India breached another grim milestone in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, as it witnessed the deadliest day of the pandemic with over 1500 deaths reported and a record ever biggest single day surge of 2,61,500 cases, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) April session has been postponed in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi cancelled all his public meetings in West Bengal, where voting in three of the eight-phase assembly election is yet to be held, hours after taking a jibe at PM Modi for assembling large crowds at his rallies. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that There is a shortage of ICU beds in Delhi. Queen Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his seven decades of service.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi said the government must reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunization age to 25 years and above as also all younger persons with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases and other similar ailments. She alleged that some other states have received "preferential treatment and relief". Watch the full video for more details.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asked Centre to lower the COVID vaccine age eligibility to 25 and above. "India has already exported nearly 6.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. Considering the highest infection rate in the world in our own country, shouldn't vaccine export be held back and priority given to our citizens? Government must reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunisation eligibility age to 25 and also to those young people with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases," questioned Congress president.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across India, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi alleged that BJP ruled states have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of medical equipment. "Some of our chief ministers told me that they were left with a few days of vaccines. They had no oxygen and they were running out of ventilators. But there has been a thundering silence on the part of the government. On the contrary, some other states of interests to the BJP have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of equipment etc," said Congress president.
Covid-19 norms went for a toss during the Pidakala war in Andhra's Kurnool district. Incident comes amid a steep surge in coronavirus cases across several states. Thousands of people flocked to celebrate New Year, Ugadi in Kairuppala village. Villagers were seen hurling cow dung cakes at each other as part of celebrations. The crowd displayed no regard to wearing face masks or social distancing. Andhra Pradesh has witnessed a steady rise in fresh Covid cases over the last few weeks. It recorded over 4,220 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily count in six months.
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Amid COVID-19 scare, scores of people participated in 'Pidakala War' in AP's Kurnool. COVID precautionary measures were ignored during the war in Kairuppala village. With no mask and no social distancing, people organised 'Pidakala War'. The cow dung cakes were hurled by two sides at each other on the next day of Ugadi in the war.
In a special drive conducted by the Rajamahendravaram city police in Andhra Pradesh headed by the Traffic DSP K.V.N. Vara Prasad, 74 amplified silencers were destroyed for emitting noise levels far beyond the permissible level.
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Amid shortage of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients in Madhya Pradesh, Reliance Industries Ltd sent oxygen from its refineries to the state on April 17. Tanker carrying 30 tonnes liquid Oxygen arrived from Gujarat's Jamnagar. Thanking Reliance for the gesture, MP Minister Tulsi Ram Silawat said, "We thank Reliance for providing us with liquid oxygen in the time of distress."
Amid COVID-19 crisis, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav informed that open-book exams will be held for final year students of Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes. "Amid increasing COVID cases, there will be open-book exams for final year students of UG and PG, just like it was during 1st and 2nd-year exams. There won't be any exam in college. We expect to continue with normal routine in July." COVID cases are on uphill in Madhya Pradesh. Currently there are 63,889 active cases in the state.
Maharashtra reported 67,123 fresh COVID cases, 56,783 discharges, and 419 deaths on April 17. While Maharashtra's capital reported 8,834 new COVID-19 cases, 6,617 discharges and 52 deaths in last 24 hours. On the other side, Karnataka today registered 17,489 new positive cases, 5,565 discharges and 80 deaths. Kerala also reported 13,835 new cases, 3654 recoveries and 27 deaths today. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh reported 11,269 new coronavirus cases, 6,497 recoveries, and 66 deaths in last 24 hours.
From the Indian Railways planning new Oxygen Express trains, to 20 patients escaping from a care centre in Uttarakhand - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. The central government said that India became the fastest to inoculate 12.2 crore, a feat achieved in 92 days. Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan saw record spikes in new cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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India reports a record 2,17,353 daily coronavirus cases taking the total caseload to over 1.42 crore. While taking a dig at the Modi Govt, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi said that The strategy to fight..