Coronavirus Lockdown Highlights: Maharashtra ‘in beginning of second Covid wave’; Pune reports 3,574 cases

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Updated: March 17, 2021 8:14:19 am

Lockdown in Maharashtra Highlights, 2021 Coronavirus Lockdown Highlights: As the Covid-19 virus grips major cities, many cities have reintroduced night curfew. Latest reports say that Surat, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Vadodara will impose night curfew from tomorrow.

Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live News: Maharashtra 'in beginning of second Covid wave'; Pune reports 3,574 casesThe state has around 47.78 lakh MSEs out of which 47.60 lakh are micro enterprises. (File image)

2021 Coronavirus Lockdown in India Highlights: Is India witnessing another wave of coronavirus? While health experts are still debating over the current status, the fact remains that there is an extremely tough situation on the ground.

Maharashtra tops the national tally as the latest health bulletin has pointed out that the fatality rates have also begun to rise in the Pune district. Maharashtra reported 15,051 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the state’s caseload to 23,29,464, while 48 fatalities took the death toll to 52,909, the health department said in Mumbai.

Punjab also confirmed on Monday that a new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in Jalandhar and Nawanshahr areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers, a PTI report said on Monday. The latest buzz is that the virtual meeting will be held tomorrow. It gains importance as states continue to report an increased number of Covid-19 cases. The mass vaccination drive has also not met the targets in several cities.

A report recently said that only 3 per cent of the eligible population in Delhi had taken the Covid jabs. From the cancellation of the Board exams to the enforcement of the stricter Covid protocols, cities across India are trying to fight the spike with new measures. While total lockdown has returned in some districts of Maharashtra, experts say that bringing such measures now would only hamper economic activities. There have also been growing concerns over the blood clot issue in the AstraZeneca vaccine. While WHO has said that the vaccine is safe, many nations have stopped the inoculation drive.

So, what’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic? From lockdowns to curfews to vaccine updates, here are all confirmed developments on the Covid-19 situation in India and around the world.

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    22:59 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Chhattisgarh sees 856 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths, 266 recoveries

    With 856 COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday, Chhattisgarh saw its highest single-day spike in the past two months, taking the overall tally to 3,18,830, an official said. The toll increased by 12 to touch 3,909, while the recovery count reached 3,10,260 as 31 people were discharged from hospitals and 235 completed home isolation, he added. Chhattisgarh now has 4,661 active cases. (PTI)  

    22:36 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: 2.64 lakh receive COVID-19 vaccine dose in Maharashtra

    A record 2,64,897 people received coronavirus vaccines in Maharashtra on Tuesday, officials said. This was the highest number of people vaccinated in a day in the state since the inoculation drive began in January, an official said. The tally of those who have received vaccine reached 31,33,612. Of those who received the jab during the day, 2,43,812 were given Covishield doses while 21,085 were givenCovaxin, the official said. As many as 3,61,222 health workers and 72,777 front line workers have been given a second dose of the vaccine too. (PTI)

    22:25 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: High number of COVID-19 cases reported from two schools in Telangana

    A day after 12 teachers and two others were found positive for COVID-19 at a government school in Mancherial district in Telangana, 35 more cases were reported from the same school, officials said on Tuesday. Separately, 32 people were found positive for the infection in a government residential school in Kamareddy district. According to officials, 174 samples were tested on Tuesday in the government school in Mancherial district and 35 (29 students and six parents) of them were found positive. The 174 people were contacts of those who tested positive earlier. The condition of the patients was stable. In the government residential school in Kamareddy district, 140 samples (students and others) were tested and 32 of them were found to have contracted the infection, they said. (PTI) 

    22:24 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: 1,970 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths reported in Kerala

    Kerala on Tuesday logged 1,970 COVID-19 cases, including a returnee from South Africa, and 2,884 recoveries as the active cases came down to 26,127, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. While the total covid caseload has touched 10,94,643, as many as 10,63,444 people have been cured of the infection, he told reporters at Kannur. Fifteen more fatalities took the toll to 4,422. In the last 24 hours, 60,974 samples have been tested and the test positivity rate is 3.23 per cent. So far, 1,23,90,578 samples have been sent for testing. As many as 14 lakh people have been vaccinated in the state so far, he said. |Read More

    21:49 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Pune district sees 3,574 cases, tally over 4.43 lakh

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Pune district increased by 3,574 in the last 24 hours to reach 4,43,822, an official said on Tuesday. The toll rose by 12 during the period to touch 9,440, while 677 people got discharged, he said. Areas under Pune Municipal Corporation accounted for 1,925 of the new cases, while Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation saw 894 cases and the rest were in rural and cantonment areas, he added. The district's caseload comprises 2,21,210 cases in Pune city, 1,15,648 in Pimpri Chinchwad and 1,06,964 in rural and cantonment areas, the official said. PTI

    21:42 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country crosses 3.48 Crores

    The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 3.48 Crores today. A total of 3,48,59,345 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm today: Govt of India (ANI)

    21:39 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: 954 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, two deaths

    Gujarat recorded 954 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the caseload to 2,80,051, the state health department said. Two COVID-19 patients died during the day in Ahmedabad, taking the state's count of fatalities so far to 4,427, it said. On the other hand, 703 COVID-19 patients were discharged, taking the number of recovered cases to 2,70,658. The state's recovery rate thus stood at 96.65 per cent. The number of active cases stands at 4,966, out of which 58 patients are on ventilators. (PTI)

    21:27 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Maharashtra's Nashik sees 1,354 new COVID-19 cases; eight more deaths

    With the addition of 1,354 new cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Maharashtra's Nashik district rose to 1,36,320 on Tuesday, an official said. Apart from this, eight persons died of the infection during the day, taking the toll in the district to 2,184, the official said. Of the cases reported so far, Nashik city accounts for 89,284, while 39,162 were from other parts of the district, 6,285 from Malegaon and 1,589 from outside the district, it was stated.  As many as 802 patients were discharged from various treatment facilities during the day, raising the count of recoveries to 1,24,725, he said. With the addition of 4,433 swab samples tested during the day, the number of tests conducted so far has reached 5,87,704, the official added. (PTI)

    21:22 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh CM rules out COVID-19 lockdown in state

    There is no immediate requirement of curfew or COVID-19 lockdown in Himachal Pradesh: CM Jai Ram Thakur. (PTI)

    21:14 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 867 new COVID-19 cases

    Tamil Nadu reports 867 new COVID-19 cases, infection tally reaches 8,61,429, five more fatalities take death toll to 12,556; number of active cases now 5,450: Health department bulletin (PTI)

    21:09 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Pune reports 3,574 new COVID-19 cases

    Pune reports 3,574 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1,577 recoveries, and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours 

    Active cases: 24,204Total recoveries: 4,10,347Death toll: 9,440 (ANI)

    21:05 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Goa sees 94 COVID-19 cases, 73 recoveries, 4 deaths

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 94 and reached 56,100 on Tuesday, while the recovery count increased by 73 to touch 54,497, an official said. With four deaths during the day, the toll in the state is 811, leaving the state with 792 active cases, he added. With 1,566 samples being examined on Tuesday, the number of tests in Goa went up to 5,17,229. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 56,100, new cases 94, death toll 811, discharged 54,497, active cases 792, samples tested till date 5,17,229.  (PTI) 

    20:51 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Night curfew in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, Bhopal city areas from tomorrow

    In view of rising coronavirus cases in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to impose night curfew in Bhopal and Indore municipal areas and also ordered closure of shops at 10 PM in eight other cities. The restrictions would come into force from Wednesday, an official said. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after reviewing the COVID-19 situation at a meeting with senior officials, he said. The night curfew will be in place in Indore and Bhopal cities from 10 PM to 6 AM, an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr Rajesh Rajora said. Essential services such as medical shops, ration shops and eateries will be exempted from curfew. Passengers arriving from outside by flight, train or bus will be allowed to travel to their destination even after 10 PM. Shops will remain closed in Indore, Bhopal,  Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Chhindwara, Burhanpur, Betul and Khargone cities (which are also district headquarters) from 10 PM to 6 AM. No public programs will be allowed on the occasion on Holi but individual celebration of the festival will be allowed. Permission of the district administration in these ten districts is mandatory if more than 100 persons are expected to take part in any social, educational, political, religious, sports, entertainment or cultural program. Thermal screening and one-week isolation for those coming from neighbouring Maharashtra will continue. Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 797 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections to 2,69,391. The death toll reached 3,890 with three more fatalities. (PTI)

