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Highlights: US approves Pfizer Covid shot, first shipment to arrive on Monday

India's total active cases continued to remain under the 400,000-mark according to the Union health ministry's dashboard.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Dec 13, 2020 04:51 IST
Highlights: US approves Pfizer Covid shot, first shipment to arrive on Monday
A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) checks the temperature of passengers amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a railway station in Mumbai, India,

With 30,005 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the total cases in India crossed 98-lakh mark and has now reached 98,26,775, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoHFW) data on Saturday. After 442 new deaths related to the virus reported in the single day, the cumulative toll mounted to 1,42,628. The country reported more discharges than new cases in the last 24 hours bringing down the active cases tally to 3,59,819, which is the lowest after nearly 145 days. The total active cases were 3,58,692 on July 18. The total discharged cases now reached 93,24,328 with 33,494 new discharges in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has 74,408 active coronavirus cases, followed by Kerala with 59,528 cases.

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Meanwhile, US gave the final go-ahead to the nation’s first Covid-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Shots for health workers and nursing home residents are expected to begin in the coming days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of what promises to be a strongly protective vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech.

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11:14 PM IST

US approves Pfizer Covid shot, first shipment to arrive on Monday

The first US Covid-19 vaccine shipments will arrive at 145 locations around the country on Monday morning, US Army General Gus Perna said on Saturday during a press briefing, reports Reuters.

10:23 PM IST

Chhattisgarh logs 1,632 Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths

Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 count climbed to 2,55,761 on Saturday after 1,632 people were detected with the infection, while the number of people who have recovered reached 2,34,037, an official said, reports PTI.

09:42 PM IST

Nashik in Maharashtra records 318 new coronavirus cases

The number of Covid-19 cases in Nashik reached 1,05,114 on Saturday after 318 people were detected with the infection, an official said, reports PTI.

09:09 PM IST

Active covid cases tally in Punjab reaches 7,091

08:44 PM IST

Covid vaccine to be free in Kerala: CM Pinarayi

08:24 PM IST

Gujarat records 1,203 new Covid cases, 12 deaths

07:50 PM IST

Active coronavirus caseload reaches 73,542 in Maharashtra

07:15 PM IST

Manipur logs 177 Covid cases

06:34 PM IST

Tamil Nadu records 1,218 fresh Covid-19 cases

06:01 PM IST

Delhi logs 1,935 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate slides below 3%

05:21 PM IST

Kerala logs 5,949 new cases of coronavirus

05:00 PM IST

Haryana writes to Centre to include public representatives in priority groups for Covid vaccination

The Haryana government has written to the Centre to have public representatives including MPs and MLAs listed among the priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination once it begins, Health Minister Anil Vij on Saturday, reports PTI.

04:28 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh's Covid tally reaches 5,64,132

04:02 PM IST

Odisha logs 335 new Covid cases, death toll over 1,800

Odisha's Covid-19 death toll crossed the 1,800-mark on Saturday as four more patients succumbed to the disease, while 335 new cases pushed the tally to 3,23,364, a health department official said, reports PTI.

03:39 PM IST

South Korea logs 950 new Covid cases, prez calls third wave 'emergency'

South Korea reported a record 950 daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, exceeding the late February peak of 909, with the president calling the country's third wave of Covid-19 an "emergency", reports Reuters.

First published: Dec 12, 2020 07:29 IST