Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Tops 54 Lakh With More Than 86,000 Dead
India is continuing to add fresh Covid-19 cases at a record pace raising concerns that the second most populous nation will soon overtake the U.S. to become the world’s worst hit.
The country added 92,605 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours taking the total tally above 54 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 20. Of this over 43 lakh have recovered and more than 86,000 have succumbed to the infection.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 54,00,619
- Active cases: 10,10,824
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 43,03,043
- Deaths: 86,752
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 92,605
- One-day recoveries: 94,612
- One-day deaths: 1,133
India is hoping that if all goes well, a Covid-19 vaccine will be available by March 2021, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed Lok Sabha on Friday.
The minister further said that no advance purchase agreement with any vaccine manufacturers have been entered into.
Choubey said that the phase-I of clinical trials have revealed excellent safety of the two candidate vaccines indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research and Cadila Healthcare Ltd and now their immunogenicity testing is in progress.
The U.S. added almost 50,000 coronavirus cases, while deaths nationwide approached 200,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
The U.K. remained a focus in Europe, with Scotland’s leader asking for an emergency cabinet meeting to coordinate policy after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restrictions may need to “go further.” France again recorded a record number of cases since lockdown ended. New infections in Germany exceeded 2,000 for a second straight day.
Globally, cases surpassed 30.5 million with more than 953,000 dead.