Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra records 8,293 new Covid-19 cases, 62 deaths

Maharashtra records over 8,000 new Covid cases
Coronavirus LIVE updates: India's Covid-19 tally climbed to 11,096,731 on Sunday with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, according to Union Health Ministry data. The death toll mounted to 157,087 with 113 fresh fatalities. The country had recorded 18,855 new infections on January 29.

India continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-hit nations by active cases. The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,130,000), Kerala (1,052,000), Karnataka (949,636), Andhra Pradesh (889,585), and Tamil Nadu (850,096). The number of beneficiaries vaccinated against Covid-19 has reached 14.2 million under the countrywide inoculation programme.

India will start the next stage of vaccinating those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with comorbidities, such as diabetes and heart ailments, from March 1. 

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe, with more than 114.3 million infected by the deadly contagion. While 89,920,391 have recovered, 2,536,694 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 29,202,824, followed by India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, UK, Brazil and Belgium.


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Maharashtra reported 8,293 new Covid-19 cases, 3,753 recoveries

582 new Covid-19 cases reported in Punjab today

Karnataka reported 521 new Covid-19 cases, 350 recoveries

Manipur reports 2 new Covid-19 cases and 13 recoveries

CoWin vaccine registration for seniors, 45 yrs and above with co-morbidities opens tomorrow 9 am

Next phase of vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups will commence tomorrow; it will open at 9:00 am, citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications: GOvernment of India, according to ANI

Government releases guidance note for COWIN 2.0

Government releases guidance note for COWIN 2.0; "the number of doses planned to be administered decided by respective State/UT Government for a Vaccination Cycle. Total vaccination slots for a vaccination cycle should not exceed the target number of Doses". (ANI)

Delhi govt to vaccinate senior citizens, 45 yrs with co-morbidities from tomorrow

The third phase of Covid-19 vaccination will begin in Delhi tomorrow for those who are above 60 years of age, and those with co-morbidities who are in the age group of 45-59 years: Delhi Health Department (ANI)

3,254 new COVID19 cases, 15 deaths reported in Kerala today

Andhra Pradesh reports 117 new Covid-19 cases taking total cases to 889,916

Covid-19: Aurangabad's case count crosses 50,000-mark

The coronavirus infection count in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra crossed the 50,000-mark with the addition of 297 cases, an official said on Sunday, according to PTI. The case count now stands at 50,110, the district official said. The number of active cases in the district till Saturday night was 1,917, he said. The virus claimed the lives of two persons, which took the death toll to 1,266, the official said. A total of 69 patients were discharged from various facilities post-recovery, which took the count of such persons to 46,927.

Delhi reports 197 new Covid-19 cases, 168 recoveries

South Korea reports 356 new Covid-19 cases, 89,676 in total

South Korea reported 356 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 89,676, ANI reported. The daily caseload was down from 415 in the previous day, but it hovered above 100 since Nov. 8 owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases. Of the new cases, 117 were Seoul residents and 139 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

 
Twenty-two cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 7,046. Eight more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,603. The total fatality rate stood at 1.79 percent. A total of 364 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 80,697. The total recovery rate was 89.99 percent, as per ANI copy.

LIVE: Punjab minister found positive by state health department, tests negative at PGIMER

A day after his COVID-19 test by the state health department came back positive, Punjab Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa tested negative for the disease at PGIMER here on Sunday, leaving him "surprised", according to PTI. A test at a private lab also found the minister negative for the contagion. It is mandatory for all MLAs and concerned Punjab Assembly officials to get themselves tested for COVID-19 ahead of the Budget Session starting from Monday, as per PTI.
 

Randhawa's samples were collected by the state health department from the MLA Hostel here on February 25. Before the test report came, the minister again got himself tested at a private lab here on February 27. While the state health department test came back positive, the private lab found him negative for coronavirus on Saturday, Randhawa said, PTI reported.
 

