Latest News Live Updates: 13,193 Fresh COVID-19 Cases In India, 2.4% Higher Than Yesterday

India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,09,63,394 with 13,193 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,06,67,741, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.  The deaths increased to 1,56,111 with 97 daily new fatalities, the data showed.

As per the Health Ministry, 98,46,523 vaccine doses were given through 2,10,809 sessions till Thursday evening.

Amid a marked resurgence of Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra over the past few weeks, a number of the state’s political leaders and ministers, including the health in-charge, Rajesh Tope, have declared that they have tested positive for the disease. Others include Jayant Patil, Raksha Khadse, Eknath Khadse, Bacchu Kadu, and Rajendra Shingne.

On Wednesday, the state reported 4,787 new cases – the highest one-day count in over two months. A few districts in its Vidarbha region, too, have registered a steady rise in the number of cases in recent weeks. Civic authorities in Mumbai today clamped down with fresh safety measures as the numbers kept rising, logging over 5,000 cases on Thursday.

Meanwhile, eight months after a fierce border clash at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, China has officially acknowledged casualties and named four officers and soldiers that it said were killed.
Five soldiers, including an officer who was injured, were honoured by the Chinese leadership, reported the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military, on Friday.

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A bicameral US Citizenship Act of 2021 proposing a pathway to citizenship to 11 million undocumented workers, elimination of per country quota for employment-based green cards and work authorisation for dependents of H-1B foreign workers, was introduced in the Congress.India took 34 days to achieve one crore Covid vaccinations: Centre

India took 34 days to achieve the landmark feat of one crore COVID-19 vaccinations, the second fastest in the world, the health ministry said on Friday.

The US took 31 days, while the UK took 56 days to surpass the one-crore vaccination mark.

Till 8 am on Friday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) in the country was 1,01,88,007.

“A total of 1,01,88,007 vaccine doses have been administered through 2,11,462 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am. These include 62,60,242 HCWs (1st dose), 6,10,899 HCWs (2nd dose) and 33,16,866 FLWs (1st dose),” the ministry said.

Japan Finds New Strain As Virus Cluster Emerges At Immigration Centre
Japan confirmed a new variant of COVID-19, and an infection cluster emerged at a Tokyo immigration facility, presenting new challenges as the country tries to overcome a third wave of the pandemic.

The new variant has been found in 91 cases in the Kanto area of eastern Japan and in 2 cases at airports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters on Friday. The government is raising surveillance against mutant varieties as they may be more resistant to vaccines, which Japan started to distribute this week.

Disha Ravi Case: High Court Caution For Delhi Police, Media Over Probe

A day after three news channels got notice over activist Disha Ravi’s petition – linked to the coverage of her arrest in a case filed related to the farmers’ protest toolkit shared by Swedish teen climate crusader Greta Thunberg earlier this month – the Delhi High Court today made observations about “sensationalism” in reporting.

The High Court asked Delhi Police to stick to the stand that it hasn’t leaked details while the reporters were asked to ensure the “probe is not hampered”. At the same time, Ms Ravi, 22, has been “directed to ensure that there is no indulgence to malign the police and other authorities”.

Several Maharashtra Ministers, Leaders Test Positive Amid Surge In Cases

Amid a marked resurgence of Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra over the past few weeks, a number of political leaders and ministers of the state, including the health in-charge, Rajesh Tope, have declared that they have tested positive for the disease. Others include Jayant Patil, Raksha Khadse, and Eknath Khadse.

On Wednesday, the state reported 4,787 new cases – the highest one-day count in over two months. A few districts in its Vidarbha region, too, have registered a steady rise in the number of cases in recent weeks. Civic authorities in Mumbai today clamped down with fresh safety measures as the numbers kept rising, logging over 5,000 cases on Thursday.Why Are Maharashtra Cases Climbing? An Expert’s Warning

Several cases of coronavirus mutation have been observed in Maharashtra, a senior scientist told NDTV today, underscoring that they are yet to observe behaviour – including how fast or slow it infects people — and pointed out that it is “too early to call it a strain”.

Dr TP Lahane, the Director of Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra, told NDTV that it is early days yet and more sequencing and study needs to be carried out to know about the “infectiveness” of the mutant variety.India, China Disengagement At Both Banks Of Pangong Completed: Sources
Disengagement on both banks of the Pangong Lake has been completed, sources said today.
India and China will discuss disengagement in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra tomorrow in the 10th round of senior commander level talks, the sources added.

Both sides pulled back troops, tanks and other equipment from the banks of Pangong Tso, which became a flashpoint in the prolonged border dispute.

Satellite imagery of some areas on the northern bank of Pangong Tso supplied by Maxar Technologies showed multiple Chinese military camps seen in late January now removed.

