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February 20, 2021 / 11:05 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports over 6,000 cases for second consecutive day

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 332nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 332nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,09,50,201 with 12,881 new infections being reported in a day,while the recoveries have surged to1,06,56,845, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll increased to1,56,014 with 101 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality
rate has dropped to 1.42 percent, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,56,845 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.32 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 1.5 lakh. There are 1,37,342 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.25 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh onNovember 20 andsurpassed theone-crore mark on December 19. According to the ICMR, 20,87,03,791 samples have been tested up to February 17 with 7,26,562 samples being tested on Wednesday. Globally, more than 10.94 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 24.16 lakh have died so far. India, along with many countries, has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and has started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin. More than 89 lakh people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.
  • February 20, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

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  • February 20, 2021 / 10:32 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 test mandatory for incoming travellers at Srinagar airport

    Strengthening the preventive measures against COVID-19 in the wake of the rising cases in some states of the country, authorities in Kashmir on Saturday ordered that inbound travellers will not be allowed to leave the airport here until their test report is received. The test reports will be issued on the spot before letting the travellers go, an official spokesman said.

    In a meeting convened here as part of the preventive plan, in-charge Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issued directions for putting in place required measures to avert the spread of coronavirus in the Valley, the spokesman said. Choudhary directed for strengthening the preventive mechanism at the Srinagar airport, instructing the Srinagar and Budgam district administrations to set up additional coronavirus testing facilities to enable quick receipt of the test reports. (PTI)

  • February 20, 2021 / 09:53 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 8 more COVID-19 deaths, 358 new cases in Punjab

    The COVID-19 infection tally in Punjab climbed to 1,78,111 with 358 fresh cases reported on Saturday, a health bulletin stated. Eight more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the virus to 5,748, according to the medical bulletin. There are 2,883 active COVID-19 cases in the state, as of now, according to the bulletin.

    Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar reported the maximum of 65 cases, Ludhiana 62 and Jalandhar 38, among the fresh cases witnessed in the state. A total of 264 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from infection, taking the number of cured persons to 1,69,480, as per the bulletin. Ten critical patients are on ventilator support while 83 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. A total of 48,33,218 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.

    Meanwhile, Chandigarh reported 26 more coronavirus cases on Saturday pushing the infection tally to 21,397 in the Union territory, a medical bulletin stated.


  • February 20, 2021 / 09:25 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Argentina health minister resigns after reports of VIP vaccine access

    Argentina's health minister resigned on Friday following reports that people had been able to use connections to get access to COVID-19 vaccines to which they were not entitled.

    Gines Gonzalez Garcia said in a letter posted on Twitter that individuals were able to sidestep proper procedure for vaccinations due to "unintended confusion" in his office while he was away.

    Two sources in the presidency said earlier on Friday that President Alberto Fernandez had asked for Gines' resignation after allegations were made in the media of at least 10 people receiving vaccinations without following the proper procedure, among them a veteran journalist who claimed he had received a shot after speaking directly with the minister.

    The growing scandal throws a spotlight on wider fears in the region over corruption and access to vaccines, which are in short supply.


  • February 20, 2021 / 08:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Kerala adds 4,650 fresh coronavirus cases

    Kerala on Saturday registered 4,650 new COVID-19 cases and 13 related deaths taking the total number of those affected in the state by the deadly virus to 10.30 lakh. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said thestate has tested 65,968 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 7.06 per cent. Till now, 1.09 crore samples have been tested by the state.

    "Out of the total cases reported today, 76 reached the state from outside while 4,253 contracted the disease through their contacts. The sources of infection of 295 are yet to be traced. Twenty six health workers are also among the infected," Vijayan said in a press meet. Meanwhile, 5,841 people recuperated from the disease on Saturday taking the total recoveries in the state to 9,67,630.

    Currently, there are 58,606 people are under treatment in the state. There are 2,47,780 people under observation in the state out of which 8,989 are in isolation wards of various hospitals. Among the districts, Kozhikode reported 602 cases, the highest in the state, followed by Ernakulam with 564 cases, Malappuram with 529 cases and Thrissur with 503 cases. Eight regions were removed while three were added to the list of hot spots taking its total number to 366.


  • February 20, 2021 / 08:21 PM IST
  • February 20, 2021 / 07:48 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Update | Maharashtra reports over 6,000 cases for second consecutive day, highest spike in Mumbai since December

    Maharashtra reported a total of 6,281 new infections on February 20, marking the second consecutive day when the per-day count crossed 6,000. In Mumbai, 897 new cases were reported, highest in the city since December.

  • February 20, 2021 / 07:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Update | COVID-19 outbreak to affect 2021 as well, says health expert

    An epidemiology and communicable diseases expert has predicted that the COVID-19 outbreak could be around all through 2021.

    Speaking during a panel discussion on a Marathi news channel, Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, former Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at Indian Council of Medical Research, called the outbreak situation “complicated”.

    “If anyone is under the illusion that the COVID-19 phase will end anytime soon, then they are mistaken. The coronavirus infection was there in 2020 and is likely to affect all of 2021,” he said.


  • February 20, 2021 / 07:09 PM IST

     Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 1.08 crore vaccinated so far including more than 72 lakh health workers

    "1,08,38,323 total COVID-19 vaccination conducted till February 20, 6pm. Of which, vaccination of the healthcare workers is 72,26,653. The first dose has been given to 63,52,713 and the second dose has been given to 8,73,940 beneficiaries," the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

  • February 20, 2021 / 06:45 PM IST
  • February 20, 2021 / 06:26 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Asymptomatic patients to be admitted at quarantine centres: Mumbai Mayor

    "Ward officials with their teams will monitor COVID situation in their areas. Action will be taken against those not following SOPs. Buildings will be sealed if 5 or more persons found COVID positive. Asymptomatic patients will be admitted to quarantine centres," Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said.

  • February 20, 2021 / 05:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Manipur Anganwadi worker dies a week after taking COVID-19 vaccine

    A 48-year-old Anganwadi worker in Manipur has died a week after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said on Saturday. W Sundari Devi of Kumbi Terakha area in Bishunpur district had received her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12 at Kumbhi primary health centre (PHC), they said. She was taken to the Moirang community health centre (CHC) on February 18 as she had breathing problems and died at the CHC on Friday.

    Health Department officials said that a special team will conduct the post-mortem of the deceased to ascertain the true cause of the death. (PTI)

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