Coronavirus India Live Updates: With 44,489 new cases, there are over 92 lakh coronavirus infections in the country. As many as 524 deaths were reported in the 24 hours ending 9 am Thursday, taking the toll to 1,35,223. Of the 92.66 lakh cases, over 4.52 lakh infections are active, while recoveries stand at 86,79,138 with 36,367 new discharges in the last 24 hours.
The Centre Thursday extended the ban on international flights till December 31. A notification issued by the Civil Aviation Ministry said all scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India will remain suspended till 11.59 pm on December 31, 2020. The restriction does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Meanwhile, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai tested positive for the novel coronavirus Thursday. Rai is the third minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government to have contracted the virus. Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain were infected with it. An official said Rai, who is also AAP’s Delhi convenor, had met party workers around Diwali. The minister had not attended the all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Delhi on November 19 as he was not feeling well.
In other news, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) on Wednesday issued a fresh set of guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The fresh norms will be effective from December 1, 2020 and will continue till December 31. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel passed away Wednesday morning due to multiple organ failure, more than a month after he tested positive for Covid-19.