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December 23, 2020 / 07:12 AM IST

New COVID strain highlights: Kerala reports 6,049 fresh COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths

New COVID strain highlights: India has also suspended flights from Britain until December 31amid growing concerns over the new coronavirus variant spreading there.

New COVID strain highlights: Many countries around the world are restricting travel from Britain and elsewhere amid concerns about new strains of the coronavirus. The restrictions focus mainly on Britain, which has imposed strict new lockdown measures because of what it described as the unusually rapid spread of a new strain there. A few other European countries have confirmed cases of the virus variant,
and another strain considered especially infectious has been identified in South Africa. India hs also suspended flights from Britain until December 31. Today is the 274th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,00,75,116 (over 1 crore) confirmed COVID- 19 cases, including 1,46,111 deaths. A total of 96,36,487 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 95.65 percent. However, there are 2,92,518 active cases in the country, which comprise 2.9 percent of the total caseload.  Globally, more than 7.73 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 17.01 lakh have died so far, as per data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
  • December 22, 2020 / 10:58 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Bhutan LIVE Updates | PMO Bhutan: A nationwide lockdown will be enforced for seven days, starting 23rd December. National COVID-19 Taskforce decided the need for a more stringent action after detection of sporadic cases in flu clinics in Thimphu and Paro, and also in Lhamoizingkha.

  • December 22, 2020 / 09:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | Drugmakers rush to test whether vaccines stop coronavirus variant

    Drug makers including BioNTech and Moderna are scrambling to test their COVID-19 vaccines against the new fast-spreading variant of the virus that is raging in Britain, the latest challenge in the breakneck race to curb the pandemic.

    Ugur Sahin, chief executive of Germany's BioNTech, which with partner Pfizer took less than a year to get a vaccine approved, said on Tuesday he needs another two weeks to know if his shot can stop the mutant variant of the virus.

    Moderna expects immunity from its vaccine to protect against the variant and is performing more tests in coming weeks to confirm, the company said in a statement to CNN. Moderna did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

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  • December 22, 2020 / 09:27 PM IST

    New COVID Strain LIVE Updates | Dr Samiran Panda, Director & Scientist, ICMR-National AIDS Research Institute: We have tested samples collected from the various parts of the country and haven't seen here the mutant strain of SARS-CoV2 found in the United Kingdom. Over the last 6-7 months, the viral genome studies that have taken place involving over 2,000 samples in India have not identified this mutation.

  • December 22, 2020 / 09:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus in US LIVE Updates | US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted

    This is the deadliest year in US history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months. But preliminary numbers suggest that the United States is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019.

    US deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected. But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15 percent, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted.

    That would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918, when tens of thousands of US soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands of Americans died in a flu pandemic. Deaths rose 46 percent that year, compared with 1917.

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  • December 22, 2020 / 08:42 PM IST

    New COVID Strain LIVE Updates | Punjab government issues SOP for the new variant of Coronavirus virus detected in the United Kingdom. Punjab Health Minister says, "8 travellers out of 262 travellers from the UK have tested positive and have been isolated as per SOPs."

  • December 22, 2020 / 08:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | 44% rural Indians willing to pay for COVID-19 vaccine; 51% consider coronavirus 'Chinese conspiracy': Survey

    Nearly 44 percent of rural Indians are willing to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine, while more than half of the population in India's villages believe the coronavirus crisis is a 'conspiracy by China', a survey showed on Tuesday.

    The survey, conducted by Gaon Connection among 6,040 rural respondents across 60 districts in 16 states and one union territory, found that 36 percent said they would not want to pay for it. The remaining 20 percent said they are yet to decide on paying for the vaccine.

    Of those who were willing to pay, two-third said they can pay up to Rs 500 for two doses of the vaccine, whenever it is available.

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  • December 22, 2020 / 08:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu LIVE Updates | Tamil Nadu reported 1,052 new COVID-19 cases, 1,139 discharges, and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu. Total positive cases: 8,09,014; Total discharges: 7,87,611; Death toll: 12,012; Active cases: 9,391.

  • December 22, 2020 / 07:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | New Delhi airport aims to start distributing COVID vaccine in January

    India's largest airport plans to start distributing COVID-19 vaccines in January with up to 5.4 million vials a day, its CEO said on Tuesday, underscoring the logistical challenge of reaching everyone in the country of 1.3 billion.

    The Indian government is considering emergency use authorization for three vaccine candidates - one from AstraZeneca, another from Pfizer, and a separate one developed by the Indian firm Bharat Biotech.

    "If we are able to rotate cargo twice a day, then 5.4 million (vials) can be distributed in a day," Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said. Overall, the airport had the capacity to handle up to 8 million vials a day, he said.

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  • December 22, 2020 / 07:35 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reported 3,106 new COVID-19 cases, 4,122 discharges, and 75 deaths today, as per State Health Department. Total cases: 19,02,458; Total recoveries: 17,94,080; Death toll: 48,876; Total active cases: 58,376.

  • December 22, 2020 / 07:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates | Delhi reports 939 new COVID-19 cases, 1,434 recoveries and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health Department. Total cases: 6,18,747; Total recoveries: 5,99,683; Death toll: 10,329; Active cases: 8,735.