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26 COVID deaths in J&K, lockdown begins and more top news stories

26 COVID deaths in J&K, lockdown begins and more top news stories

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Lockdown begins in 11 distts, curfew will imposed in other districts from tomorrow

Jammu: With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to implement a full lockdown in 11 districts starting Thursday 7 pm till 7 am on Monday. Read more on The Dispatch.

Record one-day spike of 3,474 new COVID cases, 26 deaths in J&K

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded its biggest single-day spike of 3,474 fresh COVID-19 cases and 26 coronavirus-related deaths, also the highest in the Union Territory for a 24-hour period, officials said.

The new cases and fatalities pushed the infection count to 1,72,547 and the death toll to 2,253, they said. Read more on The Dispatch.

No need to panic, we are equipped to deal with emerging situation, says LG  

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today chaired a meeting with the office-bearers and volunteers of Indian Red Cross Society, J&K through virtual mode.The Lt Governor acknowledged the significant role played by Indian Red Cross Society, and lauded the Volunteers for their selflessness and dedicated service towards public.

He called upon them to renew their commitment and determination in complementing Government’s efforts to speed up the vaccination drive and tackle the challenges of Covid pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch.

Delhi doesn’t have sufficient vaccine doses for 18-44 age group: Health minister

New Delhi:  Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the city does not have sufficient doses of vaccine for the inoculation of those in the 18-44 age group and orders have been placed with manufacturers for the same. The minister, however, said preparations to give jabs to this category have been completed. “At present, we don’t have vaccines. We have requested the companies to provide it, Jain told reporters when asked if there were enough vaccines available for the 18-44 age group. Read more on The Dispatch.

Railways continuously engaged in delivering oxygen across country through Oxygen Express trains

New Delhi:  Railways is continuously engaged in delivering oxygen across the country through its Oxygen Express trains. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday informed that 6th Oxygen Express has left for Lucknow after loading liquid oxygen from Bokaro which will increase the availability of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh. Read more on The Dispatch

Polling for the 8th and final phase of West Bengal elections progressing smoothly

New Delhi: In West Bengal, polling for the Eighth and Final Phase of Assembly Elections is progressing smoothly. The average voter turnout was registered at 56.19 per cent till 01.30 P.M. The people were seen standing in long queues in front of the Polling Stations right from the beginning. Read more on The Dispatch

PM Modi reviews Army’s preparedness and initiatives to deal with Covid situation in country

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the Army’s preparedness and initiatives to deal with Covid-19 situation in the country. Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane discussed various initiatives being taken by the Army to help in Covid management. Read more on The Dispatch


Some Standalone Shops, Public Transport With 50% Capacity To Be Allowed During Lockdown In Srinagar

Srinagar: Administration in Srinagar on Thursday said that wholesale dealers, standalone grocery, vegetable, meat and milk shops may remain open during the 84-hour lockdown beginning this evening. Read more on The Dispatch


AYUSH 64 found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 infection

New Delhi:  In a press conference organised by Ministry of Ayush on Thursday, the efficacy of AYUSH-64 in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild & moderate cases of Covid 19 was announced. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Govt permits import of 17 critical medical devices to provide relief to COVID patients

New Delhi:  Government has expedited the process of import of critical medical devices amid the growing demands due to Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. In this connection, the Union Government has permitted importers to import 17 medical devices required to provide relief to the Covid patients. Read more on The Dispatch.   


40 countries have come forward to provide assistance to India: MEA

New Delhi:  The Ministry of External Affairs has said that 40 countries have come forward to provide assistance to India to fulfil the requirements of several medical equipments and medicines in the country. Briefing the media in New Delhi on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla said, consignments carrying medical equipments and medicines have started to arrive in India from various countries. He said, the U.S. has pledged to help the country in its fight against the pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch.

70-yr-old UP man carries wife body on cycle for cremation as villagers stay away over Covid fear

Jaunpur: A 70-year-old man was compelled to carry the body of his wife, who died due to Covid-19, for cremation on his bicycle as nobody in his village offered any help fearing they might contract the deadly virus, police said Thursday.

