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Economic Times | 20 Nov, 2020 | 11.58PM IST

Coronavirus Updates: With 45,882 new cases India's Covid-19 tally crosses 90-lakh mark

The total cases in the country now stands at 90,04,366 including 4,43,794 active cases and 84,28,409 recoveries. With 584 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,32,162.

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11:58 PM

Wrap Up: News highlights of the day

  • An entire village in Lahaul tests Covid positive
  • All government and private schools to remain closed in Haryana till November 30, in view of COVID-19 situation
  • Reports of trains between Mumbai & Delhi being halted are baseless & speculative
  • Covid containment zones rise to over 4,550 in Delhi
  • Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US
  • Curfew to be imposed in Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara between 9 pm and 6 am, starting Nov 21
  • The state govt has decided to impose complete curfew in Ahmedabad from 9 pm of Nov 20 to 6 am of Nov 23
  • Night curfew to be imposed between 10 pm to 6 am, starting from November 21 in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha, and Ratlam districts
  • WHO suspends remdesivir from list of medicines
11:25 PM

Door to door survey in Delhi is going to be beneficial for patients as it'll help in detecting patients with comorbidity & elderly patients. At least we'll know how many patients we have & how best we can utilise medical facilities.

- Dr. Atul Kakkar, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

11:02 PM

Himachal Pradesh reports 588 new COVID-19 positive cases, 726 recoveries, and 11 death cases.

Total cases in the state rise to 32,785, including 6,803 active cases, 25,432 recoveries & 491 deaths.
10:55 PM

Punjab reports 819 new COVID-19 cases, 492 discharges and 16 deaths today.

  • Total cases in the state rise to 1,44,995, including 1,33,919 recoveries and 4,572 deaths.
  • Active cases stand at 6,504.
10:52 PM

West Bengal reports 3,626 new COVID-19 cases, 3,850 discharges, and 53 deaths.

  • Total cases: 4,45,505
  • Active cases: 25,599
  • Death toll: 7,923
  • Total discharges: 4,15,609
10:52 PM

Haryana reports 3,104 new COVID-19 cases, 2,508 discharges, and 25 deaths.

  • Total cases: 2,12,355
  • Total number of discharged patients: 1,90,067
  • Total deaths: 2,138
  • Active cases: 20,150
10:31 PM

With 45,882 new cases India's Covid-19 tally crosses 90 lakh

  • India's coronavirus tally crossed the 90-lakh mark on Friday with 45,882 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.
  • The total cases in the country now stands at 90,04,366 including 4,43,794 active cases and 84,28,409 recoveries. With 584 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,32,162.
10:24 PM

Air India has been barred from operating between Delhi & Hong Kong from 20th Nov till 3rd Dec.

Passengers with Covid Negative test reports done 72 hrs prior to departure, from Labs recognized by ICMR, are allowed to board flights to Hong Kong as required by the authorities: Air India
10:22 PM

Uttarakhand CM inaugurated Janaki Setu, a three-lane pedestrian bridge on Ganga river in Muni Ki Reti area of in Tehri Garhwal, earlier today.

Uttarakhand CM inaugurated Janaki Setu, a three-lane pedestrian bridge on Ganga river in Muni Ki Reti area of in Tehri Garhwal, earlier today.
09:59 PM

Delhi reports 6,608 new COVID-19 cases (out of 62,425 tests), 8,775 recoveries, and 118 deaths, according to Delhi Health Department

  • Total cases: 5,17,238
  • Total recoveries: 4,68,143
  • Active cases: 40,936
  • Death toll: 8,159
09:59 PM

Drones from Pak cross International Border: Sources

Two drones came from the direction of Pakistan and crossed International Border in Samba sector of Jammu & Kashmir at around 6 pm today. BSF troops fired upon them. Jawans are keeping strict vigil: BSF sources (ANI reports)
09:34 PM

PM Modi holds meeting to review India’s vaccination strategy

  • Held a meeting to review India’s vaccination strategy and the way forward. Important issues related to the progress of vaccine development, regulatory approvals and procurement were discussed: PM Narendra Modi
  • Reviewed various issues like prioritisation of population groups, reaching out to healthcare workers, cold-chain Infrastructure augmentation, adding vaccinators, and tech platform for vaccine roll-out: PM Narendra Modi
09:22 PM

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit promulgates an ordinance to ban online gaming involving betting: Raj Bhawan

09:17 PM

Uttarakhand Police DG (Law and Order) Ashok Kumar to be the new DGP of the state.

