With fresh 61,408 COVID infections, tally in India reaches 31,06,348

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Srinagar: With a fresh spike of 61,408 COVID infections, tally in India has reached to 31,06,348, data from the Health Ministry of India showed on Monday morning.

The number of deaths climbed to 57,542 with 836 people dying of the disease in a span of 24 hours.

Recoveries among COVID patients in the country surged to 23,38,035, pushing India’s recovery rate to 75.27 per cent.

Maharashtra accounts for the maximum of cases 6,82,383, followed by Tamil Nadu 3,79,385, Andhra Pradesh 3,53,111, Karnataka 2,77,814, Uttar Pradesh 1,87,781 and Delhi 1,61,466.

India is the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.

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

Earlier, Russia announced that the country has already produced the first batch of its COVID vaccine.

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.

Pertinently, on August 15, the Prime Minister of India said that three probable COVID vaccines are currently being developed in India and large-scale production will begin as soon as scientists give a green signal.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to all the frontline workers involved in India’s fight against the pandemic.

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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