Two Dead, 70 Evacuated As Fire Breaks Out At COVID-19 Hospital In Mumbai: Report
The fire broke out at a COVID-19 care facility within the Dreams Mall Sunrise Hospital in Mumbai’s Bhandup area shortly after midnight. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | The Odisha government asked the district and municipal authorities to prepare for inoculation of all people above the age of 45 years from April 1. The state has so far vaccinated over 20 lakh people under different categories like health care workers, frontline workers, those above 60 years of age and persons with comorbidities in the age group of 45 to 59 years. In the next phase, people born before January 1977 will be given vaccines even without having comorbidities, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra said in a letter to district collectors, municipal commissioners and other officers concerned. (PTI)
Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Milind Soman tests positive for COVID-19
Actor-model Milind Soman has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently under quarantine. The 55-year-old actor shared his health update on Twitter yesterday. “Tested positive. #Quarantine,” Soman wrote. Earlier in the day, actor R Madhavan also said he has tested positive for COVID-19, adding he was “recovering well”. Recently, several other Bollywood celebrities, including Kartik Aaryan, Manoj Bajpayee and Satish Kaushik contracted the virus. (PTI)
Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Biden sets goal of 200 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in 100 days of his administration
US President Joe Biden has set the target of achieving 200 million shots of COVID19 vaccination in the first 100 days of his administration. Biden has already achieved his previous goal of 100 million shots in 100 days, 42 days ahead of the schedule. “On December 8th, I indicated that I hoped to get 100 million shots in people’s arms in my first 100 days. We met that goal last week by day 58, 42 days ahead of schedule. Now today I’m setting a second goal, and that is we will by my 100th day in office have administered 200 million shots in people’s arms. That’s right, 200 million shots in 100 days,” Biden told reporters at his maiden solo news conference. (PTI)
Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Pune sees 6,432 COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths, 1,200 recoveries
The number of COVID-19 cases in Pune district increased by 6,432 in the last 24 hours to touch 4,92,694, while the day also saw 42 deaths and 1,200 people getting discharged, an official said yesterday. Of the new cases, Pune city accounted for 3,286, Pimpri Chinchwad 1,811 and the rest were in rural and cantonment areas, he added. Pune city now has a caseload of 2,47,629, while it is 1,28,747 in Pimpri Chinchwad and 1,16,318 in rural andcantonment areas, the official said. The district has so far seen 9,724 deaths. (PTI)
Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Pfizer, BioNTech launch COVID-19 vaccine trial in kids under 12
Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE began testing their COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12, with hopes of expanding vaccination to that age range by early 2022, the U.S. drugmaker said yesterday. The first volunteers in the early-stage trial were given their first injections on March 24, Pfizer spokesperson Sharon Castillo said. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was authorized by US regulators in late December for people age 16 and older. The pediatric trial, which will include children as young as 6 months, follows a similar one launched by Moderna Inc last week. (Reuters)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates | US gives $ 15 million to Palestinians to deal with COVID-19
The United States said yesterday that it is giving $ 15 million to vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a sharp reversal from the Trump administration which cut off almost all aid to the Palestinians. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the announcement at the UN Security Councils monthly Mideast meeting, saying the money from the U.S. Agency for International Development will support Catholic Relief Services’ COVID-19 response efforts in health care facilities and for vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. In addition, she said, the funds will support emergency food aid to communities in need as a result of the pandemic. (AP)
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