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Thursday, Jun 17, 2021

Highlights: Kerala reports 5,722 new Covid-19 cases, 26 deaths

In some good news, US multinational pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc, which is one of several companies developing a potential Covid-19 vaccine, on Wednesday said its candidate-BNT162b2-was found to be 95% effective in the final analysis of phase 3 trial.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Nov 20, 2020 00:19 IST
Highlights: Kerala reports 5,722 new Covid-19 cases, 26 deaths
A medics in PPE speaks with relatives of a person suspected of coronavirus infection who was brought in an ambulance to the Covid-19 ward, at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)

India’s caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crossed 8.95 million to reach 8,958,483 after 45,576 new infections were reported between Wednesday and Thursday. This spike is 18% or nearly 7,000 cases higher than the previous rise of 38,617. Earlier, on Wednesday, national capital Delhi’s Covid-19 tally crossed five lakh mark to reach 503,084 after 7,486 new cases. The city also recorded 131 virus-related deaths, its highest in a day, taking the death toll to 7,943.

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Meanwhile, the United States, the world’s worst-hit country, also became the first to cross the 250,000 fatality mark, a Reuters tally showed. The tally further stated that the number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 in the US rose by 78,630 by Wednesday afternoon, the country’s highest for a single-day. India and Brazil, meanwhile, remain the second and third worst-hit countries respectively.

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11:50 PM IST

New York school shutdown angers parents as gyms, bars stay open

New York's public schools closed Thursday, sparking debate over whether the measure will help fend off a second coronavirus wave when classroom transmission is low and non-essential businesses remain open, reports AFP.

11:34 PM IST

Coronavirus could disrupt global recovery, says IMF director

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday said that the while the United States and other major economies turned in better-than-expected economic performances in the third quarter, the world now faces slower momentum with a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. Last month, the IMF forecast that the global economy would contract by an historic 4.4% this year and then mount a partial and uneven recovery, with global growth rebounding by 5.2% next year, reports AP.

11:18 PM IST

Kerala reports 5,722 new Covid-19 cases, 26 deaths

Kerala on Thursday reported 5,722 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths. A total of 6,860 people have recovered today, taking the total recoveries to 4,75,320 in the state, reports ANI.

10:57 PM IST

In wake of Covid-19 CDC recommends against travel for Thanksgiving

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it recommends Americans do not travel during the Thanksgiving holiday next week to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as cases of the virus spike around the country, reports Reuters.

10:33 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh records 546 new Covid-19 cases

10:08 PM IST

Delhi records 7,546 fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

09:27 PM IST

Noida's random testing at Delhi borders reveal 9 Covid-19 positive

A total of 178 people coming from Delhi to Noida were randomly tested for Covid-19 at the border of the two cities on Thursday and nine of them were found positive, officials said, reports PTI.

09:06 PM IST

Haryana records 2,212 new Covid-19 cases, active cases in state at 19,579

08:46 PM IST

Gujarat reports 1,340 fresh Covid-19 cases and 1,113 recoveries

08:20 PM IST

Maharashtra records 5,535 fresh Covid-19 cases, takes total tally to 17,63,055 cases

07:19 PM IST

Delhi records 131 deaths in last 24 hours, accounts for 22.39% of country's fatalities

Delhi accounted for 22.39 per cent of the fatalities reported across the country due to the coronavirus infection in a span of 24 hours by recording 131 deaths and became the largest contributor to the single-day Covid-19 deaths in India, the health ministry said on Thursday, reports PTI.

07:03 PM IST

Tamil Nadu records 1,707 fresh Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths

06:37 PM IST

Sadananda Gowda tests Covid-19 positive

06:03 PM IST

Jammu and Kashmir records 560 fresh Covid-19 cases

05:23 PM IST

Africa surpasses 2 million mark of Covid-19 cases

Africa has surpassed 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases as the continent's top public health official warned Thursday that “we are inevitably edging toward a second wave” of infections, reports AP.

First published: Nov 19, 2020 07:09 IST