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Highlights: India 'pharmacy of the world', says Harsh Vardhan

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are the current five worst-hit states in India, with Maharashtra having nearly double the number of cases of second worst-hit Karnataka.

By Mallika Soni | Updated: Nov 26, 2020 00:05 IST
Highlights: India 'pharmacy of the world', says Harsh Vardhan

Due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in various states, the Centre on Wednesday allowed states and union territories to impose local restrictions, such as night curfew, based on their assessment of the situation. However, they cannot impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without prior consultation with the Centre, according to an order issued by the ministry of home affairs on Wednesday.

The new guidelines – termed ‘Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution’- will remain in force from December 1 to December 31. They have been issued a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with the chief ministers of several states during which the severity of the third wave of infection was flagged by several leaders present.

India's current count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) stands at 9,222,216 after 44,376 infections were logged in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry's data showed on Wednesday. The country's count of cases continues to be the second-highest globally after that of the United States and immediately ahead of Brazil's. The US and Brazil have thus far recorded 12 million and 6.1 million cases respectively, according to worldometers.

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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a virtual meet with chief ministers of seven states and a Union territory-Delhi-over the surge in cases of Covid-19 in the respective regions. The meeting was divided in two parts; while the first part was a review meet on Covid-19, in the second, discussion took place on plan to distribute Covid-19 vaccine, once a vaccine is finally approved by health authorities. Besides the chief ministers, Union home minister Amit Shah and health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan were also present at the meeting.

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10:52 PM IST

Robust Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing, delivery ecosystem initiated to meet demand: Harsh Vardhan

The government has initiated a robust Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing and delivery ecosystem to meet the demand, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday. Vardhan, who is also the health and family welfare minister, said that as the world races to develop the vaccine for Covid-19, India is looking to be self-reliant in both its development and mass production. Addressing a virtual Global R&D Summit 2020, organised by FICCI, jointly with the Department of Science and Technology, Vardhan said, "Called as the pharmacy of the world, India has the largest capacity to produce Covid-19 vaccines."

<p>Robust Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing, delivery ecosystem initiated to meet demand: Harsh Vardhan</p>
10:29 PM IST

Odisha records 730 new Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths

Odisha's Covid-19 tally surged to 3,16,001 after it added 730 new infections in the last 24 hours, informed the state's Information and Public Relations Department. The total number of Coronavirus cases in the state include 3,07,374 recoveries and 6,887 active cases. However, 16 patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, according to the Health and Welfare Department of Odisha.

10:25 PM IST

Over 950 people without mask penalised: Noida Police

Over 950 people who were found without face masks at public places were issued challans across Noida and Greater Noida on Wednesday amid the Covid-19 pandemic, police said. Police Commissioner Alok Singh has directed officials to challan those people who are found not adhering to Covid-19 protocols in public places, it stated in a statement.

10:00 PM IST

Twenty beds of Delhi's Burari hospital equipped with ventilators

Twenty beds of Burari hospital of the Delhi government were equipped with ventilators on Wednesday, facilitating full-fledged ICU treatment. Thirty more ventilators will be added to the beds in the hospital by Saturday, said a Delhi government statement.

On the occasion, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, wearing a PPE kit, visited patients in the Covid-19 ward of the hospital and took their feedback. He directed the hospital staff to take follow up action on it.

<p>Twenty beds of Delhi's Burari hospital equipped with ventilators</p>
09:55 PM IST

West Bengal records more than 3,500 fresh Covid-19 cases

West Bengal's Covid-19 death toll mounts to 8,172 with 51 more fatalities; 3,528 fresh cases push tally to 4,66,991, the state health department said.

09:32 PM IST

87 more test Covid-19 positive in Chandigarh

Chandigarh on Wednesday reported 87 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the infection tally to 16,925, according to a medical bulletin.

The death of a 57-year-old coronavirus positive man pushed the related toll to 266, the bulletin said.

Chandigarh has 1,127 active Covid-19 cases, as of now, according to the bulletin.

09:29 PM IST

Gujarat: Surat records 277 new Covid-19 cases; two more deaths

The Covid-19 caseload in Gujarat's Surat district rose to 41,050, after 277 fresh infections were detected in the region on Wednesday, an official from the state health department said. With the death of two Covid-19 patients in the city, the toll in the district has reached 1,056, the official said. While 187 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the city, 42 recoveries were reported in the rural areas, he said.

09:27 PM IST

31 more deaths, 785 new Covid-19 cases in Punjab

The death toll from Covid-19 rose to 4,684 in Punjab with 31 more patients succumbing to the infection, while the caseload climbed to 1,48,435 after detection of 785 new cases on Wednesday, according to a medical bulletin.

Earlier today Punjab Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered night curfew in all towns and cities of Punjab from 10pm to 5am from December 1.

<p>31 more deaths, 785 new Covid-19 cases in Punjab</p>
09:18 PM IST

12 more Covid-19 positive patients die in Uttarakhand, state reports 482 fresh cases

Uttarakhand on Wednesday reported 482 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the state tally to 72,642. Twelve more Covid-19 positive patients also died in the state, taking the death toll to 1185. Out of 72,642 who have tested positive so far, a total of 66,147 have recovered successfully, taking the recovery rate in the state to 91.06%. The positivity rate in the state now stands at 5.68%.

09:14 PM IST

1,534 new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu; 16 fatalities

Tamil Nadu logged 1,534 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall infection count to 7,74,710, while 16 more fatalities pushed the toll to 11,655.

Recoveries continued to eclipse new infections with 1,873 people being discharged from health care facilities, taking the overall tally to 7,51,535, a health department bulletin said. Active cases in the state stood at 11,520.

09:11 PM IST

Mumbai reports 1,144 new Covid-19 cases, 17 deaths

Mumbai's tally of Covid-19 cases grew to 2,78,590 with the addition of 1,144 new cases on Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on. The country's financial capital has witnessed a rise in the single-day infection count for the second consecutive day after dropping to 800 cases on Monday. The city's death toll due to the virus increased to 10,723 with 17 fresh fatalities, the civic body said.

09:09 PM IST

Delhi reports 5,246 new Covid-19 cases and 99 deaths in the last 24 hours

Delhi reported 5,246 new cases, 5,361 recoveries, and 99 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Delhi health department.

08:55 PM IST

US based COVAXX gets supply deals worth $2.8 billion for potential Covid-19 vaccine

COVAXX, a unit of United Biomedical Inc, said on Thursday it has received purchase commitments totaling $2.8 billion to deliver more than 140 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries, including Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. The multitope peptide-based vaccine is currently in early-stage trials in Taiwan, lagging some of the frontrunners in the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine.

<p>US based COVAXX gets supply deals worth $2.8 billion for potential Covid-19 vaccine</p>
08:53 PM IST

Spain considers limiting Christmas celebrations to six people, PM says

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday that his government was considering limiting Christmas celebrations to six people in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Health experts and scientists have advised that six is a sufficiently low number to help stop the virus, Sanchez said, adding that the final details of the restrictions will be negotiated with regional authorities.

08:46 PM IST

Goa adds 125 new COVID-19 cases

Goa on Wednesday reported 125 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 47,193, a health department official said. With four more persons succumbing to the infection, the overall toll mounted to 683, he said. A total of 61 patients were discharged in the day after treatment, taking the tally of recoveries to 45,229, the official said.

First published: Nov 25, 2020 05:54 IST