Coronavirus Highlights: India carried out 13 crore corona tests so far, says govt

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Updated: November 21, 2020 6:23:14 pm

Coronavirus Covid 19 India Delhi Mumbai cases, news Highlights: New reports suggest that the Narendra Modi government is actively looking at the modalities to inoculate the population with the corona vaccine.

Coronavirus, coronavirus in India, coronavirus updates, coronavirus news, corona updates, corona latest, coronavirus live blog, WHO, coronavirus vaccine, covid 19, covid infection, corona tally today, corona numbers today, covida cases right now, vaccine updatesAs warned by the experts, India has seen spurt of fresh corona infections in November. (Reuters photo)

Coronavirus Covid 19 India Delhi Mumbai cases, Highlights: India’s coronavirus numbers witnessed a steady increase on Saturday. The data released by the Union Home Ministry showed that around 46,000 Indians were infected with novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. More than 500 individuals lost their lives due to Covid-19 complications. The only point of relief was that according to the latest data, for straight eleven days, the number of active cases has been registered under five lakh. Another important takeaway is the recovery rate. India is among the few nations across the world that have a remarkable recovery rate. The health updates released by the government on official portal showed that the recovery rate in India stood at almost 94%.

A day before on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-profile review meet to understand the key developments in the national strategy against the coronavirus pandemic. The focus of the meeting, according to the latest reports, was to see the preparations about the national vaccination drive.

While the Central government is busy in taking steps based on the latest vaccine updates, the state governments are planning to reintroduce night curfews in several metro cities. Though there has been no official announcement so far, there are reports that the Centre may also reimpose night curfew in Delhi. Major cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and National Capital of Delhi are reporting the majority of the caseload. With unlock guidelines helping in reigniting the engine of the Indian economy, the grim side-effect is the spike in coronavirus cases.

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Coronavirus Covid 19 India Delhi Mumbai Highlights


    18:08 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Coronavirus in Delhi: Delhi govt instructs officials to visit Covid-19 patients under home isolation

    In a bid to stem the spread of Coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has asked district officials to visit Covid-19 patients who are under quarantine at their homes and ensure that they follow quarantine rules properly. The order from the government comes in the wake of reports claiming that patients under home isolation are not following the home quaratine rules properly leading to spurt of Coronavirus infection in the city, news agency PTI reported.

    18:02 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh: Fire breaks out at Gwalior Covid-19 hospital, 2 patients suffer burn injuries

    A fire broke out at a Covid-19 dedicated hospital in Gwalior today, news agency ANI reported. According to ADM Kishore Kanyal the fire broke out due to a short circuit on the third floor of the hospital. Kanyal further said that nine patients had to be shifted to another floor while two patients suffered burn injuries in the mishap. 

    17:30 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Over 400 new ICU beds added in Delhi hospitals in last 5 days: Delhi Government

    Government as well as private hospitals in the national capital have been provided with 411 new ICU beds in the last five days, the Delhi government was quoted as saying by ANI. The addition is also on account of the Delhi government asking the private hospitals to reserve 80 percent of their ICU beds for Coronavirus patients in the city, the government said. 

    16:53 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    More testing is the key, says health ministry

    Health ministry says India has carried out 13 crore corona tests so far.

    16:41 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Studies in times of corona

    Parents in Hyderabad are protesting against the fee hike by some schools in the city. The parents say that due to lockdown, many have los their jobs. The school managements must understand the situation and rollback the fee hike. 

    16:37 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Part of India is testing more

    Twenty-four states and Union Territories have conducted more tests per million population than India as a whole.

    16:36 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Muzaffarnagar officials start checking passenger buses coming from Delhi

    Amid the surge of Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the Muzaffarnagar district administration has begun checking passenger buses origination from the national capital and headed to various places in the district or even passing through it.

    16:35 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Yes, private hospitals are minting money!

    A parliamentary panel report has found out what we always knew - private healthcare institutes are charging huge sum for treatment. The report says many lives could have been saved. READ HERE

    16:27 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Has Bihar beaten coronavirus? Just 238 cases in 24 hours

    Is it lower rate of testing or fewer incidents of reporting? The jury is still out on Bihar's battle against Covid-19. The latest numbers show the state in a very enviable position. The official data states that 238 infections were reported in last 24 hours in Bihar.

    16:24 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Indore improves on positivity rate

    COVID19 positivity rate stands at nearly 8% in Indore, says city's nodal officer.

    16:18 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Worried about seasonal flu?

    The latest study says that people anxious about seasonal flu are unnecessarily taking antibiotics. The researchers say that consumption of such pills is of no use and may actually harm one's immunity. 

    16:14 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Where are ICU beds in Delhi?

    As Delhi battles the third wave of Covid-19 infections, several doctors have voiced their concerns over the acute shortage of ICU beds. 

    15:47 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    What's world tally of coronavirus cases?

    Over 55 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

    15:29 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Some international update from Canada

    After European nations, Canada has also decided to reintroduce lockdown. Toronto, the largest Canadian city, is going into corona lockdown to tackle new cases. 

    15:23 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Punjab ready to help Delhi govt to fight COVID crisis, says Captain Amarinder Singh

    Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said Punjab was ready to provide all possible help to the Delhi government to combat the COVID-19 threat.

    15:21 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    After Noida, Gurugram to test people at Delhi border

    Latest reports suggest that people will now be tested at Delhi-Gurugram border for corona infections. 

