August 11, 2022

Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 News Highlights: Odisha puts curb on Holi celebration in public; 1-day lockdown in MP – The Financial Express

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Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 News: One-day lockdown has been imposed in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur cities of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, a week-long complete lockdown was imposed in Nagpur (Maharashtra).
As India on Thursday recorded its highest increase in daily Covid-19 cases for 2021, demand for vaccine for all gets louder. In a sign of a second wave, several states have been reporting their higher number of Covid-19 cases for the past days.
Maharashtra on Thursday witnessed 25,833 new Coronavirus infections, the highest single-day spike since last March when the first Covid-19 infection was detected in the state. Delhi recorded or 600 cases, its highest in three months. Punjab, Gujarat, and Kerala also recorded a higher number of cases. “There is a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. We don’t know what way this second wave is going to go” Dr Uma Kumar, Head, Rheumatology, AIIMS, said in an interview. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday appealed to the Centre to make some relaxations in the Covid-19 vaccination guidelines and open it for all aged above 18 years. Punjab CM in the recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also urged to widen the vaccination programme. So far (Till Thursday evening) India has vaccinated 3.89 crore people.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha on Friday said, “No one should have any doubts about the COVID19 vaccines.” He urged everyone eligible for Covid vaccine jabs to take it. “I urge all to take the vaccine shots.”
In order to limit the fresh spike in Coronavirus cases, many states and UTs have started again adopting severe curbs like masks and stricter Covid-19 guidelines; and bringing back containment zones; some states have even announced lockdown, though in districts reporting a higher number of Covid-19 cases. Night curfews are back, so as the restrictions on interstate travel. Reopening of school, colleges and educational institutes have also taken a hit. So big question is: Will the total lockdown return? Only time will tell.
Read here from lockdowns to curfews to vaccine updates, the latest and confirmed developments from across India and around the world on the Covid-19 pandemic.
The territorial administration has ordered closure of all schools for classes I to VIII from March 22 till May 31. The holiday is applicable to all schools adopting either the state board or CBSE or ICSE pattern of curriculum. The step has been taken in view of the sudden spike in number of COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory, a press release from Director of School Education P T Rudra Goud said here on Friday. The closure has also been decided in response to the suggestion the high-level vaccine committee had given for closure of institutions at its meeting on March 18, Goud said. (PTI)
In view of the spurt in coronavirus cases, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced lockdown in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur cities every Sunday till further orders, an official said here. The lockdown will be in force from Saturday 10 PM to Monday 6 AM. Besides, all educational institutions will remain closed in these three cities till March 31, said a public relations department official on Friday. Madhya Pradesh on Friday reported 1,140 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. The decision of Sunday lockdown was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the official said.
Essential services and industries will remain functional during the period, he said. People must wear masks not only for one’s own safety but also for that of others, the chief minister said, and appealed people to follow social distancing and avoid going to crowded places. (PTI)
Covid in Odisha: ‘Holi’ on 28th and 29th March and their related rituals shall not be observed in public places throughout the state. People may celebrate ‘Holi’ with family members in their houses only and not in any public places including public roads, the  Government of Odisha said today.
The state government further said that considering local conditions, Collectors and Municipal Commissioners may impose appropriate restriction on entry of devotees into temples and celebrations in temples and religious places. Dola Melans if any, maybe allowed with appropriate number of participants.
