Delhi HC Seeks AAP Govt Stand on Plea Against Rs 800 Price Cap on RTPCR Tests | The Delhi High Court Friday sought the AAP government's response on a plea challenging its decision fixing a cap of Rs 800 on RTPCR tests for detecting COVID-19 infection in the national capital. Justice Navin Chawla issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its stand on the plea by an Association of Practising Pathologists which has contended that the price fixed would not cover the cost of consumables to be used in the test.
Thane District Records 528 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 Deaths | With the addition of 528 new COVID-19 cases, the tally in Thane district of Maharashtra rose to 2,34,875, an official said on Friday. Thirteen more patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll to 5,790, he said. The official said the COVID-19 recovery rate in the district stood at 94.72 per cent (2,22,483) and the mortality rate at 2.47 per cent (5,790). The number of active cases was 6,602, he said.
2 Delhi Cops Overseeing Security at Singhu Test Positive for COVID-19 | Two senior Delhi Police officers heading security arrangements at Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been camping for two weeks have tested positive for COVID-19, an officer said said on Friday. Both the DCP-rank officers are in isolation, he said. Hundreds of police personnel have been deployed at the Singhu border point to prevent the protesters, demanding a rollback of the new farm laws, from entering the national capital. "Two senior police officers deployed at Singhu border tested positive for coronavirus a few days ago. Both of them are currently in isolation," a senior police officer said.
COVID-19 Tally in Andamans Rises to 4,791 with 8 New Cases | Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 4,791, a health department official said on Friday. The death toll remained at 61 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported, he said. Of the fresh cases, five were detected during contact tracing and three have travel history, he said. Five more people were cured of the disease on Thursday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 4,652, the official said.
Singapore Approves COVID-19 Test Using Saliva from Inside Throat | Singapore has approved Advanced MedTech Holdings' COVID-19 kit for use in testing saliva from deep within the throat, the company said, as the country looks to ramp up testing to help re-open its borders and resume more economic activity. The test is the first of its type to receive approval from Singapore's Health Sciences Authority, Advanced MedTech, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore state investor Temasek, said in a statement on Thursday.
5,076 Covid-19 Recoveries in Karnataka; New Cases Dip to 1,238 | Recoveries in Karnataka shot up to 5,076 in a single day, taking the total number of patients cured of the infection to 8,66,664 till date. "With 1,238 new cases on Wednesday, the state's Covid tally rose to 8,97,801, including 19,206 positive cases," said the state health bulletin on Thursday.
Today's Data Highlights
- New cases in India below 30,000, 37.5k new recoveries, 414 new deaths, 8.5k dip in active cases
- 8.72 lakh tests on Thursday. Lowest for a Thursday since August 20.
- Kerala reports 4.5k new cases, Maharashtra 3.8k, West Bengal 2.8k, Delhi 1.6k
- New cases in Delhi lowest since September 1
- Maharashtra reports 70 new deaths, Delhi 61, West Bengal 49
- Total deaths in Punjab now more than 5,000 (5007) with a mortality rate of 3.2%. Highest in India. India's mortality rate is 1.5%.
- Active cases in Karnataka below 20k now. 4 Indian states now have more than 20k active cases (Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh)
- Global total COVID-19 cases now over 70 million. Total cases per million population crosses 9k mark (9070 cases/million).
- 15 countries now have more than a million total cases. These 15 countries account for 74% of the total cases.
- USA reporting more than 2 lakh daily new cases for 10 days in a row. Total cases over 16 million
Active Caseload Below 4 Lakh for 5th Consecutive Day | India had recorded a daily rise of 26,567 cases on December 8. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 92,90,834 on Friday, pushing the national recovery rate to94.84 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the fifth consecutive day. There are 3,63,749 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprise3.71per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
Surge in Covid-19 Recoveries | The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 92,90,834, pushing the national recovery rate to94.84 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the fifth consecutive day.
29,398 New Cases, 414 Deaths in India in 24 Hours | India on Thursday recorded 29,398 new COVID-19 infections and 414 fresh fatalities. While the total cases rose to 97,96,770, the death toll mounted to 1,42,186. Meanwhile, the total number of active cases stood at 3,63,749, said the data shown by the Union Health Ministry. Besides, the country discharged 37,528 patients in the last 24 hours. India has, so far, reported 92,90,834 discharges.
Mexico's COVID-19 Deaths Average 55 Years vs 75 in Europe | Mexico's coronavirus spokesman said Thursday the country's median age of death from COVID-19 was a shockingly young 55, as compared to an average of 75 in many European countries. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lpez-Gatell said that nonetheless, Mexico's future coronavirus vaccination programme would target the oldest Mexicans first.
Assam Reports 146 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 More Death | Assam reported 146 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 2,14,165, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. A 60-year-old man from Dibrugarh who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 died, following which the toll rose to 998, he said. There are 3,516 active cases in the state at present. Total 165 COVID-19 patients recovered and were discharged during the day. In all, 2,09,787 patients have recovered.
Bihar Records 595 New COVID-19 Cases, Four More Deaths | Bihar on Thursday reported 595 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,41,533, as per a bulletin issued by the Health Department. Two COVID-19 patients each died in Nawada and Supaul districts, following which the toll increased to 1,307, it said. A total of 442 people recovered in the last 24 hours. There are 5,286 active cases in the state at present.
Karnataka Slashes Fines for Violating Covid-19 Guidelines | Reeling under backlash from citizens and businesses, the Karnataka government has slashed the fines imposed for violators of Covid-19 guidelines such as wearing mask and maintaining physical distance in shops, hotels, party halls, cinema halls, shopping malls and other public places, an official said on Thursday.
Bengal Reports 46 More COVID Deaths, 2,801 New Cases | West Bengal's COVID-19 death toll went up to 8,916 after 46 people succumbed to the disease on Thursday, while 2,801 fresh cases of infection took the tally 5,13,752, the health department said in a bulletin here. The discharge rate of coronavirus patients in the state improved to 93.70 per cent after 2,951 recoveries were registered on Thursday.
Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Dropped over False Positive HIV Result | Development of a Covid-19 vaccine in Australia was abandoned Friday after clinical trials produced a false positive HIV result among subjects involved in early-stage testing. The result prompted the government to axe plans to purchase millions of doses of the candidate vaccine and instead increase orders of alternatives from AstraZeneca and Novax, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
One-day US Deaths Top 3,000, More Than D-Day or 9/11 | Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital. The crisis across the country is pushing medical centers to the breaking point and leaving staff members and public health officials burned out and plagued by tears and nightmares.
Talk Show Host Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive for Coronavirus | Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said on Thursday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus but was feeling fine. The American comedian said on Twitter that all her close contacts had been notified. "I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now," she said in a Twitter posting.
Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Clears Last Hurdle | Pfizer had asked that the two-dose vaccine be approved for use in people aged 16 to 85. Several advisory panel members discussed whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be included in the recommendation because the risk to these individuals is low, and the evidence in the trial was scant.