Coronavirus LIVE: Must know Covid origin to curb future outbreaks, says WHO

At 1,823,896, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases

Coronavirus live updates: On Monday, India reported 39,000 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 9,449,093. The country's death toll mounted to 137,177. At 1,823,896, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, followed by Karnataka 883,899, Andhra Pradesh 867,683, Tamil Nadu 780,505 and Kerala 599,600. For a second day in a row, the daily infections reported in Delhi were under 5,000, at 4,906 cases, while 6,325 patients recovered from the deadly disease. The number of deaths reported were 68, the lowest in a day since November 5. Delhi's tally has risen to 5,66,648 and the toll has mounted to 9,066.

About 70.97 per cent of the 496 coronavirus fatalities reported in the past 24 hours are accounted for by Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 63,230,582. While 43,724,345 have recovered, 1,467,916 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 13,757,807 cases, and 273,072 have died from the disease there. It is followed by India, which has 9,449,093 cases, Brazil (6,314,740), Russia (2,295,654), France (2,218,483).

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2:05 AM IST Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the out-of-control surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend. Los Angeles County imposed a stay-at-home order for its 10 million residents, and Santa Clara County, in the heart of Silicon Valley, banned high school, college and professional sports and decreed a quarantine for those who have traveled more than 150 miles outside the county. In Hawaii, the mayor of Hawaii County said trans-Pacific travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test must quarantine for 14 days, and even those who have tested virus-free may be randomly selected for another test upon arrival. New Jersey is suspending all youth sports. The outbreak in Santa Clara County is like a high-speed train, health officer Dr. Sara Cody said. Our projections tell us that we are on target to derail by around the third week of December if we don't apply the brakes right now with all our collective might, Cody said. Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them. Nevertheless, almost 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the most since the pandemic gripped the country in March, and others took to the highways to be with family and friends.

2:05 AM IST Assam reported 159 #COVID19 cases and 110 discharges today. Total cases 2,12,776 Total discharges 2,08,393 Death toll 981 Active cases 3399 pic.twitter.com/yQFQQJqnXp — ANI (@ANI) &7

1:33 AM IST At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising coronavirus infections in the country’s crowded jails: Reuters

1:24 AM IST Bihar's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,35,615 with 457 fresh cases, while five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,264, a health department bulletin said on Monday. At least 547 people were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 2,28,798, it said. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 97.11 per cent from 97.06 per cent recorded on Sunday, it said. Bihar currently has 5,553 active cases, the bulletin said. The state has so far tested over 1.46 crore samples, including 1,16,443 in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. The fresh fatalities were reported from Patna, East Champaran, Kishanganj, Araria and Madhubani. Patna reported the highest number of new cases at 154, followed by Purnea and Saharsa (29 each), Saran (22), Muzaffarpur (21), Samastipur (18), Gaya and Nawada (16 each). Patna district has recorded the maximum number of COVID-19 deaths at 326.

1:23 AM IST Telangana reported 593 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total count of cases in the state to 2,69,816. According to the state's Health Department, the total count of cases includes 2,58,336 discharged cases and 1,458 deaths. There are 10,022 active cases in the state. India reported 38,772 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry.

12:40 AM IST The Odisha government on Monday apprised the Centre of its preparedness for mass vaccination of health and frontline workers against COVID-19 in the first phase. The state government informed the Centre of its planning in this regard at a national level review meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The third phase human trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'Covaxin' is underway at an institute in Bhubaneswar. Special Secretary and Mission Director of the National Health Mission, Shalini Pandit said, "The database of the first priority group composed of health care workers (from both the Government and private health facilities) and front line workers under integrated child development scheme have been prepared and uploaded in the national Co-Win web portal." Names of nearly 3.2 lakh such health and frontline workers are in the list, Pandit said. Additional Chief Secretary to the Health and Family Welfare Department, P K Mohapatra, said that around 8,300 vaccinators have been enlisted and 30,000 sites have been identified for administering the vaccination. Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said, "Odisha is now a step ahead in preparations for Covid vaccination in all parameters of national guideline". He said that Odisha stands prepared for COVID-19 vaccination with prioritised list and it has also designed multi-sectoral response system at different levels. The ssessment for cold chain requirement, safe storage and transportation of vaccines has already been made, he said.

