A medic takes swab samples from passengers for COVID-19 tests, at Jammu Railway station

Coronavirus live updates: India saw a huge spike of 62,258 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to MoHFW, taking the country’s tally to 11,908,910 total infections. With active cases soaring to 452,647, India is now the 6th-worst hit country. The death toll from the deadly infection jumped to 161,275. Coronavirus cases in the country are rising at a rate not seen since May last year, indicating that India’s second wave may be worse than the first wave despite the ongoing vaccination drive. Meanwhile, Delhi on Friday recorded another single-day spike in its daily coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tally with 1,534 fresh cases. Maharashtra recorded 26,902 cases. Mumbai surpassed its record with 5,513 new infections and Pune reported 7,090 cases in the last 24 hours.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,600,833), Kerala (1,111,897), Karnataka (978,478), Andhra Pradesh (895,879), and Tamil Nadu (873,219).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 126,672,902 infected by the deadly contagion. While 102,141,528 have recovered, 2,778,766 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 30,848,093, followed by Brazil, India, Russia and France. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, Italy and India.

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Covid safety protocols maintained in polling stations; Assam voters happy

The fear of COVID looms large and Assam’s voters stepped out of their homes with caution to exercise their franchise and they seemed satisfied with the facilities to check the spread of the virus in polling stations in the first of the three-phased election in 47 of the 126 assembly constituencies, according to PTI.


Besides, voters were happy with arrangements to take care of children while their mothers voted, and ferry people with disabilities to polling stations.


For 65-year old Amiya Gogoi of the Duliajan assembly constituency, not casting her vote due to the pandemic was not an option as she has sincerely voted in every election since she came to her marital home as a bride 45-years ago.

Insurers see adverse claim ratio on Covid-specific health products

Covid-specific health products, introduced last year by many insurers and subsequently by the insurance regulator via two standard policies, have been a hit among consumers but insurers are having a hard time dealing with claims.


As of March 15, 13.3 million lives have been covered under specific products for a sum assured of Rs 13.29 trillion, shows the data compiled by the insurance regulator that is not publicly available.


The regulator’s two Covid standard products — Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak — have covered more than 4.7 million lives. Read on…

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