Coronavirus News Dec 17 Highlights: India has recorded 99,56,557 confirmed COVID- 19 cases till now, including 1,44,451 deaths. A total of 94,89,740 patients have recovered, as per the latest data from the Union Health Ministry. There are 3,22,366 active cases in the country right now, with 24,010 fresh cases. Active cases fall for 19th straight day now to lowest levels since July 15. Mortality rate remained at 1.45% for 18 days, positivity rate slipped to 3.24% while recovery rate rose to 95.31%.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gujarat records 1,115 COVID-19 cases, 1,305 recoveries
As many as 1,115 more persons in Gujarat tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 2,32,188 on Thursday, said the state Health Department. Eight more patients succumbed to the infection during the same period, pushing the death toll to 4,211, said a release by the department.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: AIIMS unable to find required no. of volunteers for phase-3 trial of Bharat Biotech's COVID vaccine
The AIIMS here is unable to find the required number of volunteers for the phase3 trial of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine, with officials saying people are unwilling to participate in the exercise thinking why to take part in a trial when a vaccine would be available soon for everybody. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital is one of the sites conducting the final phase of the trial of the vaccine, "Covaxin", and it needs around 1,500volunteers for the purpose.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maha records 3,880 COVID-19 cases, 4,358 recoveries
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 18,84,773 on Thursday with the addition of 3,880 fresh cases, said a state health department official. The state also reported 65 more deaths, taking the fatality count to 48,499, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 18 more deaths push UP's COVID-19 toll to 8,136
The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh rose to 8,136 on Thursday with 18 more fatalities, while 1,539 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 5,70,789 in the state, according to a health bulletin. Currently, there are 18,150 active cases in Uttar Pradesh and a total of 5,44,503 people have recovered from the disease so far, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi records 1,363 new cases
Delhi recorded 1,363 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday with over 90,000 tests conducted, the highest till date, even as the positivity rate slipped to 1.51 per cent, authorities said. The death toll mounted to 10,182 with 35 new fatalities, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: PM Modi wishes French prez speedy recovery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished a speedy recovery to French President Emmanuel Macron, who has tested positive for COVID-19. President Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday. It said the president took a test "as soon as the first symptoms appeared".
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Divert arms money to fight COVID-19, ensure vaccine for all, says Pope
Pope Francis urged world leaders on Thursday to divert funds used for armaments to confront problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure vaccines reach the poor and most vulnerable nations. (Reuters)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Putin says he will receive COVID-19 vaccine when he can
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was yet to be inoculated with the Russian made vaccine against COVID-19 but that he would do so when possible. He also urged his countrymen to get vaccinated at the earliest,
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Odisha logs 351 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more fatalities
Odisha on Thursday added 351 new cases to its COVID-19 caseload, raising the state's tally to 3,25,147, while five fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,825, a health department official said. Of the 351 cases, 203 were reported from various quarantine centres, and 148 detected during contact tracing.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Israel to halt sweeping COVID-19 cellphone surveillance next month
Israel will next month halt its cellphone tracking of coronavirus cases except for carriers who refuse epidemiological questioning or in the event of a surge in contagions, a government minister said. (Reuters)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Saudi Arabia begins inoculating people with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines
Saudi Arabia began inoculating people in the kingdom with a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, becoming the first Arab country to roll out the PfizerBioNTech jab. (Reuters)
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: California sees record coronavirus cases, deaths
California has reported more than 53,000 new coronavirus cases and 293 deaths, setting new records as hospitals struggled to keep up with the surge. State health officials said Wednesday a change in data processing added 15,337 previous cases to the count, but the new virus cases remained a daily record. The state has been grappling with soaring cases and hospitalizations. Most of California's 40 million residents are under stay-at-home orders because of dwindling intensive care unit capacity. Hospitals are filling up so fast that officials are rolling out mobile field facilities and scrambling to hire more doctors and nurses.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 recovery rate in India among highest in the world, says Health Ministry
India's COVID-19 recovery rate is amongst the highest in the world, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday, underlining that countries like the US, Brazil, Russia, and Italy are reporting lesser recovery rates. With focused strategy and proactive as well as calibrated measures of the Centre along with the States and UTs, India has sustained a very high COVID-19 recovery rate along with rapidly declining active cases and low mortality rate, it said. "While the global figure for recovery rate is 70.27 per cent, India is recording 95.31 percent. The USA, Brazil, Russia, and Italy are reporting lesser recovery rates," the ministry said. Recoveries outnumbering new cases on a daily basis have ensured a high recovery rate among patients. The total recovered cases are nearing 95 lakh. "The gap between recoveries and active cases is also increasing consistently and presently stands at 91,67,374," the ministry said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 vaccine pricing to help govts to ensure little to no out-of-pocket costs for people
