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.
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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.
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.
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.
42 new COVID19 cases, 34 recovered cases & 2 deaths reported in Puducherry today.— ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2020
Total number of cases: 38,070
Total active cases: 363
Total recovered cases: 37,074
Death toll: 633 pic.twitter.com/QMxOpeCMIS
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Puducherry records 42 new coronavirus cases
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First published: Dec 29, 2020 05:50 IST