Coronavirus LIVE: US reports 100,000 fresh cases for 26 days on the trot

India's Covid-19 casesload currently stands at 9,390,791
Coronavirus LIVE updates: India's coronavirus caseload inched close to 9.4 million with 41,810 new infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recovered from the disease crossed 8.8 million-mark, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.71 per cent.  The country's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 136,705.

At 1,808,550, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, followed by Karnataka 881,086, Andhra Pradesh 866,000, Tamil Nadu 777,616 and Kerala 587,578. Delhi recorded 5,482 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day, while 98 more fatalities linked to the disease pushed the city's death toll to 8,909.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 62,573,187. While 43,193,984 have recovered, 1,458,305 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 13,608,696 cases, and 271,025 have died from the disease there. It is followed by India, which has 9,390,791 cases, Brazil (6,290,272), Russia (2,242,633), France (2,208,699).


12:44 AM IST Maharashtra on Sunday reported 5,544 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 18,20,059.   According to the state health department, as many as 85 people succumbed to COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 47,071 in the state.

11:37 PM IST Issuing fresh COVID-related guidelines, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said all educational institutions would remain closed till December 31 while no fresh permission or passes are required for activities which were already permitted in the union territory.   It also put all the 20 districts, 10 each in Kashmir and Jammu regions, in the orange category but said the Lakhanpur -- the gateway to J-K bordering Punjab on National highway 44 -- with a buffer of 500-metre radius and the Jawahar Tunnel, which connects Kashmir with the Jammu region, on either side have been classified as red zones.

10:42 PM IST Assam reported one more fatality due to COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the death toll to 981, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   The coronavirus tally in the state rose to 2,12,617 with 134 fresh cases, he said.

9:57 PM IST Tamil Nadu on Sunday witnessed a sharp decline in COVID-19 fatalities as nine people succumbed to the virus pushing the toll to 11,703, after hitting several peaks over the last several months.   In August, number of deaths due to coronavirus had hit a peak with over 120 being reported. Later, it hovered in double digits range for several months.

9:31 PM IST The COVID-19 death toll in Chandigarh rose to 276 on Sunday with two more fatalities, while 96 new cases pushed the infection tally to 17,342, a medical bulletin issued here said.   There are 1,140 active cases currently, it said.

9:19 PM IST Ahmedabad district on Sunday reported 345 new coronavirus positive cases, the highest in Gujarat, taking its tally to 49,765, state health department said.   With 11 patients succumbing to the infection, also highest in the state in the day, the toll mounted to 2,047, it said.

8:41 PM IST Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 1,514 new cases of Covid-19, taking its overall count of infections to 2,04,745, an official said.   Thirteen people died and 1,508 others recovered during the day, which took the death toll in the state to 3,250 and recovery count to 1,86,521, he said.   "Four people died in Indore, two in Bhopal and one each in Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khargone, Ratlam, Betul, Sidhi and Guna during the day," the official said.

8:05 PM IST Gujarat recorded 1,564 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally in the state to 2,08,278, the health department said.   The fatality count increased to 3,969 as 16 more patients succumbed to the infection, it said.

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Maharashtra reports 5,544 new cases of Covid-19, 85 deaths

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 5,544 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 18,20,059.
 

According to the state health department, as many as 85 people succumbed to COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 47,071 in the state.

All educational institutions to remain closed across J-K till year end

Issuing fresh COVID-related guidelines, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said all educational institutions would remain closed till December 31 while no fresh permission or passes are required for activities which were already permitted in the union territory.
 

It also put all the 20 districts, 10 each in Kashmir and Jammu regions, in the orange category but said the Lakhanpur -- the gateway to J-K bordering Punjab on National highway 44 -- with a buffer of 500-metre radius and the Jawahar Tunnel, which connects Kashmir with the Jammu region, on either side have been classified as red zones.

Assam's Covid-19 death toll rises to 981

Assam reported one more fatality due to COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the death toll to 981, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
 

The coronavirus tally in the state rose to 2,12,617 with 134 fresh cases, he said.

