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Highlights: Worldwide coronavirus caseload has surpassed 80 million in a year

India in the last 24 hours recorded 21,821 new cases of Covid-19. The country registered a total of 257,656 active cases, pushing the nation-wide tally to 10,266,674. In the same time period the death toll rose by 299 to 148,738.

By | Updated: Dec 31, 2020 23:17 IST
Highlights: Worldwide coronavirus caseload has surpassed 80 million in a year
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)

Approval of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine in Britain bears good tidings for India. Serum Institute of India, who is tasked with producing the Oxford vaccine in India had applied for emergency approval but the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had earlier indicated that it would wait for UK's regulator to approve of the vaccine, and had asked for more data on vaccine efficacy and safety of the vaccine, which was duly submitted last week. With the news of UK's approval India is one step closer to rolling out a vaccination program. Meanwhile state governments have started to impose night curfews to curb rampant spread of the new variant amid unchecked New Year's celebrations.

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To combat the spread of the new mutant strain of coronavirus India has suspended flights from the UK till January 7 from December 31, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter on Wednesday. The government might also make RT-PCR testing mandatory for all passengers who will fly in from the UK after January 7. Elsewhere in the US one of the frontline workers who was administered the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus shot tested positive for coronavirus a week after the jab. Matthew W, a nurse from California, reportedly fell sick on Christmas Eve and tested positive the next day. He was on-duty at the coronavirus hospital of his local hospital right before he fell sick. Experts have cautioned that this is not a reason to doubt the efficacy of the vaccine, since it takes around 10-15 days to develop around 50% immunity from the first shot.

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08:02 PM IST

Delhi reduces number of dedicated Covid-19 beds

Delhi govt has decided to decrease the total number of Covid-19 beds. The govt said the decision was taken upon reduction of Covid-19 cases across the Capital.

04:01 PM IST

Worldwide coronavirus caseload has surpassed 80 million in a year

Till date more than 82.6 mullion people have been infected by the coronavirus, reported Reuters on Thursday. Since the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019, more than 210 countries the world over have witnessed the wrath of the pandemic. On the last day of the year the global death toll from coronavirus stood at 1,803,423​.

03:28 PM IST

Britain's military says its prepared to deliver 100,000 vaccines a day

UK's defence secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday that the country's armed forces are ready to deliver 100,000 vaccines a day, reported Reuters. He added that around 130 defence personnel have been authorised to work with health care providers to aide the country's vaccination drive, and there is a plan to add more.

02:45 PM IST

All states and union territories to conduct Covid-19 vaccine dry run on Jan 2, reports ANI

News agency ANI has reported that all states and union territories will conduct a dry vaccination run on January 2, 2021. The government of India has directed states to conduct these runs in at least 3 session sites, including areas with rough terrain and poor logistical support.

02:23 PM IST

38 returnees from the UK test positive in Delhi, 4 carrying new strain of coronavirus

A total of 38 individuals among those who have returned from the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, said Health minister Satyendra Jain. He added that 4 amongst them have been found to be carrying the new strain of coronavirus, he told news agency PTI that people who have come in contact with those 4 individuals have also been tracked down and tested.

02:12 PM IST

India's Covid-19 recovery rate surpasses 96 per cent

The Union health ministry on Thursday said that India registered a 96.04 per cent Covid-19 recovery rate, as the total number of recoveries have surpassed 98.6 lakhs. The gap between active cases and recovered cases currently stands at 96,02,624, it added.

11:34 AM IST

South Korea reported 967 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours

South Korea recorded 967 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday pushing the total tally of infections to 60,740. It continued to maintain its three day streak of daily cases below 1000. The highest number of cases were found amongst Seoul residents, while 27 cases were imported from overseas.

09:41 AM IST

Mangalore city imposes Section 144 from 6 pm on New Year's Eve

Mangalore city in Karnataka has imposed Section 144 from 6 pm on December 31 to 6 am January 1 to to curb the spread of coronavirus, reported news agency ANI. Pubs, restaurants, clubs, parties will not be allowed in the city as gathering of more than five people in one place is prohibited.

09:24 AM IST

India logs 21,821 new Covid cases in last 24 hours, tally climbs to over 10.26 million

India in the last 24 hours recorded 21,821 new cases of Covid-19. The country registered a total of 257,656 active cases, pushing the nation-wide tally to 10,266,674. In the same time period the death toll rose by 299 to 148,738.

08:54 AM IST

EMA looking into timing of dosage and not size for AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine

EU drug regulator, European Medicines Authority (EMA) is looking into the timing of the doses to be administered and not the size for their review process, reported Reuters. The EMA has stressed that since the vaccination drive is being carried out in the middle of a pandemic it is important to note how much protection the first shot offers and the waiting period between the first and the second shot. A source told Reuters that the variations in doses during the trials makes the approval process complex for regulators.

08:06 AM IST

Delhi Disaster Management Authority imposes night curfew in Delhi

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has imposed night curfew in Delhi. Not more than five persons to assemble at public place, no new year celebration events, no gatherings at public places permitted from 11pm of 31st December to 6am of 1st January and 11pm of 1 January to 6am of 2nd January.

08:02 AM IST

China gives conditional approval to Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine for general public use

China has given conditional approval to China National Biotec Group (CNBG), or Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccine candidate for use amongst general public, reported Reuters. This is the first such kind of approval given to any vaccine candidate in the country.

07:37 AM IST

US recorded more than 3900 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

The United States saw a disastrously hight number of deaths on Wednesday, when 3,927 people succumbed to the coronavirus before 8:30 pm, reported AFP. Bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 341,845. US is the worst hit country in the world with a total of 19,715,899 cases recorded till date.

First published: Dec 31, 2020 07:03 IST