Important highlights of today:
- India's active cases stand at 4,35,603, much below the 5-lakh mark
- Gujarat government slashes RT-PCR test price to Rs 800
- UP slashes RT-PCR test fees for private labs
- Karnataka reports 1,330 new COVID-19 cases, 886 recoveries, and 14 deaths, according to the State Health Department
- Maharashtra sees 4,930 new COVID-19 cases, 6,290 recoveries; 95 die
Assam reported 222 COVID-19 cases and 135 discharges today, says Govt of Assam
India's active cases stand at 4,35,603, much below the 5-lakh mark
COVID: 14 more deaths, 630 new cases in Punjab
Ladakh records one more COVID-related death, 12 new cases
Airlines would receive $17 bln in new COVID-19 relief proposal -senator
- U.S. airlines would receive $17 billion for four months of payroll support under a new $908 billion bipartisan Senate COVID-19 relief proposal, a spokeswoman for Senator Mark Warner said Tuesday.
- Warner's office said the proposal would also include $15 billion for transit systems, $4 billion for airports, $8 billion for buses and $1 billion for passenger railroad Amtrak.
- The proposal, which does not yet have support of the White House or Congressional leaders, sets aside $45 billion for the U.S. transportation sector.
Gujarat government slashes RT-PCR test price to Rs 800
- The Gujarat government on Tuesday reduced the price of RT-PCR tests conducted by private laboratories for COVID-19 to Rs 800 from Rs 1,500.
- Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters here that since the prices of test kits have come down, the state government decided to pass on this benefit to people.
Ahmedabad records 332 new COVID-19 cases; 10 more deaths
Active COVID-19 cases shrink to 4.6% of total positive cases; cumulative positivity rate 6.69%
- Active cases of COVID-19 in India remained below the five-lakh mark with its share in the total coronavirus infection reported so far further shrinking to 4.6 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.
- More than 14.13 crore tests for the detection of coronavirus infection have been conducted so far, while the cumulative positivity rate has declined from 7.15 per cent on November 11 to 6.69 per cent on December 1, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday.
Italy reports 19,350 new coronavirus cases, 785 deaths
Delhi reports 4,006 new COVID-19 cases, 5,036 recoveries, and 86 deaths, as per Delhi Health Department
Virus hampers US manufacturing growth in November: survey
- The US manufacturing sector continued to grow in November but the coronavirus pandemic was still exacting a toll, particularly on employment, a survey said Tuesday.
- The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) manufacturing index was at 57.5 percent last month, slightly worse than expected but still above the 50-percent threshold indicating growth.
Mumbai: 724 COVID-19 cases; daily deaths fall to single-digit
If we're able to vaccinate critical mass of people & break virus transmission, then we may not have to vaccinate the entire population
- ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava
After 4.2 million COVID-19 cases in November, U.S. pins hope on vaccine
- The United States entered the final month of the year with expectations that promising vaccine candidates will soon be approved to halt the rapidly spreading coronavirus after 4.2 million new cases were reported in November.
- The new COVID-19 cases were more than double the previous monthly record set in October, as large numbers of Americans still refuse to wear masks and continue to gather in holiday crowds, against the recommendations of experts.
Manipur reported 198 new COVID-19 cases, 152 recoveries & 8 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 25,243 including 21,718 recoveries, 289 deaths and 3,236 active cases. Recovery rate is 86.03 %: State Health Department, Govt of Manipur
Karnataka reports 1,330 new COVID-19 cases, 886 recoveries, and 14 deaths, according to the State Health Department
COVID will help Asia advance economically on Europe, says Merkel
The coronavirus pandemic will further shift the global balance of power in Asia's favour, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, as the health minister said he expected Germany to start rolling out vaccinations by January.
Tamil Nadu reported 1,404 new COVID-19 cases, 1,411 discharges, and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu
Madhya Pradesh's Covid tally:
Maharashtra sees 4,930 new COVID-19 cases, 6,290 recoveries; 95 die
Health ministry asks states to form expert groups to determine COVID-19 test rates
In response to a question posed at a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said deciding the rates of the tests does not come under the purview if the Centre and is a state matter.
Andhra Pradesh reports 685 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of cases in the State to 8,68,749.
There are 7,427 active cases in the State and 8,54,326 people have recovered so far.
