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FIFA cancels men’s 2021 U-20, U-17 World Cups due to COVID-19Covaxin-a product of ICMR-Bharat Biotech collaboration, achieves remarkable feat

India's indigenous vaccine against #COVID19 Covaxin-a product of ICMR-Bharat Biotech collaboration, achieves remark… https://t.co/LrQAn1yuVS

— ANI (@ANI) 1608831525000846 out of 1200 air passengers, who had returned to Telangana from UK & via UK from Dec 9 till date, were tested for COVID-19 & 7 of them have tested positive. Positive samples were sent to CCMB lab to check for the type of virus strain in them: Health Department, Telangana GovtKarnataka reported 1,143 new COVID-19 cases, 1,268 discharges and 1 death today.New COVID-19 strain: Hyderabad starts ‘Wear a Mask campaign’Turkey to start vaccinations with Sinovac, Pfizer/BioNTechManipur reported 49 new COVID-19 cases, 143 recoveries and 3 deaths today, says State Health Department, ManipurMadhya Pradesh reported 1,038 new COVID-19 cases, 1,118 recoveries, and 10 deaths today.Punjab registers 17 more deaths, 373 fresh casesAndhra Pradesh reported 357 new COVID-19 cases, 355 recoveries & 4 deaths today, according to the State Health Department.Uttarakhand: Government issues notification cancelling winter vacation

Uttarakhand: Government issues notification cancelling winter vacation for Class 10th & 12th of state government &… https://t.co/ZcTZiOUwM7

— ANI (@ANI) 1608822226000Mizoram reported 16 new discharged COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per the state government.UK PM Johnson says: We have vaccinated almost 800,000 peopleGovernment of India has chosen Punjab to conduct the dry run for COVID19 vaccine on Dec 28-29 at five sites each in Ludhiana & Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districts: State Info & Public Relations Dep, PunjabMaharashtra reported 3,580 new COVID-19 cases, 3,171 discharges, and 89 deaths today, as per State Health DepartmentRecommendation by EU Commission to ensure coordinated approach to UK travel restrictions:

Recommendation by @EU_Commission to ensure coordinated approach to travel restrictions: ➡️Non-essential trave… https://t.co/OCuJt3BKVU

— Daniel Ferrie (@DanielFerrie) 1608643339000Delhi reports 1,063 new COVID19 cases, 1,120 recoveries and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Delhi Health DepartmentSchools for students of 9th to 12th standard to reopen from 4 January in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation. All schools will have to follow the COVID19 SOPs: Pune Municipal Corporation, MaharashtraThe infection rate has come down to below 1 per cent. The death rate has also reduced. The recovery rate has increased. Now, the prime focus lies on the vaccine. The government of Delhi is fully prepared to receive the vaccine from the Centre, store it and finally to vaccinate people.

– Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

For all passengers travelling from international destinations to Karnataka, a valid negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, issued within 72 hours before departure is required. Otherwise, they will be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport: Air India ExpressPuducherry reports 40 new COVID-19 cases and 26 discharges in the last 24 hours, according to Puducherry government.We look forward to welcoming the British PM here: MEA Spokesperson

We look forward to welcoming the British PM here: MEA Spokesperson, on being asked about if British PM's visit to I… https://t.co/KTLNtKCdNL

— ANI (@ANI) 1608814209000Muzaffarnagar death toll hits 100 after one more patient succumbs to infectionPunjab: 216 people who arrived from UK to be institutionally quarantinedAurobindo Pharma and Covax sign an agreement to develop and commercialize Covid-19 vaccine For India and UNICEF11 deaths and 436 new COVID19 cases reported in Uttarakhand today5,177 new COVID-19 cases and 4,801 recoveries reported in Kerala today.Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria By Cara AnnaAnother new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday, but further investigation is needed.“It’s a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa,” the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reportersMunicipal sanitation workers haven’t been paid for the last 4 months… We have decided to file PIL in Delhi High Court tomorrow to get justice for our sanitation workers, who’ve been working during COVID-19 pandemic.

– Sanjay Gehlot, Chairman, Delhi Commission for Safai Karamchari

AIIMS New Delhi advertises for Phase-III clinical trial of Covaxin

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) based in New Delhi on Thursday invited volunteers for the Phase III clinical trial of the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate ‘Covaxin’ for which it is one of the sites.

French President Emmanuel Macron no longer has virus symptoms and is leaving isolation Thursday after a week with COVID-19MuDiTa Express Cargo signs MoU with SpiceJet for COVID-19 vaccine distribution across IndiaIsrael is going to impose third national COVID-19 lockdownPhilippines logs 1,776 new COVID-19 cases, total nears 466,000Godrej Appliances ramps up medical refrigerator production capacity for COVID-19 vaccineAfghanistan reports 234 new COVID-19 positive casesFrance dispatches firefighters with COVID-19 test kits to UK border amid backlog

France has deployed 26 firefighters with thousands of COVID-19 test kits to the port of Dover, a major transit hub between France and the UK, to help accelerate the passage for trucks blocked in the area due to fresh restrictions caused by the new coronavirus strain, the French Embassy in the United Kingdom said on Thursday.

