Coronavirus live updates | India records 4,205 fatalities in single day, 3.48 lakh new cases

India saw a record 4,205 COVID-19 fatalities in a day taking the death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The total tally of COVID-19 cases in country now stands at 2,33,40,938.

The active cases have reduced to 37,04,099 comprising 15.87% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 83.04%, the data updated at 8 am showed.  The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,93,82,642 while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.09%, the data stated.

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Here are the latest updates:


Mizoram reports highest single-day spike of 240 COVID-19 cases

Mizoram on Wednesday reported the highest single-day spike of 240 COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 8,035, an official said.

The COVID-19 death toll in the State rose to 23 as a 44-year-old man from Aizawl district succumbed to the disease at the Zoram Medical College on Tuesday night, he said.

Of the 240 fresh cases, Aizawl district reported the highest cases at 183, followed by Serchhip and Kolasib districts, which reported 20 and 14 cases respectively.



Fire at COVID-19 care centre in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar; 61 patients shifted

A fire broke out at a hotel- turned-COVID-19 care centre in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar town in the wee hours Wednesday, officials said, adding nobody was hurt. Altogether 61 coronavirus patients were shifted from the facility to other hospitals after the “minor fire and smoke”, an official said.

There were 68 patients at the facility when the fire broke out. The remaining seven will be shifted soon, he said.


Port Blair

Twenty-eight more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 6,426, a health department official said on Wednesday.

All the new cases in the archipelago were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

The COVID-19 death toll remained at 78 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, he said.


Uttar Pradesh

Coronavirus | Compensation is less for polling officers who died during Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls: Allahabad HC

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday observed that the amount of compensation for polling officers, who died due to COVID-19 during Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh, is very less and the compensation must at least be to the tune of ₹1 crore.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar made this observation while hearing a Public Interest Litigation on the spread of the pandemic in the State and conditions of quarantine centres.




Coronavirus | Indian COVID-19 variant found in 44 countries: WHO

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a variant of COVID-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world.

Also read: Coronavirus | Indian COVID-19 variant found in at least 17 countries, says WHO

The U.N. health agency said the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”.



Over 94% of Thane cops receive 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

More than 94% of the total number of policemen in Thane have so far received their first dose of vaccine against COVID-19, officials said.

Since the outbreak of the viral infection, a total of 2,147 policemen here in Maharashtra have contracted COVID-19 and 35 of them died due to the disease, a release issued by the Thane police commissionerate said on Tuesday.



U.S. working closely with India on COVID-19 crisis: White House official

The U.S. is working closely with India on its continued and emerging needs during the unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top State Department official has said.

While the assistance from the U.S. government has been worth $100 million, the private sector has donated an additional $400 million, totalling half a billion dollars to India, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference on Tuesday.


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