Kerala reported 5,375 new COVID-19 cases, 6,151 recovered cases & 26 deaths today. There are 61,092 active cases, 5, 44,864 recoveries & 2,270 deaths in the state till date: Govt of Kerala
Uttarakhand reported 473 new COVID-19 cases, 538 recoveries, and 7 deaths today, says State Health Department
Rajasthan reports 2,347 new COVID-19 cases
Himachal Pradesh govt decides not to hold winter assembly session in December
Sweden registers 17,629 new COVID-19 cases since Friday
Dr.Reddy's,RDIF commence clinical trials for Sputnik V vaccine in India
Russia tries to import COVID-19 drugs as deaths hit high
- Russia is trying to import foreign-made drugs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic due to a shortage of products at home as authorities reported a record 569 new daily deaths from the coronavirus.
- Russia has several vaccines against the virus in the works and produces some drugs domestically, including Coronavir and Avifavir, both of which are based on favipiravir, which was developed in Japan and is widely used there as the basis for treatment.
Oil majors wipe $80 bln off books as epidemic, energy transition bite
- Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, announced on Monday it would write down the value of natural gas properties by $17 billion to $20 billion, its biggest ever impairment following the sharp drop in energy prices this year.
- It follows similar steps by rivals including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron since late 2019.
- The so-called oil majors are "acknowledging overly optimistic commodity price views of yesteryear," said Bernstein analyst Oswald Clint.
Daimler awards 1,000 euro 'corona bonus" to German employees
German carmaker Daimler on Tuesday said it will pay German employees a 1,000 euros "corona bonus" to help compensate for personal and economic burdens such as having to wear a mask and working from home.
On average 10,55,386 COVID-19 tests conducted daily and 43,152 new cases reported daily on average in November.
- Health Ministry
Malaysia reports 1,472 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
Europe's medical agency eyes safety of 2 COVID-19 vaccines
- The European Medicines Agency said it would convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved.
- The agency also said Tuesday it could decide as early as Jan. 12 whether to approve an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna Inc.
Japan's COVID-19 cases top 150,000
Euro zone factories lagging Asia's recovery from COVID-19 crisis
- Euro zone factory growth cooled last month as renewed coronavirus lockdown measures hurt demand, leaving the bloc lagging many Asian peers who recovered further from the COVID-19 crisis, surveys showed on Tuesday.
- Germany was the euro zone's powerhouse, while in Asia Chinese factory activity accelerated at the fastest pace in a decade, energizing regional growth and a sign the world's second-largest economy is rebounding to pre-pandemic levels.
- The outlook for the global economy is improving despite a second wave of coronavirus as vaccines emerge and a China-led recovery takes hold, the OECD said on Tuesday.
- But a global resurgence in coronavirus infections has made the outlook highly uncertain, keeping governments and central banks under pressure to maintain or ramp up their massive stimulus programmes.
Moderna files for European authorization of COVID-19 vaccine candidate
Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble deferred till next year amid spike in COVID cases
- Singapore and Hong Kong have deferred the launch of their planned air travel bubble till next year, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Special Administrative Region of China.
- In a statement on Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said the travel bubble will be deferred beyond December and the exact start date will be reviewed late this month.
- The CASS has called on passengers on planned flights to contact their airlines regarding changes to travel plans.
Delhi recorded 3,726 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest in 15 days, while the daily death toll crossed the 100-mark again and stood at 108.
In November 2020, the number of recoveries have been more than the number of new Covid-19 cases: Health Secretary
Over 14.13 crore COVID-19 tests conducted so far; cumulative positivity rate declines from 7.15 pc on Nov 11 to 6.69 pc on Dec 1: Govt
BioNTech, Pfizer ask Europe to OK vaccine for emergency use
- The German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their coronavirus vaccine with the European Medicines Agency.
- The two companies said Tuesday that the submission, which occurred Monday, completes the rolling review process they initiated with the agency on Oct. 6.
- The move comes a day after rival Moderna said it was asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine.
- BioNTech said if the vaccine, currently named BNT162b2, is approved, its use in Europe could begin before the end of 2020.
Positivity rate should decelerate in next two weeks: Jain
- The COVID-19 positivity rate in the national capital has fallen by a margin of nearly 55% since early November and it should reduce further in the next two weeks, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday.
