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February 26, 2021 / 01: 19 PM IST

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 338th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 338th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India recorded its single-day increase in coronavirus cases above 16,000 for the second consecutive day as the infection tally rose to 1,10,63,491, while the recoveries have surged to 1,07,50,680, according to data updated by the Union Health

Ministry on Friday. A total 16,577 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,56,825 with 120 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases increased to 1,55,986, which accounts for 1.41 percent of the total infections, the data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,50,680 which translates into a national recovery rate of 97.17 percent. The case fatality rate stood at 1.42 percent. Globally, more than 11.2 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 24.83 lakh have died so far. India, along with many countries, has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and has started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin. More than 1.19 crore people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.

  • Coronavirus News Live Updates: India records 16,577 fresh infections, 120 deaths

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  • February 26, 2021 / 01: 19 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Israel says it has vaccinated 50% of its population against COVID-19

    Israel has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 50 percent of its 9.3 million population, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Friday. Israel counts East Jerusalem Palestinians, who have been included in the vaccine campaign that began on Dec 19, as part of its population. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not part of the Israeli campaign. Edelstein said 35 percent of Israel’s population had received both doses of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine, putting them on course to receive a so-called “Green Pass” with access to leisure sites that the country has been gradually reopening. (Reuters)

  • February 26, 2021 / 12: 51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19: No on-the-spot nod for darshan at Siddhivinayak temple from March

    Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, the city's famous Siddhivinayak temple has decided not to give on-the- spot permission to devotees for taking darshan of Lord Ganesh from March 1, its office-bearers said on Friday. Only those who have registered themselves online, will get a chance to take darshan, and only 100 such devotees will be allowed inside the temple per hour from next month, they said. Talking to PTI, Priyanka Chhapwale, chief executive officer of the Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust said that at present, devotees who have not registered themselves for darshan, are given QR code on the spot, which allows them to go inside the temple. "But we have decided to stop this system completely from March 1. The devotees without pre-booked appointment won''t be allowed till further orders," she said. "Evey hour, only 100 devotees with pre-booked QR codes will be allowed to have darshan of the deity between 7 am and 9 pm," she added. Chhapwale said that on the auspicious day of Angarki Chaturthi (on March 2), darshan will be allowed between 8 am and 9 pm. The Siddhivinayak temple located in Prabhadevi area of the city is very popular. It was shut for devotees for several months last year due to the coronavirus outbreak. It was reopened in November 2020. (PTI)

  • February 26, 2021 / 12: 40 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 1.30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far, says health ministry

    The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers in the country has crossed 1.30 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. From March 1, the COVID-19 vaccination will be extended to people aged 60 years and above and those aged above 45 years with comorbidities, it stated.

    On February 24, the Centre held meeting with all states and Union Territories to review the progress of COVID-19 vaccination drive with a focus on improving pace of vaccination. "States and UTs have been advised to expand COVID-19 vaccination sessions to all public health care facilities along with CGHS and PM-JAY-empaneled hospitals from March," the ministry said.

    A total of 1,30,67,047 vaccine doses have been given through 2,77,303 sessions, as per the provisional report till Thursday 6 pm. These include 65,82,007 healthcare workers (HCWs) (75.5 per cent) who have taken the first dose and 18,60,859 HCWs (63.6 per cent) who have taken the second dose, along with 46,24,181 frontline workers (FLWs) who took their their first dose. (45.1 per cent). 

    While the countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, vaccination of the FLWs started from February 2. "Total 3,95,884 vaccine doses were given till 6 pm on Thursday, the 41st day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination. 

  • February 26, 2021 / 12: 20 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Registration of beneficiaries on Co-WIN for 2nd phase to start from March 1

    As the country gears up to inoculate people above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities against COVID-19 from March 1, official sources said these beneficiaries would be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from Monday itself. There will also be a walk-in provision for the beneficiaries to get themselves registered at the session sites.

    Everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at a number of private hospitals, the Centre said on Wednesday. "The eligible beneficiaries would be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from March 1 itself. There will also be a walk-in provision for the beneficiaries to get themselves registered at a nearby session site to get vaccinated," R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, said.

    He said the new version of the Co-WIN platform will be GPS-enabled and the beneficiaries will have the option to choose the inoculation session site both at the government and private facilities. There will be volunteers to help those opting for walk-in registration with the process if they are not tech-savvy. Co-WIN, a digital platform, was created for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery. One will also have the option to get inoculated in a state different from his or her home state.

  • February 26, 2021 / 12: 00 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 18,000 beneficiaries vaccinated on February 25 in Delhi

    Over 3.46 lakh beneficiaries have received COVID-19 vaccine till date in Delhi since the start of the inoculation drive a month ago, with more than 18,000 people receiving shots on Thursday, according to data shared by officials. Out of these, more than 1.44 lakh are healthcare workers and over two lakh are frontline workers, as per the data. Coronavirus vaccine shots were administered to more than 18,900 beneficiaries in Delhi on Thursday. Six minor cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported, the officials said.

    A total of 18,599 beneficiaries received shots across over 300 centres in the national capital on Wednesday. On Thursday, 18,945 people were vaccinated, including 5,542 healthcare workers who got their second dose, as the inoculation drive picked up pace, according to the data. "Six minor cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported," an official said. Till date, 1,44,346 healthcare workers have been vaccinated and 2,02,945 frontline workers also received vaccine, as per the data shared by the officials. Frontline workers include police personnel, civil defence staff, sanitation workers, among others.

