Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Amid restrictions, rush in Himachal temples to mark Navratri

SHIMLA: Amid the rising coronavirus cases and restrictions, devotees on Tuesday thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh on the first day of the nine-day long Chaitra Navratri festival.

Haryana imposes night curfew amid spike in Covid cases

GURUGRAM: The Haryana government on Monday imposed night curfew with immediate effect amid sudden rise in Covid-19 cases.The state government said in a statement that night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am will be imposed from Monday night and will remain in force till further orders.

Exempt Covid drugs from GST, transfer Rs 6K to eligible: Sonia

NEW DELHI: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to the Prime Minister and asked him to exempt the medicines and equipment required for Covid-19 treatment and Rs 6,000 should be transferred every month in the accounts of those who are eligible.

Alarm bells ring again in Agra as Covid cases surge

AGRA: In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, the district health department has added more beds to the wards, upped the oxygen supply and streamlined the medical infrastructure in the city.

Curfew clamped, internet suspended in Rajasthan town after communal clash

JAIPUR: Curfew was clamped and internet services suspended in Chhabra town of Rajasthan's Baran district on Sunday as communal clashes broke out, leaving several shops and vehicles set on fire, while other shops were looted, police said.

Govt to complete 5 surveys in 7 months on migrant labourers: Labour Bureau DG

 NEW DELHI: The Union government is conducting five different types of surveys through which it aims to collect the data of all migrant workers, maids, professionals, etc. The Labour Bureau of the Ministry of Labour and Employment has been designated to complete these surveys in seven months.

Delhi reports 7,897 new Covid infections, daily positivity rate rises to 10.21 %

NEW DELHI: The national capital reported 7,897 new Covid infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Delhi government's health bulletin released on Saturday. The number of cases is less in comparison to Friday's 8521 new cases. However, the number of samples tested was also less.

Mini-lockdown casts cloud over MFI collections

MUMBAI: States have once again begun imposing restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. For instance, Maharashtra, which is seeing the maximum number of cases, has announced the most stringent one -- a mini-lockdown through April 30. Many other states have also announced night curfews and weekend lockdowns.

Conclude all public events by 9 pm to fight Corona: UP CM

GORAKHPUR: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that district magistrates must assess the number of Covid cases in the district and decide on night curfew at their own level. But before such a situation arises, the district administration should make arrangements so that any public event or wedding ceremony is completed by 9 pm.

Have only 5 days of Covid vaccine left in Punjab, says Capt Amarinder Singh

CHANDIGRH: With Punjab left with only 5 days of supply (5.7 lakh Covid vaccine doses) at the current levels of vaccinating 85000-90000 persons a day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to share the schedule for supply of vaccines with the States over the next quarter based on their confirmed supply orders.

Bengaluru hoteliers slam decision to impose night curfew

BENGALURU: Karnataka's decision to announce a 10-day night curfew in Bengaluru, starting Saturday, has triggered concerns in the local bar and restaurant and eatery industry.

Haryana shuts schools for classes 1 to 8 till April 30

GURUGRAM: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced closure of schools for classes 1 to 8 till April 30 amid spike in Covid-19 cases across the state.

Delhi Govt orders closure of all schools due to spike in Covid-19 cases

NEW DELHI: Amid the continued surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has ordered the closure of all government and private schools in the city. The announcement in this regard was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.

Mediapersons exempt from carrying e-pass during night curfew: DDMA

NEW DELHI: People working with electronic and the print media will not require e-passes for travelling in the national capital during the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am.

Covid surge: PMO's top priority to prevent reverse migration of workers this time

NEW DELHI: With a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in India, preventing another reverse migration of workers, particularly from key industrial areas, seems to be the top most priority of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

As COVID situation worsens, J&K imposes night curfew in 8 districts

JAMMU: Battling with the worsening Covid spread situation, J&K government has decided to impose night curfew in eight districts from Friday.All leaves of the doctors and paramedics have been cancelled. Areas around GGM Science College and the Sanskrit University in Jammu have been declared as micro-containment zones. Permissions granted to hold exhibitions and fairs have also been cancelled," an official of the government said.

Night curfew hampering weddings, business in capital

NEW DELHI: The night curfew imposed in the national capital amid resurgence of Covid-19 is not only hampering the shops, restaurants and others rather it is adding on to the woes of the banquet hall operators as people have started postponing the weddings and cancelling the bookings. A lot of people are even asking the banquet hall operators to change the time of the bookings too.

Guj: Amid spike in Covid cases, Cong, AAP urge SEC to postpone GMC polls

GANDHINAGAR: Amid the spiralling Covid-19 cases, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have appealed to the State Election Commission (SEC) to postpone the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections, slated for April 18.

Night curfew in Covid-hit B'luru, 7 K'taka cities from Saturday

BENGALURU: Night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. would be imposed between April 10-20 in Bengaluru and 7 cities across Karnataka to contain the Covid pandemic, which is seeing a resurgence, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

Punjab CM seeks reveiw of vaccine strategy, calls for flexibility for states to devise own local strategies

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to give flexibility to states to devise their local strategies for Covid vaccination, within the broad parameters of the Centre’s approach, while seeking a review of the strategy to allow all adults in high-risk areas to be immunized, along with patients with liver and kidney disease below the age of 45.

Night curfew in Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi as Covid cases surge

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to impose night curfew in Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi from Thursday.

