Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: The total number of COVID-19 cases on the country inched close to 95 lakh, while the number of people who have recovered from the disease stood above 88,47,600, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The active COVID-19 caseload remained below five lakh for the 20th consecutive day, while the total death toll stood at 1,37,139, the data revealed.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Mumbai adds 646 new COVID-19 cases; 19 die
Mumbai on Monday reported 646 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 2,83,460, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The number of new cases has been dropping over the last five days, with the city recording 940 infections on Sunday, after adding more than 1,000 cases for four days in a row between November 25 to 28. With 19 more patients succumbing to the viral infection in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll has mounted to 10,810, it said. A total of 775 patients were discharged from hospitals in the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 2,56,635, the civic body said. The BMC stated 2,200 duplicate and outstation cases were removed from the tally of active cases during the reconciliation process. (PTI)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | With 312 cases, Ahmedabad's COVID-19 count crosses 50,000 mark
The COVID-19 count in Ahmedabad crossed the 50,000 mark on Monday after 312 cases were detected, while 13 deaths took the toll to 2,060, an official said. The district's caseload now stands at 50,077, while the discharge of 344 people took the count of such cases to 44,839, he added. "The city accounted for 291 of the new cases and 321 of the people who were discharged, the rest taking place in the district's rural part," he said. An Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation official said the city's north-west zone has 495 active cases, followed by west with 460, south-west with 439, adding that micro containment areas rose to 303 after eight places were added and four removed from the list. The AMC said it would carry out a door-to-door survey to detect new cases. (PTI)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, 13 deaths
Karnataka reported less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 13 related fatalities on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 8,84,897 and the toll to 11,778, the health department said. The day also saw 2,209 patients getting discharged after recovery, while active cases touched 23,279. Bengaluru Urban reported 444 cases out of the total of 998 in the state, followed by Haveri 123, Hassan 45, Tumakuru and Mysuru 43 each, Vijayapura and Mandya 30, while the remaining was scattered over various districts. Cumulatively 8,84,897 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state and these include 11,778 deaths and 8,49,821 discharges, the health department said in a bulletin.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | 27 more deaths, 554 new cases in Punjab
Punjab on Monday reported 27 more fatalities due to the coronavirus, pushing the toll to 4,807, while 554 new cases took the infection count to 1,52,091 in the state, according to a medical bulletin. There are 7,842 active COVID-19 cases in the state, as of now, it said. Of the fresh cases, Mohali reported 93, followed by 90 in Ludhiana and 76 in Jalandhar, the bulletin said. It said that a total of 572 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from infection, taking the number of cured persons to 1,39,442 in the state. Fourteen critical patients are on ventilator support while 150 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. It said that a total of 31,93,166 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Haryana reports 27 COVID-19 deaths, 1,604 fresh cases
Haryana on Monday reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 2,428, while 1,604 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 2,34,126, according to a state health department daily bulletin. The fatalities included eight from Faridabad, four each from Gurgaon, Hisar and Bhiwani and three from Panipat, it said. The bulletin said that among the districts which reported a big spike in cases were Gurgaon (494), Faridabad (338), Sonipat (110) and Hisar (102). The active cases in the state currently stand at 18,362 while the recovery rate is 91.12 percent, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Gujarat adds 1,502 new COVID-19 cases, 1,401 recover; 20 die
Gujarat on Monday reported 1,502 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 2,09,780, the health department said. With 20 more people succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll rose to 3,989, it said. A total of 1,401 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recovered patients in the state to 1,90,820. The COVID-19 recovery rate in Gujarat now stands at 90.96 percent, said the release. A total 69,875 samples were tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours at the rate of 1,013.48 tests per day per million population, taking the total number of tests to 78,25,615.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | 455 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 74,795 on Monday with 455 more persons testing positive for the disease, while nine more infected patients died in the state, a state health department bulletin said. Dehradun district reported the highest number of 185 cases, followed by Nainital (57), Pithoragarh (49), Udham Singh Nagar (24), Almora (24), Haridwar (23), Pauri (19), Chamoli (17), Tehri (14), Bageshwar (13), Uttarkashi (11), Champawat (11) and Rudraprayag (8), the bulletin said. Meanwhile, nine more COVDI-19 patients died in the state, taking the toll to 1,231, it said. The bulletin said that 67,827 infected people have recuperated, 678 have migrated out of the state and 5,059 are under treatment.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Maharashtra on Monday reported 3,837 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 18,23,896, the state health department said. With 80 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll mounted to 47,151, it said. A total of 4,196 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 16,85,122. The state is now left with 90,557 active cases after conducting 1,08,56,384 tests so far.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gautam Buddh Nagar: 100 new COVID-19 cases take tally to 22,697; death toll 83
