Covid-19 Lockdown Highlights March 29: Karnataka announces fresh curbs; CM Yediyurappa rules out lockdown; Maharashtra reports over 31,000 new cases

Coronavirus Lockdown in India, Covid Cases Today Latest Update: India registered the biggest jump in the new Covid infections in a single day today. Nearly 70,000 new cases were detected, this is the highest caseload since October 2020.

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A health worker preserve the samples of COVID-19 before being sent to the lab for test at the government dispensary in Patiala's Model Town. (Express photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

Coronavirus Lockdown in India, Covid Cases Today Latest Updates:  In yet another spike, India on Monday reported 68,072 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the latest Union Health Ministry bulletin. The number of active cases in India stood at 5,21,808, the official data said.  Maharashtra has begun enforcing a state-wide night curfew from Sunday. The Monday spike is the biggest jump since October last year.

Meanwhile, India on Saturday also reported more than 62,000 covid cases. A single day rise of 62,258 new COVID-19 cases, 291 fatalities were reported on Saturday, pushing India’s tally of cases to 1,19,08,910, death toll to 1,61,240, the health ministry had said. Active COVID-19 cases in India on Saturday was recorded at 4,52,647.

In view of Holi 2021 celebrations, several states have imposed restriction to check spread of covid infections.

On Saturday, Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, Sachin had said: “I have been testing myself and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure Covid is kept at bay. However, I have tested positive today following mild symptoms. All others at home have tested negative.”

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22:12 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Maharashtra cannot afford another lockdown, requested CM to think of other options: Minister Nawab Malik

Maharashtra Minister and senior NCP leader Nawab Malik today said that the state cannot afford another Coronavirus lockdown and he along with other leaders has requested CM Uddhav Thackeray to consider other options. The comments from Malik came after Thackeray was reported to have instructed officials to prepare for lockdown-like situation. (ANI)

21:53 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Nashik’s coronavirus tally rises by 2,847

The COVID-19 tally in Nashik district rose to 1,74,682 with the addition of 2,847 cases on Monday, an official said. The toll increased by 25 to touch 2,351 and the recovery count rose to 1,47,141 after 2,610 people were discharged, he added. (PTI)

21:49 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Pune reports 4,961 new cases

Pune district on Monday reported 4,961 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally here to 5,19,600, an official said. The day also saw 31 deaths, increasing the toll to 4,961, while 2,771 people were discharged post-recovery, he added. READ MORE

21:47 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: No lockdown, says Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

With surging COVID-19 cases, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday the government has decided to ban all kinds of protests in the state for 15 days from today, as he ruled out any lockdown for now. READ MORE

21:37 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Coronavirus infected passenger deboarded from flight

A 35-year-old Kolkata-bound passenger was deboarded from a flight here on Monday after information was received that he had tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. The passenger was to fly to Kolkata via Mumbai and had a COVID-19 negative certificate but later it emerged that he had tested positive, they said adding that the airline received information in this connection. He was immediately deplaned and taken in an ambulance for medical treatment, they added. (PTI)

21:18 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Latur sees 393 cases, dedicated facility to restart

The COVID-19 tally in Latur reached 31,674 on Monday with the addition of 393 cases, while the death toll rose by five to touch 741, an official said. Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister for medical education and cultural affairs and district guardian minister Amit Deshmukh has directed that a dedicated COVID-19 hospital used last year amid the outbreak be reopened in view of the surge in cases, said Collector Prithviraj BP. The dedicated facility, with super speciality departments, is in the premises of the Vilasrao Deshmukh Government Medical Science Institute. (PTI) 

21:15 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Maharashtra minister gives update on lockdown in the state

We can’t afford lockdown. We’ve asked CM to consider other options. Due to rising cases, he has directed administration to prepare for lockdown but that doesn’t mean that lockdown is inevitable. If people follow rules, it can be avoided: Maharashtra Min & NCP leader Nawab Malik. (ANI)

21:11 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: UP reports 1,368 new cases, 5 deaths

Uttar Pradesh reports 1,368 new  COVID19 cases, 299 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total recoveries 5,97,619
Death toll 8,790
Active cases 8,669

20:58 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Palestinian Authority receives 100,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses from China

The Palestinian Authority received a shipment of 100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China. Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said the Sinopharm vaccines that arrived in Ramallah will “greatly contribute to speeding up the community vaccination campaign.” Earlier this month the PA received 62,000 coronavirus vaccine doses through a World Health Organization partnership designed to help poor countries. The PA has also received 2,000 doses from Israel and 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. Authorities in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas, have received 60,000 doses from a political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the United Arab Emirates. (AP)

20:56 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Germany reports more AstraZeneca clot cases

Germany’s medical regulator says it has received reports of 21 cases of rare blood clots in people who had recently received AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. The Paul Ehrlich Institute said in an email Monday to The Associated Press that seven people affected by the blood clots have died. The incidence of an unusual form of blood clot in the head, known as sinus vein thrombosis, prompted several European countries to temporarily halt the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month. After a review by medical experts. the European Union’s medical regulator EMA recommended that warnings about possible rare side effects should be added to the vaccine information provided for patients and doctors. Most EU countries have since resumed use of the vaccine. (AP)

20:52 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: West Bengal reports 639 new cases, 1 death

20:51 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Bangladesh issues new Covid-19 guidelines as cases surge

Bangladesh on Monday issued an 18-point directive, including reducing office attendance by 50 per cent and restricting political and religious gatherings, as part of efforts to curb the surging coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 45 lives in a day, the highest in seven months. The health services said that 5,181 new coronavirus cases were detected from 8am Sunday to 8am Monday, taking the total number of infections to 6,00,895. Forty five people died during the period, which is the highest since August last year when authorities recorded 47 deaths. The country has reported a total number of 8,949 deaths. “Other than the emergency services, all government and private office, and industrial units will have to be run with 50 per cent workforce . . . in view of the situation,” read an order issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. The order also directed mass-transport systems and restaurants to keep 50 per cent seats vacant and ban transport services in high-risk areas in required cases and restrict all religious, social, political and other gatherings. (PTI)

20:49 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: BMC to release asymptomatic patients to ensure beds for needy

As COVID-19 cases are going up rapidly in Mumbai, the city civic body on Monday decided to discharge asymptomatic patients at the earliest to vacate beds for the patients with more serious symptoms. The civic body has also decided to place the order for procuring 1.5 lakh injections of antiviral drug Remdesivir and other medical equipment to avoid any potential shortage of medicines at hospitals, a senior official said. READ MORE

20:45 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Punjab reports 2,914 new cases, 59 deaths

Punjab reports 2,914 new COVID-19 cases, 2,583 recoveries and 59 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 2,34,602
Total recoveries 2,03,710
Death toll 6,749
Active cases 24,143

20:34 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Maharashtra reports 31,643 new cases, 102 deaths

20:33 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Karnataka sees 2,792 fresh Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths

Karnataka reports 2792 new COVID-19 cases, 1964 discharges and 16 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 9,89,804
Total recoveries 9,53,416
Death toll 12,520
Active cases 2,384

20:31 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Gujarat reports 2,252 new cases, 8 deaths

Gujarat’s COVID-19 caseload reached 3,03,118 after 2,252 people were detected with the infection on Monday, while the day also saw eight deaths and 1,731 people getting discharged, an official said. The state’s toll is now 4,500 and the recovery count stands at 2,86,577, leaving it with 12,041 active cases, including 149 critical patients, he added. “Three deaths each took place in Ahmedabad and Surat and one each in Panchmahal and Rajkot. Surat reported 677 new cases, the highest in the state, followed by Ahmedabad with 612, Rajkot 242, Vadodara 236, Bhavnagar 45, Gandhinagar 44, Jamnagar 33, among others,” he said. An update on the vaccination drive currently underway in the state was not provided for Monday by health department officials. In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, the COVID-19
tally rose to 3,601 with 16 new cases, while five recoveries took the count of such cases to 3,435. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Bosnia sets record for daily COVID-19 deaths

