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A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in California.(AP)
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Highlights: Rajasthan 176 fresh Covid-19 case, no related deaths

In India, the cases reached 11.19 million and the death toll stands at 157,656. The country has inoculated more than 20 million in the ongoing vaccination drive.
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:03 AM IST

The global coronavirus (Covid-19) caseload increased to more than 116.3 million cases as the virus continues to infect across the countries. While the death toll was above 2.5 million, news agency Bloomberg reported. More than 299 million shots were given worldwide as the countries are rushing to immunise their citizens against the viral coronavirus.

Fresh infections in the United States began to decline as many states press for reopening. The daily infections have fallen by 12% as the US reported about 65,000 fresh cases in a single day.

The Senate approved $1.9 trillion stimulus bill to support the economy reeling under the devastating effect of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in Brazil, the second worst-hit country, cases and deaths surged to record numbers.

In India, the cases reached 11.21 million and the death toll stands at 157,656. The country has inoculated more than 20 million in the ongoing vaccination drive.

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  • MAR 07, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    Rajasthan 176 fresh Covid-19 case, no related deaths

    Rajasthan on Saturday recorded 176 fresh Covid disease cases and zero deaths which took the caseload to 321,532, according to the state health department's bulletin. No fresh deaths were seen during this period.

  • MAR 07, 2021 09:21 PM IST

    80 fresh cases push Chandigarh's Covid tally to 22,318

    Chandigarh on Sunday added 80 fresh coronavirus disease cases which pushed the caseload 22,318, according to a medical bulletin. No death was reported during this period and the toll currently stands at 355.

  • MAR 07, 2021 08:40 PM IST

    Night curfew, weekend lockdowns to be imposed in Aurangabad in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases

    A night curfew from 9pm to 6am will be imposed in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, from March 11 to April 4. Weekend lockdowns will also be imposed in an effort to combat the rising number of cases in the state, Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde told news agency ANI.

  • MAR 07, 2021 08:18 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu reports 567 new cases of Covid-19, 1 death

    Tamil Nadu on Sunday reported 567 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total tally to to 8,55,121. 1 fatality was also recorded, the death toll in the state currently stands at 12,518.

  • MAR 07, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    Maharashtra records 11,141 new cases of Covid-19, 38 deaths

    Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 11,141 new cases of Covid-19, taking the state-wide tally to 22,19,727. 38 fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 52,478.

  • MAR 07, 2021 06:36 PM IST

    K'taka govt makes RT-PCR tests mandatory for drivers of commercial vehicles

    Karnataka government declared on Sunday that drivers and conductors of commercial and goods vehicles coming from Maharashtra and Kerala will need to produce negative RT-PCR Covid certificates to be allowed in the state, reported news agency ANI.

  • MAR 07, 2021 06:18 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh reports 136 new cases, one death

    Andhra Pradesh reported 136 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 8,90,692. The death toll after one new fatality stands at 7,174.

  • MAR 07, 2021 06:01 PM IST

    Japan records 1,065 new Covid-19 cases, 25 new fatalities

    Japan on Sunday recorded 1,065 new cases of Covid-19, taking the country-wide tally to 439,981. 25 new fatalities were also recorded in the last 24 hours, reported ANI.

  • MAR 07, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    Austria suspends deployment of a batch AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after death

    After the death of a 49-year old woman due to severe coagulation disorder Austria has suspended inoculation with a batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, reported Reuters.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:40 PM IST

    Delhi records 286 new cases of Covid-19, 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:58 PM IST

    Philippines records 3,276 new cases, 51 deaths

    The Philippines reported 3,276 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 5,94,412. The death toll after 51 fresh fatalities stands at 12,516.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:12 PM IST

    Assam reports seven new coronavirus infections, one death

    Assam reported seven new coronavirus infections, taking the state's overall tally to 2,17,649. The death toll after one fresh fatality stands at 1,094.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    19 states and UTs have reported zero Covid-19 deaths in past 24 hours: Govt

    Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, D&D & D&N, Tripura, Mizoram, A&N Islands and Arunachal Pradesh have not reported any Covid-19 deaths in last 24 hours: Government of India.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:08 PM IST

    Five states account for over 84% of daily cases: Govt

    Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have been reporting high numbers of daily Covid-19 cases. They collectively accounted for 84.71% of the 18,711 new daily cases reported in the last 24 hours, as per the government of India.

  • MAR 07, 2021 09:49 AM IST

    Statwise Covid-19 tally

    Image courtesy: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
    Image courtesy: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
  • MAR 07, 2021 09:20 AM IST

    India adds 18,711 fresh cases

    India's Covid-19 reached 11,210,799 on Sunday after it added 18,711 fresh cases. The death toll increased to 157,756 after 100 new fatalities.

  • MAR 07, 2021 08:54 AM IST

    Lockdown ends in Auckland

    New Zealand's biggest city Auckland reopens after a weeklong of strict lockdown. It was imposed after a community cluster of the more contagious British coronavirus variant emerged in the city.

  • MAR 07, 2021 07:00 AM IST

    Hundreds of people protest against face mask rules in US state

    Hundreds of people gathered outside the Idaho state Capitol building in Boise on Saturday to burn masks as a mark of protest against the Covid-19 safety guidelines issued by the local authorities.

