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The Novel Coronavirus 2019 also known as COVID-19, nCov-2019 and SARS-COV-2, or the Wuhan virus is a severe acute respiratory syndrome first found in the city of Wuhan in China on 31 December 2019. Coronavirus spreads from human contact or infected surfaces. COVID-19 has infected 60,158,878 people worldwide, with 41,597,930 recovered and 1,415,923 reported deaths. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as a pandemic and since then, Italy, Spain, the UK, India and the USA have been under lockdown in various phases. India has been under lockdown since 25 March 2020, with Lockdown 4.0 from May 18 until May 31 and a further lockdown in phases in June and July 2020. Recently, while addressing the nation, PM Narendra Modi said that "Coronavirus Still As Dangerous As It Was In The Beginning."
In India, the number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 9.2 million with 444746 active cases, 8642771 discharged and cured cases, 1 migrated case, and 134699 deaths. The Coronavirus HELPLINE NUMBERS are 1075 / 1800112545 / +91-11-23978046. The HELPLINE EMAIL ADDRESS: ncov2019[at]gmail[dot]com. Catch all the latest updates on Coronavirus outbreak here. CLICK HERE FOR WELL-RESEARCHED COVID-19 ARTICLES.
- Russia Agrees To Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V In India
Russia's sovereign wealth fund and Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero have agreed to produce over 100 million doses per year in India of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, according to a statement on the Sputnik V Twitter account on Friday. Hetero and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has been backing the vaccine and marketing it globally, plan to start production of Sputnik V in India at the beginning of 2021, the statement said. Phase II-III trials are ongoing in India, the statement said. Drugmaker Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd has said it expects late-stage trials to be completed by as early as March 2021. (PTI)
- There Are SOPs & Guidelines But There's No Will," Says Supreme Court
"Processions are being taken out & 80 per cent people aren't wearing masks. Rest have masks hanging on to their jaw. There are SOPs & guidelines but there's no will," says Supreme Court as it expresses anguish over death of 5 patients due to a fire at a Covid-19 hospital in Rajkot. (PTI)
- Africa's Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Top 2.1mn Mark
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the African continent has reached 2,106,931, while the death toll stood at 50,628, according to health authorities. In its latest update on Thursday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said that a total of 1,781,744 people infected with the virus have recovered across the continent so far, reports Xinhua news agency. The most-affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia, figures from the Africa CDC showed. The southern region is the most affected both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths, it said. (PTI)
- Thane (Maharashtra) Records 742 New COVID-19 Cases
With the addition of 742 new cases of coronavirus, the count of infections in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 2,26,337. Apart from the latest infections detected on Thursday, the district also recorded 14 casualties that have raised the toll to 5,648, the official said. With a recovery rate of 94.27 per cent, a total of 2,13,373 persons have been discharged from various hospitals in the district so far, he said. (PTI)
- PM Modi To Visit Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 Vaccine Development Centre In Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit pharma major Zydus Cadila's plant near Ahmedabad on Saturday to get information about the development of its COVID-19 vaccine, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Friday. Zydus Cadila's plant is situated at Changodar industrial area near Ahmedabad city. The drug maker had earlier announced that the phase-I clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, ZyCoV-D, has been completed and it has commenced phase-II clinical trials from August. (PTI)
- 6 Cricketers of Pakistan Test Positive For COVID-19
Six Pakistan Cricketers Test Positive For Covid-19 In New ZealandSix of Pakistan's squad tested positive for Covid-19, hosts New Zealand Cricket said on ThursdayAgence France-PresseUpdated: November 26, 2020 11:19 AM ISTRead Time: 2 min Six Pakistan Cricketers Test Positive For Covid-19 In New Zealand Pakistan cricket team travelled to New Zealand on November 23.© Twitter Highlights Six Pakistan cricketers tested positive for COVID-19 in New ZealandPakistan players are in New Zealand for 3 T20Is and 2 TestsPakistan's tour is scheduled to begin with the first T20I on December 18 Six of Pakistan's squad tested positive for Covid-19, hosts New Zealand Cricket said Thursday, throwing preparations for their five-match tour into turmoil and causing a scare in a country that has largely eradicated the virus. The squad's "exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed", the governing body said, adding that the six positive players would be moved into strict quarantine. New Zealand's ministry of health said 53 team members passed a symptom check before leaving Lahore and were tested on arrival in Christchurch on November 24. (NDTV)
- Canada's COVID-19 Cases Surpass 350,000
Canada's Covid-19 cases surpassed the 350,000 level on Thursday afternoon as the country confirmed a total of 351,133 Covid-19 cases and 11,776 deaths, according to CTV. The cumulative number is high and many areas are experiencing rapid growth and these cumulative numbers show the overall burden of Covid-19 illness to date, said Canadian Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam in a statement on Thursday. "This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities," said Tam. (ANI)
