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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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10:44 AM IST

Jharkhand reports 174 new Covid-19 cases, two more deaths

Jharkhand's Covid-19 caseload rose to 1,11,177 as 174 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Saturday.

The Covid-19 death toll increased to 995 after two more patients succumbed to the disease, he said. Two new fatalities were reported from Bokaro and Hazaribagh, the official said. Ranchi district registered the maximum number of fresh cases at 93, followed by Bokaro (20) and Dhanbad (12).

10:00 AM IST

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 28,438

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 28,438 to 1,300,516, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. The reported death toll rose by 496 to 21,466, the tally showed.

09:56 AM IST

Mexico approves emergency use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

The Mexican government’s medical safety commission approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine Friday, making Mexico the fourth country to do so. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said Mexico's approval came after Britain, Canada and Bahrain. The United States announced its own approval of the vaccine shortly after Mexico.

09:37 AM IST

South Korea reports 950 more Covid-19 cases, 41,736 in total

South Korea reported 950 more Covid-19 cases as of Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 41,736. The daily caseload marked an all-time daily high, surpassing the previous high of 909 tallied on February 29.

09:34 AM IST

Mizoram reports 16 new Covid-19 cases, tally at 4,024

Mizoram has reported 16 cases of the novel coronavirus, the state Department of Information and Public Relations said on Saturday. With this, the Covid-19 tally in the state reached 4,024, including 3,820 discharged cases and 197 active cases. A total of seven people have succumbed to the deadly virus in the state so far

09:30 AM IST

5,136 new Covid-19 cases reported in Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Switzerland and Liechtenstein on Friday reported 5,136 new Covid-19 cases over the previous day, bringing their combined tally to 373,831, according to data published by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. There have been 106 more deaths from the virus, and the death toll stands at 5,396 as of Friday afternoon, the office said. The Federal Council of Switzerland outlined new rules that will go into effect on December 12 to curb the increasing rate of Covid-19 infections ahead of Christmas, according to local media.

09:27 AM IST

635 new cases, 4 deaths in Telangana

Telangana reported 635 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to over 2.77 lakh while four fatalities pushed the toll to 1,489. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 141, followed by Rangareddy 76 and Medchal Malkajgiri 72, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on December 11.

09:17 AM IST

President Trump says first US vaccine will be administered ‘in less than 24 hours’

President Donald Trump said the US will start administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine “in less than 24 hours,” after the Food and Drug Adminstration granted it an emergency use authorization late Friday.

“The first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours,” Trump said in a televised address released on Twitter.

“Through our partnership with FedEx and UPS, we have already begun shipping the vaccine to every state and zip code in the country,” he said, adding that governors would decide who would receive the shots first in their states.

<p>President Trump says first US vaccine will be administered ‘in less than 24 hours’</p>
US President Donald Trump
08:20 AM IST

US allows emergency Covid-19 vaccine

The US gave the final go-ahead Friday 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, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly. 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.

08:00 AM IST

China reports 13 new Covid-19 cases vs 15 a day earlier

China reported 13 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Dec. 11, down from 15 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Saturday. All of the new cases were imported infections originating from abroad, according to a statement by the National Health Commission.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 17 compared to seven a day earlier.

07:37 AM IST

Mexico Approves Pfizer Jab

Mexico’s health agency has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said. Hospital occupancy in Mexico City, where 78% of general hospital beds are taken, is accelerating and the capital needs to take urgent action to slow the virus, Lopez-Gatell said.

Mexico reported 12,253 new cases late Friday, bringing the total to 1,229,379. Deaths rose 693 to 113,019.

First published: Dec 12, 2020 07:29 IST