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January 13, 2021 / 10:57 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: 102 people found infected with UK strain of coronavirus, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus News Highlights: India has recorded over 1.04 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 1.50 lakh related deaths so far. The Indian regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for Covishield and Covaxin vaccines.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 295th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India added 15,968 new cases to its COVID-19 tally in the last 24 hours taking the total cases to 1,04,95,147, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. With 17,817 more discharges, the cumulative recoveries reached 1,01,29,111. As many as 202 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death
toll to 1,51,529. According to the Ministry of Health, India has 2,14,507 active COVID-19 cases currently. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 18,34,89,114 samples were tested for COVID-19 up to January 12 including 8,36,227 samples tested yesterday. With 729 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths being reported on Tuesday, Chhattisgarh's caseload rose to 2,90,813 and the death toll to 3,517, a health official said. The COVID-19 recovery rate in West Bengal rose to 96.91 per cent on Tuesday after 879 more people were discharged from various hospitals in the state, the health department said. The toll increased to 9,975 after 18 fatalities were registered in Bengal, the department said in its bulletin. Globally, more than 9.15 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 19.59 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 has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin.
  • January 13, 2021 / 10:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | English cricketer Moeen Ali infected with new UK strain of COVID-19

    England's Moeen Ali is infected with the new UK variant of the coronavirus, Sri Lankan authorities said Wednesday, after the cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in the country 10 days ago. Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath told reporters in Colombo that the 33-year-old England all-rounder was Sri Lanka's first case of the UK strain, which is believed to be more transmissible. The health ministry said extra precautions were ordered to ensure Moeen did not spread the new variant in the country -- which is battling an upsurge in infections -- but did not elaborate on what they were.

  • January 13, 2021 / 10:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Bolivia inks deal with Serum Institute for 5 million doses of Covishield

    The Bolivian government said on January 13 that it has signed a contract with the Serum Institute of India for the supply of five million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield. Bolivian President Luis Arce said that combined with another recent deal to buy Sputnik V vaccine dosages from Russia, the country can now expect to inoculate all of its vaccinable population.

  • January 13, 2021 / 10:14 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | First batch of COVID-19 vaccines for Sikkim handed over in record time of 5mins

  • January 13, 2021 / 09:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Karnataka reports 746 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

  • January 13, 2021 / 09:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Let me congratulate India on very effective governance in the field of vaccination and how generally India has been tackling COVID-19 crisis. With its pharmaceutical production capacity, the entire world is seeking opportunities here in India: Katrin Kivi, Estonian Envoy to India

  • January 13, 2021 / 09:26 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Rajasthan receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccine on Jan 13

  • January 13, 2021 / 09:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Chhattisgarh receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccine on January 13

  • January 13, 2021 / 08:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | India has taken smart vaccination approach instead of mass vaccination approach: ICMR scientist

  • January 13, 2021 / 08:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccine LIVE Updates | Bharat Biotech's Covaxin expected to address mutant coronavirus strains as well: ICMR scientist

  • January 13, 2021 / 08:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrives at the international airport in Thiruvananthapuram

  • January 13, 2021 / 07:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Kerala LIVE Updates | Kerala reports 6,004 new COVID-19 cases and 5,158 recoveries today. Total recoveries: 7,56,817, Active cases: at 65,373.