The congregation for the celebration of ‘Dolayatra’ and associated religious and cultural congregations shall not be allowed in public throughout the State. Religious rituals in temples will continue as usual with strict adherence to Covid protocols. (ANI)
Madhya Pradesh Home Dept issues order: Lockdown every Sunday till further orders in Indore, Bhopal & Jabalpur. Night curfew in all 3 cities every Saturday from 10 pm to Monday 6 am. Essential services exempted. Schools and colleges in these 3 cities to remain closed till 31st March (ANI)
Theatre hall occupancy in Karnataka would not be restricted to 50 per cent though there has been a spurt in COVID-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Friday. He also urged theatre owners, the viewers and the general public to abide by all the government guidelines to help control the spread of the pandemic.     “There is no such proposal before the government to allow a maximum of 50 per cent occupancy in cinema theatres,” he tweeted after a section of media reported that such a move was on the cards. Noting that COVID-19 cases are again on the rise, the CM, in an open letter to the public, posted on twitter, said the government has taken all necessary steps to contain the pandemic. However it would not be possible without people’s support, he said. (PTI)
Madhya Pradesh: One-day lockdown to be imposed on Sunday, 21st March in Indore, Bhopal & Jabalpur in the wake of rise in #COVID19 cases here. All schools & colleges in these three cities to remain closed till 31st March. Decision taken in review meet chaired by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan today (ANI)
Mumbai reported the highest spike of 3,062 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking its caseload to 3,55,897, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With 10 deaths since Thursday evening, the death toll increased to 11,565. The day before too the city had set a new record of daily cases at 2,877, but on Friday new cases crossed
the 3,000-mark. (PTI)
As many as 3,235 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 35 died of the infection in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district on Friday, an official said. With the addition of the latest cases and fatalities, the count of infections in the district has risen to 1,85,787 and the toll has reached 4,563, he said. At least 1,245 patients were discharged from various treatment facilities during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 1,55,655, he said. This leaves the district with 25,569 active cases, the official said. (PTI)
China on Friday said it will ‘study’ the applicability of its new rule of mandating vaccination by Chinese COVID-19 jabs to thousands of Indian students who were unable to re-join their universities in the country due to travel restrictions. In a notice on the Chinese Embassy website in India on March 15, China has made it mandatory for people coming from India and 19 other nations to get Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines if they want to travel to the country. (PTI)
Kerala reported 1984 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, including a UK returnee, pushing the total caseload to over 11 lakh as the active cases come down to 25,158, the state government said. As many as 1,965 people have been cured of the infection taking the total recoveriesso far to 10,70,343, Health minister, K K Shailaja said. The total number of cases have touched 11,00,624. In the last 24 hours ending 2 pm, 53,184 samples were tested and the test positivity rate was 3.73 per cent. (PTI)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to protect against COVID-19 on Friday, even as many European countries who had paused its use amid some blood clot fears began resuming the jabs. The European and UK regulators said they had conducted a thorough scientific review of all the available data and concluded that the available evidence does not suggest that blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism) are caused by the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and produced by AstraZeneca, which is also being manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India. (PTI)
Another 246 cases were added on Friday to Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally, which has now shot up to 8,92,986. The state also reported 131 recoveries and one death in 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday, a health department bulletin said. The active caseload rose to 1,909 after a total of 8,83,890 recoveries and 7,187 deaths, it said. Guntur district reported the highest 58 fresh cases, followed by Chittoor 45, Krishna 37, Visakhapatnam 23 and East Godavari 20.
The HSC and SSC exams, scheduled from next Month, must be conducted after all students are vaccinated for COVID-19, a delegation that met Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in Latur on Friday said. The HSC (Class XII) and SSC (Class X) exams in the state are to start from April 23 and April 29 respectively and will go on till the last week of May. The delegation, which comprised students and parents, said vaccinating all students as well as school staff will allow those appearing for the exams to do so in a “tension- free environment”. (PTI)
The daily infection count of over 50 for the second day in a row in this Uttar Pradesh district has set the alarm bells ringing, with the DM directing the officials on Friday to ensure strict compliance of the coronavirus-related guidelines. Recording details of all visitors to different establishments and workplaces in the district is among the guidelines issued by the district magistrate on Friday. Lucknow recorded 77 new cases in the last 24 hours — the highest in the state. There are a total of 381 active novel coronavirus patients in the district, according to official data. (PTI)
Goa on Friday recorded 100 new COVID-19 cases that have taken the tally of infections to 56,371 in the state, an official from the health department said. With the death of two patients during the day, the toll now stands at 815, the official said. Apart from this, at least 60 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the count of recoveries to 54,657, he said. The coastal state is now left with 899 active cases, he said. (PTI)
Goa on Friday recorded 100 new COVID-19 cases that have taken the tally of infections to 56,371 in the state, an official from the health department said. With the death of two patients during the day, the toll now stands at 815, the official said. Apart from this, at least 60 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the count of recoveries to 54,657, he said. The coastal state is now left with 899 active cases, he said. (PTI)
Nudging insurance companies to join the COVID-19 vaccination drive and create awareness among policyholders, regulator Irdai on Friday directed them to make special arrangements to facilitate inoculation of the eligible people at government or private hospitals. Irdai had sent instructions to the insurers on March 3. However, it communicated to them again on Friday (March 19 ) through a press release on its website. (PTI)
A 62-year-old man died in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund district on Friday after he took the COVID-19 vaccination a day earlier, officials said. Vibhisan Banjare, a resident of Savitripur, was administered COVID-19 vaccine at the local government health and wellness centre on Thursday evening and died this morning, said Dr NK Mandape, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) of Mahasamund. (PTI)
Targeting the BJP government in the state for the spike in COVID-19 cases, Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Friday accused the government of mismanagement in containing the pandemic. Hitting out at Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the Congress leader, in a series of tweets, said there was a vaccine now for the virus, but not a vaccine for the BJP government’s alleged corruption. “Rapid increase in the COVID-19 cases is the proof for our allegation about the government’s mismanagement in containing the infection. Chief Minister of Karnataka, had your government worked effectively, why is there an increase in cases?” Siddaramaiah asked. (PTI)
Nagpur District reported 3235 new COVID19 cases, 1245 recoveries and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Civil Surgeon Nagpur.
