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Coronavirus updates: Maharashtra reports more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases today; recovery rate now 93.77%

Coronavirus LIVE updates: As many as 87,627 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the number of samples tested for coronavirus in the state to 1,65,09,506

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Coronavirus updates: Maharashtra reports more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases today; recovery rate now 93.77%

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18:39 (ist)

Bharat Biotech vaccine effective against UK strain, says report

Analysis from the National Institute of Virology indicates that vaccine-induced antibodies can neutralise the UK variant strains and other heterologous strains. The aforementioned study, however, is yet to be peer-reviewed and is a pre-print version of the report. 

 "It is unlikely that the mutation 501Y would be able to dampen the potential benefits of the vaccine in concern," the study said. 

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Mar 03, 2021 - 21:55 (IST)

COVID-19 pandemic: SC proposes to lift extension of limitation period

The Supreme Court Wednesday said it proposes to lift the extension of limitation period for filing appeals which was granted by it with effect from March 15 last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation, reports PTI.

The apex court had on March 23 last year invoked its plenary power under Article 142 of the Constitution to extend the limitation period of appeals from courts or tribunals on account of the pandemic.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde on Wednesday told Attorney General K K Venugopal that it proposes to lift the extension of limitation period with effect from 15 March this year and it might give a period of 90 days thereafter for the eventuality if restrictions may be re-imposed due to the pandemic.

Mar 03, 2021 - 21:43 (IST)

Mumbai sees 1,121 new COVID-19 cases; growth rate increases

Mumbai on Wednesday reported 1,121 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the highest in the last two days, while six persons succumbed to the viral infection, the city civic body said.

Mumbai's cumulative case tally now stands at 3,28,740, while the death toll increased to 11,482, it said, adding that the city has 10,010 active cases.

Mumbai had reported less than 1,000 cases in the last two days in a row. On Tuesday, the city reported only two fatalities, the lowest count in a single day since April 2020.

A total of 734 people were discharged on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries in Mumbai to 3,06,373, as per the data shared by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Mar 03, 2021 - 21:22 (IST)

Maharashtra reports more than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths

Maharashtra reported 9,855 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally of infections in the state to 21,79,185, a health department official told PTI. While the state recorded more than 9,000 cases after a long time, the death toll rose to 52,280 with 42 fresh fatalities, he said.

As many as 6,559 patients were discharged from hospitals since Tuesday evening, taking the number of recovered patients to 20,43,349. Maharashtra's recovery rate of COVID-19 cases is 93.77 percent, while the fatality rate is 2.40 percent, the official said.

As many as 87,627 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the number of samples tested for coronavirus in the state to 1,65,09,506. Out of these, 21,79,185 samples have tested positive which meant the positivity rate is 13.20 per cent.

Mar 03, 2021 - 21:04 (IST)

BMC announces mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine for travelers from Brazil

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that a seven-day institutional quarantine will be mandatory for those arriving from Brazil even if they have obtained a COVID-19 negative report prior to the journey, reports PTI.

In a fresh circular, the civic body included Brazil in the list of countries under quarantine rules, citing the latest guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health about international arrivals.

The BMC said this rule will also be applicable to travelers from Maharashtra arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the city.

Institutional quarantine for seven days and another seven days of home quarantine is already mandatory for persons arriving from the UK, Europe, South Africa and the Middle- East.

Mar 03, 2021 - 21:01 (IST)

Be always ready to combat new and emerging diseases: Venkaiah Naidu tells scientists

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called upon scientists and researchers to be always ready to combat new and emerging diseases as the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to be ever vigilant to tackle an outbreak of sudden and unforeseen epidemics and pandemics.

Virtually addressing the Valedictory and Award Session of Global Bio India-2021 from Chennai, he said biotechnology has emerged as the backbone of various industrial sectors in recent times.

Built on four core beliefs of entrepreneurship, innovation, development of local talent, and demonstrating high value-based care, India is in a unique position to transition from the biotech industry to a bio-economy, he said according to an official statement.

Mar 03, 2021 - 20:42 (IST)

Goa: COVID-19 case count rises by 70, recoveries by 42

Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 70 to reach 55,143 on Wednesday, a health department official said. The number of recovered patients in the state rose to 53,737 as 42 of them got discharge from hospitals during the day.

The toll remained at 796 as none of the patients succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, he said. There are 610 active cases of coronavirus in the state at present, the official said.

Mar 03, 2021 - 20:26 (IST)

Bengal's borrowing rises 4% to Rs 49,000 crore till Feb amid pandemic

The market borrowing by West Bengal in the 11 months of the current fiscal rose by four per cent at Rs 49,000 crore amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest available data showed.