09:07 PM

WHO suspends remdesivir from list of medicines

  • The World Health Organization said on Friday it has suspended Gilead's remdesivir from its so-called prequalification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries, after issuing guidance against its use in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.
  • "Yes we have suspended it from the PQ (prequalification list)," Tarik Jasarevic said in an emailed response to Reuters. "The suspension is a signal to countries that WHO, in compliance with the treatment guidelines, does not recommend countries procure the drug for COVID."
  • He added that the WHO was not aware that any international procurers were providing the drug to low- and middle-income countries.
09:04 PM

Ahmedabad Metro Passenger Services will remain suspended for two days

In view of the complete curfew imposed in Ahmedabad City by the government of Gujarat, Ahmedabad Metro Passenger Services will remain suspended for two days, 21 & 22 November. Metro services will resume on 23 November, Monday: Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation
09:04 PM

WHO suspends remdesivir from list of medicines: Reuters

08:53 PM

Why you don't need to worry about the milk during curfew

08:44 PM

'No decision on cancellation of trains in Mumbai Delhi sector'

There have been reports in a section of media today about the cancellation of certain trains in Delhi Mumbai sector. It may be clarified that Railways hasn't taken any decision regarding cancellation of trains in Mumbai Delhi sector: Chief Public Relation Officers, Central Railway
08:43 PM

Mumbai reports 1031 new COVID-19 cases, 553 recoveries and 13 deaths.

  • Total cases here rise to 2,73,480, including 2,50,456 recoveries/discharges and 10,637 deaths.
  • Active cases stand at 9,046.
08:43 PM

Bikru village incident

Kanpur: Home Department asks the DGP to take action against 37 police personnel who have been found guilty in an SIT inquiry into the Bikru village incident.
08:42 PM

Gujarat: Applicants of exams like CA, NIC & SSC will be allowed if they possess valid admission cards & ID documents, during complete curfew in Ahmedabad during next two days.

- Rajiv Gupta, Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary

08:41 PM

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated in G20 Finance Ministers virtual meeting today.

  • Finance Ministers of G20 countries gathered to discuss their views on global economic outlook&downside risks in wake of #COVID19 crisis: Finance Ministry
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted that India’s special economic stimulus packages announced till date amount to 15% of India’s GDP & the recent package announced last week has a special focus on jobs creation: Finance Ministry
08:40 PM

RBI monetary penalty

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposes monetary penalty on Sodexo SVC India Private Limited, Muthoot Vehicle & Asset Finance Limited, QwikCilver Solutions Private Limited, Phonepe Private Limited, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited and Punjab National Bank
08:39 PM

Gujarat reports 1420 new COVID-19 cases, 1040 recoveries, and 7 deaths

  • Total cases: 1,94,402
  • Recoveries/dishcarges: 1,77,515
  • Active cases: 13,050
  • Deaths: 3,837
08:38 PM

Maharashtra reports 5,640 new COVID-19 cases, 6,945 recoveries & 155 deaths.

  • The total number of cases in the state is 17,68,695.
  • There are 78,272 active cases in the state and 16,42,916 patients have recovered so far.
  • The death toll is at 46,511.
07:59 PM

Night curfew in MP

Night curfew to be imposed between 10 pm to 6 am, starting from November 21 in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha, and Ratlam districts. People engaged in essential services & factory workers are exempted: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
07:58 PM

Delhi LG amends Delhi Epidemic Disease Management of COVID-19 Regulations 2020

Empowering 'authorised persons' to impose Rs 2000 fine for violation of quarantine rules, social distancing norms, not wearing face masks & consumption of pan, gutka etc in public places.
07:36 PM

Manipur reports 200 new COVID-19 cases, 189 recoveries, and 1 death.

  • Total number of cases now at 22,748 including 19,620 recoveries, 2,896 active cases and 232 deaths.
  • The recovery rate is 86.24%.
07:34 PM

Curfew to be imposed in Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara between 9 pm and 6 am, starting Nov 21: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel

The state govt has decided to impose complete curfew in Ahmedabad from 9 pm of Nov 20 to 6 am of Nov 23.
07:19 PM

Rajasthan Home Department advises district administrations to impose restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC in view of rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.

07:13 PM

'Expecting huge investments'

At Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, Karnataka government today signed eight MoU with various countries including US & UK in various sectors, expecting huge investments in the future: Office of Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan
07:12 PM

Puducherry reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, 101 discharges.

Total positive cases in the Union Territory rise to 36,585 till date, including 621 active cases, 35,355 recoveries & 609 deaths.
07:00 PM

ED investigating financial links between PFI and Bhim Army

Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating financial links between PFI (Popular Front of India) and Bhim Army on the basis of credible evidence recovered from senior PFI officials, the agency says. (ANI reports)
06:59 PM

Rajasthan reports 2,762 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths and 1,993 recoveries.

