Daily COVID-19 deaths fall under 300 for first time in 6 months; UK returnees check optimistic in Maharashtra, Kerala, Odisha


In the UK, which is speeding to trace, isolate, and curb the unfold of the brand new and extremely transmissible virus pressure, tens of millions of extra folks throughout completely different elements of the nation entered harder lockdown restrictions from Saturday

The variety of new COVID-19 deaths throughout the nation fell under 300 for the primary time in additional than six months, whereas the variety of whole circumstances rose to 1,01,69,118 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Odisha joined the record of states which have reported new sufferers amongst individuals who have returned from the UK, the place a brand new COVID-19 pressure has been detected.

However, it isn’t established but whether or not these sufferers have been contaminated by the brand new pressure. Authorities throughout states mentioned that the samples of the sufferers have been despatched for testing on the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

The COVID-19 toll in India rose to 1,47,343 with 251 new deaths, the Union well being ministry mentioned in its bulletin at 8 am on Saturday.

On the opposite hand, the quantity of people that have recuperated from the illness surged to 97,40,108, pushing the nationwide restoration price to 95.78 %. The COVID-19 case fatality price stands at 1.45 %.

As of Saturday, there are 2,81,667 energetic coronavirus infections in India, constituting 2.77 % of the entire caseload, the info said.

In the UK, which is speeding to trace, isolate, and curb the unfold of the brand new and extremely transmissible virus pressure, tens of millions of extra folks throughout completely different elements of the nation entered harder lockdown restrictions from Saturday, as a part of plans introduced earlier this week.

Meanwhile, scientists within the UK have begun trials of progressive antibody-drug remedies that they hope might present immediate safety in opposition to COVID-19 . The University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH) mentioned that the researchers within the Storm Chase research imagine a Long-Acting AntiBody (LAAB) generally known as AZD7442, developed by AstraZeneca, could supply speedy and long-term safety to individuals who have been not too long ago uncovered to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and forestall them creating COVID-19 .

Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha report COVID-19 sufferers amongst UK returnees

Fourteen individuals who travelled to Karnataka from the UK to this point have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and their samples have been despatched for genetic sequencing to seek out whether or not it’s a new pressure of the virus that has contaminated them, the state authorities mentioned on Saturday.

On Friday, 10 UK returnees had examined optimistic within the state.

“A total of 2,500 people have come (from the UK), of them 1,638 have been tested. According to the information I received last night 14 of them have tested positive. All the 14 (samples) have been sent to NIMHANS for (genetic sequencing),” Karnataka well being minister Okay Sudhakar mentioned.

Speaking to reporters, he mentioned that the Centre has notified ten designated labs within the nation for genetic sequencing, out of them two are in Bengaluru- NIMHANS and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).

“The 14 samples are undergoing genetic sequencing. The second variant of virus in the UK is said to have undergone 17 mutations, the genetic sequencing will test in detail about mutations, which may require 48 hours, probably it (report) will come tomorrow,” he mentioned.

In Kerala, eight individuals who not too long ago returned from the UK, have examined optimistic for coronavirus and their samples have been despatched to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for genomic evaluation. Kerala well being minister KK Shailaja mentioned that samples of eight returnees had been discovered optimistic for COVID-19 and their samples have been despatched to NIV for additional assessments.

Following this improvement, it has been determined to topic the returnees to extra assessments, she added. Surveillance on the 4 worldwide airports within the state has been strengthened.

Maharashtra’s Aurangabad and Thane district authorities additionally reported COVID-19 sufferers amongst UK returnees. In Aurangabad, a lady who was amongst 44 individuals who arrived within the district from the UK after 25 November, has examined optimistic.

“Eleven of those UK returnees underwent RT-PCR check, by which the lady was discovered contaminated with COVID-19 . She is asymptomatic,” Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) well being officer Dr Neeta Padalkar was quoted as saying by PTI.

“Her sample has been sent to the NIV Pune for analysis. It will clear whether the patient contracted the infection in England or after her arrival in Aurangabad,” she mentioned.

The authorities have obtained an inventory of a complete of 44 passengers, who returned to Aurangabad from the UK, a district official mentioned in an announcement issued late on Friday night time.

“Of these 44 passengers, 13 are yet to be traced and their details are shared with the police department. Five of the passengers belong to other districts,” the official mentioned.

Meanwhile, in Thane, one of many over 50 individuals, who returned to the Kalyan-Dombivli area in Maharashtra’s Thane district from the UK within the final one month, has examined COVID- 19 optimistic.

A four-year-old lady, who had returned from the United Kingdom alongside together with her mother and father, examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Friday in Bhubaneswar, PTI reported. The lady and her mother and father had returned to Bhubaneswar on 20 December.

However, the mother and father examined unfavourable for COVID-19 , mentioned Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s Additional Commissioner Suvendu Sahu.

All the members of the family are in institutional quarantine as per the rules, authorities mentioned.

UK enters harder lockdown from as we speak

Millions of individuals within the UK entered harder lockdown restrictions from Saturday, which is yearly marked as Boxing Day. Around six million folks in east and south-east England have joined many others into Tier 4, England’s highest COVID-19 stage which features a “stay at home” order.

Lockdowns have additionally began in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and measures have been reimposed in Wales after being eased for Christmas Day, when the UK crossed one other grim milestone of 70,000 coronavirus deaths.

Under the hardest Tier 4 restrictions, all non-essential outlets, bars, and eating places are closed and individuals are not allowed to fulfill different households, besides in a assist bubble or in an outside public area with one different particular person.

Large elements of England had been already on this tier pre-Christmas, together with London, after the brand new mutation was discovered to be spreading quickest in these areas.

With the devolved administrations setting their very own methods, Northern Ireland goes right into a six-week lockdown from Saturday with non-essential outlets shut and hospitality open just for takeaway companies.

In a transfer just like England’s Tier 4 restrictions, Wales might be shifting again into Level 4 measures which additionally means non-essential outlets, gyms, and sweetness salons should shut and bars and eating places can solely open for takeaways.

And, Scotland can be coming into the hardest tier of restrictions for not less than three weeks with very related measures in place.

Meanwhile, France and Spain confirmed circumstances of the extra contagious coronavirus variant on Saturday.

They are amongst over 40 international locations to droop journey connectivity with the UK, together with India, as the brand new rapid-spreading coronavirus variant in England final week triggered international concern.

Meanwhile, an extra 570 deaths within the UK had been reported on Saturday, taking the entire variety of folks dying inside 28 days of a optimistic COVID-19 check to 70,195. This locations the UK sixth after the US, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Italy by way of recorded coronavirus deaths, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University,

State-wise particulars

India’s COVID-19 an infection tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September, and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went previous 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November, and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 16,71,59,289 samples have been examined as much as 25 December, together with 8,53,527 on Friday.

The 251 new fatalities embrace 71 from Maharashtra, 31 from West Bengal, and 30 from Delhi.

The whole 1,47,343 deaths reported to this point within the nation embrace 49,129 from Maharashtra, adopted by 12,048 from Tamil Nadu, 12,044 from Karnataka, 10,414 from Delhi, 9,536 from West Bengal, 8,279 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,091 from Andhra Pradesh, and 5,269 from Punjab.

With inputs from PTI



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