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Economic Times | 03 Dec, 2020 | 11.55PM IST

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Gujarat reports 1,540 new cases in the last 24 hours

With 1,540 new cases, Gujarat's coronavirus caseload rises to 2,14,309, while 13 patients succumb taking death toll to 4,031: Health Department.

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11:55 PM

Important highlights of the day:

  • 35,551 new cases take India's Covid-19 count above 95-lakh mark
  • Kerala reports 5,376 fresh Covid cases, total hotspots 473
  • Dr. Fauci says UK rushed approval of COVID vaccine
  • Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 64.43 million, death toll at 1,496,238
  • US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time
  • Delhi records 3,734 cases from over 75K tests; positivity rate slips to below 5%
  • Maharashtra reports 5,182 COVID-19 cases, tally rises
11:43 PM

Britain to compensate against severe COVID-19 vaccine side-effects

Britain on Thursday said it will add COVID-19 vaccines to an existing scheme to cover liabilities from any potential severe side-effects of the shots, a day after it became the first Western country to approve a vaccine against the illness which has created global havoc.
11:42 PM

The UK did not do it as carefully. If you go quickly and you do it superficially, people are not going to want to get vaccinated.

- Dr Anthony Fauci to Fox News

11:34 PM

Kerala reports 5,376 fresh Covid cases, total hotspots 473

11:28 PM

Italy reports record 993 COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hours

11:18 PM

35,551 new cases take India's Covid-19 count above 95-lakh mark

10:48 PM

Jharkhand reported 233 COVID-19 cases, 208 recoveries and 6 deaths today.

09:52 PM

582 fresh COVID-19 cases take Jammu and Kashmir's tally to 1,11,712

09:51 PM

West Bengal reports 3,246 new COVID-19 cases, 3,257 recoveries, and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per State Health Department

09:41 PM

120 new COVID cases in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar, tally crosses 23K

09:39 PM

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 64.43 million, death toll at 1,496,238

09:20 PM

U.S. Senate leader McConnell sees some movement toward coronavirus aid deal

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said there was some positive movement in congressional efforts to reach a compromise on a new coronavirus aid bill but he gave no hints on when such a deal might be struck.
  • The three benchmarks altogether showed a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come, in part because of the delayed effects from Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.
  • Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out.
09:04 PM

White House coronavirus adviser Fauci to meet with Biden transition team

  • White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci will meet with members of President-elect Joe Biden's team on Thursday for the first talks about how the new administration will combat the virus that has killed some 273,000 Americans.
  • Fauci, the top U.S. government infectious diseases expert, told CBS News he has spoken with incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain several times but those discussions were not substantive.
09:03 PM

US virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

  • The U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed 100,000 for the first time and new cases has begun topping 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday.
  • The three benchmarks altogether showed a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come, in part because of the delayed effects from Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans disregarded warnings to stay home and celebrate only with members of their household.
  • Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out.
08:33 PM

Delhi records 3,734 cases from over 75K tests; positivity rate slips to below 5%

08:20 PM

1,450 new coronavirus cases in MP, 13 deaths, 1,569 discharged

08:19 PM

Chief Secretary reviews preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination

Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Thursday directed officials to prepare a database of frontline health workers, police personnel and sanitation staff for administering COVID-19 vaccine on priority in the state.
08:09 PM

With 1,540 new cases, Gujarat's coronavirus caseload rises to 2,14,309, while 13 patients succumb taking death toll to 4,031: Health Department.

07:57 PM

Maharashtra reports 5,182 COVID-19 cases, tally rises

07:49 PM

Andhra Pradesh reports 664 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths and 835 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

07:34 PM

Himachal Pradesh High Court directs the state government to consider making COVID-19 test mandatory for people entering the state from outside.

07:34 PM

Karnataka records 1,446 new coronavirus cases, 894 discharges, and 13 deaths

  • Total cases: 8,89,113
  • Total recoveries: 8,52,584
  • Active cases: 24,689

Death toll: 11,821
07:28 PM

Goa adds 124 new COVID-19 cases to tally; three more die

07:11 PM

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.
07:11 PM

Scandinavian Airlines: slow return to travel despite vaccine

07:03 PM

SC seeks status report from Himachal Pradesh govt regarding treatment of COVID-19 patients in different hospitals, infrastructure & facilities available therein, after an advocate apprised it there are several issues like lack of oxygen, beds in the state. Next hearing on Dec 9

06:37 PM

Tamil Nadu reports 1416 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths and 1413 discharges today.

