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New cases fall below 20,000 for first time in 6 months

New Delhi:   India on Tuesday recorded 19,556 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in six months, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stand at 1,00,75,116. Out of these 2.92 lakh are active while over 96.36 lakh people have recovered from the disease. With 301 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll reached 1,46,111.

Detection of new cases of coronavirus infections fell below 20,000 for the first time in six months. Low detection was however, powered by a drop in testing on Sunday. Only six states reported more than 1,000 new cases on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has declared night curfews in all Municipal Corporation limits till January 5.

With a new strain of coronavirus being detected in the UK, the Ministry of Civil Aviation stated Monday that the government has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India shall be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, 31st December. “This suspension to start w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22nd December. Consequently flights from India to UK shall stand temporarily suspended during above said period,” it said.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Monday asked people not to panic and said the government was on alert about the new strain of coronavirus that has emerged in the United Kingdom. The Health Ministry’s top advisory body is expected to meet today to discuss the variant, that is reportedly more infectious. Sources said experts from AIIMS and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), along with a representative from the World Health Organisation (WHO), will attend the meeting.

 

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