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With 43,082 new cases India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 93-lakh markIndia’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 93-lakh mark on Friday with 43,082 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The overall cases in the country reached 93,09,788, including 4,55,555 active cases and 87,18,517 recoveries. With 492 new deaths, the cumulative toll mounted to 1,35,715.BJP leader Baijayant Panda tests COVID-19 positive

National vice president of the BJP and in-charge of the party’s Delhi unit, Baijayant Panda, on Friday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a late-night tweet, Panda advised those who came in his contact to take precautions and get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Night curfew from 6 pm to 4 am in Manipur upto 31st Dec 2020

There will be night curfew from 6 pm to 4 am in Manipur upto 31st December 2020 or until further orders whichever i… https://t.co/kGMqdpEmpx

— ANI (@ANI) 1606499324000Uttarakhand govt instructs officers of education department to start virtual classrooms for students of Class 10 and Class 12 from December 2; virtual classrooms for JEE/NEET coaching also to be held on every Saturday and SundayFine of Rs 250 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs 100 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required: Karnataka GovernmentAny person found not wearing mask shall be liable to arrest without warrant and on conviction shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to eight days or fine which may extend up to Rs 5,000: Sirmaur Superintendent of PoliceDelhi reported 5,482 new COVID-19 cases, 5,937 recoveries, and 98 deaths in the last 24 hrs

Delhi reported 5,482 new #COVID19 cases (out of 64,455 tests), 5,937 recoveries, and 98 deaths in the last 24 hours… https://t.co/lL22RZhTZ6

— ANI (@ANI) 1606494817000Vistara to operate Mumbai-London flights thrice a week from Jan 16Vistara on Friday said it will operate flights on the Mumbai-London route thrice a week from January 16 onward using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Currently, the full-service carrier is operating flights on the Delhi-London route thrice a week. All UK flights are being operated from India under the bilateral air bubble arrangement between the two countries.Puducherry reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 46 discharges

Puducherry reports 16 new #COVID19 cases, 46 discharges. Total positive cases in the Union Territory rise to 36,85… https://t.co/FAIqzs5gUS

— ANI (@ANI) 1606488340000Gujarat reports 1,607 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths, and 1,388 recoveriesThe state’s case tally reaches 2,05,116 including 1,86,446 recoveries and 3,938 deaths till nowTotal active cases are at 14,732, as per the State Health DepartmentManipur reported 222 new cases and 208 recoveries today, taking total cases to 24,514 including 21,006 recoveries, 256 deaths and 3,252 active cases: State Health DepartmentMaharashtra reports 6,185 new COVID-19 cases, 4,089 recoveries, and 85 deaths today

Maharashtra reports 6,185 new COVID-19 cases, 4,089 recoveries, and 85 deaths today, as per the State Health Depart… https://t.co/X3qwF9TyuL

— ANI (@ANI) 1606486044000Centre in SC blames Delhi govt for rise in COVID cases, says no steps taken despite exhortationsThe Centre on Friday blamed Delhi government for rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital and said that despite ‘repeated exhortations’ it did not take steps to enhance testing capacity, particularly for RT-PCR, which remained static at around 20,000 tests for a long time. The Centre said that Delhi government was well aware that the confluence of winter, festival season and pollution were likely to witness a surge in cases and this foreknowledge ought to have led to strict enforcement and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) measure being instituted well in time but this was not done.Rail Bhawan to remain close on 1st and 2nd December

Railway Board: Rail Bhawan will remain close on 1st and 2nd December to carry out intensive sanitization due to su… https://t.co/2NdfaDNbsF

— Prasar Bharati News Services पी.बी.एन.एस. (@PBNS_India) 1606484983000Rajasthan reported 3,093 new COVID-19 cases, 2,194 recoveries/discharges, and 18 deaths today

Rajasthan reported 3,093 new #COVID19 cases, 2,194 recoveries/discharges, and 18 deaths today, as per State Health… https://t.co/QzuA2JlXPI

— ANI (@ANI) 1606482009000J&K reports 565 new COVID-19 cases, 596 recoveries, and 8 deaths