  • Total cases in the state rise to 2,37,669 including 2,130 deaths and 2,14,616 recoveries/discharges.
  • Active cases stand at 20,923.
06:46 PM

Maha govt orders inquiry into deficit in state power firm

Maharashtra government orders inquiry into deficit in Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited which took place under the previous BJP government: State Energy Minister Nitin Raut
06:45 PM

Andhra Pradesh reports 1,221 new COVID-19 cases

  • The total positive cases stand at 8,57,037.
  • There are 15,382 active cases and 8,34,735 recovered cases.
  • The death toll is at 6,920.
06:37 PM

Haryana schools to shut down for next 15 days

Around 172 students and an equal number of teachers of various schools in the state have tested positive for COVID-19. So it has been decided to shut down the schools for the next 15 days. We will be conducting more tests: Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal
06:36 PM

Security forces detect IED in J-K's Kulgam

  • Security forces on Friday detected and later diffused an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
  • An IED fitted in a pipe was detected near a local mosque at Shurat in the south Kashmir's Kulgam district, a police officer said.
  • He said the explosive device was later destroyed by a bomb disposal squad team on the spot without causing any loss.
06:28 PM

Karnataka reports 1,781 new COVID-19 cases, 2,181discharges and 17 deaths

  • Total cases in the state rise to 8,69,561, including 8,33,169 discharges and 11,621 deaths.
  • Active cases stand at 24,752.
06:16 PM

Uttarakhand reports 5 deaths, 512 fresh COVID-19 cases

The total number of positive cases in the state is 70,205 including 64,939 recoveries, 4,051 active cases and 1,138 deaths.
06:16 PM

Gold seize

Customs at Chennai International Airport seized 4 kgs gold worth Rs 2.06 crores from 6 passengers who arrived from Dubai on 19 & 20 November. Two persons have been arrested.
06:13 PM

J&K reports 661 new COVID-19 cases

  • 253 from Jammu division and 408 from the Kashmir division.
  • Total number of cases now at 1,05,376 including 5,678 active cases, 98,076 recoveries, and 1,622 deaths.
06:11 PM

Future Group- Reliance deal

Competition Commission of India approves acquisition of retail, wholesale, logistics & warehousing businesses of Future Group by Reliance Retail Ventures Limited and Reliance Retail and Fashion Lifestyle Limited. (ET Bureau reports)
06:05 PM

Kerala records 6,028 new COVID-19 cases today

  • Active cases in the state at 67,831.
  • Total 4,81,718 recoveries have been reported so far.
05:59 PM

Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

  • Pfizer said Friday it is asking US regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic -- but not until after a long, hard winter.
  • The action comes days after Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95 per cent effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.
05:52 PM

CCI approves warehousing ops purchase of Future by RIL, reports ET Now quoting agencies

05:48 PM

ED files money laundering complaint in the alleged TRP rigging scam being investigated by Mumbai police: Official sources

05:47 PM

Sony Pictures, Sky Sports win broadcast rights for Lanka Premier League

05:38 PM

Uttar Pradesh govt asks 2,314 convicted prisoners, who were released on special parole due to COVID-19, to return to jails within 3 days

05:29 PM

The concept of Indo-Pacific is a rejection of the spheres of influence and a reiteration that the world cannot be frozen for the benefit of a few even if that is the case with United Nations

- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

05:28 PM

185 sugar mills, distilleries get nod for Rs 12,500 cr loans to set up ethanol units

The Food Ministry on Friday said it has given in-principle approval to 185 sugar mills and standalone distilleries to avail Rs 12,500 crore of loans for capacity addition of about 468 crore litre of ethanol per annum as part of its efforts to achieve 20 per cent blending with petrol.
05:19 PM

EU to tell G20 to maintain COVID-19 economic support as long as needed

05:09 PM

No lockdown to be imposed in Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

05:01 PM

Comptroller & Auditor General of India has been elected as External Auditor of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva for a three-year term

Girish Chandra Murmu will take charge of this position from Supreme Audit Institution of Switzerland. The IPU has permanent observer status at the United Nations General Assembly -Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India
04:57 PM

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

Warning from the Asia Internet Coalition, which represents global technology giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter, comes after the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan granted enhanced powers to government media regulators Wednesday.
04:50 PM

Telangana reports 894 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

04:41 PM

Climate change is a real challenge. We're rather reckless in our rush for so-called development. We've ignored need to preserve nature & continuous pumping of billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases since industrial revolution has done great damage

- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

04:33 PM

J&K: An IED was detected by Army's 9RR, CRPF, and J&K police near Shurat village in Kulgam district

Bomb Disposal Squad teams of the Army & police destroyed it safely.
04:31 PM

Covid containment zones rise to over 4,550 in Delhi

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