Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 1,761 New COVID-19 Cases

India COVID-19 Highlights: The active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent.

Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 1,761 New COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Cases India: The active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections

India on Sunday recorded 1,761 fresh coronavirus infections, the lowest in around 688 days, that took its tally to 4,30,07,841, while the active cases declined further to 26,240, according to Union health ministry data.

The death count climbed to 5,16,479 with 127 daily fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases comprise 0.06 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent, it showed.

A reduction of 1,562 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.41 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate stood at 0.41 per cent, the ministry said.

The last 24 hours saw a total of 4,31,973 COVID-19 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 78.26 crore tests, it said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,24,65,122. The case fatality rate was recorded at 1.20 per cent, it added.

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive have exceeded 181.21 crore.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus cases in India:

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Mar 21, 2022 01:28 (IST)
Tamil Nadu logs 56 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 56 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department bulletin said on Sunday. With this, a total of 620 active COVID-19 cases were reported in the state. 

As many as 106 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries to 34,13,745. 

Mar 20, 2022 23:57 (IST)
Covishield Dose Gap Reduced To 8-16 Weeks From 12-16
India's top body on immunisation NTAGI has recommended administering the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield between eight and 16 weeks after the first dose, official sources close to PTI said on Sunday Presently, the second dose of Covishield is given between 12-16 weeks after the first dose under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy.
Mar 20, 2022 23:56 (IST)
As Covid Cases Rise Globally, WHO Lists 3 Misleading Claims On Omicron
Expressing concern over the misinformation brewing around the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday said that several factors, including misinformation, are fueling the recent spike in cases across the world.

WHO's COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove pointed out that misinformation such as the pandemic is over, Omicron is mild and that it is the last variant of COVID-19, are causing a lot of confusion and allowing the virus to thrive.
Mar 20, 2022 14:08 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Pakistan Reports 375 New Covid Cases
Pakistan reported 375 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said on Sunday.

According to the NCOC, the total number of confirmed cases has increased to 1,521,888, including 1,475,759 recoveries in the country, Xinhua reported.

Over the last 24 hours, one person succumbed to the disease, taking the total number of coronavirus deaths to 30,329, showed the NCOC data.

Mar 20, 2022 13:14 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 2 New Covid Cases In Ladakh
Ladakh reported two fresh COVID-19 cases that pushed the infection tally to 28,202 on Sunday.

Nine patients recovered from the disease, taking the overall recoveries to 27,934.

The number of active cases stands at 40 - 38 in Leh district and two in Kargil district.

No Covid-related death was reported in the Union Territory, which has so far recorded 228 fatalities linked to the pandemic since its outbreak.

Of the total fatalities, Leh accounted for the highest 168 deaths followed by 60 in Kargil.

Mar 20, 2022 12:45 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Puducherry Records 1 New Covid Case
The union territory of Puducherry logged only one new coronavirus case in the last 24 hours and zero fatalities on Sunday.

The solitary infection reported from the Puducherry region was detected at the end of the examination of 401 samples and took the overall tally to 1,65,759.

No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions-Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam and the death count remained at 1,962.

Four patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday and the overall recoveries climbed to 1,63,780.

Mar 20, 2022 12:05 (IST)
Shanghai’s New Covid Cases Hit Record On Mass Mandated Tests
China's financial hub Shanghai reported record high new Covid infections as it implemented mass mandated testing to reduce transmissions of the virus.

The new cases as of Saturday include 17 confirmed local infections and 492 that are asymptomatic, Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Heath Commission, said at a press conference on Sunday.

Wu called for increased effort to scale up testing, which has been effective in identifying cases and helping block further transmission. China has allowed the use of rapid antigen tests kits to ease the demand from people to be diagnosed.

Mar 20, 2022 11:29 (IST)
As Covid Cases Rise Globally, WHO Lists 3 Misleading Claims On Omicron

Expressing concern over the misinformation brewing around the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday said that several factors, including misinformation, are fueling the recent spike in cases across the world.

WHO's COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove pointed out that misinformation such as the pandemic is over, Omicron is mild and that it is the last variant of COVID-19, are causing a lot of confusion and allowing the virus to thrive.

"We have huge amounts of misinformation that's out there. The misinformation that Omicron is mild. Misinformation that the pandemic is over. Misinformation that this is the last variant that we will have to deal with. This is really causing a lot of confusion," Ms Kerkhove said.

Mar 20, 2022 10:46 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Arunachal Pradesh Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case, Tally At 64,484
Arunachal Pradesh reported a single COVID-19 case on Sunday, pushing the tally to 64,484.

As many as 64,179 people have recuperated from the disease thus far in the state including, three on Saturday.

The COVID-19 death toll in the northeastern state remained at 296, as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours.

