Coronavirus News December 8 Highlights: The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a span of 24 hours was recorded below 27,000 after nearly five months on Tuesday, taking India’s infection tally to over 97 lakh, while total recoveries surged to 91.78 lakh, according to the Union health ministry. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 97,03,770 with 26,567 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll rose to 1,40,958 with 385 new fatalities, data updated by the ministry at 8 am showed.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 91,78,946, pushing the national recovery rate to94.59 percent, while the COVID-19casefatality rate stood at 1.45 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the second consecutive day.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gujarat reports 1,325 COVID-19 cases, 1531 recoveries; 15 die
With 1,325 new COVID19 cases, Gujarat's tally rose to 2,21,493 on Tuesday, the state health department said. As many as 15 more patients succumbed to COVID19, raising the statewide fatalities to 4,110, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Goa's COVID-19 tally reaches 48,935; active cases now 1,310
Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 159 and reached 48,935 on Tuesday, while the number of people discharged increased by 146 to touch 46,924, said an official. The overall toll in the state is 701 and the number of active cases stands at 1,310, he added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Health Ministry develops mobile app for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccination
The Union Health Ministry has developed a digital platform, including a mobile application, for realtime monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery, recording data and to enable people to get themselves registered for vaccination. Addressing a press meet on Tuesday, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the platform, CoWIN, will help monitor the entire vaccination process.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,280 new cases in Karnataka, 13 deaths
Karnataka on Tuesday logged 1,280 new cases of COVID19 and 13 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,95,284 and the death toll to 11,880. The day also saw 1,060 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala records 5,032 COVID-19 cases,31 deaths
Kerala reported 5,032 new positive cases on Tuesday and 31 COVID-19 related deaths, taking the infection count to 6,44,696 and the death toll to 2,472. State Health Minister KK Shailaja said the state had tested 60,521 samples in the last 24 hours.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi records 3,188 fresh cases, positivity rate at 4.23%
Delhi recorded 3,188 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 4.23 per cent, authorities said. The positivity rate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday stood at 4.96 per cent, 4.78 per cent, 4.2 percent, 3.68 percent and 3.15 percent respectively.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Jammu and Kashmir records 470 cases, 6 deaths
Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 470 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths due to the disease, taking the infection tally to 1,14,038 and the death toll to 1,761, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 277 are from Jammu division and 193 from Kashmir division, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 632 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 79,141 on Tuesday after the detection of 632 fresh cases, while 12 more patients succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 1,307, according to a state health department bulletin. Dehradun district recorded a maximum of 279 fresh novel coronavirus cases, followed by Nainital 92, Haridwar 54, Pithoragarh 44, Tehri 30, Udham Singh Nagar 27, Almora 22, Uttarkashi 18, Chamoli 17, Pauri 15, Bageshwar 14, Champawat 11 and Rudraprayag 9, the bulletin said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 61 new cases take Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 11,479
Nagaland's COVID-19 caseload on Tuesday increased to 11,479 with detection of 61 new cases, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, 35 were reported from Kohima, 22 from Dimapur, and two each from Wokha and Zunheboto, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pandemic has redefined India's governance models: Bureaucrat V Srinivas
The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined India's governance models and there has been a lot of focus on digital decision making in the central secretariat, senior bureaucrat V Srinivas has said. Addressing a lecture, he said the district collectors who have stood at the frontend in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic have shown maturity and commitment well beyond their seniority, in ensuring that rural societies adopt to the new normal.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Four lions at Spanish zoo test positive for COVID-19
Four lions at Barcelona Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, veterinary authorities said on Tuesday, in only the second known case in which large felines have contracted coronavirus.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha reports 349 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths
Odisha reported 349 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 3,21,913, a Health Department official said. Six more deaths raised the state's toll to 1,784, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India may authorise some COVID-19 vaccines in weeks, says health secretary
India's government regulator could grant a license to some developers of COVID19 vaccines in the next few weeks, the country's top health official said on Tuesday.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Anitbody levels in patients may fade quickly post recovery, says study
Antibodies against the novel coronavirus may "disappear quickly" following recovery, says a new study which assessed more than 250 COVID-19 patients up to five months postinfection. The study, published in the journal Science Immunology, analysed 983 blood plasma samples collected from 79 hospitalised COVID-19 patients and 175 outpatients and asymptomatic people infected with the SARSCoV2 virus. According to the scientists, including Katharina Roltgen from Stanford University in the US, the IgG antibodies likely persist for longer, but also showed a slow decline even in severely ill patients who mounted very strong initial immune responses. Based on the findings, the researchers said the levels of different types of antibodies which neutralise the coronavirus "all begin to decrease in patients after approximately the first month postonset of symptoms."
