The registration for vaccination for those between 18-45 years old opened today at 4 pm, and to no one’s surprise, servers of the CoWIN app and website, UMANG app, and Aarogya Setu app crashed. Users took to Twitter to air concerns, while many suggested trying the website versions rather than the app.
Maharashtra state public health minister Raj Tope stated on Wednesday that the current lockdown maybe extended for another 15 more days in order to control the rising stress on public health infrastructure. The exact number of days is yet to be determined.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, and the US’s top pandemic expert stated that India’s home-grown vaccine called Covaxin was successful in neutralizing the deadly 617 variant of COVID-19.
Over a phone conversation that took place yesterday evening, US President Joe Biden assured PM Narendra Modi of assistance in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The US has agreed to provide raw materials for the Covishield vaccine, along with other essential supplies and equipment.
India on Monday reported a grim 352,991 new cases, growing its global share of active COVID-19 cases to 14.9%. Indian states worst affected by this wave, having the biggest daily net increase in active cases, are Karnataka (27679), Kerala (20317), Uttar Pradesh (9472), Rajasthan (9086), and Andhra Pradesh (8261).
Indian citizens have worried about how vaccinations will be made available to all above the age of 18. However, there is good news: at least 17 vaccines are in their final stage of trials, including 2 from India.
Despite conducting over 41,000 tests, Mumbai reported a mere 3,792 cases on Monday. Dr. Shashank Joshi, a member of the Maharashtra Government’s COVID-19 task force, said the turnaround was made possible by using what they called the ‘ATM strategy’, which stands for ‘Assess, Triage and Transfer, and Management’.
Amid rising coronavirus cases and fast-depleting resources to combat the virus, CM BS Yediyurappa announces a 14-day lockdown starting from the 27th of April, 2021 at 6 pm. Essentials will be allowed from 6 am to 10 am only, and home delivery of liquor will be allowed.
Gujarat, Odisha, and Rajasthan announced that the vaccine would be made free for all between the ages of 18 and 44. Maharashtra too has announced a free vaccine for those above 18, but a formal notice is yet to be issued.
The Mumbai civic body announced today that it had received 1.5 lakh doses of COVISHIELD, but that Covaxin would be available only in select centres for a second dose due to extremely limited existing stock.