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January 01, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

Coronavirus News highlights: Kerala reports 4,991 fresh COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

Coronavirus News highlights: India has recorded over 1.02 crore confirmed COVID- 19 cases so far, including 1.48 lakh deaths.

Coronavirus News highlights: Today is the 283rd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded more than 1.02 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1.48 lakh deaths. A total of 98.60 lakh 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 96.04 percent. However, there are 2.57 lakh active cases in the country. Globally, more than 8.2 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 17.9 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 is expected to grant a similar approval soon.
  • January 01, 2021 / 10:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Mumbai LIVE Updates | Mumbai reports 631 new COVID-19 cases, 628 recoveries/discharges and 9 deaths today. Total cases rise to 2,94,067 including 2,74,072 recoveries/discharges and 11,125 deaths. Active cases stand at 8,005.

  • January 01, 2021 / 09:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meeting concludes. According to sources quoted by News18, the expert panel did not approve Covaxin and asked Bharat Biotech to present more data.

    News agency PTI has also reported that it also asked the company to expedite volunteer recruitment and recommended interim efficacy analysis for Covaxin.


  • January 01, 2021 / 09:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Schools reopen in Kerala, Karnataka, Assam amid strict COVID-19 regulations

    The chatter was back on campuses as schools in Kerala, Karnataka and Assam reopened after several months with strict COVID-19 regulations such as wearing masks, thermal screening, washing hands and mandatory social distancing.

    Though many students attended school, with letters of consent from their parents, some chose to continue education online with their guardians anxious about the pandemic situation and the emergence of a new strain of the novel coronavirus.

    In Karnataka and in Kerala, classroom studies for classes 10 and 12 resumed on the first day of the new year, while in Assam children studying in classes one to five attended schools.

    Staggered classroom schedules were followed by schools in these states, with the Centre recommending only 50 per cent of students be allowed at a time in educational institutes. Attendance of students is also not mandatory and they can choose to continue classes online, the central government had recommended.

  • January 01, 2021 / 09:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates | 734 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat, three deaths

    Gujarat recorded 734 new coronavirus cases and only three deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Friday evening.

    The state's caseload thus went up to 2,45,772  while the death toll stands at 4,309, it said.

    Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 2,45,772, new cases 734, death toll 4,309, discharged 2,31,800, active cases 9,663, and people tested so far 97,06,300. 

  • January 01, 2021 / 09:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates | Delhi reports 585 new COVID-19 cases, 717 recoveries and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health Department. Total cases: 6,25,954; Total recoveries: 6,10,039; Death toll: 10,557; Active cases: 5,358.

  • January 01, 2021 / 08:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine LIVE Updates | SII's COVID-19 vaccine: What is emergency approval, what does the data show, what next after clearance and more

    The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), India's drug regulator, which met on January 1, has recommended conditional use of Serum Institute of India's (SII) COVID-19 vaccine, sources said. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) would take the final decision on the vaccine on the basis of the SEC recommendation.

    The SEC is also reviewing the emergency use applications of Bharat Biotech and Pfizer for their COVID-19 vaccines.

    Read more here.

  • January 01, 2021 / 08:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Karnataka LIVE Updates | Karnataka reported 877 new COVID-19 cases, 1,084 discharges and 6 deaths today. Total cases: 9,20,373; Total discharges: 8,97,200; Death toll: 12,096; Active cases: 11,058.

  • January 01, 2021 / 08:04 PM IST

    New COVID Strain LIVE Updates | Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri: It has been decided that flights between India & UK will resume from 8th January, 2021. Operations till 23 Jan will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of two countries to & from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad only. 

    Read more here.

  • January 01, 2021 / 07:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates | Maharashtra reports 3,524 new COVID-19 cases, 4,279 discharges, and 59 deaths today, as per State Health Department. Total cases: 19,35,636; Total recoveries: 18,32,825; Total active cases: 52,084; Total Deaths: 49,580.

  • January 01, 2021 / 07:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Punjab LIVE Updates | Punjab reports 253 new COVID-19 cases, 408 discharges, and 8 deaths today, says Govt of Punjab. Total cases in the State rise to 1,66,770 including 1,57,904 discharges and 5,349 deaths. Active cases stand at 3,517.

  • January 01, 2021 / 06:43 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh LIVE Updates | AP reports 'zero' deaths after 7 months, 326  fresh cases

    For the first time in almost seven months, Andhra Pradesh did not report a single death due to COVID-19, even as 326 fresh cases and 350 recoveries were reported in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday.

    The states Covid-19 chart now showed the caseload at 8,82,612, 8,72,266 recoveries and 7,108 deaths.

    The number of active cases was 3,238.

    The state completed 1,18,84,085 sample tests, at the rate of 2,22,548 per million population, turning out an overall infection positivity rate of 7.43 percent so far.