Highlights:3 weekly markets to close in Maharashtra's Palghar as Covid-19 surges
India on Thursday reported 17,407 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours. The Covid-19 caseload of the country has reached 11,156,923, with states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka contributing 85.95 per cent to the daily caseload.
While some states are registering a surge in Covid-19 infections, 24 states and union territories did not report any new fatality due to the disease.
The world's largest vaccination drive, which began on January 16, has cumulatively inoculated over 1.63 crore people, as of March 3. President Ram Nath Kovind, aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and his wife and the likes of veteran cricketer Kapil Dev were also administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines.
Globally, the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has affected more than 115 million people, as per the John Hopkins Covid-19 tracker. The fatalities from the disease crossed 70,000 mark in Spain on Wednesday with Brazil also reporting a record number of deaths for the second consecutive day. The German authorities have also agreed to ease the coronavirus-induced lockdown from March 8 in places with low incidences of the disease. New York too will be easing restrictions from March 22 by increasing the outdoor limit on residential gatherings, social events and dismissing quarantine rules for domestic travellers.
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MAR 04, 2021 10:40 PM IST
156 new Covid-19 cases and 1 death in Rajasthan
Rajasthan records 156 new Covid-19 cases and one death. Infection tally rises to 320,928 including 316,131 recoveries, 2,788 deaths and 1,509 active cases. 39 or 25% of state's new Covid-19 cases from capital Jaipur.
MAR 04, 2021 10:12 PM IST
Kashmir directorate of education to monitor adherence of Covid-19 SOPs
Directorate of school education, Kashmir constitutes a four-tier monitoring team to ensure the adherence of Covid-19 related SOPs in govt and private schools.
MAR 04, 2021 09:42 PM IST
In Maharashtra's Palghar, 3 weekly markets to be closed
Manik Gursal, district collector of Maharahtra's Palghar, orders closure of three weekly markets in the district in view of rising cases of Covid-19
MAR 04, 2021 09:12 PM IST
Over 17 million Covid-19 vaccines administered in India: Health ministry
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 17,700,000 today, says Union Health Ministry.
MAR 04, 2021 08:35 PM IST
Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally rises by 8,998, recoveries by 6,135
Maharashtra reported 8,998 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the infection tally to 21,88,183, while the death toll reached 52,340 as 60 patients succumbed to the infection, a health official said. The number of single-day cases went down as compared to Wednesday, although the per day fatality count increased. The state had reported 9,855 new Covid-19 cases and 42 fatalities on Wednesday. A total of 6,135 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, which took the overall recovery count to 20,49,484. The number of active cases is 85,144 at present.
MAR 04, 2021 08:00 PM IST
261 new Covid-19 cases in Delhi; positivity rate 0.39%
Delhi recorded 261 new coronavirus cases and one fresh fatality on Thursday which pushed the death toll in the city to 10,915, authorities said. These new cases came out of 66,432 Covid-19 tests conducted on Wednesday. The infection tally crossed 6.40 lakh on Thursday, according to the latest health bulletin.
The number of active cases of the disease in the city increased to 1,701 from 1,584 on Wednesday, while the positivity rate rose to 0.39 per cent. The city had reported 240 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate 0.35 per cent on Wednesday.
MAR 04, 2021 06:35 PM IST
EC starts Covid-19 vaccination drive for officers, staff
The Election Commission on Thursday started a Covid-19 vaccination drive for its officers and staff working at the Nirvachan Sadan here with former chief election commissioner M S Gill taking the first shot. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar will get vaccinated after all officials and staff of the commission are inoculated, an official statement said. Arora had recently announced that all staff on poll duty for the upcoming assembly elections have been declared as 'frontline workers' and will be vaccinated before assuming their election duties.
MAR 04, 2021 06:08 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh logs 102 new Covid-19 cases
Andhra Pradesh reported 102 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday, taking the caseload to 8,90,317, while recoveries mounted to 8,82,275 with 56 people getting cured. More than 45,000 tests were conducted during the period and one more person succumbed to the disease, pushing the toll to 7,171. The active caseload increased to 871, the bulletin said. Chittoor continued to report the highest number of fresh cases, 25 in a day, followed by Visakhapatnam 22 and East Godavari 13. The remaining 10 districts reported less than eight new cases each.
MAR 04, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Zimbabwe authorizes use of Covaxin, becomes first country in Africa to do so
Zimbabwe has authorized the use of Covaxin, India's indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in Africa to do so. Trying to get it to Zimbabwe at an early date: Embassy of India in Harare, Zimbabwe
MAR 04, 2021 04:51 PM IST
Covid cases rising again in Europe, warns WHO
The number of new coronavirus cases has risen in Europe after six weeks of decline, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. "Last week, new cases of Covid-19 in Europe grew nine percent to touch a little over one million. This ends a promising six-week decline in new cases with over half our region showing an increase in new infections," WHO Europe's regional director Hans Kluge told a news conference.
MAR 04, 2021 04:18 PM IST
Hungary announces lockdown as Covid-19 cases spike
Hungary will close all shops except food stores and pharmacies and shift to remote learning in primary schools as Covid-19 cases are spreading fast, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday. Gergely Gulyas told a government briefing that the government would extend state income support to sectors that have to close down from March 8 until March 22.
