in a day, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,17,34,058, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.
The active caseload registered an increased for the 14th day in row and was recorded at 3,68,457, comprising 3.14 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 95.49 per cent, the ministry data updated at 8 am said.
The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 132 days, while the country’s COVID-19 death count increased to 1,60,441, with 275 new fatalities, the highest in around 83 days.
As many as 47,905 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on November 12 last year, it said.
Meanwhile, Random testing of coronavirus will be held across Delhi’s airports, railway and bus stations, the Delhi government declared on Tuesday amid a surge in infections that is seen as the emergent second wave of the virus. A bar was also placed on the public celebration of the coming Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Navratra festivals. The government said safety measures for Covid should be rigorously observed in public places, especially in markets and malls.
The Delhi government said random testing will also be held at crowded boarding points for private buses. The district magistrates and senior police officers of all districts were ordered to strictly follow the instructions.
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COVID-19 cases have been rising in Karnataka and the most number of cases has been reported from state capital Bengaluru, a top official of the municipal corporation said. “In Bengaluru, since the beginning of March, cases have been steadily increasing,” civic body BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad told NDTV.
Opposition MLAs were dragged, manhandled by policemen in the Bihar assembly and carried out on stretchers after the Speaker was virtually held hostage inside his chambers, in unprecedented chaos yesterday over legislation that gives more power to the state’s police force to search people and make arrests. MLAs were even pulled by the hair and kicked, in disturbing images circulating on social media.
The United States was among the biggest backers of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, but a series of blunders by the company eroded American authorities’ confidence and have delayed rollout in the world’s hardest-hit country. The British-Swedish drugmaker was on the back foot Tuesday, vowing to release more data “within 48 hours” after the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) raised concerns that results reported from its US trial were outdated.
A new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern (VOCs) which have also found abroad, the Health Ministry said today amid fears of a second wave of the crisis in the country. “Though VOCs and a new double mutant variant have been found in India, these have not been detected in numbers sufficient to either establish a direct relationship or explain the rapid increase in cases in some States,” the ministry said.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday slammed the Uddhav Thackeray-led government over the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in the state, saying Maharashtra has become the epicentre of the infection. “This government is not bothered about the COVID-19 situation in the state. The way in which cases are increasing here, it has become the epicentre,” Fadnavis said while speaking at a press conference. “I don’t understand what has this government done to control it? It is time to act and not give lectures,” he added.
States can bring in restrictions locally, based on their assessment, but no activity will be restricted outside containment zones, the government said on Tuesday in new guidelines to tackle a spike in Covid cases in parts of the country. All states must strictly enforce the test-track-treat protocol and ensure Covid-appropriate behavior to check the spread of the coronavirus, say the Home Ministry’s new guidelines, effective for the month of April.
Fresh COVID-19 infections crossed the 400 mark in Telangana for the second day in a row, taking the total figure to 3.04 lakh, a state government bulletin said on Wednesday. A total of 431 people tested positive for the deadly virus. Two more succumbed to the illness raising the toll to 1,676. As many as 3,352 patients were undergoing treatment, it said, providing data as of 8 PM on March 23.
In wake of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, cinema halls, malls, metro, and religious places have been called ‘super spreader’ areas: Delhi Government
Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not report any new COVID-19 case on Wednesday, a health official said. Three more people have been cured of the disease, he said. The Union territory’s caseload stands at 5,039, of which five are active cases, while 4,972 people have recovered
from the infection and 62 patients have succumbed to the disease so far, the official said.
With the addition of2,538 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,93,154 while the toll rose to 6,403 with the death of 11 patients, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were reported on Tuesday, he said. The recovery rate in the district stood at 91.73 per cent with 2,68,918 patients recovering from COVID-19 disease so far, he said, adding the district is now left with 17,833 active cases.
As COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore have been rising, the health department of the district is helping positive patients under home isolation through a control room. “The district control room of COVID-19 in Indore helps the patients who are in home isolation through audio or video calls. The control room runs 24 hours. This control room also helps us to monitor their health status,” the Nodal officer of the control room Dr Anil Dongre told ANI.
India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 1,17,34,058 with 47,262 new infections, while the recoveries have surged to 1,12,05,160, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death count increased to 1,60,441 with 275 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde on Tuesday informed that he has again tested positive for COVID-19. The NCP leader had tested positive for the virus last year in June as well. “Today is the second time I have tested positive for corona. I request everyone who has come in contact with me in the last few days to get tested. There is nothing to worry about. Everyone should wear a mask, follow social distancing and take care of themselves,” Dhananjay Munde tweeted in Marathi.
Two health workers came knocking at the apartments of nine elderly residents at the sprawling Purvankara Windemere in Chennai to vaccinate them against coronavirus. 95-year-old ex-serviceman Krishna G Rao and his wife Ganga were relieved that health workers came home to vaccinate them. This is a part of the Chennai civic body’s drive to vaccinate a larger population.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched ‘Mera Mask Meri Suraksha’, a campaign aimed at raising awareness about COVID-19 in Bhopal yesterday. He drew circles in front of shops to ensure social distancing in markets.
“I appeal to everyone to wear face masks,” he said.
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As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise, the Madhya Pradesh government is considering imposing a lockdown on Sundays in two to three cities, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday. Speaking to media persons, Mishra also urged people with ”folded hands” to follow COVID-19 guidelines prescribed by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.
Random testing of coronavirus will be held across Delhi’s airports, railway and bus stations, the Delhi government declared on Tuesday amid a surge in infections that is seen as the emergent second wave of the virus. A bar was also placed on the public celebration of the coming Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Navratra festivals. The government said safety measures for Covid should be rigorously observed in public places, especially in markets and malls.
With the rise of COVID-19 cases across the country, testing has been ramped up at the Jammu Railway Station, with over 25 teams deployed to test every passenger arriving from other states, reported news agency ANI.
According to Dr Rakesh Kumar, in-charge of testing at the Railway Station, passengers are not being allowed to leave the station without undergoing a COVID-19 test.
“Every person that gets off a train is being tested. Until they are tested, they are not allowed to leave the station. When a person tests positive, they are taken to a nearby COVID-19 centre through an ambulance on standby,” Mr Kumar told news agency ANI.
As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise, the Madhya Pradesh government is considering imposing a lockdown on Sundays in two to three cities, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI.
Speaking to media persons, Mr Mishra also urged people with “folded hands” to follow COVID-19 guidelines prescribed by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Around 300 to 400 COVID-19 cases are being reported in Indore and Bhopal daily. If cases increase at this pace, we will soon return to the situation that prevailed earlier. With folded hands, I urge people to follow all guidelines,” he said.
The government is mulling to imposed lockdown on Sundays in 2-3 cities, he added.