Jammu and Kashmir reports 565 new COVID-19 cases, 596 recoveries, and 8 deaths. Total cases – 1,08,871 Active ca… https://t.co/8w237AB3em

— ANI (@ANI) 1606482384000Andhra Pradesh reports 733 new coronavirus cases, 1,205 recoveries, and six deaths

Andhra Pradesh reports 733 new coronavirus cases, 1,205 recoveries, and six deaths, according to State Health Depar… https://t.co/mK0r4GmTHu

— ANI (@ANI) 1606483239000Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling storesAfter months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times: The economy is tanking and crowds are expected to be dramatically diminished as coronavirus cases spike and shoppers do more of their purchases online. Many retailers closed their doors on Thanksgiving Day but are beefing up their safety protocols to reassure wary customers that they can still come back the next day. For those who can’t be reassured, stores are moving their doorbuster deals online and ramping up curbside pickup options as a last grasp at sales before the year ends and they head into the dark days of winter with the pandemic still raging.32 new COVID-19 cases in Tripura, tally rises to 32,610Russia reports record daily spike in virus casesRussia has reported a sharp daily spike in coronavirus cases. Officials reported 27,543 new confirmed infections on Friday, over 2,000 more than the day before. Moscow and St, Petersburg reported record numbers of new cases, with 7,918 and 3,687, respectively. The surge brought Russia’s total in the pandemic to over 2.2 million, the fifth-highest number in the world. Russia’s coronavirus task force has also reported 38,558 virus-related deaths.China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensionsChina on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1%, effective Saturday, which Australia’s trade minister said make Australian wine unsellable in China, his country’s biggest export market. China increasingly is using its populous market as leverage to extract political concessions and increase its strategic influence.With 594 new cases, Odisha’s COVID-19 tally reaches 3,17,239Odisha reported 594 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total tally of cases in the state to 3,17,239 till Thursday. The total number of Coronavirus cases in the state include 308839 recoveries and 6629 active cases. Fourteen patients succumbed due to the virus in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Department of Odisha.Thailand signs supply deals for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Thailand on Friday signed a deal to procure 26 million doses of the trial coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. It is expected to be delivered in mid-2021. The doses would cover 13 million people in a population of about 69 million.

Premier Badminton League season 6 postponed due to Covid-19The sixth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organisers announced on Friday. The league was initially scheduled to commence in the last week of December. However, now fresh dates are being worked in for early next year. The tournament has witnessed participation of top-10 players along with thrilling badminton action for the past 5 years.Five COVID-19 patients killed in Rajkot’s hospital fireFive patients were killed on Friday in a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel coronavirus hospital since the outbreak began, which drew angry questions from the Supreme Court. The early morning blaze in Rajkot city in the western state of Gujrat gutted the intensive care unit (ICU) of the private hospital, television footage showed. The most likely cause was an electrical short circuit, said government official Udit Agarwal. “Three of the patients in the ICU died on the spot, and two others succumbed on way to the hospital. The two other patients in the ICU were unhurt,” Agarwal said.Tokyo Olympics test events to resume in March

Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March and a decision on fan attendance will come in the spring, an official said on Friday, as preparations continued for the postponed Games despite ongoing coronavirus fears.

PM to review vaccine work in Ahmedabad, Pune and HyderabadPM Narendra Modi will visit Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad on Saturday to review coronavirus vaccine development work at facilities there. Modi will visit pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant to get information about its vaccine development, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said.Delhi has infrastructure to inoculate entire city population when COVID-19 vaccine is out: Satyendar Jain

“In Delhi, three times testing is being done as compared to the rest of the country. We have the infrastructure and capacity to innoculate the entire population of Delhi as soon as the vaccination is out,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.

PM to visit Zydus’ COVID-19 vaccine development centre in GujaratPM will visit pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad on Saturday to get information about the development of its COVID-19 vaccineThe PM is likely to arrive at the plant around 9.30 am. From Ahmedabad, Modi is expected to visit Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for a COVID vaccineTop 10 States contribute almost 77% of the active COVID19 load for the country: Centre tells Supreme CourtThe top 5 are: Maharashtra (18.9%) Kerala (14.7%)Delhi (8.5%)West Bengal (5.7%)Karnataka (5.6%)Govt in SC objects to any relief to any sector through loan moratorium schemeGiven the current economic situation, it may be a problem, says govtDon’t know how long the current pandemic situation will go on: GovtKapil Sibal says 97 per cent of loans will become NPAIndonesia reports record high infections and deaths

The island nation reported 5,828 new coronavirus infections and 169 deaths, taking its tally to 522,581 and deaths to 16,521

S. Korea agency says N. Korea executed people

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Friday.

