, 2021 / 06:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on April 18 that the Commonwealth Games Village and some schools are being turned into facilities for COVID patients and 6,000 new beds are expected in the coming days.

    The government in national capital is desperately trying to scale up the number of available beds as the national capital struggles to cope with an exponential rise in COVID cases, reports NDTV.

  • April 18, 2021 / 05:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre & Hospital, Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur.

    500 beds will be functional by day after tomorrow& 5000 beds will be foundational in the next few days, said Delhi Deputy CM. (ANI)

  • April 18, 2021 / 04:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Narendra Modi requesting supply of vaccine doses

  • April 18, 2021 / 04:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Delhi government lodges FIR against four airlines for failing to check negative RT-PCR COVID reports

    Delhi government lodges FIR against four airlines --IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet, & AirAsia for failing to check negative RT-PCR COVID reports of passengers travelling to the national capital from Maharashtra. 

  • April 18, 2021 / 04:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Manmohan Singh in letter to PM Modi: If we want to vaccinate a target number in this period, we should place enough orders in advance so that producers can adhere to an agreed schedule of supply.