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Highlights: PM Modi discusses post-Covid economic agenda with leading economists

Connecticut, Texas and Pennsylvania reported their first cases of the virus variant that helped trigger a UK lockdown amid concern that Covid-19 deaths in the US are likely to maintain a near-record pace at least through January.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Jan 08, 2021 23:26 IST
Highlights: PM Modi discusses post-Covid economic agenda with leading economists
Covid-19 testing in Navi Mumbai.

The number of infections due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) globally reached 87,941,154 with the United States still accounting for most of the case. The number of people succumbing to the disease was at 1,895,814.

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As pandemic continued to worsen in the United States, it recorded its highest number of fatalities in a single after nearly 4,000 people died of the virus. This comes as experts have raised that Covid-19 deaths in the US are likely to maintain a near-record pace at least through January.

Meanwhile, Connecticut, Texas and Pennsylvania reported their first cases of the new virus variant that triggered a lockdown in the United Kingdom.

In UK, British medics will be able to give Covid-19 shots to hundreds of thousands of people every day by January 15, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Brazil surpassed 200,000 virus deaths, second only to the US, on a day when it reported the most infections of the pandemic.

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11:24 PM IST

Jharkhand total case tally inches towards 117,000

11:22 PM IST

Assam reports 50 fresh cases of Covid-19

09:09 PM IST

Delhi airport mandates Covid-19 test, 7-day quarantine for UK passengers

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has announced new rules for all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, including mandatory RT-PCR Covid-19 testing and seven-day institutional quarantine.

The measures have been taken in the light of a new announcement from the Delhi government after flight services from the UK were resumed.

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07:17 PM IST

Rajasthan reports 471 new Covid-19 cases, tally reaches 3,12,091 cases

Rajasthan reported 471 new Covid-19 cases taking the overall tally in the state to 312,091 infections and 2,727 deaths, news agency ANI reported.

With 537 new recoveries, total recoveries reached 3,01,962 patients.

06:13 PM IST

UK approves Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine

UK's medical regulator gave its nod to the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by the US drug maker Moderna Inc. With vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca already being administered in the UK, Moderna became the third company to get approval.

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02:59 PM IST

EU to procure additional 300 million doses Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen had confirmed that the EU has procured 300 million additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to ensure sufficient availability in member nations.

02:17 PM IST

Iran leader Khamenei bans imports of US, British Covid-19 vaccines

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned the government from importing new coronavirus vaccines from the United States and Britain. "Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to officials and I'm saying it publicly now," Khamenei said in live televised speech.

"If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country," he said.

01:30 PM IST

Health minister inspects cold storage in Chennai

01:27 PM IST

Puducherry Covid-19 tally rises to 38,389

The union territory of Puducherry reported 20 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 38,389, a top Health department official said on Friday.

12:51 PM IST

82 persons found with new mutant Covid-19 variant: Health ministry

A total of 82 persons found with new mutant variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus so far, says Union ministry of health and family welfare.

11:58 AM IST

Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant: Study

A new research has found that Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Pfizer will protect against mutations of virus found in the UK and South Africa.

10:55 AM IST

Brisbane to enter lockdown from today

Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown from Friday afternoon after a local resident was found to be infected with the mutant strain of Covid-19.

09:34 AM IST

Israel tightens Covid-19 restrictions

Israel imposed new Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday night, tightening an ongoing nationwide lockdown.

09:23 AM IST

India's Covid-19 tally rises by 18,100

India's Covid-19 tally reached 10,413,417 after more than 18,100 people contracted the infection in the last 24 hours.

08:12 AM IST

Chinese city imposes lock down amid spike in cases

Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people near China’s capital has been locked down and its residents tested en-masse for the coronavirus amid the worst outbreak in about two months in the country.

First published: Jan 08, 2021 06:50 IST