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Coronavirus News Dec 28 Highlights: Vaccines will be available in early January, says govt's scientific advisor


Coronavirus News Dec 28 Highlights: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,07,871 with 20,021 infections being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 97.82 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll increased to 1,47,901 with 279 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 97,82,669 pushing the national recovery rate to95.83 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the seventh consecutive day.

Coronavirus News Dec 28 Highlights: Vaccines will be available in early January, says govt's scientific advisor
  • 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: C'garh sees 1,188 COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths; 1,661 recover

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 tally reached 2,76,337 on Monday after 1,188 cases were detected, while 26 deaths took the toll to 3,319, a health official said. The number of people who have recovered reached 2,60,056 after 98 people were discharged from hospitals and 1,563 completed home isolation, leaving the state with 12,962 active cases, he added. "Raipur reported 191 new cases, taking its total count to 52,126, including 709 deaths. Durg saw 112 cases, Bilaspur 86, Korba 76, Raigarh 75 and Balod 65. Of the 26 deaths, eight took place on Monday, 12 on Saturday and six earlier," he added. With 29,500 samples tested on Monday, the total number of tests in the state went up to 34,27,216.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Skyways ties up with SpiceJet for COVID-19 vaccine transportation

    Air freight forwarder Skyways Air Services on Monday said it has joined hands with budget carrier SpiceJet for transporting COVID-19 vaccine across India. Under the collaboration, Skyways will provide cold chain transportation and storage along with dedicated last-mile connectivity, while SpiceJet will provide connectivity across its pan-India network with full temperature mapping controls, a release said. The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect, Skyways Air Services Pvt Ltd said. In addition, Skyways will also provide custom brokering services, wherever required in India, Germany and the US, it said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: MP logs 876 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths; 1,090 discharged

    Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 876 COVID-19 cases, taking the infection count to 2,39,228, health officials said. With nine more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll rose to 3,572, they said. A total of 1,090 people were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state's overall recovery count to 2,25,782. "Four patients died in Indore, two in Bhopal and one each in Dhar, Shivpuri and Guna. Of the 876 new cases, Indore accounted for 293 and Bhopal 167. The cases in Indore rose to 54,203, including 863 deaths, while Bhopal's tally stood at 38,796 with 571 fatalities. Indore has 3,227 active cases, and this figure for Bhopal is 2,055," an official said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: MHA issues fresh COVID-19 guidelines, says need to be vigilant as new variant emerging in UK

    The Centre on Monday maintained the COVID-19 restrictions on various activities, noting that while there has been a continuous decline in active cases in India, there is a need for surveillance, containment and caution due to a surge globally and the emergence of a new variant of the virus in the UK. In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said it has issued fresh guidelines for surveillance with regard to COVID-19 that will remain in force till January 31, as it asked the states and union territories to keep a strict vigil to prevent any rise in cases during the New Year celebrations and the winter season.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Compulsory COVID-19 tests for all who entered Nagaland after Dec 20

    In the wake of the emergence of a mutated strain of the virus in the UK, all persons who have come to Nagaland after December 20 have been asked to report to their district-level coronavirus task forces for compulsory COVID-19 testing, a senior health official said on Monday. "Those arriving after the issuance of this circular are to self declare at the point of entry, inform their respective district task forces and self isolate themselves for standard testing protocols," Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Z. Suokhrie, said in a press release. Meanwhile, Nagaland on Monday recorded an all-time high COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.19 per cent as 20 patients recuperated from the disease, while 14 fresh infections pushed the state's tally to 11,911, another health official said. On Sunday, the northeastern state's COVID-19 recovery rate was 96.14 percent.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Over 6.76 lakh recoveries in Kerala; active cases touch 64,000

    Over 6.76 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kerala so far, with 64,000 people still undergoing treatment for the infection, Health minister K K Shailaja said here on Monday. In the last 24 hours, 32,869 samples were tested and 3047 people were found positive, while 4,172 have recovered. The test positivity rate has gone up to 9.27 per cent, the minister said in a press release. So far, 77,27,986 samples have been sent for testing. The total COVID-19 caseload has soared to 7,43,563, she said. The toll has mounted to 2,990 with 14 more deaths in recent weeks being added to the tally after being confirmed due to the virus.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 205 more test COVID-19 positive in U'khand; tally 89,850

    The COVID-19 death toll in Uttarakhand rose to 1,489 on Monday with six more fatalities, while 205 new cases pushed the infection tally to 89,850, a health bulletin issued here said. Dehradundistrict reported the highest 83 cases, followed by 36 in Nainital, Haridwar 20, Udham Singh Nagar 17, Champawat 13, Uttarkashi 12, Pauri eight, Chamoli seven, Bageshwar four, Pithoragarh three and Tehri two,it said. Six more COVID-19 patients died in the state, taking the toll so far to 1,489, the bulletin said. A total of 81,688 infected people have recuperated, 1,162 have migrated out of the state and 5,511 are under treatment, it added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: TN reports 1,005 COVID-19 cases

    Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 1,005 new cases of coronavirus and 11 fatalities, pushing the overall infections to 8.15 lakh and total number of deaths to 12,080. As many as 15 contacts of 13 COVID-infected UK returnees have also tested positive for the dreaded virus, the government said, but assured all the 28 people were doing well. According to a government bulletin, 1,074 people were discharged today after being cured of the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 7,94,228. Subsequently, active cases stood at 8,867.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Maha reports 2,498 COVID-19 cases, 4,501 recoveries; 50 die

    Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 19,22,048 on Monday with the addition of 2,498 new cases, while 50 fresh deaths pushed the toll to 49,305, the state health department said. A health department official said 4,501 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 18,14,449. There are now 57,159 active cases in the state, he said. So far, 1,25,43,772 people have been tested for coronavirus in Maharashtra, the official added.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: One more succumbs to COVID-19 in Muzaffarnagar, toll 101

    One more coronavirus patient died here on Monday, taking the overall toll to 101, while 38 new cases were reported pushing the tally to 7,972, officials said. The said the deceased was a 75-year-old man from Gandhi Colony here. The man was admitted to the Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Hospital on Sunday and he passed away on Monday, the official said. Meanwhile, 38 more cases were reported on the day, taking the total number of infection in the district to 7,972, they said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Delhi records 564 fresh cases, lowest in 7 months; positivity rate below 1%

    Delhi recorded 564 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in seven months, and 21 more fatalities due to the disease on Monday, even as the positivity rate stood at 0.98 per cent, authorities said. The national capital had reported 412 cases on May26, according to the Health Department's data. The city's caseload mounted to 6,23,415 and the death toll due to the coronavirus infection rose to 10,474, the authorities said, adding that over 57,463 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Sunday. Delhi had reported 757 cases on Sunday, 655 on Saturday, 758 on Friday and 1,063 on Thursday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Goa sees 105 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 91 recoveries

    Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 105 and reached 50,772 on Monday, and the toll reached 734 after three patients succumbed to the infection, an official said. A total of 91 people were discharged during the day, taking the recovery count to 49,083, leaving the state with 955 active cases, he added. With 1174 new tests on Monday, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 3,93,587. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 50,772, new cases 105, death toll 734, discharged 49,083, active cases 955, samples tested till date 3,93,587.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Punjab starts dry run of COVID-19 vaccination in two selected districts

    The exercise to conduct a dry run of the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine over a two-day period in two selected Punjab districts began on Monday, health officials said. The districts of Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) have been selected for the dry run, aimed at testing the laid out mechanisms for the vaccination roll-out in the health system, Health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said. He said it will provide insights on any gaps or bottlenecks in vaccine distribution and its administration to the population so that those could be addressed before the commencement of the COVID-19 immunisation drive. The minister said immunisation partners United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) would support the dry run at the state level.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 2-day dry run for COVID vaccination programme begins in Assam