06:36 PM

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

  • IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization's initiative for distributing COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries.
  • The researchers said they could not be sure who was behind the campaign, which began in September, or if it was successful. But the precision targeting and careful efforts to leave no tracks bore "the potential hallmarks of nation-state tradecraft," they said in a blog post Thursday.
06:29 PM

West Bengal govt caps price of RT-PCR test in private labs at Rs 950

06:28 PM

No directive for affixing posters outside homes of COVID-19 patients, Centre tells SC

  • The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that its guidelines do not contain any instructions regarding affixing posters and signages outside the homes of COVID-19 patients and there cannot be any stigma attached to it.
  • The government said this before a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan which reserved order on a plea seeking directions to do away with the practice of pasting posters outside the homes of those infected by coronavirus.
06:13 PM

Sao Paulo state gets 1 millin doses of China candidate vaccine

  • Brazil's Butantan Institute biomedical center on Thursday received 1 million doses of a Chinese vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech that is undergoing late-stage testing by the institute in Sao Paulo state.
  • The consignment of CoronaVac vaccine, which will be packaged and labeled at Butantan's facilities, arrived at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos airport.
06:05 PM

Indonesia sees new daily record 8,369 coronavirus cases

05:57 PM

World shares mixed amid growing hopes for vaccines, stimulus

  • European shares traded lower and U.S. futures weakened Thursday after a day of gains on most Asian markets.
  • Progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help for the U.S. economy have been spurring advances on world markets.
  • Germany's DAX slipped 0.4% to 13,255 and the CAC 40 in France gave up 0.3% to 5,567.
  • In Britain, the FTSE 100 was flat at 6,467. Wall Street futures also were little changed with the contracts for the S&P 500 and Dow industrials down less than 0.1%.
  • During Asian trading, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo edged up less than 0.1% to 26,809.37, its highest close in more than 29 years.
05:40 PM

Virus infections in Russia hit new record

  • Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country's authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases -- the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day.
  • Russia's total number of COVID-19 cases - nearly 2.4 million - remains the world's fourth-highest.
05:16 PM

Promise of COVID vaccines is 'phenomenal', WHO says

  • The promise of COVID-19 vaccines is "phenomenal" and "potentially game-changing", Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization's regional director for Europe, told a briefing on Thursday.
  • Speaking from Copenhagen, he said supplies were expected to be very limited in the early stages and countries must decide who gets priority, though the WHO said there is "growing consensus" that first recipients should be older people, medical workers and people with co-morbidities.
05:12 PM

Focus on COVID-19 testing, tracing, Delhi HC tells AAP govt

  • Delhi HC Thursday directed the AAP government to "focus on testing and tracing" to deal with the COVID-19 infection numbers in the national capital, as the "fear factor" regarding the virus was "huge" in the minds of people.
  • A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad also said the time to declare results should be brought down to within 24 hours from 48 hours or more even now.
05:03 PM

Swiss Health Minister says coronavirus situation in Switzerland is very worrying

04:24 PM

Moscow to open COVID-19 vaccination centres on Saturday : Mayor

  • Moscow will open its new COVID-19 vaccination centres on Saturday and the first people to receive the shot will be teachers, doctors and social workers, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Thursday.
  • President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a large-scale voluntary vaccination programme against COVID-19 to begin next week across Russia, saying teachers and doctors should be first in line to get the flagship Sputnik V vaccine.
03:55 PM

Empty Paris hotel shelters the homeless

  • In normal times the Hotel Avenir Montmartre is a tourist magnet with its views of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur church, but COVID-19 has scared off the usual guests. Instead, the hotel has opened its doors to the homeless.
  • The hotel's management has, for a year, handed over their rooms to homeless charity Emmaus Solidarite, which is now using them to accommodate people who would otherwise be on the streets.
03:26 PM

Govt allows local carriers to operate 80% pre-COVID capacity: Agencies

ET Now reports
03:26 PM

Bihar reported 571 new COVID-19 infections on 2nd December

Total active cases in the state at 6,073.
03:25 PM

Telangana reported 609 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths and 873 recoveries on 2nd Dec.

