Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Centre Rushes 50 High-level Public Health Teams to Maha, C'garh, Punjab for Covid Control; CM Uddhav Urges to Jab People Above 25

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India today crossed the grim milestone of one lakh daily Covid-19 cases for the first time ever since the pandemic struck as the country’s tally surged to 1,25,89,067 total infections after a spike of 1,03,558 fresh cases. India’s new cases are also the highest in the world. Maharashtra remains the worst hit-state with over 30 lakh total infections logged since the beginning of the pandemic. On Sunday, the state saw the biggest-ever spike in cases with 57,074 fresh infections. Mumbai also saw the highest-ever single-day spike with 11,163 new infections, taking the city’s tally to 4,52,445 cases.

Over 65 students have tested positive for coronavirus at Rajasthan’s IIT-Jodhpur of which 55-60 active cases, deputy CMHO P Singh has said. Block G3 on campus has been declared a micro-containment zone. According to reports, most of the positive students travelled from Chandigarh, Gujarat and Jaipur to attend their mandatory laboratory sessions after undergoing online classes in their home towns. Two hostel buildings have been reserved for keeping the students and staff, both academic and non-academic, after the contact-tracing of the positive students, spokesperson Amardeep Sharma said. He said with the coronavirus infection again on the rise, the IIT administration started taking utmost precautions to keep the campus free from the infection amid the students returning to the campus. "We ensured that every student coming from home went to a designated isolation ward directly from the main gate, where the swab samples of students with symptoms were taken and sent to AIIMS for the tests," said Sharma. "If the samples tested positive, we sent the student directly to the super-isolation ward from the isolation ward for the next 14 days," he added.

Meanwhile, relatives of a woman, who died due to Covid-19 at a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, vandalised the reception area and tried to set it on fire yesterday. The woman’s husband argued with the doctor and later vandalised the hospital’s reception area with his relatives. One of them brought petrol and set a table on fire. Soon after, hospital authorities extinguished the fire. A case was registered and 10 of 11 accused arrested.

Maharashtra remains a cause for concern with the sharpest spike in Covid-19 cases. The Maharashtra Cabinet, which met on Sunday amid an unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases in both Mumbai and across the state to discuss the possibility of a lockdown, may have decided against it but the authorities have put severe restrictions in place that are similar to when the country came to a standstill last year when the pandemic broke.

All private offices to enforce work from home with the exception of SBI Bank, stock market, insurance companies, medical offices, mediclaim offices, telecom and financial service-providing firms. Disaster management firms, electricity and water supply offices have been allowed to function. Government offices will work at 50 per cent capacity. Restaurants, theatres, multiplexes to shut down while weekends will see a complete lockdown. Public and private transport will not be stopped but no standing passengers in buses and outstation trains. Section 144 to be imposed through the day and night curfew during the night. One cannot leave their home without valid proper reason between 8 pm and 7 am. Only essential services are excluded.