Coronavirus update: Vaccines to be open for all adults from May 1

Week-long curfew in Delhi from tonight

By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 19 April 2021

Everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible for vaccination against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) May 1 onwards, the Union government said Monday (April 19, 2021). 

Vaccine makers have been allowed to sell half their stock directly to states and the open market, but at a fixed price. The Centre controls the flow of vaccine currently. It will continue its free vaccination drive for healthcare and frontline workers as well as those above 45.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi after contracting COVID-19. 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared a curfew from 10 pm Monday (April 19, 2021) until 5 am April 26. The national capital was already under curfew through the past weekend. 

The rise in COVID-19 tally in Delhi have been exponential of late. The city added 25,462 cases April 18, according to private aggregator The last five days have seen a 100,000 news cases.

Delhi’s active case count (April 18) was over 74,000, putting tremendous pressure on the Capital’s health infrastructure. Only 3,289 dedicated COVID-19 beds were free at hospitals(12:30 pm, Monday). Among them, 124 were in intensive care units. (Source:

The Delhi CM’s office also announced that it would oversee the procurement and distribution of Remdesivir injections and medical oxygen.

COVID-19 claimed 1,620 lives in India Sunday — the most except a stray spike of over 2,000 lives on June 16, 2020. More than 273,000 new cases were reported across the country.

Vinod Paul from NITI Ayog claimed that the proportion of under-30 being infected by COVID-19 this year has remained similar to that of the last year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly was holding a review the second consecutive day. Already, some CMs have written to him, asking for specific support even as reports poured in from several states about shortage of testing kits, vaccines, hospital beds, oxygen, etc. 



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