10:57 PM IST Delhi reports 3,726 new COVID-19 cases, 5,824 recoveries, and 108 deaths, as per Delhi Health Department Total cases: 5,70,374 Total recoveries: 5,28,315 Death toll: 9,174 Active cases: 32,885 pic.twitter.com/T8AFkjhUn5 — ANI (@ANI) &7

10:55 PM IST Jharkhand reported 167 new #COVID19 cases, 288 recoveries and 1 death today. Total cases in the State rise to 1,09,151 including 1,06,171 recoveries and 964 deaths. Active cases stand at 2,016 pic.twitter.com/LdZnYsfKef — ANI (@ANI) &7

10:05 PM IST I would like to assure you that the WHO's position is very very clear. We need to know the origin of this virus because it can help us to prevent future outbreaks. We're doing everything to make sure that we know the origin. Some have been politicising this. Our position is very clear that we'll start the study from Wuhan, know what has happened there & based on findings, to explore if there're other avenues Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

9:40 PM IST West Bengal reports 2,671 new #COVID19 cases, 2,730 discharges and 48 deaths today. Total cases: 4,83,484 Total discharges: 4,50,762 Death toll: 8,424 Active cases: 24,298 pic.twitter.com/YYEtipCewV — ANI (@ANI) &7

9:01 PM IST Karnataka reported less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 13 related fatalities on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 8,84,897 and the toll to 11,778, the health department said. The day also saw 2,209 patients getting discharged after recovery, while active cases touched 23,279.   Bengaluru Urban reported 444 cases out of the total of 998 in the state, followed by Haveri 123, Hassan 45, Tumakuru and Mysuru 43 each, Vijayapura and Mandya 30, while the remaining was scattered over various districts. Cumulatively 8,84,897 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state and these include 11,778 deaths and 8,49,821 discharges, the health department said in a bulletin.   Of the active cases, 22,930 patients are stable in isolation at designated hospitals. As many as 349 are undergoing treatment in Intensive Care Units. Bengaluru Urban, with six deaths, was on top of the list, followed by Bengaluru Rural (2), while Bagalkote, Ballari, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Uttara Kannada each reported one fatality.

8:50 PM IST Haryana on Monday reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 2,428, while 1,604 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 2,34,126, according to a state health department daily bulletin. The fatalities included eight from Faridabad, four each from Gurgaon, Hisar and Bhiwani and three from Panipat, it said.   The bulletin said that among the districts which reported a big spike in cases were Gurgaon (494), Faridabad (338), Sonipat (110) and Hisar (102). The active cases in the state currently stand at 18,362 while the recovery rate is 91.12 percent, it said.

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Americans face new Covid-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the out-of-control surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend. Los Angeles County imposed a stay-at-home order for its 10 million residents, and Santa Clara County, in the heart of Silicon Valley, banned high school, college and professional sports and decreed a quarantine for those who have traveled more than 150 miles outside the county.


In Hawaii, the mayor of Hawaii County said trans-Pacific travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test must quarantine for 14 days, and even those who have tested virus-free may be randomly selected for another test upon arrival. New Jersey is suspending all youth sports. The outbreak in Santa Clara County is like a high-speed train, health officer Dr. Sara Cody said. Our projections tell us that we are on target to derail by around the third week of December if we don't apply the brakes right now with all our collective might, Cody said. Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them. Nevertheless, almost 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the most since the pandemic gripped the country in March, and others took to the highways to be with family and friends.

Assam reported 159 Covid-19 cases and 110 discharges in 24 hours

8 prisoners killed, 50 injured in clashes at Sri Lankan prison: Report

At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising coronavirus infections in the country’s crowded jails: Reuters

Bihar reports 457 fresh COVID-19 cases, five more fatalities

Bihar's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,35,615 with 457 fresh cases, while five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,264, a health department bulletin said on Monday. At least 547 people were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 2,28,798, it said.


The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 97.11 per cent from 97.06 per cent recorded on Sunday, it said. Bihar currently has 5,553 active cases, the bulletin said. The state has so far tested over 1.46 crore samples, including 1,16,443 in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. The fresh fatalities were reported from Patna, East Champaran, Kishanganj, Araria and Madhubani.


Patna reported the highest number of new cases at 154, followed by Purnea and Saharsa (29 each), Saran (22), Muzaffarpur (21), Samastipur (18), Gaya and Nawada (16 each). Patna district has recorded the maximum number of COVID-19 deaths at 326.

Telangana reports 593 new COVID-19 cases

Telangana reported 593 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total count of cases in the state to 2,69,816. According to the state's Health Department, the total count of cases includes 2,58,336 discharged cases and 1,458 deaths. There are 10,022 active cases in the state.


