Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India reports 1,61,736 new COVID-19 cases, 879 deaths in past 24 hrs; recovery rate drops to 89.5%

09:48 (IST)

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Russia's Sputnik V vaccine gets expert panel nod for emergency use in India

 

India is set to get a third COVID-19 vaccine to aid in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after the Russian vaccine Sputnik V has been approved for emergency use by an expert panel of India's central drug authority, according to several media reports.

The Subject Expert Committer (SEC) has recommended that the vaccine be allowed for use in India with certain conditions, sources told PTI.

Now, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) will take the final call.

This comes as India hit a new coronavirus infection record with 1,68,912 new cases, the highest single-day rise so far, taking the total tally of cases to 1,35,27,717, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

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09:35 (IST)

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India's COVID-19 recovery rate drops to 89.5%

With 97,168 more COVID-19 patients being cured of the infectious disease, the number of recoveries in the country has risen over 1.22 crore, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday. The COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 89.5 percent.

09:31 (IST)

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India reports 879 COVID-19 deaths in past 24 hrs

With the death of 879 more COVID-19 patients in the past 24 hours, the toll in the country has increased to 1,71,058 on Tuesday, said the health ministry.

09:29 (IST)

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India records 1,61,736 new COVID-19 cases

India registered 1,61,736 fresh COVID-19 infections taking the overall count to 1,36,89,453 on Tuesday, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday.

Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: With 97,168 more COVID-19 patients being cured of the infectious disease, the number of recoveries in the country has risen over 1.22 crore, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday. The COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 89.5 percent.

West Bengal on Monday registered 4,511 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic started last year, pushing the state's tally to 6,19,407, the health department said in a bulletin.

Kolkata also set a record of 1,115 new cases. The state reported this year's highest COVID-19 fatalities at 14 on Monday, pushing the toll to 10,414.

The bulletin said that 1,947 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured people to 5,82,462.

The state currently has 26,531 active cases. Out of the 14 deaths, 11 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.

Kolkata accounted for four deaths, while three each were reported from North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts. South 24 Parganas district registered two deaths while Paschim Bardhaman and Paschim Medinipur recorded one fatality each, the bulletin said.

The fresh positive cases included 1,115 from Kolkata and 1,084 from North 24 Parganas district.

In the last 24 hours, 37,116 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state.

On Monday, at least 2,32,734 people were vaccinated in West Bengal, an official of the state health department said.

At a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, the state government decided that no big celebration will be allowed on the occasion of Bengali New Year falling on 15 April in view of the surge in coronavirus cases, official sources said.



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