Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Cases Drop Below 10,000 For the First Time Since June
An employee monitors the production of Covishield at the Serum Institute of India Ltd. Hadaspar plant in Pune. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Cases Drop Below 10,000 For the First Time Since June

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Fresh cases of coronavirus infection in India dropped below 10,000 as the nation conducts the world’s largest vaccination drive.

India reported 9,102 new cases in the last 24 hours -- the lowest since June 3 -- according to the health ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday. That’s lower than 15,901 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases below 1.8 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.

A year has passed since India detected the first case of Covid-19 in Kerala. The virus since has infected over 1.06 crore people; 1.03 crore recovered, while more than 1.53 lakh have succumbed to it. The nation has vaccinated more than 16 lakh frontline workers against the virus.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,06,76,838
  • Active cases: 1,77,266
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,03,45,985
  • Deaths: 1,53,587
  • Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 9,102
  • One-day recoveries: 15,901
  • One-day deaths: 117

Global Update

Vaccine coverage won’t reach a point that would stop transmission of the virus in the foreseeable future, the World Health Organization said. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world is risking more virus variations by not pushing for vaccines in developing nations.

Moderna plans to begin human studies of a booster shot for its vaccine to help protect against a more-transmissible South Africa virus variant. Merck & Co. is abandoning its two experimental vaccines.

Globally, coronavirus cases exceeded 99.6 million with more than 2.1 million dead rom the infection.

According to a Bloomberg ranking, New Zealand holds onto pole position for the third month running as the best place to ride out the pandemic, while Mexico remains last of the ranked economies.

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