Posted On: 20 APR 202, Delhi



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 India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage exceeds 12.71 Crore32 Lakh Vaccine Doses administered in the last 24 hours10 States report 78% of New Cases; 62% Active Cases in just 5 StatesNational Mortality rate further dips to 1.18%Union Home Secretary Reviews Status of COVID19, Containment and other Public Health Measures in all UTsRamped up Testing and Infrastructure, Large Containment Zones, Strict Enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour, and Movement Restriction advisedAll AIIMS increase their number of Oxygen supported beds as well as ICU-Ventilator beds 







India’s Cumulative Vaccination Coverage exceeds 12.71 Crore; 32 Lakh Vaccine Doses administered in the last 24 hours

The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 12.71 Cr today as part of the world’s largest vaccination drive.Cumulatively, 12,71,29,113 vaccine doses (10,96,59,181 1st doses and 1,74,69,932 2nd doses) have been administered through 18,83,241 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. Over 32 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

As on Day-94 of the vaccination drive (19th April, 2021), 32,76,555 vaccine doses were given. India’s daily news cases are showing a rising trend. 2,59,170 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.Ten States including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan report.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 20,31,977. It now comprises 13.26% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 1,02,648 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,31,08,582 today. The National Recovery Rate is 85.56%.

1,54,761 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.18%.1,761 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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UnionHome Secretary Reviews Status of COVID19, Containment and other Public Health Measures in all UTs

Union Home Secretary Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, along with Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, chaired a high-level meeting to review and discuss the COVID status, and the management and response strategy with Chief Secretaries of all the Union Territories of India. The meeting, held through video conference, was also attended by Dr V K Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, Dr BalramBhargava, Secretary, DHR& DG ICMR. The DGs of Police of all UTs were also present at the VC today.

The Home Secretary pointed out the steep growth in number of cases all across the country. From 20,000 cases reported on 1st January 2021, India has almost 10 times more cases (more than 2,00,000 cases) being reported daily since 15th April 2021. In last 11 days, new cases have almost doubled from 1.31 lakh reported on 9th April to 2.73 lakh reported on 20th April.

Through a detailed and comprehensive presentation, the current trajectory of total new COVID cases, weekly tests, weekly Positivity Rate, weekly new COVID cases, weekly number of deaths and status/proportion of RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Test in all Union Territories were presented.

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All AIIMS increase their number of Oxygen supported beds as well as ICU-Ventilator beds

As directed by Government of India, all AIIMS (including AIIMS, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, Rishikesh, Mangalagiri, Nagpur; JIPMER Puducherry; and PGIMER Chandigarh) have increased their number of Oxygen supported beds as well as ICU beds with ventilators.

They had 1448 oxygen supported beds and 519 ICU-ventilator beds. This number has been increased to 2113 Oxygen supported beds and 676 ICU-Ventilator beds.

This decision of Government of India will go a long way in addressing the urgent and critical need of hospital beds in States which have reported shortage of such beds, where AIIMS are present.

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Rejuvenation of 20 control rooms set up to address grievances of workers

In view of the resurgence of COVID-19 and subsequent imposition of certain restrictions by state governments, the ministry of Labour and Employment has rejuvenated the 20 control rooms set up in April 2020 to mitigate the problems of migrant workers through co-ordination with various state governments” under the Office of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) across the country. Lakhs of workers used this facility last year and got their grievances resolved.

The aggrieved workers can access these control rooms through email, mobile and Whatsapp. These control rooms are being managed by Labour Enforcement Officers, Assistant Labour Commissioners, Regional Labour Commissioners, and Deputy Chief Labour Commissioners of the respective regions.