    A two-day dry run for the COVID-19 vaccination programme began in Nalbari and Sonitpur, two select districts of Assam, on Monday, health department officials said. Assam is one of the four states in the country where the dry run is being carried out to check the preparedness of the authorities before launching the actual vaccination programme. The other three states are Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat. Five hospitals in each of Nalbari and Sonitpur districts have been chosen for the exercise, officials said. Management of possible adverse events after vaccination and checks on cold storage and transportation arrangements are parts of the dry run, Nalbari Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Nalini Barman said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: AP logs 212 fresh COVID-19 cases, four deaths

    Five more people who returned to Andhra Pradesh from the UK and eight of their contacts tested positive for coronavirus as 212 cases were reported afresh in the state in 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday. The caseload in the state is now 8,81,273, according to the latest bulletin. After 410 patients got cured, the total recoveries went up to 8,70,752, it said. The state saw four fresh Covid-19 fatalities in a day, taking the overall toll to 7,098. State Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said 1,363 people had returned to AP from the UK in recent days of whom 1,346 were traced and 1,324 were sent to quarantine. Among the returnees, 11 tested positive for coronavirus, he said, adding they were awaiting test results from the National Institute of Virology, Pune, and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, to determine if they carried the new strain.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 21 inmates of Bareilly Central Jail test positive for coronavirus

    As many as 49 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district with 21 that of inmates in Bareilly Central Jail, officials said on Monday. DIG of Bareilly Central Jail Anand Pandey said, "Every Sunday, routine check-up is done, and 21 inmates have tested positive. The inmates, who have tested positive have been put in another barrack in the jail, and they are being treated." The central jail was sanitised while efforts are on to ascertain which inmate first got the coronavirus, he said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Vaccinators line up as Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on brink of approval in the UK

    The UK's National Health Service is lining up thousands of medics and volunteers on Monday to be ready to deliver jabs up and down the country as the Oxford University vaccine against COVID-19 is on the brink of getting regulatory approval. The vaccine, which is being produced by bio-pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and also has a tie-up with the Serum Institute of India, is being evaluated by the UK's independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after the final cut of data was submitted by the government last Monday.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: India's COVID-19 recoveries rise to 97,82,669, exceed active cases by over 95 lakh

    India's COVID-19 recoveries rose to 97,82,669 on Monday and it exceeded active cases by more than 95 lakh, the health ministry said. There has been a steady drop in the active caseload as the number of people recuperating daily have been outnumbering new infections recorded in a day for over a month now, it said. Within a span of 24 hours, a net decline of 1,389 cases from the total active caseload was registered. The country now has 2,77,301 active cases, which is 2.72 per cent of the total infections recorded so far. "Daily recoveries have been outnumbering daily new cases for more than a month now. In a span of 24 hours, 20,021 people were found to be COVID positive in the country. During the same period, 21,131 new recoveries were registered ensuring a drop in the active caseload," the ministry said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Lasting immunity against COVID-19 found after mild or asymptomatic infection: Study

    Scientists have found evidence of protective immunity against COVID-19 in people up to four months after mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infection, providing hope for the long-lasting efficacy of vaccines. The researcher, including those from Queen Mary University of London analysed antibody and T cell responses in 136 healthcare workers in the UK, who had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection dating back to March. The study, published in the journal Science Immunology, found that 89 per cent of healthcare workers analysed carried neutralising antibodies 16-18 weeks after infection. The team, also involving researchers Imperial College London and University College London, UK, found most workers also had T cells capable of recognising multiple different parts of the virus.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Kazakhstan signs preliminary agreement with Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine

    Authorities in Kazakhstan said on Monday they had signed a preliminary agreement with Pfizer to potentially buy the vaccine it developed with its partner BioNTech against COVID-19. "Today we signed a non-disclosure agreement with Pfizer, and we are ready to deal with the supplies of these vaccines on the territory of Kazakhstan by issuing special permits," Deputy Health Minister Marat Shoranov said. "Everything will depend on the production capacity and the company's ability to supply the drug to our country." Kazakhstan has started producing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund said last week.

