First RORO Oxygen Express Arrives in Maharashtra Amid COVID Surge
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The first Roll On Roll Off (RORO) Oxygen Express, that departed from Visakhapatnam on Thursday, has arrived at Nagpur Junction railway station with 7 oxygen tankers, of which 3 tankers have been unloaded.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh government, on Friday, 23 April, decided to impose night curfew, from 10 pm to 5 am, tomorrow onwards amid the horrific nation-wide surge in COVID-19 cases.
India on Friday, 23 April, reported 3,32,730 fresh COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours – the highest one-day spike so far in the country since the pandemic began.
As many as 2,263 COVID fatalities and 1,93,279 discharges in 24 hours were recorded, as per the Union Health Ministry. The total case tally has now reached 1,62,63,695 with 24,28,616 active patients and 1,86,920 deaths. The total number of recoveries, meanwhile, stands at 1,36,48,159.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a meeting with the Chief Ministers of high burden states, over the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
Meanwhile, Delhi, on Thursday, reported 306 deaths due to COVID-19 – the highest number of single-day fatalities. Delhi also recorded over 26,000 cases during the same period. With this, the positivity rate has risen to 36.24 percent.
- Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced a lockdown in the national capital till 5 am on 26 April.
- The Centre on Monday announced that those above 18 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine from 1 May.
- Several states will offer the COVID-19 vaccine free of cost from 1 May.
- India’s “Oxygen Express” train made its first run on Thursday from Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) in Visakhapatnam to Maharashtra.
- In an urgent hearing, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to ensure the supply of medical oxygen by “whatever means required”.
Sixty Five Healthcare Personnel on Kumbh Duty Test Positive for COVID-19
Sixty-five healthcare personnel, including doctors, deployed on Kumbh duty have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them have been kept in isolation, reported PTI, citing officials.
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Delhi Reports Highest Ever Single-Day Spike in Death Count
Delhi on Friday reported 348 COVID-linked deaths - its highest-ever single-day spike in the death count.
Chhattisgarh Reports 17,397 New COVID-19 Cases
Chhattisgarh, on Friday, reported 17,397 new COVID-19 cases, 14,284 recoveries and 219 deaths in the last 24 hours
Active cases: 1,23,479
Total cases: 6,22,965
Death toll: 6,893
Total recoveries: 4,92,593
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