    15:20 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Some relief for Delhi

    The positivity rate in the National Capital has come down to 10.59%.

    15:09 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    India's corona trajectory shows this disturbing trend

    The festive surge is coronavirus infections in India shows that the country is moving closer to the 50,000 caseload.

    15:05 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Ashok Gehlot govt to reimpose Section 144 across Rajasthan?

    Buzz is that the Rajasthan government is planning to order Section 144 across the state to tackle the crowd movement and arrest the recent rise in the viral infections. However, it should be noted that there has been no official confirmation from the state government.

    14:50 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    More trouble for coronavirus patients

    Several asymptomatic patients of coronavirus are complaining about facial paralysis also known as Bell’s palsy. An Indian Express report said that many such cases were reported from Mumbai recently.

    14:47 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Twitter thoughts of India Inc

    Top industrialist Harsh Goenka shared his thoughts on the mega vaccination drive in India. He said that the biggest challenges will include modalities on procurement of vials, cold chain for transportation etc.

    14:43 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Modi to virtually attend G20 summit starting today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 15th G20 summit, which is being conducted virtually due to the pandemic.

    14:25 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Bored staying home? Some cool update from South Africa

    Indians now can visit South Africa both for business and leisure purposes by maintaining coronavirus safety protocols. READ HERE

    14:06 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Order received, officials begin imposing Rs 2,000 fine in Delhi

    A day after confusion over the amount of fine, the officials on Saturday began imposing a steep penalty on violators in Delhi. Talking to ANI, the officials said that they have now received the new orders. However, they pointed out that people are still not serious about mask discipline. 

    14:03 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Testing ramped up in Delhi

    The ICMR has increased testing in Delhi after the direct orders from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Now, 37,200 RT-PCR tests will be carried out in National Capital

    13:42 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Schools reopen in Goa

    Schools for Classes 10 and 12 in Goa reopened on Saturday after being shut for nearly eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

    13:41 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Mumbai hospitals defying WHO guidelines?

    Despite the WHO guidelines urging doctors to not use Remdesivir, some hospitals in Mumbai have said that they will  administer as part of the corona treatment. READ HERE

    13:34 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Good news from Arunachal Pradesh

    Arunachal Pradesh reports more COVID-19 recoveries than fresh cases for 7th consecutive day.

    13:33 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Odisha reports 778 new infections, Angul tops state tally

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,13,323 on Saturday as 778 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Angul district reported the highest number of new cases at 68, followed by Sundergarh (64) and Khurda and Balasore (61 each), he said.

    13:28 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    No flight and train operations between Delhi and Mumbai? Senior official says ‘maybe’

    A senior official in the Maharashtra government has said that the Uddhav Thackeray administration is thinking about suspending the flight and train operations between Delhi and Mumbai due to rising coronavirus cases. READ HERE

    13:21 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    This mouthwash can kill 99.9% viruses, claims maker

    Unilever, the FMCG giant, has said that it is ready to launch a special mouthwash for Indian markets. The company claims that it can kill 99.9% coronavirus after 30 seconds of thorough rinsing by an individual, reports PTI.

    13:15 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Religious places wear deserted look

    Fewer numbers of individuals are visiting the religious places after they reopened in various states across the country. Be it churches in Mumbai or popular shrines in Kerala, lesser number of devotees are visiting the places, latest reports have suggested. During the first lockdown, the Union Home Ministry had shut down all religious places to curb the rise of coronavirus.

    13:04 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Kerala’s hi-tech solution for labour shortage due to pandemic

    Some farmers in Kerala are using drones due to labour shortage caused by the pandemic. An ANI report said that the farmers are using drones to spray fertilisers as there were no labourers to work in the farm fields.

    12:58 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Bureaucrats training academy reports Covid cases, hostels sealed

    A report by news agency ANI says that 33 fresh cases of the viral infections were reported at the IAS training academy based in Mussoorie. The hostels and other areas have been sealed till end of this month as part of the Covid protocol, the ANI report said.

    12:43 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    ICMR ups the testing rate in India

    In a single day, 10,66,022 samples were tested, the ICMR said in a statement on Saturday. 

    12:38 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Telangana reports nearly 1,000 cases: Official data

    The latest health ministry data says that 925 people in Telangana were infected with the viral disease in the last 24 hours.

    12:36 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    What India's richest man has to say about fight against coronavirus

    Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, has said that India must not lower the guard against the pandemic as major metros witness fresh spike in viral infections. READ HERE

    12:33 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    India's sons and daughters battle anxiety and coronavirus

    The new helpline dedicated to the children is helping the young citizens in battling mental issues as they struggle with corona infections. READ HERE

    12:26 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    One-fourth of UP's active COVID-19 cases are in its eight NCR districts, say officials

    Latest analysis shows that around eight districts of Uttar Pradesh, which are part of the National Capital Region are reporting over 25 per cent the active COVID-19 cases in the state. 

    12:21 (IST)21 Nov 2020
    Haridwar gets ready for Maha Kumbh

    The Uttarakhand authorities have said that the Maha Kumbh, scheduled for January 14 next year, will go as per the plan. READ HERE

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal feels that with new measures in place, the National Capital will be able to fight the third wave of coronavirus infections. Since Diwali, Delhi has seen mega jump in new infections with positivity rate reaching an alarming rate.
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