India reported 22,272 new Covid-19 infections, the previous day, taking the total count to 10,169,118. The death toll mounted to 147,343 with 251 new fatalities.

Total discharged cases stand at 9,740,108.

The union government is planning a dry run for administering the Covid-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab next week as a prep before the actual inoculation. The exercise will enable linkages between planning, implementation and reporting mechanisms and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation, including improvements that may be required in the envisaged process.

The AIIMS director, however, stated that the UK strain was more infectious, and following this the authorities red-flagged it solely.

Earlier, VK Paul, a top COVID-19 adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had said that the new more transmissible strain of the coronavirus detected in Britain has not yet been found in India.

Less than 24 hours after the announcement, several countries, including India banned flights to and fro from the United Kingdom.

Last week, the new strain of the coronavirus was firstly detected in the United Kingdom. As per the experts, this type of infection is more transmissible than other SARS-CoV-2 variants. Following the arrival of the new strain, several countries introduced new travel restrictions.

The WHO on March 11 had declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 79,712,010 cases and 1,747,790 deaths have been reported globally. The United States continues to the worst affected country by the pandemic, followed by India and Brazil.