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February 18, 2021 / 10:59 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: BMC issues fresh guidelines amid rising COVID cases in the city

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 330th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 330th 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.
  • Coronavirus News Highlights: BMC issues fresh guidelines amid rising COVID cases in the city
    A health official wears protective gear before vaccinating people with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, at Army Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)
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  • February 19, 2021 / 09:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Mission Indradhanush 3.0 to focus on children, pregnant women who missed vaccination during COVID-19

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 with a focus on children and pregnant women who missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    IMI 3.0 will have two rounds starting from February 22 and March 22 and will be conducted in 250 pre-identified districts and urban areas across 29 states and Union territories.

    "Focus of IMI 3.0 will be the children and pregnant women who have missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be identified and vaccinated during the two rounds of IMI 3.0. Each round will be for 15 days.  Beneficiaries from migration areas and hard-to-reach areas will be targeted as they may have missed their vaccine doses during COVID-19," the health ministry said in a statement.

  • February 19, 2021 / 09:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: 823 new COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, highest spike since December

    With addition of 823 coronavirus cases, Mumbai on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike in infections since December, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

    The tally of coronavirus cases in the country''s financial capital thus rose to 3,17,310, while the death toll reached 11,435 with five new fatalities.

    The city's daily count of infections crossed the 700- mark in the last two days after it had recorded less than 500 cases at the start of the week.

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  • February 18, 2021 / 10:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Karnataka reports 406 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths in last 24 hours

  • February 18, 2021 / 10:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Delhi reports 130 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths in last 24 hours

  • February 18, 2021 / 10:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Chile vaccinates nearly 2.4mn people against COVID-19

    Chile has vaccinated nearly 2.39 million people against COVID-19 within two weeks of launching a mass vaccination campaign, the Health Ministry said on February 18.

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  • February 18, 2021 / 10:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | UK variant not found increasing COVID-19 severity, transmission in India: NCDC

    The genome sequencing of the samples of persons infected with the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India has revealed that the mutations in it do not push the patients towards severity of COVID-19 disease or enhance the transmissibility, so far. -- IANS

  • February 18, 2021 / 09:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Russia logs 13,447 new COVID-19 cases

    Russia registered 13,447 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, up from 12,828 a day earlier, the country’s COVID-19 response centre said on February 18.

  • February 18, 2021 / 09:44 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | World Bank approves $97.5mn for Afghanistan to combat COVID-19

    The World Bank has approved a $97.5 million grant for Afghanistan to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and droughts in the war-torn Asian country, the World Bank office in Afghanistan said in a statement reaching here on February 18.

  • February 18, 2021 / 09:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | In the last 8-10 days, the number of COVID-19 patients has been increasing but the situation is not worrisome. We are on alert. We have decided to increase COVID-19 testing. There is a chance of making the COVID-19 rules stricter if the number of cases continues to rise: Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol

  • February 18, 2021 / 09:18 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Somalia bans public gatherings amid resurgence in infections

    The Somali government has banned public gatherings and called on non-essential workers to work from home amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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  • February 18, 2021 / 08:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Malaysia reports 2,712 new Covid-19 cases, 25 new deaths

    Malaysia reported 2,712 new Covid-19 infections, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the national total to 274,875. Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that four of the new cases are imported and 2,708 are local transmissions, the Xinhua news agency reported. Another 25 deaths have been reported, pushing the death toll to 1,030.

  • February 18, 2021 / 08:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination LIVE Updates | State-wise breakdown of COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries

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