Coronavirus in India, April 23, 2021 Updates: As India grapples with a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair 3 high-level meetings on the prevailing circumstances on Friday. The meetings were scheduled after PM Modi cancelled his election rallies in West Bengal. The first meeting will be held at 9 AM. At 10 AM, he will interact with the CMs of COVID-hit states. Later at 12:30 PM, the Prime Minister will talk to some leading oxygen manufacturers from the country to review the oxygen supply. Notably, hospitals across the country are in dire of oxygen cylinders as COVID cases witnessed a massive surge in the past few days. Earlier on Thursday, the number of daily coronavirus cases in India hit a record high after the country reported over 3.14 lakh new infections, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,59,30,965. The death toll increased to 1,84,657 with a record 2,104 new fatalities yesterday.Also Read - Kejriwal Used PM-CM Conference as Platform to Play politics: Centre After Delhi CM's Televised Appeal

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  • 9:45 PM IST

    Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to all states and UTs to provide adequate security to oxygen-transporting vehicles, and to make provisions for exclusive corridors for such transportation, treating these vehicles like ambulances.

  • 9:44 PM IST

  • 9:44 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 66,836 new COVID19 cases, 74,045 recoveries and 773 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Active cases: 6,91,851
    Total cases: 41,61,676
    Total recoveries: 34,04,792
    Death toll: 63,252

  • 8:54 PM IST

    Bengal makes negative Covid report mandatory for flyers from Delhi, UP, MP, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh: Air passengers travelling from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh to West Bengal from April 26 onwards, will have to present negative COVID reports, no older than 72 hours: West Bengal government informs Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

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    Remdesivir production ramped up: Remdesivir production capacity is now ramped up to 90 lakh vials per month, earlier it was 40 lakh vials per month. Very soon, 3 lakh vials per day will be produced, tweets Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

  • 8:02 PM IST

    Batra Hospital Extremely Short on Oxygen: Inox has refused to give LMO supply beyond 1.7 tons they supplied at 2 pm. We may run out of oxygen by 8-8:30 pm for 275 COVID-19 patients. Need at least 6 tons till we get supply tomorrow at noon: Dr Bankata, Executive Director at Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Delhi.

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  • 7:14 PM IST

    24 COVID Patients Die At Bihar’s NCMH Hospital

  • 6:54 PM IST

    No Weekend Lockdown in Chandigarh Only Night Curfew: No weekend lockdown in Chandigarh, only night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am on all days: Manoj Parida, Advisor, Chandigarh Administration.