- England Reveals New Regional COVID-19 Tiers In fight Against Coronavirus
Most of England will face harsh coronavirus restrictions in the new three-tier system when the lockdown ends next week, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Thursday. Large parts of the Midlands, North East and North West, including Greater Manchester, as well as Kent, will face the toughest restrictions in Tier Three, according to Hancock. A majority of areas previously in the highest tier, including London and Liverpool city region, are listed in Tier Two, the Xinhua news agency reported. The Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are the only areas of England placed in Tier One, the lowest level of restrictions. (Reuters)
- Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises By 77 Over Past Day To 8,680
Moscow has registered 77 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 8,680, the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement on Thursday. "Another 77 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the center said. In the previous day, 73 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow. (Reuters)
- India Had Estimated 74 Million Covid-19 Infections by August: ICMR's 2nd National Serosurvey
Nearly seven per cent of India's population aged ten and above was exposed to SARS-CoV-2, amounting to an estimated 74.3 million infections by August, with the seroprevalence being highest in urban slum areas followed by urban non-slum and rural areas, the findings of ICMR's second national serosurvey stated. (PTI)
- Delhi Night Curfew Likely To Be Decided Urgently, Govt Tells Court
A decision on night curfew in Delhi has to be taken immediately and implemented without delay, the High Court told the Arvind Kejriwal government today amid a huge coronavirus surge which the city has not been able to shake off in a month. A status report has to be submitted by December 3, the court added after listening to the government, which said a decision on the matter is under "active consideration". (All India)
- Delhi Records Over 2,300 COVID-19 Deaths In Less Than A Month: Official Data
The national capital has witnessed 2,364 deaths due to coronavirus since October 28, when the daily rise in infections breached the mark of 5,000 cases for the first time, according to official data. Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, 99 more fatalities on Wednesday pushed Delhi's total death count due to the disease to 8,720. It was after five days that Delhi recorded single-day deaths below 100. (NDTV)
- Sudan's Former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi Dies From Coronavirus In UAE
Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday. Mahdi, 84, was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that brought former president Omar al-Bashir to power. (Reuters)
- Sweden's Prince Carl Philip And Wife Test Positive For Coronavirus
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia have tested positive for COVID-19, the Swedish royal court said on Thursday. The two are feeling well under the circumstances, the court said in a statement, adding that King Karl XIV Gustaf, Queen Silvia, the prince's older sister Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel would be tested during the day. Carl Philip is fourth in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. (Reuters)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Update: PM Modi To Visit SII In Pune
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday visit the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for COVID-19 vaccine, a senior official said today. (PTI)
- Uttarakhand Govt Revises RT-PCR Testing Price Cap
Uttarakhand government revises the RT-PCR testing price cap in government and private laboratories to Rs 850 and Rs 900 (inclusive of sample collection by private labs). The testing was earlier priced between Rs 1,400 and Rs 1,650. (PTI)
- Positivity Rate In Delhi Has Come Down To 8.5%
The positivity rate in Delhi has come down to 8.5% in the last 3 weeks. A vaccine will hopefully soon be out. Until we are completely assured of the situation being in control, no schools will reopen: Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister (ANI)
- Odisha Reports 644 New COVID-19 Positive Cases
644 new positive cases and 728 recoveries reported in Odisha yesterday. The total number of positive cases in the state is now 3,16,645: State Government (ANI)
- Suspension On Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services To And From India Extended Till 31 Dec: DGCA
Suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India extended till 31st December: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) (ANI)
- Telangana Reports 862 New COVID-19 Cases
Telangana reported 862 new COVID19 cases, 3 deaths and 961 recoveries on 25th November. Total cases in the state rise to 2,66,904 including 1,444 deaths and 2,54,676 recoveries. Active cases stand at 10,784. (ANI)
- 10% Of World Population May Have Been Infected By COVID-19: WHO
The head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation says its best estimates indicate that roughly one in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus. Dr Michael Ryan, speaking Monday to a meeting of the WHO's 34-member executive board focusing on Covid-19, said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means the vast majority of the world remains at risk. The estimate which would amount to more than 760 million people based on current world population of about 7.6 billion far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide. Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases greatly underestimates the true figure. (AP)