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Pvt sector playing important role in COVID-19 vaccines development & distribution: Prof. Vijayraghvan

    Speaking to CNBC-TV18 in an interview, Prof Vijayraghvan highlighted the role of private sector in the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. He said IT backend, distribution chain, and cold chain has been a government-private sector partnership. As more vaccine dosages will be rolled out, the participation will become more apparent. Private sector is playing an increasingly dominating in cold chain and new supply methods, he added. 2020 has been an extraordinary and unusual year for science, he said. For all of us, Prof., for all us.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Vaccines will be available in early January, says Prof. Vijayraghvan

    Prof. K Vijayraghvan, government's scientific advisor says vaccines are in real final stages and will be available in early January. Speaking to CNBC-TV18 in an interview, he said, one major decision government took in vaccine space was stockpiling them. The government approval process includes licensure and procurement. There will be no lack of commitment from the government, the vaccine will be available for whoever needs it, he said. "No one will get an expensive vaccine," he said. Talking about supply, he mentioned the first quarter of 2021 will see some limited supply, but in the second half, India will embark on continued vaccination. For now, the focus will be to make the vaccines available to priority groups, he said. Social distancing and hygiene will be key toll a large section of the population is vaccinated.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: People with severe COVID-19, secondary blood infections may have worse health outcomes: Study

    People with severe COVID-19 who also had secondary infections in the bloodstream were sicker, had longer hospital stays, and worse health outcomes, according to a study that may lead to new treatment strategies. The research, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the first to assess the microbiology, risk factors, and outcomes in hospitalised patients with severe COVID-19 and secondary bloodstream infections. In the study researchers from Rutgers University in the US assessed 375 patients diagnosed with severe COVID-19 from March to May 2020. They sampled 128 cases from the group that had secondary bloodstream infections -- 92 percent of which were bacterial infections. "These patients were more likely to have altered mental status, lower percent oxygen saturation, septic shock and to be admitted to the intensive care unit compared to those without bloodstream infections," said study co-lead author Pinki Bhatt from Rutgers University.

  • Delhi HC ensured 'all hands on deck' to curb COVID-19 spread in 2020
    A day after the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25, the high court took no time to commence hearings via video conferencing of very urgent matters.Get latest Legal online at cnbctv18.com
    Coronavirus News Dec 28 Highlights: Vaccines will be available in early January, says govt's scientific advisor
  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Indonesia bans international visitors for two weeks over new virus strain

    International visitors will be barred from entering Indonesia for a two-week period in a bid to stem the spread of a new potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus, its foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday. The new regulation, effective Jan. 1, comes days after Indonesia banned travelers from the Britain and tightened rules for those arriving from Europe and Australia to limit the spread of the new strain.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: India has managed to sustain the decline rate

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID-19 vaccination dry run begins in two districts of Gujarat

    A two-day dry run to check the preparedness of health authorities for a future nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme began on Monday in Rajkot and Gandhinagar districts of Gujarat, officials said. Gujarat is one of the four states chosen by the Centre to conduct the mock COVID-19 vaccination drive. "In Gujarat, the dry run is being carried out in Rajkot district, Rajkot city, Gandhinagar district and Gandhinagar city," State Immunisation Office Dr Nayan Jani told reporters. He said local health officials of these districts and cities will engage in administrative work on the first day of the drive.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Delhi HC ensured 'all hands on deck' to curb COVID-19 spread in 2020

    Before the pandemic brought the country to a grinding halt, the high court conducted two unprecedented midnight hearings, one related to north-east Delhi riots and the other to the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. Throughout the year, the high court dealt with a number of petitions relating to COVID-19, including pleas to provide adequate PPE kits to health workers, sanitation staff, medical cover to media persons reporting on the pandemic, payment of salaries to teachers, doctors, nurses, safai karamchaaris and retired employees of municipal corporations. A day after the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25, the high court took no time to commence hearings via video conferencing of very urgent matters, and only lawyers appearing for each side were allowed the access.

Coronavirus News Dec 28 Highlights:
India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,02,07,871 with 20,021 infections being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 97.82 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll increased to 1,47,901 with 279 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 97,82,669 pushing the national recovery rate to95.83 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the seventh consecutive day.
There are 2,77,301 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.72 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakhonAugust 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and50 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,16,88,18,054 samples have been tested up to December 27 with 7,15,397 samples being tested on Sunday.