India recorded less than 40,000 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, government COVID-19 data shows. The number of fresh infections was 7 per cent lower than Sunday’s, taking India’s Covid tally past the 94-lakh mark.
With a one-day jump of 38,772 fresh COVID-19 cases and 443 deaths, India’s total cases of coronavirus shot to 94.31 lakh with 1,37,139 deaths, so far. In this period, 45,333 people also recovered from the highly infectious disease, taking the number of overall recoveries to 88.47 lakh. Total active cases now stand at around 4.46 lakh.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that up to 30 crore Indians would be inoculated against COVID-19 by August 2021 according to the central government’s plans. However, he also reiterated the need to follow appropriate protocols to fight off the disease.
Distributing masks and soaps at the Old Delhi Railway Station today, the minister, who is also Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, said the vaccine will be available before the middle of next year in India.
“In the first 3-4 months of next year, there is a possibility we will be able to provide vaccine to the people of the country. By July-August, we have a plan to provide vaccines to around 25-30 crore people and we are preparing accordingly,” Mr Vardhan told reporters.
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Moderna Inc said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said an advisory committee would meet to discuss the request on Dec. 17, making Moderna’s candidate the second highly effective vaccine likely to receive U.S. regulatory backing and a potential roll out this year.
The number of COVID-19 patients, who have been cured of the disease in Nagaland, crossed the 10,000-mark on Monday with 188 fresh recoveries, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.
The total number of recoveries in the northeastern state now stands at 10,086.
The coronavirus tally rose to 11,186 as 27 more people tested positive for the infection, he said.
Of the fresh cases, 14 were detected in Kohima, 11 in Dimapur and one each in Mokokchung and Mon districts, the minister said.
Paren reported the maximum of 133 new recoveries, followed by Dimapur (28) and Kohima (27), he said.
The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients in the state has improved to 90.16 per cent from 88.69 per cent recorded on Sunday, health department’s director Dr Denis Hangsing said.
The Odisha government has allowed re-opening of medical colleges across the state from Tuesday, even as it authorised the School & Mass Education and Higher Education departments to decide on resumption of classroom teachings.
COVID-19 safety protocols will have to be followed in the medical institutes.
“All medical colleges of the state shall reopen with effect from 1st December, 2020. Medical college authorities shall follow all the SOPs/guidelines with respect to social distancing and prevention of spread of epidemic issued by the central/state government, scrupulously,” a government order said on Monday.