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March 08, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: Odisha logs 59 new COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 3,37,803

Coronavirus News Highlights: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 2.09 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 348th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,12,29,398 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,57,853 deaths. A total of 1,08,82,798 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 1,88,747 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 1.68 percent of the total
caseload, the data stated. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 96.91 percent. Globally, more than 11.68 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 25.92 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 2.09 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry.
  • March 08, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

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  • March 08, 2021 / 10:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Mumbai sees 1000-plus addition for 6th straight day

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai increased by over 1,000 for the sixth consecutive day on Monday, taking its tally to 3,34,572, an official said.
    Monday''s addition of 1,008 cases was, however, a dip from the 1100 plus figures notched up on the preceding five days, including 1,300 on Sunday.

    Four deaths took the toll to 11,504 while 956 people getting discharged during the day took the recovery count in the metropolis to 3,11,407, he added.

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  • March 08, 2021 / 10:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu adds 556 new COVID-19 infections, three fatalities

    For the fourth consecutive day, Tamil Nadu logged over 500 cases, with a UAE returnee among them, pushing the tally to 8,55,677, while three fatalities took the toll to 12,521, the health department said on Monday. Recoveries, which were outnumbering new infections, were comparatively less with 532 people getting discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,39,138, leaving 4,018 active cases. Over the last few days, the active cases have been hovering below the 4,000 mark. However, since the surge in new infections (from March 5), the active cases crossed 4,000 in Tamil Nadu today.

  • March 08, 2021 / 09:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 8k Mumbai women given COVID-19 vaccine

    The CBI on Monday started anti-COVID-19 vaccination of its officials with its acting director Praveen Sinha taking the first shot, officials said.
    The agency continued its investigations and prosecution process during the pandemic even though over 680 officials, about nine per cent of the total staff, contracted the virus while working on various cases and four officials succumbed to the deadly disease.

    After getting nod from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, several senior officers led by Sinha took the jab on the first day of the process.

  • March 08, 2021 / 08:44 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | CBI begins vaccinating its officials against COVID-19

    The CBI on Monday started anti-COVID-19 vaccination of its officials with its acting director Praveen Sinha taking the first shot, officials said.
    The agency continued its investigations and prosecution process during the pandemic even though over 680 officials, about nine per cent of the total staff, contracted the virus while working on various cases and four officials succumbed to the deadly disease.

    After getting nod from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, several senior officers led by Sinha took the jab on the first day of the process.

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  • March 08, 2021 / 08:21 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Goa sees 54 COVID-19 cases, 110 recoveries, no death

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 54 and reached 55,463 on Monday, while the day saw 110 people getting discharged, an official said.
    The death toll remained unchanged at 799 for the third consecutive day, he added.

    The state has a recovery count of 54,032, leaving it with 632 active cases, the official said.

  • March 08, 2021 / 07:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Hand gloves for voters, PPEs for COVID-19 infected in TN assembly polls

    COVID-19 infected voters would be given personal protective equipment (PPE) kits while others hand gloves for casting their votes in the elections to Tamil Nadu assembly next month as part of preventive measures in view of the pandemic, state Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said here on Monday. On the day of polling, every voter would be given hand gloves before voting to ensure there was no chance of transmission of infection through the Electronic Voting Machine, he said. 

  • March 08, 2021 / 06:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Kerala logs 1,412 new COVID-19 cases,active cases touch

    Kerala reported 1,412 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, while 3,030 people have recovered from the infection, with the active cases in the state touching 39,236, the government said.
    While the total virus caseload soared to 10,79,088, as many as 10,34,895 people have been cured of the disease, Health minister K K Shailaja said in a press release. It said a South African returnee was among those who tested positive for the virus.

  • March 08, 2021 / 06:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases again go past 1,000 mark in Andhra Pradesh

    The number of active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh once again shot past the 1,000 mark as 74 were added afresh on Monday. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, 61 patients had recovered while two more succumbed to COVID-19, a health department bulletin said. It said the total positives in the state so far touched 8,90,766, recoveries 8,82,581 and deaths 7,176. The active caseload was 1,009. 

  • March 08, 2021 / 05:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 86.25 percent new COVID-19 cases in six states: Govt

    Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are the six states that cumulatively account for 86.25 per cent of the new coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

    Maharashtra has reported a maximum of 11,141 fresh cases in a single day, accounting for 59.90 per cent of the total new cases recorded while Kerala registered 2,100 new infections that account for 11.29 per cent of the new infections.

    Punjab recorded 1,043 new infections (5.60 per cent of total new cases) in the past 24 hours while Karnataka recorded 622 fresh cases that account for 3.3 per cent of the total new infections, the ministry said.

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  • March 08, 2021 / 04:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | New Zealand to only use Pfizer vaccine

    New Zealand says it will now use only the Pfizer vaccine to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, departing from earlier plans to use four different vaccines.
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the strategy Monday, saying the decision was based on the Pfizer vaccine''s effectiveness. She said this would make it easier and fairer for all New Zealanders to have access to the same vaccine.

    However, the strategy may also be driven in part by delays in getting vaccines approved. So far, New Zealand''s medical regulators have approved only the Pfizer vaccine and are reviewing two other shots.

  • March 08, 2021 / 03:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Japan LIVE Updates | In Japan, vending machines help ease access to COVID-19 tests

    In Japan, convenience is king and getting tested for COVID-19 can be highly inconvenient. Part of solution, as it is for a range of daily necessities in Tokyo, has become the humble vending machine. Eager to conserve manpower and hospital resources, the government conducts just 40,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests a day, a quarter of its capacity, restricting them to people who are quite symptomatic or have had a high chance of being infected. That's led to the public to rely heavily on private clinics or buying PCR tests by other means. Vending machines selling test kits offer consumers the option of avoiding crowded clinics or having to wait for an appointment, said Hideki Takemura, director of the Laketown Takenoko Ear Nose and Throat Clinic which has set up seven machines in the greater Tokyo area. (Reuters)

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