Assam Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma cast his vote at a polling booth in Amingaon area under Jalukbari constituency. "There're 40 seats in this phase, we are expecting to win on 22 of them. Number can be higher. This election we will win more seats. Last time we had won 84 seats, we are expecting at least 90 seats this time," Sarma said. This phase will decide the fate of 337 candidates across 40 constituencies of 12 districts in the state.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Congress leader took to Twitter and said he is experiencing mild symptoms. Rahul asked those who came in his contact recently to follow safety protocols. The Congress leader had earlier cancelled his poll rallies in West Bengal due to rising Covid-19 cases. Earlier on Monday, former Indian Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh tested positive for Covid. Singh was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi. Watch the full video for more details.
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The COVID-19 vaccine went out of stock at BKC Jumbo vaccination centre in Mumbai on April 20. The boards reading 'vaccine out of stock' were put up outside the vaccination centre. Dean of BKC Jumbo Vaccination Centre, Rajesh Dere said, "We had 350-400 Covishield doses, we've administered it. We're awaiting more doses. Around 2000 Covaxin doses are available for second dose that is being administered. We have received information that we will get the Covishield doses by this evening. If that happens, we will begin vaccination tomorrow. We realised last night about the shortage of Covishield doses." Mumbai Police made announcement for the general public, outside BKC jumbo vaccination centre to not gather at the gates of the centre.
Bollywood's sweetest couple Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor were spotted at the Mumbai airport as they jet off to Maldives for vacations. Their travel outfits look comfy yet so stylish. Both recently tested negative for COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases continued to surge in Maharashtra and the state government imposed lockdown-like restrictions here. Religious places have been temporarily closed in Mumbai. Devotees were seen offering prayers from outside Mumba Devi Temple. Currently, Mumbai has 85321 active cases of coronavirus.
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on April 19 on medical infrastructure amid COVID situation said that the issue is not oxygen but the issue is that big hospitals are not having any plans."The issue is not oxygen, but there are some big hospitals that don't have plans. So that logistical issue is still there, how to handle that is what we are contemplating. But we'll somehow resolve it," Minister said. "There is no dearth of oxygen but there are some logistical issues that we are sorting out. We will sort it out in a couple of days. We have called a meeting under our Industry Minister, all the producers and suppliers of oxygen. We'll sort out the issue," he added.
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.
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy admitted to Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru on April 17. He had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. He appealed to people in his close contact to get themselves tested for the virus.
Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) an annex hospital of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) witnessed a surge in consultation as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the state. "The government of Assam is ready with hospitals for the admission of the COVID patients. Initially, patients were admitted at Kalapahar hospital and subsequently will also start giving admissions to COVID positive patients as per the instructions of the higher authorities. We have 62 beds", says Dr Anupal Sharma, Additional Superintendent, MMCH.MMCH is one of the leading hospitals in the state which is an apex hospital of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.
The Assamese New Year -Rongali Bihu, also known as Bohag Bihu began from April 14. Assam Government decided to allow celebrations this year, but with restrictions in public places. The festival will last for seven days and they are known as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu Rongali or Bohag Bihu begins in mid-April and celebrations continue for several weeks, mainly concentrated on cultural functions. The Assam Government decided to allow Bihu celebrations with strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior in public places.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme on March 28. During the 75th episode for 'Mann Ki Baat', PM said, "Be it Ugadi, or Puthandu, Gudi Padwa or Bihu, Navreh or Poila Boisakh or Baisakhi the whole country will be drenched in the colour of zeal, enthusiasm and new expectations. At this time, Kerala also celebrates Vishu. I extend best wishes to countrymen for these festivals."
As Maharashtra is witnessing an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, the state and its capital city Mumbai is facing shortage of oxygen cylinders - crucial support for critical patients of COVID-19...