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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.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Dec 24, 2020 07:11 IST
Highlights: South African coronavirus variant identified in UK
Doctors from NMMC and Terna Hospital on door to door mass screening at a Covid-19 containment zone at in Navi Mumbai on Saturday (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT Photo)

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.


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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.

12:33 PM IST

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.

12:10 PM IST

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.

11:22 AM IST

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.

11:00 AM IST

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.

10:46 AM IST

Telangana logs 635 new coronavirus cases

10:38 AM IST

India tested more than 16 crore samples for Covid-19 so far

08:47 AM IST

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.

08:13 AM IST

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.

07:40 AM IST

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.

07:02 AM IST

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.

06:51 AM IST

Patna's medical college prepares for Covid-19 vaccine storage

06:48 AM IST

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.

06:33 AM IST

South Korea records 1,092 new cases of coronavirus

South Korea reported 1,092 new coronavirus cases as of Tuesday midnight, the second highest since the start of the pandemic, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

First published: Dec 23, 2020 05:32 IST