The Maharashtra state government has begun its preparation in the run-up of an anticipated lockdown. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackrey held a meeting to discuss SOPs and to further delegate the financial power to the local authorities in order to deal with the second wave of covid-19. Section 144 has been imposed in the state but public transports are not shut down completely and will be used for essential workers and during the essential and emergency services for the general public. Around 281 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state today and the case fatality rate of the state of Maharashtra stands at 1.66%. Currently, 32,94,398 people  in the state are under home quarantine and 30,399 people are in institutional quarantine.

India recorded 1,61,736 new cases in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, breaking yet another single-day mark, bringing the total number of cases to 1,36,89,453 so far. While India overtook Brazil as the world’s second-worst-affected nation, an expert panel of India’s central drug authority has recommended that the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V be approved for emergency use in the country under certain conditions.

As per the health ministry, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala accounted for 70.82 percent of India’s active Covid-19 cases on Sunday. Haryana has imposed a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective immediately. In the last 11 days, the number of active cases in Haryana has more than doubled, from 10,300 on April 1 to over 20,000 on April 11. 

 

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On Monday, Maharashtra witnessed a small decrease in new cases, with 51,751 more people testing positive. In addition, the state confirmed 258 more deaths. However, Mumbai reduced its daily test count from 50,000 to 39,398 on Sunday. Lower test results were due to the weekend lockdown and to enable laboratories to clear their pending sample backlog, according to city officials.

To combat the spread of Covid, the Civil Aviation Ministry has announced that no meals will be served on domestic flights lasting less than two hours. Meanwhile, several states have imposed strict curbs to contain the spread of the virus.