India saw a massive spike in the number of Coronavirus cases with 56,211 fresh Covid-19 cases and 271 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, on Tuesday (March 30). Maharashtra reported 31,643 new Covid-19 cases and 102 deaths in the last 24 hours, which amounts to more than half the total cases in the country. Delhi recorded more than 1,900 cases on Monday, the highest in around three-and-a-half months, while the positivity rate rose to 2.77 per cent.

We might have forgotten COVID, but COVID has certainly not forgotten us. The total number of corona patients in India is now close to 5.5 lakh. More than 1.5 lakh people in the country have lost their lives due to the infection. But we haven't really learnt a lesson, it seems. 

During the festival of Holi, people forgot all the rules of social distancing and were seen enjoying the festival to the fullest. Even though there was an official ban on public celebrations of Holi in many states, people didn't really bother. Even the police and administration weren't really stopping people from mingling during the festivities.

However, the administration in some states, UTs and districts have introduced norms to contain the spread of the virus:

The administration in Nashik has taken another step to discourage people from spending more time in crowded markets. Now an hourly ticket will have to be bought by people to visit crowded markets. The price of the ticket has been kept at Rs 5.  A person can buy the ticket and spend one hour in the market for shopping. However, if he/she spends more than an hour, a penalty of Rs 500 will be levied.

People travelling to Uttarakhand and Gujarat from other states need to carry a mandatory negative RT-PCR test certificate.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said 1,904 cases were reported in the city on Tuesday. He said awareness is being carried out to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "It may take a week to call it wave. There is enough availability of ventilators and beds in government hospitals. The availability in private hospitals will be reviewed today," he said.

The necessary COVID updates:

All people above the age of 45 years can get the vaccine against COVID-19 from April 1. Registration for vaccination has commenced and to avoid the second wave, people should get themselves vaccinated. 

For vaccination, you can register on the Aarogya Setu app or on You can also get yourself registered at the vaccination centre after 3 pm.

Documents needed for vaccination: Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving Licence, PAN Card, Photo Identity Card issued by Central or State Government, MGNREGA Card, Passport, Pension Document,Official Identity Card issued by MP, MLA and MLC, Passbook with photo issued from bank or post office.

People should adhere to the 6-feet-away rule and maintain social distancing.

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