New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With India reporting its biggest-ever single-day spike in coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held crucial meets with top officials of the government, doctors across various cities and top pharma companies. In his meet, PM Modi stressed on increasing the vaccination drive in India and said that it is important to educate people against rumours on COVID-19.

This is Prime Minister's second meet to review the COVID-19 crisis in India in less than four days. On Saturday, PM Modi, during his meet, had stressed on the mantra of "test, track and treat", saying it is the only way to control the pandemic in India and directed the officials to ramp up the vaccination process in the country.

Here are the highlights of the day:

19:20 pm: BREAKING: Government of India announces liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from May 1; everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine.

19:14 pm: PM Modi also encounraged doctors to use tele-medicine for treatment of other diseases in non-emergency cases.

19:14 pm: PM Modi also urged doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated. He said that doctors should

19:14 pm: Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Office has said that PM Modi today interacted with doctors from different cities and said that vaccination is the biggest weapon in COVID-19 fight.

19:11 pm: Mumbai reports 7,381 fresh cases, 8,583 recoveries and 57 deaths. Total case tally of city is at 5,86,692.

19:10 pm: Tamil Nadu reports 10,941 fresh COVID-19 cases, 6,172 recoveries, and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Active cases: 75,116

Total recoveries: 9,14,119

Death toll: 13,157

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17:39 pm: Mohali will remain under complete lockdown on Wednesday, on the occasion of Ram Navami, to avoid gatherings amid the surging COVID19 cases in the region: Punjab Government

17:15 pm: Drugs Control Department of the Delhi government has set up a control room to counter the shortage of COVID-19 management drugs in the national capital: Delhi CMO

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16:25 pm: Studies show plasma therapy has limited role and isn't of much use. Less than 2 per cent COVID patients require Tocilizumab that's being used lot these days. Majority of patients with mild symptoms or asymptomatic will improve with just symptomatic treatment, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

16:24 pm: In view of the curfew imposed in Delhi from 10 pm today till 5am on 26 April, Delhi Metro services will be available during the morning (8 AM to 10 AM) and evening (5 PM to 7 PM) peak hours across the network with a headway (frequency) of 30 minutes, says Delhi Metro.

For rest of the hours of the day, metro rail services across the network will be available with a frequency of 60 minutes only. Services during this period can be availed only by the exempted category of people on the production of the valid IDs, it added.

15:27 pm: There is no dearth of oxygen but there are some logistical issues that we are sorting out. We will sort it out in a couple of days. We have called a meeting under our Industry Minister, all the producers and suppliers of oxygen. We'll sort out the issue, says Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

The issue is not Oxygen, but there are some big hospitals that don't have plans. So that logistical issue is still there, how to handle that is what we are contemplating. But we'll somehow resolve it, he added.

15:26 pm: In last 1 year of COVID management, we have learnt that 2 things are most important – drugs and timing of drugs. If you give them too early or late, it would cause harm. Giving cocktail of drugs on day 1 can kill your patient and would be more harmful, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

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14:41 pm: PM Modi will interact today with leading doctors from across the country via video conferencing on the COVID-19 situation, at 4:30 pm. At 6 pm, he will hold a video conference with top pharma companies in the country.

13:56 pm: We have had tremendous amount of laxity, COVID19 inappropriate behaviour and various unidentified mutation, of them some are of concern — UK, Brazilian and South African variants, which have been demonstrated to have higher transmissibility, says ICMR DG Dr. Balram Bhargava.

13:39 pm: Higher requirement of oxygen was found in this wave. There is no difference in the percent of death between the first wave and second wave from the data we have, says ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava.

13:30 pm: The holed up population continues to be more vulnerable to be admitted to the hospital and have problems, says ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava

13:05 pm: As number of COVID-19 cases are increasing, after discussing with officials and experts, we have decided to postpone Zilla Panchayat and Taluq panchayat election, also thinking to appoint adminstrators in those zilla and Taluq panchayat, says Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa

12:55 pm: All the state government-run schools to remain closed from tomorrow till further notice. Early Summer vacation has been announced, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, says West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

12:45 pm: Just In: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds a virtual review meeting with district collectors to discuss COVID-19 situation in the state.

12:30 pm: In the last 24 hours, around 23,500 cases were reported. In last 3-4 days, around 25,000 cases have been reported. Positivity rate and infection have increased. If 25,000 patients come every day then system will crumble, there's a shortage of beds, says Arvind Kejriwal.

12:20 pm: Delhi’s health system has been stretched to its limit, is under stress. Harsh measures will have to be taken to prevent a collapse of the health system, says Arvind Kejriwal as he announces 6-day lockdown in national capital.

12:15 pm: A complete six-day lockdown has bee imposed in Delhi till next Monday.

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11:50 am: Arvind Kejriwal will address a press conference shortly.

11:35 am: Meanwhile, PM Modi's review meet over COVID-19 is underway.

11:28 am: Media reports suggest that a total curfew will be imposed in Delhi till next Monday from tonight.

11:27 am: Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address an important press conference today at 12 noon.

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11:10 am: On Saturday, PM Modi, during his meet, had stressed on the mantra of "test, track and treat", saying it is the only way to control the pandemic in India.

11:05 am: This is Prime Minister's second meet to review the COVID-19 crisis in India in less than four days.

11:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important meeting on the COVID-19 related situation at 11:30 am today.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta