India reports 73,272 cases in last 24 hours, total infections near 70 lakh

India reported 73,272 coronavirus cases and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday.

With this, the total number of infections rose to 69,79,424 including 1,07,416 deaths, 8,83,185 active cases and 59,88,823 recoveries, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The Sports Ministry has issued the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) for reopening of swimming pools outside the containment zones across the country in which one of the noticeable points is that not more than 20 swimmers will be allowed to train during one particular session at the Olympic-sized pool.

Antibodies in serum samples collected from patients infected with SARS-CoV during the 2003 outbreak effectively neutralised SARS-CoV-2 infection in cultured cells, according to a new study. The study was published in the journal –Science Advances.

On the vaccines front, a WHO-led initiative to make coronavirus vaccine accessible to all received a boost on Friday with China announcing its intention to join the initiative.

The COVAX facility seeks to accelerate the development and production of coronavirus vaccines through pooling in resources from the member countries, and then ensure that it is equitably distributed amongst them.

Globally, more than 36.6 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,062,428 have died, according to a Reuters. The United States continues to remain the worst-affected followed by India and Brazil.