India reported 38,772 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry.

Odisha prepared for COVID-19 vaccine: govt

The Odisha government on Monday apprised the Centre of its preparedness for mass vaccination of health and frontline workers against COVID-19 in the first phase. The state government informed the Centre of its planning in this regard at a national level review meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The third phase human trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate 'Covaxin' is underway at an institute in Bhubaneswar.


Special Secretary and Mission Director of the National Health Mission, Shalini Pandit said, "The database of the first priority group composed of health care workers (from both the Government and private health facilities) and front line workers under integrated child development scheme have been prepared and uploaded in the national Co-Win web portal." Names of nearly 3.2 lakh such health and frontline workers are in the list, Pandit said.


Additional Chief Secretary to the Health and Family Welfare Department, P K Mohapatra, said that around 8,300 vaccinators have been enlisted and 30,000 sites have been identified for administering the vaccination. Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said, "Odisha is now a step ahead in preparations for Covid vaccination in all parameters of national guideline". He said that Odisha stands prepared for COVID-19 vaccination with prioritised list and it has also designed multi-sectoral response system at different levels. The ssessment for cold chain requirement, safe storage and transportation of vaccines has already been made, he said.

Delhi reports 3,726 new Covid-19 cases, 5,824 recoveries

Jharkhand reported 167 new Covid-19 cases

Need to know origin of coronavirus to curb future outbreaks: WHO chief

I would like to assure you that the WHO's position is very very clear. We need to know the origin of this virus because it can help us to prevent future outbreaks. We're doing everything to make sure that we know the origin. Some have been politicising this. Our position is very clear that we'll start the study from Wuhan, know what has happened there & based on findings, to explore if there're other avenues Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

West Bengal reports 2,671 new Covid-19 cases

Less than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in Karnataka, 13 deaths

Karnataka reported less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 13 related fatalities on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 8,84,897 and the toll to 11,778, the health department said. The day also saw 2,209 patients getting discharged after recovery, while active cases touched 23,279.
 
Bengaluru Urban reported 444 cases out of the total of 998 in the state, followed by Haveri 123, Hassan 45, Tumakuru and Mysuru 43 each, Vijayapura and Mandya 30, while the remaining was scattered over various districts. Cumulatively 8,84,897 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state and these include 11,778 deaths and 8,49,821 discharges, the health department said in a bulletin.
 
Of the active cases, 22,930 patients are stable in isolation at designated hospitals. As many as 349 are undergoing treatment in Intensive Care Units. Bengaluru Urban, with six deaths, was on top of the list, followed by Bengaluru Rural (2), while Bagalkote, Ballari, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Uttara Kannada each reported one fatality.

Haryana reports 27 coronavirus deaths, 1,604 fresh cases

Haryana on Monday reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 2,428, while 1,604 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 2,34,126, according to a state health department daily bulletin. The fatalities included eight from Faridabad, four each from Gurgaon, Hisar and Bhiwani and three from Panipat, it said.
 
The bulletin said that among the districts which reported a big spike in cases were Gurgaon (494), Faridabad (338), Sonipat (110) and Hisar (102). The active cases in the state currently stand at 18,362 while the recovery rate is 91.12 percent, it said.

Mumbai reports 646 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths today

Rajasthan reports over 2,000 fresh coronavirus cases, 20 more deaths

Rajasthan on Monday reported 20 more deaths due to COVID-19, while 2,677 fresh cases pushed the state's caseload to 2,68,063. The state's COVID-19 death toll has reached 2,312 and the number of active cases stands at 28,653, according to a health department bulletin. So far, 2,37,098 people have been discharged after treatment, it said.
 
In Jaipur, the death toll from the coronavirus infection is 435 so far, followed by 239 in Jodhpur, 187 in Ajmer, 161 in Bikaner, 135 in Kota, 105 in Bharatpur, 95 in Udaipur and 90 in Pali.
 
On Monday, Rajasthan recorded 2,677 new cases, including 745 in Jaipur, 475 in Jodhpur, 194 in Kota, 97 in Tonk, 90 each in Alwar, Bharatpur and Nagaur, 84 in Bhilwara and 83 in Dungarpur, besides cases reported in other districts of the state.

Coronavirus LIVE: 67 new Covid-19 cases in Chandigarh

Chandigarh on Monday reported 67 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the city's caseload to 17,409, while one more death pushed the toll to 277. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,062, according to a medical bulletin.
 
