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March 19, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray calls lockdown an option as state tightens curbs

Coronavirus News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 3.71 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 359th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,15,14,331 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,59,370 deaths. A total of 1,10,83,679 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 2,71,282 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 2.2 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands
at 96.41 percent. Globally, more than 12.17 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 26.89 lakh have died so far. India has begun the second phase of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 3.71 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
  • March 19, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

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  • March 19, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Nashik sees record 2,508 COVID-19 cases, CM chairs meet

    Nashik added a record 2,508 cases to its COVID-19 tally on Friday, the third consecutive day when the addition was in the 2000 plus range, officials said.

    The district saw 2,146 cases on Wednesday and 2,421 on Thursday, both higher than the 2,048 detected on September 2 last year when the outbreak was at its peak in these parts.

    The caseload of the district now stands at 1,43,395, while five deaths took the toll to 2,202, he added.

    The official said 1,168 people were discharged during the day, which increased the recovery count here to 1,27,478.

  • March 19, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu logs above 1,000 COVID-19 cases after over 80 day gap

    After a gap of over 80 days, Tamil Nadu logged above 1,000 COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the total caseload to nearly 8.65 lakh, while nine fatalities took the toll to 12,582. The state recorded 1,087 cases on Friday.

    Tamil Nadu last reported over 1,000 cases in December 28, 2020. Recoveries were on the lesser side, with 610 people getting discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,45,178 leaving 6,690 active cases, a health bulletin said. Chennai constituted the bulk of fresh cases with 421 infections, aggregating to 2,40,671 so far. 

  • March 19, 2021 / 10:59 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Rajasthan reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths, 402 new cases

    Two fatalities were recorded on Friday in Rajasthan due to the novel coronavirus, pushing the state’s death toll to 2,796, while 402 new cases took the caseload to 3,24,503, according to a health department bulletin.
    The bulletin said 3,18,586 people have been discharged after treatment so far, while 3,121 are still under medical observation.

    So far, Jaipur has reported 519 deaths, Jodhpur 308 deaths, Ajmer 223, Kota 169, Bikaner 167, Bharatpur 120, Udaipur 125, Pali 109 and Sikar 101.

  • March 19, 2021 / 06:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Chandigarh man dies after COVID-19 vaccination, probe begins

    A 62-year-old man died in Chhattisgarh's Mahasamund district on Friday after he took the COVID-19 vaccination a day earlier, officials said.

    Vibhisan Banjare, a resident of Savitripur, was administered COVID-19 vaccine at the local government health and wellness centre on Thursday evening and died this morning, said Dr NK Mandape, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) of Mahasamund.

  • March 19, 2021 / 05:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Lockdown is an option, says Maharashtra CM as COVID-19 cases rise alarmingly

    A day after Maharashtra witnessed the highest one-day spike of 25,833 COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said lockdown is an option but he trusts people to follow the norms on their own.

    Talking to reporters in Nandurbar, Mr. Thackeray also appealed people to get vaccinated against coronavirus without fear.

    The COVID-19 situation has become grimmer as the number of new cases on Thursday crossed the earlier highest rise which was recorded in September, he conceded.

  • March 19, 2021 / 05:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Devendra Fadnavis and Pravin Darekar get first vaccine shot

    Maharashtra BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Pravin Darekar on Friday received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine at a hospital here.
    They were administered the vaccine at the government- run J J Hospital.

    After the vaccination, Fadnavis and Darekar, who are leaders of opposition in the state Legislative Assembly and Council, respectively, appealed to the people to get themselves vaccinated for protection against the virus.

  • March 19, 2021 / 04:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | COVID-19 vaccination drive to be extended in coming days: Harsh Vardhan

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be extended in the coming days and asserted that there should not be any misconceptions about the two Indian vaccines being administered in in the country.

    During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Vardhan said India has vaccinated 3.5 to 4 crore people so far and side effects of the vaccines has been recorded at 0.000432 percent. 

    "Every vaccine doesn't require universal immunisation and all these priority groups whom we are vaccinating today like healthcare staff first and then senior citizens and people aged between 45 and 59 years, it will be extended in the coming days – all these are based on experts'' opinion.          

    "Not only Indian experts, but we have also consulted WHO guidelines regarding priority groups," he said. 

  • March 19, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Punjab LIVE Updates | Punjab govt orders fresh curbs, shuts educational institutions to check COVID surge

    Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered massive state-wide restrictions beginning tomorrow, which include closing of all educational institutions till the end of the month and restrictions on cinema and mall capacities. The chief minister on Friday also appealed to the people to keep social activity in their homes to the bare minimum for the next two weeks to break the transmission chain. Not more than 10 visitors should be entertained in homes, he urged. All educational institutions, other than medical and nursing colleges, will remain closed till March 31, an official statement said. (PTI)

  • March 19, 2021 / 03:26 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | The Philippines has approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today, as the Southeast Asian country battles a renewed surge in infections. The vaccine, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, is the fourth to get emergency use authorisation in the Philippines.

    Read more | Philippines approves emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine as COVID-19 cases spike

  • March 19, 2021 / 03:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Will try to supply more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to UK later: Serum Institute

    Serum Institute of India (SII) has said it will try to supply more doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the United Kingdom later, based on the current situation and requirement for the government immunisation programme in India. The UK's National Health Service has warned of a significant reduction in weekly supplies of vaccines to protect against COVID-19 by the end of this month. When contacted, a spokesperson for SII said, "Five million doses had been delivered a few weeks ago to the UK and we will try to supply more later, based on the current situation and requirement for the government immunisation programme in India". (PTI)