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Coronavirus News Highlights: Punjab to lift night curfew from Jan 1

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,44,852 with 20,549 new infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98.34 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 95.99 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll increased to 1,48,439 with 286 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98,34,141 pushing the national recovery rate to 95.99 percent, while the COVID19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the ninth consecutive day. There are 2,62,272 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.56 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Punjab to lift night curfew from Jan 1
  • With that, it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world, until then stay safe and good night.

     
  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 714 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 13 deaths

    The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai rose to 2,92,722 on Wednesday with 714 new cases coming to light, a civic body said. The death toll due to the pandemic in the city reached 11,107 with 13 new fatalities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The financial capital of the country had reported less than 600 new cases on each of the last five days. On Tuesday, the city had reported 537 new cases. The number of recovered COVID-19 patients increased to 2,72,464, around 93 per cent of the caseload in the city, with 594 patients getting discharged from hospitals on Wednesday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 164 new coronavirus cases, three deaths in Ahmedabad district

    The tally of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district rose to 57,474 on Wednesday with 164 new cases coming to light, the highest in Gujarat, the state health department said. The district also reported three fatalities, also highest in the state, during the day. It took the death toll in the district to 2,246. With 169 patients getting discharged, the total of recovered cases rose to 52,303. Ahmedabad city reported 157 new cases and 163 recoveries.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Surat reports 147 new COVID-19 cases, 161 recoveries

    Surat district of Gujarat reported 147 new COVID-19 cases and one more death on Wednesday, the state health department said. With this, the number of coronavirus cases in the district rose to 49,098, while the death toll increased to 1,136, it said. Also, 161 patients were discharged from hospitals following recovery, the department said in a release. Surat city reported 117 new cases and 124 recoveries, while the rural areas registered 30 fresh infections and 37 discharges, it said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 9 more deaths, 368 new cases in Punjab

    Punjab recorded nine COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, pushing the total to 5,331. 368 fresh cases in the state took the infection count to 1,66,239, per the medical bulletin. Currently the state has 2.856 active cases and it is to lift night curfew on Jan 1, reported PTI. Mohali recorded highest number of cases (94) followed by Jalandhar (47), Patiala and Amritsar (35).

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Punjab govt lifts night curfew from Jan 1

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Two UK-returnees in Goa found to be free of new strain of virus

    Two of the passengers who arrived in Goa from the UK and were found to have COVID-19 are not carrying the new UK variant of the virus, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said here on Wednesday. A total of 37 travellers who had arrived from the UK have tested positive in the state along with 23 others who came in contact with them, he said. "To date, the Goa government has sent 43 samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune to ascertain if they are infected by the UK strain of the virus," he said. Two reports came from the NIV and they were negative, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: TN reports 945 new COVID-19 cases

    Tamil Nadu's daily COVID-19 case count remained below the 1,000 mark for the second successive day and the tally stood at 8,17,077, while the toll increased to 12,109 with 17 more fatalities. Of the 12,109 deaths, Chennai accounted for 4,004, the highest, while Chengalpattu was in the second slot with 743. Tamil Nadu reported 945 fresh cases today, the second day of less than 1,000 infections. Of the 900 plus infections, Chennai reported 275, nearby Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur 48 and 35 respectively and Coimbatore 91.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Goa reports 97 fresh COVID-19 cases; 114 recover

    Goa on Wednesday reported 97 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 50,981, a health department official said. With two more persons succumbing to the viral disease, the total number of fatalities went up to 737, he said. The state is now left with 931 active cases, the official said. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 50,981, new cases 97, death toll 737, discharged 49,313, active cases 931, samples tested till date 3,97,386.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Rajasthan records 6 COVID-19 deaths, 770 fresh cases in a day

    Six more COVID-19 fatalities in a day took the death toll in Rajasthan to 2,689, while 770 fresh cases during the same period pushed the infection tally in the state to cases 3,07,554, according to a health department bulletin. As many as 2,95,030 patients have been discharged do far following treatment, it showed. In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection is 500, followed by 288 in Jodhpur, 219 in Ajmer, 166 in Bikaner, 165 in Kota, 120 in Bharatpur, 110 in Udaipur and 109 in Pali. Of the fresh cases, 136 were from Jaipur, 101 from Jodhpur, 53 from Kota, 44 from Bhilwara and 39 from Udaipur.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bedi against New Year celebrations in Puducherry, cites COVID; CM says events will go on with safety norms