As many as 144 patients were discharged after they recovered from the infection, taking the number of cured persons to 16,070, as per the bulletin. A total of 1,42,326 samples have been taken for testing so far and of them, 1,24,109 tested negative, while reports of 82 samples were awaited, it said.

Ambassadors of 100 countries to visit Serum Institute, Gennova Biopharma

Ambassadors of one hundred countries are scheduled to arrive in Pune on December 4, to visit Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharma, a press statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said. Serum Institute in Pune would be undertaking mass production of Covishield vaccine developed by Oxford–Astra Zeneca.
 
While Sweden is looking to expand bilateral cooperation in the areas of health and life sciences in view of the coronavirus pandemic with India, Luxembourg based company B Systems is partnering with India to produce portable vaccine refrigeration equipment, the press statement said.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited its facility and also those of Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad and Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad on Saturday to take stock of vaccine preparedness in the country. READ ON...

Maharashtra reports 3,837 fresh coronavirus cases

Maharashtra on Monday reported 3,837 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 18,23,896, the state health department said. With 80 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll mounted to 47,151, it said.
 
A total of 4,196 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 16,85,122. The state is now left with 90,557 active cases after conducting 1,08,56,384 tests so far.

Uttar Pradesh reports 19 coronavirus deaths, 2,044 fresh cases

With 19 coronavirus deaths reported in Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, the death toll due to the viral disease rose to 7,761 while the caseload in the state climbed to 5,43,888, a health bulletin stated on Monday. As many as 2,044 fresh coronavirus cases were detected in the state in the past 24 hours, the state government said in the health bulletin.
 
Of the 19 fresh COVID-19 deaths, state capital Lucknow reported four deaths. Lucknow also topped the chart of fresh COVID-19 cases in the state with 296 cases, followed by Meerut (174), Ghaziabad (168), Varanasi (123), Kanpur (106) and Gautam Buddh Nagar (100).
 
In the past 24 hours, as many as 2,472 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, taking the tally of patients discharged after recovering from it to 5,12,028. The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 24,099, it stated. In the past 24 hours, over 1.52 lakh samples have been tested for COVID-19, while more than 1.93 crore samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far.

Moderna to ask US, European regulators to OK its vaccine for emergency use

Moderna Inc. said it would ask US and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.
 
Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, which has been on the upswing in the U.S. and Europe. U.S. hospitals have been stretched to the limit as the nation has seen more than 160,000 new cases per day and more than 1,400 daily deaths. Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.
 
Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in seeking to begin vaccinations in the U.S. in December. Across the Atlantic, British regulators also are assessing the Pfizer shot and another from AstraZeneca. READ ON...

Covid-19 LIVE: Rajasthan reports 2,677 new coronavirus cases

Two Delhi patients Covid-19 reinfected within month of recovery: Hospital

The Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has reported two peculiar cases about two patients which it says have re-contracted the Covid-19 infection within a short span of recovery from the viral disease. The patients include a man with a co-morbidity and a healthcare staff of the hospital itself. As per the hospital, the man was found to be reinfected in mere 25 days of testing negative from the first attack of the Covid-19.
 
However, the staff was found to be reinfected within two months of the recovery from the previous episode. The disease severity was found to be in the mild category in both the episodes.
 
Surprisingly, the antibodies developed after the first infection were also found at negligible level in the patients. Dr. Atul Kakar, Senior consultant and Vice chairman of Department of Medicine informed IANS that the antibody levels were either negligible or totally absent in the body of the two patients since they tested negative for the antibodies.

Centre asks states to identify healthcare workers to carry out Covid-19 inoculation drive

The Centre has asked states to identify healthcare workers, including doctors, pharmacists as well as MBBS and BDS interns, who will carry out a COVID-19 inoculation drive once a vaccine is available.
 
The Centre in its letter to states and UTs has said the MBBS and BDS doctors as well as interns, staff nurses, auxiliarynurse midwives and pharmacists would be considered as potential vaccinators, for carrying out the drive, provided that they are actively involved in day-to-day provision of clinical care and have experience in administering injections.
 
"Further, the states may also consider retired personnel from above mentioned categories, as applicable, that may be utilised to meet the demand for vaccinators," the letter written on November 23 by Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Vandana Gurnani said.
 
According to Union Health Ministry officials, the anti-coronavirus vaccine, once available, would be distributed under a special COVID-19 inoculation programme, using the processes, technology and network of the existing Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). It would run parallel to the UIP.

