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Centre rushes High Level Public Health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab for COVID19 control


The Union Government has rushed high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the rise in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases being consistently reported by these States.

They are being deployed to aid the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW and the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.

The teams visit the States immediately and will visit the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain the reasons for the surge. They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities.

#COVID19 #Punjab #Maharashtra

Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, MP, Delhi show steep rise in COVID19 cases


India's total Active Caseload stands at 1.76 lakh (1,76,319) today. The country's present active caseload consists of 1.58 per cent of the total Positive Cases.


  1. Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, MP and Delhi, have reported a rise in daily new cases in the last 24 hours. 84.44 per cent of the new cases reported in the last 24 hours (16,838) are from these six States.
  2. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,998. It is followed by Kerala with 2,616 while Punjab reported 1,071 new cases.
  3. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have shown a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours.
  4. On the other hand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Gujarat have shown a rise in the active cases during the same time period.
  5. 113 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
  6. Six States account for 88.5 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (60). Punjab follows with 15 daily deaths. Kerala reported 14 deaths.
  7. Eighteen States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are A&N Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, D&D & D&N, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh (UT), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.
  8. Meanwhile, India has registered a cumulative figure of more than 1.8 crore (1,80,05,503) COVID19 Vaccination doses, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.


India registers 17,407 new COVID19 cases


As many as 17,407 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to witness a surge in the daily COVID-19 new cases. These states account for 85.51 per cent of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 9,855, followed by Kerala with 2,765 while Punjab reported 772 new cases.

India's total Active Caseload has reached 1,73,413 today. India's present active caseload now stands at 1.55 per cent of India's total Positive Cases.

Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam have shown a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours. On the other hand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat have seen a rise in the active cases during the same time period.

As many as 89 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Six States account for 88.76% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties of 42 people, Kerala followed with 15 deaths and Punjab reported 12 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Twenty-Three States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, J&K (UT), Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Tripura, A&N Islands, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, D&D & D&N and Arunachal Pradesh.


India's Active COVID19 Caseload at 1.68 lakh, 5 states witness upsurge in daily new cases


India's total Active Caseload stands at 1.68 lakh (1,68,358) today as 12,286 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.

Important Statistics:-

  1. The country's present active caseload now consists of 1.51 per cent of India's total Positive Cases.
  2. 80.33 per cent of the new cases are from 5 States - Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
  3. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,397, followed by Kerala with 1,938 cases and Punjab reported 633 new cases. Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases.
  4. 86.55 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 6 States - Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Karnataka.
  5. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single-day recoveries with 5,754 newly recovered cases. 3,475 people recovered in Kerala in the past 24 hours followed by 482 in Tamil Nadu.
  6. 91 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
  7. Six States account for 85.71 per cent of the new deaths. These states are - Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.
  8. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (30). Punjab followed with 18 daily deaths. Kerala reported 13 deaths.
  9. Nineteen States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. They are West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, A&N Islands, D&D & D&N and Arunachal Pradesh.


Union Health Minister takes COVID19 Vaccine


Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and his wife Nutan today took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

They got their dose at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Covaxin yesterday.

#COVID19 #COVID19Vaccine #HarshVardhan

24.5 Lakh citizens register for COVID vaccine


The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started on 16th Jan 2021, commenced yesterday for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

As many as 25 Lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal yesterday. Out of this, 24.5 Lakh are citizens and the rest are Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers. About 6.44 Lakh appointments were booked by the citizen beneficiaries.

A total of 1,47,28,569 vaccine doses were given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm yesterday.

These include 66,95,665 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 25,57,837 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 53,27,587 FLWs (1st dose), 1,28,630 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 18,850 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

Total 4,27,072 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm yesterday, the forty-fifth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Out of which 3,25,485 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,01,587 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.

#COVID19 #COVID19Vaccine

Highest number of domestic flights witnessed since resumption


The number of domestic passengers on 28th February 2021 rose to 3,13,668 on 2,353 flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said. He further stated that this is the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on 25th May 2020.

