Pakistan suspends flagship cricket tournament after COVID-19 cases among teams

Pakistan is suspending its flagship cricket tournament that started last month after seven team personnel tested positive for COVID-19, the cricket board said in a statement on Thursday. “The health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount,” the statement said, adding the decision to suspend the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect was made following a meeting with the team owners. It added that the decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which started on Feb. 20.

Raging pandemic shuts down Sao Paulo as Brazil nears Pfizer deal

Brazil set a daily record for COVID-19 deaths for a second straight day on Wednesday, as a raging resurgence of the virus led Sao Paulo state to shutter businesses and the government to try to close vaccine deals with Pfizer and Janssen. With a new coronavirus variant from the Amazon spurring more infections, according to studies, 1,910 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data. In a year, Brazil’s death toll has nearly topped 260,000, the world’s second-worst after the United States. A sputtering vaccination campaign has also put pressure on Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, who said on Wednesday he was close to an agreement with Pfizer Inc, effectively overcoming a dispute over liability clauses. The government said it intended to buy 100 million doses from Pfizer and 38 million from Janssen, the pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The partial lockdown in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most-populous state, underscored mounting concerns about a surging new wave of infections. The country is facing its deadliest stretch since the pandemic began due to a homegrown variant dubbed P1, scarce restrictions to slow the virus and the patchy vaccine rollout.

Six states account for over 85 percent of fresh cases

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in daily new COVID-19 cases, accounting for 85.51 percent of fresh cases, the Union Health ministry said on Thursday. India recorded more than 17k new infections yesterday. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 9,855. This is the highest number recorded in the state since October 18 when more than 10k new cases were reported. It is followed by Kerala with 2,765 while Punjab reported over 700 new cases. The total number of cases with UK, South Africa, and Brazil variants of COVID-19 in the country as of yesterday has reached 242, the ministry said. India’s total COVID-19 active caseload has crossed 1.73 lakhs, comprising1.55 percent of India’s total cases. Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam witnessed a reduction in the active cases in 24 hours, whereas, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat recorded a rise.

SOPs for Maha COVID-19 care centres by March 31: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said a doctor who allegedly tried to molest a woman patient at a COVID-19 care centre in Aurangabad has been removed from service, and SOPs for such facilities will be issued by this month-end. The incident took place earlier this week and the issue was raised by BJP MLA Manisha Chaudhary in the state Legislative Assembly. She said incidents of rape of women in COVID-19 care centres are not new. “Such cases are unfortunate. People don’t fear the government. We demand immediate response from the state Home minister,” the MLA said. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said he had written four letters to chief minister on the rise in incidents of crime against women in COVID-19 care centres and sought standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb them. “But I haven’t got any reply to my letters and SoPs have also not been published,” the former chief minister said. In response, Pawar said the SOPs for COVID-19 care centres will be published by March 31. He said the doctor who tried to molest the woman patient at a COVID-19 care centre in Aurangabad has been removed from service after a preliminary probe into the incident. “The woman is not ready to complain for fear of her identity being revealed. The doctor and her husband are friends. Strict action will be taken after completion of the inquiry,” Pawar said.

Telangana logs 152 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths push toll to 1,637

Telangana recorded 152 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to a little less than 3 lakh cases, while the death toll rose to 1,637 with two more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 25, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts with 11 and 10 respectively, it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on March 3. The cumulative recovered cases stood at 2.95 lakh while 1,948 were under treatment. The bulletin said over 41,000 samples were tested on March 3. The recovery rate in the state was 98.80 percent, while it was 97 percent in the country, it said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 percent, while it was 1.4 percent at the national level, it said.

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Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a High Number of daily new COVID-19 cases.

More than 1.66 cr vaccine doses administered till 7 am today. Nearly 1 million doses given in the last 24 hours

The total number of cases with the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants of the COVID virus in the country are 242.

Pakistan board offers COVID-19 vaccines to PSL teams

Players and team officials in the biosecure environment at this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 competition have been offered COVID-19 vaccines, the country’s cricket board said. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it had secured a small allocation of the vaccine after highlighting the national team’s international commitments and the reputation of the popular PSL during talks with federal and provincial governments. “While we live in these challenging times, the vaccine has been sourced to provide an added level of protection and comfort for players and all personnel inside the bubble,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement. “The players and officials will be under no obligation to have the vaccine,” he added. The ongoing six-team competition, which is due to finish later this month, has seen three players, including Australian leg-spinner Fawad Alam and England batsman Tom Banton, test positive for COVID-19 along with a Karachi Kings staff member. Vaccinations will be administered on Thursday morning in line with government protocols, Khan said.

Delhi CM receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at LNJP hospital

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his parents received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital here on Thursday. The Covishield vaccine was first administered to Kejriwal’s parents, Govind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, and then to the chief minister. “My parents and I got vaccinated today. All of us are feeling fine. There should not be any doubt about the vaccine anymore and I would request more and more people to get vaccinated,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo told reporters. The Delhi government will open more vaccination centres for the public if the need arises, he added. During the second-phase of the inoculation drive that started on March 1, people aged 60 years and above and those in the 45-59 age group with specific comorbidities are being administered the vaccine at 192 hospitals across Delhi.

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12 more coronavirus deaths in Punjab, 778 new cases; Haryana reports zero COVID-related deaths

The COVID-19 infection tally in Punjab climbed to 1,84,310 with 778 new cases reported on Wednesday while 12 more deaths pushed the toll to 5,872, according to a medical bulletin. Punjab has been seeing an upswing in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases for the past three weeks. The number of active cases also jumped from 5,198 on Tuesday to 5,593 as of now.

Six new COVID-19 cases in Noida, tally rises to 25,555


Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday that pushed the district’s infection tally to 25,555, official data showed. The active cases in the district remained at 69 as it was the previous day, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.  

