Coronavirus India Highlights: On the eve of the three-day session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, 61 employees and officials of the Assembly secretariat and five MLAs have tested coronavirus positive, news agency PTI reported. After taking stock of the preparation for the session, Protem Speaker of MP Assembly Rameshwar Sharma said, “As many as 61 employees and officials of the state Assembly secretariat have tested coronavirus positive so far. Besides, five MLAs were also found infected as per the reports received till now,”.
India reported 18,732 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Sunday. This is the lowest daily spike in infections since June. This is the second time in the week that the daily cases number has dropped below 20,000. Of the 1.01 crore cases, active infections stand at 2.78 lakh. Today also marks the second consecutive day that the toll has remained below 300 — 279 deaths reported on Saturday.
European countries including Italy, Germany and France kicked off their vaccination campaign as a growing list of countries in the continent have identified their first cases of the coronavirus mutation widespread in the U.K. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended the ban on U.K. flights by two weeks and said he’s open to reinstating tighter movement curbs if coronavirus infections spike. Japan will ban entry to most non-Japanese nationals through the end of January.
India is set to hold a dummy vaccination exercise on December 28 and 29, setting stage for the largest and most ambitious mass immunisation programme in its history. The drive will be carried out in 2 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam and will be closely monitored by the centre, The Indian Express has learnt.