Coronavirus News LIVE Update: WHO plans COVID-19 vaccine insurance scheme for poor nations
A vaccine scheme co-led by the World Health Organization is setting up a compensation fund for people in poor nations who might suffer any side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines, aiming to allay fears that could hamper a global rollout of shots.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Punjab records 10 more COVID-19 deaths, 468 new cases
Ten more deaths due to COVID-19 in Punjab pushed the related toll to 4,168 while 468 fresh cases brought the infection tally to 1,32,727 on Thursday, according to a medical bulletin. Two fresh fatalities each were reported from Faridkot, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur and one each from Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Mansa and Patiala, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: 1,594 fresh COVID-19 cases, eight more fatalities in Haryana
Haryana on Thursday reported 1,594 fresh novel coronavirus cases taking the total caseload to 1,63,817 while eight more COVID19 related deaths took the toll to 1,766 in the state, a health bulletin showed. Of the fatalities, three were from Yamunanagar, two from Fatehabad, while one death each was from Gurugram, Hisar and Kurukshetra, according to the state health department's daily bulletin.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Goa logs 233 fresh COVID-19 cases; five more casualties
The COVID-19 tally in Goa reached 43,201 after 233 more persons tested positive for the infection on Thursday, an official from the health department said. With the death of five patients during the day, the toll rose to 597, the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Gujarat reports 987 new cases; 1,083 recover, 4 die
The COVID-19 infection count in Gujarat reached 1,71,040 on Thursday after 987 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, the state health department said. As many as 1,083 patients recovered during this period, which took the state's recovery count to 1,54,078, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: AP reports 2,905 COVID-19 cases, tests single-day record
Social gatherings during festivities, deteriorating air quality, increasing incidences of respiratory disorders are among a few reasons attributed to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. A review meeting on the status of the infection in Delhi, West Bengal and Kerala was held by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in the presence of V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, and Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, according to a statement by the health ministry. Delhi with 29,378 active cases has recorded nearly 46 per cent increase in the fresh cases over the past four weeks, and the positivity rate over the past four weeks has escalated by nearly 9 per cent, the ministry said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: COVID-19 recovery count crosses 15,000-mark in Maha's Amravati
The count of recovered COVID-19 patients crossed the 15,000 mark in Amravati district of Maharashtra after 89 of them were discharged on Thursday, the authorities said. The recovery count now stands at 15,081, while its rate has reached 93.09 per cent, the civil surgeon office said in its report.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: UP records 1,979 fresh COVID-19 cases, 25 more fatalities
As many as 1,979 fresh COVID19 cases pushed Uttar Pradesh's virus count to 4,77,895 on Thursday, while the death toll climbed to 6,983 as 25 more people succumbed to the disease, a senior official said. "The number of active cases in the state is 24,858, while 4,46,054 patients have been treated and discharged," Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
Coronavirus News LIVE Update: Some recovered patients may still carry virus, says study
Some recovered COVID-19 patients may still carry the novel coronavirus, according to a new study which recommends that people leaving quarantine to avoid close contact with others, wear a face mask, and possibly undergo an additional test to confirm if they are free of the virus. The study assessed 131 COVID-19 patients who met the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for discontinuation of quarantine and found that close to 17 percent of them, who were considered fully recovered, tested positive for the virus in follow-up screening.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Singapore to allow migrant workers from dormitories to visit recreation centres
Singapore will allow some foreign workers, who have largely been confined to dormitories since March due to the spread of the coronavirus, to visit recreation centres, as the country eases norms after low infection rates in the community. All foreign workers from the dormitory, who test negative for COVID-19, will be able to visit recreation centres on their days off from Saturday, reported Channel News Asia, citing Ministry of Manpower (MOM). But these workers from the dormitories, which were the biggest coronavirus spreading points at the peak of local infections, must not be from dormitory that has active COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Manpower said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: India's average daily COVID-19 tests in past six weeks at about 11 lakh, says Health Ministry
Nearly 11 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted daily on an average in the past six weeks as the cumulative tests have crossed 10.65 crore-mark, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. In a statement, the Health Ministry said 15 lakh tests can be done everyday now. "The declining trend of cumulative positivity rate in the past three weeks is a testimony of the wide expansion of the country's testing facilities," it said. "With10,75,760 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tests have crossed 10.65 crore (10,65,63,440). Nearly 11 lakh tests have been conducted daily on an average during the past six weeks," it added. Giving break-up from the states, the ministry said 79 per cent of the new cases are from 10 states and union territories. "Kerala continues to be the state reporting a very high number of new cases with more than 8,000 cases, followed by Maharashtra with more than 6,000 cases," it said.