Coronavirus LIVE: India reports 9,102 cases, 117 deaths in last 24 hours

60 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel received the Covid-19 vaccine at Basic Training Centre in Panchkula
Coronavirus live updates: India reported 9,102 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day, the lowest in around eight months, as the infection tally reached 10,677,710, according to Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday. During the same period, 117 fatalities were recorded, also the lowest in over eight months, taking the death toll to 153,624. The country continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-hit nations by active cases.

Over 2 million healthcare workers across India have received shots of Covid-19 vaccine till January 25. The government is planning to inoculate over 30 crore high-risk groups, including healthcare and frontline workers, the elderly and those with comorbidities by July 2021.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,006,354), Karnataka (935,478), Andhra Pradesh (886,852), Kerala (884,242), and Tamil Nadu (834,171).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe, with 100 million infected by the deadly contagion. While 72,343,692 have recovered, 2,150,042 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 25,693,539, followed by India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, UK, Brazil and Belgium.

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UK crosses grim Covid death toll of 100k, Johnson says hard to compute sorrow

The UK on Tuesday hit another grim COVID-19 milestone as the country's death toll from the deadly virus crossed 100,000 since the peak of the pandemic last year, with another 1,631 daily deaths. The total number of fatalities in the country has reached 100,162.

"It's hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic, the years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and for many relatives not even the chance to say goodbye," said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he unveiled the latest figures at a briefing from 10 Downing Street in London. Johnson promised that the country will commemorate the lives lost together at a future date and also the "immense national effort" to tackle the pandemic from health workers to scientists developing vaccines and key workers.

Noida reports 6 new Covid-19 cases, recovery rate 99.43%

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded six new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday that pushed the district's infection tally to 25,327, official data showed. The number of active cases in the district came down to 52 from 58 the previous day, while its recovery rate surged to 99.43 per cent, according to the data released by the UP Health Department for a 24-hour period.

Also, 12 more patients got discharged during the period with the overall recoveries reaching 25,184, the fifth highest in the state. Gautam Buddh Nagar has a death toll of 91 with a mortality rate of 0.35 per cent. The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients reached 99.43 per cent, the statistics showed. Gautam Buddh Nagar stands 34th among districts in the state in terms of the number of active cases and 28thin mortality due to the pandemic, it showed.

342 test Covid-19 positive in Mumbai; active cases at 5,716

Mumbai reported 342 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, while six more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said. With this, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,06,735, while the death toll increased to 11,313 in the financial capital, said an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Also, 778 patients were discharged from hospitals, pushing the tally of recovered cases to 2,88,801, he said. There are 5,716 active cases in the city, where 27,29,011 tests for detection of COVID-19 have been conducted till now, the official said. There are 188 active containment zones in the city, he added.

Andhra Pradesh reports 172 new cases of Covid-19, 203 recoveries

Manipur reported 6 new Covid-19 cases and 21 recoveries

Bengal reports 295 new Covid-19 cases, 9 fresh fatalities

West Bengal's Covid-19 tally rose to 5,68,650 on Tuesday as 295 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 10,131, a health bulletin said. As many as 409 more people have been cured of the disease, pushing the recovery rate among the patients in the state to 97.16 per cent.

North 24 Parganas district reported the highest number of new cases at 91, followed by Kolkata at 83. Three fresh fatalities were reported in North 24 Parganas, two each in Kolkata and Nadia and one each in Howrah and Paschim Medinipur. The state now has 6,028 active cases, while 5,52,491 people have recovered from the disease so far, the bulletin said.

2.02 mn healthcare workers vaccinated against Covid-19 across India so far

The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against Covid-19 crossed 2.02 million lakh on Tuesday. A total of 20,29,424 beneficiaries (till 7 pm Tuesday) were vaccinated through 36,572 sessions, as per the provisional report, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The countrywide Covid-19 vaccination program was conducted successfully on the eleventh day. In view of Republic Day celebrations across the country, limited number of sessions in limited States were conducted today, the ministry said.

As per the provisional till 7 pm today, 5,615 beneficiaries were vaccinated in five states. These are: Andhra Pradesh (9), Karnataka (429), Rajasthan (216), Tamil Nadu (4926) and Telangana (35). 194 sessions were held till 7 pm today.