TN record's decline in Covid-19 deaths; 1,459 new cases added

Tamil Nadu on Sunday witnessed a sharp decline in COVID-19 fatalities as nine people succumbed to the virus pushing the toll to 11,703, after hitting several peaks over the last several months.
 

In August, number of deaths due to coronavirus had hit a peak with over 120 being reported. Later, it hovered in double digits range for several months.

96 new Covid-19 cases take Chandigarh's tally to 17,342; death toll 276

The COVID-19 death toll in Chandigarh rose to 276 on Sunday with two more fatalities, while 96 new cases pushed the infection tally to 17,342, a medical bulletin issued here said.
 

There are 1,140 active cases currently, it said.

Ahmedabad district adds 345 fresh Covid-19 cases

Ahmedabad district on Sunday reported 345 new coronavirus positive cases, the highest in Gujarat, taking its tally to 49,765, state health department said.
 

With 11 patients succumbing to the infection, also highest in the state in the day, the toll mounted to 2,047, it said.

MP reports 1,514 new Covid-19 cases, and 13 die

Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 1,514 new cases of Covid-19, taking its overall count of infections to 2,04,745, an official said.
 
Thirteen people died and 1,508 others recovered during the day, which took the death toll in the state to 3,250 and recovery count to 1,86,521, he said.
 
"Four people died in Indore, two in Bhopal and one each in Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khargone, Ratlam, Betul, Sidhi and Guna during the day," the official said.

1,564 new Covid-19 cases in Gujarat; 1,451 recover, 16 die

Gujarat recorded 1,564 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally in the state to 2,08,278, the health department said.
 
The fatality count increased to 3,969 as 16 more patients succumbed to the infection, it said.

44 new cases push Nagaland's Covid-19 tally to 11,159

Nagaland's Covid-19 tally rose to 11,159 on Sunday as 44 more people tested positive for the infection, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.
 
As many as 174 more people were cured of the disease, pushing the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 88.69 per cent, he said.
 
Dimapur district reported 27 new cases, Kohima 16 and Tuensang one, he said.

UP reports 24 more Covid-19 deaths, 2,036 new cases

Uttar Pradesh reported 24 more Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the death toll to 7,718, while 2,036 new cases pushed the state's infection tally to 5,41,873.
 
Seven deaths were from state capital Lucknow and two from Gorakhpur, the Health department bulletin issued here said.
 
As far as new infections are concerned, Lucknow recorded 342 followed by 230 in Meerut, 123 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 113 in Ghaziabad and 108 in Kanpur

Maharashtra's Covid-19 case count rises by 5,544, death toll by 85

The cumulative tally of coronavirus patients in Maharashtra went up to 18,20,059 on Sunday with the addition of 5,544 new positive cases, the health department said.
 
As the virus claimed 85 patients, the state's death toll reached 47,071, it said.

Kerala's Covid-19 caseload almost touches 600,000 mark, 5643 new additions

Kerala registered 5,643 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total caseload to almost six lakh, while the toll mounted to 2,223with 27 related deaths, Health minister K K Shailaja said.
 
As many as 5,861 have been cured of the infection, and so far 5,32,658 have recovered while 64,589 people are undergoing treatment.

Covid-19 outbreak on perpetual decline in Delhi: Govt

The Delhi government on Sunday said that Covid-19 outbreak in the city was in "perpetual decline" mode with decreasing number of new cases as well as the death rate going down compared to figures from earlier this month.
 
Health and Family Welfare Minister Satyendar Jain made the declaration during a press conference to release the daily Delhi Health Bulletin as he gave updates about the pandemic, the decreasing positivity rate and various other issues.
 
Against 4,998 new cases in Delhi on Saturday, the number of fresh cases on Sunday was 4,906, he said.

Malaysia reports 1,309 new Covid-19 cases, 3 new deaths

Malaysia reported 1,309 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the national total to 64,485, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that one of the new cases is imported and 1,308 are local transmissions.