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Ministry of AYUSH directs Strict Action against Gujarat firm for misleading claims for its product AAYUDH Advance

Acting upon a letter from the Ministry of Ayush, the Joint Commissioner (Ayurved) of Food & Drug Control Administration of Gujarat has issued show cause notice to a Rajkot based Ayurvedic drugs manufacturer which had made misleading claims for its product AAYUDH advance. The company has claimed that its said product is the ‘first clinically tested medicine for COVID-19 management and treatment’. The company has further claimed that its product is three times better than Remdisvir and that ‘AAYUDH Advance starts where vaccines stop’.

The drug policy section of the Ministry of Ayush had directed the Ayurvedic licensing authority of Gujarat to initiate strict action against the company that had made such misleading claims for its product AAYUDH advance.

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Maharashtra:Amid increase in Covid positive cases in the state, Maharashtra government issued guidelines on Tuesday restricting celebration of Shree Ram Navami, MahavirJayanti and Hanuman Jayanti in a low key manner. The Home Department has appealed to devotees to celebrate the festival at home.Meanwhile, The State Government has also curtailed the business hours of grocery stores to only four hours from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gujarat: Gujarat government has slashed the rates of RT-PCR tests for Covid19 by private laboratories. The RT-PCR test charge in laboratories will be Rs. 700 instead of Rs. 800. If a test is conducted by laboratory staff through visiting home, the charge shall be Rs. 900 instead of Rs. 1100. Gujarat on Monday reported 11,403 new cases and 117 deaths.

Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh, Corona patients will now be accommodated in army hospitals and isolation centers. Probably for the first time in the country, a state government has started using military resources to deal with the Corona epidemic. Efforts are being made to arrange about 150 isolation beds in Army hospitals in Bhopal, 100 in Jabalpur and 40 each in Sagar and Gwalior.In the mean time, the state government has decided to provide a ration of three months free of cost to all eligible poor families of the state at once. Under this, the ration of April, May and June months will be provided in April.

Chhattisgarh:Chhattisgarh is under complete lockdown from today with two more districts of Sukma and Kondagaon going for closure. With this, lockdown is effective in all the 28 districts of the state.

Goa: Goa saw the grimmest day of the pandemic so far on Monday, as 17 persons succumbed to the infection, the highest single-day toll since its outbreak. The state also saw 940 new cases, and its positivity rate has shot up to 34%

Kerala: In the wake of an increase in Covid-19 cases, Kerala will impose night curfew from 9pm to 5am from tonight. A mass Covid group test will be held in the state again on April 21 and 22. Three lakh people will be tested in two days. A high level meeting convened by Chief Secretary has decided to issue orders banning celebrations or crowds on May 2, the day of counting of votes in the assembly polls. State Health Minister KK Shailaja today entered self-quarantine after her close relatives tested positive. 13,644 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Monday with a test positivity rate of 15.63%. 19,739 people today took their first dose of vaccine and 10,097 second dose. A total of 61,23,075 people have so far been vaccinated in the state. Out of this 53,60,907 received first dose and 7,62,168 second dose.

Tamil Nadu:The 10,941 new cases pushed the total active cases in TN to 75,116 on Monday, when the state recorded 44 deaths and 6,172 discharges. The case tally touched 10,02,392 while the cumulative toll touched 13,157. The state, meanwhile, vaccinated 76,005 people on Monday, taking the cumulative vaccination figure in the State to 48,14,662. Centres in districts and several private hospitals across the state continued to complain about inadequate stock of vaccines on Monday. Puducherry has decided to impose night curfew between 10pm and 5am from April 20 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Karnataka:New Cases Reported: 15785; Total Active Cases: 142084; New Covid Deaths: 146; Total Covid Deaths: 13497. Around 84,785 were vaccinated yesterday with a total of 71,17,405 have been vaccinated in the state till now. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R Valawill chair an virtual all-party meeting on April 20 to review the Covid-19 situation, with cases surging in an unprecedented manner.