Bosnia has set a record daily number of fatalities from COVID-19 as the Balkan nation struggles to contain a surge in infections. Authorities on Monday said that 93 people have died in the past 24 hours after being infected with the new coronavirus, while 856 people tested positive. Bosnia has reported among the highest death rates from the virus in the Balkans and wider Europe. (AP)

20:25 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: TRS MLC K Kavitha takes her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

20:19 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: 902 new cases in Rajasthan

Rajasthan recorded 902 COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the infection count to 3,31,578, an official report said. No COVID-19-related death was recorded in the last 24 hours, it said. Of the new cases, the maximum 142 cases were reported from Jodhpur followed by 135 from Jaipur, the report said. (PTI)

20:09 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Second-division match postponed in Spain because of Covid-19

Another match by second-division club Mirandés was postponed on Monday because of the coronavirus. The team’s game against Tenerife on Wednesday was postponed after the club said 13 players and staff tested positive for the virus. The weekend match at Rayo Vallecano had already been postponed after six positive results were discovered last week. (AP)

20:06 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Bihar reports 239 new Covid-19 infections

20:04 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Kalyan-Dombivali civic body restricts entry of visitors

As COVID-19 cases rise in the twin city of Kalyan and Dombivali in Thane district of Maharashtra, the local municipal corporation has put restrictions on the number of people visiting the civic office, an official said on Monday. Similarly, the number of visitors to civic ward offices has also been restricted. In an order issued on Monday, Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) Commissioner Vijay Suryavanshi said former corporators and office-bearers should book an appointment over the phone and visit the civic office only if it is necessary. Suryavanshi directed municipal officials to hold meetings virtually for which no outsider should be allowed to attend. (PTI)

20:01 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Goa reports 128 new cases, 2 deaths

Goa’s coronavirus caseload went up by 128 and reached 57,712 on Monday, while two patients died and 101 people got discharged during the day, an official said. The toll in the state now stands at 828 and the recovery count is 55,455, leaving it with an active caseload of 1,429, he added. With 1,457 samples being examined in Monday, the number of tests in Goa went up to 5,40,796. (PTI)

19:59 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: 1 death, 6 new cases in UP’s Muzaffarnagar

One more person died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on Monday as six fresh cases surfaced, taking the infection count in the district to 8,844, according to an official. So far,111 people have succumbed to the infection in the district. According to Chief Medical Officer SK Aggarwal, the 72-year-old woman died at a medical college here. She was admitted to the medical facility on March 20. (PTI)

19:58 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Haryana reports 995 new cases, 2 deaths

Haryana reports 995 new  COVID-19 cases, 801 recoveries and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Total cases 2,88,714
Total recoveries 2,76,259
Death toll 3,143
Active cases 9,312

19:56 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Pakistan’s President Dr Arif Alvi tests positive for Covid-19

19:55 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Work hours of Maharashtra subordinate courts restricted

Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, work hours of all subordinate courts in the state have been restricted. As per a notice issued on Monday by Bombay High Court Registrar, the Chief Justice of Bombay HC, Dipankar Datta, and the HC Administrative Committee have directed that subordinate courts in Maharashtra will function from 11 am to 1.30 pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm on all working days from March 30. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Tamil Nadu reports 2,279 new Covid-19 infections; 14 deaths

Continuing its steady rise, Tamil Nadu logged 2,279 new infections on Monday, including one from the UAE,pushing the caseload to 8.81 lakh while 14 more deaths took the toll to 12,684, the health department said. The number of cases crossed the 1,000 mark on March 19 after an over 80 day gap and went past the 2,000 mark on March 27. (PTI)

19:52 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Madhya Pradesh sees 2,323 new cases, 9 deaths

Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 2,323 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the tally of infections to 2,91,006, the state Health department said. With nine more patients succumbing to the viral infection in the last 24 hours, the overall fatality count in the state rose to 3,967. READ MORE

