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Highlights: Delhi logs 703 new cases, 28 deaths

On Monday, India reported 20,021 new Covid-19 cases and 279 fatalities, as per the Union health ministry.

By | Updated: Dec 29, 2020 23:54 IST
Highlights: Delhi logs 703 new cases, 28 deaths
Doctors from NMMC and Terna Hospital on door to door mass screening at a Covid-19 containment zone at in Navi Mumbai on Saturday (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT Photo)

India has been showing a declining trend in the number of active coronavirus cases reported everyday. On Monday, the country reported 20,021 new Covid-19 cases and 279 fatalities, as per the Union health ministry. The active caseload of coronavirus remained below 3 lakh on Monday too. While the number of new cases in the country are declining, the Union home ministry on Monday extended the guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution against the virus till January 2021.

The extension of the existing guidelines against the coronavirus comes in the backdrop of the recently discovered new variant of the virus in the UK. Many who have returned from the UK have been reported to be coronavirus positive hence raising alarms.

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More than 80 million people have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide. The surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Georgia, US has exhausted the healthcare facilities with more than 4,000 hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on Monday also showed that more than 2 million people have been administered with the coronavirus vaccine in the US, reported ANI.

06:56 PM IST

Tamil Nadu records 957 new cases, 12 deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 957 new coronavirus, pushing the state's overall tally to 8,16,132. 12 new fatalities took the death toll to 12,092.

06:54 PM IST

Uttarakhand logs 317 new cases, six deaths

Uttarakhand recorded 317 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 90,167. Six new fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,495.

06:28 PM IST

Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner asks hotel and restaurant owners to keep gathering to 200

Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner has asked hotel and restaurant owners to operate with half their capacity and keep gatherings limited to 200 ahead of New Year's Day.

05:44 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh logs 1,044 new cases, 18 deaths

Uttar Pradesh recorded 1,044 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's active case tally to 14,344. The death toll after 18 new fatalities stands at 8,340.

05:38 PM IST

Number of visitors to Republic Day parade to be curtailed due to Covid-19

The number of visitors to the 2021 Republic Day parade will be curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Seating arrangements are to be made keeping social distancing norms in mind.

05:19 PM IST

Five states and UTs account for 60% of total active cases

The Union Health Ministry said that 60% of all active coronavirus infections are from Maharashtra, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

04:57 PM IST

Need to be careful of new variant in India: Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog

Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, said that the majority of the Indian population was susceptible to infection by the coronavirus due to the cold weather. He said that the country must remain careful of the new variant making a run.

04:45 PM IST

Important we don't put pressure on virus: ICMR DG

The ICMR's Director General said that it was important that too much pressure was not put on the virus since it would cause it to mutate. He recommended judicious use of therapies which would prove beneficial.

04:31 PM IST

Consortium of 10 govt labs across the country to do genome sequencing: Ministry

The Union Health Ministry said that a consortium of 10 govt labs across the country to do genome sequencing, called INSACOG, had been established. The labs belonged to ICMR, BioTech India, CSIR and the Health Ministry.

04:28 PM IST

Vaccines will work against variants: Govt PSA

Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India Prof K. Vijay Raghavan said that there was no evidence to support the hypothesis that the coronavirus vaccines would be ineffective against the variants found in the UK and South Africa.

04:27 PM IST

Had roughly done 5000 genome sequences before UK variant: Ministry

The Union Health Ministry said that it had dine roughly 5000 genome sequences before the emergence of the UK coronavirus strain. Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that they would now increase sequencing.

04:25 PM IST

63% males and 37% females were coronavirus positive: Health Ministry

Union Health Ministry Secy Rajesh Bhushan said that 63% of total cases were reported in males & 37% cases in females. Age-wise, 8% cases reported below age of 17 yrs, 13% in 18-25 years age group, 39% in 26-44 years group,26% in 45-60 years group & 14% above 60 years.

04:22 PM IST

Former Himachal Pradesh CM's wife passes away due to Covid

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar's wife, Santosh Shailza, passed away after battling Covid-19 in the early hours of Tuesday.

04:12 PM IST

Positivity rate last week stood at 2.25%: Health Ministry

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of the Union Health Ministry said that the country had 2.7 lakh active coronavirus cases and that number was decreasing. He also said that the positivity rate last week stood at 2.25%.

04:09 PM IST

Indonesia secures vaccine deals with Pfizer, AstraZeneca

Indonesia has secured deals with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to provide 50 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

First published: Dec 29, 2020 05:50 IST