.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
A man gives final touches to Easter eggs with a message on protection from COVID-19 on the eve of Easter Sunday at Sion in Mumbai, Maharashtra. (PTI File Photo)

  • People are sent back from vaccination centres due to a shortage of doses: Maharashtra health minister
  • Mahrashtra has demanded from Centre to vaccinate people of age group 20-40 years on priority
  • Maharashtra is witnessing a steep surge in COVID-19 cases, on Tuesday it recorded 55,469 infections

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The daily COVID-19 infections in India are rising at an unnerving rate. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The sudden spike in coronavirus cases comes after a declining trend that lasted for more than 5 months
  • Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh  have started showing an upward trend
  • Scientists are worried about not only the double mutation cases but the speed at which coronavirus is spreading

.London, UK
The United Kingdom added Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Kenya to its red list. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The travel ban comes in the wake of new variants of coronavirus
  • The additional restrictions will help to reduce the risk of new variants, the UK's transport department said
  • Visitors from these 4 nations will be refused entry into England from 4 am local time next Friday

.Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
A health worker applies a dose of the Sinovac vaccine from the door of her vehicle, in the Kalunga Vao de Almas community, a rural area on the outskirts of Cavalcante, Goias state, Brazil. (AP/PTI File Photo)

  • A total of 307,000 people have died in Brazil from the COVID-19 disease
  • Brazil first recorded over 3,000 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday
  • Jair Bolsonaro has announced that he was launching a crisis committee to deal with the pandemic

.London, UK
The strain is not only more transmissible but also deadlier. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • According to reports, the new strain of coronavirus in Britain is 64% deadlier
  • This strain of the virus has also started spreading internationally now
  • Doctors and scientists are reiterating the need to get vaccinated

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Municipal workers sanitize at platform at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in the view of rising number of COVID-19 cases, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

  • Maharashtra is one of the worst COVID-19-hit states in India
  • In the past 24 hours, it accounted for nearly half of the 16,738 cases reported in India
  • Mumbai police have often used witty tweets to highlight law and order issues

.New York, NY, USA
The prime concern in these new variants is altercation in the area of a coronavirus protein spike, called E484K. (Photo credit: Representational/ Pixabay)

  • This new variant is called B.1.526
  • B.1.526 shares similarities with the South African coronavirus variant 
  • The new variant was first discovered in November in samples collected in New York

.Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus outbreak has been contained. (AP/PTI File Photo)

  • " ...we don't have a widespread outbreak, but rather a small chain of transmission": New Zealand PM
  • Auckland would remain at virus alert level two
  • Under level two lockdown, public gatherings are restricted to 100 people and people require face masks on public transport

.Auckland, New Zealand
Two coronavirus infections have prompted a snap lockdown of New Zealand's largest city Auckland on Monday. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • PM Jacinda Ardern ordered a three-day lockdown for almost two million Auckland residents from Monday
  • Tests had identified that the infections in Auckland were caused by the highly contagious UK variant
  • No new infections had been detected beyond the initial cluster of three cases in one family

.Paris, France
Doctors in France are treating a critically ill patient infected with the South African coronavirus variant, four months after he recovered from COVID-19. (Photo credit: Representational/ Pixabay)

  • The 58-year-old man had a history of asthma and initially tested positive for COVID-19 in September
  • The symptoms persisted only for a few days, and the man tested negative for COVID-19 twice in December 2020
  • The patient is currently in a "critical condition" on a ventilator