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Coronavirus India Highlights: PM Modi may interact with CMs on Wednesday

Coronavirus India Highlights: There are over 2.19 lakh active cases in India, of which Maharashtra alone accounts for over 1.27 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 16, 2021 9:00:12 am
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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.

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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”.

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India records 25,317 new Covid-19 cases; 158 new deaths. Active cases jump by over 8,000 to touch 2.1 lakh. Read highlights below

02:33 (IST)16 Mar 2021
Two Surat residents get Covid vaccination certificate, not vaccine

Two residents of Surat who had registered themselves for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine claimed to have received certificate that they have been successfully vaccinated, following which an NGO on Monday urged the Surat Municipal Commissioner to carry out a probe.

According to the NGO, Human and Natural Development Foundation, Anup Singh, a resident of Pandesara, registered the names of his father Haribhan Singh (62) and mother Annapurna Singh (59), online for first dose of Covid vaccination on March 10. Read More

02:01 (IST)16 Mar 2021
Pune: State, Centre insist no shortage of any vaccine

While the local civic administration has said it had run out of existing stocks of Covishield vaccine, prompting it to direct hospitals to use only Covaxin on those receiving their first doses, state government and the Centre insisted there was no shortage of any vaccine anywhere.

“We are receiving both the vaccines, and there is no shortage,” said Dr N Ramaswami, state health commissioner and mission director for National Health Mission in Maharashtra. Read More

01:05 (IST)16 Mar 2021
Death numbers begin to rise in Pune

While the death rate in Pune is still relatively low compared to last year, it has started to show an increasing trend in the last couple of weeks. In the first two weeks of this month, for example, 173 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in the district, compared to 181 in the entire month of February.

Pune district consists of areas under the Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, municipal councils, cantonments and rural areas. Read More

00:32 (IST)16 Mar 2021
Covid cases spike: Commercial establishments to shut shop at 10pm in eight wards of Ahmedabad city

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday directed all shops and commercial establishments in eight wards of the city that were seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases to close by 10 pm, while in Surat some schools were shut down after 32 students and five teachers tested positive for the virus during a drive conducted by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).

The four cities of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara have been observing night curfew between midnight and 6 am. Last week, Surat civic body had also directed beaches and malls to remain closed on Sundays to arrest the virus surge. Read More

00:02 (IST)16 Mar 2021
Amid Covid surge, class 10, 12 board exams in Punjab deferred by a month

With the state registering a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases surge, the Punjab School Education Board Monday announced the postponement of the final exams of classes 10 and 12 by about a month. The move comes as there is no let down in new infections — the state recorded 1,843 fresh cases and 27 deaths Monday — with Amritsar district administration making it mandatory for all those attending social gatherings in the holy city to produce a Covid-19 negative report or proof that they have been vaccinated. Read More

23:31 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Over 2,200 Covid cases per day, Nagpur city goes under week-long lockdown

Nagpur city and adjoining areas under the city police commissionerate went under a week-long lockdown on Monday, with only essential services remaining open.

Nagpur is the first city in the country to go under lockdown during the second wave of Covid-19 cases. Read More

22:35 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Chhattisgarh finally starts using Covaxin

Nearly two months after the launch of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Chhattisgarh health department on Monday started using the indigenous Covaxin vaccine.

So far, only the Serum Institute of India-made Covishield vaccine was being used in the state as the state government had said it  would not administer Covaxin doses until its third phase of trials was completed. (PTI)

21:59 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Experts see spike in COVID cases as indication of second wave, advise strict measures: CM Yediyurappa

With Karnataka seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last fortnight, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said experts had said it was an indication of a second wave and advised strict enforcement of measures to contain the spread.

The Chief Minister chaired a meeting with senior officials and members of the COVID-19 technical advisory committee, comprising health experts to assess the situation. (PTI)

21:49 (IST)15 Mar 2021
107-year-old man who was part of drafting panel of Constituent Assembly gets COVID vaccine shot

Kewal Krishan, who was just five years old during the deadly the Spanish Flu of 1918, and later became part of the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly of India, received his first shot of anti-COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi on Monday, his son said.

Krishan, now 107, stepped out of his home in south Delhi "for the first time since the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed late March in 2020" to get his Covieshield jab, son Anil Krishna said. (PTI)

21:43 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Ongoing vaccination drive slow, will take years to cover entire population: Parliamentary panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has expressed concern over the slow pace of ongoing vaccination drive in the country and observed that at this rate it will take many years to vaccinate the entire population.

