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Coronavirus News Updates: Delhi Metro shuts Khan Market, three other station gates to manage crowd on New Year's Day

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 'Exit gates of Khan Market, Supreme Court, Central Secretariat and Mandi House are closed. Entry and interchange is permitted at these stations,' the DMRC tweeted

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Coronavirus News Updates: Delhi Metro shuts Khan Market, three other station gates to manage crowd on New Year's Day

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"In order to introduce an urgently needed vaccine against COVID-19 in India, SII, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, has entered into a collaboration with the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca to manufacture the vaccine," the report said.

Jan 01, 2021 - 16:18 (IST)

Delhi Metro shuts exit gates at Khan Market, 3 others stations 

Anticipating large gatherings on New Year's Day, exit gates at four metro stations in central Delhi were closed on Friday afternoon by authorities. Every year, revellers gather at Connaught Place, Khan Market and other prominent places, which are adjacent to metro station, to ring in the new year, by shopping and dining out.

However, due to COVID-19 situation, authorities have urged people to not crowd around and avoid public gatherings, especially in view of the new strain of coronavirus which was detected recently.

"Exit gates of Khan Market, Supreme Court, Central Secretariat and Mandi House are closed. Entry and interchange is permitted at these stations," the DMRC tweeted.

Jan 01, 2021 - 15:24 (IST)

Odisha reports 245 new COVID-19 cases, 3 fresh fatalities

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Sambalpur registered the highest number of new cases at 35, followed by Sundergarh (34) and Angul (32).

Jan 01, 2021 - 14:50 (IST)

Schools reopen in Karnataka 

Schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopened on Friday with strict COVID-19 protocol, reports said.

"While regular classes began on Friday for class 10 and second year PUC (class 12) students, who will be facing board exams; students from grades 6-9 came to campuses for the Vidyagama programme, which enables continued schooling. Wearing masks, students with consent letters from their parents were seen entering the classes after thermal checks and sanitising their hands at schools and PU colleges across the state," Moneycontrol reported.

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Jan 01, 2021 - 13:58 (IST)

Dry run for vaccine to held at Daryaganj in Delhi

Dry-run for COVID-19 vaccine will be held at Daryaganj, GTB Hospital and one private hospital in Delhi, said Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday.

"Target of this exercise is that minutest details are thoroughly researched. At least two vaccines have sent their applications to Drug Controller and experts for approval, their data are being studied pro-actively," said the health minister.

Jan 01, 2021 - 13:55 (IST)

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"Imports of and exports of vaccines in relation to COVID-19 has been allowed without any value limitation," said the amended Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Declaration and Processing) Amendment Regulations, 2020.

Jan 01, 2021 - 13:52 (IST)

Singapore to block entry to visitors from South Africa

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The new border restrictions for travellers from South Africa will effectively be in place from 4 January.

Jan 01, 2021 - 13:26 (IST)

Harsh Vardhan holds COVID-19 review meet with Delhi govt

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan conducted a review meeting on Friday with the Delhi government for the preparation of dry run of COVID-19 vaccination drive, scheduled on 2 January.

Jan 01, 2021 - 13:19 (IST)

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Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: Anticipating large gatherings on New Year's Day, exit gates at four metro stations in central Delhi were closed on Friday afternoon by authorities. Every year, revellers gather at Connaught Place, Khan Market and other prominent places, which are adjacent to metro station, to ring in the new year, by shopping and dining out.

However, due to COVID-19 situation, authorities have urged people to not crowd around and avoid public gatherings, especially in view of the new strain of coronavirus which was detected recently.

"Exit gates of Khan Market, Supreme Court, Central Secretariat and Mandi House are closed. Entry and interchange is permitted at these stations," the DMRC tweeted.

Schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopened on Friday with strict COVID-19 protocol.

While regular classes began on Friday for class 10 and second year PUC (class 12) students, who will be facing board exams; students from grades 6-9 came to campuses for the Vidyagama programme, which enables continued schooling.

Wearing masks, students with consent letters from their parents were seen entering the classes after thermal checks and sanitising their hands at schools and PU colleges across the state.

Stepping up its preparations for the vaccine rollout, the Union health ministry said administrations of all states and union territories will conduct COVID-19 vaccination dry runs on 2 January.

The classes for 10th and 12th standards would begin with limited hours and restricted number of students, official sources here said on Thursday.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 98,83,461 pushing the national recovery rate to 96.08 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.

The daily new coronavirus infections in India remained below 30,000 for the 19th consecutive day taking the COVID-19 caseload to 1,02,86,709, said the Union health ministry on Friday.

The number of people who have recuperated from the novel coronavirus surged to 98.83 lakh.

A total of 20,035 fresh infections were reported in a day, while the toll increased to 1,48,994 with 256 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the 11th consecutive day.

There are 2,54,254 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 2.47 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October,90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the ICMR, 17,31,11,694 samples have been tested up to 31 December with 10,62,420 samples being tested on Thursday.

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