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Pfizer Vaccine 85% Effective After First Shot, Finds Israeli Study
The first dose of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine is 85 per cent effective, a study of healthcare workers at an Israeli hospital has found, potentially fuelling a debate over the recommended two-dose schedule as governments try to stretch out supplies.

The Sheba Medical Center’s findings compare with overall efficacy of around 95% in a two dose regimen 21 days apart for the shot developed with Germany’s BioNTech.

The Sheba study, to be published in The Lancet medical journal, comes a day after Canadian researchers suggested that the second Pfizer dose be delayed given the high level of protection from the first shot in order to increase the number of people getting vaccinated.

Their research showed efficacy of 92.6 per cent after the first dose, based on an analysis of the documents submitted by the drugmaker from its late-stage human trials to the US Food and Drug Administration in December.

Covid Mutations Found In Maharashtra, More Tests Needed, Scientist Tells NDTV

Several cases of coronavirus mutation have been observed in Maharashtra, a senior scientist told NDTV today, underscoring that they are yet to observe behaviour – including how fast or slow it infects people — and pointed out that it is “too early to call it a strain”.

Dr TP Lahane, the Director of Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra, told NDTV that it is early days yet and more sequencing and study needs to be carried out to know about the “infectiveness” of the mutant variety.

The scientists, he said, are doing gene sequencing for this and the results will be available in 10 to 15 days. A detailed study has to be conducted, he said.

13,193 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, 2.4 per cent higher than yesterday; 1.09 crore total cases, 1,56,111 lakh deaths

China Admits 5 Officers, Soldiers Killed In Galwan Clash With India

Five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in last year’s Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh with the Indian Army, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officially acknowledged for the first time on Friday.

Five Chinese frontier officers and soldiers stationed in the Karakoram Mountains have been recognised by the Central Military Commission of China (CMC) for their sacrifice in the border confrontation with India, which occurred in the Galwan Valley in June 2020, the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military reported on Friday.

Technological innovations, digitisation became mainstay of judicial proceedings in lockdown: Law Secretary

Union Law Secretary Anoop Mendiratta on Thursday said digitisation and technological innovations became the mainstay of judicial proceedings in India during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

Representing India in Commonwealth High Level Law Ministers Meeting on the legal aspects of COVID-19, he said that in April last year, the Supreme Court gave legal sanctity and validity to court hearings held through video conferencing, which came as a big boost for timely disposal of litigations.

He was addressing the meet on behalf of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, an official statement said.

COVID-19: RT-PCR test mandatory for passenger coming to Pune from Kerala

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation has issued an order making it mandatory for passengers arriving from Kerala to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival.

Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol on Thursday said that the number of coronavirus patients in the last 8-10 days has been increasing.

“In last 8-10 days, the number of patients has been increasing but the situation is not worrisome. We are on alert. We have decided to increase COVID-19 testing. We may bring strict COVID-19 rules if the number of cases rises,” Mohol said.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday informed Kerala and Maharashtra alone account for 75 per cent of new cases, 72 per cent of new recovered cases and 55 per cent of new deaths.

Israel extends coronavirus border closure to March 6

Israel said Thursday it will extend the closure of its airports and land borders for 14 more days in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

A joint statement from the prime minister’s office and the health minister said the country’s borders will remain closed until March 6, except for urgent reasons.

Israel had suspended international flights on January 24, before also closing the border crossings with Jordan and Egypt.

However, the immigration ministry said Thursday that six special flights were still authorised to land, carrying some 900 immigrants from Ethiopia, France, Russia, Ukraine and South America.

The new arrivals will be subject to quarantine upon arrival, the ministry said in a statement.

Offices, colleges, cinema halls, parks to reopen in Jharkhand on March 1

Government offices, colleges, coaching centres, cinema halls and parks across Jharkhand will reopen on March 1 after being closed for almost a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Thursday.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Mr Soren during the day. He said hundred per cent attendance will be mandatory for government employees.

Schools will reopen on that date for students of Class 8 and above. Colleges are also set to reopen, the Chief Minister told newsmen after a meeting of the Jharkhand State Disaster Manangement Authority.

Brazil passes 10 million coronavirus infections

Brazil, the country with the second-highest coronavirus deaths, passed the 10-million mark for reported infections Thursday, amid a deadly second wave and problems with its vaccination campaign.

The country became the third to reach the grim mark — after the United States and India — with more than 51,900 new infections in 24 hours, according to official data.

Over the same one-day period, 1,367 people died, bringing the total to over 243,400.

Brazil’s figure of 10,030,626 came amid mounting criticism of how President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has handled the epidemic and a vaccination response.

So far, three percent of the population of 212 million have received one of two required vaccine doses.



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