India has so far recorded 66.23,815 cases of coronavirus with 74,442 new infections. 903 deaths in the past 24 hours brought the total number of deaths to 1.02,685. 76,737 patients recovered from the infection in the country in the past 24 hours. With 55.86703 people in the country who have recovered since the start of the pandemic, the overall recovery rate is 84.3%. India is the second most affected country in the world by the pandemic after the United States. The country reported its first case on January 30.
Maharashtra, the Indian state worst hit by COVID-19, added 12,548 new cases, with the total number of infected reaching 14.43 lakh. More than 4 lakh restaurants, bars and hotels in Maharashtra will reopen today after a six-month hiatus as part of the fifth phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions, called Unlock 5.
The finance ministry said in its September economic review report that India may have “surpassed the peak in coronavirus cases,” stressing that “the resulting resurgence in demand is palpable in many many sectors “.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday the government plans to provide Covid vaccines to around 25 crore (250 million) people – out of the country’s 130 crore (1.3 billion) – by July 2021. He said the government would receive between 400 and 500 million doses of vaccine for this purpose and that it would ensure “equitable access”.
Global coronavirus infections topped 3.51 crore as countries tighten restrictions to end the health crisis that has crippled the lives of most of humanity.
The United States remains by far the country hardest hit by the global health crisis, with more than 2.09 deaths.