India sees nearly 61,000 new cases, 834 deaths in 24 hours, govt panel discusses vacccine

Single day spike of 60,963 COVID-19 cases and 834 deaths pushes India’s COVID-19 caseload to 23,29,638 and death toll to 46,091, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today.

Though India’s recovery rate crosses 70% (70.4%) and the world average is 65%, new cases in India (60.9k) continue to be more than the USA (54.5k) and Brazil (54.9k).

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection at a private hospital in Bengaluru, has tested negative and will be discharged tomorrow, his office said today.

The Leader of Opposition in the state assembly has “completely recovered”, a statement said. It said, “according to doctors the throat swab and blood test conducted for the second time, have come negative.”

As Russia claimed that it has developed a coronavirus vaccine, India’s national expert committee on vaccine administration will meet on Wednesday to deliberate on key issues of suitable vaccine selection, procurement, delivery and who should be immunised on priority, keeping in mind logistics and equity aspects.

Though the health ministry refused comment on the Russian claim, it said the mandate of the committee headed by Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul was to engage with all stakeholders, including state governments and vaccine manufacturers.

Globally, over 20 million (20,223,306) people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, including 741,126 deaths. Amid race for an effective vaccine worldwide, Russia has approved a Covid vaccine for public use without the final phase of human trials.