Corona Virus (COVID-19) Latest Updates
India records 53,480 new Covid cases in past 24 hours
31-03-2021 10:50

India recorded 53,480 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 4.8 per cent lower than the day before, taking the total tally to 1,21,49,335 on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the country had recorded 56,211 cases, while on Monday, it logged 68,020 cases, the highest single-day spike in daily new cases since October 11 last year.

According to the ICMR, 24,36,72,940 samples have been tested up to March 30 with 10,22,915 samples being tested on Tuesday.

On Monday, only 7,85,864 samples were tested, while on Sunday, 9.13 lakh samples were tested, compared to over 10 lakh samples the previous days, according to the data by the apex research body.

Prior to March 30, India registered a steady increase for 19 days in a row. The active cases have now increased to 5,52,566 comprising 4.55 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.11 per cent.

The death toll increased to 1,62,468 with 354 daily new fatalities. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,14,34,301, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.

India fought through the first wave of infection six months ago and recorded a highest single-day spike of 93,617 cases on September 16. The highest number of deaths recorded in a day were 1,169 on September 15.

Six states -- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are logging high numbers of Covid-19 daily new cases, the Health Ministry said.

The Centre has advised high-burden states and Union territories to take stringent measures for containment of the surge.

So far, 6.30 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.
 
At 56,211, India records nearly 12,000 less new cases in a day
30-03-2021 10:30

India recorded 56,211 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 17 per cent lower than the day before, taking the total tally to 1,20,95,855 on Tuesday.

On Monday, the country recorded 68,020 cases, the highest single-day spike in daily new cases since October 11, last year.

Lower count of cases are a result of low testing. According to the ICMR, 24,26,50,025 samples have been tested up to March 28 with 7,85,864 samples being tested on Monday.

On Sunday, 9.13 lakh samples were tested, compared to over 10 lakh samples the previous days, according to the data by the apex research body.

Prior to this, India registered a steady increase for 19 days in a row.

The active cases have now increased to 5,40,720 comprising, 4.47 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate is at 94.19 per cent.

The toll increased to 1,62,114 with 271 daily new fatalities. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,13,93,021, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.

India fought through the first wave of infection six months ago and recorded a highest single-day spike of 93,617 cases on September 16. The highest number of deaths recorded in a day were 1,169 on September 15.

Eight states -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh are logging high number of Covid-19 daily new cases, the Health Ministry said.

The Centre has advised high-burden states and union territories to take stringent measures for containment of the surge.

So far, 6.11 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

Many states did not schedule vaccination sessions due to Holi on Monday.
 
India reports 62,258 new Covid cases in past 24 hours
27-03-2021 10:30

India reported 62,258 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest single-day spike since October, 2020, taking the total tally to 1,19,08,910 on Saturday.

India has shown a steep rise since March 16 (24,492), March 24 (47,262), and March 26 (59,118).

Cases have been increasing over the two weeks in leaps and bounds. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra and Punjab are turning out to be a major contributors.

The central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with states and union territories over the rising cases in the country.

With death of 291 people in the last 24 hours, the toll touched 1,61,240 as the active caseload in the country mounted to 4,52,647.

With the discharge of 30,386 patients in a day, a total of 1,12,95,023 persons have been discharged so far.

As of date, 5.81 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

Now, those over 45 years of age will also get Covid-19 vaccine from April 1, irrespective of the co-morbidities, the Central Government has announced.
 
India reports 59,118 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours
26-03-2021 11:15

India reported 59,118 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest single-day spike since October, 2020, taking the total tally to 1,18,46,652 on Friday. Cases have been increasing by leaps and bounds for the past two weeks.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra and Punjab are turning out to be the highest contributors to the new surge.

The central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with states and union territories over the rising cases in the country.

With death of 257 people in the last 24 hours, the fatality toll has reached 1,60,949 in India. The active caseload in country has mounted to 4,21,066.

With the discharge of 32,987 patients in a day, a total of 1,12,64,637 persons have been discharged so far.

So far, 5.55 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

Now, those over 45 years of age will also get Covid-19 vaccine from April 1, irrespective of the co-morbidities, the Central Government has announced.
 
At 53,476, India records highest surge in 5 months
25-03-2021 10:10

India reported 53,476 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest single-day spike since October taking the total tally to 1,17,87,534 on Thursday.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra and Punjab are turning out to be a major cause of worry. Cases have been increasing over the last two weeks.