Centre assures SC hospital fire safety will be looked into

During a hearing on the pandemic situation in India, the Centre assures India’s apex court that the Union Home Secretary will convene a meeting and issue directions on fire safety in government hospitals across India. The concerns come after multiple COVID-19 hospitals reported fire-related incidents, including one in Gujarat today morning.

States have to rise to the occasion and have to be above politics to deal with COVID-19 pandemic situation

– Supreme Court

10 states contribute almost 77% of active caseload

The top five are: Maharashtra (18.9%), Kerala (14.7%), Delhi (8.5%), West Bengal (5.7%), Karnataka (5.6%)

Thane: 742 new cases, 14 deaths

The count of infections in Maharashtra’s Thane district has reached 2,26,337.

Russia: Record high of 27,543 new cases

Total cases rose to 2,215,533. Authorities also reported 496 deaths related to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 38,558.

If we ease off now, we risk losing control over this virus all over again, casting aside our hard-won gains and forcing us back into a new year national lockdown with all the damage that would mean

– Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, UK, warning of a third lockdown

Eight states contribute to 70% of India’s caseload

There are 4,55,555 active infections, and at present, the contribution of active caseload to India’s total positive cases is 4.89 per cent. Maharashtra leads the tally with 87,014 total active COVID cases. Kerala recorded 64,615 active cases, while Delhi follows with 38,734 active infections. The remaining states are Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh.

Russia to produce Sputnik V in India

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and India’s Hetero have agreed to manufacture over 100 million doses of the vaccine in India

Doctors warn against Delhi marathon

Top doctors have warned elite runners are taking a major health risk by competing in Sunday’s New Delhi half-marathon in the midst of a major coronavirus outbreak and soaring air pollution.

Telangana: 761 new cases, four deaths

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 136, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (69) and Rangareddy (55), it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on November 26.

India sees 43,082 new cases

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 93,09,787 and the death toll climbed to 1,35,715 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 492 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country

Germany: Infections cross one million

The country’s Robert Koch Institute for disease control recorded more than 22,000 new daily cases, pushing the million mark.

Unease about vaccine development affects Asian markets

Asian stock markets declined on Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated.

Record-high 90,000 Americans hospitalised

In its latest update, the the Johns Hopkins University revealed that the country’s overall caseload and death toll stood at 12,879,861 and 263,413, respectively.

N.Korea attempted to hack into S.Korean coronavirus vaccine makers

Reports from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Friday cited a parliamentary intelligence committee as their source for the allegation.

Fire in Gujrat’s Uday Shivanand Hospital kills COVID-19 patients

A fire broke out in the COVID-19 hospital early Friday morning, killing at least five and injuring 28 others.

South Korea reports nine-month high case count

The Asian nation reported 500 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, a level not seen in nearly nine months, as a third wave of infections spreads nationwide and authorities scrambled to provide more hospital beds.

Canada could approve Pfizer vaccine ‘around December’

Health Canada had said previously that an approval would likely come early in the first quarter, under a new accelerated review process very similar to that in place in the United States.

Ireland set to reopen restaurants from December 7Russia’s Sputnik V developers call on AstraZeneca

“If they go for a new clinical trial, we suggest trying a regimen of combining the AZ shot with the Sputnik V human adenoviral vector shot to boost efficacy,” the developers of the Russian vaccine said on their Twitter account, suggesting the British try some combination of both vaccines.

AstraZeneca likely to run a new global trial of its vaccineLife as we used to know it, I think that’s very, very possible but we will have to continue with the hygiene, physical distancing. Vaccines do not equal zero COVID. Adding vaccines to our current measures will allow us to really crush the curve, avoid lockdowns and gain progressive control over the disease

– Mike Ryan, Director, Emergencies Programme, WHO

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