    Locking horns with the Congress government over allowing new year celebrations, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Wednesday appealed to people to herald 2021 from their homes and avoid becoming super spreaders of coronavirus by gathering in public places. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, however, asserted festivities in hotels and at beaches here would be held in strict adherence to COVID-19 safety norms, saying the French culture in Puducherry was intertwined with such celebrations.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Gujarat reports 799 COVID-19 cases, 834 recoveries; 7 die

    Gujarat reported 799 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking its tally to 2,44,258, the state health department said. With seven more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll rose to 4,302, it said. As many as 834 patients were discharged from hospitals, pushing the number of recovered cases to 2,29,977, the department said in a release. With this, the COVID-19 recovery rate further improved to 94.15 per cent, it said. A total of 54,708 tests were conducted for detection of the virus on Wednesday, taking the number of samples examined so far in Gujarat to 95,98,108, the release said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Prior permission mandatory for events on New Year's Eve in Kangra

    People in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh need SDM's prior permission to host social events on the New Year's Eve. District Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Prajapati, has mandated a limit of 50 people for such events. This comes in as 20 UK returnees tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus. The DC also said that people could burst only environmental-friendly firecrackers from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am on New Year's Eve. Kangra Superintendent of Police Vimukt Ranjan said there will be restricted one-way vehicular traffic allowed on December 31 in Dharamsala and nobody shall be allowed to move outside after 10 pm to implement curfew rules.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: SEC meet concludes; SII, Bharat Biotech vaccines not recommended for approval today, more information sought

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meets to consider the EUA request from Pfizer, SII and Bharat Biotech

    Sources to CNBC-TV18: Additional data and information presented by SII and Bharat Biotech Pvt. Ltd. was perused and analysed by the SEC. The analysis of the additional data and information is going on. Subject Expert Committee (SEC) in the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) met today in the afternoon to consider the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) request of Pfizer, Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech Pvt. Ltd. Further time was requested on behalf of Pfizer. SEC will convene again on 1st January 2021 (Friday).

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 29 returnees from UK test COVID-19 positive in Kerala, it is unknown if its new variant

    As many as 29 people who traveled to UK from Kerala have tested positive as the state toll rises to 7,55,717 cases. Kerala recorded 6,268 new COVID-19 cases and 5,707 recoveries. However, the samples have been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune to figure out if it is the new variant, reported PTI. Among those tested positive today are health workers (54), while 102 traveled from outside and others were infected through contact.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Russia to distribute over 1 million Sputnik V shots at home by year-end: minister

    Russia will have supplied more than 1 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V to its own national inoculation programme by the end of this year, a government minister said on Wednesday. Russia, which began rolling out the vaccine in early December, has so far produced over 2 million doses in total, Industry Minister Denis Manturov told state television. The Sputnik V vaccine is administered in two doses, which use different components, 21 days apart. The current production rate will allow the vaccine to be rolled out across Russia's regions and be exported to other countries at the same time, Manturov said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: J&K govt extends lockdown restrictions till January 31

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Bengal govt starts training vaccinators ahead of COVID vaccine rollout

    Bengal govt has launched a training program for 20,000 vaccinators to train them in vaccine handling ahead of vaccine rollout. These vaccinators have experience of administering polio and BCG vaccines. The govt is forming a team of 5 members - one vaccinator and 4 assistants - everyone will have specific roles. Volunteers are also being trained for Adverse Effect Following Immunization, reported PTI.

  • PPP model should be adopted to vaccinate 1.4 billion people: Manipal Hospitals’ Dr H Sudarshan Ballal
    The United Kingdom has approved the use of Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine and plans to roll out the vaccine on the fourth of January. The British Health Regulator has given its nod for the regimen…
    Coronavirus News Highlights: Punjab to lift night curfew from Jan 1
  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: While Thailand bans New Year gatherings, China urges workers to skip holiday travel

    Amid the rising cases of new strain of coronavirus, Thailand and China are implementing strict regulations to curb the spread during the New Year holidays. Thailand on Wednesday imposed bans on large gatherings and events across the country to contain its worst epidemic. Authorities have asked people to avoid travel and imposed stringent measures across provinces. China, on the other hand, is encouraging thousands of migrant workers not to travel during the holidays. It is not a direct travel ban since it is an important holiday. China has all but eradicated local transmission but authorities remain on high alert over a possible resurgence.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: While Thailand bans New Year gatherings, China urges workers to skip holiday travel

