Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Centre Halts Export Of Remdesivir Until COVID-19 Situation Improves

A health care worker prepares coronavirus tests in a lab at a COVID drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Paramus, New Jersey, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RC2XFK9F4BOY

Amid the surging coronavirus cases in the country, occupancy of beds in the hospitals and the need for medication has also shot up. To keep up with the supply of essential medicines for the treatment of COVID-19, including Remdesivir, the central government o decided to halt the export of injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) till the COVID-19 situation in the country improves.

The development came on Sunday, after several states reported the shortage of Remdesivir, essential in the treatment of coronavirus.

Besides, Delhi recorded its highest ever daily corona virus infection count on Sunday with 10,732 cases emerging in last 24 hours alone. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that in last three days alone more than 26,000 cases have emerged and the situation in very serious.

CM Kejriwal appealed to city residents to co-operate with the authorities for the sake of their and their family member’s health. “Do not go out of your house houses unless it is absolutely necessary. We do not want to impose lock-down but we have been forced to introduce many restrictions in metro, buses, restaurants etc,” he added.

Apart from this, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed that all government and non-government educational institutes will remain closed till April 30.

“Classes of all the government/non-government schools from classes 1 to 12 will remain close in the state until April 30. Coaching centers will be closed. Pre-scheduled examinations may take place during this period. Teachers and other staff can be present as per the requirement,” said Yogi.

Breaking all records, India on Sunday registered 1,52,879 new coronavirus cases, data from the health ministry showed. This is India’s biggest one-day rise in cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The toll went up to 1,69,275 with 839 more deaths in the last day. India’s tally of active cases stood at 11,08,087, while the number of recoveries reached 1,20,81,443. More than 10 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to give COVID-19 vaccine jabs to maximum eligible people, ‘Tika Utsav’ begins across the country from Sunday.

During his interaction with chief ministers to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the country, PM Modi had called for a vaccination festival between April 11 and April 14 on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Jyotiba Phule and Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

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Earlier, amid a surge in COVID cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Saturday announced new restrictions banning most public gatherings and setting limits for attendance at restaurants, theatres, on public transport and functions like weddings and funerals.

According to the order, the preventative measures will remain in force till April 30. It has banned all types of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious gatherings in Delhi. All swimming pools except those where sportspersons are training for national and international events will be closed.

Only 50 people will be able to attend weddings and 20 people at funerals. Marriage-related gatherings are allowed by up to 50 persons. Marriage-related gatherings are allowed up to 50 persons. Restaurants and bars are allowed up to 50% of the seating capacity. Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes will be permitted to open with up to 50% of seating capacity.

Besides, it will be mandatory for people travelling by air from Maharashtra to Delhi to carry a negative RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to arrival. If found without report, mandatory quarantine of 14 days, Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Govt of NCT of Delhi said.

Besides, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held an all-party meeting via video conferencing on Saturday to review the current COVID-19 situation in the state.

Global Update:

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 132.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.87 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Meanwhile, the country registered 71,832 new cases, bringing the national tally to 13,445,006, the ministry said. Sao Paulo, the most populous state in Brazil, has also been hardest hit by the virus with 2,635,378 cases and 82,407 deaths.

Russia registers 8,702 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia registered 8,702 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down slightly from 8,704 the day before, taking the overall tally to 4,641,390, the coronavirus response center said on Sunday.
“Over the past day, 8,702 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 83 Russian regions, including 1,133 cases (13 percent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said. The rate of increase went up to 0.19 percent.

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