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A deserted view of Connaught Place during weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of coronavirus disease, in New Delhi. ( Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
A deserted view of Connaught Place during weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of coronavirus disease, in New Delhi. ( Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

Covid-19 weekend curfews: Cities wear deserted look, businesses bear the brunt

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 08:08 AM IST
Across the nation markets which started to see some footfall after the first wave of Covid-19 receded in the country wore a deserted look as strict curfews were imposed to address the surge of fresh Covid-19 cases.
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LIVE: Brazil's Covid-19 tally nears 14 million, nearly 3,000 new deaths recorded

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 07:48 AM IST
The global tally of Covid-19 cases is at 140,413,735 while more than three million people have succumbed to the viral disease, the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows.
Commuters being tested for Covid-19 at a special camp outside the civil hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Commuters being tested for Covid-19 at a special camp outside the civil hospital in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Covid-19 tally reaches over 14.7 million after logging 260k cases on Saturday

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 07:21 AM IST
Over 2.7 million were administered Covid-19 vaccine doses on Saturday, as per the data.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik(ANI)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik(ANI)

Relax age bar for jabs, says Patnaik

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 04:19 AM IST
Patnaik has also urged the PM to lower the age bar for eligibility for jabs at least in bigger cities, so that the floating population of workers can be taken care of.
SRCC(HT File Photo)
SRCC(HT File Photo)

SRCC placement drive concludes

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 03:37 AM IST
The internship offers received by the students increased 142% in comparison to the 2019-20 academic session.
Voters reach polling station to cast their vote for bypolls in Pandharpur, India, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (HT PHOTO)
Voters reach polling station to cast their vote for bypolls in Pandharpur, India, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (HT PHOTO)

Bypolls held for 2 LS, 12 assembly seats

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 02:05 AM IST
In Andhra Pradesh, about 64% turnout was recorded in the bypoll to the Tirupati (SC) Lok Sabha seat.
Sonia Gandhi(ANI)
Sonia Gandhi(ANI)

Everyone above 25 must be able to get vaccinated: Sonia at CWC

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:50 AM IST
Sonia Gandhi also slammed the Centre over its “colossal mismanagement” and “gross unpreparedness” in handling the Covid-19 crisis.
Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy tested positive for the viral infection after having spent days campaigning in the Basavakalayan assembly constituency for a bypoll. (AP PHOTO.)
Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy tested positive for the viral infection after having spent days campaigning in the Basavakalayan assembly constituency for a bypoll. (AP PHOTO.)

Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy admitted to hospital after testing Covid-19 positive

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:43 AM IST
According to a statement, Kumaraswamy did not find a bed for treatment at Manipal Hospital. Even Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar’s intervention did not help, the statement claimed. It further added that Kumaraswamy is scheduled to appear before a court in connection with a case on Saturday.
Earlier, the lockdown was declared from April 9 to April 19 and as per the order issued by the district collector the lockdown will now be extended till April 26. (HT PHOTO.)
Earlier, the lockdown was declared from April 9 to April 19 and as per the order issued by the district collector the lockdown will now be extended till April 26. (HT PHOTO.)

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases, lockdown in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur extended till April 26

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:31 AM IST
On Saturday, in view of the Covid-19 surge and shortage of hospital beds for the treatment of those infected by the deadly virus, the state government decided to reserve 70 per cent of oxygen beds at all private hospitals for Covid-19 patients.
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HT Image

Amid surge, B’luru trend projects 25k Covid infections per day

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:22 AM IST
Bengaluru If the current surge in coronavirus cases here continues for two weeks, Bengaluru is likely to report around 25,000 cases daily, an analysis by Hindustan Times has revealed
Women show their voter ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal assembly polls.
Women show their voter ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal assembly polls.

High turnout in 5th round of polling in Bengal

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 05:22 AM IST
EC registers 78.36% turnout in 45 seats; stray incidents of violence reported from reserved seats.
The incident took place in Raipur's Rajdhani hospital.(Screengrab)
The incident took place in Raipur's Rajdhani hospital.(Screengrab)

Five killed in blaze at Raipur Covid-19 hospital

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 02:51 AM IST
The fire broke out at the city’s Rajdhani hospital after a short circuit in a fan and spread to Covid-19 ward.
Representational: Medical college dean Dr Sunil Nandeshwar, however, attributed the whole episode to “miscommunication”.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational: Medical college dean Dr Sunil Nandeshwar, however, attributed the whole episode to “miscommunication”.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Man wrongly declared dead twice by hospital

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 04:48 AM IST
The resident of Sultania village of Vidisha district, was admitted to the district’s Atal Bihari Medical College Hospital in a critical condition on April 12, after complaining of difficulty in breathing. He was put on a ventilator on April 14.
Sidhu was first arrested on February 9 this year.(PTI)
Sidhu was first arrested on February 9 this year.(PTI)

Deep Sidhu gets bail, held again hours later

By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:14 AM IST
Sidhu was expected to be released after additional sessions judge Neelofar Abida Parveen granted him bail at a personal bond of â‚ą30,000, stating that the prosecution is yet to establish the identity of several other members of the unlawful assembly.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials have criss-crossed the Tibet Autonomous Region to hold recruitment drives and to pick up Tibetan recruits who were already at PLA camps. (Image used for representation). (AP PHOTO.)
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials have criss-crossed the Tibet Autonomous Region to hold recruitment drives and to pick up Tibetan recruits who were already at PLA camps. (Image used for representation). (AP PHOTO.)

PLA steps up drive to recruit Tibetans

By Rezaul H Laskar, Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 02:46 AM IST
There are also reports the People’s Liberation Army intends to create a Special Tibetan Army Unit, the people said, citing intelligence reports and communications intercepts from three separate intelligence agencies.
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