Indonesia sets new daily record of Covid-19 cases

Indonesia has set a new single-day record of the number of Covid-19 cases, the Indonesian Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
A total of 6,267 cases were recorded in Indonesia over the given period, bringing the overall number of cases to 534,266.
 
The death toll from the disease has reached 16,815 since the outbreak of the pandemic, while 445,793 Covid-19 patients have recovered across the country.

32 more test positive for Covid-19 in Tripura

Thirty-two more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura on Sunday, pushing the state's tally to 32,674, a health department official said.
 
The death toll remained at 367 as no new fatality due to the contagion was reported.
 
West Tripura district, comprising state capital Agartala, has accounted for 185 of the Covid-19 deaths, the official said.
 

CII urges industry not to lower guard against Covid

Industry body CII has urged its member companies in north India to not lower guard against COVID-19 and ensure that the prescribed norms of wearing masks, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet and avoiding large gatherings are followed.
 
With COVID-19 cases rising for the past few weeks at an unprecedented rate, the pandemic continues to pose hardship for the entire country, the chamber said in a statement on Sunday.
 
Many states in northern India are experiencing probably the second or even the third wave of rise in infections and mortality. With the onset of winter, the problem is getting accentuated, especially for the vulnerable ones, it added.

Boris Johnson defends tier-based lockdown in letter to rebel colleagues

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged his Conservative Party lawmakers to back the government's tier-based COVID-19 lockdown in a Parliament vote in a letter stressing that there "a sunset" clause or expiry date of February 3 on the latest restrictions.
 
In an attempt to curb a growing rebellion within his own ranks against the new measures which face a House of Commons vote next Tuesday, Johnson wrote on Saturday evening that the tiers will be reviewed every two weeks, and areas can move down the tiers from mid-December.
 
"Regulations have a sunset of 3 February. After the fourth fortnightly review (27 January), Parliament will have another vote on the tiered approach, determining whether the measures stay in place until the end of March," he wrote.

Boxer Duryodhan Negi tests positive for Covid-19

Former national champion boxer Duryodhan Singh Negi has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure despite being asymptomatic, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) stated on Sunday.
 
The welterweight (69kg) category boxer had returned to the national training base in Patiala after a Diwali break and tested positive for the virus during the mandatory quarantine.
 
"He is currently asymptomatic and has been shifted to Columbia Asia Hospital as a precautionary measure," the SAI statement read.

Philippines logs 2,076 new Covid-19 cases, total nears 430,000

Philippines on Sunday reported 2,076 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number in the country to 429,864.
 
Sunday's tally of daily coronavirus cases broke 19 straight days of the country reporting less than 2,000 single-day cases, Xinhua news agency quoted the Department of Health (DOH) as saying.
 
The DOH said 10,579 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 398,624.
 
The death toll climbed to 8,373 after 40 more patients died from the disease, it added.
 
The Department said it had tested 5.36 million people in the Philippines so far.

Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears

When Turkey changed the way it reports daily Covid-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system.
 
In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000.
 
With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit.

Brazil's coronavirus death toll tops 172,000

Brazil registered 587 new coronavirus fatalities in the last 24 hours, which increased the country's overall death toll to 172,561, the Health Ministry said.
 
Besides the new deaths on Saturday, the country also reported 51,922 new cases taking the nationwide tally to 6,290,272, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying.
 
Brazil currently accounts for the third largest Covid-19 caseload in the world, after the US and India, and the second highest death toll from the disease, after the US.

Poor air quality can up consequences of Covid-19: Study

A new research adds to the growing body of evidence that elevated levels of air pollution may amplify the waves of SARS-CoV-2 contamination, the virus responsible for Covid-19 diseases. The study, published in the journal Earth Systems and Environment, investigated possible interactions between acutely elevated levels of fine particulate matter and the virulence of the coronavirus disease.
 
