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December 02, 2020 / 11:02 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: West Bengal minister becomes first volunteer to take 'Covaxin' in phase III trial in Kolkata

Coronavirus News Highlights: Total COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 94.62 lakh. There are 4,35,603 active cases in the country.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 254th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 94,62,809 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,37,621 deaths. A total of 88,89,585 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 4,35,603 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 4.60 percent of the total caseload, the data stated. 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 93.94 percent. Globally, more than 6.31 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 14.66 lakh have died so far. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates:
  • December 02, 2020 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • December 02, 2020 / 05:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates |​ Italy plans 202 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

    Italy's health minister told lawmakers on Wednesday that Italy will distribute 202.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during 2021 in "an unprecedented effort that will require a huge collective commitment.'' Robert Speranza said the vaccines will not be mandatory, but that the doses allotted Italy through an EU collective purchasing agreement would be "enough to potentially vaccinate the entire population."

    Speranza emphasized that the distribution of the vaccines would depend on regulatory approval which was still pending from the European Medicines Agency.

  • December 02, 2020 / 04:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates | ​Make community service must for mask rule breach: Gujarat High Court

    The Gujarat High Court on December 2 directed the state government to come up with a notification, making it mandatory for those violating the face mask rule to docommunity service at COVID-19 centres as a punishment in addition to the fine imposed on them.

    A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala in its order said the community service at COVID-19 centres shall be non-medical in nature and shall be for four-six hours for 5 to 15 days, as authorities deem fit.

  • December 02, 2020 / 02:41 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Second wave of COVID-19 in Karnataka expected during January-February, says Technical Advisory panel

    The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for COVID-19 in Karnataka has said that the second wave of the pandemic is expected during January-February in 2021. The panel has asked to keep ready by first week of January, the clinical facilities at an October level (when there was over 10,000 cases per day) in terms of beds, ICUs, ventilators, and so on, both in government and private hospitals or this could be ramped up at a short notice of 2-3 days maximum.
    It has also recommended to ban new year public celebrations from December 26 to January 1 and impose night curfew (8 pm to 5 am) during this period. The TAC, based on the deliberations at its 53rd meeting held on November 24, has given advisory on recognition and containment measures for the second wave of COVID-19 in Karnataka.
    According to TAC, an early recognition of the second wave of COVID-19 in the state can be done by closely monitoring the
    7-day average growth rate and reproduction number (R0) at district and state levels.

  • December 02, 2020 / 02:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates | Covaxin: Phase-3 clinical trial of India-made vaccine starts in Kolkata

    West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday inaugurated the launch of Phase-3 regulatory trial of Covaxin at ICMR-NICED Kolkata, lauding the country's leadership for "effectively tackling" the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dhankhar said NICED has been chosen as one among two dozen centres in the country for the third phase trial of the indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine, and expressed confidence that the procedure would be conducted smoothly.

  • December 02, 2020 / 02:21 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Global economy faces hard winter despite COVID-19 vaccine hopes

    The prospect of coronavirus vaccines on the horizon has boosted hopes of an end to the pandemic-wrought downturn—but first the global economy could face a long and difficult winter.

    Government restrictions and consumers’ fear of infection will continue to weigh on the global economy well into next year, even as vaccine developments offer hope of an end to the pandemic, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday.

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Odisha caps the price of RT-PCR test by private labs at Rs 400

    Odisha government on Wednesday further reduced the maximum price for the RT-PCR COVID-19 tests by private laboratories to Rs 400 from Rs 1,200. Earlier in August, Odisha government had reduced the RT-PCR test price to Rs 1,200 from Rs 2,200.

    Odisha government's decision comes a day after the Delhi government ordered to reduce the rate of RT-PCR tests in Delhi to ₹800 from existing Rs 2,400. While the cost of collecting samples from home was reduced to Rs 1,200.