On October 22 last year, India recorded a single-day spike of 54,366 infections.

The central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with states and union territories over the resurge.

With death of 251 people in the last 24 hours, the toll has reached 1,60,692 in India. The active caseload in the country has mounted to 3,95,192.

With the discharge of 26,490 patients in a day, a total of 1,12,31,650 persons have been discharged so far. A total of 10,65,021 tests were done on Wednesday.

So far, 5.31 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

Now, those over 45 years of age will also get Covid-19 vaccine from April 1, irrespective of the co-morbidities, the Central Government has announced.
 
India witnesses highest daily spike of 47,262 Covid cases in 133 days
24-03-2021 10:30

India reported 47,262 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since early November taking the total tally to 1,17,34,058.

There was a slight dip in cases on Tuesday at 40,715. Prior to this, the country registered an increase in cases for 12 consecutive days.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat are turning out to be a major cause of worry as the three states are recording the highest daily new coronavirus cases.

The Central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with States and union territory over the rising cases in the country.

With the death of 275 people in the last 24 hours, the fatality toll has reached 1,60,441 in India. The active caseload has mounted to 3,68,457.

With the discharge of 23,907 patients in a day, a total of 1,12,05,160 persons have been discharged so far. A total of 10,25,628 tests were done on Tuesday.

This single-day spike was the highest since November 11, when 47,905 infections were recorded.

So far, 5.08 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

Now, those over 45 years of age will also get Covid-19 vaccine from April 1, irrespective of the co-morbidities, the Central Government has announced.

 
 
New Corona cases at 40,000, show slight dip in past 24 hours
23-03-2021 11:05

India recorded 40,715 infections in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, 13 per cent lower than a day before, taking the total tally to 1,16,86,796.

A single-day spike of 46,951 infections was recorded on March 22, highest since November 11. Prior to this, the country registered an increase in the new cases for 12 consecutive days.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were exhibiting a steep rise in the daily cases.

The Central Government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with the states and union territory over the rising cases in the country.

With the death of 199 people in the last 24 hours, the toll has reached 1,60,166 in India. The active caseload in the country has mounted to 3,45,377.

With the discharge of 29,785 patients in a day, a total of 1,11,81,253 persons have been discharged so far.

A total of 9,67,459 tests were done on Monday.

So far, 4.84 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

India has also decided to extend the interval between doses of Covishield vaccine to 4-8 weeks, the Health Ministry said on Monday. Earlier, the duration of gap between two doses was 4-6 week.
 
AztraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Covishield trial in US shows 79% efficacy
22-03-2021 21:10

The coronavirus vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and distributed in India as Covishield, that has been questioned by some European countries has received a shot in the arm with a US trial of over 32,000 people giving it 79 per cent efficacy.

The company said on Monday that the Phase 3 trials in the US showed an efficacy of 80 per cent in people over the age of 65, the most vulnerable group for contracting Covid-19 with deadly consequences. Twenty per cent of the trial participants were over the age of 65.

The vaccine, known by the scientific name AZD1222, was 100 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisation, the company said. It means that even those who contracted Covid-19 after vaccination had only less severe symptoms and did not need intensive treatment in a hospital.

The independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) which reviewed the trial results found no safety issues, the company said.

The trial results showed no evidence of blood clotting risks, which had been claimed by some European countries that stopped the using the vaccine for a few days, AstraZeneca said.

The European Medical Agency (EMA), which has approved the vaccine, had already debunked the claims of a link to clotting.

The US study reinforces the efficacy and safety results of the the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trials in India elsewhere.

It has already been already approved for emergency use in India and more than 70 other countries, but was required to conduct a separate trial in the US to get approval for use in the country.

The World Health Organisation has also authorised its use and the vaccine made by the Serological Institute of India is the backbone of the programme known as COVAX to supply it to developing countries.

AstraZeneca said that it will apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorisation based on the study.

The US study was a double-blind trial in which two out of three participants received the vaccine, while the other received a placebo -- a dummy injection of safe saline water -- to evaluate if the vaccine is effective among those receiving the vaccine by comparing the infection in the two groups.

In a double-blind trial, neither the participants nor those giving the jabs know if it was a placebo or a real vaccine so that all the participants face the same infection risks without altering their behaviour.