    Amid the rising cases of new strain of coronavirus, Thailand and China are implementing strict regulations to curb the spread during the New Year holidays. Thailand on Wednesday imposed bans on large gatherings and events across the country to contain its worst epidemic. Authorities have asked people to avoid travel and imposed stringent measures across provinces. China, on the other hand, is encouraging thousands of migrant workers not to travel during the holidays. It is not a direct travel ban since it is an important holiday. China has all but eradicated local transmission but authorities remain on high alert over a possible resurgence.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Seven new coronavirus cases found in Dharavi

    The largest slum of Asia, Dharavi, reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The area caseload is now 3,806, said a civic official. So far, 3,477 people have recovered from the viral infection. On December 25, the slum had reported no new cases, for the first time since the outbreak.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Vaccinated U.S. nurse contracts COVID-19, expert says Pfizer shot needed more time to work: ABC

    After a vaccinated nurse in the US contracted COVID-19, medical experts says body needs some time to build up protection. Christian Ramers, an infectious disease specialist told the ABC News that this scenario was not unexpected. From vaccine trials, we already know that it's going to take some 10 to 14 days for body to develop protection from the vaccine, Ramers said. He added the first does gives 50 percent protection, you need the second dose to build up till 95 percent.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: People are willing to pay for teleconsultation now, says Shetty

    In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Viren Shetty, ED & Group COO, Narayana Health: While the severe cases of COVID-19 are going down, coronavirus will continue to be a part of our lives in the foreseeable future. People are willing to pay for teleconsultation now, and they find it easier.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Cases are going down but cannot expect normalcy just yet, says Soi of Max Health

    Abhay Soi of Max Health in an interview with CNBC-TV18: COVID-19 cases have been going down but we cannot expect normalcy just yet. Talking about immunity, he said some part of protection against COVID-19 might continue in the future as well.

    On vaccination: Private sector is quite large, believe vaccination should be in PPP format. Govt can tightly control vaccination in initial stages. We have given the list of health workers available for vaccination.

    On capacity utilisation: Currently amount of capacity utilised in covid segment is about 20 percent, non-covid capacity is 100 percent utilised.

    On procurement: Procurement of vaccines likely to happen via governments, but we wiill be happy to procure vaccines ourselves for our healthcare workers, patients

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 80% reduction in COVID-19 patients, says Ballal

    Dr Sudarshan Ballal of Manipal Hospitals in an interview with CNBC-TV18: There are some concerns about the new strain of coronavirus, we have to continue to be careful and not let our guard down. He further added that there is almost 80 percent reduction in COVID-19 patients in our hospitals.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UK Health Ministry says everyone will receive the second dose within 12 weeks of the first

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar taken to Mohali for COVID-19 treatment

    Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shanta Kumar, was taken to Mohali's Fortis for treatment against COVID-19. The ex-CM and his son, Vikram Sharma, who also tested positive has been driven to hospital as a precaution, reports PTI.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Thailand reports 250 new coronavirus cases

    Thailand reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday even as the authorities are tightening the restrictions in the country, reported AP. After months of having situation under control, the virus since mid-December has has swept almost two-thirds of the country ahead of New Year holidays. Two major clusters are developing in the South-east Asian country. One has infected hundreds of migrant workers from Myanmar at a seafood market while the other is connected to a gambling den in an eastern province.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:
India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,44,852 with 20,549 new infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98.34 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 95.99 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll increased to 1,48,439 with 286 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98,34,141 pushing the national recovery rate to 95.99 percent, while the COVID19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.
The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the ninth consecutive day. There are 2,62,272 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.56 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 17,09,22,030 samples have been tested up to December 29 with11,20,281 samples being tested on Tuesday.
The 286 new fatalities include 68 from Maharashtra, 30 from West Bengal, 28 from Delhi and 24 from Kerala.
A total of 1,48,43 deathshave been reported so far in the country including 49,373 from Maharashtra followed by 12,092 from Tamil Nadu, 12,074 from Karnataka, 10,502 from Delhi,9,655 from West Bengal, 8,340 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,100 from Andhra Pradesh and 5,322 from Punjab.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
Meanwhile, 20 people who returned to India from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the new UK variant genome of SARS-CoV-2 so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The tally includes six people who were found positive for the new virus strain on Tuesday.
The ministry said the mutated UK strain was detected in eight samples at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani (near Kolkata), one at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune, seven at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences Hospital (NIMHANS)Bengaluru, two at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad and one at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi.
The ministry on Tuesday said six UK returnees were found positive for the mutated UK variant genome and that all these people have been kept in single room isolation at designated health care facilities by respective state governments and their close contacts have also been put under quarantine.

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