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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 hindustantimes.com | 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.

03:47 PM IST

Puducherry reports 42 new cases, two deaths

Puducherry reported 42 new coronavirus infections, taking the Union Territory's tally to 38,070. The death toll after two new fatalities stands at 633.

03:43 PM IST

Symptomatic international passengers to undergo genome sequencing: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry said that all international passengers that have arrived in India in the last 14 days would be subject to genome sequencing, if they test positive and are symptomatic.

03:40 PM IST

Aviation Ministry to formulate SOPs for Covid vaccine transportation

The Union Civil Aviation Ministry's Secretary said that they will formulate SOPs with the Ministry of Health and the Department of Pharmaceuticals when exact details of the vaccine are known.

03:36 PM IST

Epidemiologist urges tighter UK restrictions

Leading epidemiologist and government advisor Andrew Hayward said that the UK needed tighter coronavirus restrictions in order to prevent 'catastrophe'.

03:28 PM IST

Four states conduct successful coronavirus vaccination dry runs

Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab have conducted successful coronavirus vaccination dry runs on December 28 and 29 as per the Union Health Ministry.

03:16 PM IST

HS Puri predicts short extension on UK flights suspension

Union Civil Aviation Minsiter HS Puri said that he foresaw a short extension on the temporary suspension of flights from the UK over hears of the new coronavirus variant.

03:01 PM IST

Dubai to inoculate 70% of population by end of 2021

Dubai is planning to inoculate 70% of its population by the end of 2021 with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

02:46 PM IST

Three people in K'taka test positive for UK variant of coronavirus

Three people in Karnataka have tested positive for the new UK coronavirus strain. Primary and secondary contacts of the infected have been identified and kept in isolation with their conditioned being monitored, as per state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

02:29 PM IST

Odisha reports 263 new cases, four deaths

Odisha reported 263 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 3,29,001 including 2,688 active cases. The death toll after four new fatalities stands at 1,868.

02:17 PM IST

Indonesia to sign deal with Pfizer, AstraZeneca for Covid vaccines

Indonesia will sign vaccine procurement deals with Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc as it braces for a flare-up in Covid-19 infections after the year-end holiday, reports Bloomberg.

01:42 PM IST

ICPA demands information on new Covid variant from Air India Director

Indian Commercial Pilots' Association writes to Air India Director (Operations), demanding that 'the company procure info from labs & promptly inform all pilots who have tested Covid positive and pilots who may test positive in future if they're infected with this deadlier variant', reports ANI.

01:31 PM IST

Beneficiaries receive dummy vaccination during Covid vaccine dry run in Gujarat

Identified 'beneficiaries' are undergoing dummy vaccination at various centres in Gandhinagar and Rajkot districts of Gujarat on the second day of the Covid-19 vaccination dry run on Tuesday, officials said, reports PTI.

01:02 PM IST

Puducherry records 42 new coronavirus cases

Puducherry posted 42 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday taking the total number of those infected by the virus to 38,070, while two related deaths pushed the toll to 633, reports PTI.

12:19 PM IST

MoS for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey tests Covid positive

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey has said that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is under home isolation, reports PTI.

10:38 AM IST

Telangana records 397 new Covid-19 cases

Telangana recorded 397 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total positives to over 2.85 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,535, reports PTI.

First published: Dec 29, 2020 05:50 IST