Coronavirus India Day 248 updates | November 28, 2020

Gujarat police keep vigil at Kalapur tower during the curfew in Ahmedabad. File   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

Over 69% of the 41,322 new COVID-19 cases reported in a span of 24 hours were from eight States and Union Territories, with Maharashtra recording the highest number of new infections followed by Delhi and Kerala, the Union Health Ministry said on November 28.

The Ministry said 78.35% of the 485 case fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours were concentrated in 10 States and UTs. With 98 deaths, Delhi reported the highest number of new fatalities. Maharashtra saw 85 followed by West Bengal with 46, the Ministry said. India’s COVID-19 caseload stood at 93,51,109 and the death toll had climbed to 1,36,200, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the coronavirus vaccine development work there. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the day-long visit was aimed at getting a first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens.

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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:


COVID-19 caseload in India climbs to 93,51,109

India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 93.51 lakh with 41,322 new infections being reported in a day, while 87,59,969 people have recovered so far pushing the national recovery rate to 93.68%, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

The total coronavirus cases increased to 93,51,109 and the death toll climbed to 1,36,200 with the virus claiming 485 more lives, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

After showing an upward trend for three days in a row, the active COVID-19 caseload decreased to 4,54,940, remaining below 5 lakh for the 18th consecutive day. It comprises 4.87% of the total caseload, the data stated.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.46%. - PTI


Dry swab RT-PCR COVID-19 test gets ICMR nod

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) finally got the permission of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to commercially use the ‘game changing technology’ of dry swab RNA-extraction free testing method for the COVID-19 virus on Friday. Developed by the in house research team, it will help public health authorities to scale up the testing at a fraction of the current cost of conventional RT-PCR tests and also give results in a double quick time.

The ICMR has issued an advisory permitting “the use of CSIR-CCMB dry swab method, considering its lesser cost and quick turn-around time after evaluating and finding an overall concordance of 96.9%”. The CCMB has sought the ICMR nod after finding the trial runs successful here in association with the TS health authorities in July and first reported in these columns.

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PM in Ahmedabad to review vaccine work

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Ahmedabad on Saturday as part of his three-city visit to review coronavirus vaccine development work at facilities there, an official said.

From the airport, Mr. Modi proceeded to pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad to get information about its vaccine development, the official said.

The plant is located in the Changodar industrial area, over 20 km from Ahmedabad. PM Modi will be at the plant for an hour, beginning 9.30 a.m., the official said.

He will later visit Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune.

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Gujarat Chief Justice concerned at non-compliance of COVID norms by public

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court Vikram Nath lamented that even judges were travelling long distances to attend weddings at a time when everyone must be avoiding large gatherings.

“I am shocked! Judges are travelling 500-600 km to attend weddings. What can I say about the other public? My own judges are travelling. And it’s not their children or their brother or sister’s wedding,” the Chief Justice remarked during the hearing of an ongoing suo motu petition on non-compliance of COVID-19 norms by the public in the State.

The court expressed serious concerns and asked the State government about steps it was taking to ensure that the pandemic situation did not escalate and go out of control.

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Kerala’s positivity over 10%, with no rise in testing

Kerala on Friday tested 39,108 samples, despite claims by the State government that testing would be raised to at least 70,000 per day. New cases reported on Friday stood at 3,966, with a test positivity rate of 10.14%.

The Health department added 23 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday. Five deaths were reported from Thrissur, four each from Kottayam and Malappuram, three from Alappuzha, two each from Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and one from Kozhikode.

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