Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Continue To Drop Amid Mutant Threat
Covid-19 RT-PCR tests at a testing site set up at Connaught place in New Delhi. (Photographer T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Continue To Drop Amid Mutant Threat

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Active coronavirus cases in India continue to decline even as threats of a new mutant strain from the U.K. led to new restrictions across various cities and states.

India reported nearly 25,000 fresh Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on Dec. 24. That includes close to 97 lakh recoveries and 1.47 lakh deaths. Active cases have fallen below the 2.9-lakh mark.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,01,23,778
  • Active cases: 2,83,849
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 96,93,173
  • Deaths: 1,46,756
  • Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 24,712
  • One-day recoveries: 29,791
  • One-day deaths: 312

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Global Virus Update

A vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was found to be more than 50% effective in a Brazilian clinical trial, but key supporting data wasn’t released, potentially delaying deployment of the shot.

Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE agreed to double the supply of their Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S., which said it has administered a total of more than 1 million shots in 10 days.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed tougher regulations across a swath of England in an effort to rein in the mutant strain of coronavirus that’s spreading quickly across the country. Singapore and Ireland became the latest countries to detect cases of the new B117 strain.

Globally, Covid-19 cases topped 78.6 million with more than 1.73 million deaths.

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