France’s Macron showing no more COVID-19 symptoms, Elysee says

French President Emmanuel Macron is showing no more symptoms of COVID-19, the Elysee office said on Thursday.

Czech Republic reports 14,054 new COVID-19 cases, daily tally back near peaks

In total, the country of 10.7 million has reported 660,461 confirmed cases of the disease.

We will talk to airport authorities: Jain on 2 COVID-positive flyers from UK slipping outDelhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the city government will approach airport authorities here over a report that two COVID-positive flyers from the UK had slipped out from the airport.Amid mounting concern over a new strain of the virus detected in UK, the Delhi government on Tuesday had said people who have arrived here recently from that country, are being traced and tested, while an institutional quarantine facility was being set up separately for positive cases at the LNJP Hospital.China suspends UK flights over new virus strainChina on Thursday suspended flights to and from Britain after it reported a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.China has largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, but authorities remain highly vigilant about the threat of “imported” virus cases.Athletes, coaches going for Japan Olympics should be in priority group for COVID-19 vaccine: Panel

A parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended putting athletes, coaches and support staff going for the 2021 Japan Olympics in the priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination process.

An Anglo-Indian woman, who reached Delhi from UK on Dec 21, tested positive for COVID-19. She fled an isolation centre in Delhi & reached Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh by a train. Now she has been traced & placed under isolation in Rajahmundry: Health Department officialsEach person in priority category being registered for COVID vaccine; staff, officials for vaccination identified, trained

– Arvind Kejriwal

Currently, we have capacity for 74 lakh doses of COVID vaccine; it will be scaled up to 1.15 crore within a week

– Arvind Kejriwal

Midnight Christmas mass shall be permitted in Bengaluru tonight, says the police commissioner

Karnataka: Midnight Christmas mass shall be permitted in Bengaluru tonight, says the police commissioner The state… https://t.co/MlfMkLA3vU

— ANI (@ANI) 1608794926000AIIMS Delhi puts up an advertisement asking volunteers to enroll for Phase-3 clinical trial

All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) puts up an advertisement asking volunteers to enroll for Phase-3 cl… https://t.co/p49dpjRbPU

— ANI (@ANI) 1608795654000Delhi govt has completed all preparations & is ready for vaccination. There are around 51 lakh people including healthcare & frontline workers who would get vaccine in the first phase. The process of identification of all such people is almost complete: Delhi CM Arvind KejriwalWe would need 1.02 crore doses of vaccine for the first phase of vaccination since each person will get two doses. Currently, we have the capacity to store 74 lakh doses which will be increased to 1.15 crore within one week: Delhi CM Arvind KejriwalEach priority category person will be given two doses; total 1.2 crore doses will be required in 1st phase of vaccination in Delhi

– Arvind Kejriwal

There are 51 lakh priority category persons for COVID-19 vaccine in city

– Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Yesterday there were 871 positive cases in Delhi. For the last three days, less than 1,000 cases have surfaced per day. The infection rate has been below 2% for a few days. The situation seems to be mellow for now: Satyendra Jain, Delhi Health MinisterA total of 574 new COVID-19 cases, 384 discharges and 2 deaths were reported in Telangana yesterday, says State Health DepartmentMaharashtra: UK returnee tests COVID-19 positive in Nagpur

A 28-year-old man who recently returned from the UK has tested positive for coronavirus at Nagpur in Maharashtra, an official said on Thursday. After the government earlier this week imposed travel restrictions to and from the UK, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) appealed to those having recent travel history to that country to inform the civic body about it.

Efforts on to locate 602 people who came to Goa from UK, UAEIn the wake of detection of a new COVID-19 variant in the UK, Goa health authorities are trying to track down 602 people who arrived in the state from Britain and the UAE since Dec 9. The maximum number of people who have arrived from these two places are expected to be in Cansualim area of South Goa district, predominantly a beach destination. A list of 602 people has been prepared after going through arrivals from the UK and the UAE since December 9, the official from the Directorate of Health Services said.Moderna anticipates its COVID-19 vaccine to safeguard against new mutated coronavirusUS-based pharma company Moderna said that it expects its COVID-19 vaccine to be protective against the new mutated coronavirus reported in Britain. “Moderna expects that the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine would be protective against coronavirus variants reported in the United Kingdom (UK),” read the statement released by Moderna.Delhi Health Department asks Lok Nayak Hospital to set up a separate isolation unit for people testing COVID positive after returning from UKSingle day rise of 24,712 COVID-19 cases, 312 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 1,01,23,778, death toll to 1,46,756: GovtDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to chair a meeting of the health minister and health secretary today to review preparation for COVID-19 vaccinationSpiceJet ties-up with Hyderabad airport for storage, delivery of Covid-19 vaccine

SpiceJet said that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), the cargo division of GMR Air Cargo & Aerospace Engineering Ltd. (GACAEL), for providing a seamless service to all vaccine manufacturers in the region.

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