Highlights: Europe to begin mass Covid-19 vaccination program on Sunday
As countries ramp up their vaccination drive against the coronavirus, the new, more infectious B117 strain that was discovered in Britain has been found in other countries like Italy, The Netherlands and Japan as well.
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India logged 23,067 new coronavirus infections and 336 deaths on Friday which took the country's overall caseload to 10,146,845 while the death toll rose to 147,092 as per Johns Hopkins university. The country remains second in the list of most coronavirus infections after the US, whose total confirmed case count stands at 18,755,426 as of Friday.
The new B117 strain that was discovered in the US a few days back has found itself in other countries as well with the likes of Italy, The Netherlands, France and more recently Japan reporting a patient testing positive for it.
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Europe set to launch Covid-19 vaccination program on Sunday
Europe's cross-border Covid-19 vaccination program would be launched on the December 27 (Sunday), as announced by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen earlier.
The group has secured more than two billion doses of vaccine from various manufacturers via contracts and aims to vaccinate its adult population in 2021, reports Reuters.
Punjab reports 307 new Covid-19 cases, 12 deaths
Punjab reported 307 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths taking the state's tally to 165,126 overall cases and 5,281 deaths, according to a medical bulletin.
The state also reported 564 new recoveries taking the total recoveries to 155,409 patients. A total of 3,802,080 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Punjab, news agency PTI reports.
Indore: Two people returning from UK tested positive for Covid-19
With growing concerns about the new strain of Covid-19 detected in the UK, 90 people who returned from the UK were tested in Indore.
Officials have received the reports of 68 people so far and two people have tested positive for Covid-19, reports news agency ANI.
Delhi Covid-19 tally reaches 622,094 cases, 10,437 deaths
With 655 new cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours, Delhi's Covid-19 tally reached 622,094 cases and 10,437 deaths, according to Delhi Health Department
Delhi also reported 988 more recoveries taking the total recoveries to 604,746 patients. The city currently has 6,911 active cases, reports news agency ANI.
Delhi Police to send Covid-19 vaccination details via SMS to its personnel
Delhi Police has planned to send Covid-19 vaccination details to its personnel via SMS. According to an order issues by special commissioner Muktesh Chander, the Delhi police has asked all its personnel to update contact details internally by January 3 to receive details such as date, place and time of vaccination by SMS.
Uttarakhand reports 374 Covid-19 cases, 13 deaths
Uttarakhand reported 374 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths taking the state's tally to 89,218 total cases and 1,476 deaths, according to a state health department bulletin, reports PTI.
Kerala's Covid-19 tally reaches 735,611 cases, 2,951 deaths
With 3,527 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala's tally reached 735,611 cases and 2,951 deaths, according to health minister K K Shailaja.
Also, the state reported 3,782 recoveries taking the overall recoveries to 668,733 patients.
A total of 7,649,001 samples have been tested of which 33,586 were tested in the last 24 hours, reports PTI.
Tamil Nadu logs 1,019 new Covid cases
Tamil Nadu reported 1,019 new #COVID19 cases, 1,098 discharges, and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
Total positive cases: 8,13,161
Total discharges: 7,92,063
Death toll: 12,059
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ICMR convenes meeting of National Task Force for new Covid variant from UK
A meeting of National Task Force on COVID-19 was convened today by ICMR to discuss evidence-based modifications in testing, treatment and surveillance strategies for SARS-CoV-2 in view of the recent reports of emergence of a new variant strain of the virus from UK: Govt of India— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
First shipments of Covid vaccine reach across EU
The first shipments of coronavirus vaccines have arrived across the European Union as authorities prepared to administer the first shots to the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort on Sunday, reports AP.
Oxford Covid-19 vaccine may be the first to get Indian regulator's approval for emergency use
With preparations underway for a possible vaccine-rollout by January, the Indian drug regulator is looking at the UK, which sources believe may give its nod to the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine next week, reports PTI.
14 UK returnees found Covid positive in Karnataka
1,638 out of 2,500 UK returnees have been tested & 14 of them been found positive for COVID-19. Their swab samples have been sent for gene sequencing to find out whether it is the new strain of the virus: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
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First published: Dec 26, 2020 07:21 IST