In its report on the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Home Affairs tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, the panel also expressed concern that a large number of people are missing the second dose of the vaccine. (PTI)

20:37 (IST)15 Mar 2021
PM Modi to interact with chief ministers on COVID situation, vaccination drive on Wednesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers on the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination drive on Wednesday as the Centre looks to ramp up the inoculation exercise amid a rise in infection in some states.
Official sources said Modi will hold a video conference to discuss the issues with chief ministers, an exercise which he has been holding regularly since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Modi's last interaction with chief ministers was in January before the vaccination roll-out. (PTI)

20:18 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Owners, managers of four hotels in Koregaon Park booked for not following Covid safety norms

Police have booked the owners and managers of four hotels at Koregaon Park area for allegedly not following Covid-19 safety guidelines in view of rising cases.

According to the press release issued on Monday, a team from Koregaon Park police station, led by Senior Inspector Dilip Shinde and Inspector Vaishali Galande, conducted checks at four hotels — Murphies, Talli, The Daily and Publiq — in Koregaon Park in wake of an order issued by the office of the Pune municipal commissioner on March 12. ---Read More

19:52 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Kerala Covid-19 wrap: State records 1,054 new cases, 11 deaths; total death toll at 4,407

Kerala reported 1,054 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 fatalities on Monday. The active caseload has reached 27,057 and the total death toll has risen to 4,407.

Thiruvananthapuram reported the highest number of cases (130) on Monday, followed by Malappuram (124) and Ernakulam (119).

A total of 38,410 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was reported at 2.74%, the lowest in a very long time. ---- Read More

19:35 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Maharashtra reports 15,051 fresh cases of COVID-19

Maharashtra reports 15,051 new COVID-19 cases, 10,671 discharges, and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

19:24 (IST)15 Mar 2021
India crosses the milestone of 3.15 crore COVID-19 vaccinations says Ministry of Health

India has crossed the milestone of administering 3.15 crore COVID-19 vaccination as per the Ministry of Health. 

19:13 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Negligence towards COVID-19 appropriate behaviour behind rising cases: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said negligence towards COVID-19 appropriate behaviour is the main reason behind rising cases, adding that few states account for more than 80 per cent of the cases.

He stressed that coronavirus appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing should be followed despite the availability of vaccine against the disease. (PTI)

18:06 (IST)15 Mar 2021
No lockdown but restrictions to be made stricter: Maharashtra health minister

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said fresh lockdown is no answer to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, but restrictions will be made stricter.

Though the number of cases has seen a rise in the last few days, the mortality rate remains low, he noted. Maharashtra recorded this year's highest one-day spike of 16,620 new cases on Sunday. (PTI)

17:59 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Three Surat residents receive certificates without getting vaccine jab

At least three persons in Gujarat's Surat city have received COVID-19 inoculation certificates without getting the actual vaccine dose. A senior civic official put it down to "technical glitch".

Anup Singh, resident of Pandesara locality, said the COVID-19 vaccination certificate of his father Harbhan Singh (62) was issued though he was yet to receive a vaccine dose. (PTI)

17:24 (IST)15 Mar 2021
147 new COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh

The rise of COVID-19 cases continued in Andhra Pradesh as 147 were added afresh in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, pushing the gross to 8.92 lakh.

A health bulletin said 103 patients had recovered and one succumbed in a day, as the active caseload increased to 1,443. The total recoveries have touched 8,83,380 and deaths 7,185, it said. (PTI)

16:37 (IST)15 Mar 2021
Nagpur lockdown starts, police clamp down on violators

Nagpur city and adjoining areas under the city police commissionerate started a week-long lockdown on Monday with only essential services remaining open. Nagpur is the first city to go under lockdown in the second covid wave sweeping many parts of the country.
People, however, did come out earlier in the day citing various "urgent" reasons and the police had a tough time managing these requests. In the afternoon, however, the police started implementing the lockdown strictly leading to substantial thinning of people on the roads. Many violators were penalised by the police. ---- Read More

Coronavirus India Live Updates: Brazil overtakes India to become second worst-hit country after alarming rise in new cases An investigation by The Indian Express in February in four districts had revealed a string of glaring irregularities that violated basic data protocols and cast doubts on the credibility of testing data. (File photo)

Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey Saturday told the state Assembly that the government had initiated departmental proceedings against four health department officials and issued showcause notices to over one-and-a-half dozen contractual staffers following large-scale manipulation in Covid testing data.

An investigation by The Indian Express in February in four districts had revealed a string of glaring irregularities that violated basic data protocols and cast doubts on the credibility of testing data.

Health Minister Pandey was responding to a question by RJD MLA Lalit Yadav on the action taken by the state government following the data fudge. Yadav also sought to know if the government intended to set up a high-level committee to further investigate the matter.

In a written reply, Health Minister Pandey said, “After The Indian Express reported discrepancies in Covid-19 data collection on February 11, nine officials of health department and the District Magistrates conducted inquiries in several districts including Jamui. Jamui district reported anomalies in data collection in Barhat and Sikandara primary/community health centres.”

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