India witnesses 87,382 COVID cases in 24 hours, toll mounts to 54,85,612

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India witnessed 87,382 COVID cases after recording more than 90,000 infections consecutively for five days.

The country’s tally now stands at 5,485,612, while 87,909 have died from the highly contagious disease so far.

According to the latest standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare India, schools across the country are allowed to partially reopen for students of Class 9 to 12 from today.

Kerala registered its highest-spike of 4,696 in 24 hours, taking its tally to 135,000. Delhi’s infection count has jumped to 246,711.

Meanwhile, 145 vaccine candidates across the world are under pre-clinical evaluation, and around 35 under clinical trials.

In India, “we gave all support to 30 vaccine candidates. Three of these are in advanced trials of phases 1, 2, and 3. Over 4 in advanced stages of the pre-clinical trial,” Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan said in the Lok Sabha during the discussion regarding COVID pandemic.

Worldwide, the global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 31,223,591. While 22,817,424 have recovered, 964,761 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 7,004,768 cases. It is followed by India, which has 5,485,612 cases, Brazil (4,544,629) and Russia (1,103,399).


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