Delhi government imposes night curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 30 amid rising Covid-19 cases

The global tally of Covid-19 cases is at nearly 131.7 million, while the death toll is nearing the three million mark, the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows.

Delhi government imposes night curfew from 10pm to 5am till April 30 amid rising Covid-19 cases
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India's tally of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is at 12,589,067 as the Union health ministry on Monday reported that 103,558 new cases were detected in the country in the preceding 24 hours, along with 478 related deaths. This is the first time that more than 100,000 fresh infections have been reported in the country in a single day. This also makes India the only country, after the United States, to log that many cases in a 24-hour span.

India's infection tally is the third-highest globally, behind that of the US and Brazil, respectively. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the US' tally stands at over 30.7 million, Brazil's exceeds 13 million. The US also has the highest death toll due to the viral disease, the tracker shows. Brazil, Mexico and India, in that order, have the next highest death tolls due to Covid-19.

IMA writes to PM Modi for gearing up Covid-19 vaccination drive

Indian Medical Association writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggests "gearing up of Covid-19 vaccination drive with immediate effect and permit those above 18 years to receive vaccine".

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan will hold a review meeting on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation around 6pm on Tuesday with representatives of the states most affected by the pandemic

The 11 worst-affected states are Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The Central government on Monday announced it has constituted 50 high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams, the most so far, to be deployed in 50 districts across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab owing to the “recent very large numbers of daily new coronavirus disease cases, and the daily mortality being consistently reported by these states”.

“The Central government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various states/UTs. These teams interact with the state/UT authorities and get a firsthand understanding of the challenges and issues they face so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any,” said the health ministry in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took a high-level review meeting on the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination drive in the country on Sunday, asking all states to take requisite stringent measures with comprehensive restrictions in places witnessing a high surge to curb the spread.

In the past 12 days, India’s active case load has seen a jump of more than two percentage points; from 3.3% on March 25, the total positive cases increased to around 6% on April 4, shows government data