India reported 16,738 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The total active infections across the country now stand around 1,51,708 while the overall confirmed cases totalled 11,046,914, according to the data from the union health ministry. As many as 11,799 discharges and 138 deaths from the infection were also reported in the last 24 hours.
The total recoveries have reached 10,738,501 while the death toll went up to 156,70
Maharashtra reported a spike of 8,807 COVID-19 incidences on Wednesday as the state’s active case tally jumped to 59,358. Only 2,772 recoveries were reported on the day. As many as 80 deaths took the toll to 51,937. The case tally has risen to 2,121,119 while the active infections stand at 59,358. The cumulative recoveries stand at 20,08,623. Over 80.9K tests were conducted during the day, according to state officials.
“Of the 15,941,773 laboratory samples tested thus far, 2,121,119 have returned positive with over 81,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate.
Considering the alarming spike, the Nagpur civic body decreed the closure of all restaurants, hotels and eateries on weekends until further orders, while allowing to continue functioning of online food delivery, said officials. All swimming pools and libraries are to remain closed till March 7 as well.
Owing to the high number of new COVID-19 cases being detected in the Vidarbha region, the Parbhani district collector has banned travel from Parbhani to Vidarbha till February 28. Authorities in Parbhani district have cancelled inter-district buses to Nagpur, Amravati and Yavatmal districts as Vidarbha reported a spike in the new cases.
Educational institutions and weekly markets in the Jalna district, too, have been ordered to remain shut till March 31. Likewise, night curfews have been imposed in Satara and Solapur districts in western Maharashtra. After months of low surges, Satara saw a big spike of 200 cases.
Meanwhile, district authorities in Aurangabad have decided to impose curfew in the district owing to rising COVID-19 cases and people’ lax attitude towards COVID-19 protocol. Dr Awate said 295,578 persons were in home quarantine and 2,446 were in institutional quarantine facilities across the state.
Kerala reported 4,106 new COVID-19 infections, 5,885 recoveries and 17 deaths on Wednesday. The total caseload of the state has risen to 10,45,010 of which the active infections stood at 52,865. The total recoveries have risen to 987,720 and the death toll has surged to 4,137. Over 70.6K tests were conducted on the day.
The Aluva District Hospital will begin admitting COVID-19 patients from March 1 onwards. While the facility will eventually be scaled up to treat 100 critically ill patients, it will be opened with a small number of beds, said Dr Mathews Numpeli, district programme manager, National Health Mission. The capacity to treat patients will be built up over a month, he added.
The COVID-19 treatment centre is equipped with facilities for dialysis, emergency surgeries, gynaecology and paediatric wings. Surgeries for COVID-19 positive patients and pregnant women have been done so far only at the Government Medical College Hospital. The new facility is expected to ease the burden on the medical college hospital.
India has administered over 12,671,163 COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers and frontline workers so far, according to the official data.