Experts are hopeful a vaccine for coronavirus is likely to be ready within the next few weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last evening, adding that three different vaccine candidates are in different stages of trials.
Earlier this week, the United Kingdom became the first western country to clear the Pfizer vaccine. However, the US pharma firm had not applied for trials in India, sources had said.
“India is one of the few countries where the testing and recovery rates are very high and the mortality rate is very low. Compared to developed countries, India has fought against COVID much better and has managed to save a lot of lives,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi’s remarks came after an all-party meeting on Friday on Covid, second since the beginning of the pandemic.
Tracing, testing and isolation of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms helped the country in bringing down the number of active cases, the government said this morning.
India has recorded over 95 lakh cases and 1.39 lakh deaths linked to the deadly virus since the first case was reported on January 30 from Kerala.
Here are the LIVE updates on India Coronavirus Cases:
Rajasthan reports 2076 new #COVID19 cases, 3198 recoveries and 20 deaths today.
Total cases 2,78,496
Total recoveries 2,52,911
Death toll 2409
Active cases 23,176 pic.twitter.com/UOPJwfGbOL
– ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2020
Andhra Pradesh reported 630 new COVID cases, 882 recoveries and 4 deaths today, according to ANI. With this, the total caseload is at 8,71,305, while total recoveries stands at 8,58,115. There were 7,024 number of deaths and 6,166 active cases.
43 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, pushing the number of active cases here to 502, PTI reported.
The official said 49 more patients have recovered, taking the total number of recoveries in the district to 6,583.
Jammu and Kashmir reported 501 new COVID cases, 469 recoveries and 12 deaths today, according to ANI. The total number of cases stood at 1,12,757, while there were 1,06,006 total recoveries. There were 1,742 number of deaths and 5,009 active cases.
Nearly 100 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus in a special drive in Ahmedabad in the last four days, PTI reported quoting a senior officer on Saturday.
Among the infected police personnel, two constables have been hospitalized, while others are in home isolation, senior police officer Ajay Chaudhary said.
“We started a drive from Tuesday (December 1) to test all 14,000 police personnel in Ahmedabad. Nearly, 1,000 police personnel are being tested every day. About 100 personnel have tested positive for the virus so far,” Mr Chaudhary said, adding that this is the second drive to test the police personnel in the city.
Ahmedabad district’s COVID caseload stood at 51,392 on December 4, while the number of deaths went up to 2,100, the health department said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday directed officials to increase storage capacity for coronavirus vaccines, when they become available, PTI reported.
At a meeting at his official residence, he directed officials to increase the cold storage capacity to 2.3 lakh litres by December 15, according to an official statement.
He also said that cold chain facilities would be arranged at each districts and divisions.
“All security arrangements should be made to ensure its availability. The safety of the vaccine storage spots should be ensured in the same manner as that of the electronic voting machines,” the chief minister said.
No new #COVID19 cases reported in Mizoram over the last 24 hours, while 16 patients recovered in the state. Total cases stand at 3,913, out of which 201 are active patients. 3,706 people have been discharged so far. No death reported in the state till date: Government of Mizoram pic.twitter.com/lpO9rjhLa7
– ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2020
Mumbai’s coronavirus test positivity rate has fallen to five per cent for the first time since March, PTI reported quoting municipal commissioner IS Chahal.
When the virus outbreak began, this rate was 35 to 36 per cent, he said.
“COVID test positivity for the last ten days looks promising but we should not be complacent and should not lower our guard,” the commissioner warned.
On December 4, as many as 16,394 tests were conducted in the city, of which 825 or 5.03 per cent came out positive, he said.
The test positivity rate was 6.69 per cent on November 25, the commissioner noted.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that a COVID vaccine could be ready within weeks, Delhi and Hyderabad airports’ air cargo services are all set to play a pivotal role in its distribution, PTI reported.
According to the Delhi airport, it has two cargo terminals with world-class infrastructure that provides a GDP (Good Distribution Practice)-certified temperature-controlled facility for handling temperature-sensitive cargo. The airport facility has state-of-the-art temperature-controlled zones with separate cool chambers too.
Meanwhile, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), located at the centre of one of the vaccine production regions in the country, is also a key stakeholder in the global vaccine logistics with facilities such as modern temperature-sensitive pharma and vaccine storage and processing zones.
573 fresh COVID cases were reported in Bihar, taking the total count of active cases in the state to 6,145, ANI reported quoting health department.
A petition has been moved in Supreme Court, seeking directions for refund of the exorbitant amount charged for RT-PCR Covid test by private labs and hospitals, and fix it to Rs 400, news agency ANI has reported
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij, who had participated in the trial of Covid vaccine recently, has tested positive for coronavirus, he tweeted this morning. Read here
I have been tested Corona positive. I am admitted in Civil Hospital Ambala Cantt. All those who have come in close contact to me are advised to get themselves tested for corona.
– ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) December 5, 2020
In Delhi, the coronavirus situation has started to see considerable improvement. There were 28,252 active COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The national capital has reported 5,48,376 recoveries and 9,497 death till Saturday morning, said the Union Health Ministry.
Last time, the single-day spike in cases passed 50,000-mark was on November 7, according to the official data.
While Maharashtra logged 5,229 fresh infections in a day, Kerala recorded 5,718 new cases in the last 24 hours, the government data shows. These two states recorded the most number of cases in a day.
36,652 fresh COVID-19 cases in India, marginally higher than yesterday; 96.08 lakh total cases, 1,39,700 deaths” itemprop=”description
India Coronavirus Updates: States That Have Logged Highest Number Of Cases
With over 18 lakh cases, Maharashtra has logged the highest number of Covid infections so far, followed by Karnataka (over 8.8 lakh cases), Andhra Pradesh (8.7 lakh cases), Tamil Nadu (over 7.8 lakh cases) and Kerala (6.2 lakh cases).
US Sees New Record In Single-Day Spike In Covid Cases
The United States on Friday saw a new record in rise in Covid cases in a single-day with over 225,000 new infections in an hour, news agency AFP reported, quoting the Johns Hopkins University. The US is the country with the most number of Covid cases in the world (1.41 crore), followed by India (95.71 lakh).
The Delhi High Court on Fridayt asked the AAP government to re-look its decision prohibiting the operation of spas in the national capital.
The query was posed to the Delhi government by Justice Navin Chawla who said prima facie there is a merit in the submission of the spa owners that if salons are allowed to operate, then they too should be permitted to function.
Researchers of Jamia Millia Islamia’s (JMI’s) Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a solar-powered disinfection system to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or similar diseases in large gathering, public and remote places. This disinfectant can be self-generated using solar energy and tap water.
“The disinfection system is mainly intended for remote or public places such as, banks, malls, hospitals, marriage halls, party halls, airports, universities, schools, temples, colleges and etc, where the transportation of chemicals and electricity availability for disinfection is scarce, thereby self-generating the mixture with available tap water using the solar energy,” a JMI statement read. Read