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Today our focus will be at the raging coronavirus pandemic. The deadly infection has been rising in India since the start of February, forcing state and union territory (UT) governments to impose restrictions, including lockdowns and night curfews, again. While cases have been rising in India, the Centre has urged states and UTs to ramp up the vaccination drive as it is the only way to stop the virus.

Here are the highlights of the day:

16:03 pm: Also Read -- Actor Govinda tests positive for coronavirus, goes under home quarantine

15:55 pm: COVID-19 cases are increasing, so BCCI has taken all precautions for IPL. Only 6 venues have been kept for the tournament, bio-bubble has been created, members of the squad have also been increased. The tournament will go on without any audience, says BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla.

BCCI is mulling over the idea of vaccination and they will definitely get in touch with Health Ministry that players should be vaccinated, he added.

14:45 pm: "In the last 48 hours, my COVID-19 report has come negative twice," tweets Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat.

14:02 pm: Sukma Encounter | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to the security personnel who have lost their lives in Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh.

"They fought with utmost courage, their sacrifice will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences to their families," he says.

13:21 pm: All air travellers from Mumbai and Bengaluru arriving at any airport in Assam need to carry a negative RT-PCR report of test conducted within 72 hours of arrival, with effect from April 9, says Assam government.

We have fixed the maximum price for RT-PCR COVID19 test at laboratories at Rs 500 and Rs 700 for RT-PCR samples collected from home. Rapid antigen test to be done at Rs 250, it added.

13:10 pm: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has called an emergency meeting over the forest fire incidents in the state, says Chief Minister's Office.

12:31 pm: Uttarakhand: 4 persons and 7 animals died in fire that broke out in 62 hectares of forest area in last 24 hours.

"12,000 guards and fire watchers of state forest dept deployed to douse fire. Fire destroyed property worth Rs 37 lakhs so far," says Principal Chief Conservator (fire).

12:04 pm: Just In: Maharashtra Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held at 3pm today through video conferencing, reports ANI.

11:16 am: 7.5 crore vaccine doses administered across India so far; more than 6.5 crore got the first vaccine dose whereas more than 1 crore have received the second dose. 12 States and UTs show an upward trajectory of COVID19 cases, says government.

11:16 am: The Prime Minister is taking a high-level meeting now to review the COVID19 related issues and vaccination. All senior officers including Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Health Secretary, Dr Vinod Paul are participating in the meeting, reports ANI.

10:51 am: Sukma Encounter | At a time when many security personnel have lost their lives, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is busy in poll campaign in Assam. He is camping here with government staff and misusing government machinery. Election Commission should investigate this matter, says Assam BJP MP Dilip Saikia.

10:19 am: BREAKING: 14 students at IIT Jodhpur have tested positive for coronavirus.

"All the infected people have been kept in the Super Isolation Center of the institute," said Jodhpur Deputy CMHO Dr Pritam Singh, as reported by India Today.

9:57 am: India reports 93,249 new COVID-19 cases, 60,048 discharges and 513 deaths in the last 24 hours, says Union Health Ministry.

Total cases: 1,24,85,509

Total recoveries: 1,16,29,289

Active cases: 6,91,597

Death toll: 1,64,623

Total vaccination: 7,59,79,651

9:37 am: Just In: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar tests positive for COVID-19, goes under home quarantine

9:18 am: Petrol, diesel and LPG prices have started reducing now and they'll reduce further in the coming days. We had stated earlier also that we'll transfer benefit from decrease in crude oil prices in international market to the end customers, says Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

8:49 am: Sukma Encounter | I bow to sacrifices of our brave security personnel martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Nation will never forget their valour. My condolences are with their families. We will continue our fight against these enemies of peace and progress, says Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

8:02 am: Sukma Encounter | At least 15 jawans missing after yesterday's Sukma encounter. A reinforcement party rushed to the spot. Bodies of 2 out of 5 jawans who died in encounter recovered. Among injured jawans, 23 admitted to Bijapur Hospital and 7 to Raipur hospital, say Chhattisgarh Police sources.

7:50 am: Greetings on Easter! On this day, we remember the pious teachings of Jesus Christ. His emphasis on social empowerment inspires millions across the world, says PM Modi.

7:28 am: Amid rising coronavirus cases, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that his government will announce fresh restrictions soon to tackle the surge in cases.

"After the review meeting on coronavirus, it has been decided to take strict decisions for the next 15 days. Detailed guidelines and standard operating procedure will be released in this regard soon," Gehlot said in a tweet.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma