Coronavirus Updates: Joe Biden expresses solidarity with India, says determined to support fight against COVID

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: US President Joe Biden on Monday conveyed solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19 and asserted that his country was determined to support its efforts by quickly deploying resources such as therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of Covishield vaccine, according to a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night spoke to US President Joe Biden over the evolving COVID situation in both countries

The Punjab government on Monday ordered a weekend lockdown and extended the night curfew by two hours in a bid to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases.

Calling it a "milestone" on Twitter, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's office also said that vaccination of 1.5 crore citizens will be achieved soon.

The Central government on Monday asked the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech to lower prices of their COVID-19 vaccines amid criticism from various states who objected to profiteering during such a major crisis, reports news agency PTI.

The Kerala government on Monday imposed restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cinema halls, malls, gyms, clubs, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks and bars will remain shut, until further orders.

Flagging the 'unfair' differential price mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines to be procured by the Centre and the state governments, Tamil Nadu said on Monday this places a higher financial burden on states and urged the Centre to supply the doses.

AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said that that there is an urgent need to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and make optimal use of hospital resources.

During a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation, Additional Secretary in the MHA says there is enough oxygen supply in the country but transportation is a challenge.

During a press briefing, the health ministry said eight states €"Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu €" have over one lakh active cases.

The Madras High Court on Monday came down hard on the Election Commission and called it the "the most irresponsible institution" for the alleged spread of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that the entire state will go under a full lockdown for two weeks starting from 9 pm on 27 April, said reports.

The PGIMS hospital in Rohtak has stopped admission of new COVID-19 patients till further orders, saying it is faced with a "shortage" of medical oxygen.

During a hearing on a plea on the coronavirus situation and issue of oxygen supply in the National Capital, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the procurement of oxygen has to be at the national level only, said reports.

The Delhi government has decided that those above 18 years of age will be given free COVID-19 vaccine, announced Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In the past 24 hours, Maharashtra has reported 66,191 cases, Uttar Pradesh has recorded, 35,311 cases,and Delhi has recorded 22,933 new cases.

According to official figures, the country has reported 3,52,991 COVID-19 cases and 2,812 deaths in the past 24 hours.

India logged a record 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,69,60,172, while active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 26,82,751 comprising 15.82 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 83.05 per cent.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,40,85,110, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.13 per cent, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19.

According to the ICMR, 27,79,18,810 samples have been tested up to April 25 with 17,19,588 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 2,767 new fatalities include 676 from Maharashtra, 357 from Delhi, 222 from Uttar Pradesh, 218 from Chhattisgarh, 208 from Karnataka, 152 from Gujarat and 110 from Jharkhand and 104 from Madhya Pradesh.

A total of 1,92,311 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 63,928 from Maharashtra, 14,283 from Karnataka, 13,475 from Tamil Nadu, 13,898 from Delhi, 10,959 from Uttar Pradesh, 10,884 from West Bengal, 8,356 from Punjab and 7,616 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

With inputs from PTI

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