Global Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.5 million, reported Tibetan cases touch 1,540

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(, Feb26’21) – Reported worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has now topped the 2.5 million mark, with half of them having occurred in five countries – the US (506,232), Brazil (249,957), Mexico (182,815), India (156,705) and Britain (122,070), noted the AFP Feb 26, citing concerned government figures.

India has reported more than 16,000 daily new cases for the second day this morning, with the country’s worst-hit state of Maharashtra reporting more than 8,000 new cases for the second day running.

The Gyuto Monastery area in Dharamshala has been sealed Feb 25 after 12 positive cases were detected there.

Meanwhile India’s Health Ministry has said Feb 25 that the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers in the country had crossed 1.30 crore.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 16,577 new Covid-19 cases and 120 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Feb 26 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,063,491 cases and 156,825 deaths respectively. Both the daily numbers were marginally lower that those reported the day before.

A total of 10,750,680, or 97.17%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 155,986, or 1.41% of the total. The case fatality remained at 1.42%. Except for the unchanged fatality rate, the percentage figures for both the recoveries and active cases have worsened over those of the previous day.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 16,577, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 12,179, leading to a sharp increase in the number of active cases by 4,278.

Fifteen states – two more than yesterday – have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (8,702), Kerala (3,677), Punjab (563), Karnataka (453), Tamil Nadu (467), Gujarat (424), Madhya Pradesh (368), Chattisgarh (220), West Delhi (220), Bengal (199), Telangana (189), Haryana (166), Uttar Pradesh (129), Rajasthan (128), and Jammu & Kashmir (108).

Seven states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (56), Kerala (14), Punjab (13), Chattisgarh (8), Karnataka (7), Tamil Nadu (5), and West Bengal (4). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has risen by 8 to 1,540. Of them 1,480 had recovered, 19 were active and 41 had died, according to the Covid-19 Taskforce of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Feb 26.

Giving its 48th weekly briefing, the taskforce has said 10 new cases had been reported among Tibetan community in India the past one week, namely 5 from Mundgod, 2 from Bylakuppe and 1 each from Mainpat, Pondoh and Dharamshala. Four of them were stated to be symptomatic.

The briefing apparently did not include the 12 positive cases cited by a Feb 25 Sub Divisional Magistrate Order, Dharamshala, declaring the Gyuto Monastery area a containment zone unless the 12 were not Tibetans.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 113,049,065 and the deaths 2,508,842, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 1:51 PM on Feb 26, 2021.


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