Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown News Live Updates: The country’s caseload includes 9,79,608 active cases and 1,19,13,292 recoveries and 1,67,642 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reported 1,31,968 Covid-19 cases and 780 deaths within the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country’s caseload includes 9,79,608 active cases and 1,19,13,292 recoveries and 1,67,642 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said.

In a meeting with chief ministers on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed all states and Union Territories to specialise in aggressive testing and mico-containment to curb the spread of Covid-19. While emphasising that vaccination may be a long-term and continuous strategy, PM Modi involved a “vaccination utsav” between the birth anniversaries of icons Jyotiba Phule (Aprill 11) and B R Ambedkar (April 14).

The online interaction was held amid a standoff between some states and therefore the Centre regarding vaccine doses. After some states alleged bias in distribution, the Centre hit back accusing them of “politicisation” and “spreading lies”. The spread of the disease, however, has been politics-agnostic. There are several indicators on which BJP-ruled states are performing as bad, if not worse, than states ruled by opposition parties.

Meanwhile, India is on alert following reports of AstraZeneca’s vaccine being linked to rare blood clots. The country’s top committee for post-immunisation adverse reactions is widening its review of knowledge associated with side effects following vaccination with Covishield and Covaxin to know whether there are similar red flags.

In other news, Johnson & Johnson has communicated to India’s drug regulator that it’ll soon begin clinical trials within the country. J&J is that the only manufacturer with a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine.