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Coronavirus News December 1 Highlights: DRL starts Sputnik V vaccine trials; Lewis Hamilton tests positive

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Coronavirus News December 1 Highlights: Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed a price cut for the RT-PCR tests for COVID-19. Though these tests are being conducted free of cost in government hospitals, However, people have to spend Rs 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in reply to the chief minister's tweet said orders for this will be issued immediately. The number of COVID-19 cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the seventh time this month, taking the infection tally to 94.31 lakh, while the recoveries surged to 88,47,600, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Monday.The total coronavirus cases mounted to 94,31,691 with 38,772 new infections, while the death count climbed to 1,37,139 after 443 more fatalities were reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Coronavirus News December 1 Highlights: DRL starts Sputnik V vaccine trials; Lewis Hamilton tests positive
  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,330 new cases in Karnataka, 14 deaths

    Karnataka has reported 1,330 new cases of COVID19 and 14 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,86,227 and the death toll to 11,792, the health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 886 patients getting discharged after recovery.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Ahmedabad records 332 new COVID-19 cases; 10 more deaths

    The coronavirus caseload in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district rose to 50,409 on Tuesday, after 332 persons tested positive for the infection, an official from the health department said. The district alone accounted for 22 percent of the 1,477 latest infections reported in the state, the official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Dharavi's COVID-19 count rises by four

    The number of COVID-19 cases in slum dominated Dharavi in Mumbai rose by four to reach 3,696 on Tuesday, an official said. The number of active cases stand at 16, and 3,369 people have been discharged so far, the civic official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Dharavi's COVID-19 count rises by four

    The number of COVID-19 cases in slum dominated Dharavi in Mumbai rose by four to reach 3,696 on Tuesday, an official said. The number of active cases stand at 16, and 3,369 people have been discharged so far, the civic official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 454 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths in J-K

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 454 fresh novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday and eight deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the infection count to 1,10,678 and the toll to 1,702, officials said. Of the new COVID-19 cases, 217 are from the Jammu division and 237 from the Kashmir division, they said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: DRL commences adaptive phase 2/3 clinical trials for Sputnik V vaccine 

    DRL has started adaptive phase 2/3 clinical trials for Sputnik V vaccine post necessary regulatory clearances. The pharma giant will conduct a multi-centre, randomized controlled study to assess the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine. Clinical trials are being conducted by JSS Medical Research as a clinical research partner. It is noteworthy that DRL tied up with RDIF to conduct Sputnik V clinical trials, manufacture and supply vaccine doses in India. The first 100 million doses of Sputnik V are reserved for distribution in India under this deal.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gujarat BJP MP Abhay Bharadwaj dies during COVID-19 treatment

    BJP MP from Gujarat Abhay Bharadwaj died on Tuesday while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a Chennai hospital, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. Bharadwaj (66) was a prominent lawyer and was elected to Rajya Sabha in June this year. He had tested coronavirus positive in August, after attending party meetings and a roadshow in Rajkot.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Postal ballot for COVID patients in Kerala civic body polls

    COVID-19 patients and those placed under quarantine will not lose their chance to cast vote in the crucial local body polls in Kerala, as the state Election Commission has introduced postal ballot facility for them. A team, consisting of a special polling officer (SPO), a special polling assistant (SPA) and a police officer, would visit each such voter and distribute among them application and declaration forms and postal ballots, State Election Commission (SEC) has said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates:  1,703 fresh COVID-19 cases, 29 more deaths in UP

    With 1,703 fresh COVID19 cases, Uttar Pradesh's caseload reached 5,45,545 on Tuesday, while 29 more deaths pushed the toll to 7,788. Of the new cases, 240 have been reported from Lucknow, followed by 156 from Meerut, 127 from Ghaziabad, 113 from Agra and 112 from Gautam Budhnagar, a health department bulletin said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Indian businesses expect quicker return to pre-COVID profitability levels than most others, finds survey

    Indian businesses expect a quicker return to pre-COVID levels of profitability than most others, and are positive about international trade despite the ongoing protectionism, says a survey. According to HSBC's annual Navigator survey, which covered more than 10,000 companies across 39 global markets in the world, including 350 firms from India, Indian businesses continue to have an appetite for growth and investment.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Stay at home, Hong Kong leader urges as COVID-19 surges anew

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial hub scrambles to contain a new rise in COVID-19 cases.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pfizer-BioNTech apply for EU emergency authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

    Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have applied to the European drugs regulator for conditional authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine, following similar steps in the United States and Britain, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19

    Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, the sport's governing body, the FIA, said on Tuesday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Active cases shrink to 4.60 percent of total positive cases

    Active cases of COVID-19 in India have remained below the 5 lakh mark, with its share further shrinking to 4.60 percent of the total coronavirus infections reported so far, according to the Union Health Ministry. The daily new recoveries exceeding new cases has led to a total net reduction of the active caseload to 4,35,603.

  • Wockhardt in discussions with vaccine developers to offer drug substance

    Drug firm Wockhardt on Tuesday said it is in discussions with a number of global COVID-19 vaccine developersto offer drug substance as well as fill and finish manufacturing facilities to them.

    According to the company, the UK government has reserved one fill and finish production line at Wockhardt UK for its exclusive use for 18 months in order to guarantee the supply of vaccines required to fight against COVID-19.

    "We are in discussions with a number of vaccine developers worldwide offering both drug substance,and fill and finish manufacturing, becausemost of the companies want drug substance as well as formulation product," Wockhardt Chairman Habil Khorakiwala said during a virtual media conference.

