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Lockdown news today Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Highlights: The Narendra Modi government has changed the vaccination rules that will come into force from April 1st. This comes on a day when India detected around 40,000 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. In case you are eager to celebrate this minor dip, hold your horses! There are several factors that are adding to the present worry of the second wave of the coronavirus. First is the decreasing of the doubling time. The latest health data shows that on March 1st, the doubling time stood at 504.4 days. Whereas, as of today, that doubling time has decreased to just 202.3 days. As the self-explanatory term suggests, the number of cases are being doubled in a lesser period of time.

Another key area is the ‘R’ factor. This is another terminology that is used by health experts to understand the rate at which an infected individual transmits the virus. In the last 10 days, this ‘R’ factor has also increased. The same is the case with the positivity rate. Another important point is the increased number of Covid deaths. Even the WHO has said that more people are dying due to viral complications.

On a national level, Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala are three major contributors in terms of active cases in India. As many as 75 per cent of total active cases of Covid-19 infection are being reported from these states. As small relief, another health ministry update says that 14 states and UTs have so far not registered any deaths related to coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours.

Ahead of the national lockdown anniversary, as the health officials try to avert another shutdown, here are the freshest, confirmed developments on Covid in India and across the world:

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