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Coronavirus India Highlights: COVAXIN production to be ramped up to 100 million doses per month by September

Published on: Fri 16 Apr 2021 07:42 PM IST
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Coronavirus Live Updates India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a review meeting to assess the availability of Medical Oxygen Supply at hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. With reports of COVID-19 hospitals running out oxygen supply, PM Modi today directed officials from Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc to work in a synchronized manner and ensure that medical oxygen supply remains uninterrupted. He also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states.

Among other COVID-19 related news, UP Government has decided to impose a complete lockdown throughout the state on Sunday – 18th April 2021. On Sunday, all businesses and services, except for essential services would remain suspended throughout the same. On similar lines, Chandigarh Administration has also decided to impose weekend lockdown from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am. Check out and explore the situation and the state-wise measures implemented to combat 2nd Wave of Coronavirus in India Here. 

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  • 16 Apr 07:41 PM

    PSUs Roped into Ramp-up Covaxin Production

    The Central Government today decided to ramp-up the production of home-grown vaccine for Coronavirus i.e. COVAXIN in the wake of the 2nd Wave of the pandemic sweeping across the country. The production of COVAXIN would be increased to 10 crore doses per month by September, the Department of Biotechnology said on Friday. Moreover, Covaxin's production will also be doubled by May-June and the department has roped in three public sector companies to increase the capacity of vaccine production, it said.

  • 16 Apr 07:41 PM

    Karnataka reports largest single-day spike

    With the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 worsening, Karnataka state has reported biggest single day spike of 14,859 COVID cases today. As per media reports, the state reported 14,859 COVID-19 new cases and 78 fatalities on Friday. The spike has taken the total case load in the state to 11,24,509 and the toll to 13,190. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the bulk of the cases, with 9,917 infections.

  • 16 Apr 05:55 PM

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tests Positive

    The saga of political leaders testing positive for COVID-19 continues today with another Union Minister Prakash Javadekar i.e. Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information & Broadcasting; & Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, also tested positive for the contagion. Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, SAD Leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Randeep Surjewala as well as Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani tested positive for COVID-19.

  • 16 Apr 05:17 PM

    UP sees 19.25 percent hike in daily cases: Health Ministry

    As per the statement issued by Union Health Ministry, Uttar Pradesh has witnessed growth rate of 19.25% in daily new Covid-19 cases. Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Prayagraj are the most affected districts, the ministry added. As of now, it is among the three states in the country to have over 1 Lakh + Active COVID-19 cases. A separate report by PTI claims that UP has seen a record rise of 27,426 Covid-19 cases today.

  • 16 Apr 03:34 PM

    PM holds review meet to ensure Adequate Oxygen Supply

    With rising concerns over unavailability of medical oxygen across healthcare facilities in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a high-level meeting to review the situation. In the review meeting, PM Modi addressed officials from Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc and urged them to ensure synergy across all departments, ministries and even state governments. PM Modi also assessed the current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states.

  • 16 Apr 03:27 PM

    1000 Bed Make-shift COVID-19 Hospital in Lucknow

    With COVID-19 situation worsening by the day, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered setting-up of a 1000 bed COVID-19 make-shift hospital in Lucknow to tackle the rising number of Coronavirus cases. The decision was taken by the UP CM in a review meeting held with divisional commissioners, district magistrates, chief medical officers and his Team-11 (a core team of 11 officers). In addition to this, he has also directed officials to ensure availability of medical oxygen on a daily basis and review the situation as well. 

  • 16 Apr 03:25 PM

    US should lift ban on export of vaccine materials: Serum Institute CEO

    As the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 hits the country hard, the availability of vaccines has come under a lot of criticism. In order to ramp-up the production in the light of the increased demand for Covishield, Serum Institute CEO Mr Adar Poonawala has urged United States President Joe Biden to lift the ban on export of essential materials for production of the vaccines. 

  • 16 Apr 02:21 PM

    Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Tests Positive

    As per the latest update, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time. He will be shifted to Manipal hospital from Ramaiah Memorial hospital where he was admitted earlier today.

  • 16 Apr 01:59 PM

    India hits all-time high of 2.17 Lakh Cases in 24 Hours

    As per the details available on the Health Ministry’s website, after clocking 2 lakh cases yesterday, India’s COVID-19 surge under the 2nd wave continued with the country reporting over 2,17,353 new Covid-19 cases. This has now taken the overall case load to 1.42 crores. 

  • 16 Apr 01:59 PM

    Remdesivir Production to be Ramped Up

    Following his visit to AIIMS Delhi, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has directed companies involved in production of Remdesivir to ramp-up their production. He also warned anyone who is involved in black-marketing of drugs and other malpractices of strict action. 

  • 16 Apr 01:58 PM

    Karnataka CM admitted to Hospital

    As per latest media reports, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has been admitted to Ramaiah Memorial Hospital in Bengaluru following two-days of fever. He was earlier tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative. He will be tested again today. 

  • 16 Apr 01:10 PM

    Mumbai's Haffkine Institute given go-ahead to produce Covaxin

    The Central Government has allowed Maharashtra-government owned Haffkine Institute to manufacture Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, on the basis of transfer of technology. Following the decision, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving the permission on April 15, 2021.

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  • 16 Apr 12:58 PM

    UP Govt announces complete Lockdown on Sunday

    With the goal to ‘break the chain’, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to impose a day-long complete lockdown in Uttar Pradesh. Everything across the state would remain closed except for essential servies. Moreover, the fine for not-wearing masks has also been increased and people will be fined Rs 1000/- for it. 

  • 16 Apr 12:52 PM

    Congress Leader Randeep Surjewala tests COVID-19 positive

    Another Congress leader Randeep Surjewala has tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into self-isolation. 

  • 16 Apr 12:48 PM

    Former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh tests COVID-19 Positive

    Another political personality, Former MP Chief Minister, MP and Congress Leader Digvijay Singh has also reported positive for COVID-19. 

  • 16 Apr 12:46 PM

    Former Minister, SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tests positive

    With the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 hitting the country hard, several political leaders have also tested positive for the contagion. The latest to fall pretty to coronavirus pandemic is Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who has tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet, she confirmed the same adding that she has mild-symptoms and is currently under self-quarantine at her home. 

  • 16 Apr 12:36 PM

    Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani tests Positive

    Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani has tested positive for COVID-19 and is covering while in isolation. 

  • 16 Apr 12:29 PM

    Health Minister to review Hospitals in Delhi

    In the wake of the much aggressive 2nd Wave of COVID-19 in the country, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is visiting hospitals and healthcare facilities in Delhi. During his visit, Dr Vardhan will COVID-19 situation and the preparedness of health institutions to tackle it and what support do they need to scale up operations to take care of citizens. Aspart of this drive, today he visited AIIMS Delhi.

  • 16 Apr 12:23 PM

    Top 5 States with record daily case count

    Top 5 States hit in COVID-19 2nd Wave

    As per the details shared by the Health Ministry and Health Departments of respective state governments, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have been the biggest contributors to the record high of 2.17 lakh daily cases reported on 16th April 2021. The top 5 states have reported highest number of COVID-19 cases are as follows:

    • Maharashtra: 61,695 cases
    • Uttar Pradesh: 22,339 cases
    • Delhi: 16,699 cases
    • Chhattisgarh: 15,256 cases
    • Karnataka: 14,738 cases

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