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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Highlights: Ireland administers 500,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses

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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