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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.
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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.
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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Jharkhand total case tally inches towards 117,000
Jharkhand reported 207 new #COVID19 cases & 188 recoveries & 2 deaths today.— ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2021
The total number of cases now stands at 1,16,436 including 1,13,928 recoveries, 1,043 deaths, and 1,465 active cases: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/NTybpcafB3
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.
Kind attention to all flyers arriving from the UK. pic.twitter.com/LfeZFTYN44— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) January 8, 2021
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.
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.
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.
We make sure Europeans have sufficient doses of safe & effective #COVID19 vaccines.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 8, 2021
We now enable EU countries to buy more doses of the 1st vaccine approved in EU.
They can now buy up to 300 million more doses of the #BioNTech/@Pfizer vaccine.https://t.co/vjZd0L17VL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel tightens Covid-19 restrictions
Israel imposed new Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday night, tightening an ongoing nationwide lockdown.
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.
First published: Jan 08, 2021 06:50 IST