    20:47 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: SAD chief Sukhbir Badal tests positive for Covid-19

    Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus. He made the announcement a day after addressing a rally in Tarn Taran. Badal said he is fine and has isolated himself.  'I would like to inform everyone that I have tested COVID positive. My health is fine & as per protocol I have isolated myself. I request those who came in contact with me during the last few days to isolate themselves & get tested for COVID-19,' said Badal in his tweet. Meanwhile, the SAD announced postponement of its protest rallies under the 'Punjab Mangda Jawab' campaign launched by the party to force the Congress government to answer for allegedly reneging on all the promises made to the people till March 31. The decision was taken after Badal tested positive for COVID-19, party Spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said. He said fresh dates for the rallies would be announced in due time. Cheema said Wednesday's rally, scheduled to be held at Mukerian, had also been postponed. He also said that Badal was in good spirits and keeping good health. The spokesperson said the party was, however, going as per health protocols and had suspended its rallies till the completion of the isolation period of the SAD president. (PTI)

    20:28 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Punjab reports 1,475 new COVID-19 cases

    Punjab reports 1,475 new COVID-19 cases, 751 discharges, and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases: 2,01,036Total discharges: 1,82,283Active cases: 12,616Death toll: 6,137 (ANI)

    20:19 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Karnataka reports 1135 new COVID-19 cases

    Karnataka reports 1135 new COVID-19 cases, 561 recoveries, and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours

    Total cases: 9,62,339Total recoveries: 9,40,489Active cases: 9,428Death toll: 12,403 (ANI)

    19:57 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: SII gets fresh govt purchase order for 10 crore doses of Covishield vaccine

    The Centre has placed a new purchase order with the Serum Institute of India (SII) for the supply of 10 crore doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, each costing Rs 157.50, including GST, according to official sources. The HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking, has issued the supply order on behalf of the Union health ministry on March 12 in the name of Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at the Pune-based SII. The cost of the 10 crore doses would be borne by the health ministry under the budgetary allocation for the purpose. The expenditure for the earlier orders of the vaccines was funded through the PM Cares Fund, the sources said. (PTI)

    19:51 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Punjab imposes night curfew in Rupnagar

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    19:48 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Nagpur Covid guidelines

    Stand-alone shops selling groceries, vegetables, fruits, meat in Nagpur city to be open till 1 pm from March 17, said Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Nagpur district reported 2,587 new COVID19 cases, 1,095 recoveries and 18 deaths in last 24 hours; total cases 1,75,386 till now. (ANI)

    19:41 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Madras HC on restoration of full train services

    Due to the spurt in the number of Covid cases, no direction can be issued to the Southern Railway to restore its services in full strength, the Madras High Court said on Tuesday. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said this while disposing of a public interest writ petition from advocate Ramkumar Adityan. Due to the sudden increase in the number of cases, the High Court itself has deferred its decision to bring back the physical hearing of cases, the bench pointed out. (PTI)

    19:38 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Over 31 lakh beneficiaries receive Covid jabs in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Tuesday that more than 31.51 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people in Rajasthan. Till today, 26,63,348 people have received the first dose of vaccine in Rajasthan, while 4,88,324 people have been administered the second one, the minister elaborated. The cumulative number of vaccine doses administered to people in the state stands at 31,51,672, till Tuesday morning, Sharma said. (PTI)

    19:28 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: PM Boris Johnson on UK's COVID-19 vaccine

    The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and bio-pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca is safe and works extremely well, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, amid reports that the doses were causing blood clot-related complications. In an editorial to coincide with the launch of a new 'Integrated Review' of the UK's foreign policy vision, the prime minister reflected on how just six months since its discovery, the vaccine is being produced in multiple countries including India. 'I could tell from the excitement of the scientists that this was promising and that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine looked as though it would work. After exhaustive tests, so it has proved,' Johnson wrote in 'The Times'. 'That vaccine is safe and works extremely well, and now, only six months later, it is being made in multiple places from India to the US, as well as Britain, and it is being used around the world,' he said. READ MORE

    19:26 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: J-K reports 97 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 97 fresh COVID-19 cases that pushed its infection tally to 1,27,831, while two more deaths linked to the virus raised the toll to 1,972 in the Union Territory, officials said. Nineteen of the fresh cases are from the Jammu division and 78 from the Kashmir division, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 53 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 15 in Jammu district. While eight districts did not report any fresh cases, 10 other districts had cases in single digits. (PTI)

    19:25 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: China to permit Indians and people from 19 countries to return only if they take Chinese vaccines

    China has made it mandatory for people coming from India and 19 other nations to get Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines if they want to travel to this country. "For the purpose of resuming people-to-people exchanges in an orderly manner, starting from 15 March, 2021, the Chinese Embassies and Consulates in India will provide the persons having taken Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine and holding the Certificates of Vaccination," a notice posted on the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi said. The announcement makes little difference for thousands of Indian students besides professionals working in China and their family members who are stuck in India awaiting Beijing to permit their return as there are no Chinese vaccines available in India. The Chinese Embassy notice did not specify how Indians can access the Chinese-made vaccines in India as they are not available in the country.  (PTI)

    19:11 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: No indication AstraZeneca shot caused clots, says EU drug agency

    The head of the European Medicines Agency says there is "no indication" that AstraZeneca vaccines are the cause of blood clots reported in some shot recipients. Those reports led several European countries to suspend use of the vaccine. Emer Cooke said Tuesday that the agency is "firmly convinced" that the benefits of the AstraZeneca shot outweigh the risks, but an evaluation is ongoing. Cooke said experts are meeting this week to discuss the available information and will make a recommendation Thursday. (AP) 

    19:09 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Pfizer deal will dispatch 10 million Covid doses, says European Commission

    The European Commission says it has sealed a deal with Pfizer to speed up the dispatching of 10 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine over the next three months. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says speeding up the pace of deliveries across the 27-nation bloc would bring the total number of Pfizer doses in the second quarter to over 200 million. "This is very good news," Von der Leyen says.  "It gives member states room to maneuver and possibly fill gaps in deliveries." The announcement comes amid a shortage of vaccine supplies in Europe and as a growing number of European countries, including now Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, have suspended the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine after some recipients had blood clots. (AP)

    19:05 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Delhi Assembly speaker receives first dose of Covid vaccine

    Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel was administered the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, a statement issued by his office said. Goel appealed to all the eligible people to get registered for vaccination against the viral disease after receiving the first dose of the Covishield vaccine at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital at Tahirpur. He was kept under observation for half an hour after being administered the vaccine, the statement said. (PTI)

    19:04 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine continue to outweigh the risks, says European Medicines Agency

    Europe's medicines watchdog on Tuesday said the benefits of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine continue to outweigh the risks after several countries halted its use due to concerns about blood clots. The EMA's Executive Director Emer Cooke said the agency was carrying out a case-by-case evaluation of incidents and was expected to complete a review on Thursday. (Reuters)

    18:53 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Nagaland allows regular classes for standard 1-5

    The Nagaland government has permitted re-opening of regular session for classes 1 to 5 in the schools across the state from March 22. In this connection, Principal Secretary (Home) Abhijit Sinha on Tuesday issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), outlining various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 when schools resume normal functioning. Schools across the state were closed since March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and educational institutions had been conducting online classes during the period. PTI

    18:44 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Uttarakhand Police 'extra careful' for Kumb Mela amid Covid surge

    April 12 and 14 are peak days as there's Kumb 'shahi snan'. Steps will be taken to avoid a stampede if the crowd number reaches a crore. We'll be extra careful with people from states with rising  COVID-19 cases, letters will be sent to all states, said Ashok Kumar, Uttarakhand DGP as reported by news agency ANI.