Karnataka reports 529 fresh infections, four deaths

Karnataka on Tuesday reported529 fresh coronavirus cases and four deaths, taking the total infections to 9,36,955 and fatalities to 12,204, a PTI report said. A department bulletin said 738 patients were discharged today after recovery. The active cases stood at 6,633 including 147 patients in the ICU.
The caseload include 9,18,099 discharges. Bengaluru urban district accounted for 276 fresh infections and two fatalities. Cumulatively, the city has reported 3,97,609 infections, 4,382 deaths, 3,88,962 discharges, including 452 on Tuesday, and 4,264 active cases.

96 new coronavirus cases in Haryana; no death in 24 hours

Haryana recorded 96 fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while no death due to the infection took place in the past 24 hours, a health department's bulletin said. It was for the first time in over three months that the state did not report any COVID-19 related fatality during a 24-hour period. Earlier on October 18, the state did not report any death during the same period, according to PTI.
It is also after many months that the daily COVID-19 cases have fallen below 100. The total number of fatalities in the state stand at 3,014, same as on Monday, according to the bulletin. The 96 fresh cases included 34 from Gurgaon and 17 from Faridabad. The total number of infections reported in the state so far have now risen to 2,67,417, the bulletin said.

Maharashtra reports 2,405 coronavirus cases, 2,106 recoveries; 47 die

Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally on Tuesday rose to 20,13,353 after it recorded 2,405 fresh cases, said a state health department official. The state also reported 47 deaths, taking the fatality count to 50,862, he said. Also, 2,106 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the tally of recovered people to 19,17,450, PTI reported.
With this, the number of active cases stood at 43,811.
Mumbai city reported 342 cases during the day, which pushed its overall case count to 3,06,740, while its death toll rose to 11,317 after nine more patients succumbed to the infection, the official said. With 57,219 new tests, the number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 1,42,57,998.

Tamil Nadu reports 523 new coronavirus cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 523 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the overall tally to 8,35,803. Recoveries outnumbered new cases, with 595 people being cured of the virus, as total recoveries touched 8,18,742. Active cases stood at 4,736, according to Press Trust of India.
Five people succumbed to the virus, taking the total deaths in the state to 12,325, according to a Health bulletin issued by the government.
All the victims suffered from co-morbidities. Chennai had the maximum new cases of 168, followed by Coimbatore at 48 and Chengalpattu--37. Once again, Kallakurichi and Perambalur districts had no new cases while many others reported single digit infections. Over 1.57 crore samples have been tested by RT-PCR, the bulletin said, adding the state had 254 testing faciliities, with 186 of them being private ones.

UK launches new global platform to track new Covid-19 variants

The UK launched a New Variant Assessment Platform on Tuesday, which it says will offer the country's world-leading genomics expertise to identify new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 to countries who do not have the resources to do so, PTI reported.
As part of the UK's Presidency of the G7 this year, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock outlined the plans in a speech at the think tank Chatham House the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London as he laid out his vision for a stronger, more collaborative and effective global health system, not just in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but to ensure the international community is better prepared for future threats.
This pandemic has shown that the foundations of so many of the exciting experiences that make life worth living are contingent not just on our health, or the health of our neighbours, but the health of people we've never met. When one of us suffers, we all suffer, said Hancock.

India's active cases drop below 1.78 lakh, now just 1.60% of total caseload

The number of active coronavirus cases in the country dropped to 1,77,266 on Tuesday, constituting just over 1.60 per cent of the total infection count, the Health Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said active cases declined by 6,916 in a 24-hour period, according to PTI.
"Active cases per million population is lowest in the world (128). Germany, Russia, Brazil, Italy, the UK and the USA have much higher cases per million population," it said.
The ministry said India has crossed a crucial milestone in its fight against the global pandemic as the daily new cases have touched a new low, dropping below 10,000 on Tuesday. India Tuesday reported 9,102 cases, the lowest in 237 days, the ministry said. The daily new cases were 9,304 on June 4, 2020.
"With a sustained, pro-active and calibrated strategy of the Centre based on 'whole of government' and 'whole of society' approach, the daily new cases have seen a consistent decline. This has ensured a steady fall in daily fatalities too. The country has recorded less than 120 (117) fatalities in the last 24 hours after more than 8 months (8 months 9 days)," it said.

