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Haryana reported an increase in weekly new cases from 367 new cases in the week ending (April 1) to 416 new cases in the last week (ending April 8), accounting for 5.70 per cent of India’s new cases. The State has also seen an increase in positivity in the last week from 0.51 per cent to 1.06 per cent.

Delhi has reported an increase in weekly new cases from 724 new cases in the week ending (April 1) to 826 new cases in the last week (ending April 8), accounting to 11.33 per cent of India’s new cases. The State has also seen an increase in positivity in the last week from 0.51 per cent to 1.25 per cent.

Maharashtra has reported 794 new cases in the last week (ending April 8), accounting for 10.9 per cent of India’s new cases. The State has also seen an increase in positivity in the last week from 0.39 per cent to 0.43 per cent.

Mizoram has reported 814 new cases in the last week (ending April 8), accounting to 11.16 per cent of lndia’s new cases. The State has also seen an increase in positivity in the last week from 14.38 per cent to 16.48 per cent.

The letter states that Kerala reported 2,321 new cases in the last week (ending April 8), accounting for 31.8 per cent of India’s new cases. The State has also seen an increase in positivity in the last week from 13.45 per cent to 15.53 per cent.

lt is essential that the state must maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action if required in any areas of concern to control any emerging spread of infection. Testing and surveillance still remain important to track the virus, its spread & evolution.

The letter read

Bhushan also stressed on the need to follow the five-fold strategy — Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and Adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour.

Noting the significant decline in COVID-19 cases, with the country reporting less than 1,000 daily new cases for the past few days, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in his letter to the states advised them to continue monitoring the spread of infection and undertake the required steps for prompt and effective management of Covid-19.

The Centre has written to five states – Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Mizoram – on Friday over the increase in Covid-19 cases last week asking them to maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action if required.

Centre writes to Delhi, Maharashtra, 3 other states over rise in Covid-19 cases

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to hold a meeting with the health secretaries and health officials of all States/UTs regarding Covid-19 precaution dose administration tomorrow: Official sources

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan writes to Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Mizoram over the increase in Covid-19 cases in the respective states the last week, asking them to maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action if required.

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla also welcomed the government’s move to allow precaution dose of the vaccine to all aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres, saying it will further provide long-term protection against the virus, and aid ease of travel.

Serum Institute’s Covishield precaution dose priced at Rs 600 per shot

Vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday said the precaution dose of its Covishield vaccine against COVID-19 will be priced at Rs 600 per shot for eligible individuals.

Canada to support Covid vaccination in lower income countries with C$220 million in new funding

Canada will provide C$220 million ($174.8 million) in additional funding to support COVID-19 vaccination needs in lower income countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Friday.The new money would be on top of the more than C$2.7 billion Canada has provided for international assistance in response to COVID and will help improve the capacity of lower-income countries to distribute vaccines, according to the statement.

Amid Covid rise in Washington, White House celebrates Judge Jackson confirmation

The White House celebrates the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court on Friday in an outdoor event with lawmakers and court members as coronavirus cases among Washington’s political class rise.

Under Section 52 of Disaster Management Act 2005, making of a false claim and/or submitting a false certificate to avail of the ex-gratia compensation is liable to be punished: Government of India

n compliance with Supreme Court order, central teams rushed to Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh for random scrutiny of 5% claims filed for Covid-19 ex-gratia compensation in these States, says the government.

Over Rs 154 cr fine imposed for Covid violations in Delhi, Rs 16 cr collected

In the last one year, the Delhi government has issued 14.82 lakh challans amounting to over Rs 154 crore for various Covid violations in the city but managed to collect only Rs 16.79 crore from the fine, according to official data.The maximum number of fines was imposed for not wearing masks in public places. As many as 13.81 lakh challans for violating the mask mandate (93.31 per cent of the total) were issued by the district authorities between April 17, 2021, and April 6, 2022.

Over Rs 154 cr fine imposed for Covid violations in Delhi, Rs 16 cr collected

In the last one year, the Delhi government has issued 14.82 lakh challans amounting to over Rs 154 crore for various Covid violations in the city but managed to collect only Rs 16.79 crore from the fine, according to official data.The maximum number of fines was imposed for not wearing masks in public places. As many as 13.81 lakh challans for violating the mask mandate (93.31 per cent of the total) were issued by the district authorities between April 17, 2021, and April 6, 2022.

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