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Coronavirus News Updates: Three more in Maharashtra test positive for UK COVID-19 strain, state's tally now 11

Coronavirus News Updates: A state health official said the three new patients are from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area near Pune city. All 11 patients are asymptomatic, he added

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Coronavirus News Updates: Three more in Maharashtra test positive for UK COVID-19 strain, state's tally now 11

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Jan 07, 2021 - 21:56 (IST)

Allow offline COVID-19 vaccination in remote areas, Gujarat requests Centre

 Ahead of the highly anticipated  roll-out of coronavirus vaccine in the country, the Gujarat government on Thursday requested the Centre to allow an
offline system of sharing information for remote places in the state where Internet connectivity is an issue. The request was made by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin
Patel during his virtual discussion with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, said a state government release. "There are issues of Internet connectivity in remote as well as hilly areas of the state. In such a situation, the administration faces difficulty in sharing information about the vaccine with the beneficiaries. "Thus, I request you to consider allowing an offline system for such areas," Patel was quoted as saying in the release.
 
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Jan 07, 2021 - 21:34 (IST)

Three more test positive for UK strain in Maharashtra, state's tally now 11

The number of persons infected  with the UK variant of coronavirus in Maharashtra rose to 11 on Thursday with three new cases coming to light, a state health official said. All 11 cases are asymptomatic, he added.

"So far there were eight passengers with the new strain found in the UK which is 70 percent more infectious. Now three more samples sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune have also come out positive," he said. All three new patients are from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area near Pune city, he said. Of total 11 cases, one each is from Gujarat and Goa."Two have been now discharged after testing negative in two consecutive RT-PCR tests after the mandatory 14- day institutional quarantine," the official said.

PTI

Jan 07, 2021 - 20:41 (IST)

Ready for transportation of COVID-19 vaccine from Pune: AAI

 The Airports Authority of India  (AAI) on Thursday said it is fully geared to deploy its resources to facilitate transportation of COVID-19 vaccine across the country from Pune in Maharashtra. Consignments of 'Covishield' vaccine, manufactured at city-based Serum Institute of India (SII), are scheduled to be dispatched to various locations in the country from the Pune airport. The AAI said along with its subsidiary AAI Cargo Logistics & Allied Services Company Ltd (AAICLAS), it was ready for the task.
 
PTI

Jan 07, 2021 - 20:18 (IST)

Four UK returnees among 5,051 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala

 Kerala recorded 5,051 new COVID-19 cases, including four UK returnees and 5,638 recoveries on Thursday as the total caseload inched towards
the eight lakh mark. In the last 24 hours ending 2 pm, 60,613 samples have been tested and the test positivity rate was 8.83 percent,
Health Minister K K Shailaja said. So far, 82,85,394 samples have been sent for testing. The toll has gone up to 3234 with 25 more deaths.
 
Four more people who recently returned from the UK have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of to have been infected so far to 47, the minister said in a press release. The samples of the four people have been sent to NIV, Pune, for further testing for the new variant of the virus.
 
PTI

Jan 07, 2021 - 20:02 (IST)

 Andhra Pradesh asks collectors to form teams for fire audits in all COVID-19 hospitals

Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary, Health, Anil Kumar Singhal, in an order directed the district Collectors to conduct a meeting once again with all Nodal Officers of COVID hospitals and reiterate the directives issued by the Supreme Court and to strictly adhere to them in providing proper treatment to COVID-19 patients in both government and private hospitals. He asked the Collectors to constitute inspection teams under the supervision of Joint Collector to conduct Fire Audit in all COVID hospitals, both government and private. Hospital authorities were required to necessarily obtain a no-objection certificate from the Fire Department.
 
