Maharashtra continued to have the maximum number of single day recoveries. Over 11,000 recoveries pushed up its total recoveries to 15,62,342.
The country’s daily new recoveries have been exceeding the daily new cases since more than a month. “In contrast to 50,356 new reported cases, 53,920 cases have recovered in the last 24 hours,” the Health Ministry said.
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Bihar Assembly elections | Can’t remain silent spectator to situations, says EC Chandra about polls amid COVID-19
Noting that the coronavirus pandemic presented a unique challenge for the poll panel in holding safe elections, Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Saturday said various facilities were extended to COVID-19 patients to cast their vote in the Bihar Assembly polls, including postal ballot facility and extension of polling time.
He said the Election Commission cannot remain “silent” to situations where persons suffering from COVID-19 are unable to exercise their democratic right.
“This time, besides senior citizens and women, we had to make additional arrangements for COVID patients... We extended polling time by one hour,” he said addressing an event.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden vows to tackle coronavirus; to name advisers on Monday
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has assured Americans that his first task is to get the raging coronavirus pandemic under control with a definite plan that will be “built on bedrock science,” as the deadly disease has killed over 237,000 people in the country.
“That’s the only way we can get back to living,” Mr. Biden said in his victory speech, hours after he was declared the winner of the November 3 presidential election held amidst the pandemic.
He also announced that on Monday he will form a group of leading scientists and experts to bring the pandemic under control.
Makes sense to bring people to the vaccine instead of taking the vaccine to people in some settings: Dr. Gagandeep Kang
The government recently said it will procure the vaccine and distribute it under a special COVID-19 immunisation programme to certain priority groups free-of-charge. The priority groups named are not exhaustive and there are challenges in distributing many COVID-19 vaccines that are in advanced stages of human trial.
Professor of microbiology at CMC Vellore, Dr. Gagandeep Kang explains in an email to The Hindu the challenges that lie ahead.
Read the full interview here.
Third wave of COVID-19 in Delhi worst so far; cases to come down soon: Health Minister Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst so far.
The government has increased the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi, but there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls, the minister said.
“The third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon,” Jain said.
Delhi records highest number of fatalities in over four months
The national capital recorded 6,953 fresh coronavirus cases and 79 deaths on Saturday, the highest number of fatalities in over four months, officials said.
The cases were detected out of the 57,433 tests conducted the previous day while the positivity rate stood at 12.11 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin.
The 6,953 cases took the infection tally to over 4.3 lakh, it said.
On Friday, Delhi recorded over 7,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time while the recovery rate was over 89 per cent
No evidence to suggest coronavirus cluster 5 variant found in minks increases virus transmissibility, disease severity
Since June, 214 people in Denmark have been reported to have been infected with a variant of the novel coronavirus associated with farmed minks.
The variant called “cluster 5” has a combination of mutations not seen previously. Cluster 5 makes up around 5% of the strains found in northern Denmark. So far, this variant has not been reported from other countries, suggesting that the variant has not spread beyond Denmark.
Denmark had on November 6 ordered culling of the entire farmed mink population of 17 million to prevent further changes to the virus emerging among minks, and the spread of mink-related viruses any more from minks to humans.
According to the WHO, initial observations suggest that the “clinical presentation, severity and transmission among those infected are similar to that of other circulating SARS-CoV-2 viruses”. Denmark epidemiologist Kare Molbak said cluster 5 was not more dangerous than other strains or more infectious, according to Reuters.