India added 26,624 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, taking its tally to 1,00,31,223, according to the Health Ministry data. The number of fresh infections is 5.8 per cent higher than Saturday, when the country registered 25,152 cases to take the total infections to over one crore mark.
In the 24-hour period, India, reported 341 deaths linked to the virus, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,45,447.
Thirty-three states and union territories have less than 20,000 active cases, according to the government. Kerala and Maharashtra together account for 40 per cent of total COVID-19 active cases," the Health Ministry tweeted.
India is in the number one position in terms of the number of recovered coronavirus cases, followed by Brazil, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the highlights on Coronavirus cases:
Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency response meeting on Monday to discuss international travel, in particular the flow of freight in and out of Britain, a spokeswoman for his office said on Sunday.
Earlier on Sunday, several European countries began closing their doors to travellers from Britain after the country tightened COVID restrictions in London and southern England to try to curb the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus.
France said it would bar all people coming from the UK for 48 hours from Sunday night, including freight carriers, whether by road, air, sea or rail. Britain's port of Dover said its ferry terminal was closed.
A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Sunday recommended that frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older should be next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13 to 1 to recommend 30 million frontline essential workers, which include first responders, teachers, food and agriculture, manufacturing, US Postal Service, public transit, and grocery store workers, be the next priority for the vaccines.
In all, the move would make 51 million people eligible to get inoculated in the next round. It wasn't immediately clear when the next round would begin, however.
Karnataka on Sunday reported 1,194 new coronavirus cases, 1,062 discharges, and five deaths, the state health department informed.
With this, the total number of positive cases now stands at 9,09,469.
There are now 14,497 active cases in the state, while the death count stands at 12,009.
As many as 8,82,944 people have recovered so far.
Meanwhile, with 26,624 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, India's total coronavirus cases reached 1,00,31,223, as per data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
As many as 1,114 new Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths were reported from Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, the State Health Department informed on Sunday.
The number of total positive cases in the state now stands at 8,06,891, including 9,593 active cases and 7,85,315 recoveries.
As many as 11,983 deaths have been reported in the state so far.
Meanwhile, with 26,624 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, India's total coronavirus cases reached 1,00,31,223, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Britain's European neighbours began closing their doors to travellers from the United Kingdom on Sunday amid alarm about a rapidly spreading strain of coronavirus that has caused cases to soar there.
France said it would bar all people coming from the United Kingdom for 48 hours from Sunday night, including freight carriers, whether by road, air, sea or rail.
Germany, Italy and the Netherlands ordered a suspension of flights from Britain, while Ireland said it would impose restrictions on flights and ferries from its neighbour.
Belgium said it would close its borders to flights and trains - including the popular Eurostar service - coming from the United Kingdom.
The United States is monitoring the new strain of COVID-19 emerging in the United Kingdom, multiple U.S. officials said on Sunday, adding that it was unclear whether the mutated variant had made its way to America.
Chandigarh on Sunday reported two more COVID-related deaths, pushing the death count to 308 while 29 more cases took the infection tally to 19,073, reported news agency PTI. There are 437 active cases in the union territory as of now, according to a medical bulletin.
Nagaland reported a fresh coronavirus positive case on Sunday, while the recovery of 43 patients has brought down the number of active cases to 496, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said, reported news agency PTI. The new COVID-19 positive case was detected at Phek, while the patients who recovered on Sunday were from Kohima, the minister said.
The number of COVID-19 cases increased by 433 to reach 1,20,052 in Nagpur on Sunday, while the day saw eight deaths and 296 recoveries, an official said, reported news agency PTI. The death count in the district is 3,849, while 1,10,073 people have been discharged, leaving it with 6,130 active cases, he added.
Madhya Pradesh on Sunday reported 1,069 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the count of infections to 2,31,284, health officials said, reported news agency PTI. With 13 more deaths, the overall death count rose to 3,481, they said. 1,274 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, taking the state's overall recovery count to 2,16,485.
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded 32 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday that pushed the district's infection tally to 24,507, official data showed, reported news agency PTI. Active cases in the district came down further to 596 from 677 the previous day, as the recovery rate went past 97 per cent for the first time, according to the data released by the UP health department. The number of active cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar is the sixth highest in the state.
Kerala on Sunday recorded 5,711 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 30 related deaths, taking the total number of those affected in the state by the virus to 7.05 lakh, reported news agency PTI. State Health Minister KK Shailaja said the state has tested 53,858 samples on Sunday and the test positivity rate was 10.60 per cent.
Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 257 new COVID-19 cases, while four fatalities took place in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,18,263 and the death count to 1,841, officials said, reported news agency PTI. Out of the fresh cases, 113 were from Kashmir and 144 were from Jammu Division of the union territory, they said.
Delhi recorded 1,091 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest in around four months, as the total number of such cases climbed to 6,17,005 in the national capital, authorities said, reported news agency PTI. Twenty-six more fatalities pushed the death count due to the disease to 10,277 in the city. The positivity rate stood at 1.31 per cent. This is the sixth consecutive day when the positivity rate has remained below two per cent.
Haryana's COVID-19 caseload surged to 2,57,644 on Sunday with 577 fresh infections, while the death count climbed to 2,821 as five patients died, the state health department's daily bulletin said, reported news agency PTI. Of the latest fatalities, two each were reported from Faridabad and Sonipat and one from Kurukshetra, it said. The fresh cases were reported from Gurgaon (128) and Faridabad (61), among other districts, according to the bulletin.
Maharashtra reports 3,811 new COVID-19 cases, taking tally to 18,96,518, the state Health department said, reported news agency PTI. 98 deaths were also recorded in the state that pushed the death count to 48,746.
With 19 fresh coronavirus-related deaths reported in Uttar Pradesh, the death count due to the viral disease in the state has risen to 8,196 on Sunday, official data showed, reported news agency PTI. The total COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 5,74,631 with as many as 1,247 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. Of the 19 fresh deaths, four deaths were reported from state capital Lucknow, three from Gorakhpur and two from Kanpur, the state government said in a statement.
Devotees will be allowed to visit Sabarimala hill shrine from December 27 only after producing a COVID-negative certificate following an RT-PCR test, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) said, even as the Kerala High Court granted permission to allow 5,000 pilgrims to visit the temple from Sunday, reported news agency ANI. TDB president N Vasu said devotees must carry a COVID-19-negative certificate after conducting an RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours prior to their visit to the temple.
Twelve tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,122, an official said on Sunday, reported news agency PTI. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 158, while 3,957 patients have recovered from the disease. Seven people have died due to the infection in the state so far.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said wearing masks will be mandatory for the next six months in the state, reported news agency PTI. Addressing the people of the state on social media, Mr Thackeray said experts are in favour of imposing night curfew or another lockdown, but he is not in favour of these steps. He also appealed to the people to be careful during the New Year celebrations.
With no clarity yet on dates of board examinations next year, several schools are already conducting pre-board exams online to ensure that students are fully prepared in time, reported news agency PTI. While the Ministry of Education is yet to take a call on the dates of board exams for class 10 and 12, it has already clarified that the exams will be conducted in pen and paper. Schools in Delhi are restricting to online exams while those in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida are also planning exams in blended mode as per easing of restrictions by respective state governments.
Odisha currently has 3,035 active cases, whilev 3,21,309 patients have so far recovered.
Fifty-three COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities. The positivity rate in the coastal state stands at 4.94 per cent.
Three fresh deaths pushed the fatalities to 1,513 on Saturday, its latest COVID-19 bulletin said.
The active cases, which fell below the 7,000 mark on Friday, further declined to 6,888.
India records 26,624 new COVID-19 cases, 29,690 recoveries, & 341 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.- ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2020
Total cases: 1,00,31,223
Total recoveries: 95,80,402
Active cases: 3,05,344
Death toll: 1,45,477 pic.twitter.com/JWFahf7s5Q
The death count remained at 61 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported, he said.
Seven people were cured of the disease on Saturday, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 4,719, the official said.
The Union Territory now has 95 active cases.
"All public celebrations are banned on streets like MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road and Koramangala in Bengaluru where people in large numbers gather on New Year's Eve. Celebrations at pubs and restaurants have also been banned," Prasad said.
Ahead of Christmas, the government has asked the supervisors and organisers of the churches to maintain social distancing and avoid mass gatherings as well.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a "stay at home" order for London and southeast England to slow a new coronavirus strain that is significantly more infectious.
Early data suggests the new strain could be "up to 70 percent more transmissible," Johnson said at a televised briefing.
He ordered new restrictions for London and south-eastern England from Sunday, saying that "residents in those areas must stay at home" at least until December 30.
The measures will mean around a third of England's population cannot travel or meet other households for Christmas.
The aim of the new rules is to slow the spread of the new strain to areas where it is not yet prevalent.
As many as 395 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Indore on Saturday.
The overall cases in the district have now reached 51,563, while the cumulative count climbed to 837, according to Chief Medical and Health Officer Poornima Gadaria.
So far 46,579 have been discharged after recovering from the disease.
Meanwhile, with 25,153 new infections in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 case tally crossed the 1-crore mark, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.