Important highlights of the day:
- Doctor's prescription not needed for COVID-19 test in Guj now
- Maharashtra accounts for most number of active COVID-19 cases, deaths in country: Health ministry
- Record U.S. deaths prompt urgent calls for masking, stay-at-home orders
- 544 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Jammu & Kashmir
- Karnataka reports 1247 new COVID-19 cases, 877 discharges, and 13 deaths today
- Rajasthan reports 1,934 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths and 3,141 recoveries
Airlines try COVID-19 tested transatlantic flights to build confidence
KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, on Friday said it would begin offering COVID-19 tested flights to Atlanta, the latest example of a European airline adopting a testing strategy to increase passenger confidence in flying amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Vaccines do not equal zero Covid: WHO
The roll-out of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic will not, on its own, eliminate the virus, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Austria begins mass testing for COVID-19 in Vienna
With 803 new positive cases reported today, the total number of COVID19 cases in Himachal Pradesh rises to 43,500.
Maharashtra accounts for most number of active COVID-19 cases, deaths in country: Health ministry
The post COVID-19 order will be about re-learning, re-thinking and re-innovating.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Record U.S. deaths prompt urgent calls for masking, stay-at-home orders
- U.S. leaders urgently called on Americans to wear masks and threatened even more drastic stay-at-home orders after deaths from the coronavirus set a single-day record, with two people dying every minute.
- More than 213,830 new cases and 2,861 deaths were reported on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally of official data, with several experts projecting the death toll will soon surpass 3,000 per day.
West Bengal reports 3,206 new COVID-19 cases, 3,215 recoveries, and 52 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per State Health Department
FDA chief had 'robust discussion' with White House about vaccine timelines
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's chief had a "robust discussion" with the White House this week about the timeline for coronavirus vaccine approvals and believes vaccinating 20 million Americans this year is realistic, he said on Friday.
- FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined to lay out a specific timetable for approval of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech but said he hoped the regulator would make a decision this month.
544 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths in Jammu & Kashmir
- Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 544 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus and 12 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the infection count to 1,12,256 and the fatality toll to 1,730, officials said.
- Of the fresh cases, 288 are from the Jammu division and 256 from the Kashmir division, they said.
Madhya Pradesh reports 1,324 new COVID-19 cases, 1,556 discharges, and 14 deaths, according to State Health Department
Karnataka reports 1247 new COVID-19 cases, 877 discharges, and 13 deaths today
- Total cases 8,90,360
- Total discharges 8,53,461
- Death toll 11,834
- Active cases 25,046
Rajasthan reports 1,934 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths and 3,141 recoveries
- Total cases 2,76,420
- Total recoveries/discharges 2,49,713
- Death toll 2,389
Maharashtra reports 5,229 new COVID-19 cases, 6,776 discharges and 127 deaths today.
111 new COVID-19 cases reported in Chandigarh today; total cases rise to 17,828. The death toll is at 287: Union Territory Administration
Punjab reported 726 new cases, 643 discharges, and 20 deaths today
- Total cases in the State rise to 1,54,788, including 1,42,121 recoveries and 4,882 deaths.
- Active cases stand at 7,785
Tamil Nadu reported 1,391 new COVID-19 cases, 1,426 discharges, and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu
Haryana recorded 1,602 new coronavirus cases, 2,770 recoveries, and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to State Health Department
Manipur reports 155 new COVID-19 cases and 273 recoveries today, taking total cases to 25,691 including 22,445 recoveries, 295 deaths and 2,948 active cases: State Health Department
Volunteers distribute medicines to farmers who're protesting in Delhi
1,934 new coronavirus cases in Rajasthan, 19 more die
Nineteen more patients succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, pushing the death toll to 2,389, while 1,934 fresh cases raised the infection count to 2,76,420 on Friday, according to an official report.
Moderna to supply 4 mln more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Israel
US employers add a modest 245,000 jobs as virus intensifies
RT-PCR test conducted at IIT Delhi at just Rs 1200
- An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited laboratory JITM Skills Pvt. Ltd. is offering RT-PCR COVID-19 test at just Rs 1,200 at the sample collection booth in IIT Delhi.
- Currently, people have to spend Rs 2,400 for the RT-PCR test at private labs.
FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home
- U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes.
- The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and testing sites.
- However, the test will require a prescription, likely limiting its initial use.
Doctor's prescription not needed for COVID-19 test in Guj now
Uttarakhand reported 618 new COVI-19 cases, 560 recoveries, and 10 deaths today, says State Health Department
Kerala reports 5,718 fresh COVID-19 cases and 5,496 recoveries today.
The total numbers of active cases and recovered cases are 61,401 and 5,61,874 respectively
Only one new coronavirus case reported in Dharavi
Turkey's president says he'll get vaccination for COVID-19
Gucci donates $500,000 to UNICEF to help supply COVID vaccines
- Luxury brand Gucci, owned by French group Kering, will give at least $500,000 to UNICEF to help supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable people around the world, it said on Friday.
