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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Covid-19 Deaths Hit New Daily Record in Greece; UK Testing Error Wrongly Tells 1,300 People They Have Virus

News18.com | November 29, 2020, 15:24 IST
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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Greece reported 121 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, a daily record, with hospitals in the north of the country under pressure as intensive care beds fill up with Covid-19 patients. Health authorities reported 1,747 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the first case was detected in February to 103,034. The death toll stands at 2,223. "This year's Christmas will be very different," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who visited front line workers in northern Greece on Saturday, told a local radio station. Authorities have a nationwide lockdown in place until Dec. 7, with repeated appeals to a fatigued public to conform to distancing regulations. "I really ask for some more patience and one more effort ahead of Christmas," Mitsotakis said. A two-month lockdown in March helped contain the spread of infections but a renewed spike since October prompted new restrictions.

Meanwhile, over 1,300 people in Britain were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error at the government's NHS Test and Trace system, the Department of Health and Social Care told Reuters on Saturday. "NHS Test and Trace has contacted 1,311 individuals who were incorrectly told that the result of COVID-19 tests, taken between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23, were positive. An issue with a batch of testing chemicals meant their test results were void," a department spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Swift action was taken to notify those affected and they have been asked to take another test, and to continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms."
Nov 29, 2020 15:24 (IST)

Vaccine will be Given to Olympic Athletes on Priority: Minister | Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that Olympic-bound athletes and the support staff will be given priority when a vaccine is available for Covid-19. Rijiju also said that the country is expected to send the largest ever contingent of athletes to the postponed Tokyo Olympics which is scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8 next year. "Whether it is Tokyo Olympics or any big event happening, the preference will be given to Olympic-bound athletes as well as the (support) staff because it is time-bound," Rijiju said after he flagged off the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. "Our athletes will be given preference and we will work it out with the health ministry. 

Nov 29, 2020 15:14 (IST)

READ | 'Masks May Never Go Away': ICMR Chief Says Covid-19 Guidelines Will Stay Even After Vaccine

Balram Bhargava added that a mask works like a vaccine and will stay even after the vaccine is developed. He added that masks play an important role in also keeping those people safe who have…

Nov 29, 2020 14:39 (IST)

Manufacturers Asked to Keep 50% Oxygen for Medical Use in Gujarat | Amid a fresh rise in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat, the state health department has again directed oxygen production units to keep 50 per cent of their production for medical use so that it could be easily made available to hospitals treating coronavirus patients. The state health department on September 10 also issued a similar notification. In its new order dated November 26 the department has directed oxygen production units to keep their production uninterrupted and at their maximum production capacity. The units have been directed to produce 50 per cent oxygen for medical use, to be supplied to hospitals in Gujarat, and divert the remaining for industrial use.

Nov 29, 2020 14:28 (IST)

71% of Covid-19 Deaths from 8 States | 71 percent of the daily fatalities in the country is contributed by eight States and union territories which includes Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. 22 States and UTs have Case Fatality Rate less than the National Average.

Nov 29, 2020 13:55 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Levy Penalties to Break Covid-19 Chain | The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday directed district collectors to strictly enforce the government norms on wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing and help break the Covid-19 transmission chain to retain the status of model state in Covid-19 control efforts. In the process, the collectors could levy penalties on the violators at marriage halls, workplaces and other public places. The state government had earlier announced penalty for health protocol violations such as not wearing mask. 

Nov 29, 2020 13:11 (IST)

Night Curfew, Prohibitory Orders Imposed in Leh | The administration in Leh has imposed night curfew and banned the assembly of more than four people amid a fresh Covid-19 spike, an official said on Saturday. Ladakh recorded one more Covid-related death and 44 new cases, taking the death toll to 114 and overall caseload to 8,272, officials said. The self-imposed lockdown by the civil society group in Leh to contain the spread of coronavirus entered its sixth day on Saturday as the district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 12.9 degrees Celsius. The new Covid-related death was reported from Leh, taking the number of fatalities in the district to 73. The other 41 deaths were reported from Kargil district, the officials said.

Nov 29, 2020 12:55 (IST)

READ | Symptomatic Covid-19 Patient is 4 Times More Likely to Pass On Virus, Reveals Study

The analysis provides some of the first evidence that asymptomatic infections are substantially less infectious than symptomatic cases, this further reinforces the importance of household…

Nov 29, 2020 12:45 (IST)

The union territory of Puducherry logged 33 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall tally to 36,935, a top Health department official said on Sunday. Meanwhile, no fresh fatality was reported for the 10th day in succession, a release from Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said. The 33 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,926 samples of which 21 were reported in the Puducherry region, six in Karaikal, five in Mahe and one in Yanam. The Health department Director said 72 patients were discharged during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday.

