From 500 people being booked in Maharashtra for a birthday party, to India becoming the second-fastest nation to administer 1 crore vaccine doses - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
As Maharashtra continues to experience an infection surge, officials say that a new virus variant could be behind the spike in Amravati, which is one of the hardest-hit areas.
In international news, a study suggests that rich nations could be on their way to hoarding over 100 crore more doses than they need.
Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Hitting back at senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh for his critique of the government's COVID-19 management, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday alleged the second wave of the pandemic was instead fuelled by Congress ruled states as they were busy raising doubts about vaccines rather than vaccinating people. Responding to Singh's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vardhan also said that the letter drafters of the senior Congress leader have done a great disservice to his standing. Tweeting the letter to Singh, the health minister said, "History shall be kinder to you Dr Manmohan Singh ji if your offer of 'constructive cooperation' and valuable advice was followed by your @INCIndia leaders as well in such extraordinary times !" Singh on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Modi suggesting five measures to battle the COVID-19 crisis, including ramping up vaccination and boosting supply of medicines. Watch the full video for more details.
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Sir Keir Starmer was confronted by an angry landlord who demanded the Labour leader "get out of his pub".
The landlord told Mr Starmer he had "failed him" as a long-time Labour voter after failing to hold the government to account over its handling of the Covid pandemic, Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Maharashtra as state reported over 68,000 cases on April 19. Migrant workers began to return to their native places from Mumbai amid COVID scare. Workers thronged Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to catch trains on April 19. Currently, Mumbai has 86,688 active cases of COVID-19. The State government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions till May 01 and has also imposed Section 144 in view of spread of coronavirus.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has demanded that a special Parliament session be convened to discuss the ongoing Covid crisis in the country. He said that he has been speaking to several political leaders over the last few days and every state has been saying that the situation is very serious. Raut said that if a special session of the Parliament is called, states’ issues can be addressed. This comes as the BJP and Shiv Sena have been locked in a war of words over the Covid situation in the country. At present, Maharashtra is also struggling with a shortage of medical oxygen and Remdesivir.
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that Delhi will be under a six-day lockdown from 10 pm tonight to 5 am on Monday.
Hit by the second Covid wave, India recorded 2,73,810 fresh infections and 1,619 deaths in a new record high, taking the caseload to 1.5 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the country as India battles an unprecedented surge in cases that saw a new record daily high today with over 2.73 lakh fresh infections. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien on Sunday tweeted that Mamata Banerjee will not campaign in Kolkata anymore. Amid the row over Remdesivir supply, Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Gaikwad has said if he would have found the coronavirus, he would have put it into the mouth of BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, sparking protests by the opposition party in Maharashtra.
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After accusing Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant of threatening her, Independent MP from Amravati in Maharashtra, Navneet Rana, on March 23 said that she will lodge a police complaint against the leader. On March 22, Navneet Rana had written to Lok Sabha Speaker alleging that Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant threatened her in Parliament premises after she raised Sachin Waze case in the House and had said, "ab tumhe jail mein bhejna hai".
Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of being scared of China and only useful for the wealthy. Kapil Sibal says Congress has weakened in the last decade, more efforts needed in the G-23 dissenters’ Shanti Sammelan at Jammu and Kashmir. According to the sources, the government is most likely to fix the coronavirus vaccine rate at rs. 250 per dose. The lockdown in Maharashtra’s Amravati and Achalpur has been extended till March 8 amid the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the past few days. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi visited Varanasi today on the occasion of Sant Ravidas' birth anniversary. All this and more news at 9 pm.
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The streets in Maharashtra's Amravati wore a deserted look on February 23. The night curfew will continue till in the district till 6:00 am of March 01 to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. During this curfew, only essentials shops will be open from 08:00 am to 03:00 pm. As per the information of Mumbai Police, 17,500 people fined for not wearing a mask in public places in Mumbai in the last 3 days. The fine for not wearing a mask is Rs 200.