India continues to record the most number of daily cases globally. Since April 3, India has been consistently registering more daily cases than U.S. and Brazil on an average, accounting for one in every seven new global cases. The last time India led the world in terms of daily cases was during the first wave in September.
The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered exceeded the 8 crore mark, with 8,31,10,926 shots given as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a Health Ministry press release. "More than 43 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day vaccination coverage in the country so far, " the release said.
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Not possible to ramp up immunisation suddenly: Health Ministry
With a growing public clamour for making vaccines available to all adults, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that India was following a scientific protocol regarding administering vaccines and that it wasn’t possible “to suddenly ramp up” vaccinations.
On a day that the country reported administering a single-day record of 4.3 million inoculations, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “When people say that India isn’t vaccinating fast enough, we must remember that vaccinating isn’t like buying something and carrying it home in a bag; it can’t be immediately accelerated. We are following a scientific protocol. We have to observe people for half hour for side effects, reactions. Vaccines aren’t given as a matter of individual choice, but according to need.”
Brazil’s daily deaths from COVID pass 4,000 for first time
Brazil reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000 for the first time, becoming the third nation to go above that daily threshold. Many governors, mayors and judges are reopening parts of the economy despite lingering chaos in overcrowded hospitals and a collapsed health system in several parts of the country.Brazil’s health ministry on Tuesday said 4,195 deaths were counted in the previous 24 hours, with the nation’s pandemic toll quickly approaching 340,000, the second highest in the world. Only the US and Peru have had daily death tolls higher than 4,000.
Sao Paulo state, Brazil’s most populous with 46 million residents, registered almost 1,400 deaths in the latest count. Health officials said the figure was partly due to the Easter holiday, which delayed the count Local authorities nationwide argue that numbers of cases and hospitalizations are trending downward after a week of a partial shutdown.
U.S. still in life and death race against coronavirus: Biden
The United States is still in a "life-and-death race" against coronavirus , President Joe Biden said as his administration raced through a record 150 million vaccine shots in just 75 days.
The new record is against his initial target of 100 million shots in 100 days. Mr. Biden has now set the goal of getting 200 million vaccines to his fellow countrymen in the first 100 days of his administration.
Distancing goes for a toss at booths during polls
Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, polling turned out to be a huge challenge as compliance with safety protocols had to be ensured. There was better adherence to masking across booths but physical distancing went for a toss, while indiscriminate dumping of used polythene gloves turned an eyesore across centres.
Wearing of masks was made mandatory for voters. At several booths, staff and volunteers kept hand sanitisers and polythene gloves ready, while voters were also screened for temperature before entry.
Second wave spreading fast in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram
The Srikakulam and Vizianagaram district administrations are on high alert over a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. Srikakulam district is witnessing almost 100 new cases on a daily basis. The active caseload is 490, but it is expected to rise sharply in the coming days. As many as 415 patients are under home isolation while 51 persons have been admitted to hospital. Twenty-four patients are under observation at COVID Care Centres.
Call for extra caution during festival weekend, bypolls
While COVID-19 experts have warned that the coming four weeks are crucial for Karnataka, they are now concerned that this long weekend due to festivals (Ugadi and the start of Ramzan) followed by the bypolls will only trigger a steep rise if people do not follow the standard guidelines of SMS (Social distancing, Masking and Santisation).
While some experts suggest that the State may consider a weekend lockdown and night curfew as done in Maharashtra, members of the State’s Technical advisory Committee (TAC) said a weekend lockdown and night curfew have a limited role in reducing the speed of transmission.
(With inputs from our Correspondents and agencies)
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