6,293 new coronavirus cases reported in Kerala today

6,293 new coronavirus cases reported in Kerala today

Delhi reports 157 new cases, 218 recoveries and seven deaths in the last 24 hours

UK Covid-19 deaths top 100,000

Since the onset of the still raging coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the country's Covid-19 death toll has topped the grim milestone of 100,000 mark on Tuesday. According to health authorities, the country's death toll now stands at 104,000, the thid highest number of fatalities after the US, Brazil and India, reports the BBC.
The new death toll comes after a surge of cases in December 2020, leaving the UK with one of the highest Covid death rates globally.
The Office for National Statistics and its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland registered 7,776 deaths involving Covid in the most recent week. In April 2020, there were two weeks with more than 9,000 Covid deaths registered across the UK, but there have been no other weeks with more than 7,000 deaths registered, data from the UK's national statisticians revealed.

Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan

A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organisation expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government.
China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the UN agency only after months of negotiations. It has not indicated whether they will be allowed to gather evidence or talk to families, saying only that the team can exchange views with Chinese scientists.
I hope the WHO experts don't become a tool to spread lies, said Zhang Hai, whose father died of COVID-19 on February 1, 2020, after travelling to the Chinese city of Wuhan and getting infected.
We've been searching for the truth relentlessly. This was a criminal act, and I don't want the WHO to be coming to China to cover up these crimes.

Mizoram stood the test of Covid-19 pandemic: Governor

Mizoram Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday said that Mizoram has stood the test of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unfurling the Tricolour during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Lammual here, Pillai said that Mizoram has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases, lowest fatality rate and one of the best recovery rates in the country due to concerted efforts of the state government and selfless service of churches, NGOs and frontline workers.
"I feel this is something we can take pride in amidst these difficult times," he said.

Covid-19 variant brings new dimension to Europe's pandemic

In the first week of December, Portugal's prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to Covid-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the holiday season with family and friends.
Soon after those visits, the pandemic quickly got out of hand.
By January 6, Portugal's number of new daily Covid-19 cases surged past 10,000 for the first time. In mid-January, with alarm bells ringing as each day brought new records of infections and deaths, the government ordered a lockdown for at least a month and a week later shut the country's schools.

Coronavirus LIVE: India reports 9,102 cases, 117 deaths in last 24 hours

India reported 9,102 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, the lowest in around eight months, as the infection tally reached 1,06,76,838, according to Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday. During the same period, 117 fatalities were recorded, also the lowest in over eight months, taking the death toll to 1,53,587. India had reported a single-day rise of 8,909 cases on June 3 and 103 deaths on May 16, according to a PTI report.
According to the health ministry, 1,03,45,985 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.90 per cent. The case fatality rate stood at 1.44 per cent.
There are 1,77,266 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.66 per cent of the total cases reported so far. It was for the seventh consecutive day that the active caseload remained below 2 lakh.

Over 67,000 receive Covid-19 vaccine jabs on Day 6 in Rajasthan

Over 67,590 health workers were vaccinated on the sixth day of the inoculation drive against the coronavirus on Monday, officials said. According to an official spokesperson, 94,334 health workers were to be vaccinated at the 995 vaccination centres in 33 districts of the state. On Monday, 67,591 health workers (around 71.65 per cent of the day's target) were vaccinated.

During this period, 16 cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunization) were reported in the state, the spokesperson said. The vaccination drive started in the state on January 16 along with the launch of a nationwide campaign. The government has allocated four days a week for the vaccination.

Telangana begins Covid-19 inoculation drive for pvt health care

The Covid-19 inoculation drive for private healthcare personnel began in Telangana on Monday, with over 20,000 of them being administered the vaccine. The drive was held in all 33 districts. A total of 20,359 personnel were given the shots against the targetted 42,915, which worked out to 47.4 per cent, state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said in a release.

The cumulative number of beneficiaries vaccinated as on Monday was 1,30,607, while the total percentage of those who received the vaccine till Monday was 61 per cent. No serious or severe case of AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization) was reported on Monday. The five minor AEFI cases reported were stable, the release said. Several eminent doctors working in the private sector were administered the vaccine, it said.

13,298 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours in India

President Kovind urges people to utilise 'lifeline', get vaccinated against Covid-19

Lauding the country's scientists for their success in manufacturing vaccines against coronavirus in record time, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday urged citizens to "utilise the lifeline" and get vaccinated against COVID-19 according to laid down guidelines.
In his address to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day, the President recalled the work done by corona-warriors in the fight against COVID-19 said the future generations will recall their heroic response to the crisis.
The President said that due to joint efforts, India has been able to keep the fatality rate lower in the country compared to that in developed countries.
He said the administration and health services were working with full readiness for the success of the vaccination drive and "your health opens the way for your advancement".

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine works against new variants

US-based drugmaker Moderna on Monday said its Covid-19 vaccine retains neutralising activity against emerging variants first identified in the UK and South Africa.
Vaccination with the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine produced neutralising titers against all key emerging variants tested, including B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, first identified in the UK and South Africa, respectively, the company said on the basis of a study.
However, the company also said it will test an additional booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273) to study the ability to further increase neutralising titers against emerging strains beyond the existing primary vaccination series. Second, the company is advancing an emerging variant booster candidate (mRNA-1273.351) against the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa.

Kerala reports 3,361 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths

After testing 30,903 samples, Kerala on Monday reported 3,361 Covid 19 cases, while 5,606 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, as per a release issued by the office of state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Kerala's test positivity rate stood at 10,88 per cent on Monday. Ernakulam district reported the maximum number of cases on Monday at 487, while Kasargod reported the least number of cases at 42.
Meanwhile, 17 persons succumbed to the dreaded virus on Monday, taking the state's Covid death toll to 3,624.
Of those who tested positive on Monday, 73 persons came from outside the state, while 2,969 people contracted the disease through contact. As many as 43 health workers tested positive on Monday -- 18 at Kannur, followed by Kozhikode (6), Ernakulam (5), Thiruvananthapuram (4), Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad (2 each), and Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Malappuram (1 each).

Jammu and Kashmir records 64 new Covid-19 cases in a day

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 64 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday taking the infection tally in the Union Territory to 1,24,083, while no new death has been reported, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 25 were reported from Jammu division and 39 from Kashmir, they said, adding Jammu district reported the highest 23 cases followed by 22 in Srinagar district.
Bandipora, Kulgam, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Samba, Kishtwar, Poonch, and Reasi districts did not report any new case, an official said. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 1,084, while 1,21,070 patients have recovered so far, the officials said, adding the death toll was 1,929.

Russia registers 19,290 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia registered 19,290 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 21,127 the day before, taking the tally to 3,738,690, the coronavirus response center said on Monday.
"Over the past day, 19,290 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 84 Russian regions, including 1,985 cases (10.3 per cent) that were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 3,738,690, with the rate of increase at 0.52 per cent.
Moscow confirmed 2,382 new coronavirus cases over the given period, down from 3,069 the day before. The Russian capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 2,116 cases, down from 2,929 the day before, and the Moscow Region with 1,163 new cases, down from 1,134 on Sunday. No new cases were registered in the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

Coronavirus cases in Indonesia near one million

The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 9,994 within one day to 999,256, with the death toll adding by 297 to 28,132, the Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the ministry, 10,678 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 809,488.
The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.
Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 2,451 new cases, West Java 2,022, Central Java 1,513, East Java 888 and South Sulawesi 606, among others. No more new positive cases were found in two provinces, namely Aceh and West Kalimantan.

Ladakh records 12 fresh coronavirus cases

Twelve more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, pushing the infection tally to 9,687 in the Union Territory, officials said on Monday. All the new cases were detected in Leh on Sunday, they said.
Ladakh has so far recorded 129 COVID19-related deaths -- 85 in Leh and 44 in Kargil.
Nine more patients have recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the officials. All the nine patients who were cured after successful treatment are residents of Leh, bringing down the active cases in the district to 61, they said, adding that there are only four active cases in Kargil district.