45,333 new coronavirus recoveries across India in 24 hours: Health Ministry

Centre to vaccinate around 300 million people by July-August: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the Central government a plan to provide coronavirus vaccines to around 25-30 crore people by July-August next year.
 
"In the first 3-4 months of next year, there is a possibility that we will be able to provide vaccine to the people of the country. By July-August, we have a plan to provide vaccines to around 25-30 crore people and we are preparing accordingly," Vardhan told reporters. "I would like to request everyone to remember and follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and following social distancing. These are important for health," he said.
 
Dr Harsh Vardhan who is also Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) distributed masks and soaps at the Old Delhi Railway Station today.
 
"We will soon be completing eleven months in our fight against COVID. Since then, the most important principle to protect ourselves and others is to follow basic principles of hygiene and physical distancing. In the fight against COVID, our biggest weapon is mask and sanitiser," he said. READ ON...

 

On average 1,000 virus particles transmitted during an infection: Study

Scientists have assessed 750 samples from important COVID-19 superspreading clusters in Austria and found that on average 1,000 infectious virus particles are transmitted from one infected person to the next. According to the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, these values are overall considerably higher than for other viruses such as HIV or noroviruses which cause gastroenteritis.
 
"Yet, occasionally we also found infected people who apparently came into contact with fewer virus particles and still became infected," said study co-author Andreas Bergthaler from the Austrian Academy of Sciences. "We suspect that parameters such as the application of protective measures, the transmission route, or the immune system may play a decisive role here," Bergthaler added.
 
The researchers believe reducing the viral load of infected individuals by a combination of measures such as mouth-nose protection, physical distance, and adequate indoor air exchange play a key role in preventing the spread of the virus.

Farmers protest at Delhi borders may act as Covid-19 superspreader' event: Experts

The protest by thousands of farmers who have stayed put at various border points of Delhi for the fifth consecutive day on Monday against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws may act as superspreader' event for coronavirus infection, say experts. The national capital has already been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases post Diwali celebrations and amid rising pollution levels.
 
"A protest is a mass gathering and thus from a public health perspective, I would suggest protective and preventive behaviours against the spread of coronavirus infection failing which a superspreading event might set in. "It is important to note that the SARS-COV-2 is a transmission efficient virus and such gatherings are conducive for its spread," he stressed.

Any agitation or gathering may cause the spread of COVID-19 and thus gatherings should be avoided during this time and if it cannot be avoided at all, social distancing norms must be maintained, Sanjay Rai, professor in the Department of Community Medicine at AIIMS said.

Delhi govt caps the price of RT-PCR test by private labs at Rs 800

Modi to hold all-party meeting on Friday, discuss coronavirus situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet representatives of political parties Friday morning to discuss the coronavirus pandemic after promising that the country's priority is to "make vaccine available for all".
 
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi are likely to attend the meeting, NDTV.com reported quoting unnamed sources. Parliamentary Affairs Ministry contacted floor leaders of all parties for the meeting, it said.
 
With a daily increase of 38,772 in total cases, India’s tally of coronavirus cases has risen from 9,392,919 on Sunday to 9,431,691 – an increase of 0.4 per cent. Death toll has reached 137,139, with 443 fatalities in a day. The seventh-most-affected country by active cases, third by fatality, and second by total cases, India has added 291,826 cases in the past 7 days. READ ON...

Steel companies supply 56,446 tonne medical oxygen for Covid-19 treatment: Steel Ministry

Steel companies have supplied 56,446.245 tonnes of medical oxygen from their integrated plants to various hospitals across the country till October-end, the Ministry of Steel has said. To aid the supply of oxygen in the country, Union Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan in September had directed steel plants to start supplying liquid medical oxygen (LMO), which is a crucial medical requirement for a coronavirus patient.
 
The steel ministry had also made operational a portal wherein plant-wise information regarding availability ofoxygenand daily supply by various plants and states to which such supplies have been made is provided.
 
"Integrated steel plants (ISPs) in the public and private sector have been supplying LMO to meet the requirement of oxygen in hospitals across the country. 56,446.245 MT (metric tonne) LMO was supplied by steel plants to various states during the period from September 11, 2020 to October 31, 2020," the ministry said in an update.

Nitin Gadkari confident India will get Covid-19 vaccine as early as possible

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday expressed confidence that India will get a COVID-19 vaccine "as early aspossible" and overcome the pandemic to win the economic war. The Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Road Transport & Highways said that currently, "majority of countries are not interested to deal with China"; they are rather interested in India.
 
