Popular Tamil comedian Vivek died on Saturday. The 59-year-old comedian died in the early hours at a private hospital here and he was cremated following a 24-gun salute by Tamil Nadu police while his fans and people bid him tearful adieu. PM Modi offered condolences to the actor's friends and family. Watch the full video for more details.
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UP Police ensured strict implementation of Sunday lockdown at Noida-Delhi border. Cops were seen checking passes of vehicles as they crossed Noida-Delhi border. Uttar Pradesh has announced a lockdown every Sunday across the state till May 15. Shops, markets, offices will remain closed from Saturday 8pm till Monday 7am. Only essential services will be available. Public transports, including state transport buses, will run with a 50 % capacity. A fine of Rs 1000 for not wearing mask will be imposed on first-time offenders. Sunday lockdown was announced in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. Watch the full video for more.
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COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country. Daily cases breached 2-lakh mark for 4th consecutive day on April 18 as India reported 2,61,500 new cases. Country's COVID caseload is at 1,47,88,109 with 18,01,316 active cases. 1,38,423 people were discharged in last 24 hours taking total recoveries to 1,28,09,643. With 1,501 new deaths, death toll has mounted to 1,77,150. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 26,65,38,416 samples tested for COVID-19. The COVID vaccination drive is underway across country. So far 12,26,22,590 COVID vaccine jabs have been inoculated.
Families of the deceased are helpless as they have to spend hours outside cremation, owing to long queues. Crematoriums are jam packed for last rites. Cremator, Acharya Manish said, "The number of dead bodies has increased due to COVID. There has been another ghat for funeral of COVID deceased. Families have to wait because we are not allowing crowd inside." Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) Commissioner, Mahendra Singh Tanwar said, "Officials are taking regular visit to the cremation. We have started token system by seeing increasing crowd outside the cremation to avoid rush. The token system has also been arranged for COVID dead bodies. Municipal Corporation is taking precautions at the ghats by sanitizing and even social distancing is also maintained."
The Central Government has given permission to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. CM Uddhav Thackeray thanked PM Modi through a tweet by CM office, Maharashtra on April 15, "The Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted approval to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine on a transfer of technology basis. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has thanked the Hon'ble PM Shri@narendramodi for approving this request."
The demand of oxygen has been doubled in several parts of Gujarat amid surge in COVID-19 cases. Oxygen plants are working overtime to fulfill the demands of the hospitals. Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Ahmedabad among other smaller districts have emerged as highest consumers of medical oxygen. The demand of medical oxygen has increased as critical cases pile up in private and government hospitals. According to owner of Mukesh Patel, the demand of medical oxygen has risen from 20-30 per cent. Gujarat has reported 8,152 new COVID-19 cases and 81 deaths in last 24 hours.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, queue of ambulances seen waiting outside Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad on April 14 to admit patients. "10 days earlier, about 2800-2900 cases reported daily. But these days we are getting 4500-4600 daily cases. Emergency flow increased to 50%. Almost more cases are corona related. There are 625 ambulances working for 108 services. Also, we had added 60 more ambulances. Hospital wait time has exceeded as it's not the duty of 108 to assign the hospitals to corona patients. One has to call Municipal Corporation," said Hospital's Head of Emergency Satish Patel.
In a joint venture of Municipal Corporation and Neuberg Supratech, drive-through RT-PCR testing has been launched at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad on April 14 to ramp up COVID testing amid rising cases. Those who came for the test, have to scan QR code. After registration, their vehicles are allowed inside for testing. Director of Neuberg Supratech Laboratory, Dr Sandip Shah said, "It's a joint venture and first time initiative in the country. We are assumed to take around 5000-6000 samples through drive through testing and disposing off a car within 3 minutes. We will provide reports within 36 hours. It will help to contain COVID by limiting the rush."
Wearing PPE kits, three COVID-19 positive patients came to cast their votes in WB's Siliguri on April 17. They went to Booth No 173A at Siliguri Girls School to exercise their right. Fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections held today.
Dressed in PPE kits, medical staff of a hospital in Gujarat's Vadodara was seen dancing in front of COVID patients. Doctors and nurses were seen encouraging their patients to be happy through their act. The patients lying on the beds were also enjoying the moments.
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On the second day of Ramzan month, people visited Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on April 15 to offer early morning prayers. People without masks won't be allowed and sanitizers have been placed in the Mosque premises. Speaking to ANI, Haafiz Mohammad Haneef, the Muezzin of Mecca Masjid, said that there are regular announcements through loud speakers for the people coming to the mosque to offer Namaz by following all the instructions of the government and pray to Allah to end this deadly disease soon. "Use of sanitizers and masks is compulsory to enter the mosque and people are instructed to sanitize themselves before entering the mosque and after leaving," he added. Shoaib, a local said, "We are using masks, which is compulsory for us to enter the mosque. The people are using sanitizers and maintaining social distance and also following all COVID norms."
Telugu New Year 'Ugadi' is being celebrated today. MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy celebrated the festival at BJP Telangana state office. BJP workers also participated in the ceremony. According to the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa and Ugadi are celebrated on the first day of the year.
A Hyderabad-based magician has been travelling blindfolded to spread awareness among people. The 45-year-old is spreading awareness on Covid-19 norms, plastic-free environment and road safety. Kick-starting 'Bharat Sandesh Yatra', Ram Krishna has travelled to 11 states on his bike. After his halt in Agra, Krishna's upcoming destination is the national capital. “I began the 'Bharat Sandesh Yatra 2021' from Hyderabad's Charminar on March 19. The yatra aims at corona awareness, plastic-free environment and road safety. I came to Agra from Jaipur and now I will be travelling to Delhi,” he said. Ram Krishna's goal through 'Bharat Sandesh Yatra' is to travel 10,000 kms in 30 days.
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Family members of COVID-19 patients protested outside District collector office by sitting on road demanding supply of Remdesivir injection for the patients. The shortage of Remdesivir injection has created panic among the family members of the COVID-19 patients. "My father is hospitalised for last 6 days, his medications haven't begun completely. He's in ICU. I've looked for Remdesivir in all cities," said a family member. "Hospitals are saying we are not responsible for patient's condition otherwise they have to go on ventilators. So, arrange the injection from outside. We are not getting the injection as the black marketing for the injection is going on. The helpline number provided by the administration for Remdesivir injection supply either does not connect or they end up providing some other helpline numbers, all are fake," said another family member.
After Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced strict restrictions on April 13 to contain spread of COVID-19, the restaurant business again fearing for loss. According to the restaurant owners they are already facing loses due to fewer customers and now after restrictions it would be very difficult for them to run their business. The restaurant owners have demanded some relief from government. Restaurant sector is one of the worst hit businesses COVID-19 pandemic. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases and but said he will not term the new restrictions as "lockdown".
As the second wave of COVID-19 hit India, demand of medical oxygen increased in Maharashtra's Pune. The suppliers are facing difficulties in procuring the liquid oxygen from the manufacturers. Maharashtra government on April 13 announced the imposition of Section 144 in the state from today in view of rising COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra had reported 60,212 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
Pune Police detained four persons in Pimpri Chinchwad on April 10 with 40 Remdesivir injections meant for black marketing. This comes at a time when coronavirus cases are surging in Maharashtra and people are not struggling in getting the medication. "4 persons were caught based on the information from different places with Remdesivir vaccine. They were in connection with each other and used to inject in the body of a dead person and showed that the person had been vaccinated for COVID and after that they used to sell outside. The selling price to the needy was approx Rs 20,000 instead of Rs 1,100 available at hospitals," said Krishna Prakash, Police Commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad.
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