Coronavirus news highlights: India's COVID-19 caseload climbed to 97,67,371 with 31,521 fresh infections, while the total number of recoveries surged to 92.53 lakh, pushing the national recovery rate to 94.74 percent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll rose to 1,41,772 with 412 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 92,53,306. The active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the fourth consecutive day. There are 3,72,293 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprise 3.81 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UK has vaccinated tens of thousands against COVID-19, says minister
Tens of thousands of people in Britain have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after a mass vaccination programme began earlier this week, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday. "As of today, we are vaccinating in 73 hospitals across the UK, tens of thousands of people have had the jab," he said at a news conference.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Nagpur reports 409 new COVID-19 cases; 402 recover, 11 die
Nagpur district on Thursday reported 409 new coronavirus positive cases, which took the number of patients to 1,16,137, the authorities said. Eleven patients died due to the infection during the day, which took the death toll to 3,774, the district information office said in a statement. Of them, 2,581 died in Nagpur city, while 1,193 others in rural parts of the district. So far, 1,06,494 patients have recovered from the infection in the district, of whom 402 were discharged on Thursday. The number of active cases in the district is 5,869, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Daily COVID deaths surpass 3,000 in US, prompting pleas to scale back Christmas
The United States' daily death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 3,000 for the first time, prompting pleas for Americans to scale back Christmas plans even with vaccines on the cusp of winning regulatory approval. COVID-19 deaths reached 3,253 on Wednesday, pushing up the U.S. total since the start of the pandemic to 289,740, with a record 106,219 people hospitalized with the highly infectious respiratory disease. Healthcare professionals and support staff, exhausted by the demands of the pandemic, have been watching patients die alone as millions of Americans refuse to follow medical advice to wear masks and avoid crowds in order to contain the spread.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mumbai records 798 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths; 743 recover
Mumbai reported 798 new COVID-19 cases - 12th straight day of sub-1,000 infections - and 13 fresh deaths on Thursday, while 743 more patients were discharged following recovery, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) updated data, the tally of COVID-19 cases has now increased to 2,88,689, while the death toll has reached 10,948. Notably, Mumbai is reporting less than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases since November 29. On Wednesday, the financial capital had recorded 716 news cases and 15 deaths. According to the civic body, the average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases has once again crossed the 300-day mark. The average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai is 302 days, while the average growth rate of the infection is 0.23per cent, the BMC said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: US weekly jobless claims surge as COVID-19 infections spiral
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits jumped to a near three-month high last week as mounting new COVID-19 infections caused more business restrictions, further evidence that the pandemic and lack of additional fiscal stimulus were hurting the economy. The weekly unemployment claims report from the Labor Department on Thursday, the most timely data on the economy's health, followed in the wake of data last week showing job gains in November were the smallest since the recovery started in May. Labor market distress is keeping inflation muted, with prices rising moderately in November, other data showed.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19: 830 new COVID-19 cases in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 80,476 on Thursday with the detection of 830 fresh cases, while 12 more deaths pushed the toll to 1,332 in the state, according to a bulletin. Dehradun district reported a maximum of 273 new cases, Nainital 105, Haridwar 63, Pithoragarh 61, Rudraprayag 55, Almora 53, Chamoli 51, Tehri 44, Udham Singh Nagar 37, Bageshwar 24, Pauri 37, Champawat 17 and Uttarkashi 10, a state health department bulletin said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19: Delhi records 1,575 new cases; positivity rate dips to 2.46%
The national capital recorded 1,575 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the lowest in over three months, even as the positivity rate dipped to below 3 percent, authorities said. The positivity rate on December 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 had successively dipped to 4.96 percent, 4.78 percent, 4.2 percent, 3.68 percent and 3.15 percent respectively. However, on December 8, it had risen again to 4.23 percent, falling again to 3.42 percent on December 9.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Pope will say Christmas Mass earlier to meet Italy COVID curfew
Pope Francis' Christmas Eve Mass will start two hours earlier, the Vatican said on Thursday, allowing even the limited number of people who can attend to get home by a 10 p.m. Italian curfew to contain the coronavirus.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: TN COVID-19 tally inches towards 8 lakh mark
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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,592 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, toll touches 2,500
Fifteen more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Rajasthan, bringing the death toll to 2,500 on Thursday, while 1,592 fresh cases raised the infection count to 2,87,219 in the state, according to an official report. Three new fatalities were reported from Jodhpur; two each from Ajmer, Jaipur and Kota, while Dausa, Dungarpur, Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu, Pali and Udaipur registered one death each due to COVID-19, the report said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Goa registers 95 new COVID-19 cases; 159 recoveries
As many as 95 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 159 recovered from the infection in Goa on Thursday, an official from the state health department said. With the addition of the latest cases, the coastal state's COVID-19 tally rose to 49,131, the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gautam Buddh Nagar: 107 new COVID-19 cases take tally to 23,838
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 107 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday that pushed the district's infection tally to 23,838, official data showed. Active cases in the district rose to 937 from 918 the previous day, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Main tourist area in McLeodganj declared COVID containment zone
Authorities in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district have declared the main tourist area in McLeodganj as a COVID-19 containment zone. Dharamshala Sub Divisional Magistrate Harish Gajju took the decision after 11 cases of the novel coronavirus were found in McLeodganj.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: AP logs 538 fresh COVID-19 cases, two deaths
Only two COVID-19 deaths were reported in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday in Andhra Pradesh, by far the lowest in about six months after the pandemic saw its peak in the state, while the number of active cases dropped below 1,000 in each of the 13 districts. The latest bulletin said 538 fresh cases and 558 recoveries were reported during the period in the state.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Uttar Pradesh records 25 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,677 new cases
