Coronavirus LIVE: Maharashtra sees nearly 40,000 new Covid cases in a day

Coronavirus live updates: India has recorded 53,480 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. With active cases hitting 552,566, India is now the 6th-worst hit country. Stay tuned for corona-related news

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Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer announced Wednesday that its Covid-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall.

India has recorded 53,480 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. With the latest addition, the country's tally has soared to 12,149,335, according to MoHFW. With active cases hitting 552,566, India is now the 6th-worst hit country. The death toll from the deadly infection jumped to 162,502.

Maharashtra has witnessed a dip in daily novel coronavirus cases count as the state reported over 27,000 infections in the last 24 hours as against over 31,000 cases recorded on 29 March. With 27,918 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the state tally has now reached 2,773,436. With fewer tests conducted on the occasion of Holi, Delhi reported just 992 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Tuesday, which is the lowest number of infections in a week. There were 36,757 tests conducted on Monday – reported a day later in Tuesday’s bulletin – in comparison to over 83,000 tests conducted daily on average during the last seven days.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,773,436), Kerala (1,121,931), Karnataka (992,779), Andhra Pradesh (900,805), and Tamil Nadu (884,094).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 128,777,066 infected by the deadly contagion. While 103,903,669 have recovered, 2,814,830 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 31,096,331, followed by Brazil, India, France and Russia. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, Italy and India.
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Registering a sharp spike in daily infections, Karnataka on Wednesday reported 4,225 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 more fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,97,004 and the death toll to 12,567, the Health department said.
The day also saw 1,492 patients getting discharged after recovery.
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Altogether, 2,10,461 people were inoculated on Tuesday. A total of 9,91,812 healthcare workers have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the state while 4,74,723 of them have been given the second dose.
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The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stood at 7,338, the highest since the 7,427 on December 1. The bulletin said the total recoveries have touched 8,87,434 and the toll 7,217.
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The Phase 3 clinical trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents aged between 12 to 15 years old in the US.
"We share the urgency to expand the authorisation of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15," Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer, said in a statement.
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The decisions were taken in a COVID-19 review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The night curfew was imposed last week in eight cities/towns -- Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Sagwada (Dungarpur) and Kushalgarh (Banswara) -- from 11 pm to 5 pm but now the curfew will start from 10 pm.
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In a study of 2,260 US volunteers ages 12 to 15, preliminary data showed there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among those given dummy shots, Pfizer reported.
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National Health Authority (NHA) CEO and Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination chairperson Dr R S Sharma and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with health secretaries, mission directors of NHM and immunisation officers of all states and UTs during the day, a statement said.

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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday said people should be ready for stringent measures in the coming days to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Talking to reporters, Tope said saving lives is the government's priority, the minister told reporters here.
Maharashtra has seen a huge rise in coronavirus positive cases over the last week. Struggling to arrest the fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, the state government last week announced a ban on all types of gatherings, including political and religious.
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"We have instructed medical teams at thetwointernational bridges not to allow any foreigner into Indian soil if they are found positive in the rapid antigen test," Pithoragarh Chief Medical Officer MC Pant said.
Besides the two international bridges, rapid antigen tests have also been started at Udiyari bend, Panar bridge and Aincholi village which are the other entry points for people from Nepal.
"We have sent all test reports to our laboratory. The results are expected in one or two days. Only after that the actual situation of corona cases amongst the persons entering into the district from Nepal will be known," Pithoragarh District Magistrate Anand Swaroop said.
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First Published: Mar 31 2021 | 06:52 AM IST

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