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: AP logs 551 fresh COVID-19 cases, aggregate touches 8.72 lakh
Continuing the declining trend, Andhra Pradesh reported 551 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the gross positives to 8.72 lakh. The latest bulletin said 744 patients had recovered in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, making it a total of 8,60,368 so far.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Unions demand to include bankers as frontline COVID warriors for vaccination
All four bank officers' unions have demanded inclusion of bankers as frontline COVID warriors so that they can be administered the vaccine on a priority basis given their importance in keeping wheels of the economy running. In a letter written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, unions said the government is expecting at least two vaccines against COVID19, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Oxford's Covishield, to be available possibly in January 2021; and there is a plan to inoculate the frontline COVID warriors including those working in healthcare, police, sanitary workers, etc.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Newcastle reopen training centre after positive COVID-19 tests
Newcastle United players will report for training at the club's training centre on Tuesday, a week after it was closed because several players and staff tested positive for COVID19.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: In England, William Shakespeare receives a COVID-19 vaccine
William Shakespeare from Warwickshire in England was one of the first people to receive the newly approved COVID19 vaccine outside a clinical trial on Tuesday.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 15 new COVID-19 cases in Andamans; tally rises to 4,773
Andaman and Nicobar Islands COVID19 tally rose to 4,773 as 15 more people tested positive for the virus, a health department official said on Tuesday. Of the 15 fresh cases, four were detected during contact tracing, while 11 have travel history, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Schools affiliated to WBBSE to promote students of Class 6 to 9 to next class
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has decided to promote students of class 6 to 9 to the next class without any annual examination in schools affiliated to the WBBSE due to the COVID19 situation in the 2020 academic year. In a letter to headmasters of the staterun and stateaided schools on December 7, WBBSE said for the 2020 academic session, students from class 6 to 9 will be promoted to the next class automatically without any annual exams till the pandemic situation prevailed.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Para-athletics coach Gajender tests positive for COVID-19
Paraathletics coach Gajender has tested positive for COVID19 and is under home quarantine, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Tuesday. Gajender is the coach and husband of paraathlete Simran, who is training at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Antibodies in mucous membrane may dominate early COVID-19 immune response, says study
Scientists have assessed the immune response against the novel coronavirus in over 150 COVID19 patients and found that the antibodies found in the mucous membrane are activated much earlier than other types, an advance which may lead to the development of new vaccines against the disease.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: British grandma is first in world to get Pfizer vaccine outside trial
Margaret Keenan, a 90yearold grandmother from Britain, has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine outside of a trial following its rapid clinical approval.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: First patient in UK receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
A 90yearold woman from Northern Ireland on Tuesday became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID19 vaccine marking the start of the UK's mass vaccination programme against the deadly disease. Margaret Keenan, from Enniskillen, said she felt "so privileged" to receive the jab at University Hospital, Coventry.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: I-League to begin with first-timers Sudeva Delhi FC-Mohammedan SC game on January 9
Debutants Sudeva Delhi FC will take on Mohammedan SC to kick off the Hero ILeague on January 9 in Kolkata, according to fixtures released by the All India Football Federation on Tuesday. The entire league will be played behind closed doors due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Boxing federation elections postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
The Boxing Federation of India elections, which were to be conducted at its December 18 Annual General Meeting, have been postponed owing to the COVID19 pandemic. The AGM was to take place at the federation headquarters in Gurugram but "a majority of the state associations" sought a postponement citing the pandemic. The elections were originally scheduled in September but were put off due to the pandemic even at that time.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Travel restrictions effective in countries with low number of COVID-19 cases, says Lancet study
Travel restrictions are effective in countries with low numbers of COVID19 cases, or that have strong travel links with nations experiencing high rates of the viral infection, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal. The study also suggests that travel restrictions may have been most effective during the early stages of the pandemic, and the measures are unlikely to be effective when the virus is already spreading rapidly within a country.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 42 new COVID-19 cases added in Pondy, tally touches 37,311
Forty two more people tested positive for coronavirus in Puducherry on Tuesday taking the total caseload to 37,311, a top official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare said. However, no fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.