Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: No free COVID-19 tests for travel purpose, says Goa minister
The Goa Medical College and Hospital will not conduct any coronavirus test for travel purpose and those wanting to get themselves tested can do so after paying a fee at district hospitals, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said here on Tuesday. Officials said there is a surge in test requests from people of Maharashtra who have been holidaying here since the neighbouring state has made it mandatory for people coming in from Goa to confirm their coronavirus negative status. “Goa Medical College and Directorate of Health Services has been directed not to carry out COVID test pertaining for travel purpose. The Health Dept is here to keep the people of Goa safe. GMC and DHS are already doing RTPCR tests as per the existing SOPs laid down by Govt of Goa,” Rane tweeted. “People wishing to avail COVID test for travel purpose should visit either North Goa or South Goa District Hospitals.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Ready to fly Indians across countries when restrictions ease, says govt
The government is ready to fly passengers to countries like Saudi Arabia whenever they remove restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Tuesday. It said India has been operating international flights under Vande Bharat Mission since May 6 and now has air bubble arrangements with 22 countries. “Some countries, including Saudi Arabia, have not removed restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals. We are ready to fly passengers to these countries when the restrictions are eased,” the ministry said on Twitter. Under the bilateral air bubble pacts, the airlines of both countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions. While India resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a gap of two months, scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the pandemic.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 vaccine: Envoys from 100 countries to visit Pune
Ambassadors and envoys from 100 countries will visit Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd here on December 4 amid the coronavirus outbreak and race for vaccines to combat the infection, a senior official said on Tuesday. Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said there was a possibility that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also visit Pune, adding “if the visit happens, it would be at Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biophramaceuticals”. The Central Drug Standard Control Organisation has granted licence permission for manufacture of COVID-19 vaccine for pre-clinical test, examination and analysis to seven firms, two of which are Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharmaceuticals. The PM’s visit, if it takes place, would be aimed at reviewing the status of the vaccine candidate for coronavirus infection and to know about its launch, production and distribution mechanisms, Rao said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 22 more fatalities, 614 new cases in Punjab
Twenty-two more COVID-19 fatalities in Punjab pushed the death toll to 4,653, while the caseload rose to 1,47,665 on Tuesday with 614 new infections. Four deaths each were reported from Sangrur and Patiala, three each from Jalandhar and Ludhiana, two each from Bathinda and Gurdaspur and one each from Fatehgarh Sahib, Mansa, Moga and Pathankot, according to a medical bulletin. Ludhiana district recorded a maximum of 103 fresh COVID-19 cases, followed by 94 in Jalandhar and 82 in Patiala, among others. The principal secretary to the Punjab governor was among six people who tested positive for coronavirus in Chandigarh.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: UNICEF gearing up for mammoth operation’ to deliver COVID-19 vaccines globally
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 global partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations to deliver billions of COVID-19 vaccines around the world as soon as doses become available, in what is anticipated to be the largest and fastest operation ever undertaken of vaccine procurement and distribution. In order to kickstart preparations for delivering COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, UNICEF together with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), briefed major global airlines last week on the expected capacity requirements and discussed ways to transport close to two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021. This is in addition to the 1 billion syringes that need to be transported by sea freight. More than 350 logistics partners, including air freight operators, shipping lines and global logistics associations participated in the virtual discussion last week, the agency said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Bengal registers 49 more COVID-19 deaths, 3,545 fresh cases
The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 8,121 on Tuesday after 49 people succumbed to the disease, the health department said in a bulletin here. The tally mounted to 4,63,463 after 3,545 new cases of infection were reported from different parts of the state, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Los Angeles to consider stay-home order as COVID cases rise
Officials in the nations largest county will discuss a possible stay-home order just days before Thanksgiving after a spike of coronavirus cases surpassed a threshold set by Los Angeles public health officials to trigger one.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Haryana reports 33 COVID-19 deaths, 2,329 fresh cases
Haryana on Tuesday reported 33 more COVID-19 fatalities, the highest single-day fatality count so far, taking the death toll to 2,249 while 2,329 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,22,292. Of the 33 deaths, five were reported from worst-hit Faridabad district, three from Gurgaon, four from Hisar and two each from Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Sirsa, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Fatehabad and Charkhi Dadri, among others, according to the state health department’s daily bulletin.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Madhya Pradesh reports 1,766 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday reported 1,766 fresh COVID19 cases, taking the count of infections to 1,96,511, while 11 fatalities pushed the toll to 3,183, health officials said. A total of 1,112 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally of recoveries to 1,80,349.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala COVID-19 tally rises to 5.71 lakh; CM cautions guard should not be lowered
Kerala’s fresh COVID-19 cases and recoveries hovered a little over 5,000 on Tuesday as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cautioned that the state should not let down its guard. The total infection count in the state mounted to5,71,641 with the addition of 5,420 cases while the recoveries touched 5,05,238 after the discharge of 5,149 people.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1,870 new cases in Karnataka, 17 deaths