- In addition to the $500,000 donation, Gucci said it would match money raised for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) by up to $100,000
The positivity rate has become less than 5 per cent as compared to the surge since November 7 which is a sign of relief as it points to perpetual declining of the effect of the pandemic in Delhi.
- Health Minister Satyendar Jain
Nursing homes to get first COVID vaccinations in Sweden
- Around 600,000 residents of nursing homes for the elderly as well as staff and residents' relatives will be the first in Sweden to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the government said on Friday.
- Sweden has signed up to receive five of the six vaccines to be purchased through the European Union's common procurement scheme; the first, from Pfizer and BioNTech's, could be approved by the European Medicines Agency in late December.
UK drugs regulator defends fast pace of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval
Norway to use three vaccines to stop COVID-19 from early 2021
- Norway plans to use the three vaccines developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech in its first push to inoculate its population against COVID-19, the country's health minister said on Friday.
- In the first quarter of 2021, Oslo expects to receive a total of 2.5 million doses, covering 1.25 million people, pending approval of the vaccines from Europeanregulators. Norway's population is 5.4 million.
Scientists, policy makers, political leaders must work together on COVID vaccine prioritisation, distribution: Cong leader Ghulam Nabi Azad
Petition filed before Supreme Court seeking directions for immediate removal of agitating farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR keeping in view the fact that they may pose a risk to spread of COVID-19
- Om Prakash Parihar, the Advocate on Record (AOR), for the petitioner
Delhi Govt is enrolling healthcare workers for COVID-19 vaccination. Many registered nursing homes & hospitals have submitted HR data, along with many smaller unregistered clinics. Govt invites remaining healthcare facilities to submit names of the healthcare workers: Delhi Govt
Bulgaria prepares for COVID-19 vaccines as death rates spike
The first South Africa v/s England ODI postponed after a South Africa player tested positive for COVID-19: ICC
TAC report suggests second COVID wave to emerge in Karnataka in Jan-Feb: Dr Sudhakar K
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr Sudhakar K on Friday said that the technical advisory committee (TAC) report on COVID suggested that the second wave of Coronavirus infection may emerge in January or February.
India's COVID-19 active caseload further dips to 4.35 per cent of total coronavirus infections reported so far: Union health ministry
University Grants Commission grants six month extension for submission of thesis to MPhil and Phd students in wake of prolonged closure of universities due to COVID-19
Delhi govt tells healthcare facilities to submit HCWs data for COVID vaccination
- The Delhi government has begun the process of enrolment of healthcare workers of different hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities for COVID-19 vaccination.
- For uploading data a link has been provided on the website of the Delhi State Health Mission, according to a public notice published in a national daily.
Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making COVID vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest & safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India
- Narendra Modi
Department of Biotechnology has set up a vaccine expert committee which meets every 2 weeks. It gives scientific inputs on meeting the regulatory requirements: Renu Swarup, secretary of the department
The economy has recovered much faster than anticipated, details will be shared in the financial stability report which is due in the last week of December
- RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
COVID-19 vaccination drive to cover those above 50 years
The final contours of the Covid-19 vaccination programme are taking shape. After healthcare and frontline workers such as police, armed forces and municipal workers, the third category to be vaccinated is likely to be people over the age of 50, followed by those who are below 50 but suffer from co-morbidities.
Twelve expert committees have given report to the government regarding second wave of COVID-19 between January & February. They've also given suggestions including to avoid congregations and increase testing numbers: Dr K Sudhakar, Karnataka Health & Medical Education Minister
I appeal to leaders of all political parties to send your suggestions in writing. I assure you that they will be considered seriously
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The economy has recovered much faster than anticipated, details will be shared in the financial stability report which is due in the last week of December: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on being asked about COVID19 impact on the financial system.
Twelve expert committees have given report to the government regarding second wave of COVID19 between January & February. They've also given suggestions including to avoid congregations and increase testing numbers.
- Dr K Sudhakar, Karnataka Health & Medical Education Minister
French Finance Minister says will get a COVID-19 vaccine the moment it is possible
Teams of Central & State govts are working together for vaccine distribution. India has the expertise & capacity in vaccine distribution & fare better compared to other nations. We've a very big & experienced network in the field of vaccination. We will fully exploit it.
- PM Modi
Centre is in talks with State governments over the price of vaccine and decision regarding it will be taken keeping public health as topmost priority: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Our scientists are very confident of succeeding in their endeavour of making COVID vaccine. The world is keeping a watch on the cheapest & safe vaccine. That is why the world is watching India: PM Narendra Modi
Experts believe that COVID vaccine will be ready in the next few weeks. As soon as scientists give a green signal, vaccination will start in India. Healthcare, frontline workers & elderly person suffering from serious diseases will be given priority in vaccination: PM Modi
Despite being the single largest party of Bihar, RJD has not been invited for the all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation. It shows that the meeting is just show-off: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses all-party meeting called by him to discuss the COVID-19 situation, through video conferencing.