Highlights: Germany has not yet identified Covid mutation reported in Britain
As per the health ministry, Kerala and Maharashtra are major contributors to active coronavirus caseload of India.
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India has surpassed the grim milestone of 10 million Covid-cases on Friday. As per the Union health ministry, India's coronavirus tally stands at 10,031,223 with more than 9.5 million recoveries. While India is the second worst hit countries from coronavirus, its case fatality rate is amongst the lowest in the world.
As per the ministry, Kerala and Maharashtra are major contributors to active Covid-19 caseload of India. Together both these states makes up 40 per cent of the active cases in India.
The UK has been witnessing a new coronavirus variants that sparked off new fears in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) says its in close contact with UK health officials regarding the matter. Qatar expects to receive the first batch of coronavirus vaccine on Monday while Iraq projects to deal with Pfizer Inc for 1.5 million shots of its Covid vaccine within next few days. Malaysia too is on path to sign a deal with AstraZeneca to supply its coronavirus vaccine for the a fifth of country's population.
Tamil Nadu logs 1,114 new coronavirus cases
Tamil Nadu's Covid-19 tally went over 806,000 after 1,114 new cases and 15 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The active cases have climbed to 9,593 while 785,315 people have recovered till now, reports ANI.
UK: Tougher coronavirus curbs may last some time, says health minister
Health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday that London and southeast England might stay under tighter curbs for some time to stem a fast-spreading new Covid strain, reports Reuters.
Germany has not yet identified coronavirus mutation reported in Britain: Health minister
German health minister Jens Spahn told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday that the country has not detected the new coronavirus strain that has been identified in Britain adding that all flights from the United Kingdom will be suspended from midnight, reports Reuters.
Health minister says first shot of Covid-19 could be administered in January, reports ANI
Our first priority has been safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We don't want to compromise on that. I personally feel, maybe in any week of January, we can be in a position to give first Covid vaccine shot to people of India, news agency ANI quotes Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan as saying.
European neighbours shut doors to Britain as new coronavirus strain spreads
Several European countries including Germany, Belgium place new restrictions on travel to and from the United Kingdom on Sunday due to concern over a new strain of the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly there.
Germany plans to restrict travel to and from Britain. It's latest European country to announce restrictions in an effort to halt the spread of a new, more transmissible coronavirus variant. https://t.co/nikoqxoOvV— The Associated Press (@AP) December 20, 2020
Union health ministry calls urgent meeting to discuss new strain of Covid-19 found in UK
Union health ministry calls urgent meeting of its Joint Monitoring Group on Monday to discuss emergence of mutated variant of coronavirus in UK, which has led to a surge in infection rate in England.
Kerala coronavirus tally touches 7.05 lakh
Kerala on Sunday recorded 5,711 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 30 related deaths, taking the total number of those affected in the state by the virus to 7.05 lakh.
New virus strain 'out of control,' says UK health secretary
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England because a new strain of the coronavirus was "out of control".
Hancock warned that the strict measures could stay in place until the virus vaccine is fully rolled out.
South Korea sets record as prison reports major outbreak
South Korea reported a record 1,097 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including an outbreak in a Seoul prison that infected 188 as the country's latest wave of Covid-19 worsens.
With daily infections over 1,000 for a fifth consecutive day, some medical experts and politicians criticised the government for being too loose with social distancing rules.
Indonesia records highest daily deaths due to Covid-19
Indonesia recorded its highest Covid-19 daily death toll of 221 on Sunday, taking the total number of deaths in the Southeast Asian nation to 19,880, data from the country’s Covid-19 taskforce showed, reports Reuters.
Dutch ban UK flights fearing the new coronavirus variant
The Netherlands is banning flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year in an attempt to make sure that a new strain of coronavirus that is sweeping across southern England does not reach its shores, reports AP.
Russia records 28,948 fresh Covid-19 cases
Russia reported 28,948 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including 7,263 in Moscow, taking the national toll to 2,848,377, reports Reuters.
First published: Dec 20, 2020 08:59 IST