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded one more fatality linked to COVID-19 that pushed the death toll to 83, while 100 new cases pushed the infection tally to 22,697 on Monday, official data showed. Active cases in the district came down to 1,136 from 1,193 the previous day, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period. The number of active cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar is the fifth highest in the state. On the bright side, 161 more patients got discharged during the period, taking the overall recoveries to 21,478, the fifth highest in the state. With the death toll reaching 83, the district has a mortality rate of 0.36 per cent. The recovery rate of patients has reached 94.62 per cent, the statistics showed.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi govt reduces RT-PCR test price to Rs 800
The Arvind Kejriwal government on Monday ordered all private laboratories to reduce the price of RT-PCR tests in the national capital to Rs 800 from Rs 2,400. According to an order issued by the health department, private laboratories have been asked to charge Rs 800 for testing samples collected by government teams and collected from collection sites by private sector labs as requisitioned by districts and hospitals. However, the testing of samples collected through home visit will cost Rs 1,200. All labs and hospitals have also been asked to display the revised rates at a prominent place within 24 hours. The private laboratories have also been asked to process samples, share the reports with the client (government or individual) and update all reports on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal within 24 hours of collection of samples.
Farmers protest at Delhi borders may act as COVID-19 superspreader' event: Experts
The protest by thousands of farmers who have stayed put at various border points of Delhi for the fifth consecutive day on Monday against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws may act as superspreader' event for coronavirus infection, say experts. The national capital has already been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases post Diwali celebrations and amid rising pollution levels. Samiran Panda, who heads the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases (ECD) division of the ICMR, sought strict compliance to protective and preventive behaviour to curb the spread of the infection. "A protest is a mass gathering and thus from a public health perspective, I would suggest protective and preventive behaviours against the spread of coronavirus infection failing which a superspreading event might set in. K K Aggarwal, president of the Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) and former IMA president, said the agitation should not have been allowed by the government.
'COVID-19: Minimum touch ethos to be key value drivers for auto makers for connected cars'
As the coronavirus pandemic heightens dependency on smartphones, digitisation, health, and hygiene, convenience-led customer experience with minimum touch ethos will be key value drivers for automobile manufacturers for their connected cars, according to Deloitte. Automakers will need to build a connected car strategy that contains a differentiated customer experience at its core backed by technological innovation and data insights to cater to the new-age digital consumer, the consultancy firm said in its latest automotive report. "Today, deeper customer engagement via added components of enhanced data-driven customer experience provides OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) the opportunity to monetise data and increase product stickiness," Deloitte India Partner and Leader-Automotive Rajeev Singh said in a statement.
Gadkari confident India will get COVID-19 vaccine as early as possible
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday expressed confidence that India will get a COVID-19 vaccine "as early as possible" and overcome the pandemic to win the economic war. The Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Road Transport & Highways said that currently, "majority of countries are not interested to deal with China"; they are rather interested in India. He said such a situation is advantageous for the country's manufacturing sector to ramp up its capabilities to boost exports from India. "I am confident that we will get a vaccine as early as possible and 100 per cent we will win this war against COVID-19 and also win economic war," Gadkari said this at a virtual event organised by Dun & Bradstreet.
75 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ladakh, voluntary lockdown extended
As 75 new COVID-19 cases have been detected in Ladakh, the normal life remained disrupted in Leh town for the eighth consecutive day on Monday with a civil society group extending the voluntary lockdown aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus till December 6. The Union Territory recorded 75 fresh cases over the past 24 hours, taking the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region to 8,403, officials said. Ladakh has so far recorded a total of 116 coronavirus-related deaths, while 7,409 patients have been cured of the contagion since the outbreak of the disease in March. According to a bulletin issued by the directorate of health services, a total of 75 people tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 24 hours. These included 57 cases in Leh and 18 in Kargil.
'Free' mask, Rs 200 fine in Mumbai for rule violators: BMC
To encourage COVID-19-appropriate behaviour among residents of Mumbai, the city civic body has decided to provide 'free' masks to those found without face cover in public and also collect a fine of Rs 200 from them. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a release on Sunday said from April till November 28, it took action against 4.85 lakh citizens for not wearing masks in public places and collected over Rs 10.7 crore as fine from them. The BMC said when an offender, after being fined, goes ahead without a face mask, the objective of implementing the COVID-19 prevention protocol remains unfulfilled. "Therefore, in order to fulfill the objective, the citizen concerned will be provided a free mask and charged a penalty of Rs 200," it said.
