Covid-19 live updates: Delhi health minister says ‘don’t think lockdown is a solution’ as Covid-19 cases surge

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As Maharashtra logged 36,902 new cases, highest single-day increase ever, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a night curfew in the state from Sunday onwards.

India’s Covid-19 tally has surpassed 11.9 million with 62,258 fresh cases recorded on Saturday. The toll from the coronavirus disease is also on the rise with 291 fatalities reported in a single day. As the cases continue to witness a huge daily spike, with most cases coming from Maharashtra, the government has allowed all citizens above 45 years of age to take the vaccine from April 1 onwards.

On Friday, as Maharashtra logged 36,902 new cases, highest single-day increase ever, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a night curfew in the state from Sunday onwards in order to break chain of transmission.

As more states witness resurgence of infections, the Centre has rushed two high-level multidisciplinary teams to Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh, areas that have both seen recent surge, to assist the local governments in managing the outbreak.

The government has also told all states and Union territories (UTs) to regulate the crowd and ensure strict enforcement of protocols ahead of various festivals.

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  • MAR 27, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    Delhi health minister says ‘don’t think lockdown is a solution’ as Covid-19 cases surge

    As of now, no possibility of lockdown. First it was said that it’s 14-day cycle b/w infection & recovery. Experts said if all activities close for 21 days, it won’t spread. Lockdown was extended but it didn’t stop completely. So I don’t think lockdown is solution, said health minister Satyendar Jain, reported ANI.

  • MAR 27, 2021 12:13 PM IST

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands report one new case case of Covid-19

    The Covid-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 5,043 on Saturday as one more person tested positive for the infection, a health official said, reported PTI.

  • MAR 27, 2021 11:48 AM IST

    Delhi health minister says Covid-19 testing increased amid surge

    There were fewer cases earlier but it has increased now. So we have increased the number of testings and conducting 85,000-90,000 tests every day, which is more than 5% of the national average. We are also doing contact tracing and isolation, said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, reported ANI.

  • MAR 27, 2021 11:22 AM IST

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  • MAR 27, 2021 10:47 AM IST

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  • MAR 27, 2021 10:03 AM IST

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  • MAR 27, 2021 09:43 AM IST

    India’s Covid-19 tally soars to 11.9 million

    India recorded a jump of 62,258 fresh cases in the last 24 hours taking the total infection tally past 11.9 million. As many as 291 people died during the same period due to the viral disease. The toll from the disease has gone up to 161,240.

  • MAR 27, 2021 08:51 AM IST

    France reports 41,869 new coronavirus cases

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  • MAR 27, 2021 08:30 AM IST

    Ensure strict enforcement of protocols: Centre to states

    In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and UTs, Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla called for necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and directed states and UTs to issue instructions to district administrations and police authorities to “scrupulously enforce Covid appropriate behaviour and SOPs in all public gatherings during the upcoming festivals.”

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