Resurgence of COVID-19 continues within the country as 2021 records it’s highest cases in 24 hours

Resurgence of COVID-19

On Saturday, 24,882 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported within the country. This single-day spike in the number of infections is the year’s highest so far. Along with this, the total number of people infected by the virus has risen to 1,13,33,728 in India. According to the data provided by the Union Ministry of Health, Saturday’s number of new cases has been recorded as the highest in the last 83 days. Earlier on December 20, 2020; 26,624 people were found COVID-19 positive in 24 hours. On Saturday, 140 patients succumbed…

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The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination begins within the country, PM Modi takes the first dose

Modi Vaccination

The second phase of vaccination against COVID-19 has begun within the country from today. People over 60 years of age and those suffering from serious illness will be vaccinated at this stage. Launching this second phase of vaccination, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the AIIMS Hospital in Delhi and took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also appealed to all the vaccine-eligible people to reach and avail the vaccine as soon as possible. Apart from Prime Minister Modi, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)…

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Health Minister reviews the preparation of vaccination as Centre set to approve vaccines today

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From 2nd January, a dry-run of the coronavirus vaccine will be conducted throughout the country. Regarding this, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will conduct a meeting on Friday to review the preparations. The meeting is very crucial as today another meeting is slated regarding the emergency approval of two coronavirus vaccines. The meeting will consider giving emergency use to Oxford-AstraZeneca produced CoviShield and COVAXIN of Bharat BioTech. In a virtual meeting with the Delhi government through video conferencing, the Health Minister asserted that preparations for vaccination of the first…

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Government launches CoWIN challenge to improve vaccine rollout system, prizes up for grabs up to ₹40 lakh

CoWIN

A ‘CoWIN’ Challenge has been launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare co-ordinating with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. This challenge has been launched to improve the system of the COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN). The challenge will be on a digital platform that is intended to be used as an effective rollout method and enhance the mechanism for nationwide COVID-19 vaccine delivery system. According to the information, the winners of this Challenge will be awarded gifts worth of ₹3.85 crore. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad…

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Maharashtra Government imposes night curfew, mandates 14-day quarantine for European, Middle-East arrivals

Maharashtra Curfew

To prevent the spread of the new strain of Novel Coronavirus and control the current situation of the pandemic, the Government of Maharashtra took a major decision on Monday and announced the imposition of night curfew in all the municipal corporations of the state. The government said that the night curfew will be imposed from December 22 to January 5. The night curfew will be in effect from 11 PM to 6 AM. Along with the imposition of night curfew, the state government has also made it mandatory for people…

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‘Compulsory community service’ at Covid-19 centers for those not wearing masks: Gujarat High Court

Community Service India

On Wednesday, the High Court of Gujarat ordered the local government to obligate community service at the patient care center of COVID-19 along with charging a fine, for the people who breach the guideline of wearing masks on public premises. This decision was taken by a bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala. The bench mentioned in an order that the COVID-19 patient care center should impose a duty on the violators under the community service rules for up-to 15 days. The duty must be served for…

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COVID-19 negative test report mandatory to enter within Maharashtra from these 4 states

Covid Maharashtra

On Monday, The Government Of Maharashtra has taken a major decision considering the condition of COVID-19 pandemic within the state. As per the decision, from now onwards, people coming to Maharashtra from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will have to show the COVID-19 negative report in order to enter the state. People coming from these four states will not be able to get admission without a negative report of COVID-19. However, the state government has made some arrangements for those who will not be able to produce a negative report…

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Serum Institute of India (SII) ready with 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

SII

Pune-headquartered Serum Institute of India (SII) has already manufactured about 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The manufacturing is completed under the at-risk production and license of stockpiling from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). With assistance from the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), the Serum Institute Of India will target early access of the vaccine for the country. A few days back, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII, said that accessibility of a potential vaccine to fight the pandemic within the country may be possible early next…

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Center orders states/UTs to form committees for COVID-19 vaccination

Covid Vaccine

The Central Government has ordered the states to form panels, which will supervise the COVID-19 vaccination process and co-ordinate effectively to carry out the vaccination drive in a smooth way. The Centre is keen to ensure a hassle-free vaccination of citizens that will cause minimal stress on other health care services. The Centre is also wary of unscrupulous usage of social media which may disburse fake rumors against vaccine inoculation. To counter these problems, the Centre has encouraged cyber intelligence for early tracking of such malpractices. The Government has stated…

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Maharashtra Government extends lockdown up to November 30, schools and colleges to remain shut

Maharashtra CM

On Thursday, The Maharashtra Government announced the extension of the current lockdown till November 30. The decision has been taken as the COVID-19 infection cases continue to rise in the state. As per the order, under the state government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ plan, the relaxation of activities issued earlier in the month of October will remain in force and will be continued till the end of November. The Government of Maharashtra has already allowed restaurants, hotels, food chains, bars to function at half of their capacity on the beginning of…

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