Health worker in PPE kit collects swab sample at the market at Boring road for Covid 19 test, in Patna, Bihar.
Health worker in PPE kit collects swab sample at the market at Boring road for Covid 19 test, in Patna, Bihar.(HT photo)
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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.
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:58 PM IST

The coronavirus caseload in the country has reached over 11.17 million with a death toll of 157,656, as of Saturday, according to the Union health ministry data. The Covid-19 cases in the country are rising again in some parts of the country. Six states, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, are witnessing a spike in the daily coronavirus cases. These states have contributed more than 84 per cent to the active caseload of the country on Wednesday.

On the other hand, India has vaccinated more than 1.90 crore beneficiaries against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in 49 days.


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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. The US states have started easing several curbs imposed due to the pandemic. Theatres in New York, the second-largest movie market is set to open this weekend, Oregon, too, has issued an order to bring children back to school, theme parks and stadiums might also open in California in April. In Europe, the vaccine supply crunch has prompted Italy to take some major steps like refusing to export thousands of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Australia. The World Health Organization will also be releasing its full report and summary on the origins of coronavirus this month. More than 283.5 million vaccines have been administered globally, as per the Oxford University's vaccine tracker, OurWorldInData.

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  • MAR 06, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    Iraq reports 4,068 new Covid-19 cases

    Iraqi on Saturday added 4,068 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 723,189, according to the health ministry. Eleven new deaths pushed the toll to 13,548 while recoveries are over 657,000.

  • MAR 06, 2021 09:03 PM IST

    K'taka's Covid-19 tally over 954,000; 580 fresh cases added

    Karnataka on Saturday added 580 fresh coronavirus disease cases, 355 recoveries and five more deaths which pushed the caseload to 954,393, according to the state health department's bulletin. The active cases have climbed to 6,594 while 935,421 people have recovered till now.

  • MAR 06, 2021 08:10 PM IST

    Punjab's daily Covid cases cross 1,000 for the second time this month

    Punjab on Saturday logged 1,179 fresh Covid-19 cases and 12 more deaths which pushed the overall tally to more than 187,000. This is the second time that the daily figures crossed the 1,000 mark in March. Saturday's tally is also the highest in the state since the last five months.

  • MAR 06, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    Maharashtra logs more than 10,000 Covid cases for second consecutive day

    Maharashtra on Saturday recorded more than 10,000 fresh Covid-19 disease cases (10,187 exact) for the second consecutive day, taking the caseload to mroe than 2.2 million. As many as 47 people died during this period which pushed the state's toll to 52,440.

  • MAR 06, 2021 07:27 PM IST

    Rajasthan records 233 new Covid-19 cases, 114 more recoveries

    Rajasthan on Saturday added 233 new coronavirus disease cases and 114 more related recoveries which pushed the caseload and total recoveries to 321,356 and 316,864 respectively, according to the state health department's bulletin.

  • MAR 06, 2021 06:48 PM IST

    Kerala reports 2,791 new Covid-19 cases,

    Kerala reported 2,791 new Covid-19 cases, including 15 health workers, and 16 related deaths on Saturday, taking the caseload to 10,75,576 and the toll to 4,287.

  • MAR 06, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    Delhi reports 321 fresh cases, one fatality in 24- hours

    Delhi adds 321 new Covid-19 cases to its overall tally on Saturday. One fatality took the death toll to 10,919. The total cases now stands at 6,40,815.

  • MAR 06, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    State, UTs urged to return to fundamentals as daily cases spike

    The states and union territories exhibiting surge in daily new Covid-19 cases and high active caseload were urged to return to fundamentals of “Test, Track and Treat,” says union health ministry in a statement.

  • MAR 06, 2021 01:55 PM IST

    Ethiopia to get 2.2 million doses of Covid vaccines from COVAX

    Ethiopia is scheduled to receive its first 2.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from COVAX on Sunday morning, said the country's Federal Ministry of Health on Friday, reports ANI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 01:38 PM IST

    March 5 records highest Covid vaccinations in a day

    Nearly 15 lakh people were inoculated against coronavirus on March 5, the highest in a day so far, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to over 1.94 crore, official sources said on Saturday, reports PTI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 01:18 PM IST

    Odisha reports 54 new coronavirus cases

    Odisha on Saturday reported 54 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus caseload to 3,37,674, a health department official said, reports PTI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    Karnataka minister Sadananda Gowda gets first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