He said such a situation is advantageous for the country's manufacturing sector to ramp up its capabilities to boost exports fromIndia.
 
"I am confident that we will get a vaccine as early as possible and 100 per cent we will win this war against COVID-19 and also win economic war," Gadkari said this at a virtual event organised by Dun & Bradstreet.
 
He said disbursement of loans to the tune of Rs 1.48 lakh crore has been completed so far, out of the Rs 3 lakh crore worth of collateral-free automatic loans for businesses announced by the Centre earlier.
 
"We have already reduced our imports from China and already our (India's) exports are increasing. The trends are positive and I am expecting good results in this field," said the minister.

Centre asks states, UTs to ensure fire safety measures in hospitals

The Centre on Monday asked all states to ensure proper fire safety in hospitals and nursing homes, saying utmost precautions must be taken at a time when the country is fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla wrote a letter to chief secretaries of all states and Union territories in the wake of recent fire incidents in two hospitals in Gujarat which killed 14 people.
 
The home secretary said occurrence of various fire incidents in hospitals and nursing homes in recent past and non-adherence of fire safety measures by authorities in their respective jurisdiction is a matter of concern. Bhalla said recently six precious lives of COVID-19 patients were lost in a fire incident at an ICU ward of a hospital in Rajkot and eight people died in a hospital in Ahmedabad.
 
"At such a crucial time, when the country is fighting against COVID- 19 pandemic, utmost precaution needs to be taken to avoid such incidents in future," he said in the letter.

National Case Fatality Rate has further dipped to 1.45%: Health Ministry

Delhi CM Kejriwal issues directives to cut price of RT-PCR test for Covid in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he has issued directives to reduce the price of the RT-PCR test in the national capital, saying it will help those going to private labs for COVID-19 tests. Currently, people have to spend Rs 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs.
 
"I have directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. Whereas tests are being conducted free of cost in govt establishments, however this will help those who get their tests done in pvt labs," Kejriwal tweeted.
 
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in reply to the chief minister's tweet said orders for this will be issued immediately. 

 

PM Modi to chair all-party meeting on Friday to discuss Covid-19 situation

Coronavirus vaccine in the first 3-4 months of next year: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

LIVE: Lockdown in Covid-19 containment zones in Rajasthan

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government has decided to impose lockdown in containment zones till December 31 and increase night curfew from 11 to 13 districts of the state. The government issued guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution for the period of December 1 to December 31.
 
Taking in account the prevailing COVID-19 scenario in the state, it has been decided to force lockdown in containment zones till December 31, according to the order issued on Sunday night.
 
Effective demarcation of containment zones is key to break the chain of transmission controlling the virus. The zones will be demarcated by collectors following guidelines issued by the Government of India. Only essential services will be allowed in these areas and intensive house-to-house surveillance be conducted, Principal Secretary, Home, Abhay Kumar, said in the guidelines.
 
The state government has increased the number of districts from 8 to 13, where the night curfew will be imposed from 8 pm to 6 am. Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Nagaur, Pali, Tonk, Sikara and Ganganagar are the districts where the night curfew has been imposed.

Coronavirus India update: Five most affected states by cases

Maharashtra (1,820,059) 
Karnataka (883,899) 
Andhra Pradesh (867,683) 
Tamil Nadu (780,505) 
Kerala (599,600) 
 

Post-coronavirus economic growth tops agenda list of 2020 G20 Summit

The virtual G20 Summit in Riyadh, which was organised under the direct supervision of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), was indeed able to showcase the leadership capability of the Kingdom on the global stage.
 
As expected the coronavirus pandemic topped the agenda of the two-day Summit major economies, with countries committing to ensure "affordable and equitable" access to vaccines worldwide and to be prepared to deal with future health crises. Read on...

'Pandemic' chosen as the top word of 2020 by Merriam-Webster dictionary

If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced pandemic as its 2020 word of the year.
 
That probably isn't a big shock, Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, told The Associated Press.
 
Often the big news story has a technical word that's associated with it and in this case, the word pandemic is not just technical but has become general. It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future, he said. Read on...

How coronavirus changed the way we support people with respiratory disease

As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hits hospitals, the hiss and bubble of advanced respiratory support is an increasingly familiar sound on medical wards. This is because some patients who become severely unwell with COVID-19 suffer from respiratory failure and so require breathing support.
 
