Covid-19 highlights: Sec 144 to be imposed in Bengaluru on New Year's eve to Jan
India recorded 20,549 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the data published by the Ministry of health and family welfare. The total number of active cases now stands at 262272, down by 6309 in the last 24 hours.
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India has witnessed a steady decline in the number of daily new cases and deaths for the last three months. This stands in contrast to the scenario in countries like United State, Britain, and Russia where cases have continued to mount. India is still the second highest country in the world in terms of total coronavirus cases but eighth in terms of deaths. This is because India’s case fatality rate is low. Nearly 148,000 people have died of Covid-19 in India, which is 1.4% of nearly 10.2 million confirmed cases so far.
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Elsewhere in the UK cases have continued to surge. Researchers in UK have discovered that the new mutated strain of coronavirus, which is behind the surge in infections, is 56% more infectious than the old one. UK recorded 53,135 new Covid-19 cases and 414 more deaths, on Tuesday. Hospitals in England are reportedly treating more coronavirus patients now than they did when the virus peaked in April, a testimony of how lethal the new strain is. UK has recorded 2,382,865 cases so far and 71,567 total deaths from the virus.
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Section 144 to come into effect from 12 noon of 31st Dec to Jan 1
Section 144 to come into effect from 12 noon of 31st December, 2020 to 6 am of 1st January, 2021 in Bengaluru city.
Twenty UK returnees test positive for Covid-19 in Chennai
Tamil Nadu government has said that 40 people, 20 UK returnees and 20 more who came in contact with them, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently in separate isolation wards.
The returnees and their contacts belong to the districts of Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai, Nilgiris, Theni, Chengalpattu and Nagapattinam, reports PTI.
Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally reaches 1,928,603 cases, 49,463 deaths
With 3,537 new cases and 70 deaths, Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally reached 1,928,603 infections and 49,463 fatalities. Total recoveries in the state reached 1,824,934 patients after 4,913 recoveries reported on Wednesday.
The state has conducted 71,505 new Covid-19 tests, taking the overall count to 12,672,259 tests.
Rajasthan reports 770 new Covid-19 cases, 6 deaths
Rajasthan's Covid-19 tally reached 307,554 cases and 2,689 deaths after reporting 770 new Covid-19 cases and 6 deaths. With 1,142 recoveries, total recoveries in the state reached 295,030 patients, news agency ANI reports.
Rajasthan reported 770 new #COVID19 cases, 6 deaths and 1,142 recoveries/discharges today.— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2020
Total cases: 3,07,554
Death toll: 2,689
Total recoveries/discharges: 2,95,030
Active cases: 9,835 pic.twitter.com/jWwldVL7lJ
Drug regulator CDSCO meets to discuss approval for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine
Experts in India's drug regulatory body Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) are meeting today to discuss the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, news agency Reuters reports.
The news agency also reports that the Serum Institute of India (SII), which manufactures the vaccine in India, had submitted additional trial data and approval was likely, according to sources.
Covid-19 certificate mandatory for visit to Sabarimala shrine, says temple board
The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has said that a Covid-19 negative certificate taken withing 48 hours is mandatory for the devotees visiting the temple.
Officials also said that pilgrims arriving without the certificate would be stopped at the base camps at Nilakkal and Pampa, reports PTI.
Norway extends air travel ban with UK till January 2
Amid the growing concerns about the new Covid-19 strain first detected in the UK, Norway has extended its air travel suspension with the United Kingdom until January 2, 2021.
Norway's health ministry said in a statement that "The suspension of flights to and from the UK is extended until 05:00 p.m. [16:00 GMT] on January 2. It is possible that the ban will be extended beyond this date," reports news agency ANI.
Germany records more than a 1000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours for the first time
Germany recorded over a 1000 coronavirus deaths in the span of a day, marking the country's highest one day death toll since the pandemic started, reported the Robert Koch Institute. This brings the country's total death toll to 32,107, breaking the previous record of 962 fatalities in a day from last week.
India's daily Covid-19 recovery continues to outnumber tally of fresh cases
India's daily rate of Covid-19 recoveries have continued to outnumber daily toll of fresh cases for 33 days straight, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. Compared globally, India's cases per million population are amongst the lowest in the world, tailing Russia, France, Brazil, Italy, UK ,US etc.
California nurse who received emergency Pfizer shot tests positive for Covid-19
California nurse Matthew W, who received the emergency Pfizer coronavirus vaccine tested positive for Covid-19, a week after the shot was administered, reported Reuters. The nurse announced on Facebook that he fell sick on Christmas Eve and later tested positive for coronavirus.
AstraZeneca-Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine authorised for use in UK
UK has approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine, reported Reuters, becoming the first country in the world to do so. Britain has been grappling with a surge in cases as the new variant of coronavirus continues to wreck havoc. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has placed large parts of the country under Tier-4 restrictions, in an attempt to control its spread.
China's Sinopharm says their indigenous vaccine is 79% effective
China National Biotec Group (CNBG), also known as Sinopharm, has said that their indigenous vaccine possesses an efficacy of 79.34% while filing for regulatory approval, reported Reuters. The vaccine is one of the five candidates in the running for emergency approval. The data was collected from late stage Phase 3 trials the CNBG has said.
Jharkhand records 230 fresh cases of coronavirus, five fatalities
230 more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hrs in Jharkhand, pushing the total tally to 1,14,650, reported PTI. In the same time period five more deaths were reported. The district of Ranchi registered the highest number of cases, followed by East Singhbhum and Dhanbad.
India logs 20,549 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hrs ; total recoveries over 9.83 million
India recorded 20,549 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the data published by the Ministry of health and family welfare. The total number of active cases now stands at 262272, down by 6309 in the last 24 hours. A total of 9834141 patients have been successfully discharged so far, with 26572 being discharged in the last 24 hours.
New coronavirus variant does not cause more severe illness, says study
A matched study done by Public Health England has found that the new variant of coronavirus does not cause more severe illness than the other ones. It only has the potential to spread more rapidly, reported Reuters. The study added that the new variant has a high "secondary attack rate", meaning it spreads more rapidly amongst those who were in contact with an infected individual.
First published: Dec 30, 2020 07:00 IST