On Sunday, 26,294 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected in India. For the second consecutive day, active cases increased by more than 8,000. There are over 2.19 lakh active cases in India, of which Maharashtra alone accounts for over 1.27 lakh. Three states— Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab— account for 77 percent of the total active cases.
Amid the recent surge in Maharashtra, hospitals in Pune and several other districts were directed to increase the number of people getting vaccinated. From today, new beneficiaries will be getting the shot. After getting instructions to only use Covaxin, several hospitals in Pune said they had not yet received enough doses, and would not be able to vaccinate the first-timers today.
Meanwhile, flight passengers who do not wear their masks “properly” or follow social distancing norms could be de-boarded or put on the no-fly list for at least three months. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular to all airlines, airports and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), to treat passengers who violate the Covid-19 protocol — even after repeated warnings during the course of the flight — as “unruly passengers”.