Some states to begin jabs for 18-44 yrs on May 1, vaccination drive to stabilise with time: Centre

Amid many states expressing their inability to start COVID-19 vaccination of those between 18 and 44 years from May 1 citing paucity of doses, the Centre on Friday said some states, which have already coordinated with manufacturers, will kick off the drive on the designated date. It stressed that any new exercise takes time to … Read more

Companies shut plants, cut output to cope with fall in demand

(This story originally appeared in on Apr 30, 2021) NEW DELHI: The fresh wave of the coronavirus has crippled industrial activity across key manufacturing units as factory output has drastically reduced for many, and even come to a halt for some top ones, in view of rising infections and closure of showrooms, with states and … Read more

Centre coordinates with states to ensure undisrupted farm activities

The agriculture ministry is coordinating with the state governments to facilitate and ensure that harvesting and allied activities are not disrupted due to the pandemic, a senior official told ET. “Harvesting is in full swing. Out of the total wheat sown in 31.58 million hectares, 55% has already been harvested in the country, with Rajasthan … Read more

Delhi, 9 states account for 75 pc of new COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

India’s cumulative recoveries have surged to 1,36,48,159 with 1,93,279 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 75.01 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. India added a … Read more

COVID-19: Maharashtra declares 6 states as places of sensitive origin

Struggling to contain the huge COVID-19 surge, Maharashtra has declared six states, including Delhi and the NCR region, as places of “sensitive origin” in a bid to stop the influx of other variants of coronavirus into the state. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte in an order issued on Sunday declared Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi and … Read more

No COVID-19 patient in Maharashtra died due to oxygen shortage: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said that no COVID-19 patient died in the state-run hospitals due to the shortage of medical oxygen.He also said most of the COVID-19 fatalities have occurred due to the delay on part of patients in seeking proper medical treatment. Tope termed “false” the media reports that the shortage … Read more

Maharashtra poorly performed among several states on vaccinating senior citizens

Maharashtra has poorly performed among several states on vaccinating senior citizens as compared to other states. Maharashtra has vaccinated only 32% of its senior citizens aged above 60 and it is well below the country’s national average which is at 33%. This worrying statistic was flagged off as an area of concern in the Prime … Read more

View: States are not facing a shortage of Covid vaccines, but there is a demand-supply mismatch

Wastage in India is witnessed primarily at the level of distribution. These are all operational management issues, and not intractable. Synopsis Some states have raised the issue of vaccine shortages. Vaccine manufacturers are facing problems in procuring adjuvants from the US to further expand production capacity. The imposition of the Defence Production Act by the … Read more

No e-pass required for vehicle movement during Maharashtra curbs: DGP

DGP in-charge of Maharashtra Sanjay Pandey on Wednesday said that no e-pass is required to be obtained for the movement of vehicles during the coronavirus-induced restrictions imposed in the state.He said that only those vehicles that are involved in emergency services and those private vehicles that come out with a valid reason are allowed to … Read more

Coronavirus second wave: Goldman Sachs lowers growth forecast, Nifty target

Wall Street brokerage Goldman Sachs has flagged a slew of concerns on the surging COVID-19 caseload that has been hitting new records everyday, coupled with the rising lockdowns, forcing it to downgrade India’s GDP growth forecast for the full year to 10.5 per cent from 10.9 per cent, apart from pegging down stock indices valuation … Read more