Coronavirus LIVE: Guj CM discharged from hospital after testing negative
Coronavirus LIVE updates: Globally, more than 111.6 million people have been infected by the virus and the death toll stands at 2,471,412
Bengal's Covid-19 tally mounts to 573,762, death toll at 10,249
58 new Covid-19 cases in Odisha, tally at 336,636
Assam school sealed for 7 days, premise declared containment zone
All gatherings banned in Maharashtra from Monday due to Covid-19 spike: CM
Covid-19: Nagpur records 626 cases, 8 deaths, 455 recoveries
The number of COVID-19 cases in Nagpur rose by 626 to reach 1,43,133 on Sunday, while the day also saw eight deaths and 455 people recovering, an official said.
The toll in the district is 4,275 and the recovery count stands at 1,32,861, leaving it with an active caseload of 5,997, he added.
Covid-19: Gatherings to be banned in Maha from Monday, says CM
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced that in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, all political, religious and social gatherings will be prohibited in the state from Monday.
In his televised address, he also said that political agitations will not be allowed for the next few days as they attract crowd.
"The pandemic is raising its head in the state, but whether it is another wave will be known in eight to 15 days," he said.
"Lockdown may not be the solution to Covid-19, but it is the only option to break the cycle of the virus," he added.
Gujarat CM discharged from hospital after tested negative for Covid-19
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was discharged from the hospital on Sunday after being testing negative for COVID-19.
Rupani had collapsed on stage on February 15 while addressing a rally for upcoming civic polls in the Nizampura area of Vadodara.
He was rushed to the hospital for a medical check-up and was tested COVID-19 positive.
Nepal gets 1 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccine bought from India
Nepal on Sunday received the one million doses of Covishield vaccine it bought from India's Serum Institute, in a major boost to the country's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) which has collaborated with Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for making the vaccine.
An Air India aircraft carrying the consignment of Covid-19 vaccines landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the morning, according to sources at the Indian Embassy here.
The Nepal government has decided to procure a total of two million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the SII.
Last month, India gifted one million doses of Covishield vaccine to Nepal.
Goa sees 39 Covid-19 cases, 44 recoveries, over 1k tests
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 39 and reached 54,562 on Sunday, while the death toll remained unchanged at 787 and the recovery count rose by 44, an official said.
The number of people who have been discharged stands at 53,287, leaving the state with 488 active cases, he added.
With 1,051 samples being examined on Sunday, the overall number of tests in Goa went up to 4,82,622, he said.
Delhi reports 145 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths
The national capital continues to report a low Covid-19 death count with two fatalities, along with 145 new case in the last 24 hours, as per the Delhi government health bulletin on Sunday.
A total of 97 patients recovered from the viral disease in the last 24 hours. With that, the cumulative case tally now stands at 6,37,900, including 6,25,929 patients who have recovered or have migrated, while the death toll stands at 10,900.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases has fallen to 1,071, of which 467 are in home isolation.
The highest single-day spike in the city till date -- 8,593 cases -- was reported on November 11 last year.
UK aims to give at least one vaccine dose to all adults by July 31
The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target.
The goal is for everyone over 50 or with an underlying health condition to get a shot by April 15, rather than the previous target of May 1.
The makers of the two vaccines Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that we now think that we have the supplies to speed up the vaccination campaign.
More than 17.2 million people have been given the first of two doses of vaccine since the UK inoculation campaign began on December 8.
Complacency causing spike in Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh: Experts
After registering a drop in Covid-19 cases for some weeks, the viral disease is again showing an upward trend in Madhya Pradesh, specially its industrial hub Indore, with experts blaming people for lowering their guard against the pandemic.
Since the past one week, more than 200 Covid-19 cases are being reported daily in MP, prompting the state government to send some samples of patients to labs in Delhi and Pune to check whether a new variant of the virus has found its way into the state, a government official said.
The Centre recently said four people were detected with the South Africa variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India in January, while one tested positive for the Brazil variant strain in the first week of February.
58 more people test positive for Covid-19 in Odisha, tally
Odishas Covid-19 tally on today mounted to 3,36,636 after 58 more people tested positive for the virus, while three districts became coronavirus-free, a health department official said.
Of the new cases detected from 18 districts, 34 were reported from quarantine centres, while the remaining 24 were local contact cases, the official said.
The 18 districts had new cases in single digits.
Gajapati, Kandhamal and Nabarangpur districts in the southern region of the state became Covid-19 free, with no active cases left in the three districts, he said.
The states coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 1,914 since Friday.
Israel starts reopening economy after two-month lockdown
Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy today as the country's vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started to bring down infections.
Most grade school and high school classes have reopened after a nearly two-month closure, along with museums, libraries, malls and markets. Some restrictions on the number of people in attendance remain in place.
The entire education system is expected to return to normal operations early March.
Gyms, pools, cinemas and restaurants are opening back up for people who have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
India witnesses rise in Covid-19 active cases
India has been witnessing a rise in the Covid-19 active cases over the past few days which is pegged at 1,45,634 comprising 1.32 per cent of the country's total infections, the Union Health Ministry said.
According to the ministry, 22 states and UTs have not reported any Covid-19 death in a span of 24 hours.
More than 74 per cent of the active cases of the country are in Kerala and Maharashtra.
"Of late, it is seen that there has been a spike in the daily cases in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also. Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir too are witnessing a surge in daily new cases," the ministry said.
Centre writes to states reporting spike in daily Covid-19 cases
Amid a spike in daily new cases of Covid-19 in some states including Maharashtra and Kerala, the Centre has advised them to increase the proportion of RT-PCR tests and regularly monitor mutant strains besides refocusing on strict surveillance and stringent containment in selected districts.
In a letter to the states, the government has also stressed thatall negative rapid antigen test results should be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR test.
India has been witnessing a rise in the Covid-19 active caseload over the past few days whichis pegged at 1,45,634 as on date and nowconsists of 1.32 percentof India's total infections.
Schools & colleges in the district will remain closed till 28 February: Pune Divisional Commissioner
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More than 74% of the active cases are in Kerala and Maharashtra: Health Ministry
First Published: Feb 21 2021 | 07:20 AM IST