19:26 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Schools and colleges to stay open in Karnataka

We are not going to close schools and colleges. We have taken suggestions about closing schools, it will be reviewed after exams that will finish in 15 days: Karnataka Government. (ANI)

19:16 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Karnataka bans protests, rallies for 15 days

For 15 days from today no protests, rallies will be allowed. Number of cases in apartments are increasing, so no parties or celebration allowed from today. There will be no lockdown. Strict action will be taken against people who don’t wear mask: Karnataka Government (ANI)

19:11 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: J&K reports 235 new cases, no fresh deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 235 new positive COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 1,30,228,  even as no fresh death due to the disease was reported in the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. These fresh cases also include 58 travellers, they said. Out of the new cases, 51 were reported from Jammu division and 184 from Kashmir division of the Union territory (UT), they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest of 99 cases, including 40 travellers, followed by 35 in Baramulla district and 19 in Jammu district. (PTI)

18:29 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Nagpur records 3,177 new COVID-19 cases today, death toll increases by 55

A total of 3177 new cases of Coronavirus cases were recorded on Monday in Nagpur. The number of deaths related to Coronavirus also increased by 55 today. 

18:05 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Coronavirus: Delhi records 1904 new cases, highest single daily tally in last three and a half months

The national capital has recorded the highest number of Coronavirus cases in last three and a half months today. The city recorded a total of 1904 new cases of Coronavirus today. (PTI)

17:52 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Delhi records nearly 2,000 cases

Delhi records 1,904 new COVID-19 cases, highest in around three and a half months; 6 deaths take toll to 11,012: Authorities.  – PTI

17:51 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: AP logs 997 fresh COVID-19 cases, five deaths

With four hotspot districts contributing more than half the load, Andhra Pradesh on Monday added 997 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count to 8,99,812, even as five people succumbed to the infection, the highest toll in a day in about three months. Also, 282 more patients recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries to 8,86,498. According to the latest bulletin, the toll now stood at 7,210 and active cases 6,104. –PTI

17:02 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Lockdown not a solution for COVID-19 surge: Chandrakant Patil

A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked officials to prepare a plan for implementation of a lockdown, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said lockdown is not a solution for the rise in cases of coronavirus. Talking to reporters here after meeting Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Patil said not the only BJP, but all traders and workers from unorganised sectors will oppose the lockdown. “Lockdown is not an answer to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the state. If the lockdown is imposed, you (state government) will not give any package (for relief to affected people). How people lived in the last one year cannot be understood by sitting inside ‘Matoshree’,” Patil said. – PTI

16:50 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Indian Army donates 1 lakh doses COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal Army

The Indian Army has gifted one lakh doses of India-made anti-COVID-19 vaccines to the Nepal Army as part of the efforts of the militaries of the two neighbours to enhance bilateral cooperation. The vaccines were handed over by the Indian Army officials to their counterparts from the Nepal Army at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, the Indian Embassy here tweeted. “100,000 doses of #MadeInIndia COVID-19 vaccine gifted by Indian Army to the Nepali Army were received at Tribhuvan Airport,” the mission tweeted. India has previously gifted one million doses of ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal for the immediate requirement of Nepal’s healthcare and front-line workers. – PTI

16:33 (IST)29 Mar 2021
Covid-19 Lockdown 2021: Pakistan imposes partial coronavirus lockdowns

Pakistani authorities on Monday imposed a partial lockdown in several more high-risk areas in the capital, Islamabad, and elsewhere in the country after the positivity rate from coronavirus infections jumped to over 11 per cent. Pakistan is facing another surge in coronavirus infections which officials say is worse than last year’s outbreak when Pakistan had to impose a nationwide lockdown. On Monday, authorities in the eastern Punjab province also announced a two-week long partial lockdown in high-risk cities from April 1 in an effort aimed at containing the spread of the virus. So far, Pakistan’s government has avoided a nationwide lockdown to spare the country’s ailing economy from more damage. – AP

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First published on: 27-03-2021 at 10:17 IST