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COVID-19, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19 in India, COVID-19 resurgence, COVID-19 live updates

According to the World Health Organisation, today , as of 3:57pm CEST, 20 April 2021, there have been 141,754,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,025,835 deaths.

It is now more than a year since the global COVID-19 pandemic threw life out of gear across the world. The scientific community came together to find a cure and vaccine to counter this life-threatening virus. And, they were successful. Today we have vaccines and millions of people across the world have taken the shot to keep themselves safe. But now, the virus has once again reared its head. It has mutated and there are many variants now circulating the globe. Some of the variants are said to be highly infectious. According to the World Health Organisation, today, as of 3:57pm CEST, 20 April 2021, there have been 141,754,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,025,835 deaths. As of 20 April 2021, a total of 843,158,196 vaccine doses have also been administered.

In India, the situation is slowly spiralling out of control. Lack of hospital beds and ventilators are throwing up a tough challenge for health authorities in the country. In the biggest daily increase yet, India reported 2.95 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 2,023 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday.

Published : April 21, 2021 2:30 pm | Updated:April 21, 2021 2:50 pm


14:39 IST 21 Apr

Gurgaon launches new portal for registration of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

In view of the alarming rise in cases, the Gurgaon district administration has launched a portal to streamline the process of allotting beds to COVID-19 patients. The step came after Gurgaon hospitals ran out of vacant ventilator beds late Tuesday night. Today morning, the district was down to its last vacant ICU bed.

14:15 IST 21 Apr

SII to sell Covishield at Rs 400 per dose to state governments, Rs 600 to private hospitals

On Wednesday, Serum Institute of India said it would sell Covishield at Rs 400/dose to state governments and Rs 600/dose to private hospitals. It is currently selling its vaccine at Rs 150/dose to the central government. The Pune-headquartered company also said it would allocate 50 per cent of its capacities to the Centre’s vaccination programme, while the remaining 50 per cent would be for states and private hospitals. The statement came days after the Centre decided to allow anyone above the age of 18 to get vaccinated from May 1.

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