Coronavirus updates | December 6, 2020

Health workers collect swab samples for COVID-19 testing at ISBT Anand Vihar in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: R_V_Moorthy

India is the largest buyer of COVID-19 vaccines in the world with 1.6 billion doses, according to a global analysis, a number some scientists say could cover 800 million people, or 60% of its population, and will be enough to develop ‘herd immunity’.

India has purchased 500 million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, 1 billion from the U.S. company Novavax and 100 million doses of the Sputnik V candidate from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute, according to the U.S.-based Duke University Global Health Innovation Center.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the updates:


COVID-19 active caseload further contracts to 4.03 lakh after 138 days

The COVID-19 active caseload in India has dipped to 4.03 lakh, the lowest after 138 days, comprising 4.18% of the total coronavirus infections reported so far in the country, the Union Health Ministry said.

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West Bengal

Bengal woman, days away from turning 100, recovers from COVID-19

A month shy of 100, Bhabatarini Samanta had to battle the deadliest of foes in the path of her becoming a centenarian - the coronavirus. And, she mananged to get the better of it, stunning doctors and family members alike.

Samanta, at 99 years and 11 months, was admitted to a designated COVID-19 hospital in Fuleswar area on November 24 with fever and breathing trouble.

Subhasis Mitra, director of the hospital, said she had numerous complications, and a medical team had to be set up to assess her health condition.

“With time and care, she started recovering. We are delighted that we could make her free from COVID-19 and send her home in time for the 100th birthday, which is just a few days away,” he said.

As a farewell gesture to the elderly woman, doctors, nurses and other staff of the hospital sang songs, gave her flowers and sweets before she boarded an ambulance to depart for home on Saturday.

Mitra also said that so far, around 4,000 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to the hospital, and of them, 3,700 recovered.

Tamil Nadu

TNCC chief contracts coronavirus, says party

Tamil Nadu Congress chief K S Alagiri has tested positive for coronavirus, the party said on Sunday.

The former Lok Sabha MP has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment, A Gopanna, TNCC media department chairman said in a statement.

“TNCC president K S Alagiri has tested positive for coronavirus following a test today morning and has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment,” he said.

Gopanna asked those who had come in contact with Alagiri to undergo COVID-19 tests.


Madhya Pradesh

M.P. schools for classes 1 to 8 to remain shut till March 31: CM

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan   | Photo Credit: PTI


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that schools for Classes 1 to 8 in the State will remain shut till March 31 next year in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also said that no test would be conducted for the students of these classes this academic year and they would be evaluated on the basis of their project work.

The Chief Minister said this during a review meeting of School Education Department held on Friday.


Doctors, teachers, other high-risk groups sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow

Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations in Moscow starting from Saturday, a precursor to a sweeping Russia-wide immunisation effort.

The vaccinations come three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a large-scale COVID-19 immunisation campaign even though a Russian-designed vaccine has yet to complete the advanced studies needed to ensure its effectiveness and safety in line with established scientific protocols.

The Russian leader said on Wednesday that more than two million doses of the Sputnik V jab will be available in the next few days, allowing authorities to offer jabs to medical workers and teachers across the country starting late next week.

New Delhi

Pfizer seeks emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine in India

Coronavirus updates | December 6, 2020

Pfizer India has become the first pharmaceutical firm to seek from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) an emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine in the country, after its parent company secured such clearance in the UK and Bahrain.

The firm, in its application submitted to the drug regulator, has sought permission to import the vaccine for sale and distribution in the country, besides waiver of clinical trials on Indian population in accordance with the special provisions under the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019, official sources said.

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