Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 6 States Continue To Report Surge In Fresh Cases, Pune Extends Night Curfew Till March 14

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India reported 16,752 new COVID-19 cases, 11,718 discharges and 113 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry. With this, the total cases mounted to 1,10,96,731, while the death toll surged past 1.57 lakh.

Meanwhile, 1,07,75,169 people have been discharged and active cases stand at 1,64,511. Total 1,43,01,266 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country until now.

As many as six states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat – have shown a surge in new cases in the last 24 hours.

According to the Ministry, 86.37 percent of the new cases are from these six states. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,623. It is followed by Kerala with 3,792 while Punjab reported 593 new cases.

Tamil Nadu continues to report 486 cases, Karnataka reported 523, while Gujarat reported 451 new cases.

In view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Pune, the district administration on Sunday extended the night curfew and shutdown of schools till March 14. The essential services are exempted from the curfew. The restrictions imposed in the Pune city till February 28 have been extended to 14 March.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family and Welfare, in the last two weeks, Kerala has shown the maximum decline in the number of active cases, from 63,847 on February 14 to 51,679 today, while Maharashtra has shown the highest rise in active cases in the same period, from 34,449 on February 14 to 68,810 currently.

The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination, which involves inoculating those above 60 years of age or those over 45 years with co-morbidities, will begin in India from March 1.

The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines developed by UK drugmaker AstraZeneca arrived in Australia on Sunday. In addition to AstraZeneca’s jabs, Australia also has greenlighted the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and expects the arrival of 20 million doses this year. Vaccinations using Pfizer’s shots started in the country a week ago.

Meanwhile, the restrictions on international passenger flights have been extended till March 31, aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said in a statement on Friday.

The global COVID-19 cases have climbed to 113 million, while the death toll due to the virus crossed 2.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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