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January 10, 2021 / 04:09 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: India's COVID-19 fatality rate declines to 1.44%; daily deaths below 300 for last 16 days

Coronavirus News Updates: 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 Updates: Today is the 292nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. India has reported 18,222 new COVID-19 cases, 19,253 recoveries, and 228 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the country's count to 1,04,50,284, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said. While 1,00,75,950 people have recovered
from the novel coronavirus so far, 1,50,999 persons have succumbed to the deadly virus in the country. There are 2,23,335 active coronavirus cases in India, as per the Union Health Ministry. Globally, more than 8.89 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 19.16 lakh have died so far. Many countries have granted emergency use authorisation 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 10, 2021 / 04:13 PM IST

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  • January 10, 2021 / 04:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates | Delhi reports 399 new COVID-19 cases, pushing tally to 6,30,200. 602 people were discharged in the last 24 hours and 12 deaths were recorded.

  • January 10, 2021 / 04:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Collaborative efforts of the Centre, states and UTs have resulted in strengthening of health facilities across the country, the health ministry said. "India has one of the lowest deaths per million population (109). Countries like Russia, Germany, Brazil, France, the USA, the UK and Italy have much higher deaths per million population," it said. The total number of recovered cases in the country has surged to10,075,950 and the national recovery rate has improved to 96.42 per cent.

    India's current active caseload of 2,23,335 was just 2.14 per cent of its total cases. Recovery of 19,299 patients in 24 hours has led a decline of 855 cases from the total COVID-19 active caseload. Maharashtra recorded the maximum positive change with an addition of 1,123 cases, whereas Rajasthan shows maximum negative change with a reduction of 672 cases. Ten states and UTs contributed 79.12 per cent of the new recovered cases.

  • January 10, 2021 / 03:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | India's COVID-19 fatality rate declines to 1.44%; daily deaths below 300 for last 16 days

    The COVID-19 fatality rate in India has been showing a sustained decline and has further dropped to 1.44 per cent due to focused efforts of the Centre, states and Union Territories on effective clinical management of the hospitalised cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. With effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on holistic standard of care protocol across government and private hospitals, the number of new deaths have dipped, it stated. "Less than 300 new COVID-19 deaths are being recorded in the country for the last 16 days," the ministry said.

  • January 10, 2021 / 03:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on January 9 said the death of a 45-year-old volunteer in Bhopal during the Phase-III clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine was not related to the vaccine. “The volunteer passed away nine days after the dosing and preliminary reviews by the site indicate that the death is unrelated to the study dosing,” the company said in a statement. “We cannot confirm if the volunteer received the study vaccine or a placebo as the study is blinded.”

    The post-mortem report issued by Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal showed that the probable cause of death of the volunteer was cardio-respiratory failure as a result of suspected poisoning and the case was under police investigation, the company added. Covaxin was granted restricted emergency use approval by the DCGI on January 3, 2021. The company is yet to submit the efficacy data.

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  • January 10, 2021 / 03:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Ministry of Health: Centre has been proactively carrying activities towards preparing for nationwide roll-out of COVID vaccine. Ministry today held a video conferencing with administrators from States/UTs on CoWIN software which forms backbone of last mile vaccine administration.

  • January 10, 2021 / 03:09 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | COVID-19 negative report not required to enter Puri Jagannath temple from January 21

    The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday announced that devotees need not produce their COVID-19 negative report for getting entry into the 12th century shrine in Puri from January 21. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting attended by SJTA chief Krishan Kumar, Puri district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma and Superintendent of Police K B Singh.

    "The devotees can enter into the temple without having COVID-19 negative report from January 21. The decision will remain in force till February 21," the SJTA chief told reporters.

  • January 10, 2021 / 02:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | India generated around 33,000 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste in the last seven months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Over 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated across the country in October -- the maximum for a month so far.

    According to the data received from state pollution control boards, since June 2020, all states and union territories have generated 32,994 tonnes of COVID-19-related biomedical waste which is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBWTFs).

    Read: India generated around 33,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste in 7 months; Maharashtra biggest contributor

  • January 10, 2021 / 02:39 PM IST

    Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | Odisha reports 260 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 3,31,862

    Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Sunday mounted to 3,31,862 after 260 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,891 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported since Saturday, he said. The new cases were detected in 29 of the state's 30 districts, with 151 reported from different quarantine centres, while the remaining 109 are local contact cases.

    Sundergarh district recorded the highest of 31 fresh cases followed by Cuttack (24) and Angul (21). No new positive case was detected from Nayagarh district since Saturday, he said. Apart from 1,891 coronavirus fatalities reported so far, 53 other COVID-19 positive patients have also died due to comorbidities.

  • January 10, 2021 / 02:12 PM IST

     Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | COVID-19 ICU patients at risk of acute brain dysfunction, says study

    COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care in the early months of the pandemic experienced a higher burden of delirium and coma than is typically found in those hospitalised with acute respiratory failure, according to the largest study of its kind to date. The research, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, tracked the incidence of delirium and coma in over 2,000 COVID-19 patients admitted before April 28, 2020, to 69 adult intensive care units across 14 countries.

    According to the scientists, led by those at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the US, the choice of sedative medications and curbs on family visitation played a role in increasing acute brain dysfunction for these patients. They said ICU delirium is associated with higher medical costs and greater risk of death and long-term ICU-related dementia. 

  • January 10, 2021 / 02:11 PM IST

     Coronavirus News LIVE Updates | China reports 360 cases south of Beijing:

    More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing COVID-19 outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. China's National Health Commission reported Sunday that 69 new cases had been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, including 46 in Hebei. The outbreak has raised particular concern because of Hebei's proximity to the nation's capital. Travel between the two has been restricted, with workers from Hebei having to show proof of employment in Beijing to enter the city.

  • January 10, 2021 / 02:05 PM IST

    COVID-19: 4.5 lakh health workers to be vaccinated in first phase in Raj, says health minister

    Preparations for rolling out COVID-19 vaccination programme in Rajasthan have been made and around 4.5 lakh health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Sunday. Sharma said data of 4,36,146 government and private sector health workers had been uploaded on COVIN (COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network) software by 1 pm on Saturday. He said the first phase of vaccination will be conducted at 282 sessions sites from January 16 onwards. Of them, two sites including Jaipur and Ajmer will be interactive.