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Coronavirus News Updates: Travellers who arrived in Nagaland after 20 Dec to undergo COVID-19 test, says state govt

Coronavirus News Updates: Nagaland recorded 14 new cases on Monday, taking its caseload to 11,911. The govt is implementing measures to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 strain that has been detected in the UK

FP Staff December 28, 2020 22:28:04 IST
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Coronavirus News Updates: Travellers who arrived in Nagaland after 20 Dec to undergo COVID-19 test, says state govt

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12:41 (ist)

Steps involved in dry run

According to News18, the dry run of coronavirus vaccinations will proceed through four key steps, which will be monitored closely by the Central government:

- Each district will receive the dummy vaccine for 100 beneficiaries from the nearest depot.
- Temperature will be tracked through the vaccine’s journey from the depot to the vaccination site.
- An SMS will be sent in advance to the beneficiaries with the name of the vaccinator, and the time of the vaccination.
- Each beneficiary will be made to sit for 30 minutes after being administered the shot; if an adverse event occurs, its management will be tracked through the central server.

07:48 (ist)

Dry runs of vaccine distribution to begin today

The Centre is set to begin dry runs of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in four states on Monday. As per reports, the dry run exercise is set to be the "largest and most ambitious mass immunisation programme in India's history".

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Dec 28, 2020 - 22:29 (IST)

Prohibitory orders in Bengaluru for New Year's Eve: reports

 

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that Section 144 of the CrPC would be imposed in the city on New Year's eve, reports Hindustan TimesThe curfew will be in force from 6 pm on 31 December 31 till 6 am on 1 January. “In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the limits of Bengaluru city and the emergence of a new strain of the disease abroad, it is absolutely essential to enforce all preventive and precautionary measures to contain the spread of the disease in Bengaluru city,” The News Minute quotes a statement by the Bengaluru Police Commissioner as saying. Under Section 144 of CRPC assembly of five or more people is barred and the Bengaluru police said that they have advised hotels, malls and other public places to ensure that the laws are respected and followed, said the HT report. Pant also said that all unnecessary movement of traffic beginning 30 December would be prevented, the report said.

Dec 28, 2020 - 21:57 (IST)

Maharashtra reports 2,498 COVID-19 cases, 4,501 recoveries

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 19,22,048 on Monday with the addition of 2,498 new cases, while 50 fresh deaths pushed the toll to 49,305, the state health department said. A health department official said 4,501 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 18,14,449.

There are now 57,159 active cases in the state, he said.

Dec 28, 2020 - 21:56 (IST)

Maharashtra records 2,498 fresh cases, 50 fatalities

 
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally rose to 19,22,048 with the addition of 2,498 new cases, while 50 fresh deaths pushed the toll to 49,305, reports PTI quoting the the state health department. A health department official said 4,501 patients were discharged during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 18,14,449. There are now 57,159 active cases in the state, he added. So far, 1,25,43,772 people have been tested for coronavirus in Maharashtra, of which 41,218 were examined on Monday, the official further stated.

Dec 28, 2020 - 21:22 (IST)

Compulsory COVID-19 tests for all who entered Nagaland after 20 Dec

In the wake of the emergence of a mutated strain of the virus in the UK, all persons who have come to Nagaland after December 20 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.

Dec 28, 2020 - 20:59 (IST)

Tamil Nadu reports 1,005 COVID-19 cases

Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 1,005 new cases of coronavirus and 11 fatalities, pushing the overall infections to 8.15 lakh and total number of deaths to 12,080. As many as 15 contacts of 13 COVID-infected UK returnees have also tested positive for the dreaded virus, the government said, but assured all the 28 people were doing well.

According to a government bulletin, 1,074 people were discharged today after being cured of the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 7,94,228. Subsequently, active cases stood at 8,867.

Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said the government was monitoring those having returned from the UK, where a new "out of control" variant of the virus has been detected.

While a total of 13 returnees have been infected with the virus, 15 of their contacts have also tested positive for the contagion, he told reporters.

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Dec 28, 2020 - 20:19 (IST)

Delhi's positivity rate now below one percent

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. The city's caseload mounted to 6,23,415 and the death toll due to the coronavirus infection rose to 10,474, they said, adding that over 57,463 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Sunday.

Dec 28, 2020 - 20:09 (IST)

SII expects regulatory approval for Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine  in a few days

“The emergency use authorisation by the UK drug regulator for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 is expected by December end or first week of January. In India too, we are hoping for regulatory approval for the Covishield vaccine in a few days. We must respect the process and give the drug regulators in the UK and India enough time to review the data. No one wants to compromise on safety and we hope for some good news in the new year,” Adar Poonawalla said on Monday, as per The Indian Express.

Dec 28, 2020 - 19:50 (IST)

First 6 months of 2021 to witness COVID vaccine shortage globally, warns Ponnawalla

"All data on Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine submitted in India and UK. The re are no concerns, regulators are closely reviewing documents and data," Serum CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Monday.

Talking about the COVID-19 vaccination drive which has kickstarted in many countries across the world including the UK, US and European nations, Poonawalla said that the first six months of 2021 will see a shortage globally and "nobody can help that.", reports Mint. "But we will see easing off by August-September 2021 as other vaccine manufactures will also be able to supply," he added.

Dec 28, 2020 - 19:43 (IST)

40-50 million COVID19 vaccine doses stockpiled, says Serum Institute CEO

Serum Institute of India’s Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla says that the company has 40 to 50 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, Covishield, stockpiled, reports ANI. “Once we get regulatory approvals in a few days, it’ll be down to the government to decide how much they can take and how fast,” he adds. “We will be producing around 300 million doses by July 2021.”

The Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has tied up with the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca to commercially produce and market this vaccine in India if and when it is approved. On December 8, the company applied for the emergency use authorisation of its vaccine.

Dec 28, 2020 - 19:22 (IST)

COVID-positive Uttarakhand CM admitted to AIIMS

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently, was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS on Monday with an infection in his lungs. He was taken to Delhi in a helicopter in the morning on the advice of doctors after a slight infection was found in his lungs, an official said.

Rawat has undergone some important tests at the AIIMS, he added. The chief minister, who was in home isolation since 18 December after testing positive for the infectious disease, was shifted to the Government Doon Medical College after he developed fever on Sunday evening.

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

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