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  • Yogi Adityanath in isolation after UP CMO staffers test COVID-19 positive Apr 13, 2021 09:22 PM IST

    Yogi Adityanath in isolation after UP CMO staffers test COVID-19 positive

    The COVID-19 positive cases at the CMO were reported amid a sharp surge in infections across Uttar Pradesh.

  • Break The Chain: Maharashtra to tighten COVID restrictions post 8 pm from April 14; bus, locals only for essential workers: Uddhav Thackeray Apr 13, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    Break The Chain: Maharashtra to tighten COVID restrictions post 8 pm from April 14; bus, locals only for essential workers: Uddhav Thackeray

    The restrictions, aimed at curbing the transmission of COVID-19 virus, would continue for a period of at least 15 days, Thackeray said.

  • COVID-19 | 50 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine to be available every month by summer: RDIF Apr 13, 2021 08:17 PM IST

    COVID-19 | 50 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine to be available every month by summer: RDIF

    CEO of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev has said the fund is in discussion with companies in India to manufacture the Sputnik V vaccine.

  • COVID-19 lockdown in Maharashtra? CM Uddhav Thackeray's address at 8:30 pm — Here's all you need to know Apr 13, 2021 07:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 lockdown in Maharashtra? CM Uddhav Thackeray's address at 8:30 pm — Here's all you need to know

    To curb the pace of transmission, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government has already imposed weekend lockdowns, night curfews and restricted assembly of five or more persons on weekdays.

  • Explainer: Will govt decision to fast track foreign COVID-19 vaccine approvals ease supply-demand situation? Apr 13, 2021 07:17 PM IST

    Explainer: Will govt decision to fast track foreign COVID-19 vaccine approvals ease supply-demand situation?

    The government decision means that the local clinical trials or bridging studies that involves testing the vaccine in Indian participants to assess the safety and immunogencity in the local population will now be waived-off.

  • Large crowd of migrant workers at Mumbai's Lokmanya Tilak Terminus; usual summer rush, says Central Railway Apr 13, 2021 06:07 PM IST

    Large crowd of migrant workers at Mumbai's Lokmanya Tilak Terminus; usual summer rush, says Central Railway

    Taking into consideration the special trains and routine trains, this crowd is the usual summer season crowd, and there is no need to panic, the CPRO said.

  • COVID-19 spike | Karnataka issues new guidelines for mosques during Ramadan: Check dos and don'ts Apr 13, 2021 05:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 spike | Karnataka issues new guidelines for mosques during Ramadan: Check dos and don'ts

    According to the guidelines, mosques that are located within containment zones will continue to be closed. Only those located outside of these containment zones will be allowed to open up.

  • Kerala issues new COVID-19 guidelines; shops to close by 9 pm, malls to restrict occupancy Apr 13, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    Kerala issues new COVID-19 guidelines; shops to close by 9 pm, malls to restrict occupancy

    The tightening of norms comes amid a resurgence in the pace of infections, as Kerala has crossed 6,000 cases-a-day mark.

  • Uttar Pradesh records highest-ever daily spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases Apr 13, 2021 04:47 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh records highest-ever daily spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases

    The total number of cases in the state stands at 7,23,582 and the active caseload is 95,980.

  • COVID-19 vaccine availability to improve from July, no shortage for priority groups: Dr VK Paul Apr 13, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine availability to improve from July, no shortage for priority groups: Dr VK Paul

    The government is also engaging with the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to provide financial aid to ramp up production, the country's COVID-19 Task Force chief said.

  • Lockdown? Maharashtra set to announce new guidelines today, says Minister Aslam Shaikh Apr 13, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    Lockdown? Maharashtra set to announce new guidelines today, says Minister Aslam Shaikh

    Speaking to reporters, the Mumbai guardian minister also said the state government will also have to decide guidelines regarding the people returning from Kumbh Mela in Haridwar as COVID-19 appropriate behaviour was not followed at that congregation.

  • ZF India to bear COVID vaccine cost for employees, family members Apr 13, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    ZF India to bear COVID vaccine cost for employees, family members

    This global initiative would be adapted for each country and shaped per the local regulations and requirements, the company added..

