Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi records five deaths an hour

At least five persons died due to COVID19 every hour on an average in Delhi in the last 24 hours, accounting for the largest chunk of such fatalities across the country, which recorded an average of 21 deaths in this period. The analysis was based on the data from the Union Health Ministry which gave the total number of deaths recorded in the country and all states and UTs due to COVID19 in the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 2,663 fresh COVID-19 cases in Haryana, 28 more die

Haryana on Monday reported another big spike of 2,663 fresh novel coronavirus cases, raising the infection tally to 2,19,963 while 28 more fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 2,216. According to the state health department’s daily bulletin, of the fresh cases, the worst-affected Gurugram district reported 866 while 577 infections were from Faridabad. Gurugram and Faridabad, both of which fall in the National Capital Region (NCR), are the two districts hardest hit by the pandemic. Among other districts which reported a big spike in cases included Rewari (206), Rohtak (136), Hisar (135) and Sonipat (134). The fatalities included three each from Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar and Rohtak. The number of active cases in Haryana stands at 20,412 while the state registered a COVID-19 recovery rate of 89.71 percent.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Man leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for virus

A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The man walked in Sunday, ordered the beer and asked for the check, which came to $7.02, Nighttown owner Brendan Ring wrote on Facebook. Ring said the man wished him well and told him to share the tip with the four employees who were working brunch service. As the man walked out, Ring wrote, he looked down at the tip and realized he left a whopping $3,000. I ran after him and he said no mistake we will see you when you reopen! Ring said he would not post the customer’s name because he thinks the man wouldn’t want that. The owner said he and his serving staff were humbly grateful for this incredibly kind and grand gesture.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 376 more test positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand, tally rises to 71,632

Uttarakhand’s COVID-19 tally rose to 71,632 on Monday with 376 more people being confirmed positive for the disease. The state also reported seven coronavirus-related deaths. Deharadun district reported the highest number of 133 cases, followed by Haridwar 49, Nainital 47, Pauri 26, Chamoli 24, Pithoragarh 23, Champawat 18, Tehri 12, Udham Singh Nagar 12, Uttarkashi 12, Almora 11, Rudraprayag five and Bageshwar four, a state health department bulletin said. Seven more COVID-19 patients died in the state, raising the toll to 1,162, it said. A total of 65,530 infected people have recuperated, 642 have migrated out of the state while 4,298 are under treatment.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: WHO welcomes news on AstraZeneca vaccine, awaits trial data

The news on Astrazeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine results is “encouraging and we look forward to seeing the data as we do with other promising results of recent weeks”, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday. In a statement to Reuters, she said: “We welcome the efforts of Oxford/AZ to make the vaccine affordable and easy to store, which will be good for countries and people everywhere.” AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine could be around 90% effective, giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations. But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to the city’s native composer Gaetano Donizetti had to be streamed online from an empty theater. Festival musical director Riccardo Frizza said the autumn festival was envisioned as a life-affirming moment for the city and province, where 6,000 people died in a single month last spring. In the summer he conducted Donizett’s Requiem, performed outside the citys cemetery in tribute to the dead. You have to know that in my festival orchestra and in the chorus there are people who lost two or three family members, Frizza said. We couldnt do the festival without having done this tribute to those who arent with us anymore.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Lockdowns will slow recovery; biz resumption remains concerning, says Nomura

Lockdowns in Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh can slow the economic recovery and the outlook on business resumption remains concerning, a Japanese brokerage said on Monday. Nomura, which has built a business resumption index to gauge the recovery after the pandemic, said the index moved up by a notch for the week ended November 22 but continues to be below pre-pandemic levels. It attributed the increase to a sharp increase in the Apple driving index, which finally crossed pre-pandemic levels, and a continued pick up in Google’s retail and recreation mobility index. However, it is the localised lockdowns in various states due to an increase in COVID-19 infections which seemed to worry the analysts.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Bars in Barcelona spring back to life after 5-week coronavirus closure

