Mumbai: A health worker during a door-to-door screening in the wake of Covid-19, at Dharavi in Mumbai.
Mumbai: A health worker during a door-to-door screening in the wake of Covid-19, at Dharavi in Mumbai.(PTI)

LIVE: Mumbai's daily Covid-19 infection tally falls to 643; fatality count goes up to 11,454 with 8 fresh deaths

  • The overall coronavirus tally in India stood at 1,10,05,850, while the death toll rose to 1,56,385 with 83 daily new fatalities.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 11:58 PM IST

After maintaining a downward trend for months, India continued to witness a spike in the number of daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and while the major spurt in cases has been reported in Maharashtra, several other states also showed a similar trend in the daily number of infection in the country. According to the Union Health Ministry, the surge in active cases is due to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh reporting a spike in the daily infections.

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The authorities have inoculated more than 1.14 crore beneficiaries so far, 75,40,602 healthcare workers have received the jab through 2,44,071 sessions. While the corresponding number of frontline workers stood at 38,83,492.

In the United States, the Covid-19 death toll topped the 500,000-mark. Average daily deaths and cases have plummeted in the past few weeks. Virus deaths have fallen from more than 4,000 reported on some days in January to an average of fewer than 1,900 per day. But experts warn that dangerous variants could cause the trend to reverse itself. And some experts say not enough Americans have been inoculated yet for the vaccine to be making much of a difference.

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  • FEB 23, 2021 09:09 PM IST

    76 new cases in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan reports 76 new Covid-19 cases and 87 recoveries today, as per State Health Department. The death toll is at 2,785.

  • FEB 23, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Delhi records 145 new cases of Covid-19, 2 fatalities

  • FEB 23, 2021 07:43 PM IST

    Made in India vaccines arrive in Ukraine

  • FEB 23, 2021 06:49 PM IST

    Government hospital in Aurangabad ramps up infra in wake of rising Covid-19 cases

    he Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Aurangabad has ramped up its infrastructure in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases, reported PTI. The dean of the hospital, Dr Kanan Yelikar, told the news agency that the number of beds in the super speciality wing has been increased from 78 to 100, and the hospital is fully prepared to look after 450 patients a day, as they have done before during the peak season.

  • FEB 23, 2021 05:01 PM IST

    CM Amarinder Singh announces curbs on gatherings from March 1, orders testing to be ramped up

    Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh announced curbs on gatherings from March 1, and ordered testing to be ramped up, in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the state.


  • FEB 23, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    MP bans protests and public gatherings due to rising Covid-19 cases

    Madhya Pradesh has decided to ban protests and public gatherings in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the state. At a meeting of Bhopal's crisis management committee this decision was taken. Public programmes which have been given permission earlier will be allowed, but strict guidelines have to be followed, reported ANI.

  • FEB 23, 2021 03:11 PM IST

    Odisha records 62 new Covid-19 cases

    Odisha on Tuesday reported 62 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state wide tally to 3,36,767, out of which 634 are active cases, reported news agency PTI.

  • FEB 23, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    21,22,30,431 samples tested for Covid-19 so far: ICMR

  • FEB 23, 2021 12:45 PM IST

    Covid-19 cluster grows in New Zealand as three new cases emerge

    New Zealand reported three new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, as the cluster in its biggest city of Auckland expanded just days after authorities were forced to impose fresh curbs.

  • FEB 23, 2021 10:41 AM IST

    India's recovery rate climbs to 97.24%

    With 13,255 discharges between Monday and Tuesday morning, the number of recovered people has gone up to 10,712,665 and the recovery rate has climbed to 97.24%, according to the health ministry. Read more

  • FEB 23, 2021 10:16 AM IST

    India's Covid-19 caseload reaches 11,016,434

    India's Covid-19 caseload reached 11,016,434 after the country reported 10,584 fresh cases.