  • Total cases in the state rise to 2,71,492 including 1,465 deaths and 2,61,028 recoveries.
  • Active cases stand at 8,999.
03:25 PM

Puducherry reported 42 new COVID-19 cases, 27 discharges & 1 death today.

Total positive cases in the Union Territory rise to 37,119 till date, including 444 active cases, 36,062 recoveries & 613 deaths: Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Puducherry
03:08 PM

PCI asks Centre to treat journalists who died due to coronavirus as 'COVID warriors'

The Press Council of India has urged the Centre to include journalists, who died due to COVID-19, in the category of 'COVID warriors' like doctors and other essential health staff, and provide them with the same benefits.
02:34 PM

Once booster dose is given, vaccine will give good amount of anti-body production & will start giving protection. This will last for many months giving protection for a significant time when numbers will be less. We need to see type of immunity vaccine gives.

- Dr Randeep Guleria

02:34 PM

In beginning, vaccine won't be available in sufficient doses to give to everyone. We need a priority list to see that we vaccinate those who've high chances of dying due to Covid. Elderly, people with comorbidities & front line workers should be vaccinated first.

- Dr Randeep Guleria

02:34 PM

Work is going on at war-footing both at centre & state level for vaccine distribution plan in terms of maintaining cold chain, having appropriate storehouses available, developing strategy, training vaccinators & availability of syringes.

- Dr Randeep Guleria, Director,AIIMS Delhi

02:33 PM

Delhi Government informs Delhi High Court that it has taken a considered view, after assessing the COVID-19 situation, not to impose night curfew in Delhi or some parts of it as of now.

02:33 PM

Delhi govt informs Delhi HC that it has collected over Rs 17 Cr as fine against over 2 lakh challans issued in respect of COVID violations.

Delhi Govt also informed HC that Delhi Police has so far collected fine of over Rs 27 cr against over 5 lakh challans issued.
02:32 PM

Now, we've seen a decline in current wave & I hope this will continue if we are able to have a good COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. We're close to having a big change related to a pandemic if we manage this behaviour for next 3 months.

- Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS Delhi

02:31 PM

Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS Delhi on vaccine impact during Chennai trial:

"Chennai trial case is an incidental finding rather than related to vaccine. When we vaccinate a large number of people, some of them may have some other disease, which may not be related to vaccine."
01:34 PM

There is good data available that the vaccines are very safe. Safety & efficacy of vaccine not compromised at all. 70,000-80,000 volunteers given vaccine, no significant serious adverse effects seen. Data shows that in the short term vaccine is safe.

- Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS Delhi

01:34 PM

In India, we now have vaccines which are in their final trial stage. Hopeful that by the end of this month or early next month we should get emergency use authorisation from Indian regulatory authorities to start giving vaccine to public.

- Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS Delhi

01:33 PM

SC reserves its order on public interest litigation against the decision of States and Union Territories to affix posters outside the homes of COVID-19 patients, divulging their identities.

01:21 PM

SC stays Gujarat high court ordering those not wearing masks to do community service in Covid centres. Says it will be a health hazard.

SC says fines will continue for not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing.
01:00 PM

Puducherry reports 42 fresh Covid cases pushing the overall tally to 37,119

One Covid related fatality took the death toll to 613.
12:58 PM

Mayor of Los Angeles orders residents to stay home in new virus curbs

  • The mayor of Los Angeles ordered residents on Wednesday to stay in their homes and banned social gatherings as part of new measures to rein in a surge in coronavirus infections.
  • His order limits nearly all social gatherings of those from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution.
12:35 PM

Biden urges Americans to avoid Christmas travel

  • US President-elect Joe Biden has urged Americans not to travel during the Christmas and New Year holidays so as to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
  • The novel coronavirus has so far infected 13,921,374 people and claimed 273,799 lives in the US -- both the numbers highest in the world.
12:08 PM

South Korea reports 540 more COVID-19 cases, 35,703 in total.

11:54 AM

Mexico reports 11,251 new COVID-19 cases in a day

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