Highlights: Odisha caps price of Covid-19 RT PCR tests at ₹400, cheapest in I
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country, with more than 1.8 million cases. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are next, with each having less than 1 million virus cases.
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A total of 36,604 new Covid-19 infections were logged in the last 24 hours as the country's caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reached 9,499,413, the Union health ministry's data showed on Wednesday. The active cases continue fell below 430,000 while recoveries crossed 8.9 million. Delhi, the epicentre of the country's recent surge of new Covid-19 cases, on Wednesday logged 3,944 new cases and 82 deaths, as per Delhi govt's data, taking the capital city's overall tally to 578,324 including 9,342 deaths.
Meanwhile, officials in the United States, the world's worst-affected country, on Tuesday unveiled plans to vaccinate millions of Americans as early as mid-December. Officials said as many as 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of 2020, and by mid-2021 most Americans will have access to highly effective vaccines.
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Karnataka to see Covid-19 second wave in early 2021: Technical Advisory panel
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for Covid-19 in Karnataka has said the second wave of the pandemic is expected in early 2021 and has made a slew of recommendations including banning public celebrations ahead of the new year in a bid to avert a crisis, reports PTI.
Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine scrutinized independently: UK medicine regulator chief
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Covid-19 vaccine to be free, says Italian health minister
Italy's health minister Roberto Speranza has told parliament that Italy will launch a massive, free coronavirus vaccination programme early next year, with health workers and the elderly to be given priority.
3,944 new Covid-19 cases and 82 deaths in Delhi
Delhi reports 3,944 new Covid-19 cases, 5,329 recoveries, and 82 deaths, as per Delhi health department.
Delhi reports 3,944 new COVID-19 cases, 5,329 recoveries, and 82 deaths, as per Delhi Health Department— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2020
Total cases: 5,78,324
Total recoveries: 5,38,680
Death toll: 9,342
Active cases: 30,302 pic.twitter.com/37x9OuEYXJ
Russia records highest daily Covid-19 deaths
Russia recorded highest single-day count of Covid-19 deaths in last 24 hours as 589 fatalities take death toll to 41,053. 25,345 new cases take total tally to 2,347,401.
NGT extends ban on firecrackers during Covid-19 pandemic
National Green Tribunal (NGT) extends ban on the sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers during the Covid-19 pandemic, in Delhi-NCR and all cities/towns in the country where the ambient air quality falls under the ‘poor’ and above category.
565 new Covid-19 cases,925 recoveries and 1 death in Telangana
Telangana recorded 565 new Covid-19 cases, 925 recoveries and 1 death on December 1. Total cases at 270,883 including 260,155 recoveries, 9,266 active cases and 1,462 deaths.
West Bengal governor inaugurates Phase 3 trials of Covaxin in state
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar inaugurates Phase 3 trials of Covaxin at Kolkata.
West Bengal: Governor Jagdeep Dhankar inaugurates Phase 3 of Covaxin at the Indian Council of Medical Research- National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED) in Kolkata pic.twitter.com/tabEAPKfZ5— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2020
UK approves use of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
UK authorises Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, to be made available across the country from next week.
Odisha caps price of RT-PCR test to ₹400, Covid-19 cases reach 319,583
Odisha govt caps price of RT-PCR tests by private labs at ₹400. 480 new cases, meanwhile, take state's Covid-19 tally to 319,583.
Covaxin trials on 1,600-1,800 people in Karnataka, says minister
I think they're doing clinical trial on about 1600-1800 people in Karnataka. CM has officially announced and given first dose today through Vydehi institution. I hope third phase will be very successful and will be devoid of adverse effects on any individual: Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar
Karnataka CM inaugurates phase 3 trials of Covaxin
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa virtually inaugurates phase 3 of clinical trial of Covaxin being developed by Bharat Biotech.
Karnataka: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa virtually inaugurates Phase 3 of clinical trial of Covaxin being developed by Bharat Biotech— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2020
The trials will be conducted at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/JdwAAg0L3w
Positivity rate in Delhi under 7%, expected to dip below 5%: Satyendar Jain
Positivity rate has declined below 7%. It is expected to go below 5% in the next few days. Currently, more than 1600 ICU beds are available in hospitals in Delhi: Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain
Community service at Covid-19 centres for those not wearing masks in Gujarat
The Gujarat high court has ordered community service at COVID-19 care centres for those who do not wear masks, directs State Government to issue a notification.
First published: Dec 02, 2020 07:07 IST