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LIVE: 19,037 new Covid-19 cases and 459 deaths in Italy

India's Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) on Friday announced that a dry run will be conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab and will enable end-to-end mobilisation and testing of Covid-19 vaccination process (except the vaccine) and check the usage of Co-WIN.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Dec 25, 2020 22:33 IST
LIVE: 19,037 new Covid-19 cases and 459 deaths in Italy
Healthcare worker collects swab sample from passenger at Dadar station in Mumbai, India.

India reported 23,067 new Covid-19 infections on Friday taking the total tally of cases in the country to 10,146,845. For the past 12 days, India has been recording less than 30,000 daily new cases. Although, the new strain of Covid-19 detected in the United Kingdom has become a cause of concern in the country, union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that there is no need to panic. “The government is fully conscious about everything. If you ask me, there is no reason to panic," he said.

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States have started implementing stricter rules to curb the new strain of Covid-19. As many as 1,206 passengers landed at the Mumbai international airport from Europe and the Middle- East on Thursday and 788 of them were quarantined in the city. The Ghaziabad administration has established a dedicated wing inside the integrated Covid-19 control room to treat people who have returned from the UK and Europe. At least 12 passengers returning from the UK tested positive in Goa and Maharashtra, officials said. In Meghalaya, entry of individuals from the UK into the state has been barred.

In the United States last week, someone died from Covid-19 every 33 seconds. More than 18,000 lives were lost to the virus in the seven days ending December 20, according to a Reuters analysis. More than 1 million people have already received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine in the US. "With cases of Covid-19 continuing to surge nationwide, this achievement comes at a critical time and will help to protect those on the frontlines -- our healthcare providers treating Covid-19 patients -- as well as our most vulnerable: elder individuals living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.

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04:27 PM IST

1,285 new Covid-19 cases take Uttar Pradesh's tally to 579,982

Uttar Pradesh reports 1,285 new Covid-19 cases as tally reaches 579,982. 13 new fatalities take death toll to 8,279.

04:02 PM IST

Israel adds 9,651 new Covid-19 cases

Israel's health ministry has announced that the country logged 9,651 new Covid-19 cases in the last two days, taking the national tally to 393,036.

03:57 PM IST

Ludhiana chosen for vaccine dry run in January, says official

"Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar have been chosen for Covid-19 vaccine dry run to be held from January 27 to 29. It'll be done using dummy vaccine. We have 805 service locations for vaccination," says Ludhiana deputy commissioner.

03:31 PM IST

Philippines' Covid-19 tally at 467,601

Philippines Covid-19 tally reaches 467,601 with 1,885 new cases. Death toll at 9,062 after seven new fatalities.

03:18 PM IST

More than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases and 51 deaths in Egypt

Egypt on Thursday reported 1,021 new Covid-19 cases and 51 deaths. Total cases reach 128,993 including 7,260 deaths.

02:28 PM IST

UK records more than 30,000 new Covid-19 cases

The United Kingdom logged 39,036 new Covid-19 cases and 574 related deaths. Total cases reach 2,188,587 including 69,625 deaths.

02:01 PM IST

Odisha reports 325 new Covid-19 cases, 3 fresh deaths

Odisha on Friday reported 325 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the coronavirus tally in the state to 3,27,867, a health department official said. The death toll in the rose to 1,853 with three fresh fatalities in the last 24-hours, he said.

01:52 PM IST

Russia reports 29,018 new Covid-19 cases, 563 deaths

Russia on Friday reported 29,018 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, including 7,315 in Moscow, taking the national total to 2,992,706 since the pandemic began. Authorities said 563 had died in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 53,659.

01:42 PM IST

Dry run for vaccine administration will be conducted in 4 states next week

Dry run for vaccine administration will be conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab next week. This will exercise enable end-to-end mobilisation and testing of Covid-19 vaccination process (except the vaccine) and check the usage of Co-WIN, reports ANI quoting government of India

01:38 PM IST

Thailand reports 81 new Covid-19 infections

Thailand on Friday recorded 81 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of the total, 37 were local infections, 35 migrant workers and nine other imported cases. Most of the infected migrant workers were asymptomatic, said Taweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA spokesman. So far, Thailand has reported 5,910 Covid-19 infections, with 1,308 of them reported in Myanmar migrant workers mostly employed in the fishing industry in Samut Sakhon province, where the latest outbreak originated.

12:06 PM IST

Puducherry logs 29 new coronavirus cases, overall tally rises

The union territory of Puducherry registered 29 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours while no fresh fatality was reported, a top Health department official said on Friday. The 29 new infections took the overall tally in the union territory to 37,914, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

11:56 AM IST

Rwanda sets up Covid-19 testing lab at major airport

The Rwandan Ministry of Health on Thursday inaugurated a Covid-19 testing laboratory at Kigali International Airport, the country's major airport in the capital city Kigali, to ease service delivery for travellers to Rwanda. "Unlike previously when samples for incoming travellers were taken at designated hotels, all passengers will be tested at the airport and get their results within 24 hours," Health Minister Daniel Ngamije told journalists at the launch event.

11:42 AM IST

South Korea reports record surge, ramps up testing

South Korea has reported its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Christmas Day, as the prime minister pleaded for vigilance to arrest a viral surge that has worsened hospitalization and deaths. The 1,241 new cases confirmed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Friday brought the country’s caseload to 54,770. Seventeen Covid-19 patients died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 773.

11:25 AM IST

Italy tops 2 million Covid-19 cases

Italy has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus cases on Friday.

Citing the Italy Health Ministry, CNN reported, the country reported at least 18,040 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total count to 2,009,317.

With 505 fresh Covid-related deaths, Italy's toll has reached 70,900.

Currently, there are at least 2,589 people in intensive care.

11:16 AM IST

9 new Covid-19 cases push Arunachal Pradesh tally to 16,678

Nine more persons, including an army man, tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the caseload in the northeastern state to 16,678, a health department official said on Friday. Of the fresh cases, four were reported from East Siang, two each from the Capital Complex region and Tawang and one from Upper Subansiri district, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

First published: Dec 25, 2020 10:12 IST