Karnataka reported 1,870 new cases of COVID19 and 17 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,76,425 and the death toll to 11,695, the health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 1,949 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: J-K records 431 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more die
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 431 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the tally to 1,07,330 while 10 more deaths in the last 24 hours raised the toll to 1,651, officials said. The Jammu division accounted for 253 of the fresh cases, while the Kashmir division recorded 178 new infections, they said. The officials said Jammu district recorded a maximum of 122 COVID-19 cases, followed by 84 in Srinagar. There are 5,357 active cases of the novel coronavirus in the Union Territory, while 1,00,322 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. Four of the new deaths due to the coronavirus were from Jammu and six from the Kashmir region.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Italy to get AstraZeneca COVID shots in early 2021, 70 million by mid-year
Italy will get 16 million shots of the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca in the first months of 2021 under a supply deal agreed at a European Union level, a government source said. This initial supply will immunize 8 million people as the AstraZeneca vaccine will require an initial shot followed by a booster, the source told Reuters on Tuesday. “Italy will receive 4 million shots as early as January and it will receive a further 12 million within the following three months”, the source said, cautioning that this timing was subject to approval of the AstraZeneca and University of Oxford developed vaccine by the European Medicine Authority.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 3,000 weddings slated to take place in Jaipur in Nov; officials fear COVID surge
Notwithstanding the recent spurt in COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, more than 3,000 weddings are scheduled to take place in the capital city Jaipur over the next few days, posing a grave threat to people’s lives amid the pandemic outbreak. Officials fear that the infection may spread rapidly in the city due to such events. We have received applications for permission to more than 3,000 weddings in the month of November. The permission is being given offline and online, Additional District Collector-Jaipur, Shankar Lal Saini told PTI. A majority of the weddings this month will take place on November 25, on the occasion of Dev Uthani Ekadashi’, and up to 100 people are allowed to attend a marriage function.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra reports 5,439 new COVID-19 cases, 30 fatalities
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 5,439 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 17,89,800, state health department said. With 30 more people succumbing to the infection, the overall toll rose to 46,683. A total of 4,086 patients were discharged in the day after treatment, taking the tally of recoveries in the state to 16,58,879. The number of active patients now stands at 83,221. Mumbai city reported 939 new coronavirus positive cases, taking its cumulative caseload to 2,77,453 while death toll rose to 10,708 with 19 people succumbing to the infection. The state has so far conducted 1,03,66,579 tests.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally crosses 2-lakh mark with 1,510 cases
Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 2-lakh mark and rose to 2,00,409 with the addition of 1,510 new cases on Tuesday, the state health department said. This is the second time in three days that the state has reported over 1,500 new cases in a day. Also, 1,510 is the second highest daily count recorded since the outbreak of the viral infection in March. Gujarat also reported the death of 16 more COVID-19 patients, taking the number of fatalities to 3,892, the department said in a release. At the same time, 1,286 patients were discharged from various hospitals, pushing the number of recovered cases in the state to 1,82,473, it said.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Muslim graveyard in Delhi running out of burial space with rise in COVID deaths
The biggest Muslim graveyard in the national capital near ITO is running out of burial space amid rising COVID-19 deaths with coronavirus victims from other NCR areas also being buried here, an official managing it said on Tuesday. “There should be some arrangement so that COVID-19 victims are buried at graveyards in their neighbourhoods and their relatives do not have to come here because space is limited,” said Haji Mian Faiyazuddin, secretary of Qabristan Ahle Islam in the vicinity of the walled city. He said the management committee will write to the Delhi government for help to ensure that COVID-19 burials from other parts of the city are not shifted to the graveyard. Faiyazuddin said a problem faced by the graveyard management is that it also has to provide space for burial of COVID-19 patients from neighbouring cities like Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut who die while undergoing treatment in Delhi.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: BJP should promise free COVID-19 vaccination in UP, says Akhilesh
The BJP “should not play with lives” of the people and increase COVID-19 testing, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday, demanding that the BJP dispensation in Uttar Pradesh should promise “free vaccination”. In a tweet in Hindi, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also said the BJP government should ensure that the coronavirus vaccination does not become “a victim of corruption”. “The government should not play with the lives of the people and increase the testing of Corona and bring out the true figures. The BJP government in UP should promise free vaccination in the interest of the state and immediately get ready in advance by making a task force,” Yadav said in a tweet. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Monday directed officials to make preparations in advance for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to people.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: AP adds 1,085 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 8.63 lakh
Andhra Pradesh reported 1,085 fresh cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the gross positives so far to 8,63,843. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday, 1,447 patients got cured and eight more succumbed in the state, the latest bulletin said. The state COVID-19 table showed 8,43,863 total recoveries and 6,956 deaths, with 13,024 active cases. Krishna district has been showing a rather upward spiral in daily cases as it added 224 in 24 hours, the highest in the state. It also reported two more COVID-19 deaths. West Godavari, East Godavari, Guntur and Chittoor reported less than 150 new cases each while Kadapa and Visakhapatnam added between 50 and 100 each.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Air passenger traffic likely to be hit by Maharashtra govt decision, says ICRA
The Maharashtra government’s decision to make coronavirus negative report mandatory for those entering the state from four certain states is expected to impact the domestic travel demand further, ratings agency Icra said on Tuesday. The varying policies of the states on capacity deployment by the airlines coupled with quarantine norms, among others, have already hit the domestic passenger traffic flow in the country, Icra said in a statement to PTI. Despite month-on-month recovery in passenger volume since the reopening of the domestic scheduled flights in a graded manner from May 25 after a hiatus of two months, the air passenger traffic has seen a significant fall on a year-on-year basis. Domestic travel demand declined 58 per cent to 52 lakh passengers in October this year compared to 123 lakh passengers in the same month of last year, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data for October showed.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Andhra CM asks officials to Prepare action plan for vaccine distribution
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday directed officials of the Medical and Health Department to prepare an action plan on the preparedness for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine as and when it becomes available. Addressing a meeting with Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal, Commissioner (Health) Katamaneni Bhaskar and other officials, after a videoconference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister asked them to secure all relevant information on the vaccine from the companies concerned and study it. “Focus on the steps to be taken for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and the infrastructure required to keep the vaccine in frozen condition. Moving the vaccine to remote places by maintaining requisite temperature is also critical,” a CMO release quoted the Chief Minister as telling the officials.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Centre asks states to strengthen monitoring of adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination
The Centre has asked states to take steps needed for strengthening surveillance of adverse events following immunisation before the COVID-19 vaccine is introduced, noting that preparations are underway for conducting the vaccinations starting with certain priority groups. In its letter dated November 18, the Union health ministry listed initiatives which it said are essential to further strengthen the existing adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) surveillance system of India so that timely and complete AEFI reporting for COVID-19 inoculation is possible. “I request that these initiatives are implemented at the earliest so that required changes take place well before the COVID-19 vaccine is introduced in the state and district,” the letter written by Dr Manohar Agnani, additional secretary in the ministry, said. Listing the initiatives, the ministry asked all states and union territories to include medical specialists in addition to paediatricians in state and district AEFI committee saying COVID-19 vaccinations will be given to adults, many of whom may have comorbidities.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Japan pauses domestic travel push in two cities as COVID spreads
Japan paused its domestic “Go To Travel” promotion campaign in two cities following sharp rises in COVID-19 infections, a government minister said on Tuesday, a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s plan to help prop up regional economies. Critics of the programme had said it risked spreading the infection from major cities to the countryside. “We have agreed to temporarily exclude trips destined for the cities of Sapporo and Hokkaido from the travel campaign,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Tuesday. “Although we have tried to balance both economic revitalization as well as virus containment, we have made this decision at the local governors’ request,” Nishimura told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Suga and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 12 doctors on COVID-19 duty thrown out of rest house over rent
Twelve doctors on COVID-19 duty in Ulhasnagar township in Thane district were turned out in the middle of the night by the management of the rest house they were staying in as the local civic corporation failed to pay six months rent, officials said on Tuesday. The doctors were deployed by Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and their monthly rent was to be paid by it, they said. When contacted, UMC public relations officer Yuvraj Badane, however, said the civic body had recently paid three months rent to the charitable trust that runs the rest house and the remaining payments were to be made soon. It is unfortunate that the charitable trust chose to take this course of action at a time when these doctors are providing essential service to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Ulhasnagar, Badane added.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Scientists say dogs can detect coronavirus and screen hundreds of people
Scientists have now claimed that dogs can be more accurate in sniffing coronavirus in humans, which could help in controlling the pandemic. According to reports, scientists believe that canines are being trained to detect coronavirus and dog trainers have claimed excellent results with “perfect accuracy”. However, as the findings have not been reviewed, the scientific community cannot evaluate the results.
Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 1 dose of Sputnik V vaccine to cost less than $10 in international markets
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has announced that the cost of one dose of the Sputnik V vaccine will be less than $10 (less than Rs 750) for international markets. “RDIF continues expanding existing agreements with international manufacturing partners to produce the vaccine for more than 500 million people in 2021,” RDIF said in a tweet. Russia’s National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the RDIF announced positive results obtained during the second interim data analysis of the phase three clinical trials involving 40,000 volunteers.
BREAKING: The cost of one dose of the #SputnikV vaccine will be less than $10 for international markets. RDIF continues expanding existing agreements with international manufacturing partners to produce the vaccine for more than 500 million people in 2021. https://t.co/RHOagQnmA5
— Sputnik V (@sputnikvaccine) November 24, 2020