Karnataka becomes first state to vaccinate over 2 lakh healthcare workers against Covid-19

Karnataka has become the first state in the country to vaccinate more than 2 lakh healthcare workers. As of 2 pm on Monday, 2,06,577 healthcare workers had been vaccinated against COVID-19, said the state health department.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 crossed 16 lakh (16,13,667) in the country till 7.30 pm on Sunday through 28,613 sessions, according to the provisional report of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
India reported 13,203 new COVID-19 cases, 13,298 discharges and 131 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the MoHFW reports. With this, the total coronavirus cases in the country have risen to 1,06,67,736 including 1,84,182 active cases and 1,03,30,084 total discharges. The total death toll in the country due to the infection mounted to 1,53,470 including the new deaths.

Covid-19 test positivity rate going up in Kerala, virus spread beyond control

The coronavirus test positivity rate in Kerala is going up and the spread of the virus in the state is "beyond control", said Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, Scientific Advisor, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Kerala on Monday. He added the Intensive Care Units (ICU) dedicated to COVID-19 patients in the state are also getting full.
"In Kerala, the test positivity rate is going up. Yesterday's number of 12.48 percent is indicating the virus is spreading beyond control," Jayadevan told ANI. "In Kerala, many people are testing daily and our ICUs are a reliable indicator of how many cases are there in the community. Slowly ICUs are getting full. Ten days ago, about 70 percent of the ICUs in Ernakulam district were full," he added.
The IMA official highlighted that social distancing guidelines have been relaxed in the last few months.

Bangladesh receives first Covid-19 vaccine consignment from India

Bangladesh on Monday received the first consignment of the 5 million doses of Covishield vaccines from India under a procurement agreement, four days after New Delhi gifted 2 million doses of the vaccine to Dhaka.
A special Air India flight carrying the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine co-manufactured by Serum Institute of India reached the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport earlier in the day to be initially stored at a warehouse of private Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd ahead of their planned countrywide distribution.
Bangladesh has so far purchased 30 million doses from the Serum Institute of India through private Beximco pharmaceuticals under a tripartite agreement. The vaccines are being transported to Beximco warehouses in Tongi on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka in special freezer vans, Beximco Pharma's managing director Nazmul Hassan told reporters after receiving the consignment at the airport.

California Covid-19 vaccine recipient dies after inoculation

A person from the US state of California died hours after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, authorities said, adding that an investigation is underway. Placer County Public Health and the Placer County Sheriff-Coroner Division were recently notified of the death of he individual who had tested positive for the virus last month.
"The individual was administered a Covid-19 vaccine several hours before the death on January 21, 2021," the Placer County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post on Sunday. "The vaccine was not administered by Placer County Public Health."
The authorities did not provide further information about the fatal case, including the person's age and gender, and the brand of vaccine the individual had received.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai commits $150mn for equitable access to Covid vaccines

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday pledged more than $150 million to promote vaccine education and ensure equitable distribution so that everyone can benefit from this triumph of scientific achievement, and quickly. The tech giant announcing an additional $100 million in ad grants for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and nonprofits around the globe.
"We'll invest another $50 million in partnership with public health agencies to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information," Pichai said in a statement. "We'll also be opening up Google spaces to serve as vaccination sites as needed".

India's Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 96.83%: Health Ministry

Delhi's health system didn't collapse during pandemic: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi faced an extreme level of the coronavirus pandemic, but its health system did not collapse due to "reforms" in recent years and better management, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.
In many developed countries and cities like New York, the health infrastructure collapsed, but measures like home isolation prevented such a situation in Delhi, according to Kejriwal.
Over 3.12 lakh people recovered under home isolation that was started first in Delhi, where the first plasma bank in the world opened. So far, 4,929 people have received plasma therapy, Kejriwal said at a Republic Day function. READ ON...


