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Mumbai recorded the biggest single-day spike in new coronavirus cases on Sunday with over 1,900 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The city reported seven deaths and 1,962 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of positive cases in Mumbai now stands at 3,43,947 with 11,531 deaths.With 16,620 new cases, Maharashtra on Sunday crossed the 23 lakh mark of total COVID-19 infections registered till date in the past 370 days. The state now amounts to nearly 20 per cent of all the infections notched in the country. With 50 more deaths, the state’s fatalities have now gone up to 52,816 now, the highest in India.BMC’s additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani on Sunday instructed five civic jumbo hospitals in the city to activate all their beds. Of the patients testing positive, around 5 per cent require admission, he said, adding: “Over 8,000 beds are available, but we are still activating all jumbo beds.” Mumbai currently has more than 451 critical Covid patients.The Maharashtra government is likely to announce a slew of new restrictions on Tuesday to curb the newly spiking cases of coronavirus in the state. These could include attendance norms for offices, crowd restrictions in places of worship, and renewed regulations for holding public events.

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2021-03-15 23:58(IST)

COVID-19 Highlights March 15

On Monday, Maharashtra reported 15,051 fresh COVID-19 cases. The state’s caseload now stands at 23,29,464. The health department further stated that 48 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours thus taking the total death toll to 52,909.As many as 10,671 coronavirus patients were discharged, taking the rally of recoveries to 21,44,743.The recovery rate is 92.07 per cent while the case fatality rate is 2.27 per cent.Here are some of the other COVID-19 and vaccination-related highlights of March 15:

2021-03-15 22:39(IST)

India Vs England: Remaining T20Is in Ahmedabad minus fans due to spike in COVID cases

Due to spike in COVID-19 cases, it has been decided that the remaining India Vs England T20Is at the Narendra Modi Stadium will be played behind closed doors. Read more…

2021-03-15 22:18(IST)

Germany, France and Italy suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany, France and Italy on Monday became the latest countries to suspend use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and European regulators have said there is no evidence the shot is to blame. Read more…

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Damayanti Joshi, 75 resident of Kalina, Santacruz took vaccine at BKC Jumbo COVID centre in Bandra on Monday. Photo: Uma Kadam/BCCL

2021-03-15 21:53(IST)

COVID-19 tracker: Mumbai records over 1,700 new cases

Mumbai continued to witness a surge in new coronavirus cases with the financial capital recording over 1,700 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The city reported four deaths and 1,712 new COVID-19 cases today. The total number of positive cases in Mumbai now stands at 3,45,659, according to information received by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). At least 11,535 people have succumbed to the virus in Mumbai so far. Read more…

2021-03-15 21:29(IST)

Karnataka reports 932 new COVID-19 cases, 429 recoveries, and 7 deaths in the last 24 hours

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Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Health Minister

2021-03-15 20:52(IST)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in a report stated that Mumbai reports 1712 positive cases, 4 deaths in the last 24 hours.

2021-03-15 20:45(IST)

Maharashtra reports 15,051 new coronavirus cases, 48 deaths today

2021-03-15 20:09(IST)

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2021-03-15 20:06(IST)

Maharashtra government toughens COVID-19 restrictions amid spike in cases

The Maharashtra government has issued a notification reiterating the norms that closed establishments like cinema halls, malls and offices should follow while allowing people in. The notification also mentions that establishments found to not following these norms will be shut till the time the Central government continues to notify COVID-19 as a disaster. Read more…

2021-03-15 19:20(IST)

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa: RT-PCR test compulsory for those coming from Maharashtra and Kerala

On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, in an address to the citizens of the state, said that the government will be forced to take tough calls if people flout COVID-19 rules. Read more…

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Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa ends his address.

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B. S. Yediyurappa, Karnataka CM

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B. S. Yediyurappa further said that the government will wait for another week for people to follow COVID protocols. However, if citizens continue to flout rules, the government will have to take tough decisions. “We need to take measures that at least 3.5 lakh people should be vaccinated. We have not taken any decision on school reopening or discontinuing classes,” said the CM.

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B. S. Yediyurappa, Karnataka CM

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CM BSY has clarified that he has not taken any decision on lockdown or night curfew.

2021-03-15 18:39(IST)

RT-PCR test compulsory for those coming from Maharashtra and Kerala

Karnataka CM further added, “The technical advisory committee has advised enforcing strict measures to contain Covid 19. It has decided to make the RT-PCR test compulsory for those coming from Maharashtra and Kerala.”

2021-03-15 18:38(IST)

BS. Yediyurappa warns people of another lockdown

BS. Yediyurappa warns people that the government will impose another lockdown if COVID-19 protocols are not followed. “If people don’t want lockdown, then there should be self-awareness. More than 80 per cent of people are not wearing masks in crowded places. I request people for their support in fighting Covid 19,” he said.

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