PTI

Jan 07, 2021 - 19:57 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh issues fresh COVID-19 guidelines

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday issued some fresh guidelines for surveillance, containment, control and proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and directed the district Collectors to be vigilant and personally monitor day-to-day status of cases. The fresh guidelines were issued in line with the Supreme Court judgment in a civil writ petition and also the recent increase in cases in a few states and the spread of the new UK strain, state Principal Secretary, Health, Anil Kumar Singhal said in a Government Order
 
PTI

Jan 07, 2021 - 19:50 (IST)

India's GDP expected to contract by 7.7% in 2020-21: govt estimates

India's GDP is estimated to contract by a record 7.7 percent during 2020-21 as the COVID-19 pandemic severely hit the key manufacturing and services segments, as per government projections released on Thursday. Amid overall decline in economic activities, some respite was provided by the agriculture sector and utility services like power and gas supply, which have been projected to post positive growth during the current fiscal ending March 2021. "Real GDP or GDP at Constant Prices (2011-12) in the year 2020-21 is likely to attain a level of Rs 134.40 lakh crore, as against the Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2019-20 of Rs 145.66 lakh crore...The growth in real GDP during 2020-21 is estimated at -7.7 per cent as compared to the growth rate of 4.2 per cent in 2019-20," said the first advanced estimates of national income released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).
 
The contraction in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), however, would not be as steep as projected by certain international agencies like the IMF and World Bank.

Jan 07, 2021 - 19:37 (IST)

Maharashtra records 3,729 new cases, 72 deaths

Maharashtra reports 3,729 new COVID-19 cases and 72 deaths, pushing infection tally to 19,58,282; and toll to 49,897, reports PTI quoting a health official

Jan 07, 2021 - 19:20 (IST)

Union health secretary asks four states to proactively promote COVID appropriate behaviour

The Union health secretary has written to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal and health authorities in the states have been advised to proactively promote COVID appropriate behaviours such as wearing masks, even while the vaccination drive is about to begin, said the health ministry statement. "It is important to ensure that there is no complacency in the collective efforts in containment and management of CIOVID19, the health secretary has strongly reiterated," the statement said.

Jan 07, 2021 - 19:11 (IST)

Health secretary asks four states to curb surge in cases

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal urging them to take steps to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases as these states are reporting an upsurge in the number of daily news cases in the recent days, said the health ministry in a statement. These four states account for 59 percent of the total active COVID-19 cases in the country, according to the ministry.

As per the statement, states have been advised to maintain a ‘strict vigil’ and to take steps to keep a check on the rising cases, especially in view of the new strain of the virus being observed in some countries, which has also been reported in a few states in India. The health secretary has drawn attention to the low and declining testing rates in the states and stressed that "any laxity at this crucial junction may squander the results of our collective actions in containing the transmission," the statement said. They have been advised to analyse the surge at the district and sub-district levels to understand the reasons for this rise and plan adequate measures proactively to curb the same.

Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: The number of persons infected with the UK variant of coronavirus in Maharashtra rose to 11 on Thursday with three new cases coming to light, a state health official said. All 11 cases are asymptomatic, he added.

"So far there were eight passengers with the new strain found in the UK which is 70 percent more infectious. Now three more samples sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune have also come out positive," he said. All three new patients are from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area near Pune city, he said. Of total 11 cases, one each is from Gujarat and Goa.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal urging them to take steps to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases as these states are reporting an upsurge in the number of daily news cases in the recent days, said the health ministry in a statement. These four states account for 59 percent of the total active COVID-19 cases in the country, according to the ministry.

As per the statement, states have been advised to maintain a ‘strict vigil’ and to take steps to keep a check on the rising cases, especially in view of the new strain of the virus being observed in some countries, which has also been reported in a few states in India. The health secretary has drawn attention to the low and declining testing rates in the states and stressed that "any laxity at this crucial junction may squander the results of our collective actions in containing the transmission," the statement said

Ahead of a country-wide vaccination mock drill scheduled for Friday, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with the health ministers and officials of states and UTs to review preparations, said the Union health ministry in a release. Vardhan asked the health ministers to be vigilant against rumours and disinformation campaigns regarding the safety and efficacy of the COVID19 vaccine.