Ann Falsey, the co-leader of the trial, said: "These findings reconfirm previous results observed in AZD1222 trials across all adult populations but it's exciting to see similar efficacy results in people over 65 for the first time."

The Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, said the trial of the vaccine showed that it is "offering confidence that adults of all ages can benefit from protection against the virus".

Another significant finding of the study is its efficacy with people having conditions that make them more vulnerable to the disease.

Of all the participants in the study, only 141 came down with Covid-19 with discernible symptoms, according to AstraZeneca.

The company said that about 60 per cent of the participants had co-morbidities associated with an increased risk for severe Covid-19, such as diabetes, severe obesity or cardiac disease.

The DSMB specifically reviewed the trial results for clotting -- thrombosis -- with an independent neurologist but found no increased risk among the 21,583 participants who had received the vaccine, the company said.

AstraZeneca received more than $1 billion from the US government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) under former President Donald Trump's "Operation Warpspeed" for developing and producing the vaccine.

It also has an agreement with the US Defence Department's Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence for producing the vaccine.

The US is already vaccinating its people with three vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and it may not need all the 300 million doses it had contracted to buy from AstraZeneca.

President Joe Biden's administration has agreed to send 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada.

It may divert more of the contracted supplies to other countries since it will not need most of them, having already given at least one dose to 24.5 million people according to Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.
 
India records nearly 47,000 new Covid cases in past 24 hours
22-03-2021 10:55

India recorded 46,951 infections in the last 24 hours, highest so far in the last four and half months, taking the total tally to 1,16,46,081 on Monday.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are exhibiting a steep rise in daily cases.

With death of 212 more people in the last one day across the country, the toll reached 1,59,967. The active caseload in country has mounted to 3,34,646.

A single-day spike of 47,905 new infections were recorded on November 11. The country has been registering an increase in cases for the last 12 day continuously.

With the discharge of 21,180 patients in a day, a total of 1,11,51,468 persons have so far been discharged. A total of 8,80,655 tests left hospitals on Sunday.

So far, 4.50 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

The central government is closely monitoring and actively engaging with states and union territories over the rising cases in the country.
 
Fresh Covid cases at new high in India: Nearly 40,000 reported
19-03-2021 11:00

India has logged 39,726 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest since November last year, taking the total tally to 1,15,14,331.

A single-day spike of 41,810 new infections were recorded on November 28. The country has registered an increase in the cases for the ninth consecutive day.

Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab are recording the highest daily cases.

With the death of 154 people in the last 24 hours, the fatality toll has reached 1,59,370 in India. The active caseload has mounted to 2,71,282.

With the discharge of 20,654 patients in a day, a total of 1,10,83,679 have been discharged so far. A total of 10,57,383 tests were done on Thursday.

So far, 3.9 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

More than 17.83 lakh doses were administered on a single day on Thursday.

 
 
Several European nations to restart AstraZeneca vaccine
19-03-2021 10:10

Several European countries have announced they would restart vaccinations with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) deemed it "safe and effective".

The EMA statement came after an extensive review of possible blood clot risks, the agency's chief said on Thursday, following reports that some people had developed blood clots in the period after having the injection, reports dpa news agency.

France, Italy, Latvia and Bulgaria announced they would likely restart vaccinations using the AstraZeneca jab on Friday following the EMA advice.

Spain would reportedly follow suit next week, according to El Pais newspaper.

In an effort to bolster damaged public confidence in the vaccine, French Premier Jean Castex announced that he himself would receive the injection on Friday.

Swedish health authorities said, on the other hand, that they would need "a few days" to assess the EMA report before lifting the ban on AstraZeneca.

"The suspension remains for the time being," Johan Carlson, head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, told reporters.

Germany will aim to restart vaccinations using AstraZeneca's vaccine on Friday, Health Minister Jens Spahn said.

The restart in Germany would come with new advice on the vaccine's side effects, Spahn added.

Blood clot reports from several countries prompted governments around the world to halt inoculations with the AstraZeneca jab.

This slowed down already sluggish inoculation campaigns in the European Union.

The EMA, which had approved the jab in January, launched a review of the risks.

"The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion," the agency's chief Emer Cooke said when presenting the findings.

