Coronavirus Live Updates: 251 more deaths and 22,273 infections were reported in the last 24 hours.
COVID-19 in India: The active caseload remained below three lakh for the fifth consecutive day.
India’s daily fresh COVID-19 fatality count was reported below 300 after over six months, taking the death count to 1,47,343, while the infection tally rose to 1,01,69,118, according to the Health Ministry.
251 more deaths and 22,273 infections were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 97,40,108, pushing the national recovery rate to 95.78 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.
The active caseload remained below three lakh for the fifth consecutive day. There are 2,81,667 active coronavirus infections in the country, constituting 2.77 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
Meanwhile, France has confirmed the first case of a new coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain, its health ministry said.
The new strain of the virus, which experts fear is more contagious, has prompted more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on the UK, AFP reported.
Here are the live updates on Coronavirus Cases:
Coronavirus News: Kerala logs 3,527 new cases, 3,752 recoveries
Kerala recorded 3,527 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while 3,782 people have been cured of the infection, as the deaths inch towards the 3,000-mark with 21 more deaths being added, Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
While the total virus caseload has touched 7,35,611, recoveries went up to 6,68,733 and at least 63,752 people are undergoing treatment for the infection.
Guidelines to prevent, contain spread of mutant variant of coronavirus soon: Karnataka Health Minister
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the state Health Department will discuss matters concerned with prevention and containment of new variant of coronavirus and come up with the guidelines regarding the same.
Dr Sudhakar said that third stage trials are being conducted including in Karnataka. “Anyone can volunteer to take the vaccine at this stage. I have personally appealed to many frontline warriors, especially, medical students to volunteer for trials,” he added.
“A total of 1,638 out of 2,500 returnees from the UK have been tested and 14 of them have been found positive. Their swab samples have been sent to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) for gene-sequencing to find out whether it is a new strain of the virus.
COVID-19 news: Second UK returnee tests positive in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore
A 39-year-old man, who recently returned to Indore in Madhya Pradesh from the UK, on Saturday became the second such person to be found infected with coronavirus in the last two days, an official said. However, it was not yet clear if the strain he is carrying is the same as the one detected in the European nation, he added.
The man, who returned from the UK on December 6, is fine and is being closely monitored, while his family has been placed under isolation at their home in Rau, said Indore district COVID-19 prevention nodal officer Amit Malakar.
UK Scientists Begin Trial Instant Immunity Antibody Drug Treatment For COVID-19
Scientists in the UK have begun trials of innovative antibody drug treatments that they hope could provide instant protection against COVID-19.
The University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH) said that the researchers in the Storm Chase study believe a Long Acting AntiBody (LAAB) known as AZD7442, developed by AstraZeneca, may offer immediate and long-term protection to people who have been recently exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and prevent them developing COVID-19.
“We know that this antibody combination can neutralise the virus, so we hope to find that giving this treatment via injection can lead to immediate protection against the development of COVID-19 in people who have been exposed – when it would be too late to offer a vaccine,” said Dr Houlihan.
Coronavirus Cases Updates: Russia registers 29,258 COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, total tops 3 million
Russia has registered 29,258 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to over three million, the federal response centre said on Saturday.
“Over the past 24 hours, 29,258 coronavirus cases were confirmed in 85 regions, including 4,571 cases (15.6 percent) without clinical symptoms,” the centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 3,021,964, with the rate of increase at 1 per cent.
Moscow confirmed 7,480 new coronavirus cases over the given period, followed by St. Petersburg with 3,755 cases, and the Moscow region with 1,615 new cases.
Coronavirus News Updates: China reports 20 new COVID-19 mainland cases
Mainland China recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases on December 25, compared with 14 cases the previous day, the country’s health authority said on Saturday.
The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 12 of the new cases were imported. Of the eight locally transmitted cases, six came from the northeastern province of Liaoning and two from the capital Beijing.
The new Beijing cases were from its Shunyi district, which has entered a “wartime state” requiring all residents to undergo testing, the state-owned China Daily reported on Saturday.
The People’s Daily reported five people had tested positive after nucleic acid tests were carried out across Beijing’s districts of Chaoyang, Shunyi and Tianzhu on Saturday.
Tokyo sets new daily record with 949 Covid-19 cases amid holidays
The Japanese capital city of Tokyo on Saturday reported a record 949 coronavirus cases amid a surge in infections during the New Year holidays, the NHK broadcaster reported, citing the metropolitan government.