Google opening up spaces in US to serve as mass Covid-19 vaccination sites: Sundar Pichai

Google's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday that the tech giant will open up its spaces in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and committed more than USD 150 million to promote vaccine education. Google is initially looking at offices' spaces inside the US, but is open to do the same in other countries as well, a company official said.
"Today we're announcing that we'll be opening up Google spaces to serve as mass vaccination sites, committing more than USD 150 million to promote vaccine education and equitable distribution, and making it easier for you to find where and when to get a vaccine," Pichai announced in a blog post on Monday. "Searches for vaccines near me' have increased 5x since the beginning of the year and we want to make sure we're providing timely and locally relevant answers, he said.

Telangana adds 148 new COVID-19 cases, one death pushes toll

Telangana recorded 148 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total caseload to 2,93,401, while the death toll rose to 1,590 with one more fatality, the state government said on Monday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 35, followed by Rangareddy and Karimnagar districts with 11 and 10 respectively, it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on January 24.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 2,88,577, while 3,234 were under treatment.

The bulletin said 19,821 samples were tested on January 24.

Cumulatively, the number of samples tested was 76,82,361.

The samples tested per million population was 2,06,404, it said.

The recovery rate in the state was 98.35 per cent, while it was 96.8 per cent in the country, it added.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while it was 1.4 per cent at the national level, it said.

Goa Assembly pays tributes to COVID-19 victims

A five-day session of the Goa Assembly began here on Monday with members paying tributes to some prominent personalities who died recently and those who succumbed to COVID-19 in the state.

So far, 761 people have died due to the coronavirus infection in the coastal state, as per official figures.

The session began with Governor B S Koshyari's address to the House, following which members of the opposition parties protested against the state government's decision to hold a curtailed session.

After the governor's address, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar mentioned obituary references for several eminent personalities who died recently.

He also mentioned about the death of several people in Goa due to COVID-19.

The House members then observed a one-minute silence to pay homage to all the departed souls.

After the governor's address, the opposition members, without making any noise, got up and displayed hoardings to protest against the curtailed session.

Sasikala stable and comfortable

Sasikala is stable and comfortable and is taking oral food normally. She is walking with support now. She is being treated as per standard protocol for COVID-19. She is being continuously monitored: Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Harsh Vardhan releases National Noncommunicable Disease Monitoring Survey

Dr Harsh Vardhan releases National Noncommunicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS) report during the decadal year celebrations of ICMR's National Center For Disease Informatics & Research via video conferencing.

Australia approves Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for February rollout

Australia has approved the coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech, announced Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday.

"The Therapeutic Goods Administration has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. This is an important step in our fight against this terrible virus," Morrison wrote in a tweet.


Home health care services on rise in pandemic: Experts

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only forced many professionals to work from home, but also pushed people suffering from various ailments to opt for home health care services instead of going to hospitals for treatment.

This is just a beginning and the home health care system has a lot to offer in future, say experts.

Patients who have to undergo dialysis, physiotherapy and chemotherapy are preferring health care services at home and many are also taking telemedicine consultations, they say.

Talking to PTI, Dr Avinash Ignatius, a nephrologist and transplant physician at a well-known Pune-based hospital, said those suffering from kidney-related problems now have an option of "peritoneal dialysis" which can be done at home.

"In this case, a hemodialysis machine along with all support systems is installed at home. A dialysis technician goes there and does the patient's dialysis," he said.

He said tele-consultation with doctors is also picking up among those suffering from chronic kidney ailments.

Mexican President tests positive for Covid-19

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Monday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the latest to join a long list of world leaders to be infected with the disease.

Taking to Twitter, the President said: "I regret to inform you that I am infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward. Dr. Olga Sanchez Cordero (Secretary of the Interior) will represent me in the morning to report how we do it every day.

"I will be aware of public affairs from the National Palace. For example, tomorrow I will take a call with President Vladimir Putin because, regardless of friendly relations, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine."

His announcement comes as Mexico, one of the hardest-hit Latin American country, is battling to contain the virus spread.

As of Monday morning, the country's overall caseload has increased to 1,752,347, while the death toll stood at 149,614, currently the fourth largest in the world.

India reports 13,203 new Covid case

India reports 13,203 new #COVID19 cases, 13,298 discharges and 131 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
Total cases: 1,06,67,736
Active cases: 1,84,182
Total discharges: 1,03,30,084  
Death toll: 1,53,470 
Total vaccinated: 16,15,504

Tunisian Foreign Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi announced that he has contracted the coronavirus and has severe symptoms.

