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New Delhi: In a latest decision, the Union Government decided to utilise the services of final year MBBS students and BSc GNM-qualified nurses for Covid duties. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that the medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments.

India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 3,68,147 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 1,99,25,604.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday decided to increase the duration of the weekend lockdown by 48 hours to cover Tuesday and Wednesday also. “The curfew from Friday 8 pm to Tuesday 7 am has been extended for 48 hours. Now it will continue till May 6 till 7 am,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal.

Meanwhile, Delhi has sought the help of the Army to set up, operationalise and run Covid-19 health facilities with oxygenated non-ICU and ICU beds, as the Capital is fighting against an increase in the number of fresh infections, daily deaths, while people are running from pillar to post in search of oxygen and other medical essentials.

On the other hand, as many as 24 patients, including 23 suffering from Covid-19, died in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar due to alleged oxygen shortage in the district hospital, officials said. Family members of the victims also staged a demonstration at the hospital and alleged there was a shorten of oxygen and raised slogans.

Also, the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday has been postponed after two Indian players in the KKR team — spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium pacer Sandeep Warrier — tested positive for Covid-19. India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 3,68,147 new Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 1,99,25,604. As many as 3,417 new coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded, taking the nationwide death toll to 218,959.

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