Jan 05, 2021

21:42 (IST)

Tamil Nadu records 820 more infections, 11 fatalities

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported   820 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 8,22,370 and the toll increased to 12,177 with 11 more fatalities. The active cases dipped to 7,808 with 971 patients getting discharged and in total 8,02,385 people have got cured, a Health department bulletin said.


Jan 05, 2021

20:31 (IST)

Maharashtra records 3,160 new cases, 64 deaths

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally increased to 19,50,171 on Tuesday after it recorded 3,160 fresh cases of the viral infection, said a state health department official. The state reported 64 more deaths due to the infection, taking the fatality count to 49,759, he said. Also, 2,828 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the tally of recovered people to 18,50,189, the official said. With this, the state now has 49,067 active cases of coronavirus.



Jan 05, 2021

19:59 (IST)

China steps up COVID-19 vaccination for key groups ahead of holiday season

More Chinese cities have begun mass COVID-19 vaccinations after the New Year holidays, days after China granted conditional approval for its domestically produced vaccine as the country prepares for the Spring Festival holiday next month. Given the goal of vaccinating 50 million people ahead of the Spring Festival, which also marks the Chinese New Year holidays, a number of cities — including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong Province, Luliang and Linyi — have already started mass inoculations of the vaccine, covering nine key groups of people, the state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. The vaccination drive is taking place amid reports of sporadic COVID-19 cases in different cities.



Jan 05, 2021

19:45 (IST)

Centre should bear cost of COVID-19 vaccine for those below poverty line, says Maharashtra health minister

The Maharashtra government will take “appropriate” steps if the Centre doesn’t make COIVID-19 vaccines available to the people living below the poverty line

free of cost, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday. Addressing reporters, Tope said two doses (of a COVID-19 vaccine) will cost Rs 500, and every person needs to take two doses.


“However, I am of the opinion that the Centre should bear the cost of purchasing the vaccines and supplying them to Maharashtra. Poor people can still find it difficult to pay Rs 500 for a vaccine,” he said. Tope said the state government was expecting that the Centre will bear the cost of the vaccine at least for the people living below the poverty line.



Jan 05, 2021

19:33 (IST)

Four news cases reported in Mumbai’s Dharavi

With the addition of four new  cases of COVID-19, the count of infections in Mumbai’s Dharavi area reached 3,830 on Tuesday, a senior official from the

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The slum-dominated area had reported five new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Of the total number of cases reported from the locality so far, 3,492 have recovered from the infection, the official said. There are currently 26 active COVID-19 cases in the area, he added. Spread over 2.5 sq km, Dharavi is considered as the largest slum in Asia with a population over 6.5 lakh.



Jan 05, 2021

19:26 (IST)

Two more UK returnees test COVID-19 positive in Kerala

With two more UK returnees  testing postive, a total of 41 people from that country who reached here have been found infected, as the state reported 5,615 new COVID-19 cases and 24 more fatalities on Tuesday, taking the tally to 7,84,488 and the death toll to 3,184. State health minister K K Shailaja said 4,922 people

recovered from the infection today, taking the total cured in the state to 7,17,311.  “Two more persons who reached the state from the UK


have also tested positive for COVID-19 and currently, 41 people from that country have been found infected.Their samples have been sent to NIV for further tests,” Shailaja said.



Jan 05, 2021

19:22 (IST)

‘Unnecessary risk’: Twitter reacts to Boris Johnson postponing India visit

As news of UK prime minister Boris Johnson postponing his planned visit to India spread, activists and journalists on Twitter said that the visit for India’s Republic Day parade should have been cancelled earlier in light of the new virus variant spreading in the UK. There were also some speculations about the new chief guest of the Republic Day parade.

British PM Boris Johnson has cancelled his India visit citing the need to remain in the UK to tackle the mounting Covid-19 cases.

Who’ll be the Republic Day chief guest now?

Anyone extended an invitation now would most likely turn it down for them being treated as Plan B.

— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) January 5, 2021

Finally! @BorisJohnson cancels Republic Day trip due to the spiraling Covid-19 cases
India should have done this as soon as information about the new UK strain came out as we were exposing ourselves to unnecessary risk
Was this the result of backdoor diplomacy by @DrSJaishankar ?

— Sunil Jain (@thesuniljain) January 5, 2021

This will be disappointing for the #Indian side – the pomp of the Republic Day parade is usually the ideal setting for a state visit. But with #Covid cases rising in the UK, and #Lockdown3 there was no way it could happen. #BorisJohnson #Modi. https://t.co/jBuyp4jtPk

— Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) January 5, 2021

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