Coronavirus Cases in India: The COVID-19 active caseload has risen to 4,52,344. (Representational)
India's COVID-19 caseload increased to 92.66 lakh with 44,489 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 86.79 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. The country's infection tally mounted to 92,66,705, while the deaths climbed to 1,35,223 with 524 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
The COVID-19 active caseload has risen to 4,52,344, an increase of 7,598 cases from Wednesday, even though it remained below 5 lakh for the 16th consecutive day. The active cases comprise 4.88 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The total number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 86,79,138, pushing the national recovery rate to 93.66 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent.
The United States on Wednesday registered more than 2,400 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally -- the highest daily number of deaths in six months as the Thanksgiving holiday began. At 8:30pm (0030 GMT Thursday), the country had recorded a total of 262,080 Covid deaths, up by 2,439 in 24 hours. It also registered nearly 200,000 new cases.
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Assam Reports No New COVID-19 Deaths
After a gap of eight days, Assam reported no COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, while 150 new cases pushed the tally to 2,12,171.
The death count remained at 978 with a death rate of 0.46 per cent, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
This is the fourth time during November when no coronavirus deaths were reported.
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The positivity rate was 8.65 per cent today. It was 8.49 per cent on Wednesday.
As many as 63,266 tests, including 28,897 RT-PCR ones -- the highest till date for the city -- and 34,369 rapid antigen tests, were conducted the previous day for the detection of COVID-19, according to a bulletin issued by the Delhi health department on Thursday.
The city had recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11.
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"After witnessing a sharp contraction in the economy in Q1 and a multi-speed normalisation of activity in Q2, the Indian economy has exhibited a stronger-than-expected pickup in recovery momentum," Mr Das said. His remarks come a day before the government is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) data for the July-September period, as the economy is on track to register its first annual contraction in more than four decades.
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The court had asked if the government is planning to impose night curfews or weekend curfews, similar to other cities in the country that are undergoing a similar surge.
Yesterday, the Union home ministry issued fresh guidelines for states to contain the contagion, especially within containment zones, starting December 1. The final decision, however, has been left to the states, many of which have been witnessing a fresh upswing in numbers.
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in a notification "Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19", said, "In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31St December, 2020."
"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA," the order stated.
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"Given the high number of infections, we assume that the restrictions which are in place before Christmas will be continue to be valid until the start of January, certainly for most parts of Germany," said Ms Merkel.
"We have to say, unfortunately, that we cannot promise an easing for Christmas and New Year's," she added
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the infection, a health official said.
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"The positivity rate that was 15.26 per cent on November 7, has now come down to 8.5 per cent. There is a downfall of over 40 per cent... A vaccine will hopefully soon be out. Until we are completely assured of the situation is in control, no schools will reopen," Mr Jain told ANI.
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"Health department officials randomly tested 147 people on Wednesday of which seven persons resulted positive for the infection. 57 people were tested at the DND border where three persons were found positive, while 90 people were tested at Hari Darshan border where four persons resulted positive," according to an official statement.
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Single-day recoveries continued to outnumber fresh cases as 66 more people were cured of the disease, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
The Capital Complex region reported the highest number of new cases at 11, followed by Lepa Rada (six) and Lower Dibang Valley (three), he said, adding all the fresh infections were detected through rapid antigen tests.
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Telangana posted 862 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total caseload to nearly 2.67 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,444.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 164, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 91 and Khammam 63, a government bulletin said on Thursday providing details as of 8 pm on November 25.
As many as10,784 patients are under treatment and 41,101 samples were tested on Wednesday.
COVID-19 tests being done on people arriving from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat at Pune Railway Station
Following the state government's guidelines to screen every passenger coming from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Goa for COVID-19 symptoms, the Pune district administration has deputed a team of doctors and health officials at Railway Station to perform the duty.
As per the advisory, passengers arriving in Pune from Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat with high temperatures are being made to undergo COVID-19 tests at the station to stop the spread of the virus.
"Passengers with high temperatures are undergoing Rapid Antigen Tests. If anyone tests positive, they are shifted to the nearby government hospital by ambulance. We are keeping a record of the COVID-positive patients," a doctor at the testing facility told ANI.
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Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,08,158 on Thursday as 237 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Three more patients died, pushing the state's coronavirus deaths to 958, he said.
West Singhbhum, Hazaribag and Deoghar districts reported one fresh fatality each, the official said. Ranchi district reported the highest number of new cases at 92, followed by East Singhbhum (38) and Bokaro (18), he said.
The state now has 2,160 active coronavirus cases, while 1,05,040 people have been cured of the disease so far, the official said.
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Since the start of the pandemic, 2,170,097 people have been infected with the virus, and 50,618 of them have died. France now ranks fourth in the number of total COVID-19 cases after the United States, India and Brazil.
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"This is an important step so that the vaccine can be available in Brazil," Pfizer said in a statement in Portuguese.
Brazil, with a population of 212 million, has the highest Covid-19 death rate in the world after the United States. It has recorded more than six million novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
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