Andhra Pradesh:Witnessing a sharp spike in Covid-19 fatalities with 27 patients succumbing in the 24 hours ending Monday morning, the highest in a day after October 20, the state has reported 7437 Covid-19 deaths so far, with 5963 new cases emerging, taking the positivity rate to 6.15 per cent.  The overall infections rose to 9.68 lakh. The State government announced the closure of academic year 2020-21 and declared summer holidays for Classes 1 to 9 from today in view of prevailing Covid-19 situation. The government, on Tuesday issued orders making it mandatory for all individuals to wear masks in public places and ensuring of thermal screening, hand sanitisation and maintenance of physical distance in all shopping areas, commercial establishments and public places. The state after receiving seven lakh doses of Covishield and one lakh Covaxin doses allocated 58,000 doses of Covishield and 8,000 doses of Covaxin to Chittoor district, where the infection rate is much higher.

Telangana:A total of 1,55,869 people of all categories received first dose of Covid vaccine and 21,352 second dose on Monday in the state. Now, the cumulative number of people received first dose stands at 27,47,831 and second dose at 3,81,664. ShriG.SrinivasaRao, Director, State Public Health informed that the state would receive 7.5 Lakh doses of Covid vaccine by today (Tuesday) night. Meanwhile, a record number of 5926 new daily Covid cases and 18 deaths were reported on Monday in the state taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 3,61,359 and fatalities to 1856. The State High Court on Monday directed the State Government to take steps within 48 hours to combat the spiralling Covid cases in the state failing which it will step in. It also asked the Government to decide fast on enforcing night curfew and imposing strict curbs for crowd control in public places.

Assam: State Health and Family Welfare department fixed the maximum charge for RT-PCR test is Rs 500. It will be Rs 700 if the sample is collected from home. The rate of Rapid Antigen Test is Rs 250.The daily COVID-19 cases in Assam breached the 1000 mark again after a gap of six months. A total of 1367 new positive cases were detected on Monday out of 65,310 tests done across the state.

Manipur: One more COVID death recorded to take tally to 377. Six flyers among 54 test positive in last 24 hours in Manipur. Class X and XII board exams postponed, classes suspended.

Meghalaya:108 fresh cases were detected on Monday of which 95 were reported in East Khasi Hills, seven in West Jaintia Hills and five in RiBhoi. The total number of recoveries stands at 14,071. In the face of the sudden surge in COVID cases in Shillong and East Khasi Hills district, the Meghalaya government has ordered restrictions including the closure of schools and prohibiting tourists from entering the state while resisting complete lockdown.
The restrictions followed a review meeting held here on Monday to discuss the COVID situation in the state and the containment of the virus.

Sikkim: With nine cases detected today, thenumber of active casesof coronavirus in Sikkim has inched up to 404. A total of 902 persons were vaccinated for COVID-19 in different parts of the State.

Nagaland: 13 new Covid cases on Monday. Active cases are 189 and total is 12,568.Govt announced closure of schools upto class 8. HSLC & HSSLC exams to continue.
Nagaland govt asks District Task Forces on Covid to consider night curfew, markets on alternate days and vehicle odd-even system as measures to contain Covid spread.

Tripura:Governor of Tripura Ramesh Bais held a review meeting with health officials regarding preperation of the state to tackle second wave.

Punjab: The total number of patients tested Positive is 304660. Number of active cases is 35311. Total Deaths reported is 7985. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 1st dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 509430. Total COVID-19 Vaccinated with 2nd dose (Healthcare + Frontline Workers) is 151209. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose is 1764899. Total above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose is 74061.

Haryana: Total Number of Samples found positive till date is 363813. Total active COVID-19 patients is 45363. Number of deaths is 3448. Cumulative number of people vaccinated till date is 3275445.

Chandigarh: Total Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases is 34546. Total number of Active Cases is 3804. Total number of COVID-19 deaths till date is 417.

Himachal Pradesh: Total number of patients tested Covid positive till date is 78070. Total number of Active Cases is 9783. Total deaths reported till date is 1190.


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