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Coronavirus News Highlights: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin phase 3 trials efficacy at 81%

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 343rd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 343rd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,11,39,516 with 14,989 new infections, while the active cases were recorded above 1.7 lakh after a month, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll increased

to 1,57,346 with 98 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,70,126 which comprises 1.53 percent of the total infections,the data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,12,044 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.06 percent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 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 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 on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

Globally, more than 11.4 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 25.29 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.
  • Coronavirus News Highlights: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin phase 3 trials efficacy at 81%
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  • March 03, 2021 / 10:56 PM IST

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  • March 03, 2021 / 09:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Nagaland CM gets COVID-19 vaccine

    Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, his wife Kaisa Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton on Wednesday received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
    "I am feeling normal", said Rio while speaking to reporters after taking the vaccine at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), a government facility for vaccination.

    In his message to the people, the CM said: "We are proud that our country also could make our own vaccine against the virus and inoculate the healthcare providers and front line workers in the first phase and now it is the turn of senior citizens and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities so it is an opportunity for all of us to take the vaccine".

  • March 03, 2021 / 09:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | SC proposes to lift extension of limitation period

    The Supreme Court Wednesday said it proposes to lift the extension of limitation period for filing appeals which was granted by it with effect from March 15 last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
    The apex court had on March 23 last year invoked its plenary power under Article 142 of the Constitution to extend the limitation period of appeals from courts or tribunals on account of the pandemic.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde on Wednesday told Attorney General K K Venugopal that it proposes to lift the extension of limitation period with effect from March 15 this year and it might give a period of 90 days thereafter for the eventuality if restrictions may be re-imposed due to the pandemic.

    The bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, told Venugopal to draft the clauses which would help litigants after lifting of extension of limitation period in case the restrictions would come into effect again.

  • March 03, 2021 / 08:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Week-long quarantine for Brazil returnees mandatory, says BMC

    In a circular, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation says passengers arriving from Brazil will need to undergo compulsory 7-day institutional (hotel) quarantine even if they possess pre-boarding COVID negative certificates; rule to apply on passengers belonging to Maharasthra.

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Rajasthan governor urges people to take precautions against mutated Covid-19 strain

    Rajasthan governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday appealed people to take precautions against the new mutated strain of Covid-19. It is worrisome that Kerala, Maharashtra and other neighbouring states have reported a new strain of coronavirus. The spreading of the virus is not over yet and the new form of coronavirus is more dangerous as it spreads rapidly, Mishra said in a statement. (PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Karnataka LIVE Updates | Karnataka reports 528 new COVID-19 cases, 413 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total cases: 9,52,565, Total recoveries: 9,34,143, Death toll: 12,346, Active cases: 6057.

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Rajasthan reports 215 new COVID-19 cases and 85 recoveries in the last 24 hours. No deaths reported in this period. Total cases: 3,20,772, Total recoveries: 3,16,515, Death toll: 2787, Active cases: 1470.

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:14 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Goa LIVE Updates | Goa: COVID-19 case count rises by 70, recoveries by 42

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 70 to reach 55,143 on Wednesday, a health department official said. The number of recovered patients in the state rose to 53,737 as 42 of them got discharge from hospitals during the day. The death toll remained at 796 as none of the patients succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, he said. There are 610 active cases of coronavirus in the state at present, the official said. "With 1,717 tests conducted in Goa through the day, the total test count mounted to 4,97,806," he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 55,143, new cases 70, death toll 796, discharged 53,737, active cases 610, samples tested till date 4,97,806. 

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:13 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Jammu and Kashmir records 104 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 104 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 1,26,693, even as no new death due to the virus was reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 17 were from the Jammu division and 87 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest of 53 cases followed by 12 in Baramulla district and 11 in Jammu district. While five districts did not report any fresh case, 12 other districts had cases in single digits. The number of active cases was 875 in the Union Territory, while 1,23,860 patients have recovered from the infection so far, the officials said. The death toll in Jammu and Kashmir is 1,958 as no fresh fatality has been reported from the Union Territory in the past 24 hours, they added. (PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | South Africa virus strain 'offers immunity against other variants'

    A new study has shown that people previously infected by the Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa have better immunity against other coronavirus mutations, experts said Wednesday. The findings, from preliminary research by the team of South African scientists who identified the variant dubbed 501Y.V2, raise hopes that vaccines modelled on the strain could protect against future mutations. Identified late last year, the variant fuelled South Africa's second wave of infection and delayed the start of vaccinations in February. Scientists said Wednesday that plasma collected from people infected with the variant had "good neutralising activity", including against "first wave" viruses and potentially other variants of concern. (AFP)

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Closure of 1.5 million schools due to COVID-19 impacted 247 million children in India: UNICEF study

    Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found. Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, it said. The report stated that online education is not an option for all as only one in four children has access to digital devices and internet connectivity.

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