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February 28, 2021 / 11:06 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: Over 8,000 cases in Maharashtra for 5th day in row, Mumbai's single-day count crosses 1,000

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 340th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 340th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. 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 constitutes 1.48 percent 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 percent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.42 percent. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 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 on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 21,62,31,106 samples had been tested until February 27 with 7,95,723 being tested on Saturday. Globally, more than 11.2 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 24.83 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 1.19 crore people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.
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    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | A man walks past a graffiti of people wearing protective masks amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on a street in Navi Mumbai.
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    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Next phase of COVID-19 vaccination to begin at 192 health facilities in Delhi on March 1

    The COVID-19 vaccination drive for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities will begin on Monday at 192 health facilities, including 136 private hospitals in the national capital, Delhi government officials said. The vaccines will be administered free of cost at government hospitals and health centres while Rs 250 will be charged for it at private health facilities, they said.

    "The vaccination drive will begin from 12 noon on Monday. People aged 60 years or more as on January 1, 2022 and those with comorbidities who are in the age group of 45-59 years as on January 1, 2022 are eligible for vaccination," a senior government officer said. Delhi government's Family Welfare directorate also tweeted,"Tomorrow Delhi will be entering the much-awaited phase of COVID vaccination for 60 plus population and those having comorbidities in the age group of 45-59 years at 192 Delhi Health Facilities out of which 136 are paid Private facilities and 56 are Free Govt facilities."


  • February 28, 2021 / 10:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Brazil's capital returns to COVID-19 lockdown

    Brazil's capital has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in some important cities. At least eight Brazilian states adopted curfews over the past week due to the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. Thursday was Brazil's deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,541 deaths confirmed from the virus. So far 254,000 people have died overall.

    Brasilia Gov. Ibaneis Rocha decreed the total closure of bars, restaurants, shopping malls and schools until March 15 and prohibited gatherings of people. Sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited after 8 p.m. In the federal district, 85 per cent of hospital beds were occupied on Sunday, according to the local health ministry. (AP)

  • February 28, 2021 / 09:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till March 31, shops and offices to stagger timings

    The lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till March 31, the state government said in an order issued on February 28.

    No major curbs were added, but the incumbent set of restrictions would continue till the end of next month.

    The timings of offices, commercial establishments, industries, shops and marketplaces would remain staggered to prevent overcrowding. READ MORE

  • February 28, 2021 / 09:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Bihar govt to bear cost of vaccination in private hospitals

    The government of Bihar will bear the cost of vaccination at private hospitals, Times of India reported. The private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of vaccine. Citizens aged above 60 and 45-plus with comorbidities are eligible to receive the vaccine shots from March 1 onwards.

  • February 28, 2021 / 09:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai's single-day count crosses 1,000

    A total of 1,051 new cases and five deaths were recorded in Mumbai in the last 24 hours, stated the update issued by the civic body. The case-count has been alarmingly rising in India's financial capital. Across Maharashtra, over 8,000 cases were reported for a fifth consecutive day.

  • February 28, 2021 / 08:54 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 8,293 new cases, 62 death in last 24 hours

    Maharashtra reported 8,293 new COVID-19 cases, 3,753 recoveries, and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the state health department. 

    • Total cases in the state: 21,55,070
    • Total recoveries: 20,24,704
    • Death toll: 52,154
    • Active cases: 77,008

  • February 28, 2021 / 08:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Prince William backs anti-COVID-19 vaccines in video call with Indian-origin family

    Britain’s Prince William has become the latest member of the royal family to encourage people to take up vaccines to protect themselves against COVID-19, saying it was a “really, really important” way to combat the pandemic. William, the 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge, addressed the issue during a video call with London-based Indian-origin Modha family who spoke about getting over any anxiety around the jabs.

    The second in line to the British throne echoed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s views on the importance of being vaccinated and also warned against believing misinformation around the jabs circulating on social media. "Catherine and I are not medical experts by any means but if it's any consolation, we can wholeheartedly support having vaccinations. It's really, really important,” said William, who was joined on the video call by wife Catherine/Kate Middleton.


  • February 28, 2021 / 07:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 crisis far from over; 3rd wave to be more dangerous: CSIR official

    Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Director General Shekhar C Mande on Sunday warned that the COVID-19 crisis was far from being over and allowing a 'third wave' by lowering our guard is fraught with grave consequences.

    Also, continued collaboration across institutions was necessary to come out of the current situation as well as ward off catastrophic situations arising out of climate change and over dependence on fossil fuels which had the potential to wipe out the entire humanity, he said.

    The expert clarified that India is nowhere near achieving herd immunity and as such people should continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing and hand hygiene to stay away from getting infected by the virus.

    Cautioning the people and the scientific community against allowing 'complacency to set in,' he warned that a third wave would precipitate a far more dangerous situation than the challenge the country had faced so far.


  • February 28, 2021 / 07:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Registration for next phase of vaccination on Co-WIN2.0 to begin at 9 am on March 1

    Registration for next phase of COVID19 Vaccination on Co-WIN2.0 portal will open at 9:00 am on 1st March 2021 at More than 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Schemes can function as COVID Vaccination Centres.

  • February 28, 2021 / 06:18 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Germany limits travel from French region over virus variant

    Germany announced Sunday that travelers from Frances northeastern Moselle region will face additional restrictions due to the high rate of variant coronavirus cases there.

    Germany's disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said it would add Moselle to the list of variant of concern areas that already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Travelers from those areas must produce a recent negative coronavirus test before entering Germany. The Moselle region in northeastern France includes the city of Metz and borders the German states of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. (AP)

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