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.
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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).
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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Australian states reimpose travel restrictions to contain Covid
More Australian states and territories are reimposing travel restrictions to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus from new outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria states, report AP.
Uttar Pradesh records 769 new Covid cases in 24 hours
Uttar Pradesh reported 769 new #COVID19 cases, 1,179 discharges and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 3, 2021
Total Cases: 5,88,171
Total active cases: 12858
Total Discharges: 5,66,910
Death toll: 8,403 pic.twitter.com/clfYR16DcT
Odisha records 192 new Covid-19 cases
Odisha's Covid-19 caseload on Sunday mounted to 3,30,309 with 192 more people testing positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,883, a health department official said, reports PTI
Delhi records 424 new Covid-19 cases
Delhi reports 424 new #COVID19 cases, 708 recoveries and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health Department— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2021
Total cases: 6,26,872
Total recoveries: 6,11,243
Death toll: 10,585
Active cases: 5,044 pic.twitter.com/s4m7pj151D
US records more than 350,000 Covid-19 deaths
The United States surpassed 350,000 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as vaccinations against the virus have begun at a slow pace, reports ANI.
Amit Shah hails vaccine approval
Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed approval granted today by Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) to the coronavirus vaccines of Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech.
Tokyo reports 816 new coronavirus cases
The Japanese capital recorded 816 new coronavirus infections. Japan has recorded over 240,000 infections since the start of the pandemic and the death toll currently stands at 3,548.
Vaccines cost-effective & easy to administer: AIIMS director
AIIMS Delhi director Randeep Guleria said that both the approved vaccines were cost effective and easy to administer as they were made in India. He also said the vaccine rollout would begin in a 'very short period'.
Indonesia to vaccinate 181.5 million by March 2022
Indonesia is planning to start vaccinating its population against Covid-19 this month and is seeking to deliver shots to 181.5 million people by March 2022, according to the health ministry, as reported by Bloomberg.
Russia reports 24,150 cases, 504 deaths
Russia reported 24,150 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 3,236,787. The death toll after 504 new fatalities stands at 58,506.
Watershed moment in fight against Covid: Health Minister
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan termed the approval of the Covishield and Covaxin coronavirus vaccines a 'watershed moment in India’s famed battle against Covid-19 under leadership of PM Modi'.
Puducherry reports 50 new Covid-19 cases
Puducherry reported 50 new coronavirus infections, taking the Union Territory's tally to 38,224.
Germany reports 10,315 new cases, 312 deaths
Germany reported 10,315 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 1,765,666. The death toll rose to 34,272 after 312 new fatalities.
Healthcare and frontline workers to be vaccinated in first phase: Delhi Health Minister
Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain has said that in the first phase of the vaccination drive, healthcare and frontline workers would be inoculated. 3 lakh healthcare and 6 lakh frontline workers were identified in the national capital as per Jain.
WHO welcomes India's decision to approve emergency use authorization for vaccines
The World Health Organisation's regional director of the south-east Asia region, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, has welcomed India's decision to approve emergency use authorization for Bharat Biotech and SII's coronavirus vaccines.
First published: Jan 03, 2021 07:35 IST