This support can be both “invasive”, where a ventilator delivers air to the patient via a tube inserted into the windpipe, or “non-invasive”, where patients are assisted using devices that remain outside the body. Non-invasive techniques are not new, but the pandemic has transformed how they are used. Previously not in routine use outside of the intensive care unit (ICU), they have become a standard of care. Read on...

Decades of battle against AIDS holds crucial lessons in fight against Covid

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19.
 
The highly infectious novel coronavirus has swept across the world, devastating health systems and laying waste to economies as governments introduced drastic measures to contain the spread. Not since the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1990s have countries faced such a common health threat. Read on...

Decades of battle against AIDS holds crucial lessons in fight against Covid

World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19.
 
The highly infectious novel coronavirus has swept across the world, devastating health systems and laying waste to economies as governments introduced drastic measures to contain the spread. Not since the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1990s have countries faced such a common health threat. Read on...

India's coronavirus tally breaches 9.4-mn mark after reporting 38,772 cases

India's coronavirus tally breached the 94-lakh mark after 38,772 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's data on Monday.
 
The overall coronavirus cases reached 94,31,692 including 4,46,952 active cases and 88,47,600 recoveries. With 443 new deaths, the cumulative toll mounted to 1,37,139.
 
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of tests for Covid-19 conducted in the country reached 14,03,79,976, of these, 8,76,173 Covid-19 tests were done yesterday. Read on...

US coronavirus update: Jason Blum tests positive for Covid-19

Jason Blum, film producer and founder of Blumhouse Productions, has tested positive for coronavirus.
 
The development comes over a week after the filmmaker announced that both of his children had contracted the disease.
 
"Tested positive. It's Coronamania at my house. Symptoms mild so far but will keep ya'll posted (sic)" Blum tweeted on Sunday night.
 
He also thanked fans and followers for their best wishes.

India has one of lowest Covid deaths per million globally: Health ministry

India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday.
 
"India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally (presently 99). Focussed measures to ensure a low and manageable fatality rate have resulted in daily mortality figures of less than 500," according to the MoHFW. Read on...

6 new Covid-19 cases push Andamans tally to 4,704

Six more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the tally in the union territory to 4,704, a health department official said on Monday.
 
Of the six new cases, four have travel history while two were detected during contact tracing, he said.
 
Nineteen more people recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,537, the official said.

Malaria death toll to exceed Covid-19's in sub-Saharan Africa: WHO

Deaths from malaria due to disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic to services designed to tackle the mosquito-borne disease will far exceed those killed by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization warned on Monday.

Gold set for worst month in 4 years as vaccine news pulls stocks to highs

Gold slipped on Monday and was on track for its worst month in four years, as optimism over a coronavirus vaccine-led economic rebound that propelled equities to record highs dulled the metal's safe-haven appeal.
 
Spot gold fell 1.2% to $1,766.26 per ounce by 0301 GMT. Gold is down 5.9% so far this month, its biggest monthly decline since November 2016.
 
U.S. gold futures dropped 0.5% to $1,772.60. Read on...

Jharkhand registers 198 new Covid-19 cases, taking tally to 108,984

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,08,984 as 198 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Monday.
 
Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 69, followed by East Singhbhum (29), and Bokaro (15), he said.
 
No COVID-19 death has been reported in the state in the last-24-hours, the official said. Read on...

Summary of MoHFW data (November 30)

Active cases: 446,952 (Net reduction: 7,004)
Deaths: 137,139 (Net addition: 443)
Cured: 8,847,600 (Net addition: 45,333)
Total cases: 9,431,691 (Net addition: 38,772)

New York City's first responders to get Covid-19 vaccine in December

The first vaccines available to some of New York City's first responders could be distributed in a matter of weeks, according to an internal memo of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
 
The memo sent to emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics and firefighters said that vaccinations for COVID-19 "will potentially begin in mid-late December" pending FDA approval, U.S. national television network NBC reported on Sunday. Read on...

Brazil surpasses 6.3 million coronavirus cases

Brazil registered 24,468 new cases and 272 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its national caseload to 6,314,740 and death toll to 172,833, the Health Ministry reported Sunday.
 
The figures released on Sunday were incomplete, as reports on both deaths and cases were slowed down due to it being the weekend as well as the holding of elections in 57 municipalities.

