Coronavirus Dec 24 highlights: India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,01,23,778 with24,712 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 96.93 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll increased to 1,46,756 with 312 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 96,93,173 pushing the national recovery rate to95.75 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day. There are 2,83,849 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.80 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Boats, planes, helicopters: Canada gears up to vaccinate remote indigenous communities
Canada's indigenous communities have been prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine but distributing it across difficult and remote terrain will be a challenge, as authorities deploy small planes and boats to ship the drug. Canada approved drugmaker Moderna's vaccine on Wednesday, which most indigenous communities are expected to use because it remains stable at 2-8 Celsius (36-46 Farenheit) for 30 days, unlike Pfizer's, which needs to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius and is only stable for a few days after thawing.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Italy enters Christmas lockdown limiting holiday travel
Police in Italy enforced new COVID-19 travel restrictions aimed at limiting far-flung families from gathering over Christmas as public health officials appealed Thursday for people to use common sense to prevent new infections over the holidays. A modified nationwide lockdown that took effect on Christmas Eve requires restrictions and closures similar to the 10 weeks of hard lockdown the Italian government imposed from March to May, when Italy became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Civic bodies to trace 349 travellers from UK
In view of the new strain of coronavirus detected in the UK, the local administration in Maharashtra's Thane district has drawn up a list of 349 people who have travelled from the European country in the last one month, an official said on Thursday. The administration is in the process of identifying and tracing people who have travelled from the UK since November 25, the official said. Of the 349 travellers, 55 have come to Kalyan taluka from the UK and the process is underway to track them down, said Madhuri Phophle, PRO of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation. The civic commissioner has also appealed to citizens to intimate the civic corporation about such travellers, the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Over 63,000 active cases in Ker; state logs 5,177
Over 63,000 people are presently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Kerala with 5,177 new cases being reported on Thursday, taking the infection caseload past the 7.26 lakh mark in the state. Fifty-two healthcare workers were among those infected on Thursday, state Health Minister K K Shailaja said. As many as 4,801 people were cured of the infection, which has claimed 2,914 lives so far, she said in a press release. The total recoveries have touched 6,60,445 and presently 63,155 people are under observation and 7,26,687 people have been infected with the virus so far.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 3,580 new COVID-19 cases in Maha, 89 deaths, 3,171 recoveries
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 19,09,951 on Thursday as it recorded 3,580 new cases, a health official said. The state reported 89 fatalities during the day which took the death toll to 49,058, he said. A total of 3,171 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the tally of recovered people to 18,04,871. The number of active patients in the state now is 54,891. Mumbai city reported 643 new cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 2,89,204, while its death toll rose to 11,045 with 12 more fatalities being reported. As many as 62,728 new samples were tested on Thursday.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UP reports 21 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,166 new cases
Uttar Pradesh reported 21 more COVID-19 fatalities and 1,166 new cases on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 8,266 and the infection tally to 5,78,697 in the state. Currently, there are 16,229 active cases in the state, and 5,54,202 people have recovered from the disease so far, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters here. He said the recovery rate in the state stood at 95.75 per cent. Prasad said over 1.40 lakh samples were tested for the disease on Wednesday, and the total number of tests conducted so far was around 2.29 crore.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: J-K records 291 fresh COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths
Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 caseload surged to 1,19,344 on Thursday with 291 fresh infections, while the death toll climbed to 1,860 as seven more people succumbed to the disease, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 147 were from the Kashmir division and 144 from the Jammu division, they said. Jammu district recorded the maximum fresh cases at 94, followed by 66 in Srinagar. The number of active cases in the union territory stands at 3,540, while 1,13,944 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. Of the latest fatalities, four were reported from Jammu and three from Kashmir, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID-19: Rajasthan records 1,001 fresh cases, 8 more fatalities
With 1,001 fresh cases, Rajasthan's COVID-19 tally went up to 3,02,709 on Thursday while eight more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the disease to 2,650 in the state. Two deaths were reported from Jodhpur while Bundi, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Pali and Tonk recorded a death each, according to an official report issued here. Of the fresh cases, Jaipur reported the maximum of 175 while Kota and Jodhpur recorded 113 and 100 respectively. The remaining cases were reported from other districts. A total of 2,88,388 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the infection so far in the state, while the number of active cases is 11,759, the report said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Tripura logs 13 more COVID-19 cases; tally rises to 33,216
Thirteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Thursday, pushing the tally to 33,216, a health department official said. The COVID-19 death toll rose to 381 after one more patient succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 190 of the 381 COVID-19 deaths, the official said. Tripura currently has 195 active coronavirus cases, while 32,617 people have recovered and 23 patients have migrated to other states, the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 216 people who arrived from UK to be institutionally quarantined in Punjab
As many as 216 people who arrived here from the UK in a December 22 flight will be institutionally quarantined as they might have come in contact with seven of their fellow passengers and a crew member who tested COVID-19 positive on arrival, health officials said on Thursday. They are from different places, including Amritsar, and are being taken from their homes to institutional quarantine centres, they said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Inhumane to reserve ICU beds in pvt hospitals for COVID patients when cases going down, says High Court
The Delhi High Court on Thursday said it was "inhumane" to keep thousands of ICU beds reserved in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients when the positivity rate of the infection and number of coronavirus cases was going down in the national capital. Justice Navin Chawla said that in the prevailing situation today keeping so many ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients "cannot be sustained" and if in future there was an increase in COVID-19 cases, then the reservations can be brought back.
