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Covid-19 update: 24,337 new cases take India’s overall coronavirus tally to 1,00,55,560

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New Delhi: India has recorded 24,337 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking nation’s total tally to 1,00,55,560. With 333 more people dying due to the virus in last 24-hour, the death toll has reached 1,45,810. A total of 96,06,111 patients have recovered or been discharged since the onset of pandemic, as per the latest data from the Union Health Ministry.

A total of 16,20,98,329 samples tested for Covid-19 up to December 20. Of these, 9,00,134 samples were tested yesterday. said Indian Council of Medical Research. 

The reported active COVID-19 cases in India stand at 3,03,639, according to the Union Health Ministry.  The recovery rate stands at 95.53 per cent while the fatality rate is 1.45 as per cent.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has called for an emergency meeting of its Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) today after the reports of new coronavirus strain spreading across UK wrecked havoc across the world. 

According to a new study,  hospitalised Covid-19 patients have a greater risk of dying if they are men or if they are obese or have complications from diabetes or hypertension. 

The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that nearly 67,000 hospitalised Covid-19 patients in 613 hospitals across the country to determine the link between certain common patient characteristics and the risk of dying from Covid-19.

“Hospitalised patients who were obese, had hypertension or poorly managed diabetes had a higher risk of dying compared to those who did not have these conditions,” said study authors from the University of Maryland in the US.

Meanwhile, on the vaccine front, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that India will get covid-19 vaccine in January while stressing that safety and efficacy have been monitored closely. 

 “Our first priority has been safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We don’t want to compromise on that. I personally feel, maybe in any week of January, we can be in a position to give first COVID vaccine shot to people of India.”

He added, “We’ve formed task forces at state, district and block levels. Thousands of master trainers have been trained across the country. We’ve conducted training at state level and trained over 20,000 workers in about 260 districts”.

On the global front, the covid-19 cases have topped 76.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.69 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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