  • Centre to speed up vaccine approvals: List of COVID-19 jabs that may soon be available in India Apr 13, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    Centre to speed up vaccine approvals: List of COVID-19 jabs that may soon be available in India

    The government's move is likely to enable faster approval for vaccines like Johnson and Johnson, which has been approved by the WHO.

  • Britain offers all over-50s first COVID-19 shots, beats target Apr 13, 2021 02:55 PM IST

    Britain offers all over-50s first COVID-19 shots, beats target

    Britain has seen one of the world’s quickest vaccine rollouts, behind only Israel in the proportion of its population receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot.

  • Britain rejoices and asks: Are lockdowns finally finished? Apr 13, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    Britain rejoices and asks: Are lockdowns finally finished?

    After months of coronavirus restrictions that encroached, the English celebrated a hopeful new chapter, many of them in what seemed the most fitting way possible: with a pint at a pub.

  • Cipla doubles Remdesivir production to meet 'unprecedented' demand Apr 13, 2021 02:13 PM IST

    Cipla doubles Remdesivir production to meet 'unprecedented' demand

    The company is working with authorities to restrict remdesivir supply just to hospitals and places with a high burden of severe COVID-19 cases, Cipla said.

  • Here is how Sputnik V stacks up against Covishield and Covaxin Apr 13, 2021 01:57 PM IST

    Here is how Sputnik V stacks up against Covishield and Covaxin

    Over 850 million doses of Sputnik V are going to be produced in India annually, which is sufficient to vaccinate more than 425 million people around the world; 60 countries, including India, have cleared the Russian jab

  • COVID-19 vaccines | Centre fast-tracks emergency approvals for foreign-made jabs Apr 13, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccines | Centre fast-tracks emergency approvals for foreign-made jabs

    An expert group had recommended that foreign COVID-19 vaccine candidates that have been approved for emergency use by the USFDA, among others, or by the World Health Organisation should be granted approval in India.

  • No question of lockdown in Karnataka: Yediyurappa Apr 13, 2021 01:18 PM IST

    No question of lockdown in Karnataka: Yediyurappa

    "There is no question of lockdown," Yediyurappa told reporters in Bidar. The CM clarified that the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has not recommended any lockdown. "I am in the TAC. No one has recommended a lockdown," Yediyurappa said.

  • 13,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi in last 24 hours: Arvind Kejriwal Apr 13, 2021 12:55 PM IST

    13,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi in last 24 hours: Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal also urged the Centre to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations due to the shape surge in infections.

  • COVID-19 2nd wave poses credit negative threat for India; containment measures, rapid vaccination can mitigate risks: Moody's Apr 13, 2021 12:32 PM IST

    COVID-19 2nd wave poses credit negative threat for India; containment measures, rapid vaccination can mitigate risks: Moody's

    Moody's further predicted that the GDP was still likely to grow in the double digits in 2021, given the low level of activity in 2020.

  • COVID-19 surge | Children's lives very important, request Centre to cancel CBSE exams: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Apr 13, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    COVID-19 surge | Children's lives very important, request Centre to cancel CBSE exams: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that alternative methods such as promoting students based on either an online method or internal assessment should be used instead of holding the examination.

  • Coronavirus update: Ten states account for over 80% of new COVID-19 cases Apr 13, 2021 12:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus update: Ten states account for over 80% of new COVID-19 cases

    Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 51,751. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 13,604 while Chhattisgarh reported 13,576 new cases.

  • COVID-19 pandemic 'a long way from over', says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Apr 13, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic 'a long way from over', says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The coronavirus, which emerged first in central China's Wuhan city in December 2019, has infected more than 136,500,400 people and killed over 2,944,500 people across the world.

  • Remdesivir shortage: Hundreds throng BJP's office in Surat after party announces free doses Apr 13, 2021 11:50 AM IST

    Remdesivir shortage: Hundreds throng BJP's office in Surat after party announces free doses

    Over 100-metre-long queue was seen outside the BJP's office in Surat.

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