Total cases: 1,85,787 Total recoveries: 1,55,655 Death toll: 4563 Active cases: 25,569 (ANI)
Cambodia’s Health Ministry announced the country’s second confirmed death from COVID-19 on Friday. It said the 62-year-old victim was a Cambodian woman admitted Wednesday to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the capital Phnom Penh with underlying health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure and lung problems. Cambodia confirmed its first virus-related death on March 11, a .50-year-old man Cambodian man who was found to have become infected last month while working as a driver for a Chinese company in the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Cambodia has confirmed 1,578 virus cases during the pandemic. (AP)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday asked all private and government hospitals to offer hassle-free vaccination services for at least eight hours daily till March 31. There should be no requirement of a separate certificate if an eligible person aged 45 and above brings a medical record regarding co-morbidities, he directed. The directions were given at a review meeting chaired by the chief minister, in which he took note of the low vaccination numbers in the state. According to an official statement, he expressed concern that of 1,291 registered private facilities, 891 have reportedly not administered a single dose. (PTI)
Maharashtra BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Pravin Darekar on Friday received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine at a hospital here. They were administered the vaccine at the government- run J J Hospital. After the vaccination, Fadnavis and Darekar, who are leaders of opposition in the state Legislative Assembly and Council, respectively, appealed to the people to get themselves vaccinated for protection against the virus. (PTI) 
A day after Maharashtra witnessed the highest one-day spike of 25,833 COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said lockdown is an option but he trusts people to follow the norms on their own. Talking to reporters in Nandurbar, Thackeray also appealed people to get vaccinated against the virus without fear. The COVID-19 situation has become grimmer as the number of new cases on Thursday crossed the earlier highest rise which was recorded in September, he conceded. (PTI)
The need to change the composition of Covaxin has not been felt yet in view of good efficacy of the vaccine against mutant variants, the government told Lok Sabha Friday. There are four mutations of the COVID-19 virus in India at present — two UK variants and one South African and Brazilian variant each, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said. Providing details of the efficacy rate of Covaxin and Covishield vaccines against each of the mutations, he said there was no significant difference noted in the efficacy of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin against the UK and the Brazil strains. However, analysis of Covaxin’s efficacy against South African strain is ongoing, he said. (PTI)
In 9 districts, night curfew to be 9pm-5am. It’s being done as these districts had large number of cases & numbers are high even in 2nd surge. So keeping in mind the situation, timing has been changed. Amritsar will also have night curfew from 9 pm-5 am: Amritsar Dy Commissioner. (ANI)
The Philippines reported its highest-ever daily jump in COVID-19 cases Friday at more than 7,100 as officials shut down movie houses, video game arcades and cockfighting arenas anew amid an alarming surge in infections. The more than 7,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the Department of Health Friday brings the total number of infections to more than 648,000, with 12,900 deaths. The totals are the second highest in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. (AP)
The South Korean capital on Friday withdrew its mandate that all foreign workers in the city be tested for the coronavirus – an order that had caused huge lines at testing centers and prompted accusations of discrimination. The city will still recommend tests for foreigners employed at workplaces that are at risk of spreading infections, such as bars and small factories, said Lee Hae-seon, an official from the Seoul metropolitan government. (AP)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be extended in the coming days and asserted that there should not be any misconceptions about the two Indian vaccines being administered in in the country. During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Vardhan said India has vaccinated 3.5 to 4 crore people so far and side effects of the vaccines has been recorded at 0.000432 per cent. (PTI)
Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar held a meet with Dist Dy Commissioners & other senior officers over the COVID situation in the state. CM said that strict action to be taken against those not wearing mask. Testing & contact tracing to be emphasized upon. COVID norms to be followed in the festive season. (ANI)
Vaccination centres in the national capital will operate till 9 pm starting March 22, according to an official order. A copy of the order issued by the city government’s health department was shared by Health Minister Satyendar Jain in a tweet on Friday. “Taking cognisance of the sudden surge in the COVID cases, all Delhi Govt hospitals will hereby operate vaccination sites in their premises till atleast 9pm. Adequate man power will be deployed to ensure the same. I request Delhiites to follow proper protocols and stay safe!,” he tweeted. The decision was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday. Acknowledging that coronavirus cases in Delhi have been rising in the last few days, Kejriwal, at a virtual press conference, had asserted it was not a matter to be worried about even as he announced that the capacity of daily inoculation in Delhi would be augmented from 30,000-40,000 to 1.25 lakh. He had also said the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from about 500 at present spanning both government and private facilities. The closing time for vaccination would be extended from 9 am to 5 pm currently to 9 am to 9 pm. (PTI)
