New Delhi, April 12:

The Civil Aviation Ministry has stated that no meals will be served on domestic flights with a duration of less than two hours to curb the Covid spread. India’s new Covid-19 cases surpassed Brazil’s tally on Monday, making it the second worst-hit country in the world. It now accounts for one in every six daily infections worldwide.

India on Monday reported 1,68,912 new Covid-19 cases and 904 deaths in last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total number of cases stand at 1,35,27,717. There are 12,01,009 active cases in the country at present while 1,21,56,529 people have recovered from the disease. The death toll has risen to 1,70,179. As many as 10,45,28,565 people have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine.

At a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said several steps are being taken to increase the number of beds in both private and government hospitals in the city. Some government and private hospitals will again be converted into fully COVID facilities, government officials said. “Held review meeting. We r taking several steps to increase beds in both pvt and govt sectors. Urge everyone to cooperate. 1. Pl pl follow covid protocols 2. Don’t rush to hospital unless necessary 3. Go n vaccinate if u r eligible,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Earlier during the day, the Gujarat High Court Monday heard a suo motu PIL on the Covid-19 situation in the state and said it is not satisfied with the government’s policy. Suggesting ways to control the rise in cases, the court said number of people at weddings can be capped at 50, booths can be set up in housing societies and religious centres can be used as covid care centres/isolation facilities.  The court asked why remdesivir injections were not available at every Covid hospital. “When 27000 Remdesivir injections are available for Gujarat, find out how many are unused. CJ also asks, “Why injections are not available in every COVID hospital?”