New Delhi: The states of Delhi and Maharashtra have confirmed bird flu amid nationwide efforts to contain the spread. “Parbhani is the epicenter. About 800 poultry birds – all hens – died in the last two days. Their samples were given for testing. And now it is confirmed that the reason is bird flu,” Deepak Madhukar Muglikar, District Collector, told NDTV. Parbhani is about 500 km from Maharashtra capital Mumbai.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting this evening to review the bird flu situation.
India on Monday reported 16,311 new coronavirus cases which was 12 per cent lower than Sunday. With the addition of fresh infections, the overall cases in the country have crossed 1.04 crore cases so far, including 1.5 lakh deaths.
All the states in India have started preparing strategy for the inoculation drive ahead of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive that will begin January 16. Delhi became the first state to announce its schedule for Covid-19 vaccination for health care workers, who will be inoculated in the phase 1 of the vaccination drive.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 1.9 million people worldwide, according to a tally compiled by news agency AFP using official sources and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Meanwhile, amid a deadlock in the government’s negotiations with protesting farmer unions, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear today pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders. The eighth round of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions on January 7 appeared heading nowhere as the centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders said they are ready to fight till death.