Bustling waiters and the smell of coffee returned to Barcelona’s pavements on Monday as bars and restaurants in the Spanish region of Catalonia reopened in a phased easing of coronavirus restrictions. Suppliers rolled in carts with groceries and masked attendants spaced out tables on bar terraces and inside establishments as the first customers ordered their morning coffee with croissants. “The people of the neighbourhood are keen to see the bars reopen, they’ve been asking us every day and looking forward to this Monday,” restaurant owner Eduardo de Vincenzo, 68, told Reuters. Catalonia was the first Spanish region to fully close bars and restaurants amid the second COVID-19 wave in mid-October, and is the first to put them back to work as the contagion ebbed. A nighttime curfew remains in place, and tough restrictions continue in the rest of the country as well as most of Europe.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Rlys’ corporate Tejas trains suspended over occupancy amid pandemic

The railways has suspended the operations of its corporate trains run by the IRCTC from Lucknow to Delhi and Ahmedabad to Mumbai as they found few takers amidst the coronavirus pandemic following the resumption of services more than a month ago. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking (PSU) of the Ministry of Railways, had restarted the operation of its fleet of Tejas Express trains from October 17, after it was suspended due to the pandemic. According to the IRCTC, the services were resumed as the COVID situation appeared to move towards normal. “However, lately there is a surge in the number of COVID cases. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases, the Indian Railways has been advocating maintaining social distancing etc. and advising passengers to travel by trains only if it is absolutely necessary. Being aware of the COVID situation, lesser number of persons are travelling in both the Tejas express. Thus, IRCTC has temporarily halted their operations,” a statement from the rail PSU said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Britain on track for spring roll-out after Oxford vaccine results, researcher says

An ambitious timeline makes COVID-19 vaccine widely available in Britain by next spring is on track after Oxford/AstraZeneca’s candidate proved up to 90% effective in late-stage trials, the head of the university’s Jenner Institute said on Monday. “I think we are on track for the timeline… to start getting this vaccine rolled out from December,” Adrian Hill, director of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, told Reuters, adding that high-risk groups would receive shots before it was rolled out more widely to everyone in spring. “I think that could be done. It’s going to be an enormous effort… hopefully there will be vaccine available for all adults, but that’s likely to be springtime rather than in January.”

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra asks passengers from 4 states to carry COVID-19 negative test report

The Maharashtra government has issued a new circular for all passengers travelling by air, trains or roads to the state with effect from November 25. Accordingly, the state has made it mandatory for all domestic passengers travelling from airports in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to carry RT-PCR negative COVID-19 test report with them before boarding and need to show them to teams on arrival. The Airports Authority of India is requested to check for the report before allowing passengers to board flights. The test needs to be done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra.

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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 16 held in Indore for partying during night curfew

Ten men and six women were arrested in Indore in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly partying and firing a celebratory shot in the air during night curfew imposed to stem the coronavirus spread, police said on Monday. All 16 were charged under relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act and the IPC and taken into custody on Sunday night from Paradise Garden in the Dwarkapuri area, an official said. “One of the arrested persons, identified as Gaurav Puri, is a history-sheeter and we have seized a country-made pistol and some bullets from him. “He has been charged under the Arms Act as well. Music was being played loudly and guests were without face masks at the party, where social distancing was not being observed,” he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 death toll reaches 100 in Ladakh; civil society calls for week-long shutdown

The COVID-19 death toll in the Union Territory of Ladakh reached 100 as two more people died due to the infection in Leh district, thereby prompting the civil society to call for a self-imposed week-long shutdown here from Monday to contain the spread of the virus. A total of 73 people tested positive for coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the virus count in the region to 7,939, officials said on Monday. Meanwhile, the authorities assured adequate arrangements to meet the challenge posed by the spike in the cases and announced that Ladakh is expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine by February next year. Both the latest fatalities were reported from Leh on Sunday, taking the death toll in Ladakh to 100, the officials said, adding of them, 59 deaths have taken place in Leh and rest 41 in Kargil district.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Tripura reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Tripura on Monday reported 19 more COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 32,434, a Health Department official said. The state’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 366 after three more patients succumbed to the infection, he said. West Tripura district, of which state capital Agartala is a part, has accounted for 185 of the 366 COVID-19 deaths, the official said. There are 799 active cases in the state at present, while 31,246 people have recovered from the disease and 23 patients migrated to other states, the official said. Ninety patients were discharged from the GB Pant Hospital after recovery on Sunday. As many as 5,13,040 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Battling second wave of COVID-19, Pakistan to shut schools again