  • FEB 23, 2021 09:40 AM IST

    Maharashtra CM to hold review meeting with BMC officials

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting with th commissioner and officials of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation to review the Covid-19 situation in the state, reports ANI

  • FEB 23, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    Mumbai mayor distributes face masks

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI

    As Covid-19 cases rise in Mumba, Mayor Kishori Pednekar distributes masks in Dadar vegetable market.

  • FEB 23, 2021 08:15 AM IST

    US bans non-essential travel till May 17

    UK bans non-essential travel from and to the country till at least May 17 as the strain continues to spread. PM Johnson said domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation will be allowed no earlier than 12 April but non-essential international travel will remain banned, local media reported.

  • FEB 23, 2021 07:39 AM IST

    Covid-19 death toll in US tops 500,000

    The Covid-19 death toll in the US has topped 500,000, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.

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Alex Ellis, British high commissioner to India.(MINT)
Alex Ellis, British high commissioner to India.(MINT)

British envoy says farmers' protest is India’s 'internal issue'

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:16 AM IST
  • High Commissioner Alex Ellis also said more debates on the farmers' protest should be expected around the world as India takes on a greater role on the global stage
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Health worker in PPE kit collects swab sample at the market at Boring road for Covid 19 test, in Patna, Bihar.(HT photo)
Health worker in PPE kit collects swab sample at the market at Boring road for Covid 19 test, in Patna, Bihar.(HT photo)

LIVE: China reports 10 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:57 AM IST
The global coronavirus tally is over the 116 million-mark with the death toll crossing 2.5 million, as per the John Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.
PM Modi in his address also asked students to practice three mantras. He said that students should follow the goals set by them in their lives by following the mantras of self-confidence, self-awareness and selflessness.(PTI Copy)
PM Modi in his address also asked students to practice three mantras. He said that students should follow the goals set by them in their lives by following the mantras of self-confidence, self-awareness and selflessness.(PTI Copy)

PM Modi to address Combined Commanders' conference in Kevadia today

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 06:34 AM IST
During the event, the PM is expected to be intimated about the progress made in the creation of the theatre command. In a step towards restructuring the defence forces, the defence ministry would be creating the Air Defence Command.
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The scenes that caused offence have since been deleted, and the makers as well as the OTT company have apologised.
The scenes that caused offence have since been deleted, and the makers as well as the OTT company have apologised.

‘No teeth’: SC wants stricter OTT rules

By Utkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 04:25 AM IST
  • Giving two weeks to the government to come back with its response, the bench then formally recorded in its order that one of the issues that has caught its attention is “uncontrolled and unscreened viewing of films” on Amazon Prime Video and other OTT platforms.
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In all, India has given about 18 million doses of Covaxin and Covishield to people in three priority groups(HT photo)
In all, India has given about 18 million doses of Covaxin and Covishield to people in three priority groups(HT photo)

Widen network, say experts as India aims to boost Covid vaccination drive

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:44 AM IST
  • The roughly 20,000 centres being used for the vaccine drive at the moment are hospitals, private as well as public, while many primary and secondary health centres at present are kept out of the programme.
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The report said India “appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader”, and that the country’s fall “from the upper ranks of free nations could have a particularly damaging impact on global democratic standards”.
The report said India “appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader”, and that the country’s fall “from the upper ranks of free nations could have a particularly damaging impact on global democratic standards”.

New Delhi rejects report as ‘misleading, misplaced’

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:30 AM IST
  • The external affairs ministry, which too rejected Freedom House’s report, also took exception to the depiction of Jammu and Kashmir in the map used in the document.
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The OCI cardholders, including PIO cardholders, are foreign nationals holding the passport of another country and are not citizens of India.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The OCI cardholders, including PIO cardholders, are foreign nationals holding the passport of another country and are not citizens of India.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

OCIs need nod for Tablighi, journalistic work: Centre

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:23 AM IST
  • A home ministry spokesperson said these rules prepared by the Foreigners’ Division were part of a brochure issued on November 15, 2019. The rules were consolidated and notified on Thursday.
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All six ministers could not be reached for comment and text messages seeking a response went unanswered.(Twitter/@mla_sudhakar)
All six ministers could not be reached for comment and text messages seeking a response went unanswered.(Twitter/@mla_sudhakar)

