CoWIN updated to accept 1 crore of registrations per day
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-03-2021; India’s CoWIN portal, for COVID-19 vaccine registration, has been increased to accept one crore registrations and record vaccination of 50 lakh people per day, RS Sharma, chair of the Empowered COVID Vaccination Group, said on Sunday.
- Mr Sharma explained that the system has been adapted to take into account the rush of registrations and the expected vaccination load from April 1, when vaccination will be offered to anyone 45 years of age or older.
- The system shows a record of more than 6 million beneficiaries as of Sunday. However, stating that this “100% government-run” system is equipped to ensure confidentiality, Sharma admitted that there were reports of errors in the registry from various parts of the country.
- Mr Sharma added that currently, CoWIN does not automatically schedule the vaccination appointment for the second dose and that recipients should schedule it based on the recommended gap between the two doses of the vaccine.
- Seven states: Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are reporting large numbers of daily Covid cases.
- These states concentrate 81.46% of the new daily cases recorded over the past 24 hours, a statement released by the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.
- He added that Maharashtra reported the highest number of new daily cases with 35,726, followed by Chhattisgarh with 3,162, while Karnataka reported 2,886 new cases.
Prepare for lockdown if rules aren’t followed, says Maharashtra CM
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-03-2021; Amid a massive spike in cases in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday asked officials to prepare a plan to impose a blockade, saying people were not following safety rules.
- The decision was taken at a meeting attended by Thackeray, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, doctors from the COVID-19 task force and other officials, an official statement said Officials.
- Further task force members expressed concern over the growing number of cases, while the chief minister said the state could also face a health care crisis and see an infrastructure shortage to treat COVID-19 patients.
India-United States United States begins two-day naval exercise
Daily NEWS Summary | 28-03-2021; India and the United States launched a two-day naval exercise in the eastern Indian Ocean on March 28, reflecting the growing coherence of their military and defense partnership.
- The Indian Navy deployed its warship Shivalik and long-range maritime patrol aircraft P8I in exercise “PASSEX“, while the United States Navy was represented by the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group, authorities .
- An aircraft carrier battle group or aircraft carrier strike group is a naval mega-fleet consisting of an aircraft carrier, accompanied by a large number of destroyers, frigates and other ships.
“In a first enhanced collaboration, Indian Air Force fighters were also included in the exercise which gave the IAF the opportunity to practice air interception and air defense with the US Navy “said a spokesperson for the Indian Navy.
- The exercise took place a week after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited India as part of his first three-country tour abroad, which marked the strong commitment of the administration Joe Biden in their relations with his close allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Officials said the exercise began on March 28 and will end on March 29. The spokesperson said the exercise aims to consolidate the synergy and interoperability achieved during the Malabar exercise that took place last November.
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,19,83,965 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,63,085.
- Strengthening of Pondicherry’s statehood, the inclusion of UT in the 15th Central Finance Commission and the exemption of inherited loans are the main axes of the Congress electoral manifesto published on Sunday.
- The manifesto, which includes concessions covering sectors such as industry, education, fishermen’s welfare and agriculture, was presented by Congress leaders V. Narayanasamy, former chief minister, MP V. Vaithilingam and Veerappa Moily, observer for AICC.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his recipe for honoring frontline health workers during the first days of the lockdown with measures such as hitting steel utensils, clapping and lighting a lamp, saying they have gone a long way towards maintaining the high morale in the battle against covid19 pandemic.
- Speaking at the 75th edition of “Mann ki Baat” that began in October 2014, Modi said that these expressions of respect for the “Crown warriors” kept them active.
- You cannot imagine how much it touched the hearts of the Corona Warriors and that is why they stood firm throughout the year, tirelessly, without stopping. They constantly resisted to save the lives of every citizen of the country , Modi said.