Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 14-day lockdown in Karnataka from 9 pm today; shipment of medical aid arrives in India from UK

09:49 (IST)

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Over 3.23 lakh new COVID-19 cases in India

India registered 3,23,144 fresh COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count in the country to 1,76,36,307 on Tuesday, said the Union health ministry. 

09:37 (IST)

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First shipment of medical aid arrives from UK 

The first shipment of vital COVID-19 medical supplies from the United Kingdom arrived in India on Tuesday. The supplies included 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, ANI reported.

09:27 (IST)

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Over 28.09 cr COVID-19 samples tested so far: ICMR

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), at least 28,09,79,877 COVID-19 samples have been tested up to 26 April, with 16,58,700 samples being tested on Monday alone.

09:22 (IST)

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Karnataka to impose lockdown from today

The Karnataka government has announced a two-week total lockdown and curfew from today (Tuesday, 27 April). The announcement comes a day after the state reported its highest single-day rise of over 34,000 new cases.

On Sunday, Karnataka reported 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total cases to 13.39 lakh. While the state deaths toll rose to 14, 426 with a total of 143 deaths reported yesterday.

In a press briefing after the cabinet meeting, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, announced that the entire state, including Bengaluru, will see a full lockdown for two weeks starting from 9 pm on 27 April.

09:20 (IST)

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US to share 60 mn AstraZeneca vaccines with world after safety check

The United States plans to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the world as they become available, US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy said in Washington.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely in use around the world but has not yet been authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"US announces plan to share AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world. Sixty million doses to be shared as they become available," Murthy said in a tweet on Monday.

A similar tweet also came from Andy Slavitt, White House Senior Adviser, COVID Response.

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09:17 (IST)

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RECAP: With 380 deaths, Delhi records highest COVID-19 toll till date

Delhi recorded the highest single-day rise in its COVID-19 toll with 380 people succumbing to the infection on Monday, while the positivity rate stood at over 35 percent, according to the latest bulletin issued by the city health department.

The capital recorded over 20,201 fresh cases. With the these cases, the national capital's cumulative COVID-19 tally has climbed to over 10.47 lakh and the toll stands at 14,628, the bulletin said.

The positivity rate stood at 35.02 per cent, it added.

The tally of active cases in the city is at 92,358. A significant number of patients, 22,055, recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

09:15 (IST)

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RECAP: Bengal logs record 15,992 new COVID-19 cases, 68 deaths

West Bengal on Monday registered 68 deaths due to COVID-19, the highest so far in a single day, pushing the toll to 11,009, the health department said.

The state also reported record 15,992 fresh infections, which took the tally to 7,59,942, the department said in its bulletin.

Kolkata alone accounted for 26 deaths, followed by North-24 Parganas at 11, South-24 Parganas at seven, Hooghly at five and Malda at four. Of the 68 deaths, 45 were due to comorbidities and COVID-19 was just "incidental".

Coronavirus LATEST Updates: Essential services will be allowed between 6 am and 10 am and shops will close after that. There will be no public transport during the curfew, BS Yediyurappa said on Monday.

Total vaccination across the country has crossed over 14.5 crore with more than 31 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered till 8 pm on Monday, the health ministry said.

The cumulative number of vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 14,50,85,911 according to the 8 pm provisional report, the ministry said.

These include 93,23,439 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 60,59,065 HCWs who have taken the second dose. As many as 1,21,00,254 frontline workers (FLWs) have received the first dose and64,11,024 FLWs have taken the second dose.

Besides, 4,92,77,949 and 26,78,151 beneficiaries between 45 to 60 years have taken the first and second dose respectively, while, 5,05,37,922 and 86,98,107 aged above 60 have taken the first and second dose respectively.

A total of 31,74,688 vaccine doses were given till 8 pm on Monday, the 101st day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination.

Out of these, 19,73,778 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first time and 12,00,910 beneficiaries received the second dose as per the provisional report, the ministry said, adding final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

COVID-19 vaccination for those over 60 years and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions commenced from 1 March .

India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 from 1 April.

The government has also decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 eligible to be vaccinated from 1 May.