Total flight movements on 28th February 2021 were 4,699. The total number of footfalls in airports was 6,17,824.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight (11:59 pm) of 24th March 2020. The operation resumed after two months on 25th May 2020.

#HardeepSinghPuri #COVID19

PM Modi takes first shot of COVID Vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination today.

Informing about the same in a tweet today, PM Modi said, 

"Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!"

The countrywide vaccination exercise, which is underway since 16th of January, has been exponentially expanded to include those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities from today.

#COVID19 #NarendraModi #COVID19Vaccine

TN extends lockdown

Tamil Nadu Government has extended the COVID-19 related lockdown till 31st March 2021.

All international air travels will remain prohibited, except for purposes permitted by the Home Ministry.

All the directives related to containment zones, COVID appropriate behaviours and necessary prohibitions will continue.

#COVID19 #TamilNadu

Details of next phase of COVID Vaccination


The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive for the age-appropriate population groups will commence from 1st March 2021 (tomorrow).

Registration will open at 9:00 am on 1st March 2021 (at Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu etc.

This information was shared during the orientation workshop organised by the Union Health Ministry and the National Health Authority (NHA) for the 10,000 private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government's Health Insurance Schemes, on Co-WIN2.0. The modalities of the new features integrated with the CoWIN2.0 digital platform were explained to them. The private empanelled COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA).

The participants were explained that all citizens who are aged or will attain the age of, 60 years or more as of 1st January 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 45 years to 59 years as on 1st January 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities (as annexed).

There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point in time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3:00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.  For example, for 1st March the slots will be open from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm on 1st March, and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability. However, on 1st March an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available. A slot for the second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Center on the 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then the appointment of both doses will be cancelled.

The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step by step process. With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except for the mobile number. The Photo ID Card Number for each such beneficiary must be different. Either of the following Photo Identity Documents can be used by citizens for availing of online registration–

  1. Aadhar Card/Letter
  2. Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
  3. Passport
  4. Driving License
  5. PAN Card
  6. NPR Smart Card
  7. Pension Document with a photograph

A User Guide for the Citizen Registration & Appointment for Vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA).

A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Health Authority. 

It was also explained that the Central Government shall procure all the vaccines and supply them free of cost to the States and UTs who in turn will disburse them further to the Government and Private COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs). It was re-iterated that all vaccines provided to beneficiaries at the Government Health Facilities will be entirely free of cost, while Private Facilities cannot charge the beneficiary a sum above Rs. 250 per person per dose (Rs 150/- for vaccines and Rs 100/- as operational charges). Private Hospitals are to remit the cost of vaccine doses allotted to them in a designated account of the National Health Authority (NHA). The payment gateway for the same is being enabled by NHA on their website.

The Government of India has supplied two COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield & Covaxin, free of cost to the States/UTs to vaccinate Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs) and will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from Pre-Specified Co-Morbidities.

The States have been requested to operationalize the linkages between the COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) (both government & private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).

List of Specified Comorbidities for determination of eligibility of citizens in age group 45 to 59 years


SN - Criterion

1 - Heart Failure with hospital admission in the past one year

2 - Post-Cardiac Transplant/Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

3 - Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF <40%)

4 - Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease

5 - Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH

6 - Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/PTCA/MI AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

7 - Angina AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

8 - CT/MRI documented stroke AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

9 - Pulmonary artery hypertension AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

10 - Diabetes (> 10 yearsORwith complications) AND Hypertension on treatment

11 - Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/On wait-list

12 - End-Stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD

13 - Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications

14 - Decompensated cirrhosis

15 - Severe respiratory disease with hospitalizations in the last two years/FEV1 <50%

16 - Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma

17 - Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 1st July 2020 OR currently on any cancer therapy

18 - Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major

19 - Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection

20 - Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with the involvement of respiratory system / Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness.