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Coronavirus India highlights: Covid-19 guidelines on face masks & social distancing violated with impunity, says SC

India detected 35,551 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday, taking its overall tally to over 95.34 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune | Updated: December 4, 2020 10:27:08 am
Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Covid-19 guidelines on face masks & social distancing violated with impunity, says SC“You give suggestions on what is needed to be done for implementation of these guidelines on face masks and gatherings. People are violating them with impunity. What should be done you tell us. We will fill up the gaps,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said.

People are violating “with impunity” the Covid-19 guidelines on wearing of face masks at public places and are not adhering to social distancing norms, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while pulling up the authorities for not ensuring strict compliance of these measures to contain coronavirus. The apex court questioned the authorities over large gatherings including political and social during the pandemic time and said the Centre and states should give suggestions so that appropriate directions can be issued to implement these guidelines and also for ensuring its compliance.

“You give suggestions on what is needed to be done for implementation of these guidelines on face masks and gatherings. People are violating them with impunity. What should be done you tell us. We will fill up the gaps,” a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said.

In related news, cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate was increased from 70 per cent to 80 per cent of their pre-Covid levels , said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The minister had said on November 11 that the Indian airlines can operate up to 70 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation.

Puri tweeted on Thursday, “Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020. Ministry of Civil Aviation is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-COVID approved capacity,” he stated.

India detected 35,551 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday, taking its overall tally to over 95.34 lakh. About 4.22 lakh infections are currently active and 89,73,373 have recovered so far. With 526 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,38,648. With Delhi numbers declining, Kerala is now back as the topmost contributor of cases.

A technical advisory committee advising the Karnataka government on how to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has warned that a second wave of the coronavirus may hit the state in January and has suggested measures like the imposition of night curfew between December 26 to January 1 and a ban on New Year celebrations to minimise the impact on the state.

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21:47 (IST)03 Dec 2020
1,540 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, 13 deaths

Gujarat recorded 1,540 fresh cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Thursday evening.

The caseload in the state, thus, rose to 2,14,309 while death toll reached 4,031. Also, 1,427 patients were discharged during the day. Of the 13 patients who died during the day, nine succumbed in Ahmedabad city, two in Surat district and one each in Vadodara and Rajkot cities. Despite a night curfew and curbs on gathering during day-time, 336 new COVID-19 cases were found in Ahmedabad district on Thursday.

It was followed by 246 new cases in Surat, 184 in Vadodara, 141 in Rajkot, 72 in Gandhinagar, 69 in Mehsana and 42 in Patan district.

Gujarat's recovery rate now stands at 91.16 per cent, said the health department release. Over 69,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. In good news, no new case of coronavirus emerged during the day in the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Of 3,311 persons found positive for coronavirus in the territory till now, two have died, 3,295 have recovered and just 14 are undergoing treatment, said a release by the UT administration. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 2,14,309, new cases 1,540, death toll 4,031, discharged 1,95,365, active cases 14,913 and people tested so far 80,33,388.

19:24 (IST)03 Dec 2020
5 COVID vaccines undergoing trial in India logistically feasible for distribution in both urban, rural areas: AIIMS director

One of the missile boats which participated in the historic Op Trident, during a missile firingAIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Thursday pinned his hopes on the five COVID-19 vaccine candidates which are in advanced stages of clinical trial in India, stating they are logistically feasible for distribution in both urban and rural areas.

His assertion comes amid Pfizer-BioNTech's anti-coronavirus vaccine getting emergency clearance in the UK, paving the way for mass vaccinations against the deadly novel coronavirus from as early as next week.

Dr Guleria expressed hope that by the end of this month or early next month, at least one of the five vaccines being locally-tested should get emergency use authorisation from the drug regulator to be administered to the public starting with priority groups.

'According to sources, global pharma giant Pfizer had talks with the Indian government late August, but since then there has been no development.

18:33 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Committed to engaging with Indian govt to make vaccine available in country: Pfizer

Global pharma major Pfizer on Thursday said it remains committed to engaging with the Indian government to explore opportunities to make Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine available in the country.

The UK on Wednesday became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 with the UK regulator Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)granting a temporary authorisation for its emergency use.

"Right now we are in discussions with many governments around the world and remain committed to engaging with the Government of India and explore opportunities to make this vaccine available for use in the country," a Pfizer spokesperson said in a statement. READ MORE

17:31 (IST)03 Dec 2020
At vaccine trial, Bengal Governor slams govt, TMC says no politics please

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday claimed that medical infrastructure in West Bengal was under stress during the pandemic as the state did not implement the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. The scheme had played a “significant role” during the Covid-19 crisis, he added.

He also targeted the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government over alleged irregularities in procuring medical equipment for tackling the pandemic.

The Governor made the remarks after launching the Phase-3 regulatory trial of indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine candidate Covaxin at ICMR-NICED here. State minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Firhad Hakim was one of the first people to participate in the trial.

17:02 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

Africa's top public health official says 60 per cent of the continent's population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years.

