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Coronavirus News Highlights: RT-PCR Test Must for All Passengers Arriving in Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan Goa and Gujarat

Coronavirus News Highlights: With sudden spurt in cases in some states post Diwali, Maharashtra government today Covid-19 test mandatory for all passengers arriving in Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat via air, road and train. The government said that a negative RT-PCR report will be compulsory for boarding flights to the financial capital. This new rule shall be applicable from November 25.

News18.com | November 23, 2020, 22:12 IST
Coronavirus News Highlights: With sudden spurt in cases in some states post Diwali, Maharashtra government today Covid-19 test mandatory for all passengers arriving in Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat via air, road and train. The government said that a negative RT-PCR report will be compulsory for boarding flights to the financial capital. This new rule shall be applicable from November 25. Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh has imposed night curfew in Mandi, Shimla, Kullu and Kangra between November 24 and December 15.

AstraZeneca said today its vaccine for the novel coronavirus, developed along with the University of Oxford, showed an average efficiency of 70% in protecting against the virus in two study segments. "This vaccine's efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency," Pascal Soriot, Astra's chief executive, said in a statement. The British drugmaker's preliminary trial results mark a fresh breakthrough in the fight against a pandemic that has killed nearly 1.4 million people and roiled the global economy.
Nov 23, 2020 22:12 (IST)

READ | Countries Shouldn't Wait for Majority to Be Vaccinated, Need to Open Borders Now: IATA DG

The IATA DG said he wanted to emphasise on how critical it is to open borders now and the reason why good news on vaccine progress "should not distract from activating testing fast".

Nov 23, 2020 21:26 (IST)

READ | 'Covishield Can't be Permitted till UK Approves': AIIMS's Dr Guleria Day After SII Revealed Authorisation Plan

Serum Institute, which has tied up with five developers, has so far made 40 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in the past two months and aims to start manufacturing Novavax Inc.'s contender soon.

Nov 23, 2020 20:52 (IST)

A number of people were seen in a market in Ahmedabad earlier today, following the lifting of the night curfew.

Nov 23, 2020 20:40 (IST)

Maharashtra reported 4,153 new Covid-19 cases, 3,729 recoveries and 30 deaths today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 17,84,361 till date. There are 81,902 active cases in the state and 16,54,793 patients have recovered so far. The death toll is at 46,653.

Nov 23, 2020 20:00 (IST)

If everyone strictly follows guidelines issued by the Govt, lockdown will not be needed. In several parts of the country, the second wave of COVID-19 has started but Maharashtra govt has been successful in preventing the disease: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik.

Nov 23, 2020 19:53 (IST)

Rajasthan reported 3,232 new Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths and 2,288 recoveries/discharges today, as per State Health Department. Total cases in the state rise to 2,47,168 including 2181  deaths and 2,20,871 recoveries/discharges. Active cases stand at 24,116.

Nov 23, 2020 19:46 (IST)

Stubble Burning Caused Increased Deaths: Jain | Stubble burning has made the situation worse and has contributed to increased Covid-19 deaths in Delhi. Now when the pollution level has reduced, its impact will be seen in the next 2-3 weeks: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Nov 23, 2020 19:40 (IST)

Tamil Nadu reported 1,624 new #COVID19 cases, 1,904 discharges, and 17 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu

Total cases: 7,71,619

Total discharges: 7,47,752

Death toll: 11,622 

Active cases: 12,245

Nov 23, 2020 19:35 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh reported 545 new Covid-19 cases, 1,390 recovered cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total positive cases in the state to 8,62,758, including 13,394 active cases, 8,42,416 recovered cases & 6,948 deaths in the state: State Health Department

Nov 23, 2020 19:32 (IST)

Karnataka reports 1,509 new Covid-19 cases, 1,645 discharges and 24 deaths today. Total cases in the state rise to 8,74,555, including 8,38,150 discharges and 11,678 deaths. Active cases stand at 24,708.

Nov 23, 2020 19:30 (IST)

1,487 new Covid-19 cases, 1,234 discharges/recoveries, and 17 deaths reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours, according to the State Health Department 
Total cases: 1,98, 899 
Total recoveries: 1,81,187 
Active cases: 13,836 
Deaths: 3,876

Nov 23, 2020 19:22 (IST)

Manipur reported 250 new Covid-19 cases, 356 recovered cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases stands at 23,650, including 20,374 discharged cases, 3038 active cases and 238 deaths till date. Recovery rate is 86.14 %: Health Dept, Govt of Manipur

Nov 23, 2020 19:13 (IST)

376 new Covid-19 cases, 428 recovered cases and 7 deaths reported in Uttarakhand today. The total number of positive cases in the state is 71,632 including 65,530 recoveries, 4,298 active cases and 1,162 deaths: Govt of Uttrakhand.

Nov 23, 2020 18:53 (IST)

Kerala records 3,757 new Covid-19 cases today; active cases in the state at 64,166. Total 5,00,089 recoveries have been reported so far: Government of Kerala.

Nov 23, 2020 18:42 (IST)

351 new Covid-19 cases, 608 recoveries and 12 deaths reported from J&K today. Total positive cases now at 1,06,899, including 5,431 active cases, 99,827 recoveries and 1,641 deaths: Govt of UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

Nov 23, 2020 18:40 (IST)

75 new Covid-19 cases and 38 recovered cases reported in Nagaland today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 10,852, including 1,442 active cases and 9,241 recovered cases: Nagaland Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom.

Nov 23, 2020 18:30 (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today reviewed arrangements to check COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of SOPs: UT Administration.

Nov 23, 2020 18:24 (IST)

Mizoram reported 11 discharged Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases in the state to 3660. A total of 3203 discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease, death toll 5. Active cases stand at 452 & recovery rate at 87.51%.

Nov 23, 2020 18:17 (IST)

Delhi: Lt General Anup Banerjee, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services, visits Sardar Patel COVID centre.

Nov 23, 2020 18:15 (IST)

READ | Indonesia Hits Half Million Coronavirus Cases as Infection Spike Strains Hospitals

Indonesia now has 502,110 infections and 16,002 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in Southeast Asia, having struggled to contain the spread since its first case in March.

Nov 23, 2020 17:59 (IST)

READ | Full Set of Teeth and Blocked Nose Could Influence the Covid-19 Super-spreading. Here's How

Using computer simulations to recreate different types of sneezes in different people, researchers mapped super-spreaders of COVID-19 and identified biological features that may influence the sneeze.

Nov 23, 2020 17:38 (IST)

Travellers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to Carry RT-PCR Negative Test Report: Maha Govt | All passengers coming to Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat, will now have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test before boarding flights and a negative report is mandatory for boarding the flight, according to new guidelines issued by the government. People travelling by flights and trains will have to produce their negative test certificates before boarding flights or will have to undergo tests at the boarding airports/stations at their own cost.

Nov 23, 2020 17:36 (IST)

Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya, diagnosed with COVID-19, has been admitted to AIIMS, Rishikesh. A team of five medical experts has been formed for treatment and monitoring her health: AIIMS PRO Dr Harish Thapliyal.

Nov 23, 2020 17:03 (IST)

Shah Flags Off Mobile RT-PCR Lab | Union Home Minister Amit Shah flags off a mobile RT-PCR lab at ICMR headquarters in Ansari Nagar in Delhi. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also present.

Nov 23, 2020 16:54 (IST)

We will expand the operational capacity of beds from 2,000 to 3,000, for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Delhi-NCR. These added beds will also include oxygen supply facility. There are nearly 550 patients admitted and patients admitted here are those who can't afford private & high-end hospitals. There is enough supply of oxygen and there are sufficient doctors, nurses & pharmacists to cater to 3,000 patients at the Centre: SS Deswal, DG, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Covid Care Centre at Chhatarpur.

