The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India exceeded 90 loop (9 million) on November 19, according to data collected by various state health departments. As of 10.45 pm STI on November 19, the figure was 90,00,486 with 1,32,177 deaths.
Here you can track cases of coronavirus, deaths and testing levels at the national and state levels. A list of State Aid Line numbers is also available.
Here are the updates:
Haryana to close all schools by November 30th
The Haryana government on Friday decided to close all private and government schools in the state by Nov. 30 in a bid to increase COVID-19 cases.
Director of Secondary Education Haryana, in a letter to all District and Block Education Officers, said the decision was taking into account the well-being of the students. All school premises will be cleaned during this period to disinfect them. School principals and managers would be held accountable for violating the guidelines, the letter said.
Haryana’s health minister receives test dose of indigenous vaccine
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was given a trial dose of a possible Covaxin coronavirus vaccine in Ambala, becoming the first volunteer in the state to test the third phase of the vaccine.
The third phase of Bharat Biotechs Covaxin trial began in the state on Friday and 67-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader was administered the trial dose at the Civil Hospital in Ambala Cantt.
Mr Vij is said to be the first cabinet minister of any state government to volunteer to receive a trial dose of a possible COVID-19 vaccine. – PTI
COVID-19 patients who die even after recovery are of concern to physicians
Doctors are now worried about a small but growing number of patients who die suddenly due to a heart attack or stroke or who undergo bacterial infection once they leave the hospital after recovering from COVID-19.
In Kolkata, two practicing physicians died earlier this week shortly after recovering from COVID-19. Urologist Subrata Mitra, who was in his early 50s, died of a massive heart attack within days of reuniting while doctor Dr. Aniket Neogi, in his late thirties, died in his sleep.
Door-to-door survey in Delhi border areas between COVID-19 roof
Amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital, a door-to-door study to identify and test people symptomatic of COVID-19 in the city’s densely closed and densely packed areas began on Friday.
The survey will be completed within five days and will cover over 57 lakh people in restricted areas, dense areas and identified groups of virus transmitters, officials said.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters that the survey aims to identify and test symptomatic people living in restricted and densely packed areas. – PTI
Schools in Mumbai will be closed until December 31st
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Friday that schools in the city will remain closed until December 31, a change from the previous decision to reopen them from November 23, as the metropolis shows an upward trend in cases of Covida-19.
However, schools in other Maharashtra cities may be reopened on schedule, taking into account local conditions and the prevailing pandemic situation.
The CDC warns Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving
With the coronavirus out of control, the nations’ leading public health agency advised Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend holidays with people from outside their home.
It was one of the strongest instructions yet from the government to restrict traditional rallies to combat the blast.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the recommendations just one week before Thanksgiving, at a time when diagnosed infections, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise across the country. In many areas, the healthcare system is being squeezed out by a combination of sick patients filling beds and self-healing medical workers.
CDCs Dr Erin Sauber-Schatz cited more than 1 million new cases in the US over the past week as reasons for the new guidance. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with people in your family, she said.
Observe Chhath at home: Mamata
West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday called on people to carry Chhath puja in their homes or neighborhood ponds in their locality as the two main water bodies of Kolkata, Rabindra Sarovar and Subhas Sarovar will be out of bounds. Despite the government’s willingness to allow worshipers to perform puppies in these water bodies, the courts have rejected the proposal due to the COVID-19 explosion and the pollution caused in the water bodies.
During the day, the Calcutta High Court made it clear that worshipers would not be allowed in Subhas Sarovar, located in the northern parts of the city, and instructed police to take the necessary steps in this regard.
HC rapes Delhi government. in increasing COVID cases
The Delhi High Court on Thursday summoned the VET government over its handling of the COVID-19 situation in the Capital, saying it was disappointing that the daily death toll had risen steadily from 71 on November 9 to 131 on November 18.
You (Delhi government) saw from November 1 in which direction the wind was blowing. The bell should have sounded loud and clear when the numbers were spiraling, noted a Justice Court Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.
The Supreme Court asked the Delhi government why it waited until November 11, when jewelery intervened, to act on issues such as reducing the number of people who can attend during wedding ceremonies to 50.
Do you know how many lives were lost during this period? Can you explain to them those who lost their relatives and loved ones, the court told the Delhi government.
The effective strategy maintained the degree of positivity in schools, low colleges in the AP: officials
Only 1,491 people, which included students and teachers, tested positive for COVID-19 out of 5,12,890 people tested before the reopening of schools and colleges in the State, recording a positivity rate of 0.3%, the government claimed on Thursday.
This is a reflection of the effective strategy of governments, said an official announcement.
Andhra Pradesh was one of the few states to reopen schools and colleges after the COVID-19 blast, the statement said.
Teachers and students in 39,111 schools were tested. Of the 1.29 lakh teachers tested, 1,023 returned positively. Similarly, of the 2.08 lakh students tested, 458 returned positively.
Also, in 5,515 colleges, 1.40 lakh students were tested and only eight of them were infected. Of the 34,056 lecturers tested, only two tested positive, the statement said.
Mexico becomes the fourth country to experience 1,00,000 deaths from COVID-19
Mexico surpassed the value of 1,00,000 in COVID-19 deaths, becoming the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the remaining physical and psychological injuries to survivors.
Jos Luis Aloma Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, announced late Thursday that Mexico had 1,00,104 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, behind the United States, Brazil and India.
This milestone comes less than a week after Mexico topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases, though officials agree the number is probably much higher due to low test levels.
The Oxford vaccine will cost 1,000, says Adar Poonawalla
Vaccine Manufacturer Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on November 19 said the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine should be available to healthcare workers and the elderly by February 2021 and by April to the general public and will cost a maximum of 1,000 for two doses needed by the public, depending on final trial results and regulatory approvals.
Maybe by 2024, every Indian will be vaccinated, he said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, 2020.
It will probably take two or three years for every Indian to be inoculated, not only because of supply constraints, but because you need budget, vaccine, logistics, infrastructure and then, people need to be willing to get the vaccine.
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