The result suggests that high concentrations of particles less than 2.5 micrometres in size may modulate, or even amplify, the waves of SARS-CoV-2 contamination and explain in part the particular profile of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
"The study provides preventive measures related to air pollution to limit future outbreaks of morbidity and mortality due to the coronavirus," said study author Mario Rohrer from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
 
Covid-19 studies conducted in Italy and France suggest that SARS-CoV-2 was already present in Europe at the end of 2019, while the sharp increase in morbidity and mortality was only recorded in spring 2020 in Paris and London.

Covid-19: Uttarakhand seals Haridwar border till Nov 30, bans holy dip in Ganges

A day ahead of Kartik Purnima, Uttarakhand Police on Sunday announced that all the boundaries of Haridwar have been completely sealed till November 30 to ensure that devotees do not enter the district to take the holy dip in Ganga amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
 
"Borders of Haridwar will remain sealed today and tomorrow as a measure to ensure that devotees do not enter the district to take the holy dip in Ganga which is not allowed on the occasion of Kartik Purnima," said Senior Superintendent of Police Senthil Abudai Krishnaraj S said.
 
The development comes a few days after the district administration canceled the celebrations on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima bath' (November 30) in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19.

Myanmar extends Covid-19 preventive measures to Dec 15

Myanmar's national-level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment for Covid-19 has extended the period of preventive measures until December 15. The extension will be applied to all orders, announcements, directives issued by respective union level government organizations and ministries which will expire on Monday, as part of the preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease, reports Xinhua news agency reported.
 
According to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry on Saturday, Myanmar reported 1,344 new cases and 22 deaths in the past 24 hours.
 
The country's overall caseload has increased to 87,977, while its death toll stood at 1,887, the ministry's figures said. A total of 67,588 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals so far. The virus was first detected in Myanmar on March 23 this year and over 1.13 million samples have been tested for the disease.

Arunachal records 31 new coronavirus cases, tally 16,262

At least 31 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, pushing the tally to 16,262, while one more person succumbed to the infection, raising the toll to 51. The deceased, a 50-year-old man from Innao village in Changlang district, was suffering from a liver disease, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
 
Of the 31 fresh cases, seven were reported from the Capital Complex region, four from West Kameng and three each from Changlang, East Siang and Lepa Rada, he said.
 
Two cases each were recorded in Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap and Lower Siang, while one each in Kra Daadi, Tawang, Namsai, Lower Subansiri and Upper Siang, the SSO said. Twenty nine cases were detected through RT-PCR and TrueNat tests, and the remaining through rapid antigen tests, Dr Jampa stated.

16 new coroonavirus cases in Mizoram, tally rises to 3,822

At least 16 people, including two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Sunday, taking the state's tally to 3,822. Of the 16 fresh cases, seven were reported from Aizawl, five from Lawngtlai and one each from Lunglei, Mamit, Siaha and Champhai. Four cases were detected through RT-PCR at Zoram Medical College, one at a TrueNat lab in Siaha district and the rest by Rapid Antigen Test, he said.
 
Two BSF jawans, one policeman and two children, aged eight and 10, are among the newly infected people. Six of the new patients have shown symptoms of COVID- 19 and the remaining 10 are asymptomatic.

LIVE: India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 93.71%, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus LIVE: India reports 41,810 new cases, tally nears 9.4 million

India's COVID-19 caseload inched closer to the 94-lakh mark,while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 88 lakhpushing the national recovery rate to 93.71 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday, The total coronavirus cases mounted to93,92,919 with 41,810 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,36,696 with 496 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active COVID-19 caseload remained below 5 lakh for the 19th consecutive day.There are 4,53,956 active coronavirus infections in the country whichcomprises4.83per cent of the total caseload,the data stated.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 88,02,267 pushing the national recovery rate to93.71per cent,while theCOVID-19casefatality ratestands at 1.46 per cent.

Telangana logs 805 new coronavirus cases

Telangana recorded 805 new COVID-19 casesand four related fatalities taking the total tally of infections to 2,69,223 and the death tollto 1,455, the state government said on Sunday. A total of 10,490 patients were under treatment,it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on November 28. Out of the fresh cases, 131 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by 82 from Medchal Malkajgiri, 58 from Ranga Reddy and other districts.
 
