India reports 16,738 new Covid-19 cases

India reported 16,738 new Covid-19 cases and 138 deaths due to the infection in the last 24 hours, The Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The total coronavirus positive cases in the country has mounted to 1,10,46,914, while the active cases crossed 1.50 lakh mark at 1,51,708, the official data revealed.

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Once again, Maharashtra sees over 8,000 new cases. Amid the rising cases, 190 people have been found Covid positive at a hostel in Washim district of the state.

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Meanwhile, people aged more than 60-plus and above 45 with comorbidity will be able to get a vaccine against Covid-19 from March 1.

The Centre rushed multi-disciplinary teams to nine states and the union territory — Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal — to support them in effective tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic.