India registered more than 1.60 lakh COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, according to the official figures released on Tuesday (April 13, 2021) morning.
India recorded 1,61,736 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, besides 97,168 recoveries and 879 deaths.
As the number of cases continues to grow at an alarming rate, several states have imposed movement restrictions, night curfews and partial lockdown.
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While the highest number of cases have been observed in Maharashtra, the situation is becoming worse with each passing day in several other states.
Here is a list of states/UTs that have imposed restrictions to contain the second wave of COVID-19:
List of states that have put in place fresh Covid-related restrictions:
Delhi has prohibited all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious gatherings. Delhi Metro and DTC buses will operate only at 50 per cent capacity. The Delhi Metro, DTC and cluster buses will run at 50 per cent occupancy in view of the rising coronavirus cases.
Restaurants, bars will operate at 50 per cent occupancy. Colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed in Delhi.
The state government has recently announced a slew of restrictions that also included a weekend lockdown and night curfew till April 30. Citizens cannot leave their homes without a valid reason between 8 pm and 7 am and only essential services are excluded from these curfew rules.
All shops except grocery, medicines, vegetables, and those selling essential items will stay shut, along with malls, market places, and gyms.
Theatres, multiplexes, video parlors, pubs, swimming pools, sports complexes, auditoriums, waterparks have also been shut down completely.
The Punjab government has announced its decision to impose a night curfew from 9 PM – 5 AM across the entire state till April 30 amid rising COVID-19 cases. It has banned political gatherings across the state.
The Uttar Pradesh government has put a cap on the number of people entering a religious place. Night curfew has been imposed in several districts such as Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Meerut, etc.
The Rajasthan government has imposed a night curfew in eight cities from Monday (March 21) onwards. They also made it mandatory for people visiting the state to carry a COVID-19 negative test report. The night curfew will be imposed in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Sagwada (Dungarpur) and Kushalgarh (Banswara) from 11 pm to 5 am.
Night curfew has been imposed in several cities in the state including Bengaluru, Mysore, Mangalore, Kalaburagi, Bidar and Tumkur. The restrictions will be in place till April 20. They could be extended depending on further orders.
The Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana imposed a night curfew in the state from April 11 onwards. The restrictions will be in place between 9 pm and 5 am.
The Gujarat government has announced a night curfew in 20 cities and eight metros in the state including Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagarh and Gandhinagar etc.
The state has imposed a ‘corona curfew’ from April 13 to April 19. The government has extended the lockdown across 11 districts comprising Indore city, Rau, Mhow, Shajapur city and some districts like Ujjain, Barwani, Rajgarh and Vidisha.
Jammu & Kashmir
Night curfew has been imposed across eight districts of the union territory including Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Anantnag and Kupwara.
But the government of Jammu and Kashmir has passed a new order for the holy month of Ramadan
As per the new order by the government of Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramadan, the State Executive Committee, in excersice of the powers conferred up on it under section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, orders that the District Magistrates\ Supritendents of Police shall facilitate observance of prayers\ religious functions during the Corona Curfew timings, wherever necessary.
Relaxations in the timings of curfew are offered during prayers, functions during Ramadan.
COVID 19- Record breaking 4.12 lakh cases and 3,982 deaths
In a record-breaking update, the total covid 19 cases in the country today stands at 412,618. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged past 21 million, world meter showed this morning. The total number of death cases stands at 3,982, the highest ever.
If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse as Maharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.
The covid 19 cases in India is only surging by the day with no relief to be seen far and wide. Ever since the second wave of Covid 19 that groped the country in early March the situation has only worsened.
If we look at the state-wise updates the condition is even worse asMaharashtra reported 57,640 new covid 19 cases, followed by Karnataka(50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165), Delhi (20,000) in the last 24 hours.
It is a well-known fact as to how the first wave of Covid19 wreck havoc the world over especially in the US. However, the condition is no different this time. At least the world report of Covid 19 cases says so. Let’s have a look a the world report of
The total number of covid infections the world over are 155,813,366 while the recovery rate is 133,972,734 while the death toll stands at 3,254,883. The US remains the worst-hit country with a total case of 33,321,074 followed by India, Brazil, France and Turkey. However, in the past seven days, India has added the highest cases which stand at 2,669,597 followed by Brazil (414,271) and the US (346,224)
How A Nursing College Is Catering To Covid Patients For Free
A lot of negativity has been spread in the country. People are dying each day. Some are losing their loved ones while some are struggling to save the lives of their loved ones. At such time many people, organisations, NGOs have come forward to save the humanity and people of the country. Among such people, there is Barrister Nath Pai Shikshan Sanstha which runs a nursing and physiotherapy college in Kudal in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg. The college has been converted into a free-of-cost 50-bed Covid-care facility for patients from neighbouring villages and towns.
The college has 50 beds which are arranged in a multi-purpose hall that normally hosts the college events. The computer lab of the college has been converted into a makeshift ICU which is under the surveillance of 2 doctors. The centre has 14 oxygen concentrators and 1 ECG machine which are either donated or purchased from the funds collected.
President of the Sanstha Umesh Galvankar said “With a daily caseload of more than 150, the few government and private hospitals in the area cannot handle so many patients. So that’s why we have converted our college into a covid care facility. We approached the local donors and the government for the funds and permission. Our college doesn’t provide facility to anyone but the who have been prescribed home isolation or those who have been discharged from hospitals after treatment will be accommodated here. 2 doctors, who live within a one-kilometre radius from the college, will monitor the patients and track their reports. Local government authorities have sanctioned medicines, PPE kits and sanitisers for the centre and three resident doctors are set to join them soon. “Everything from their tests and medicines to food is free for the patients.”
Young girls, studying to be nurses, have voluntarily stepped in to care for the patients. Final-year nursing students, set to graduate in three months, started preparing a week ago, conducting drills and setting routines. The centre has also sought the services of senior doctors from Mumbai who conduct tele-counselling regularly to monitor the progress of patients.
The centre organises yoga sessions, psychological counselling and physiotherapy, all led by their teachers of the nursing and physiotherapy college and local doctors. With Covid-19 being a respiratory disease, physiotherapists conduct simple breathing exercises for the patients who have tested negative and are recovering.
The centre plans to run till June 30 and is accepting donations to fund its services aimed at underprivileged patients.
COVID third phase inevitable, prepare for new waves: Centre’s top scientific advisor
A third phase of the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable, claimed K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India on Wednesday (May 5).
Addressing a press conference, Raghavan said, “A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” said.
Shedding light on the transmission of the new strains of the infection he said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It doesn’t have properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies and goes on, same as original.”
Raghavan asserted that the vaccines are effective against the new COVID-19 strains as well. “Vaccines are effective against current variants. New variants will arise all over the world and in India too but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau. Immune evasive variants and those which lower or increase disease severity will arise going ahead.”
Further, he said, “Scientists of India and all over world are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. It’s an intense research program, happening in India and abroad.”
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