  • February 26, 2021 / 11: 50 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Over 53,000 get coronavirus vaccine jab in Maharashtra

    As many as 53,712 persons were administered coronavirus vaccines in Maharashtra on Thursday, a health official said. It took the number of persons who have received at least one dose of the vaccines to 11,40,820. As many as 28,280 healthcare workers and front-line workers received the first dose while 25,432 got their second dose of the vaccines during the day.

  • February 26, 2021 / 11: 40 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,10,63,491 with 1,07,50,680 recoveries and 1,56,825 deaths as per February 26 update. The mortality rate stands at 1.4 percent, with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). More than 8 lakh daily tests were reported, with more than 21.46 crore tests carried out till date. Despite the high number of cases and deaths reported, India fares better when compared with other nations in terms of per million population.

      Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts  

 The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,10,63,491 with 1,07,50,680 recoveries and 1,56,825 deaths as per February 26 update. The mortality rate stands at 1.4 percent, with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). More than 8 lakh daily tests were reported, with more than 21.46 crore tests carried out till date. Despite the high number of cases and deaths reported, India fares better when compared with other nations in terms of per million population.

  • February 26, 2021 / 11: 30 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    Maharashtra also reported the most (56 or 47 percent) new deaths, followed by Kerala (14), Punjab (13), Chhattisgarh (8) and Karnataka (7). These five states account for 82 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country. About 21 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand--did not report any deaths in the last 24 hours.  India’s recovery rate is now 97.2 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 4,652 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (3,744), Karnataka (947), Tamil Nadu (471) and Gujarat (301).

      Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts  

 Maharashtra also reported the most (56 or 47 percent) new deaths, followed by Kerala (14), Punjab (13), Chhattisgarh (8) and Karnataka (7). These five states account for 82 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country. About 21 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand--did not report any deaths in the last 24 hours.  India’s recovery rate is now 97.2 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 4,652 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (3,744), Karnataka (947), Tamil Nadu (471) and Gujarat (301).

  • February 26, 2021 / 11: 20 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported 16,577 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to above 1.10 crore, the health ministry said on February 26.  As many as 120 deaths were reported and 12,179 people recovered from COVID-19 during the period, the latest release shows. India reported its highest single-day vaccination as 8,01,480 people were inoculated against the virus, taking the number of beneficiaries to 1,34,72,643.

    Active cases rose to 1,55,986 with an increase of 4,278 cases on February 26. At 65,461, Maharashtra has the highest active cases in the country, accounting for 42 percent of the load, followed by Kerala (52,164) and Karnataka (5,595).  Maharashtra also reported the most (8,702 or 52 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours followed by Kerala (3,677), Punjab (563), Tamil Nadu (467) and Karnataka (453). These five states account for 84 percent of all the new cases in India.

      Coronavirus LIVE Updates | COVID-19 cases explained in charts  

 India reported 16,577 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to above 1.10 crore, the health ministry said on February 26.  As many as 120 deaths were reported and 12,179 people recovered from COVID-19 during the period, the latest release shows. India reported its highest single-day vaccination as 8,01,480 people were inoculated against the virus, taking the number of beneficiaries to 1,34,72,643. 

 Active cases rose to 1,55,986 with an increase of 4,278 cases on February 26. At 65,461, Maharashtra has the highest active cases in the country, accounting for 42 percent of the load, followed by Kerala (52,164) and Karnataka (5,595).  Maharashtra also reported the most (8,702 or 52 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours followed by Kerala (3,677), Punjab (563), Tamil Nadu (467) and Karnataka (453). These five states account for 84 percent of all the new cases in India.

  • February 26, 2021 / 11: 09 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Weekly markets, mass weddings banned in Palghar

    The authorities in Maharashtra's Palghar have banned weekly markets and mass marriages across the district in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation in the state, an official said on Friday. An order to this effect was issued by district collector Manik Gursal on Thursday, he said. "Weekly markets are a regular feature in Palghar and other rural parts of Maharashtra. However, in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, the collector ordered a ban on the weekly markets in the district from February 25 till further orders," the official said.

    The collector also banned mass weddings in the district to avoid large gatherings, he added. "The administration has started cracking down on marriage halls to check compliance of COVID-19 guidelines and action is being taken against the violators," the official said. According to him, only 50 people can attend a wedding as per the guidelines. The coronavirus tally in Palghar district has gone up to 45,838 with the addition of 45 cases on Thursday,while the death toll has reached 1,204, another official said.

  • February 26, 2021 / 10: 56 AM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | US to launch massive effort to educate Americans about COVID-19 vaccines, says Joe Biden

    US President Joe Biden said his administration plans to launch a campaign to educate Americans about coronavirus vaccines in anticipation of a period later this year where supply may outstrip demand because of vaccine hesitancy. "We're going to launch a massive campaign educating people about vaccines, that they are safe and effective," Biden said. "We're going to bring together leaders of all segments of our society to educate and encourage all Americans to get vaccinated."

    Biden, a Democrat, has made getting hundreds of millions of Americans vaccinated a top priority of his presidency as he seeks to get a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people in the United States under control. While demand for vaccines at the moment is high, officials worry that concerns about the vaccines, particularly among minority communities, will blunt the push to get the population inoculated in the coming months.

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