India recorded a new spike of COVID-19 incidences reaching 28,903 on Tuesday. The total tally of cases went up to 11,438,464, while active caseload comprised 231,335 cases, according to the union health ministry data. The death count increased to 159,079 with 187 daily new fatalities. With 17,746 recent discharges, the total recoveries have reached 11,043,377.
Maharashtra reported 17,864 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 taking the state’s active case load to 138,813 infections on Tuesday. The total case tally has reached 2,347,328. As many as 9,510 patients were discharged on the day. The cumulative recoveries stand at 2,154,253. With 87 recent deaths, the fatality toll mounted to 52,996.
Kerala recorded 1,970 new COVID-19 cases, 2,884 discharges and 15 related deaths on Tuesday. The total case tally rose to 1,094,295 while the active infections totalled 26,124. The overall recoveries have reached 1,063,444 and the death toll stood at 4,423.
Punjab reported 1,463 new COVID-19 cases pushing its total case tally to 201,036. The active cases stood at 12,616, as the recoveries increased to 182,283 and death toll went up to 6,137. The state officials have imposed night curfew in Rupnagar District from 11 pm to 5 am starting from Tuesday.
Other states which recorded a spike on Tuesday included Karnataka (1,135 new cases), Gujarat (954), Tamil Nadu (867), Chhattisgarh (856), Madhya Pradesh (817), Haryana (523) and Delhi (425).
In view of rising coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has decided to impose night curfew in Bhopal and Indore municipal areas and also order closure of shops at 10 pm in eight other cities, according to Dr Rajesh Rajora, Additional Chief Secretary (Home). The restrictions will come into force from 17th March.
Shops will remain closed in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Chhindwara, Burhanpur, Betul and Khargone cities during the curfew between 10 pm to 6 am. No public programmes will be allowed on the occasion of Holi but individual celebration of the festival will be allowed.
Essential services such as medical shops, ration shops and eateries will be exempted from the curfew. Passengers arriving from outside by flight, train or bus will be allowed to travel to their destination even after 10 pm.
Permission of the district administration in these ten districts is mandatory if more than 100 persons are expected to take part in any social, educational, political, religious, sports, entertainment or cultural programme. Thermal screening and one-week isolation for those coming from Maharashtra will continue.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 3.48 crores till Tuesday. A total of 34,859,345 vaccine doses have been given, as per a provisional report by the health ministry.