Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Tally Inches Higher With Over 20,000 New Cases
Health workers stand next to volunteers during a nationwide trial of a Covid-19 vaccine delivery system at a vaccination center set up in Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Tally Inches Higher With Over 20,000 New Cases

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Active coronavirus cases in India rose today, for the first time in over a month, at a time when the country is preparing to roll out an inoculation programme to stem the world’s second-worst outbreak.

Active cases rose to 2,28,083 from 2,27,546 , according to data released by the Union Health Ministry as of Jan. 7, 2021, as authorities reported over 20,000 new infections in the last 24 hours and less than 20,000 recoveries in the same time period. The curve inched upwards on Nov. 27 last.

The number of people who have tested positive for the new U.K. variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country has climbed to 71, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. These 71 cases include the 58 which were announced by the ministry till Tuesday.

Total recoveries have crossed the 1-crore mark.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 10395278
  • Active cases: 228083
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,00,16,859
  • Deaths: 1,50,336
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 20,346
  • One-day recoveries: 19,587
  • One-day deaths: 222

Global Virus Update

Top U.S. health officials encouraged states to start vaccinating people more widely, acknowledging that the immunization rollout has been slower than anticipated. Moderna Inc.’s vaccine won European Union approval. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government pleaded for patience while pushing back against criticism of the vaccine rollout, as the country’s daily death toll exceeded 1,000.

Britain, which reported the most deaths since April, is also racing to get shots to the most vulnerable after more than 1 million people were infected in England. In Asia, Japan’s daily cases topped 5,000 for the first time as it prepares to declare a state of emergency, with critics calling for broader steps.

Globally nearly 87 million people have been infected with coronavirus while over 1.87 have died.

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