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Coronavirus India Live Updates: After PM Modi, Amit Shah takes vaccine

Coronavirus India Live News Updates: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah also took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. The government had announced last week that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities will be able to get vaccines from March 1, for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, Monday said vaccination will be absolutely free in the state. “Such facility will be made available even at private hospitals, and will be facilitated by the state government,” add Kumar, who took the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as the country opened up the facility for people over 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities as beneficiaries.

Kickstarting the second phase of the immunisation programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too received his first dose of coronavirus vaccine (COVAXIN by Bharat Biotech) at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.

In the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to two priority groups: healthcare and frontline workers. While the second phase of vaccination comes at a time when India’s active Covid cases are under control, eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh — have been a cause of concern, reporting an uptick in daily cases in the last two weeks.

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India Coronavirus Live Updates: Phase II of vaccination drive kicks off today; PM Modi takes first dose of Covaxin; Follow latest updates here.

22:04 (IST)01 MAR 2021

4 new COVID-19 cases in Noida, tally 25,540

Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded four new cases of COVID-19 on Monday that pushed the district’s infection tally to 25,540, official data showed.

The active cases in the district rose to 70 from 69 the previous day, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh health department for a 24-hour period. (PTI)

21:25 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Vaccination phase 2 begins; now 7 covid clusters in Bengaluru

Karnataka on Monday started the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive across the state. In Bengaluru, five government and 18 private centres today gave the Covid vaccine jab.

For the first time since India began its vaccination programme against COVID-19 on January 16, the general population is now eligible for the vaccine for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities. Read More

21:23 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Kerala Covid wrap: More recoveries than fresh cases; border restrictions may trigger price rise in northern districts

Kerala reported 1,938 new cases and 13 fatalities on Monday, with 3,475 patients having recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. The active caseload stood at 47,868.

The test positivity rate came down to 4.21%, the lowest in at least four months. A total of 45,995 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Read More

21:21 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Hyderabad:100-year-old gets Covid shot

A 100-year-old resident of Hyderabad, Jaidev Chowdhry, was among those who received the Covid vaccine today. Chowdhry took the shot at Medicover Hospitals, near the Secretariat in Hyderabad.

According to hospital sources, the 100-year-old was happy to get the vaccine, saying he had been waiting for this day “to enjoy a socially active life”. He also said a lot of misinformation was being spread about the vaccine, and people should come forward to take the shot not for their own benefit, but for their family and society.

20:37 (IST)01 MAR 2021

New one-day COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra fall below 8,000 after five days

After reporting more than 8,000 COVID-19 cases for five consecutive days, Maharashtra on Monday witnessed a slight dip in fresh infections with the addition of 6,397 cases, taking the overall tally to 21,61,467, the state Health department said.

With 30 more patients succumbing to the COVID-19 disease, the overall death toll in the state mounted to 52,184, it said. A total of 5,754 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to 20,30,458, a health official said, adding that the state is now left with 77,618 active cases. (PTI)

19:48 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Union Home Minister Amit Shah vaccinated

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today took the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine. He was vaccinated by Medanta Hospital doctors. (ANI)

18:58 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Politicians known to be thick-skinned, do you plan to use special needle: PM Modi to nurses before vaccination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the nurses administering the Covid-19 vaccine to him on Monday whether they were planning to use some special thick needle as politicians are known to be “very thick-skinned”, drawing laughter from the medical staff who immediately felt at ease.

Prime Minister Modi took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS here.  Read More

18:27 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Kerala reports 13 deaths and 1,938 new cases of COVID-19

Kerala reported 1,938 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths today. As per the Kerala government, there are 47,868 active cases in the state and the total recoveries stand at 10,08,972. (ANI)

18:21 (IST)01 MAR 2021

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar gets vaccinated

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar gets the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine, says, “felt secure”.

18:18 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Manipur reports one new COVID-19 case, total tally stands at 29,274

Manipur reported one fresh case of COVID-19 and four recoveries today. So the total number of COVID-19 cases of Manipur stands at 29,274. The total number of patients recovered are 28,871. While the death toll of Manipur stands at 373.

There are 30 active cases of COVID-19 across the state as per the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur. (ANI)

16:50 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Co-WIN app meant only for administrators, vaccine registration to be done through portal: Govt

The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that the Co-WIN app on Play Store is meant for use only by administrators, and that registration and booking for appointment for COVID-19 vaccination has to be done through the portal.
This was clarified by the ministry amid reported glitches in doing registrations as India opened up vaccination for senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities. (PTI)

16:16 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Senior citizens get vaccinated at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital in New Delhi

(Express Photos by Praveen Khanna)

15:48 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Six states show surge in COVID cases; India’s total active cases reach 1,68,627

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new COVID-19 cases, contributing to 87.25 per cent of 15,510 fresh infections reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

India’s total number of active COVID-19 cases was recorded at 1,68,627, comprising 1.52 per cent of the total infections, the ministry said highlighting five states that account for 84 per cent of the total active cases in the country. (PTI)

15:44 (IST)01 MAR 2021

NCP president Sharad Pawar gets vaccinated

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar takes the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at JJ hospital in Mumbai.

15:12 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu gets vaccinated

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today in Chennai.

15:00 (IST)01 MAR 2021

There is no issue in the Co-WIN app: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

While talking to the news agency ANI, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said “A certain number of people can walk-in at the centre. There are many people in the country who can’t access or face difficulty in booking. All these systems will be streamlined within one week. As of now, there is no issue in the app (Co-WIN).” (ANI)

14:52 (IST)01 MAR 2021

‘Sanitiser booths’ set up in Kerala schools for safety of children

Amid increasing COVID-19 cases in Kerala, over 300 government and aided schools across the state have got ‘sanitiser booths’ to ensure the hygiene and safety of students.

The booths, installed at the entrance of each school, are equipped with sensor-integrated automatic machines that will dispense sanitiser to the students and others, official sources here said. (PTI)

14:42 (IST)01 MAR 2021

Vaccination briefly halted in Pune hospitals following trouble with new CoWin 2.0 app

B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital faced technical glitches on Monday and several walk-in beneficiaries, who had registered on the new CoWin app to take the vaccine shot, were kept waiting. Officials said that the updated digital platform CoWin 2.0 was not able to verify the age of the beneficiaries in the age group 60 years and 45 years with comorbidities.This led to a brief halting of the process on Monday.

Sassoon authorities told  that the new CoWin 2.0 digital platform has been launched and they were working on it. “In the old platform we could verify with AADHAR information. But now there is a biometric system which captures the photo identity card. We were not aware of these changes and hence we did not have these logistics to complete the process by feeding the information into the system,” Sassoon authorities said. — Partha Sarathi Biswas & Anuradha Mascerenhas reports from Pune

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