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Coronavirus News Updates: One UK returnee tests positive in Maharashtra's Thane; 355 new cases reported in district

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: As many as 55 people have returned to the areas under KDMC limits from the UK from 25 November onwards, the civic body said

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Coronavirus News Updates: One UK returnee tests positive in Maharashtra's Thane; 355 new cases reported in district

A health worker collects sample for COVID-19 test at a KSRTC bus stand in Bengaluru. PTI

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Dec 26, 2020 - 20:20 (IST)

Kerala logs 3,527 new cases, 3,752 recoveries; Toll nearing 3000 mark

Kerala recorded 3,527new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while 3,782 people have been cured of the infection, as the death toll is inching towards the 3,000 mark with 21 more deaths being added, Health Minister KK Shailaja said. While the total virus caseload has touched 7,35,611, recoverieswent up to 6,68,733 and at least 63,752 people are undergoing treatment for the infection.

In the last 24 hours, 35,586 samples were tested and the test positivity rate was 9.91 per cent, the minister said in a press release. So far, 76,49,001 samples have been sent for testing. The toll has mounted to 2,951 with 21 more deaths being confirmed due to coronavirus. At least 2,59,083 people are under observation in various districts, including 13,200 in various hospitals.

Dec 26, 2020 - 18:54 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh COVID-19 tally reaches 8.80 lakh with 282 new cases

Confirmed cases of coronavirus touched 8.80 lakh in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday as the state added 282 afresh to its count while the active caseload fell further to 3,700. The latest bulletin said 442 patients had recovered while only one death was reported in the state in 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday.

The total recoveries now increased to 8,69,920 and deaths to 7,092. Kurnool and Prakasam districts reported only one new case each, the lowest in about six months, while Srikakulam and Vizianagaram added four each.

Dec 26, 2020 - 17:43 (IST)

One UK returnee tests coronavirus positive in Maharashtra's Thane

One of the over 50 persons, who returned to the Kalyan Dombivli region in Maharashtra's Thane district from the UK in the last one month, has tested COVID-19 positive, the authorities said on Saturday. As many as 55 people have returned to the areas under Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) limits from the UK from 25 November onwards, the civic body said.

"Swab testing of 20 of them was conducted and one person from Dombivli tested positive for the infection. That person has been isolated," the KDMC said in a statement. The swab sample of that person has been sent to Pune for further analysis, it said.

According to officials, as many as 349 people have returned to Thane district from the UK in the last one month.

Dec 26, 2020 - 17:19 (IST)

Will meet operating expenditure from earnings, says Rail Board Chairman

The Railways will meet its operating expenditure from its earnings despite the coronavirus pandemic, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Saturday, assessing a year that saw the national transporter scale down its passenger services to an unprecedented level to contain the spread of the virus. 

  Addressing a Year-ender press meet, Yadav said several expenditure-control measures and freight revenue earnings will help compensate for the losses in the passenger segment. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Railways' passenger revenue has come down to just Rs 4,600 crore this year compared to Rs 53,000 crore last year, a slide of 87 percent. 

Dec 26, 2020 - 16:54 (IST)

Spain receives 1st batch of coronavirus vaccine

Spanish authorities say the first batch of the coronavirus vaccine to reach the country has arrived. The government said on Saturday morning that a truck transporting the vaccine produced by Pfizer arrived at a company warehouse in the central city of Guadalajara after making the trip from Belgium. It is the first part of what the government says will be weekly shipments of an average of 350,000 doses.

The first vaccines will be administered Sunday morning at a nursing home in Guadalajara. Spain plans to receive more than 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the next 12 weeks, enough it says to immunize just over 2.2 million people. It will represent the first phase of a national vaccination plan.

Dec 26, 2020 - 16:41 (IST)

8 UK returnees to Kerala test positive; samples sent to NIV, Pune

Eight people who recently returned from the UK to Kerala, have tested positive for coronavirus and their samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for genomic analysis. Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Saturday that samples of eight returnees were found positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent to NIV for further tests.

Following this development, it has been decided to subject the returnees to more tests, she added. Surveillance at the four international airports in the state have been further strengthened. 

Dec 26, 2020 - 16:09 (IST)

COVID-19 had massive impact on Indian aviation sector in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on the Indian aviation sector in 2020 and major airlines facing losses and challenging times laid off employees, sent them on leave without pay, or cut their salaries.

The government also had to extend the deadline for submitting bids for Air India five times during the year.

When the pandemic started spreading across the country, all scheduled international flights and domestic passenger flights were suspended from March 23 and March 25, respectively. Scheduled domestic flights were restarted in a limited manner from May 25.

Dec 26, 2020 - 15:21 (IST)

Decline in India's active COVID-19 cases due to rise in recoveries, lower daily cases: Govt

The exponential rise in COVID-19 recoveries in tandem with lower daily infections has resulted in a consistent decline in India's active caseload, which presently stands at 2,81,667, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

Dec 26, 2020 - 15:12 (IST)

85.26% new COVID-19 deaths from 10 States, UTs: Centre

As many as 251 fatalities due to the novel coronavirus were reported in the country in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Of the total new deaths, ten States and Union Territories account for 85.26 percent. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of fatalities at 71, followed by 31 in West Bengal and 30 in Delhi. 

