India on Thursday has recorded 2,17,353 fresh covid cases and 1,185 covid related deaths, which since the pandemic started. The country’s caseload surged to 1,42,91,917, out of 15,69,743 are active cases.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday held an emergency meeting at his residence to assess the covid-19 situation in the country. This comes a day after when the state recorded 14,738, out of these 10,497 were reported in Bengaluru on April 15.
The Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday decided to impose a weekend curfew to break the chain of covid infection in the city. Kejriwal said, during the weekend curfew essential services will be allowed to function, and special passes will be given for weddings. Kejriwal said restaurants will be shut for dine-in, but home delivery will be allowed. Malls, gyms and spas will remain closed. Cinema halls will be allowed to function at 30 percent capacity.
Uttarakhand has has been witnessing more than 1,700 covid cases in the Kumbh Mela area between April 1 and April 15. The government exempted the Kumbh from it’s restriction that more than 200 people will not be allowed to gather for religious, social and political events.
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 61,695 Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 3,639,855, while the active case count rose to 620,060. With 349 fatalities, the toll went up to 59,163. The state is under a strict curfew till the end of April. In terms of the total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Kerala has decided to do mass testing of people for COVID-19. The state is aiming to conduct 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh tests between today and tomorrow.
The Central government has asked states that witnessing a surge in cases to follow the United Kingdom’s model when it comes to vaccination and containment.