"Today, my tests confirmed that I have Covid-19, despite taking all the necessary precautions and respecting the health protocol," Jerandi said on Twitter late on Sunday, adding that he has "severe symptoms."

The foreign minister said he will now be more insistent on continuing with efforts to encourage vaccination to protect Tunisians from the virus.

Mass anti-government protests have been held in Tunisia this month despite the coronavirus restrictions. The protests come a decade after the Jasmine Revolution which led to the ousting of long-time leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011.

According to Tunisia's health ministry data, the country has over 197,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including more than 144,000 recoveries and around 6,200 deaths from Covid-19.

Patients with inactive cancer at high risk of severe Covid-19 illness: Study

A new study found that patients with inactive cancer and not currently undergoing treatments for the deadly disease also face a significantly higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19.

The findings of the study were published in the journal 'JNCI Cancer Spectrum'. Past reports have established an increased risk of severe disease and death for sick or hospitalised cancer patients with Covid-19 compared to patients without cancer, but less is known about patients in the general population.

The findings underscore the importance of Covid-19 mitigation, like social distancing and mask-wearing, and vaccinations for all patients, not just those recently diagnosed or with active disease.

"Patients who have cancer need to be careful not to become exposed during this time," said senior author Kara N. Maxwell, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Hematology-Oncology and Genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Abramson Cancer Center and the Basser Center for BRCA.

"That message has been out there, but these latest findings show us it's not only for patients hospitalized or on treatment for their cancer. All oncology patients need to take significant precautions during the pandemic to protect themselves," Maxwell added.


Israel bans flights to prevent spread of Covid-19 variants

The Israeli cabinet has approved a ban on incoming and outgoing passenger flights to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.

The shutdown will come into effect at midnight between Monday and Tuesday and will last until January 31, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Prime Minister's Office.

Arrivals will be banned and landings will be permitted only in a few exceptions including cargo flights, medical emergencies, and fire service flights, reports Xinhua news agency.

Departures will also be banned except for medical emergencies, legal procedures and attending a funeral of a relative.

"We are closing today the (international) Ben Gurion Airport," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting.

"We are closing the skies hermetically," Netanyahu said, adding that the measure was taken to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants as they pose "an urgent" need to impose drastic measures.

192,337,117 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 24th January

A total of 192,337,117 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 24th January. Of these, 5,70,246 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

US Covid-19 cases surpass 25 million, toll at 417,538: Johns Hopkins

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 25 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
US Covid-19 case count rose to 2,50,03,695, with a total of 4,17,538 deaths, as of 10:22 a.m. local time (1522 GMT), according to the CSSE tally.
California reported the largest number of cases among the states, standing at 31,47,735. Texas confirmed 22,43,009 cases, followed by Florida with 16,39,914 cases, New York with 13,23,312 cases, and Illinois with more than 1 million cases, the Xinhua news agency reported. Read on...

Coronavirus in US: Biden to reinstate Covid restriction on non-US travellers, add South Africa

US President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate Covid-19 travel restrictions on non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order, also confirmed Sunday that South Africa would be added to the restricted list because of concerns about a variant of the virus that has spread beyond that nation. Read on...

UK records another 30,004 coronavirus cases, 610 deaths

UK records another 30,004 coronavirus cases, 610 deathsUK records another 30,004 coronavirus cases, 610 deaths
However, it is still a "long, long, long way" before coronavirus cases are low enough for the lockdown to be lifted, he told Sky News, adding that the National Health Service (NHS) remains under "enormous" strain.
"We should be worried enough, all of us, about this pandemic to follow the rules and it is just so important that people do," he said.

Oxfam urges radical economic rejig in post-Covid era, warns inequality rise

Anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned Monday that the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will lead to the biggest increase in global inequality on record unless governments radically rejig their economies.
In a report geared to inform discussions at the World Economic Forum's online panels of political and business leaders this week, Oxfam said the richest 1,000 people have already managed to recoup the losses they recorded in the early days of the pandemic because of the bounce back in stock markets. Read on...

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