Sikkim reports three new COVID-19 cases

Sikkim reported three fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6,150, an official said on Wednesday. State Information Education and Communication (IEC) member Sonam Bhutia said that East Sikkim and South Sikkim districts registered two and one cases respectively. Sikkim now has 29 active COVID-19 cases, while 5,889 patients have recovered from the disease, he said.

Brazil continues to report more new cases than USA

– Cases per million population crosses 50k mark in Brazil (50,204 cases/million population)

COVID-19 India Updates: Key points

-Active cases rise for the second straight day, it’s up 3,287 in the last 24 hours

-Additions to total cases back above 15,000; rise in deaths below 100

-Additions to total cases at 17,407 against recoveries of 14,031

-The last 24 hours saw a rise of 89 in total deaths

-The recovery rate slips to 97.03 percent while the positivity rate rises to 1.55 percent

-Single-day testing remains around 8 lakh; it’s 7.75 lakh vs the previous day’s 7.85 lakh

-Single-day vaccination rises to 10 lakh; total vaccination at 1.66 crore so far

-Total cases at 1.11 crore, active 1.73 lakh, recoveries 1.08 crore and deaths 1.57 lakh

-Maharashtra reports 9.86k new cases, Kerala 2.7k, Punjab 772

-Maharashtra reports 42 new deaths, Kerala 15, Punjab 12

-New cases in Maharashtra highest since October 18 (137 days ago)

-9.94 lakh vaccinations. Highest yet for a single day

-More daily vaccinations than daily tests in India (9.94 lakh vs 7.75 lakh)

-19 states/UTs report rise in active cases

8 new cases push Assam’s COVID-19 tally to 2,17,593

Assam’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 2,17,593 as eight more people tested positive for the infection on Wednesday, according to a bulletin issued by the National Health Mission (NHM). Of the eight new cases, five were reported from the Kamrup Metropolitan district and three from Tinsukia district. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 1,093 as no fresh fatality was reported in the state during the day, the bulletin said.

Maharashtra’s Thane’s COVID-19 count rises by 818, death toll by 6

Thane has added 818 new cases of coronavirus, taking the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 2,66,910,an official said on Thursday. Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, six more people also succumbed to the viral infection, raising the death toll in the district to 6,286, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in the district is 2.36 percent, he said. So far, 2,54,092 patients have recuperated from the infection in the district, reflecting a recovery rate of 95.20 percent.

Bengal reports 225 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 new fatalities

West Bengal on Wednesday reported 225 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally in the state to 5,75,712, a health department bulletin said. The COVID-19 death toll went up to 10,272 as two new fatalities — one each in North 24 Parganas and Darjeeling — both due to the comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental was reported, the bulletin said. As 231 more people recovered from the disease, the total number of recoveries rose to 5,62,195 and the recovery rate to 97.65 percent, it said. The state now has 3,245 active COVID-19 cases.

97 new cases push Odisha’s COVID-19 tally to 3,37,448

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally surged to 3,37,448 on Wednesday as 97 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The state during the day registered recovery of 64 more patients taking the total number of cured persons to 3,34,767, which is 99.21 percent of the caseload. Odisha’s case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.56 percent while its positivity rate remains 4.03 percent, he said. The state’s coronavirus death toll remained at 1,917 as no fresh fatality was reported since Tuesday, he said, adding that 53 other COVID-19 patients have also died due to comorbidities. Fifty-eight new cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 39 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district reported the highest number of new cases at 14, followed by Sambalpur (13) and Sundergarh (11).

Cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given crosses 1.63 cr: Govt

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 1.63 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with inoculation of healthcare workers (HCWs), while for frontline workers (FLWs) it started from February 2. The next phase of vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. A total of 1,63,14,485 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on Wednesday, the ministry said. These include 67,75,619 HCWs who have taken the first dose and 28,24,311 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 57,62,131 FLWs (first dose), 3,277 FLWs (second dose), 8,44,884 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 1,04,263 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities.

COVID-19: Over 25K beneficiaries get vaccine shots on Wednesday

Over 25,000 beneficiaries, including 13,794 senior citizens, received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Wednesday, according to data shared by officials. In the 45-59 years age group, 1,625 beneficiaries received the jabs, a senior official said. Over 5,100 senior citizens in Delhi had received their first shots of the vaccine on Monday when the second phase of the vaccination drive had begun in the national capital. “Today, 25,054 people were vaccinated, out of which 13,794 were citizens in the age group of 60 and above,” the official said. On Tuesday, a total of 21,227 beneficiaries, including 10,213 senior citizens and 1,442 people in the age group of 45-59, received the shots.    

Tamil Nadu records 489 new COVID-19 cases; 2 fatalities; Dy CM gets the jab

Tamil Nadu reported 489 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities, taking the caseload to 8.52 lakh and the toll to 12,504, the health department said on Wednesday. Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 494 people being discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,36,473, leaving 3,990 active cases in the State. Chennai accounted for the maximum number of infections with 184, taking the total to 2,36,072 till date. The metropolis also accounted for a little over one-third of the COVID-19 fatalities at 4,157 deaths.

Mumbai reports 1,121 fresh cases, taking the financial capital’s tally to nearly 3.29 lakh

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.

Maharashtra reports 9,855 new COVID-19 cases, highest since October

Maharashtra reported 9,855 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest in the last more than four months, taking the tally of infections to 21,79,185, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 52,280 with 42 fresh fatalities, he said. On October 17, the state had reported 10,259 cases, after which the graph had declined. 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.

Coronavirus figures for Maharashtra are as follows: Total cases 21,79,185, New cases 9,855, Total deaths 52,280, Total recoveries 20,43,349,  Active cases 82,343, Total tests conducted 1,65,09,506. 

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