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Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Serbia begins COVID-19 vaccination drive, with PM first in line
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic received Serbia's first COVID-19 vaccine shot on Thursday, kicking off a mass inoculation drive with doses developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Serbia is the third country in Europe to start mass COVID-19 inoculations after Britain and Switzerland. Some 4,875 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccines were flown on Tuesday to Serbia. Most states in the European Union, which Serbia aims to join, will start inoculations against COVID-19 on Dec. 27.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Puducherry reports 40 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 13 new COVID-19 cases, 46 recoveries recorded in a day in Ladakh
The Union Territory of Ladakh recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases in a day taking the infection tally to 9,309, while 46 patients have been cured during the same period, officials said on Thursday. Out of the 13 fresh cases, 11 were reported in Leh district and two in Kargil, they said. Forty-six patients recovered from the viral disease in a day, bringing down the number of active cases in the region to 237. Leh district has 216 active cases and Kargil 21. So far, 125 people have died of COVID-19 in the Union Territory. Eighty-two deaths were reported from Leh district and 43 from Kargil.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: COVID-19 norms flouted at music event in Guj, 3 cops suspended
Three policemen have been suspended for failing to stop a musical event at a village in Gujarat where COVID-19 prevention norms were allegedly flouted, a senior official said on Thursday. The folk music event was organised on Wednesday night at Vadgamda village in Tharad taluka of Banaskantha district. Some videos which went viral on social media showed around 200 people, many without masks, sitting close to each other at the event. The main organiser of the event has been arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Tarun Kumar Duggal said. Some videos of the programme went viral after the event was held on Wednesday night, he said. "Such programmes are not at all permitted in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. For failing to act in time, we have placed a sub-inspector of that area and two head constables under suspension after the matter came to light today," the official said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Karnataka Govt lifts night curfew after public outcry
Night curfew order, issued yesterday, has been withdrawn after reviewing the situation on the suggestion of Technical Advisory Committee, says Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The decision came after public opposed the curfew. On Wednesday CM announced the night curfew from December 24 to January 2 from 11 pm to 5 am amid fears of a new Covid strain from the UK.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Country's first oldest COVID-19 survivor dead
The country's first oldest COVID-19 survivor Thomas Abraham died of age-related ailments on Thursday, his family said here. The 93-year-old died in Ranni village in the district and the funeral would be held at a church at Aithala on Friday. He is survived by his wife and three children. The recovery of the 93-year-old Abraham and his 88- year-old wife after a battle against coronavirus in March this year was dubbed by the medical community as a miracle cure.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: MuDiTa Express Cargo signs MoU with SpiceJet for COVID-19 vaccine distribution across India
MuDiTa Express Cargo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with budget carrier SpiceJet for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine across India, the express logistics services provider said on Thursday. MuDiTa Express has been transporting vaccines for major pharma companies such as Serum Institute, Sanofi India, Sun Pharma, Wockhardt, Glenmark, among others. Besides, it has also been involved in central government's polio immunisation programme, a release said. The company has trained workforce to handle dangerous goods and has the necessary certifications to document, pack and transport cold chain vaccines which are covered as Class 9 Packing Groups under UN 1845 Packing Instructions, using dry ice as a packing material.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Israel imposing third national COVID-19 lockdown
Israel will impose a third national lockdown to fight climbing COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. The curbs will come into effect on Sunday evening and last for 14 days, pending final cabinet approval, a statement from Netanyahu's office said. The restrictions include the closure of shops, limited public transport, a partial shutdown of schools and a one-kilometre restriction on travel from home, except for commuting to workplaces that remain open and to purchase essential goods.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: 15 new cases take Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 4,156
Fifteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Thursday, taking the tally in the state to 4,156, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, 11 were reported from Aizawl, three from Kolasib and one from Lawngtlai districts, he said. Ten new patients have travel history, while three were detected during contact tracing and it is yet to be ascertained how the remaining two persons contracted the disease, the official said. The new patients were asymptomatic, he said. Mizoram now has 140 active cases, while 4,008 people have recovered from the disease so far and eight died. The state has so far conducted 1,74,742 sample tests for COVID-19, including 1,175 on Wednesday.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Adityanath asks authorities to remain vigilant
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday directed authorities to maintain extra vigil especially at airports amid concerns over a new strain of coronavirus spreading in the UK. Adityanath held a high level meeting with senior officials and directed that arrangements be made for proper treatment of COVID-19 patients, an official release issued here said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria, says Africa CDC
Another new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa's top public health official said Thursday, but further investigation is needed. Its a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters. He said the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in that country Africa's most populous will be analyzing more samples. The alert about the apparent new variant was based on two or three genetic sequences, he said, but that and South Africa's alert late last week were enough to prompt an emergency meeting of the Africa CDC this week. The new variant in South Africa is now the predominant one there, Nkengasong said, as confirmed infections in the country approach 1 million. While the variant transmits quickly and viral loads are higher, it is not yet clear whether it leads to a more severe disease, he said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Delhi is set to receive, store, and give COVID-19 vaccine to priority category persons, says CM Kejriwal
Kejriwal said his government is all set to start the vaccination drive as soon as it gets the vaccine from the Centre. The registration is underway for people in three priority categories who will receive the vaccine first, he said. "There are a total of 51 lakh priority category persons in Delhi -- three lakh health workers, six lakh frontline workers, and 42 lakh of those aged above 50 and those below 50 but having co-morbidities," the chief minister said. Delhi needs 1.02 crore doses in the first drive. Currently, there is storage capacity for 74 lakh doses, and it will be scaled up to 1.15 crore within a week, Kejriwal said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Night curfews will not impact restaurants, people are getting used to a new normal
States are announcing night curfews across the country but restaurants aren't worried about their business. Anjan Chatterjee of Specialty Restaurants says people are adapting to the new normal, and we are happy with the way things are. Why and how? Watch the conversation here.
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Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Priority list for COVID-19 vaccine ready in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is getting trained to deliver shots. A list of people who should be inoculated on priority in Tamil Nadu is ready. 21,000 personnel are under training as the govt has identified 46,000 centres, a top state health official said here on Thursday. The comprehensive list, including about five lakh health workers, all frontline personnel like those from municipal administration, revenue and police, the elderly and those with co-morbidities is ready, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said.
Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UP health officials trying to trace UK returnees face switched-off phone hurdle
The Uttar Pradesh Health Department is facing an uphill task of connecting to those who have recently returned from the UK, where a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected, as many of them have switched off their mobile phones. Also, the Centre has advised states to ensure that passengers from the UK should undergo RT-PCR test and be isolated in a separate unit of an institutional facility if found positive. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Lucknow Sanjay Bhatnagar on Thursday said, "The central government has provided a list of those returning from the UK to Uttar Pradesh, including those coming to the state capital. But it only mentions their phone numbers. Efforts are on to contact them but most of them have switched off their phones." Many have been traced and efforts are on to connect with others them, the CMO said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 14 more deaths, 488 new cases in Punjab
Fourteen more people died from coronavirus in Punjab on Wednesday as 488 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 1,64,145. So far, 5,243 people have died from the infection in the state, according to a medical bulletin. On Wednesday, Mohali reported a maximum 105 cases followed by 59 in Jalandhar and 48 in Patiala. A total of 582 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of cured people to 1,53,964, the bulletin said. Currently, the state has 4,938 active cases, it said. Eight critical patients are on ventilator while 110 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. A total of 37,36,616 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.