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News18 Daybreak | Sharp Surge in Punjab, Maharashtra, MP Takes India's Daily Covid Tally to 59,118, Political Scenes Heat Up in Bengal Ahead of Polls

Mar 26, 2021 10:28 AM IST Daybreak

Sharp Surge in Punjab, Maharashtra, MP Takes India’s Daily Covid Tally to 59,118

In India, authorities ordered people indoors in some towns in the west as the number of new coronavirus infections hit 53,476 infections overnight, the highest in five months, data showed on Thursday. Cases have surged across several states since late February, following a near-full reopening of the economy and flouting of safety measures such as the wearing of face masks and social distancing, health officials say. 

Pfizer, BioNTech Begin Testing Covid Vaccine in Kids Under 12, Volunteers in Early-stage Trail Given Jabs

Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE began testing their Covid-19 vaccine in children under 12, with hopes of expanding vaccination to that age range by early 2022, the U.S. drugmaker said on Thursday. The first volunteers in the early-stage trial were given their first injections on Wednesday, Pfizer spokesperson Sharon Castillo said. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was authorized by U.S. regulators in late December for people age 16 and older. 

Day Before Voting, Political Scenes Heat Up in Bengal, Assam; Sachin Pilot to Campaign in North-east 

With just a day left for voting in Assam and West Bengal, the political scenes have heated up with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress, TMC and the Left putting in their last ditch effort. The high-pitched campaign for the first phase of poll also came to an end on Thursday evening but surprise kept pouring in till late in the night. Among those were announcements of Congress leader Sachin Pilot touring the northeastern state. 

Trains Hit as Farmers Protest at 31 Locations in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi

Bharat bandh, or complete shutdown that will be observed from 6am to 6pm today, is likely to hit rail and road transportation services as farmers have given a call for massive protest against the three agriculture laws passed in Parliament last year. The umbrella body of the protesting farmers’ union, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, (SKM) has said that March 26 marks four months of the farmer agitation at Delhi’s three borders — Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri. The markets may also be closed in parts of the country.

2 Killed in Mumbai’s Covid-19 Centre Fire, Hospital Clarifies After Mayor’s Surprise Over Facility in Mall

Two people were killed after a massive fire broke out at a coronavirus hospital in Maharashtra’s Bhandup on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Over 70 patients of Sunrise hospital, including those affected with Covid-19, have been shifted to another medical centre. “Cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. I’ve seen a hospital in a mall for the first time. Action will be taken,” said Mumbai Mayor. Rescue operation is underway.

BCCI Wants to Give the Girls a Feel of Test Cricket: WV Raman

The Indian women’s squad chosen for the one-day series against South Africa surprised distinguished players of the past. Former India captain Shubhangi Kulkarni felt that Shafali Verma should have been given a break in the ODI format. A few others felt the same about seamer Shikha Pandey and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht. They say with the World Cup a year away to be played in New Zealand, an opportunity was lost to give Shafali an early start in ODI cricket.

When and Where to Check BSEB Intermediate Marks Online, via SMS

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will declare the result for class 12 or intermediate today – March 26. Over 13.5 lakh candidates who had registered for the exam and their parents and guardians will be checking the results at the official websites, and Students who want to cut the long wait and wish to get the result as soon as it’s declared right at their fingertips can register with