Later in the evening, he went to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for a third test, which also came back negative. Randhawa said he was "surprised" by the report of the test conducted by the health authorities as his other two tests came back negative. He said he has shared his reports with the state health minister and other senior officials, as per PTI.

LIVE: Curfew imposed in Hingoli from March 1-7 amid Covid surge

In the wake of a rise in daily COVID-19 cases in Hingoli, the local administration has decide to impose curfew in the district from March 1 to 7.
A total of 46 new COVID-19 cases were found on Saturday in Hingoli, located in the state''s Marathwada region, raising its tally to 4,083, as per official figures, according to PTI.
 
Hingoli Collector Ruchesh Jayvanshi in an order issued on Saturday evening said the curfew will come into force from 7 am on Monday and continue till March 7 midnight. Schools, colleges, religious places and function halls shall remain closed during the period, while banks will operate only for administrative work, said the order, PTI copy said.
 
 
Bank officials are instructed to carry their identity cards while travelling to their workplace, it said. Milk shops will be allowed to operate from 9 am to 5 pm. Medical stores are also permitted to remain open during the curfew period, said the order. Government offices will continue to work, it said. The administration has also allowed continuation of highway maintenance operations, and works related to the departments of health, electricity, telephone, water drainage and sanitation, as per PTI.
 
 

Active case count hits zero, Arunachal turns coronavirus-free

Arunachal Pradesh became a coronavirus-free state on Sunday with the three active cases recovering from the disease, a senior health official said. The total caseload in the northeastern state remained at 16,836, while the number of recoveries stood at 16,780, State Surveillance Officer Lobsang Jampa said, according to PTI. No fresh Covid-19 case was reported in the past 24 hours, he said, A total of 56 people have so far died due to the contagion in the state. Arunachal Pradesh’s recovery rate and positivity rate are at 99.66 percent and zero percent, respectively, the official said, PTI reported.
 

Altogether, 4,05,647 samples have been tested, including 312 on Saturday, Jampa said. Meanwhile, State Immunisation Officer (SIO) Dimong Padung said 32,325 health and frontline workers have received vaccine shots in the state thus far. The health department has been carrying out the inoculation drive four days a week – Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as per PTI report. 

Pakistan confirms presence of new UK strain, asks people get vaccinated

Pakistan government has warned people to follow Covid-19 precautionary guidelines and get vaccinated as the country has confirmed the presence of the UK strain of novel coronavirus. The new coronavirus strain was detected in the UK in December. It is hugely more transmissible than the virus's previous version, BBC reported.

 
The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) in an overnight statement said that Pakistan is among 92 countries in the world where the strain has been detected.
The new strain is being seen across the world and continues to be detected in samples in Pakistan. While this strain does not cause more severe disease, there is evidence that its transmission is faster, the statement stated. Read more

Schools, colleges, pvt coaching classes to remain closed till March 14: Pune Mayor

Schools, colleges, pvt coaching classes here to remain closed till 14th Mar, due to the rise in Covid-19 cases. No public movement expect essential services allowed between 11pm to 6am. Restrictions imposed in Pune city earlier extended till 14 Mar: Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, according to ANI

Canada approves use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Canada announced its approval of the use of the Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca on Friday, clearing the way for millions of more inoculations in the country.
 
"AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine is indicated for active immunisation of individuals 18 years of age and older for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019," said Health Canada in its news release.
 
"The efficacy of the vaccine was estimated to be 62.1 per cent. Overall, there are no important safety concerns and the vaccine was well tolerated by participants," it added. READ ON...

113 coronavirus deaths reported in India in last 24 hours

India's total active coronavirus cases reach 164,511; six states show surge in cases

India's total number of active COVID-19 cases has reached 1,64,511, which comprises1.48 per cent of the country's total infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday highlighting six states that have shown a surge in new cases in a span of 24 hours. It said 86.37 per cent of the new cases are from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
 
A total of 16,752 new COVID-19 cases were registered in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,623, followed by Kerala with 3,792 cases while Punjab reported 593 fresh COVID-19 cases. Eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in the daily new cases, the ministry said.