  • Puducherry reported 53 new #COVID19 cases, 72 discharges & 1 death today.

    Total positive cases in the Union Territory rise to 37,020 till date, including 439 active cases, 35,970 recoveries & 611 deaths: Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Puducherry

  • Canada to add to record deficit in pandemic recovery attempt

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government vowed yesterday to spend billions more to help the country recover from the pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the country is facing its most severe challenge since World War II, the worst economic shock since the Great Depression and the worse health crisis since the Spanish flu over a century ago. The cost to date has the federal deficit reaching a record $381.6 billion Canadian (US$294 billion) this year, but the government said it could close in on $400 billion Canadian (US$308 billion) if widespread lockdowns return in the coming weeks. Toronto, Canadas largest city, is on lockdown. (Source: AP)

  • Coronavirus in Odisha Live Updates: Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 3,19,103 today as 378 more people tested positive for the disease, while five fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,744, a health official said. Odisha now has 5,241 active coronavirus cases, while 3,12,065 people have recovered from the disease to date. Fifty-three COVID-19 patients have died of comorbidities so far, the official said. The state's positivity rate stands at 5.37 percent, he said. (Source: PTI)

  • Coronavirus in Puducherry Live Updates: Puducherry logged 53 fresh cases of COVID-19 and one related death on Tuesday, raising the
    overall tally to 37,020.

    Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao told reporters that  a 45-year-old man died of the viral infection in JIPMER during the last twenty four hours ending 10 am today, pushing the count to 611.

    Rao said of the total 37,020 cases,the active cases were 439 while 35,970 patients recovered and were discharged so far. Rao said the fatality and recovery rates were 1.65 percent and 97.16 percent respectively.

  • Covishield vaccine is safe and immunogenic, says Serum Institute after volunteer experiences adverse reaction


    Amid concerns over the adverse event that was reported by a volunteer who participated in Serum Institute’s vaccine trial, the company has issued a statement saying that ‘Covishield’ is safe and immunogenic.

    “The incident with the Chennai volunteer though highly unfortunate was in no way induced by the vaccine and Serum Institute of India is sympathetic with the volunteer’s medical condition,” said Serum Institute in the statement issued on Tuesday.

    The vaccine manufacturer clarified that all the requisite regulatory and ethical processes and guidelines were followed diligently and strictly.

  • Coronavirus Live Updates | Puducherry logged 53 fresh cases of COVID-19 and one related death on Tuesday, raising the overall tally to 37,020.

  • The daily recoveries exceeding new cases has ensured a total net reduction of the active caseload. A net decline of 11,349 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in last 24 hours. Recovery rate is 93.94%: Government of India.

  • Coronavirus in Andaman Live Updates:  The Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported six more COVID-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 4,710, a health department official said on Tuesday. Of the six new cases, five were detected during contact tracing, while one has travel history, he said.

    Thirteen more people recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,550, the official said. (Inputs from PTI)

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 14,13,49,298 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to November 30 with 9,69,322 samples being tested on Monday.

  • Coronavirus in Assam Live Updates: Assam reported 159 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, taking the tally to 2,12,776, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. No new deaths were reported by the state for the second consecutive day with the fatality rate remaining at 0.46 percent. The state did not report any death for two consecutive days on November 4 and 5, and again on November 18 and 26. Besides, no fatalities were reported on Sunday and Monday. (Source: PTI)

  • Asian factories continue recovery from COVID-19 woes as China booms

    Asian factories continued to recover steadily in November thanks to a boom in economic powerhouse China, private surveys showed today, offering hope the region was shaking off the drag from the COVID-19 crisis. But a global resurgence in coronavirus infections has made the outlook highly uncertain, keeping governments and central banks under pressure to maintain or ramp up their massive stimulus programmes, analysts say.

    China's factory activity accelerated at the fastest pace in a decade in November, a private survey showed on Tuesday, a sign the world's second-largest economy is recovering to pre-pandemic levels.

    The upbeat findings were in line with an official survey that showed activity at Chinese factories expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November, with growth in the services sector hitting a multi-year high. (Source: Reuters)

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: COVID-19 tally of five worst-affected states (includes recoveries, deaths and active cases):

    Maharashtra - 18,23,896 cases 
    Karnataka - 8,84,89 cases
    Andhra Pradesh - 8,68,064 cases
    Tamil Nadu - 7,81,915 cases
    Kerala - 6,02,982 cases

  • Telangana reported 502 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths and 894 recoveries on 30th November. Total cases in the state rise to 2,70,318 including 1,461 deaths and 2,59,230 recoveries. Active cases stand at 9,627.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 94,62,809, according to the latest update by from the Union Health Ministry. This number includes cases involving foreign nationals, patients who have recovered and the death toll. As many as 88,89,585 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the Union Health Ministry has said in its latest update.

Coronavirus News December 1 Highlights: The number of COVID-19 cases reported in India in a span of 24 hours dropped below 40,000 for the seventh time this month, taking the infection tally to 94.31 lakh, while the recoveries surged to 88,47,600, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Monday.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 94,31,691 with 38,772 new infections, while the death count climbed to 1,37,139 after 443 more fatalities were reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Meanwhile, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed a price cut for the RT-PCR tests for COVID-19. Though these tests are being conducted free of cost in government hospitals, However, people have to spend Rs 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in reply to the chief minister's tweet said orders for this will be issued immediately.

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