According to the bulletin, as many as 46,280 samples were tested on Saturday and cumulatively54, 20, 421 samples have been tested. The bulletin said a total of 2,57,278 persons had recovered and the recovery rate was 95.56 per cent in the state, while it was 93.7 per cent in the country. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while it was 1.5 per cent at the national level.

Covid-19 LIVE: Coronavirus caseload in India climbs to 9,393,039

India's COVID-19 caseload inched close to 94 lakh,while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 88 lakhpushing the national recovery rate to 93.71 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to93,92,919 with 41,810 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,36,696 with 496 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
 
The active COVID-19 caseload remained below 5 lakh for the 19th consecutive day. There are 4,53,956 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 4.83 per cent of the total caseload. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 88,02,267 pushing the national recovery rate to93.71per cent, while the COVID-19c ase fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent.
 
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakhonAugust 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh onSeptember 16,60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, and surpassed 90 lakh on November 20. According to the ICMR, over13.95croresamples have been tested up to November 28 with 12,83,449 samples being tested on Saturday.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands' Covid-19 tally rises to 4,698

Nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the tally in the union territory to 4,698, a health department official said on Sunday. Of the nine new cases, eight have travel history while one was detected during contact tracing, he said.
 
Ten more people recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,518. The archipelago now has 119 active coronavirus cases, while 4,518 people have recovered from the disease and 61 patients have succumbed to the infection till date, he said.
 
The administration has so far tested 1,26,328 samples for COVID-19.

PM Modi likely to speak on Covid-19 vaccine in 'Mann ki Baat' today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation through his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' later today. Earlier on November 17, PM Modi had invited suggestions from the people, for the 71st edition of the programme.
 
"Every #MannKiBaat we celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding people, working for societal good. But, for every one example shared, there are many I am unable to share due to paucity of time. But, I do read many of the inputs and they are truly valuable," the PM tweeted.
 
He further added, "This month's #MannKiBaat is on the 29th. I have already received many interesting inputs and anecdotes about inspiring life journeys. Keep sharing your thoughts on NaMo App, MyGov or record your message on 1800-11-7800."
 
"Mann ki Baat" is the Prime Minister's monthly radio programme addressed to the nation, which is broadcasted on the last Sunday of every month. READ ON...

41,810 new coronavirus cases in India; tally rises to 9,393,039

France sees further fall in Covid-19 hospitalisations as lockdown exit starts

The COVID-19 hospitalisations in France further declined on Saturday as the country started a three-stage lockdown exit. A total of 28,168 COVID-19 patients remained in hospitals, down by 480, consolidating a downward trend reported since mid-November. Meanwhile, 3,777 patients are in intensive care, compared to 3,883 on Friday, according to official data.
 
A further 12,580 people tested positive in one day, driving the cumulative number of infections up to 2,208,699, including 52,127 fatalities, with 213 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
 
On Saturday, France started the first phase of its three-stage reopening strategy. All non-essential shops resumed their activities under strict health protocol: providing at least 8 square meters of shop floor for each client, one-way circulation and sufficient ventilation.Indoor religious services with 30 worshippers are allowed.
 

Delhi govt issues WFH orders for 50% of non-essential services employees

The Delhi government has issued work-from-home (WFH) orders for 50 per cent of its employees associated with non-essential services and advised private establishments to stagger timings and presence of staff amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital.
 
In an order issued on Saturday, Delhi chief secretary and District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) executive committee chairman Vijay Dev said: "All government offices shall function with officers of the level of grade 1/equivalent and above to extent of 100 per cent strength. The remaining staff will attend up to 50 per cent as per requirement till December 31 or till further order. Private offices are advised to stagger timings and the presence of staff."

PM Modi tours 3 cities, takes stock of coronavirus vaccine development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the development and manufacturing process of coronavirus vaccines at facilities in these cities. He visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune.
 