"This is a safe and effective vaccine. Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation, outweigh the possible risks," Cooke said.

The agency's committee concluded that the vaccine was not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events or blood clots.

"When you vaccinate millions of people, it's invevitable that rare or serious incidences or illnesses will occur in the time immediately following vaccination," she said.

However, the agency could not definitively rule out a link between cases of rare, very serious clotting disorders and the vaccine, and said it launched additional investigations to understand the issue.

The EMA therefore recommended issuing warnings by including the risks in the product information.

The World Health Organization has also recommended the continued use of the vaccine.

 
 
India adds 35,000 more cases in a day, highest since December
18-03-2021 11:10

India on Thursday recorded 35,871 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since December last year, taking the total tally to 1,14,74,605.

A single-day spike of 36,011 new infections were recorded on December 6. The country has been registering an increase in cases for the eighth consecutive day.

The cases increased by 6,968 from the previous day, the data shared by the Union Health Ministry showed. On Wednesday, the country had logged 28,903 cases of Covid-19.

With death of 172 people in the last 24 hours, the fatality toll has reached 1,59,216 in India. The active caseload in country has mounted to 2,52,364, rising by over 17,958 cases from previous day.

With the discharge of 17,741 patients in a day, a total of 1,10,63,025 persons have been discharged so far. A total of 10,63,379 tests were done on Tuesday.

As the number of Covid-19 cases is rising across the country, the Centre has sounded a word of caution for states. The Central government said that the pandemic seems to be shifting to Tier II, Tier III cities and closer to rural areas.

Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 70 districts in 16 states have witnessed an increase of cases by more than 150 per cent from March 1 to march 15.

These states include Maharashtra, Punjab, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. The situation is grim in Maharashtra.

So far, 3,71,43,255 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

More than 14 lakh doses were administered on a single day on Wednesday.
 
8 states account for 85% new cases as second Covid wave threatens
17-03-2021 13:25

A year after the Covid-19 outbreak and two months, which recorded a sharp decline in cases across the country, the pandemic is rearing its head again.

Initially, it appeared that the infection was only picking up in Maharashtra and Punjab, which accounted for a large majority of Covid-19 cases. However, according to data, eight states account for a majority of daily Covid-19 cases, close to 85 per cent, indicating at strong resurgence of second wave of infections in India.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country is witnessing a resurgence in infections in March, after two months when the infections plummeted across the country.

The data shows that the country has seen more than 1,00,000 infections in the second week of March, which suggests that second wave of infections is threatening to wash over the country, almost a year after India announced its first lockdown in the backdrop of rising cases in March 2020.

On Tuesday, India detected 28,903 Covid-19 cases, of which 17,864 cases were from Maharashtra.

This is the biggest spike in daily Covid-19 cases this year.

The surge in new infections has pushed India's tally behind the US and Brazil. At least 188 deaths were reported on Tuesday, with Maharashtra reporting 87 casualties and Punjab reporting 38 causalities.

In excess of 60 per cent, daily infections have been recorded in Maharashtra.

More than 1.14 crore people have been found infected so far in the country. According to the health ministry data, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, where daily Covid-19 cases continue to rise, account for more than 78 per cent of the new infections.

The rising trajectory of daily new cases is visible in eight states: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana.

Maharashtra is followed by Kerala with 1,970 cases; Karnataka with 1,135; Punjab 1,463; Gujarat 954; Chhattisgarh 856; and Tamil Nadu with 867 cases.

Since March 11, India has been recording over 20,000 daily increase in cases.

On December 20, last year, India had recorded 26,624 daily new cases, which continued to decline till January 31, with 13,052 new cases.

On February 2, the new infections further plummeted to 8,635.

On February 23, the daily new infections were 10,584. Since then, the new infections are increasing consistently. On March 17, the recovery declined to 96.6 per cent from 97.3 per cent, which was four weeks ago.

The number of active cases in the country has increased to more than 2.34 lakh.
 
India logs over 24,000 cases again, infection rate nears 2%
16-03-2021 11:00

India on Tuesday logged 24,492 cases of Covid-19 and 131 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The cases declined by 1,800 from the previous day, while 13 more deaths were reported, the data shared by the Union Health Ministry showed.

On Monday, the country had logged 26,291 cases of Covid-19, the highest tally recorded in 85 days.

