Coronavirus India lockdown day 231 updates | November 12, 2020

Health workers segregating samples at a COVID-19 testing camp.   | Photo Credit: S.S. Kumar

18 generic drug companies have pledged to make COVID-19 drugs for developing countries.

The companies have come together under the umbrella of the non-profit Medicines Patent Pool (MPP). Indian companies that have pledged to manufacture COVID-19 drugs include Sun Pharma, Lupin, Aurobindo, Zydus Cadila, Hetero, Natco and Strides Shasun.

“This unprecedented cooperation from companies that are typically competitors represents a breakthrough in our efforts to level the playing field for access to drugs that will be crucial to controlling and defeating this pandemic,” Charles Gore, Executive Director of MPP said in a release. All the 18 companies have the capacity to deliver substantial amounts of conventional drugs and biologics, including monoclonal antibodies.

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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:

New Delhi

10 States, UTs reported 78 % of new coronavirus cases in 24-hour span: Government

Seventy-eight per cent of the new 47,905 coronavirus infections reported in a span of 24 hours on Thursday are from 10 states and union territories with Delhi continuing to register the highest single-day cases at 8,593 followed by Kerala and Maharashtra, according to the Union Health Ministry.

For the successive fifth day, new COVID-19 cases reported in a span of 24 hours did not cross the 50,000 mark, while the trend of daily new recoveries outnumbering daily new infections continued for the 40th day. As many as 52,718 new recoveries were registered in a day as against 47,905 infections during the same period.

Ten States and union territories reported 78% of the new cases registered in a span of 24 hours.

New Delhi

Jain launches app to access e-vehicle service for transportation of COVID patients

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain launched a mobile app that will allow people to access a free e-vehicle service dedicated for transportation of COVID-19 patients who are not critical, officials said.

The Jeevan Seva app can be download through a link which will be sent through SMS and QR codes to every COVID-19 positive patient in Delhi who have been tested, they said.

“The app, launched in collaboration with EVERA, will use electric vehicles as an ambulance to transfer non-critical cases to healthcare facilities within Delhi free of cost,” the Delhi health department said in a statement. — PTI


Akali leader Bikram Majithia tests COVID-19 positive

Senior Akali leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, Mr. Majithia asked people who came in his contact during the last few days to get themselves tested for the infection. - PTI


FM announces ₹900 crore grant for COVID-19 vaccine research

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Thursday announced a ₹900 crore grant to the Department of Biotechnology for COVID-19 vaccine research.

She said the grant does not cover the actual cost of vaccine and distribution expenses, which will be made separately as and when the vaccine is available. - Viikas Dhoot



BJP MLA Surendra Singh Jeena dies due to COVID-19

BJP MLA from Salt in Almora district, Surendra Singh Jeena, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in New Delhi, died early Thursday.

The 50-year-old Jeena was admitted to the Sir Gangaram Hospital nearly a week ago. He breathed his last at around 4 a.m., Pradesh BJP vice president Devendra Bhasin said. - PTI


Delhi reported maximum case spike, second highest fatalities in 24 hours

Delhi has reported the maximum COVID-19 case spike and the second highest fatalities across India in the past 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, adding that Delhi (8,593 cases) is followed by Kerala (7,007) and Maharashtra (4,907) in terms of case tally. Ten States and Union Territories reported 78% of the new cases.

“In all, 550 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Case fatality rate stands at 1.48%. Of these new deaths, 10 States/UTs account for 80%. Maharashtra accounted for 22. 7% share with 125 fatalities. Delhi and West Bengal follow with 85 and 49 new deaths respectively,’’ said the release.

For the successive fifth day, new cases reported in the last 24 hours did not cross the 50,000 mark. - Bindu Shajan Perappadan

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HC allows Delhi govt to reserve 80% ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hosptials

The Delhi High Court Thursday allowed the AAP government to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals, saying the situation in the national capital is fairly dynamic and cases of coronavirus are spiralling.

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COVISHIELD completes enrolment of Phase-3 clinical trials under partnership of ICMR and SII

The Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday announced the completion of enrolment of Phase-3 clinical trials for COVISHIELD in India.

“The ICMR and the SII have further collaborated for clinical development of COVOVAX (Novavax) developed by Novavax, USA, and upscaled by the SII,” noted a release issued by the ICMR.

It added that the ICMR had funded the clinical trial site fees while SII had funded other expenses for COVISHIELD.

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West Bengal

COVID-19 norms go for a toss as commuters cram local trains

Passengers crowded local trains during the peak hours on Thursday morning — the second day after suburban railway services resumed in Bengal — with little or no regard for COVID-19 safety protocols. Several of them demanded that the frequency of trains be increased to avoid the rush.

Officials were seen making futile attempts to control the surge of passengers at the stations, mainly in the Eastern Railway’s Sealdah and Howrah divisions. The situation was slightly better in the Howrah- Kharagpur section of the South Eastern Railway on Thursday, with trains being comparatively less congested.

Long queues to buy tickets, with some extending way outside the station premises, were witnessed since early morning at various places including Sonarpur, Baruipur, Mallickpur, Sodepur, Barrackpore, Serampore, Naihati.

Throwing caution to the air, passengers shoved each other as they boarded or disembarked the crammed compartments. In many trains, commuters occupied seats, which have stickers marked on them asking people not to use them. — PTI

Tamil Nadu

Schools not to reopen from November 16 in TN

The Tamil Nadu Government has announced that both colleges and schools for classes 9 to 12 in the state will not reopen on November 16, as was announced earlier this month.

