Coronavirus LIVE updates: As per the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s order, schools, colleges, coaching classes, weekly markets and swimming pools will remain shut and marriage halls will remain non-operational

Coronavirus LATEST updates: In view of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday extended till March 14 the ongoing restrictions imposed on various activities and establishments. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishan B issued a notification to this effect.

As per the order, schools, colleges, coaching classes, weekly markets and swimming pools will remain shut till 14 March and no sports events will be allowed till that time. Marriage halls will remain non-operational, and social, political, cultural events will not be allowed, the order said.

The existing curbs had been imposed on 22 February.

Keeping up its attack on the Opposition over the COVID-19 vaccine issue, the BJP on Friday said all that its rivals, especially the Congress, have contributed to the matter is “politics and confusion”. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Opposition leaders had questioned the efficacy of Covaxin, developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech. Opposition-ruled states like Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, West Bengal and Jharkhand had also expressed their doubts, he added.

“I want to ask do you not trust scientists and doctors of your country? Over 40 countries have placed order for Covaxin. But in India, we have people doing politics over it for their selfish political interests,” Patra told reporters.

Ten out of 35 employees of a restaurant in Andheri area of Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus and were shifted to the mega COVID-19 care centre in Bandra Kurla Complex, a civic official said on Friday. He said the restaurant management has been given strict instructions to depute new staff and follow all sanitisation processes and outbreak protocols before restarting operations.

“The staff who tested positive earlier this week and their high risk contacts have been quarantined in the BKC centre,” said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official. As on late Thursday, the country’s financial capital had a COVID-19 caseload of 3,29,843, including 11,487 deaths.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday received the first COVID-19 vaccine jab as part of the second phase of India’s inoculation drive.

Deputy chief minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar tabled the survey in the state Assembly, while Minister of State for Finance Shambhuraj Desai presented it in the Council.

The former Karnataka chief minister asked Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to allow private hospitals to charge Rs 250 for administering vaccine, saying it will act as a deterrent in the fight against the pandemic.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 1.8 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

These include 68,53,083 healthcare workers (HCWs) who were administered the 1st dose, 31,41,371 HCWs who were given the 2nd dose, 60,90,931 frontline workers (FLWs) who were given the 1st dose and 67,297 FLWs (2nd dose), 2,35,901 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st dose) and 16,16,920 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

At 60, Maharashtra reported the maximum number of casualties in the past 24 hours. This was followed by Punjab at 15 and Kerala at 14. Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have reported four deaths each while, Chhattisgarh reported three.

India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,11,73,761 with 16,838 fresh cases reported in a day, while the toll has gone up to 1,57,548 in the country with 113 more fatalities.

Of the total 1,57,548 COVID-19 deaths reported so far in the country, Maharashtra accounts for 52,340, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,508), Karnataka (12,350), Delhi (10,915), West Bengal (10,273), Uttar Pradesh (8,729) and Andhra Pradesh (7,171).

India registered 16,838 fresh COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, taking the overall count to 1,11,73,761, said the Union health ministry on Friday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 1.77 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

After 13,819 more patients were cured of the novel coronavirus , the total number of recoveries in the country rose to 1,08,39,894 on Friday. This takes the national recovery rate to 97.01 percent.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 1.77 crore, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated and vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) starting from 2 February.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March for those above 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.

A total of 1,77,11,287 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till Thursday 7 pm.

These include 68,38,077 healthcare workers, who have taken the first dose and 30,82,942 healthcare workers who have taken the second dose, 60,22,136 frontline workers (first dose), 54,177 FLWs (second dose), 14,95,016 beneficiaries over 60 years and 2,18,939 individuals aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities, the ministry said.

A total of 10,93,954 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm on Thursday, the forty-eighth day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.

“Out of which,8,34,141 beneficiaries were vaccinated for first dose and 2,59,813 HCWs and FLWs received second dose of vaccine as per the provisional report,” the ministry said, adding that final reports would be completed for the day by late night.

A total of 8,34,141 beneficiaries include 4,93,999 people aged over 60 years and 75,147 individuals aged between 45-60 with specified co-morbidities.

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