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Active cases below 7.5-lakh mark for 2 days in a row

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 On Wednesday, India’s Covid-19 case tally rose past the 76-lakh mark, while active cases fell below the 7.5 lakh mark. The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 60,000 for the third consecutive day, taking India’s Covid-19 caseload to 76,51,107. A total of 54,044 fresh infections were reported in last twenty-four hours, while the death toll climbed to 1,15,914 with 717 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours.

Worst affected state in the country so far, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally increased to 16,17,658 with the single-day rise of 8,142 cases. The state also reported 180 deaths, which took the fatality count to 42,633. A total of 23,371 patients were discharged during the day after treatment, taking the tally of recovered people to 14,15,679. With this, the number of active patients in the state stands at 1,58,852. 

Delhi recorded as many as 3,686 fresh coronavirus cases. With this, the tally of coronavirus cases in the state has mounted to over 3.40 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 6,128. Forty-seven fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours. The case tally stands at 3,40,436 in the national capital, including 3,10,191 patients who have recovered. The number of active cases currently stands at 24,117.

Rajasthan recorded 14 more fatalities due to Covid-19, taking the death toll due to the disease in the state to 1,778. The state also reported 1,810 fresh cases in last 24 hours, pushing the total number of people infected with Covid-19 to 178,933. Meanwhile, 157,960 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from various hospitals of the state till now.

Gujarat’s tally of coronavirus cases rose to 162,985 after 1,137 new cases were reported in last 24 hours. With nine new fatalities, the death toll in the state rose to 3,663. As many as 1,180 patients were discharged from various hospitals across the state, which pushed the recovery count to 145,107.

Poll-bound Bihar’s Covid-19 tally rose to 2,08,237 as 1,277 more people tested positive for the infection, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 1,019. As many as 1,319 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,96,208.

Haryana reported 1,193 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infections in the state to 1,53,367, while 14 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,674. There are 10,187 active cases in the state, while the recovery rate is 92.27 per cent. 

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday saw a drop in cases, with 3,094 patients testing positive for Covid-19, taking the overall tally to 6,94,030. The death toll rose to 10,471 after 50 more people succumbed to the virus.

Karnataka reported 5,872 new Covid-19 cases, 9,289 discharges and 88 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 1,00,440, discharges to 67,1618 and death toll to 10,696.

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Australia’s No.1 batsman Steve Smith won’t be too worried about short-pitch deliveries from Indian fast bowlers during the upcoming tour Down Under, said the hosts’ assistant coach, Andrew McDonald.

“I don’t think it’s a weakness, is it? They’re taking a shot at that area to get him out early and then what you’ll see after that initial potential plan they will go to a more standard try and negate the runs [plan],” McDonald said in a virtual interaction with the media.

“I think they’ve used it before and he’s done well on it before. I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t necessarily worked to its full effect.”

Smith was felled by a short ball from England’s Jofra Archer during the 2019 Ashes, which marked his return to Test cricket after serving a one-year ban. While he missed one Test because of the injury, he scored as many as 774 runs in the series at an average of 110.57.

Smith was then peppered with short deliveries by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner in the Test series between the two sides later in the year.

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament on Monday at 11 am via video conferencing. The Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla will also be present on the occasion. According to an official release, these flats are located at Dr B.D. Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday clarified that the new amendment made to the Kerala Police Act “will in no way be used to curtail free speech or impartial journalism”. His comments came a day after Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan signed the Police Amendment Act ordinance. As per the ordinance, the law is aimed at stopping cyberbullying, insulting and disgracing individuals on online platforms. Offenders are likely to face a jail term of up to five years or a penalty of Rs 10,000. In some cases, both the jail term and penalty may apply.

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NEW DELHI: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said India’s own Covid-19 vaccine candidate could complete its final trials in a month or two. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and privately-held Bharat Biotech this month started third-stage trials of COVAXIN, in a process that would involve 26,000 volunteers. It is the most advanced Indian experimental vaccine. “We are in the process of developing our indigenous vaccines, in the process of completing our third-phase trials in the next one or two months,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

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