- Interacting with reporters, he also said the labs taking samples are being operated at their full capacity, hence there are some delays in test outcomes and this matter was being taken up with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Telangana reports 503 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 63.06 million, death toll at 1,466,811
- More than 63.06 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,466,811 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
- Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
German labour market remains resilient despite partial lockdown
- German unemployment fell further in November despite a partial lockdown to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Tuesday.
- The labour office said the number of people out of work decreased by 39,000 in seasonally adjusted terms to 2.817 million. A Reuters poll had forecast a rise of 8,000.
Mexico in ''bad shape'' with coronavirus pandemic: WHO chief
- The head of the World Health Organisation said that "Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic and urged its leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens.
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's comments came Monday as Mexico's death toll rose to 105,940 - the fourth highest in the world - with 1,113,543 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.
Puducherry reported 53 new COVID-19 cases, 72 discharges & 1 death today
Pakistan's coronavirus tally crosses 400,000-mark
- Pakistan's COVID-19 tally crossed the 400,000-mark on Tuesday as a second wave of the coronavirus builds momentum and officials struggle to counter public indifference to the pandemic.
- The death toll rose to 8,091 with 67 more people succumbing to the deadly viral infection overnight, the health ministry said. With the detection of 2,458 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the nationwide tally now stands at 400,482.
I spoke to the PM about COVID-19 situation & particulars of vaccination. I also spoke about a possible sensitisation drive to encourage the youth to forego inoculation for those who are more in need, should a viable vaccination be released: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Corona notices make patients 'untouchables' for others: SC
- Even as the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that Covid-19 notices pasted outside residences of patients lead to their considerations as "untouchables" by others, the Centre washed its hands off the matter by saying states may have decided to do so.
- A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices RS Reddy and MR Shah said that the ground reality is such that once such notices are pasted outside Covid-19 patients' houses, others began to treat them as untouchables.
- Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, submitted that the Union government has not given any directions to paste Covid warning notices outside infected persons' houses. "The states may have decided to do it," Mehta said.
- He contended that this may have been done to warn strangers to the areas concerned about Covid-19 patients and not to interact with him or her without adequate protection.
- The top court was hearing a plea against the decision of state governments and Union Territories to affix posters/notices outside residences of Covid-19 patients, who are required to stay in home isolation.
F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton test positive for Covid-19
World champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, Formula One's governing body FIA announced on Tuesday.
The daily recoveries exceeding new cases has ensured a total net reduction of the active caseload. A net decline of 11,349 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in last 24 hours. Recovery rate is 93.94%: Government of India
India’s active cases today stand at 4,35,603, much below the 5-lakh mark. The share of active cases in the total positive cases has further shrunk to 4.60%: Government of India
Nasty Nov: 1/3rd of total Covid cases added to Delhi's tally
- November has turned out to be the most precarious month for the national capital in managing the rage of Covid-19 pandemic. The month recorded an unprecedented number of cases and fatalities since the pandemic struck.
- In November alone, the capital city reported 32.2 per cent rise in the Covid tally, adding 1,83,665 infections, while the fatalities rose by 29 per cent with the addition of 2,663 deaths.
- The month ended with an infection tally of 5,70,374 cases while the death toll rose to 9,174. The whole month struggled with the third surge of the viral infection which seems to be settling down given the infection rate has been oscillating between 7 and 9 per cent since last one week.
- This rate has been over 11 per cent, as it even crossed 15 per cent within some days.
Italy reports drop in active Covid-19 cases
- Active coronavirus infections in Italy has decreased by 7,300 on a daily average, as the incumbent restrictions in the country have led to the slowing down of the second wave of the pandemic, according to health officials.
- On Monday, the country reported 16,377 new cases, taking the overall infection tally to 1,601,554, Xinhua news agency quoted the Health Ministry as saying. However, active coronavirus infections were 788,471 on Monday, down from 795,771 on Sunday, the latest statistics revealed.
The positivity rate is gradually declining. The rate of RT-PCR test has also been decreased from Rs 2400 to Rs 800 while home sampling will cost Rs 1200. Central govt. allotted labs are taking more than 24 hrs in providing reports: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain
UK Covid-19 situation 'back under control' after 2nd lockdown
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the coronavirus situation is "back under control" as the month-long lockdown in England, the second of its kind since the onset of the pandemic, is due to end on Wednesday.
COVID-19 drives 40% spike in number of people needing humanitarian aid, U.N. says
The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian assistance around the globe, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as it appealed for roughly $35 billion to help many of those expected to be in need next year.