Govt calls all-party meet to discuss COVID-19 situation
The government has called an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic situation on December 4 that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said on Monday. Floor leaders of all parties from both houses of parliament have been called for the meeting, which will be held virtually on Friday at 10.30 am, sources told PTI. The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry is coordinating the meeting and has reached out to floor leaders of all parties, they said. This will be the second all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the COVID-19 situation since the outbreak of the pandemic. The top brass of the government including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan are expected to attend the meeting.
Mucosal immunity might play 'significant role' in preventing COVID-19 transmission: Scientists
Mucous membranes of the nose and mouth might play a "significant role" in curbing the spread of COVID-19, say scientists who call for more studies to evaluate the role played by this arm of the immune system in asymptomatic and mild states of the coronavirus infection. The analysis, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, noted that the mucosal immune system is the largest component of immunity, but hasn't been a focus of much of the research on COVID-19 to date. In the lungs, the scientists said the cellular immune responses exacerbate the inflammation rather than fight the infection. But since the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, tonsils and adenoids are the initial point of infection for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they said the immune responses that are triggered there are of special interest. The researchers believe the high rate of asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is another reason why mucosal immunity is so important.
Lockdown in COVID-19 containment zones in Rajasthan
Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government has decided to impose lockdown in containment zones till December 31 and increase night curfew from 11 to 13 districts of the state. The government issued guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution for the period of December 1 to December 31. Taking in account the prevailing COVID-19 scenario in the state, it has been decided to force lockdown in containment zones till December 31, according to the order issued on Sunday night. Effective demarcation of containment zones is key to break the chain of transmission controlling the virus. The zones will be demarcated by collectors following guidelines issued by the Government of India. Only essential services will be allowed in these areas and intensive house-to-house surveillance be conducted, Principal Secretary, Home, Abhay Kumar, said in the guidelines.
Hope GDP will be positive in next quarter: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said he hopes the GDP will be back to positive territory in the next quarter, after two consecutive quarters of contraction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked hard for the economic recovery and had also announced a package after the crisis due to coronavirus, Shah said after inaugurating two road over-bridges in Ahmedabad through virtual mode. The gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted by a record 23.9 percent in the first quarter (April-June) of the 2020-21 fiscal as the coronavirus lockdown pummelled economic activity. The country's economy recovered faster than expected in the July-September quarter as a pick-up in manufacturing helped GDP clock a lower contraction of 7.5 percent, according to official data released recently.
PM holds virtual meet with teams involved in developing, manufacturing COVID vaccine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a virtual meeting with three teams working on developing and manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine, and said they should take extra efforts to inform people in simple language about the vaccine and related matters such as its efficacy. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said that Modi also asked the companies, represented by these teams, to come out with their suggestions and ideas regarding the regulatory processes and related matters. "The PM advised all the departments concerned to engage with the manufacturers and seek to resolve matters so that the efforts by these companies bear fruit in order to serve the needs of the country and the entire world," it added.
Rajasthan MLA Kiran Maheshwari dead
BJP leader and MLA from Rajsamand in Rajasthan Kiran Maheshwari, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died at a hospital in Gurgaon.
The International Cricket Council's newly-elected chairman Greg Barclay on Monday conceded that the ambitious World Test Championship hasn't quite achieved what it intended to and the disruption caused by COVID-19 has only highlighted its "shortcomings".
Odisha reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 5 fresh fatalities
Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Monday surged to 3,18,725, after 418 more people tested positive for the disease, while five fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,739, a health department official said.
Americans urged to get tested following Thanksgiving
US top health officials have called on Americans who had travelled during the recent Thanksgiving holiday to get tested for the novel coronavirus in an effort to contain its spread in the already worst-hit country.
728 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Thane
The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has risen to 2,28,588 with the addition of 728 new cases of the disease, a district administration official said on Monday. The district has also reported eight more deaths due to COVID-19, raising the toll to 5,677, he said.
Arunachal Pradesh reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths
Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload rose to 16,269, as seven more people, including two army personnel, tested positive for the virus, a health department official said here on Monday. Three more persons succumbed to the infection, pushing the number of fatalities in the northeastern state to 54, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.