With 1,677 fresh COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the infection tally rose to 5,61,161 on Thursday, while 25 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,011, an official said. The number of active cases in the state stood at 20,801, of which 9,516 are in home isolation, Principal Secretary, Health, Alok Kumar said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Tripura's COVID-19 tally rises to 32,976 with 31 new cases
Tripura's COVID-19 caseload increased to 32,976 on Thursday with 31 fresh cases, a health department official said. With no new fatalities, the death toll remained at 370.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 47 more test COVID-19 positive in UP's Muzaffarnagar
Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district recorded 47 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, pushing the infection tally to 7,395, officials said. The fresh infections brought the number of active cases to 535 in the district, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Moderna begins study of COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents
Moderna Inc said on Thursday it had dosed the first participant in a mid-to-late stage study testing its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in adolescents aged 12 to less than 18. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). "Our goal is to generate data in the spring of 2021 that will support the use of mRNA-1273 in adolescents in advance of the 2021 school year," said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The news comes as the United States prepares to begin distributing the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines from both Moderna and rival Pfizer/BioNTech to adults, upon regulatory nod for emergency use. A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet on Thursday to discuss whether to recommend the use of Pfizer's vaccine for people aged 16 and older. A similar meeting of advisers to the FDA is scheduled for Dec. 17 to discuss Moderna's vaccine.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi health minister thanks SRK for donating Remdesivir injections
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday thanked Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan for donating 500 Remdesivir injections, used in treatment of COVID-19 patients, saying it came at a time "when it was needed the most". The Union Health Ministry in its Clinical Management Protocols for COVID-19 has allowed the use of Remdesivir for restricted emergency purposes in patients in the moderate stages of the COVID-19 disease under "investigational therapies".
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Belarus, citing COVID-19 fears, to close land borders as brain drain bites
Belarus will close its land borders to its own citizens later this month to try to combat COVID-19, the government said late on Wednesday, a move the country's opposition leader likened to imprisoning the population in a Stalin-era prison camp. A government order, published at midnight -- 2100 GMT on Wednesday -- said the new measures, which include a ban on Belarusians travelling unless their trip is related to work or study, would come into force 10 days from the moment of publication. It did not specify when land borders would reopen.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Japan plans vaccine freezer buying binge as Tokyo reports record cases
Japan said on Thursday it will buy 10,500 deep freezers to store novel coronavirus vaccines as it prepares for the "extraordinary task" of protecting its people, while the capital, Tokyo, reported a record number of new infections. Japan, with a population of 126 million, has agreements to buy a total of 290 million doses of vaccines from Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc, or enough for 145 million people. Pfizer's vaccines need to be kept at around minus 75 Celsius (minus 103 Fahrenheit), and Moderna's at about minus 20C, posing complex logistics challenges in rolling them out.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: South Africa sees sharp rise in virus, part of African wave
South Africa is seeing a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases and bracing for increased hospitalizations and deaths, said the country's health minister Zweli Mkhize. "It is important for us to recognize that this now is a second wave, said Mkhize in a statement. There is going to be exponential growth. This means we must expect faster-rising numbers with a higher peak, possibly, than the first wave. South Africa's new wave is likely to spike so quickly that it could overwhelm hospital capacities in some regions, he warned.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: As coronavirus case counts dip, Geneva to reopen restaurants
Authorities in the Geneva canton, or region, that includes the city of the same name confirmed Monday the strict conditions for the reopening of eateries, just days after Swiss national authorities announced plans to tighten measures designed to fight the coronavirus. Geneva authorities say a maximum of four people can sit at a table and 1.5 meters (nearly 5 feet) of distance must be ensured between tables. Restaurateurs must require mask-wearing and provide disinfectant gel at their entrances. Ambience music must be limited to no louder than 75 decibels.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Coronavirus scare on cruise ship a false alarm, Singapore says
A passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a 'cruise-to-nowhere' from Singapore, forcing the ship to return to dock and nearly 1,700 guests to isolate, has been found not to have the virus, Singapore's health ministry said on Thursday. "A final confirmatory test has confirmed that the 83 year-old male Singaporean does not have COVID-19 infection," the health ministry said in a statement, adding it would help review testing processes aboard the ship.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha logs 343 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths
Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Thursday climbed to 3,22,642 after 343 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the toll in the coastal state to 1,794, a senior health department official said. Of the 343 new cases, 197 were reported from various quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: South Korea scrambles to build container hospital beds to combat third COVID-19 wave
South Korea authorities scrambled on Thursday to build hospital beds in shipping containers to ease strains on medical facilities stretched by the latest coronavirus wave, which shows little sign of abating with 682 new cases. The resurgence of infections has rekindled concerns about an acute shortage of hospital beds, prompting Seoul city to begin installing container beds for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Health authorities plan to step up testing by launching temporary sites at some 150 locations across the greater Seoul area.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: For the first phase of vaccination, govt likely to refer to voter list
CNBC-TV18 has learnt that the government is likely to make use of the voters' list to identify the priority age group for the first phase of vaccination. An expert committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Wednesday sought additional safety and efficacy data for COVID-19 vaccine candidates of Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech after deliberating upon their applications seeking emergency use authorisation for the shots, officials said. CNBC-TV18’s Timsy Jaipuria has more details. Read more.