Nov 29, 2020 12:36 (IST)

A total of 1,36,696 deaths have beenreported so far in the country including 46,986from Maharashtra followed by 11,750 from Karnataka,11,694 from Tamil Nadu, 8,998 from Delhi, 8,322 from West Bengal, 7,718 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,981 from Andhra Pradesh,4,765 from Punjab,3,953 from Gujarat and 3,237 from Madhya Pradesh. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. "Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Nov 29, 2020 12:29 (IST)

Covid-19 Updates: India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, and surpassed 90 lakh on November 20. According to the ICMR, over 13.95 crore samples have been tested up to November 28 with 12,83,449 samples being tested on Saturday. The 496 new fatalities include 89 from Delhi, 88 from Maharashtra 52 from West Bengal, 30 from Haryana, 28 from Punjab, 25 from Kerala and 21 from Uttar Pradesh.

Nov 29, 2020 12:07 (IST)

India Records 41,810 Fresh Covid-19 Cases | India's Covid-19 caseload inched closer to the 94-lakh mark, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 88 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.71 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 93,92,919 with 41,810 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,36,696 with 496 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Nov 29, 2020 11:54 (IST)

Laxity with Covid-19 Dangerous: PM Modi | "After getting out of the lockdown phase, the discussion has commenced on the vaccine. But any kind of laxity with coronavirus is still very dangerous. We have to firmly keep fighting against the virus," PM Modi said during his address to the nation. 

Nov 29, 2020 11:40 (IST)

China Halts Operation at Korean Chip Plant After Worker Tests Positive | A Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix Inc halted operations on Sunday after a plant worker was found to have an asymptomatic infection of the novel coronavirus. The Korean worker based at the plant in Chongqing city since February had departed on Thursday for South Korea. He was tested at Incheon airport in Seoul and confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday, it reported.

Nov 29, 2020 11:26 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Levy Penalties to Break Covid-19 Chain | The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday directed district collectors to strictly enforce the government norms on wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing and help break the Covid-19 transmission chain to retain the status of model state in Covid-19 control efforts. In the process, the collectors could levy penalties on the violators at marriage halls, workplaces and other public places. The state government had earlier announced penalty for health protocol violations such as not wearing mask. 

Nov 29, 2020 11:04 (IST)

READ | From Vaccine Candidates to Success Rates, All You Wanted to Know About Covid-19 Shot Trials in India

Five vaccine candidates are currently undergoing clinical trials in India and are in different stages of trials. These include vaccines developed by Oxford University – AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech,…

Nov 29, 2020 10:54 (IST)

WATCH | Five vaccine candidates are currently undergoing clinical trials in India and are in different stages of trials. These include vaccines developed by Oxford University – AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech, Cadila, Biological E – Baylor College of Medicine and Gamaleya Research Institute, Moscow. What are these vaccine candidates undergoing trials in India and what are the challenges involved in using them? Which vaccines have shown promise internationally? News18 delves into the progress of these vaccines.

Nov 29, 2020 10:43 (IST)

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday reported 1,634 fresh coronavirus positive cases, taking the count of infections to 2,03,231. With 13 more people succumbing to the viral infection, the overall death toll rose to 3,237, they said. A total of 1,317 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally of recoveries to 1,85,013. Of the 13 new fatalities, three died in Indore and two each in Bhopal, Ratlam and Vidisha. One fatality each occurred in Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna and Jhabua, the official said.

Nov 29, 2020 10:33 (IST)

Telangana Records 805 New Covid-19 Cases | Telangana recorded 805 new Covid-19 cases and four related fatalities taking the total tally of infections to 2,69,223 and the death toll to 1,455, the state government said on Sunday. A total of 10,490 patients were under treatment,it said in a bulletin, providing data as of 8 PM on November 28. Out of the fresh cases, 131 were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. As many as 46,280 samples were tested on Saturday and cumulatively 54, 20, 421 samples have been tested.

Nov 29, 2020 10:24 (IST)

Active Covid-19 Caseload Remains below 5 Lakh | The active Covid-19 caseload remained below 5 lakh for the 19th consecutive day. There are 4,53,956 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 4.83per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 88,02,267 pushing the national recovery rate to93.71per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16,60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, and surpassed 90 lakh on November 20.

Nov 29, 2020 10:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Updates | The Delhi government on Saturday issued work-from-home orders for 50 per cent of its employees associated with non-essential services and advised private establishments to follow the practice as far as possible amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital. Delhi chief secretary and DDMA executive committee chairman Vijay Dev, in an order, said all Delhi government offices, autonomous bodies, public sector undertakings, corporations, local bodies will function with officers of grade-one level or equivalent and above to the extent of 100 per cent. 

Nov 29, 2020 09:52 (IST)

India Records 41,810 Fresh Covid-19 Cases | India records 41,810 new Covid-19 infections and total cases rise to 93,92,920. With 496 new deaths, toll mounts to 1,36,696. The active cases stand at 4,53,956.

