Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: In the wake of the emergence of a mutated strain of the virus in the UK, all persons who have come to Nagaland after 20 December have been asked to report to their district-level coronavirus task forces for compulsory COVID-19 testing, a senior health official said on Monday.
"Those arriving after the issuance of this circular are to self declare at the point of entry, inform their respective district task forces and self isolate themselves for standard testing protocols," Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Z. Suokhrie, said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Nagaland on Monday recorded an all-time high COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.19 percent as 20 patients recuperated from the disease, while 14 fresh infections pushed the state's tally to 11,911, another health official said.
Delhi recorded 564 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest in at least five months, and 21 more fatalities due to the disease on Monday, even as the positivity rate stood at 0.98 percent, authorities told PTI.
Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla on Monday said his company, which is manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine –Covishied– in the country, will probably give the majority of the 50 million doses to India first. "India has such a large population that we will probably end up giving the majority of those 50 million doses to India first," Poonawalla said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday extended the earlier COVID-19 guidelines for surveillance till 31 January 2021 and asked states and UTs to strictly enforce them.
In a press release, the ministry said: "While there has been a continuous decline in the active and new COVID-19 cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment and caution, keeping in view the surge in cases globally, and emergence of a new variant of the virus in the United Kingdom (UK)."
"Accordingly, Containment Zones continue to be demarcated carefully; prescribed containment measures strictly followed within these zones; COVID-appropriate behaviour promoted and strictly enforced; and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities followed scrupulously."
Union minister of state for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection.
He announced the news on Twitter, saying " On noticing the initial symptoms of corona, I got myself tested today and the report has come positive." The minister added that his health was fine and he was in home isolation on the advice of doctors. Choubey appealed to all those who came into contact with him over the past few days to self-isolate and get themselves tested.
The AAP government told the Delhi High Court that it has decided to reduce to 60 percent the number of ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals in the National Capital.
The Delhi government told Justice Subramonium Prasad that the decision was taken on 27 December after a two-member panel, comprising the Director of AIIMS and a Niti Aayog member, endorsed the recommendations of the De-escalation Committeeto reduce from 80 to 60 percent the ICU beds reserved in the 33 private hospitals.
India's COVID-19 recoveries rose to 97,82,669 on Monday and it exceeded active cases by more than 95 lakh, the health ministry said. As many as 79.61 percent of the new cases are from 10 states and UTs. Kerala tops the list with 4,905 more instances of the infection, followed by Maharashtra and West Bengal with 3,314 and 1,435 new cases respectively.
Eight districts of Uttar Pradesh that lie in the National Capital Region account for over 20 percent or one-fifth of the active COVID-19 cases in the state and more than 11 percent of deaths linked to the coronavirus, reports news agency PTI citing official data.
Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh are a part of the NCR, a wider region that also comprises districts of Haryana and Rajasthan, and entire Delhi.
A two-day dry run to check the preparedness of health authorities for a future nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme began in Rajkot and Gandhinagar districts of Gujarat, said health officials
"In Gujarat, the dry run is being carried out in Rajkot district, Rajkot city, Gandhinagar district and Gandhinagar city," State Immunisation Office Dr Nayan Jani told reporters. He said local health officials of these districts and cities will engage in administrative work on the first day of the drive and the actual field visits will begin on Tuesday.
Jani further clarified that actual (potential) vaccine shots will not be administered on people during the dry run.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalised in Dehradun after developing fever on Sunday, is being taken to AIIMS, Delhi for tests, his physician told PTI. The chief minister's health parameters are normal
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday began a dry run of the coronavirus vaccination drive in four states in order to assess the preparation for it. It will be continued on Tuesday. The health ministry had said that the dry run will be conducted in two districts each of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab.
In the past 24 hours, Kerala has reported 4,905 new coronavirus cases, Maharashtra has reported 3,314 new cases and West Bengal has reported 1,435 new cases.
India's coronavirus caseload rose to 1,02,07,871 with 20,021 infections being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 97.82 lakh, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
India registered 18,732 fresh cases of COVID-19, the lowest in nearly six months, while 97,61,538 people have recuperated so far from the disease pushing the national recovery rate to 95.82 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The death toll climbed to 1,47,622 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 279 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A total of 18,732 daily new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours. The number of new daily cases last reported a dip on July 1 when 18,653 cases were registered.
The COVID-19 case fatality rate was registered at 1.44 percent.
There are 2,78,690 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 2.73 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 16,81,02,657 samples have been tested up to December 26 with 9,43,368 samples being tested on Saturday.
India''s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29 and 90 lakh on 20 November.
The 279 new fatalities include 60 from Maharashtra, 23 from Delhi, 33 from West Bengal, 21 from Kerala, 14 from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Uttarakhand and 12 each from Punjab and Chattisgarh.
A total of 147622 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 49189 from Maharashtra followed by 12051 from Karnataka, 12059 from Tamil Nadu, 10437 from Delhi, 9569 from West Bengal, 8293 from Uttar Pradesh, 7092 from Andhra Pradesh, 5281 from Punjab and 4275 from Gujarat.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
With inputs from PTI