Highlights: South African coronavirus variant identified in UK
The ministry has also informed that 26 states and UTs currently have less than 10,000 active Covid-19 cases.
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India has been witnessing a declining trajectory in the number of positive coronavirus cases for a week. The country recorded new 19, 556 Covid-19 cases and 301 deaths on Tuesday, as per the Union health ministry. The number of active cases in India is less than 3 lakhs after 163 days, while after 173 days the country reported daily new cases below 20,000 on Tuesday, as per the data of the health ministry. The ministry has also informed that 26 states and UTs currently have less than 10,000 active cases. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Kerala are among the major contributors to the active caseload of the country. These six states contributed 57 per cent of the active cases on Tuesday, according to the ministry.
The new strain of coronavirus discovered in the UK that led to strict restrictions in London and its surrounding areas has been reported in returnees from the UK by many countries. The US is seeking to close a deal with Pfizer for additional million doses of the shot, reported AP.
Active Covid-19 caseload of India stands below 3 lakh
Active Covid-19 caseload of India stands at 2,89,240. The share of active cases in the total positive cases has further shrunk to 2.86%. 26 states/UTs have less than 10,000 active cases, as per the ministry of health and family welfare, reports ANI.
Dehradun bans New Year, Christmas celebrations in public places amid Covid spread
The district administration has banned collective celebrations like parties at hotels, bars, restaurants and other public places on Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year to stop the spread of Covid-19, reports PTI.
Coronavirus cases reach 16,657 in Arunachal Pradesh
Five more people, including three security personnel, tested positive for Covid-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the tally in the northeastern state to 16,657, a health department official said on Wednesday, reports PTI.
Delhi hospital preps for Covid-19 vaccine storage
From installing freezers to cold chain equipment set up, arrangements are being made at a Delhi government hospital for storage of Covid-19 vaccine, anticipating its arrival, sources said on Tuesday, reports PTI.
India tested more than 16 crore samples for Covid-19 so far
Germany continues UK travel ban despite EU urging lifts
Germany on Tuesday extended its travel ban from Britain until January 6 amid concern over a highly infectious new Covid-19 variant, despite a European Commission recommendation earlier for member states to lift the ban, reports ANI.
Coronavirus cases in Peru surpasses 1-million mark
Peru passed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection Tuesday, becoming the fifth nation in Latin America to report that number as the region struggles with the pandemic's economic and health effects, reports AP.
Karnataka records 1,141 new coronavirus cases
A total of 1,141 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Tuesday, according to the state's Department of Health and Family Welfare, reports ANI.
Madhya Pradesh reports 1,005 new Covid-19 cases
Madhya Pradesh recorded 1,005 new coronavirus cases and 12 fatalities on Tuesday, according to the State Health Department, reports ANI.
Patna's medical college prepares for Covid-19 vaccine storage
Bihar: Preparations underway at vaccine storage centre in Patna's Nalanda Medical College & Hospital to handle #COVID19 vaccines.— ANI (@ANI) December 23, 2020
"Around 35 lakh vials can be stored at the centre," said Dr Vinod Kr Singh, NMCH Superintendent. (22.12.2020) pic.twitter.com/Unn7IjYdk8
Mexico's Covid tally reaches 1,338,426 after 12,511 new cases in 24 hours
Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday reported 12,511 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 897 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,338,426 cases and 119,495 deaths, reports Reuters.
First published: Dec 23, 2020 05:32 IST