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    Coronavirus news highlights: Shipments of first COVID-19 vaccine to US begin; BJP president JP Nadda tests positive

    Coronavirus news highlights: Shipments of first COVID-19 vaccine to US begin; BJP president JP Nadda tests positive

    Coronavirus news highlights: Shipments of first COVID-19 vaccine to US begin; BJP president JP Nadda tests positive
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    As many as eight COVID-19 vaccine candidates are under different stages of clinical trials which could be ready for authorisation in near future, including three indigenous vaccines.

    With 30,254 new COVID cases and 391 deaths in the past 24 hours, India's overall tally stood at 98,57,029 on Sunday, while the death toll touched 1,43,019, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. A total of 33,136 recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cured tally to 93,57,464. Currently, there are 3,56,546 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 94.93 percent, and the fatality rate is 1.45 as percent. A total of 15,37,11,833 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till now. Of these, 10,14,434 samples were tested on Friday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with 18,76,699 cases till date.
    Over 72 percent of the daily new cases were reported by 10 states and union territory-Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana. As many as eight COVID-19 vaccine candidates are under different stages of clinical trials which could be ready for authorisation in near future, including three indigenous vaccines.
    It includes Astrazeneca and Oxford University developed and Serum Institute of India manufactured Covishield, Covaxin by Bharat Biotech Limited, ZyCoV-D by Zydus Cadila, Russian vaccine candidate Sputnik-V, NVX-CoV2373 by SII, HGCO19 by Geneva, and two unlabeled vaccines-Recombinant Protein Antigen based vaccine by Biological E Limited-and Inactivated rabies vector platform by Bharat Biotech.
    Here are the highlights on the coronavirus pandemic for today:
    Shipments of vaccine to US begin
    Shipments have begun of the first COVID-19 vaccine in the US, with shots expected to arrive in states starting Monday.
    BJP president JP Nadda tests positive:  BJP President J.P. Nadda on Sunday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and is isolating at home. Nadda said that after displaying preliminary symptoms, he had got himself tested and the report came out positive. He requested all those who were in contact with him to get themselves tested and take precautions.
    1,290 fresh COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths recorded in a day in Rajasthan
    Rajasthan recorded 14 more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Sunday taking the death toll in the state to 2,542, while 1,290 new cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 2.91 lakh, according to a health department bulletin. Of the 2,91,289 COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan till now, 16,629 are under treatment. As many as 2,72,118 people have been discharged after treatment, it stated. In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection is 474 till now, followed by 269 in Jodhpur, 208 in Ajmer, 164 in Bikaner, 157 in Kota, 116 in Bharatpur, 107 in Udaipur and 102 in Pali. On Sunday, Rajasthan recorded 1,290 new cases, including 295 in Jaipur, 105 in Jodhpur, 99 in Kota, 70 in Bhilwara, 65 in Udaipur, and 61 in Nagaur.
    1,175 new COVID-19 cases in Guj, over 1,300 recover, 11 die
    Gujarat recorded 1,175 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, which increased its infection tally to 2,27,683, the state health department said. With the death of 11 patients, the fatality count in the state rose to 4,171, it said. A total of 1,347 patients were discharged during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases in the state to 2,10,214, the department said in the statement. The number of active cases is 13,298, it said. As many as 55,989 tests were conducted throughout the state on Sunday. With this, the total count of samples tested so far went up to 86,69,576. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 2,27,683, new cases 1,175, deaths 4,171, active cases 13,298 and people tested so far 86,69,576.
    1,196 new COVID-19, five deaths in Karnataka
    Karnataka added 1,196 new COVID- 19 cases and five related fatalities, taking the infection count to 9.01 lakh and the death toll to 11,944, the health department said on Sunday. The day also saw 2,036 patients getting discharged after recovery and there were 17,409 active cases in the state. The state's cumulative COVID-19 tally stood at 9,01,410, including 11,944 deaths and 8,72,038 discharges, a Health department bulletin said. A total of 17,149 patients were stable in isolation at designated hospitals while 260 remained in intensive care units. As many as 672 fresh cases were from Bengaluru Urban district which also accounted for three of the five deaths.Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru reported the other fatalities.
    Kerala adds 4,698 new COVID-19 cases, aggregate touches 6.69 lakh
    Kerala registered 4,698 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 related deaths on Sunday taking the totalnumber of those infected by the virus in the state to 6.69 lakh. State Health Minister K K Shailaja said 5,258 people recuperated from the disease today taking the number of cured to6,07,119. "Out of the total infected in the state on Sunday, 93 came from outside while 4,034 contracted the disease through their contacts. The source of infection of 528 people are yet to be identified. Forty three health workers are also among the infected," Minister said in a release. With 29 more fatalities the toll went up to 2,623. The release said 46,375 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate is 10.13 percentage.
    Free COVID-19 vaccine for all in Kerala: COVID-19 vaccine will be made available free of cost to all people in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday.  "No one will be charged for the vaccine. This is the stand of the government," he told reporters at Kannur.
    BJP president JP Nadda tests positive:  BJP President J.P. Nadda on Sunday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and is isolating at home. Nadda said that after displaying preliminary symptoms, he had got himself tested and the report came out positive. He requested all those who were in contact with him to get themselves tested and take precautions.
    Saliva-based smartphone platform built for rapid testing: Scientists have developed a portable saliva-based smartphone platform for rapid Covid-19 testing that they claim can provide results within 15 minutes without the resource-intensive laboratory tests.
