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Coronavirus India HIGHLIGHTS: Over 2.91 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far, 9.74 lakh till Saturday evening

There are 2,02,022 active cases in the country while as many as 1,09,73,260 people have recovered from the disease.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: March 18, 2021 9:24:25 am
COVID-19 vaccine, Coronavirus vaccination Officials said that majority of the healthcare and frontline workers of the Army, which include officers and personnel, have received first doses and administration of second doses is also in progress as per the norms. (Representational)

The Union Health Ministry said that more than 20 lakh vaccine doses against the coronavirus were administered across the country on Friday, the highest single-day count so far.

As many as 16,39,663 beneficiaries – healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated for the first dose and 4,13,874 such people received the second shot, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saturday issued a statement saying that passengers violating the Covid-19 protocol or not wearing mask properly inside an aircraft will be de-boarded.

In view of the rising coronavirus cases in Bhopal and Indore, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that night curfew might be imposed in these two districts from Sunday or Monday. Chouhan said that people coming to the state by air, trains or roads from neighbouring Maharashtra, where there is a spike in cases, should be thermally scanned. He also instructed the officials to ensure that Covid-19 rules are strictly followed by people to prevent the spread of the virus.
India on Saturday reported 24,882 new Covid-19 cases and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total tally of cases now stands at 1,13,33,728, while the death toll touched 1,58,446. There are 2,02,022 active cases in the country while as many as 1,09,73,260 people have recovered from the disease.

While the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic has set off alarm bells, a reassuring sign is that the severity of the disease appears to be significantly less than before, as is evident from the declining death rate.

India’s overall case fatality ratio (CFR), or the number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed infections, is around 1.4 per cent. That means about 14 people out of every 1,000 confirmed infections have died so far. But among those who were infected from January onward, this ratio is only about 0.87 per cent.

In the first two months of this year, India recorded 8,06,453 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Deaths usually occur two to three weeks after the infection. In the two months between January 11 and March 11, a total 6,979 deaths have been reported across the country.

This trend is more prominent in Maharashtra, which accounts for nearly a third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the country, and 20 per cent of all infections. Maharashtra is also the epicentre of the ongoing second wave.

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India reports 24,882 new Covid-19 cases and 140 deaths in last 24 hours; Ongoing second wave milder; death rate declining. Follow latest updates here

22:39 (IST)13 Mar 2021
COVID-19 cases in Karnataka surge past 900 mark

he COVID-19 case count shot past past the 900 mark in Karnataka on Saturday, including one with the South African strain, taking the caseload to just above 9.59 lakh, while a lone fatality took the toll to 12,387, the health department said.

Recoveries outnumbered new cases, with 992 people being discharged from hospitals, as against 921 infections. (PTI)

22:14 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Over 2.91 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far, 9.74 lakh till Saturday evening

Over 2.91 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country till now with 9,74,090 jabs given on Saturday till the evening, the Union Health Ministry said.

According to a provision report, of the 2,91,92,547 doses administered till now, 73,31,498 were given to healthcare and 72,96,474 frontline workers who have taken the first dose, and 42,58,297 healthcare and 10,53,732 frontline workers who have been given the second dose. (PTI)

22:12 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Jammu and Kashmir records 99 new cases; 3 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 99 new COVID-19 cases taking the infection tally to 1,27,535 while three more deaths due to the virus were reported in the last 24 hours, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 24 were from the Jammu division and 75 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said. (PTI)

21:29 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Gujarat sees COVID-19 tally rise by 775, toll by 2; 579 recover

Gujarat's COVID-19 tally rose by 775 on Saturday to touch 2,77,397, while the day also saw two deaths and 579 people were discharged, an official said.

Gujarat's toll stands at 4,422, while the recovery count is 2,68,775, which is 96.89 per cent of the caseload, leaving the state with 4,200 active cases, 53 of whom are critical, he added. (PTI)

21:18 (IST)13 Mar 2021
201 fresh coronavirus cases in Rajasthan; total count 3,22,719

Rajasthan reported 201 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, pushing the state's infection count to 3,22,719, according to a Health Department bulletin.

Meanwhile, no fresh death was recorded in the state where the infection has claimed 2,789 lives. (PTI)

20:57 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Amid concerns over Covishield, India studies post-vaccination adverse events

Amid concerns over dangerous side-effects of the Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine, India is evaluating all serious adverse events post-vaccination to determine the causality aspects of Covishield and Covaxin, an expert associated with the process said Saturday.
      
His comments came in the backdrop of some European countries suspending the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Covishield over fears that it may be causing dangerous blood clots in some people. (PTI)

20:00 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Tamil Nadu records 695 new COVID-19 infections, four fatalities

Tamil Nadu logged 695 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 8,58,967, while four more fatalities took the toll to 12,543, the health department said.

Recoveries were lesser with 512 patients being discharged, taking the cumulative tally to 8,41,762 leaving 4,662 active cases, a health department bulletin said. (PTI)

19:58 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Goa sees 93 COVID-19 cases, 70 recoveries, 1 death

Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 93 and reached 55,851 on Saturday, while the death toll touched 805 and the recovery count stood at 54,297, an official said.