The fresh coronavirus case was detected from Lohit district.

Mar 20, 2022 10:25 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: China Reports 1,656 New Local COVID-19 Cases
China on Saturday reported 1,656 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Sunday.

Of the new local infections, 1,191 were reported in the province of Jilin, 158 in Fujian, 51 in Shandong, 51 in Guangdong, and 39 in Liaoning respectively, Xinhua reported.

The rest of the cases were reported in 15 other provincial-level regions, including Gansu and Tianjin, as per Xinhua.

A total of 81 imported COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday, said the commission's report.

Meanwhile, China's zero-COVID policy is pushing cash-strapped local governments to the brink amid rising health care costs and efforts to control debt.

Mar 20, 2022 09:28 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Four Active COVID-19 Cases In Andamans
Four COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a health bulletin said.

The caseload remained unchanged at 10,029 as no new case was registered. The toll stood at 129.

A total of 9,896 people have recovered from the disease so far, it said.

The administration has thus far tested over 7.07 lakh samples for COVID-19, and fully vaccinated 3.04 lakh people.
Mar 20, 2022 08:43 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Thane Records 6 COVID-19 cases, No Related Fatality
With the addition of six coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 7,08,672 on Sunday.

As nobody succumbed to the infection in the district during the day, the death count remained unchanged at 11,879.

Thane's COVID-19 mortality rate is 1.67 per cent.


Mar 20, 2022 08:35 (IST)
Global Covid Cases: "Tip Of The Iceberg": WHO On Global Covid Spike
Figures showing a global rise in COVID-19 cases could herald a much bigger problem as some countries also report a drop in testing rates, the WHO said on Tuesday, warning nations to remain vigilant against the virus.
Mar 20, 2022 07:41 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: "Don't Let Guard Down": Centre To States Amid Covid Surge In Asia, Europe

Amid a resurgence of Covid cases across Southeast Asia and Europe, the government on Thursday warned states not to let their guard down and advised them to continue focus on the five-fold strategy of "test, track, treat, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccinate" while resuming economic and social activities in their jurisdiction.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in his letter to all states and union territories, also asked them to ensure adequate testing of samples to ensure timely detection of new variants and also to motivate people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"States should also ensure that adequate number of samples are submitted to INSACOG network through Sentinel sites as per the protocol issued by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which is the Nodal Agency for INSACOG, to ensure timely detection of new variants while maintaining adequate testing as per the protocols for testing laid by ICMR. Effective surveillance by monitoring of emerging clusters of new cases, if any, testing as per norms and monitoring of ILI and SARI cases shall be taken up on a continued basis to ensure no early warning signals are missed and spread of infection can be controlled," Mr Bhushan said in the letter.

Mar 20, 2022 05:40 (IST)
England to roll out fourth Covid shot: National Health Service
England will begin rolling out its fourth coronavirus vaccine shot this week, the National Health Service (NHS) announced Sunday, with millions of the country's most vulnerable people being offered jabs.

The latest booster shot will be made available to care home residents, people aged over 75 and the immunosuppressed.

Around five million people are expected to be offered the jab, and 600,000 are being invited to book their appointments next week, according to the NHS. "Our phenomenal vaccination programme has saved countless lives and built a wall of defence which has allowed us to learn to live with Covid," Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

"Following the massive success of the rollout so far, we are now offering over-75s and the most vulnerable a spring booster dose to top up their protection against this virus."

Mar 20, 2022 05:30 (IST)
Delhi reports 61 COVID-19 cases, 1 death
Delhi on Saturday reported 61 fresh COVID-19 cases and one death, while the positivity rate stood at 0.68 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.

The relatively lower number of cases came out of the lesser number of tests -- 9,011 -- conducted a day ago, which was a holiday in view of Holi festival.

With 61 fresh cases, the national capital's case count increased to 18,63,694 while the death toll rose to 26,146, the latest health bulletin stated.

Mar 20, 2022 05:20 (IST)
West Bengal logs 33 fresh COVID-19 cases, one fatality
West Bengal on Saturday reported 33 new cases of COVID-19, 29 less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 20,16,770, a health department bulletin said. One more person died due to the infection in the last 24 hours.

The state had logged 62 coronavirus cases and one fatality on Friday.

As many as 139 patients recovered from the disease since Friday, taking the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 19,94,594. West Bengal currently has 982 active coronavirus cases.

Mar 20, 2022 05:17 (IST)
Kerala Reports 719 New COVID-19 Cases

Kerala reported 719 new COVID-19 infections and five fatalities on Saturday, according to the state health bulletin.

With this, the active caseload of the state has gone up to 6,148 at present. In Kerala, a total of 67,315 people have died due to coronavirus infection including five deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

The bulletin said 915 people have been recovered from COVID-19 disease in the last 24 hours.
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