Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath inspected Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) built COVID-19 hospital at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) premises on May 09. The DRDO is setting up a 750-beddded makeshift COVID hospital at BHU premises. UP recorded 26,847 new cases, 34,721 recoveries and 298 deaths on May 08.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the Kalighat temple on Sunday. The TMC supremo offered prayers at the temple after victory in assembly polls. Mamata was accompanied by her nephew & TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee. Meanwhile, many leaders including PM Modi have congratulated her for the TMC win. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Mamata for her victory. Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar also took to Twitter to congratulate Mamata. Congress' Rahul Gandhi congratulated Mamata & people of Bengal for defeating BJP. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh & Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Mamata. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut congratulated the 'Tigress of Bengal' on Twitter. Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati also congratulated Mamata for the good performance of TMC.
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Ahead of Assembly elections for phase III in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan held a roadshow in Tollygunge supporting TMC candidate Aroop Biswas. SP led by its chief Akhilesh Yadav has pledged support to the TMC for the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal.
A ruckus happened during Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s press conference in UP’s Moradabad this morning. Akhilesh Yadav can be seen arguing with some people and security personnel chasing the media. The reason for the fuss is unknown.
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India witnessed a dip in COVID-19 cases after the country reported 3,66,161 new infections in last 24 hours. With 7,45,237 active cases, COVID caseload of the country stood at 2,26,62,575. 3,754 new deaths in last 24 hours took the toll to 2,46,116. So far, 1,86,71,222 people won the battle against COVID-19. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, till date 30,37,50,077 samples have been tested for COVID-19 virus. Vaccination drive is underway and 17,01,76,603 vaccine doses have been inoculated.
The whole country is under the grip of 2nd wave of coronavirus currently and amid it, the COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh continue to rise. As a consequence of it, lockdown has been extended in the state. The streets of Moradabad wore deserted look amid COVID-imposed lockdown on May 10. Only essential services are allowed during this period. The lockdown has been extended till May 17 in the state.
A flight carrying second consignment of medical aid and equipment from Israel amid the crippling second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has landed in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad. Medical aid including 1,300 oxygen concentrators, 400 ventilators and other medical equipment arrived at Hindon Air Base. Israel sent the first consignment of life-saving equipment to India on May 04. Several countries are sending medical supplies and equipments to help India tide over the COVID-19 situation.
An incident which took place on Mothers' Day amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic moved everyone. Head constable of Delhi Police on May 09 took care of a child, whose parents tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A young COVID-positive couple residing at Radio Colony in GTB Nagar were in dilemma about their six-month-old baby after they tested positive for virus. Relatives residing in different parts of Uttar Pradesh could not take care of the child as both Delhi and UP are in lockdown. One of the family's relative living in Meerut asked for help from DCP HC Rakhi who is posted in Shahdara office. HC Rakhi, after getting approval from senior officers approached the parents of the baby and took the custody. She further ensured that the baby is handed over to the maternal grandmother living at UP's Modinagar.
The last 'shahi snan' at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on Tuesday was a subdued affair with seers keeping the ritual symbolic in view of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 had appealed to sadhus to observe the remaining duration of the Kumbh only in a "symbolic" manner. Following this different 'akhadas' (sects) had agreed to keep their participation symbolic. Crowds at the ghats of the Ganga started thinning down drastically since last week after the key 'akhadas' of seers began pulling out of the Maha Kumbh, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, citing the spike in coronavirus case numbers. Watch the full video for more details.
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Despite surge in COVID-19 cases in India, scores of devotees gathered at 'Har Ki Pauri' in Haridwar on April 27. They participated in the last 'shahi snan' of 'Kumbh Mela' and took holy dip at the ghat. Due to COVID pandemic, this year the 'Kumbh Mela' held for a month only.
After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last year. Meanwhile, mass gatherings like political rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have added to worries. The government however, is still keeping vaccination limited to those aged 45 years and above. As pressure on the healthcare system increases, many state governments have claimed shortage of oxygen, vaccines, and key drugs. In this backdrop, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan joins Kumkum Chadha to analyse the situation so far, and shed light on the government's strategy going forward.
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PM Modi said Kumbh Mela must now be kept 'symbolic' to help India in battling Covid-19. Taking to twitter, PM Modi said he has spoken to Swami Avdheshanand Giri over phone. While several seers have tested positive, two chief seers have succumbed to Covid-19. Responding to the PM's call, Avdheshanand urged people to not come to Kumbh in large numbers. PM's appeal comes in wake of nearly 2,000 devotees testing positive in a week's time. The ongoing Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar has witnessed footfall of thousands. Majority of devotees who took part in the 'royal baths' were seen flouting Covid norms. 'Royal baths' were held on Somwati Amavasya on April 12 and Mesh Sankranti on April 14.
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Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious congregations in India, and the fact that it would be a "super spreader" of the virus was firmly predicted by many officials and common people at large.Times Now reports in Madhya Pradesh, 60 out of the 61 returnees test positive. It was further speculated that all of these 61 people were not from Kumbh Mela, and the number might vary.
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India's daily Covid figures hit a new high today with 3,79,257 fresh infections and 3,645 deaths reported in 24 hours; The U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's escalating Covid-19 crisis; In view of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Uttarakhand government has decided to suspend the four-day Char Dham Yatra. This and more news at 2 PM.
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In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Dr Ashish Jha, Dean at Brown University, about the second wave of Covid-19 in India. Jha said the Kumbh Mela was very irresponsible and a major source of the surge alongside the political rallies. “By mid-February, cases had started to rise and headed for a very dreaded second wave and yet there was no action,” Jha added. Watch the full video for more.
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'Jumu'atul-Wida' is being observed on May 07 but due to COVID-19 crisis, mosques in Lucknow were seen deserted. Uttar Pradesh Government has directed observers to celebrate 'Jumu'atul-Wida' at home due to curfew. Security forces were also deployed near mosques to keep a tab over movement of people. 'Jumu'atul-Widaa' is the last Friday in the month of Ramadan before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Uttar Pradesh Government, in an attempt to curb the coronavirus spread, announced extension of the 'Corona Curfew' till 7 am, May 10. During this time, all restrictions will remain as before and only essential services will continue to be exempted. Meanwhile, as per the new COVID-19 guidelines, any kind of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious festivals and other gatherings remain banned. Irrespective of this, people in Lucknow's Alambagh Sabzi Mandi put aside the protocols and thronged the market in large numbers. They also violated social distancing amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
As many as 3 persons killed after an oxygen cylinder burst at an oxygen gas filling station located on Dewa road in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on May 05. Speaking to ANI, Police Commissioner DK Thakur said that while refilling of cylinders one of the cylinders exploded. "While refilling of cylinders, one of the cylinders exploded. 3 people have died so far. One injured is being treated at RML Hospital while 4 others have been shifted to Trauma Centre," said Thakur.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 14 tested positive for COVID-19. He is in a self-isolation since April 13 after few staff members tested COVID positive. The UP CM took the first..