Highlights: Fresh set of Covid-19 restrictions imposed in UK
US regulator FDA cleared the Moderna vaccine for emergency use on Friday, as a part of operation warp speed.
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The nationwide case count in India has now reached 99,79,447. The number of active cases stands at 3,13, 831, while 95,20,827 patients have been cured or discharged from hospitals. The country also recorded 338 fresh fatalities due to the disease which pushed the nationwide death toll to 1,44,789.
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The world Covid-19 caseload is nearing 75 million cases, as per the latest updates by Johns Hopkins University. The US continues to be the worst-affected country by the pandemic with the tally surging past 17 million. The caseload currently stands at 17,206,647 and 310,699 patients succumbing to Covid-19 across the country. US has so far cleared two vaccine candidates for emergency use, hoping to reign in the pandemic.
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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu receives Covid-19 vaccine jab
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a Covid-19 vaccine jab on Saturday. Netanyahu and and health minister Yuli Edelstein were injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine live on TV, reports AFP.
Myanmar adds 989 new Covid-19 cases, 26 deaths
Myanmar's Covid-19 tally climbed to 115,187 after 989 new cases and 26 deaths were logged in the last 24 hours, as per a health ministry release. As many as 94,118 people have been discharged from hospitals, it added, reports ANI.
Indonesia reports 7,751 new Covid-19 cases, 145 deaths
The Covid19 cases in Indonesia rose by 7,751 in a day to 657,948 with the death toll rising by 145 to 19,659, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
US reports 260,663 new cases
The US reported 260,663 new cases on Friday, just short of the record set on Monday. Another 2,889 people died, a daily dip after three consecutive days of fatalities over 3,000.
Fresh set of restrictions imposed in UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a full lockdown on London and large parts of southeast England in a desperate attempt to stop a new strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly in the UK.
Russia's Covid-19 deaths surpass 50,000
The number of Covid-19 deaths in Russia surpassed 50,000 on Saturday as the country continues to fight stubbornly high numbers of new infections daily.
Russia's official coronavirus task force said that 585 people had died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the country's official death toll to 50,347. The country also recorded 28,209 new infections, bringing the national tally to 2,819,429.
Gujarat reports 1,026 new cases, seven deaths
Gujarat reported 1,026 new coronavirus infections taking the state's tally to 2,34,289. The death toll after seven new fatalities stood at 4,227.
Karnataka reports 1,152 new cases, 15 deaths
Karnataka reported 1,152 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 9,08,275. The death toll after 15 new fatalities rose to 12,004.
Haryana reports 590 new cases, 13 deaths
Haryana reported 590 new coronavirus infections taking the state's tally to 2,57,067. The death toll after 13 new fatalities rose to 2,816.
Haryana recorded 590 new cases of #COVID19, 1,075 recoveries, and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the State Health Department— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2020
Total cases: 2,57,067
Total recoveries: 2,48,172
Active cases: 6,079
Death toll: 2,816 pic.twitter.com/TjQNnHxvDp
Delhi reports 1,139 new cases, 32 deaths
The national capital reported 1,139 new cases, taking its total caseload to 6,15,914. The death toll after 32 new fatalities rose to 10,251.
Delhi reports 1,139 new #COVID19 cases, 2,168 recoveries and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health Department— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2020
Total cases: 6,15,914
Total recoveries: 5,95,305
Death toll: 10,251
Active cases: 10,358 pic.twitter.com/srTiSMEoh7
Puducherry reports 45 new cases, one death
Puducherry reported 45 new coronavirus infections, taking the UT's tally to 37,715 including 339 active cases and 36,752 recoveries. 21 were discharged and the death toll stands at 624 after a single new fatality.
Maharashtra reports 3,940 new cases, 74 deaths
Maharashtra reported 3,940 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 18,92,707 including 61,095 active cases. Death toll after 74 new fatalities rose to 48,648.
Maharashtra reported 3,940 new #COVID19 cases, 3,119 discharges, and 74 deaths today, as per State Health Department— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2020
Total cases: 18,92,707
Total recoveries: 17,81,841
Death toll: 48,648
Total active cases: 61,095 pic.twitter.com/anWUQs2vla
New Covid strain spreads even faster: UK medical chief
A new strain of coronavirus that has been discovered in the UK can spread more quickly as per England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
Joe Biden to receive Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Monday
US president-elect Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on Monday
Rajasthan reports 989 new cases, nine deaths
Rajasthan reported 989 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's tally to 2,98,018 including 12,779 active cases. The death toll after nine new fatalities rose to 2,608 while the total number of recoveries rose to 2,82,631 after 1,259 new ones.
First published: Dec 19, 2020 07:02 IST