Delhi night curfew: Shops being closed at 8 p.m., employees fear job loss

NEW DELHI: With the first night curfew of the year being imposed in the national capital, the shops at various places here are being closed at 8 p.m. while the workers are fearing job loss.

Current Covid wave affecting people aged 20-45 yrs: Delhi Minister

NEW DELHI: With the exponential surge in Covid-19 cases over the last few weeks in the national capital already a cause of concern, the current wave of coronavirus spreading among people aged between 20 to 45 years shows the need to vaccinate all age groups, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday.

Punjab Govt. adds 79 new private hospitals in list of tertiary care centres at 5 districts

CHANDIGARH: Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, said that in continuation with its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Punjab Government has added 79 new private hospitals to the list of tertiary care centres for providing COVID-19 treatment in the 5 most affected districts of the State. He said that the inflow of patients in severe conditions is higher in districts Amritsar, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Jalandhar and Bathinda.

Capt Amarinder orders ban on political gatherings in Punjab,leaders, violators to be booked under DMA & Epidermics Act

CHANDIGARH: As Covid cases continue to remain high in the state, Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday ordered a total ban on political gatherings till April 30 and said that violators, including political leaders, will be booked under the DMA and Epidemics Act. The chief minister also announced extension of night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM, which hitherto was imposed in 12 districts, to the entire state and reduced the number of attendees at funeral/cremations/weddings to 50 people indoors and 100 for outdoors. Wearing of masks has been made mandatory for all government employees while in office.

Gujarat records 3,280 new Covid cases, 17 deaths

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat's coronavirus situation worsened on Tuesday, with the state seeing a spike of 3,280 new cases, taking its tally to 3,24,878, while the death toll rose to 4,598 with 17 more succumbing.

Night curfew in Chandigarh, restaurants to close at 10 p.m.

CHANDIGARH: With the sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Chandigarh administration on Tuesday announced night curfew in the city from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily
Only essential services will be allowed to function during the curfew, an official release said.

Delhi night curfew: Who is exempted and how to get e-pass

NEW DELHI: As the national capital reported over 3,500 new Covid cases daily in the last four days, the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered the imposition of night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with immediate effect till April 30.

Maha becomes 1st to cross 80L-milestone of Covid jabs

MUMBAI: Amid the raging Covid-19 scourge, Maharashtra has become the first state in India to cross the landmark 80,00,000 vaccination jabs from January 16 till date, according to official data released here on Tuesday.

Kunal Kamra and parents test Covid positive

MUMBAI: Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra and his parents have tested positive for Covid-19. Kunal is under home quarantine while his parents have been hospitalised. Kamra tweeted the health update on Tuesday.

Delhi imposes night curfew amid Covid resurgence

NEW DELHI: Amid exponential increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered the imposition of night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with immediate effect till April 30.

Covid surge: Raj govt issues new guidelines

JAIPUR: In the wake of steep rise in Covid-19 cases, the Rajasthan government has announced new guidelines under which gyms, cinema halls, amusement parks and swimming polls would remain closed from April 5-19.

Kuwait reports 1,233 new Covid-19 cases, 234,754 in total

KUWAIT CITY: The Kuwaiti Health Ministry reported on Friday 1,233 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 234,754.
The ministry also announced eight more fatalities, taking the death toll to 1,327, while the tally of recoveries rose by 1,384 to 219,257. A total of 14,170 coronavirus patients are receiving treatment, including 241 in the intensive care units, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Pune: Night curfew, stringent norms clamped as Covid surges

PUNE: Amid a massive surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra's cultural and IT capital, Pune, the district administration has come out with a 'mini-lockdown' style night curfew and other stringent norms for a week to control the spread of the virus.

Situation might have been better had Goi not delayed inclusion of 45+ in vaccine ambit by 2 months': Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: Taking strong exception to the Centre’s criticism of his government’s management of the Covid surge, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said not only was the state consistently doing more tests per million than the national average, but the situation would perhaps have been better had the Government of India not delayed opening up of vaccination for 45+ age group.

Covid burdens France's intensive care units

PARIS: The situation in France's hospitals continues to worsen as health authorities reported that more than 4,970 patients with Covid-19 occupied beds in intensive care units on Monday.

Shilpa Shetty: Covid situation worrisome a year after Janta Curfew

MUMBAI: Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Monday expressed concern over the ongoing Covid pandemic a year after Janta Curfew, which was imposed on March 22 last year. Shilpa said, the situation continues to be worrisome.

No lockdown for now, wearing mask must: K'taka Health Minister

BENGALURU: Ruling out any possibility of re-enforcing lockdown, semi-lockdown or night curfew in Bengaluru, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Monday said that the government was looking to strengthen the existing Covid safety protocols like enforcing wearing masks compulsorily.

Punjab CM asks all pvt & govt Hospitals/Healthcare facilities to vaccinate 7 days a week, 8 hours daily, till march 31

CHANDIGARH:Taking note of the low vaccination numbers in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday asked all private and government hospitals and health facilities to offer hassle-free vaccination services for at least 8 hours daily, 7 days a week, till March 31. There should be no requirement of a separate certificate if an eligible 45+ years person brings the medical record regarding co-morbidities, he further directed.

Punjab CM orders fresh curbs to check Covid surge, educational institutions closed till march 31

CHANDIGARH:Clamping down heavily on the fresh Covid surge, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered massive state-wide restrictions beginning tomorrow, with closure of educational institutions till March 31 and restrictions on cinema/mall capacities.