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Highlights: DGCI's approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine draws flak

The global coronavirus case count as of Saturday stood at 84,517,989 and the death toll was 1,834,586 as per Johns Hopkins University. The US has the highest number of confirmed infections with 20,388,141 cases.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Jan 04, 2021 00:11 IST
Highlights: DGCI's approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine draws flak
A health worker seen while working to collect swab samples for coronavirus (Covid-19) tests.

The one day nationwide dry run for coronavirus vaccination was conducted on Saturday after the exercise was carried out in four states - Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab-on December 28 and 29. The government gave its approval for emergency use authorization to Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine which will be manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

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India reported 18,177 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 1,03,23,965 including 2,47,220 active cases. The death toll after 217 new fatalities stands at 1,49,435. 20,923 new recoveries pushed the total number of recoveries to 99,27,310.

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10:58 PM IST

Norway to impose restrictions to contain new wave of Covid-19

Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home, reports Reuters.

10:20 PM IST

25 new Covid-19 cases in Ladakh takes total tally to 9,550

Twenty-five people test positive for Covid-19 in Ladakh in a day taking the tally of infection in the Union Territory to 9,550 on Sunday, officials said, reports PTI.

09:54 PM IST

Haryana records 218 new Covid-19 cases

09:40 PM IST

Italy's active coronavirus caseload rises to 14,245

Italy reported 347 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday against 364 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,245 from 11,831, reports Reuters.

09:13 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh logs 54 new Covid cases, takes total tally to 55,686

08:58 PM IST

Rajasthan registers 502 new Covid cases, active caseload at 8,491

08:47 PM IST

Mumbai logs 581 fresh Covid-19 cases and 3 deaths

08:17 PM IST

Punjab records 210 new Covid-19 cases

07:58 PM IST

Karnataka registers 810 new Covid-19 cases

07:30 PM IST

J-K record 182 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 182 new positive cases on Sunday, bringing the infection count to 1,21,653, while another fatality linked to the pandemic raised the death toll to 1,866, officials said, reports PTI.

07:10 PM IST

Uttarakhand logs 267 new Covid-19 cases and 244 recoveries

06:57 PM IST

Maharashtra logs 3,282 fresh Covid-19 cases

06:35 PM IST

Manipur records 38 fresh Covid-19 cases

06:07 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh logs 232 new coronavirus cases, 4 deaths

05:34 PM IST

DGCI's approval to COVAXIN criticized

India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine, reports Reuters.

First published: Jan 03, 2021 07:35 IST