PfizerGlobal pharma major Pfizer has said its COVID-19 vaccine is being priced in a way that will help governments to ensure that there is little to no out-of-pocket costs for their people, as it seeks to ensure access to the vaccine across the world. For this pandemic period, the company's pricing approach is based on the principle of ensuring broad access and supplies to the governments, a Pfizer spokesperson said in a statement.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19
French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential Elysee Palace announced on Thursday. It said the president took a test as soon as the first symptoms appeared. The brief statement did not say what symptoms Macron experienced. It said he would isolate himself for seven days. He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance, it added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Thailand relaxes travel curbs for tourists from over 50 countries
Thailand on Thursday eased travel restrictions for citizens from 56 countries in a bid to boost the country's pandemic-hit tourism industry, though visitors will be required to undergo a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine. Tourists from countries including Australia, France and the United States can travel without visas, but would need a certificate to show they were free of COVID-19 72 hours before travel and a place at a quarantine hotel, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for Thailand's COVID-19 taskforce said. Visitors would then be subject to a two-week quarantine period after arriving, he said, adding that the normal 30-day visa would be extended to 45 days.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Russia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout draws wary, mixed response
While excitement and enthusiasm greeted the Western-developed coronavirus vaccine when it was rolled out, the Russian-made version has received a mixed response, with reports of empty Moscow clinics that offered the shot to health care workers and teachers the first members of the public designated to receive it.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Sydney residents told to stay home after COVID-19 cluster grows to 17
Australia on Thursday scrambled to trace the source of new COVID-19 cases after a cluster was detected in the largest city of Sydney, where authorities urged hundreds of thousands of people to stay home and set up emergency testing centres. After reporting two new cases of the novel coronavirus in Sydney's northern suburbs the previous day, the authorities said hours later the number had jumped to 17, prompting a request for all 250,000 residents in the city's Northern Beaches district to stay home for three days. People from outside the local government area were urged not to go there.
Coronavirus in Japan LIVE Updates: The Japanese capital of Tokyo said today the strain on its medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic was severe, raising its alert level to the highest of four stages as the number of cases spiked to a record high. At a coronavirus monitoring committee meeting attended by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, a health official said it had become difficult to balance the care of COVID-19 patients with regular ones as hospital beds filled up, assigning a "red" alert for medical preparedness for the first time. The number of positive cases in Tokyo surged to a daily record of more than 800 today, public broadcaster NHK said. (Reuters)
Odisha recorded 351 new #COVID19 cases, 358 recoveries and 5 deaths on December 16, as per State Health Department
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The World Health Organization said today that China had welcomed an international team of investigators into COVID-19 expected to travel to the country in early January. Babatunde Olowokure, the WHO's regional emergencies director in the Western Pacific, told a news conference that the organisation was in talks with Beijing over where the investigators would travel to within the country. (Reuters)
Coronavirus in Arunachal Pradesh LIVE Updates: At least 21 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 16,574, reported news agency PTI citing a health department official. Barring two, all the new patients were asymptomatic, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Fourteen people were cured of the disease yesterday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 16,278. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state currently stands at 98.21 percent. Arunachal Pradesh now has 241 active cases, and 55 patients have succumbed to the infection so far, the official said.
Coronavirus in Puducherry LIVE Updates: The union territory of Puducherry logged 40 new coronavirus cases while no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, a top Health department official said today. The 40 fresh infections took the overall tally to 37,622, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. The death toll remained at 622 as no death was reported from any of the four regions - Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam- in the last 24 hours ending 10 am. (PTI)
Just In: BJP MP Ajay Bhatt has been tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.
79.15% of 355 deaths reported in the past 24 hours are from 10 States/UTs. 26.76% of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra which reported 95 deaths. West Bengal saw a fatality count of 46 while Delhi reported 32 new deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Update: The World Health Organization says countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to Covid-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic.
Just In: Germany reports over 45,000 Covid-19 cases, its biggest-ever jump in infections and over twice the number from the day before.
Coronavirus in China LIVE Updates: Mainland China reported seven new COVID-19 cases yesterday, the country's national health authority said today. The National Health Commission, in a statement, said all of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell to six from nine a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 86,777, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634. (Reuters)
India Update | Active cases fall for 19th straight day now, slip to lowest levels since July 15.
Mortality rate remains at 1.45% for 18 days, positivity rate slips to 3.24% while recovery rate rises to 95.31%