India reported 89,706 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking its tally to 43,70,128. The country recorded 1,115 deaths in 24 hours, pushing the toll to 73,890. As many as 33,98,844 people in the country have recovered from the infection. India’s recovery rate is currently 77.65% while the mortality rate is 1.7%.
The Drugs Controller General of India issued a notice to the Serum Institute of India on Wednesday for not suspending the trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine. Earlier in the day, the Serum Institute of India said that its trials of the coronavirus vaccine will continue, even as United Kingdom pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca has suspended it after a volunteer fell ill.
Jammu and Kashmir reported its highest one-day rise of 1,617 new infections, taking the Union Territory’s case count to 47,542. The toll stood at 832. Kerala, meanwhile, recorded 3,402 new Covid-19 cases, taking overall count to 95,916. The state’s toll rose to 384 with 12 deaths.
The Delhi government ruled out the possibility of another lockdown amid a rise in cases. The Capital’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the economy “cannot be kept shut for eternity”. Delhi has recorded 4,039 new cases and 20 deaths in 24 hours, taking the Capital’s case count to 2,01,174, including 4,638 deaths and 1,72,763 recoveries.
The Supreme Court dismissed three pleas seeking postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test slated for September 13. A bench, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, directed officials to take all the required steps to conduct the NEET-undergraduate exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Supreme Court sought clarifications from the Centre if it was willing to refund tickets for flights cancelled after normal operations resumed following the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The court was hearing a plea on the proposal of the Ministry of Civil Aviation that tickets booked in domestic and international carriers between March 25 and May 3 will be fully refunded.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation resumed operations on the Blue Line and the Pink Line on Wednesday, after more than 171 days of a shutdown that was necessitated to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Blue Line runs between Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida Electronic City/Vaishali, while the Pink Line operates from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar.
Brazil’s acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello on Tuesday said that a vaccine would be rolled out for all Brazilians in January 2021. “We are closing contracts with vaccine manufacturers and the forecast is that a vaccine will arrive for us starting in January next year and we will start vaccinating everyone,” he said.
The Union health ministry said Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu account for 61% of the total active cases in the country. “The total number of coronavirus recoveries on a weekly basis has increased from 1,53,118 during the third week of July to 4,84,068 in the first week of September 2020,” the health ministry added. The Centre said nearly 75,000 people recovered in the last 24 hours.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 2.76 crore people and claimed 8,98,757 lives, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 1.85 crore people have recovered from the infection worldwide.