MAR 04, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Russia says can provide Sputnik jabs for 50 mn Europeans
Russia said Thursday it will be able to provide its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for 50 million Europeans from June if it is approved by the European Medicines Agency. "Following EMA approval, we would be able to provide vaccines for 50 million Europeans starting from June 2021," Kirill Dmitriyev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund which developed Sputnik, said. The Amsterdam-based EMA Thursday started a "rolling review" of Sputnik V.
MAR 04, 2021 02:06 PM IST
Russia reports 11,385 new Covid-19 cases
Russia on Thursday reported 11,385 new Covid-19 cases, including 2,150 in Moscow, taking the national case total to 4,290,135, reports Reuters.
MAR 04, 2021 01:54 PM IST
Puducherry reports 17 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
Puducherry reported 17 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally to 39,794, a top Health department official said on Thursday.
MAR 04, 2021 01:30 PM IST
India shipped largest number of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh: Jaishankar in Dhaka
This is a difficult time for all of us because of Covid. For us, it was important that we are partnering with you in your health and economic recovery. The largest number of vaccines shipped by India to any foreign country so far - 9 million - has been to Bangladesh, said external affairs minister S. Jaishankar in Dhaka, reports ANI.
MAR 04, 2021 12:57 PM IST
Former PM Manmohan SIngh, his wife get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in AIIMS on Thursday, reports ANI.
MAR 04, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman receives first dose of Covid vaccine
MAR 04, 2021 12:32 PM IST
Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal gets first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
MAR 04, 2021 11:57 AM IST
242 cases of UK, South Africa, Brazil Covid variants in India: Govt
The total number of cases with UK, South Africa and Brazil variants of Covid-19 virus in the country now at 242, said government of India, reports ANI.
MAR 04, 2021 11:35 AM IST
Cambodian PM gets first dose of Covid vaccine supplied by India
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen received on Thursday a shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine supplied by India, about three weeks into the launch of his country's inoculation programme, which initially relied only on Chinese vaccines, reports Reuters.
MAR 04, 2021 11:00 AM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his parents get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
MAR 04, 2021 10:38 AM IST
Arunachal Pradesh reports no new Covid cases, active cases only 2
Arunachal Pradesh did not report any fresh Covid-19 case in the last 24 hours, a senior health department official said on Thursday, reports PTI.
MAR 04, 2021 10:17 AM IST
Lt. governor of J-K Manoj Sinha gets first jab Covid vaccine
MAR 04, 2021 09:48 AM IST
India reports 17,407 new Covid-19 cases, 89 deaths in last 24 hours
India reports 17,407 new Covid-19 cases and 89 deaths. The total coronavirus caseload in the country now stands at 1,156,923, as per the Union health ministry.
MAR 04, 2021 09:27 AM IST
Maharashtra:Thane reports 818 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
Thane has added 818 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 2,66,910,an official said on Thursday, reports PTI.
MAR 04, 2021 09:11 AM IST
Surge in Covid cases force Sao Paulo to shut as Buenos Aires reopens
A swell of Covid-19 cases is halting samba steps in Brazil's biggest metropolis while Argentina's capital tiptoes its way back to the tango floor. The two biggest cities in each of the neighboring South American countries are headed in opposite directions, reports AP.
MAR 04, 2021 08:26 AM IST
Canada panel recommends 4 months gap between Covid vaccine doses
A national panel of vaccine experts in Canada recommended Wednesday that provinces extend the interval between the two doses of a Covid-19 shot to four months to quickly inoculate more people amid a shortage of doses in Canada, reports AP.
MAR 04, 2021 08:01 AM IST
China reports 10 new Covid-19 cases
Mainland China reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on March 3, matching the figure from a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Thursday, reports Reuters.
MAR 04, 2021 07:28 AM IST
Germany to extend Covid lockdown but paves way to relax some curbs
Germany is extending its coronavirus shutdown by three weeks until March 28, but easing some restrictions to allow nonessential stores and other businesses to reopen in areas with relatively low infection rates, reports AP.
MAR 04, 2021 07:08 AM IST
Canada receives 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from India
The first tranche of 500,000 doses arrived this morning in Canada from Serum Institute of India with 1.5 million more doses to follow. We look forward to future collaboration, said Anita Anand, Canadian minister of public services and procurement.
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- Harsh Vardhan called the current Covid-19 scenario “a trying time”, but opined the country is better equipped to deal with the challenges this time around even though the situation feels overwhelming.
- The state is already under a series of restrictions that began on Monday and will remain in force till May 3 under the ''Jan Anushasan Pakhwada'' (public discipline fortnight).
- India recently became the second worst-hit nation in terms of the absolute number of Covid-19 cases, surpassing Brazil, and has been reporting the highest daily caseloads for the past few days.
- The engagement between the two institutes is expected to result in greater employment opportunities for Indian chartered accountants and also greater remittances back to India
- “Industries can wait. Patients cannot. Human lives are at stake,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said to the central government.
- Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren apprised the people of the state about the lockdown and appealed to people to follow the rules of the lockdown and observe the period as 'Swasthya suraksha saptah' (health protection week).
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