Uttarakhand coronavirus update: All the boundaries of Haridwar have been completely sealed

The Uttarakhand Police announced that all the boundaries of Haridwar had been completely sealed to ensure that devotees did not enter the district to take the holy dip in Ganga amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
 

BJP leader and MLA from Rajasthan's Rajsamand, Kiran Maheshwari passes away at Medanta Hospital in Haryana's Gurugram

BJP leader and MLA from Rajasthan's Rajsamand, Kiran Maheshwari passes away at Medanta Hospital in Haryana's Gurugram. She had tested positive for Covid-19 and was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Coronavirus in the US: Colorado Governor tests positive for coronavirus

The Governor of US state of Colorado, Jared Polis announced that he and his partner, Marlon Reis, had both tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the fifth governor in the country infected by the fatal disease.
 
According to a statement issued by the governor's office on Saturday night, they were asymptomatic and the governor would have to work remotely for the time being. Polis had been quarantined from Wednesday after being exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, but tested negative at that time, Xinhua reported.
 
"Marlon and I are feeling well so far, and are in good spirits," Polis said in the statement. "No person or family is immune to this virus. I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet away from others, and wash your hands regularly."

Coronavirus, demand shortfall hit India's renewable energy dreams

Prime Minister Narendra Modi — at two international fora last week — said India would add over 220 gigawatts (Gw) of renewable energy capacity by 2022 and 450 Gw by 2030. The industry would have lauded his insistence on having a green future — both at the G20 Summit and the inauguration of RE-Invest — but the facts on the ground tell a different story. Read on...

India's Covid-19 vaccination plan may match tried and tested election drill

Polling day-like arrangements for vaccine shots, celebration of Immunisation Days to enthuse people from small towns and villages to get vaccinated, and bank guarantees to companies that will supply vaccines — these are some of the steps being finalised by the government as part of its vaccine strategy against Covid.
 
The modus operandi for immunising the country’s 1.35 billion population in stages has been thrashed out in more than one meeting among top government officials in the health ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office. It has been decided that the best way to get most people vaccinated in an orderly fashion would be to mimic the tried and tested voting procedure that state and central government officials organise so successfully every other year. Read on...

November set to be record-busting month for stocks over Covid vaccine news

World shares were set to seal a record-busting month on Monday as the prospect of a vaccine-driven global economic recovery next year and yet more free money from central banks eclipsed concerns about the pandemic in the near-term.
 
The rush to risk has also benefited oil and industrial commodities while undermining the safe-haven dollar and gold.
 
"November looks set to be an awesome month for equity investors with Europe leading the charge at a country/regional level," said NAB analyst Rodrigo Catril. Read on...

As Covid-19 triggers digital money revolution, Bitcoin emerges a winner

In “Shuggie Bain,” Douglas Stuart’s award-winning and harrowing depiction of alcoholism, sectarianism and deprivation in post-industrial Scotland, money is always scarce and often dirty. Deserted by her second husband and unable to hold down a job, Shuggie’s mother, Agnes, relies on her twice-a-week child benefit to feed her children — or her booze habit. As the latter nearly always wins, she and Shuggie are regularly reduced to desperate expedients to fend off starvation: Extracting coins from electricity and television meters, pawning their few valuable possessions, and ultimately selling their bodies for brutal sexual favors. Read on...

Fighting Covid: States crank up their cold chains; apprise Centre of needs

The states are preparing plans for cold chain management, last-mile delivery and lists of frontline workers who will be vaccinated first. This follows a discussion with the Prime Minister on vaccine distribution earlier this week.

Each state has its own weak areas that need attention. Gujarat may need to expand its cold chain infrastructure because while its vaccine storage capacity, along with in-line and deep freezers, can service 2.5-3 million beneficiaries annually, experts say a far greater capacity is needed for the Covid-19 vaccine.

West Bengal seems confident about handling a wide temperature range, even at the block level.

Some states have already identified the gaps and sought the Centre’s help. Bihar has said it expects 900 ice-lined refrigerators (ILR) and deep freezers and two walk-in freezers from the Centre.
 
And Maharashtra is expecting six walk-in coolers, two walk-in freezers, 150 ILRs and 100 deep freezers from the Centre. The state, which vaccinates roughly two million children annually, has around 3,150 cold chain points, including primary health centres. The next task is to identify the vaccination sites. Read on...

Modi to interact with 3 teams involved in developing Covid-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with three teams involved in developing Covid-19 vaccine via video conferencing on Monday.
 
The Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet on Sunday that the three teams are from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr. Reddy's.
 
"Tomorrow, on 30th November, 2020, PM @narendramodi will interact, via video conferencing, with three teams that are involved in developing a Covid-19 vaccine. The teams he will interact with are from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr. Reddy's," it said. Read on...

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