Coronavirus news highlights: Kerala reports 6,169 fresh Covid cases; Tamil Nadu sees 1,066

India records 23,950 new Covid-19 cases, 26,895 recoveries, and 333 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry. Two returnees from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru on Tuesday and their samples are undergoing genomic testing to determine if they have contracted a new variant of the virus. Earlier, six passengers travelling on Air India's London-Delhi flight tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Delhi as several countries around the world banned flights and travellers from Britain. Meanwhile, Karnataka has imposed night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am starting today, till January 2. Stay tuned to DH for latest updates.
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  • 22:25

    Karnataka reported 958 new Covid-19 cases, 1,206 discharges and 9 deaths today.

    Total cases: 9,12,340

    Total discharges: 8,86,547

    Death toll: 12,038

    Active cases: 13,736

  • 19:48

    Kerala reported 6,169 new Covid-19 cases today. The number of active cases now at 62,802 and so far 6,55,644 patients have recovered from the disease: Govt of Kerala

  • 19:47

    Tamil Nadu reported 1,066 new Covid-19 cases, 1,131 discharges, and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours: State Health Department, Govt of Tamil Nadu

    Total positive cases: 8,10,080

    Total discharges: 7,88,742

    Death toll: 12,024

    Active cases: 9,314

    A female passenger stands in a carriage of a train from the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) which resumed service, following a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, inChennaion December 23, 2020. Credit: AFP Photo

  • 19:45

    Delhi reports 871 new Covid-19 cases, 1,585 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health Department

    Total cases: 6,19,618

    Total recoveries: 6,01,268

    Death toll: 10,347

    Active cases: 8,003

  • 17:29

    Six passengers have tested positive for Covid-19 today. Around 50 passengers have been advised for institutional quarantine: Delhi Airport

  • 17:21

    745 passengers quarantined after landing in Mumbai in two days

    As many as 1,688 passengers arrived at the Mumbai international airport from the UK and other countries since Monday midnight and 745 of them were quarantined in the city, a civic official said on Wednesday.

    In the wake of detection of a new variant ofcoronavirusin the UK, a new Standard Operating Procedure has been issued for dealing with passengers arriving from Europe and the Middle-East.

    It could not be ascertained if any of these 745 passengers were found to have Covid-19 symptoms.

    Around 2,000 passengers were expected to land at the Mumbai airport in the last two days, but only 1,688 had landed as of Wednesday afternoon, said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

    PTI

  • 17:20

    Rules to stop coronavirus variant stoke chaos at Indian airports

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  • 14:53

    Tamil Nadu government allows 'Jallikattu,' says events must follow norms to keep Covid-19 at bay

    Spectators shall be subjected to thermal scanning before entry into the open spaces earmarked for the events and they must follow requisite social distancing and wear masks, the government said in an official release.

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  • 14:11

    New strain of coronavirus may be present in Karnataka already: Experts

    Scientists said that there could be a chance that a new mutated variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus which is sweeping through the South of Britain has already made its way into Karnataka through airline passengers.

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  • 13:13

    Between December 23 and January 2, no function or festive celebration will be allowed to take place after 10 pm. It applies to every kind of celebration: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

  • 13:01

    Antarctica has recorded its first Covid-19 case after 36 people tested positive on a research base

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  • 12:52

    Karnataka government imposes night curfew (between 10 pm & 6 am) in the state, starting today; the curfew to remain in place till January 2: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

  • 12:51

    Poet Sugathakumari passes away due to Covid-19

    She was under treatment at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital over the last few days. She was suffering from respiratory problems and kidney ailments. Her condition worsened by Tuesday after she suffered a heart attack and was under ventilator support.

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  • 12:48

    Elephant Santas spread coronavirus awareness among Thai children

    Christmas and Thailand's love of elephants combined Wednesday when four of the giant creatures dressed as Santa turned up at a school just outside Bangkok, complete with huge coronavirus masks.

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  • 12:29

    Active Covid-19 caseload of India stands at 2,89,240. The share of active cases in the total positive cases has further shrunk to 2.86%. 26 states/UTs have less than 10,000 active cases: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

  • 12:27

    EU eases UK travel restrictions amid discovery of new Covid-19 strain; Germany, South Africa extend travel ban

    Meanwhile, in the United States, President Donald Trump rejected a massive Covid economic relief package passed by Congress, branding it "a disgrace" as millions of Americans are suffering fallout from the pandemic.

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  • 12:23
  • 12:02

    Covid-19 positivity rate has fallen below 1 percent in Delhi. Over 80,000 tests are being conducted every day: Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain.

  • 10:09

    India likely to approve AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine by next week

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  • 10:08

    Trump threatens to not sign Covid-19 bill, wants bigger stimulus checks

    USPresident Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday not to sign a $892-billion coronavirus relief bill that includes desperately needed money for individual Americans, saying it should be amended to increase the amount in the stimulus checks.

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  • 09:34

    India records 23,950 new Covid-19 cases, 26,895 recoveries, and 333 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.

  • 09:21

    Pulse oximeter devices have higher error rate in Black patients

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  • 09:21

    A total of 16,42,68,721 samples tested for Covid-19 up to December 22. Of these, 10,98,164 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • 08:38

    Pfizer nears deal with US government for additional Covid-19 vaccine doses

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  • 08:36

    New coronavirus strain: What we know so far

    A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, recently emerged in the UK, sowing panicaround the world. Many countries, including India, have cut off air links to the UK as a result. The new variant is up to 70% more transmissible thanthe original SARS-CoV-2 strains, making it more fearsome.But a lot more needs to be understood about it.

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  • 08:36

    Two UK returnees test positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru

    Two returnees from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19 in the city on Tuesday. Their samples areundergoing genomic testing to determine if they have contracted a new variant of thevirus.

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  • 08:29

    AstraZeneca says its vaccine should be effective against new coronavirus variant

    British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc told Reuters on Tuesday its Covid-19 vaccine should be effective against the new coronavirus variant, adding that studies were under way to fully probe the impact of the mutation.

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  • 08:15
  • 08:15

    Can travel bans curb the spread of new coronavirus strain? Experts skeptical

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  • 08:14

    Joe Biden says he will push Congress for another Covid-19 relief bill

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  • 07:58
  • 07:20

    24/7 Covid-19 testing facility launched at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport

    A round-the-clock Covid-19 testing facility has been launched at the Kempegowda International Airport. Located near the arrival area of the terminal, the RT-PCR testing centre is managed and operated by Bengaluru-based Auriga Research Private Limited.

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  • 07:19

    France set to ease UK travel ban over new coronavirus strain

    EU nationals and residents of EU countries will be allowed to enter from Wednesday providing they can show a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours old.

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  • 07:19

    US will not impose Covid-19 screenings for flights from Britain

    The US government does not intend to impose Covid-19 screenings for passengers travelling from Britain after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant there, people briefed on the decision said.

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  • 07:18

    BBMP commissioner tests positive for Covid-19

    Sources said Prasad reported slight breathing difficulty on Monday and gave the sample for the RT-PCR test. “Today (Tuesday), the results confirmed the infection with mild fever and (I’m) currently in isolation at Mallige Hospital,” Prasad said.

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