Nov 23, 2020 16:42 (IST)

Educational Institutes in Himachal Shut Till Dec 31 | Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decides to keep all government educational institutions closed till December 31; online studies to commence from November 26, teachers to work from home. It has also been decided that winter closing Institutions would remain closed from January 1 to February 12, 2021. However, online studies would continue even during the winter time: State govt.

Nov 23, 2020 16:33 (IST)

With the unprecedented disruption of Covid-19 pandemic, India and Israel joined hands to develop rapid test kits and cooperated on vaccine research: Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV, OIA & Arab), Ministry of External Affairs while addressing 13th India-Israel Forum virtually.

Nov 23, 2020 16:18 (IST)

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In accordance with the directions of the central government, the state has enlisted around 25,000 healthcare workers, both public and private, who would be covered during the first phase of…

Nov 23, 2020 16:06 (IST)

READ | Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Chief Says Half-dose Trial Finding is 'Intriguing' Result

Phase III trial results of the vaccine candidate found it was 90% effective if administered at a half dose and then at a full dose, or 62% effective if administered in two full doses.

Nov 23, 2020 16:03 (IST)

Night Curfew in Few Himachal Districts | Himachal Pradesh government imposes night curfew in Mandi, Shimla, Kullu and Kangra, between November 24 and December 15; only 50% Class 3 and Class 4 government employees to attend offices till December 31.

Coronavirus News Highlights: RT-PCR Test Must for All Passengers Arriving in Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan Goa and Gujarat
Passengers get checked for temperature at Mumbai airport on Monday. (Credit: Twitter)

Last week, University of Oxford scientists expected to report results from the late-stage trials of their COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas. Dr. Andrew Pollard, an expert in pediatric infection and immunity at Oxford, said research was slowed by low infection rates over the summer, but the Phase III trials are now accumulating the data needed to report results as a renewed surge of the pandemic hits countries around the world. Oxford is developing its vaccine in conjunction with the drugmaker AstraZeneca.

“I think we’re getting close, and it’s definitely going to be before Christmas based on the progress,” Pollard said in an interview with the BBC. Pollard discussed progress in the late-stage trials as Oxford released a study based on earlier research that found the vaccine was well tolerated and produced a strong immune response in people over 70. This is important because vaccines often don’t work as well in older people, Pollard said. “The reason that we’re so delighted is the we’re seeing the immune responses look exactly the same, even in those who are over 70 years of age,” Pollard said.

The findings were based on a so-called phase II trial of 560 people, including 240 over the age of 70. The results of the peer-reviewed study were published Thursday in the Lancet, an international medical journal. Phase II vaccine trials provide important preliminary data but don’t prove whether they ultimately prevent people from getting sick. Oxford and AstraZeneca are waiting for the results of phase III trials on thousands of people around the world to show whether their vaccine is safe and effective. Two other drugmakers, Pfizer and Moderna, this week reported preliminary results from late-stage trials showing that their COVID-19 vaccines were almost 95% effective. Pollard said there is no competition between the various research teams, because several vaccines will be needed to bring the global pandemic under control and allow life to return to normal.

Despite recent progress, Pollard said the world is still in the early stages of the effort to protect people against COVID-19. Even after vaccines are approved by regulators, drugmakers and public health officials still face the task of producing billions of doses and administering them to people around the world, he said. Pollard, an amateur mountaineer, compared the task to the work involved in climbing a mountain. “I think we’re still at the bottom of that mountain in some ways,” he said. “We’ve done the route into the bottom of the mountain, the long trek to get to the start. Now we’ve got to get the data about the vaccines in front of regulators for them to scrutinize it and approve the first vaccines. And then we’ve got that huge effort to climb up to the top where we’ve got a vast majority of those who are at risk vaccinated.”

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