With a spike of 37,374 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, India’s tally stood barely short of 7,000 cases to reach 12-Lakh mark, government data showed. With 6488 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total fatalities climbed to 28,732.
India also registered highest ever recoveries of 28,472 in a single day, taking the number of patients who have recovered to 7,53,050. This has strongly boosted the recovery rate among COVID-19 patients to 63.13 per cent, the Health Ministry said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched India as a land of opportunities for US investors and said the partnership between the two nations can play an important role in helping the world bounce back faster after the coronavirus pandemic.
PM Modi saw too much focus on efficiency and optimisation as a pitfall for the global economy and said improved domestic manufacturing together with healthy financial systems and diversified international trade was the answer to the shocks triggered by COVID-19.
“India offers many more opportunities. We have what is needed to power the global economic recovery,” he said.
Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:
Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.
WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus’s spread, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.
“We’re making good progress,” Ryan said, noting that several vaccines were now in phase 3 trials and none had failed, so far, in terms of safety or ability to generate an immune response.
“Realistically it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated,” he told a public event on social media.
WHO was working to expand access to potential vaccines and to help scale-up production capacity, Ryan said.
Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur on Wednesday inaugurated the COVID-19 testing facility established in adherence to the safety standards and advisories of ICMR at (DIHAR) lab in Leh on July 22.
The facility at DIHAR has been built to increase the rate of testing to identify corona cases in the union territory.
As per the Union Home Ministry, Ladakh reported 1,198 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.
This includes 186 active cases and 1,010 cured and discharged patients. Two deaths have been reported so far due to the infection, it added.