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India witnesses fresh 53,601 COVID infections, death toll at 45,257

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Srinagar: India has recorded 53,601 new COVID infections and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours.

According to the Health Ministry of India, the tally included 6,39,929 patients who were being treated for the disease, 15,83,490 who recovered and 45,257 who succumbed.

Worldwide more than 20 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus. According to a report by John Hopkins, this milestone was crossed on Tuesday as cases rose to 20,011,186.

The virus has spread to many countries and territories since it first originated in China’s Wuhan in December 2019. The global death toll due to the disease stands at nearly 732,000.

There are over 150 coronavirus vaccines in various stages of development in several countries with a few making advanced progress in clinical trials.

In India, a Pune based vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has decided to manufacture 100 million COVID vaccine doses which will be capped at Rs 225 per dose.

While the Oxford coronavirus vaccine and a Chinese vaccine showing positive results in the first round of human trials, the Moderna has shown positive results among mice and developed immunity against the disease upon testing.

India’s Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has also entered the human trial stage and is expected to come out with results in a month.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned world governments against “vaccine nationalism” and urged leaders to make plans on how to share life-saving inoculations against coronavirus.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the threat of COVID can only be snuffed out with global coordination, especially when a vaccine is developed.

 

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