Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 13 patients die in fire at ICU ward of COVID-19 hospital in Maharashtra's Virar

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UAE restricts travel from India as COVID cases surge

On a day when India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 3,14,835 new COVID-19 infections, the UAE banned travel from the country for ten days.

The travel ban will come into effect from 11.59 pm on Saturday, 24 April, and is subject to review after 10 days, the Gulf News reported.

As per the new rules, passengers arriving from India will not be allowed to enter the UAE unless they have spent 14 days in other countries. However, departure flights will continue to operate and the ban will not extend to UAE citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations.

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Maharashtra hospital fire toll rises to 13

Thirteen people have died after a fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) around 3 am on Friday. 21 patients including those in critical condition have been shifted to another hospital, said Dr Dilip Shah, official, Vijay Vallabh COVID care hospital, Virar.

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At least 13 die in fire at ICU ward of COVID-19 hospital in Maharashtra

At least thirteen COVID-19 patients died in a fire at a hospital in Maharashtra's Virar, about 70 km from state capital Mumbai. The fire broke out in the ICU of the hospital around 3 am, hospital officials said.

The incident comes as Maharashtra battles the second wave of coronavirus and witnesses an unprecedented surge in infections. Over 67,000 fresh cases were reported Thursday.

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: The incident comes as Maharashtra battles the second wave of coronavirus and witnesses an unprecedented surge in infections. Over 67,000 new infections wee reported on Thursday.

The total number of vaccinations against COVID-19 has crossed 13.5 crore in the country with more than 30 lakh vaccine doses administered on Thursday till 8 pm, the health ministry said.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stood at 13,53,46,729, according to a provisional report compiled at 8 pm.

The beneficiaries include 92,41,384 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose, 59,03,368 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,17,27,708 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 60,73,622 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Besides, 4,55,10,426 and 18,91,160 beneficiaries in the 45-60 age group have taken the first and the second dose respectively, while 4,85,01,906 and 64,97,155 people aged above 60 have been administered the first and the second dose.

A total of 30,16,085 vaccine doses were given on Thursday (till 8 pm), the 97th day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.

The beneficiaries included 18,33,828 who were vaccinated for the first dose and 11,82,257 who received the second dose, the ministry said, adding that the final report for the day would be compiled by late night.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with HCWs getting inoculated. The vaccination of FLWs started from 2 February.

The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 1 March for those above 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The vaccination of all citizens aged above 45 started from 1 April.

On Monday, the government decided to expand the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be vaccinated from 1 May.


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