As many as 5,004 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 2,43,603, leaving the region with 66,208 active cases, he said.
Drug companies like Cadila Healthcare, Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Cipla have cut the prices of their respective brands of Remdesivir injection (100 mg/vial).
Thackeray appealed to the industrial sector to plan a COVID-appropriate work-style to ensure that the economy is not impacted in case of a "third wave of coronavirus".
Overall, the country is recording over 7% growth in active cases which has now crossed the 16 lakh mark and at least 12 states in India are reporting an explosive surge in daily cases.
CM Kejriwal reports shortage of oxygen, Remdesivir supplies in Delhi amid 'serious and worrisome' situation
The number of COVID-19 cases is rising rapidly with 24,000 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, he said in an online media briefing.
According to a notice from JMI, the tests that were scheduled to be held on April 20, 22, 24, and April 26 will be held at a later date.
Officers of the level of deputy secretary, equivalent and above are to attend offices on regular basis, it said.
Vardhan said about 1.58 crore doses are still available with the states while another 1.16 crore doses are in pipeline, to be delivered by next week.
Congress' senior spokesperson P Chidambaram said the prime minister should be at his job, sitting at his desk and coordinating with chief ministers in handling the COVID pandemic.
Delhi hospitals turning away COVID patients despite bed availability will face action, warns Sisodia
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the COVID-19 situation along with Sisodia, Health minister Satyendar Jain and top officials.
"As per the sero surveillance survey, 11 per cent of the people in the state have contracted the virus. Which means we need to protect around 89% of the people from the infection," she said
Gujarat on Friday added the highest number of 8,920 new coronavirus positive cases in a day, taking the tally to 3,84,688, while a record 94 patients died.
COVID-19: Sonia Gandhi questions Centre's 'thundering silence' on requests of Opposition-ruled states, says India caught off guard again
Making a host of suggestions to the government, Gandhi said the Centre must also reconsider its priority of candidates for vaccination.
The Congress-led opposition has been criticising the government over its handling of the pandemic and the vaccination drive.
In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, voters are being made to undergo temperature screening and given sanitisers before they enter the booths