Coronavirus: 5 States Witness Spurt in Cases in 24 Hours, Maharashtra Extends Lockdown in 2 Districts | Key Points
Coronavirus in India: Three states such as Karnataka, Punjab and Gujarat on Saturday recorded more than 400 cases, while Madhya Pradesh recorded 390 fresh cases. More significantly, Maharashtra recorded more than 8000 cases in 24 hours across the state. Taking preventive measures, Maharashtra also extended lockdown in two districts for next 15 days. On the other hand, the Central government capped the vaccine price in private hospitals at Rs 250 per dose as the country is preparing to vaccinate people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities from March 1. Issuing a statement, the Centre said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities.