Coronavirus LIVE: COVID-19 strikes B-town as Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, others test positive


Sugar sales hit due to COVID-19; cooperative mills seek more time to clear unsold quota: NFCSF

The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) on Monday demanded that the government give more time to clear the unsold sugar quota as sales have been hit due to the pandemic. Mills are also finding it difficult to sell sugar at a governmentfixed rate of Rs 31 per kg. They are facing fund crunch and not able to make cane payment to growers on time, it said. With slump in sugar demand, NFCSF urged the government to allocate lesser sugar quota for sale in the next month. For April, the government has fixed a record sugar sale quota of 22 lakh tonne. The government fixes sugar sale quota every month based on production figures of mills across the country so that all small and big mills can sell sugar.

COVID-19 strikes B-town: Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, others test positive

The coronavirus pandemic seems to have hit the Hindi film industry hard with actors Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar among the growing number of Bollywood celebrities to have tested positive for COVID19. On Monday, 1,03,558 new COVID19 cases were recorded in India, pushing the tally of cases to 1,25,89,067. 478 people died due to the virus, taking the country’s fatality count to 1,65,101. With Maharashtra being the most COVIDaffected state at 4,52,445 cases, the Mumbaibased entertainment industry, which was trying to return to normalcy post last year’s nationwide lockdown, has suffered a major blow.

Deploy new MBBS graduates in COVID-19 fight: Social activist

Social activist Amrut Bang on Monday said the Maharashtra government must enlist services of 2,900 MBBS doctors who have completed there course in March April this year in order to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases. On April 2, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had spoken about the relentless rise in COVID-19 cases having the potential to put the state’s health infrastructure under severe strain.

About 6,500 COVID cases per day in Bengaluru can’t be ruled out if control measures are not strictly followed: Minister

Not ruling out an expert prediction that Bengaluru alone may report 6,500 COVID cases per day by the middle of this month if control measures are not strictly followed, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday sought public cooperation to keep the situation under control. “Technical advisory committee in their report has said till May end…till Mayend we have to take things seriously and together fight it (COVID), without the cooperation from the public, the government alone cannot do anything,” Sudhakar said.

Boris Johnson expected to unveil COVID passports, travel traffic lights for UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a series of measures later on Monday as part of plans to start unlocking the UK from its coronavirus lockdown, including socalled COVID passports for mass events and a traffic lights system for foreign travel. After a Cabinet meeting to finalise the latest set of plans, Johnson will host a Downing Street press conference in the evening to set out details of the next stage in his roadmap which will see nonessential shops reopen and pubs and restaurants start serving outdoors from April 12. It comes as the government announced plans for twice weekly free coronavirus tests for everyone in England to be rolled out from the end of this week.

Accelerate inoculation drive in India first before sending COVID-19 vaccines outside: AAP

The AAP questioned the Centre for sending COVID19 vaccines across the world instead of further accelerating the inoculation drive within the country, claiming it will take at least 15 years to vaccinate the entire population of India at this rate. Addressing a press conference here, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha questioned the reason for “exporting” vaccines and not supplying it to the people in India first.

Twice weekly rapid Covid tests to be rolled out for all in England

Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from later this week to track asymptomatic Covid19 cases, the UK government announced on Monday. As a step forward to start lifting lockdown restrictions for all businesses, shops and restaurants, anyone will be able to access the free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week starting this Friday. It is hoped the data will help scientists track and trace any new variants of coronavirus more effectively because more people getting a test will increase the ability to identify and control mutations of the deadly virus.

Uttarakhand: DGP warns of strict action in case of violation of COVID protocols

With coronavirus cases on the rise in Uttarakhand, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar on Monday appealed to people to strictly follow COVID19 protocols and stay safe or face action. Stern action will be taken if the protocols are flouted, he said.

Puducherry adds 180 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally rises to 42,539

Puducherry recorded 180 fresh cases of coronavirus on Monday, pushing the overall tally to 42,539. With no new deaths, toll from the virus remained at 684, according to a government release. The Puducherry region topped the daily additions with 344 fresh infections, followed by Karaikal (31), Yanam (3) and Mahe at two. The number of active cases stood at 1,677 while 95 discharges on Monday pushed the total recoveries to 40,178, it said.

People have to ensure there is no COVID-19 ‘3rd wave’: CSIR DG

Director General of the Council Of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Dr Shekhar Mande said a “third wave” of COVID19 infections cannot be ruled out and it was for people to ensure it does not happen. Speaking to reporters online on Sunday night, the head of the premier institution under the Union ministry of science and technology, said people have to maintain selfdiscipline and selfregulation and show the way to beat the disease.

Prioritising who gets COVID-19 vaccine first saves lives, study finds

Prioritising who receives the limited supply of COVID19 vaccines available can save lives and reduce the spread of the viral infection, according to a study. Researchers from the University of California (UC), Davis in the US noted that while there is mostly universal agreement that older people should be prioritised for vaccination, debates are currently underway about giving priority to a variety of other groups.

Britain eyes twice weekly virus tests for all

The British government says all adults and children will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks as the UK emerges from lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said regularly testing people who don’t have symptoms would help stop outbreaks in their tracks, so we can get back to seeing the people we love and doing the things we enjoy. The lateral flow tests, which will be available by mail or from pharmacies, give results in minutes but are less accurate than the PCR swab tests used to officially confirm cases of COVID-19. The government insists they are reliable and will play an important role in opening up society.

Spike in COVID-19 cases: Leaves of doctors, nurses in Kashmir Valley cancelled

Authorities in Kashmir on Monday ordered cancellation of leaves of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the valley hospitals in view of the spike in COVID19 cases in the union territory. In an order issued here, Director Health Services, Kashmir, asked all the chief medical officers/medical superintendents and other territorial offices falling within the jurisdiction of the Directorate to cancel the leaves amid upsurge of the pandemic.

Ramesh Jarkiholi tests COVID positive, undergoing treatment: Doctor

Former Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, allegedly involved in the scandal that has rocked state politics, has tested positive for COVID19 and is currently undergoing treatment at Gokak taluk hospital, a doctor treating him said on Monday. “On Thursday night, he had complained of fever and cough, on conducting rapid (antigen) test the result came out to be positive, as he had no other issues, he was advised home isolation,” Dr Ravindra of the Gokak taluk hospital said.

COVID-19 violators made to watch awareness film by Betul cops

Several people moving about without any valid reason amid COVID19 restrictions in Ganj police station area in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul were made to watch an animation film on the outbreak to create awareness among them, an official said on Monday. Lockdown was imposed in Betul, bordering Maharashtra, on April 2 and it was in force till 6am on Monday, he said.

Maharashtra minister Shankarrao Gadakh tests positive for coronavirus

Maharashtra minister Shankarrao Gadakh on Monday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Taking to Twitter, the soil and water conservation minister appealed to people to follow all COVID-19 prevention guidelines, wear masks and not venture out unnecessarily. “My report has come out positive for COVID-19 and as per doctors’ advice, I am in home isolation. All those who came in contact with me should take care of their health and get themselves tested,” the MLA from Nevasa in the Ahmednagar district said in a tweet. Gadakh won the 2019 Assembly poll as an Independent candidate. He joined the Shiv Sena last year.

COVID-19: Daily cases rise from 20,000 to one lakh in just 25 days

The daily rise in COVID-19 cases in India crossed the grim milestone of one-lakh from 20,000 infections in just 25 days, unlike last year when it took 76 days for daily cases to reach the then peak of 97,894 on September 17, reflecting the speed at which the virus is spreading. India recorded an all-time high of 1,03,558single day new coronavirus infections pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to1,25,89,067, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 57,074 (55.11 percent). It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 5,250 while Karnataka reported 4,553 new cases. Eight states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have shown a steep rise in the daily new cases accounting for81.90 percent of the new cases reported in a span of 24 hours. The daily rise in cases fell below 30,000 since December 14 (27,071) and the lowest daily increase of 8,635 infections was reported on February 2 this year.

AAP blames govt for abject failure to trace and contain Covid ; Citizens pay price with their livelihoods




The Aam Aadmi Party today called out the MVA-led Maharashtra government’s gross ineptitude in handling the Covid – 19 crisis. Along with the BMC, the Maharashtra govt. has been unsuccessful on all fronts for curbing the pandemic, and is taking to half-hearted measures, without considering its implications on the lives of Mumbaikars.

80 students found Covid positive in 48 hours in Bihar


A total of 80 students have been found coronavirus positive in the last 48 hours in Bihar. Majority of the students belong to the state capital Patna and are below 14 years of age. They have been put in home isolation. The Bihar government has already shut schools and colleges till April 11. As per the data provided by the health department, 864 new Corona positive cases have been reported in all 38 districts in Bihar. Sixty students were found corona positive on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. Majority of the students belong to Patna’s Kankarbagh, Patrakarnagar, Gardanibagh, Anisabad, Boring road, Ashok Rajpath, Raja Bazar and Rajiv Nagar.


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