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March 18, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: China reports first confirmed local COVID-19 case since February

Coronavirus News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 3.50 crore, the Union Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 358th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India's COVID-19 tally stands at 1.14 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry. This includes a death toll stands at 1.59 lakh. While the total active caseload has increased to 2.34 lakh, the number of patients who have recuperated from
the disease has surged to 1.10 crore. Globally, more than 12.08 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 27.97 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 having 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 3.50 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
  • March 18, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

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  • March 18, 2021 / 08:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 25,833 new COVID-19 cases, 12,764 discharges and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases in the state stand at 1,66,353, while the death toll stands at 53,138.

  • March 18, 2021 / 08:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Nagpur sees single-day spike of 3,796 new COVID-19 cases

    With a single-day addition of 3,796 COVID-19 cases, the count of infections in Maharashtras Nagpur district on Thursday reached 1,82,552, an official said.
    Apart from the fresh cases, the district also reported 23 casualties that have raised the toll to 4,528, the official said.

    Of the fatalities reported so far, 2,908 are from Nagpur city alone, while 1,620 were reported from rural areas and out of Nagpur district.

    At least 1,277 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 1,54,410, the official said.

    The district is now left with 23,614 active cases, he said.

  • March 18, 2021 / 08:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | 917 new COVID-19 cases in MP; 500 patients recover, one dies

    Madhya Pradesh on Thursday reported 917 new coronavirus cases, which pushed its overall tally to 2,71,957, while one death due to the virus took the toll to 3,894, an official said.

    A total of 500 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery count in the state to 2,62,031, he said.

    Of the total 52 districts in the state, six districts did not report any fresh case, he said.

    The lone death was reported from Gwalior.

  • March 18, 2021 / 05:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Karnataka govt geared to mitigate impact of possible COVID-19 second wave: Health Minister

    The Karnataka government is prepared to tackle and mitigate the impact of a possible second wave of COVID-19 and healthcare workers and officials are set to work in a mission mode in the next 50 days, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said on Thursday.

    Chairing a meeting of senior officials and heads of key government hospitals to discuss the course of action in the wake of the uptick in fresh cases in recent days, he also emphasised on ramping up vaccine coverage and appealed to the public to follow precautions and not let the guard down.

  • March 18, 2021 / 04:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Night curfew extended by 2 hrs in Punjab''s nine districts, CM warns of strict measures

    Amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced a two-hour extension in the night curfew in the state''s nine worst-affected districts.
    Singh said the coronavirus situation in the state is critical and warned people of stringent measures if they don''t follow COVID appropriate behaviour.

    "I won''t be easy on the people. People may not like it, but it''s my duty," the chief minister said.

    He expressed hope that all Punjabis will cooperate and adhere to the restrictions.

  • March 18, 2021 / 03:59 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | In this tweet from the Rashtrapati Bhavan: Visuals of Dr. Cyrus S Poonawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, Serum Institute of India (SII), along with Adar Poonawalla calling on President Ram Nath Kovind. SII manufactures ‘Covishield’, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca.

  • March 18, 2021 / 03:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | India at forefront of global efforts to forge decisive response to COVID-19: President Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind today said India has been at the forefront of the global efforts to forge a decisive and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure collective health and economic wellbeing.

    Addressing an event, he said under the government's ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative, highly affordable vaccines made in India have already reached several countries, re-enforcing our reputation as the "Pharmacy of the World". (Input from PTI)

  • March 18, 2021 / 02:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | China reports first confirmed local COVID-19 case since February

    China has reported one confirmed local coronavirus case today, health authorities said. The case in Xi'an city in northwestern Shaanxi province is the first locally transmitted case since February 14, although infections in people arriving in China from abroad have been frequently detected.

    The Xi'an patient works at a local hospital and is responsible for collecting samples of people in quarantine for coronavirus testing, the provincial health commission said. (Input from Reuters)

  • March 18, 2021 / 02:13 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | India's biggest COVID-19 spike in 2021 (Image: News18 Creative)

      Coronavirus News LIVE Updates |  India's biggest COVID-19 spike in 2021 (Image: News18 Creative)
  • March 18, 2021 / 01:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | The total number of COVID-19 cases with the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil variants of the novel coronavirus virus in the country as on date is 400, the health ministry has said.

  • March 18, 2021 / 01:41 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Seoul defends mandatory COVID-19 testing of foreign workers

    Authorities in the South Korean capital have defended a decision to order coronavirus tests for all foreign workers on penalty of fines, as calls grew for the controversial measure to be rescinded.

    At least one lawmaker of the ruling party and a university leader called for Seoul to scrap the move, while a group of international envoys was seeking further explanation.

    The proportion of foreigners among confirmed cases in Seoul rose to 6.3 percent in the March quarter, nearly three times the figure of 2.2 percent in the months of November and December last year, said Park Yoo-mi, a city quarantine officer. (Input from Reuters)

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