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India’s fresh Covid-19 cases exceed 400,000

2 May, 2021

India yesterday reported over 400,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the first time as the tally crossed the 19 million-mark, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data.

With 401,993 fresh Coronavirus cases, India’s Covid-19 tally has risen to 19,164,969. The country also recorded 3,523 deaths on Friday, including 870 in Maharashtra, 375 in Delhi, 332 in Uttar Pradesh and 269 in Chhattisgarh.

At least sixteen Covid-19 patients and two nurses died after a fire broke out at the ICU of the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch district yesterday. Locals broke glass windows and rescued the other patients. Sources said there were around 27 patients in the ICU ward at the time of the fire. They were shifted to nearby private hospitals. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani appointed two senior bureaucrats — Additional Chief Secretary (Labour and Employment) Vipul Mittra and Commissioner (Municipalities) Rajkumar Beniwal — to rush to Bharuch for an inquiry. Rupani said a judicial probe would also be initiated.

The United States has imposed restrictions on travel from India starting on May 4 because of the extraordinarily high Covid-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the country, the White House said.“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday. In an exclusive chat with The Indian Express, Dr. Anthony. S. Fauci, one of Covid-19 most trusted global voices, said although no nation likes to lock itself down but an “immediate” shutdown for a “few weeks” could put an end to the cycle of transmission in India.“Well, one of the things you really need to do that to the extent that you can — is shut down temporarily the country, I think is important. If we want to time out and go back to what I said.There is the immediate, the intermediate, and the long range. I think the most important thing immediately is to get oxygen, get supplies, get medication, get PPEs, those kinds of things but also, one of the immediate things to do is to essentially call a shutdown of the country,” he added. - The Indian Express