Coronavirus updates | March 6, 2021

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered at Nair Hospital, Mumbai.   | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE

As many as 18,327 new COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said today.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

Tamil Nadu

Madras HC says no to complete physical hearings from Monday due to surge in COVID-19 cases

The Madras High Court has decided to conduct its proceedings only through virtual or hybrid (part physical and part virtual) mode from Monday in view of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in some pockets of Chennai and other parts of the State.

The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure, and to ensure a safe working environment, according to a notification issued by its Registrar General.

The notification issued on Saturday stated that Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee has ordered that all judges in the principal seat of the High Court as well as those in Madurai Bench hear cases either fully through virtual mode with both government counsel and private lawyers appearing through video conference or through hybrid mode where government counsel alone would appear in the physical court.

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Maharashtra

As COVID-19 cases rise in Aurangabad, officials to meet March 7

Amid rise in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, the district authorities have decided to hold a meeting on March 7 to discuss if lockdown should be imposed or not, a senior official said on March 6.

The district reported 459 coronavirus cases on March 5, which took its overall infection count to 52,103.

Talking to PTI, District Collector Sunil Chavan said, "A meeting will be held on Sunday evening, in which the way ahead for lockdown will be decided. Police Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and other officials would be present for it. After a review of cases and overall coronavirus situation in the district, a decision about lockdown will be taken." "Lockdown can be imposed, but ample time will be given to people to prepare themselves for it. The number of patients is growing. If cases keep growing at this speed, there will be paucity of beds in hospitals...Officials will discuss all this tomorrow," he added. — PTI

Punjab

Jalandhar administration imposes night curfew to tackle coronavirus

Punjab's Jalandhar administration imposed a night curfew from March 6 to tackle the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the district.

The night curfew will remain in place in the district from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., said Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori.

He said the order will be effective from Saturday till further directions.

Jalandhar on March 5 had reported the maximum 134 fresh cases in the State. There are a total of 856 active cases in Jalandhar as of now, according to a medical bulletin. — PTI

United Kingdom

10 million doses from India won't impact poor nations' vaccine access, says U.K.

UK Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended a shipment of 10 million doses of Covishield en route from India amid some concerns that it would impact supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for poorer nations.

The minister in charge of overseeing the UK's vaccination programme said the vaccine doses developed by the Serum Institute of India, in collaboration with Oxford/AstraZeneca, were always intended for Britain and that assurances have been sought that the delivery would not impact other supplies.

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New Delhi

15 lakh people vaccinated against COVID-19 on March 5, highest in a day: Health Ministry

A total of 18,327 new cases were registered in a span of 24 hours, it said.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 10,216 followed by Kerala with 2,776 cases, while Punjab reported 808 new cases.

Eight States are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new coronavirus cases, the Ministry highlighted.

India’s total COVID-19 active cases have reached 1,80,304, comprising 1.61% of the country’s total number of infections.

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New Delhi

Government sends health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab following spike in daily cases

The Centre has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in the number of daily COVID-19 cases being reported by these States.

The teams are being deployed to assist State Health Departments in coronavirus surveillance, control and containment measures, the Union Health Ministry said.

The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, it said.

The teams will visit the (COVID-19) hotspot areas in the States and ascertain reasons for the surge in cases, the Ministry said.

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New Delhi

India records 18,327 new infections, active cases rise again

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,11,92,088 with over 18,000 fresh cases being reported in a span of 24 hours in the country after 36 days, while active cases registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day on March 6 and were recorded at 1,80,304, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The death toll reached 1,57,656 with 108 more fatalities, while a total of 18,327 new cases were registered in a day, the Ministry’s data showed.

On January 29, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours after which the daily rise in fresh cases remained below 18,000.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,54,128 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.98%, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41%.

Karnataka

Make vaccine free: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddarmaiah has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine is accessible and available to everyone free of cost.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Modi, he pointed out that while India has approved two vaccines for administration in many phases, the progress is very slow. “India has only administered the vaccine to 0.5% or less of the population, while other countries are making huge strides to increase the immunity among its people,” he said.