Active case count hits zero, Arunachal turns coronavirus-free

Arunachal Pradesh became a coronavirus-free state on Sunday with the three active cases recovering from the disease, a senior health official said.
 
The total caseload in the northeastern state remained at 16,836, while the number of recoveries stood at 16,780, State Surveillance Officer Lobsang Jampa said.
 
No fresh COVID-19 case was reported in the past 24 hours, he said, A total of 56 people have so far died due to the contagion in the state. Arunachal Pradesh's recovery rate and positivity rate are at 99.66 per cent and zero per cent, respectively, the official said.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat show rise in new cases in last 24 hours

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 86.37 per cent of the new cases are from these six states: Government of India

India reports highest new daily Covid-19 cases of Feb

Fresh Covid-19 cases are showing a worrying upward trend over the past one week, with the country reporting single-day rise of 16,752 cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,10,96,731 on Sunday, Union Health Ministry said.
 
The rise is the highest in this month.
 
The positivity rate has been rising gradually, which is now at 1.48 per cent. As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,64,511 active cases at present after 11,718 patients were discharged in a day. Meanwhile, 113 more deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 1,57,051, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Mann Ki Baat LIVE: We don't have to let our guard down against Covid-19, says PM Modi

Now that economy opening up, we do not have to let our guard down against Covid-19. Nation will progress fast if your healthy, happy and abiding: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in today's 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Telangana ramps up Covid-19 testing

In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and the Centre sounding an alert, the Telangana health authorities have ramped up testing across the state. The authorities are now conducting 40,000 tests per day after 50 per cent drop since the roll out of the Covid vaccination drive on January 16.
 
The drop in the number of tests had come under flak from experts, who had cautioned against lowering the guard.
 
With the Union Health Ministry advising all the states to be on alert in the wake of the spike in coronavirus infections in some states over the last few days, the Telangana health department has restored the number of tests to the pre-vaccination level.

India's active Covid-19 cases stand at 164,511: Union Health Ministry

India's active Covid-19 cases stand at 1,64,511 while 1,07,75,169 people have recovered from the disease so far: Union Health Ministry

Chinese mainland reports six new imported Covid-19 cases

The Chinese mainland reported six new imported Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 4,990, the National Health Commission said in its daily report om Sunday.
 
Of the new imported cases, two each were reported in Fujian and Yunnan, and one each in Tianjin and Guangdong, Xinhua news agency reported citing the Health Commission.

India records 16,752 fresh Covid-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days

India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,10,96,731 on Sunday with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, according to Union health ministry data. The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The country had recorded 18,855 new infections on January 29.
 
The active caseload further increased to 1,64,511. It constitutes1.48 per cent of the total infections, the data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 per cent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent.

Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 for a shot of Covid-19 vaccine

Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 for a dose of Covid vaccine in the second phase of India's vaccine programme that will target those above the age of 60 and also those above 45 years with comorbidities starting from March 1.
 
“States have been explained that the private hospitals functioning as covid vaccination centres can charge subject to a ceiling of Rs. 250 per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism,” a health ministry statement said.
 
Around 10,000 private hospitals enlisted under Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, more than 600 hospitals enlisted under Central Government Health Scheme and other private hospitals enlisted under state governments' health insurance schemes can participate as Covid Vaccination Centers. At government hospitals, vaccination will be for free. READ ON...

People violating coronavirus SOPs at 2021 Kumbh Mela Haridwar will be prosecuted: Uttarakhand Chief Secy

People violating coronavirus SOPs at 2021 Kumbh Mela Haridwar will be prosecuted. Pilgrims are required to register by uploading a medical certificate, RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours, following which E-pass will be issued for the fair: ANI quoted Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash as saying. 

India reports 16,752 new coronavirus cases and 113 deaths in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

Delhi govt identifies private hospitals for Covid-19 vaccination of people above 60 years

The Delhi government has started preparations for the vaccination of people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities from March 1 and has identified private hospitals that will be roped in for the immunisation drive. Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine, official sources said.
 
"So far 59 private hospitals have been identified and the number will be increased as per requirement," said a source associated with the Delhi government's COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
 
Currently, priority group people including health workers and frontline workers are being administered the vaccine at 212 government and private health centres in Delhi.

More tests for Covid-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist

Chief scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Soumya Swaminathan on Saturday said there should be more COVID-19 tests as there was heterogeneity (on testing methods) among the states.
 
"Testing is really an important issue. At the beginning, WHO found that many countries did not have diagnostics and those which had it was not enough. In fact we found out that diagnostics was lower than it should be," she said while addressing a session at 'Shaastra' organised here at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.
 

UK records another 7,434 coronavirus cases, 290 deaths

Another 7,434 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,170,519, according to official figures released Saturday.
 
The country also reported another 290 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 122,705. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.The latest figures were revealed as more than 19.6 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine.
 
The Britain's coronavirus reproduction number, also known as the R number, remains unchanged at between 0.6 and 0.9, the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) announced Friday.

Chile reports 4,523 new daily Covid-19 cases

Chile reported 4,523 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the country's total to 821,418, of which 23,585 are active, a health official said on Saturday.
 
Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks Alberto Dougnac explained that the regions with the highest numbers of confirmed cases in the last week are Coquimbo, O'Higgins, Valparaiso, and Los Rios.
 
Dougnac urged citizens to continue self-care measures, as every day "we must mourn the death of more compatriots." The Department of Health Statistics and Information reported another 76 deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 20,476.

Brazil registers 1,386 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours

Brazil registered 1,386 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 254,221, the Ministry of Health reported Saturday. A total of 61,602 new cases were reported, bringing the national tally to 10,517,232, according to the ministry.
 
Brazil has the second largest number of deaths from the coronavirus, following the United States, and the third largest number of cases, after the United States and India.
 
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous state in the country, is the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 2,037,267 cases and 59,428 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 582,164 cases and 33,035 deaths.

14.2 million beneficiaries in India vaccinated against Covid-19 so far: Health Ministry

The number of beneficiaries vaccinated against Covid-19 has reached 14.2 million under the countrywide inoculation programme.
 

Odisha makes Covid-19 test mandatory for people arriving from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, MP, Punjab

Odisha government on Saturday made the COVID-19 test mandatory for passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh.
 
"Passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh will undergo screening tests at the airport in Odisha," said Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das. "If found symptomatic, they will undergo an antigen test. Those testing COVID positive will be kept under isolation," he informed.
 
On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.

US approves single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

The United States authorised Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Saturday, adding a third vaccine to the US arsenal to fight the pandemic as the death toll due to the infection crosses 5.11 lakh. It is the first single-dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that "checks nearly all the boxes", CNN reported.
 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nation's third coronavirus vaccine. The official emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's (J & J) single-dose vaccine comes after an FDA advisory panel voted 22-0 to recommend authorization on Friday.
 
The United States has reported more than 28.5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 511,000 reported deaths. The demand of vaccines still far exceeds supply, these vaccines can't come soon enough.

Free vaccines for the 60-plus, comorbid cases in govt hospitals from Mar 1

India will start the next stage of vaccinating those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with comorbidities, such as diabetes and heart ailments, from March 1, the government announced in a Cabinet briefing on Wednesday.
 
The vaccines will be given for free in over 10,000 government hospitals and will come for a price, which is yet to be decided, in more than 20,000 private centres. Around 270 million people are expected to be covered in the third phase of the vaccination drive. Of these, 100 million will be those aged above 60. READ MORE...

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