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Coronavirus news highlights: US COVID-19 vaccine campaign begins; nurse gets first jab

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Coronavirus news highlights: India's coronavirus case count rose to 98.57 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 93.57 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 94.93 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. 30,254 infections were reported in a day on Sunday, while the death count rose to 1,43,019 with 391 new fatalities, the data showed.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 93,57,464 pushing the national recovery rate to 94.93 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.

Coronavirus news highlights: US COVID-19 vaccine campaign begins; nurse gets first jab
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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Ahmedabad district reports 239 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths
    Ahmedabad reported 239 new COVID19 cases, the highest for a district in Gujarat on Tuesday, taking its tally to 54,447, the state health department said. With eight fresh deaths, fatalities in the district rose to 2,188, it said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Surat sees 167 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths; 201 recover
    Surat recorded 167 COVID19 cases and two deaths on Tuesday, taking the infection tally to 46,690 and toll to 1,108, while 201 people were discharged during the day, an official said. Surat city accounted for 141 of the new cases and 166 of the people who recovered, giving it a recovery rate of 95.18 per cent, as 33,198 people have been discharged so far, the official said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine highly protective, could receive emergency authorisation
    The coronavirus vaccine by biotechnology company Moderna is highly protective and prevents severe COVID, new data has shown that could pave the way for the vaccine to get emergency authorisation by federal regulators this week and eventual rollout across the country. A report in The New York Times said The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to authorise use of the Moderna vaccine on Friday, a decision that would give millions of Americans access to a second coronavirus vaccine beginning as early as next week.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Bihar cabinet gives its nod to free COVID-19 vaccination
    Inoculation of the entire population of Bihar for COVID19 will be done free of cost upon the availability of the vaccine, the state cabinet resolved on Tuesday. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar since the allocation of portfolios last month.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: DCGI seeking more data for granting emergency use authorisation won't impact timeline for vaccine roll-out: Govt
    The applications of Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute and Pfizer seeking emergency use authorisation for their COVID19 vaccines are being examined, the Centre said on Tuesday asserting that drug regulator DCGI seeking more data from these companies will not impact the vaccineroll out timeline. These applications filed with the Drugs Controller General of India are being examined by the subject expert committee on COVID19 of CDSCO for emergency use authorisation, NITI Aayog member (health) Dr V K Paul said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: RS MP and NPP Meghalaya unit chief WR Kharlukhi tests positive for COVID
    Meghalaya Rajya Sabha MP and ruling National Peoples Party state president WR Kharlukhi tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, party sources said. He is observing isolation at home and is well, they said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: COVID-19 positive Haryana Minister Anil Vij shifted to Medanta in Gurgaon
    COVID19 positive Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was on Tuesday evening shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, a family member said. Vij (67), who is also the state's home minister, was admitted to the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak on Saturday night after he complained of discomfort. Earlier, he was being treated at the Civil Hospital in Ambala.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 2 more deaths, 62 new cases in Chandigarh
    The COVID19 death toll in Chandigarh rose to 304 with two more deaths, while 62 fresh coronavirus cases took the infection count in the Union Territory to 18,776 on Tuesday, according to a medical bulletin. There are 635 active cases as of now in Chandigarh, it said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: India, UK want to make sure most vulnerable countries get access to COVID vaccine: Dominic Raab
    The proudest example of the UKIndia partnership is on COVID19 and both countries want to make sure the most vulnerable countries around the world get equitable distribution and access to the vaccine against the virus, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday. His assertion of strengthening ties with India in a host of fields, including in the health sector, came after his talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Enterprises ramping up investment in hybrid cloud to mitigate COVID-19 impact: Nutanix
    A large number of enterprises in India are ramping up their investments on hybrid cloud, driven by aspects like getting better control of IT resource usage and increased speed to meet business needs, a report by cloud software solutions provider Nutanix said on Tuesday. As the pandemic swept across the globe, enterprises overnight turned to cloud infrastructure to accommodate workers who were forced to work remotely, Balakrishnan Anantharaman, Managing Director Sales (India and SAARC) at Nutanix, said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 33 fresh cases push Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 11,761
    Thirty three more people tested positive for COVID19 in Nagaland on Tuesday, pushing the tally in the state to 11,761, a health official said. Of the fresh cases, 15 were reported from Kohima, eight each from Dimapur and Mokokchung and two from Peren, Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said in a tweet.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 500 new COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh
    Andhra Pradesh added 500 new cases to its COVID19 tally on Tuesday that now rose to 8,76,336. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, 563 patients also recovered while five more succumbed in the state.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: J-K reports 346 fresh COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths
    Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 346 fresh COVID19 cases, while 10 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hour. The union territory's COVID19 tally has reached 1,16,600 and the death toll mounted to 1,812, officials said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Nagpur district reports 418 new COVID-19 cases
    Nagpur district in Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 418 fresh COVID19 cases, taking the count of infections to 1,17,911, as per an official release. With nine more people succumbing to the infection, the overall toll went up to 3,813, it said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 3 more COVID-19 deaths in Meghalaya, 141 new cases detected
    Three persons infected with COVID19 have died in Meghalaya in the past two days, taking the total number of coronavirus deaths in the northeastern state to 131, a senior health official said on Tuesday. Another 141 people have tested positive for the virus in the state, pushing the coronavirus tally to over 13,000, Health Services director Aman War said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 29k cold chain points, 41k deep freezers--India gets ready for COVID-19 vaccine storage
    The Union health ministry on Tuesday said 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walkin coolers, 70 walkin freezers, 45,000 icelined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for COVID19 vaccine storage. Providing the details about coldchain management at a press conference here, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for estimation of electrical and nonelectrical cold chain equipment and their strengthening have been issued to states by the Centre.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Maharashtra sees 3,442 new COVID-19 cases, 4,395 recoveries; 70 die
    Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 3,442 fresh COVID19 cases, taking the count of infections to 18,86,807, the state health department said. With 70 more persons succumbing to the viral disease, the cumulative toll mounted to 48,339.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 500 new COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh
    Andhra Pradesh added 500 new cases to its COVID19 tally on Tuesday that now rose to 8,76,336. In 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, 563 patients also recovered while five more succumbed in the state.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Gujarat reports 1,110 COVID-19 cases, 1,236 recoveries; 11 die
    Gujarat's COVID19 tally increased to 2,29,913 on Tuesday with the addition of 1,110 new cases, the state health department said. Eleven fresh fatalities pushed the state's COVID19 death toll to 4,193, it said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Delhi records 1,617 new cases; positivity rate slips to below 2%
    Delhi recorded 1,617 new COVID19 cases on Tuesday with over 85,000 tests conducted while the positivity rate dropped to 1.9 per cent, authorities said. The death toll rose to 10,115 with 41 more fatalities, they said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Nepal's coronavirus tally crosses 2,50,000
    Nepal's coronavirus tally crossed the grim milestone of 250,000 after 936 more cases were confirmed on Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Population said that the country's COVID19 tally reached 250,180 on Tuesday.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Goa COVID-19 tally rises by 92, active cases go below 1k mark
    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 92 and reached 49,566 on Tuesday, while three people died and 124 were discharged during the day, taking the toll to 710 and recovery count to 47,861, an official said. A total of 1,709 samples were tested during the day, he added. Goa now has 995 active cases.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Ambani says will provide technology tools for COVID-19 vaccination drive
    As India gets ready to roll out one of the largest vaccine programmes, billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday said his group is working with authorities to provide technology tools and backbone for mass inoculation against COVID19. Ambani's telecom venture Jio was rolled out four years back, offering free voice calling and dirtcheap data. Today, Jio is India's largest telecom operator with over 400 million users, each connected to the internet.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 1,185 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths in Karnataka
    Karnataka has reported 1,185 new cases of COVID19 and 11 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,03,425 and the death toll to 11,965, the health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 1,594 patients getting discharged after recovery. The active cases stood at 15,645.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: 496 more test COVID-19 positive in U'khand
    Uttarakhand's COVID19 tally rose to 83,502 on Tuesday with 496 more people testing positive, while eleven more deaths were reported due to the disease. Dehradundistrict reported the highest number of 177 cases,Nainital 104, Pithoragarh 60, Udham Singh Nagar 25, Uttarkashi 24, Haridwar 18, Chamoli and Pauri 17 each, Almora 16, Tehri and Champawat 13 each, Bageshwar eight and Rudraprayag four, a state health department bulletin said. Eleven more COVID19 patients died in the state, taking the toll to 1,372,it said.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Kerala adds 5,218 new COVID-19 cases, overall tally crosses 6.77 lakh mark
    Kerala recorded 5,218 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total caseload to 6.77 lakh as over 57,000 people are undergoing treatment for the infection, Health Minister K K Shailaja said. As many as 5,066 people were cured on Tuesday, taking the recoveries so far to 6,16,666 and active cases to 57,757 while the total number of COVID19 cases in the state has soared to 6,77,255.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE update: Possibility of adverse event after COVID vaccination can't be ruled out; states, UTs should be prepared: Govt
    The possibility of an adverse event after being vaccinated for COVID19 cannot be ruled out, the government said on Tuesday and asked states and union territories to be prepared for this as part of the anticoronavirus inoculation drive. At a press briefing, secretary in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan said that adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) are critical aspect and states have been asked to identify at least one adverse event following immunisation (AEFI)management centre in each block.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 8,103 in UP

    The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,103 on Tuesday with 20 more fatalities, while 1,336 fresh cases pushed the tally to 5,68,064 in the state, an official said. "At present, there are 18,382 active cases and the total number of people discharged after treatment stands at 5,41,579," said Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad. The recovery rate in the state has now increased to 95.38 per cent, Prasad said. With 20 new fatalities, the death toll has risen to 8,103 from 8,083 on Monday while the total number of cases rose to 5,68,064 from 5,66,728. On Monday, over 1.48 lakh samples were tested for detection of COVID-19, taking the total number of tests conducted so far in the state to over 2.16 crore, Prasad said. He said that the state has started training staff to be engaged in COVID-19 vaccination.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports 300 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4 more fatalities

    Odisha reported 300 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing the coastal state's tally to 3,24,389, while the death toll mounted to 1,815 with four more fatalities, a health department official said. Of the new cases detected in 26 of the 30 districts, 174 have been registered in different quarantine centres and the remaining are local-contact infections. Angul recorded the highest of 44 cases, followed by Khurda (36) and Sundergarh (34). Four districts - Boudh, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Malkangiri - did not register any fresh case during the last 24 hours, he said. "Regret to inform the demise of four Covid positive patients while under treatment in hospitals," the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter. The deaths were reported from Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Sambalpur. A total of 53 other COVID-19 patients have died in the state due to comorbidities, the official said.

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Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: India's coronavirus case count rose to 98.57 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 93.57 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 94.93 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. 30,254 infections were reported in a day on Sunday, while the death count rose to 1,43,019 with 391 new fatalities, the data showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 93,57,464 pushing the national recovery rate to 94.93 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.
One of the most premier institutes in the country, IIT-Madras has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak, with more than 100 people testing positive. Most of the people are students, a health official said on Monday.
According to PTI, some 104 students and others have tested positive, and are all doing well in the hospital, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said.
From December 1 to 12, authorities have tested 444 samples, out of which 104 tested positive.
"All of them are being treated at the King's Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research as per the directive of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and they are all doing well," he told reporters here.
The institute has shut down all the departments and labs and classes are being held online. And only about 700 students are currently in the institute's hostels.
Radhakrishnan further added that positivity rate is 20 per cent, which means there is no need for concern as aggressive contact testing is in place as per the protocol.
The mess has been identified as the source of infection.
According to RDIF and Gamelya Institute press release, the efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine is 91.4 percent, based on the final control point analysis of data obtained 21 days after administering the first dose.
The calculation was based on the analysis of data of volunteers (n = 22 714) who received both the first and second doses of the Sputnik V vaccine or placebo at the third and final control point of 78 confirmed cases in accordance with the Phase III clinical trials protocol.
The advance to the third and final statistically significant representative control point allowed for the final proof of the efficacy of the vaccine of over 90 percent. The Sputnik V vaccine efficacy against severe cases of coronavirus was 100 percent.
Among the confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, 20 severe cases were recorded in the placebo group, while no severe cases were recorded in the vaccine group.

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