“India can progress only when the vaccines are widely available at zero cost to the population. The decision of the Central government to allow private healthcare centres to charge ₹250 for administering the vaccine will adversely impact the efforts to ensure immunity to everyone,” he said in the letter.

New Delhi

Be constantly vigilant against COVID-19: L-G

Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Friday emphasised the need to keep the guard up against COVID-19 and to make the vaccination drive more inclusive, especially for those with no access to digital platforms, at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) here.

Mr. Baijal chaired the 18th meeting of the DDMA to review COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination drive, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior government officials, at Raj Niwas.

While appreciating the efforts made by all the agencies concerned in effective controlling of COVID-19 in Delhi, Mr. Baijal emphasised the need to continue the vigilance without lowering guard and ensuring strict enforcement of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.

United States

Biden urged not to accept India, South Africa’s proposal at WTO on COVID-19 vaccine

Four top Republican senators have urged U.S. President Joe Biden not to accept a proposal by India and South Africa to the WTO to waive anti-Covid vaccine patents, saying that waiving all rights to intellectual property would end the innovation pipeline and stop the development of new vaccines or boosters to address variants in the virus.

Mike Lee, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Todd Young, in a letter to President Biden, urged him to reject the upcoming proposal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“India, South Africa and other countries are presenting a proposal at the World Trade Organisation to waive all intellectual property rights for any innovation related to COVID-19," the senators said.

“The proponents of this scheme argue that if we just destroy the intellectual property developed by American companies, we will suddenly have more manufacturers producing COVID-19 vaccines,” they said.

“But the opposite is true. By destroying the intellectual property of every American company that has worked on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, we would be ending the progress — started under Operation Warp Speed — that led to the fastest development of life-saving vaccines in history," the senators wrote. - PTI

Dharamsala

Dalai Lama receives first dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was administered the first dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine at Zonal Hospital in Dharamsala on Saturday morning.

The Dalai Lama's office thanked the the Government of India and the Himachal Pradesh dispensation for facilitating the first dose of the vaccine for the spiritual leader.

After getting inoculated, he asked people to come forward in large numbers and get themselves vaccinated for the greater benefit. - PTI

New Delhi

1.90 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses given: Health Ministry

The cumulative doses of COVID19 vaccine administered in the country crossed 1.90 crore on Friday, said a release issued by the Health Ministry.

The release said a total of 1,90,40,175 vaccine doses have been given till 7 pm on Friday, according to provisional report: 68,96,529 Health Care Workers (HCWs) who had taken the first dose and 32,94,612 HCWs who had taken the second dose; 62,94,755 Frontline Worker (FLWs) (1st dose), 1,23,191 FLWs (2nd dose), 21,17,862 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 3,13,226 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

A total of 10,34,672 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm on Friday, the forty-ninth day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination — 8,25,537 beneficiaries were vaccinated with the first dose and 2,09,135 HCWs and FLWs received the second dose, according to the provisional report.

Geneva

Don’t waste the hope of vaccines, warns WHO

Covax will distribute 14.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 31 more countries next week, the World Health Organization said Friday as it warned people not to waste, through complacency, the hope that vaccines bring.

The Covax global vaccine-sharing facility shipped more than 20 million doses to 20 countries as the scheme aimed at ensuring poorer nations get access to jabs took off this week.

But the WHO voiced fears that further waves of the coronavirus pandemic could be on the way if people think the roll-out of vaccines around the globe means the crisis is over.

“I really am very concerned that... we think we’re through this. We’re not,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a press conference. “And countries are going to lurch back into third and fourth surges if we’re not careful. We should not waste the hope that vaccines bring... by dropping our guard in other areas.”

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the first full week of the Covax roll-out, but said wealthy countries were nonetheless still leaving others behind in the vaccination rush.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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