A little over two months after students across Pakistan returned to classes, the authorities on Monday decided to close all educational institutions again from November 26 to January 10 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed nearly 7,700 lives and infected over 3.7 lakh people in the country. The decision was taken at a meeting of Pakistan’s education ministers. Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood chaired the meeting of education ministers of all four provinces as well as representatives of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan. “It has been decided that all universities, colleges and schools will be switched to online teaching mode and all educational institutions will be closed from November 26 to December 24,” Mahmood said. “Winter vacations will be observed from December 25 to January 10. The institutions will reopen on January 11. But we will hold a review meeting to evaluate the situation in the first week of January,” he said.

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 30% attendance recorded in rural Pune as schools reopen in Maharashtra

Schools and colleges for classes IX to XII reopened in the rural areas of Pune district on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak started in March, with officials claiming student attendance was around 30 per cent. Educational institutions in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic areas continue to be shut till December 13 and November 30, respectively. Zilla Parishad Education Officer Ganpat More said there were over 1,200 schools and colleges in the district’s rural areas and some 30-35 were expected to open on Monday. “I toured some schools and found the attendance to be in the range of 30 per cent. I spoke to parents who were apprehensive about the safety of their children due to the outbreak. All these schools are adhering to COVID-19 norms. Teachers and other staff are being tested for the infection as well,” he said. More said till Saturday, over 4,700 teachers had been tested for novel coronavirus, and only 13 reports returned positive, though these too are asymptomatic.

AstraZeneca will have 200 million Covid vaccine doses by year-end: AstraZeneca will have 200 million doses of its candidate vaccine developed by the University of Oxford by the end of 2020, with 700 million doses ready globally by the end of the first quarter of 2021, operations executive Pam Cheng said on Monday.Cheng told a briefing that there would be 20 million doses in Britain by the end of the year, with 70 million doses for the UK by the end of Q1 2021.

Coronavirus in Odisha LIVE Updates: Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 3,14,629 with 668 people testing positive, while 17 more fatalities pushed the coastal state’s death toll to 1,657, reported news agency PTI citing a health department official. Odisha now has 7,106 active cases, while as many as 3,05,813 persons have so far recovered from the disease. The positivity rate stands at 5.61 percent.

Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributes masks in Bhopal & makes public wear them to raise awareness about COVID-19. 

Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 74.95 percent of the 511 case fatalities reported in the past 24 hours are concentrated in 10 states and union territories. Delhi with 121 reported deaths occupy 23.68 percent of new fatalities, it said. 

Coronavirus in Puducherry LIVE Updates: In a further dip in fresh coronavirus cases, the Union Territory of Puducherry reported just 27 additions, taking the overall infection tally to 36,718 today. The toll remained at 609 as there was no fresh death due to COVID-19 in the UT. There were 527 active cases after discharge of 57 patients in the last 24 hours ending at 10 am today, which took the cumulative recoveries to 35,582, Director of Healthand Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release. (Source: PTI)

One dosing regimen shows vaccine efficacy of 90% when AZD1222 was given as half dose, followed by full dose at least a month apart. Second dosing regimen shows 62% efficacy when given two full doses at least a month apart. Combined analysis has average efficacy of 70%: AstraZeneca

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: Eminent Indian-American physician Ajay Lodha passes away due to COVID-19 complications

Eminent Indian-American physician and community leader Ajay Lodha has passed away due to complications from COVID19. Lodha, former president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), battled COVID for the last eight months at Cleveland Clinic and breathed his last on November 21. He was 58.

Coronavirus News LIVE updates: UK seeks to reduce COVID-19 self-isolation time – health minister

The British government is looking at reducing the time people have to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone with COVID19 from the current 14 days through the use of a new testing regime, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday.

Coronavirus in Rajasthan LIVE Updates: Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19. His report came positive today. The Congress leader is the cabinet minister of medical and health, medical education, Ayurveda and DIPR in the Rajasthan government and an MLA from Kekri.

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