The cumulative tally of the cases has risen to 1,14,09,831 while the death toll has reached 1,58,856 in India.

The infection level in the country is back to last year's December as it has soared to 1.96 from 1.55 per cent in a short interval.

As per the Ministry's data, the active caseload in country has reached 2,23,432, rising by over 4,000 cases from previous day.

With the discharge of 20,191 patients in a day, a total of 1,10,27,543 persons have been discharged so far.

The rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, which had so far appeared confined to Maharashtra and Punjab, is now beginning to show up in several other states.

States/UTs such as Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh have had very similar growth trajectories in recent weeks.

As the number of Covid-19 cases is rising across the country, the Centre has sounded a word of caution for states which are not yet seeing a surge but are at the threshold.

Niti Aayog (health) member V.K. Paul last week said the situation of Maharashtra is worrying as part of the state is going back to strict lockdown. However, he shared his concern for other states as well.

"Would like to caution Delhi-NCR, Gurugram, part of Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad too to some extend. These areas are seeing a slight rise in the number of cases," Paul had said.

The Ministry also informed that 8,73,350 samples were tested on Monday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 22,82,80,763.

So far, 3,29,47,432 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

 
 
Fight against Covid: India achieves over 3 crore vaccinations
15-03-2021 23:30

India has crossed an important milestone in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In the world's largest vaccination programme, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 3 crore mark on Monday, the Health Ministry said.

A total of 18,63,623 vaccine doses were given on Monday, taking the total vaccinations in the country to 3,17,71,661 on the 59th day of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination, as per the provisional report shared by the ministry.

Of these, 15,98,136 beneficiaries were administered the first dose and 2,65,487 healthcare and frontline workers received a second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report compiled till 7 p.m., it added.

"Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight (Monday night)," the ministry said.

According to the Health Ministry, those administered the vaccination include 74,08,521 HCWs who have taken the first dose and 43,97,613 who have taken the second dose, 74,26,479 FLWs have taken the first dose while 13,23,527 of them received the second dose.

"Besides, 16,96,497 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities and 95,19,024 beneficiaries more than 60 years old also received their first shot," it added.

 
 
3 states in India push highest single-day rise in Covid tally this year
15-03-2021 11:20

India's single-day rise of new cases of Covid-19 on Monday reached the high of 86-day period.

In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 26,291 cases of Covid-19 an increase of 971 cases from Sunday. However, there were 118 deaths in the last 24 hours, a reduction of 43 fatalities from the previous day, the data shared by the Union Health Ministry showed.

On December 18, India had logged 26,991 cases.

The cumulative tally of the cases has risen to 1,13,85,339 while the death toll has reached 1,58,725 in India.

However, 72 per cent of the country's cases were recorded from three states only.

Maharashtra has reported 16,620 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day rise of this year, whereas Punjab recorded 1,501 new cases of Covid-19. Meanwhile, Gujarat logged 810 new cases.

The infection level in the country is back to last December's as it has soared to 1.93 from 1.55 per cent in a short interval.

India logged 25,320 new cases of Covid-19 and 161 deaths on Sunday; 24,882 new cases and 140 deaths on Saturday. On Friday, 22,885 Covid-19 cases and 117 fatalities were reported.

On Thursday, India had reported 22,854 Covid-19 cases and 126 deaths while on Wednesday, 17,921 cases and 133 deaths were recorded.

As per the Ministry's data, the active caseload in the country has reached 2,19,262, rising by 9,000 cases from the previous day.

With the discharge of 17,455 patients in a day, a total of 1,10,07,352 persons have been discharged so far.

The rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, which had so far appeared confined to Maharashtra and Punjab, is now beginning to show up in several other states.

States/UTs such as Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh have had very similar growth trajectories in recent weeks.

Delhi on Sunday reported 407 cases. It has continued recording over 400 cases for the fourth day in a row.

As the number of Covid-19 cases is rising across the country, the Centre has sounded a word of caution for states which are not yet seeing a surge but are at the threshold.

Niti Aayog (health) member V.K. Paul last week said the situation of Maharashtra is worrying as part of the state is going back to strict lockdown. However, he shared his concern for other states as well.

"Would like to caution Delhi-NCR, Gurugram, part of Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad to some extent. These areas are seeing a slight rise in the number of cases," Paul had said.

