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Highlights: Delhi reports 3,188 new Covid-19 cases, 3,307 recoveries

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By Karan Manral,Nilavro Ghosh | Updated: Dec 09, 2020 00:09 IST
Highlights: Delhi reports 3,188 new Covid-19 cases, 3,307 recoveries
Health workers in PPE coveralls during coronavirus (Covid-19) testing.

India’s count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crossed 9.7 million after the Union health ministry on Tuesday reported under 30,000 new infections-26,567-from the preceding 24 hours. Most significantly, the number of active continued to stay below 400,000 after falling below that mark on Monday for the first time since July. Also on Monday, the health ministry said the country, in the past week, had logged one of the lowest number of Covid-19 cases per million population in the world-186.

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On Monday, Delhi, the national capital, which had been the epicentre of the country’s recent surge in Covid-19 cases, logged a total of 1,674 new infections and 63 deaths, the Delhi government’s official health bulletin showed. The total number of cases in the city reached 593,924 including 9,706 fatalities due to the virus. The number of recoveries and active cases, meanwhile, are 561,732 and 22,486 respectively. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the city’s positivity rate had plummeted to 3.15%, which, he said, is the lowest positivity rate in six months.

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06:37 PM IST

Coronavirus immunity barrier 'still far off': WHO

WHO's Dr. Margaret Harris said that adhering to public health measures was more important than a vaccine for Covid-19 since the effect of the vaccine in providing some kind of immune barrier was still far off.

06:11 PM IST

Kerala records 5,032 new Covid-19 cases

The southern state active caseload rose to59,372 after 5,032 new infections. The death toll rose by 31.

05:04 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh reports 551 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours

Andhra Pradesh reported 551 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 8,72,839 including 8,60,368 recoveries and 5,429 active cases. The death toll rose to 7,042 after four new fatalities.

04:58 PM IST

Provision for grant of emergency use in regulatory framework

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that the Indian regulatory framework has a provision for grant of emergency use authorization while speaking about Covid-19 vaccines.

04:50 PM IST

Co-WIN to have data of frontline workers to get vaccination

The Union Health Ministry has said that the Co-WIN software will contain all the relevant details about the frontline workers in preparation of Covid-19 vaccination.

04:41 PM IST

1.54 lakh out of 2.39 lakh ANMs to be used for Covid-19 vaccination

The Union Health Ministry has said that 1.54 lakh Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) would be used out of the 2.39 lakh in the country for Covid-19 vaccination. This measure has been taken so that the Covid vaccination drive does not hamper routine health services.

04:35 PM IST

Current cold chain capable of storing additional quantity of Covid-19 vaccines

As per the Health Ministry, the current cold chain have an additional capacity to store Covid-19 vaccines for its first 3 crore health and frontline workers.

04:32 PM IST

Covid-19 vaccines may get license in coming weeks, precautions must be taken after vaccination: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry is hopeful of coronavirus vaccines getting licenses within the coming weeks but urges citizens to take precautions even after administering the same.

04:30 PM IST

Five states contribute to over half the positive cases in the country: Health Ministry

Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, West Bengal, Delhi account for 54% of total active Covid-19 cases in India as per the Union Health Ministry.

04:29 PM IST

Cumulative positivity rate down to 6.5%: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry has said that the cumulative positivity rate in the country is down to 6.5% as 14.8 crore Covid-19 tests have been completed.

04:29 PM IST

Union Health Ministry press breifing on Covid situation underway

The Union Health Ministry's press briefing on the country's present Covid-19 situation is underway.

03:38 PM IST

Andaman and Nicobar Island's Covid-19 tally at 4,773

15 new Covid-19 cases take Andaman and Nicobar's tally to 4,773. Active cases at 81.

03:03 PM IST

India's latest daily cases lowest in five months: Health ministry

India's latest daily Covid-19 cases-26,567-lowest since 26,506 on July 10, says health ministry.

02:42 PM IST

682 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths in Telangana

Telangana's Covid-19 tally reaches 274,540 after 682 new cases on Monday. Three deaths push death toll to 1,477.

02:10 PM IST

Over 26,000 new Covid-19 cases take Russia's tally past 2.5 million

Russia's Covid-19 tally reaches 2,515,009 with 26,097 new Covid-19 cases. 562 new fatalities take death toll to 44,159.

First published: Dec 08, 2020 07:05 IST