- 30% Restaurants, Bars In Maha To Re-open Immediately; Rest Will Open Gradually
Even as the industry rejoices reopening of restaurants and bars in Maharashtra on Monday, the difficulty over staff mobility, as the lockdown continues till the end of the month, funds and maintenance issues are expected to make it a gradual process over the month, the industry said. (PTI)
- Maharashtra Records 10,244 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 80%
Maharashtra reports 10,244 new Covid-19 cases, 263 deaths and 12,982 discharges today. Total cases in the state rise to 1,453,653, including 38,347 deaths and 1,162,585 discharges. Active cases stand at 252,277: State Health Department (PTI)
- Karnataka Edu Minister Tests COVID-19 Positive
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday said he has quarantined himself at home after testing positive for coronavirus. "I will be home quarantined for a few days on the advice of doctors after testing positive for Covid-19. There is no panic as there are no symptoms," the minister tweeted. He was among those ministers who had attended the recent Assembly session. Many others who had attended the session tested positive including Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, senior Congress leaders H K Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao. (PTI)
- 250 New Cases In Manipur; Total Tally Crosses 12,000 Mark
250 new Covid-19 cases, 129 recoveries and 1 death reported in Manipur today. Total positive cases now at 12,105, including 2,696 active cases, 9,334 recoveries and 75 deaths till date. Recovery rate is 77.10 %: Govt of Manipur (PTI)
- Karnataka reports Over 7,000 Cases; Total Tally Nears 650,000
Karnataka reported 7,051 new Covid-19 cases, 7,064 discharges and 84 deaths today, taking total cases to 647,712 including 522,846 discharges and 9,370 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 115,477: State Health Department (PTI)
- PM Modi Has Indicated COVID-19 Vaccine Likely To Be Ready Soon: BS Yediyurappa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated that the COVID-19 vaccine was likely to be ready soon and has asked states to prepare for its quick and effective distribution, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Tuesday. "He (PM) spoke about it (vaccine) and there are indications that it may be ready in about four weeks, we (centre) are preparing for it and asked the states to also make all the necessary arrangements," Mr Yediyurappa said. (PTI)
- Los Angeles Shuts Restaurants As COVID-19 Surges
A restaurant dining ban in Los Angeles was due to come into force Wednesday as officials warned Americans to stay at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, while parts of Europe eyed looser lockdowns over the festive season. The three-week order in America's second-biggest city will begin as California faces record Covid-19 cases, and its health secretary urges people to avoid large family gatherings. (PTI)
- Maharashtra's Aurangabad Records 146 New COVID-19 Cases
The detection of 146 fresh cases of COVID-19 has raised the count of infections in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district to 42,646, an official said on Wednesday. With the addition of the latest cases on Tuesday, the district now has 802 patients undergoing treatment, the official said. At least 110 persons were discharged from various hospitals and one died of the infection on Tuesday, he said. The district has so far recorded 40,707 recoveries and 1,137 deaths, he added. (PTI)
- Dogs Can Sniff COVID-19 Infection Before Symptoms Set In, Research Suggests
Several studies conducted since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have suggested that dogs can sniff out the novel coronavirus to perfect accuracy. Scientists say that the superior sense of smell of canines may even aid in containing the spread of the deadly disease that has infected millions worldwide. (Money Control)
March 8, 03:20 am: In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, a hotel building that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine centre collapsed on March 7, killing 10 people, reports CNN. About 70 people were trapped in the building with 48 being rescued and 23 missing. The reason for the building collapse is not known yet.
March 8, 02:39 am: New York has declared a state of emergency, as more than 81 cases of Coronavirus have been found in the state. The death toll due to Coronavirus in the USA has risen to 22.
March 7, 10:00 pm: The Maldives has confirmed two cases of the Novel Coronavirus. The patients are employees of a resort and reportedly got infected after interaction with Italian tourists.
March 7, 08:45 pm: In India, a fresh case of Coronavirus has been reported in the state of Tamil Nadu. The 45-year-old man who has been infected had reportedly returned from Oman.
March 7, 08:00 pm: The Department of Telecom (DoT) in India advised telecom operators to incorporate an audio clip in the mobile ringtones that would offer awareness messages on Coronavirus. Mobile operators have followed the instruction, with some operators exempting those users from the Coronavirus ringtone who have subscribed for special tones.
The Coronavirus that originated in China has spread to over 100 countries in the world, including the USA, the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Monaco, the Maldives, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and India, with the most number of cases and deaths being reported from China. The virus has also infected an entire cruise ship named Diamond Princess, with 696 confirmed cases and seven deaths.