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Active caseload in India drops to 4.28 Lakh after 132 days  India's COVID-19 active caseload has significantly dropped to 4.28 lakh, the lowest after 132 days and comprises just 4.51 percentof the total coronavirus infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.   The total active cases were 4,26,167 on July 23. There has been a sustained decrease in the number of active cases, the ministry said. The daily new cases added to the country's COVID numbers have been around 30,000 since the past three days. The number of daily new cases in a span of 24 hours is 36,604.   A total of 43,062 recoveries were registered in a span of 24 hours. The number of daily recovered cases has surpassed the daily new cases since the past five days, the ministry highlighted. The difference in new recoveries outnumbering new cases has also improved the recovery rate to 94.03 per cent as on date, it stated.   The total recovered cases stand at 89,32,647. "The gap between recovered cases and active cases, that is steadily increasing, has crossed 85 lakh today and presently stands at 85,04,003," the ministry said. Of the new recovered cases, 78.35 per cent are observed to be concentrated in 10 states and UTs. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 6,290 newly recovered cases. A total of 6,151 people recovered in Kerala followed by 5,036 in Delhi.

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Thane detects 481 new COVID-19 cases; seven more deaths

    The COVID-19 caseload in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 2,29,561 after the detection of 481 new infections, an official said on Wednesday. Besides the new cases, the district also recorded seven casualties that took the toll to 5,692, the official said. 

    The district has recorded a recovery rate of 94.21 percent while the mortality rate stood at 2.4 percent, he said. The district currently has 7,597 active cases the official said. Among the major cities in the district, Kalyan has recorded 54,160 cases so far, followed by Thane city with51,485, Navi Mumbai with 48,366 and Mira Bhayandar with 24,222.

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Your existing health policy is unlikely to cover costs, adverse reactions

    Bidisha Ray, 35, from Kolkata, gave birth to a child in October and is hoping to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the first tranche when it is launched. Ray wants her nursing baby to be safe from the virus but is also worried about any adverse reaction that she and her infant may suffer.

    At the other end of the country, in Mumbai, Pradeep Sharma, 46, who tested positive for Covid, is also planning to take the vaccine. Sharma got his Rs 2.8 lakh medical claim reimbursed by his private insurer but is worried about how to pay for any adverse reactions to the vaccine as also the cost of vaccination.

    The coronavirus vaccines being developed by various companies are in phase three trials. But amidst this there are fears over who will bear the cost of vaccinating the general public and possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.

    Read full article here

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:24 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: 60 new cases of coronavirus in Pondy, tally touches 37,079

    With 60 fresh infections and one related death, Puducherry's tally of COVID-19 cases reached 37,079 on Wednesday. The new cases were identified after testing 3,432 samples in the last 24 hours ending 10 am today. Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that a 63 year-old woman died of infection at JIPMER, raising the toll to 612.

    The Director said while Puducherry accounted for 29 new cases out of the total 60, Karaikal reported 11 and Mahe 20 cases. As many as 65 patients were discharged from hospitals during the last twenty four hours. Fatality and recovery rates were 1.65 percent and 97.18 percent respectively, the Director said.

    Of the 4.08 lakh samples tested so far, 3.67 lakh turned out to be negative. While there were 432 active cases out of the total 37,079 cumulative cases, 36,035 patients recovered and were discharged. The woman who succumbed to infection had complaints of kidney complication, gout and hypertension, the Director added.

  • December 02, 2020 / 01:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Pfizer vaccine's first shipments to be delivered on December 15

    Pfizer coronavirus vaccine's first shipments in the United States will be will be delivered on December 15, CNN reports quoting an Operation Warp Speed document. Operation Warp Speed document also estimated the first shipment of Moderna's vaccine will be delivered on December 22.

    Meanwhile, the UK became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the U.S. and European Union.

    The emergency authorization clears the way for the deployment of a vaccine that’s expected to play a significant role in the global effort to halt the coronavirus. Pfizer and its German partner said in November that the shot, relying on novel technology called messenger RNA, was 95% effective in a final analysis of clinical-trial data.

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