India records 58,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours; Maha soon without a mask? The government seeks information from experts

The city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra has decided to reopen primary schools from February 14. On Thursday, the city recorded 125 new coronavirus infections, a considerable drop from 298 on February 4.

Nineteen more people died of COVID-19 in Punjab on Thursday while 583 new coronavirus cases took the infection tally to 7,54,367, according to a medical bulletin. Deaths were reported in several districts including Barnala, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur. The toll reached 17,554, while the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 5,771. Of the new cases, Mohali reported 89, followed by 69 in Ludhiana and 54 in Jalandhar.

Assam reported 294 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down 21 from the previous day’s figure, bringing the total to 7,22,977, according to a bulletin released by the National Health Mission. Five new deaths brought the death toll to 6,590 while 1,347 COVID patients died from other causes.

Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 38,868 on Thursday as another 43 people tested positive for the infection, according to a health bulletin. The death toll from coronavirus in the Himalayan state remained unchanged at 437, with no new deaths recorded.

West Bengal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 20,08,950 on Thursday as 817 people tested positive for the infection, according to a health bulletin. Twenty-six new deaths took the state’s coronavirus death toll to 20,938. Kolkata reported the highest tally of 135 new cases, followed by 133 in neighboring North 24 Parganas district. North 24 Parganas district recorded five deaths, while four deaths each were reported in Kolkata and Paschim Bardhaman districts. The number of active cases fell by 590 to 14,805. As many as 1,381 more people were cured of the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 19,73,207, while the discharge rate s is improved to 98.22%.

The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate has registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in relation to the sale of fake doses of Remdesivir in Madhya Pradesh. More than ten people had been arrested by Indore police last year for allegedly supplying fake doses of the antiviral drug which was in high demand during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the case came to light in May 2021, the ED was gathering details of the properties of those involved in the racketeering including vendors based in Morbi in Gujarat, an official said here.

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