Dec 26, 2020 - 14:58 (IST)

10 states, UTs account for 73.56% of new COVID-19 recoveries: Centre

The Union health ministry on Saturday said that 73.56 percent of the new recovered COVID-19 cases were observed to be concentrated in 10 states and Union Territories.

Among these, Kerala reported the highest number of single-day recoveries at 4,506, followed by 1,954 in West Bengal and 1,427in Maharashtra.

"Kerala also reported the highest number of fresh cases at 5,397, followed by 3,431 in Maharashtra and 1,541 in West Bengal," the ministry said.

Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: One of the over 50 persons, who returned to the Kalyan Dombivli region in Maharashtra's Thane district from the UK in the last one month, has tested COVID-19 positive, the authorities said on Saturday. As many as 55 people have returned to the areas under Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) limits from the UK from 25 November onwards, the civic body said.

"Swab testing of 20 of them was conducted and one person from Dombivli tested positive for the infection. That person has been isolated," the KDMC said in a statement. The swab sample of that person has been sent to Pune for further analysis, it said.

According to officials, as many as 349 people have returned to Thane district from the UK in the last one month.

Eight people who recently returned from the UK to Kerala, have tested positive for coronavirus and their samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for genomic analysis. Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Saturday that samples of eight returnees were found positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent to NIV for further tests.

Following this development, it has been decided to subject the returnees to more tests, she added. Surveillance at the four international airports in the state have been further strengthened.

Among the states, Kerala reported the highest number of single-day recoveries at 4,506, followed by 1,954 in West Bengal and 1,427 in Maharashtra.

Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar on Saturday said 14 people who have come to the state from the UK so far have tested positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent for genetic sequencing to find whether it is a new strain of virus that has infected them.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Saturday that samples of eight returnees were found positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent to NIV for further tests.

India's daily new COVID-19 fatality count was reported below 300 after over six months, taking the toll to 1,47,343, while the infection tally rose to 1,01,69,118, according to the health ministry.

A total of 251 more deaths and 22,273 new infections were reported in a 24-hour period, the health ministry said on Saturday.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 16,71,59,289 COVID-19 samples have been tested till 25 December, of which 8,53,527 samples were tested on Friday alone.

India recorded 22,272 new cases of COVID-19 and 251 deaths in a span of 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. With the fresh infections, country's overall count has now climbed to 1,01,69,118.

In the ongoing door-to-door contact drive being conducted by the Delhi government to test UK-returned passengers for prevalence of COVID-19 , eight have so far been found infected with the coronavirus , officials said on Friday.

A total of 19 passengers out of over 13,000 who landed from the UK at the IGI airport here between 25 November and 21 December have been found positive for the virus.

Eleven were tested positive at the airport while eight others were found positive during the door to door contact and testing drive being carried out in all the districts of the city, said a top Delhi government source.

"All the 19 positive patients have been admitted to the special facility set up at LNJP hospital where they will undergo genome testing to determine whether they are infected by the super spreader strain of the coronavirus that has been reported in United Kingdom," the source said.

So far, one person each in the south east and south west districts of Delhi who returned from the UK in recent weeks were reported positive for the virus. The remaining positive persons were residents of other districts.

A person from Dwarka in south west Delhi who had returned from the UK on 19 December has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. The father of that person has also tested positive but he is asymptomatic, an official said.

The whole family has been quarantined in an institutional facility, the official said.

In New Delhi district, the UK-returned passengers are being tested through RTPCR tests. No one has tested positive so far, they said.

The door-to-door contact and monitoring is also underway to keep watch on the persons who returned from the UK in the last few weeks. Among them, those showing even the slightest symptoms are being RTPCR tested, they said.

Out of the over 13,000 passengers who landed at IGI airport from the UK, around 1400 have been identified as Delhi residents, officials said. The list of passengers provided by the Bureau of Civil Aviation is being sorted and all the Delhi residents who returned from the UK are being contacted, they said.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday that tracing and testing of all those who travelled to Delhi from the UK in the past two weeks will be ensured.

Delhi government is aware, and all the people who have travelled from the UK to Delhi in the past two weeks will be traced, tested and advised quarantine, he had said in a statement.

The authorities have enhanced monitoring of city residents who returned in the past few weeks from the UK to prevent any violation of home isolation, Delhi government officials said on Wednesday.

Teams of health department and civil defence volunteers have been deployed at the district level to keep watch on those persons who returned from the UK between 25 November and 23 December and tested negative but have to undergo home isolation.

The government has set up a separate facility at the LNJP hospital for those passengers from the UK who were found COVID-19 positive in RT-PCR tests conducted at IGI airport, for their treatment and genomic testing, officials said.

Besides, a five star hotel in Aerocity near the airport has been earmarked as paid quarantine facility, while a COVID-19 care centre in south Delhi will serve as a free institutional isolation facility for passengers from flights in which positive cases are detected, they said.

Those passengers who have returned from the UK in the past few weeks and are found negative will undergo two weeks home isolation followed by another two weeks period under observation, officials said.

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