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Highlights: 10 States have almost 77% of active Covid cases in country: Centre

Globally, more than 61 million people have contracted coronavirus, while more than 1.4 million lives have been lost due to it, as per a worldometers tally. The United States, India, Brazil, Russia and France, in that order, are the five worst-hit countries.

By Mallika Soni | Updated: Nov 28, 2020 00:12 IST
Highlights: 10 States have almost 77% of active Covid cases in country: Centre
A health worker tests swab samples for coronavirus infection at a hospital in Noida on Tuesday. (HT Photo/Sunil Ghosh)

India's caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) stands at 9,266,706 after 44,489 infections were registered between Wednesday and Thursday, according to data released by the Union health ministry. On Saturday, prime minister Narendra Modi, who earlier this week chaired a meet with states over the Covid-19 situation and to discuss distribution plan of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, will visit vaccine development centres in Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad.

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PM Modi will visit Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Hyderabad's Bharat Biotech International Limited. Meanwhile, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala remain the five worst-hit states. Delhi, which has been the epicentre of India's recent Covid-19 surge, is at sixth. On Thursday, the Delhi high court directed the Delhi government to take a decision immediately on night curfew and implement it "without delay."

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10:27 PM IST

Medical colleges in Himachal to reopen from December after over 8 months

Medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh will reopen from December, over eight months after remaining shut due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official said on Friday. The teaching in medical colleges of the state was suspended in March to slow spread of the infection. Health secretary Amitabh Avasthi told media that students would have to prove that they were negative to coronavirus before attending the classes. Prior written consent of the students' parents would also be mandatory, he added.

10:24 PM IST

Delhi records 98 Covid-19 deaths; 5,482 fresh cases

Delhi records 98 Covid-19 deaths; 5,482 fresh cases taking the cumulative count to 5.56 lakh cases: Authorities

10:19 PM IST

46 more die due to Covid-19 in Bengal, toll rises to 8,270

West Bengal's Covid-19 death toll climbed to 8,270 after 46 more patients succumbed to the virus on Friday, a bulletin released by the health department said. The coronavirus tally of the state went up to 4,73,987 with 3,489 fresh cases.

10:16 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh logs 733 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths

Andhra Pradesh reported 733 new cases of coronavirus, 1,205 recoveries and six deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. The states Covid-19 chart now showed 8,66,438 total positives, 8,47,325 recoveries and 6,976 deaths so far, according to the latest bulletin. The active cases in the state are numbered 12,137.

10:14 PM IST

Nashik Covid-19 tally crosses 1 lakh mark, 350 fresh cases reported

The Covid-19 count in Nashik district in Maharashtra crossed the one lakh mark on Friday after 350 people were detected with the infection, while the day also saw five deaths and 287 recoveries. The district now has 1,00,172 cases, including 1,782 deaths, while 95,626 people have been discharged.

10:10 PM IST

Surat reports 99 Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths; 194 discharged

A total of 299 persons were detected with Covid-19 in Surat in the last 24 hours, including 238 in civic limits, taking the district's overall count to 41,638, an official said on Friday. The death toll increased by four to touch 1,063, while the number of people who have recovered rose by 194 during the day, comprising 173 from the city and 21 from the rural parts, he said.

10:02 PM IST

28 more deaths, 812 new Covid-19 cases in Punjab

Twenty-eight more people died due to coronavirus in Punjab on Friday, pushing the death toll to 4,737, while 812 new cases took the infection count in the state to 1,50,086. There are 7,719 active Covid-19 cases in the state as of now, a health department bulletin said.

10:00 PM IST

Ahmedabad sees 353 Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths; 356 recover

Ahmedabad district's Covid-19 tally increased by 353 in the last 24 hours to reach 49,063, while 11 people died and 356 were discharged during this period.

The district's toll has now reached 2,026.

09:54 PM IST

106 fresh Covid cases in Chandigarh; no death reported

Chandigarh reported 106 new Covid-19 cases, taking the union territory's infection tally to 17,157. The city has 1,190 active cases, according to a medical bulletin. No death was reported on Friday and the toll stands at 270.

09:52 PM IST

Nepal's number of coronavirus cases reaches 229,343

Nepal reported 1,703 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 229,343, the health ministry said. The new 1,703 cases were detected while conducting 10,460 PCR tests at various laboratories across the country. At least 1,236 people have been discharged after recovery in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population said. With this, the total number of coronavirus patients recovered has risen to 209,435.

09:47 PM IST

Medical colleges in Odisha to reopen from December 1; social distancing, wearing of masks to be followed

All medical colleges in Odisha will re-open from December 1, the state's Health and Family Welfare Department informed on Friday. As per the order, all standard operating procedures and guidelines were to be followed, including social distancing and wearing of face masks.

"The Medical College Authorities will follow scrupulously all the SOPs and guidelines with respect to social distancing and prevention of the spread of the pandemic issued by Central and State Government," the official order said.

As many as 594 new Covid-19 cases, 737 recoveries and 14 deaths were reported in Odisha on Thursday, the state health department informed. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 3,17,239, including 3,08,839 recoveries, 6,629 active cases and 1,718 deaths.

09:39 PM IST

Britain records 16,022 new coronavirus cases, 521 new deaths

The United Kingdom recorded 16,022 new coronavirus cases on Friday and 521 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus, according to official data.

Thursday's data had shown 17,555 new coronavirus infections and 498 deaths.

09:33 PM IST

Jammu and Kashmir reports 565 new cases, 8 more deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 565 fresh Covid-19 cases and eight fatalities due to the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the infection count to 1,08,871 and the death toll to 1,676, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 327 are from the Jammu division and 238 from the Kashmir division, they said. The officials said Jammu district recorded a maximum of 142 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus, followed by 88 in Srinagar.

09:23 PM IST

1,074 new coronavirus cases in Mumbai, 17 deaths

Mumbai reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases on the third day in a row on Friday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) said. The city reported 1,074 new cases during the day, taking the tally to 2,80,811, while the death toll rose to 10,756 with 17 fresh fatalities, the BMC said. The city had recorded 1,144 new cases on November 25 and 1,147 cases on November 26.

09:08 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh's Covid-19 count rises by 1,645, toll by 15; 1,152 recover

Madhya Pradesh on Friday recorded 1,645 new Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 2,01,597, health officials said. The death toll increased by 15 to touch 3,224 after three people died in Indore, two each in Bhopal and Sagar, one each in Gwalior, Khargone, Ratlam, Hoshangabad, Vidisha, Khandwa, Chhatarpur and Sidhi districts.

First published: Nov 27, 2020 05:54 IST