The heart-wrenching ordeal of the frail-looking, bearded man from Ambarpur village in the district, over 200 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been captured in two photographs circulating on social media. Read more on The Dispatch.


Over 1.70 crore people register in Cowin portal on 1st day of registration for vaccination

New Delhi:  Over 1.70 Crore people have registered for vaccination in the Cowin portal since yesterday. The Portal handled more than 50 thousand Application Program Interface API calls per second. The vaccination for people 18 years and above will begin on Saturday.  Government said, Co-WIN digital platform continues to work without any technical glitch. Read more on The Dispatch.   

J&K Reports 12 More Covid-19 Deaths, Toll 2239

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir reported at least twelve more deaths due to covid-19 in last 24 hours and some of the victims were aged between 40 and 55 years, officials said on Thursday.

They said that seven Seven of these deaths were reported at GMC Jammu while five were from Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 2239. 242 of these deaths occurred during the present month alone.

A senior doctor at GMC Jammu told GNS that one among the seven victims was a 40-year-old man while six others were elderly. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Maruti Suzuki to shut down manufacturing units to make oxygen available for medical needs

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest car maker, will shut down its manufacturing units in Haryana to make oxygen gas available for medical needs. Maruti Suzuki added that it also decided to shut down its manufacturing unit in Gujarat. Read more on The Dispatch.   



Big relief for car owners: High Court quashes govt order about re-registration of outside vehicles

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today quashed the circular which was issued by the administration for the re-registration of the vehicles brought from outside states and operated in the union territory. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Agartala DC Shailesh Yadav suspended for raiding marriage parties, thrashing invitees

Tripura: IAS officer Shailesh Kumar Yadav, the Deputy Commissioner of West Tripura, covering the capital city Agartala, is reported to have been placed under suspension after videos of his boorish behaviour went public.

A couple of days ago several videos went viral showing Yadav going berserk at two wedding functions in Agartala. Since the parties were happening an hour beyond the Covid related shutdown deadline of 10PM, the Deputy Commissioner Shailesh Yadav barged into the marriage halls accompanied by posse of cops. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Char Dham Yatra suspended this year amid rising cases, priests of four temples to perform rituals

Uttarakhand: The Uttarakhand government has decided to suspend the Char Dham Yatra this year in view of worsening Covid-19 situation in the state. Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said that only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Centre provides over 16 crore doses of Covid vaccines to States, UTs free of cost

New Delhi:  The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has informed that more than one crore six lakh doses of Covid vaccines are still available with the States and Union Territories. The Union Government has provided over 16 crore 16 lakh doses of vaccines to States and Union Territories free of cost so far. Of this, the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 15 crore 10 lakh. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Covaxin found to neutralise 617 variant of Corona virus, says Dr. Fauci

New Delhi:  Covaxin, India’s home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, has been found to neutralise Double Mutant or 617 variant of the Corona virus. This was stated by White House chief medical adviser and America’s top pandemic expert Dr Anthony Fauci. The statement comes days after Indian Council of Medical Research announced that Covaxin is effective against the Double Mutant. Dr Fauci said despite the real difficulty that we are seeing in India, vaccination could be a very, very important antidote against this. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Serum Institute of India reduces price of Covishield from Rs 400 to Rs 300 for states

New Delhi:  Serum Institute of India has dropped the price of COVISHIELD vaccine by Rs 100 for the state government. In a tweet, Serum’s CEO Adar Poonawala said that, as a philanthropic gesture, serum institute will provide COVISHIELD to states in Rs 300 with immediate effect. This will save thousands of crores of state funds going forward. He said, This will enable more vaccinations and save countless lives. Read more on The Dispatch.   


PM Modi sanctions procurement of one lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators under PM Cares Fund

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned the procurement of one lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators from the PM Cares Fund. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Mr. Modi to discuss the measures needed to improve Liquid Medical Oxygen Supply for COVID management. The Prime Minister instructed that these Oxygen Concentrators should be procured at the earliest and provided in States with high case burden. Read more on The Dispatch.   



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26 COVID deaths in J&K, lockdown begins and more top news stories