According to the media outlet, the figure surpassed the previous record of 888 cases registered on Thursday and exceeded 800 cases for the third consecutive day.
COVID-19 News Updates: Puducherry reports 33 new cases
Puducherry has reported 33 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Saturday, while 36,962 patients have recovered so far, the health department said. As per it, the total number of active cases in the Union Territory currently stood at 355.
“Puducherry reported 33 new Covid-19 cases and one death today, taking active cases to 355 and deaths to 630. A total of 36,962 patients have recovered so far,” the department said in a statement.
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Russia Tops 30 Lakh COVID-19 Infections
Russia on Saturday passed 30 lakh confirmed coronavirus infections, as authorities hold out against reimposing a national lockdown while the country is battered by a second wave.
Official figures showed that a total of 3,021,964 cases have been detected, with 54,226 deaths.
In the past 24 hours, 29,258 new infections and 567 deaths were registered in Russia, fourth on the list of hardest-hit countries worldwide.
Covid Latest News: Jagannath Temple In Puri Reopens For Local Residents
After remaining closed for nearly nine months due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was reopened for local residents on Saturday.
Puri District administration said that till December 31, locals will be allowed to enter the temple ward-wise after showing their voter card or Aadhaar card.
People from other parts of states and countries will be allowed to visit the temple from January 3 with a COVID-19 negative report, not more than four days old.
As per COVID-19 guidelines issued by Puri District administration, old persons above 65 years and children below 10 years will be not allowed to enter the temple premises.
Coronavirus Live News: Telangana Reports 317 New Cases, 536 Discharges And 2 Deaths
A total of 317 new #COVID19 cases, 536 discharges and 2 deaths were reported in Telangana yesterday, says State Health Department
Total positive cases: 2,84,391
Total recoveries: 2,76,244
Active cases: 6,618
Death toll: 1,529 pic.twitter.com/2ZSKubFwHi
– ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
Coronavirus Latest News: 8 UK Returnees Test Covid Positive In Kerala
Eight people who recently returned from the UK to Kerala, have tested positive for coronavirus and their samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for genomic analysis, PTI reported quoting Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday.
Surveillance at the four international airports in the state have been further strengthened.
Coronavirus Latest News: UK Returnee Tests COVID-19 Positive In Maharashtra’s Aurangabad
A woman, who had returned to Aurangabad in Maharashtra from the UK in the last few weeks, has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday.
The woman is among the 44 persons who arrived in the district from the UK after November 25, they said.
“Eleven of these UK returnees underwent RT-PCR test, in which the woman was found infected with COVID-19. She is asymptomatic,” Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s health officer Dr Neeta Padalkar said.
Coronavirus Live Updates: India’s Total Cases Rise To 1,01,69,118 With 22,272 New Infections
With 22,272 new #COVID19 infections, India’s total cases rise to 1,01,69,118
With 251 new deaths, toll mounts to 1,47,343 . Total active cases at 2,81,667
Total discharged cases at 97,40,108 with 22,274 new discharges in the last 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/NmkqV0UTRk
– ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Telangana Adds 317 New Cases, Death Count Rises To 1,529
Telangana reported 317 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 2.84 lakh while two fatalities pushed the death count to 1,529, the state government said on Saturday.
Over 2.76 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far.
As many as 6,618 patients are under treatment and 30,376 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, over 66.86 lakh samples have been tested.
COVID-19 Live News: 16,71,59,289 Samples Tested Till December 25, Says Indian Council Of Medical Research
Total number of samples tested up to 25th December is 16,71,59,289 including 8,53,527 samples tested yesterday: ICMR
– ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
A doctor in Boston with a shellfish allergy developed a severe allergic reaction after receiving Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing the doctor.
Dr Hossein Sadrzadeh, a geriatric oncology fellow at Boston Medical Center, said he had a severe reaction almost immediately after being vaccinated, feeling dizzy and with a racing heart.
It is the first severe reaction publicly linked to Moderna’s vaccine, which is in its first week of a nationwide rollout.
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Assam reports lowest coronavirus cases since May 23
Assam reported 61 new COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, the lowest since May 23, with the
total cases so far rising to 2,15,836 ande no deaths were reported, state Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The 61 new cases were detected out of 11,757 tests
conducted during the day with a positivity rate of 0.52 per cent, PTI reported.
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Tripura reports nine more COVID-19 cases
Nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Friday, pushing the tally
to 33,225, a Health Department official said. The death count remained at 381, PTI reported.