  • MAR 06, 2021 12:11 PM IST

    Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar receives first dose of Covid vaccine

  • MAR 06, 2021 11:48 AM IST

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari, his wife get first dose of Covid vaccine

  • MAR 06, 2021 11:25 AM IST

    Arunachal Pradesh reports one new Covid-19 case

    The Covid-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 16,839 as one more person has tested positive for the disease, a health department official said on Saturday, reports PTI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 10:52 AM IST

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands report no new case of Covid-19

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not report any new Covid-19 case in the last 24 hours, an official said on Saturday, reports PTI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 10:32 AM IST

    Italy records 24,036 new Covid cases, takes tally to over 3 million

    Italy surpassed 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, the third straight day this week that daily new caseloads exceeded 20,000 cases, reports AP.

  • MAR 06, 2021 09:38 AM IST

    Dalai Lama gets first jab of Covid-19 vaccine

  • MAR 06, 2021 09:06 AM IST

    India reports 18,327 new Covid-19 cases, 108 deaths in last 24 hours

    India on Saturday reported 18,327 new coronavirus cases and 108 deaths. The total coronavirus case tally has reached 11,192,088, as per the health ministry data.

  • MAR 06, 2021 08:51 AM IST

    Maharashtra: Thane logs 689 new Covid-19 cases

    With the addition of 689 coronavirus cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,68,319, an official said on Saturday, reports PTI.

  • MAR 06, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    WHO concerned about Brazil, warns others to not relax efforts

    The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines should not tempt countries to relax efforts to fight the pandemic, top World Health Organization officials said on Friday, citing concern that Brazil's epidemic could spread to other countries, reports Reuters.

  • MAR 06, 2021 07:36 AM IST

    US: Wisconsin reports first case of South African Covid variant

    Wisconsin reported first case of South African variant of coronavirus on Friday. The strain is considered to be more transmissible and has shown reduced efficacy of some Covid vaccines, reports Bloomberg.

  • MAR 06, 2021 06:57 AM IST

    China reports 10 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours

    Mainland China reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on March 5, compared with nine cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday, reports Reuters.

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CBI files second case against ex-TMC MP in a week

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 08:45 AM IST
In the fresh case, the agency has alleged that Singh, through his companies Alchemist Infra Realty Limited and Alchemist Township Limited had taken sums worth crores from people, with a promise that their income will be doubled
Deserted platforms at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus following restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government, amid rise in Covid-19 cases, in Mumbai on Thursday, April 15. (PTI)
Deserted platforms at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus following restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government, amid rise in Covid-19 cases, in Mumbai on Thursday, April 15. (PTI)

Maharashtra reports 61,695 Covid-19 cases

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 08:39 AM IST
With 8,209 infections, Mumbai’s tally rose to 553,404. The active cases in the city stood at 84,753. Mumbai reported 50 fatalities, taking the toll to 12,197
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A frontline worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) sprays a flammable liquid on a burning funeral pyre of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium.(REUTERS)

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UPDATED ON APR 16, 2021 08:48 AM IST
  • Based on health ministry’s data, India registered more than 200,000 daily new cases in the 24 hours to Thursday morning, with the actual number likely to be 10 times as high.
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

Rain, thunderstorms likely over western Himalayas, parts of NW India

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 08:14 AM IST
Isolated hailstorm activity is likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad and Himachal Pradesh on April 15, 16, and over Uttarakhand on April 16 and 17
Shahrukh Pathan is a resident of Karawal Nagar in North-East Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Shahrukh Pathan is a resident of Karawal Nagar in North-East Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Delhi HC denies bail to Shahrukh Pathan, who pointed gun at cop during riots

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 08:05 AM IST
  • A picture of Pathan, 24, showing him pointing a pistol at an unarmed Delhi Police head constable, Deepak Dahiya, during the communal violence last year in Seelampur, went viral on social media.
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So far, 23,170,964 samples have been tested for the coronavirus disease in Karnataka. In picture - Health worker directs arriving passengers towards Covid-19 testing counter outside a train station in Bengaluru. (AP)

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  • India witnessed a grim milestone on Thursday as the number of daily cases breached the 2-lakh mark. The country's Covid-19 caseload has now reached to 14,074,564 and the death toll has increased to 173,123.
Haryana home minister Anil Vij on Thursday stressed on the importance of following Covid-19 guidelines.
Haryana home minister Anil Vij on Thursday stressed on the importance of following Covid-19 guidelines.

