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December 31, 2020 / 08:38 PM IST

Coronavirus News highlights: Karnataka reports 952 fresh COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths

Coronavirus News highlights: India has recorded over 1.02 crore confirmed COVID- 19 cases so far, including 1.48 lakh deaths.

Coronavirus News highlights: Today is the 282nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded more than 1.02 crore confirmed COVID- 19 cases, including 1.48 lakh deaths. A total of 98.34 lakh patients have recovered or been discharged, as per the latest data from the Union Health Ministry. India's recovery rate continues to
rise and now stands at 95.99 percent. However, there are 2.62 lakh active cases in the country. Globally, more than 8.2 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 17.9 lakh have died so far. Many countries have granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and have started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator is expected to grant a similar approval soon.
  • December 31, 2020 / 08:28 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Kerala LIVE Updates | 5,215 new COVID-19 cases, 5,376 recoveries and 30 deaths reported in Kerala today. 32 UK returnees tested positive for COVID and their samples send to NIV, Pune for further test, say State Health Department. 

  • December 31, 2020 / 08:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates | Delhi government reduces number of dedicated beds for COVID-19 patients in Delhi govt hospitals from 4,696 to 2,140.

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  • December 31, 2020 / 07:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Year-ender 2020: Hotels were the first to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic

    Occupancy levels across all hotels in 2020 dipped to the lowest ever, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. April and May saw less than 10 percent of rooms, on an average, being occupied by guests and most of these were medical workers or guests who were stuck in the hotel due to the lockdown.

    Following the various phases of unlock and travel guidelines announced by the government there has been a steady pick up in business for hoteliers. As per estimates, the hotel industry has suffered a revenue loss of Rs 90,000 crore due to the pandemic. Many hotels are on the verge of shutting business, claim hoteliers and market watchers.

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  • December 31, 2020 / 07:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Karnataka LIVE Updates | Karnataka reported 952 new COVID-19 cases, 1,282 discharges and 9 deaths today. Total cases: 9,19,496; Total discharges: 8,96,116; Death toll: 12,090; Active cases: 11,271.

  • December 31, 2020 / 07:14 PM IST

    Coronavirus in the US LIVE Updates | U.S. vaccinations in 2020 falling far short of target of 20 million people

    Only about 2.6 million Americans had received a COVID-19 vaccine going into the last day of December, putting the United States far short of the government's target to vaccinate 20 million people this month.

    About 14 million doses of Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines have been distributed to states so far, federal officials told reporters on Wednesday, shy of its goal to ship 20 million doses this month.

    As late as early December, officials maintained they would have 40 million doses available this month, enough to vaccinate 20 million Americans with a two-dose regimen.

    On Dec. 4, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Reuters that vaccinating 20 million Americans by year-end was realistic, depending on the vaccination campaign.

    Since then, officials have said they are committed to making enough doses available without commenting on targets for actual vaccinations as it has become clear that inoculations are falling short of the number of doses distributed.

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  • December 31, 2020 / 06:42 PM IST

    New COVID Strain LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu Health Secretary: Only one UK returnee has tested positive for the new strain of Coronavirus. He is doing well. During last 12 hours, two more UK returnees from Coimbatore and Chennai have tested positive for COVID-19, taking total number of returnees with COVID to 22.

  • December 31, 2020 / 05:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Mumbai LIVE Updates | Mumbai: BMC permits food delivery post 11 pm on New Year's Eve

    In a bid to encourage people to party at home on New Year's Eve, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has permitted delivery of food from restaurants post 11 pm on Thursday.

    "Don't Stop The Party, Mumbai - Just Take It Indoors After 11:00! Restaurants are allowed to home deliver food in the city post 11:00pm," the BMC tweeted.

    The civic body further stated that COVID-19 prevention norms will have to be followed to ensure that Mumbai rings in the new year safely.

  • December 31, 2020 / 05:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Japan LIVE Updates | Record COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, heavy snow curtail New Year celebrations in Japan

    New coronavirus infections in Japan's capital hit a record high of 1,337 on Thursday, Tokyo's Metropolitan Government said, and New Year's Eve celebrations were curtailed as the country battles a third wave of the pandemic.

    Nationwide, new cases surpassed 4,000 for the first time, local media said. Scores of flights were also cancelled as heavy snowfall hit several areas of Japan on Thursday.

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has urged people to celebrate New Year quietly and avoid non-essential outings.

  • December 31, 2020 / 04:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus in South Korea LIVE Updates | South Korea moves coronavirus patients out of nursing homes as deaths mount

    Dozens of elderly South Korean coronavirus patients were transferred from nursing homes to hospitals this week after criticism that government policy had led to a spike in deaths among the vulnerable residents.

    South Korea's total tally of infections passed 60,000 on Thursday, as 967 additional cases were reported.

    At least 486 of South Korea's 900 reported deaths were people over the age of 80. Only 40 deaths have been reported among people younger than 60.

    At least 316 residents of nursing hospitals or nursing homes have died, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Thursday. When the KDCA reported a record 40 deaths in one day on Tuesday, 70% of them were residents of nursing homes or nursing hospitals.

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  • December 31, 2020 / 04:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | Probably we will have a very happy New Year: DCGI on COVID-19 vaccine

    India is likely to have a COVID-19 vaccine in the New Year, Drug Controller General of India V G Somani hinted on Thursday. 

    Speaking at a webinar, Somani said the most important thing is that the industry and research organisations have stood the test of time. He said vaccine candidates have got the funding and also talked about the efforts made by the Department of Biotechnology. "...and probably we will have a very happy New Year with something in hand. That's what I can hint at," Somnai said.

    The Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Pfizer have applied to the DCGI seeking emergency use authorisation for their COVID-19 vaccine candidates and are awaiting approval.

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