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8th April News Digest: India records fresh spike in coronavirus infections; New Zealand imposes travel ban on people coming from India

Rida Shaikh

Amid coronavirus surge, New Zealand blocks travellers from India

Amid the unprecedented ride of novel coronavirus cases in India, New Zealand has decided to suspend all the travellers coming in from the country for a temporary time period. The temporary suspension will come into force from 4pm on 11th April.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “The suspension will be in force from 4 pm on April 11 till April 28. I feel a sense of responsibility and obligation to find ways to reduce risk that travellers are experiencing.”

Prime Minister Modi receives second dosage of COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the second doss of novel coronavirus vaccine at AIIMS in New Delhi earlier today. He had taken the first shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin on the 1st of March. Following the vaccination, Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Got my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on http://CoWin.gov.in.”

India again records fresh spike in coronavirus cases

India recorded a fresh spike of 1,26,789 cases of novel coronavirus in the last twenty-four hours. It also registered 685 deaths in one day. Lucknow has become the latest city to impose a fresh night curfew in order to contain the rising surge of infections. Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra wrote to the Centre and asked for more supply of the vaccines while claiming to have been facing a shortage in the same. The Centre in turn dismissed their plea and instructed them to boost up their ‘below-par’ vaccination drive.




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