Coronavirus India Live Updates: Over 1.52 lakh new Covid-19 cases; 4 day-long ‘Tika Utsav’ begins today - The Indian Express

A health worker in PPE kit outside the Covid-19 ward at AIIMS Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)Coronavirus India Live Updates: India on Sunday reported 1,52,879 new Covid-19 cases and 839 deaths in the last 24 hours,

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Over 1.52 lakh new Covid-19 cases; 4 day-long ‘Tika Utsav’ begins today - The Indian Express
A health worker in PPE kit outside the Covid-19 ward at AIIMS Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Coronavirus India Live Updates: India on Sunday reported 1,52,879 new Covid-19 cases and 839 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The total number of cases in the country now stand at 1,33,58,805 and the death toll has risen to 1,69,275. There are 11,08,087 active cases at present while as many as 1,20,81,443 people have recovered from the disease. At least 10,15,95,147 people have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine

Meanwhile, a four-day long ‘Tika Utsav (vaccine festival)’ for COVID-19 (from April 11 (Jyotirao Phule’s birth anniversary) to April 14 (B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary)) is being held across the country from Sunday, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with state chief ministers to help people eligible for vaccination to get immunised during the period. “We’re going to begin ‘Tika Utsav’ today nationwide. I urge countrymen to abide by 4 things – assist those who need help getting inoculated, help people in COVID treatment, wear masks & motivate others & if someone tests positive, create micro-containment zone in the area,” Modi said on Sunday.

As India opened up vaccination on April 1 for everyone above 45 years, Maharashtra, now reporting a shortage of vaccines at several sites, had administered 31.74 lakh doses in the first nine days of Phase 3. This was a staggering 96.39 percent increase compared with the preceding nine-day period, scrutiny of official data reveals.

Significantly, the increase in Maharashtra was higher than the national trend — which stood at 89.48 percent for the same period. This exponential increase in the state at the beginning of Phase 3 indicates that the sudden demand for the vaccine is a key reason behind certain vaccination centres facing a shortage of stock in the state.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: After PM Modi's call for mass vaccination, 'Tika Utsav' begins today

 An NSG commando gets the Covid-19 vaccine at BKC vaccination centre on Saturday. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

As Maharashtra observed the first day of a weekend lockdown after five days of daytime restrictions and night curfews, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday indicated that the state government would likely impose a longer lockdown of up to 15 days to break the chain of infection, starting Monday, April 12.

At a meeting of representatives from the ruling three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi, and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, he sought the cooperation of all parties for any decision that the state will take in this regard. Thackeray was assured support by all those present, including former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis.

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Fadnavis demanded that the government spell out a detailed plan to allay the fears of people about job losses and livelihood issues during the lockdown.