Analysis shows that children in the age group of 0-14 years are less affected by COVID-19, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed the Lok Sabha on Friday. He said in a written reply that infection among children is mild and most of them remain asymptomatic. “Hence no specific action plan has been formulated in the current response phase to minimise the adverse effects of COVID-19 on such children,” he said. Very rarely a severe illness, in form of multi-system inflammatory syndrome, has been identified, Vardhan said, adding this happens usually three to six weeks after the infection. The Department of Pediatrics, AIIMS, is documenting the long term effect of COVID-19 infection in children, he said. (PTI)
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered massive state-wide restrictions beginning Saturday which include closing of all educational institutions till the end of the month and restrictions on cinema and mall capacities. The chief minister on Friday also appealed to the people to keep social activity in their homes to the bare minimum for the next two weeks to break the transmission chain. Not more than 10 visitors should be entertained in homes, he urged. All educational institutions, other than medical and nursing colleges, will remain closed till March 31,” an official statement said. Restriction of 50 percent capacity will be there in cinema halls and not more than 100 persons in a mall at any time. In the 11 worst-hit districts, a complete ban has been ordered on all social gatherings and related functions, except for funerals/cremations/ weddings, which will be allowed with only 20 persons in attendance. This will be enforced from Sunday. In these districts, which will remain under night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM, the chief minister has ordered cinemas, multiplexes, restaurants, malls etc to remain closed on Sundays, though home deliveries will be allowed subject to night curfew. (PTI)
Denmark is opening up a bit more, allowing upper school classes and vocational education to return to classes if there is no local outbreak, and increasing the number of people who can gather outdoor to 10, up from five. At the same time, the ceiling for people who can attend leisure activities and competitions organized by local sports clubs is raised from 25 to 50. Religious services can be held outdoor with a maximum of 50 people, but indoor services are still banned. (AP)
The Union Health Ministry has processed requests from Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana to allow private health facilities beyond those private facilities which are already empanelled under AB-PMJAY, CGHS and State Health Insurance schemes as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs), the Lok Sabha was told on Friday. The government is not apprehensive of utilizing the services of private health facilities for COVID-19 vaccination, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply. In fact, the private health facilities that fulfil certain laid out criteria are already being used and providing vaccination as CVCs, the minister said. The inclusion of private CVCs is a dynamic process, he said. A total of 19,422 private CVCs across the country have been registered on Co-WIN portal till March 15, according to the data provided in the reply. (PTI)
The Maharashtra government on Friday issued fresh measures applicable till 31st March 2021, in the wake of rising in  COVID19 cases in the state. According to the new guidelines, all drama theatres and auditoriums to operate at 50% capacity; no entry to be allowed without proper wearing of masks. All private offices to function at 50% capacity. READ MORE
Coronavirus infections in Rajasthan have increased rapidly in the last one week and the positivity rate has increased thrice, according to the state health department. The state has been reporting over 300 Covid-19 positive cases daily in the last two days. Also, the number of active cases has increased to more than 3,000 in the state.
Even as countries strive hard to vaccinate their people with the Coronavirus vaccine, a study conducted by the Lancet Infectious Disease Journal has found that vaccination alone will not be able to contain the spread of the disease. As per the study, countries should also aim at relaxing the control measures gradually and ensuring higher vaccine uptake in order to minimise the Coronavirus future infections. The study found that preliminary data suggest that the vaccine does offer a level of protection but the exact level of protection from the vaccine remains unclear, The Indian Express reported. READ MORE
World Bank approves USD 500 million financing to help Bangladesh vaccinate 54 million people against  COVID19.
Following complaints about discrimination, South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission says it’s reviewing decisions by health officials to mandate coronavirus tests for all foreign workers in the capital of Seoul and a nearby province.  The commission’s chairperson, Choi Young-ae, said in a statement Friday it plans to issue “swift judgment” on whether the measures are discriminatory and infringing rights. If the commission concludes the measures are discriminatory, it could recommend government officials to change related policies or laws. But its proposals are non-binding. (AP)
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