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December 05, 2020 / 11:00 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights | UP becomes first state to conduct over 2 crore COVID-19 tests

Coronavirus News LIVE Highlights: Total COVID-19 cases in India have reached 96.08 lakh. There are 409,689 active cases in the country.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 257th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 9,608,211 confirmed COVID- 19 cases, including 139,700 deaths. A total of 9,058,822 people have recuperated from COVID-19 till 8 am on December 5, as per data from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH
&FW). There are 409,689 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 4.35 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. This number is the lowest after 136 days - since July 2020. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 94.28 percent and the country has conducted 1,157,763 tests on December 4. Globally, more than 6.57 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 15.18 lakh have died so far, as per data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates:
  • December 05, 2020 / 11:01 PM IST

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  • December 05, 2020 / 10:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | 23 more deaths, 644 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Punjab in a day

    The tally of COVID-19 cases in Punjab rose to 1,55,424 on December 5 with 644 new cases of the infection, while 23 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,905, officials said. There are 7,727 active COVID-19 cases in the state, as of now, according to a medical bulletin.

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  • December 05, 2020 / 10:06 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | UP reports 23 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,940 new cases

    Uttar Pradesh reported 1,940 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the infection tally to 5,53,012, while 23 more fatalities pushed the state's death toll to 7,900.
    The number of active cases in the state stood at 22,245, of which 10,450 are in home isolation and 2,117 in private hospitals, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said.

    He said 5,22,867 people have so far fully recovered from the infection and discharged from hospitals, and the recovery rate of the state was 94.5 percent.

  • December 05, 2020 / 09:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Tamil Nadu records 1,366 new COVID-19 cases,15 fatalities

    Tamil Nadu on December 5 reported 1,366 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall infection count to 7,88,920, while 15 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 11,777.
    As many as 1,407 people were discharged from healthcare facilities after getting cured, taking the aggregate to 7,66,261, a health department bulletin said.

    The number of active cases stood at 10,882.

    Two districts, including the State capital, logged cases in triple digits with Chennai adding 353 and Coimbatore 137, while the rest were scattered across other districts.

  • December 05, 2020 / 09:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Gujarat sees 1,514 new COVID-19 cases, 1,535 recover; 15 die

    Gujarat on December 5 reported 1,514 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the total count of infections to 2,17,333, the state health department said.

    With 15 more persons succumbing to the viral infection, including nine deaths in Ahmedabad, three in Rajkot, two in Surat, and one in Aravalli, the cumulative toll in the state mounted to 4,064, it said.

    At the same time, 1,535 patients were discharged from hospitals after treatment, taking the tally of recoveries to 1,98,527, the department said in a release.

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  • December 05, 2020 / 08:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | UP becomes first state to conduct over 2 crore COVID-19 tests

    Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to have tested more than two crore samples for COVID-19, said Additional Chief Secretary Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad on December 5.

    "No state has conducted so many tests so far. Yesterday 1,66,938 samples were tested whereas a total of 21,028,312 samples have been tested so far across the state," said Prasad.

  • December 05, 2020 / 08:05 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Maharashtra sees 4,922 new COVID-19 cases, 95 deaths; 5,834 recover

    Maharashtra on December 5 reported 4,922 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 18,47,509, the state health department said.
    With 95 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll in the state mounted to 47,694, an official said.

    At the same time, 5,834 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 17,15,884. The state is now left with 82,849 active cases.

  • December 05, 2020 / 07:07 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Moscow rolls out Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to most exposed groups

    Moscow began distributing the Sputnik V COVID-19 shot via 70 clinics on December 5 to the most exposed groups, marking Russia’s first large-scale vaccination against the disease, the city’s coronavirus task force said. The Russian-made vaccine will first be made available to doctors and other medical workers, teachers and social workers because they run the highest risk of exposure to the disease.

  • December 05, 2020 / 07:05 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Kerala records over 5,000 COVID-19 cases

    Kerala reported 5,848 fresh COVID-19 cases on December 5, taking the total caseload to over 6.31 lakh, while the toll mounted to 2,390 with32 more fatalities. While 5,820 people have been cured, the total recoveries so far has touched 5,67,694. Presently, 61,393 are undergoing treatment for the disease, Health minister K K Shailaja said in a press release.

  • December 05, 2020 / 06:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | 100 cops in Ahmedabad found positive in special drive

    About 100 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus in a special drive in Ahmedabad in the last four days, a senior officer said on December 5.
    Among the infected police personnel, two constables have been hospitalised while others are in home isolation, Joint Commissioner of Police (Admin) Ajay Chaudhary told PTI.

    "We started a drive from Tuesday (December 1) to test all 14,000 police personnel in Ahmedabad. Nearly, 1,000 police personnel are being tested everyday. About 100 personnel have tested positive for the virus so far," Chaudhary said, adding that this is the second drive to test the police personnel in the city.

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  • December 05, 2020 / 05:25 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh schools for Classes 1 to 8 to remain shut till March 31: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that schools for Classes 1 to 8 in the state will remain shut till March 31 next year in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

    He also said that no test would be conducted for the students of these classes this academic year and they would be evaluated on the basis of their project work.

    The chief minister said this during a review meeting of School Education Department held on December 4.

  • December 05, 2020 / 05:14 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE | Moscow opens dozens of coronavirus vaccination centers

    Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting December 5, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunization effort.
    The vaccinations come three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols.

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