Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India registered 1,26,789 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours, setting another one-day record as the county battles the second wave of infections. The total deaths pushed to 1,66,862 with 685 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases since the first recorded infection in India in January last year now stands at over 1.29 crore, making it the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travelers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from that country. The suspension will start from 1600 local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28, Ardern said in a news conference. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine at AIIMS Delhi and urged people eligible for the vaccine to get inoculated. “Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on http://CoWin.gov.in, ”the PM tweeted. Modi received the first dose of the vaccine on March 1, kick-starting a new phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive in India when the country began covering people over 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities. India has now opened the vaccination drive to anyone above the age of 45 from April 1.
The latest vaccination drive has seen a tug of war between the center and states such as Maharashtra. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has assured that India has sufficient stock of vaccines and no state will face problems on this front, adding that “claims of vaccine shortage are utterly baseless.” Maharashtra, the state with 56.1% of the active cases in the country, has vaccines just for three more days, says Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Maharashtra received 1.06 crore doses of the vaccine. With a vaccine wastage rate of 3%, the state, so far, has vaccinated 85,64,908 people. As of Wednesday morning, the state had 14 lakh doses in stock that will last for 3 more days as the state, on an average, is vaccinating 4 lakh people per day.