One death was reported on Saturday, while they discharged 70 people, leaving the coastal state with an active caseload of 767, he added. (PTI)

19:52 (IST)13 Mar 2021
New Covid cases per day cross 800, over 700 micro-containment zones in Pimpri-Chinchwad

As Covid-19 cases crossed the 800 mark in the last two days, the worried administration of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has increased the pace of setting up of micro- containment zones in the city. By Friday evening, as many 705 micro containment zones had been set up and some more are like to be added by Saturday evening.

PCMC Additional Health chief Dr Pavan Salve said a micro-containment zone is declared when one or two cases are detected in a flat or on a floor.  Read More

19:41 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Lahaul-Spiti only HP district with zero Covid cases in 45 days

The district of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh has remained Covid-free for the past one month and a half, having zero active cases and reporting no new infections during this time.

Since January 31, the active Covid cases in Lahaul-Spiti have remained zero, according to the state Covid data.   Read More

19:12 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Maharashtra reports 15,602 new COVID-19 cases

Maharashtra reports 15,602 new COVID-19 cases, 7,467 discharges, and 88 deaths in the last 24 hours.

18:21 (IST)13 Mar 2021
419 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi

Delhi reports 419 new COVID-19, 302 recoveries, and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

18:20 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Andhra Pradesh reports 175 fresh cases of COVID-19

Andhra Pradesh reports 175 new cases of COVID-19, 132 patients have recoverd and 2 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.

The total number of cases in Andhra Pradesh lies at 8,91,563, while the total recoveries are 8,83,113. The death toll stands at 7,182. The active cases tally stands at 1,268. (ANI)

18:05 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Mayawati receives COVID-19 vaccine

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati receives COVID-19 vaccine jab at a private hospital in Lucknow. "I appeal the Central and state government to provide free vaccine to the poor. I appeal to everyone to take the vaccine," she says. 

17:34 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Pune: Fast spread of COVID-19 in areas that saw less infections during first wave, says report

Technical survey report jointly prepared by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Prayas Health Group and submitted to Pune Divisional Commissioner to help it formulate a response to the current wave of COVID-19 points out that there has been an inversion of hotspots, with municipal wards which saw high number of infections last year seeing very few now and wards which had seen comparatively less infections last year now seeing strong daily spikes.  Read More

17:22 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Ashish Vidyarthi tests positive for COVID-19

Actor Ashish Vidyarthi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is currently admitted at a hospital here.
      
The 58-year-old actor, best known for films "Drohkaal", "1942:A Love Story" and "Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin", took to Instagram on Friday to share his diagnosis. (PTI)

16:53 (IST)13 Mar 2021
All anganwadi centres shut in Punjab amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Punjab Minister Aruna Chaudhary on Saturday instructed to close all anganwadi centres till further orders in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

The social security, women and child development minister said ration and other material will be distributed door to door through anganwadi workers and helpers, so that nutritional support to beneficiaries is not affected. (PTI)

16:25 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Over six COVID-19 vaccines in offing in India: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday announced that more than six coronavirus vaccines will come up in India.

He also said that 1.84 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people so far, while 23 crore tests have been conducted. (PTI)

16:14 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Flyers to be deboarded, tagged ‘unruly’ for violating Covid norms: DGCA’s fresh warnings

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, through a circular issued on Saturday, stated that a lot of travellers were not adhering to Covid-19 protocols and non-compliance with the guidelines, which require individuals to wear masks properly and practise social distancing, could attract action as per law.

The circular stated that passengers should always, during their time on flights and inside the airport premises, wear masks and practise social distancing. It added that CISF or other police personnel will be deployed at the entrance to ensure that “no one is allowed to enter the Airport without wearing a mask”.   Read More

15:49 (IST)13 Mar 2021
Hike in COVID-19 cases in Indore & Bhopal is a matter of concern says Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Corona cases are rising in the state. Hike in cases in Indore & Bhopal is a matter of concern. Awareness programs are being carried out for cities reporting over 10 cases. Truck movement will continue from Maharashtra, but people will undergo temperature check: Madhya Pradesh CM. (ANI) 

Health workers collect swabs for Covid-19 testing in Thane, Maharashtra. (Express Photo: Deepak Joshi)

The overall CFR in Maharash­tra is about 2.38 per cent, but among those who got infected this year, this figure is almost half that, about 1.2 per cent. For the month of February, when the second wave began, the CFR is even lower — just about 1 per cent.

“There is clear evidence that the newer infections are producing much milder symptoms. That is what distinguishes this second wave of infections from the first,” Dr Pradeep Awate, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 surveillance officer, said at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express.

But the daily count of deaths is likely to remain significantly lower. The last time Maha­rashtra was reporting case numbers similar to now, at the end of August and again at the end of Sept­ember, it was counting between 200 and 300 deaths every day. As of now, the state is reporting between 50 and 60 deaths a day.

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