Coronavirus live updates: Maharashtra may cut Delhi flights

As religious places across Maharashtra gear up to reopen from today, Mumbai reported 574 new COVID-19 cases, 586 discharges and 15 deaths on Sunday, taking the total cases to 2,69,704, including 2,45,245 discharges and 10,570 deaths. The number of active cases at present stand at 9,956.As many as 2,544 new cases of coronavirus were registered in Maharashtra on Sunday, taking the tally of total positive cases in the state to 17,47,242, according to the state health department. Also, 60 patients died due to COVID-19, taking the total fatalities in the state to 45,974.

New Delhi: The number of new coronavirus infections in India has jumped 18% recorded with 45,576 recorded in the past 24 hours, according to government data. That takes the overall figure to 89,58,483 since the outbreak in January
The Saudi Arabian government has committed more than $500 million to funding efforts to develop and produce a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus disease, the country’s health minister, Tawfig Al Rabiah, said ahead of the G20 Summit on Friday.

The Covin App developed by the Centre will be a key part of India’s vaccine rollout as it will streamline data on Covid-19 vaccine procurement, distribution, circulation, cold storage and dose schedules besides also notifying the first set of vaccine recipients when their shots have been scheduled. The app will enable health authorities right down to the grass roots level to upload and access data on a real time basis and provide updates to those on the priority list — in the first instance health workers — on when their shots are scheduled and who will administer them.
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There are 4,65,478 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprise 5.26 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
The total number of recoveries has surged to 82,49,579, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.27 per cent. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.47 per cent.
Meanwhile, Delhi will not be put under another lockdown in the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 since it has already peaked out, state Health Minister Satyendar Jain said today, dismissing all speculation.
“There is no chance of a lockdown,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain said today. “I can tell you today that the peak of Delhi’s third wave is gone,” Mr Jain said. When asked about markets being shut down, he said, “It has not even been considered. The festival is over, the crowds will get thinner now on.”
However, he said people ought to be cautious and wear masks. “The lockdown was a learning exercise…What we learnt was that the gains from a lockdown were the same as those from wearing masks.”
Delhi on Sunday recorded 3,235 new COVID-19 cases and 95 deaths due to coronavirus, state government data shows.
Belgium-headquartered global pharmaceutical company Janssen began a major new clinical trial of its potential vaccine against COVID-19 in the UK from Monday, which will involve 6,000 volunteers across the country.
Recruitment into the Phase 3 study will complete in March 2021 and the trial will last for 12 months. It marks the third potential vaccine to enter clinical trials in the UK, alongside US biotech company Novavax and University of Oxford/ AstraZeneca, whose studies remain ongoing.
“The start of further clinical trials in the UK is yet another step forward in the race to discover a safe and effective vaccine, and comes alongside recent news that we could be on the cusp of the first major breakthrough since the pandemic began,” said UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma.
“While we are optimistic with the progress being made, there are no guarantees and it is possible there will be no one-size-fits-all vaccine. That is why it is absolutely vital that while our scientists are cracking on with the job, we continue to follow the guidance to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives,” he said.
The UK volunteers will take part in the trial at 17 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) sites, including in Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, London Leicester, Sheffield, Manchester, Dundee and Belfast, according to the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The number of non-COVID-19 ICU beds at several leading hospitals here is shrinking fast, parallelly to the surge in the number of coronavirus cases, according to official data.
The rise in COVID-19 cases has happened at a time when approaching winter and deteriorating air quality in the city has led to complications in people with respiratory illnesses.
The online “Corona Dashboard” of the Delhi government showed that around 4 pm, out of 1,588 non-COVID-19 ICU beds, only 422 were vacant.
At Max hospital, Patparganj; Batra hospital; Fortis hospital, Shalimar Bagh; and Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, all non-COVID-19 ICU beds were occupied, as per the data.
Their numbers were fast reducing in government facilities too, including AIIMS where out of 86 such beds, only 19 were vacant.
At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (39 out of 108 such beds); Apollo Hospital (11 out of 81); BLK Hospital (36 out of 94); Max hospital, East-West Block (7 out of 32); BSA Hospital (2 out of 12); DDU Hospital (8 out of 43), were empty, according to the data at 4 pm.
Tripura reported 17 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, pushing the state’s tally to 31,962, a health department official said.
The death count mounted to 361 after two more patients succumbed to the virus, he said.
West Tripura district, comprising state capital Agartala, has alone accounted for 185 COVID-19 fatalities.
The state now has 1,046 active cases, while 30,532 people have so far recovered and 23 patients migrated, the official said.
As many as 4,94,630 samples have been tested for coronavirus in Tripura, he added.
Russia has registered a new single-day record of 22,778 COVID-19 cases, up from 22,572 yesterday, bringing the total to 1,948,603, the federal response center said on Monday. The previous record of 22,702 COVID-19 cases was registered on Saturday.
Moscow reported 6,360 COVID-19 cases, up from 6,271 yesterday. The capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 2,039 cases (up from 1,944 yesterday) and the Moscow region with 810 cases (down from 812 yesterday).
Twenty one people died due to COVID-19 across Uttar Pradesh on Monday as 1,573 new cases took the state’s infection tally to 5,12,850. “The state presently has 22,603 active cases and the number of those who recovered from the infection is 4,82,854,” a health bulletin issued said.

So far, 7,393 people have succumbed to the infection it said. On Sunday, 73,161 samples were tested while the total samples tested till date are over 1.71 crore. Among the 21 deaths, three were reported from Meerut, while one each was reported from Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar among other cities.
For the second time this month, there’s promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the US and around the world.
Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the US.
Dr Stephen Hoge, Moderna’s president, welcomed the really important milestone but said having similar results from two different companies is what’s most reassuring.
The highly positive readout comes just a week after a similar shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was found to be more than 90% effective in an interim analysis. Both shots rely on a technology called messenger RNA that has never been used to build an approved vaccine. Soon, millions of people around the world could be spared from illness by the breakthroughs.
A preliminary analysis of data from more than 30,000 volunteers showed Moderna’s vaccine prevented virtually all symptomatic cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the company said in a statement on Monday.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the current year 2020 has been the year of collaborative action in which countries joined hands to combat various challenges including climate change and COVID-19 pandemic while investing in global public health for strengthening health systems.
“I would say that 2020 has been the year of collaborative action. Mankind was already fighting overwhelming challenges — poverty, hunger, inequality, climate change, pollution, violence, war, disease — and now the pandemic which has shaken us to the core. But we came together as the nations of the world because we chose not to be overwhelmed. We choose optimism and struggle to achieve. We choose a better future,” Dr Vardhan said while digitally chairing the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board meeting, here through Video Conferencing.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh has reached 4,32,333, the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reported on Monday. The Daily Star reported 21 deaths and 2,139 fresh cases in 24 hours.
Citing Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) press release, The Daily Star reported, a total of 15,768 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours.
However, 1,604 Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. The current positivity rate is 13.57 percent, while the total positivity rate stands at 16.99 percent, added the release.
For the first time in more than four months, Andhra Pradesh reported less than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus in a day on Monday. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, 753 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in the state from 43,044 sample tests.