"The scientists expressed joy that the Prime Minister met them face to face in order to boost their morale and help accelerate their efforts at this critical juncture in the vaccine development journey," an official statement said.
 
"The Prime Minister expressed pride in the fact that Indias indigenous vaccine development has progressed at such a rapid pace so far. He spoke on how India is following sound principles of science in the entire journey of vaccine development, while also asking for suggestions to make the vaccine distribution process better," it said. READ ON...

UK to be first to clear Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine likely by next week

The UK is poised to become the first country to approve Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of a long line of countries waiting for protection from the coronavirus. Clearance is possible as soon as early next week, according to a person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified because the process is confidential.
 
The UK had long signaled it would move fast on any promising vaccine candidate. Russia and China have cleared vaccines for general use, but they’re unlikely to be adopted in the US and Europe.
 
British doctors were put on standby for a possible rollout before Christmas. The government invoked a special rule allowing the U.K. drug regulator to bypass its European Union counterpart as the country prepares for the Brexit transition period to conclude at the end of this year. And the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency started its own accelerated review. READ ON...

 

Chinese mainland reports 11 new imported Covid-19 cases, no deaths

The Chinese mainland reported 11 new imported Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 3,843.
 
Four new imported cases were reported in Fujian, three were reported in Shanghai, and one each in Sichuan, Yunnan, Shaanxi and Gansu, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 3,589 imported cases had been discharged from hospitals after recovery while 254 remained hospitalised, including four in serious conditions, the commission said. No deaths had been reported among imported cases.

Nagpur district in Maharashtra reports 401 new coronavirus positive cases

Nagpur district in Maharashtra on Saturday reported 401 new coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 1,11,190, an official release said. With nine deaths, the toll rose to 3,645, it said.
 
A total of 331 patients were discharged in the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 1,02,482. The district is now left with 5,063 active cases.

Coronavirus LIVE: 28 more deaths, 745 new cases in Punjab

A total of 28 people died of Covid-19 in Punjab, pushing the state's fatality toll to 4,765 while 745 new cases took the infection count to 1,50,805 on Saturday. There are 7,834 active Covid-19 cases in the state, as of now, the state's medical bulletin said.
 
Mohali reported 178 new cases, followed by 100 in Ludhiana and 99 in Jalandhar, among fresh cases witnessed in the state.
 
A total of 576 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of cured people to 1,38,206, as per the bulletin. Fifteen critical patients are on ventilator support while 164 are on oxygen support. A total of 31,56,767 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state.

Pandemic LIVE: 60 protestors detained in London for anti-lockdown protests

More than 60 people have been detained in the UK capital during a protest against the government's coronavirus-related lockdown measures, London's Metropolitan Police Service said on Saturday. Several hundreds of people gathered on Saturday in central London to express their protest against the coronavirus-related restrictions. Some of the demonstrators clashed with police officers.
 
"Officers have made over 60 arrests following groups gathering in London today. These were for a number of different offenses, including breaching coronavirus restrictions. We expect this number to rise. We continue to urge people to go home," the police wrote on Twitter.
 
Anti-lockdown protests have been repeatedly held in the UK since the start of the pandemic. In early November, police detained as many as 190 people during such a demonstration.

Karnataka registers 1,522 new coronavirus cases

As many as 1,522 new cases of Covid-19 were detected while 12 succumbed to the dreaded virus in Karnataka on Friday, taking the state's tally of infections to 8,82,608 and the death toll to 11,750, the health department said in its bulletin on Saturday. On a positive side, the day also saw 2,133 patients getting discharged after recovery and with this the total number of discharge stands at 8,46,082.
 
According to the bulletin, the positivity rate on Friday stood at 1.37 per cent while the case fatality rate was estimated to be 0.78 per cent.
 
"Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,68,604 infections, the bulletin explained and added that among discharges too Bengaluru urban tops the list with total 3,46,116 discharges," the bulletin said.
 