The second nationwide mock drill of the coronavirus vaccination drive  will be held at three-session sites of 736 districts across 33 States/UTs on Friday. Harsh Vardhan will visit Tamil Nadu to personally review the preparedness and oversee the dry run operations at the scheduled sites, said the ministry.

The Delhi government has decided to re-open the medical colleges under the state government with immediate effect, considering that coronavirus situation in the National Capital is under control, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

"All guidelines related to COVID-19 , in terms of precautions will be duly followed," the minister said attaching a copy of the official order.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal  urged the Centre to extend the ban on flights between India and the UK till 31 January in view of the extremely serious COVID situation in that country.

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said on Saturday flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January, while services from that country to here would resume 8 January onwards.

The Union health ministry has informed states and Union Territories that they are likely to receive the first supply of COVID-19 vaccine shortly and asked them to remain prepared to accept these consignments.

"All the states and UTs are likely to receive the first supply of COVID-19 vaccine shortly. "In this regard, you are requested to ensure the advance preparation and readiness for the acceptance of forthcoming supply of the vaccine," Dr Pradeep Halder, advisor, Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) in the health ministry, said in the letter dated 5 January.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday said that priority groups have been decided for vaccination as advised by the experts' group formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Union health minister Thursday said Maharashtra, Kerala and Chhattisgarh have seen a sudden spike in coronavirus cases recently.

The number of active COVID-19 cases remained below three lakh for the 17th consecutive day. There are 2,28,083 active coronavirus cases in the country, which account for 2.19 percent of the total caseload.

The number of fresh COVID-19 cases in India increased by 20,346 since yesterday, indicating a 12 percent spike, to hit 1,03,95,278 on Thursday. Of these, a little over 2.8 lakh were active cases.

As many as 222 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the toll in the country to 1,50,336, said the health ministry on Thursday.

India reported 20,346 fresh cases of coronavirus in a span of 24 hours, pushing the overall confirmed cases in the country to 1,03,95,278, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

Delhi recorded 654 fresh COVID-19 cases and 16 fatalities linked to the disease on Wednesday, even as the positivity rate stood at 0.88 percent, authorities said.

The infection tally in the city rose to 6.28 lakh and the toll mounted to 10,625, they said.

The 654 new cases came out the 74,650 tests conducted the previous day, including 39,623 RT-PCR tests and 35,027 rapid antigen tests, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

The active cases tally on Wednesday dropped to 4,481 from 4,562 the previous day, it said. Delhi had recorded 442 cases on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 0.55 percent.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had tweeted on Saturday that the positivity rate had been below one percent for the past 11 days, and fresh cases were the lowest since 17 May.

From 21-23 December, the daily cases count had been below the 1000-mark. The city reported 803 cases on 21 December; while it registered 939 new infections on 22 December and 871 on 23 December.

However, on 24 December, the National Capital recorded 1,063 cases, dropping again to 758 on 25 December and 655 on 26 December. A total of 757 cases were reported on 27 December while on 28 December, the daily cases count was 564, the lowest in the last five months.

The Wednesday's bulletin said the number of cases has climbed to 6,28,352 in Delhi. Out of the total 14,076 beds in COVID hospitals, 12,371 are vacant, it said.

According to the bulletin, 144 beds in COVID care centres are occupied by people under quarantine, including travellers who have returned by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights.

The Delhi government significantly ramped up testing in the past few weeks, with the count on several times crossing the 60,000-mark.

The number of tests done per million, as on Tuesday was over 4.77 lakh while the total number of COVID-19 tests stood at over 90.8 lakh.

The bulletin said that 6,13,246 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far.

The number of containment zones in Delhi dropped to 3,202 on Wednesday from 3,400 the previous day, authorities said.

The number of people in home isolation dropped to 2,067 on Wednesday from 2,426 the previous day.

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