The Ministry also informed that 7,03,772 samples were tested on Sunday. The cumulative tests done by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 22,74,07,413.

So far, 2,99,08,038 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

 
 
Major spike in fresh corona cases in India, tally touches 23,000 in past 24 hours
11-03-2021 11:30

India on Thursday recorded close to 23,000 new Covid-19 cases in a single day, the highest in the past two and half months and around 5,000 more than previous day's.

The country on Thursday reported 22,854 new Covid-19 cases, 126 fatalities, bringing the national infection tally to 1,12,85,961 while the death toll reached 1,58,189, according to the Union Health Ministry.

On Wednesday, India had reported 17,921 Covid-19 cases and 133 deaths.

For the last two days, the number of fatalities has spiked, which earlier was hovering under 100.

As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,89,226 active cases at present. Besides, 18,100 patients of Covid-19 were discharged in a day. A total of 1,09,38,146 persons have been discharged so far.

The rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, which had so far looked confined to Maharashtra and Punjab, is now beginning to show in several other states.

States/UTs such as Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh have had very similar growth trajectories in recent weeks.

Delhi on Wednesday reported 370 cases, a high not witnessed in over two months. Similarly, in Gujarat, the increasing trend has been noticeable for three weeks now. In the last 24 hours, the state has reported 675 new cases, the highest in this year so far.

The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be owed to the stride ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to likeability of "mutations and new strains" causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in Covid detection across the country.

The Ministry also informed that 7,78,416 samples were tested on Wednesday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,42,58,293.

So far, 2,56,85,011 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

 
 
India reports 17,000 Covid cases, 133 deaths in past 24 hours
10-03-2021 10:50

India on Wednesday recorded 17,921 new coronavirus cases and 133 fatalities, taking the total tally to 1,12,62,707.

As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,84,598 active cases at present. Besides, 20,652 patients of Covid-19 were discharged in a day. A total 1,09,20,046 persons have been discharged so far.

The total number of deaths in the country has reached 1,58,063, as per the ministry data.

The recovery rate stands at 96.96 against 97.98 per cent recorded on Saturday, last week.

The drop in recovery rate and the increase in new and corresponding active cases have been attributed to various factors, including continued spike in infections in Maharashtra and the sudden spurt in Punjab.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in the daily new cases. They cumulatively account for 84.04 per cent of the new cases reported are from these states.

The Ministry also informed that 7,63,081 samples were tested on Tuesday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 22,34,79,877.

Till date, 2,43,67, 906 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the country since the mass drive began on January 16.

The third phase of vaccination began on March 1 covering 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres.
 
India's average vacine jab figure improves to 4.5 lakh a day
10-03-2021 00:35

The start of the next phase of immunization which began on March 1 has provided much-needed push to the pace of vaccination as the average number of immunization has now improved to 4.5 lakh per day.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 2.40 crore after 10,28,911 people received immunization shots on Tuesday. A total of 2,40,37,644 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 p.m. (Tuesday evening) shared by the Union Health Ministry.

These include 71,13,801 Healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 38,51,808 HCWs who have taken the second dose of their full-regimen of immunization through vaccines.

Meanwhile, 69,02,006 Frontline Workers (FLWs) have taken the first shot while 4,44,199 of them have completed their booster dose.

Besides, 8,00,287 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities and 49,25,543 beneficiaries more than 60-year-old have also taken their first vaccine dose so far.

The average vaccination per day remained at 2.28 lakh till it was provided only to the HCWs. It improved as the vaccination drive progressed and included FLWs from February 2 and reached a high of 3.27 lakh per day till February 26.

However, it has substantially increased within nine days of the vaccination being opened to people aged above 60 and those between 45 and 59 with specified comorbidities.

The major credit for this boost could be attributed to the senior citizens who are participating in huge capacity.

The current phase of vaccination is dominated by elderly population as the trend of high turnout among senior citizens is witnessed since the beginning of the third phase, which continued on Tuesday as well with 53.5 per cent of the contribution to the total vaccination recorded in a day.

On Monday, this figure was 61 per cent while 53.8 per cent of the vaccination conducted on Saturday was contributed by the same subset. On Friday, their (senior citizens) share was 48 per cent while it was 45 per cent on Thursday.

Meanwhile, of the total 10,28,911 vaccine doses were given on Tuesday, 7,98,354 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 2,30,557 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose of the vaccines as per the provisional report.
 