    18:36 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Europe seeks to restart travel with Covid 'pass' despite vaccine squeeze

    The European Union will on Wednesday unveil a COVID-19 pass to allow free travel this summer and support the struggling tourism sector despite the bloc's sluggish vaccination campaign and the risks posed by new coronavirus variants. The EU's executive European Commission will propose creating a bloc-wide "green digital certificate" that would combine information on vaccination, COVID-19 tests, and recovery from the disease to allow people to take flights and cross borders." It will allow everyone from the European Union to come and visit us with security," said Alfonso Lopez, director of The Hat hotel and Villa Verbena restaurant in Madrid."I think it will help us have a reasonable summer season," he said, calling last summer "an absolute disaster". (Reuters)

    18:28 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Bahwan CyberTek to bear vaccination cost for staff, families

    Bahwan CyberTek, a provider of IP-based digital transformation solutions, has announced it will cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccination for all its employees and their family members. Pledging commitment towards the wellbeing of its employees, the company urged its staff to take the vaccine shots. "With an aim to reaffirm its commitment towards the well-being of its employees, the globally spread, 3000-member IT conglomerate, Bahwan CyberTek, has pledged to cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccination for all its employees and their dependent family members," the company said in a statement. (PTI)

    18:25 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 867 fresh COVID-19 cases

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    18:20 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Andhra reports 261 new Covid-19 cases

    The surge in fresh coronavirus cases continued in Andhra Pradesh with 261 people testing postive for the virus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, pushing the active caseload up to 1,579. The state saw 125 patients recovering from the infection while no deaths were reported during the period, according to the latest bulletin. The state COVID-19 chart showed the caseload at 8,92,269 with 8,83,505 recoveries and 7,185 deaths, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    18:18 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Moderna begins study of Covid-19 vaccine in kids

    Moderna Inc has begun dosing patients in a mid-to-late stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273, in children aged six months to less than 12 years, the company said on Tuesday. The study will assess the safety and effectiveness of two doses of mRNA-1273 given 28 days apart and intends to enroll about 6,750 children in the United States and Canada. The vaccine has already been authorized for emergency use in Americans who are aged 18 and older. In a separate study which began in December, Moderna is also testing mRNA-1273 in adolescents between 12 and 18 years old. The latest study is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). (Reuters)

    18:15 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Kerala reports 1,970 new Covid-19 cases

    1,970 new COVID-19 cases, 2884 recoveries and 15 deaths reported in Kerala today. Active cases now at 26,127; so far 10, 63,444 persons have recovered from the disease. (ANI)

    18:03 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Maharashtra govt rolls out new Covid-19 guidelines

    As the number of Coronavirus cases shoot up in Maharashtra, the state government has issued a set of guidelines to prevent further transmission of the viral infection. According to the recent guidelines, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls as well as offices which flout COVID-19 regulations set by the government will be forced to shut down. Till the time the central government is notifying the COVID-19 pandemic as a disaster, these places will remain close. The restrictions imposed by the state government are currently to be followed by March 21, 2021. READ MORE

    17:43 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Dharavi sees 21 cases, highest since last October

    Dharavi in Mumbai, one of the world's densest urban sprawls, on Tuesday reported 21 COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day addition to the infection tally since October, a civic official said. The locality had seen 22 cases on October 6 last year, he pointed out. The caseload in Dharavi, which reported its first case on April 1 last year, now stands at 4,279, the official added. (PTI)

    17:38 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: Covid infection linked with skin rashes among adults

    Skin rashes may be associated with a positive COVID-19 test result among adults, according to a study that could help identify cases missed when relying only on the core symptoms. Previous studies conducted in hospitals reported that COVID-19 patients showed unusual skin rashes, researchers said. (PTI)

    17:34 (IST)16 Mar 2021
    Coronavirus Lockdown 2021 Live Updates: SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal tests positive for Covid-19

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