The state government said that after analysing the feedback from parents, they have decided to withdraw the announcement to reopen schools and school hostels for classes 9 to 12 from November 16 and that a later reopening date would be announced after taking the COVID-19 situation into consideration.

Colleges and universities will reopen for Ph.D students and final year PG students from science and technical courses alone from December 2. For these students alone, hostels will be opened on campus and guidelines for colleges as well as hostels will be separately issued.

For other students, the reopening date will be announced later and the ongoing online classes are expected to continue. - Staff Reporter


'I was helpless when COVID-19 rules were being flouted during campaigns'

Minister for Health and Family Welfare K. Sudhakar on Wednesday expressed his helplessness with regard to the recent violations of government’s COVID-19 guidelines and advisories by political parties during the recent byelections in Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira and added that all parties should take collective responsibility in this regard.

Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the Minister admitted to participants in the byelection campaigns and roadshows breaking rules that mandated wearing face masks and social distancing.

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Andhra Pradesh

No holy dip at ghats during Tungabhadra Pushkaram

Collector G. Veerapandian inspecting a Pushkar ghat at Gundrevula in Kurnool district on Wednesday.

Collector G. Veerapandian inspecting a Pushkar ghat at Gundrevula in Kurnool district on Wednesday.  


The Tungabhadra Pushkaram, scheduled to be organised from November 20 to December 1, is caught in the dilemma of religious beliefs and the COVID-19 protocols.

The endowments and health departments have issued instructions to exercise caution for the coronavirus pandemic. They have allowed only pujas related to the rituals for paying homage to the dead at the ghats. Even for the visit, one needs to book a time slot at a particular ghat and follow all COVID-19 protocols.

As per the State government’s decision, no holy dip or holy shower would be allowed at the Pushkar ghats. The government is spending lakhs of rupees to regulate the large influx of devotees during that fortnight. - Ramesh Susarla

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Post-poll testing shows low positivity rate in both segments

While the number of COVID-19 cases has increased across Karnataka, the test positivity rate in Rajarajeshwarinagar and Sira Assembly constituencies that went to the polls recently is lower than that of the State. This was the finding from the first round of “aggressive” testing for COVID-19 after the bypolls.

Data provided by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) showed that while the total test positivity rate in R.R. Nagar constituency, consisting of nine wards, was 0.57%, the State average was 2.15% as of November 10.

Coronavirus India lockdown day 231 updates | November 12, 2020

Similarly, in Sira, of the 15,878 who underwent COVID-19 testing, 103 people tested positive. The test positivity rate here was 0.65%.

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Brazil resumes trials of Chinese vaccine candidate

Brazil’s health regulator on Wednesday authorised the resumption of large-scale clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company just over a day after shutting the test down.

The initial decision by Anvisa led to a storm of complaints that the action was more political than scientific.

The agency had cited an adverse, serious event that occurred on October 29 as the reason for halting the trials on Monday night, but said on Wednesday that it now has sufficient elements to allow vaccination to resume.

The potential CoronaVac vaccine is being developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac and in Brazil would be mostly produced by Sao Paulo’s state-run Butantan Institute. - AP

New Delhi

Smriti Irani recovers

Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday said she has tested negative for COVID-19. She had on October 28 announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I have tested negative for COVID. Would like to extend my grateful thanks to everyone for their good wishes and prayers,” Ms. Irani tweeted.


COVID-19 virus touched almost every household in capital, says HC

One in four persons in the city appears to be infected by COVID-19 and that the virus has touched almost every household in the national capital, said the Delhi High Court which on Wednesday perused latest sero survey report pointing out that the central district being the worst hit.

According to the latest report of the fourth round of sero survey carried out in the national capital, which was placed before a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, the central district of Delhi has seen an increase of more than double in the rate of infection as compared to the data of the survey carried out in September.

The latest report has found that COVID-19 antibodies were present in 25 per cent of the persons tested.

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COVID-19 caseload in India climbs to 86,83,916

India saw a single-day increase of 47,905 infections taking the country’s COVID-19 caseload to 86,83,916, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease have surged to 80,66,501, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,28,121 with 550 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the second consecutive day.

There are 4,89,294 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 5.63 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The total recoveries have surged to 80, 66,501 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.89 per cent, while Cthe OVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.48 per cent.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 12,19,62,509 samples have been tested up to November 11 with 11,93,358 samples being tested on Wednesday. - PTI


Kerala should enhance vigil, says Minister

State Health Minister K.K. Shylaja appealed for high public vigilance and adherence to precautions, especially with the upcoming local body polls and Sabarimala pilgrimage.

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Tamil Nadu

COVID-19 under control in Tamil Nadu, says CM

Infections in Tamil Nadu have been brought under control after various preventive steps were taken by the State government, said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.

Speaking at a meeting to review COVID-19 preventive measures and development works in Virudhunagar district on Wednesday, Mr. Palaniswami said around 75,000 persons were being tested each day in the State.

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Associations for reopening schools, PU colleges in Dec. in phases

Parents’ and students’ associations have suggested that the government allow schools and pre-university colleges to resume classes in December. The suggestion was made at a meeting held by the Primary and Secondary Education Department with stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss when schools should be reopened and the safety of students.

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