Dip in Covid cases in India: Over 15,000 reported in past 24 hours
09-03-2021 11:00

There has been a substantial drop in new Covid cases and fatalities reported on Tuesday. India logged a single-day rise of 15,388 new cases in the last 24 hours.

With this the overall tally touched 1,12,44,786; and 77 new deaths mounted the toll to 1,57,930, the Union Health Ministry said.

There was a dip of 3,211 cases among fresh infections reported over 24 hours. The country had reported 18,599 cases and 97 deaths on Monday.

The rate of active cases has also not shown a rise and has remained stagnant over the last 24 hours. It was the active cases which had been on a gradual rise for the last many days.

The rate of active cases increased by 1.3 per cent in the last five days pushing the current rate to 1.68 per cent on Monday from 1.55 recorded on March 4.

As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,87,462 active cases at present after 16,596 patients were discharged in a day.

A total 1,08,99,394 persons have been discharged so far.

The recovery rate also remained stagnant in the last 24 hours at 96.91 per cent.

The experts have expressed number of possibilities which could have contributed to the stride ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid potocols to likeability of "mutations and new strains" causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in Covid detection across the country.

However, the rise in cases is limited to a few states so far. The union health ministry informed that Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have been reporting a surge in daily new cases. They cumulatively accounted for 86.25 per cent of the new cases reported on Monday.

Maharashtra had reported the highest daily new cases at 11,141, followed by Kerala with 2,100 while Punjab reported 1,043 new cases on previous day.

The Ministry also informed that 7,48,525 samples were tested on Thursday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,27,16,796.

So far, 2,30,08,733 doses of corona vaccines have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

The third phase of vaccination against the pandemic began on Monday set to cover 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres.

While people will be vaccinated free of cost at government hospitals, those taking the shots at private hospitals will have to pay.
 
Senior citizens make up 61% of vaccine beneficiaries in India
09-03-2021 00:28

India recorded the highest single-day vaccination on Monday with an achievement of a total of 16,96,588 vaccine doses administered till 7 pm in the day, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

However, around 61 per cent of these doses were received by those aged above 60 years.

10,33,480 senior citizens were inoculated across the country.

Meanwhile, 14,30,954 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose while 2,65,634 healthcare workers (HCW)s and Frontline workers (FLW)s received the second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report. Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight, the ministry added.

The current phase of vaccination is dominated by the elderly population as the trend of high turnout among senior citizens is witnessed since the beginning of the third phase, which continued on Monday as well. 53.8 per cent of the vaccination conducted on Saturday was contributed by people above 60 years of age. On Friday, their (senior citizens) share was 48 per cent while it was 45 per cent on Thursday.

The enthusiasm witnessed among those aged above 60 years of age has given a much-needed push to the vaccination target as well, pushing the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country, which has crossed 2.2 crore today.

However, only 1,78,257 of those above 45 with specified comorbidities received the vaccine on Monday.

A total of 2,26,85,598 vaccine doses have been given so far. It includes 70,41,584 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 37,12,906 of those HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose. Besides, 67,73,081 FLWs have taken their first dose while 3,13,835 FLWs have taken their dose two, which started being administered from last week.

Also, 41,85,274 beneficiaries more than 60 years of age and 6,58,918 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities have taken vaccine doses so far.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 and vaccination of the FLWs started from February 2. The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination has commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specific comorbid conditions.
 
India reports over 18,000 cases for third straight day
08-03-2021 10:50

India on Monday reported 18,599 new coronavirus cases, the third consecutive day the single-day tally remained over the 18,000 mark, pushing the overall total to 1,12,29,398, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 97 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, which increased the death toll to 1,57,853.

The last time India reported more than 18,000 single-day cases was in the later half of January.

On Sunday, 18,711 new cases were reported, while 18,327 infections were registered a day earlier.

However, the active cases are on a gradual increase, becoming a cause of worry.

In the last four days, it increased by 1.3 per cent, pushing the current rate to 1.68 per cent.

The rate of active cases recorded on March 4 was 1.55 per cent.

As per the Ministry's data, there are currently 1,88,747 active cases.

Besides, 14,278 patients were discharged in a day. A total 1,08,82,798 persons have been discharged so far.

