Coronavirus India Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a meeting of high-level officials to review the recent uptick of coronavirus cases as well as the nationwide vaccination drive. All senior officers including Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Health Secretary, Dr Vinod Paul are participating in the meeting, sources told ANI.
India recorded 93,249 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, with which its overall caseload soared to 1,24,85,509. Meanwhile, with 513 new deaths, the death toll surged to 1,64,623.
Of the 513 deaths reported on Saturday, 277 of them from Maharashtra, which included 78 previously unaccounted deaths. Punjab reported 49 deaths. Chhattisgarh recorded its highest-ever daily case count of 5,818. Active cases are nearing seven lakh now.
A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned of a possible lockdown in the state, he held separate meetings with various stakeholders on Saturday to build consensus on restrictions that he said had to be imposed to break the chain of transmission of Covid-19.
Thackeray held consultations with senior journalists, gym and multiplex owners as well as people from the Marathi drama and film industry.
The Centre on Saturday directed the states and Union Territories that no fresh registrations of healthcare and frontline workers will be allowed as some ineligible beneficiaries in this category were getting their names enlisted in violation of the rules. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter, said registration of persons aged 45 years and above will continue to be permitted on Co-WIN portal and asked the states and UTs to ensure universal vaccination of already registered healthcare workers and frontline workers at the earliest.
Earlier in the day, the Odisha government on Saturday imposed a night curfew in 10 districts — Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri — from 10 pm to 5 am in the wake of rising cases across the state. Odisha’s Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,42,224 on Saturday as 452 more people tested positive for the infection. While Nuapada reported 71 new cases, Kalahandi registered 29 fresh infections and Bargarh 19.
Former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar for better monitoring, his son Omar Abdullah said in a tweet on Saturday. “Based on the advice of doctors to enable them to better monitor my father, he has been admitted to hospital in Srinagar. Our family remains grateful to everyone for their messages of support & their prayers,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Bangladesh has imposed a seven-day nationwide lockdown from Monday amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. The country on Friday had logged 6,830 new cases, the highest in a day, and the death toll also climbed by 50 in 24 hours to 9,155, according to data released by the government.