'Can face people's anger, can't see piles of bodies': Anil Vij on Covid curbs

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Haryana on Thursday further reduced the number of people who can assemble in outdoor and indoor functions.
The case against Nambi Narayanan was filed by the state’s Congress government in 1994(PTI File Photo)
The case against Nambi Narayanan was filed by the state’s Congress government in 1994(PTI File Photo)

CBI to probe conspiracy against ex-Isro scientist

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 06:16 AM IST
  • The bench, headed by justice AM Khanwilkar, termed the matter “serious”, and required “deeper investigation” into the role of the officers responsible for the false implication of the former space scientist.
India has become the 60th country to authorise the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.(Reuters)
India has become the 60th country to authorise the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.(Reuters)

Sputnik V deliveries to India to begin in April: Indian envoy

ANI |
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2021 06:26 AM IST
The envoy said that the volume of vaccine production in India will be gradually increasing and may exceed 50 million doses per month.
CDS Gen Bipin Rawat.(PTI)
CDS Gen Bipin Rawat.(PTI)

Troops withdrawal shouldn't create vacuum for 'disruptors' in Afghanistan: Rawat

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 06:09 AM IST
In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, he said India would be very happy to provide whatever support it can extend for the development of Afghanistan and make sure that peace returns to it.
Saints of Niranjani Akhada take a holy dip at Har ki Pauri during Kumbh, in Haridwar on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Saints of Niranjani Akhada take a holy dip at Har ki Pauri during Kumbh, in Haridwar on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

'Overcrowding not appropriate': Niranjani Akhada announces conclusion of Kumbh

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 05:46 AM IST
Ravindra Puri Maharaj, secretary of the Niranjani Akhada said, "Given the situation of the pandemic in Haridwar, we have taken the decision to conclude the Kumbh on April 17."
Police personnel in action after alleged loot of ballot boxes following clashes between two groups during Panchayat polls, in Agra.(PTI)
Police personnel in action after alleged loot of ballot boxes following clashes between two groups during Panchayat polls, in Agra.(PTI)

UP Panchayat polls: Miscreants loot ballot boxes in Agra, investigation underway

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 05:41 AM IST
"Incident occurred after supporters of two candidates clashed. Miscreants are being identified," District Magistrate of Agra Prabhu N Singh said.
Asking for an expansion of the MGNREGA programme, the CPI(M) also called upon the Prime Minister to start an urban guarantee programme at the earliest along with implementation of all these measures on a war footing. (PTI PHOTO.)
Asking for an expansion of the MGNREGA programme, the CPI(M) also called upon the Prime Minister to start an urban guarantee programme at the earliest along with implementation of all these measures on a war footing. (PTI PHOTO.)

Demanding immediate ban on gatherings, CPI(M) urges Centre to ensure Covid-19 protocol

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 01:35 AM IST
Reiterating the demands of the Congress party where they had sought direct income support for the vulnerable groups of the country, the CPI(M) emphasized on the government that a monetary relief of 7500 per month should be provided to the poorer sections of society alongside free distribution of food grains.
Soon after the murder of Abhimanyu, the ruling CPI(M) said he was an activist of the Students Federation of India(SFI), Marxist youth wing, and blamed workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the cold-blooded murder and called for a shutdown in the area. (GETTY IMAGES.)
Soon after the murder of Abhimanyu, the ruling CPI(M) said he was an activist of the Students Federation of India(SFI), Marxist youth wing, and blamed workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the cold-blooded murder and called for a shutdown in the area. (GETTY IMAGES.)

CPI(M), BJP lock horns over 15-year-old boy’s murder in Kerala

PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 01:02 AM IST
But both the RSS and BJP distanced themselves from the incident saying the CPI(M) was desperate to make all murders political killings to mask the murder of a Muslim League activist in Kannur on polling day.
The districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri will see weekend lockdowns from April 17 as well as stricter night curfews. (HT PHOTO.)
The districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri will see weekend lockdowns from April 17 as well as stricter night curfews. (HT PHOTO.)

Odisha puts in place night curfew in urban areas, weekend lockdowns in 10 districts

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 12:49 AM IST
The Odisha government also said inter-state bus operations would be suspended from April 19 while intra-state bus services will continue with limited capacity only. Only 2 passengers would be allowed in an auto and taxi while government offices will function with 50% staff.
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