The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters on Thursday that if it takes four to five years, the virus will be endemic in our communities.

African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Nkengasong isn't sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year.

16:30 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Govt increases domestic flights' cap from 70% to 80% of pre-COVID levels

The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate was increased from 70 per cent to 80 per cent of their pre-COVID levels on Thursday, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The minister had said on November 11 that the Indian airlines can operate up to 70 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation. Puri tweeted on Thursday, "Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020."

"Ministry of Civil Aviation is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-COVID approved capacity," he stated. The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from May 25, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

On June 26, this was increased to 45 per cent and on September 2, it was further increased to 60 per cent. On November 11, it was increased to 70 per cent.

15:20 (IST)03 Dec 2020
12 new cases push Mizoram's COVID-19 tally to 3,881

Mizoram's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,881 on Thursday as 12 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

Eight fresh infections were detected in Aizawl, two in Lawngtlai and one each in Lunglei and Kolasib districts, he said. Twelve more people were cured of the disease, taking the state's recovery count to 3,584, the official said. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 92.35 per cent, he said.

Mizoram now has 291 active cases, of which Aizawl has the highest at 139, followed by Lunglei (74), the official said. Six coronavirus patients have succumbed to the infection to date, he said.,The state has so far tested 1,53,180 samples for COVID-19, including 1,043 in the last 24 hours, the official added.

14:11 (IST)03 Dec 2020
No night curfew will be imposed in Delhi or parts of it for now, AAP govt tells HC

The Delhi government Thursday told the Delhi High Court that no night curfew will be imposed in Delhi or parts of it for now. "Have taken a considered view, after assessing the situation of Delhi, not to impose night curfew in Delhi or some parts of Delhi as of now," the AAP govt told the Court.

13:56 (IST)03 Dec 2020
SC stays Gujarat HC's mask order, directs state govt to ensure vigorous adherence of Covid-19 rules

The Supreme Court Thursday stayed the Gujarat High Court order that made it mandatory for those violating the face mask rule to do community service at COVID-19 centres. The top court also directed the state government to ensure vigorous adherence of Centre's COVID-19 guidelines on wearing masks and social distancing.

Earlier in the day, the Gujarat government had approached the apex court challenging the high court's order.

On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala directed the government to “come out with a notification under the relevant statute” mandating community service for those violating Covid safety protocols, including face covering and social distancing.

13:34 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Gujarat govt approaches SC against HC's mask order

The Gujarat government Thursday approached the Supreme Court against the Gujarat High Court order that made it mandatory for those violating the face mask rule to do community service at COVID-19 centres. The Solicitor-General has requested that the matter be taken up today itself.

On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala directed the government to “come out with a notification under the relevant statute” mandating community service for those violating Covid safety protocols, including face covering and social distancing.

“The duty should be non-medical in nature and can include activities such as cleaning, housekeeping, help in cooking and serving the food, preparation of record, data feeding, etc. The nature of the duties given shall be appropriately decided by the authorities, considering the age, qualifications, gender and health status of the violator,” the court had said.

13:05 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Active caseload falls under 4.5% mark today

India has reported more daily recoveries than the daily new cases during the past 24 hours. The active caseload has fallen under the 4.5% mark today. India’s present active caseload consists of just 4.44% of total positive cases: Government of India.

12:13 (IST)03 Dec 2020
‘What does PM stand by’: Rahul on Centre’s ‘not vaccinating entire country’ stand

Days after the Centre clarified that it had never spoken about inoculating everyone with the COVID-19, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the prime minister over the different statements from the NDA.

Taking to Twitter, the former Congress president cited the differences in statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government and the BJP on the anticipated vaccine for the COVID-19 and asked what does the prime minister stand by. “PM — Everyone will get vaccine. BJP in Bihar elections — Everyone in Bihar will get free vaccine. Now, GOI — Never said everyone will get vaccine. Exactly what does the PM stand by?” Gandhi said in a tweet.

09:51 (IST)03 Dec 2020
India detects 35,551 new cases; with Delhi numbers declining, Kerala back as topmost contributor of cases

India detected 35,551 new cases of coronavirus infection on Wednesday, taking its overall tally to over 95.34 lakh. About 4.22 lakh infections are currently active and 89,73,373 have recovered so far. With 526 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,38,648. With Delhi numbers declining, Kerala is now back as the topmost contributor of cases.

08:45 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Second Covid wave could hit Karnataka in January, experts warn
The second wave of Covid-19 is expected during January-February, 2021.

A technical advisory committee advising the Karnataka government on how to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has warned that a second wave of the coronavirus may hit the state in January and has suggested measures like the imposition of night curfew between December 26 to January 1 and a ban on New Year celebrations to minimise the impact on the state. “An early recognition of the second wave of Covid-19 in the state can be done by closely monitoring 7-day average growth rate and reproduction number (R0) at district and state levels.

The second wave of Covid-19 is expected during January-February, 2021,” the committee, comprising of health experts, stated in a November 30 report. It said that the inputs of an epidemic intelligence team should be utilised for early recognition of the second wave by the state government and a “minimum of 1.25 lakh tests per day” should be conducted till the end of February, with at least one lakh being RT-PCR tests.

22:48 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Ladakh records two more COVID-related deaths, 62 fresh cases

Two more patients died of coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the fatality count to 119, while 62 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the Union Territory to 8,477, a bulletin said on Wednesday.

The latest COVID-related deaths were reported from Leh, taking the district toll to 77 while rest of the 42 deaths had taken place in Kargil district, the bulletin released by the Directorate of Health Services said.

It said of the 62 new cases, 55 persons tested positive in Leh and seven others in Kargil district.

However, the number of active cases in Ladakh had come down to 793 ? 681 in Leh and 112 in Kargil ? after 76 more patients were discharged during the past 24 hours, the bulletin said, adding that the number of cured cases increased to 7,565, which is 89 per cent of the total cases.

20:49 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Russia: President Putin tells officials to start mass vaccinations against Covid-19 next week

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 58 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. Russia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. Russia said last month that it Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results.

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"Let's agree on this - you will not report to me next week but you will start mass vaccination...let's get to work already," Putin told Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova. Golikova said large-scale vaccination could begin on voluntary basis in December. The rise in infections has slowed since reaching a high o Nov. 27, with 25,345 new cases reported on Wednesday.

19:08 (IST)02 Dec 2020
CM Captain Amarinder to get first shot of Covid vaccine in Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced that he would take the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine in Punjab, after it is cleared by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Punjab has prepared a data of 1.25 lakh health workers who would get the vaccine in the first phase.

Amarinder’s announcement came during a presentation on the vaccine at a virtual Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The Cabinet discussed the preparedness of the state to roll out the vaccine.

A government statement said that in line with the Government of India strategy for vaccination, Punjab has prioritised healthcare workers, frontline workers, the elderly population (over 50 years of age), and people with co-morbidities (< or = 50 years).

18:29 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Delhi HC extends by 45 days interim bail of nearly 3,500 undertrial prisoners

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended the interim bail of around 3,499 undertrial prisoners by a further 45 days to de-congest jails here because of the persisting coronavirus pandemic. The decision of the high court was based on the recommendation of the high powered committee (HPC) constituted on the direction of the Supreme Court to decongest jails to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh passed the order in view of the HPC's recommendation to give a 45-day extension in interim bail granted to 3,499 undertrial prisoners on the basis of criteria laid down by the committee so that their surrender does not overwhelm prisons in the national capital, which are already filled beyond capacity. The committee in its meeting of November 28 had said the sudden spurt of COVID-19 cases in Delhi reflects there is no certainty when the threat of pandemic shall be over and if the interim bail of these undertrial prisoners (UTPs) was not extended and if they are asked to surrender, then they might bring the infection with them.

"The committee is, therefore, of the considered opinion that no such chance/risk can be taken and thus resolved that interim bail granted to 3,499 UTPs needs to be further extended for a period of 45 days," the HPC had said.

18:27 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bengal minister Firhad Hakim first volunteer to take vaccine 'Covaxin' in phase III trial in Kolkata
17:40 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Odisha: Covid-19 RT-PCR test price reduced to Rs 400 at private labs

The Odisha government o Wednesday slashed the price of RT-PCR tests for detection o COVID-19 at private laboratories to Rs 400 from the existin Rs 1,200, a notification said.

In July, the state government had capped the price o RT-PCR tests at private laboratories at Rs 2,200 and it wa then reduced to Rs 1,200 in August

According to the notification issued by the health an family welfare department, anyone undergoing RT-PCR tes at private laboratories, within the state, will now have t pay a maximum amount of Rs 400, including GST.

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Britain approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday, jumping ahead of the United States and Europe to become the West’s first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early “next week.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the approval of the vaccine, which uses novel mRNA technology, as a global win and a ray of hope amid the gloom of the coronavirus that has killed nearly 1.5 million people, hammered the economy and upended life worldwide.

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted emergency use approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which they say is 95 per cent effective in preventing illness, in record time — just 23 days since Pfizer published the first data from its final stage clinical trial which involved more than 43,000 people. “It’s fantastic,” Johnson said. “The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again.”

CM Captain Amarinder to get first shot of Covid vaccine in Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced that he would take the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine in Punjab, after it is cleared by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Punjab has prepared a data of 1.25 lakh health workers who would get the vaccine in the first phase. Amarinder’s announcement came during a presentation on the vaccine at a virtual Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The Cabinet discussed the preparedness of the state to roll out the vaccine.

Community service at Covid centres for those not wearing masks: Gujarat HC

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to punish those found not wearing a mask with community service at a Covid care centre. The direction came a day after the court said it found itself in a Hamletian dilemma over giving nod to the community service proposal. On Tuesday, the state government said that while it is keen on implementing the proposal, it would be a mammoth task to ensure proper implementation. A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala on Wednesday directed the government to “come out with a notification under the relevant statute” mandating community service for those violating Covid safety protocols, including face covering and social distancing.

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