K’taka ministers move court against airing of ‘defamatory content’

By Sharan Poovanna, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:18 AM IST
  • After the allegations on Jarkiholi, there were unverified reports of several similar videos and other sex scandals against other cabinet ministers.
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PM Modi on Friday received the CERA Week Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award instituted to recognise commitment of leadership on solutions and policies for energy access, affordability and environmental stewardship.
PM Modi on Friday received the CERA Week Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award instituted to recognise commitment of leadership on solutions and policies for energy access, affordability and environmental stewardship.

India set to achieve Paris pact targets before deadline: PM Modi

By Rajeev Jayaswal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:11 AM IST
  • India is a signatory to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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The two leaders are seeking re-election from the seats they won in the 2016 assembly elections.(PTI File Photo)
The two leaders are seeking re-election from the seats they won in the 2016 assembly elections.(PTI File Photo)

CM in 1st list; DMK-Cong hit stalemate

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:02 AM IST
  • On the other hand, the DMK’s stalemate continued with its main and long standing ally, the Congress, on seat sharing.
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The EC announced the poll schedule for West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry on February 26.(HT_PRINT)
The EC announced the poll schedule for West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry on February 26.(HT_PRINT)

EC orders removal of PM’s images from vaccine certificates: Officials

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:44 AM IST
  • The person said it was imperative that the photographs are removed from certificates distributed in the poll bound states, adding that the system can continue in other states.
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As reported by HT on Thursday, the Centre has decided to launch a grand celebration to mark 75 years of Independence with events, exhibitions, rallies and tourism outreach programmes.(PTI Copy)
As reported by HT on Thursday, the Centre has decided to launch a grand celebration to mark 75 years of Independence with events, exhibitions, rallies and tourism outreach programmes.(PTI Copy)

PM to head committee, Sonia and Tendulkar among 259 members

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 02:39 AM IST
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former President Pratibha Patil, economist Amartya Sen, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, spiritual leader Baba Ramdev, chief ministers of states and senior political leaders are among those included in the panel.
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The Jamaat-e-Islami came into existence in 1941, spearheaded by Moulana Abul Alla Madoodi and with its headquarters at Lahore.(ANI)
The Jamaat-e-Islami came into existence in 1941, spearheaded by Moulana Abul Alla Madoodi and with its headquarters at Lahore.(ANI)

NIA probes Jamaat-e-Islami’s Jammu and Kashmir chapter

By Neeraj Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:46 AM IST
  • According to Indian agencies, the JeI has maintained that J&K is a disputed territory.
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On Thursday, the last day for filing of nominations for the six MLC seats under MLAs’ quota, only YSRC candidates filed their papers and the opposition Telugu Desam Party stayed away from the contest as it does not have enough numbers in the assembly to field its candidates. (TWITTER).
On Thursday, the last day for filing of nominations for the six MLC seats under MLAs’ quota, only YSRC candidates filed their papers and the opposition Telugu Desam Party stayed away from the contest as it does not have enough numbers in the assembly to field its candidates. (TWITTER).

YSRC bags all 6 MLC seats unopposed; silent on abolition of legislative council

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:18 AM IST
  • Interestingly, the election of the six YSRC members comes at a time when a resolution adopted by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in the state assembly in January 2020, seeking abolition of the legislative council, is still pending with the Union home ministry.
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Jagan Reddy also announced that a price stabilisation fund with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,000 crore would be established in order to ensure remunerative price for farmers.(PTI)
Jagan Reddy also announced that a price stabilisation fund with 3,000 crore would be established in order to ensure remunerative price for farmers.(PTI)

Andhra CM Jagan Reddy urges SC to restart Amravati land scam probe

By Abraham Thomas
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 01:05 AM IST
  • When the matter came up before a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy on Friday, the bench adjourned it to April 7 as it had no time for a full fledged hearing.
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