It further added, out of 24,757 active cases, 24,373 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 384 are in ICU. Most of the dead are either with a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) or Influenza-like illness (ILI).

Covid-19 pandemic: Wedding special masks in huge demand in Surat

Joe Biden announces three more members in Covid-19 task force

US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday said that he is adding three new members in the Coronavirus task force as cases of the Wuhan-originated virus continue to surge in the US. According to The Hill, The transition said in a statement that Jane Hopkins, Jill Jim and David Michaels are joining the team, which is co-chaired by David Kessler, former Indian American Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Marcella Nunez-Smith. The task force is charged with helping Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
 
"As COVID-19 surges across the country, I need a team advising me and a transition that offers diverse perspectives and viewpoints. Ms. Hopkins, Dr. Jim, and Dr. Michaels will strengthen the board's work and help ensure that our COVID-19 planning will address inequities in health outcomes and the workforce," said President-elect Biden in a statement.
 
According to a statement released by the Biden-Harris Transition website, Hopkins, a Sierra Leonean immigrant, has worked for more than 20 years as a bedside nurse and has a long history in union work, a choice that appears to reflect Biden's emphasis on appealing to labor groups. She's also received the Black Lives Matter Award from the SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus.

Andhra Pradesh records 625 more coronavirus cases; tally 8.67 lakh

Andhra Pradesh has registered 625 new Covid cases, increasing the states tally to 8.67 lakh, even as 1,186 more patients recovered from the virus to outnumber infections on Saturday. Krishna district accounted for the highest number of cases, 103, followed by West Godavari (93), Visakhapatnam (88), Guntur (68), Chittoor (61), East Godavari (54) and Vizianagaram (29). Among other places, Prakasam (27), Nellore (24), Kurnool (22), Anantapur (21), Kadapa (19) and Srikakulam (16).
 
With the new additions, East Godavari continues to shoulder the highest number of cases at 1.22 lakh. Meanwhile, five more people succumbed to the virus on Saturday, raising the total number of Covid deaths in the state to 6,981.
 
Chittoor district has witnessed the highest number of Covid deaths at 825. On Saturday, 1,186 more patients recovered from the virus to increase the total number of recoveries to 8.48 lakh, narrowing the gap between total infections and recoveries. Of the 8.67 lakh cases, active cases have plummeted to 11,571.

Coronavirus latest update: Pune sees 1,080 Covid-19 cases in single day

Pune reported 1,080 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the district's tally to 3,41,540, while 18 deaths increased the toll to 8,380, an official said on Saturday. He said the district's single-day addition of cases had crossed the 1000-mark fro the first time since Diwali, which was celebrated recently.
 
He added that 415 people were discharged during the day as well.
 
"Of the 1,080 cases, Pune city accounted for 528, Pimpri Chinchwad 217 and the rest were in the district's rural and cantonment areas. Pune city now has 1,69,394 cases, Pimpri Chinchwad 91,967," the official said.

Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Japan sees record 2,684 new Covid-19 cases

Japan recorded 2,684 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day increase since the pandemic started, taking the country's total count to 146,214, the NHK broadcaster reported on Saturday. Of these new cases, 561 infections were confirmed in Tokyo. It came a day after the capital recorded the highest-ever daily increase of 570 cases.
 
A total of 440 COVID-19 patients are currently in intensive care units.
 
The death toll from the disease has increased by 14 to 2,123, the broadcaster said.Meanwhile, about 121,000 people have recovered from the disease since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Global Covid-19 cases breaches 62 million-mark: Johns Hopkins University

The global coronavirus caseload has breached the 62 million cases mark, as per the latest updates by Johns Hopkins University.
 
According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, as of 4:57 am IST, the total cases around the world stand at 62,094,127.
 
As many as 1,449,709 patients have succumbed to the Wuhan-originated virus, according to the tracker and 39,750,055 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered from the disease. The tracker reported that India continues to top the list with the most number of recovered patients with 8,759,969 recoveries across the country.

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