The latest RBI data collated by Care Ratings shows that 28 states and two union territories collectively borrowed Rs 7.12 lakh crore so far in the current financial year, which is over 30 percent higher than what these states and union territories borrowed last year.

The West Bengal Finance department officials claimed that borrowings rose by only four per cent because of better financial management in difficult times by prioritising expenses and improvement in revenue with gradual unlocking.

Some states like Madhya Pradesh borrowed higher by 112 per cent, Jharkhand by 113 percent and Sikkim 108 percent.

Mar 03, 2021 - 20:02 (IST)

Rajasthan Guv urges people to take precautions against mutated COVID-19 strain

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday appealed people to take precautions against the new mutated strain of COVID-19, reports PTI

It is worrisome that Kerala, Maharashtra and other neighbouring states have reported a new strain of coronavirus. The spreading of the virus is not over yet and the new form of coronavirus is more dangerous as it spreads rapidly, Mishra said in a statement.

He urged people to take all precautions and protect themselves by following prescribed measures even after getting vaccinated.

Avoid unnecessary travelling, wear a mask and maintain physical distance, he said in his appeal.

Mar 03, 2021 - 19:23 (IST)

School closure  due to COVID-19 impacted 247 mn children in India: UNICEF study

Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found. Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, it said.

Mar 03, 2021 - 19:21 (IST)

Kerala reports 2,765 new cases, 15 deaths

Kerala reported 2,765 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 10,67,393 and toll to 4,241, while 4,031 people
recuperated from the disease, taking the tally to 10,16,515. Health minister K K Shailaja said the state tested 59,646 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate was 4.64 percent.

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Coronavirus LATEST updates: Maharashtra reported 9,855 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally of infections in the state to 21,79,185, a health department official told PTI.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that a seven-day institutional quarantine will be mandatory for those arriving from Brazil even if they have obtained a COVID-19 negative report prior to the journey.

Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found.

The findings, from preliminary research by the team of South African scientists who had identified the variant dubbed 501Y.V2, raise hopes that vaccines modelled on the strain could protect against future mutations

A pre-print version of a National Institute of Virology study indicates that the vaccine-induced antibodies can neutralise the UK variant strains and other heterologous strains

The Phase 3 trial results assume significance as the company had approached the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for approval to conduct late-stage clinical trials of Covaxin in children aged 5-18

Clinical trial to continue through to final analysis at 130 confirmed cases in order to gather further data and to evaluate the efficacy of COVAXIN in additional secondary study endpoints

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the government has lifted the time restriction to speed up the coronavirus inoculation drive

Centre said Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties with 54 deaths followed by Kerala where 16 succumbed to COVID-19 . Punjab reported 10 deaths, the third-highest, in a span of 24 hours

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily COVID-19 cases at 7,863 on Wednesday. 'The state alone accounted for a weekly increase of 16,012 cases,' said the health ministry.

Of the 98 new fatalities, 54 were reported in Maharashtra. This was followed by 16 from Kerala and 10 from Punjab.

Currently, Maharashtra reports the maximum number of active cases in the country at 80,302. This is followed by Kerala (47,569) and Karnataka (5,964).

The health minister was replying to a report by Dainik Bhaskar that said private hospitals can choose any time window to vaccinate people.

Health officials in Bhiwandi said they would wait for the postmortem report before linking the death with vaccination.

The 29 more private hospitals in Mumbai include — Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Wockhardt Hospital, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Saifee Hospital, Lilavati Hospitals & Medical Research Centre, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Tata Hospital and others.

A total of 1,57,346 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 52,238 from Maharashtra followed by 12,502 from Tamil Nadu, 12,343 from Karnataka and 10,911 from Delhi.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,12,044, taking the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 97.07 percent.

Of the total 1,11,39,516 COVID-19 infections in the country, there are over 1.70 lakh active cases. More than 1.08 crore patients have recuperated from the viral infection, said the Union health ministry on Wednesday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the country has crossed 1.54 crore which include 6,09,845 shots administered on Tuesday, the Union health ministry said in its provisional data.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers (HCWs) being inoculated against the virus. Vaccination of the frontline workers (FLWs) started from 2 February.

The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on 1 March for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

A total of 1,54,61,864 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm, the ministry said.

These include 67,32,944 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 26,85,665 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 55,47,426 FLWs (1st dose), 828 FLWs (2nd dose), and 4,34,981 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 60,020 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities, the ministry said.

A total of 6,09,845 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm on Tuesday, the forty-sixth day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination.

Out of which 5,21,101 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 88,744 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report, the ministry said, adding final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

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