    West Bengal's famed 'Poush Mela' to be called off: The annual 'Poush Mela', a heritage cultural event attracting lakhs of travellers to West Bengal's Santiniketan, will not be held this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, an official said. The over-a-century-old handicraft, handloom, art and music festival, is usually held in December-end.
    France reports 13,947 new cases: France recorded 13,947 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 2,405,255, according to Health Ministry.
    'Serious concerns' over Covid-19 re-infections in Pakistan: Pakistan health officials have raised "serious concerns" over the growing incidence of coronavirus re-infections at various health facilities across the country, the media reported on Sunday.
    11 new COVID-19 cases push Mizoram's tally to 4,035: Eleven more people, including four security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the tally to 4,035, an official said on Sunday. Of the 11 fresh cases, five were reported from Aizawl district, three from Serchhip, two from Lawngtlai and one case from Lunglei district, he said.
    Telangana records 573 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths: Telangana recorded 573 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths, taking the tally to 2,77,724 and the toll to 1,493, the state government said on Sunday.
    Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 20,200:  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 20,200 to 1,320,716, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by 321 to 21,787, the tally showed.
    437 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra’s Thane district: The COVID-19 tally in Thane district of Maharashtra has gone up to 2,35,798 with the addition of 437 new cases, an official said on Sunday. The death toll due to coronavirus in the district has risen to 5,809 after eight more people succumbed to the infection, he said.
    US records 3,309 COVID-19 deaths on Friday: The U.S. hit another grim daily record Friday, recording 3,309 deaths related to COVID-19. That surpassed the previous one-day high of 3,124 deaths reported Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Friday also saw a new high in daily confirmed infections, with more than 231,000. That’s nearly 4,000 above the previous record set on Dec. 4.
    Japan, S Korea set new daily records, mull steps: Japan's daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season. The 3,030 new cases, including 621 in Tokyo, took Japan's national tally to 177,287 with 2,562 deaths, the Health Ministry said Sunday. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: South Korea has set another record for its daily coronavirus tally with 1,030, as authorities struggle to suppress the viral spread.
    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India COVID-19 tally above 98.5 lakh; active cases above 3.56 lakh
    Here are the salient points from today’s data:
    - 30k rise in new cases. Daily new cases below 40k for 14 days now.
    - 33k new recoveries and 391 new deaths. New deaths below 400 after 4 days.
    - 3.3k dip in active cases
    - Kerala reports 5.9k new cases. Highest in the last 9 days. Maharashtra 4.3k, West Bengal 2.7k, Delhi 1.9k
    - Maharashtra reports 80 new deaths, Delhi 47 and West Bengal 44
    - Total cases in Karnataka cross the 9 lakh mark. 2nd highest in India after Maharashtra. 18k active cases with 96.6% recovery rate and 1.3% mortality rate
    - Chhattisgarh has more active cases than Karnataka. Ranks No.5 in India in total active cases
    - Global active case count crosses 20 million mark. Total cases over 72 million
    Tamil Nadu adds 1,218 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths push toll to 11,883: Tamil Nadu recorded 1,218 new COVID-19 cases aggregating to 7,97,693 infections in the state, while 13 people succumbed to the virus pushing the death toll to 11,883, the Health department said on Saturday. As many as 1,296 people have been cured of the contagion totaling to 7,75,602 so far, a bulletin said. Active cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 10,208.
    Delhi records 1,935 fresh cases; positivity rate 2.64%: The national capital recorded 1,935 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday with over 73,000 tests being conducted, even as the positivity rate dropped to 2.64 percent, authorities said. Forty-seven fatalities were recorded, pushing the toll in the national capital to 9,981, the bulletin said. The active cases tally on Saturday dropped to 17,373 from 18,676 the previous day. The bulletin said that the total number of cases has climbed to 6,05,470.
    1,520 new COVID-19 cases take Uttar Pradesh's tally to 5,64,132; death toll 8,056: The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,056 on Saturday with 32 more fatalities, while 1,520 new cases pushed the infection tally to 5,64,132, a health department bulletin issued here said. The number of those who have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals rose to 5,35,985 with 1,761 patients fully recovering from the infection in the past 24 hours, it said. The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 20,091, the bulletin said.
    Karnataka adds 1,203 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally breaches nine lakh mark: The state's COVID-19 tally breached the nine lakh mark on Saturday with 1,203 fresh COVID-19 infections while 11 fatalities took the death toll to 11,939, the Health department said. The total infections of 9,00,214 comprised 8,70,002 discharges cumulatively including 1,531 on Saturday and 18,254 total active cases including 244 in ICUs, a bulletin issued by the department said. Half of the cases and fatalities of the day in the state was contributed by Bengaluru Urban district which reported 606 infections and six deaths. Cumulatively, the city has reported 3,77,857 infections, 4,230 deaths, 3,60,724 discharges, including 923 on Saturday, and 12,902 active cases.
    Kerala's COVID-19 count rises to 6.64 lakh with nearly 6,000 fresh cases: The state recorded 5,949 new COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths on Saturday, taking the tally to 6.64 lakh and the toll to 2,594, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The day also saw 5,268 people getting cured as the total recoveries rose to 6, 01,861 while the active cases stood at 60,029, he told reporters in Kannur. The total COVID-19 cases in the state touched 6,64,632.
    COVID-19 active cases drop to 5,000 level in Andhra Pradesh: The number of COVID-19 active cases in Andhra Pradesh came down to the 5,000 level while 510 were added afresh and 665 patients recovered on Saturday. The total positives reached 8,75,025 and recoveries 8,62,895, the latest government bulletin said. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, three more coronavirus victims died, taking the overall toll to 7,052.
    —With inputs from agencies
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