The recovery rate has reduced by over 1.07 per cent in the last two days. It now stands at 96.91 against 97.98 per cent recorded on Saturday.

The drop in recovery rate and the increase in new and corresponding active cases have been attributed to various factors, including the continued spike in infections in Maharashtra and the sudden spurt in Punjab.

Over 90,000 cases are active in Maharashtra, according to Union Health Ministry. Just within a week (February 28-March 5), the state had added 51,612 new cases.

In view of this, the Central government had rushed high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab on Saturday.

Experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be owed to the surge, ranging from the lax attitude of people towards following the Covid protocols to likeability of "mutations and new strains".

The Ministry also informed that 5,37,764 samples were tested on Sunday.

The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 22,19,68,271.

Till date, 2,09,89,010 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the country since the mass drive began on January 16.

The third phase of vaccination began on Monday covering 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres.
 
Covid deaths on rise as surge continues in India
05-03-2021 11:00

India reported a slight drop in the number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours on Friday, but the number of fatalities increased during the same period.

A total of 16,838 new cases in the last one day pushed the tally to 1,11,73,761, and 113 died, the Union Health Ministry said.

On Thursday, 89 people had died and 17,407 new cases were recorded.

Meanwhile, the active cases are rising gradually. In a day, it increased by 0.03 per cent pushing the current rate to 1.58 per cent. As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,76,319 active cases presently and the death toll has reached 1,57,548,

The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be owed to the stride ranging from the lax attitude of people towards following the Covid protocols to likeability of "mutations and new strains" causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in the Covid detection across the country.

In mid February, officials had said that the average daily new infections oscillated between 9,000 to 12,000 while the deaths were between 78 to 120.

On February 9, India had reported 9,110 new cases, the lowest this year so far. Last year, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.

Till now, 1,08,39,894 persons have been discharged so far. The recovery rate has reduced to 97.01 per cent.

The Ministry also informed that 7,61,834 samples were tested on Thursday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,99,40,742.

So far, 1,80,05,503 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

The third phase of vaccination against Covid-19 pandemic began on Monday covering 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. While people will be vaccinated free of cost at government hospitals, those taking the shots at private hospitals will have to pay.
 
Single day rise of 17,400 Covid cases, highest in 8 weeks in India
04-03-2021 11:30

Fresh Covid-19 cases are showing a worrying trend over the last two weeks. Single-day rise of 17,407 new cases reported in the last 24 hours pushed India's tally to 1,11,56,923 on Thursday, while 89 fatalities recorded in the same duration mounted the death toll to 1,57,435, the Union Health Ministry informed.

The rise in new cases of this magnitude was last reported in the early week of January.

The rate of active cases has also been rising gradually, pushing it to 1.55 per cent. As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,73,413 active cases at present after 14,031 patients were discharged in a day.

The experts have expressed number of possibilities which could be owed to the stride ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to likeability of "mutations and new strains" causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in the Covid detection across the country.

In mid February, officials had said that the average daily new infections oscillated between 9,000 to 12,000 while the deaths were between 78 to 120.

On February 9, India had reported 9,110 new cases, the lowest this year so far. Last year, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.

Till now, 1,08,26,075 persons have been discharged so far. The recovery rate has reduced to 97.03 per cent.

The Ministry also informed that 7,75,631 samples were tested on Wednesday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,91,78,908.

So far, 1,66,16,048 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

The third phase of vaccination against Covid-19 pandemic began on Monday covering 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres.

While people will be vaccinated free of cost at government hospitals, those taking the shots at private hospitals will have to pay.

 
 
India completes vaccination of 1.63 Cr beneficiaries
 
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 1.63 crore on Wednesday.

The nation-wide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers being inoculated against the virus. Vaccination of the frontline workers began on February 2.

The second leg of the inoculation drive commenced on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

A total of 1,63,14,485 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on Wednesday.

These include 67,75,619 healthcare workers who have taken the 1st dose and 28,24,311 health care workers who have taken the 2nd dose, 57,62,131 frontline workers (1st dose), 3,277 frontline workers (2nd dose).

About 8,44,884 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 1,04,263 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities have also taken it till now.

Total 6,92,889 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm today, the forty-seventh day of nationwide vaccination.

Out of which, 5,79,366 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,13,523 health care workers and frontline workers received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.
 
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