Coronavirus News Live Updates: India on Wednesday recorded 1,84,372 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 1,027 deaths. This is the highest number of cases India has ever recorded, and only the second country after US to record these many cases in 24 hours. And as cases continued to rise, Kolkata became the latest to impose restrictions on flyers. It said that as per government guidelines passengers coming to Kolkata Airport from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana must carry a negative RT-PCR Covid test report conducted within 72 hours before departure.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19. He was on campaign in Bengal and had isolated himself after members of his team tested positive.
Maharashtra announced Section 144 for 15 days in the state with only essential services between 7 am and 8 pm. The government said all establishments will be closed, except for essential services. Public transport is allowed for essential workers, and for the general public in cases of emergency or essential activities.
Amid rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19, there are complaints that there is a 48-hour gap between booking of the test and them being conducted. Mumbai is carrying out over 40,000 Covid tests daily.
Meanwhile, in the Kumbh Mela being held in Uttar Pradesh, which has seen lakhs of people gather, flouting Covid-19 norms, at least 102 pilgrims and 20 seers tested positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, devotees will participate in the third “shahi snan” on Wednesday.
The Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to consider imposing a full lockdown for at least two or three weeks given the rise in the number of cases. It has said that the government must speed up tracking, testing and treatment.
Amid rising cases Noida’s Gautam Buddh Nagar Police on Tuesday had temples and mosques make announcements using loudspeakers to caution people to follow COVID-19 protocols during Navratri and Ramzan, officials said. The announcements were made by temple priests and maulvis across Noida and Greater Noida at the request of the district police, they said.
India on Tuesday fast-tracked emergency approvals for Covid-19 vaccines authorised by Western countries and Japan, paving the way for possible imports of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna shots. The move, which will exempt companies from carrying out local safety trials for their vaccines, follows the world’s biggest surge in cases in the country this month.
Since April 2, India has reported the highest daily tallies of infections. It reported 161,736 cases on Tuesday, taking the total to 13.7 million, while deaths rose by 879 to 171,058.