Nov 29, 2020 09:43 (IST)

READ | 'Masks May Never Go Away': ICMR Chief Says Covid-19 Guidelines Will Stay Even After Vaccine

Balram Bhargava added that a mask works like a vaccine and will stay even after the vaccine is developed. He added that masks play an important role in also keeping those people safe who have…

Nov 29, 2020 09:19 (IST)

Will Have to Follow Covid-19 Guidelines After Vaccine: ICMR Chief | "Mask is like a fabric vaccine. We cannot ignore the contribution made by masks in stopping the spread of Covid-19. We are working on vaccines, five candidates are undergoing trial in India. Out of these, two are being developed by India which three are from abroad. But vaccines won’t be enough to end Covid-19. We will have to keep following health and safety protocols", ICMR chief professor Balram Bhargava said.

Nov 29, 2020 09:04 (IST)

Over 150 Arrested in Anti-lockdown Protests in London | Scotland Yard has said its officers policing anti-lockdown protests in central London have made 155 arrests as part of early interventions to prevent people from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Metropolitan Police made arrests for offences including breaching coronavirus regulations, assaulting a police officer and possession of drugs. Save Our Rights UK, a group holding demonstrations against the stay-at-home rules, said it held protests on Saturday against the government's Covid-19 lockdown. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had on October 31 announced a second lockdown in England as the country crossed the grim milestone of 1 million coronavirus cases. The lockdown took effect on November 5 and will last until December 2.

Nov 29, 2020 08:36 (IST)

READ | PM Modi Reviews Vaccine Development and Manufacturing at 3 Facilities

"The scientists expressed joy that the Prime Minister met them face to face in order to boost their morale and help accelerate their efforts at this critical juncture in the vaccine development…

Nov 29, 2020 08:25 (IST)

1,300 People in Britain Inaccurately Tested Positive | Over 1,300 people in Britain were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error at the government's NHS Test and Trace system, the Department of Health and Social Care said. "NHS Test and Trace has contacted 1,311 individuals who were incorrectly told that the result of Covid-19 tests, taken between Nov 19 and 23, were positive. An issue with a batch of testing chemicals meant their test results were void," a department spokesman said in an emailed statement. 

Nov 29, 2020 08:16 (IST)

South Korea Mulls Stricter Social Distancing | South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. PM Chung Sye-kyun is to meet with health authority officials to decide whether virus curbs need to be tightened further to slow transmissions, Yonhap News said. South Korea reported 450 infections of the new coronavirus on Sunday after reporting more than 500 new coronavirus cases for three days in a row, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Nov 29, 2020 08:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Deaths Hit New Daily Record in Greece | Greece reported 121 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, a daily record, with hospitals in the north of the country under pressure as intensive care beds fill up with Covid-19 patients. Health authorities reported 1,747 cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the first case was detected in February to 103,034. The death toll stands at 2,223. "This year's Christmas will be very different," PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who visited front line workers in northern Greece on Saturday, told a local radio station. Authorities have a nationwide lockdown in place until Dec 7, with repeated appeals to a fatigued public to conform to distancing regulations.

Nov 29, 2020 08:02 (IST)

PM Modi's visit to Zydus Cadila's manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad where a coronavirus vaccine is being developed was encouraging, the pharma major said. The prime minister visited the facility as part of his three-city tour to review vaccine development work. "Today, honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji visited our Zydus Biotech park. This visit has encouraged us in doing more and doing fast," the company's Chairman Pankaj Patel said in a video statement. "His knowledge, wisdom about the problem, and his guidance have been valuable for our scientific staff and for all of us," Patel added.

Nov 29, 2020 07:52 (IST)

Serum Institute Discussing on Price, Distribution | Serum Institute of India is in active discussions with the Indian government on pricing and distribution of potential Covid-19 vaccines, said Adar Poonawalla. His comments come following PM Modi's visit to the Serum Institute of India's sprawling campus in the western city of Pune. Serum Institute, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, has partnered with global players including AstraZeneca and Novavax Inc to run domestic trials on their vaccine candidates and produce the vaccines if they secure approvals. Poonawalla said in the next few weeks SII plans to apply for emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine candidate that he described as a "very good" option.

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Covid-19 Deaths Hit New Daily Record in Greece; UK Testing Error Wrongly Tells 1,300 People They Have Virus
People wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The laboratory error that led to the problem was an "isolated incident" and was being investigated, the statement said. The government has announced an extra 7 billion pounds ($9.31 billion) for its COVID-19 testing and contact tracing system as part of an expanded programme of mass testing.

The NHS Test and Trace system has been heavily criticised after a series of high-profile failures since its launch earlier this year, and ministers concede it has not performed as well as they had hoped.

In September, nearly 16,000 positive case records were lost from the system for several days – causing a delay in contact tracing. The government blamed a "legacy" file system that cut off records after about 65,000 rows of data.

Reuters analysis and interviews with contact tracers have shown issues with the system, and that when looking at non-household contacts, the proportion that is successfully traced is lower. The United Kingdom has had about 1.6 million coronavirus cases and over 57,500 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.