New Delhi, Feb 26, 2021: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today issued an order to extend the existing guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution to remain in force up to March 31. “While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new COVID-19 cases, there is a need to maintain surveillance and containment. States/UTs advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population,” the MHA said in a statement.
The central government on Friday sent expert teams to 10 states across the country as Covid-19 cases continued to soar in India. On Friday, India recorded its 16,577 new cases, with the number staying over 16,000 for the second day in a row. The total number of Covid cases in India is now at 1,10,63,491. India recorded 1,07,50,680 recoveries according to the health ministry.
The death toll from Covid-19 cases was at 1,56,825 with 120 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Meanwhile, numbers continued to soar in Maharashtra with reported 8,700 new cases —more than 50% of India’s new cases for the second day. Authorities Palghar have banned weekly markets and mass marriages across the district in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation in the state, an official said on Friday. An order to this effect was issued by district collector Manik Gursal on Thursday, he said.
Twenty-three states/UTs report rise in active cases on Friday and 20 states/UTs report 0 new deaths.
Meanwhile in South Korea launched its Covid-19 inoculation campaign on Friday, with shots to be administered in some 200 nursing homes, in an effort that officials call the first step in returning the country to more normal life.